Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0200. Tuesday, 8 March 1994.
Date: Monday, 07 Mar 94 20:51:31 PST
Subject: Belott Suit
I feel like trying a notion again I've brought up before without result, but
there's always the chance someone with a direct interest in the affair has
joined us in the meanwhile. It concerns the Belott suit of 1612 over the
failure by Christopher Mountjoy, the father of the bride, to live up to a
promise of dowry supposedly made during the time when Shakespeare was a
residence in the house, about 1602. What struck me was how closely the mission
impressed upon the poet in this instance resembled that undertaken in the first
126 of the Sonnets.
In what I thought would be a fairly comprehensive study of the chronicles of
Bard scholarship, Schoenbaum's _Shakespeare's Lives_, there's the merest
mention of Mountjoy. I'd like to see more. This thought must have occurred to
many since the discovery of the court documents in 1910, and I would be
grateful were anyone to cite where in print it might have been taken up. To
begin, I understand the depositions are stored at the University of Nebraska,
and I just wonder if they are available via electronic retrieval.
Much obliged for any contributions to the topic, either on the list or in