Calendar of Letter-Books of the City of London: I, 1400-1422. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1909.
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14 March, 14 Henry IV. [A.D. 1412-13], ordinance by the Common Council increasing the fees to be paid by apprentices, for enrolment of deeds and wills; for documents bearing the Mayoralty Seal; and, further, increasing the amount of fines and amercements in the Mayor's Court and those imposed upon victuallers and hostelers for infringing proclamations; and for the profits arising therefrom to be devoted to the new work at the Guildhall for a term of six years. (fn. 1)
Folio cxxi b.
14 March, 14 Henry IV. [A.D. 1412-13], the guardianship of Richard, son of Richard Roos, late mercer, together with property left to him by his father and by John Wodecok and Thomas Roos, the orphan's brother, committed by William Walderne, the Mayor, and John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, to Elias Davy, mercer, who married the orphan's mother Sureties, viz., Thomas Provendre and Thomas Halle, mercers.
17 March, 14 Henry IV. [A.D. 1412-13], came John, son of John Wodecok, mercer, being now of full age, and acknowledged that he had received from John Shadworth, William Marcheford, Thomas Aleyn, mercers, Sir Peter Yevan, clerk, John Staplesford, and Simon Flete, late apprentice to the orphan's father, executors of the deceased, certain goods, comprising cups, spoons, salt-cellars, a "pouderbox" of silver, a coat of mail, a "paunce," (fn. 2) a "pysan," (fn. 3) a "bacynet" with "le umbrer," (fn. 4) a pair of "vauntbras," a pair of "rerebras," (fn. 5) a pair of "leggeharneys," (fn. 6) a pair of gloves of "plate," a "brestplate," a shield, a pair of "platys" (fn. 7) covered with red velvet, a "prykinghatte" (fn. 8) covered with black velvet, a "hansylette" (fn. 9) of red damask, a doublet of black "baudekyn" and "blunket," and a sword called "an armyngswerd"; also the sum of £20, bequeathed to him by Thomas Austyn, mercer, his grandfather.
[Fo cxxii b blank].
20th March, between the hours of seven and eight in the morning (fn. 10) (ante meridiem), A.D. 1412[-13], died King Henry IV at Westminster, immediately after whose death Henry V., his first-born son, began to reign.
Writ to the Sheriffs for the election of four citizens to attend a Parliament to be held at Westminster three weeks after Easter [23 April]. (fn. 11) No Sheriff to be returned. Witness the King at Westminster, 22 March, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1412-13].
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation forbidding the placing, packing, or showing of cloth or other merchandise, imported or exported, in any place except that appointed by the Treasurer of England, so that the King be not defrauded of his Custom dues. Witness the King at Westminster, 30 March, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413].
Folio cxxiii b.
19 May, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413], Geoffrey Lovey, mercer, committed to Neugate for cursing and slandering his master, Thomas Fauconer, an Alderman. (fn. 12)
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for all persons enjoying annuities, &c., by grants of Henry IV., Richard II., Edward III, or John, Duke of Lancaster, to return true copies of such grants into Chancery by the 22nd May. Witness the King at Westminster, 12 April, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413].
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation of letters patent appointing Lodowic John (fn. 13) Keeper of the King's Exchange in the City of London and the town of Calais, as well as Keeper of the King's Mint in the Tower of London and town of Calais. Witness the King at Westminster, 14 April, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413].
Letters patent appointing Lodowic John to the above offices. Witness the King at Westminster, 8 April, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413]. (fn. 14)
Folio cxxiv b.
2 May, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413], precept to the Sheriffs not to take nor allow their officers to take two carts belonging to Henry "Cook," carter, as they were being employed on the new work of the Guildhall. (fn. 15)
19 May, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413], grant by William Walderne, the Mayor, and Aldermen to Matthew de Suthworth of an annuity of £10 on account of his good service hitherto (hactenus) as Recorder (fn. 16) of the City; also of the sum of 10 marks for the past year to be paid him at Michaelmas next.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to admit Richard Alfeld to the office of Deputy Coroner, to which he had been nominated by Thomas Chaucer, the King's Chief Butler, to whom the office of Coroner of the City appertains, but who had no leisure to attend to it. Witness the King at Westminster, 22 May, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413].
