MRP: 21st March 1665/66, Letter from Richard Oxinden to Sir GO, London

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21st March 1665/66, Letter from Richard Oxinden to Sir GO, London

BL, Add. MS. 40,708 - 40,713, vol, 235, year 1665, f. 13

Editorial history

13/12/11, CSG: Created page & posted transcription

Abstract & context

In this letter Richard Oxinden reports the death of Elizabeth Dallison to his cousin, Sir George Oxenden.

He refers to the protracted financial difficulties Elizabeth and her son Maximilian Dallison had over the estate of Halling, near Rochester, in Kent. The estate of Halling included the Bishop's place or palace, and had been managed by Elizabeth for seven years following the early death in 1641 [CHECK] of her husband, William Dallison, on behalf of her then under age son. Both lands and buildings were leased from the Bishop of Rochester.

To raise money for legal action and to purchase a reversion in the separate estate of the Hamptons in nearby West Peckham, Kent, Elizabeth had transferred the Halling lease to Sir George Oxenden. Following her death, this action, together with the breach between her and her son Maximilian, led to a protracted legal dispute involving Sir George Oxenden, Sir Henry Oxenden (George and Elizabeth's elder brother) versus Maximilian Dallison

Suggested links

See biographical profile of Richard Oxinden
See biographical profile of Elizabeth Dallison
See biographical profile of Maximilian Dallison
See biographical profile of Mary Smith, nee Dallison

See wiki entry on Bishop's Palace
See wiki entry on The Hamptons

See 30th March 1663, Letter from Richard Oxinden to Sir GO, London
See 3rd March 1665/66, Letter from Richard Oxinden to Sir GO, Old Baily Corner
See March 1665/66, Letter from Richard Oxinden to Sir GO
See 5th January 1666/67, Letter from Richard Oxinden to Sir GO, Lambeth
See 1st October 1667, Letter from Richard Oxinden to Sir GO, Lambeth

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[BL, Add. MS. 40,708 - 40,713, vol, 235, year 1665, f. 13]

By a former letter by this shipp I gave you an accompt of yo:r deare Sist:s[1] Sickness & the great hopes y:t we had then of her recovery, but y:o 17:te[2] instant it pleased God to take her to him Selfe, she being a pson that y:e world was no longer worthy of, to the great greife & sorrow of all that had the honour to be acquainted w:th her worth & goodness, the ?necessity of affaires, ?inforced her to give up Halling Lease[3] into yo:r power for moneys y:t are due to you which is y:e greatest inconvenience that could have fallen to her sonn Dalyson[4], his lands are so interwoven w:th the Bishops[5] that they are not to be divided, which hath given great cause of discontent, & the truth is she hath not left him any thing or any of his children, now my request to yo:w is y:t yo:w would show kindness to y:e children of so good & oblidging a mother, this is y:e day of her Funerrall, poore Sarah[6] is your afflicted Serv:t & yo:w will xxxx below that in great Sorrow I subscribe my Selfe

Sir Yours very much obliged
Rich: Oxinden

London 21:te March 1665/6


Possible primary sources

  1. Elizabeth Dallison, Sir George Oxenden's elder sister and London agent
  2. Sir Henry Oxenden reported in a separate letter to Sir George Oxenden that Elizabeth Dallison died on March 17th 1665/66 at seven in the evening. See 17th March 1665/66, Letter from Sir Henry Oxinden to Sir GO, Deane
  3. In 16XX Elizabeth and Maximilian Dallison had signed over the Halling lease to Sir George Oxenden in return for a loan of XXXX to fund legal and other costs. Maximilian subsequently disputed this, and was accused by Sir Henry Oxenden of stealing the documentary proof of the assignment of the lease from his mother, while she lay sick
  4. Maximilian Dallison, Elizabeth Dallison's only son and eldest child
  5. Bishop of Rochester, Dr John Warner (b. 1581, d. 1666)
  6. Sarah Wainman, Elizabeth Dallison's former maid servant and a beneficiary of her will