As the 1611 audit accounts indicated, the musicians were to receive livery 'Clokes' only every second year. The livery account for 1612 appears on the same folio, above the one for 1613, and contains no mention of the musicians. The fife and drum players, however, continue to receive their coats annually. As with the liveries delivered in December 1611, these liveries were delivered after the accounting year being audited (which ended 29 September) and even after the audit itself, which occurred in November according to the date at the top of the page.
Record title: Second Book of Debts
Repository: Southampton City Archives
Repository location: Southampton
Folios 1–82 contain an account of debts similar to those
in the First Book of Debts. The first twenty-four leaves contain an
alphabetical index of debts. Annual audit accounts begin at f 84 and run
to f 241, covering the years 1603 to 1617. The accounts of the auditors
cover the whole range of the city's finances, including those recorded
in the stewards' accounts and in the mayors' accounts. The accounting
year runs from Michaelmas to Michaelmas. For the years 1603 to 1615
items of both receipt and expense are each entered twice, once as
credits and once as debits, with folio numbers and marginal reference
numbers making cross-referencing easy. Many items are entered in great
detail – such as rents, scavage receipts, fees and expenses for town
officials, loans, and loan payments. Others, however, are not entered in
nearly the same detail as in the stewards' and mayors' accounts, notably
gifts and rewards, as well as the costs of construction and repairs.
Thus some years covered by these accounts that yield no references to
itinerant entertainers may have seen visits that were lumped with other
gifts and rewards in the audit accounts.
November 1591–November 1617; English; paper; xxiv + 321 + iii; 424mm x 297mm; original ink foliation (versos have folio numbers corresponding to the facing rectos, ff 242–319 unfoliated and blank); good condition; original brown leather binding intricately tooled with pattern of flowers and leaves, no title.