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Charles I - volume 186: March 1-18, 1631

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1629-31. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1860.

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March 1-18, 1631

March 1.
Westminster.
Bill to pass the Privy Seal containing a command that from thenceforth there should be laid and received of all tobacco of the growth of Virginia and the Sommers Islands imported into this kingdom, for every pound 3d. in the name of custom, and 6d. in the name of impost and increase of custom, and for every pound of the growth of St. Christopher's and the other Carribbee Islands, 3d. for custom and 9d. for impost. [Sign Man. Car. I., Vol. xii., No. 44.]
March 1. Docquet of the same.
March 1.
Whitehall.
1. The King to Attorney General Heath. To prepare the preceding bill for laying custom and imposts upon tobacco, for the King's signature.
March 1.
Westminster.
2. The same to the same. To prepare for the King's signature a release to James Levingston, one of the Grooms of the Bed-chamber, of all sums of money, jewels, plate, and other things received by him on sundry occasions for the King's private use and service.
March 1. 3. Petition of Peter Turner, M.A. and Fellow of Merton College, Oxon., to the King. Sir Henry Savile having founded two Mathematic Lectures, provided that they should be compatible with no other preferment, which statute seems to have been grounded on the ample salaries by him intended for his professors, and their freedom from any other profession. The stipend of these lectures having fallen above 50l. per annum and beyond the value of a fellowship, petitioner prays the King to supple the rigour of the statute, and declare it suspended in petitioner's particular. Underwritten,
3. i. Reference to the Attorney General to prepare such a dispensation as the case requires. Whitehall, 1631, March 1.
March 1. 4. Petition of Sir Roger Manners, of Whitwell, co. Derby, to the King. Queen Elizabeth, by her letters patent, assigned Richard Ogle and others to survey the walls and banks by the sea and marsh ground, in co. Lincoln. On petition of the inhabitants of Fleet, in that county the Commissioners ordained laws concerning the same, which laws were allowed by the late King. Pray his Majesty's ratification of the same. Underwritten,
4. i. Reference to the Attorney General to prepare the ratification solicited. Whitehall, 1631, March 1.
March 1.
Westminster.
5. Justices of Peace for Westminster to the Council. Return names of offenders in respect to the sale of bread lacking weight, with some regrators. White wheat holds at 9s. 8d. the bushel, red wheat at 8s. 8d., and oatmeal at 8s. Salt fish and Irish fish are much enhanced.
March 1.
The Duchy House.
6. Henry Viscount Falkland to Sec. Dorchester. Sends a letter for the Sec. to peruse. The style, although odd and extravagant, may work better effect than if put into words more composed and serious. Some men will sooner be fooled than persuaded to do any thing as they should do. Yet the writer is not that fool that loves his bauble better than the Tower of London.
March 1.
Dover Road.
7. Capt. John Mennes to Nicholas. On Friday last, at four in the morning, received the Lord Ambassador on board, and presently sailed. Was forced back by a great stress of wind out of the southeast, but landed him at Dunkirk at three in the afternoon on Sunday. Is back in Dover Road, where he intends to ply to and again. They talk of a certainty that the King of France has 70 ships in readiness, and will be suddenly at sea. Has received victuals for a month. Time would be saved if a greater proportion were sent together.
March 1. 8. George Carteret to the same. So soon as he had the letter of the Lords, he came down to Capt. Mennes, who received him with discontent, because his brother was dispossessed. Continues himself strange. Does what he may to gain his love.
March 1.
Whitehall.
9. William Boswell to Sir John Heydon. The Lords [of the Council of War] desire him to peruse an inclosed schedule of rates and prices [of arms], and deliver his opinion thereon. They wish him also to compare the new rate with the old, that they may certify what good is likely to arise to his Majesty and the kingdom. [Draft.]
March 1.
London.
10. The Council to Sir Thomas Jermyn. Send proclamation forbidding the planting of tobacco in those islands [Jersey and adjacent islands]. All the plants are to be destroyed, and none to presume to plant it hereafter. No tobacco is to be brought from thence into any part of this kingdom, save the Port of London. [Draft in the handwriting of Sec. Coke.]
March 1. 11. The Company of Merchant Adventurers to the States General of the United Provinces. Reply to a proposition delivered to their Committee. 1. They leave the determination of the question in dispute to the King and the States General. 2. Freedom of traffic has been guaranteed to them by the States General and also by the Town of Delft.
March 2.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Sir Henry Browne, his Majesty's Cockmaster, 1,000l., in recompence of his place and for good service therein. [Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. xii., No. 45.]
March 2.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to George Lord Baltimore 2,000l., to be deducted out of the increase of subsidy on raw silk imported. [Ibid., No. 46.]
March 2. Docquet of the same.
March 2.
Westminster.
12. The King to Lord Treasurer Weston. Bishop Laud intends to build at St. John's College in Oxford, in pursuance of their founder's will, and to perfect the house, and has prayed the King to bestow upon him 200 tons of timber, to be taken out of the Forests of Shotover and Stow wood, co. Oxon. The Lord Treasurer is to give order accordingly. [Copy.]
March 2. Docquet of the same.
March 2. Royal Licence for William Elphinston, one of his Majesty's Cupbearers, to pass beyond seas, and to take with him four others, who are of his company. [Docquet.]
March 2. 13. Reasons why the fees paid to Lord Stanhope, Master of the Posts, and to the Paymaster, should not be lessened. Since 30 May 1620, fees had been paid of 12d. in the pound to the Master of the Posts, and 12d. to the Paymaster, with 2s. 6d. on every acquittance. The posts disputed these payments.
March 3. Docquet of warrant to pay to Sir Henry Browne 1,000l. [See Sign Man., 1631, March 2.]
March 3. Letter to the President and Senior Fellows of Magdalen College, Cambridge, to admit William Leech into the fellowship which Joseph Jackson is to surrender, being in his Majesty's gift. [Docquet.]
March 3.
Westminster.
Grant to Sir William Russell, Bart, of two fines of 500l. imposed on Sir Thomas Reade in the Court of Chancery, that thereout Sir William might receive satisfaction of 500l. decreed in that Court to be paid to him with his costs. (See Vol. clxxxiv., No. 5.) [Sign. Man., Car. I., Vol. xii., No. 47.]
March 3. Docquet of the same.
