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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Writ to the Sheriffs for the election of four citizens to attend a Parliament to be held at Westminster on 1 December next. No Sheriff to be returned. Witness John, Duke of Bedford, Warden of England, at Westminster, 20 Oct., 9 Henry V. [A.D. 1421] (fn. 1)
The said bond to be void if, in the event of William, son of John Shawe, late vintner, who had entered the Order of Black Monks at st. Alban at the age of 19½ years, not living until he came of full age, the said Thomas pay to the said Chamberlain the sum of £20, to be delivered to the executors of the said John Shawe
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10 Dec., 9 Henry V. [A.D. 1421], came William Pelham and John Takle, "irmongers," executors of John, son of Henry Julian, late "irmonger," and delivered to John Bederenden, the Chamberlain, the sum of £60, in trust for Constance, sister of the said John Julian
Afterwards, viz., on the 18th Dec, one moiety of the said sum was committed by Robert Chichele, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and the aforesaid Chamberlain, to the custody of the said William Pelham, for the use of the said Constance. Sureties, viz., Martin Aleyn, "letherseller," and John Allesle, "irmonger."
15 Nov., 9 Henry V. [A.D. 1421], ordinance by Robert Chichele, the Mayor, and the Aldermen with the assent of the Commons to the effect (1) that thenceforth no one be allowed as bargeman, boatman, or ferryman, or as hosteler or herberger, on or near the Thames, unless he be of approved character, inasmuch as many evildoers had been accustomed to frequent places near the river and to defraud the King of customs due on their merchandise; (2) that a tax of sixpence be imposed on all boat-owners plying between the City and Gravesend, the proceeds to be devoted to the conservancy of the river, and that the charge for carrying each person to or from Gravesend should be twopence and no more; (3) that such boats should be properly manned to ensure the safety of the passengers; and (4) that the boat-owners should not quarrel among themselves over fares, but live together peaceably
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Precept to the Aldermen to hold their several Wardmotes and to make returns to the General Court to be held at the Guildhall on Monday after the Feast of Epiphany next [6 Jan.]; also to take measures for safeguarding their Wards and for protection against fire, &c. Dated 12 Dec. [A.D. 1421]
5 April, 10 Henry V. [A.D. 1422], came William Ferrour, "hostiller," before Robert Chichele, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, in the Chamber of the Guildhall, and declared that whereas he had been admitted to the freedom of the City in the Mistery of "Hostillers" on the 23rd Jan., 11 Henry IV. [A.D. 1409-10], he had for a long time been using the mistery of "Bruers"; he therefore prayed that he might be admitted to the freedom of the City in the latter Mistery. His prayer granted
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Schedule of charges to be made by Brokers on various kinds of merchandise (fn. 2)
Letter of Privy Seal from Queen Katherine announcing the birth of a Prince (fn. 3) at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. Dated at Windsor Castle, 6 Dec. [A.D. 1421].
17 Jan., 9 Henry V. [A.D. 1421-2], John Godyn, grocer, who married Isabella, daughter of Sir Hugh Huls, Knt., received the sum of £70, parcel of a sum of £100 which the executors of the said Hugh deposited in Court as appears supra, fo. cclxi [b], which sum of £70 the said John Godyn bound himself to repay to the Chamberlain on the 26th Jan. following, pledging with the Chamberlain divers chattels as security (fn. 4)
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Letters patent appointing John Gedney, Alderman, John Perneys, John Bacon, grocer, and John Patesley, goldsmith, to be collectors of the first moiety of the subsidy granted by the last Parliament, receiving the same in gold pieces that may be deficient in weight to the extent of 12 pence the noble (i e in pieces weighing 5s. 8d. instead of 6s. 8d)., pursuant to the ordinance thereon made. (fn. 5) Witness John Duke of Bedford, Warden of England, at Westminster, 29 Dec., 9 Henry V. [A.D. 1421].
