Middlesex County Records. Calendar of Sessions Books 1689-1709. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1905.
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Sessions Book 612—January, 1704.
Order for the high and petty constables in the liberty to apprehend vagabonds, sturdy beggars, and other disorderly persons, pretending to be indigent, lame, decrepit, &c., who shall be found begging and misbehaving themselves, and to bring them before the Justices (p. 25)
Report made by certain of the Justices, who had been appointed for the purpose, that they had surveyed a new street in the parish of St. James's, called Little Silver Street, leading from a certain new street called Broad Street, to King Street, being the way to a certain new chapel in the said parish, called King Street Chapel, and that there is a new way called the Little Way, part of the said new street called Little Silver Street, leading to Broad Street. These streets have houses and buildings on both sides of the way for 160 yards in length; the north side of Little Silver Street and the west side of the Little Way are already partly paved with stone, but the rest of Little Silver Street and Little Way are almost impassable, and the Justices recommend paving them with stone from the front of every house where there is no paving. The Court adopts the report and orders the work to be done by the 15th of April next (pp. 25–27)
Sessions Book 613—January, 1704.
Order as to the settlement of Elizabeth, widow of John Hobbs. The said John was, before his marriage, a servant to — Parish, a higler, of Cranfield Parish, with whom he lived for a year. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields and Cranfield (p. 41)
Sessions Book 614—March, 1704.
Petition of Justices showing that Francis Sterry, William Gilbert, and Richard Hunt were indicted for unlawfully breaking into the house of Catherine Clark at two o'clock in the morning. It appears that the said Sterry is a lieutenant in the Welsh Fusiliers, commanded by Major-General Ingoldsby, and upon pretence of having enlisted William Hall, junior, the only child of William Hall, a gentleman of above £500 a year, he had in a riotous manner unlawfully entered the house aforesaid, upon the pretence of a warrant to seize the said William Hall, junior. It further appears that Sterry was well acquainted with William Hall, junior, and the enlisting was the giving him a shilling after they had been drinking together in a tavern. It is prayed that the said William Hall, junior, be discharged from his enlistment (p. 51)
Order for certain Justices to inspect and report upon the repairs lately done to the New Prison and House of Correction, and to examine the bills for the said work and see if they are just and reasonable (p. 53)
Order to deprive Thomas Ayrey of the office of headborough of the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn, upon proof that he is unfit and incapable of serving the said office, being an alehouse keeper in the said parish (p. 54)
Benjamin Sweet, paymaster to Her Majesty's forces in Holland, appeared in Court and produced the certificate of his receiving the Lord's Supper, and offered to take the oaths of allegiance and abjuration, but it not being a Quarter Sessions, the Court could not tender him the said oaths (p. 72)
Sessions Book 615—April, 1704.
Order concerning the settlement of Anne Paine, widow, and her five children, Jane, Mary, Elizabeth, Jeremy, and Anna Maria. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Margaret's, Westminster, and St. Bride's, London. (p. 20)
Order for the discharge of John Watson, a prisoner for debt in the Gatehouse at the suit of John Buckmaster, upon proof that he owes altogether less than £100, and has enlisted in the regiment of Colonel Thomas Handaside (p. 22)
Sessions Book 616—April, 1704.
Orders appointing treasurers for the maimed soldiers' funds:—Richard (?) Milner, esquire, for the hundreds of Ossulston, Edmonton, and Gore, in place of Colonel John Bond; Richard Morgan, esquire, of Littleton, for the hundreds of Elthorne, Spelthorne, and Isleworth, in place of John Bateman (p. 6)
Orders appointing treasurers of the Marshalsea, Queen's Bench, and Hospitals:—William Gunton [Gunson ?] continued for Ossulston, Edmonton, and Gore; Henry Kendar, of New Brentford, appointed for Elthorne, Spelthorne, and Isleworth (ibid.)
