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September 11, 1611
William Shakespeare is listed as a potential subscriber towards the cost of prosecuting a bill in Parliament for the better maintenance of the highways
On September 11, 1611, the Stratford Corporation drafted a list of seventy-two burgesses who could be approached to subscribe “towardes the Charge of prosecutyng the Bill in the parliament for the better Repayre of the highe Waies and amendinge divers defectes in the Statutes alredy made.&r
This book is the only surviving play manuscript used by Shakespeare’s company, the King’s Men. It is also the only surviving copy of the play itself, which became known as The Second Maiden’s Tragedy.
ca. late 1610 - early 1611
William Shakespeare joins Richard Lane and Thomas Greene in a suit against George Baron Carew, Sir Edward Conway, and others concerning the annual payment of a rent to Henry Barker for leasehold interests in parts of the Stratford tithes
This document is a draft of a bill of complaint to be submitted to the Court of Chancery regarding annuity payments on property relating to the 1544 lease of the Stratford tithes.
June 19, 1612
Shown here is the second round of depositions, dated June 19, 1612, given in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
Easter term 1612
Bellott v. Mountjoy: Witness Book listing Shakespeare and others to be examined on Bellott's behalf in Easter Term
Shown here is the Witness Book, from Easter term 1612, for the first round of depositions in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
May 7, 1612
Bellott v. Mountjoy: Compulsory Summons to Shakespeare and others for the first set of Interrogatories
Shown here is a Compulsory Summons, dated May 7, 1612, following the last of four pleadings in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
May 11, 1612
Bellott v. Mountjoy: First set of depositions, on Bellott's behalf, including Shakespeare's signature
Shown here is the first round of depositions, dated May 11, 1612, given in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
March 10, 1613
Shakespeare purchases the Blackfriars Gatehouse: copy of bargain and sale signed by buyers, including Shakespeare
In March 1613 William Shakespeare and three associates agreed to purchase the Gatehouse of the former Dominican priory in London known as “Blackfriars” from Henry Walker for the sum of £140. The indenture of bargain and sale is dated March 10.
In 1613 Leonard Digges penned a note onto the fly-leaf of a copy of the third edition of Rimas de Lope de Vega Carpio, printed in Madrid the same year; the inscribed copy survives in the library of Balliol College, Oxford.
January 28, 1613
John Combe of Stratford-upon-Avon was a contemporary of William Shakespeare. Though Combe was from a far wealthier and more established family, by the second decade of the seventeenth century Shakespeare’s accumulated wealth placed the two men on an essentially equal footing.