March 3. 14. Petition of Thomas Thornhill to the King. A weed which grows in Spain and Barbary, called orchil, being compounded serves for the use of feltmakers, painters, cardmakers, and other trades. Petitioner has found out an improved way of compounding the same. Prays that he may have the benefit of his invention for 14 years at the rent of 20 nobles. Underwritten,
14. i. Reference to the Attorney General to prepare a grant as prayed, if he find not the same inconvenient. Whitehall, 1631, March 3.
March 3. 15. Petition of Patrick Craford and Matthew Birkenhead to the King. In April last his Majesty by letters patent created an office for granting licences and passes at Bristol and other ports, and constituted petitioners clerks of the same. Through the obstinacy of some masters of ships, the object of the same patent could not be effected. Pray for renewal of the same with certain new stipulations. Underwritten,
15. i. Order for the Attorney General to certify what he thinks meet for his Majesty to do. Whitehall, 1631, March 3.
March 3.
Rollesby.
16. Francis Mapes, Sheriff of Norfolk, to the Council. Reports the contents of three returns received from Justices of various divisions of that county respecting the state of the corn markets and the price of corn. Among the measures adopted for diminishing the consumption of grain, one was not to license ale houses but to such as would enter into a recognizance not to sell a less quantity than two full "thurdendeles" of beer, according to his Majesty's standard, for a penny. Throughout the county the price of corn was deemed excessive; in one division the authorities laid in a store, and sold the same to the poor, viz. rye at 3s. 4d. the bushel, barley at 2s. 6d., buck at 20d.
March 3. 17. Edward Viscount Wimbledon to Sec. Dorchester. Recommends to him the bearer, who had followed the writer in the war, and was one of the best engineers in the kingdom. The King had bestowed on him the surveyorship of Portsmouth. The Sec. is requested to procure him his Majesty's hand for passing a Privy Seal for it.
March 3. 18. Petition of the Fishermen of the hundred of Milton, Gillingham, Shamwell, and other parts adjoining in Kent, to the Lords of the Admiralty. Time out of memory the poor seamen and fishermen of the places aforesaid have quietly exercised their craft of fishing in Burlett and other indraughts, and have thus supported their families to the number of 2,000 persons at the least, and been always ready to do his Majesty service in the Navy. But now Lady Teynham, widow, Mr. Painter, Mr. Milton of Gillingham, and others, pretend right to these fishing places, and appropriate them to their own particular uses. Pray for protection in their ancient liberties, and that the persons named may surcease their suits. Underwritten,
18. i. Reference to Sir Henry Marten to certify what he conceives to be the true right of these poor men. Whitehall, 1631, March 3. Annexed,
18. ii. Report of Sir Henry Marten. Being informed that the petitioners have been long in quiet possession, and that the creeks in which they fish are navigable for King's ships, he thinks it much concerns the commonwealth and the jurisdiction of the Admiralty that these poor men should be protected, and that letters should be written to Lady Teynham, Painter, and Milton, to forbear interrupting the fishermen. Doctors' Commons. 1631, April 23.
March 3. 19. Copy of the preceding petition and underwritten reference.
March 3. 20. Statement of William Manfield, a gunner of Cowes Castle, as to the resistance offered by Capt. Scras and his crew on the first attempt to arrest their ship, and the subsequent arrest of Manfield on a charge of false imprisonment.
March 3. 21. Notes by Sec. Coke of the proceedings of the Committee of the Council for Trade. Claim of Lord Lindsey on Shotover and Stow wood, which was petitioned against by the Navy men and the University of Oxford, referred to a sub-committee. Citizens of London summoned to give account of their proceedings with the crown lands conveyed to them. Notes of their examination. Account of proceeds of lands sold to be furnished in 14 days.
March 3.
Dartmouth.
22. Mayor and another of Dartmouth to Henry Ashford, Sheriff of Devon. Report the price of corn (wheat the last market day 9s. 6d. and 9s. 9d.), and their measures to prevent consumption in brewing and other ways.
March 3. 23. Justices of Peace for Hants to Thomas Coteel, the younger, Sheriff of that county. Return for the Division of Kingsclere of the execution of the laws for relief of the poor; 50 apprentices bound out within the last month; watch and ward kept; the clothiers desist from employing the poor on account of want of buyers of their cloth; wheat sold at 6s. 8d. to 7s. the bushel.
March 4.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to William Alcock 500l. as the King's gift. [Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. xii., No. 48.]
March 4.
Westminster.
Grant to John Hunt and Robert Hunt of a farm called Staverdale, and lands in Wincanton and Charlton Musgrave, co. Somerset, lying within the forest of Selwood, on payment of a fine of 415l., and under a yearly rent of 10s. [Ibid., No. 49.]
March 4. 24. Petition of [Capt. Powell and others], officers who lost their places in the Low Countries, to the King. After their 27 months discharge they are unable to continue any further attendance. Pray order to the Council of War to take a course for satisfying their claims. Underwritten,
24. i. Reference to the Council of War to consider the pretensions of petitioners to reward. Whitehall, 1631, March 4.
March 4. 25. John Allen, Sheriff of city of Lichfield, to the Council. Forwards certificate of Bailiffs of Lichfield. Annexed,
25. i. Justices of Peace of Lichfield to the said Sheriff. Report on the insufficient state of the market in that city, and the high price of corn. Lichfield, 1631, Feb. 23.
March 4.
Norwich.
26. Mayor and others of Norwich to the same. The number and misery of the poor of the city have so increased that the writers have been obliged to put upon themselves, and the better rank of citizens, treble as much as they formerly paid, and all other citizens twice as much. They have borrowed 300l. to disburse in corn for the poor. Exportation of corn is still carried on at Wells and Clay, under a licence from their Lordships. Pray that it may be recalled.
March 4. 27. Lord Treasurer Weston to Attorney General Heath. His Majesty has bestowed on George Melvill and such others as have taken pains in the Star Chamber against the silkmen, for discovering the abuse of false dying of silk, 1,500l. to be paid out of the fines of the offenders. The Attorney General is to prepare a warrant for his Majesty's signature.
March 4.
Dover Castle.
28. Sir Edward Dering to Theophilus Earl of Suffolk, Lord Warden. Reports the true circumstances of a robbery committed on board a French vessel in Dover harbour, in reply to an exaggerated account of the transaction given by Laurence Dollo, the master. Before the receipt of a letter from the Earl he had investigated the matter, and had committed five of the culprits to Dover Castle. Suggests they should be tried for piracy.
March 4. 29. Certificate of Kenrick Edisbury of the amount due to Montjoy Earl of Newport, for his service in the St. Andrew as ViceAdmiral of the fleet to Rochelle in 1628: 86 days at 16s. 8d., or 15s., per diem.
