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To the Kings most Excellent Majesty

Most Gracious Sovereign

We your Majesty's Subjects dowe [sic] humbly presume to beg your Royal assistance.

The Humble Petition of the Debtors Confined in your Majestys Jail in the County of Durham.

That we your Majesty's Petitioners beg leave to lay our Mancholly [sic] and Deplorable Situation before your Majesty; in hopes of your Majesty granting us Relief; from our present Distresses, we are Labouring under the Complicated Miseries of poverty and Dragging on a Miserable Existance, lost to Society our Families and ourselves from our Situations, being unable to Contribute to our Support we are left with hapless Families, Dependant on precarious Charity. Most Benevolent Soverign [sic] to preserve us from Perishing under the last Extent of Human Misery: We humbly beg your Majesty will take our Lamentable Circumstances into your Gracious Consideration and be pleased to give your Royal Assent to the Bill for the Releasement of the Poor Unfortunate Insolvent Debtors and your Petitioners in

Duty bound will ever pray for your

Majesty's Long Life and Prosperity

[Signed by]

John MacAllen
Dorothy Chirmaide
Henry Wilson
Charles Gill
Elizabeth Teasdale
Jno Nelson
John Goundry
Jno Heron
John Welch
John Hoggett
Wm Spedding
Whitfield Hall

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