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vi.



THE

PASTON LETTERS

1422-1509 A.D.

A Reprint of the Edition of 1872-5, which

Contained upwards of Five Hundred

Letters, etc., till then unpublished, to

which are now added others in a

Supplement after the Introduction

EDITED BY

JAMES GAIRDNER

Of the Public Record Office



VOLUME I

HENRY VI

1422-1461 A.D.



EDINBURGH: JOHN GRANT

31 GEORGE IV BRIDGE

1910

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THE PASTON LETTERS.

Early Documents.



EFORE entering upon the correspondence of
the Paston family, in the reign of Henry VI.,
we have thought it well to give the reader
a brief note of such deeds and charters of
an earlier date as appear either to have been preserved
in the family, or to have any bearing on its history.
The following is a list of those we have been able to
meet with either in the originals or in other quarters,
such as Blomefield's History of Norfolk, where notices
are given of several documents, which appear now to
have got into unknown hands. The documents seen
by Blomefield, and those from the Paston and Dawson-
Turner collections, now in the British Museum, were
probably all at one time part of the Paston family
muniments. The three Harleian charters seem to
have been derived from a different source.

A Deed is cited by Blomefield (Hist. Norf. vi. 480;, by which
Anselm, Abbot of St. Benet's, Hulme, and the Convent there, gave
to Osbern, the priest (said by Blomefield to have been a son of
Griffin de Thwait, the founder of the Paston family), the land of
St. Benet's of Paston (terram Sancti Benedicti de Paston}, in fee,
for half the farm of one cantca, as his ancestors used to pay for
the same.

Also a Deed of William the Abbot (who lived in King Stephen's
reign), granting to Richer de Pastun, son of Osbern, son of
Griffin de Thwete, all the land that the Convent held in Pastun,
with their men, and other pertinencies.

Also a Deed of Covenant between Richer de Paston and Regi-
nald the Abbot, and Convent of St. Benet's, Holme, that when
peace should be settled in England, and pleas held hi the Court
of our Lord the King, the said Richer would, at the request and



715314



4 THE PASTON LETTERS.

at the expense of the Abbot, give him every security in Court ta
release the lands in Pastun.

" Ralph de Paston was son, as I take it " (says Blomefield),
" of this Richer, and appears to have had two sons, Richard aud
Nicholas.

" Richard, son of Ralph de Paston, by his deed, satis dat: t
granted to Geoffrey, son of Roger de Tweyt, lands in this towrn
(Oxnead), paying gd. per ann. for his homage and service, 403.
for a fine (in gersumam), and paying to him and his heirs on the
feasts of St. Andrew, Candlemas, Pentecost, and St. Michael, on
each feast, 2s. ob. He sealed with one Its. Laurence de Reppes,
William and John, his brother, William de Bradfield, &c., were
witnesses." Blomefield, vi. 4801.

"There was also another branch of this family, of which
was Wystan, or Wolstan, de Paston, whom I take to be the lineal
ancestor of Sir William Paston, the Judge, and the Earls of
Yarmouth. This Wolstan lived in the reign of Henry II. and
Richard I., and married, as is probable, a daughter of the Glan-
villes, as appeared from an impalement of Paston and Glanville
in the windows of Paston Hall in Paston. His son and heir
styled himself Robert de Wyston and Robert de Paston ; who,
dying in or about 1242, was buried at Bromholm, and left
Edmund de Paston. To this Edmund, son of Robert, son of
Wolstan de Paston, Sir Richard de Paston gave the land in
Paston which Robert, his father, held of him and Nicholas, his
brother, by deed sans date.'" Blomefield, vi. 481.

Undated Deed of Nicholaus filius Radulfi Diaconi de Paston,
granting to Robert, son of Wistan de Paston, two parcels of lands
one of them abutting on the lands of Eudo de Paston. Wit-
nesses Richard de Trunch ; Will. Esprygy ; Ralph de Reppes ;
Roger de Reppes ; Richard, s. of Ralph de Baketon ; John de
Reppes ; Roger, s. of Warin de Paston ; Hugh, s. of Will, de
Paston, &c. Add. Charter 17,217, B.M. (Paston MSS.)

