Middlesex County Records. Calendar of Sessions Books 1689-1709. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1905.
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Sessions Book 518—January, 1695.
Admission of Charles Leadgall, of Isleworth Parish, mariner, as a pensioner from the fund for maimed soldiers and mariners, he having served as a seaman on the "Charles" galley last summer, in the expeditions against Dieppe and Brest, in which service his back was broken (p. 38)
Order for Sir Thomas Rowe, knight, to pay Simon Harcourt, Clerk of the Peace, £40 8s. 0d. due for rent of that part of the corporation workhouse at Clerkenwell which the said Rowe holds by lease from the trustees of this county. [Vide Sessions Book 474, p. 55] (ibid.)
Order in a dispute between the parishes of Wapping Hamlet, Stepney, and St. Mary Matfellon, otherwise Whitechapel, as to the settlement of Jane, wife of Thomas Buddin, a soldier in His Majesty's service in Flanders (p. 40)
Whereas by an order of the 22nd of May last [vide Sessions Book No. 513, page 39] the accounts of Edward Danson, former overseer of Finchley Parish, were referred to certain Justices (named); now, upon their report, it was ordered that the said Danson pay the churchwardens £5 1s. 11d., which he refused to do; the said order and report is confirmed, and Danson is required to pay the money (p. 43)
Order in a dispute between the parishes of St. Clement Danes and St. Mary-le-Savoy as to the settlement of Mary Glasgadine. The said Mary served as an apprentice to one Robert Cox, a periwig-maker, in the former parish (p. 46)
A certificate, showing that on Friday, the 18th of January, John Beauchamp and William Connop, of Staines, innholders, affirmed that the sums of money underwritten are unpaid, for quarters for the officers and men in Captain Coward's company of Dragoons, commanded by Colonel Leigh, and lately quartered in Staines aforesaid:—
Proceedings upon the petition of John Sadler, of Fulham Parish, yeoman, which shows that the petitioner, with other inhabitants in the said parish, has been grievously over-rated, and prays relief therein. Upon proof that the complaint is groundless, the petition is dismissed, and the rate for the relief of the poor is confirmed (p. 49)
Upon the petition of George Smyth, of Fulham Parish, yeoman, showing that he disbursed £5 7s. 6d. in relieving and passing cripples and vagrants during last year when he served the office of constable, and praying to be repaid, it is referred to certain Justices, who are to order payment if they think fit (p. 50)
John Taaffe, of St. James's, Westminster, gentleman, is adjudged the father of Elizabeth Mabbett's male child, who was born in the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields last August. Order for the apprehension of the said Taaffe (ibid.)
Sessions Book 519—February, 1695.
Order that all victuallers in the future are to appear in person before the Court at the general renewing of licenses, and each is to enter into a recognizance, with two sufficient sureties, to observe and keep good rule. Complaint had been made that the constables and beadles had gone from alehouse to alehouse in several divisions, extorting money from the victuallers on pretence of carrying in their licenses to be renewed (p. 33)
Order made for Thomas Crawford, a headborough of St. Giles'-in-theFields, to return Joseph Cole, of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, the sum of £32 16s. 0d. Crawford, under a Justices' warrant, had searched Cole's house, where he found brass money, and £32 16s. 0d. of good money, apparently recently clipped. He had arrested Cole's wife Dorothy. The Grand Jury threw out the bill against her (p. 34)
Order to Michael Tooley, provost marshal, to release Richard Lumbley, who had been forced by Captain Edward Taylor to take twelve pence for enlisting as a soldier. The Court ordered the money to be returned, and, further, was of opinion that Lumbley having been oppressed, and not being qualified to be a seaman, ought not to be impressed as a soldier (ibid.)
Moses Cathness, convicted of cheating Rebecca Dickens by means of a false token, value £14 13s. 0d., is fined 20 marks, and ordered to stand for an hour in the pillory "at Bow Street end, near Will's coffee house" in the parish of St. Paul's, Covent Garden, on February 23rd (ibid.)
