D'Aranda v Harridge 1829

In Chancery               14 July 1829             Utterson by Turton |

The Answer of David Harridge one of the Defendants to the Bill of Complaint of William D’Aranda and Elizabeth his Wife and Susannah Harridge | Eliza Harridge, Thomas Harridge, Mary Harridge, Henry Harridge Carter, James Caldwell Carter, Emma Carter, Mary Carter, Crispe Harridge Carter | John Carter, Eliza Charlotte Carter, William Bacon Carter, Alleyne David Carter, Charlotte Kennett, Sophia Kennett, Harrietta Kennett, Thomas | Henry Kennett, Richard Kennett, Mary Ann Kennett, John Carter Kennett, Matilda Kennett, Robert Kennett, Arthur Stanes Kennett, Theresa Ford | Sophia Ford, Emma Ford, Harriott Ford, Frederick Ford, Mary Ann Ford, William D’Aranda Ford and Susannah Ford all Infants by the said | William D’Aranda their Uncle and next Friend Complainants

This Defendant now and at all times reserving to himself all benefit and advantage of exception to the said Bill of Complaint for answer thereunto or unto so | much thereof as this Defendant is advised it is material or necessary for him to make answer unto this Defendant answering saith he believes it to be true that Thomas | Harridge the Testator in the said Bill named was at the time of making his Will and of his death seized in fee simple of divers freehold Estates of considerable value and | that he was at the time of his death possessed of a considerable personal Estate and particularly of the sum of Nine thousand four hundred and fifty pounds new four pounds | per Cent Bank Annuities in the Bill mentioned And that the said Testator when of sound and/ disposing mind memory and understanding duly made and published his last | Will and Testament in Writing of such date and to such purport and effect as in the said Bill in that behalf stated and that the same was so attested as by law is required | for devising freehold Estates And this Defendant further answering saith he believes it to be true that the said Testator made and signed a Codicil to his said Will of such | date and to such purport or effect as in the said Bill in that behalf stated And this Defendant believes it to be true that the said Testator departed this life at or about the | time in the said Bill in that behalf stated without having altered his said Will except so far as the same is affected by his said Codicil and without having revoked or altered | his said Codicil and that he left this Defendant his Eldest Son and Heir at law and that he also left such other persons as in the said Bill in that behalf named him | surviving and that Sir John Head Samuel Hunt Russell and Samuel Clayton three of the Defendants in the said Bill named duly proved the said Will and Codicil in | proper Ecclesiastical Court and took upon themselves the execution thereof and possessed themselves of the personal Estate and Effects of the said Testator to a large amount and | entered into the possession of his Real Estates and that they or some or one of them have or hath received the rents and profits of his said Real Estates to a large amount And | this Defendant further answering saith he has been informed and believes it to be true that the said Sir John Head Samuel Hunt Russell and Samuel Clayton have since the | death of the said Testator caused his said Real Estates or some part thereof to be sold and have or hath received the purchase monies arising from such sale to a large amount And | this Defendant denies that he ever refused to join the said Complainants in this suit and humbly submits his rights and interests to the protection of this Honorable Court And this | Defendant denies all and all manner of unlawful combination and confederacy wherewith he is charged without this that there is any other matter cause or thing in the complainants | said Bill of Complaint contained material or effectual in the law for this Defendant to make answer unto and not herein or hereby well and sufficiently answered avoided traversed | or denied is true to the knowledge and belief of this Defendant All which matters and things this Defendant is ready and willing to aver maintain and prove as this Honorable Court | shall direct and humbly prays to be hence dismissed with his reasonable Costs and charges in the law in this behalf most wrongfully sustained.
[signed] George Spence
[signed] David Harridge

This Answer was taken and the above named David | Harridge duly sworn to the truth thereof upon the | Holy Evangelists at the House of Crisp Molineux | Harridge situate in the parish of Great Burstead in the | County of Essex on the third day of June in the tenth | year of the reign of his Majesty King George the | Fourth and in the year of our Lord One thousand | eight hundred and twenty nine by virtue of the | Commission hereunto annexed | Before us

[signed] Tho(mas) Wood
[signed] George Wood

[signed bottom left] Wainewright
[written bottom middle] 13Jy1827 | y[?] And by you to Mr Vesey