Charles I - volume 188: April 1-20, 1631

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1631-3. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1862.

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April 1–20, 1631

April 1. 1. Petition of Richard Jolliff, late Deputy Vice-Admiral of the Isle of Wight under Lord Conway, deceased, to the Council. Can do nothing in the complaint against him by Edward Powell respecting his Majesty's gift of a moiety of the Dolphin, of Shoreham, until he has made up his accounts with Lord Conway. Prays to be allowed to go home to perfect the same. What is remaining in his hands shall be presently paid.
April 1.
St. Bartholomew's.
2. Mary Countess of Westmoreland to Sec. Dorchester. If her son have not the deputation of the Forest of Rockingham alone, she beseeches that Sir Lewis Watson (a gentlemen very able and always ready in his Majesty's service) may have no command over him.
April 1.
3. John Hassall, Dean of Norwich, to the same. Their Bishop has the same power of calling preachers to the Cathedral which the Bishop of London has of summoning preachers to Paul's Cross. He describes the solemnity which attends these sermons, which are preached in the winter within the Cathedral, and from Easter to Michaelmas in a place called the Green Yard, where stands a pulpit very like Paul's Cross. This pulpit being lately re-edified is to be beautified with the arms of the King and three or four of their prime nobility. Requests him to send down his coat of arms for insertion by the next week's carts, the work being done whilst he is High Steward of the Church.
April 1.
Ludlow Castle.
4. Sir John Bridge[man] to the same. Received his letter, with the King's command for holding Trinity Term in future at his Majesty's house at Tickenhill. Finds that all necessary provisions have been laid in at Ludlow, and that there is no provision at Tickenhill, nor can any be made that year without extraordinary charge, especially in that time of dearth. Desires to know the King's pleasure. [Much mutilated.]
April 1. 5. Note in the handwriting of Nicholas of answers to various petitions to the Lords of the Admiralty, directed to be given by Sec. Coke. Among the petitions are two from Capt. Jewell.
April 1. 6. Petition of Abraham Sampson and William Caine, boatswain and gunner of the Fourth Whelp, to the Lords of the Admiralty. Their ship was lent to King's Lynn for guard of the ships of that town and others in that bay. She was employed above a year in that service. The towns will only pay for eight months. There is due to petitioners pay for 17 weeks more. Pray payment. Underwritten,
6. i. Reference to the Officers of the Navy to certify what is due. Portsmouth, 1631, Aug. 3.
6. ii. Officers of the Navy to the Lords of the Admiralty. Certificate that there remains due for wages of petitioners 15l. 16s. 9d., accrued due whilst the ship was in harbour at Lynn.
April 1. 7. Petition of Capt. Walter Turner to the Lords of the Navy [Admiralty]. Sets forth his services in the expeditions to Cadiz, Rhé, Rochelle, Algiers, Guernsey and Jersey, and prays command of one of the ships now to be employed.
April 2.
8. Sir Thomas Button to the Lords of the Admiralty. Mr. Alcock claims 45l. for provisions formerly supplied to Sir Thomas's pursers. Prays that the amount may be ordered to be satisfied, so that there may be no cause of stop to the service.
April 2. 9. Petition of Capt. Andrew Powlett to the same. Has long attended according to his Majesty's reference. Prays that he may have the command of the St. Claude.
April 2.
10. Sir Thomas Button to Sec. Dorchester. In obedience to the command of the Lords left the town with all the speed he could, although his own affairs were in such distracted state that without his favour he is like to be ruined. Begs him to procure payment of a warrant upon the Treasurer of the Navy, overdue four years. If it be not done this next term he shall have such extents and judgments come on his lands that his wife and seven children will be turned a begging. The King took the warrant from the writer, and assured him that when the Sec. came to him he would give order for it. Another thing is that the writer having the custody of a fort in Ireland, young Mr. Skipwith had begged it over his head. Prays him to give stop to any such thing.
April 2. 11. Petition of Capt. Thomas March to Sec. Coke. Having attended 14 days for an answer to his petition to the Lords of the Admiralty (see Vol. clxxxvii., No. 5), during which time they have not held a court, prays the Sec. to give directions to Nicholas to write to the Mayors of Lynn and Boston, to call such as have not paid towards the expense of the Fourth Lion's Whelp before them, to show cause why they should not contribute.
April 2.
Tower Hill.
12. Sir Sampson Darrell to Nicholas. Begs him to procure a warrant for four commissions, to enable him to buy corn and other provisions for his Majesty's service. Cannot possibly procure the delivery of the victuals, unless he can receive 1,000l., according to the Lord Treasurer's promise. Hopes to behave himself so carefully as to hear his Lordship speak mildly, and not in thunder as he has done hitherto.
