Item, a cupp of aggott with a cover of goulde like a tent, haveinge a morris daunce in the cover, sett with twentie saphires, nine small dyamonds, and seaventeene ballace rubies, garnished with pearles fixed, and pearles and beads of gould pendant, weighinge threescore and eighte ounces :
All which jewells and plate have beene received by the saide Duke and Earle, to be disposed of by them for our especiall service according as wee have given unto them private directions :
Nowe forasmuch as the saide jewells and plate are of greate value, and many of them have longe contynued as itt were in a continuall discent for many years togeather with the crowne of England, and therefore it may not bee safe for the saide Lord Compton, Lord Conwey, Sir Henry Mildmay and Endymion Porter, or any of them, to deliver them out of theire severall charges, nor for the saide Duke and Erle to receive the same and transporte the same beyonde the seas, and there to dispose them without speciall warrant from us for the doeinge thereof, which in tyme to come mighte bee perillous unto them, unles wee shoulde by some publique instrument declare that all this was done by our especiall commaundment and of our especiall service :
Knowe all men therefore that wee, for many weighty and important reasons and causes, much concerning us our honour and state, have authorised and commaunded the saide Lord Compton, Lord Conwey, and Sir Henry Mildmay and Endymion Porter, to deliver theis severall jewells and plate, before severally mentioned in manner as aforesaide, unto the saide Duke and Erle or such of theire servants as they shoulde appointe to keepe the same;
And that wee did likewise authorise and commaunde the said Duke and Earle to order and dispose of the said jewells and plate to such purposes, and in such manner as wee our selfe have in private to them particulerly directed, and wee doe by theis presents declare and avowe the same, and that nothinge therein is done but by our owne ymmediate commaunde and for our awne ymmediate service; And our will and pleasure is, and wee doe by theis presents, for us our heires and successors, graunte that they the saide Duke of Buckingham, Erle of Holland, Lord Conwey, Lord Compton, Sir Henry Mildmay, and Endymion Porter and every of them theiro heires, executors and administrators, and theire and everie of theire landes, goods and chattells, bee for ever freed as against us our heires and successors for the doeinge and performeing of our will and pleasure touchinge the premisses, and that they and every of them, be onely accomptable to us in our owne person for the disposeing of the saide jewells and plate, and to none other nor in any other manner ;
And theis presents, or the inrollment thereof, shalbe unto them and every of them, and to all our officers and mynisters whom yt may any way concerne, a full and sufficient warrant and discharge in that behalfe.
In witnes, &c.
Witnes our selfe att Hampton Courte the seaventh day of December.
Per Ipsum Regem.
[ Henry Rich, Earl of Holland.]
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