To the Queenes most excellent Ma(jes)tie,
In most humble wise Complaininge, sheweth unto yo(u)r most excellent Ma(jes)tie yo(u)re poore, true, faithfull and obedient Subiect, John Glenister of Bed...e in the Countye of Bedf(ord), Labourer, That wheras heretofore, that is to saye, in the terme of St Hillary in the 21st yeare of yo(u)r most highnes p(ro)sperous raigne, one Richard Charnocke esquire sued fourth of yo(u)r highnes Court com(m)onlye called the kinges bench at westm(inster) A writt com(m)onlie called A Latitat against one Thom(a)s Spillinge of Clophill in the said Countie of Bedf(ord), husbandma(n), to the shierief [sic] of Bedf(ord) directed to Attache the body of the said Thomas to make awnsw(e)r to the said Richard Charnocke at A certeine day in the said writt p(re)fixed.
And for thexecutinge [sic] thereof, one John Colbecke, gent(leman), beinge then undershirief of the said Countye, did in the name of the high shirief then beinge, and under the sealle of his office, direct his warrant unto yo(ur) said Subiect as his sp(e)c(i)all bailief for that tyme to arrest the body of the said Thom(a)s Spillinge for his apparance accordinge to the tenor of the said writt, By v(ir)tue whereof yo(u)r ma(jes)ties said Subiect on the 24th day of M(ar)ch in yeare abovesaid did arrest the bodye of the said Thom(a)s Spillinge at Clophill aforesaid in the said County of Bedf(ord) according to the tenor of the said warrant to him directed, and shewed unto him the said warrant.
But so it is most gracious Soveraigne lady, that ymediatly uppon the said arrest beinge orderly made, the said Thom(a)s Spillinge very contemptuouslie & w(i)thout all feare or regard of yo(u)r ma(jes)ties lawes did not onelie make rescous unto yo(u)r said Subiect, disobeieing the said arrest & warrant, albeit it was shewed unto him, But also he together w(i)th one M(ar)garet Spillinge his wife & John Spillinge his son(n)e, w(i)th c(er)teine oth(ers) yet unknowen to yo(u)r said orator, did chiefly by the meanes & p(ro)curem(en)t of the said Thom(a)s, to thintent to deliv(er) him from the said arrest & from the custody of yo(u)r said Subiect, did then & there w(i)thout all feare of god or regard to yo(u)r Ma(jes)ties lawes, beinge riotouslie & unlawfully assembled & arrayed w(i)th div(er)s rioutous & forcible weapons, that is to saie w(i)th staves, daggers, spitts, Clubbes, pichforkes, w(i)th div(er)s oth(e)r forcible weapons as well invasive as defensive, make an assault uppon yo(u)r said poore subiect & did grevouslye beatte, wound and evill intreat, So that of his life he did dispaire, som(m)e of them run(n)inge fiercely at him w(i)th a spitt, thinkinge to run(n)e him thorough, oth(e)r of them holdinge him by the throte & thrustinge his handes into his mouth to choke him, & the said Thom(a)s Spillinge hiself crienge out and biddinge them to kill me, & most maliciously all of them togeth(er) did goe about & had almost lifted him hedlonge over a great hedge into a very deepe dich, so that if compan[[y]] had not bene by good happe there putt to assist him, he most likelie bene to have had his necke broken.
By reason of w(hi)ch rioutous, unlawfull & disorderly deallinge the same Thom[[(a)s]] Spillige was rescued most forcibly from yo(u)r said poore subiect & he him self very sore hurt, wounded & evill intreated to his great losse & hinderance & to the p(er)nic(i)ous & evill [[example]] of all oth(e)rs intendinge truely to extente yo(u)r ma(jes)ties p(ro)ces.
For remedy wherof & to thend that the riotous p(er)sons before named may reicive condigne punishm(en)t accordinge to there deserts, wherby oth(er)s may be discouraged from doenge the like, wherby yo(u)r ma(jes)ties lawes may be the more duely & speedly [sic] executed, w(hi)ch w(i)thout due servinge of p(ro)ces cannot be, May it therfore please yo(u)r most excellent Ma(jes)tie, the p(re)niss(e)s [sic] considered, gr(a)unt to yo(u)r said Subiect yo(u)r highnes most grac(i)ous writt of Subp(o)ena, to be directed to the said Thom(a)s Spellinge, M(ar)garet Spellinge & John Spellinge, Comaundinge them therby p(er)sonally to appeare before yo(u)r ma(jes)t(ie)s most hon(our)able p(ri)vy co(u)ncell in yo(u)r ma(jes)t(ie)s most hon(our)able Co(u)rt of Starre chamb(e)r at Westm(inster) a c(er)teine day & und(e)r a c(er)teine payne thereon to be limited, Then & then [sic] to awnsw(e)r to ye p(re)miss(e)s, And furth(er) to stand & abide such ord(e)r & direcc(i)on therein As to yo(u)r [[ma(jes)t(ie)]] shall seame agreable w(ith) right & Eq(ui)tie, And yo(u)r said Orator shall daily pray to god accordinge to his most bound duety for the longe continuance of yo(u)r Ma(jes)ties most grac(i)ous [[&]] p(ro)sperous raigne.