Middlesex County Records. Calendar of Sessions Books 1689-1709. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1905.
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Sessions Book 655—January, 1708.
Order for the attendance of all parties concerned, at the hearing and determination of the appeal of Richard Price, gentleman, and others against the return of the writ of ad quod dampnum, as to a license to be granted to Charles, Lord Ossulston. [Vide Sessions Book No. 645, p. 53] (p. 45)
William Powell, of St. Sepulchre's Parish, is admitted as a pensioner upon the fund for maimed soldiers and mariners, it having been proved he served on board the "Litchfield," where he was disabled (p. 47)
Order as to the settlement of Mary Brooke, widow, and her five children, Pentecost, Martha, Sarah, Edward, and Nathaniel. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Sepulchre and St. Andrew's, Holborn (p. 48)
Edward Dalton, convicted for cheating Edward Clarke, is fined £5; he is to be openly whipped at a cart's tail from Holborn Bars, St. Andrew's Parish, Holborn, to and against the Parish Church of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, and is committed to Newgate until he pay the fine and undergo the punishment; then to be delivered, paying his fees (p. 54)
Sessions Book 656—February, 1708.
Representation from the Lords of the Council to the Duke of Bedford, and the Justices, dated from the Council Chamber, Kensington, 25 January, 1708, recommending the effectual execution of the Act relating to recruits. The sum of 20/- is to be paid to the parish officers for each person brought before the magistrates to be enlisted, and the sum of £5 shall be given to every volunteer; such volunteer to have his discharge after three years' service if he desire it. The Duke and the Justices are to give an account of their proceedings in the matter, with the names and numbers of the recruits raised (p. 21)
Letter from J. Thurston to General Churchill, dated at Whitehall, 1 March, 1708, acquainting him that the county of Middlesex, the city of London, and the city and liberty of Westminster are allotted for the two regiments of Foot Guards, and requesting him to order that the chief officers be informed of the respective places where the Justices will meet on the 18th instant, for the receiving and delivering over of the recruits. Further instructions on the subject (p. 26)
Miscellaneous memoranda as to the accounts of James Hawley, treasurer of the fund for Brentford and Chertsey Bridges; the election of Jeremiah Boreman, William Kilnes recommended to be his deputy; election of John Mills as chief constable of Holborn Division, in the room of Nathaniel Chandler, gentleman, deceased; the license of John Beverley, of St. Giles'-inthe-Fields, recommended to be stopped or suppressed; acquittals, indictments, &c. (pp. 36–38)
Sessions Book 657—April, 1708.
Order for Thomas Aldridge and Thomas Turvin, yeomen, to be headboroughs of the parish of Acton, on the representation of John Stevens and William Greenhill that, at the court leet held at Acton, there were not sufficient jurors present to discharge them from their office (p. 61)
Order discharging Richard Sutton, of Finchley, from being constable for the east side of the parish, as he is 68 years of age, very infirm, and incapable; Humphrey Newman is nominated in his place (p. 61)
Thomas Lott and William Wilkinson nominated petty constables for the parish of Acton, in the place of Edward Briggs and John Sweetbone, who had served for a twelvemonth, and not been released by a court leet (p. 62)
Order appointing Thomas Smith, timber merchant, constable for the parish of Kensington, in the place of Thomas Smith, victualler, who has served for above a year; no court leet has been held to release him (p. 64)
Thomas Jones, John Stevens, junior, and several other inhabitants of the parish of Acton, complain to the Court that the parish is very much cheated by the surveyors; they have charged for several hundred loads of gravel more than they paid for, and for labourers and stocking of gravel near £5, "which was in truth spent in alehouses." By threatening the constable they have got into their hanos several sums of money not accounted for, and they have charged 30/- for gathering the money. The overseers are ordered to appear before certain of the Justices that the matters complained of may be investigated. (p. 65)
Order discharging an order of certain of the Justices adjudging Thomas Kingston, labourer, late of White Lyon Yard, Spitalfields, to be the father of a male bastard child of Amy Maghen, of Bethnal Green (ibid.)
