testimony of Thomas Clarell
|#69: Margaret Niter, Agnes Skern c.  Piers Curtes  - Witness for Plaintiff, 1488-01-21|
|soft dates||21 or 22 Jan. 1488|
|source||London Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065B, 1v-2r|
|summary||Testifies that he witnessed, along with Ralph Riplingham, a present contract between his daughter Margaret Niter and Piers Curtes, on 13 September 1487, and that Curtes often claimed in his presence that Niter was his wife. Testifies that he wished to give his daughter`s two children land and tenements valued at 40 pounds.|
|placenames||London - St. Giles without Cripplegate|
|english translation||latin text|
Thomas Clarell, grocer, of the parish of St. Giles without Cripplegate, London, where he has lived for thirty years and more, literate, of free condition, sixty-six years old, as he says. Inducted as a witness etc., he says that he has known Margaret Niter, this witness`s daughter, from the time of her birth, and Piers Curtes for half a year. To the first and second articles, he says that on the vigil of the exaltation of the Holy Cross last past, in this witness`s dwelling-house, in the presence of Ralph Riplingham, Piers said to this witness that he had come there for the sake of having Margaret Niter his daughter as his wife and this witness thanked him. And then Piers took her by the hand and said to her, "I, Piers, take you, Margaret, to my wedded wife, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, and therto I plight you my troth," and taking a gold ring from his finger and kissing it, he put it on one of Margaret`s fingers, but what sort of words Margaret said to Piers this witness does not know. And he said that he wished to give to Margaret`s two children lands and tenements to the value of forty pounds. To the third article, he says as he said above, and otherwise he knows nothing concerning its contents from his knowledge. To the fourth article, he says as he said above, and that often Piers in the presence of this witness said that Margaret was his wife. And otherwise he knows nothing concerning its contents. To the fifth article, he says that the things he said above are true, and he knows nothing concerning the fame because he does not leave his house.
Thomas Clarell grocerius de parrochia sancti Egidii extra Crepulgate, London, ubi moram traxit per xxx annos et amplius, literatus, libere condicionis, lxvi annorum etatis ut dicit. Testis et cetera, dicit quod Margaretam Niter filiam naturalem istius jurati a tempore nativitatis eiusdem, Petrum Curtes per dimidium anni bene novit ut dicit. Ad primum et secundum articulos dicit quod in vigilia exaltacionis sancte Crucis ultima preterita dictus Petrus in domo habitacionis istius in presencia Radulphi Riplingham dixit huic jurato quod illic venit causa habendi Margaretam Niter filiam suam in eius uxorem et iste juratus regraciabatur eidem. Et tunc dictus [Petrus] accepit eam per manum et dixit eadem, "I Pers, take you, Margarete, to my weddid wif, for better, for wors, for richer, for porer, in sekenesse and in helth, and therto I pliʒt the my trouth," et accipiens anulum aurem de digito suo et deosculando eundem et posuit super unum digitorum eiusdem Margarete, sed que et qualia verba ipsa Margareta protulit eidem Petro nescit iste juratus deponere. Et dixit quod vellet dare duobus pueris dicte Margarete terris et tentamenta ad valorem xlta librarum. Ad tercium articulum, dicit prout superius dixit. Et aliter nescit deponere de contentis in eodem de sciencia sua. [fol. 2r] Ad iiiitum articulum, dicit prout superius dixit et quod sepius idem Petrus in presencia istius jurati di[xit] quod prefata Margareta fuit eius uxor. Et aliter ad contenta in eodem nescit [deponere]. Ad vtum articulum, dicit quod superius per eum dicta fuit vera, de fama nescit deponere eo quod non exit domum suam.
| I.e. 13 Sept. 1487 (the feast was on 14 Sept.).|