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Full text of "Extracts from the accounts of the Revels at court : in the reigns of Queen Elizabeth and King James I, from the original office books of the masters and yeomen"

CENTRE 
for 
REFORMATION 
and 
RENAISSANCE 
STUDIES 

VICTORIA 
UNIVERSITY 

TORONTO 



EXTRACTS 

FROM THE 
OF THE 

ACCOUNTS 

REVELS AT COURT. 



EXTRACTS ll,0M THE ACCOUTS 

OF TIIE 

REVELS AT COURT, 

IN THE REIGNS OF 

QUEEN ELIZABETH AND KING JAMES I., 

FROM THE 

ORIGINAL OFFICE BOOKS OF TIIE MASTERS AND YEOMEN. 

WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND NOTES, 
BY 
PETER CUIG-HAM. 

L05D05 : 
PRINTED FOR THE SHAKESPEARE SOCIETY. 
18o. 



THE 

C01TN('IL 

OF 
SHAKESPEARE 

SOCIETY. 

rint. 
THE IIOST NOBLE THE IIARQUESS OF NORIIAIBY. 
RT. HO. LORD BRAYBROOKE F.S.A. 
RT. HON. LORD F. EGERTON I.P. 
RT. HO. THE EARL OF GLENGALL. 
RT. HON. LORD LEIGH. 
AIYOT THOSIAS ES. F.R.S. TREAS. S.A. 
AYRTON VILLIAI ESQ.. F.R.S. F.S.A. 
BOTFIELD, BERIAH ESQ. I.P. 
BRUCE JOHN ES. F.S.A. 
COLLIER J. PAYNE ES. F.S.A. DIRECTOR. 
CRAIK GEORGE L. ESQ. 
CUNNIGHA PETER ESQ. TREASURER. 
DYCE REV. ALEXANDER. 
HALLIELL J. O. ES. F.R.S. .R.I.A. 
HARNESS REV. VILLIA. 
JERROLD DOUGLAS ESQ. 
KENNEY JAIES ESQ. 
ACREADY WILLIA C. ESQ. 
IADDEN SIR F. F.R.S. F.S.A. KEEPER OF THE 
ISS. IN THE BRITISH IUSEUI. 
)IILMAN REV. HENRY HART. 
TALFOURD IR. SERGEANT. 
THOMS VILLIAM 5. ESQ. 
TOILINS F. GUEST ESQ. SECRETARY. 
WATSON SIR FREDERICK. 
WRIGHT THOMAS, ESQ. F.S.A. 
YOUNG CHARLES M. ESQ. 



INTRODUCTION. 

When, by the kindness of the Rt. Hon. Sir Robert 
Peel, I was appointed to a situation iu the Audit Office, 
Somerset tlouse, one of ny first inquiries, unconnected 
with my official duties, was, What old papers there were 
in the place. To this there was a ready reply. I was 
told of Books of Enrolments and of Declared Accounts 
as far back as the reign of tlenry VIII. ; but no one 
could tell me of their contents--for few could read 
them ; while some had heard that we were in possession 
of the expenses of building Dover Castle and the Tower 
of London-- 

Ye towers of Julius, London's lasting shame-- 
signed, it was said, by no less ancient a personage than 
Julius Csesar. Of course I (lid not confound with these 
very worthy g,'entlemen, and clever in their way, though 
indifferent antiquaries, honest Sir Julius Csesar, Under- 
Chancellor of the Exchequer in the reigns of Queen 
Elizabeth and King James, with the great historian of 
his own successes, the hero of Pharsalia. 
All this gave no other promise than that the field of 
antiquarian inquiry in the office of the old Auditors of 
the hnprest was still ungleaued, and that, if I was not 
to receive assistance, I was at least to be without a rival. 



viii INTRODUCTION. 

With the hope of finding entries which might throw 
light on our early literature, I sought permission 
to examine the Books of Enrolment and Declared Ac- 
counts. This I obtained by the great kindness of the 
chairman of the office, Francis Seymour Larpent, Esq. ; 
with full liberty to transcribe what I liked, and to seek 
for what I thought was there, or ought to be there. 
first went through that portion of the Declared Ac- 
counts in Rolls that bore upon the reigns of Elizabeth 
and James I. ; and which" I thought was likely to con- 
tain information illustrative of the literary history of 
those reigns. 
In my first day's search I found three rolls of the 
expenses of Prince HemT ; one excessively curious, and 
of some importance in our literary history. This 
was " The Accompte of the Ioney Expended by Sir 
David Murray K t as Keaper of the Privie Purse to the 
late Noble Prynce Henry, Prynce of Wales, fi'om the 
first of October 1610 to the sixth of November 161o 
(the daye of the decease of the said Prynce) as lykewise 
for certaine paymentes made after the deathe of the 
saide Prynce in the monethes of November and Decem- 
ber 161o." I at once saw that Birch knew nothing- of 
this roll, and that it contained entries of payments to 
Michael Drayton, Joshua Sylvester, Inigo Jones, and 
others. 
One of the first payments recorded in this account 
is for : 
THE PRYNCES MASKE. 
Payde to sondrye persons for the chardges of a Maske presented 
by the Prince before the Kinges ma tie on Newyeres day at night 
beinge the first of Januarie 1610. viz. 



X I'TRODUCTION. 

Webster, the dramatist, Dr. Donne, Bisho l) Corbet, 
George Chapman, Cyril Tourneur, Davies of Hereford, 
Browne, the Pastoralist, George Wither, Sir William 
Alexander, and Drummond of Hawthornden. But the 
name of ShakesI)eare was not there. I, however, found 
enough to add to the honour in which Prince Henry's 
name has been held, and I hope to justify the length of 
the extracts that follow. 
The prince, for his years, seems to have been as great 
a gambler as De Roos, or any of his associates. 

Money lost in play at Tennys, Dyce, Cardes, 
and other sportes as in the prticuler booke 
menconinge to and w h whom the same was 
lost 
Tennys balles spent by his highnes in his play 
in twoe whole yeares and one monethe 

mmvjlxxj iiij 

cccxij xiiij 

I find no account of "moneys" won. 
Master Heriot (Jingling Geordie) and his friend 
Davie Ramsay make no mean figure in this account :-- 

Jewells bought and made for the prince at seuerall tymes, 

viz. 
li. 
CCCV 

Jewells geuen for the pryzes at the Barryers* . 
A rynge w tn a fayre dvamonde bought of S r 
John Spylman iiij 
Jewells brought and made by hi  Heriott be- 
twene the first of November 1610, and the 
xiiij th of December 1611 mlxj 
A chayne and tablett withe dyamondes geuen 
to the Duk of Brunswicke 

* For these barriers Ben Jonson wrote the introductory speeches. 



A 

INTRODUCTION. 
ringe of nyne pointed dyamondes lost in 
huntinge 

|i. 

XX 

One Cabonett of Ebonye wrought w th siluer 
geuen to the lady Elizabethe for a newe yeres 
guyfte 
One other Cabonett of Ebonye curiouslie 
wrought . 

Watches three brought of Mr. Ramsay the 
Clockmaker . 
To George Heriott for sundry sorts of jewels 
and rings deliuered between 1 t January 1611 
and 30 June 1612 . 
To George Heriott the princes Jeweller for 
Jewells sold made and deliuered to his high- 
ness from the 26 of June 1612 to the 20tn of 
October following, by bill testified by Sir 
David Murray, Knight, and subscribed by 
the saide Heriott. 

lxj 

mccxlvij x 

mcxvij xij ix 

So  ne of the horse, hunting, and hawking expenses, 
are worthy of record. 

li. a. d, 

Horses, viz.-- 
A bay stoned horse bought of The Erle of Cum- 
berlandes servaunte xx 
A roane gelding . xvj 
A sadie . nj 
Ffower horses sent to prynce Jenvile with xxx i. 
for transporting them cxxx xv 
Twoe horses for the lantgrave of Hesse . liiij 
One horse for Primerose the page xvj 
Hawkes, viz.-- 
Twoe fawcons bought of a Duchaaan xvij 
Three hawkes bought by S r Oliaer Cromwell . xxxiij 
One bought of S r Horatio Veres man . iiij 



INTRODUCTION. 

