303 Holbrooke v Wood

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303 HOLBROOKE V WOOD

Alexander Holbrooke of Newington, co. Kent, gent v George Wood of Sandwich, co. Kent

February - April 1640

Abstract

Holbrooke complained that between July and September 1635, in the parish of St Dunstan-in-the-West, London, in Chancery Lane, Wood had said 'that I was a cozener, and a cheater, and that I had cozened my brother George Holbrooke of the moity of the moneys', over £200 'which we were to pay to him by my Lord Keeper's order.' Process was granted on 15 February 1640 and the plaintiff entered bond on 25April; but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

2/16, Petition to Arundel

'He is a gent of an ancient family and hath right to beare armes. Hee hath lately beene much abused in uncivill language by one George Wood of Sandwich, in the said county, who said publiquely that your petitioner was a cozener and a cheater; and that your petitioner had cheated and cozened his owne brother of 200li and upwards, with other unsufferable speeches provoking your petitioner to fight with him.'

Petitioned that Wood be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process on 15 February 1640.

2/17, Plaintiff's bond

21 February 1640

Bound to appear 'in the Court'.

Signed by Alexander Holbrooke.

Sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of John Watson.

5/7, Defendant's bond

25 April 1640

Bound to 'appear in the Court in Arundel House in the Strand without Temple Bar, London'.

Signed George Wood.

Sealed signed and delivered in the presence of John Watson.

20/1k, Libel

1. Holbrooke's family had been gentry for up to 200 years.

2. Between July and September 1635, in the parish of St Dunstan-in-the-West, London, in Chancery Lane, Wood said of Holbrooke 'that I was a cozener and a cheater; and that I had cozened my brother George Holbrooke of the moity of the moneys which we were to pay to him by my Lord Keeper's order.'

3. These contemptuous words were provocative of a duel.

No date.

Signed by Arthur Duck.

Notes

Alexander Holbrooke of Newington does not appear in the Visitations for 1619-21 nor 1663-8, although a brief pedigree of Holbrooke of Newington appears in the earlier Visitation. George Wood of Sandwich appears in neither Visitation.

R. Hovenden (ed.), The Visitation of Kent taken inthe years 1619-21 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 42, 1898), p. 16; G. J. Armytage (ed.), A Visitation of the County of Kent, 1663-8 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 54, 1906).

Documents

  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition to Arundel: 2/16 (15 Feb 1640)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 2/17 (21 Feb 1640)
    • Defendant's bond: 5/7 (25 Apr 1640)
    • Libel: 20/1k (no date)

People mentioned in the case

  • Duck, Arthur, lawyer
  • Holbrooke, Alexander, gent
  • Holbrooke, George
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Watson, John
  • Wood, George

Places mentioned in the case

  • London
    • Arundel House
    • Chancery Lane
    • St Dunstan-in-the-West
    • Strand
    • Temple Bar
  • Kent
    • Newington
    • Sandwich

Topics of the case

  • allegation of cheating
  • provocative of a duel