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Charles I - volume 21: February 11-28, 1626

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February 11-28, 1626

[Feb. 11 ?] 1. Reasons to move the Parliament to pass an act to reform abuses in relation to returns made by undersheriffs, principally with reference to outlawries.
[Feb. 11 ?] 2. John Millington to his brother —. News of proceedings in the Parliament. The Keeper's and Speaker's discourses. Sir Benjn. Rudyerd moved for an allowance to vicars. Sir John Eliot drew attention to the King's wants, the expenditure of past supplies, and the ill success of the Spanish voyage. Sir George Goring defended the courtiers. Inquiry respecting Sir Edward Coke's return; Lord Vaux has claimed his privilege in the Star Chamber. The Dunkirkers reported to have landed in Cromer Marsh, in Norfolk.
Feb. 11.
Dover Castle.
3. Sir John Hippisley to Nicholas. According to the Duke's command, he had taken order for the men of that town to appear on the 20th. Antonie Adye, who is in London, with his bark, should be sent for.
Feb. 11. 4. Information of Peter Cannon. Thirty-six chests of Brazil sugar brought to Dover in a ship called the Jacob, recovered by a collusive claim in the Court of Admiralty. Sir Anthony Dering's interference with wrecked goods. Complaints against Peter Dibbs. [Minute.]
Feb. 12.
Whitehall.
5. Robert Earl of Monmouth to Sec. Conway. His Majesty had bestowed upon the Earl's daughter, Lady Wharton, the rent of 250l., ordered to be paid by the Court of Wards during her son's minority, and also 250l. paid as a fine for the marriage and wardship. The Attorney General is to prepare a warrant to that effect.
Feb. 12.
Ragland Castle.
6. Anne Lady Herbert of Ragland, to Wm. Earl of Northampton. Lord Herbert stayed about 14 days after his father, the Marquis of Worcester, to make up the certificate for the loans, which the Justices would not have agreed upon at all if he had not stayed. The weather was such as none but the Lord Privy Seal would have travelled in.
Feb. 12. 7. Petition of the inhabitants of Brightlingsea, co. Essex, a member of Sandwich, one of the Cinque Ports, to "the most gracious George Duke of Buckingham his Grace." They provide 50 soldiers, which are always ready at an hour's warning; but of late the Dep. Lieuts. of Essex have charged them with light horse, and billeting 100 soldiers. Pray for the Duke's protection against these infringements on their liberties.
Feb. 13.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Attorney General Heath. To prepare a grant to remit to the Lady Wharton the sums, mentioned in the letter of her father, the Earl of Monmouth, 1626, Feb. 12. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 244.]
Feb. 13.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Edward Viscount Wimbledon. For his present repair to his Majesty. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 244.]
Feb. 13.
Whitehall.
The same to Sir Heneage Finch, Recorder of London. For the reprieve of John Tapps. [Minute, ibid.]
Feb. 13.
Whitehall.
The same to Attorney General Heath. To prepare a pardon for John Tapps. [Minute, ibid.]
Feb. 13. 8. Reasons submitted to [Lord Conway] on behalf of the Earl of Bristol, why a proviso should be added to the bill for restoring in blood Carew Raleigh, son of Sir Walter Raleigh, to the effect that the said act should not extend to the manor of Sherborne.
Feb. 13. 9. Lord Mayor [Allen Cotton] and Aldermen of London to the Council. Have received their letter calling upon the City of London to provide, at their own charge, 5 ships of war for guarding the river Thames. Desire the Council to take into their thoughts the state of the City after its many hindrances and the late affliction, and to free them from so heavy a burthen, which neither their revenues are able to bear, nor, as they conceive, is the service such as concerns London otherwise than the whole kingdom, the defence whereof is a regal work. Their Lordships instance the two galleys built in the reign of Queen Elizabeth; they were ordered by the Common Council when the City was in a better state than now, by a third part at the least, and yet so much exclamation followed when every householder felt the charge, that the writers much doubt whether the like act of Common Council could now be obtained.
Feb. 13. 10. Buckingham to Sir Hen. Palmer. He is to send up all papers found in the bark belonging, as is probable, to Dunkirk, and also to send her up to London. He is also to stay all lead and munition going to any part of France, the Spaniard being thereby supplied. [Copy.]
Feb. 14.
Dover Castle.
11. Sir John Hippisley to Buckingham. Sends a letter, respecting which he desires to know his pleasure. Had directed the persons alluded to, to be detained. Mr. Montagu is kept at Dover for want of a wind, but none shall go before him. Incloses,
11. i. The Mayor of Faversham to Sir John Hippisley. Two persons had been detained at Faversham, who had offered 5l. to get a passage into France. One was an Englishman, who called himself Richard Foster; the other, a Frenchman, named Marande, who says he is Secretary to the French Ambassador. On examination they contradicted each other considerably, and Foster refused to take the oath of allegiance, alleging that he was a Roman Catholic. Requests to know what he should do with them. 1626, Feb. 13.
