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1489-03-28: Richard Cressy  c. Alice Scrace  MarriageLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS0906555r-56v
1489-03-28: Alice Scrace, Response of Defendant
Responds that she does not contest Cressy`s case, agreeing that she contracted in the present tense with him in early February 1489. Tells detailed story of their courtship, gifts given and received, and secret marriage against both her employer`s and her brother`s wishes.

1494-01-31: Herbert Rowland  c. Elizabeth Croft  Margaret Hordley  MarriageLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065181v-182r, 188r-189v, 195v-196r, 197r-198v, 199v, 202v-203r
1494-01-31: Elizabeth Croft, Response of Defendant
Admits that Herbert Rowland twice asked her to contract a marriage, though she denies a contract ever took place, insisting that she would marry only with her master`s consent. Responds that she only agreed to give Rowland her consent (conditional on her master`s agreement) because she was under duress.

1494-03-04: John Bedyll, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that she was present for a future contract between Herbert Rowland and Elizabeth Croft and that she heard both Elizabeth and her sister indicating that her employer, Master Banks, would be very angry about it, her sister urging her to repudiate the contract and return the courtship gifts.

1494-03-04: William Tommys, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he was present for a future contract between Herbert Rowland and Elizabeth Croft and that he heard Elizabeth indicating that her employer, Master Banks, would be very angry about it, and that she quarreled with her sister.

1487-06-27: John Tailour  c. Agnes Fry  MarriageLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS0906520r-22r
1487-06-27: Robert Swete, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that after frequently having urged Agnes Fry to marry John Tailour, Fry responded on 1 April 1487 in his house and in his and Joan Hache`s presence that she would have him or no one as her husband. Testifies that after he and Hache asked Fry if she wanted her statement to be kept secret or made public, the latter wished for it to made public, after which John Tailour, Joan Hache`s father, [and*] a man named Hunt, entered the room. Testifies that Tailour thanked and kissed Fry, and that no more words regarding marriage were heard from them. [*It is not clear if Hache`s father was Tailour, the man named Hunt, or a third man.]
1487-06-27: Richard Maket, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he frequently heard Agnes Fry respond to John Tailour`s marriage proposals by stating that she would marry him if she could "convert herself to him." Testifies that it was common knowledge at Prittlewell and other neighbouring places that Fry, in the presence of Robert Swete, had claimed she would marry Tailour.
1487-06-27: Richard Maket, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies upon re-examination that he urged Agnes Fry to marry John Tailour.
1487-06-27: Agnes Fry, Response of Defendant
Responds that after having taken a day to consider John Tailour`s marriage proposal, she declined his offer in the presence of Robert Swete, Ralph Rolf, Henry Baker, John Botell, and others. Responds that Swete approached her on Tailour`s behalf with a ring, stating that, if she chose not to contract marriage with him, she would lose all her possessions if Tailour did not receive the ring back. Responds that she did not accept Tailour`s gifts, but that he nevertheless against her will took her silver rings from her purse.
1487-06-27: Robert Brightmay, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he was present in Robert Swete`s hall about 1 April 1487 when Agnes Fry said she would have John Tailour as her husband. Also, testifies that he heard nothing else between the two concerning marriage, and that it is common knowledge in the parish of Prittlewell that Tailour would marry Fry.