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Charles I - volume 61: April 23-30, 1627

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1627-28. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1858.

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April 23–30, 1627

April 23.
Bristol.
1. Mayor and Aldermen of Bristol to the Council. Have received their Lordships' letter, calling upon them to make ready the two ships which they were required to provide last year, but which, as the letter imports, were then respited in their favour. Remind their Lordships, that, although other ports failed, they, to their great cost, provided what was required of them; wherefore they pray to be excused the service now demanded.
April 23.
St. Martin's Lane.
2. Sec. Conway, Viscount Killultagh, to Henry Earl of Manchester, Lord President of the Council. Suggests that the Council should order Burlamachi to supply immediately 1,000 pair of shoes to the soldiers about to be embarked from London for the service of Denmark; that the men should all be ordered on shipboard on pain of death; and that a press should be made in the villages within five miles of the river side to apprehend stragglers. The ships should fall down to-morrow, and these men be delivered at Gravesend on Wednesday.
April 23. 3. The same to the Council. Mutinies among the recruits for Denmark. Sir Archibald Douglas, by reason of some obstacles in his estate since his marriage with the Lady Davies, is unwilling to accompany them. Capt. Alford recommended in his place. Exemplary justice should be done upon the mutineers, and the soldiers be hastened away. [Abstract.]
April 23. Minute of the above letter. [Conway's Letter Book, p. 267.]
April 23.
Harwich.
4. Capts. Robert Gosnold and Richard Saltonstall to the same. Having received order to embark, they caused the drum to beat, commanding every pressed man on pain of death to prepare for shipboard. As they were embarking them, 100 or more broke through a bye-guard, and ran away; hope that most of them will be brought back. Some of the revolted Norfolk men are at Manningtree. Have sent to them, promising them their pay. Beg instructions as to punishing the mutineers, and making up the number now wanting.
April 23.
Kingston-upon-Hull.
5. Mayor and others of Kingston-upon-Hull to the same. The soldiers were embarked before the 20th; those from Lancashire arrived on the 17th. After conference with the Trinity House, it was thought best to send the ships to Stade rather than to the Weser; they set sail that morning. Insufficiency of the allowance of six ounces of cheese per man per diem; great want of officers, and shortness of the allowance of 6s. 8d per poll for freight.
April 23.
Poole.
6. Mayor and others of Poole to the same. Excuse themselves for not furnishing ships. Allege the loss of 8,500l. within three years, and discontinuance of their trade to the Newfoundland.
April 23.
Weymouth and Melcombe Regis.
7. Mayor and others of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis to the same. Explain the causes of their inability to set forth the ships required of them. Their losses from pirates amounted to 26,000l., besides the relief of the wives and children of those who were slaves at Algiers and Sallee.
April 23.
Wimbledon.
8. Edward Viscount Wimbledon to the Council. In answer to a complaint against himself and Lord Nottingham for not pressing 200 men in Surrey. Explains that 60 were pressed and taken to the place of rendezvous, where no one would receive them, whereupon they broke away; 48, subsequently pressed, were received, and they were as many as could be procured by press in the place indicated. Endeavours to raise the required number would be continued.
April 23.
Red Lion, in Plymouth Sound.
9. Capt. John Pennington to Buckingham. Details his proceedings since the 11th inst. Leaving the French ships in his charge to the care of Sir James Bagg, he stood off from Plymouth to the southward, and fell in with a fleet of French ships bound for St. Lucar, of whom he captured three, and having brought them in, sailed off to Conquet, where he found 120 sail, of whom he carried off 17. Details minutely the circumstances of the capture, and his arrangements for security of his prizes, which he values at 70,000l. Begs that he may bestow two or three bales of coarse linen cloth amongst his crew, to make them shirts, which will give them great content and encouragement. Hopes all the captains are as clear of pillaging as himself, but the King is infinitely abused in the sale of his prize goods.
April 23.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Philip Burlamachi. To pay 60l. to certain persons for intelligence. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 266.]
April 23.
Whitehall.
The same to Sir Charles Morgan. To spare the disposing away of Ensign Price's place, who stayeth here six weeks. [Minute, ibid.]
