John Davies, Haberdasher, 1560? - 1627

Timeline (disclaimer: transcriptions and transcription bits below are from an ititial reading of the documents and thus literally untrustworthy; I substitute names for "your said orator" and "your orator")

1583/4, 21 February "Iohn Davies per Mr Iohn Best (Register of Freedom Admissions, 1526-1642, Haberdashers, GHL, ms 15,857/1); Mrs Best paid £1 for her husband's burial (Churchwardens' Accounts, GHL, ms. 1013)

1583/4, 24 February "Mr Iohn Best haberdasher was buried the xxiiijth of februarie" (GHL, ms. 7644, St Mary Woolchurch Haw); in the haberdashers' Court of Assistants minutes, a Mr Best is named among the Court Council members in April of 1583 (GHL, ms. 15,842)

1583/4, 2 March "Iohn Davies and Marie Best were maried the seconde of marche" (GHL, ms. 7644, St Mary Woolchurch Haw)

1586, 8 June "Marie Davies wife of Iohn Davies was buried the eight of Iune (GHL, ms. 7644, St Mary Woolchurch Haw); 1 June, Davies paid 6s 8d "for breackinge of the grownd in the chourche on the southe Ille," 6s 8d "for the great bell," and 2s "for ye pealles for his wife" (15s.4d altogether); also, 2s 4d "for making vpe of the grave of Mr Davies his wives grave" [undated] (Churchwardens' Accounts, GHL, ms. 1013)

1587, 3 April "Mrs Rose Best widoe was buried the third of aprill" (GHL, ms. 7644, St Mary Woolchurch Haw); Commissary Court (film # 9171), vol 17, date of will: 10 March 1586/7; bequests-John Davies and John Mawle, her sons-in-law, whom she also appoints overseers, 5 marks each; other bequests include Gabriel Genustone's 3 children (5 marks each), John Water's wife (40s), sister-in-law Wittens's widow (40s), brother Wittens's son (40s, he is a waterman), Eden, the maid (20s), rest to daughter, Alice Best, whom she made sole executrix, Edward Brooke, godson (10s), Thomas Ball (40s), poor of the parish (20s); Davies wasn't present, not a witness to the will

1587, 18 May marriage license granted by the bishop of London: "John Davyes, Haberdasher, of St Mary Woolchurch, & Margaret Fynn, spinster, of St Martin Orgar, dau. Of Edmund Fynn, late of St Botolph, Aldgate, Fishmonger, decd; Gen. Lic.

1597, 24 April-20 May "a blakmore belonging to Mr Iohn Davies died in White chappel parishe, was Laid in the ground in this church yarde. Sine frequentia populi et sine ceremonijs quia vtrum chrystianus esset necne nesciebamus [without a crowd of people and without ceremony whether or not he was {might have been} a christian we do not know] (GHL, ms. 7644, St Mary Woolchurch Haw)

1599, 13 November Davies is admonished by the Corporation of London for not providing sufficiently for the orphans of Cesar Doffie, haberdasher (the orphans apparently were Hugh and John Doffie/Duffett); further, Davies was warned that he'd be "taken in execucion" if he didn't comply

1599/1600 Davies is churchwarden at Mary Woolchurch Haw: among his payments are 2s 4d twice to "goodman Androwes" for whipping 7 vagrants (20 Nov), 7 rogues (14 Dec) and 2s for 6 persons (23 Apr 1600); 30 April, Davies paid 8s for his "Awdet dinner" (Churchwardens' Accounts, GHL, ms. 1013)

1599-1600 Davies sues a Richard Burrell (C.2.Eliz I/D.2/7; rest of suit is lost, or I couldn't find it)

1599-1600, 30 January A letter to the Lord Treasurer of England "authorizing him to give order to the Offycers of the port of London to permitt Tho. Browne Gunfounder & I Dauyes merchant to Lade & transport out of this Realme into forrain partes in amitie wth her Matie, all such old short & vnseruvyndable cast iron ordaunce as shalbe deliuered to them or thire asignes out of her mates store. Vppon Certificat from the mr or Lieutr of th'ordaunce of sufficient bonde taken to her mates use for delyvn[ce?] of a like quantitie of cast yron ordance new good & wthin one year serviceable and of the such waight, bore & strength, wthout paying any custom, licence, poundage or other duetie for the same" signed by Dr. Caesar (PRO, S.P. Domestic, CCLXXIV [Docquet, "xxx die Ian 1599"])