Undated Deed of Richard, son of Ralph de Pastune, granting
to Edmund, son of Robert Wistan de Pastune, lands in Pastune,
&c. (Seal attached, in fine condition.} Add. Charter 17,218,
B.M. (Paston MSS.)

Blomefield also mentions (vi. 481) that Nicholas, son of Ralph
de Paston, gave lands to Robert, son of Wystan de Paston, by
deed sans date. Witness, Roger de Repps.

Undated Deed Poll, by which Richard, the son of Ralph, Deacon
of Paston, grants to Edmund, the son of Robert Wiston of
Paston, certain lands at Paston. Add. Charter 14,810, B.M.
(D. Turner's Collection of Deeds relating to Norfolk. )

Richard, son of Ralph de Paston, according to Blomefield (xi. 24),
gave I2</. a year rent in Paston to the Priory of Bromholm. This
gift is also mentioned by Richard Taylor in his Index Monasticus
of the Diocese of Norwich, p. 15, where the purpose of the en-
dowment is said to be "to keep their books in repair."



EARLY DOCUMENTS. 5

Deed, cited by Blomefield (vi. 481), by Richard, son of John,
son of Richard de Paston, granting to Richer Alunday and his
heirs his native Alan de Tilney, with all his family, &c. (cum tota
sequela), and 7 acres of land in Paston and Knap ton, with mes-
suages, &c., for 4 marks of silver in gersumam, and a rent of
22d. a year.

Undated Deed Poll, whereby William, the son of Robert Barrett,
grants to Edmund, the son of Robert Whiston of Paston, certain
lands in the Common Field of Paston. Add. Charter 14,813,
B.M. (D. Turner's Coll.)

Undated Indenture between Clement Parcerit of Gimmingham,
and Cecil, his wife, and Edmund, the son of Robert de Paston,
concerning lands in Paston Field. Add. Charter 14,814, B.M.
(D. Turner's Coll.)

Undated Deed Poll, by which Richard de Lessingham grants
to William, son of Robert de Paston, certain lands in the Com-
mon Field of Paston. Add. Charter 14,812. (D. Turner's Coll. )

Ancient Deed of Nich. Chancehose of Baketun granting to
Edmund, fil. Roberti Wistan de Pastun, and his heirs, for 30?. ,
a tresroda of land in Pastun. Add. Charter 17,219, B.M.
(Paston MSS.)

Undated Deed Poll, by which Richard, son of John de Paston,
grants to Roger, his brother, certain lands in Paston Field.
Add. Charter 14,811, B.M. (D. Turner's Coll.)

Undated Deed Poll, whereby Hugh, son of William de Pastun,
grants to Walter, son of Edmund de Pastun, and his heirs, a
tresroda of land in the fields of Pastun, " inter terram quse fuit
Osberti Salr. (?), ex parte Austri, et terram quae fuit Ricardi
Chaumpeneys ex parte Aquilonis, et abuttat super forreram quae
fuit Roberti Carpentar' versus Orientem, et super liberam et
terram ecclesise de Past' versus Occidentem." Add. Charter
2004, B.M.

A.D. 1313, 1 6 Oct. " William de Paston obtains a pardon as
an adherent of the Earl of Lancaster for his participation in the
death of Gavaston, and the disturbances occasioned thereby."
1 6 Oct., 7 Edw. II. Palgrave's Parliamentary Writs, vol. ii,
div. iii, p. 1262.

A.D. 1324, 22 Jan. Deed Poll, dated on Sunday after the
Feast of St. Agnes, 17 Edward II, whereby Henry de Mundham,
parson of Oxnead, and another, grant to William Hautayne and
Alice, his wife, a certain messuage and premises in Oxnead.
Add. Charter 14,804, B.M. (D. Turner's Coll.)

