Petitions to the Westminster Quarter Sessions: 1750s

Petitions to the Westminster Quarter Sessions, 1620-1799.

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William Golden of St James Westminster, glazier. WJ/SP/1751/04/004 (1751). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654550005

[To?] the right worshipfull his majestys justices of the peace in
their general quarter sessions of the peace of the city and liberty of
Westminster assembled.

The humble petition of William Golden of the parish of Saint
James's within the liberty aforesaid glazier

Sheweth
that by indenture of apprentiship bearing date the third day of July 1749
Cornelius Edwards son of John Edwards of Kew Green in the county of Surry gardiner
did put himself apprentice to your petitioner to learn your petitioners art and with your petitioner
after the manner of an apprentice to serve from the day of the date of the said
indenture for the term of seven years.

That in the said indenture the said Cornelius Edwards did covenant your petitioner
faithfully to serve and that he should not from your petitioners service day nor night absent
himself as in and by the said indenture relation being thereunto had may more at large appear

That the said Cornelius Edwards since the date of his said apprentiship hath
willfully absented himself diverse and sundry days and nights to the number of twenty
days and nights at the least and your petitioner hath often times received him again into your
petitioners service but he will not continue therein.

That the said Cornelius Edwards hath several times broke into your petitioners
house in the night time and on or about the 26th day of February last in the
night time broke into the house of your petitioner and took thereout two bottles of ale and
victualls and a pair of your petitioners shoes and after having made a fire in a coopers cellar,
adjoyning to in your petitioners house and burnt several staves belonging to the cooper of the value
of five shillings went away and left the said fire in such a manner that your petitioners
house as well as all the neighbourhood might have been burnt down by means
thereof had the said fire spread in the night time.

That by the extreem bad behaviour of the said Cornelius Edwards your petitioner
cannot trust him in his trade nor in the houses of his customers whereby your petitioner is
greatly injured in his said trade.

Your petitioner therefore humbly prays this honourable court will
be pleased to order your petitioner to be discharged from his said
indenture of apprentiship and that the indenture may be vacated
and become void

And your petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray etc.

  • William Golden

Edward Simmons, late constable of St Paul Covent Garden. WJ/SP/1751/10/003 (1751). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654560002

To the worshipful the chairman and the rest of the justices at the sessions of
the peace held at Westminster for the city and liberties thereof the 11th. day
of October 1751.

The humble petition of Edward Simmons late a
constable for the parish of Saint Paul Covent Garden

Humbly sheweth
that on the 4th. day of July 1750 a warrant
under the hand and seal of G: [Fouaie?] esquire one of his majesty's justices of
the peace for said county was delivered to your petitioner requiring him to convey
James Ridgby, Susanna his wife and Patience his child three vagrants to
the parish of Ridge in Hertfordshire; that in obedience to said warrant and
by vertue thereof your petitioner delivered the said three vagrants at the said
parish as appeares by a receipt on the back of the said warrant in
your petitioner's hands ready to produce; that by said warrant your petitioner
was allowed twenty shillings for his trouble and expence that your
petitioner often applyed to Master Cairns the high constable for the said twenty
shillings allowed by the said warrant to your petitioner for his trouble and
expence in conveying them to Ridge as aforesaid, but the said high constable
refused to pay your petitioner the said twenty shillings to the great prejudice
of your petitioner

May it therefore please your worships to
to take your petitioners case into your consideration
and out of your accustomed goodness order
your petitioner to be paid the said twenty shillings
allowed him by the said warrant for his
trouble and expence and your petitioner as in duty
bound

will ever pray etc

  • Edward Simmons his mark

William Mitchell, staymaker. WJ/SP/1753/07 (1753). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654580005

To the worshipfull the chairman and the rest of his majesties
justices of the peace for the citty and liberty of Westminster at the general
quarter sessions of the peace assembled

