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Lord (as they write) shall have occasion to enquier and find out by whose default the same hath happened.'
1610. From the Mayor and Burgesses of King's Lynn to the Mayor and Burgesses of Queenborough, in answer to a complaint by the latter that the "officers of the town of Lynn had taken some dewties which they ought not to take from the Burgesses of Queenborough." The Mayor of Lynn returns a guarded answer, but takes the opportunity of reminding the Burgesses of Queenborough that their Charter is less ancient than that of Lynn, which dates from the days of King John.
1623. The Earl of Montgomery† to the Mayor and Jurats.
Thanking them for having "soe freely conferred one Burgess' place at my disposinge and the other upon Mr Bassett," but inasmuch as "upon the first motion of a Parliament" he did "presume upon their love so far as to make a promise to engage his credit for two of his special friends Mr Roger Palmer and Mr Pooley." He therefore begs the Jurats to elect these gentlemen as M1 Bassett offers to retire. Whitehall, 6 Jan. 1623.
1625. From the same to the same.
"After my hastie commendacions I have just cause to make ye worst constructions of your undiscreete carriage towards me in slighting my letters which I directed unto you for Mr Robert Pooley, a gent. every way able to discharge a greater trust than happily might betide him from that Corporation, if you had made choice of him according to the tenor and meaning of my sayd letters. And assure yourselves since Sir Edward Hales out of respect to mee is content to wave acceptance of that Burgesshipp wh yee would enforce upon him, if in his Roome you choose not the sayd Mr Pooley for whom you see how much I am engaged, I shall consider it as a neglect and scorne doubled uppon mee, and shall most assuredly therefore whensoever your occasions shall need my furtherance bee found
Whitehall, 25th of Aprill 1625.
Yo' friend according to yo' behavio
* In 1592-3 the Burgesses had returned John Cobham, Esq., and John Baynham, Gent.
Philip, second son of the second Earl of Pembroke; he was raised to the peerage in 1605 as Baron Herbert of Shurland in the Isle of Sheppey and Earl of Montgomery. In 1630 he succeeded his elder brother in the Earldom of Pembroke.
1654. John, Earl of Thanet, to the Mayor, etc.
"His Highness the Lord Protector and the Councell have thought fitt that at the time and place where proclamation shall be made for the election of Burgesses, the instrument entitled ye Gou'ment of the Commonwealth shalbe alsoe read."
1680-81. William Glanvill* to Mr. Peter Ken, Mayor of Queenborough.
"And all that are freemen of the Corporation of Queenborough. Though I freely confess that I cannot pretend any Title to your favour, yet I hope I have not by any act of mine deserved yr unkindness. I did heretofore by a letter (or I now doe) offer myself and service to yo1 Corporation which I think was in itself no offense; in that offer I neither sought or designed any particular advantages to myself beyond the reputation of being your servant in Parliament. ... I hope no man can reasonably think I gave you, Mr Mayor, or any other person any just cause of displeasure by my late petition to the honourable House of Commons for the asserting my own right and theirs who at the last election were pleased to vote for me . . . As the whole house was pleased without a negative voice to think my cause good, so after all my trouble and charge I got nothing but the honor of being thought worthy to sit in that House and capable to serve my King and country and yor Corporation. It would be a meaness much below the minde of a gentleman to make supplication to be y' Burgess, but it is a necessarey peice of civility and good manners to offer my service if you please to accept it. I freely forget all unkindness shewed me at the last election, and I think mee as fitt to serve you in the next Parliament as the house of Commons thought me in the last, though my prospect be no other but trouble and expense I will think it some credit to mee to bee in the next session the towne of Queenborough's
London, Jan. 27, 89.
Most faithfull and humble sernt
1680. Sir Edward Hales to the Mayor, etc.
Says that on account of age and infirmity he must cease to represent them in Parliament, and recommends his son Charles as his successor.
William Glanville of St. Cleres in Ightham; he married Frances, daughter of Edward Hales of Chilston.
1689, Jan. 22. James Herbert to the Mayor and Jurats.
"Gentlemen, I have had the happiness to serve twice for your Corporation thro' ye favour of some of my friends among you, and yet by ye opposition of others it was upon termes so severe as a stranger might have expected it. However I shall not decline still offering you my service in this next Parliament, and hope you will consider my Interest and fortune in ye Island and Hundred is not so inconsiderable as to expose me to ye hazard of such opposition as I formerly met with all. And I am willing to believe that you will think them friends no more to you than to me yt made use of so unworthy an argument as to make my kindnesse and gratitude to your Town in ye present I made you of a New Mace as an occasion in ye Committy to void my last election. Gentlemen, I need no act to assure you that I cannot but intend ye good of your Corporation since ye best of my ffortune lyes in your nearest neighbourhood, and so concerns me as Common good to us both. Truly I am sensible of these oppositions as reflecting too much upon me in that place. I will hope to finde you better inclined at this time, and therefore make you this early offer of standing in hope to find your favour, and that such as were my friends before may have so good an influence upon ye rest as to encourage me thereunto, which I wish I may understand by Mr Barton who will deliver you this from your assured friend
to serve you
COATS OF ARMS IN KENT CHURCHES.