April 23. 10. The same to Sir Edward Zouch. Is informed by his chaplain, Mr. Stephens, for whom he obtained a grant of the parsonage of Wotton, that his title, having been contested by the Court of Wards, had been ultimately conceded, but that Sir Edward Zouch had of late begun to interest himself on behalf Mr. Stephens's opponent, Mr. Potter. Lord Conway states reasons why Sir Edward should not interfere.
April 23. Minute of the above letter. [Conway's Letter Book, p. 266.]
April 23.
Southampton.
11. Sir George Blundell to Nicholas. Capt. Netherton had served Quartermaster in Sir Edward Conway's regiment these two years, and never had above two months' pay. Begs a warrant to Capt. Mason to give him some part of his pay.
April 23. 12. Capt. Richard Gyffard to the same. Hopes to have strength of body to follow his Grace, and, if the Vanguard be disposed of, hopes he shall have liberty to wait on the Duke as a private gentleman. For any "sargent or other" has little hope to find any, and begs Nicholas to stand his friend, and they will divide it between them. Has but one to care for, and little means to leave her. Wishes Nicholas to receive the proceeds of the Peter for her, at the ship's return. If not able to go to sea with his Grace, solicits employment at Portsmouth.
April 23.
Poole.
13. Thomas Robartes to Nicholas. Gives account of the sale at Poole of a French bark laden with wheat brought in there by Capt. Fox and Capt. Briant; the net proceeds amounted to 89l. He bought the bark (which was sold "per a candle") at 45l., and the wheat was sold to the poor. The owners of the bark have offered him what he gave for her. Desires to know whether he may safely take it.
April 23.
Portsmouth.
14. William Towerson and Richard James to Sir John Jephson. Complain of the misconduct of the Dutchmen brought down by Mr. Johnson, and employed in the repairs of the fortification. Desire that Johnson should be sent down to direct them. [Misdated April 23, 1626.]
April 23. 15. Certificate of the Commissioners of the Navy. Having been required by the Lord Admiral and Sec. Coke to state at what rate soldiers may be victualled per diem, allowing in every week three days beef, pork, and bacon, and four day's butter, fish, and cheese, the same quantities as are allowed to seamen in the Navy, they state that it is well worth 6d. a man per diem, without any allowance of beer. The old charge was the same for butter, fish, and cheese, the whole week throughout, with the allowance of "a pottle" of beer to each man per diem.
April 24.
Whitehall.
16. The Council to Sec. Conway. To give directions to his deputy lieutenants, to receive into the Isle of Wight such one of the regiments assembled near about Plymouth, as Sir George Blundell, serjeant major of the King's forces, shall appoint.
April 24.
Dartmouth.
17. Mayors and Magistrates of Dartmouth and Totness to the Council. Set forth their inability to furnish two ships for the contemplated expedition.
April 24.
Boston.
18. Jasper Hickes and others of Boston to the same. Explain their inability to furnish the moiety of a ship as required of them by letters of March 24 last. Their port is decayed, and all their shipping not worth the amount thus intended to be charged upon them, which is more than 16 subsidies, and 40 times the proportion they are charged in any assessment upon the county.
[April 24.] 19. Another statement of the reasons of the inability of Boston, above alluded to.
April 24. 20. Sir George Blundell to Buckingham. His favour in confirming Sir George's son in his company has bound them to his Grace for ever. All the captains in Southampton are reduced, but those in Dorsetshire will not stir until they have shirts, shoes, and hose for the soldiers, and pay to bring them through the country. The Deputy Lieutenants will not give any money, and he knows not to whom to go. The troops in Sussex also cannot get their five months' pay. Besides these difficulties with the old men, new men are arriving at Portsmouth,—a poor beggarly place, whereis neither money, lodging, nor meat for them, and no man will lend a penny, nor give a soldier any meat. Entreats his consideration and help.
