Partheniades (‘Gracious Princesse, Where princes are in place’)
A sequence of seventeen poems which were apparently written for intended presentation to Queen Elizabeth as a New Year's gift (c.1577-8). Extracts first published in The Arte of English Poesie (London, 1589). First published complete in Ancient Critical Essays upon English Poets and Poesy, ed. Joseph Haslewood, 2 vols (London, 1811-15), I, xviii-xxxviii.
This sequence would appear to correspond to ‘One oth[e]r lyttle booke of Certeyne meeters Wryten in hon[o]r of her ma[jes]t[i]e[s] name in p[ar]chem[en]t bound w[i]th greene leaves’ recorded in Katherine Paulet's 1578 inventory of Puttenham's goods seized by her husband John Paulet at Puttenham's lodgings in the Whitefriars [in February 1577/8].
Copy of the sequence of seventeen poems, in a predominantly italic hand, with eleven lines at the foot of f. 170r in two other hands, headed ‘The principall addresse in nature of a New yeares gifte, seeminge therebye the Author intended not to have his name knowne’, the word ‘Parthe:’ written in the margin against each poem, on nineteen quarto pages. Late 16th-early 17th century.
In: A quarto composite volume of heraldic and other historical papers, in various hands, 187 leaves, in 19th-century half-morocco.
Edited frpom this MS in Haslewood and also in W.R. Morfill, Ballads from MSS. (Ballad Society Publications, 1873), II, 72-91.
An Apology or True Defence of Her Majesty's Honourable and Good Renown
A treatise on the execution of Mary Queen of Scots, beginning ‘There hath not happened since the memorie of man…’. First published, as ‘A Justification of Queene Elizabeth in relation to the Affaire of Mary Queene of Scottes’, in Accounts and Papers relating to Mary Queen of Scots, ed. Allan J. Crosby and John Bruce, Camden Society, 93 (1867), pp. 67-134.
Copy, untitled, on seventeen folio leaves. Late 16th century.
This MS formerly Phillipps MS 22357.
Copy, in a secrretary hand, on 29 folio leaves, imperfect in the middle and at the end, with contemporary pagination 87-98, -148. Untitled, but docketed (amidst scribbling) ‘A Defence of the proceedings of Q. Eliz. agst ye Scottish Queen. Imperfect’, here beginning ‘There hathe not hapned sithence the memorie of man…’, in a professional hand, with alterations in two other hands on ff. 5v, 9r, 12v and 22v. Late 16th century.
Scribbling (by a juvenile hand) including the names of Thomas Phillip, John Curye, Richard Tempest, Tempest Rookes, Jonas Bookes, and also (f. 16r) ‘John fleetewood Recorder of london’.
This MS recorded in Willcock & Walker, pp. xxiii-xiv (where it is erroneously described as containing ‘corrections in Puttenham's own hand’). Extracts edited from this MS, with a facsimile of p. 96, in Breaking the Silence on the Succession: A Sourcebook of Manuscripts & Rare Elizabethan Texts (c.1587-1603), ed. Jean-Christophe Mayer (Montpellier, 2003), pp. 37-68.
Copy, headed ‘A Discourse playnelie, proueinge, that, aswell: the sentence, of Death, Latelie, giuen, agaunste, that, vnfortunate, Ladie, Marie, Late, Queene, of Scottes: as, also, the, Execution, of the same, Sentence, was, honnoble: iuste, necessarie, and, Lawfull: An°; 1587; 129 Eliz: J.1’.
In: A folio volume of two tracts (the second a Life of John Fisher), both in the hand of the ‘Feathery Scribe’, 181 leaves. c.1620s.
Once owned Sir Robert Oxenbridge, MP (1595-1638) of Hurstbourne Priors, Hampshire; later by William Sancroft (1617-93), Archbishop of Canterbury, manuscript collector; and by Thomas Tanner (1674-1735), Bishop of St Asaph, ecclesiastical historian, scholar and book collector. It was once bought from John Jackson of Tottenham High Cross.
Described in Peter Beal, In Praise of Scribes: Manuscripts and their Makers in Seventeenth-Century England (Oxford, 1998), p. 259 (No. 97), with facsimile examples on pp. 68 and 70.
This MS recorded in Willcock & Walker, p. xxiii (n). Beal, In Praise of Scribes, p. 259 (No. 97.1), with a facsimile of f. 1r on p. 68.
Copy, headed ‘A Discourse plainly proueing that it was lawfull for her Matie not only to deteyne the Scottish Queene prisoner But also to put her to death for her manifold offences Notwithstanding ye Allegacons and Reasons of her fauorites to the Contrary’, with numerous corrections, insertions and sidenotes (including words repeated in the margin to clarify certain textual readings) in one or more other hands, on 75 pages, folio, owned by the scrivener and public notary Humphrey Dyson (c.1569-1632/3) with his price for the tract ‘prec xs’ [10 shillings] inscribed (f. 136r) in the top border and with Dyson's signature (‘Hum: Dyson’).
In: A large folio composite volume of state tracts, in English and Latin, in various professional hands, i + 488 leaves, in modern calf.
Among the collections of Browne Willis (1682-1760), antiquary, of Whaddon Hall, near Winslow, Buckinghamshire.
This volume discussed, with a facsimile of f. 92r (Plate IV after p. 272) in H.R. Woudhuysen, Sir Philip Sidney and the Circulation of Manuscripts 1558-1640 (Oxford, 1996), pp. 176-8.
Woudhuysen tentatively suggests that Dyson's priced MSS were used as ‘master exemplars’ for subsequent copying to paying clients (but see alternative explanations by Alan Nelson (forthcoming)).
Copy, in a professional secretary hand, untitled, with Beale's supplied title ‘A discours concerning the Just Execution of ye Scotishe Queen’ and his note in the margin ‘It is thoght that this book was made by George Putteham’.
In: A folio composite volume of state tracts and papers, many relating to Mary Queen of Scots, some concerning the proposed Anjou marriage, in various hands and paper sizes, 711 leaves, in contemporary vellum, with ties. Collected and annotated by Robert Beale (1541-1601), Clerk of the Privy Council. Including (ff. 152r-95v) a printed exemplum of Stubbs's banned tract A Gaping Gulf (1579). c.1580s-90s.
Yelverton MS 31, among Beale's papers descending to Sir Henry Yelverton (1566-1629), Justice of the Common Pleas, and his family.
Recorded in HMC, 2nd Report (1871), Appendix, p. 41.
Recorded (as ‘the Calthorpe MS’) in Willcock & Walker, p. xxiii.
Copy, headed ‘[A di]scourse plainlie prooueinge that [a]swell the Sentence of death latelie given against the vnfortunate Ladie Marie late Queene of Scotts as also the execution of the same Sentence were hoble: iust necessarie and Lawfull’, here beginning ‘There hathe not happened since the memorie of man…’.
In: A folio composite volume of state papers and tracts, many relating to Mary Queen of Scots, in various hands, 439 leaves, imperfect (corners damaged by the fire of 1732). Early 17th century.
Edited from this MS in Calendar of the State Papers relating to Scotland and Mary Queen of Scots 1547-1603, ed. William K. Boyd, Vol. IX. 1586-1588 (1915), No. 330 (pp. 356-8). This MS selectively collated in Camden Society edition; recorded in Willcock & Walker, p. xxiii (n). An 18th-century transcript of this MS is in British Library, Harley MS 4647, ff. 143v-63v.
Copy, with a lengthy formal title-page (f. 1r)…… on 137 pages (69 leaves), folio; the verso of the title-page (f. 1v) containing notes by a 17th-century reader about the execution of Mary Queen of Scots. Copy, with lengthy formal title-page (f. 1r): ‘An apologie, or | true defence of her Mats : honor: | and good renowne against all such | as haue unduelie sought or | shall seek to blemish the fame, | with any injustice, crueltie, or | other unprincely behaviour in any parte of her Mats: | proceedings against the | late Scotish Queene, | Be it for her first | surprince, imprison: | ment, process, att: | aynder or death. | By very firme reasons, authorities, & | examples, proveing that her Matie: | hath done nothing in the said action a: | gainst the rules of honor: or armes | or otherwise, not warrantable | by the law of God & of | Man | Written by George Puttenham to the | service of her matie: & for large satis: | faction of all such psons both prince: | ly & private, who by ignorance ¦ of the case, or partiallitie of mind | shall happen to be irresolute | & not well satisfyed in the | said cause’; here beginning (f. 2r) ‘There hath not happened since the memory of man…’., on 137 pages (69 leaves), folio; the verso of the title-page (f. 1v) containing notes by a 17th-century reader about the execution of Mary Queen of Scots. Early 17th century.
This MS recorded in Willcock & Walker, p. xxiii (n).
Copy, headed ‘A Discourse plainly proveing that as well the Sentence of Death lately given agt. that vnfortunate Lady Marie late Q. of Scots as also the execution of the same sentence, were honble: just necessary & Lawfull. March 1587’, here beginning ‘There hath not happened since the memory of man…’, transcribed from PtG 3.5.
In: A folio composite volume of state papers and tracts, many relating to Mary Queen of Scots, in a single professional cursive mixed hand, 172 leaves (plus blanks), in modern half crushed morocco on marbled boards. A transcript of British Library, Cotton MS Caligula D. I before it was partly burnt in the 1732 fire. Mid-17th century.
Copy, in a professional secretary hand, untitled, on 12 folio leaves. Late 16th century.
Copy, on 22 folio leaves in a 38-leaf section (including SiP 199) in the same professional secretary hand, untitled. c.1587-1600s.
In: A folio composite volume of state letters and tracts, in various professional hands, 240 leaves (plus blanks), now in four volumes, in modern quarter-calf.
This MS recorded in Willcock & Walker, p. xxiii (n).
Copy, headed ‘A Discovrse plainelye proueinge that aswell the sentence of deathe latelye giuen againste that vnfortunat Ladye Marye Late Queene of Scotts. as alsoe the Execution of the same sentence, was Hoble: iuste necessarye & Lawefull, wch was performed. Anno. 29. Eliz: 1587.’
In: A folio volume of state tracts, in probably two professional secretary hands (A: ff. 1r-210v,; B: f. 211r onwards), with an index in an italic hand at the end, 370 leaves, in half-vellum marbled boards. c.1630s.
Copy, in a professional secretary hand, untitled and unascribed, i + seventeen folio leaves, in a paper wrapper, the front one inscribed ‘The case & proceedings against the Queen of Scotts / Phelips’. Late 16th century.
Among papers of the Mellish family, of Hodsock, Nottinghamshire.
Copy, in a secretary hand, 64 folio pages (plus blanks), in contemporary calf gilt (rebacked). Headed ‘A Justification of Queene Eliz: in relation to ye affaire of Mary Queene of Scottes’.
Owned and inscribed in 1867 by Sir Thomas Edward Winnington, Bt, MP (1811-72), of Stanford Court, Worcestershire.
Edited from this MS (described as ‘the original MS’, but also as a copy of ‘some other MS.’) in Camden Society edition. Recorded (as ‘Accounts relating to Mary Queen of Scots while prisoner in England’) in HMC, 1st Report (1870), Appendix, p. 53a, and in Willcock & Walker, p. xxiii (n).
Copy, headed ‘Queene Elizabeth's Apologie ffor hir Proceedinges against the Queene of Scottes, anno 1587’, with comments on the treatise at the end in a different hand (presumably a 17th-century reader who was a lawyer): ‘This apology in the reading answered not my expectation: it mainly insists on the lawfullnesse of detaining the Queene of Scots prisoner. But as for her crimes, it gives the world noe satisfaction on that point, and a maine one is that shee twice designed to bee married. The manner of her Triall is pitifully defended and some ignorance shewed of our proceedings at law in cases of Triall; and (which is worst of all) it uses the great massacre of the Protestants in ffrance as a medium to justify the execution of the Scottish Queene’, on 100 folio pag
In: A foio volume comprising two tracts, in a single professional hand, 60 leaves, in half-vellum. c.1600?.
Formerly Mostyn MS 261, from the library of Mostyn Hall, near Holywell, Flintshire, Wales, seat of Sir Thomas Mostyn, second Baronet (c.1651-1700?) and of Sir Roger Mostyn, third Baronet (1675-1739). Sotheby's, 13 July 1920, lot 35, to Maggs. Maggs's sale catalogues Nos 423 (1922), item 1127, and No. 550 (1931), item 987.