Thomas Gilbert, William Outram, and Richard Godwin, and others, "journeymen upholders" state that they employed Mr. William Lock, an attorney, on several matters for which they paid him £9; but he has sent them extravagant bills for over £16, and threatens to run them to twice the charges if they do not pay him, and has brought several actions against them. Lock did not appear, and the Court ordered that his several bills be taxed by the Clerk of the Peace (p. 66)
Order for Stephen Gore to deliver up the clothing of his late apprentice, Diana Hussey, and the sum of £9. Diana Hussey had been apprenticed, to learn the art of making children's clothes, by the charity of Lady Allington. (p. 67)
Order concerning the settlement of Ann Wells, an infant, in the parish of St. Leonard's, Bromley. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Leonard, St. Mary Magdalene, Colchester, and Bromley (p. 69)
The appeal of Henry Whitchcot, William Bussey, Richard Winfield, Thomas Odell, and Edward Cooke against an additional rate for the relief of the poor of Finchley, was referred to certain of the Justices for settlement. (p. 70)
Order fining John Denton, alias Dunton, the sum of 6d., and sentencing him to a whipping at a cart's tail from the Bell alehouse in Whitecross Street, St. Giles', Cripplegate, to the Post and Chain in the same street, for speaking seditious words, and profanely cursing the Queen's Majesty (p. 73)
Richard Jackson, churchwarden of St. Andrew's, Holborn, the court leet jury, and several other inhabitants, represent to the Court that Richard Sherman, Arthur Yarwell, William Gill, Thomas Bournham, Richard Hilliard, Hugh Duckworth, and John Cox were, on the 7th of April, approved by the Justices at the Court House in Bloomsbury, and "on the Sunday following, together with the churchwarden, proclaimed overseers of the poor in the parish church." In spite of this John Wisewall, John Wilsanck, a foreigner, and Thomas Dorrington, and John Leonard took upon themselves to act as overseers. These last claimed to have been appointed by the Justices sitting at the King's Head in Holborn on the 6th of April. The Court confirmed the appointment of the overseers made at the earlier of the two dates (ibid.)
Ordered that the accounts of James Walter, gentleman, and Benjamin Giroll, late chapelwardens, and of William Andrews, Nevinson Taylor, Ambrose Page, and William Henley, late overseers, etc., of the hamlet of Stratford-le-Bow, Old Ford, be audited and examined by certain of the Justices, who are to settle the matter and report at the next Quarter Sessions (p. 75)
The Court, being informed that riots, routs, and other misdemeanours have been frequently committed at a fair held in the month of May in the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, called May Fair, desires the Justices living in that district to have the headboroughs, constables, and other peace officers before them, and give them orders to attend the fair in turns, and to see that the peace is kept; officers neglecting their duty are to be brought to condign punishment (p. 76)
The petition of Robert Leicester for discharge from his apprenticehood was dismissed. He had been apprenticed to Hezekiah Lawrence, shipwright, of the parish of St. Dunstan's, Stepney, who had neglected him, and on his death his wife, Ann, had not caused Leicester to be instructed in his trade. (ibid.)
Order for the discharge of Margaret Berry from her apprenticehood with Thomas Butterfield, cane chair-maker, of Wapping in Stepney, not on the ground of alleged cruelty, but because the indenture was void in law (p. 78)
Order for discharging Matthew Compton from his apprenticehood with Henry Hawes, blacksmith, of the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields. When the apprentice had served about a year his master enlisted as a soldier and went to Flanders, assigning his apprentice to another blacksmith in the parish, John Walton. About six weeks since Walton's goods were seized by his landlord, and he fled, leaving the apprentice destitute (p. 79)
Order confirming the account of James Hawley, esquire, treasurer of the bridge money, and authorising Thomas Cullum, esquire, late treasurer for the Elthorne, Spelthorne, and Isleworth Hundreds, to pay Mr. Hawley £20 for the repairs of Braintford Bridge and Chertsey Bridge (p. 80)
Order for discharging Samuel Stone, one of the high constables for the hundred of Spelthorne, on his representation that he has served for two years, and cannot serve "without great trouble and damage by reason of his frequent absences from his family." John Neale, gentleman, is appointed in his place. (p. 81)
Order discharging Thomas Stone, of Shepperton, from serving as constable; he had served that office for over two years, and no court leet had been held there. Richard Coombes is appointed in his place (ibid.)
