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C6/36/21 f. 1

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George Cock and John Fenn exhibited in Chancery in 1670 a Bill of Complaint against the London merchant John Letten and against Thomas Hobart (alias Hobard), the master of the William (C6/36/21 f. 1). The chancery suit alleged that the ship had been in poor condition, in breach of the charter party, and that their goods as a direct consequence were damaged in transit by water, leading to losses on their attempted sale in Guinea.

The charter party had been drawn up on November 1st, 1667, with, as the first party, Cock and another London merchant, James Temple, now deceased, and Letten and Hobart as the second party. The ship was chartered for a triangular trade between London, the Guinea coast and unspecified "Islands in America." The charter party specified the carrying of negroes, so it is likely that the ship was bound from Guinea for Barbados, Jamaica, or another island in the Caribbean under English dominion. The voyage had commenced in London in early 1668, with the William returning to London in mid-1669. Although Cock and Temple were the charterers, and John Letten simply a part owner, it is interesting to note that in 1672 Letten was a subscriber to the Royal Africa Company, as was George Cock.[1]

Cock and Fenn resorted to Chancery because of an anomaly in the Charter party, whereby Hobart, but not Letten, had signed the charter party, its covenants and articles, and the ship's bill of lading. Letten and Hobart had themselves already brought several actions against Cock in the Court of King's Bench. The problem for Cock and Fenn was that Hobart and his ship were currently overseas, so that he cannot be proceeded against at law, and that, even if they could and did, his estate was to weak to satisfy all their claimed damages. Cock and Fenn wanted Letten to accept that he and not just Hobart were potentially liable for the recovery of damages for the alleged breaches of the charter party. They therefore prayed for a writ of subpoena to compell Letten and Hobart to answer their premisses before the Court of Chancery.

The London bill of ladeing is contained in C6/36/21 f. 2. The charter party is contained in C6/36/21 f. 3. The answer of John Letten and Thomas Hobart (alias Hobbard) is contained in C6/36/21 f. 4

The Letten family were of Dutch origin, John Letten's father being of the same name, but of Norwich.[2] The London merchants and brothers John and Nathaniel Letten may well have been in partnership, and appear together as co-plaintiffs or co-defendants in a number of Chancery suits.

In July 1662 Nathaniel Letten's dwelling house was recorded as being in St. Botolphs Lane, London; in 1677 Nathaniel Letton's (sic) address was recorded as "Fanchurch-street, London" and that of John Letton (sic) as "Turn-wheel-lane, London".[3] Nathaniel predeceased John, dying in 1682, with John dying six years later, in 1688.[4]


//Humbly complaining thereof unto yo:r Loppe yo:r dayly Orato:rs George Cock and John Fenn of the Citty of London Merchants that whereas yo:r Orato:rs & James Temple late of London aforesaid Merchant since deceased beinge entered into ptnershippe//

//together after a cargoe of Merchandizes & goods to bee sent to the coaste of Guyny in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand six hundred sixty seaven did hire & take to ffreight of one John Letten and Thomas Hobard of London Mchants for a voyage to y:e coast of Guyny//

//the good shipp called the William of London and thereupon a certaine Indenture of Charterparty bearinge date the first day of November in the said yeare of our Lord one thousand six hundred and sixty seaven was made betweene the said John Letten//

//and Thomas Hobart by the names of John Letten of London March:t partowner & Thomas Hobart Master of the good shipp or vessell named the William of London of the one parte & yo:r Orato:rs George Cock & the said James Temple of the other parte//

//whereby the said Thomas Hobard (sic) by and with the consent of the said Owner testified by his beinge party to the said Indenture did lett to ffreight the said shipp unto yo:r rato:r George Cock and the said James Temple for the terme of twelve months//

//certaine and for eighteene monthes att the Longest accountinge Kalendary monthes to commence from the said shippe falling downe to Gravesend in the sixth day of December then next ensueinge att and under the rate of one hundred & thirty//

//pounds of Lawfull money of England for A moneth for the said voyage to Guyny hee the said Thomas Hobard did thereby covenant with yo:r Orato:r George Cock & the said James Temple that y:e said shippe before her departure from Gravesend aforesaid should be//