Feb. 14. 12. Petition of Arnold Brames, Factor for Harman Beckman, of Hamburgh, to Buckingham; praying that certain copper, shipped at Dover for Spain during the amity, in a ship which never sailed, and which copper is now seized and pretended to be confiscate, may be restored, and be allowed to be exported to some friendly nation. Underwritten is a reference to Sir John Hippisley and Sir George Newman.
Feb. 14.
Whitehall.
13. [Sec. Coke] to Sackville Crow. Instructs him what answer to make to the States in vindication of his instructions to pawn the Crown jewels. If he cannot prevail in obtaining all the money desired, he is to raise what money he can on the King's meaner jewels and on those belonging to the Duke, and out of the amount to pay: 1, the King of Denmark; 2, the Count Mansfeldt; 3, the States' companies. Order sent for a ship to bring him back. [Copy.]
Feb. 14.
Ipswich.
14. Edward Nuttall to Nicholas. Desires a Commission for examination of certain persons respecting goods of Thos. Rivett. Suggests Sir John Barker, John Clinch, and himself, as Commissioners.
[Feb. 15 ?] 15. Petition of Thomas Sumner to the Council. Having been summoned for not serving with a light horse at musters in co. Wilts, states that he attended on the first day, and had leave given the next day by Lord Gorge to bring up the money collected by him for subsidies; prays for his discharge.
Feb. 15.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Lord Treasurer Marlborough. To give order to Sir Humphrey May, Chancellor of the Duchy, for preparing a grant of the suit granted by his Majesty to Endymion Porter. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 244.]
Feb. 15. 16. Commissioners of the Navy to Nicholas. On information given by Reginald Mohun, Captain of the Venture, of Woodbridge, returned from Ireland, they suggest that she should be ordered round to the Thames for repair.
Feb. 15/25. 17. Narrative of the arrest at Faversham of the two persons who sought to cross to the Continent clandestinely. [Indorsed, "Mr. Montagu's information of what passed touching Blainvilles Secretary. 1625."]
Feb. 15. 18. Account of goods taken out of several vessels by—Lamberson, with the disposition thereof.
Feb. 16.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Sec. Coke. To move his Majesty for a Privy Seal for allowing Lord Conway the moneys due to him as Governor of the Isle of Wight, from the death of the Earl of Southampton to the date of Lord Conway's patent. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 244.]
Feb. 16.
Whitehall.
19. Buckingham to the Commissioners of the Navy. It being the King's pleasure that a fleet consisting of six of the King's ships and 35 merchant ships, should be forthwith prepared for sea; they are to cause an estimate of the charge of repairing, victualling, and furnishing the same for eight months. Copy. Appended,
19. i. List of the ships whereof the said fleet is to be composed.
Feb. 16.
Nonsuch.
20. Capt. Thos. Wilbraham to Nicholas. Entreats him to further the petition of Mr. Jacob. If Stevenson, Master of the Garland, be insufficient, let the writer's credit never be warrantable. His ship is not able to stow more than four months provisions for 250 men. Incloses,
20. i. Certificate of the Master, Mate, and Quartermasters of the Nonsuch, as to the capacity of stowage of that ship. Gore-end, 1626, Feb. 16.
[Feb. 16.] 21. Names of five persons in co. Cambridge for whom a discharge of Privy Seals is solicited, with the names of eight others tendered in their stead.
[Feb. 16.] 22. Similar list containing two persons in co. Suffolk.
Feb. 16. 23. Names and residences of 161 recusants indicted at the gaol delivery of Newgate; amongst them are the Lady Willoughby, Viscount Montagu, and Frances Lady Blackstone.
Feb. 17.
Dover Castle.
24. Sir John Hippisley to Nicholas. If the Duke does not send to Lord Stanhope to take some course with the postmasters, business will miscarry; when the Duke wrote the other day "for life," it was nine hours coming from Sittingbourne. He had sealed a bond for 5,000l. to the Duke's use; hopes that will do, and that he may receive order to go to sea. The French carry goods to Dunkirk, which ought not to be so. Shall be able to satisfy him that the goods which fall to the King within the ports belong to the Duke. At first he was to have had his tenth, now he has all. It was not a bad bargain that Nicholas and he made for the Duke for the ports.
Feb. 17. 25. Sec. Coke to John Monck, one of the Yeomen of the Chamber, and Thos. Dyer, one of the Messengers of the Chamber. The Jesuits and priests named in a schedule delivered therewith, lurk in divers parts of the kingdom, seducing the King's subjects from their obedience, they are, therefore, to be apprehended with all massing stuff, and to be brought before the Secretary.
Feb. 17. 26. Petition of John May to Buckingham. That he may be restored to his office of Assistant to his Majesty's shipwrights.
Feb. 17.
The Downs.
27. Sir Henry Palmer to the same. The weather prevented his taking over Mr. Montagu, or sending into Dover for beer. The John Bonaventure has no victual at all. Has sent the St. Claude into the Hope, and has given the prize with the wines in charge to her. Hears nothing of the ships with the deer. Requests instructions as to whether Capt. Giles and the ships at Harwich shall return or remain there. The leakiness of his own ship increases. Will put to sea as soon as he can get victual.
Feb. 17.
The Downs.
