The Manuscripts of Lincoln, Bury St. Edmunds Etc. Fourteenth Report, Appendix; Part VIII. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1895.
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Registers, vol. IV (1564-99)
On a fly-leaf prefixed, mutilated at the edges, is the following curious Christmas poem, spoken or sung by the three city waits [representatives by their title of Senators, of the Three Wise Men?] as a warning beforehand for the right keeping of Christmas time, a ceremony called "Crying Christmas." [See under 1571 infra.] The leaf is headed "Anno xxv. Officii Willelmi Hynde communis clerici civitatis Lincoln," i.e. 1565, as appears from the heading of the first leaf of the Register itself.
Oure intent and purpose is auncyent customes to deelare That haue ben vsed in this citie manye yeres ago, And nowe for to breake them we wysshe ye schuld beware, For ther be grevous ponysshment for them yt wyll do soe.
At that tyme saith Saynt Johne appeared our perfight lyght And the Saveyour of all the world yt faithfully trust in hym. Saynt Luke in ye second chapitour declaryng his strenght and myght, Therfore at that tyme to be merye we wyssh ye schuld begyn.
The Aungelles with myrthe the schepperdes did obey, When they song Gloria in excelsis in tuynes mystycall, The byrdes wt solemnytye song on every spray, And the beastes for joye made reuerence in there stall.
Whatsoeuer oppressor wyll be cruelle and not merye make Schal be sore fettered in a dongion full deip Wherin is todes and miteis wt many a gret snayk, That place is so dark you schall not se your fete.
Therfore Crystmas myrth I wold ye schuld esteme, And to feare God and schewe ye deides of charyty boithe man and wyff, Orelles the people wyll assemble wt weapons scherpe and keene, Wherfore it wyll not prevaile to make any stryff.
Bycause that holye tyme all good people do prepare Aswell kynges and quenes that is of most noble byrthe, As also dukes, erles and lordes royally wyll faire, And spend the tyme of Crystmas wt joye and myrthe.
Forsomuch as all degrees within this r . . . . . . Do hyghly esteym the tyme of Cry . . . . . . To breke yt honourable custom I wold none to . . . . . But spend ye tyme in hearyng and folowyng Gods word.
That is the cheiff cause hither we were sent To gyve the people warnyng to have all things perfightly, For they that do not breakyth Mr Mayours comaundement And accordyng to the order ponysshed must they be.
Therfore endevour your selffes to have all thinges well, That no default be found neyther of riche nor pore But at that tyme help your neighbures as S. James doth [tell ?] Refresshyng the pouertye yt cummyth to ye dore.
Breiffly we have declared theffect of our mynd And I do not doubt but you wyll have it in remembraynce, One neighbour to another I wyssh ye schuld be kynde, For ye tyme doith so spend nedes we must goo fro[m hence ?]
The charter of the Tilers, Masons, Bricklayers, Plasterers, Pavers, Tilemakers, Glasiers, Limemakers, Milners [Millers] and Thekers [Thatchers]; in eleven ordinances. It begins with a paragraph similar to the introductory paragraph of the charters noticed before. f. 6.
Other glass in the chamber over the parlour and in the east parlour, and in the chamber above. In the hall two glazed windows on the south side, and a table on trestles. One frame for a door. A stable, five ox stalls, and a shed.
—, Oct. 4.—At a Secret Council. Alderman William Goodknappe having confessed what he had previously denied, that he had converted 10l. to his own use which he had received for the city, he is bound over to repay the same with a fine of 5l., but allowed to remain an alderman. f. 7b. But on the 25 Jan. following he is released from this payment altogether on condition that he do not hereafter claim in the right of his uncle Ralph Goodknappe any debts due to him from the city. f. 17b.
1566, Jan. 26.—Agreed that the stage-play of the story of Toby shall go forward and be played in Whitson holydays next; the common chamber to bear 4l. towards the charges, and the orderers thereof to be appointed by the mayor and his brethrer. f. 10b.
—, Sept. 14.—All such persons as have contemptuously departed out of the hall after their coming for the election of mayor and sheriffs, to be bound over to appear at the next sessions to answer to such things as shall be objected against them, or else to be imprisoned. f. 15.
