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CHARLES I (1600-1649), King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Letter signed ('Charles R') to Sir Thomas Holte, 1st Bart, Rycote, 7 August 1627.
CHARLES I (1600-1649), King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Letter signed ('Charles R') to Sir Thomas Holte, 1st Bart, Rycote, 7 August 1627.
CHARLES I (1600-1649), King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Letter signed ('Charles R') to Sir Thomas Holte, 1st Bart, Rycote, 7 August 1627.
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CHARLES I (1600-1649), King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Letter signed ('Charles R') to Sir Thomas Holte, 1st Bart, Rycote, 7 August 1627.

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CHARLES I (1600-1649), King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Letter signed ('Charles R') to Sir Thomas Holte, 1st Bart, Rycote, 7 August 1627.

One page, 307 x 208mm, integral address leaf, papered seal. Provenance: sale at Sotheby's, 14 July 2011, lot 2 (part of lot).

Charles pleads with the builder of Aston Hall not to disinherit his son. Sir Thomas Holte has threatened to disinherit his eldest son, Edward, for having married Elizabeth King, daughter of the Bishop of London: Charles pleads the son's cause, underlining that Holte's actions threaten the line of descent for the baronetcy which he had bought from James I, 'where a severe proceeding against yo[u]r sonne would endanger the overthrowe of yo[u]r house ... and leave that tytle of hono[u]r w[hi]ch must descend upon him by o[u]r late Fathers gratious grant, contemptible'; and he promises to make up for any inequality of estate between bride and groom by advancing the son's career.

In accordance with the promise in this letter, Charles did give Edward a post in the royal household, and Holte seems to have desisted from the threatened disinheritance: but according to Elizabeth's brother, the poet Henry King, he 'denied them competent means whereby they might subsist'. Holte was the builder of Aston Hall, one of the great Jacobean houses: Charles stayed there shortly before the Battle of Edgehill in 1642, at which Edward Holte was wounded.

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