April 24. 21. Petition of William Byng and Edmund Lisle to "the High and Mighty Prince, George Duke of Buckingham." Refer to former petitions for the reparation of Deal and Walmer Castles. The Duke procured an order for Camber Castle to be demolished for their repair, but that resolution has been changed. Pray for the adoption of some other course. The moat of Deal Castle has in it 500 load of beach more than it had at the beginning of winter.
April 24.
Rochester.
22. Sir Henry Mainwaring to the same. Reports in what manner he had got the merchant ships down the river, and the King's ships out of Chatham. Great want of men. Advises the Duke to get the Masters of Watermen's Hall to warn all the men belonging to the river to appear on the morrow morning, and then to make a selection from them, and ship them off at once, giving order to their friends to send their clothes after them. Urges the punishment of those who having been pressed have not appeared. Incloses,
22. i. Note of men pressed by the gunner of the Warspite, but who have not made their appearance.
April 24.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Sir Charles Morgan. Recommending from his Majesty those officers that conduct the recruits, and particularly Sir Archibald Douglas, and his assistants, to be placed in their several ranks. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 267.]
April 24.
Stratford.
23. Sir Alexander Brett to Nicholas. Approves of Mr. Watch [Watts] as Lieutenant to Capt. Babbington.
April 24.
Southampton.
24. Capt. John Mason to the same. Merchants of that town offer to purchase three or four French barks now at Portsmouth, paying full price and ready money. If the Duke embrace this offer, it will bring them a little help, and ease them of part of their present care.
April 24.
Poole.
25. Mayor of Poole to John Ellzey. Has paid a bill of exchange for 89l. 6s. due to "my Lord," but for security desires a discharge from his secretary.
April 25.
Whitehall.
26. Order of Council, fixing the amount to be assigned for the service of the Navy at 40,000l. per annum.
April 25.
Brecknock.
27. Deputy Lieutenants of co. Brecknock to the Council. In 1614 they levied 100 men for Ireland at their own expense; in the first year of the present King they pressed 100 men, and levied on the county 120l., which, with 41l. 10s. out of the treasury of the maimed soldiers, discharged the expense. They have petitioned for a return of these sums.
April 25.
Truro.
28. Mayor of Truro to the same. Sets forth the reasons of their inability to furnish out a ship to be at the rendezvous at Portsmouth.
April 25. 29. Petition of Jacques de la Disme "to the High and Mighty Prince, the Duke of Buckingham." His ships, the St. Peter and the Blessing, having been driven by storm, one into Ilfracombe, the other into Dartmouth, were there stayed. Upon certificate of Mons. de Soubise, prays that they may be released.
April 25.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Sir Charles Morgan. Recommending Ensign Guise. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 267.]
April 25.
Whitehall.
The same to Sir Richard Norton. In the behalf of Mrs. Mason, widow, that her servants be not pressed, in respect she has nobody else to manage her business. [Minute, ibid.]
April 25.
The Tower.
30. Sir Allen Apsley to Nicholas. Sends certificate of the Commissioners of the Navy. The constant alterations in the numbers of sailors and soldiers, with the examination of Apsley's weighty accounts, have detained it so long, that he could not wait upon Sec. Coke. Desires the certificate and order may be suddenly settled, although the Lord Treasurer will not suddenly pay the money.
April 25. 31. Return of the names of 161 men levied in Hants, and delivered to John Morley, William Harling, and Edward Knowles to be conducted to Portsmouth.
April 26[?] 32. The King to —. That the tinners and duchy-tenants of Cornwall and Devonshire should be ruled and governed by the Warden and his officers, according to their Charter and ancient privileges, and that no Sheriff or other officer should interfere with them.
April 26.
Plymouth.
33. Sir James Bagg to Buckingham. The Earl of Warwick and his friend Eliot are still together, and still walk in the way they entered. Capt. John Prynne has brought into Plymouth a Hamburgher laden with sugar for Hamburgh; he also gives information of naval preparations in Spain. Bagg has received the Duke's order of the 21st instant, for stay of all ships. The Earl of Warwick has shown a discharge dated the 11th, but Bagg has requested him to procure a further licence. Incloses,
33. i. Examination of Capt. John Prin [Prynne], as to preparation of ships at Cadiz designed for Ireland, and of 25 other ships which had sailed from Lisbon. 1627, April 26.
