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APPENDIX.-EXTRACTS FROM MINUTE BOOK.
Quarter day August 1st 1720
Head meeting day ordered yt for the time to come the expence of an entertainm on yt day day (sic) do not exceed the sume of one Guinea out of the Companys Box & wt sume the ordinarys & extraordinarys att such entertainment exceed yt same each Bros then present to contribute equally att their owne spence to discarge (sic) the same. Att a Meeting october 10th 1720 William Whitfeild late apprentice to John Young
husbands dec' was this day admitted and paid for the same
04 : 00:00 More of him towards Essay
02 : 00 : 00 Wm Whitfeild desires to be entred as a 28 man to weh the Company agreed.
It's at this Meeting unanimously agreed upon by the Company & recomended to the Stewards to apply to the Clerk of the Company to draw up a Case of Tho: partis of Sunderlands exerciseing the bussiness of a Goldsmith having not served his time to a Goldsmith neglecting to get his plate Essayed and take the Recorders opinion in wt method to p’secute him
Essay p’ agreemt recd of John Langwith lli & Do of M' Thos
Md'm that this day Mr Batty p’mised to pay the Company five pounds for a ffine for taking Isaac Cookson as an apprentice con. trary to order and to be pa next meeting
Headmeeting day May 3d 1721
05 : 00 : 00 Octobe 10 wm Whitfeilds admittance money 4' Essay 21 06 : 00 : 00
Jno Langwith of York one year Essay 20$
05 : 00:00
00 : 16 : 06 Disbursemts
To one Years Clerks Sallary now due 01 : 10:00
lres and case and fair Coppy abt M" Partis > 00 :15 : 06
00 : 03 : 00
00 : 06 : 02 letter A p’anno 1721 and Mark Grey Nicholson not being willing to continue and delivering upp Keys the Company agree to appoint Wm Pryor Essay Master for the time to come and he to be Sworn to continue dureing the Companys pleasure.
Jonathan ffrench for unbrotherly words giveing a Bror the lye in company fine according to order li ga
Essay Master to be obliged to attend Essay Tuesday & ffryday in every week without any further or other considera con except the usuall allowance and also on request of any workeing Bror to attend on any other day for such recompence as such Brot so
requesting the same can agree wth the Essay Master for, not exceed.
Whereas Jonathan ffrench att last quarter day w he was p'esent was complained of for that he had used and gone into severall underhand dealings wth Jobn Hewett a foreign' who trades in selling Plate in Gateshead & att Durham, and had of late comitted sever indirect practices in workeing up plate for the sa John Hewett to the great prejudice of this Company, and that since the time of his the sd Jonathan ffrenches keeping an open Shopp he had also patronized severall quantitys of wrought plate belonging to the sd Hewett as well London wrought as other wrought, and sold such or the greatest part thereof att bis sd shopp, and afterwards returnd to the sd Hewett such of the ga Plate as was unsold, and that he could not or did not think fitt w he was so complained of or charged therewth to make it appear that such complaint or charge agt him was unjust or that he ought to continue so to do, Its therefor this day ordered that the so Jonathan ffrench for such his practices be fined the sume of five pounds M' ffrench the ffine 05 : 00:00 ffran. Batty ffipe at last head meeting 00 : 01:08 Jno Carnaby ffor abst Nov 16 1721 00:01 : 00 James Kirkup The above discharged
00:17 : 6 By the Company for 4oz gdwt Sterling,
01 : 03 : 6 By M Batty for 13 oz. of pix att 58 60 p oz. 03:11 : 6 Disbursemts To M' Kirkupp he pa for cleaning the Essay Seales 00:11 : 06
James Kirkupp Steward Jrs'
Robert Makepeace Warden Jur' Letter B for the year 1722. William pryor appointed Essay Mas By Mr Batty for his ffine for not attending the last Guild...
00:01 : 8 Nathaniell Shaw allowed six weeks to pay his ffines amount. ing to 01 :01 : 00 but this to be no precident for the future May 3 1725 reca
Thomas partis. The Stewards to call upon him for 20s due from him for his Essay for a year due att Christmas last Recu
John Langwith of York. To be called upon for 20s for a years Essay due Lamas last
Joseph Buckles of the same. To be called upon for 20s for a year then due. Mark Grey Nicholson Dr for so much lent him in 1719 as p acct
02 : 00:00 Jonathan ffrench having submitted the consideracion of his ffine to the Company and they upon his withdrawing having determined to mitigate the same to 50% & on paym' thereof to enroll his apprentice, and he having refused to pay the same Its ordered that the sd Indenture be inrolled upon his paying the said 50% down, and that if he does not pay the same, that the said Indenture be not inrolled till he pay the whole fine of Gli
APPENDIX.-EXTRACTS FROM MINUTE BOOK.
By Jonathan ffrench for the above & in full of all his ffines
02 : 10 :00 Returned him again by consent of the Company... 01:01 : 00
£01 :09:00 Att a Quarterly Meeting November 14th 1722 By M' Batty for his Journeyman Tho. prow according to order...
