I. 87. Letter from the Lord Bishop of London to the Lord
Mayor and Court of Aldermen, forwarding letters lately received from
the City of Rochelle, expressing their inability, on account of their
poverty, and also because they were forced still to stand upon their
defence for the maintenance of the common cause, "True Religion,"
to repay the loan granted to them by the City, and praying that the
same might be remitted.
Dated from his House in St. Paul's Churchyard, 12th February, 1579.
I. 393. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Sir Francis Walsingham,
Knight, informing him that a person had come over with new power
to protest on behalf of Bierbaum against the City, upon their bond for
the debt of Her Majesty. The protest contained very rude and uncomely
words touching Her Majesty's credit. The Lord Mayor requests him
to consider the case, for which purpose he has directed the parties
with the notary to attend upon him. The letter further reminds him
of Her Majesty's counter-bond for the debt to Horatio Palavicino.
6th August, 1582.
I. 499. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Sir Francis Walsingham,
Knight, informing him that the Court of Aldermen had again received
letters of petition from Gerard Breboom, announcing his intention to
have speedy satisfaction both of his principal and interest, or to
proceed upon the City's bond. Upon application being made to him,
he had consented to stay proceedings for a few days, until the matter
had been brought to the notice of the Council. The Lord Mayor
requests that Her Majesty and the Council may be moved to stay
the perils likely to accrue to the City, and also reminds him that
the City had not yet received Her Majesty's counter-bond, either for
that debt or for the debt to Horatio Palavicino.
27th April, 1583.
I. 513. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor
and Aldermen, informing them that Her Majesty had thought it good
to reduce the debt standing in the names of Horatio Palavicino and
Baptista Spinola, to the name of Pallavicino only, and bonds should
be accordingly delivered to him for his indemnity, as well for the
principal as for a yearly annuity. Her Majesty therefore desired that
the bonds sent should be given by the City to him, one for
33,374l. 4s. 4d., and one for the annuity of 3,337l. 8s., the said Horatio
delivering up to the City six bonds for 33,626l. 13s. 10d., and one
other for the annuity of 2,942l. IIs. 4d. Her Majesty would then
give the City indemnity for the same, as had been the custom in like
10th June, 1583.
I. 515. Letter from Sir Francis Walsingham to the Lord Mayor
and Aldermen, informing them that one of the City bonds delivered
to Horatio Palavicino, for money disbursed by him for Her Majesty's
service, had, by the negligence of some of the City officers, remained
undated, and signifying Her Majesty's pleasure that a new bond,
framed in sufficient form, should be at once given to him, for which
she would give the City an indemnity.
21st June, 1583.
I. 658. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Treasurer,
forwarding a Petition he had received from several Citizens who had
advanced certain sums of money, by way of loan, to Her Majesty,
for a year. The time having expired about four months since, they
were desirous of repayment. He requested that an answer to their
petition might be sent by Dr. Fletcher, whom he had desired to
remind his Lordship of the two suits which had been long depending,
viz.:1st, for appointing a commission to inquire into the bounds
betwixt the City and the Tower of London; and 2nd, for his warrant
to the Attorney and Solicitor-General to sign the book of rules
referring to the jurisdiction of the Thames.
24th April, 1592.
II. 1. Letter from John Baptista Justiniani, in the name of
Signor Fabritio Palavicino, of Jeane, to the Lord Mayor and Aldermen, begging them to intercede with Her Majesty (Queen Elizabeth)
for payment of an annuity due to Sir Horatio Palavicino, Knight, for
II. 156 Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Treasurer,
inclosing a Petition from Signor Fabritio Palavicino, of Jean, for
payment of an annuity out of the Exchequer for the sum of
28,948l. 10s. 6d., lent by him to Her Majesty.
29th April, 1596.
II. 195. Letter from the Lord Treasurer (Buckhurst) to the
Lord Mayor, concerning a loan of 60,000l. to Her Majesty on the
security of the Carrick goods. (fn. 1)
22nd January, 1602.
II. 196. A second letter upon the same subject.
28th January, 1602.