—, Dec. 5.—For avoiding of many great hurts, hindrances, and enormities of late time crept into this city as well by evil rule in alehouses, being brewers, victualling-house keepers, and tippling houses, as also by the continued and daily resort, long-being and continuing of divers and many workmen, craftsmen and labourers in the same houses, there loitering and drinking of over-strong and mighty ale, to the increase of idleness and drunkenness, it is ordered that the mayor and justices of the peace shall forthwith appoint of the best and most honest inhabitants, meet for the purpose, to be common brewers and tipplers, and such persons shall sell their ale or beer to the tipplers by dozens and half-dozens to the tippler to be assigned, and not to sell any ale or beer in their houses; and every tippler that shall be assigned, to sell ale or beer by half-pennyworths or pennyworths, or by pots out of the house, and none otherwise, and only at such prices as the mayor from time to time shall appoint. f. 17.
—, —. Similar orders to those given above respecting beersellers, adding that all brewers shall have small ale and single beer for poor people, and that all victuallers and tipplers shall spar in their doors at the time of divine service and sermon time. Ibid.
1566, Nov. 24. The stage play of the story of old Toby, contained in the Old Testament, shall be played at the feast of Pentecost next, and the city shall bear towards the charges 6l. 13s. 4d. f. 22b.
—, —. Forasmuch as Robert Mounson, esq., is pleased to make a free school of his own charges in the late Grey Friars, it is ordered that he shall have all the glass remaining in the free school towards the glazing of the windows in the new school. Ibid.
—, June 19.—The mayor bought at London, of John Franklen at the sign of the Queen's Head at the corner shop in St. Paul's Churchyard, four dozen leather water-buckets for the city, which, with carriage and hanging in the hall, cost 5l. 12s. 6d. Ibid.
—, —. Complaint made that little hospitality is kept at Hanslape parsonage, that there is no service at Castlethorpe, and the church of Hanslape is not well served, that the curate is badly paid, not quarterly but scantly once in the year; letters to be written to the farmer for a reformation, and that the curate have the churchyard for a reasonable rent. Ibid.
—, —. Where [as] persons who have been aldermen or sheriffs, on Sundays, holy days and market-days undecently go abroad with cloaks or other undecent raiment, and also with gowns, wearing hats, contrary to good order, it is agreed that anyone so doing shall forfeit twenty pence. Ibid.
—, Oct. 14.—Where[as] one cup of silver double gilt, parcel of the common plate appertaining to the city which was lost and hurt by Mr. [Leo] Ellys in the time of his mayoralty, should have been delivered whole and sound and as good as he received it, it is agreed that he shall be compelled to make the residue [of the plate] as good as he received it, and deliver it and the cup he lost before Christmas next upon pain of 10l. f. 29.
1568, Dec. 22.—At a Secret Council, agreed to give to Lord Willoughby a present of two fat pikes and two breams, and to the Recorder, who hath of late taken pains for the business of the city with certain of the Privy Council, two fat swans, or one fat swan and a fat turkey-cock. f. 29b.
1569, Jan. 19.—The proclamation of the city called the Mayor's cry, as now newly corrected and amended according to the statutes of the realm and the ancient customs of the city, shall be good and effectual hereafter. f. 30b.
—, —. Thomas Marsshe, stationer, shall have word to give attendance at the lottery now at the drawing thereof in the city of London for the adventure of this city, for the 7l. 10s. lately put into the same. f. 31.
—, —. Ordinances for orphans' goods devised and established for the town of Newark were openly read and well liked of, and it was ordained that the like ordinances should be drawn in form to take place for ever in this city. Ibid.
—, —. It shall be lawful for all freemen to buy wood, coal, thakkes, or turf, for the relief of the poor, to be retailed and sold in the winter time, so that the price be always rated by the mayors &c. Ibid.
—, —. All the gears of St. Anne's guild remaining in a tenement next to St. Benedict's churchyard shall be laid and kept in the lower chamber in the Guildhall, which shall be repaired for the same with speed. f. 33b.
