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Bishopsgate Ward. St. Botolph's.

to, may not be omitted the bountiful Gift of Mr. William Hobby, Citizen and Ale Brewer of London; to wit, the Tenor Bell in the Steeple, bearing his own Name, and called Hobby. Which he caused to be founded at his own Cost and Charges: And afterwards to be re-cast two several times, only to make it tunable with the other Bells in the Steeple; which was performed accordingly. And they are now as perfect and pleasing a ring of Bells, as can be wished.

A fine Ring of Bells in St. Botolph's Church.

When he gave this Bell to the Parish, he enjoined this Condition, that at what time soever any Man deceased, that had born any place of Eminence and Office in the Parish, and afterward hapned (by any Cross or Misadventure) to fall in decay; that yet he should have the benefit of the Bell's Service freely bestowed on him at his Burial, not paying any Costs or Duties therefore to the Church. No doubt but this Man had an honest Meaning, and most charitable Mind, both in the Promise (which was in Merriment, and when he expected not Place of degree or Office to fall on him) and likewise in the Performance; wherein he shewed himself no way slack, but so forward as any Man could be. Let his worthy Example incite on others, to the like good Inclination (one way or other) towards the Church.

Mr. Ralph Pinder, Citizen and Draper of London, Alderman's Deputy of this Ward, who was buried the 28th of May, 1622. gave to the Poor of this Parish in Money 60l. for which is given to thirteen poor People every Sunday in the Year for ever two Pence a piece in good Wheaten Bread.

M. Pinder's Gift of threescore Pounds.

In the Year, 1626. Nicholas Reive, Scrivener in Cornhill (whose Father was Clerk of this Parish) gave by his last Will and Testament, the Sum of 406l. 5s. to the said Parish. To buy so much Land as the said Monies will extend unto: and the Rents and Profits thereof to be given and distributed to the Comfort of such [poor] People within this Parish. With which Monies was purchased certain Lands lying at Stratford Bow, now in the tenure of Henry Chester, the Rent of which Lands is 25l. per annum.

The Benevolence of Nicholas Reive a Scrivener in Cornhill.

In the Year, 1628. the 20th of June, William Earl of Devonshire dyed at Devonshire House wihtout Bishopsgate, and gave 100l. for ever, to the use of the Poor of this Parish. For which the Church Wardens do give every Sunday in the Year to fifteen poor People of this Parish two Pence a piece in good wheaten Bread.

The Charity of the Earl of Devonshire.

WHereas the sixth Day of November last past, T. C. Citizen and Armourer of London, humbly petitioned unto the Court, that they would be pleased to receive into the Chamber of London the Sum of 100l. presently to be paid, in allowing and paying therefore yearly from the Birth of our Lord God 1629. for ever to the Relief and Comfort of five aged poor Widows of the Parish of St. Buttolph without Bishopsgate, London, the Sum of five Pounds to be given and equally distributed to and amongst them, eighteen Days before Christmas yearly, as of the free Gift and Benevolence of him the said T. C. at the oversight and direction of the Parson and Church Wardens, for the time being of that Parish. Whereupon in furtherance of that pious and charitable Work, this Court was pleased to accept of the said 100l. and to grant perfomance of that his Petition: As by an Order in that behalf made it may and doth appear: Which said 100l. was the 13th Day of the said Month of November last, accordingly paid and delivered by the said T. C. into the said Chamber of London, to and for the intent and purpose aforesaid. Now the said T. C. in further decla- ration of his full Mind and Intent concerning the distribution of the said five Pounds, yearly and for ever, as aforesaid; he hath expressed and declared, that the same shall be done and performed in this manner, viz. that of and with the same five Pounds yearly and for ever, there shall be bought and provided by the said T. C.during his Life, and after his decease by the Parson and Church Wardens of the said Parish of St. Buttolph without Bishopsgate aforesaid for the time being, and their Successors, five Wastcoats and five Kirtles, ready made up of good Kersey or Cloth, the Kersy or Cloth of every Wastcoat and Kirtle to be worth fifteen Shillings at the least, and five pair of Stockings and five pair of Shoes, every pair of the same Stockings to be worth eighteen Pence at the least, and every pair of the said Shoes to be worth two Shillings at the least. Which Wastcoats, Kirtles, Stockings and Shoes, shall be yearly and for ever delivered on the Feast day of St. Thomas the Apostle, as the free Gift of the said T. C. After in the Parish Church of St. Buttolph without Bishopsgate afroesaid, unto five aged poor Widows within the same Parish, being known or reputed to be of honest Life and Conversation, and past their Labour. That is to say, to every of the same five poor Widows a Wastcoat and Kirtle, a pair of Stockings and a pair of Shoes. And that the same five poor Widows shall be yearly nominated and appointed by the said T. C. during his Life, and after his decease the same five poor Widows shall be at the nomination and appointment of the Parson and Church Wardens of the said Parish of St. Buttolph without Bishopsgate aforesaid, for the time being, and their Successors yearly and for ever. Wherein the meaning and desire of the said T.C. is, that those five poor Widows, or so many of them which shall be living at the time of his decease, that shall be nominated by him in his Life time, for to have and receive the Gifts and Benevolences aforesaid, shall and may every one of them yearly, during ther Lives, respectively have and receive one Wastcoat and Kirtle, a pair of Stockings and a pair of Shoes, of the Gift aforesaid; Provided that they and either of them be of good Life and Conversation.]

T. C.'s Gift to five poor Widows.

An Extract of the Deed, and his Will concerning the disposing thereof.

Now besides these Benefactors, as the Edition of this Book Anno 1618. had no mention of some of them, so that Edition gave the Names of some others, which the Edition afterwards, viz. 1633. was silent of. But wherefore, I know not. I think it but justice to make a remembrance of them in this Place.

Other Benefactors.

J. S.

Katharine Webster, Widow, gave 10s. yearly for ever, to be distributed every St. Thomas's Day.

John Armstrong, Citizen and Carpenter of London, gave a small Tenement for the Poors Relief.

Mr. William Allen hath given weekly for ever two Shillings in Bread to the Poor.

His Banners and Arms are there, but no Monument.

John Morgan, Citizen and Merchant Taylor of London, hath given for ever 13s. in Bread, to be distributed among the Poor.

Peter Colet, Grocer, hath in the like manner given quarterly to the Poor for ever, 16s.

Robert Carleil also in the same manner quarterly to the Poor hath given, 25s.

Mr. John Threel hath also in the Month of November, yearly for ever given to the Poor, two Loads of good Charcole.

The Account of the present Charities of Saint Botolph Bishopsgate, as it was lately given in by the Church Wardens at a Parochial Visitation, was as follows: But surely defective.

A late account of the Charities of this Parish.

Sie William Allen paid to the Skinners