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Thomas Hesketh, esq., attorney of the Court of Wards and Liveries; Henry Stapilton of Wighill and Francis Gaile of Askham Grange, esqs.
During her lifetime, Queen Elizabeth I had become entitled to the wardship of William Thwaites, son and heir of James Thwaites, late of Marston, esq., deceased, the custody having been granted to Hesketh by the Master and Council of the Court of Wards and Liveries, with a commission Diem clausit extremum having been issued (again during the reign of Elizabeth I) for the inquisition post mortem of James Thwaites.
Hesketh undertakes at his own charges to carry out preliminaries for a transfer of the wardship of the heir to Stapilton and Gaile, under the seal of the Court and the Great Seal, they paying the necessary charges and any fine required. The preliminary documents will be handed over by Hesketh at his chambers in Gray's Inn, Middx., on 1 June next.
Following delivery of preliminary documents, Stapilton and Gaile are to pay to Hesketh and Roger Hoghton of the Strand, Middx., gent., a total of £640: £200 on delivery of preliminary documents, and then to enter into two bonds, one of £400 for payment of £200 on the Monday in the second week of Lent thereafter, at the present house of John Bennett, LL.D., in Minster Garth, York, another for £400 for payment of £240 before 29 September 1604 at same place.
If Stapilton and Gaile do not obtain the wardship, or if it is granted to another, or they are prevented from obtaining it within a year of Hesketh's delivery of preliminary documents, then they need pay him nothing, and may demand repayment of anything already paid to him and Hogton.

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