Order for regulating and paving the Haymarket, as in previous years. John Tully continued as treasurer, and Edward Lawrence continued as collector; certain Justices are to audit the accounts for the last year (p. 39)
The appeal of John Kinch against his nomination to serve as overseer of the liberty of Saffron Hill, Hatton Garden, and Ely Rents, as he had, eight and a half years ago, paid to the churchwardens, &c., £16 to be exempt from such service, was adjourned to the next Quarter Sessions (p. 43)
Order appointing Peirce Welsh, mariner, of St. John's, Wapping, a pension, out of the Maimed Soldiers' Fund, of 40/- a year. He had served as second lieutenant in H.M.'s ship "Salisbury," and on 10 April, 1703, in an engagement with the Dunkirk squadron, "had his jaw broke by a musket shot, and lost part of his tongue": he was also wounded above the right ankle, which disabled him (p. 46)
Order discharging Edward Baldwin, of the parish of Hackney, from serving as overseer, as he is over 70 years of age and much afflicted. He came to reside in the parish about three years since, for the benefit of the air. (ibid.)
Order for discharging William Thatcher, of Hornsey, from serving as constable. About 10 years previously he had paid £12 10s. 0d. to be excused from all parochial offices, and had given a piece of plate to the parish worth £5. Humphrey Turner, yeoman, is appointed in his place (p. 49)
Order concerning the settlement of Elizabeth Shadd and her daughters, Elizabeth and Catherine, in St. Clement Danes' Parish. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch and St. Clement's (p. 50)
The appeal of Margaret Belfield, of the parish of St. Clement Danes, against being rated for the relief of the poor, is dismissed. She states that her late husband, Thomas, was the clerk of Clare Market, and that he rented of the Duke of Newcastle the stalls in the market which are set and placed out three days a week for selling provisions; and that when the market is over the stalls are removed (p. 51)
Order discharging John Cure from his apprenticehood with Richard Whitchurch, tailor, of the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, on payment of £5 from Whitchurch to Thomas Batt, father-in-law of John Cure. Whitchurch states that Cure "hath lately assaulted and thrown Samuel Moore, another apprentice, out of a garret window into a court; that Moore was very much bruised and injured, and his life was despaired of, for which Cure is indicted in this Court. Further, it is stated that Cure has been guilty of many other misbehaviours to his master and his family, being of a morose ill temper, feigning himself mad upon the least disgust taken, to cover his mischievous intention"; and that Whitchurch having a family of several small children and servants, who are afraid, and in danger of their lives, he cannot have him again in his house (p. 52)
Order concerning the settlement of Mary, wife of Frederick Mashworth, and their children, Edward and Elizabeth, in the parish of St. Giles'-in-theFields. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Anne's and St. Giles'. (p. 55)
Report of the Justices who had been appointed to audit the accounts of Henry Hawley, treasurer of the bridge money. It is stated that £11 10s. 5d. remains due to William Sanders and Francis Brown, carpenters, for their work in repairing Chertsey Bridge, and they draw attention to a great charge which "will accrue by the late wet summer and great floods this spring." The Court confirmed the report, and ordered Mr. Hawley to get an estimate of the decays and defects of the public bridges, and the cost of repairing them with timber, gravel, &c., and to report to the next Quarter Sessions. (p. 58)
A list of names of certain captains and lieutenants—28 in all, with names of the colonels under whom they are serving—dated 30 May, 1704. The first reads: "Captain James Lavally, in Colonel Hayman Rook's Regiment, produced (?) a copy of the Queen's sign manual" (p. 76)
Sessions Book 617—May, 1704.