//strong and substantiall, And well and sufficiently stored victualled ffitted and equipped with all Tackle Apparrell Provision ffurniture & Amuniccon Needfull and necessary for such a voyage, And yo:r Orato:r George Cock and the said James Temple did hereby//

//covenant to pay unto the said John Letten and Thomas Hobard for the ffreight and hire of the said shipp for the voyage after & accordinge to the Rate of the said one Hundred and thirty pounds by the moneth for every moneth and for all such time whatever//

//accountinge calendar moneths as shall bee elapsed and rune out att the tyme of the said shipp beinge discharged from the said voyage beinge discharged from her said voyage to bee accounted from the time of her enteringe into pay as aforesaid, And that the payment of y:e said ffreight should bee//

//to the said owners & master in manner followinge that is to say one hundred and thirty pounds beinge the money agreed to be paid for one Moneths ffreight should bee paid att the sealinge of the said Charter Party and the rest and the residue of the said ffreight after//

//the said shippe should bee returned to the sasid Port of London and should bee fully discharged of her Homeward bound ladinge one moyety thereof within ffoureteene dayes after the said shippes said Returne unto y:e Port of London and the residue thereof//

//within fforty dayes afterwards with two third parts of all Port Charges & Primage and Average accustomed And for the Performance of all the covenants & Agreem:ts in the said Charter Party on y:e?act of the said Master by the said Charter party he did//

//bynde himselfe and especially the said shippe the ffreight tackle & apparell of the same unto the said James Temple & George Cock their Executo:rs and Adm:rs in the summe of Three Thousand pounds And yo:r Orato:r George Cock and the said James Temple//

//ffor the pformance of the covenants payments and Agreem:ts on their parte to bee pformed did likewise by the said Charter party bind themselves their Executo:rs & Administrato:rs unto the said John Letten and Thomas Hobard (sic) in the like summe of three//

//thousand pounds as by the said Charter Party among other things therein contained whereunto for more certainty yo:r Orato:rs referre themselves more fully att Large may appeare And yo:r Orato:rs further shew that y:e said Charter Party was ??inntually sealed and//

//exicuted by the Partyes thereunto & yo:r Orato:rs George Cock or James Temple above named or one of them or to some other to their or one of their ord: direction att the time of the Sealinge and executinge of the said Charter Party or some short tyme before//

//or after did pay or cause to bee paid unto the said John Letten & Thomas Hobard or one of them or to some other by them or one of them or to some other to their or one of their uses the said summes of one Hundred and thirty Pounds of Lawfull money of England accordinge to the clause//

//and Agreement on the said Charter Party to that purpose And thereupon yo:r Orato:rs and the said James Temple did provide a cargoe of severall sorts of goods XXXX for a trade to Guiny consistinge amongst other things of severall Bales or//

//Cases of worsted or woolen and Linnen manufactories of the value of about six thousand pounds ?prime cost And the same did lade and putt on board the said shipp in vey good order and well conditioned, And the said//

//Thomas Hobard did receive and take charge thereof and severall Bills of Ladings thereof was made and purported that y:e said Thomas Hobard had Recd on Board the said shipp the said Goodes wares and Merchandizes, upon the Acc:t//

//for the use of yo:r Orato:rs Cock John ffenn and the said James Temple to one of which bearinge date the three and twentieth day of December in the yeare of our Lord one Thousand Six Hundred sixty and seaven the said Thomas Hubbard//

//did subscribe his name a true copye whereof yo:r Orato:r have caused to bee fixed and anexed to this their Bill and doe Humbly pray yo:r Lo:rpps the same may bee taken and reputed as parte of this their Bill of complaint And yo:r Orato:rs further shewe//

//unto yo:r Lo:ppe that the said shipp beinge laden as aforesaid upon the acco:t of yo:r Orato:rs and the said James Temple on or about y:e time in the said Charter party limited and appointed did sett sayle ffor y.e said Intended voyage But the XXXX XXXX XXXX//

