Charles I - volume 152: November 17-30, 1629

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'Charles I - volume 152: November 17-30, 1629', in Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1629-31, (London, 1860) pp. 98-111. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/domestic/chas1/1629-31/pp98-111 [accessed 13 April 2024]

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November 17-30, 1629.

Nov. 17.
Westminster.
Warrant to cause the rent of 6,000l. per annum, and the moiety of the profits above that sum, reserved on the farm of the Customs in Ireland, to be paid into the Exchequer there, notwithstanding they were reserved payable into the Exchequer in England. [Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. xi., No. 39.]
Nov. 17. 1. Petition of Robert Chamberlayne, late Gunner of the George, drumbler, to the Lords of the Admiralty. Having been deprived of his late place, prays to be appointed gunner of the Lion.
[Nov. 17 ?] 2. Certificate of Capt. Thomas Ketelby of the good conduct of Robert Chamberlayne whilst gunner of the St. Claude.
Nov. 17. 3. Petition of Robert Smyth, Messenger Attendant on the Lords of the Admiralty, to the same Lords. Rode to Dartmouth, and thence brought up Pascho Jago and John Crewkerne, late Mayor and Town Clerk. Being discharged they refuse to satisfy him without directions from the Lords. Prays directions accordingly.
Nov. 17. 4. Petition of the conformable part of the Clergy of the Diocese of London and co. Essex to Bishop Laud. Pray him to take the state of his diocese into consideration, and without relaxing the tie by which the petitioners stand obliged to the lawful ceremonies of the Church, to enforce the irregulars to conform with the petitioners; and if any are found to be either superstitious or profane, that he will "proceed with t'one and t'other" according to his wisdom and discretion. [Signed by 41 incumbents of parishes in Essex.]
Nov. 17.
Oxford.
5. Report of Dr. Wm. Juxon, Dr. John Bancroft, and Dr. Gamaliel Bridges to the Council, on certain differences between the Dean and Chapter of Christ Church, Oxford, and the students of that house. The disputes turned principally on the amount of allowances made to the students. The report states fully the several allegations of the students, the answer of the Dean and Chapter, the replies and rejoinders of the students and the Dean and Chapter, and the observations of the Commissioners, who confined themselves to ascertaining the facts, and referring them to the consideration of the Council.
[Nov. 17 ?] 6. Account exhibited to the referees above mentioned by the Dean and Chapter of Christ Church, in which appears the amount of their income, and its mode of appropriation.
[Nov. 17 ?] 7. Reply of the students to the preceding account of the Dean and Chapter.
[Nov. 17 ?] 8. Articles of covenant annexed to the Book of King Henry VIII's valuation of the revenues of the Dean and Chapter of Christ Church, referred to in the observations of the referees above mentioned on the allegation of the students respecting the King's allowance.
Nov. 17. 9. John Popham to his cousin Endymion Porter. Intreats him to use his endeavours that the Lord Treasurer would be present on Monday next, on the hearing of a cause between the writer and Sir Thomas Hinton.
Nov. 17.
Southampton.
10. John Knapp to —. William Nicholas conveyed out of the Hopewell, from St. Christopher's, about 4 cwt. of tobacco, and when Mr. Cannon and the writer required the tobacco to be carried to the King's storehouse, Nichols drew his dagger, and swore he would thrust it in them if they meddled with any tobacco there.
Nov. 18.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to James Maxwell, one of the grooms of the bed chamber, 2,100, in reward of service performed to the King. [Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. xi., No. 40.]
Nov. 18.
Westminster.
Pardon to William Roe for stealing goods from Nicholas Carwithie and George Langworthy. [Ibid., No. 41.]
Nov. 18. 11. Petition of James Heydon to the King. His Majesty bestowed on the prisoner certain cross-bows remaining in the Tower, for which he undertook to make a pond on Hounslow Heath, for breeding and storing the river with fowl, at a cost of 200l. But he has not made 50l. of the cross-bows. Prays the King further to bestow on him the waste iron pieces and shot, lying about the Tower. [Underwritten is a reference to the officers of the Ordnance to know the value of the waste iron alluded to.]
