Charles I - volume 320: May 1-11, 1636

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1635-6. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1866.

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May 1-11, 1636

May 1.
1. Grant to Thomas Wynne, gentleman, of the office of particular surveyor of the lands of all his Majesty's honors, manors, castles, and lordships, in cos. Flint, Denbigh, Carnarvon, Montgomery, Merioneth, and Anglesea, being within the survey of the Exchequer, with the fee of 20l. per annum and such sums of money for his expense in riding as to the Lord Treasurer and Barons of the Exchequer shall think meet, which office was lately held by Gabriel Marsh, deceased. [Minute. ½ p.]
May 1. 2. Sir Thomas Roe to Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia. Roe has seen the last answer of the Emperor, and the Queen's judgment upon it, by a discourse of her secretary. Has delivered his sense of the first to his Majesty and to those Lords whose authority might make better use of it. Is loth to alter his style to the Queen, and to leave to hope; but the ways wherein they walk are so strange, that nothing he has gathered from books or men can enlighten him. He sees not, but that while they seek to avoid a rock seen afar off, that is, a war with the House of Austria, they may fall upon a shelf unseen and under water nearer home. It is not peace that is so much affected, but to choose our enemies. What he hears is, that her letters and Lord Arundel's differ, so that his make the King more confident, her's leave her servants in suspense. He writes that she was so content with his ambassage and instructions, that he left her in a settled satisfaction; on the other part she has expressed to some a full dislike, as she has reason, of dividing her son's inheritance and deserting the dignity of the Electorate to courtesy, and consequently to desperation, and of involving him in the ban by taking the investiture as a new grant of favour and not of right. Roe has interpreted these doubts that seeing the King was resolved to make trial of a treaty, she submitted to his wisdom and was satisfied with the election of a person of that quality, (especially concluding it would be the last, and that she trusted the Prince should be restored or the vizard be taken off,) although she might express some fear of dividing those honours and inheritances which were indivisible in right, seeing that the condition of princes was not like that of other men; they can suffer no declination which does not threaten the setting of their sun; so that both letters may agree. What the Prince shall now accept shall conclude him and his house for ever; that which shall be separated will take deep root in the House of Bavaria and grow strong, and the Prince's title will be obsolete, and such as for which no prince that has peace will disturb it. The King has received Roe's considerations, and keeps them. Roe hopes to use them when he shall see his time. The last proposition Roe gave him he absolutely approved, and commanded him to keep it secret, and to be ready to put it in execution when he shall give the watchword, protesting he will not lose a day when he has satisfied his honour and justice in this last trial. In the meantime there will be a great work to prevent a mischief that may happen at sea. As soon as the message came, Mons. Beveren complained to Roe, who found the sense was not so severe as was delivered, and attempted to appease the Rhinegrave and Mons. Opdam, lest the worst interpretation being blown abroad, might make an obduracy on that side and the wound incurable. Roe is in some hope that if the States first understand the King's right, (though the season makes it look like a wrong,) and then, like wise men, apprehend the occasion, they may turn the point of the sword upon the Spaniard with which they plot to cut their throats, for it is but a feather of honour to acknowledge the King in his own undoubted dominion, which, if they will do, the bone that was purposed to be thrown between England and Holland may fall between England and Dunkirk. All will depend upon wise management. Roe fears nothing but precipitation. With a soft answer they will get time. They have many friends who will mourn to fall into an untimely breach, and Roe doubts not his Majesty's own wisdom will prevent it. The sense of his Majesty is not to oppress, but to defend them. Were Roe a Hollander, he would rejoice at the occasion to draw on the protection of England, and to save so many convoys, fleets, and maritime charges. Let them look on their own emblem of pots on a troubled sea: "If we knock, we break," and this is the great and long design of the Spaniard. The Dutch should not give their enemy the glory to say, he has wrought upon their natural impatience or obstinacy to disunite them from their friends. If the Spaniard can work this quarrel he will laugh at them all, and punish whom he list. The proposition of the Rhinegrave is by this time known to her. Roe has impressed it upon the King with all circumstances of advantage. The stay of Mons. Ferentz is most necessary to the young Elector Palatine, who is utterly bare of counsel. Knows not where he may find in one man more judgment, fidelity, and affection. Roe will, on the morrow, speak with the Archbishop of Canterbury, for whose affections Roe dare answer; but it is not any mortal man upon whom the Queen can rely. Until the abuse awaken them, the business must do itself, for the King is as far above his Council in wisdom and knowledge as in quality. Yet the Archbishop shall be furnished with the Queen's own reasons, that he may be without excuse, which Roe believes he seeks not, if once he could see the deceit that is wrapped up in treaties; sincere minds are soonest abused. His Majesty's answer concerning Prince Rupert Sir Robert Honywood will express; his spirit is too active to be wasted in the softness and entanglings of pleasure. Advises the Queen to recal him gently. He will prove a sword for all his friends if his edge be set right. Describes the elder brother as so sweet, so obliging, so discreet, so sensible of his own affairs, and so young, was never seen. He gains upon his Majesty's affection by assiduity and diligent attendance, so much that it is expressed to him by embracings and kissings, and all signs of love, and Roe doubts not that he shall see it in right effects.—[PS. dated 2nd May 1636.] Has conferred largely and freely with the Archbishop of Canterbury upon the points of dividing the Prince's inheritance and the title Electoral, and informed him of the propositions of the Diet upon the peace of Prague with Saxony, and settling the Electorate in the House of Bavaria, which are both contrary to the grounds of the King's treaty and the Emperor's promises. The Archbishop is very sensible of the abuse, and commanded Roe to deliver them in writing, with the Queen's reasons. He assured Roe that it is not the King's purpose to proceed to treaty if it be not entire after the present Duke. He will show these things to his Majesty and will speak to the Prince that, if it be so, new letters may be sent to Lord Arundel. He will write to the Queen. Roe never saw him more zealous. [Copy. 4¾ pp.]
[May 1 ?] 3. Petition of Arthur Clarke to Archbishop Laud and the rest of the Council. Henry Keighley in 1520 devised a house and lands in Eltham, Kent, to the parishioners thereof, for repair of the highways. About 16 years since John Warren obtained a lease of those lands, and cut down the timber trees thereon, whereupon, under a commission upon the statute of 43rd Elizabeth of Charitable Uses, Warren was ordered to pay 20l. for the same trees. Warren appealed against this decree, whereupon the parishioners authorized petitioner and William Elliot to prosecute the same. Elliot refusing to meddle therewith, the burthen rested upon petitioner, who proceeded to a hearing. The Lord Keeper confirmed the decree of the Commissioners on the 27 January 1634–5, and Warren has paid, as he was ordered, 46l. taxed costs, to the parishioners. In prosecuting the suit petitioner was out of purse 147l., of which 64l. 10s. 8d. still remains due, which the parishioners refuse to pay. Petitioner prays satisfaction. He also complains that Anthony Roper, a gentleman of great power there, has made himself Surveyor of the Highways, and instead of setting the parish poor at work thereon, gives the benefit derivable from Keighley's will to his own servants, and leaves the poor unemployed. Prays that Mr. Roper may be ordered to give the parish an account, and to employ the parish poor on the highways. [1 p.]
