LETTER TO LADY ANN JEFFREYS RE A DEBT OF SIR GEORGE JEFFREYS
WILLIAMS, Thomas. Autograph letter signed from Williams to Lady Anne Jeffreys, 1 side plus integral blank with address panel, 8vo, Cardiff, 9th July 1680, asking for a debt to be settled "that is to order ye paymt of fifteen pounds fifteen shillings being ye full Balance of all Accompts to this day, I would not press Sr George with it when I was in London, but Rather make my Application to your Ladyshipp, as knowing that your Ladyshipp will bee very kinde and just toward mee", and including a postscript "My humble and harty thanks to your Ladyshipp for ye great ffavor Reced when I was at your Ladyshipps table." Part of integral blank torn off, but not affecting the address panel.
The recipient, Lady Anne Jeffreys (1657-1703) was the second wife of the judge, Sir George Jeffreys, first Baron Jeffreys (1645–1689). They married on 10 June 1679 at St Mary Aldermanbury, where his first wife had been buried the year before. His new wife Anne, was the widow of Sir John Jones of Glamorgan, and the daughter of Sir Thomas Bludworth, a wealthy merchant and friend of Jeffreys. The marriage was mocked by the press, who attacked Ann Jeffreys for her alleged dalliances. Jeffreys was particularly busy in 1680 adjudicating in a series of troublesome seditious libel cases, so one can perhaps sympathise with Williams choosing to approach Lady Jeffreys over the settlement of the debt.