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Coat of Arms of the Mayor of London
By the Mayor.1
THE Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, and his Brethren the Aldermen of
the City of London, conſidering how the infection of the Plague is diſperſed in
diuers and ſundry places neere about this City, Doe for the better preuention
of the increaſe thereof within the ſaid City, (ſo far as it ſhall pleaſe God to bleſſe
mans endeauours) hereby ſtreightly charge, and in his Maieſties name com-
mand all manner of perſons within the ſaid City and Liberties thereof, to take
notice of, and obſerue theſe ſeuerall Articles enſuing, Viz.
Firſt, that all the ſeuerall Inhabitants within this City and Liberties
thereof, doe from hence forth daily cauſe their houſes to be kept ſweet,2 the ſtreets
and lanes before their doores to bee paued, and cleanſed of all manner of ſoile,
dung, and noiſome things whatſoeuer, and the channels thereof to be kept
cleane, and waſht, by water to be poured down, or let running into the ſame.
That no Vagrants or Beggars doe preſume to come, or preſſe together in
Multitudes to any Buriall, or Lectures, or other publike meetings, whereby to
ſeeke or gaine reliefe as hath beene lately vſed, but that they and euery of them
vpon euery Buriall, doe repaire to ſuch places to receiue the Almes, Charity or
Reliefe, as they ſhall haue notice giuen them by the Officers of the Pariſh,
wherein they doe reſide.3
That no idle Vagaband, and vagrant Perſons doe preſume to come, wan-
der or remaine in and about this Citie and Liberties thereof, either to begge reliefe or otherwiſe. And if any of them ſhall
be found, or taken to offend therein, Then they and euery of them to be apprehended by the Conſtables and Warders with-
in this Citie, and being puniſhed, to be paſſed away according to the Lawes and ſtatutes of this Realme, in that caſe made
and prouided for.
That the Feaſts and Meetings at Hals, Tauernes, or other places within this Citie or Liberties, vſed to be made by
the Countrimen of any Shire, or other place within this Realme, Wraſtlings, and Fencers Priſes, Shewes, or the like,
which hath been a cauſe of gathering multitudes together, be now forborne, and not attempted to be made by any perſon or
perſons whatſoeuer, vntill the City and the places adiacent ſhall bee cleare of the preſent infection (which God of his
mercy grant.)
That no Fruiterer or other Seller of Fruite, Cabbages, Rootes or Herbes, doe keepe or lay vp in any their houſes,
warehouſes, or other place within this City or Liberties thereof, any Apples, Herbes, Roots, Cabbages, or other fruite
whatſoeuer, other than in the warehouſes anciently vſed for ſuch purpoſe, lying in or about Thameſtreet, or the places
thereunto adioyning.
And for the better and more due performance of all and euery the premiſſes, the ſaid Lord Mayor and Aldermen doe
hereby ſtraightly charge and command all Conſtables, Scauengers, Beadles, and other officers within this Citie and
Liberties thereof, whom theſe may any way concerne, to vſe all poſſible care and diligence they may, for the due and carefull
execution and performance of all and euery the ſaid Articles according to the true intent and meaning thereof, & to acquaint
the Lord Mayor of this City, or ſome other his Maieſties Iuſtices of Peace within the ſame of all & euery the parties
as ſhall be found to offend therein, whereby they & euery of them may be puniſhed, & dealt withall according to the qualitie
of the offence as the Law in ſuch caſe ſhall require, As they and euery of them will anſwer to the contrary at their perils.
Guildhall London this This numeral is a Roman numeral. The Arabic equivalent is 22XXII. of April. 1630.
God ſaue the King.

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Printed by Robert Young, Printer to the honourable
Citie of London, 1630.


  1. The Lord Mayor in 1630 was Robert Ducye (MASL). (JT)
  2. Free from offensive or disagreeable taste or smell; not corrupt, putrid, sour, or stale (OED sweet, adj.3.a). (JT)
  3. For a list of parishes in early modern London, see Parishes in the placeography. (TLG)


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