28. The same to Nicholas. Has sent up the bark laden with wine. Thanks for his care of Bathurst's petition. Incloses an order on Sir Wm. Russell for his payment. Want of provisions. Wishes to be allowed to put the St. Peter at Dover to sea at his own charge. Violent winds and such extreme cold that he can hardly write. Incloses,
28. i. Sir Henry Palmer to Sir Wm. Russell, Treasurer of the Navy. For payment of 40l. to Edward Nicholas.
Feb. 18.
Deal.
29. Sir Hen. Palmer to Buckingham. Repetition of most of the intelligence in the last letter. Men of the John Bonaventure have opened the hatches and embezzled seven or eight hogsheads of wine in the absence of their Captain. For preservation of his men he has adventured ashore at Deal to procure beer, and has not often been in greater hazard. The weather such that no ship has come in or passed.
Feb. 18. 30. Petition of Thos. Duffield and Hendrick Henderson to the same. The petitioners, with three other Englishmen, being slaves on board a Sallee man-of-war, conspired against the Turks and slew 62 of them. They then brought the ship into Crookhaven, in Ireland, where Capt. Mason and others of the King's fleet seized the ship and sent the petitioners away with only the clothes on their backs. They pray for compensation.
Feb. 18.
Dover.
31. Capt. John Mennes to Nicholas. Is at Dover with a company discontented and almost grown desperate. Between the owners and Commissioners, a great deal of time, pay, and victual was spent to no purpose. His ship is ready, and the sails ready in the town, but will not be delivered without money, and ere they be had the victuals will be exhausted. Has information of a ship from St. Lucar, which, if they could be provided, they might endanger.
Feb. 18.
Plymouth.
32. Capt. John Pennington to the same. In all the warrants he brought down he was styled "Admiral of the Fleet," now all his packets are directed to him as "Capt. of the Lion;" desires to know the reason; if it be that the Duke goes himself, then he shall think himself the happiest man in the world. Refers to the following letter to the Duke for other business. Recommends Capt. Bond to his favour, and begs him to remember Capt. Wollaston and the 200l. for Pennington.
Feb. 18.
Plymouth.
33. The same to Buckingham. Continuation of report of his proceedings from the 9th. Misconduct of the unserviceable ships in deserting the prizes which they were directed to convoy to the Thames. Sends account of the 29 ships he has there. Wishes the Duke would order a supply of six or eight ships for hospital and fire ships, and two or three of the rowing pinnaces bespoken for Capt. Gyffard. The French ships are fitted up. If the Duke goes to sea himself the Swiftsure will be the best ship for him. The ships will be all ready by the end of the next week. Complaint against the Mayor of Dartmouth for interfering with the pressing of men. Capt. Bond is maliciously complained of by the master. The Duke ought not to make any of the masters Captains. If the victuals are not ready, suggests that a squadron should be fitted out, so that he might go out and keep the channel. The sickness on the increase. Incloses,
33. i. Names of the ships he had, with their Captains; and specifying tonnage, ordnance, and men; with an addition in the handwriting of Nicholas of the ships in the Narrow Seas.
Feb. 19.
Dover Castle.
34. Sir John Hippisley to Buckingham. Endeavoured to take the priest whom Lord Holland wrote of, but by his good will the man will not come near him. Suggests a watch at Rochester bridge, and to waylay the ports and bye-places in Essex. The priest has a flaxen beard inclining to whitish, and is every day at Court with the French Ambassador. Mr. Elphinston and the Frenchman went over with Mr. Montagu, who told Hippisley that if he did not hear from him by Tuesday he might go to London.
Feb. 19. 35. Petition of William Hemming to the same. "Sheweth to his Highness" what had been his past services under Sir Thomas Dutton, the Dutch; and Ferdinando Medici, Great Duke of Tuscany. Prays his "Highness, out of his worthy affection to soldiers and travellers," to appoint him Captain of one of his Majesty's ships.
Feb. 20.
Londesborough.
36. Henry Lord Clifford to Sec. Conway. Recommends a worthy gentleman who is passing to London, as one with whom Lord Conway may confer about the miserable estate of Northumberland.
Feb. 20.
Belsize.
37. Anne Lady Waad to the same. Is a humble suitor, that considering a debt of 825l. due to her out of the Exchequer, she may be borne withal with reference to the loan granted to his Majesty. Sets out the state of her circumstances, and hopes he will be a mediator for a poor widow.
Feb. 20.
Elmore.
38. Sir Wm. Guise to Nicholas. Acknowledges receipt of tidings of the death of Samuel Hopton. Proffers of help to Nicholas in his executorship. If, as suggested, the Duke will appoint the writer his Vice Admiral for Gloucestershire, he shall be ready to do him service.
Feb. 20. 39. Certificate from Sir Thomas Southwell and five others, neighbours of Gilbert Lewing, addressed to the Council. Three days since Lewing returned from London, weary and very lame. As soon as he may, he will come up and present himself before the Lords.
Feb. 21.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Charles Viscount Wilmot. Concerning his house at Charing Cross. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 244.]
Feb. 21.
Whitehall.
40. James Earl of Marlborough, Lord Treasurer, to the Lord Mayor. Desiring him to peruse a schedule of fees for the packer in the port of London, and to report whether the same be not greater than those allowed in the old table of fees.
