Chancery Depositions (PRO C8/35/369 Leffingwell v: Thos and Steph March)

4.5.1592 (Thursday 4 May 1592)

document 15500137

Evelyn (inserted) to the queens most excellent majesty in her highnesses court of chancery in most humblewise complaining showeth unto your highness your now poor and obedient subject Jn Leffingwell of Colne Engaine Essex husbandman that whereas your said subject being lawfully seised in his demesne as of fee according to the custom of the manor of Colne Priory in Earls Colne Essex of and in one tenement and two crofts of land to the same belonging containing by estimation 4a and of and in one pightle of land called Goldingtons containing by estimation 3r to the same tenement likewise belonging all which premise are situate and being in Earls Colne aforesaid and holden by copy of court roll of the said manor and time out of memory demiseable by copy of court roll according to the custom of the said manor and your said subject so being of the premises seised of late time according to the custom of the said manor did surrender all the said copyhold premises into the hands of the lord of the said manor to the use and behoof of one Thos March of Earls Colne aforesaid and of his heirs forever upon condition notwithstanding that if your said subject his heirs or assigns should pay or cause to be paid to the said Thos March his executors or assigns the sum of 20marks of lawful money within three years then next following after the delivery of the said surrender that then the said surrender should be void as in and by the said surrender ready to be shown to your majesty more at large appeareth and thereupon your said subject at the special request of the said Thos March delivered unto the said Thos March all such copies of court roll as your said subject then had concerning the same customary lands and tenements the said Thos March then promising most faithfully to redeliver the same copies to your said subject upon payment or tendering of the said sum of 20marks accordingly so it is if it may please your most excellent majesty that your said subject did offer and tender to pay the said 20marks unto the said Thos March according to the true meaning of the said surrender before divers sufficient and credible witnesses yet notwithstanding the said Thos March contrary to all equity and good dealing utterly refused and yet doth to make delivery of the same copies to your said subject and by colour of the same copies the said Thos March and one Steph March have contrived unto themselves certain secret estates in and to the premises purposing thereby as they have made report utterly to disinherit and recover the same premises from your said subject and his heirs and for as much as the said deeds and number of the said copies is unknown to your said subject or whether they be in bag sealed or chest locked your said subject is altogether without remedy by the common laws of this your majesties realm to obtain or recover the said copies for reformation whereof may it please your most excellent majesty to grant unto your said subject your highnesses writ of privy seal to be directed to the said Thos and Steph commanding them thereby and under a certain pain therein to be limited to personally appear etc Tyffyn