Petitions to the Westminster Quarter Sessions: [1620-1640]

Petitions to the Westminster Quarter Sessions, 1620-1799.

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Ann ap Thomas, a poor servant. WJ/SR/NS/002B/001 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull Justices of the worshipfull Bench

The humble peticion of Ann ap Thomas a poore servant to Mr Fennell.

Most humbly sheweth. Whereas Elizabeth Totnam wyddow a milkwoman and Elizabeth her daughter have from tyme to tyme abused and beaten your poore petitioner and doe still threaten to contynue the same abuse soe that shee cannot goe aboute her mistress buisines for them in quiett but is in dayly danger and feare of her life by their unjust malice.

For that the younger Elizabeth is bound over here before your worships at the instant, Shee humbly prayeth shee may be still bound over. And the petitioner shall dayly pray for your worships happines.

Henry Pettingall. WJ/SR/NS/002B/002 ([1620-1640])

To the right Worshipps the Justices of the Cittie and Liberties of Westminster here assembled.

The humble peticion of Henry Pettingall

Sheweth, whereas one William Wolfe about the 19th. of September last causelesly conceivinge an inveterate malice against your petitioner and his wife came unto your petitioners house and in most vile base and unneighbourly fashion called your petitioners wife both whoorle and bawde to the great disgrace of your petitioners And in these followinge cunninge and revylinge words said, If thou art a whore as thou art a whore, I will not call the whoore, and that if thou wert a bawde as thou art an old bawde I would not call the bawde. And also most raylingly and undecently said his wife was a whoore, and whereas they had carted one lately in St. Giles, ere longe he would have the cart brought for her, And as touching your petitioner himselfe the said Wolfe did bid pull in his head least his hornes would not lett him, to the greate discharge disgrace and example of evill

Now for that the said Wolfe notwithstanding these abuses hath not onely caused his wife to be bound ober to this sessions but also hath arrested your petitioner att the comen lawe, albeyt he and his wife hath receyved these exorbitant abuses,

His humble suite is that his wife being now sicke and ready to answere for her selfe, shee may be called, And that these wrongs complayned of may be redressed according to your worshipps worthy discreccions.

John Joanes, a very poor man. WJ/SR/NS/002B/003 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull Sir Thomas Wilson knight

The humble peticion of John Joanes a very poore man.

Most humbly sheweth That it pleased your worshipfull att the suite of one George Fessey of St Martynes touching a quarrell to bynd your petitioner over to appeare att this quarter Sessions of the peace here houlden, for which your worshipp was pleased to take his owne bayle and in obedience whereunto he doth humble appeare, But now forasmuch as the poore petitioners wife is very sicke, and the petitioner hath nothing but his dayly labours to maynteyne himselfe wife and children,

His most humbly suite is that your worshipfull wilbe pleased to be a meanes that the petitioner may be called and that yow would be a meanes that he may be discharged

And he will ever pray for your worshipfull.

Thomas Carter. WJ/SR/NS/002B/004 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipful the Justices of Peace for the Citty and libertyes of Westminster

The humble peticion of Thomas Carter

Sheweth that your petitioner the last quarter Sessions preferred an indictement against one Sara Morris, who then was not to be found, but your petitioner enjoyned to finde her out and to prosecute against her, this presente Sessions.

The said Sara is here present in Court being brought in by your petitioners industry and your peticioner hath with his witnesses attended ever since att this Sessions began to give evidence against the said Sara.

And therefore most humbly praies she may be called that your petitioners may be discharged of his attendance and she punished according to her demeritts

And he will ever pray etc.

Alice Whitmore, widow. WJ/SR/NS/002B/006 ([1620-1640])

To the right honorable worshipfull, and others the Comissioners for the Sewers.

The humble peticion of Alice Whitmore widdowe

Humbly sheweth that your peticioners late husband Owen Whitmore deceased attended yow here in this Courte and done yow all services to his uttermost indevoures for the space of eight yeres, for the which he hath had very litle recompense as (not unknowne to dyvers of your worships) and your peticoner by his decease with fowre children exposed to greate misery and want.

Therefore she most humbly beseecheth your worships to in comiseracion of your peticoners poore estate) to vouchsafe her your benevolences to the releife of her and her poore children: And she will ever pray for your happinesses

Joane Clarke. WJ/SR/NS/002B/007 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull his Majesties Justices of the Peace for the Cittie and Liberties of Westminster

The humble peticion of Joane Clarke

Humblie shewing, that her husband William Clarke hath and still doth trulie paie all manner of church duties whatsoever hath bin desired to the uttermost penny; hath beene double assessed for the poore by the vestrie; all breifes, and other assessmentes for soldiers and otherwise hath lodged and dietted soldiers in his howse at his owne charges, being forced by the constables, paved as much ground as lieth before his doore; and paieth money towardes the repaire of his Majesties highwaies abroad.

Maie it please your worshipps your petitioners husband is one of the Posts of his Majesties Packettes for forraigne partes, as appeareth by his orders and escuthion here readie; and two of his fellowes are nowe sent awaie for Spaine with his Majesties Packettes to the lord Ambassador; and hee looketh everie houre to bee sent awaie himself; In regard of which service, the parish of St Martin hath ever formerlie spared him of watching and warding: Untill nowe hee was presented and warned to appeare before your worshipps.

The petitioner humblie prayeth your good worshipps that shee maie not bee putt to that charge and damage, in the absence of her husband, shee being a poore woman, and her husband endangering his life in his Majesties service.

And shee shall dailie praie for your worships healthes.

Ann Ayliffe, servant. WJ/SR/NS/002B/008 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull the Justices of the worshipfull Bench.

The humble peticion of Ann Ayliffe servant to Mr Nicholas Blake.

Sheweth. That your petitioner comeinge into the hall just nowe, uppon an errand to her mistris said Margarett Cheney did assault and beate your petitioner and will excepte shee and will beate will her againe, excepte shee will witnes whats shee would have her doe.

All which shee leaves to your worships conside- racons.

William [...], a poor prisoner in the Gatehouse. WJ/SR/NS/002B/009 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull the Justices of the Sessions holden for the countie and libertie of Westminster.

The [illegible] peticion of William Fo[illegible] a poore prissoner in the gatthowse at Westminister


Sheweth unto your worships that whereas your poore peticioner beinge a poore trades man and a stranger in this contrey: was by the faulce accusation of a calumnious woman, committed to prisson by Doctor Bayttes for the gettinge of her with childe: your poore peticioner standinge upon his Justi- fication, doth humbly beseeche that his cause may be consi- dered, in respect of his wronge and hinderance and the quit overthrowe of his credit induringe three quarters of a yeares imprissoment; not havinge on penie to reeleeve him selfe withall: as to Mr Weekes is well knowen: Therefore he humbly intreates your worships fortherance, and charitable consideration for his inlargment.

And he as dutie bindes him shall ever pray for your worships hapines.