Letters patent appointing Robert Chichele, the Mayor, William Hankeford, Robert Hulle, William Babyngton, Robert Tyrwhit, John Cokayn, Roger Horton, William Cheyne, John Prestone, John Martyn, and John Bartone, senior, or any nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, or two (the Mayor being one), to be Justices for gaol-delivery of Neugate. Witness John, Duke of Bedford, Warden of England, at Westminster, 13 March, 9 Henry V. [A.D. 1421-2]
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23 Jan., 9 Henry V. [A.D. 1421-2], came John Hamptone, senior, John Hamptone, junior, and Emma Hamptone, and each received in Court from Thomas Knolles, junior, the sum of £4 bequeathed to them by Thomas Hamptone, their brother. The same day the said Thomas Knolles delivered to the aforesaid John Hamptone, senior, and Emma, the sum of £4 to be given to Elianora Hamptone, another sister of Thomas Hamptone, now of full age, which the said John and Emma, as also William Markby and John Brampstone, goldsmiths, undertook to do and to bring back an acquittance to the said Thomas for the same within a month
Precept by Robert Chichele, the Mayor, and the Aldermen forbidding any one to molest John Carswell, "textwriter," contrary to the ordinance recorded in Letter-Book G, fo. lxi, whereby writers of court-hand and text and barbers were thenceforth discharged from serving on Sheriffs' inquests, except on an emergency. (fn. 6) Dated 4 March. 9 Henry V. [A.D. 1421-2]
4 March, 9 Henry V. [A.D. 1421-2], came Jeronimo Bragadini, merchant of Venice, notifying on oath the loss of his seal with engraving (as recorded) on the 25th February last, and that thenceforth he would not be responsible for anything bearing its stamp
16 March, 9 Henry V. [A.D. 1421-2], the guardianship of William, son of William Otes, late mercer, together with his patrimony, committed by Robert Chichele, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and John Bederenden, the Chamberlain, to Henry Frowyk, mercer, who married Isabella, the orphan's mother. Sureties, viz., William Estfeld and William Melreth, mercers
7 April, 10 Henry V. [A.D. 1422], the guardianship of William, one of the sons of Thomas Griffith, late tailor (another son being named Giles), together with his patrimony, committed by the same to Master John Chesham, scrivener, for a term of 10 years. Sureties, viz., Salamon Oxney and William Russe, goldsmiths
Afterwards, viz., on the 29th March, 13 Henry VI. [A.D. 1435], came the aforesaid Giles before Robert Otteley, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, being of full age, and received his patrimony from John Chichele, the Chamberlain
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25 May, 10 Henry V. [A.D. 1422], the guardianship of John, son of Thomas Wottone, together with a sum of 100 marks, committed by Robert Chichele, the Mayor, and the Aldermen to Richard Suttone, draper. Sureties, viz., William Westone and Robert Bamburgh, drapers, and Ralph Silkestone, grocer
5 April, 10 Henry V. [A.D. 1422], the guardianship of John and Johanna, children of John Tetford, brewer (fn. 7) (pandoxator), together with divers chattels, committed by Robert Chichele, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, to John Holym, who married Margaret, the orphans' mother (fn. 8)
Afterwards, viz., on the 27th August, 10 Henry VI. [A.D. 1432], came John Northwode, fishmonger, who married the above Johanna, and acknowledged he had received his wife's property, her brother the other orphan having died
Acquittance under the Mayoralty seal, by William Cauntbrigge, late Mayor, to Peryn Claband (Clabaud ?), merchant of Amiens, for the sum of 50 marks due to the City of London from merchants of Amiens, Corbie, and Neele, pursuant to a "composition" made between them. Dated 27 June, A.D. 1421
31 July, 10 Henry V. [A.D. 1422], came John Bergone, of co Camb, brewer, before Robert Chichele, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and declared that whereas he had been admitted to the freedom of the City on the 8th July, 7 Henry IV. [A.D. 1406], in the Mistery of "Bruers," he had long since exercised and was now exercising the mistery of "Taloughchaundelers," and not that of "Bruers"; he therefore prayed to be admitted to the freedom of the City in the former Mistery. His prayer granted at the instance and mediation of good men of the said Mistery, viz., William Wodeford, John Joye, John Parys, William Preest, John Bracy, Richard Drayton, and others [not named].
24 March, 9 Henry V. [A.D. 1421-2], the guardianship of John, William, and Agnes, children of John Parys, (fn. 9) late cutler, together with their patrimony, committed by Robert Chichele, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and John Bederenden, the Chamberlain, to Richard Hatfeld, cutler, for a term of 5 years. Sureties, viz., John Broke, "wexchaundeler," Nicholas Ryngwode, "bladesmyth," Philip Waltham and John Kirtone, cutlers
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10 June, 10 Henry V. [A.D. 1422], the guardianship of Margaret, daughter of William Radwelle, "stokfisshmonger," together with her patrimony, similarly committed to John Lawney and Margaret his wife, widow of the said William Sureties, viz., William Sharp, Robert Pellikan, and Henry Martyn, "stokfisshmongers"
30 March, 9 Henry V. [A.D. 1421], the guardianship of Idonia and Isabella, daughters of Giles Alardson, late haberdasher, together with their patrimony, committed by Robert Chichele, the Mayor, and the Aldermen to Herman Spryk, goldsmith. Sureties, viz., John Pattesle and John Legat, goldsmiths