D6041 Certificate from Michiel Piot, Rouen, Sunday 19 January 1438, Document on paper11 ½ x 3 1/8 in French. Certificate from Michiel Piot, clerk of Richard de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, Lieutenant General and Governor of France and Normandy (for Henry VI, King of England) that on the 17th January (two days before the date of this document) the messenger Guillaume le Grant presented to the Earl some letters close from the bailli de Caen (Sir Richard Harrington) to the Earl, together with a wooden box containing information (presumably confidential –‘Avecques une boiste de bois en laquelle estoit certaine Informacion;) Subscribed ‘M Piot’ and symbol (‘mon seing manuel’).
Caen was not a long distance from Rouen. This certificate had been requested by the messenger, who presumably had waited for it and was still at Rouen two days after his arrival, an interesting illustration of the speed of medieval news and intelligence transmission. Richard Beauchamp was appointed Lieutenant General in 1437; but his tenure was short – he died in 1439. Size: 11 ½ x 3 1/8 inches.