1600, 28 May William Shute, an imbroderer (Broderers' Company), sues John Davies and Isaac Kilburne (Req.2/86/14); cause of action: Davies owned the Prosperus and sold 1/6th of it to Shute ("one sixth parte of the good shipp called the Prosperous of London of the burden of two hundreth and Twenty Tonnes or thereaboutes, as of the Boate, skyffe, mastes, sayles, sayleyardes, Anchors, Cables, ropes, cordes, apparrell, Tacle, Ordinaunce, munycion, furniture, rightes, profittes, and necessaries to the same shippe in or about the thirteenth day of December in the seaven and thirtieth yeare of yor highnes most gracious Raigne"). Shute also loaned Davies money so that his account with Davies = £461 4s. 7d.; now Davies has lost the "deed of Bargaine and sale" of the 1/6th part of the ship, and (Shute claims) with confederates Kilburne, John Robinson, and Thomas Redwood, means to defraud Shute of his bargain ("they or some of them have contrived and made vnto themselves and others kiuers and sundry secrett Conveyaunce of the said sixth parte and so meane and intend to defraude and deceaue [Shute] thereof contrary to all equity and good conscience, by meanes whereof [Shute] is not onely vtterly destitute and voyde of any security for the said some of foure hundreth sixty-one poundes, foure shillinges & seauen pence"). In addition, the June before [1599], Shute loaned & delivered 4 pieces of ordinance called Sakers out of the ship, which Davies promised to return or replace within ten days; value of ordinance = £40 3s.; witnesses to the taking of the ordinance have now scattered to "places remote and vnknowne" (France, Ireland). Davies answers (June 1600). He calls the suit frivolous and malicious; he agrees that he sold the 1/6th part of the ship, but claims no money is owed; he thinks Shute has the "lost" deed of sale. He agrees that he owes Shute something, but nothing like what Shute claims; he did take the ordinance, but considered it partial payment from Shute for the 1/6th; he is willing to restore it if it will enable the ship to sail. Davies appears to claim that it is Kilburne who actually put up the money for the 1/6th part of the Prosperus. Kilburne confirms this; Kilburne goes on to say that Davies signed the 1/6th part over to him because of debts Davies had already accumulated with Kilburne, and that he (Kilburne) did not know Shute had any part in the business; Kilburne also denies any conspiracy to defraud Shute. Shute's replication (Oct 1600) reaffirms his claim

1600, 9 August the Haberdashers decide to get new livery for "certeyn psons of the yeomanry," one of whom is Davies; for this, he pays "xls fyne"; those who haven't been wardens yet pay "xx markes" (Court of Assistants, GHL, ms. 15,842, fo.113); Sept 1600, court accepts the nomination of the men-including Davies-into the new livery (fo.113v); list is repeated on 1st & 15th of Oct (fo.114)

1600/1, 28 January Davies signs a bond that he will appear in Court to answer Shute

1601, 16 December: "Ales fin widoe mother to Mrs Davies was buried the xvjth of december (GHL, ms. 7644, St Mary Woolchurch Haw); Davies pays 18s 4d "More for the ground and knell of Mr Davies his mother" 20 Dec (Churchwardens' Accounts, GHL, ms. 1013)

1602, 20 October Davies not listed in default of "making their appearance on quarter daies" and other such attendance/payment problems (Court of Assistants, GHL, ms. 15, 842)

1603, 28 November representatives of the East India Company ask the Haberdashers' Company to grant them corn from their Bridgehouse toward provision of the ships for their next voyage; the Court of Assistants agrees & enters into a bond on the transaction

1605, 10 June "the wido davies mother of Mr Iohn Davies was buried the tenth of Iune" (GHL, ms. 7644, St Mary Woolchurch Haw); Davies pays 13s 4d :for the grownd for his mothr"; also pays 6s 8d "for a knell for his mother" (Churchwardens' Accounts, GHL, ms. 1013, Kilburne is churchwarden then)

1607, 24 November court decides to add a dinner at the hall for company members who "in their lyverie do goe to Pawles Crosse to give thanckes to Almightie god the one daie for the happie Coronacion of the kinges most excellent Matie that now is, and the other for the most gracious and miraculous delyverance of his Matie and the whole state from the Gunpowder Treason"; on 24 Mar & 5 Nov ­, members of the livery will pay toward the charges of the dinner & those absent also (xijd) & remainder out of the co treasury (Court of Assistants, GHL, ms. 15, 842, fo.162v)

