A Libellous Letter

Mary Fielding

In 1614, Augustine Jarrett (or Jarritt) wrote a letter to Sir Baptist Hicks to which the latter took great exception and sued Jarrett for libel.  The case is fascinating and complicated and the outcome, at the moment, is unknown.  The documents relating to the case are held in the National Archives at Kew under catalogue reference STAC8/182/24.  Sadly, some of them are not in a good condition and are difficult, if not impossible, to decipher.  However, there is enough to give a engaging insight into the lives and characters of the men (and occasionally women) living in Campden at this time.

A section of Augustine Jarrett’s letter to Sir Baptist Hicks

Transcription of the letter

 

 

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