Anne Cage. WJ/SR/NS/002B/010 ([1620-1640])

To the right Worshipfull his Majesties Justices of the peace for Westminster in the Countie of Middlesex

The humble peticion of Anne Cage


That your peticioner hath endured theise seaven weekes ymprisonment being charged to have broken open the house of Alexander Guitton esquire and to have taken divers thinges out of the same house which your peticoner denies and will make it appeare before your worships

Shee humbly desires your worships to be pleased to call her before you to examine the cause, and to suffer any punishment if she be found faultie, or otherwise your peticioner maye be discharged upon reasonable bayle being never questioned before

And shall daylie pray for your worships health and prosperity.

Elenor Hughes. WJ/SR/NS/002B/011 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipful the Justices of Peace for the Citty and Liberty of westminster.

The humble peticion of Elenor Hughes

Sheweth that the petitioner indicted one Franncis Mullett for assaulting and pinching your petitioner in the church which bill the petitioner is informed is found: yet so it is that the said Mullett and Mr Snelling since abuses and geeres your petitioner saying she is hanged upon the file, and otherwise abuses her.

Most humbly therefore she beseeche your worships to doe her right against the said Mullett, or not be offended with your petitioner if she take any other course to help herselfe.

And she will ever pray for your worships

John Loade, Symon Lawrance, Thomas Gould and others of the Rayn'd deere yard in St Clement Danes. WJ/SR/NS/002B/013 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull his Majesties Justices for the Cittie and Liberties of Westminster

The humble peticion of John Loade, Symon Lawrance Thomas Gould and the rest of the inhabitantes in the Rayn'd deere yard in the parish of Sainte Clement Danes.

Humblie shewing,

That your peticioners haveing dwelt manie yeares in the Rayn'd deere or Row-buck Yard neere Drury Lane, in the parish of St Clement Danes, where for dyvers yeares past hath ben a foote way for passengers from the feildes into Drury Lane aforesaid. Nowe soe it is that the auncient watercourse there (by reason of certeyne new erections and buildinges) being stopt, the inhabitantes there are much annoyed and theire houses like to be drowned, soe that passengers are not now able to travell that way as heretofore, nor the inhabitantes to come out of their doores for water, to the greate prejudice and hinderance not onlie of your peticioners whoe payeth a greate Rentes but alsoe other the inhabitants there.

May it therefore please your worships to appoynt certeyne honest and indifferent men to view the same and to enquire thereof. And to certifie your worships where and in whome the fault resteth that some such speedy course may be taken by your worships for reformacion thereof As to your worships in youre wisdomes shall seeme agreeable to justice. And your petitioners with the rest of the inhabitantes there shalbe bound daylie to praie etc.

Winifrid Harris. WJ/SR/NS/002B/016 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull his Majesties Justices of the peace for the Cittie of Westminster and Liberties thereof.

The humble peticion of Winifrid Harris

Humbly sheweth, Whereas one Jane Hewett wife of Paule Hewett of St Martins in the Feildes did heretofore threaten and much wrong and abuse your petitioner for which shee was bound to keepe the peace and still standeth and soe bound

Nevertheles the said Jane Hewet ever since hath and still doth most malitiously and causlesly persecute your petitioner with most cruell raylinges and threatening speeches, calling her French whore and setting on others to doe the like as shee goeth about her occasions of busines for her maintenance and livelyhood; and shee the said Jane hath of late threatened your petitioner to her face and sent her word by others that shee will cutt of her nose when ever shee cann meet with her, And in pursuance of her malitious intencions shee doth dayly incite and hire boyes to abuse your petitioner in evill wordes and to throwe stones att her as shee walketh in the streetes the said Jane Hewet haveing most commonly a brickbatt in her hand to throwe at your petitioner and giving boyes perswading and inciting divers boyes to doe the same by her example as your Soe as your petitioner is in dayly feare and danger of her life, For redress whereof shee humbly appealeth to your worshipps.

Humbly beseecheth your worshipps for Godes cause to comiserate your petitioners distressed case, and to take such order for her releife and safety of her life as in your wisdomes shalbe thought meet

And your petitioner shall ever pray for your worshipps etc.

Joane West and Mary West. WJ/SR/NS/002B/017 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull the Justices of the worshipfull Bench

The humble peticon of Joane West and Mary West.

Sheweth: That one Edward Sheppard did bynde over your petitioners before Justice Hulbeard to appeare at this Sessions Joane for stealing of silver spoones, and certaine goodes, and Mary your other petitioner for receiveing of them. And your petitioners have attended theis 2 dayes, and he doth not prosequute them But sayes hee will punish them in making them attend here But hee will bringe them to Hickes Hall.

That it is on meere malice that he prosequutes them, Therefore the petitioners humbly pray your worships to graunt a warrant that hee may be brought in, to bringe him his accusacion against them (if hee have any), and they doubt not but they shall acquitt their selves easily, And will ever pray for your worships.

John Tranter. WJ/SR/NS/002B/018 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull his Majesties Justices of Peace for the Citty and Liberties of westminster

The humble peticion of John Tranter

Humbly sheweth, That about 3 quarters of a yeare since in Longditch where the petitioner liveth, there happened a braule, which drew a great multitude of people together, among which your petitioner was one, and alsoe one Walter Rancklyn who being exceeding drunk, and the hurly burly very great, had his legg there unfortunatly broken: for which in regard those who did the hurt, are imprest and gone to the seas, and that the petitioner had no hand therein, yet hath he byn theis three Sessions bound over, and noe indictment framed against him.

Now in respect he is a very poore man hath a great charge of wife and children which by reason of the hard tymes he is scarce able to mainteyne, hath byn much troubled in this buisnes, and that the said Rancklyn maliciously and presumptuously giveth out, that if he can have noe justice heer, he will have it ellswhere, and although your petitioner bee not able to give him any satisfaccion, and that he doth not certainly know that your petitioner hurt him, yett he will keepe his bones in prison till they rott, which will undoe your petitioner his poore wife and children: He therefore most humbly beseecheth your worships favor, to vouchsafe him release from the said rancklyns unjust prosecucion

And as most bound he will ever pray for your worships

William Feann and William Busby, two poor servants. WJ/SR/NS/002B/019 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull the Stewart, Justices, Burgisses and others assistance assembled at the Sessions Court Westminster

The humble peticion of William Feann and William Busby two poore servauntes belonginge to Mr Stephen Smith Fishmonger in the Strand

Most humbly sheweth That whereas they were committed by Sir William Slingsby knight into prison for some offence committed, they are most humbly and hartily sorry for their offence.

And doe most humbly beseech your worshipps to have pitty upon the poore, and to take their harty sorrowinge for their offence into your mercyes and thereupon to mittigate their falt and to forgive them, at least that your worshipps will accept of bayle for their deliverance

And your petitioners will ever pray for your worshipps etc.

