Charles I - volume 25: April 16-30, 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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April 16-30, 1626

April 16. 1. Edward Bennett to Buckingham. Suggests that Acts of Parliament should be passed prohibiting ships under 300 or 400 tons from bringing coals from Newcastle to London, and also prohibiting the importation of Spanish tobacco.
April 16.
Aboard the St. Claude in Stokes Bay.
2. Capt. Jas. Mervyn to Nicholas. In consequence of the misconduct of the master of his ship, Sir Henry Palmer has given warrant to another to supply his place. Desires that the Duke will own him for one of his servants in his next letter to Sir H. Palmer.
April 16.
3. Certificate from the master and other officers of the Aletheia, that it was their ship that took a Dunkirk prize, on April 10.
April 16.
4. Sir Henry Palmer to Buckingham. On his arrival at that place, he despatched letters to his Grace, but finding no postmaster, nor any that would undertake to convey letters, he had been fain to hire a messenger of purpose, which is so great an inconvenience that he beseeches the Duke to consider it. The Mayor says, that unless order be taken to set up stages he cannot help it.
April 16.
5. W. Seckford to the Dep. Lieuts. of Suffolk. At the Muster on Feb. 28 last, Wm. Alston, of Woodbridge, contemptuously refused to serve in his arms, and John Lowes, minister of Brandeston, refused to show his customary musket.
April 16. 6. Ralph Sal—to Robert Worth. Requests him to deal with his brothers about the payment of his annuity to his host there, in gratitude for his charity towards him and his charges in regard of travels in Italy and France. The contents of his will. His last passage, if his sickness continue, is near at hand.
[April 16.] 7. Suggestion [of Nicholas] to Buckingham. That ton and tonnage was given for the maintenance of ships to defend the coast and keep the castles and forts in good repair; and that he, as Lord Admiral, ought to demand from the Lord Treasurer, a supply out of the same for those purposes, and ought to cause his demand to be registered, for his discharge, in the Council Book. On other parts of the same paper, are the form of such a demand, prepared by Nicholas, and memoranda relating to obtaining an order of Council or proclamation for the encouragement of English seamen to take the ships of the enemy, by giving them all the contents of ships taken, except the ordnance.
April 17. 8. Nicholas to Henry Earl of Manchester, Lord President. Minute for the Earl, in consequence of the illness of Buckingham, to make the demand on his behalf mentioned in the preceding paper.
April 17. 9. Copy of the preceding, with memorandum of its delivery to the Lord President.
April 17. 10. Notes of report made to the House of Commons by Mr. Pym, in the case of Richard Mountague, with the debate thereon, and the determination of the House. At the end are added, "The heads of the charge against the B[ishop] of B[angor]." [The paper is indorsed in the handwriting of Bishop Laud.]
April 17. 11. Geo. Southcott to his cousin [Nicholas]. Congratulations on his great hopes of much good fortune, and thanks for his loving remembrance in two letters to Mr. Drake. The burgesship for Tiverton, for a gentleman he wrote for, was effected.
April 17.
Wenham Magna.
12. Jo. Motte to Robert Earl of Warwick. The writer's man, travelling between Colchester and Stanway, found the upper part of a glove, and in it a letter, of which he sends a copy. Annexed,
12. i. John D—to Walter Denbe. Sends account of preparations in the Netherlands and Spain for the invasion of England, and also of the rumours prevalent as to the state of England. Dunkirk, April. 2.
April 17.
13. Commissioners at Plymouth to the Council. Recapitulate the measures they had taken to suppress the rising mutiny of the soldiers; but they cannot be long continued in this manner; neither can the seamen, if they be not supplied with clothes and fresh victuals. Their credit is exhausted.
April 17. 14. Paper entitled, in the handwriting of Bishop Laud, "Recusants within my diocese of St. David's, at Easter 1626."
April 17.
15. Sir George Booth, Collector of Loans on Privy Seals for co. Chester, to Lord Keeper Coventry. Sent up 893l. 6s. 8d. about the middle of February. Since then has received only about 50l. or 60l. Excuses now made by various persons, who formerly stated their intention to pay.