—, May 30.—At a court leet, agreed that any fraunchestman wearing the livery of any nobleman or gentleman before he bear office in the city may continue in such service with the license of the mayor, etc., the law and ordinance made in the time of Edw. IV. to the contrary notwithstanding. f. 34b. See Oct 8, infra.
—, July 9.—Ald. George Stampe sequestered and displaced until the next Common Council for troubling the sheriffs at Westminster when they were there about the great business of the city, whereby a Quo warranto is like to come against the liberties of the city. f. 35b.
—, June 15.—Case of alleged unlawful distraint by the sheriffs against one Thomas Wynterbourne, supposed to be outlawed, tried in the Star Chamber, in which the sheriffs are cleared, and a clerk to one of the secondaries of the court committed to the Fleet for falsely erasing the writ of outlawry: Wynterbourne is subsequently disfranchised. ff. 36, 37. Bound over, at the request of noblemen who have written on his behalf, to stand to arbitration, Jan. 12, 1570. f. 45b. [See under 1585.]
—, Sept. 21.—Verdict by the jury before the commissioners for concealed lands in Bucks that there is not any sufficient evidence to find any concealed lands in Stock-Goldington or Castlethorpe, with a copy of a presentment made by one George Byrchemore, "I say that the " parsonage of Castylthorpe is ruinous and not well served, and there" fore must needs be concealed." f. 41b.
—, Dec. 28.—No artificer or labourer, under the degree of a chamberlain of the city, after monition by proclamation shall be or remain in any alehouse, etc. in the city on any work-day to drink or spend any money for any ale, beer, or any other thing there to be found, upon pain of 4d., or go to the Close or Bail for the same under pain of 8d., half the penalties for the prosecutor and half for the poor. f. 46b. Also on Oct. 10, 1579. f. 115.
—, —. The master of the poor folks lately appointed to have 20s. yearly for keeping the bar-gates, and 20s. for the order of the poor, and driving away and punishing of vagabonds, strange beggars, and poor people out of the city. Ibid.
—, Oct. 22.—The outgoing mayor gives up these parcels of plate: three goblets, whereof one with a cover double gilt, two drinking pots double gilt, whereof one with a cover; the three goblets weighing 82 ozs. and the two pots 36½ ozs. f. 53.
—, March 24.—Dr. Wilson, Master of St. Katherine's in London and one of the Masters of Requests, to have the freedom of the city, and to be one of the citizens in the next Parliament beginning April 2, and the Recorder to be the other. f. 55a, b.
—, —. If a tax be granted, a discharge to be speedily sued for; and an Act to be procured discharging all penalties against the Under Sheriffs and their clerks, and that they may continue to occupy their office from year to year as the Under-sheriffs of London do. Ibid.
—, —. Where[as] within the county of Lincoln, timber, wood, coal, thakk, turf and other necessaries have been almost clearly felled, taken away, consumed and spent by many greedy persons, owners of the same since the dissolution of the late religious houses, to the great decay of the poor ancient city of Lincoln, formerly served out of the said county with these necessaries for the relief of the said city and for setting the poor people on work; and for that there is yet some plenty of timber, &c. within the counties of Nottingham, Derby and York next adjoining, whence the said poor city could be well served if the same could be brought by water; [it is desired] that an Act of Parliament may be made for a commission to assess all persons within seven miles of the city for the dyking, cleansing and scouring of Foss-dyke, in order that sufficient water may be brought from the Trent to bring the said timber, etc. f. 56.
—, May 21.—At a Secret Council. The water that should serve the most part of the city being stopped that the people cannot have any conduit water, to their great hurt and danger of life by reason of corrupt water, and for that the common waters of the city are now low and something corrupt by reason of certain sinkers from kitchens, stables, swine-sties, and such other corrupt places descending into the said common waters, whereby great infection is like to ensue, it is agreed that every person, of what estate soever, shall before Sunday next, reform and correct all such sinkers and corrupt places, so as all infection of water may be avoided, upon pain of imprisonment for four days and four nights without bail. and 40s. in money; and no fishmongers shall hereafter put their fishwater into any waterchannels but shall convey it away into other meet places. f. 56b.
