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We find therefore that his grandfather was Matthew of Stafford, as given by Hon. Francis Brinley in 1854, and copied from a Staffordshire Visitation, in the Herald's office, College of Arms, London. In a pedigree presented in 1855 by Mr. Whitmore, as furnished by Mr. Somerby, the grandfather of Matthew, the governor, is given as William, gent. merchant of the Staple of Carmarthen, 1597, which is manifestly wrong. In the will of Governor Cradock he gives to the poor of the parish of St. Peter-le-Poor in Broad Street, where I served my apprenticeship, £ 40 sterling. The church of St. Peter-le-Poor is situated on the western side of Old Broad street, nearly opposite the south corner of where the Excise Office stood in the last century. The church dates back to 1181, and is said to have received its name from the poor and mean inhabitants that anciently lived there, but in Cradock's time many people of wealth resided there. It was in this locality that Governor Cradock pa