April 18.
"From our Sessions at Oxon."
16. Justices of co. Oxford to the Council. The gentlemen by whom the pension of 52s. was granted out of the County of Oxford to Leonard Clarke, afterwards revoked the same, which the writers conceive was done for just cause, and they therefore decline to renew the same.
April 18. 17. Edm. Lisle to Nicholas. Repeats his desire for warrants for Wm. Gillow and Isaac Adams to be Gunners in Walmer Castle.
April 18. 18. Thos. Fulnetby to the same. Jacob, the diver, was allowed by Lord Zouch for iron ordnance taken out of the sea a fourth part, and a third for brass.
[April 18.] 19. Speech of a Peer in the House of Lords, on the question of privilege raised by the commitment of the Earl of Arundel on the command of the King. The speaker argues from his Majesty's love of equity that he must have had good cause for the restraint of the Earl.
April 18.
Aboard the Red Lion in Catwater.
20. Capt. John Pennington to Buckingham. No money come to them as yet, and the supply from the Commissioners so poor that if there be not sudden order otherwise, the Duke must expect nothing but confusion. The Hamburghers were past before the receipt of the Duke's order. A fleet of Hollanders, of 200 sail, had passed to the westward, putting the country in great fear.
April 18.
Aboard the Red Lion in Catwater.
21. The same to Nicholas. Received his letter to the Commissioners to furnish their wants until 2,000l. could be sent down, but 2,500l. will not pay the debts for things already received. Will press the Duke no further, finding it is not well taken. Enumerates points on which he had written for instructions, and entreats Nicholas to remind his Grace of them.
April 19.
22. Order of Council that the three ships ordered to waft the cloth fleet should waft the same home again, and then go to waft the Northern fishing fleet on their return voyage.
April 19.
23. Sheriff and Dep. Lieuts. of co. Lancaster to Wm. Earl of Derby. Report in what manner three of the four serjeants sent down to exercise the Trained Bands of that county in the modern use of arms had executed their charge, and what payments and gratuities had been made to them.
April 19.
Beverley Sessions.
24. Justices of Yorkshire to the Council. On their Lordships' recommendation, they had given order to restore Thos. Spight to his pension, so long as he shall continue of fitting carriage and be serviceable to the country.
April 19.
25. Warrant for payment to Henry Seckford, Master of the Tents and Pavilions, of 353l. 5s. 7½d., being a debt of the late King, and due on account, up to Feb. 28, 1621.
April 19.
26. Copy of entry made on the Council Register, that information had been given to the Board by the Lord President, on behalf of the Lord Admiral, respecting the repair of castles and provisioning the fleet out of the subsidy of tonnage and poundage, with the answer of the Lord Treasurer, that the said subsidy was assigned in part for the King's Household, and the remainder for certain sea services. If such assignment were broken the House must of necessity break.
April 19. 27. Commissioners of the Navy to Buckingham. According to his reference they had considered the petition of Anthony Berry, and recommended the Duke to give order for obtaining a Privy Seal to allow him 55l. for his ketch sunk on the return of the fleet from Spain. Annexed is,
27. i. Order of Council of War of the Expeditionary Fleet, for sinking the said ketch after having set a value on her hull, and removing her crew and contents to the Convertive. 1625, Nov. 14.
April 19. 28. Remonstrance and petition of the House of Lords to the King, touching the commitment of the Earl of Arundel.
April 19. 29. Another copy; with minute of the King's answer of the 20th April, underwritten.
April 19. Another copy. [See Vol. xviii., No. 104.]
[April 19.] 30. The King to the House of Lords. Message in reply to the above remonstrance and petition. [This is in the handwriting of Attorney General Heath, and was probably a draft of a suggested answer. It does not appear to have been ever delivered.]
[April 19.] 31. Copy of the above.