[May 1.] 4. Declaration [presented to the Council by the Company of Merchant Adventurers ?] of the wrongs done to the English merchants in France, contrary to the Articles of the Treaty between the two countries. They complain that they are not allowed to import into France serges, perpetuanoes, Spanish cloths, and other sorts of English draperies, that their goods are searched by the dealers in French draperies, and illegally taxed, and that they are still enforced, contrary to a grant of Henry IV. of France, to unload their ordnance at Blaye before they are permitted to ascend the Garonne to Bordeaux. They pray redress. [3¾ pp.]
May 2. Grant of pardon to Thomas Hesketh, of Rufford, co. Lancaster, for certain penances enjoined by the Commissioners Ecclesiastical for several adulteries by him committed, and for all other similar adulteries not mentioned in that sentence. [Docquet.]
May 2. 5. Copy Docquet of warrant to pay 500l. to John Hamilton, for his Majesty's special service, and for a further payment to him of 500l. per annum during his Majesty's pleasure. [⅓ p.]
May 2. 6. Draft entry on the Council Register that Josias Wood, one of the constables of the hundred of Harlow, Essex, was that day discharged from the Fleet, the assessment on that hundred being made, and he having paid the sum assessed on him for ship-money. [¼ p.]
May 2. 7. Certificate of Edward Stephens, late Sheriff of co. Gloucester, of the assessment of the clergy for ship-money. It contains very nearly a complete list of all the clergy of that county, with the amounts at which each one was taxed. It is arranged by hundreds. The following, which is given as an example, contains the return for the hundred of Longtree.
John Olden of Shipton Moyne 1 2 6
James Stansfield of Rodborough 0 0 0
Charles Deane of Avening 1 16 0
Henry Fowler of Minchinhampton 1 10 0
John Ferreby of Woodchester 0 17 0
Mr. Hearne of Horsley 0 0 0
Daniel Parker of Cherrington 2 0 0
Christopher Leigh of Weston Birt 0 17 0
Job Yate of Rodmarton 2 0 0
Mr. Edwards of Tetbury 0 0 0
£ 10 2 6
[5½ pp.]
May 2. 8. Petition of John Woolters, mariner, to the Lords of the Admiralty. Being master of the Vintage, of London, bound to the Canary Islands, he has taken in goods to the value of eight or ten thousand pounds, which have paid customs and impost. Out of his 20 mariners, four have been pressed, others have run away, and for danger of the rest to be pressed when he has passed Gravesend, he dares not proceed on his voyage. Prays a return of his four pressed men, and a protection for the rest. [½ p.]
May 2. 9. Petition of John Johnson de Wolfe of Calais, mariner, to the same. Petitioner four months ago was master of a small shallop belonging to Calais, and came into the Downs, where he was taken by Sir John Pennington, upon suspicion of robbing some of his Majesty's subjects at sea, and by him sent to Sandwich and there committed to prison, where he has lain ever since, and no one has complained against him. Prays to be released. [½ p.] Underwritten,
9. i. Reference to Sir Henry Marten to certify. Whitehall, 7th May 1636. [½ p.] Annexed,
9. ii. Certificate of Thomas Wyan, Deputy Registrar of the Court of Admiralty, that no complaint had been brought into that court against petitioner. 13th May 1636. [¼ p.]
9. iii. Report of Sir Henry Marten to the Lords of the Admiralty. Sends the above certificate. For his own part knows nothing against petitioner. 13th May 1636. [½ p.]
May 2. 10. Sir John Pennington to Nicholas. Prays him to move the Lords of the Admiralty that every ship may have a chain and a grapnel for turning off fire ships. [¼ p.]
May 2.
Stony Stratford.
11. Patrick Darcy to Sec. Windebank. The consideration of a prison, which he sees before him, and other extremities which may be imposed upon him, could not divert him from undertaking his sad and unprofitable journey, and his conscience towards the King's service is so clear that he fears not any just trial. If other measure be offered to him, he trusts patience will be granted to him until his Majesty be truly informed concerning him. Some propositions he showed the Secretary and Lord Holland for a great augmentation of rent for the customs, the uttermost of his endeavours he reserved for his Majesty, and would have perfected them when the Lord Deputy came over, but seeing he cannot be so happy, he implores his Majesty's grace to keep him from destruction for his good meaning to his service. God and the world will, he hopes, in good time bear witness how far he laboured in his service the last Parliament, however he may now be otherwise represented. Prays the Secretary to move his Majesty for the writer. [Seal with arms. 1 p.]
May 2.
New College.
12. John Windebank to his father, Sec. Windebank. Apology for long silence. It has proceeded from his desire that the muse might ultimately more effectually do honour to the Secretary. [Seal with arms. Latin. ¾ p.]
May 2.
Brompton [Brampton] Castle.
13. Sir Robert Harley to his brother Edward Viscount Conway and Killultagh. By Lord Conway's letters to Sir Robert's "dear heart," he understands that he goes to sea very shortly. Sends good wishes, and his prayers that God will be pleased to be his protection, and give him wisdom and courage, and a heart enlarged for his honour, and if this be not exactly according to the Litany, yet it may pass for a plain puritan. [Seal with arms. 1 p.]
May 3.
14. Notes, by Nicholas, of business to be transacted this day by the Lords of the Admiralty. The surveyor of the navy to give account of the state of the second fleet. Sir John Pennington desires order for the ships to be furnished with chains and grapnels. Consider draft of a proclamation for licensing strangers to fish on the coasts and seas of his Majesty. Petitions of Capt. Bassett, and Grove the saltpetreman. Also draft contract with the surveyor of marine victuals. Both the corporations of shipwrights desire the Lords to appoint a day for hearing counsel on their several charters. Mr. Cole of Newcastle-upon-Tyne was appointed to attend the first Thursday of next term to answer complaint of the Spanish resident; he is come up and desires to know whether the Lords will hear that business that day. [1 p.]
[May 3 ?] 15. List of Vice-Admirals who have not brought in their accounts, certified by Thomas Wyan, deputy-registrar of the Court of Admiralty. [1½ p.]
May 3. 16. Report of what accounts of Vice-Admirals having been delivered had been excepted against, and what Vice-Admirals had accounted but had not paid in the moneys due from them. [Nicholas's first rough draft or sketch of the report. ¾ p.]
May 3. 17. See "Returns made by Justices of Peace."
May 4. 18. Affidavit of John Bennitt, of Hallingbury Magna, Essex, that on 8th February 1635–6, deponent asking John Stacey, then collector for the ship-money, whether he had paid in the money which he had gathered in Hallingbury, which was about 20l., Stacey answered contemptuously and to the ill example of others, that he had not paid it in, nor would pay it in if the Commissioners would join with him in his intentions, and further, that if he did pay in the money he would not pay in any for his own part, but would return himself. [Sworn this day. ¾ p.]
