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William Meirick, Bangor, to John Wynn of Gwydir,

Has received John Wynn's letters wherein William Meirick is told that he should have sent to John Wynn a copy of Her Majesty's mandate to his Grace of Canterbury, and of the Archbishop's letters to the Bishop of Bangor. Writes that the mandate has been kept by the Archbishop, and that the latter's letters to the Bishop of Bangor are the writer's only warrant. These letters were sent to him by the Bishop to be executed in his absence since he is now commanded to give his attendance to preach before Her Majesty on Palm Sunday and Easter Day. Forasmuch as [the musters] meet at Conwy, and Anglesey at Beaumaris, on one day, and that being Friday, he cannot attend at both places 'if any because it is the court day'. But desires on behalf of the clergy of Caernarfonshire (for he means not to trouble John Wynn with others) that every endeavour will be made to help them. William Meirick has no authority to procure them [i.e. men] 'but by your means if you will do so much'. The names of such as are within Caernarfonshire charged to send forth men and furniture are these: - Mr Dean of Bangor, a light horse furnished; Mr D. Edward Meirick, Archdeacon, a light horse furnished; Mr James Ellis, Treasurer of Bangor, a light horse furnished; Mr John Bold, parson there, petronel furnished; Mr Owen Meredith, parson of Llanystyn', petronel furnished; Mr D. Mostyn, parson of Aber, petronel furnished; Mr Arthur Williams, parson of Llanbedrog, petronel furnished; Mr Humffrey Robinson, parson of Llanengan, a musket furnished; Sir John Roberts, parson of Rhiw, a musket furnished; Mr Hugh Evans, parson of Llanllyfni, caliver furnished; the Vicar of Clynnog, caliver furnished; Sir William Davies, parson of Criccieth, caliver furnished; Sir Thomas Mellars, parson of Llavairfechan, caliver furnished.

John Wynn to William Maurice, high sheriff of Caernarfonshire,

This Friday at 5 in the afternoon John Wynn received letters from the Privy Council. Copies enclosed. Muster day appointed at Caernarvon on Thursday next for the whole country to assemble. He meant to summon every gentleman and principal freeholder, by the pole if need be, at his house, by the constable of every hundred. Means also to press men for service and those of the choicest he can get, and he that will not effectually further it, the writer accounts him no good subject nor true hearted to his country. Urges William Maurice that there is no matter wherein he ought more to respect his credit than this. Therefore he should not either for friend or foe spare the tallest and likeliest men. Either John Wynn or William Maurice or both must see the men delivered to Lord Essex. The taunt which the Lord Lieutenant put in his letter can be borne better by John Wynn and William Maurice if it be general to all lieutenants in North Wales, but if it be special to the writer and his colleague it is not by them to be borne 'for I protest I desyre not to lyve the day wherein I shall be ashamed of my doyngs or must be forced to bear so open a dysgrace, for what could he have saud mor ... to despite us. I am persuaded that it was the secretary messenger that wrought us this blow because we wear not lyberale unto him ... but yf if wear to the expence of half I have I wyll cleere my credyt and wyll tell the secretary to his face that he is a lying knave'. William Maurice is to do the like if he carries the heart of a man. John Wynn does not wish that part of the letter to be read and asks William Maurice to bolt it out of the copy before it is sent to any man. 'For though we be cleere yett geeve not oure enemyes that advantage to understand that we are condemned in our Lord's conceat'.

Richard Trevor, Trevalen, to John Wynn of Gwydir,

Whereas John Wynn has received letters for the mustering and furnishing of a hundred soldiers out of Caernarfonshire for the service of Ireland to be delivered to Richard Trevor for conduct to Chester, begs to be informed through the bearer the day and place when they shall be ready. For furnishing them there is allowed £4 for every man-for coat and hose of good broad cloth well lined, doublet, stocking, shoes and cap beside their arms. Prays that care be taken to appoint such men as will justly perform it 'and not after the old manner used in all our shires - that half the allowance were put in ther owne purses'. The writer will fit them with arms and apparel at Chester.

