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Charles I - volume 20: February 1-10, 1626

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1625-26. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1858.

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February 1-10, 1626

[Feb. 1.] 1. Statutes and ordinances established in the University of Cambridge for the preservation of discipline. Printed.
[Feb. 1.] 2. Descent of the manor and barony of Scrivelsby, which "is the championship," from Philip Marmion to Charles Dymock, the then holder thereof.
Feb. 1. 3. List of 15 persons dwelling in London warned to attend [before the Council ?] on the 1st Feb., with three others directed to be similarly warned for Friday the 3d.
Feb. 1.
London.
4. Sir John Wolstenholme, Henry Garway, and Abraham Jacobs, Farmers of the Customs in London, to the Council. The petition of the English merchants, praying for abolition of pirate money, having been referred to them, [See Vol. ii. No. 73.], they state the circumstances under which that payment had been received by the Merchant Adventurers, with the amount it had produced, and report their opinion that there should be an end thereof. Inclose,
4. i. The petition of the English merchants.
4. ii. Account rendered by the Merchant Adventurers, of the monies by them received and paid for pirate money.
[Feb. 1.] 5. Petition of merchants residing in the City of London to the Council. The Merchant Adventurers promised to discontinue the imposition of pirate money at Michaelmas, and afterwards at Christmas last; pray the Council to order that it may cease from the latter period.
Feb. 1. 6. Request by Wm. Byng, Capt. of Deal Castle, for the appointment of a gunner, in lieu of one deceased, and also of deputies for two persons who could no longer perform their duties.
Feb. 1. 7. Warrant to pay Sir Wm. Becher 162l for his allowance at 3l. per day as Agent from the late King to the Princes of Germany. [Draft, with an autograph memorandum underwritten, in the King's hand, that the Clerk of the Signet was to engross that bill ready for his Majesty's signature.]
Feb. 2. 8. Order of the procession to the coronation. [In this MS. the Peers are all enumerated, with an indication of such as were absent.]
Feb. 2. 9. A copy of the same.
Feb. 2. 10. Order of the coronation; comprising that portion of the service which related to the coronation oath.
Feb. 2. 11. A copy of the preceding.
Feb. 2. 12. "The form of the coronation; taken by Mr. [John] Bradshaw, Herald at Arms."
Feb. 2. 13. "Coronatio Regis Caroli, 2di February, ao 1625." [A rubricated MS., containing the whole of the intended ceremony. One leaf wanting.]
Feb. 2. 14. Another MS., similar in substance to the preceding. [Incomplete, but having the portion wanting in the former.]
Feb. 2. 15. Another similar MS., with marginal additions, some of them in the handwriting of Bishop Laud. [The rubricated portion of this MS. has been written in ink, which, in some places, has almost entirely faded away. Parts of it have been written over again.]
Feb. 2. 16. List of Earls to be created on the occasion of the King's coronation.
Feb. 2. 17. A copy of the said list.
Feb. 2. 18. List of the Knights of the Bath made at the coronation, 58 in number.
Feb. 2. 19. A copy of the above.
Feb. 2.
Plymouth.
20. Capt. John Pennington to Nicholas. Explanations of rumoured boasting on his part of the power he had received from the Duke, and of his reception by the Commissioners at Plymouth. He had taken up eight ships more, and had sent to Dartmouth for other two. They would all be ready before they had either victuals or men. Present of 5 lbs. of tobacco sent by Sir James Bagg. Does not want his Commission as the Duke is coming.
Feb. 2.
Dartmouth.
21. Capt. John Mason, Commissary General for victualling the fleet and army, to Nicholas. Five weeks ago, he wrote respecting a ship of Sallee named the Heart's Desire or Good Fortune, which he had taken in Crookhaven, in Ireland, and had brought to St. Ives. Wishes to be allowed to have her in lieu of his pay due to him. Desires Nicholas's furtherance, which at his coming to London he would not make a fruitless accompt.
Feb. 2. 22. Commissioners of the Navy to Buckingham. Recommend Mr. Brooke as successor to his father, in the office of Clerk of the Cheque at Portsmouth.
Feb. 3.
Whitehall.
