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To learn more about wills, please visit Alan H. Nelson's essay on the practice of will making in Shakespeare's England. To learn more about lawsuits, read his thematic essay on lawsuits in Shakespeare's England.

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September 11, 1611
On September 11, 1611, the Stratford Corporation drafted a list of seventy-two burgesses who could be approached to subscribe “towardes the Charge of prosecutyng the Bill in the parliament for the better Repayre of the highe Waies and amendinge divers defectes in the Statutes alredy made.&r
May 15, 1612
This is the first of three orders given by the Court of Requests in for Bellott v. Mountjoy. The order is entirely procedural: the matter was to be published, or announced, on the following Wednesday, May 22, and was to be heard on the second day of the following term, apparently June 4.
June 15, 1612
This is the second of three orders given by the Court of Requests for Bellott v. Mountjoy.
1612
The Court of Requests initiated three rounds of depositions in Bellott v. Mountjoy. In each round, Stephen Bellott is identified as the complainant, Christopher Mountjoy as the defendant.
1612
The Court of Requests initiated three rounds of depositions in Bellott v. Mountjoy. In each round, Stephen Bellott is identified as the complainant, Christopher Mountjoy as the defendant.
June 19, 1612
Witnesses in the second round of depositions are to answer a list of five questions, called interrogatories, on behalf of the complainant, on June 19, 1612.
June 23, 1612
Witnesses in the third round of depositions were to answer a list of seven questions, called interrogatories, on behalf of the defendant.
Easter term 1612
The Court of Requests initiated three rounds of depositions in Bellott v. Mountjoy. In each round, Stephen Bellott is identified as the complainant, and Christopher Mountjoy as the defendant.
May 11, 1612
William Shakespeare was called as a witness in a lawsuit between Stephen Bellott and Christopher Mountjoy on May 11, 1612. He deposed along with two others one day later.
May 7, 1612
After the four pleadings, the first action of the Court of Requests in Bellott v. Mountjoy was to summon witnesses. A Compulsory Summons, dated May 7, 1612, shown here, identifies the first witness as William Shakespeare, gentleman.

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