Deposition of Humphrey Style

PRO C24/269, Part 1, No. 68

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[3] Humphrey Stile of the p{ar}ishe of St Martins in the feild neare London yeoma{n}, aged 37 or therabout{es} sworne and exam{ined} the thirde day of Aprill in the yeare aforesayd deposeth, 1. Interr{ogatory}

1 That he very well knoweth Iudith Ruswell widowe the Compl{ainan}t and the Right Ho{norable} Edward Earle of Oxford the def{endan}t, And he did very well know W{illia}m Ruswell Tayler [the] deceased the Compl{ainan}t{es} Late husband, who ^\about 20 yeares since// was accounted to be of good Credite he[a]re in the Citty, and might and did take up wares vpon his Credite of very great su{m}mes as he hath credibly heard [added later]

2 That the sayd W{illia}m [Taylor] \\Ruswell// was servant and Tayler vnto the def{endan}t. and about [__en] seventene yeares since this dep{ponen}t was servant vnto the sayd W{illia}m Ruswell and Continewed with him by the space of a yeare or therabout{es} [in w{hi}ch tyme] in w{hi}ch tyme the Credite of the said W{illia}m [Russe] Ruswell was not such as it had bene ^\\before//, nether could he then take vp wares of his Credite as he had done in former tymes, but this dep{onen}t dwellinge in the same streete before he came vnto him, did often heare it reported and partly knoweth it to be true, that the sayd W{illia}m Ruswell havinge bene a longe tyme servant and Tayler to the def{endan}t, had for many yeares vsed from tyme to tyme to take vpon his owne credite of divers in the Citty silk{es} silver and gold lace and othe wares and stuffes for the def{endan}t and by his appoyntm{en}t, but of whome those wares were taken vp, or what they were in particuler, he cannot depose nor more sayeth to this interr{ogatory}

3 That the sayd W{illia}m Ruswell (when this dep{onen}t dwelt with him, and of a longe tyme before) did make apparell for the def{endan}t and Liveryes and other apparrell for some of his servant{es} for the w{hi}ch he some tymes receaved su{m}me part of the mony in hand; But what the def{endan}t ought him for his workmanshipp, or for the stuffe w{hi}ch he had taken vp of his Credite for him he doth not certenly know, but he did often [hear] here [h] it credibly affirmed, [the] whilst he dwelt w{i}th him, that the def{endan}t was indebted vnto him for [...] makinge of apparell and for wares and stuffe that he had taken vpon his credite for him, the su{m}me of 500li and above of very due debte w{hi}ch had not [p] bene payde or dischardged

5 4 That he remembreth that the said W{illia}m Ruswell (thoughe he could not write himselfe) yet he caused the debtes w{hi}ch were owinge to him by the def{endan}t as they grew due, to be sett downe in some booke or book{es} of writinge, w{i}th w{hi}ch this dep{onen}t medled not, and for that cause he can say litle or nothinge to these 2 interr{ogatories}, Howbeit, he hath heard that Nic{holas} Black [=Bleake] one of the def{endan}t{es} officers, [w] longe before this dep{onen}t{es} dwellinge with the sayd W{illia}m Ruswell, was appoynted by the def{endan}t to p{er}use one of the sayd W{illia}m Ruswell{es} book{es} of accounte or debt book{es}, wherin he allowed (as it was sayd) 500li and odd to be due debte vnto him from the def{endan}t, and he sayeth that in [owne] one of the bookes of Accounte now shewed vnto him att tht tyme of this his examinac{i}on viz. the booke of the last tyme, the most of the demaund{es} therin, [wer] are for worke w{hi}ch was done after this dep{onen}t{es} dwellinge with him, and he knoweth that ther were divers thing{es} [wrou] wrought ^\\and made// in that tyme by the sayd W{illia}m Ruswell for the def{endan}t, w{hi}ch are not sett downe in that nor in any other booke that he can p{er}ceave / for w{hi}ch how the sayd W{illia}m Ruswell was payde or satisfied by the def{endan}t he knoweth [but] not, but the greatest part therof is yett due and owinge to the Compl{ainan}t for any thinge he knoweth or hath heard to the Contrary, and this is as much as he can say to these interr{ogatories}

(signed) Humfrey Style

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