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Draft bill of complaint in Chancery from Arthur Gregory against Edmund Gregory; that the defendant, in 32 Elizabeth, by sinister practices came into possession of a statute merchant of 1000 pounds, pretended to be acknowledged by the plaintiff; which statute, in which there was mentioned three cognizees, was only meant in trust for the use of the clerk of the statute [i.e. Thomas Gregory] for the quiet enjoyment of a lease for years granted to him by the plaintiff; that the defendant had extended the statute upon the lands of the plaintiff almost 13 years ago; that the defendant had not answered two earlier complaints. Note on the case: that the executrix of the will of the clerk of the statute, a mother-in-law [i.e. Arthur's step-mother] sold the statute to Edmund, notwithstanding that the clerk of the statute, by his last will, had devised it to Arthur, his eldest son. Written and signed by Arthur Gregory Endorsed: a mocion for Mr Gregory