23. Sir Benjn. Rudyerd to [Sir Francis Nethersole.] Walter Montagu was said to have returned from France, bringing a promise of restitution of our ships, and a peace with the Protestants, but many believe this to be merely a preparation for the Parliament. His Majesty was yesterday crowned. The Queen was not crowned (her Church not recognising our Bishops) but stood in a window at Sir Abraham Williams's, to see the show. The Parliament begins on Monday. Sir Edw. Cecil is still in Ireland. The Duke will do what he can to get Nethersole returned, but he is exceedingly "streighted." Many Earls to be created;—Cardinals to carry the consistory if there be occasion. The title of Oxford likely to continue in the name of Vere; the claim has had a hearing, but no judgment given. The Queen's pastoral and mask deferred until Shrovetide. Other Court news.
Feb. 3.
Chatham Dock.
24. Joshua Downing to Nicholas. Recommends Philip Warde for painter to the navy.
Feb. 4.
Plymouth.
25. Captain John Pennington to Buckingham. On receipt of a command to make up his fleet to 40 ships, he had given warrant to the shipwrights, who had chosen 9 at Plymouth, and he had sent to Dartmouth for three or four more. What men will be required. Hopes to finish all the ships by next spring-tide. The French ships will be ready by the end of next week. Hears nothing of the provisions for the Rochellers. Details the wants of the fleet; amongst them, surgeons, with their salves and unguents, and 1,500 "hamackoes" for men's lodgings. There is a general complaint, especially amongst the common sailors, of want of their pay; they will hardly be drawn to sea without it. Order ought to be sent that the Mayor should allow the sick to be put ashore, and strict orders for a press of sailors. News from Rochelle, which leads him to think they shall find little opposition. Two ships arrived with Persian Ambassadors. Sir James Bagg very forward in the service. He has paid to Pennington 540l. out of the prize. Incloses,
25. i. Report of the shipwrights as to nine ships by them selected for this present voyage.
25. ii. List of the 39 ships he had made choice of, with subsequent additions and alterations made by Nicholas.
Feb. 4. 26. Petition of Mark Willes to the King. Prays that he may receive compensation out of prize goods at Dover, for the loss of 400 quarters of oats, and 100 quarters of malt, shipped for the Duke of Brunswick, and taken by the Dunkirkers: with reference underwritten to the Duke of Buckingham.
Feb. 4. 27. Petition of Thos. Askew and James Stroud to the same. Prays for similar compensation for 660l., the value of their bark, the Hopewell, captured by a Spanish frigate and taken into Blankenburg, and 155l. 14s. 6d. paid by them for their ransom: with similar reference.
Feb. 4. 28. Bill of Sir Lewes Lewkenor, Master of the Ceremonies, for coaches and attendance on Extraordinary Ambassadors of France and Savoy, from Dec. 7, 1625, to this day: total 330l.
[Feb. 5.] 29. The Duke of Buckingham to Sackville Crow. The carriage of the States in the business of the jewels is malicious and dangerous, but the Duke knows Crow to have a heart that is constant and will not be daunted. He is to acquaint the King and Queen of Bohemia, the Prince of Orange and the States, how important it is to the King of England, and to them, to make the requisite payments to the King of Denmark. To break with that king, is to overthrow all the great actions now in hand. To have his jewels refused for a pawn will dishearten the King of England in his enterprises and intentions for the good of that state. Crow is not by any means to come away with the jewels until he sees what course will be taken. [Copy.]
Feb. 5. 30. Petition of Edmund Forster and other merchants of London to Buckingham, for discharge of their ship, the Transport, laden with a cargo for Barbary, but stayed in the Downs by Sir Hen. Palmer.
Feb. 5.
Plymouth.
31. Sir Ferdinando Gorges to Sec. Conway. Being uncertain as to the state of things between the Dutch merchants of the East Indies and ours, he had stayed one of their East Indiamen, and desired instructions.
[Feb. 5.] 32. The King to Attorney General Heath. Warrant to prepare a bill for a Commission to the Earls of Kent and Cleveland to be Lieutenants of co. Bedford.
Feb. 5.
Whitehall.
33. The same to the same. Warrant to prepare bills containing grants of the Broyle, co. Sussex, and various other lands in the Counties of Denbigh, Flint, Northampton, Bucks, Salop, Hereford, Montgomery, Worcester, Gloucester and Rutland, to James, Earl of Carlisle, the same having been formerly granted by the late King to the nominees of John Gray, and by them contracted to be sold to the said Earl, who desired to have new Letters Patent thereof.