March 4. 30. Account of what was gathered towards the relief of the poor in the precinct of St. Mary Bothaw: total 8l. 13s. 6d.
March 4. 31. Account of the total sums gathered for the poor in Abchurch, St. John's, and St. Mary Bothaw precincts, and in the parishes of St. Swithin and Woolchurch: total 43l. 10s. 11d.
March 4. 32. Assessment of a rate levied in St. Mary Bothaw for charges for the city: total 1l. 18s. 1d.
March 5.
Westminster.
Grant to George Dawbridgecourt of the office of keeper of Bagshot Park, in the Forest of Windsor and co. Surrey, with the fee of 5l. 6s. 8d. per annum, on surrender of Thos. Seabrooke. [Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. xii., No. 50.]
March 5.
Westminster.
Grant to Gregory Granger of the place of one of the yeoman prickers of the King's privy harriers, with the wages of 3l. per month, on surrender of Nicholas Cockain. [Ibid., No. 51.]
March 5.
Westminster.
Grant to Lancaster Gibbons, serjeant-at-arms, of a recognizance of 200l., forfeited by William Rust. [Ibid., No. 52.]
March 5. 33. Sir Guilford Slingsby to Sec. Dorchester. Inconvenience of employing the St. Claude in this present service. It will be cheaper on account of the great expense of her needful repairs to give her away and employ another ship.
March 5.
London.
34. Sec. Coke to Attorney General Heath. He may remember a grant of a new office for making billets in the nature of process in Wales conferred upon Robert Tirwhitt, his Majesty's servant. His Majesty understanding the inconveniences of this office directs the Attorney General to prepare a bill for revoking the same.
March 5. 35. Nicholas to Sir Henry Marten. The Spaniards and Dutch offer good caution to be responsible for the Spanish prize brought into Dartmouth by the Hollanders. It is his Majesty's pleasure that she be delivered upon good caution to the Spaniards.
March 5. 36. Minute of directions from the Lords of the Admiralty to Nicholas, to write to Mr. Taylor, agent to the Archduchess, that Don Carlos, Ambassador Extraordinary from Spain, had promised that the bark taken on the river Thames, near Faversham, by a Dunkirker since the peace, should be sent back, and that their Lordships request Mr. Taylor to cause the Ambassador's promise to be fulfilled.
March 5.
The Convertive.
37. Capt. Richard Plumleigh to Nicholas. They have arrived at Portland and to-morrow intend to put into Portsmouth. The Ambassador is come home in good health and very rich. They have brought in plate 80,000l. sterling, which he conceives is for the King. Their passage was short; but 11 days. The solemnities at Madrid on the Ambassador's departure and his receipt at that King's charge in his whole journey will all be trumpeted by Sir R. Winde [Wynn ?], who brings this, vivâ voce.
March 5. 38. Certificate of Henry Birkhened [Birkenhead], prothonotary of Chester, that John Young had made search among the indictments for the last three years, and could not find any indictment against Elizabeth, wife of William Rathbone, for bigamy.
March 6.
Sutton.
39. Francis Lord Deincourt to Sec. Dorchester. For parting with his house or garden he may not upon any terms. In April his wife and family will be there, so that it is not in his power to satisfy the Sec's. desires.
March 6. 40. Sir John Carleton to the same, his uncle. He is better, but his disease admits rather of amendment than recovery. As a faithful counsellor it tells him that his abiding must not be in this world. Hopes the Sec. is well recovered. If he ventures to Imbercourt desires he would remember his service to "my Lady."
March 6. 41. Theological paper indorsed by Bishop Laud, as containing "Mr. Mady's doctrine about election." The writer states the doctrine in conformity with the conclusions of the Synod of Dort.
March 7.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Sir Abraham Williams, 500l., for defrayment of the Queen of Bohemia's last lying in. [Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. xii., No. 53.]
March 7.
Westminster.
Protection for Mary Gargrave, one of the Maids of Honour to the late Queen Anne, for one year from 10 Feb. last. [Ibid., No. 54.]
March 7.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to John Dinley, servant to the Queen of Bohemia, 1,200l., in reward of his faithful service. [Ibid., No. 55.]
March 7.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Sir Abraham Williams 1,150l. for providing liveries for the servants of the Queen of Bohemia, and for beer and other provisions for her use for the year 1630. [Sign Man. Car. I., Vol. xii., No. 56.]
March 7.
Westminster.
Dispensation to Peter Turner, M.A., to hold, together with his fellowship in Merton College, Oxford, a mathematical lecture founded by Sir Henry Savile. [Ibid., No. 57.]
March 7.
Westminster.
42. The King to Attorney General Heath. The owners of Alne, Tollerton, and Meweton, within the precincts of Galtres forest, having refused to concur in the disafforestation, on terms propounded by the Commissioners and very much in their favour, the King is resolved to continue the lands of those towns within the jurisdiction of a forest and the forest laws, and to that purpose wills the Attorney General to prepare instruments for declaring the King's pleasure.
March 7. 43. Petition of Christian Countess Dowager of Devonshire to the King. The late King granted to trustees for Gilbert, late Earl of Shrewsbury, the lands of Shothull and Postern and the Champion of the Peak in co. Derby, but there are some legal informalities in the grant. Petitioner having purchased the same for her son, the now Earl of Devon, from the Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, brother and heir of the late Lord Steward, to whom Earl Gilbert conveyed the same, she prays a new grant and confirmation. Underwritten,
43. i. Reference to the Attorney General to prepare such grant and confirmation accordingly. Whitehall, 1631, March 7.
March 7. 44. Sec. Coke to Nicholas. Capt. Plumleigh says the Convertive is very tight and sound and fit for service, and only wants graving. Begs him to consider for what time she is victualled. If she have a convenient remain on board she may beat it out in the Narrow Seas till her victuals be near spent, and then come into Chatham to be graved.
March 7.
Dover.
45. Anthony Percival to the same. Will stay the Hollander who has three fifth parts of sugar from St. Thomas's, until he has answered his Majesty's tenth. Yesterday when at church the writer had word brought that they were going. He went and had them brought back from the pier head into the harbour. Believes the Holland Ambassador will complain of him for staying the ship.
March 7.
Dover.
46. Inventory of his Majesty's tenths of two-fifth parts of the sugars mentioned in the preceding article, certified by Anthony Percival, the collector.