Nov. 18. 12. Petition of Abraham Johnson, Robert Ramsey, and Bartholomew Cloyse, a German engineer, to the same. Johnson has invented and shown to the King engines to mount water high by less strength of man, and to draw weight with less strength of horse, than can be done by any means now known; and Cloyse has invented engines to get up mud out of rivers, to clear grounds from superfluous water, and "to blow water on height for quenching of fire." Pray that all persons may be prohibited from using these inventions for 14 years. [Underwritten. Reference to the Attorney General to prepare Letters Patent for the sole using of these inventions accordingly. Whitehall, 1629, Nov. 18.]
Nov. 18.
Whitehall.
13. Order of Council. His Majesty has received information of the unseemliness and deformity appearing in Cheapside, by reason that men of mean trades have shops there amongst the goldsmiths, which it is his pleasure to have reformed. The two Lords Chief Justices are to consider what laws there are to enforce the goldsmiths to plant themselves for the use of their trade in Cheapside, Lombard Street, and the parts adjacent, and to return a certificate thereof in writing. Underwritten,
13. i. Appointment for the parties whom it may concern to attend the Chief Justices. 1630, April 21.
Nov. 18. 14. Officers of the Navy to the Lords of the Admiralty. Send certificate of persons of best experience appointed to survey Mr. Harby's cordage aboard the Martha and the Ann. It appears that the cordage made at Chatham and Woolwich is stronger than the Russia cordage; if materials were provided, his Majesty might always be served with cordage without unnecessary cost.
14. i. Certificate above mentioned. 1629, Nov. 13.
Nov. 18.
Ragley.
15. Foulke Reed to Lord President Conway. The bearer brings a brace of does, the best killed there in many years. Has paid for the carriage 13s. 4d. Details of accounts and other affairs there.
Nov. 18. 16. Names of certain ministers beneficed within five miles of Chelmsford: three added, and apparently one struck out by Bishop Laud.
Nov. 19. Regrant in socage to Sir Garrard Sammes, of the manor of Little Totham, co. Essex, with licence to enclose 200 acres for a park for deer. [Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. xi., No. 42.]
Nov. 19. 17. Officers of customs of London, and masters of the Trinity House to the Lords of the Admiralty. To remedy the loss sustained by small barks accustomed to trade for Calais, Rouen, and Dieppe, such trade being now carried on in French vessels, it is suggested that for all those places the vessels should go by turns, first an English bark then a French. Inclosed,
17. i. Considerations to be had in regulating the lading of shipping for Hamburgh, Amsterdam, Zealand, and Rotterdam, chiefly by turns as recommended above for France.
Nov. 19. 18. Copy of the preceding letter and inclosure, made for Lord [Dorchester?] who is to remember the same at the next conference with the French and States ambassadors.
Nov. 19.
On board the Convertive, Kinsale Harbour.
19. Sir Thomas Button to the Lords of the Admiralty. Ever since his arrival in that kingdom, there has been such extremity of storms, that no ship has been able to sail for Bristol. Sends Capt. Rice with the Ninth Whelp to let them know the cause of his stay. Order for victuals from the Lords Justices arrived last night. Upon his life will not lose an hour of what he may gain by leave of weather. Begs order to the customer that they may be supplied when they come to Bristol.
Nov. 20.
Westminster.
Congé d'elire to the Dean and Chapter of Rochester, that see being vacant by promotion of the late incumbent to the bishopric of Bath and Wells. Lat. [Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. xi., No. 43.]
Nov. 20.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Susan Countess of Denbigh, 500l. in full of 1,500l. disbursed by her in buying a rich bedstead and furniture for the King. [Ibid., No. 44.]
Nov. 20.
Westminster.
Presentation of Thomas Barton, M.A., to the rectory of Eynesbury, co. Huntingdon, void by simony. Lat. [Ibid., No. 45.]
Nov. 20.
Westminster.
Grant to Edward Wilson and John Haslam of the offices of Forester of Kettlewell and Bowbearer of Wensleydale and other petty offices, co. York, void by the death of John Robinson. Lat. [Ibid., No. 46.]
Nov. 20.
Westminster.
Protection to William King, one of the Messengers of the Chamber, for one year. Lat. [Ibid., No. 47.]
Nov. 20.
Westminster.
Royal assent for Walter Curle, D.D., Bishop of Rochester, to be Bishop of Bath and Wells, that see being vacant by death. Lat. [Ibid., No. 48.]
Nov. 20. 20. Lord President Conway to Sir George Croke, justice of the King's Bench. Recommends to his service John Merrell, many years clerk to Mr. Justice Chamberlain. [Draft.]
