The first petition of Jeremiah Maye of Ashdon, Essex, 1652

To his Excellency the Lord Generall Cromwell,

The humble petic[i]on of Jeremiah Maye.

Sheweth, That aboute 7 yeeres since your pet[itione]r w[i]th one John Wyeburne S[i]r Timothy Middletons mans did take a Cavelleere w[i]th his horse & armes at Stamford Mount Fitchett, and hee offered them his horse & 40 li. in money to lett him escape, Butt they refused the same, Not longe after your pet[itione]r was imprest at Ashdon in the County of Essex for the Parliam[en]t service & served under the Com[m]and of Capt[ain] John Smith in the Regiment of S[i]r William Waller at Basing howse where hee receaved divers hurts & wounds in his Body, As by Certificate will appeare, The w[hi]ch hath altogether made him unfitt for future service & noe waies able to mainteyne himselfe & languishinge family beinge nowe in a most sadd & deplorable condic[i]on.

Humbly beseechinge your Excellency to take the p[re]misses into your wise Considerac[i]on and to bee pleased to grant your Excellencies Warrant directed to the hono[ura]ble Bench assembled in Essex to afford your petitic[i]oner a Penc[i]on or some other Releife what they in their Wisedomes shall thinke fitt.

And hee shall ever pray for your Excellency.

Key Facts

Date of petition


Name of petitioner

Jeremiah Maye

Type of petitioner

Maimed Soldier

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

Authority petitioned

  • Military Commander
    County of Essex (exact location undefined/uncertain)

Outcome of petition

  • Unknown

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Siege of Basing House, 6 to 14 November 1643

Places mentioned

  • Stansted Mountfitchet (Stansted Mountfitchet Parish), Essex

People mentioned

Archive information


Essex Record Office

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