Original autograph letter, signed ‘Winchester’, from `Bolton, Nov:3.1683′. The letter is to Lord Guilford, Keeper of the Great Seal. Winchester asks him to appoint [Winchester’s] Chaplain, Michael Clayton, to the Rectory of St Cuthberts in York. The lengthy letter argues the case for Clayton: his present rectory is `some miles distant from York where he desires to place his wife and children for their better education at school; he would gladly have a small curacy in the city’. He argues for Clayton’s good character and conscientousness, and that he should have `this other parsonage so he may live decently for the churches honour, and his own particular advantage in the brooding of his children’. Winchester assures Guilford that his positive response `will eternally oblige Mr Clayton’s prayers’

WINCHESTER, 6th Marquess


Description: large single sheet, 340x225, written on 4 sides (includes script in 2 other hands)

Charles Paulet (1625-1699), was in 1689 created Duke of Bolton in recognition of his support of William and Mary in their claim to the throne

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