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Charles I - volume 120: November 1-16, 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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November 1–16, 1628

Nov. 1. 1. Petition of Deacons Bull, Firemaster of the Army in the expeditions to Cadiz and Rhé, to the King. Petitioner's services in the wars of the Queen of Bohemia, and in the expeditions above mentioned. At Rhé he lost his right arm, and received 18 wounds, incredibly escaping with life. Was to have gone captain of the Antelope to Rochelle, but at the last put off by the new general and left to the King. Is behind of his pay for his services 400l. Prays for a gift of the prize ship, the Hunter, lying at Blackwall. [Underwritten is a reference to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, to certify the value of the desired gift.]
Nov. 1. 2. Petition of the same to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. To certify on his behalf so that he may obtain the ship mentioned in the preceding article.
Nov. [1 ?] 3. Petition of Anthony Finch, late captain of the Seahorse, to the same. Being in a small ship of 10 pieces of ordnance with 32 men, he was set upon by 10 Dunkirk men-of-war, with whom he fought 10 hours, and after sinking one of them, with loss of five men, he came safe to shore. The Duke taking notice of the thing done made him commander of his said ship for wafting the Iceland men. Prays for the command of the St. Mary, or some other fitting ship.
Nov. 1.
Sergeants' Inn.
4. Sir Thomas Richardson, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, to Sec. Conway. Sends the case concerning Mr. Thorold. The writer and his brethren shall be very glad to receive his Majesty's directions whether all the judges should meet upon it or no. They will be careful according to their duties to do nothing therein but what shall be approved by his Majesty in his royal wisdom and judgment. Incloses,
4. i. Statement of the case of Markham Thorold, certified by Chief Justice Richardson and Justices Hutton, Harvey, and Yelverton. Mary Havers, of the age of 13, was stolen away by Thorold, and a secret marriage alleged between them. The pretended marriage having been dissolved by the Court of Delegates, Havers was married to John Holden and had issue. Thorold now called in question the decision of the Court of Delegates.]
Nov. 1.
Stanway.
5. Sir Richard Tracy to Sec. Conway. Begs that he may be appointed Sheriff this year, having provided himself to serve the place.
Nov. 1.
Blandford.
6. Deputy Lieutenants of co. Dorset to Theophilus Earl of Suffolk. Lord Lieutenant. Send return of the strength of their trained bands, with notice of their several defects. The county has in a manner wholly denied to pay the allowance to Capt. Prust, the Muster-master.
Nov. 2. 7. Petition of John Bell, clerk, to the King. Petitioner having been parson of Selsecomb [Seddlescomb ?], co. Sussex, for 16 years, and of good life and conversation, saving only some late crimes of incontinency, having voluntarily and publicly in the congregation with great penitency confessed the same, and the preaching ministers in the parts adjoining commiserating his lapses, and desiring his continuance among them, petitioner prays for a warrant to the Attorney General to draw up a pardon, so that petitioner, with his wife and seven children, be not utterly undone. [Underwritten is a reference accordingly.] Annexed,
7. i. Certificate of Marmaduke Burton, rector of Crowhurst, Thomas Lord, vicar of Salehurst, and 12 others of the neighbouring clergy, in testimony of the good literature and other good qualities of the petitioner, and their desire of his continuance in his charge. 1628, September 15.
7. ii. Certificate, in the petitioner's behalf, from F. Jones, rector of St. Nicholas Acon, and seven other clergymen of London.
Nov. 2. 8. George Colt to William Weld, secretary to Lord Conway. Acknowledgment of being indebted 30l., with promise to pay the same on February 1, 1629.
Nov. 3.
Westminster.
Congé d'elire to the Dean and Chapter of York to elect an Archbishop, that see being void by the death of the last incumbent. Latin. [Coll. Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. ix., No. 61.]
Nov. 3. Docquet of the same.
Nov. 3. The King to the Dean and Chapter of York. To elect Samuel Harsnet, Bishop of Norwich, to be Archbishop of York. [Docquet.]
Nov. 3. Warrant to pay to John Hawkins, one of the Clerks of the Council, 100l., for secret service. [Docquet.]
Nov. 3. Pardon to Henry Blackhead for taking a purse on the highway from Edward Spencer about twelve years since. [Docquet.]
Nov. 3. Warrant to discharge the late Duke of Buckingham, late Master of the Horse, of 400l., by him received for provision of horses for his Majesty's service; and likewise to pay to Miles Haynes, Dutchman, 519l. 5s., in full satisfaction of the said account. [Docquet.]
Nov. 3.
Bristol.
9. Mayor of Bristol to the Council. William Owfield, captain of a man-of-war of that port, took lately a small French man-of-war of 20 tons, having on board 28 men. Recommends Captain Owfield, and requests directions what to do with the captured Frenchmen.
Nov. 3. 10. Sec. Conway to Lord Keeper Coventry. Sir Richard Grenville, a noble knight and colonel, has interested himself in a cause of Lady Howard's, that is to be heard on the morrow. Sir Richard has intreated the Secretary to beg that the cause may not be further delayed.
Nov. 3. Minute of the same. [Conway's Letter Book, p. 318.]
Nov. 4.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Philip Burlamachi 10,000l., for provision for 2,000 men, and for the entertainment of their officers, for three months. [Coll. Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. ix., No. 62.]
Nov. 4. 11. Petition of Ayles [Alice], wife of Peter Cannon, to the Lords Commissioners for the Admiralty. In the absence of her husband in the action at Rochelle, prays that he may be appointed of the four Masters of the Navy.
Nov. 4.
From his Captivity.