//?parts of y.e said shipp and also severall other Timbers plancks and parts of the said shipp was very weake infirme leaky & very unfitt for such a voyage and the same shipp was not strong & XXXXXXXX nor substantiently (sic) fitted and equipped for that voyage soe that by//

//meanes and Reason of y:e Leakeness weakness and unfittness of severall parts of the said shippe great Quantityes of water came in & leaked into y:e said shipp through the sides and upper worke and other parts of the said shippe whereby great//

//Quantities of the goods wares and Marchandizes so laden on board the said shippe by yo:r Orato:rs and the said James Temple were wett spoyled and Rotten or otherwise so impayred That yo:r Orato:rs and the said James Temple were dampnified by//

//Reason thereof And the said Goods wares & Merchandizes impared & made worse of the first cost ?or att the least twelve Hundred pounds whereby yo:r Orato.r and the said James Temple did likewise Loose y:e Benefitt profitt and Advantage which they//

//might have made by sale or exchange of y:e said Goods in case they had come safe & well conditioned to y:e Markett & Places whether they were consigned which att the rates and prices that other goods of yo:r Orato:rs of the same sort & condicon which//

//went in the same shipp & happened to arrive safe and without damage doth amount to at least one thousand pounds all which said Damages & Losses so sustained by default & defect & Insufficiencies of the said shippe as aforesaid sought in all equitie and//

//Justice to bee made good & satisfied to yo:r Orato:rs who are now only concerned as survivors (y:e said James Temple beinge dead as aforesaid & his Interest ?succeeding to ?them) by y:e said John Letten and Thomas Hubard and by the said ship//

//tackle ffurniture Apparell and ffraight accordinge to y:e said charter party But now soe it is may it please yo:r Lopp that although y:e said John Letten is named in the said Charterparty as owner of y.e said shipp & consentinge to the said letting of the//

//same to ffreight to yo:r Orato:rs George Cock and James Temple yet hee the said John Letten hath not bound himselfe by any covenant therein nor in y:e said penalty of y:e said three Thousand pounds for performance thereof hee the said Thomas Hubard//

//onely bindinge himselfe and the said ffreight & shipp ffurniture Tackle & Apparrell for the pformance thereof as aforesaid, which as yo: Orato:r doeth beleive happened either by the contrivance of y:e said John Letten who gave or caused some private or other directions//

//to bee given to y:e scrivener or person that p:rpares the said Charter party to draw the said Charter party to that purpose or else y:e same happened by the carlessenesse or default of y:e said Scrivener or Person intrusted to p:rpare the same which yo:r//

//Orato:rs y:e rather beleiveth for that as the said Charterparty is drawn yo:r Orato:rs George Cock & James Temple were Joyntly bound to y:e said John Letten & Thomas Hobard in the said penalty & also in all y:e covenants of y:e said charterparty and//

//therefore as yo:r orato:rs are informed and advised if the said Charter party had beene fairly and equally drawne y:e said John Letten should accordinge to the customs & course??users by masters and owners of shipps have beene bound to yo:r orato:rs as//

//well and equally with y.e said Thomas Hobard & although yo:r Orato:rs or one of them or the said James Temple in his life tyme or some other person or persons in their one or one of their behalfes have paid severall summes of money amountinge//

//to one thousand pounds or thereabouts or some other great and considerable summes of money towards dischargeing of y:e said ffraight And although yo:r Orato:rs are dampnified by the Breach of y:e said Charterparty on the part of the said Thomas//

//Hubard by reason of the defectiveness of the said shipp aforesaid yet they the said John Letten and Thomas Hobard combining togeather to defeat yo:r Orato:rs of great summes of money (the said shipp haveing finished her voyage & beinge//

//unladen of her goods homeward bound) have caused yo:r Orato:r George Cock to bee arrested upon y:e said Charter party & have declared thereupon in an action of covenants for one hundred and thirty pounds p month for the ffreight of the//

//said shipp for twenty monthes amountinge in the whole to two thousand foure hundred and seaventy pounds and doe Intend to recover all the said ffreight from yo:r Orato:r and in the mean tyme by combinacon with y.e said John Letten the//