April 19. 32. Petition of John Earl of Bristol to the House of Lords. Had lately received his writ of Parliament, but with it a letter from the Lord Keeper, commanding him in the King's name to forbear his personal attendance. Shall obey his Majesty, but submits how far this may trench on the liberty of his Peers. Prays that he may be heard both on the point of his own wrongs, and as an accuser of the Duke of Buckingham.
April 19. 33. Copy of the same, in the handwriting of Sir Robert Heath.
April 19. 34. Another copy.
April 19. 35. A further copy.
April 19. Another copy. [See Vol. xviii., No. 104.]
April 19. 36. Certificate of Francis Rowley, Vicar of Eccleshall for 17 years, that Sir John Peshall, indicted for not going to church, had come to church for the time aforesaid as an obedient subject ought to do.
April 20.
Sec. Conway to the Churchwardens of St. Martin's parish. To suffer the corpse of one of the Queen's Household, a Frenchman, to be carried to the appointed place of burial without fees. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 248.]
April 20.
The same to Capt. Jesson, Master of the Expedition to the East. [2 letters]. To receive Sir Dodmore Cotton and Sir Robert Sherley into his ship, and transport them into Persia, and if "the Lord Nagdi Bey" come aboard, to use his Majesty's Ambassador with due respect. [Minute, ibid.]
April 20.
The same to Sir Dodmore Cotton. Signifying the receipt of his letter and what he hath done in the business. [Minute, ibid., p. 249.]
[April 20.] Note by Sec. Coke of a communication which he was directed by the King to make to the East India Company, respecting his Majesty's purpose in sending Sir Robert Sherley to Persia. The Company were to transport Sir Robert Sherley and Sir Dodmore Cotton, and to set Sir Robert free by paying his debts, which would not exceed 2,000l. [See Vol. xi., No. 78.]
April 20.
37. Justices of Anglesea to the Council. On their Lordships' letter for the deeper cessing themselves and others in the subsidy, they had strained themselves on his Majesty's pressing occasions to pay double their subsidy at that time.
April 20.
38. Commissioners at Southampton to Sec. Conway. Solicit his interference to prevent a duel between Lieut. St. Paul and Mr. Gibbs.
April 20. 39. Account of Madame de Casselle, for letters received since the last of February.
April 21. 40. Examination of Nicholas Kendall before Attorney General Heath, with a certificate underwritten of his having taken the oaths of allegiance and supremacy on the following day.
April 21. 41. Message from the King to the House of Lords touching the petition of the Earl of Bristol. The King signifies his pleasure that the Earl should be sent for as a delinquent, to answer his offences committed in his negotiations in Spain; and also, in scandalizing the Duke of Buckingham, and by reflection, the King. [In the handwriting of Sir Robert Heath.]
April 21. 42. Copy of the same.
April 21. 43. Another copy of the same.
April 22. 44. Information of Simon Weedon, Humphrey Benning, and Mary his wife, concerning the murder of John Weedon, in Charter House Yard, by the Porter of the Venetian Ambassador and two other persons.
April 22.
45. Capt. John Pennington to Buckingham. Money and credit having both failed, Mr. Clifton, employed there by Sir Allen Apsley for victualling the ships, is forced to repair to his Grace for redress. Pennington enforces their distressed condition, and explains how little assistance had been obtained from the Treasurer's letter to the Commissioners and the letters of credit of Sir William Russell.
April 22.
46. Sir Benjamin Rudyerd to [Sir Francis Nethersole]. Both the Houses of Parliament begin to work to a height. The King has given the Commons leave to proceed with their grievances. The Earl of Bristol is sent for as a delinquent, and the King has charged him with miscarriages in Spain; and since, Lord Bristol gave some information to the Lower House against the Duke, which they would refer to the consideration of the Lords. My Lord Chamberlain does not think fit his Majesty should stand neutral towards the Arminians. No answer yet concerning the Earl of Arundel.
April 22. 47. Certificate of Robert Hemsworth in favour of Capt. John Hagthorpe, to be Captain of one of the ships to waft the cloth fleet to the East land.
