Petitions to the Westminster Quarter Sessions: 1760s

Petitions to the Westminster Quarter Sessions, 1620-1799.

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Mary Brown. WJ/SP/1762/07 (1762). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS654710003

To the worshipful the chairman and the rest of his majesty's justices of the peace now in their quarter sessions assembled

The humble petition of Mary Brown

Sheweth that your poor petitioner hath a poor blind husband to maintain by her industry that she hath no means of obtaining an honest livelyhood for herself and her said husband but by dealing in old cloaths, that your petitioner hath already suffered imprison -ment in the Gatehouse on account of the assault of which she is convicted which had like to have cost her, her life, being imprisoned at the time she was ill of a violent fever that your petitioner has witnesses to prove that she was cruelly beat and bruised by the prosecutrix Mistress Lock at the time she is charged with having assaulted the said Mistress Lock, but being utterly unable to fee any councell etc to defend her prosecution was advised by her friends to plead guilty to the indictment.

Therefore your petitioner hopes that your worships will take her distressed situation as well as her poor blind husbands into your kind consideration and shew her all the lenity in your powers

  • Mary Brown

And your poor petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray etc


We whose names are hereunto subscribed being inhabitants and housholders in the parish of Saint James's Westminster do hereby certifie that we know personally the petitioner Mary Brown, and verily believe every fact setforth in her petition to be strictly true

We therefore humbly reccomend her as an object worthy of any lenity which your worship's are pleased to shew her

  • Bolard Newson Jeremiah Wordley
  • Joseph Hobard
  • George Jones
  • William Sadler
  • Mary Boltton
  • John Redshaw
  • Joseph Boswell
  • Margret [Bans?]
  • [Easter?] Haw
  • Margaret Starck
  • John Patinson
  • John Lidel
  • John Batt