Greeting etc. A little pauper woman, A.
de B., came to me in tears and made a complaint that C. de D.
some time ago
contracted marriage with her by exchange of words expressing consent de presenti; later a case was brought between them
before the Commissary of E. exercising jurisdiction by authority of the Ordinary [ie church officer commissioned by the bishop
to hold an ecclesiastical court on his behalf]. After discussion of the merits of the case, he adjudged the aforesaid C. de D.
(Ivo) to the same woman as her husband by a definitive sentence, as we see more fully contained in the acts [documentary
record] written up on this matter and sealed with the Official's seal. But the same C. transferred to the town of H. with the
intention of evading the aforesaid sentence and married, as it is said, another woman to whom he holds assiduously "de facto"
(since he could not do it "de iure") to the grave danger of his soul and the scandal of very many. We therefore ask you, in the
interest of mutual cooperation and for the salvation of the souls imperilled thereby, to warn the aforesaid C., and induce him as
effectively as you can, to give up this adulteress, if he has her, and then to receive back the said A. as his wife and treat her with
marital affection; otherwise you should compel him to do this by sentencing him to suspension and excommunication from day
to day as necessary. You should then signify to us how you have executed our request on God's account by your letters patent.
[The Letter-Book of William of Hoo, ed. A. Gransden (Suffolk recs. soc. v, 1963, no. 124.]