Order to the churchwardens, &c., of Stepney Parish to make a rate to repay to William Lloyd the sum of £5 1s. 8d., which he had expended on material for repairing the highways while he was surveyor (p. 36)
Order made for three of the Justices to hear the matters of difference between Thomas, son of Daniel Paxton, citizen and haberdasher, apprentice, and John Wade, of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, haberdasher of small wares, his master. The apprentice, aged 15, complained, amongst other things, that his master had forced him to stay at home on Sundays "to dress provisions, and [do] other household and servile work": that he had been terrified at the instigation of his master into a confession that he had defrauded his master of several small wares and some money, and though his friends had offered to make full satisfaction, his master had turned him out of doors, got him committed to the New Prison, and would not have him back, nor return any part of the premium of £15. The master alleged that his apprentice had embezzled several small wares and 32/- in money, and had been convicted of the same at the present Court. It was arranged that the parties should abide by the award of three of the jury, and in the meantime the boy is to remain with his mother. Benjamin Paxton, uncle of the said apprentice, is mentioned (p. 37)
Order for preventing alehouse keepers from holding the office of headborough or beadle. Complaint had been made to the Court that divers headboroughs and beadles, who kept alehouses, had been in the habit of taking persons whom they had apprehended to their own houses, "or places called roundhouses," and keeping them there until they had spent great sums of money in eating and drinking and lodging, and then releasing them without bringing them before a Justice; that often offenders had been taken to these alehouses and roundhouses, after they had been committed to the New Prison and Bridewell; and that seamen and others liable to be pressed for the fleet, took shelter in these houses kept by beadles and headboroughs "when his Majesty requires them in his service" (p. 39)
Sessions Book 520—April, 1695.
Appointment of Sir James Smith as treasurer for the maimed soldiers for the hundreds of Ossulston, Edmonton, and Gore for 1695. The said Sir James is to take over the accounts of John Herbert, the former treasurer.
Appointment of Edward Yeoman, gentleman, as treasurer for the Marshalsea, King's Bench, and Hospitals, in the hundreds of Ossulston, Edmonton, and Gore, in the place of William Mundon, gentleman, former treasurer.
Order for William Atwick and John Batt, both of Shepperton, yeomen, to be appointed as constable and headborough in the room of William Goodwin and Edward Hart, yeomen, who have petitioned to be discharged (p. 32)
Order on the petition of Richard Green, of Hampton, showing that he has served as constable for the past year, and that at the court leet, held last Tuesday, he returned Charles Mason for the post, but the said Mason proving incapable, the petitioner is forced to serve until another fit person is chosen. Prays to be discharged. It is ordered that Charles Underwood be appointed in the place of the said Green (p. 34)
Upon the petition of Nathaniel Herbert, of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, gentleman, showing that he is nominated overseer for the said parish, and that he is too old and infirm to serve the said office, and praying to be discharged, it is ordered accordingly, and John How is appointed in his place (p. 35)
Proceedings upon the petition of John Holland, of the Prebend Liberty, St. Mary's Parish, Islington, which shows that he has served as constable for the past year, and that Richard Browne, of the said parish, gentleman, has been appointed, but that he refuses to take the oath; petitioner prays that the said Richard may be ordered to take the oath, or to show cause to the contrary. The said Browne, proving that he is only a lodger in the said liberty, is discharged from serving as constable (p. 37)
Proceedings upon the petition of Joseph Hawton, of St. Mary's Parish, Islington, which shows that he has been an inhabitant in the said parish about two years and a half, and has not lived in ihe lower liberty above six months, and that he is chosen constable of the said liberty, although he is collector of the King's tax, and is very infirm and unable to serve, and prays to be discharged. It is ordered accordingly, and Nicholas Spencer, of the said liberty, yeoman, is appointed in the petitioner's place (p. 38)
Order in a dispute between the parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn, liberty above Bars, and the liberty of the Rolls, as to the settlement of Elizabeth and Theodocia, the two young children of Richard and Ann Pennluna (p. 40)
Recital that a bill of indictment was preferred against Katherine Jordan, formerly of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, widow, for having 40 counterfeit halfcrowns and 50 counterfeit shillings, and for endeavouring to pass the same, which said bill was returned marked "ignoramus." The said Katherine complains that Thomas Udall, constable of St. Leonard's Parish, Shoreditch, has £12 16s. 0d., part of the same money, belonging to her, upon the pretence that . . . it is counterfeit. Ordered that the said Udall restore the same to the complainant (ibid.)
