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Richard Vaughan of Pitstowe, Herefordshire. HL/PO/JO/10/1/10 (1619)
To the honorable commities for the house of Parliament
The humble peticion of Richard Vaughan of Pitstowe
in the cownty of Hereford.
Humbly sheweth whereas your peticoner the 33th yeere of the raigne of Elizabeth of famous memory recovered against Richard
Vaughan of Wroxton thelder in the cownty of Hereford gentleman William Lorimer and Anne his wiefe one messuage twoe
hundred acres of land one hundred acres of pasture therty acres of meadowe and twenty acres of wood, with the
appurtenances lyinge in Pitstowe and Litle Wilton pleadable in the court of Charles Brugges esquire of his mannor of Wilton
uppon Wye in the county aforesaid by a writt of right close prosecuted against them in nature of a writt of assise of
novell disseisin at the comon lawe which was removed into the courte of comon pleas at Westminster by a writt of
false judgment in Easter terme 33 Elizabeth and there reversed in Pasche 36 and they restored to the lands and
temenents aforesaid together with the yssues and profitts thereof from the tyme of judgment given in the courte of Wilton
uppon Wye aforesaid untill the reversall thereof in the courte of comon pleas Which judgment in the courte of comon
pleas was removed about the 38 or 39 of Elizabeth before her Majestie in her benche and there reversed for error in the
2 of our nowe most gracious kinge and by judgment there this peticoner was to be restored to the said lands and
tenementes aforesaid together with the yssues and proffites thereof from the tyme of the judgment given at the
comon pleas untill the reversall thereof before his Majestie in his benche with the money which this peticoner before he
paid for the yssues and profittes. Whereupon this peticoner the first of Aprill 17 of his Majestie was restored to
the full possession of the landes and tenementes aforesaid. As by an Exemplificacion under the greate seale of the courte
aforesaid ready to be shewed will appeere.
But soe yt is and please your honours That one Edward Powell of Pengelly in the cownty of Hereford esquire
bought part of these lands (pendente lite) of a meere straunger to the tytle and in Michaelmas tearme in the
17th yeere of his Majesties raigne exhibited his bill into the Chauncery against this peticoner and twoe more for the possession
of the said lands which he soe bought (pendente lite) unto which bill the peticoner appeered and made affidavit he
could not answer without his exemplificacion which were in the cuntry Yet an injunction was gotten against this
this peticoner and two more defendantes not served with proces nor one bond entred into to maynteyne the suggestion
true And after answer the injunction contynewed in favoure of the plaintiff by which this peticoner is restrayned
from the comon lawe his meanes to live and defend the sute the matter conteyned in the bill not to be
made good, and by the charge of 28 yeeres delay and contynuall vexacion in which he hath spent 17 or 18
hundred pownds beinge his whole estate is worne out and undonne greatly indebted me in daunger therby
that sometyme hath donne his cuntrey good service in Fraunce in Henry the 3d tyme then the Frenche
kinge and in Portugall and other places hath noe meanes to pay his debtes or susteyne his liefe beinge
bereft of all reliefe or meanes of helpe by reason of the undue proceedings of his adversaryes and contynuall
delayes he this peticoner not yet served with proces to rejoyne is by injunction uppon suggestion put out of possession
after a recovery judgment and execucion at the comon lawe.
Humbly prayeth you wilbe pleased to give reliefe to this peticoner heerein that after soe longe
sutes ended at the comon lawe this peticoner may be at peace and peaceably established and setled
in his inheritaunce according to his recovery that ever will pray for your healths with all
happines; beseechinge you to pardon this peticoner that yf he hath fayled in the forme and style as
doth appurteyne to the honorablle assemby in parliament.