The humble petition of William Mitchell staymaker

Humby sheweth
that by indenture of aprenticeship dated the second
of September 1749 Benjamin Cary of the parish of Saint Martin's
in the Fields was bound aprentice to your petitioner whereby
he covenanted to serve your petitioner diligently and faithfully
for the term of seven years and that
he should do no damage or hurt to your petitioner as by the said
indenture and other covenants therein contained doth more fully
appear

That during the time the said aprentice hath served
your petitioner he hath frequently behaved in such unruly
idle and disorderly manner frequently spoiling your petitioners
work wasting and damaging his good's almost in an unpardoable
manner and that forasmuch as your petitioner really believes
the said apprentice will never behave better during the time
he is with your petitioner he having forgiving and looked over
his faults innumerable times.

Your petitioner therefore most humbly prays
for the reason's aforesaid that this honourable court will be pleasd to order
your petitioner to be discharged from the said indenture of apprentiship
and that the same may be vacated

And your petitioner shall ever pray etc

  • William Mitchell

Samuel Attersoll, keeper of the house of correction in Tothill Fields Westminster. WJ/SP/1753/07 (1753). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654580008

To the worshipfull the chairman and the
rest of his majesties justices of the peace for
the city and liberty of Westminster in quarter
sessions assembled.

The humble petition of Samuel Attersoll, keeper of the
house of correction in Tothill Feilds Westminster.

Sheweth
that the said house of correction, is at present
in very bad repair, and not fit, to keep prisoners sent
there, in safe custody, and that for want of proper and necessa=
=ry repairs, your petitioner, is in danger of looseing
his prisoners, to the great detriment of the publick,
and danger of himself and employment.

That your petitioner is informed, that by an act
passed in the 12th. year of his present majesty, the justices
in quarter sessions assembled, are empowerd to order
such repairs to be done to the house of correction, in the
said city and liberty, as to them shall seem necessary,
to be paid for by the treasurer, of the county of Middle=
=sex, out of the county rate.

Your petitioner therefore humbly prays that your
worships will be pleased, to appoint a committee,
to inspect the said goal, and to order such repairs
to be done, as to the said comittee, shall seem proper
and necessary.

July 13th. 1753

And your petitioner as in
duty bound shall ever pray
etc.

  • Samuel Attersol

Thomas Oxlee of the Bull Head in Vere Street Clare Markett. WJ/SP/1753/10 (1753). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654590002

To the worshipful majesties his
majesties justices of the peace assembled
[illegible] the city and liberty of
in their general quarter session for
the city and Westminster liberty of Westminster

May it please your worships

The humble petition of Thomas Oxlee of the Bull Head
in Vere Street Clare Markett humbly prays that your
worships will please to grant him a licence for his house
for publick entertainment of musick and dancing
according to the act of the twenty fifth of King George
the second.

And your petitioner as in duty bound
will ever pray for and am your worships most obedient
humble servant at command

  • Thomas Oxlee

And wee whose names are under written being neighbours
to your petitioner and have known him several yeares
certifyes that he always kept a house of good rule and order

  • John Penford apothecary;
  • Thomas Robinson
  • Daniel Stevens
  • George Sanderson
  • Mathew Dyer
  • John [Winburk?]
  • Giles Alsop
  • Thomas [Dyer?]
  • Thomas Rust

James Hugford of St James Westminster, dancing master. WJ/SP/1753/10 (1753). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654590003

To the worshipful his majesties justices of the peace for the city and liberty of Westminster assembled at the
Michaelmas quarter session of the peace held for the city and liberty aforesaid on Wednesday the 17th. of October 1753.