II. 203. Letter from the Lord Mayor and Aldermen to Lord
inclosing the Petition of Baptista Justiniano in the name of
Fabritio Palavicino, complaining of the non-payment of certain sums
of money lend by him to Her Majesty.
15th July, 1602.
II. 219. Petition from the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty, to the Queen, beseeching Her Majesty to give orders for the
discharge of an annuity of 2,894l. 17s., granted to Sir Horatio
Palavicino, Knight, and for the payment of the sum of 28,948l. 10s. 6d.,
for which the City became bond, by Her Majesty's request, fourteen
II. 220. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Treasurer, for
payment of money lent by the Citizens to Her Majesty in 1598, and
which, although often promised, had not been repaid.
II. 224. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Treasurer, in
answer to the request for a loan of 60,000l. from the Citizens upon the
security of the Carrick goods.
22nd January, 1602.
II. 225. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Treasurer upon
the same subject.
29th January, 1602.
II. 235. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Treasurer,
stating that he had conferred with the Citizens named by him, and
found them unable to advance 20,000l. by way of loan for six months,
taking the Carrick goods to the value of 30,000l. in pawn.
27th April, 1603.
II. 256. Letter from the Lord Mayor and Aldermen to the Lord
Treasurer, concerning the payment to the Citizens of a loan (the
marginal reference says 63,000l.) lent by the City to the Queen's
1st August, 1605.
II. 277. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Treasurer
(the Earl of Dorset), informing him of the selection of John Eldred
and William Ferris by the lenders of 60,000l. to the late Queen
(Elizabeth) to receive and give an acquittance on their behalf for the
sum of 20,000l., part thereof.
20th December, 1606.
II. 310. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Sir Julius Cæsar, Knight,
Chancellor of the Exchequer, as to the loan from the City to the
20th February, 1607.
III. 6. Order of the Court of Aldermen, reciting that a Petition
had been presented to them by Fabritio Pallavecine, gentleman,
brother of Sir Horatio Pallavecine, Knight, deceased, stating that the
Corporation had become sureties for the late Queen (Elizabeth), for
payment of certain sums, of which 13,000l. remained unpaid, and that
although he might take a course by the stay and seizure of the goods
of London merchants out of her Majesty's dominions, yet, for the
respect he bore the City, he rather chose to obtain the same by way of
entreaty, and directing the Remembrancer to frame a letter to the
Privy Council, desiring them to move the King, that some order might
be taken for the satisfaction of the debt or indemnity of the City, that
the goods of their merchants might not be stayed and impeached in
7th February, 1610.
III. 7. Letter to the Privy Council, prepared in accordance with
the foregoing Order.
III. 34. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Treasurer,
requesting his assistance on behalf of Mr. Langley, (fn. 2) Deputy Town
Clerk, and Mr. Dyos, (fn. 3) the Remembrancer, that they might be
repaid moneys lent by them upon Privy Seals, (fn. 4) their predecessors
in office, in consideration of their public employments, not having
been charged with such loans.
25th December, 1611.
Note in margin.—"Upon this letter the Lord Treasurer commended
the Petitioners to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, by whom they
were discharged of their Privy Seals."
III. 36. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Sir Julius Cesar,
Chancellor of the Exchequer, to the same effect as No. 34.
30th January, 1611.
III. 58. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord
Mayor, with respect to the loan of 100,000l. to the King, by the Lord
Mayor and his brethren, the Aldermen, upon which it had been
agreed that the King should be allowed further time for payment, and
that the present assurance upon the Customs held by them should be
surrendered, and a new one given them, and requesting the Lord
Mayor to send for all the Aldermen at once, that the surrender might
be made without delay.
12th September, 1612.
III. 79. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord
Mayor and Court of Aldermen, stating that an English merchant
having been arrested and his goods seized, by the State of Genoa, at
the instance of John Vincentio Lamalene, for a debt alleged to be
due to him by the King, for money lent to the late Queen, by Sir
Horatio Palavicino, the King commanded that certain merchants and
subjects of the State of Genoa should be likewise arrested and
imprisoned, and their goods sequestered, until His Majesty's subjects
and their goods were released.
