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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Letters patent appointing Thomas Knolles, the Mayor, William Gascoigne, William Thirnyng, John Cokayne, Hugh Huls, William Hankeford, and John Prestone, or any six, five, four, three, or two (the Mayor being one), to be Commissioners for gaol-delivery of Newgate. Witness the King at Westminster, 29 Jan., 12 Henry IV. [A.D. 1410-11].
Folio cii b.
Letter from Thomas Knolles, the Mayor, to Richard [Clifford], Bishop of London, presenting John Bryggewater, chaplain, for admission to the chantry founded by Roger Beyvin in the chapel over the charnel-house of st. Paul's. (fn. 2) Dated 8 Jan., A.D. 1410[-11].
27 July, 12 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411], came Walter Pope and Thomas Piryton, executors of John Mullyng, "brasier," and delivered to John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, the sum of £30 bequeathed by the said John Mullyng to John his eldest son, to hold the same in trust for the said son.
26 Feb.s, 12 Henry IV. [A.D. 1410-11], the guardianship of John and William, sons of Stephen Maplesdene, goldsmith, together with their patrimony, committed to John Pake, goldsmith, who married their mother. Sureties, viz., John Grantham and William Grantham, goldsmiths.
Letter from Thomas Knolles, the Mayor, and John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, to Richard [Clifford], Bishop of London, presenting William Test, chaplain, of Lincoln diocese, for admission to a chantry in the chapel of the Blessed Mary near the Guildhall, vacant by the death of William Marche Dated 28 March, A.D. 1411. (fn. 3)
Letter from Thomas Knolles, the Mayor, under the Mayoralty seal, to William, the Prior of Holy Trinity, the Rector of the church of st. Botolph without Algate, and Wardens and parishioners of the same, notifying the presentation of John Dalby, Rector of the church of Horsey, in the diocese of Norwich, to the chantry of John Romeney, potter, in the said church of st. Botolph, by exchange with John Clee, the present chaplain of the chantry. (fn. 4)
Folio ciii b.
Licence in mortmain by the King to the Mayor and Commonalty to purchase lands, tenements, rents, and advowsons in the City and suburbs held of the King in free burgage to the yearly value of 100l., provided that it be found on inquisition that such grant be not prejudicial to any one. Witness the King at Westminster, 11 May, 12 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411].
Letters patent (pursuant to the above) granting licence to Richard Whityngtone, John Hende, John Shadworth, and William Askham to assign to the Mayor and Commonalty the manor or place called "le ledenhalle," together with the advowson of the churches of st. Peter de Cornhulle and St. Margaret Patyns, (fn. 5) held of the King, like the rest of the City, in free burgage, estimated to be of the yearly value of £12 by inquisition held before Thomas Knolles, the Mayor and King's Escheator. Witness the King at Westminster, 29 May, 12 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411].
Precept to the several Aldermen for an armed watch to be kept in their Wards on the nights and vigils of st. John the Baptist [24 June] and SS. Peter and Paul [29 June], and for precautions to be taken against fire. Dated 18 June, 12 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411].
Friday before the Feast of st. John Bapt. [24 June], 12 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411], proclamation forbidding taverners, brewers, hostelers, hucksters, cooks, or pie-bakers to keep their houses open after 9 o'clock on the eves of the above Festivals, and ordering a pendent light or lantern to be burning before every house on the highways on the same evenings.
Letter from Thomas Knolles, the Mayor, and John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, to Richard [Clifford], Bishop of London, presenting John Glatton, chaplain, of Lincoln diocese, for admission to the chantry in the chapel of the Blessed Mary near the Guildhall, vacant by the death of Thomas Maltone. Dated 18 August, 12 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411].
Folio civ b.
"That no manere man ne child of what estate or condicioun that he be be so hardy to wrestell or make ony wrestlyng within the seintuary ne the boundes of Poules ne in non other open place within the Citee of London up [sic] peyne of emprisonement of fourty dayes and makyng fyn un to the chambre after the discrecioun of the Mair and Aldermen." (fn. 6)
Monday the Feast of st. Matthew [21 Sept.], 12 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411], in the presence of Thomas Knolles, the Mayor, John Prestone, the Recorder, Richard Merlawe, William Walderne, William Croumere, Thomas Fauconer, Nicholas Wottone, William Nortone, Henry Bartone, Stephen Speleman, William Louthe, Thomas Polle, John Penne, and Thomas Pyke, Aldermen, and very many Commoners summoned for the election of Sheriffs, John Reynewelle, Commoner, was elected one of the Sheriffs by the Mayor, and Walter Cottone, Alderman, was elected the other Sheriff by the Commonalty for the year ensuing.
