This is an exact transcript of James Percy’s memorandum to the House of Lords. The origional is held at the London University library, GL Broadsides Collection Vol 1. No. 32.
That the Petitioners Councel appearing (though late) before the Kings Gracious Majesty, and the Lords Committee assembled in Parliament, the defendants councel had heard his witness prove so punctually that, they waved the senior Countess of Northumberlands cross petition, and set up the Kings interest (for which they were checked, as by his former printed complaints appears,) and Your Petitioners Solicitor most treacherously betrayed him to the Duke of Monmouths Agents, who have obtained Rukes of Tryal the next Term, notwithstanding priviledge.
That since the Court of Wards was put down, Your Petitioner finds no way for his relief, but to make his Humble Address to this Honourable House for his timely redress by way of inquisition, post mortem, or by a Committee of grievances: or according to the Prayer of the Petition he presented to the consideration of the Honourable House, that the evidence of his witnesses be recorded.
To present the like troubles from generations to come, is to make a due inspection into these your practitioners grievances, and weigh them in the balance of justice.