Middlesex County Records. Calendar of Sessions Books 1689-1709. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1905.
This free content was digitised by double rekeying. All rights reserved.
Sessions Book 664—January, 1709.
Order discharging Robert Hale from his apprenticehood with Robert Payne, cordwainer, of the parish of St. Anne's, Westminster, as his master has absconded, being in debt, and left him destitute (ibid.)
Order concerning the settlement of Elizabeth Jarman, widow, and her children, Mary, William, Elizabeth, John, and Anne, in the parish of St. Margaret, Westminster. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Margaret's and St. Martin's-in-the-Fields. It is mentioned in this order, which is very long, that William Jarman, the husband of the above Elizabeth, served as an apprentice with Caleb Clarke, citizen and weaver, an artificer and "artsmaster" in the Hospital of Bridewell, London, an extra-parochial place of royal foundation for the reception, education, and maintenance of poor parish boys and others, from all parts of England, in several trades and mysteries there taught at the charge of the hospital; and that such poor boys, after serving their apprenticeship, have their freedom of the City of London gratis, on a certificate of the treasurer of the hospital of their service there (pp. 22–24)
Sessions Book 665—January, 1709.
Order extending the time for auditing the accounts of James Walker, gentleman, and Benjamin Girell, late chapelwardens, and of William Andrews, Nevinson Taylor, Ambrose Page, and William Henley, late overseers, of the hamlet of Stratford-le-Bow, to the 18th of February next (ibid.)
Order for Solomon Cock, gentleman, John Mills, gentleman, and Benjamin Gascoyn, gentleman, chief constables of Gore, Holborn, and Kensington Divisions, to attend the Court on Tuesday next with their accounts concerning the passing of vagrants (p. 44)
Order for certain of the Justices to audit the accounts of Thomas Wilkes, gentleman, chief constable of the Tower Division, concerning the passing of vagrants, and to report thereon at the next Court of Quarter Sessions. As Wilkes is afflicted with stone, and much out of health, the Justices are requested to meet as near his house as possible, and to give him two days' notice thereof (ibid.)
Order discharging James Callender from his apprenticehood with Joseph Owen, tailor, of the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn. Callender had been apprenticed by the churchwardens of St. Pancras to Owen, who received with him £5 in money and two suits of clothes. All the last year Owen had very little work, and the apprentice was not provided for. Owen had undertaken to find another master for him, but he had been taken to the Compter, and was now a prisoner in the Fleet Prison (p. 45)
Order for discharging Mary Essington from her apprenticehood with Henry Stafford and Elizabeth, his wife, in Rosemary Lane [their trade is not specified]. Sufficient lodging had not been found for the apprentice, and she "hath some time been constrained to lie in the same bed with her master and mistress, and some time upon the ground." Her mistress had pawned divers of her clothes (ibid.)
John Markly, churchwarden, and several other inhabitants of the parish of the liberty of Church End and Hoxton, in the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch, represent to the Court that on the 10th of January they had elected as beadle, according to the usage of the parish, Thomas Leech, who was fully qualified, having held that office for 12 years. William Darby, constable, refused to accept Leech as beadle, and had "taken one Loyd, who knows but very little relating to the matter." Further, they complain that Mr. Hyham, who at that time was chosen headborough, had forcibly taken away the paper showing the election of Leech, and refused to give it up. The Court decided that the election was irregular, directed a fresh election, ordering Hayford Wainwright, crier of the Court, to attend it and take an account of the voting, notice of the day of election to be given on Sunday, 23 January, in the parish church (p. 47)
Order concerning the settlement of Mary Durdant, and her children, George, Julian, and Mary, in the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn. The dispute is between the parishes of Chobham, Surrey, and St. Andrew's. (p. 49)
The appeal of the chapelwardens, &c., of the town of New Brentford, in the parish of Hanwell, against the settlement of Richard and Sarah Yates, children, in their town, adjourned to next Sessions. The dispute is between the town of New Brentford and the parish of Ealing (p. 50)
Order concerning the settlement of Herbert Cad, Mary, his wife, and Mary and Ann, their children, in the parish of St. Bride, Fleet Street. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Bride and Hornsey (p. 51)
Sessions Book 666—February, 1709.