02 : 00 : 00
By M' Batty his ffine for not attending the Guild 00:01 : 08
01 : 07 : 6
00 : 02 : 30 November 11. 1720
Whereas of late severall inconveniencys have happen'd and Companys much prejudice accrewed to the members of this Society and to Secretts the whole Company, by severall matters concerted and discoursed of Wn the Society are together, being discovered & divulged, Its therefor ordered that all matters relateing to the a'lairs of the Company wch shall att any time be discoursed of in company, be
3d May 1731 This for the future kept secrett, and in case any Bror or Brors shall at order Interlin'd any time hereafter give out in speeches or by any disscourle or by. Consent & crt otherwise divulge wt passeth or is discoursed of in Company the &c wch by the Majority of the Company shall be adjudged ought to have been kept secret shall for every such offence forfeit & pay to the use of the Company the Sume of five pounds to be taken & recd in full by the Stewards for the time being and to be metigated or to be taken in full as the Majority of the Company shall thing (sic) fitt and adjudge according to the Nature of the offence, and on any Brof refuseing to pay down such fine or ffines which the Company have ffined him att every Head Meeting Day such Brother or Brothers so refuseing shall not thereafter be admitted to meet wth the rest of the Brethren of this Society and to be thence deprived of all benefitt and advantage of this Company in
al takeing or entreing any appren. tice or apprentices, and such apprentice or apprentices tho' bound to such Brot or Brors so refuseing not to be admitted into this Company till such fine be pa and satisfied to the Company by the sd Bro or such his apprentice or one of them
Roll Makepgee frenrand
Att a Head Meeting day May 3d 1722 :/
Guilds and Quarter days—Its ordered that the Stewards or one of them for the time being do in their resspective years attend the severall Guilds on the pain of 51 for every neglect and that the Company be sumoned and do meet every Quarter att the usuall days and that when such days fall on a Sonday such Quarterly Meeting shall be kept on the day following and that if the Stewards for the time being shall neglect to warne the Company accordingly such Stewards shall forfeit & pay to the Company 51 ffine for every such neglect :/ Head Meeting day May 3d 1723
It's this day ordered by the unanimous consent of all the Company přesent that if at any time hereafter the profitts and receipts of the Company ariseing by ffines or otherwise shall fall short of & not be sufficient to pay of & defray the Companys outlays and expences, that then such sum & sums of money as will be sufficient to do the same shall from time to time be raised by Contribuc'ons of the Members of this Society and each Member of this Society shall pay his p’porc'on of such sum & sums of money so to be raised, on pain of being expelled the Company & deprived of all benefitt and advantage thereof
Thomas Makepeace Jonathan French
Fran : Batty
02 : 13:04 By the Picks there of this year 5 oz" att 59 60 01 : 07 : 06 Disbursemts July 26 pd Wm Henderson for two sacks of Charcole
0:09:0 gbr 10 pd Thos Thornton for Charcole
0:05 : 0 ffebr 29 pd James Russell for Do
0:10:0 March 6 pa John Grice for
0:12:0 Aprill 26 pa Wm Pryor p Note p. paper Lead, &c. 0:05 : 0 Lett D for the year 1724 Wm Pryor appointed Essay Master ffrancis Battey Steward
Robt Makepeace Warden
Tho" Ord Clerk Att a Quarterly Meeting August 10, 1724
Jonathan ffrench complained of for employing John ffrench an unfreeman as a Journeyman for upwards of six weeks contrary to order, fined according to order 51 & to be called upon for it at next meeting. At a Meeting Aug 12 1724
Whereas Wm Whitfeild before last head Meeting was entred as a 28 man but since that time is come to inhabitt in or near the town & being sum[m]oned to appear both this & last meeting & pot appearing Its ordered that he be no longer continued as a 2man but that he be fined as other brethren for every day he has been or shall be absent.
It is this day ordered that for the future no brother ffree or to be ffree of this Company shall work with or for any person or
APPENDIX.-EXTRACTS FROM MINUTE BOOK.
persons not ffree of this Society useing or exerciseing the trade or business of a Goldsmith in Gateshead or elsewhere within seven miles of the Town any plate or other thing whatsoever relating to the business of a Goldsmith and that every brother that shall offend herein shall pay for every offence the sum of five pounds for the use of the Company
[Signed by Jonathan French'& nine others]
By William Dalton late apprentice to James 1
By M'ffran: Batty on acct of Geo: Bulman towards the Essay
02 : 00 : 00 By Mr Makepeace for picks ...
03 : 12 : 11 By Wm Dalton for his admittance money
04 : 00 : 00 By him towards Essay
02 : 00:00 By Mr Tho: Partis on account of Essay
02 : 00 : 00 By Mr Batty for his Journeyman Geo : Bulman... 02 : 00 : 00 Disbursemts pd towards the ffreemens plate
02 : 02 : 00 pa for Entertainmt last Head Meeting day to M" Hobbs
01 : 10:00 pa Me ffrench towards ffreemens plate p’anno 1723 02 : 02 : 00 To Mi Longstaffe towards this years plate
02 : 2 : 0 ffrancis Batty Steward
James Kirkupp Warden Letter E for the year 1725
Wm Pryor appointed Essay Master Tho: ord Clerk At a meeting September 6 : 1725 :/
Whereas Mr Thompson of Durham hath offered plate to be assayed, having not first entred his name place of aboad & mark as the Act of parliamt directs It is ordred & agreed upon that he be p’secuted for the same at the Companys charge and Its further ordered that in case the sd Thompson shall request to have his name place of aboad & mark entred that the Wardens shall enter the same & that his plate shall & may be assayed and It is further ordered that the sd Thompson shall be prosecuted at the Companys charge for exerciseing the trade of a Silver Smith or plateworker
[Signed by · ffran. Batty' & nine others]
04 : 00 : 00
By Jonathan ffrench for employing John ffrench as a Journeyman for upwards of six weeks & not paying 40% towards assay contrary to order fined according to order 51 which was pa down,
March 26 1725
By Gris Baumane latenepprentice to ffran : Batty