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Deeds, letters c.: Wheler Papers


Letters patent of James I, granting to William Wyat, Richard Tyler, Isaack Hitchcocke, Richard Mountford and William Harding licence to collect alms in the counties of Warwick, Leicester, Northampton, Worcester, Gloucester, Oxford, Buckingham and Berkshire for the relief of their town of Stratford upon Avon, which had suffered loss to the value of upwards of £8000 by `a suddaine and terrible fire' on 19 July last `which within the space of lesse then two houres consumed and burnt fifty and fower dwelling howses, many of them beinge very faire houses... the force of which fire was so great (the wind sitting full uppon the towne) that it dispersed into so many places thereof, whereby the whole Towne was in very great daunger to have been utterly consumed and burnt'. Dated at Westminster 5 December a supo; 12 [1614]. Broadside: `Printed by Thomas Purfoot' Folio 79.