Petitions to the Westminster Quarter Sessions: 1732

Petitions to the Westminster Quarter Sessions, 1620-1799.

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Philip Desternell, son of [...] Desternell of Paddington. WJ/SP/1732/06/004 (1732). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS653950006

To the worshipfull bench of justices assembled at their quarter sessions

Your petitioner Philip Desternell son of [illegible] Desternell of Paddington in the county of Middlesex [illegible]

Sheweth that your petitioner on the fourth day of August [illegible] did put himself apprentice to Enoch Markham of [illegible] Covent Garden fan maker to serve him as an apprentice for seven years from the date thereof in consideration of which service and of 20 pounds in hand paid to the said Enoch Markham he was by the said indentures of [apprentice...?] to find and provide for your petitioner sufficient wholesome meat drink apparel washing lodging [and?] all other necessaries and teach him his art of fanmaking

That the said Enoch Markham about twelve months since left his house and business and none to instruct your petitioner the said art and about three months [illegible] since the wife of the said Enoch Markham [illegible] your petitioner out of the house and during the [illegible] the said Markham was at home he neglected to [provide?] for your petitioner sufficient apparell.

Your petitioner therefore humbly prays to be discharged from the same [illegible] indentures of apprenticeship

And your petitioner shall ever pray etc

  • Philip [Desternell?]

Mary Mellison. WJ/SP/1732/06/005 (1732). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS653950008

To the honourable Sir John Gonson [illegible] the chairman and to the [rest?] of his majestyes justices of the peace now assembled att the generall quarter sessions of the peace now holden att Westminster Hall in and for the county of Middlesex

The humble peticion of Mary Mellison

Sheweth that your petitioner was about nine years since married to her present husband Thomas Mellison who brought him a considerable fortune [illegible] which he hath very extravagantly consumed and left her and one child wholly unprovided for upon your petitioners goeing in a modest manner to demand the said childs cloaths fo he by false accusacions caused your petitioner to be sent to Bridewell where I remained six months att one time and [ten?] weeks att an other in a very perishing condicion and must have certainly perished had it not been through the kind and charitable assistance of Master Barber and his wife.

That he hath since agreed to allowed your petitioner one guinea per quarter but hath utterly neglected to performe his said agreement being for the space of eight weeks last past perfectly supported by the charge of [illegible] Master Geary the keeper of the Gate House where I continued [in?] a very languishing condicion for a considerable time

That this prosecucion commenced against your petitioner [illegible] very vexatious and oppressive your petitioner being very [innocent?] of the crime laid to her charge.

Your petitioner therefore most humblie [prays?] your honours to take your [illegible] unhappy and miserable case into your tender consideracion to comiserate [her?] unhappy circumstances and as a proper object of charity and compassion to relive your petitioner according to the merritts of her case and your accustomed charity honour and generosity

And your petitioner shall ever pray etc.

  • Mary Mellison

Jane Steel, wife of Thomas Steel. WJ/SP/1732/06/007 (1732). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS653950011

To the worshipfull Sir John Gonson and the rest of the honourable bench there for the city and liberty of Westminster

The humble petition of Jane Steel wife of Thomas Steel

Humbly sheweth that your peticioner sometime since [illegible] one Charles Gallagher (who was a lodger to your petitioner) for an assault upon her in her own house videlicet in beating and dragging her by the hair of her head and after using her in a barbarous manner turned her husband out of doors without any manner of provocation given by your petitioner who was then and is now bigg with child and the said Charles Gallagher is now indebted to your petitioners husband in upwards of fifty shillings for lodging to which prosecution the said Charles Gallagher has given in bail and served your petitioner with the notice annexed

Your petitioner therefore humbly beggs that your worships will take this case in your considerations and in regard of the hardship of her case will be pleased to deal with the abovesaid Charles Gallagher as in your lordships judgement shall seem meet.

And your petitioner (as in duty [bound?] shall ever pray etc.

Charles Galagher, a prisoner in the Gatehouse. WJ/SP/1732/06/008 (1732). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS653950012

To the right honourable the chairman and the rest of his majestyes justices of the peace now assembled att the adjornment of the last generall quarter sessions of the peace now holden att Westminster Hall in and for the city and liberty of Westminster aforesaid in the county of Middlesex

The humble peticion of Charles Galagher now a prisoner in the prison of the Gate House in and for the said city and liberty

Sheweth that your petitioner hath served his present majesty and his royall predecessers in the army for the space of twenty eight years and upwards without any blemish or disgrace.

That your petitioner was att this present sessions by his own confession convicted of an assault upon one Jane Steel the wife of one Thomas Steele for which he was by the judgement of this honourable court fined in the summe of forty shillings.

That your petitioner by reason of his great poverty is unable to pay the said fine and must inevitably perish in prison unless the same shall by be metigated by the mercy and lenity of this honourable court

Your petitioner therefore most humbly prayes your honours out of your accustomed charity honour [and?] generosity to metigate his said [fine?]

And your petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray etc

  • Charles Galagher

John Muriott, John Hill, Elizabeth Kennedy and other inhabitants of St Martin Le Grand. WJ/SP/1732/06/009 (1732). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS653950013

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of the peace for the city and liberty of Westminster in their generall quarter sessions assembled

The humble petition and appeal of the severall persons whose hands are hereunto subscribed being inhabitants of the precint of Saint Martin Le Grand within the liberty of Westminster in the city of London.

Sheweth that by the rate made this present year 1732 for releife of the poor of the said precinct divers inhabitants of the said precinct are rated up to the full rent which they pay others not [illegible] the vallue of their rent or house's [illegible] [illegible] other inhabitant who pay considerable rents are entirely left out of the said rate

That it has allways been a custom time out of mind to have a [discretionable?] rate made within the said precinct and was never known to be a pound rate till [illegible] of 2 [years?] past. And your petitioners conceiveing the said [rate?] [illegible] be very unequall and unjust therefore humbly appeal against the same unto this court

And pray this court will be pleased to [illegible] vacate the said rate

And your petitioners shall ever pray etc

  • the mark of Mary Surman
  • John Muriott
  • John Hill
  • Elizabeth Kennedy
  • John Hannell
  • Edward Elliott
  • John Bradford
  • Jenner Swaine
  • Thomas Spring
  • David Brady
  • Philemon Manwaring
  • Edward Francis his marke