Deposition of John Bennett

PRO REQ 2/388/28/4.1

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xjto die Nouembr{is} A{nn}o Regni Iacobi R{egnis}Angl{ie} &c nono et Scot{ie} xlvo [= ] ex p{ar}te {complainan}t

Iohn Bennett of the p{ar}ishe of Alhallowes Staninge in Marke Lane London Ioyner of \\ye// age of threeschore and ffoure yeres or th{er}about{es} sworne and examyned the daye and yere abouesaid deposith and sayeth

To the ffirste Interr{ogatory} this depon{e}nt sayth he knoweth the pl{ainan}t for he was his M{aste}r: but the def{endan}t he knoweth not./

To the seconde Interr{ogatory} this depon{e}nt sayth he did verry well knowe Edward Late Earle of Oxforde deceassed./

To the thirde Interr{ogatory} this depon{e}nt sayth he knoweth that Edward Earle of Oxenford was in his lyffe tyme possessed of a house w{i}thin the County of Essex Called and knowne by the name of Playstoe house, And knoweth that the said Earle of Oxenforde was lykewise possessed of a house in Bishoppsgate Streete London sometymes called ffishers follye, ffor this depon{e}nt did as Iorney man and s{er}vaunte vnto the pl{ainan}t woorke Ioyners woorke there for the said Earle of Oxenforde. And was weeklie ^\\honestlie & trulie// payed ^\\by the pl{ainan}t// for his woorke there ^\\donne// in those twoe houses ^\\[done]// [by the pl{ainan}t] And more he Cannot depose.

To the iiijth Interr{ogatory} this depon{e}nt sayth he knoweth the pl{ainan}t did for the Earle of Oxenford aforesaid ffynishe Certayne Ioyn{er}s woorke in the said twoe houses aforesaid and payed this depon{e}nt and other woorkemen that wrought vnd{er} his Commaunde there for him, there wages truly and dulye eu{er}y weeke, but [how] what Contracte, Bargayne or Agreem{en}t was made by the said Earle or his Steward or s{er}vant{es} w{i}th the pl{ainan}t for the same ^\\woorke// he knoweth not, nor of any paym{en}t or Satisfacc{i}on made to the pl{ainan}t (for his woorke and his s{er}vant{es} and Iorneymen there done in the said twoe houses) by the said Earle of Oxenforde or any other for him. And more he cannot depose. |

To the vth Interr{ogatory} this depon{e}nt sayth that the pl{ainan}t wrought w{i}th the said Earle by the greate but howe they agreed for the woorke he knoweth not, nor what some or somes of monney the Earle agreed to paye the pl{ainan}t and his servaunt{es} by the greate, nor by the daye, for he was not acquaynted th{er}w{i}th, only sayth the pl{ainan}t payed this depon{e}nt Sixteene pence p{er} diem. And somtymes ffoure shilling{es} p{er} week meate drinke and lodging ^\\for his woorke.// And more he Cannot depose.

To the Syxte Interr{ogatory} this depon{e}nt sayth he knoweth not howe much ^\\monney// the Earle of Oxenford was Indebted to the pl{ainan}t when the Earle died, nor that he was Indebted to the pl{ainan}t when he died, for he was not acquaynted w{i}th there private dealing{es} togeath{er} about the same. And more he cannot depose.

To the vijth [Interr{ogatory} this depon{e}nt sayth] viijth and ixth Interr{ogatories} this deponent sayth he can saye nothinge for that he knoweth not what money the said Earle of Oxenford payed the pl{ainan}t vppon there agreem{en}t nor what agreem{en}t they made togeath{er} nor what monney remayned vnpayed the pl{ainan}t at the tyme of his death, nor what speeches his Lordshipp vsed vnto his nowe Ladye on his death bedd touchinge the pl{ainan}t. And more he cannott depose.

(signed) Iohn Bennet

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