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Case study 3: What does it tell us? - Source 1


To the Kings moste Excellente Majestie

This humble petition of John Ruffey a sorrowfull pore prisoner in your Majesties gaole of White Lion in Southwarke,

Most humbly Sheweth

That after your Highnesses petitioner was Convicted by due order of your Majesties lawes, att this assize last houlden in Southwarke for your Majesties Countie of Surrey for the felonie …… stealinge of 3 horses. Hee upon humble supplication unto your Majestie by Your Highnesses gratious and Royall favour were reprived and soe spared from execution and deserved death for which hee your Majesties penitent supplicant hath not beene unmindfull to prayse God and praye for Your Gratious Majestie.

Hee your Highnesses petitioner (in all harty contrition for his heinous offence) which was the first that ever hee comitted in case of felonies) doth most humbly (with bended kneww att your Majesties feete) Supplicate your most sacred Majestie to vouchsafe your gratious pardon unto him, for his said offence, And that hee maye bee sent to serve in your Majesties warre beinge ready & willinge to expose that despicable life soe forfeited and to him restored in the moste dangerous service for your Royall Majestis and his Country.

And hee with his poore wife and children shall ever praye for your gratious Highnesses long and prosperous reigne etc

At this Court at Whitehall: 26 March 1639: Mr Attorny Grath is forthwith to prepare a Pardon for the Petitioner as is desird. for which this shall be his warrant.

Fran. Windbanke