12. Mons. de Bremond to Sec. Conway. Begs him to believe that he can and will render important service. Has petitioned his Majesty to send him to the army before Rochelle, and begs Conway to support the writer's supplication. Annexed,
12. i. The same to the King. Is able to destroy the dike and palisade at Rochelle with no other loss than that of wood and powder. His quality of priest has led to doubts of his devotion, but begs he may be sent to the army with order for such things as are necessary. Winchester, November 4, 1628.
Nov. 5. Confirmation of a licence of the late King to James Maxwell, for export of 18,000 dickers of calf skins within 21 years, on payment of 5s. per dicker. And also a licence to export 18,000 dickers more within 21 years after expiration of the former licence. [Docquet.]
Nov. 5. Grant to Rowland Roberts of the offices of Keeper of his Majesty's Wardrobes at Royston and Newmarket, with such fees as Jeremy Ross, deceased, had and enjoyed for keeping the wardrobes at Royston and Hinchinbrook. [Docquet.]
Nov. 5. Direction to the Lord Chief Justice and Justices of Common Pleas, that the fee of 4d. for a warrant of attorney, besides the due fee, and the fee of 4d. for a copy of the entry of the King's silver, in the said Court, shall surcease, and that the fee of 4d. in the Filacer's Office upon every first capias shall be forborne, but by his Majesty's special direction. [Docquet.]
Nov. 5. Warrant to pay to Sec. Conway 200l., disbursed by his Majesty's special commandment for secret service. [Docquet.]
Nov. 5. The like to pay to Philip Burlamachi 10,000l.; see Sign Man., 1628, November 4. [Docquet.]
Nov. 5. The like to pay to William Earl of Pembroke and others of the Council the several sums by them lent for supply of his Majesty's present occasions, amounting in the whole to 3,000l. [Docquet.]
Nov. 5. The like to pay to Edward Trelawney 200l., as of his Majesty's free gift. [Docquet.]
Nov. 5. Pardon to John Swetman for stealing a grey mare, the party of whom she was stolen being unwilling he should die, and it being his first offence. [Docquet.]
Nov. 5. Grant to George Wollett of an almsroom belonging to Trinity College, Cambridge. [Docquet.]
Nov. 5. Grant to Christopher Sands, at the nomination of Humphrey Rogers, one of the Pages of the Bedchamber, of the estate of Miles Sands, outlawed for killing John Birkhead. [Docquet.]
Nov. 5.
Whitehall.
13. Order of Council for setting forth the King's ships, Assurance and Adventure, to guard the Narrow Seas.
Nov. 5.
Whitehall.
14. The like order, that the Rainbow and Bonaventure, now at Plymouth, be brought about to Chatham, to be repaired; and that the St. Mary, prize, be fitted for sea, at Plymouth.
Nov. 5. 15. Petition of Katherine Duchess of Lennox, Mary Countess of Levingston, Matthew Ireton, and others, inhabitants adjoining the house of the Countess of Castlehaven, in Drury Lane, to the Council. The Countess of Castlehaven is grown not well in her senses, living alone, in so much that lately she had like to have fired her own house. Her brother, Lord Noel, having been desired to take some course whereby petitioners might live in safety, he answered that the Countess was another's man wife, and that he could not do anything without a special order from their Lordships. Pray that he may have such order.
Nov. 5. 16. Petition of Sir Anthony Irby to the Council. A petition was formerly exhibited by Widow Chapman and her son (she being since deceased), complaining of Sir Anthony's holding lands which appertained to her by way of dower, and alleging her son to be heir, which, in truth, he is not. Prays that he may be referred to a legal course, or that the Council will view the evidences.
Nov. 5.
Plymouth.
17. Sir James Bagg to the same. Wrote, on October 25 and November 1, that the ten victuallers were ready for the first wind, and giving information of a Dutch fleet of 130 sail bound for France, 12 of which were laden with pitch and tar (as supposed) under their deals, with masts. Requested directions as to staying the whole fleet or those so laden. Supposes it agrees with his duty to stay such as are so laden, and intends to do so, but desires their commands. Reports his proceedings since his return from London. Hastens his letter with a relation taken from Capt. Button, who arrived that day in the Fifth Whelp from Rochelle. Hopes the fleet is past by to Portsmouth. Damage done to the ten victuallers lying there by a storm. Incloses,
17. i. Relation of Capt. William Button, captain of the Fifth Whelp, concerning what passed in the fleet at Rochelle since October 5, 1628. Fireships sent into our fleet by the French in the night of October 11. Attack ordered by the Lord General, but defeated by the wind failing. Another attack ordered on 19th, but the attempt could not be made for want of wind. On 22nd news came of the surrender of Rochelle. On 25th order for all the ships to return to England as soon as the wind would allow. On 28th a great storm, which did considerable damage to the fleet. On October 31 the Admiral set sail for Portsmouth. On October 24 the King of France entered Rochelle; 200 English sent aboard the fleet. Five hundred men appointed to slight the walls. Sir James Scott and Sir Thomas Fryer, went into the town, and were well received. Three days after the surrender passage was opened to get within the dike. Most of the French who were in the English fleet, except Capts. Foran and Bragneau, went into Rochelle.
Nov. 5.
Plymouth.
18. Sir James Bagg to Nicholas. Sends copy of the preceding letter, and Capt. Button's relation. Sir John Drake refused the warrant, and is posted to London. Bagg knows he cannot suffer where Nicholas is. Will no sooner hear of the fleet's passing by, but will upon Nicholas's gelding, and to him. Dr. Wakeman, in Lord Newport's parsonage, is yet living. Should be glad that Nicholas's brother should have it upon easy conditions. Inclosed,
18. i. Sir James Bagg to the Council of this date. [Copy.]
