Folios ccxxxi - ccxl
Oct 1332 -

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1903

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'Folios ccxxxi - ccxl: Oct 1332 -', Calendar of letter-books of the city of London: E: 1314-1337 (1903), pp. 271-288. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=33118 Date accessed: 01 October 2014.


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Folio ccxxxi.

Breve pro Parliamento apud Ebor.

Writ to the Sheriffs for the election of two citizens to represent the City at a Parliament to be held at York on Friday before the Feast of St. Nicholas [6 Dec.] next, inasmuch as many important matters affecting the Crown had happened since the last Parliament at Westminster. (fn. 1) Witness the King at York, 20 Oct., 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332].

Folio ccxxxi b.

Scriptum Burnetti Guill' m per Rog'm de Wedone.

ijs. vjd.

Assignment by Roger de Wedone, saddler, and Isabella his wife to Burnet Guillim de Luka, spicer, of London, of a lease of a house, &c., in the parish of St. Stephen, Walbrook, granted to the said Roger and Isabella by John atte Chaumbre, "blader," guardian of William, son of Geoffrey de Medelane; to hold the same for a term of twelve years, at an annual rent of 33s. 4d. Dated 24 Sept.. A.D. 1332.

Folio ccxxxii.

Allocacio facta mercator' de Luca de muragio.

Writ to the Mayor, Sheriffs, and collectors of murage, pontage, and pavage in the City of London that they allow Bonacursi Balbani, Guido de la Chocha, Aldebrand Marescalli, Baudin Gentil, "Kellum Dannas," and Pagan Busdray, and their fellowmerchants of Luca in the land of Tuscany (in terra Tusie), to pass with their merchandise quit of murage, pontage, and pavage, according to the terms of the charter granted to foreign merchants by the King's grandfather. (fn. 2) Witness the King at the Tower of London, 29 March, 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332].

The above writ and charter having been examined by John de Pulteneye, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, Gregory de Nortone, Benedict de Fulsham, Reginald de Conduit, John de Caustone, Richard de Hakeneye, and Henry de Secheford, Aldermen, it was granted to the aforesaid merchants and their fellow-merchants of Luca that they should thenceforth be quit of murage in the City.

Custodia Stepham Godwyne.

Wednesday after the Feast of St. Laurence [10 Aug.], 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332], the guardianship of Stephen, son of Thomas Godwyne, aged ten years, committed by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Chamberlain to Stephen de Hoddesdone. Sureties for the said Stephen, viz., John de St. Edmund, Henry de Norhamptone, John de Brendewode, and Thomas Leg'.

Custodia Math'i fil' Thome le Barb'.

The guardianship of Matthew, son of Thomas le Barber, aged twelve years, committed by Henry de Secheford, the Chamberlain, to John de Drayton, saddler, for a term of seven years, by way of an apprentice. And the entrance of the apprenticeship of the said Matthew appears in the White Paper among apprentices in the Ward of Bredstrete, the sixth year aforesaid.

Folio ccxxxii b.

Be it remembered that John de Pulteneye, the Mayor, and the Aldermen demised to John Vyncent, clerk, the issues of murage in the City, anno 5 Edward III., for £109; also the same, anno 6, for £126 13s. 4d., on condition that, if it should happen that any companies of foreign merchants should in the meanwhile be exonerated from payment of murage, allowance should be made in his ferm.

Sum total, £235 13s. 4d.

Out of which there were paid divers sums for presents at the sitting of the Parliament by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty, viz., to the King, the Queen, the Earl of Cornwall, the Earl of Lancaster, the Chancellor, the Treasurer, the Bishop of Ely, Sir Hugh de Courtenaye, Sir John de Beauchamp, Sir Richard de Bury, Sir Henry Lescrop, Sir Geoffrey Lescrop, Sir William Herle, Sir John de Stonore, Thomas de Lincoln, and their fellows, amounting to £126 11s. Also for a present bought and sent to Sir Robert de Morlee at Stebenhuth, £10 10s. 4d.

Sum total of expenses, anno 5, £136 11s. [sic].

Also to Henry de Combemartyn and Simon Fraunceys for Roger Chauntecler, £40; to Henry de Seccheford and Edmund Cosyn for repair of the City wall and tun, £40; for wine sent to the Chancellor and Treasurer, anno 6, £16; to Richard de Prestone for the work of the Guildhall Chapel, £14 12s.; to Master Thomas de Canterbury, a mason, for the said work, £6 17s.; to Master William de Harlee, a carpenter, for the same, 20s. and 37s. 2d.; to a messenger bearing letters of the Duke of Brabant, by advice of the Aldermen, 40s.; to Thomas le Porter, carrying letters to Staunford for Thomas de Chigwelle, 10s.; to John de la Rokele for freestone (libera petra) for the aforesaid chapel, 5½ marks; also allowed to the above John Vyncent for the franchise conceded to divers merchant strangers, £20.

