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Close Rolls, Henry VI: June 1439

Pages 221-223

Calendar of Close Rolls, Henry VI: Volume 3, 1435-1441. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1937.

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June 1439

Membrane 6.
June 17.
Westminster.
To the sheriffs of London. Order at their peril, after viewing an acknowledgment made 14 May last in the Star chamber within Westminster palace by John Forde the elder of London 'mercer' in presence of Ralph Cromwell knight the treasurer, John Fray and William Fallan barons of the exchequer, the tenor whereof the king is sending herewith enclosed, on Friday next to receive the said John Forde at Westminster from the warden of the Flete prison, in person to bring him thence through the city to the Tower of London in a wain, causing that acknowledgment to be publicly read and proclaimed on their way to the Tower in places within the city and suburbs where the greatest concourse of people shall be, to bring him after from the Tower to Cornhille, and cause him to be set upon the pillory for the space of one hour, and after that time to take him down and bring him through the city to the said prison, and deliver him again to the warden, there to abide until further order of the king, that his punishment may deter others from a like offence. The king has commanded the warden to have him that day at Westminster and deliver him to the sheriffs to be chastised and delivered again. By p.s.
Memorandum that on 14 May last in the Star chamber within Westminster palace before Ralph lord Cromwell knight the treasurer, John Fray and William Fallan clerk barons of the exchequer, in presence of John Vampage the king's attorney, Robert Whityngham mayor of the staple of Calais, William Estfelde, Robert Large and Hugh Dyke merchants of the fellowship of that staple, came John Forde of London 'mercer' in person, and was sworn to speak the truth touching certain articles which concern the king's advantage; and being then examined whether he has heretofore sold any wool or woolfells to any alien, the said John did acknowledge that in May 16 Henry VI at London in the parish of 'Aldermarichirche' he did sell to Gerard Matson a 'Ducheman' 26 stone of wool price 3s. a stone, and seven dozen of woollen broadcloth at an agreed price the dozen, that he caused the wool and cloth to be packed in a pack, and at the said city in 'Graschurchestrete' in the parish of St. Benet gave the pack to John Piper servant of Clement Comber of Colcestre to be taken to Colcestre in a wain driven by the said servant, and delivered to John Craule of Colcestre, and that upon delivery of the pack to the said servant he did deliver to him a letter to John Craule addressed, commanding John Craule to deliver the pack to the said Gerard in case the said Gerard should pay him 8l. to the writer's use; being asked who did pack the said pack and how, he said that he and the said Gerard did pack the same between them in the house of the said John Forde in the parish of St. Dunstan in the 'Est' London, placing, packing, treading down and firmly pressing the wool between the said cloths, subtly enclosing it round with some of them on every side, and rolling it up in linen cloth after the manner of woolpacks, so that it might be supposed by all to be a pack with woollen cloth, and not wool.
June 17.
Westminster.
To the warden of the Flete prison or his representative. Order to have John Forde the elder of London 'mercer,' a prisoner in his custody, at Westminster on Friday next, and there deliver him to the sheriffs of London for chastisement as by the king prescribed, and after such punishment to receive him again from them, and keep him in custody in the said prison until further order. The king has commanded the sheriffs to receive him and deliver him again. By p.s.
June 24.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Devon Order to take the fealty of James Derneforde, who has taken to wife Margaret daughter of William Bykebery, and to give them seisin of her purparty of the lands hereinafter mentioned, keeping in the king's hand until further order the purparty of Elizabeth the younger daughter of the said William; as upon the finding of an inquisition, taken before the late escheator, that Lawrence Haukyn late canon of the cathedral church of Exeter, Henry Foleforde and Thomas Raymonde were seised of the manor and hundred of 'Northtauton,' and made a demise thereof to Otho Chambernoun and Agnes his wife, both now deceased, and to the heirs of the said Otho, by name of the manor and hundred aforesaid and the knights' fees and liberties thereto belonging, and all lands, rents, services and reversions, that Otho died without issue and the said Agnes continued her estate therein, and died thereof so seised, that the same are held by knight service of Thomas earl of Devon, lately within age and in ward of the king, and that Elizabeth, Margaret and Elizabeth daughters of William Bykebery son of Katherine daughter of Thomas son of Margaret one of the sisters of Richard father of the said Otho, Otho Gilbert son of William son of Elizabeth a second sister, all within age and in ward of the king, and John atte Wode son of William son of Joan the third sister are cousins and next heirs of Otho Chambernoun, the king ordered the late escheator to take the fealty of John atte Wode, to take of him security for payment of his relief at the exchequer, in his presence and in presence of the next friends of the other heirs, or of their attorneys, to make a partition of the said manor and hundred into three equal parts, and to give John atte Wode seisin of his purparty, keeping in the king's hands until further order the purparties of the other heirs; and upon proof of the age of the said Elizabeth the elder, whom Robert Burton took to wife, the king took the fealty of the said Robert, and ordered the late escheator to give them seisin of her purparty, keeping in his hands until further order the purparties of Margaret, Elizabeth the younger and Otho Gilbert; and upon proof of the age of Otho Gilbert, the king took his fealty, and ordered the escheator to give him seisin of his purparty, keeping etc. until further order the purparties of Margaret and Elizabeth the younger; and James Derneforde has proved the age of the said Margaret before the escheator.
June 8.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Roteland for election of a verderer in the forest of Rokyngham in Roteland instead of John Pylton, who is dead.
June 12.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Berkshire for election of a verderer in Wyndesore forest instead of John Syferwast, who is too sick and aged to exercise that office.
June 14.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Kent for election of a coroner instead of John Depyng, who is dead.
June 14.
Westminster.
(Like) order in regard to Stephen Wyndey.