Analytical Index to the Series of Records Known as the Remembrancia 1579-1664. Originally published by EJ Francis, London, 1878.
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IV. 91. Letter from the Lords of the Board of Green Cloth to
the Lord Mayor, stating that they had observed that great abuses
were committed by the Brewers, in and about the City, in brewing
Ale and Beer at extraordinary rates, as 12s., 14s., and 16s. a barrel,
which had produced continual increase of drunkenness. Since the
Brewers alleged as an excuse the composition lately made with the
King, the Board desired the Lord Mayor to understand that their allegations were frivolous, and that they thought it fit they should be
restrained to 10s. per barrel, and that he should cause proclamation to
be made to that effect. The Board intended to take steps for suppressing all private brewhouses not free of the Company, and all such
as brewed or retailed Beer or Ale in their private houses.
Whitehall, 15th December, 1617.
IV. 92. Letter from the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen to
the Board of Green Cloth, in reply, stating that not only were the
Court of Aldermen directed by Statutes as to the restraint of the
brewing and sale of Beer and Ale of immoderate strength and price,
but they had received sundry directions from the Privy Council,
requiring them to be careful in the execution of such Statutes, and to
see the Assize of Beer (fn. 1) and Ale from time to time made reasonable
and agreeable to the prices of grain. At a Session held at Michaelmas last, the Assize was made in open Court, and the Brewers
rated at 8s. the best and 4s. the smallest. The Brewers, for their
private lucre, so replenished the tippling-houses with headstrong Beer,
that great scarcity of bread corn was occasioned; and if they were
allowed to brew at 10s. per barrel, the Alehouse-keepers could not
sell a full Ale quart of Beer of that strength for a penny, and a full
Ale quart for a halfpenny, as required by the Statute, 9th James I., to
which law the Sessions had always had special regard; they had
therefore rated the best beer at 8s., and the smallest at 4s.
16th December, 1617.
VII. 12. Letter from the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen to
the Lords of the Council, forwarding a petition from the Brewers of
London, complaining that their Beer and Ale was taken from them
for the use of His Majesty's House; their drays, horses, and servants were forced to carry and deliver the same by the appointment of certain purveyors for that purpose, and, in case they failed,
they were committed to the custody of Pursuivants, to their great
charge and hindrance. They could get neither present payment nor
other content for the same; by reason of which most of them would
be forced to give over their trade, leaving the City to seek for their
provision of that kind. The Court of Aldermen could do no less than
submit the complaint to the Council, beseeching that the Brewers might,
according to the Charter of King Edward, enjoy the privileges granted
to the City, and thereby with comfort serve His Majesty's occasions,
when they knew their services were required; and, for their Beer and Ale
so taken, should be contented according to the rates, grants, or Charter
Dated in margin, the 3rd of November, 1629.