33. ii. Examination of Peter Johnson, Skipper of the Hunter, of Lubeck, the ship brought in by Capt. Prynne, as to the lading of his ship and naval preparations in Spain. 1627, April 26.
April 26.
Aboard the Red Lion, in Plymouth Sound.
34. Capt. John Pennington to the same. Reports his proceedings from the 23d instant. Sends list of his prizes; one of them laden with wheat, set fire to by a careless knave, and totally destroyed. Kept back by violent winds, but the weather having moderated, he has sent his boats to warp out the prizes, of which he is anxious tobe safely quit. Many of these prizes will make good men-of-war, and all of them are fit to be employed to run in amongst the rocks and take their small shipping. Incloses,
34. i. Names, burthen, and lading of the prizes, 21 in number.
34. ii. Examination of William Finer, English mariner, dwelling in Villequiers, on the river of Rouen, as to the five ships procured by the King of France out of Holland, and the ships of war building in various French ports; also as to preparations at St. Martin's near Rochelle, and at Newhaven.
April 26. 35. Petition of Thomas Prewd and Augustine Kingsmill to "the Illustrious Prince, George Duke of Buckingham." Were appointed by Sir John Prewd, Lieutenant Colonel of the Duke's regiment of foot, Quarter-master and Provost Marshal of that regiment, and have served with the troops since they removed from Devon into Kent, and thence into Hants. Have received only 5l., on account of their pay. Sir Geo. Blundell alleges their names were omitted in the list. Pray for a warrant for their arrears.
April 26.
Plymouth.
36. Sir James Bagg to Nicholas. Repeats, with some little addition, the information in his letter of this date to the Duke respecting the Earl of Warwick and Eliot. Sends some of the Earl's letters for inspection. Sir John Drake's collector, Mr. Jennings, Lord Warwick's servant and Eliot's right hand, now shows himself and his regard to the Duke.
April 26. 37. The Commissioners of the Navy to Nicholas. Certificate of the sufficiency of Richard Hall, smith of Deptford Dockyard.
April 26. 38. Sir James Perrott to Nicholas. Sends information of what has been done respecting wrecks at Stackpoole, in Pembrokeshire. Unless countenance be given to them, the Admiralty jurisdiction there will perish.
April 26.
Downton.
39. Gilbert Raleigh to the same. The order for stay of shipping shall be executed. Wished to purchase the Dutch ship because of his brother's desire to go to sea. Capt. Hinckley, of the Primrose, has brought two French barks into Weymouth.
April 26.
Doctors' Commons.
40. Richard Wyan to the same. As to the final disposition of Capt. Salleneuve's supposed derelict.
April 26. 41. Deputy Lieutenants of co. Dorset, to Lord Treasurer Marlborough and Sir Richard Weston, Chancellor of Exchequer. The loan money of the county will not discharge the billet of the ordinary soldiers, being 1,100 in number, for 30 weeks. They will not march without being furnished with hose, shoes, and shirts, and a month's provision, which will come to 2,000l. Beg a supply out of the Exchequer.
April 26. 42. Petition of James Harrington, Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, to Bishop Laud, of Bath and Wells, Visitor of the same college. Petitioner is a son of Sir James Harrington, who died about 12 years since, and left him an annuity of 40l. per annum. By a Statute of Wadham, any Fellow who has an annuity of more than 10l. shall leave the house, but petitioner procured a dispensation from Mrs. Wadham, the foundress; his right to his Fellowship being now called in question, he prays the Bishop to examine the matter.
April 26. 43. Instructions for the agent of the Roman Catholics at Rome, in accordance with the contents of letters written by the chapter of the English Roman Catholic clergy to the Pope and Cardinals, in defence of the Bishop of Chalcedon against the complaints of the regulars.
[April 27.] 44. Petition of Mary Blundill, wife of Richard Blundill, to the Council. Petitioner's husband was taken prisoner three years since, and carried into Algiers, where he was bought by "Hassan Basha," of Napoli di Romania, since deceased. "Hammat Bey, brother of the said Hassan Basha," traffics in the Black Sea, and keeps the said Richard in chains in the galley's hold. Prays that Sir Thomas Roe may be written to, to effect his release, and that Captain Leatt may be called to account for money collected for redemption of captives.