Order for the attendance, on the 15th of March, of the chief constables, who are to bring their accounts as to the assessments made to pay for the passing of vagrants, and for the Marshalsea, Queen's Bench, and Hospitals. (p. 44)
Order for Hayford Wainwright, gentleman, to pay Simon Harcourt, Clerk of the Peace, or to Mr. Hardisty, his deputy, the money received for the rents of the "county estate at Clerkenwell." It is further ordered that the Clerk of the Peace pay several bills (persons and amounts named) due for the repairs of Hicks Hall (p. 47)
Order for Robert Crafts, former constable of the Savoy Ward, to pay John Mills, gentleman, chief constable of Holborn Division, money collected by the said Crafts in the liberty of the Duchy of Lancaster, in the Strand, for the passing of vagrants, &c.; the said Crafts to be reimbursed (p. 48)
Miscellaneous memoranda as to colt money, acquittals, commitments, appointment of Raphael Dubois as chief constable in the Tower Division in the room of Thomas Wilkes discharged, order for the attendance of some of the inhabitants of Saffron Hill, &c. (p. 72)
Sessions Book 667—April, 1709.
Order discharging John Lomax (son of John Lomax, porter and watchman, of the parish of St. Anne's, Westminster) from his apprenticehood with Isaac Bloom, cabinet-maker, of the same parish. Bloom had gone beyond the seas and deserted Lomax (p. 25)
Sessions Book 668—May, 1709.
Order for regulating the Haymarket as in previous years. John Tully and Edward Lawrence continued as treasurer and collector respectively. The accounts are presented by the referees and confirmed by the Court. (pp. 43, 44)
Order discharging Thomas Lott and William Wilkinson, constables, and Thomas Aldridge and Thomas Turvin, headboroughs, of the parish of Acton, William King, Thomas Ogborne, George Wise, and John Edwards, having been nominated by Henry, Lord Bishop of London, at a court leet held at Fulham on 28 April, to serve the said offices (p. 45)
Order for the late overseers of the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn, and the overseers of the liberty of Saffron Hill, Hatton Garden, and Ely Rents to submit their accounts to certain of the Justices for audit (p. 46)
Order adjourning the appeal of the parish of Monken Hadley against the settlement of a male infant in that parish, to the next Sessions. The infant had been laid at the door of Stephen Westwood, in the parish of South Mymms (p. 47)
Order discharging Edward Whitehall and John West from serving as headboroughs of the parish of Kensington, which office they have held for three years, and William Partridge and James Holland are appointed in their stead (p. 49)
Order granting a pension of £3 per annum, out of the fund for maimed soldiers and mariners, to Edward Gwillin, mariner, of the parish of St. James', Westminster. He had served on board divers of H.M.'s ships for several years, but, by reason of his being afflicted with rheumatism, he was frequently discharged; he had lost one eye and the other was much affected (ibid.)
Order discharging John Aston, of London, merchant, from serving as overseer for the parish of Enfield. He is incapable of serving, having lately had a fall from his horse, whereby his shoulder was broken; he has been advised and intends to go to Bath for the recovery of his health as soon as he is able (ibid.)
