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MONTAGU, Edward (1625-1672). Admiral and General at Sea. Patron of Samuel Pepys.
Letter Signed addressed to William Lord Roberts, Auditor of the Receipt of the Exchequer, 1 page folio (a little worn, and laid down), 26 January 1658/9. An order for the payment of a pension to Mrs Bickerton, a widow.
'... Wee pray you to drawe Orders from time to time according to his highnes L'res of privy Seale in that behalfe dated the 21th [sic] of January instant for payment unto Amy Bickerton widow or her assignes the weekely sume or Pencon of Tenne shillinges of lawfull money of England for the subsistance of herself and family ...'
The Dictionary of National Biography states that [Sir] William Roberts (1605-1662) 'was from 1656 onwards an auditor of the exchequer (Cal. State Papers, Dom. 1659 passim; Whitelocke, p. 630). He was returned as member for Middlesex county to the parliament which was called for 17 Sept. 1656 (Return of Members, i. 504), and was one of the sixty who received a summons to sit in Cromwell's House of Peers, 11 December 1657 (Whitelocke, page 660). After the Restoration he was created a baronet, 8 November 1661.'
The letter bears a few notes in pencil, a substantial ink blot, and the words 'Mrs Bickerton' at the foot in a contemporary hand.
[No: 20660]

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