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sometimes, who had great and dangerous Enemies to Encounter, and watch against.
To enlarge a little here. In that Critical Year 1588, She sent to the Maior and
and they raised her a great Sum of Money of the wealthier Citizens, Collected in
Company by a Loan. In one Payment whereof in Part, they sent in Seventeen
Thousand Nine Hundred Fifty Two Pounds, Ten Shillings. Some indeed there were
that endeavoured to shift it off, by going into the Country, or leaving the
absenting themselves for the present. But that such also might bear their
the Lord Maior, (who was Sir Martin Calthorp) was fain to crave Help from above
deal with them. Whose Letter to the Lord Treasurer (who had called upon him for
Loan) I shall set down, as worth preserving: Viz.
"That it might please him to be advertised, that according to his Lordships
Direction, for the speedy Payment of such Money, as the Companies did stand
by way of Loan for her Majesty's Service, he [the Maior] had proceeded for the
effecting of the same by all good Ways and Means: Whereby it was then brought
and paid into her Majesty's Receipt, upon the Second Payment, the Sum of
Thousand Nine Hundred Fifty Two Pounds Ten Shillings. And that he was in good
Hope it would have been made Twenty Thousand Pounds. But that he saw then it
would very hardly be accomplished, unless his Lordship would be pleased to take
Course, that such Citizens as did wilfully absent themselves, and others that
had left the
City, and betaken themselves into the Country, might likewise be compelled to
contribute unto the said Loan. Whose Names, and Dwelling Places, together with
Particular of such Sums as they stood charged with, he sent unto his Lordship by
Brother, Sir George Bond, [an Alderman.] And that he could well inform his
Lordship, how effectually this Business had been travailed in. He added, that
very sorry that he should be occasioned by the Backwardness of some, to give so
an Information unto his Lordship against any one, that would be accounted a good
Citizen. But in respect of his Duty, he could do no less, but lay the Fault and
such as committed the same. And so beseeching his good Lordship to receive in
Part, what his good Will and dutiful Pains had accomplished herein, he humbly
his Leave. Dated at London, the 15th of November, 1588."
The Maior's Letter of a Loan of the Companies to Queen Elizabeth, Anno 1588.
Not long after I find one of the Aldermen, viz. Alderman Skinner, in Hold for
Disobedience to an Order of the Queen's Council, whom I suspect to be one of
that upon Retirement out of the City, or some other Cause, refused to contribute
was alloted him to this Loan. The rest of his Brethren the Aldermen, had
him to comply, but without Success; till now in September, 1589, they joined
in their Supplication to the Privy Council, to order his Enlargement, upon his
Security for his Forth-coming, whensoever the Privy Council should call for him;
that because his Wife lay at that Time very much indisposed; they hoping that by
gentle Usage they should at length prevail with him. To which Supplicatory
Maior, and Twelve more, subscribed their Names. After this manner shewing their
Deference to the Queen, as well as intercession for their Brother.
An Alderman imprisoned about it.
"Right Honourable, our very good Lords: How acceptable a Thing it might be
us, by any good Means to reduce our Brother, Alderman Skinner, to conform
unto your Honour's Proceedings, it may be your Lordships by our often and humble
Motions, might rightly judge. And yet in that we are persuaded, nothing may so
inform him in the Consideration of his Obedience, proceeding from your Lordships
the Time of this his restrained Liberty: We have therefore thought good,
upon your Honourable Favours, and tendring the Good of our said Brother, to
humble Suitors unto your good Lordships. Beseeching the same to be so
pleased, as upon Security and Pledges for his Forthcoming, he may be enlarged
Prison for some convenient Time, to your Lordships thought Good. And the rather
are to beseech and intreat the same, in that the Gentlewoman, his sorrowful
overcharged with inward Grief, is at this present very Sick; and in what Peril,
not. To whom the Presence of her Husband would be, no doubt, a singular Comfort
and Relief. Howbeit, if upon this so great, and more than ordinary a Favour
your Lordships, at our humble Suit, he may not be won to that Obedience and
Conformity by us his Brethren, and other good Friends, as may stand with Regard
his Duty to her Majesty and your Lordships, then to yield and submit himself
again at your Lordship's Command. But we are in good Hopes so to prevail with
by our good Persuasions and Endeavours, as to win him to that Submission, as the
Consideration of the present Case doth require. And thus beseeching your
tender and pardon this our great Boldness, we humbly betake your Lordships to
most Gracious Protection and Providence of God. At London, the 13th of
The Maior and Aldermen to the Council for his Enlargement.
"Your good Lordships most humble.
Richard Martin, Maior.
And as the Queen borrowed of her loving Citizens, upon urgent Occasions, so her
Citizens would sometimes borrow of her; such was the good Understanding between
her Majesty and them. Such a Request Alderman Martyn made to the Lord
in the Name of himself, and other Aldermen and Merchants trading to Turkey, in
Year 1584, for a considerable Weight of Bullion in the Tower, their Ships being
ready to Sail. Which Request they seconded with their Letter to the said Lord,
"That he would please to understand, that Mr. Alderman Martyn had
been an humble Suiter unto his Lordship, in Behalf of the Company of the Turky
Merchants, to be Mean unto her Majesty for the Loan of Ten Thousand Pound Weight
of Bullion for certain Years, for the better Maintenance of their Trade, "
The Aldermen and Merchants borrow Bullion of the Queen.