March 7. 47. Minutes of proceedings of the Committee of the Council of War. The cases dealt with were those of Ann Bremond, Nathaniel Humphrey, brother to Lieut. Zaccheus Humphrey, John Dashfield, Thomas Heskett (see the next article), and Cyril Turnour's widow. The Committee also, in reference to the question of dressing arms determined that pikes ought to be 16 feet long, and that the stamping and marking of the arms of the Trained Bands should be left to the Lord Lieuts. and Dep. Lieuts.
March 7. 48. Petition of Thomas Heskett to the Council of War. Robert Ravenscroft, lieutenant to Capt. George Fleetwood in his Majesty's service in Denmark, died, leaving 29l. 7s. due to him, as appeared by an annexed paper. Burlamachi affirms that the money had been paid to Capt. Fleetwood's father. Prays them to take order for payment. Underwritten,
48. i. Order for Sir Miles Fleetwood to satisfy the petitioner, or shew cause why he is not to do it. St. James's, 1631, March 7.
March 7. 49. Suggestions by Edward Viscount Wimbledon as to the way in which master armourers and gunmakers may be employed and relieved in this time of peace without charge to his Majesty. Annexed,
49. i. An additional suggestion, in another handwriting, for preventing every one from selling armours, except those which they shall have bought from the Company of Armourers.
March 7.
Fareham.
50. Justices of Peace for co. Hants to Thomas Coteel the younger, Sheriff of Hants. They have appointed meetings in the division of Portsdown and will proceed as occasions are offered.
March 7.
Christ Church.
51. William Strode, public orator of the University of Oxford, to Sir Thomas Roe, at his lodging in St. Martin's Lane. Returns him thanks for his gift of a collection of the synodal letters of the Council of Basle. Lat.
March 8.
Westminster.
Release to James Levingston for all sums of money, plate, jewels and other things received of the King, and by his direction disposed of for the King's private service. [Sign Man. Car. I., Vol. xii., No. 58.]
March 8. Grant to Elizabeth Countess Dowager of Anglesea of a pension of 1,000l. per annum, with the arrears due upon a similar pension heretofore granted to the late Earl of Anglesea. [Ibid., No. 59.]
March 8.
Chester.
52. William Earl of Derby to the Council. Sent the Book of Orders to the Justices of Peace of co. Chester, and received the inclosed letter. Inclosed,
52. i. Sir George Booth to William Earl of Derby. Sends list of the Justices of the Peace, and the divisions answerable to their habitations and conveniency to meet and see these good rules observed. [Copy.]
March 8.
Wallingford House.
53. Lord Treasurer Weston to Attorney General Heath. The King grants to Lord Powys the offices of Constable of the Castle of Radnor and Steward of various manors in co. Radnor, parcel of the late earldom of March. The Attorney General is to prepare a bill accordingly.
March 8.
Wallingford House.
54. Lord Treasurer Weston to Dr. William Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, and Dr. John Bancroft and the Preservators of the Forest of Shotover and Stow wood. The King has bestowed upon Bishop Laud 200 tons of timber out of their forest. They are to cause the same to be taken of decaying trees and trees least fit for ship timber. [Copy.]
March 8. 55. Petition of Edmund Savile and Robert Benson to Lord Treasurer Weston. Thomas Lord Savile endeavours to surrender to his Majesty the several walks and lodges within the forest of Galtres, and to have from his Majesty a consideration for the same. The interest of the greater part thereof is in petitioners. They are ready to join in such surrender, and pray that satisfaction may be given them for their interest. Underwritten,
55. i. Order of the Lord Treasurer to the Attorney General to stay any surrender from Lord Savile until the right of the petitioners may be made appear. 1631, March 8.
March 8. 56. Petition of Capt. Henry Dunning to the Lords of the Admiralty. Was commander of the Miniken ketch for nine years. The said ketch being laid up, he prays to be appointed master of the St. Claude, now shortly to be employed.
March 8.
From his house in Ipswich.
57. Henry Dade to Nicholas. The business of Sir William Withypoll will much encourage lords of manors to encroach upon his Majesty's right of wreck, and will much dishearten such as belong to the Admiralty. Begs him to solicit the business effectually.
March 8. 58. Statement by Attorney General Heath of the question in dispute between the Crown and the City of London. The King, in consideration of a debt of 149,897l. 2s. due to the city, conveyed to them lands in fee farm to the value of 12,496l. 6s. 6d. per annum, those who dealt for the city verbally undertaking to make fair sales of the lands as good stewards for the King, and to reassure the residue after the city debt was paid. The city having made unthrifty bargains, whereby the King is wronged, the question is in what way he may be righted. [Copy in the handwriting of Sec. Coke.]
March 8. 59. Another copy of the above.
March 8. 60. Certificate of Capt. Phineas Pett of the sufficiency of Elias Sherbrooke to be a master carpenter in any of his Majesty's ships.
March 9.
Westminster.
61. Letters Patent whereby the King grants to Queen Henrietta Maria all manner of regal and other rights, liberties, and franchises whatsoever to be appurtenant to all the lands and tenements granted to her and to others for her. Latin. [Attested copy.]
March 9.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to George Melvill 1,500l. for his pains and charges in prosecuting a suit in the Star Chamber against divers silkmen and dyers of London, to be paid out of the fines of the offenders. [Sign Man. Car. I., Vol. xii., No. 60]
March 9. Docquet of the same.
March 9.
Hatfield Broadoak.
62. Sir Thomas Barrington to Sec. Dorchester. If there be not some speedy course taken for prevention, extreme scarcity and want are likely to fall upon the kingdom, and that county in especial. Suggests, 1. Fixing the price of corn; 2. Prohibition of malting until 20 July or thereabouts. Few are able to reach the prices of wheat; barley is the chief sustenance of the general body of the kingdom, and that sells at 6s. 4d. per bushel; 3. That every cornmaster should reserve in hand a reasonable quantity of grain for the poor; 4. The Sec. should assure himself that no corn is exported.
March 9. 63. The Company of Muscovia Merchants, now Adventurers to Greenland, to the same. Reply to the letter addressed to the Sec. by an honourable person of Scotland, respecting the treatment of Mr. Edwards (see Vol. clxxxv., No. 28). Set forth all their proceedings with Hoarth and others of Yarmouth, Hawes, a cheesemonger of London, and Mr. Edwards, and the various Orders of Council made therein from 1627 to the present time, and conclude that they have done no violence to the privileges of Scotland, but that Edwards has wronged and molested the Company.
