Ecclesiastical and Theological.
I. 174. Letter from John Hammond (fn. 1) to the Lord Mayor, stating
that, during the last summer, he examined certain Priests and Jesuits
then sent from beyond the seas, and from Rome, and that a great
number of Letters and other written Notes, tending to sedition and
disturbance of the State, had been taken; among them two Letters
were found addressed to Mr. Eden, one sent from one Shilborne, of
the Seminary at Rheims, and the other from Mr. Eden's son, at Paris,
whereto was subscribed something by Dr. Nicholson, his son's tutor;
that having examined Eden as to his knowledge of Shilborne, he
advised him to remove his son from the care of Dr. Nicholson, which
he promised to see to, and for himself he professed a good liking of
the Christian religion, and a misliking of Papistry.
29th December, 1580.
I. 175. Copies of the Questions and Answers in the case of Mr.
I. 176. Letter from John Aylmer, Bishop of London, to the
Lord Mayor and Aldermen, stating that he had examined Mr. Eden
as to his faith, and that he found him (touching his outward obedience)
conformable to Her Majesty's proceedings.
15th January, 1580.
I. 177. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor,
approving of the course pursued in the discharge of Mr. Eden from
his office (of one of the City's Attorneys), and recommending the same
steps to be taken against any other officer who might be found
disaffected, and that others, well known to be professors of the true
religion established in the Realm, should be elected in their room.
19th January, 1580.
I. 178. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord
Mayor (Sir John Branche), (fn. 2) and Court of Aldermen, stating that,
with reference to the discharge of Mr. Eden from his office of
Attorney in Guildhall, they had been informed by the Bishop of
London that he found him conformable in religion, and that he had
entered into bond for the removal of his son, and the Council had not
been informed of any misconduct upon his part in the exercise of his
office; they therefore prayed that he might be re-admitted.
20th February, 1580.
I. 179. Letter from the Lords Sussex, (fn. 3) Warwick, (fn. 4) and Bedford, (fn. 5)
Members of the Council, to the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen,
agreeing with the above recommendation of the Council for re-admitting Mr. Eden.
22nd February, 1580.
I. 180. Letter from Thomas Wilson (fn. 6) to Serjeant Fleetwood,
Recorder, referring to the recommendation of the Lords of the
Council for re-admitting Mr. Eden to his office, and expressing his
regret that the City had not carried out the same, and requesting him
to use his influence to procure Eden's re-admission, otherwise it
would be his duty to inform the Council of the strange dealing of
the Lord Mayor in making a man a Papist against his will.
26th February, 1580.
I. 181. The Proceedings of the Lord Mayor and Aldermen in
I. 182. Letter from the Lords Warwick and Bedford to the
Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen, as to the proceedings taken
against Mr. Eden, and stating that they were unaware that he had
been removed for matters of religion, but as he had stated to them
for malice; understanding that he was removed for Popery, they commended the Lord Mayor for his zeal, and recommended him to
continue the searching and weeding out of office all such persons,
and to punish them according to their demerits.
8th March, 1580.
I. 183. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor
and Court of Aldermen, as to the displacing of John Eden, Attorney
of the Guidhall, for matters of religion, and thanking them for the
zeal shown, not only in his removal, but also in refusing to re-admit
him, although they had been requested to do so, and recommending
them not to admit to the office any one suspected.
6th March, 1580.
I. 226. Letter from John Aylmer, Bishop of London, to the
Lord Mayor, informing him that Her Majesty had sent more than
one person to him to take order for the singing in Christ Church in
London, and requesting, as the overseeing of the foundation, the
placing and displacing of ministers, the appointing and hiring of
Conducts (fn. 7) belonged wholly to the City, that speedy remedy might be
taken to fill the offices, and so prevent any further complaint being
made to the Queen.
Fulham, 12th July, 1581.
I. 227. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Bishop of
London thereon, informing him that an answer had been given to Dr.
Dale, Master of the Court of Requests, to the effect that, the Church
being part of the foundation of King Henry the Eighth, and certain
Orders touching the service there being ordained to be observed, not
only by the Letters Patent of foundation, but also by special covenants
in Indentures between the said King and the City, the tenor of which
not being kept by the City, they would be chargeable to Her Majesty
according to the law, the Governors of the Hospital in West Smithfield, to whom the charge of the Church appertained, had therefore
thought good to look into the foundation and covenants, and the state
of the Church. They, finding that there ought to be six Priests to
assist in the service, and that five of that number were laymen, wholly
incapable, and that the sixth, although a Priest, was notorious for
drunkenness and disorder, had thought good to remove them, and had
appointed such persons as they were warranted.
