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Charles I - volume 108: June 23-30, 1628

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1628-29. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1859.

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June 23–30, 1628

June 23.
Westminster.
Grant to Sir Thomas Metham of a court leet and free warren, in the manor of Northcave, co York, with liberty to inclose 500 acres for a park. [Coll. Sign. Man., Car. I., Vol. vii., No. 41.]
June 23.
Whitehall.
1. The King to [Sir Miles Fleetwood], Receiver of the Court of Wards. Warrant for payment out of that court, notwithstanding a former warrant of restraint, of an annuity of 2,000l., granted by James I. to John Earl of Bristol, with all arrears thereof. [Unsigned.]
June 23.
Whitehall.
2. Order of the King in Council. It was formerly ordered that provision should be made for 1,500 land soldiers for three months, to be sent for the relief of Rochelle, and on the 14th instant there was an assignation in that behalf of 3,675l. The number of 1,500 is ordered to be made up 4,000, and 9,800l. is to be issued to the victualler for their provision.
June 23.
Whitehall.
3. Order of Council. Sir John Wentworth, by order of June 8, 1627, obtained the loan of the French prize, the Notre Dame, and the pinnace, the St. Peter, for one year. The ships needing repair, and he not having taken any prize, the loan is renewed for another year.
June 23. 4. John Gifford and Samuel Baskervile, Doctors of Physic, to the Council. Certificate that Martin James, son of the late Sir Henry James, has been ill for six months, and that the Bath is likely to do him much good.
June 23.
Tehidie.
5. Francis Bassett to Buckingham. Contradicts report that the Sorlings Islands are taken by the enemy. They have lately received divers alarms. Many of the inhabitants have left, and all would do so but for the commands of Sir Francis Godolphin. The western parts of Cornwall stand nearer in fear than neighbourhood to those islands, having daily ships taken by the French. Particulars of various captures, and of an attempt to land and sack St. Ives. They have taken more than 50 sail between Scilly and the Lizard, and all by poor weak men-of-war. Within these six days an open boat with 20 oars ran aboard two barks close by the Lizard, and carried them. They venture in and on anything, so secure has success made them.
June 23.
Whitehall.
6. Sec. Conway to Sir Robert Rich. That a cause that concerns Mrs. Dorothy Mariner, referred to him by the Lord Keeper, may receive expedition, having been Mrs. Mariner's request when the King was at Portsmouth, and received good usage in her house.
June 23. Minute of the same. [Conway's Letter Book, p. 306.]
June 23. 7. John Millington to his brother, Gilbert Millington, at Felley Abbey, co. Nottingham. A letter found in the Parliament House with this superscription, "Cursed be he that delivers not this Letter to the House." A committee was appointed, and the letter carried to the King. The House, having more business than they can accomplish, have petitioned the King for a session. The King is displeased at the report that he gave the Duke his hand to kiss on his answer to the Remonstrance. The Duke only desired to answer; the King told him it needed not. Has a copy of the Remonstrance, but sends only the heads. Incloses,
7. i. Heads of the Remonstrance, voted in the House of Commons on the 11th inst., with an Abstract of the Remonstrance as ultimately presented on the 17th inst.
June 23.
Antwerp.
8. Robert Perry to Mr. Boswell, at Nantes. Report of news received from England. Something attempted against the Duke by the mariners for want of pay, but nothing as was reported. The fleet returned from Rochelle, but not with that overthrow the French boasted of. Lord Denbigh is said to be in prison. The Parliament goes on well. The King has signed their petition, and they have granted him five subsidies, and say he shall have 15. A vessel that came into Calais brought word that the Duke was degraded from all his offices, for which bonfires made and ringing for joy, the day he came from London, being the 8th present.
June 23. 9. Estimate of the charge of victualling 4,000 soldiers for 84 days. Total, 9,800l.
June 24.
Whitehall.
Proclamation for calling in and suppressing two sermons, preached and printed by Roger Mainwaring, D.D., entitled "Religion and Allegiance." [Coll. Procs., Car. I., No. 87.]
June 24.
Westminster.
Grant to Capt. William Steward of a pension of 200l. per annum, for life. [Coll. Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. vii., No. 42.]
June 24.
Whitehall.
10. The King to Attorney General Heath. The King having delivered to the Duke two great square diamonds, weighing 30 carats and 23 carats, with directions to impawn them for 6,000l., he has accordingly done so, in his own name, to James Maxwell, on condition that the money be repaid on December 18 next, with 240l. interest. The 6,000l. has been received by Thomas Fotherley, and disposed of to several persons to the King's use. The Attorney General is to prepare a discharge to the Duke for the diamonds, and to Thomas Fotherley for the money.