April 2. 13. Articles objected by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners against William Turner, of Oxford, printer, and Michael Sparke, James Bowler, and Solomon Turner, of London, booksellers. The defendants are charged with having printed, without licence, two books, "The Antithesis, &c." and "Lame Giles his Haltinges," and afterwards caused them to be bound and sold; also that they sent copies of the same for sale to booksellers at Cambridge; also that, without authority, they procured to be printed at Oxford by William Turner the Book of Promises, Markham's Method, Dent's Sermons of Repentance, five Sermons of Dr. Preston, Dent's Sermons in Welsh, and Ferrard's Prayers, books entered at Stationers' Hall to other men; that Sparke, although within 10 years past several times committed to prison and admonished, and although he promised to submit to his governors as other moderate men do, has yet been more refractory and offensive than ever; that he also seized and detained Richard Tomlins, a messenger of the chamber, charged to seize the Book of Promises and attach Sparke.
April 4. 14. John Nicholas to his son Edward Nicholas. Mr. William Herbert will speak to "my Lord" for a grant to Edward Nicholas of the writer's place in Claringdon [Clarendon ?]. Suggests that it should be managed by a grant to both of them, and the longest liver, as "my Lord" does not like to grant reversions. Rumours that Sir Francis Cottington is in great favour, and shall be Secretary in Lord Dorchester's place. Mentions his son Butterworth and his daughter Elliot.
April 4.
15. Mayor of Dartmouth to Henry Ashford, Sheriff of co. Devon. Reports state of the markets. Wheat at 10s. per bushel.
April 5/15.
16. James Duke of Lennox to Sec. Dorchester. Thinks of going out of town in two or three days. His Majesty's deferring the writer's brother's going into England, will give him leisure to go through with his exercises.
April 5. 17. Petition of Capt. Thomas March to the Lords of the Admiralty. Answers the petition of some imbecile and weak people, the boatswain and gunner of the Fourth Lion's Whelp, who have complained without cause (see No. 6). He paid them 40s. a month for eight months. If they are entitled to the dead pay, the surplus of what he paid them when in service and for ship keeping will discharge it.
April 5.
The Downs.
18. Capt. Francis Hooke to Nicholas. Explains his delay in reaching the Downs. A gunner's boy being sick was sent to his father's, where he died within two days of the sickness, and the house was shut up. Thought it little discretion in him to go presently aboard.
April 5.
19. Mayor and others of Portsmouth to Thomas Coteel, the younger, Sheriff of Hants, or Robert Poore, Under-sheriff. Report their execution of laws for relief of the poor. Not sufficient store of corn for 20 days. Residents in the town and liberties 600 persons at the least.
April 5. 20. Information of Robert Bridges of Hillere Land in Mailescott, in the parish of Bicknor, in the Forest of Dean, co. Gloucester. On 25 March 500 persons with two drums, two colours, and a fife, assembled themselves together armed with guns and pikes, and threw down near 100 perches of ditching newly made, and shot off pieces charged with bullets against deponent's house, which they threatened to pull down if he spake a word. They committed also many other acts of riot, ending by proclaiming with an "O yes!," that if deponent made the like work against Mayday next, they would be ready to do him the like service again. [Copy.]
April 6. 21. Petition of divers shopkeepers, tradesmen, artisans, and other citizens of London, to the King. Great deceit is practised in making gold weights with the King's stamp both in London and in Holland, which is the cause of extreme losses amongst the King's subjects. This abuse was formerly complained of in the Lord Mayor's Court, where it was examined and proved, and upon petition to the King it was referred to consideration, but nothing as yet settled. Pray redress. Underwritten,
21. i. Reference to the Council. Whitehall, 1631, April 6.
21. ii. Order for the Lord Mayor to send in, by Wednesday next, the proceedings and proofs mentioned in the petition. Whitehall, 1631, June 1.
April 6. 22. Petition of Elizabeth, wife of William Rathborne, [Rathbone ?] of Franckby, co. Chester, to the King. Being married to her said husband, and living with him in an orderly manner, she was, by cunning practices of William Bryerton, John Griffith, and others, drawn into Wales, and there so wrought upon that she married with Bryerton, with whom she continued but one day and night. Understanding that, although not legally questioned (see Vol. clxxxvi., No. 38), she has incurred the offence of felony, she prays for a pardon. Underwritten,
22. i. Minute that the King grants the petitioner a pardon, and refers the preparation of the same to the Attorney General. Whitehall, 1631, April 6.
April 6.
