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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3 Feb., 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413-14], came Richard Mordone and Henry Meleward, executors of John Sevesterre, brewer, and delivered to John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, the sum of £40 and divers chattels in trust for William, son of the said John Sevesterre.
1 Dec., 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413], William Wysman, of Waltham, co. Essex, ordered to be disfranchised, and in future to pay custom on his merchandise like other strangers, for having obtained the freedom of the City as a "Coursour" whilst using the art of a "Cotiller." (fn. 1)
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16 Feb., 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413-14], the keepership of Ludgate and of the prisons there granted by William Crowmer, the Mayor, John Prestone, the Recorder, Richard Whityngtone, Thomas Knollys, John Shadworth, William Askham, Richard Merlawe, William Walderne, Nicholas Wottone, Thomas Fauconer, Stephen Speleman, William Louthe, William Nortone, Henry Haltone, John Lane, William Chichele, John Penne, Thomas Pyke, and William Sevenoke, Aldermen, and an immense Commonalty assembled for common council (ad co'e consilium) in the upper chamber of the Guildhall-to John St Germayn, grocer, and Keeper of the said gate and prisons, to hold the said office during good behaviour, he having gone to great expense in maintaining the gate and houses thereon If any Sheriff thereafter should wish to discharge him, he shall reimburse the said Keeper his expenses, and shall keep the said gate, &c., in repair at his own cost.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation of a truce having been concluded with John, King of Castile and Leon, for one year. Witness the King at Westminster, 12 Feb., 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413-14]. (fn. 2)
Letters patent appointing William Crowmer, the Mayor, Richard Whityngtone, William Walderne, Robert Chichele, Richard Merlowe, Thomas Knolles, John Prestone, and the Sheriffs of the City, or any seven, six, five, four, three, or two (the Mayor or John Prestone being one), to make search for, and commit to prison, all Lollards within the City and suburbs, and to make a return of the same. Witness the King at Westminster, 11 Jan., 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413-14]. (fn. 3)
Proclamation forbidding the sale of fish or raw meat (charcrewe) by retail elsewhere than at the places of old appointed, viz., Briggestrete, Oldefisshstret, "lestokkes," the Bocherye in Estchepe and the Bocherye in St. Nicholas "Flesshammes," except Thames and freshwater fish, herrings fresh and salted, and poultry. [No date].
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20 April, 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414], the guardianship of Peter and Johanna, children of Matthew Spicer, otherwise called "Tyce," (fn. 4) "goldbeter," together with the sum of £80 and divers household goods, committed by William Crowmer, the Mayor, and John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, to John Spicer, son of the said Matthew. Sureties, viz., John atte le [sic] Chandeler, William Westone, draper, and Bartholomew Seman, goldsmith.
24 April, 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414], came the executors of William Staundone, grocer, and delivered to John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, the sum of £200 bequeathed by the said William to Elizabeth his daughter, in trust for the said daughter.
4 May, 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414], proclamation made forbidding the playing of hand-ball or football, "coytes," "dyces," stonethrowing (gettre de pier), "kailes," (fn. 5) and other such fruitless games, and ordering the practice of the bow, on pain of six days' imprisonment as of old ordained.
14 June, 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414], the guardianship of Henry, son of Henry Hecchendene, saddler, together with the sum of 100 marks given to him by Alice, late wife of the orphan's father, William Tristour and Richard Osbarn, executors of the same, committed by William Crowmer, the Mayor, and John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, to the said William Tristour, saddler. Sureties, viz., Henry Pountfreyt and William Maloney, saddlers.
Proclamation prescribing the price per gallon of Malvezye, Romenye, Bastard, and other sweet wines; also of wine of Gascony or Rochel, red ("Vermaille") or white, and "Oseye," under penalty of forfeiture of both wine and vessels.
Folio cxxxiii b.
Proclamation forbidding any vintner, taverner, brewer, hosteler, cook, or "pybaker" to keep his house open after 10 o'clock on the eves of St. John Bapt. [24 June.] and SS. Peter and Paul [29 June], or to sell any victual or drink before 6 o'clock the next morning, under penalty of imprisonment and fine.
7 March, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413-14], inquisition taken before William Crowmere and the Aldermen as to the metes and bounds within which fish was of old accustomed to be sold in Oldefisshstret, by oath of William Coggesale, Robert Gray, Philip Philip [sic], Richard Trogonold, William Rede, Richard Ergastone, Robert Dentone, Thomas Blakenale, Thomas Bernewelle, John Leget, Robert Nyppe, and Richard Pountfreyt. (fn. 6)
14 March, 1 Henry V. [A.D. 1413-14], inquisition similarly taken as to the metes and bounds within which flesh was of old accustomed to be sold in Estchepe, by oath of John Flawner, Thomas Brook, Edward Bolfynch, Thomas Savage, Richard Bolton, Nicholas Hoke, Robert Man, William Knyght, William at Mere, John Caustone, and John Maldone. (fn. 7)
9 June, 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414], came Robert Leghe, William Pycard, William Symmes, and John Sudbury, grocers, and delivered to John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, the sum of £207 12s. 3½d., due to William, son of John Drew, late grocer, an orphan, by bequest of his said father and also by the decease of Johanna and Albreda his sisters, to hold in trust for the said orphan.
12 June, 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414], the guardianship of the above orphan and of his property committed by William Crowmer, the Mayor, and John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, to Thomas Knolles, junior, grocer Sureties, viz., Thomas Knolles, senior, and Robert Chichely, grocers.
