V. 80. Petition from the Lord Mayor, Commonalty, and Citizens
of the City of London to the King, reciting that being questioned in
the Star Chamber concerning that part of his late grant to the City
not contained in their first petition, and as they were informed not yet
warranted by His Majesty, they had presented a second petition,
submitting to his grace and royal consideration such parts of that
Charater as should appear to be unwarranted, which submission he had
accepted in such a manner as gave them great content, and had
further promised to confirm really whatever was warranted or intended;
upon which they supposed the prosecution in the Star Chamber would
have been stopped, but it had been prosecuted in a manner which
their Counsel advised them was without precedent. They therefore
prayed that he would direct all proceedings in that Court against them
to be stayed, and they submitted to his grace and favour so much of
their last Charter as would be found unwarranted, and further prayed
that he would grant such of the other things as should be thought
fit for His Majesty to grant and the Petitioners to enjoy.
Note. Upon this petition it pleased His Majesty to make stay
of any further proceedings against the City.
Dated in margin, August 16th, 1620.
V. 87. Petition from the Mayor, Commonalty, and Citizens of
the City of London to the King, touching the City's Charter (to the
same effect as No. 80).
Note in margin says, delivered at Windsor in September, 1620.
V. 88. Copy of an Order of Reference from the King, reciting that
the City of London having humbly submitted to His Majesty their late
Charter, questioned in the Star Chamber, to be disposed of as he should
think fit, he had graciously accepted their dutiful obedience, and in
respect thereof was pleased to re-grant what was intended by his former
warrant upon which the Charter was passed, or what else he in his
wisdom should think fit for them to enjoy, though not contained in the
said warrant; and for that purpose he referred the consideration of
their requests mentioned in the petition, and the manner of their
submission, whether it should be by private surrender of the Charter,
or otherwise, to the Lord Chancellor and others named, with the
assistance of the Chief Justices of the King's Bench and Common
Pleas, or either of them, and the Solicitor-General, upon whose certificate His Majesty would give order for the stay of all proceedings in
the Star Chamber against them, and for granting their desires as he
should find meet.
From the Court at Windsor, 8th September, 1620.
V. 108. Petition of the Mayor, Commonalty, and Citizens of the
City of London to the Lord Treasurer, reciting that, their last Charter
being cancelled, some of the officers of the Exchequer refused to
allow them recognizances, fines, issues, amerecements, and other
forfeitures within London only, although formerly they had such
allowance not only for London, but elsewhere, if the party that made
humble petition, had referred the consideration of a re-grant to divers
Lords Commissioners, who had not yet made any certificate to him.
They therefore prayed his lordship to give order that all process and
charges in the summons of the Pipe or Greenwas (fn. 1) against the
petitioners, or any of them, for any of the particulars aforesaid forfeited
in London, might be respited and stayed without putting them to the
trouble or charge of pleading; and that the present and future
Sheriffs might have an exodanno in their accounts for all process
charges and sums of money imposed upon them in respect thereof,
until the Lords Commissioners should make their reports to His
V. 115. Petition from the Mayor, Commonalty, and Citizens of
the City of London to the King, reciting the reference made by His
Majesty to the Lord Chancellor and others named, concerning the
regranting of the City's Charter lately cancelled, and that some of the
persons so named had become incapable of the employment, others
had been raised to different positions in his service, and the rest
were so continually employed in weighty affairs of State that a
sufficient number of them had not as yet been able to attend to the
business, whereby the City not only wanted the comfort of the grace
he had promised, but many inconveniences were likely to fall upon
them, contrary to his gracious intention and pleasure expressed in the
reference. They therefore prayed that a new nomination and reference
might be made to such of the former persons as he should think fit,
with the addition of such others as he should deem proper.
V. 135. Letter from the King to the Lord Mayor and Aldermen,
Justices of the Peace for the City and precincts thereof, reciting
that, by several Acts of Parliament and His Majesty's late Charter,
the College of Physicians (fn. 2) were authorized to reform and suppress
unlawful or unlearned practitioners in physic; but finding that neither
Acts of Parliament nor Charter, for want of execution, had produced
the desired results, His Majesty charged the Lord Mayor, Aldermen,
and Justices of the Peace within the City and Precinets thereof to aid
and assist the President and Censors of the College of Physicians or
their officers in the execution of their Acts of Parliament or Charters,
for the suppressing of such persons as, contrary to the law, practised
physic in the City of London, its suburbs and precincts, or within
seven miles thereof. That this might be effected with more diligence
and authority, he commanded the letter to be read and published at
the next Sessions, that the Justices might take notice of his commands.
2nd day of …, 20th James I. (Date illegible.)
VII. 155. Petition of the Mayor, Commonalty, and Citizens of the
City of London to the King, reciting that a Writ had been issued from
the Exchequer to levy a sum of 70,000l. on the Lands and Goods of
the City, imposed as a fine by the Court of Star Chamber, and
praying His Majesty's commiseration. (fn. 3)
In margin, "Delivered to the King, at Hampton Court, 27th
VII. 181. Petition of the Mayor, Commonalty, and Citizens of
the City of London to the King, praying him to accept the sum of
100,000l., payable in five years by 20,000l. a year, for the settlement
of all differences between His Majesty and the City.
In margin, "Delivered to the King, 16th of July, 1636."
IX. 31. Order of the privy Council upon the petition of the
Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council for the confirmation of
their Charter, with the answer of the King to the effect that, if they
sent their Charter to the Attorney-General for his perusal, His
Majesty would not only renew the same, but would make such further
additions (if desired) as should be found fit and necessary.
Signed, G. Lane.
IX. 45. Letter from the King to the Lord Mayor and the Commissioners appointed under the Great Seal for regulating the Corporation of the City, referring to his declaration upon the renewal of
of their Charter, that he would leave out the names of some of the
present aldermen, not exceeding five, whom he considered not fit for
that office in these seditious times, and would nominate others, who
had been previously chosen and fined for not serving the office, but
who he believed would serve upon his nomination; and as the Commissioners had removed Alderman Milner (fn. 4) and Alderman Love (fn. 5)
from the bench, he recommended Sir Thomas Rich, Bart., (fn. 6) and William
Turner, (fn. 7) Esq., persons of well-known fidelity, in their room, and that
they should take precedency as to their office as if they had not
gone out by fines, and that, when they served the office of Sheriff,
the fines formerly paid by them should be returned.
5th May, 1662.
IX. 46. Letter from Edward Nicholas, by command of the
King, to the Lord Mayor and the Commissioners, referring to the
above letter, and recommending Sir Thomas Bludworth, Knight, (fn. 8)
in the room of Alderman Love removed, &c.
16th June, 1662.