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Chancery Depositions (PRO C24/498 pt 2 piece 6 depositions: Rosse v Harlakenden)

14.5.21Jas1 (Wednesday 14 May 1623)

document 17800642

two that by reason he was one of the said mr Cooke's clerks as aforesaid he knoweth it to be most true that the said mr Cooke by the space of divers years next before his death was steward to divers noblemen and gentlemen of good credit and quality of their courts belonging to divers of their manors as well in the county of Essex as elsewhere and that he the said mr Cooke did usually keep the said courts himself in person and this deponent knoweth that the said mr Cooke had that employment for all the time that this deponent was with him which was for the space of twenty years or thereabouts and so he thinketh that he did continue all when a little before his death and he saith that some of the noblemen and other persons of quality that the said mr Cooke did so keep courts for were these following viz the countess of (torn) the right honourable the lord Hunsden and the lord Riche (torn) sir Jn Cutts knight mrs Awdele widow and divers others of good reputation and worth that he cannot now particularly remember and this is all he saith to this interrogatory