Folios xi - xx
Aug 1353 -

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'Folios xi - xx: Aug 1353 -', Calendar of letter-books of the city of London: G: 1352-1374 (1905), pp. 13-25. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=33492 Date accessed: 22 October 2014.


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Folio xi.

Custodia Johanne fil' Ric'i de Duddelie, setter' etc.

Saturday after the Feast of Assumption B. M. [15 Aug.], 27 Edward III. [A.D. 1353], the guardianship of Johanna, daughter of Richard de Duddelee, "settere," aged eleven years, committed by Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, Roger de Depham, John de Stodeye, John Pecche, William de Welde, and Simon de Worstede, Aldermen, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, to Ralph de Beseville and Johanna his wife, late wife of the said Richard de "Duddolee." Sureties, viz., William de St. Alban, "chaundeler," William atte Dyk, "draper," William Spark, "armurer," and Richard de Cavendisshe, "draper."

Br'e quod omnes Naves sint parate ad portum de Chalcheford ad transfretand' versus partes Vascon'.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation that all vessels from the Port of London about to proceed to Gascony for the wine season assemble at the Port of Chalcheford (fn. 1) to meet a convoy, and that the masters of such vessels take their orders from Robert de Leddrede and William Walkelate, the King's Serjeants-at-arms. Witness the King at Wodestok, 18 Aug., 27 Edward III. [A.D. 1353]. (fn. 2)

The above writ remains in the possession of John de Stodey.

Fullones et Tinctores Jur'.

Friday before the Feast of the Nativity B. M. [8 Sept.], 27 Edward III. [A.D. 1353], the following were elected by free Fullers and Dyers of the City, with the assent of the Mayor and Aldermen, to see that no one took more for his labour than he was accustomed to take before the Pestilence, viz., Geoffrey de Lyndeseye, Thomas de Thoresby, Nicholas Kene, Richard de Stanford, Simon Posse, and Philip (le) Sergeant, and they were all sworn except the last mentioned.

Jur'.

Wednesday after the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], the same year, the above Philip Sergeant was sworn before the Mayor and Aldermen, and Richard Baudone and Thomas de Suttone, fullers, were elected assistants to the above Geoffrey de Lyndesey and the others.

Folio xi b.

Eleccio Abrocar' mester' allutar'.

jur'.

Wednesday after the Feast of St. Matthew [21 Sept.], 27 Edward III. [A.D. 1353], William de Bristoll, John de Crepulgate, William de Whetele, Benedict de Walkelyn, William de Okeham, and John de Abyndone, cordwainers, for themselves and for the men of their mistery, elected Peter Prikafold, cordwainer, to be broker of their mistery, and the said Peter was sworn before Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, and the Aldermen, &c.

Billa missa d'no Regi et consilio pro co'itate London'.

The Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City to the King and his Council, reciting that whereas in the Great Charter of liberties of England the City of London was to enjoy its franchises and free customs undiminished, and the said City had so enjoyed them until the passing of a Statute at York in the ninth year of his reign, (fn. 3) which was renewed by a Parliament at Westminster in the twenty-fifth year, (fn. 4) so that merchant strangers were placed on the same footing as merchant denizens, contrary to the City's franchise; and whereas on the petition of the "commune" of the City the King had granted a charter, since the Statute made at York, allowing the City its franchises, (fn. 5) they pray the King and his Council that they may have their franchises notwithstanding the Statute made at York, as they would not be to the detriment of the King or lords. [No date].

Custodia Rob'ti filii Will'mi fratris Hugonis de Robury cirotecarii.

