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Les reportes del cases in Camera Stellata, 1593 to 1609 from the original ms. of John Hawarde edited by William Paley Baildon Published 1894 Pages 450-452


To the Quene's most excellent Matye.

Humblye complayninge sheweth vnto yor most excellentt

Matie yor Highnes' true, Faithffull and obedient Subiect, John

Hayward, of Clyffordes Inne, wthin the parishe of Saynt

Dunstones on the West, gentelman, That whereas yor Highnes

Subiect by Reason of some nessary [sic] and vrgent busynes

vupon the First daye of January now last past Repared to the

Towne of Maydestone in your Highnes' County of Kent, Beinge

Newyeres Daye, youer subiect passinge throwe the Towne one

Fonteone leading his gelding by hym, and tow gentelmen

Talking wth hym, Determyned not to staye in the Towne drawing

towardes Eaveninge, and to Followe one his Determynatt

affayres and Bussynes, and as he was passinge Forth of the

Towne in quiett and peceable manner, There happened one

Gabrell Warcope suddenly to Come vnto hym, They and as yett

vnknowne to yor subiectt. To Come into yor subiecte's Company,

who entered into many vayne and Friuelosse discourses wth yor

subiect, and in manner enfforsed yor subiect to answere to many

very ydle and Folishe questyons and demaundes. To th'ende as

hytt should seme to drawe yor subiect into some such Convenyent

place For his purposse as he expected, and passinge one in this

manner wth many Crosse and overthwart speaches to the end to

move yor Highnes' subiect to some ympatience distemperature

of mynde, But yor Highnes' subiect, perceavinge the dryfte and

determynatt purposse of the sayd Gabrill Warcopp to be to

quarrell, still suppressed hie Coller and contynewed hyme selff

wth in the Boundes of patience ; And in th'ende when the sayde

Warcopp had brought yor Highnes' subiect to his desyered place,

and had provided hym selff of such Company as he thought

Featt For his purpose, So hytt is, pleseth yor most Excelent

Matie that the sayd Gabrill Warcopp, assocyating to hym selff

Richard Reve, Thomas Reve, Katheryn Reve, Thomas Fylcott,

Anne Fylcott, Fraunces Bourne and John Bourne, and Dyuerse

others lyke Ryotours, Routors, and evell disposed persones To

the number of Twenty or thereaboutes, the Resydewe beinge as

yett to yor Highnes' subiect vnknowe, and being armed wth

swordes, dages, longe picle-staues, Forrest Bylles, wth such

warlick and vnlawffull weapons, aswell invasiue as defensyve,

one the sayd First daye of January nowe last past, att and in the

sayd Towne of Maydstone, did assembell them selues together,

and not haueing the Feare of god beffore their Eyes, ner [neither]

dewe Regard of yor Highnes' good and Comendable Lawes,

Statutes and Ordynaunces mayd and provyded against Ryottes,

Routes, vnlawfull assembles and such lyke misdemenures, nor

the punishment dewe For the same, yor Highnes' subiect then

and there being in gode's peace and yor highnes', they, the sayd

Gabrill Warcopp, [and the others], In and vppon yor highnes'

subiect did make an assault and hym did beate, hurt, wounde

and evell entreate, and hym did put in greate perill of his lyffe,

and yor highnes' subiect haueing a long whined Hauke of Great

vallewe vppon his Fist, They the sayd Gabrill Warcopp wth the

Resydewe of the sayd maleffactors in most Bucherly, and Ryetous

mannor the sayd Hauke, being one yor sayd subiect Fist, dyd

kyll, spoyle and Teare asunder, one lyme From another. And

the sayd Richard Reve, Thomas Reve, Thomas Fillcott, Anne

Fylcott, Fraunces Bourne and John Bourne, Crying maynely out,

" Downe wth hym, kyll hym & kyll hym." Wth wch wordes of

Incoredgment, the sayd Ryotors so Fiersly Followed yor subiect,

as he grevesly beaten, wounded and leaft for dead, to the greatt

losse, hinderaunce and indempnity of yor subiectes, and Contrary

to dyuerse yor highnes' good and Comendable Lawes and

statutes in thatt behalfe mayd and provyded ; In Tender Con-

sideration whereof and For somuch as Ryottes, Routes and

vnlawffull assembles, and such lyke misdemenures, so donne and

Comytted by the sayd Gabrill Warcopp, Richard Reve and

other the maleffactors and Ryotors afforesayd, are hateffull to god

and hurtffull to the Comen-wealth and nearely Repugnant to

dyuersse yor Highnes' good and wholesome Lawes, statutes and

ordynaunces mayd and provyded in thatt behalffe. The Presydent

and example whereof ys such and so perillowes, as yf spedy

Remedy and Refformation be not therein had, and seveare punish-

ment mynistred to the offendors accordingly, maye tends to the

decaye of Justis, to the subbernation and overthrowe of diuerse

yor Hignes' good and Comendable lawes and statutes, & to th'

encoraging and ymbolding of such lyke Riotous, wicked, & evell

disposed personis to attempt practice & put in vre the lyke, Hyt

maye thereffore plesse yor most excelent Matie, the premyses

Considered, to graunt vnto yor Highnes' subiect yor gratious

wryttes of Subpenas to be dyrected vnto the sayd Gabrill Warcopp

[and the others] & dyuerse others, To Commaund them and every

of them Thereby att a Certen daye and vnder a Certen

payne therein to be lymyted, personably to be and appeare

Beffore yor most excelent Matie in yor Highnes' Court of Star-

chamber, then and there to answere to the premyses and to stande

to and abide such further order & direction therein as to yor

Highnes' and yor Mates most ho: privie Counsell shalbe thought

meete. And yor said Subiect accordinge to his bounden duetie

shall daielye praie to god for the preservacion of yor most ex-

celent Matie longs to Rule & Rayne over vs.

Harris.

Indorsed : Martis, primo Februarii, Anno xxxix" Elizabeth

Regine [1597] ; Will'm Mill.

Warcopp, Eichard Rive and Thomas Rive put in a joint

defence; each of them ' saith that he is not guilty of the

rioutes, Routes & speeches mencioned in the said Bill, nor of

anie of them, nor of anie other the Misdemeanoures mencioned

in the same, determinable in this most honorable corte, in suche

sorte, mannr & forme as in ye said Bill of Complt is most

vntrewely surmised.'