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February 1, 1587
Proceedings in the local court of record in an action brought by Nicholas Lane against John Shakespeare concerning an alleged debt of £22 owed to Lane by his brother Henry Shakespeare: formal declaration by Lane’s attorney
This is part of a sequence of nine loose papers and entries in the Stratford court of record register, documenting the progress of an action brought by Nicholas Lane, a prosperous Alveston husbandman, against John Shakespeare for the recovery of a debt of £22.
August 11, 1596
Hamnet, William and Anne Shakespeare’s only son, was buried on August 11, 1596, according to the Holy Trinity Church parish register. Next to the entry, an “X” added by a later hand highlights its significance. He was eleven years old.
January 26, 1597
On January 29, 1597 John Shakespeare sold his neighbor, George Badger, a strip of land on the north-western boundary of John’s Henley Street property (now known as the Birthplace). The conveyance shown here is in Latin.
May 4, 1597
For further details about the 1597 exemplification, see the general essay for Shakespeare's purchase of New Place.
October 25, 1598
The only surviving letter to Shakespeare: Letter from Richard Quiney asking for Shakespeare's assistance in securing a loan of £30
This is the only known surviving letter written to Shakespeare, but he may never have received it. (No known letters survive written by him.) It is addressed “To my Loveinge good ffrend & contreymann Mr.
July 18, 1598
Conveyance from Thomas Blackford of Butlers Marston, yeoman, to Daniel Smith of Stratford-upon-Avon, yeoman, of a house in Stratford, witnessed by Hamnet Sadler
In the summer of 1598, Thomas Blackford of Butlers Marston sold a house on the north side of Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, to Daniel Smith. The deed recording the sale, shown here, was drawn up on July 18.
January 24, 1598
Letter from Abraham Sturley to Richard Quiney, including a mention that William Shakespeare was contemplating a purchase of land in Stratford-upon-Avon
In this letter, dated January 24, 1598, Abraham Sturley wrote to fellow Stratford townsman Richard Quiney about several town matters, including a rumor regarding Shakespeare’s intent to purchase land.
November 4, 1598
Letter from Abraham Sturley to Richard Quiney including a reference to the possibility that William Shakespeare might help in the securing of a loan
On October 25, 1598, Richard Quiney wrote both to Shakespeare, asking for his help in securing a loan of £30 and to his friend Abraham Sturley in Stratford-upon-Avon to let him know the request had been made.
ca. November 4, 1598
Letter from Adrian Quiney to his son Richard Quiney including a reference to possible negotiations with William Shakespeare on financial matters
While in London in the autumn of 1598, Richard Quiney received five letters from his father Adrian. Four are dated (October 20 and 29, November 10 and 18).
November 24, 1598
Letter from Daniel Baker to Richard Quiney including a possible reference to the money with which William Shakespeare’s help might be procured
While in London during the autumn of 1598, Richard Quiney received at least four letters from Daniel Baker, written on October 17, October 26, November 13 and November 24, the last of which is shown here. Baker addresses Quiney as his uncle, and refers to Quiney’s wife as his aunt.