MRP: 20th March 1662/63, Letter from Tobell Aylmer to Sir GO, Old Corner, nr. Ludgate

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Letter from Tobell Aylmer to Sir George Oxenden, Old Corner, nr. Ludgate, 20th March 1662/63

BL, Add. MS. XX,XXX ff. 30-31

Editorial history

22/05/09, CSG: Completed transcription
14/12/11, CSG: Restructured page

Abstract & context

Suggested links

See biographical profile of Tobell Aylmer

See profile of The Corner or Old Corner, near Ludgate (and Old Bailey), London (Probable residence of Tobell Aylmer)
See Ludgate Hill (Area in which Tobell Aylmer lived)
See The Ship, London (Local tavern near the Old Bailey)

To do

(1) Check transcription against physical manuscript at BL


This transcription has been completed , but requires checking

[BL, Add. MS. XX,XXX ff. 30-31]

[f. 30]

Noble S:r

If the great distance of Miles could Alianate Affections I might cast my Eye upon my Selfe & See y:e unworthiness of y:e Object I should be hopeless & heartless, butt calling to minde y:t w:ch cannot

[f. 31]

Forgotten, yo:r greate = & many ffav:es I am encouradged not onely to present my Service to you, but to Implore y:e Almighty for a blessing upon yow, & all y:t you take in hand, or belong unto you, Assuring you y:t what Service in any kind I cann possibly here doe shall w:th all Cheerefullness be pformed by y:e word of an honest man & yo:r Serv:t you all too Narrow to express what I wold or should doo; Concerning yo:r many & great buisness here I am Silent leaving all to y:e Penn of y:e Lady Dallyson,[1] onely say they take up her whole time, y:t I feare I shall lose my Acquaintance w:th her at home Soe unplacably Troublesome are yo:r, her, & my Adversaries useing all possible, By, Darke, Dishonest, Dusty, Nay Divelish wayes you cannot possibly Imagine, yett are found out in all, & w:th shame I hope, howsoever w:th comfort I say y:e Lady Dallyson Gaines Ground upon them w:ch they begin to be very Sensible of ffor y:e great Beare Brittain[2] is brought to Cry, & Snob like a Child Saying to M:rs Dallison you like my Ruine & y:e Exterpation of me & my whole ffamily Soo I doubt bot but in y:e end of y:e worke wilbe Crowned with Victory

My Sister Perin,[3] my Sonn & Daughter Sone[4] [possibly Lone], & yo:r Serv:t Mary Grigg[5] Desire w:th me to give theire hearty prayers (& Service) to God for yo:r Prosperitie w:th [or w:ch?]

Yo:r most humble Serv:t
Tobell Aylmer

Ffrom y:e Old Corner neere
Ludgate London March y:e 20:th

[As postscript]

This day M:r Rich:d Masters[6] M:r Rich:d Oxinden[7] & my Selfe are gooing to y:e Shipp to Drinck to & Rememb:r o:r Indian Freinds[8] in pticuler yo:r owne w:th a or Gunn of Ale


Ship taverns, Latham & Mathews

The Latham & Mathews Pepys appendix lists four Ship taverns:

(1) "Behind the Exchange" (old and large tavern on north side of Threadneedle Street, just west of Bartholomew Lane – its site is now part of the Bank of England)
(2) Fenchurch Street
(3) Nr. Vere Street (there was a tavern called the ship in Ship Yard, outside Temple-bar, 1660-72, at the end of Fleet Street, quite close to Ludgate Hill (which is just to west of St Paul’s)
4) "Nr. Whitehall")

It is the third tavern they list which is the most likely match to the Ship tavern mentioned in Tobell Aylmer's letter

Ship & Turtle tavern, Leadenhall Street

There was a "Ship and Turtle" tavern of considerable age in Leadenhall Street, but it is unlikely that that is the correct tavern:

- "Far more ancient than the Cock is that other Leadenhall Street tavern, the Ship and

Turtle, which is still represented in the thoroughfare. The claim is made for this house that it dates back to 1377, and for many generations, down, indeed, to 1835, it had a succession of widows as hostesses. The modern representative of this ancient house prides itself upon the quality of its turtle soup and upon the fact that it is the meeting-place of numerous masonic lodges, besides being in high favour for corporation and companies' livery dinners."[9]
  1. Elizabeth Dallison, Sir George Oxenden's elder sister and his London agent. In the late 1650s she was living with Tobell Aylmer, probably at the Old Corner near Ludgate and the Old Bailey
  2. Thomas Breton, London merchant. A subscriber to the Smirna Venture Joint Stock
  3. Edith Perrin. Richard Grassby suggests that Mrs Perrin was Tobell Aylmer's unmarried lover or mistress, noting Aylmer's reference in his will to his "good friend Edith Perrin widow", who he made his executrix and beneficiary. Though it cannot be proven, the reference in Aylmer's letter of March 20th 1662/63 makes it is more likely that she was his sister-in-law (Richard Grassby, Kinship and capitalism: marriage, family, and business in the English speaking world, 1580-1720 (Cambridge, 2001), p. 135). For more information on Edith Perrin see Edith Perrin will
  4. Probably XXX and XXX Loane. See Arthur Loane will
  5. Mary Grigg was XXXX
  6. Richard Masters, son of Richard Masters of Langdon, and a nephew of Sir George Oxenden. He was a merchant in Antwerpen
  7. Richard Oxinden, a cousin of Elizabeth Dallison and Sir George Oxenden
  8. Tobell Aylmer is referring to his friends, and those of Richard Masters and Richard Oxinden, in India. Richard Oxinden had been in India with George Oxenden in the late 1650s. It is unclear whether Tobell Aylmer had been to India. Richard Masters was a merchant of Antwerpen, and is unlikely to have visited India
  9. Henry C. Shelley, Inns and Taverns of Old London (?London, 1909), p. ?