Nov. 6. 19. Petition of John Durrant to the Council. On a petition exhibited by Thomas Bowd, Deputy Alnager for Norfolk, against the present petitioner and Edward Colfer, of Lincoln's Inn, petitioner was attached by a messenger, and brought up near 100 miles. He and several of his neighbours have several days attended their Lordships. Prays that he may be permitted to come to his answer.
Nov. 6. 20. Petition of Capt. Richard Quaile to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. When the St. Mary was taken the King conferred the command on the petitioner, who, with other adventurers, set her forth under letters of marque. She was afterwards taken up for the Isle of Rhé, and on her return was cast away in Catwater. At petitioner's great cost and labour he weighed her up, and saved all that belonged to his Majesty, but with the loss of six months' provisions for 150 men, which has almost made petitioner a beggar. By reason of sickness taken by overlabouring himself in setting forth the pinks, he was prevented going to Rochelle, but being now almost recovered, he prays for employment.
Nov. 6.
Portsmouth.
21. William Towerson, jun., to Sec. Conway. This day, between 11 and 12 at noon, arrived the Eighth and Ninth Whelps, who sailed with the whole fleet from Rochelle on October 31, and the same night lost them in a great storm. Rochelle was surrendered to the King of France on October 26.
Nov. 6. 22. Sir Thomas Walsingham to Nicholas. The Flemings still land people in by creeks at "Oure and Harte," and also at Halstow, and bring in prohibited goods. Begs a warrant to prevent the like hereafter. Hears Sir John Houard [Hayward in the indorsement] has made sale of those things. Begs a warrant against him, Adam Askew, and William Segar.
Nov. 7.
Westminster.
Grant to John Clayton of the office of Custos Rotulorum of Leeds, so long as he is Recorder of the said borough. [Coll. Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. ix., No. 63.]
Nov. 7. Docquet of the same.
Nov. 7.
Westminster.
Grant to James Marquis of Hamilton of the office of Master of the Horse, during pleasure. Latin. [Ibid., No. 64.]
Nov. 7. Docquet of the same.
Nov. 7. Grant to Merial Pamplyn, relict of Robert Pamplyn, Yeoman of the Robes, of a pension of 61l. 6s. 8d., during life. [Docquet.]
Nov. 7. Pardon to Stephen Rodway for such offences in his Majesty's Coronation pardon as are not capital. [Docquet.]
Nov. 7. Confirmation of assignments made by his Majesty's lessees in trust to William Blacker and John Thomas, of the site of the manor of Gillingham, co. Dorset, and of a messuage in co. Carnarvon, of [at ?] the yearly rent of 11l. 18s. 6d., and a grant in reversion thereof to Humphrey Chambers and Richard Collins, in consideration of a fine of 370l., and double the former rent. [Docquet.]
Nov. 7. Grant to Walter Montagu, James Montagu, George Montagu, and William Walley, of an office for registering original writs issuing out of the Court of Chancery, with a fee of fourpence for each writ. [Docquet.]
Nov. 7. Warrant to the Treasurer of the Chamber, for the usual reward to the Yeomen and Grooms of his Majesty's Buckhounds, from Midsummer to Michaelmas last. [Docquet.]
Nov. 7. 23. Petition of Andrew Stone to the Council. By importunity of some of the salters of London, by reason of the present scarcity of flax, as appears by their annexed certificate, petitioner imported some small quantities thereof, which the Eastland merchants have complained. Petitioner has endeavoured to give them satisfaction, but they being unreasonable in their demands, he prays the Council to take order for his relief. Annexed,
23. i. Certificate of John Pope and four others, salters of London, above referred to.
Nov. 7. 24. Sec. Conway to the Captains of the Eighth and Ninth Whelps. His Majesty, understanding of their arrival at Portsmouth, has commanded the Secretary to require them to take post-horses, and make all haste they can to the Court. [Copy.]
Nov. 7. Minute of the same. [Conway's Letter Book, p. 318.]
Nov. 7.
Portsmouth.
25. Sir Francis Willoughby to Sec. Conway. Being that day arrived, informs the Secretary that the necessity of the troops is such, that if speedy order be not taken for their relief, notwithstanding the Lord General's order at their departure from the coast of France, they will all be landed. Shall use his best endeavour to prevent it.
Nov. 9. 26. Petition of Charles Halloway, of the Inner Temple, to the Council. Sir John Mason, a counsellor of estate to Edward VI., having been a great benefactor to Christ's Hospital at Abingdon, founded by that King, it was ordained by the statutes which Sir John was authorized to make for that foundation, that the Auditor of the same should be Recorder of the town. On the death of Walter Dayrell, petitioner was elected Auditor and Recorder, but the present Mayor and certain of the burgesses have deposed the petitioner, and superelected Thomas Teisdall. Pray that the Mayor and the other parties may be sent for to give account of their proceedings.
Nov. 9.
Portsmouth.
27. Kenrick Edisbury to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. Sudden arrival of the fleet, and distress of the soldiers on board, having in some ships wanted beer three weeks already, and in most of them for 10 or 12 days. About 24 ships have already come into harbour, and divers others are in sight. No service can be done to lessen the King's charge till the landsmen be discharged, and means provided to victual the seamen that must carry the ships about, and to make the rest subsist there. They purpose to pay some ships on Tuesday, and to take muster to-morrow of all the companies on board. The medium of the full companies will amount to 33,500l. for six months. Prays supplies and instructions. The seamen are much joyed with the Lord Treasurer's care to pay them so suddenly.
Nov. 10.
Westminster.
Presentation, sede vacante, of Thomas Paske, D.D., to the prebend of Ulleskelf, in the Cathedral Church of York. Latin. [Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. x., No. 1.]
Nov. 10.
Westminster.
Grant to Sir William Saint Ravy, Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, of a pension of 200l. per annum. Latin. [Ibid., No. 2.]
Nov. 10.
Yateley.