June 24.
Whitehall.
11. The Council to Buckingham. Divers French men-of-war frequenting the Severn daily commit spoil, whereupon the inhabitants of Bristol are willing to bear the charge for the present of setting forth two ships for securing those seas. The Duke is to deal with them for setting forth such ships, letting them know that order is given for repayment of 1,000l., one third part thereof out of the first two subsidies, and the residue out of the last.
June 24. 12. The Council to Sir William Russell. Sir William having retained in his hands 2,600l. of the monies defalked out of seamen's wages for relief of the hurt and maimed, he is required to pay over the same to the feoffees of the chest at Chatham, or to show cause of his refusal.
[June 24.] 13. Petition of the Sailors of the Rainbow, of Aldborough, signing as in a Round Robin, to Sec. Coke. Set forth the reasons which induced them to go ashore out of their ship;—its want of repair; leakage; that she has given more way at sea than any other ship; that the surgeon's chest is not furnished; and the want of money for clothes.
June 24.
The Tower.
14. Sir Paul Harris to Nicholas. Found in the Artillery Garden almost 30 lasts of powder, and going to Mr. Evelyn's storehouse in Southwark, he was at first much daunted with the Council's warrant, and made as if they should not see his storehouse, but afterwards was content, where they found 15 lasts, besides seven that he has lately brought into the Tower. He undertakes to make it up 40 lasts, so he may have payment. He was unwilling they should go to his country house, protesting he has no storehouse there. Is assured the contrary, but till the ceasing of the Parliament holds it not best to urge him too much.
June 24. 15. Indenture, whereby William Bold, chief porter of the Tower of London, demises to Ralph Flavell and Stephen Flavell a messuage within the Bulwark of the Tower, lately legally recovered by the lessor as incident to his office, to hold to the lessees for 50 years, at the yearly rent of 40s.
June 25.
Westminster.
Release to Dr. James Chambers of 50l., a fine in the Court of Wards for the wardship of Arthur Gunter, son and heir of Marie Gunter, deceased, late the second wife of Sir George Gunter, deceased, as also of a yearly rent of 15l. for the ward's lands during his minority. [Coll. Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. vii., No. 43.]
[June 25 ?] 16. Petition of the House of Commons to the King. Sets forth the circumstances of the dispute between De Quester and Lord Stanhope, and prays that Henry Billingsley, who has been 13 weeks a prisoner in the Marshalsea, on the suggestion of De Quester, may be set at liberty. [Underwritten is a note from Henry Earl of Manchester to Sec. Conway, recommending Billingsley's discharge. 1628, June 27.]
June 25. 17. List of the soldiers assigned to each ship of the fleet prepared for Rochelle; with underwritten request of the Duke of Buckingham to Sir Allen Apsley, to dispose of the victuals for the 4,000 landmen, in accordance with that list. [Copy.]
June 25.
Portsmouth.
18. Sec. Coke to Buckingham. Sends perfect list of ships at Portsmouth, and full report of all his proceedings, and of the various stratagems by which the several ships of the fleet had endeavoured to avoid being sent to sea again. Unreasonable demands of the pursers, boatswains, carpenters, and surgeons, of which latter there are very few able men in the fleet. Coke was forced to hire the surgeon of the garrison to look after the sick men set on shore, though the surgeons of the ships haunt the taverns every day. Waste of ammunition. Scarce a gunner but came to Coke's lodging with a bill of his wants, pressing with importunity to have him provide for them, as if the stores of the Tower had been there at his command. Complaints of the supply of victuals. Beer sent to the Garland refused as stinking. On examination, found very good and wholesome, and much better than any at the Admiral's table. The beer had no fault but the unwillingness of the company to go again to sea. Want of seamen. Two mutinies, which had been appeased. He has promised that before they go to sea on any voyage of service they shall receive monies; and if this be not performed all will fall in uproar. Has been there six weeks; has laid out the King's money and his own in an inn, where he has been hunted with sailors, workmen, and pretenders to service, and has been, as in an hospital, among multitudes of sick men. His service is no longer of use, therefore begs to be recalled. Incloses,
18. i. List of ships of various kinds prepared at Portsmouth, with names of commanders, amounts of tonnage, and numbers of ordnance and men.
18. ii. Proportion of materials for the fireworks of one ship, furnished by Capt. John Weddell, being a copy of the paper 1628, June 7, Vol. cvi., No. 65.
June 25. 19. Draft of the list of ships inclosed in the preceding letter, in the handwriting of Sec. Coke.
