To the right worshipfull the Justices at the Bench at the gen[er]all Sessions off the peace to be holden for this County of North[amp]ton[shire] the 31th off this instant March &c.
The certificate off the Inhabitants off the Towne of Pilton in the County afores[ai]d.
Whereas at the gen[er]all Sessions off the peace held for this County being the 7 & 8 dayes of January last past, This worshipfull Bench was by some Malitious person Falsly and malitiously for some selfe ended revenge, very much incensed ag[ains]t the life and behaviour off one Mary Allin off our said Towne off Pilton widdow & victualer. Insomuch that there was an Order off Sessions granted to put the s[ai]d Widdow downe From Brewinge, to the great damage, hindrance & amazem[en]t off the poore widdow and her great family off Small Children, they not imagininge any cause wherefore.
Wee therefore the Inhabitants off the s[ai]d Towne off Pilton whose names are herevnto subscribed, doe hereby humbly certifie this worshipfull Bench, that wee do bel veryly beleeve the informac[i]on ag[ains]t the s[ai]d Widdow to bee vtterly False and vntrue and Malitiously done And that shee the s[ai]d Widdow and her husband lately deceased (by whose death alsoe shee hath lost a yearely penc[i]on: hee beinge a Chirurgeon in the Late Kings Armey) For aboue these 20 yeares last past haue kept a Licenced victuallinge howse in our said Towne and haue allwaise carried & demained themselves Civilly Orderly and Hansomely towards all people, and haue done much good to diverse lame & diseased people by their very good skill in Chirurgery.
Wee therefore the Inhabitants affores[ai]d in the behalfe off the said poore Widdow doe humbly intreat this Worshipfull Bench that they wil bee pleased to reverse the Former Order ag[ains]t her, and to grant her Licence to brew and sell as formerly she hath done, And wee as well as shee shal be bound to pray for yo[u]r worships health & happiness.
Thomas Smith [symbol: mark]
John Deacon: ouer Seers for the poore
[symbol: mark] John Greene Constabell his marke
William [?True] Church warden