King Henry VIII Very rare and desirable manuscript DS

24 Aug

Very rare and desirable manuscript DS in Old English, signed “Henry R,” one page, 11 x 7.75, October 25. Document issued to John Heron lending fifteen hundred pounds to Richard Tresgin, Merchant of the City of London. In full: “Trusty and wellbeloved, we grete you well. We wolle and commande you for certeyne consideracions we [are] specially making that ye delyver unto Richard Tresgin of our Citie of London, merchant, or to his assignes fyftene hundred poundes of our next loone money that shall come to your hands for the term of foure yeres after the delyvrance taking of hym or his assignes sufficient surities to be bounde by obligacion for repayment of the said fyftene hundred poundes. And this warrant shalbe youre discharge at alle tymes. Given under oure signet at Oxford the xxv day of October.” Signed at the top in black ink by Henry. Archivally cloth-matted and framed with a portrait of the king to an overall size of 27.5 x 15. Two areas of paper loss to the upper blank edge have been expertly restored, a couple other small repairs, and light intersecting folds, otherwise fine condition.

When Henry VII restored the Chamber in 1487 in an attempt to modernize the collection of royal income and keep England’s finances moving, the Treasurer became the most important financial figure in the kingdom. Selected personally by the king for his trustworthiness and keen financial acumen, Sir John Heron was appointed in 1492. He embraced the flexibility of the Chamber and, with no operating processes set in stone, helped create an institution that quickly and efficiently carried out audits and collections, more than quadrupling the revenue from royal estates within the year, while also reforming Henry’s household finances. Also serving as Supervisor of Customs in the Port of London, Clerk of the Profits of the Great Seal, and Clerk of the Jewel House, Heron continued as Treasurer of the Chamber under Henry VIII’s reign, working by his side on a day-to-day basis until Heron’s death in 1521. This is the first time in 30 years this document has come to market, making it a highly desirable piece. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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