Nov. 21.
Bibury.
21. John Randall to Sec. Dorchester. Expresses his penitence for some misdemeanour committed in the presence of "his great honour," and the Secretary, under the influence of a satanic delusion. The writer was a clergyman.
Nov. 20.
Bristol.
22. William Willett to Nicholas. Reports progress in unlading the prize sent in by the Convertive. Will report in person ere long as he is coming up to put an end with Capt. Harrison. Expects some of Sir Thomas Button's fleet with the next westerly wind, their victualling being near out.
Nov. 21.
Whitehall.
23. The Council to Archbishop Harsnet of York. Send copy of a letter written to Sir Richard Hawkesworth, and pray him to see that Sir Richard conform himself thereto. [Copy.]
Inclose,
23. i. The Council to Sir Richard Hawkesworth. The Archbishop of York, who was prayed to inform himself respecting the differences between Sir Richard and his lady, having reported that he had endeavoured in vain to settle those differences, but was of opinion that their child should remain either with Sir Henry Goodrick and his lady, being the grandfather and grandmother, or with his mother, the Council wholly approve that opinion, and appoint that Sir Richard shall pay for his maintenance 30l. per annum, and forbear the suit commenced against Sir Henry Goodrick, for detaining the child. The Archbishop and the Lord President of the Council of the North have been charged to see to the performance of this order. [Copy.]
Nov. 21.
Westminster.
Dispensation to David Stokes, M.A., to hold with a prebend of Windsor and chantership of Chichester, his fellowship in Eton College, during his life. [Sign Man. Car. I., Vol. xi. No. 49.]
Nov. 21.
Westminster.
Grant of Incorporation to the Master, Warden, and Fellowship of Taylors in Oxford. [Ibid., No. 50.]
Nov. 22. 24. Report of Lord Keeper Coventry on an annexed petition of William Robinson, registrar of affidavits in Chancery, and John Robinson his brother. The late King granted the said office of Registrar of Affidavits to Richard Frampton for life, and the reversion to the petitioner William Robinson and Zouch Allen. William Robinson being in possession and all the other parties dead, he prayed for a new grant to himself and his brother. The Lord Keeper reported in favour of granting the prayer of the petition. Underwritten,
24. i. Reference to the Attorney or Solicitor General to prepare a bill accordingly. Whitehall, 1629, Nov. 22. Annexed,
24. ii. Petition above mentioned of Wm. Robinson and John Robinson to the King.
24. iii. Reference to the Lord Keeper for report. Greenwich, 1629, June 10.
Nov. 22.
Fleet.
25. Sir Richard Grosvenor to Mr. Osbolston. It was by his means that, through Lord Dorchester, the writer procured a protectection. Some of his creditors have endeavoured to make the same fruitless. One of them, Thomas Bennett, has carried himself violently, saying the Lords were abused, and the business a base business, and Sir Richard a base fellow, and a smooth-tongued puritanical companion. He presumes on the favour of Sir Humphrey May. Begs him to acquaint Lord Dorchester, and to entreat him to stand the writer's friend on the hearing before the Council.
[Nov. 22 ?] 26. John Giffard to the Lords of the Admiralty. Reasons why he cannot leave the making of saltpetre in cos. Worcester, Hereford, and Salop, without great prejudice to his reputation and estate.
Nov. 23.
Westminster.
Pardon to Robert Wright, late of Southwark, brewer, for clipping coin. Lat. [Sign Man. Car. I., Vol. xi. No. 51.]
Nov. 23.
Westminster.
Revocation of a presentation of Robert Babb to the vicarage of Milverton, co. Somerset, void by simony, and presentation of Thos. Wood, B.D., to the same. Lat. [Ibid., No. 52.]
Nov. 23.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Philip Burlamachi 11,500l. for pictures and statues, for which the King has contracted with Daniel Nys, or as stated in the docquet, Daniel Lys, merchant. [Ibid., No. 53.]
Nov. 23. 27. The King to Attorney General Heath. To prepare bills for granting to Robert Henley and Samuel Wightwick the office of Chief Clerk for enrolling pleas in the King's Bench, lately surrendered by the said Attorney General and Sir George Paul; and also for confirming to the said Chief Clerk all his rights, &c.
Nov. 23.
Mitton.
28. Foulke Reed to Lord President Conway. Sends 100l. Long details of accounts with the tenants at Ragley, and of an accident to a mare which fell into a well eleven fathom deep, and was got out with great difficulty.
