Letter from Lewis Bagot to Walter Bagot, November 10, 1604 L.a.63

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This article features a transcription of a Folger Shakespeare Library manuscript, Letter from Lewis Bagot to Walter Bagot, L.a.63, (November 1604), featured in the Age of Lawyers Exhibition, September 12, 2015-January 3, 2016.

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Below is a semi-diplomatic transcription of folio 1 recto of Folger manuscript L.a.63. The transcription below was created by the Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) project. To access an image of the original leaf, click on each transcription's heading.

Obtaining a legal education required finding a place to stay at an inn of chancery. In this letter to his father, 17-year-old Lewis Bagot describes his difficulties in locating a chamber and notes that Sir Walter Aston, a lawyer, has not come to his aid. The Bagots were lawyers, so their connections should have helped Lewis find a place. For an image of the document transcribed below, click here.

Transcription of L.a.63, fol. 1r


Sir my humble duty remembred etc, I did receaue very lately a letter, and

and two 2 priuie seales from yow, diliuered by Sir walter Aston, the one accordinge

to your letter I did diliuer to mr Mr Broune, which was my vnckle Kynersles,

the other I haue in my owne keepinge: Accordinge to your letter, I haue bene

With Sir Walter Aston, whome I intreated, to helpe ^ me to a chamber, whoes answer

W..as hee knew of none, that weare voide, but if I coulde here of any, hee

woulde doethis beste to helpe mee to one. Then I ackesed him what hee

woulde doe with his chamber, when hee went in to the cuntrye summewhat

vnwillinge sayed I shoulde haue it if pleased mee, vnto the tyme that I were

other wayes prouided, and no before Munday sennight which is the seuen xviith

of this Moneth hee doth not goe a waye doune and till then I am att Tomsones

neuer the lesse I am in commones and haue bene this weeke. As for new

newes here is none wurthie writinge but that my Lorde Ammorall goeth imba

Imbassoder in to Spayne and Sir Richard Luceon goeth with him. Knightes

are made very faste still: My vncle Kynerslyes matter betwixt my vnckle

Trew and him, I thincke will either bee taken vppe, or else be referred

to summe gentilemen in the cuntry, for Sir Walter Chetwind, and Mr

wouslye, followethe matter verie closse. other newes I haue none but that

my monye goeth away to faste: and soe crauinge your dayly blessinge

and pardon for my errores, or bouldenes here in committed I moste humbly

take my leaue this x th of Nouember./ 1604

Your obedient sonne till death

Lewis Bagott


To the right Worshipfull Mr

Walter Bagot his louinge

father at Blithefielde

this be delivered with