Letters from the Mayor and Corporation of London Calendar of Letters from the Mayor and Corporation of the City of London, circa A.D. 1350-1370, enrolled and preserved among the archives of the Corporation at the Guildhall, ed. Reginald R. Sharpe (London, 1885). English summaries of official letters from the Mayor and Aldermen addressed primarily to the civic officials of other towns in Britain, the Low Countries, and France. The letters were usually in defense of Londoners’ commercial dealings, but they also ask other towns for help in finding runaway apprentices, finding debtors to Londoners, and recovering properties of Londoners. Also on Haithi Trust.
Letter Books A-K Calendar of Letter-Books Preserved Among the Archives of the Corporation of the City of London at the Guildhall. Ed. R. R. Sharpe, 11 vols (A-L) (London, 1899-1912). English calendar of the entries in the eleven extant medieval Letter Books, which contain much miscellaneous business of the city of London, including numerous debt recognizances (especially with merchants of Gascony and Spain), deeds, ordinances, and the assize of bread. They also contain considerable information on the activities of the city Chamberlain (responsible for handling most of the city’s finances); the pre fifteenth-century proceedings in the Court of Common Council and the Court of Aldermen. The memoranda are often recorded out of chronological order by a variety of clerks, but each volume largely relates to a specific period, as follows (links go to archive.org) : A: 1275-1298; B: 1275-1313; C: 1291-1309; D: 1309-1314; E: 1314-1337; F: 1337-1352; G: 1352-1375; H: 1375-1399; I: 1400-1422; K: 1422-1461; L: 1461-97. Letter Book J was lost by c. 1541. Later Town Clerks of London drew heavily on the Letter Books when drawing up their compilations of London customs and ordinances (such as the Liber Horn and Liber Albus), which in turn were used by many of the London chroniclers. Digital editions are available on BHO and Google Books and electronic pds on the subscription-based MEMSO.