Friday before the Feast of St. Martin [11 Nov.], 27 Edward III. [A.D. 1353], Symon Seman, "tannere," brought into the Chamber of the Guildhall before Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, Roger de Depham, Alderman, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, the will of Hugh de Robury, glover, proved and enrolled in the Husting for Common Pleas held on Monday after the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 24 Edward III. [A.D. 1350-1], (fn. 6) whereby the said Hugh made certain bequests to William his brother and his children, if any. Evidence having been brought showing that the said William and all his children except one, viz., Robert, aged thirteen, were dead, the guardianship of the said Robert was committed the same day to Alban de Appelby, "haberdasshere," he finding sureties, viz., Robert Lyghtfot, "pursere," and Roger de Clendon, "haberdasshere."

Folio xii.

Carta Joh'is de Beverlaco Braeler per Maior' et Alderm' et co'itat'.

Vacat.

Grant by Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and rest of the citizens to John de Beverley, "Brayeler," of a parcel of land near the church of St. Botolph without Bysshopesgate for life, at an annual rent of 12d. Dated in the Chamber of the Guildhall, 13 Nov., 27 Edward III. [A.D. 1353].

Telar' jur'.

Monday after the Feast of St. Edmund, Abp. [16 Nov.], 27 Edward III. [A.D. 1353], Richard Cook, "webbe," and John Dyne, "webbe," weavers of London, elected Bailiffs of the Weavers before Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, and the Aldermen.

The same day Giles Ripegarst and Peter atte Broke, weavers of Flanders, were elected Bailiffs of the Weavers of Flanders residing in the City.

Scriptum Rob'ti de Marny et Will'mi filii sui per Priorem et Conventum Hospital' beate Marie infra Crepulgate.

solu' ijs vjd.

Indenture of lease by John de Wyndelesore, Prior of the Hospital of St. Mary within Crepulgate called "Elysyngge Spitele," (fn. 7) and convent of the same, to Sir Robert de Marny, Knt., and William his son of a tenement, &c., formerly belonging to William de Elsyngge in the parish of St. Benedict at "Baynardes castel," (fn. 8) and situate near the tenement of Thomas de Suttone. To hold the same for a term of twenty-one years at an annual rent of 40s. Witnesses, Henry Pikard, John de Stodeye, John Pecche, Thomas de Lincoln, Richard Lacer, John Costantyn, Stephen de Cavendisshe, and others [not named]. Dated 20 Sept., 27 Edward III. [A.D. 1353].

Folio xii b.

Br'e d'ni Regis pro Staput'.

Writ to the Sheriffs to proclaim and cause to be observed the ordinances of the Staple made in the last Council at Westminster, under penalty of £100. Witness the King at Westminster, 8 Nov., 27 Edward III. [A.D. 1353].

Return made to the above by John Little and William de Welde, Sheriffs, certifying that they had received the Rolls of the above ordinances under the Great Seal from John Mayn, one of the King's Serjeants-at-arms, on the evening of Monday the Feast of St. Martin [11 Nov.]; that they had caused the same to be proclaimed the next day, and had delivered them to John Wrothe, Mayor of the Staple of the lord the King at Westminster, for safe keeping.

Folio xii b-xv.

Statute of the Staple, 27 Edward III., A.D. 1353, appointing (inter alia) certain towns in England, Wales, and Ireland where the Staple shall be kept. (fn. 9)

Folio xv b.

Writ to the Sheriffs for proclamation of the enclosed ordinances made in the last Council held at Westminster. Witness the King at Westminster, 26 Nov., 27 Edward III. [A.D. 1353].

Here follows the first Statute of Præmunire (fn. 10) passed at the Council, declaring the forfeiture and outlawry of those who sued in foreign courts in matters cognizable in the King's courts; releasing forfeitures of cloth for not being of the proper assize; regulating the trade of wines of Gascony, &c.

Folio xvi.

Scriptum Will'i de Holebeche per Will'm de Welde.

sol' ijs. vjd.

Return to the above writ.

Lease by William de Welde, draper, to William de Holbeche, draper, of a certain messuage in the parish of St. Pancras which the lessor had by feoffment of Sir Robert de Herle, Knt., who had the same from the King. To hold the said messuage for one year from the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord [25 Dec.], 26 Edward III. [A.D. 1352].

