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Robert Treswell, one of her majesty's heralds at arms in ordinary. HL/PO/JO/10/13/3 (1601)
To the right honorable the Lordes Spirituall and Temporall
of the most honorable highe Courte of Parliament.
Robart Treswell, Somersett one of her Majesties herauldes at armes in ordinarie beinge to attend her highnes service,
on Saterdaie last the 28th of November 1601 was besett assalted and arrested by William Smythe one of the
sheriffes officers in London, accompanyed with William Lane and diverse others as yet unknowen and by
them comytted to the Counter and from thence caryed to the kinges bench to put in bayle to answer the
suite of Margerie Fytchett of London widdowe, beinge not anye waye indebted to her eyther by
specyaltye or otherwise for one pennye; Att which tyme the said William Lane arrested your saide
suppliant againe, by a bill in Myddelsex. Most humbly prayeth that in respect the same is donne
in contempt of this moste honorable Courte, and withowte any just cawse, and for meere malice to
your suppliant to worke his defamacion and hurte, That the said sheriffes and officers with the
plantyffe may be sent for, and censured accordinge to your godly wisdomes, and the aucthoritie of this
moste honorable and highe Courte of Parliament.