Proceedings upon the certificate of two Justices (named), which shows that they have viewed the north side of the highway in the town of Kensington, and judge it fit to be paved with stone from the east end of the house of Thomas Johnson, gentleman, westward to the west end of the house of John Watkins, blacksmith, and that they have also viewed the south side of the highway in the said town, and that they judge it fit to be paved with stone from the east side of the door of the house of Thomas Colby, gentleman, westward to the west side of the garden door of John Symonds, gardener, "over against the house of the above-named John Watkins." It is ordered that the same be paved, according to the judgment of the said Justices, on or before the 1st of June next.
Order for the collection of £36 for the defence of two actions brought by John Russel against the inhabitants of Ossulston Hundred, for a robbery supposed to have been committed upon the said Russel, in a lane leading from Hampstead to Highgate, through Cane Wood, in the said hundred.
Proceedings upon the complaint of John St. Paul, apprentice to Robert St. John, of Bear Street, St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, periwig maker, which shows the said John to have been neglected and ill-used. Ordered that the said apprentice be discharged (p. 46)
Order of reference concerning the payment of money due to Ralph Nicholson and John Bond, scavengers for the liberty of Church End, in the parish of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, for the year 1692 (ibid.)
The order of two Justices confirmed, adjudging Peter Rishea, factor, to be the father of Phœbe Topping's male child, in the house of Mistress Reeve, deceased, situated in Coventry Street, "against the end of Oxenden Street," St James's Parish, within the liberty of Westminster (p. 47)
John Steele, otherwise Morphew, is convicted for cheating William Whittle "of five guineas in gold by false arts and tokens," and . . . Griffith Jones "of two other guineas," and for being a notorious cheat; he is fined 50 marks upon each indictment, and ordered to stand in and upon the pillory for three several days, first before the great gates of Hickshall, the second time near Great Turnstile in Holborn, and the third time near Charing Cross, for an hour each day, between 10 a.m. and 12 o'clock noon; he is to find sureties for his good behaviour for 12 months, and for his appearance at the end of that time. He is remanded to Newgate until he pay the fines, undergo the punishment, and find sureties, and then to be delivered, paying his fees, £2 8s. 4d. (p. 49)
Order for Simon Harcourt, Clerk of the Peace, to pay James Tyton 40/for his trouble in soliciting the prosecution of Thomas Nicholls, Jonathan Ball, and John Steele, otherwise Morphew, who were convicted of several frauds and misdemeanours (ibid.)
Order in a dispute between the parish of St. Mary-le-Savoy, William Crossefeild, of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, and John Ketchly, of St. Sepulchre's, founders, concerning the maintenance of the female child of Elizabeth, wife of the said Ketchly, the said child being born in the parish of St. Mary-leSavoy, and chargeable to the said Crossefeild, he being Elizabeth's father. . . . It is proved that the said Elizabeth, "10 years since," eloped from her husband, and went to Jamaica for nine years, returning to England in December, 1693, just before the birth of her child (p. 50)
Proceedings upon the information that Ralph Randall has taken a house in the liberty of Hoxton, in the parish of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, "never used for a victualling house, but always inhabited by citizens of good worth or gentlemen," with the intention of selling beer and ale. In consideration of the great number of alehouses in this locality, it is ordered that no license be granted to the said Ralph (p. 51)
Sessions Book 521—May, 1695.
Two Justices appointed to examine the claim of Robert Deavon, constable of the liberty of Lower Barnsbury, in the parish of St. Mary, Islington, for £8 15s. 1d. for passing strangers, cripples, &c., during his term of office (p. 33)
Proceedings upon the petition of William Hill, of Stepney Parish, showing that he was raker for the "upper part of Wapping, Stepney," for the past year, and praying to be repaid the money expended by him during his term of office. Ordered accordingly (ibid.)
