Cheshire Quarter Sessions: 1678

Petitions to the Cheshire Quarter Sessions, 1573-1798.

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Richard Jervis of Nantwich, aged 60 years. QJF 105/4/146 (1678)

To the right worshipfull Sir Thomas Manweringe barronet and Sir Robert Cotton knight and baronet and to the rest of the justices of the peace at this quarter sessions assembled

The humble peticion of Richard Jervis of Namptwich aged sixtie yeares or thereaboutes

Sheweth that your peticnour was a souldier in his majesties [service?] at Edg Hill under the commaund of the worshipfull Major Richard Walthall and under him soe continued, untill Nasebies fight [where?] your peticnour was taken prisnour and transported beyond sea, being sore wounded and brused in the said service to the utter undoeing of your poore peticnour his wife and children whoe have bin almost lost and famished in these hard and deare times for want of foode and nessaries to sustayne nature.

The premisses tenderly considered your peticnour humbly besecheth your good worshipps to graunt your peticnour a larger pencion then now hee hath allowed him beinge but twentie shillinges a yeare to wardes the better mentaynance of your peticnour his wife and children and your peticnour shall as in dewtie bound ever pray for your worshipp [illegible] [and?] safetie etc


Next vacancy

William Duckett, labourer. QJF 106/1/119 (1678)

[illegible] honourable his majesties justices of the [illegible] [assembled?] Aprill [illegible]th [1676?]

[illegible] humble peticion [of?] William [Duckett?] laborer

Sheweth [illegible] [illegible] whereas your peticioner hath severall times made applicacion [unto?] this court for releife for himselfe and family haveing formerly maintayned himselfe by his owne industry in good repute with out being burthensome to any and now being [growne?] aged and impotent [is?] noe wise able to subsist without some allowance or maintenance for the future and did thereupon procure an order that the overseeres of the poore should provide for your peticioner accordinge to lawe in pursuance of which order the overseers gave your peticioner 12 pence a weeke without an addicion to which your peticioner is likely to and his wife and 3 sh small children are likely to perish

The premisses considered your peticioner humbly prayes the order of this court for a large allowance for his future maintenance and hee will ever pray etc


[Justices of the hundred?]

Referred overseers of the poore.

Apud Northwich quarto die Aprilis anno [illegible] secundi [nunc Angliae?] etc vicesimo [illegible]

Ordered that it bee referred to his majesties justices of the peace of the hundred of Northwich who are hereby desired to make such order for the peticioneres future releife and maintenance as to them shall seeme meet

[M Cobbe el pac?]

Apud Medium Wicum vicesimo quarto die Aprilis anno regni Caroli secundi nunc Angliae etc xxix

Ordered that it bee referred to his majesties justices of the peace of the hundred of Northwich who are hereby desired to [illegible] for the [illegible] releife as to them that shall seeme meete the peticioner being about one hundred yeares of age and is thought fit to be provided for agreeable to his age [illegible] [M Cobbe el pac?]

Humphrey Ellis of Northwich, labourer. QJF 106/1/120 (1678)

To the right honourable his majesties justesses of the peace at this present quarter sessi=ons at Northwich beinge the ninth day of Aprell 1678.

The humble peticion of Humphrey Ellis of Northwich in the countie of Chester laboror.

Sheweth unto your honers that your poore petitioner upon the sixt day of Aprell instant in the night by John Gorst of Northwich in the countie afforesaid laborer, was booth wounded and [illegible] sore strucken, hee your poore petitioner beinge imployed by Master Thomas Wade at the Barron of Kinderton his workes, was to take care of the coales, and that noe injury should bee done unto the works, hee the said John Gorst beinge a laborer at Master Henery Brookes workes did beat your petitioner as afforesaid, your petitioner not knowinge what his intention might bee, nor oweinge the said John Gorst any evell will, doth desire your honours to grant your petitioner a warrant to bind the said John Gorst afforesaid to his good behavior and as hee is bound will ever pray etc.



