Smith College: Mitchelson, Edward, 1605-1682. [Document] / Edwarde Mitchellsom (1620) (MiscMS 495)

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Mitchellsom, as the document is signed, is most likely Edward Mitchelson, born in England and died in Cambridge, Mass. In this document, a petition to the court, he expresses his willingness and desire to work to support his family. He married Ruth Bushell in 1636.

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Humbly sheweth wheras your petisiner hauing been a seruant tho unworthy unto this honored Court and Common welthe and their being at his entry orders Drawen about his wages the first yeare he was to haue tenn pounde and his Fees butt it did appeare not suffecient wherupon this honored Court did see ground they gaue him twentye pounde butt afterwarde upon a motion made by som to the Court in Regarde of the Countrys pouertye at the Courts Request your petisiner being willing to suffer wth the country at the Courts Request aba[it]ed tenn pounde wch haue been very preiediciall to him in Regard of his family. the Country being senc that tyme deuided Into seuerall shyrs and likwiss euery Constable to serue attachmentte all wch haue taken away what were by order Dewe to your petisiner and being very fewe executions he hath not had much aboue tenn pounde thesse dyuers years wch is a small stipen to cary on the affayrs of his family so as he is a greatt sufferer hearin So humbly desiring that this honored Courtt would take it into Consideration and afford him som competentt means So as he may be a delygentt seruentt to this honord Courtt and Country and a comfort to his familye wch dothe Requir mor then formerly the Lord haueing giuen him [maclarge] if it be examined I think it will appear your petisiner haue least wages of any, considering his expenc of tym and dirty Imploymentt And also he desireth that he may haue som [particulare] Laws and orders to walke by in the plac you call him to so as he may not offende as neare as he can and your petisiner shall be and now is alway Ready to do his uttmost in any servic he is able to this honored Court and Country to his best Indeuers so as he may butt find In[cu]ragmentt that way So Leauing you and all your waightye affayrs to the wisse ordering and Issuing of the almighty He euer prays and So Rests

Youre unworthy seruantt Edwarde Mitchellso[nn]

Your petisiner did petisson the Last Generall Courtt butt had no Answer wch was the causs of putting him on it againe to pettision at this tyme

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