Chancery Depositions (PRO C24/277 part 1 piece 35 depositions: Edw de Vere v Roger Harlakenden etc)

29.2.42Eliz1 (Friday 29 February 1600)

document 17600246

four that he this deponent with mr serjeant Bramthwaite deceased and others were appointed by the said earl of Oxford to ride down to the castle of Henningham in the county of Essex where all his the said earl of Oxford's evidences or a great part of them were at that time kept and to deliver unto Roger Townsend knight deceased and to Thos Skinner late alderman of London also deceased all such evidences as there were to be found concerning such lands as they had purchased of his honour and this deponent saith that he in searching for the said evidences with the rest of his associates found lying under foot among the dust divers writings concerning the office of great chamberlain of England wherewith he this deponent acquainted his lordship who willed this deponent to keep the same in his own custody which he did accordingly until such time as his honour commanded him to deliver the same to one Thos Hampton with all other evidences that he this deponent had then in his keeping of his said lordship all which he this deponent according to the commandment of his said honour did deliver to the said Hampton who afterwards delivered the same to the right honourable the late lord treasurer of England as this deponent hath heard but saith that what is now become of the same he this deponent knoweth not