Robert Oakell, a poor prisoner for debt in Chester castle. QJF 106/1/121 (1678)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of the peace, and quorum att theire generall sessions of the peace held att Northwich Aprill the 9th annoque domini 1678

The humble peticion of Robert Oak Oakell a pooer distressed prisoner for debtt in the castle of Chester in all humility

Sheweth that your peticioner dureinge all the time of our unnaturall warrs, was a true souldier and actuall in armes (without any [recconeesinge?], both to his deceased majestie and allsoe to his majestie that now is, wherein hee received not onely severall woundes, but allsoe by sequestration, and otherwise, was, and is utterly undonne in soe much that now hee is become a prisoner as afforesayde, where uppon your petitioner beeinge in distresse, humblely made bould to petition your worships att the last quarter sessions held att Middlewitch to bee admitted a pentioner but was not then admitted in regard all was full onely promissed the first vacancie,

The premisses tenderly considered, and, that a pentioner formerly liveinge in Broxen hundred is since the last sessions deceased ytt is by your petitioner humblely craved that hee may now bee admitted in his roome, and steed, in soe doeinge as in duty hee will ever pray for your eternall felicyties


To bee admitted next vacancy

Peter Lowe of Smallwood, labourer. QJF 106/1/122 (1678)

To the honorable and right worshipfull the justices of the peace for the county of Chester;

The humble petition of your poore supplicant Peter Lowe of Smallwood in the county of Chester labourer; sheweth that whereas your poore pititioner hath for severall years last past lived in the township of Smallwood and by his paines and industry hath endeavoured to pay rent for ahouse to live in and by all other meanes used the utmost of his power to maintaine his family from being further burthensome (then his great necessity forceth him; to any of the inhabitants of the said township; and whereas your poore supplicant being obliged by covenant at May next to remove from the house he now liveth in (the same being sett longe since to another man) and haveing enquired through out the said town=ship and offered to give a valuable rent to such as had houses to sett they either afferme they had sett them before; or will not sett them to your poore supplicant insomuch that your poore suppli=ant is in greate feare of being destitute of a habitation; before he can have reliefe from this honourable bench; unlesse at this time you please to take his condition in to your charitable consideration and favour him with your order for his future reliefe; hee having foure children besides himselfe; and only desireing ahouse for his moneyes; or to be ordered what other course to take when his necessity shall require; the premisses con=sidered your poore petitioner hopes this honourable bench will yeild him such reliefe as this his necessity doth require and shall ever pray for your worships health and prosperity and remaine in all obedience to your command;

April the 9th 1678

Peter Lowe



Thomas Streetch of Whatcroft, husbandman. QJF 106/1/123 (1678)

To the right honourable his majesties justesses of the peace for this present quarter session at Northwich beinge the 9th of Aprell 1678.

The humble peticion of Thomas Streetch of Whatcroft in the countie of Chester husbandman

Sheweth that whereas your peticioner hath for seaverall yeares lived in the towneship of Whatcroft afore said and now is married and hath [illegible] and is lickly to have children which is not his desire to put the afforesaid township of Whatcroft to any dam age by reson of his charge, doth de sire that hee may have aplace with in the afforesaid towneship of What croft to live in, or otherwise the towneship of Whatcrof, to put in securitie to some other towneship hee payinge his rent, and as hee is bound will ever pray etc.



William Whalley of Aston, husbandman. QJF 106/1/124 (1678)

To the right honourable the justesses of the peace assessembled at this present quarter sessions at Northwich beinge the ninth day of Aprell 1678.

The humble petition of William Whalley of [D...h?] Aston in the contie of Chester husbandman

Humblie sheweth that your peticioner upon the fift day of Aprell instant comeinge from the moonthly meetinge in Budworth did meete William Litlor, and his sister Ann Litlor shee beeinge a quaker did lay voyalent hands upon your petitioner and did as your honours may [illegible] see booth by my face and if accasion may bee upon my back, and lick wise manie other abuses weere offered unto your petitioner as hee can relate, beinge that your petitioner beinge put in office consearneinge the quakers hee your petitioner hopes hee shall not re=caive any abuse, and as hee is bound will ever pray, etc.


Apud Northwich nono die Aprilis anno regni Caroli secundi nunc Angliae etc xxxo

The court takeing notice of the sadd condicion of the peticioner orders that the overseers of the poore of Aston doe take care that the peticioner may have sufficient maintenance according to his necessity, otherwise that they bee proceeded against as neglectors of negligent in the execucion of their office

[William Cobbe el pac?]

