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18 The Spanish ambassador at the time, the Conde de Gondomar, received even rougher treatment. According to Sir Simonds D’Ewes, the publication of Thomas Scott’s anti-Spanish diatribe Vox Populi in November 1619 had so inflamed popular sentiment against “his villanous practices” that Gondomar stationed a guard outside his London home. 19 The most significant event of this type occurred on April 3, 1621, when Gondomar was insulted while he passed through the City. At the time, John Chamberlain reported that three “young fellowes (or prentises)” offered a “sleight abuse” to Gondomar as he was carried through the streets.
Queen Elizabeth and King James I each issued orders prohibiting the construction of buildings upon new foundations in the metropolis in the vain hope that it would limit the opportunities for immigrants to establish themselves. 16 Increasingly, the Crown’s attention turned away from housing and toward tighter economic controls to check immigration. 17 London citizens who ignored the established rules and welcomed aliens into their households and workshops would also have been out of step with the alleged xenophobia of their neighbors.
1 The literary legends that evolved around Eyre during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries provided an opportunity for Londoners to consider the extent to which worthy intentions could cloak dubious behavior. In particular, these legends emphasized Eyre’s early career as a shoemaker, not a merchant, who exploited the skill of an alien journeyman who, he believed, had learned his trade on the Continent. They also suggested that Eyre was willing to assume a false identity at a key moment because he was convinced that would be the surest way to rapid wealth and social advancement.
Culture, Faith, and Philanthropy: Londoners and Provincial Reform in Early Modern England by Joseph P. Ward (auth.)