The petition of William Witham of Writtle, Essex, 1675

To the Right honno[ra]ble and Right Wor[shi]pp[fu]ll his Ma[jes]ties Justices of the Peace Assembled this pr[e]sent Quarter Sessions

The humble Petic[i]on of William Witham of Writtle


that yo[u]r pet[itione]r in the yeare 1648 out of his affection and Loyalty to his late Ma[jes]tie Charles the first of blessed memory did voluntarily inlist himselfe a souldier vnder the Conduct of Leiut[enant] Collonell Smith in Coll[onel] Farres Regiment in the late expedic[i]on at Colchester in which service yo[u]r pet[itione]r continued till the surrender thereof faithfully discharginge his dutye But so it is that by meanes of the hard dutye and vnholesome dyett in that seige yo[u]r pet[itione]r is much impaired in his sight & vnable to followe his Trade beinge a Blacksmith

Yo[u]r pet[itione]r therefore prayeth that in Regards hee hath hitherto rec[eive]d very little satisfaction for his services & sufferings that this honno[ura]ble Bench will please to allott him some Competent Gratuity out of the stocke for Charitable Vses in such p[ro]porc[i]on as you shall thinke fitt And yo[u]r pet[itione]r shall pray &c.

Key Facts

Date of petition


Name of petitioner

William Wytham

Type of petitioner

Maimed Soldier

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    Chelmsford (Chelmsford Parish), Essex

Outcome of petition

  • Unknown

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Siege of Colchester, 13 June to 27 August 1648

Places mentioned

  • There are no known places

People mentioned

Archive information


Essex Record Office

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