George Allen. WJ/SR/NS/002B/020 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull Sir Gregory Fennor knight and the rest of the Justices of your worshipfull Bench

The humble peticion of George Allen

Sheweth. That your petitioner havinge longe since byn arrested upon execucion by one Roumford a bayliffe, the execucion bearinge date the first of Easter Terme last past, and the said Rumford havinge kept your petitioner at his howse, ever since the first Sunday in Lent untill after Midsomer, hath now putt your petitioner into the Gatehowse by vertue of the same warrant this very day

The premisses considered your petitioners humble suite is, That your worships wilbe pleased to view the certificate annexed, and to take some order for his enlargement having spente all his meanes already in durance, that his poore wife and children may be releived, and not left on the parish.

And he shall dayly pray for your worships happines.

Suzan Hurst, a distressed prisoner in the Gatehouse. WJ/SR/NS/002B/021 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull Mr Recorder and other his Majesties Justices of the Peace att this present Session assembled.

The humble peticion of Suzan Hurst a distressed Prisoner in the Gathouse.

Humbly praies, That whereas she is prosecuted by one Mr. Frost, supposing the petitioner to have taken a dyamond sett in gould from his person, and one Mr Coffin being a wittnesse for the prosecutor. that Mr Coffin may certify your worships upon his oath whether the said Mr Frost came unto him to knowe where and in what company, he was when he lost his said jewell which she humbly hopes will argue he is unable to aver and approve his causles and malicious prosecucion accusacion of the petitioners guilt touching the same.

For which your good worships charitable and equitable favour:

She shalbe ever bound to pray for your y worships sempiterne felicities.

John Griffith. WJ/SR/NS/002B/022 ([1620-1640])

To the Right worshipfull Mr Herbert, and the rest of his Majesties Justices for the Cittie of Westminster:

The humble peticion of John Griffith:


That about two moneths before Michaelmas last your peticioner and three of Mr Blackes men videlicit James Flake, Maukum, and Simon haveing beene together at one Mr Merrittes in St Martins Lane, and partinge from thence the said James Flake, Maukum and Simon would would bringe your peticioner to his owne howse at St Gyles in the Feildes, the Maukum, and Simon goeing before, being darke in the eveninge, were sett uppon by three men, twoo of them haveing drawne swordes, the third haveinge a crabtree cudgell, whose name was Richard Emmes as your petitioner remembreth. your peticioner and the said James Flake following and perceivinge their freindes to bee sett uppon in that manner, used their best indeavors to to assist them against (as they conceived) theise feloniouse persons, whereupon twoo of them runn awaye, which bredd a greate jealousie in your petitioner that they were noe honest men, and thereupon your petitioner drewe the said Richard Emmes noleus volens to Herberts house then cunstable at St Martins Lane ende, the said cunstable being at the Goate almost over agaynst his owne howse, would not come to see the peace kept; being sent for by your peticioner, but suffered your peticioner to strive there for the space of one whole hower with the said Richard Emmes to deteyne him untill the cunstable came, it being your petitioners intencion the said Richard Emmes should have beene carried belof before some of his Majesties Justices of the peace to have beene examined of his misdemeanoure, but the said cunstable comeing, drew your petitioner by the coller to the Cadg Cadge and there put him in the stockes untill 10: of the clocke the next daye then being carried before Mr Justice Howard whoe was wronge informed by the said Richard Emmes caused your petitioner to be bound over to the next Sessions, where your petitioner did appeare accordingly, but the said Emmes never came in against your petitioner, but the said cunstable caused your petitioner to be bound over agayne upon his unjust informacion, without to his said Richard Emmes the said James Flake your petitioners freind being likewyse bound over for cutting of the fingers of the said Richard Emmes, but before the Sessions the said James Flake agreed with the said Richard Emmes for his hurte, and withdrewe his recognizance, leaveing your petitioner to paye the bloodshedd which hee the said James Flake made, all which premisses considred, your peticioner humblie referreth himselfe to your worships consideracion, desieringe to be released of the said recognizance And prayeing for our worships in health longe to continewe etc.

Thomas Brickert of St Martin in the Fields. WJ/SR/NS/002B/023 ([1620-1640])

To the right Worshipfull his Majesties Justices of Peace, for the Cittie and Liberties of Westminster now sitting upon the Bench.

The humble peticion of Thomas Brickert of the parish of St Martin in the Feildes.

Humbly sheweth, That one Martha Sackwell (late servant unto the Ladey Powis) was gotten with child by Thomas Hemings fellowes in the howse with her, insomuch that she hath layen in your poore petitioners howse theis two moneths.

Now for that the said Martha Sackwell is ready to lye downe, and for that your petitioner knoweth not how to bee paid for her moneths lying in, Hee therefore humbly praieth your worships to take order with the said Thomas Hemings (before hee bee released from his recognizance) for to pay for her lying in, in the tyme of this moneth. And that your Worships would bee pleased to sett downe what hee shall receave for the same.

And hee shall daily pray for your Worships.

Richard Bucknell, prisoner in the Gatehouse. WJ/SR/NS/002B/024 ([1620-1640])

To his Majesties Justices appoynted for the Cessions of the Cittye and libertye of Westminster:

The humble peticion of Richard Bucknell prissoner in the Gate house

Sheweth that whereas your petitioner being a pore inhabitant of this Cittie, was committed from the Court house because he re fused to aske a woeman forgivenes, the which submission althoughe in the doing thereof, had bene no great satisfaction either to the partie or to the Court, Yet in the doing thereof to an insulting woeman of an unquiet spirritt, She should thereby have procu red great prejudice to his peace, Whereuppon it pleasde the Court then to committ your pore petitioner, where in the Gate house he lieth in distresse and being a trades man is hindered from labor, whereby he getteth his lyving, soe that his wife and he may perishe yf your worshipps doe not speedely relieve him.

He most humblye beseecheth that yt would please the Worshippfull Court for his enlargement, to take to condideracion his poore estate and not to give order for his present releasement, And he shall dayly pray for your worshipps long life and happines.

John Dikes. WJ/SR/NS/002B/025 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull his Majesties Justices of the Peace for the Citty and Liberty of Westminster

The humble peticion of John Dikes

Humbly sheweth That your peticioner by order of this Worshipfull bench was enjoyned not to keepe victualinge in the place where hee now dwelleth neere the Spittle at Knightsbridge which order not being by him performed by reason of the hardnes of the times and the extreame poverty of him his wife and childe not having any meanes of livelihood, He was therefore about 2 moneths sithence committed to the prison of the Gatehouse where he lay 3 daies, and before he was enlarged it cost him 26s 8d for which his wife was constreyned to sell and pawne his goodes. And then he was bound by recognizance to appeare and answer at the Sessions

Forasmuch as your petitioner is an extreame poore man and his wife greate with childe, expecting every hower to be delivered, And for that he hath not sold any drink since his committment, And what he sold before was but a very small quantity, and under one Lewes Harris the master of the house.

Your petitioners humble suite therefore is, That your Worships wilbe pleased to discharge him of the said recognizance, and of his fyne for selling of of drink contrary to the said order he being utterly unable to pay the same.