Information given to the Court that Thomas Charlesworth, of Lemmon Street, Whitechapel, victualler, whose license had been suppressed, had lately obtained a new license, and in contempt of the Justices had put up a sign before his house with this inscription:—
Order discharging an order made by two of the Justices adjudging John Barker, apprentice to Robert Ansell, chirurgeon, of the parish of Isleworth, to be the father of a male bastard of Hannah Sherwood, of the same parish (p. 56)
Order adjourning the hearing of the dispute between the parishes of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields and St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, concerning the settlement of Mary Forthergall, widow, and her child, till the next Sessions, (p. 58)
Order appointing Richard Shoreditch, esquire, treasurer of the maimed soldiers' fund (see above, p. 4), for the hundreds of Elthorne, Spelthorne, and Isleworth. Contribution from each parish given (p. 63)
Henry Moult, governor of the House of Correction, complains to the Court that on the death of the late keeper of New Prison there was a year and three-quarters' rent due to him as governor; that Mary Weeks, the widow, claims a salary of £10 per annum as matron, though she has given no attendance as such; further, that there is due from the new keeper of the New Prison, Jeremiah Boreman, the sum of £30, which he refuses to pay without an order from the Court. The Court ordered Boreman to pay £20 of this sum, adjourning the case as to Mary Weeks to the next Sessions (p. 65)
Order adjourning the dispute between St. Margaret's, Westminster, and St. Andrew's, Holborn, concerning the settlement of John Gowan, Elizabeth, his wife, and John, Susannah, and Samuel, his children, to the next Quarter Sessions (p. 66)
List of 45 persons taking the oaths, &c., including John, Duke of Argyle; Francis Millett, baptist, Richard Claridge, a quaker, who took "the long test," Samuel Clarke and Daniel Clarke, dissenters (pp. 69, 70)
Order discharging an order of two of the Justices adjudging Richard Street, farmer, of the parish of Harrow, to be the father of the male bastard of Elizabeth Wadbrook, born at Old Brentford, in the parish of Ealing. (p. 73)
Sessions Book 669—June, 1709.
Complaint of Sir William Benson, knight, J.P., of the gathering of people at Stratford-le-Bow and Bromley, on pretence of keeping a fair there known as "Greengoose Fair," who, by their erections of booths and sheds on the highway leading from London to Romford, cause obstruction and annoyance. Order that such erections be prohibited (p. 36)
Order to certain Justices to examine into the wants of the prisoners in the House of Correction at Clerkenwell, who had complained that they suffered terribly during "the late hard frost," and that six of them nearly died of starvation (p. 37)
Order as to the settlement of John Gowan, Mary, his wife, and their three children, John, Susannah, and Samuel. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Andrew's, Holborn, and St. Margaret's, Westminster (p. 39)
Sessions Book 670—July, 1709.
Order for an equal assessment to be made on the inhabitants of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields for the repair of the highways in the said parish, which lie as follows:—Before the old churchyard in St. Martin's Lane, 250 yards; in Church Lane, 326 yards; in and about the new churchyard, 69 yards; at the watch-house in the upper end of Hedge Lane, 444 yards; at the Almshouses in the parish of St. Anne, 116 yards; in Hemings Row, 180 yards. The foregoing are to be repaired with paviour's work. Mason's work is to be done as follows:—In Church Lane, broad stone paving, 785 feet; at the two doors at the east end of the church, 190 feet; the pavement in the old churchyard leading from the schoolhouse to the north end of the rails at the steeple, and from thence to St. Martin's Lane, 960 feet; the pavement along by the stone stumps on the west side of the old churchyard, and the pavement leading from thence towards the middle door at the west end of the church, 935 feet; at the stone steps descending from the old churchyard into St. Martin's Lane, 270 feet; the pavement and steps going up to the Lords' Gallery on the south side of the church, 106 feet; and in New Churchyard passage, 374 feet (ibid.)
