Shakespeare to continue spending
24 January 1598
Stratford's finest export will add more property to
his portfolio, with a
house at New Place, according to this leaked letter.
Townsmen Abraham Sturley and Richard Quiney are now
with William Shakespeare about lands in Stratford.
According to the letters, Shakespeare is keen to buy
plots at Shottery
village. But Sturley may advise him to invest in the Stratford tithes
Becoming a tithe-holder would entitle Shakespeare
to his share of one
tenth of all income from harvests of corn, grain and hay. This would
up his cashflow from South Bank hits like Henry V, As You Like It,
and Julius Caesar.