—, —. An annuity of 5l. granted to Nicholas Catskyn, clerk, so long as he shall be chaplain to the mayor for the time being, and for preaching as well at the parsonages appertaining to the city as also within the city. f. 61b. "Sir" Nicholas Catskyn, clerk, preacher, to have 5l. more wages yearly and a livery gown to the value of 45s., Apr. 12, 1572. f. 63b.
—, —. The old robes which the officers cried Christmas withal to be made into decent cloaks for the said officers to cry the same yearly withal hereafter, and the rest of the utensils where the robes lie, which be of small value, to be sold. Ibid.
1572, April 12.—Hugh Pye, freemason, to have his freedom for 26s. 8d. and the officers' fees, so that he will remain in the city to work when he shall be required by the mayor for the time being. f. 63b.
—, Sept.—At a Secret Council. The Earl of Lincoln at his coming to have a present of two fat pikes and six gallons of sack wine; and all the charges of himself and his children, with their wives and ordinary servants, during his being here, to be borne by the common chamber. Ibid.
—, Nov. 3.—Constables appointed to search out persons absenting themselves, without lawful impediment or license from the mayor, from attendance at sermons in the Minster every Sunday; such persons to be fined 2d. f. 69.
—, Dec. 9.—The stones of the crosses appertaining to the city which were lately cast down, viz., Butter Cross and the Cross in the late parish of St. Cuthbert, shall be gathered up and laid in some certain place to the use of the common chamber. f. 70b.
—, March 16.—John Welcome displaced for ever of his aldermanship and any office, for various offences of opprobrious language and factious proceedings, and for disclosing to Dr. Wilson a secret letter from the mayor and aldermen to Justice Mounson the Recorder, by discovery whereof he did what he could to procure the displeasure of Dr. Wilson to the city, who hath been a very good and dear friend to the same. f. 72b.
—, June 7.—Copy of a letter from the Privy Council with certain articles to be observed by persons who have grants of forfeitures under the penal laws, for the avoiding of murmurs among the people. f. 79.
Articles of agreement and arbitrament respecting enclosures, made between the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln, the Prior of St. Katherine's, the Master of Burton Lazars, and others, on the one part, and the Mayor and Commonalty of Lincoln on the other, Jan. 12, 2 Hen. VIII. (1511). f. 92b.
—, Sept. 30.—The late mayor brought in all the plate, that is to say, a bason and ewer parcel gilt, three goblets with a cover double gilt, three silver pots with a cover double gilt, and a great salt with a cover double gilt. f. 104b. This inventory is yearly repeated.
1578, Sept. 14.—John Hyrd, son of Anthony Hyrd, to be usher of the school at Christmas, (fn. 1) with 4l. yearly and 10s. for a frieze gown, and Mayson, now usher, then to depart. f. 108b.
—, Oct. 11.—6l. 13s. 4d. to be yearly paid to a learned man, to be appointed with the advice of the Dean, to be reader in the Minster and to preach weekly upon Wednesday in some parish church. f. 109b.
—, July 28.—Answer to a letter from the Earl of Leicester dated from the Court July 13, in which he desired that a lease in reversion of the parsonage of Belton may be given to William Fernes, with the reasons of the Corporation for refusing to give it. f. 112. But the lease is granted on Jan. 11 following. ff. 116, 117.
—, Oct. 10.—A parchment or paper book to be provided wherein shall be noted the principal points of the charters and compositions, to be entered in English, and also a terrier of all the lands belonging to the common chamber. f. 115.
1580, Jan. 11.—Twenty shillings granted to William Storr, a scholar at Oxford, towards the buying of books and for the furtherance of learning. f. 116. On March 24, 1582, he has a further grant of 40s. towards the buying of apparel and books, and 20s. yearly towards his maintenance being a poor scholar. (fn. 2) f. 128. See further under under Oct. 30, 1587.