Feb. 21. 41. The Commissioners of the Navy to Sec. Coke. The bearer has received a letter from Richard Gurling, now prisoner at Dunkirk, stating that above 100 poor mariners there imprisoned will be discharged, if two priests detained at Dover are set at liberty, which information is recommended to the consideration of the Secretary.
Feb. 22.
The Tower.
42. Sir Allen Apsley to Nicholas. Recommends his servant Edward Ellis, for Purser in a King's ship.
Feb. 22. 43. Estimate by the Lord High Admiral and the Commissioners of the Navy of the charge of setting forth to sea, in warlike manner, of 6 of his Majesty's ships, 21 merchant and 14 Newcastle ships, for a service of 8 months. Totals:-King's ships, 37,121l. 3s. 4d.; the other ships, 65,820l. 6s. 8d.
Feb. 22.
Chester.
44. Sir Randolph Mainwaring to Mr. Wild, secretary to Lord Conway. Requests that Mr. Williamson, an Alderman of Chester, may not be called upon to pay over 30l. in his hands of money for Algiers before next Candlemas.
Feb. 22.
London.
45. Commissioners of the Navy to Buckingham. Had considered Mr. Wells's petition for uniting his two patents [of Keeper of the Out Stores and General Stores], and that Benjamim Wallinger should be joined with him, instead of Anthony Lewes. Are of opinion that it would be for the advancement of the service if that course were adopted.
Feb. 22.
Fulham.
46. Sir Thomas Button to Nicholas. Hoped soon to be able to wait on the Duke, to beseech his order for the furnishing or calling home of his ship, which had been forgotten. Recommends Wm. Thomas for Purser of the Antelope, and Thos. Davies for cook.
[Feb. 22.] 47. Note in the handwriting of Sir John Coke, respecting public measures taken in Spain for discovery and confiscation of English goods, with suggestions for corresponding measures to be adopted in England. Also, memoranda of business to be transacted at the Council; amongst other things is a suggestion to give order to the Bishop of Durham and the Master of the Savoy to apprehend the resorters to mass in their houses.
Feb. 23. 48. Sir Allen Apsley to Nicholas. Recommends Joshua Wenlock for Purser of a King's ship.
Feb. 23.
Whitehall.
49. Buckingham to George Earl of Totness. Order being given to fit to sea a fleet of 40 ships, the Earl is requested to give order that they may be supplied with proper ordnance and munition. Underwritten,
49. i. List of the ships to be supplied.
Feb. 23. 50. Classified abstract of the Treasurer's receipts and payments of the three subsidies, and three fifteenths and tenths, until this day. Receipts 278,118l. 3s. 7¼d.; payments 275,915l. 3s. 5¾d.
Feb. 23.
Plymouth.
51. Captain John Pennington to Buckingham. On the 6th inst. he despatched 16 unserviceable merchants and colliers with six prizes. Several of them having been driven back are now despatched again. The prize was, and he hopes is, very rich. The captain should be called to account. Incloses,
51. i. List of ships sent from Plymouth to London.
Feb. 23. 52. Petition of Wm. Warde, Nicholas Dunn, and Lewes Bissett, Buckingham's servants, to the same. Queen Elizabeth granted to one Captain Ward, as a reward for service, 2d. on every 1,000 pilchards exported from Dorset, Devon, and Cornwall, and 4d. on every hogshead of train [oil] made therefrom, he paying yearly 20 marks for a rent. The petitioners offer 60l. rent, and to the Duke four parts of the remainder, reserving one-fifth for collecting. Pray that he will procure them a lease for 31 years.
Feb. 24.
Whitehall.
53. Order of Council. Samuel Pendarvis, having been sent for on the complaint of Sir Robt. Killigrew, is ordered to discharge a bond procured by him from one Paget, and to find arms for six men for the lands he has lately purchased. [Copy.]
Feb. 24.
Whitehall.
54. Sec. Conway to Lord Chief Justice Crewe. To grant a Habeas Corpus for removing Joseph Prator from the jail of Cirencester to some prison about London, upon occasion for his Majesty's service. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 244.]
Feb. 24.
London.
55. Thos. Lord Windsor to Sec. Conway. Mr. Clayton is not a priest, therefore Lord Windsor hopes Sec. Conway will speed his delivery.
Feb. 25. 56. Account of sales of prize goods within the Tower, from January 18, 1626, to this day: total amount 34,445l.
Feb. 25.
Doctors' Commons.
57. Richd. Wyan to Nicholas. Sends copies of the examinations respecting the Turkish ship. If a condemnation be desired, there must be a warrant sent first to the place where she is, and executed and returned. Incloses,
57. i. Copy of a deposition of Thos. Duffield and Hendrick Henderson relating the circumstances of the capture of the ship. [See Vol. xxi. No. 30.]
Feb. 25.
The Downs.