Sum total of expenses, anno 6, £146 9s. 6d.

Received by Richard de Prestone, anno 5, for divers expenses incurred by a tournament in Chepe, £88 12s.

Item, Tuesday before the Feast of St. Martin [11 Nov.], anno 6, the said John de Pulteneye lent to the Mayor and Commonalty for the repair of the Guildhall 10 marks, and to John de Caustone for the ditch at Alegate 22s., in the presence of John de Prestone, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, Gregory de Nortone, John de Caustone, Henry de Seccheford, Adam Pykeman, Robert Swote, Thomas de Chetyngdone, and other citizens.

Folio ccxxxiii.

Dimissio muragii ad firmem a° vii°.

Lease by the Mayor, Aldermen, Sheriffs, and Commonalty of the City to John Vincent, clerk, of the issues of murage in the City for one year from the Feast of St. Luke [18 Oct.], 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332], for the sum of £113 6s. 8d., charged with the payment of the sum of £92 and 22 pence due to John de Pulteneye for business touching the City. Dated in the Chamber of London, Sunday the Feast of St. Luke [18 Oct.], the year aforesaid.

L'ra missa apud Amyens sub sigillo Maioratus pro feodo Maior' London'.

Letter from John de Prestone, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City to the Mayor, Echevins, and Commonalty of the town of Amyens, reminding them that merchants of their town as well as of the town of Corbie and Nele were in default of the annual ferm of 50 marks to Nicholas de Farndone, Richard de Betoyne, John de Grantham, Simon de Swanlond, and John de Pulteneye, former Mayors of the City, and urging payment of the same, lest the said merchants lose their franchise. (fn. 3) Dated 18 Nov. [A.D. 1332].

Dimissio ballive de Suthwerk facta Roberto Flambard.

Tuesday the morrow of the Nativity B. M. [8 Sept.], 7 Edward III. [A.D. 1333], the bailiwick of the vill of Suthewerk granted by John de Prestone, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, Gregory de Nortone, Reginald de Conduit, John Priour, and Benedict de Fulsham, Aldermen, and Henry de Seccheford, Alderman and Chamberlain, to Robert Flambard; to hold to ferm for 18 marks as it had been held by William de Burgh. Sureties for the said Robert, viz., Robert de Mordone, William de Braughinge, "stokfisshmongere," and Osbert de Bray.

Folio ccxxxiii b.

Custodia Will'i fil' Galfridi de Medelane.

Tuesday after the Feast of the Purification B. M. [2 Feb.], 7 Edward III. [A.D. 1332-3], the guardianship of William, son of Geoffrey de Medelane, committed by the Mayor and Aldermen to Henry de Moncoi. Sureties for the said Henry, viz., Walter Neel, Michael Mignot, and Walter Turk, who bound themselves before Nicholas de Farndone and Henry de Secheford, Aldermen.

Scriptum Ric'i de Lincoll' per R. de Kelles'.

Bond in the sum of £20 entered into by Robert de Keleseye in favour of Richard de "Nichole" (Lincoln), "felmongere." Dated Saturday the Annunciation B. M. [25 March], 9 Edward III. [A.D. 1335].

Letter from John de Prestone, Mayor, to Galeraus (fn. 4) de Vaus, bailiff of Amyens, acknowledging receipt of letters patent by the hand of John Grymant, praying that notice might be given to "Driex" or "Drieux" (i.e., Andrew) Audeluie of his having been elected "grantz compteres" of the town of Amiens, and that he be requested to come and take up the office. (fn. 5) Notice had accordingly been given to the said Driex, who had replied that his goods had been arrested at Ipswich, but that as soon as he could get possession of them he would hasten to take up his office. Dated under the seal of the Mayoralty, 18 Nov., A.D. 1322 [sic]. (fn. 6)

Folio ccxxxiv.

Be it remembered that whereas among certain liberties which King Edward III. granted to the citizens of London in the first year of his reign (fn. 7) it was granted that the said citizens should have Infangenthef (fn. 8) and Outfangenthef (fn. 9) and the chattels of felons of all those who shall have been adjudged before them within the liberty of the City aforesaid, and of all who, being of the liberty aforesaid, are to be adjudged at the gaol of Neugate; pursuant to which grant deliveries have been made before the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Aldermen at the Guildhall of prisoners taken with the mainour (cum manuopere (fn. 10) ) at the suit of divers persons as appears below, &c., and those who were convicted were hanged at the King's gallows, viz., at "le Elmes," near Tybourne:

Delivery of "Infangenthef" at the Guildhall before Richard de Beton', the Mayor, Richard de Rothynge and Roger Chauntecler, Sheriffs, Robert de Swalclive, John de Oxon', Hugh de Gartone, and Richard Costantyn, Aldermen, Friday next after the Feast of Annunciation B. M. [25 March], I Edward III. [A.D. 1327]. (fn. 11)

John "in the Hale" de Reynham attached at the suit of Roger Child, "taillour," with the mainour of a surcoat and hood, of which he had robbed the said Roger at Ismongerslane, in the Ward of Cheap, on Saturday the Feast of All Saints [1 Nov.], 20 Edward II. [A.D. 1326], and he [Roger] finds pledges for prosecuting the felon, viz., Salomon le Coffrer and William de Segrave, "armurer." The accused puts himself [on the country]. The jury comes by William Furnival and others on the panel [not named], who say on oath that the aforesaid John is guilty of the robbery aforesaid, and the mainour (manu opus) aforesaid is appraised by them at 10 pence. Therefore by judgment of the Court he is remitted to prison until the Preparation (usque Parasceven (fn. 12) ) next ensuing by way of penance (causa penitencie), and then to be flogged and set at liberty.

Delivery of "Infangethef" at the Guildhall before the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Aldermen, Saturday after the Feast of SS. Philip and James [1 May], the year aforesaid.

Robert le Milleward, attached at the suit of William Prentiz, "fullere," with the mainour of divers pieces of cloth found and stolen in the Ward of Queenhithe, viz., surcoats, coats, and divers other clothes of the value of 40s., on Thursday before the Feast of SS. Philip and James [1 May], the year aforesaid, came before the said Mayor, Sheriffs, and Aldermen, and, being asked how he would acquit himself, defends the robbery and all felony and everything that is contrary to the peace of the lord the King, and for good and ill puts himself on the country. The jury comes by Ralph de Berkewey, John de Kent, "dyegher," Robert le Girdeler, William le Keu, William le Forester, Richard le Chaundeler, William le Brewere, Adam le Dyegher, William de Bleyves, Gilbert le Sherman, Richard Maistre, and Robert de Portecemouthe, who find the said Robert guilty. Therefore [let him be] hanged. Chattels none.

Delivery of Infangethef at the Guildhall before the said Mayor and Sheriffs, Robert de Swalclive, Anketin de Gisors, Hugh de Gartone, Richard Costantyn, John de Prestone, and John Poyntel, Aldermen, Saturday after the Feast of St. John ante portam Latinam [6 May], the year aforesaid.

Alan de Suttone, Peter de Pelham, and John de Wynchelse attached at the suit of Robert de Dohen for a robbery committed in the Ward of Castle Baynard on Wednesday after the Feast of St. John ante portam Latinam [6 May], the year aforesaid, of the sum of £40 belonging to his master Sir Robert de Fenes, Knt. Pledges for prosecution, viz., Thomas de Shene and William de Maisshebure, fishmongers. Being asked how they would acquit themselves, they say they are in no wise guilty, and for good and evil put themselves on the country. The jury comes by John Tornegold, William Monamy, Ralph de Blithe, Richard Deny, Laurence Albyn, Alexander de Honylane, Peter de Sevecaumpe, Adam de Karlel, William de Kent, "tillere," Walter le Heymongere, William de Chelre, and Adam de Petertone, who find the accused guilty. Therefore [let them be] hanged. Chattels none.

Folio ccxxxiv b.

Delivery of Infangethef at the Guildhall before the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Aldermen, Monday after the Feast of St. John ante portam Latinam [6 May], I Edward III. [A.D. 1327].

Laurence, son of John de Felsted de Lenne, and John, son of Herbert Unro de Lenne, attached at the suit of Thomas de Combe for a robbery committed on Friday after the Feast of St. John ante portam Latinam, the aforesaid year, of three bushels of woad of the value of 6s. at "le Stonwharf." Pledges for the prosecution, viz., John de Belyngham and Thomas de Kent, "portour." When charged before the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Aldermen the aforesaid John, son of Herbert, says he is a clerk. (fn. 13) Therefore he is remitted to prison until the next gaol delivery of Neugate. And the aforesaid Laurence says that he is in no wise guilty and puts himself on the country. The jury comes by John Genge, John le Hosiere, Laurence le Taillour, Robert atte Cokke, Walter Gayspore, Henry le Freynsshe, John de St. Saviour, Robert Gregori, John Maii, John le Hurer, William de Wymondeswold, and Peter de Mordone, who find the said Laurence guilty. Therefore [let him be] hanged. Chattels none.

Delivery of Infangethef at the Guildhall, Thursday in Pentecost week, anno I Edward III.

William Owyas attached with the mainour of a mazer cup (ciphi de mucro) worth 10s. taken out of the custody of Thomas de Braye, servant of Gilbert de Moredone, in Bridge Ward, on Sunday the Feast of Pentecost [31 May], 1 Edward III. [A.D. 1327]. Pledges for the prosecution, viz., William de Braughyng and John de Wodeford. The accused acknowledged the felony. Therefore [let him be] hanged. Chattels none.