June 25.
Aboard the St. Andrew.
20. William Earl of Denbigh to Buckingham. Has despatched Sir Henry Palmer to scour the seas betwixt the Downs, the Isle of Wight, and the French coast. He is gone this morning with nine ships. Has been forced to take sailors out of those ships which stay there for manning them, which breeds no small discontent. In most ships they refused to go to sea till they have monies, but he has reasonably pacified the greatest part. Some stand obstinate, but they will be brought to better obedience if he may assure them their monies in reasonable time.
June 25.
Fowley co. York.
21. Sir Thomas Savile to Buckingham. His rude departure out of town was out of fear to approach the Duke's presence from a house infected with small-pox. When he came home could not satisfy himself without a particular, humble, and most thankful acknowledgment of all the Duke's bounties showered upon his house. They are charactered in their hearts and those of their posterity, where, when they meet with a grave, may their house perish from the land and be a house no more, but a pillar of unworthiness. Shall blush to own that fortune, blood, or friend which would not live or die to serve the Duke.
June 25.
Portsmouth.
22. Sec. Coke to Sec. Conway. Refers to his letter of this day to the Duke, and begs to be recalled. The longer he stays there he shall every day see the fleet and voyage go backward, and all his endeavours spent in vain. Time consumes victuals, provisions, and men, and will make that impossible which was in some degree of hope. It is their misfortune that greater distractions in London have been the cause of this loss of time which can hardly be redeemed. Writes out of the fulness of apprehension, but submits in all things to the good pleasure of his Majesty's will.
June 25. 23. Affidavit of George Grosvenor, servant of Martin James, that his master had been ill for six months.
June 26.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay Miles Haynes 600l., for provision of coach-horses for the King and Queen, from May 1, 1627, till June 12, 1628. [Coll. Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. vii., No. 44.]
June 26.
Westminster.
Grant of pardon to Degory Collins for killing of Henry Carter, being for his life only. [Ibid., No. 45.]
June 26. 24. The King's Speech to both Houses of Parliament at the end of the Session.
June 26. 25. Another copy, indorsed by Sec. Coke.
June 26. 26. Another copy, indorsed by Mr. Weckherlin.
June 26. 27. Another copy, in the handwriting of John Millington.
June 26.
Westminster.
28. The King to Sir Allen Apsley, Lieutenant of the Tower. Warrant to set at liberty the persons of Sir Edmund Sawyer, Walter Langdale, and John Trelawney, lately committed to his custody from the Commons House of Parliament.
June 26.
Westminster.
29. The same to Lord Treasurer Marlborough, after whose description as Lord Treasurer the King has interlined "the President of our Council;" the Duke of Buckingham; William Earl of Pembroke, Lord Steward; Philip Earl of Montgomery, Lord Chamberlain; Edward Earl of Dorset, Sec. Conway, Dudley Lord Carleton, Vice Chamberlain; Richard Lord Weston, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Sec. Coke. It being requisite to provide by ripe deliberation for the conservation of Gluckstadt, succouring of Rochelle, providing magazines and stores, and payment of the King's servants; the persons addressed are to assemble and give his Majesty their opinions thereon.
June 26.
Whitehall.
30. Sec. Conway to Sir Allen Apsley. His Majesty is pleased to pay all the charges of the imprisonment of the gentlemen that were committed to the Tower by the House of Commons; and the Lord Treasurer has order to see it performed. [Copy.]
June 26. Minute of the same. [Conway's Letter Book, p. 306.]
June 26.
Portsmouth.
31. John Dymes to Nicholas. The Duke had appointed him Lieutenant of the Nonsuch. Finds Capt. Wilkinson has been put into that office by Lord Denbigh. Requests a letter from the Duke or Nicholas to substantiate his own appointment, or that he may be appointed to the Warspite, which has no officer at all. Last week Capt. Wilkinson's men had him up to throw him overboard, and Lord Denbigh was constrained to go aboard to appease them. They told Lord Denbigh that Wilkinson had served the Spaniards, and was a traitor.
June 26. 32. Certificate of Richard West, Captain of the Vintage, of Sandwich, that he had been ordered to release certain persons taken in a ship from Brazil, of whom the bearer, Domingo Fernandez, was one. All persons are requested to permit him to pass towards his home.
June 27.
Westminster.
Royal assent for Dr. George Montaigne, Bishop of London, to be Archbishop of York, that see being vacant by the death of the late incumbent. [Coll. Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. vii., No. 46.]
June 27.
Westminster.