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to summon Thomas de Harewold before them on some day before Christmas and examine him on oath before Otto de Holand as to the amount of money he had received from the said Otto of the debts of Richard Dammory, and when and how, &c., he had received it, and to make return of the same. Witness the King at Westminster, 6 Dec., 27 Edward III. [A.D. 1353].

Returnum.

Return made to the effect that on Saturday the Feast of St. Thomas, Ap. [21 Dec.], 27 Edward III. [A.D. 1353], the above Thomas "Harwold," being examined on oath, declared that he had received of the debts of Richard Dammory by the hands of the above Otto de Holand and William de Offewyk, the said Otto's attorney and deputy, at different times, the sum of £142 16s. 8d. and no more.

The above writ remains on the files of Pleas of Land, anno 27, because another writ came to the Mayor and Sheriffs to stay the inquiry, which writ is entered on another part of this folio and remains among the files of Pleas of Land, anno 27.

Folio xvi b.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to stay the above inquiry, inasmuch as it was the King's intention that the said Thomas should be examined before his Council and not elsewhere. Witness the King at Westminster, 23 Dec., 27 Edward III. [A.D. 1353].

Br'ia pro diliberacion de Neugate.

Letters patent appointing William de Shareshulle, Richard de Kelleshulle, Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, Henry Grene and William de Nottone, or any four, three, or two of them (the Mayor being one), to be commissioners for gaol delivery of Neugate. Witness the King at Westminster, 16 Jan., 27 Edward III. [A.D. 1353-4].

Writ to the Sheriffs notifying the above commission. Witness the King at Westminster, 16 Jan., 27 Edward III. [A.D. 1353-4].

The following acquittances were acknowledged before Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, Roger de Depham, Alderman, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, on Saturday after the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 27 Edward III. [A.D. 1353-4].

Acquielane' Simon' de Worstede per Joh'em de "Goggeshale" et Thomam Hamond.

A general acquittance granted by John de Coggeshale, corder, and Thomas Hamond, late apprentice of Simon de Worstede, mercer, son of Robert Hamond, called "Ropere," to the aforesaid Simon. Dated Saturday after the Feast of St. Hillary aforesaid.

Similar acquittance by the above Simon to the above John de Coggeshale and Thomas Hamond. Same date.

Folio xvii.

Custodia Thome fil' Rob'ti de Elsynge.

Wednesday after the Feast of Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan.], 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1353-4], it was agreed by Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, Symon Fraunceys, Richard Lacer, Thomas Leggy, John Lovekyn, Henry Pycard, Adam Brabazon, Symon Dolsely, Symon de Worstede, and Bartholomew de Frestlyng, Aldermen, and William de Welde and John Little, the Sheriffs, that a sum of money bequeathed by Robert de Elsynge to Thomas his son shall remain in the hands of John Edmond, mercer, until the said Thomas comes of age, allowance being made to Jordan de Elsynge, guardian of the said Thomas, for maintenance. Sureties, viz., Thomas Cheyner, mercer, William de Essex, mercer, Henry de Cove, mercer, William de Borewelle, mercer, and Adam de Wymondham, mercer.

Bred ni Regis de beregrinis.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation forbidding pilgrims to leave the realm without the King's special licence. Witness the King at Westminster, 10 Feb., 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1353-4]. (fn. 11)

L'ra missa D' no Pape per Adam Frauncevs Maiorem Aldermannos Vicecomites et totam co'itatem civitatis London' pro Cesario Ep'o b'e Marie de Rosis sub sigillo Maioratus.

