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TWO RECEIPTS FOR ALMS GIVEN TO THE PRISONERS IN THE POULTRY COMPTER PRISON.

POULTRY COMPTER PRISON.] EDGEWORTH, Richard, steward.

Editorial: London 21 January /3 and 19 August 1623, 1622
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Manuscripts in brown ink on paper, two small slips of paper (approx 205 x 80mm and 200 x 75mm); both badly stained, the first with tear and old repair on verso; the second with small hole affecting a couple of letters. Two most unusual manuscripts, recording the gift of alms to the poor prisoners in the Poultry Compter Prison. This was an ancient sheriff's prison to the eats of Grocer's Hall Court, kept mainly for prisoners committed by the Lord Mayor; it was also notoriously dirty and unhealthy. In 1628 the astrologer John Lambe died here, after being stoned by a mob who had followed him from a performance at the Fortune Theatre, and who accused him of witchcraft; the playwright Thomas Dekker is supposed to have spent time here also. The alms-giver on both occasions here was the Earl of Middlesex. Lionel Cranfield (1575-1645), elevated to his earldom in September 1622, was probably the richest man in England after the King: he had made his first fortune in the cloth trade, but diversified into money-lending, commodity speculation and the purchase of crown lands. He then attracted royal favour on the coat-tails of Buckingham, and was spectacularly successful in reducing the court expenditure of the luxury-loving James. In 1623 he was at the height of his power, but the enemies he had made on his way up succeeded in impeaching him, and by 1624 he was out of office and economically damaged, though not ruined. The present documents show Middlesex in a good light: in both, Richard Edgeworth (described as the Steward) acknowledges receipt of three shillings weekly, 'by the hande of Mr Ayres', and given to 'the poore prisoners in the hole in the poultrey compter', 'for which wee giue god thankes and daily praie for all our good benefactors'. N° de ref. de la librería 11617

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Título: TWO RECEIPTS FOR ALMS GIVEN TO THE PRISONERS...

Editorial: London 21 January /3 and 19 August 1623

Año de publicación: 1622

Encuadernación: Hardcover

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