The humble petition of James Hugford of Brewer Street in the parish of Saint James within
the liberty of Westminster dancing master

Sheweth
that at the general quarter session of the peace holden for the city and liberty aforesaid on
Wednesday the 18th. day of October 1752 your worships were pleased to grant license to your
petitioner to keep a certain house called or known by the name of Hickfords Great Room in
Brewer Street aforesaid for conserts and musical entertainments which license was to continue
in force until the present Michaelmas quarter session of the peace held for the liberty aforesaid

That your petitioner hath in all things performed and fulfilled the condition of the said
license

Your petitioner therefore humbly prays that your worships
would be pleased to grant a new license to your petitioner for
the said house for the purposes aforesaid to continue in force
until the next Michaelmas quarter session of the peace to be
holden for this liberty

And your petitioner shall ever pray etc

  • James Hugford

John Whitehead and Mary Breyfield. WJ/SP/1753/10 (1753). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654590004

To the worshipful his majestys justices of the peace for the city and liberty of Westminster assembled
at the Michaelmas quarter session of the peace held for the city and liberty aforesaid on Wednesday the
17th. day of October 1753

The humble petition of John Whitehead and Mary Breyfield

Sheweth
that at the general quarter session of the peace holden
for the city and liberty aforesaid on Wednesday the 18th. day of October 1752 your
worships were pleased to grant license to your petitioners to keep a certain house
for publick dancing musick or other publick entertainment of the like kind in a
certain house called or known by the name of the New Theatre in the Haymarket
in the parish of Saint Martin in the Fields within the liberty of Westminster aforesaid which license was to
continue in force until the present Michaelmas quarter session of the peace held for the
liberty aforesaid

That your petitioners have in all things performed and
fulfilled the condition of the said license

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that your
worships would be pleased to grant a new license to
your petitioners for the said house for the purposes
aforesaid to continue in force until the next Michaelmas
quarter session of the peace to be holden for this liberty

And your petitioners shall ever pray etc

  • J Whitehead
  • Mary Brayfield

Cuthbert Ogle. WJ/SP/1753/10 (1753). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654590005

To the worshipful his majesties justices of the peace for the city and liberty of Westminster
assembled at the Michaelmas quarter session of the peace held for the city and liberty aforesaid
on Wednesday the 17th. October 1753

The humble petition of Cuthbert Ogle

Sheweth
that at the general quarter session of the peace holden for the city
and liberty aforesaid on Wednesday the 18th day of October 1752 your
worships were pleased to grant license to your petitioner to keep a
certain house for publick dancing musick or other publick
entertainment of the like kind in a certain house or room called
or known by the name of the Concert Room in Dean Street in the
parish of Saint Ann within the liberty aforesaid which license
was to continue in force until the present Michaelmas
quarter session of the peace held for the liberty aforesaid

That your petitioner hath in all things performed and
fulfilled the condition of the said licence

Your petitioner therefore humbly prays
that your worships would be pleased to
grant a new license to your petitioner
for the said house for the purposes aforesaid.
to continue in force until the next Michaelmas
quarter session of the peace to be holden
for this liberty

And your petitioner shall ever pray etc

  • T: Joel sollicitor for petitioner.

Isaac Malony. WJ/SP/1753/10 (1753). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654590007

To the worshipfull the justices of the peace
assembled at the general quarter sessions for the
city and liberty of Westminster

The humble petition of Isaac Malony

Sheweth
that your petitioner on the third day of August
one thousand seven hundred and fifty two was
bound apprentice to George Townsend of the
parish of Saint Margaret Westminster watchmaker
for seven years from the date of the said indenture
to learn the art of a watchmaker

That your petitioner served the said George
Townshend as an apprentice from the date of
the said indenture untill the month of June last
when the said George Townsend left his house in
King Street Westminster and has never since been
heard of by which your petitioner has been deprived
of learning his said trade or of any maintenance
from the said George Townsend

Wherefore your petitioner most humbly prays
he may be discharged from his said
apprentiship

And your petitioner shall ever pray etc

  • Isaac Maloney

Thomas Currant, son of William and Ann Currant of St James Westminster. WJ/SP/1755/01 (1755). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654600008

To the worshipful his majesties justices of the peace of the city and liberty of Westminster
in their general quarter session of the peace assembled

The humble petition of Thomas Currant son of William and Ann Currant
of Beak Street in the parish of Saint James within the liberty of Westminster.

Sheweth
that by indenture bearing date the second day of June 1755 your petitioner bound
himself apprentice to John Hammerton (then of Beak Street aforesaid) by the
name and addition of John Hammerton his majesties secretary and register of
South Carolina esquire to learn the business of a writer or clerk in the office of the
said John Hammerton at Charles Town in the province of South Carolina aforesaid
for the term of five years

That the said John Hammerton did thereby agree to instruct your petitioner in
the said business and to find him in cloaths meat drink washing and lodging

That in the month of June aforesaid the said John Hammerton was arrested for
a large sum of money and continued in a bailiffs house for about three months
when he removed himself to the Fleet Prison where he now continues

That the said John Hammerton hath in no wise performed any part of his
aforesaid agreement but your petitioner hath been ever since and still is
maintained at the costs of his parents

That your petitioner is destitute of employment and in great danger of being
incapable of getting his own living he the said John Hammerton threatning to sue
anyone who entertains your petitioner although he himself is not able to employ
your petitioner

That in case your petitioner was discharged from the said indenture one Master
[Barker?] a cabinet maker in Oxford Road is willing to take your petitioner
apprentice

Your petitioner therefore humbly prays your
worships to discharge him the said indenture of
apprenticeship and from the said John Hammerton
or to grant him such relief in the premises as to your
worships shall seem meet

And your petitioner shall ever pray etc.

  • Thomas Currant

James Hugford of St James Westminster, dancing master. WJ/SP/1755/01 (1755). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654600010

To the worshipful his majesties justices of the peace for the city and liberty of Westminster
assembled at the Michaelmas quarter session of the peace held for the city and liberty aforesaid
on Wednesday the 15th. day of October 1755

The humble petition of James Hugford of Brewer
Street in the parish of Saint James within the liberty
of Westminster dancing master

Sheweth
that at the general quarter session of the peace holden for the city and
liberty aforesaid on Wednesday the 16th. day of October 1754 your worships were
pleased to grant licence to your petitioner to keep a certain house called or known
by the name of Hickfords Great Room in Brewer Street aforesaid for concerts and
musical entertainments which license was to continue in force until the present
Michaelmas quarter session of the peace held for the liberty aforesaid

That your petitioner hath in all things performed and fulfilled the condition
of the said licence

Your petitioner therefore humbly prays that your
worships would be pleased to grant a new
licence to your petitioner for the said house for
the purposes aforesaid to continue in force
until the next Michaelmas quarter session
of the peace to be holden for this liberty

And your petitioner shall ever pray etc

  • James Hugford

Ann Chambers widow. WJ/SP/1755/01 (1755). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654600011

To the worshipful his majesties justices of the peace for the city and liberty of Westminster assembled
at the Michaelmas quarter session of the peace held for the city and liberty aforesaid on Wednesday
the 15th. day of October 1755

The humble petition of Ann Chambers widow

Sheweth
that at the general quarter session of the peace holden for the city and liberty
aforesaid on Wednesday the 16th. day of October 1754 your worships were pleased
to grant licence to your said peticioner to keep a certain house called or
known by the name of the Concert Room in Dean Street in the parish of Saint
Ann within the liberty aforesaid for public dancing musick or other public
entertainment of the like kind which licence was to continue in force until the
present Michaelmas quarter session of the peace held for the liberty aforesaid

That the condition of the said licence hath in all things been performed and
fulfilled

Therefore humbly prays that your worships would be
pleased to grant a licence to your petitioner for the
said house for the purposes aforesaid to continue in
force until the next Michaelmas quarter session of the
peace to be holden for this liberty

And your petitioner shall ever pray etc

  • Ann Chambers

John Whitehead and Mary Brayfield. WJ/SP/1755/01 (1755). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654600012

To the worshipful his majesties justices of the peace for the city and liberty of Westminster assembled at
the Michaelmas quarter sessions of the peace held for the city and liberty aforesaid on Wednesday the
15th. day of October 1755.

