Folios 61 - 70
March 1469 -

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Reginald R. Sharpe (editor)

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1912

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83-91

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'Folios 61 - 70: March 1469 -', Calendar of letter-books of the city of London: L: Edward IV-Henry VII (1912), pp. 83-91. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=33646 Date accessed: 18 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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Folio 61.

Judicium reddit' pro scandal' super uno Vicecomit'.

26 March, 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469], whereas John "Witherley" had publicly declared that he had been cruelly treated by Simon Smythe, one of the Sheriffs, in his Compter, for which he had received £100 by way of compensation, when he had not been treated in such a manner, the charge against the Sheriff being due to his imagination, to the great scandal of a Sheriff of the City, it was adjudged by William Taillour, the Mayor, William Hulyn, Ralph Josselyn, Ralph Verney, Thomas Oulegreve, Thomas Urssewyk the Recorder, George Irland, Robert Basset, John Stoktone, William Hampton, Bartholomew James, Thomas Stalbroke, Henry Waver, John Warde, and Richard Gardyner, Aldermen, that, in accordance with the custom of the City in such cases, the said John "Witherley" should pay the Sheriff the sum of 50 marks by way of damages. This having been done, the Sheriff acknowledged himself satisfied.

Folio 61 b-62.

Proclamacio contra Provisores Regis.

Royal proclamation warning the King's subjects against demands made by Purveyors for the royal household unless they showed their authority under the Great or the Privy Seal, and confirming the ordinances touching purveyance made by Statute 23 Hen. VI. cap. i., by which statute the Serjeant of the Catery (Sergeaunt de lacaterie) (fn. 1) was bound to satisfy all damages, debts, and executions recovered against any purveyor under him who was unable himself to satisfy the same. [No date.] (fn. 2)

Folio 62-63 b.

L're paten' Regis de prostracione unius Gur gitis in Thamis'.

Inspeximus of letters patent granted to William [Herbert], Earl of Pembroke, authorizing him to make a weir across the Thames called "Overthwartwere" from the Middlesex shore to the Surrey shore in the place of an old weir called "Holgyllys were," and cancelling the same as being prejudicial to the franchise of the City. Witness the King at Westminster, 28 April, 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469]. (fn. 3)

Folio 63 b.

Ordinacio de pulsacione campane de Bowcherche.

Saturday, 22 April, 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469], an ordinance of the Common Council to the effect that, whereas it had been of old accustomed, for the peace of the City and keeping due time at night, for the great bells, and especially the great bell called "Bowbell," and the bells in the churches of All Hallows Berkyng, St. Giles without Crepilgate, and St. Bride in Fletestrete, to be struck at the accustomed hours, viz, at the ninth hour on festivals and holidays (ferialibus)...... [ends abruptly].

Ordinacio de paviment' et caminis ligneis.

12 June, 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469], ordinance by the Common Council that defective pavement shall be kept in repair by the occupiers of the tenements facing the pavement, under penalty of distress being levied for the repair of the same; and forbidding the use of wooden ("treen") chimneys, under penalty of a fine.

Folio 64.

Custod' Johanne Swifte fil' Joh'is Swifte orph' Civitat'.

4 July, 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469], came William Heryot, sherman, John White, John Catell, and Simon Rudby, "vynters," and entered into bond in the sum of £50 18s. 5d. for the delivery into the Chamber by the said William Heryot of the sum of £40 and certain jewels to the use of Johanna, daughter of John Swift, late vintner, on her attaining the age of fifteen years or marriage.

Folio 64 b.

Custodia Nich'i Clerk fil' Rob'ti Clerk orph' Civitat'.

12 July, 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469], came Robert Colman, Nicholas Hynde, and John Bakon, "coriours," and Robert Ewell, "lethersiller," and entered into bond in the sum of 5 marks for the delivery into the Chamber by the said Robert Colman of the sum of 20s. and divers chattels to the use of Nicholas, son of Robert Clerk, late "bruer," on his coming of age.

Imprisona ment' Steph'i Fabian.