A.D. 1324, 19 Feb. Quit-Claim by Edmund, son of Robert
de Neketone, to Robert de Paston, Tabernarius, of lands in the
fields without the West Gate of Bury St. Edmund's. Sunday
after St. Valentine's Day, 17 Edw. II. Seal attached. Harl.
Charter 54 A. 31, B.M.

A.D. 1329, 24 Dec. Deed Poll of Margery, daughter of
Robert de Neketon, granting to Robert de Paston lands in the



6 THE PASTON LETTERS.

fields of St. Edmund's. St. Edmund's Bury, Sunday, Christmas
Eve, 3 Edw. III. HarL Charter 54 A. 32, B.M.

A.D. 1330. Petition to Parliament 4 Edw. III. of John de
Claveryng, complaining that John Payne of Dunwich, Constantine
de Paston, Austin Fitzwilliam, and others of Dunwich, took by
force and arms five ships and a boat belonging to him, at Wal-
lerswyke, and goods to the value of 300, after having beat,
shipwrecked, and imprisoned (baterent, naufrerent, et tnprisone-
rtnt) the said Johns servants. The king's answer: " Eyt en
Chauncellerie oyer et terminer pur le horibflite du trespas, devant
covenables justices." Rolls of Parl. ii. 33.

A.D. 1333, 29 April. Deed Poll, dated Thursday next before
the Feast of the Invention of the Holy Cross, 7 Edward III,
whereby Alice, widow of William Hautayne, grants to Henry de
Colby and others a messuage, with the appurtenances in Oxnead.
Add. Charter 14,805, B.M. (D. Turner's Coll.)

A.D. 1341, 28 Aug. Deed Poll of Robert de Paston granting
to William de Bradeleghe and William Child, Chaplains, lands
in the fields of St. Edmund's Bury, without the West Gate at
Stanywerp, &c. St Edmund's Bury, Tuesday after St Bartho-
lomew, 15 Edw. III. Harl. Charter 54 F. 37, B.M.

A.D. 1341. Indenture of 15 Edw. III. between John de
Knapeton, rector of Freugges, and Clement de Paston and WilL
his son. Add. Charter 17,221, B.M. (Paston MSS.)

A.D. 1361. Charter of Sir Rob. de Mauteby to the Prior of
St. Olave's, Herlyngflet, 35 Edw. III. Add. Charter 17,222,
(Paston MSS.) B.M.

Notes of Proceedings in Outlawry of the time of Edward III.
Judgment by Sir John Hody, mentioned in a more modern hand.
Paston MSS., B.M.

A.D. 1382, 5 Oct. Deed Poll, dated on Sunday next after
the Feast of St. Michael, 6 Richard II., by which Robert de
Paston grants to John Gant certain lands in Paston field. Add.
Charter 14,817, B.M. (D. Turner's Coll.)

A.D. 1404, I Oct Deed by which Mary, Lady Mortimer,
mother of Sir John Fastolf, grants to her said son her manors of
Caister and Caister Hall, together with her manor of Repps and
the advowson of the free Chapel of St. John, within the said
manor of Caister, to hold to him and his heirs for ever. I Oct,
6 Henry IV. Add. Charter 14,597, B.M. (D. Turner's ColL)




THE PASTON LETTERS.

Henry V.

i.

A.D. 1417-9. HENRY V.'s CONQUESTS IN FRANCE.
[From Paston MSS., B.M.1

ESE be the names of Townes, Castell, Citees,
and Abbeys that the [King did] 1 gete in his
secund viage:

The Town of Cane and the Castell.

The Town of Valeis [Falaise] and the Castell.

The Town of Argenton and the CastelL

The Town of Bayeux and the Castell.

The Town oi' Akwnsom and the Castell.

The Town of Frezsne le Vicont and the Castell.

