Merchants of the Staple.
IV. 15. Draft of a Letter from the Lord Mayor and Court of
Aldermen to the Lords of the Council, forwarding a Petition from the
Merchants of the Staple, who were much perplexed by proceedings,
taken against them in the Court of Exchequer, by the King's
Patentees, under the Statute 5 & 6 Edward VI., which the merchants
alleged was made against Brogers, (fn. 1) and not intended to touch the
Merchants of the Staple. Since the loss of Calais, the Merchants of
the Staple had carried on their trade as such within the City, and had
never been questioned until now, that the Patentees, supposing them
to trade as Brogars, had preferred divers informations against them
under the before mentioned Statute. The Letter concludes by commending the case of the Merchants to the consideration of the
3rd February, 1615.