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Copy of a report of Thomas Legge in the case between Martin Evatt and Katherine his wife, plaintiffs, and Isabell Ebrall and John Evatt, defendants. Whereas the plaintiffs alleged that Robert Ebrall and Isabell his wife being seised, as of the right of the said Isabell, of certain customary lands in the bill mentioned, surrendered the same according to the custom of the manor to three customary tenants for the use of the said Isabell for the remainder of her life; and whereas the said Isabell only answered the said bill of complaint indirectly in that she claims that her late husband surrendered the said lands independently but does not answer as to whether she and the plaintiffs were admitted as tenants according to the custom of the manor, nor as to whether, at the persuasion of the said John Evatt, the said Isabell procured a copy of the court rolls of the said surrender and, in collaboration with Nicholas Bassett. clerk and deputy steward to Henry Hickforde, deceased, the steward of the said manor falsified the same; the said Thomas Legge is therefore of the opinion that the defendants should answer more directly.