I. 61. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor,
commending him for causing to be amended the size and weight of
bread; directing his attention to the high price charged by the
Beer-brewers for their beer, and requesting him to call before
him the Wardens and Officers of the Beer-brewers, (fn. 1) and to
ascertain from them what reduction could be made in the price of
Dated from Newhall, (fn. 2) 16th September, 1579.
I. 118. Letter from Robert, Earl of Leicester, (fn. 3) to the Lord
Mayor on behalf of Humfry Nichols, a Brown Baker, who had been
directed to leave off the baking of twopenny loaves of wheaten bread,
pending the dispute between the White and Brown Bakers (fn. 4) : and
requesting that he might be allowed to continue his baking until
the dispute between the Companies had been determined, otherwise,
having some store of corn provided to carry on his trade, he would
suffer great loss.
30th July, 1580.
I. 119. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Earl of Leicester, in
reply, stating that the whole question had been referred to certain
Aldermen to inquire into and report. The Courts having broken up
for a time, he had not been able to make his Lordship's request known
2nd August, 1580.
I. 199. Letter from William Lord Burghley (fn. 5) to the Lord Mayor,
stating that he had been entreated by Lord Dudley (fn. 6) to intercede
on behalf of the servant of one Sutton, a baker in Westminster,
committed for selling bread under size, and requesting that, as the
bread was made for Lord Dudley's household, and not for sale, he
might be released from confinement.
1st May, 1581.
I. 636. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord High Treasurer
concerning the Assize of Bread, (fn. 7) which had been fixed at 22 ounces
the penny wheaten loaf, and the three-halfpenny white loaf, which he
had lately charged the bakers to increase to 24 ounces. They had
alleged that the assize within the City exceeded that without by two
ounces per loaf, which he had found to be true; whereupon he had
determined to tolerate them for a while at the rate of 22 ounces,
intending in the mean time to make trial whether a larger assize
might be afforded by them.
16th February, 1592.
I. 645. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Treasurer
(similar in effect to No. 636.)
2nd March, 1592.