Xlll 
li.... .. d. 
VllJ xvJ 
vn.) x 

Makinge of patternes for ffortificacons 
Gloves bought at Oxford and at Woodstocke 
One great Organ bought of M* Hamlet placed 
at S t James clxxvj 
Vyolles twoe greate xl 
Twoe lutes . xxxiij vj viij 
A lute and vyoll w th other neccessaries for a 
singinge boye v xiij iiij 
Lutestringes and such like nettles xlvij xiiij 
For songebookes and pryckinge of songes w tl' 
a guilded coffer to kepe them . xxxj 
Mappes and Instrumentes for the princes use . vj 
ooo 
Wages of the princes Musycons vnjv 

Two thousand two hundred pounds are well laid out 
ill 
|i- -- d. 
Antiquities of Medall and Coynes* mince 
Here are the Booke Expenses : 
To John Bull, Doctor of Musycke for sundry 
sortes of Musicke Bookes xxxv 
To Edward Blount, Stationer, for certain books 
by him deliuered towards the furnishinge of 
the princes library at S t James cxxij xv 
For books deliuered into the princes library at 
seueral times between the 29 th of February 
1608 and his highness deathe . ccclxxx xix vii 
For books deliuered by the princes comaunde 
for the library at S t Andrews in Scotland lvij xvij iiij 
Bookes and a case to keepe bookes xxj xvj 
The Cockpit expenses are not large :- 
For makinge readie the Cocke pitt lower seueral! 
tymes for playes by the space of fower dayes 
in the month of December 1610 ij x viii 

See Dallaway's Walpole, vol. ii., pp. 47 and 143. 



INTRODUCTION. 

For makinge readie the Cockepitt for playes twoe 
severall tymes by the space of flbwer dares in 
the monethes of January and February 1611 
For makeinge readie the Cockepitt for a playe 
by the space of twoe dayes in the month of 
December 1611 
On the following sum, of :13. 
no renlark. 

lxx viii 

xxx 
6s. 8d., I shall make 

To Thomas Wilson the princes Shoemaker dwel- 
ling in the Strande, for keeping a poor boy 
taken up and found at Woodstock, and by 
his highes comaundement committed to the 
same Wilson his keepinge, and that he shall 
take him for an apprentice 
These extracts will 
for the fine arts :- 
Pictures, viz. 
To Phillip Jacob for diuerse pictures for the gal- 
lereye at S t James . 
Twoe other pictures 
 Isaake for three pictures 
One greate picture 
Three other pictures 
One greate and two litle pictures 
Vandell Welde [a] Duchman for the pictures of 
xii Emperor  . 
One Clase a Duchman for pictures . 
Twoe pictures bought of a Duchman 
A litle Duchman for pictures . 
Burlymache for the pictures that came from 
Venyce* . . . 

Ii s. d. 

xiij j viij 
bear testimony to IIenry's love 

li. s. 

CXXX 
CXXX 
xxxij 
XXXllIJ 
XXX 
xl 

X 
lxx 
cclx 

lii.1 Viii ivij iiij 

* The name of Philip Burlamachi occurs frequently in the volumi- 
nous and valuable work of Rvmer. He was a merchant in Lon- 



INTRODUCTION. 

chamber, and chamber of presence, w th flowers and boughes at sondry 

tymes in the progresse tyme 
A canvas pallette for the kinges bedd 
Strawe for the Kinges bedd 

iiij xv ti. iiij', viii d. 
ijn. x 6. 
xij u. xy 6. 

Money deliuered to the Kinges Ma t-` owne handes and by his 
highnes lost at playe on the Twelfth day 1603. vj ti. 
Also allowed to the sayde Accomptaunte for money by him dis- 
bursed and payde by comaundem t of the Kinges [a tte to dyverse and 
sondrye p'rsons aswell Englishe and Scottes as Straungers by way 
of Guyftes and Rewardes xviij vii lxviij 'i. x'. 
The Deane of the Chappell in gold for p'rsons to be towched for 
the Kinges euilI ccij It. X . 

The Knighte Marshall for sendinge away ydle and loyteringe 
p'rsons from the Courte xxviij . 

Whenever tile book of ' Guyffes and Rewardes' shall 
be discovered, it is but fair to suppose we shall meet 
with the name of Shakespeare. The last item re- 
fers to men like Richie Moniplies, and his noble 
lnaster. 
I now turned to the Books of Enrolment and found a 
few documents about the Revels and our old play- 
wrights that had escaped the researches of Malone, of 
Chahners, and even of Mr. Collier. Here [ discovered a 
warrant from Queen Elizabeth to pay to Thomas Pres- 
ton, " o'r Sckoler," a pension of twenty pounds by the 
year. This I saw was no other than I(i;.9 CamDjses 
Preston, " who acted so admirably well," says Oldys, 
" in tile tragedy of Dido, before Queeu Elizabeth, when 
she was entertained at Cambridge ill 1564, and did so 
genteelly and gracefully dispute before her, that she 
b 



xxii INTRODUCTION. 

[From the Original.* ] 
After O" hartie eomendaeons. Whereas heretofore you had had 
Warrant to allow unto S'. George Buck kt., Master of his Mat' Re- 
yells upon his yearely aeeompt, the somme of Thirty pounds towards 
the charge and rent of a house as well for the office, as for his owne 
dwelling, the house of S t . Johns where the same was formerly kept, 
being otherwise disposed of by his Ma tie. And forasmuch as we 
understand, that the said S' George Buck, having provided a con- 
venient house for that service, doth pay for the same, twenty pomds 
a yeare, more than his former allowance. We doe therefore hereby 
require you to allow unto hiln upon his next aeeompt, the somme of 
Fortie pouuds for the surerease and arrere of two yeares rent ended 
at Michelnlas last; and also, to allow him twenty pounds a yeare, 
over and above the Thirty pounds before meneoned, untill such time, 
as you shall have direction for the contrary, or that his Ma tie. shalbe 
pleased to appoint some other place where the said office of Revells 
shalbe kept. And for so doing, this shalbe yo r Warrant. From 
Whitehall the 19 th of December 1612. 
yo' loving freinds 
H. horthampton. T. 8,ffolke. 
E. Zouche. E. lVotton. 
Jul. Cesar. 
To O  loving freinds Francis Goston 
and Richard Sutton Esq ", his Ma " 
Auditors for the Imprest. 

[Enrolments, vol. vi., p. 131.] 
After nay hearty comendacone whereas upon his Ma t. Graunte of 
tile house of S t. Johns unto the Lord Obigny there was order giuen 
for Allowance of fifty pounds by the yeare to bee made unto S r George 
Bucke Kn t. dec d. Master of His Ma t Revells to provide himselfe of 
a convenient howse aud office to bee paid in his Accompts to bee 

* The official and contemporary copy of this document differs alto- 
gether in its spelling from the original. Nothing can shew the un- 
settled nature of our otlaography at that time better than this very 
trivial circumstance. 



INTRODUCTION. XXll! 

yearely passed before you, as by warrants to you in that behalfe doth 
appeare. And for asmuch as S' John Ashley Kn t. succeeding in the 
place of S ' George Bucke doth as yet provide himselfe of a howse 
and office at a yearely rent untill some other place shalbee assigned 
unto him for that purpose and thereupon hath beene an humble suitor 
unto mee for such allowance as hath been formerly allowed to his 
predecessors these are therefore to will and require you to allow unto 
him the sume of fifty pounds :by the yeare in his Accompts to bee 
passed before you for two whole yeares ending at the feast of All 
Saints last past. And the same to continue yearely hereafter untill 
hee shalbee otherwise provided for by his Ma tie. Whitehall this last 
of June 1624. 

Yo' loueing freind 
Rich : IVeston. 

To my very loving freinds the Aud " 
of his Ma ts lmprests. 

[Enrolraents, vol. iii., p. 750.] 
After mv very hartie commendacons. Whereas the Master and 
Officers of the Revells, were commaunded by his Ma  to beginne 
theire Attendaunce yearely at the feast of S t. lXlichaell the Arch- 
aungell which is above a moneth before their usuall tyme of wayting 
and demaund allowaunce for three late yeares begining the last of 
September 1630 and ending the last of October 1632 a moneth sooner 
than their ordinary tyme of attendaunce. Theis are therefore to 
pray and require you that for every yeare within the said tyme you 
give allowaunce to the Master of eight shillings per diem which 
cometh to tweh, e pounds. To the Clark Comptroller, Clerk and 
Yeoman, three pounds sixe shillings and eight pence a yeere which 
comes to tenne poundes, and to the Groome one pound thirteene 
shillings lower pence yearely and to contynue the same from tyme 
to tyme yearely untill you have warraunt to the contrary. And for 
so doing this shalbe your warraunte. 
1636. 

To my very loving friends the Auditors 
of his Mat'. Imprest or any of them 
whome it may concerne. 

Whitehall the xiith of Feb  
Pembroke Motmtg'omerie. 



xxiv INTRODUCTION. 