April 22. 48. Purser's account of victuals supplied to the Rainbow.
April 22.
49. Sir Thos. Sadler to Sir Wm. Becher. In answer to a complaint exhibited against Sir Thos. to the Council by a butcher.
April 22. 50. John Millington to his brother Gilbert Millington. Thus the world wags. The King's last message was, that if the House would not give him a great supply he must resolve of new counsels, and dissolve them. They determined to give the King an answer when they had made ready the grievances which the Duke has brought on the kingdom; some of them enumerated. Lord Digby [the Earl of Bristol] sent for by Maxwell, the Officer of the Black Rod. Speeches of Kirton and Sir Dudley Carleton.
April 22. 51. Mayor and Aldermen of Newcastle-upon-Tyne to the Council. Certificate of their proceedings as Commissioners for the Conservancy of the River Tyne, from Michaelmas 1625 to Easter then next.
April [22?] 52. Minutes of motions to be made by Buckingham in the Council, for the appointment of an effectual commission for sale of prize goods, and for a proclamation announcing the increase in seamen's wages.
April 23. 53. Petition of James Cambell, of London, Alderman, to the Council. The petitioner having sued Edwd. Emerson, was ordered by the Council to suspend his suit for twelve months. Twenty months more have elapsed and no payment, he therefore prays for redress. Underwritten is an order of the Council that Emerson should satisfy the petitioner within that month or else appear before their Lordships.
April 23.
Sec. Conway to Solicitor General Sheldon. To prepare a Commission for the town of Denbigh to take musters, impress soldiers, &c., as they formerly did. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 248.]
April 23.
Aboard the St. Claude.
54. Capt. James Mervyn to Nicholas. Giving particulars of the misconduct of Mr. Rockwell, the master of his ship.
April 23.
Aboard the Garland in Stokes Bay.
55. Sir Hen. Palmer to Buckingham. He could not yet hear anything of the ships to come from Rochelle. Requests orders that he may go to sea. The Have-at-all had brought in from the coast of France a Flemish bottom, laden with coal, whose crew forsook her during the chase. Recommends as Postmaster for Portsmouth one whose father held that place.
April 23.
Aboard the Garland.
56. The same to Nicholas. The particulars respecting Capt. Mervyn's master must be attested by Dover men, but his violent conduct to his Captain can be witnessed to there. If the St. Peter be claimed by the French, he recommends Capt. Tench for another ship.
April 23.
57. Mayor and Jurats of Winchelsea to the same. Have chosen Robert Boteler and Giles Waters to travel to London to prevent the mischievous practices of the late disfranchised mayors, Mr. Collins and Mr. Roberts, with the rest. The Mayor and Jurats recommend their messengers to Nicholas, who was acquainted, when in the service of Lord Zouch, with their troubles respecting their late disfranchised corporation.
April 24.
Sec. Conway to Sir William Cockin and others, Aldermen of London. Four letters in the behalf of Francis Pember, of the County of Hereford, to be freed from being Alderman of London, in regard of the weakness of his estate, &c. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 249.]
April 24. 58. Sir Dodmore Cotton to Sec. Conway. The [East India] merchants have ordered nothing as yet. Capt. Hall had taken charge of the ship. A report that the merchants would have the Persian along in their ship, the inconvenience and danger of which he had before expressed.
April 24 [?]
59. John Lord St. John to Sec. Conway. With his father's [the Marquis of Winchester's] arms were removed from Basing four barrels of powder, which were the supply for Netley Castle. Begs for a warrant to remove the same to the castle.
[April 24.] Report made by Mr. Gifford to the House of Commons of the answer of the Duke of Buckingham to the message of the House, sent by Mr. Gifford and Sir John Hippisley on the 22nd inst. [This is in the handwriting of Attorney General Heath, and whether actually spoken or merely a suggested draft does not appear. See Vol. xxv., No. 30.]
April 24. 60. Copy of the above.
April 24.