May 4. 19. Receipt of Sir William Russell for 80l., paid by John Maile, bailiff of Godmanchester, in part of 2,000l. ship-money charged on co. Huntingdon, under writ of 4th August last. [Seal with arms. 1 p.]
May 4. The Governor, Assistants, and Fellows of the Society of Soapmakers of Westminster, with Sir John Hales, Edmund Windham, John Gifford, and Winter Grant to Robert Hunt. Appointment of deputy to search for soap and lees prohibited by proclamation of 25th January 1634–5, until the 30th inst. [See Dom. Charles I. Case D. No. 5. 24 lines on parchment.]
May 5. 20. Petition of the parishioners of East Betchworth, Surrey, to the King. The parsonage of East Betchworth is impropriate, being worth 120l. per annum and holds of the Cathedral Church of Windsor, the vicarage being not above 16l. per annum, although it has been 30l., and the parsonage rented out by the church of Windsor at 30l. per annum, but the profits thereof having augmented, the vicarage has yearly decreased. The parsonage is now leased out by the church to Daniel Leer who has been sought unto by Robert Tourney the present vicar, and by Sir Nathaniel Brent, for some addition, but without success. Petitioners are informed that the Dean and Chapter of Windsor are willing to submit the same to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lord Keeper, to settle a better maintenance for the church in future. [1 p.] Underwritten,
20. i. Reference to the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Keeper, as prayed. St. James's, 5th May 1636. [¼ p.]
May 5. Sir Thomas Roe to Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia. After the dispatch of his letter in answer to her's of the 4th inst. he received a letter from the Queen of later date by Sir Nicholas Byron. Roe has given the Archbishop the three propositions of the Diet, and finds him constant in his judgment that if those shall be found the subject of the meeting, and offered for verification, then the abuse is manifest and the hopes of treaty vanished. He has showed them to his Majesty, but with what resolution upon them Roe does not know, it having been done on the 4th inst., but the Archbishop professed that, reserving his duty to the King, he would use all his power to do his Highness service, and Roe's hope is that in caution new letters will be written, and that if Lord Arundel find it true, it will finish his ambassage. Roe concurs with the Queen not to accept a part of the Prince's inheritance, and will not fail to arm others with arguments who can better use them than himself. He thinks the Prince should keep back his reasons, and comply with the King in judgment and hope, until the first letter from the Earl Marshal open an opportunity to use them, and then they will be fresh and effectual. Roe believes that the Emperor, seeing France and Holland court the King to be of their party, will offer the recal of the ban and the restoration of the Lower Palatinate, and promise the restitution of the electoral dignities in time, and this will be all, and the Emperor hopes, that with the help of good friends and good words this will satisfy his Majesty; but Roe believes it will not, and states various cautions which he advises should be interposed in due time. In allusion to other propositions, among them one which had relation to "a fair star in the North" [Christina of Sweden ?], he expresses great dislike. He regards it merely as an abuse, a subject whereon to break. Roe has this day visited both the Holland ambassadors, and though the seas go high he hopes they shall come off in a calm. If the States will acknowledge the King in his own, the rest will come on. If they can avoid the fury, they may gain by it, and Don Juan will be deceived. There is no colour to counsel the return of the Prince, who is both the delight and jewel of his Majesty, who will never let him go without such effects of his favour as shall be an honour to them both. He cannot go without an implication of despair or at least dislike of the counsels of him on whom he must rely. His going would be regarded by the enemy as a triumph. Neither must he appear in the armies of Holland, nor bear arms until he does so in his own cause. [Copy. See No. 2 of this Volume. 2¾ pp.]
May 5/15
21. Francis Windebank to his father, Sec. Windebank. The Lord Ambassador and all his company are safe and well at Frankfort. They came from Cologne up the Rhine by shipping. Lord Arundel was forced to carry up his provision of victuals with him, for by the way there was not anything to be gotten for money. The people are almost all starved, and daily die with grass in their mouths. The chiefest men of the towns told the travellers that horseflesh would be a great treat if they could get it. [Seal with arms. 1 p.]
May 5. 22. Deed of exchange whereby John Browne, boatswain of the Black George, and Benjamin Jackson, boatswain of the Fourth Lion's Whelp (by order to be granted from the Lords of the Admiralty) mutually exchange their respective offices for the next intended voyage. [Seal with arms, signed by John Browne only. ¾ p.]
May 6.
Star Chamber.
23. List of causes specially appointed to be heard this day in the Court of Star Chamber. They were:—The Attorney-General on the relation of James Oates and Anne his wife, versus John Goodhand and others; the Attorney-General versus Richard Foley; Richard Chaffin versus Robert Hyde; and William Burrell and Andrew Burrell versus William Giles, clerk, and others. [1 p.]
May 6. 24. Notes, by Sec. Windebank, taken on the hearing of the first of these causes above-mentioned. Mr. Morgan, counsel for defendant Goodhand, stated such portion of evidence given on his behalf as went to show that the plaintiff Anne was meanly brought up by her uncles, and that some of her friends solicited Goodhand to interfere and rescue her from their hands. [1½ p.]
May 6. 25. Receipt of Sir William Russell for 200l., paid by James Powell on behalf of Richard Hollworthy, mayor of Bristol, in part of 2,000l. ship-money charged upon that city under the writ of 4th August, 1635. [¾ p.]
May 6. 26. Account by the same of the total sums received on account of ship-money under the last writ up to this day, and of the several amounts paid thereout. The sum received was 156,582l. 16s. 7d. and the amounts paid 156,281l. 13s. 8d., so that there remained a balance in the accountant's hands of 301l. 2s. 11d. There is added an account of the sum remaining to be received, and of its intended application. [Very much damaged by damp. 1½ p.]
May 6.
27. William Towerson to Nicholas. Purposed to have waited on Nicholas this term, and to have proceeded with their petition against Lord Wimbledon, but they hear that he will be within a few days at Portsmouth and reside there that summer, so that business must sleep. Colonel Brett having deputation of the Vice-Admiralty from Lord Portland has assigned the execution of the place to the writer, of which he gives Nicholas notice. Difficulty he met with in Lord Conway's time, in exercising the Admiralty rights at Christchurch, on account of the opposition of Thomas Lord Arundel of Wardour. Poor men summoned to attend a Vice-Admiralty Court could not do so for fear of his displeasure. [Seal with arms. 1 p.]
May 6. 28. Indenture between Edward Bawtre of Westminster, gentleman, of the one part, and Sir John Lambe of Rothwell, co. Northampton, of the other part. By a deed dated the 8th April 1625, Henry Lord Abergavenny demised to Bawtre the advowsons of Luddesdown, Birling and Ryarsh in Kent, and of Chiltington, East Hoathly and Rotherfield in Sussex, and of Otley in Suffolk, and of Burgh and Sutton in Norfolk, and of Inkberrow, co. Worcester, for the term of 40 years. Bawtre assigns all the said advowsons to Sir John Lambe for the residue of that time. [Draft. 4 pp.]
May 6.