1608, 20 July "Warrant to the Earl of Salisbury for renewal to one Thomas Browne, founder of the iron ordnance [or "gunfounder"], and John Davis, merchant of London, of their agreement made 30 Jan 42 Eliz [1600] to receive out of the store in the office of the Ordnance all short and unserviceable pieces of iron ordnance, and within one year to deliver again into the store, weight for weight, bore for bore, and length for length, such ordnance as the Master of the Ordnance for the time being or his lieutenant should think fit to accept; so as the old and unserviceable ordnance might be licensed to be by them transported without paying custom or other duty for the same. Which offer having been of late renewed is found to be of good use, with addition of certain clauses and covenants agreed upon between the Master of the Ordnance and the said Browne, for preventing of frauds and abuses that might be practised under the colour of such transportation. The said Browne shall put in sufficient security in the ports, where the same shall be embarked, that the ordnance shall not be carried into the territories of any states not being, at the time of the lading of the same, in amity and league with us. Given under the signet of the Palace of Westminster, 21 July, in the first [?sixth] year of the King's reign" (Cal. Marquis of Salisbury, Part XX [London: HMSO, 1968], 221-22).

1608, 1609: Port Books show lading for the Abigail (E.190.14/4, E.190.15/2)

1610, Midsummer: the Abigail sets sail for Guinea (charter: 14 July)

1610/11, 1 January: Dedery Iaquoah baptised at the font of the church in St. Mildred Poultry; Davies, Isaac Kilburne, and Edmund Towers were among his godparents: "Dederj Iaquoah about ye age of 20 yeares, the sonne of Caddi-biah king of the river of Cetras or Cestus in the cuntrey of Guinny, who was sent out of his cuntrey by his father, in an english shipp called the Abigail of London, belonging to Mr Iohn Davies of this parishe, to be baptised. At the request of the said Mr Davies, and at the desire of the said Dedery, and by allowance of authority, was by ye parson of this churche the first of Ianuarie, baptised and named Iohn. His suerties were Iohn Davies haberdasher Isaac Kilburne Mercer, Robert Singleton Churchwarden, Edmund Towers Paul Gurgeny and Rebecca Hutchens. He shewed his opinion concerning Iesus Christ and his faith in him; he repeated the Lords prayer in english at ye fonte, and so was baptised and signed with the signe of the Crosse" (GHL, ms. 4429/1, St Mildred Poultry)

1610/11, 5 January: Trinity House hands down a decision in a dispute between Davies and Robert Newse, master of the Abigail on the 1610-11 voyage; Trinity House decides that Newse, the pilot, and others of the company "hath not don ther best eneavours, towardes the performance of the voyage as they ought to have don"; further that they "have bin turbulent, factious and mutinous in the said voyage"; consequently, Trinity House denies them their wages and expresses a wish that they had the power and authority to inflict an even greater punishment (GHL, Trinity House Transactions, 1609-1625, GHL, ms. 30,045/1, fo. 9v)

1611, Midsummer the Abigail sails again to Guinea; in July, the ship is attacked by pirates (Captain Peter Peck and Captain John, both Hollanders); the pirates take their lading and seven persons as prisoners (Lewis Davis, factor & mariner; William Halle, ship's carpenter; one Bartelmewes, mate; John Gillett, cook; William Jackson, surgeon; Nicholas Speartman, boatswain; "and a Youth called Iohn" (HCA1/47/279, HCA 1/47/235). The High Court of the Admiralty made an inquiry into the incident, primarily to determine what goods were lost, what happened to the goods after they were taken, and whether the men taken by the pirates had gone willingly and subsequently served willingly on the pirates' ship. In the collective testimony of William Milles, master of the ship (HCA1/47/235, 30 September 1611), William Halle, carpenter (HCA1/47/274v, 30 March 1612), Lewis Davis, factor and mariner (HCA1/47/279, 24 April 1612), Edmund Towers, merchant and factor for Davies (HCA1/47/290, 17 June 1612), and Thomas Glasier, factor in London for the Abigail (HCA1/47/291, 17 June 1612), the Court learned that the Abigail was on the coast of Barbary when it was attacked; that the ladings included cloth, iron, kettles, manicles, silks, satins, broadcloth, cotton cloth, linen cloth, woolen cloth, brass rings, axes, brass basins, brass kettles, bugles, wines, and acquavita (HCA1/47/235, HCA1/47/290); that Peck and John attacked other ships after the Abigail, including the English ships the Bark Reynolds and the Minion, three ships from Newfoundland laden with fish (which the pirates didn't want), a West Indies (or Spanish?) ship laden with tobacco, sugar, and hides (HCA1/47/280); that they sold their ill-gotten goods in Mamora in Barbary (except for the brass rings, which didn't sell); that Davis and Halle were able to escape (the pirates released Davis in Rotterdam; Halle jumped ship in Mamora after 4 months with the pirates and stole aboard the English ship, the Portsmouth, and got safe passage home [HCA1/47/274v]); that Davis earned 28s. while with the pirates by making them clothes.

