Foreign Bought And Sold.
I. 14. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor,
Aldermen, and Recorder, directing that certain bales of books
belonging to the Brickmans, (fn. 1) , and other foreign stationers, which had
been delivered to the carrier of Cambridge, to be conveyed to the
Universities there, and had been seized, upon the pretence that
the same were foreign bought and sold, and so forfeited by the
Charter of the City, should be given up to the said stationers, to be
conveyed to their destination. The Council had been creditably
informed that the like trade had been carried on for the space of
eighty years and upwards, and had never hitherto been hindered.
They desired, for their information, particulars of the City's right in
29th May, 1579.
I. 15. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lords of the Council,
in reply, disclaiming, on the part of the City and of the Wardens of
the Stationers' Company, that the books referred to had been
seized (fn. 2) by their cognizance or direction; certain mean men of
the Company, relying upon the liberties of the City and certain
Statutes, had made the seizure. Order had, however, been taken for
their restoration. The Stationers furthers said, that though it was
against the liberties of the City, yet in favour of learning and the
Universities they had never denied to any learned man or student or
others, to buy books of strangers for their use, whereby the Citizens
lost the retail. But this case of the Chapmen of Cambridge buying
their books of the Bricquemen and Frenchmen to sell again did not
benefit the students or the Universities, the same books being carried
by the Citizens to the Universities, and sold cheaper; it only profited
a few of the townsmen of Oxford and Cambridge. He begged that
the poor Stationers might be heard by the Council, and relieved.
The last day of May, 1579.
I. 29. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor
Aldermen, and Recorder, complaining of the seizure of books
intended for the Universities, and calling attention to the Order made
upon the same subject last year, and further directing that the said
books should be at once restored.
27th May, 1580.
I. 124. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Vice-Chancellor
and the heads of the University of Cambridge, respecting the
difference between the City and certain booksellers of Cambridge,
and stating that Mr. Norton had been appointed by the City to treat
with them touching the whole matter.
7th August, 1580.
II. 125. Letter from the Vice-Chancellor, John Hatcher, (fn. 3) to the
Lord Mayor and Aldermen, in reply, expressing an anxious desire
that a conference might be had, and a settlement made of the matter.
9th September, 1580.
II. 247. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Treasurer (the
Earl of Dorset), acknowledging the receipt of his letter requesting
information concerning certain strangers' goods seized upon as foreign
bought and foreign sold, and informing him that, after calling before
him the complainants, he was of opinion that the poor man (fn. 4) had
been drawn into the transaction. He recommended that no further
steps should be taken.
20th October, 1604.