The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 2Allen, Thomas
The Chamberlain of London.
Is an officer of great repute and trust; and though annually chosen on Midsummer-day, yet continues in office during life, if no serious crimes are made out against him. He had the keeping of the monies, lands, and goods of the city orphans, or took good security for the payment thereof when the parties came to age. And to that end he was deemed in the law a sole corporation, to him and his successors, for orphans; and therefore a bond or a recognizance made to him and his successors, was recoverable by his successors. This officer is the treasurer to the corporation, has the receipt of all their rents and other revenues, and the payment of all salaries, charges, and expenses; he has also the judicial power of admission to the freedom of the city and the enrolment and correction of apprentices. He attends all courts of aldermen and courts of common council, and the several committees, when desired, and has the care and custody of all the accounts of the corporation, and the records concerning freemen, apprentices, &c. The present chamberlain is Richard Clarke, esq.
 This branch of the chamberlain's duty has become obsolete.