Feb. 5.
Plymouth.
34. Sir Wm. St. Leger to Buckingham, Reiterates his request for money. The soldiers cannot be exercised in their present condition, and will never be better than new pressed men.
Feb. 5.
The Downs.
35. Sir Hen. Palmer to Buckingham. Reports the result of a cruize on the coast of France. The Lion unserviceable, the John Bonaventure without provision. Desires leave of absence for five or six days.
Feb. 6.
Suffolk House.
Thos. Earl of Suffolk to Dr. Gostlyn, the Vice Chancellor, and to the Heads of Houses at Cambridge. Sends a copy of the King's letter to him of 1626, Jan. 26, and charges them to put all their brains together, and be all of one mind, as one entire man, to bring home that long banished pilgrim, Discipline. [See Vol. xix. No. 59. Copy.]
[Feb. 6.] 36. Order and manner of the sitting of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, with the names of the Knights, Citizens, Burgesses, and Barons of the House of Commons for this Parliament. [1626. London. 4to. Printed. Bishop Laud's copy, with a few manuscript alterations and marks.]
[Feb. 6.] 37. Speech of Sir Thos. Edmondes, Treasurer of the Household, on moving that Sir Heneage Finch, Recorder of London, be chosen Speaker.
Feb. 6. 38. Order of the King's proceeding to open the Parliament. [Copy certified by Wm. Le Neve, Clarencieux.]
Feb. 6.
Dover Castle.
39. Sir John Hippisley to Buckingham. Sends examination of Richard Boone, who, in the time of the restraint, being refused permission to cross from Dover, slipped over from Whitstable, and gave Spinola notice of the intention to fire the ships at Dunkirk. Urges that he and the man who carried him across should be made examples of. Incloses.
39. i. Examination of Richard Boone before mentioned.
Feb. 6. 40. Names of persons within co. Chester, who excused themselves from lending on Privy Seals.
Feb. 6. 41. Names of persons in co. Chester, who had paid loans required on Privy Seals, to Sir George Booth.
Feb. 6. 42. Names of persons in co. Chester who have not sent the loans required from them on Privy Seals.
[Feb. 6.] 43. Bishop Williams of Lincoln to the King. The King's gracious speeches to him when he took his leave, and his own conscious innocence, have comforted him in the affliction of being enjoined from his Majesty's presence—the only Heaven wherein his soul delights. Has endured patiently his discharge from his great office, his required absence from the Council, his sequestration from the coronation, and licensed absence from Parliament, but as he has no friend left about the King, he begs humbly to represent that his purchased pension is unpaid, and that he has not received any writ of summons to the Parliament, so that he cannot appoint a proxy. Prays the King to mitigate the causeless displeasure of the Duke of Buckingham; not to believe accusations against him; and not to allow the Royal name to be used in Parliament against a poor Bishop who has ever affectionately honoured his Majesty's person above all objects in the world to come. [Copy.]
Feb. 6.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Buckingham. Acquainting him with two letters prepared for the despatch into France concerning the Ambassador. Sending his Grace some propositions concerning the regiments, and an abstract of Mr. Carleton's letter. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 244.]
Feb. 7. 44. Richd. Wainright, John Griffin, and John Gray, to Sec. Conway. Had searched the house of one Payne, by virtue of Lord Conway's warrant, and had found therein Wilford, a Jesuit priest going by the names of Reames and Peters. He being lame of the gout, the Duchess of Buckingham's Usher became bail for his appearance.
Feb. 7. 45. Minutes of a representation made by Sir Edward Harwood, concerning the best way of proceeding to clothe the 4,000 soldiers then at Portsmouth; communicated to the Council by Sec. Conway.
Feb. 7.
Suffolk House.
46. Thos. Earl of Suffolk to Sec. Conway. Desires to strike out four names from the Dorsetshire Privy Seals and to substitute four others in their stead. His servant will wait upon Sec. Conway with a like proposal for Suffolk and Cambridge. Incloses,
46. i. Names of persons in Dorsetshire proposed to be discharged.
46. ii. Names of other persons of greater ability proposed to be substituted.
[Feb. 7.] 47. Account by Nicholas Blake, Mayor of Plymouth, of 6,006l. received by him from the Collectors of the Loans on Privy Seals. [Perhaps sent with the letter from the Commissioners at Plymouth 1626, Feb. 9, No. 57, but not mentioned therein.]