March 9. 64. Theological Notes, entitled, "Difference between the hatred of God and Man." Indorsed by Bishop Laud, "The second part of Mr. Archer's Catechism."
March 10.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Edward Viscount Wimbledon 4,282l. 3s., and to give warrant to the officers of the New Forest for 877 tons of timber for repairing the fortifications of Portsmouth. [Sign Man. Car. I., Vol. xii., No. 61.]
March 10.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to John Mansell, appointed surveyor of the works at Portsmouth, 16d. per diem as wages, in the room of George Nevy, late surveyor there. [Ibid., No. 62.]
March 10. 65. Copy of the Privy Seal founded on the preceding warrant.
March 10. 66. The King to Sec. Dorchester, as follows:—
"Thease dispaches of Augiers ar of suche importance, that I cannot returne them to you without one worde; yet scarce two; because they ar not to bee answerd, hastilie; &, by the grace of God, I shall be soone with you; onlie I will say, his opinion is not amiss. C.R. Thursday, 9 a kloke at Night."
Indorsed by Dorchester, "From the King the 10th of March 1630 [i.e. 1630–31], he being then at Hampton Court."
March 10. 67. The King to Secs. Dorchester and Coke. Edward Norgate, one of the Clerks of the Signet Extraordinary, has for many years been employed for writing letters to the Emperor and Patriarch of Russia, the Grand Signor, the Great Mogul, the Emperor of Persia, and Kings of Bantam, Macassar, Barbary, Siam, Achine [Achen], Fez, Sus, and other far distant kings. Of late many letters of that kind have been written by scriveners and so become exposed to the public and common view. Hereafter such letters are to be written by Norgate only and his deputies. [Copy.]
March 10.
Steventon.
68. Thomas Coteel the younger, Sheriff of Hants, to the Council. Has sent two certificates on 20 Dec. and 11 Jan. in obedience to the Book of Orders. On the 5th inst. at the Assizes at Winchester the Justices required him to shew to their Lordships that there is not anything more to inform them of, the prices of corn being still the same.
March 10. 69. Sir John Wingfield, Sheriff of co. Rutland, to the same. Reports the contents of certificates of Justices of Peace of that county as to the measures taken by them to supply the markets. Wheat was at 7s. the strike. They have also taken order for execution of the laws for relief of the poor.
March 10.
Wallingford House.
70. Lord Treasurer Weston to Attorney General Heath. The offices of Avenor, Escheator, and Feodary of the Duchy of Cornwall are by inquisition found void, for not accounting for such money as Robert Langdon, who enjoyed the same, received by virtue thereof. He is to prepare a grant of the same offices to Stephen Smyth, he putting in security to account.
March 10.
The Downs.
71. Capt. John Mennes to [Nicholas]. Has plied to and again between Beachy and the Downs. The pirates he spoke of were in Helford Bay three days before. If they be not prevented they will daily grow strong. Great forces are drawing into Dunkirk, where they doubt the French.
March 10.
Mincing Lane.
72. Kenrick Edisbury [to Nicholas]. John Sommers, purser of the Seven Stars till she was employed at the Barricade by Upnor Castle, is of sufficiency to perform the place of purser in any of his Majesty's pinnaces.
March 10.
Westminster.
73. Thomas Viscount Wentworth to —. In the business wherewith he has made the writer acquainted, will do him the best offices he possibly can: takes it as an opportunity offered to lay the materials of a hearty, true friendship. Moved the Lord [Treasurer] on his behalf either for present payment or a good assignment. His answer was that upon the sudden he could not tell where to settle the business. The writer told him that after he had thought upon it a day or two the writer must put him in mind to let him have a determinate satisfaction, which he says he will do. "I shall not fail to refresh his memory, and told him, seeing you had put it into my hand, I must not leave him till I got you a good issue of your business, as the beginning of friendship and confidence betwixt us, and surely he shall find me as good as my word." Has had all this morning a violent fit of the "migram" with such dimness of sight that he hardly sees the letters as he writes.
March 10. 74. Certificate of the Mayor of Maidstone as to the quantity and price of corn, and supply and employment of the poor. The town has provided for the poor twopenny loaves of bread made of wheat and barley, of a greater weight than the baker's bread, every loaf weighing 9 or 10 oz.
March 10. 75. Draft entry, probably intended to be made on the Episcopal Register of Bishop Laud, as to proceedings against — Mady, summoned to answer for treating of predestination in a sermon, contrary to the King's proclamation. Mady asserted that "opera Trinitatis ad intra are all one, which his Lordship proved unto him was desperate heresy," and thereupon withdrew his leave to preach in the diocese of London.
[March 10 ?] 76. Notes of a sermon which treated of that pride which is said to be "the sin of many courtiers, and other great personages." The preacher described a Court, in the words "of a late reverend divine," as "altogether for money," "a mint of fashions," "an exchange of compliments," and alleged that there was "a kind of necessity for courtiers to accommodate themselves to all companies," "like the herb tripolium, which changeth colour thrice every day, being sometime white, sometime violet, and sometime carnation." [Indorsed by Bishop Laud, "Mr. Mady. The Courtiers."]
March 10. 77. Inventory and valuation by Peter Soettelinck, of the Charity of Flushing and her lading, taken 11th January 1631, in the Liberties of Faversham, by a Dunkirker; total, 722l. 5s.
March 10. 78. Copy of the same Inventory, with deduction made for such articles as were restored; balance, 458l.
March 11. 79. Report of Robert Cadman and John Brown, fishermen, of Rye, sent to the Lord Warden by the Mayor of Dover, to inform him as to the reasons of the want of fish. They attribute it to the destruction of fry, consequent upon the use of improper nets, both by French and English fishermen. [Draft, in the handwriting of Sec. Coke.]
March 11. Nicholas to Mr. Taylor, agent for the Archduchess. Requests him to see to the fulfilment of Don Carlos's promise that the Dutch pink taken in the Thames, near Faversham, should be sent back; see March 5, 1631, No. 36. [Copy. Nicholas's Letter Book, p. 91.]
March 11.
London.
80. Capt. John Mason to Nicholas. Is given to understand that Mr. Rookes has no intention to employ the Esperance, which is a daily charge to the King. Begs him to move the Lords of the Admiralty that Rookes may be enjoined to take her, on the conditions agreed upon, or that Mason may have her for fetching masts for the King's service.
