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Order for Relief
Ann and Samuel Morris
5th May 1712

County of Northampton

WHEREAS Ann Morris Wife of Saml Morris of the Parish of Desborough in the said County hath made Oath before me Thos Cecil Maunsell Esq one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the said County that, he the said Saml Morris is very poor and impotent, and not able to work iprovidetor; and that his family & he the said Samuel Morris did duly apply to the Overseers of the Poor of the said Parish to be by them relieved, but was refused to be relieved by them; and whereas the Overseers of the Poor of the said Parish have been duly summoned by me, to shew Cause why Relief should not be given to the said Ann Morris & family and did not appear have not made any sufficient Cause appear: I do therefore hereby order the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of the said Parish or such of them to whom these Presents shall come, to pay unto the said Saml Morris the Sum of one Guinea weekly and every Week, for and towards the Support and Maintenance until such Time as they shall be otherwise ordered according to Law to forbear the said Allowance.

GIVEN under my Hand and Seal, at Thorpe Malsor in the said County the 5th Day of May in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and twelve.

T: C: Maunsell

it's difficult to determine exactly what the text should read between these two symbols as handwritten text has been inserted and partly crossed through, and some of the printed text has a smear of ink through it which may or may not have been intended as a crossing out.