Letter from Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, the Aldermen, Sheriffs, and whole Commonalty of the City, under the Mayoralty Seal, to the Pope, praying that some better bishopric may be conferred on "Cesarius," bishop of "Sancta Maria de Rosis," seeing that he cannot obtain a sufficient maintenance by reason of the poverty thereof; or that he may be allowed to accept some benefice of the value of £200 if such be offered. [No date]. (fn. 12)

Folio xvii b.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation that no Earl, Baron, Knight, or other man-at-arms or pilgrim leave the realm for foreign parts without the King's special licence. Witness the King at Westminster, 20 Feb., 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1353-4]. (fn. 13)

Custodia Joh'is Fabe filii Will'i Fabe.

Friday before the Feast of St. Gregory [12 March], 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1353-4], the guardianship of John Fabe, aged twelve, committed by Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, Roger de Depham, William de Welde, Symon de Worstede, and William de Todenham, Aldermen, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, to Avice, late wife and executrix of John atte Brome, tanner, together with certain sums of money left to the said John Fabe by the said John atte Brome and William Fabe his father. Sureties, viz., William de St. Alban, "chaundeler," William atte Wyle, taverner, Roger Costantyn, brewer, Walter de Wynthyngdone (?), brewer, and John Heynes, brewer.

Br'e d'ni Regis pro Rob'to de Manhale et pro Will'o de Sancto Albano.

Writ of certiorari to the Mayor and Chamberlain as to whether Robert de Manhale and William de St. Alban were in scot and geld (geldo (fn. 14) ) with the citizens and ought to enjoy the liberties and immunities of the City, and if so, as to the time of their admission. Witness the King at Westminster, 25 March, 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354].

Returnum.

Return made to the effect that the Rolls and Memoranda in the Chamber of the Guildhall having been searched, it was found that the above Robert had been admitted to the freedom of the City on the Feast of St. Alphege [19 April], 18 Edward II. [A.D. 1325], and the above William on Saturday the morrow of SS. Philip and James [1 May], 12 Edward III. [A.D. 1338], and that both of them were in scot and geld.

Folio xviii.

Br'e d'ni Regis pro parliamento.

Writ to the Sheriffs for the election of two citizens to attend a Parliament to be held at Westminster on Monday after the Feast of St. Mark [25 April]. (fn. 15) Witness the King at Westminster, 15 March, 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1353-4].

And be it known that on Monday the eve of the Annunciation B. M. [25 March], the year aforesaid, John de Stodeye and Thomas Dolsely were elected by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty to attend the aforesaid Parliament.

L'ra missa pro eodem parliamento.

Letter of Privy Seal declaring the King's writ that the same knights of shires and citizens who attended the last great Council at Westminster at Michaelmas, when the Staple was determined, should attend the Parliament summoned to meet at Westminster at the quinzaine of Easter. Dated at Westminster, 22 March.

Quod omnes panm ulnentur per ulnatorem d'ni R'.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation that no one sell cloth before it has been aulnaged by the King's Aulnager (fn. 16) and sealed with his seal. Witness the King at Westminster, 27 March, 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354]. (fn. 17)

Monday after the Feast of St. Matthias [24 Feb.], 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1353-4], an inquiry held on oath by the Prior of Hogges, (fn. 18) Master Paschal, Master Adam de la Poletrie, and Master David de Westmerland, surgeons, as to whether John le Spicer de Cornhulle had been guilty of negligence in treating a wound of Thomas de Shene. (fn. 19)

Folio xviii b.

Scriptum Joh'is de Lectone per Johannam que fuit filia Walt'i de Hamptone.

sol' ijs. vjd.

Quitclaim by Johanna, daughter of Walter de Hamptone, "skynnere," late citizen of Hereford, to John de Lectone, "tayllour," citizen of Hereford, of a certain messuage situate in "Seint Thomassestrete," Hereford, near the tenements of William de Pevereche, Ralph Don, and Roger le Leche. The Mayoralty seal appended in place of her own, the latter being unknown. Adam Fraunceys being Mayor, and John Litle and William de Welde, Sheriffs. Witnesses, John Wrothe, Richard de Croidone, Thomas Blod, citizens of London, Henry Cachepol, Thomas Ledebury, Walter de Bromyzord, William Gernoun, clerk, and John Bakere, clerk, of Hereford. Dated at London, Tuesday, 1 April, 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354].

