Calendar of Letter-Books of the City of London: G, 1352-1374. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1905.
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Folio ccxxi - ccxxx.
Monday after the Purification [2 Feb.], 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1368-9], came Richard Cook, "brewere," and Henry de Cornwaille, tailor, before Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, and John Cauntebrigge, the Chamberlain, and asked that one-half of the land of Richard Mallynge in the parish of St. Margaret upon Lothebury—of which an extent had been made by oath of Thomas Staundone, John Stradele, Adam de Suthfolk, John Irlond, "taillour," Walter Cressebroke, William Coupere, Robert Horkesle, Alan Grigge, Nicholas Chesthunte, John Hulle, "curreour," John More, and Ralph del Castel—might be delivered to them by elegit for an unsatisfied debt; the debtor having no goods or chattels within the City. (fn. 1)
Folio ccxxi b.
Saturday after the Feast of St. Valentine [14 Feb.], 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1368-9], came Thomas, son of Robert de Elsynge, before Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and John de Cauntebrige, the Chamberlain, and asked that the sum of £80 remaining in the hands of John Edmund, (fn. 2) mercer, might be paid to him as he was now of age. The money paid and acquittances given to all parties concerned.
Acquittance by Nicholas Reynham and "Alesia" his wife to Robert Parys, executor of Margaret, widow and executrix of Sir John Warde, Knt., for money bequeathed by the said Sir John to the said "Alesia" his daughter. Dated 18 Feb., 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1368-9].
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for the observance of the King's Charter forbidding the Constable of the Tower to take prises of victuals, &c. (fn. 3) Witness the King at Westminster, 28 Feb., 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1368-9].
The last day of February, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1368-9], an inquisition held before Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, and John de Cantebrige, the Chamberlain, as to the property of Stephen, son of Richard atte "Hale," an orphan. The jurors—viz., Adam Cope, John Pyjoun, Thomas Serjaunt, Richard Wyllesdone, Simon Derlynge, Benedict de Cornewaille, Walter Lyvoke, taverner, Nicholas Betheware, William Somer, John Beverache, Bernard Shethere, Robert Joygnour—say that the said Stephen has a brewery and seven shops in the parish of St. Mary de Wollecherchehawe, of the clear yearly value of £12.
Folio ccxxii b.
1 March, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1368-9], the guardianship of the above Stephen, son of Richard atte "Halle," committed by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Chamberlain to Andrew de "Oo." (fn. 4) Sureties, viz., Hugh Sotherne called "Holbeche," (fn. 5) Reginald Love, Bartholomew Myne, and William Bristowe.
Saturday after the Feast of St. Matthias [24 Feb.], 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1368-9], came John Fysshe, "pelter," and Isabella his wife, one of the daughters of Geoffrey Bonere, (fn. 6) late "paternosterer," before Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and acknowledged that Richard and Thomas Bonere, executors of the said Geoffrey, had paid the said Isabella her patrimony.
9 March, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1368-9], proclamation made against selling wine before it has been put into a cellar, and selling it in secret places (en mucettes) in the absence of brokers of the mistery of Vintry thereto elected and sworn.
Be it remembered that on Thursday after the Feast of SS. Perpetua and Felicitas [7 March], 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1368-9], John Haylesdone paid to Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, in the Chamber of the Guildhall, in the presence of William Haldene, the Recorder, Adam Fraunceys, John Stodeye, John Pecche, Stephen Cavendisshe, William Welde, Richard Croydone, and John Torgold, Aldermen, and John Pyel, John Philippot, William Essex, and other commoners, the sum of 100 marks on behalf of Walter Berneye, who failed to come and take up the office of Mayor when elected. (fn. 7) And the said Simon, the Mayor, agreed to return the money if it turned out that he had no right to it according to the ordinance touching the election of the Mayor.
27 March, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369], the guardianship of Edmund, son of Robert Jober, together with certain sums of money in the hands of John de Cauntebrigge, the Chamberlain, and Robert de Wynchestre, carpenter, issuing from rents in the vill of Croydone and in Martlane, London, and also divers household goods (fn. 8) bequeathed by the said Robert Jober to Edmund and Henry his sons, were committed by Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, and the said Chamberlain to the said Robert de Wynchestre in trust for the said Edmund Sureties, viz., David Usk, "cappere," Richard Dorset, John Bucsted, carpenter, and William Dunmowe, "baker."
