I. 323. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor
and Aldermen. The had been informed that Richard Mathew, Her
Majesty's cutler, and bailiff of the sewers of London, had, at his own
great costs and charges, erected certain floodgates and other necessary
devices in the Fleet Ditch, at the commandment and by the direction
of the then Lord Mayor, the Court of Aldermen, and the Commissioners of Sewers, to the benefit generally of the whole City, which
had been continued, by his care and industry, for five years, but had
been neglected for the past seven years, and allowed to fall into decay
through the non-observance of certain covenants granted by the Court
of Mayor and Aldermen, in a lease made to Mathew. Although
sundry letters had been written by the Council, directing the continuance and maintenance of the said Mathew and his works, nothing
had been done; the Council had therefore thought it good once again
to remind them of the annoyance, and require them to have a special
care to maintain the said Mathew and his assigns, with whatsoever
the City and Court of Sewers had promised him for the cleansing
and conservation of the said sewer.
10th April, 1582.
I. 591. Letter from the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen to
the Lords of the Council. They had considered the petition of
Richard Mathew to the Queen, touching the state of the Fleet Ditch,
and had thought it good to set down their answers, proving the
untruths of his suggestions, and explaining the steps taken to keep
the place free from all manner of annoyance, for the health of the
20th April, 1591.