19th February, 1612.
III. 81. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor,
referring to their Letter for the arresting and imprisoning of divers
merchants of Genoa, and amongst them of one Philip Bernardi, and
requesting that as he was employed on His Majesty's affairs he should
not be molested or arrested.
24th February, 1612.
III. 88. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor,
stating that the English merchant arrested at Genoa had been released, and his goods restored, and directing that the Genoese
merchants arrested by their former order should be set at liberty,
and their goods re-delivered to them.
14th March, 1612.
III. 152. Letter from the King to the Lord Mayor, intimating
that the occasions of his service required immediate use of large sums
of money, whereof he had been disappointed by the sudden dissolution of the late intended Parliament, and requiring him to take steps
to furnish His Majesty, by way of loan, with the sum of 100,000l.,
for which he should receive sufficient security.
Greenwich, 26th June, 12 James I. (1614.)
IV. 64. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor
and Court of Aldermen, requesting them to procure from the Citizens
a loan of 60,000l. for the use of His Majesty.
2nd March, 1616.
IV. 75. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor
and Court of Aldermen, with reference to the loan of 60,000l. for the
King's service, and complaining of the delay which had occurred in
procuring the money.
28th May, 1617.
IV. 77. Letter from the Earl of Suffolk, Lord Treasurer, requesting
that the balance of the loan for His Majesty's service might be forthwith sent in.
Audley End, 12th June, 1617.
IV. 79. Letter from the Earl of Suffolk, Lord Treasurer,
to Mr. Byngley, (fn. 5) requiring that the assessment made upon Mr. John
Eldred, (fn. 6) a London merchant, in respect of the loan might be reduced
from 1,000l. to 600l.
24th June, 1617.
IV. 81. Warrant from the Lordsd of the Council to the Lord
Mayor and Aldermen, or to any of their Ministers, requring them to
make search for, and, if apprecheded, bring before the Council,
William Cater, a Citizen of london, who, having been often sent for
by them and the Lord Mayor, upon occasion concerning the King's
special service, had kept out of the way.
11th July, 1617.
IV. 82. Further Letter from the Lord Council to the
Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen, complaning of the delays in
completing the loan required for His Majesty's service, and directing
the amount required to be made up by the first of August ensuing.
13th July, 1617.
IV. 84. Letter from the Earl of Suffolk, Lord Treasurer, to the
Lord Mayor, stating that he had by chance lighted on Mr. Cater
(whom they had all while been unale to find), at Audley End,
and to the Lord Mayor to take such course with him as he should
him to the Lord Mayor to take such course with him as he should
Audley End, 31st July, 1617.
A Postscript says, that as the writer heard there was much
difficuty to get money to suppy the sum promised, he could wish
Mr. Cater might not be rated to lend than 1,5001.
IV. 103. Letter from the lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor
and Court of Aldermen, intimating that His Majesty, on account of his
urgent and unexpected occasions for the necessary service of the
State, was unable to repay the loan, and therefore requested forberance for a twelvemonth longer.
17th March, 1617.
V. 72. Petition from the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons
of the City of London to the King with reference to the Moneys lent
to His Majesty, and the inconveniences arising by reason of the postponement of the payment thereof, and praying that an assinment
of 25,000l. per annum out of the Customs might be made to them
until the principal and interest should be fully satisfied; and that
they might be permitted, with the assistance of Council, to draw
up such an assignment as should be free from future question, and
also to retain the assurance they then had for the moneys until they
were fully paid.
A note follows that the Petition was by the King verbally
referred to Lord Verulam, Lord Chancellor, and Sir Lionel Cranfield,
Master of the Wards, and that His Majesty had agreed to ratify what
they should do; that they agreed to a payment of 20,000l. per annum,
in equal half-yearly portions, on account of principal and interest, past
and to come, as appeared by a Certificate of the King's pleasure
signified by the Master of the Wards under his hand, upon which a
Writ of Privy Seal was obtained, and a Warrant from the Lord
Treasurer, dated 12th July, 1620, for payment of 10,000l. for interest.
