Order to Sir Nathaniel Bacon in the Case of Edwards, Plaintiff v. Grigges, Defendant, 14 November 1604, L.d.739
For related articles, consult Manuscripts (disambiguation).
This article features a transcription of a Folger Shakespeare Library manuscript, Order to Sir Nathaniel Bacon in the Case of Edwards v. Grigges, L.d.739, (November 14, 1604), 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
The Court of Chancery often referred fact-gathering tasks to a local commissioner. In this case, the high steward of the manor where the dispute arose was assigned to the role. Since alleged facts could be disputed in Chancery, the creation of such dossiers was vital to its work. The court still made the final decision.
Below is a semi-diplomatic transcription of folio 1r of Folger manuscript L.d.739. 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.
My Lord Channcelor
Mercurij xiiij die novembris
Anno Regni Iacobi Regis secundo
Inter Thomam Edwardes querent
Thomam Grigge et alios defendentes
Vpon the openinge of the matter this
present day by mr Gawsell beinge of the
plaintiffes Councell and by mr Athowe beinge
of the defendentes Councell And vpon the
readinge of an order of the xjth of
october Last It apered that the
recovery in the forme done in remaynder
which was latlie had against the plaintiffes
in cort of the mannor whereof the
Landes are holden, passed against the
plaintiffes by default and that the plaintiffes excepteth
to the Steward before ^whome the
by default passed and because
is alleged that Sir Nathaniell Bacon
knight is highe steward of the said
mannor It is
he therefore ordered
that the matter be referred to the said