And hee shalbe daily bound to pray for your Worships.

Richard Johnson, a poor prisoner in the Gatehouse. WJ/SR/NS/002B/026 ([1620-1640])

To the right worship the Justices of the Cittie of Westminster

The humble peticion of Richard Johnson a poore prisoner in the Gatehouse

Whereas about sixe weekes agoe your peticoner was committed to prison by Mr Justice Man, for what just cause he knoweth not unles it were for that he was in company the house where a man was slayne, and soe your peticioner hath remayned in prison ever since since, to the greate greife of his frendes and utter undoeing of himself, he being noe wayes accessory or guiltie of the said face.

In tender consideracion whereof may it please your worships even for Godes cause to call your peticioner before yow, and being noe just cause against him, that he may be freed of his imprisonment.

And he shall daily pray etc.

Arthur Davies. WJ/SR/NS/002B/027 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull his Majesties Justices of the peace for the Citty and liberties of Westminster.

The humble peticion of Elizabeth Arthur Davies.

Humblie sheweth,

That your worships were pleased to comitt your petitioner to the prison of the Gatehowse where he remaynes to his great greife, haveing a wife and 3 small children to mayntaine, and his wife now great with the 4th.

May it please your worships your petitioner is heartilie sorrowe that anie offence was given, whereby hee deserved comittment being a very poore man, and noe waies able to raise monyes to pay fees, and his staie there will occasion his wife and children to bee a burthen to the parish where he liveth.

Most humblie beseecheth your worships to take his poore and misserable estate into consideracion and vouchsafe your favour and give order for his release without paying fees.

And your petitioner shall ever pray etc.

Alice Kellam, wife of Richard Kellam. WJ/SR/NS/002B/028 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull his Majesties of the Peace for the Cittie and Liberties of Westminster

The humble peticion of Alice Kellam wife of Richard Kellam

Most humblie shewing, that your petitioner upon the informacion of William Langston was bound over to this Sessions; upon the death of said Langstons wife; your petitioner appeared yesterdaie accordinglie; and was then bound over till the next Sessions, albeit there was none presented against her. The jurie who enquired of the death of the said Langstons wife have given in theire verdict that shee died a naturall death, without being hurt wounded or bruised; as the Coroner (now present) can testifie; and as the searchers also found after her death; And for that the said William Langston will not by any meanes and anie waie charge the petitioner for the death of his wife, and was onlie sett on, and is hartilie sorrie for what hee hath donne against your petitioner; And for that your petitioner and her husband are verie poore and not able to beare the charge of her fees of binding over

Shee most humblie beseecheth your good worshipps to bee favorablie pleased, (the premisses dulie considered) to release your petitioner of her recognizance.

And shee and her husband shall ever praie etc.

Ellin Kelly. WJ/SR/NS/002B/029 ([1620-1640])

[illegible]rpfull the Justices of Peace [illegible]bertyes of Westminster.

[illegible]on of Ellin Kelly.

Hu[illigeble] your good Worships for Godes sake to take pi[illegible] extreme miserie, shee being now prisoner in the Gatehouse for want of bayle, uppon untrue suggestions meerely of malice from some malignant people having noe shew of reason inducing thereunto.

That your worships will be pleased to call her to answeare to those their objections which shee yet doth not, nor can certainely know, shee being a poore desolate woman without any comfort. And shee will ever praie for your worships long life and everlasting happines.

Edward Smyth. WJ/SR/NS/002B/030 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull Sir Thomas Wilson Knight and others the worshipfull Justices of his Majesties peace for the Citty and Liberties of Westminster.

The humble peticion of Edward Smyth.

Humbly shewinge, That your suplicant beinge lately apprentice unto one George Smyth a watchmaker in the parish of St. Martins in the Feildes, who had with your petitioner in liew of learinge his trade and preferment the somme of 12li. beinge all the meanes left him by his parentes longe since deceased, and havinge left 12: children the greatest parte very younge and unprovided for.

But so it is, please it your worshipfulls That the said George Smyth, about 2: yeares and a halfe since after your petitioners comeing to his service) did most cruelly intreate and abuse your poore supplicant, beatinge him causelesly and sufferinge others to doe the like, Whereupon your petitioner about Christmas last departed his service, Since which time your said petitioner neither by mediacion of freindes nor due submission can noe way prevayle with his said master any way to provide for hym, or els to restore any parte of his said money backe agayne, whereby he might provide some other service but now beinge destitute of all meanes is likely utterly to be undone and spend his tyme in misery.

He therefore humbly prayeth your worships to take the same in your serious considerations, and comiseratinge the petitioners distressed estate, To be pleased to commaund by order of the Court his said master either to take him agayne into his service Or els to allowe him such part of his money backe agayne as your worshipfulls shall thinke fitt and expedient, for his present releife and preferment to other place, For which he will dayly pray for your worshipps.

Ellen Hewes, wife of Hugh Hewes. WJ/SR/NS/002B/031 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipful the Justices of Peace for the Citty and Liberty of Westminster.

The humble peticion of Ellen Hewes wife of Hugh Hewes

Sheweth: that the petitioner by one Frauncis Mullett hath for the space of 3 yeres last past ben severall tymes assaulted and abused not only with base and opprobrious wordes but also ben spitt on by her, and not above two monethes since she the said Frauncis prest into a pewe where the petitioner sate in the church and there in the tyme of devine prayer so pincht and abused your petitioner that she was black and sore in her armes for a long tyme after which she manifested to the churchwardens.

Most humbly therefore she beseecheth your worships to right her according to your wisdomes for her future lyving in peace: And she will ever pray for your worships.

Richard Beck, prisoner in the Gatehouse. WJ/SR/NS/002B/032 ([1620-1640])

To the Right worshipfull his Majesties Justices of the Peace, now assembled att their Sessions holden for the Cittie and Liberties of Westminster

The humble peticion of Richard Beck, now prisoner in the Gate house,


Whereas your worships petitioner is unjustly taxed for certaine barbors instrumentes which he lawfully bought: But upon his tryall had not his witnes ready to prove the cause, whereupon your petitioner is now convicted although ignorant of any evell in the fact. For your petitioner can sufficiently prove by sundry credible witnesses, that the party of whome he bought the same pretended they were given him by his brother that dyed att sea: and that they were proferred to others aswell as your petitioner 3 daies aforesaid; under the same pretence.

Humbly desireth your good worshipps (the premisses considered) that yow would be pleased to examine such witnesses as your petitioner can produce herein for his defence; that his life be not wrongfully taken away

And your petitioner shall ever pray etc.

Leonard Braford. WJ/SR/NS/002B/033 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull the Justices of the worshipfull Bench

The humble peticion of Leonard Braford

Most humbly sheweth That there was a silver and gilte cupp taken out of your petitioners howse, and the petitioner makinge search for the same, found it in the handes of Elizabeth Thomas, and the petitioner did then bringe her before Mr Lyde, who did bynde her over into the Sessions, where shee appeared, aand was by the worshipfull Bench comitted to the custody of the Keeper of the Gatehowse, and by what meanes (the petitioner knoweth not) she made an escape.

