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Drue Burton collection of state papers and other materials

Identifier: B87378


The call number for this collection is G.b.10.

Contents include copies of documents taken from Richard Hakluyt's Principal navigations, 1598-1600 (fol. 1v-18v), and of others relating to Irish affairs from Part II of Fynes Moryson's An itinerary ..., 1617 (fol. 19r-35v). Also, contemporary copies of Sir Ralph Winwood's papers when principal secretary of state, 1614-1617, with a few from an earlier and a later date, as well as many petitions; letters of recommendation; letters to and from envoys and agents in Spain, Savoy, Venice, Turkey, the Netherlands (one of 1617, fol. 82v-83v, mentions [Hugo] Grotius), Belgium, France, the county Palatine and Portugal; several letters from the lords-deputy of Ireland, Sir Edward Coke, Sir Tobie Matthew, Sir Thomas Smith, and Sir William Monson; two letters to Sir Walter Raleigh, one about a debt claimed by Peter Frobisher in right of his uncle, Captain Frobisher (fol. 61r), and Raleigh's proposal for his last voyage to Guiana, 1616 (fol. 111r-112v); a letter from Dr. Thomas Lodge and another discussing a debt owing to him (fol.86v-87r and fol. 80r); a letter and petition of Dr. William Fulke's daughter relating to her right to print his books (fol. 105v); a copy of the French king's edict, January 1607, for drawing certain makers of tapestry from the Low Countries into France and Sir Francis Crane's proposal for a similar undertaking in England (fol. 112v-113v and fol. 114r). Date range found in volume: 1607 on leaf 55v and 1625 on leaf 115v.


  • approximately 1607-1625


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.


Collection is open for research.

Biographical note

Drue Burton of Sleaford, Lincolnshire was secretary to Sir Francis Crane until Crane fired him in 1630 for writing to the king about Crane's financial mishandling of an order for tapestries. See fol. 112v, fol. 114r, and Burton's letter in National Archives SP 16/180, fol. 90, accessible via State Papers Online. Burton held some kind of auditorship which he lost upon his firing. In 1630, he wrote to Henry Montagu, earl of Manchester, seeking help for recovering his lost fees (SP 16/540/1, fol. 157). In 1633, Montagu's nephew married the daughter of Sir Ralph Winwood. The majority of G.b.10 consists of copies of Winwood's papers. It is possible that Burton entered the service of the Montagu family.


136 Leaves (volume)


The copies are arranged in no apparent order within the volume. Several items often appear on the same leaf and they are described in the order in which they appear.


Earliest known owner was Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872). (Phillipps MS 6856) Later owners were George Henry Warrington Carew (1830-1874) and Andre de Coppet (1892-1953).

Acquisition Information

The Folger acquired this volume at the Andre de Coppet sale at Sotheby's July 4-5, 1955, (lot 1001).

Dealer description pasted in.

Related Materials

Autograph letter signed from Sir Ralph Winwood, Newmarket, to Christiaan Huygens, Secretary to the Council of the United Provinces [manuscript], 1614? February 25., Folger MS X.c.77.

Letter from Sir Walter Raleigh, St. Kitts, to Mr. Secretary Winwood [manuscript], 1617/18 March 21, Folger MS X.c.45.

Transcription of G.b.10 made ca. 1830, Folger M.b.27.

Selections from two works are copied into the volume, the books quoted are held by the Folger:

Richard Hakluyt, The principall nauigations, voiages and discoueries of the English nation... Folger STC 12625.

Fynes Moryson, An itinerary vvritten by Fynes Moryson, gent... Folger STC 18205.


In addition, much material related to the subjects of these letters can be found in State Papers Online. Researchers at the Folger can access this database via (Access restricted by licensing agreements).
  • An historical view of the negotiations between the courts of England, France, and Brussels, from the year 1592 to 1617. London: 1749.
  • Catalogue of the Stowe Manuscripts in the British Museum. London: 1895.
  • Hazlitt, W.C. Livery Companies of the City of London. London: 1892.
  • Houppert, Joseph W. "Thomas Lodge's Letters to William Trumbull." Renaissance News XIII (1965), 117-123.
  • Peck, Linda Levy. Court Patronage and Corruption in Early Modern England. London: Routledge, 1990.
  • Powicke, Frederick Maurice. Handbook of British Chronology. London: Royal Historical Society, 1939.
  • Price, William Hyde. The English Patents of Monopoly. Cambridge: Harvard, 1906.
  • Report on the Manuscripts of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry. London: 1899.
  • Strathmann, E.A. "Sir Walter Ralegh's Discoverie of Guiana." The Mariner's Mirror vol. 50 (1964), 261-270.
  • Welford, Richard. History of Newcastle and Gateshead. London: W. Scott, 1884-1887.

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  • 2020-05-12: Finding aid imported into ArchivesSpace. Minor edits made to conform to ArchivesSpace model upon import.
  • October 2011: revised by Ashley S. Behringer

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