[The Recorder.] The TEMPORAL GOVERNMENT.159


The following List will give

An Account of the ALDERMEN and their DEPUTIES in the Year 1706, when this Book was first prepared for the Press.


Aldersgate Within.
Aldersgate Without.
Sir Samuel Garrard.Lawrence Coles.
George Fewtrell.
Aldgate.Sir Samuel Dashwood.Thomas Gardiner.
Bassishaw.Sir John Parsons.William Richardson.
Billingsgate.Sir William Ashurst.William Gunn.
Bishopsgate Within,
Bishopsgate Without.
Sir Owen Buckingham.Edward Norman.
Thomas Fyge.
Breadstreet.Sir Richard Hoar.Edmund Clarke.
Bridge Within.Sir Charles Duncombe.Jeremiah Wayte.
Bridge Without.Sir Richard Levett.No Deputy.
Broadstreet.Sir Joseph Wolf.Robert Stamper.
Candlewick.Sir Thomas Lane.Thomas Humphryes.
Castle Baynard.Sir Thomas Rawlinson.John Wright.
Cheap.Sir Robert Clayton.John Munford.
Colemanstreet.Sir William Gore.William Fazackerley.
Cordweyner.Sir Charles Thorold.John Sherbrooke.
Cornhill.Sir John Houblon.Peter Parker.
Cripplegate Within.
Cripplegate Without.
Sir Thomas Stamp.John Norton.
Thomas Emes.
Dowgate. Sir Robert Bedinfield.Anthony Tourney.
Farringdon Within.Sir William Withers.Richard Barnes.
Farringdon Without.Sir Francis Child.Freeman Collins.
Thomas Wootton.
Langbourne.Sir John Fleet.John Cooper.
Limestreet.Sir Richard Beachcroft.Richard Acton.
Portsoaken.Sir Jeffrey Jeffreys.William Andrews.
Queenhith.Sir Thomas Cooke.John Toolye.
Tower.Sir Humphrey Edwin.James Denew.
Vintrey.Sir Thomas Abney.Thomas Eyre.
Walbrooke.Sir Gilbert Heathcote.John Moore.
The Alteration of the Aldermen since (divers of them being since dead) will be seen under each Ward.

Aldermen and their Deputies.

THUS these Wards have from (time to time) held, and still do, their several Aldermen, till either Death or other occasion of remove, do make an Alteration in their Aldermen.]

Thus much for the Chief and Principal Govenours of this famous City: Of whose Publick Government, with the Assistance of Inferiour Officers, their Charges for keeping of the Peace, Service of the Prince, and Honour of this City, much might have been said, and I had thought to have touched more at large. But being informed that a Learned Gentleman, James Dalton, a Citizen born, minded such a Labour, and promised to perform it; I have forborn, and left the same to his good Leisure. But he being now lately deceased, without finishing any such Work (a common Fault to promise more than to perform) and I hear not of any other that taketh it in hand;

Mr. Dalton intended to write of the Governement of the City, dies. So Stow in his 2d Edition.

I have been divers times minded to add certain Chapters to this Book. But being (by the good Pleasure of God) visited with Sickness; such as my Feet (which have born me many a Mile) have of late Years refused me, once in four or five Months, to convey me from my Bed to my Study; and therefore could not do as I would.

Stow adds something of that Subject.

At length remembring I had long since gathered Notes to have Chaptered, am now forced to deliver them unperfected, and desire the Reader to pardon me, that want not Will to pleasure them.

[Besides the Maior, Sheriffs and Aldermen, there be several other eminent Officers belonging to the City.]

First, There is a RECORDER of London, a grave and learned Lawyer, skilful in the Customs of the City: Also he is to be a chief Assistant to the Lord Maior, for their better direction in matters of Justice and Law. He taketh place in Councils and in Courts, before any Man that hath not been Maior, and learnedly delivereth the Sentences of the whole Court.

The Recorder.

The Qualifications of the Recorder of the City are thus set down in one of the Books of the Chamber. That "He shall be, and is wont to be, one of the most skilful and vertuous Apprentices of the Law of the whole Kingdom. Whose Office is always to sit on the Right-Hand of the Maior, in recording Pleas, and passing Judgments. And by whom Records and Processes had before the Maior and Aldermen at Great St. Martins, ought to be recorded by word of Mouth before the Judges assigned there to correct Errors. The Maior and Aldermen have therefore used commonly to set forth all other Businesses, touching the City, before the King and his Council, as also in certain of the King's Courts, by Mr. Recorder, as a chief Man endued with Wisdom, and eminent for Eloquence."

His Qualifications. Lib. Alb.

The Fee of the Recorder was sometimes more, and sometimes less, according to Time and Merit, as appears in the fourth Book of Liber Albus. After, the Recorder's Fee was settled at an Hundred Marks. And he was to have of the Chamber such Vesture (Lineatam vel penulatam) lined or

His Fee.