Thomas Bagley

Thomas Bagley was a glazier for Charles I. Upon Charles’ death, Thomas was among the Crown's domestic servants who sought satisfactory wages and salary. While contractors were seeing to the sales of the Crown goods, including the property and art collection of Charles I, the Republican Trustees began receiving the representations of those seeking satisfaction. The Trustees had varying lists of urgency, their first list included 120 of the most needy servants or creditors, those which were submitted to Parliament on March 14, 1650 with payments totaling £12,800. The group was paid in June and July of that same year. The Trustees submitted their second batch of 970 creditors on January 3, 1651 and were made to wait eight months for Parliament to respond. The claims were made for the sum of approximately £90,000, however, when the Parliament replied in September of 1651 they only authorized the payments of £7,500. Therefore, less than half of those receiving warrants were paid, and almost none given the full amount of their warrant. For those who did not qualify for cash, such as Thomas Bagley, goods often worth less than their warrant were distributed. Bagley was presented with a piece from the art collection of Charles I, the St. Peter Enthroned, Adored by Alexander VI and Jacopo Pesaro by Titian, in 1651. Bagley would go on to sell the work to Don Juan Gaspar Enriquez de Cabrera, Duque de Medina de Rioseco, Admiral of Castile.

Kelsey, Sean. Inventing a Republic: The Political Culture of the English Commonwealth, 1649-1653. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997.

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