I. 8. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Chancellor, (fn. 1)
acknowledging his letter to the Aldermen touching the claim of one
Atkinson, who had redeemed certain Captives in Barbary, (fn. 2) and
stating that they found he had acted without warrant in the matter,
thus raising the price of such Captives; that the collections for this
purpose, which were but small, would not bear the charges of Captives
already recovered, but only those that were to be ransomed, who,
being many, would thereby receive prejudice and hindrance; at the
request of his Lordship, however, they had agreed to give him 30l.
12th April, 1580.
I. 290. Letter from Valentine Dale (fn. 3) to the Lord Mayor,
informing him that the Queen had licensed Mr. Lucas Argenter to
gather the devotion of good people within the City, towards ransoming his wife and children, prisoners in Turkey.
30th October, 1581.
I. 313. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor,
informing him that Lucas Argentens, a Grecian born, being spoiled of
all that he had, and his wife and children carried away captives by
certain of the Turks' galleys, had come into this realm with good
testimonials, and desiring some Christian relief for the payment of
such ransom. The Queen being moved with some compassion for
his miserable state, besides that which she would bestow herself, had
recommended him to the Bishop of London, so that at the sermons
usually made at the Spital, without Bishopsgate, in the Easter
holidays, and otherwise within his diocese, the people might be moved
charitably to assist.
1st April, 1582.
I. 315. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Bishop of
London, (fn. 4) acknowledging his letters, and stating that he had also
received other letters from the Council, requesting assistance in
collections to be made for the relief of Lucas Argenten, and remarking
that the ordering of collections of the people in the City had been a
matter of the City's, and had not been dealt with by his predecessors.
It also appeared that Her Majesty had been otherwise informed, to
the City's prejudice. With regard to the preachers, they had been
communicated with long since in order to give them reasonable time
for preparation, and having signified their assent, they were not bound
to present themselves before the very day of preaching, at which time
it would be very late to send them to him for new instructions. With
regard to the peace of the Church, such men had been chosen as
were above exception; but in case he should think it good to write to
them, their names were as follows:— For the first day, the Dean (fn. 5) of
St. Paul's; for the second, Dr. Goade; and for the third, Dr. Billet.
6th April, 1582.
I. 316. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lords of the Council,
acknowledging their letters touching the relief of Lucas Argentine, and
informing them that the Bishop of this See (London) had never had
interest to give licence or take order for any collections in the City, but
the permission and ordering thereof, and the execution of Her Majesty's
commandments therein, had always pertained to the authorities of
the City as a matter of governance. This right and ancient usage
the City trusted would be continued to them. In November last
Argentine made an application not recommended by Her Majesty,
praying to be allowed to beg for his relief upon certain days, and five
pounds had been given to him. The collections made at Easter had
been for many years devoted for the relief of Her Majesty's natural
subjects, captives in Turkey and Barbary, of whom many had been
redeemed and openly showed, to the great comfort of the English
people, and there still remained many to redeem. If the contributors
should learn the collection was to be made for this stranger, it would
be less at this time, and hindered for time to come. The Lord Mayor
recommended that these collections for the release of English Captives
should be extended into other cities and ports of the realm.
7th April, 1582.
I. 403. Letter from John Aylmer, (fn. 6) Lord Bishop of London, to
the Lord Mayor, forwarding the pitiful petition of certain miscrable
Captives in Turkey, that by the relief of some general collection to be
made at Paul's Cross (fn. 7) and elsewhere, they might be redeemed out
of that hellish thraldom; and recommending that some convenient
gathering should be made every Sunday; and further stating his
opinion that "it is very strange and dangerous that the desire of worldly
and transitory things should carry men so far with such kind of
traffic, which neither our ancestors before us knew of nor can be
attempted without selling of souls for purchasing of pelf to the great
blemish of our religion and the shame of our country."
27th September, 1582.
I. 404. Copy of the Petition.
I. 427. Letter from John Aylmer, Lord Bishop of London, to
the Lord Mayor, stating that he had received two letters from English
Captives under the Turkish infidels, and recommending that a collection should be made for them at Paul's Cross, beginning upon the day
of Her Majesty's Coronation, and to be continued every Sunday until
some convenient portion had been gathered, and requesting him to
appoint some grave and trusty citizens to collect the alms of the welldisposed people, at every gate in Paul's, after the sermon.
12th November, 1582.
I. 503. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Sir Francis Walsingham,
informing him that, according to the wishes of Her Majesty, certain poor Hungarians had been permitted to gather the charitable
alms for their ransom at the sermons at St. Paul's, and the several
churches within the City, for three several Sundays, which contribution
did not amount to more than 5l. on the first Sunday; complaining
of the injurious effect this collection had upon the relief of poor
English Captives, and recommending that the collection for the two
following Sundays should be forborne; and further reminding him that
the City had not yet received the Queen's Counter-bond for their bond
given to Horatio Palavicino; (fn. 8) and with regard to their bond given
to Bierbarm, he had in Sir Francis's name informed him that his claim
would be satisfied on Saturday next, with which he held himself
16th May, 1583.
I. 504. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Sir Francis Walsingham.
(The same as 503.)
16th May, 1583.
II. 54. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor,
bringing to his notice the pitiful complaint of Caspar Comaroni, a
Hungarian, who, through the invasion of the Turk, had been deprived
of his patrimony and imprisoned for five years, and was at last put to
a great ransom, for the assured payment whereof he gave certain
Christians as pledges; for the redemption of these he was seeking the
charitable collections of all Christians: the Council desired the Lord
Mayor to give his best aid and furtherance.
25th May, 1595.
IV. 9. Letter from the Lords, of the Council to the Lord Mayor,
commending to his notice the bearer of the letter, Anastatius
Ralapolus, a Greek, who had come into these parts of Christendom,
craving the alms of charitable people for the delivery of his parents
out of a miserable thraldom into which they had fallen by the tyranny
of the Turks, for harbouring certain persecuted Christians, as appeared
by letters submitted to the Council from the Patriarch of Constantinople and others, and requesting that the Lord Mayor would, by his
recommendation, assist him in procuring some benevolence from the
well disposed within the City.
8th January, 1615.
IV. 106. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord
Mayor and Court of Aldermen, stating that the King had granted
Letters Patent under the Great Seal to one Mary Balfore, for a
collection to be made within the City of London and the counties of
Middlesex, Herts, and Cambridge, for the redeeming and ransoming
of her husband, Charles Balfore, a prisoner under the slavery of the
Turks, and that the Council were informed the sums collected fell far
short of his ransom. They therefore requested that orders might be
given for collections to be made on the three sermon-days in Easter
week at the Spital, and one Sabbath day at Paul's Cross.
30th March, 1618.