IV. 24. Copy of Petition of Captain Edward Panton (fn. 1) to the
Lords of the Council, reciting that about five years previously, at the
request of divers Citizens, he had undertaken the leading and exercising
of the Society of Arms practising in the Artillery Garden, (fn. 2) which,
at his great charges and labour, he had reduced to its present condition,
having first obtained the Council's leave for the number of 250; that
the Lord Mayor and the rest, to testify their grateful acceptance of
his services, had made him a Freeman of London, and granted him a
yearly pension of 40l. out of the Chamber, promising, on further
approbation of his services, to increase it. Since their last musters
the Court of Aldermen had themselves applied to the Council to
increase the number, whereupon the Council had authorized 500 of
the better sort of citizens to be trained by the Petitioner in or near
the City. The Court of Aldermen had since declined to pay him the
40l. any longer, or any other satisfaction. The Council, by their letter
of the last of November to the Lord Mayor and Aldermen, concerning
the training and mustering of 6,000 citizens, had willed and advised
them to use the assistance of some man of experience in furnishing
the Companies with fit arms according to the modern use of other
nations. The Petitioner therefore prayed the Council to nominate
and commend him as an officer to that purpose, willing the Lord
Mayor and Aldermen to establish him therein with such fee as the
Council should think for an officer of that quality.
IV. 25. Letter of the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen to the
Lords of the Council, in reply to the petition of Captain Panton,
stating that such as were trained in the Artillery Garden were voluntary scholars, and followed the practice of Arms only for their pleasure.
But every man of his Company (as they were informed) respected his
pains more or less with some consideration, which by the increase of
500 had become doubled. The Court of Aldermen had also been
benevolent to him out of the City's purse, but never gave him any
yearly pension; nor had they any occasion to charge the City either
with any pension to a Captain, or to employ any officer to oversee the
City's arms; for in times past, on all necessary occasions of levies
of soldiers, their predecessors had always carefully performed the will
and pleasure of their Sovereigns and the orders of the Council without such assistance; and now that by the Council's approbation they
had quartered the City, and appointed Colonels over the several City
Captains, who would take the whole care on themselves, and see that
their Companies were furnished with serviceable and fit arms, they
hoped the Council would conceive there was much less cause to
burden the City with any such officer, nor would the citizens be content
to have any such over them.
4th April, 1615.
IV. 29. Letter from the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen to
the Lords of the Council, forwarding a petition presented to them
from the Society of Citizens of London, practising arms and military
discipline in the Artillery Garden, complaining that William Hammond, the King's Master Gunner of England, had lately restrained
their use of that place, and would not suffer their servants and
armourers to repair there to their Armoury to mend and clean their
arms without paying him a great rent for the use of the ground, which
had never been demanded before, not had they been interrupted until
lately Hammond had obtained a grant of the said ground from the
King, which grant, though intended by Hammond to be for the use of
the Society, for which purpose he had cautiously moved the Petitioners
to join with him in Petition, and to make a Certificate under their
hands on his behalf, yet now having obtained it, he pretended the
whole property of the estate and right in the ground was in himself.
The Petitioners had complained to the Barons of the Exchequer, who
on sight of the grant (from which it appeared upon any controversy
he was to submit to the order of the Barons) and certificate of Sir
Francis Bacon, (fn. 3) Attorney-General, had required him to forbear to
interrupt them in the use of the said ground until. upon a Bill to be
exhibited by him in the Exchequer, other order should be taken; yet
notwithstanding such order he remained obstinate. The Court of
Aldermen commended the Petition to the Council's consideration,
because they had, by their order of the 3rd July, 1602, approved and
allowed the said Society and their exercise of arms in any place
in or near the City, and the Court of Aldermen knew no place so fit
as the Artillery Garden. They therefore requested the Council to
direct that the Petitioners might use the same as formerly, till the
difference between them and Hammond should be determined in the
3rd May, 1616.
V. 5. Petition of Captain Edward Panton to the Lords of the
Council, stating that having for seven years past, by authority from
the Council, exercised and trained the Society of Arms in the
Artillery Garden, the Court of Aldermen had suspended him from
the execution of his place as Captain, and praying that they might
be directed to allow him to continue his duties until they should show
to the Council good cause to the contrary.