The humble petition of John Whitehead and Mary Brayfield

Sheweth
that at the general quarter session of the peace holden for the city and liberty
aforesaid on Wednesday the 16th. day of October 1754 your worships were pleased
to grant licence to your petitioners to keep a certain house called or known
by the name of the New Theatre in the Hay Market in the parish of Saint Martin in
the Fields in the liberty aforesaid for public dancing musick or other public
entertainment of the like kind which licence was to continue in force until the
present Michaelmas quarter session of the peace held for the liberty aforesaid

That your petitioners have in all things performed and fulfilled the condition
of the said licence

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that your
worships would be pleased to grant a new licence
to your petitioners for the said house for the purposes
aforesaid to continue in force until the next Michaelmas
quarter session of the peace to be holden for this
liberty

And your petitioners shall ever pray etc

  • J Whitehead

  • Mary Brayfield

John Whitehead and Mary Brayfield. WJ/SP/1756/10 (1756). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654650002

To the worshipful his majesties justices of the peace for the city and liberty of Westminster
assembled at the Michaelmas quarter sessions of the peace for the city and liberty
aforesaid on Wednesday the 13th. day of October 1756

The humble petition of John Whitehead and Mary Brayfield

Sheweth
that at the general quarter session of the peace holden for the city and
liberty of Westminster on Wednesday the 15th. day of October 1755 your worships
were pleased to grant license to your petitioners to keep a certain house called or
known by the name of the New Theatre in the Haymarket in the parish of Saint
Martin in the Fields in the liberty aforesaid for public dancing musick or other
publick entertainment of the like kind which licence was to continue in force
until the present Michaelmas quarter session of the peace held for the liberty
aforesaid

That your petitioners have in all things performed and fulfilled the
condition of the said license

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that your
worships would be pleased to grant a new licence
to your petitioners for the said house for the
purposes aforesaid to continue in force until the
next Michaelmas quarter session of the peace to be
holden for this liberty

And your petitioners shall ever pray etc

  • J Whitehead
  • Mary Brayfied

Ann Chambers widow. WJ/SP/1756/10 (1756). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654650003

To the worshipful his majesties justices of the peace for the city and liberty of
Westminster assembled at the Michaelmas quarter session of the peace held for the city
and liberty aforesaid on Wednesday the 13th. day of October 1756

The humble petition of Ann Chambers widow

Sheweth
that at the general quarter session of the peace holden for
the city and liberty aforesaid on Wednesday the 15th. day of October 1755
your worships were pleased to grant licence to your petitioners to keep a
certain house called or known by the name of the Concert Room in Dean
Street in the parish of Saint Ann within the liberty aforesaid for public
dancing musick or other publick entertainment of the like kind which
licence was to continue in force until the present Michaelmas quarter
session of the peace held for the liberty aforesaid

That the condition of the said license hath in all things
been performed and fulfilled

Therefore humbly prays that your worships
would be pleased to grant a license to your
petitioner for the purposes aforesaid to continue
in force until the next Michaelmas quarter
session of the peace to be holden for this liberty

And your petitioner shall ever pray etc

  • Ann Chambers

James Hugford. WJ/SP/1756/10 (1756). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654650004

To the worshipful his majesties justices of the peace for the city and liberty of Westminster
assembled at the Michaelmas quarter session of the peace held for the city and liberty aforesaid
on Wednesday the 13th. day of October 1756

The humble petition of James Hugford

Sheweth
that at the general quarter session of the peace holden for the
city and liberty aforesaid on Wednesday the 15th. day of October 1755 your
worships were pleased to grant licence to your petitioner to keep a certain house
called or known by the name of Hickfords Great Room in Brewer Street in
the parish of Saint James within the liberty of Westminster for concerts and
musical entertainments which licence was to continue in force until the present
Michaelmas quarter session of the peace held for the liberty aforesaid

