Cecil Papers: 1643

Pages 374-379

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 22, 1612-1668. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1971.

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The Earl of Northumberland to [the Earl of Salisbury].
1643, March 28. We have here made an entrance into the treaty, but the councillors being enjoined secrecy are all so reserved that we can yet give no guess what will be the success of our treaty. Every man seems earnestly to wish peace, but I believe it is with a reservation in most of them, so as if it may be with conditions of advantage to the King. I do assure you they are very high in their own conceits, and think it will be no easy matter to force them to things which they believe not reasonable; the late defeat that my Lord of Northampton gave to Gell, the revolt of Sir Hugh Cholmeley, the taking of Grantham, and the possessing again of Malmesbury, with the daily increasing of the King's forces, gives them great assurance of mastering their ends, but I hope the wisdom of the Parliament will cross them in that design.
This night we expect something from London concerning the cessation. Till that be settled I shall look for little good from the treaty. The Lord Herbert's troops near Gloucester have received a blow from Sir William Waller; we hear that near 1000 prisoners are taken and some pieces of cannon. This action does a little counter-balance the victories they have lately had. I should be glad of any occasion to serve your Lordship.—Oxford, 28 March, 1643.
P.S. Prince Robert goes tomorrow morning with a party towards the north, to conduct the Queen as 'tis said.
Holograph. 3 pp. (131. 188.)
Samuel Stillingfleet to William Collins.
1643, April 27. Has conveyed the best pieces of Salisbury's furniture, etc, from Cranborne House to the Isle of Wight and delivered it at Carisbrooke Castle into the hands of Colonel Kerne. He, in turn, has appointed Smith, the Earl of Pembroke's wardrobe keeper, to assume charge of the goods. Has obtained a receipt for the various packages.
The usual courts have been kept for Cranborne, Pimperne, Rushton and Barwick, but it has been impossible to get any books or directions from Mr Fussell "who saith hee will deliver no bookes or writings butt such as hee shalbee chardged withall under his hand. Hee tould mee that hee hath beene solicited by divers to entertaine him to follow their causes for matter of tenure and for the chase against his Lordship, which hee hath as yett refusd, if his Lordship wilbee pleased to retaine him for these buisineses; if not, hee saith he must entertaine such buisines if offerd to him because it is his profession and livelihood. We are heere yett, God be praised, reasonable quiett in these parts neere us, butt in continuall ffeare as well of rogues as soldiers who range up and downe the country takinge mens goods by force. Rents come in very slowly, men are unwilling to pay."—Cranborne, the 27th of April, 1643.
Holograph. Much damaged in parts. 1 p. (General 72/12.)
Verso, notes in another but contemporary hand: "7 June, 1643.
That Sunday, 28 May, 11 a clock after sermon the quarter master took up Cranborne for the Lo: General [Lord] Marquesse Hertf[ord] and Prince Maurice for the whole army [? of 3000].
Mr Rogers brought sick in a horse [? litter] attended by divers gent of the contry and other [? horsemen] of his owne troope to Monnckton wher he lay till Sunday following and then died.
Mr Boothe, the Lo: Generalls steward dyd [? save] many curtesies for Mr Kirkhams sake.
When the Lo: Marquesse Hertf[ord] comaunded no hurte should be done Cranborne Howse, within half an hower after 5 or 600 of the Princes regiment broke into it, in an instant pulled out the iron barres and casements and carried away everie thing which was portable, and plundred one of their captaines of his portmantles and 50l in money which he had left there. They broke into the howse keepers study and tooke his bookes, books of accompts and writings, and divers things of good value. They brake open a trunke of Court Rolles, pulling some apeeces and scattering others about the howse and court, offering some to sale and throwing others in the river. They killed 100 sheep, most of them in the howse, leaving it more nastie then anie slaughter howse, carried away the hay, gave the barly to their horses feeding in the meadowes and cornefields, took away 10 horses [marginal note: they often threatned with fearfull othes to pull down the howse or burne it] of which the Marquess restored fowre by reason the Prince and he did not well accord: and the soldiers livd on free quarter and plundringe insomuch that the Generall threatninge to hange the first causers of the plundringe they answered, one and all. All this on the Lords day, but Sir James Hamildon on Wensday retorned with his regiment of horse and foote and defaced more of the howse and tooke away the locks and bolts. A Coll[onel] said had he [? Stillingfleet] not binn a roundhead my Lord Salisbury would not have imploied him."
Carisbrooke Castle.