58. Sir Hen. Palmer to Buckingham. Great part of the fleet from Plymouth had arrived in the Downs, and in their company four Hamburghers deemed prizes. Information that peace was concluded betwixt the King of France and the Rochellers. Ships sent westward had returned for want of provisions; ships sent to Dieppe with the deer had also returned. Great importance of a better supply of provisions. Is going to put to sea himself, although in a burning fever, caught with adventuring ashore for beer, without which his men might have perished. The St. Claude forced into Dover pier. He had ordered her skipper and boatswain to be sent up to London.
Feb. 25. 59. Thos. Colles, a Roman Catholic priest, to Sec. Conway. Having been pardoned by King James, he had since lived in the Ambassadors house. Prays that he may either have the benefit of his pardon, or be released on giving security to depart the realm.
Feb. 25.
Whitehall.
60. Sec. Conway to the Lord Chief Justice Crewe, for the reexamining Christopher Hogg, for speaking scandalous words against the Duke of Buckingham, and the Earl of Rutland. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 245.]
Feb. 25. 61. Examination of Christopher Hogg, taken before Lord Chief Justice Crewe respecting the words spoken by him against the Duke of Buckingham and the Earl of Rutland.
Feb. 26.
Custom House.
62. Certificate from the Collectors of Customs in the port of London, that four Dutch ships entered that day, and five others entered on the 23d, all laden with Bordeaux wines, had been cleared by merchants, who bad deposed that the wines therein belonged to them.
Feb. 26 63. "A true relation of that which passed betwixt the King's Officers and the French Ambassador's followers, by occasion of apprehending English subjects, Papists, that resorted daily to mass to the Ambassador lying in Durham House." [Probably prepared by Sir Thos. Wilson. It contains the letter of the Council to the Bishop of Durham, dated 1626, Feb. 22, and the Bishop's warrant to the constables, dated 1626, Feb. 26.]
[Feb. 26.] 64. Map of Durham House and the adjoining residences illustrative of the above transaction. The situations are indicated of "Britain's Burse," and the residences of Sir Thomas Wilson, Sir Wm. Becher, and Sir Thos. Bond.
Feb. 26. 65. Certificate of Capt. Phineas Pett, that John May, Mayor of Rochester, was well skilled in the art of shipbuilding, having been apprenticed to "the famous artist of his time, Mr. Matthew Baker, a master shipwright to Queen Elizabeth and King James."
Feb. 26.
Gloucester.
66. W. Guise to Nicholas. The five packs of wool had been appraised at 72l. 14s. 10d. Suggests an immediate sale. Other information connected with the estate of Samuel Hopton. His brother takes the suggestion of the Vice Admiralty very kindly.
Feb. 26.
Arwenack.
67. Sir. John Killigrew to Sec. Conway. Complains of the conduct of Trewron, a soldier, of Pendennis, and of Lieut. Bonython, in supporting him. Prays for the dismissal of the latter from the command of the King's fort.
Feb. 26. 68. Probate of the will of Ralph Brooke, York Herald, dated July 20, 1619, granted by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury to Mary Dickins, daughter and sole executrix of the testator.
Feb. 26.
Cornbury.
69. Henry Earl of Danby to Sec. Conway. Recommends to his favour Mr. Pagett, Ensign to Capt. Gore in the last voyage to Cadiz. Pagett being quartered in Devonshire, desires letters from the Council for recovery of his goods taken away by friends of his deceased wife.
Feb. 26. 70. Sir Robert Cooke to [the same]. Recommends a brother for military employment.
Feb. 26./Mar. 8.
St. Omer.
71. Letters dimissory and testimonial of Paul Boudot, Bishop of St. Omer, in favour of John Trumbull [Tromble] priest of the Roman Catholic Church, about to transfer himself to another diocese.
Feb. 27. 72. Petition of John Tarant, Post of Andover, and Richd. Miles, Post of Salisbury, to Buckingham. Not having received their pay for six years, they are so indebted that they cannot show their heads. Have attended the Lord Treasurer a month, but cannot obtain a penny. Cannot return home empty, and therefore pray his Grace to take some course for their payment.
Feb. 27. 73. Lord Chief Justice Crewe to Sec. Conway. Had shewn Hogg's examination to the Lord Keeper and Lord Treasurer, who thought it best that he should be returned into the country, be indicted at the Quarter Sessions, and be whipped by order of the Court.
Feb. 27. 74. Extract from the preceding.
Feb. 27.
The Downs.
75. Edward Viscount Wimbledon [still signing "Ed. Cecil."] to Sec. Conway. There is no mean between good fortune and bad in the actions of war. His misfortunes have not only followed, but have accompanied him. Has two sorts of enemies: they that envied the greatness of his command, and they that suffered calamity and misery at their coming home, which is none of his fault. He had not undertaken anything save with the advice of the Council of War. If he had digressed, it would have been to have kept Puntal; which if they had done, they should have been masters of the merchants' Indian fleet. Desires to unburthen himself to the judicious; and beseeches Conway, that if he can give that honest account which Conway may expect, he may not go back in his good opinion. Wishes to wait on the Lord Admiral as soon as he may have leave; resting on shipboard until he receives it by Lord Conway's means.
Feb. 27.
From aboard the Rainbow.
