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Charles I - volume 40: November 18-30, 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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November 18-30, 1626

Nov. 18. 1. George Montaigne, Bishop of London, to Bishop Laud of Bath and Wells. Dr. Everard had been with him and delivered a short and lame account of the doctrine he preached, which is inclosed. He has promised to give satisfaction on Sunday fortnight, but he is of unconstant disposition and labours more to disguise than to confess his fault. Incloses,
1. i. The account above-mentioned. The doctrine complained of was an assertion of the unlawfulness of prayer for temporal blessings. The account is signed "Jo. Everard."
Nov. 20. 2. Order of Council, withdrawing the restraint of traffic with France so far as related to Ireland.
Nov. 20.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Sir John Peyton and Sir Philip Carteret. Recommends to them Claude Personne, a French surgeon, who goes to live in the Channel Islands. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 257.]
Nov. 20. 3. Sir John Drake's account of the Duke of Buckingham's tenths of a vessel found floating on the sea by the George and the Abraham, and brought into Bristol in Oct. 1626.
Nov. 20.
Dover Castle.
4. Sir John Hippisley to Buckingham. The ports were suitors for the removal of the soldiers into the county, for which they had the Council's order, but it was altered by the Lord Chamberlain, being Lord Lieut. People think the Duke has as much power to do good to the ports as the Lord Chamberlain to the county. Hippisley begs the Duke to appoint a preacher in the castle for that month (Mr. Griffen coming to his answer before the Council), as a religious work by which the Duke may gain the hearts of many men. They will not be able to keep the soldiers longer than that week without money. News that Count Mansfeldt has given the Emperor a great overthrow, and that Tilly has gone to his relief. The King of Denmark's Ambassador is there; he goes away to-morrow, and one of the King's pinnaces with him.
Nov. 20.
Dover Castle.
5. Sir John Hippisley to Sec. Conway. Requests that a poor kinsman, who served under the Earl of Oxford at Breda, may be made a Lieutenant. Sends two Holland cheeses. Begs him once more to make his peace with the States Ambassador. Urges the appointment of a preacher in the castle, and a provision of money for the soldiers.
Nov. 20. 6. Memorandum by E. Drake, that he had delivered in two bonds for 449l. to Mr. Oliver, on account of the Portuguese prize brought into Exmouth by Capt. Crosse.
Nov. 20.
Clerkenwell.
7. Robert Earl of Sussex to the Council. Applies as Lord Lieut. of Essex that 567l. 13s. 4d., expended by that county for coat and conduct money in May 1625, may be paid out of the money received by the Commissioners for the Loan.
Nov. 20.
Portsmouth.
8. Capt. Sir John Watts to Buckingham. The Lion is ready, except careening, which may be done in two days. The other ships, being wind bound, had demanded back again their provisions, which he had refused.
Nov. 21.
Whitehall.
9. M. Oldisworth to John [for Edward] Nicholas. The Lord Steward wishes Nicholas to remind him of the widow Musgrave at the next meeting of the Commissioners.
Nov. 21.
Chatham.
10. Joshua Downing to the Commissioners of the Navy. Recommends Christopher Elmenstone for Boatswain of Chatham dockyard, in place of John Harrison removed to the Eagle.
Nov. 21.
Aldersgate Street.
11. Sir Thos. Walsingham to Nicholas. Has consulted Sir Henry Marten about the tobacco. He is of opinion that all things forfeited on the water belong to the Lord Admiral.
Nov. 21.
Amesbury.
12. Sir John Killigrew to Nicholas. Prays him to send a letter of marque in blank, or if that cannot be, let it be made out for the Hopewell, Capt. Burrage. If it thrives, will remember him. Suggests a letter, that if she should light on Campaine, to treat with him, and on what terms.
Nov. 22.
Whitehall.
13. Order of Council:—That the Merchant Adventurers and all other companies of merchants might convey their own letters and despatches into foreign parts. [Copy.]
Nov. 22. 14. Return of the Commissioners of the Loan for the Tower division of co. Middlesex, containing:—1. Names of persons who have underwritten to the loan, with the amounts; total 2,037l. 6s. 4d. 2. Names of persons at sea. 3. Names of persons who refuse to appear. 4. Names of persons who refuse to underwrite. 5. Names of persons sent for by warrant.
