you will come hither, or meete the co't at Yorke or Durham about Easter next: only faile not in the rest, and soe I bidd you fare well, and doe remaine
Yor very loving frend,
Court at Whitehall this
30th of December, 1616."
In a letter to Archbishop Laud, written by Dr. Bridgeman many years later, viz., in March 1638-9, when he was bishop of Chester, he says that the first year's income which he received from the rectory of Wigan, for the year ending at Christmas, 1616, amounted to £566 12s. 1d. A full statement of the account is given in his private Leger as follows:
"Receaved out of the parsonage of Wigan the first year I came to it, ending at Christmas, 1616.
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£ s. d.
May 18 Imprimis James Scott & Roger Brown rec. for me and sent me out of the demaynes; for 41 kines grasse in the demaynes maynes ... ... ... ... 40 11 0
parson's medow It. they pd me for every acre of parsons medow 50s (except one acre wch John hide had & payes me the rentall) wch came to ... ... ... ... 24 7 6
Hall medow It. they layd me in 28 load of hay out of my hall medow worth 6s 8d the load 9 6 8
Easter role pt of Wigan Easter book £16 12 2 It. they receaved 27 14 7 pt of Holland Easter book £11 2 5
Lambs It. I receaved 37 lambs worth 3s the lamb 5 11 0
- William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke, ob, 1630 s.p.
- Original letter inter Family MSS.