[From the Original,] 
Wheras by virtue of his Ma t Letters Patent bearing date the 16th 
of June 1625 made and graunted in confirmation of diuers Warrants 
and priuy Seales unto you formerly directed in the time of o r late 
Soueraigne Lord King James, you are Authorized (amongst other 
things) to nake payment for Playes acted before his MaUe: Theis 
are to pray and require you out of his ,![a ts Treasure in your charge 
to pay or cause to bee payd unto John" Lowen and Joseph Taylor or 
either of them for themselves and the rest of the Company of his 
Ma ts Players the summe of Two hundred and tenne pounds (beeing 
after the usuall and accustomed rate of Tenne pounds for each play) 
for One and Twenty Playes by them acted before his Maty at Hamp- 
ton Court and elsewhere within the space of a yeere ended in Febru- 
ary last : And that you likewise pay unto them the summe of Thirtve 
pounds more for their paynes in studying and acting the new Play 
seut from Oxford called The Royall Slaue which in all amounteth to 
the summe of Two Hundred and Forty Pounds : And thus together 
w t' their Acquittance for the Receipt therof shall bee your WarP. 
Whitehall the 12th of March 1636. 
Pembroke and Iontg'omery. 
To S' William Uvedale Kn t. 
Tr'er of His Mats Chamber. 

[_b).om the Original.J 
Playes acted before the Kinge and Queene 
this present yeare of the Lord 1636. 
1. Easter munday at the Cockpitt the firste parte of Arviragus.* 
2. Easter tuesday at the Cockpitt the second parte of Arviragus. 
3. The 4th of Aprill at the Cockpitt the Silent Woman. 
4. The 5th of May at the Blackfryers for the Queene and the 
prince Elector--Alfonso.- 
5, The 17th of November at Hampton Courte the Coxcombe. 
6. The 19th of November at Hampton Court Beggers bush 
7. The 29th of November at Hampton Court the Maides Tragedie 

* Bv Lodowick Carlell. ? By C, hapuan. 



INTRODUCTION. 

12. 
13. 
14. 
15. 
Kinge 

8. The 6th of December at Hampton Court the Lovall Subiect. 
9. The 8th of December at Hampton Court the Moore of Venice 
10. The 16th of December at Hampton Court Loues Pilgrimage 
11. S t. Stephen's day at Hampton Court the first pte of Arviragus. 
S t. Johns day at Hampton Court the second parte of Arviragus. 
The first day of January at Hampton Court Loue and Honor.* 
The 5th of January at Hampton Court the Elder Brother. 
The 10th of January at Hampton Court the Kinge and Noe 

16. The 
Slave.'[" 
17. The 
18. The 
19. The 
20. The 
21. The 
22. The 

12th of January the new playe from Oxford the RoyalI 

17th of January at Hampton Court---Rollo 
24th of January at Hampton Court--Hamlctt. 
31st of January at S t. James' the tragedie of Czesar 
9th of February at S t. James' the Wife for a Moneth. 
16th of February at S t. James' the Governour. 
21st of February at S t. James' Philaster. 

[From the OriginaL] 
After my very harty Commendacoues --Wheras the Officers of the 
Revells haue by my commands attended at Hampton Court about his 
Ma't  Service these Three last yeares beginning the last of October 
1632 and ending the last of October 1635 a montb sooner than their 
ordinary time of Attendance--Theis are therefore to pray and re- 
quire you That for euery yeere within the sayd time you glue Allow- 
ance to the M r. of Eight Shillings pr diem which cometh to Twelue 
pounds : To the Clarke Comptroller, Clarke Yeoman Three pounds 
six shillings and eight pence a peece which cometh to Tenne pounds : 
To the Groome One pound thirteene shillings and fower pence which 
cometh in all to Twenty three pounds thirteene shillings and fower 
pence yeerly. And for so doeing This shall bee your Warrant. 
Whitehall the 25th of May 1636. 
To my very loueing friends the Pembroke and dllontg'omery. 
Auditors of his Ma t Imprest, 
or any of them, whome it may 
COllCerlle. 

* By Davenant. t By Cal'twright. 



xxvi INTRODUCTION. 

[Enrolments, vol. i. p. 131.] 
After my hearty Comendaeone forasmuch as upon eonsideraeon of 
the warrant of S r Rich d Weston Kn t. Chancellor and Under Threa'r 
of the Exchequer to the late King James whereof the within written 
is a true Copy : And on perusall of the Aeeompts of the office of his 
]Via t' Revells for severa]l yeares ended in the yeare 1638 being the last 
Aeeompts of that office passed in the time of the late king Charles, It 
appeares unto mee that the Allowance of fifty pounds p ann : in the 
said wart t meneoned to bee allowed for the rent of a house to be pro- 
vided for the said office was continued : And there being applieaeon 
made unto mee by S r Henry Herbert Kn't now Ma r of his Ma 
yells for the like Allowance to bee made unto him, there being as-yet 
noe house otherwise provided for that purpose. These are therefore 
to will and authorize you to make unto the said S r Henry Herbert from 
time to time the like allowance upon his Ace t" of the said Office in such 
manner as the same hath beene formerly made, untill there shalbee a 
house otherwise provided for the said service. Dated 3lareh the 8th 
1666. 

To my Loueing freinds His Ma t- 
Auditors of the Imprests. 

Ashley. 

[Enrolments, vol. i., p. 132.] 
After my heariy comendacone : Whereas the Master and the offi- 
cers of the Revells were comanded by his ia ty to begin theire atten- 
dance yearely at the feast of S t. Michaell the Archangell which is 
aboue a moneth before theire usuall time of waiteing and demand 
Allowance for sixe late yeares beginning ye last of October 1660 and 
ending the last of October 1666. a moneth sooner than theire ordi- 
nary time of attendance: These are therefore to pray and require 
you, that for every yeare within the said time you give Allowance to 
the Master of Eight Shillings p. diem which comes to twenty foure 
pounds: To the Clerke-Comptroller, Clerke, and Yeoman, Sixe 
poundes thirteene shillings and foure pence a piece which comes to 
Twenty pounds, and to the Groome one pound thirteene shillings 
and fourpence yearely and to continue the same from time to time 



_xxxiv INTRODUCTION. 

To John Hemynges and the rest of his Companies servaunts to the 
lorde Chamberleyne uppon the Councells Warraunte dated at White- 
hall the xxth of Aprill 1603 for their paines and expences in present- 
inge before the late Queenes Ma tie twoe playes the one uppon S t Ste- 
phens day at nighte and thother upon Candlemas day at night for 
ech of which they were allowed by way of her Ma ts rewarde tenne 
poundes anaounting in all to xx". 

To Edwarde Allen serrvaunte to the lorde Admyrall and the rest 
of his Companie upon the Councells warraunte dated at Whitehall 
22nd April 1(;03 for their paynes and expences in presentinge before 
her late Ma e three severall playes viz upon S t Johns day at. night, 
Shrouesonday at night and at nighte last before the date 
aforesaide after x n. for ech play by way of her highnes rewarde as 

hath bene accostomed 
Nothing can paint King James's 
formances and the drama in general 

X X I| . 
love for stage per- 
better or lnore ho- 

nourably than the following extracts, which are wholly 
new to our dranmtic history. I have interspersed seve- 
ral other payments fi'om the same accounts (Trcas: of the 
Chamber'), which I hope mingle not inappropriately with 
the stage illustrations. The new king saw five times as 
many plays in a year as Queen Elizabeth was accus- 
tomed to see. 
To John Hemyngs one of his Ma tie players uppon the Councells 
warrant dated at the Courte at Wilton 3 December 1603 for the 
paynes and expences of hirnselfe and the rest of his Companye in 
comynge from Mortelacke in the Countie of Surrie unto the Courte 
aforesaide and there presentinge before his Ma te one playe on the 
second of December last by waye of his Ma t reward xxxi.* 
To Nicholas Hyllyard his Ma ti Lymner uppon the Councells war- 

* This is a very interesting entry: the first play that the king 
saw in England was performed by Shakespeare's company, in Lord 
Pembroke's house at Wilton. 



x xxvi INTRODUCTION. 

Grace on the Second and xiijth dayes of Januarie last at night for 
each play twentie nobles--in all xiij u. vj . viii a- 
To John Hemyng one of his lIa 'ie8 players upon the Councells 
Warrant dated at the Courte at Whitehall ultimo die Februar 1603[4] 
for himselfe and the rest of his Companye for twoe playes presented 
before his Ma e viz the one on Candlemas day at night and the other 
on Shrouesonday at night the some of xiij li. vj s. viii a. and by waye of 
his Ma ties rewarde for the same twoe playes vj u. xiij s. iiij d. In all xx i. 
To John tIcmynges one of his :Ma ts players uppon the Councells 
Warraunte dated at the Courte at Whitehall 21 January 1604 for the 
paines and expences of himselfe and the reste of his Companie in 
playinge and presentinge of sixe Enterludes or plaies before his 
Ma u viz on all Salutes day at nighte, the Sonday at nighte follow- 
inge beinge the 4th of November 1604, S t Stephens dale at nighte, 
Innocents day at nighte and on the vijth and viijth dales of January 
for everie of the saide plaies accordinge to the usuall allowaunce of 
vj". xiij '. iiij a. the pece xP i. and lxvj '. viii a. for every plaie bv waie of 
his z-VIa ts rewarde xx . in all IX li. 
To John Duke one of the Queenes Ma t. players by warrant of 19 
Febr. 1604 for presenting one Interlude or Plaie before his :Ma  on 
Sunday night the 30th of December vj . xiij . iiij a. and to them by 
waie of his -'VIa ts rewarde lxvj', viii a. in all x I. 
To Edward Jubye one of the Princes plaiers upon warrant dated 22 
Febr : 1604 for presentinge sixe Interludes or plaies before the Prince 
at the Courte these severall nightes viz on the 14th and 19th De- 
cember 1604 the 13th and 22nd January and the 5th and 19th of 
February nexte followinge after the rate of vj . xiij', iiij a. for every 
plaie xpi. 
To Samuell Danycll and Henry Evans upon the Councells War- 
raunte dated at the Courte at Whitehall 94 February 1604 for twoe 
Enterludes or plaies presented before the Kinges hIa  by the Queues 
1Via  Children of the Revells the one on Newveres day at night 1604 
and the other on the thirde day of Januarye at nighte nexte follow- 
inge xiij i. vj'. viii a. and by waie of his highnes rewarde vj . xiij . iiija. 
In all xx i. 