Nov. 23.
Windsor.
15. Dean and Chapter of Windsor to Sec. Conway. At his request they had conferred the vicarage of Wraysbury on Mr. Beverley.
Nov. 23.
Whitehall.
Proclamation for the repair of noblemen and gentlemen to their mansion houses in the country, there to attend their services and keep hospitality. [Coll. Procs. Car. I., No. 55.]
Nov. 23.
Westminster.
The King to the Treasurer, Chancellor, Under Treasurer, and Barons, of the Exchequer. Pardon and discharge to the Duke of Buckingham for pawning or disposing, according to the King's directions, of certain Crown jewels delivered to him by Lord Brooke out of the secret Jewel-house in the Tower by the order of the late King. [Coll. Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. ii., No. 18.]
Nov. 23.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Sir Charles Morgan. Signifying his Majesty's pleasure for Mr. Fleetwood to have a company in the troops going for Denmark. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 257.]
Nov. 23.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Buckingham. Lord Willoughby being discharged from the service of Denmark, Lord Vere relies upon his Grace for the like discharge. But a resolution must be taken in that business, and speedily put in execution. [Minute, ibid.]
Nov. 24.
Whitehall.
16. Order of Council:—That the wines of Peter Beroche, a French merchant, on board a ship stayed at Dover, should be delivered to Mr. Bell, to be brought to London for sale, he giving security to be accountable for the produce.
Nov. 24. 17. Commissioners of the Navy to Nicholas. Recommend Christopher Elmenstone for Boatswain of Chatham dockyard.
Nov. 24. 18. Sir John Hippisley to Buckingham. The order of Council for stay of French ships had been sent thither by the Lord Treasurer to his own officers, and had been executed imperfectly by unworthy persons, which Sir John deems an affront to the authority of the Duke. The officer employed on this occasion was named Brames, and his deputy's name Windsor.
Nov. 24.
Dover Castle.
19. The same to Nicholas. On the same subject as the preceding. The noise the business makes at Dover were too much to relate.
Nov. 24.
Dover Castle.
20. The same to the same. One of the King's ships gone over with Mr. Clarke, the other is at the pier. A great difference between Capts. Burley and Bulger who shall be Admiral, which Hippisley begs Nicholas to get settled. Desires to be informed if there be any likelihood of a breach with France; if there be, he will not part with the Have-at-All.
Nov. 24.
Portsmouth.
21. Capt. Sir John Watts to Buckingham. Had given instructions to Capt. John Harvey with six other commanders to stand off into the Channel, and to keep the sea unless forced back by storm or want of beer. Has chosen the Hope, the Lion, of Newcastle, and the Mary Magdalen to go to sea with him in the Red Lion, and sends note of provisions wanted, with various news of movements of ships. The Dutch Admiral Younker Williams was at sea with fourteen ships. Incloses,
21. i. Note of provisions before mentioned.
Nov. 24.
From his house at Tavistock.
22. Edward Earl of Bath to Buckingham. Tenders his services for the Vice Admiralty of North Devon reported to be void.
Nov. 25. Sec. Conway to Charles Lord Stanhope. On behalf of Hall, of Royston, in a difference between him and Haggar about the Postmaster's place. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 257.]
Nov. 25.
Chatham.
23. Joshua Downing to Nicholas. Has arranged to apprentice Wm. Owen to Wm. Bunch, Boatswain of the Mary Rose. Recommends John Holland for a Purser's place. Is ill of fever.
Nov. 25.
Doctors' Commons.
24. Sir Henry Marten to Nicholas. Objects to the Commission granted to Capt. Harrison to treat with the States of Barbary, of which Sallee is one, they being a company of pirates with whom there is no treating or confederacy.
Nov. 25.
Bristol.
25. Mayor and Aldermen of Bristol to Buckingham. The ship they had equipped having been ordered to the coast of Ireland under Capt. Jones, they submit that, having victualled her for three months, they ought not to be again called upon to do so. They have already gone to an expense equal to four subsidies.
