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294 HERON V ANTON
Jeremy Heron, gent v Arthur Anton, of the Strand, London, grocer
Heron, a groom of the Prince of Wales's privy chamber, complained that Anton had called him 'base rascall, cosoner', and said that he 'would tourne your petitioner out of doores the next quarter, and rather have a common whoore lodge there then your petitioner'. Heron rented part of Anton's house in the Strand at £30 per annum, and the dispute began when he refused Anton passage through his rented part of the house. Heron added that in his absence, serving the prince at Theobalds, Anton had assaulted one of his servants and one of his children. No further proceedings survive.
'Your petitioner, taking a parte of a tenement of one Arthur Anton grocer in the Strand, for which your petitioner giveth 30li per annum, the whole rente of the house being but 40li per annum; and albeit your petitioner duly paid his rent, yet 3 quarters of a yeare after your petitioner tooke the same, Anton of purpose to trouble your petitioner, claymed passage through your petitioner's entrie for him and his, (albeit he had a passage through his shop which he formerlie used and more convenient for him), which being a great and wilfull annoyance, your petitioner denied him thereof. Whereupon, your petitioner was by him called base rascall, cosoner, with divers other opprobrious speeches, saying that he would tourne your petitioner out of doores the next quarter, and rather have a common whoore lodge there then your petitioner.
Likewise that your petitioner being commanded by his Highness to attende att Theoballs, Anton, in the absence of your petitioner, so beate a servant of your petitioner's, that he had almost stiffened him in his blood. And att another time, he willfully flung downe a childe of your petitioner's and bruised his face, that the bloud run from his nose.'
Petitioned that Anton be brought to answer.
- Initial proceedings
- Petition: EM306 (no date)
People mentioned in the case
- Anton, Arthur, grocer
- Heron, Jeremy, gent
- Stuart, Charles, Prince of Wales
Places mentioned in the case
Topics of the case
- denial of gentility
- sexual insult