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. 519. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor
and Aldermen, stating that certain poor Companies, both within and
without the City, had lately exhibited a supplication to the Council,
complaining of sundry disorders and inconveniences which had arisen
within the City and in other parts of the realm, through, as they alleged,
a remiss and negligent execution of the laws established for the maintenance of Archery, and the debarring of unlawful games, which had
led to lewd and evil expenses on the one hand, and to the impoverishment of many poor artificers on the other; and directing that the
Court of Aldermen should forthwith take order that the statutes and
orders which had been established for the maintenance of archery, (fn. 1)
should be duly put in execution for the common good, and that
orders should be given to all constables, and other inferior officers
within the liberties, to see the same executed and practised from time
30th June, 1583.
I. 520. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lords of the Council,
acknowledging the receipt of the foregoing letter, and stating that the
Court of Aldermen would call before them the wardens of the poor
Companies concerned, and use their advice and diligence to carry out
the laws and orders for the benefit of the youths of the City; and also
asserting the cause of the decay to be principally through the holding
of such spectacles as bear-baiting, unchaste interludes and bargains of
incontinence, thereby withdrawing the people from the service of God,
and drawing God's wrath upon this City, as had been shown in the
late dreadful judgment at Paris Gardens (fn. 2) : for remedy of these
abuses within the City, every care would be taken; also recommending
the Council to request the justices of the counties to put in execution
like orders for the prevention of the abuses practised therein.
3rd July, 1583.
II. 249. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Treasurer, (fn. 3)
inclosing a petition from the Bowyers and Fletchers, and other poor
Companies belonging to Archery, complaining of the disorders and
abuses daily committed against their trade, and the good order of the
City, through the practice of unlawful games in common bowlingalleys by reason of the Letters Patent obtained from His Majesty by
Mr. Cornwallis, under false pretences for maintaining the exercise of
shooting, and praying that a renewal of the licence might not be
6th December, 1604.
VI. 143. Petition of the Longbow-makers of the City of London
to the Lords of the Council, reciting that the late King (James I.) had
incorporated them under the Great Seal, and that their incorporation
contained a clause commanding that the exercise of the Long-bow
should be brought into use according to the Statute in that behalf, of
which grant they had not yet received any benefit, but daily declined,
so that there were not above four of them left, and they were unable
to take apprentices, whereby the mystery of making Long-bows was
likely to be utterly forgotten in this kingdom. They had petitioned
the Court of Aldermen that the said grant might be put in execution; and the Court had thereupon agreed upon certain orders which
were annexed, tending to the advancement of the Company and the
general good of the Commonwealth, and praying the Council to ratify
the said orders, and direct the Lord Mayor to put them in practice.
Dated in margin, February, 1627.
VI. 147. Extract from Proceedings of the Court of Aldermen,
with Report from a Committee appointed to consider the grievances
alleged in the petition of the Bowyers' Company, stating that they
had conferred with divers principal Archers now left in the City, and
having heard them as to the ancient use and custom, they recommended:—That the City should be divided into four parts or
regiments, viz., North, East, West, and South. At the request of the
Committee. Alderman Hodges (fn. 4) had consented to be Colonel, and the
under-mentioned gentlemen to be Captains, viz., Mr. Nicholas Ascough,
Mr. Thomas Wood, Mr. William Hodges, and Mr. Rowland Wilson. (fn. 5)
The Captains should furnish their regiments with as many
voluntaries as possible, able to use the long bow, and in the event of
a want of voluntaries, should furnish themselves with inhabitants,
within the said parts of the City, who should provide themselves with
long bows, quivers of arrows, and other necessaries for Archery,
according to law. That the officers and constables of every parish
should, according to the Statute 33rd Henry VIII., put in execution
certain branches of that Statute made for the maintenance of Archery,
and for the punishment of persons using unlawful games. It was
also desirable that the Lord Mayor should issue a precept to the
Aldermen of the several Wards commanding the constables and
beadles to provide and furnish the inhabitants and their apprentices
with bows and arrows, according to the said Statute. That each
Captain should once a year lead out his regiment into the field
to practise, when four prizes should be shot for, for the encouragement
of Archers—the first prize 20s., the second 15s., the third 10s., and the
fourth 6s. 8d., to be forthwith paid to the winners out of the Chamber.
That all bowling-alleys and other unlawful games should be suppressed. That the four captains should find and provide an "Ancient
of taffatie in colour" (fn. 6) for their officers; and that an allowance out
of the Chamber should be paid to the Lieutenant, Drum, and
Serjeant. That the Lord Mayor should issue a Proclamation requiring
the citizens to furnish themselves, their apprentices and servants, with
long bows and quivers of arrows, and that the constables of the several
precincts should do their duty in putting the laws made to that effect
into execution. Order of the Court of Aldermen thereon approving
of the recommendations, and directing the expenses of the first year
to be borne by the City; and that before any further steps were taken,
the Privy Council should be informed of their proceedings.
30th August, 1627.