The Town of Seint Savers de Vive and the Castell.

The Town of Seint Jakes de Beueron and the Castell.

The Town of Seint Jakes de Burvam and the Castell.

The Town of Seint Low and the Castell.

The Town of Valence and the Castell.

The Cytee of Averense and the Castell.

The Cytee of Sees.

The Cytee of Leseaux.

The Cytee of Everose.

The Town of Louerse.

The Town of Counsheux

The Town of Vire.

The Town of Karentine.

1 Parchment mmiiatecL



8 THE PASTON LETTERS. [A.D. 1417-9.

The Town of Chyrbourgh and the Castell.

The Town of Vernoile and ij. Castell.

The Town of Morteyn and the Castell.

The Town of Powntlarche and the CastelL

The Town of Esey and the Castell.

The Town of Dounfrount and the CastelL

The Town of Pountedomer and the CastelJ

The Town of Turve and the Castell.

The Town of Costaunce and the Castell.

The Cytee of Roon and the Castell.

The Town of Gallon and the CastelL

The Town of Galdebek \Caudebefy

The Town of Mustirvilers.

The Town of Depe.

The Town of Ve and the CastelL

The Town of Vemoile suz Seyne and the Cos;.elL

The Town of Mawnt and the CastelL

The Castell of Towk.

The Castell of Morvile.

The Castell of Overs in Awge.

The Abbey of Seint Savers suz Deve.

The Abbey of Seint Peers suz Dive.

The Abbey of Seint Stevenis of Cane

The Bole Abbey of Cane.

The Castell of Cursy.

The Castell of Gundy.

The Castell of Nevylebeke.

The Castell of Vermus.

The Castell of Garcy.

The Castell of Oo \Eu\

The Castell of Vileme.

The Castell of Egyll.

The Castell of Regyll.

The Castell of Curton.

The Castell of Fagernon.

The Castell of Chamberexs.

The Castell of Ryveers.

The Castell of Bewmanill.

The Castell of Bewmalyn.



A.D. I4I7-9-] HENRY V.

The Castell of Harecourt

The Abbey of Behelwyn.

The Castell of Parlevesque.

The Castell of Semper.

The Castell of Tracy.

The Castell of Tylly.

The Castell of Groby.

The Castell of CarselL

The Castell of Hommbe.

The Castell of Seynt Denise.

The Castell of Bonvile.

The Castell of Grennevile.

The Castell of Perers.

The Castell of Seint Gilerinz.

The Castell of Bewmound.

The Castell of Asse la Rebels

The Castell of Tanny.

The Castell of Antony.

The Castell of Balon.'

The Castell of Mountfort.

The Castell of Tovey.

The Castell of Lowdon.

The Castell of Noaus.

The Castell of Seynt Remains in Plaine.

The Castell of Daungell.

The Castell of Peschere.

The Castell of Bolore.

The Castell of Keshank.

The Castell of Turre.

The Castell of Seint ImaicF.

The Castell of Seint Germains.

The Castell of Bomstapyll.

The Castell of Croile.

The Castell of Bakuile.

The Castell of Bellacombyr.

The Castell of Douyle.

The Castell of Likone.

The Castell of Ankyrvile.

The Abbey of Seint Katerinz.



to THE PASTON LETTERS. [^.1417-9.

These er the gates names of Roon, and how the
iordys lay in sege, and to fore what gate, and also the
derth of vitailes withyn the forseyd Cytee of Roon.

