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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Saturday, 20 Sept., 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1417], ordinance by Henry Bartone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, that the good men of the Mistery of Latoners may thenceforth elect two, three, or four Masters or Wardens to supervise those exercising the said mistery, and to present defective work to the Chamberlain for the time being, &c. Pursuant to which ordinance William Constantyn and Roger Mabbe were afterwards elected Masters or Wardens, and on the 14th October were presented and sworn.
20 Sept., 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1417], came John Nasyng, Walter Colrede, William Penne, and Richard "Mochet," (fn. 1) Masters of the Mistery of Girdlers, before Henry Bartone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and presented 47 girdles harnessed with tin (stanno) contrary to the ordinances, (fn. 2) belonging to Thomas Rouse, Andrew Hunt, Walter Holme, John Solere, Katherine Elingham, and Laurence Proude, and prayed that they might be burnt. Judgment accordingly.
Precept to the several Aldermen to cause a sum equal to half a fifteenth to be levied in their Wards, and to bring the money to the Guildhall on the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.]. Dated 12 Oct., 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1417].
Writ to the Mayor and Aldermen that they take measures for the strict observance of the ordinance or agreement (compositio) made temp. Drew Barantyn, Mayor, prescribing the particular kind of work to be executed severally by Cordewaners and Cobelers, (fn. 3) and that they punish offenders in accordance with the terms of the said ordinance and the custom of the City. Witness the King at Westminster, 5 Feb., 4 Henry V. [A D 1416-17].
Return made by Richard Merlawe, the Mayor, and the Aldermen to the above writ to the effect that by immemorial custom of the City the Mayor and Aldermen were in the habit of causing any ordinance affecting artificers in the City which proved to be prejudicial to the common good to cease to be observed. (fn. 4)
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5 Aug., 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1417], came William Devenissh, John Elys, John Spencer, and John Cobbe, and others of the Mistery of Tailors, commonly called "yomen taillours," and prayed Henry Bartone, the Mayor, and Aldermen to be allowed to meet yearly on the Feast of the Decollation of St. John Bapt. [29 Aug.] in the church of St. John of Jerusalem, (fn. 5) near Smithefeld, to make offering for the brethren and sisters of the fraternity of "yomantaillours," and perform other rites (alia rita) hitherto accustomed. Thereupon the said Mayor and Aldermen, having first inspected a certain record touching the government of the said mistery and of the serving-men and valets of the same temp. Thomas Fauconer, Mayor, entered supra, fo. cli, and finding that the petition, which had the appearance of good-fellowship, would, if granted, lead to disturbance, as similar assemblies of the same mistery had done before—it was ordained that thenceforth the serving-men or journeymen should not presume to hold conventicles in the said church or elsewhere except in the presence of the Masters of the mistery, under penalty of fine and imprisonment; but that the aforesaid ordinance and other ordinances made for peace and quiet in the said mistery should remain in force.
27 May, 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1417], ordinance by the Mayor and Aldermen that the Rector of the church of St. Peter, Cornhill, for the time being shall thenceforth take the place of honour (i.e., the last place) in processions by the Rectors of the City on Whit Monday—a place that had been claimed from time to time by the Rectors of the several churches of St. Magnus the Martyr and St. Nicholas Coldabbey. (fn. 6)
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation that all who were willing to send victuals for the army at Caen (fn. 7) might do so without payment of custom, on their giving security as to the destination of the same. Witness John, Duke of Bedford, Warden of England, at Westminster, 18 Oct., 5 Henry V. [A D 1417].
Folio cciii b.
19 Aug., 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1417], ordinance by Henry Bartone, the Mayor, Thomas Knolles, Richard Merlawe, Robert Chichele, Thomas Fauconer, William Louthe, John Penne, Alan Everard, Thomas Pyke, William Nortone, John Gedney, John Perneys, John Reinewelle, Ralph Bartone, Aldermen, Robert Widyngtone and John Coventre, Sheriffs, and an immense Commonalty specially summoned for a Common Council and to transact the business of the City, that a grant made by the Chamberlain to Henry Hornittstede of a plot of vacant land on Houndisdiche for a term of sixty years at an annual rent of 10s. should hold good, and be sealed with the Common Seal.
