These are the yearly accounts of the Receivers-General of the City, and contain particular entries of all receipts and payments made by the Receiver. Independently of their great importance in a legal point of view, they will be found to contain a vast amount of most valuable and interesting information for the historian and archæologist.
These small rolls are tied in bundles. They are written on both sides and run from Michaelmas to Michaelmas. The amount of the expenditure is totalled at the foot. The earliest is dated 34 Edward I (A.D. 1305–6), after which there is a gap. The next in order being 5, 6 Edward III (A.D. 1331–32), after which they follow with almost unbroken regularity to 7–8 George I (A.D. 1721–22).
The series abounds in details of first-hand personal interest and would form a highly interesting volume if printed in full.
Specimen extracts will be found printed in T. Wright,e.g. 38, 39 Edward III (A.D. 1364–5), which he considered to be the earliest of the series (p. 311); 42, 43 Edward III (A.D. 1368–69), p. 312; also Oliver, 319; 1, 2 Richard II (A.D. 1378–79), Wright, p 313; 11, 12 Richard II, A.D. 1388–89 (p. 314); 19,20 Richard II, A.D. 1396–97 p 319); 35, 36 Elizabeth, A.D. 1593–94 (p 319); 8, 9 Charles I, A.D. 1633–34 (p 319).
Large extracts from 22–28 Henry VI (A.D.1444–1450) are printed also in Shillingford, pp. 143–152.
The few gaps in the series are indicated in S. Moore's Calendar, which gives also a valuable list of the Receivers' names under their respective years of office.
For Books of Receivers' Accounts, see page 291.
N.B. —The Receivers' Accounts of later date were kept in books, and will be found described under the head of Books of the Receivers' Accounts at p.A.D. 1385.