Portsoken Ward. Trinity Minoress. 19

Portsoken Ward. Trinity Minoress.

ed, as aforesaid. the said Master, Wardens, and Assistants, shall elect one to supply the said Room: And from Time to Time; upon the Death of every such Widow, to be called Mr. Robert Dow his Almswoman: This Order and Course to be held and observed for ever.

And yf within the said Parish there shall not be any such poor Widows as aforesaid, or yf the said Alderman's Deputy, and eight Ancients, shall not, within the said four Days next after the Decease of every such poor Widow, present unto the said Master, and Wardens, the Name, or Names, of such poor Widow, or Widows, as aforesaid. That then it shall, and may be lawful to, and for the said Master, Wardens, and Assistants, at every such Time, to prefer and elect such poor aged Merchant Taylor's Widow, of such Age and Condition as aforesaid, as in their Wisdoms shall be thought fit; as in, and by the said Writing may appear. In Witness whereof, I the said Robert Dow, and the Curate, Church Wardens, and Vestrie Men, hereunder named, have hereunto subscribed our Names in the Vestrie House of the said Parish, the Day and Year above written. By me Robert Dow.
Henrye Rigges Curate.

The Church Wardens, Common Council, and Vestry Men, are subscribed in order.

The above said Sum of ten Pounds six Shillings was augmented in Mr Dow's Life time, to twenty Pounds ten Shillings, as the following Memorandum, signed by his own Hand will farther shew.

His Gift augmented.

MEMORANDUM, That upon St. Thomas's Eve, Anno 1609. this Benevolence of Mr. Robert Dow's Gift was augmented. So that every poor Body of the threescore receiveth yearly six Shillings and eight Pence: And the former six Shillings was then encreased to ten Shillings, and given to the Bringers of the Money, the Church Wardens, and others, attending there, and is recited with other Matters, more at large, beginning in the next Side following. Signed in the Margin Robert Dow.
John Clerke, Parish Clerk.

This Matter following sheweth, how Mr, Robert Dow, a Parishioner of St. Botolphs without Aldgate, London, did first agree with the worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors for Charity to certain Poor of that Parish, and how that Charity was after encreased, with special Orders set down how the Parishioners should make choice for Continuance of the said Charity for ever, viz.


WHEREAS by one Pair of Indentures, dated the 28th of August, Anno Dom. 1605. passed between the worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors, and Robert Dow, an ancient Brother of their Company, among other Matters contained therein, It was agreed that his Woman, placed in their Almshouse, shall be always chosen of the poor Women of that Parish, being St. Botolphs without Aldgate, and that ten Pounds should be yearly paid to the Church Wardens there to be distributed by three Shillings and four Pence to 60 of their Poor, with six Shillings to be given other ways, as is in the former matter expressed; It is sithence farther agreed between the said worshipful Company, and Robert Dow, and set down in another Pair of Indentures, dated the 4th Day of April, Anno Dom. 1610. among other Charities therein contained, that two poor Women, there named Joan Giles, Robert Dow's Almswoman, and Mary Darcy, Gregory Smythes, and Robert Dow's Almswoman, both placed in the Company's Almshouse, marked with the Dasie Flower, who have two Shillings and four Pence weekly Pensions, besides House- room, Fewel, &c. that their Successors shall be always chosen of the Poor in that Parish. And that the former ten Pounds shall be encreased to twenty Pounds to be distributed by six Shillings and eight Pence to threescore Poor, and that the former six Shillings shall be made up ten Shillings, to be divided and given, viz. two Shillings to the Merchant Taylor's Warden, and their Clerk, for bringing the Money to the Church, or else to the Clerk, if the Warden come not; four Shillings to the four Church Wardens, for paying the six Shillings and eight Pence to each of the Poor; one Shilling to the Curate for his Exhortation to them; one Shilling to the Parish Clerk and Sexton for warning the Poor to the Church, and two Shillings resting to the said Clerk for entring the Poor's Names into the Register against St. Thomas's Eve; in like manner, and according as the same was paid and performed in the Church on St. Thomas's Eve last past, and so entred by the Parish Clerk in this Book, or Register, to be kept in the Vestry: Which Charity shall be performed, by God's Grace, for ever.

Now for the Choice of those two poor Almswomen out of this Parish, this Order shall be observed.


FIRST, Upon the Death and Burial of either the said two Women, or their Successors, the Parish Clerk there shall forthwith certify to the Church Wardens of her Death, and pray them that they would meet to chuse another poor Widow for her. And incontinently he shall go to Merchant Taylor's Hall, and in Absence of the Master and Wardens, he shall certify the Name of the Woman deceased to the Company's Clerk, if he be present, or else to the Company's Beadle, or to the Clerk's Man: to shew forthwith unto the Master, and Wardens, of the Woman's Death, and that the Church Wardens of St. Botolphs Parish without Aldgate will bring two poor Women of the Parish to the Master and Wardens upon Monday Morning then next following, if it be working Day, and that they would be pleased to choose and admit one of the said two poor Women for the Woman deceased. Hereupon the said Church Wardens, and others of the Parish, shall proceed to the Choice of those two poor Women, in all silent manner, to avoid many Suitors; having first considered that none is admitted into that House, till she hath tried her Age, to be above 57 Years, and that she be sound of her Body, and not sickly, but a quiet Woman, and of good Name and Fame in every Degree, no usual Beggar, and void of Children for encumbring that House. And these Defects being cleared, then to proceed as followeth. - Within two Days after the Decease of Joan Giles, and her Successors, the two Church Wardens, standing for the upper End of the Parish, shall call and assemble together within the Vestry ten, nine, or eight at the least, of the wife and ancientest Men of that Part of the Parish, and shall consider of the poor Widows in their Precinct, and resolve upon two ancient, quiet, discreet, and most devout Women, qualified as aforesaid. And if there be any poor, needy Widows of Merchant Taylors, Freemen of London, inhabiting within the Precinct where the Deceased was, full of the Qualities aforesaid, and capable of this Gift, the said Church War-

The Choice of the two Almswomen.