The same day John Combe, of London, admitted by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council to the office of Common Serjeant-at-mace (ad clavam), (fn. 8) he to receive yearly the clothing, fee, and reward appertaining to such office as fully as was enjoyed by John Pichard, who lately held the office. (fn. 9)
Tuesday the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 5 Henry V. [A D 1417], in the presence of Henry Bartone, the Mayor, John Bartone, the Recorder, Richard Whityngtone, Thomas Knolles, William Crowmer, Richard "Melawe," Nicholas Wottone, Thomas Fauconer, John Penne, Thomas Pyke, John Reynwelle, John Perneys, William "Caunbrigge," William Sevenok, and William Chichely, Aldermen, and very many Commoners summoned to the Guildhall for the election of Sheriffs, Henry Rede, armourer, Commoner, was elected one of the Sheriffs by the Mayor, and John Gedney, draper, Alderman, was elected the other Sheriff by the Commonalty.
The same day John Hille, fishmonger, was elected Chamberlain (fn. 10); and John Reinwelle and John Perneys, Aldermen, William Burtone, grocer, Nicholas James and Richard Style, fishmongers, and John Boteler, draper, Commoners, were elected Auditors of the Chamberlain's account.
Afterwards, viz., on the eve of St. Michael [29 Sept.], the aforesaid Sheriffs were sworn at the Guildhall, and on the morrow of the said feast were presented and admitted before the Barons in the Exchequer, &c.
Wednesday the Feast of Translation of St. Edward [13 Oct.], 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1417], in the presence of Henry Bartone, the Mayor, John Bartone, the Recorder, Sir John (fn. 11) the Prior of Christchurch, Richard Whityngtone, Thomas Knolles, Richard Merlawe, Robert Chichele, William Walderne, William Crowmere, Thomas Fauconer, Nicholas Wottone, William Sevenok, John Penne, William Nortone, Thomas Aleyn, Alan Everard, Thomas Pyke, William Chichele, John Reinwelle, William Cauntbrigge, William Louthe, John Michell, John Perneys, and Ralph Bartone [Aldermen], John Gedney and Henry Rede, Sheriffs, and an immense Commonalty summoned for the election of a Mayor, Richard Merlawe was elected Mayor for the year ensuing.
5 Nov., 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1417], permission granted by Richard Merlawe, the Mayor, and the Aldermen to John Spencer, "peautrer," to prosecute Simon Rokeland, "wexchaundeller," at common law, wherever he may be found, as the said Simon was not residing within the City.
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Letter from the Burgomasters, Echevins, &c., of the town of Bruges to the King and his Council, praying that certain merchandise belonging to burgesses of Bruges, which had been seized in England contrary to the terms of the truce existing between England and Flanders, (fn. 12) might be given up. Dated at Bruges, 20 May, A.D. 1417.
Another letter from the Burgomasters, Echevins, &c., of the town of Bruges to the King, and in his absence to the Chancellor and other lords of the Council, praying that the merchandise belonging to certain other burgesses of Bruges might be restored to them in the same manner as they, the writers, would restore the merchandise of English merchants under similar circumstances. Dated 7 Nov. [A.D. 1417].
Folio ccv b.
Letters patent appointing Richard "Merlowe," the Mayor, William Hankeford, Richard Nortone, William Lasyngby, Robert Tirwhit, 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 gaol-delivery of Newgate. Witness John, Duke of Bedford, at W[estminster], 28 Nov., 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1417].
Folio ccvi b.
Precept to the several Aldermen to hold their Wardmotes and report such matters as they could not themselves redress to the Mayor's General Court to be held at the Guildhall on Monday after the Epiphany [6 Jan.]; and further, to take steps for lighting and cleansing the streets, keeping watch and ward, the election of Alekonners, &c. Dated 12 Dec. [A.D. 1417].
9 Feb., 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1417-18], came William Lomeley, Esquire, of co. York, who married Johanna, one of the daughters of John Wodecok, late mercer, and acknowledged the receipt of a portion of his wife's patrimony from John Bacon, "wolman." (fn. 13) On 19 Feb. the said William came and acknowledged the receipt of the balance.