Upon the petition of the poor widows in the almshouses in the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, showing that their payments have been of late neglected, it is ordered that the churchwardens and overseers of the poor do account to certain Justices for all moneys by them received and paid for the relief of the poor during the past year (p. 27)
Order for John Robinson to take upon himself the office of headborough for the liberty of East Smithfield, in the parish of St. Buttolph Without Aldgate, and for John Begerley to be discharged; he having been appointed by the said Robinson to serve in that office, contrary to the custom of the court leet of the manor of the said liberty (p. 28)
Appointment of Henry Cox, "a substantial householder," in the liberty of Saffron Hill, Hatton Garden, and Ely Rents, St. Andrew's Parish, Holborn, as overseer of the poor, in the room of John Kinch, who had appealed to be excused from serving the said office (p. 29)
Order that Rathnall Ransum and John Bentley be discharged from serving the offices of constable and headborough of Harrow Weald, in the parish of Harrow, and that Thomas Hunt and William Woods, of the same parish, yeomen, be appointed in their place (p. 30)
Order for John Reynolds, gentleman, Deputy Clerk of the Peace, to pay to Paul Cowley, senior, the money due to him for carpenters' work and materials bestowed in and about the New Prison and House of Correction, to repair the damage done to the said prisons "by the late dreadful storm." (p. 31)
Whereas by previous orders it was decided that a certain road or way from the east corner of the pound in the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, leading through the said parish and the parishes of St. Marylebone and St. Pancras towards Tottenham Court [vide Sessions Book No. 607, p. 31], should be paved, and whereas an extension of time had been granted for the doing of the said work; now upon information that the churchwardens and others have met and viewed the said road, and have agreed to have the same paved, from the corner of the wall belonging to the house of — Turner, widow, by the upper cesspool in the said road, to the house of — Redman, near St. Giles' Pound, at the equal charges of both the said parishes "being so far as both parishes join together," and that the rest and other part of the said road or way from the said house in the occupation of the said — Redman to St. Giles' Pound aforesaid should be paved at the sole charge of the said parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, and that the said road be paved the whole length thereof," 30 feet in breadth, the same is to be levelled and made fit for paving by both parishes. Ordered accordingly (p. 31)
Order for Benjamin Tillard, of the parish of Harrow-on-the-Hill, to be discharged from serving as headborough of the said parish, and for the appointment to that office of John Garrett, of the said parish, yeoman (p. 33)
Sessions Book 618—July, 1704.
Order for an assessment to be made for raising £120 for the repair of the highways of the parish of St. Anne, Westminster; out of the said £120, so raised, 880 yards of the highways are to be amended with pavior's work in rough paving, viz., 871 yards of rough paving at the east and west end of the parish church of St. Anne, and 9 yards at the north side of the said church. (p. 21)
Sessions Book 619—July, 1704.
Upon the petition of several of the inhabitants of the liberty of Saffron Hill, Hatton Garden, and Ely Rents, showing that they are assessed for poor rate much more highly this year than last, it is ordered that certain Justices enquire into the matter and report thereon (p. 37)
Order concerning the settlement of Rebecca Cresswell, widow, and her two children, John and Rebecca. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Botolph Without Aldgate, and St. Botolph, Aldgate (p. 39)
Order concerning the settlement of Ann Mackdanniell, widow, and her two children, James and Alice. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Katherine's, near the Tower, and St. Paul's, Shadwell (ibid.)
Order to discharge John Kinch from the office of overseer of the liberty of Saffron Hill, upon proof that he has paid a fine of £16 for the relief of the poor, in order to be exempted from serving the said office (p. 42)
Order for certain Justices to examine into and report upon the amount assessed for poor rate in the parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn, made upon the petition of several inhabitants showing that it is unequal and partial (p. 43)
Order to Richard Milner, esquire, treasurer of the moneys raised for the relief of the maimed soldiers, to pay £84 5s. 0d. to Mr. Reynolds, treasurer of this county, or to Mr. Wainwright, crier and housekeeper at Hicks Hall, to be applied to the payment and discharge of the workmen's bills for the repair of Hicks Hall, New Prison, and the House of Correction, occasioned by the late dreadful storm (p. 45)
Order to John Tully, esquire, treasurer of the moneys arising by the tolls and profits of the Haymarket, to pay to Henry Hawley, esquire, the sum of £20, to be applied to the repairing of Brentford and Chertsey Bridges. (p. 46)
Certificate proving that Francis Templeman, of the hamlet of Hammersmith, maltster, had, on July the 10th instant, paid the sum of £32 duty on 160 quarters of malt, which said malt had been utterly destroyed by a sudden and dreadful fire which happened in the house and malthouse of the said Francis Templeman on April the 4th last (p. 47)
It is ordered that Elizabeth Staines, wife of John Staines, of New Brentford, coachman, indicted for an assault upon John Howard, to which she pleads guilty, is to make a submissive and public acknowledgment of her said offence in the open market at Brentford, where she gave the abuse to the said Mr. Howard, and to ask his pardon there, which Mr. Howard is willing to accept, in regard to the poverty of John Staines, the husband of the said Elizabeth (p. 48)
Order for Sarah Hobbs, convicted of conspiracy and misdemeanour, to be fined 6/8, and to be stripped naked from the middle upwards and publicly whipped at a cart-tail round Leicester Square, in the liberty of Westminster; she is remanded to Newgate until she undergo the said punishment and pay her fee of 15/- (p. 49)
Sessions Book 620–September, 1704.
