[Sir John Powell of Gloucester, judge and politician.] Autograph Document Signed (‘John Powell’), with signature of witness ‘W Price’, appointing his clerk John Horsman to receive his ‘Salary for Michaelmas Terme’.

Sir John Powell (1645-1713), judge and politician, Member of Parliament for Gloucester [his clerk John Horsman]
Publication details: 
11 December 1711; no place.
SKU: 23763

See Powell’s entry in the Oxford DNB. While presiding over the 1712 trial of Jane Wenham for witchcraft he ruled that there was ‘no law against flying’. 1p, long 8vo. On recto of first leaf of bifolium. Folded twice. On laid paper with government watermark, with two blind-stamped sixpenny tax stamps at head of page. Text intact, but with wear, closed tears and slight loss to some edges and a crease. Text by Powell himself, signed ‘John Powell’, with red wax seal (without any impression). Signed at foot of page: ‘Wittness | W Price’. Endorsed with date on reverse of second leaf. The text reads: ‘Know all men by these Presents that I Sr John Powell Knt. One of the Judges of her Matie’s Court of Queens Bench at Westminster: Doe hereby Constitute & appoint: John Horsman my Clerk to be my trewe & Lawfull Attorney to Ask Demand & Receive out of her Matie’s Receipt of Excheqr at Westminster the Sum[m]e of two Hundred & ffifty Pounds soo much being Due to me for my ffee or Salary for Michaelmas Terme Last: & the sd. John Horsmans Receipt together with these Presents shall be a Sufficient Discharge for the Same given Under my Hand & Seale this Eleventh Day of December 1711’.