List of bonds at Sir Roger Townshend's death, ca.1591, L.d.856

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This article features a transcription of a Folger Shakespeare Library manuscript, List of bonds at Sir Roger Townshend's death, L.d.856, (ca.1591), featured in the Age of Lawyers Exhibition, September 12, 2015-January 3, 2016.

More manuscripts from this collection can be found in Guide to the Bacon-Townshend collection, 1550-1640

These bonds for "other men's debts" were listed after Sir Roger Townshend's death. In each case, Townshend had provided a surety for another person. Selling and trading others' debts was common at this time, somewhat like a modern debt collection agency.


Below is a semi-diplomatic transcription of leaf 1 recto of Folger manuscript L.d.856. The transcription below was created by the Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) project. To access an image of the original leaf, click on each transcription's heading.

L.d.856, Leaf 1 recto

A note of such bonds as my Master stud bound

in for other mens detts as ffoloith Iune the last

To Mr yonge in CCCCli for the payment

of CCli for the dett of Mr Thomas

Beningfilde} CCCCli

To Clemint Skeemore vintener for

the dett of Iustes Gaudy for payment

of CCCxvli the 12 of November next


To Alderman Spencer for the dett

Mr Cristopher Haydon payment of Cvli

the 21 of december next in} CCli

To Mr Buxton for Mr Robert

whytney for payment of Cli the . 2 . of

november nexte in}CCli

To Gregory Smith for the dett of

Roberte Gerves for payment of lxixli

xixsiiij the .6. of September next in} Cxxxiijlivjsviijd

To Iohn Ballett for Robert Godfreye

for payment of Cxxxijli the .11. of July

1588 the bond forfeted of} CCxlli

To the Quene for dewty of Iohn

ffarrer in recognysance of} CCli

To davy hewes for the dewty of Iohn

ffarrer by ij bonds in} CCCli

x+{To Willim Smith for the dett of Mr

Arthur Hall for payment of CCxli the .2.

of May 1586 in} CCCCli

x+{To Anthony Marten for Mr hall for

payment of Cli the xv of October 1586 in} Clli

x+{To Lanslet Atwell for Mr halle for

payment of CCxli the .20 of November 1587} CCCCli

+{To Thomas Bate for Mr hall for payment

of CCxjli the .20. of Iune 1587 in} CCCCli

To Luke Lane for Mr hall for payment

of CCxxli the .17. of November 1590 in} CCCCli