I. 236. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Lord Cobham, Lord
Warden of the Cinque Ports, thanking him for his good offices, and
stating that the bearer (of the letter) had been appointed to repair to
the places convenient to understand the truth of such things as should
be done or attempted, and from time to time inform his Lordship,
in order that he might give orders for redress, or further inform
Her Majesty, or her Council, as might seem to him most expedient.
27th July, 1581.
IV. 17. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord
Mayor (Sir John Jolles, (fn. 1) Knight), Sir Thomas Lowe, (fn. 2) Sir William
Craven, (fn. 3) and Sir John Swynnerton, (fn. 4) Knights and Aldermen, or any
three of them, whereof the Lord Mayor to be one, forwarding a Petition received from the Widow of George Smithes, (fn. 5) late an Alderman, complaining of dishonest and unnatural dealing practised
towards her by one Sewster, her son-in-law, with reference to a
marriage intended between herself and Sir Arthur Savage, Knight,
and requesting them to call the parties before them, and certify the
facts to the Council.
6th February, 1615.
The Petition of Sarah Smithes, Widow, late wife of George
Smithes, Alderman, of London, deceased, is then given at length.
The chief ground of complaint appears to have been, that Edward
Sewster, her son-in-law, with whom she resided, having induced Sir
Arthur Savage, Knight, to become suitor in marriage to her, and
finding that he was received with some favour, had procured from him
a bond for payment of 1,000l. shortly after the marriage, and
having got the bond from him, had afterwards induced the Petitioner
to give his wife and himself many things of value.
IV. 18. Letter from the Lord Mayor and Aldermen above
mentioned to the Lords of the Council, certifying that they had heard
the parties, and were of opinion that the 1,000l. was freely promised
by Sir Arthur Savage, and accepted by Sewster, to further him in the
marriage; as to the lawfulness or convenience of such kind of contracts, they referred the matter to the consideration of the Council.
10th February, 1615.
V. 15. Letter from the Duke of Lenox to the Lord Mayor,
recommending to his notice the bearer, William Gosling, professing
knowledge of many excellent Inventions and Engines, useful and
necessary, as he said, for the City.
Whitehall, 18th February, 1618.
VI. 8. Letter from the King to the Lord Mayor and Court of
Aldermen, stating that it appeard to him they owed to Alderman
Rotheram, (fn. 6) deceased, the sum of 1,500l., which belonged to his
servant, Sir Anthony Pell, (fn. 7) Knight, by his marriage with the widow.
His Majesty had been moved to request that the same might
be paid to Sir Anthony, notwithstanding that they might, until His
Majesty further assisted them, avoid payment. If they would pay it
without further trouble, he would take it kindly, and it should not be
a precedent for any other like payment.
Newmarket, 25th March, 21 James I. (1623).
VI. 21. Letter from Richard Cheney (fn. 8) to the Lord Mayor and
Court of Aldermen, stating that he had already acknowledged with
thankfulness the favour they had shown him (well weighing his
imbecility both personally and pecuniarily). Since, however, the
Common Council had imposed upon him the erection of a Statue, he
begged his charge might be disbursed in erecting that of King
Edward the Sixth, and that underneath it might be specified at whose
charge it was erected. To his request (having regard to his former
fine) he expected no opposition.
VI. 44. Memorandum of the several things given in charge by
His Majesty to the Lord Mayor, on Trinity Sunday, 1624:—
"The Catechising upon Saboth dayes at afternoone."
"The Quest betwene ye Potticaries and Grocers."
"The multitude of Beggers."
"The Gouldsmiths' Rowe in Cheapside, to be reformed before
"The clensing ye River of Thames."
"The repayre of Powles."
VIII. 127. Letter from W.N.M. to, forwarding a gratuity,
as a remembrance of due thankfulness for his honourable favour.
IX. 6. Letter from William Morrice, by command of the King, to
Sir Thomas Aleyn, Knight and Bart., Lord Mayor, informing him
that Winceslaus Hollar (fn. 9) had taken great pains in designing and
cutting in copper a large Map of the City of London and the Suburbs,
which work remained incomplete on account of the expenses necessary, and recommending the Court of Aldermen and other welldisposed persons in the City, to assist him in the work.
4th September, 1660.