The Stonor letters and papers, 1290-1483; ed. for the Royal historical society, from the origial documents in the Public record office, by Charles Lethbridge Kingsford.
Kingsford, Charles Lethbridge, editor. 1862-1926.


Since Stonor is a knight the date cannot be earlier than the spring of 1478. The reference to the French expedition of 1475 makes it unlikely that it is much later. John Sante was abbot of Abingdon from 1469 to 1495. The signature alone is autograph. From A.C., xlvi, 132.

Ryght worshuppfull and welbeloved, I recomaund me unto you. And wher as I understand my fermour of Lewkener was late, att þe kyngyes goyng in to Fraunce, one of the collectors of Oxynford Shere, Page  39, vol. 2 it was so that þat your faderys tenaunt and yours by the constabull of his towne was straynyd to pay his dywte, and the seid Constabull possessyd the same straynment &c. Please it you that in all maner maters concernyng my seid fermour ye wuld be good maister, and to shew hym your good maistershup, of wich I hertly pray you, as in like wise herafter I shall demene my selfe towardes your tenantes: and what all reson wuld bynd my seid fermour, he shall do your will and pleasur, praiing you to be his good maister in suche thyngges as he desyryth resonablely, wich is my very feithefull trust, that God knoweth, who ever preserve you with prosperite,

Your lover, off Abendon John, Abbot.

To the ryght worshepfull Syr Willm. Stonor, knyght.