About Reverend Henry Bourne
Was Rector of East Haddon and died there aged approximately 80 years and was interred in the churchyard. He has been reported as having 10 sons and 11 daughters!! I can only find the names of 3 of his sons and no record of his poor wife!.
Henry Bourne at East Haddon to his son Immanuel Bourne at his house in Smith Field, near Pye Corner (London) - I give prayers for you and for our Sion now so maligned by intestine adversaries with other foreign emissaries of Antichrist and his adherents - I doubt not that Jesus, when he has purified us as gold, will show us power, if not to their conversion, at least to their confusion - Lidia has sent you a 20lb pot of butter and I have sent a fat tithe pig with a pin through its tongue - concerning your coming to Mysterton (Misterton, Lincs), I do not know what to do for the best as we are likely to be visited by Lord Grey with an army - I have heard that Grey has sent to Holdenby (Northants) to a purpose which will be to our great molestation - I must give up the Minister I hired for want of money to pay him - of the 26 people who should pay me rent, 16 pay nothing - Mr Chester has paid nothing since last December.
PS - I have heard from Mr Ireton that Lord Grey has himself been to Holdenby but the nature of his commission is not known. (REF: D1101 M/F 1)
Henry Bourne at East Haddon to his son Immanuel - I hear that you have written divers letters but I have received only two - I am amazed that you send no advice to succour me in my great distress - I have received little more than 40s since February - many of them fly upon me with unseemly terms - I am now indebted above £20 - I suffer much grief for want of an able and religious minister whom I must pay £16 per annum - I have had the minister only since February but have decided to dismiss him - if you could procure one who could preach and carefully catechise, I would give £20 per annum - we had a most fearful time two weeks ago when the King's army threatened to leave us nothing, to burn our houses and kill us all - it is said that if they had won at Naseby, they would have spoiled and murdered all and taken us to drive before them against Northampton - they took cartloads of victuals, cattle, malt, wheat, etc, leaving many people nothing - thanks be to God who has stretched forth his hand against them - their idol God standing hard by their standard could do them no good - all the while they were with us, with such furty and terror, the Lord was careful for me and allowed not one of them to set foot within my gate or take anything from me - all the while they so raged, I prayed with tears and the Lord answered me - the voice of rejoicing is in our tabernacles - my godchild Thomas writes that Joseph is abroad, which I cannot believe - tell Thomas Bourne how it has been with me. (REF: D1101 M/F 2)
Henry Bourne at East Haddon to his son Immanuel - the whole Army of Gadarenes are risen up against us - we had a meeting and one part will give me but 10s the hardland which will amount to little more than £40 per annum - the other part, lead by that hypocrit John Butin, give only fair words but else are mute - I have been forced to go to the committee at Northampton who say that although the ordinance mentions contracts (and thus, I thought, my rents for tithes by lease) yet it is for tithes to be paid to me - they have ordered that a few of them should pay something of what they owe me, and if not, they will send soldiers to distrain upon them - they are foolishly set against me although I have spent myself upon them 40 years - I have a fellow who preaches once on the Lords Day but he is a disgrace to my place, and yet they approve of him - as for your demand for the £10 I owe you, for you to take some of my worst tenants to deal with, I hold it not so good - one Edward Key is a ruffian who has taken some inclosed lands in Haddon of Parson Downes - I am told that Key borrowed £200 of Mr Mauley, of which Mr Downes had some if not all, and neither ever asked me to take my tithe - when I demanded the tithes of Key, he refused to pay any and said Downes had freed him from payment - Downes has said that he would be a means to bring Key to agree with me but he has given me nothing - there is more than £16 due to me - I desire your advice - whereas my neighbours see they can neither make my title void nor agree with me for naught, they will scarce give me a good look
(D1101 M/F 3)
(Papers of the Bourne Family of Ashover.
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