Le Port Causches. To fore thys gate, lay my Lord of
Clarense 1 vnto riversyde of Seyne with mykyl of hys
howsold and a grete market ; and then fro that gate
upward lay my Lord of Urmound, 2 mymaistreCorwayle 3
with the Lord Talbotts meyne. Le Port de Castell.
At thys gate my Lord Marchall, 4 the Lord of Haryngton.
Le Port de Bewvoisyn. At thys gate lay my Lord of
Excester. Le Port de Vowdelagate. To fore thys gate
lay the Lord Roos, the Lord Wylleby, the Lord Fyhew, 6
Sir John Gray, and Sir William Porter. Le Port Stint
Yllare. To fore thys gate lay the kyng and my Lord
of Glowcestyr. Le Port de Martynvile. To fore thys
lay my Lord of Warwyk and Sir Phelip Leche. Le Port
debut de Pount. To fore thys gate lay my Lord of
Huntyngdon, my Lord of Sawlisbyry, my maistre Nevile,
and my mayster Umphirvile. Le Port de Vicount. Thys
ys the chefe Watergate of the town, and at thys gate
cometh in al maner marchawndys and vitailes.

Furthyrmore as towchyng to the derth of vytayles
withyn thys forseyd Cytee, j. \one\ Buschell of Whete
was worth v. scatys, j. lofe j. frank, j. dog j. frank, j. kat
ijj. sterlinges, j. rat \}d. sterlinges. And as towch-
yng all other vitailes, it was spendit or that we com in
to the Cytee.

Urbis Rotomagi Wulstano captio claret,
Quam Rex Henricus Quintus sexto capit anno.



1 Thomas, Duke of Qarence, the King's brother.

'- ! James Butler, Earl of Ormond.

" Sir John Cornwall, afterwards Lord Fanhope.

4 John Mowbray, Earl Marshal, afterwards Duke of Norfolk.

> Fitz Hugh.



A.D. i 4 20-2.] HENRY V. II

2.

A.D. 1420, 24 March. ABSTRACT.

[Add. Charter 17,225, B.M.]

Marriage Settlement of William Paston, dated the Eve of the
Annunciation of the Virgin, 8 Henry V. It is agreed between Sir
Edmund Berre, Kt., on the one part, and William Paston of Paston
on the other, that the latter shall marry Agnes, daughter of the
said Sir Edmund, and that his trustees of the manor of Oxenede,
Norf., shall demise the same to the said William and Agnes, and
the heirs of their bodies, &c. Also Sir Edmund's trustees, either
of the manor of Estodenham, co. Norf., or of the manor of Holle-
wellebury, Herts, at the option of William Paston, shall deliver
one or other manor to the said William and Agnes, and the heirs of
their bodies, &c. If Estodenham be chosen, Paston is to make
to Sir Edm. and his wife Alice an estate for life, either hi the
manors of Marlingford, Norf., and Stanstede, Suff., or in the
manors of Elghe and Willyngham, Suif., &c.



3.

A.D. 1422. ABSTRACT.
[Adi Charter 17,243.]

Inspeximus of a Deed of Thos. Pecke, elk. , dated 10 Hen. V.,
granting the reversion of the manors of Breydeston, Caston, &c.,
then held by Sir John Carbonell and Margery, his wife, to Sir
Rob. Brewys, John Fitz-Rauff, and others. (See Blomefield's
Norfolk, ii. 285.)



THE PASTON LETTERS.
Henry




4.

A.D. 1424. INFORMATION AGAINST WALTER ASLAK

[From Fasten MSS., B.M.]

This paper refers to proceedings as late as the fourth year of Henry VI.,
and therefore cannot be earlier than 1426 ; but as it mainly relates to outrages
committed in the second year of Henry VI., i.e. 1424, we have arranged it
under that year.

|E it remembred that where, on the nyght next
biforne the feste of the Circumcision of owre
Lord Jesu, the [second] 1 yeer of the regne of
Kyng Henry the Sexte, certeyns maffaisours,
felons, and brekeres of the kynges peas vnknowyn, to the
noumbre of iiij" [four score] and more by estimacion, of
malice and imaginacion fome thowght felonowsly, the
dwellyng place of John Grys of Wyghton,in Wyghton, in
the shyre of Norffolk, brokyn, and with carpenteres axes
the yates and the dores of the seyd place hewen, and
the seyd John Grys, and hys sone, and a servaunt man
of hese by here bodyes tokyn, and fro the seyd dwel-
lyng place by the space of a myle to a payre galwes
ledden, there hem for to have hangyd ; and by cause
hem fayled ropes convenient to here felonowse purpos,
the seyd John Grys, hese sone, and hys man there felon-
owsely slowen and mordered in the most orrible wyse
that ever was herd spoken of in that cuntre. Wher
up on Walter Aslak, purposyng and imaginyng to putte
William Paston in drede and intolerable fere to be