Proclamation for better furnishing the navy, and for the increase of shipping. The wages of sailors serving the King were increased from 14s. a month to 20s. with allowance thereout of 4d. to a preacher, 2d. to a barber, and 6d. a month to the chest; and a bounty of 5s. per ton was promised to every one who built a ship of above 100 tons. [Coll. Procs. Car. I., No. 41.]
April 24.
The Savoy.
61. George Earl of Totness to the Council. Had obeyed their orders for furnishing Lynn Regis with ten pieces of ordnance of culverins and sakers; but it was his duty to give them to understand what multiplicity of similar suitors there would be from all the coast towns, and the danger that might ensue if ordnance provided for the ships were wanting when most needed.
April 24.
The Tower.
62. Sir Allen Apsley to Nicholas. Mr. Fielding has commended John Harwood for a Purser's place. Sir Allen will take care that the steward under him shall be sufficient, therefore Nicholas is requested to get a warrant for Harwood to be Purser of the St. George.
April 24.
Aboard the Delight in Dover Road.
63. Capt. Wm. Cooke to the same. He had received a letter from Sir Hen. Palmer for bringing up the Delight. The owners have reported her insufficiency, but she is one of the best merchantmen in the service. He and Capt. Paramour are waiting the coming over of Mons. de Blainville, Lord Ambassador, after which he will bring up the ship.
April 24. 64. Sir Thos. Glemham to Dep. Lieuts. of co. Suffolk. Certifying that John Elmy, of Parham, and John Dowsing, of Glemham, absented themselves from the Musters.
April 24.
65. Mayor and Justices of Barnstaple to the Council. Capt. Thos. Lindsay, Commander of one of the companies returned from Cadiz, had spoken words which had caused them to commit him to custody, until their Lordships' pleasure was known. Inclose,
65. i. Examinations of Edward Heywood, Edward Poyntz, and Nicholas Voysey, who depose to having heard Capt. Lindsay declare that the Duke was his King.
April 24. 66. Humphrey Venner to the Council. In contradiction of a statement relating to himself in the preceding depositions of Edwd. Heywood, Edwd. Poyntz, and Nicholas Voysey.
April 25.
Sec. Conway to Sir Dodmore Cotton. His Majesty's pleasure is, that the King of Persia's Ambassador shall wait another passage, in regard of the inconveniences that may come by the Ambassadors going both in one ship. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 249.]
April 25.
The same to Capt. Hall, of the expedition. To the same purpose. [Minute, ibid.]
[April 25.] 67. Note of part of a speech made, or intended to be made, in the House of Commons. The speaker alludes to a declaration which had been made of the urgent necessities of the kingdom, and infers that the applications for supply had been prompted by necessity, and not by a desire to stop the consideration of grievances.
April 25. 68. Capt. John Mason to Nicholas. The King of Spain's old confederates of Hamburgh and subjects of Flanders, if deprived of a passage through the Narrow Seas, will, as in Queen Elizabeth's time, make their passage to Spain by the back parts of Scotland and Ireland. Ships stationed about the Isle of Sunda, on the northwest of Ireland, and about the Isles of Scilly, would therefore make as good prizes as those in the Narrow Seas.
April 25. 69. Minute by Nicholas of motions to be made in the Council by the Duke of Buckingham, for ordnance to be lent to colliers, and for a new arrangement in lieu of the 5,000l. bond required to be entered into on taking out letters of marque.
April 25. 70. Commissioners of the Navy to the Captain of the St. George. Warrant to him to cause John Harwood to be entered Purser of the St. George.
April 25.
Plympton Maurice.
71. Commissioners at Plymouth to the Council. Reiterate their application for money. Both the soldiers and the country begin to murmur, and will shortly become dangerous. They receive no other news but that of the Turks infesting the coast and carrying away the subjects and their goods, whilst the King's ships lie still in harbour to the charge of the King and shame of the nation. The pitiful lamentation made by wives and children for their husbands, fathers, and brothers is grievous. Inclose,
71. i. Examination of John Rendell and John Ritchie, whose ship the Christian, bound for Newfoundland, had been rifled by the Turks, and nine of her crew taken for slaves.
April 26. 72. Commissioners of the Navy to Nicholas. Request him to consider an above written certificate of Sir Thos. Love in favour of Robert Boynes, and to appoint him to the next vacant carpenter's place.
April 26.
Trinity House, Ratcliff.
73. Master and Elder Brethren of the Trinity House to the Commissioners of the Navy. Have viewed the Truelove, and find her fit to have 14 pieces of ordnance.
April 26. 74. Commissioners of the Navy to Buckingham. Upon his Grace's reference to them of the petition of Capt. Powlett, they remit the evidence taken by them with reference to the articles exhibited against Timothy Bugby, master of the Timothy. They suggest a further reference to Capt. Pennington and the Commissioners at Plymouth. To prevent such abuses in future, they also suggest the establishment of a Council with a commissary on board every ship.
April 26. 75. Petition of the Eastland Merchants to the "high and mighty Prince, George Duke of Buckingham," praying for a convoy for five ships laden with dyed and dressed cloths, which will be ready to depart for the East country at the beginning of May. Underwritten,
75. i. A reference of the petition to the Commissioners of the Navy to advise of a fit ship.
75. ii. Report of the Commissioners, recommending the Hector, Richard Harris, Capt.
April 27.
Armington, co. Devon.
76. Andrew Mudd to Sec. Conway. Sets forth a variety of frauds committed in the billeting of the soldiers, whereby the burthen was transferred from the rich to the poor.
April 27. 77. Commissioners of the Navy to Wm. Cooke, one of the principal Masters attendant of the Navy, directing him to repair on board the Reformation, now riding at Kinsale, and as master to see her fitted and brought round to Chatham.
April 28.
78. Mayor of Dartmouth to the Council. A warlike ship belonging to Sir Edwd. Seymour had brought into Dartmouth an Irish bark from Newhaven to Dundalk. In searching her a priest from Douay was found aboard, who had been committed to Exeter gaol. He gives the name of Edmd. Relly. The Sallee pirates have come into the Channel, and have taken three barks bound for Newfoundland, and probably many others. Within 12 months these barbarians have bereaved the King of many subjects and much impoverished that part of the kingdom.
April 28. 79. Commissioners of the Navy to the Council. Having been directed to see what could be done towards reforming the abuse of the overweight of iron ordnance, they had consulted divers gunfounders, but found John Browne alone willing to assist them. He had succeeded in casting six pieces, which had endured the King's double proof, and yet were lighter than brass ordnance. Recommend that he should receive 200l. as a reward.
April 28. 80. Copy of the preceding.
April 28./May 8. 81. Licence of John Francis Archbishop of Patras and Legate from Pope Urban VIII. to John Trumbull [Tromble], priest, to administer the sacraments of baptism, penance, the eucharist, extreme unction, and matrimony, throughout Ireland and Scotland, and, with the licence of the Bishop of Chalcedon, throughout England.
April 28. Note of resolutions of the House of Commons for annexing to the charge against the Duke of Buckingham, a new charge, founded on the application of a plaister and administration of a drink to the late King in his last sickness. [See Vol. xxiii., No. 68.]
[April 28.] 82. Wm. Byng and Edmd. Lisle, Captains of Deal and Walmer Castles, to the Council. Represent the decay of those castles and the encroachments of the sea.
April 28. 83. Sir Allen Apsley to Nicholas. Recommends William Whittingham for Purser of the Anne of London, one of the convoy for the fishermen.
April 28. 84. Commissioners of the Navy to Nicholas. It was no fault of theirs that Sir Hen. Palmer's ships, brought up to refit, were not despatched away again: they had been appointed convoys by the Duke. Other ships suggested to be sent to Sir Henry in their stead. 200l. a-piece would make the prizes St. Anne and St. Mary good men-of-war, but these services cannot proceed without money.
April 28.
85. A[lexander] Gil to Wm. Pickering. A friendly letter of remonstrance against his not writing. Inquires anxiously respecting the progress of the sickness at Oxford. St. George's Feast was kept yesterday at Whitehall. The Duke, as they say of him, morbo comitiali laborat. Would this business were off or on, for, like Davus, perturbat omnia. Digby [Bristol] is come up, and he has somewhat to say. Allusions to Dr. Prideaux and many other Oxford men.
April 28. 86. The Council to Thos. Trussell. Warrant for the apprehension of Pierce Butler; with a memorandum, endorsed, dated 1626, May 14, and signed by the Lord President of the Council, authorizing the messenger to keep Mr. Pierce Butler in safe custody until further order.
April 29. 87. Report of proceedings of the House of Commons in the case of Mr. Mountague; with the resolutions passed on considering the report of the committee to whom his books had been referred.
April 29.
88. Sir Francis Nethersole to Lord—Wishes him to explain to their Majesties, that he was detained on his journey to France by not having received letters to my Lords the Ambassadors, prepared by Lord Conway.
April 29.
Sec. Conway to John Earl of Bristol. In answer to a petition delivered to his Majesty, that he may come to make his answer in the Upper House of Parliament. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 249.]
April 29.
89. Sir Dodmore Cotton to Sec. Conway. In commendation of Capt. Cooke, Commander of the Delight. The officers of that ship report that she is most fit for his Majesty's service. The castles of Deal slightly guarded.
April 29. 90. Sir Wm. Russell to Wm. Burrell. Recommends George Swanley for appointment as Purser to the St. Ann; with a memorandum underwritten by Sir Allen Apsley, that he would procure the appointment for Swanley.
April 29. 91. Commissioners of the Navy to Buckingham. Instead of building 6 tartanes to encounter the enemy's sloops and bilander boats, as suggested by the Duke, the Commissioners, considering the scarcity of money, recommend the building of only 2 tartane boats, under the direction of Capt. Gyffard, and that 5 of the prizes be fitted up either to sail or row, which can be done with little charge and completed in a month. Recommend a pinnace for the guard of Jersey, and advise the Duke what ship to appoint to waft the East Country fleet, and also that the St. George should be repaired at Portsmouth instead of being brought about to Chatham. Have taken order to send masts and other supplies for her, as well as for the Reformation.
[April 30.] 92. Information of Thos. Gray and Francis Scarth. The ships bound for Newcastle became bound to one another, by the exchange of sixpence in silver, not to part company until they arrived at Newcastle; but two Dunkirkers having set upon two of the hindermost ships, one Gibbins, master of the Alexander, who was Admiral of the fleet, ran away, whereby those two ships were lost.
April 30.
Stokes Bay.
93. Sir Hen. Palmer to Buckingham. He had not heard anything of the ships from France, but a Scottish ship reported that they were ready to sail for England eight days before Tuesday last. He will put to sea. About Weymouth, 5 ships, which he suspects, have been plying off and on these three days. Hears that the Lion had brought a Dunkirker into Plymouth.
April 30.
Stokes Bay.
94. The same to Nicholas. A small bark of Middleburgh brought in prize by Capt. Warner, but Sir Henry desires further proof. Hears rumours that Sir Henry Mervin is to be restored to his place, but he disregards these rumours having confidence in the Duke.
[April 30.] 95. Petition of Edward Roberts, master of the True Love, of London, to the Council.—The ship had been for nine months in the King's service, and being now discharged unpaid, the petitioner prays that, although a Flemish bottom, Thos. Gibbs, Alexander Banister, and Allen Penny, her owners, being native Englishmen, may be permitted to furnish her, being a ship of 300 tons, with 18 pieces of ordnance.
[April.] 96. Warrant directing [Attorney General Heath] to prepare an indenture appointing Sir Edward Villiers and Sir Wm. Parkhurst, Wardens of the Mint, Richard Rogers, Comptroller, and Andrew Palmer, Assay Master, Commissioners for coining money at the Mint for 11 years.
