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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. 61. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor, commending him for causing to be amended the size and weight of bread; directing his attention to the high price charged by the Beer-brewers for their beer, and requesting him to call before him the Wardens and Officers of the Beer-brewers, (fn. 1) and to ascertain from them what reduction could be made in the price of beer.
Dated from Newhall, (fn. 2) 16th September, 1579.

I. 118. Letter from Robert, Earl of Leicester, (fn. 3) to the Lord Mayor on behalf of Humfry Nichols, a Brown Baker, who had been directed to leave off the baking of twopenny loaves of wheaten bread, pending the dispute between the White and Brown Bakers (fn. 4) : and requesting that he might be allowed to continue his baking until the dispute between the Companies had been determined, otherwise, having some store of corn provided to carry on his trade, he would suffer great loss.
30th July, 1580.

I. 119. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Earl of Leicester, in reply, stating that the whole question had been referred to certain Aldermen to inquire into and report. The Courts having broken up for a time, he had not been able to make his Lordship's request known to them.
2nd August, 1580.

I. 199. Letter from William Lord Burghley (fn. 5) to the Lord Mayor, stating that he had been entreated by Lord Dudley (fn. 6) to intercede on behalf of the servant of one Sutton, a baker in Westminster, committed for selling bread under size, and requesting that, as the bread was made for Lord Dudley's household, and not for sale, he might be released from confinement.
1st May, 1581.

I. 636. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord High Treasurer concerning the Assize of Bread, (fn. 7) which had been fixed at 22 ounces the penny wheaten loaf, and the three-halfpenny white loaf, which he had lately charged the bakers to increase to 24 ounces. They had alleged that the assize within the City exceeded that without by two ounces per loaf, which he had found to be true; whereupon he had determined to tolerate them for a while at the rate of 22 ounces, intending in the mean time to make trial whether a larger assize might be afforded by them.
16th February, 1592.

I. 645. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Treasurer (similar in effect to No. 636.)
2nd March, 1592.


  • 1. Vide "Provisions," Vol. I., No. 75.
  • 2. Probably New Hall, near Chelmsford, Essex, purchased by Henry the Eighth, in 1517, and given by Elizabeth to Thomas Ratcliffe, Earl of Sussex, for his great services in Scotland and Ireland, May 18th, 1573.
  • 3. The favourite of Queen Elizabeth, fifth Son of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, and Brother of Lord Guildford Dudley, Husband of Lady Jane Grey. He was indicted as Lord Robert Dudley for high treason, and tried at the Guildhall, 1554, and was sentenced to death, but subsequently pardoned. Created Earl of Leicester, 1564. Died 4th September, 1588.
  • 4. See note to "Companies." Letter 270, Vol. I,
  • 5. The great Minister of Queen Elizabeth, created Baron Burghley, K.G., February 25th, 1571; Lord High Treasurer, 1572; died August 4th, 1598.
  • 6. Edward Sutton, eighth Baron Dudley; succeeded to the title, 1553; died 1586.
  • 7. The custom of setting the Assize of Bread is set out in 'Liber Albus': see English Translation, p. 302 et seq.; see also Stow, edit. 1720, book iv., p. 336 et seq.