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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30 May, 6 Henry IV. [A. D. 1405], a proclamation made to the effect that no one, except of ficers of the City and other freemen engaged on keeping watch, shall wander about the City after 9 o'clock at night, under penalty of fine and imprisonment, and that no foreigner or stranger shall carry arms.
Bull of Pope Innocent [VII.], notifying the appointment of Roger Waldene (fn. 1) as Bishop of London. Dated at St. Peter's, Rome, 4 Ides December [29 Dec.], the first year of his Pontificate [A. D. 1404]. (fn. 2)
Folio xli b.
Precept to the Aldermen to assess and levy in their several Wards a sum equal to half a fifteenth, and to bring the money to the Guildhall on the eve of St. Michael [29 Sept.]. Dated 24 Sept., 6 Henry IV. [A. D. 1405].
Folio xlii-xliii b.
A proclamation in the same terms as that recorded supra, fos xxxiii b-xxxv, with the exception of the last clause touching the sale of cloth at Bakwelhalle, in place of which there is here recorded an ordinance fixing the price at which lamb is to be sold by butchers.
20 Sept., 6 Henry IV. [A. D. 1405], the guardianship of John, son of William Parker, late mercer, together with his property, committed by John Hende, the Mayor, and John Profyt, the Chamberlain, to Edmund Man, mercer. Sureties, viz., Robert Domenyk, Walter Cotton, and John Elys, mercers. (fn. 3)
Folio xlv xlvii.
A general proclamation of ordinances for preserving the peace, keeping the streets of the City clean, regulating the price of various kinds of victual, prescribing rules for fishmongers, assize of nets, &c.
Precept to the Aldermen to hold their Wardmotes and report such matters as they are themselves unable to correct to the General Court to be held at the Guildhall on Monday after the Epiphany [6 Jan.]; also to set the Christmas watch and see that a lighted lantern is hung outside each house that is on the highway, &c. Dated 13 Dec., 7 Henry IV. [A. D. 1405].
Folio xlvii b.
13 Nov., 7 Henry IV. [A. D. 1405], came John Chesthunte, "wolpakker, " who had married Margery, one of the daughters of Gilbert Pyrymon, late "sporier, " to whom the said Gilbert had bequeathed the sum of 12 marks, as appears in Letter-Book H, fo. cccxxxix, (fn. 4) and acknowledged satisfaction for thesame at the hands of Ralph Burwell, "wolpackere."
Letters patent appointing John Wodecok, the Mayor, William Gascoigne, William Thirnyng, John Cokayn, William Rikhill, William Hankeford, Hugh Huls, and John Prestone, or any seven, six, five, four, three, or two (the Mayor being one), to be Justices for gaol-delivery of Neugate. Witness the King at Westminster, 7 Jan., 7 Henry IV. [A. D. 1405-6].
Writ to the Sheriffs notifying the prorogation of the Parliament (which had been summoned to sit at Gloucester on the 15th February next) to Westminster, to sit on Monday in the first week of Lent, (fn. 5) owing to the rebellion in Wales and a threatened invasion by the French, and bidding them to cause four citizens to attend the same. No Sheriff to be returned. Witness the King at Westminster, 9 Feb., 7 Henry IV. [A. D. 1405-6]. (fn. 6)
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to admit Richard Alfeld as deputy-coroner to Thomas Chaucer, the King's Butler, and ex of ficio Coroner of the City. Witness the King at Westminster, 16 Feb., 7 Henry IV. [A. D. 1405-6].
A proclamation ordering the removal of rubbish, &c., from the front of houses by Thursday next, under penalty of 2s., and further, that all carts carrying rubbish, &c., be provided with a board (un table) at the back, two and a half feet high, to prevent their contents falling into the road.
Folio xlviii b.
Precept under the Mayoralty Seal to the several Aldermen to array their Wards at night during the sitting of the coming Parliament, commencing on Sunday next, and further, to see that a lighted lantern is hung at night outside every house in the high streets and lanes. Dated 26 Feb., 7 Henry IV. [A. D. 1405-6].
Presentation by John Wodecok, the Mayor, under the Mayoralty Seal, to the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, of William Warde, perpetual chaplain of the chantry of William Chatylleshunt (fn. 7) in the said church of London (in ecclesia London' predicta), to the chantry held in the said church by William Wryght, founded therein for the soul of Sir John Pulteneye, knt., (fn. 8) the two priests having agreed to exchange benefices. Dated 1 May, 7 Henry IV., A. D. 1406.
A proclamation forbidding the bringing to the City of any kind of broken barley (bredz crew (fn. 9)) for sale or of barley mixedin a sack, under penalty of imprisonment. The Masters of the mistery of Brewers to be allowed to examine all barley brought to the markets at Graschirche and the Pavement before the Friars Minors within Neugate, and to seize all such barley as they find amiss and bring the same before the Mayor and Aldermen.
Precept to the Aldermen for keeping the armed watch on the eve of the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul [29 June], each Ward furnishing the number of men as set out infra. Dated 25 June, 7 Henry IV. [A. D. 1406].
4 Sept., 7 Henry IV. [A. D. 1406], John Traps, son of Thomas Traps, of "Theydonboys" [co. Essex], discharged by John Wodecok, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, from serving on juries, owing to increasing old age.
11 Dec., 7 Henry IV. [A D. 1405], Roger Laurence, "Forster, " (fn. 10) similarly discharged for like cause.
Folio xlix b.
Writ to the Sheriff of Kent that he assist John Wodecok, the Mayor, in the duty of preserving salmon and other fish in the Thames between Stanes and London, and thence in the waters of the Thames and Medewaye (so far as his jurisdiction extends), pursuant to a statute made anno 17 Richard II. Witness the King at Westminster, 18 June, 7 Henry IV. [A. D. 1406].
3 July, 7 Henry IV. [A. D. 1406], came Richard Chapman, sporier, who had married Alice, one of the daughters of Gilbert Pyrymon, late sporier, to whom the said Gilbert had bequeathed 12 marks, as appears in Letter-Book H, fo cccxxxix, (fn. 11) and acknowledged that he had received the money due from Ralph Burwelle, "wolpakkere".
Friday before the quinzaine of Easter [11 April], 7 Henry IV. [A. D. 1406], proclamation forbidding "hokkyng" on Monday and Tuesday next, called "hokkedayes, " under pain of imprisonment. (fn. 12)
Writ to the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Aldermen that they take steps to prevent foreigners creating disturbance in the City, and make a return of the names of such foreigners as ought to have left the kingdom, pursuant to an order of the present Parliament, (fn. 13) and have not done so, together with the true value of their goods and chattels so far as may be ascertainable before the 7 Aug. Witness the King at Westminster, 1 July, 7 Henry IV. [A. D. 1406].
Return made to the above writ by John Wodecok, the Mayor, and William Crowmere and Henry Bartone, the Sheriffs, certifying the names of aliens and the value of their property as ordered. (fn. 14)
Folio l b.
Letters patent appointing John Wodecok, the Mayor, Adam Fraunceys, knt., John Wrothe, knt., and Thomas Charletone, Esq, to be Commissioners for raising money within the City and county of Middlesex for public necessities (fn. 15) Witness the King at Westminster, 28 June, 7 Henry IV. [A. D. 1406].