Acknowledged by the above Johanna before Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, Roger de Depham, Alderman, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, on Thursday before the Feast of St. Ambrose [4 April], the same year.

Br'e d'ni Regis pro treugis.

Writ to the Sheriffs to proclaim a truce made with France until the 1st April next. Witness the King at Westminster, 16 May, 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354].

Br'e pro clavis servientium.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to the effect that whereas, for certain reasons, it had been ordained by the King and his Council in the present Parliament that no serjeants carrying maces in cities, boroughs, or other towns within the realm should thenceforth carry any maces of silver or gilt, on pain of forfeiture of the same and their offices, and imprisonment of their bodies at the King's will, excepting four serjeants, viz., two for the City of London and two for the City of York, and that all others should carry, by virtue of their office, maces of iron, brass, or tin, or staves tipped with latten, having the signs of their respective cities, boroughs, &c., sculptured on the top, and not the arms of the King, whilst the four exceptional serjeants shall also carry signs, viz., two of the City of London, and the other two of the City of York, and not the royal arms, and further that neither these four nor the rest of the serjeants should carry their maces anywhere outside the liberties of their respective places—the said Mayor and Sheriffs are hereby commanded to make proclamation that the aforesaid ordinances be duly observed. Witness the King at Westminster, 18 May, 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354]. (fn. 20)

Folio xix.

Custodia Salomonis filii Joh is Ingram et Matill' ux'is ejus.

Saturday before the Feast of St. Dunstan [19 May], 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354], the guardianship of Salamon, son of John Ingram and of Matilda his wife, aged seven years, committed by Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, Roger de Depham, Alderman, and Thomas de Waldene, the Chamberlain, to John de Waltham, fishmonger, and Cristina his wife, grandmother and next friend of the said Salamon, together with a brewery, &c., at the corner of Crokedlane in the parish of St. Margaret de Briggestrete. Sureties, viz., Robert Haunsard, fishmonger, John de Herlawe, residing at Grascherche, Thomas Gatyn, fishmonger, and John Lambyn, fishmonger.

At a congregation of the Mayor, Aldermen, Sheriffs, and an immense Commonalty of the City, on Saturday after the Feast of St. Dunstan [19 May], 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354], there being present Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, Symon Fraunceys, Richard Lacier, Thomas Leggy, John Lovekyn, Roger de Depham, William de Welde, Adam Brabazoun, Symon Dolsely, John de Gloucestre, John de Stodeye, John Pecche, Richard Berkyngge, William de Kaustone, Symon de Worstede, William de Todenham, Bartholomew Frestlynge, Adam de Bury, Ralph de Lenne, and Thomas Perle, Aldermen, and also the wiser and wealthier men of each Ward—it was ordained that thenceforth Aldermen and other citizens who should be summoned to the Guildhall for important business touching the Commonalty of the City and failed to appear there when the hour of Prime was sounded at St. Paul's should be amerced 2s. for the use of the Commonalty. (fn. 21)

Folio xix b.

Billa missa d'no R' et consilio suo per Maiorem Alderm' et co' itatem.

Petition from the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty to the King complaining of an infringement of the City's franchises by an ordinance to the effect that matters taking place in London should be tried by men of the shires (des foreins countez), and praying that no such ordinance might be put into execution They further pray that the King's Serjeants (vos seriantz (fn. 22) ) may carry their maces as of old accustomed, inasmuch as in the City there were men of all nations, and the more honourably the Serjeants and others of the City (les seriants et autres de vostre dite citee) are apparelled the greater honour they represent.

The above petition sent to the King and Council on Monday after the Feast of St. Dunstan [19 May], 28 Edw. III. [A.D. 1354].

