Book 1599-1603 5 January 1601 [9064/15]
Hackney Case of Robert Briggs and Mary Holt
[Presentation by George Nicholls[Gardianus] That the said Robert and Marye have lived incontinentelie together and that he did beget her with Childe being not married... order for both to do penance. Robert alleged that althoughe that they have so offended yet they two were lawfullie contracted together in matrimoney before that ever they did so live incontinentlie and had purposed to marrie before anie such offence made but havinge comitted the said fact the said Marie conceived so great greif for the offence as that she fell sick and never sithence was in case that any convenient tyme might be appointed to goe to Churche to be married ...[testament from George Nicholls] that they the seid Robert and Marie have bene contracted in matrimoney togethers above this xii monethes and saieth that theire Mr and Dame hath reported so much to him... That they shall be married togethere in the face of the Church betweene this and the third daie after St Blase his daie next in Hackney Church aforesaid and that at the tiyme of the solemnization of the said Marriage they the said Robert and Marye shall both humblie uppon theire knees before the Minister and Congregacion theire present confess that they have lived incontinentlie togethere before that tyme for which both of them are hartelie sorrye and promise never to comitt the like Offences anye more
Court of Master Thomas Ridley.