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1490-05-24: Christian Hilles  c. Robert Padley  MarriageLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS0906572v-74r
1490-06-09: William Fox, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that around 1 Nov. 1489 Robert Padley had Christian Hilles removed from the town of Stanford and so certain neighbours suspected he had impregnated her. Testifies that he told Padley that Hilles`s brothers were upset with him for having abducted her and for the rumours that she was pregnant; in response, Padley denied that she was pregnant, though he admitted that if she were, only he could be the father.

1490-05-24: Robert Padley, Response of Defendant
Admits discussion of marriage with Christian Hilles in Lent 1489, but she demurred because his employer would not permit him to marry before the end of his term as servant. They had no more communication until the end of September 1489, when he heard that she was pregnant and confronted her. She swore that she was not and that she was a good woman. He gave her a promise (in not quite contractual words) that if she remained chaste he would marry her. They exchanged gifts. He now says that he would have married her if she had remained chaste, but now she is pregnant and not by him, and so he does not wish to have her as his wife.

1490-06-09: John Gip, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he witnessed the affirmation of an unconditional contract between Robert Padley and Christian Hilles between late September and early November 1489. Testifies that they were servants in the same household and were often together, and that he saw them alone together in a field turning hay and that there were many rumours that Padley had impregnated Hilles.

1490-06-09: John Merden, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he witnessed a present contract between Robert Padley and Christian Hilles, conditional on Hilles remaining “a good woman” to Padley, c. 29 September 1489.