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THE BRAY FAMILY OF SHERE: ESTATE AND FAMILY RECORDS AND COLLECTED PAPERS INCLUDING OF THE NICHOLAS FAMILY OF WEST HORSLEY


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Reference G52
Covering dates 1557-1879
Held by Surrey History Centre
Extent 12 series



Folder icon  DESPATCHES, LETTERS AND PAPERS OF SIR WILLIAM CURTIUS  [no ref.]  1643-1662

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Sir William Curtius acted as representative for Charles I and Charles II at various courts on the continent from 1632 to 1658, being made a baronet in 1652. In 1632 Charles I sent him 'avec des instructions solonnelles' to King Gustavus of Sweden and, after this King's death, to the Electors and Princes of the Empire. From 1639 to 1658 he was the official resident of the English Crown in the Empire, usually residing at Frankfurt. He came to London in 1662 to collect the money owing to him, and this account of his career is based on the information he provided at that time (-/120-122 below). When John Evelyn met him in Paris in 1651 he described him as 'a very learned and judicious person of the Palatinate. He had been scholar to Alstedius, the Encyclopaedist, was well advanced in years, and now Resident for his Majesty at Frankfurt' (21 Jun 1651). William Bray says that he had been secretary to the King of Bohemia (Evelyn, iv, p.207). He was evidently an accomplished man of attractive personality, who wrote in a limpid style and was as much at home in English and Latin as in the French in which most of his dispatches were written.
These papers include letters to him, 1643 (G52/2/19/57-61); his dispatches, 1654-1657 (G52/2/19/62-117); and letters and papers, 1658-1662 (G52/2/19/118-122)




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