INTRODUCTION. 

xli 

one on the 5th of Nov r one on the 26th Dee r one on the 5th of 
January and one other upon Shrovesunday at night being the 23rd 
of February viz at twenty nobles for every play and five markes for 
a Reward for every play lxlio 
To the said John Hemynges upon a lyke warrant of a lyke date 
(1 June 1612) for himselfe and his fellowes for presenting twelve 
severall Plaies before the Princes highnes and the Duke of Yorke one 
upon the 9th of XTov r last one upon the 19th of the same one other 
upon the 16th of December one other upon the last of the same one 
other upon the 7th of January one upon the 15th of the same one 
other upon the 19th of February one upon the 20th of the same one 
upon the 28th of February one upon the 3rd of April and another 
upon the 16th of the same at XX tie nobles a play iiij n. 
To the said John Hemynges upon a lyke Warrant of a lyke date 
(1 June 1612)for himself and his fellowes for presenting fower 
plaies before the Princes highnes the Lady Eliz and the Duke of 
Yorke viz one on the 9th of February last one other before the Prince 
the 20th of the same one other before the Lady Eliz the 28th of 
Marche and one on the 26th of Aprill after the said rate 
xxvj n. xiij s. iiij . 
To Thomas Greene for himselfe and his fellowes the Queenes vla ts 
servauntes upon a Warrant of 18th June 1612 for presenting two 
severall plaies before the Kinge and Queenes /la ty viz one upon the 
27th of December last and the other upon the 2nd of February fol- 
lowing at 20 nobles the play and vj n. xiij . iiij: in reward xx n. 
To the said Thomas Greene for himselfe and his fellowes upon a 
Warrant of lyke date for presenting twoe severall plaies before 
the Princes highnes and the Lady Elizabeth viz one 16th of January 
laste and the other upon the 23rd of the same at 20 nobles the play 
xiij li. vj s. viij a. 
To Edward Juby for himselfe and his fellowes the Princes highnes 
Servants upon a warrant dated 18 June 1612 for presenting twoe 
severall plaies before his Ma ty upon the 28th and 29th of December 
last at 20 nobles each play and five nobles for a reward for each 
play xx i. 



xlii INTRODUCTION. 

To the said Edward Juby upon Warrant of lyke date &c. for pre- 
senting twoe severall plaies before the Princes highnes viz upon the 
5th and 29th of February laste at 20 nobles a play xiij n. vj s. viii d- 
To William Rowley upon the Councells Warraunte dated 20 June 
1612 for himselfe and the rest of his fellows the Duke of Yorkes ser- 
vaunts as players for presenting fewer severall plaies before the 
Princes highnes the said duke of Yorke and the Lady Elizabeth viz 
upon the 12th January 1611 one, upon the 28th of January one, 
upon the 13th of February one, and upon the 18th of the same moneth 
one after the rate of twenty nobles a play xxvj n. xiij - iiij d- 
To the said William Rowley upon the lyke warraunte dated 20 
January 1612 for himself and the rest of his saide fellowes for pre- 
sentinge fewer severall playes before the Princes Highnes the Duke 
of Yorke and the Lady Elizabeth, one upon the 9th of February 
1609, one upon the 12th December 1610, one upon the 20th of the 
same and one upon the xvth of January 1610 xxvj ti. xiij - iiij d. 

To Thomas Derry her Ma ts Jester upon a warraunt signed by the 
Lord Chamberleyn dated at Whitehall 16 July 161 for the dvett of 
the said Thomas Derry and John Mawe his man from the 25th day 
of December 1611 to the 24th of June following being 26 weekes 
at vii s. the weeke ix n. ij ". 
To Philip Rosseter upon a warrant dated the 24th of Nov r 1612 for 
presenting a play by the Children of the Chapple before the Prince, 
the lady Elizabeth and the Prince Palatyne vj '. xiij s. iiij d. 
To him more upon a warrant dated the 31st May 1613 for pre- 
senting before them two other playes by the Children of the Chap- 
pell xiij ti. vj . viii% 
To Edward Jubye upon warrant dated 81 March 1613 for pre- 
senting a play by himself and his fellowes the Prince Palatynes Ser- 
vauts before the Lady Elizabeth vj 'i. xiij '. iiij . 
To John Heminges upon the Lord Chamberleynes Warraunt dated 
19th May 1613 for eighte seuerall playes before his Ma u iiij". 

To William Rowley upon the Councells Ward dated the 7th of 



INTRODUCTION. 

xliii 

June 16 13 for himselfe and the reste of his fellowes the Princes Ser- 
vaunts for presenting twoe severall playes before his highnes the 
Count Palatyne and the Ladye Elizabeth xiij i. vj . viii a. 
To Joseph Taylor upon the Councells Warrant dated the 28th of 
June 1613 for himselfe and his fellowes the Lady Elizabeth her ser- 
vantes for presenting twoe Playes before the Prvnce the Count Pala- 
tyne and the ladye Elizabeth xiij i. vj. viijd. 
To John Hemynges upon a Warrant dated the 9th of July 1613 
&c. for presentinge a playe before the Duke of Savoyes Ambassadors 
on the 8th of June 1613--vj 'i. xiij s. iiij a. To him more upon a war- 
rant dated the 20th May 1613 fo r presentinge fourtene severall playes 
before the Prince, the ladye Elizabeth and the Prince Palatyne 
iiij xiij '. vj s. viii a. To the said John Heminges upon a warrant of 
the same date for presenting sexe seuerall playes before the Kinges 
Ma te xP. and by waye of his Ma ts rewarde xx . 
To Cyrill Turner* upon a warraunte signed by the Lord Chamber- 
leyne and M  Chauncellor dated at Whitehall 23rd December 161; 
for his chardges and paines in carrying l'res for his Ma ts sewice to 
Brussells x i. 

To John Hemynges &c upon warrant dated 21 June 1614 for pre- 
sentinge seaven severall playes before the Princes highnes viz on the 
4th of Nov r the 16th of Nov r the 10th of January the 4th of February 
the 8th the 10th and the 18th of the same moneth 1614 x]vj 't. xiijs: 

To the said John Heminges upon a lyke warraunt of a lyke date 
for presenting before his Matr nvne severall playes in NoV DeC Jan 
FebY and March 1614 iiij x i. 

To Robte Lee and the reste of his fellowes the Queenes Ma ts Ser- 
vauntes the players upon the Councells Warraunte dated at Whitehall 
21 June 1614 for theire paines in presenting before his 'a ty twoe 
plaies on the 28th of December and the 5th of January xx . 

* Cyril Tourneur, the dramatist, of whom we know nothing more 
than the fact of his writing certain plays, which have come down to 
us with his name upon their title-pages. 



xliv INTRODUCTION. 

To Joseph Taylor for himselfe and the reste of his fellowes ser- 
vauntes to the Lady Eliz her grace upon the Councells Warraunt 
dated at Whitehall 21 June 1614 for presenting before his Maty a 
Comedy called Eastward Howe on the xxvth of January last past-- 
vj i. xiij', iiij d. and by way of his Ma t. reward lxvj', viii d. In all x u. 
To him more upon a lyke warraunt of a lyke date for presenting be- 
fore the Princes Highnes a Comedy called the Dutch Curtezan* on 
the 12th of December last paste vj I. xiij', iiij a. 
To Richard Ausell Matteyer to his Ma ty upon Warrant dated 22 
June 1614 for his paines and chardges in nayling downe the greene 
clothe in the Banquetting House at severall times for the Maske per- 
formed before his lIaty at Christmas last past viii", ix . iiij d. 
To Nichas Hilliarde upon the Lorde Chamberleynes warraunte dated 
81 JanY 1614115] for a picture of the Prince in lynnen drawen to the 
waste with a fiche christall thereon and deliuered to M r Murray his 
highnes Tutor viij". 
To Nathan Feilde - in the behalfe of himselfe and the rest of his 
fellows upon the Lord Chamberleynes Warraunt dated 11 June 1615 
for presenting a playe called Bartholomewe Fayre before his Ma "e on 
the first of November last past x . 
To John Townsend and Joseph Moore  Stage Players upon the 
Councells warraunte dated at Whitehall 11 July 1617 for acting 
three severall playes before his lIat  in his Jorney towardes Scotland 
at the ordinary rates formerly allowed xxx . 