Petition of Joseph Joyce, esquire, of Stepney Parish, praying to be discharged from serving as overseer of the poor of Mile End New Town, for the following reasons:—He has been employed in the Island of Nevis for ten or twelve years as King's Counsel, and Justice of the Peace, and has held highest rank in military affairs; he has lived in Mile End Hamlet about three years, and has "now a family of whites and blacks in the said island of one hundred and ten persons," and that he is here for the despatch of his affairs in England, and is suddenly returning to Nevis. Order that the petitioner be discharged (p. 34)
Upon the information that William Mann, of Fulham Parish, yeoman, has surreptitiously obtained a license for the sale of beer and ale, and that he is unqualified to be a victualler, he having suffered great disorders to be committed in his house, it is ordered that the said Mann's license be suppressed (p. 35)
Sarah Stratford is convicted for being a woman of evil fame, and for enticing Elizabeth Farrington into a common tavern in the parish of St. Clement Danes. She is fined 20 nobles, and is to stand upon the pillory three several days, for one hour, between 9 a.m. and 12 o'clock noon: the first day at the Porter's Block at Cowcross, the second time "in the most convenient place near the Fountain Tavern in the Strand," and the third at or near Charing Cross, with a written paper on her breast showing her offence." She is to be imprisoned for three months, "without bail or mainprize," and is committed to Newgate until she undergo the punishment and imprisonment, then to be delivered, paying her fees, 17/4 (p. 41)
Reginald Bucknall is convicted for forging and publishing a letter of attorney, and the will of Jacob Jacobson. He is fined 3/4, and is to stand in and upon the pillory three several days, for one hour, between 9 a.m. and 12 o'clock noon: the first day upon Little Tower Hill, the second near the Sun Tavern, in Ratcliffe Highway, and the third day near Ratcliffe Cross, with a paper over his head showing his offence. He is committed to New Prison (without bail or mainprize) until the next Sessions, and until he pay the fine and undergo the punishment, then to be delivered, paying his fees, 10/4 (ibid.)
Mary Mattison, convicted for the same offence, is fined 1/-, and ordered to stand upon the pillory with the said Bucknall, on the three several days, with a paper on her breast showing her offence. She is committed to New Prison (without bail or mainprize) until the next Sessions, and until she pay her fine and undergo the punishment, then to be delivered, paying her fees, 10/4 (p. 42)
Sessions Book 522—July, 1695.
Order for confirming an order made for adjudging Roger Wells of Twickenham or Teddington to be the father of the female child of Elizabeth Dickens, born 10 years ago in the parish of St. James', Clerkenwtll (p. 39)
Address, dated 11 July, 1695, to the Lords Justices of England from the Justices of the county, concerning the finding and apprehending of all papists and reputed papists lately come from France, Ireland, and other remote parts of the kingdom, and what horses, above the value of £5, belonging to the said persons, are to be found in inns and livery stables (p. 41)
Order for dismissing the petition of Abraham Derew, Gilbert Coleman, and Thomas Whiteing, late surveyors of the highways for the parish of St. Mary, Whitechapel, concerning money expended by them during their office (p. 42)
Order for dismissing Abraham Tyler, of the hamlet of Pinner, in the parish of Harrow, from the office of headborough, upon proof that he has served the said office since Easter, 1694, and still continues by reason that no Court Leet has been held by the manor this year. John Tame is nominated in his stead (p. 44)
Order of reference for reimbursing moneys due to the executors of William Pearson, late surveyor of the highways of Ealing. Mary Pearson, relict and executrix of the said William Pearson, shows that the money was not paid to her husband in his lifetime (p. 47)
Order to reimburse the churchwardens of the parish of Chelsea, moneys disbursed by them in defending a suit against the inhabitants of the said parish for not repairing a certain highway near Willesden (p. 49)
Order for paving a new street called Northampton Street, leading from north to south through a place commonly called by the name of Wood's Close, in the parish of St. James', Clerkenwell, and another new cross street fronting the aforesaid street, leading from east to west, known by the name of Rufford's Buildings or Spencer's Street (p. 52)
Appeal in a dispute between the parishes of St. John's, Wapping, and St. Ann's, Westminster, concerning the settlement of Ann, wife of Daniel Judson, and her three children, John, Daniel, and Elizabeth (p. 59)