Sessions Book 658—May, 1708.
Order for Mary, widow and administratrix of Nathaniel Chandler, gentleman, late chief constable of Holborn Division, to attend with the books and accounts of her late husband, relating to the public moneys by him received and paid (p. 39)
Order of reference as to the accounts of William Gunson, gentleman, former treasurer of the fund for the Marshalsea, Queen's Bench, and Hospitals within the hundreds of Ossulston, Edmonton, and Gore (p. 39)
Francis Moore, of the parish of St. Clement Danes, dancing master, is bound over to appear at the next Quarter Sessions for recusancy, but having taken the oath of allegiance and abjuration, as appears by certificate of Mr. Bealing and Mr. Lavign of the 15th of March last, his recognizance to appear is to be respited, &c. (p. 64)
Sessions Book 659—July, 1708.
Order for the further adjournment of the appeal as to the settlement of Mary, widow of William Bartholomew, with her two children, Thomas and Katherine. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Giles' Without, Cripplegate, and St. Olave's, Silver Street (p. 61)
Order for the discharge of Hosea, son of Philip Prickat, late of St. Botolph, Aldersgate, deceased, apprenticed to Joseph Holdworth, of St. Sepulchre's Parish, cordwainer. The said Holdworth is also described as a soldier in Her Majesty's service (p. 62)
Order as to the settlement of Silvester Webb, Elizabeth, his wife, and Ann and Mary, their children. The dispute is between the parishes of South Mymms and High Barnet, otherwise Chipping Barnet (ibid.)
Order as to the settlement of Timothy Kerby, Josibed, his wife, and their six children, Timothy, Martha, Mary, Thomas, Sophia, and Sarah. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Bride's and St. Andrew's, Holborn. (p. 68)
Mary Price, convicted, with others (unnamed), for a notorious conspiracy, fraud, and misdemeanour, is fined 6d.; she is to be stripped naked from the middle upwards, and publicly whipped at a cart's tail from the Savoy Gate, in the Strand, to Charing Cross, until her body be bloody. She is remanded to Newgate until she undergo the punishment, then to be delivered, paying her fees, 4/8 (ibid.)
Order of reference as to the accounts of James Walker, gentleman, Benjamin Girell, William Andrews, Nevinson Taylor, Ambrose Page, and William Henley, former chapelwardens, and overseers of the hamlet of Stratford-le-Bow and Old Ford (p. 73)
Order for the discharge of John Pickance, apprenticed to William Evins, of St. Andrew's Parish, Holborn, shoemaker. The said Evins has gone to be a soldier and left his apprentice with Susanna Evins, his wife (ibid.)
Order that payment be made to Henry Southall, surgeon, for setting the thigh of Elizabeth Boyle (a prisoner in the House of Correction, sent thither from Newgate), who had broken it in endeavouring to escape from the latter building (p. 74)
Order for the adjournment of the appeal of John Pether, of Hammersmith, waterman, who has been adjudged the father of Jane Evans' male child, born in Warwick Street, St. James's Parish, Westminster (ibid.)
Sessions Book 660—September, 1708.
Order for discharging William Hodgskin from his apprenticehood with Benjamin Power, schoolmaster, of the parish of St. Paul, Shadwell, on the ground that his master had beaten and misused him and not instructed him in his art (p. 48)
Order for discharging Thomas Arthington (son of Thomas Arthington, goldsmith, of Poplar) from his apprenticehood with Joseph Lamb, tallowchandler and cheesemonger, on the ground that he has turned him out of doors, and refused to teach him his trade. The bond which John Lamb had given to Thomas Arthington the elder, that at the end of the lad's apprenticehood he would make him a freeman of the city of London, was to be given up. (ibid.)
Sessions Book 661—October, 1708.
Order as to the settlement of Elizabeth Jarman, widow, and Mary, William, Elizabeth, Christopher, John, and Anne, her children. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Margaret's, Westminster, and St. Martin's-in-theFields (p. 24)
Sessions Book 662—October, 1708.