76. Sir John Chudleigh to Buckingham. Had arrived in the Downs with the Rainbow, in company of the Anne Royal. Requests directions respecting the Rainbow, which was leaky and defective. Relates the circumstances of his detention at Crookhaven of a bark, containing four priests, from Bilboa. He has the priests, but the bark parted company on the voyage from Ireland.
[Feb. 27 ?] 77. Edward Viscount Wimbledon to Sec. Coke. The ship whereof the bearer is master came from Lisbon, laden with salt, and was said to be bound for Dantzick, but without bills of lading. It is rumoured that there is treasure under the salt. In a postscript is a certificate that the Indian fleet arrived in Cadiz harbour five days after the English fleet sailed.
Feb. 27.
Aboard the Anne Royal.
78. Edward Viscount Wimbledon to [Buckingham]. Details his course from his arrival in Kinsale harbour on December 11, with the capture at Crookhaven of the four Irish priests, whom he describes as Spanish agents, suggesting that "torture will discover all." Commends the great carefulness of Sir Thos. Love, during their stay in Ireland, and suggests that the experience they have gained in this expedition may be a great means to save his Majesty's purse, and be of benefit to the sailor. Stays on shipboard for instructions. For himself he desires no more than the happiness of seeing his Excellency, which he hopes will put an end to all his misery. Two sorts of enemies have had access to the Duke before him: those that envied the greatness of his command, and those that have come home in misery. Whatever their accusations, he will answer them as truly to his Excellency as to God. Has never swerved from the advice of the Council of War. If he had, he would have kept Puntal, which if they had done, they would have been masters of the merchants' fleet which presently arrived in the Bay of Cadiz from the Indies. His Excellency begged in his behalf of the King at Woodstock, that he would not cast his eye upon his success, but upon his care. If he has failed by that rule, then cast him off to all the envy and malice in the world.
Feb. 27.
On board the Anne Royal off Dover.
79. Sir Thos. Love to Buckingham. Relates the various delays they had met with in their passage from Ireland. In this unfortunate journey God's judgment had followed them. There are dead out of that ship above 120, besides many left sick in Ireland. The ship is as unserviceable as the men. Begs the order of the Duke for her coming in, and for his enlargement to recover strength to appear before his Grace.
Feb. 27.
Plymouth.
80. Capt. John Pennington to the same. Has written many letters, but in three weeks has received no answer. Has 28 ships ready to sail as soon as they are victualled and supplied with men. The Anne Royal, with the Lord Marshal, passed on the 26th on her way to the Downs. Vehemently urges that if his Grace does not purpose presently to employ him aboard, he will call him from thence, where, besides his daily encounter with mortality and infection, he is so troubled with the clamours of the men, for want of clothes and other relief, that he is weary of his life. Many of the French have fallen sick since they came to eat of the remainder-victuals. Has brought ashore 290 quarters of corn out of the corn prize, 60 quarters were rotten, according to the enclosed attestation. If he had victuals he could man 15 or 16 sail of ships to keep those seas, which would be healthful and of good profit. The Vanguard, and other English ships in the service of France, have gone up to the river of Bordeaux to make stay of our shipping. Incloses,
80. i. Certificate of Sir Ferdinando Gorges and five other persons, that they found at the bottom and lower part of the lading of wheat in the prize ship called the Image of King David, a quantity, estimated at 60 quarters, all rotten and unfit for use. (1626, Feb. 24)
Feb. 27.
Tavistock.
81. Francis Glanville to Sec. Conway. On behalf of his brother, Wm. Grimes, he requests Lord Conway to give some good words to the Master of the Wards for obtaining the wardship of his son. He also recommends a person who is summoned before the Council.
Feb. 27.
Plymouth.
82. Abraham Jennings to Nicholas. Will certify what passed in those parts; at present he need not do so as the bearer, Capt. Mason, will show him all things. Has two parrots for him.
Feb. 27.
Westminster.
83. Grant to Edward Nicholas of monies and goods of the value of 350l. belonging to the Governor of the Terceiras, brought by Thos. Ryvett within this realm for the benefit of the said Governor, and thereby forfeited to the King. [Case A., Charles I., No. 7.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Henry Lord Clifford. Acknowledges receipt of letters, and promises an account on the first occasion. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 245.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
The same to [Sackville] Crow. Acknowledging the receipt of his letters, and delivery of them to the Duke of Buckingham. [Minute, ibid.]
Feb. 28. 84. Certificate of Capt. Phineas Pett. That Charles Lucombe [Lucum] served his apprenticeship under him, and was competent for a master carpenter's place.
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
85. Nicholas to Capt. John Pennington. He had not received answers to his letters on account of the want of ready money, but some was providing. Warrants had been sent to the Commissioners of the Navy to prepare to victual, and to the Master of the Ordnance to supply ammunition, according to the words of Pennington's letter. Omitted to write to him as Admiral of the Fleet, because the Duke, purposes to go with him himself. The Duke likes well his proposition to go out with some of the ships, whilst the rest are providing. The sooner they could be sent to sea, and with the less noise, the better. He is to send an estimate of the charge. Three ships would be enough. Sir Wm. Russell has no money, and there is no precedent of money being imprested to a Captain. The bearer, Capt. Bardsey, has come to take charge of his ship. Pennington is charged to show him great favour as the Duke's servant, and one that he highly esteems.