//said Thomas Hubard who is the onely party bound to yo:r Orato:r in the said Charter Party hath withdrawn himselfe and the said shipp into some remote ptes beyond the seas so that your Orato:rs cannot proceed or take any course att Law against him either uppon//

//the said Charterptye or bill of Ladeing and allthough your Orators upon any Accon to be brought upon the said Charter party or bill of ladeing should recover against the said Tho: Hobard yet as your Orators are informed the said Thomas Hobard is but of a weak Estate//

//and not able to satisfie their Dampnifiaconn soe that your Orators are in great danger of looseing all their said Dampnifiaconns nor can your Orators prove or make appeare what part of the mony payable for the said shipp is payed & by reason the same or some//

//great part thereof was paid in private and by persons remote so that your Orators cannot have them testifie at the Tryall upon the said Accon to give their Evidence in mittigatton of Damages nor can your Orators give Evidence in ?Barr to the ?said Acconn or in//

//mittigaton of Damages thereupon any of the Damages so susteyned by Defect of the said shipp and breach of Charter party as aforesaid nor can bring any Acconn ag:t the said John Letten either upon the said Charterpty or bill of ladeing above mentonned in regard the said//

//John Letten hath not bound himselfe by any of the said covenants withe said Charterpty nor signed the said bills of ladeinge, but yet in Equity hee the said John Letten who XXXX by presented the said Accon against your Orator Geo: Cock in his owne and in ther name of the said//

//?hobard ought not to proceed there upon unless he will agree to stand in the place and stead of the said Tho: Hobard and that the said shipp and furniture and the said freight maybe lyeable to Answer such Damages as yo:r Orators shall recover upon any accon to be brought upon ?& bill of ladeing//

//in regard XXXXXXXX the demands which the said John Letten hath against your Orator Geo: Cock doe arise & ?growe from the said Charterpty and therefore in good Conscience the same ought also to be lyeable to your Orators satisfaccon for ther Damages susteyned by the breach

//thereof on the part of the said Thomas Hobard and the said Confederates ought to sett forth what monyes have been paid for or towards the freight of the said shipp to the said John Letten or the said Thomas Hobard or any other to their use or by their or either of//

//their orders to the end the same may be ?discounted out of the money due for the said ffreight To the end therefore the said confederates may discover the truth of all and singular the p:rmisses and that the Accn brought in the name of the said John//

//Letten & Thomas Hobard may bee ffXXX by the ??Inccon of this Court unlesse the said John Letten will undertake to satisfie your Orators such damages as they shall recover ag:t the said Thomas Hobard upon any accon to be brought ag:t the said Hobard by your Orators either upon the said Charterpty or bill of Ladeinge and unless the said John Letten will//

//forthwith undertake the defence of such accons so that your Orators may goe to trayall upon their severall accons and ?bear forward there in as the said Letten and Hobard are in their accon ag:t your Orator Geo: Cock and that your Orators may be releived in all &//

//every p:rmisses according to Equity and good conscience May itt please yo:r Lopp to grannt unto yo:r Orato:r his Ma:ties most gratious Writt of suppa to bee directed to the said John Letten and Thomas Hobart comanding them and either of them

//at A certaine day & under A certaine payne thereon to bee lymitted psonally to bee & appeare before yo:r Lordpp in this high & hono:ble Court of Chancery then & there upon their corporall oathes true Answer to make to all & singular the//

//p:rmisses and further to stand to & abide such further order & direccon herein as to yo:r Lordpp shall seeme meete And yo:r Orato:r as is duty bound shall dayly pray xr:/

//Xaker [Signature, bottom LH corner]//

//Charles Porter [Signature, bottom RH corner]