29. M. Ayleworth to George Rawdon. Her Lady [Dowager Lady Conway ?] expected Mr. Egiock this sennight and fears lest Lord Conway or Mr. Edward should not be well. Desires him to send one word. The writer has not yet sent the money for the gloves, but if Rawdon will buy for Mrs. Katherine a plain suit, as gorget and cuffs and all such things, and a plain black coif, he can take the money for the whole out of her Lady's money. [¾ p.]
May 7. Warrant to the Receiver of the Court of Wards to pay into the Exchequer 6,000l. before Michaelmas next, to be issued to Sir William Russell, Treasurer of the Navy, in accomplishment of an assignment for the Ordinary of the Navy for the present year. [Docquet.]
May 7. Warrant to pay to Hubert le Sueur 200l. for "the statue of Cleopatra in brass delivered to his Majesty." [Docquet.]
May 7. Presentation of Henry James, clerk, M.A., to the vicarage of Awre in the diocese of Gloucester, vacant by death of last incumbent, and in his Majesty's gift by reason of the minority of Thomas James. [Docquet.]
May 7. 30. Receipt of Sir William Russell for 493l. 10s. 9d. paid by Henry Hodges, late sheriff of co. Somerset, in part of 8,000l. charged upon that county for ship-money by writ of 4th August last. [1 p.]
May 7. 31. Account of Sir William Russell of what he has received for ship-money to this day. Total received 157,066l., so that besides the 16,000l. to be paid by London there is an arrear of 45,918l. [¾ p.]
May 7. 32. Account of what sums levied for ship-money remain in the hands of the sheriffs. Total 7,708l. [1 p.]
May 7. 33. William Leigh, Sheriff of co. Gloucester, to the Council. The county of Gloucester was assessed towards shipping at 4,920l., of which the last sheriff collected 3,659l. 6s. 5d. The writer has levied 250l. 8s. 1d., and is most willing to collect the remainder, but desires to know what he shall do in various stated cases, for example, where non-resident landlords are assessed, where distresses cannot be sold, or when sold and the party refuses to take the surplusage, where the constables are negligent, or the parties absolutely refuse to pay. [Seal with arms. 1 p.]
May 7. 34. John Crane to the Lords of the Admiralty. Notwithstanding the commands of the Lords, delivered to Mr. Bludder and Mr. Dannett to depart from the houses wherein they dwell in the Storehouse on Tower Hill before the 4th inst, they still refuse to deliver them up. Prays order to secure him possession. [1 p.]
May 7.
35. Notes, by Nicholas, of business to be transacted this day by the Lords of the Admiralty. To hear complaint of the Spanish resident against Mr. Cole of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Likewise the complaint of the shipwrights of London against those of Rotherhithe. Consider the answer of the Treasurer of the Navy to Augustine Boate's petition for his salary. Consider the setting forth the frigate at Sandwich to carry over packets. Also Mr. Crane's complaint against Mr. Bludder and Mr. Dannett. [¾ p.]
May 7.
36. Order of the Lords of the Admiralty. Some months since there was presented by the resident of Spain a complaint against Ralph Cole, late mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, concerning injustice alleged to have been done by Cole to Capt. Chevaria and company. The Lords order that the said complaint shall be remitted to the Court of Admiralty if the resident think fit to proceed further therein. [1 p.]
May 7.
37. Kenrick Edisbury, and various masters and shipwrights, to the Lords of the Admiralty. According to their warrant of the 4th inst. they have surveyed the Red Lion, lying at Chatham, and find many of her timbers defective and rotten. She was built at Deptford in 1609, and repaired in 1622. She must be dry docked, and the state of her beams inspected before they can certify her defects or make an estimate of the charge for repairs, but if the state has urgent occasion for her for a summer's voyage on our own coast, they conceive she may be so much strengthened at a charge of 800l. as to be made serviceable for that time and it may be performed in ten weeks. They have surveyed the St. Dennis as a ship to be set forth in lieu of the Red Lion, and conceive that with the charge of 900l. she may be perfected in eight weeks. [2 pp.]
May 7. 38. Relation of the present state of the ten ships appointed to be prepared for the second fleet this present year, to reinforce the fleet now at sea, or to be set out at the expiration of six months from the 10th April last. The Vanguard, the Dreadnought, the Rainbow, the Antelope, and the First Whelp may be made ready on a fortnight's warning. Either the Red Lion or the St. Dennis may be ready according to the preceding certificate by the 9th July, the St. George and the Swiftsure by the 22nd June, and the Constant Reformation and the Third Whelp by the last of June. [¾ p.]
May 7. 39. Petition of Thomas Jenkin to the Lords of the Admiralty. Petitioner is a soldier, in daily attendance in Upnor Castle. Complains that about a month since, on a sabbath day, at his return from church, he was arrested by the bailiff and officers of the bishop of the diocese [Rochester]. Prays them to send for his adversary, William Almond, plaintiff, and John Walker, the bailiff, and Robert Parker, his man, to answer their contempt. [¾ p.] Annexed,
39. i. Certificate of Nicholas Bishop, Lieutenant of Upnor Castle, that the above petitioner was one of the soldiers of Upnor in daily pay, and had been so for three years, and had performed his service carefully. [½ p.]
May 7. 40. Petition of Richard Bagnall, one of the saltpetremen, to the same. Petitioner's servants went to dig at Idstone, Berks, and delivering a warrant to the constable, Edward Browne, for carrying the liquors made there to the boiling house, as the custom is, the townsmen consulted together, and two of the best in the town, Francis Pearce and Thomas Pearce, bade the constable not to charge anybody for carts, for they would bear him out if it cost them 20l. They also did various other acts of ill-affectedness to the service, and of great damage to petitioner, all which are here set forth. Pray the Lords to send for the two Pearces and Browne, the constable before mentioned. [1 p.] Annexed,
40. i. Certificate of Edward Browne, the constable above mentioned, in verification of the facts stated in the petition. [1 p.]
40. ii. Certificate of Robert Simes in further verification of the same facts. [1 p.]
May 7. 41. Copy of the preceding petition of Richard Bagnall. [1 p.]
May 7. 42. Sir Henry Marten to the Lords of the Admiralty. Report on a petition of Capt. Richard Bradshaw, with a remonstrance annexed. It is evident by the remonstrance that the lieutenant of Pendennis Castle has neglected the warrant of the Lords, and done as much wrong to Capt. Bradshaw as he formerly suffered by the first arrest. He was ordered on the 3rd December last to stay the Compass of Hoorn or some of the other Dutch ships that were of her company when the escape was made, but has omitted to do so although he confesses that after receipt of the said order there were in Falmouth 37 Dutch ships, many of which had altered their names in respect of the original transaction. Suggests that the said lieutenant should be sent for and committed to prison until he pay petitioner's charges, and that warrant be sent to Capt. Bonython of St. Mawes Castle to arrest the first ships of Hoorn that shall come within his power. [1 p.] Annexed,
42. i. Capt. Richard Bradshaw to the Lords of the Admiralty. The remonstrance above mentioned. It sets forth that about four years before, being bound for a plantation in New England, and coming to anchor in the harbour of Falmouth, his ship was sunk by a Dutch ship, the Compass of Hoorn, Peter Tuneson master. The Compass having been arrested was rescued by the privity or neglect of the officers of the castle, whereupon the Lords ordered that Sir William Killigrew should within three months stay the Compass or some other who were in their company, or be liable to make satisfaction to petitioner. Thereupon a Dutch ship, called the Posthorse, was stayed, but released on the promise of the Dutch ambassador that on Bradshaw's repairing into Holland he should have present satisfaction. Bradshaw accordingly went thither and stayed 13 months without receiving any satisfaction. Thereupon the Lords made the order of the 3rd December last stated, above, with the result there mentioned. Prays the Lords for redress. [1 p.]