28. Robert Earl of Sussex to Sec. Conway. Being sick, the Earl requests the Secretary to move the King for his absolute resolution concerning the forts at Harwich. P.S.—The Earl of Warwick has offered him a sum of money both for the forts and his Lieutenancy of Essex. Has Lord North's letter to testify the same.
Nov. 10.
Portsmouth.
29. William Towerson, junior, to the same. Delivered his letter to the captains of the Eighth and Ninth Whelps, but they informed Lord Morton of all passages, knowing themselves not able to give such ample relation as he could. Arrival of various ships, but not of the Lord General. Mr. Carleton, his secretary, is just arrived from Plymouth, who reports that a victualler left him some leagues to the westward of the Seames, with some 20 sail of ships, collecting the ships which were lost in the storm. P.S.—Capt. Jewell has stayed divers Flemings at Cowes. The Garland has just arrived, and the Lord General "by all imaginations" is seen to the westward of the Isle of Wight. The Secretary's son, Ralph Conway, has arrived, and will hasten to him. Incloses,
29. i. A list of King's ships arrived at Portsmouth.
Nov. 10.
Ostenhanger.
30. Thomas Lord Strangford and Sir Richard Sondes to Philip Earl of Montgomery, Lord Lieutenant of Kent. Have taken a view of the county's charges in the Lathe of St. Augustine for billeting soldiers. The poor farmers and victuallers are earnest suppliants for their pay. Inclose,
30. i. Account of charges for billeting soldiers in the Lathe of St. Augustine, co. Kent, specifying the amount due in every hundred, and indicating the numbers of soldiers and the times for which they were billeted; total due, 2,843l. 0s. 7d.
30. ii. Abstract of the above account.
Nov. 10. 31. Account of seizures and other droits within the Vice Admiralty of Yorkshire, presented by Francis Gargrave, deputy to Edmund Earl of Mulgrave, Vice Admiral.
Nov. 11. Grant to Sir John Swinton of a pension of 200l. per annum, for his life. [Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. x., No. 3.]
Nov. 11.
Donington.
32. Henry Earl of Huntingdon to the Council. Reports on the state of the train bands of cos. Leicester and Rutland. Imperfections of the horse. Sends list of defaulters.
Nov. 11.
Londesborough.
33. Francis Earl of Cumberland and Henry Lord Clifford to the same. Report on the military condition of Northumberland, Cumberland, and Westmoreland, the counties in their Lieutenancy. The service sticks only in Northumberland, the other two counties being provided, although not altogether, with the full numbers of horse required. Inclose returns from Deputy Lieutenants of Northumberland and Cumberland. From Westmoreland they have only heard that their arms are in readiness. Inclosed,
33. i. Deputy Lieutenants of Cumberland to Henry Lord Clifford. Have agreed of a list of 40 horse and 250 foot as Westmoreland has done, and have provided arms for both. It would be difficult to advance the horse to 50 unless they might have help from the clergy. For mustering they submit the time of year and the lateness of the harvest are against it. Carlisle, October 8, 1628.
33. ii. Deputy Lieutenants of Northumberland to Francis Earl of Cumberland and Henry Lord Clifford. It is not possible to raise the required number of horse and foot in that county, but by charging the lands at the old rents, which they gave directions to do. A part were contented and paid the money, but the greatest part will not do so, excepting against its legality. Not daring to proceed, they request instructions. Morpeth, October 31, 1628.
Nov. 11.
Portsmouth.
34. William Towerson, junior, to Sec. Conway. The Lord General has arrived with some ten sail of ships in company. The St. Andrew and Happy Entrance are still wanting. Sixty sail have arrived.
Nov. 11. 35. Sir Henry Clare to the same. His promise to exhibit Sir Henry's petition to the King has half revived his dying spirit. Not having wherewith to show his thankfulness, beseeches him to accept 100 marks, to be paid out of the first money that shall be collected by the grant, to which this letter shall bind him. For his services in Ireland, refers to the Earls of Clanrickard, Danby, and Totness, and to Viscount Grandison.
Nov. 11.
Southampton.
36. John Ellzey to Nicholas. Sends account of tenths received from Capt. Scras, for his two late prizes. Wishes his advice how to proceed with Morgan Adams, his late substitute of the Wight, who detains articles received by him about the time of the Duke's death.
Nov. 11.
Whitehall.
37. Philip Earl of Montgomery to Attorney General Heath. To prepare a bill for the King's signature, joining Nicholas Blunt Whitton with his father, John Whitton, in the offices of Comptroller of the Works and Surveyor of the Forests within the manors of Woodstock, Hanebergh, Stonefield, and Wotton, co. Oxford, with the Keepership of the warren of hares, and of all woods within the lordship of Spelsbury.
Nov. 11. 38. John Gibbon to the same. Sends to him Mr. Whitton with his warrant, respecting which his Lord, the Earl of Montgomery, gave directions that morning.
Nov. 11.
Dissington.
39. Sir John Delavale to Theophilus Earl of Suffolk. Since Sir John became Deputy Vice Admiral there have not happened any wrecks, save some within the liberties of Tynemouth, which were claimed by the Earl of Northumberland, and which the Duke of Buckingham commanded should be relinquished by letter written to the Earl of Suffolk on April 12, 1627.
Nov. 12.
Westminster.
Pardon to John Bell, rector or minister of Seddlescomb, co. Sussex, for adultery committed with Elizabeth Crecy. [Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. x., No. 4.]
Nov. 12. Docquet of the same.
Nov. 12. Pardon to Francis Freeman for manslaughter in killing Rice Predrouse. [Docquet.]
Nov. 12. Grant to John Gilbert of a pension of 50l. per annum, for surrender of his patent of Chief Graver of the Mint. [Docquet.]