The City further signified that Her Majesty's laws, touching the
form of service and order of the book, should be observed, and
referred the correction of such as should be found disobedient, to his
Lordship and the order of the law. A person had been appointed for
the Mayor and Aldermen, one for the Hospital, and Mr. Fanshawe,
Her Majesty's Officer, for the Parish, to attend upon his Lordship,
which had been delayed owing to Mr. Fanshawe's absence.
13th July, 1581.
I. 237. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Bishop
of London and the Lord Mayor, stating that they had been informed
that sundry persons had lately repaired to the City and Liberties, out
of divers parts of the Realm, who refused to go to Church, and
conform themselves in matters of religion in the country where they
dwelt, thinking, by withdrawing themselves into the City, they might
escape, and directing the Lord Mayor, within his jurisdiction, to cause
the Aldermen or their Deputies, in every Ward, to make searches and
inquiries what persons had come out of the country from their
ancient dwelling houses, to reside within the Liberties, as dwellers or
sojourners, and to certify their names distinctly. In the Liberties
adjoining the City, the Lord Bishop had required the Justices of the
Peace, or other officers, to make inquiries, so that, upon an examination of both these searches and certificates, there might be some
perfect and true book made by him of all such persons as, for the
cause named, repaired to the City, or refused to conform themselves
in matters of religion, who should be proceeded against according to
the said Statute. (fn. 8) The search should be continued once a month.
Prisoners under confinement for their obstinacy in such causes, should
be requested by the keepers of the prisons, in the presence of some
honest person, once in every month, to go to Church, and to conform
according to the law, their liberty being offered them upon their so
doing. Upon their refusing, a certificate should be forwarded by the
keeper, to be presented at the next Sessions of the Peace, in order that
the prisoners might not escape punishment.
28th May, 1581.
I. 244. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor,
Aldermen, and Sheriffs, reciting that Her Majesty had agreed that
such Recusants as had been committed to prison for not conforming
to the laws established for matters of religion, should, upon entering
into bonds and securities, with certain conditions, be released, to the
end that, having their liberty, they might, by some instruction, either
resort to the Church, or if they continued obstinate, be proceeded
against. Many had been set at liberty, and limited to remain within
certain houses and places in Sundry Countries of the Realm, and some
within the City of London, whose names, and the places where they
were bound to continue, were contained in a Schedule, signed by one
of the Clerks of the Council; some of them might try to excuse their
attendance from Church, or otherwise evade the Statute, to prevent
which, Her Majesty had commanded that diligent inquiries should be
made in the places where the said persons had been assigned to
remain, whether they repaired to the Church, and how they kept the
conditions of their bond. If it appeared they did not observe them,
then they should be indicted at the next Quarter Sessions, and proceeded against, and the steps taken communicated to the Council.
31st August, 1581.
I. 246. Copy of the Bond and Schedule mentioned in No. 244, the
latter containing the following names:—
James Ansley, of London, Yeoman, in St. Dunstan's Parish.
John Gifford, of Longton, in the County of York, Gent., at the house
of Thomas Brakenbury, in the Old Bailey.
Marie Oxenbridge, wife of D. Oxenbridge, (fn. 9) at the house of Edward
Waterson, in Jury Lane.
William Carter, of the Parish of St. Olave's, in Hart Street, in
London, at his house in Hart Street.
Andrew Barker, of Barking Parish, by Tower Hill, Gent., at his house
in Seething Lane.
John Byfleete, of London, Gent., at his dwelling-house in London.
Anthony Throgmorton, (fn. 10) of London, Mercer, at his house in Canning
I. 302. Letter from John Aylmer, Lord Bishop of London,
to the Lord Mayor, Sir James Harvey, complaining of his
unbecoming treatment of himself, the Clergy, and the late Bishop
Horne, (fn. 11) and stating that, if he did not treat them with becoming
reverence and respect, it would be his duty to admonish him from his
chair, which was the pulpit, at Paul's Cross, where the Lord Mayor
must sit, not as a judge to control, but as a scholar to learn and
the writer, not as John Aylmer to be thwarted, but as John London
to teach him and all London.
1st March, 1581.
[This is a very curious and Characteristic letter.]
I. 314. Letter from John (Aylmer), Lord Bishop of London, to
the Lord Mayor with reference to the collection directed to be made
for the relief of Lucas Argentens, and requesting him, for the carrying
out of the same, and for other purposes, to direct the preachers, when
they came up, to repair to him for his instructions, and to appoint
some grave citizens to make the collections in every place, and thus
satisfy the desire of Her Majesty and the Council.