Recorded in HMC, 4th Report (1874), Appendix, p. 361.
This MS mentioned in Woudhuysen, pp. 151-2.
The Arte of English Poesie
First published, anonymously and dedicated to Lord Burghley, in London, 1589. Edited by Gladys Doidge Willcock and Alice Walker (Cambridge, 1936). Edited by Frank Whigham and Wayne A. Rebhorn (Ithaca & London, 2007).
In: A quarto verse miscellany, in an accomplished mixed hand throughout, with headings or incipts in engrossed lettering, 194 leaves, in 19th-century half-morocco. c.1596-1601.
This MS volume discussed in Katherine K. Gottschalk, ‘Discoveries concerning British Library MS Harley 6910’, MP, 77 (1979-80), 121-31.
A Justification of Queen Elizabeth in relation to the Affair of Mary Queen of Scots
See PtG 2-5.
Claude de Seyssel. La Grande Monarchie de France
A political monarchist discourse by Claude de Seyssel (d.1520), Bishop of Marseilles and Archbishop of Turin, written c.1515 and first published, as Le grant monarchie de France in Turin, 1518 (second edition Paris, 1541). No published English translation before c.1980 is known. The apparently unique translation in MS seems to have been made by Puttenham.
Autograph fragment by Puttenham, with revisions, beginning ‘entertayne the three estates in euery of ther liberties…’, followed by ‘Cap. xviij How the prince sought to entreat the stae of nobillitee in generall’; then ‘Cap xix° how the prince in allowinge the state of the nobilletee his premyn ences shoold haue regard that it become not ouer insolent’; and ‘Cap xx how respect shoold be had that the state of nobillitee shoold not be impovrished p thother estates’, ending ‘…since this only excesse is on of the suckers that of all other drawth most bludd owte of this misticall bodye.’, on ten folio pages, with stubs of excised leaves beforehand, in vellum. Seyssel's book is listed in two notebooks (PtG 8-9), once in a book inventory dated 10 November 1576, the other in a catalogue of the books ‘browght from mystres ffranklins howse’ (Willis, p. 394). Mid-late 17th century.
Among the papers of the Jervoise family, of Herriard.
Identified as a translation from Seyssel by Eric Lindquist.
Suetonius Tranquillus, Caius. Lives of the Caesars
Unpublished translation (possibly of extracts only) into English. Suetonius is the source of several references (to Tiberius and others) in The Arte of English Poesie, and Puttenham's printed copy of Suetonius is listed in his inventory of his books. The first published English translation of The Historie of twelve Caesars, Emperours of Rome, translated by Philemon Holland, appeared in 1606.
Autograph manuscript, in Puttenham's mixed italic and secretary scripts, of a translation by him of passages, concerning cruelty and tyranny, in Chapters 58 and 61 of the life of Tiberius, headed ‘Suetonij Tranquilli in vita Tiberij cap. 58’ and beginning ‘Abowt that verry tyme his lorde chief iustice came to hym to knowe his Matis plesure…’, on two pages of a pair of conjugate folio leaves, . Evidently relating to Puttenham's autograph notes sent to his brother-in-law Sir John Throckmorton concerning his defiance of the Privy Council (see PtG 000). 1578.
This MS recorded in Willcock & Walker, p. xxii.
An autograph folio account and memorandum book, neatly compiled by Puttenham, 27 leaves (including a few blanks), with three loosely inserted notes of different size, in contemporary vellum. Comprising: a list of debts, 12 October 1574, and money owed to him, to 14 January 1576 (f. 1v); lists of manors belonging to his wife (f. 2v) and sold by Lord Edward Windsor, ‘wer the Queen hath nothinge in them’ (f. 3r); accounts of annual household expenses, including wages of his men and women servants (f. 4r), of his rents, 25 March 1575 (f. 4v), money spent in behalf of Mr Woodes during ‘the tyme of his trowble’, 1 August 1575 (f. 5v), expenses ‘abowte the keapinge and cawses’ of his wife Lady Windsor in 1574-75 (f. 6r), and other miscellaneous expenses, June 1575 (f. 6v); notes about the current state of his lawsuits in various courts, with reference to ‘my bookes therof’, ‘the bookes that must be copied owt’, and related ‘writinges…in a box with Sr Jhon Throckmorton’, 1575 (ff. 8r-9v); ‘The inventary of all my bookes and library’, comprising some 84 items in Latin, Italian, French and English, 10 [or 18?] November 1576 (f. 16v); expenses paid to ‘my farmor Willm’ for making copies and legal work (ff. 18v-19v); a list of witnesses to the payment of money and acquitances of Sir Francis Fleming, including servants of George and Richard Puttenham (f. 22v); ‘Remembrances of deades and writinges concerninge herrierde title’ (ff. 23v-24r); a list of items, largely household stuff, given by Lady Windsor to Katherine Paulet and Mary Ayshe (ff. 24v-25r); ‘An inventory of my pewter at London 1576’ (f. 25v); and an inventory of clothing and jewellery, c. 1575; on 27 leaves (including a few blanks), folio, together with three loosely inserted notes of different size: namely: (1) an autograph receipt signed twice by George Puttenham for ‘bookes & writinges’ given to him by Richard Paulet, including ‘seurall pamphletes of paper bookes writen’ and legal documents, and also ‘one letter of Queen Maryes’, 26 August 1582; and (2 and 3) autograph lists of the contents of a chest, travelling expenses, ‘Thinges browght from Herrierd to Vpton the xijth of october 1575’, debts, 10 May 1576, and clothing. 1574-76.
Among the papers of the Jervoise family, of Herriard Park.
Facsimile pages in Willis, pp. 420-2.
An octavo notebook, in varying scripts, includes notes on expenses and accounts; Italian-English vocabularies; linguistic and legal notes in English, Latin and French; some notes written in joined bubbles, others in bracketed columns; and ‘A catalogue of the booke[s] yt I browght from mystres ffranklins howse’ (listing over 40 books in French, Latin, Italian and English, and ‘wryten booke[s] of myn owne dyvers’), 88 leaves, in a vellum wrapper taken from an older document in Hebrew. Not in Puttenham's hand, but possibly compiled by members of the Paulet family. Late 16th century.
This volume is discussed, as if by Puttenham, in Willis, pp. 387-96.
Letter signed by George Puttenham (‘George Putenhm’), the text in the secretary hand of a scribe, to Mr [Thomas] Browne and Mr [Wiliam] More (i.e. Sir William More (1520-1600), the Commissioners of the Musters in Surrey), requesting exemption from taxation for the county musters since he is not a resident of Surrey but only temporarily borrowed ‘an other mans howse’ in the shire to ‘serve her matie’, referring to ‘my lord Threasurers warrant’ and to his serving the Queen (‘wherein beside[s] myne ordynary charge I am by comaundment spec[ially] ymployed’), on one (now mutilated) folio page, with address panel on verso, from Putney, 20 December [1560s?]. 1560s?.
Among the Loseley Papers of the More family.
A letter, in a cursive secretary hand, signed by Puttenham (‘Geo. putenham’), to his wife Lady Windsor, concerning a debt of £200 and admonishing her not to make ‘frivolous demands’. c.1576-7?.
Quoted, with a facsimile, in Willis, pp. 426-8.
Autograph letter (unsigned), to the Privy Council, about the ‘owtrages comytted upon’ him by Lord Thomas Paulet and his family and ‘seruante[s]’, whose ‘mallice’ put him ‘in danger to be murdred’ and brought him ‘into this great obloquye and distresse that the worlde seeth’, so that Puttenham objects to hazarding his liberty by appearing before the Council ‘only to sarue myn enemyes turnes, and to be noted for a fable to all the courte seekinge to answere a cowple of shameles weemen who neuer knowe tyme to make an ende’, on twelve folio pages, endorsed ‘A long lre drawne to the ll. [Lords] of the Councel. from Mr Georg Puttenham’, [25 October] 1578. 1678.
Autograph letter (unsigned) by George Puttenham to Sir John Throckmorton, along similar lines, on four folio pages [25? October] 1578. 1578.
Autograph letter (unsigned) by George Puttenham to Sir John Throckmorton, about his legal case and willingness to suffer imprisonment if necessary (‘…there is never a man in englande hathe knowne me so tender ovr my carcase, as that I wold not willinglie expose it to all dangers for my frende[s] sake…’), including notes on the matter as an endorsement, on two folio pages, [? 17 December] 1578. 1578.
Autograph notes by George Puttenham presumably sent to Sir John Throckmorton, setting out the state of the case relating to Throckmorton and Puttenham, drawn up as notes within linked bubbles, on a bifolium and single folio leaf, endorsed ‘Mr George Puttenham. The maters concerninge Sr John Throgmarton & him self drawn owte in tables’, [? December 1578]. 1578.
Autograph letter (unsigned) by George Puttenham to Sir John Throckmorton, about his ill-treatment by the Paulet family and why he will not appear before the Privy Council or deliver himself into custody, on four folio pages [25? October] 1578. 1578.
Autograph note (unsigned) by George Puttenham to Sir John Throckmorton, about their mutual ‘trowbles’ and how Throckmorton should conduct himself on his appearance before the Council; on one folio page [c. December 1578]. 1578.
Autograph note (unsigned) by George Puttenham to Sir John Throckmorton, about his ‘determynation’ to pursue his case, his unwillingness for Throckmorton to go to prison for his sake but insistence that he should ‘gyve away nothinge’ without Puttenham's consent (‘…my ll. [Lords] nor any man lyving shall gyve away any off my goode[s] or lyv[ing]e[s] but by order off lawe…’); on one half-folio page, [c.December 1578]. 1578.
Autograph letter signed by George Puttenham (‘Geo. putenham’) to Sir Richard Paulet, requesting him to find for him in his ‘boxes of evydence’ that he had in the Whitefriars and ‘in the yron bounde cheste’ an indenture between Puttenham and Kellham Throckmorton relating to Herriard (‘for I must needs vse all the writinges which are contayned in a schedule inclosed’), on one folio page, 11 May 1586. 1586.
Autograph ‘Consideracions’ by George Puttenham ‘to be vsed by syr Jhon Throck[morton].’ before his appearance before the Council, with Throckmorton's autograph answers and comments written in the margin, on three folio pages, [? June] 1579. 1579.
Bill of complaint to Sir Nicholas Bacon by Thomas Brooke accusing Thomas Councell and George Puttenham of ‘corruptly and disceitfullye’ cheating him out of his legacy ‘betwen them…by indirecte, and sinister meanes’, whereby they also caused him to be confined for twelve months in prison where he lived in misery and ‘in greate daunger of ffamyne’, 28 April 1564; separate answers by Thomas Councell and George Puttenham, dismissing his allegations as ‘vntrue’; and the replication to both answers by Thomas Brooke, on four membranes of vellum, . 1564.
Assignment by Robert Wursham (or Wonersham) to William, Lord Windsor, of lands in Weston Corbet and elsewhere, on one membrane of vellum, 23 September 1555. 1555.
In: Fifteen items chiefly relating to the case of George Puttenham versus his estranged wife Lady Windsor.
Extract, in court hand, from a rent roll for Lord Windsor's property at Bentworth, on both sides of a broadsheet. 1557.
A bill of complaint to Sir Nicholas Bacon, Lord Keeper, by Richard Puttenham, against Sir William Warham, concerning a dispute over a bargain and sale; with Warham's answer [undated: probably early in the period 1558-79 when Bacon was Lord Keeper]. [1558-79].
A bond between Jane Kydwelly and Elizabeth Lady Windsor, on a long strip of vellum, 3 March 1559/60. 1560.
A bill of complaint to the Queen by George Puttenham about the outrages committed against him by Thomas Lord Paulet and his followers, ‘whereby he was put in greate feare and parell of his Lyfe’, including their stealing his goshawk on 7 October and ‘beyng Ryotously arayed wt Sworde Buckler and dagger’ on 22 and 23 October, Thomas Paulet's attacking Puttenham on horseback and inflicting ‘two great and Large woundes’ in his ‘hedde wt his daggar’; and Paulet's answer, detailing how he was moved to give Puttenham ‘one litle Stroke vpon the head’ and, when attacked, ‘one other litle Stroke’, on two membranes of vellum, [c.November 1560]. 1560.