Delivery of Infangethef at the Guildhall before Simon de Swanlond, Mayor, Richard le Lacer and Henry de Gisors, Sheriffs, Gregory de Nortone, Richard de Hakeney, Henry de Seccheford, Thomas de Leyre, Anketyn de Gisors, Nicholas de Farndone, Aldermen, Monday the Feast of St. Edmund the King [20 Nov.], 3 Edward III. [A.D. 1329].

Alice Littleglenne, of co. Leices., attached on Sunday before the Feast of St. Edmund the King [20 Nov.], the year aforesaid, at the suit of John Myles de Smethefeld, with the mainour of two women's robes, three mazer cups (ciphi de mazero), and other goods and chattels of the said John of the value of 100s., which goods she feloniously took at Westsmethefeld in the Ward of Farndone Without. The said Alice says that she cannot deny the robbery. Therefore [let her be] hanged. Chattels none.

Folio ccxxxv.

Delivery of Infangethef at the Guildhall before Simon de Swanlond, the Mayor, the Sheriffs, and Aldermen, Tuesday after the quinzaine of the Purification B. M. [2 Feb.], 4 Edward III. [A.D. 1329-30].

Walter atte Vigne de Hatfeld taken at the suit of John Odyerne, butcher, with the mainour of 12s. 9d. in money numbered and three silver spoons worth 3s. belonging to the said John, and feloniously taken in Estchep on Sunday after the quinzaine of the Purification aforesaid. Pledges for prosecution, viz., Thomas de Bury and William Knyght, "bochers." The said Walter says he is in no wise guilty, and for good or ill puts himself on the country. The jury comes by Adam de Canefeld, Henry le Rous, Richard Casse, John Blod, John Edward, Simon Baudry, Boydin Fader, Thomas de Canefeld, John atte Gate, John de Mortone, Thomas Fraunkeleyn, and "Drugo" Sharpe, who find him guilty. Therefore [let him be] hanged. Chattels none.

Delivery of "Infangenthef" held before the Mayor and Aldermen on Monday after the octave of the Purification B. M. [2 Feb.], 5 Edward III. [A.D. 1330-31].

William le Neve de Lenne, Richard le Rous, and Adam de Houndesdiche attached at the suit of Ralph de Boys, servant of John de Westone, with the mainour of a grey horse, worth 46s., belonging to his master, which they feloniously took outside Bisshopsgate on Saturday the Feast of the Purification aforesaid. Pledges for prosecution, viz., John de Prestone, goldsmith, and William de Banneby, "hosiere." The said William, Richard, and Adam put themselves on the country for good and ill. The jury comes by John Bryd, Geoffrey le Whytawyere, John de Waltham, Godfrey le Brewere, Thomas de Hakeneye, William atte Forde, Henry Beaumond, Thomas le Gardiner, John Wysman, John Heryng, Thomas le Brewere, Richard de Swanlond, and Richard le Heymongere, who say on oath that ......[ends abruptly].

Delivery of "Infangenthef" made in the Guildhall on Friday after the Feast of the Epiphany [6 Jan.], 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332- 1333], before John de Prestone, Mayor, Nicholas Pyk and John Husebond, Sheriffs, Gregory de Nortone, Henry de Combemartyn, William de Caustone, and Henry de Seccheford, Aldermen.

Hugh Bled attached at the suit of Geoffrey Cosyn with the mainour of a silver cup worth half a mark, which he feloniously took in the parish of St. Mary Magdalen de Eldefisshestrete on Sunday after the Feast of the Circumcision [1 Jan.], 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332-3]. Pledges for the prosecution, viz., John de Leylond and John de Waltham, "keu." (fn. 14) The accused puts himself on the country. The jurors, viz., Elyas de Wodebere, William le Haftere, senior, Hugh le Taillour, John de Petirtone, Walter Cady, Thomas de Baldok, Gilbert de Fulham, John Sprot, John de Draytone, William de Harewe, Robert le Hore, and Richard de Berdefeld, say on oath that the said Hugh is guilty. Accordingly judgment that he be hanged, &c., (fn. 15) and let the said Geoffrey recover his cup, because at his suit, &c. Chattels of the said Hugh none.

Folio ccxxxv b.

Writ to the Mayor that he permit burgesses of Ipswich to be quit of murage according to the terms of the charter granted to them by King Edward II. (fn. 16) Witness the King at Wodestoke, 8 May, 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332].

Allocacio facta Burg' Gippewyci de muragio.

The above writ and charter having been read in the Husting for Pleas of Land held on Monday after the Feast of St. John ante portam Latinam [6 May], the year aforesaid, it was granted that the said burgesses should thenceforth be quit of murage in the City.