6th April, 1582.
(And see 'Captives,' vol. i., letters 313, 15, 16.)
I. 320. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lords of the Council,
stating that a complaint had been made to Her Majesty by one
Bekwith, a Minor Canon of St. Paul's, against the Governors of Christ's
Hospital, alleging that they had broken the King her father's
order, and committed divers enormities and innovations at Christ
Church, especially in expelling him and the rest of the singing-men;
whereupon Her Majesty had committed the hearing of the complaint to
the Lord Bishop and Dr. Dale, Master of Requests, before whom the
tenor of the foundation was shown, and declaration made that no
innovation had been made, but that the service of the Church had
been reformed according to the foundation; that Bekwith had been
expelled for his notorious lewdness, and the rest because they were
Laymen, and that the service had been conducted according to the
Book of Common Prayer, and in all points as at St. Paul's, except the
use of the organs and prick songs; (fn. 12) the Lord Bishop and Dr. Dale
expressed their satisfaction, and so the matter ended. Yet, notwithstanding, Bekwith and other Popishly affected persons still defamed
the Governors to Her Majesty, and they had further proceeded to
urge the Bishop to restore Bekwith and others without the assent of
the Governors. The Governors therefore requested that some grave
persons might be appointed by the Council to inquire into the charges,
and that Bekwith being a slander to the Church and a spot on religion.
the Bishop should be required to examine into the matter, and, if
found true, to deprive him of his office.
I. 352. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Sheriffs and
Justices of the Peace in the County of Middlesex, commanding the
Sheriffs, at the Quarter Sessions to be held at Midsummer, to call
before them all the principal recusants, being gentlemen, gentlewomen,
and widows, and to take bonds and securities of them for their
personal appearance at the next Assizes to be held in the said County,
to be proceeded against according to law, and those not appearing
to be outlawed for contempt.
20th June, 1582.
I. 556. Letter from Sir Francis Walsingham, Knight, to the
Lord Mayor, directing that Alice Tibutt, whom he had examined, and
in whom he found no cause of restraint, should be discharged for her
bond. With respect to the two Griffins, he had written to the Bishop
of London to deal with them.
24th November, 1583.
I. 655. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Treasurer,
informing him that Robert Church, who had been presented to the
Commissioners appointed for the search of Popish Sectaries, having
made his escape, had been attached again in the streets by the parties
out of whose house he had escaped. Being brought before him, he had
ascertained that he served the Duke of Parma in his wars, and upon
his return had assumed the name of Cole, going suspiciously about
from place to place. As Church had been already brought before
some of the Council and dismissed, he begged to acquaint them with
his arrest, and to learn their desire thereupon before further proceedings were taken against him.
9th April, 1592.
II. 88. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Bishop of
London, (fn. 13) acknowledging the receipt of a letter from the Lord
Archbishop of Canterbury (fn. 14) and the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, as
to the placing of certain Priests or Singing Ministers within Christ
Church beside Newgate Market, in the place of the present preaching
Ministers, assuring him that the complainants were but a few of the
inhabitants, and begging him to consider the effect of such an
example within the City.
14th March, 1594.
II. 89. Reasons why the Preaching Ministers, allowed by the
City in Christ Church Parish, should not be removed, and Singing
Ministers supplied in their place.
II. 90. Answer of the Lord Mayor, to the Letter of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, enclosing
a Petition from the inhabitants of the Parish of Christ Church within
Newgate, complaining of the alteration in the manner of performing
Divine Service in the said Church, and beseeching them to restore the
former Service, according to the foundation and the order prescribed
in the Communion Book.
17th March, 1594.
II. 361. Letter from the King to the Lord Mayor and Aldermen,
soliciting the presentation to the Church of St. Peter in Cornhill,
vacant by the death of Mr. Doctor Mylward, (fn. 15) for Theophilus
Field, (fn. 16) Chaplain of His Majesty's Household.
1st October, 1609.
III. 66. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Archbishop of
Canterbury (George Abbott), (fn. 17) acquainting him that it was his
intention, out of zeal for religion, and for the better safety of the
King's person, to put in execution the Statute made in the 3rd year
of the King's reign, against Popish Recusants, (fn. 18) Jesuits, Seminaries,
and such like, who forbore to repair to some usual Church or Chapel
to hear Divine Service; and to that purpose he intended to take
measures for procuring a Certificate of such persons sojourning or
remaining in the City and Liberties, and to proceed against them; but
that he had thought it good, before enterprising in the matter, to
acquaint the Archbishop with his determination, lest anything he
should do should seem distasteful to him or others, or prejudicial to
the State, and requesting to be favoured with his opinion thereon.
