The Worth of Citizens.
Supply their Princes Occasions for present
Citizens called upon to receive
Citizens of Wealth and Honour.
Sir Thomas Gresham.
Sir Baptist Hicks.
Several worthy Maiors formerly.
Valor of Citizens.
Extraordinary Honours done to the City by
Kings and Nobles.
Offices and Places belonging to the
Liveries and Fees anciently given, and paid
annually by the City, to Persons of Honour, &c.
A Great deal hath been spoken (and yet all but very
imperfect Collections) of the Noble Liberality and Charity of the Citizens from
Time: Whence Honour and Reputation hath deservedly been derived to the City.
The City's Honour by their Citizens.
But the Citizens of London have had divers other commendable Qualifications,
have contributed also to the Ennobling thereof: As, namely, Their vast Wealth,
Generous Employment of it; their Loyalty and their Valour, together with their
To give some scattering Hints of each.
The City, by the Benefit of its Trade, hath always been very opulent; and many
Members have arrived to overgrown Estates: Which they have made use of very
commendably, either for the present Supplies and Assistances of their Princes,
they have often done) or for some other Publick Good.
Wealth of Citizens, and their Employment of it commendable.
When King Edward the Third was resolved upon an Expedition to France, with an
Intent to recover his Right there, in the 13th of that King, the Parliament gave
Tax: But the Citizens supplied him with present Money; he borrowing of them
Marks, to be repaid of the Money coming of the foresaid Grant. Which Money was
levied of every Ward in the City. Fabian shews what every Ward was cessed at;
more, some less. And I observe these Men of Note for the chiefest Wealth:
K. Edward III. borrows of the City.
Fabian's Chron. f.207.
|William de Bracklesworth;||of the Tower Ward,||lent 100l.
|John de Cawston,||of Billingsgate Ward,||lent
|Aleyn Guyll,||of the same Ward,||200l.
|John Lovekyne,||of Bridge Ward,||200l.
|of the same Ward,||200l.
|of Dowgate Ward,||200l.
|of Langborn Ward,
Adam de Bery,
John de S. Albon,
|of Billingsgate Ward.
|Augustin Wales,||of Limestreet Ward.
|Drapers, of Cornhill
|Barthol. Thomazine, Mercer,|
|Tho. Legg, Skinner, 300l.|
|Walter Turk, Fishmonger,|
|of the Vintry
|Adam Brabeson,||of Bredstreet Ward.
|Sir Andrew Awbrey, L. Maior,|
William de Cawston,
A Rich Ward, as appears by all these wealthy Men in it.
|Gilbert Staindroppe,||of Faringdon Ward within.
|Rich. Lazar, Mercer,|
|Simon de Frauncis: This Man
800l. as much as the L. Maior
did. He was Maior in the
Henry of War,
|of Colemanstreet Ward.
The rest of the Wards are mentioned; but no particular Names of wealthy Persons
contributing largely, as these beforementioned did.