VII. 178. Petition from the Mayor, Commonalty, and Citizens of
the City of London to the King, reciting that a Patent was ready to
pass the Great Seal for incorporating divers places in the City and
suburbs, and three miles compass of the same, (fn. 1) which it was thought
would be very prejudicial to the liberties and privileges of the City,
and praying that the Patent might be stayed, and the consideration
thereof, with their reasons against it, referred to such persons as His
Majesty might think fit.
Dated in margin, 26th, April, 1636.
A Note is subjoined, intimating the King's pleasure that the
subject should be referred to the Lords, Commissioners for Trade, and
that the sealing of the Patent should, in the mean time, be delayed.
VII. 191. Order in Council, reciting that the Complaint of the
Lord Mayor, Recorder, and Aldermen of London, concerning the
new Corporation of the suburbs, had been that day heard at the
Board, in the presence of Mr. Lewknow and Mr. Reading, Chamberlains of the said Corporation, and all objections heard; and ordering
that the Corporation should proceed, as by Letters Patent they were
warranted in taking into their body as well Freemen of London
as others the King's subjects, denizens or aliens, using any
occupation, art, or mystery, or trade by retail, inhabiting within their
precincts, except Weavers, Brickmakers, and Tilemakers, who were
reserved till further order should be given for their admittance.
That they might also admit aliens paying five pounds at least
to the King and obliging themselves to take English apprentices.
It had been alleged that Duke's Place, Whitefriars, Blackfriars, and
Coleharbert were not within the precincts of the new Corporation, being, by Charter of 6 James I., added to the Franchise and
Liberty of the City of London, and it was therefore for the present
declared that the inhabitants of those places should not be meddled
with till further order. The Council further order the City to consider of an oath whereby Freemen of London who might enter the
new Corporation might be obliged to bind their apprentices to their
Companies as formerly. The several City Companies should be
allowed to take view and search of the wares of retailers inhabiting
within the precincts of the new Corporation, as they had formerly
done. Finally, the inhabitants within the said precincts should be
allowed till All Saints' Day next to take up their Freedom, after
which day none should be admitted.
Whitehall, 19th March, 1636.
VIII. 124. Order in Council for preventing the increase of new
buildings, and appointing a Special Committee of their own body to
confer with the Lord Mayor and Aldermen, and also with the Judges
and His Majesty's learned Counsel, and to consider whether, by increasing the number of Wards in the suburbs, they might not all be
reduced to the two Incorporations of London and Westminster, and
such conformity established in them that the one might not hinder or
incommode the other.
VIII. 200. Order in Council with respect to the new Corporation
of the suburbs, extending the time until Christmas next for persons
to be received into the Freedom thereof, and directing that whereas the
new Corporation was not to meddle with the inhabitants of Duke's
Place, Blackfriars, Whitefriars, and Coleherbert (Coleharbour, Thames
Street), as being within the liberties of the City, His Majesty's
Attorney-General, and Mr. Solicitor, should call for the Recorder and
the Counsel of the City, together with Mr. Lewkenor and Mr. Reading,
Chamberlains of the said new Corporation, and after perusal of the
charters and hearing the parties, settle the business between them if
they could, or acquaint His Majesty and the Board with the true
state of these places, how they stood in regard of the two Corporations
of London and the suburbs.
5th November, 1637.