March 12. 81. Petition of Hannibal Bonithon, Lieut. of St. Mawes, to the Lords of the Admiralty. Being discharged and preparing homeward, he has received from Sir Francis Vivian some reasons which he desires should be presented to their Lordships. Prays that they may be read and considered. Underwritten,
81. i. Reference to Lord Vere, Master of the Ordnance, to advertise what has been certified on past surveys of the importance and use of St. Mawes Castle. Whitehall, 1631, March 12.
81. ii. Horace Lord Vere to the Lords of the Admiralty. Reports that in the survey made by Sir John Ogle and others in 1623, St. Mawes Castle is described as of good strength, and well situated, and out of the reach of Pendennis' shot, but overtopped with high ground. 1631, March 18.
March 12. Notes by Sec. Coke, of proceedings of the Committee of the Council of Trade. Principally relating to the proposal for a Company for supplying the kingdom with salt at 2s. per bushel (see Vol. clxxvii., No. 74.) The objections of the Essex men were delivered in by Sec. Dorchester, and the undertakers spoken with. A proportion or share in the Company offered to all the petty houses, i.e., small makers of salt, which the Committee thought reasonable. [See 1631, March 3, No. 21.]
March 12. 82. Petition of Capt. William Scras to the Lords of the Admiralty. Apologizes for the resistance of his servants to the arrest of his ships, and for procuring warrants to arrest the Lieutenant and gunner of Cowes Castle. Prays for his discharge out of custody, and the release of his ships.
March 12. 83. Petition of Edward Powell to the same. In August last, he had a Privy Seal for the King's moiety of the Dolphin, of Shoreham, and a warrant thereon from the late Viscount Conway, Vice-Admiral of the Isle of Wight, to Mr. Jolliff, his deputy. Jolliff had long before sold the ship, and had neglected to give petitioner satisfaction. Prays that he may be sent for.
March 12.
London.
84. Sir Henry Mainwaring, Sir Paul Harris, George Fielding and Richard Dike to the same. They had called before them Sir Thomas Button, and William Davyle, his Majesty's solicitor for prize goods, and had examined the accounts concerning the true quantity of salt on board the St. John, of Dunkirk, the truth of which they return therewith. Inclosed,
84. i. There was on board when the ship was taken about 90 lasts of salt and 24 hogsheads of aqua vitæ. Sir Thomas Button acknowledges to have taken out 30 lasts of salt, which he sold for 89l. The rest of the lading he delivered to Capt. Button to be delivered to the Bristol Commissioners, who received about 50 tons of salt and 15 hogsheads of aqua vitæ.
March 12. 85. Copy of a postscript to the warrant of Montjoy Earl of Newport, for his pay as Rear-Admiral of the Fleet employed to Rochelle. A former warrant had been granted which was said to be lost. The object of the postscript was to prevent the payment of both warrants.
March 12. 86. Draft of the same postscript.
[March 12.] 87. Charles Willis to Sir Francis Nethersole. Sends a petition to the Queen of Bohemia, which he prays Sir Francis to second. Underwritten,
87. i. Matthew de Quester to Sir Francis Nethersole. Prays him to recommend the suit contained in the petition before mentioned. London, 1631, March 12. Inclosed,
87. ii. Petition of Charles Willis to Elizabeth Queen of Bohemia. Prays her to write to the Governors of the Charter House to admit petitioner's son, John Willis, as a scholar.
87. iii. Form of letter suggested to be written by the Queen of Bohemia to the Governors of the Charter House in accordance with the above petition.
87. iv. Similar form of letter to be written by the Queen of Bohemia to Sir Robert Dallington, Master of the Charter House, requesting his furtherance to her request.
March 13. Docquet of release to James Levingston. [See Sign Man. 1631, March 8.]
March 13. The like of warrant to the Secretaries of State for letters to certain foreign princes, to be written by Edward Norgate. [See 1631, March 10, No. 67.]
March 13. Warrant to deliver to Gregory Granger, one of his Majesty's huntsmen, certain parcels of stuff yearly, for his livery. [Docquet.]
March 13. 88. Justices of Peace of the Isle of Wight to the Council. Report the store and price of corn, and the measures taken by them to reduce its price, and carry into execution the laws for relief of the poor.
March 13. 89. Abstract of Statutes for reforming the abuses of unlawful fishing.
March 13. 90. Account of sums paid into the Exchequer as loans for the public service, distinguishing such as have been repaid. Among the sums and persons mentioned are, in Easter Term, in the fourth year of the reign, Cornelius Vermuyden, 10,000l.; Viscount Bayning, 20,000l.; Viscount Campden, 2,500l.; Lord Dunsmore, 2,000l.; Sir William Courteen, 3,000l. Easter Term, in the sixth year, Sir James Bagg, 12,000l.; Thomas Isaak, of Devon, 1,500l.; 23 Dec. 1630, Sir James Bagg, 2,000l.; 2 March 1631, Sir John Hippisley, 1,000l.; 7 March, Burlamachi, 2,000l., and 13 March, 2,000l.
March 14.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Horace Lord Vere, 5,000l., in satisfaction of his accounts for disbursements for provisions for the army in the pay of the late King in the Palatinate, whereof Lord Vere was General, and also for his pay on that occasion. [Sign Man. Car. I., Vol. xii., No. 63.]
March 14. Docquet of the same.
March 14.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to René Augier and Henry De Vic, remaining in France for the King's service, 120l., due for port and postage of letters. [Sign Man. Car. I., Vol. xii., No. 64.]
March 14. Docquet of the same.
March 14.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Susanna, Countess of Denbigh, 250l. for a faucet diamond ring, taken up by her for the King's service. [Ibid., No. 65.]
March 14. Docquet of the same.
March 14.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Lewis Richard, Master of the Music to the late Queen Anne, and the present Queen, 800l., for breeding up two youths by direction of the said late Queen. [Ibid., No. 66.]
March 14. Docquet of the same.
March 14.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Sir Robert Anstruther, Ambassador Extraordinary to the Emperor and other princes of Germany, 647l., for his extraordinary expenses in his employment to Ratisbon. [Ibid., No. 67.]
March 14. Docquet of the same.
March 14.
Westminster.
Commission to Bishops Laud and Neile, Sir Henry Marten, Judge of the Admiralty, Sir Nathaniel Brent, and William Sammes, and Hugh Barker, Doctors of Law, to hear and determine a suit for dilapidations, to be brought by Bishop White, of Norwich, against Archbishop Harsnet of York, his predecessor in the see of Norwich. Lat. [Ibid., No. 68.]
March 14. Docquet of the same.
March 14.
Westminster.
