Calendar of Close Rolls, Henry V: Volume 1, 1413-1419. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1929.
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|John Thoresby of Lincolnshire to Nicholas Wymbyssh clerk and John his brother. Recognisance for 20 marks, to be levied etc. in Lincolnshire.|
|To the mayor and bailiffs of the city of Coventre. Strict order to cause proclamation to be made, that none shall at their peril make unlawful assemblies within the priory of Coventre, the houses of the friars there or elsewhere contrary to the laws and customs of the realm, nor there nominate, elect or appoint masters, clerks or officers whatsoever, and order to arrest and put in safe custody all whom after that proclamation they may find doing or attempting aught contrary thereto until they shall have the king's command for their deliverance, certifying under seal of the mayor the names of the principals who shall make such assemblies and do other mischief after the proclamation, that by advice of the council the king may take order for their punishment, and to avoid the hurt and peril which is like to happen; as by report of credible persons it is shewn the king that a number of young men of that city, servants of tailors and other craftsmen, and labourers travailing for daily wages called 'journemen,' have assembled and confederated together, and are making such assemblies within the priory and the houses of the friars, purposing to make a fraternity, to name it the fraternity of St. Anne, to support the same by set contributions among them made, to the end that every one shall bear aid to another and maintain another's quarrel, and to have a great number of men ever ready in haste to fulfil their heady (fn. 1) wills, and are minded to elect and nominate masters, clerks and other officers and ministers within the city which, if suffered, would tend not only to contempt and prejudice of the king but to impair and it is like to ruin the fraternity of the Trinity and Corpus Christi therein, and to the disturbance of the commonalty of the city; and the king is aware that the said fraternity is founded of old time, and his will is therefore to make provision against such mischief, especially inasmuch as he is a brother thereof. By K.|