Interrogatories on behalf of George Puttenham against Thomas Paulet concerning the stealing of a goshawk from Puttenham's manor at Sherfield in October 1560; and Thomas Paulet's answers, denying knowledge of who stole it, on one membrane of vellum and two folio pages, 21 November 1560. 1560.
Recorded in Eccles, pp. 108-9. Quoted in Willis (as ‘SC 5,P46/11’), pp. 385-6.
Bill of complaint to Sir Nicholas Bacon by Andrew Vavasor of the Middle Temple, steward of the lands and tenements of Philip, youngest son of the late William, Lord Windsor, against George Puttenham, concerning Philip Windsor's rights and money owing to him; with George Puttenham's answer, referring to Vavasor's duty to ‘safely prserve’ Philip's ‘escriptes writtinges and munymentes’, as well as his title, and costs on Philip's behalf borne both by Puttenham and Philip's sister Elizabeth, on two membranes of vellum. c.1560s.
Bill of complaint to Sir Nicholas Bacon by John Paulet, Mary Paulet, Philip Windsor and Elizabeth Windsor, children of Elizabeth, Lady Windsor, referring to Lady Windsor's inheritance from the late Lord Windsor of goods and chattels to the value of over £3,000, from which, on 9 September 1559, she made a deed of gift to her children, but which her new husband George Puttenham wanted ‘for his pryvate gayne’ resulting in their being ‘defrauded’ of their rights; the lengthy answer to this by George Puttenham and Lady Windsor, denying that any such deed of gift was made; a brief summary of this answer; and the replication to this answer by the four complainants, insisting that a ‘Suffycyent wrytynge’ was made by their mother ‘wth her whole minde and full consent’ and ‘Seyled wth her Seyle and by her lawfully as her deyd of Grant dylyuryd’, on four membranes of vellum, [undated. c.1560s?]. c.1560s.
Bill of complaint to Sir Nicholas Bacon by Giles Moore accusing George Puttenham of cheating him ‘with pollecye and subtill invention’, out of the benefice and parsonage of Shaldon, Hertfordshire, which he let Puttenham take possession of and subsequently grant to John Bardolphe under the promise that Puttenham would secure the necessary dispensation from the Bishop of Winchester, which he failed to do, ultimately resulting in Moore's arrest; with Puttenham's answer, dismissing the allegations as ‘vntrue and insufficient in the lawe’, on two large membranes of vellum, [undated, but before 1566]. c.1560s.
Bill of complaint to Sir Nicholas Bacon by Thomas Colbie and Edward Gilbard against Richard Puttenham, Thomas Harrison, John Warton and others, seeking redress concerning a lease of property at Sherfield in Hampshire, referring to the involvement in this lease of George Puttenham, as well as Thomas Wayland and his wife Mary, on a single membrane of vellum, [undated, but probably early 1560s]. c.1560s.
Directions by Queen Elizabeth concerning the case of Richard Puttenham, found guilty of rape, 25 April 1561. 1561.
A bill of complaint to Sir Nicholas Bacon by Thomas Wayland and his wife Mary, widow of Robert Downes, seeking repayment by Richard Puttenham of £160 lent him by Downes, 2 November 1561. 1561.
‘A note or Inventory taken of the principall wrytingte[s] and Evidence[s] that remayne in my hande[s] of George Puttenhms Esquire the xix daye of October in the xxijth yeare of the Raigne of or soveraigne Ladye Elizabeth &c. [i.e. 19 October 1580] all wch are conteyned in two great Boxes whereof one hathe in him xv. smale Boxes and the other but xiiij as folloueth…’, 8 folio leaves, [1561-November 1580]. A detailed and systematic listing [? by Paulet] of some 100 deeds, bills, leases, bonds, acquitances, agreements, releases, certificates, wills, statutes, rentals and other documents, alphabetically arranged in groups, on ff. [1r-5v]; followed (on ff. [6r-8r]) by ‘A note of suche wrytinge[s] and Evidence[s] as have been delivrede to Sr John Throckmorton mr Puttenhn and theire servante[s] since the takeinge of the white ffryards’. 1561-80.
Quoted in Willis, p. 457.
A court roll concerning George Puttenham and the manor of Sherfield, on a long strip of vellum, 7 March 1563/4. 1564.
A bill of complaint to the Queen by George Puttenham against John Ashe concerning money owned to him in accordance with a statute staple resulting from a bond for £400 made earlier to Ashe by Henry Pockham who had since been attainted and executed, 13 May 1564, together with the Answer of John Ashe, denying the debt, on two membranes of vellum, . 1564.
Receipt, in a clerk's hand and signed by George Puttenham, for an obligation in paper by Richard Paulet, 24 July 1564. 1564.
Quoted in Willis, p. 459.
Record of a case between George Puttenham and Robert Dowe, in a Chancery Close Roll on vellum, Westminster, 3 April 1566. 1566.
Record of a case between George Puttenham and Thomas White concerning Richard Springham, in a Chancery Close Roll on vellum, Westminster, 23 July 1566. 1566.
A bill of complaint to the Queen by John Bardolphe, parson of Shaldon, about repeated assaults upon him by Sir Richard Apryce, William Longe, James Kerbye, John Joyner and others, who, on 11 July 1566, ‘wyth force and Armes and in Ryotous forcible and vnlawfull manner…wyth Billes gleves Staves swordes and other weapons Invasyve and Defensyve…dyd beate and grevouslye hurte and eville intreate’ him, pulling away a great part of his beard, to the fear of his life, an assault repeated about 7 August 1566 by George Puttenham and ‘dyvers of his Srvauntes to the Number of viij or ix p[er]sons’, who did also violently ‘break and throwe downe the dores of the said p[ar]sonage howse’ and ‘Caste hymne vpoon the ground and trode vppon’ him ‘wyth their fete’; Sir Richard Apryce's answer to this complaint; and the answer of Alice Mylles to Bardolphe's bill of complaint, on three membranes of vellum, . 1566.
A bill of complaint to the Queen by John Ashe against George Puttenham for his detaining and refusing to surrender a Statute Staple, making reference to a deal struck with Puttenham in or after 1556 when the latter supposedly ‘had good frendes which weare in good favor and estimacion with the saide ladie Quene Marie’; the answers of Puttenham's refuting Ashe's ‘slanderous’ allegations; and Ashe's replication to these answers, on three membranes of vellum, 1566. 1566.
Recorded in Eccles, p. 108. Quoted in Willis, p. 385.
Bill of complaint to Sir Nicholas Bacon by Richard Hartilpoole of Clerkenwell, accusing George Puttenham of defaulting in the payment of various debts and financial promises incurred during the course of some years of service, including his attending Puttenham on a six-week trip to Flanders, and a transaction with one Endlowe of London, a merchant lying in prison, in which Hartilpoole was ‘ignorantly’ duped, Puttenham being described as ‘a man of suche lewde lascivious, and wicked disposit[i]on in his lyvinge (to shamefull and to abomynable herein to be resyted)’ which he maintained ‘wth cullorable and indirecte practises’ and whose ‘detestable lief’ and ‘oppressions of poorer men’, such men as Thomas Brooke, Thomas Moore, Thomas Lipscombe, Thomas Puller, Thomas Ordeney, Giles Moore, John Bardolph and others have ‘friendly and secretly’ tried to persuade him to forsake, 29 April 1567; with Puttenham's answer, dismissing these allegations as ‘most of them…ymagyned and subtilly devysed’ slanders, on two large membranes of vellum, . 1567.
A formal licence to pass beyond the seas granted to George Puttenham by Queen Elizabeth, in a professional secretary hand, signed at the top by the Queen and bearing her seal. 5 May 1567.
Quoted with a facsimile, in Willis, pp. 396-9.
Autograph letter signed by Robert Horne, Bishop of Winchester, to Sir William Cecil, strongly opposing the appointment as a Justice of the Peace of George Puttenham, who ‘is a notorious enemie to god's truthe’ and ‘Sure his evel Life, his troublesom behavour is not vnknowne’, 21 January 1568/9. 1569.
HMC, Salisbury MSS, Part I (1883), p. 392. Quoted in Willis, pp. 398-9.
Pleadings, in Latin, in the Court of Chancery, Westminster, in a case concerning George and Richard Puttenham and the manor of Sherfield, on one large membrane of vellum, [c.12 February 1568/9]. 1589.
A bill of complaint to the Queen by Richard Hartilpoole (‘a verye poor and Aged man’) about George Puttenham's unlawful removal of bedding from his house to Puttenham's dwelling house in Trinity Lane, London, about 1564-65 [September or October 1565], and his withholding for three years of a £5 annuity due to him according to his deed of 5 April 1565, ; the answers of George Puttenham to Hartilpoole's bill of complaint, 17 May 1569; the replication of Hartilpoole to Puttenham's answers, 19 May 1569; interrogatoreis to be administered on behalf of Richard Hartilpoole to George Puttenham; Depositions of Edmund Walwyne, Richard Price, Richard Dyckenson and John Francis Maganza in answer to interrogatories by Puttenham, 6 June 1569; and (at the top) a warrant by the Queen and Master of Requests for the arrest and imprisonment of George Puttenham because of his disobedience, ‘To the manyfeste contempte of vs and or said Counsaill’, of their decree and other letters of injunction relating to Hartilpoole's bill of complaint, on five membranes of vellum and five folio pages, 24 July 1569. 1569.
Interrogatories, answers and depositions relating to Puttenham's supposed connection with John Hodges and a plot against the life of Sir William Cecil, 19-20 February 1569/70. 1570.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 401-12.
Deposition of George Puttenham in answer to interrogatories administered to him relating to the conduct of John Hodges (including Hodges's alleged advice that Puttenham should have ‘sought’ his ‘byll’ not by ‘Mr Secretary’ [William Cecil] but by ‘my Lorde of Leycester’ who ‘ys the chyck that sytteth next the hennes yt ys he that shall mary the Quene when all his doon’) and denying that Puttenham ever accused Cecil of being ‘a corrupt man’ or of offering money to anyone to kill him or of saying anything against the honour of either Leicester or ‘his good and gracious Ladye’ the Queen; also referring to his letters attempting to ‘purchase her Mate[s] favor, wch by vntrewe reporte[s] p[er]haps of late hath been w[ith]drawen’; written in the secretary hand of a clerk and signed at the foot of each page by Puttenham himself (‘Ge. putenham’), on 7 folio pages, 20 February 1569/70. 1570.
Articles disproving a suit by Richard Puttenham relating to George Puttenham and Francis Morris [February?] 1569/70. 1570.
Petition to Queen Elizabeth. c.1560s-70s.
In: A folio guardbook of miscellaneous Elizabethan papers, stamped foliation 1-280.
Deposition of Julio Mantuano, in Italian, affirming that five months earlier his employer George Puttenham offered him 200 gold scudi and a gold chain to kill his enemy the Bishop of London and that many times he spoke wicked words against the Queen and about the way she allowed herself to be governed by four petty scoundrels (quattro forfanti minimi), principally the Earl of Leicester, the document endorsed by William Cecil, 1 April 1570. 1570.
Quoted, in English translation, in Willis, p. 412.
Copy of an order by the Council in the Privy Council Registers, agreeing, with sureties of £200, to allow Puttenham, currently prisoner in the Fleet, to appear at Winchester Assizes, 15 June 1570. 1570.
Dasent, VII, 364.
Pleadings, in Latin, in the Court of Chancery, Westminster, in a case brought 27 August 1570 by George Puttenham, Richard Puttenham and Richard Charnock (their brother-in-law) against one Ansley, on one large membrane of vellum, [October-November 1570]. 1570.
Bill of complaint to Sir Nicolas Bacon by George Puttenham, with answers to it by the defendants Allen Egloubie, John Deninge and Francis Morris, and Puttenham's replication to Morris's answer; Egloubie's testimony claiming that they had lawfully broken into certain of Puttenham's ‘coffers’ or ‘chestes’ where they had found ‘secretly hidden and laied vpp to no good purpos certen coapes Vestemente[s] masse booke[s] Stolles Supaltarries…and soche lyke trumperie fitt for the s[er]vice of the masse and other Papisticall Service nowe abolisshed’, on five membranes of vellum, November 1570. 1570.