Grant to Stephen Smyth, of the offices of Avenor, Escheator, and Feodary, within the Duchy of Cornwall, void by the forfeiture of Robert Langdon. Lat. [Ibid., No. 69.]
March 14. Docquet of the same.
March 14. Warrant to the Lord Treasurer to pay to Sir John Harvey, Governor of Virginia, 500l. for transportation, and 1,000l. per annum for entertainment, out of the customs and duties of tobacco and other goods imported from Virginia. [Docquet.]
March 14. The like to pay to Walter Montagu, 1,100l. for his Majesty's secret service in France. [Docquet.]
March 14. 91. Note of timber suggested to be taken out of certain of the King's woods, for repair of Chertsey Bridge.
March 14.
Kempston.
92. William Cater, Sheriff of co. Bedford, to the Council. Sends certificate of Justices of Peace of that county, respecting the prices of grain. Inclosed,
92. i. Certificate above mentioned. The markets are sufficiently provided; wheat at 8s. 6d. 1631, March 12.
March 14.
Portsmouth.
93. Capt. Richard Plumleigh to the Lords of the Admiralty. Would readily obey their order to bring the Convertive to Chatham, and by the way to put a bark into Dunkirk; but he has now on board but 16 days' provision, and the wind is come up northerly. The readiest way will be to fit up the Henrietta or the First Whelp, either of which he would see furnished with 8 days' victual out of the Convertive. But if they pitch on the Convertive, they must give order for 14 days' victual at the least.
March 14.
Portsmouth.
94. The same to Nicholas. Thanks for his good wishes, but he is 360l. in debt more than when he undertook the employment. Hopes his Majesty will give him means to breathe in his service. Comments on the subject of the preceding letter, and begs speedy directions.
March 14.
Portsmouth.
95. The same to Sir Francis Cottington. Recapitulates the reasons against his going to Dunkirk, and the suggestion in his letter of this date to the Lords of the Admiralty.
March 14.
On board the Tenth Whelp, Portsmouth Harbour.
96. Capt. Sidrack Gibbon to [Nicholas]. Capt. Plumleigh having order to convoy some bark to Dunkirk, has sent his officers aboard Gibbon's vessel, to know whether she would be sufficient. She is not thought fit by reason of her weakness, but if the King will adventure the ship, Gibbon and his company will adventure their lives. Or there are the First and Third Whelps, either of which may be fitted with men out of the Tenth, and with victuals out of the Convertive.
March 15.
Westminster.
Grant to Hugh Justice, of the office of Serjeant Plumber to the King. Lat. [Sign Man. Car. I., Vol. xii., No. 70.]
March 15. 97. Bishop Howson, of Durham, to Bishop Laud. Has given order for singing the Nicene Creed. Sends the previous orders given by him, which he submits to Bishop Laud's correction. Mr. Cosin has sent him certain Articles entitled "The conditions whereupon the Prebendaries offer agreement with the Dean." The first five the writer settled by the Statutes of the Church, the two last were referred to a chapter-meeting, but only three of the prebendaries appeared and nothing was done. The writer then added a few more orders, which if Bishop Laud finds cause Bishop Howson will review. He has provided for uniformity of service according to the ancient use of that Church, before the late alterations which have bred all these quarrels. Has just received a letter from Bishop Laud. Reserves himself for a further answer.
March 16. Docquet of grant to Hugh Justice. [See Sign Man. 1631, March 15.]
March 16. Warrant to the Officers of the Household to pay to Arthur Dodington, one of the Grooms of the Privy Chamber in ordinary to the Queen, 20l. per annum for wages and entertainment. [Docquet.]
March 16. Warrant to the Great Wardrobe, to deliver to Thomas Langhorne, his Majesty's skinner, certain cloth and other things for a livery yearly. [Docquet.]
March 16. 98. Justices of Peace for co. Hertford to the Council. Report their proceedings respecting corn in the Hundreds of Edwinstree and Odsey. Their strict looking to the markets is an occasion that the markets are the smaller, the corn dearer, and new shifts and devices found out to prevent doing of good, which they cannot suddenly meet withall. Barley being the poor man's bread corn in those parts, they have restrained the making of malt. Wheat is 8s. 6d. per bushel.
March 16.
Basle.
99. Doctor Wolgang Mayer to Sec. Dorchester. Prays him to furnish some pecuniary relief to the writer's son, who, although admitted to the Bachelors' table at Trinity College, Cambridge, requires, as the writer learns from Mr. Shirley his tutor, 20l. per annum for other expenses. He is now 12l. in debt. Urgently intreats his aid. Lat.
March 16.
Whitehall.
100. Lords of the Admiralty to Capt. John Mennes. Michael Cornelius Kint, Captain of the St. Peter of Rotterdam, has lately taken many ships belonging to his Majesty's subjects contrary to the league with the United Provinces. If the St. Peter shall come near Capt. Mennes, he is to make stay of her until further order.
March 16. The same to Sir Thomas Button, Admiral of ships employed on the coast of Ireland. To pursue his instructions formerly given by their Lordships. [Minute. See Vol. clvii., p. 114 b.]
March 16. 101. Sir Miles Fleetwood to the Committee of the Council of War. At his son's leaving England to serve the King of Sweden, he directed a servant of Sir Miles to receive two sums unpaid him in the Denmark service, 50l. for raising his company, and 89l. for conduct money, but no part of the same has been received. Prays them to direct the amounts to be paid to him, and then he shall be ready to give satisfaction to the petitioner; see No. 48.
March 16. 102. Thomas Thornhill to the Lords of the Admiralty. Particular of grievances under which Thornhill daily suffers, to the great damage of his Majesty's service and to Thornhill's loss. They consist in endeavours made to prevent the search for saltpetre, by laying soap ashes on the earth, paving cellars with stone, or filling them with gravel.
March 17.
Westminster.
Grant of denization to John Manikee, Daniel Cannon, Peter Vendrick, Nicholas Bouchard, and Anne Mehoult, with proviso that they shall pay customs as strangers. [Sign Man. Car. I., Vol. xii., No. 71.]
March 17.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay Sir William Uvedall, Treasurer of the Chamber, 783l. 13s. 4d., to be paid to certain of the Queen's servants for apparelling her Majesty's houses in 1627, 1628, 1629, and 1630. [Ibid., No. 72.]
March 17.
Westminster.
Grant to Richard Ledesham of the keeping of the King's wardrobe, at Greenwich, with the fee of 8d. per diem for himself, 4d. for his servant, and 3l. per annum for wood and coals for airing the stuff. [Ibid., No. 73.]