Grant to Abraham Vanderdort of the office of Keeper of the King's Cabinet-room, at a salary of 80l. per annum, with warrant for payment of 240l. arrears. This Sign Manual is in lieu of that of the 11th inst., on the suggestion of some alterations by the Lord Keeper. [Ibid., No. 47.]
June 27.
Westminster.
Grant to Arthur Winwood of the office of Porter, attending the President and Council in the Marches of Wales, upon surrender of former grant to Greville Gibbes. Latin. [Ibid, No. 48.]
June 27.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Lady Raleigh 3,400l., with interest on 2,400l. thereof, until payment, at 8 per cent., in consideration of a present loan by her to the King, of 4,000l., and the surrender of a pension of 400l. per annum, granted by the late King to Sir Francis Darcy and Sir Nicholas Throgmorton, to her use. [Ibid, No. 49.]
June 27.
Portsmouth.
33. Sec. Coke to Buckingham. Has secured certain chaloupes at Weymouth. Two others to be had at 8l. apiece, but they require present money. Has caused Mr. Cooke and Mr. Boate to survey all the King's ships, and set down their particular wants. Incloses their books, and requests that these things may be sent about with the ships from London.
June 27. 34. Note of sea stores which must be supplied for the King's ships at Portsmouth, for three months, being the draft or a copy of the survey mentioned in the preceding article.
June 27. 35. Demand of carpenter's sea stores for the King's ships at Portsmouth; being a draft or copy of a paper inclosed in the letter of Sec. Coke to Buckingham, of this date.
June 27. 36. Sir Thomas Aylesbury to Buckingham. Recommends Thomas Austen, son of old John Austen, a celebrated master in the navy, as eminently fit for the like office.
June 27.
Fenchurch.
37. Dr. James Meddus to Katherine Viscountess Conway. Conferred with Mr. Paine about the Newfoundland business. Will part with six mares out of nine, which remain in his hands, and also with his presidentship, if John Slaney, the governor of the whole land, consents. Slaney is gone to his land in Shropshire, but shall be spoken to on his return, towards Michaelmas. Hopes of mines of iron and silver in Newfoundland; present profit by fishing, furs, and sarsaparilla.
June 27. 38. Attorney General Heath to Sec. Conway. The indictment is to be preferred against Robert Melvin on the morrow morning. Wishes Capt. Butler and Mr. Good to be sent to his chamber by seven o'clock, and that the person who took the examinations may be in the King's Bench.
June 27.
Lancing.
39. Richard Streater to Nicholas. Sends inventory of the Duke's tenths, received from Capt. William Scras, and wishes order for sale.
June 27.
Hammersmith.
40. Edmund Earl of Mulgrave to Lord Treasurer Marlborough. Sir James Auchterlony is contented to accept 400l. out of the monies to be procured on the Privy Seal. Wishes the Lord Treasurer to let Sir James have a tally for payment of the remaining 400l., out of monies due to the Earl of Mulgrave from the King, out of the alums.
June 27. 41. Note of brass ordnance and field carriages remaining at Plymouth.
June 28.
Westminster.
Protection for Sir George Rivers, Richard Amherst, and Edward Lindsey, for one year, to enable them to pay the remaining debts of Richard late Earl of Dorset. [Coll. Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. vii., No. 50.]
June 28.
Westminster.
Grant of the dignity of a Baronet to Sir William Wray, Knight, of Trebich, co. Cornwall. Latin. [Ibid., No. 51.]
June 28.
Westminster.
Warrant to discharge Sir William Wray of the ordinary payment in respect of the dignity of a Baronet. [Ibid., No. 52.]
June 28. Warrant to pay to James Rosse, one of the Pages of the Bedchamber, 300l., in lieu of a previous grant of Spanish tobacco. [Coll. Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. vii., No. 53.]
June 28.
Westminster.
Grant to Dame Mary Wandesford, widow of Sir George Wandesford, and to William Wandesford, of the surrounded grounds near Hilsea and Portsea, co. Hants, and other surrounded lands in the same county, in consideration of service done by Robert Pamplin, deceased, father to the said Dame Mary, and to Margaret, wife of the said William. Latin. [Ibid., No. 54.]
June 28.
Westminster.
42. The King to the Benchers of Gray's Inn. These times being full of action and danger, true religion being now assaulted in all parts of Christendom, the King's purpose is to make all his subjects well prepared to defend the truth and the kingdom. The example of the gentlemen of the Inns of Court will much conduce to that end; they are therefore to recommend unto them them exercise of archery and arms, encouraging them at their times of recreation to employ themselves especially in horsemanship.
[June 28 ?] 43. Oath taken by George Montaigne, late Bishop of London, on performing homage for the archbishoprick of York.
