Charles I - volume 164: April 1-20, 1630

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'Charles I - volume 164: April 1-20, 1630', in Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1629-31, (London, 1860) pp. 226-239. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/domestic/chas1/1629-31/pp226-239 [accessed 13 April 2024]

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April 1-20, 1630.

April 1. Lords of the Admiralty to Sir Thomas Button, captain of the Ninth Lion's Whelp. Instructions to take charge as admiral of the Ninth and Fifth Lion's Whelps, and to repair to the coast of Ireland, St. George's Channel, and the Severn, for defence of traders, and especially of such merchants as use to trade to the fairs at Bristol at St. James's and St. Paul's tide. He is to ply between Scilly, Cape Clear, and Milford, making Kinsale his place of rendezvous. [Copy. See Vol. clvii., fo. 108 b.]
April 1. 1. Receipt of John Clarke, by appointment of Sir John Finch, her Majesty's Attorney General, for the particulars and rates for the Queen's jointure of 17,915l. from John Blythe, servant to Attorney General Heath.
April 2. 2. Order of Council. The Company of Wiremakers at Tintern and Whitbrook, co. Monmouth, having petitioned for a proclamation to prohibit the importing of foreign iron wire and wool cards, the same was referred to the Lord Treasurer, Lord Privy Seal, Earl Marshal, Secs. Dorchester and Coke.
April 2.
From his house.
3. Sir Henry Marten to Sec. Dorchester. Reminds him that the Devise de Sables d'Olonne had been adjudged good prize and the sentence confirmed on appeal.
April 3. 4. Minutes by Nicholas of answers to several petitions to the Board of Admiralty; among them petitions from Burlamachi for two Calais ships (see 1630, March 14, Vol. clxii. No. 85) refused; the Cooks of the King's ships; petitions of Farlow, Thornhill, and Ramsey, William Crosse (see 1630, April 4, No. 6); Capt. Merrick, Nicholas Brant, John More, and others.
April 3. 5. Estimate for setting to sea the Garland, the Fourth Whelp, and the Great Seahorse, as also for victuals and wages of 20 extraordinary men at the Barricado at Chatham; total 3,566l. 18s. 8d.
April 4. 6. Petition of Wm. Crosse to the Lords of the Admiralty. Was preacher to the company of the Nonsuch in the last expedition to Rochelle, and according to the allowance of a groat a month out of every seaman's pay, there was due to him 31l. 3s. 4d., of which he had received only 15l., the rest being detained by Sir Sackville Crow or his man John Short. Prays redress.
April 4.
Serjeant's Inn.
7. Sir Thomas Richardson, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, to the King. Relates the circumstances of the trial of Thomas Packington, at Winchester, for killing two brothers, Richard Harfield and Thomas Harfield, who interfered with his falconer, Paul Baylie, when out with his master, "hawking at the pheasant," in some woods of Sir Henry Mildmay. There was a scuffle between the falconer and the deceased, in which Packington interfered with a stake pulled out of a hedge. He was found guilty of manslaughter in each case. He was allowed his clergy for the first conviction, and was respited on the other in obedience to a letter from Sec. Dorchester.
April 4.
Serjeant's Inn.
8. The same to Sec. Dorchester. Sends the above letter, and begs him to be a means that it may be accepted according to the sincerity of the writer's intentions.
April 4/14
Bordeaux.
9. Capt. John Dymes to Sec. Dorchester. At this place has seen so many good ships of the King of France's navy, that unless he had been an eye witness thereof he should hardly have believed that in so short a time that King could have been so strong in shipping. Has seen 40 ships of good force, besides pataches, but there is no appearance of any naval preparation. Desires to see what ships that King has in the Mediterranean, but unless he can get some supply of money must return home.
April 4.
The Tower.
10. Sir Allen Apsley to Nicholas. Divers parcels of beer transported from London to Portsmouth had proved defective, whereupon Sir Allen was enforced to provide other beer suddenly. The freight he intended to pay was for serviceable beer; this being stinking, the brewers ought to pay the freight, and well for them they were not imprisoned and fined, as in the like case in the Island Voyage in Queen Elizabeth's time.