—, July 21.—Heselwood the painter to make an end of painting the Hall, and to set up the Queen's arms and all the noblemen the earls arms in metal, and, if he desire it, to have his freedom and 20s., or if not, then to be recompensed for his pains. f. 129.
—, —. A virtuous and learned preacher to be provided as shortly as may be, to teach the inhabitants the word of God, and to visit and give good counsel to the sick as need shall serve; to have for his stipend 20l., and to be appointed by the Mayor, Recorder, aldermen and sheriffs. f. 137b.
1583, Dec. 22.—All orders, &c. made at any Common Council to be drawn in paper and read openly at the next Council before they be entered, that if anything be mistaken it may be reformed before it be entered in the Council book. f. 137b.
—, Apr. 4.—Mayors no longer to be charged with the venison feast, which is from henceforth to be laid down, and the rent-fish given by the fishers to be had by the mayors towards their housekeeping. f. 140b.
—, —. Mr. Jermyns to be occupied in preaching upon Sunday afternoons and upon Wednesdays in the forenoon, to teach the people their duties towards God and the Queen's Majesty, and to have yearly 20l. Ibid.
—, —. Ordered that one half of all the people in every house above 12 years of age, being not sick or lawfully hindered, be at the beginning of every sermon every Sunday in the morning, and one from every house at the beginning of every sermon in the afternoon of every Sunday and festival day, and likewise on every Wednesday, upon pain of 20d. on Sundays and 12d. on other days. f. 141.
—, —. All tradesmen to have their shop doors and windows closed all the day-time on Sundays, except they have need to open their shop doors for their own passage in and out of their houses, upon pain of 3s. 4d.; and except that it shall be lawful for every butcher upon any Sunday out of Lent, and every fishmonger on every Sunday in Lent from 5 o'cl. a.m. until the market bell ring, and from 1 to 3 if there be no sermon at that time, to keep open his shop-doors to sell victual, but at no other time in the day except to innholders upon strangers' sudden coming; and except also that any mercer, draper, or other artificer may serve any stranger passing through the city as a stranger with any wares. Ibid.
—, June 18.—Alderman Hodshone to be disfranchised if within a month he do not so alter the course of his sinkers that no filth of his swine and other corruption shall come into the river or common stream. f. 142. Similar order with regard to a dyer, and others. Ibid.
1585, Jan. 16.—No present above the value of 20s. to be given to any nobleman or man of worship except by consent of the mayor and majority of aldermen, nor under that value to any one except the mayor and four of his brethren consent. f. 147.
—, Oct. 23.—Copy of a severe letter from the Privy Council dated at Richmond, Oct. 18. "Whereas after your first contempt made in the election of your mayor, (fn. 3) contrary to the direction of our letters written unto you, and the good advice given you by the Lord Bishop of Lincoln to make choice of a man able in discretion to govern that city and well affected in religion, you have sithens added to the first a second contempt savouring of more wilfulness, in electing to the places of justices of the peace within the said city for this year the four persons that were the chief ringleaders in the disorder of the choice of the mayor, and were here by hus (sic) (fn. 4) to your knowledge punished for the same, whereat we do not a little marvel," two of them, Dawson and Emonson, who are held to be specially unfit, are hereby sequestered from those places, and order given to elect two others. This order is consequently obeyed. f. 152.
—, —. Articles exhibited against two newly-elected aldermen, Laythorpe and Dobson. Laythorpe was illegally elected; is of an incontinent life and hath been fined in penance and hath not paid, "a great disworship to the city to have such an alderman"; he has unjustly caused suits about the cattle on the commons, &c.; he is officer to the sheriffs of the shire and clerk of the county, and there fully occupied; he is at this day impeached of forgery in the Star Chamber. Dobson hath left the city, and hath said that he is not of ability to keep house there. Both are in consequence displaced from the aldermanship. ff. 155b, 156.
—, Sept. 14.—At the election of mayor two letters from the Privy Council were read respecting the displacing of the aforesaid aldermen, with regard to which "gentlemen" were appointed to come for enquiry and also for appeasing contentions in the city, and requiring that Laythorpe and Dobson should be allowed to be in the calendar for election of mayor; but the mayor and three others refused to allow it, as being not aldermen at that time, whereupon five others refused to take part in the eloction. f. 157b.
