Manuscript Monday: LJS 308 – Edward III letter patent

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 308, a letter patent dated Gloucester, 16 August 1347, written in England. The document is printed on parchment with Great Seal of England in white wax (very worn, especially at edges) suspended on a parchment tag. Confirmation of the grant by John de Coggeshale, escheator of Essex, to Robert de Burghcher of permission to close and convert to cultivation a public road running through his land at Stansted on condition that Robert build another appropriate road on his land. Witnessed by the king’s son Lionel, later Duke of Clarence, and issued by writ of the Privy Seal, written in chancery script and signed by chancery scribe J. Marton. Opening initial left blank, first line with calligraphic ascenders.

Video orientation to LJS 308

You can read the complete record for this document (and find links to digitized copies) on Franklin. You can also download a copy of this video from ScholarlyCommons, the University of Pennsylvania’s open access institutional repository.

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