Letter from Lewis Bagot to Walter Bagot, 1604 November 20, L.a.64

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This article features a transcription of a Folger Shakespeare Library manuscript, Letter from Lewis Bagot to Walter Bagot, L.a.64, (November 20th 1604), featured in the Age of Lawyers Exhibition, September 13, 2015-January 3, 2016.

More manuscripts from this collection can be found in the Guide to the Papers of the Bagot Family. More transcriptions from this collection can be found on the Papers of the Bagot Family Folgerpedia page.

Lewis now reports that Sir Walter Aston has "deceived me," explaining that he feared Sir Walter would "give me the slip, as he did." We don't know if Lewis ever found a chamber. He died at 24. A 19th-century Bagot interested in the family's history wrote much later that Lewis was "wild and unlike most of his family."


Below is a semi-diplomatic transcription of folio 1 recto of Folger manuscript L.a.64. 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.

L.a.64, Folio 1 recto


My duty remembered: I have receaued your laste letter diliuered by Mr Broune,

whoes chamber hee is content to let mee haue at his departure: but Mr Harris hath promised,

at the endinge of this terme, to helpe mee to a chamber, within the temple which if hee doe

not parforme, then I will trouble Mr Broune for his chamber: but I thinke it. Whereas

I write before, that Sir Walter Aston woulde let mee haue his chamber, to the tyme

that I weare better prouided, hee hath nowe deceaued me forthe laste tyme I was

with him beinge saterday, hee toulde mee I that hee coulde not goe oute of London:

before the saterday folloinge, and then I shoulde haue his chamber: then I came

to his chamber, vppon the wendsday followinge, because I would be sure to speake

with him, lest hee shoulde giue mee the slipe, as hee did & hee was gone out of the toune:

nowe if hee had bene minded, to haue let mee had his chamber, hee woulde haue sent mee

woorde, of his departure: for I toulde him wheare I did lye, and prayed him that if

hee went a way before, hee woulde sende mee woorde. As for newes heare is

none wurthy the writinge the kinge is nowe at Royston the Queene and prince

at Whitehall. Soe crauinge your dayly blessinge and my good motheres to whome

my duty I hope yow will remember not forgettinge my duty to my Grandemother

and commendacons to my sister Anne and frrancke and to my brother Haruy &

Richarde. I moste humbly take my leaue this xxth of Nouember 1604.

Your dutyfull sonne

Lewis Bagot


To the right worrshipfull his louinge father

Mr Walter Bagott at Blithefield

these be delivered with Sp[e]de