Bill for the years 1672-1674 from William Watts to the Earl of Danby, Lord High Treasurer of England [manuscript], ca. 1685?
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English antiquary and collector. Phillipps began collecting while at Rugby School and Oxford. On inheriting his father's estate at Middle Hill in Worcestershire, he embarked on a career of collecting manuscripts and books. Phillipps's manuscript collection eventually numbered over 60,000 items. He established the Middle Hill Press on his estate to print a number of these manuscripts. His keen interest in genealogy led him to collect and print manuscripts of a number of heraldic visitations. ...
Thomas Osborne, Earl of Danby (1631/32-1712), son of a Yorkshire baronet, entered Parliament as member for York in 1661, served Charles II in a series of adminstrative positions, and was made Lord High Treasurer and Earl of Danby in 1674. In 1678, he pressed for the investigation of the Popish Plot, but the Commons impeached him in December of that year for his involvement in the French "subsidies" to Charles II. Released from the Tower in 1684, Danby supported William III and was rewarded with ...