* By Marston. 
 Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair was produced at the Hope 
Theatre, on the 31st of October, 1614, and acted, as the above ex- 
tract now informs us, at the Court on the next day. The players 
were the Lady Elizabeth's servants. There is a compliment paid to 
Field in the play, which this entry serves in some measure to explain. 
 See Collier s "Annals of the Stage" (i. 407), where a no- 
tice of this payment from the Privy Council Register occurs. The 
above supplies us with the players" names, which Mr. Collier's ex- 
tract is without. 



INTRODUCTION. xlv 

To John Heminges &c upon a warant dated 20 April 1618 for 
presenting two severall Playes before his Maty, on Easter Monday 
Twelfte night the play soe called and on Easter Tuesday the Winter's 
Tale xx . To the said John Heminges upon a Warrant dated 15 
.May 1618 for presenting before his M aty the thirde of May the Merry 
Divell of Edmonton x ii. 

To Inigo Jones upon the Councells Warr t dated 27 June 1619 for 
making two several models the one for the Star Chamber, the other 
for the Banquetting House xxvij i. 

The discovery of these papers sharpened my desire to 
discover more; and I sought in d T repositories, damp 
cellars, and still damper vaults, for books of account, for 
warrants, and for receipts. I had gone by this time 
through the Rolls of Accounts, from the reign of Henry 
VIII. to the end of that of King Charles I., but found 
little in them to sisfy, but much to provoke inquiry. 
I was told again and again that, if there were any old 
papers in the office of the reigns I sought for that were 
not Declared Accounts, they were there by accident, and 
that no Board ever recognized the existence of official 
vouchers and Books of Account so far back as the reigns 
I referred to ; while a few recollected, and all had heard 
of, the cart-loads of old papers burnt in Tothill Fiehls 
on the removal of the office from Whitehall to Somerset 
House. 
The Rolls of the Revels' Accounts had been made, I 
found, by clerks who had no prophetic feeling of the in- 
terest future ages would take in the books they were so 
elaborately abridging. The nmnber of plays performed 
in the year was always given, but not a title or a dra- 
matic name, or any thing beyond the mere poumls, shil- 



x]vi INTRODUCTION. 

lings, and pence of the matter could I find to gratify 
or repay me. All that had been kept was, comparatively 
speaking, of little use. 
It was at this time I had the good fortune to redeem 
from a destructive oblivion a bundle of the Original 
Accounts of the Masters of the Revels, those that 
Malone had sought so long for, and had seen at last by 
the kindness of Sir William Musgrave, an old com- 
missioner of Audit, and from which he had made the 
extracts that Boswell has printed in his edition of 
Shakespeare. 
These, however, left off at a time the most interesting 
in all our literary annals. There was as yet nothing 
about Shakesl)eare--nothing to destroy conjectnres 
advanced by comlnentators on the chronology of his 
plays--conjcctures that no one believed, yet no one 
could gainsay--the idlest of all kinds of suppositions 
that every fresh fact has only served to upset. 
Malone, with all his industry and unsatisfied thirst for 
research, was very far from an accurate transcriber of 
what he had before him. He seems always to have been 
in a hurry of transcription, and, in this speed, to have 
run too hastily over entries of more importance than 
very many of those he had already extracted. In doing 
much he still left much to do; and, where a Collier 
would leave little or nothing to glean, Malone has left 
a harvest. His eyes are said to have been weak towards 
the last, and in that rests his excuse. To his industry, 
however, the admirers of Shakespeare are vastly in- 
debted; and, while we condemn his occasional inaccu- 
racies and his haste, let us imitate him in his honest 



l INTRODUCTION. 

llerbert may be called the last Master of the Revels, for 
Killigrew, who succeeded him, had long before reduced 
the office to oe of little authority and less use. The 
office of Master was still, however, lnaintained, and the 
reader of Cibber's "Apology" will find that the Master 
of the Revels could be tronblesome to the patentee of 
Drury Lane. The only vestige left, not of the office, 
for that is fairly gone, but of the duties of the office, is 
in the Licenser of the stage. 
Alnong the subordinate officers of the Revels, there is 
no one of nmrk or note but Joseph Taylor, the original 
stage Hamlet, if we may believe old Downes, the 
prolnpter. Ta),lor was appointed to the office of " Yeo- 
lnan or Keeper of our Vestures or Apparel," by patent 
dated l lth November, 1639,  at a time when poets and 
players both were mixed up with the struggle between 
the king and the parliament. Ta)'lor (lid not live to wit- 
hess the Restaration, and was an old man on the 4th No- 
vember, 165, when he was buried at Richmond, in Sur- 
rey. Lyly failed in obtaining the reversion of the office of 
Master ; Ben Jonson obtained the reversion, but did not 
live to enjoy it ; and Joseph Taylor was appointed Yeo- 
man when there was nothing for him to do.' 

* Both Malone and Chalmers say Sep. 1639 ; but a copy of the 
patent is among the enrolments of the Audit Office, with the date I 
have given above. 
? The names of the Yeomen, in the order of their succession, are 
as follows : " John Holte ; John Arnold ; Walter Fysshe, by Privy 
Seal of 19th January, 1574 ; Edward Kirkham, bv L'rs Pat. 28th 
April, OSth of Elizabeth; William Hunt. By L'rs Pat. 29th Oct. 
9th of James I. ; Joseph Taylor. By L'res Pat. llth Nov. 1639." 
Will Hunt was appointed " for the good and faithful service here- 
tofore done unto our dear son Hcnrv P'ince of Wales." 



INTRODUCTION. li 

I cannot conclude without expressing a sense of the 
obligations I am under to Francis Seymour Larpent, 
Esq., the Chairman of the Board of Audit, and the Com- 
missioners of the office in general, for their permission to 
nmke the researches I have made; nor can I let pass, 
without acknowledgment, the kind attention I have re- 
ceived in directing and furthering those researches fi'om 
Brooking Soady, Esq., the Chief Clerk of the office in 
which I have found so much that is curious. The paths 
of antiquarian inquiry are made doubly pleasant when 
one is assisted, as I have been assisted, in the compila- 
tion of this volume of old, minute, and, I feel, not unin- 
teresting detail. 
P.C. 

27, Lower Belgrave Place, 
February 1, 1842. 

From Chalmers's ' Apology." 

Arms of the Office of the Revels. 



14 EXTRACTS FROM THE ACCOUNTS OF 

Maskes vj 
vidz. of 

quizite: was aptly Employed together with tte of the 
woorkmanshipp t attendaunc(' aforeseide. And the Re- 
sidue of the Emptions not then employed theron: was 
by the seid M r of this office t others whome he did put 
in trust reserved for larder service in thoffice the most 
parte wherof was also Employed (together w t the rest of 
the wkmanshipp done) upon the Maskes ffollowing. 

Clothe of Golde ij. of whiche one maske was yolow 
gamed with black velvett garnished with sylver lace t 
fringe v. vj long gownes having vj hatt( of Black vel- 
vett edged with golde lace t for theier Torchebearers vj 
long Gownes of Changeable Taffata red % yolow gar- 
nished with ye lyke lac t efrenge w t vj hatt( answerable t 
vizard(, skarfes, ffawchions, buskins, wrestband( f suche 
like necessaries incident. The tother mask was of Crym- 
sen purple t greene cloth of golde, v. viij Long Gownes 
garnished with silver frenge, t lace t buttons, whose 
torchebearers had viii long gownes of Redd Damask like- 
wise garnished t all furnished with straunge heades (xvj), 
vyzard(, skarfes, fawchins, Buskins garters t wrestbands 
according. 

Loomewoorke white t black braunched vj long gownes 
gamed w t black velvett, Imbrodred w t lace lyned w t 
Tynsell t edged with ffrenge ; whose Torchebearers had 
vj longe Gownes of Changeable Taffata blew t yolo gar- 
nished w t sylver lace and frenge having likewise xij 
strange heades % :IS vizards w t skarfes ffawchins bus- 
kins, 

Murre Sattyn one of vj Long Gownes t for the Torche- 
bearers vj long gownes of Chaungeable Tafihta gar- 
nished w t sylver Lace f frenge having xij straunge head(' 
curiusly decked with vyzardf skarfes, ffachyns buskins, q. 



THE REVELS AT COURT. 