Unidentified petitioners in support of Thomas Draine of Weverham, webster. QJF 106/1/125 (1678)

To the right honourable his magistes jusstis of the peace at the generall quarter sessions to be held at Northwich Aperill the 9 1678

Theise may cirtifie all whom it may conserne that on Satterday the 30 day of March anno domini 1678 in the night tyme there happened to bre ake out a fire in the dwelling house of Thomas Draine of Weverham by trayde a webster which provd soe furious that in a short tyme be [reason?] noe person was in the house the said house with all the bulding thereunto adjouneing and all the goods what soe ever within the said house and houseing were totally consumed and reduced to ash his to the vallue of twenty pounds and upwards to the great impoverishing and uter ruin of the said Thomas Daine and his wife being both very ancient people unlesse in short tyme preven ted by the releife and charity of well disposed peopell the petisinor hereof humbley refers the premisses to the judicious consideration of his magistis justis of the peace for this county humbly desireing there assistance for there pre sant releife

Thomas Tomlinson, gunsmith. QJF 106/1/127 (1678)

To the right worshipfull the justices of the peace for the county palatine of Chester now assembled at the quarter sessions holden for this county

The humble peticion of Thomas Tomlinson gun=smith

Humbly sheweth.

That whereas your petitioner liveing with his father Richard Tomlinson in the time when that late furious and lamentable fire reduced to ashes your petitioners said fathers shopp and house scituate in the townshipp of Calveley; by which unhappy accident your petitioner with his wife were destitute of an habitation, which he attempting to take in the neigh=bouring townshipps hath been hindered by reason noe security is given to free them from charges,

The premisses considered your petitioner humbly prayeth your worshipps out of your wonted clemency to be graciously pleased to grant your petitioner your worshipps order that he may build himselfe a shopp and smale cottage upon the wast by Watfield pavement side within the townshipp of Calveley aforesaid for your poore petitioner and his family to inhabite in that he be not inforced to wander upp and downe haveing noe place to gett his livelyhood in to defend him from poverty which else will certainly attend him

And your petitioner shall ever pray etc



George Hudson of Butley. QJF 106/1/128 (1678)

The humble petition of George Hudson of Butley unto the honorable his majesties justis of the peace at this present met to gather,

Where as your poore petioner George Hudson being now in duerance and abideing greate punishment for want of meate drinke and clothing where by hee is put to greate distress and wante as is too weell provd and knowne and hee abideth this punishment upon the account of Master Redditch through som information that hath comen against him very undeserving for hee hath honest suffient witness to produce that say the think the were with Master Redditch as [lately?] as any Cheshire man was and hard him declare and say that hee did not any ways pretend to troubel the aforesaid George Hudson in the least for any contereversi that formerly was betwixt them but a nigh neighbour of the said George Hudsones plainely out of mallis and nothing of matter hath don this as is well knowne in the towneship of Butley aforesaid as allsoe unto some of them whose handes have underneath here subscribed where upon your petitioner hath comen to infinet of sarow and [trouble?] as carried before justises and by his accusations caryd to bee imprisoned wanting food and rament and hee being a poore man not abel of him selfe nor haveing any kinsfolke abel to remedy this his injury nor to [relieve?] his want whereby hee is now growen into a very sad and poore condition where upon hee is inforced to fly unto your presentes with this his poore peticion [hoping?] you will take this his woefull condition in to all your serious consideration and in this his sad condition to [shew?] him som relefe to [cause?] him to have his liberty [peacebly?] and if it bee your worships pleasure to cause the said George Hudson to produce wittness of what hee hath here presumed to write hee doubeth not but you beeing soe favorable as alowing him time untill the next sessiones [illegible] bring them in for hee is not abel long to undergoe this his punishment soe hopeing this his poore petion will not bee by your worships slightely lookd upon nor regarded as a fabel or matter of untruth I ass in duty bound doe rest your to command

  • George Hudson
  • Richard Dale
  • Hugh Burges his marke
  • Edward Cottin
  • James Holland
  • William [Linney?] his marke


Furthermore, this may certyfy to your worships that this said Edward Mottershed [illegible] accusers as my neighbours doe informe credebaly doth intend to doe his utermost endevor [to have?] this poore man perjeuerd where upon your poore petioner [once?] [illegible] favouer from you that when hee come to prosecute you will [illegible] at that time untill you have alowd your poore petioner liberty [to bring?] [illegible] against your his mallis and hee will bee ever bound [one his knees?] [illegible]

Elizabeth the wife of Francis Green of Sutton, tanner. QJF 106/1/129 (1678)

To the honourable and right worshipfull his majesties justices of the peace att theire generall quarter sessions held att Chester the 19th of January anno domini 1677

The humble peticion of Elizabeth the wife of Francis Green of Sutton neare Macclesfeild in the county of Chester tanner