A bill of complaint to Sir Nicholas Bacon by George Puttenham and Elizabeth, Lady Windsor, claiming redress from Edmund Windsor, brother of the late William, Lord Windsor, for revenues from lands in Sussex, Berkshire and Hampshire which properly descended from Sir Andrew, Lord Windsor, to her; Edmund Windsor's answer dismissing the claim; the replication to this by George Puttenham and Elizabeth, Lady Windsor, supporting their claim; and Edmund Windsor's rejoinder, on four generally large membranes of vellum. c.1570.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 399-400.
A bill of complaint to the Queen by Francis Morris, accusing George Puttenham of inciting Thomas Baker and ‘dyvers other Ryotouse and evyll disposed p[er]sonnes…in vearye Ryotouse forcible warlike Rebellious and vnlawfull mannr…wyth Swordes Bucklers longe piked Staves welshe hookes and other weapons’ to break into the water mill at Sherfield and ‘in most Cruell and vnlawfull manner assault beate and wounde’ him to the ‘greate p[er]ille and Daunger of his lyffe’ and alleging that this happened ‘oftentymes’ [May 1571]; the answer of Puttenham and Thomas Baker to this bill, alleging that Morris ‘did falcelye and most maliciously corupte abette and p[ro]cure c[er]ten lewde p[er]sons to accuse’ Puttenham ‘of sundry greate and daungerous matters to th intent to bringe him to vtter discredyte and confusyon’, that Morris and others broke into his mill and ‘brake vp all his cofers stonderds and cheste[s] locked and ransackt and ryfled his goods…lyinge secretle in wayte to assaulte beate hurte wounde or kill’ him; and the replication of Francis Morris to Puttenham's answer, defending himself against the accusations ‘most sclaunderously and falsely’ made by Puttenham, on three large membranes of vellum, . 1571.
Interrogatories to be administered to William Pooley, parson of Sumworthe, and John Godsen on behalf of George Puttenham in connection with his suit against Francis Morris, concerning William Cater, ‘the principall worker of George Puttenh[a]ms trobles’, and his slanderous ‘accusacions’ against him, including whether Cater had said that ‘all the Judges in England were corrupted by the said George Puttenh[a]m’ and whether he tried to ‘subborne p[er]swade or stirre’ Pooley or Godsen ‘to accuse impeche or sue testifie or disclose matter against hym concerninge any cryme or offence against the Quenes Ma[jes]tie or the estate of this Realme’; and the answers signed by Pooley and Godsen, generally disavowing knowledge of whether Cater was chiefly responsible for Puttenham's ‘trobles’, on one membrane of vellum and three folio pages, [1571-2]. 1571-2.
Interrogatories to be administered to William Cater on behalf of George Puttenham and Margaret Marryner, the 78 questions concerning the alleged destruciton of her house by Francis Morris and others and the opneing of Puttenham's coffer of writings, aksing whether Cater was ‘not ill content’ if Puttenham appeared before the Council ‘for that the Lordes of the counsell knewe you well enough, And that the said George Puttenh[a]ms credit was cracked’, and whether he wrote encouraging Puttenham ‘to seeke revenge vppon’ Francis Morris and wanted him to burn his letters ‘lest yor conferringe wth hym might be knowne’; and the answers to this signed by William Cater, on five long membranes of vellum and seven folio pages, 22 May 1572. 1572.
Interrogatories to be administered to George Puttenham on behalf of Francis Morris concerning the alleged violent break-in of the mill at Sherfield, on one membrane of vellum; together with Puttenham's deposition in answer to these interrogatories, defending his rights to the manor of Sherfield and his alleged forcible breaking into the mill there, in the cursive secretary hand of a clerk, on 4 folio leaves, signed by Puttenham (‘Geo. Putenam’) on three of them, 31 May 1572. 1572.
Replication of Margaret Marryner to the answer of Edmund Morris, Jerome Wakesfield, Alan Eglonbye, John Digweede, and Humphrey Wake, supporting her bill of complaint concerning the destruction of her house as tenant, confirming George Puttenham's possession of the manor of Sherfield as her ‘true Landlorde and lawfull mast[e]r’, alleging that Francis Morris was responsible for the breaking into his manor where they ‘brake open all his cases locked and ransacked all his moveables goods wrytinge[s] ch[arte]rs leases bookes of Accompte Inventoryes’, etc., as well as ‘many other the lyke outrage[s] Demolishinge of houses…and vnlawfull facte[s]’, on one membrane of vellum, [c.1572]. 1572.
Copy of a royal injunction on Puttenham for Paulet's debts, in Latin, on an oblong folio page, January 1572/3. 1573.
In: 18 items chiefly relating to the case of George Puttenham versus his estranged wife Elizabeth Lady Windsor.
A bill of complaint by George Puttenham and Margaret Marryner against Francis Morris, his brother Edmund Morris, Allayne Eglonbhy, John Digweede, Thomas Digweede, John Bailife, Jerome Wakefielde, John Ellizander and others about their forcible entry into the house at Sherfield of Puttenham's tenant Margaret Marryner on 23 April 1571 and, along with William Cater, brother-in-law of Francis Morris, their subsequent repeated destruction of the house even after being rebuilt, when ‘wth swoordes drawne’ they pulled her out ‘by the heare of her hed and thrust owt her servant and…a suckinge childe…in the Snowe, where they were like to have perished for colde’, and their entering the mill at Sherfield and wounding ‘wth a swoorde’ one of Puttenham's servants, 5 May 1573; the lengthy answers to this by William Cater and Richard Hedd, referring to Puttenham as ‘a man well knowen to the worlde to be vniu[er]sallie malicious, inventious vnquiette full of brables of subtyll practyses and slanderous devyses…overconnynge in defacinge of truthe by wordes & speache eloquente and in invenc[i]on of myscheiffe verie p[er]fytte’; and the answer of Alleyne Eglebye, dismissing Puttenham's complaint as ‘full of faults…vntrue reportes and malicious pre[cee]dinges’, on three membranes of vellum, . 1573.
Copy of a commission by the Queen, concerning the River Loddon between Basingstoke and Twyford, addressed to John, Marquess of Winchester, and numerous other Hampshire gentlemen, including George Puttenham. 1573-4.
A fine between Sir John Throckmorton and George Puttenham and his wife Lady Windsor of the manor of Herriard and various lands for £120, [June] 1574. 1574.
Copy of an order by the Council, in the Privy Council Register, commanding the Warden of the Fleet prison to pay Puttenham £20 due to him, 22 July 1574. 1574.
Dasent, VIII, 274.
Deposition of George Puttenham in answer to interrogatories by John Paulet, defending the lawfulness of his proceedings and confirming that he made a deed obligatory in the name of John Paulet for £4,000; written in the cursive secretary hand of a clerk, signed by Puttenham eight times (‘Geo. putenham’) against various answers on two pages, on 5 folio pages in all, 11 May 1575. 1575.
Interrogatories on behalf of John Paulet against William Woodes, Richard Scoopham, Edward Felder and William Spire; interrogatories by John Paulet against George Puttenham, comprising seventeen questions about the estate of Elizabeth Lady Windsor and what happened to it, including ‘Wheather dyd you of yopr owne accord make seale & deliu[e]r vnto the said La: in the name of the said John poulet ane writinge obligatorie of the some of fowre thousand pounde[s] sufficientlie to dischardge the said John poulet his heire[s] Assignes and eu[e]ry of them’; and answers to the interrogatories by Richard Scopham, Williams Woodes (signed), and Edward Fylder, on two membranes of vellum and eleven folio pages, 11 May 1575. 1575.
Interrogatories to be administered to [John] Paulet, his wife Katheryn, John Haryson and others on behalf of George Puttenham concerning what they knew of the ‘deade or deades of guyfte supposed to be made by the Lady Elizabeth windesore’ of money, plate, jewels or other goods ‘to any of her chyldren’, 27 June 1575; and the answers of Katherine Paulet, mentioning that ‘the saide dede’ was drawen up by Haryson, though she did not know ‘who in groste it’, and referring to another ‘being in paper’, on one membrane of vellum and three folio pages, 30 June 1575. 1575.
A formal assignment by George Puttenham and Sir John Throckmorton to Queen Elizabeth for the repayment of outstanding debts, 27 September 1575. 1575.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 413-14.
Copy of a letter by the Council, in the Privy Council Registers, informing the Dean of the Arches of Lady Windsor's suit with her husband George Puttenham and her state of destitution, 31 October 1575. 1575.
Dasent, IX, 39-40.
Copy of a letter by the Council, in the Privy Council Registers, ordering Puttenham to obey the Court of Arches decree to pay his wife Lady Windsor £3 a week from the end of May until 18 November or else to appear before the Council to answer cause to the contrary.12 March 1575/6. 1576.
Dasent, IX, 96.
A note in Latin on the Puttenham-Windsor case, on two folio pages, 14 March 1575/6. 1576.
Quoted (in English translation) in Willis, p. 413.
Copy of a letter by the Council, in the Privy Council Registers, requiring the Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of London to settle the dispute between Puttenham and his wife, ‘for that the Ladies case seemeth Lamentable and her husbandes dealinge[s] extreme considering he hath all his Livinge[s] by her’, 20 April 1576. 1576.
Dasent, IX, 107.
A certificate of John Kingsmill, in Latin, concerning an ecclesiastical grant of absolution made to Puttenham and others in connection with the incident when they fought in Herriard churchyard on 9 May 1576, on a small membrane of vellum.
Copy of a letter by the Council, in the Privy Council Registers, ordering Puttenham to pay his wife £112, ‘wh[i]ch he hath heretofore contemptuouslie refused to do’, or else appear before the Council, ‘and not to faile in any wise as he will aunswer to the contrarie at his p[er]ill’, 19 June 1576. 1576.
Dasent, IX, 144.
Copy of a Privy Council order concerning the Puttenham versus Lady Windsor dispute, on a folio page, June 1576. 1576.
In: 18 items relating to the case of John and Sir Richard Paulet and others versus George Puttenham concerning Lady Windsor's estates.
A bill of complaint to the Queen by John Paulet against George Puttenham, relating to Lady Windsor's suit for divorce from him because of Puttenham's ‘wicked and incontynent lyf’ and ‘evill demeanres towardes her’ and his subsequent failure to honour his ‘promyses of reformacon’ or financial obligations ‘being retorned to his former wicked Lief’ with consequent debts to her and Paulet, and alleging that a bill obligatory ‘supposed to be mad to the said George Puttenhm’ by Paulet was ‘false & forged & not the very deed of yor said Subiect…forged & made (as yor said Subiect thincketh) by the said George Puttenhm or some other persone’, ; and Puttenham's answer to this, accusing Paulet of being maliciously intent on ruining Puttenham's ‘good name and fame’ and of ‘beinge noted a man of hym selfe weake of iudgement…ruled by other mens Counsell’, and defending the genuineness of the disputed bill obligatory for 1,000 marks, on two large membranes of vellum, 11 July 1576. 1576.
Deposition of George Puttenham in brief answer to interrogatories of John Paulet, concerning a disputed bill obligatory, in the cursive secretary hand of a clerk and signed by Puttenham (‘Geo. putenham’), on one folio page, 15 July 1576. 1576.
Deposition of George Puttenham in detailed answer to interrogatories by John Paulet, concerning a disputed bill obligatory (details of which he claims not to remember, mentioning ‘he hath had as he thinketh many l[ett]res and other writinge[s] sent vnto him’ by Paulet); written in the cursive secretary hand of a clerk and signed by Puttenham (‘George putenham~’), on three pages of two folio leaves, 21 November 1576. 1576.
A note on a hearing in the Star Chamber, on one page with an endorsement, 16 November 1576. 1576.
Interrogatories by John Paulet against George Puttenham, concerning a disputed bill obligatory for 1,000 marks, including ‘What is the name & Surname of the wryter …and what are the seurall names & srnames of the wytnesses to the sealinge & deliuringe of the same Bill’ and ‘What Specialtyes or wrytinges haue you in yor custodye signed & sealed wth the complainante[s] owne hand &c And how manye & what are the Contente[s] therof’, on one membrane of vellum, . 1576.
