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Order discharging Edward Whitehall and John West from serving as
headboroughs of the parish of Kensington, which office they have held for
three years, and William Partridge and James Holland are appointed in their
stead ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p- 49

Order granting a pension of ^3 per annum, out of the fund for maimed
soldiers and mariners, to Edward Gwillin, mariner, of the parish of St. James',
Westminster. He had served on board divers of H.M.'s ships for several
years, but, by reason of his being afflicted with rheumatism, he was frequently
discharged; he had lost one eye and the other was much affected ... il>id.

Order concerning the Hay market, as in previous years ... ... p- 50

Order concerning the settlement of James Gale in the hamlet of Lime-
house. The dispute is between the hamlets of Wapping and Limehouse.

P-5I

Order discharging Edward Skinner from serving the office of overseer of
the parish of Enfield as he has only been in the parish two years ... p. 52

Order discharging John Aston, of London, merchant, from serving as
overseer for the parish of Enfield. He is incapable of serving, having lately
had a fall from his horse, whereby his shoulder was broken ; he has been
advised and intends to go to Bath for the recovery of his health as soon as
he is able ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ibid.

Order concerning the settlement of Eleanor Darling, alias Newton, in
the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields. The dispute is between the parishes
of St. Anne's and St. Martin's ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 53

Information given to the Court that Thomas Charlesworth, of Lemmon
Street, Whitechapel, victualler, whose license had been suppressed, had lately
obtained a new Hcense, and in contempt of the Justices had put up a sign
before his house with this inscription :■ —

" Here I doe dwell in my owne defence,
Noe rogues nor knaves shall ever drive me hence."

Order made for the inscription to be obliterated ; in default the license to be
recalled ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 54



Sess/o/is Book 668 — -May, 1709. 341

Order discharging an order made by two of the Justices adjudging
Thomas Smith, farrier, of St. Andrew's, Holborn, to be the father of the male
bastard of Elizabeth Smith ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 55

Order discharging an order made by two of the Justices adjudging John
Barker, apprentice to Robert Ansell, chirurgeon, of the parish of Isleworth, to be
the father of a male bastard of Hannah Sherwood, of the same parish... p. 56

Order adjourning the hearing of the dispute between the parishes of
Heston and Isleworth concerning the settlement of John Rooding and his
wife till the ne.xt Sessions ... ... ... ... ... ... ibid.

Order adjourning the hearing of the dispute between Kingston-on-Thames
and St. Botolph, Aldgate, concerning the settlement of Elizabeth Mann till
the next Sessions ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 57

Order adjourning the hearing of the dispute between the parishes of
St. Giles'-in-the-Fields and St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, concerning the settle-
ment of Mary Forthergall, widow, and her child, till the next Sessions, p. 58

Order appointing John Cleeve, esquire, treasurer for the hundreds of
Ossulston, Edmonton, and Gore {see p. 4). The contribution due from each
parish is set out ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 59

Order appointing John MilLs, gentleman, treasurer for the Marshalsea, &c.,
for the same hundreds {see above, p. 4). The contributions from each parish
duly set out ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 61

Order appointing Richard Shoreditch, esquire, treasurer of the maimed
soldiers' fund {see above, p. 4), for the hundreds of Elthorne, Spelthorne, and
Lsleworth. Contribution from each parish given ... ... ... p. 63

Similar order for the same hundreds, appointing John Styles, gentleman,
treasurer for the Marshalsea funds. Contributions from each parish shown.

p. 64

Henry Moult, governor of the House of Correction, complains to the
Court that on the death of the late keeper of New Prison there was a year
and three-quarters' rent due to him as governor ; that Mary Weeks, the
widow, claims a salary of ;^io per annum as matron, though she has given no
attendance as such ; further, that there is due from the new keeper of the New
Prison, Jeremiah Boreman, the sum of ^30, which he refuses to pay without
an order from the Court. The Court ordered Boreman to pay ^20 of this
sum, adjourning the case as to Mary ^V'^eeks to the next Sessions ... p- 65

Order adjourning the dispute between St. Margaret's, Westminster, and
St. Andrew's, Holborn, concerning the settlement of John Gowan, Elizabeth,
his wife, and John, Susannah, and Samuel, his children, to the next Quarter
Sessions ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 66

Order for John Mills, gentleman, chief constable of the Holborn Division,
to pay to John Sweetman, one of the petty constables, the sum of 12/5, due
to him for passing vagrants, (Sec ... ... ... ... ... p. 67

