To the High Court of PARLIAMENT of the Common-wealth of England, Scotland, and Jreland, &c.

The humble Petition of poore Prisoners, in the severall Prisons in and about London.

SHEWETH:

THat many of Your poore inslaved Petitioners suffer miserably (their Imprisonment being most unjust) others of your said Petitioners, by the late sad accidents of Warre, and their cruell Creditors, are utterly Undone; And although some of your Petitioners have more Ow­ing them by the State, then will satisfie the Debts they lye for; yet all of Us by spending what wee either had or could borrow, upon Lawyers Clerkes and Solicitors, and in bringing up of our Witnesses severall times, Fifty, a hundred, or two hundred miles, some more; by Order of the Judges, and in expectation of Relief by the late Act, are by the severall Suspendings of the said Act and Ordinances, brought to a perishing Condition, having spent much and can borrow no more, Friends (and all weary with delayes of justice) forsaking Us, and many lying upon the bare Bords for want of meanes.

That many who lye as Sureties for other men, by the severall suspendings of the Act and Ordinances, as aforesaid, their Expences having been so great, are likewise in much Misery; whilest the Principals, Executors, and Administrators of those deceased, though able to Satisfie, contrive meanes to obscure and conceale their Estates.

That your Petitioners, their Wives, Children, and Friends; and likewise many of their conscientious Creditors suffer much, whose Cryes if Man refuse to hearken too, the Lord will Answer to the punishment of all those who obstruct their Reliefe; seeing to relieve the Poore, and set the oppressed Free, is a worke so accep­table to him.

Your Petitioners humble Prayer is, That during the Vacancie of the Expected Act, the Judges suspended, or some others, may bee againe impowred to continue Sitting to relieve the Poore who are many, and those who are undone by the accident of Warre; and likewise those, who lye for other mens Debts, who are able to Satisfie; and that those may not perish for Bread, to whom the State owes more then will satisf [...]e the Debts they lye for.

And whereas your Petitioners finds the Charge of bringing up their Witnesses to London to bee so great; that they may have Liberty, either upon good Security, to goe downe and bee tryed in their owne Counties where they reside; or that their said Witnesses may be there Examined by the Judges, or next Justices; and their Examination being sent up, may be accepted of by the Iudges heare, seeing the Poverty of your Peti­tioners is so great, that many must lye and perish for want of meanes to bring their Witnesses up to London.

And Your Petitioners shall ever pray, &c.

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