18 July, 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469], ordinance by the Mayor and Aldermen that Stephen Fabyan should be committed to Neugate for refusing to undertake the office of Alderman of the Ward of Bisshopesgate, (fn. 4) there to remain until he either undertakes the office or pays £100 to the use of the Commonalty for his contempt. (fn. 5)

29 July, 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469], ordinance by William Taillour, the Mayor, Richard Lee, Ralph Josselyn, Ralph Verney, John Lamberd, George Irland, John Stoktone, John Tate, Bartholomew James, William Edward, John Bromer, Henry Waver, John Warde, Thomas Stalbroke, and Richard Gardyner, Aldermen, that no one in future should be admitted Alderman of any Ward unless his goods, chattels, and hopeful debts amounted to £1,000, and any one so elected should be discharged on his swearing that his property did not reach that sum.

By virtue of the above ordinance the above Stephen Fabyan received his discharge.

Folio 65.

Eleccio Vicec'.

Thursday the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], in the presence of William Taillour, the Mayor, William Hulyn, Matthew Philippe, Thomas Oulegreve, George Irland, Robert Basset, John Tate, Bartholomew James, William Edward, Thomas Stalbroke, John Bromer, John Crosseby, John Warde, Robert Drope, Richard Gardyner, Aldermen, Simon Smythe and William Heriot, the Sheriffs, and very many Commoners summoned to the Guildhall for the election of Sheriffs— Richard Gardyner, mercer, was elected one of the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex by the Mayor, and Robert Drope, draper, was elected the other Sheriff by the Commonalty.

The same day Robert Colwich was elected Chamberlain for the year ensuing; Edward Stone, "irmonger," and John Jurdan, tailor, were elected Wardens of London Bridge; and William Hampton and John Tate, Aldermen, Roger Tygoo, William Cardemaker, William Philippe, and William Hole, Commoners, were elected Auditors of the accounts of the Chamber and of the Wardens of the Bridge in arrear.

Afterwards, viz, on the eve of St. Michael [29 Sept.], the said Sheriffs were sworn at the Guildhall, and on the morrow of the said Feast were admitted, &c., before the Barons of the Exchequer.

Custodia Joh'is Benet filii Rogeri Benet orph' Civitatis.

2 Oct., 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469], came Thomas Sewrangh, James Symond, William Ball, "taillours," and John at Well, "bruer," and entered into bond in the sum of £40 for the delivery into the Chamber of 6 marks and certain chattels, and for collecting certain rents of tenements belonging to Johanna, widow of Roger Benet, to the use of John, son of the said Roger Benet, on his coming of age.

Folio 65 b.

Eleccio Maioris.

Friday the Feast of Translation of St. Edward [13 Oct.], 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469], in the presence of William Taillour, the Mayor, the Prior of Christchurch, William Hulyn, Richard Lee, Matthew Philippe, Ralph Josselyn, Ralph Verney, John Yong, Thomas Oulegreve, Thomas Urssewyk the Recorder, George Irland, Robert Basset, William Hamptone, John Tate, William Edward, John Bromer, Henry Waver, John Warde, John Crosseby, and Robert Drope, Aldermen, Richard Gardyner, one of the Sheriffs, and an immense Commonalty summoned to the Guildhall for the election of a Mayor—Richard Lee was elected.

Afterwards, viz, on the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.], he was sworn at the Guildhall, and on the morrow was presented, &c., before the Barons of the Exchequer.

20 Oct., 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469], ordinance by the Mayor and Aldermen that neither William Baldry, Bailiff of Billyngesgate, nor any future Bailiff, shall take any money or custom from corn-meters, as the said William had been accustomed to do, viz, a farthing for every two quarters of grain. (fn. 6)

Custod' Joh'is Gregory fil' Rob'ti Gregory orph' Civitat'.

7 Nov., 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469], came John Dunne, senior, William Redknappe, Ralph Kempe, and William Hynde, mercers, and entered into bond in the sum of £220 for the delivery into the Chamber by the said John Dunne of the sum of £180, together with a standing cup of silver gilt and a primer, to the use of John, son of Robert Gregory, late mercer, on his coming of age.

Folio 66.

Custodia Emme fil' Rob ti Gregory orphane Civitatis.

13 Nov., 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469], came Thomas Corbrande, Henry Bumstede, William Purches, and John Cowper, mercers, and entered into bond in the sum of £120 for the delivery into the Chamber by the said Thomas Corbrande of the sum of £195, and of a silver-gilt "coblet" and cover, to the use of Emma, daughter of Robert Gregory, late mercer, on her coming of age or marriage.

