To the right wor[shi]p[fu]ll his Ma[jes]ties Justices of the peace for the holding of the quarter Sessions at the Castle of Leicester for this Countie
The moste humble petic[i]on of Fraunces Steevens, and Constance Brewine of the Burrough of Leicester Widdowes
In all humble manner sheweth vnto yo[u]r Wor[shi]ps That Whereas yo[u]r peticon[e]rs late husbands were both of them souldiers in the service of the Parliam[en]t and served in this Garrison of Leicester; the husband of the said Frauncis Steevens vnder the Commaund of Captaine Farmer whome together with his said Captaine lost his life at the takeing of Leicester by the kings Forces, and the husband of the said Widdow Brewin being allsoe a Trooper vnder the com[m]aund of Captaine West whome allsoe lost his life in the service of the Parliam[en]t And yo[u]r peticon[er]s by reason of the losse of their said husbands are falne into great want and povertie being left with many small Children the said Widdowe Steevens with six and the said Widdow Brewin with Two,
And now yo[u]r poore peticon[er]s moste humbly beseecheth yo[u]r Wor[shi]ps to take them and their poore Children into yo[u]r most Charritable Considerac[i]on in grantinge vnto them such Weekly allowance as by Ordinance of Parliam[en]t is mentioned to be allowed and as in your Charritable Considerac[i]ons shall seeme meet and fitting.
And they and their poore Children shall ever pray for all yo[u]r healths and happines