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Justices (2)A number of men from the Borough of Southwark in the county of Greater London, who preside over the trials of Mrs. Pigeon and Mrs. Jones at the request of the Goodwin children. As none of the Goodwin children come forth as witnesses to the alleged wicked deeds of Mrs. Pigeon and Mrs. Jones, the case is dismissed "with only an admonition to old Mr. Goodwin, to forsake the company of these women so prejudicial to his reputation."(22 - 23)The young mans children being in the house, are turned out of doors, and old Mr. Goodwin (by order of Mrs. Pigeon) forbids all his children (the young traitor James Goodwin excepted) to come upon the ground: His daughter Vernon coming one day to see him, by Mrs. Pigeons command, he takes her by the arme, and thrusts her out of doors: and now they insult and vaunt beyond measure. Old Mr. Goodwins children seeing all ruined, and that their father is now captivated more then ever to these women, they joyntly present a petition to the Justices of the County and Borough of South-wark, representing therein their sad condition; from whom they obtain a warrant to bring these women before 23 them to St Margarets Hill; where the business being debated, Mr. Goodwin was seriously reproved and admonished to forsake the scandalous company of these women: but the debate growing long, and it being late, the Justices adjourned the meeting, and hearing of this business to the next week after. When being againe met, and some new Justices that had not heard the former debate, amongst the rest, Mr. Gold of Clapham appeares, and is very eager in the vindication of these women, especially of Mrs. Pigeon, whom he saies was a most Angelical woman, and that she could discourse to admiration: and he said that this prosecution of Mr. Goodwins children was but a rage of jealousie for matter of estate, and that the whole army of England should maintaine the reputation of these Gentlewomen: these were his words. Some other of the Justices insisted to have Mr. Goodwins children produce their proofs of what they had alledged in their petition: to which they replyed, their witnesses were ready, but would not appeare, unless they were summoned by order of Law, left they should incurr trouble from these Litigious women; the Justices upon debate finding the witnesses living for the most part in Red Cross Street, out of their Jurisdiction to summon them, they dismissed the business with only an admonition to old Mr. Goodwin, to forsake the company of these women so prejudicial to his reputation.()