Folio 66 b.

Exon'acio Joh'is Lambe ab assis'.

21 Nov., 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469], John Lambe, "browderer," discharged by Richard Lee, the Mayor, and the Aldermen from serving on juries, &c., owing to increasing old age.

Exon'acio Henr' Derby ab assis'.

22 Nov., 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469], Henry Derby, "talughchaundiller," similarly discharged on account of his being continually engaged on the public affairs of the City.

Imprisona mentun Roberti Colyns et finis quia recessit in quadam Jurata.

27 Dec., 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469], Robert Colyns committed to Newgate by the Mayor and Aldermen, and fined 40s., for refusing to give a verdict when impanelled on a jury and contemptuously quitting the Court.

Custodia Margarete fil' Joh'is Hum ber stone.

17 Jan., 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469-70], came John Trewynard, "sherman," William Boilet and Richard West," taillours," and Henry Logan, mercer, before the Mayor and Aldermen, and entered into bond in the sum of £10 for payment into the Chamber by the said John Trewynard of a like sum to the use of Margaret, daughter of John Humberstone, late vintner, on her coming of age or marriage.

Folio 67.

Custodia Elizabeth' Gregory filie Roberti Gregory.

27 Jan., 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469-70], came Thomas Corbrond, William Purches, Henry Newman, (fn. 7) and Richard Heynes, mercers, and entered into bond in the sum of £105 for the delivery into the Chamber of a sum of £85 and six silver "gobelettes" and a silver covercle parcel-gilt by the said Thomas Corbrond, to the use of Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Gregory, late mercer, on her coming of age or marriage.

Folio 67 b.

Custodia pueror' Will'i Wodehous orph' Civitatis.

30 Jan., 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469-70], came William Waldyngfeld, John Hungerford, John Beauchamp, and William Bracebrigge, drapers, and entered into bond in the sum of 100 marks for payment into the Chamber by the said William Waldyngfeld of a like sum to the use of John, Percivall, Nicholas, Margaret, and Elizabeth, children of William Wodehous, late draper, on their coming of age or marriage.

Folio 68.

Custod' pueror' Thome Crofte orph' Civita'is.

The same day came Thomas Walcot, "taillour," John Lewes, dyer, John Lewes, "taillour," Richard Harkyn, "bowier," and William Person, "taillour," and entered into bond in the sum of £100 for payment into the Chamber of £80 by the said Thomas Walcot to the use of Robert, Stephen, Margery, and [blank], the youngest (postumus) child, children of Thomas Crofte, late tailor, on their coming of age or marriage.

Folio 68 b.

Exon'acio Will'i Parotte ab assis'.

6 Feb., 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469-70], William Parotte, tailor, discharged by the Mayor and Aldermen from serving on juries, &c., owing to infirmity of mind and body.

Exon'acio Will'i Felde ab assis'.

8 March, 10 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469-70], William Felde, brewer (pandoxator), similarly discharged on account of increasing old age.

Exon'acio Joh'is Koyfote ab assis'.

17 Sept., 10 Edward IV. [A.D. 1470], John Koyfote, skinner, similarly discharged for like cause.

Custodia Thome fil' Ric'i Hill orph' Civitatis.

18 Feb., 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469-70], came John Thomson, "bruer," Robert Turner, "taillour," John Birte, fuller, and Robert Smyth, "bruer," and entered into bond in the sum of £20 for payment into the Chamber by the said John Thomson of a like sum to the use of Thomas, son of Richard Hille, late haberdasher, on his coming of age.

Folio 69.

Judicium Petri Pekham propt' inobedienciam fact' Aldr'o.

Writ of certiorari to the Mayor and Aldermen touching proceedings taken against Peter Pekham in the Chamber of the Guildhall. Witness the King at Westminster, 26 Oct., 9 Edward IV. [A.D. 1469].