Nov. 25.
Bristol.
26. Sir John Drake to Nicholas. Sends inventory of the goods of one of the French prizes at Bristol. A rich prize brought in by Capt. Ellis had been cast away. Has heard she had aboard a chain of gold and 500l. in money. Suggests that the Master, who is in London, should be examined. Has been at Appledore and has stayed the Frenchman, but there is since a warrant from Sir Henry Marten for her release.
Nov. 26.
Whitehall.
27. The Council to the Benchers of the Inner Temple. Requiring payment of the money subscribed by them towards the loan, into Mr. Pitt's office of receipt in the Exchequer, to be there paid to Thos. Parramor, appointed Collector.
Nov. 26. 28. Richard Wyan to Nicholas. On his return from Portsmouth sends statement of the facts which can be proved respecting the Golden Herring, a prize brought in by Capt. Sacheverell. The facts comprise information respecting the then state of Sallee.
Nov. 26.
Pendennis.
29. Capt. John Bonython to Sec. Conway. The French had stayed English ships at Bordeaux, and had laid a new imposition on wine. Reports news in the Channel. A Dutch fleet looking out for a fleet from Biscay laden with soldiers. Four Dunkirkers on the coast. Spoil of ships from Newfoundland by Turkish pirates. Defenceless condition of Pendennis; not a gun mounted, nor scarcely any ammunition; the soldiers in great misery, having had no money for three years.
Nov. 26.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to George Earl of Totness, Treasurer General to the Queen, 12,260l. in satisfaction of a former warrant for 15,000l. for the Queen's own use, and 2,000l. for her clergy, for the year 1626; such former warrant having been granted to Jean de Caille, late Treasurer General to the Queen. [Coll. Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. ii., No. 19.]
Nov. 27.
Week.
30. John Poulett to [Nicholas]. Pyne, the lawyer, rages like a mad dog. Sir Edward Hawley will acquaint "my Lord" with some things concerning him. Wishes his tongue were tied so that he were not suffered to plead in the King's courts, which were a punishment to him, who makes his living by his tongue, no less grievous than hanging.
Nov. 27. 31. Certificate that John Brooke was an able gunner and an ancient seaman.
Nov. 27.
Portsmonth.
32. Capt. Sir John Watts to Buckingham. In four days after the Lion is careened she will be ready for her victuals, but they cannot be taken in until the beer be received, so that they may lay their ground tier. But beer cannot be brewed nor carpenters be paid without money.
Nov. 27.
Portsmouth.
33. The same to Nicholas. Prays him to procure warrants and money for the purposes mentioned in the last letter. Will see the end of this service, but it will discourage him if he be not immediately supplied with victuals and necessaries. Has sent up his eldest son to attend to the business, and procure the necessary warrants and instructions. Wishes his son to be his Lieutenant.
Nov. 27. 34. Capt. Richard Gyffard to the same. Sends a proposal, entitled "A main and chief principle for the safety and honour of England, thorough which, and the good government and employment thereof, the soaring wings of the proud Spaniard may soon be clipt, the Dunkirks suppressed from doing any more hurt in his Majesty's seas, and all other ungrateful, unconstant, and lukewarm friends so curbed, as that his Majesty shall be feared and honoured of all, and not constrained to yield unto any dishonourable conditions, or to suffer his subjects to be daily wronged, as now they are in all places."
Nov. 28.
Gravesend.
35. Capt. Thos. Philpot and twelve others, captains of ships furnished by the City of London, to Gabriel Marsh, Marshal of the Admiralty. Contrary winds had up to that time prevented their obeying the orders of the Lord Admiral, with all speed to put to sea towards Portsmouth. They had not been able to proceed farther than to Gravesend.
Nov. 28.
Dover Castle.
36. Sir John Hippisley to the Council. In answer to a petition of John Adrianson and others against himself and his brother Richard Hippisley. [See 1626, Oct. 21, No. 31.]
Nov. 28. 37. Privy Seal in conformity with the warrant under the Sign Manual for payment to George Earl of Totness, of the sum of 12,260l. for the use of the Queen. [Copy. See 1626, Nov. 26, Sign Man., Vol. ii., No. 19.]
