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Howard of Escrick papers

Call Number: OSB MSS 61

Scope and Contents

These papers represent an important collection of source materials surrounding Charles I's expedition to Scotland in 1640 and 1641. Edward Howard, though he originally agreed with the King's decision, was also one of the twelve dissenting peers who signed a petition on 28 August 1640 outlining the popular grievances and dangers attendant on the expedition.

The Howard of Escrick Papers are organized into three chronologically arranged series. Series I, Committee Correspondence includes transcripts of relevant letters from Pym, Hampden, Fiennes, Lord Howard, and the Committees of Parliamentary instructions and ordinances, and letters to Lord Mandeville, Vane, Pym, the Speaker, the Earl of Essex, Hollis, Lord Holland, and others, all concerning the expedition and the reaction among Howard's contemporaries.

Items in Series II, Documents section include a "Sedule contayning the particular sums of the Scotch losses & charges 7 Jan. 1640 (1)," the "Scotch com[missione]rs charge against the Earle of Strafford Dec. 16 1640" and "Instruccons of the Lordes and comons in Parliam[en]t to the Committees of both houses now attending his Royal Ma[jes]t[y] in Scotland." Included in Series III, Letters Cataloged Separately are an autograph letter from Thomas Barrington to Lord Howard, assuring Howard of the country's support of Parliament, and two ALSs from Edward Littleton on the correspondence of a committee appointed by the House of Lords.


  • 1640-1641


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The materials are open for research.

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The Howard of Escrick Papers are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

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0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The papers contain correspondence and documents pertaining to Charles I's expedition to Scotland in 1640 and 1641, including transcripts of letters from John Pym, John Hampden, and the Committees of Parliamentary Instructions and Ordinances.
Guide to the Howard of Escrick Papers
Under Revision
by Hugh Kennedy
June 1987
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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