HENRY VIII Document signed ["Henry R"],
dated Westminster, December 30, 1546, the body written in a fine secretarial hand in Latin on vellum in brown ink. Single leaf, 10 5/8 x 13 1/8 inches (26.5 x 33 cm), 31 lines, a grant of the offices and estates, including "The Keeper of the Mansion in Southwarke" (i.e. Suffolk Palace, rebuilt in 1522 by Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, who had later exchanged it with Henry for Norwich Palace); together with various other grants of land. The recipient was "John Gate" [presumably Sir John Gates, a courtier who was a member of King Henry VIII's Privy Chamber from 1542, and in the year of this document was a witness to the King's will, on August 30]. The document is countersigned by Sir Edward North, from 1544 the chancellor of augmentations, and it was presumably in this role that he was signatory. The document has a central fold, along which there were losses, and this has been repaired with Japanese paper, and the entire perimeter of the document has been hinged for stability to archival board. There is some staining and soiling. Attractively framed.
Henry died on the 28th of January, 1547, and signed documents from the last months of his life are uncommon; we note none dated later at auction than the present example, which was last sold at Christie's June 24, 1992, lot 369. It was subsequently conserved by J. Baldwin Conservation; the conservation report is attached to the rear of the frame.
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