Chancery Depositions (PRO C24/239/46 depositions: Edw earl of Oxford v Roger and Rich Harlakenden)

6.5.1594 (Monday 6 May 1594)

document 17500005

six seven eight nine ten and eleven interrogatories this examinant saith that about .2.34Eliz1 the said Jn Drawater told this examinant that the said Roger Harlakenden had dealt ill with him and had broken his faithful promises which was that when the said Roger had authority from the said complainant to sell the said lands that he the said Roger the defendant would neither buy for himself or sell any part thereof without the said Jn Drawater's consent and agreement to the intent that they join together to buy the whole for their own gain and that the said Roger without the consent or privity of the said Jn Drawater had secretly got past to the said Rich Harlakenden in fee from the said complainant by deed enrolled the most part of the said premises for a little or nothing and to prevent that the said complainant should not be cosined or defeated of his lands for trifles the said Drawater advised this examinant to inform the right honourable the lord treasurer of England thereof and to move his lordship to stay the passage of the reversion by her majesty of so much as was contained in the said conveyance made to the said Rich Harlakenden defendant whereupon this examinant being aside and at that time a counsel with the parties sent for the said Felton and the defendant Roger to come to this deponent's house then in Blackfriars London and the said Felton who came the next morning accordingly whereupon this examinant then speaking to the said Felton and Roger the defendant severally after told them that whereas he the said Roger Harlakenden had authority and was put in trust to sell off parcel of the said complainant's lands to the best value he the said defendant contrary to the trust in him reposed by the parties had by confederacy between him and the said Felton procured the most part of the said lands secretly to be conveyed to Rich Harlakenden son of the said Roger without the advice of any of the complainant's counsel and without any due or valuable consideration and thereupon this examinant told the said Felton and Roger Harlakenden the defendant in secret that he this examinant would inform the said lord treasurer thereof and move his honour on the plaintiff's part and behalf to stay the passing of the reversion that so much that the said lands and hereditaments as were conveyed to the said Rich Harlakenden whereunto the said defendant Roger then made this or the like soever viz that he had disbursed some money to serve the complainant and had for his assurance and conveyance made that certain lands (torn) his son Rich by the said complainant which quoth the said Roger to this examinant were done of purpose to draw others on to be the more willing to buy the said complainant's lands (torn) further adding that he the said Roger would give the right value that the said lands after the reversion were gotten from her majesty or that otherwise upon payment of such monies unto him the said defendant Roger as he had disbursed to the plaintiff he the said Roger would cause the said lands so assured to his son Rich to be reassured to the said complainant and his heirs the said defendant Roger having some reasonable consideration made him for the service# that in the said manner according to the time and this like did the said Felton oftentimes affect to this examinant by reason that with speeches this examinant did forbear to inform or move the said lord treasurer for the staying of there passing of the said reversion and this examinant further saith that the said reversion as he best remembreth was not passed in six weeks after the said speeches were used and had with the said defendant Roger and the said Felton and more etc Thos Hampton