List of 45 persons taking the oaths, (S:c., including John, Duke of Argyle ;
Francis Millett, baptist, Richard Claridge, a quaker, who took ''the long test,"
Samuel Clarke and Daniel Clarke, dissenters ... ... ... pp. 69, 70



342 Middlesex County Records.

List of persons in the New Prison and House of Correction. pp. 71, 72

Order discharging an order of two of the Justices adjudging Richard
Street, farmer, of the parish of Harrow, to be the father of the male bastard
of Ehzabeth Wadbrook, born at Old Brentford, in the parish of Ealing, p. 73

Alphabetical list of indictments ... ... ... ... pp. 74, 75

Alphabetical list of recognizances ... ... ... ... PP- 76, 77

Memoranda, miscellaneous ... ... ... ... ... pp. 79, 80

SESSIONS BOOK 669— JUNE, 1709.

Jury panel p. 3

Miscellaneous memoranda as to indictments, acquittals, &c.

PP- 5-16, 2>z, 34
[Pages 17-32 blank.]

Order to certain Justices to audit the accounts of the former overseersof
Saffron Hill, Hatton Garden, and Ely Rents in St. Andrew's Parish, Holborn.

P- 35

Complaint of .'^ir William Benson, knight, J. P., of the gathering of people
at Stratford-le-Bow and Bromley, on pretence of keeping a fair there known as
" Greengoose Fair," who, by their erections of booths and sheds on the highway
leading from London to Romford, cause obstruction and annoyance. Order
that such erections be prohibited ... ... ... ... ... p- 36

Order to certain Justices to examine into the wants of the prisoners in the
House of Correction at Clerkenwell, who had complained that they suffered
terribly during "the late hard frost," and that six of them nearly died of
starvation ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 37

Order of reference as to the repair of Chertsey Bridge, and instructions
as to raising a rate for the payment of the said repairs... ... ... ibid.

Order confirming an order as to the settlement of a male infant, who was
left at the door of Stephen Westwood, of South Mymms Parish ... p. 3cS

Order as to the settlement of John Ciowan, Mary, his wife, and their three
children, John, Susannah, and Samuel. The dispute is between the parishes
■of St. Andrew's, Holborn, and St. Margaret's, Westminster ... ... p. 39

Order as to the settlement of Elizabeth, widow of Francis Mann, and her
child, John. The dispute is between the parishes of Kingston-upon-Thames
and St. Botolph's, Aldgaie ... ... ... ... ... ... j). 40

Order that the churchwardens and overseers of the poor of St. Paul's
Parish, Shadwell, allow Ann Printon, widow, a pension of i/- a week... p. 41

Order as to tlie settlement of John Roodin and his wife. The dispute
is between the jxarishes of Heston and Isleworth ... ... ... ibid.



Sessions Book 670 — Jtdy, 1709. 343

Order as to the settlement of Frances, widow of John Boston. The
dispute is between the parishes of St. Clement Danes and St. Mar)'-le-Savoy.

p. 42
[Pages 43-54, 57 blank.]

Lists of names headed " New Prison " and " House of Correction."

PP- 55, 56

Alphabetical list of names headed Calendar of indictments and Calendar

of recognizances ... ... ... ... ... ... ... pp. 58-60

[Pages 61-63 blank.]
Miscellaneous memoranda as to indictments, &c ... ... p. 64

SESSIONS BOOK 670— JULY, 1709.

Jury panel ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. p. 2

Miscellaneous memoranda, writ, appearances, acquittals, indictments, &c.

PP- 3-13

Re-election of Thomas Medlicott, esquire, J. P., as chairman for the next

General Quarter Sessions ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 15

Order for an equal assessment to be made on the inhabitants of St.
Martin's-in-the-Fields for the repair of the highways in the said parish, which
lie as follows : — Before the old churchyard in St. Martin's Lane, 250 yards ;
in Church Lane, 326 yards; in and about the new churchyard, 69 yards;
at the watch-house in the upper end of Hedge Lane, 444 yards ; at the
Almshouses in the parish of St. Anne, 116 yards ; in Hemings Row, 180 yards.
The foregoing are to be repaired with paviour's work. Mason's work is to
be done as follow^s : — In Church Lane, broad stone paving, 785 feet ; at
the two doors at the east end of the church, 190 feet ; the pavement in the
old churchyard leading from the schoolhouse to the north end of the rails at
the steeple, and from thence to St. Martin's Lane, 960 feet ; the pavement
along by the stone stumps on the west side of the old churchyard, and the
pavement leading from thence towards the middle door at the west end of the
church, 935 feet ; at the stone steps descending from the old churchyard into
St. Martin's Lane, 270 feet; the pavement and steps going up to the Lords'
Gallery on the south side of the church, 106 feet; and in New Churchyard
passage, 374 feet ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ibid.

