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Final two words of 1618 letter
« on: Monday 24 December 18 15:09 GMT (UK) »
I have two more gaps in my transcription of a 1618 letter written by one of my ancestors. Perhaps someone could spare a moment over Christmas to enlighten me. I think it reads:

Sr John woud him . report of my honestie
in the dischardg of his office, and for sou many


Steve
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Re: Final two words of 1618 letter
« Reply #1 on: Monday 24 December 18 15:21 GMT (UK) »
I think the second one may be:  ...office and soe cann many...

Does that fit with context?

The word before Report may also be cann.  I would like to see more of the lead-in to that section if possible.

ADDED:

Does the name Sir John Wadham match with the locality or activities of the writer?

ADDED 2:

Or Windham?

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Re: Final two words of 1618 letter
« Reply #2 on: Monday 24 December 18 19:59 GMT (UK) »
Thanks once again horselydown for this - I think you may be correct that the word after John is a surname - the apparent break in the word threw me. I'll check on the name and see if it fits the situation. I can see that cann may the answer to the second one,

Steve
Bumstead - London, Suffolk
Plant, Woolnough, Wase, Suffolk
Flexney, Godfrey, Burson, Hobby -  Oxfordshire
Street, Mitchell - Gloucestershire
Horwood, Heale Drew - Bristol
Gibbs, Gait, Noyes, Peters, Padfield, Board, York, Rogers, Horler, Heale, Emery, Clavey, Mogg, - Somerset
Fook, Snell - Devon
M(a)cDonald, Yuell, Gollan, McKenzie - Rosshire
McLennan, Mackintosh - Inverness
Williams, Jones - Angelsey & Caernarvon

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Re: Final two words of 1618 letter
« Reply #3 on: Friday 04 January 19 14:48 GMT (UK) »
Thanks again horselydown,

I've tracked down Sir John now following your advice. The letter is addressed to John Trevelyan of Nettlecombe Court and refers to his neighbour, Sir John Windham (your second suggestion is spot on). This must be Sir John Wyndham (1558-1645) who was indeed a neighbour, living at Orchard Wyndham, just a few miles from Nettlecombe. He was an important figure in Somerset affairs and there is a large entry for him on Wikipedia,

Steve
Bumstead - London, Suffolk
Plant, Woolnough, Wase, Suffolk
Flexney, Godfrey, Burson, Hobby -  Oxfordshire
Street, Mitchell - Gloucestershire
Horwood, Heale Drew - Bristol
Gibbs, Gait, Noyes, Peters, Padfield, Board, York, Rogers, Horler, Heale, Emery, Clavey, Mogg, - Somerset
Fook, Snell - Devon
M(a)cDonald, Yuell, Gollan, McKenzie - Rosshire
McLennan, Mackintosh - Inverness
Williams, Jones - Angelsey & Caernarvon

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Re: Final two words of 1618 letter
« Reply #4 on: Friday 04 January 19 15:03 GMT (UK) »
I'm pleased to hear it has knit together, Steve.

Windham was always the better reading, though I didn't see it at first.