1612, 29 June "Margaret the wife of Mr Iohn Davies was buried on mondaie the xxixth of Iune (GHL, ms. 7644, St Mary Woolchurch Haw) 0n 18 Nov of 1611 a Margaret Davies presented an apprentice, Cudwallader Roberts. On 30 June, Davies paid £1 2s. 6d. "for breaking the ground in the middle Ile for Mrs Davis and for the knell and peales" (Churchwardens' Accounts, GHL, ms. 1013)

1612, 21 November election of Davies for a year to warden (Court of Assistants, GHL, ms. 15, 842, fo.180); 24 November: "At the Court or new elected Mr Sr Thomas Lowe knight tooke his place, Also Mr William Grove, Mr George Smith, Mr William Sansone and Mr Iohn Davies new elected wardens took theire othes for the due execution of theire offices, And had the Charge of the plate evidence and such like apperteyning to the Company delyvered vnto them according to the usuall order of that behaest" (fo.180r); Davies' name shows up as present at the following meetings: 1612, 5 March; 1613: 10 May, 24 June, 24 July, 30 July, 17 Sept, 18 Oct, [ ] Nov, 27 Nov (term expires) 21 Feb; 1614 (listed with assistants): 10 June, 14 July, 2 Sept, 12 Oct; 1615: 3 May, 18 June, 15 Nov, 4 Mar

1615/6, 4 March "The severall sutes made by mr Iohn Daveis and Mr Edmond Traves for encrease of yeres to theire seuerall Leases they hold of Landes at hacham, in consideracion of dyvers houses to be by them built vpon the same Landes for the bettering thereof; are respited till the next Court of assistentes (Court of Assistants, GHL, ms. 15, 842, fo.196)

1615/6, 15 March "At the sute of Mr Iohn Daveis and in consideracion of his travaile & paynes in and about the buildinges at monmoth and of the Cost he hath byn at in the building of some part of the mannor house of hatcham barne. This court haue ordered that vpon surrender of the Lease by wch he holdeth the said Mannor house and dyvers landes belonging to the same heretofore graunted to him by Sr Iohn Brooke and others. that a new lease shalbe made & graunted of the same promisses vnto the said Iohn Daveis by Sr Iohn Garrard Sr Thomas Lowe Robert Offley and Martin Bond. for. one and Thirtie yeres from or Ladie Daie next vnder the rent Covenantes and condicions comprised in his said former Lease" (Court of Assistants, GHL, ms. 15, 842, Davies was sitting as an assistant during this meeting)

1616, 26 April-17 May Davies is one of 13 defendants charged with the taking of the Speranza of Dieppe and the lading belonging to Gov. Frauncis Villiers (HCA 1/6/179)

1616 present for Court of Assistants meetings on 24 June, 5 Aug, 22 Nov, 30 Nov, 3 Dec, 26 Feb, 24 Mar; on 22 Nov, Davies is one of the company officials named to buy lands in Newland and Monmouth (?) for the maintenance of nine poor men, and to fix the preacher's stipend; on 26 Feb, Davies inspects some tenements in Holborn and Lothbury w/ other co officers & decide (24 Mar) to respite leases until they expire (a tenement in Purse Court in the old Exchange); also on the 24th, the co deals with land left to it in Ireland and considers building almshouses to replace alms rooms being taken over and remodeled for company meeting rooms (Court of Assistants, GHL, ms. 15, 842)