John Wynn of Gwydir to his cousin William Maurice,

William Maurice wrote suggesting that he and the writer send jointly for armour, powder and munition and munition to John Wynn's cousin, Robert, to be by them equally discharged. Knew not that William Maurice had sent for the same. His cousin Robert has taken order that each should answer for what he took. Touching the powder mise that was ceased and in part collected, it covers so much powder Robert sent which is all discharged. The powder he sent came to three score and odd pounds whereof William Maurice is to pay £28. John Wynn has paid £33 or thereabouts - he cannot tell certainly until he sees the note, for William Lloyd is not at home. William Maurice knows what John Wynn has paid the muster master - the rest being collected and in his hands, which is under £20. Means to send this spring for more powder to that value so that one penny shall not remain in his hands. Refers to £100 spent between them on munitions. Is £110 short. Therefore marvels that William Maurice should ask the writer to pay £22.10.0 for him. It cannot be employed for the purpose William Maurice desires - only for powder - and shall so be answered to the last penny. John Wynn has laid out part of it for the dressing of the armour in his limit especially what time he is to receive his part of the rest of the powder. The rest of the money John Wynn did not receive until the powder 'was come to the Conway'. What he had received and the very days shall be laid down. Reminds William Maurice that when he was in Gwydir and desired the moiety of the mise to his own hands, John Wynn showed him where it was still uncollected and would have given him the notes to collect the other half, but William Maurice refused them and said that he would deal only with Eifion and Cymydmaen and wished John Wynn to take payment for the rest. This John Wynn has done, and therefore he greatly wonders why William Maurice should desire the money John Wynn gathered to pay for 'your munition and furniture'.

Elissa David Lloyd to William Maurice, deputy lieutenant,

The writer's master has send him word to send to William Maurice to know when and in what place he might meet with William Maurice about the musters. Could he take a step to Gwydir? His master's health does not serve to travel in the winter time. At another time when he is well, he will come twice as far at William Maurice's request. Says that it has almost cost him his life to come to Caernarvon about the upper end of the shire. Asks for an answer with the bearer who is but simple messenger.

William Maurice to the Lord President,

When it pleased the Lord President to appoint him one of his deputy lieutenants in Caernarfonshire in joint commission with John Wynn of Gwydir, Wynn requested a division of the county (being about forty-eight or fifty miles long) for the trained bands, which the writer agreed to, though his limit was far inferior to Wynn's especially since the three great towns of Conwy, Bangor and Caernarvon were in Wynn's allotment. Realising this, Wynn insisted on the division in all musters including foreign services. Besides the inequality of the number of people, Wynn's limit is the nearer by the half way to Chester, their common port, than the writer's limit. Which division of the muster William Maurice opposed and wanted it held at the shire town of Caernarvon. Wynn utterly refused this and mustered his company at his own door and used his own will and pleasure therein to the great hindrance of the service. Refers to the Lord President's personal command, his cousin and associate refuses to join and says that he has the Lord President's warrant to deal alone for his limit as he terms it. Desires to acquaint his Lordship with these facts.

William Maurice to John Wynn of Gwydir,

Will agree to no division for Her Majesty's service of musters. Sees not how it can be done 'for your doings ought to be also mine and mine yours'. Knows of neither commission, letters, direction, nor any other instrument which has given John Wynn or himself any limit. Therefore John Wynn is out of the way of good order and challenges over much privilege when he says that he will not meddle in the writer's limit. He speaks against Her Majesty's and the Lord Lieutenant's commission. William Maurice would not willingly do anything in John Wynn's absence, for he wishes his presence to join a company together. John Wynn's end of the country is more populous of serviceable men and greater by reason of the greater towns. John Wynn has objected to bringing men so far to Caernarvon, without thinking how far he brings men to Conwy, as though the case were altered. John Wynn has brought him examples from other shires, so he will bring to his correspondent the example of their next neighboring shire - Anglesey - where they do make the general assembly. Is quite sure that Sir Richard Bulkeley and his associates would as willingly spare the country as any other. Insists again that the commission is hound and not several.

[Henry Herbert], Earl of Pembroke, Lord President, Ludlow Castle, to the Bishop of Bangor and the deputy lieutenants of Caernarfonshire ...,

They are to confer with those hitherto having commissions touching recusants and accomplish that which is laid down in the enclosed copies of letters from the Privy Council: to certify the whole number of recusants restrained, in what places they be kept and by whom, their several names and qualities etc.

