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Dorothy was a good friend of Lady Jane Cornwallis Bacon. Lady Bacon was an English courtier and wrote many letters. Dorothy's letters to Jane were found in a mass of correspondence after Charles, the last Marquis Cornwallis, passed away.

Dorothy wrote to Lady Jane of finding Lady Jane's son, Frederick, a wife. Dorothy sent her husband, William Randolph, to meet one 16 year old girl that received 600£ a year. Apparently Lady Bacon was looking for a wife that had money for her son. Lady Jane reported :

"I heare of a very prety gentillwoman that hath six hundred pounds a year, and her father and mother dead; but ther is eighteen hundred pounds to be paid to her grandmother for her wardship, some of it. If you like of this, I think ther might be meanes found to propound it. Mr Randolph went to see her, and comends her for very hansome, and sixteen years ould."[1]

This sixteen year old gentlewoman was Elizabeth Ashburnham. She married Frederick Cornwallis circa 1629/30 and passed away in 1644.[2]

Dorothy also sent information to Lady Jane about fashions of the day. On page 248 Dorothy says:

"I have sent you some patterns of stuff such as is worne by many, but not much laes upon those wrought stufs; but the newest fashion is plaine satine, of what collor one will, imbroydered all over with alcomedes, but it is not like to hould past summer. They weare whit sattine wascots, plaine, rased, printed, and some imbroydered with laes, more then any one thing, and whit holland ones much."[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jane Cornwallis Bacon & R. G. Braybrooke (1842). "The Private Correspondence of Lady Jane Cornwallis, 1613-1644: From the originals in the possession of the family." p 227. London: Bentley, Wilson, & Fley.
  2. B. D. Henning, (n.d.). History of Parliament Online. Retrieved July 09, 2020, from HOP.

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