I. 37. Letter from Lord Arundel (fn. 1) to the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs,
and Aldermen, requesting their favourable consideration to the suit
of his servant, Walter Browne, for a little piece of ground, or rather a
dry ditch, lying before his garden in Finsbury Fields.
1st June, 1580.
I. 73. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lords of the Council,
in reply to their letter addressed to the Court of Aldermen, requesting
that a lease in reversion of the house wherein "our Brother Backhouse" (fn. 2) lately dwelt in Cheapside, might be granted to Roger
Dranffeld, and stating that, on account of the necessities of the City,
they were unable to comply with their request.
I. 84. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Earl of Sussex, Lord
Chamberlain, in reply to his request that a lease of Botolph's Wharf
might be granted to Mr. Beecher, stating that, on account of the present
need of the City, they had been constrained to lease their property to
the best advantage, and that this wharf had been long since granted
to the Society of Merchants of Russia. (fn. 3)
11th February, 1579.
I. 307. Letter from Sir Walter Mildmay, Knight, Chancellor of
the Exchequer, to the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Recorder, requesting that a little house in the Old Bailey, belonging to the City, and
formerly in the tenure of Dr. Gifford, might be let to Sir John
Brocket, (fn. 4) Knight, for such consideration as might be thought proper.
27th March, 1582.
I. 308. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Sir Walter Mildmay,
Knight, regretting that they were unable to comply with his request,
there being an Act of Common Council restricting the leasing of the
City property to those who were free of the City by birth or servitude.
29th March, 1582.
I. 325. Letter from Sir Francis Walsingham to the Lord Mayor,
stating that he had been informed by Thomas Mason that he had
been admitted by Sir Nicholas Woodrof, Knight, formerly Lord
Mayor, and the Aldermen, to hold a small tenement belonging to the
Chamber of London; and that by some uncharitable means by those
that were put in trust to devise the lands of the said Chamber, they
desired to put him out of the said tenement, a lease thereof having
been already granted to Christopher Lightfoot, and requesting that
they should be restrained, and the poor man's holding confirmed.
— April, 1582.
I. 337. Letter from Sir Francis Walsingham to the Lord Mayor,
to the same effect as No. 325.
14th May, 1582.
I. 338. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Sir Francis Walsingham,
in reply, stating that the power of granting leases of the City property
had been by the City intrusted to six Aldermen specially appointed,
four who had passed the chair, and two juniors in rotation to the chair,
the Chamberlain only attending upon them to give information and
advice; what these six Aldermen agreed to, after it had been put into
writing and openly read in Court, and there considered, and either
allowed or refused, would be subsequently sealed. No such lease
had been granted to Musson, but, on account of the Poverty of the
applicant, the Court had determined to give him some assistance.
16th May, 1582.
I. 437. Letter from Sir Thomas Bromley, Lord Chancellor, to
the Lord Mayor and Aldermen, stating that he had received the
inclosed petition from Walter Garnons, Butcher, in which he alleged
that he had obtained the grant of a lease of a house from the City, for
which he had paid a great fine, and had also given satisfaction to the
parties in possession, and expressing his opinion that the City should
grant him the lease.
Dated from his house near Charing Cross, 3rd December, 1582.
(And see "Bridge House," I. 440, 441, 508, and II. 286.)
I. 473. Letter from Sir Thomas Bromley, Lord Chancellor, to
the Lord Mayor and Aldermen, recommending that a lease of a house
in the Old Bailey, next to the one formerly occupied by himself, should
be granted to the widow of Walter Westmerland, who had dwelt in
it for the last forty-eight years, during which time he had caused to be
built some new rooms and had done other repairs at his own charge.
4th February, 1582.
I. 576. Letter from the Lord Mayor to . . . . . . . .,
acknowledging the receipt of his letter for a grant in reversion of a
lease to Owin Sampier, after the decease of Henry Mathew, and
stating that it had been the custom to offer the renewal of the lease
to the tenant, which had been done in this case, and the tenant had
agreed to the terms offered by the City. His request could not,
therefore, be complied with.
I. 581. Letter from Robert, Earl of Leicester, to the Lord Mayor
and Aldermen, stating that his servant, Richard Sutton, had bought
at a great price a lease in reversion of a tenement belonging to the
Chamber of London, meaning to make it his dwelling-house, in which
lease the City reserved the power to charge a reasonable fine, and
requesting them to deal favourably with his servant for such fine.
19th February, 1587.
I. 582. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Earl of Leicester,
acknowledging his letter on behalf of Mr. Sutton, and informing him
that the Common Council, out of special regard to him, had fixed the
fine of renewal at fourscore pounds, 40l. to be paid down, and the
other 40l. at 20l. per annum.
IV. 93. Letter from Lord Douglas (fn. 5) and other Officers of the
Prince's Household, requesting that one of the Garners of the Bridge
House might be appointed for the Prince's use, he paying for the
same such a reasonable rent as the Masters of the Bridge House might
think fit. The Prince's Court at St. James's, 22nd December, 1617.