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Exchequer papers of Sir William Herrick, Teller of the Exchequer of Receipt


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The papers listed below comprise official records kept by Herrick in his period of office at the Exchequer. They once formed part of a larger group of papers that included Herrick's family letters, official business papers, and records relating to his Leicestershire estate, held at Beaumanor, purchased by Sir William Herrick and in the 19th century the seat of the Perry-Herrick family.


  • Creation: 1616-1623


3.63 Linear metres (33 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. Eng. hist. c. 1292, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. b. 244(R)-248(R), b. 249, c. 1292-1318

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 6893


Exchequer papers of Sir William Herrick (1562-1653), one of the four Tellers of the Exchequer of Receipt, 1616-23; with one book of certificates, 1608-16, of his predecessor Sir William Bowyer.

Biographical / Historical

Sir William Herrick (1562-1653), also sometimes spelt Hericke, Heyrick or Eyricke, was a goldsmith, moneylender, MP for Leicester, and a teller of the Exchequer of Receipt, 1616-23. For further details see the Dictionary of National Biography under Hericke.

The Exchequer of Receipt was the divsion of the Exchequer concerned with the receipt and payment of the King's moneys, as distinct from the Upper Exchequer (or Exchequer of Account) which was concerned with audit.


John Gough Nichols (1806-73) described the Exchequer papers in an article printed in the Athenaeum , no. 2235, 27 August 1870, in which he stated that the principle of his arrangement of the papers was to bind the loose items where possible into volumes of a uniform size, which could be placed alongside some papers already bound into volumes and retaining their original early 17th-century bindings (the receipts of the Exchequer, MS. Eng. hist. c. 1312, and the receipts and payments of the Exchequer, MSS. Eng. hist. c. 1313-17). The first sixteen volumes of the sequence thus created, comprising orders on the Exchequer and receipts (MSS. Eng. hist. c. 1292-1307) were calendared and indexed by Joseph Burtt (1818-76), assistant keeper of the Public Records, in 1859, and this calendar and index appears as volume 17 in the sequence. This document (MS. Eng. hist. c. 1308) is kept on the open shelves in the Special Collections Reading Room at R. 6. 94t. J. G. Nichols states incorrectly in his article in the Athenaeum that the index covers the nineteen volumes that precede it, which would include the debentures paid at the Exchequer (MSS. Eng. hist. c. 1309-11). The debentures are not indexed, and are numbered 1 to 3 on their spines, clearly in a different sequence to the orders and receipts and their calendar and index, numbered 1 to 17.

Other Finding Aids

A calendar and index (MS. Eng. hist. c. 1308) of the orders on the Exchequer and receipts (MSS. Eng. hist. c. 1292-1307) is R. 6. 94t.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, Sotheby's, 15 Dec. 1988, lot 20, with the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, MGC/V & A Purchase Grant Fund, the Pilgrim Trust, the Friends of the Bodleian, and the Friends of the National Libraries.

Related Materials

Herrick family, business and estate papers, 16th to 19th century, were purchased by the Bodleian Library in 1968, and are now MSS. Eng. hist. b. 216, c. 474-484. These papers were arranged and indexed by J. G. Nichols between 1843 and 1862, and bound in calf by G. Pymm. The binding is in the same style as that of the Exchequer papers, showing that the papers were all together when sorting and binding were undertaken.

The remainder of the Herrick archive was deposited with Leicestershire Record Office in 1972. The archive included title deeds and papers for Leicestershire estates and properties in other counties, manorial records and miscellaneous Herrick family papers, as well as the Exchequer records described here. In 1988 the records were put up for sale through Sotheby's, and Leicestershire Record Office was able to acquire the estate records, while the Bodleian purchased the Exchequer papers.

Exchequer papers of Sir William Herrick, Teller of the Exchequer of Receipt, 1616-23
Finding aid prepared by Michael Webb
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Conversion to EAD supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Repository Details

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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom