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Charles I - volume 22: March 1-15, 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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March 1-15, 1626

March 1. 1. Warrant, under the hand of Sir Heneage Finch, Speaker, for the Council of War, nominated by an Act passed in the last Parliament of King James, to appear on the Friday then next [the 3d inst.] in the Commons House of Parliament, to give an account of their proceedings. [Copy. Dated, by mistake, "This First day of Februarie, Anno Dom., 1625." See Journ. House Com. I. 826.]
March 1. 2. Instructions sent [by the Sec. of State to the Members of the Council of War] as to the answer proper to be given by them when the above summons should be brought to them by the Serjeantat-arms.
March 1. 3. Richd. Wyan to Nicholas. Explains the course to be taken to procure the condemnation of the ship captured from Turkish pirates by the five men.
March 1. 4. Petition of Thos. Philpot in behalf of Edward Knowlles, merchant, to "the right gracious prince, George Duke of Buckingham." A pardon granted by the Duke as High Admiral to the said Edwd. Knowlles, having been drawn up incompletely, the petitioner prays that the same may be rectified.
March 1.
Leicester.
5. Justices of co. Leicester to the Council. In compliance with directions in letters dated Aug. 31 last. They had taken examinations concerning misdemeanours charged against John Everard, conductor for co. Leicester, and they now send up the examinations. Inclosed,
5. i. Examination of Nicholas Brat, 1625, Oct. 5.
5. ii. The like of Everard Preston, 1625, Oct. 5.
5. iii. The like of Thos. Taylor, 1625, Oct. 14.
5. iv. The like of Edmond Moses, 1625, withou month or day.
5. v. The like of Anthony Eaton, 1625, Oct. 14.
5. vi. The like of Humphrey Bland, 1625, Oct. 14.
5. vii. Paper signed by T. Meautys, Clerk of the Council, specifying the charges brought against John Everard.
March 1. 6. Petition of John Duckett and five others, merchants of London, to Buckingham. Pray for the release of ships bound for Calais, laden before the prohibition, with cargoes worth 30,000l., but containing some parcels of lead and rice.
March 1.
The Downs.
7. Sir Henry Palmer to Buckingham. Reports intelligence that three Dunkirk men-of-war had attacked the Assurance. Has captured a small ketch containing lead. Desires instructions for his fleet to the Northward. Few of the new Captains had come to their charges.
March 1. 8. Sir Allen Apsley to Robt. Hooker, Purser of the "drombler" the George. To repair on board to receive provisions.
March 1. 9. Certificate of Capt. John Harvey, that the Friendship, of London, is a strong timbered ship, but a slug in sailing.
March 2.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Lord Keeper Coventry. In behalf of Mr. John Balcanquall, for the next prebend's place in Rochester, and in the mean time to be admitted his Lordship's chaplain. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 246.]
March 2. 10. Petition of Samuel Pauson, Theophilus Wright, and Archibald Niccols to Buckingham. The Scottish ship seized by them at Dover having been taken from them by the King's authority, they pray the Duke that he would procure them satisfaction for their losses out of the goods in the said ship.
March 2/12.
Amsterdam.
11. Sackville Crow to Sec. Coke. Acknowledges receipt of letters of Feb. 14, which, "though they come not justified with" his hand, he shall act upon. Refers to his letters to "my Lord" [the Duke] for a particular account of the state they are in.
March 2. 12. Commissioners of the Navy to Buckingham. Edward Maplesden and three others, masters of the merchant ships taken up for the King's service, had been allowed to continue masters of their own ships, with Buckingham's approbation, but not having been formally appointed are now dismissed. The Commissioners give them high commendation, and appeal to the Duke to continue them by his warrant.
March 2. 13. Sir Thomas Playters, Sir John Wentworth, and Sir John Rous to the same. Recommend to his consideration the petition of the poor distressed fishermen of Suffolk and Norfolk, and desire him to appoint a convoy for their ships to Iceland and the North Seas. [Copy.]
March 2.
Aboard the Entrance.
14. Sir Henry Palmer to the same. Had been aboard most of the returned ships, and found them unserviceable. If men and provisions were forthwith sent, would fit out the Rainbow, the Garland, the Dreadnought, three of the colliers, his own ship and two prizes, and hoped with them he might effect something. In the meantime, would send out two of the best sailers to discover the force and intentions of the enemy. Has entreated the assistance of Sir Thos. Love and Sir John Chudleigh. Desires a warrant for pilots. Has stayed an Irish bark laden with hogshead staves intended, as he thinks, for Dunkirk.
March 3.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Mr. Recorder [Sir Heneage Finch.] For the release of William Sturley, apprehended and put into Newgate for a priest, upon sufficient bail. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 246.]
March 3
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Sir Heneage Finch as Speaker. Excusing his [Lord Conway's] non-attendance on the House of Commons, as one of the Council of War, by reason of sickness. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 246.]
[March 3.] 15. Heads upon which the Council of War were to answer.
March 3. 16. Question propounded by the House of Commons to the Council of War.
March 3. 17. Copy of the same question.
[March 3.] 18. Another copy of the same question, with an undersigned opinion [of Attorney General Heath] that the Act of Parliament [under which the Council of War was appointed] did not require its members to make answer.
March 3. 19. Fuller statement of the opinion of Attorney General Heath. He sets forth the four particular applications of the money specified in the Act of Parliament; and is of opinion that the House of Commons has no right, except to inquire whether or not the money had been applied to those purposes.
March 3. 20. Capt. Richd. Gyffard to Nicholas. Received the inclosed last night; seeing it is gone so far, he will try what fortune God will send that way. Wishes his employment by the Duke had gone forward as it was determined, hoping then to have requited Nicholas's love. Has followed the Duke more than two years from place to place by his command, and spent more than 300l., but is now out of hope. Prays the Duke may be well served, and his honour not be touched through the follies of presuming and ignorant men. If the Duke would furnish him but with one ship, and leave the employment to his own courses, he would soon find the benefit. Incloses,
20. i. Thos. Paynter to Capt. Richd. Gyffard. By his master's order he is to go to Portsmouth to receive Capt. Gyffard's ship and prepare her for sea. Will take workmen from Shoreham with him. [1626, Feb. 25.]
March 3. 21. Commissioners of the Navy to Sec. Coke. The Samuel, of London, could not be again employed until she had been new sheathed.
March 3.
Doctors' Commons.
22. Richd. Wyan to Nicholas. Had examined the evidence against the Danish ship stayed at Bristol, and could not pick out anything whereby she deserves to be stayed. In all his observation he never knew a ship detained after examination of the parties, unless they had some proof to charge her. The King of Demark is as choleric for his subjects as any whosoever.
March 3. 23. Henry Norwood to Buckingham. In his travels into France, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Turkey, he had attained many useful arts fit for the service of a warlike prince. Tenders himself for employment by his King and country. The Turkish pirates are harboured in many places in the Netherlands. When at Flushing he redeemed 38 English and 11 French slaves, who had been in bondage for various periods, some even for 12 years. The arts he has acquired relate to the manufacture of fire-works and secret contrivances for use in war.
March 3.
The Downs.
24. Sir Thos. Love to Buckingham. Sir Hen. Palmer and himself had surveyed the ships returned from Ireland, and found them altogether unserviceable. The Rainbow and the Dreadnought could not be made capable of service; the Anne Royal was still worse, and the men that are in her not able to defend much less to offend. The four priests shall be sent up.
March 3.
Sandown Castle.
25. The same to Nicholas. The Duke had commanded him there, but to little purpose, for the ships were unfit for service, Requests Nicholas to procure leave for him to come up and send his ship to Chatham.
[March 3.] 26. John Millington to Gilbert Millington. The Lower House had sent to the Duke to know, why he stays the French ship after sentence in the Ecclesiastical Court and express order of the Council. Our Ambassadors were stayed in France, and Montagu detained at Calais. Col. Cecil [Viscount Wimbledon] had arrived.
March 3.
Battersea.
27. Oliver Viscount Grandison to Sir Thos. Roe. Has been forced to stay at Battersea by ill health for seven months. Lord Conway has told him that Sir Thos. Phillips's commission to be Ambassador at Constantinople is under the Seal, and that he is presently to go thither. Is extremely glad of the hope of seeing his niece and Sir Thos. He will find "a scarce time," but Lord Grandison hopes God will provide a fortune for him. Lord Grandison purposes to put himself into Dr. Mayerne's hands, who desires to have Lord Grandison lodged near him. He has therefore entreated Sir John Finett to let him have the keys of Sir Thos.'s house for two months, giving Sir Thos. contentment.
March 4. 28. Minute of Council that the Earl of Arundel, on signification of his Majesty's pleasure, was sequestered from the Council table.
March 4.
Exeter.
29. Mayor of Exeter to Wm. Earl of Pembroke. John Levermore having been chosen Warden for the Poor refused to serve. Suggests that he should be sent for to answer his neglect before the Council.
March 4.
Aboard the Entrance.
30. Sir Hen. Palmer to Buckingham. The Assurance came yesterday into the Downs. The rumours concerning her engagement with the Dunkirkers unfounded. If a good number of sailors were sent down he would soon fit up the ships, which now can neither be put to sea nor with safety be left in the road.
March 4. 31. Petition of Lieven Danielson and Jacob Jacobson to the same, for restitution of 10 sakers and 1,000 weight of powder, removed from their ship the St. Andrew, of Amsterdam, which had been stayed, but was released by the Court of Admiralty.
March 4. 32. Petition of John Geffrard and Rene Chevallier, French merchants, to the "most gracious Prince, George Duke of Buckingham." Coming passengers with merchandize by the St. Claude and Hope, of Calais, they were carried into Plymouth by Sir Francis Stewart; the Duke being there at the time, they petitioned him for restoration of their goods; his Grace referred them to the Judge of the Admiralty; they have now been 5 months in London at an expense of 120l., which they have been obliged to borrow; Gabriel Marsh having taken from them their money, jewels, and even clothes, Pray for redress. Inclose,
32. i. Copy of notarial attestation of a receipt given on Oct. 11, 1625, by Gabriel Marsh for a gold chain, a hatband of emrodes, and various sums in coin, found in ships lately brought into Plymouth.
32. ii. Memorandum of other things taken by Gabriel Marsh from Rene Chevallier.
March 4.
Plymouth.
33. Capt. John Pennington to Buckingham. Has received no letter this month or more, although he has repeatedly solicited that their wants might be supplied. If money be not presently sent down, he must discharge the men, and let the ships ride destitute. Mr. Clifton [Mr. Lieutenant's deputy] will hardly be able to supply them for 10 days longer. Has 29 ships ready to sail at 24 hours' warning if they had victuals and men. If the ships are not intended to be employed as formerly resolved, part of them might free the coast of Turks and other pirates which take our ships daily. Entreats that he may have the money sent down for which he stands engaged, which is about 700l. If not sent presently it will break his heart, for he is so followed and called upon for money that he knows not what to do. Begs also for 200l. on his entertainment. Incloses,
33. i. Names of the ships that he had prepared, with their burthen and number of guns.
33. ii. Names and tonnage of the French ships he had fitted up.
March 4.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Attorney General Heath. To stay proceedings against Lord Morley, who had taken the oath of allegiance and been at church. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 246].
March 5. 34. [The same] to Buckingham. Explains the circumstances under which he moved his Majesty to allow Lord Moore to surrender to his son, Sir Charles Moore, a company of horse in Ireland, which had been deemed an interference with the interest or patronage of the Duke. [Copy.]
March 5.
Aboard the Entrance.
35. Sir Hen. Palmer to Nicholas. In favour of Captain Bushell, who was like to come into trouble about staying the French ship.
March 5.
Harwich.
36. Reinold Newe and three others to Wm. Burrell, one of the Commissioners of the Navy. Their ship [the Francis Bonaventure] had met with a disaster, which had rendered it necessary that she be put ashore at Harwich. Underwritten,
36. i. The Commissioners of the Navy to —. Send him the above letter. The ship should be brought about to a dry dock.
March 6. 37. Sir Heneage Finch, Recorder of London, to Sec. Conway. Was not at the last sessions by reason of his employment in Parliament. It seems that the person alluded to in Lord Conway's letter [1625, March 3,] remains a prisoner by special direction of the sessions of gaol delivery. It will not, therefore, be fit for Sir Heneage to bail him, but he will inquire the cause of the order, and if it may be dispensed with, he will send to those who held that sessions to take bail.
March 7.
Westminster.
Grant of incorporation of Sion College, London, with power to purchase lands in mortmain, to the extent of 240l. per annum, over and above 160l. per annum devised by Dr. Thos. White, late vicar of St. Dunstan's-in-the-West. [Coll. Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. I., No. 141.]
March 7.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Buckingham. Gives account of the signification of his Majesty's pleasure sent to the Earl of Bristol, with the Earl's answer. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 246.]
March 7. Answer given by the Council of War to the question propounded to them by the House of Commons; with the reply of the House of Commons. [See Vol. xxii., No. 17.]
March 7. 38. Another copy of the reply of the House of Commons.
March 7.
Plymouth.
39. Capt. John Pennington to Buckingham. The Cameleon, the Amity, and two prizes had arrived: one of the prizes was from Ireland, the ship taken from the Turks by the five sailors, who deserved reward for their valiant exploit. She is fit for a fire ship. Pennington is ready to lay down his life for the Duke's service, but earnestly entreats him to have a care that his [Pennington's] reputation be not stained for want of money to satisfy those whom he had rather perish than not content.
March 7.
London.
40. John Chamberlain to Sir Dudley Carleton, Ambassador at the French Court. Congratulates him on the hope of a good conclusion to his French embassy. Proceedings of the Parliament with reference to the Council of War, and to a summons sent by them to the Duke of Buckingham to answer for the management of the French affairs. Return of Glanville and Lord Wimbledon. The latter blames Sir Wm. St. Leger. Decision of the House of Lords that no Peer should hold more than one proxy. The Duke had 11 proxies, the Lord Chamberlain 8. The Duke had passed through the streets carried on men's shoulders in a Spanish chair. The Queen had acted in a masque, which would once have been thought a strange sight. Brabbling with the French Ambassador, respecting the apprehension of persons coming from mass in his house. Dr. Prideaux called to account for a false return for Oxford University. Contest between a Persian Ambassador and Sir Robt. Sherley. The Earl of Arundel committed to the Tower for a match between his son and the Duchess of Lennox's daughter, whom the King intended for the Earl of Argyle's son.
March 7.
St. Martin's Lane.
41. Henry Gibb to Sec. Conway. Recommends Sir Walter Covert, the son, who has a great desire for employment in Ireland.
March 7. 42. Sir Walter Covert the younger to Sec. Conway. Being presented to his Lordship by Mr. Henry Gibb, Sir Walter gives an account of his past services, and solicits employment.
March 7. 43. Commissioners of the Navy to Capt. John Pennington. Request him to discharge Peter Hollway, surgeon of the Isaac, of Ipswich, on account of his indisposition.
[March 7.] 44. Petition of James Huggessen, junr., to the right gracious Prince, George Duke of Buckingham.—Prays that the Greyhound, of Dover, taken by his Majesty's fleet into Portsmouth, may be brought into Dover.
March 8.
Deal.
45. Sir Thos. Love to Buckingham. The importunity of the officers of the ships induced him to represent their defects and inabilities. Victuals almost spent and beer altogether. The ships want cables, anchors, and sails. The men dying daily. Those who are well, mutinous. Suggests that the ships should be sent to Chatham. There are no ships in Dunkirk Road
March 8.
Beeston, near Norwich.
46. Sir Charles Cornwallis to Thos. Earl of Arundel and Surrey. The complaints of his neighbours have compelled him out of mere compassion to attend to their just fears. Had laid a watch on some of the sea-coasts, to prevent their being suddenly surprised in their beds. Sends a letter just received, and hopes in a case of such imminent peril to receive orders to justify the Dep. Lieuts. in doing what is needed in prevention of present dangers. Incloses,
46. i. Bailiff of Yarmouth to Sir Charles Cornwallis. Beyond their means they had been endeavouring to fortify their town. A Dunkirker of 160 tons took out of the Roads near Southwold, on Sunday last, in view of the townsmen, a ship of 100 tons. The town's people endeavouring to rescue her, were beaten from their ordnance by the enemy, who shot into the town in contempt. Messengers from Sir John Wentworth since apprise them that a fleet is upon the coast, supposed with intent to make some present invasions. They appeal to him for aid.
March 8. 47. Commissioners of the Navy to Buckingham. Suggest that he should order the Samuel and the Peter to be sent round from Portsmouth to London; also, that directions should be given for repairing the St. George, at Portsmouth, and the Reformation, in Ireland; that the Happy Entrance required to be taken into dock; also, the Garland, in which, as they had written before, the leakage of beer into the ballast had caused a great infection and mortality.
March 8. 48. Account of what passed at an interview between the King and the Earl of Totness respecting the answer given by the Council of War to the House of Commons. The King approved the answer; said, if the Council had given any other answer, he should have called them to account for it, and commanded them, if again required by the Commons to appear, not to make any other answer, until his pleasure were signified to them.
March 8. 49. Speaker's warrant for the Council of War to appear on the morrow at nine of the clock in the forenoon, in the Commons House of Parliament, to give an account of their proceedings. [Copy.]
March 8.
Colchester.
50. William Vickers, John Randall, and Nathaniel Strickson to Sir John Suckling. Sir John being "a member of the Royal House of Parliament," and "a good common weal's man," they give him information of a secret exportation of powder to Spain, by two of the best rich men in the town of Colchester. This was done at a time when gunpowder could not be got under 18d. a pound, nor in sufficient quantity. Inclose,
50. i. Information of Jonas Legge.
50. ii. Further information of the same.
March 8.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Buckingham. Acquaints him that the whole Council of War are again summoned to the Parliament, and desires to know his Majesty's pleasure, if he will direct them anything. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 246.]
March 9. 51. Account of what passed at an interview between the Earl of Totness, Viscount Grandison, and the King, respecting the answers given that day by the Council of War in the House of Commons. The Earl besought the King to regard his own ends. It were better they should be imprisoned than be the occasion of missing necessary subsidies, or of breeding any difference between the King and the House of Commons. The King replied, "Let them do what they list, you shall not go to the Tower. It is not you they aim at, but it is me upon whom they make inquisition; and for subsidies, that will not hinder it. Gold may be bought too dear, and I thank you for your offer." He added, that he had taken advice, they were not bound to answer, and if they had answered he should have been displeased with them.
March 9.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Sir Heneage Finch, Speaker. Excusing his nonattendance on the House of Commons, by reason of sickness. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 246.]
March 9.
Scarborough.
52. Bailiffs of Scarborough to the Lord President and Council of the North. At that time there were in sight of the town some [torn off] of Dunkirk men-of-war; and they say as many [more are on] the coast. The day before, they took a ship coming out of the Humber, and have probably taken others, and would take many more. They are waiting for the fleet from Newcastle.
March 9. 53. Commissioners of the Navy to Nicholas. The St. James, one of the prizes, being appointed for further service, must have her ordnance shifted, which belongs to ships which are cleared by the Parliament. He is requested to procure a warrant for her proceeding to Greenhithe for that purpose.
March 9. 54. The same to George Earl of Totness [addressed as Lord Carew,] Master of the Ordnance. They request him, under the circumstances stated in the preceding letter, to furnish the St. James with 18 sakers.
March 9. 55. Minute of two petitions to the Duke of Buckingham: one from the Deputies of Rochelle, that a ship called Le Don de Dieu, taken by Capt. Borry, under a commission from the town of Rochelle, but stayed by Sir John Eliot, at Dartmouth, may be released; and the other from Mons. Soubise, for the withdrawal of warrants granted by officers of the Admiralty for seizing some of his fleet brought by him into England.
[March 10.] 56. Draft of a preamble of a further answer suggested to be given by the Council of War to the House of Commons.
March 10. 57. Sec. Coke to Sec. Conway. His Majesty having taken into consideration the answer required by the House to the question propounded to the Council of War, has given order to send to Lord Conway and the rest, a form of answer from which they must not vary. Incloses,
57. i. Form of answer as settled by the King, and, in two places, altered in his own hand. The preamble is in accordance with the previous article. The substance of the reply is, that the King is well pleased that the Council should give an account of their disbursements, but that he has forbidden them to divulge their counsels.
[March 10.] 58. Copy of the answer as settled by the King.
[March 10.] 59. Another copy, with an addition suggested by Lord Conway.
March 10. 60. Sec. Coke to Sec. Conway. Has acquainted the King with the desired addition to the answer. It is his Majesty's pleasure that the words should stand in a form which Sir John Coke quotes, and which is substantially an adoption of Sec. Conway's suggested alteration.
March 10. 61. Commissioners of the Navy to Buckingham. The Desire had been cut down and was ready for service. Thos. Askew is recommended to take charge of her.
March 10. 62. Petition of the Merchant Adventurers to Buckingham. Pray for a convoy for a cloth fleet of six ships, and carrying about 14,000 or 15,000 cloths, to Hamburgh.
March 10.
Bury St. Edmunds.
63. Commissioners of Subsidy for Suffolk to the Council, who had pointed out to them that in the 1st of Queen Elizabeth, the subsidy from Suffolk was 6,828l. 3s. 0½d.; and that in the 18th of King James it came but to 2,137l. 10s. 10d. The Commissioners attribute the falling off to the decay of the trade of clothing, the extent and effects of which in their own county they set forth.
March 10.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway and Sir John Suckling, Comptroller of the Household, to William Vickers, John Randall, and Nathaniel Strickson of Colchester. Giving them thanks for their discovery of the transporting of gunpowder, and desiring their further aid for apprehending the offenders. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 246.]
March 10.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Buckingham. Concerning the answers to be given to the question of the Parliament, by the Council of War. [Minute, ibid.. p. 247]
March 10. 64. Petition of Thos. Ivett, Master Gunner of the Garland, to Buckingham:—Having served many years, and being aged, he prays that he may resign his place to his son, Zaccheus Ivett. Underwritten is the certificate of John Reynolds, Master Gunner of England, of the sufficiency of Ivett, the son.
March 10. 65. Petition of Bernardino Benzi and others, merchants of Venice, to the King, for permission to reload, without payment of customs, goods brought from Venice in the Faith, of London, but not vendible in England.
March 10. 66. Peter Come Jans to [the Council ?]. Relates circumstances of his voyage in the St. James, of Dantzick, from that place into Norway, and thence to Lisbon, where, after long detention, he set sail for Amsterdam, but being driven into Kinsale, he was there stayed by Sir Thos. Love and Lord Wimbledon, and his ship brought round to Portsmouth. Prays for its release and the restoration of his goods, some of which had been unladen by order of Sir Thos. Love. [Translation from the Dutch.]
March 11.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Lord Treasurer Marlborough. Laying down the wants in the Isle of Wight, and desiring supplies for payment of the soldiers, and furnishing the castles for defence. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 247.]
March 11.
Doncaster.
67. Wm. Viscount Ayr to John Earl of Annandale. Sends letters found on a person who lies under suspicion, to be delivered into the King's own hands.
March 11. 68. Answer, or proposed answer, of such of the Council of War as appeared in the House of Commons to the question put to them by the House. They had observed the directions of the House in the employment of the monies voted, and were ready to yield an account, but they conceived it not safe to reveal their counsels.
March 11. 69. Answer of "my Lord," [i.e. Lord Conway,] as a Member of the Council of War, to the question propounded by the House of Commons. [It appears from an endorsement that the answer was delivered (Lord Conway being unwell) to Sir Dudley Digges, Sir Thos. Hoby, and Sir John Eliot. It was reported to the House by Sir Dudley Digges "from the Committee." Journ. of Ho. of Commons, I., 835.]
March 11.
Haverfordwest.
70. Dep. Lieuts. of Pembrokeshire to the Council. Report their proceedings with reference to the 108 soldiers brought to Haverfordwest by the Zouch Phœnix, and since sent to Plymouth according to directions. Had received from the collector of the subsidy on account of the expenses 148l. 0s. 8d.; there remaiued a balance due to them of 13l. 6s. 2d., which they ask to have paid; and remind the Council of 180l. due to the county for coat and conduct money for 100 men sent to Plymouth for the Cadiz expedition.
[March 11.] 71. Queries against the Duke of Buckingham, grounded on public fame, and delivered into the House of Commons by Dr. Turner.
March 11. 72. Another copy of Dr. Turner's queries, varying considerably in form from the preceding.
March 11. 73. Another copy, varying from both the preceding.
[March 11.] 74. Petition of Thos. Hayward, John Chadsley, and John Halsey to the King. Pray his Majesty's letters to the King of Denmark to grant them licence, for 20 years, for 3 ships to fish at Wardhouse, and on the coast of Russia and Lapia. Underwritten,
74. i. Reference to the Secs. Conway and Coke.
74. ii. Sir John Coke to [the Latin Secretary]. That a Latin letter be made ready as desired. 1626, March 31.
March 11.
Burton Constable.
75. Henry Viscount Dunbar to Buckingham. Capture of six vessels by ships of Dunkirk at the mouth of the Humber, also of a ship of Yarmouth bound for Iceland, and of 17 others, one laden with alum worth 1,300l.
March 11.
Plymouth.
76. Capt. Thos. Bardsey to Nicholas. Arrived at Plymouth on the 9th, where he found his ship, with the rest, well fitted, saving with victuals and men. His prize had arrived at Portsmouth. She contains 15 tons of iron, and the rest timber. Begs him to move the Duke that he might reap some benefit by her. Will deal freely with Nicholas, and share his fortunes equally with him. Incloses,
76. i. Memorandum in explanation of a charge of having dealt improperly with a chest of camphor, certain red hides, and three elephant's teeth.
March 11. 77. A true relation, signed by Wm. Gould and 12 others of the crew of the Friendship, and also by John Smart, senr., pilot, of the imperfections and inefficiency of that ship.
March 11.
Barmeston.
78. Sir Thos. Finch and Sir Thos. Metham to Emanuel Lord Scrope, Lord President of the North. Three Dunkirk men-of-war were hovering on the coast near Scarborough. They had taken 13 ships and barks, amongst them a vessel containing alum. The Dunkirkers brag that there are 30 ships more ready to come forth for the English Coast.
March 11. 79. Buckingham to Sir Hen. Palmer. Having daily reports of the strength and number of the shipping in Dunkirk, the Duke directs Sir Henry to keep together in the Downs as many of the ships in the King's service as he may with safety and convenience, and the longer he can keep them the better it will be taken. The ships that are most able, he is to send out to meet the Dunkirkers, and he is to call on such of the States men-of-war as are near to join in that service. [Copy.]
March 12.
Deal.
80. Sir Thos Love to Nicholas. The Dutchman's papers were in the Lord Marshal's custody; but Sir Thos. had about 100l. in money of that man's, which he hoped to present to the Duke, being confident his Grace would give order for his enlargement, having been ashore five or six days, and being wondrous unwilling to go back amongst the sick men and into the nasty ship.
March 12.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Buckingham. Concerning the speech of Dr. Turner and Mr. Harvey in the Parliament House against his Grace. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 247.]
March 12.
The Tower.
81. Sir Allen Apsley to the same. Thos. Canne was desirous of assigning his place as Purser of the Triumph to his son-in-law, Thomas Fettiplace.
March 12.
Deal.
82. Sir Thomas Love to the same. The ships in the Downs returned from Ireland are totally unserviceable. The provisions are exhausted, and the poor, weak, and sick men take it ill to be stayed where they die daily. Entreats that the ships may have orders to come about, and that he may come overland to wait on his Grace.
March 12.
The Downs.
83. Sir Hen. Palmer to Nicholas. The St. George, if well fitted, would be one of the most serviceable ships. The ships stayed in the Downs are in an extremely weak state. Desires a special warrant for pilots. His own ship is very foul; asks that till she be trimmed, he may remove into the Garland.
March 12.
The Downs.
84. The same to Buckingham. None of the returned ships can remain in the Downs without suffering from hunger, and, if it should blow, from great danger. Had been at sea with five ships and had a chase into Dunkirk Road. The want of power to take up pilots a great hindrance.
March 12.
The Downs.
85. The same to Nicholas. Sends up Danl. Urry about the St. Peter at Dover. If the Duke would grant her to Sir Henry, he would afford Nicholas a share in her. Annexed,
85. i. Warrant of the Duke of Buckingham authorizing Sir Henry Palmer to take the St. Peter into his fleet, and appoint a Captain to her. 1625, Nov. 23. [Copy.]
March 12. 86. Part of a Diary or Report of Sir Henry Palmer, setting forth his employments and services. This part extends from 1626, Jan. 3 to this day.
[March 13.]] [Buckingham to the Commissioners of the Navy.] The Peter and the Samuel are to be brought round from Portsmouth, the lading of the former being laid up in the warehouse at that place. The St. George is to be repaired at Portsmouth, and the Reformation in Ireland. The Commissioners are to carry out their advice respecting the Happy Entrance, Sir Henry Palmer removing into the Garland. [Draft in the handwriting of Nicholas. See Vol. xxii. No. 84.]
March 13.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Buckingham. Concerning the dangerous case of Rochelle, that his Majesty may be acquainted with it, and information sent to his Majesty's Ambassador at Paris. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 247.]
March 13.
The Savoy.
87. George Earl of Totness to Sec. Coke. Sends certificate of John Reynolds, the Master Gunner, concerning the proof of light iron ordnance; if more are to be made the Earl wishes to make known an explanation given by John Browne, the gunfounder. Incloses,
87. i. John Reynolds to George Earl of Totness. Had proved at Millhall, co. Kent, six pieces of iron ordnance made by John Browne. He had fulfilled his contract, but by reason of the lightness of these pieces they would deliver their shot uncertainly. 1626, March 8. [Copy certified by the Earl of Totness.]
March 13. 88. Capt. Richd. Gyffard to Nicholas. Incloses a letter for the Duke, with some proposals for Gyffard's service, which he urges very strongly on the attention of Nicholas. If the Duke will not employ him he will cease to trouble him. Incloses,
88. i. Capt. Richard Gyffard to Buckingham. Has attended the Duke for more than 2 years without finding opportunity to receive his Grace's pleasure. The ill success of the late sea employments has much weakened the strength of England, and the world's eye is upon the Duke; others commit the fault, but the Duke is subject to the censure. He could impart the means of establishing an invincible navy for ever. Entreats his attention, as to a thing which much concerns his honour.
March 13.
Dover.
89. William Jones to Matthew De Quester, postmaster for foreign service. The Governor of Calais had arrested Charles le Camp, and vowed to be revenged on all Englishmen for the affront offered at Dover to the French Ambassador. He had also arrested all English ships and merchandize at Calais. They use our men more like dogs than Christians. His Majesty's ketch arrested, her muskets taken, and her sails, not taken off, but in a cruel malice cut from their yards. The French goods at Dover had been released by order of the Duke, and it is hoped those at London will also be cleared.
March 13. 90. Minute of the contents of the above letter.
March 13.
Newport in the Isle of Wight.
91. Sir Edward Denys, Collector of Loans on Privy Seals in the Isle of Wight, to the Council. Had received 190l., of which he had disbursed 150l. for sick and lame soldiers landed on that island, and the remainder would not be sufficient to supply their further necessities. Incloses,
91. i. Note of the Privy Seals sent into the Isle of Wight, showing who had paid and who had not.
March 13.
London.
92. Commissioners of the Navy to Buckingham. Certificate in confirmation of the truth of a petition of the owners of the William and Francis of London, being Eastland merchants.
March 13. 93. The same to the same. Had received his warrant for payment to Capt. Pennington, whilst he was employed in preparing a fleet appointed to lie before Dunkirk, and served in the Garland, as Admiral of that fleet, for his entertainment, after the rate of 3l. per diem. Conceive it to be their duty to acquaint his Grace with the precedents of former times for similar employments. Lord Thos. Howard, then Earl of Suffolk, in the late Admiral's time, had 5 marks per diem; Sir Richard Leveson, when he took the carrack St. Valentine, obtained 30s. per diem; the Lord Admiral when he transported the Lady Elizabeth had 4l. per diem; and although the Earl of Oxford for his employment in the Narrow Seas got 3l. per diem, that allowance was given in regard of the quality of his person, which is a sufficient reason to reduce Capt. Pennington to the more moderate rate of what was granted to Sir Richard Leveson.
March 13.
Colchester.
94. Wm. Vickers, Nathaniel Strickson, and John Randall to Sec. Conway. They certify, on their allegiance, that they neither know of any information given to him of the transportation of gunpowder, nor of any defaulters therein; nor were they aware from whom such information had come.
March 13.
London.
95. Isaac Pennington to Capt. John Pennington. Entreats him, on behalf of the writer's cousin John Pountis, for the release of his ship; or, if that cannot be obtained, to countenance his son in the voyage, that he be not overborne by the insolent ignorant captains that are now-a-days placed in command. Difficulties with Sir Wm. Russell as to the allowance of 3l. per diem. Abuses committed by Sir Francis Stewart, in taking so many men out of merchant ships that those left were not sufficient to manage the ships. Much disturbance in trade occasioned by the seizure of English goods in France. In a postscript, dated March 20, the writer details the result of further communications with Sir Wm. Russell.
March 13. Certificate of Sec. Conway that Sir Wm. Tresham had returned from foreign service, in obedience to the King's proclamation. [Minute, Lord Conway's Foreign Letter Book, France, Vol. clxxviii. p. 249.]
March 14.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Attorney General Heath. To prepare a grant of 200l. a year pension to Sir Edmund Verney, Knight Marshal on the surrender of Sir Edward Zouch. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 247.]
March 14.
Whitehall.
The same to the Commissioners at Plymouth. That no checks be put upon Captain Dixon, nor evil interpretation made of his stay here longer than his licence. [Minute, ibid.]
March 14. Buckingham to Sir Hen. Palmer. Order had been given for supplying all the serviceable ships in the Narrow Seas with necessaries. The Anne Royal and other unserviceable ships were to be sent round to Chatham and London. When the ships were supplied, they were to be kept plying up and down. There are many Dunkirkers abroad, and it seems strange that none have been met with by any of the King's ships. [Copy. See Vol. xxii. No. 79.]
March 14. 96. Message from the King to the House of Commons delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer [Sir Richard Weston] concerning the speech of Mr. Clement Coke, that it was better to die by an enemy than to suffer at home; and also concerning the charges brought by Dr. Turner against the Duke of Buckingham. The King can no ways suffer that the meanest of his servants should be questioned without his leave. He requires justice to be done against these two delinquents, so that he should not be constrained to use his royal authority.
March 14.
Pendennis.
97. Capt. John Bonython to Sec. Conway. Yesterday six Dunkirkers appeared off Pendennis as if making for the harbour, but the wind suddenly rising they bore off to sea. The castle is entirely unprovided; not one piece of ordnance mounted, nor have they a pound of shot. If lost, it would trouble the kingdom to recover it, and what shame they should suffer if five or six ships were to come in and send 200 or 300 men to burn and spoil the adjacent towns. Urges again his suit to be appointed to the fort to be erected at Fowey, the necessity for which is very great.
March 14. 98. Minute of the contents of the above.
March 14. 99. Complaint of Robert Saunders, master, and Thomas Reading, purser of the Have-at-all, against the King's ship the Lion, for firing at the Have-at-all when in pursuit of a Dunkirker.
March 14.
Whitehall.
100. Nicholas to Sec. Coke. Requests to know whether "my Lord" had approved of a list of delegates which Nicholas had given to Coke at the back stairs. Also craves his advice what ships ought to go into the Low Countries to fetch home Mr. Crow and the jewels. He has the Nonsuch already; "my Lord" would have the Garland and five others of those in the Downs to go. [Underwritten is the reply of Sec. Coke. He had delivered the approved list of delegates to Dr. Ryves. The Nonsuch, Garland, and five or six of the best ships in the Downs would be a sufficient guard, but they must carry a month's victuals.]
March 14. 101. Sec. Conway, Capt. of the Isle of Wight and Lord Lieut of Hants, to Sir John Denham. The islanders of the Isle of Wight being exempt from serving on juries for the co. of Southampton, Sir John is prayed, if any of them are returned, to dismiss them from attendance. [Copy.]
102. Lord Treasurer Marlborough to Attorney General Heath. Instructs him to prepare a commission to entitle the King to certain surrounded lands on the sea coast of the co. of Southampton; sends names of the intended Commissioners.
March 14. 103. Petition of Richd. Boone to Buckingham. Having private business at Calais, he had crossed over thither in a time of restraint. Desiring now to cross over again, on arriving at Dover he had been imprisoned by Sir John Hippisley for his previous contempt; prays that, as he went solely on mercantile affairs, he may be released. [Underwritten are a reference to Sir John Hippisley, dated March 30, 1626, and Sir John's report, dated April 1, 1626, that the petitioner had received punishment according to his just deserts.]
March 14. 104. List of the ship's company of the Dreadnought, mustered aboard, in the Downs, by Capt. Downing.
March 14. 105. Muster roll of the Rainbow, taken this day by Capt. Joshua Downing.
March 15. 106. Information of Daniel Bonnel as to English ships and persons stayed at Calais by the Governor.
March 15.
Salisbury.
107. Madame Gordon to [Nicholas]. Requests his interference with his relation Mr. "Honton" to procure payment of money lent. [Fr.]
March 15. 108. Sir Francis Howard to Buckingham. In consequence of ill health and removal he had assigned the Vice Admiralty of Kent to Wm. Legge, and hoped that he had executed the office according to the covenants of the patent.
March 15.
Plymouth.
109. John Clifton to Nicholas. Had written many letters to Sir Allen Apsley, giving him to understand the necessity for sending down money for victualling and apparel, but had received small comfort. Capt. Pennington and himself are continually employed in appeasing mutinies bred by discontent for want of pay. If speedy course be not taken for redress, all men that deal for the King's business will be disheartened. Begs Nicholas to move for relief.
March 15. 110. Case of Charles Earl of Nottingham in support of a bill for reversing a decree in the Court of Wards. [It appears from an endorsement in the handwriting of Bishop Laud that the bill was this day "throwen out att ye committye." See Lords' Journ., III., 532.]
[March 15.] 111. Information presented to the House of Commons by John Tendring, of the practices and course of life of the priests and papists in the New Prison, and of the abuses of the Warden of the said prison.
March 15. 112. Sec. Conway to John Tendring, Provost Marshal of Middlesex Warrant authorizing him to search in the New Prison for popish books, massing stuff, and other relics of popery.
March 15.
Wimbledon.
113. Edward Viscount Wimbledon to Buckingham. Though his baggage ship had not come up, he had made up his journal, and desired to be brought to his hearing. He entreats the Duke to forget all that had been told him, and, although it be but a Justice of the Peace's rule, to see how things would be proved in his presence. Alludes to his past services and commands, his miserable journey, and the activity of his enemies, and makes an earnest appeal to the Duke to secure him a fair hearing.
March 15. 114. [Ralph] Locke to Sir Francis Nethersole. Sending letters [from Sir Ben. Rudyerd].
March 15.
Inner Temple.
115. Attorney General Heath to the Council. The information given by Mr. Ogle against Mr. Roger Widdrington, should be investigated in the Court of Star Chamber, and in the mean time, as a recusant convict, Sir Roger should be confined within some convenient place in these southern parts.
March 15. 116. Copy of the preceding.