Letter from J. Richards to Sir Hugh Wrottesley (A)

Horwood: 'Manuscripts'

p 47 (9 January)


...J. Richards to H. Wrottesely. "You know your son is to beare a parte in the plee (play) to be acted here;" he has no clothes; "Mr Parke willed me to write for to have these things following to be send him,–a gowne, a peticote, a wastcote, a curle, & some jewells."


  • Glossed Terms
    • curle n curl; here, possibly a wig (?) [OEDO curle v.1 2]
  • Endnote

    The Wrottesley family was resident at Wrottesley Hall.

    Sir Hugh Wrottesley’s eldest son, Walter, was born in 1606, so he is presumably the son referred to here (Wrottesley, Family of Wrottesley, p 306). At the age of 11 (or at most 12), Walter was undoubtedly at school, which explains why J. Richards writes on his behalf. Mr Richards and Mr Parke were probably schoolmasters, but neither they nor the school can be identified.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Letter from J. Richards to Sir Hugh Wrottesley (A)
    Author: Horwood
    Work title: 'Manuscripts'

    Sir Hugh Wrottesley (c 1570–1633) was father of Walter Wrottesley (1606–59), initially a Parliamentarian, turned Royalist sympathizer, created 1st baronet of Wrottesley in 1642 (Wrottesley, Family of Wrottesley, pp 295–6, 306, 314–16). Wrottesley Hall, near Tettenhall (now part of Wolverhampton, West Midlands) was a moated Tudor House, destroyed by fire in 1897.

    Historical Manuscripts Commission, Guide to the Location of Collections Described in the Reports and Calendars Series 1870-1980 (London, 1982), 68, records that the manuscripts of the Wrottesley family at Wrottesley were destroyed in a fire in 1897. What remains are two antiquarian transcriptions from documents of Sir Hugh Wrottesley. The first, transcribed here, results from the HMC survey of the MSS before the house burned, while the second gives details of the fire at Wrottesley, 16 December 1897, when the house was completely destroyed, and quotes extensively from transcripts made before that event.

    Historical Manuscripts Commission. 'The Manuscripts of the Right Honourable Lord Wrottesley, at Wrottesley, Staffordshire.' Alfred J. Horwood (ed). Second Report (London, 1874). 46–9.

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