Extracts from the Commissary Court of London records 1516-1853
Assignation Book 1593-99 [9064/14 f.71v]
F 71b 3 July 1595
Case of John Payne
..that he hath lived incontinently with one Margaret Crosse who is now with Child.... that he had Carnall knowledge of the bodie of the said Margaret... [the Gardianorum (constables), [Thomas?]* Sweete and [Christopher]* Valentyne say that the said John Payne otherewise hath lived in good reporte and that he hath been very sorrowful for the said offence. Ordered that Sweet and Valentyne injunxit dicta Payne that on Sunday nexte before morning Prayer in the Vestry at Hackney Churche before the Minister Churchewardens and other honeste Parishioners of Hackney aforesaid to the number of tenne persons shall acknowledge the said fornication upon his knees and be hartilie sorrie for the same and promise never to comit the like any more And that being done the Minister ymmediately after the reading of the Gospell shall openly signifie unto the holw congregation the offence of the said John Payne and how that he hath pentitently confessed the same and ben hartelie sorry therefore and desireth the congregation to forgive him and to be warned by his fall to avoid the like offence.
[Margaret Crosse to do similar penance]
* Names from D/F/TYS 1 Long memorandum book entries]