Ireland and Irish Lands.
III. 14. Letter from [the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen]
to Lord Compton, (fn. 1) reminding him of their former letter, that he would
be pleased, "for the ease of the poor Company of Clothworkers" (of
which his late father-in-law, Sir John Spencer, (fn. 2) Knight, was a most
principal help and upholder), to pay in the sum of 200l. towards the
Irish Plantation, (fn. 3) which, in his lifetime, Sir John Spencer, by his own
consent, was rated at; that he (Lord Compton) had promised to pay
that sum, and requesting that he would do so at once, as his protraction had much distracted their proceedings in the Plantation
business, in which he would receive a proportionate profit with them.
Note in margin. "The said sum of 200l. was immediately on
receipt of this letter sent to the Company of Clothworkers."
III. 130. Letter from the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen
to the Lords of the Council, informing them that the Master and
Wardens of the 'Skinners' Company had complained that Matthew
Brownrigg, a Merchant, and one of the Livery of that Company, had
refused to pay the sum assessed upon him towards the charge of the
Plantation in Ulster, whereupon—according to the course adopted in
all the Companies on similar refusals—the Master and Wardens had,
upon the Lord Mayor's commandment, committed him to prison,
where he was detained till he paid his money, but that he had
since commenced suit at Common Law against the Master and
Wardens and the officer who carried him to prison. Since these
courses, if permitted to pass unpunished, would be of dangerous
consequence to their future proceedings in the honourable and
hopeful work of Plantation, they hoped the Council would make
it appear to others by his chastisement how much such courses were
displeasing to them.
8th February, 1613.
III. 158. Letter from Sir Arthur Chichester, (fn. 4) Lord Deputy for
Ireland, to the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the
City of London, stating that the King had desired him to get him
some store of Hawks of Irish breed yearly, with which the writer had
acquainted Mr. Alderman Cokayne and some others of the Committees for the London Plantation in Ireland, and had requested
them to grant him during his life the Hawks which bred in the lands
assigned to the City, which they had done so far as in them lay, but
had referred the final decision to the Commonalty, of whose answer
he prayed he might be informed. He further requested them to
acquaint him what steps had been taken for the strengthening and
better defence of the town of Coleraine.
8th July, 1614.
VII. 136. Petition of the Mayor, Commonalty, and Citizens
of the City of London, and of the Society of the Governors and
Assistants of the New Plantation in Ulster, in Ireland, to the King,
stating that, to their great grief, various suits were, on His Majesty's
behalf, being prosecuted against them in the Courts, and praying His
Dated in margin, 23rd January, 1634.
VII. 159. Petition of the Mayor, Commonalty, and Citizens of
the City of London, and of the Governors and Society of the New
Plantation in Ulster, in Ireland, to the King, reciting that he had
deferred his answer to their former petitions till the AttorneyGeneral had replied in the cause heard in the Star Chamber as to
the City's Plantation in Ireland, which he had done. They therefore
prayed His Majesty to take their petitions into consideration.
In margin, delivered to the King 22nd February, 1634.
VII. 163. Petition of the Mayor, Commonalty, and Citizens of
the City of London, to the King, reciting the Letters Patent of Incorporation by King James the First, of the Irish Society, and that by
a decree of the Star Chamber, the Patent had been ordered to be
forthwith surrendered and brought in to be cancelled. That the
Petitioners thought it convenient to call a Common Council touching
the matters in difference between the King and the City. That being
entrusted to choose the Governor and Assistants of the Irish Society
for the benefit of the Companies, who were not parties to the suit in
which the decree was made, the Petitioners conceived, if they forebore
the choice, it would be a breach of trust in them. That it would not
prejudice the King's title, or lessen the force of the judgment, but it
might be held a contempt without his dispensation. They therefore
prayed that they might make the election accordingly.
A note of the King's compliance with the prayer of the Petition is
VIII. 147. Petition of the Mayor and Commonalty and Citizens
of the City of London, and of the Governor and Assistants of the Irish
Society, on behalf of themselves and the several Companies of the
City, to the King, with respect to questions made and suits begun on
His Majesty's behalf, touching the Irish lands, and beseeching his
merciful consideration, they being much indebted, and having forthwith to be at great charge, in respect of sewers, ditches, watergates,
and prisons, and in bringing water to the City, besides the great loss by
the late sudden and lamentable fire on London Bridge.
VIII. 148. Letter from the King, recommending Captain Bingham to be appointed Keeper of Kilmore Castle, vacant by the death
of Captain Baker.
16th January, 1627.