June 28.
Whitehall.
44. Order of Council, that Nicholas and Mr. Long, Secretary to the Lord Treasurer, should make an estimate of the charge of the whole provisions in this expedition for relief of Rochelle.
June 28.
Portsmouth.
45. Sec. Coke to John Fletcher, Master of the Angel, of Poole. Certificate as to his employment in the late expedition to Rochelle, and the amount due to him, and discharge of his ship from the King's service. [Draft.]
June 28.
St. Martin's Lane.
46. Sir Guilford Slingsby to Nicholas. Recommends Capt. Pendiewe, who desires to go captain of the Maria.
June 28. 47. Capt. John Pennington to the same. For a warrant for Nicholas Tranckmore to be carpenter of the Tenth Lion's Whelp.
June 28. 48. Certificate of Sir Robert Pye, that the last payment to John Earl of Bristol, on his allowance of 6l. per diem as Ambassador Extraordinary to Spain, ended April 30, 1623, and that the Earl had not claimed any allowance for intelligence.
June 29. Grant to Robert Drew and John Kent of the advowson of the rectory of Devizes, of the yearly value of 40l., on their undertaking to add 40l. more, for the maintenance of a sufficient preacher. [Coll. Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. vii., No. 55.]
June 29.
Westminster.
49. The King to Lord Keeper Coventry. Sir John Finch, one of the King's Counsel and Attorney General to the Queen, is to have precedence immediately after the two ancientest of the King's Sergeants, and the King's Attorney and Solicitor General. [Copy.]
June 29. 50. Sec. Conway to Bishop Williams, of Lincoln. In favour of John Maplett, son of a poor man, to be admitted King's scholar in Westminster School. [Copy.]
June 29. Minute of the same. [Conway's Letter Book, p. 306.]
June 29.
Portsmouth.
51. Sec. Coke to Sec. Conway. Hears that the ships at London will not be ready to join with the fleet at Portsmouth these three weeks. Fears for his health in that loathsome place, subject to ague, and the infection of so many poor sailors. It will be a charity to procure his discharge, or some liberty to go and return.
June 30.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to John Doughty and John Barker, both of Bristol, 1,000l., towards setting forth two ships for guarding those parts. [Coll. Sign. Man., Car. I., Vol. vii., No. 56.]
June 30. Docquet of the same.
June 30.
Westminster.
Grant to Henry Earl of Manchester, Lord President, of the office of Lord Privy Seal, during pleasure, with the fee of 20s. per diem. Latin. [Ibid., No. 57.]
June 30. Duplicate of the preceding; perhaps rendered necessary by some erasures. [Ibid., No. 58.]
June 30. Grant of the dignity of Baronet to John Trelawney, of Trelawney, co. Cornwall. [Ibid., No. 59.]
June 30. Docquet of the same.
June 30. Discharge to John Trelawney of money ordinarily payable for his said dignity. [Ibid., No. 60.]
June 30. Docquet of the same.
June 30.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Sir Allen Apsley, Surveyor of Marine Victuals, 9,800l., for victualling 4,000 land soldiers for 84 days. [Ibid, No. 61.]
June 30. Docquet of the same.
June 30.
Westminster.
Protection for John Middleton, of Horsham, co. Sussex, for one year. [Ibid., No. 62.]
June 30. Docquet of the same.
June 30.
Westminster.
Presentation of George Stanhope, D.D., one of the King's Chaplains in Ordinary, to the rectory of Weldrake, in the diocese of York. Latin. [Coll. Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. viii., No. 1.]
June 30. Docquet of the same.
June 30. Docquet of grant to Robert Drew and John Kent. [See Sign Man., 1628, June 29.]
June 30. The like of grant to James Rosse. [See Sign Man., 1628, June 28.]
June 30.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to the Cofferers of the Household 365l. yearly, for a diet of five dishes of meat for Dr. Lister, one of the physicians to the Queen. [Coll. Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. viii., No. 2.]
June 30. Docquet of the same.
June 30.
Westminster.
Grant to Sir Allen Apsley and Allen Apsley, his son, of the office of Custos Brevium in the Court of Common Pleas, after the deaths of Thomas Spencer and Sir Henry Compton. Latin. [Ibid., No. 3.]
June 30. Presentation of William Craddock to the rectory of Stangrave, in diocese of York. [Docquet.]
June 30. Warrant to the Great Wardrobe for necessaries for his Majesty's chapel, according to former precedent, procured by the Bishop of Bath and Wells. [Docquet.]