Precept to the several Aldermen to set an armed watch in their Wards during the nights and eves of st. John Bapt [24 June] and SS. Peter and Paul [29 June], and to take precautions against fire, &c. Dated 16 June, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413].
8 June, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413], proclamation forbidding vintners, taverners, and others to keep their houses open after 9 o'clock at night at the time of the above Festivals, or to sell wine, beer, or victual before 6 o'clock of the following morning; also ordering a light to be kept burning outside houseson the eves of the said Festivals.
Letter from Thomas [Arundel], Archbishop of Canterbury, (fn. 17) to the Mayor and Aldermen, enjoining that the Barbers of London be ordered to close their shops on Sunday under penalty of a fine to the Chamber-the payment of such a fine being likely to have a greater effect upon them than the penalty of excommunication. Dated at "Ikham," (fn. 18) 13 July [A.D. 1413].
Thereupon, on the 24th July, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413], it was ordained by the Mayor and Aldermen that no one practising the art of a Barber should work thenceforth on Sunday, under penalty of paying 6s 8d. for each offence, viz., 5s. to the Chamberlain for the use of the Guildhall, and the remaining 20d. to the Masters or Wardens of the Barbers of the City for the time being. (fn. 19)
Letters patent appointing William Walderne, the Mayor, William Hankeford, William Thirnyng, Hugh Huls, Robert Hill, Robert Tirwhit, John Cokayn, John Colpepir, and John Prestone, or any eight, seven, six, five, four, three, or two (the Mayor being one), to be Justices for gaol-delivery of Neugate Witness the King at Westminster, 16 May, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413].
Folio cxxv b.
20 Sept, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413], William Rendre, "barbour," discharged by William Walderne, the Mayor, and Aldermen from serving on juries, &c., on account of the long-used privileges of his mistery as well as on account of his infirmities.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to make proclamation forbidding chaplains to uphold the opinions of the new sect of Lollards (nova secta Lollardorum), and ordering the arrest of those found so doing. Witness the King at Westminster, 21 Aug., 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413]. (fn. 20)
Thursday the Feast of st. Matthew [21 Sept.], 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413], in the presence of William Walderne, the Mayor, John Prestone, the Recorder, Thomas Knolles, Thomas Fauconer, Henry Bartone, Henry Haltone, Stephen Speleman, William Louthe, Thomas Pyke, John Penne, John Lane, William Sevenok, and Ralph Lobenham, Aldermen, and very many Commoners summoned for the election of Sheriffs, John Suttone, Commoner, citizen and grocer, was elected one of the Sheriffs by the Mayor, and John Michole, vintner and Commoner, was elected the other Sheriff by the Commonalty.
Thursday, the Feast of st. Matthew aforesaid, Thomas Pyke and William Norton, Aldermen, John Michell and Thomas Mayneld, grocers, Walter Gawtroun, draper, and John Coventre, mercer, Commoners [were elected Auditors of the accounts of the Chamberlain and Wardens of London Bridge].
9 Oct., 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413], Richard, son of William Persone, of Wynchecombe, co Glouces, armourer, discharged by William Walderne, the Mayor, and Aldermen from serving on juries, &c., owing to deafness and other infirmities.
Precept to the several Aldermen to cause good and loyal men to be elected for assessing a sum equal to half a fifteenth in their Wards, the same to be levied on all inhabitants, including clerics holding lands and tenements purchased since the twentieth year of King Edward I. (fn. 21) The money to be brought to the Guildhall by the eve of All Saints [1 Nov.]. Dated 12 Oct., 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413].
Tuesday, 26 Sept., 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413], John Askwythe, scrivener, charged with letting escape a certain chaplain in custody for adultery, whereupon he assaulted William Sevenok, Sheriff and Alderman. On Tuesday the 17th October the said John was adjudged to be deprived of the franchise and to be committed to Neugate for a year and a day. (fn. 22)
Folio cxxvi b.
