22 September 1617.
Letter from the King as to elections.
JAMES R. Trustie and welbeloued wee greete yow well. Whereas
the differents which wer amongst yow now twelue yeares ago for the
inequalitie of marchantes and craftesmen vpon the counsell of that
burrough was remoued by our speciall commandement and letters,
whereby wee willed yow to make choice of the moste wise and discreete
men of both sortes, taking the one halfe marchantes and the other craftesmen, since which time wee vnderstande that yee haue liued in good order,
and by your peace and quietnes the good estate of that citie is not a litle
encrased; and becaus now wee are informed that some turbulent heades
go aboute to haue those our directions altered and changed, which will
no doubte tende to the disturbance of the happie concorde hetherto
maynteyned amongst yow, these are to wille and require yow in the
choice of the counsell for this yeare, and your successouris after yow in all
time coming, to keepe the order prescribed in our former letters concerning the equalitie of marchantes and craftes, and that no alteration be
made touching the nomber of eyther, as yee wille answere to us upon your
obedience. And this trusting yee will do, wee bid yow farewell. Giuen
at our manour of Theobaldes, the xxij of September 1617. (L.S.)
[Addressed:] To our trustie and welbeloued the Proueste, Bayliffes, and
Counsell of our citie of Glascow, giue these.