234 Ganns v Secker

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Mr Ganns, gent v Clement Secker

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Ganns complained that Secker had made 'disgracefull speeches' against him. Ganns won the verdict and Secker was imprisoned in the Marshalsea, from where he petitioned the Earl Marshal that he was sorry for his speeches, and begged for release in regard of his wife and children and 'your accustomed clemency to poore men'.


EM294, Defendant's petition

'Humbly shewing that whereas your honor was pleased to grant your warrant for the bringing of your petitioner before your honor for speaking if some disgracefull speeches against Mr Ganns, and upon examination justly committed by your honor to the prison of the Marshallseys, where he now remains prisoner, for the which speeches he is hartely sorry and doth promise never to commit the like offence.

His humble prayer is that in respect he is a poore man that hath a wife and children, and having some business in terme that concerns his estate, that your honor would be pleased (out of your accustomed clemency to poore men) to give order for his discharge. And he as in duty bound shall ever pray.'

No date.

Signed by Clement Secker.


  • Submission
    • Defendant's petition: EM294 (no date)

People mentioned in the case

  • Ganns, Mr
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Secker, Clement

Places mentioned in the case

  • London
    • Marshalsea

Topics of the case

  • imprisonment