Interrogatories to be administered by William Assunden on behalf of John Paulet against George Puttenham concerning the disputed ‘Bill obligatorie of a M[1,000] m[ar]cke[s] which puttenham hathe supposed and averred to be dwe debt to him’, whether Assunden had ‘skill or knowledge in the Law and the Lattyn tounge to make suche a deed’ by himself and whether Paulet did; and William Assunden's answers signed, denying his knowledge of Latin himself, on one membrane of vellum and two folio pages, 5 December 1576. 1576.
Interrogatories to be administered to William Assunden and others on behalf of George Puttenham with respect to a bill of complaint of John Paulet, as to whether Assunden had ever been ‘vsed any tyme to be putt in trust’ between the respective parties ‘to wryte & make leases indentures obligacions dedes or suche other wrytynges’ and whether the obligation for 1,000 marks made by Paulet to Puttenham was ‘all of yor owne writynge’; and William Assunden's answers signed by him, on one membrane of vellum and three folio pages, November [1576/7]. 1576.
An obligation between John Paulet and George Puttenham, signed by Paulet, on a membrane of vellum, 15 February 1576/7. 1577.
‘The Inventorye taken and had the xiijth daye of ffebruarye A° xx° Regine Elizabeth of sundrye evydence[s] goode[s], and implemte[s] of household and other thinge[s] in the tenement late in the occupac of George Puttenhm…the White ffryars neere ffleetstreet in London by katherin Poulett wiefe of John Poulett Esquire…’, on sixteen folio leaves, in a wrapper of a recycled vellum indenture, annotated and inscribed by William Waller to his brother John, 13 February 1577/8. A detailed list (on ff. [2v-12v]) of some 370 numbered documents or groups of documents, in addition to a quantity of unnumbered items (‘more in the same red cheste’, etc.), followed (on ff. [12v-14r]) by a list of 112 ‘Bookes’ (English, French, Latin and Italian), including items at the end such as ‘Two pap booke[s] in pchmt one wryten in Rym dyalog’, ‘one lytle book in velim Contayning a dialog wrytten in Romane hand’, ‘One othr lyttle booke of Certeyne meeters Wryten in honr of her mate[s] name in pchemt bound wth greene leaves’, ‘A pap booke bownde in pchmt entitled a book of Accompte[s] betwene me & my ffarmers of heryard at or lady daye 1574’, and ‘a nomber of papers some Rimes. Riddles and othr Ragged loose papers’. 1577/8.
A bill of complaint to the Queen by George Puttenham, about the breaking-into his house in Whitefriars and other related problems, on 27 broadsheets; together with a petition by John Paulet to ‘your lordship’ concerning the Lady Windsor versus Puttenham dispute, on eight broadsheets, 3 February 1577/8. 1578.
A scribbled note (? by John Paulet) about their losing [? Puttenham's] ‘Artycles’ because they ‘woer of so lytle purpose that we nevr tooke care to prserve them’, endorsed ‘Artycles of Message betwene Powlet & Puttenha[m] vpon the special labor of Putte[n]h[am] by mr Owen’, on two folio pages, Easter Term 1578. 1578.
A letter to Sir Nicholas Bacon by commissioners reporting on the supplication of Lady Windsor to Secretary Walsingham against George Puttenham who ‘laborethe to be discharged of his xcomunycation (for not payment of the sayd somme of xliiijli)’, on a pair of conjugate folio leaves, 30 April 1578. 1578.
Quoted in Willis, p. 453 (as ‘to Lord Bughley (?)’).
A note in Latin on lawsuits against George Puttenham by John, Katherine and Richard Paulet, Barnabus Arnewode, and the scriveners Hieronimus Studley, William Dodd and William Deringe, on a quarto page, 29 March to 12 May 1578. 1578.
Quitclaim to Mrs Paulet, written in the hand of a clerk and signed by George Puttenham and by Sir John Throckmorton, relating to ‘Goodes or wrytynges wthin the white ffryers’, on an oblong slip, 8 May 1578. 1578.
An inventory of George Puttenham's ‘goodes and howsehold stufe’ at his lodgings in the Whitefriars ‘nere flete strete in London to be delyured in extent to John Pawlet esquier and Thomas Ashe gentleman’, including carpets, hangings, plate, furniture, etc., among them ‘iij greate chestes’, ‘ij greate boxes of wood for writinges with little lockes on them’, and ‘viij quiers of paper’, on three folio pages, 16 May 1578. 1578.
A list of legal costs incurred in the case of George Puttenham versus Lady Windsor, on two folio pages, 30 May 1575 to 9 June 1578. 1575-8.
Order by the Council, in the Privy Council Registers, to seek advice of the Master of the Rolls with respect to Lady Windsor's petition, 15 June 1578. 1578.
Dasent, X, 255.
Order by the Council, in the Privy Council Registers, for apprehending Puttenham and his servant John Cressett, 23 June 1578. 1578.
Dasent, X, 260.
Articles to be administered to Henry Burr, deputy to the Under-Sheriff of Middlesex, on behalf of Lady Windsor, concerning George Puttenham's imprisonment, on two folio pages, 24 June 1578. 1578.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 451-2.
Report, in the Privy Ciuncil registers, concerning Puttenham's willingness to defend himself in Star Chamber against the accusation that he unlawfully conveyed lands from Lady Windsor and without recourse to the Queen's pardon, 24 June 1578. 1576.
Dasent, IX, 148.
A letter signed by Sir John Throckmorton, to Sir Henry Wallop, about the verdict at the Hampshire assizes against George Puttenham and Throckmorton's refusal to let Paulet enjoy any lands in Herriard until his title has been tested, on two folio pages and an address leaf, September 1578. 1578.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 453-4 (as ‘to Thomas Ashe (?)’).
Order, in the Privy Council Registers, notifying the Attorney General that they are ‘moved with compassion’ for Lady Windsor and granting Puttenham twenty days to retrieve £120 from Lord Windsor before he appears before the Council, 26 October 1578. 1578.
Dasent, X, 355-6. Quoted in Willis, p. 454.
A letter by Sir John Throckmorton, in the Privy Council Registers, about deferred payment of £220 to Puttenham. 21 October 1578. 1578.
Dasent, X, 363.
Copy of a letter by the Privy Council to Throckmorton, requiring him to appear before the Council to answer Lady Windsor's complaints about his brother-in-law George Puttenham, 6 November 1578. 1578.
A letter by the Council, to Sir John Throckmorton, summonsing him to appear before the Council in order to bring ‘some order’ into the Puttenham-Lady Windsor dispute, 6 November 1578. 1578.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 455.
A letter by the Council, in the Privy Council Registers, to Sir John Throckmorton, notifying him of their requiring him or Puttenham to appear before the Council in order to bring ‘some order’ into the Lady Windsor dispute, 6 November 1578. 1578.
Dasent, X, 375-6. Quoted in Willis, pp. 454-5.
Deposition by George Puttenham in the case of Sir Richard Reade versus Francis Morris, in answer to interrogatories [see below], concerning the dealings of his brother Richard with his servant, the Italian-born Francis Manzaga, including reference to Manzaga's having once forged a deed in Venice and to ‘an evill prank’ played by him when in Richard Puttenham's service; written in the hand of a clerk on two broadsheets (a third continuing with a deposition by Thomas Temple), each signed by Puttenham (‘Geo. putenham’), 28 November 1578. 1578.
Recorded in Eccles, p. 108.
Interrogatories to be administered to Francis Morris (husband of Richard Puttenham's daughter) on behalf of George Puttenham, about the circumstances of his forfeiture of £1,000 to the Queen by virtue of confiscation and Morris's stay of it and repayment of it into the Exchequer; with Francis Morris's answers signed, confirming that ‘the byll signed by her matie was staied and Revokd’ by his means, on a membrane of vellum and two broadsheets, 2 December 1578. 1578.
A letter by the Council, in the Privy Council Registers, requesting Dr Lewes and others to ascertain what is owed to Lady Windsor by Puttenham, 8 December 1578. 1578.
Dasent, X, 430.
Letter signed by Sir John Throckmorton to Sir Francis Walsingham about the arrest of George Puttenham, [20? December] 1578. 1578.
Articles of the Privy Council to be administered to Puttenham concerning his dealings with Sir John Throckmorton, [20? December] 1578. 1578.
A letter signed by Sir John Throckmorton, to Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley, notifying him of the London sheriff's apprehension (‘wth some difficultie’) of his brother-in-law George Puttenham and requesting leave now to repair to his own house, 21 December 1578. 1578.
HMC, Salisbury MSS, Part 2 (1888), p. 226.
‘The answer of George Puttenham esquire, to the articles propoundedby the Lordes of the Councell’, concerning his dealings with Sir John Throckmorton, ‘this xij or xv yeares’, written in the secretary hand of a clerk and signed at the end by Puttenham (‘Geo. Putenham’), on four folio pages, 22 December 1578. 1578.
Warrant by the Council, in the Privy Council Registers, for the Keeper of the Gatehouse, Westminster, to receive Puttenham into custody, 23 December 1578. 1578.
Dasent, X, 435. Quoted in Willis, p. 455.
Throckmorton's answer to articles, in a professional hand, [22? December] 1578. 1578.
A letter signed by Throckmorton, to Sir Francis Walsingham, requesting the process in the Exchequer against him and Puttenham to be stayed, 23 December 1578. 1578.
Autograph letter unsigned, probably by Richard Puttenham to his brother George, complaining of his ‘Ingrate dealinge’ and the ‘so greate & continuall’ and apparently ‘endles’ trouble he causes his friends and relations, all of whom he has now alienated, [31 December] 1578. 1578.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 456-7.
A note about Puttenham's dealings with his brother [Richard] in Flanders in connection with the purchase of Sherfield and his making over the property to Throckmorton; together with an autograph note by Throckmorton [? December 1578]. 1578.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 396, 412 and 457.
Autograph draft notes (unsigned) by George Puttenham for Sir John Throckmorton, about his dispute with his wife and how Throckmorton should conduct himself before the Privy Council, with interspersed autograph comments by Throckmorton, on two folio pages [c.December 1578]. 1578.
Interrogatories to be administered against Francis Morris on behalf of Sir Richard Reade in the case of Reade versus Morris, concerning Richard Puttenham's residence at Sherfield and Francis Manzaga, including whether Morris knows ‘the hand in Wrytinge’ of Puttenham or whether he knows if Manzaga ‘was eur detectyd of eney foergerey or other fallshood’, on a long strip of paper, . 1578.
A draft letter by Lady Windsor, on the back of an unrelated letter, to Dr Lewis and the Commissioners of the Court of Delegates concerning her lawsuit, on four folio pages. c.1576-8.
A bill of complaint to the Queen by George Puttenham accusing John Paulet and his wife Katherine of ‘beinge malycyously bent and apt’ to do anything to hinder Puttenham's marriage with Paulet's mother Elizabeth, Lady Windsor, of persuading her ‘by fair words and slye practises’ before the marriage to sign a blank sheet of paper (‘the hand of the sayd Ladie Elizabeth so well knowen’) and then of forging a deed of gift to Paulet in 1571-74, with which they, John Harrison and others have tried to get hold of goods and chattels inherited by Lady Windsor from William, Lord Windsor; the separate answers to this by Cuthbert Bradford, 13 June 1575, Katherine Paulet, 25 June 1575, and John Paulet, 27 November 1575, dismissing the allegations and claiming that Puttenham ‘wastfully and as the common reporte is, very dishonestlye’ took advantage of ‘all the goodde[s] chattels and Juels of the Lorde Windsor and Richard Powlette w[i]thowt any p[er]formance’ of Lord Windsor's will; and the replication of George Puttenham to these answers, confirming his claims, on five membranes of vellum, [1575, but docketed Trinity 1578]. 1578?.
Puttenham's replication quoted in Willis, pp. 447-8.
Declarations of financial accounts and arrangements made between George Puttenham and Sir John Throckmorton in 1573-74, on three folio pages, endorsed ‘Before the lls [i.e. Lords]’, [1578?]. 1578.
