The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 2Allen, Thomas
The City Remembrancer.
Is employed in the business of the corporation in parliament. He attends with the sheriffs at the bar of the house of commons with all petitions from the corporation, and in the king's closet with the sheriffs, to know his majesty's pleasure when the corporation shall wait on him with their addresses, &c.; and from time to time waits upon different officers of the state in matters depending between government and the corporation. He attends the house of commons during their session, and the courts of common council and all committees. The present remembrancer is Timothy Tyrrell, esq.
Besides the officers enumerated above, there are judges of the sheriffs' court, common pleaders, secondary of Compter, secondary of the Poultry Compter, a solicitor, attornies in the sheriffs' court, bridge-masters, and a hall-keeper.
There are also officers peculiarly belonging to the lord mayor's house. The are, the esquires of the lord mayor's house.
 The writer of an ingenious Essay in the first volume of the Every Day Book, p. 1331, who appears to be in possession of great information upon the affairs of the lord mayor's household, judiciously observes: To some it may appear very unimportant whether the lord mayor has on a violet or a scarlet gown, or whether the mace is always carried before him or not, and strictly speaking it is so; but while old customs are harmless, and tend to preserve dignity and good order, why should they not be observed? A sufficient reason for not allowing such customs as these to be destroyed is the evidence they afford of the high estimation in which the person of the chief magistrate was held in ancient times. The citizens are above all interested in their preservation, for the same revolution which would deprive the lord mayor of his insignia would inevitably involve the corporation itself in the same ruin.