June 30. The King to the Master and Fellows of Peter House, in Cambridge. To admit John Francius, lately Professor at Frankfort, to be a fellow of that house on the first vacancy, according to a former letter in that behalf. [Docquet.]
June 30.
The Strand.
52. Sir Francis Nethersole to Elizabeth Queen of Bohemia. Will give a short account of the issue of the session of Parliament. It met with a very great rub about the Bill of Tonnage and Poundage. Having been used to be granted for life to all the Kings since Henry VII., and the late King having laid divers impositions above those granted by Parliament, both which have been since taken by the present King, the House of Commons had now a disposition to have given as much as the King thus receives, but to have done it with certain alterations, as well for ease of trade as for preservation of the right of the subject. This would have required time to settle, wherefore they desired to pass a temporary Act; this the King would not accept, whereupon the Commons prayed the King to adjourn and not prorogue the Parliament, so that any bill hereafter to be passed might have relation to the first day of the Session. The King not consenting, the Commons prepared a Remonstrance. On Thursday morning the Speaker was kept at Court till nine o'clock, and it was given out in Westminster Hall and at Court that there was to be an adjournment. As the House of Commons was reading the engrossed Remonstrance they were sent for by the King, who made the speech inclosed, and put an end to the Session. The Parliament-men have gone away much discontented, the rather that the persons put into the Tower by the Commons were delivered the same day. It is said, also, that Dr. Mainwaring is absolved from his suspension, which Sir Francis hardly believes. Mr. Long, one of the hottest men against the Duke, is sued in the Star Chamber for having been absent from his county in Parliament whilst sheriff. Strange animosity in the House of Commons against the Duke, shown by Dalbier having been ill-handled there, and by a Bill for the naturalization of Gerbier having been in danger to have been cast out before it ever had reading. Customary parliamentary pardon refused to be passed lest his Grace could not have been questioned thereafter for the offences laid to his charge last Parliament. Libellous letter found in the House of Commons taken to the King, and by him burnt. Believed to have related to the Queen of Bohemia, and to have proceeded from the Jesuits. The Petition of Right is printing, with the two former answers, and the speech of his Majesty the last day of the Session, which will give further discontentment. Incloses,
52. i. The King's Speech on the prorogation of the Parliament.
[June 30.] 53. Petition of all the Posts of England, being in number 99 poor men, to the Council. Divers of them lie in prison, and many are daily threatened to be arrested for their great debts, which they are in for want of their entertainment being unpaid ever since November 1621, which now ariseth to 22,626l. 19s. 3d. Pray for present supply, and a certain course of payment hereafter.
June 30.
Aboard the St. Andrew.
54. William Earl of Denbigh to Buckingham. Received his directions to send ships for guarding the parts about the Isle of Wight. Finds the ships so weakly manned that he should hardly adventure them to sea, but the seamen will not go to sea until they have monies. He has endeavoured to draw them to obedience, but his labour is to no purpose. Has appointed two private men-of-war for transporting Sir Philip Carteret. The King's ketch went thence on the 22nd for landing Mons. Le Goslirre, and is not yet returned. Fears she has miscarried by some accident.
June 30. 55. Officers of the Navy to the same. Have examined the information given against Capt. Prynne by the Master and Purser of the St. Anthony, and find his carriage both negligent and full of abuses. He has sold beer and other victuals, and few of his company lodge aboard, but come at their pleasures and take their victuals. Is insensible that what he has done is amiss, and makes sport of it. The Master and Purser both very inefficient, and had the Captain been subtle, and kept good quarter with them, would have left the discovery to time, and shared the profit. The ship is one of those laden with provisions to be convoyed to Portsmouth and Plymouth.
June 30.
Portsmouth.
56. Sec. Coke to the Owners of the Sarah, of Jersey. Certificate, setting forth the employment of their ship to enable them to receive their pay.
June 30.
Woodbridge.
57. Edward Jones to Capt. John Parkinson. His Lieutenant and Ensign were right nobly brought to the ground, and had a sermon, and his company to go before them, with some of the train band, and most of the chiefest men of the town with their wives to follow, but they are not yet covered with mould, for the coroner has not yet sat on them. Neither country nor town will do more for his soldiers. Sir Harry Glemham says he cannot nor will not. If not relieved, they must sell their arms as the Beecles soldiers did not long since.
June 30. 58. Information of John Taylor, touching the refusal of Mr. Delabarre to deliver up his ship till a course were taken for satisfying his old debts from his Majesty.
June 30. 59. Statement of Richard Whyte, master of the Harry, of Gosport, of the employment of his ship in the expedition to Rochelle, and the money and provisions received.