Articles exhibited by George Puttenham to the Archbishop of Canterbury and ecclesiastical commissioners, concerning the ‘malice’ of Lady Windsor and her children, including allegations that she cohabited with her late husband's ‘most mortall enemies’ and sought to defraud him, on four pages of two pairs of conjugate folio leaves. c.1578.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 439-41
Details of Puttenham's revenues by Lady Windsor, on one broadsheet. c.1578.
Lady Windsor's allegations against George Puttenham exhibited before the ecclesiastical commissioners, to get a divorce, on two broadsheets. c.1578.
Notes on the manor of Herriard, its rates and land transactions relating to George Puttenham, including notes by Sir Richard Paulet (d.1614) outlining causes of the dispute between Puttenham and John Paulet, on four quarto pages, 1578. 1578.
A draft list of interrogatories, about whether an unnamed witness knows George Puttenham and can throw light on ‘wrytinge[s]’ concerning Herriard, on a small folio page. c.1578.
‘Notes touching fraudulent deedes of guifte’, on one quarto page; a two-column list of ‘obiections of Sr J. Throckmorton’ and ‘Answere of [John] Poulett’, endorsed, possibly by Puttenham, ‘Pawlete[s] demandes’, on two folio pages.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 428-9.
A bill of complaint of Lady Windsor against George Puttenham, enumerating her troubles with him for fifteen years (‘…not havinge the feare of god before his eyes [he] most wikydlie hather eur since lyved most incontene[n]t geving him self our to whoredome and other ungodly lief…not only wasted and consumed all [her] landee[s] and goode[s], But also in the same tyme moche [misabused?] her wth c[o]r[po]rell stripes beatinge[s] and other vnseamely acte[s] and demeanoures’ wasting her revenues ‘in the mainteynaunce of most vnhonest women and Nursinge of his Base borne children by him begotten of them’), on three broadsheets. c.1578.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 434-6.
A bill of complaint against George Puttenham addressed to Lord Burghley by Robert Hunt, John Wilwey, Marsell Whitley and John Talnall, farmers of various manors, relating to various of Lord and Lady Windsor's estates, alleging that c.1572/3 Puttenham took advantage of the absence of the Windsors' overseer to take unlawful possession of their premises, on twelve broadsheets, 1578. 1578.
A statement in Latin about the Puttenham-Windsor case, on two folio pages. c.1578.
A note in a secretary's hand, signed by George Puttenham (‘Geo. putenham’), presumably to the Paulet family, requesting them to ‘yelde me myne owne wth quyetnes’ and let the bearer Mr Owen have ‘the Inventory you haue take of my goode[s] or a copie therof’, on a small slip of paper. c.1578.
Lady Windsor's answers to George Puttenham's articles, passionately accusing him (‘so wicked a man voyd of all conscyence’ who ‘maried the Landes and the liuinge and not the woman’) of ‘vildlie’ treating her ‘more like a kytchin slaue then like a wyfe’ (‘Latelie ye haue most wickedlie attempted…to spoile me of my life wch beyng so I way ye ar no man for me to keepe any socyetie wth’), threatening to reveal such matters as his ‘sclawnderouse tounge hath Ranged’ as he will ‘spedelie Repent’, contemptuously dismissing his various allegations (‘you feare yor owne shadow’), swearing ‘you shall not still play the p[a]rte of Oliuer omrant as hetherto yor glorious hed p[er]swadeth you still that you daunce in a net so as no bodie may espye yor devises’, and declaring that he has ‘consumed and spoiled almost all’ and that what she herself has carried away ‘scarse amonteth to a payre of hose to my legge[s]’, on three folio pages. c.1578.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 438-9.
An autograph draft letter by Lady Windsor to ‘yor worshipps’ about Puttenham's ‘false sugestions’ (‘he hath such power to abuse you…he derideth you all, to yor owne faces’) and his cruelties to her (‘tendringe to the immynent danger of my life The manr whereof at large I am Ashamed for womanhed…to dilate vnto you’). Written on the back of an address leaf addressed by Katherine Paulet to her husband John Paulet, on a pair of conjugate folio leaves. c.1578.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 441-2.
Extract from a quitclaim, in court hand, by William, Elizabeth and John Paulet to Ralph and John Knight, on two broadsheet pages. c.1578.
‘A note of the first takinge of [Puttenham's] house in the Whitefriars’, a copy of various depositions in the case, on three folio pages, February 1578/9. 1579.
‘A declaracion of the true value of all soche Rente[s] Anuyties and Lande[s] as were graunted by George Puttenham Esquier vnto Sr John Throckmorton knight…xvij ffebruarie &c 1578’, on both sides of a broadsheet. 1578.
Copy of a letter by Sir John Throckmorton, concerning money received from farms and including news that the Sheriff has entered the manor of Herriard with ‘greate vyolens’, dispossessing tenants and delivering lands to Sir Richard Paulet, on four folio pages, 18 March 1578/9. 1579.
Autograph addition by George Puttenham of fourteen items to his schedule of the writings, evidences and muniments in his possession which were in his house in the Whitefriars on the day of the entry and ‘outrage’ committed upon him by Thomas Lord Paulet and others; the main text written in the hand of a clerk, on both sides of two membranes of vellum, [1578-79]. 1578-9.
Autograph addition by George Puttenham of five questions (Nos 34-38) to his interrogatories to be administered to John Paulet, Katherine Paulet, Richard Paulet, John Hall and others concerning Thomas Paulet's rifling of Puttenham's papers; the main text written in the hand of a clerk, on both sides of a membrane of vellum, [1578-79]. 1578-9.
Copy, in court hand, in Latin, of the final concord between Lady Windsor and Jane Kydwelly about land at Herriard and elsewhere, on two folio pages. c.1578-9?.
Draft of Lady Windsor's responses to George Puttenham's allegations, on four folio pages. c.1578-9.
‘Briefe: notes declaringe sundrye devises and p[er]swasions vsed by mr Puttenhm to the Ladye Windsor his wiefe; and others, as meanes to accomplyshe his foule and ravenous practyse of disseason in the Manor of heriard to the…spoile of John Poulett’, on a broadsheet. [c.1578-79].
‘The Lady windsors answere to the vntrue Allegacons of George Puttenhm to the Lo Archebysshopp of Cant and the Lorde of London’, including her claims about ‘in what meane estate she tooke him’ which should have ‘caused a man of honest and good disposyc[i]pon to haue had a great deale more care and regard for the maintenance of her happy dayes’, about ‘his cruell and vnmanly handlinge of her thourough Stripes. pynches. and suche lyke’, the ‘beastlyke demeanures’ of ‘so incestyous and vnsatyable a man wth diurse lewd women’, and other offences by him so that ‘She thinkethe also herselfe bound to abandone the company of so evill & vytious a p[er]son least she should be partaker of his iust punyshm[en]t for the same’, on six folio pages. c.1578-9.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 442-5.
Autograph addition by George Puttenham of three questions (Nos 29-32) to his interrogatories of Hieronimus Studley and William Dodd relating to his papers that were allegedly rifled by Thomas Paulet; the main text written in the professional hand of a clerk, on the recto of the second of two long membranes of vellum, [1578-79]. 1578-9.
Answers of Richard Paulet, Francis More and William Dodd to George Puttenham's bill of complaint about their breaking into his house in the Whitefriars, on eight broadsheets. c.1578-79.
Letter, or copy-letter, signed by Sir John Throckmorton, to Sir John Paulet, on three broadsheet pages, 28-31 March 1579. Concerning financial matters partly relating to George Puttenham and his wife and mentioning his own search of ‘a nomber of papers and bookes confusedly scattered in dyvers places’ concerning his debts, mentioning also in a postscript the violent and outrageous manner in which the Sheriff of Hampshire has entered the manor of Herriard and dispossessed all the tenants to deliver the estate to the Paulets; subscribed with a note signed by Paulet's wife Katherine. 1579.
Order by the Council, in the Privy Council Registers, to deliver the disputed lands of Puttenham to John Paulet, 1 March 1578/9. 1579.
Dasent, XI, 61.
Allegations exhibited 10 May 1577 and the response of Lady Windsor, on one folio page, Easter 1579. 1579.
George Puttenham's replication to ‘the severall Answeres’ of Lord Thomas Paulet, Katherine Paulet, Richard Paulet, Francis More, Thomas Welche, William Dodd, John Halle, Thomas Ayshe and John Wooldrige, on seven broadsheet pages, 17 May 1579. 1579.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 447-8.
Council proceedings, entered in Robert Beale's hand: in the Privy Council Registers, about investigating the dealings of Puttenham and Sir John Throckmorton, 17 May 1579. 1579.
Dasent, XI, 129-30.
A bundle of twelve vellum documents, heavily mutilated, relating to the Paulet family's alleged outrages against Puttenham. Including: Two bills of complaint to the Queen by Puttenham, one for 3 February 1577/8, referring to the Paulets' breaking ‘in most riotous & violent manner’ into his lodgings in Whitefriars and into ‘two cheste[s] & iii or iiij caskette[s] deskes & hampers that co[n]teyand nothinge but evidence[s] deeds & wrytinge[s]’ of his and others committed to his charge ‘concerninge lande[s] tenemente[s] goode[s] cattell debte[s] righte[s] and intereste[s] to a very greate valewe’ and forcibly abducting and imprisoning him in Middlesex; answers to his bill of complaint by Lord Thomas Paulet (31 January ‘1578’), Richard Paulet, Thomas Welche (referring to Puttenham's ‘troublous nature and Malicious mynd’, 23 January ‘1578’), John Wooldrige (3 February ‘1578’), John Hall (who executed the writ of excommunicatio capiendo on Puttenham), Richard Paulet (again), Francis More and William Dodd; Puttenham's interrogatories to be admininstered to John Hall (including whether he did ‘assaute the sayde Putenhm by the highway syde as he roode, and pursed & Chased hym a myle or twoo wth yor sworde drawen’, and Hall's answer); and ‘The replicacone of George Putenham’ to certain of the answers; a note in Latin on the examination; and a fragment dated 18 May 1579. 1578-9.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 448-40 (as ‘STAC 5/P33’).
Autograph ‘Petitions’ by George Puttenham ‘to be exhibited by yow whan ye haue tried all that can be doon of the former pointe[s]’, drafted for Throckmorton's use, with interspersed autograph comments by Throckmorton; on one folio page, [June?] 1579. 1579.
Autograph memorandum by George Puttenham ‘Concerninge the court. pointe[s] for Sir T[hrockmorton]. to consider of’ in order to ‘rydde owreselvs of this trowble at the court’ but stressing that his appearance before the Council would ‘vttrly destroy’ Puttenham; on three folio pages, [June?] 1579. 1579.
Lady Windsor's petition agianst George Puttenham and Sir John Throckmorton, concerning ‘the sinister dealinge[s] of them therin’ with respect to lands at Herriard, docketed with a note about the delivery from Sir Francis Walsingham of relevant documents concerning Herriard, on a broadsheet, 3 July 1579. 1579.
Autograph agreement signed by George Puttenham (‘Geo. putenham~’), countersigned by his former wife Elizabeth Lady Windsor (‘Elizabethe wenser’), for a settlement between them, specifying his allowances to her and overseeing by Sir John Trockmorton or someone else appointed by the Council, Puttenham's text considerably emended in the hand of Lord Burghley, who has also added the names of the Lords of the Council; on one folio page, tipped into Volume IV of the Privy Council Registers, Greenwich, 13 July 1579. 1579.
Dasent, XI, 188-9.
The Council's settlement of Lady Windsor's case against Puttenham, in the Privy Council Registers, 13 July 1579. 1579.
Dasent, XI, 168.
Articles of agreement between Lady Windsor, George Puttenham and Sir John Throckmorton, written and signed in her hand, on a folio page, c.July 1579. c.1579.
A note of arrears due to Lady Windsor from 30 May 1575 until her divorce from Puttenham on 9 June 1578, on one folio page, [November 1579]. 1579.
‘An Inventory of suche goode[s] and cattells of George Puttenham Esquyer as remayned att vpton and heryerd…praysed & vallewed’ by John Hyde and ten other valuers, on a folio vellum leaf, endorsed with notes about other legal documents. 1579.
