Catalogue description Folios 255-274. George Dewing, Keeper of the House of Correction in Halsted co. Essex to...

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Details of SP 36/6/255
Reference: SP 36/6/255

Folios 255-274. George Dewing, Keeper of the House of Correction in Halsted co. Essex to the King. Petition shewing he incurred the displeasure of two justices of the peace in his neighbourhood viz:- the Revd. Mr. Vievar, vicar of Halsted, and Mr. Summers of Hedingham Sible, who set up three prosecutions against him; the first for the pretended murder of Margaret Poulton, by starving her in the House of Correction, the second for locking up the keys of his prison for a short time and the third for the murder of the pretended child of Susan Balding while she was his prisoner. Upon the evidence of Thomas Diss (the whipper in the said prison) Judith Diss his daughter and the said Susan Balding, he was convicted before Lord Chief Justice Raymond at Chelmesford, but was reprieved. Since his trial he has been informed that not only have these witnesses admitted swearing false evidence against him but even his prosecutors have relented so far as to no longer seek his death but only to desire he may be transported. The truth of his innocence is proved by the annexed representation and affidavits and he prays his Majesty's mercy and protection from further oppression. Endorsed with a recommendation in petitioner's behalf, signed by Sir Swinnerton Dyer, Sir John Jenour and 32 others. Representation and affidavits referred to.

Date: 1728 [May]
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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