1617, 26 May Davies asks the court to let him turn the lease of the manor at Hacham over to Christopher Knipe & they agree (Court of Assistants, GHL, ms. 15, 842, fo.200); in 1617, Davies was present at meetings on 26 May (Davies is appointed to view tenements in Benet Fink, appraise them, and report back), 27 July (discussion of tenements in Maiden Lane owned by the company; a Mr Edmunds, now deceased, has occupied them; Davies & 7 others asked to approach the Clothworkers about extending the lease to cover renovations of Mr Bramley's poor tenements in Lothbury), 5 Aug, 7 Oct, 3 Nov, 11 Nov, 22 Nov, 17 Jan, 26 Jan, 11 Feb (the Maiden Lane property reassigned to William Squire, beadle; Arthur Yourth, haberdasher, gets the Benet Fink lease), 7 Mar, 14 Mar (trouble with the schoolmaster at Monmoth, John Owen)

1618, 15 May absent from court; present 20 June, at which meeting he is appointed to a commission to petition the Archbishop of Canterbury for speedy settlement of the issue of a preacher at Monmoth & Newland; present also 13 July, 5 Nov, 21 Nov, 1 Feb, 10 Feb (Court of Assistants, GHL, ms. 15, 842)

1619/20, 8 February Davies elected warden again; present 5 June, 19 July, 6 Aug, 19 Nov, 8 Feb, 24 Mar (Court of Assistants, GHL, ms. 15, 842)

1620 present 9 May (the company is concerned about abuses-that old hats are being sold as new), 7 July, 5 Aug (Davies is granted the lease for a tenement called the Ball in the parish of St. Benet Fink for 40 years at the yearly rent of £4; he forfeits the lease if he doesn't do repairs within two years; the repairs are to be of good quality brick, stone, and timber; he will forfeit the lease also if he sub-lets the place; he is supposed to "vse it for his owne habitacion and dwellinge" (Court of Assistants, GHL, ms. 15,842), 11 Sept, 2 Oct, 12 Oct, 31 Oct, 18 Nov, 15 Dec (the king is granted a contribution toward wars of the Prince Palatine in the Low Countries), 5 Feb (company to buy land in St Mary Staining from Grocers' Company)

1621, 2 August assistant again; present 22 June [abs 20 Aug, 21 Sept], 20 Oct, 24 Nov (27th: Davies takes part in a survey of plate to be sold for £300 contribution to Palatine's wars), 23 Jan (Davies views a garner in Bridewell), 19 Feb (Court of Assistants, GHL, ms. 15, 842)

1621, 3 November Davies responds to a suit by the widow of Francisco Pinctoe for £40; she claims he never paid a bill for 6 chests of sugar supposedly bought in 1609; the only paper surviving in the suit is Davies's petition to John, Bishop of Lincoln & Keeper-of-the-Great-Seal elect (C.2.Jas I/D.11/7); Davies claims that Pintoe and Antonio de Costo, merchant strangers, promised the sugar but never delivered it; Davies's factor in Ireland, George Glasier, went to receive the sugar but got nothing; the journey cost Davies £29; Davies claims that de Costo knows the truth of the matter but he has been "beyond the seas" for 4 years; claims the widow found the bill among Pintoe's things and now decides to sue; Davies wants the suit dismissed

1622 present 23 May (the East India Co owes the Haberdashers' Co £4500; wants £500 now, £4000 in 6 mts), 29 June, 23 July, 5 Aug, 22 Sept (Roger Jeston now dead; he's given the company a brewhouse and tenements in Bermondsey St + a tavern near Moorgate and 4 acres of ground "and a piece of ozier ground" in Deptford; the co paying £1200 to accept these bequests; 18 Oct (the company wants to sell whatever it can of the property in Bermondsey and Mooregate, including the brewhouse; this is the property over which Davies and Kilburne come to the bar [see Kilburne's answer to Davies's countersuit, below]; Humphrey Lee is a buyer on 30 Oct), 5 Nov, 23 Nov (Lee is to share the lease of 40 years on the brewhouse with 4 Assistants of the company [Davies must be one], 4 Feb (Court of Assistants, GHL, ms. 15, 842)