1586, Oct. 5.—The grant of the reversion of the town-clerkship to Leonard Carr, made May 7, 1580, repealed, because he has maintained a faction in the city, and taken part in a slanderous bill supplicatory to the Privy Council against Henry Blowe, late mayor. f. 159b. (See under 1589.)
—, Nov. 2, 3.—Thomas Winterburne deprived (but not unanimously) of his places of justice of peace (to which he had been appointed against his own will) and alderman, for tearing in pieces, in great fury and madness, some examinations which he had signed. f. 160a, b. [It is possible that Winterburne was a Roman Catholic, as he had at first "most wilfully and stubbornly" refused to take the oaths incident to the office of a justice.]
—, Dec. 31.—Not more than one couple to be henceforth taken into any house by the inhabitants of the city, and no persons to be admitted to dwell in the city but such as the mayor and the most of his brethren shall allow. f. 161b.
1587, March 3.—Thomas Emonson disfranchised for spoil and waste by cutting down trees on land leased to him. f. 164. Proceedings against others. f. 165. Emonson to be restored on paying a fine. f. 171b.
—, May 20.—Appointment of persons to visit all the several divisions of the city, it having been in the last summer visited with the sickness of the plague very grievously, and there being now some great and manifest presumptions of some dregs and offscourings thereof yet remaining. f. 165b.
The inventory of plate handed on to the incoming mayor is increased this year by a case of knives and a staff of "brasell" tipped with silver. This mahogany staff is not mentioned in subsequent inventories, but is still preserved amongst the civic insignia. It measures 28½ inches. f. 170.
"He said it was never a good world since the spirituality must have the choosing of the mayor . . . . The Bishop hath nothing to do with the choosing, and that if either he or the Dean did come into the hall they were as good not, and if that they were cast out of the hall window they know the worst of it . . . . that it was a shame for Mr. Dean to deal as he did . . . . . at his first coming he preached upon good will and for nothing, and now he selleth his sermons," etc.
1587, Oct. 30.—5l. allowed to William Storr, a scholar at Oxford, towards his proceeding bachelor [master: see note under 1580] next Lent, in consideration that he do not hereafter challenge any more exhibition of the city. f. 171.
1588, March 21.—Copy of a letter from Sir Francis Walsingham, dated from the Court, Jan. 1, desiring that Laythorpe's name may be subjected to the city for re-election as an alderman, on the grounds of his wisdom and understanding in the affairs of the world (being a most fit man for those good parts it hath pleased God to endow him withal for the government of the city), that the manner of proceeding against him was hard, and the matters objected most weakly and slenderly proved; but if he be not re-elected, then he should surcease from seeking further restitution. An election for two aldermen is now held, and 24 and 19 voices are given for Will. Gosse and John Becke against 5 given for Christopher Laythorpe and John Rodthorne. f. 172a, b.
—, —. Leonard Carr admitted to the office of Town-clerk, in accordance with a letter from Lord Chancellor Christopher Hatton, dated at London, March 11, stating that he ought to enjoy the office according to the grant formerly made, there having been no just cause for its revocation, and that he is found to be honest and of good behaviour, and very willing to perform his best service with that duty that shall become him. f. 174.
Carr is also admitted clerk of the staple in accordance with a writ from the Queen, in which it is said that Parkins is not qualified for the office because he has not lands or tenements in the city. Ibid.
—, Sept. 23.—Extract from the indenture of Sir Thomas White's benefaction to the city, dated July 1, 1566, with an election of four persons to receive loans of 25l. each, in accordance with the same. ff. 176b–178.
—, —. Mr. Sele, M.A. (fn. 5) to have the curacy of Belton, in pursuance of letters from the Bishop of Lincoln showing that for his learning and godly policy in governing he is a sufficient and meet man, of which sufficiency the Bishop can better judge than this house can. f. 178b.
In the mayor's inventory of plate this year the three cups become "five silver tuns," and "a pair of wood knives to take up a table withal" is added, the other knives being "to cut meat." f. 180. This description is repeated in subsequent years.