May 7.
Dorset House.
43. Algernon Earl of Northumberland to Nicholas. Sir Henry Palmer and Sir John Pennington advise that the bigger pinnace should have 60 men, the lesser 55, and the frigate 50. Of the 100 men now to be raised 25 will remain, which will help much in the Whelps, which are under-manned. Sir John Pennington wishes the frigate may have six guns and four murderers; the addition of a piece or two may make her a very slug. Forty small shot a-piece in the pinnaces and frigate will be very necessary. Desires the necessary warrants. [1 p.]
May 7.
44. Sir Richard Reynell, Richard Cabell, and William Dowell, to Sec. Windebank. In consequence of his directions of the 12th April, on the 29th there were convented before them seven citizens of Exeter, copies of whose examinations (some of them abbreviated) are inclosed. Could have obtained a greater number, but they would all have affirmed the same. Southgate Street is very convenient for the market for raw cloths. It was removed thence for some private men's own ends, and has now continued away about 7 or 8 years. Cannot learn that there will be any public inconvenience in re-establishing it. It is a charitable work to grant the request of the petitioners. Mr. Hooker, sometime chamberlain of the city (who was an excellent member of that corporation and left many and great testimonials of his wisdom and goodness), was one of the prosecutors for removing the market from Northgate Street to Southgate Street, and procured it to be effected on just reasons, some of which appear in letters of Queen Elizabeth, of which the writers have seen a copy. [1 p.] Annexed,
44. i. Separate examinations of John Lynn, alderman of Exeter, Robert Ridler, John Baker, William Taylor, William Dowrish, William Bartlett, and Thomas Tooker, all of the same city. Examinants give an account of the holding of the cloth market for many years past, showing how it was removed from time to time according to the private feeling of the mayor for the time being. All the persons examined agreed in opinion that Southgate Street was a very proper street for holding the market, and that the parish of Great St. Mary's was in a condition to entitle it to the advantage of having the market held in it. [4 pp.]
May 7. 45. Petition of John Fabian, clerk, vicar of Chew, co. Somerset, to Archbishop Laud. Petitioner having by sentence of the Court of High Commission recovered the churchyard of Dundry, divers suits have been brought against him in the common law by William King (tenant to Sir Francis Popham), two of which yet depend and the other was tried at the last assizes was twelve months, when it was adjudged to be the churchyard of Dundry. Since which Sir Francis Popham has preferred a bill in Chancery against petitioner concerning the same, and has taken out three commissions returnable this term. Also John Bird, tenant likewise to Sir Francis, has preferred articles in the High Commission against petitioner, and caused depositions to be taken upon articles of which no mention is made in the prosecutor's brief (to the number of 100 sheets of paper), the whole volume of depositions consisting of 330 folios, putting petitioner to the charge of 22 days sitting in commission in the country. Prays that the next court day may be appointed for hearing whether the matters objected and not sufficiently defended, be worthy of the cognizance of the court. [¾ p.] Underwritten,
45. i. Archbishop Laud to Sir John Lambe. If there be no cause already appointed, the Archbishop desires that petitioner's cause should be set down for the next court day, or in that case for the next after peremptorily. [¼ p.]
May 8. 46. Henry Tayller to [Sec. Windebank]. The [Spanish] resident was yesternight on his way to wait on Windebank, but finding it somewhat late, would not trouble him. Begs him to forbear to draw up the order for convoy of the silver stayed at Dover to Dunkirk, which he cannot accept on such conditions as the Lord Treasurer and Lord Cottington have ordered, till he know the pleasure of the King his master, who is most interested in these grievances laid upon his subjects and merchants. [¾ p.]
May 8. 47. John Weld to Robert Reade. John Venables, esquire, baron of Kinderton, from late threatening speeches, has cause to suspect that some malicious complaint may be preferred to the King against him. The writer prays to have notice of any petition presented against Venables that month. [1 p.]
May 8.
48. Richard Holworthy, Mayor of Bristol, to Nicholas. Understands he has afforded the bearers his lawful favour in the shipping business, for which they of Bristol are much beholden. They have now directions to see the remainder paid in and procure a discharge, and in the next place to look after the Admiralty for Bristol, wherein Attorney Noy declared some opinion for renewing their ancient power. If in that particular he gives them lawful furtherance they will acknowledge it with much thankfulness. [1 p.]
May 8. 49. Copy of the preceding; not quite complete. [¾ p.]
May 8. 50. Funeral certificate of Richard, first Viscount Molyneux, of the kingdom of Ireland, who died this day, and was interred at Sefton. He married Mary, daughter and one of the co-heirs of Sir Thomas Caryll of Sussex, by whom he had issue Richard, now Viscount Molyneux, who married Mary, daughter of James Lord Strange, Caryll, second son —. [Draft. Incomplete. ¾ p.]
May 8. 51. Information of Edward Asfolte [?] given with a view to the preparation of the preceding certificate. Besides the particulars stated above, he mentions that the first Viscount Molyneux was son of Sir Richard Molyneux, and that besides his two sons, Richard and Caryll, he had had a daughter Frances, who had died s.p., and that he left two daughters surviving, Charlotte and Mary, both unmarried. Sir Richard, the father of the first viscount, had had three daughters, Elizabeth, married to [Richard] Sherborne of Stonyhurst, co. Lancaster; Juliana, married to Sir Thomas Walmesley of that co.; and Margaret, married to Sir George Simonds of co. Oxford. [1 p.]
May 9. 52. Henry Hodges, late Sheriff of co. Somerset, to the Council. Delivered the writ for ship-money, instructions, and his account, on the 30th March last. Accounts for his not having done so before, by reason that his servant, who was wholly employed by the writer in that service, was entertained by the now sheriff in some employments about him, and could not perfect the writer's account sooner A memorial of the receipts, payments, and arrears was inclosed. [Seal with crest. ¾ p.]
May 9.
53. Sir Peter Riddell, Mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and six others, to the same. Certificate of the conservancy of the Tyne from Michaelmas 1635 to the following Easter. [1 p.]
May 9. 54. See "Papers relating to Appointments in the Navy."
May 9.