Nov. 12. Docquet of a grant to Sir John Swinton; see Sign Man., 1628, November 11.
Nov. 12. Grant to Sir Francis Godolphin of 200l., for fine, and 13l. 6s. 8d. per annum rent, payable for the wardship of Henry Leigh. [Docquet.]
Nov. 12. Warrant to the Commissioners for the sale of reprisals, and to Sir John Wolstenholme, Treasurer, for payment to Sir Simon Harvey of 2,500l., upon that account, towards satisfying a debt due to him for special service. [Docquet.]
Nov. 12. 40. Order of Council, that, it being his Majesty's pleasure that the Scottish troops that have been employed in his service shall be sent back by sea into Scotland, the Lords Commissioners for the Admiralty are to imprest shipping for the purpose.
Nov. 12. 41. The like that three ships being to be sent to Gluckstadt, with victuals for the soldiers in the service of the King of Denmark, order is to be given by the Lords Commissioners for the Admiralty for wafting them with two ketches, being the only convoy which can presently be appointed.
Nov. 12.
Barnstaple.
42. Mayor of Barnstaple to the Council. As ordered, they impressed barks to transport Irish soldiers into Ireland, but, hearing that the fleet has passed to Portsmouth, they have discharged the barks, which belonged to poor men, and were bound on fishing voyages. Pray directions, and order for payment of 100l. disbursed last year for billeting Irish soldiers.
Nov. 12. 43. Petition of William Smith to the same. Served in the Red Lion, Capt. Pennington, at the Isle of Rhé. Is again pressed to serve in the same ship under Sir Henry Mervyn, but whilst preparing to attend the service has been arrested by Daniel Leigh, one of the Knight Marshal's men, for a debt for which he was surety. Prays order for his release.
Nov. 12.
Elmore.
44. Sir William Guise to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. Has made no profits of his Vice Admiralty during the last two years.
Nov. 12.
Portsmouth.
45. Sir Guilford Slingsby to the same. The whole fleet is safely arrived, except the Sixth Lion's Whelp, Capt. Pett, and the Esperance, Capt. Skipwith, both supposed to be cast away. Want of money to pay the fleet. No ships have gone into Plymouth. Requests that the money intended for that place should be assigned to Portsmouth, and that they will give further directions respecting the money already stated by Mr. Edisbury to be necessary. Difficulty in repairing the King's ships on account of the exhausted state of the stores, the excessive prices demanded by merchants, and the want of means to ground large ships at that place. Want of victuals will produce many mutineers.
Nov. 12.
Westminster.
46. Sec. Conway to Lord Keeper Coventry. Is informed by the good and worthy Mother of the Maids that he has stayed a pardon granted to John Dale. The suit was by the Mother of the Maids, and the relation, that this youth, in a hunting and sporting journey, took some victuals out of a house without hurting any man. [Copy.]
Nov. 12. Minute of the same. [Conway's Letter Book, p. 318.]
Nov. 12.
Whitehall.
47. The same to Philip Burlamachi. Has agreed with Burlamachi's kinsman, Charles Dallie, for his employment in France, at 6s. per day; prays that he may be furnished with bills of exchange to persons and places in France, by which he may receive the benefit of that allowance. [Copy.]
Nov. 12. Minute of the same. [Conway's Letter Book, p. 318.]
Nov. 12.
Carisbrooke.
48. John Baker to Sec. Conway. For 40 years and upwards, being vicar of the Castle of Carisbrooke, has received by way of fee five or six loads of firewood out of the forest. Having been discontinued, he prays that it may be set out as in former time.
Nov. 13.
Westminster.
Grant of pension of 100l. per annum to the King's servant, Gerrit van Honthorst, for life. [Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. x., No. 5.]
Nov. 13.
Westminster.
Grant of denization to René Augier. [Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. x., No. 6.]
Nov. 13. The King to Randal Earl of Antrim. Has given the young Lord Dunluce, his son, leave to go into Ireland and perform his duty to his said father, and then to return to the Court in England. [Docquet.]
Nov. 13. The same to Lord Treasurer Weston. To discharge Philip Burlamachi and Thomas Fotherley of monies received by them of the purchasers of the Forest of Bernewood, co. Bucks, to the use of the late Duke, and to pay the Duke's executors the residue of the moneys to be paid by the purchasers, as of his Majesty's free gift. [Docquet.]
Nov. 13. 49. Petition of Susan Court, prisoner in the gaol at Canterbury, to the King. Petitioner has judgment to die for having two husbands. Her husband Robert Court served in the Isle of Rhé, and was reported dead, whereupon she married again; since which her husband has returned. Prays for a pardon. [Underwritten is a reference to the Attorney General to prepare a pardon.] Annexed,
49. i. Certificate of the Mayor and Aldermen of Canterbury, in verification of the facts stated in the above petition.
Nov. 13. 50. Petition of John Rudston and Francis Coote to the same. Petitioners have found out a new way to make white and bay salt of the sea water, and pray for a privilege for the sole making thereof for 21 years. [Underwritten is a reference to the Attorney General, who, finding the invention new, is to prepare a grant of privilege.] Annexed,
50. i. Statement, signed by the above petitioners, of the several ways of procuring salt in use, and of the nature of their invention.
Nov. 13.
Barnstaple.
51. Mayor and another of Barnstaple to the Council. Since their last letter there has arrived the Vanity [Unity], of Hull, belonging to the Rochelle fleet, wherein are Capt. Talbot and 15 soldiers lately come out of Rochelle, having been there during the siege. The ship was driven into Barnstaple by stress of weather; and the soldiers, by reason of the famine in Rochelle, are so weakened that they are not able to travel. They have entreated to be received into Barnstaple until they recover their strength. Crave directions.