Order to Nathaniel Browne, gentleman, high constable of Westminster, and to all the petty constables within the said city and liberty, to issue returns of all persons liable to serve as jurors (p. 19)
Order as to the settlement of Elizabeth, wife of Edward Wiltshire, and her two children, Jane and Edward. The said Edward, her husband, was apprenticed to Joseph Wiltshire, of Gardner's Lane, St. Margaret's, Westminster, joiner (p. 23)
Order adjourning to the next Quarter Sessions, the appeal of Francis Bishop, against an order made by two of the Justices adjudging him to be the father of Francis, a bastard child of Mary Preston, of the parish of St. Martin'sin-the-Fields. The order is made at the request of the churchwardens of St. Martin's, who are to pay 10/- to the said Bishop (p. 24)
Order headed "St. Martin's Court Room, 29 September, 1709." Certain Justices, in obedience to Her Majesty's pleasure, notified to them by the Earl of Sunderland, to inquire into the causes of the excessive price of corn, give order that notice be given by the criers to all the Justices in the county and liberty to appear on Saturday the 1st October in the Exchequer Chamber adjoining Westminster Hall. Sir Thomas Franklyn, Mr. Hawtrey, Colonel Shoreditch, and Mr. Jennens, are especially desired to be present, as they have information and knowledge of great misdemeanours committed in Uxbridge market "touching the ingrossing of corn there." The high constables are to inform themselves through the petty constables, &c., of abuses committed by persons ingrossing corn, and to present a return to the Justices at the meeting at Westminster of the names, &c., of such ingrossers, regrators, forestallers, and other offenders (p. 26)
Order headed "Exchequer Chamber, adjoining Westminster Hall, and dated 1 October, 1709." The high constables, through the petty constables, &c., in the various divisions are to inquire into the abuses in the markets, corn and meal being ingrossed to "inhance the price thereof." They are to discover forestallers and farmers who only bring samples of corn to market "and sell and deliver the gross quantity of their corn at their farms and barns," so that the markets remain unfurnished. The returns of such offenders are to be handed in at the Quarter Sessions to be held in Westminster Hall on 6 October. Further, clerks and toll-gatherers of the markets in the county are required to furnish a similar return, and the Justices living near the towns of New Brentford, Staines, and Uxbridge, are requested to order the constables of those places to attend the markets to get intelligence, &c., that those who do not keep the assize of bread may be proceeded against. (p. 28)
Sessions Book 671—July, 1709.
Order of Council about the poor Palatines, addressed to the Duke of Bedford, and accompanied by a letter from him to the Justices respecting the same. It sets forth that several thousand Germans, oppressed and ruined by the French on the frontier, on account of their religion, have fled into this kingdom; that a general collection for them has been granted throughout the kingdom, "that they may the sooner be put in a way of exercising their industry," and may become useful to the kingdom. The Court is asked to consider the best way for disposing of these distressed protestants in the county, and to afford them all countenance and assistance. The Council is to be informed, from time to time, of the proceedings of the Justices in this matter (pp. 32, 33)
Order for William Gilbert, victualler, of the parish of Whitechapel, to pay to the churchwardens, &c., there the sum of 14/-, and weekly the sum of 5/for the support of his wife Mary, whom he has turned out of doors, and who has become chargeable to the parish (p. 33)
Order discharging William Badger from serving longer as headborough for Hampton Wick, in the parish of Hampton. The steward of the manor had lately died, and no court leet had been held. John Elmore is appointed in his place (p. 47)
Order discharging Richard Pynnell and Edward Man from serving longer as headboroughs of Hampton, for the reason given in the last order. William Wynn and Nathaniel Sumner are appointed in their place (ibid.)
Order discharging Thomas Cheeseman from serving longer as constable of the parish of Hampton; he had served for a year, and no court leet had been held, for the reason given in the order above. Richard Blanchard is appointed constable (p. 48)
A petition from certain poor distressed prisoners in the New Prison to the Duke of Bedford, calling attention to the unlawful exactions of Jeremiah Boreham, keeper of the prison, is recommended to the consideration of the Court by the Duke. Certain Justices are directed to examine into the truth of the complaint and to report thereon, together with their opinion touching the behaviour of the keeper towards his prisoners (ibid.)
A complaint from the vicar, churchwardens, &c., of the parish of Hampstead that a playhouse has been lately erected in the town against their consent, and that great scandals, annoyances, and disorders, may be occasioned thereby. The Court suppresses the using and acting of any unlawful games or plays in Hampstead, and directs the petty constables and headboroughs of the town to apprehend the players that they may be punished as rogues, vagabonds, and sturdy beggars (p. 49)
Order discharging Edmund Skinner from serving as constable in the parish of Enfield, on the grounds that he has only lived in the parish two years, and that his presence is daily required in the city of London for his trade there as a haberdasher of small wares (p. 50)
Order adjourning to the next Court of Quarter Sessions the appeal of William Harris, laceman, of London, against an order made by two of the Justices adjudging him to be the father of John, the bastard son of Fleetwood Williams "singlewoman" (p. 52)
Order confirming the order made by two of the Justices adjudging William New, chirurgeon, of the parish of St. Paul, Shadwell, to be the father of the male bastard child of Elizabeth Simpson, widow, of Wapping. (ibid.)
