Damon and Pithias

Henry Chettle (1600)

Historical Records

Henslowe's Diary

F. 29v (Greg I.57)

Receiued in part of paiment of [Gri] Damon and
Pythias this 16. of ffebruary 1599 ............... xxs
By me henry chettle./

F. 67v (Greg I. 118)

Layd owt for the company the 16 febrearye 1599
in earnest of a Boocke called damon &
pethyus as maye a pere some is ............... xxs
to hary chettell

F. 68 (Greg I. 119)

Lent vnto wm Birde the 10 marche 1599 to
geue harey chettell in earneste of his Boocke
called damon & pethias the some of ............... xxvjs

F. 68v (Greg, I.120)

Lent vnto harey chettell the 26 of aprell 1[59]600
in parte payment of a Boocke called damon
& pethias at the a poyntment of Robart shawe
the some of .............................. xxxs
henry Chettle./

[marginal note: 16 - 07 - 00]

payd to Harry Chettle in full payment of vjs for
his booke of Damon & Pithias xxxxiiijs ............... xxxxiiijs

F. 69 (Greg, I.121)

pd vnto the mr of the Revelles man for licensynge
of a Boocke called damon & pethias the 16 of
maye 1600 some of .............................. vijs

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Works Cited

Burton, William. A sermon preached in the Cathedrall Church in Norwich, the xxi. day of December, 1589. London: 1590.
Dorke, Walter. A Tipe or Figure of Friendship. London: 1586.
Lloyd, Lodowick. The Pilgrimage of Princes. London: 1573, 1586.
White, D. Jerry. Richard Edwards' DAMON AND PITHIAS: A Critical Old-Spelling Edition. New York & London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1980.

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