1626: Thomas Hobson pursued for the debts of his son, John (died 1619)
Richard Litchfeild versus Thomas Hobson in the Commissary’s Court
Thomas Hobson’s son John, also a carrier, died an indebted man in 1619. Over the next 11 years, indeed until the carrier’s death in January 1630/1, several townspeople came forward with the same story: Thomas Hobson had promised his son on his deathbed to settle what he owed1.
Richard Litchfeild, barber surgeon2, was one such in 1626, pursuing a £10 bond John had entered into in 1613 to secure a debt of £5 5s. Before witnesses, Litchfield alleged, Hobson was heard to declare ‘Let not your debts trouble your mind for I will pay them’. The case was brought in the Commissary’s Court in contrast with the others in this digital collection. On occasion, routine business which threatened to overwhelm the Vice-Chancellor's Court was conducted there.
The case disappears from the records in January 1626/7 with no indication of resolution.
The records digitised here comprise:
• Allegations of Richard Litchfeild, undated  (classmark: UA Comm.Ct.III.15/35).
Except for entries in the courts’ Act Books, all records are transcribed. Latin abbreviations have been extended; spelling and punctuation transcribed as seen. Note that the exhibita bundle comprising the allegations of Richard Litchfeild has not been conserved and remains in its original 17th century format, i.e. as one of 195 items filed by means of a parchment tie as one bundle. To prevent any damage to the bundle, it was only possible to capture a partial image of folio 35, meaning about a third of the text is obscured.
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