I. 33. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Sir Francis Walsingham, (fn. 1)
stating that upon receiving the Queen's pleasure touching the
providing of a residence for the Spanish Ambassador, (fn. 2) he had
secured for him the house of Mr. Dymoke, in Fenchurch Street, which,
however, the Ambassador did not like, but desired Arundel House
without Temple Bar, which was both a nobleman's house and without
the liberties of London; also stating in reply to his late letter
touching the election of Waterbailiff, that the election had been
stayed, but as the office was one of considerable importance, both for
the management of the river and the service of the markets, and as
two reversions had been already granted to honest men in the service
of the Corporation, they could not without prejudice to those persons
choose any other, and beseeching Her Majesty to allow them to
proceed with the election.
I. 34. Letter from Sir Francis Walsingham to the Lord Mayor,
signifying the Queen's approval of the house provided by him for the
Spanish Ambassador and his train, and also her consent that the
office of Waterbailiff should be given to one of the persons who had
a reversionary grant thereof, notwithstanding her request made on
behalf of her servant.
8th June, 1580.
I. 546. Letter from Sir Francis Walsingham to the Lord Mayor,
informing him of the arrival of the Swedish Ambassador, and the
command of the Queen that he should be provided with a fair and
convenient house in the City, with three several lodgings, well
furnished, for himself and two other personages, and requesting the
City officers to assist Her Majesty's harbinger in finding lodgings for
the rest of the train, with stable room for twenty horses, and that
any one refusing might be reported immediately.
Dated "From my house at Sething Lane," 17th October, 1583.
III. 112. Letter from the Earl of Suffolk (fn. 3) to the Lord Mayor,
informing him of the arrival at Gravesend of an Ambassador from
the Emperor of Muscovy, whom the King desired should be as well
entertained as his predecessor, the particulars of which he would
learn from Sir Thomas Smyth (fn. 4) and Mr. Mirick. (fn. 5) He was
assured the Lord Mayor would see his part of the business well
performed; that Sir Thomas Smyth, as Governor of the Muscovy
Company, would be careful as to what pertained to him, whilst what
pertained to himself as His Majesty's officer he would look to.
21st October, 1613.
III. 28. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord
Mayor, informing him of the expected arrival of an Ambassador (fn. 6) from
the Duke of Savoy, and that the King, intending to receive and
entertain him with such honour and courtesy as appertained to the
servant of such a Prince, had directed Sir Lewis Lewkenor, (fn. 7) Master
of the Ceremonies, to provide him such a convenient house in the
City, for the lodging of himself and his company, as might be fit for
his person and quality, and praying the Lord Mayor to assist the
Master of the Ceremonies with his authority in the matter.
25th October, 1611.
IV. 48. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord
Mayor, informing him that the arrival of an Ambassador Extraordinary
from the French King was shortly expected, and that the King desired
he should be treated with extraordinary honour and courtesy. The
Council, therefore, required the Lord Mayor to provide and make
ready against his coming a fair and convenient house within the
City, and have it furnished with hangings, bedding, and other necessary
furniture; and if one house could not be found sufficient for the
lodging of all his company, which it was thought might require
eighteen or twenty beds, to take up sufficient lodgings in good houses
9th January, 1616.
VI. 91. Letter from the Lord Chamberlain to the Lord Mayor,
intimating that the King expected two Ambassadors Extraordinary
from the State of Venice, whom he desired the Lord Mayor to take
into his care, to be accommodated in one house within the City. As
the Lord Chamberlain desired to give the Lord Mayor as little trouble
as possible, he would name,—first, the house in Fenchurch Street,
formerly Sir Arthur Ingram's; (fn. 8) second, one somewhat beyond it,
where the States' Ambassadors' had formerly lodged; and, third, a
house some time Alderman Jones's. His Majesty would see them
furnished out of his own store; and that being considered, and the
shortness of their stay (not intended above ten or twelve days), it
would be no great prejudice to whichever of the houses he should
Whitehall, 6th July, 1626.
VI. 185. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Lady Weld, (fn. 9) intimating
that he had been required by the Lord Chamberlain to provide a
house in London for the Spanish Ambassadors, shortly expected, and
her house, in which Sheriff Backhouse (fn. 10) had lived last year, had been
fixed upon. She need not trouble herself to leave any stuff, as the
King's officers would wholly furnish it; a competent rent would be
paid, and the house would be left in due repair. He therefore
required her forthwith, without delay or excuse, to deliver it up to the
persons appointed by the Lord Chamberlain to furnish it.
8th October, 1628.
VI. 188. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor,
intimating that an Ambassador from the Empire of Russia was
expected, and the King had commanded them to give order for his
reception with fitting honour. They therefore required the Lord
Mayor to confer with Sir John Merick, Governor of the Muscovia
Company, and provide a convenient house for the Ambassador's
lodging, and to give order for such attendance on his arrival as was
usual, and as the Master of the Ceremonies should direct.
Whitehall, 18th November, 1628.
VI. 189. Letter from the Lord Keeper (fn. 11) and the Lord Privy
Seal (fn. 12) to the Lord Mayor, stating that the Lady Weld's house,
which had been assigned for the lodging of the Spanish Ambassador,
was found to be somewhat incommodious; they were therefore commanded by the King to request him to use his best endeavours for the
speedy providing of some other fit house more conveniently seated.
He must understand they had not relinquished Lady Weld's house,
nor acquitted her of her contempt in not conforming to the King's
desire, but had enjoined her obedience, and had only suspended her
actual performance thereof, until trial had been made whether a more
commodious house could be provided.
Whitehall, 17th November, 1629.
VI. 190. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Chamberlain, (fn. 13)
acknowledging his letter of the 1st inst., in which, having understood
the inconveniences of Mr. Alderman Parkhurst's (fn. 14) house as a lodging
for the Spanish Ambassador, he had referred the matter to Sir Peter
Yonge (fn. 15) to report thereon, and had directed that, if unfit, some other
house should be provided. A house in which one of the Sheriffs lived
last year was empty, and appeared both to Sir Peter Yonge and
Sir John Fynett, (fn. 16) to be much the fitter, of which they would
Dated in margin, 8th October, 1629.
VII. 24. Letter from Sir John Cooke (fn. 17) to the Lord Mayor,
stating that he understood from Lord Dorchester (fn. 18) he had sent
the Lord Mayor the King's pleasure, and allowance of his invitation
of the French Ambassador to his table; since which, upon further
advice taken, it was His Majesty's pleasure that he should forbear
the invitation, the reasons for which he should hereafter know more
Dated in margin, 4th April, 1630.
VII. 183. Letter from the Lord Chamberlain (the Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery) (fn. 19) to the Lord Mayor, requesting him to
take steps for the provision of a house in the City for the King of
Morocco's Ambassador, suddenly expected.
Hampton Court, 10th October, 1637.
VII. 205. Letter from the Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery,
Lord Chamberlain, to the Lord Mayor, expressing the King's pleasure,
at his care and readiness to accommodate the Morocco Ambassador,
and further requesting that the Ambassador might be met at some
reasonable distance from, and brought into, the City by such persons
of quality as the Lord Mayor should think meet, and as had been
formerly accustomed. Sir John Finett, Master of the Ceremonies,
would advertize him of the Ambassador's coming.
Hampton Court, 15th October, 1627.