Viewing Event Record: London Consistory, Newton vs Waters: Addison deposes


In John Newton's case against Joan Waters for enforcement of a marriage contract, William Addison deposes on behalf of Newton. Addison identifies Newton as a player, and as a member of the Duke's Men. Addison reports that Newton told Waters during the courtship that he lacked assets and was 'nothing worthe.' Addiston affirms that wine was drunk during the signing of the contract, but that Waters was not drunk and did understand the contract clearly. He notes that he urged her to consider carefully and to not drink too much since she was pregnant. Addison says that the marriage contract was 'simple & not condic[i]onall.' In Addison's adjoining interrogatory, he identifies himself as a clerk of Gray's Inn serving Mr. Bryars.

Date Event Recorded

From: 17 February 1611 To: 14 June 1611 (Source of claim: transcription)

Date Event Happened

From: October 1610 To: February 1611 (Source of claim: transcription)

Date notes

This deposition was given on either 17 February 1611, 7 June 1611, or 14 June 1611. See Geise, 'Theatrical Citings and Bitings' p117.


Boar's Head


Name Role
Bryars, councillor of Gray's Inn
Waters, Joan defendant
Addison, William deponent
Newton, John plaintiff

Event Type

  • court case
  • player context