23. Order of Council. By letters from the Ambassador at Constantinople, and the complaint of the merchants trading in the Levant Seas, it appeared that the Grand Signor had forbidden the transport of corn out of his dominions, and had proceeded with great severity against some offenders. It is therefore ordered that none of his Majesty's subjects, upon pain of his displeasure and the uttermost penalties, and paying damages which the Levant merchants may incur, shall export any corn out of the Grand Signor's dominions in the Archipelago or elsewhere. [Much faded.]
April 6.
From her house.
24. Mary Countess of Westmoreland to Sec. Dorchester. Was loth too much to disorder his eating hour, much more to keep him in the cold, therefore writes to urge him to use his influence to prevent her son being ousted from the Keepership of the Forest of Rockingham. Shows the inconvenience of grants to other persons and the consequent diminution of her son's influence.
April 6.
25. Thomas Horne to the same. Recommends to his favour a young man who has lived in the houses of the Bishop of Chichester and Mr. Windebank, and is now in that of Judge Whitelock. He is accused to have counterfeited the King's signet. He was not in the [Signet] Office during the period within which the offence was committed. He was hired to write in the office during the time of Mr. Windebank's waiting.
April 6. 26. Sir Henry Frankland to Sir John Gibson, Sheriff of co. York. For the wapentakes of Birdforth and Allertonshire, he is the only person in the commission of the peace. Lord Fauconberg and his son are in London; Sir Thomas Dawney lives altogether in the West Riding.
April 6. 27. Declaration of Capt. Lancelot Alford. Was called from the service of the States at the instigation of Sir William St. Leger. Has received all entertainments accrued due from his Majesty, but never had any gratuity.
April 7.
28. The King to Attorney General Heath. Warrant to prepare a commission for the repair of the cathedral church of St. Paul in London, directed to Commissioners mentioned in a paper annexed, and in a form thereunder written. Annexed,
28. i. List of intended Commissioners.
28. ii. Form of commencement of intended Commission. Underwritten,
28. iii. Form of intended Commission.
April 7.
29. Sir Thomas Button to the Lords of the Admiralty. Prays them to send down the 45l. claimed by Mr. Alcock, or order Mr. Willett to pay it, until when they will not put on board the Ninth Whelp the month's provision to carry her for Ireland. If his creditors take any hard course against him or his estate, by reason of his sudden departure without receiving money, beseeches the Lords to send for them.
April 7. 30. Petition of William Cox, late gunner of the Maria, to the same. The pinnace Maria being ordered for sale, he was discharged without payment. The sale of the pinnace being now restrained, he prays that he may be restored, or order taken for his future employment and payment of the money due to him.
April 7. 31. Sec. Dorchester to Sir Henry Marten. It is the King's pleasure that he proceed with the cause touching the Portugal prize brought into Dartmouth by Daniel Vandenburgh, captain of the Middleburgh, of Middleburgh. [Copy.]
April 7. Minute of request of Mr. Chamber that the Sec. would cause his petition for transportation of pipe staves to be read at the Committee to which it was referred by the Council. [Written on the same paper as the preceding.]
April 8. 32. The King to Bishop Laud of London, President, and to the Chapter of St. Paul's. That church being destitute of a principal minister, by the decease of Dr. Donne, the late Dean, the King had appointed for supply thereof, Thomas Winniff, D.D. and Dean of Gloucester. They are to proceed forthwith to his election. [Copy.]
April 8.
33. John Toppe, Sheriff of Wilts, to the Council. Reports price of corn, which had decreased; names of Justices in the several divisions of the county, and what had been their proceedings. Many apprentices had been bound, and where the watches are duly kept, vagabonds and wanderers suddenly vanish.
[April 8 ?] 34. Certificate of Justices of Peace for Sussex, of measures taken for relief of the poor in the rape of Hastings.
April 8. 35. Mary Countess of Westmoreland to Sec. Dorchester. Hopes her putting him in mind to speak with Lord Holland, frees her son of any neglect towards his Lordship. Hearing his patent is passed, supposes he will not defer resolving.
April 9.
The Garland, in the Downs.
36. Capt. John Mennes to Nicholas. His victuals will be spent on Tuesday next. Hears that four pirates once in four or five days make Torbay their rendezvous, and do much mischief. Two East India ships have arrived, and a Dutchman from the West Indies, very rich in silver, but he will acknowledge no such matter. He stays for a convoy.
April 10.