April 27. 45. Minutes, in the handwriting of Nicholas, of motions to be made by the Duke of Buckingham at the Council Board. They relate to the supply of provisions for the fleet, and applications by Mons. de Soubise for the release of ships of French Protestants.
April 27. 46. Captain Richard Gyffard to Buckingham. The Duke having bestowed on him the benefit of making a Baronet, he beseeches that his ill health, which compels him to retire into the country, may be no hindrance to this favour.
April 27. 47. Petition of Capt. John Sacheverell to "the most Gracious Prince, George Duke of Buckingham," for his discharge from scandalous informations exhibited against him in the Court of Admiralty. [Underwritten is a reference to Sir Henry Marten, Judge of the Admiralty.]
April 27.
Whitehall.
48. Sec. Coke to Sir Henry Marten. The Council, on conference with the Dutch Ambassadors, direct that all proceedings respecting certain ships whose names are subjoined, should be suspended for the present. [Copy.]
April 27. 49. Capt. Richard Gyffard to Nicholas. Intreats him to send down the writings about their fly-boat, which he hopes will make them a great voyage; also begs him to assist his application of this date to the Duke.
April 27.
Plymouth.
50. Robert Earl of Warwick to Sir John Hippisley. Sends, by Capt. Pennington, 11 Portuguese prisoners, to be exchanged for Englishmen at Dunkirk, and Pennington will also procure six more from the Earl's ships at Cowes.
April 27. 51. Receipt of Sir James Bagg for the rigging and furniture of a prize ship delivered to him by Capt. Pennington.
April 27. 52. Similar receipt in relation to another prize.
April 27. 53. Names of ships appointed to go to sea, with their numbers of mariners and soldiers.
April 28. 54. The King to Attorney General Heath. Warrant to prepare a grant of the office of Custos Brevium of the Common Pleas, now executed by Mr. Spencer of Lincoln's Inn, to Edward Dering, son of Sir Edward Dering, with remainder to Sir Edward himself; saving the right of priority in those who have previous grants, and with proviso that if the office falls to Edward Dering during his minority his father may execute the same until he attains 21.
April 28.
Chester.
55. William Earl of Derby to the Council. In obedience to directions dated the last of February, 1627, 200 men had been levied and sent to Hull.
April 28.
Harwich.
56. Deputy Lieutenants of Essex to the same. The men who had mutinied at Harwich were now on shipboard to the number of 247, and submitted to serve his Majesty. Only 80 out of the 150 Norfolk men arrived, after committing much disorder, and beating their conductors on the way. Expense of the county on this occasion in maintaining 40 trained men.
April 28.
Chartley.
57. Robert Earl of Essex to the same. Reports the levy, as directed, of 100 men in co. Stafford. They departed from Lichfield for Hull on the 30th March under the conduct of Thos. Littleton, and were six days and a half on the road. They arrived there 14 days before they were shipped.
[April 28.] 58. Sir William Heydon to Sec. Coke. Necessity of a warrant to deliver the ordnance for the present expedition to some person appointed to have the management thereof. Incloses,
58. i. Copy of the customary form of the warrant required.
April 28.
Bristol.
59. James Dyer and William Willett to Nicholas. Requesting him to procure a reference to the Lord Chief Justice of a dispute between Mrs. Porter, a widow, and Mr. Weld. Underneath is written a separate letter from William Willett to Nicholas on the same subject, and also respecting prizes brought into Bristol by the Abraham, the George, and by Capt. Whittington. The general report is that the Duke goes with this fleet.
April 28.
Harwich.
60. Deputy Lieutenants of Essex to Robert Earl of Sussex, Lord Lieutenant. In obedience to his directions they had repaired to Harwich, and found the mutiny appeased by Captains Gosnold and Saltonstall. Have entreated Sir Gamaliel Capell to remain there. Beg that the ships to come from London may be expedited.