A congratulatory address from the Justices and Grand Jury to the Queen, dated 4 September, 1704, upon the "glorious and entire victory" obtained by her Majesty's forces under the command of the Duke of Marlborough. (p. 45)
Sessions Book 621—October, 1704.
Order to William Taylor, gentleman, keeper of the Gatehouse Prison, to discharge John Cressett, esquire, a prisoner for debt. William Eason is the creditor. The said Cressett has procured John Williams to be listed by Captain Francis Alexander in Colonel William Evans' Regiment of Foot. (ibid.)
Sessions Book 622—October, 1704.
Order as to the settlement of Anne, Elizabeth, and Christopher, the children of Peter Eagle, deceased. The dispute is between Bethnal Green Hamlet and the borough of Longport, in the parish of St. Paul's near the city of Canterbury (p. 46)
Order as to the settlement of Anne, Hannah, John, and William, children of John Blackburne, and Eleanor, his wife, deceased. The dispute is between the parishes of Ealing and Ludford, county Hereford (p. 49)
John Prendergast, a prisoner for debt, in Newgate, at the suit of Monica Doe, and who has applied to have the benefit of the Act for the Discharge of Insolvent Debtors, is adjudged not relievable, it appearing that he "stands charged and indebted in more than the sum of £100 to the said Monica." Order that he be remanded to Newgate (p. 50)
Richard Girling, a prisoner in Newgate, who was taken by Richard Best, sheriff's officer, by virtue of a warrant of the Honourable Robert Tracey, J.P., for making his escape out of the Fleet Prison, where he stands charged at the suit of Isabella Suckling for £124 upon bond, prays to have the benefit of the Act for the Discharge of Insolvent Debtors. It appears that the said Richard "was not a prisoner in actual custody in the said prison of the Fleet," according to the true intent and meaning of the said Act, and the Court therefore declares he is not relievable and ought not to be discharged. Order that he be remanded to Newgate (p. 51)
Order for respiting and adjourning until next Sessions, the appeal of Robert Bell, of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, gentleman, who has been adjudged the father of Anne Thompson's male child, lately born in the hamlet of Wapping, Stepney (p. 52)
Sessions Book 623—December, 1704.
Order concerning the settlement of Anne, the pretended wife of Andrew Williams, and her two children. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Sepulchre's and St. Giles' Without, Cripplegate (p. 31)
Order for William Burdett, convicted of wilful perjury, to pay a fine of 12d., and to be put upon the pillory three several days; one day before the great gates of Hicks Hall in St. John Street, another day in the most convenient place in the public street near Temple Bar, and another day near Charing Cross, for the space of one hour each day, with a paper writing placed over his head describing his offence (p. 32)
Order for the churchwardens of Hendon to permit the churchwardens of Aldenham, in the county of Hertford, to inspect their parish books in order to determine the settlement of Mary Wawford, alias Waller, widow of Ezekiel Wawford, and her four children (ibid.)