An Account of the Many and Great Loans, Benefactions & Charities, Belonging to the City of Coventry:
To which is Annexed a Copy of the Decretal Order of the Court of Chancery, Relating to the Memorable Charity of Sir Thomas White" by Dr. Edward Jackson, the head master of the Free Grammar School.
Sir Thomas White was elected Lord Mayor of London in 1553. He was knighted in the same year by Queen Mary I. He was a member of the commission for the trial of Lady Jane Grey.. He was the founder of St. John's College, Oxford, and used his prosperity as a clothworker to benefit nearly thirty cities and towns throughout England in at least some of which his trade had probably been particularly extensive. One such town was Coventry which, to rescue it from its 'great ruin and decay', he enabled by a gift of £1,400 to buy in 1542 a large amount of former priory property in and near the town.