Les reportes del cases in Camera Stellata, 1593 to 1609 from the original ms. of John Hawarde edited by William Paley Baildon Published 1894 Pages 69-70
In Camera Stellata, coram conslllo ibidem. Die veneris 15° Aprilis, Ano Domini 1597, Elizab. 39, termino apud pasche.
Aldworthe, plaintiff, Smallman and others, defendants, for riot and practice of conveying an idiot. One was found an idiot in the Court of Wards on the surmise of Smallman, and was committed to his ward, and then he traversed the office and was found very simple and foolish but not an idiot from his birth, and it was so decreed in the Court of Wards; and he [the un-named idiot] was removed from Smallman, his stepfather, to Aldworthe, his uncle, and Smallman was ordered to account for £700 arrears, which [Page 70] he has not done. The supposed idiot, in the wardship of Aldrige [sic] lived in the country, and for the recovery from his infirmities, had a surgeon and his man there, with whom Smallman confederated, for £40 to the one and £10 to the other, to convey the idiot. They came with four others, with swordes, rapyers, & daggers, & 3 pistolles, and seized the idiot forcibly. And for this riot and practice Smallman was fined £140, and each of the other four £40, and imprisonment according to the course of this Court.
See Also STAC Aldworth