[June 30.] 60. Information of James Master, that Matthew Burley told him that Thomas Scott, one of the burgesses for Canterbury, said the people were simple to let the soldiers be so long there, and denied to billet any himself.
June 30.
Highgate.
61. — Paine to Doctor Medouce [James Meddus]. Wishes him not to speak with Lord or Lady Conway about the matter of Newfoundland until he has spoken to him again. Will write to the Governor, and communicate his answer to Lord Conway. [Underwritten is a note respecting a silver mine discovered in Newfoundland by one Phillips, "a Scotch and mineral man," residing with Sir William or Mr. William Alexander.]
June 30. 62. Dr. Thomas Rives to his cousin Nicholas. Has perused the depositions concerning the St. Anthony, and finds nothing whereupon to ground an appeal.
[June ?]
Whitehall.
63. The King to the Vice Chancellor, Regents, and Non-regents of the University of Cambridge. To admit Thomas Taylor [of Aldermanbury, chaplain to Sec. Conway], to the degree of Doctor of Divinity. [Perhaps copy of a suggested letter.]
[June ?] 64. The same to the same. [Copy of a letter, perhaps proposed to be sent for the same purposes as the preceding.]
[June ?] 65. Spencer Lord Compton to the King. Statement of things which he prays his Majesty to do for him on his resigning his place [of Master of the Robes]:—I. That the bills due to tradesmen may be paid. II. That he may have a quietus for jewels delivered, according to the King's command, both in Spain and elsewhere. III. That 5,500l. due from Buckingham, but the payment of which the King took upon himself, may be paid, part being for land by Burley, which the Duke has, and is to have assured upon his son. IV. That, in token of the King's satisfaction with the service of Lord Compton, he may be joined with his father in the lieutenancies of Warwickshire and Gloucestershire. V. That he may be continued in the privilege of access to his Majesty.
[June ?] 66. Draft of an intended Answer to the Remonstrance of the House of Commons, presented to the King on the 17th inst., drawn up by Bishop Laud, and in his handwriting. It was never published.
[June ?] 67. Copy of the same, made from a copy which contained in an indorsement Bishop Laud's history of this document. He prepared it at the King's request, and it was handed to Lord Weston to frame a preface to it. In the meantime, the King altered his mind as to its publication. In 1635, after the death of Lord Weston, the draft was given back to Bishop Laud by Lord Weston's, or, according to his subsequent title, the Earl of Portland's, son.
[June ?] 68. Nicholas's notes of business to be brought before the Council by Buckingham:—I. A Lord offered to victual the Repulse and the Mary Rose for six months at his own charges; the Council were to be moved for order therein. II. Whether 15 ships should go to sea before the rest of the fleet, and, if so, where should be the rendezvous?
[June ?] 69. Similar note to procure an assignment for the Ordinary of the Navy, so that preparations might be made for a guard for the Narrow Seas when the fleet shall be gone.
[June ?] 70. Similar minutes of Motions to be made by Buckingham in the Council of War; for order that none go masters in their own ships; that captains be supplied in place of Squibb and Philpot, and for a return from the Surveyor of Marine Victuals respecting victuals in preparation.
June. 71. Sir John Maynard to Buckingham. Vindicates himself from Buckingham's suspicions that he had been unfaithful to him during the last Session of Parliament. Justifies his conduct with respect to the Jesuit's letter found at Clerkenwell and the treatment of Dalbier. There are 60 Parliament-men can witness that he lay at them perpetually to waive the Remonstrance. He took off many lawyers from naming the Duke, and pawned his reputation that the Duke would be a good instrument of the Commonwealth. Before the Parliament the Duke gave him commission to converse with the Duke's enemies, and write what he pleased. Published a discourse to show that the Duke was not an Arminian, and annexed reasons why the Parliament should not meddle with him. Left his discourse in several preachers' hands, and noticed that the preciser sort inclined to moderation till the King first answered the Petition of Right.
June. 72. William Viscount Mansfield to the same. Reports the result of a treaty with Viscount Newark for the purchase of an honour. He was willing to part with a reasonable sum of money, but could not be induced to sell land to Dr. Moore, having made a solemn vow to the contrary. With reference to a dispute between Sir John Savile and the writer, respecting a keepership which Sir John would not part with except in exchange for certain land belonging to the writer or his mother, the writer begs that things may stand between them as at first. He would do anything in the world rather than that, and his mother will not part with the land, being the only testimony left her by her sister Jane Countess of Shrewsbury. He is a northern man, and if there be a deadly feud between him and Sir John Savile he hopes the Duke will pardon it.