Writ of Ad quod dampnum sued out on behalf of the Duke of Grafton, the Earl of Grantham, Earl Powlett, and Mrs. Alice Wallopp, widow, as to inclosing a certain way leading from Dover Street on the west, in and across several other streets called Albemarle Street and Bond Street to Trinity Chapel, in the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields. The inquisition, taken at the Star and Garter tavern, Pall Mall, on the 3rd of September, finds that the above said way may be so enclosed, provided that, in the place thereof, a certain other way be made, leading from the end of Dover Street, and not beyond the space of 90 feet distant, in, by, and across a certain close of the said Duke, and the others afore-named, called Conduit Field, to the aforesaid Trinity Chapel. (pp. 47, 48)
Order as to the settlement of John Page, his wife, and Sarah, Mary, Ann, James, Joseph, and William, their children. The dispute is between the parishes of Enfield and Aston, in the county of Herts (p. 49)
Order as to the settlement of Mary, widow of Robert Harris, baker, and her three children, William, Sarah, and Susanna Barton. The said Robert is supposed to have served his apprenticeship with Mr. Bradly, of Threadneedle Street, in the parish of St. Christopher. The children are by the said Mary's former husband, Anthony Barton, deceased. The dispute is between the parish of St. Christopher and the hamlet of Poplar (ibid.)
Order of reference as to the inspection of the accounts of Nathaniel Chandler, gentleman, deceased, late chief constable of Holborn Division. The attendance is desired of Mary Chandler, widow. [Vide Sessions Book No. 658, p. 39] (p. 53)
Order for William Dickman, of Chiswick Parish, to be admitted as a pensioner on the fund for maimed soldiers and mariners. The said Dickman was disabled while serving on board H.M.S. "Cumberland," under the command of Captain Richard Edwards, and was afterwards a prisoner in France for ten months (ibid.)
Order for Edmund Slatery, senior, to pay the churchwardens and overseers of the poor of St. Andrew's, Holborn, certain moneys they have expended in maintaining Margaret, his wife, and their child, Edmund. The said Slatery was born in Ireland and married to Margaret in France (p. 54)
Certificate showing that on or about the 13th of February last John Newell, of Chiswick Parish, maltster, had suffered loss by the burning of his malthouse at Strand-in-the-Green, in the said parish, and that on the 20th of August last he paid excise duty for the 57 quarters and 5 bushels of malt which had been destroyed by the fire (p. 55)
Order as to the settlement of Mary, widow of William Bartholomew, and her two children, Thomas and Katherine. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Giles' Without, Cripplegate, and St. Olave's, Silver Street. (p. 56)
Order of reference to certain Justices to consider the best methods for ending the disputes between the inhabitants of this county and those of the city and liberty of Westminster as to the assessments, made on the several parishes within the said city and liberty, to pay the constables for their loss of time and expenses in the passing of vagrants (p. 56)
Order for certain Justices to attend the Lord Mayor and to place before him the inconvenience which arises by the granting of warrants enabling disabled soldiers and mariners, with their families, travelling from various parts of Great Britain to London, to be passed to several parishes in this county, with directions to be conveyed from the said several parishes, by the nearest way, to their abodes (p. 57)
Miscellaneous memoranda as to the accounts of the chapelwardens of Bow; names of the committee to consider the laws against vagrants, and the disputes with the inhabitants of Westminster; names of those appointed to attend the Lord Mayor about passes; colt money; and Samuel Edwards' receipt for wages due to him from Edward Kitchener (p. 76)
Sessions Book 663—December, 1708.
Order appointing certain Justices to examine the accounts of the chief constables of the hundreds of Ossulston, Edmonton and Gore, connected with the administration of the Act for passing vagrants (p. 45)
The complaint of Oliver Atkey, one of the late overseers of the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn-above-Bars, that his fellow overseer would not come to a settlement of accounts with the present overseers, was referred to certain of the Justices for settlement (ibid.)
Order for certain of the Justices to deal with the complaint of Sir Thomas Halton, Edward Wills, Charles Anthony, Stephen Mason, and Walter York, of the parish of St. Mary's, Islington, that an unnecessary rate for the relief of the poor has been levied; they are to adjust the same, and report to the next Quarter Sessions. (p. 46)