Order for an assessment to be made upon the inhabitants of St. Anne's
Parish, within the liberty of Westminster, for the repair of the highways in
the said parish ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 1 7

Order for the collectors of the said assessment, made in the said parish,
to give an account of the money collected and disbursed by them ... p. 18

Order for the auditing of the accounts of Richard Ryder, esquire, J. P.,
treasurer of the fund for passing vagrants ... ... ... .. ibid.

Order as to the settlement of James Head, Mary, his wife, and Ursula,
his child. The dispute is between the parishes of St. James' and St. Anne's.

p. 19



344 Middlesex County Records.

Order to Nathaniel Browne, gentleman, high constable of Westminster,
and to all the petty constables within the said city and liberty, to issue returns
of all persons liable to serve as jurors ... ... ... ... . . p. 19

Order for an assessment to be made in all the parishes in Westminster
for the passing of vagrants ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 20

Order as to the settlement of Elizabeth, wife of Edward ^Viltshire, and
her two children, Jane and Edward. The said Edward, her husband, was
apprenticed to Joseph Wiltshire, of Gardner's Lane, St. Margaret's, West-
minster, joiner ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 23

Order adjourning to the next Quarter Sessions, the appeal of Francis
Bishop, against an order made by two of the Justices adjudging him to be the
father of Francis, a bastard child of Mary Preston, of the parish of St. Martin's-
in-the-Plelds. The order is made at the request of the churchwardens of
St. Martin's, who are to pay 10/- to the said Bishop ... ... ... p. 24

Order headed "St. Martin's Court Room, 29 September, 1709." Certain
Tustices, in obedience to Her Majesty's pleasure, notified to them by the Earl
of Sunderland, to inquire into the causes of the excessive price of corn, give
order that notice be given by the criers to all the Justices in the county and
liberty to appear on Saturday the ist October in the P^xchequer Chamber
adjoining Westminster Hall. Sir Thomas Franklyn, Mr. Hawtrey, Colonel
Shoreditch, and Mr. Jennens, are especially desired to be present, as they
have information and knowledge of great misdemeanours committed in
Uxbridge market "touching the ingrossing of corn there." The high constables
are to inform themselves through the petty constables, &c., of abuses com-
mitted by persons ingrossing corn, and to present a return to the Justices at
the meeting at Westminster of the names, &c., of such ingrossers, regrators,
forestallers, and other offenders ... ... ... ... ... p. 26

Order headed " Exchequer Chamber, adjoining AVestminster Hall, and
dated i October, 1 709." The high constables, through the petty constable.s, &c.,
in the various divisions are to inquire into the abuses in the markets, corn
and meal being ingrossed to " inhance the price thereof." They are to
discover forestallers and farmers who only bring samples of corn to market
"and sell and deliver the gross quantity of their corn at their farms and
barns," so that the markets remain unfurnished. The returns of such
offenders are to be handed in at the Quarter Sessions to be held in Westminster
Hall on 6 October. Further, clerks and toll-gatherers of the markets in the
county are required to furnish a similar return, and the Justices living near
the towns of New Brentford, Staines, and Uxbridge, are requested to order
the constables of those places to attend the markets to get intelligence, &c.,
that those who do not keep the assize of bread may be proceeded against.

]). 28

Memoranda relating to committals, fines, oaths, &c. ... p[). 31, 32

.Alphabetical list of indictments ."., ... ... ... ... p. 34



Sc'ssiojis Book 671 — Jii^ly-, 1709. 345

SESSIONS BOOK 671— JULY, 1709.

Jury panel •• p- 3

■Memoranda of recognizances, indictments, &c. ... ... PP- 5-27

Order for raising ^600 in the county for the payment of the expenses of
the constables, &c., incurred in passing vagants, &c. The amounts due from
each parish are set out ... ... .. ... ... ... pp. 29-32

Order of Council about the poor Palatines, addressed to the Duke of
Bedford, and accompanied by a letter from him to the Justices respecting the
.same. It sets forth that several thousand Germans, oppressed and ruined by
the French on the frontier, on account of their religion, have fled into this
kingdom ; that a general collection for them has been granted throughout the
kingdom, "that they may the sooner be put in a way of exercising their
industry," and may become useful to the kingdom. The Court is asked to
consider the best way for disposing of these distressed protestants in the
county, and to afford them all countenance and assistance. The Council is to
be informed, from time to time, of the proceedings of the Justices in this
matter pp. 32,33

Order for William Gilbert, victualler, of the parish of VVhitechapel, to pay
to the churchwardens, «Sz:c., there the sum of 14/-, and weekly the sum of 5/-
for the support of his wife Mary, whom he has turned out of doors, and who
has become chargeable to the parish ... ... ... ... ... p. 33

[Pages 35-40 blank.]