37. The King to Sir Robert Ducie, Lord Mayor, Archbishop Abbot, Lord Keeper Coventry, Archbishop Harsnet, Lord Treasurer Weston, Henry Earl of Manchester, Keeper of the Privy Seal, Robert Earl of Lindsey, Lord High Chamberlain, Thomas Earl of Arundel and Surrey, Earl Marshal, Philip Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, Lord Chamberlain, Theophilus Earl of Suffolk, Lord Warden, Edward Earl of Dorset, Lord Chamberlain to the Queen, the Earls of Salisbury, Exeter, Carlisle, Holland, and Danby, Viscount Wimbledon, Sec. Dorchester, Lord President Wentworth, Viscount Falkland, Bishops of London, Winchester, Ely, and Norwich, Edward Lord Newburgh, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Sir Thomas Edmondes, Treasurer of the Household, Sir Henry Vane, Comptroller of the Household, Sir Thomas Jermyn, Vice-Chamberlain of the Household, Sec. Coke, Sir Francis Cottington, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Robert Naunton, Master of the Court of Wards, Sir Julius Cæsar, Master of the Rolls, Chief Justices Hyde and Richardson, Sir Heneage Finch, Recorder, Sir Robert Heath, Attorney General, Sir Richard Sheldon, Solicitor General, Sir Henry Marten, Judge of the Prerogative Court, Aldermen Sir William Bulstrode and Sir Thomas Middleton, Sir Henry Spiller, Sir Robert Pye, Aldermen Sir Hugh Hammersley and Sir James Cambell, Dr. Thomas Winniff, Dean of St. Paul's, Nicholas Raynton, Ralph Freeman, Rowland Heylyn, Robert Parkhurst, Richard Fenn, Sir Maurice Abbot, Henry Garway and Sir William Acton, Aldermen, Dr. John Mountford, and Dr. Henry King, Residentiaries of St. Paul's, Francis Windebank, one of the Clerks of the Signet, William Noy, William Hackwell, Edward Wymark, and Robert Bateman, Chamberlain of London. Commission for the repair of St. Paul's, London. [Printed, 4to. Lond. 1631.]
April 10.
The Hay Castle.
38. Thomas Gwyn, Sheriff of co. Brecknock, to the Council, Has received certificate that on the 1st inst. wheat was sold in the market of the Hay, being the chief corn market of that county, for 7s. the bushel.
April 10.
39. John Lord Poulett to Sec. Dorchester. The return of his sick child with so much amendment has much revived a sick father. The writer is much joyed that his Majesty was pleased to touch his poor child with his blessed hands. whereby God's blessing accompanying that means he has given the writer a child which he had so little hope to keep that he gave directions for her bones, doubting she would never be able to return, but she is come safely home and mends every day in her health. Thanks to himself and his noble lady, for having been troubled with such a guest. Thanks also for his care of the gentlemen recommended to his favour.
April 11.
Holywaie. [Holloway ?]
40. Edmund Saeller to Sec. Coke. Burett writes that by reason of the Emperor's and King of Spain's soldiers, who are quartered in and about their city, his coming over has been deferred. As soon as the States' armies are in the field, he hopes they shall be freed of them, and then he intends to repair hither.
April 11.
41. Francis Bassett to Nicholas. Announces detention of two Biscayan men-of-war suspected of piracy. On inquiry one was discharged, when the Captain of the other made the Marshal's deputy drunk, and all of them got away, killing one of the townsmen who endeavoured to stay them. Has written to Bristol, Wales, and along the North Channel, where they are gone.
April 11.
42. Certificate of Nicholas Simpson, Mayor of Queenborough, that John de Lew [Leuw] of Campvere, Master of the Virgin, coming from Colchester to Queenborough, was chased by a Dunkirker, and ran his ship ashore on the Isle of Sheppey, whereupon the Dunkirker took the ship off the shore and carried her away.
April. 11.
St. Albans.
43. Justices of Peace for co. Hertford to Sir John Boteler, Sheriff. Report the measures for relief of the poor adopted in St. Albans, and that part of the hundred of Cashio. [Mem. by Sir John Boteler that that return was certified to the Council.]
April 12.
44. The Council to Capt. John Mennes. Capt. Peter Andrewes is lately come from Virginia in a ship laden with tobacco, now in Plymouth. He intends to convey the same into the Low Countries contrary to the King's proclamation. If he come into any place where Capt. Mennes remains, he is to compel him to give good security for bringing the tobacco to the Custom-house in London.
April 12. 45. Justices of Peace for co. Hants to the Council. Report their care of the markets and observation of the laws for relief of the poor within the division of the New Forest. Wheat is at 7s. 6d. the bushel.
April 12.
Castle of Haverford West.
46. John Laugharne, Sheriff of co. Pembroke, to the same. Has received certificates from the Justices of Peace that the strike of wheat containing eight gallons is sold at 4s. 10d.
April 12.
47. Sir Thomas Glemham to Sec. Dorchester. Is pressed to move him on behalf of Thomas Hoarth, of Yarmouth, who has a difference with the Greenland Company. His suit is, to receive quick despatch. He lost last year 2,000l. by being stayed when he was ready to go for Greenland.
