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,
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
..as hee knew of none, that weare voide, but if I coulde here of any, hee
this 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
newes here is none wurthie writinge but that my Lorde Ammorall goeth
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
To the right Worshipfull Mr
Walter Bagot his louinge
father at Blithefielde
this be delivered with