Memoranda relating to fines, committals, &c. ... ... pp. 4^-43

[Pages 44-46 blank.]

Order discharging William Badger from serving longer as headborough
for Hampton Wick, in the parish of Hampton. The steward of the manor
had lately died, and no court leet had been held. John Elmore is appointed
in his place ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 47

Order discharging Richard Pynnell and Edward Man from serving longer
as headboroughs of Hampton, for the reason given in the last order. William
Wynn and Nathaniel Sumner are appointed in their place ... ... ibid.

Order discharging Thomas Cheeseman from serving longer as constable
(jf the parish of Hampton ; he had served for a year, and no court leet had
been held, for the reason given in the order above. Richard Blanchard is
appointed constable ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 48

A petition from certain poor distressed prisoners in the New Prison to
the Duke of Bedford, caUing attention to the unlawful exactions of Jeremiah
Boreham, keeper of the prison, is recommended to the consideration of the
Court by the Duke. Certain Justices are directed to examine into the truth
of the complaint and to report thereon, together with their opinion touching
the behaviour of the keeper towards his prisoners ... ... ... ibid.



34^ Middlesex County Records.

A complaint from the vicar, churchwardens, &c., of the parish of Hamp-
stead that a playhouse has been lately erected in the town against their
consent, and that great scandals, annoyances, and disorders, may be occasioned
thereby. The Court suppresses the using and acting of any unlawful games
or plays in Hampstead, and directs the petty constables an.d headboroughs
of the town to apprehend the players that they may be punished as rogues,
vagabonds, and sturdy beggars ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 49

Order discharging Edmund Skinner from serving as constable in the
parish of Enfield, on the grounds that he has only lived in the parish two
years, and that his presence is daily required in the city of London for his trade
there as a haberdasher of small wares ... ... ... ... ... p. 50

Order directing a new assessment of a scavengers' rate to be made for
the parish of St. Giles'-in-the- Fields, as the one previously sanctioned is found
to be unequal ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ibid.

Order confirming an order made by two of the Justices adjudging William
Meirs, gentleman, to be the father of a male bastard child of Martha Griffin.

P- 51

Order adjourning to the next Court of Quarter Sessions the appeal of

William Harris, laceman, of London, against an order made by two of the

Justices adjudging him to be the father of John, the bastard son of Fleetwood

Williams " singlewoman " ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 52

Order concerning the settlement of Sarah VValnisley, in St. Andrew's
Parish, Holborn. The dispute is between the parishes of St. George's, South-
wark, and St. Andrew's . . ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 53

Order confirming the order made by two of the Justices adjudging
William New, chirurgeon, of the parish of St. Paul, Shadwell, to be the
father of the male bastard child of Elizabeth Simpson, widow, of Wapping.

ibid.

Order referring the accounts of John Hurst, Thomas Wilburne, Thomas
Bullock, John Barnes, and Christopher Farmer, overseers for the liberty above
Bars, in the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn, for the year 1705, to certain of
the Justices, who are to report thereon at the next Sessions. These accounts
had previously been referred to certain "ancient inhabitants," who, however,
had made no report ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 55

Order confirming an order made by two of the Justices adjudging Francis
Lewis Francia, merchant, of Bond Street («V), in the liberty of the Rolls, in
the parish of St. L)unstan's-in-the-West, to be the father of the male bastard
child of Mary Thomas, born in Hall's Court, in the parish of St. Anne, West-
minster ... ... ... ... ... ... .. ... ... p. 57

Order for placing William Hoskins, alias Hodskins, convicted of forgery,
and fined 3/4, in the pillory, one day upon Tower Hill, near the Victualling
Office, and another day in the High Street, near the watch-house, against
Hollywell Lane, in the parish of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, for one hour
each day, &c. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 58

Order for fining John ("ook 6^/., and for placing him on the pillory "in
the high and open street near the watch-house against Holywell Lane, in
the parish of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch," for cursing the Queen's Majest)'
and speaking other seditious words ... ... ... ... ... ibid.