55. George Dannett to Nicholas. He has utterly forsaken Mr. Crane's house, his wife, and 300l. worth of plate and household stuff, rather than give the Lords offence. Thinks if they had taken his past services, especially those of last summer, into account, he might have been allowed to continue in a poor cottage three or four months at any price. Mr. Crane has a house that will hold 30 or 40 persons. Does Nicholas conceive that a cottage that cannot contain above three or four is so great conveniency to the service ? It is the writer's fate to have a wife that will not be easily persuaded. He will persuade her all he may; if he cannot prevail, he leaves Mr. Crane all that he has mentioned before. P.S.—Weighs it not much if Nicholas tells the Lords that much. [¾ p.]
May 9. 56. Estimate by the Officers of Ordnance of the charge of ordnance stores for supply of a frigate named the Swan remaining at Sandwich, and belonging to the States; total, 222l. 13s. 11¾d. [5½ pp.]
May 9. 57. Copy of the same, with a blank left for the name of the ship. [5 pp.]
May 9. 58. Dr. Robert Pinck, Vice-Chancellor and Warden of New College, Oxford, to Archbishop Laud, Chancellor. The Council have forbidden the erecting of any new building, especially in the open streets, that might be to the annoyance of the passengers. By the allowance of the mayor a frame of a building is newly set up in the middle of the street that leads from Carfax towards the Castle, intended for butchers' shops, and John Sayer, one of the aldermen, who is to be the city tenant of the building, contends that the building of dwelling houses was alone interdicted by the Lords, whilst these are only to be shops to sell in. He has promised not to proceed unless the Board give way to it. Encloses petition of the corporation at their request, and submits the matter to the wisdom of the Archbishop and the Board. [1 p.]
May 9. 59. Petition of Henry Smyth to Archbishop Laud. On the complaint of the Bishop Thornborough of Worcester, articles were exhibited in the High Commission against Thomas Wilson, vicar of Stratford-upon-Avon, touching nonconformity. Upon which articles petitioner exhibited particular articles founded upon his own grievances, and gave bond to prosecute. Wilson by his annexed petition, lately preferred, prayed that the proceedings in the High Commission might desist until the ending of a suit in Chancery, wherein Wilson is plaintiff against the corporation of Stratfordupon-Avon, upon pretence that the suit in the High Commission was set on foot by the corporation at the public charge in order to vex him, and force him to leave off his suit in Chancery. The articles in the High Commission being fit for the determination of that Court, petitioner having been scandalized by Wilson in his preaching, and Wilson being plaintiff in Chancery and not proceeding with effect so as to have an end of that suit, petitioner prays liberty to proceed in the High Commission in due course. [¾ p.] Underwritten,
59. i. Reference to Sir John Lambe and any two Commissioners to consider the petition and articles, and see that the cause go on, unless they find good cause to the contrary. 9th May 1636. [¼ p.] Annexed,
59. i. i. Petition of Thomas Wilson, B.D., and vicar of Stratfordupon-Avon, to Archbishop Laud and the rest of the Commissioners for Causes Ecclesiastical. Petitioner being plaintiff in Chancery against the bailiffs and burgesses of Stratford-upon-Avon, for increase of allowance to be made to petitioner and his successors, the schoolmaster and his successors, and twenty-four alms people, out of certain guild and college lands, which at first were worth 80l. per annum and are now worth 440l. per annum, defendants, to vex petitioner and force him to leave off his suit, prosecute him in the High Commission. Petitioner has only 40l. per annum maintenance, and charge of 2,000 communicants. Prays a stay of the suit in the High Commission till the suit in Chancery be ended. [Copy. 2½ pp.]
May 9. 60. Petition of William Withers, clerk, rector of Thwaite, co. Suffolk, to the same. Petitioner has been incumbent five years, the living being not worth above 40l. per annum. One Robert Reeve, owner of great part of the parish, a man of contentious life and ill affected to the church, in regard petitioner would not be content with an under-composition for his tithes, withheld all his tithes, and when petitioner sued him for them in the Ecclesiastical Court, paid him with prohibitions. He also laid claim to petitioner's seat in the chancel, and procured the chancellor of Norwich, Dr. Corbett, to give an interlocutory sentence against petitioner. Petitioner appealed to the Court of Arches, and there, after a year and a half and an expense of 50l., the sentence was set aside, and plaintiff received 12l. for his costs. Reeve has now appealed to the Court of Delegates, still keeping petitioner's tithes from him. Prays order that he may have his tithes due, his chancel settled to him, his charges repaid, and that he may peaceably follow his studies. [¾ p.] Underwritten,
60. i. Reference to Sir John Lambe to give petitioner the best directions he can for his relief, and to let the Archbishop have an account. 9th May 1636. [¼ p.]
May 9. 61. Frances Lady Pelham to George Rawdon. Thanks him for his care to furnish her with a French woman. Sees he finds it a difficult thing. Being so far from London, she ever doubted might make it inconvenient to take one whose journeys would prove very troublesome if they did not like each other. She therefore desires his courtesy no farther. Hears her brother Ralph is gone into the Low Countries. [Seal with crest. 1 p.]
May 10. 62. Proclamation for restraint of fishing without licence. Recites proclamation of King James set forth in the seventh year of his reign, whereby all persons were restrained from fishing on the coasts and seas of Great Britain until they had obtained licences from the said King, or his commissioners, in that behalf. Finding that the inconveniences which occasioned that proclamation are rather increased than abated, the King knowing how far he is obliged in honour and conscience to maintain the rights of his crown, thinks it necessary to renew the said restraint, and to make known his resolution to keep such a strength of shipping as may be sufficient to hinder encroachments upon his regalities, and protect those who shall thenceforth by virtue of licences first obtained endeavour to take the benefit of fishing on the King's coasts and seas. [Draft. ¾ p.]
May [10 ?] 63. Draft form of suggested licence for a foreigner to fish in British waters. [In the handwriting of Nicholas. 1¾ p.]
May 10. Draft of the proclamation for restraint of fishing without licence. [Also in Nicholas's handwriting, and written on the same sheet of paper as the preceding. Another draft or copy of this proclamation occurs in Vol. cccvii., No. 48. ¾ p.]
May 10. The King to the Dean and Chapter of Winchester. To suffer Thomas Jackson, D.D., chaplain in ordinary to his Majesty, and one of the prebends in the cathedral of Winton, to enjoy the profits of his prebend notwithstanding his partial non-residence. [Docquet.]
May 10. Protection renewed to Thomas Holt and John Holt, sons and executors of Henry Holt, late deputy-victualler of the Navy at Portsmouth for one year longer, they being employed in the same service of his Majesty. [Docquet.]
May 10. Grant to Henry Buckle, a maimed soldier, of his Majesty's interest in 100l., forfeited by the conviction of felony of the said Buckle by procurement of Rich and Fallowfield, to whom Buckle had conveyed copyhold lands in Westmoreland for 190l., to be paid on certain days, but before the last payment, amounting to 110l., grew due, Buckle was convicted. [Docquet.]
May 10. Grant of privilege for 14 years to Robert Lindsey and John Hobart for sole use of an invention for avoiding the annoyance of smoke arising from sea coal and other fuel, and to preserve boiling vessels much longer and with half the firing then used, the yearly rent of 20l. being reserved to the King. [Docquet.]