At a Sessions of oyer and terminer, held on 6 July, George Penhallock was convicted of a trespass for placing half an ounce of clippings of money in the house of John Butler with intent to charge Mary, the wife of the said John Butler, with the crime of clipping the current coin, and is fined 3/4, and is to be set in the pillory in the square, called Leicester Fields, for one hour on Friday next between the hours of 10 and 12 in the forenoon, with a paper showing his offence and to remain in the prison at Clerkenwell for one month (p. 61)
Order for confirming an order adjudging John Smyth of the Inner Temple, gentleman, to be the father of the male child of Katherine Varney, of Devonshire Street, in the parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn (p. 62)
Order on the petition of William Shelley, of the parish of St. James', Clerkenwell, pumpmaker, showing that in 1691 Andrew Benson became his apprentice, and that about two years ago he ran away and entered himself on board His Majesty's ship, the "Duchess." The Court directs that the indentures of apprenticeship of the said Andrew Benson be cancelled, and that he be delivered to some officer of one of the ships of war, he appearing to be a disorderly person though an able seaman (p. 64)
Upon the petition of Nicholas Spencer, of the parish of St. Mary, Islington, showing that Thomas Woodman, chosen constable of the Newington Borough, has hired Samuel Beard to serve the said office in his stead, and the said Beard living nearer London than Spencer, he (Spencer) is forced to receive poor people from Beard and pass them on to Kingsland, notwithstanding Woodman's habitation lies nearer Kingsland; it is ordered that Woodman and Beard nominate a fit person to be headborough who lives nearer to Kingsland (p. 65)
Sessions Book 523—August, 1695.
Proceedings upon the information that Christopher Prideth, constable of St. Leonard's Parish, Shoreditch, when searching the house of William Barton, of the said parish, found, and took possession of, £11 15s. 0d., money suspected to be newly clipped, whereupon Elizabeth, wife of the said William, and Francis, their son, were apprehended to answer the complaint of the said Prideth, for having in their possession clipped money, a crucible, and a large pair of "sizers." It is ordered that the said money be restored by Prideth (p. 49)
Order for the present churchwardens and overseers of Mile End New Town to collect the rate made for reimbursing John Sheppard, former churchwarden, the money expended by him during his term of office (p. 49)
Dispute between the churchwardens and overseers of St. Mary's Parish, Islington, and Robert Deavon, of the said parish, yeoman, constable during the past year, concerning money expended by the said Deavon during his term of office. The matter is referred to Mr. James Dewy, J.P., for his opinion thereupon (p. 50)
Order for the inhabitants of St. Clement Danes to pay only £16 14s. 8d. towards the repair of Chertsey Bridge, the churchwardens in the said parish having complained that they were doubly charged, owing to the fact that the said parish lies "part in the county at large and part in the liberty of Westminster." [Vide Sessions Book 522, p. 53] (p. 51)
Order for the inhabitants of Holborn-above-Bars to make a rate for reimbursing William Banyard and William Pangborne, former overseers of the liberty-above-bars in St. Andrew's Parish, Holborn, money expended by them during their term of office (p. 53)
Proceedings upon the complaint of the scavengers of Wapping Hamlet that several persons (named) refuse to pay the assessment granted for reimbursing the said scavengers the money paid by them to the present raker; it is ordered that the said inhabitants "living off the pavement" do pay the scavengers'rate (p. 54)
Dispute between Daniel Wing, of St. Sepulchre's Parish, bow-string maker, and John Johnson, his apprentice, concerning the discharge of the said apprentice. Upon proof that the said Wing put the said John " to very hard labour in feeding hogs, which he was not able to undergo, being infirm in his body " ; it is ordered that the apprentice be discharged (p. 55)
Dispute between John Howard, of the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, shoemaker, and Charles Clarke, his apprentice, concerning the discharge of the said apprentice ; upon proof that the latter's complaint is frivolous, his petition is dismissed (p. 56)
Proceedings upon the petition of Charles Davis, of the parish of St. Giles' Without, Cripplegate, victualler, which shows that he served the office of overseer about three years since, during which time he expended certain moneys, and prays reimbursement. The matter is referred to two Justices (named) (ibid.)