Nov. 13.
Plymouth.
52. Sir James Bagg to the same. Has stayed such of the Dutch ships as are laden with masts, which if not bought for the King's store will be taken by merchants there. Victuallers sent to Portsmouth. Capt. Powell will take the next wind. In the Goshawk arrived Capts. Porter, Tillier, and Shephard, whose three companies muster 65. They landed weak men in regard of the hunger they had endured, and yet are not recovered. They were refused at Plymouth, but Bagg has quartered them at Stonehouse, and pays for their billet. Ships of the fleet there. Sendshouse, and pays for their billet. Ships of the fleet there. Sends list of the French arrived. They all but Bragneau intend to live here. His ship is said to be the best sailer that swims. Suggests its purchase. Has sent money to Barnstaple to relieve Capt. Talbot and his company until they are able to go to their homes. [Copy, unsigned.]
Nov. 13. 53. Sec. Conway to Lord Treasurer Weston. Sends a petition of Mr. Plowden, the Secretary's host while the Court was at Southwick. The petition was delivered to the King, who commanded it to be given to the Secretary, and to say that he would give order in it; but, lest long attendance may prejudice the petitioner, the Secretary has advised him to put himself upon the Lord Treasurer's goodness. [Copy.]
Nov. 13. 54. The same to the Lord Keeper Coventry. Sends a copy of the same petition mentioned above, with a request for him to make such order therein as justice and his Majesty's interest require. [Copy.]
Nov. 13. Minute of the same. [Conway's Letter Book, p. 318.]
Nov. 13. 55. The same to Robert Earl of Lindsey. Is glad of his safe return. The King thinks it fit that he make his repair to the Court with his first conveniency, and not only gives him leave to dispose the things under his charge, and then to come away to attend his Majesty, but invites him to it. [Copy.]
Nov. 13. Minute of the same. [Conway's Letter Book, p. 318.]
Nov. 13.
Aboard the Vanguard.
56. Capt. Nicholas Parker to Nicholas. Has not at that instant above nine days' victuals, and that for the most part defective, so that he has much ado to keep his company from mutiny. Sends copy of a warrant given by Sir John Hippisley to certain Dutch ships bound for France with prohibited goods, and solicits his advice thereon.
[Nov. 13 ?] 57. Philip Burlamachi to the same. Sends names of five ships to go with victuals to Gluckstadt, and requests the necessary letters. The Earl of Lindsey and all the fleet have arrived except the St. Andrew and one other, which it is hoped will shortly come in.
Nov 13 [?] 58. Lucy Countess of Carlisle to James Earl of Carlisle. Is sorry that the messenger returns to him. Apprehends his stay will be longer than she had cause to think. Though not yet fit for a Court, by persuasion of friends had been there for a short time. Is now returned to Essex House, where she has the company of her sister. If he saw the little gallantry that is in our Court, he would believe it were no great adventure to come thither after having the smallpox, for it is most desolate, and she has no great desire to return till she is made happy with his company.
Nov. 14.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Francis Wethered, surveyor of the King's stables, 209l. 4s., for reparations done in the stables at the mews, St. James's, and at Shene. [Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. x., No. 7.]
Nov. 14. 59. Petition of Isabel Musgrave, widow of Lieutenant Francis Musgrave, to the King. Petitioner's husband served Lieutenant in the expeditions to Cadiz and the Isle of Rhé, and at the assault of the citadel in the latter place, leading on the forlorn hope, valiantly lost his life. His poor estate had been pawned to furnish himself for these services. The late Duke promised petitioner a nomination of a baronet, but since his death the King had told her that he would not grant any more of that kind, but if she could find any other suit he would grant it. Prays for a gift of the old prize ship, the St. Peter, of Calais, appraised at 247l. [Nicholas has endorsed on this petition, that the Lord Steward moved the King therein, and sent word by Mr. Oldisworth for Nicholas to prepare a warrant under the Signet, in accordance with the prayer of the petitioner.]
Nov. 14.
Mr. Hendry's House, at Portsmouth.
60. Kenrick Edisbury to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. Reports the result of a muster of the ships' companies of the ships returned. To pay all the ships for six months will require 29,430l.; to pay the King's ships 12,852l. The captains and pursers are studying to spin time to let their pay run on, and labour to disable the repairing of their ships there. The common mariner is glad of his fredom. Capt. Mason proposes to pay off 500 a day. Edisbury suggests a quicker despatch. Unable to muster the landsmen on account of other work and confusion. A true list can be made out from the pursers' accounts and Mr. Cottington's [Carleton's?] roll, that is, "my Lord's secretary." Suggests paying off the captains and lieutenants, and sending the ships round under charge of the masters. In that case 20,000l. must be sent down, in addition to the 5,000l. already come. Various other suggestions for saving the King's charge, also for providing oakum and other things necessary for repairs. The St. Andrew has arrived, with loss of topmasts and bowsprit. They shall pay out all their money this week. Incloses,
60. i. List of ships employed in the fleet for Rochelle, under the Earl of Lindsey, with the numbers of men allowed and mustered for each ship, being the basis of Edisbury's calculations in the preceding letter.
Nov. 14. 61. Petition of Henry Yong, John Lisney, and Thomas Hall, gunners of the Rainbow, Bonaventure, and St. Mary, to the same. Have attended in town six weeks to obtain order to bring about their ships from Plymouth. Pray for allowance for expenses of journey and stay in London. [Underwritten is an answer by the, Commissioners that the allowance demanded is without precedent. 1629, January 10.]
Nov. 14. 62. Petition of John Neale, anchorsmith to his Majesty, living at Deptford, to the same. Petitioner, who is employed in the King's service, and all his pains, night and day, being little enough, has of late been chosen constable of the parish. Prays for a warrant to free him from all parish offices.