COLLECTED BY REV. CARUS VALE COLLIER,
LATE CHAPLAIN OF DAVINGTON PRIORY.
ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL, BOUGHTON-UNDER-BLEAN. 1. On a mural monument to the memory of Sir John Routh, late of Brenley in this parish, and Dame Elizabeth his wife, is this coat: Argent, on a bend cotised sable three mullets of the field, for ROUTH; impaling, Sable, between double cotises three lions passant argent, for BROWNE.
The inscription informs us that Sir John Routh came of the family of Routh of Romley in Derbyshire; that Dame Elizabeth was of the family of Brownes of Bettisworth Castle in Surrey. Of this marriage there was issue four sons: William, Robert, Francis, and Richard, all dying without issue; and four daughters, Margaret, the eldest and only survivor, who married first Richard Bate, Esq., and afterwards John Boys, Esq.; Cecilia who married John Hay, Esq.; Barbara who died unmarried; and Dorothy who married John Farewell, Esq., left issue, John Farewell, her only son, and coheir with the said Margaret Boys and the said John Routh.
I have no date of the death of Sir John and Lady Routh. I believe Mrs. Margaret Boys died 22 July 1710, aged 83 years. 2. Arms. Quarterly: 1 and 4, ROUTH; 2 and 3, Browne.
This coat of arms is on a slab to the memory of Mr. Richard Routh, youngest son of Sir John Routh and Dame Elizabeth his wife, who died in June 1637 in his 1st year. Also to the memory of Barbara Routh, third daughter of Sir John Routh and Dame Elizabeth his wife, who died I June 1654, in her 21st year. Also to George Farewell, Esq., who died 21 March 1749-50, aged 57 years.
3. Arms.-Sable, a chevron between three escallops argent, for FAREWELL; impaling ROUTH.
This coat occurs on a slab to the memory of Dorothy Farewell, relict of John Farewell, late of the Inner Temple, London, Esq., by whom he had issue two sons John and Henry. She was the daughter of Sir John Routh of Brenley, Knight, and died 15 August 1666, in her 31st year.
4. Arms.-FAREWELL Crest.-A wolf (?) sejeant sable, murally gorged or.
This coat is on a mural monument to George Farewell, who died 16 December 1741, in his 79th year.
5. The Arms and Crest of FAREWELL occur on another mural monument which is to the memory of George Farewell, Esq., sole surviving child of George Farewell, Esq., late of Brenley. He died childless 21 March 1749-50, in his 50th year.
6. Arms.-Gules, a chevron between three leopards' faces argent, for PETTIT. Crest.-A leopard.
This coat is on a mural monument to Henry Pettit of Colkins, Esq., who had by Mary his wife fourteen children, six surviving him, namely two sons and four daughters. He died 11 November 1607, in his 55th year.
7. Arms.-PETTIT; impaling, Argent, a chevron between three farm-yard cocks gules for COBB. Crest.-A leopard.
This coat occurs on a mural monument to John Pettit, Esq., sometime household servant to Queen Elizabeth. He married Jane, daughter of Thomas Cobbes of Chilham, Esq., widow of John Osborne of Sheppey, Gent. He died 3 December 1630, in his 78th year. His nephew and heir erected the monument.
8. Arms.-Argent, on a chevron sable three fishes hauriant of the field, for PEMBLE.
This coat occurs on a mural monument to William Pemble, Esq., of this parish (Boughton). He was J.P. for the County of Kent, and died 3 August 1774, in his 54th year. By Margaret his wife he had two sons and one daughter, Charles, William, and Margaret.
9. Arms. Per chevron, sable and ermine, in chief two wolves' heads erased argent, for ALLEYN; impaling, Argent, a chevron between three griffins' heads erased sable, for SPENCER.
This coat is on a mural monument to Ann wife of John Alleyn, late of Stowtting, Gent. She was daughter of Robert Spencer of this parish (Boughton), Gent. She married first Renold Shrubsole of this parish, and had issue by him one son and two daughters; and by John Alleyn one daughter, who died before her. She died 12 January 1713, in her 78th year. The monument also commemorates John Alleyn who died 16 January 1716, in his 74th
10. Arms. A griffin segreant, for COLKINS.
This coat is on the brass of John Colkins, who died in 1405. 11. Arms.-On a fess between three boars passant, as many eagles displayed, for BUNER. Crest.-A demi-boar saliant pierced through with an arrow bendwise.
This coat is on a slab to the memory of Mrs. Elizabeth and Mary Buner of this parish (Boughton). Mrs. Elizabeth Buner died 29 March 1692, aged 31 years and 4 months, Mary Buner died 12 April 1689, aged 24 years and 3 weeks.