V. 79. Letter from Lords Lenox, Pemborke, Southampton, (fn. 7) and
Doncaster, (fn. 8) to the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen, requesting
the loan of 3,000l. or 4,000l., out of the Chamber or otherwise, for a
business which they wished very well unto, the money to be paid to
Philip Burlamachy, (fn. 9) and Pledging themselves to repay it without fail
next Michaelmas term.
25th July, 1620.
V. 114. Petition from the Mayor, Commonalty, and Citizens of
the City of London to the King, reciting that he had been pleased
to give order for repayment of the moneys lent to him on his going
into Scotland, (fn. 10) by half-yearly instalments of 10,000l., but they could
not obtain payment. They therefore prayed that he would give an
express and absolute order for the payment of the 20,000l. then due,
and some particular assignation for the future payments.
In margin, 22nd September, 1621.
VI. 1. Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the
City of London to the King, with reference to the Payment of money,
borrowed by him of the City on his going into Scotland, for which
they had received many gracious promises, and sometimes orders by
Privy Seal for a beginning of payment, but nothing had been effected,
although the Petitioners had daily complaints from widows, orphans,
and other decayed persons, who suffered extremely for want thereof.
They therefore prayed that His Majesty would give express order for
Delivered in December (probably 1622).
VI. 54. Petition of sundry Citizens to the Lord Mayor and Court
of Aldermen, reciting that they had advanced several sums of money
towards the 100,000l. lent to his Majesty by the City, for which the
Petitioners held security under the City seal; that the money had long
since become due, and only one year's interest had been paid: for
want of the money they were greatly burdened in their trade; they
prayed that the principal and interest might be paid.
VI. 59. Letter from the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen to
Sir Sidney Montague, (fn. 11) acknowledging the receipt of his letter concerning a Petition from Thomas Wood to His Majesty, and informing
him that the bond referred to by the Petitioner was given by the City,
under their Common Seal, for the payment of a lesser sum lent by
William Abbott, and was part of the money advanced by the City to the
King when he went into Scotland. When His Majesty made payment
thereof, the Petitioner would receive satisfaction.
VI. 60. Copy of the Petition of Thomas Wood to the King,
referred to in the foregoing letter.
VI. 61. Order signed by Sir Sidney Montague thereon, intimating
His Majesty's pleasure that the Petition should be shown to the
Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen, that they might afford the
Petitioner satisfaction according to justice, or else return their answer
to the complaint, that further order might be taken for the Petitioner's
relief. From the Court at Newmarket, 28th November, 1624.
VI. 76. Order in Council, reciting the complaint of the Recorder, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London, by their
Petition, against Tobie Pallavicine, son and heir of Sir Horatio
Pallavicine, Knight, deceased, for bringing the City in question,
and prosecuting the law for an old debt of 14,000l., supposed to
be lent by Sir Horatio to Queen Elizabeth, before 1588. The Council,
considering that the City became bound in that sum not as principal
but as sureties, and that the Crown was to save them harmless,
order that the Lord Treasurer and the Chancellor of the Exchequer
should be entreated to take some legal steps in the Court of
Exchequer to stay the suit, and that the Attorney-General should
consider both as to the state of the cause and the means how the
Petitioners might be discharged.
20th October, 1626.
VII. 78. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor,
expressing His Majesty's desire for the City's forbearance for a period
of six months longer, of the 60,000l. lately lent to him, and intimating
his intention to pay interest for the same.
Hampton Court, 9th November, 1625.
VI. 85. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Treasurer,
forwarding a Petition which the City proposed to present to the King,
wherein he might perceive the danger they were run into, unless the
King vouchsafed to relieve them, and requesting him to favour them
by moving the King for a view and examination of the business, and
that thereupon he would procure the City's discharge of their engagement, for what should appear due.
Note in margin.—A letter to the Lord Treasurer, concerning
Pallavicine's money in June, 1626.
