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John Gruffythe, Caernarvon, to his cousin Sir William Morris, kt,

The man from whom John Gruffythe had the old commission sent to him three times this week for it and John Gruffythe promised to bring it with him on Monday to the Quarter Sessions at Beaumaris. Remembers that William Morris told him that he left a copy with the Clerk of the Crown and that will serve as William Morris well knows. If John Goche comes home before William Morris's going, William Morris shall receive all the news that John Gruffythe has. Marvels for John Goch. Hopes William Morris will excuse John Gruffythe in [?Parliament] if necessary.

George [Lloyd], bishop of Chester, Chester, to Sir William Morice, kt,

William Morice's 'unkynd conceate' of George Lloyd's dealing with him is without cause, for to make William Morice an acquittance for last year was to acknowledge himself satisfied with rents as yet unpaid, in regard to which must tax the farmers with unkindness and more. Willingly acknowledges what he has received and wishes William Morice to note that two and a half years' rent is unpaid; if William Morice or any other should pay it to the bishop of Bangor, he is authorised to receive it by George Lloyd who also allows his acquittances. If this seems unreasonable, George Lloyd must get his rents out of the [ ] as best he can, still retaining love and friendship. Concerning the last clause in William Morice's letter can say nothing before he sees William Morice's lease, since he has no counterpart. Endorsed: Note in the hand of Sir William Maurice.

[Sir] Henry Johnes, Talley, to [Sir William Maurice],

Has sent £120 by the bearer. Since he had to send his brother Herbert to Oxford and is behind in receipts from tenants and farmers, this being the 'most bare and needye yeare for money' that he remembers in these parts, is compelled to presume on William Maurice's love and borrow £40 of William Maurice's money for a while; will send it in a fortnight. As for his acquittance from William Maurice last May, did not ask for it when they last met because of William Maurice's sickness; request to send it by the bearer.

[Sir] Henry Johnes, Talley, to [Sir William Maurice],

Hearing that his mother is 'somwhat diseased' thought it his duty to send his servant the bearer to see them, hoping and praying that she will make a full recovery. Has heard by report, though not with any certainty, that William Maurice expects Henry Johnes to meet him at Llanbadarn next Monday or Tuesday. Since his wife has been brought to bed of a girl and is still very ill, cannot do this, but begs William Maurice's patience to postpone it for a fortnight, by when Henry Johnes hopes she will be stronger. Will send William Maurice's money by Monday next by his man John ap Ieuan. Endorsed: Accounts in the hand of Sir William Maurice.

[Sir] Henry Johnes, Talley, to his father in law Sir William Mores, kt, Clenennau,

Let William Mores not be offended that Henry Johnes has not sent him his money by the bearer as expected; this is because his Cardiganshire tenants are not to pay him until 20 days after St Luke's day [18 Oct.], as the bearer, to whom Henry Johnes has shown the leases, will say. After that will pay immediately without fail; will also send payment to his grandmother, as she demands and whatever else is required to discharge himself with regards to every other point of William Mores's last letter. Endorsed: Note in the hand of Sir William Maurice.

R[obert Cecil, Earl of] Salisbury, at His Majesty's house at Whitehall, to his friend Sir William Maurice, kt of the ...,

R[obert Cecil, Earl of] Salisbury, at His Majesty's house at Whitehall, to his friend Sir William Maurice, kt of the shire for Caernarfonshire. So little care has been taken lately for the speedy collection of the 'ffifteenes' granted to the King by the last Parliament, that the accounts are far short of expectation, the main reason therefor being that the knights of the shires did not appoint collectors before 12 Feb. as required by the statute. Warns William Maurice in friendly fashion out of duty and for advancing the King's service, of this omission, and requests him according to the statute either to nominate collectors before that date or to certify the Chancellor before 1 March that he has not done so, so that upon timely notice further order may be taken as convenient.

[Sir] Henry Johnes, Abermarlais, to his father in law Sir Willam Moris, kt,

Has received William Moris's letter in which he sees William Moris has brought a process against Henry Johnes and his sureties which he will yield to William Moris for he cannot sleep quietly for them, and would willingly be rid of them. Will bring them soon and whatever Henry Johnes wrote to William Moris he will perform, for he would not offend William Moris who has shown him love like his own father.

