Weights And Measures.
I. 563. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Treasurer,
informing him of the great inconvenience arising to the City and the
Commonwealth, from the want of a proper assize of Troy (fn. 1) and
Avoirdupois weights. Such as used weights for gold and silver
merchandize and victuals, used such as they pleased, to the great
deceit of the people. This custom had been presented by the Wardmotes as a matter most hurtful. He therefore requested that some
speedy order might be given for the redress of the same.
30th January, 1583.
I. 607. Letter from the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen to
the Lord Treasurer. At his request they had considered the complaint made by the Founders' Company, touching the wrong done to
them (as they pretended) and to other Her Majesty's subjects, by
the use of leaden weights, they desiring that all small weights of lead
under two pounds might be turned into brass. Having considered
their request and the reasons alleged, they were of opinion that it
would be very inconvenient to the sellers of small wares to be
compelled to change their weights, they being poor men. As to the
facility offered to the evil-disposed to tamper with the weights,
it would also apply to those made of brass; besides which the
officers appointed to search for defective weights would discover
any deficiencies, if they existed. Moreover the Plumbers' Company
would have a just cause of complaint, that their living was taken
26th April, 1592.
III. 24. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord
Mayor. The King was informed that great and general abuse was
committed in the City by the using of unlawful and unsized as well
as false and defective weights contrary to the Statutes and Ordinances of the Realm. They required him to take steps to search and
seize all such weights, and cause them to be kept until further order;
for which purpose, having had experience, in the late Queen's time, of
the care and diligence of Robert Thompson and James Harrison, then
employed for the search and seizure of false weights, they requested
his lordship to employ them again.
20th September, 1611.
IV. 102. Letter from Sir Francis Bacon, Lord Chancellor, to the
Lord Mayor on behalf of Robert Thompson, who had been deputed
within the City to find out false and unsized beams, weights, and
measures, wherein he had done good service at great pains and
charges to himself, but for which he had received so small a recompense that he was discouraged to proceed further, and requesting
that the benefit of a present freedom might be granted to him for his
York House, 13th March, 1617.