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Dryden and his assigns, one butt or pipe of the best canary wine, to have, hold, receive, perceive, and take the said butt or pipe of canary wine unto the said John Dryden and his assigns, during our pleasure, out of our store of wines yearly and from time to time remaining at or in our cellars within or belonging to our palace of Whitehall. And for the better effecting of our will and pleasure herein, we do hereby require and command all and singular our officers and ministers whom it shall or may concern, or who shall have the care or charge of our said wines, that they or some of them do deliver or cause to be delivered the said butt or pipe of wine yearly, and once in every year, unto the said John Dryden or his assigns, during our pleasure, at such time and times as he or they shall demand or desire the same. And these presents, or the inrolment thereof, shall be unto all men whom it shall concern, a sufficient warrant and discharge in that behalf, although express mention, &c. In witness, &c.
Witness the King at Westminster, the eighteenth day of August. [1670.]
Per breve de privato sigillo.
THE AGREEMENT CONCERNING THE FABLES.
I doe hereby promise to pay John Dryden, Esquire, or order, on the 25th of March, 1699, the sume of two hundred and fifty guineas, in consideration of ten thousand verses, which the said John Dryden, Esquire, is to deliver to me Jacob Tonson, when finished, whereof seaven thousand five hundred verses, more or lesse, are allready in the said Jacob Tonson's possession. And I do hereby further promise and engage my selfe to make up the said sume of two hundred and fifty guineas, three hundred pounds sterling, to the said John Dryden, Esquire, his executors, administrators or assigns, att the beginning of the second impression of the said ten thousand verses. In witnesse whereof, I have hereunto sett my hand and seal this twentieth day of March, 1698-9.
Sealed and delivered, being first stampt pursuant to the acts of parliament for that purpose, in the presence of
March the twenty-fourth, 1698.
Received then of Mr. Jacob Tonson the summ of two hundred sixty-eight pounds fifteen shillings,
in pursuance of an agreement for ten thousand verses to be delivered by me to the said Jacob Tonson, whereof I have already delivered to him about seven thousand five hundred, more or less: he the sayd Jacob Tonson, being obliged to make up the foresayd sum of two hundred sixty-eight pounds fifteen shillings, three hundred pounds, at the beginning of the second impression of the foresayd ten thousand verses.
I say, received by me,
Wittness, Charles Dryden.
The following receipt is written on the back of JACOB TONSON's agreement, dated March 20, 1698-9.
June 11, 1713. Received of the within-named Jacob Tonson, thirty-one pounds five shillings, which, with two hundred sixty-eight pounds fifteen shillings paid Mr. John Dryden the 24th of March 1698, is in full for the copy of a book intituled "Dryden's FABLES," consisting of ten thousand verses, more or lesse: I say received as administratrix to the said John Dryden, of such effects as were not administered to by Charles Dryden.
Wittnesses, Eliz. Jones,
Jacob Tonson, Jun'.
Paid Mr. Dryden, March the 23d, 1698.
A double coffin covered with cloath, and
velvet housings for the horses...... 1 0 0 17 plumes of feathers for herse and horses 3 0 0
Carried over 10 10 0
Hanging the Hall* with a border of bays 5
6 dozen of paper escucheons for the Hall 3 12 A large pall of velvet ..
10 silk escucheons for the pall.
24 buck: escucheons for herse and
12 shields and six shaffroones for ditto 3 mourning coaches with six horses ... Silver dish and rosemary
8 scarves for musicioners.
8 hatbands for ditto
1 14 0
0 10 0
Pd 6 men moveing the corps to the Hall 0 6 0 8 horsemen in long cloakes to ride before
13 footmen in velvet capps, to walk on each side the herse...
6 porters that attended at the doores, and walked before the herse to the Abby, in mourning gowns and staves .... An atchievement for the house