April 28. Return of the names and residences of 100 men impressed in co. Devon, and delivered to Capt. Humphrey Curry, to be conducted to Portsmouth. [See Vol. xlvi., No. 11.]
April 28. 61. Certificate of Sir John Hippisley, that two small barks of Edmund Woodgreen and Henry Blackboy, stayed in London, are bound for Dover.
April 29.
Whitehall.
62. Extract from the Council Register, that Bishop Laud, of Bath and Wells, was that day, by His Majesty's command, sworn of the Privy Council.
April 29 63. Mayor and Jurats of Rye to Buckingham. They received the order for stay of shipping on the 22d inst., and none but ordinary fishing boats have since gone out of the harbour.
April 30. 64. Sec. Conway to Sir Hamon Le Strange. Sends him a letter from the King to Mr. Thursby [Thoresby], urging upon him the support of his son, Wingfield, with his wife and children, which his Majesty does not doubt that he will comply with, the rather that Mr. Wingfield Thursby's wife is a gentlewoman of good family, and kinswoman to the Duke of Buckingham. He is to deliver the letter, and press compliance with its requirements.
April 30. Minute of the above letter. [Conway's Letter Book, p. 267.]
April 29.
Whitehall.
The same to Lord President Manchester. That his Lordship and the rest would rectify some disorder in the recruits, and give order for a pass for Mr. Beere's two sons and Sir Thomas Dutton's page. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 267.]
April 29. 65. Request of Sir William Segar, Garter, for a commission to the Ambassador, Lord Carleton, and himself, and also for Privy Seals for Garter's customary allowances, on a mission to present the Order of the Garter to Henry Prince of Orange.
April 30.
Westminster.
66. The King to Buckingham. Commission authorizing him to grant letters of reprisal to persons whose ships or goods have been seized in France.
April 30.
Whitehall.
67. Order of Council, in a dispute between the Turkey Company and Nicholas Leatt. The Company is to pay to Nicholas Leatt 550l., by him paid to the Basha of Algiers. Other points in dispute between them are reserved.
April 30.
Whitehall.
68. The Council to Sec. Conway. Send him a letter from Sir George Blundell, Serjeant Major of the Forces at Portsmouth, by which he will see how ill the late levies have been performed in Hants. Pray him to require his deputy lieutenants to fill up the number of the returned men, and to cause the collectors of the loan to bring in their accounts, and deliver the balance to Capt. Mason. Inclose,
68. i. Sir George Blundell to Buckingham. The captains have not come out of Dorsetshire or Sussex, because the Com-missioners will not pay for the soldiers' diet on their march. The deputy lieutenants of Hants sent him 140 men out of 200, half of them such creatures as he is ashamed to describe. There being no remedy, he took 79. They sent them without money, clothes, shirts, or shoes. The Lords need not grudge him 40s. a day, for he has everything to do. There are no officers there, no man, no thing, to help him. Thinks the Duke is keeping the officers there to make them all sergeants-at-law. Portsmouth, 1627, April 28.
[April 30 ?] 69. Bailiffs, Aldermen, and Commonalty of Great Yarmouth to the Council. Set forth their want of ordnance and ammunition, their inability to provide the same on account of the charge of their poor and maintenance of their haven, and the importance of their town as being "the chiefest maritime and frontier town" in those parts, paying the King 5,000l. or 6,000l. per annum in customs, and situate within 14 hours' sail of Dunkirk. Pray for 20 culverins, and a due proportion of ammunition.
April 30.
Edinburgh.
70. [Sir ?] Thomas Hope to Buckingham. The Earl of Nithsdale, the chief actor in the writer's employment in the public service, has assured him of the Duke's protection. Devotes himself to his Grace's service and disposal.
April 30. 71. Sec. Conway to Sir Robert Naunton, Master of the Court of Wards. Recommends Mrs. Grimes, the widow of his cousin german's son, who sues for her son. The estate is much wasted. [Copy.]
April 30. Minute of the above letter. [Conway's Letter Book, p. 267.]
April 30.
Whitehall.