Nov. 14. 63. Petition of Francis Gargrave, Deputy Vice Admiral of co. York, to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. Robert Cutbert and others, fishermen, found a dead body in the Humber. They took out of his pocket 63 "pieces of gold and 5l. in money," which they delivered to the petitioner. The body was challenged to be that of Christopher Dickenson's man of York, whereupon the finders of the body were prosecuted in the Court of the Lord President and Council, and decreed to pay back the money, and fined 5l., which is a contempt of the jurisdiction of the Admiralty, and an utter undoing of the fishermen.
Nov. 14.
Whitehall.
64. Sec. Conway to Sir Thomas Richardson, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas. His Majesty takes it in his power undeniably to grant a review. He has been solicited to write a mandatory in Mr. Thorold's case, but for respect to him and that bench has forborne it, and has commanded the Secretary to speak with them. Desires an appointment for that purpose, and advises them to make no further proceeding to tie the King from the just prerogative he takes himself to have to grant reviews.
Nov. 14. Minute of the same. [Conway's Letter Book, p. 318.]
[Nov. 14.] 65. The King to [the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas]. That that they forbear to grant a prohibition in the case of Markham Thorold and Mary Havers. [Draft; probably the mandatory alluded to in the preceding letter.]
Nov. 14.
Portsmouth.
66. Kenrick Edisbury to Nicholas. Sends his letter of this date to the Commissioners of the Admiralty [No. 60], and one to Edisbury's son. Sir Guilford Slingsby is there, and all the officers' clerks, all which gives no ease at all to Edisbury.
Nov. 14. The same to Edmund Earl of Mulgrave. To send the Earl of Desmond's daughter to Court, or, if he conveniently may, to bring her himself. [Minute. Conway's Letter Book, p. 318.]
Nov. 15. Grant of Baronetage to Robert Wolseley, of Norton, co. Stafford, [Docquet.]
Nov. 15. Discharge to Sir Robert Wolseley of the 1,095l. usually payable for a baronetage. [Docquet.]
Nov. 15. Protection to Sir Richard Fleetwood, who is engaged for 2,000l. as surety for Edmund Breers, and is to prosecute a suit in Chancery for his relief, to continue till the end of next Hilary Term. [Docquet.]
Nov. 15. Warrant to the Treasurer of the Chamber to pay to William George, Clerk of the Wardrobe, 6s. 8d. per diem from Michaelmas, 1627. [Docquet.]
Nov. 15. Grant of keepership of his Majesty's stables at St. Alban's, with the fee of 12l. 3s. 4d. per annum, to Robert Pitchford and Walter Wood, for their lives. [Docquet.]
Nov. 15. Grant of an almsroom in Ewelme to John Arnett alias Jacob. [Docquet.]
Nov. 15. Warrant to pay to Francis Wethered, surveyor of the stables, 209l. 4s.; see Sign Man., 1628, November 14. [Docquet.]
Nov. 15. Protection to William Todderick, his Majesty's servant, for one year. [Docquet.]
Nov. 15. Warrant to pay to Marquis Hamilton, Master of the Horse, 400l., on accompt, for provision of horses for his Majesty's use. [Docquet.]
Nov. 15.
Whitehall.
Proclamation that all soldiers lately employed, and now paid and discharged, shall return to their several places mentioned in their passes, and employ themselves in their honest vocations, until his Majesty have some other occasion for their service. [Coll. Procs., Car. I., No. 96.]
Nov. 15. 67. Petition of Henry Tompson to the Council, for permission to export 200 fodders of lead, to perform a contract entered into by the petitioners' factors abroad in ignorance of the general restraint, [Licence granted, Co. Reg., Vol. iv., p. 581.]
Nov. 15. 68. Petition of John Hill [and three others] to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. Petitioner set forth the Pilgrim and her pinnace, the Friendship, of Weymouth, formerly the Sarah and Katherine of Youghal, with letters of reprisal. The latter vessel captured a Brazil man, and put into Youghal. The prize was condemned in the English Court of Admiralty, but in the meantime it was seized by Sir Robert Travers, on pretence that the Friendship of Weymouth was not the Sarah and Katherine of Youghal, and consequently that there were no letters of reprisal to warrant the capture. All evidence upon the subject has been refused to be admitted. Prays for a speedy remedy. [Underwritten is a reference to Sir Henry Marten to certify his opinion.] Annexed,
68. i. Report of Sir Henry Marten, that the prize was justly taken under letters of marque, and that the petitioners ought to enjoy the same as lawful prize. 1628, November 21.
Nov. 15. 69. Sec. Conway to Sir Nicholas Hyde, Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench. Requests his favour to Thomas Fisher about to be tried before him, for giving an unruly boy, who was disturbing a congregation during Divine service, a blow with a wand. Fisher and the boy had both already done penance in the church, and considerable time had elapsed. [Copy.]
Nov. 15. Minute of the same. [Conway's Letter Book, p. 318.]
Nov. 15. The same to Edmund Earl of Mulgrave. Renews his Majesty's directions that he bring the young Lady Desmond to the Court, or return answer speedily, and his Majesty will send for her himself. [Minute, Ibid., p. 319.]
Nov. 15. Sec. Conway to the Dean and Prebends of Worcester. About ending a difference betwixt two ministers, Mr. Archbold and Mr. Potter, about the rectory of Broadwas. [Minute, Conway's Letter Book, p. 319.]
Nov. 15.
Gravesend.
70. George Tucker to Sec. Conway. Is given to understand that Mr. Paumes [Palmes], of one of the Temples, has challenged Mr. Stafford, both men of quality, and they are going over seas to end their quarrel. They are to be at Gravesend to go with these pinks for Flushing. Beseeches that it may not be known whence the information comes.
