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BOROUGH DOCUMENTS.
The largest number of entries are quit claims, and conveyances of land so numerous that it would hardly be a difficult matter to compile a directory of the town, say in the time of Henry IV., and we could certainly name the most conspicuous of the townsmen who assembled to see the departure of Henry V. through the West Gate for the Field of Agincourt.
We may compare the Black Book to a miniature record office tor Southampton ; it embodies an amount of historical facts which can hardly be over-valued." ^
The Rev. J. Daribury.
97 The Earliest Register of St. Michael's Church.
The Rev. J. Silvester Davics.
98 Ordinances of Southampton in time of Charles I.
Grammar School.
99 Manuscript Bible, written at the end of the 13th or the beginning of the
14th. Presented to the School by John Groves (1708). John Conduit, Esq., had the book rebound.
100 King Edward VI. Charter, granted June 4th, 1553.
The Mayor and Corporation,
101 Charter 1, John (1199)—the oldest of the Borough Documents.
102 Charter 22, Henry VI. (1445)—recognising the Borough as a Corporation.
103 Charter 25, Henry VI. (1447)—creating the Borough a Shire or County
Borough.
104 Charter 17, Elizabeth (1575)—granting the Borough Arms.
105 Charter 16, Charles I. (1641)—the last governing Charter.
106 The Oak Book, described above.
107 The Black Book, described above. . .
108 Book of Examinations (1622-43)—one of an interesting series of local records.
109 The Elamstead-Molyneux correspondence.
110 Speed's History of Southampton.
111 Ancient Treatise on the Philosopher's Stone.
112 Book containing Copy of the Charter 16, Charles I., with translation.
The Rev. R. Merriek.
113 Earliest Register of Holy Rood Church, 1653 (showing entry of baptism
of Charles Dibdin;.
The Rev. S. W. Stevens.
114 The Oldest Register of St. Laurence's Church.
Winchester City Museum.
115 Interesting Deed of time of Oliver Cromwell relating to property in Holy
Rood Parish.
The Rev. W. H. Windle Cooper.
116 Registers of All Saints' Church (showing signature of Nathaniel Robinson
and entry of baptism of Sir John Millais).
VI.—Corporation Plate.
(i) The Oar given by Arthur Atherley in 1708.
Oars are the symbols of maritime jurisdiction vested in the Corporations of certain seaport towns. They were suggested originally by the great silver oar of the High Court of the Admiralty. This oar is the outward and visible sign of the authority which it derives from the Crown to arrest both persons and vessels on the high seas. It is laid on the table before the judge of the High Court when he sits in judgment.
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