Second Book of Debts

Southampton City Archives: SC5/2/2

f 98 (29 September–29 September)


More vij li. xvj s. x d. and is so much geven to the Clercke of the markett, to the Trumpetters, to players, and for Conveying of lettres, as appereth by his booke of Casualties, as in debitor folio 99. vij li. xvj s. x d.


f 98v


More vij li. xvj s. x d. laid out by Mr Chambers viz. geven to the Clercke of the markett, to ye Trumpetters, to players, and for conveying of lettres, as by his booke of Casualties appereth as in Creditor folio 98. vij li. xvj s. x d.


f 105


Thomas Gander is due to haue ix s. and is so much paid to Greene the musician in full paiement of his xx s. for kepeing a poore boy, the sonne of one Sopp, as in debitor 126. ix s.


  • Marginalia
    • 7.
    • 7.
    • 32.
  • Footnotes
    • 99: cross-reference to corresponding entry on f 98v, numbered '99' in the MS
    • 98: cross-reference to corresponding entry on f 98
    • 126: cross-reference to corresponding entry on f 125v, numbered '126' in the MS
  • Endnote

    Both entries concerning players on f 98v are preceded by '7.' in the left margin, which is a reference number, rather than a date, as each entry on the page is so numbered. The amount appears to the right of an enclosing bracket, and to the right of the individual amounts is a bracket enclosing the entire page, with the page total to the right of that. The pages are headed 'At the Awditt in November 1606,' and the entries have been taken from the mayor's accounts or 'booke of Casualties' for the previous accounting year, which ran from Michaelmas 1605 to Michaelmas 1606.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Second Book of Debts
    Repository: Southampton City Archives
    Shelfmark: SC5/2/2
    Repository location: Southampton

    Folios 1–82 contain an account of debts similar to those in the First Book of Debts. The first twenty-four leaves contain an alphabetical index of debts. Annual audit accounts begin at f 84 and run to f 241, covering the years 1603 to 1617. The accounts of the auditors cover the whole range of the city's finances, including those recorded in the stewards' accounts and in the mayors' accounts. The accounting year runs from Michaelmas to Michaelmas. For the years 1603 to 1615 items of both receipt and expense are each entered twice, once as credits and once as debits, with folio numbers and marginal reference numbers making cross-referencing easy. Many items are entered in great detail – such as rents, scavage receipts, fees and expenses for town officials, loans, and loan payments. Others, however, are not entered in nearly the same detail as in the stewards' and mayors' accounts, notably gifts and rewards, as well as the costs of construction and repairs. Thus some years covered by these accounts that yield no references to itinerant entertainers may have seen visits that were lumped with other gifts and rewards in the audit accounts.

    November 1591–November 1617; English; paper; xxiv + 321 + iii; 424mm x 297mm; original ink foliation (versos have folio numbers corresponding to the facing rectos, ff 242–319 unfoliated and blank); good condition; original brown leather binding intricately tooled with pattern of flowers and leaves, no title.

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