April 12. 48. Henry Viscount Falkland to the same. Sends the paper which he called for yesterday respecting the matter referred to him. As he has a heart sensible of hard measure, and confirmed to endure calamity with patience as long as it is possible to sustain it, so has he a nature apt to melt in gratitude. Sends to entertain him the three books which he promised him. Inclosed,
48. i. Note of such claims as Viscount Falkland makes to be due to him from his Majesty. They comprise 3,000l. paid nine years since as the late King's bounty to the two sisters of the present Earl of Home; 20,000l. reward promised him for his service in Ireland; and 8,000l. for the fourth part of his entertainments unpaid during his government of Ireland.
April 12.
Christ Church, Oxford.
49. Dr. Bryan Duppa to the same. Has entered Lord Bayning's name as commoner at the Canons' table, where his diet will be very good, though not altogether in that height it was lately grown to, three or four good dishes being now the ordinary stint. His tutor is Chaworth, younger brother of the Viscount of that name, and only unhappy that he is a younger brother. There wants nothing but a lodging, which the Sec. may obtain by speaking to the Bishop of Peterborough, now in London, who intends to reside at Peterborough.
April 12. 50. Petition of William Pett to the Lords of the Admiralty. Sets forth past services and losses by shipwreck, imprisonment in France and at Dunkirk, and loss of two of his sons and two servants, cast away in the Sixth Whelp. Prays to be appointed master of the Fortune, pink. Annexed,
50. i. Certificate of Phineas Pett and others, of the competency of the petitioner. 1631, April 11.
April 12.
51. Justices of Peace for co. Dorset to Sir John Meller, the Sheriff. Certificate that they had held their monthly meeting for the division of Blandford, and, upon information, had levied divers sums of money upon alehouse-keepers, for small measures and unlawful entertainment, and also upon drunkards, Sabbath breakers, and profane swearers, and had distributed the amount to the poor for their relief. They had also caused rates to be made, and had done other acts in execution of the laws for relief of the poor.
[April 12.] 52. Another undated return similar to the preceding.
April 12.
53. Other Justices of Peace for co. Dorset to the same. Return in the same words as the preceding for the division of Bridport.
[April 12 ?] 54. Other Justices of Peace for co. Dorset to the same. Similar return for the division of Sherborne.
April 12.
55. Justices of Peace for co. Hants to Thomas Coteel, the younger, Sheriff of that county. Return for Basingstoke division. Wheat at Basingstoke market fell last week from 10s. the bushel to 8s. By reason of discontinuance of the work which the clothiers were wont to afford to spinners, weavers, and others, complaint daily increases. They have caused the rates to be increased, and watches are kept by night and wards by day.
April 13.
St. Bride's.
56. John Laugharne, Sheriff of co. Pembroke, to the Council. Sends list of Justices of Peace for that county, arranged according to their several divisions, for execution of the laws for relief of the poor, and suppression of vagabonds. Inclosed,
56. i. List of Justices above mentioned.
April 13. 57. Officers of the Navy to the Lords of the Admiralty. Report on a petition of the widow of — Rutelish, formerly purser of the St. Claude, for payment of 39l. 4s. due to her husband. Sir Allen Apsley not having made any demand for allowance of the same, they think the Treasurer of the Navy should be authorized to include it in his next estimate. Inclosed,
57. i. Copy reference of the petition to the Commissioners of the Navy. Whitehall, 1627, Nov. 2.
57. ii. Copy report of the Commissioners of the Navy, recommending that the amount should be answered by the Surveyor of Marine Victuals. 1628, April 30.
57. iii. Copy certificate of Stephen Alcock that the amount above mentioned had not been demanded or allowed by or to Sir Allen Apsley. 1631, April 3.
April 13. 58. Sir John Heydon to — Prickles. Cannot alter anything which the Lords Committees [of the Council of War] have determined. His answer to Mr. Boswell's last letters will express his opinion. [The question related to the charge to be allowed the armourers, for new russetting a corslet of the modern fashion.]
April 13. 59. Certificate of inhabitants of Lutterworth, co. Leicester, that John Price of that town is a forestaller, and prevents their getting corn to relieve their poor.
April 14.
London House.
60. Bishop Laud to Sir John Lambe at Rowell, co. Northampton. Was confident without his promise that Sir John would never call the writer ad testificandum, but if he had been ready for mirth, might have made good sport with he knows whom about it, "for "that's the way to Winchester." Observes that he has become a great courtier of late. Green's Norton being in the King's gift, he can give the Bishop notice of the sickness of the incumbent; but Sudborough being in the poor Bishop of London's gift, and under Sir John's nose at Rowell, he can send him no word of it, though the parson be as dangerously sick as he of Green's Norton. To make amends, begs him to ride over to Sudborough, and if the living be void, to send exact word how far it is distant from Brackley.
