MC:P287/C1 Correspondence of Jane Bagot and Sir Walter Bagot (d.1704)
MC:P287/C1/1 6th Nov. [1680 proposed by a later hand]
Letter from Jane Bagot (nee Salusbury) (no address given) to her husband, Sir Walter Bagot, M.P. (3rd Bart. Bagot, d.1704) (address, London). Lady Jane worries about her husband’s cold, concerned that it might develop into gout. She urges him to be careful and to stick to the principles of an honest man, good Christian and loyal subject that he might have a clear conscience to help him ‘if great troubles happen.’ (This may allude to the fallout from the ‘Popish Plot’, during which Sir Walter supported the informer Stephen Dugdale). Lady Jane writes about her children, Edward (b.1673/4), Elizabeth (b.1674), and says that Wat (Walter, b.1678) and Henry (unidentified) are ill. She reports that Sir Walter’s mother (Mary Bagot (nee Lampard) d.1686) plans to go to Beaudesert (seat of the Paget family) and Arbey. Lady Jane also enclosed two papers of ‘news’ sent by one Mr. Rods (unidentified) from the moorlands. The back of the letter has a note: ‘A Prophecy found at Leek 1680.’
This document includes the following two items:
(i) An account (dated 1st Nov. 1680) of a group of workmen finding artefacts etc. whilst replacing pavement in Leek, Staffordshire. Amongst the artefacts, they supposedly found a parchment (see below).’ The back of the letter has a note: ‘A Prophecy found at Leek 1680.’ The whole story is quite bizarre and might be some kind of hoax or joke. Readers should note that the word ‘boother’, which appears often in the account, was a Midlands dialect word for boulder (see OED).
(ii) A supposed transcription of the parchment found by workmen in Leek, and purports to be the work of ‘Anselm.’ It is hard to read and seems fairly nonsensical. The document is undated, but is clearly part of the set of documents of 1680.
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