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Date: August 17, 1608
Repository: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
Call number and opening: BRU15/5/139
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Modernized/Translated transcription


Order to the serjeants at mace there to arrest John Addenbrook, gentleman, and to bring his body before the bailiff of the said borough at the next court of record there held to reply to William Shakespeare in a plea of debt and there and then to have this precept. Witnessed by Henry Walker, gentleman, bailiff there, 17 August in the sixth year of the reign of King James.   

By virtue of this precept I have arrested the said John whose body I hold ready as I was ordered within that I do. Mainpernor for the defendant, Thomas Honby
[signed] Gilbert Charnock serjeant  


Semi-diplomatic transcription


Preceptum est Servientibus ad Clavam ibidem quod capiant seu etc Johannem Addenbrooke generosum si etc et eum salvo etc Ita quod habeant Corpus

eius coram balliuo burgi predicti ad proximam Curiam de Recordo ibidem tenendam ad respondendum Willelmo Shackspeare generoso de placito

debiti Et habeant ibi tunc hoc preceptum Teste Henrico Walker generoso balliuo ibidem xvii die Augusti Annis

regni domini nostri Iacobi dei gratia Regis Anglie ffrancie et Hibernie sexto et Scotie quadragesimo


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August 17, 1608
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
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