An Ashburton Petition

Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 11 (1920-21) p. 30.


H. Tapley-Soper

Prepared by Michael Steer

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AN ASHBURTON PETITION: The following is a transcript of a document recently added to the MSS. department of the Exeter City Library:-

Ashburton 3d 7ber, 1712

Sirs, May it please yr Honrs

We humbly take leave to trouble you in behalf of the Widdow Spreat, in opposition to those who seek so earnestly to displace her from Yor Honrs Service and all we have to say in addition to what you have already been informed is that whereas the person that endeavours her discharge has been a great Sufferer in promoting the interest of the party he is of. We doe assure yr honrs that we believe it to be truth, and Mrs Spreat does averr it to be so, that her late husband brought himself & family to ruin by being so zealous and indefatigable in advancing the interest of the very same party, And we further presume to add that we do not appear for the Widdow for any personal ill Will we bear towards him who opposes her, But out of pure Charity to a poor Woman & three helpless Children, who will be destitute of all means of support if your Honours should dismiss her your service. Wheras her p sent apponent wants it not, having a good livelihood from his present calling and business. We beg y honrs pardon and presume to subscribe ourselves.

May it please Yr honrs

Yor most obedt humble servts

Ben: Alexander           
Geo: ffabyan Giles Risdon      
Moses Tozer George Cockings John Bastard, Vicar    
Jno Eales jnr Jno Sowter   Walter Palk, Portreeve  
Barth: Eales John Eales snr   Sam: Toser, Constable  
William Taylor William Taylor snr     Alex: Lightfoot, Churchwarden    
William Atwill       Thomas Lee
Samll Eales Sol. Tozer jnr   Richd Muttis  
Merttms Sowter Thomas Carlile      

To the Honble Sr Thomas Frankland & John Evelyn Esqr Her Maties Com for executing ye the Office of postmr Generall at their office, LONDON.

H. Tapley-Soper.