Nov. 28.
Westminster.
38. The King to Edward Earl of Dorset, Dudley Lord Carleton, Sir John Suckling, Sec. Coke, Sir Julius Cæsar, Master of the Rolls, Sir Henry Marten, and Dr. Thos. Ryves, King's Advocate. Commission authorising them to consider what accidents may fall out at sea between the King's subjects and strangers, and thereout to collect and set down such advices and directions as may tend to the preservation of peace and amity between the King, his subjects, and allies, the prevention of all abuses, and the maintenance of common justice.
Nov. 28. 39. Wm. Earl of Banbury, Lord Lieut. of Berks, Dudley Lord Carleton, and Sir Thos. Edmondes to the Sheriff of Berks. Warrant directing him to summon the Commissioners for the Loan for that county to meet at Reading, on the 12th of December next, at 8 in the morning. [Copy. Letters in the margin intimate who attended. Exclusive of certain high dignitaries, members of the Commission ex officio, none of whom attended, there were named in the Commission thirty-five other Commissioners, of whom ten attended, twenty-two were absent, two were dead, and one is queried.]
[Nov. 28.] 40. The King to [Sir Thos. Richardson]. The Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas has used to appoint a clerk of the Treasury, anciently called the Clerk of Hell, for keeping the records of that Court. It is the King's pleasure that as soon as Sir Thos. had the Chief Justiceship he would admit Edward Nicholas to the said clerkship. [Draft.]
Nov. [28.] 41. Account of the just fees of the office of the Treasury, and to the Clerk of the same [in the Court of Common Pleas].
[Nov. 28.] 42. Extracts from the patent rolls of appointments by the King to the office of Keeper of the Rolls and Writs of the Court of Common Pleas.
Nov. 29.
Whitehall.
43. The Council to Buckingham. To cause one company of the Trained Bands of that division of co. Middlesex next "Clarkton Well," to muster, at 8 o'clock on the morrow morning, at Woods Close, to attend such service as should be enjoined them.
Nov. 29. 44. Acknowledgment by Sir Nicholas Carew, that Melcah Hare, of Mitcham, widow, had paid 5l. 6s. 8d. towards the loan.
Nov. 29.
Portsmouth.
45. Capt. Sir John Watts to Buckingham. The fleet had sailed from Stokes Bay for the Downs with a favourable wind. His own ships had also gone out into the Channel for three days, all they could stay. Had redelivered victuals only to the Swiftsure, but if the ships for the Downs should be driven back, there would be great confusion. Urges his previous applications for clothes, money, and other things.
Nov. 29.
Westminster.
Pardon to Thos. Price of the punishment of burning in the hand, for killing William Evered. [Coll. Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. ii. No. 20].
Nov. 30.
Whitehall.
46. The King to Buckingham. Warrant to grant licence to nine boats of Dieppe to fish at the Zowe, on the coast of England, for the service and provision of the French King. The licences to be in the form heretofore granted by Lord Zouch.
Nov. 30. 47. Sentence of deposition and degradation, passed by Archbishop Abbot, the Bishops of Rochester and Bath and Wells, and others, Ecclesiastical Commissioners, against Samuel Serle, Clerk, of Theydon Garnon, co. Essex, for contempt of the jurisdiction of the Church and the authority of that Court, in celebrating divine service after he had been suspended by the Commissioners.
Nov. 30. 48. Sir Henry Palmer to [Nicholas]. As the necessity of the times will not yet permit his ship to be fitted for the sea, he requests that his appointment may be passed by patent from the Admiralty, so that he may not be ruined by being out of entertainment whilst his ship is fitting out.
Nov. 30. 49. Commissioners for the Loan in Westminster to—. Appointing them collectors of the sums agreed to be lent. [Copy].
Nov. 30. 50. Commissioners of the Navy to Buckingham. For a warrant for ordnance for the St. Mary, Captain Quaile, a prize ship preparing for the intended voyage.
Nov. 30. 51. John Sorrell to Charles Barrett. Francis Bassett, Vice Admiral of the North of Cornwall, sent to the writer, as keeper of the gaol at Launceston, 50 Turkish prisoners without money or clothes, although Mr. Bassett took their ship worth 500l. They have been maintained by the writer and the country.