Humbly sheweth that whereas your peticioners husband beinge of a weake estate and much indebted unto severall persons did in Maye last fly the county and leave your peticioner with three small children, and that immediately thereupon all your peticioners goods and house=hold stuffe were taken and swept awaye by the sherriffes bayliffes of this county whereby your peticioner was left in a most deplorable condicion and hath continued soe ever since haveinge nothinge att all left to subsist on or to maintaine herselfe or children but what shee hath painfully earned by her dayly paines and industry: and your peticioner further sheweth that shee hath made her complaintes to severall of the justices of the peace within the hundred of Macclesfeild whoe have recomended her to the care of the overseers for the poore within the said townshippe of Sutton, but maye itt please your worshipps they have hitherto neglected and refused and still doe refuse to allowe your peticioner or her children any maintenance att all, soe that your peticioner and her said children are likely to bee starved unles remedyed by your worshipps.

The premisses considered your peticioner humbly beggs your worshipps commiseracion of her and her childrens sad condicion and that your would bee pleased to graunt your worshipps order of this sessions to the overseers for the poore of the said townshipp of Sutton whereby your peticioner and her said children maye have some releife and your peticioner as in duty bound shall ever praye etc




Elizabeth Sadler of Hartford, spinster. QJF 106/1/130 (1678)

To the honourable his majesties justices of peace att the generall quarter sessions of the peace held at Northwich Aprill 9 1678

The humble petition of Elizabeth Sadler of Hartford spinster

Sheweth that your petitioner is a very weake and poor woman and by reason of a longe and lingringe suknesse and many bodily infirmities is altogether unable to mantaine herselfe by her hand=labours (as formerly shee hath done) without beinge chargeable to any.

That your petitioner haveing nothinge of her owne to subsist on, nor haveinge had any releef from the overseers of for the poor of Hartford aforesaid, nor beinge able to goe abroad to seeke her releef, is like to starve for want, unlesse her necessitous condition be considered and releeved by this noble bench

May it therefore please your honors, upd (upon tender considration of the premisses) to order, that the overseers for the poor of Hartford aforesaid shall afford and pay somethinge weekly to your petitioner, to prevent her perishinge

And your petitioner will ever pray for your honours

We whose names are subscribed doe certify that the substance of this petition is most true, as some of us doe know, and the rest doe verily beleeve.

  • John Fishwicke minister de Witton.
  • Thomas Lowe
  • John Eaton.

Overseers of the poore

John Hindle, Christopher Hindle, John Sandiforth and Mathew Travis, masons. QJF 106/1/132 (1678)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of the peace quorum at the quarter sessions of the peace holden at Midlewich Northwitch and for the county palatine of Chester

The humble peticon of John Hindle Christopher Hindle John Sandiforth and Mathew Travis masons

Sheweth that your petitioners undertook the building of Barton bridge in the county of Lancaster as to the mason work and to uphold the same for one whole yeare after it should be first finished

That the said bridge was built and the work in such sort performed as gave satisfacion to the overseers of the work and to all that saw the bridge as your petitioners humbly thinke

That (to gratify the importunity of passengers and neighbouring persons many of them inhabitants in Cheshire to hasten the said bridge) your petitioners were too adventrouse in setting the same up somwhat too late in the yeare and a violent raine suddenly ensueing before the lime in the midle piller had time to harden and bind, though the foundacion stood firm, the top of the piller gave way to the fury of the flood, and so over turned the whole.

That the inhabitants of Lancasheir have paid [1100?] pounds to build the bridge whereof your petitioners haveing received what was due to them for the masonrie according to their covenant stand bound to make good there foremencioned undertakeing which as it hath fallen out goes a great way towards your petitioners utter undoing.

That neverthelesse your petitioners since the bridge so fell have bine getting out the stones soe many as could be found and were usefull, and the last summer set up the pillers so high as to the turneing of the arches which though they have been severall times covered with floods are not in the least moved and have gotten and wrought other stones now in such readinesse as if their mony and friends faile them not they hope early this summer to set it up so as to the two countys of Chester and Lancaster it may be of great and lasting use.

