Letter of Appointment to Bristol Mint

Letter appointing William Sharington as Under Treasurer at the Bristol Mint, 1546

mint appointment



English translation

  • Henry the eighth, by the grace of God, king of England, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith and Head of the Church in England and Ireland, to those present in receipt of these letters, greeting. May you know that by our special grace, through certain knowledge, and by our own will, we have given and granted to our beloved and faithful servant, William Sharington, the office of sub-treasurer of our exchanges, monies and coin made within our city of Bristol: and we make, appoint and ordain the same William sub-treasurer of our exchanges, monies and coin, by these present [letters], to have, to hold, to occupy, and enjoy the aforesaid office, for as long as he executes it well according to [the terms of] this indenture, between us, the aforesaid William, who shall exercise, occupy and accomplish the office well and faithfully. We give and grant also to the aforesaid William by the occupation and exercise of his aforesaid office an annuity or annual return of two-hundred marks per year. The same William is to hold the office from the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary last past, for as long as he executes it well as aforesaid, both personally and as in his capacity as the treasurer of the aforesaid exchanges, monies and coin, for the time being: the issues, profits and returns of coin aforesaid to be paid at the four feasts of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, St Michael the Archangel, the Nativity of our Lord and the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in equal portions: and to forward express mention of the true and certain annual value, with other gifts or concessions made by us to the said William before this time, no less than in in these present [letters], or by any other statute, act, ordinance or provision in contradiction of this, made, enacted, ordained or provided, or by whatever other matter, cause or situation notwithstanding.
    In witness whereof we have had these letters patent made. Witnessed by myself at Westminster on the fifth day of April in the thirty-seventh year of our reign.


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