To the hon[oura]ble the Justices of ye publike peace at their gen[era]ll Quart[er] Sessions of ye peace holden at Stafford the thirteenth of January 1656.
The humble petic[i]on of Nicholas Rogers of Burton upon Trentt in ye County of Stafford aforesaid.
That whereas yo[u]r poore Petitionor was formerly imployed as a Souldier in ye service of ye State vnd[e]r Coll[onel] Sanders and in that service well and faithfully behaued himselfe and whereas alsoe yo[u]r said Petic[i]on[e]r besides other ingagem[en]ts in ye said service was ingaged in defence of the Towne of Burton aforesaid when stormed by the Queenes Forces, & in that hot service vpon ye enterance of ye said Towne dangerously wounded in his left Arme soe that ever since hee hath beene depriued of ye vse thereof, & thereby very much disinabled from Following his calling soe as formerly: and Whereas yo[u]r poore Peitcion[e]r had longe since made his humble applicat[i]on to yo[u]r Wor[shi]ps for releife as other maymed souldyers in his Condic[i]on, onely was willing to liue vpon his owne labour w[i]thout being chargeable to ye Country soe longe as any way able to subsiste, but is now through impotency of body former losses by Plund[e]r, increase of charge vpon him & ye like soe much sunck in estate as by noe meanes able to purchase a liuelyhood for himselfe Wife & Children w[i]thout some releife afforded & therevpon necessitated to apply himselfe to this Hon[oura]ble Benche.
May it therefore please yo[u]r Hon[ou]rs to take ye truth of ye pr[e]misses into yo[u]r seriouse Considerac[i]ons & to afforde yo[u]r Petic[i]on[e]r some quarterly pention or other mayntenance as to yo[u]r Hon[ou]rs shall seeme meete.
And yo[u]r Petition[e]r shall ever pray &c.
<The truth of ye Petic[i]on[e]rs Condic[i]on as before set forth is knowne vnto vs whose names are vnd[e]rwritten Inhabitants of Burton aforesaid.>
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Hen[ry] Hintson John Shilton
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