To the Right Wor[shipfu]ll the Justices of Peace for the County of Stafford
The Humble petic[i]on of Mathew Bakewell of Vttoxeter Glover
That whereas the 11th of January 1652 yo[u]r wor[shi]ps weare pleased to grant an Order of Sessions that the p[ar]ish of Vttoxeter should pay vnto yo[u]r petic[i]oner twelue pence the weeke (towards the Releife of twoe Fatherless & motherless Children keept by him (which weare his Daughters Chilldren) In Regard it was Certified yo[u]r wor[shi]ps by petic[i]on his greate Loss att Burton vppon Trent by the late Queenes Army and his sunn in law slayne at Tutbury In the servis of the Parliament (who was the father for the fores[ai]d Children) and yo[u]r petic[i]oner by Reson of his Age and greate Losses vnable to provide for himselfe and them) the which order being in p[ar]te observed by some of the Overseers of the poore of the foresaide p[ar]ish of Vttoxeter and yett neglected by other some Overseers wholy or in p[ar]te soe that there is above Forty shillings of the said twelve pence the weeke behind vnpaid to yo[u]r petic[i]oner. And at Easter last hee was put forth of the booke and thereby not only deprived of what was behind vnpaid but allsoe of new for the pr[e]sent and future and thereby himselfe and one of the foresaide Children likely to perish throw want withoute yo[u]r wor[shi]ps speedy Redress therein hee being Fowerscore and Eight yeares ould and his Eyesight fayleing him hee is vnable to gaine a subsistance by his worke as formerly hee hath done and having allredy sould up the best of his howsehould goods for the placeing forth one of the foresaide Children withoute any Charge to the p[ar]ish Either for the pr[e]sent or the future and thereby hee is now disabled of all meanes for a subsistance both for himselfe and the Child with him.
His humble petic[i]on to yo[u]r Wor[shi]ps therefore is that you would bee pleased to take his sad Condic[i]on into yo[u]r Considerations and to grant him Redress that what is in Arreares may bee paide him and Some Course taken for the future that hee may not perish though want in his ould age nor the Child with him and hee as in Duty bound shall Ever pray for yo[u]r wor[shi]ps &c.
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