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August 28th, 2008 (02:35 pm)

From an MS newsletter written probably for either Thomas, fifth Baron Wharton, or Theophilus Hastings, seventh earl of Huntingdon, 9 February 1698/99, Bod MS Carte 228 fo 281:

"By a Gentleman arrived here, from Callais, we are informed, that the Earle of Warwick and ye Lrd. Mohun, were lately expelled out of that towne, for attempting to force a young Gentlewoman in an inn where they were lodged. The Governor being acquainted with what they had done, sent for ym and told ym her did understand they were both peers of England: and that if it was not for their caracters, he would have already committed ym to a place whence they could not gett out, without being exemplary punisht, and in the meane time, he ordered a file of musquetteers to turne ym out of ye towne.”

I'm not certain if 'caracters' in this case refers to them being English peers and thus men of rank (the sensible answer) or that both were such dangerous men that the governor of Calais was not going to risk the fabric of his gaol by trying to imprison them in a cell...

EDIT: Mohun and Warwick were on the run at this point, being wanted for murder. Later in the month Warwick turned himself in, and secured a trial by his peers. I've got as far as the Lords sending a "circular" letter - circular is enclosed in inverted commas, so it's a suspiciously newfangled slang term - to make sure the non-political lords will come to London for the trial to give it more legitimacy, and Sir Christopher Wren extending the scaffold - the temporary structure which will serve as a courtroom - in Westminster Hall to accommodate the large number of peers and spectators anticipated.


Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: August 29th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)

How interesting. At my London Rare Books School course we did learn about MS. newsletters, and this is evidence!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 29th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)

Sadly the newsletters don't cover Warwick's trial. I suspect that Huntingdon (Wharton is mentioned in the newsletters, so it's unlikely he'd have been the recipient) must have been one of those country peers who went to London for the trial, and so the series jumps to later in the year. Parliament is out of session for the rest of the 1699 and 1700 newsletters; perhaps Huntingdon attented the 1700 session, but not the 1699 one.