Shakespeare steps in to support debt-ridden Sturley

Richard Quiney's plea for help.

Quiney addresses his plea to a 'loveinge countryeman.'

26 October 1598

Local man Abraham Sturley's debts are spiralling - and friend Richard Quiney believes William Shakespeare could be just the man to help.

The playwright is prospering in drama and business - enough to be ranked amongst the gentry in the recent survey of corn and malt.

Quiney - who is in London on business - is believed to have requested Shakespeare's help. A recent letter details Quiney's request to Shakespeare for a loan of £30 (£3,155) - enough to buy a small house in Stratford.

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