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APPENDIX.

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April 6, 1797.

Robert Aldersey, Esq. F.R.S. exhibited to the Society a curious Original Paper, dated in May 1577, indorsed "Thomas Shakespeares bill," of which the following is a copy:

"Mensis Man Ao. Regni Regine
Elizabeth decimo nono
1577.

"Thomas Shakespeare, one of the messengers of the Queenes Mats. chamber, asketh allowaunce for being sent, by the comaundment of the Q. Mats. most honerable pryvie counsell from the court at Grenewch to the Lord Bisshopp of London being at his house at Fulham, and ther to hym dd (Symbol missingsymbol characters)res from thence to the Lord Bisshopp of Yorke being at Tower Hill, and ther to hym delivered Tres; and from thence to the Bisshopp of Chichester being at Westmr. and ther to him delivered Fres; and from thence to the Lord Bisshopp of Durham lyeing in Aldersgate Streate, and ther to hym de- livered Fres; and from thence to the Lord Bisshopp of Wor- cester lyeing at Paules Churche Yard, and ther to hym de- livered Fres; wherefore the said Thomas prayeth to have al- lowance for his chardgs and paynes, to be rated and paid by the treasurer of the Queenes Majesties chamber.

vis & viiid.

FRA. WALSYNGHAM."

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