That the Keeper of the Gatehowse Mr Wickes the Bayliffe hath the cupp in his custody, and albeit the petitioner hath brought a writt of restitution of the same from the Courte at Hickes hall, yett Mr Wickes, deteyeneth the same, and will not deliver it to your petitioner although he proceeded as farr as he could by course of lawe

He therefore most humbly prayeth your worships to be pleased to give Mr Wickes direction for delivery thereof to the petitioner and he shall pray for your worships.

Christopher Maner, prisoner in the Gatehouse. WJ/SR/NS/002B/036 ([1620-1640])

To the worshipfull Mr Glyn: esquire: one of his Majesties Justices of peace: for the County of Middlesex: And Citty and Liberty of Westminster:

The humble peticon of Christopher Maner prisoner in the Gatehouse

Humbly sheweth that whereas your power peticoner beinge committed by Justice Hooker about the goods of the right worshipfull Sir Edward Littleton which goodes your power peticoner is altogether innocent of: And can prove the time and place where hee was: when the said goodes were stolne:

Nevertheless: (Right worshipfull) your power peticoner hath laine this 8 weeke in very extreame misery: haveinge nothinge to keepe him alive. but his share of the scraps of the baskett.

Wherefore (Noble Sir) his humble suite is. that hee may have his cloke which Justice Hooker detaines from him, for noe cause, but to aggravate your power peticoners misery: for your peticoner hath proved the cloke to bee his owne before Justice Hooker and soe most humbly beseechinge your worship to stand his friend. herein: otherwise your power peticoner shall starve:

And your power peticoner shall dayly: pray etc.

Robert Sawcemore of St Martins in the Fields. WJ/SR/NS/002B/037 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull the Justices of Peace and Quoram for the Cittie and liberties of Westminster

The humble peticion of Robert Sawcemore of St Martins in the Feildes

Sheweth, That about 2 monethes since, the maid servaunt of one Elizabeth Louch came to the petitioner, and required of him to make a key and brought a print thereof in doe; And the petitioner requireinge, the reason thereof; she affirmed that the key was lost, and that her mistress had given order for the same.

That the peticioner forbore makeinge thereof untill the next morneinge; at which tyme shee brought the key itselfe; And by the same patterne the peticoner made a newe key; but your supplicant doubtinge of her honesty would not deliver it and thereupon shee brought him to severall places; And at length hee discovered her dwellinge; and demaundinge of a neighbour, dwellinge neere her mistress, of the maids carriage; the mistress was thereupon acquainted; And the said Mistress Louch receaved the key and gave the petitioner xiid. for the same; with some beare and thancked him for his care; And Mistress Louch afterwards came to the petitioner and acknowledged her love to him further for his care; All which the petitioner can justifie. Yet nevertheless Mistress Louch hath thereupon bound the petitioner to answere at this Quarter Sessions.

That your supplicant hath allwaies and still doth remaine in good repute amongst his neighbours, and that he did nothinge but with the approbacion of Mistress Louch.

Hee humbly prayeth your worshipps to take consideracion hereof; And be thereupon pleased, that by your worthy favour hee may be discharged. And hee shall ever pray for your worshipps

Teage Mackmohan and Hugh Clancye, prisoners in the Gatehouse. WJ/SR/NS/002B/038 ([1620-1640])

To the Right worshippfull the Recorder and the Justices of the Bench for the Libertie of Westminster

The peticion of Teage Mackmohan and Hugh Clancye prisoners in the Gatehowse.

Most humblie sheweth unto your Worshipps That Whereas your poore peticioners uppon a false informacion alleaged before your Worshipps for certaine misdemeanors supposed by them to be comitted for which they were fined this daie to paie each of them the summe of tenn powndes and being unable to satisfie the same or the least parte thereof are committed by your Worshipps to the Gatehowse: where, in respect they have neither money nor freindes to supplie their wantes are like to perishe in great misery

In tender consideracion whereof your poore peticioners most humblie beseech your Worshipps to mitigate the said fynes: whereby they maie be able to seeke some redresse for their speedie enlargement without the which they must needes perishe in great extremitye. And your poore peticioners (as in dewtie bownd) will daily pray to god as your Worshipps in health and prosperitie long to continew.

William Crapper. WJ/SR/NS/002B/039 ([1620-1640])

[illegible] the [illegible]ght worshipfull his Majesties Justices of the Peace for the Cittie, and liberties of Westm[illegible].

The humble peticion of William Crapper

[illegible] on this day 3 weekes lett a horse to a man and a weoman [illegible] he knowes not) from Gravesend to Rochester according to the custom of that countrie) but retorned, at th'end of Gravesend towards London with the horse, whether your petitioner suddainelie rpaired, and layd waite in many places and searcht the tole booke at Smythfeild, where noe such horse was registered, but yesterday understanding that hee the horse remayned in the custodie of Thomas Sparkes your [illegible] petitioner repaired unto him, and demaunded his horse, but the said Sparks refuseth to deliver him saying he bought him in his owne howse and there paid for him, but never as yet entered him in the tole booke.

May it please your worships your petitioner hath bene at great charge in often coming from Gravesend to London of purpose to make search and enquiry, which hath much prejudiced him; Wherefore and for that hee is a verie poore man, and noe freindes or acquaintance in towne, most humblie beseecheth your worships ymediatlie to give warrant that the said Thomas Sparkes may bee brought before your worships and your petitioner receave such satisfaccion as your worships in your grave wisdome shalbee thought meete.

And hee shall pray etc.

Thomas Harrison, vintner in Drury Lane, with many of his neighbours. WJ/SR/NS/002B/040 ([1620-1640])

To the right wworshipfull his Majesties Justices of the peace for the City and Liberties of Westminster.

The humble peticion of Thomas Harrison vintner in Drury Lane, with many more of the rest of his neibours

Sheweth That whereas on Christofer Thwaytes and Mary his wife, being of most lewde behaviour and a greate distur of their neibours, (not only by keeping ill order, and misdemaynor in their howse who sell tobacco and drinck, without lycense, but also by their, lewed, and diobollicall usage of your petitioner and his neibours by exclamacion, publiquelie in the street, with wordes not seemlie to be related to this honorable Bench as by a certificate hereunto annexed may appeare.

me stand fast Therefore most humblie prayeth That your worshipps wilbe pleased to graunt your warrant, for the present apprehension of the said Christopher and Mary Thwaites, that they be brought before your worshipps to such thinges as wilbe objected against them: And your petitioners will ever pray for your worships healthes with all happines.