Nov. 23.
Her house in Dean's Court, Westminster, where the Earl of Bristol lay the last Parliament.
29. Mary Croft to the same. Has a business to acquaint him with which will prove beneficial to him, and time must not be foreslowed. Begs him to come to his house in Westminster, and send a servant to let her know when he is there.
Nov. 23. 30. Examination of Chevalier Bois Gaudry in the handwriting of Secretary Coke. Relates his services in procuring information for the late Duke of Buckingham, who carried him with him to dinner at the Lord Mayor's, and thence to the Duchess of Richmond's, where the King and Queen were. On the King's return to Whitehall, witness was brought to him by the Earl of Holland, and, in the duke's presence kissed the King's hands. Mason, who now follows the Marquis Hamilton, and taught French to "Lady Mary Buckingham," was sent to fetch the writer in a coach, by the duke. His information came through Sir Robert Ouseley [Wolseley] and Bartlett his agent.
Nov. 23.
The Downs.
31. Sir Henry Mervyn to Nicholas. Begs him to favour the bearer, whom Sir Henry formerly wrote about, and who is now come up to solicit for the place of gunner. If the cook of his ship should die, prays that William Sparkes may be appointed. If he has not a speedy supply of victuals, he shall complain in richer phrase, and give over penurious language. If the [Fourth] Whelp is not to be re-victualled, begs for a warrant to send her in. Peter White is at Dover, unlading the Hamburgher.
Nov. 23. 32. Copy, as stated in Bishop Laud's indorsement, of three Sermons preached by Mr. Edwardes [of St. Botolph] without Aldgate, about Obedience, on Titus iii. 1.
Nov. 24. 33. Agreement between Dr. Humphrey Ayleworth, Bray Ayleworth, and Lucy his wife, made on the mediation of Lord President Conway, for settlement of disputes between Sir Rich. Tracy and Bray Ayleworth and his wife, sister to Sir Richard.
Nov. 24. 34. Notes of examinations, in the handwriting of Sec. Coke, concerning Pere Monseau, one of the Queen's priests, the Chevalier Bois Gaudry, Mr. Gifford of Shillington, Walter Coleman, a bull said to have been brought into England to allow Recusants to go to church twice a year, and other matters relating to Roman Catholics.
Nov. 24. 35. Account of Sir Clement Cottrell, Vice-admiral for co. Lincoln, of profits of his vice-admiralty from 20 Oct. 1628, until 1 Nov. inst., total 5l. 3s. 4d. At the end of his account he enumerates the lords of manors who claimed wreck along the sea-coast of his vice-admiralty.
Nov. 25.
Whitehall.
36. The Council to Sir David Foulis. They have communicated to the King his letter, with the two writings annexed. The King is contented with the freedom and ingenuity of his answer; but it is thought necessary that he come up thither, and bring with him a letter specified in the Proposition [for bridling the insolency of Parliaments], at the summing up the account of the value of the projects. [Draft in the handwriting of Sec. Dorchester.]
Nov. 25.
Donington.
37. Henry Earl of Huntingdon, to the Council. Sends account of the musters for co. Leicester. The foot are complete; the horse much better than they were. The officers from the Low Countries are fully satisfied. Incloses,
37. i. Certificate of forces in co. Leicester. Totals, trained bands, 500; private arms, 500; corslets, 411; muskets, 589; horse, 100.
Nov. 25.
On board the Ninth Whelp, King Road, near Bristol.
38. Capt. Anthony Rice to the Lords of the Admiralty. Transported the Earl of Cork into Ireland, and Lord Falkland into England. Put out from Kinsale the 23rd, with six days victuals. Sir Thos. Button had received order for victuals for the Convertive and the Fifth Whelp for 20 days; but of Rice's ship there was no mention. Solicits victuals, ten more men, and four additional pieces of ordnance.
Nov. 25.
North Berwick.
39. Sir John Hume to Lord President Conway. Since the receipt of his last letter, the Lord Chancellor [of Scotland] has been very sick, and still keeps his bed. If Lord Menteith be coming down, suggests Lord Conway's speaking to him to dispatch the business. Sends articles which he hopes will need no alteration. They differ from the former only on three points, which he comments upon. Incloses,
39. i. Abbreviation of the articles which Sir John Hume is content to agree to in the treaty of marriage between Sir George Hume and Mistress Mary Conway.