April 5. 11. Petition of Jean Poincteau to the King, similar to that presented on 31 March 1630, (see Vol. clxiii., No. 58), with the addition that his medicines had been examined by the College of Physicians, who had given him permission to sell his antidote against all poison, and his balm for recent wounds, which since October he had disposed of with great success in London, Oxford, and Norwich. Prays a pass for Scotland, with permission to sell his medicines for two months in every town going and coming. French. Underwritten,
11. i. His Majesty, being careful of the health as of the wealth of his people, refers the petitioner to the College of Physicians of London. Whitehall, 1630, April 5.
11. ii. Report of the College of Physicians that they had examined his antidote and balm, and should no way hinder him from obtaining his Majesty's favour. 1630, April 7.
11. iii. Further reference to Sir Theodore Mayerne and Doctor Lester, the King's physicians. Whitehall, 1630, April 16.
April 5.
Yarmouth Roads; on board the Reformation.
12. Sir Henry Mervyn to the Lords of the Admiralty. On 3rd set sail from Lee road. Took a Dunkirker off Orfordness of 40 tons, on brass base 14 muskets, and 40 proper men, one an Englishmen, who was their pilot, whom he will bring to Wapping on his return, the rest he will deliver to the bailiffs of Yarmouth, to be sent from tithing to tithing to London, whence they may be shipped away. At Yarmouth there are 150 fishermen and others bound to the northward. With the next wind they shall set sail.
April 5.
—ipswer.
13. Sir Richard Catchmay to Lord President Conway. Acquaints him with the insolences of George Roche, for whom the Lord President procured a pardon for killing one Johnes, a bailiff, in the discharge of his duty. By money and friends, by the coroners inquest, and great inquest, it was found but manslaughter, for which Judge Doderidge fined the coroner and reproved the inquest. Roche ill-treats the brother and friends of Johnes, and with suits and troubles afflicts others. Prays leave that an appeal may be sued out against him.
April 5. 14. Report of Archbishop Abbot to the King. Gives account of his examination into the circumstances of the appointment and removal of Alexander Udney, B.D., and one of the King's chaplains, who had been lecturer at Ashford, co. Kent. The Vicar of Ashford is reported to have the outside of a man and little more; for ignorance, he has sufficient for any one person; for indiscretion, enough for the clergy of a whole diocese; and thereby running into contempt of his people, who being about 800 communicants, most of them understanding men, well read in the Scriptures, desired to have assigned to them some learned conformable man who might teach them the way to heaven: they paying their minister all his dues, and entertaining a lecturer or coadjutor.
April 5. 15. Examination of George Strettley, George Cutler, and Richard Poole, respecting the description of a person who calling a porter from the bench adjoining the church of St. Lawrence in Cateaton Street, was answered by George Strettley, to whom he delivered a letter, directed to Mr. John Cordwell of Lad Lane, together with four farthings for his hire; and having delivered the letter cast his cloak over his shoulder and went his way.
April 5. 16. Copy of the same.
April 6. Proclamation for better ordering those who repair to the Court for cure of their disease called the king's evil. The usual times of presenting such persons had been Easter and Whitsuntide. From henceforth they were to be Easter and Michaelmas, as times more convenient, both for the temperature of the season and in respect of any contagion which may happen in this near access to his Majesty's person. [Coll. Procs. Car. I., No. 120.]
April 6.
Shrewsbury.
17. Justices of co. Salop to the Council. They cannot find that Edward Taylor, sent to them as a well-deserving soldier for a pension, is qualified as by law required.
April 6.
Devizes, at the Quarter Sessions.
18. Justices of co. Wilts to the same. Respecting pensions directed to be granted to John Knowles, a Lieutenant, and John Tompkins, they return that there are already more pensions granted to soldiers and officers than all the receipts for the county, according to the statute, amount to.
April 6.
Haverford.
19. Justices of co. Pembroke to the same. On a former petition it was ordered that the weighing and uttering of wools should be drawn to the towns of Haverfordwest, Pembroke, and Tenby, where standard weights remain. This regulation being disregarded by foreign buyers, who buy in obscure places by unreasonable and unlawful weights, they pray that the former order may be enforced by some penalty.