Folio ccxxiii b.
Acquittance by Robert Brabason, fishmonger, and Cristina his wife, widow of John, son of William Boner, "paternostrer," for the sum of £80 received from Thomas atte Crouche, "sporiere," Walter Flynt, "dighere," and John Resyngdene, "barbour," sureties for Gilbert de Crosseby, of co. Warwick, appointed guardian of the said John, and from John Pope, "wexchaundelere," and Mary his wife, widow of Laurence Beamoond, "flecchere," another surety for the same. Dated 8 March, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1368-9].
Writ to the Sheriffs for the election of four citizens to attend a Parliament to be held at Westminster in the octave of H. Trinity [27 May]. (fn. 9) Witness the King at Westminster, 6 April, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369].
16 April, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369], the following winedrawers (wyndrawerii) came before Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, William Haldene, the Recorder, Adam Fraunceys, John Wrothe, John Stodeye, Stephen Cavendisshe, William Welde, Bartholomew Frestlynge, Richard Croydone, John Chichestre, John Bernes, John Tornegold, James Andreu, and William Walworth, Aldermen, viz., John Bright, master, John William, "wyndrawere," Gilbert Dantre, Hubert Chelsham, Benedict Dreu, William Philpot, Robert de Ynde, Robert Pursere, William Holm, John "Maisterion" Lightfot, and John Salkyn, his fellows; also John Croydone, master, and John Cook, Nicholas Netlam, Henry Mustone, John Bysshopesgate, and Ralph Hulle, his fellows; also John Feversham, master, and Roger Straunge, John de Prestone, John Ferour, Robert de Bisshopesgate, Thomas de Chestre, John Langele, John Elys, John Westm[inster ?], William Og, and Stephen de Dende, his fellows; and they were sworn to faithfully serve the commons and not to take more than the fees prescribed. (fn. 10) Further, they were forbidden to handle any wine-cask unless twelve associates were present.
Folio ccxxiv b.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to make proclamation against offering any injury or insult to the French hostages of John, late King of France, (fn. 11) residing in the City. Witness the King at Westminster, 26 April, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369]. (fn. 12)
Memorandum of a writ to the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Aldermen for the removal of lay-stalls near the City wall adjacent to the Tower; and also of a writ of Privy Seal addressed to the same; which writs are on the file of writs temp. Simon de Mordone, Mayor.
Indenture of lease from Walter, son of Walter de Chesthunte, Knt., to John Donat, spicer, of houses in Bokeleresbury in the parish of St. Stephen, Walbroke, for a term of twenty-one years, at an annual rent of 20 marks. Witnesses, William Holbeche, Bartholomew Myne, John Hadele, Gilbert le Girdeler, William Grendone, clerk, and others [not named]. Dated 16 Nov., 40 Edward III. [A.D. 1366].
Folio ccxxv b.
Assessment of Wards made by Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, on Monday after the Feast of St. John ante portam Latinam [6 May], 43 Edward III. , for sending sixty armed men and sixty archers to the town of Calais, the King having paid to Robert de Kaytone, the Common Serjeant, their wages for forty days, viz., 12d. a day for every armed man and 6d. for every archer, and the Mayor and Aldermen and good men of the Wards paying for their arms, bow and arrows, and clothing as follows:—
Folio ccxxvi b.
Saturday after the Feast of SS. Philip and James [1 May], 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369], William Walworth paid, in the presence of Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, the sum of £10 on behalf of John Lovekyn, deceased, to John Litle and Johanna his wife, widow and executrix of Simon Dolsely, the same being due to the said Simon, when he was Mayor, from the merchants of "Amyas" for their ferm. (fn. 13) Also he paid to John Pecche the sum of £20 due to him when he was Mayor on the same account. Also to Stephen Cavendysshe a similar sum on the same account. Also to Adam Fraunceys the sum of £40 (for two years' rent) on the same account. Also to John Stodeye 20 marks on the same account. Also to John Wrothe £20 on the same account.
5 May, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369], came John Blakeneye, "pessoner," before Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and entered into bond in the sum of £200 payable to the said Simon de Mordone, Adam Fraunceys, John Wrothe, James Andreu, John Stodeye, Stephen Cavendisshe, William Tudenham, Walter Forster, John Lytle, John Bernes, Richard de Croydone, John de St. Alban, John Mitford, John Tornegold, and William Walworth, Aldermen, for the due observance of the ordinance regulating the mistery of Fishmongers.