Sm a To ns of this whole volume contaying all the 
Charges growen wtin this Office Betweene the last of 
Maye in the xiiijth, yeare of the Reaigne ofo r Soveraigne 
Lady Queene Elizabeth. And the last of October in the 
xv th yeare of her Ma ties Reaigne. Being One whole yeare 
and ffyve Monethes amofiteth unto : 
m%ccc.xxvij", xijs. vja. 6b. 
John Fortescue. 
Henry Sekeforde. 
Edward Buggyn. 
Thomas Blagrave. 
John Arnold. 



THE REVELS AT COURT, 

A sack for the players ; .................. 
I-Ieare to stuff bootes for the horses 
and for ij payer of spurres ; ............ 
Bottells for Pilgrymes, ij ; ............... 
Styckf ij Bundells ........................ 
Barge hyer and Botehier ; ............... 
Cariages by Land; ....................... 
Ryding charges ; ........................... 
Rewardf ; .................................... 
Buckerams of sundry prices, 30 peecf ; 
In all amowntyng unto ; .................. 

li. 

xlij 

85 
ij iiij 

iij iiij 
xij 
viij 
ClllJ X 
lxiiij vj 
xvj 
vnj 
vj ,ij 

John Hill for Ten Thowsand of Billettf by him de- 
lyvered into the said Office at xij s. viija, the thowsand 
paid by Bryan Dodmer at thappoyntment of N r Bla- 
grave. Therefore upon payment of this Booke the said 
Dodmer is to receive his mony againe namely ; 
vj". vj . viij a. 

Thomas Leverett for mony to hiln due for Vares and 

for service done by him t his svntf ; 
ffirst at Christmas t Twelftyde aforesaide for 
li. 
Stock Candellstickf iiij doosen ; ......... 
Vyce Candellstickf vj price ; ............ 
Bodkyns halfe a doozyn price ; ......... 
Cases halfe a doosyn price ; ............ 
Vyer xli lb di. and ij lb .................. 
Curtyn Ringf iij dozen; .................. 
A greate Lanthorne ; ..................... 
Rownd plates for the Branches at x a. the 
peece viii dozen and ij greate plates 
for pillers at iij s. iiija, the pete in all ; iiij 
Small spykers j dozen t. ; ............... 
Tackf one Thowsand price ; ............ 
Botehier to Hampton coorte ; ............ 

So do 
x 
vj 
xij 
xliij vj 

vj viii 
ij j 
xx 
iiij 

ffewcll 

drawers 
percells 
and theier 
wages or 
Rewm'des 



10 EXTRACTS FROM THE ACCOUNTS OF 

Paynters 
percells 

Villiam Lyzard for colo * and Necessaries folowinge ; 

Foure gallons of Size ; ..................... mj 
White 15 n. at iij a. the pound ; ............. " iij ix 
Black 3i. at xij a. the pound; ............ iij 
Syneper in. ; .................................... ij 
Browne jti. ; .................................... xvnj 
Vert dimid pound ; ........................... ij iiij 
Smalt iij t. at iiij . the li. ; .................. xij 
Inde dimid pound ........................... v 
Red ij . at viii a. the li. ; ..................... 
Pottes for eoloures ........................... xij 
Nayles ; ...................................... xij 
Glue ju .......................................... mj 
Gold 100; .................................... ij viij 
Sylver 00 ; .................................... 
Syze ; .......................................... m.! 
Masticott j. ; ................................. iij iiij 
Gold 100 ; .................................... ij viij 
Size ; ............................................. iij 
XVhite xij . at iij. the li. ; .................. iij 
Fyne white ij . at xij a. the li. ............. ij 
Syze ; ............................................. iij 
Masticott j". ; ................................. iij iiij 
Syneper j". dimid at xvj a. the li; ......... ij 
Byce iij ozg at xij a. the oz ; ............... iij 
Vermelyon iiij o at vie. the o ; ......... ij 
Pottes for coloures ; ........................... vj 
Vert dimid pound ........................... ij iiij 
Gold 100 ; ..................................... ij viii 
Arsidew 4 115. at iij . vj a. the pound ; ...... xiiij 
Glue ij'k at iiij a. the li. ; ..................... viii 
Tynfoyle ; ....................................... xij 
Syze ; .......................................... xviij 
White ; .......................................... ix 
Black ; ......................................... ij 



Necessaries 

108 EXTRACTS FROII THE ACCOUNTS OF 

Thomas Wright for viii paire of gloves for Torche- 

bearers at viii d. the paire ; 
For mending of two lockes and 
againe ; 
For openyng of a lock ; 

setting 

v s. iiij a. 
them on 
viii d. 
ij a . 
vj s. ij a. 

John Davys for money by him disbursed as foloweth 

For mosse ; .......................................... vj 
for a pound of threed of divers colo rs ......... iij 
for a dozen of round trenchers w th a box for 
them ; ......................................... xij 
for a quyer of pat_ ; ............................. v 
for pynnes ; ....................................... ix 
for glue ; .......................................... ij 
for small tackf ; ................................... ij 
for foure pasteboordes ; ........................... xij 
for tape ............................................ x 
for a dozen of Chihtrens gloves ; ............... vj 
for pastpaper ; .................................... iiij 
for dimid pound of threede ; ..................... xiiij 
for 9 horsetayles and 85 cowtailes ; ............ v xj 
for Cariadge of them ; ........................... iij 
for pynnes ; ....................................... ij 
for broomes ; ....................................... ij 
for a pound dimid of threed of sundry coloures 
at iij s. iiija, the li. ; ........................... 
for browne paper; ................................. 

for a dozen of gloves ; ........................... 
for a quyer of paper .............................. 
for heare to John Ogle ........................... 
for a qrtern dimid of tape ; ..................... 
for dimid pound of oloured threede ; ......... 
for 4. dozen of pasteboordes ; ................. 

V 



THE REVELS AT COURT. 

109 
d. 

for two pound of white threede at iij s. viii d. 
the pound ; ....................................... vii iiij 
for two shepe skynnes for flayles ; ............ viii 
for a qrtern of black threede ; ................. vii 
for dimid li. of red threede ; ..................... xx 
for a|lom ; .......................................... nj 
for past ; ............................................. j 
for a quyer of paper ; ........................... v 
for 4. dozen of white buttons ; .................. iiij 
for dimid pound of coloured threede ; ......... 
for iij dozen of gloves; ........................... xvj 
for a dozen of gloves for Iaskers ; ............ viii 
for drinke for players ; ........................... 
for a Car to cary stuff for the Earle of Leices- 
ters men ; ....................................... viii 
For a Carr to cary stuff to the waterside on 
Christmas daie at nighte ; .................... xvj 
for dirnid pound of coloured threede ; ......... xv 
for a Panyer ; .................................... xiiij 
for a Calves skynne ; .............................. xiij 
for dinfid pound of tape ; ....................... xxij 
for 19omgmnettf orenges, and pipens ; ......... iij 
for hayes ; ......................................... ij 
for qrtern of black threede ; ................... vii 
for black tape ; ................................... iiij 
for . dozen of poyntes ; ........................ x 
for nailes ; .......................................... ij 
for candellf ; ....................................... ij 
for threede ; ....................................... ij 
for buttons ; ...................................... ij 
for a whirrey to Hampton Court ; ............ ij 
In all amounting unto ; ........................ v xj x 

X,Villffa biaye for holie and Ivie ; v  
Rowland Allen for vj feltes for the Cenofalles heade- 
peeces ; - 



Boordes 
quarters and 
other ncacies 

118 

EXTRACTS FROM THE ACCOUNTS OF 
li. 

Ten pound of wyer for the Coming up of 
the small lightes at xij d. the li. ; ...... 
Foure quilting needles at iij d. the pece ;... 
Foure bodkyns at ij d. the pece ; ............ 
Three dartes heades at viii d. the pece ; ... 
Half a hundreth of spikers ; ............... 
Two penie nailes D ............................ 
Threepenie nailes, j C ......................... 
Two Ropes at xvj d. the pece ; ............... 
For a Carr to the Court to carie stuff for 
lightes ....................................... 

Rowland Robynson for xj single qarters at 
iija. the pete ; .............................. 
Doble qarters five at vj d. the peece ; ...... 
Elme boorde one hundreth ; ............... 
Seeling boorde xxxvj foote .................. 
Doble x a. nailes j C. ; ...................... 
Sixpenie ix c. dimid ; ....................... 
Treepenie nailes iij c. ; ........................ 
Two penle nailes dimid thowsand ; ......... 
Doble englishe x d. nailes j C. ; ............ 
Single x d. Nailes j C. ; ..................... 
v d. nailes j C. ; ................................. 
Tackf ccc. ; .................................... 
For cariadge of boordes and qrters at 
sundrie tymes ; ............................. 
In all to the said R. Robynson ; ............ 

X 

X 

xxvj 

do 

vJ 

wj 

ix 

ix 
ix 
vnj 
XX 
X 
V 

viij 

The Hab- 
dasher 

Richard Moorer for the making of vj Se- 
nato TM Cappes of Crymsen Tafflta ; ...... 
For the making of a large Frenche Cappe 
of blue tyncell sarcenett ; ............... 
In all ............................................ 