A series of depositions, interrogatories and answers concenring Thomas Paulet's and others' alleged outrages against George Puttenham, including Puttenham's interrogatories for Thomas Ashe, son-in-law of Lady Windsor, with 26 questions, and the answers (chiefly signed) by Thomas Welche (26 January 1578/9), Thomas Ashe (24 May 1579), Katherine Paulet (27 May 1579), Thomas Lord Paulet (13 February 1578/9), Wiliam Dodd (28 November 1578), Francis More and Richard Paulet, on three membranes of vellum and 39 folio pages, . 1579.
Council proceedings, in the Privy Council Registers, wanting Throckmorton to find out why the agreed settlement by Puttenham was not performed, [c.1579-81]. c.1579-81.
Dasent, XI, 299.
Bill of complaint to Sir Thomas Bromley, Lord Chancellor, by William Bethell of Winchester, accusing George Puttenham, Robert/Thomas Hannington, and John Warne of conspiring to undermine Bethell's rights in a manor in 1561/2; with the answers of Puttenham, Hannington and Warne denying the charge, on two large membranes of vellum, [undated, but between 1579 and 1587]. c.1579-87.
‘The Coppye of the Inventory of the plate goode[s] and catalle[s] of the right honerable will[ia]m lorde wyndesor’, on a roll of 24 broadsheets.
A note of extracts from court rolls of the manor of Herriard when it was in the hands of Sir Richard Paulet and George Puttenham, on four folio pages, undated. c.1570s.
‘A declaraco[n] of the waste made in and vppo[n] the houses and growndes at heriarde by George Puttenhm Esquire’, on a broadsheet, undated.
Another note about George Puttenham's land-holdings in the manor of Herriard, on one folio page, undated.
‘A copy of mr putenam Apeale’, in Latin, on two folio pages.
Depositions by seventeen persons in answer to Lady Windsor's allegations about George Puttenham's adultery with various women, the children they bore him, and the physical violence he had inflicted upon herncluding various testimonies that Puttenham was reputed in the country to lead ‘a very evill and dissolute lyfe’, ‘a verye vngodlye life’, living ‘incontinently’, ‘wth dyvers women a longe tyme’, and to keep ‘a young woman secretly’, being ‘a hansome comelye younge woman’; that he kept at his own charge Elizabeth Johnson (who, by one account, named herselfe ‘Besse Malon’) at a house in Upton Grey and that he was seen to visit her ‘secretlye’ at various times for half an hour or more at a time in a chamber with the door kept shut; Elizabeth Johnson's own testimony confirming that, after having her brought to a house in Paddington, Puttenham ‘wth much adoe had his pleasure carnallye wth her’ and then kept her at his charge in various houses over a period until his wife Lady Windsor and others found her at Upton Grey and brought her to Herriard Manor; others, including widwives, reporting that ‘a wenche’ named Eleanor and Katherine Kirby both had children by Puttenham, who paid for their nursing, and that Eleanor was now Nicholas Newbold, the parson of Bradley's, wife; Thomazine Harte also testifying that Puttenham and his man James Kirby had made repeated attempts, with ‘greate offers of rewarde[s]’, to ‘allure her Daughter to consente…to satisfye his fylthye lustes of concupisence and fornicac[i]on’, offers which she ‘vtterlye abhorred’, which led to much ‘discorde and displeasure’; with further reports that Puttenham had ‘often tymes beaten and struken the saide Ladye Eliz his wiefe and behaued him selfe very Rigorrouslye by punchinge and throwinge her downe by violence’, on one occasion, ‘in his rage and furye’, throwing his wife ‘downe like to burste her backe & Rybbes’, in Latin and English, in a folio booklet of 22 pages. c.1570s.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 415-18.
‘The cause of complaynte Wronge[s] and Iniuries sustayned by the Lad Elizabeth Windesor By George Puttenham her husband by the space of these xv yeres last past’, about Puttenham's ‘lewd dealinge[s], accusing him of adultery with Izarde Cawley’, her servant and gentlewoman, whom he tried to marry off ‘the better to geave Colloure to his incontinente Dealinge[s] wth her’ the very thought of which ‘had almost coste the sayd La[dy] her lieffe’, his harrassment of another ‘waitinge gentlewoman…of tender yeres called Mary Champneys’, as well as one Jane Woodes (he ‘assaulted the said maiden in moste wicked maner and therewth also shewed her what thraldome and miserye she should sustayne and therefore the next way was to assente vnto him in his Carnall Desires…after that he brote her wth child and Carried her to Antwrappe in fflanders…where she was Deliured of child…and lefte her in there in grete misery’), his getting a house cook with child which he ‘fathered…vpon one of his Servinge men’, his getting ‘one Elenor chambre maide’ with child who was ‘then Conveid to one Nicholas Newbollte Clarke his howse’ where she was subsequently ‘kepte and deliured of Child’, and his taking ‘wth greate Violence one Elizabeth Johnsone and in Moste Detestable and brutiyshe maner’ using her for ‘three yeres last paste’, as well as having ‘most wickedlie assailled the wyfe’ of one of her neighbours, on one broadsheet, undated. c.1670s.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 414-15.
Two petitions by Puttenham to Queen Elizabeth and the Privy Council, in a minuscule calligraphic hand, one requesting the Queen to confirm the recommendation of the Council ‘for a booke to be made in that case requisite, and fitt to passe your Royal Signe: thereunto presented by Mr Secretary Walsingham’, on two oblong folio pages, endorsed ‘a petycon to the Queen Elizabeth from mr Puttenham a very odd one’, undated. c.1670s.
Notes on lands that George Puttenham had by Lady Windsor, on a broadsheet. c.1670s.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 452-3.
Answers of Lady Windsor to George Puttenham's ‘false Allegac[i]ons…laide against her to the Lorde[s] of the Counsell’, including her recollection of the earlier occasion when ‘wth a weapon called a bastynadoe’ he ‘beatte the said p[er]sons in very contemptuous maner and brake one of their heds very sore’ and other ‘outrage’ by him, her trusting that the Lords will not blame her for separating her self ‘from the company of soe evell a man, and better late then never, havinge so longe forborne to vtter the vnspeakeable myseryes’ she had ‘endured wth modestye’ which ‘womanhed did forbid’ her to disclose; appealing to the Lords ‘not over lightlie’ to give credit ‘to his gloryous and paynted speache whose custome is all supreme authorities and ordynarye & civill governement as a mockarye to vse’, who ‘in greate glorye and boaste of his owne witt and invenc[i]on’ defied the summons to appear before the Lords, and where she and her children ‘did thincke to haue Cloyed him wth the aucthoritie of the higher powers he was then sicke sicke sicke’, on three folio pages, undated.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 445-7.
The answer of M. Paulet to George Puttenham concerning the ‘Riott in the White friars’, on four broadsheet pages. c.1570s.
A brief note of costs for ‘places wasted & damage[s]’ and an account of the damages, on a slip of paper and one folio page. c.1570s.
A list of points relating to Throckmorton etc., endorsed ‘Brief of poulette[s] petycon to my lorde Threaseror’, on a quarto leaf. c.1570s.
‘A briefe of mr George Puttenhms practyses against Richard Poulet wherin he the said Richard requirethe redresse’, on a broadsheet page. c.1570s.
‘All the demaunde[s] that Mr Pauwlett can make (as I suppose)’ and [?Puttenham's] answer, in a cursive secretary hand, on three folio pages. c.1570s.
Quoted, with facsimiles, in Willis, pp. 423-6.
A bill of complaint to the Queen by Henry Thackham, who for two years had served George Puttenham ‘in thoffice of his clark and in other busynes and affaires’ at an annual salary of £10 but who had accrued in Puttenham's service expenses of £40 which Puttenham ‘wthout respect of any vpright dealing’ had refused to pay, having also ‘by his synister practises and subtill p[er]swasions and devyces procured and allured’ Thackham in Puttenham's affairs ‘to spende and consume…the some of C  m[a]rke[s]’, on one membrane of vellum, [undated, c.1570s-80s]. c.1570s-80s.
Receipt, in the hand of a clerk signed by George Puttenham (‘Geo. Putenham’), for an indenture dated 20 December 1559 received from Richard Paulet and also referring to a release of 27 July 1565, on an oblong octavo page, 18 October 1580. 1580.
Quoted, with a facsimile, in Willis, p. 460.
An autograph note signed by John Cressett, recording receipt for his master George Puttenham from Sir Richard Paulet of ‘one paper note…touchinge certen wrytinge[s] that was to be delyurd vnto Willm Woode[s]’, on a small strip of paper, 22 October 1580. 1580.
A receipt, in the cursive secretary hand of a clerk, signed by Puttenham (‘Geo. putenham’), for the return by Richard Paulet of ten specified books of Puttenham, on a single page, 22 October 1580. 1580.
Quoted in Willis, with a facsimile, pp. 457-9.
‘A note of my lorde W[indso]rs & lord Tresorers lre to my La. Throckmrton’ concerning her late husband's lease with George Puttenham and title to Heriard, on two folio pages, after 22 May 1580. 1580.
An autograph receipt signed by George Puttenham (‘Geo. Putenham’), relating to a ‘wryting’ received from Sir Richard Paulet concerning an annuity of £240 granted to Puttenham by Paulet on behalf of Lady Windsor on 4 June 1565, the receipt witnessed by the scrivener John Browne before the notary John Hunte, on a single page, 4 November 1580. 1580.
A receipt signed by George Puttenham, for a deed of gift from Richard Paulet dated 10 December 1565(?) for goods and chattels that Puttenham is making over to Sir John Throckmorton, on one page, 2 May 1581. 1581.
Quoted in Willis, p. 459.
An autograph receipt signed by George Puttenham (‘Geo. putenham’), relating to an indenture of 30 November 1562 received from Sir Richard Paulet concerning legacies and obligations between Puttenham and Edward Lord Windsor, on one folio page, 5 June 1581. 1581.
A letter by the Council, in the Privy Council registers, requesting the Judges Delegate to help Lady Windsor to get the relief due to her, 19 June 1581. 1581.
Dasent, X, 93.
A letter by the Council, in the Privy Council Registers, ordering Puttenham to settle Lady Windsor's complaints or answer to the Council, 7 August 1581. 1581.
Dasent, XIII, 162.
An autograph letter signed by Sir Thomas Bromley, Lord Chancellor, to George Puttenham, urging a settlement of the controversy between him and Paulet, on a folio page, 16 August 1581. 1581.
Letter by the Council, in the Privy Council Registers, requesting commissioners to investigate or settle the Puttenham-Windsor dispute relating to the Herriard estate, 11 September 1581. 1581.
Dasent, XIII, 203-4.
Copy of George Puttenham's information against Thomas Ashe (husband of Mary Paulet), John Hanle, Richard Knight, John Wells and William Bethill, for alleged unlawful possession of a moiety of Weston Corbett manor, Upton Bernard in Upton Grey, and property in Worthy Mortimer and Hartley Wintney, on two broadsheets, November 1582. 1582.
‘A breyfe of the controversye betwene ffredericke L: Wyndesor, and George Puttenham Esquier’, with reference to the annuity granted to Elizabeth Lady Windsor and Puttenham's ‘lewde and covenous practyses’, [1582?]. 1582?.
A formal document by Puttenham surrendering to Queen Elizabeth all his lands in order to pay off debts, on six pages, 5 June-7 July 1583. 1583.
In Willis, pp. 459, 461.
Interrogatories to be administered on behalf of John Hall to Christopher Wilmot of Herriard, on two broadsheets, 22 October 1583. Concerning George Puttenham's alleged attempt to gain possession of land. 22 October 1583.
Petition by Sir Richard Paulet to the Privy Council for the reclaim of Herriard from George Puttenham and Sir John Throckmorton, 10 November 1583. 1583.
A petition to the Privy Council by Richard Paulet, for reassurances by George Puttenham and the late Sir John Throckmorton's son, Francis, concerning the manor of Herriard and a farm in Upton, which Puttenham had illegally surrendered to the Queen, [November 1583]. 1583.
Quoted in Willis, pp. 461-2.
Richard Puttenham versus Thomas Hargrave and Elizabeth his wife concerning the manor of Sherfield, 1583. 1583.