1643, April. "An Inventory of such houshold stuffe which is sent from Cranborne house to Carsbrooke castle in the Ile of Wight in Aprill, 1643."
2½ pp. (Box D/34.)
Bailiff's Accounts.
1643–46. Expenditure of the bailiff of the Marston and Pebworth property, co. Gloucester. Inter alia:
1643, May to 1644, January 23.
For provision for the souldiers when they lay against Gloster. 1 8
For provision when his Matie lay at Shewdly. 4 7 6
For one other leavie for provinder and carriage when his Matie was att Evesham. 1 8
For one leavie to Campden when the Kings souldiers marched towards Newborrow feight. 1 13
For a leavie to Shewdly when Collonell Blayne was there. 3 6 3
For one leavie to Collonell Howard to Campden. 6 11 5
For a light horse furniture and man to Sir Baynham Throckmorton. 20 0 0
Taken from me and Richard White by souldiers in our goeinge to carry in mony to my Lord Chandos, haveinge other monyes about us which happily they missed of. 1 5 0
1643–44, February to 1644, September 29.
Spent at Snowshill when wee went to meet Sir Humphrey Tracy about our assessment. 0 5 0
Spent myself when I was carryed prisoner to Warwicke. 0 7 0
Spent when we went to Sir H. Tracy for his letter to Colo: Sandys for ye avoyding a false ymposement. 0 2 0
Gave to his clerke for writinge the letter. 0 1 0
Given to one to goe to Shudeley when Sir William Waller and the governour did both lay clayme to the contribution. 0 2 0
For quartering Captaine Sayers souldiers when he came for contribution. 0 5 0
25 July, for quartering 13 of Captaine Roberts his souldyers and provender for theire horses. 0 12 0
To Abraham when he went to Esam with the cart that was charged with the Kings carriadg. 0 3 6
To Abraham for goeing about busines when both armyes lay neare us. 0 7 4
Given to ffoote souldyers that came to the house dayly when the King lay at Evesham. 0 5 0
To Abraham for work when the Kings army lay at Evesham in June to goe in with provision. 0 10 0
1643–44, January to 1644, May.
Victualls, hay and provender to Campden when the Kings army lay there. 9 0 0
1643–44, March 25 to 1645, February 2.
To Abram for goeinge to Stow with a letter to Sir Bayneham Throckmorton, beinge robbed of 1s 6d by the way. 0 3 6
Spent when I and Richard White went first aboute the light horses. 0 3 0
My charges at Stow when I paid in the 201 for the light horse. 0 3 0
Spent when Richard White and I when (sic) to Sarrisden beinge charged with dragoone horses. 0 3 6
For 3 of the Kings souldiers when his Matie was att Evesham one day and one night. 0 5 0
To the Parliament souldiers when they fetched the mony imposed upon the parish, beinge 12 of them. 0 3 0
1644, May to November 1.
For a teame and cart to drawe the ammunition from Esam to Oxon. 3 1 0
For victuals and provinder to the Kings souldiers at Esam. 1 5 0
To Capt. Sayer for the rest of his arrears, being 30l he abated 5l. 25 0 0
To Capt. Wells for 1 monthes contribution from 10 Aprill to 10 May, 12l 3s being ymposed he abated 2l 3s. 10 0 0
Given to Sir William Waller his quartermaster to prevent quarter. 10 0
July 3, when his Matie returned to Esam. 1 2
Given to Colo: Bennetts quartermaster to prevent quarter. 10 0
Given to Colo: Bennetts quartermaster to prevent a warrant of 6l 17s. 17 0
Sent to Esam to Kings quartermaster wheat to the value of. 2 13 4
Given to the quartermaster to prevent the sending in of 4l worth of veals, mutton, lambe. 10 0
Given to Colonell Walgrave his quartermaster to prevent the like charge. 4 0
To Colonel Courtney and Captain Willoughby for contributions. 20 0 0
A teame and cart to carry the Kings carriage from Esam to Bath. 3 5 8
For a horse to Colonel Stevens. 5 10 0
Given for my Ladyes share of a horse for Sir John Wake. 1 10 0
1644, November 1 to 1645, June.
