The Government & People of The Massachusetts Bay in New England. To The Sheriff Greetings:You are hereby Required in the name of The sd Government & Peoples to make an Diligent Search within your Precinct for The Body of of James Nichols of Berkley Gentleman and Him Apprehending you are to have before one of our Justices of The Peace that He may become Bound by Recognizance with Two Sufficient Sureties for His Personal Appearances at The next Court General Sessions of The Peace to be held at Taunton within and for The County of Bristol on The 2nd Tuesday of December next Then and There in our sd Court to answer To a Presentment of The Grand Jury for that The sd James on The Eleventh day of July in The Year of Our Lord Christ Seventeen Hundred and Seventy Five at Berkley IN UPON ONE LIBEL BRIGGS THE WIFE OF DAVID BRIGGS OF FREETOWN YEOMAN THEN & THERE BEING IN THE PEACE OF GOD WITH FORCE & ARMS AN ASSAULT DID MAKE ON HER THE SAID LIBEL BRIGGS THEN & THERE DID BEAT. WOUND & EVIL ENTREAT AND THEN & THERE TO HER OTHER ENORMITIES THINGS DID TO THE GREAT DAMAGE AND HURT OF HER THE SAID LIBEL TO THE EVIL EXAMPLE OF ALL OTHERS OFFENDING IN THE LIKE THINGS & AGAINST & TO DO NECESSARY WHAT BY HER ASSAULT THEN BE IN AFORESAID OF DIRECTIVE AND DEPART WITHOUT LEAVE OF THE PEACE OF THE KING THAT THEN WAS. Fail Not to Make return with your Doings herein unto sd Court Dated at Taunton the Seventh Day of May 1778 On Verso John Porter Signs and States Bristol May 18th 1778 By Virtue of this Warrant I Apprehended The Body of The Within Named Nichols and Brought him before Samuel Tobey Jr Esq one of The Justices of The Peace for The County to be Bound by way of Recognizance according to The warrant and Notified The Complainer of Time and Place.
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