James Richardson his petic[i]on>
To ye right wor[shipfu]ll ye Justices of Peace sittinge this Quarter Sessions at Nantw[i]ch
The humble petic[i]on of James Richardson.
That yo[u]r poore pet[it]ion[e]r since his loyall service for his late Ma[jes]ty of blessed memory at Edgehill Yorke & other places vnder ye Com[m]aund of S[i]r Michaell Erly & others hath in all ingadm[en]ts beene for his present Ma[jes]ty hee hath beene sorely wounded & mahmed, yet since ye happy restoration of his ma[jes]ty & peace w[i]th him, hath betaken himselfe to his callinge to labour for his liuinge & support of his wife & 4 poore Children in an honest manner.
That yo[u]r pet[it]ion[e]r was borne w[i]thin ye Towneship of Rishton where hee hath of late Liued in a small Cottage w[hi]ch is now deteined from him whether iustly or vniustly hee says not: But soe it is, yo[u]r pet[it]ion[e]r beinge destitute of a place wherein to putt his head, & hauinge lost ye oppertunity for present of puttinge in for a pention from his Ma[jes]ty
Humbly prays this ho[noura]ble Bench to take his deplorable condition into yo[u]r serious consideration & grant yo[u]r Order to him to erect a Cottage on ye Waste in ye said Township of Rishton where to shelter his poore wife & small Children, & rest himselfe after his greate paines takinge for an honest liuing amongst his neighbo[u]rs whose incouradgm[en]t hee hath to promote this his humble Suite vnto yo[u]r wor[shi]ps
And yo[u]r pet[it]ion[e]r
<Lord not Consent>