George Cock & James Temple

Senate House Library, University of London: GB 0096 MS 792: Hearth tax: indenture of revenues: 1667: 4 leaves
- Indenture, dated 17 Oct 1667, between(1) Sir Robert Vyner Bt., Alderman of the City of London, (2) Sir Allen Broderick Bt., of Wandlesworth, Surrey, (3) Sir Richard Pigott Kt., (4) Perient Trott, (5) Humphey Beane, (6) James Hoare, (7) John Rives (or Ryves), (8) John Bence, (9) George Cock, merchant, and (10) James Temple, (3-10) being 'of London'. The indenture settles their respective shares, profits, accounts and liability in the farm of the hearth tax revenues. The terms of an indenture of 30 Mar 1666 whereby Pigott, Trott and Beane paid £250,000 to the King for a grant of the annual rates of revenues from from 'fyer hearth and stoves' in England, Wales, and Berwick on Tweed, for 7 years; in Oct 1667 Vyner paid the £250,000 due to the crown, while Pigott, Trott and Beane lent their names to the transaction. Signed and sealed by the parties. Endorsed: 'Indenture...wherein Perient Trot...advanced 20,000 l.'

"By October, 1667, however, Vyner's partners had sufficiently recovered actually to invest in the Farm, and Sir Allen Broderick, Alderman John Bence, George Cock, goldsmith-banker, and James Temple, Vyner's "chief man," took shares, although Vyner continued to control the Farm with an investment of two-fifths:..."[5]
- CSG: It is not clear to me that the author above has correctly identified George Cock as a "goldsmith-banker"

"November 5th, 1668: And by and by, when the Duke of York and we had done, and Wren brought into the closet Captain Cox and James Temple About business of the Guiney Company, and talking something of the Duke of Buckingham's concernment therein, and says the Duke of York, "I will give the Devil his due, as they say the Duke of Buckingham hath paid in his money to the Company," or something of that kind, wherein he would do right to him."[6]

"1672: Sept. 27. Westminster: 934. Charter of Incorporation of the New Royal African Company. Whereas all the regions called Guinea, Binny, Angola and South Barbary in Africa, and the sole trade thereof...Sir John Banks, Sir Thos. Blodworth,...John Bence, ...John Buckworth...Man Browne,...Sir Wm. Coventry, ...Sir Nicholas Crispe,...Sir Robert Clayton, Mrs. Dorothy Colvill, Capt. George Cock, Benjamin Coles,...Benjamin Cole and John Cooke, Sir Jonathan Dawes, George Dashwood, Esq., Aldn. Francis Dashwood, Wm. Dashwood, Saml. Dashwood, ...Sir Richard Ford, ...John Fenn,...Moses Goodyer, ...James Hoare senr.,...Wm. Hodges,...Sir Andrew King, ...Sir John Lowther, Christopher Lowther, ...John Letten, Jacob Lucy,...Chas. Modyford, Richard Middleton, ...John Morrice, Thomas Murthwaite, Samuel Moyer, ...Benjamin Newland, ...Chas. Porter, Thos. Povey, John Portman, Peter Proby, Daniel Pennington ...Sir John Robinson, Dame Priscilla Rider, Tobias Rustal,...Thos. Rider, Wm. Rider, ...Sir John Shaw, ...Benjamin Skutt, Joseph Skutt,...Saml. Sambrooke,...John Skepper, ...George Toriano,...Sir Robert Vyner, ...Thos. Winter, Edward Willoughby, ...Arnold White, ...Thos. Westerne, ...John Young, ..."[7]

John Letten

Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service: Deposit by Rooks, Rider, Solicitors: Marston Moretaine (Wroxhill) [no ref. 1652-1875: Manor of Wroxhill [no ref. or date]: [no title] X668/44 30 July 1662]
"- Contents:
Mortgage by demise
i)Edmund Playdell, London, citizen and merchant tailor
ii)Nathaniel Letten
John Letten
Both of London, merchants
Consideration - £300 paid to i) by ii)
i) demises to ii)
- manor of Wroxhill etc
- messuage and 4 closes pasture (50a) at Wroxhill in Marston Moretaine late in occupation of William Purney term - 500 years rent - 1 peppercorn
To be repaid as follows at dwelling house of Nathaniel
Letten in St Botolph's Lane - £9 on last day of January 1662/3, £9 on last day of July 1663, £9 on last day of January next and £309 on last day of July 1664
Signature of i)
Endorsed witnesses Joseph Alport
John Hope
Jer Wells
His servants"

Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service: Deposit by Rooks, Rider, Solicitors: Marston Moretaine (Wroxhill) [no ref. 1652-1875: Manor of Wroxhill [no ref. or date]: [no title] X668/46 20 September 1695]
- "Contents:
Deed of Purchase
(i) Susanna Letten, widow, executrix of last will of John Letten, London, merchant, her late husband, deceased, Richard Letten, London, merchant, executor of late will of Nathaniel Letten, London, merchant, his late father, deceased
(ii) Simon Urlin, Ampthill, gent
(iii) Rowland Carleton, Ampthill, Esq; Thomas Arnold, younger, Ampthill, gent
Reciting demise of 30 July 1662. Sum concerned was not repaid. Also reciting demise of 10 May 1667. Sum concerned was not repaid.
Nathaniel and John Letten, about 24 years ago, by due course of law, gained possession of the said premises.
Nathaniel Letten died before John so the whole interest in the premises came to John by survivorship will of John Letten proved by Susanna in PCC on 24 December 1688
Will of Nathaniel Letten proved by Richard in PCC on 10 March 1690 Thomas Corker, if living, is in parts beyond the seas unknown to (i), rents and profits of said premises and both principal sums and a considerable sum for interest is payable to Susanna Letten
Now in consideration of £400 paid to Susanna by (ii) and 5s paid to (i) by (iii)
Susanna Letten, at request of Richard Letten, assigns to (iii) in trust for (ii)
- said Manor, messuage, closes etc
- sums of £300 and £91 and money owing for interest
To hold Manor, land and premises to (iii) in trust for residue of terms of 500 years and 1000 years
Sums of money to be held by (iii) in trust as before as their own proper monies
(ii)agrees that he has received of Susanna Letten the said mortgages and bonds and also deeds as in annexed schedule
Is agreed that Susanna Letten may take rents and profits of the premises attached:
Feoffment of 19 December 15 Charles I [1639] to Robert Smith and his son, William Smith, of the Manor of Wroxhill
Bargain and sale of 19 December 1639, enrolled in Chancery, to said Robert and William Smith
Feoffment of 12 January 23 Charles I [1647/8] to Hugh Barker, of a messuage or tenement and 2 closes of pasture
Feoffment of 12 May 1649 to William Playdell of Manor of Wroxhill
Mortgage of 1 June 1650 to Edmund Playdell for 99 years to secure several sums of money
Feoffment of 6 December 1652 [X 668/41]
Fine [X 668/42 and 43]
Signatures of (i)
Endorsed receipt
Witnesses Martha Letten
Thos Darlington
R L Banner
Wm Lee"

Parliamentary Archives: Main Papers 609 - 633 HL/PO/JO/10/1/380 25 Jun 1678 - 15 Jul 1678
- 613. 26 June 1678 -- Goldsmiths Bill.--Amended Draft of an Act for confirming of several Letters Patents granted by His Majesty to Sir Robert Vyner, Edward Backwell, and others.
- h) 1 July -- Petition of John Buckworth and others, who have taken assignments from Mr. John Lindsay, goldsmith, as administrator in right of his wife, in satisfaction of their debts due from John Colvile, deceased. Signed by Fortune Dorrington, Eliz. Guilliom, Rich. Cradocke, Wm Johnston, Ja. Donaldson, Rich. Hawkins, Edw. Allen, John Letten, Francis Tyssen, John Middleton, John Wilson, Robt. Bodington, Geo. Cowart, Anthony Gregorie, Fran. Neve, Tho. Pinfold, John Frescheville, John Buckworth, Will. Moyer, Jane Jacson, Edw. Shelton, Mary Barrington, Jonadab Balam, and Pr Fontaine.

