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L.d.705: Examination of Mary Marcham by Nathaniel Bacon, 1598 December 6: manuscript signed with Marcham's mark

Catalog record:
Collection:Papers of the Bacon-Townshend family of Stiffkey, Norfolk
Preferred Citation:Examination of Mary Marcham by Nathaniel Bacon, 1598 December 6: manuscript signed with Marcham's mark, Papers of the Bacon-Townshend family of Stiffkey, Norfolk. Transcription by Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO). MS L.d.705, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.
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The exam of Mary Barker Marcham taken before
Nathaniell Bacon Esqr the vith of December 1598
She sayth that sone after Michaellmas laste she was
brought on horsback out of Cambridgesheire, from Iohn
Marcham her fathers house to Wallsingham ther to serue
her Cosin Fraunc{is} Read{es} Wife.

She sayth that her beinge wth childe was not knowne
eyther to her father or mother or any other in his house
at her cominge from thence, neyther did she her selfe
then certainely knowe it.

She sayth that she hath bene gotten wth childe wherwth
she is now bigge, by one Mr Iohn Edward{es} dwelling
in the sonage at Burwell, whome she served a
yeare & a halfe, and came from him at Michaellmas

She sayth that at her cominge from Mr Edward{es} house
she did so little suspect her being wth childe, as she did
neyther tell the said Edward{es} her Master or any other
in his house therof, before her cominge from thence.

She sayth that some what after Easter laste she was
firste inticed, and then yelded to her Master so as he
had the vse of her bodye, and so many times after, and
continued the same vntill wthin two dayes before her
cominge awaye

She sayth yt not longe before her cominge from her master
he did aske her whether she were wth childe, and she
toulde him she coulde not tell, and he did allso aske
her whether she were sure to any man, and she aunswered

She sayth yt she hath bene swaded hence at Wallsingham
by one Mosley a servant of Mr Edward{es} to Chardge one
Roger Gardener dwelling at Wisbich wth begettinge
her wth childe, wch she refused to doe.

She sayth allso yt one Widget the saide Edward{es} man, was
sent by his master to her who toulde her that his master
woulde come over him selfe and take order for her.

She sayth yt her ^said Master ^Mr Edwards neuer gaue her any thinge more
then her wages.

She sayth and allso offereth to depose the same, that no man
had ever ye vse of her bodye at any time, except the
said Mr Edward{es} her master

She sayth yt ^in this sommer paste she was asked by Mr Banyarde the
minister of Burwell whome she had served before how she
did like Mr Edward{es} service, and she aunswered, Well, saving yt she
could not be in quiet for her master

The marke of Mary Marcham. M

Na: Bacon

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The Exam of Mary Marcham