Charles I - volume 325: June 1-9, 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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June 1-9, 1636

June 1.
The Inner Star Chamber.
1. Order of Archbishop Laud, the Lord Keeper, Lord Privy Seal, and Sec. Coke, referees of a petition to his Majesty of Thomas Downer, vicar of Charlbury, in the diocese of Oxford, complaining of hard measure done him by Sir Henry Lee, late of Ditchley, and his relict about the tithes of certain wood sold by them to several buyers, with caution to pay no tithes to the said vicar, notwithstanding his predecessors enjoyed the same, whereby for ten or eleven years past he has been deprived of 10l. per annum. Forasmuch as there have been divers suits in the ecclesiastical and common law courts, where petitioner (as he pretends) made it appear that the tithes of the said woods are due to the vicar, it was ordered that Sir Henry Calthrop, attorney of the Court of Wards, should look over the judgments in Sir Henry Lee's lifetime, and if the same have passed for the said vicar, then to acquaint Lord Cottington, master of the Court of Wards, and however to certify the Lords what he finds. [1¼ p.]
June 1.
The Inner Star Chamber.
2. Order of Council. Taking into consideration the great boldness of several persons who erect buildings in London and Westminster in the long vacation, when such as have the charge to hinder the same are out of town, to prevent the like disorderly building this summer, when by reason of the adjournment of the term, and the danger of the infection, the said cities are likely to be more empty than usual, it is ordered that the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs of London and Middlesex, and the Justices of Peace of Westminster and Middlesex, should be required to take order that no buildings be raised contrary to proclamation, and if any shall transgress therein that the lord mayor and sheriffs and the justices of peace forthwith cause such buildings to be pulled down. [Copy or Draft. ¾ p.]
June 1.
The Inner Star Chamber.
3. Similar Order upon petitions presented on the 29th May last, the one in the name of divers Commissioners of Sewers in Kent and Sussex, and the other in the name of Sir Walter Roberts and others of the said Commissioners of Sewers, concerning the draining of the upper levels in the said counties. The Lords ordered that the same should be sat upon at Cranbrook, and that such of the Commissioners of Sewers as inhabited within 20 miles of that place should be warned to be present, not restraining, nevertheless, any others of the said Commissioners to attend the service if they think good. The Lords further ordered that the said Commissioners should meet on 29th June, and the Lords especially recommended it to the Commissioners to take some such order as might be best for navigation. [Draft. 1 p.]
June 1.
Star Chamber.
4. Similar Order. The Lords having heard a report of what yesterday appeared upon a full hearing to be the true state of the complaint of George Meade, Robert Heath and others, parishioners of Great Hallingbury, Essex, against Edward Thurman, parson, John Stacey, Edmund Pakeman, and others of the said parish, and having duly considered both the rates made by the assessors of that parish for the shipping business, and finding the first rate to be confirmed by both the late and present sheriff, and conceiving the confirmation of the second rate made by the present sheriff alone, which bears date a week after the same sheriff's approbation of the first rate, to have been surreptitiously obtained, they do confirm the first rate, and order that the same shall stand, and that whatsoever has been levied upon the second rate shall be restored. And whereas it appears that Thurman, Stacey, and Pakeman have been very factious in disturbing the service, it is ordered that they shall enter into good bond to make recompence to Meade, Heath, and the rest that have suffered by the second rate, and that Stacey and Pakeman shall remain in the messenger's custody till they have performed this order. [Copy. 1⅓ p.]
June 1. 5. Similar Order. The Lords, taking notice by information of the Attorney-General that differences are risen between Sir William Russell, Sheriff of co. Worcester, and William Sandys, who has with the approbation of his Majesty and the board undertaken to make the river Avon navigable from the Severn to Coventry, and that Sandys having sent his boat to view the river, the same has been taken away by the servants of Sir William, to the great hindrance of the work, which Sir William on Friday last declared at the board he does not seek to oppose, but only desires that satisfaction may be first given him for his particular interest, which Sandys professes himself ready to do. The Lords, being desirous that so public a work may receive no interruption, pray the Lord Privy Seal to call the parties before him, and to take order for the restitution of Sandys's boat, and to make an amicable agreement between the parties. [Copy. 1 p.]