TheArmorer John Edwyn for the lone of certeine Ar- 



THE REVELS AT COURT. 131 

Willyam Carpe for sondrey lcells brought into the 
office ; vi. 
For xij shield at xvij d. the peece ; xvij'. 
vii Tukie Bowe at xij d. thepeee vij . vj speares at 
vii . the peece ; iij s. vj. for fitting of vj trunchions xij . 
For translating of vj sheild( i xij - and for glewing a 
Fawchion vj d. in the whole ; xxx . 
XXX  . 
Barnarde Fabyan for sondrey 1eells by him provided 
and brought into thoffice at sondrey tymes in mann r and 

Forme following viz. 
The xxj t of December, 1578 a pound 
of Cearing Candle ; ..................... 
For vj linck( at iiij d. the peece ; ......... 
A peece of greate cord ; ..................... 
A peece of small cord ; ..................... 
Cotten Candles at iiij d. the pound; xijL 
The xxv th of December 1578. A dozen 
of cotten candles at iiij . the pound xij a. 
A pownd of Packethread ; .................. 
The xxviij th of the same December, ij 
dozen cotten candles ; ................. 
A pound of Cearing candle ; ............... 
A peece of small corde ; .................. 
A pound of Packthread ; .................. 
The iiij t of Januarie 1578, two dozen 
cotten candles ; ........................... 
A pound of glewe ; ........................ 
A peece of greate corde ; ................. 
A peece of small cord ; ..................... 
A pound of cearing candle ; ............... 
The vj t of Januarie 1578, for a dozenL 
of cotten candles ; ........................ 
The viii t of Januarie a dozen pound oi" 
Cotten candles ; ........................... 

li. s, d. 

vnj 
xij 
vj 

vlIj 
vj 

iiij 

iiij 



|58 EXTRACTS FROM THE ACCOUNTS OF 

my L. of Leicesters players the Frost being so greate no 
bote could goe and come back againe at xij d. the daie iij s. 
iiij d. for his meate those Two dales ; ij s. viij d. For holly 
and Ivie for my Lo. of Leicesters servauntf ; xij a. 5 of 
January for my bote hier to and from restmester to re- 
ceave the money; xij a. The Sixte of Januarie for M r 
Blagraves bote bier to and from the courte being sent 
for by nay Lord Chamberlayne ; v s. For boate bier of 
divrse workemen that wente to conferre w th my Lord 
aboute the maske to the Courte and back agayne w th xij d. 
bestowed on them at Mortlack the same dale ; v s. 6. 
Januarie for carPge of the Revells stutTe to the courte 
and back agayne that served my L. Chamberleynes 
players second plaie ; vijs. 7. of Januarie for the cariage 
of the ij frames from the courte to London in a carte ; 
vijs. 8. of Januarie For M r Blagrave and M r Buggins 
botehier to and from Whitehall when they fetched the 
cloth of gold and silkes from M r Brydemans ; xij a. 11. 
of January to John Garret and Dwaryns Martyn for 
earryage of the Armoure from Greenewitch to S t. Johnes 
9s. 16d. 
to be guylded, and from S t. Johns to the Vater side, 
And from thence to Richmond in iij wherries ; xij s. iiijdo 
The same daie iij cartes to carry the hampers wtn can- 
dlesticks and the mastf to the water side ; ij s. vj d. For 
a wherrey to carry the candlestickf to the courte ; iiij s. 
16o. 
The same daie for a Bardge to carry the mask to the 
courte by water and back agayne ; And xij d. to tile 
rater men for expediSdn ; viij d. bestowed uppon them 
in drinck and vj d. to carry them to the courte from Mort- 
lack on mens showlders Because tyme would not serve to 
go by water ; xix s. 13. of Januarie for ij wherryes to 
carry the greate cheste and the two hamts w t candle- 
stickf from the courte to London; v s. And from the 
waterside to Sainte Johnes; viij d. ; v s. viii d. The same 
daie For M  Blagrave his botehier from the courte w t 



Fewell 

Necessaries 

14(; EXTRACTS FROM THE ACCOUNTS OF 
John Rose senio r for nayles of sondry sortf used 
about the Clowde and drawing it upp and downe ; 
vj . viij d. 
,  lvij  . 
Thomas Stronge for mony by him disbursed for a 
Load of Coales ; xxij . vj d. 
John Davyes for money by him disbursed ; vi. 
For coales at the Courte to drie the Painters worke on 
the Rock ; vj d. 
xxiij s. 
Thomas Wright for sondrey thingq by him )vided and 
brought into the offce i vi. 
Paste bordq iiij dozen; xij . Tape ij n. quarter di. ; 
xj . ij a. Tbred of sondrey Cullers ij n. iij q,"ters ai. ; xj,. 
vj a. Browne thread jn. Quarte; iij,. iiija. Ivie ij bun- 
dles; ij% A painted cheste for my Lo. Chambrlayns 
men ; xvj a. for the bier of route feathers ij . In all ; 
xliij, iiij a. 

John Rose senio' for mony by him disbursed ; vi'-]. 
For lead for the chaire of the burnyng Knight; ij. 
vj . CandlesIickf to work by at the court, ij. fi)r a 
coard t pullies to drawe upp the clowde ; iij. in all ; 
viii. vjd 

John Davyes for ceryne thing( by him vided and 
brought into the office ; vi. 
Ivie and holly for the Rock in the play enacted by the 
Earle of Warwick s'vauntf; iiij . ij d. Aquavite to 
burne in the same Rock i iij - Rosewater to alay the 
smell therof; xij d. Glasses to carry the same and other 
for the use therof; xij d. thred expended at the courte ; 
ij . Bladders, jd. and B.ares f'eete ; xviijd. X . xjd. 



THE REVELS AT COURT. 

newe yeares dale Enacted by the Earle of Derbies set- 
vaunt c. For w Ch newe provision was made of one Citty 
and one Battlement of Canvas, iij Ells of sarcenet, 
......... of canvas, and viii paire of gloves w th sondrey 
other furniture in this office. 
Sundrey feates of Tumbling and activitie were shewed 
before her Va tie on Newe yeares dale at night by the 
Lord Straunge his servauntf. For w eu was bought and 
Imploied xxj te yardf of cotten for the Matachins iij ells 
of sarcenet and viij paire of gloves. 
A Maske of Ladies presented themselves before her 
Ma tie at Wyndesor at Twelf Eve night whereunto was 
prepared and Imployed (beside the stuff of this office) 
xv yardf of black and white Lawne or Cipres for head 
attires f vizardf xj ells of Sarcenet, viii paire of gloves 
for boyes and Torchbearers and one paire of white 
hoes. 
A Historie of Ferrar shewed before her Ia tie at 
Vyndesor on Twelfdaie at night Enacted by the Lord 
Chamberleynes servauntf furnished in this office w 
diverse newe thingf, as one Citty, one Battlement of 
canvas, iij Ells of sarcenet and x paire of gloves, and 
sondrey other thingf in this office whereof some were 
translated for fitting of the lsons. 
A historie of Telomo shewed before her l/]a tie at Rich- 
mond on Shrovesundaie at night, Enacted by the Earle 
of Leicesters servauntf: for w Ca was prepared and Im- 
ployed one Citty one Battlement of canvas, iij Ells of 
sarcenet and viij paire of gloves. And furnished w 
sondrey other garmentf of the store of the office. 
A Historie of Ariodante and Geneuora shewed before 
her Matie on Shrovetuesdaie at night enacted by 
Mulcasters children. For w Ca was newe prepared and 
Imployed, one Citty one battlem t of Canvas vij Ells of 
sarcenet and ij dozen of gloves. The whole furnittire 
N 



THE REVELS AT COURT. 187 

John Sherborne for fewell and other necessaries used 
at sondrey tymes in the said airringf, viz. 
Coles xx tie sackf ; xv . billetf one thowsand; x . 
threed and tape of sondrey sortf ; vij . brushes and 
rushes; v s. xxxvij . 

Edmond Tylney Esquire for money by him disbursed 
aswell about the makeing of Thaccompt to the Audito r 
of Thimpreste, and declaration of the same before the 
Lord Treasorer and S r Walter Iyldmey ; As also for the 
chardges of the privie seale, and for the paym t of the 
money and receipt of the same w th the certificat doth 
yearely amount unto above ; viii li. 

Sum a of the chardg( laste aforesaid ; xxviij n. x s. iiij d. 

Sum a totalis of this whole booke ; 
cciiij viij li. ix ". viij d. oh. 
T. Blagrave. Ed. Tyllej. 
Edward Buggjn. 
Edward Kirkham. 



THE REVELS AT COURT. 

For 
For 
For 
For 
For 
For 
For 
For 
For 
For 
For 

191 
li. s, d. 

