To ye right worshipfull ye Justices of ye peace at a Sessions holden at Worcester ye fifth day of October, one thousand six hundred & eighty
Whereas your Worships have been pleased at some former sessions to grant an order yt ye Overseers of ye poor of ye Town of Tenbury should pay weekly a pension of eightpence, unto one Nathaniell Maund of ye same Town, Mason, & likewise at ye last Sessions, you were pleased to grant unto him ye said Maund, an augmentation of eightpence by ye week more, to ye great prejudice of ye said Town & parish. Therefore we ye Minister & Church-wardens, with severall others ye Inhabitants of ye said Town, do make bold to certifie unto your good Worships, yt ye said Maund hath for these many yeares wholely declin’d his trade, giving himself alltogether to begging, both in ye Town & Country, comitting what he gains thereby, to sale; and ye money he very oftens converts to drunkenesse. and he is a common drunkard; a Railer, & will abuse any of ye Town or parish with most base & opprobrious language. In brief, he is of ye most vicious life & conversation of any person in ye Countrey. The premises considered, we humbly pray yt both ye said pensions may by your good Worships be taken of, & your petitioners shall pray. &c.
John Smith minister
Will[iam] Holland }
John: Noblett } Ch[urch]wardens
Edmond Lane. }
John Ward }
Richard Tomlins } Con[sta]bl[e]s