Sessions Book 671 — ^ ////)', 1709. 347

Complaint matlc to the C^cnirt tliat several i)etty ccjiistables, tl^ic, in the
county are very negligent in apprehending rogues, vagabonds, and sturdy
beggars, permitting them to go up and down the public streets, &c. Order
to the constables, headboroughs, &c., to apprehend and punish all such
rogues. &c. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 58

Order discharging John Kortl from his apprenticehood with Andrew
Andrews, joiner, of the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, on the ground that
he had not treated him properly, had struck him with a sharp rule, and
hath broken large sticks upon him. Ford states that he was bred up in
the communion of the church of Rome, and that Andrews was of the same
faith, and that until he conformed to the church of England his master was
very kind to him, but after he so conformed he became very cruel ... p. 60

Order concerning the settlement of John White, in the liberty of Saffron
Hill, Hatton Oarden, and Ely Rents. The dispute is between the parishes
of St. James', Clerkenwell, and Saffron Hill ... ... ... ... p. 61

Order concerning the settlement of John Howell and Margere, his wife,
in the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields. The dispute is between the parishes
of Christchurch, London, and St. Giles' .... ... ... ... ibid..

Order for John Standish, tailor, of Hatton Garden, to pay 5/- weekly
to the churchwardens, &c., of the parish of St. Mildred, Bread Street, towards
the maintenance of his son's wife, Sarah Standish, and her children, Mary,
Elizabeth, and James ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 62

The Justices appointed last Sessions to view Chertsey Bridge and give
an estimate of the repairs necessary, report to the Court that they had viewed
the bridge and the highway at the end, " and that by reason of a certain
campshott or wharfe in the ground of one Thomas Wood, esquire, near the
end of the said bridge," 170 feet in length, the highway at the end of the
bridge will be in great danger of being laid under water " by the overflowing
of the River of Thames." It is ordered that the Justices, if they think it
will be for the benefit and security of the bridge to have the campshott
repaired, are to see that it is done ; but this order is not to be taken as a
precedent for obliging the county to repair the wharf in future ... p. 63

Order for raising ^600 for repairing Chertsey Bridge. The amount to
be contributed by each parish is set out ... ... ... pp. 64-67

Order for John Davison to pay 2/6 per week to the churchwardens, &c.,
of the parish of St. Giles', Cripplegate, towards the maintenance of his wife
Lydia, and their children, John and Elizabeth ... ... ... ... p. 67

On the report of the Justices who had been appointed to inquire into
complaints made by certain prisoners confined in the New Prison, Clerkenwell,
of illegal usage from the keeper, Jeremiah Boreman, the Court dismissed him
from ofifice. He had refused to allow prisoners to buy any food except
through him, and had exacted fees above the lawful charges. Francis Geary,
gentleman, is appointed keeper. He is to pay ^30 a year, maintain the
prison in good repair, and to account for all fees received, &c. pp. 08-71

List of foreign protestants and others who took the oaths. The foreigners
are : — Peter Reit, Jaspar Helmunt, Andrew Barge, John Berkhan, Catherine
Bosh, wife of Frederick Harcough, and Sebastian Trantman ... ... p. 72



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348 Middlesex County Records.

Names of persons in the New Prison and House of Correction.

Alphabetical list of indictments
Alphabetical list of recognizances ...
Memoranda miscellaneous ...



SESSIONS BOOK 672— SEPTEMBER, 1709.

Jury panel ... ... ... ... ... ... ... •... p. 3

Memoranda of recognizances, indictments, &c. ... ... PP- 5-3°

[Pages 31-34 blank.]

Memoranda relating chiefly to committals, fines, &c. ... pp. 35-38

Order appointing Ralph Garrott, constable for the quarter of Enfield
Green in the parish of Knfield, in the place of Edmund Skinner ... p. 39

Order discharging Isabella Robson, daughter of Thomas Robson, gentle-
man, of the parish of .St.- Andrew, Holborn, from her apprenticehood with
Catherine Lane, mantua maker, of St. Clement Danes, as the same was void
in law. Complaint was made that Lane and her husband had so severely
beaten her that for several days afterwards she was unable to lift up her hands
to her head, that she had been compelled to work both night and day, and
very often till six or seven o'clock "on the Sabbath day morning" ... ibid.

Order for certain of the Justices to examine and audit the accounts of the
late Richard Little, late headborough of the liberty of Glasshouse Yard, that
the money due thereon for the passing of vagrants might be paid to his widow,
Sarah, who is in want of the money to satisfy her late husband's creditors.

p. 40

Order for certain of the inhabitants of the liberty of .Saffron Hill, Hatton
Garden, and Ely Rents, to audit the accounts of Richard Hinton and Richard
Phillips, overseers for the previous year .. . ... ... ... ... p. 41



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