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Chancery Depositions (PRO C24/297 part 2 no 80 depositions: Rosse v Harlakenden)

13.2.1623 (Thursday 13 February 1623)

document 17701024

four that he was present at the trial before the king's majesties justice of court of common pleas at Westminster Hall in the suit there depending between the said now defendant Rich Harlakenden plaintiff and one Hen Abbott defendant and a tenant of both the said manors in right of his wife which said trial this deponent saith was about a tree which the said Rich Harlakenden had felled upon the copyhold of the said Abbott in the said manor of Earls Colne which tree after the said Rich Harlakenden had felled the said Hen Abbott took and carried it away and there upon the said Rich Harlakenden brought his action of trespass at the common law against the said Abbott in which action the said trial was had in michaelmas term as this deponent now remembreth about seven or eight years ago as this deponent taketh it and this deponent saith that the said Rich Harlakenden did at that trial produce the court rolls of the said manor of Earls Colne to have been given in evidence on his part against the said Hen Abbott and this deponent saith that one of the said court rolls being accordingly showed forth in court the said judges or some or one of them espied a rasure or interlining or both of them therein in one principal point thereof concerning the custom of felling trees within the said manor of Earls Colne at which said rasure or interlining or both the lord Hobart found great fault and disallowed thereof as this deponent then conceived by his words for that as his lordship said the said Rich Harlakenden must warrant his court rolls by the verdict and that it was not fit that he the said mr Harlakenden should being lord of the said manor should have the keeping of the court rolls thereof himself but some honest learned steward being a man of worth and credit or used some such like worth as this deponent now remembreth