Order referring the accounts of John Hurst, Thomas Wilburne, Thomas Bullock, John Barnes, and Christopher Farmer, overseers for the liberty above Bars, in the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn, for the year 1705, to certain of the Justices, who are to report thereon at the next Sessions. These accounts had previously been referred to certain "ancient inhabitants," who, however, had made no report (p. 55)
Order confirming an order made by two of the Justices adjudging Francis Lewis Francia, merchant, of Bond Street (sic), in the liberty of the Rolls, in the parish of St. Dunstan's-in-the-West, to be the father of the male bastard child of Mary Thomas, born in Hall's Court, in the parish of St. Anne, Westminster (p. 57)
Order for placing William Hoskins, alias Hodskins, convicted of forgery, and fined 3/4, in the pillory, one day upon Tower Hill, near the Victualling Office, and another day in the High Street, near the watch-house, against Hollywell Lane, in the parish of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, for one hour each day, &c. (p. 58)
Order for fining John Cook 6d., and for placing him on the pillory "in the high and open street near the watch-house against Holywell Lane, in the parish of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch," for cursing the Queen's Majesty and speaking other seditious words (ibid.)
Complaint made to the Court that several petty constables, &c., in the county are very negligent in apprehending rogues, vagabonds, and sturdy beggars, permitting them to go up and down the public streets, &c. Order to the constables, headboroughs, &c., to apprehend and punish all such rogues, &c. (p. 58)
Order discharging John Ford from his apprenticehood with Andrew Andrews, joiner, of the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, on the ground that he had not treated him properly, had struck him with a sharp rule, and hath broken large sticks upon him. Ford states that he was bred up in the communion of the church of Rome, and that Andrews was of the same faith, and that until he conformed to the church of England his master was very kind to him, but after he so conformed he became very cruel (p. 60)
Order for John Standish, tailor, of Hatton Garden, to pay 5/- weekly to the churchwardens, &c., of the parish of St. Mildred, Bread Street, towards the maintenance of his son's wife, Sarah Standish, and her children, Mary, Elizabeth, and James (p. 62)
The Justices appointed last Sessions to view Chertsey Bridge and give an estimate of the repairs necessary, report to the Court that they had viewed the bridge and the highway at the end, "and that by reason of a certain campshott or wharfe in the ground of one Thomas Wood, esquire, near the end of the said bridge," 170 feet in length, the highway at the end of the bridge will be in great danger of being laid under water "by the overflowing of the River of Thames." It is ordered that the Justices, if they think it will be for the benefit and security of the bridge to have the campshott repaired, are to see that it is done; but this order is not to be taken as a precedent for obliging the county to repair the wharf in future (p. 63)
Order for John Davison to pay 2/6 per week to the churchwardens, &c., of the parish of St. Giles', Cripplegate, towards the maintenance of his wife Lydia, and their children, John and Elizabeth (p. 67)
On the report of the Justices who had been appointed to inquire into complaints made by certain prisoners confined in the New Prison, Clerkenwell, of illegal usage from the keeper, Jeremiah Boreman, the Court dismissed him from office. He had refused to allow prisoners to buy any food except through him, and had exacted fees above the lawful charges. Francis Geary, gentleman, is appointed keeper. He is to pay £30 a year, maintain the prison in good repair, and to account for all fees received, &c. (pp. 68–71)
List of foreign protestants and others who took the oaths. The foreigners are:—Peter Reit, Jaspar Helmunt, Andrew Barge, John Berkhan, Catherine Bosh, wife of Frederick Harcough, and Sebastian Trantman (p. 72)
Sessions Book 672—September, 1709.
Order discharging Isabella Robson, daughter of Thomas Robson, gentleman, of the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn, from her apprenticehood with Catherine Lane, mantua maker, of St. Clement Danes, as the same was void in law. Complaint was made that Lane and her husband had so severely beaten her that for several days afterwards she was unable to lift up her hands to her head, that she had been compelled to work both night and day, and very often till six or seven o'clock "on the Sabbath day morning" (ibid.)