That your petitioner hath in all things performed and fulfilled
the condition of the said licence

Your petitioner therefore humbly prays that
your worships would be pleased to grant a new
licence to your petitioner for the said house for the
purposes aforesaid to continue in force until the
next Michaelmas quarter session of the peace to be
holden for this liberty

And your petitioner shall ever pray etc


  • James Hugford

Samuel Attersol, keeper of the house of correction at Tothil Fields. WJ/SP/1757/10 (1757). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654680006

To the worshipful his majesties justices of the peace for the city and liberty of Westminster
in their general quarter session of the peace assembled

The humble petition of Samuel Attersol
keeper of the house of correction at Tothil
Fields

Sheweth
that your petitioner was at the general quarter session
of the peace held for the city and liberty of Westminster on the seventh
day of October 1741 chosen and appointed by your worships master
or governor of the house of correction at Tothill Fields

That a salary of fifty pounds per annum was constantly
received from the several parishes within the said city and
liberty by your petitioners predecessors until the statute, made
in the twelfth year of the reign of his present majesty intituled
An Act for the More Easy Assessing Collecting and Levying of County
Rates whereby it is enacted that the justices of the peace for
the said city and liberty shall have full power to appoint the
governor or master of the house of correction within the said
city and liberty who shall have the sum of money yearly as had
been accustomed for and towards the support and maintenance
of the prisoners in his custody etc not exceeding fifty pounds
by the year and directs the treasurer or treasurers of the county
of Middlesex to obey all orders which shall be made by the
justices of the peace for the said liberty or the greater part of them
assembled in their general quarter session for the payment
of any sum or sums of money for the allowance allotted to
such governor or master of the house of correction

That there is due to your petitioner twenty five pounds
for half a years salary from Lady Day last past to Michaelmas
Day last past

Your petitioner therefore humbly prays your
worships to order Master John Higgs treasurer
of the county of Middlesex to pay your [petitioner?]
the said summe of twenty five pounds

And your petitioner shall ever pray etc

  • Samuel Attersoll

John Whitehead and Mary Spinnage. WJ/SP/1757/10 (1757). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654680007

To the worshipful his majesties justices of the peace for the
city and liberty of Westminster assembled at the Michaelmas
quarter sessions of the peace for the city and liberty aforesaid
on Wednesday the 19th: day of October 1757

The humble petition of John Whitehead and Mary
Spinnage

Sheweth
that at the general quarter session of the peace
holden for the city and liberty of Westminster on Wednesday
the 15th 19th day of October 1756 your worships were pleased to grant
license to your petitioner John Whitehead and one Mary Brayfield since deceased to keep a certain house called or
known by the name of the New Theatre in the Hay Market
in the parish of Saint Martin in the Fields in the liberty aforesaid
for publick dancing musick or other publick entertainment
of the like kind which license was to continue in force until
the present Michaelmas quarter session of the peace
held for the liberty aforesaid

That your petitioners John Whitehead and the said Mary Brayfield did in all things performe
and fulfill the condition of the said license

Your petitioners John Whitehead and Mary Spinnage therefore humbly pray
that your worships would be pleased to
grant a new license to your petitioners
for the said house for the purposes
aforesaid to continue in force untill the
next Michaelmas quarter session of the
peace to be holden for this liberty

And your petitioners shall ever pray
etc.