Upon the petition of Samuel Wilkinson, showing that he was employed by Henry King, surveyor of the highways for Highgate, in the parish of Hornsey, " to set up oaken posts and rails in the said highway," containing in length 128 feet, and which cost £9 12s. 0d., and that the said King has only paid the petitioner £5, and praying the remainder may be settled, it is ordered accordingly (p. 57)
Proceedings upon the petition of Ann, relict of Robert Walker, late churchwarden of Ratcliffe Hamlet, Stepney Parish, which shows that her said husband died during his term of office, and that he had expended certain moneys, which she prays may be reimbursed. It is ordered accordingly. (p. 58)
George Fisher is committed to New Prison for contempt of Court, in causing Edward Green to be apprehended in the presence of the Court to answer certain matters, "notwithstanding the said matters were then heard in the Court in the presence of the said Fisher, and the said Green dismissed at that time from the said warrant by order of this Court" (p. 75)
Elizabeth Dunbarr is convicted for conspiring with Eleanor Dick for falsely accusing John Orlibeer with being the father of her child, with the intention of extorting £3 from him; she is fined 13/4, and to be put upon the pillory in Leicester Fields Square for one hour between 10 a.m. and 12 o'clock noon, "with a paper over her head showing her offence." She is committed to New Prison until she undergo the punishment, then to be delivered, paying her fees, 17/6 (p. 77)
John Collop is convicted for defrauding Hezekiah Pritchard and Randall Spencer, "by false arts and tokens, of several butts bound with iron hoops," he is fined 13/4, and to be put upon the pillory in St. John Street, Spittlefields Hamlet, for one hour between 10 a.m. and 12 o'clock noon, with a paper over his head showing his offence. He is committed to New Prison until he pay his fine and undergo his punishment, then to be delivered, paying his fees, 9/4 (p. 77)
Elizabeth Smith, convicted for seditious words against the King, is fined 5 nobles, and she is to be put upon the pillory in Leicester Fields Square for one hour between 10 a.m. and 12 o'clock noon, with a paper over her head showing her offence. She is remanded to New Prison until she undergo the punishment, then to be delivered, paying her fees, 4/7 (ibid.)
Sessions Book 524—October, 1695.
Anne Matthew, spinster, daughter of Thomas Matthew, of London, merchant, discharged of her apprenticeship to Margaret Drury, widow, of the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, mantle maker, who since married John Turin, a Scotchman, upon proof that the said John Turin ill-treated the said Anne Matthew (p. 20)
Order in a dispute between the parishes of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields and St. Paul's, Covent Garden, concerning the settlement of Richard Cullen, son of John and Margaret Cullen, who was born in 1689 at the house of one Joseph Parker, in Hart Street, Covent Garden (p. 23)
Sessions Book 525—October, 1695.
Order for discharging Edward Green from his indentures of apprenticeship to Roger Gately, late of the parish of St. James', Clerkenwell, surgeon, upon proof that the said Gately did not practise the art of surgeon, and that he compelled the said Green to be "a rope-dancer, tumbler, and jackpudding" (p. 41)
Orders in a dispute between the parishes of St. John, Wapping, and St. Ann, within the liberty of Westminster, concerning the settlement of Ann Judson, wife of Daniel Judson, and her three children. [Vide Sessions Book 522, p. 59] (p. 42)
Order to William Kitchen, late churchwarden of the parish of Edmonton, to pay Robert Smyth, late surveyor of the said parish, money disbursed by him for repairing the roads of the said parish. The money has been collected by assessment, and unjustly detained by said William Kitchen (p. 43)
Order to Sir James Smyth, treasurer for the maimed soldiers and mariners within the hundreds of Ossulton, Edmonton, and Gore, to pay 40/to George Russell as an honorary gift, upon proof that the said Russell is aged and infirm and a fit object for charity (p. 44)