Letters patent granting to Lodowic Johan the exclusive privilege of issuing letters of exchange to those visiting foreign parts for a term of three years on payment of a yearly sum of 200 marks into the Exchequer. Witness the King at Leycestre, 26 May, 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414]. (fn. 8)
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17 July, 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414], the guardianship of John, Nicholas, Richard, and Elizabeth, children of John Stapleford, grocer, together with the sum of £350 due to the said orphans, committed by William Crowmer, the Mayor, and John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, to William Cauntbrigge, ironmonger, and Anne (fn. 9) his wife, mother of the said orphans. Surety, viz., William Sevenoke, grocer.
29 April, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], came John Spicer, otherwise called "Tyce," son of Matthew Tyce, late goldbeater (aurimalliator), guardian of the orphan children of the said Matthew, and delivered to Peter Tyce, his brother, one of the said orphans, now of full age, the sum of £40 and divers household goods, and is quit.
Friday the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept], 2 Henry V [A.D. 1414], in the presence of William Crowmere, the Mayor, John Prestone, the Recorder, Richard Whityngtone, Thomas Knolles, Richard Merlawe, Thomas Fauconer, Stephen Speleman, Henry Bartone, Nicholas Wottone, William Louthe, William Nortone, Henry Haltone, John Penne, John Lane, Walter Cottone, William Sevenok, and Ralph Lobenham, Aldermen, and very many Commoners summoned for the election of Sheriffs, John Michell, Alderman and grocer, was elected one of the Sheriffs by the Mayor, and Thomas Aleyn, Commoner and mercer, was elected the other Sheriff by the Commonalty.
Afterwards, viz., on Friday the eve of St. Michael [29 Sept], the said Sheriffs were sworn at the Guildhall, and on the following Monday were presented and accepted before the Barons of the Exchequer.
On the same Friday, the Feast of St. Matthew, the aforesaid Stephen Speleman and William Sevenok, Aldermen, John Reynwelle, Robert Fitz Robert, Robert Tatersalle, and William Fitz Hugh, Commoners, were elected Auditors of the accounts of the Chamberlain and Wardens of the Bridge.
Letter under the Mayoralty seal from William Crowmer, the Mayor, to Sir William [Harewdone or Haryndone], the Prior of Holy Trinity, London, and Rector of the parish church of St. Botolph without Aldgate, presenting John Worthyn, chaplain, for admission to the chantry in the said parish church for the souls of John Romeney, late potter, Agnes his wife, &c. Dated 2 Sept, A.D. 1414.
4 Oct., 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414], the guardianship of Thomas, John, and William, children of William Braybrook, fishmonger (the said Thomas being apprentice to Thomas Dufhous), together with their patrimony and divers chattels, comprising a "ketilhat" (fn. 10) and other pieces of body-armour, girdles, mazer cups, beds, &c., committed by William Crowmer, the Mayor, and John Profyt, the Chamberlain, to Richard Banastre, fishmonger, and Katherine his wife, widow of William Braybrook Sureties, viz., John Perneys, stockfishmonger, William Flete, fishmonger, and Alexander Farnell, tailor.
Folio cxxxv b.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to remove two halpaces over the highway in "Seint Martynslane," near the King's free chapel of St. Martin le Grand, inasmuch as they were frequented by felons who used them for the purpose of taking sanctuary Witness the King at Westminster, 28 July, 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414]. (fn. 11)
Monday the morrow of St. Magdalen [22 July], John Bereford, of Salop, "soudyour," charged before the Mayor and Aldermen with having fraudulently obtained furs from a certain skinner, by representing that a box, offered as a pledge, contained valuables. He pleads guilty, and is adjudged to stand on the pillory. (fn. 12)
16 Oct., 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414], John Herward, of Rouchestre, condemned to stand in the pillory for counterfeiting gold and silver bands for mazers, the said bands to be hung around his neck. (fn. 13)
Writ to the Sheriffs for the election of four citizens to attend a Parliament to be held at Westminster on Monday after the octave of St. Martin [11 Nov] (fn. 14) Witness the King at Westminster, 26 Sept., 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414].
18 July, 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414], came William Cauntbrigge, "irmonger," and acknowledged himself bound to William Sevenok, grocer, in the sum of £350, to be paid on the Feast of St. Martin [11 Nov.] next.
The above recognizance to be void if the said William Cauntbrigge and Anne his wife, late wife of John Stapleford, grocer, execute properly their duties as guardians of John, Nicholas, Richard, and Elizabeth, children of the said John Stapleford. (fn. 15)
Letter under the Mayoralty seal from William Crowmer, the Mayor, and John Prestone, the Recorder, to Richard [Clifford], Bishop of London, presenting John Aprees, chaplain, for admission to the chantry of Roger Depham, late Alderman, in the church of St. Swithin, (fn. 16) vacant by the resignation of John Haderham, alias Ramsey. Dated 23 Aug., A.D. 1414.
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Saturday the Feast of Translation of St. Edward [13 Oct], 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414], John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, prays to be discharged from office owing to infirmity. Whereupon the Mayor and Aldermen beg him to continue in office for another year, as it was difficult to fill his place; at the same time they and those present for the election of a Mayor discharge him from serving any other City office such as his enemies had been endeavouring to force upon him, against his will.
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Statute of Leicester, 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414]. (fn. 17)