Merchant Strangers

Pages 209-210

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

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Merchant Strangers.

IV. 38. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Chancellor, stating that, upon receipt of a Petition inclosed, importing a grant by His Majesty to one Wolfen, a stranger, to have the making of twenty denizens, provided none of them were merchants, the Lord Mayor had felt it his duty to remind him that the Citizens had petitioned the Privy Council, and had forwarded a certificate of their just grievance sustained by the sufferance of strangers. The Council had promised that the King should be made acquainted therewith, but they had not yet taken any steps in the matter. He therefore was constrained to appeal to the Lord Chancellor to make stay of the said denizens, till His Majesty should be made acquainted with the City's grievances depending before the Privy Council. (Circa 1616.)

VII. 151. Letter from the King to the Lord Mayor, stating that, being purposed to advise of some such course for the regulating of Merchants Strangers as should be agreeable to justice and the practice of former times, he had appointed Oliver St. John, (fn. 1) Esq., to peruse the records of the City and other places thereon, and requiring that directions might be given that he might be shown such records, and take copies of such as he should think necessary.
13th August, 1635.

VIII. 166. Same as No. 151, Vol. VII.
13th August, 1635.


  • 1. Of Lincoln's Inn; called to the Bar, June 22nd, 1626. He was connected by marriage with the Cromwell family; M.P. for Totness, 1640; Chairman of the Committee of the House upon Ship-money; Solicitor-General, January 29th, 1641; appointment revoked, October 30th, 1643; appointed by Parliament Chief Justice of Common Pleas, October 12th, 1648; sent as Ambassador to the Dutch, March, 1651; died in exile, December 31, 1673.