Precept' fact' vic' quod habeant corp' cujusdam imprisonati.

Precept to the Sheriffs to produce the body of Henry de Patemere before the King at Westminster on Saturday after the Feast of St. Dunstan [19 May] next ensuing out of Neugate prison to answer a charge brought by Margaret, late wife of William de Rokehall, of having feloniously killed her husband at Royston (fn. 17) (apud crucem roesiam).

And because the above precept was contrary to the franchise of the City and contrary to the estate (contra statum) of the aforesaid prison it was not executed.

De £xx solvend' Thome de Holden'.

Friday before the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord [25 Dec.], 8 Edward III. [A.D. 1334], it was agreed by Reginald de Conduit, the Mayor, John de Pulteneye, John de Prestone, Gregory de Nortone, Henry de Combemartyn, John de Oxon', Richard de Hakeneye, John de Caustone, Henry de Gisors, Richard le Lacer, Richard de Rothinge, and Henry de Secheford, Aldermen, and a great Commonalty assembled at the Guildhall, that the sum of £20, lately lent by Thomas de Holdene, "brewere," to the Commonalty, should be repaid out of the residue of the money collected and to be collected for the armed force last sent to Scotland to assist the King.

De £x solvend' Ric'o Gubbe.

Afterwards, viz., on Monday before the Feast of St. Peter ad Vincula [1 Aug.], 9 Edward III. [A.D. 1335], it was agreed by Reginald de Conduit, the Mayor, John de Grantham, Gregory de Nortone, John Hamond, Richard le Lacer, Henry de Combemartyn, and Henry de Secheford, Aldermen, and the Commonalty, that the sum of £10, lent by Richard Gubbe, fishmonger, to the Commonalty temp. John de Pulteneye, Mayor, for the expenses of Reginald de Conduit and his fellows attending the Parliament at York, should be repaid by John de Tiffeld and his fellow-collectors of taxes in the Ward of Bredstret.

Folio ccxxxvi.

L'ra sigillo communitatis consignat' ad assignand' ho'ies in Parliament' apud Ebor'.

Letter from John de Prestone, Mayor, the Aldermen, and Commonalty under the Common Seal to the King, notifying the appointment of Richard de la Pole, Thomas de Chetingdone, and Henry Monquoi, or two of them, to attend the Parliament to be held at York on Friday before the Feast of St. Nicholas [6 Dec.]. (fn. 18) Dated 27 Nov., 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332].

Letter from John de Prestone, Mayor, and the Aldermen to Richard de la Pole praying him to give counsel and aid to Thomas de Chetingdone and Henry Monquoi, who were about to represent the City in Parliament in conjunction with himself. Dated 27 Nov.

A similar letter made to the above Thomas de Chetingdone and Henry Monquoi the same day.

A similar letter to Richard de Rothinge, Richard le Lacer, and Roger de Forsham, 18 May, for the Parliament at York (fn. 19) the morrow of the Ascension [25 May], anno 9 Edward III. [A.D. 1335].

Carta Ric'i Calewar per d'um Reg'.

Letters patent granting to Richard Calewar the annual rent of £10 which the citizens of London paid as a fee ferm for the vill of Suthwerk; to hold the same for life. Dated at York, 15 Dec., 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332].

Folio ccxxxvi b.

Scriptum Regin' de Colonia.

ijs. vjd.

Grant by William Trug, girdler, to Reginald de Colonia of 5 marks annual rent issuing from a brewhouse held by William atte Spence in the parish of St. Mary de Aldermannebury towards the discharge of a bond in the sum of £6. Witnesses, William de Braughinge, Martin Waleys, William de Nasynge, and others [not named]. Dated the morrow of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332].

Dimissio kaii Sc'i Botulphi.

Record of the wharf of St. Botolph having been demised by John de Prestone, Mayor, the Aldermen, and Commonalty to Richard, son of Hamo Godchep, for a term of seven years from Midsummer, 7 Edward III. [A.D. 1333], for a certain debt of £70 and half a mark due from the Commonalty of London to the said Hamo, and other sums due from the same to the said Hamo as well as to William de Ware and John Dode, late Chamberlain of the Guildhall. The said record enrolled in the Husting for Pleas of Land held on Monday the morrow of St. Mark [25 April], the aforesaid year, John Hosebond and Nicholas Pyk being Sheriffs.

Folio ccxxxvii.

Comissio gaole de Neugate.

Letters patent appointing John de Cantebrigge and John de Prestone, the Mayor, to be Justices for gaol delivery of Neugate. Witness the King at Knaresburgh, 13 Nov., 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332].

