To the right worshipfull the Justices of the peace for the Countie of Denbigh
The humble petition of Robert Mathew of Vivod in ye p[a]rish of Llangollen & Cou[nty] of Denbigh
<In most> humble maner sheweth That wheras vpon the Enemyes approach to inviron & besiege the Capitall Mansion of yt famous Hall Hyarcoll by those hiberbolicall & well knowen Traitors the Oliveriant Crewe; ye said pet[itione]r being a servant in Roxester became a souldier vnder Liuetenant Lingham then in & vnder the command of Captaine Nicholas Armour, Gouernor for the defence of the said house; where yo[u]r pet[itione]r continued for the space of foure yeares from first to last & therein received many woundes in his body head, diverse Cutts in his body, & shott thrice in both his armes, the one whereof hee hath noe use of to this day & after being in part cured yo[u]r pet[itione]r willing & eager to follow the Game for his ma[jes]ties service imagining it a pleasure to dye therein, rather than a prey (though a poore one) or a prison[e]r vnder the tyrranie of Traitors, hee pursued them to Worcester Siege when Collonell Washington was Governor, all w[hi]ch time yo[u]r pet[itione]r w[i]th all the rest had there passe and soe came home to his parents and friends to bee relieved
In tender Comiseration of whose sadd and deploreable Condic[i]on and for yt yo[u]r pet[itione]r, hath bine a souldier ever in his ma[jes]ities service; never deserting the same vpon any occasion whatsoever, but alwayes readie & firme & Loyall to his power, and in respect of his manie and great woundes w[hi]ch hath taken from him, all power & strength, to gett his livinge by his labour
May it please yo[u]r worships to Consider the pr[e]misses & soe to admitt yo[u]r distressed pet[itione]r for a maymed soulder amongest the rest w[i]thin yt countie of Denbigh, and therein to receave such pentionarie paye for his woundes & service he had and did there, as yo[u]r worships shall see fitting yearlie towards his future subsistence.
And yo[u]r poore petic[i]on[er] (as bound) shall ever pray for yo[u]r worships.