Guide to the Raleigh and Carew family correspondence, circa 1500s - 1652

Raleigh and Carew family correspondence C0351


Published by George Mason University Libraries

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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator Carew family
Creator Raleigh, Carew, 1605-1666
Creator Raleigh family
Creator Throckmorton, Bess, 1565?-1647
Title Raleigh and Carew family correspondence
Date circa 1500s - 1652
Physical Characteristics 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract This collection includes correspondence between and from members of the Raleigh (spelled Ralegh in the letters) and Carew families from around the early-mid 1500s to 1652.
Collection Number C0351
Language English

Historical note

The Raleigh (spelled Ralegh) and Carew families were prominent English families whose members rose to power during the reigns of King Henry VIII and his daughter, Queen Elizabeth I. The most famous member of the Raleigh family was Sir Walter Raleigh, famed explorer and on-and-off favorite of Queen Elizabeth I. Raleigh temporarily went out of favor with the Queen when he married her Gentlewoman of the Privy Chamber, Elizabeth "Bess" Throckmorton, without her permission. The couple had three sons: Damerei, Walter, and Carew. Carew was named for Throckmorton's mother's family name.

The Carew family was also entwined with the English court. Sir Nicholas Carew, Bess's maternal grandfather, was a courtier for King Henry VIII and related through marriage to Anne Boleyn. Carew was eventually executed in 1539 for his alleged involvement with the Exeter Conspiracy, a plot to overthrow the King and replace him with Henry Courtenay, the Marquess of Exeter.

Carew's daughter Anne had eleven children, including Bess and her brother Nicholas, who eventually changed his name from Throckmorton to his mother's maiden name of Carew.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection includes correspondence between and from members of the Raleigh (spelled Ralegh) and Carew families from around the early-mid 1500s to 1652. The collection is composed of eight letters. Notable correspondence includes a letter from Bess Throckmorton Raleigh to her brother Nicholas Carew, as well as correspondence written by Carew Raleigh, youngest son of Bess and Sir Walter Raleigh. One letter is written in French.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish the Raleigh and Carew family correspondence must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Related Material

The Special Collections Research Center also holds rare books on English history and the Elizabethan period.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Carew, Nicholas, -1644
Throckmorton, Bess, 1565?-1647

Geographical Names:

England.

Subjects:

England--History--16th century
England--History--17th century
Life in Elizabethan England
Renaissance--England

Document Types:

Correspondence.
Letters.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Raleigh and Carew family correspondence, C0351, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased from The Book Press, Ltd.

Processing Information

Reprocessed by Amanda Brent in May 2019. EAD markup completed by Amanda Brent in May 2019. This collection used to be a part of the Virginia historical documents collection, C0034.

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Bibliography

Larson, Rebecca. "Elizabeth Throckmorton: The Queen's Permission." Tudor Dynasty. http://www.tudorsdynasty.com/elizabeth-throckmorton/ (accessed May 16, 2019).

Latham, Agnes M.C. "Sir Walter Raleigh." Encyclopaedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Walter-Raleigh-English-explorer (accessed May 16, 2019).

"Sir Nicholas Carew, KG, Master of the Horse." https://www.geni.com/people/Sir-Nicholas-Carew-KG-Master-of-the-Horse/6000000002786163089 (accessed May 16, 2019).

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Contents Lists

Box Folder
1 1 Letter from Edmund Carew, circa 1500s
Note from an unknown Raleigh family member, circa 1590s
Letter from Henry Lyntott to John Boothe, circa 1595
Letter from Elizabeth "Bess" Raleigh nee Throckmorton to her brother Nicholas Carew nee Throckmorton, circa 1600s
Letter to Nicholas Carew from Carew Raleigh, circa 1600s
Letter of transaction from Eliza Brooksbank, circa 1600s
Written in French.
Letter from A. Temple to Lady Raleigh, 1624
"Lady Raleigh" is likely Bess Throckmorton Raleigh.
Letter from Carew Raleigh, 1652
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