Return made to the above by William Taillour, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, to the effect that on the 7th October last Peter Pekham, a freeman of the City, had used opprobrious words to John Tate, Alderman of Tower Ward, thereby breaking the oath of obedience taken by him on admission to the freedom of the City; that being several times summoned to appear in the Court of the lord the King in the inner Chamber of the Guildhall, before the Mayor and Aldermen, (fn. 8) he refused to appear, in contempt of the said lord the King and of his said Court; that further, the said Peter had torn up his certificate of freedom in the presence of the Mayor, and wished to surrender it, but this the Mayor would not permit as subversive of the government of the City. For these reasons proceedings had been taken against the said Peter in the Chamber of the Guildhall. (fn. 9)

Thereupon, on the 31st Oct., the King issued his writ to the Mayor and Aldermen to proceed in the matter according to the law and custom of the City.

Afterwards, viz, on the 10th Nov., it was adjudged by Richard Lee, the Mayor, William Hulyn, Matthew Philip, Ralph Josselyn, John Yong, Thomas Oulegreve, William Taillour, George Irland, Robert Basset, John Stoktone, William Hamptone, Henry Waver, John Tate, Bartholomew James, John Crosseby, John Warde, Robert Drope, Richard Gardyner, and William Edward, Aldermen, that for his offence the said Peter should be committed to Newgate until further orders, and should pay a fine of 100 marks. The fine was reduced by the mediation of the Chancellor of England to £20, and this amount being paid three days later, the said Peter was released.

Folio 69b-70b.

Carta Zonari orum.

Inspeximus Charter incorporating the Girdlers of London. Dated 6 Aug., 27 Henry VI [A.D. 1449]. (fn. 10)

Folio 70 b.

Exon'acio Joh'is Tyson ab assis'.

17 June, 10 Edward IV. [A.D. 1470], John Tyson, "taillour," discharged by the Mayor and Aldermen from serving on juries, &c., owing to deafness and other infirmities.

Exon'acio Will'i Nyghtyngale ab assis'.

3 July, 10 Edward IV. [A.D. 1470], William Nyghtyngale, glover, similarly discharged owing to increasing old age.

Exon'acio Will'i Setone ab assisis.

23 July, 10 Edward IV. [A.D. 1470], William Setone, cutler, similarly discharged owing to deafness and other infirmities.

Custodia Thome Knyj filii Joh'is Knyf orph' Civitatis.

27 July, 10 Edward IV. [A.D. 1470], came Matilda Knyf, widow, Stephen Clampard, "blaksmyth,' John Quenesone, "vynter," and Richard Bristall, "taillour," into the Court of the lord the King in the Chamber of the Guildhall, before Richard Lee, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, and entered into bond with Robert Colwiche, the Chamberlain, in the sum of £40 for the delivery to the Chamberlain by the said Matilda of divers goods and chattels to the use of Thomas, son of John Knyf, late "corser," on his coming of age.

Footnotes

1 In 1362 (Stat. 36 Edward III. cap. ii.) the name of Purveyor (which had become hateful) had been changed into Acatour or Catour (i.e. Buyer).
2 For previous statutes and ordi nances touching Purveyors, see 'Cal. Letter-Book I,' pp. 288-98.
3 An inspeximus of this revocation is preserved at the Guildhall. Cf. 'Cal. Patent Rolls' (1467 - 77), p. iii.
4 The date of his election is not recorded. The last Alderman removed to Walbrook on the 7th June (Beaven).
5 He had been elected Alderman of Bridge Ward a year before, and had been committed to prison for refusing to undertake the office, but had been released the following day, on the ground that it had been proved that he had insufficient means to bear the burdens of Mayoralty and Shrievalty. Supra, p. 79.
6 Annulled 19 Jan., 11 Edward IV. [A.D. 1471-2]. Infra, p. 95.
7 Thomas Crispe, mercer, is recorded by interlineation as having taken the place of Henry Newman, who had quitted the City.
8 This undoubtedly means the Court of Aldermen, although that Court was not usually styled the "Court of the lord the King."
9 Referring, probably, to the Mayor's Court, which (except for a brief period, as appears in 'Cal. Letter-Book I,' p. 80) sat in the "principal" or "outer" Chamber of the Guildhall, and was known as the "Court of the lord the King" in the City.
10 The original charter appears to be in the possession of the Company. See 'Historical Account' by W. Dumville Smythe, Clerk to the Company, pp. 46-7. The date of the charter, however, is there wrongly given as 1448.