I. 91. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Mr. Thomas Wilson, one
of the principal Secretaries of State to the Queen. In obedience to
his direction, touching the reformation of the Watermen of the Thames
he had, in conjunction with the Aldermen, taken good orders for
carrying the same into effect, for which purpose they had appointed
eight new Masters, (fn. 1) approved of by the complainers who desired
reformation, and had required amongst other things that the Masters
chosen should take an oath. The persons so appointed refused
to take the oath either to observe the statute or to make a true
account, which, because it had not been limited by the statute,
they could not be compelled to take. Two persons had, however, been
appointed to hear what could be proved against the former Masters,
that they might be punished, and to take order for the accounts
for the past year, that they might be continued.
8th March, 1579.
I. 95. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor,
forwarding for the consideration of the Aldermen a Petition, with
articles lately exhibited to the Council, by certain Watermen of the
Thames, complaining of some disorders used and suffered by the
overseers of that Company contrary to the laws, which, if true, were
likely to breed great inconvenience, and directing that the case should
be inquired into, and Orders issued for the amendment thereof, and
that a copy of such Orders in writing should be forwarded for the
information of the Council.
19th March, 1578.
I. 96. Copy of Orders for the future government of the Watermen's Company as settled by the Lord Mayor, Aldermen Box and
Dixie, and Mr. Norton, are entered at length.
I. 550. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor
and Dr. Lewis, Master of the Requests and Judge of the Admiralty.
Several members of the Watermen's Company had complained of
disorders and abuses which had crept into the Company contrary to
an Act passed in Queen Mary's reign. The Council direct them to
inquire into the allegations; to examine the members of the Company
upon their oaths, and to set down some orders for redressing the
abuses and disorders, and to advertise the Council of the steps taken.
11th November, 1583.
II. 308. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lords of the Council,
concerning a contribution to be given to the Watermen for their relief
in this extraordinary time of frost, which had closed up the River
Thames, (fn. 2) and so deprived them of their living. Many other trades
were suffering from the severe season, as bricklayers, plasterers, silkweavers, &c., and if they contributed to one Company, they must do
the like for all. He therefore prayed that the Watermen might be
left to help themselves by their own industry, in the same manner as
other manual trades.
5th February, 1607.