In the event of his intended action being approved, the Justices of
the Peace for Middlesex and Surrey should be required to take a
similar course in their several divisions.
24th November, 1612.
III. 67. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord
Mayor, acknowledging the receipt of the foregoing, and commending
his care and zeal in the matter, and requesting him to proceed,
without favour or connivance, according to his religious purpose and
resolution; for the better success whereof they had addressed letters
to some choice persons of the Justices of the Peace of the Counties of
Middlesex and Surrey, to confer with him as to some effectual course
to be taken.
27th November, 1612.
III. 74. Letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Lord
Mayor, stating that the King was informed that, against the time of
the solemnity at hand, very many Papists and Recusants flocked
together to London, out of all parts of the kingdom, and that His
Majesty had directed him to require the Lord Mayor immediately to
call to him such persons as he could trust, and employ them, with the
least noise that might be, to find out how many Recusants were
lodged within the Liberties of the City, and to certify the same to the
11th February, 1612.
III. 75. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor,
referring to their former letters recommending the reparation of the
steeple of the Dutch Church, (fn. 19) commending the Lord Mayor's care in
staying the intended demolition of the steeple, and expressing their
hope that he would endeavour to procure contributions for its repair,
which it appeared might easily be done at a small charge, towards
which they were informed the Dutch Congregation would willingly
14th February, 1612.
III. 76. Letter of the Lord Mayor in reply, stating that the
steeple had been lately impaired and demolished by one Henry
Robinson, who bought it of the Marquis of Winchester, (fn. 20) and,
pretending it was so decayed that it could not be repaired, nor stand
without danger to the inhabitants (which appeared otherwise to the
Lord Mayor, by the view and report of divers very skilful workmen),
set men to pull it down. Being commanded by the Lord Mayor to
desist, he had proceeded the more speedily, and had denied passage
to the officers sent to stay his workmen. He had cut and taken
away a great quantity of the lead and timber, and thereby much
impaired the steeple. For his contempt, and other unreverent speech
and behaviour, the Lord Mayor had committed him to Newgate,
where he would remain till he put in sufficient surety to make good
what he had abated and pulled down. As he had threatened proceeding at law, the Lord Mayor requested to be informed of the
pleasure of the Council in the matter. He hopes the Council would
not desire to take the burden from others to whom it properly
belonged, and throw it upon the City. The Dutch Congregation were
very many in number, and a great part of them very wealthy and
able persons, zealous in religion. They could not show more sensible
effects of their piety than by maintaining their Church. Nevertheless, he would endeavour to procure some contributions towards the
16th February, 1612.
III. 80. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord
Mayor, with reference to their former communications concerning the
steeple of the Dutch Church, and stating that their object was to
further any good work that might appertain to the ornament or beauty
of the City; and while they proceeded with respect towards the
Lord Mayor, they had no desire to prejudice the Marquis of
Winchester, whose inheritance it was, and from whom the City might
have purchased it at an easier rate than it had been sold for, or, if
they would have repaired it, he would willingly have left it to their
disposition. But it being sold to a private individual, who bought it
to make benefit, it must necessarily come down, if they did not accept
a second offer made by Robinson, viz., to repay him within a fortnight
the money the steeple and some ground and buildings adjacent cost
him, the expenses incurred in pulling down so much of it as had
been demolished, and the other expenses he had sustained.
19th February, 1612
III. 86. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor
concerning the number of Foreigners in divers parts of the realm,
who had been permitted by the State to settle here on account
of the persecutions and troubles in the countries adjoining; and intimating that the King had been informed that many of the Foreigners
resident in the City were of no Congregation, for which reason
amongst others the Lord Mayor was required to call before him the
Ministers of the French and Dutch Congregations, and direct them to
set down the names and surnames of such strangers as were of their
Congregations, and to deliver up the names of as many of their nation
as they knew were not of their Congregations.
7th March, 1612.
III. 89. Reply of the Lord Mayor, forwarding the Certificates of
the Ministers of the several Congregations; but stating that the
Ministers could give no certain account of such as were not of their
Congregations, seeing that they did not reside in the City.
20th March, 1612.