The same day the above petition (billa) was read in the Chancery of the lord the King before the Council of the lord the King; and the Chancellor of the lord the King received from Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, and the Aldermen a writ (fn. 23) which had arrived touching the maces aforesaid, and there the said writ was left.

Deposicio no'is Rob'ti de Thame extra tabulam pendentem in Aula.

Writ of Privy Seal to the Mayor and Aldermen desiring the removal of the name of Robert de Thame, an offender, from a tablet set up in the Guildhall, and his restoration to the freedom of the City. Dated at Westminster, 17 June, 28 Edw III. [A.D. 1354]. (fn. 24)

The above writ delivered to Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, Roger de Depham, William de Welde, William de Todenham, Symon de Worstede, Symon Dolsely, Aldermen, and John Little, Sheriff, Wednesday after Feast of Nativity St. John Bapt. [24 June].

Eleccio Joh'is de Kaytone in servientem Camere.

At a congregation of the Mayor and Aldermen on Thursday after the Feast of the Translation of St. Thomas the Martyr [7 July], 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354], there being present Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, Roger de Depham, Henry Pykard, Symon Dolsely, William de Welde, John Pecche, Adam Bury, Symon de Worstede, and William de Todenham, Aldermen, John de Kaytone elected Serjeant of the Chamber and sworn, &c.

Folio xx.

Br'e d'ni R' contra Henr' Horn.

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs to make proclamation against any one furnishing Henry Horn, a disturber of the peace, with shelter, food, &c., under pain of imprisonment. Witness the King, 19 July, 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354].

Br'e d'ni Regis contraeundem.

Similar writ to the Sheriffs. Witness the King at Westminster, 23 July, 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354].

Folio xx b.

Scriptum Walt'i Parment' et Johanne ux'is sue per Adam Fraunceys.

Grant by Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and citizens to Walter Parmenter and Johanna his wife of a turret (turellam) on the south side of Algate, together with an enclosed garden, situate near tenements held by John Lucas and Richard Joye under the City. To hold the same for their several lives and one year beyond, at an annual rent of 2s. Dated Thursday after the Feast of the Conception B. M. [8 Dec.], 27 Edward III. [A.D. 1353].

Br'e d' ni R' adsigillandum quamdam l'ram de procuracia sigillo co'i civitatis.

Writ of Privy Seal to the Mayor, Aldermen, Sheriffs, and good folk of the City for putting the City's seal to certain letters of procuration to be sent to the Court of Rome, touching a truce with France. Dated at Clypstone, 28 Aug., 28 Edward III. [A.D. 1354].

Quedam l'ra de procuracia sigillo co'i signata.

Pursuant to the above writ, precept was issued to the Sheriffs to summon the Aldermen and the wiser, wealthier, and better class of each Ward to the Guildhall on Wednesday after the Feast of the Decollation of St. John Bapt. [29 Aug.] to consider the writ. On which day came Adam Fraunceys, the Mayor, William de Welde and John Little, Sheriffs, Symon Fraunceys, Roger de Depham, Henry Pykard, Symon de Worstede, Ralph de Lenne, and Bartholomew Frestlynge, Aldermen, and an immense Commonalty, and three letters of procuration were shown to them by a certain clerk of the Chancery—one purporting to come from the Mayor, Aldermen, Sheriffs, Bailiffs, Wardens, and Commonalties of London, York, Lincoln, Norwich, Northampton, Nottingham, "Lenne," Great Yarmouth, Cambridge, Huntingdon, and Kingston on "Hol"; another from London, Worcester, Hereford Gloucester, Exeter, Bristol, Salisbury, and Oxford; and a third from London, Winchester, Southampton, Chichester, Canterbury, Dover, Sandwich, and Winchelsea—nominating Richard de Wymondeswold, Richard de Drax, Thomas de Buktone, and Adam de Houtone, Professors of Civil Law, and John de Welwyk, one learned in the law, to be their proctors in the matter. (fn. 25)