Nov. 25.
Toddington.
40. Sir John Tracy to Lord President Conway. Sends a present of venison, and hopes his health may be such, that Sir John may say he has been honoured by Lord Conway's eating of it.
Nov. 25.
The Downs.
41. Sir Henry Mervyn to Nicholas. Sends certificate of victuals on board the [Fourth] Whelp, that he may see her necessity. Letters from France relate, that new articles of peace 'twixt us and France were proclaimed last week at Bordeaux, with freedom of commerce; also a remonstrance of much favour to those of the religion, and the King of France is going or gone for Italy, with an army of 80,000, which is 40,000 above the ballad. The Hamburgher will be unladen this day. Inclosed,
41. i. Certificate of Capt. Jo. Richardson and others, master and officers of the Fourth Whelp of what victuals are left in her on the 24th Nov. inst.
Nov. 25. 42. Charge of munition on board the Prince, riding at Chatham; Peter Philcott, gunner.
Nov. 25.
Florence.
43. [William? Villiers] to [Endymion Porter.] Has not had any of his pension paid since his departure, although Porter obtained the King's order for it, and his promise for its continuance. Intreats him to remind his Majesty.
Nov. 25. 44. Report of Richard Hore and Richard Parne, preservators of the forests of Shotover and Stow wood, as to the improper manner in which trees reserved for ship timber had been selected.
Nov. 26.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Sir Abraham Williams, agent for the Lady Elizabeth, or to Philip Burlamachi, 1,500l. monthly, for defraying the charges of the household of the Elector Palatine and the said Lady Elizabeth. [Sign Man. Car. I., Vol. xi., No. 54.]
Nov. 26.
Westminster.
Discharge to Robert Ducie, of the money ordinarily payable on grant of a baronetcy. [Ibid., No. 55.]
Nov. 26.
Westminster.
Licence to Sir Thomas Thynne, sheriff of co. Somerset, to reside at Long-Leat, co. Wilts, during his shrievalty. [Ibid., No. 56.]
Nov. 26.
Westminster.
Grant of Baronetage to Robert Ducie, Alderman of London. Lat. [Ibid., No. 57.]
Nov. 26.
Westminster.
Protection to William Todderick, the king's servant, for one year. [Ibid., No. 58.]
Nov. 26.
Whitehall.
45. The King to Attorney General Heath. To correct a clerical error in the bill lately signed containing a grant to Pembroke College, Oxford, of the advowson of the church of "St. Tooles" in Oxford.
Nov. 26.
Aelnefoot.
46. Deputy Lieutenants and others of co. Cumberland to the Council. On the 24th instant, arrived a ship of 40 tons, pretended to be a prize taken from the Spaniards. The writers have agreed, on the desire of the master, on the first spring tide to remove the ship into Workington, and cellar up her goods, until the King's pleasure be signified. Inclose examinations. Inclosed,
46. i. Examinations taken before Sir Patricius Curwen and others, of Cornelius Discar and others, the ship's company of a vessel bound for Dunkirk, but captured by the Spy of Dover, and driven ashore by tempest. They give a brief account of the capture and subsequent course of the ship. Since her capture she had been called the George of Dover. 1629, Nov. 24.
Nov. 26.
On board the Lion, in the Downs.
47. Sir Henry Mervyn to the Lords of the Admiralty. Gives account of what goods were found on board the Nightingale, and desires to know if he shall discharge her.
Nov. 26. 48. Sir Henry Marten and Attorney General Heath, to the same. Report on the dispute between the Earl of Worcester and Mr. Herbert, respecting the right to a pinnace driven ashore at Oystermouth, co. Glamorgan. The reporters recommend the trial of her crew, whether they be pirates or not, and the sequestration of the vessel in the mean time.
Nov. 27.
Westminster.
Warrant to the Lord Treasurer to pass to Edward Sydenham one of the King's equerries and Anne his wife (one of the daughters and co-heirs of Sir Edward Cooke deceased), a pension of 600l. per annum, on surrender by the said Edward Sydenham of his present pensions amounting to 400l. per annum. [Sign Man. Car. I., Vol. xi. No. 59.]
Nov. 27.
Westminster.
Grant to Edward Earl of Dorset of the offices of high steward, of the Honor of Grafton, cos. Northampton and Bucks, with the keepership of the parks of Grafton and Hartwell as formerly granted to the late Duke of Buckingham. [Ibid. No. 60.]