[April.] 97. Brief memoranda, stated in the indorsement to have been derived from a report of the physicians of London, touching the contagion. It is in the handwriting of Sir Dudley Carleton, and enumerates what were then deemed the secondary causes of the plague.
[April ?] 98. Answers given by Nicholas to a Committee of the House of Commons, respecting his share in the business of lending the Vanguard and other ships to the French. He declines to make a full declaration without leave of his Majesty and the Duke. What he conceals would be much to the Duke's honour. The Captains were not bound to trust to what he said without seeing his warrant. He received a present from the Ambassador when he took his leave and never concealed the same.
[April.] 99. Account of payments ordered, by way of anticipation, to be made out of the revenue for the present year; total, 94,753l. 15s.
[April.] 100. Account of [the Purser of] the Red Lion of various provisions received on board from October 20, 1625, to this time.
[April ?] 101. Sir Nicholas Poyntz to the Council. Having by their warrant been sent to the loathsome prison of Newgate, prays that he may have leave to sue out a habeas corpus for his removal back again to the King's Bench.
[April ?] 102. Sir John Killigrew to Sec. Conway. Appeals to him to remove Captain Bonython from the command of Pendennis Castle on account of his misconduct, principally of a private and personal nature, against Sir John.
[April ?] 103. The King to George Earl of Totness, Master General of the Ordnance. Warrant has been given to the Master of the Office of the Armoury to deliver to Thos. Powell, Keeper of the stores of the Ordnance, all arms in the armoury which either are or may be made serviceable. All such arms as are not serviceable are to be presently delivered out to be repaired.
[April ?] 104. The King to the Duke of Buckingham. The expedition of last year through some disorder and miscarriage, as commonly happens in the entrance of great attempts, did not effect that service upon the King of Spain which might have been expected; this year that King's preparations are in an unusual proportion, and not being forced to divide his shipping for the convoy of his treasure, he cannot easily be diverted from assailing us, as well from Portugal as Flanders; wherefore the Duke is directed to make ready with all speed a fleet of 20 King's ships and 100 merchant ships of from 300 tons and upwards. [Draft, in the handwriting of Sec. Coke.]
[April ?] 105. Petition of Sir Robert Killigrew, Captain of Pendennis Castle, to the Council of War.—Petitioner has been a suitor for ten years for a supply for the castle and alterations in the fortifications. Obtained 350l. from the late Council of War for works long since finished. For 9 years there has not been a piece of ordnance mounted, and at this time there are not above 4 barrels of powder. Prays for repairs, and also that the garrison of 50 men may have their pay, which they have been two years without. "Had they not lived on limpets (a poor kind of shell fish), without bread or any other sustenance," save some small relief from the petitioner, they had all been starved.
[April.] 106. Minute of the petition of Thomas Lord Arundel of Wardour to the King. His object is to buy the remainder out of the Crown of some of his lands, and by the sale thereof to furnish himself "for the action." King James would have granted the petition, as the Lord Keeper can witness.
[April ?] 107. Minute of a suggestion made to [Lord Conway]. The King having written to Sir Wm. Fleetwood, Sir Robert Banaster, Mr. Hampden, and Mr. Crane, respecting the debt due to the Widow Lancaster, they had procured her the payment of 100l. Sir Francis Goodwin and others who owe part of the money, and oppose the payment, are now in town. It is suggested that the parties should be sent for and the matter be heard on both sides.
[April ?] 108. Petition of Philip Burlamachi to the Council. In November last, petitioner provided 70,000l. for the King of Denmark and Count Mansfeldt, and in payment obtained an assignment of part of the second subsidy money, and also of part of the money to arise out of the prizes sent from Plymouth; of the latter amount, 3,620l. has been diverted to other purposes for the King's special use, wherefore he prays for payment out of the prizes adjudged at Dover, and then selling in London.
[April ?] 109. Petition of a person unnamed to Sec. Conway; that he would remember at the Council the business of Jacques Borrell the younger, of Middleburgh, concerning his goods questioned at Dover, that he may once for all receive an end of his suit.