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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. 236. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Lord Cobham, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, thanking him for his good offices, and stating that the bearer (of the letter) had been appointed to repair to the places convenient to understand the truth of such things as should be done or attempted, and from time to time inform his Lordship, in order that he might give orders for redress, or further inform Her Majesty, or her Council, as might seem to him most expedient.
27th July, 1581.

IV. 17. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor (Sir John Jolles, (fn. 1) Knight), Sir Thomas Lowe, (fn. 2) Sir William Craven, (fn. 3) and Sir John Swynnerton, (fn. 4) Knights and Aldermen, or any three of them, whereof the Lord Mayor to be one, forwarding a Petition received from the Widow of George Smithes, (fn. 5) late an Alderman, complaining of dishonest and unnatural dealing practised towards her by one Sewster, her son-in-law, with reference to a marriage intended between herself and Sir Arthur Savage, Knight, and requesting them to call the parties before them, and certify the facts to the Council.
6th February, 1615.

The Petition of Sarah Smithes, Widow, late wife of George Smithes, Alderman, of London, deceased, is then given at length. The chief ground of complaint appears to have been, that Edward Sewster, her son-in-law, with whom she resided, having induced Sir Arthur Savage, Knight, to become suitor in marriage to her, and finding that he was received with some favour, had procured from him a bond for payment of 1,000l. shortly after the marriage, and having got the bond from him, had afterwards induced the Petitioner to give his wife and himself many things of value.

IV. 18. Letter from the Lord Mayor and Aldermen above mentioned to the Lords of the Council, certifying that they had heard the parties, and were of opinion that the 1,000l. was freely promised by Sir Arthur Savage, and accepted by Sewster, to further him in the marriage; as to the lawfulness or convenience of such kind of contracts, they referred the matter to the consideration of the Council.
10th February, 1615.

V. 15. Letter from the Duke of Lenox to the Lord Mayor, recommending to his notice the bearer, William Gosling, professing knowledge of many excellent Inventions and Engines, useful and necessary, as he said, for the City.
Whitehall, 18th February, 1618.

VI. 8. Letter from the King to the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen, stating that it appeard to him they owed to Alderman Rotheram, (fn. 6) deceased, the sum of 1,500l., which belonged to his servant, Sir Anthony Pell, (fn. 7) Knight, by his marriage with the widow. His Majesty had been moved to request that the same might be paid to Sir Anthony, notwithstanding that they might, until His Majesty further assisted them, avoid payment. If they would pay it without further trouble, he would take it kindly, and it should not be a precedent for any other like payment.
Newmarket, 25th March, 21 James I. (1623).

VI. 21. Letter from Richard Cheney (fn. 8) to the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen, stating that he had already acknowledged with thankfulness the favour they had shown him (well weighing his imbecility both personally and pecuniarily). Since, however, the Common Council had imposed upon him the erection of a Statue, he begged his charge might be disbursed in erecting that of King Edward the Sixth, and that underneath it might be specified at whose charge it was erected. To his request (having regard to his former fine) he expected no opposition. (Circa 1623–4.)

VI. 44. Memorandum of the several things given in charge by His Majesty to the Lord Mayor, on Trinity Sunday, 1624:—
"The Catechising upon Saboth dayes at afternoone."
"The Quest betwene ye Potticaries and Grocers."
"The multitude of Beggers."
"The Gouldsmiths' Rowe in Cheapside, to be reformed before Midsommer."
"The clensing ye River of Thames."
"The repayre of Powles."

VIII. 127. Letter from W.N.M. to, forwarding a gratuity, as a remembrance of due thankfulness for his honourable favour.
(Circa 1634.)

IX. 6. Letter from William Morrice, by command of the King, to Sir Thomas Aleyn, Knight and Bart., Lord Mayor, informing him that Winceslaus Hollar (fn. 9) had taken great pains in designing and cutting in copper a large Map of the City of London and the Suburbs, which work remained incomplete on account of the expenses necessary, and recommending the Court of Aldermen and other welldisposed persons in the City, to assist him in the work.
4th September, 1660.