Footnotes

1 Chalk (?), co. Kent.
2 Printed in Delpit's 'Collection Générale des Documents Français qui se trouvent en Angleterre,' p. 77.
3 'Stat. at Large' (ed. 1758), i. 226.
4 Id., i. 271. See 'Cal. Letter-Book F,' Introd., p. xxvii.
5 Dated at Westminster, 26 March, 11 Edward III. 'Cal. Letter-Book F,' p. 14.
6 See 'Cal. of Wills, Court of Husting,' i. 641-2.
7 Originally founded in Cripplegate Ward by William Elsing, mercer, as a hospital for the poor and blind, but afterwards converted into a priory or hospital for canons regular. See the will of William Elsing, proved and enrolled in the Husting in 1349 ('Cal. of Wills,' i. 562). Cf. 'Pleas and Memoranda, Roll A 5, membr. 8 dois and 10; Stow's 'Survey (Thoms s ed., 1876), p. 110.
8 St. Bennet, Paul's Wharf.
9 Vide supra, p. 8n.
10 Printed in 'Statutes at Laige,' i. 283-7, under the title of "A Statute of Provisors." It received parlia mentary sanction in 1354.
11 Rymer, 'Fœdera,' vol. iii. pt. i. p. 272.
12 Printed in 'Memorials,' p. 273. Also recorded in Roll of Letters. (See 'Cal. of Letters from the Mayor, &c., of London, A.D. 1350-1370,' p. 26.) In 1352 letters under the Common Seal of the City were issued, testifying that various important documents relating to his election and consecration as bishop (among them being a Bull of Pope Clement VI.) had been destroyed by fire through the negligence of his servant, who let fall a lighted candle during his master's absence on a pilgrimage to Rome, in the year of the last Jubilee, viz., 1350. There was a monastery dedicated to St. Mary de Rosis at Malines, but no See of that title. See Latrie's 'Trésor de Chronologie d'Histoire et de Géographie' (Paris, 1889), p. 1904.
13 Rymer, 'Fœdera,' vol. iii. pt. i. p. 272.
14 Lat. geldum or gelda, A. S. gild = a tax, impost. Hence "Guild," a fraternity whose members contributed to a common fund.
15 Sat from 28th April to 20th May. It confirmed the ordinances of the Council of 1353.
16 An officer whose duty it was to examine the assize of cloths, to affix seals thereto, and collect the aulnage, or duty per ell (ulna), granted to the sovereign on all cloths sold.
17 Printed in Rymer's 'Fœdera' (vol. iii. pt. i. p. 275), where the date given is the 23rd March.
18 Probably the monastery of St. Vaast la Hogue. That one in his position should be called upon to decide a question of surgery need not cause surprise, for most doctors of that time were of the clerical order. Chaucer's "Doctor of Physick" was doubtless a priest, although "his studie was but litel on the Bible."
19 'Memorials,' pp. 273-4.
20 By charter dated the 10th June, the same year, the Serjeants of the City of London were specially permitted to carry gold or silver or silvered maces, adorned with the royal arms or otherwise, within the City and liberties, and also without the same, whenever attending on the King or any of the royal family, in the same manner as the King's own Serjeant-at-arms, notwithstanding any order made to the contrary.
21 'Memorials,' p. 274.
22 Possibly a mistake for nos seriantz, i. e., the City's Serjeants.
23 Alluding, probably, to the writ recorded supra, pp. 21-2.
24 'Memorials,' pp. 274-5. The names of offenders were often set up on tablets in the Guildhall. Cf. infra, fos. xlvii, xlvii b.
25 Cf. letter of procuration from the prelates printed in Rymer's 'Fœdera' (vol. iii. pt. i. p. 284), in which two additional proctors appear, viz., Wil liam de Loughteburgh and Edmund de Grymesby, and a saving clause as follows : Juribus, jurisdictionibus et dignitatibus dictarum ecclesiarum nostrarum in omnibus semper salvis .