Petition of Francis Foxcraft, 1692 Apr. 21.
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Virga Ss To ye Rt Honble ye Lt Governr & ye Honble Councill of State Isaac ffoxcraft Humbly Sheweth
That whereas yor petr [petitioner] as a good subject of or Soveraign Lord & Lady ye King & Queen, hath been at great Charge & psonall [personal] trouble in prosecuteing ane information as well on behalf of their Majtie's the right Honble Governr as himself Grounded on ye statute made in ye 15th of King Charles ye 2d for Incouragemt of trade & whereas some ill disposed persons did advise ye witnesses, if they would save their Ears to retract what they had said, though they had Given their Evidence & depositions befor a Justice of ye peace, yet by such means & practises ye sd witnesses being terrifyed & discouraged, ye fact was not so fully proved by them as yor petr was informed & had great reason to beleive it would be, And severall ^ persons willing not only to discourage & deterr yor petr but all other psons from discovering by informations, such like offences agst [against] such beneficiall & good Laws have invented & spread abroad Malitiously, severall slanderous reports & detracting speeches & accusations agst yor petr particularly Mr Wm Sherwood did this day at ye state house doore sitting ye Honble Genll Cort speak say & utter publickly before a Crowd of People yt [that] he would prove on record yt yor petr did subborn Evidences agst Meech & yt yor petr did also bribe them, wch, if true yor petr should abhorr himself as not worthy to live, But ye same being Notoriously false, & yet yor petrs fame Creditt & reputation (much dearer to him then his Life) is impaired Lessen'd & much blasted thereby in ye face of ye whole Countrey.
Yor petr therefore humbly prays yt yor petr may have publick vindication of his sd Creditt so impeach'd as aforsd so as to satisfy ye Countrey of ye falsnes of ye sd aspersions [and?] Scandalls thrown upon him & yt ye sd Mr Wm Sherwood may have such reprehesions & other punishmts inflicted on him as to yor Honrs in Justice [shold?] seem most meet, And yor petr as in duty bound shall Ever pray &ca