March 17.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Sir Henry Vane, Comptroller of the Household, 400l., for secret service during his late embassy to the United Provinces. [Ibid., No. 74.]
March 17. 103. Sir Henry Marten to the King. Reports the facts relating to a Portuguese prize brought into Dartmouth by a ship of Middleburgh, acting under a commission from the Prince of Orange. The owners alleged that she had been rescued by a Dunkirker, but the proof seems to be otherwise, and they now rely on a clause in the last treaty with Spain that no favour is to be yielded to the enemies of that country. The writer reminds the King that in the treaty of Southampton, of 1625, there is an express clause that the States may bring their prizes into the King's harbours. It may be thought hard to deprive them of that liberty without notice.
March 17. 104. Petition of Sir George Paul to the King. On surrendering the office in the King's Bench, which he held under the late Duke of Buckingham, he was put in hope of obtaining a dispensation to exempt him from shrievalty and other services. In consideration whereof, and of his infirmities, being about 68 years of age, he prays for a grant of such dispensation. Underwritten,
104. i. Reference to the Attorney General to certify whether the petitioner was freed from the services mentioned by his former office. Whitehall, 1631, March 17.
March 17.
Hinton.
105. John Lord Poulett to Sec. Dorchester. The bearer is Mr. Mayes, who comes to solicit his own affairs, and to convey a sick child of the writer, whom he has sent to wait that good hour when, amongst others, she may receive the grace and benefit to be touched by his Majesty's blessed hands, which, if it may be hastened, may be the preservation of a poor weak child, and a great obligation to the writer's wife and himself.
March 17.
St. Martin's Lane.
106. Sir William Alexander to Sec. Coke. His Majesty a month ago directed a Privy Seal to be drawn up, with a blank for a sum to be filled in by his own hand, for the Earl of Angus, in consideration of a Privy Seal which he has for part of the portion given to his son by his Majesty with the Duke of Lennox's sister.
March 17. 107. Bishop Howson, of Durham, to Bishop Laud. Gives him an historical narration of the innovations in the service in Durham Cathedral, which began with the omission of the prayers at six in the morning, intended especially for householders and servants, and usual in other cathedrals. This alteration giving great offence, at the suit of Justice Hutton and many others, the six o'clock prayers were restored, whereupon "the innovating part" ordered the customary Morning service so, by reading more than is usually read, and by a great variety of music, that they wearied the congregation with extraordinary long service, beginning after eight of the clock, and continuing till after eleven. To remedy this the Bishop conceived that the Nicene creed might occasionally be read instead of sung, as also the petitions of the people after the ten commandments. These alterations gave general content, the people, after their own parochial services, which were early, coming by troops to the cathedral, there being no set sermon in the morning in the whole city.
March 17. 108. Observations concerning the uniformity of Common Prayer and Service in the Church of England, and administration of the Sacraments. Collected by Bishop Howson, of Durham, for his own use, and sent by him to Bishop Laud. They relate principally to the distinction between the services for Sundays and week days, and the propriety of dividing the Sunday Morning service prescribed by the Prayer Book into several parts to be read at different hours in the forenoon.
March 17. 109. Copy of the same.
March 17. 110. Estimate for the new range of buildings to be erected by Bishop Laud, at St. John's College, Oxford; total, 1,055l.
March 17. 111. Plan or outline of the two Quadrangles at St. John's, with note by Bishop Laud that 2,478l. 6s. 8d. had been paid in, and that there remained to be paid 722l., besides the statues in brass.
March 18.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Sir Richard Wynn, Treasurer to the Queen, 800l. for her Majesty's service. [Sign Man. Car. I., Vol. xii., No. 75.]
March 18.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Francis Longston, merchant, 200l. due to the citizens of Stade for 16 lasts of Dantzic rye, taken up by Sir Charles Morgan, General of the forces under the King of Denmark, during the siege of that city. [Ibid., No. 76.]
March 18.
Westminster.
Grant to Serjeant Richard Ward and Anthony Lamplugh, the King's servants, of the forfeitures accruing to the Crown by the outlawry of Ferdinando Hudleston, after payment of debts. [Ibid., No. 77.]
March 18. 112. Petition of John Medley, armourer, to the King. Had been appointed to the office of the armoury, with 400l. pension for keeping the armoury and making new 50 horsemen's armours. Had been petitioned against by Sir Thomas Jay, Master of the Armoury, and not having been supplied with money had been unable to execute the works he undertook to do. Had received only 50l. of the expenditure, of which he incloses an account. Prays order that he may be supplied with money for performance of his work, and may receive a pension of 200l., with authority to be surveyor of the armoury in the Tower. Inclosed,
112. i. Account of expenditure of 54l. including 5l. which Sir Thomas Jay constrained Medley to lend to him.
March 18. 113. George Rookes, Robert Grove, Robert Tockley, Elias Jurdan, and Robert Woodroffe to the Council. Complain of the capture of the James of London, and the Bride, taken by Capt. Bontemps after the peace with France, and carried into Dieppe. Solicit restitution.
March 18. 114. Notes by Nicholas of information derived from Sir Henry Marten, respecting the conservancy of the Thames, and the inefficient way in which it is managed under the Lord Mayor by the Water Bailiff. The right below bridge is in the Lord Admiral. Lord Admiral Nottingham sold his right to the City for 600l., but could only sell it for his own time. [It appears from memoranda by Nicholas, that he had been directed, probably by the Lords of the Admiralty, to make inquiries which solicited the above information.]
March 18. 115. Petition of Captain Henry Hastings and the master and company of the Dove of Minehead to the Lords of the Admiralty. Under letters of reprisal petitioners took a Spanish carvel on the 3rd Dec. last. She was sent home, but by foul weather was driven into Limerick, where she was seized and the crew treated as pirates. Pray warrant for redelivery of the carvel and restitution of her cargo.
March 18. 116. Petition of Capt. William Scras to Lord Treasurer Weston. Has made contempt by disobeying two warrants out of the Court of Admiralty and approving the arrest of the Lieutenant and gunner of Cowes Castle of which the Lord Treasurer is Governor. Craves pardon and discharge.
March 18. Nicholas to Sir Fulke Greville. On submission of Capt. Scras, the Lord Treasurer and the Earl of Dorset are pleased that he and his ships shall be discharged. [Copy. Nicholas's Letter Book, p. 92.]
March 18. 117. Account of sums owing to the Levant Company for impositions. Total 3,932l. 9s. 9d.