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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Pleas of the Crown held at the Guildhall before the aforesaid Nicholas Wottone and John Bartone, senior, Justices assigned by the King, on Monday before the Feast of the Translation of St. Edward [13 Oct.], 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416]:—
Inquisition taken before Robert Queldryk and other jurors aforesaid, who find that William Spicer of Gravesende, co. Kent, "boteman," did on the 9th Dec., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415], rob the wife of Richard Ewayn, "shether," of divers goods, comprising a gown of green woollen cloth furred with "popyll." (fn. 1) Thereupon precept was issued to the Sheriffs to take the said William if found within their bailiwick; but he disappears and is called at three several Hustings. Before he can again be called the Sheriffs receive the King's writ informing them that the said William is detained in the Marshalsea, and ordering them to produce him at Westminster on a certain day.
Folio clxxxii b.
10 March, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416-17], the guardianship of Robert and Elizabeth, children of Henry Wodewey, late skinner, together with divers goods and chattels, comprising (inter alia) a beaker of silver with the inscription Benedictus deus in donis suis, four plain pieces of silver, a dozen silver spoons weighing in all 64 oz., a basin and ewer, a dozen vessels of pewter (stannei), a bed of tapestry with three curtains and ceiler (cellura) of "carde," (fn. 2) a "materas," two "canevas," a "quilt," and a "bolster"—committed by Henry Bartone, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and John Hill, the Chamberlain, to Nicholas Tunwell, grocer, who married the mother-in-law (matrem in lege) of the said orphans. Sureties, viz., John Coventre, mercer, and Robert Wydyngtone, grocer. (fn. 3)
Tuesday the Feast of Translation of St. Edward [13 Oct.], 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], in the presence of Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, John Bartone, the Recorder, Sir William [Harewdon], the Prior of Christchurch, Richard Whityngtone, Thomas Knolles, Richard Merlawe, Robert Chicheleghe, William Walderne, William Crowemere, Thomas Fauconer, Henry Bartone, William Sevenok, William Louthe, William Nortone, John "Peme" (Penne), Thomas Pyke, Thomas Aleyn, John Gedney, John Reinwell, William Caumbrigge, Alan Everard, and Ralph Bartone, Aldermen, and also the Sheriffs, (fn. 4) and an immense Commonalty summoned for the election of a Mayor, Henry Barton was elected Mayor for the year ensuing. Afterwards, viz., on the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.], he was sworn in the Guildhall, and on the morrow was presented, admitted, and sworn before the Barons of the Exchequer. (fn. 5)
Letters patent appointing Henry Bartone, the Mayor, William Hankford, Richard Nortone, William Lasyngby, Robert Thirwhit, Robert Hulle, John Cokayn, Roger Hortone, William Lodyngtone, William Cheyne, John Prestone, and John Bartone, senior, or any eleven, ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, or two (the Mayor being one), to be Justices for gaoldelivery of Neugate. Witness the King at Westminster, 6 Nov., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Folio clxxxiii-clxxxv b.
A general proclamation made by the newly elected Mayor for the government of the City, for keeping the peace, cleaning the streets, and regulating the sale of corn, wine, fish, poultry, &c. [No date.]
Folio clxxxv b.
14 Nov., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], ordinance by the Mayor and Aldermen that thenceforth when any sea fish called "whityng" or other fish arrived on vessels at any City port or quay, the Mayor for the time being and the owner of the fish shall agree as to the price at which the fish shall be sold. To this ordinance six Masters of the Mistery of Fishmongers of the one street and the other (unius vici et alterius (fn. 6)) gave their adhesion.
The same day it was ordained by the Mayor and Aldermen that all rushes (sirpi) brought to the City in boats for sale should be sold by bundles (fn. 7) (per onera), which bundles should be made up on board the vessels and not on the banks of the Thames under heavy penalty.
It was also decreed that geese thenceforth should be sold in the Poultry and elsewhere entire, with heads, feet, and intestines, under penalty. (fn. 8)
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation that the King had graciously extended the time within which those who wished to avail themselves of his pardon granted in the Parliament held at Westminster in the second year of his reign (fn. 9) might ask for their charters, viz., from Easter last until the quinzaine of St. Michael next. Witness the King at Westminster, 16 Nov., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
24 Nov., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], the guardianship of Matilda, Edward, Richard, Agnes, Isabella, and John, children of William Wynter, late brewer, committed by Henry Barton, the Mayor, and John Hille, the Chamberlain, to Thomas Podmore, "ismongere," who had married Isabella, widow of the said William. Sureties, viz., Richard Whityngtone, mercer, and Peter Stanes, vintner.
Writ to the Mayor, Aldermen, and Sheriffs forbidding them to place on any inquests Robert Cotone, one of the Collectors of the King's Petty Custom in the Port of London, as he was fully occupied on the King's business. Witness W[illiam] Lasyngby at Westminster, 28 Oct., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for all the Irish in England to return to their native land, pursuant to the statute made thereon, and forbidding the employment of any Irish in England, inasmuch as Ireland was in a state of rebellion. Witness the King at Westminster, 22 March, 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1416-17].
Folio clxxxvi b.
