XXIX. PRECEPT TO ATTEND UPON THE QUEEN ON MAY DAY, 1572.
March 24th, 1571.
ATTENDANCE UPON THE QUEEN ON MAY DAY, IN MILITARY
We straightly charge you and comande on our Soveraigne
Lady the Queen's Maties behalf that immediately upon the
receipt hereof wth all diligence and spede, all excuses set aparte,
you do appoynt, nominate and assigne 188 good, tall, clenly
and of the best picked p'sones of yo' saide Company, wch shall
in theire owne p'sons or by other mete and apte p'sones for
them, at theire costs and charges use and beare armes, only for
a shewe to be made before the Queenes Matie. upon Maye Daye
next cominge whereof 58 to be wth Callivers and shot furnished
wth Morrains and other necessaries, 94 to be armed in fayer
Corsletts wth Pikes, and 36 to be armed in fayer corsletts and Bills
wth Halberds, wch p'sones wth their several armourers ye shall
cause to be in p'fecte redyness, and to come and shewe themselves upon Thursdaye nexte which shalbe the 27th daye of
this Marche at 8 of the clocke in the forenoone at the Artillery
Yarde without Bishopsgate of London, there to receve such
further order as shalbe to them p'scribed, and that you have
then and there names and surnames in a Booke faire written,
every man as he is apoynted to s've, and one or two discrete
p'sones of yo' said Company to conduct them thither, and to
receive and understande what shalbe unto them further sayd;
In that behalfe fayl ye not hereof as you will answere to the
contrary at yo' uttermost p'ill. Geven at the Guildehall this
24th of Marche 1571.
Postscript. You shall have upon Thursday nexte at the
tyme and place appoynted but only yo' Cullivers wth theire
furniture, and the others ye shall put and have in a readiness
furnyshed accordyng to the tenor of this Precept, ready to
s'rve when they shalbe called for at one houres warninge.
Item. The Wardens Substitute be appoynted to warne all
horse soldiers of the yeomanrie of this Company to appere here
before the Maister and Wardens of this Mistery, tomorrowe
being the 26th daye of M'che, Ao 1572, at 6 of the clocke in
the morning, that they may better take orders for the ffurniture
of men and armo' accordinge to the saide P'ecept.
Item, Ffor the ffurniture of this Mistery wth armo' it is
decreed that John Du Boys shall s've unto this Howse 80
pikes, and that he shall have for the same pikes after 2s. 6d.
the pece, wch amounteth, soma 10l.
Item, Mr. Robt. Hulson, Mr. Wm. Kimpton, and Nicholas
Spencer are apoynted to assiste the Maister and Wardens to
apoynte suche men tomorrowe as to theire wisdomes shall be
thought mete for the service of the Prynce accordyng to the
Item, Wm. Merrick and Thos. Wilford are apoynted, together
wth the Wardens of this Mistery, to p'vide for this Howse one
hundreth pownds waight of gone-powdere. And, moreover,
24 morians, 34 halberts, and 34 callyv's, with theire furniture
accordingly, wth as moche expedic[i]on as may be possibly as
tyme nowe seemeth to requyre.
Wheuppon they the said Maister and Wardens, with the
Assistants aforesaid, accordinge to the tenor of the foresaid
Precept, have apoynted these p'sones, whose names and surnames hereafter folowith, to be ready to prove accordingly in
suche place as also hereafter is mentioned and expressed
And here it is to be noted that for the more readier and better
passinge in the lyke affaires, it shalbe good upon suche occasion
to peruse the book of the last scruteny, whereby it may be well
understoode what nombre of men ev'ry Company hathe as well
of fforeners as 'prentizes, that where most and best be, there
they may be apoynted, and the poor Brethren spared wch now
was not observed for lack of president or other goode addresse.
The list of names amount to 187.