To the Right Wors[hi]p[fu]ll the Mayor And Justices of the Cittye of Heref[or]d.
The humble petic[i]on of Jane Merricke the wife of Henry Merricke who doth most humbly Shew vnto your good wors[hi]pps:
That your pet[itione]r was bred and borne w[i]thin the Cittie of Heref[or]d And that when the Scotts beleaguered the said Cittie yo[u]r poore pet[itione]r was sorely wounded in sev[er]all parts of her bodie & limbs beinge at that time a casting vp worke for the defence of the s[ai]d Cittie w[hi]ch is not vnknowne to the whole Cittie & the inhabitants thereof.
That when his late Ma[jes]tie of ever blessed memorie did make his recourse to ye s[ai]d Cittie after the seidge was rose, & at the Markett place within the s[ai]d Cittie your poore pet[itione]r was brought before his grace who Comiserateinge her sadd mishapp did out of his gracious favour then promised your poore petit[ione]r that shee should bee cared for since which time your poore pet[itione]r cannot haue any releefe or succor all this while (although shee hath oftentimes petic[i]oned to bee relieued in that behalfe.
Wherefore and for the reasons afores[ai]d your poore pet[itione]r most humbly beseech your Good wors[hi]pps to comiserate her sadd condic[i]on & her poore estate And afford to her some yearely pittance or mainteyneance [illegible] out of the Treasurie of the s[ai]d County or otherwise As to your good wors[hi]pps shall seeme meete And your pet[itione]r And her Children will ever bee bound to pray for your wors[hi]pps prosperitie Long to continue.
Ordered by the Court that the peticoner shal be alowed xx s. out of woods money