I. 339. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Sir Christopher Hatton,
Knight, informing him that the Companies of the City had complained to the Court of Aldermen of proceedings taken against them
in the Court of Exchequer, upon informations of intrusion touching
divers houses in the City supposed to be concealed lands, out of
which the late King had by Act of Parliament (fn. 1) been allowed to have
the profits superstitiously employed as rent-charge, which rents the
several Companies afterwards purchased of the King to the full value
of such profits. Nevertheless the Companies had bestowed those
profits in good and charitable uses and in Her Majesty's service. If
the law should be otherwise taken, the confusion and loss would be
infinite. He therefore requested him to give his assistance to the
Companies in their application to Her Majesty and her Council for
relief, and for stay of the suits.
Sans date. Circa 1582.
I. 341. Letter from Roger Manwood, (fn. 2) Robert Suthcott, (fn. 3) and
John Clench (fn. 4) to Sir James Harvey, (fn. 5) Knight, Lord Mayor, and the
Court of Aldermen, stating that divers suits of intrusion for the Queen
had been presented before them in the Exchequer against divers of
the City Companies for certain tenements claimed to belong to Her
Majesty. In benefit of the said Companies, they had granted an
extraordinary favour to them to plead the general issue, and in the
mean time to continue their possession upon asseveration by them and
their counsel that such wills enrolled in the Hustings as might testify
the truth of the rights and titles in question should be truly copied
out and examined, and delivered to the parties prosecuting on Her
Majesty's behalf; they also requested that within the next five days true
copies of the under-mentioned wills might be made and delivered to
the bearer, he paying reasonably for the same, otherwise they would be
obliged to reconsider the favour granted to the Companies to plead
the general issues.
Dated at Westminster, 19th May, 1582.
The Will of Simon Adam, enrolled in the twenty-seventh year of
of Henry the Sixth.
The Will of William Calley, enrolled in the eighth year of Henry
The Will of John Billesden, enrolled in the twenty-fourth year of
Henry the Eighth.
The Will of Elizabeth Burell, enrolled in the sixteenth year of
Henry the Seventh.
The Will of John Warpole, (fn. 6) enrolled in the twenty-fourth year of
Edward the Third.
I. 347. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Sir Christopher Hatton,
Knight. The same as Number 339.
— May, 1582.
I. 348. Letter from Sir Christopher Hatton, Knight, to Mr.
Serjeant Fleetwood, (fn. 7) Recorder, informing him that he had acquainted
the Patentees with the offer made on behalf of the Companies for
committing the matter in question for concealment of lands to the
hearing of such of the Lords of the Privy Council as they were
content to name for the final settlement thereof, to which the
Patentees most willingly agreed. He therefore requested him to
signify the same to such of the Companies as might appear to him
good, that they might forthwith make application to the Council to
undertake the inquiry.
2nd June, 1582.
I. 349. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Sir Christopher Hatton,
Knight, expressing his regret that he should have offended him
in not forwarding a letter directed to him, praying his favour on
behalf of the City Companies in the suits brought against them, and
informing him it had been delayed by the advice of the Companies
3rd June, 1582.
I. 418. Letter from Mr. Recorder Fleetwood, to Sir Christopher Hatton, informing him that he had imparted to the chosen
persons of the principal Companies his speech touching their lands
supposed to be concealed, upon hearing which they acknowledged
with one consent his accustomed goodness to the City. They would
endeavour with all speed to treat with their several Companies, but
some delay would be necessary on account of the absence of some
members through the late sickness.
26th October, 1582.
I. 512. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Treasurer, with
respect to the controversy touching the lands supposed to be concealed, which had been submitted to the Lord Chancellor and Sir
Walter Mildmay, (fn. 8) who had since directed that the two Lord Chief
Justices should deliver their opinions in law as to certain cases which
might rule the rest, and that all suits touching those lands, as
well as those of Sir James Mervin and of the Patentees depending
upon the Vice-Chamberlain should stay during the treaty, the
Judges having proceeded somewhat in the cause; in the mean time,
contrary to this order, Sir James Mervin had taken proceedings in a
case against the Haberdashers' Company, and the matters which might
arise would perchance be prejudicial to the whole cause. He therefore requested that instruction might be given to the Lord Chief
Baron (fn. 9) to stay proceedings until it should be thought convenient to
proceed with the trial of the whole matter.
9th June, 1583.
IV. 126. Order in Council reciting that a letter had been read at
the Board from the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of the City of London
concerning a Commission issued from the Exchequer to inquire as to
the waste grounds within the City pretended to be intruded upon or
concealed and detained from His Majesty, for the execution whereof
the Commissioners had appointed a sitting at Guildhall on the
12th instant, and stating that, having before been troubled by a Grant
or Patent obtained from the King, they had been forced, on account
of great inconvenience and disturbance to the citizens anticipated
therefrom, to address His Majesty, who had signified his pleasure
thereon to the Council, upon which an Order had been issued for the
stay of further execution of the grant, which they now desired might
be renewed. The Council, therefore, upon perusal of the aforesaid
Order, finding that the ground and soil of the streets, walls, ramparts,
common dikes, banks, ways, waste grounds, sewers, and other common
places within the City and Liberties, which the City had long enjoyed
by ancient grants, confirmed by His Majesty and otherwise, were
called in question by virtue of the Commission, which was contrary
to His Majesty's pleasure, ordered that the proceedings of the Commission be absolutely stayed so far as concerned the City and Liberties
Greenwich, 7th June, 1618.
IV. 128. Letter from the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen to
the Lords of the Council, for the stay of the proceedings on the Commission to inquire as to the waste grounds within the City. (This is
the letter recited in the Order of Council, No. 126.)
V. 81. Petition from the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of the City
of London, on behalf of themselves and the Companies and Commonalty of the City to the King, reciting that His Majesty had
granted to Mr. John Murray, of his Bedchamber, the arrearages of lands
given to superstitious uses, within the City, which lands being wholly
converted to good and charitable uses, the composition required to
redeem the arrcarages grew so burdensome, that the poor felt the
weight thereof. The Petitioners, therefore, fearing that in this
searching age, other weaknesses might be discovered, which might
drive them to new inconveniences, humbly prayed that Letters Patent
might be granted them, to secure them from fears for the quiet
enjoying of their lands, and other hereditaments heretofore given, or
intended to be given, to the City, the Companies, or the Parishes, for
the relief of the poor, or other charitable or public uses.
V. 82. Answer of the King, directing the Attorney-General to
draw up a book or books, to such persons as the City should nominate,
for granting and confirming to them the matters petitioned for, and
that such book or books should be drawn as firmly and beneficially
for the security of the City as by law could be done, and further
directing the Attorney-General to prepare and forward them, with all
convenient speed, for His Majesty's signature.
Dated in margin, August, 1620.