Notices Illustrative of the Drama, and Other Popular Amusements, Chiefly in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries; Incidentally Illustrating

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 190 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865. Excerpt: ... Corporation Orders respecting Players. 95 like daily to be more and more to be decayed, except reformation thereof be speedily had; therefore it is enacted, &c, that from and after the said day there shall be no such great allowance paid, delivered, or allowed out of the town stock for any such expenses that shall happeD, but that the spenders thereof, as at the banquets of venison, plays, bear-baitings, and such like, every one of the Mayor's brethren, and of the forty-eight, being required, or having summons by the commandment of Mr. Mayor for the time being, to be there, shall bear every one of them his and their portion." It further provided that no manner of gift should be given by the Mayor without the consent of four or five of the "ancients" of his brethren, and as many of the "ancients" of the fortyeight, except five shillings and under, which the Mayor was to be allowed to bestow "for the honour of the town " as often as occasion should move him. This Act was confirmed at a common hall, on the 4tu of January, 1570. Again, on the 16th of November, 1581, we find the following order made at a common hall: --" It is agreed that from henceforth there shall not be any fees or rewards given by the chamber of this town, nor any of the twenty-four nor forty-eight to be charged with any payments for or towards any bearwards, bear baitings, players, plays, enterludes, or games, or any of them, except the Queen's Majesty's or the Lords of the Privy Council; nor that any players be suffered to play at the town hall (except as before excepted), and then but only before the Mayor and his brethren, upon pain of 40. to be lost by the Mayor that shall suffer or do to the contrary." Although these orders, when made, were "for ever to continue," custom and the playe...

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