I. 72. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lords of the Council,
acknowledging the receipt of their Letter requiring the Citizens to
provide a perpetual maintenance for the School lately erected at
Barnet. (fn. 1) When the beginner of the School obtained leave to
make a collection in the City for the building, he promised that
the Citizens should never be further charged or troubled about
that school, through which promise the Citizens had been induced to
give liberally. Besides the large number of scholars that were
provided for in the Universities, both by the Companies and by
particular Citizens, they likewise maintained sundry free scholars at
great charge. They had also contributed liberally to the collections for repairing of Havens, loans for Jernemothe, gatherings for
the building of the great Church of Bath, provisions of grain, &c.
He believed that, if the promise made to the Citizens in this
matter were broken, it would hinder the beginning of other good
works for the future.
Sans date (circa 1579–80).
III. 9. Letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury (Abbott), to
the Lord Mayor and Aldermen, forwarding the Petition of Thomas
Beacon, and requesting that if he was molested only for teaching to
write and read according to the tenour of his License, they would give
order that he should be no more troubled, but that (being a very poor
man, and having a great charge of children on his hands), he might
persevere in his vocation quietly and peaceably.
Dated Lambeth, 22nd April, 1611.
Note in Margin. To this a verbal answer was made that the
sufferance of Beacon was a breach of the freedom, and that Beacon
was repined at by freemen, who had been bound apprentices, exercising
the same quality; upon whose complaint he was restrained, wherewith
his Grace rested satisfied.
||Queen Elizabeth gave a house in this parish, with a garden, for a free school. The
management was by Charter dated March 24th, 1573, vested in twenty-four Governors,
Several citizens of London, were of that body. See an Account of the School by the
Rev. F.C. Cass, M.A., in the "Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archæological
Society,' vol. v., page 1.