VI. 87. Petition from the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons
of the City of London, reciting that in the twenty-fifth year of the reign
of Queen Elizabeth, and at her request, they had given assurance by
bond, under the City's Seal, for the repayment of a great sum of
money lent to her by Sir Horatio Pallavicine, Knight; Her Majesty
also gave him assurance under the Great Seal, and on the back thereof
divers of the Lords of her Privy Council made an honourable undertaking for the repayment of the money, part of which was claimed of
the City by Fabritio Pallavicine, after the death of Sir Horatio,
his brother, in the time of the late King, James the First, and
(as they conceived) some order was then taken that had quieted
the business ever since, yet one Toby Pallavicine, son and administrator of Sir Horatio, now laid fresh claim to 14,000l., or thereabouts,
of the debt. By some speeches lately given out, they conceived he
purposed to seek payment by arrest of their goods in foreign parts.
They therefore prayed that some course might be taken to examine
the said debt, and what part of it had been paid or otherwise satisfied,
that order might be taken to discharge the City thereof, and thereby
deliver the Citizens from fear of such courses as were threatened,
and enable them to follow their trades with like freedom as in
Date in margin, June, 1626.
VI. 89. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor
and Court of Aldermen, reciting that they had lately acquainted some
of them with the manifold necessities of the King, and the whole
State, on account of the strong, prepatations of the enemy for an
invasion, and the want of means for defence by reason of the lack of
a present supply of money. The Council had also informed them of
the King's moderate desire for a loan of 100,000l., and they had
received for answer frivolous excuses. The Council had therefore
thought fit to require in writing that, all excuses set apart, they should
again enter into the business, and behave themselves as Magistrates
and Governors so highly entrusted, and in such a time, and return an
answer to His Majesty, at Greenwich, on Sunday next, that he might
know how far he could rely on their faith and duty, or, in default,
might frame his courses as appertained to a king, on such necessities
and important occasions.
Whitehall, 22nd June, 1626.
VI. 90. Letter from the Lord Treasurer to the Lord Mayor
and Court of Aldermen, with directions for the disposal of the sum
of 20,000l., to be lent by them for present and important services that
would not admit of delay, and requesting that, as it was required in
such haste that it could not safely be deferred till payment could be
made by the orderly way of the Exchequer, the money might be
forthwith paid according to the King's directions. The orders and
tallies in the Exchequer should be made ready with as much speed as
Whitehall, 6th July, 1626.
VI. 105. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord
Mayor, remainding him of the King's many and urgent occasions for
the employment of money. The greatest part of the kingdom had
well expressed their affection, and sent in their moneys to the
Exchequer. Because London was found so slack, they were commanded to call upon the Lord Mayor to send in by Wednesday next
the moneys already collected of that loan, and to call for all moneys
Whitehall, 14th June, 1627.
VI. 125. Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of
the City of London to the King, stating that they had often troubled him
with petitions for repayment of the moneys they furnished him on his
going into Scotland, together with the interest due thereon, of which
they had received none of the principal, and only one year's interest,
although His Majesty had several times given directions for steps
to be taken for payment. Time had wrought alterations in the
conditions of the lenders; some were dead, and their widows and
orphans cried out for payment; some were decayed and imprisoned,
and others likely to undergo the same calamity if steps were not
speedily taken for their relief. The City's Seal, which had been
given by his commands as security to the lenders, suffered as never
it had done before, and several suits had been commenced against
the Chamber of London in the Courts at Westminster, to which they
knew not how to give satisfactory answer. They therefore prayed
that he would give order for such payment to be made to them as
might give relief to the distressed and comfort to them all.
An Order follows, signed by Secretary Sir Edward Conway,
dated Theobalds, July 1624, directing the King's two principal
secretaries and the Chancellor of the Exchequer to consider how
His Majesty might most conveniently satisfy the debts mentioned
in the petition.
VI. 140. Petition of sundry Citizens of London to the Lord
Mayor and Court of Aldermen. Copy of No. 54, Vol. VI.
VI. 144. Order in Council, reciting that the Lord Mayor and
Aldermen had certified to the Board that certain refractory persons
of the Vintners Company had been committed by them, on the complaint of the Master and Wardens of that Company, for refusing to
submit to an Act of Common Council, (fn. 12) enjoining them to pay their
rateable parts towards the raising of the sum which the City had
contracted to supply to the King for the defence of the realm.