[Sir] Henry Johnes, Emlyn Castle, to his father in law Sir William Moris, kt,

Has received William Moris's letter in which William Moris asks for payment; has sent £100 by the bearer and William Moris shall have the other £100, with interest, as soon as possible. The county is bare of money at present and Henry Johnes knows William Moris would not have him make a bad bargain. Refers himself to William Moris's consideration; knows William Moris cares for his well-doing and does not desire to hinder him, nor does Henry Johnes wish for William Moris's loss. As for Llanbadarn, will [?attorn] the tenants to William Moris for his own payment and that of Henry Johnes's grandmother if it amounts to so much. Will give more for taking them and altering the days. Rather than anger William Moris will refer himself to him and will be with him about 26 June to do his duty to his mother and to end all matters in good sort. William Moris should be his own [ ? ] rather than that Henry Johnes should give him cause to 'law' with him; Henry Johnes would strain himself to the utmost before giving offence to his mother. Will bring with him the easements and all writings he has relating to anything William Moris had from him. Entreats William Moris not to be offended; Henry Johnes will satisfy him when he sees him.

[Sir] Henry Johnes, Emlyn Castle, to his 'father' [Sir William Maurice],

Has received William Maurice's letter by his man Robyn; William Maurice seems discontented with Henry Johnes's sudden return from London the last time. When Henry Johnes sees him shortly, will tell him his mind and the reason therefor. As for William Maurice's money, will send his man John ap Ieuan between now and next Monday or Tuesday with as much as he can get; William Maurice shall have the rest with interest 'at Sainct James next.'.

[Sir] William Thom[as], Caernarvon, to his father in law Sir William Maurice, kt, Clenennau,

Has received a letter from the Privy Council to the high sheriff and justices of the county requiring to be informed of the names, additions, quality and places of all the freeholders in the county by [ ] at the furthest; encloses a copy thereof. Requests William Maurice's assistance with the names and additions of all the freeholders in the commote of Eifionydd, William Maurice's limit. Sir John Wynne promised to send a note of the names of those in Creuddyn, Nantconwy and Isaf by Palm Sunday, and William Thomas has written to the justices of the peace of Llyn to do the same for those three commotes and to Sir William Glynne in Uwchgwyrfai. Has also written to them to be at Caernarvon next Monday for further conference; William Maurice's presence or advice will greatly avail for the county's good. The word 'quality' in the letter admits various constructions; all should agree as nearly as possible for the county's good. 'Pauca sapienti'. Partly torn and faded.

Ralph [Eure, Lord] Eure, Ludlow Castle, to his friends Sir William Morris, Sir William Thomas and Sir John Wynne, kt's ...,

Ralph [Eure, Lord] Eure, Ludlow Castle, to his friends Sir William Morris, Sir William Thomas and Sir John Wynne, kt's, his deputy lieutenants in Caernarfonshire. Hears by letters of the Deputy of Ireland that Lord Delvin, an Irish baron, committed for high treason to Dublin castle, escaped on 22 Nov. Therefore gives order within his jurisdiction, especially on the coast, that they lie in wait to discover and apprehend him if he arrives there. Encloses a description of him received from Ireland [See No. 235a]. Requests each of them to be vigilant that any person, however disguised, found or taken suspiciously, should be strictly examined and if found suspicious, kept 'faste' until Ralph Eure be informed. Meanwhile let them inform the market towns and other 'places of resorte' thereof. Notes of examination by William Thomas and receipt by William Maurice. 235A. 'The Lord Delvin a Baron of Ireland'. Aged about twenty two, he is of middle stature and well proportioned with a little beard and black hair. He is lean and pale of complection. He escaped from Dublin castle 22 Nov. 1607. 'Teste Alured'.

Richard Pryse, Llanllyr, to his cousin, Sir William Morris, kt,

Received a letter to-day from his cousin Sir Harry Johnes, saying that he and William Morris have arranged a meeting at Llanbadarn Fawr on Tuesday 22 Sept. to settle some controversies between them. Had appointed long before a commission to survey to be held on the same day at Pennal, Merionethshire, which is likely to continue until the next Saturday if not longer. Has already had the county summoned and witnesses from distant counties served, and cannot delay the execution thereof; requests William Morris to postpone the meeting until the following Saturday, to be held at Richard Pryse's house at Gogerddan, where he will willingly use his best means to obtain some 'good ende' between them to the liking of both. Request for a quick answer so that he may send to Sir Harry Johnes.

