3 December 2003
BACON, Sir Francis, 1st Baron Verulam and Viscount St Albans (1561-1626). Letter signed ('assured, Fr. Verulam Canc[ellarius]') to Lord Edward Zouch[e], Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Gorhambury, 3 August 1619, written in a secretary hand, the place, date and closing in an italic hand, one page, folio, integral address leaf, traces of seal (the 1st leaf numbered in a different hand in the upper margin, contemporary endorsement, seal tear, repaired, remains of guard on left edge).
Bacon writes as Lord Chancellor of England, to inform his correspondent of a forthcoming legal case affecting his prerogative. 'There are protest gone out at Mr Attorney Generalls prayer against Hugh Hugginson and Josias Ente concerning the busines against the Dutchmen in Starchamber. Out of a desire to extened the ancient priviledges and customes due to your place not to serve such protest within your jurisdiction without your leave and contente, I have thought it good hereby to desire your L[ordshi]p for his Ma[jest]ies service, that you would cause them forthwith to be sent p[a]p[ers] to answer Mr Attorneys Bill and abide such further proceedings as their case shall require'.
The letter is signed with Bacon's recently granted title: he had been created Baron Verulam the previous year.
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