April 6. 20. Officers of the Navy to the Lords of the Admiralty. Referred the petition of Thomas Askew, late master of the Fortune, prize, and his company, to the Master and Wardens of the Trinity House, to certify what burthen and force the Dunkirker was that took the petitioners, and through whose fault, with their opinion for what time they ought to be paid. Inclose,
20. i. Master and Wardens of Trinity House to the Officers of the Navy. The Dunkirk ship that took the Fortune was of 300 tons, 24 pieces of ordnance, and 160 men; a brave and gallant ship, which came upon them as a lion. The poor men should receive wages from the time they were entertained to the day of their landing in England from Dunkirk.
April 6.
Newbury.
21. Order of a General Quarter Sessions for co. Berks. The rates and payments within the Hundred of Cookham shall continue as anciently they have been paid.
April 6. 22. Bill of charges against William Mellow in reference to a claim made at Leghorn for damage done to certain hides which had come in the Prudence from Constantinople, with receipt of Wm. Beare.
April 7.
Bangor.
23. Bishop Bayly of Bangor to the King. In reply to accusations of negligence in the government of his see, and especially of having admitted divers persons into the ministry without subscription to the orders of the church. Vindicates his general care in reference to ordination and subscription, but finds lately that some three or four ministers who do not reside within his diocese, by the neglect of his chaplains, escaped without subscribing. Protests that hereafter he will keep his book of subscriptions himself. Has expended 600l. in repair of his cathedral; has planted grave and learned preachers over all his diocese, three or four preaching ministers for one he found; has taken care that catechising be duly observed; has suffered none to preach but such as are conformable, and has preached himself every Sunday until he became impotent. He and his clergy have provided armour for 100 men ready for the King's service. He takes pains in visiting, confirming, and keeping synods where all his clergy give him an account of every man's life and doctrine. Keeps hospitality above his means, and all his actions tend to the well governing of his diocese.
April 7.
Yarmouth Road.
24. Sir Henry Mervyn to Nicholas. Has delivered to the custody of the bailiffs of Yarmouth the 40 Dunkirkers taken between Orfordness and Aldborough. Begs that the Lords will give present order for their discharge, lest many of our nation receive hard measure for the sufferance of some few. Wishes the Lord Treasurer would fit up the Dunkirker taken with 20 or 25 men and five or six brass bases. She may do extraordinary good service. Joy and comfort of the people at his appearance, and his desire to do service either in honour or profit. Incloses,
24. i. Sir Henry Mervyn to the bailiffs of Yarmouth. Warrant to receive the forty Dunkirkers above mentioned, to be imprisoned or convoyed from tithing to tithing to London. Yarmouth Road, 1630, April 7. [Copy.]
April 7. 25. Bill for services and disbursements of Sir John Finet, Master of the Ceremonies, for attendance upon Ambassadors from 2 Nov. 1629, to this day; total 105l. 5s.
April 8. 26. Clerk of the Peace for co. Gloucester to the Council. Cannot certify the names of the collectors of the money gathered seven or eight years since for defence of the Palatinate, but reports who were the Justices who undertook the charge in the several divisions of the county.
April 8.
The Tower.
27. Walter Long to Sec. Dorchester. About two months since he presented to his Majesty a petition declaring that on the censure given against the writer in the Star Chamber, being made sensible of his Majesty's displeasure, he did cast himself at his feet desiring to be made an object of his clemency. Desires his mediation with the King to obtain a gracious answer.
April 8. 28. Brief of Capt. Quaile's demand for victualling the Great Seahorse with 42 men for 18 months.
April 8. 29. Certificate of Wm. Cooke of the sufficiency of Richard Seawell to be master of any of his Majesty's pinnaces.
April 8. 30. Certificate of the Clerk of the Peace for co. Oxon, that the money collected for recovery of the Palatinate, not having been called for, was returned by the constables to the contributors.
April 9.
Bristol.