Folio ccxxvii b.
Writ to the Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen, and Sheriffs for the removal of a bridge called "Bochersbrigge," near the Thames, where butchers were in the habit of casting offal into the river, before the Feast of St. Peter ad Vincula [1 Aug.] next ensuing. Witness the King at Westminster, 12 June, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369]. (fn. 14)
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation of a truce having been made between England and Scotland for a term of fourteen years from the Feast of the Purification [2 Feb.] next. Dated at Westminster, 18 June, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369]. (fn. 15)
Folio ccxxviii b.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to make proclamation to the effect that the King had resumed the title of King of France; that he was about to make war for the recovery of his rights to the French crown, (fn. 16) and that all who assisted him should enjoy hereditary possession of what they succeeded in recovering. Dated at Westminster, 19 June, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369]. (fn. 17)
21 June, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369], the guardianship of John, son of Adam "de" Aylesham, late goldsmith, committed by Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, and John de Cauntebrigge, the Chamberlain, to Thomas de Yakesle and Beatrix his wife. Sureties, viz., Nicholas atte Lane, "sadelere," and James Houtone, cordwainer.
Thursday after the Feast of St. Botolph [17 June], 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369], the sum of £10 in the hands of Alice, widow of William de Burtone, goldsmith, out of the sale of a tenement which Bartholomew de Imworth devised to Matilda his wife for life, the remainder to be sold by William de Burtone and William de Essex, his executors, and the money to be divided between Robert and Nicholas his sons, (fn. 18) is committed by Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, and John de Cauntebrigge, the Chamberlain, to the aforesaid Alice in trust for the said Robert his brother Nicholas being dead. Sureties, viz., John de Northwych, "goldsmythe," and William More, "vynter."
Afterwards, viz., on Friday after the Feast of St. Botolph [17 June], 46 Edward III. [A.D. 1372], came the above Robert, son of Bartholomew, and acknowledged he had received the money from Philip de Brumptone, husband of the above Alice.
Folio ccxxix b.
22 June, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369], the guardianship of the above Robert, son of Bartholomew de Imworth, aged eighteen years, together with a sum of money in the hands of William de Essex, "draper," committed by Simon de Mordone, the Mayor, and John de Cauntebrigge, the Chamberlain, to the said William de Essex. Surety, viz., Robert Warwyk, "draper."
Afterwards, viz., on the 30th Oct., 46 Edward III. [A.D. 1372], an audit taken of the trust account by Adam Stable and John Philipot, Aldermen, and the above Robert, son of Bartholomew, acknowledged satisfaction.
Writ to the Sheriffs to restore the goods and chattels taken from Nicholas Sardouche, merchant of Lombardy, for having exported gold and silver to the amount of £1,000, contrary to ordinances made in Parliament, between the Feast of the Purification [2 Feb.], 37 Edward III. [A.D. 1362-3], and the Feast of All Saints [1 Nov.], 42 Edward III. [A.D. 1368], and for having defrauded the King of small customs due for merchan dise brought to London during that period, by falsely alleging the same to be the property of Thomas Serland, a Lombard; and further, for having enhanced the price of silk by retailing silk, raw and coloured, belonging to Dynus Savoche, a Lombard, Paul Pennyng "de Lazaro Sweine" and Guy del Port, and other foreigners; for forestalling and secretly importing divers articles of merchandise, and for exporting bullion whilst acting as servant to John Ternyvel (Tervynel ?), master of the mint of Flanders and Amiens, the said Nicholas having paid a fine of £200 to the King. Witness the King at Westminster, 16 June, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369].
Folio ccxxx b.
11 July, 43 Edward III. [A.D. 1369], John Wirhale, Roger Cook, Henry Cornewaille, and Geoffrey Prudhomme elected meters of sea-coal coming to the City. Sureties, viz., John Tornegold and Walter Forster for John Wirhale; John St. Alban, Robert Parys, and John Wiltone for Roger Cook and Henry Cornewaille; and Robert Parys and John Wirhale for Geoffrey Prudhomme. (fn. 19)
Proclamation forbidding the holding of "Evynchepynge" for old clothes on Cornhill after the bell (le seyne (fn. 20) ) which hangs upon the Tun at Cornhill has been sounded, which bell shall be sounded at sunset. (fn. 21)