May 10. Warrant to pay to Edward Greene, chief graver of the Mint, for new making of some seals which are defective, also new signets for the principal secretaries; with proviso that a former privy seal to the same effect be first cancelled. [Docquet.]
[May 10.] 64. Petition of Robert Kyrkham, his Majesty's servant, to the King. The society lately erected for making salt at South and North Shields have covenanted to pay his Majesty 10s. per wey on salt sold for home service and 3s. 4d. on that employed for fishing, his Majesty appointing a surveyor to keep books of the salt sold and to what uses. Prays grant of the office of surveyor for life, with such fee as his Majesty shall think convenient. [1 p.]
May 10. Petition of John Aiton, gentleman usher to the Prince, to the same. His Majesty having given petitioner "this particular of Barking and Whitham" [Witham ?] by way of his Majesty's commissioner as Prince, it being a parcel of that revenue, the feoffees of Mr. Windham pretend a posterior grant to frustrate petitioner. Petitioner prays that he may have the benefit of his grant. Underwritten,
i. Reference to the Commissioners of the King's revenue as Prince of Wales to compose the differences above mentioned or certify to his Majesty. Whitehall, 10th May 1636. [Book of Petitions, Dom. Car. I., Vol. cccxxiii., p. 1. ¾ p.]
May 10. Petition of Anne Thomson to the same. Prays the King to bestow upon her her late husband's arrearages in the Great Wardrobe with his year's wages, which petitioner understands his Majesty had bestowed on her, her husband having died but three weeks before it was due. Underwritten,
i. Reference to Lord Treasurer Juxon and Lord Cottington to take order for petitioner's satisfaction, his Majesty being willing she should be speedily relieved. Whitehall, 10th May 1636. [Ibid. Vol. cccxxiii., p. 1. ¾ p.]
May 10. Another petition of Robert Kyrkham to the King, similar to that calendared before, No. 64 in this volume, but praying a grant of the office of measurer as well as surveyor of salt for 14 years, with such fees as his Majesty shall think convenient. Underwritten,
i. Minute of the King's pleasure to grant petitioner the office prayed, and reference to Lord Treasurer Juxon and Lord Cottington to consider what fee they conceive fit, and to give order to the Attorney-General to prepare a grant. Whitehall, 10th May 1636. [Book of Petitions, Dom. Car. I., Vol. cccxxiii. p. 2. 1 p.]
May 10. Petition of Samuel Harsnet, executor to the late Archbishop Harsnet of York, to the same. Petitioner's father, the late Archbishop, having remained incumbent about two years and six months, died, leaving petitioner his executor, who is sued by the now Archbishop for dilapidations to the value of 7,000l. wherein the decays of Ripon and Scrooby houses are rated at 4,020l., being more than the whole personal estate of the late Archbishop. The lands belonging to these houses were long since leased out by preceding archbishops, so that nothing but the bare houses are out of lease, which are in utter decay, no archbishop having lived in either of them these 40 or 50 years; further that these houses if repaired would be more burthensome to the archbishops than useful. Prays that some of the church of York, and some other gentlemen of quality in those parts, may certify where [whether ?] the premises be true, and that thereupon his Majesty will grant letters patent for demolishing those houses, and freeing petitioner and the Archbishop of York and his successors from the charge of repairing them, the archbishop having three other habitable houses. Underwritten,
i. Reference to Sir Hardolph Wasteneys, Sir Arthur Ingram the elder, Sir Matthew Palmer, Sir Arthur Ingram the younger, Sir Henry Goodrick, George Stanhope, D.D., precentor of the cathedral of York, Phineas Hodson, D.D., chancellor of York, Henry Wickham, D.D., archdeacon of York, William Mallorpe the elder, William Francklin, William Stanely, William Sanderson, Hugh Cartwright, Thomas Benson, D.D., parson of Charlton, Gervase Nevill, clerk, parson of Headon, and Matthew Levett, clerk, and John Favour, clerk, both prebendaries at York, to certify as prayed by the petitioner. Whitehall, 10th May 1636.
ii. Certificate of Sir Arthur Ingram [the elder] and five others of the above-named referees in verification of the allegations in the above petition.
iii. Minute that his Majesty having seen the preceding certificate was pleased that the houses above mentioned should be demolished if the Archbishop of York gave his consent. Hampton Court, 8th June 1636. Ibid. Vol. cccxxiii. p. 22. 2¼ pp.]
May 10.
65. The Council to the Sheriffs of co. Bedford for the late and present year. By petition inclosed of the inhabitants of Pulloxhill, co. Bedford, the sheriffs will perceive that the petitioners make suit to the Board on account of several assessments made upon them by the late and the now sheriff. Conceiving it to be very hard that the petitioners who were forward in the service should be further charged to the ease of those who were more backward, the Lords refer the matter to the sheriffs, requiring them to acquaint each other with the reasons of their several assessments, and if they find that they have been misinformed, that they concur to settle the same so that the easing of others be not an overburthening of the petitioners. [1 p.]
May 10. 66. Particular of the assessment of the clergy, co. Somerset, to the ship-money, made by Henry Hodges, the late sheriff; total, 75l. 16s. 8d. [9 pp.]
May 10. 67. Receipt of Sir William Russell for 4,321l. 5s. 3d., paid by Richard Sherer on behalf of John Newton, late sheriff of Salop, on account of 4,500l. charged on that county for ship-money, under writ of 4th August last. [1 p.]
May 10. [?] 68. Similar receipt for 2,800l. paid by Thomas Soame and [John] Gayre, sheriffs of Middlesex, in part of 5,500l. charged upon that county for ship-money, under writ of the 4th August last. [1 p.] Annexed,
68. i. Similar receipt for 50l. paid by Anthony Whalley, Bailiff of the Liberty of St. Katherine's, for ship-money under writ of 20th October last past. Dated 28th March 1635. [¾ p.]
68. ii. Similar receipt for 863l. 18s. 8d. paid by John Highlord and John Cordell, Sheriffs of Middlesex, for ship-money under the said writ of 20th October last. Dated 28th March 1635. [Seals with arms. ¾ p.]
68. iii. Similar receipt for 1,100l. paid by Joseph Rea, Deputy to Anthony Hinton, Bailiff of Westminster, for shipmoney under writ of 20th October last. Dated 28th March 1635. [Seals with arms. 1 p.]
68. iv. Similar receipt for 10l. 16s. 2d. paid by Anthony Whalley above-mentioned, for ship-money under the said writ of 20th October last. Dated 27th May 1635. [¾ p.]
68. v. Similar receipt for 111l. 0s. 7d., paid by John Highlord and John Cordell, Sheriffs of Middlesex, for ship-money under writ of 20th October last. Dated 20th July 1635. [Seals with arms. 1 p.]
68. vi. Similar receipt for 14l. 7s. 8d. paid by Howard Strachey on behalf of Sir John Heydon, Lieutenant of the Ordnance, in part of 5,500l. ship-money charged on Middlesex, the same having been collected amongst the inhabitants of the Trinity Minories. Dated 15th March 1635–6. [¾ p.]
