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At the Committee of Trustees for Sale of the late Kings goods. 10th October, 1651 George Wither

At the Committee of Trustees for Sale of the late Kings goods. 10th October, 1651

George Wither

Published October 10th 1651
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A document printed upon laid-paper, with decorative header, stating that the Trustees of the sale of the late King Charles Is goods, authorize that John Hunt and Humphrey Jones, Esquiers, Treasurers appointed for the sale of the late Kings,MoreA document printed upon laid-paper, with decorative header, stating that the Trustees of the sale of the late King Charles Is goods, authorize that John Hunt and Humphrey Jones, Esquiers, Treasurers appointed for the sale of the late Kings, Queens, and Princes goods, make payment unto Daniell Lewin the sum of £18, allowed in the Second List of creditors to be discounted from £32. When this transaction occurred, approximately 700 paintings were disbursed by Parliament to hundreds of persons in lieu of payment of the kings debts. Its probable Daniell Lewin accepted an £18 masterpiece.[printed]. To the Treasurers for sale of the goods of the late King, Queene, and Prince. [written] advance - 1. 16.Signed & sealed by the Trustees of the sale of Charles Is goods, as they were named July 4th, 1649 in the House of Commons: John Humphreys (Humfreys), George Withers (Wither), Ralph Grafton, Henry Creech, John Foche (Foach). The remaining names as Trustees very well may have signed & sealed the document, Anthony Mildmay, Michael Lampier, John Belchamp, Philip Cartwright, David Powel, and Edward Winslow, but those names apparently have been clipped.Upon the back, crossed out: R... of John Hunt & Humfry Jones esqs. Trea(sure)rs for the mony raysed by sale of the late kings Goods by vertue of an Order from the Trustees bearing date the 10th of October, 1651, the summe of Eighteene pownds witnesse my hand the 2d of January 1651.Below that, R... of John Hunt & Humfry Jones Esqs. Trea(sure)rs for ye monyes raised by ye Sale of the late kings goodes by vertue of an order from ye Trustees bearing date the 10th daye of October 1651. The Somme of Eighteene poundes. Witnesse my hand the 3rdth daye of June, 1652. Signed Ed: Basse.Edward Bass was the head of three separate dividends (syndicates) who were to cast lots in the sale of the kings goods. Bass was a major beneficiary- and it appears that Daniell Lewin was within one of his dividends. Bass soon afterward was quite good at finding unclaimed kings goods in peoples houses.All seals missing, but evidence remains: small, faint red circles next to the signatures upon the front of the document. The seals were not tagged on and likely fell off over time. Approx. 11 x 8 inches.George Wither who signed the document is none other than the old poet (1588-1667). His signature is considerably scarce. George Wither, Henry Creech, and Ralph Grafton, who signed this document, were three of the four men who specifically were to inventory and appraise the royal household at Whitehall. They were implicated to have purposely undervalued the kings goods to benefit themselves. Very likely all 11 trustees signed this document, but only 5 remain.