"A new play called A Game at Chess, written by Middleton" was licensed by Sir Henry Herbert, June 12, 1624.
So his Office Book MS.1
[MS. note by Malone in his copy of quarto III in the Bodleian Library ( Mal.247).]
GEORGE LOWEto SIR ARTHUR INGRAMat YORK
1624, Aug. 7. London. . . . There is a new play called the Game at Chess ("Chestes") acted yesterday and to-day, which describes Gondomar and all the Spanish proceedings very boldly and broadly, so that it is thought that it will be called in and the parties punished.
[ Historical MSS. Commission, Report on MSS. in Various Collections, vol. VII: The MSS. of the Hon. Frederick Lindley Wood, p. 27.]
MR SECRETARY CONWAYto the PRIVY COUNCIL
May it please your LLps --
His Matie hath receaued informac+̅on from the Spanish Ambassador, of a very scandalous Comedie acted publickly by the King's Players, wherein they take the boldnes, and p+̅sumption in a rude, and dishonorable fashion, to represent on the Stage the persons of his Matie, the King of Spaine, the Conde de Gondomar, the Bishop of Spalato &c. His Matie remembers well there was a commaundment and restraint giuen against the rep+̅sentinge of anie modern Christian kings in those Stage-plays, and wonders much both at the boldnes____________________