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Racliffe letter, London, England to Margaret Radcliffe, 1616 Oct. 18.
1 leaf 14 cm.
Collection number: MS 0008

Radcliffe, George, 1593-1657, lawyer. Letter to his mother Margaret Radcliffe dated Oct. 1616 chiefly on personal matters, also includes mention of Sir Edward Coke's dismissal from office and preparations for the Prince Charles' [later Charles II] installment as Prince of Wales in Nov. 1616.

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Biographical Note

Sir George Radcliffe was born circa 1593 in Yorkshire, England, son of Nicholas and Margaret Radcliffe. In 1609 he began studies at Oxford University, receiving his B.A. in 1612. He was a clerk at Gray's Inn for six years. In 1628 Radcliffe became King's Attorney in the Council of the North, and in 1633, a member of the Council. In 1639 he joined Sir Christopher Wandesford, a Lord Deputy, and in 1640 they were both charged with high treason and imprisoned. Radcliffe was released in 1642, and became a Doctor of Law the following year. In 1647 he was in exile in Caen. He was thought to have disobeyed the queen, so in 1651 all his property was sold. He died in 1657 in Flushing, England.

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A letter sent to his mother Margaret Radcliffe, written from Gray's Inn, London, describing errands completed, the possibility of visiting her in Yorkshire, Sir Edward Coke's dismissal from office, and preparations for the Prince's installment.

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