Nov. 15.
Portsmouth.
71. Henry Holt to Nicholas. Great distress of the whole fleet and Scottish regiment for want of beer, and within five days of all other provisions. The Lord General "did take Holt this morning 200l. for beer only, which will not provide above 100 tons," and will be all spent in five days. No man will brew until they know how they shall be paid. The debts due to the country before the fleet went to sea amount to 2,600l., and there is due to Holt above 4,000l. No man will trust him, and for Southampton and Newport, the debts he owes there are so great that he dares not go among them. Will be willing to repair the King's brewhouse at his own charge, if he may have the money due to him. His crying debts make him write with watery eyes. Himself, his three sons and servants, are willing to do their best so as money may be had to pay the country, and keep their credit.
Nov. 15.
Portsmouth.
72. Capt. Richard Plumleigh to the same. To satisfy him, gives a breviate of the late expedition. The Councils held were rather tumults. Every man spake, and nothing was put to votes but what Weddell and Chudleigh for sea, and Willoughby and Scott for land, thought fit. After the first falling on, when the main business by men of most judgment was thought unfeasible, and the most which the General seemed to desire was only the firing of some 30 sail of small shipping, not worth the while, there was a council called for a second attempt, but Weddell, by whom the General was wholly ruled, could not be persuaded to alter the first form. After its failure, a third and fourth attempt were made, but the sailors were cowed by the batteries on shore, and no good was done. They came home with ten days' victuals through a dangerous bay; what they suffered in the passage, the fleet itself will speak. The Esperance is lost, the Desire pinnace, the Sixth Whelp, and the Admiral of Rochelle.
Nov. 15. 73. Statement by [Walter.] Montagu of the misconduct of Richard Pratt, of East Cowes, who having carried Mr. Montagu on the King's business over to Cherbourg, returned with a safe conduct of the governor of the town, granted on Pratt's word and Montagu's written assurance that Pratt should not commit any hostility on his return, which he violated by capturing the Phœnix, and bringing her into England, where she was judged prize.
Nov. 15. 74. Return, of Sir Richard Wenman, Sheriff of co. Oxford, to a writ of extent against the lands of Sir Richard Baker, Sir Thomas Baker, and Arthur Baker. The jury find that Sir Richard Baker, on April 24, 1625, on which day he became a debtor to the Crown, was seised of the manor of Middle Aston, which had been taken into the hands of the Crown, but that Sir Thomas Baker and Arthur Baker had no lands or chattels in that county. [Copy.]
Nov. 16.
Whitehall.
75. Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to Sec. Conway, Vice Admiral of co. Hants. A fleet of Dutch ships bound for France is stayed at Cowes, by the Second Lion's Whelp, in which it is said there are divers masts and much cordage. He is to unlade the masts and cordage, and keep the same on shore for his Majesty's service, and afterwards to permit the Dutch ships to pass on their voyage.
Nov. 16.
Whitehall.
76. The same to the same. To cause Richard Pratt, who carried Mr. Montagu into France, to be brought before the writers to answer matters objected against him.
Nov. 16.
Portsmouth.
77. Kenrick Edisbury to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. Received 3,000l. sent from Sir Sackville Crow, being in all 8,000l., part of 25,000l. The St. Andrew is so damaged that she cannot be made ready in short time, to be transported thence; but the loss of the Sixth Whelp and the Esperance, a Newcastle ship, will countervail the increase from this circumstance. The Commissioners conceive that all these seamen's pays commence from the last of May, but some of the ships are nine months behind. Began to pay on Friday. The Swiftsure, Bonaventure, and three fireships have been cleared; they will pay one day with another 1,200l. Prays further supplies, victuals for the ships that are to come about, and order for sale of decayed cordage.
Nov. 16.
Sergeants' Inn.
78. Sir Thomas Richardson, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, to Sec. Conway. He and his brethren will to-morrow morning, about eight o'clock, attend his Lordship, or any other morning at that hour. They will do nothing in that cause but what the duty of their places shall require.
Nov. 16.
Portsmouth.
79. Kenrick Edisbury to Nicholas. Receipt of 3,000l. Will acquaint Sir Paul Harris to inquire of the ordnance saved out of the Kathleen prize, into the Dreadnought. Shows that it cannot be true that there were but 100 seamen in that ship all the voyage. Never saw better appearance of men generally; hears not of above five or six seamen dead this voyage. No course taken to remove the Scottish regiment which, besides their discontent for want of victuals, breeds much distraction and hindrance, and will lead to violent consequences.
Nov. 16.
Tehidie.
80. Francis Bassett to the same. Rejoices that he has again taken the "manage" of the Admiralty. Understands from Sir Francis Godolphin that letters are to be sent to all Vice Admirals commanding their personal attendance at London. The journey is so very, very long, the weather so unseasonable, and his account so poor, that he hopes to be excused. Has sent his accounts to Thomas Wyan. Uncertainty of receipt of Nicholas's letters.
Nov. 16.
Portsmouth.
81. Sir Paul Harris to Nicholas. Reports proceedings in surveying the remains of ordnance stores aboard the fleet. About 1,000 barrels of powder in the ships. No ships of value wanting, but the Sixth Whelp and the Esperance. The ten field-carriages, and all the spare great shot, cast away in the Flying Hart, which might well have been saved. What were best to do with the powder? Thinks it were best to send it up in ships bound for London. Has received arms from the English soldiers; they have their swords by order of the General, and being unruly, have stolen many of their muskets, whereof he will draw a particular so that the captains may be charged. Capt. Jewell has charge of some prizes. He is very nimble and is suspected of playing foul play. He stabbed on the high seas Nicholas's friend Pilkington, so that he is fain to come in a cart to London, being lamed for ever.