Order for certain of the Justices to examine and audit the accounts of the late Richard Little, late headborough of the liberty of Glasshouse Yard, that the money due thereon for the passing of vagrants might be paid to his widow, Sarah, who is in want of the money to satisfy her late husband's creditors. (p. 40)
Order for certain of the inhabitants of the liberty of Saffron Hill, Hatton Garden, and Ely Rents, to audit the accounts of Richard Hinton and Richard Phillips, overseers for the previous year (p. 41)
Report of the Court to the Duke of Bedford as to what has been done for the poor Palatines. It is set out that there is no corporation in the county; that the Justices have given the Palatines all the assistance they could by recommendation; that they petitioned the Queen to grant a brief, "whereby they have received very large benevolences," and they hope other counties will be very liberal, and that a general brief may be issued for the whole kingdom; that they have contributed largely out of their purses; and they add that "many of us have also taken several families into our particular care and provided for them, and that several parishes in this county have done so too" (p. 44)
At the Court Room, St. Martin's, Thursday, 29 September, 1709. Order as to the excessive price of corn, similar to that made at Westminster on the 1st of October. [See Sessions Book, 670, p. 26] (p. 45)
Sessions Book 673—October, 1709.
Order concerning the settlement of Elizabeth Dassey and her children, John and Benjamin, in the parish of St. Anne's, Westminster. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Martin's and St. Anne's (p. 23)
Sessions Book 674—October, 1709.
Order upon information given to the Court that in the suburbs the watches are set too late in the evening, that workmen leave their ladders unsecured in the streets where they can be used by burglars, &c., and "that several persons have of late presumed and taken upon them to cast, throw, or fire into the public streets (&c.) great quantities of squibs, rockets, serpents, or other fireworks, to the great danger and damage of Her Majesty's liege subjects," and contrary to the Act William III, c. 9 and 10, to prevent the throwing or firing of squibs, &c. It is directed that the watches be set earlier in the evening, that ladders be secured, and that the throwers of fireworks be arrested (p. 31)
Order concerning the settlement of Sarah Page and her children, Frances, Elizabeth, and Thomas, in the parish of All Hallows the Great, London. The dispute is between the parishes of All Hallows and St. James', Clerkenwell. (p. 34)
Order concerning the settlement of William Cooke, Margaret, his wife, and their children, Charles, William, Thomas, and Henry. William Cooke, the father, was settled in the parish of Heddington, Oxfordshire. The dispute is between the parishes of Heddington and St. Giles'-in-the-Fields (p. 35)
Order concerning the settlement of Elizabeth Cartwright and her children, Peter, Mary, and John, in the parish of St. Giles', Cripplegate. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Giles' and St. Andrew's, Holborn (p. 36)
Order for the treasurer of the money raised in the county for the passing of vagrants, &c., for the hundreds of Ossulston, Edmonton, and Gore, to pay to John Hickman, constable of South Mymms, the sum of £20 due to him from that fund (ibid.)
Order for discharging Elie Lorphelin from his apprenticehood with John Pons, silversmith, of the parish of St. Anne's, Westminster. It was complained that Pons had beaten him "with a horse whalebone whip, both with his clothes on and without, and kicked him," &c. (p. 39)
Order concerning the settlement of Sarah Nuthall, in the Liberty of Saffron Hill, Hatton Garden, and Ely Rents. The dispute is between the parish of St. James', Clerkenwell and the liberty as above (p. 40)
Order concerning the settlement of Elizabeth Smith, widow, and her son, John Smith, in the parish of St. Margaret, Westminster. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Margaret's and St. Giles'-in-the-Fields (p. 41)
The petition of several inhabitants of the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields against a poor rate made, as they alleged, privately, was dismissed on the grounds, first, that the rate had been lawfully made, and, secondly, that any appeal against it should have been made at the previous Quarter Sessions, directly the same was demanded, and not after certain distresses had been levied (p. 42)
Order concerning the settlement of Grace White and her children, Lawrence and Jane, in the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Botolph, Aldgate and St. Giles (p. 43)
At the last Sessions an order was made for certain of the Justices to audit the accounts of John Hurst, Thomas Wilburne, Thomas Bullock, John Barnes, and Christopher Farmer, overseers for the liberty-above-Bars (St. Andrew's, Holborn), for the year 1705. Hurst represented that the referees had not taken the accounts, and the Court extended the time to the next Sessions (p. 44)
Order remanding Thomas Pudsey, gentleman, to Newgate, for want of sufficient sureties for his appearance at the next Sessions to answer a charge of speaking seditious and treasonable words against the Queen. He had been acquitted of a charge of assault upon a constable of St. Clement Danes, Thomas Ford (ibid.)