May it please your worshipps in pittie to your poor petitioners and for promoting so important a worke to a great part of your county to recommend your petitioners misfortunes and their great want and necessitie of a supply to enable them to finish what they have begun in such manner as to your worshipps shall seem meet amongst the inhabitants of your county and your petitioners finding the effects of your and their charitable releife shall ever pray etc

Ann Brooke of Nantwich. QJF 106/2/130 (1678)

To the right worshippfull the justices of peace for the countie palatine of Chester etc

The humble peticuon of Ann Brooke of Namptwich a poore lame impotent and weake cripple

Sheweth that your poore peticnour hath one child which your peticuoner sett prentice unto the trade of a glover whoe hath dilligently and faithfully served foure yeares of his said apprentiship haveinge had nor receved any more allowance or mentaynance, from the said towne of Namptwich but onely nine pence per month towardes the releife of your poore peticnour and hir said child now soe it is, if it may please your good worshipps, that your poore peticnours sonn by mischance hath broke his ledg beinge not able to stir or remove him selfe to the utter undoeing of your poore peticnour and hir child

The premisses tenderly and compassionatley considered your poore peticnour humbly beseecheth your good worshipps to order the overseeyeres of the poore of Namptwich to enlarge there weekely or monthly alowance, with out which your poore peticnour with hir child are like to bee [clemed?] and starved, and your poore peticnour shall as in dewtie bound ever pray etc



Jane Jonson. QJF 106/2/131 (1678)

The humble petion of Jane Jonson

Wheare as it was ordered by this courte that the counstable of the castle of Chester should take care for a baster child of Thomas Shawes: the which Thomas Shaw made his escape out of his custody the which consta -stable of the castle of Chester agreed with your worshipes poore peticioner for the keeping of the said child and promised to give her ten shilinges per quarter which which sayd payment he hath necclected to pay and doth now refuse to pay your poore peticioner wherefore shee humbly prays your worships that you would be pleased to take her condition in to your worships considera tion



John Elless of Ince, labourer. QJF 106/3/97 (1678)

To the wright worshipfull whom it may conscerne his majesties justices of the peace

The humble petion of John Elless of Ince in the county of Chester laberar

Most humbley sheweth that youre poore petichener John Elless hath lived in Ince this tenne yeares and upwards and now is married and hath a wife and three children and is destetute of a house for in Ince houses are soe scase that a poore man cannot geet a house for his mony and youre poore petioner moust humbly begeth of youre worships that you would be pleased that I may buld mee up an house in Ince upon the wast youre poore petioner hath gotten the free consent of all his nighbors and wee whose names are heare under written doth desire youre worsheps that you yould bee pleased for to take it unto considderation and that you would bee pleased for to grant unto him an order for to build him up an house upon the wast as for his life and conversation a monght his nighbours hee carrise him selfe well and like an onest poore man and your poore petioner most humbly begeth that youre worsheps would bee pleased for to grainte unto him this faver and hee shall bee bound ever to pray for you

  • Robeart Hind
  • Thomas Bushell
  • Richard Hinde
  • Thomas Harrison
  • William Whitby
  • William Johnson
  • John Witter
  • curate
  • Thomas Harrison
  • William Whitbye
  • churchwardens


I doe alow the barer here of John Elless liberty to arect acotage within the lordship of Ince

  • Thomas Cholmondeley

Graunted Master Cholmondeley setting his seale.


Whereas it hath appered unto this court by the humble peticion of John Ellis that hee hath lived in the towneshipp of Ince in this county for the space of ten yeares and upwardes, and that hee hath a wife and three children and is destitute of an habitacion and forasmuch as Thomas Cholmondeley of Vale Royall esquire lord of the sayd mannour of Ince hath signified his consent (under his hand and seale unto this court for the said John Ellis petitioner to have a cottage in Ince [afor?] it is therefore ordred by this courte that the said John Ellis may erect a cottage in some parte of the wase [illegible] belonging to the said townshipp lordshipp or mannour of Ince, according to the appointment of the [illegible] or servaunt of the said Master Cholmondeley for that purpos

John Gleave of Handford, labourer. QJF 106/3/98 (1678)

[Com?] Cestria

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of the peace and quorum at the generall quarter sessions of the peace held at Knutseford the eight day of March 1678

The humble peticion of John Gleave of Handford in the county of Chester labourer

Humbley sheweth that your peticioner haveing a wife and three small children and his wife great againe, is destitute of an habitacion, haveing noe place to live in, and that they have lyne in the lane severall nights to the great hazard and danger of his wife and children lyves there fore your peticioner humbly prayes your order to the overseers of the poore of Handford aforesaid to provide some place for him and your peticioner will ever pray etc



Thomas Portington, gentleman, and Thomas Pulford. QJF 106/3/99 (1678)

To the honourable his majesties juctices of the peace at theire quarter sessions of the peace now held at Nether Knottesford.

The humble peticion of Thomas Portington gentleman and Thomas Pulford.

