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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Folio xci b.
Another writ to the same to proclaim the terms of an agreement between the King of England and John, King of Castile and Leon, his nephew (nepos), (fn. 1) for one year from the 8th February last. Witness the King at Westminster, 5 March, 11 Henry IV. [A.D. 1409–10].
Folio xci b xciii.
Richard Merlawe, the Mayor, and William Chichele and John Lane, the Sheriffs, attached to show cause why they had not admitted John Mersshe, the King's Butler, to the office of Measurer of woollen cloth, &c., as formerly exercised by Robert Shirwynd and Richard Cliderowe, pursuant to divers writs.
They answer to the effect that the office of aulnage of cloth, &c., in the City and suburbs was held in like manner as throughout England, viz., by payment of a subsidy to the King, according to the Statute, that the office in the City had been granted by the King's letters patent to Thomas Wottone, (fn. 2) who still held it; and that the said Robert Shirwynd and Richard Cliderowe had unlawfully exercised the office, extorting money from foreigners and strangers, but not from enfranchised citizens.
Rejoinder made by the said John Mersshe, specifying the letters patent by virtue of which Richard Cliderowe and Robert Shirwynd had executed the above office, the profits of which could be taken by others besides the said Mayor and Sheriffs.
Folio xciii b.
6 Feb., 11 Henry IV. [A.D. 1409–10], John Seleman, John Prentout, and Richard Osbarn, executors of William Evote, draper, delivered to John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, the sum of £170-6s. 8d., belonging to Thomas and William, sons of the aforesaid William.
Afterwards, viz., on the 6th June, 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414], temp. William Crowmer, Mayor, the above orphans having died, their property was delivered by the aforesaid Chamberlain to the above executors.
6 March, 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415–16], came Walter Cottone and John Lane, mercers, sureties of John Colman, Esquire, now deceased, and of Alice his wife, to whom the guardianship of William, son of William Coventre, senior, had been committed by Richard Merlawe, late Mayor, and John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, and delivered to John Hille, now Chamberlain, the orphan's money. The guardianship of the said orphan was afterwards committed to John Coventre, mercer, temp Nicholas Wottone, Mayor, anno 3 Henry V., as appears infra [fo clxii b].
4 April, 11 Henry IV. [A.D. 1410], proclamation made forbidding the compelling any person to join in "hokkyng" on Monday and Tuesday next, called "hokkedayes", also forbidding any one to act as broker until he be accepted by the Mayor and Aldermen and sworn to that office on his findingsufficient sureties.
Friday, 7 March, 11 Henry IV. [A.D. 1409–10], came good men—barbers of the City—before Richard Merlawe, the Mayor, in the private chamber (privata camera) of the said City, by John Westone their advocate, there being present John Shadworthe, Robert Chichylly, John Waryner, William Nortone, Thomas Fauconer, Walter Cottone, Henry Pountfreyt, Stephen Spilman, Henry Bartone, William Chichylly, Thomas Pyk, Aldermen, and John Lane, one of the Sheriffs, and produced a copy of a petition made to the Mayor and Aldermen temp. John Warde, Mayor, anno 49 Edward III, which petition was granted and recorded in Letter-Book H, fo. xxvii [b]. (fn. 3)
The ordinances then allowed are now confirmed and the Barbers are for ever to enjoy the same, notwithstanding anything done to the contrary in times past, and without scrutiny of any person or persons of another craft or mistery by whatever name known, in matters touching shaving, making incisions, phlebotomy, or anything else pertaining to the art of Barbery or Surgery now practised or hereafter to be practised. (fn. 4)
Folio xciv b.
Precept to the Aldermen to keep an armed watch, according to ancient custom, on the nights and eves of st. John the Bapt [24 June] and SS. Peter and Paul [29 June], and further, to see that a tub of water be placed outside houses in case of fire Dated under seal of the Mayoralty, 16 June, 11 Henry IV. [A.D. 1410].
Saturday after the Feast of the Nativity of st. John Bapt. [24 June], 11 Henry IV. [A.D. 1410], a proclamation made forbidding any vintner, taverner, brewer, hosteler, huckster, cook, or piebaker to keep his house open after 9 o'clock at night on Saturday the eve of SS. Peter and Paul [29 June] next ensuing; or to sell wine, ale, fish or flesh, boiled, roasted, or in pasty, before 6 o'clock on the morning of Sunday next, under penalty prescribed.
Folio xcv–xcvi b.