As His Majesty had approved of the proceedings of the Court of
Aldermen, and had signified his pleasure that the committal should be
ratified by Order of Council, and that the said persons should not be
enlarged till his further pleasure was known, they therefore ordered
that the commitments be accordingly ratified and continued.
Whitehall, 10th February, 1627.
VI. 143. The Certificate of the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen referred to in the foregoing order.
Dated in margin, 6th February, 1627.
VI. 146. Order of the Council requiring the Lord Mayor and
Court of Aldermen to make the foregoing certificate.
6th February, 1627.
VI. 153. Letter from the King, under signer, to the Lord Mayor
and Aldermen, &c., stating that a sudden and important occasion
of the relief of Rochelle, (fn. 13) required present succours, and directing
them immediately to pay 20,000l. to Philip Burlamachi for that
purpose. If they had not the money in readiness, they should employ
their credit in providing it.
Westminster, the last of June, in the fourth year of our reign (1628).
VI. 155. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor,
requesting him to appoint Hugh Parrey and Lawrence Halsted,
Merchants, as High Collectors of the first and second subsidies, and
the said Hugh Parrey and John Blande, Merchant, as High Collectors
of the third subsidy.
Whitehall, 13th June, 1628.
VII. 65. Order of the Court of Chancery in a suit of the Executors
of Alderman Thomas Bennett against the Corporation, in respect of
bonds given by the City for the repayment of moneys advanced by
them to the King, directing that, unless cause should be shown to the
contrary within a week, an Injunction should be awarded against the
Defendants for stay of proceedings at Common Law upon the bonds
till the hearing of the cause.
11th January, 1631.
In margin, 11th June.
VII. 67. Order in Chancery confirming the Injunction of the
11th June, 1631 (No. 65), and directing the Plaintiffs to proceed with
effect to bring the cause to a hearing.
21st June, 1631.
VII. 69. Order of the Court of Aldermen to the Remembrancer
(Mr. Bacon) to prosecute the Petition of the City to the King for
pardoning the issues returned and forfeited by them in the suit of the
Executors of Mr. Alderman Bennett, and to report his proceedings.
23rd June, 1631.
VIII. 44. Letter from the King (James the First) to the Common
Council for the loan of 100,000l. from the City.
20th January, 1617.
VIII. 67. Letter from the Lord Keeper (the Bishop of Lincoln) to the Lord Mayor and the rest of the Commissioners for
the subsidies in the City, with respect to the amounts of subsidy
obtained from the gentry and commonalty in all parts of the
kingdom, "which are fallen almost a moiety without any colour of
reason," and requiring them to take notice of the several totals to
which the particular subsidies had amounted since the 20th Elizabeth,
and acquaint the rest of the Commissioners with the same, and to let
them know that His Majesty expected the highest proportion in all
those totals, or some satisfactory reasons for any failing or abatement
31st August, 1625.
VIII. 90. Same as No. 44, Vol. VIII.
20th January, 1617.
VIII. 226. Letter from the King to (the Lord
Mayor) for an immediate loan from the City of 100,000l., for which
he had given order to the Treasurer of the Exchequer to furnish him
with assignments out of the collections and choicest branches of the
16th April, 1640.
VIII. 232. Letter from the King to the Lord Mayor, Aldermen,
and Commonalty of the City of London, thanking them for their
willing compliance with the present great and urgent occasions of his
Dated from York, 8th October, 1640.
VIII. 233. Letter from the Council of Peers (fn. 14) to the Lord
Mayor, Aldermen, Citizens, and Commonalty of the City, informing
them that, having been assembled at York by writ under the Great
Seal, the King had declared to them his intention to summon a
Parliament at Westminster, on the 3rd November next, and that the
Lords appointed by the King and the Council of Peers were about to
meet the Scotch at Ripon, from which meeting they were not without
hope that things might come to a speedy and happy conclusion.