Nov. 52. Demand of money by [Sir Wm. Russell], Treasurer of the Navy, for wages of seamen up to the end of October, 1626; total 27,303l. 16s. 11d.
Nov. 53. Petition of James Papin to the Council:—His ship the Hope, of Calais, having been stayed at Hamburgh and brought to London by John Hide, in the Nonsuch, was freed by order of the Court of Admiralty, but is again stayed at Gravesend by the King's officers there; prays that he may be allowed to depart.
Nov. 54. Note of mourning given to the Duke of Buckingham's servants at the funeral of Bishop Andrewes of Winchester "being the— day of Nov. 1626."
[Nov. ?] 55. Notes, by Nicholas, respecting subjects to be considered by the proposed Commissioners for inquiry into the state of the Navy, and as to who were proper persons to be appointed Commissioners.
[Nov. ?] 56. Petition of James Borthwick to the King, for an order that Colonel James Sinclair should pay the petitioner 900l., out of a sum of 4,000l. paid to him to raise a regiment for the King of Denmark.
[Nov. ?] 57. Petition of Bailiffs and Burgesses of Bridport to the Council:— Have subscribed to the loan because they desired to express their obedience to his Majesty, but represent the destitution to which their town has been reduced by a twenty weeks visitation of the plague, and pray that they may be excused the present payment of the amount subscribed. Annexed,
57. i. Justices of co. Dorset to the Council. Certificate that from the 29th August last until the end of December, Bridport was much afflicted with the plague, and reduced to great distress and poverty.
[Nov. ?] 58. Notes, perhaps sent by Sir Edward Hawley, to Buckingham, [see 1626, Nov. 27, No. 30,] of the offences charged against Hugh Pyne, of co. Somerset, counsellor-at-law. [They are principally disloyal speeches, with reference to the loan and Muster of the Trained Bands.]
[Nov. ?] 59. Minute of request that order be given for the off-reckonings of the soldiers going to Denmark, and that consideration be had of the Captains, on account of the sick men on their rolls.
[Nov. ?] 60. Suggestions respecting the transport and convoy of the new levies for Denmark from the Thames, Harwich, and Hull.
[Nov. ?] 61. Minutes, by Sec. Coke, of warrants required for preparation of ships to transport 3,000 men to Stade, and also for a convoy to accompany them.
[Nov. ?] 62. Report of Attorney General Heath and Solicitor General Sheldon on the petition of the inn-holders of London. [See 1626, Nov. 9, No. 42.] They report against compelling inn-holders to be members of the Company, but in favour of giving the Company power to make ordinances for the better government of their trade.
[Nov. ?] 63. Copy of the same.
[Nov. ?] 64. Nicholas Lisle to the King. Project for increase of the revenue by levying a yearly tax on all stalls, stools, stairs, and other encroachments on the streets of the City of London.
[Nov. ?] 65. Further notes by Nicholas Lisle, with reference to the above project.
[Nov. ?] 66. Still further observations by Nicholas Lisle, in maintenance of the same project.
[Nov. ?] 67. Sir Edward Zouch to the King. "A breviate for my dear master to mediate for my distressed folly in putting my coat to dyeing." Sir Edward sets forth various objections to an award which had been made in the matters in dispute between himself and Lady Hastings, and the heirs of the late Lord Zouch.
[Nov. ?] 68. Sec. Conway to—. The King gave Sec. Conway leave to put himself into Dr. Mayerne's hands, and he has already entered into physic. He is an earnest suitor to his Lordship, that he will be pleased in all humbleness to excuse Conway to his gracious Master, if it be possible that he should be missed. His sickness is not so grievous to him as his absence from his duty.
[Nov. ?] 69. Suggestions as to the best mode of employing the ships furnished by the City and coast towns.
[Nov. ?] 70. Names suggested to Sec. Coke for Commissioners for French goods.
[Nov. ?] 71. Petition of Joan Melbury to the Council:—Praying for the delivery of her trunk and iron chest seized in the house of — Neighbour in Long Acre.