V. 6. Order in Council reciting the foregoing Petition, and
requiring the Lord Mayor and Aldermen to answer the same immediately, and to show the reasons for their proceedings; and further
directing that Captain Panton should be permitted to remain in his
place till their answer should be returned, and the further order of
the Council given thereon.
Whitehall, 5th January, 1618.
VII. 29. The King's Order upon the controversy between the
Lord Mayor and Aldermen and the Company of the Artillery Garden.
The King, according to the true meaning of his orders for the first
institution of the Company, and to the voluntary submission of both
partics, had resolved to take the election of the Captain of the
Company into his own hands, and therefore declared the elections
made by the Lord Mayor and Aldermen, and by the Company, of the
Captain and all other officers void;—further, he had determined
that the election of President and all other officers should be in his
own hands; but because he would not at all times be troubled to
Choose officers, he commanded the Lord Mayor and Aldermen now
and hereafter to choose them, save the Captain, except when he
should himself think fit to take the pains therein. The Treasurer's
place, however, being a particular trust, was to be left to the Company.
As it appeared that orders for the government of the Company had
not been made, the King, with the advice of his Council, would take
steps for the framing of such orders as should be requisite. Lastly,
as the King, with the advice of his Council, held it just and
reasonable that the authority of the Lord Mayor and Aldermen
should be countenanced and upheld in the government of the several
parts of the City under His Majesty, and would always approve their
fitting endeavours to vindicate the same, so he could not approve the
expressions used by word of mouth, and in some petitions by the
Company, intimating a consequence of disbanding if their desires were
not yielded to, nor the disorders and contentions which appeared in
Dated in margin, April 18th, 1630.
VII. 83. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord
Mayor and Court of Aldermen, reciting that the King had reserved
to himself the choice and nomination of Captain, to instruct and
direct the Company of the Artillery Garden, and that the Captaincy
was vacant by the death of Colonel Hacklewite; and informing the
Court that the King had appointed Serjeant-Major Taylor to the
said office, and requiring them not only to cause him to be admitted
and. received, but to be treated with all courtesy and respect, and
further directing that the Company should be called together as
speedily as possible, and His Majesty's pleasure signified to them.
Whitehall, 23rd January, 1632.
VII. 121. Order in Council for settlement of all contentions with
respect to the Company of the Artillery Garden, stating that the King
would reserve to himself the appointment of the Captain; that the
Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen should appoint the President;
and that all other officers should be chosen and appointed by the
Company; that the Captain should be paid 50l. per annum out of
the moneys quarterly paid by each of the Company, and that all
other officers who formerly received pay should have their accustomed
4th July, 1634.
VIII. 14. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord
Mayor and Court of Aldermen with respect to the complaint made
against Captain Panton of the Artillery Company, and recommending
the withdrawal from office for a time of Captain Panton and Captain
Bingham; and further requesting them, with the assistance of the
captains of the City's companies, to select one Captain for the
Company in the Artillery Yard from Captains Panton, Bingham, and
5th March, 1615.
VIII. 37. Letter from Sir Henry Montague (fn. 4) and Sir Horatio
Vere (fn. 5) to the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen with respect to
the matter of Captain Panton, and recommending him for some
recompense in respect of his seven years' service, "because the Lords
may take no further knowledge of his grievances and cause of complaint."
24th January, 1619.
VIII. 91. Order in Council for repressing the mutinous and
disorderly conduct of sundry persons of the Artillery Yard who had
assumed to themselves the right of choosing their own captains, &c.,
and had disobeyed warrants sent by the Lord Mayor, and other
matters; and directing that the whole ordering of that body should
rest in the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen, and that the Lord
Mayor should cause examination to be made as to the originators of
the disorders, and inflict such punishment as he should think fit by
imprisonment or otherwise, reporting his proceedings to the Council.
2nd March, 1631.
VIII. 92. Order in Council for settlement of the controversy
between the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen and the Artillery
Company (the same in effect as No. 29, Vol. VII.)
18th April, 1632.
VIII. 131. Order in Council, copy of No. 121, Vol. VII.