To Committe of Gloucester for three monthes contribution, 37l imposed. 30 0 0
To his Mats Reformadoes for 3 monthes contribution, 36l being imposed. 26 0 0
To Capt. Bramson. 10 0 0
To Lieut. Newborrough for his Matie. 10 0 0
To Capt. Blunt, Governour of Pebworth Church, for one months contribution. 30 0 0
Sent in to him to fortify his garrison. 2 10 0
Sent to him sheep, beef, beer, etc. 5 1 6
To Colonell Bard, Governor of Campden, in mony and provision. 5 0 0
To him for one months quarteringe of his souldiers. 9 0 0
My owne charges duringe my imprisonment and ffees at Campden. 3 0 0
To the Parliament for 2 monthes contribution, 26l being imposed. 20 0 0
Sent in to the Queenes souldiers at Weston 2 sheepe. 1 6 0
Sent into Pebworth to his Maties souldiers when his Matie was att Evesham. 6 0
1645, May to October 1. Extraordinary payments to his Matie, and alsoe for quarteringe of souldiers on both sides from November, 1644, untill No. followinge; and alsoe for all contributions and impositions for Kinge and Parliamente untill the first of October, 1645.
To Collonell Bard. 100 0 0
1 months contribution to Capt. Thomas Roberts, xiii1 beinge demaunded. 10 0 0
To Capt. Geo: Massie, Governor of Shudly Castle, for Julyes contribution, 1644. 10 0 0
To Capt. Jones for Prince Maurice his use 3 months contribution, viz, June, July and August. 20 0 0
Ffor quarteringe 60 horse when Capt. Blunt came to keepe garrison at Marston House. 2 10 0
To Major Stalford for 2 yeeres contribution for Hazeler wood. 4 0 0
Ffor quarteringe Capt. Halford 8 horses. 1 4 0
Ffor quarteringe Capt. Fflower and 30 horse. 18 0
Ffor quarteringe Capt. Perry and 50 horse. 1 10 0
Ffor quarteringe the Scotts when they marched downeward beinge 18 men and horse. 1 7 0
Sent in to the Parliamentary army in Quynton meadow before Evesham was taken. 12 0
Sent to General Poynye to Dorsington. 18 0
Ffor quarteringe 20 Darbyshire horse. 1 1 0
Ffor halfe the price of a horse which was charged out of the parish in May, 1645, by a Collonell on the Kings side, price beinge 4l 10s. 2 5 0
Sent provision to General Lesleyes army. 1 0 0
To Capt. Roberts for all arreares of contribution untill the 16th of July, 1645, the Committee takeinge into consideration the miserable sufferings I had by Collonell Bard and Capt. Geo: Massie. 5 0 0
Ffor the charge of halfe a teeme the parish beinge charged att a whole teeme for his Matie. 4 9 3
Ffor quarteringe 18 souldiers and theire horse with Capt. Moore. 1 7 0
1644, September 29 to 1645, November. Emergent expenses.
Spent att Gloucester when I went to petition the Committee concerneinge arreares of contribution. 6 0
To Abram for seekinge after Mr Loggins cattell driven away by Wor(cester) Reformadoes. 0 8
To him and others to make cleene the house when Capt. Blunt left it. 6 0
To the foote souldiers that kept garrison at Pebworth Church. 5 0
Ffor the carriage of the first provision that was sent to Collonell Bard to Campden. 5 0
Ffor my charges when I was taken prisoner by Gloster men to Warwick. 6 8
Ffor one bagg that was stollen by the souldiers. 1 0
To Capt. Ffishers Cornitt who was under Collonell Bard for his courtesies. 1 5 0
Spent by me att Esam, then prisoner to Capt. Blunt. 3 0
The charge of my sonns imprisonment 3 dayes at Shudely Castle, Richard White 3 dayes and my selfe 12 dayes. 3 0
For takinge my oth for the abuses by Collonell Bard and others and recordinge it. 2 0
22 pp. (Accounts 148/8.)
1643, October to 1646, March. Various payments including contributions towards the maintenance of the militia, the Earl of Manchester's army, the "setting forth" of Sir Thomas Fairfax's forces, the forces of the Associated Counties, the garrisons at Newport Pagnall, Uxbridge and Poole, the "black regiment", maimed soldiers, the Scottish army under Leven and the Army in Ireland, as well as the reduction of the garrison at Newark; together with other receipts.
(Bills 227, 228.)
1643, December 25. Money distributed amongst the poor of Brigstock. They number 131, of whom 39 are widows or spinsters. The sums range from 1/- to 3/-.
Signed: Nicholas Jackson. Endorsed: "Poores Byll, 25 Decem. 1643." 1 p. (Accounts 40/6.)
1643 to Michaelmas 1645. Bill submitted by George Joyce for contributions and quartering of soldiers under the command of the King, General Goring and Sir William Waller.
Endorsed: "Father of Cornett Joice att the Geo. an alehouse in Cranborne." ½ p. (Bills 254/6.)