Friday before the Feast of Translation of st. Thomas the Martyr [7 July], 11 Henry IV. [A.D. 1410], proclamation made of Statute 11 Hen IV. (fn. 5)
Folio xcvi b.
8 Feb, 11 Henry IV. [A.D. 1409–10], certain household goods bequeathed by Alice Warwik to John, son of Thomas Mortone, late mercer, delivered by Nicholas Chivalle and Simon Belde, executors of the said Alice, to John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, and by him and Richard Merlawe, the Mayor, redelivered to the said Simon Belde in trust for the said orphan. Sureties, viz., Peter Penne, skinner, and John Russell, "wollemonger."
6 Jan., 11 Henry IV. [A.D. 1409–10], a sum of money bequeathed by John Parker to Margaret his daughter delivered by Richard Osbarn and Henry Hert, executors of the said John, to John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, and committed to John Grantham, goldsmith, who had married Johanna, mother of the said Margaret, in trust for the said orphan. Sureties, viz., William Grantham and John Maplisden, senior, goldsmiths.
Folio xcvii b.
Proclamation forbidding taverners, brewers, hostelers, cooks, piebakers, or hucksters to keep their houses open after 9 o'clock at night, or to sell (saunz vendre) bread, wine, ale, fish, or flesh; also forbidding night-walking and the making of "bonefyres" for church festivals or dedications. [No date].
27 Sept., 11 Henry IV. [A.D. 1410], a sum of money bequeathed by her uncle Master Thomas Pays, clerk, to Isabella, daughter of John Pays, late shearman, committed by Richard Merlawe, the Mayor, and John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, to Alice, mother of the said Isabella, in trust. Sureties, viz., John Norman, goldsmith, and Richard Carpenter, "chaundeler."
Sunday the Feast of st. Matthew [21 Sept.], 11 Henry IV. [A.D. 1410], in the presence of Richard Merlawe, the Mayor, John Prestone, the Recorder, John Lane and William Chichele, the Sheriffs, Drew Barantyn, Thomas Knolles, Stephen Speleman, Thomas Polle, Henry Haltone, Nicholas Wottone, William Louthe, and Henry Bartone, Aldermen, and very many Commoners summoned for the election of Sheriffs, John Penne, Alderman, was elected one of the Sheriffs by the Mayor, and Thomas Pyke, Alderman, elected as the other Sheriff by the Commonalty.
Afterwards, viz., on Sunday the eve of st. Michael [29 Sept], the said Sheriffs were sworn at the Guildhall, and on the following Tuesday were presented and accepted before the Barons of the Exchequer.
On the same Sunday, the Feast of st. Matthew, William Crowmer and Walter Cottone, Aldermen, and Walter Gautroun, John Reynewelle, William Sevenok, and John Creek, Commoners, were elected auditors of the accounts of the Chamberlain and Wardens of London Bridge.
Letters patent appointing John Penne and Thomas Pyk, Aldermen, William Randolf, goldsmith, and William Westone, draper, to be commissioners to levy the subsidy granted in the last Parliament. Witness the King at Westminster, 12 June, 11 Henry IV. [A.D. 1410].
Folio xcviii b.
Acquittance under the Mayoralty seal for the sum of £28 received from John Coquerelle, merchant of Amiens, by the hand of Robert Fitz Robert, grocer, in part payment of 50 marks due yearly to the City from the merchants of Amiens, Corbie, and Neele, according to the "composition" made between them and the City. Dated 8 Oct., A.D. 1410.
Monday the Feast of Translation of st. Edward [13 Oct], 12 Henry IV. [A.D. 1410], in the presence of Richard Merlawe, the Mayor, John Prestone, the Recorder, the Prior of Christchurch, Thomas Knolles, Richard Whityngtone, Drew Barantyn, William Askham, John Shadworth, William Walderne, Thomas Fauconer, Henry Haltone, Henry Bartone, William Louthe, John Warner, William Crowmere, Thomas Polle, Nicholas Wottone, Stephen Speleman, William Nortone, Henry Pountfreyt, Walter Cottone, William Chichele [Aldermen], John Penne and Thomas Pyke, the Sheriffs, and an immense Commonalty summoned for the election of a Mayor, Thomas Knolles was elected Mayor for the ensuing year. On Tuesday 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.
Precept to the several Aldermen to hold their Wardmotes, and take the usual measures for safeguarding the City, &c., and further to cause a prescribed number of sufficient men to be elected to the Common Council, (fn. 6) making a return of their names to the Guildhall by Monday next after the Epiphany [6 Jan.], &c. Dated 10 Dec., 12 Henry IV. [A.D. 1410].