Humbly sheweth that your petitioners severall yeares since did at the speciall instance and request of Robert Okell of Warton, and for his sole and proper use enter into a bond a bond of 40 pounds condicioned for the payment of 20 pounds with interest at a day longe since past, which the said Okell although hee had a competent and full estate sufficient to have discharged the same, hath neglected to pay any part thereof but hath suffered the same to goe on soe farre in law and the arreare of interest as amounteth to 15 pounds more and upwards, and hath alsoe suffered one of your petitioners to to lye in prison a longe time for the same, and the other hath beene in durance and suffered very much thereby, the said Okell (notwithstanding his sufficiency) still refuseing to take any course to defray the same, but instead of doeing that just act (beeing a prisoner for debt) most unjustly and [fraudulently?] meerely to throw the said debt and costs upon your petioners hath taken [his?] oath according to the direccions of the late act for releife of distressed prisoners and intendeth to bee discharged by this honourable court, though the said Okell hath house and ground now in his possession and disposall worth the yearely value of 20 pounds or thereabouts, as your petioners hope to make out to this honourable court

Your petioners therefore humbly pray that [this honourable?] court would graciously please to take [illegible] into your serious consideracions, and [illegible] merritts of the cause may bee [due...?] [illegible] into before the said Okell bee [dis...?] [illegible] your petioners releived here [illegible] wisdomes shall seeme [illegible] and your petioners (as in duty [illegible]


Wee whose names are subscribed neighbours to and inhabitants of the towneshipp of Warton doe beleive the contents of the above written peticion to bee really true.

  • Ralph Batrich
  • Thomus [Pulfabe?]
  • Samuell Smith
  • Robert Rollinson
  • Peter Moulson
  • Richard Raphson
  • Joseph Gibbans

The inhabitants of Monks Coppenhall in support of William Brereton. QJF 106/3/100 (1678)

[Com?] Cestria.

To the honourable bench at the quarter sessions held at Neither Knutsford.

Wee whose names are hereunto subscribed inhabitants of Monkes Coppenhall doe humbly certifie that this petitioner William Brereton is an honest poor labouring man and takes great paines to maintaine his poor wife and children without being anywayes burdensome to the said townshipp of Monkes Coppenhall; and wee doe thinke fitt and reasonable, if this honourable bench see it good that the said William with his wife and children may peacably continue and reside in that small habitacion wherein he now lives amongst us witness our hands the third day of September annoque domini 1678vo.

  • J. Harrison rector
  • Randel Kent
  • Hugh Ekles church wardens
  • William Shenton
  • Thomas Shenton
  • Thomas Mottershod
  • George Gorton
  • Thomas Key
  • George [illegible]geninges
  • James Beech
  • John Malbon
  • John Ash
  • John Whitbey
  • John Bealey
  • Thomas [Bostock?]

William Brereton. QJF 106/3/101 (1678)

[Com?] Cestria

The humble petition of William Brereton to the honourable bench at the quarter sessions held at Neither Knutsford.

Humbly sheweth that your poor petitioner hath been an inhabitant with his wife and family in Monkes Coppenhall in the said county for the space of seaven years at May last past, and that your petitioner hath by Gods assistance, and his owne labour maintained his said wife and family without being in any sort troublesome or chargable to the said towne; and your petitioner further sheweth that in or about the begining of March last past, hee being destitute of any habitacion for himselfe his said wife and children, by reason the house wherein your petitioner did thentofore reside was other wayes disposed off by the owner thereof; your petitioner being then destitute of a dwelling as aforesaid and haveing a great charge of children to maintaine wholely through his owne industry, rather then to become burdensome to the said towne did make his adresses to John Malbon of the said towne, that he would give leave, that your petitioner might sett up a small piece of building upon a part of his the said John Malbons tenement which he now holds by vertue of a lease under John Acton of Haslington gentleman the which request of your petitioner was accordingly condescended unto, and the said small building erected but now so itt is, may it please this honourable bench that att the last quarter sessions held for this county at Namptwich your petitioner was presented for erecting the said coate or cottage, all which said matters of fact your petitioner doth humbly confesse: and most humbly prayes this honourable bench (the premisses tenderly considered) that your poor petitioner may by order of this court have his fyne taken off, or medigated [to?] some small summe (otherwise the same will certainely tend to the utter ruin and impoverishment of your said petitioner his wife and [family?]) and your [petitioner?] [illegible] in duty bound shall ever pray etc.