  • J Whitehead
  • Mary Spinnage

James Hugford. WJ/SP/1757/10 (1757). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654680008

To the worshipful his majesties justices of the peace for the
city and liberty of Westminster assembled at the Michaelmas
session of the peace held for the city and liberty aforesaid on
Thursday the 19th. day of October 1757

The humble petition of James Hugford

Sheweth
that at the general quarter session of the peace
holden for the city and liberty aforesaid on Wednesday the 15th. day
of October 1755 your worships were pleased to grant license to
your petitioner to keep a certain house called or known by the
name of Hickfords Great Room in Brewer Street in the
parish of Saint James within the liberty of Westminster for
concerts and musical entertainments which license was to
continue in force until the present Michaelmas quarter
session of the peace held for the liberty aforesaid

That your petitioner hath in all things performed
and fulfilled the condition of the said license

Your petitioner therefore humbly
prays that your worships would be
pleased to grant a new license to
your petitioner for the said house for
the purposes aforesaid to continue in
force untill the next Michaelmas quarter
session of the peace to be holden for
this liberty

And your petitioner shall ever pray


  • Thomas Hugford.

Ann Chambers, widow. WJ/SP/1757/10 (1757). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654680009

To the worshipful his majesties justices of the peace for
the city and liberty of Westminster assembled at the
Michaelmas quarter session of the peace held for the city
and liberty aforesaid on Wednesday the 19th: day of October 1757

The humble petition of Ann Chambers widow

Sheweth
that at the general quarter session of the peace holden
for the city and liberty of Westminster aforesaid on Wednesday [the?]
15th: day of October 1756 your worships were pleased to grant
license to your petitioner to keep a certain house called or
known by the name of the Concert Room in Dean Street in the
parish of Saint Ann within the liberty aforesaid for the publick
dancing musick or other publick entertainment of the like
kind which license was to continue in force untill the present
Michaelmas quarter session of the peace held for the liberty
aforesaid

That the condition of the said license hath in all
things been performed and fulfilled

Your petitioner therefore humbly prays
that your worships would be pleased to
grant a license to your petitioner for the
purpose aforesaid to continue in force
untill the next Michaelmas quarter
session of the peace to be holden for this
liberty

And your petitioner shall ever pray etc

  • Ann Chambers

Thomas Higginson. WJ/SP/1757/10 (1757). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654680010

To the worshipfull his majestyes justices of the peace for the city and
liberty of Westminster assembled at the Michaelmas quarter session of the peace
held for the city and liberty aforesaid on Wednesday the 19th: day of October 1757

The humble petition of Thomas Higginson

Sheweth
that your petitioner has taken a lease of Thomas Panton
esquire of a certain messuage and tenement scituate and being in a
street called James Street near the Haymarket for the term of
forty two yeares from Lady Day last past,
paying the yearly rent of 100, guineas and has laid out on the,
said premises above £100 pounds,

That your petitioner will take great care that no disorders
shall be committed in the said house and that nothing contrary to
sobriety decency or good manners be exhibited represented or
transacted therein and will conform strickly to the letter of the act
of Parliament made for the lycensing of publick entertaining
houses,

Your petitioner therefore humbly prays
your worships to grant him a lycense to keep
the said house for concerts and musical entertainments
untill the next Michaelmas quarter session of the peace
to be held for this liberty

And your petitioners shall ever pray etc.

  • Thomas Higginson

We whose hands are hereunto
subscribed being inhabitants
near to your petitioners house
in James Street aforesaid. Do request
and desire your worships to grant the
said petitioner Master Higginson a lycense
for the performance of concerts and
musical entertainments according
to the prayer of his petition and beleive
the contents of the said petition to be
true

  • [E R?] Stephenson
  • Edward Owen
  • Simon Lemon
  • Rowland Hozier
  • Joseph Winter
  • James Dalvy

  • John Burnell
  • Samuel Austin, Saint [Martins?] Street
  • Reynold Higgins, Saint [Martins?] Street
  • John Watson, [Hdg?] Lane
  • John Stone, Saint [Martins?] Street
  • James Ellison Saint [Martins?] Street
  • John Priest
  • James [Pettro?]
  • Samuel Boler
  • [Daniell?] Cannon
  • John Adams
  • William Howell
  • John Brown