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Analytical Index to the Series of Records Known as the Remembrancia 1579-1664. Originally published by EJ Francis, London, 1878.

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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.


  • 1. 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.