31. Capt. Wm. Thomas to his uncle Sir Thomas Button. Demanded possession of the Ninth Whelp of Capt. [Dawtry] Cooper. He will deliver it to none but Sir Thomas himself, according to the Lords' order. Cooper is in desperate case and had as lief lose his life as the ship.
April 10. 32. Petition of [person unnamed] to the King. About seven years since, to give content to the French Ambassador, petitioner was suspended from his employment and imprisoned. About six years since he cleared himself before the Commissioners of the Admiralty. His sufferings, which were for reasons of state, were taken notice of by the late Duke, and the present King promised reparation and appointed Endymion Porter to be his remembrancer. There is due to him for his entertainment and disbursements about 4,000l., the want whereof has driven him to contract so many debts that he is at the very height of misery and ready to perish. Prays for a grant of the St. Claude at a valuation. Underwritten,
32. i. The King bestows the St. Claude on petitioner, and refers to the Lords of the Admiralty to give order therein. Whitehall, 1630, April 10.
April 10.
Exeter.
33. Mayor and others of Exeter to the Council. The merchants of that city trading to France having been long incorporate, have been authorized by mutual consent to lay certain petty taxes on the merchandize sent and returned between that city and France. Complain that Thomas Crossing, Francis Crossing, and John Tayler, of that town, and Richard Harvie and others of Lyme Regis, refuse to pay the same. Pray that they may be ordered to do so.
April 10. 34. Mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne to the same. On receipt of their letter for the delivery of Francis Berry, a prisoner in the gaol there, he called one Thomas Berry, whom he supposed to be the man. Having tendered to him the oath of allegiance he obstinately refused to take it, so that he remains still in gaol.
April 10. 35. Certificate of Simon Muskett and Richard Lowther to the Council, as to the circumstances of two cases of plague which had recently occurred in two separate parts of the city of London. The persons affected were servants who were sent forth by their masters full of the tokens and died shortly afterwards.
April 10. 36. Petition of Francis Bassett, Vice-Admiral of the North of Cornwall, to the Council. Repeats the circumstances detailed in his letter of 1630, March 16 (Vol. clxiii., No. 3), and that on the security of a gentleman of those parts the writer freed Capt. Regnold and his ship, which was thereupon sold by him with her goods. Of which doings petitioner sent an account by Capt. Regnold, who kept back the letter and suggested that his ship and goods were still detained, although they had been restored and sold. Whereupon, and on new complaint petitioner was ordered to attend their Lordships. He received the order on Sunday the 4th instant, in Cornwall, and now attends. He prays that Capt. Regnold, with Thomas Littleton and others, at whose suit the ship was stayed, may be called before their Lordships, and if petitioner has not offended, that he may have recompense.
April 10. 37. Rough minutes of business transacted by the Council of War this day.
April 10.
Mincing Lane.
38. Officers of the Navy to Nicholas. Twenty unserviceable shipkeepers have been discharged at Chatham and 20 ropemakers placed in their rooms. Set forth the advantages of this course, and request a warrant for the same.
April 10.
Exeter.
39. Mayor of Exeter to the same. The Dunkirkers are at present so many that there is no ship can escape them. If there be not speedy course taken for their suppressing, the merchants will be undone. The merchants have sent the bearer with a petition. P. S. Understands some ships are gone forth. Prays that they may keep about the Start and Torbay.
April 10. 40. Articles objected by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners against Charles Chauncey, Vicar of Ware, co. Hertford. The offences charged are the omission of Athanasius's Creed, the Lesson from the Old Testament, the Litany, the surplice, the cross in Baptism, and the exhortation in Matrimony, "With my body I thee worship," with various speeches in the pulpit and elsewhere, in praise of the Puritans, in disparagement of the authority of the church, and in anticipation of changes likely to ensue in church and state, in expectation whereof he asserted that some families were preparing to go to New England.
April 11. 41. The King to the University of Oxford. Upon the loss of a noble and faithful servant, and they of a worthy Chancellor, by the decease of the Earl of Pembroke, the King recommends to them Lord Weston, the Lord Treasurer, to succeed the Earl, he being fitted by nearness to the King, and affection to scholars. Their affairs brought to the King through him would be embraced much the more willingly for his sake. [Draft.]
