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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.

[Sir William Maurice] to 'Mr Auditor',

Understands a letter for him has been sent to Mr Receiver to offer him the lease of the quarries which, though the last was very chargeable to William Maurice in preserving the title of the King and Prince thereto, he will accept. Desires the recipient to thank Sir Fulke Grevell and Sir James Fullerton and the rest for remembering him, and will take a lease like the other beginning payment at the next audit if convenient. Knows he will receive no profit but must sue therefor. Thinks no-one will venture to sue Sir Richard Bulkley except William Maurice who will spare no money or pains to do the prince a service. He and his people are now served to appear in the Star Chamber and the Marches to defend the Prince's title to a township which William Maurice holds called Gest. The bearer will tell William Maurice's mind to the recipient; William Maurice had meant to come himself, but was prevented by the King's business. Draft; followed by another draft of part of the same.

Edward Pryce, Ludlow, to William Morys, esq., Clenennau,

William Morys's wine was delivered to Mr Justice and her ladyship his wife and was thankfully received. At first he did not know William Morys but Mr Justice Leighton who was there commended William Morys and Mr Justice then remembered that one of William Morys's daughters learned to play the lute and virginals where his daughter learned. John Thomas will do nothing to ease William Morys in Harry Lloyd's matter. William Morys is ill-advised not to pay the money and discharge himself.

Robert Morgan, Humffrey Ap Richard Owen, John Tomson, Humffrey Ap Edward, Robert Ap Howel, Harlech, to Sir William [Maurice],

Do not wish to trouble William Maurice knowing he has so many suitors before going away, but remind him of Harlech, and of William Maurice's note from Mr Vaughan and the recipients which they will stand to, if William Maurice can bring anything to pass through Parliament or a bill from the King and the Prince. Also Mr Gruffith Vaughan was of the opinion, because only a few justices of the peace bear goodwill to Harlech, that a letter should be procured through William Maurice and Sir Richard Lee from the Privy Council commanding the justices of the peace always to hold the Quarter Sessions at Harlech, the county town. The parson of Llandanwg means to have the tithe hay from the new meadows; let William Maurice procure a prohibition for himself and the recipients and they will contribute to the cost. Rely on William Maurice's remembrance and consideration for any other things that he may do for Harlech, and request him to have the bearer, Gruffith Davies, remind him of all their affairs.

[Sir William Maurice] to Sir Harry [Johnes],

When they were conferring in London about a settlement between Henry Johnes and his mother, Henry Johnes seemed 'conformable' by his words and promises to satisfy her in all points required by law and conscience. He yielded that she should have the church among other things, and what other satisfaction he demanded, and promised to appoint for her annuity of £320 a year lands to cover it at rates such as others had from him, thereby ridding him and his sureties of the danger of bonds, having already forfeited for non-payment in May. He also promised to make similar arrangements for his brothers' portions and for his sister, which William Maurice and Henry Johnes's steward David Morgan Rees thought most fitting, and undertook to visit his mother for her blessing and to make settlement. William Maurice was ready at Henry Johnes's request to return home with him to settle things, which would have been no hindrance to Henry Johnes. Though William Maurice wrote several letters mentioning also the sending of Henry Johnes's sister Anne to her mother, which is the cause of his present writing, he received no answer except that he should have the church at as reasonable a price as any other, as indeed he should have his own by right at a reasonable rate. But Henry Johnes's price was high to William Maurice and Henry Johnes's mother, though reasonable to a stranger, and despite what Henry Johnes said William Maurice finds from his son Sir William Thomas that he [William Thomas] has another year yet paid for. Thus has generally run over matters. In particular, with regard to Henry Johnes's mother's claim for maintenance, his mother granted Henry Johnes good allowance hoping to find him a kind and obedient son, and Henry Johnes treated her hardly as she says, not allowing her to have her own after agreeing with her, and selling it before her face which could not but grieve her, and keeping other things from her such as her gelding, sheep, household stuff and her father's gown. [This does not show due consideration to her by Henry Johnes] if he wishes to enjoy her love. Cannot answer her to the contrary on Henry Johnes's behalf although he has argued for him so much that she thinks him partial to Henry Johnes. Can therefore prolong no longer but must see what law and equity will allow for her maintenance, security for her annuity and her other rights Writes to Henry Johnes to move him to have due consideration lest when 'a gappe is opened (which I maye doe) it is not so easily shutt upp againe'. Let Henry Johnes therefore decide and send his decision by a good messenger with full instructions, if he cannot come himself to settle matters. Perhaps he may not if he goes to London, but William Maurice wishes Henry Johnes's mother to be satisfied before he goes to London or else has promised her to try what the law or Chancery will yield. With regard to Henry Johnes's sister, whom her mother wishes to have with her, as befits her and Henry Johnes more than to be with another, even a close friend, William Maurice and Henry Johnes's mother promise not to 'matche' her without Henry Johnes's consent and William Maurice promises not to speak of any match but by Henry Johnes's direction. Henry Johnes promised to send her long ago; if her one leg is the reason, no-one will take more care to seek a cure for it than her own mother. Knows no other reason why Henry Johnes should keep her from her mother unless it be the request of Sir William Thomas, William Maurice's son, to William Maurice and Henry Johnes's mother which it is unreasonable to ask at William Maurice's cost and her mother says she will never yield. Henry Johnes's father left Henry Johnes's sister by his will £500 to be paid soon with an increase of £50 use for the same yearly until she is married from which she may spare much besides her maintenance so that her portion is increased yearly, apart from what Henry Johnes, her mother and William Maurice would add for her preferment. It would be ungrateful in William Maurice to yield, even to a kinsman or friend, to see her matche in a place that cannot deserve half her portion, and unnatural and unkind in Henry Johnes to wish it; it might be prejudicial to him. There is no haste to bestow her except to a good place; if she died Henry Johnes would gain her portion. Request to send her to her mother or appoint a time and William Maurice will send men and horses to fetch her; Henry Johnes may send a sufficient man, David Morgan Rees or another, to settle matters. Draft.