In the mean time the army in the north must be kept up till, by
the effect of the treaty or the wisdom of Parliament, some course
might be taken for a firm peace or just war. His Majesty
was altogether unprovided with means to keep his army together
until Parliament settled some such course as they should think
fittest, and in their opinion it was necessary he should be supplied
with 200,000l. Not doubting the City's ability and willingness
to provide that sum, they had deputed certain Lords of the Great
Council therein mentioned, assisted by the principal officers of His
Majesty's revenue, to treat with them as to security and days of
payment, and offered themselves to join in any further security that
should be agreed upon.
25th September, 1640.
VIII. 243. Further Letter from the Council of Peers to the Lord
Mayor, Aldermen, Citizens, and Commonalty of the City, thanking
them for their cheerfulness and forwardness in complying with their
application for the loan of 200,000l., and praying them to make all
possible speed in supplying the residue of the money, that it might
not be useless by coming too late.
19th October, 1640.
IX. 11. Letter from the King, (Charles the Second), to the Lord
Mayor, Sir Thomas Alleyn, (fn. 15) Knight and Baronet, and the Lord Mayor
elect, Sir Richard Brown, (fn. 16) Knight and Baronet, informing them that
the money to be raised by a Poll Tax, for disbanding the Army, came
in but slowly, although the Commissioners had been directed to use
all diligence, and requesting the Corporation, for the more speedy
casing of the nation's burden in the daily charge of the Army, to
advance 100,000l. by way of loan, upon the security of the Act for
two months' assessments, His Majesty giving his word for the
payment of principal and interest.
20th October, 1660.
IX. 25. Letter from the King to the Lord Mayor and Common
Council, requesting a loan of 100,000l. forthwith, from the Citizens,
for the purpose of discharging certain ships, as recommended by
Parliament, the principal and interest to be secured upon the last
three months' income of the six months' assessment.
11th March, 1660.
IX. 26. Letter from the King to the Lord Mayor and Common
Council, informing them that, as the money had come in from the
several counties, cities, &c., quicker than was expected, he would not
require the above loan.
14th March, 1660.
IX. 29. Letter from the King to the Lord Mayor and Common
Council, requesting a loan of 60,000l. on interest, upon the security of
the Act of Parliament lately passed, granting 70,000l.
9th April, 1661.
IX. 42. Petition of the Mayor, Commonalty, and Citizens of the
City of London to the King, stating that, in the year 1643, in the
Mayoralty of Sir Isaac Pennington, (fn. 17) by constraint of several orders
and ordinances of the then Lords and Commons at Westminster, and
by the frowardness of the then Mayor and a prevailing party, which, by
the favour and partiality of the times, had crept into the Common
Council, and thereby obtained the power over the Common Seal of
the City, bonds were given in the name of the Petitioners, under the
said Seal, as security, to sundry persons, for great sums of money lent
by them to the State, and those persons had taken proceedings in the
Courts at Westminster against the Petitioners, and obtained several
issues and amerciaments against them. They therefore besought His
Majesty to take into his consideration the conditions upon which the
said bonds were given, and to release the City and Chamber from the
said issues, &c.
IX. 66. Letter from the Lord Treasurer, the Earl of Southampton,
and the Duke of Albemarle, (fn. 18) to Sir John Robinson, Bart., Lord Mayor,
informing him that His Majesty, out of the four subsidies lately
granted to him by Parliament, had assigned 50,000l. for the payment
of his guards. It being necessary that the money should be advanced
at once, they request the Lord Mayor to call a Common Council,
and to propose to them a loan of 50,000l., secured on the said subsidies,
which, if complied with, the rates of the several counties should be
particularly assigned, and paid into the Chamber of London, for the
repayment of principal and interest.
IX. 75. Petition of the Lord Mayor and Aldermen to the King,
to the same effect as No. 42, Vol. IX.
IX. 76. Letter from the Lords of the Council, in reply, informing
them that the King had directed the Attorney-General to prepare a
Bill for His Majesty's free pardon to the City, of all issues and suits
exhibited against them in any of the Courts at Westminster, for any
sum or sums of money advanced and lent upon any Ordinance or
Orders for the maintenance of the Army, &c.
4th November, 1663.