King Henry VIII (1491 – 1547)
A boldly signed document by Henry VIII, “Henry R”. The vellum document, a letters patent for an annuity, is written in brown ink in English and Latin, and dated March 8th 1516. The order is in Latin, written beneath a petition (in English) asking the King to grant Letters Patent for the chamberlain of Chester to pay an annuity of ten pounds sterling to Richard Parker, formerly one of the servants in the royal buttery:
“Please it youre highness off youre most habundant grace to graunte youre gracious l(ett)ers patents in due forme to bee made according to the ten(o)r hereaft(er) ensuing… this bill signed with your most gracious hand”. Document measures 14” X 5.5”. A small hole in the blank margin and slight soiling. Several light vertical bends, otherwise in remarkably fine condition. A great addition to any collection.