April 11.
Denmark House.
42. The same to the Keeper of the Clink. On the 24th March last, the King's pleasure was declared that at the instance of the Queen, and in regard of the peace between the two Crowns, the priests undernamed should be delivered to the Marquis de Chateauneuf, Ambassador Extraordinary from the French King. All those persons having been brought to the Clink, he is to deliver the same to the Ambassador, or to such persons as he shall appoint. Sixteen names are underwritten: among them are John Dally, Cornelius Crawley, John Southworth, Richard Salvin, Brian Medcalf.
April 11. 43. Petition of Edmund Foreman to the Lords of the Admiralty. Recapitulates his services as boatswain in the Miniken, ketch, where he was at the taking of divers prizes, and in the Judith, ketch, commanded above bridge, for an experiment to be made before the King by Sir Alexander Napper. Prays that he may be appointed boatswain of the Fortune, pink.
April 12.
Whitehall.
44. Order of the King on the petition of Eliza Viscountess Falkland. She had represented her extreme wants, and the refusal of her husband, either to receive her into the communion of his life and fortune, or to pay unto her such allowance as had been formerly ordered by the Lords Committees. The King referred the matter to the Lords Keeper and Treasurer, the Earl Marshal, the Earl of Dorset, Mr. Vice-Chamberlain, and Sec. Coke, to settle some accord for the lady's maintenance.
April 12. 45. Sir Walter Covert and Sir John Shirley to the Council. Have called before them Francis Pelling, and the principal inhabitants of the parish of Chailey, co. Sussex. Recapitulate former proceedings in this matter (see Vols. lxxxix., No. 56, and xci., No. 13), and what had been paid him by the parish. They recommended the parish to bestow something more upon him at this time, whereto they inclined; but he refused to hearken to any agreement under 100 marks. He deserves rather punishment than further commiseration.
April 12.
Magdalen College, Oxford.
46. Dr. Accepted Frewen, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford, to Bishop Laud. In their convocation that day his Lordship was fairly chosen chancellor, if he pleases to accept of the place, as some of them trust he will. Pray him to appoint when the University shall attend him. The Dean of Worcester will acquaint him with the circumstances of the election.
April 12. 47. Mayor and Jurats of Dover to Theophilus Earl of Suffolk, Lord Warden. Complain of the ill-furnishing of the market of that town with wheat, which has occasioned much complaining of the poor. The scarcity has grown by the late transport of wheat at Sandwich and Margate. One Rickeses, a Dutchman, dwelling in the parish of St. John the Baptist in Thanet, has transported 300 quarters of wheat since Michaelmas last, and yet refuses to furnish two quarters in the score for relief of the poor.
April 13.
Bristol.
48. Capt. Dawtry Cooper to the Lords of the Admiralty. States the circumstances of the demand of the Ninth Whelp made of him by Capt. Thomas, and the squabble which ensued. Ultimately the writer offered to deliver up the ship on authority from Sir Thomas Button, or their Lordships.
April 13.
His house in the Close, Salisbury.
49. Sir Thomas Sadler to Lord Keeper Coventry. At the last Assises the Judges of the Western Circuit inquired respecting the money heretofore collected towards there covery of the Palatinate. The writer received the moneys contributed by the clergy, amounting to eight hundred and odd pounds, and paid the same into the Exchequer. Intreats him to acquaint the Council therewith, that no further trouble may accrue to the writer, now an old man, and not able to travel.
April 13. Order of the Lords of the Admiralty for Sir Henry Marten to give directions for the release of Capt. Bamford, in hope that what he has already suffered will be a sufficient warning. [Copy. Nicholas's Letter Book, p. 83.]
April 13. 50. Kenrick Edisbury to Nicholas. Mr. Secretary is of opinion that the wages of ordinary sailors, both in harbour and at sea, shall be and continue alike, that is, at 15s. a month.