Nemo mortalu'

James Duffe, late constable. WJ/SR/NS/002B/041 ([1620-1640])

To the right Worshipfull the Steward and the rest of his Majesties Justices of the peace for the County of Middlesex now assembled

The humble peticion of James Duffe late constable


That your petitioner on the 24th. of January last beeing commaunded by Justice Howard to have all such visited persons within his ward to the Pesthouse your petitioners wife in obedience thereof (your petitioner haveing some speciall occasion, to bee absent at the present) obteyned another constable to supplie the service and she goeing along to see it performed, one William Armestronges wife fell upon her and beate her, besides giveing her manie base and ill speeches, And your petitioner comeing in the intrime and questioning the cause thereof, shee gave him as badd languadge and tore his clothes, whereupon hee endeavoured to bring her before Justice Howard to answeare the same, And goeing along the said William Armestrong comeing after hee more grosely abused your petitioner both in base language and gave him severall blowes.

That inasmuch as your petitioner according to his duty in his place did nothing else but what hee was commaunded, and that both hee and his wife have receaved thus much wrong in the'execution of his service, Hee humbly craves this Worshipfull bench to take the ill example thereof into your serious consideracion and to be pleased to take some course herein for his satisfaccion, Otherwise it will be a discouraginge to all His Majesties officers to execute any service that shalbe comaunded.

Humfrey Crosse. WJ/SR/NS/002B/042 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull the Justices of Peaace now sitting on the Bench.

The humble peticion of Humfrey Crosse

Humbly sheweth that where one Thomas Newton a recusant now prisoner in the Gatehouse, being about 4 or 5 yeares since a prisoner in the Marshalsey), protesting greate love and freindshipp unto your petitioner came often unto his shopp, and still seduced him from his obedience to his Majesty, and his religion, and after much perswasion, seing your petitioner gave little eare to it, he brought your petitioner many papist bookes for his more seducing: whereat, and his much importunacy your petitioner grew somewhat angred, and aggreived, and tould him hee would make him and his plottes knowne: Newton perceiving thus that your petitioner could by noe meanes be seduced by him and fearing your petitioner should disclose his doings and purposes, came many tymes to your petitioners shopp with his rapier drawne, and one tyme in the night, hee came and knockt at your petitioners doore with his rapier drawne, and your petitioner answering him, hee would have broken open his doore and murdred your petitioner (as he afterwardes said) if he had come in, at which tumult Mr Weekes his man, came and apprehended him, and thereuppon was committed to the Gatehouse where he yet remayneth: but hath still persistedh in his malicious practises against your petitioner, for oftentymes your petitioner going about his affayres he hath pulled greate stones from of the Gatehouse, and threw them at your petitioner, as he passed by him, soe that hee hath byn much indangered, and when your petitioner came to worke in the Gatehouse he with his complices sett uppon your petitioner and if Nicholas Weekes had not byn present your petitioner thinketh hee had byn there murdered: and yet not content with all this he hath soe farre abused your petitioner in wordes that noe man is able to indure them: and yet uppon complaynt hath bownd your petitioner over to this Sessions, and uppon seeketh alsoe to arrest your petitioner

He therefore humbly praieth for that your petitioner hath byn from tyme to tyme abused, by him and is now wrongfully accused, without any just proofe, and that he intended the utter undoing of your petitioner, and still persisteth therein, knowing by reason of his ymprisonment your petitioner can have noe proceedinges of lawe agaynst him: Your worships would be pleased to discharge him of his recognizance, and take such order for his quiett hereafter as you in your wisdomes shall thinke most fitt And he shall pray etc.

William Bishopp of Westminster and Elizabeth Nucum. WJ/SR/NS/002B/043 ([1620-1640])

To the Right Worshipp the Kings Majesties Justics of Peace for the Countie of Middlesex

The humble petticion of William Bishopp of Westminster and Elizabeth Nucum against G George Isoppleman of Westminster aforesaid gentleman

Shewing that your petticioner Elizabeth Nucum being a single woman and liveing in service with one Mr John Atlee in King streete in Westminster the said Isopplman being then unmarried and a bachellor liveing in a house nere unto the place where she dwelt made a faire shewe and promiss unto your petticioner Elizabeth to marrie with her and by collor thereof drew your petticioner to come unto his house where he wronged and abused her and haveing gooten her with child very dishonestly married himselfe unto another woman thereby hath utterly undone her and left your pettitioner destitute of all meanes to sustein her alive, insoemuch that your petticioner had beged and laid in the streete If that your other petticioner William Bishopp who maried your petticioners sister had not taken your petticioner into his house shee had perrished and to his great charge and impoverishment keep her with meate drincke and logeing both before and sence your petticioner was delivered of the child gotten by the said Isoppleman which is 45 weekes and your petticioner William Bishopp a poore man and haveing no meanes to maintaine himselfe his wife and too children but onely his labour and is not able to keepe your petticioner Ellizabeth any longer soe that shee being sicke and weake and not able to gett her liveing by her labour or service she is likely to begg or lie in the streets your petticioner therefore humblie beseecheth your Worshipps will be pleased to make some order that the said Isoppleman may be bound not onely to discharge the parish of the child but also to allow your petticioner William Bishopp for the time she hath bene keept at his charges and also to allow your distressed petticioner Elizabeth somewhat to releive [illegible] her in her miserie as unto your Worshipps shasll seme expedient and your poore petticioner shall as in dutie bound allways pray for your Worshipps.

Katherne Norris, widow. WJ/SR/NS/002B/045 ([1620-1640])

To the Right worshipfull the Justices of the benche for the sessions of the Cittie of Westminster

The humble petition of Katherne Norris widowe: whose husband was kilde by Christopher Troughton and Captain [Blank] Talbott

My humble shewt to the benche is I may have a certificatt of ther inditment fownd agaynste Troughton in this Court, that your petitioner maye petition the Lord Heighe Steward for good ball for Troughtons apparaunce at the Verge or for his committinge to saffe custodie or for a procedendo and your petitioner is informed: as the jurye hathe found it: Troughton is not baleable: And your petitioner dothe farther prayes that she maye have a warint from this Court for the liberties of Westminster for the apprehention of Captin [Blank] Talbott:

And your petitioner will ever praye for your worships all.

John Davis. WJ/SR/NS/002B/046 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfulles his Majestyes Justices of peas peace for the cyttie of Westminster

The humble petition of John Davis

Humbly shewing your poore petitioner was formerly commaunded not to sell nor utter beare or ale, though he had a licence, and performed all dewtyes of an honest man. which he did obay untill it he made his humble complaint at a court day, and had leave to utter that beare which he had in his celler which is but a smale quantety, and now for that is layed in prison by your worshipps commaunded.

Your poore petitioners humble seute is, that beeing he had leave to utter that smale quantety without further licence, your good worships will commiserate his cause, and graunt him his release out of prison and yf it may stand with your good pleasures that he may utter that beare that now leyes uppon his hand which otherwise will prove his undoeing he haveing had many losses, beeing charged with wife and smale children and through infirmety not able to take greate paynes. Soe shall I be bound to pray for the preservation of your worshipps healthes etc.

