I. 26. Letter from Henry, Lord Cheyne, (fn. 1) to the Lord Mayor,
requesting that the son of a poor woman might be placed in the
Hospital, where he might receive a free education.
Dated from Barnet, 21st May, 1580.
I. 27. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Henry Lord Cheyne in
reply, informing him that the Governors of the Hospital could not
receive the child, there being an order not to admit any but the
children of Citizens.
2nd June, 1580.
I. 162. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Dr. Wilson, one of the
principal Secretaries to the Queen, acknowledging the receipt of a
licence signed by himself and the Lord Bishop of London, giving permission to the widow of Richard Maydwell to beg in the churches of
the City, and stating that, before signing it, he had consulted with the
Court of Aldermen, and found that it had not been the custom to
suffer any one to beg in the churches of the City under warrant from
the Lord Bishop or his predecessors. If such proceedings were
suffered in churches, it would prevent the citizens from contributing
to the support of the Hospitals for the poor. To assist the poor woman,
the Governors of the Hospitals were willing to take one of her
children, being the son of a Freeman, and educate him at the expense
of the City.
12th July, 1580.
I. 584. Letter from the Court of Aldermen to the Lords of the
Council, acknowledging their letter on behalf of Mr. Ferdinando
Richardson and Mr. Richard Tothill, for the renewal of the estate of
the said Tothill in certain tenements pertaining to the Hospital of
Bridewell. They had called the Governors of the Hospital before
them, and commended the same to their consideration, and
had since received their reply, from which it appeared that on
account of the extraordinary charges of the Charity, the Governors
had already granted a reversion of Tothill's lease to the several
tenants in consideration of certain charges incurred by them in
repairing the tenements for the benefit of the Hospital. They regretted
that for the above reasons they were unable to comply with the
12th February, 1590.
II. 44. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor,
the Archbishop of Canterbury (Whitgift), and others, concerning the
Commission given under the Great Seal to inquire into the manner in
which the lands in that county (fn. 2) belonging to the Hospitals were
employed or abused, and to see if any provision could be made for
the sustentation and comfort of maimed soldiers who were not
sufficiently provided for by the Statutes.
31st December, 1594.
II. 127. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Sir John Fortescue,
Knight, acknowledging the receipt of his application on behalf of a
poor child to be admitted into Christ's Hospital, and regretting his
inability to comply with the same, the child's father not being a
21st December, 1595.
II. 175. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Mr. Cooke, (fn. 3) AttorneyGeneral, beseeching his good offices on behalf of the City, in the
settlement of the question referred to him and the Recorder, touching
the lands and tenements in question, between the Hospitals of Bridwell
and Bethlem and Mr. William Tothill.
II. 287. Petition to the King (James the First) from the Governors
of the Poor of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, concerning a lease of a
house in St. John Street, Clerkenwell.
II. 329. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Earl of Dorset,
touching a parcel of ground lying on the west part of Bridewell
Hospital, belonging to the President and Governors, (fn. 4) which of late
had been enclosed by his father without the consent of the Governors,
and praying that the same might be restored.
23rd September, 1608.
III. 44. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Lord Wootton, (fn. 5) in reply
to his application on behalf of Ann Tisdale for a lease of her
dwelling in a part of Bridewell, stating that the President and
Governors desired him to acquaint his Lordship that, for the better
government of the said Hospital and the relief of poor fatherless
children there, they had agreed that none should inhabit or
hold any part of it by lease, except officers of the place and such
artificers as, having fitting trades, would be bound to take poor
children as apprentices; but that they had, in consideration of her
father and grandfather having been dwellers there, and of their
expenditure on the premises, permitted her and her husband (who
was only a tailor, and not bound or able to take and bring up poor
children as apprentices) to remain as tenants at will.
28th March, 1611.
V. 131. Letter from the Lord Mayor, &c., Governors of St.
Thomas's Hospital, to the Bishops of Durham (Neile), (fn. 6) Winchester
(Andrews), (fn. 7) and Rochester (Buckeridge), (fn. 8) reciting that some twelve
years previously William Todd, Clerk, had been appointed by the
Governors to officiate in the church of St. Thomas, in Southwark,
during their will and pleasure, which place he filled for some years
without any other admission or ceremony; about two years before
he had been removed on account of sundry misdemeanours, since
which their Lordships, upon His Majesty's Commission of Visitation,
had considered the question of the power of the Governors to displace
him. For the better information of the Governors, they had had the
advice of their ordinary and other Counsel of great judgment, who
were of opinion that the minister being neither parson nor vicar, but
a mere stipendiary, was removable at their pleasure, and it had been
at sundry times put in practice and execution. They therefore
earnestly besought their Lordships, before they came to a final resolution, either by some speedy legal trial (the expense of which the
Governors were willing to bear), or else by some reverend judges of
the law, to ascertain whether the right was as the Governors pretended.
6th April, 1622.
V. 138. Copy of Petition of the President and Governors of
Bethlem Hospital to Lord Cranfield, Lord Treasurer, reciting that,
upon some information unknown to them, he had issued a Commission
under the Seal of the Court of Exchequer to sundry persons, whose
names are set out, to inquire of certain Acts concerning the Hospital;
and that the Petitioners wished to state that the revenues of the
Hospital being insufficient to meet its expenses, it had chiefly been
maintained for many years by the gifts of many well affected
citizens, and it was feared the questioning of the present Government
would hinder the charity and devotion of others to do the same in
future. They therefore desired that the Commission might be
expedited with all convenient speed, and that (as had been formerly
the custom) some of the Aldermen (not being Governors of the
Hospital), the Recorder, and some other of the City's Counsel, with
such of the Commoners as he should think meet, might be added to
the Commission; that the quorum (three) might be increased, and
some of the principal Commissioners appointed to form part of such
V. 139. Order of Lord Cranfield thereon, reciting that, having
considered the Petition, he deemed it reasonable, and therefore
recalled the Commission, and directed the issue of a new one to the
same effect, adding nine (whose names are recited) to the former
Commissioners, increasing the quorum to seven, and appointing
certain of the Commissioners named to form part of such quorum.
(The paper is damaged, and some of the names are illegible.)
VI. 194. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord
Mayor and the rest, recommending James Sadler, a maimed soldier,
for the next vacant place in St. Thomas's Hospital, of which they
were the Governors, and which was first instituted for such pious
Whitehall, 30th November, 1629.
VII. 17. Letter from Sir Robert Heath, Attorney-General, to the
Lord Mayor, and Aldermen, forwarding them, out of the respect he
owed to the City, a copy of a case prepared by Mr. Tipper in respect
of the possessions belonging to the House of Bedlam. He did not
affirm it was a true case, but Mr. Tipper was confident to make it
good to be so. If they thought fit to appoint a Committee of three
or four to confer with him, he would be ready to advise them for the
best, so far as with the duty of his place he might.
13th March, 1629.
IX. 89. Petition of the Mayor, Commonalty, and Citizens,
Governors of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, stating that for above
these hundred years they had been seised and possessed of divers
messuages and grounds lying behind the same, abutting southward
on the garden or walks belonging to the Society of Lincoln's Inn,
and complaining that it had been determined to erect a long row of
cottages or small tenements on the ground, to the injury of the
Hospital, and praying that the said erections might be prohibited.