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.
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This clearly relates to the stewardship of Thame. In Ancient Deeds, C. 5623, there is a copy of a grant by the dean and canons of Lincoln, at the request of Thomas, bishop of Lincoln, to Sir William Stonor and the heirs of his body, of the office of Steward of the lordships of Thame and Dorchester, in Oxfordshire, and of Wooburn and Tynghurst, Bucks., at a fee of £6 1s. 8d. On the same paper is a copy of another deed dated 6 Dec., 1479. The grant of the stewardship may fairly be assigned to the same time. This letter suits well with 1479, for in that year 16th Nov. was on a Tuesday; Carnebull was going to Leicester on the following Monday, would stay there till the 26th, and then would be at Newark till 4 Dec., and at Lincoln till 12 Dec. Quatermayns and Fowler, who seem to have held the stewardship of Thame, both died in 1477. As Stonor was a knight this letter could not in any case be earlier than 1478, so that there must have been an interval between Fowler's death and Stonor's appointment. William Lenthall lived at Lachford, near Rycote—see No. 297. Henry Davers was one of Fowler's executors (P.C.C., 32 Wattys). From A.C., xlvi, 144.

Right worshipfull Sir, I recommaunde me unto you: thanking you for my grete chere this day made me at your place, but not for your park spoort, where in your defaut John, your parker, þat wold have bene my frende, is my gret enmye. I have received your letter con|teynyng þat ye wol do my lord service in thoffice of Stewardship at Thame, and þat for þe same ye will geif me xlvj. li. xiij. s. iiij. d., payyng hit at ij tymes, that is to wete at Michelmes next commyng xx ij. li., and at Candelmes þenne next folowyng the residue, which amounteth to þe somme of xxiij. li. xiij. s. iiij. d. Sir, I knowe þat my lordes mynde and pleasur is þat ye have hit, which I wil folowe in þat and in al thing duryng my lif, and so am y bounden. To your desired daies of pay|ment I wil therfor agre, and of your and myn aggrement I shal wryte unto my lordes good lordship. Sewe ye for your patent as soone as my lord cometh to Woborne, and when ye have hit sendeth it to Lincoln þat your graunte may be confermed by þe chapitour ther. To morowe I will be at Bannebury and ther until Monday next: from thennes to Leicester, and ther until þe morowe next after seint Kateryn day: so to Newerk, and ther until ij daies afor seint Nicholas day: thenne to Lin|coln, and ther by viij daies. Yf your patent be brought while y am ther, Page  94, vol. 2 I shal speke for þe spede þerof, so þat y trust your servaunt commyng þerwith shal not be taried. John Daunce shal to morrowe to Ricote and labour to gete you a copie of Quatermayns patent. Yf hit may be goten ther, William Lentalle, your servaunte, can advise you how ye may gete hit from Herry Davers: for Lental telled me þis same day he supposeth þat Herry hath hit. Yf hit may not be goten of hym, let Lental remember þe Scrivener þat made Maister Foulers patent, with whom y suppose a mynewte or copie resteth, and ther dooth hym to fette hit. I sende you herynne enclosed a copie of the wordes entred by Maister Auditour for þe allowaunce of þe Stewardes ffee, upon þe which copie ye may conceive your patent by counseile lerned, yf þe remanent faile. Oure lord kepe you. At Thame, in hast þe xvjth daye of Novembre, with þe owne hande of hym þat is yours to my litle poer.

H. Carnebull.

To the right worshipfull sir, Sir William Stonore, knyght.