Deposition of Robert Meffline

PRO REQ 2/388/28/4.3

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Robert Meffline of the p{ar}ishe of St Ethelborrowe w{i}thin Bishopsgate London Letherseller of the age of ffitfye yeres or thereabout{es} sworne and examyned the daye and yere aboue said deposith and saythe./

To the ffirste Interr{ogatory} this depon{e}nt sayth he knoweth the pl{ainan}t ^\\verry we[[ll]]// and ^\\the// def{endan}t ^\\but// by sight./

To the seconde Interr{ogatory} this depon{e}nt sayth he did knowe Edward the late Earle of Oxenforde deceassed for he was w{i}th him somtymes when the pl{ainan}t was w{i}th him./

To the thirde Interr{ogatory} this depon{e}nt sayth he knoweth that the Late Earle of Oxenforde was possessed of a house w{i}thin the Countye of Essex called and knowne by the name of Playstowe house, and also of a house in Bishopsgate streete called ffishers follye. And more he cannott depose to [his] the same Interr{ogatory}./

To the ffourth Interr{ogatory} this depon{e}nt sayth he knoweth not [that] what contracte and agreem{en}t was made betweene the said Late Earle of Oxenford w{i}th the pl{ainan}t for the woorkinge and ffynishinge of Certayne Ioyners woorke, but sayth he knoweth the pl{ainan}t and his servant{es} and Iorney men vnder him did woorke Ioyners woorke for the said Earle in the said houses for he was privie to the same./ And more he cannot depose.

To the vth Interr{ogatory} this depon{e}nt sayth he knoweth not what some or somes of monney the said Earle agreed to paye the pl{ainan}t and his s{er}vant{es}, nor wheather they wrought by the greate, or by the daye / And more he cannot depose

To the vjth and vijth Interr{ogatories} this depon{e}nt sayth he Remembreth that about Sixteene yeres synce [c. 1596] the pl{ainan}t desired this depon{e}nt to goe w{i}th him to the ^\\Late// Earle of Oxenforde, w{hi}ch | this depon{e}nt did, and there att his Lordshipps lodginge in Greensw{i}ch the pl{ainan}t moved his lordshipp in this depon{e}nt{es} hereinge for monney but howe much he rememb{er}ith not. but as the pl{ainan}t reported for about Syxe and thirtye pound{es} w{hi}ch his Lordshipp then owed the pl{ainan}t for Ioyners woorke and Stuffe, vnto w{hi}ch his Lordshipp answeared sayinge, be Content Ioyner, I haue no monney to paye thee, take vpp soe much monney att Intereste to serve thy turne, and I will paye for yt, and paye yt againe, thou shalt be no Looser ^\\by me//. w{i}th w{hi}ch answeare the pl{ainan}t Rested Satisfied and lefte his Lordshipp, and more he cannott depose.

To the viijth and ixth Interr{ogatories} this depon{e}nt sayth he hath herd yt Crediblie reported that the Earle of Oxenforde before he died, desired the def{endan}t to paye the poore man his monney dwe to him. And more he Cannott depose./

(signed) Robert Mefflyn

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