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The prisoners ask that the prison yard at Worcester jail be extended to accomodate the increasing number of prisoners.
To the Hon. able Court of General Sessions now
setting in Worster in for the county of Worcester most Humbly sheweth your Hon. That
we are prisoners for Debt in the Commonwealth goal
in Worster + that we [?] of us have given good
sufficient Bords for the Liberty of the prison
yard agreeable to law: but as we find the prison
yard is very small + the prisoners increasing
We most earnestly pray your Hon. that
s’d that prison yard may be extended at least Twenty
Rods northerly from the Present limits + the
width of the present County Road + as in duty
Bound will ever pray_
Worster goal Sept. 8th 1784
petition, prisoners, jail, gaol, prison yard, Worcester County, Worcester, Massachusetts, General Court of Sessions
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Isaacson, Elijah; Shayer, George; Ellison, Jacob; Chase, Henry; Willington, Jonathan; Novell, Daniel; Danforth, Asa; and Knight, Matthew, "Petition of prisoners in Worcester jail to extend the prison yard, September 8, 1784." (2014). Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. Manuscript and Ephemera Collection. 298.
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