Possible primary sources

C 10/206/2 African v. Vyner, Bence, Letten: Middx 1679
C 10/471/6 Butler v. Vanheythuyson, Letten: Staffs 1669
C 10/161/16 Child v. Coker, Bexly & Letten: Middx. 1671
C 10/91/84 Nathaniel Letten and John Letten v Charles Marescoe: money matters, Middlesex. Bill and answer 1669
C 10/106/106 Nathaniel Letten, Sir Edwin Riche knight, Samuel Trotman, Edward Trotman and others v William Harbord, Richard Newman and Roger Gillingham: St. Martin in the Fields, Middlesex. Answer 1667
C 10/122/67 John Letten v Daniel Pensaxe, John Crosseby, Richard Stephens, John Hamond, Nicholas Bradley and others: money matters, Middlesex. Bill and answer 1673
C 10/156/105 Nathaniel Letten and John Letten v Charles Maresco: money matters, Middlesex. Answer 1670
C 10/163/67 Nathaniel Letten and John Letten v Peter Joy and Leonora Marescoe widow: money matters. Two answers 1671
C 10/174/67 Nathaniel Letten, John Letten and Gerard Vanheithinson v John Palgrave and Diana his wife: Ebony manor and others, Kent. Bill and three answers 1673
C 10/177/57 Nathaniel Letten and John Letten v George Blackbourne: East Smithfield, Middlesex. Bill and answer 1674
C 10/272/48 Richard Letten, John Letten, Susannah Letten, Sarah Letten and Elizabeth Letten v John Letten: money matters, Middlesex. Bill and answer 1685
C 10/485/33: Court of Chancery, Lodwick v. Draper, 28 October 1684. Writ asking Chancery to order Francis Lodwick to appear in a case involving financial dealings (also involves Gerard Vanheythuysen, Sarah Letten, John Letten).[8]
C 10/486/120 Nathaniel Letten, John Letten and Gerard Vanheithinson v John Palgrave and Diana his wife, William Cavendish Lord Cavendish, Sir Robert Clayton knight, John Morris and John Browne: money matters, Middlesex. Bill only 1673

C 111/185 PACKET 11: UNKNOWN CAUSES: Lease of George Barron, John Letten and Thomas Neale to Francis Ligoe of a bakehouse and other buildings in Ratcliff, Middx 1684

PROB 11/330 Coke 57-107 Will of James Temple, Goldsmith of London 14 July 1669
PROB 11/331 Coke 108-166 Will of Henry Temple, Merchant of Saint Botolph without Bishopsgate, City of London 16 December 1669
PROB 11/370 Cottle 55-110 Will of Nathaniel Letten, Merchant of Saint Dionis Backchurch, City of London 15 August 1682 pp. 1-7
PROB 11/393 Exton 131-172 Will of John Letten, Mercht. of London 24 December 1688

Begin. July 18, 1671. On a Tryal before the Lord Chief Justice Hales, between Nathaniel and John Letten plaintiffs, and Leonar Moresco widow defendant; concerning the custome of merchants : in case an accepted bill of exchange be lost, etc. [A discussion of merchants' practice].
  1. 1672 Royal African Company Charter; Patent Rolls, 24 Car. II., pt. iii.
  2. J.R. Woodhead, The rulers of London, 1660-1689: a biographical record of the aldermen and common councilmen of the City of London (London, 1965), p. 108
  3. Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service: Deposit by Rooks, Rider, Solicitors: Marston Moretaine (Wroxhill) [no ref.] 1652-1875: Manor of Wroxhill [no ref. or date]: [no title] X668/44 30 July 1662; The Little London Directory (London, 1677), no page numbers
  4. PROB 11/370 Cottle 55-110 Will of Nathaniel Letten, Merchant of Saint Dionis Backchurch, City of London 15 August 1682; PROB 11/393 Exton 131-172 Will of John Letten, Mercht. of London 24 December 1688
  5. XXXX, XXXX, Essays in modern English history in honor of Wilbur Cortez Abbott (XXXX, 1941), p. 30
  7. W. Noel Sainsbury (ed.), 'America and West Indies: September 1672', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, vol. 7: 1669-1674 (1889), pp. 404-417. URL: Date accessed: 10 November 2011.
  8., viewed 13/11/11