[Sir] Henry Johnes, Abermarlais, to his father in law [Sir William Maurice],

William Maurice has served Henry Johnes and some of his friends with a process; marvels at the cause thereof. 'Law shall not make me dislike with you'. Wishes to know William Maurice's intent; desires to meet at Llanbadarn Fawr on Tuesday 21 [sic] Sept. where Henry Johnes will deal with William Maurice on every point 'with resone'.

William Williams, Vaynol, sheriff [of Caernarfonshire] to Sir William Maurice, kt, Caernarvon,

Having received the long schedule, finds William Maurice and his friends far charged; encloses the particulars. Knows William Maurice will do by him as he would wish William Williams to do in his place. Some say William Maurice has or is looking for a Privy Seal. If it does not come in time, expects William Maurice to do by William Williams as he did by the last sheriff, namely to enter into a bond to appear before Mr Auditor and to satisfy him, so that William Williams may present his account. Wishes to know William Maurice's will herein by his friend Mr Bailiff. Will sent Nicholas to William Maurice to see this done, and trusts to receive an answer befitting William Maurice's situation. Is ready to show William Maurice every favour and courtesy.

David Lloyd Ap Hughe to Sir William Morice, kt, Clenennau,

Received William Morice's letter at a busy time when he could not borrow paper or ink to write. Is sorry for his brother's unkindness and discourtesy to William Morice in selling his tithes or in any other way, but hopes he has not dealt unjustly with William Morice or any other touching the tithes; knows he is clear from any bargain or sale between William Morice and him. Remembers the words, but admits he was discourteous not to offer William Morice the tithe before any other. Begs William Morice to bear with him [the brother] for he is not yet acquainted with the county for 'this is but one twellfe month'. Next year David Lloyd ap Hughe will see what may be done to make redress. If he had been at home would have made the journey to talk to him about it.

[Sir] Henry Johnes, Abermarlais, to his father Sir William Moris, kt,

Perceives from William Moris's letter to Henry Johnes's wife that William Moris is displeased with him. Would be very sorry to give offence and if William Moris [ ] brothers that complains of Henry Johnes, wishes to be allowed to answer before being condemned, for he could wish for no better justice than William Moris. As for Llanbadarn, William Moris will find Henry Johnes constant in his promise, and Henry Johnes will bring his counsel's opinion for he desires nothing but to be squire of it after William Moris's days. As for his sister Ann Mortimer, entreats William Moris's patience; she will come with Henry Johnes soon to do her duty to William Moris and their mother. Entreats William Moris's good opinion of him; it will not be long before he comes. Has sent money by his cousin Roland Greifit and will bring the rest himself. His cousin spoke to Henry Johnes about the house in Caernarvon; William Moris shall have anything Henry Johnes has.

[Sir] Henry Johnes, Abermarlais, to his father in law Sir William Morris, kt, Clenennau,

His mother sent men and horses to fetch Henry Johnes's sister Anne, who sent her an answer in writing, which Henry Johnes hopes will satisfy his mother. Has paid William Morris's servants Rowland Griffith and Griffith Davies £60 by letters of attorney directed to them by William Morris. Hopes to see William Morris in a fortnight or three weeks.

T[homas Sackville, Earl of] Dorset, Dorset House, to his friends the justices of the peace in Caernarfonshire,

Various levies of men were made in the county in the late Queen's time for service in Ireland; for arming and clothing these men various sums of money were to be paid to the Exchequer, of which £123 is unpaid. The particulars thereof are given, so that the justices of the peace in the various divisions of the county can see where the fault lay. Let this be done quickly and the Exchequer paid without delay. Subscribed: Account of the money unpaid in 1601 and 1602, with notes in the hand of William Maurice.

W[illiam] Thomas, Caernarvon, to his father in law William Maurice, esq,

Has sent the bearer as promised, and does not doubt William Maurice's love or his respect for promises of which he received proof at their last conference. Will give William Maurice no cause to consider him ungrateful. Need not remind William Maurice what to write for he knows William Thomas's meaning as pauca sequenty as for William Maurice's indicting it cannot be mended. Had the bearer deliver the letter secretly, so that William Maurice, if he wished, might show some other cause for his coming.

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