III. 93. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor,
acknowledging receipt of the Certificates, thanking him for his
offer to assist them in endeavouring to obtain particular information
of the rest dwelling in the suburbs and places adjacent to the City, in
the County of Middlesex, and requesting him, with the assistance of
two Justices of the Peace for Middlesex, to inform himself of all
strangers not contained in the former lists remaining in the Cities of
London or Westminster or the parts adjoining, and certify their names
to the Council.
15th April, 1613.
III. 99. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lords of the Council
forwarding Certificate of the names and surnames of all strangers
dispersed in the several Wards of the City who were not of the Dutch
and French Congregations.
9th June, 1613.
IV. 30. Letter from the King to the Lord Mayor, intimating
that, with the advice of the late Archbishop (Abbott) and others of his
Council, he had given order for the erecting of a College of Divines at
Chelsea, specially to attend the defence of the Christian faith and the
confuting of erroneous doctrine, and commending the work to his
charity and devotion, and further, requesting him to deal with the
Aldermen, and they with the inhabitants of their Wards, to extend
their benevolence towards the perfecting of the work. Dr. Sutcliffe, (fn. 21) designed Provost of the College, would attend him, who
would from time to time advertis the King of his proceedings.
Thetford, 5th May, 1616.
V. 86. Copy of a Statement, entitled, 'The Desire of the Ministers
of London.' The Statement relates to the mode of valuing houses for
the assessment of tithes, and in it reference is made to a composition,
dated, 14th December, 1457, made by eight citizens who were
appointed arbitrators in the matter;—to an Act of Common Council
of the 3rd March, 14 Edward IV. (1475), by which the Citizens bound
themselves to the payment of 3s. 6d. in the pound for oblations or
tithes;—and to another Act of Common Council of the 25th Henry
VIII.(1533–4) enacting that 2s. 9d in the pound should be paid
V. 93. Warrant from the Lord Chancellor (Lord Verulam) to the
Lord Mayor, intimating that the Commissioners for the reconciling of
a difference between the Citizens and the Ministers and Preachers in the
City, touching the increase of maintenance of the latter, had appointed
Wednesday next for the hearing of the case, and requiring him, and
the rest whom it might concern, to take notice thereof, that they
might prepare counsel to attend accordingly.
York House, 3rd December, 1620.
VI. 168. Letter from the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen to
the Lord Keeper (Coventry), stating that they had received a Petition
from Inhabitants of the Parish of St. Andrew Hubbard, (fn. 22) and Certificates from the Churchwardens and others, that the Church was in
great and dangerous decay, and could not be repaired under such a
sum of money as by the Petition and Certificates enclosed appeared,
in which also was shown their poverty and utter inability to repair it,
being mostly of mean trades, as basket-makers and turners. The
Court therefore requested him to intercede with the King for the grant
of Letters Patent, for a supply, by way of charity to the work, out of
such parts of the Kingdom as should be thought fittest.
Dated in Margin, 4th March, 1628.
VI. 192. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord
Mayor, stating that the King had been informed there were a larger
number of Recusants than usual in and near the City, and they, therefore, by His Majesty's express command, required a diligent search
to be made and certificate returned of such Recusants, whether householders, inmates, or lodgers, giving their names, qualities, and conditions, distinguishing such as were tradesmen, who were here by
occasion of their trades according to the Statute, and such as were
not traders, but resorted to the City from other parts of the Kingdom.
Whitehall, 4th December, 1628.
VII. 16. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord
Mayor and the Sheriffs, reciting that the King, being informed of the
bold and frequent repair made by divers of his subjects to the hearing
of Mass in sundry places within the City and Liberties, considering
the public scandal and dangerous consequences thereof, had, with the
advice of the Board, set down a course for the prevention of the evil
before it should spread itself too far. The Council had appointed
Humphrey Crosse, one of the Messengers of His Majesty's Chamber,
for the observing and apprehending of persons repairing to Mass; and
they required the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs to assist him, and those
employed by him, with their authority.
Whitehall, 13th March, 1629.
VII. 128. Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of
the City of London to the King, reciting that by Act of Common
Council they had (so much as in them lay) submitted the difference
between the Clergy of London and their Parishioners to His Majesty's
judgment and award, and praying—
1. That the Clergy of the City being incorporated, might likewise by common consent submit the difference to His
2. That those who hold Parsonages impropriate might have no
addition, but the Vicarages of those Parishes might be
augmented out of the impropriations.
3. That if any increase were made in Parishes partly in London
and partly in Middlesex, the whole burden might not lie in
4. That the King would appoint a convenient time for the
preparation of their cause by counsel, and for their attendance
on His Majesty thereon.