April 14. 61. Bond of John Whaley, of Clerkenwell, gentleman, and William Clarke, of St. Clement Danes, in 100l., for appearance of the former at the Council table, within 20 days after notice. [Copy.]
April 14. 62. — to Sir Francis Wenman. Sends him a letter to be conveyed to Sir Lucius Cary, whom he hears to be his neighbour, being in answer to one the writer lately received from him, he knows not from whence. Desires it may lie till he may deliver it without trouble. The contents will always be new enough, as the style he puts the writer to is altogether so to him; but he has learned to obey in all things indifferent, and being his servant must him (sic) in that. Hears the deed of uses is in the hands of one Watkins, a solicitor of causes. Thinks it would be better in those of Sir Francis or Sir Henry Rainsford. [Copy.]
April 15. 63. Petition of Charles Griffith to the King. His Majesty referred a petition once annexed, to the Justices of Assizes for co. Montgomery, who have certified their opinion thereon. Prays order to the Attorney General to draw a pardon. Underwritten,
63. i. Reference to the Attorney General as prayed. Whitehall, 1631, April 15.
April 15. 64. Petition of Capt. John Powell to the Council of War, or the Committees thereof. Was called from the Low Countries for his Majesty's service, and at the landing in the Isle of Rhé, in the first charge from the French horse, received three dangerous shots, whereby he remains maimed in both arms, that he cannot apparel nor scarce feed himself without help. Prays relief. Annexed,
64. i. Certificate of Sir Peregrine Bertie setting forth the circumstances under which petitioner was wounded in the Isle of Rhé. 1631, April 15.
April 15.
Milk Street.
65. Francis Morice to Nicholas. Understood by Sec. Coke that the Lords of the Admiralty are about to write to the Lords Justices of Ireland for reimbursing the charge of the two Lion's Whelps which are to serve on that coast. Sec. Coke also advised Morice to deliver to Nicholas the proportions of the charge in the Ordnance Office to be added to the charge in the Navy. Extraordinary occasions prevent his attending Nicholas; if needful for him to attend the Lords of the Admiralty, begs him to send word.
April 15.
St. John's College, Oxford.
66. President and others of St. John's College to Bishop Laud. If their gratitude were mute, the very stones of their college would, like the statue of Memnon, commemorated by Tacitus, give forth music to his glory. Thank him for the buildings by which he was adorning their house. Lat.
April 15.
67. Mayor and others of Shaftesbury to Sir John Meller, Sheriff of Dorset. Certify their care to keep down the price of corn and to put in execution the laws for relief of the poor. Wheat about 8s. the bushel.
April 15. 68. Presentments of the Constables within the Five Allotments of the north part of the hundred of Bradford, co. Salop, made to Justices of Peace for that county acting within that division, on 18th March last and this day, as to vagrants punished and relief of the poor.
April 15.
69. Gabriel Hippisley to Endymion Porter. Hears from his cousin Fotherley, as well as from Porter's own letters, that he has got the King's hand to the writer's "business," for which he gives him thanks. Has heard Porter's mistress sing, and shall ever commend his judgment. She is the rarest of the world. Great want of bread throughout Spain. They have had much frost and snow, but now extremity of heat. Fracas respecting a young gentleman who sought sanctuary at the Ambassador's. Many solemn processions and great discipline of whipping during Lent. Some four or five killed themselves with whipping. Two English gentlemen have lately come into Spain, the second son of Sir Francis Popham, who says he is Porter's kinsman, and a son of Mr. Nott, the mercer within Temple Bar.
April 15. 70. Declaration of Richard Bolle, sergeant-major, as to his being called out of the Low Countries by Sir William St. Leger, and his wounds received in the King's service; authenticated in parts by Viscount Wimbledon and Sir Peregrine Bertie.
April 15. 71. Receipt of Edward Dymock from Sir Miles Fleetwood, of 19l. 7s., certified by Capt. George Fleetwood to be due to Robert Ravenscroft, his lieutenant; there was also due to him the month's means allowed for transport. [Attested copy.]
April 15. 72. Answers to certain propositions and resolutions of a Committee upon the subject of a proposed fishery in Scotland, in the handwriting of Sec. Coke. [Much damaged.]
April 16. 73. Petition of the Master and others of the Trinity House to the King. Their Corporation has ever peaceably enjoyed the office of lasting and ballasting of ships in the Thames, paying thereout by the King's order to Capt. Thomas Porter 50l. per annum. John Gilbert by one patent and John Johnson by another, on pretence of new engines, aim at depriving petitioners of their rights, and if their grants should pass the seal the same would occasion much suit. To avoid this end petitioners lately preferred a petition, which on the 29th January 1630, was referred to the Lord Keeper. Pray that they may enjoy their office as formerly, the Lord Keeper being absolute that the office properly belongs to the Corporation of the Trinity House. Underwritten,
73. i. Reference to the Lords of the Admiralty to report, and in the meantime all grants to be stayed. Whitehall, 1631, April 16.