Steeven Hopgood, a poor maimed and bedridd man. WJ/SR/NS/002B/048 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull Sir Gregorie Fenner knight and the rest of the worshipfull Justices for the libertie of Westminster.

The humble peticion of Steeven Hopgood a poore mayhmed and bedridd man.


That one Edwarde Robertes nowe Constable of the parish of St Martins in the Feildes (being a man of a factious turbulent and evill disposicion) your peticioner being an aged man of about .70. yeeres old and verie poore his cheefest meanes of livelihood for maynteynance of himselfe his pore wife and childeren) being gott by keepeing of swyne and reareing of yonge piggs) your peticioner haveing a good breed sowe and .12. younge piggs sucking of her, (by which your peticioner hoped to make good gaine and profitt) The said Robertes maliciously (without any cause) gott your peticioners saide sowe, and putt her into a close stye of his with twoe greate boares which he had for the space of a wholl daye which boares soe rent and toare the said sowe as shee was utterlie spoiled and almost killed and Robertes not therewith content did toward the evening hale the said sowe to the pound and the peticioner meeteing him by the waye demaunded his sowe and offered Robertes satisfaccion for any trespasse shee had done But Robertes not only refused to release the sowe but alsoe in a violent manner with his staffe did knocke your petitioner downe and did then alsoe beate kick and wounde your peticioner on his head neck belly and other partes of his bodie, soe as your peticioner hath ever since languished in greate and yminent danger of his life the surgeons under whoes hands he hath long beene) giveing outt that his bodie is burssen and your peticioner incureable. Whereby your petitioner his pore wife and childeren are utterly undon and all theire piggs dead and the sow nott like to be ever recovered So as your peticioner by the said Robertes inhuman cruelty is in danger to loose his life and his wife and childeren to starve for want of liveliehood

The peticioners humble suite therefore ys that your worshipps will be pleased to take the premisses into consideracion and to take such course for your peticioners releefe therein against the said Edward Robertes as he maye be compelled to give satisfaccion for the grate wronges and injuryes donne unto your peticioner by him your peticioner beeing poore and maihmed by him and notable to wager lawe against him.

And your peticioner shall daylie pray for your good worships etc.

William Creiton, a poor stranger in the prison at the Gatehouse. WJ/SR/NS/002B/049 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshippfull his Majestyes Justices of the peace for the Libertyes of the City of Westminster this present Session.

The humble peticion of William Creiton a poor stranger in great myseryes lyeing here in the prison at the Gatehowse.


That your petitioner hath ben a captive here 15 weeks and hath suffred punnishments insufferable for his suspected transgression, for which he was committed to this place by your worshipps command the last Sessions; Your petitioner is very penitent for the same fault, as all the prisoners here in the Lower Warde can dispose by his dayly conversation, and whereas your worshipps thought it fitting before he might be inlarged, that a fine of 66li. 13s 4d shold be satisfyed for his offence, your poor petitioner (god knowes) is not able so much as to purchase his liberty (in case nothing els were layd against him, but the fees of the howse which the keepers of the prison can testify) so much is your petitioner being a stranger, and having no freinds in this land, destitute of all meanes, or ability whatsoever.

For as much as your petitioner hath discovered all the truth of these things to your worshipps, as also his want of meanes to tender the fine aforesaid for his enlargment:

May it please your worshipps therfore weighing the premises out of your accustomed compassions to be pleased to remitte to your petitioner this fine of 66li 13s 4d, which he is never able to satisfye, but must here of necessity rotte, and sterve in all distresse, and misery.

So shall your worshipps poor petitioner as in all duty be bound to pray for all your worshipps long and happy dayes etc.

Margarett Lewes. WJ/SR/NS/002B/050 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull the Justices of the worshipfull Bench.

The humble peticion of Margarett Lewes.

Sheweth. That one John Stimson, unfortunately falling into the acquayntance of your petitioner with his faire and blandulous speeches soe farr overcame your petitioner that he gott her with childe. And hee is bound over to the Sessions for the same.

Nowe your petitioner hath a moneth to come of her reckoninge and the said Stimson hath put in security to secure the parish from the child, and intendes to have his recogni- zance dischardged, and neither to pay for your petitioners lyinge in, nor give her any satisfaction for the great charg wronge he hath done her; in betraying her virginity to his luste and did contracte before witnesses to marry her, but since hath marryed another.

Shee humbly prayeth That hee may be contynued still bound over, till shee be delivered, and thath hee may be tyed to make such provision for your poore petitioner as your worships in your judgmentes shall thinke fitt.

For which shee shall ever pray for your worships happines.

Jane Feildby, wife of Clement Feildby. WJ/SR/NS/002B/051 ([1620-1640])

To the right worshipfull the Justices of the Peace for the Cittye and Liberties of Westminster assembled.

The humble peticion of Jane Feildby the wife of Clement Feildby.

Sheweth That whereas about St. James tyde last, one Margarett Empson, beinge a person of no habitacion or abode, neither can give any good accompt of her conversacon, att the fayre tyme went from booth to booth with a box under her arme, of purpose to intrapp (as if it should seeme some) with her knavery, but missinge her purpose she repayred unto a coach house in the place called the Dukes Yard nere to the Muse, where with other of her companions she fell a drinkinge and left her said box remote a good way from the place at a doore of a certayne roome which the petitioner used to place her coales and water in.

That about xi of the clocke att the night your petitioner havinge washed all that day repayred to the sayd rome about some occasions, where fynding this box and seeing no body neere hand to demaund or clayme yt, your petitioner shoved it into her roome with her foote, and there lett it remayne unto the morning, it never being demaunded.

Now forasmuch as one Frances Corbett and Mary Johnson being weoman of very lewd behaviour, and envying your petitioners prosperitie your petitioner conceiveth that it was combyned amonge them of purpose to taxe and abuse the petitioner for the box never being demaunded, but they cunningly and secreetely havinge opened a board and havinge sene it in the petitioners one of them accuseth the other, which your petitioner seinge and hearinge, out of an inconsiderate anger, did forcibly breake the box in sunder, it beinge open before and no thinge therein but an old petticoate and wastcoate not worth taking upp as may be seene.

For doying whereof the said Margarett Empson by warrant from Sir Thomas Wilson hath bound your petitioner to appeare att this Sessions and to answere,

Wherefore she humbly prayeth your worships to consider the premisses, and forasmuch as the truth thereof will playnely she humbly prayeth to be discharged.

For which she will dayly etc.

Willyam Coliber and Edward Hudson. WJ/SR/NS/002B/052 ([1620-1640])

To the Right Worshipfull Mr Doctor Grant

the humble peticion of Willyam Coliber and Edward Hudson

Humble shewing unto your (Worship) that whearas your pore peticinor named William Coliber is inforced to complaine against one Mistris Fookes midwife for the abusinge of my wife in hir labour and the murderinge of my child as she hir selfe confessed for the sayd and did justifie that if I had not had soe maynie pratlinge gossepes at his labour I should have had a live child.