For xxxift, di of wier of sondrey sortf 
at xij a. the li. ; ........................ xxxij vj 
For spanish needles; ..................... iij 
vj pullies ; ............................. ij 
foure lynes ; ........................... iiij 
hanging up of the pullies ; ......... xviij 
cc of x d. nayles ; ..................... xx 
ij . di of Assidue ; .................. vij vj 
iij vice candlestickf ; ............... xviij 
vj stock candlestickf ; ............... xij 
iij prickt candlestickf ; ............ vj 
iij pl "ij 
xv ares ; ........................  
a pipe for water ; ..................... v 
working of the wyer; ............... x 
For eariage t reeariage of the thingf 
aforesaid to Grenew eh and to Sorn set 
place and back agayne ; ............... 

brought into the office ; vi, 

V 
xvij V 

li. s. 
For xxx doble quarters; .................. xv 
For xvj rafters ; ........................... xvj 
For vj Joyses ; .............................. vj 
For ij scantling peeces; .................. iij iiij 
For vj greate rafters ; ..................... viii 
For viii postes; .......................... viii 
For cccc of bordf ; ........................ xxviij 
111.] 111.] 111.] 

John Taylor for sondrey thingf by him provided and Carpenters 
percells 
d. 

George Gower for di'-]s cullors paste bordf and other 
tcells by him tvided and brought into the office ; viz, 
For cullors of all sortf ; .................. xl 
For paste bordf greate and small ; ... xxvij 
For Orcedewe ; .......................... Ix 

Payntere 
percella 



THE REVELS AT COURT. 

197 

at sondrey tymes in the said aireingf; vi, threed t 
tape of sondrey sortf ; vii s. 
for brushes rubbing brushes and Rushes; vii s. viijd. 
xiiij, viijd. 
Edmond Tylney esquire for money by him disbursed 
and to be disbursed aswell about the makeing of the ac- 
compt to the Auditor of thimpreste and declaran of the 
same before the L. Treasorer  S r Waiter Mildmey, as 
also for the chardgf of the privie seale order for the pay- 
ment of the money and receipt of the same w th tim Cer- 
tificatf doth yearely amounte unto above ; viii u. 

Sum a of the chardgf laste aforesaid ; xxvij l. viij. 

Suma To lis of this whole Booke ; 

CClXXX n. xiij% ja. 
Ed. Tjlbt, ey. 
T. Blagrave. 
Edward hqrkham. 



202 EXTRACTS FROII THE ACCOUNTS OF 
dares s. 
The Clearke at ye leke rate; ............ 0 ...... xl 
The Yeoman at the leke rate ; ......... 20 ...... xl 

Edward Kerkham yeomfi of the office for money by 
him layde oute in the said ayring( , vi, threid, rub- 
binge brushes rushis and bromes ; x s. 
Sm a xviij n. x s. 

Edmond Tyllney esquier for money by him to be dis- 
bursed about the makinge up oi  the Accofitte to the Au- 
ditor of the Imprest ct declaration of the same before the 
Lord Treasorer ct S r Vater Mildmey ; viij. 



206 

EXTRACTS FROM THE ACCOUNTS OF 
li, 

Alowed to vj men attending the servis 
at YVhithall on Hallomas day at ij . 
viija, ye day and night ................ xvj 
Tovj men on Christmas Eve to hange 
ye branches up att xvj a. the day apece viii 
To vj men on S t Stivens day att xvj a. y 
pece ...................................... vnj 
To j men on S t. Johns day and y night 
att ij. viii d. ape.ce ..................... xvj 
To iiij men on Childermas day and night 
at ij . viij, a pete ........................ x viij 
To vj men ye Sunday followinge att ij . 
viija, day and night .................... xvj 
To vj men on Newers day att xvj a. apece viii 
To vj men on Twelfe Eve, and Twelfe 
day ....................................... xvj 
To iiij men on Monday and Tuesday fol- 
lowinge .................................... 
To v men on Candelmas Eve to hang up 
ye Branches .............................. 
To v men on Candelmas for the day and 
the night att ij. viii a. apece ............ xiij viii 
To iiij men on Shrovesunday art ij . 
viij a. y day and night .................. x viij 
To iiij men on Shrovemunday art xvj a. 
apece y daye ........................... v iiij 
To vj men on Shrovetewsday art ij . 
viij a. the day and night apeee ......... xvj 
On Ashwedensday to v men to take 
downe y branches ..................... vj xvj ij 
8m  xxxv xiij viij 

ooo 
X VllJ 
viij 

Stiuen Baile: In place of Groieme of the Revells de- 
mandeth Allowaunce of Wages for his Attendaunce du- 
tinge the tim affour allowed att xx a. the day and as 
mouche by night v.in. xiij . iiija. 



EXTRACTS FROM THE ACCOUNTS OF 

A Noat of what stufe w th workmanshipe hath bine be- 
stowed one the Branches for the King(  Ma ties Servis this 
yeare beginning the v th of November 1611 : by Richard 
Franckellen and Robert XVright w th other Sarvants in 

Wier- 
drawers Bill Whithall and the Bancketting house as followeth : 
For our selues 6 dayes apece in mending the 
Branches t garnishing them att xx d. the 
II. a. d. 
day apece ..................................... 1 
Ite. 6 men 6 dayes % one night apece in mend- 
ing and garneshing the Branches att ]8 d. 
the day % as mouch by night apece ......... 3 
Ite 6 men on S t Stiuens day % night attending 
the Sarvis apece at 18 d. the day % as mouch 
by night ......................................... 18 
Ite our selues one S t Johns day and night att 
xx . apece aday and as mouche by night... 6 
Vorkman- Ite one S t Johns day for  men day and ye 
ship and At- night att 3s. a pece ........................... 
tendance 
Ite for our selues one Sunday following attend- 
ing the Sarvis for the day % night att 3 s. 4 . 
a pece ............................................. 6 8 
For  men the same day and night art 3 . the 
pece ............................................. 
Ite our selues 5 dayes % one night apece in 
mending ye Branches aganiest hewers day 
% attending the Sarvis att 1 s. 8 . apece ... 1 
Ite  men 5 days 1 night apece in mending 
the Branches and attending art 18 . the day 
% 18d. y night apece ........................... 1 16 
Ire 6 men on Twelfth day and night att 
y day t night apece ........................... 18 
Ite our selues on ('andelmas day  y night 
att 3 . 4 . apece ................................. 6 8 
For  men the same day t night art 3 . the 
pece ............................................. 



OTES. 



NAMES OF PLAYS. 7 

NAMES OF PLAYS MENTIONED IN THIS BOOK. 

PAGE 
Lady Barbara 13 
Effiginia ib. 
Ajax and Ulisses lb. 
Narcissus ib. 
Cloridon and Radiamanta lb. 
Paris & Vienna lb. 
The Play of Cariclia * 34 
Maske of Janus 35 
Play of Fortune 36 
Predor & Lucia 51 
Alkmeon ib. 
Mami]lia 
Truth, ffaythhdnesse& Mercye lb. 
Herpetulus the blew knighte lb. 
Quint ffabi ib. 
The Foresters Mask 53 
The Hunters Mask 59 
Timoclia at the Sege of Thebes 
by Alexander 62 
Philemon & Philecia 68 
Percius & Anthoniris ib. 
Phedrastus & Phigon 87 
Lucia lb. 
A matter of Panecia (Philecia ?) ib. 

The Pedlers Mask . lb. and 89 
A matter called Pretestus ib. 
The Paynters daughter . 101 
Toolie . 102 
The historle of the Collyer lb. 
The historle of Error 102, 177 

The historye of Mutius Sceuola 102 
The historye of the Cenofalles ib. 
The Historie of the Solitarie 
Knight . 114 
The Irisshe Knyght ib. 
The Historye of Titus & Gisip- 
pus lb. 

PAGE 
The play of Cutwell . 120 
An Inventyon or playe of the 
three Systers of Mantua . 125 
An history of the Creweltie of a 
Stepmother ib. 
A MorrM1 of the marryage of 
Mynde and Measure lb. 
A Pastorell or historie of a 
Greeke Maide lb. 
Tim historie of the Rape of the 
second Helene lb. 
A Maske of Amasones & a 
Maske of Knights A Doble 
Maske i., 135 
The history of the Knight in the 
Buruyng Rock . 142 
The hlstorye of Loyaltie and 
bewtie lb. 
The history of mnrderousMichae1143 
A History of the Duke of Mil- 
layn and the Marques of Man- 
tua . 154 
A history of Alucius ig. 
A History of the foure sonnes 
of Fabyous ib. 
The Hi.tory of Cipio African . 155 
The history of Portio and De- 
morantes lb. 
The History of the Soldan and 
the Duke of----, lb. 
The History of Serpedon . 
A Comodie called delighte . 167 
A storie of Pompey lb. 
A Comodie or Morrall devised 
on a Game of the Cards 176 
A Comodie of Bewtie and hus- 
wyfery . b. 

* Theagines & ('hariclea.