A Commentary of the Services and Charges of William Lord Grey of Wilton, K.G.

A Commentary of the Services and Charges of William Lord Grey of Wilton, K.G.

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A Commentary of the Services and Charges of William Lord Grey of Wilton, K.G.

A Commentary of the Services and Charges of William Lord Grey of Wilton, K.G.

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The manuscript, now for the first time printed entire, was accidentally discovered in a box of old deeds and papers, at Oulton Park, Cheshire, in the autumn of 1844. It is headed, "A Com + ̄mentarie of y servycies & Chargies y my L. my father was employed in whyllst hee lyved, f Lav. Hollyngshead." It is written on coarse paper, in a careless, irregular hand; and, from the numerous erasures and corrections, has the appearance of a rough draft rather than of a finished composition. The words in the title, printed in italics, have been inserted in a smaller character, and paler ink. This manuscript gives an account of the military achievements of William lord Grey of Wilton, K.G., who was a distinguished leader in the reigns of Henry the Eighth, Edward the Sixth, and Mary; the larger portion of the narrative being devoted to the details of the siege of Guisnes, in 1558, of which place lord Grey was at that time the governor. The author of the manuscript was Arthur, lord Grey's eldest son. Although there is no signature to the document, this fact is placed beyond a doubt by comparing the names of the hostages delivered to the French, during the truce, at the siege of Guisnes, as given by Holinshed, with the parallel passage in the manuscript: the former says, "Maister Arthure Gray, my lordes sonne, and maister Lewes Dive, were put out;" the latter, "My coozyn Dyve and mysellf were put owte." Moreover, a comparison of this document with authentic autograph letters of Arthur lord Grey of Wilton . . .

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