Writ to the Sheriffs of London notifying the above appointment, and commanding them to produce before the said Justices all prisoners in the gaol of Neugate (except those detained for disobedience and rebellion against the King) and their attachments. Witness the King at Knaresburgh, 13 Nov., 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332].

Allocacio facta civibus Roff' de muragio.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs that they allow citizens of Rochester to enjoy their chartered liberties. Witness the King at York, 27 Jan., 7 Edward III. [A.D. 1332-3].

The above writ having been read before John de Prestone, Mayor, Gregory de Nortone, Henry de Secheford, and other Aldermen [not named], on Thursday after Ash Wednesday [18 Feb.], the year aforesaid, as well as the charter to the said citizens by King Henry [III.], and confirmation of the same by the present King, granting them immunity from stallage and murage, it was allowed that they should be quit of murage in the City of London, &c.

Folio ccxxxvii b.

Scriptum Will'i Michel et Katerine ux' eius.

ijs. vjd.

Deed of acquittance by William Michel and Katherine his wife, relict and executrix of William Prodhome, fishmonger, with the assent of Roger de Biernes, Henry Prodhome, John de Triple, and William de Foleham, her co-executors, for all property due to the said Katherine under her late husband's will. (fn. 20) Witnesses, Roger de Ely, Richard Gubbe, Robert de Ely, Walter Turk, John de Bixle, John de Denham, John de Ware, and others [not named]. Dated 23 Jan., 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332-3].

The above deed acknowledged before Nicholas de Farndone, Alderman, and Henry de Secheford, the Chamberlain, Monday the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan.], 7 Edward III. [A.D. 1332-3].

Commissio Wynton'.

Letter under the Common Seal from John de Pulteneye, the Mayor, and the whole commune (communa) of the City of London to the Stewards, Bailiffs, &c., of Winchester Fair', notifying the appointment of Ralph de Uptone, Richard de Berkinge, John de Dallinge, Thomas de Farnham, and William de Henhamstede as the City's attorneys at the said Fair. Dated 14 Aug., 8 Edward III. [A.D. 1334].

Item attornatiibidem a° sequenti.

A similar letter made for Richard de Welleford, Maurice Turgiz, Thomas de Cantebrigge, and Thomas de Farnham, 12 Sept., anno 9.

Folio ccxxxviii.

Script' Will'i Michel et ux' eius.

ijs. vjd.

Grant by Roger de Biernes, Henry Prodhome, John de Triple, and William de Foleham, executors of William Prodhome, fishmonger, to William Michel and Katherine his wife, relict of the said William, that they shall peaceably enjoy the property devised to the said Katherine by her late husband. Witnesses, Roger de Ely, Robert de Ely, John de Denham, John de Ware, John de Bixle, Nicholas Madefrey, William de Bixle, and others [not named]. Dated 23 Jan., 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332-3].

Carta Will'i Pikerel.

At the Husting of London for Common Pleas held on Monday after the Feast of St. Barnabas [11 June], 7 Edward III. [A.D. 1333], came William Pikerel, saddler, and brought the King's charter, which he caused to be read before John de Prestone, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, John de Pulteneye, John de Grantham, Benedict de Fulsham, Henry Darcy, Gregory de Nortone, John de Caustone, Anketin de Gisors, Richard de Betoigne, Robert le Bret, William de Caustone, John Hautayn, and Henry de Secheford, Aldermen, and the Commonalty, the said charter notifying that the said William Pikerel was not to be put on any assize or jury, nor to be called upon to serve as Mayor, Escheator, Sheriff, Coroner, or other officer, and being dated at "Twedemouthe," 10 May, 7 Edward III. [A.D. 1333]. By writ of Privy Seal.

Folio ccxxxviii b.

Indentura int' Rob'm Tholosan et Will'm Tythinglomb.

ijs. vjd.

Indenture of grant by Robert, son of Michael Tholosan, to William Tythinglomb, poulterer, of the reversion of certain shops in the parish of St. Mildred in the Poultry, situate near the tenements of Richard de Hoddesdone and William de Fourneys, let for a term of years to the said William by Walter Bret and Juliana his wife; the reversion of the said shops being vested in the said Robert after the decease of the aforesaid Juliana his mother. Witnesses, William de Pountfreit, John Brid, Nicholas Ponge, Richard le Heymongere, John Scot, Adam de St. Alban, Robert atte Folde, John Amys, clerk, and others [not named].

Folio ccxxxix.

Br'e pro Joh'e Wylot pro libertate sua et alior' socior' suor' allocand' in Scaccario.

Writ to the Treasurer and Barons of the Exchequer bidding them cease to exact the New Custom (fn. 21) on the merchandise of John Wylot and others [not named] if it should be proved that they are (as they declare themselves to be) in lot, scot, and geld (geldo (fn. 22) ) in all the City's burdens. Witness the King at York, 25 Jan., 7 Edward III. [A.D. 1332-3].

