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1578.—Queen's lands in Norfolk : parcel of the revenue of the Crown in the survey of the Exchequer, and parcel of the Duchy of Lancaster.—1578.
Notes by Burghley. 1 p. (202. 159.)
[c. 1578.]—Note of Mr. Clement Fynch's land in Greane. Includes the parsonage, tithes, &c.; of Mr John Wiseman, lands, &c., as were Sir Richard Reade's within the isle; of Richard and Peter London a messuage, &c.; land of Thomas Sperman.
Endorsed by Cobham's servant; probably concerns Cobham's lands.
1 p. (202. 160.)
1578.—"Liber Pacis de anno regni Regine Elizabeth 20." Gives list of the Council and Commissioners of the North, and of Wales, and the justices for the various counties.
A few notes by Burghley. 96 pp. (223. 7.)
[After 1578.]—[Eliz.]—God save our Queen Elizabeth. For seven years the rich have fed on our flesh. Bribes make you justices blind and you are content to see us famished. What are these edicts and proclamations, which are here and there scattered in the country concerning kidders, cornmongers and those devilish cormorants, but a scabbard without the sword, for neither are those murthering maltsters [Page 169] nor the bloody corn-buyers stayed. We thought to have prest higher to our L. Admiral, to intreat him to shut up the gate of his gain awhile and content himself with that he hath got. Sir William Paston, who might have been called Passion for his former pity, but now is Paston because he is become as hard as a stone. Woe to Hasselt who inhabits the seacoast, that noble thief! We hear a sound of the devils whispering to persuade the rich to complain of subsidies and other great charges to sue for "out lode," and one grant of "out lode" in a year will sweep away all. There are 60,000 craftsmen in London and elsewhere, besides the poor country clown that can no longer bear, therefore their draught is in the cup of the Lord which they shall drink to the dregs, and some barbarous and unmerciful soldier shall lay open your hedges, reap your fields, rifle your coffers, and level your houses to the ground. Meantime give licence to the rich to set open shop to sell poor men's skins. Necessity hath no law.
Addressed:—To the Mayor and justices of Norfolk.
Endorsed: "A lybell in Norfolk." Copy. Undated. 1 p. (185. 129.) [...]