  • 1. Draper. From Stratford-le-Bow, Middlesex, where he founded a school in 1620. Elected Alderman of Tower, June 11th, 1605; chosen Sheriff, June 24th, 1605; Knighted at Greenwich, July 23rd, 1606; Lord Mayor, 1615. Alderman Bennet elected Alderman of Tower, loco Jolles, deceased, June 12, 1621. The pageant performed at the expense of his Company in 1615, entitled "Metropolis Coronata"; the Triumphs of Ancient Drapery, was written by Anthony Munday. A copy is preserved in the Library of the Corporation.
  • 2. Haberdasher. Elected Alderman of Billingsgate, February 19th, 1593; chosen Sheriff, June 24th, 1595; Knighted at Whitehall, July 26th, 1603; Lord Mayor, 1604; removed to Broad Street, February 7th, 1608; M.P. for London in 1614 and 1621; President of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, 1609–23; died, April 11th, 1623, buried at St. Peter-le-Poer, where a monument to his memory is still preserved.
  • 3. Merchant Taylor. Elected Alderman of Bishopsgate, April 2nd, 1600; chosen Sheriff, February 14th, 1601; removed to Cordwainer, May 18th, 1602; Knighted at Whitehall, July 26th, 1603; Lord Mayor, 1610; removed to Lime Street, January 15th, 1611. Cockayne elected Alderman of Lime Street, loco Craven, deceased, September, 24th, 1618. He was born at Appletreewick, in Burnsale Parish, Craven, Yorkshire, of poor parents, who sent him to London by the common carrier (see Whitaker's 'History of Craven,' edit. 1812, p. 437). He subsequently attained to great wealth and eminence, and married Elizabeth, the third sister of Aldermen Sir William and Sir George. Whitemore, who were his executors. For his will, see Stow, edit. 1720. Book II., pp. 68–9. His eldest son, William, was one of the most distinguished soldiers of his time, having been created Baron Craven, of Hamsted Marshall, Berks, and subsequently Earl of Craven. This nobleman is said to have been privately married to the beautiful Queen of Bohemia, sister of King Charles the First, after her return, in widowhood, to her native country. The Alderman was President of Christ's Hospital from 1610 to 1618. He was buried at St. Andrew's Undershaft, in which parish he resided. He endowed a grammar school in his native village of Burnsale, repaired and restored the church there, and built four bridges in the neighbourhood. For his other numerous charities, see his will, as given in Stow, and also Clode's 'Memorials of the Merchant Taylors' Company,' p. 304.
  • 4. Merchant Taylor. Elected Alderman of Cripplegate, June 22nd, 1602; chosen Sheriff, June 24th, 1602; Knighted at Whitehall, July 26th, 1603; Lord Mayor, 1612. Halliday elected Alderman of Cripplegate, loco Swinnerton, deceased, February 19th, 1617. He was buried at St. Mary, Aldermanbury, in which parish he resided, December 10th, 1616. His father, Mr. John Swinnerton, was also buried there. He left a rent charge arising out of an estate near Colchester, Essex, to the parish of St. Alphage, Cripplegate, to be distributed to the poor in bread. He served the office of Master of his Company when they entertained James the First and his Queen, at a cost to the Company of 1,061l. 5s. 1d. See 'History of the Company,' p. 181. It was for this entertainment Dr. John Bull wrote the National Anthem ("God save the King"), July 16th, 1607. The pageant, entitled "Troia Nova Triumphans," written by Thomas Dekker, was performed on his accession to office as Lord Mayor, on which occasion he entertained the Count Palatine, afterwards husband of the Princess Elizabeth, daughter of James the First, and presented him, in the name of the City, with "a bason and ewer, gilt, weighing 234 oz. 3 grs.; one pair of dansk Potts, chased and cheseld, weighing 513½ oz. ½ gr., having the armes of the City and the wordes Civitas London engraved thereon in divers places." The pageant performed at the opening of the New River during his mayoralty was written by T. M. (Thomas Middleton), and referred to the great work then just completed, the New River, or as it is called, "The Running Streame, from Amwell Head into the Cesterne neere Islington." A copy of the pageant is to be found in the Library of the Corporation.
  • 5. Goldsmith. Chosen Alderman of Bridge Within, April 30th, 1611; Sheriff, 1611. William Gore elected Alderman, loco Smithes, deceased, July 27th, 1614.
  • 6. Draper. Elected Alderman of Bread Street, December 3rd, 1611; chosen Sheriff, June 24th, 1612. Edward Allen elected, loco Rotheram, November 7th, 1620. Buried at St. Mary, Aldermanbury, November 2nd, 1620.
  • 7. Knighted at Greenwich, May 24th, 1608.
  • 8. A member of the Goldsmiths' Company, and a Goldsmith. A warrant to him for 1,000l. in part payment for certain jewels and pearls, &c., with interest thereon, July 28th, 1608, will be found in the 'Calendar of State Papers (Domestic),' 1603–1610, p. 449. By his will be left property, in the parish of West Ham, to the Churchwardens, &c., of St. Mary Woolnoth, for the payment of annuities to four poor men or women of each of the parishes of St. Mary Woolnoth; St. Olave, Hart Street; Shorne, Kent; and Hackney, Middlesex, and to the Goldsmiths' Company 4l. per annum, to be paid to four poor men, members of the Company, who had been housekeepers in Lombard Street.
  • 9. The celebrated engraver. Born at Prague, in 1607; came to England with the Earl of Arundel, in 1636; was appointed, in 1640, Drawing Master to the Prince of Wales and Duke of York; was taken prisoner at the siege of Basing House, but escaped to Antwerp; returned to England in 1652. Was the author of several views of London, in which the Corporation assisted him by grants of money. He died in great poverty, March 28th, 1677.