WESTON RICHARD: (1577-1634/35) 1st Earl of Portland. English Politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer 1621-28 and Lord Treasurer of England 1628-35, one of the most influential figures in the early years of King Charles I's Personal Rule. L.S., Portland, two pages, folio, n.p. (London?), 18th April 1633, to Sir Robert Pye, Auditor of the Exchequer. The manuscript letter is a warrant for the payment of the sum of 30,984 pounds to Sir William Russell, Treasurer of the Navy, and further providing details of his it is to be disbursed. Countersigned at the conclusion by Francis Cottington (c.1579-1652) 1st Baron Cottington, English Politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer 1629-42 and Lord High Treasurer 1643-46 and was also an ambassador to Spain, leading the pro-Spanish and pro-Roman Catholic faction in the court of King Charles I. With blank integral leaf. Some fraying to the edges and a few neat splits to the folds (some repaired). G Sir Robert Pye (1585-1662) English Courtier, Administrator & Politician who served as Auditor of the Exchequer 1620-42 & 1660-62. Sir William Russell (c.1585-1654) 1st Baronet, of Chippenham. English Politician, Treasurer of the Navy 1618-27, 1630-54.

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