Henry Price, 'Roast' [?Roft] neare Pennal (for the sicknes hath stayed me as yet from London)', to Sir William Morris ...,

Henry Price, 'Roast' [?Roft] neare Pennal (for the sicknes hath stayed me as yet from London)', to Sir William Morris, kt, Clenennau. Robert Morgan, Henry Price's grandfather, assured to Henry Price's wife the possession of the house and demesne of Taltreuddyn, where he [Robert Morgan] lives, among other things, in her mother's marriage settlement and her own, the latter by assurance between him and Henry Price's father. But Robert Morgan persuaded Henry Price's father that he should enjoy Taltreuddyn for his life as he could not well spare it, and in lieu and recompense assured to Henry Price's wife other things of less value, but is also unwilling that Henry Price should take the 'entire Commodityes' from those, contrary to his own act and assurance and against all reason. Because Henry Price does not yield to his unreasonable desires, they are at 'some discrepancie'. Now understands that the meers between Llandanwg and Llanfihangel in the Marsh are set down by an inquisition and that it is intended to enclose part of the marsh. Reminds William Morris that he allowed Henry Price to enclose some part and if there is any division or enclosure (which cannot happen without William Morris's assent, since he has an interest) to remember Henry Price and his wife so that although Henry Price has only one toft in his possession in Harlech, William Morris will call Henry Price's father to the division. William Morris will respect Henry Price in respect of their remainder in the rest of Henry Price's grandfather's lands which is an estate of inheritance, he himself having only a life interest. Thus William Morris shall bind Henry Price to him in anything that is in his power. [Postscript in the hand of and signed by Lowry Price endorsing her husband's request.].

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

Has received and perused William Moris's letter from which he guesses that William Moris is loath to deal with him about Llanbeblig church. Others offered Henry Johnes £300 but he offered for William Moris to name any reasonable price, for he was willing for William Moris to have it before any other man (as was his duty). As for his mother's gelding, will send another shortly, or the price that William Moris and she think fit for such a gelding as it was. Requests William Moris to send Henry Johnes's acquittance for money paid to William Moris last May with Henry Johnes's brother Thomas Johnes when he returns home. Desires William Moris's 'absolute answere' of his intention concerning the church; Henry Johnes has told his brother Thomas his thoughts thereon. Postscript: Let William Moris think of this; Henry Johnes offers it not as a bargain but out of his love for William Moris and so hopes William Moris will think of him. Endorsed: Accounts in the hand of Sir William Moris.

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