Privy Council Letter to the Lord Mayor and JPs of Middlesex and Surrey

TNA: PC 2/25

p 230 (22 June) (Greenwich)

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Lettres of this tenour to the Lord Maiour of London, the Iustices of the peace of the Counties of Midlesex and Surrey. By occasion of some Complaintes that of late haue bin made vnto vs of the multitude of houses seruinge for Common stage playes in and aboute the Citty of London, and of the greate abuses and disorders growen by the ouermuch haunte and resorte of many licentious people vnto those houses and places, we haue entred into Consideracion of some fitt course to be taken for redresse of thesaide disorders by suppressing dyuers of those houses and by some restrainte of the imoderate vse of the plaies. ffor which cause wee haue sett downe certaine orders to be duely henceforth obserued, and kept, a Copy whereof we sende yow hereinclosed and haue sent the like to the Lord Maiour of London. and to the Iustices of the peace of Middlesex But as wee haue done our partes in prescribinge the orders so vnlesse yow perfourme yours in lookinge to the due execution of them. we shall loose our labour, and the wante of redresse must be imputed vnto yow, and others vnto whome it apperteyneth. And therefore wee doe hereby authorize and require yow to see the saide orders to be putt in execucion, and to be Continued as yow do wish the Amendement of the aforesaide abuses; and will remoue the blame thereof from yourselues./. And so &c.

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  • Modernized Text

    p 230 (22 June) (Greenwich)

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    Letters of this tenor to the lord mayor of London, the justices of the peace of the counties of Middlesex and Surrey. By occasion of some complaints that of late have been made unto us of the multitude of houses serving for common stage plays in and about the city of London, and of the great abuses and disorders grown by the overmuch haunt and resort of many licentious people unto those houses and places, we have entered into consideration of some fit course to be taken for redress of the said disorders by suppressing diverse of those houses and by some restraint of the immoderate use of the plays. For which cause we have set down certain orders to be duly henceforth observed and kept, a copy whereof we send you here enclosed, and have sent the like to the lord mayor of London and to the justices of the peace of Middlesex. But, as we have done our parts in prescribing the orders, so, unless you perform yours in looking to the due execution of them, we shall lose our labour, and the want of redress must be imputed unto you and others unto whom it appertains. And therefore we do hereby authorize and require you to see the said orders to be put in execution, and to be continued as you do wish the amendment of the aforesaid abuses, and it will remove the blame thereof from yourselves. And so, etc.

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  • Endnote

    The privy councillors named in the marginalia as present at the meeting are as follows: Sir Thomas Egerton (1540-1617), Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, 1596-1617; Roger North (1531-1600), second Lord North; Thomas Sackville (c. 1536-1608), first Baron Buckhurst, Lord Treasurer, 1599-1608; Charles Howard (c. 1536-1624), Lord Admiral, 1585-1618/19; William Knollys (1544-1632), first Earl of Banbury, Comptroller of the Household, 1596-1602; Sir Robert Cecil (1563-1612), Secretary of State, 1596-1612; and Sir John Fortescue (1533-1607).

    For an abstract of the document and details of its transcription history,
 see the related EMLoT event record.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Privy Council Letter to the Lord Mayor and JPs of Middlesex and Surrey
    Repository: TNA
    Shelfmark: PC 2/25
    Repository location: Kew

    The letter on page 230 relates to the order by the privy council on the same day restricting the number of playhouses.

    For an abstract of the document and details of its transcription history, see the related EMLoT event record.

    23 January 1599/1600–7 December 1600; English; paper; ii + 261 + ii; 428mm x 283mm; ink pagination 1–447, 38 unnumbered leaves (19th-c. index in a different hand); many leaves damaged and repaired; bound in maroon leather over boards, tooled, gold-stamped title on spine: 'ELIZABETH. | VOL. XVI. | COUNCIL | REGISTER. | 23. JAN. 1600. | TO | 7. DEC 1600.'

  • Manuscript Images

    The National Archives (UK), ref. PC 2/25

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