364 Leeson v Potter

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364 LEESON V POTTER

William Leeson of Packington, co. Leicester, gent v Nathaniel Potter of Loughborough, co. Leicester, vintner

November - December 1639

Abstract

Leeson complained that Potter had said 'that he was noe gent, but a base rascally fellow, a scum of the world and not worth a grote'. Bonds were entered in November-December 1639 and commissioners Edward Blunt, John Dixon, John Davenport, and George Rayson, gents, were appointed to examine witnesses; but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

2/140, Petition to Arundel

'Nathaniell Potter of Loughborow, vintner, in publique and disgracefull manner did revile and vilify the petitioner, and said that he was noe gent, but a base rascally fellow, a scum of the world and not worth a grote (as by affidavits will appear), whereby the petitioner greatlie suffers in his reputacon.'

Petitioned that Potter be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process on 21 November 1639.

2/144, Plaintiff's bond

22 November 1639

Bound to appear 'in the Court in the painted Chamber within the Pallace of Westminster'.

Signed by William Leeson.

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

2/84, Defendant's bond

4 December 1639

Bound to appear 'in the Court in the painted Chamber within the Pallace of Westminster'.

Signed by Nath. Potter.

Leeson was described as of Loughborough.

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

3/9, Names of commissioners

'Edward Blunt, John Dixon, John Davenport, gent, George Rayson, gent

Ex parte Iremonger'.

Notes

Neither William Leeson nor Nathaniel Potter appeared in the 1619 Visitation of Leicester: J. Fetherston (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Leicester in the year 1619 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 2, 1870).

Documents

  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: 2/140 (21 Nov 1639)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 2/144 (22 Nov 1639)
    • Defendant's bond: 2/84 (4 Dec 1639)
    • Names of commissioners: 3/9 (no date)

People mentioned in the case

  • Blunt, Edward, gent
  • Davenport, John, gent
  • Dixon, John, gent
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Leeson, William, gent
  • Potter, Nathaniel, vintner
  • Rayson, George, gent
  • Watson, John

Places mentioned in the case

  • Leicestershire
    • Loughborough
    • Packington
  • Middlesex
    • Westminster

Topics of the case

  • allegation of bankruptcy
  • denial of gentility