Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0235. Thursday, 17 March 1994.
Date: Tuesday, 15 Mar 1994 23:39:23 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0200 Belott Suit
Comment: Re: SHK 5.0200 Belott Suit
A belated reply.... The Mountjoy depositions can be found in full in an
article by Charles Wallace (and possibly Hulda Wallace too -- I don't have
my photocopy at hand), published in Nebraska University Studies, volume x
(1910), pages 261-360. It makes fascinating reading. I believe
Schoenbaum's "Documents and Allusions" book also includes selections. But
it's still worth digging up the original article and reading the whole
thing; it vibrates with a musty but unmistakable sense of life. (May I
take this opportunity to thank Georgiana Ziegler for her help in locating
this information? On a couple of occasions at Penn, she generously helped
an amateur sleuth trying to find background material for a playwriting
For whatever reason, the reconstruction of this episode that made the
strongest impression on me is the one in Russell Fraser's "Shakespeare:
the Later Years."
There must have been SOMETHING going on. Shakespeare was called by Belott,
specifically to give testimony supporting Belott's side of the case. But
at the last moment, at the crucial interrogatory, he blanked out --
couldn't remember how much was promised, or when it was supposed to be
paid. Belott must have been mightily disappointed.