Afterwards, viz., on Monday the eve of st. Michael [29 Sept], the said Sheriffs were sworn at the Guildhall, and on Wednesday the morrow of the said Feast were presented and accepted before the Barons of the Exchequer.
The same Monday, the Feast of st. Matthew [21 Sept.], Stephen Speleman and William Chichele, Aldermen, Alan Everard, mercer, William Burton, grocer, William Fitz Hugh and William Westone, Commoners, were elected auditors of the accounts of the Chamberlain and Wardens of London Bridge.
Letter from Thomas Knolles, the Mayor, and the Commonalty to Richard [Clifford], Bishop of London, presenting William Gyles for admission as Rector of the church of st. Margaret Patyns, vacant by the death of Adam Wordesworth. Dated 21 Sept, A.D. 1411.
Folio cv b.
Writ to the Sheriffs for the election of four citizens to attend a Parliament to be held at Westminster on the morrow of Souls [2 Nov]. (fn. 7) Witness the King at Westminster, 21 Sept., 12 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411].
7 Jan., 12 Henry IV. [A.D. 1410-11], came Henry Droste, Hilbrand Southerman, and Henry Mygrave, merchants of the Hanse of Almaine, residing in London, before the Mayor and Aldermen, and complained of toll being unlawfully exacted from them, contrary to the "composition" made between the City and the merchants of the Hanse (fn. 8) At their request, the said Mayor and Aldermen appoint John Shadworth, Alderman, John Prestone, the Recorder, and John Westone, the Common Pleader, to inquire into the matter and report thereon. Afterwards, viz., on Wednesday, 21 Jan., report made to the effect that toll had been unlawfully demanded. Judgment thereupon given that the said merchants should be quit of toll as theretofore.
10 December, 12 Henry IV. [A.D. 1410], the Masters of the Mistery of Cordewaners free of the City and certain Cobelers, English and foreign, summoned to appear and submit their differences before Thomas Knolles, the Mayor, Richard Whityngtone, "Drewe" Barantyn, John Shadeworth, William Askham, Richard Merlawe, William Croumer, Nicholas Wottone, William Louthe, Thomas Polle, Stephen Speleman, Henry Haltone, Henry Pountfreyt, William Nortone, and William Chichele, Aldermen, John Penne and Thomas Pyke, Sheriffs and Aldermen, when the agreement made between Cordewaners and Cobelers, anno 19 Richard II, and recorded in Letter-Book H, fo ccciv, (fn. 9) was read And whereas the Cordewaners alleged that "pecyng" was a part of a "quarter" of a shoe, whilst the Cobelers said that it extended to a whole "quarter," the said Mayor, Aldermen, and Sheriffs gave judgment in favour of Cobelers being allowed thenceforth to apply a whole "quarter" of new leather to old boots or shoes, either above or beneath, in front or behind, provided that the rest remained of old leather.
Folio cvi b.
16 July, 12 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411], William Kyngescote, who had been removed for insubordination (fn. 10) from office as Keeper of the Ludgate and of the prisoners there, reinstated by order of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council.
12 Feb., 12 Henry IV. [A.D. 1410-11], Geoffrey Loveye, mercer, condemned to the pillory for slandering Thomas Fauconer, an Alderman. Judgment respited on condition of good behaviour in future. (fn. 11)
18 July, 12 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411], in the presence of Thomas Knolles, Mayor, John Prestone, Recorder, Richard Whityngtone, John Shadworth, William Walderne, John Warner, William Nortone, Thomas Polle, John Lane, Henry Haltone, William Crowmere, Henry Bartone, and Thomas Fauconer, Aldermen, it was agreed that the sign of the Elephant (signum Olifantis) in Chepe should remain with Simon Sewale, saddler.
Monday the Feast of st. Edward [13 Oct.], 13 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411], after Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated in the Guildhall Chapel, pursuant to the ordinance made during the Mayoralty of John Wodecok, in the presence of Thomas Knolles, the Mayor, John Prestone, the Recorder, Sir William [Harewdone] the Prior of Holy Trinity, Richard Whityngtone, John Shadeworth, William Askham, Richard Merlawe, Robert Chichele, William Walderne, Thomas Fauconer, William Croumere, William Nortone, Henry Bartone, Henry Haltone, William Louthe, Stephen Speleman, Nicholas Wottone, John Penne, Thomas Pyke, John Lane, and William Sevenoke, Aldermen, John Raynewelle and Walter Cottone, the Sheriffs, and an immense Commonalty summoned for the election of a Mayor for the year ensuing-Robert Chichele was elected.