Monday, 9 Oct., 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413], Richard Bartlot, fishmonger, charged with making a number of barrels and "ferdkyns" of wood which was not sound and entire, but sawn in the middle (de ligno non puro nec integro set in med' serrat') (fn. 23) and also full of "sappe," contrary to the ordinance made during the Mayoralty of Drew Barentyn and enrolled in the Chamber of the Guildhall, (fn. 24) the said vessels also being of defective capacity. Thereupon precept to John Blecchele, Serjeant of the Chamber, to seize the said vessels, which, after examination, were adjudged by the Mayor and Aldermen to be burnt. (fn. 25)
Friday, the Feast of st. Edward [13 Oct.], 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413], after Mass in the Guildhall Chapel, in the presence of William Walderne, the Mayor, John Prestone, the Recorder, Sir William "Haryndone," Prior of Holy Trinity, Richard Whityngtone, Thomas Knolles, John Shadworth, William Askham, Richard Merlawe, Robert Chichele, William Croumer, Thomas Fauconer, Henry Bartone, William Nortone, Henry Haltone, Nicholas Wottone, Stephen Speleman, William Louthe, John Lane, Thomas Pyke, John Penne, William Sevenoke, and Ralph Lobenham, Aldermen, John Suttone and John Michole, Sheriffs, and an immense Commonalty summoned for the election of a Mayor for the year ensuing, William Croumer was elected.
Afterwards, viz., on the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct], the said William Croumer was sworn in the Guildhall, and on the morrow was presented, admitted, and sworn before the Barons of the Exchequer.
Letters patent appointing Stephen Speleman, William de Louthe, William Burtone, and John Shawe to be commissioners for levying the subsidy granted in the last Parliament for the defence of the realm. Witness the King at Westminster, 5 July, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413].
Statute of Westminster, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413] (fn. 26)
Folio cxxviii b.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation of an extension of time having been allowed in respect of a general pardon (fn. 27) formerly granted by the King. Witness the King at Westminster, 18 June, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413].
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for the due observance of the following article of a statute enacted anno 2 Henry IV. forbidding lords to give any livery of sign of company (de liberat' signorum societatis) to knights, esquires, and others (fn. 28) Witness the King at Westminster, 5 Nov, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413].
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation forbidding all intercourse with, or help to be given to, John Oldecastell, Knt., who had been committed to the Tower as a heretic, but who had broken prison. (fn. 29) Witness the King at Westminster, 28 Oct., 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413].
Letters patent appointing William Croumere, the Mayor, William Hankeford, Richard Nortone, William Lasyngby, Hugh Huls, Robert Tirwhit, John Cokayn, John Colpepir, and John Prestone, or any nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, or two (the Mayor being one), to be Commissioners for gaoldelivery of Neugate Witness the King at Westminster, 7 Nov., 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413].
13 Nov, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413], John Rotour, "barbour," executor of John Rotour, who was one of the executors of John Parles, late mercer, delivered a sum of £40 to John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, in trust for Alan, son of the said John Parles.
Folio cxxix b.
Writ to the King's Coroner in the City that he summon William Talworth to appear in Chancery in the octave of St Hillary [13 Jan.] to show cause why certain letters that had been issued appointing him Bailiff of the water of the Thames, to the prejudice of the rights of the Mayor of the City, should not be cancelled. Witness the King at Westminster, 4 Dec, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413].
Precept to the Aldermen to hold their Wardmotes and make return of such matters as they are unable themselves to correct to the Guildhall at the General Court to be held on Monday after the Feast of Epiphany [6 Jan.]; and further, to set a watch at Christmas, see to the lighting of the streets, &c. Dated 17 Dec., 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413].
Writ to the Sheriffs to cause four citizens to be elected, pursuant to Statute, (fn. 30) to attend a Parliament to be held at Leicester on the 29th Jan. next. No Sheriff to be returned. Witness the King at Westminster, 1 Dec., 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413].
Folio cxxx b.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation that any one giving information which should lead to the arrest of John Oldcastell, Knight, who had been convicted of heresy, would be rewarded with 500 marks, and that any who should actually arrest him would receive 1,000 marks, whilst the citizens and burgesses of any city or borough who should take and produce him before the King should be for ever quit of taxes, tallages, &c. Witness the King at Westminster, 11 Jan., 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413-14]. (fn. 31)
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation forbidding unlawful seizure of the property of those accused of heresy, as it was the King's wish that they should be punished according to the law and custom of the realm, and not otherwise. Witness the King at Westminster, 11 Jan, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413-14].
10 Feb, a proclamation forbidding any one to go about the City between 9 o'clock at night and 5 o'clock in the morning, under penalty of forfeiture of life and property, except those appointed by the Mayor and Aldermen to safeguard the City; and further, forbidding any one to enter the City between 8 o'clock at night and 5 o'clock in the morning, under similar penalty.