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#89: Alice Billingham  c.  John (or Thomas) Wellis  - Witness for Plaintiff, 1488-06-17
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065B, 10v
summaryTestifies that about June 1486 he and his sister-in-law (Beatrice Thomson), Alice Billingham, and John/Thomas Wellis were drinking in the inn at the sign of the Bells in Warwick Lane, when Beatrice Thomson told him Wellis and Billingham were to be married and asked Thomson to come to the solemnization. Testifies that there were rumours in the parish that Wellis would marry another woman and that Alice had objected when banns were issued.
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Thomas Thomson, servant of Henry Stevens, with whom he has lived for two years, ostler, illiterate, of free condition, forty years old and more, as he says. Inducted as a witness etc., he says that he has known Alice Billingham for three years and more, and John Wellis for two years and more. This witness, questioned further about and on the contents in the libel, says that about two years ago, which day he does not now recall, the wife of Richard Thomson the brother of this witness, Alice Billingham, and John Wells were drinking with this witness in the inn at the sign of the Bells in Warwick Lane, and after they had for some time talked and drank together, John left. After he had left, this witness asked Beatrice about the youth who had just left, and the wife responded, "He is a skinner`s son and a skinner himself. I trust he shall have Alice here to his wife. Will ye offer with them?" And this witness said that he would do so with a free spirit. And concerning the fame and the other things brought forth in the libel, he knows nothing, but he says that there was a rumour in the parish that John would have another wife, and that Alice cried out against the issuing of banns. To the first interrogatory, he says as he said above. And he responds negatively to its other contents. To the second interrogatory, he says that he was asked by Alice to come give testimony of the truth and not otherwise. And he responds negatively to its other contents. To the third, fourth, and fifth interrogatories, he says that he knows nothing concerning their contents.Thomas Thomson serviens Henrici Stevens cum quo moram traxit per duos annos, hostiler, illiteratus, libere condicionis, xl annorum etatis et amplius ut dicit. Testis et cetera, dicit quod Aliciam Billingham per iii annos et amplius, Johannem Wellis per duos annos et ultra bene novit ut dicit. Ulterius interrogatus iste juratus de et super contentis in dicto libello, dicit quod circiter duos annos elapsos quo die modo non recolit, uxor Ricardi Thomson fratris istius jurati, Alicia Billingham, et Johannes Wellis biberunt cum isto jurato in hospicio ad signum campane in Warwiklane et postquam ibidem aliquamdiu bibendo communicassent, recessit idem Johannes. Post cuius recessum cum iste juratus interrogasset eandem uxorem Thomson qualis fuit ille juvenis qui prius recessit, respondit eadem uxor, "He is a skynners son and a skynner hym self. I trow he shal have Alice her to his wif. Wil ye offer with them?" Et iste juratus dixit quod sic faceret libenti animo. Et de fama et aliis in dicto libello deductis nescit deponere sed dicit quod fuit rumor in dicta parrochia quod prefatus Johannes haberet aliam uxorem et quod ipsa Alicia reclamavit contra edicionem bannorum. Ad primum interrogatorium dicit prout superius dixit. Et ad alia contenta in eodem respondet negative. Ad secundum interrogatorium, dicit quod requisitus per dictam Aliciam venit perhibiturus testimonium veritati et non aliter. Et ad alia contenta in eadem respondet negative. Ad iii, iiii, et vtum interrogatoria dicit quod nescit deponere de contentis in eisdem.