The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 2Allen, Thomas
The Chamberlain's Court.
This is an office kept in the of London, by the chamberlain of the city, who is thereunto annually chosen by the liverymen of the respective companies on Midsummer day. But this practice is rather a custom than otherwise; for there are no instances on record of any of the said officers being turned out, without being found guilty of mal-practices.
This being a place of great trust, the chamberlain at his being chosen, is obliged to give security for his fidelity. He receives and pays all the city cash, and with him are deposited all public securities, for which he annually accounts to the proper auditors.
This officer attends every morning for enrolling and turning over apprentices, admits all persons duly qualified into the freedom of the city, and decides all differences that arise between masters and apprentices; of the latter about are yearly admitted into the freedom of the city.
 Maitland, ii. p. 1213.