JANE'S COUNCIL and THE PROCLAMATION OF QUEEN MARY
Two documents, the first by Queen Jane's Council announcing Mary's proclamation, the second reporting on Queen Mary's speech at the Guild Hall in the face of Wyatt's Rebellion and on the arraignment of Jane father, the first directed to the Bishop of Salisbury and six knights of Wiltshire, the second sent to one of these knights, comprising:
(i) Privy Council order announcing the proclamation of Mary as queen, subscribed by Thomas Cranmer as Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Goodrich Bishop of Ely as Lord Chancellor, the Marquess of Winchester as Lord Treasurer, the Earl of Bedford as Lord Privy Seal, the Earl of Shrewsbury, the Earl of Pembroke, Sir Thomas Cheyne as Treasurer of the Household, the humanist and late King's tutor Sir John Cheke as principal Secretary of State, and Sir William Cecil (afterwards Lord Burghley) as second Secretary of State, addressed at the head to the Lord Bishop of Salisbury and six knights residing in Wiltshire or nearby in Gloucestershire (all serving at some point as Members of Parliament), namely Sir Henry Long, Sir Anthony Hungerford, Sir William Wroughton, Sir John Marvyn, Sir James Stumpe and Sir John Thynne "and to every of them", sending their proclamation of Queen Mary which is to be read throughout the county : "wee havying no good oportunitie afore this tyme have proclaymed this day in the Citie of london, our sovereign lady Quene Marye to be in juste and laufull possession of thimperiall crowne of this realme, as by the proclamation sent to youe herewith more playnly shall appere. These be therfore to require youe any other former lettres or commaundmentes from us notwithstandyng, accordying to your bounden duties to shew your selfes faythfull and obedient subiects unto hir highnes, not only to see the said proclamation in hir name proclaimed, and to take order that the subiectes be kept in due and faythfull obedience unto hir"; and asking that they rally the gentlemen of the shire to her service; docketed by the recipient "The copy of the Councell lettre sent to the byshop of Sarum me & others the xxij July 1553", nineteenth- century pencil docket "Order to proclaim Queen Mary in Wilts 1553: B 18", 1 page, folded for delivery and filing, light dust-staining overleaf where folded and exposed, light dust-staining elsewhere but overall in fine and attractive condition, folio, "From Baynardes Castell the xixth of July 1553"
(ii) Report submitted to the same recipient by Thomas Chaffyn, subscribed "T.C.", headed "The oracyon made by the Quenes highnese to her Commons of the Cytie of London at the Guild hall upon Candlemas eve the ffirste yere of her most noble reigne", the first half of the letter providing the substance of the speech ("...The mother never toke more care fro her Childe borne to her great paynes than I have for you..."); the second half describing the Duke of Suffolk's arraignment for high treason at Westminster Hall on 17 February "upon Saturdaie laste paste" [i.e. Saturday, 17 February 1553]; with integral address leaf ("To the right Wurshipfull and hys singular good Master Yeve these with speade"), folded for delivery and with trace of seal, docketed by recipient "young chafyns Lettres of the queens highness oraction in gyldhall 1[st] February", 1 page, on paper bearing a Little Pot watermark, integral leaf dust-stained on the outside where folded and filed, very light weakness at folds, but overall in fine and fresh condition, folio, [London, between Sunday 18 February and Saturday 24 February 1554] (2)