Trewern (Welshpool) Deeds and Papers

  • GB 0210 TREWERN
  • Fonds
  • 1728-1988 /

Deeds and documents, 1728-1988, relating to the Trewern Hall estate, including the Plough and Harrow Inn. They include documents relating to proposed improvements to cottages, 1937-1938, and the restoration of Trewern Hall, 1983-1988; farm and household accounts, with miscellaneous financial papers and vouchers, 1952-1986; correspondence and papers concerning agricultural improvements and grant applications, 1977-1985; correspondence concerning the tenancy of Plas Newydd, Trewern, 1982-1984; personal and family papers, 1949-1984, relating to William Herbert Chapman (1955-1982) and to Murray Lloyd Chapman, including the latter's research notes and papers, on the history of Trewern and Montgomeryshire families and his work in civil engineering, 1973-1986. Plans of the estate and proposed improvements to the farm buildings accompanied some of the papers. Papers relating to Phase 2 Restoration of Trewern Hall, 1990-1993; were received, including a diary of events in two volumes; papers relating to Ivor William Lloyd Chapman and Margaret Eleanor Chapman; and Gregory-Allen papers. This group remains uncatalogued. A further collection was received August 2014 - this group also remains uncatalogued.

Trewern Hall Estate (Wales)

Gelly Meurick to William Maurice,

Has received William Maurice's letters bearing date the 13th Nov. wherein is expressed great good will towards his Lordship [Earl of Essex] whereof he has in a sort been acquainted. Now William Maurice can at present put the same in practice. His Lordship is very anxious to do something for the writer's cousin Peter. He has written to William Maurice on the matter. His Lordship will require what William Maurice does for the writer's cousin at His Honour's request. His Lordship has also procured his cousin, the Earl of Pembroke, to write to William Maurice. When heretofore writing alone in the same manner to Mr Gwyn, he was neglected. He has no doubt that William Maurice will accomplish his Lordship's request that Peter be appointed under-sheriff in the county. Knows that it is not so great a matter that it needs all this suit, but the occasion is such that it is referred to the bearer.

George Salusbury to the Privy Council,

Was placed muster master in Caernarfonshire four years last past by the Earl of Pembroke, the Lord Lieutenant of Wales. He was accordingly admitted by the deputy lieutenants, the justices of the peace and commonalty of the shire. He has supplied the place since, till now by suggestion of one Richard Gwynne the place has been declared void and Gwynne has obtained the Council's letters of admission of the said place 'and into other places more, in all which he can very hardly attend to perform his duty'. Humbly petitions to be restored to the said place. Copy. See also No. 184.

William Thomas to his loving father-in-law, William Maurice, High Sheriff of Caernarfonshire,

Has 'a mind to be towards Lady Warwick'. Desires William Maurice to write to her once more to this effect inasmuch as the writer was in great suit in the Court of Wards for his lands and so driven to trouble and charge. He desires her ladyship to speak to the Lord Treasurer on his behalf. Asks William Maurice to send the letter to him 'tomorrow'. What other business William Maurice may have of his own he is to send word by him that comes. He prays also for the loan of William Maurice's 'truncke' saddle to carry his trunk to Oswestry with John Lake and it shall be safely conveyed back.

John Gruffydd, Kevenamlwch, to his cousin and uncle William Maurice,

Was not at home at his messenger's return with William Maurice's letter. So he could not possibly accomplish the contents by sending any men by Monday night. Notwithstanding he sent presently abroad to apprehend such as were written for, as also such as he thought fit. But he could do no good, for the rumours went through the country that supplies must be had presently, whereupon such as were pressed and those that were fit to go were conveyed out of the way. Notwithstanding, his brother Madryn and he have sent one of Llanvihangel [Bachellaeth] and another of Bodvean, which he bound by recognizances to appear before William Maurice at Clenennau, and also one John ap Morgan of Llannor who was pressed by Richard Sayer who also was charged to come. Sends 40s. by the bearer according to William Maurice's letter. Could not well spare more at present because he disbursed certain money lately. As occasion serves he will not be defective.

