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William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley (1520-1598) Autograph Letter Signed, Buxton, 12 August 1577.

Auction:
3103T
Lot:
1074
Sold for:
$861$700

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Books & Manuscripts - 3103T
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
May 31, 2018 10:00AM

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William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley (1520-1598) Autograph Letter Signed, Buxton, 12 August 1577. Folio-format laid paper bifolium inscribed over one page, with blank conjugate attached, docketed on verso of blank conjugate in Burghley's hand and addressed [in another hand] to Dr. Matthew Hutton (1529-1606) [later Archbishop of York], thanking Hutton for his commendations, and for a gold coin bearing the likeness of the late King Edward VI, and endorsing Hutton's approach to religious reform, "God contynew his graces in you, by which your liff and actions ar reported very good of all your neighbors; and in sekyng to reform those that ar out of the waye, the ordinary waye to reduce them which I heare you use is, by gentle instruction of them first to se and fele ther palpable errors, and so to prepare them to se the truth." Old folds, some water stains, rough around the edges and along folds, generally good, in Burghley's distinctive hand, 12 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.
Estimate $800-1,000

Good Mr. Deane, I most hartely thank y[ou] for your harty commendations, which this berer Mr. Ramsden delyveyred me, with a token in gold, being the monument of the good elect kyng Edward my master, whom God took seasonably for his soule to be a kyng in heaven, and onseasonably from this his erthely kingdom, therby blessing hym, and scourgyng us. God favor us now in the reign of our Soverayn with more of his marcy, though I feare our offences ar gretar. From Buxton, the xiith of August, 1577.
Your most assured loving frend,
W. Burghley
God contynew his graces in you, by which your liff and actions ar reported very good of all your neighbors; and in sekyng to reform those that ar out of the waye, the ordinary waye to reduce them which I heare you use is, by gentle instruction of them first to se and fele ther palpable errors, and so to prepare them to se the truth.
[Addressed in another hand on outer face of the blank bifolium] To my very loving ffrend Mr. Doctor Hutton, Deane of the Cathedrall Churche at Yorke


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Keywords

Edward VI, William Cecil, Conjugation, Folio, Matthew Hutton, Printing, Publishing, University of Cambridge, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, York

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