1588, Oct. 5.—The reversion of the Recordership (on death or departure of Mr. Anton) granted to Mr. William Ellis on the application of L. Chanc. Hatton, and "for avoiding of many displeasures" that might arise should the office become suddenly void; with a copy of a letter of thanks thereupon from Hatton, dated from London, 26 Nov. f. 180b.
—, Dec. 12.—If the Dean and Chapter will give Mr. Plumtre, the usher of the School 3l. 6s. 8d. yearly for life, this house will give him 5l. yearly and the benefit of a freeman, and so he be discharged from teaching any longer, because he is old and doth no good upon the children. f. 182.
—, Oct. 20. Every householder in Bar-gate, Bail-gate, East-gate and Newport (impotent and labourers only excepted) every night when the moon shineth not between All Hallows day and Candlemas, from 6 to 9 at night to set over their doors or windows a lantern with a candlelight in it, on pain of 4d. f. 190.
1590, Jan. 19.—At the suit of the waits it is ordered that no musicians except the waits do hereafter play at any marriages, unless such musicians give to the waits 2s. for every marriage they play at. f. 191b.
—, Feb. 16. Whereas Mr. Barnes, our preacher that is to be, is offered 40l. stipend and his diet at the mayor's table, but desires also to have his meat and drink in his chamber for himself and his man, a convenient lodging, and the bringing hither of his books and implements, all at the city's charge, which things this house cannot well condescend unto because of the great charge it is at every year, yet because of the great desire the citizens have of his coming through the report of his great learning and his fitness otherwise, it is agreed he shall have 40l., a chamber, and the fetching of his books and implements, with his meat at the mayor's table until the common chamber is better able to contribute to the charge of his diet. f. 192.
In the inventory this year the knives to cut meat are omitted, and a basket to carry the plate and a carpet to lay on a form in the Minster where the Mayor and his brethren sit are added. f. 197b. This list is continued afterwards.
1591, July 31.—A committee appointed to confer with Mr. Grene of Boston, who has offered to set 400 poor people of Lincoln on work for five years at wool, if the city will find him a convenient house and lend him 300l. freely for the five years. f. 200.
1592, Sept. 5.—The best learned counsel in the law that can be gotten in London to be consulted, with Mr. Recorder, about the statute merchant seal, for confirming or reforming it, or purchasing a new grant. f. 207.
1593, Feb. 5.—Charles Dymock made a freeman at the request of his nephew Sir Edward Dymock, knt., with a view to his election as one of the burgesses of the city, he having always showed himself very courteous to the citizens, and promising to attempt in Parliament anything that may be beneficial to this corporation, and, further, that he will not put the city to any charge for burgess-money. f. 211.
—, March 29.—Mr. Tonge, the late mayor, "disjusticied and also disaldred" for refusing to bring in his accounts, and for having gone away with sums of money remaining in his hands. f. 212. To be sued, f. 217.
1595, Jan. 17.—A "wyned" table to be made, with a green carpet of seven quarters broad-cloth, to stand before the mayor at sermon times in the body of the Minster, to lay the sword, hat, and mace upon (and a velvet cushion, f. 236b); and also a new hat to be made for the swordbearer of crimson velvet, with the band and tassels and other furniture thereunto belonging. f. 226.
—, —. A new mace to be made, greater and fairer than the mace that now is, and the sum of 39l. 14s. 4d. and the old mace to be allowed towards it; the new mace of silver gilt weighing 78½ ounces cometh at 10s. 2d. an ounce to 39l. 15s., the graving of four arms in four "ammell" [enamel ?] plates to 40s., a case for it 15s., the carrier for bringing it down 5s.; summa, 42l. 5s.; received for the silver of the old mace being 10 ounces, three-quarters and a half at 4s. 8d., 50s. 6d. So there remains due to the goldsmith, 39l. 14s. 4d. f. 226b.
—, June 16.—Mr. Thomas Luddington, (fn. 6) the preacher to the city, to have 30l. per an., and his diet at the mayor's table. f. 239.