Upon the certificate of Robert Bateman, esquire, and Robert Constable, esquire, Justices in the Tower Division, that they have viewed a certain new street called Cable Street, "heretofore called Knockfergus, or Stebunheath," the north side whereof lies in the hamlet of Wapping, Stepney, leading from Shadwell Market to Spitalfields Market, and judge the same fit to be paved with stone, from the corner house of the said Cable Street, over against the sign of the Windmill there, to the house of — Cartwright, inclusive, at the corner of Church Lane, it is ordered that the same be paved accordingly. [Vide Sessions Book 526, p. 36] (p. 45)
The petition of Hannah Spencer, showing that about 1686 she became the hired servant to James Halsey, of Prince's, Drury Lane, gentleman, at a yearly wage of £10, and continued with him till August last; that the said Mr. Halsey has turned her out and refused to pay the wages due to her. The petition is dismissed upon proof that the said Hannah Spencer is no lawful hired servant, but was maintained by the said James Halsey, and was the mother of several children by him (p. 46)
Order in an appeal of the town of Uxbridge, in the parish of Hillingdon, and the parish of St. James', Westminster, concerning the settlement of Elizabeth Dykes, widow of Thomas Dykes, and her two children (p. 47)
Petition of John Knight, apprentice to James Cuffe, of the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn, clockmaker, to be discharged from his indentures, he alleging that the said Cuffe resides in Salisbury Court, near Whitefriars, for fear of being arrested for debt; that he had no work in the said trade to employ an apprentice, and did not supply him with necessary food and drink. The petition is dismissed, and the said John Knight ordered to continue in the service of the said James Cuffe (p. 48)
Order of reference to certain Justices to examine the accounts of Edward Wilson, late overseer of the parish of St. Giles', Cripplegate, and report as to certain money he alleges is due to him for the relief of the poor during his office (p. 49)
Order for the removal of Mary Stevenson, lately hired servant to Daniel Jacob, of Wellclose, in the parish of St. Mary Matfellon, alias Whitechapel, from the parish of St. John, Wapping, to the said parish of Whitechapel. (p. 54)
Order for the inhabitants of Wellclose, in the parish of St. John, Wapping, in the hamlet of Wapping, Stepney, to attend next Sessions and show cause why they should not pay to the relief of the poor of Wapping, Stepney, and St. John, Wapping (p. 55)
Order for the surveyors of the parish of Kensington, together with the owners and occupiers of the houses, lands, and tenements, and chief inhabitants in the said parish, to attend the next Sessions and show cause why they should not contribute to the charge of paving and keeping the highway of the said parish. [Vide Sessions Book 520, p. 41] (p. 56)
Order for Thomas Chambers, esquire, late treasurer of maimed soldiers for the hundreds of Elthorn, Spelthorn, and Isleworth, to pay to Sir John Smyth, baronet, the present treasurer, £34 19s. 7d. to balance his account. (p. 58)
Warrant to the Clerk of the Peace to respite until the next Sessions the recognizances of Hannah Martin, the wife of William Martin, indicted at the Sessions in February last for keeping a disorderly house (p. 93)
Sessions Book 526—December, 1695.
Proceedings upon the petition of Richard Jewks and Joseph Tie, former overseers for Ratcliffe Hamlet, Stepney Parish, which prays reimbursement of moneys expended by them during their term of office. Ordered accordingly (p. 35)
Petition of Ann Steele, widow, showing that on the 18th of November last she was ordered to pave with stone the north side of a certain pretended new street called Cable Street, in Stepney Parish, on or before the 1st of December, and that she is not liable to pave any part of the said street, and praying that she may be heard. It is ordered accordingly (p. 36)
Proceedings upon the complaint of Mary Tarling, widow, on behalf of Edmund Ellis, her son, who was apprenticed to Christopher Bannister, of St. John's Parish, Wapping, gunsmith. Upon proof that the said apprentice was misused and neglected, which caused him to leave his said master, and "list himself" on a ship of war, where he has served for two years, it is ordered that the indentures of apprenticehood be cancelled. [A different version of the above matter occurs on p. 38, marked "This order is mistaken and false"] (p. 39)
Order of reference concerning the assessment to repay Edward Thornton, John Hadlowe, John Pritty, and John Medcalfe, scavengers, of Wapping Hamlet, Stepney Parish, for the year 1694. [Vide Sessions Book 523, p. 57]. (p. 41)