April 13. 51. Bond of John Beaumont, of London, gentleman, to Thomas Morgan, of Pensford, co. Somerset, gentleman, in 100l., conditioned to be void if Beaumont has not heretofore sold the pursership of the Ninth Lion's Whelp, to which he was appointed by the late Duke of Buckingham, and which he has lately sold to Morgan. Annexed,
51. i. George Duke of Buckingham to John Beaumont. Warrant appointing him purser of the Ninth Lion's Whelp. Whitehall, 1628, June 1.
April 13.
Hertford.
52. Elizabeth Williams to her brother Sec. Dorchester. Thanks for a token of ten pieces, sent by the writer's sister, Alice Carleton, and for kindness to her son Anthony's two sons.
[April 14.] 53. Sec. Coke to the Council. Report on a petition of George Bedford, in justification of his patent for garbling madder, referred to the Sec. for consideration. The nature of the patent and the reasons for granting the same, with the objections urged against it, are all stated and left to be judged of by the Council. [Draft.] Annexed,
53. i. Statement of the nature of the patent above mentioned, and the considerations on which it was granted.
53. ii. John Skinner to Sec. Coke. Objections urged by the principal dyers against the patent for garbling madder, which they hold to be a mere project to get money by burthening the commodity without any benefit save to the projector. 1630, April 14.
53. iii. Notes by Sec. Coke of the circumstances connected with this patent which had occasioned the present inquiry.
April 14. 54. [Andrew Pitcairn, Master of the Hawks?] to [Sec. Dorchester?] Begs him to acquaint the Council that the King had commanded the writer to complain to them when the commission for hawks' meat was not obeyed. Lately sent warrants into Herts. to that purpose, whereof he had no other return but that the gentlemen of the county, namely, Sir Richard Lucy, Sir Robert Chester, and Sir Thomas Dacres, intreated forbearance until the Sessions. He consented thereto, and was put to hard shifts for food for the King's hawks, then at Theobalds. After consultation the answer is, that they conceive it is not due, and that they are willing to be called to the Council Board to answer it.
April 15. 55. Orders established by the King, with the advice of his Council, for regulating the Wardrobe of Robes. The Gentleman of the Robes is to have an assignment of 5,000l. per annum for defraying all expenses of his Majesty's wearing apparel, with all manner of furnishings to the same, as hats with bands to them, girdles and hangers, points, stockings, garters, shoestrings and roses, boots, shoes, pantoffles, spurs, swords, rapiers, "fachions," and knives, or any other such like necessaries, except linen, which is to be furnished out of the Great Wardrobe. [Copy.]
April 15.
Bristol.
56. Capt. Richard Plumleigh to the Lords of the Admiralty. There is nothing now to stay the ship but the want of wind. Has nothing more in his wishes than to be at sea, where they hear the Dunkirkers make havock.
April 15. 57. Judgment of the Court of Admiralty for restitution of the Cape de Ciel. [Copy, with a memorandum, underwritten by Thos. Wyan, that he never until now heard of 2,500 livres, said to be in the St. Lawrence of St. Malo.]
April 16. 58. Royal Licence to Jean Poincteau to visit the place of his father's birth in Scotland, and to sell and distribute his medicines on the journey. [Draft.]
April 16.
Whitehall.
59. Order of Council. A petition having been delivered to the King by Dr. Peter Volcker, agent for Hamburgh, making suit for divers exemptions in matter of reprisal for ships of that city, the same was referred to the Lords of the Admiralty, whose report having been read certain exemptions in favour of Hamburgh were agreed to, and the Attorney General was directed to prepare a proclamation accordingly. [Copy.]
April 16.
Southwark.
60. Justices of Southwark to the Council. Report the precautions taken by them against the plague. They had set watches for apprehending Irish and other vagrant persons; had informed themselves of inn-mates and alehouses; had caused all ditches to be scoured, and had taken order for two watchmen for every infected house. At present there is not any house infected.
April 16.
On board, under sail.
