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8th December 1753 - 24th October 1757

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To the Right Honourable Thomas Rawlinson< no role > Esquire Lord
Mayor of the City of London and the Rest of his Majesties Justices of the
Peace for at the General Quarter Sessions at the Peace held at Guildhall
in and for the City of London Assembled

The Humble petition of John Horsford< no role > of the Parish
of Saint George in the County of Middlesex Surgeon
and Apothecary


That on the twenty second day of October 1753 one Ann Coulson< no role > This name instance is in set 901. Spinster
was upon a proper and Legal Examination taken before Boulton Mainwaring< no role >
Esquire one of his Majesties Justices of the peace for the said County of Middlesex
Passed as a Vagabond from the said Parish of Saint George to the Parish of Saint
Nicholas in the Town of Newcastle upon Tyne in the County of Northumberland
being his Legal Settlement

That in Pursuance of Such Pass she was Conveyed to the Parish of Saint
Botolph Aldgate London in her way to her said Settlement and Delivered to one
Constable of the said Parish of Aldgate who thereupon Gave
a Receipt for her

That Notwithstanding she was so Delivered to him together with her Pass
and Duplicate of Examination he has Totally Refused to Obey the Same and was
Counter and as your Petitioner Beleives therein by the Churchwarden or some
other officer of the said Parish and she Still Continues in the said Parish the he had
Repealed Orders from Alderman Cockayne to Obey the said Pass

That about three Months after such Pass she was Delivered of a Male
Bastard Child which is now as your Petitioner beleives Chargeable to the said

That Since her Delivery she has made Oath Before two of his Majesties
Justices of the peace for the said city that your Petitioner is the Father of the said
Bastard who have thereupon Ordered your petitioner to pay three Pounds to the
Churchwardens or Overseers of the Poor of the said Parish being so much Expended by
them in Maintaining the said Bastard Child and also two shillings and Six pence
P Week Weekly for its Future Maintenance

That your Petitioner being Conscious of his not ever having any criminal
Knowledge of the said Ann Coulson thinks himself Greatly Aggreived by the said Order
And your Petitioners in Informed that the said Constable by not Obeying the said Pass
has Acted Alegally and Contray to the Acts of Parliament and that thereby your
Petitioner is Discharged the Parish having by their own Act Drew the Charge
upon themselves

Your Petitioner therefore Most Humbly Hopes an
prays that you would please to Quash the said Order or
Adjudication touching the Maintenance of the said Bastard
Child and further Releive your petitioner as you shall think
proper And He as in Duty Bound will ever Pray Etc.

John Horsford< no role >

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