Staffordshire Quarter Sessions: 1699

Petitions to the Staffordshire Quarter Sessions, 1589-1799.

This free content was born digital and sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Grant: ‘The Power of Petitioning in Seventeenth-Century England’ (AH/S001654/1) for costs including transcription of seventeenth-century items and editorial work, with the cost of photographing the petitions being funded by an Economic History Society Carnevali Small Research Grant: ‘Seeking Redress in Early Modern England: Petitions to Local Authorities, c.1580-1750’; and the cost of transcribing eighteenth-century items was funded by a later Economic History Society Carnevali Small Research Grant: ‘Poverty, Taxation and Regulation: Petitions to Local magistrates in Eighteenth-Century England’. CC-NC-BY.


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The poor prisoners in the county gaol. Q/SR/440/5 (1699)

October 3d. (99)

To the Right Worshipfull his Majestyes Justices of the peace for this County at theire quarterly Sessions att Stafford

In most humble wise wee poore debtors and prisoners in the common Goale of Stafford aforesaid being in very great want and necessity and not haveing wherewith to supply natures want, and not haveing friends nor estates to releive and support us in this our great extreamity. many of us, for some dayes togather, not haveing bread to sustaine our hungry pineing carcasses, and to aggravate our misseryes whilst we are heare lamentably confined, our poore familyes att home are utterly ruined and dispersed and releived by the charitable benevolence of well disposed Christians, and att the charges of the particular respective parishes, where theire abodes [illegible] are. The serious consideration hearof, might mollify the hardest harted Christian, and move him to sympothize, [illegible] and compassionat our deploreable estates, we therefore doe [illegible]y beseech your Worshipps, to commisserat our lamentable [illegible]reable condicion, and be gratiously pleased to take som speedy [illegible] for the future supply of our great wants and indigences. there being nothing allowed to us poore debtors out of the County, but what the fellons onely have, and we shall ever pray for you

We whose names are hear subscribed are the poorest of [debters?], which onely appertaine to the County Chamber

  • George Swann William Garbett
  • Roger Baggaly John Johnson
  • Thomas Bentley Thomas Grice
  • George Amerye Daniel Cantrell
  • Goorge Rawlin Thomas Nightingall
  • Samuel Weston Walter Middleton
  • Joseph Felkin William Clemson
  • Benjamin Pearson John Stevenson
  • Thomas Harker
  • Thomas Dutton

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The poor prisoners in the county gaol for debt. Q/SR/437/12 (1700)

To the Worshipfull the Justices of Peace att the Generall Quarter Sessions, held for the County of Stafford upon Tuesday the ninth day of January 1699

The humble peticion of the poore prisoners in the County Goale for debt


That whereas you were pleased by your order of the last Sessions to grant unto us poore prisoners for debt an allowance of eight shillings by the weeke in bread which hath been carefully distributed by Mr Dolphin amongst us, for which wee returne our humble thanks, and pray the continuance of your charity to us, for we are reall objects of the same, and as in duty bound your poore petitioners shall ever pray. etc.

  • George Swann
  • George Amery John Jones
  • William Garbett ` Mary Stafford
  • Thomas Baker Roger Bagnall
  • Thomas Grice Humphry Orme
  • Walter Midleton
  • John Stevenson Richard Sharpe
  • Samuell Weston William Steen
  • Daniell Cantrell Will Puce
  • Joseph Felkin
  • Benjamin Pearson
  • George Rawlin
  • William Clemson
  • Thomas Edwards
  • Thomas Dallaway
  • William Smallwood
  • Thomas Nightingall

5li granted and to be raised with the next public money