1 This word is omitted in the MS.



A.D. 1424-] HENR Y VI. 13

slayn and mordered in the seyd forme with force and
ageyn the kinges peas, on the shyre day of Norffolk,
halden at Norwiche, the xxviij. day of August, in the
seyd secunde yeer, beyng there thanne a grete con-
gregacion of poeple by cause of the seyd shyre, in hese
owne persone, and by Richard Kyllynworth, that tyme
hese servaunt, to the seyd William Paston swiche and
so many manaces of deth and dismembryng maden and
puttyn by certeyns Englische billes rymed in partye,
and up on the yates of the Priorie of the Trinite
chirche of Norwiche, and on the yates of the chyrche
of the Freres Menures of Norwiche, and the yates of
the same Cite called Nedeham yates and Westewyk
yates, and in othre places wyth inne the seyd Cite by
the seyd Walter and Richard sette, makyng mension
and beryng this undyrstondyng that the seyd William,
and hese clerkes, and servauntes schuld be slayn and
mordered in lyke forme as the seyd John Grys in the
seyd forme was slayne and mordered : conteyning also
these too wordes in Latyn, et cetera, by which wordes
communely it was undyrstandyn that the forgeers and
makers of the seyd billes imagyned to the seyd William,
hese clerkes and servauntes, more malice and harm than
in the seyd billes was expressed. Wherfore the seyd
William, hese seyd clerkes and servauntz, by longe tyme
aftyr were in gret and intolerable drede and fere by the
sayd maffaisours and felons to be slayn and mordered.
Wherfore the seyd William, hese clerkes and servauntes,
ne durst not at here fredom nothyr goon ne ryde.

Wher up on the seyd William, for hese owyn persone,
affermyd a pleynt of trespas ageyn the seyd Walter and
Richard, processe contynued ther up on til the seyd
Walter and Richard were founden gilty of the seyd tres-
pas by an iniquisicion ther of takyn in dwe and lawefull
forme, by whiche inquisicion the damages of the seyd
William for the seyd trespas were taxed to cxx 11 - [i 20].
Aftyr which pleynte affermyd, and to fore ony plee up
on the seyd pleynt pleded, the seyd Walter and William,
by Thomas Erpyngham, Knyght, a myghty and a gret



14 THE PASTON LETTERS. [^0.1424.

supportour of the seyd Walter in alle these matters and
circumstaunces ther of ageyn the seyd William, were
induced to trete in the same matier in the forme that
folwith : That is to seyne, that the seyd William schuld
sue forth the seyd pleynt and the execucion ther of at
hese owne will, and the seyd Walter schuld defende
hym self in the seyd pleynt at hese owne will, except
that he schuld no benefice take by noon proteccion, ne
wrytte of corpus cum causa, ne of no lordes lettres up on
the seyd sute. And what so ever fortunyd in the seyd
pleynt, the proces, execucion, or the sute ther of, the seyd
Walter and William schuld stonde and obeye to the
ordinaunce of certeyns persones by the seyd William
and Walter arbitratores that tyme named, if thei myghten
accordyn, and ellys of anoonpier also that same tyme
named, of alle the seyd trespas, pleynt, and sute, and
alle the circumstaunces ther of, so that the seyd arbitre-
ment and ordinaunce of the seyd arbitratores, or ellys of
the seyd nounpier, were made withinne xl. dayes next
folwyng aftyr the jugement geven in the seyd pleynt.