Nov. 27.
Westminster.
Dispensation to William Peterson, one of the King's Chaplains in ordinary, to hold the rectory of Porlock, co. Somerset, together with the rectory of Diptford, co. Devon.
Nov. 27.
Weymouth and Melcombe Regis.
49. Mayor of Weymouth to the Council. There are come into the chiefest place of the harbour, two French ships of war, who say they are two of the French King's ships employed to scour the Narrow Seas of pirates. The writer sent to them to see their commission, and they refused to bring or send it, but sent him a copy, as they say, which he incloses. The town has been once burnt by the French, and the inhabitants are afraid what mischief these Frenchmen intend.
Nov. 27. 50. Dr. Ny. Styward to Lord President Conway. Since one point of the difference between Mr. Scrope and the writer is whether there were 297 acres, or no, of the corn which Mr. Scrope sold, the writer prays that the Lord President and Sir Humphrey May would appoint some person to measure the ground and report to the King.
Nov. 27. 51. Sir Sackville Crow, Sir Thomas Aylesbury and Dennis Fleming to the Lords of the Admiralty. The matters laid to the charge of George Nusom [Newsom,] keeper of the house in London where the officers of the Navy meet for dispatch of business, are most of them proved to the contrary, and the poor man has already suffered beyond the quality of any offence objected, having been beaten by Sir Guilford Slingsby's man, and by Sir Guilford, felled with a pocket pistol, his head broken and he left for dead, his hair tugged off, suspended from his place, and at last turned out of doors; for redress whereof the writers would reinstate him but Sir Guilford threatens to thrust him out again, which wilfulness they leave to the judgment of the Lords.
Nov. 27.
On board the Lion in the Downs.
52. Sir Henry Mervyn to the same. Reports his having stayed the Peter of Shoreham, Richard Graseden, master, laden with barley. The master has no papers and gives contradictory accounts of himself. Prays immediate instructions, for the corn begins to heat. Beseeches them to remember the supply of victuals for his ship and the Whelp.
Nov. 27.
Sandwich.
53. Gerard John Vossius to Sec. Dorchester. His arrival at Canterbury, admission into a canonry, and friendly reception there. Acknowledgment of the great honours paid to him in England. Should have returned to London from Canterbury, but finding a ship of war about to sail with a fair wind he intended to take adadvantage of it and return to Flushing. Begs the Secretary to excuse his sudden departure to the King. Lat.
Nov.
The Downs.
54. Sir Henry Mervyn to Nicholas. Comments on the contradictions of the master of the vessel laden with corn mentioned in his letter of this date to the Lords of the Admiralty, No. 52, P. S. Meat, for the Lord's sake, for poor prisoners.
Nov. 28.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Arthur Hopton, Secretary to Sir Francis Cottington, Ambassador extraordinary to Spain, 20s. per diem from 26 October last. [Sign Man. Car. I., Vol. xi. No. 62.]
Nov. 28. 55. Petition of Richard Michell, shipwright, and Edmund Foreman, boatswain, of the Judith, to Wm. Earl of Pembroke, one of the Lords of the Admiralty. The Earl having sent to the Officers of the Navy to inform him what course were most fit, to pay the petitioners for their employment above bridge, in the Judith, under Sir Alexander Napper, they pray for speedy payment.
Nov. 28. 56. Chevalier de Bois Gaudry to Sec. Coke. Sir Thomas Wolseley and Sir Robert and his lady have been with the writer, desiring him that if ever he wishes for liberty he should deny the information which he had given against them. Indignantly refuses to do anything of the kind. Lord Coventry will be astonished when he finds how Sir Robert has taken advantage of him. The priest Walter Colmer has not been arrested as the Sec. had directed. The pursuivants are too fond of money to be able to serve the King.
Nov. 28.
Suffolk House.
57. Prospectus in the hand-writing of Sec. Coke, and apparently agreed to at a meeting held this day at Suffolk House, for the institution of a Company of Adventurers for competing with the Dutch in their fisheries. A stock of 11,000l. or 12,000l. was to be raised; preparation to be made for building, as a commencement, 40 busses; and a committee was appointed, which comprised Sir John Wolstenholme, Burlamachi, Sir William Russell, Peter Rycaut, and others.
Nov. 29.
