II. 122. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Keeper of the
Great Seal, (fn. 1) complaining that one Owen Saintpire, a cook of the
City, committed by him to prison for refusing to pay his just contribution for the service of Her Majesty, and for disobedience to
the Lord Mayor and the Government of the City, had entered his
action of wrong imprisonment in the King's Bench against the
Chamberlain and other officers of the City, and beseeching his
Lordship to call the matter into the Court of Chancery.
12th November, 1595.
II. 150. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Chamberlain,
informing him of the commercial of John Frederick, a freeman, to
the Compter, for refusing to pay the sum of 26s. 8d., the amount
of his assessment for the public service.
26th March, 1596.
II. 151. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord High Admiral, (fn. 2) , (fn. 3)
as to the complaint made by Mr. Frederick against Mr. Sebright, (fn. 4)
touching the assessment made upon him for defence of the realm, and
defending Mr. Sebright against his accusations.
31st March, 1596.
II. 154. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Mrs. Walleson Woolhouse, widow of a freeman, residing at Fulham, informing her that
unless she directed the payment of 10l. 8s. 4d., the amount to which
she had been assessed for the public service, her name would be
returned as a defaulter.
2nd April, 1596.
II. 172. Letter from the Lord Mayor and Aldermen to the Lords
of the Council, informing them of the refusal of divers officers of the
Court of Chancery, the Court of Wards, the King's Bench, and
Common Pleas, inhabiting houses within the liberties of the City,
especially Fleet Street, to pay the fifteenth levied upon them for the
service of Her Majesty, and asking for further instructions from their
5th June, 1600.
II. 208. A copy of the same.
II. 360. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor
and the other Commissioners for the Aids in the City, directing a
return to be made of the sum or sums of money already levied, the
sums remaining in the hands of Collectors, and the sums Compounded
for by Deans and Chapters, and other spiritual persons, and appointing a Commission to inquire into the subject.
13th July, 1609.
VI. 82. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor,
reciting that they had ordered that all persons under the degree of a
Lord of Parliament or Privy Councillor, dwelling within the City and
Liberties, should, in respect of their houses there, contribute on all
occasions to the finding of Men, Arms, and Weapons in all assessments made for such services; and that they were informed divers
Knights, Gentlemen, Doctors of the Civil Law and of Physic,
Strangers, Officers of the Exchequer and other Courts of Westminister, and of the Custom House, and others of good quality and
ability, inhabiting many of the best houses in the City, refused to serve
in person, or to provide and furnish arms, or pay the money assessed
upon them towards the charge of musters and training. They therefore direct the Lord Mayor to call all such persons so refusing before
him, and command them to contribute without further delay or excuse, and, in the event of refusal, to take bond of them for their
personal appearance before the Council on a day to be named, and
further to certify the amounts required of them, and their answers.
Whitehall, 12th April, 1626.
VI. 170. Letter from the Lords of the Council to.................,
explaining the reasons why the Commissions for the last Subsidy had
not been previously issued, and expressing their opinion that steps
should be taken to advance the assessment of those best able to bear
it, and who in former payments had been too much undervalued;
also requesting that steps might be taken for hastening the time of payment, and forwarding with the Commissions the Rolls of the Recusants
as returned to the Exchequer.
Whitehall, 31st March, 1629.
IX. 64. Petition from the Lord Mayor and Aldermen to the
King, stating that the surplus of an assessment made in the City in
the late troublous times, and deposited in the Chamber, and paid out
for the use of the then Militia, had been demanded by William Whorwood, Esq., upon a warrant of the King, and beseeching His Majesty
to withdraw the same, the money having been originally raised
illegally, and all since paid out, the Chamber not benefiting in any
IX. 65. Letter from the Lords of the Council (to the Lord
Mayor), upon the raising of Subsidies, and requesting him to make it
generally known, that although the tax amounted to four shillings in
the pound on land, and two shillings and eightpence on goods, yet
men had not been taxed above the twentieth part of the yearly value
of their lands, and so proportionally for their goods;—seeing how
desirable it had become that there should be a more equal assessment,
the yearly value of lands being generally much improved by inclosures,
disparking, draining, &c., sufficient persons should be appointed as
Collectors, who should take care that men living in one place where
they had small estates, and got themselves assessed there, did not
escape the assessment in other parts of the county where they
possessed larger estates.
14th August, 1663.
IX. 101. Petition of the Lord Mayor and Aldermen to the
House of Commons, complaining of the great proportion of the
Monthly Assessments laid upon London over the neighbouring places,
which had been the means of causing a number of Merchants and
wealthy inhabitants to remove out of the City into the suburbs,
where they paid one shilling as against twenty shillings in the City,
thereby weakening the estate of the same, and praying that a more
equitable arrangement might be made.
Signed, Weld. (fn. 5) Sans date.