Petition of the Pouchmakers, as to the supervision of Galoches.
2 Henry IV. A.D. 1400. Letter-Book I. fol. vi. (Latin and Norman French.)
ON the i6th day of October, in the 2nd year etc., the reputable men of the trade of Pouchemakers presented unto the Mayor and Aldermen a certain petition, as follows.— Unto the honourable Lords, the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of London, pray the folks of the trade of Pouchemakers in the said city, that may please your very gracious Lordships to grant unto them and order, that the making of galoches of wood in the said city, of which no one has the governance, and which was formerly [by] the Pouchemakers invented and established, shall be under their governance and rule, and entered of record, for the common and necessary profit of all the said city; inasmuch as there is great default in this respect, as well as to false and not durable leather, as to false workmanship, and other secret defaults.
[In Latin] Which petition having been read before the said Mayor and Aldermen, and with no small pains fully understood and estimated, seeing that by such petition it was manifestly shown that the rule and supervision of galoches, in the same specified, was clearly required for the benefit and advantage of the public, it was granted by the same Mayor and Aldermen, that the Masters of the said trade of Pouchemakers should have the rule and supervision of wooden galoches within the liberty of the City; so long as it should seem expedient to the Mayor and Aldermen of the said city, for the time being, and to the commonalty of the said city it should be useful and necessary.