Chester.
58. Wm. Earl of Derby to the Council. Sends muster-roll for co. Lancaster, with copy letter of the Deputy-Lieuts., which he prays them to have read before them for their better satisfaction. Inclosed,
58. i. Dep. Lieuts. of co. Lancaster to Wm. Earl of Derby and James Lord Strange, Lord Lieuts. Report the writer's proceedings in taking the musters of co. Lancaster.
Nov. 29.
On board the Lion in the Downs.
59. Sir Henry Mervyn to the Lords of the Admiralty. Daily complaints of English taken by Dunkirkers have given him cause to consider the redress thereof. The Hollanders have many brave ships in our seas, and when the winds are such that the Dunkirkers cannot come out, they lie close to their town, but when the wind gives them an outlet, the Hollanders stand over for the English coast, and as soon as they have intelligence that they are gone, they ply to the westward, a day after the fair, with such a noise as if they intended wonders. Complains of the Hollanders victualling their ships with 1,400 or 1,500 men from Sandwich, which differs not from transporting victuals. If the Lords would let him have 6 ships with a pink and a pinnace, the charge for which would be 18,347l. 6s. per annum, he should hope to do the state some acceptable service.
Nov. 29.
On board the Lion in the Downs.
60. The same to Nicholas. Sends the above letter, and prays him to put the Lords in mind of their victuals. Has written to Sec. Coke, who haply will be more careful therein than some others. Is weary of complaining of pursers who disorder by their cheating the whole service.
Nov. 30.
Westminster.
Warrant to repay to Jeffrey Kerby, of London, 20,000l. lately paid into the Exchequer by way of loan. [Sign Man., Car. I., Vol. xi, No. 63.]
Nov. 30. 61. Sir Nicholas Poyntz to Lord President Conway. Having received the King's reference, solicits the Lord President to call before him the writer and his counsel, who will make it appear that there was never so unjust a proceeding against a gentleman of Sir Nicholas's rank.
Nov. 30.
Adisham.
62. Dr. Walter Balcanquall to Sec. Dorchester. The next month is his month of waiting. Some no great friends to a Synod of Dort's man may misconstrue his absence to his Majesty. Begs the Secretary to excuse his absence to his Majesty by reason of having broken his leg.
Nov. 30. 63. Description of the Island of Lewes, with narrative of the endeavours of the Dutch, countenanced by the Earl of Seaforth, to establish a fishing station in that island; in the handwriting of Sec. Coke, and by him derived from conference with Mr. Hay, agent for the Burghs of Scotland, sent to London to oppose a patent obtained by the Earl of Seaforth for erecting Stornoway into a free burgh.
[Nov. 30?] 64. Minutes in the handwriting of Sec. Coke of the course to be adopted with the patent to the Earl of Seaforth mentioned in the last article, which had been stayed in Scotland, and was then in the custody of Sir William Alexander.
[Nov. 30?] 65. Clauses out of the Earl of Seaforth's patent deemed specially objectionable; certified by Sir William Alexander, Secretary for Scotland. [Copy.]
[Nov. 30?] 66. Capt. John Mason to [Sec. Coke.] Suggestions for settlement of the difficulties respecting the island of Lewes by establishment of a Company of adventurers of naturalised Scottishmen, who should purchase the island, and establish fishing stations thereon with privileges similar to those about to be granted to the Hollanders.
[Nov. 30?] 67. Suggestions by Sir William Monson how to proceed in the establishment of a fishing about Orkney, Shetland, and Lewes. Besides the granting of privileges to fishing adventurers, he proposes the institution of a government in every island, the erection of a principal town in each, the instruction of every child of the islanders in the English or Scottish language, with other education according to their abilities, and the hindering correspondence between the inhabitants of the islands and the Highlanders, considering the danger of their too great friendship, "who are naturally the most dangerous and worst people living."
[Nov. 30?] 68. Copy of the same.
[Nov. 30?] 69. Further suggestions of Sir William Monson concerning the advantages to be derived from the encouragement of fishing. The paper contains many particulars of the comparative amount of trade in the hands of England and Holland.
[Nov. 30?] 70. Calculation by Sir Wm. Monson of the loss which results to England from the employment by the Dutch of sixty ships in exporting fish caught on the coasts of England.
[Nov. 30?] 71. Statement of advantages which the Dutch will derive from the possession of Lewes.
