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Copy of a bill of complaint of Mary Gregory of the parish of St. Gyles in the Feilds, co. Middx., widow of Edmund Gregory, sometime of Babington, esq., addressed to the king, reciting the lease of 26 January 1608/9, made for the determination of an extended statute of 1000 pounds [no. DR10/1237] and alleging that when Edmund Gregory attempted to take up the lease he was kept out of the property by one Joan Kevett, widow, who claimed the same by a former lease made by Arthur Gregory, and that Edmund Gregory was unable to prevail upon Jane Gregory to produce a former deed of entail which would have made the latter lease void; that, nevertheless, the said Edmund Gregory, and Mary Gregory after his death, continued to pay to the said John Gregory the rent due as expressed in the lease of 1608/9; that the said Mary Gregory reached a verbal agreement with the said John Gregory whereby she undertook to forfeit her lease by non-payment of the rent in return for which John Gregory would pay her 120 pounds, which agreement Mary Gregory carried out on her part even though she could have sold the lease for a valuable consideration to one Simon Chambers; but John Gregory, on regaining possession of the land, first asked for time to raise the 120 pounds, and now denies that he made any such promise at all. Dated: 6 June, 14 Charles