Letter by Geoffrey Le Brumen to Sir Francis Walsingham, in French, mentioning his visits to ‘mons[ieu]r puthnam’, who as usual excused not paying, telling him he had ‘vgne assigna[ti]on’ by the Queen signed by most of the Council but which Walsingham has delayed and remitted to the judgement of [Sir Philip] Sidney (‘…Il ne restoit que vous de laider & fauoriser & que sur ugne petite difficulte p[ar] opposition qui est extreme[?] vous aves retarde son affaire requettant son affaire a congnoistre p[ar] Monseigneur de sidnay’), about which Puttenham is joyful (‘Joyeux’), saying he would gladly pay £100 to Sidney or anyone else to get the matter settled, 29 May 1584. 1584.
Edmund Molinex versus Thomas Colbie and Richard Puttenham concerning the manor of Sherfield, 1584. 1584.
‘Copies of such writings and euidence as perteine to the sute of Mr George Puttneham’ for the Queen's return of a £1,000 forfeiture ‘which he might have saued’ if he had ‘shewed him self eyther an vnhonest or vnthankfull subiect’, the Council's agreeing that Francis Morris took unfair advantage of him and ordering that ‘Mr Secretarie’ should ‘moue’ the Queen in Puttenham's favour, 8 February 1584/5. 1585.
In: A folio guard-book of independent Elizabethan state papers, stamped foliaton 1-237.
Autograph list by Puttenham of ‘Writinge[s] to be deyuerd by Ric pawlet’, on a folio page, 11 May 1586. 1586.
Autograph letter signed by Sir Richard Paulet, [to George Puttenham], about finding the ‘writinge[s]’ left by Paulet's father which Puttenham requested and which he will send him via his ‘coosen waller’, on an oblong octavo page, 23 May 1586. 1586.
Autograph receipt signed by George Puttenham (‘Geo. putenham’), for various ‘parcells of writinges’ from Sir Richard Paulet via John Waller, on one folio page, 26 May 1586. 1586.
Petition by Richard Puttenham, after four years' imprisonment, relating to his estranged wife Mary, 3 May 1587. 1587.
Petition relating to Richard Puttenham and Katherine Jenninge, widow, 6 November 1587. 1587.
Petition to the Queen by George Puttenham about his alleged wrongful arrest and imprisonment because of a writ of excommunication against him of 3 November 1587 drawn up by William Kingsley, Clerk of the Court of Chancery, disputing its validity in view of the Queen's general ‘acte of free p[ar]don’ of 15 February 1586/7, as also the validity of the transcript made by Edward Orwell, registrar of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Court; and answers and counter-claims to this petition by William Kingsley, George Farmer, Edward Orwell and Paul Powle, on four membranes of vellum, [c.1587-8]. c.1587-8.
Record in Latin, in a Chancery Close Roll on vellum, of a grant to George Puttenham in consideration of his faithful and acceptable service (‘in consideratione boni veri & fidelis & acceptabilis servicii nobis’) of the reversion of the leases of the rectories of Marten, Wiltshire, and St Botolphs without Aldgate, London, at annual rents of £18 and £22 respectively, [May 1588]. 1588.
Record in a Signet Office register on vellum of ‘A lease in Revercon graunted vnto George Puttenham esqr of the p[ar]sonage of Marten in the County of Wilteshr & ye personage of Sr Botholphe wthout Aldgate London for the terme of xltie, yeare[s] Rent xlli, & noe fyne in consideracon of service Sub: by the L: T[reasu]rer, & Sr Walter Mildmay. Procured by Mr wyndebancke’, May 1588. 1588.
Interrogatories to be administered to George Puttenham on behalf of William Woodes against Humphrey Forster, concerning what Puttenham knew about Forster and his dealings; related interrogatories for Roger Hatton and Joane Jerom, and for Woodes's solicitor, John Cresset, the later dated 28 January 1588; together with answers signed by John Cresset (8 February 1588/9), and by Roger Hatton (21 February 1588/9), on five large membranes of vellum. 1589.
Interrogatories to be administered to George Puttenham on behalf of William Woodes against Humphrey Forster, concerning what Puttenham knew about Forster and his dealings; related interrogatories for Roger Hatton and Joane Jerom, and for Woodes's solicitor, John Cresset, the latter dated 28 January 1588; together with answers signed by John Cresset (8 February 1588/9), by Roger Hatton (21 February 1588/9), and by George Puttenham (5 March 1588/9). 1589.
Deposition by George Puttenham in the case of William Woodes versus Humphrey Forster (or Foster), in answer to interrogatories, concerning his dealings with Forster, accused of unlawfully trespassing and taking away a thousand sheep at Aldermanston, alleging that Puttenham threatened to bring to Star Chamber the foreman of a jury at the Guildhall for acquitting Forster contrary to the evidence, giving details of jurors at Forster's trial at Reading who came to Puttenham at his lodgings at the Bear and of the foreman of the jurors, Mr Chocke, at Forster's trial at Westminster, who came with Forster to Puttenham's lodgings in the Strand, where a deal was struck which Forster later renaged on, and of other subsequent meetings with jurors at Puttenham's lodgings in the Old Palace at Westminster; written in the hand of a clerk on four large membranes of vellum, each of them signed by Puttenham (‘Geo. putenham’), one signed twice, 5 March 1588/9. 1589.
Recorded in Eccles, p. 109.
‘Articles to be inquired of executed and p[er]formed for and on the behalf of her matie in the Counties of Staff warwick and Oxford’, inquiring about outstanding debts to the Queen of Sir John Throckmorton deceased and George Puttenham, in seventeen several bonds of £40, the document signed by Sir John Fortescue, Chancellor of the Exchequer, on one membrane of vellum, [undated, but between 1589 and 1603]. c.1589-1603.
John Caborne versus Richard Puttenham and John Morris relating to the manor of Sherfield, 1590. 1590.
A lawsuit involving Richard Puttenham's estranged wife Mary Puttenham, 1591. 1591.
Autograph draft letter signed by Richard Paulet, to Lord Burghley, about his ‘longe, and chargable Sutes in Lawe’ with George Puttenham to his own ‘great hinderance and almost vtter vndoinge’, mentioning Puttenham's suit to the Queen for the return of £1,000 paid by him into the Exchequer (‘And to that purpose had yor honors & others the lle[s] of the cownsells order for a booke to be drawne for yt & passte her hignes signet, yet he was crossed therin (I thinck thoroughe gode[s] p[ro]vydence for his lewdnes) by Mr Sackford, so as he receyved yt not’) and requesting this repayment be bestowed upon him instead, on a folio page, 3 December 1593. 1593.
A letter by Lord Burghley to Sir Richard Paulet, politely declining his request for repayments in connection with his long lawsuit with George Puttenham, 2 January 1593/4. 1594.
Tax assessments of George Puttenham in St Margaret's parish, Westminster, for £10 a year ‘in lande[s]’, in a register of the taxation of lands and fees in the county of Middlesex in 1581 and 1594. c.1581-94.
In: A folio composite volume of miscellaneous state papers, over 220 leaves.
Recorded in Eccles, p. 109.
Quitclaim between Richard Puttenham and William Eles concerning land in Agmondesham [Amersham], Buckinghamshire, 4 July 1595. 1595.
‘Certeyn sentences collected: concerninge maryadge’, endorsed (? by Sir Richard Paulet), with a memorandum about where he had laid his own books, including: ‘On the left hand of the chest beyinge opening I lawyd and Packt all the bookes I had of Mr Puttenham, wch reached halfe way the chest…next mr Puttenhams bookes aforesaid I layde all my Lattyne bookes, greeke…and suche like’, on two folio pages, 18 December 1596. 1596.
Mention of George Puttenham's having allowed Sir Richard Pexall to enclose part of Herriard Common, in one of fifteen items relating to a lawsuit between Richard Savage and Sir Richard Paulet, 1598-1605. c.1598-1605.
Documents relating to a lawsuit between George Puttenham's beneficiary and administratrix Mary Simmes, widow, and Sir Richard Paulet, concerning the administration of Puttenham's estate, including her charge that Paulet and twelve others had unlawfully and ‘in rioutous manner wth Iron Barrs’ entered Puttenham's house at Whitefriars, arrested him and removed certain goods, and Paulet's answer (of 18 November 1611) referring to George Puttenham as his grandmother's ‘most…lewde husband’, seven items, seven pages in all, folio and octavo. 1610-13.
A bill of complaint to King James I by ‘yr poore and distressed subiect’ Mary Simmes, widow, administratrix of George Puttenham's Will, against Sir Richard Paulet, demanding restitution for the chattels, books and ‘diuers Evidence[s], Indentures Leases, statuts, Obligac[i]ons, bonds, bills, defesants [defeasances], certificats, and other Writings’, all ‘of a very greate valewe’, which his parents John and Katherine Paulet had violently taken away from Puttenham's lodgings in Whitefriars [in 1578], referring to the inventory of ‘Nine Leaves’ they had delivered to Puttenham's servant John Cresset about November 1579 ‘as a trew coppy’, the goods kept by the Paulets being worth £1,000 or more, and explaining how she had looked after Puttenham in his sickness, spending ‘not only the little goods she had but also her time’ in his service, being now reduced to extreme poverty; Sir Richard Paulet's lengthy answer, defending the lawfulness of his family's proceedings (in which, however, he took no part, being then only a youth) and summarising related matters concerning title, valuation and subsequent legal and financial arrangements, mentioning a letter by ‘Humfrye Moseley secondarye of woodstreet’ about a jury's valuation of ‘so many of ye said Puttenhms goode[s]…at twentie three pounde[s] four shillinge[s] and two pence’, referring to Puttenham as ‘an ill disposed man, much bent to troubles’, who ‘as the world knoweth by keeping the plaint[iff] or other leawd women giving cause of divorce’ had ‘much abused’ Paulet's grandmother, Lady Windsor, 29 April (docketed 5 May) 1613; and Mary Simmes's replication to this answer, insisting that the goods the Paulets had originally taken were worth £5,000, referring to another inventory of certain of George Puttenham's goods left in Herriard House to the value of £2,000 or more which Richarde Paulet gave to John Cresset about November 1597, and demanding restoration or recompense, on three membranes of vellum, 4 July 1613. 1613.
Recorded in Eccles, p. 109 (as Req 2/414/196).
Answer by Sir Richard Paulet to a ‘slanderous’ bill of complaint against him by John Lee and others, on three folio pages, 28 March 1614. Mentioning the ‘great suite[s] in law’ he and his father had with George Puttenham who married Sir Richard's grandmother ‘and would have defeated him of his land, yf yt had not ben holpen in the highe court of Starchamber’, by which means he was ‘left muche indebted at his fathers deathe Chardged wth divers Legacies’, [c.March-April 1614]; one of eight items concerning complaints against Sir Richard's magistracy in 1606-14. 1614.
An autograph letter signed by Lucy Jervoise, to Mr Guidott, referring to Puttenham's having ‘intangled’ her grandfather ‘in bondes…in ye Lady Winsors time’. c.1630s.
A later inventory of Lord Windsor's goods, on two quarto pages. 19th century.
Puttenham's last will and testament, entirely in the hand of a scribe, bequeathing all his goods and chattels, including his bille[s] bonnde[s] ‘obligac[i]ions’, to ‘Marye Sym[m]es wydowe his servaunt…for the good service she did hym’, written in the presence of Sebastian Archebold scrivener, James Clerke, William Johnson ‘and dyvers others’, ‘aboute the fyrste day of September Anno d[omi]ni 1590’; proved according to a subsequent inscription in Latin, 14 October 1594. 1594.
A registered copy of Puttenham's last will and testament, which was written c.1 September 1590 and proved 10 October 1594. 1594.
Copy of George Puttenham's last will and testament, with an account in Latin of the probate and administration of it by William Woodfall, on a folding membrane of vellum, 14 October 1594. 1594.
Last will and testament of Richard Puttenham, entirely in the hand of a scribe, written as a ‘prisoner in her maties Bench’, bequeathing all his goods to ‘my verely, reported and reputed daughter Katherin Puttenham’ and appointing ‘my trustye frinds John Armatage and John Peter’ as his ‘overseers’, witnessed by William Blithe, John Calvert, Frances Syckes, Thomas Blithe and John Peter; made 22 April 1597, proved 2 May 1597. 1597.
A registered copy of the last will and testament of Richard Puttenham, made 22 April 1597, proved 2 May 1597. 1597.