Your above named pettinor Edward Hudsone have as much cause to complayne against the sayd midwife as any other for she spoyled my wife by hir extreames and haith undone me for above six yeares since she [illegible] used hir according as she listed which haith brought hir to great weakenes and me to much misserie which we which is boath our undoinges all which we leave to your (worships) consideration

Ther ar more profes of hir bucherlie mynd as [illegible] maye be proved by the sister of one Mistris Shepard departed which was in childbed under hir hand at the time of hir labor hir sister and hir other sayth which was at hir labor thinketh] that she was the onlye cause of hir death for she used hir extreamelie and not like a midwife as may be related unto your (Worship)

Ther is allsoe more profes of hir bassenes as may apeare by the death of on Mistris Hartlie wife to one Robbert Hartlie who died allso [illegible] in child berth for the nurse that kept hir at that present justefhieth and saith that she verielie thinketh that she was the onlie cause of hir death ther ar many others that will speake against hir and saye It she is to not fit to have her place

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Bridgett Buttler, wife of William Butler. WJ/SR/NS/002B/012 (1636-1640)

To the right worshipfull John Glynn Esquire Steward and the rest of the Justices of the worshipfull Bench

The humble peticion of Bridgett Buttler wife of William Butler.

Sheweth. That your petitioner being beaten kicked and abused by William Flood th'elder and William the younger, soe that shee miscarryed of a child, and is at the present soe dangerous ill, soe that shee doth altogeather dispaire both of health and life.

Shee humbly prayeth. That the life of a subject (though poore may be regarded by your worships) and that her wittnesses, whoe are ready to verify her great sufferinges) may be examined, And that they may be bound over to their good behaviour, her wittnesses, and her sekfe being threatned by them.

And they shall ever pray for your worships happines.

Robert Wright and Lettice his wife. WJ/SR/NS/002B/014 (1636-1640)

To the right worshipfull John Glynn Esquire Steward and the rest of the Justices of the worshipfull Bench

The humble peticion of Robert Wright and Lettice his wife.

Sheweth. That your petitioner and his poore wife have suffred imprisonment theis 5 weekes and upwardes, where they have byn constrayned to sell and pawene all they had to releive them to the utter undoeing of their selves, and 3 children.

That your petitioners relived out of imprison by your worships com- maund and did deliver to Cuthbert xs. 4d. for his fees intending it for the liberty for himselfe and his wife It being all the money he could provide and was constrayned to pawne his cloake for it.

The petitioner humbly prayeth your worships to be pleased to comiserate their wretched estates, and to give order that his wife may be freed from longer bondage other- wise the petitioner wife and children are utterly ruinated

And the petitioner shall ever pray etc.

Richard Fletchware and Ann Waters, prisoners in the house of correction. WJ/SR/NS/002B/015 (1636-1640)

To the right worshipfull John Glynn esquire Steward of Westminster and the rest of the Justices of the worshipfull Bench The humble peticion of Richard Fletchware and Ann Waters prisoners in the howse of correction

Sheweth That your poore distressed petitioners were comitted by Mr Justice Hooker, where they lye in miserable captivity, havinge contynued theis sixe weekes in durance, th'one beinge lame and sore wounded, and is like to perish for wante of convenient looking to, th'other havinge a poore childe that is ready to starve.

They humbly pray your worships (even for Christes sake) to graunt them their liberty, that they perisdh not, by their longer restraint.

And they shall (on their bended knees) dayly pray for your worships happines.

Ellinor Nicholson. WJ/SR/NS/002B/034 (1636-1640)

To the right worshipfull John Glynn Esquire Steward of Westminster and the rest of the Justices of the Worshipfull Bench.

The humble peticion of Ellinor Nicholson.

Sheweth. That your petitioner is most unjustly and malitiously indicted at this Sessions by one Jone Banes, whoe for a longe tyme hath byn malitiously bente to doe your petitioner a mischeiffe, and hath often vowed either to hange your petitioner or to be the death of her.

That the indictment is for stealing a shirt 2 yeares since, and never questioned till now.

That she doth not onely threaten your petitioners ruine and death. But the death of others, that come with your petitioner to testify their knowledge in the buissines.

The petitioner humbly desires noe more favour, but that her wittnesses may be heard to declare the truth. And your petitioner doubteth not, but that God will make her innocency appeare before your worships And that then your petitioner uppon the apparance of her innocency before your worships may be freed togeather with her witnesses from herafter molestacions

And she shall ever pray for your worships happines.

Elizabeth Kempe, prisoner in the Gatehouse. WJ/SR/NS/002B/035 (1636-1640)

To the Right Worshipfull Mr Glinn and the rest of his Majestys Justices of Peace Assembled to this present Quarter Sesiones.

The humble petition of Elizabeth Kempe prisoner in the Gatehowse

Humblie Sheweth unto your worships that your poore petitionere hath endewered irkesom imprisomnent more then 6 weekes by the comitment of John Hooker esquire for that your petitioner was suspected to have caried one gowne one peticoate and one wraught waskote of one Phebe Hills to preserve for her; in regard her husband was afraid the goods would be strayned for debtt which goods the said Phebe can prove wheare she bought them, and the parties weare with her yesterday.

The premisses consithered

Your poore petitioner humbly beseecheth your worship, for the lords sake to pity her and her 3 smale children, Takeing some order for her inlargement, That shee and her smale children perish nott.

And your petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray for your worships present prosperity and eternall hapines.

Robert Cotton and David Welch, water men, prisoners in the Gatehouse. WJ/SR/NS/002B/044 (1636-1640)

To the Right worshipfull Mr Glyne Esquir on of his Majesties Justises of the peace and to the rest of the worshipfull Bench

The humble petion of Robert Cotton and David Welch watter men, nowe prisoners in the Gatehouse

Most humblie

Sheweth that your petioners beinge at Puttney and waytinge for a farre there came three woemen whoe agreed with your petioners to bringe them to Kings Bridge at Westminster whoe brought them theier and then demaunded their money that they had agreed for whereuppon they said that if your petioners would goe to the Dogge tavern they would give your petitioners their money and when your petioners came they desired them to tary and drincke with them where uppon when one of your petioners had dricked hee wents to looke after his boat thinckinge that his felow would come to him but seinge that hee came not to him hee went backe to call him where uppon your pettioner when hee came to call his fellow had his hatt taken from him and not knoweinge their in tents in soe doinge desired to have his hatt agayne where uppon on of the drawers giveinge your pettioner evell [illegible] words and after hee with moore of the drawers fell uppon your pettioners and did beat them and locked the dores uppon them and on Mr Smith one of the constables of Westminster beinge in the house brought your pettioners to the Gatehouse although they had the wroung

Therfore your petioners most humble sut is to this worshipfull Bench that your worshipps wilbee pleased to comizeratt their destressed estate and in regard of their wroungs to sett them att liberty

And as duty bound they shall dayly pray.