April 16. 74. The same to the same. Copy of the preceding petition and reference.
April 16. 75. Petition of Richard Litchfield to the Lords of the Admiralty. Having served three years as cook in the St. George, and his wife being very sickly, he prays permission to resign his place to Lewis Kingsbery.
April 16.
76. Minute by Nicholas of business to be considered by the Lords of the Admiralty at their meeting this day. The cases of Hannibal Bonithon and William Bardwell; Sir Henry Palmer's demands for pay; a new commission for saltpetre; and the difference between Sir William Russell and Sir Thomas Aylesbury are among the matters to be discussed.
April 16. 77. Order of the Court of Delegates in the cause between John Maria Salvioni and others, Venetians, against the Levant Company, addressed to Sir Henry Marten. 2,659l. 9s. 11d., deposited in the Court of Admiralty in this cause, is to be delivered out to the Levant Company upon security.
April 16.
78. Order of the Lords of the Admiralty, that if any master having charge of any ship passing the mansion-house of Greenwich whilst the King, Queen, Prince, or standing house be there resident, do not, according to ancient custom, strike his topsails to the cap of the mast and shoot off some pieces of ordnance, the person addressed, who seems by Nicholas's minutes No. 76 to have been "the Porter" [of Greenwich Palace], is to arrest such master, and detain him until he make condign satisfaction. [Copy.]
April 16.
79. John Phippes to George Melsam, at the Earl of Lindsey's house in Westminster. Regrets to hear that it is doubtful whether the Earl will hold his patent for Shotover and Stow-wood, not for his lordship himself, for the [King] and all England know that he has deserved five times a better thing, but for the city and commons about Oxford. Lord Dorchester will not be persuaded but the going down of the trees will hurt the University; the writer will prove that it will very much advantage them.
April 16. 80. Bailiff and others of Great Yarmouth to the Sheriff of Norfolk. Certify their execution of the orders for relief of the poor. They had raised 481l. this last year for the poor. There has not in former years been raised more than 330l. The corporation expend yearly 1,000l. for the maintenance of their haven and piers.
April 16. 81. Receipt of E. Caldwall for 10l., a quarter's rent due to William Caldwall, by Edw. Nicholas, for a house, garden, stable, and coach-house in Axe Court and King Street, Westminster.
April 16. 82. Minute of the Report of Attorney General Heath, upon a petition of Patrick Craford and Matthew Birkenhead (See Vol. clxxxvii., No. 62), respecting additional restrictions upon the passage of unlicensed persons from Bristol and other Western ports; with further notes of the Attorney General upon the same subject.
April 17.
83. Robert Earl of Warwick to Sec. Dorchester. Received his intimation of the King's pleasure that the Earl should come to London to attend him. Will not fail to do so on Thursday. On the morrow he goes to the Quarter Sessions, whither he has summoned the Justices of Peace and Deputy Lieutenants to consider the King's directions about their markets and poor.
April 17. 84. Sec. Dorchester to Sir George More. There being extraordinary occasion to look into precedents touching proceedings with prisoners in the Tower, the King desires him to search into such writings as he retains respecting his Lieutenancy, touching Lord Somerset's trial, for the manner and time, how and when, it was made known to the Earl, and the liberty which was afterwards granted to him. If Sir George's health permits, the King would have him bring them himself. If not, he is to write at large. [Draft.]
April 18. 85. Justices of Peace for Hants to Thomas Coteel, Sheriff. Certify their execution of the Book of Orders for relief of the poor. Divers of the highways being out of repair they intend to levy the penalties of the Statute upon the overseers and employ them according to the same.
April 18. Nicholas to Stephen Alcock. By direction of the Lords of the Admiralty sends him letter received from Sir Thomas Button, and requests an answer this night or to-morrow morning. [Copy. Nicholas's Letter Book, p. 92.]
April 19. 86. The King to Anthony Abdy and Robert Cambell, Sheriffs of London and Middlesex. Warrant to deliver out of Newgate Charles Stewart and Robert Downes, convicted of several felonies, but reprieved as persons to be employed in the King's service. [Copy.]