And aftyrward, the Thursday next biforn Pentecost,
the thrydde yeer of the regne of the seyd kyng, at
London, in the presence of the right excellent, high
and myghty prynce, the Due de Gloucestre, 1 and
by hese commaundement, atte sute and instaunce
of the seyd Thomas Erpyngham, it was accordyd
bytwen the seyd William and Walter that thei
schuld stande and obeye to the ordinaunce and award
of alle the seyd matiers of tweyne of these iiij. persones,
William Phelip, Knyght, Henrylnglose, Knyght, Oliver
Groos, and Thomas Derham, chosen on the partye
of the seyd William Paston, and tweyne of those iiij.
persones, Symond Felbrygge, Knyght, Bryan Stapilton,
Knyght, Roberd Clyfton, Knyght, and John of Berneye
of Redeham, chosen on the partie of the seyd Water,
and elles the decree and jugement of a nounpier to be
chosen by the same arbitrores. The whiche William
Phelip, Bryan Stapilton, Roberd Clyfton, Oliver Groos,

1 Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, Protector of England.



A.D.I424-] HENRY VI. 1 5

John of Berneye, and Thomas Derham, takyng up on
hem the charge of the makyng of the seyd award and
ordinaunce by the assent of the seyd Thomas Erpyng-
ham, the Fryday next aftyr the feste of the Assumption of
Owre Lady, in the seyd thrydde yeer, atNorwiche, tokyn
ensurans of the seyd William and Walter by here fayth
and here trowthez to stande and obeye to here ordi-
naunce of alle the seyd matiers, and the same day biforne
noon, maden here full ordinaunce and arbitrement of
alle the same matiers in the chyrche of the Greye
Freyrys at Norwich ; and aftyrward, up on the same
award and ordinaunce mad, hadden a communicacion
ther of with the seyd Thomas Erpyngham; and aftyr the
same communicacion, the same day aftyr noon, the same
ordinaunce and award wretyn was red byforn the seyd ar-
bitrores and the seyd Walter and William, and examyned,
agreed, and assented, and by the scales of the same vj.
arbitrores and the seyd Walter and William, was affer-
med and ensealed and left in the handes of the seyd
Sir Bryan, saveliche to be kept in playne remembraunce
of the seyd award and ordinaunce ; the whiche award
and ordinaunce the seyd William was at all tymes redy
to obeye and performe, on to the seyd feste of Michel-
messe, that the seyd Walter to holde or performe the
seyd award pleynly refused.

And where the seyd Walter, by jugement of the Chaun-
cellerofInglond,thexvj.dayofJuH'theseydthryddeyeer,
was remytted to the kynges prison at Norwich by cause
of the seyd sute, the seyd Walter yede at large owt of
warde fro the seyd xvj. day of Jull' to the seyd day of the
makyng of the seyd arbitrement and award, and fro that
day in to Michelmesse thanne next aftyr; the seyd Wil-
liam that meene tyme evermore supposyng that the seyd
Walter wolde have holde and performyd the sayd ordi-
naunce, arbitrement, and award. And at the comyng of
the right high and myghty prynce the Due of Norfolk fro
his Castell of Framyngham to the Cetie of Norwyche,
aftyr the seyd day of the makyng of this arbitrement
and ordinaunce, and to fore the feste of Michelmesse



16 THE PASTON LETTERS. [A.T>. 1424.

than next fohvyng, the seyd Walter by hese sotill and
ungoodly enformacion caused the seyd Duke to be
hevy lord to the seyd William. Where the seyd Wil-
liam the tyme of the seyd enformacion was with Sir
John Jenny, Knyght, and othre of the counseill of the
seyd Duk of Norffolk in hys lordshipes in Norffolk and
Suffolk, thanne to hym falle [fallen] by the deth of the
right worthy and noble lady hys modyr, occupied abowte
the dwe service of wryttes of diem elausit extremum 1 aftyr



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