Letter from Robert Chicheley, the Mayor, to Richard [Clifford], Bishop of London, presenting William Comelond for admission to the united chantries founded in the church of St Thomas the Apostle for the souls of William Chaumpeners and Thomas Romeyn, (fn. 12) vacant by the resignation of Sir Walter Multone, the last chaplain. Dated 10 Dec., A D. 1411.
Folio cvii b.
A Great Proclamation of the Mayor was made on Friday the 6th Nov, 13 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411], in manner and form as recorded when Thomas Knolles was Mayor, anno 12 Henry IV. (fn. 13)
Thursday before the Feast of st. Katherine [25 Nov.], 13 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411], ordinance by the Mayor, with the assent of the Aldermen, that by Christmas next every brewer, breweress, hosteler, cook, piebaker, and huckster selling ale in their houses provide themselves with pewter pots (pootz destayne), viz, gallons, potels, and quarts, sealed with the seal of the Chamber, according to their requirements to serve their customers, and not use tankards and hanaps (fn. 14) or anything else contrary to this ordinance under penalty prescribed.
Precept to the Aldermen to hold their Wardmotes, to set the customary watch at Christmas, to see to the lighting and cleansing of the streets, and to take steps for the election of members of the Common Council (fn. 15) and make a return of the same to the Guildhall by Monday next after the Feast of the Epiphany [6 Jan] Dated 10 Dec., 13 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411].
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs that they proclaim and cause to be observed an ordinance made in the last Parliament to the effect that pepper in the hands of any merchant shall be sold to any one requiring it at 20 pence a pound until fresh pepper arrive from abroad, when the price may be lowered (fn. 16) Witness the King at Westminster, 22 Dec., 13 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411].
Folio cviii b.
Letters patent appointing the Mayor and King's Escheator, the Sheriffs, and Richard Whityngtone and Thomas Knolles to be commissioners to ascertain the names of all men and women liable to pay the subsidy of 6s. 8d. imposed by the last Parliament on every £20 by the year of land or rent, in their own hands or held in trust, in the City and suburbs as well as elsewhere, and to make a return of the same to the Treasurer and Barons of the Exchequer before the last day of February Witness the King at Westminster, 2 Jan., 13 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411-12]. (fn. 17)
The same day, the guardianship of John and Johanna, children of Roger Jaket, late baker, committed by Robert Chichele, the Mayor, and John Proffyt, the Chamberlain, to Stephen Sedere, "fleccher," their grandfather, executor of the said Roger. Sureties, viz., John Burgh, "vynter," Thomas Prentys, "fleccher," and William Haverisham, clerk.
Folio cxii b.
Afterwards, viz., on the 9th Dec., 2 Henry VI. [A.D. 1423], came Thomas Twygge, baker, who had married the above Johanna, before William Crowmer, the Mayor, and Aldermen, and received the said orphan's patrimony from John Bederendene, the Chamberlain.
Folio cix b.
Statute of Westminster, 13 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411]. (fn. 18)
23 March, 13 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411-12], Robert, son of Martin "Fitz" Robert, of Ireland, discharged by Robert Chichele, the Mayor, and the Aldermen from serving on juries, &c., owing to increasing old age.
Proclamation to the effect that all tanned leather brought into the City for sale be taken to the selds of old appointed and not elsewhere, there to be assayed on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in each week. The Assayers to be presented to the Mayor and Aldermen and sworn, and to comprise four cordwainers, a gudler, a "malemaker," a "botelmaker," and a currier, eight, six, or four of them at the least; if six in number, three to be cordwainers and three of the other misteries; if four, two to be cordwainers and two of the other misteries. (fn. 19)
Folio cx b.
Ordinance made in Parliament to the effect that, in view of the great scarcity of money, the Master of the Mint in the Tower shall make of every Tower-pound of gold 50 nobles of gold, and of a similar pound of silver 30 shillings sterling, so that this gold and silver be of the same good "allay" as the old money, as well within the town of Calais as in the Tower of London. This ordinance to commence at Easter next, and to continue for two years. (fn. 20)
10 March, 13 Henry IV. [A.D. 1411-12], the sum of 40 marks formerly bequeathed by John Lake to William, Alice, Johanna, and Margery his children, now delivered by John Profyt, the Chamberlain, to the said William, he being of full age and his sisters being dead.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation forbidding the King's subjects to leave the realm for France in the present disturbed state of that country. (fn. 21) Witness the King at Canterbury, 10 April, 13 Henry IV. [A.D. 1412]