April 19. 87. Edward Earl of Dorset, Edward Viscount Wimbledon, Henry Viscount Falkland, and Horace Lord Vere, Lords Committees of the Council of War, to whom the King had referred the business of relieving the Company of Workmen Armourers and Gunmakers, to the end that his Majesty in time of war might not have to seek arms abroad, to Attorney General Heath. To prepare a commission to certain armourers, pikemakers, gunmakers and bandalier makers, for making and repairing all the arms of the kingdom, upon terms expressed in a paper annexed. [Much damaged by damp.] Annexed,
87. i. List of the new rates and prices for arms and armour for horse and foot, set down by the Lords Committees above mentioned. 1631, April 19.
April 19. 88. Report of the Lords Committees of the Council of War mentioned in the preceding article to the King. Set forth their proceedings in connexion with the matter referred to them, and explain their reasons for directing the preparation of the commission which forms the subject of the preceding article. [Draft.]
[April 19 ?] 89. Brief of the particular proceedings concerning the business of making and repairing the common arms of the kingdom, drawn up [by William Boswell] in conformity with a resolution of the Lords Committees of the Council of War of the 7th March last, that thereby the Lords of that Committee might prepare the preceding report of their proceedings to the King. [Draft.]
April 19.
Wimbledon House.
90. Minutes of the proceedings of the before-mentioned Lords Committees of the Council of War this day. [Draft.]
April 19.
Northampton, in open Sessions.
91. Justices of Peace of co. Northampton to the Council, in reply to letters of complaint of the high price of corn. The markets have not at any time been scanted with corn, and the prices are something abated.
April 19.
92. Justices of Peace for Essex to the same, in reply to similar letters of complaint. The prices of corn are decreasing. The poor suffer much in respect of the high prices of corn, yet they are in far greater misery in the most populous parts of the country, by reason that the clothiers forbear to set the weavers on work, alleging that they have already disbursed more than they are able, and that their cloths lie upon their hands, which has occasioned many complaints of the poor weavers, and a more than ordinary resort of them unto the Justices at their present Sessions.
April 19.
93. Justices of Peace for co. Hereford to the same, in reply as before. Prices have rather fallen than risen.
April 19.
94. Justices of Peace of co. Stafford to the same. Copy letter of which the original is inclosed in a letter of the Sheriff of the county, dated the 21st inst. (see Vol. clxxxix., No. 1.) [Dated by mistake 16th instead of 19th, which is the date of the original.]
April 19. 95. Capt. John Mennes to Lord Treasurer Weston. Received warrants to stay a ship from Virginia whereof Capt. Andrewes was captain, also the Love and the Christopher and Mary. The two former had passed before and are believed to be now in London. Great storm which would not suffer his boat to go ashore. Is in Margate Roads awaiting victuals. Had he not had some stores of his own, they had endured much misery. Thursday last was the end of their stores.
April 19.
Sessions at Oxford.
96. Justices of Peace for co. Oxford to Sir John Lacy, Sheriff. Report their proceedings as to markets and relief of the poor. [Copy.]
April 20.
97. Mayor and others of Newcastle-upon-Tyne to the Council. Certify their proceedings as Commissioners for conservancy of the river Tyne, from Michaelmas 1630 to Easter 1631.
April 20.
Newport in Wight.
98. Richard Jolliff to Nicholas. Has sent up the account of the Dolphin to Mr. Reed who is one of the executors of the late Lord Conway. Hopes this will content Mr. Powell until the writer can come up himself, on Saturday after May day, having to prosecute certain persons who broke open his warehouse and stole goods to the value of 100l., and also to take a journey almost to Plymouth.
April 20.
99. Capt. John Mason to the same. Requests him to advance 24l. 12s. 6d. for their ship the London Merchant, for which at her return in ten months there will be due to him 50l.
April 20/30.
St. Sebastian.
100. Prestwick Eaton to his brother George Willingham, at the sign of the Golden Anchor in St. Swithin's Lane, London. Has received no news from him since his arrival. Could not return his 20l. as yet. On the departure of the Nathaniel, by which he sent this letter, would go for Bayonne to set straight his business there. Mentions his sister (Willingham's wife) and his aunt Lewis "and "him."
April 20. Counterpart of Indenture, whereby Edward Burby, of London, clerk, and Thomas Cleave, citizen and haberdasher, in consideration of 330l., assign to Francis Burt, citizen and poulter, a messuage in the parish of St. Peter, in Cornhill, for the residue of a term of 41 years, created therein by an indenture of the 30th July, in the 9th of King James I., subject to the yearly rent of 5l. [Case B., Car. I., No. 3.]
April 20. 101. Mayor and others of Winchester to Thomas Coteel, Sheriff of Hants. Return as to their measures for relief of the poor and supply of the markets. Wheat is at 7s. a bushel.
April 20. 102. Justices of Peace for co. Cambridge to Thomas Terrell, Sheriff. Certify their measures for relief of the poor in the hundreds of Longstow and Armingford, in that county.