Acquietancia exec' test'i Cambini Fantini per Rob'tm Freshfisshe.

ijs. vjd.

Acquittance by Robert Freshfish, called "de Stoktone," fishmonger, and Johanna his wife, daughter of Cambin Fantini, called "Spayne," of Florence, with the assent of Cambin Fulbert, the tutor, curator, and administrator of the children of the said Cambin Fantini, named respectively John, Boniface, Margery, Isabella, Johanna, Sabine, and Cristiana, to Nicholas Guillim and Guy de la Choche, executors of the said Cambin Fantini, for money due to the said Robert and Johanna under the will of the said Cambin. Dated 24 July, A.D. 1333.

Folio ccxxxix b.

Scriptum Ric'i Sprot.

Grant by Richard Sprot, "batour," son of William Sprot, to Margaret, wife of the said William Sprot, of an annual rent of 26s. 9d. in respect of her dower of tenements and rents belonging to her late husband in the street and parish of St. Stephen de Colemanstrete, and formerly belonging to Thomas, son of Geoffrey Merre; to hold the same to the said Margaret for life. Witnesses, John de Pulteneye, Mayor, John Husebonde and Nicholas Pyke, Sheriffs, Roger de Depham, John de Hardingham, John de Shirbourne, John Kyng, Philip Gentille, Richard de Bottele, William Pope, Roger le Wyrdrawere, William de Berkhamstede, William de Stebbenhuthe, and others [not named]. Dated Friday after the Feast of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 6 Edward III. [A.D. 1332].

Letter from John de Preston, the Mayor, and the Commonalty of the City to the Stewards, Bailiffs, &c., of the Fair of St. Botolph, notifying the appointment of John de Grantham, Benedict de Fulsham, Henry Darci, Andrew Aubrey, Thomas de Swanlond, John Hamond, Bartholomew Deumars, William de Cave, Richard de Lyncoln, Michael de Caustone, John de Eynesham, Thomas de Wyncestre, junior, William de Braughyng, Ralph de Lenne, and John Lovekyn, as the City's attorneys at the said Fair. Dated ... June, 7 Edward III. [A.D. 1333].

Folio ccxl.

L're Ducis Brabancie.

Letter from the Duke de Brabant to John de Prestone, Mayor of London, urging him to use his influence to get London merchants to traffic with Antwerp, and promising them every protection. Dated at "Bruxelle," the morrow of St. Matthew, Ap. [21 Sept.], [A.D. 1333].

L'ra eiusdem Ducis patens.

Letters patent of John, Duke of Lothaire, Brabant, and Lymburg, to merchants of London and the realm of England, inviting them to come and trade with Antwerp, and promising them every protection. Dated at "Bruxelle," the morrow of St. Matthew, Ap. [21 Sept.], A.D. 1333.

L'ra co'itatis Antwerp'.

Letter from the Provost (Scultetus), Consul (Anmannus), (fn. 23) Echevins, and other Consuls (Consules), of the town of Antwerp, to John de Prestone, Mayor of London, and the rest of the governors and consuls of the City, urging them to induce English merchants, who (the writers were given to understand) had no fixed market (nullum certum locum tenent cum eorum staplo), to come to Antwerp with their merchandise, where they would enjoy every protection; so that the friendship which had existed between the two countries from of old might remain firm and established in the future. Dated the morrow of SS. Remigius and Bavo [1 Oct.]. (fn. 24)

Folio ccxl b.

L'ra sub sigillo Maioratus missa apud Antwerp'.

Reply from John de Prestone, Mayor of London, to the Provost, Consul, Echevins, &c., of the town of Antwerp, acknowledging the receipt of their letter on the 14th October by the hand of Simon la Wayte, which he had communicated to his fellow-citizens and other merchants in the City. [No date.]

Allocacio de muragio.

Writ to the Mayor, Sheriffs, and collectors of murage in London, bidding them allow certain foreign merchants, viz., Nadde de Manne, Seigneue Baldesis, Ricche Mey, Francis Venture, Lot Jacobi, Peter Bartholomeu, Simon "Biouns," John "Biens," Nicholas Dyne, Francis Bonanti, and Elen Missi, merchants of Lombardy, to be quit of murage, pontage, and pavage, according to the franchise granted to merchant strangers and foreigners by the King's grandfather. (fn. 25) Dated at York, 22 Feb., 8 Edward III. [A.D. 1333-4].

Allocacio muragii.