Richard Madryn and Gruffydd Hughes to William Maurice,

Has received William Maurice's letters. Proceeded therein according to directions so far as shortage of time afforded them leave. Constables and collectors cannot be called together in so short a space. Did therein what they could. Purpose to effect this service at private musters, every commote by itself. The sooner it is taken in hand the better. Has been their common custom to be very careless until the very instant time of service - the cause of great disorder and defect. In danger of displeasure as by reason of the last defect they were subject unto. Asks William Maurice to consider some good course for the future. Their travail in the furtherance of the last service was altogether a small purpose 'yet truly the payns we endured therin with many reproachfull speeches and causelesse scandales objected was intolerable'.

Hugh Evance, Llanllyfni, to William Maurice,

Is afraid that William Maurice has been misinformed or else is not thoroughly acquainted with the case now like to fall in variance about Gruff' ap Retherche's land in Trevlys. Otherwise fame and report of William Maurice's good dealing would be false and abuse done to the owner thereof by William Maurice's folk would not be practised. Has requested the bearer to certify William Maurice of all her right in the close or land. Advises a better course which would stand better with common justice and William Maurice's private credit.

William Brynkir, Emanuel, Oxford, to William Maurice,

Best uncle and most dear godfather. Has received William Maurice's loving and comfortable letter. Mr Owen, the writer's tutor, received 40s. Concerning other charges William Maurice shall know about them from the tutor and from Brynkir. Has but one pair of sheets. Cannot be without two pair. Nothing else is wanting 'for which I do hope and assure myself the Lord of Heaven will recompense you whom I do daily desire most humbly so to do'. Has written to John Williams to London about some books, and hopes they will be provided soon for indeed they be very needful. Mr Owen has brought him two or three, and the writer has bought some in the second hand. Would not take three times as much as he paid for them. Besides he has bought other necessary things which he will subscribe with the 10s. John left for him. If he can spy any booke which he thinks would delight William Maurice, either for matter or method, about 'astronomie' or anything else, he will by God his grace send it to him. Feels he need not be very tedious to his uncle since William Maurice shall understand his tutor's mind about everything. But he would desire his dear uncle to do after the tutor's letter as near as he possibly can for in truth he is a very kind man. Wishes his sister Mrs Margaret Morris to be thanked for the token she has sent him. 'Though the token was great I do twenty times more accept her great good nature and remembrance of me'. There follows a long list of College expenses including prices of second-hand books.

Henry [Rowlands], Bishop of Bangor, to William Maurice,

Prays for a meeting at Caernarvon on Monday by 10 or 11 o'clock. The occasion may as much serve William Maurice as himself. It may ease him of greater journeys, and if his occasion do so require he may return the same night, as Henry Rowlands means to do. Desires to be certified of William Maurice's resolution by the bearer whose return he looks for this day by night. If William Maurice happens to be from home, so that the bearer must travel further to seek him that he cannot return that night, Henry Rowlands will venture his readiness to be at Caernarvon. Loving friend and kinsman.

Henry [Rowlands], Lord Bishop of Bangor, Bangor, to his cousin William Maurice,

Morris has insinuated in his letter some cross whispering for the election again. They cannot do so but that they will disgrace Henry Rowlands and themselves greatly. Has his warrant for anything he did. Indeed he must tell William Maurice that he was fain to be very earnest with Mr Jones. Mr Gwynn has since been there. Henry Rowlands told him of the muttering but found no averseness in him. 'When Mr Jones cometh home I doe of my love wishe you to take all kindly as I well knowe that you are full of humanityie that I need not so advise you. And for his frends yt is no wisdome to carie any hand over them'. Has written to William Maurice's factor, Cadwaladr Owen, to reserve him eight barrels of Portugal salt but at the price the country had it. If it be more, he will take up to twelve barrels. Desires it to be safely kept in some room in Pwllheli until some boat come his way. As for the money, William Maurice can send for it at any time.

Elenor Stanley to William Maurice,

Has troubled him to find a place in service for her daughter. Since she has not heard from him as expected, she has now placed her elsewhere to greater charge than the writer's ability extends to. She claims a cow from him. Whatever he send, for beggars must be no choosers, will be accepted with great thanks. If anything is sent to Cefn Trevor at this time it will be faithfully transferred to her. See also No. 395.

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