61. Sir Henry Mervyn to Nicholas. This morning the wind is come to the S.S.W., and they are now under sail. The Whelp and ketch have been plying along the coast. They hear of no man-ofwar there. Colliers taken by a ship without ordnance and by one with only six small guns. Our black fleet stoops to a Dunkirker like larks to a hobby. Spanish ships at the Shaw, lying there for our cloth fleet. Will stand over thither on his return from the northward. Incloses,
61. i. Bailiffs of Yarmouth to Sir Henry Mervyn. Owners of ships proceeding to Iceland and Westmony on fishing fare, are afraid of losing their ships by Biscayners coming thither yearly, and against whom they have no means of defence. Desire him to procure from the Council some ships of defence to be sent after them to Iceland. Yarmouth, 1630, April 9.
April 16.
Whitehall.
62. State of the case between Otto de la Porte, Abraham de la Motte, and Company, owners of the St. Jehan, of Calais, complainants, and Sir Thomas Button, defendant. French.
April 17. Proclamation for prevention of the exportation of wools, woolfells, yarn, fullers-earth, woad, ashes, and hides, both tanned and raw, out of the kingdom. [Coll. Procs. Car. I., No. 121.]
April 17. 63. The King to Lord President Conway, Henry Earl of Manchester, Keeper of the Privy Seal, the Earl Marshal, Edward Earl of Dorset, John Earl of Bridgwater, Edward Earl of Wimbledon, Thos. Viscount Wentworth, Oliver Viscount Grandison, Sec. Coke, Sir Robert Killigrew, Vice-Chamberlain to the Queen, Sir Robert Cotton, Sir Hugh Middleton, Sir John Finch, Sir Wm. Slingsby, Sir Henry Spelman, Sir Thomas Middleton, Sir Henry Spiller, Sir John Bingley, and Sir Thomas Canon, Christopher Wandesford, George Radcliffe, the King's Attorney in the Northern parts, Edward Ayscough, Thomas Brett, Nicholas Pay, and Thomas Bridegman. Commission to inquire into exacted fees and offices innovated since the 11th of Elizabeth. [Copy.]
April 17.
Whitehall.
64. The King to Attorney General Heath. In the Commission lately signed for Causes Ecclesiastical within the province of York he is to insert Lawrence Hinton, clerk, Joseph Cradock, M.A., and Robert Brooke, clerk, specially commended by the Bishop of Durham.
April 17.
St. Martin's Lane.
65. Lord President Conway to the same. To prepare a bill of denization for Sir John Hume, of North Berwick, co. Lothian, in Scotland, Sir George Hume, his son and heir apparent, and Patrick Hume, youngest son of Sir John.
April 17. 66. The same to the same. Understands he is about a charitable work of getting a pardon for many poor prisoners in several gaols. Begs him to include Gillian Goade, condemned for stealing a box of clothes of no great value, and that the first fact.
April 17. 67. Officers of the Navy to the Lords of the Admiralty. Either Richard Baldwin or Richard Seawell may serve as master and commander of the Fortune, pink.
April 17. 68. Petition of Wm. Cooke to the same. Petitioner a master gunner from Queen Elizabeth's time, was five weeks ago impressed as assistant gunner in the Garland. Coming ashore to perform a duty at the Tower against the King's Coronation Day, he was arrested on a pretended debt of 45s. at the suit of Andrew Fusland, an ale brewer, a persecuting creditor of many poor men, whom nothing can satisfy but the bones and severe punishment of his debtors. Prays them to send for Fusland and Matthew Kerby, the Knight Marshal's officer. Underwritten,
68. i. Certificate of impressment of petitioner. 1630, March 22. [Copy.]
68. ii. The like of the officers of the Navy, that the contents of the petition are true. 1630, April 17.
April 17.
The Tower of London.
69. Walter Long to Sec. Dorchester. Thanks for his honourable inclination to be his intercessor to his Majesty. Sends him a petition wherein he has again humbly implored his Majesty's grace and princely clemency. Begs him to commend it to his Majesty's sacred hands.
April 17.
Bristol.
