William Johnson

Warrant for the Apprehension of
William Johnson
8th February 1806

Northamptonshire to wit

To the Constables of Desborough and all other in the said county

WHEREAS Elizabeth Pain of Desborough in the said county, single-woman hath by her voluntary examination taken in writing upon oath, before me Edward Griffin Clerk one of his majesty's justices of the peace in and for the said county, this present day declared herself to be with child, and that the said child is likely to be born a bastard, and to be chargeable to the parish of Desborough in the said county, and that William Johnson a Corporal in the South Lincolnshire Militia now at Dover is the father of the said child; And, whereas William Forster one of the overseers of the poor of the parish of Desborough aforesaid, in order to indemnify the said parish in the premisses, hath applied to me to issue out my warrant for the apprehending of the said William Johnson.

I do therefore hereby command you immediately to apprehend the said William Johnson and to bring him before me or some other of his majesty's justices of the peace for the said county, to find security to indemnify the said parish of Desborough or else to find sufficient surety for his appearance at the next general sessions of the peace to be holden at the said county, and to abide and perform such order or orders as shall be made in pursuance of an act passed in the eighteenth year of the reign of her late majesty queen Elisabeth, concerning bastards begotten and born out of lawful matrimony.

Given under my hand and seal the 8th day of Febry 1806


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