Nov. 30. 72. Brief of Sir Robert Harley's Accounts of the Mint, from the 27th November 1626; from which it appears that his receipts for those three years had fallen short by 367l. 12s. 2½d. of 500l. per annum.
Nov. 30.
Office of Ordnance.
73. Account of armours and pieces of armour delivered into the Office of the Armoury since 13 May 1620, being the remainders returned to the office after the expeditions to Cadiz, Rhé, and Rochelle, and suits purchased in the Low Countries or manufactured by the armourers of London.
Nov. 74. The King to Sir Henry Vane, ambassador to Holland. The late King granted the ministers of the English congregations in Holland liberty to assemble as is used in the Walloon churches, but assuming to themselves the power of creating ministers and framing new liturgies, the present King forbad their further assembling. In case, seeing their error, he finds them, as stated by John Forbes, minister of the English merchants at Delft, more moderate, and that they can hold themselves to the first intention, the King likes well that Sir Henry should allow their meetings yearly, giving account thereof to the ambassador.
Nov. 75. Copy of the same.
[Nov.?] 76. Petition of Henry Moore, prisoner in the New Prison, to the King. Has been prisoner full eight months, on suspicion of being a priest. The Council referred him to the Archbishop of Canterbury, who persists in his disfavour upon some private dislike. Prays that he may be discharged on sureties.
Nov.
Whitehall.
77. Sec. Dorchester to Sir Wm. Uvedale, Treasurer of the Chamber. Form of warrant to pay to Matthew de Quester the sum due to him for conveyance of packets from 1 April to 2 Oct. last. [Underwritten are memoranda that similar warrants were signed successively for similar accounts up to 4 April and 25 Oct. 1630, and 11 November 1631; also for Robert Francis, postmaster of Chester, from 1 April to 30 Sept. 1630, and from 1 Oct. 1630 to 31 March 1631.]
[Nov.?] 78. Richard James to Sec. Dorchester. He wants not pen and paper if it were possible for him to recollect anything more whereby to clear himself or blemish Mr. St. John. About July last the writer came into Sir Robert Cotton's great chamber and found him and St. John viewing coins. He was willed by Sir Robert to take Mr. St. John into the upper study, and there let him search among some bundles of papers for business of the Sewers. If, in turning those, he mentioned the projecting pamphlet there pretended to be found, the writer entered into no further consideration of it. Believes it was never in keeping with them, nor ever seen by Sir Robert Cotton, until he received it from the Earl of Clare. Beseeches the Secretary to mediate for his freedom.
Nov. 79. Account of fees received at the Signet Office during this month.
Nov. 80. Wm. Burrell to Nicholas. Certifies his knowledge of John Aldridge who desires to succeed his brother Augustine Aldridge as Master Carpenter of the Bonaventure.
Nov. 81. List of King's ships at Portsmouth: ten in all.
[Nov. ?] 82. Deposition of Robert Ley, that Samuel Liston, on the 12th November inst., bravingly said that he was a companion for King Charles, and at the same time uttered certain immodest words, accompanied with indecent gestures, respecting the Queen.
[Nov. ?] 83. Answer of the Commissioners of Sewers for cos. Northampton, Huntingdon, Cambridge, &c., to the proposition of the Undertakers for Draining the Fens. The undertakers demand as recompense for their intended work that lands should be assured to them in fee simple. The authority of the Commissioners is only to levy a rate, and they cannot procure any such preposterous assurance beforehand. But if the undertakers will be constant to their first proposition, which was to receive a moiety of the profit of their work, the Commissioners will be ready to give them all lawful furtherance. Among the signatures are those of Bishop Dove, of Peterborough; Thomas Cotton, Sir Frances Fane, Sir Miles Sandys, Sir Oliver Cromwell, H. Cromwell, J. Cromwell, William Fitzwilliam, Francis Quarles, Thomas Glapthorne.
[Nov. ?] 84. Similar answer of the Commissioners of Sewers for co. Suffolk. They have no surrounded grounds that lie long under water, but only such as are sometimes overflowed for a short time, which overflowing much enricheth those grounds, so that more draining would be very hurtful to them. These grounds are worth 13s. 4d. an acre, and cannot be spared or bettered by the industry of the undertakers.
[Nov.] 85. Numbers of the trained bands for co. Northampton certified by the Earl of Exeter: totals, corslets, 290; muskets, 310; horse, 100.