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December 9,
1568

BRU15/1/97

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Date: December 9, 1568
Repository: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
Call number and opening: BRU15/1/97

Item Date
December 9, 1568
Repository
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
Call Number
BRU15/1/97

Institution Rights and Document Citation

 

Reproduced by permission of Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has graciously contributed images under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommerical ShareAlike 4.0 International license.  Visitors may download, link to and cite the images for personal research only. Any further use, including, but not limited to, unauthorized downloading or distribution of the images, commercial or third party use, is strictly prohibited. Visitors must contact the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to request additional use, at: images.scla@shakespeare.org.uk

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Date: December 9, 1568
Repository: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
Call number and opening: BRU15/1/97

This precept, issued by John Shakespeare in his capacity as justice of the peace, concerned William Shotteswell's suit against Richard Walker for a debt of £10. It should have been preceded by an initial hearing, but of this there is no surviving record. The case came to court on December 15 when Richard Walker was summoned to respond to Shotteswell’s declaration (Minutes and Accounts, ii, p. 19). At the next meeting, on January 26, the sergeant-at-mace submitted a formal excuse (a customary delay tactic) for Walker’s non-attendance and a marginal note indicates that the parties had settled out of court (Minutes and Accounts, ii, p. 23).

Shotteswell’s guarantor that he would proceed with the case was Edmund Barrett (written above a deleted name, perhaps the fictitious “John Doe”), and Alderman William Brace stood surety for Walker. The precept was signed by the steward of the court, Henry Higford. 

Written by Robert Bearman

Last updated April 25, 2016