To the Right Wor[shipf]ull Thomas Homes Esq[ui]r[e] Mayor of the Cittie of Hereff[ord] and to his Assosiats the Justices of the same
The humble petic[i]on of Edward Floyde of the s[ai]d Cittie Carpenter a poore man aged 60tie yeares and vpwards Charged w[i]th a wife and 5 small Children whoe doth most humbly
That yo[u]r pet[itione]r hath bin a true and faithfull subject vnto his late Ma[jes]tie Charles the first of ever blessed memorie all a long in the s[ai]d service both by Sea and Land where by his officers hee was Comaunded without desertic[i]on and hath Contynued w[i]thin ye s[ai]d Cittie and hath vsed his trade or occupac[i]on here for ye space of these 20tie yeares last past & vpwards and manieteyned his Charge w[i]thout ye assistance of any by his hard labour besides all of his Children were bred & borne w[i]thin this Cittie
That yo[u]r pet[itione]r in respect of his aged as aforeds[ai]d & of his povertie is not able to maineteyne his familie as formerlie hee was wont to doe his Charge being soe greate.
That yo[u]r pet[itione]r hath illegible a Child w[hi]ch is fitting to be bound to a trade w[i]thin ye s[ai]d Cittie whoe cannot bring it to passe in respect of ye reasons afores[ai]d
Wherefore hee humblie prayes that yo[u]r good wor[shi]pps would out of yo[u]r accustomed Clemenie to Order yt some of Harpers moneys might be graunted vnto him According to ye donors will to help to place yo[u]r poore pet[itioner]s s[ai]d sonne Apprentice w[i]thin ye s[ai]d Cittie whereby his Charge might be somwhat eased And yo[u]r pet[itione]r w[i]th his wife & Children will ever pray for yo[u]r wor[shi]pps p[ro]speritie long to Contynue.