May 10. 69. Petition of John Brooke, Clerk of the Cheque at Portsmouth, to the Lords of the Admiralty. Petitioner being brought to great poverty by prosecution against him by the Officers of the Navy, prays the Lords to take his patent from him and bestow it as shall seem fitting. [¾ p.]
May 10. 70. Bishop Coke of Bristol to Archbishop Laud. Upon direction of the Archbishop, the writer stayed proceedings at Bristol against Sir William Spencer and Mary Popley for scandalous living, the Archbishop's intentions being to reduce a strayed child to his mother's bosom, to make peace between man and wife, and take away the occasion of so foul a scandal. The ill success speaks for itself. The result has been the gentlewoman's coming to London and her living there a whole year, alluring Sir William by her nearness and presence. Humbly desires that the Archbishop will again take the case into his consideration. [Seal with arms. 1 p.]
May 10. 71. John Nicholas to his son Edward Nicholas. The writer's son Davy is loving and kind for the care taken of his estate. The writer perceives the Lord Treasurer went in great state to Westminster, but the Master of the Rolls in private, as Ned Parry writes. William Littleton is paid an annuity of 10l. from Sir Edward Littleton. Wishes Edward Nicholas to receive it for him. Thinks there are few bewail the Earl of Carlisle, and that it is a poor satisfaction to the Londoners, his creditors, to pay them with laying his bones in Paul's. Hopes God has forgiven him. Is glad the plague does not increase, but fears the dispersing of it, and that it is come as far as Cripplegate in the city. Mrs. Nicholas's Persian ducks described. Shall not see him this term; riding is not so easy to him as it was wont. [1½ p.]
May 11. Grant to Samuel Freeman and his heirs, of his Majesty's reversion in divers houses in London and Westminster, granted to his Majesty by John Freeman, brother of Samuel, upon condition of making void the grant on payment of 40l. to his Majesty. [Docquet.]
May 11. Grant of denization for Daniel Getsius, with proviso that he pay the same custom and subsidy as strangers pay. [Docquet.]
May 11. 72. Order of Council. The contract made with Mr. Evelyn for furnishing gunpowder being almost expired, it is ordered that the Commissioners for gunpowder and saltpetre, calling to them the Master of the Ordnance, forthwith contract with Samuel Cordwell and Thomas Collins, or with any other they shall think best. [¾ p. Council seal impressed.]
May 11.
Durham Castle.
73. Bishop Morton of Durham, with Sir Thomas Tempest, Sir John Conyers, and nine others, justices of peace of Northumberland and co. Durham, to the Council. His Majesty's carriages charged upon those counties, which were proportioned at 3,000 loads, have been performed for the last year, albeit much moneys due to the carriage-men is yet unsatisfied, by reason of want of contribution from Westmoreland, Cumberland, and the North Riding of co. York. They think they ought not to contribute according to the proportions of Northumberland and Durham, which will give impediment, as Joseph Pett, employed for his Majesty in this service, will explain. Pray the Lords to order so that each county may know its proportion. [1 p.]
May 11. 74. See "Returns made by Justices of Peace."
May 11. 75. Certificate of Justices of Peace of Middlesex, of various circumstances affecting the parish of Clerkenwell. Five persons are named, and among them, Dr. Adderton, doctor of physic, as letting out premises to poor tenants at rents running from 4d. to 10d. a week. Taverns had increased from two to ten; among the new ones was the house wherein Lord Stourton lately dwelt. There is also a list of persons of quality who refused to contribute to the relief of the infected; among them,—
The Right Honourable the Lady May 40s.
" " the Lady Gage 40s.
Sir John Symonds 30s.
Sir Christopher Yelverton 30s.
Lister Blunt 15s.
Edward Bishop 15s.
Mr. Ballard and the Lady Resby, his wife 20s.
Mr. James Lemetayer 20s.
Sir Francis Biondi 20s.
Richard Merydale, for tenements in Turnmill Street 20s.
Mr. James Trussell 8s.
[1¼ p.]
May 11. 76. Petition of Augustine Boate to the Lords of the Admiralty. Answers the objections of Sir William Russell to the payment of petitioner's salary for his keepership of the outstores. Contends that so long as his ship is in harbour, the duties of his pursership do not prejudice his performance of the trust of the outstores, and that similar unions of offices have always been allowed. Further, that for the help objected against, which he had had from his brother Edward Boate the younger, during the time of this extraordinary service, he had been enforced to use, not only his brother, but also his father's man, the duties of his office having to be performed in several places at one time. No one who has preceded him has ever been able to perform the duties without help, nor will any who may follow him. Prays confirmation in his place. [1 p.]
May 11.
Tilbury Hope.
77. Sir Henry Palmer and Capt. Phineas Pett to the same. Have called to them the most sufficient men among his Majesty's servants to advise about weighing the Anne Royal, to compute the charge and consider the time wherein it may be performed. Send an account thereof, and have resolved, unless the Lords have tender of any way more likely and of easier expense, to proceed accordingly, so as to take advantage of the next spring tides. [1 p.] Enclosed,
77. i. Peter White, Thomas Austen, Henry Goddard, Nathaniel Apslyn, William Willoughby, and Thomas Wilson, to the Officers of the Navy. Suggest that 14 colliers of good burthen be moored, seven on each side of the Anne Royal, bows to the ship, and that with these the ship be weighed. That being weighed, she is to be hauled by degrees into shoal-water on the Essex shore, where her ports are to be caulked up, when she will be fit to be turned from side to side, and upon the ebb of a spring tide her keel may be brought above water for stopping the main leak, so that she may be able to be brought into dock. Dated aboard the Eagle lighter, 11th May 1636. Underwritten is an estimate of cost amounting in the whole to 1,450l., of which 980l. is for the hire and necessary alterations of the 14 colliers, and 400l. for wages and victuals for a month of 200 men to attend the work on board the Eagle. [1½ p.]
May 11. 78. Officers of the Navy to the Lords of the Admiralty. Report on the state of the Jonas, the Neptune, and the True Love [ships furnished by the city of London for the King's service]. The hulls having been lately repaired, the ships are presumed to be made serviceable for the voyage. The rigging of the two latter ships is declared to be much short of paralleling his Majesty's ships. Their wants in cordage and other provisions are enumerated and valued in money as amounting to 838l. 6s. The number of men declared wanting is set down at 142, the non-supply of which number would be a saving in sea wages on the voyage of 1,680l. [3¼ pp.]
May 11.
79. Sec. Windebank to Sir John Lambe, Dean of the Arches. His Majesty has been lately petitioned, and often before, by Dr. Heigenius, a stranger, to take into consideration the great trouble he has undergone in a suit depending before Sir John, wherein, as he represents, he can have no end. This his Majesty takes notice of, the rather because he is a stranger and brought letters of recommendation from the King of Denmark, full of affection and princely care of the poor man and his business. Sir John is to take order that petitioner may have justice without delay, that so the King may return a fair answer to his uncle, the King of Denmark. [Seal with arms. 1 p.]