The Inhabitants of London in 1638. Originally published by Society of Genealogists, London, 1931.
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TRINITY THE LESS.
MS. p. 313.
An account of the rents of the several houses situate in the parish of Trinity the Less in London, of the tithes and all other the profits of the Rectory there; made and returned according to order given the 21st of May, 1638.
Upon Wednesday the 2nd of May there was a warrant sent downe from the King's most excellent majesty, divers Lords and others of the most honble privy counsell to value the dwelling houses there and return certificate of the true estate of that parsonage. Upon Monday the 7th of May there was a meeting of the parishioners for another occasion, when I shewed my neighbours the warrant and desired their aid and assistance in this intricate work: my answer was from them they had no order for it: since when I had no conference with them, neither did they shew any readiness to yoke with me: whereby I am constrained alone to set to the work which I neither well understand nor have any great will to meddle in; knowing their return and mine will be of vast difference, I shall be charged with unconscionable dealing, which imputation I am not content to endure because I am unwilling to deserve it.
The parish is not a place of trading, few shopkeepers in it, most of the inhabitants make no shew outward but use their employments inward It stands in several wards and is inhabited as followeth:
I have not set down any particular in this certificate but as it hath been, is, or now may be let, with advantage. I perceive the citizens purpose to run so low that if the ministers look not about, their reports will make us worse than we were before. His most excellent Majestie hath the matter wholly and humbly submitted unto him; howsoever it speed with my personal profit I would be loath to wrong the place or my successors.
Rector of Trinity the less