Feb. 8. 48. Francis Willoughby to Buckingham. Suggests, as a way of discovering the reality of the excuses of inability to lend money on Privy Seals, that all scriveners and notaries should be examined before the Council.
Feb. 8.
London.
49. Isaac Pennington to his cousin, Capt. John Pennington. Solicits, for a kinsman, the release of the Martha, a ship stayed by Capt. Pennington. Had not yet been able to procure Capt. Pennington's money from Sir Wm. Russell.
Feb. 8.
London.
50. Philip Burlamachi to Nicholas. Requests him to procure the Duke's order for Sir John Hippisley to deliver certain tobacco to him for his Majesty's service.
Feb. 8. 51. Petition of the Merchants of London trading to Rouen to the Duke of Buckingham. On the 28th Dec. last the Council ordered the discharge of the St Peter, of Newhaven, on proof that she belonged to subjects of France; proof having been made, the Judge of the Admiralty ordered her to be discharged, but she is again stayed by order of the Duke; thereupon the French not only detain the petitioners' ships by way of reprisal, but threaten to arrest their goods and debts throughout that kingdom, which will be the ruin of the petitioners and many thousands of the King's poor subjects who are dependent upon them; they pray the Duke therefore to discharge the said ship.
Feb. 8.
Autin Friars.
52. Sir John Ogle to Sec. Conway. Sets forth the grounds of his wish to enter the church. Desires at first only to receive the orders of a Deacon, relying upon God and the King's goodness for what shall follow. Wishes the King to dispose of the poor fortunes he holds in Ireland and the Netherlands for the benefit of himself and his family. He mentions his having spent in the Netherlands the best of his time, not a little of his blood, and also his having lost, of two, one of the fairest lights of his body.
[Feb. 8.] 53. The Gunners of various ships in harbour to Nicholas. Send him a petition to the Duke for a supply of powder, which they beg him to further with his accustomed favour. Will be ready to gratify his love as they have done formerly. Inclose,
53. i. Petition of the same Gunners to the Duke of Buckingham for a harbour supply of powder. They expended their last in honour of the King's coronation.
53. ii. Memorandum to insert in the warrant an iron saker for Upnor Castle, and another for Warham Sconce.
[Feb. 8.] Nicholas to George Earl of Totness, Master General of the Ordnance, making request in conformity with the preceding letter. [Draft, written on the fly-leaf of the preceding.]
Feb. 8. 54. Warrant from two of the Commissioners of the Navy, authorising Richard Goodwyn to execute the place of Master Carpenter of the Constant Reformation, void by the death of Martin Boyeur.
Feb. 8. 55. Petition of Humfrey Slanye to Buckingham. A ship and goods belonging to the petitioner, worth 4,000l., were taken by pirates last June and carried into Sallee; part of the goods were afterwards laden in two Holland ships, which were stayed by the King's fleet and brought into the Thames; the petitioner claimed his goods, and obtained a decree for the same; they are worth 850l.; in consideration of his great losses and of large sums formerly paid for customs, he prays the Duke's warrant for their delivery without further trouble.
Feb. 8. 56. Petition of Richd. Bathurst to the same; praying the Duke's letters to admonish Sir Hen. Palmer to satisfy the petitioner for a debt of 40l., or that he might be allowed to take his course by law.
Feb. 8. Grant to John Levingston, one of the Bedchamber to the late King, and Simon Chamber, of the office of Clerk of the Market of the King's house and throughout the realm, for 23 years, at the rent of 50l. for the first year, 150l. for the second year, and 336l. for the remainder of the term. [Case A., Charles I., No. 6.]
Feb. 9. Buckingham to Sir Hen. Palmer. He is to give order to all his ships to lie in wait for the Sallee men which the merchant Bonaventure met with at Flushing. He is also to send ships to lie on the coast of France to intercept ships coming out of Spain. The Duke is informed that the ships at Harwich lie still in harbour, and suffer the Dunkirkers to commit spoil: he is to quicken and awaken them. It seems very strange that none of Sir Henry's ships have effected anything. He is to search into the cause and apply a remedy. [Copy. See Vol. xix. No. 79.]
Feb. 9.
Plymouth.
