Honourable Acts of Citizens. 268

Honourable Acts of Citizens.

vinity, 400l. Of which the Company of Leathersellers have great Respect; and not only see it diligently performed, but also have added their Bounty thereto.

John Fuller, Esq; and one of the Judges in the Sheriffs Court in London; by his Last Will and Testament, bearing Date the 10th of June, 1592, appointed his Wife, her Heirs and Assigns, to erect certain Almshouses in the Parish of * Stokenheath, for Twelve poor aged single Men, being aged Fifty Years, or upwards.

John Fuller his Almshouses and Charity.

*Stebunheath.

He appointed also the like Almshouses to be builded in the Parish of St. Leonard in Shoreditch, for Twelve poor Widow Women of the like Age: And she to endow them with the yearly Maintenance of One Hundred Pounds; namely, To each Fifty Pounds by the Year for ever. And that Money to be deducted out of his Lands in Lincolnshire; assuring over the same to certain Feoffees in Trust, by a Deed of Feoffment.

For poor aged Widows.

Moreover, he gave his Messuages, Lands and Tenements, lying and being in the several Parishes of St. Benet, and St. Peter by Paul's Wharf, to Feoffees, in Trust yearly for ever; to disburse all the Issues and Profits of the said Lands and Tenements, to the relieving and discharging of poor Prisoners in the Hole, or Twopeny Wards, in either of the Compters in London, by equal Portions to each Compter. Provided, that the Debt do not exceed the Sum of Twenty Shillings eight Pence, for every Prisoner at any Time to be set free.

Feofees put in Trust, to see his Will performed.

Care for the Relief and Discharge of poor Prisoners.

Mr. Edward Elmer, Grocer, gave to both the Counters in London an Hundred Pounds; partly to be laid out in Faggots for the Prisoners, in cold Weather; and for two Load of Straw yearly to Bethlem.

Edw. Elmer.

Mr. William Nelson, Grocer, towards the maintaining of Twelve poor Scholars in Oxenford and Cambridge, gave Four Hundred Pounds, to be paid yearly to each Place 20l. and 33s. 4d. to each Man. And to the Prisons, 33l.

W. Nelson his Love to Learning.

Mr. Ralph Newbery, Stationer, gave a Stock of Books, and Privileges of Printing; to be sold for the Benefit of Christ's Hospital, and Bridewell.

Ralph Newbery.

Mr. Robert Rowe, Haberdasher, for the Furtherance of poor Scholars in both the Universities, gave 20l. yearly, and the Remainder of his Goods that were not bequeathed.

Rob. Rowe a Favourer of Learning.

Mr. Edmond Stile, Grocer, and Sheriff of London, gave to be distributed among the said Hospitals in London, the Sum of 60l.

Edmond Stile his Charity.

John Stockley, Merchant Taylor, gave to Christ's Hospital, and other Hospitals beside, towards the Education of poor Children in the Fear of God, the Sum of 40l.

John Stockley his Charity, and Love to Learning.

He gave besides to the Universities 40l. more, towards the Maintenance of Four poor Scholars; to be disposed by the Master and Wardens of the Merchant Taylors, with Consent of his Executors and Overseers: Desiring that St. John Baptist College in Oxenford should have the Prerogative of the Gift, if such be there to be found, as are capable of the same.

Gains Newman, Goldsmith, gave to Christ's Hospital, 5l. To St. Bartholomew's Hospital, 6l. 13s. 4d. And to the Hospital of Bridewell, 3l.

Gaius Newman his Charity.

John Newman, Grocer, gave to Christ's Hospital, 3l. To St. Bartholomew's Hospital, 6l. And to St. Thomas in Southwark, and Bridewell Hospital, 40s. to each House.

John Newman his Charity.

Richard May, Merchant Taylor, gave (by his last Will and Testament) to the Chamber of London, the Sum of 300l. toward the new building of old, ruined and decayed Blackwell Hall, in London: It being a Market Place for the Selling of Woollen Cloths, on such usual Market Days as are thereunto assigned.

Rich. May his Love Token to London, and Charity to the Poor.

Upon the Receipt of this Gift, the said Hall was taken down, and a new Foundation laid: And within the Space of Ten Months following the Work was finished, with the full Charge of 2500l.

He gave besides to Christ's Hospital, the Sum of 90l.

Peter Chapman, Ironmonger, gave to the Eight Prisons in and about London, the Sum of 60l.

Peter Chapman his Charity, and Love to Learning.

He gave also to Two poor Scholars of Oxenford, studying Divinity, 5l. to each yearly.

To poor Scholars in Cambridge also, following the same Study, he gave the like Sum of Money.

To the Poor of the Town of Cokeham in Barkshire, where it appeared he was born, he gave the Sum of 5l. yearly.

John Carre, Ironmonger, gave a Gift of 20l. yearly, for the Space of One and twenty Years. Five Pounds thereof was to go to a Preacher at Standon in Essex.

John Carre his Care for Learning, and the Poor.

Concerning the other Fifteen Pounds, it was ordered to pass in this Manner of Course:

The first Year, it was for the Benefit of certain poor Parishes in London, thereto appointed.

The Second Year, it was for the Help of Two poor Scholars; one in Oxenford, and the other in Cambridge.

The Third Year, it was appointed for the Relief of the Poor in Standon.

And so (according to this Course) to continue for Time and Place, during the Space of One and twenty Years.

Henry Cowch, or Crowth, Merchant Taylor, gave unto Christ's Hospital the Benefit of his House, known by the Name of the Crown, without Aldgate, having divers Years as then to come in the Lease, and yielding yearly the Sum of Fifteen Pounds.

Henry Cowche his Charity.

Five Pound is yearly appointed to be paid to the Poor of that Parish, and Ten Shillings to a Preacher.

The rest remaineth to the Hospital: And after the Leases Expiration, it is judged to yield above an Hundred Marks yearly.

David Smith, Embroiderer, at his own Charge did build certain Almshouses upon the Hill called St. Peter's Hill, near unto Old Fishstreet; allowing sufficient Maintenance to them.

David Smith his Care of the Poor.

He gave also 25l. yearly to the Company of Ironmongers, appointing it to be distributed among the Poor, in the Wards of Queen Hith and Castle Baynard.

John Scot, Salter, gave to his Company the Sum of 20l. yearly; because they should allow to the Six poor Almsmen of the Company, each Man 12d. weekly.

John Scot his Charity to the Poor.

The rest is to be divided among other Poor; and Thirty Shillings to be bestowed in Coals, yearly, for the Poor.

William Stoder, Grocer, gave to Christ's Hospital, for Relief of the poor Childten there, 50l. yearly.

W. Stoder his Charity.

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