Lot 2
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Charles I.

2,000 - 3,000 GBP
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  • Two letters signed, to Sir Thomas Holte, Bt.
  • ink on paper
the first intervening to prevent his threatened disinheritance of his son Edward for wishing to marry Elizabeth King (daughter of the late Bishop of London and sister of the poet and bishop Henry King) and promising favour to Edward; the second taking notice of "how ill you have answeared our Royall mediation ... whereby your Sonn our Servant is so farr from faring the better for our Intercession, as that, to our apprehension, you have only made us an Instrument to possess yourself of the remainder of the Portion [i.e. her jointure]" and commanding him to mend his ways, 2 pages, folio, 7 August 1627 and 2 July 1629, integral address leaves, papered seals, splitting at folds, spotting, one papered seal detached 

Catalogue Note

A failed paternalistic intervention by Charles I. Sir Thomas Holte (1570-1654) was a major Warwickshire landowner. In his attempt to reconcile father and son, Charles I made Edward a groom of the bedchamber. However, Edward died during the Civil War and Sir Thomas, in his own will, did not leave his son's widow a penny.