[June ?] 73. Eliza Lady Falkland to Sec. Conway. On behalf of a servant of Sir Philip Carteret, who, bringing over some tobacco for his master's use, had it stopped in the Custom House. His master not yet come to solicit for himself.
[June ?] 74. D. Portius and Nicholas Geerelo to the same. In December last they came hither from Holland, and were sent to Scilly, to strengthen the same. Have returned for six weeks. Pray for the recompence of 500 guilders, the same that has been given to their fellow engineers.
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Brancepeth.
75. John Cosin to Bishop Laud of Bath and Wells. Licentious libels, lately printed without licence, have made him the subject of every man's censure. Has resolved to make no other answer but "Dixi custodiam." Do what he can he shall be censured still. Beseeches the King to continue his gracious protection over him, and the Bishop to be a means of the same. Replies to accusations of altering the Common Prayer Book, arising out of some marginal directions, written at the request of Bill and Norton, to be a help in amending faults for which they had been a little before schooled by the Bishop, and also to a complaint of his having advised the adding of the Ordination Book to the Prayer Book, which was grounded upon the Stat. 8 Elizabeth, cap. 1., which revives the Stat. of Edward VI., whereby that book was annexed to the Book of Common Prayer. Calls these things to the Bishop's remembrance that he may make use thereof for satisfying great persons, who, for want of knowing these things, may peradventure take exception at what is done. Is now resident upon his parsonage of Brancepeth, which he cannot name without thanks to the Duke and the Bishop, by whose goodness he enjoys it.
[June.] 76. Hannibal Potter to Lady Walter. Wishes her to acquaint Lord Conway with the grounds of his defence in the suit between Mr. Stephens and himself. Hopes at her request Lord Conway will let cause contend with cause, and reason with reason.
[June ?] 77. Lieutenant and other Officers of the Ordnance to the Council. Report the quantity of powder (49 lasts and 12 lbs.) remaining in the hands of the merchants and the East India Company. Have drawn them to be content to sell at the rate of 5l. 5s. per barrel or hundred weight for ready money.
[June ?] 78. Petition of Dirick Petersen and others, owners of the Black Dog, of Rotterdam, to the same. In a voyage from London to the coast of Barbary, their ship was intercepted by Capts. John Steevens and John Nutt, and brought into Southampton. The Admiralty has adjudged only one sixteenth to the captors as lawful prize, but they have appealed to the Court of Delegates, and have caused the ship to be pressed for the King's service. Petitioners having given security, pray for letters of assistance in discharge of the impressment.
[June ?] 79. Minutes of various Petitions to be submitted to the King. They are from Lord Caulfield's servant, for a supply of powder for Ireland; from Tristram Flower, for a grant to be Surveyor of castles and forts in several counties; from Sir Miles Fleetwood, for allowance of 20s. in the 100l. on payments made out of the Court of Wards; from Hugh Terrell, Henry Bold, John Reading, Thomas Bushell, Lady Molyneux, John Bolles, for a baronetage; Mr. Hardaret, Peter Delauney, preacher to the French congregation in Norwich, that he may be presented to the rectory of Stanford Rivers, granted to him by the late King, in recompence for his translating the English Liturgy into French; Henry Campian and Isaac Campian, Sir Robert Vernon, Humphrey Rogers, his Majesty's servant, and John Merideth, for the benefit of lands concealed on the deaths of Sir Thomas Middlecoats and Miles Garthwaite, both of co. Lincoln.
[June ?] 80. Minutes of many of the same Petitions as are mentioned in the preceding article, with the addition of petitions from the two Dutch engineers lately employed in Scilly [D. Portius and Nicholas Geerelo]; from Margaret Praulfe, for letters patent to collect 200l., for redemption of her husband, long a prisoner with the Turks; from Rebecca Burton; the merchant strangers of the intercourse in London, for freedom from payment of the subsidies lately granted under an old treaty with the house of Burgundy; and from John Seager, for the vicarage of Bovey Tracy, in co. Devon.
June. 81. "List of the Strength of the Army at present." Fourteen regiments are enumerated, with a total of 7,307 men. The names are mentioned of the several captains, with the numbers of many of their companies.
[June ?] 82. List of ships probably taken up in London for carriage of provisions to Portsmouth for the pending expedition to Rochelle.
[June ?] 83. List of persons apparently suggested as captains for the fleet, with brief notes of their service.
[June ?] 84. Advice as to the character of the ships proper to be used in attacking the palisado at Rochelle, and the weapons and other things necessary for the sailors, and for the preservation of the ships. Fr.
[June ?] 85. Estimate of the quantities of provisions required for victualling 5,000 men for 168 days.