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1786. Excerpt: ... First Englisli Record. A. D.. 1415. The first
record written in the ILngliJh tongue, and by any Englishman, is in
this year; being the confession of Richard Earl of Cambridge.
Holbourn paved. A.Dv 1417. Henry employed, at his own expence, two
vessels, each of twenty tons burden, for bringing stones for paving
and mending the highway, named Holbourn, which was then so deep and
miry, that many perils and hazard' were thereby occasioned. It may
not be amiss to remark the wonderful increase of building in this
neighbourhood since this period, and addition of many streets,
besides the present one.--Holbourn then, as appears, not being a
ftrtet but an highway. Henry's Necessities. A.D. 1417.' Henry's
wars and monstrous expences reduced' him to many milerable shifts,
in order to extricate himself. He borrowed money from all quarters;
he pawned his jewels, and sometimes the crown itself. He ran into
arrears with his army; and he was often obliged, notwithstanding
all these expedients, to stop in the midst of his career of
victory, and to grant truces to the enemy. All the extraordinary
supplies granted by Parliament to Henry during the course of his
reign, were only seven-tenths and fifteenths, or about 203,0001. a
sum which would be reckoned as nothing in these days towards the
support and carrying on a war, when estimates are made under the
denomination of millions. But Henry's necessities were such, that
he pawned this year two gold chased basons, weighing together 28
lb. 8 oz. of gold, to two of the fanons of St. Paul's, London, for
600 marks, or 448I. 13s. 4d. at the low rate of il. 6s. 8d. per
ounce; and two gold shells to the Dean of Lincoln, valued at the
fame low rate., Crown Revenue. The revenues of the crown, during
this reign, amounted to 55,7.54' I0 ...
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