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Subject: Re: Food Fight at the Griffin: Robert Nelson, Esq., father of theimmigrant, John Nelson, of Boston, Massachusetts
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 07:23:16 -0700 (PDT)
On Tuesday, March 20, 2012 9:13:58 PM UTC-7, Douglas Richardson wrote:
> Dear Newsgroup ~
> The recent book, Cases in the High Court of Chivalry, 1634-1640, ed.
> by Cust and Hopper, published in 2006 (H.S.P. n.s. 18), page 88
> includes an interesting case involving Robert Nelson, [Esq.] (will
> proved 1698), of St. Clement Danes, Westminster, St. Anne’s,
> Westminster, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Middlesex, member of
> Barnard’s Inn (in Holborn) and Gray’s Inn (in High Holborn), London,
> This Robert Nelson was the father of the immigrant, John Nelson,
> merchant, of Boston Massachusetts (died 1734). Since the case is
> short, I've transcribed it in full below (excepting the exact
> references for the case which are provided by the editors):
> 200 FALDOE v. NELSON
> William Faldoe of Gray's Inn, co. Middlesex, gent., v. Robert Nelson
> the younger, of the same, attorney at Common Pleas. February 1640 -
> June 1640.
> Faldoe complained that on 1 August 1639 Nelson has called him 'a base
> beggarly fellowe, a rogue and a beggarly rascall', thereby provoking
> him to strike Nelson. According to Faldoe's witnesses, Peter Troveil,
> a painter, and John Warren, a Gray's Inn gentleman, Nelson's remarks
> came at the end of a rowdy dinner party at the Griffin in Gray's Inn
> Lane. The two men started hurling food at each other and ended up
> throwing a candlestick and a slipper which struck Nelson on the
> forehead. Warren deposed that Faldoe did not want Nelson to be fined,
> but desired 'satisfaction by way of submission and acknowledgement,
> and his charges expended in this cause'. Process was granted on 13
> February 1639/40 and the plaintiff's depositions were taken in June.
> But no further proceedings survive. END OF QUOTE.
> Best always, Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah
Thank you. I needed this.
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