MEMORANDUM that the nynth daye of November Anno Domini 1599 and in the forenone of the same daye Christian Payne of the Parish of Hackney in the Countie of Middlesex Widdowe beinge sicke but in good and perfect memorye sent for Christopher Elliotte Curate of the same place to speake with him and after the said Christopher had used certaine wordes of exhortacon to her she desyred him to be good unto her sonne William Dove and that he would take him and bringe him upp for that goodes which she had whereuppon the said Christopher demaunded of her how hold the Childe was and she answered that he was eighte or nyne yeres olde or more where the said Christopher replied and said that he thoughte that that which she had was insufficiente to beinge up the Childe in learninge until he were able to be put forth but he said he would speake unto the Overseers of the pore to be good unto the Childe and to pay for his keepinge untill he were able to be sett forthe and so to save that which she lefte unto the behalf of the Childe till he came to yeares[.] The said Christian answered she thoughte this they would not doe And uppon theis speaches the said Christopher departed the nexte daye followinge beinge the tenth daie of the same monethe the said Christopher beinge about to goe to London said unto his Wief "I praye you goe to the Widdowe Paine and see how she doeth and yf you do See that she be no better then she was yesterdaie in that she reposeth truste in me concerninge the Childe take your Sonne with you and take an Inventorie of the Goodes". and in the meane tyme as they were takinge this Inventorie came in Richard Kneweth one of the Cunstables of Hackney aforesaid and uttered theis wordes unto the said Elliotts Wief and said unto her that before tyme the said Widdowe Paine had spoken to the said Kneweth Wief that she would give her that she had to bringe upp her Childe[.] the said Widdowe Paine hearinge him answered "no no, goodman Knewitt I defer all unto Mr Elliot for my childe"[.] at other tymes before even when she was in good health and beinge at a certaine tyme verie merrie in the companie of one of her workfellowes called Margaret Brookes Widdowe the said Margaret said unto her "you are verie merrie Widdowe Paine I think you will not dye yete [.] I marvelle to whome you will geve your goods" and the Widdowe Payne replyed and said I will geve them to Mr Elliot for the bringinge upp of my Childe and in this minde she continued hoope still that the said Christopher would bringe the Childe upp[.] lastelie the Widdowe Perkins who kepte her in all tyme of her sickness will depose that the said Widdowe Paine did give that as she had unto the said Elliot once twice and thrice and the reasons that moved her herunto were theise First for that the said Christopher had tought and entered the Childe in learninge and that for a verie reasonable stipend and other was as yt seemed that she put little confidence in her kindred but said that theyye cared but little for her and her Childe she livinge[,] so she feared that they woulde care lesse for the Childe she beinge dead but still her onelie truste for the bringinge up of her Childe in learninge was allwayes in Mr Elliott and therefore that he the said Elliott mighte the better doe it she bequeathed all her goodes unto him and made him the said Elliott her onelee Executor. Theise witnesses Richard Knewitt Elizabeth Perkins Widdowe and Margaret Brookes Widdowe. The marke of Widdowe Brookes The marke of Richard Knewitt Constable
The marke of Widdowe Perkins.
Proved before Master Thomas Ridley 26 November 1599