72. Sec. Coke to Sec. Conway. Being in hand with the States' Ambassador to have the business of Amboyna put into a way of atonement, he desires to have sent to him the treaty made at Southampton, and the protest dated September 8, 1625, at Tichfield.
April 30.
York.
73. Mayor of York to Lord Keeper Coventry, High Steward of that city. Having been directed to make provision of powder, match, and lead, they had done so, and had assessed the amount on the city, but divers of the inhabitants refused to pay their assessment. Request his assistance therein.
April 30.
Southampton.
74. Certificate of the Deputy Mayor and others of Southampton, that the Margaret of that town, and her lading, belong to Burrish Daniel and Adrian Fry, both of Southampton.
April. 75. Sec. Coke to Sec. Conway. Sends instructions and letter to Sir Robert Anstruther, with the King's authority for some suggested additions. He would have waited on Lord Conway with these papers, but the King's going to tennis had detained him.
[April ?] 76. The King to Sir James Bagg. The regiment of Sir Henry Spry, which is to take part in the present expedition, is to be transported in the ships which are to sail from Plymouth. It is now sent thither in the ships under the command of Capt. Penning-ton, until the arrival of the ships in which they are ultimately to sail. He is to command the Mayor of Plymouth to receive them on land.
[April ?]
Whitehall.
77. Warrant to Attorney General Heath, to prepare a grant of a baronetcy to Frederick Cornwallis, of Broome Hall, co. Suffolk, with a discharge of the customary payment.
April. 78. Minutes of business to be laid before the Council by the Duke of Buckingham. Articles to be observed on issuing letters of reprisal; punishment of mutineers; petition of shipwrights at Chatham, who are unpaid for five quarters.
April. 79. Petition of the Bailiffs, Aldermen, Burgesses, and Inhabitants of Colchester to the Council. On account of the heavy visitation of their town by the plague, the decay of their trade in the new draperies and baize, and their loss of ships at sea, they are unable to set forth a ship as directed.
April. 80. Petition of the Bailiffs and Aldermen of Ipswich to the same. Ipswich, Harwich, and Woodbridge having been enjoined to set forth two ships of war, with a contribution from the neighbouring towns and the county, they recount their many recent payments for the public service, and beg to be excused; at the same time, in token of their good will to his Majesty's service, they offer to contribute, with the county, a rateable proportion, subsidy for subsidy.
[April ?] 81. Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of King's Lynn to the same. Set forth that they have lost by Dunkirkers 25 ships, worth 9,000l.; that they are unable to carry on their Iceland fishery; that they have expended 1,200l. in fortifications, and paid 350l. yearly to the poor; besides advancing 452l. on loan to the King. In consideration of all which payments, they pray that they may be eased from sending ships to Portsmouth.
April. 82. Petition of the Inhabitants of Leeds and Halifax to the same. Set forth reasons why they should be discharged from contributing with Hull in providing ships for the King's service. This petition has appended to it nearly 400 signatures.
[April ?] 83. Mayor and others of Norwich to the same. Urge again upon the consideration of the Council their inability to contribute one third of the charge of setting forth ships by Yarmouth and Lynn. Such a taxation very prejudicial to the loan then in collection. Payment of one will occasion the nonpayment of the other, unless the intended assessment may be sorted to so small a sum as may be warranted by former precedents.
[April ?] 84. Petition of the Inhabitants of Wakefield to the same, praying that they may be freed from contributing with Hull in setting forth three ships for the King's service. There was not one person who was a merchant residing in Wakefield, and the whole town was greatly decayed.
April. 85. Petition of the Bailiffs, Aldermen, and Inhabitants of Yarmouth to the same. Set forth the disproportion of the assessment made upon them for the provision of two ships of war, and beseech that their poor and distressed estate may be considered. Annexed,
85. i. Brief abstract of the losses and charges sustained by Yarmouth within two years last past.
[April.] 86. Minute of suggestion of the Deputy Lieutenants of Hants, for Lord Conway to move the Council for removal of Sir John Burgh's regiment into some adjacent county, and that the town of Southampton might be included in a new commission for martial law.
[April.] 87. Minute to the same effect, prepared by Lord Conway's Secretary.
