|Subject:||Incidental costs involved in obtaining a charter|
|Original source:||York City Archives, Memorandum Book E20A, ff.93-94|
|Transcription in:||Joyce Percy, ed. York Memorandum Book. Surtees Society, vol.186 (1973), 130-31.|
|Original language:||Latin (English translation is Percy's; I have made minor amendments)|
This list of expenditures was perhaps copied from a chamberlains roll not now extant, or (since the roll of February 1442 to February 1443 has survived but does not contain this information) from a separately compiled account specific to this business probably one presented by Ridley and Girlyngton. Percy concluded, probably correctly, that the business was to obtain the royal charter of confirmation of April 1442. While the largest expenditure was the payment to the king, it was necessary to grease the bureaucratic wheels; the advice of lawyers accustomed to dealing with the central bureaucracy, and the fees or gifts to bureaucrats were all part of this. First the ear of the king had to be obtained. Once the terms of the charter were negotiated, the document to be taken to York had to be drawn up (in this case, basically the copying of earlier charters, with some additions), the king's seal had to be applied to the document validate it, and a copy had to be made on the charter rolls that remained at Westminster as a reference tool and a check against future fraud or forgery.
"Thomas Ridley and William Girlyngton"
"Cardinal of York"
|Created: August 18, 2001. Last update: November 15, 2002||© Stephen Alsford, 2001-2003|