1622, 9 July Isaac Kilburne sues Davies (C.2.Jas I/K.7/12) for £200, a small portion of the money he lost in the affair of the Centaur, for its taking the Speranza of Dieppe & the lading of Gov. Villiers back in 1616. Kilburne's story is that Davies and others pressed him into paying the bail for the ship's company (John Kilburne, Isaac's son, was aboard as factor; Thomas Newport was the master). Kilburne said that he "did for a tyme refuse to meedle" in the suit, but after many assurances that he would not be stuck with "losses damages trobles hinderances that should afterwardes fall out or happen occasioned and by reson of the bailinge," he, Kilburne, "belevinge all there many promises and protestations and never suspectinge by reson of their longe familiarity and acquaintance they would euer suffer [him] any wayes to be damnified" agreed "to enter and become baile" for the ship's company. The suit dragged on 3 years, at which time a judgment was handed down against the owners of the Centaur to the tune of £4497 (Villiers had asked £7000). Kilburne put up £100 toward this judgment "at the instance and request of the said Iohn Daveis"; nevertheless he "was attached and imprisoned almost thirteen months only by the subtile devices and malice and plottes of the said Iohn Davies" and Richard Williamson, a proctor with the Admiralty Court, who Kilburne claimed were smarter in the ways of these shenanigans than he was because of their "yeres together sendinge shipes to sea." Kilburne offered another £100 to get out from under the original bail, but Davies refused; in the meantime, money was raised from Newport and others to pay off Villiers, but Kilburne hasn't gotten back a dime. He claims extreme poverty, having left only some land in Kent worth £300, which he's had to sell below market value, thanks to Davies's "subtile and evell dealing"; he calls Davies "a man of most subtile and cunninge disposition entending only to defrawde" him. The answers by Watts, Williamson, and Pecksall in effect either support Davies or back away, claiming not to know the details. Davies answers; he says he and Kilburne were bound in the charter of the Centaur; he claims Kilburne paid the bail for the ship's company "of his owne voluntary accord" because John Kilburne (Kilburne's son) was being held. Davies says he doesn't know how much money Kilburne put up but he himself spent a lot; he denies that Kilburne put up £100; he claims Kilburne gathered money from Newport and others to offset the judgment. Davies denies that he is "of a subtill or Cunning disposition." He claims that because insufficient moneys were paid on the judgment, he too was arrested and held with Kilburne; he says he paid his own £125 bail to get out, which he wants Kilburne to reimburse; he claims Kilburne has gotten his share of the money raised to redeem Newport and the ship's company. Davies itemizes some cash raised, which he is happy to give to Kilburne if he will pay the £125 bail. Davies claims to have spent more money and time than anyone and not to have schemed or defrauded anyone.

