To ye Honble their Maties Justices of ye Peace of ye County of
Middlesex now holding their Sessions for ye Sd County.
The humble Petition of Sr Richard Bulkeley
Sarjeant at Law
, and Charles Davenant
Doctor of Laws
in ye Parish of St Andrews Holborn
, in behalf of
themselves and divers Nobility and Gentry Inhabitants of ye Sd Space
That ye Taxes upon ye Sd Inhabitants of RedLyon Square for ye Scavengers and Rakers
have of late been much raisd; and that Since ye Sd Augmentation, ye sd Inhabitants
have been so very much neglected by ye Sd Scavengers and Rakers, that ye great quantity
of Dirt which has layn in ye Square ye whole Winter past, has much kindred ye letting
of ye Houses in ye sd Square, besides ye continuall inconvenience thereof at that time
to ye Inhabitants. and also by its being Since not taken away but dryed up, they are
now no less annoyd by ye Dust, to ye great Damage of their furniture and household Goods.
They do further shew that many of them have been very frequently robbd both by
day and by night, through ye Neglect if not connivance of ye Watchmen, who are
wholly Strangers and unknown to ye sd Inhabitants.
The sd Inhabitants do therefore pray, that this Bench would be pleasd to grant
them an Order of Sessions, to appoint Such Persons to be their Scavengers and Rakers
as they themselves shall agree withall, over whom they can have Authority in
Case of any Neglect. And that ye sd Persons may have ye Same Authority to levy such
Tax, as the Such Persons were ye Parish Scavengers. And they do further pray and
desire that they themselves may constitute a private Watch for ye sd square, to
keep constant attendance therein; and that therefore they may be exempted from
ye Charge of ye Parish Watch, forasmuch as ye Charge of that private Watch will
be much greater then their present Tax for ye Publick Watch. In wages & in
building convenient Stands for ye same.