VII. 133. Further Order in Council concerning Tithes; the submission of the Clergy and the City being presented to the Board by
instruments in writing, the 18th January next appointed for the
hearing of the cause before the Council.
Whitehall, 14th December, 1634.
VIII. 143. Order in Council with respect to differences between
the Clergy and their Parishioners concerning Tithes, which the King
desired to be left to his arbitration, and upon which the Clergy, the
Recorder, and some Aldermen had been summoned; but the latter,
pleading that they came not as parties interested, but only in
obedience to his Majesty's pleasure, had asked for time to consult the
Common Council. The matter was therefore adjourned till the 16th
5th November, 1634.
VIII. 144. Order of Council touching the matter in dispute concerning Tithes, reciting that the Recorder had stated that in the reign
of Henry the Eighth, upon a similar occasion, the question was propounded to the several Wards, and the Common Council, having
received their answers thereupon, submitted to the course set down,
and had asked that the same course might be taken now, the rather
because the authority of the said Common Council was only for
matter of government and safety, not meddling with the right or
interest of any. The King absolutely declared he would not wait
for such a manner of proceeding, but would expect a full answer from
the Lord Mayor, and also from the Common Council, which was the
representative body, by the 23rd instant.
16th November, 1634.
VIII. 145. Same as No. 133, Vol. VII.
14th December, 1634.
VIII. 149. Order of the King to all Judges, Barons of Exchequer, &c., to stay proceedings against William Stanford, one of
the Queen's servants, for recusancy.
9th January, 1634.
VIII. 150. Copy of the instrument, under the City Seal, for submitting to the King's award in the matter in dispute concerning
Tithes, referred to in Letter No. 133. Vol. VII.
19th November, 1634.
VIII. 179. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord
Mayor and Aldermen, Justices of the Peace of the City, requiring
them forthwith to direct the Deputies and Constables of their several
Wards, to certify to them the names of all Popish Recusants residing
therein, the certificate to be forwarded to the Council before the
beginning of Michaelmas term next.
23rd June, 1636.
VIII. 203. Order in Council with respect to the differences concerning the valuation of the Tithes in the several Benefices in the City,
and directing meetings to be held in the several Parishes between the
Clergy and persons appointed on their behalf, on the one hand, and
the Alderman, of the Ward or his Deputy, or persons appointed by
them, on the other hand, to inquire and certify (if they could agree
thereupon) the clear and independent maintenance of each of the said
ministers for the present year, and of all impropriations as well by
tithes as by glebe or casual duties; and also a moderate valuation of
the houses and other things titheable in each Parish. The certificate
to be presented to His Majesty the first Sunday in June next.
If the parties could not agree upon a valuation, they should certify
22nd April, 1638.
VIII. 206. Order in Council extending the time allowed for the
presentation of the Valuation concerning Tithes, &c., to the first
Sunday after Michaelmas.
27th May, 1638.
IX. 50. Letter from Edward Nicholas, by command of the King,
to the Lord Mayor and the Justices of the goal delivery of Oyer and
Terminer of London and Middlesex, stating that His Majesty had
been informed that there were several persons going by the name of
Quakers, or other separatists, in the gaols of London and Middlesex
for attending unlawful assemblies, who yet professed obedience and
allegiance. Whilst desirous that all his subjects should be brought
to agree to one uniform worship of God and in conformity with the
laws, nevertheless, upon the occasion of public joy for the first
coming of the Queen to the Palace of Westminster, His Majesty
declared his royal pleasure that all the said persons, who had not
been indicated for refusing the Oath of Allegiance, nor had been
ringleaders or preachers at their assemblies, should be released.
22nd August, 1662.
IX. 52. Letter from the King to the Lord Mayor and Aldermen,
recommending Dr. Bolton (fn. 23) to the Rectory of St. Peter's, Cornhill, in
the room of the late Incumbent, removed for non-subscription.
8th September, 1662.
IX. 53. Letter from Sir. William Morrice, by command of the
King, to the Lord Mayor and Aldermen, stating he had referred the
claims of Dr. Hodges, (fn. 24) Dean of Hereford, and Dr. Bolton to the parsonage of St. Peter's, Cornhill, to the consideration of the Earl of
Clarendon, (fn. 25) Lord Chancellor, and Gilbert (Sheldon). (fn. 26) Bishop of London,
who had reported that the Mayor and Aldermen, the patrons, had
approved of Dr. Hodges for that office, which the King confirmed.
14th October, 1662.