April. 88. Suggestion that a list of the entertainments of the officers in the present expedition should be approved by the Council, and copies thereof be lodged with the Lord Treasurer, the Exchequer, and the Auditors of the Impress.
April. 89. — Borthwick to [Sec. Conway]. Solicits him to procure a letter from the King to Lord Ayr and Lady Swift, to stay all proceedings against Sir Robert Anstruther until his home-coming from his embassy to Denmark. [It appears from the endorsement that the solicited letter was addressed to the Lord President and Council at York.]
April. 90. The Chapter of Worcester to the same. Excuse themselves for not presenting Thomas Archbold to the rectory of Broadwas. On the 14th instant, they concurred in nominating Richard Potter thereto.
[April ?] 91. Notes, in Nicholas's hand, from which were to be prepared minutes of letters to the Deputy Lieutenants, respecting regulations to be enforced at the general muster of the troops at the rendezvous at Portsmouth.
[April ?] 92. Petition of Thomas Johnson, and Jane his wife, to the Commissioners authorized to treat with the Ambassadors of Holland. Petitioners are the aged parents of Timothy Johnson, who was cruelly tortured and put to death at Amboyna. His estate has been proved to be worth 1,500 ryals of eight. Pray that they may receive satisfaction, having set forth their son at their great charge, but having now fallen into poverty. Annexed,
92. i. Inventory of goods of Timothy Johnson seized by the Dutch at Amboyna, in 1622.
[April ?] 93. Note, by Bishop Laud, of Bath and Wells, communicating to Bishop Montaigne, of London, the King's command that he should read over Dr. Sibthorp's sermon, with the objections made to it, and the answers to those objections, and, in conjunction with the Bishopsof Durham, Rochester, Oxford, and Bath and Wells, should report whether he did not think the sermon fit to be printed. Underwritten,
93. i. Opinion of the Bishop of London in favour of printing the sermon.
April. 94. Accompt of arms delivered and remaining in six companies of the regiment of Colonel Sir Edward Conway; with general total of arms delivered to the troops at Plymouth, out of which the 4,000 men now to go forth were to be armed.
[April ?] 95. Proposed new clauses for insertion in a renewed and enlarged charter for the Barber Surgeons. With notes of Lord Keeper Coventry thereon.
[April ?] 96. Observations, by Lord Keeper Coventry, on the new clauses proposed to be inserted in the charter to the Barber Surgeons. On the same paper are minutes by the Lord Keeper of the statutes affecting the practice of medicine, and the charters previously granted to the Barber Surgeons.
April. 97. List of officers of the companies of Sir George Blundell and Sir Thos. York.
[April.] 98. Information against Sir John Browne and Henry Hastings, Deputy Lieutenants, co. Dorset, Thomas Durdall, their conductor, and others, respecting abuses committed by them in the pressing of soldiers.
[April ?] 99. Particular account of amounts due to the officers that went on the Cadiz expedition. Total, 9,108l. 16s.
April. 100. Certificate of the answers of the inhabitants of the ward of Farringdon Without, on St. Sepulchre's side, to the demand of a loan to the King.
April. 101. Similar certificate of the answers of the inhabitants of Farringdon Without, on Fleet Street side.
[April ?] 102. List of such officers as left their companies in the Low Countries to come into the King's service.
April. 103. List of the officers of the seven regiments appointed for the present expedition, authenticated by the signatures of the Council.
April. 104. Similar list, with some variations, and unsigned.
April. 105. Entry made in the Book of Caveats, at the Privy Seal, of the King's pleasure that Giles Thornborough, son of the Bishop of Worcester, should have the first prebend in that cathedral which happened to fall vacant. [Attested copy.]
[April ?] 106. Information touching Mons. Vallienne, a Frenchman, some time servant to Father Giles, formerly the Queen's Almoner, employed to convey letters between France and England. Mons. Sevitt, to whom he has continual recourse, conveyed divers letters into the back of Vallienne's doublet.
April. 107. Statement of the proposals of Sir Geo. — and Mr. Williams for the farming of the customs on wines.