\"arrow\"testimony of John Hokley  p-link

#46: Richard Crocheman  c.  William Baldewyn  - Witness for Plaintiff, 1487-07-28
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065, 27v
summaryTestifies that he was present about mid-June 1487 when William Baldewyn defamed Richard Crocheman by accusing him of having stolen his sheep and calling him a thief. Testifies that he was present, along with Robert Keppe, when Baldewyn repeated these words, in late June.
subjectsDefamation as thief 
placenamesEssex - Barking 
remarks
english translation latin text
John Hokley of the aforesaid Barking, where he was born and where he has lived from the time of his birth, illiterate, of free condition, thirty years old or thereabouts, as he says. Inducted as a witness etc., he says that he has known Richard Crocheman for twenty years and William Baldewyn for twelve years. To the fourth and fifth articles of the libel, he says that around six weeks ago the aforesaid William Baldewyn said to this witness in the home of Thomas Swetyng of Barking and in his presence that the same Richard Crocheman was a thief and that he had stolen his sheep. And afterwards about a month ago in the home and in the presence of Robert Keppe, he repeated the same words about Richard, at that time absent, in the hearing and knowledge of this witness. And he spoke these words or similar about him in the presence of many people at many places and times, as he heard say, and otherwise he knows nothing concerning its contents. To the sixth, he agrees with the first witness examined above and otherwise he knows nothing concerning its contents. To the seventh article, he agrees with the first witness.Johannes Hokley de Berking predicta, ubi fuit oriundus et ibi moram suam traxit a tempore nativitatis sue, illiteratus, libere condicionis, xxxta annorum etatis vel circiter ut dicit. Testis et cetera, dicit quod Ricardum Crocheman per xx annos, Willelmus Baldewyn per xii annos bene novit. Ad iiiitum et vtum articulos dicti libelli, dicit quod circiter sex septimanas elapsas prefatus Willelmus Baldewyn dixit huic jurato in domo Thome Swetyng de Berkyng et in eius presencia quod idem Ricardus Crocheman erat fur et quod furatus est oves de suis. Et postea circiter mensem elapsum in domo et in presencia Roberti Keppe repeciit eadem verba de dicto Ricardo adtunc absente de auditu et sciencia istius jurati. Et huiusmodi verba et similia habuit de eodem in presencia nonnullarum personarum diversis locis et temporibus ut audivit dici, et aliter nescit deponere de contentis in eisdem. Ad vi, dicit et concordat cum primo teste superius examinato et aliter nescit deponere de contentis in eodem. Ad vii articulum dicit et concordat cum primo teste.
[1] Barking, Essex.