Feb. 28. 86. Narrative of the course of public affairs in England, from the entry into the treaties with Spain for the marriage of the present King, and the restoration of the Palatinate, until the present time; written with the view of disabusing the public mind of various prevalent "jealousies, rumours, and misinterpretations" respecting the conduct of the King and the Duke of Buckingham. [Draft, imperfect. This valuable paper, which is in the form of a letter, is in the handwriting of a clerk of Sec. Conway.]
Feb. 28.
Catwater.
87. Capt. Thos. Philpot to Buckingham. On his return from the expedition to Cadiz he arrived at Milford Haven with the Zouch Phœnix, which he there repaired according as the country could afford materials, but she was still unfit for service, and he should therefore bring her to London. Met at sea many vessels from Ireland and the West country carrying provisions to Bayonne, which were conveyed from thence into Spain, a circumstance which he offered to the Duke's consideration.
Feb. 28.
Harwich.
88. Capt. Edmund Button to Nicholas. Reports a cruise along the eastern coast: there were no Dunkirk ships between Harwich and Plymouth. If Capt. Pennington proceeded on his voyage Button desired to be of his squadron.
Feb. 28. 89. Petition of Edwd. Maplesden, James Mayer, and Edward Johnson to Buckingham. Being captains of their own merchant ships, impressed for the King's service, they were sent by Sir Henry Palmer as convoys to Dieppe of his Majesty's present into France. Being forced by weather into the Isle of Wight, and their victuals running short, they victualled their ships at their own charge. On arriving in London they find themselves superseded, which they suppose must have come from some bad information. Pray inquiry and payment of the sums expended in victualling.
Feb. 28. 90. Note of iron ordnance cast by Mr. Browne, according to the reformed weights.
Feb. 28. Buckingham to Sir Hen. Palmer. He is presently to take such of the ablest ships as came lately into the Downs with the Lord Marshal, or from Plymouth, under Capt. Harvey, and to ply up and down off Dunkirk, to meet with some of their ships, and hinder and annoy them as much as possible. He is to keep the sea until forced into harbour through tempest, or until he receive further orders. [Copy. See Vol. xxi., No. 10.]
[Feb.] 91. Wm. Viscount Wallingford to Sec. Conway. Recommends to his favour Wadland, an old servant of Lord Wallingford's, who had a suit in the Court of Requests against Mr. Pollard.
[Feb.] 92. Petition of Jeremy Cornellis to Buckingham. In consideration of his distressed estate, he prays that his ship, the Anthony, of Ipswich, taken up for the King's service in the Cadiz expedition, may be released and the freight be paid.
[Feb. ?] 93. Form of proposed letter from the King to all Archbishops and Bishops, the Ecclesiastical Commission, and all Judges, to permit the Queen's servants born in France, with their wives and children, to exercise their religion in such places as are appointed for that purpose.
[Feb. ?] 94. Speech apparently delivered in the House of Commons, by a Member who dissuaded the House from attributing the ill success of the Cadiz expedition to the Duke, and advised that, instead of an impeachment, a collection should be made of the oversights attributed to the Duke, and that the same should be presented to the King in the way of remonstrance.
[Feb. ?] 95. The King to Lord Keeper Coventry, Lord Treasurer Marlborough, the Duke of Buckingham, the Earls of Carlisle and Holland, and Sir Richard Weston, Chancellor of the Exchequer. Commission empowering them to consider what manors and lands were fittest to be assured to the Queen for her jointure.
[Feb. ?] 96. List of certain manors to be granted in jointure to the Queen, with the yearly values thereof.
[Feb. ?] 97. Return of John Bland, Collector of Privy Seals for the County of Middlesex. 42 persons had paid 650l.; 585 persons, many being dead or having removed, had not paid. The sums demanded of the latter amounted to 16,205l.
[Feb. ?] 98. Petition of Michael Matthews, Yeoman of his Majesty's Chamber in Ordinary, to the "right gracious Prince, George Duke of Buckingham." Prays that he may be appointed to the company of Capt. Porter, who had died in the Isle of Scilly.
[Feb. ?] 99. Minutes of letters and petitions to the Duke of Buckingham, made by Nicholas, to be submitted to his Grace; with his decisions upon them, written in the margin. They relate to the appointments of Sir Wm. Guise, as Vice Admiral of co. Gloucester, and of Lieut. Matthews to succeed Capt. Porter; the dispute between Peter Cannon and Peter Dibbs; the petition of Joos Arnault; obtaining a discharge under the Great Seal for about 9,000l. or 10,000l. taken out of the prizes at Plymouth by the Duke's command; obtaining a warrant for 1,400l. or 1,500l. unclaimed in the Mint, to be paid to the Duke; and various other matters then pending.