Record showing the disposal of a sum of money bequeathed by Richard Fitz Andrew, late fishmonger, among his children, viz., Robert, Roger, Johanna, Idonia, Richard, Thomas, Matilda, and Agnes, by Roger Fitz Andrew and Thomas Oswaldkirk, Rector of the church of St. George, his executors, and by the Chamberlain of the Guildhall.
4 Nov., 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1417], the guardianship of John, son of Nicholas Strattone, committed by Richard Merlawe, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and John Hille, the Chamberlain, to Agnes Strattone, his mother. Sureties, viz., William Turnell, "wexchaundeller," and Richard Osborn, clerk.
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Mandate issued by the Admiral to the Bailiffs and Surveyors of the Thames to allow certain ships called "cogshippes," laden with wool, to leave the river for the Port of Southampton to join the proposed expedition towards the sea, notwithstanding any embargo that may be laid on them. Dated under the seal of the Admiral, 24 Feb., 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1417-18].
12 Feb., 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1417-18], the sum of £20, which had been brought in by Thomas Roos and Elias Davy, mercers, in 1416, for the use of Richard, son of Richard Roos, late mercer, and brother of the said Thomas, delivered to the said Elias Davy, who married the mother of the orphan, in trust. (fn. 14) Sureties, viz., Thomas Bataylle and Thomas Osbarne, mercers.
Letter from Pope Martin (fn. 15) to the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Aldermen notifying his having (at the urgent request of the King of England) appointed Walter Medford, Dean of Wells, to be his Collector in England, in recognition of his services to the Roman Church at the Council of Constance. (fn. 16) Dated at Constance, vii. Ides December [7 Dec.], in the first year of his Pontificate [A.D. 1417].
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Letter from Richard [Clifford], Bishop of London, to the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Aldermen of the City, notifying the election of Cardinal Otho "Columpna" to the Papal Chair under the title of Pope Martin V, and the appointment of Walter Medford, Dean of Wells, to be Papal Collector in England. Dated at Constance, 8 Dec. [A.D. 1417].
Letter from Richard Merlawe, the Mayor, and the Aldermen to the King, congratulating him upon his success abroad, and assuring him of their loyalty, and of the peace and tranquillity of the City since he last set out. Dated 20 Dec. [A.D. 1417]. (fn. 17)
Folio ccix b.
A General Court held at the Guildhall in the parish of St Lawrence, Jewry, Monday after the Feast of Epiphany [6 Jan.], 5 Henry V. [A.D. 1417-18], before Richard Merlawe, the Mayor, John Bartone, senior, the Recorder, Richard Whityngtone, Robert Chichele, William Walderne, William Crowmere, Thomas Fauconer, Henry Bartone, William Sevenok, William Norton, Thomas Pyke, Thomas Aleyn, John Penne, William Cauntbrigge, John Reinwell, William Louth, John Michell, Ralph Bartone, and John Perneys, Aldermen, John Gedney, Alderman and Sheriff, Henry Rede the other Sheriff, and an immense Commonalty of citizens specially assembled for what follows:—
Ordinance annulling the ordinance or composition made between Cordwaners and Cobelers temp. Drew Barantyn, Mayor (fn. 18) (inasmuch as it was contrary to the common weal), notwithstanding any enrolment of it having been made at the Guildhall or proclamation of the same in the Husting.
The same day and at the same Court it was agreed that John Briggewater, Chaplain of the Chapel over the bones of the dead in St. Paul's churchyard, should have yearly at Christmas from the Chamberlain a gown of the same suit and livery as Serjeants of the Mayor and of the Chamber were wont to have, in recognition of his great services.
Proclamation to be made forbidding any vintner, taverner, brewer, hosteler, "kiew" or "piebaker" to keep his house open after 10 o'clock in the evening of the vigils of St. John Bapt. [24 June] and SS. Peter and Paul [29 June], or to sell wine or victual before 6 o'clock of the morning following, under penalty of fine and imprisonment.
Folio ccx b.
Letter from Richard [Clifford], Bp. of London, to Richard Merlawe, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, acknowledging the receipt of their letter, and commenting further upon the benefits that the Church enjoyed as a result of the Council of Constance [ends abruptly].