The payment this year to Essex's players may be connected with the involvement of the town in the earl's affairs. He was given a gift of sugar by the corporation the year before (see R/FA2/75, f 8v). Twice payment is made in this year for town officials to go 'to London about my Lord of Essex business' (ff 8 and 9). On another occasion 12s 6d was spent 'at Courte when wee rode to my Lord of Essex at Otelandes.' (Oatlands was a royal palace in Surrey.) Essex was involved in raising the Berkshire levies. He was made high sheriff of Berkshire in 1589–90. Essex's players came to town between 7 January and 16 February 1588/9.
Record title: Chamberlains' Accounts
Repository location: Reading
The accounting year is Michaelmas to Michaelmas.
1588–9; English; paper; 11 leaves; 415mm x 303mm (except f 8: 210mm x 303mm); modern pencil foliation done twice in the top right-hand corner and at the bottom (that in the top right- hand corner accurate), half folio numbered 8 in the top right- hand corner and 7A at the bottom; repaired and kept in brown paper wrapper.