Inasmuch as it appears by inspection of charters of the lord King Edward, formerly King of England, grandfather of the lord the King that now is, viz., the third after the Conquest, granted to merchant strangers for certain payments and customs granted to the said lord the King and his heirs for ever on their goods and merchandise brought or to be brought into the realm of England, that they, their heirs and successors, should be quit of payment of murage on their goods and merchandise, it was granted by the Mayor and Aldermen to John Cambyn of Florence, Jacob Bartoly of Florence, "Fachicio" de Sene, (fn. 26) Bartholomew de Sene, Ambrose de Sene, Ascelin Simonetti de Luca, merchants, that they and their fellows be thenceforth quit of payment of murage on their goods and merchandise in the City of London, according to the terms of the aforesaid charters.

The above grant made on Tuesday before the Translation of St. Thomas [7 July], 8 Edward III. [A.D. 1334].

Footnotes

1 Cf. 'Cal. Letter-Book C,' p. 191, where two leases are recorded in which the wives of the respective lessors are described as having formally surrendered (concessit et forisaffidavit) their term.
2 Sat from 9th to 12th September.
3 Referring to the "Carta Mercatoria" or "Statutum de Nova Custuma" of 1303. See 'Cal. LetterBook D,' p. 245n.
4 Under an agreement made between the City of London and the merchants of Amiens, Corby, and Nesle in 1237 the latter were to be allowed certain commercial privileges on payment of an annual ferm of 50 marks to the City. 'Liber Cust.,' i. 64-66; cf. 'Cal. Letter-Book C,' pp. 29, 66. The same letter will be found enrolled among 'Pleas and Memoranda,' Roll A 2, membr. 1 dors.
5 Cf. Delpit (op. cit., p. 63), where the name of the Bailiff of Amiens is given as "Galeran" de Vaux.
6 These letters patent, addressed to the lords and justices throughout the realm of England and dated "le Jour des Mors," A.D. 1332, are recorded among 'Pleas and Memoranda,' Roll A 2, membr. 2.
7 Recorded also among 'Pleas and Memoranda,' Roll A2, membr. 1 dors., where the date is correctly given as 1332.
8 Charter granted with the consent of Parliament, and dated 6 March, 1 Edward III. [A.D. 1326-7]. From the charter granted to the burgesses of Oxford in 1229 by Henry III. it appears that the citizens of London had long enjoyed the right of Infangenthef by prescription. 'Liber Custumarum,' ii. 672.
9 A privilege granted to the lord of a manor of judging a thief taken within his demesne.
10 The privilege of a lord of a manor to bring before his own Court a man dwelling within his demesne, but taken for a felony outside the manor.
11 That is to say, taken with the stolen goods in their hands (in manu). In the Anglo-Saxon law a thief so taken was said to be "hand-habend," or "having in hand," and was liable to summary execution.
12 All the cases of Infangenthef here recorded as being of the first year of Edward III. are also recorded (with others) in 'Roll of Pleas and Memoranda,' A 1, membr. xvi (19).
13 Good Friday.
14 In other words, he claimed "benefit of clergy," whereby, in the event of his being found capable of reading like a clerk, he would be remitted to the jurisdiction of the Ordinary.
15 Cook or pie-baker.
16 Ideo ad judicium S9, etc.
17 Dated at Westminster, 30 May, 10 Edward II. [A.D. 1317]. A transcript of the charter is set out supra, fos. lxx b-lxxii. Cf. supra, p. 85.
18 Co. Herts.
19 The Parliament sat from 2 Dec. to 11 Dec. For writ for election vide supra, p. 271.
20 This Parliament sat from 26 May to 3 June.
21 The will was dated 16 Sept., 1330, and proved and enrolled in the Husting in July, 1331. See 'Cal. of Wills,' i. 367.
22 See 'Cal. Letter-Book C,' p. 117 n.
23 The distinction between "lot" and "scot"-a much-vexed question -is thus defined in a later LetterBook: "Omnis liber in lotto, quod est officio, et scotto, quod est contribucione taxarum et aliorum onerum ......particeps existere tenetur" (Letter-Book I, fo. clvii b). Dr. Gross ('The Gild Merchant,' vol. i. p. 54 n.) infers that the term "scot and lot' was used vaguely to indicate pecuniary charges of all kinds. He also gives instances of the term being varied, as here, with the addition of "geld" or "gild," which also signifies a payment or tax. The question what is meant by "paying scot" was debated by counsel before the Court of Aldermen in 1719, when the Court came to the conclusion that the term meant "a general contribution to all public taxes." Repertory 123, fo. 242.
24 Or Ammanus; "prætor causarum civilium vel Consul" (Migne).
25 The fact that Philip of Valois had declared his determination to help the Scots against Edward had induced the latter to promote a reconciliation with the Count of Flanders, an ally of the French king. To this end a treaty had been arranged on the understanding that all seizures on either side should be given up and free commercial intercourse between the two countries established. Rymer, 'Fodera,' vol. ii. pt. ii. p. 869; Stubbs, 'Const. Hist.,' ii. 377-8.
26 Cf. supra, p. 272n.