[Feb. ?] 100. Sir John Hippisley to Buckingham. Report on petition to the Duke from Joos Arnault, of Calais. Sir John finds the petitioner to be a dweller in Calais, and to be there held to be a subject of France. He therefore thinks the Duke may release him. Attached,
100. i. Petition of the said Joos Arnault to Buckingham:—Coming to Dover to make a claim in the Court of Admiralty, he was detained as a subject of Spain; having procured the annexed attestation, Sir John Hippisley allowed him to come to London on bail; prays for his release. Underwritten is a reference to Sir John Hippisley for his opinion. 1626, Feb. 27. Attached,
100. ii. Certificate from the Mayor and Eschevins of Calais, under their Municipal Seal, attesting that Joos Arnault was a resident in Calais. 1626, Feb. 7/17.
[Feb. ?] 101. Buckingham to Sir Wm. St. Leger. Directs him respecting the management of the troops at Plymouth. The Colonel, Lieut. Colonels, Serjeant-Majors, Corporals of the Field, and Quartermasters, being discharged, the Provost may also be discharged, his place being supplied by the Commissioners at Plymouth. The Surgeons are still to be kept in pay. The wages of the Captains, Lieutenants, and Ensigns, are to be increased by an assignment of dead pays, allowance to be made for the first cleaning of the arms. The broken companies to be distributed. When these things are settled, Sir Wm. St. Leger may come away. [Minute.]
[Feb. ?] 102. Petition of Robert Earl of Essex, Robert Lord Willoughby, Sir James Levingston, and Sir John Borlase, Colonels of the four English regiments in his Majesty's pay, in the service of the States, to the Council. Having information "from thence" that the money for payment of the troops was exhausted, and that there was no possibility of payment either from the States or otherwise, the petitioners represent that part of the regiments in garrison at Bergenop-Zoom, had already fallen into a mutiny, and they fear that the same inconveniences may follow which were prevented some months since by the happy being of the Duke at the Hague.
[Feb. ?] 103. Note of things that are of present consideration.—Payment of the King of Denmark to be made out of the money to be obtained by Mr. Sackville Crow, at Amsterdam. Money wanted for the four regiments in the Low Countries. Troops needed in Ireland. Regiments returned with the fleet to be removed and stationed along the coast.
[Feb. ?] 104. Statement of the case of John Heamish, a Roman Catholic prisoner in co. Salop. Having procured a coronation pardon it is desired that my L [ord] C [onway] would have him brought before his Lordship and disposed of according to justice.
[Feb. ?] 105. Francis Michell to Sec. Conway. Had been secretary to six great persons, one of whom was Lord Burgh, Lord Deputy of Ireland, who often spoke much good of Conway. The good he saw is now advanced to great eminency; and it may be said of Conway, as of a Secretary to the Emperor Charles, that he so marshalled his employments and favour with his master, as he made the one give way to put on the other, and the greater oppression he saw the more was his diligence to help the afflicted. Entreats him to read the annexed petition, and to favour the petitioner, as one who coming into question in a troublesome time fell, although innocent, from eminent place and fortune to beggary, and to be table-prattle pro et contra. Annexed,
104. i. Petition of the same to the King. Sets forth his sentence, all which had been remitted by King James, except the inability to bear office and the degradation from Knighthood, and those King James would have taken away had he lived. States his past services to the late King and Queen, and entreats for the grace customarily shewn at coronations.
[Feb. ?] 106. Brief declaration of all the manors which are to be granted in jointure to the Queen, with their values as certified by the Auditors. The total revenue from the manors is 4,111l. 8s. 1¼d., to which is added in fee-farm rents, 14,055l. 0s. 3½d., total 18,166l. 8s. 4¾d. The houses to be granted to the Queen, in addition to Somerset House, were the Castle of Pontefract, the Manor of Oatlands, Nonsuch House, and the Park of Hanslopp.
[Feb. ?] 107. Petition of John Wood, master of the John, of Preston, to the Duke of Buckingham. The petitioner's ship, being one of those prepared for transportation of the goods of the Scottish nobility now in England, has been stayed at Gravesend. Prays for its release.
[Feb. ?] 108. Petition of the town of Leith and divers of the nobility and gentry of Scotland to the King. Edinburgh, unknown to the King and his progenitors, has acquired a charter called "Aurea Magna Carta Edinburgi," under which they encroach on the King's prerogative, and oppress the petitioners, consisting of divers thousands, in their bodies and goods. Pray that certain fresh privileges recently obtained by Edinburgh without the Commissioners of Leith being heard may be cancelled, and thatthe King would hear them and their opponents in the presence of the Privy Council of Scotland then in London.
[Feb. ?] 109. Petition of the town of Leith to the King. His Majesty having given order on their former petition, they set forth certain specific articles which they pray the King to order for their relief.
[Feb. ?] 110. Petition of William Engelbert to the High Court of Parliament. Offers to destroy the harbours of Dunkirk and St. Lucar, and proposes that when that has been accomplished, word should be sent to the King of Spain, that if he did not deliver the Palatinate "without quirks or quillets," all his other harbours should be overthrown. The petitioner has a model of his engine of destruction ready to shew to a committee.
[Feb. ?] 111. Minutes of various businesses to be submitted by Nicholas to the Duke of Buckingham. Amongst them the suggested proclamation to stay conveyance of lead to Dunkirk by way of Calais; also commission to deal with prizes; money wanting for victualling the St. Andrew at Bristol, so that she may be brought about to Plymouth; complaints of Cannon against Dibbs, &c.