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Cely Papers: Letter SC 1/53/2: 5 July 1474: Richard Cely the elder to Robert Cely

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SC 1/53/2; The National Archives, Kew, London


Original Transcription and Notes

Letter #2 by Alison Hanham in The Cely Letters 1472-1488.


By Nicholas Adams.

Jesus 1474
I greet you well, and I have received a letter from you, written at Calais the 24th day of June, the which I have well understood, and that you have sold most of your fells, for which I am well pleased, and […] have received a letter from Thomas Kesten and charge for […] he has sent to me for you a letter of payment from Grace, mercer, […] £40 sterling payable the 10th day of September at London, and I know nothing of receiving wool, and no good rules of the Place, neither for a sale or otherwise, for the which you are slow in writing. And tell Thomas Kesten I was at Kettering feast on the Sunday after Saint Peter’s day [3 July], for a matter that I had to do there, and the price of wool is 28d per stone, so men tell me. John Ramys can tell you. And as for Will Derlyngton, he sold his land at Barton, but I have none nor will have none from him, and so tell my master Wetyll or to his men. I write no more, but Jesus keep you. And tell Jorge [George] Cely I had no word from him of your coming to Calais, and your wife thinks you should have written to her. You forget yourself, what you must do. Sloth is a great thing and little good does befall whereas good business gives relief. Written at London the 5th day of July, in haste.
By Richard Cely

Dorse: To Robert Cely at Calais, be this delivered. Shield.


the Place: a reference to the headquarters of the Staple and its governance. John Ranys: possibly the same as John Raunsse of Guines in AH#15[1].
Barton: the Barton, Northamptonshire, where Agnes Cely had property but it is unclear whether this was Barton Seagrave or Earls Barton[1].
my mayster Wetyll: ? Adrian Whetehill, comptroller of Calais[1].


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Cely Letters 1472-1488 edited by Alison Hanham.

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