f [21v] (6 January)
|paid att Christoffer Handley dinner to the wates||xij d.|
|paid for 24 persons being vj meals at Mathew metcalf||xvj s.|
|Item for after shott for drinck same folks||iiij s.|
|Item for wyne & Gallon of sack||iiij s.|
|Item for 1 li. of suger||xviij d.|
|Item paid to steven metcalf musician||xij d.|
The Metcalf family was closely involved in the administration of the guild; Matthew was a freeman from 1614, John was elder warden in 1615, and Steven was paid several time as a musician in 1619.
Christopher Handley (f [21v]) was one of the guild's searchers in 1618.
Record title: Mercers, Grocers, and Haberdashers' Minute
Shelfmark: ZZH 1/1
Repository location: Northallerton
The officers of the guild include the elected warden and underwarden, who served for a year but were eligible for reelection, and a number of 'searchers' (that is, inspectors). Most of the payments recorded in the guild's minute book concern the twice yearly warden's dinners, though dinners were also held to welcome new guild members. The accounting of disbursements ends in 1619.
Because the Covid-19 pandemic has made the manuscript temporarily inaccessible, the transcription has not yet been checked for accuracy
7 January 1580/1–3 January 1884; English; paper; v + 335 + ii (ii a paste-in, 2 small paste-ins between ff  and ); unnumbered; 300mm x 200mm; 19th-c. leather binding, title in gold letters on a red leather rectangle on front: THE ARCHIVES | OF YE MERCERS| GROCERS AND | HABERDASHERS | COMPANY.