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<p n="441">To <rs type="persName" id="LMSMPS50742_n441-1">John Manwaring</rs>
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<rs type="occupation" id="LMSMPS50742_occ82">Esqr</rs>
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& the Worshipfull<lb></lb>
Bench of <rs type="occupation" id="LMSMPS50742_occ83">Justices</rs>
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<p n="442">The Humble Petition of <rs type="persName" id="LMSMPS50742_n442-1">Thos. Steel</rs>
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who was<lb></lb>
tried for an Assault in Company with <rs type="persName" id="LMSMPS50742_n442-2">Wm. Shubroshe</rs>
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and <rs type="persName" id="LMSMPS50742_n442-3">Thos.. Barrow</rs>
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upon <rs type="persName" id="LMSMPS50742_n442-4">John Laver</rs>
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an <rs type="occupation" id="LMSMPS50742_occ84">Officer to the<lb></lb>
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of the <rs type="placeName" id="LMSMPS50742_geo156">County of Middlesex</rs>
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before this Court<lb></lb>
on saturday last the 14th. of this Instant July</p>
<p n="443"> <note type="authorial" place="margin">Sheweth</note>
That as knowing himself quite Innocent of the Charge<lb></lb>
alledged against him and judging of No other than being cleared<lb></lb>
which prevented him getting his friends about him to appear in<lb></lb>
his Behalf and being Sworn to so falsely as he possitively &<lb></lb>
assuredly Assents they did by which means Petitioner as not<lb></lb>
Agreeing to Pay a Certain sum of Money requested, and which<lb></lb>
as being No other than a Working Man it was out of his<lb></lb>
Power so to Do, he was sentenced by this Court for Three Months<lb></lb>
Confinement in <rs type="placeName" id="LMSMPS50742_geo157">New Prison</rs>
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<rs type="placeName" id="LMSMPS50742_geo158">Clerkenwell</rs>
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which Sentence<lb></lb>
he thinks is hard</p>
<p n="444">Therefore most humbly Solicits Your<lb></lb>
Worship and the Honorable Bench in General to take the<lb></lb>
same into a favourable Consideration and mitigate his sentence<lb></lb>
to a shorter time having already been in Prison Six Weeks<lb></lb>
to the great Detriment and Injury of himself and Family<lb></lb>
and as Petitioner never throughout the whole Passage of his<lb></lb>
Life ever behaved base or ill to No One breathing, but has always<lb></lb>
been a hard Working, Industrious, & Honest Man, as Can be<lb></lb>
certified by Numbers of People of Repute and Credit, who has<lb></lb>
known him Mary Years, someof whom have subscribed<lb></lb>
there names hereto as such most humbly Implores that<lb></lb>
this Court will adhear & listen to this Application and shorten<lb></lb>
the time of his sentence in Prison according as they of their<lb></lb>
Great Wisdom shall seem Meet which is so happy as to be<lb></lb>
granted Petitioner will as in Duty bound Ever pray and retain<lb></lb>
a great full Acknowledgement for such their Mercey & Clemency<lb></lb>
shewen to this his Humble Petition</p>
<p n="445"> <rs type="placeName" id="LMSMPS50742_geo159">New Prison</rs>
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July 16th. 1781}</p>
<p n="446"> <rs type="persName" id="LMSMPS50742_n446-1">Thos. Steel</rs>
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