70. Wm. Willett to Nicholas. Reports that part of the contents of the great prize brought in by the Eagle is 662 chests of sugars, and above 500 hides. Another prize sent in by one of Weymouth with above 350 chests, and another by the Falcon of Bristol, with about 100 chests. The Convertive is ready, only staying for a wind. He has heard of the differences between the captains of the Ninth Whelp upon the change. Capt. Plumleigh is as able a man as ever was employed in those parts, and free from baseness. Sends in a box a mermaid's hand with a rib, which is said to be good to make rings for the cramp and to stop blood, with some other virtues.
April 17.
London.
71. Sir Francis Willoughby to Mr. Bradley. In explanation of various items of the account between them. One item he cannot explain, but will peruse his papers when he comes to Bristol. Acknowledges that he has received 12l., the residue of Sergeant John Bruce's arrears, he living now in Ireland, whither Sir Francis is going. Annexed,
71. i. Minute of money to be defalked from Sir Francis Willoughby, 16l. 10s., including the 12l. mentioned above.
April 18. 72. Sir Henry Marten to the Lords of the Admiralty. Has examined 26 persons whose names are enumerated, prisoners in the Marshalsea, taken lately in a Dunkirk sloop. Save one Frenchman and one Hollander, they are all natural subjects of Spain, and deny the capture of any but English and Hollanders, of whom they have taken great store.
April 18.
Petworth.
73. Henry Earl of Northumberland to Sec. Dorchester. Thanks for papers respecting the French movements in Italy. The Cardinal Richelieu has engaged himself far. God send the Sec. a good wife; the Earl hears he is towards one.
April 18.
From his lodging.
74. Sir Thomas Button to Nicholas. Is entreated by John Beaumont, who was purser of the Ninth Lion's Whelp, to solicit a warrant for Thomas Morgan to be appointed to that place, Beaumont being willing to surrender the same to him.
April 19.
Apthorpe.
75. Mildmay Earl of Westmoreland to Sec. Dorchester. Begs the Sec. to be his faithful remembrancer to his Majesty that whenever he shall dispose of the Justice and oyership general on that side Trent the writer's patent may be excepted.
April 20. 76. Richard Lord Lovelace to the Council. Certifies that Edmund Dunch, deceased, Charles Booth, Richard Browne, and Francis Thynne were collectors for co. Berks, for monies given for defence of the Palatinate.
April 20. 77. Petition of the Deputies for making Saltpetre to the Lords of the Admiralty. They have often made known that they have so far engaged their estates and credits for the King's service that they are no longer able to continue the doing thereof. If they are suffered to be undone by doing his Majesty's service, the example would be so remarkable that men would be fearful to contract or lay out their estates in the King or kingdom's service. Pray for payment or permission to sell to others. [Nicholas has written upon this petition, "Resp.; there is order taking for the petitioner's satisfaction."]
April 20. 78. Petition of Captain Stephen Rout, captain of the Anthony, of London, a mine ship in the expedition to Rochelle, now a prisoner in miseries unspeakable in the Gatehouse at Westminster, to Lord Treasurer Weston. Having petitioned the Board with due and daily attendance for his entertainment, due by the late Duke's promise, of 10s. by day, besides 20l. 12s., his charges, is likely for a small debt miserably to end his days in that place, being ready to starve. Beseeches him to be a means for his present satisfaction.
April 20. 79. Petition of William Cooke to Wm. Earl of Pembroke, Lord High Steward, indorsed by Nicholas as received this day, probably for the Lords of the Admiralty. The same, in substance, as his petition of the 17th instant. (Vol. clxiv. No. 68.) Underwritten,
79. i. Certificate of the impressment of the petitioner, of which a copy is written under the preceding petition. 1630, March 22.
April 20.
Drury Lane.
80. George Earl of Kildare to Sec. Dorchester. Solicits on behalf of Capt. Smith, who through unfortunate disasters in his Majesty's service is now a subject of his pity, the reversion of a company in Ireland. The Earl has made choice of Capt. Smith to live with him.
April 20. 81. Order of the Court of Exchequer in a cause between Sir John Lambe, plaintiff, and Michael West and others, defendants. An injunction to restrain proceedings at common law to recover an annuity charged upon the premises in question at Blisworth, co. Northampton, was withdrawn, but in case of a verdict for the plaintiff, judgment was stayed until further order of this Court.