ST. BARTHOLOMEW THE GREAT.
MS. p. 331.
I know not what certificate to make about the execution of his Majesty's
order concerning Tithes, seeing tithes were never paid in the parish of St.
Bartholomew's. The Priory was dissolved about the end of Henry 8th his
reign, by him it was made a parish and a rectory and there was set out a good
proportion of houses (I do believe the tenth house as the parish then was)
for the maintenance of the Rector. Most of these houses were let out by
the first parson there at too low a rate by long leases which are not yet expired to the great prejudice of his successors.
At the expiration I suppose they may be let at a moderate indifferent
rate for an £100 per anm. I receive as yet but about £60 and this is the
only clear yearly Revenue of maintenance which the parson hath as yet
independent. With this and his Easter book and casual duties (which I
find to amount communibus annis towards £40 more) together with that
voluntary maintenance which the parishioners have constantly given me
ever since my first coming thither for the space of 32 years, I do rest so well
satisfied as that I find no cause to complain for relief. Although I could wish
the living were made better and the means more certain for the good of my
successors, yet I know not how to effect it, seeing the parishioners are in a
liberty, not under the City and have not submitted themselves together with
the City to any Award in this business of tithes. I would be glad to receive
any command from my Lord or direction from you what to do herein. And
so with my best respect remembered to you, I commend you to the protection
of the Almightie and rest
Yours most assured,
May 21, 1638.
To my much respected good friend Mr. Sam. Baker
at London house these.