1622, 15 October Davies's countersuit vs Kilburne (C.2.Jas I/D.10/61): Davies says he has been a personal and business friend of Kilburne for many years; he claims that over the last 7 years he and Kilburne have agreed to settle their accounts and drop their differences (but he takes the opportunity to mention some expenses Kilburne ran up with merchant strangers that he, Davies, has had to pay: "fifty poundes vnto one Iohn Mynin of London Merchant-straunger and one other somme of fifty poundes vnto Robert Harris of London Woolman"). He and Kilburne were set to sign a general release, but Kilburne backed out; meanwhile, Kilburne grew poorer and wanted out of the trading business. About "six yeares since or thereaboutes," Kilburne approached Davies about becoming a brewer. Because of their long acquaintance, Davies helped set Kilburne up, and, "In consideracion whereof and for the ould former loue acquaintance and good turnes that yor Orator had done to and for the said Kilburne," Kilburne agreed "gratis and freely to serue and furnish [Davies's] selfe and familye (which was then and yet is very small) with beere sufficient from time to time and at all times then after during the life time of[Davies], and that [Davies] should pay nothing for the same." He claims Kilburne did provide the beer and never "neuer sent nor willed his Clerke to reckon make Tallye or accompt with" Davies for the beer. He claims further that he "did from time to time assist the said Kilburne in and about his said Brewing affaires according as he had desired of [Davies] and the foresaid agreement was soe well knowne to the seruantes of the said Kilburne (whoe did attend the delivering out of this beere) of the illnes of the said beere and sometimes of the Leakage and badnes of the vessels thereof hee the said Clerke vsed to answeare and say theis or the like wordes in effect (vizt) be Content I pray you you haue no Cause to Complayne I knowe my Maister will take nothing of yor Maister for all the beere he hath sent in or wordes to the same or like effect." Davies says he has unfortunately lost the bill of agreement about the free beer. Now, the old friends have had a falling out, and Kilburne is suing for the beer money and on 3 other actions, one going back all the way to 1600, another 1605, another 1612. Davies says he owes Kilburne nothing; that Kilburne's suits are groundless; and that he wants Kilburne to be enjoined to drop everything. Kilburne answers (25 October): he's dealt with Davies for years and always lost money; Davies has borrowed over £15,000 over the years; dealing with Davies has impoverished him. He itemizes some of the debts of Davies that he's covered (£105 to George Holman, esq.; £100 to John Minin for a £50 bond; £100 to Robert Harris, woolman for a £50 bond; £100 to [?] Bonninge, grocer for a £50 bond; £100 to Roger Montagne, skinner for a £50 bond; £40 to William Small for a £20 bond; £100 to Lawrence Cawdall for a £50 bond). Kilburne calls Davies "a man of a furious disposition"; at one time, Davies was willing to settle up with Kilburne by signing over his estate to him and his heirs, Davies having "not hauinge any of his owne" (this apparently was done in connection with the judgment against the Centaur). Kilburne acknowledges that he acquired Roger Jeston's brewhouse but says he never agreed to provide Davies the beer "gratis"; Davies has dodged one judgment by removing the suit to the Court of King's Bench; Kilburne complains that he's out £1000 at least, that "he hath not bene out of trobles and suites" for 20 years, thanks to Davies. He thinks Davies is ducking these proceedings because he "is ashamed to answere"; he refers to Davies's "callerable practices and cunninge deuices." He observes that Davies is now "reputed a man of good estate" while his own reputation and wealth have disappeared; if he can't get relief from the court, he "may wishe he had neuer knowen the sayde Compt"

1623, 5 August Court of Assistants say that merchants who are haberdashers are supposed to use the porters at the waterside belonging to the company (Court of Assistants, GHL, ms. 15, 842)

1626, 4 August Davies asked that his lease on the Benet Fink property be extended because he's spent so much money on the repairs; request taken under consideration; 8 Nov, co grants Davies 9 years on the lease of the Ball (Benet Fink), but they want him to pay the £33 6s 8d that Arthur Yourth "long sithence should have paid for the fyne of a lease heretofore graunted to him of a small tenemente in the parish of St Bennet ffinck" (Court of Assistants, GHL, ms. 15, 842)

1626/7, 16 January "Mr Iohn Daves from broad street was buried in woolchurch the 16th of Ianuary" (GHL, ms. 7644, St Mary Woolchurch Haw)

1627, 24 November "whereas Mr Iohn Davies deceased att the tyme of his decease was indebted to the Companie xxli for iiij barrells of powder xxxiijli vjs viijd for a ffine for a Lease of a Tenement neere Broadstreete heretofore graunted to Arthure Yourth (Younth?). And whereas Mr Henrie Androwes did assure to the said Mr Davies in a shipp wch is sithence Cast awaye. so that the some assured is to bee paid to the Administrator of Mr Davies./ Nowe at the Court [blank] Davies the Administrator of the goodes and chattells of the same Mr Iohn Davies did agree and did desire and appointe the said Mr Androwes to satisfie the said somes to the Companie out of the said money assured by him and payeable to the said [blank] davies as administrator aforesaid. (Court of Assistants, GHL, ms. 15, 842, fo.249v)

1628, 6 May "It is ordered that or Mr and wardens shall passe a lease vnder the Comon seale of this Company to Iohn Daveis administrator of the goodes Chattels of Mr Iohn Daveis deceased of the little tenemente in the parish of St Bennett ffinck heretofore graunted to Arthur Yourth for the rest of the terme yettocome by the said graunt and for the yerelie rent of xls and order such other Covenants and Condicions as are vsuallie Comprised in leases made by the Company" (Court of Assistants, GHL, ms. 15, 842)

 

Date incomplete: Davies vs Richard Cornelius, merchant (C.2.Eliz I/D.6/ 9); Davies says his debt of £20 has long been paid; a balance of £77 4d remains; Cornelius had previously assured him that the bills were all cancelled; says Cornelius's continued business with him is proof their accounts are square; now that their business is over, the deft produces these old bills, witnesses now dead