10 Sept., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], came John Bacon, "wolman," and John Spencer, draper, and acknowledged themselves bound to John Hille, the Chamberlain, in the sum of £28, to be paid at Christmas next, unless Richard, son of William Wight, late "stokfisshmonger," an apprentice of the said John Bacon, should come before the Mayor and Aldermen or the Chamberlain for the time being and give an acquittance for his patrimony.
Letters patent exemplifying an ordinance made in the last Parliament assuring the repayment of a loan made to the King on the security of a subsidy. (fn. 10) Witness the King at Westminster, 8 Dec., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Form of precept for every freeman to bring to the Guildhall his quota towards the sum of 10,000 marks lent to the King. (fn. 11) Dated 7 Jan., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416-17].
15 Jan., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416-17], the guardianship of John, one of the children of Richard (fn. 12) Twyford, late cutler, committed by Henry Bartone, the Mayor, and John Hille, the Chamberlain, to William Graunger, cutler. Sureties, viz., Thomas May and John Waryn, vintners.
Folio clxxxvii b.
18 Sept., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], came James Bynde, mercer, James Idecombe, brewer, and William Brook, tailor, executors of Otho Brys, late one of the Mayor's Serjeants, and paid to John Hille, the Chamberlain, the sum of £40, to be divided between Margery and Margaret, dshters of the said Otho, on their coming to the age of discretion or on their marriage.
Saturday the morrow of St. Vincent [22 Jan.], 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416-17], Robert Cristendom, draper, charged before Henry Bartone, the Mayor, and Aldermen with having on several occasions accused Thomas Fauconer, Alderman and sometime Mayor, with having during his Mayoralty caused a false record to be entered against the said Robert in a matter of account between him and Alice Kelseye. The said Robert not only confessed the truth of the charge, but repeated the accusation, and was therefore committed to Neugate for a year and a day.
Afterwards, viz., on Monday the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan.], at the urgent request of the entire Mistery of Drapers, and the intervention of the said Thomas Fauconer, his punishment was changed to a fine of £40, which was eventually remitted.
Letter from Henry Bartone, the Mayor, and John Bartone, the Recorder, to Richard [Clifford], Bishop of London, presenting Walter Pacy, priest, for admission to the chantry founded in the church of St. Swithin for the souls of Roger Depham and others, in the room of John Apres, (fn. 13) lately removed for neglecting his duties therein. Dated under the seals of the Mayoralty and the Recorder, 30 Jan., A.D. 1416-.
Writ to the Sheriffs and Wardens of passage in the Port of London to make proclamation for all seamen and ships who were bound for the King's voyage towards France to hasten to Southampton. (fn. 14) Witness the King at Westminster, 5 April, 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1417].
Folio clxxxviii b.
19 Feb., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416-17], the guardianship of Robert, son of Walter Colshill, late grocer, committed by Henry Bartone, the Mayor, and John Hille, the Chamberlain, to John Bacoun, grocer, one of the executors of the said Walter. Sureties, viz., Thomas Knolles, senior, William Olyver, John Wellys, and Thomas Selove, grocers.
Writ to Admirals, Custom officers, Mayors, Sheriffs, &c., notifying that the King had empowered Henry Bartone, the Mayor, to purchase corn, &c., for victualling and equipping (stuffura) the ships without hindrance by the King's Purveyors or other officers. Witness the King at Westminster, 3 March, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416-17].
6 April, 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1417], came Thomas Osbarn, skinner, who married Margery, one of the daughters of Otho Brys, late one of the Mayor's Serjeants, and acknowledged satisfaction for his wife's property received from John Hille, the Chamberlain.
Masters of Misteries sworn.
Folioss. clxxxix b.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for all knights, esquires, and others who were bound for the expedition to France (fn. 15) to provide themselves with victuals for half a year, and attend the muster (fn. 16) at the time and place appointed, according to their indentures. Witness the King at Westminster, 25 Feb., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416-17].
Record of proceedings before Henry Bartone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen in the Guildhall, on Tuesday the 16th February, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416-17], against William Redhede of Barnette on a charge of falsely pretending to be one of the King's Purveyors. A jury, viz., John Jurdone, Richard Jynne, John Bagworth, John de Ware, Thomas Laye, Richard Coke, John Champeney, Stephen Symond, John Tristour, William Byncote, Thomas Rycher, and Thomas Merlowe, find him guilty, and he is condemned to stand on the pillory at Cornhill for one hour on three market days, &c. (fn. 17)
Folio cxc b.
Letter from the King to Michael Rochemister, Master General of the Order of Teutonics, praying him to encourage the exportation of corn from Prussia into England, as the latter country was suffering from scarcity owing to heavy rains. Dated 2 March, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416-17].
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for all masters and seamen of ships seized in the Port of London for the coming expedition to hasten to Southampton with their ships with all speed possible. Witness the King at Redyng, 11 May, 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1417].
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for all soldiers as well as masters and seamen of ships bound for the coming expedition to hasten forthwith to Southampton and to arrest all soldiers and seamen found within their bailiwick after one day from the date of proclamation. Witness the King at Beaulieu, 6 June, 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1417].
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for those lords, knights, esquires, and others whom the King had commanded by letters of Privy Seal to certify by the 12th January last the number of men-at-arms and archers they could furnish, to appear before the King and his Council on the 14th February next for the purpose of making indentures and receiving their pay. Witness the King at Westminster, 1 Feb., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416-17]. (fn. 18)