Miscellaneous memoranda [almost illegible]. That the house of Nicholas Fletcher, on Bushey Heath, in the parish of Harrow-on-the-Hill, is designed a place for protestant dissenters' religious worship. A new house lately erected in the parish of Edmonton is a place to be used for holding meetings and assemblies of divers persons of Her [Majesty's] subjects, dissenting from the Church, for the exercise of religious worship (p. 84)
Sessions Book 675—December, 1709.
Order for Raphael Dubois, chief constable of the Tower Division, and John Cave, chief constable of the Finsbury Division, to attend certain of the Justices on the 8th of December, and produce their accounts for the passing of vagrants, &c. (p. 43)
Report of the Justices on the above-mentioned accounts, dated the 9th of December. Raphael Dubois and John Cave had received considerable sums of money, and instead of paying them in to the treasurer of the vagrant money, as directed, they had used the greater part in allowances to certain petty constables for passing vagrants. The Court orders that the two high constables shall hand in, at the next Quarter Sessions, an exact account of what they have received and expended. The present constable, John Wells, and the late constable, William Noble, of Stratford-le-Bow and Old Ford, are also called to account, the Court being informed that they have passed as vagrants several soldiers and others, from Bow to Whitechapel, who had permissive passes. Wells, Ford, Dubois, and Cave are to attend certain of the Justices, who are to report on the whole matter at the next Quarter Sessions. (ibid.)
Certain Justices appointed to examine the accounts of Robert Wills, late constable for the liberty of Glasshouse Yard, in the parish of St. Botolph, Aldersgate, and report, to the next Court of Quarter Sessions, what is due to him for passing vagrants (p. 45)
The Court is informed that there are a great number of persons in the county who assume to themselves to be drovers of cattle, badgers, laders, kidders, carriers, buyers and sellers of corn and grain, butter and cheese, and other dead victuals, not being thereunto licensed. The Court orders all petty constables to certify to the high constable in the several divisions, before the 31st of December, the full names, addresses, and ages of all such persons licensed and unlicensed. The high constables are to hand in their returns at the next Quarter Sessions (p. 46)
Letter from the Clerk of the Peace to the head constables in the county, informing them that the Earl of Sunderland, one of the Secretaries of State, had complained that several seamen had been impressed lately in Middlesex, and sent into the army instead of into the navy, and desiring them to see that all seamen impressed in this county are "sent into Her Majesty's service by sea and not into the land service" (ibid.)
Order that Elizabeth Clarke be stripped naked from the middle upwards and whipped at a cart's tail, from the Horseshoe Tavern, near the Victualling Office on Tower Hill, to the Irongate in the precinct near St. Katherine's, near the Tower, and thence back again to the Horseshoe Tavern, for unlawfully procuring and publishing a false and counterfeit letter of attorney to receive the wages of a mariner lately belonging to one of the Queen's ships (p. 47)
Order for the Deputy Clerk of the Peace, Robert Hardisty, gentleman, between the 20th of December and the next Quarter Sessions, to take the accounts of the head constables of the various divisions connected with the passing of vagrants (ibid.)
Order for William Collins, headborough of the parish of St. James', Clerkenwell, to receive 12/- for his loss of time, &c., in conveying a poor sick and infirm woman as a vagrant to East Barnet, in the county of Hertford. (p. 48)