(Chancery Miscellanea, Bundle 34, File 8, No. 241a)

Discovered by Leslie Hotson, and this transcription
printed in his The Death of Christopher Marlowe (p.26)


Elizabeth dei gratia Anglie ffrancie & Hibernie Re-
gina fidei defensor &c Dilecto nobis Willelmo Danbye
Generoso Coronatori hospicij nostri salutem Volontes
certis de causis cerciorari super quodam indictamento
facto coram te de morte Cristoferi Morley super visum
corporis eiusdem Cristoferi apud Detforde Strande in
Comitatu nostro Kancia infra virgam iacentis mortui
et interfecti vnde quidam Ingramus ffrysar nuper de
Londinia Generosus indictatus est prout per recor-
dum inde coram te residentem plene liquet Ac si idem
Ingramus ffrysar praedictum Cristoferum se defend-
endo & non per feloniam aut ex malicia praecogitata
ita quod mortem suam propriam aliter euadere non
potuit interfecit necne Tibi praecipimus quod ten-
orem indictamenti praedicti cum omnibus illud tan-
gentibus quibuscumque nominibus partes praedicte in
indictamento illo censeantur nobis in Cancellariam
nostram sub sigillo tuo distincte & aperte sine dila-
tione mittas & hoc breve Teste me ipsa apud Westmin-
ster xv die Junij Anno regni nostri tricesimo quinto.

(Indorsed) tenor recordi in isto brevi mencionati patet
in quadam inquisicione huic brevi annexata /.
Responsio Willelmi Danby Coronatoris hospicij do-
mine Regine


Hotson's translation was:

"Elizabeth by the grace of God of England France &
Ireland Queen Defender of the Faith &c To our well-
beloved William Danby, Gentleman, Coroner of our
household, greeting. Wishing for certain causes to be
certified upon an indictment made in your presence
concerning the death of Christopher Morley, upon
view of the body of the same Christopher, at Detforde
Strande in our County of Kent within the verge
lying dead and slain, whence a certain Ingram ffrysar,
late of London, Gentleman, is indicted (as by the
record thence remaining with you it fully appears)
And whether the same Ingram slew the aforesaid
Christopher in self-defence, & not feloniously or of
malice aforethought, so that in no wise could
he avoid his own death, or not; we command you to
send the tenor of the indictment aforesaid with every-
thing touching it and whatsoever names the parties
aforesaid in that indictment are known by, to us in
our Chancery under your seal distinctly & openly
without delay, & with this writ. Witness myself at
Westminster on the 15th day of June in the year of
our reign the thirty-fifth.           POWLE

[Indorsed The tenor of the record mentioned in this
writ appears in a certain inquisition annexed to this
Return of William Danby Coroner of the household to
our lady the Queen."

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