Deposition of Anthony Browne

PRO C24/269, Part 1, No. 68

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[10] Anthony Browne of the towne of Northampton Taylor aged 50 yeares or therabout{es} sworne and exam{ined} the 6 of Iune in the yeare aforesayd deposeth etc.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 That he very well knoweth the p{ar}ties the Compl{ainan}t and the def{endan}t, and did well knowe W{illia}m Ruswell deceased the Compl{ainan}t{es} late husband, Tayler and servant [with] to the def{endan}t for this dep{onent} about 18 or 20 yeares since wrought as a iourneyman vnder the said W{illia}m Ruswell, who att that tyme was accounted to be of very good creditt in the Citty and might have taken vp wares very lardgely vpon his credite, and did many tymes take vpon his owne credite silkes gold and silver lace, all manner of lininges, and other stuffs for the def{endan}t ^\\& for his silkes he went for the most part to// [att] Mr Skinners [att] and \\to// one Mr Phipps, and one Anthony Bates hard by St Martins ^\\for gold lace and buttons and such thing{es}// and for lin{n}ing{es} and linnen clothe he fetcht \\them// for the most part att one Maynard{es}, and his wollen Cloth att Mr Peter Legatt{es} by St Dunstan{es} churche in ffleetstreete, and he sayeth that the def{endan}t did some tymes paye the sayd W{illia}m Ruswell, [.] an hundred pound{es} att a tyme, and some tymes more and some tymes lesse, [for] in dischardge of part of the debt w{hi}ch he had in such sort as is aforesayde taken vp for his Lordshipp, and he remembreth well that the def{endan}t was indebted vnto the sayd W{illia}m Ruswell for the makinge of some of his owne apparell and for the makinge of very much apparell and livery, for divers [=diverse, various] of the def{endan}t{es} servant{es} especially his boyes and pages and some others, both att Tilting{es} and other tymes, and as the def{endan}t grew into his debt, he did [sett] cause the same to be sett downe in a booke, as also what somme of mony he receaved att any tyme of the def{endan}t in part of paym{en}t or dischardg of that debt, wherin he veryly thinketh that the sayd W{illia}m Ruswell dealt truly and honestly, for he never gave this dep{onen}t cause to thinke the contrary. But how much the def{endan}t ought him in cleare debt att any tyme this dep{onent} knoweth not, more then this that about such tyme as this dep{onen}t left the sayd W{illia}m Ruswell{es} worke, he heard it often reported and reported by the sayd W{illia}m Ruswell and some of his servant{es} that the def{endan}t was in the sayd W{illia}m Ruswells cleare debte (over and above such [sums] su{m}mes of mony as he had caused to be payed him) the su{m}me of six or seven hundred pound{es} or therabout{es} as he remembreth, and more in effect he cannot say to the s{ai}d interr{ogatories}, for touchinge the book{es} now shewed vnto him att the tyme of his examinacio{n} he sayeth that he for his owne part never medled nor made with them, nether knoweth what order was taken by the def{endan}t w{i}th Mr Bleake or any [off] of his officers for the [sum] summinge vp, or allowance of them, nor how much hath bene payde or discharged by the def{endan}t or by his appoyntm{en}t, [and] or how much remayneth vnpayde /

(signed) Anthonye Browne

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