Miscellaneous Bonds etc.
Defeasance from John Preston of St. John's Street, co. Middlesex gent. to Walter Gifforde of Highe One [High Onn], co. Stafford esq. and George Brome of Halton [Holton], co. Oxford esq. concerning two bonds made by the said Walter and George to the said John in the penal sum of £800 and £300 to secure two debts of £400 and £157 10s., whereby the said John granted that if the said Walter and John paid £454 10s., of which £250 was to be paid on 13 November 43 Elizabeth  at the house of William King gent. in St. John's Street, and £204 10s. on 31 December following, the said bonds should be void. 23 June . Signed: the mark of John Preston. Circular seal of red wax on tag. 1/2 in. Defaced. Witnesses endorsed: Peter Gifforde; William King; Ed: Aston; William Woodding; Philip Bernarde; Ed: Pack. Receipt endorsed dated 13 November 43 Elizabeth  for £250 received from Walter Gifforde. Witnesses: Robert Gyfforde; John Gifforde; Edward Atkins; Ed: Aston; Edward Mytton. Receipt endorsed 31 November 1601 for £204 10s. paid by Walter Gifford and Henry Ferrers, and a release through William King, attorney of John Preston of all claims. Witnesses: George ?Bowcher; Thomas Randolphe; Ed: Aston; Henry Allen; Thomas ?Ol ... ; William Kinge. Endorsed: [c. 1839] 23d June 43d. Elizth. Covenant by John Preston on payment of £454 10s. 0d. in manner within mentioned to release the within named Walter Gifford and George Brome from various obligations also within mentioned.