EDWARD VI

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Lot 139
EDWARD VI

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EDWARD VI
Warrant signed (“Edward” at the head) and counter-signed by the Duke of Somerset (“E: Somerset”), Lord Protector and Governor of the King’s Person, and six other members of the Privy Council, addressed to Richard Bonnye (or Bunny), Receiver of the Royal Rents and Revenues in the Counties of the Northumberland, Cumberland, Westmorland, Lancashire, the Bishopric of Durham and the Archdeaconry of Richmond, commanding him to deliver annually to Sir Thomas Grey, Treasurer of the town of Berwick, the sum of £3000 for the payment of the fees and wages of the officers and soldiers of the town; with a partly intact papered privy seal, on one skin of vellum, diamond-shaped spindle hole in upper left margin, three contemporary or near-contemporary endorsements, some rubbing, affecting a few words, especially towards the right-hand side, and dust-staining, the upper edge somewhat frayed, 210x 285 mm., given under the signet at the Manor of St James’s, 24 May [1547]

Footnotes

  • SIGNED BY THE NINE-YEAR-OLD EDWARD VI, FOUR MONTHS AFTER THE DEATH OF HENRY VIII, as well as by the Duke of Somerset, Lord Protector and de facto ruler of England. The other signatories of this document are Henry Fitzalan, twelfth Earl of Arundel, Lord Chamberlain; Sir Thomas Cheyne, Treasurer of the Household; John Russell, first Earl of Bedford, Lord Privy Seal; Sir Ralph Sadler, Master of the Great Wardrobe; and, seemingly, Sir Anthony Denny, Groom of the Stool and de facto controller of the Privy Purse, although only the initials "AD" are legible. Sir Thomas Grey, beneficiary of this warrant, was to lose the treasurership of Berwick on the fall of Somerset two years later, being replaced by Richard Bunny, to whom the warrant is addressed.

    Documents signed by Edward VI very rarely occur for sale. The present example is from the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps (sold at Sotheby's, 27 June 1977, lot 4865), as being from MS 25912. It probably derives from the collection formed by the antiquary John Wilson of Broomhead (1719-1783), which included a volume of Bunny's papers as receiver of the Northern Revenues: a contemporary description of the opening of Edward's first parliament from the same Phillipps MS being now in the Parliamentary Archives, HL/PO/RO/1/84.
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