The Globe Playhouse: Its Design and Equipment

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Appendix B
THE FORTUNE BUILDER'S CONTRACT

[The Fortune Playhouse builder's contract, dated January 8, 1599/ 1600, by Peter Streete, master carpenter, with Philip Henslowe and Edward Alleyn, joint owners, for the erection of the Fortune at a cost of £440. The contract exempts Streete from having to paint the woodwork or to "render" the plastered interior walls, work subsequently undertaken by the owners at a cost of £80. Printed in type-facsimile from Dulwich Muniments, No. 22, by W. W. Greg, Henslowe Papers, pp. 4-7, from which this verbatim transcript is made.]

This Indenture made the Eighte daie of Januarye 1599 And in the Twoe and ffortyth yeare of the Reigne of our sovereigne Ladie Elizabeth by the grace of god Queene of Englande ffraunce and Jrelande defender of the ffaythe &c Betwene Phillipp Henslowe and Edwarde Allen of the p [ ar]ishe of Ste Saviors in Southwark in the Countie of Surrey gentlemen on thone p [at]te And Peeter Streete Cittizen and Carpenter of London on thother parte witnesseth That whereas the aide Phillipp Henslowe & Edward Allen the daie of the date hereof Haue bargayned compounded & agreed wth the saide Peter Streete ffor the erectinge buildinge & settinge upp of a newe howse and Stadge for a Plaiehouse in and vppon a certeine plott or p[ar]cell of grounde appoynted oute for that purpose Scytuate and beinge nere Goldinge lane in the p[ar]ishe of Ste Giles wthoute Cripplegate of London To be by him the saide Peeter Streete or som + ̄e other sufficyent woorkmen of his provideinge and appoyntemte and att his propper Costes & Chardges for the considerac[i]on hereafter in theis p[rese]ntes expressed [/] Made erected, builded and sett upp Jn manner & forme followinge (that is to saie) The frame of the saide howse to be sett square and to conteine ffowerscore foote of lawful assize everye waie square wthoutt and fiftie fiue foote of like assize square everye waie wthin wth a good suer1and stronge foundac[i]on of pyles brick lyme and sand bothe wthout & wthin2 to be wroughte one foote of assize att the leiste aboue the grounde And the saide fframe to conteine Three Stories in heighth The first or lower Storie to Conteine Twelue foote of lawful assize in heighth The second Storie Eleaven foote of lawfull assize in heigth And the Third or vpper

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1
suer, i.e. sure.
2
I.e., for both outer and inner walls.

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