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

15.2.42Eliz1 (Friday 15 February 1600)

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to the first interrogatory that he hath heard much speech of the book called the black book wherein mention is made in this interrogatory and wherein should be contained as the report goeth evidences concerning the now complainant's office of great chamberlain of England with the fees and other things belonging to the same and all or the most part of the lands tenements and hereditaments that came and descended to the said complainant and hath also heard that great enquiry hath been of late and divers years past made for and about the same book by the officers and servants of the said complainant the right honourable the earl of Oxford but saith as for his own part that to his knowledge and remembrance he never saw the said book nor ever had the same in his custody or possession neither doth he know nor can certainly think in his conscience where the same book is or what is become of it nor could ever come to the knowledge or understanding thereof