57. Commissioners at Plymouth to the Council. Thanks for care taken to supply the Commissioners with money. The increased allowance to the soldiers was to begin on Feb. 4. Reference for personal explanations to Sir Wm. St. Leger. Money received and disbursed, 6,006l.
Feb. 9.
Plymouth.
58. The same to the same. Report the case of Captain Andrew Pawlet, who had sold four barrels of his ship's powder for supply of his own necessity and relief of his sick men; and that of the Gunner of the Sarah Bonaventure, accused of having broken the store room. Have bound them to appear, and request further instructions. Urge the immediate necessity for money.
Feb. 9.
Whitehall.
59. Sec. Coke to Sir James Bagg. Six Spanish Captains having been brought home in the St. Andrew, the Lord Admiral had granted them to a kinsman of Sir John Coke's lately taken by the Dunkirkers, to satisfy for his ransom. Bagg is requested to treat with them as to what they will raise amongst them. The Dunkirkers kept Coke's kinsman in extreme misery till he had given assurance of 300l. ransom.
Feb. 9.
The Hague.
60. Sackville Crow to Buckingham. Reports his proceedings. Fourteen days having passed, he had used the Duke's protest, with an amplification of the King's just dislike should he fail in his expectation of procuring the money. Is assured that if Amsterdam would undertake it the money would be had in three days. Will drive the matter to a final resolution. Begs that a convoy may be sent over fit to trust such a treasure with. Callandrini, in an inclosed letter, has set forth the wants and complaints of the King of Denmark and Count Mansfeldt. The Queen [of Bohemia] prays daily for the happy success of this ill-faced Parliament.
Feb. 9.
The Hague.
61. Sackville Crow to Sec. Conway. Refers to what he has written to the Duke, which he presumes will be communicated to Lord Conway.
Feb. 9. 62. Names of those who had contracted with the Commissioners at Plymouth for suits of apparel for the soldiers.
Feb. 9. 63. Number of officers and soldiers billeted in Devon and Cornwall, with their weekly charge. [The total number of soldiers was 3,700. The payment to the soldier was 3s. per week; to the Capt. 4s. per day; to the Lieut. 2s. per day; to the Ensign 10s. per week.]
Feb. 9.
The Downs.
64. Sir Hen. Palmer to Buckingham. The St. Claude returned last night with a ship, which is asserted to be of Calais, but believed to be of Dunkirk. She is of 40 tons, laden with Orleans wine. Requests that pilots and men sent up with prizes may receive speedy despatch. Inquires whether he should stay ships of London bound for France, having lead amongst the commodities on board. Capt. Maplesden has heard that the Vanguard, with the rest of the English ships in the service of France, are at St. Martin's Island.
Feb. 9.
Plymouth.
65. Capt. John Pennington to Nicholas. Recommends various persons for Captains. Sends a list of what ships had Captains, with their names, and a dash against the ships which had poor silly Captains. Sir James Bagg's statement that he seized the prize is most false. The calenture has subsided, and there are few deaths now. Incloses,
65. i. List of ships and Captains before mentioned.
Feb. 9.
Plymouth.
66. The same to Buckingham. Reports proceedings from the 4th to the 9th. Acknowledges the receipt of intelligence from Buckingham, that peace was concluded between the King of France and the Rochellers; also of directions to make the fleet up to 50 sail. Mons. Soubise's ships are in a manner all ready. Yesterday 4 of the colliers arrived from Kinsale. They sailed in company with the Lord Marshal in the Swiftsure, but parted in a storm. Some of the Irish ships put in at St. Ives. Protests that he and not Sir James Bagg seized the St. Peter of Calais. Intelligence that 20 ships are making ready at St. Maloes to join the French King's fleet before Rochelle. The ships here will be suddenly ready, and if to be used against Spain they ought to be victualled and sail before April.
Feb. 10. 67. [Sec. Conway] to Dr. Walter Balcanquall, Dean of Rochester and Master of the Savoy. Information being given that there is a place within the Savoy where mass is usually said, with much resort of people, he is to cause the priest to be apprehended, and to seize upon the popish books and massing stuff. [Copy.]
Feb. 10. 68. Bond of John Pregion, of the Close of Lincoln, to Sir John Lambe, of Rothwell, co. Northampton, for payment of 10l. in 1632, if Sir John be then living.