June 1.
The Inner Star Chamber.
6. The Council to Sir Dudley Digges, Master of the Rolls, and Attorney-General Bankes. His Majesty's pleasure was this day signified to the board by the Earl of Holland, that the further prosecution in the Court of Star Chamber against Lord Digby and William Crofts should be stayed, and that their recognizances for keeping the peace should be withdrawn. The persons addressed are to take order that his Majesty's pleasure should be performed. [Draft. 1 p.]
June 1.
Star Chamber.
7. The same to Sir Richard Lucy. The Lords have been informed that there are divers gentlemen, citizens of London, and others, that send their children to be nursed, and put to school at Enfield, Waltham, and other towns near his Majesty's house at Theobalds, whereby the parents of the said children take often occasion to repair thither or send their servants, which in this time of infection may prove dangerous to his Majesty's servants, and others; Sir Richard is to cause the said children to be removed. [Draft. 1 p.]
June 1.
The Inner Star Chamber.
8. The same to all customers and officers of ports throughout England and Wales. His Majesty by proclamation dated 21st July 1635, prohibited all his subjects, other than soldiers, mariners, merchants, and their factors and apprentices, to pass out of England, under the restrictions in the said proclamation expressed. And forasmuch as his Majesty has granted to Thomas Mayhew the office of writing and entering all passes and passengers names in all outports, and to receive the accustomed fees for the same, the Lords charge the persons addressed to be aiding to Mayhew in the execution of the service aforesaid, and not to suffer any passengers to ship themselves without a due pass. [1 p.]
[June 1.] 9. Copy of the same, without the names of the Lords and others who signed the original. [¾ p.]
June 1. 10. The same to the Mayor of Dover. The Lords are informed that the officers of the port of Dover exact of persons who have licence to carry horses out of the kingdom into France and other parts beyond seas, sums over and above the rates payable to his Majesty for horses transported, and that lately they exacted of the Queen's nurse 10l. for every horse that she had leave to transport into France. The Mayor is to call before him the officers employed in that port to receive moneys for horses to be exported, and to examine as well what has been by them taken for each horse which her Majesty's nurse had leave to transport, as also what has been by them taken of any others, and to certify the board what he finds to be true. [Draft. 1 p.]
June 1.
Star Chamber.
11. The Council to [Christopher Clitheroe], Lord Mayor of London. Although it has been an usual custom to have a sermon upon every Whit Sunday in the new churchyard by Bethlehem Gate, yet in regard those who die of the plague out of all the adjoining parishes are usually buried there, the Lords require him to forbear repairing to that place upon that day, and to cause the sermon for this year to be preached in the chapel at Guildhall. [Draft. 1 p.]
June 1.
Inner Star Chamber.
12. The same to the Warden of the Fleet. John Goodhand being last term by sentence of the Star Chamber committed to the Fleet, has petitioned the King to be set at liberty. His Majesty having referred his petition to the Lords, they order that Goodhand entering into good bond with sureties before Mr. Goad, clerk of the Court of of Star Chamber, for payment of his fine, be set at liberty. [Draft. ¾ p.]
June 1. 13. Draft entry on the Council Register of minute of warrant to the Warden of the Fleet to receive into his custody Tobias Knowles, and to keep him prisoner until he should have demolished a building lately erected by him near the Mews. [⅓ p.]
June 1. 14. The Council to Sir William Balfour, Lieutenant of the Tower. Send therewith the person of William Uvedale, whom his Majesty commands Sir William to receive into his custody, and keep him safe prisoner until further order. [½ p.]
June 1. Draft entry on the Council Register of minute of warrant to Matthew Francis, Serjeant-at-Arms, to deliver over William Uvedale to Sir William Balfour. [Written on the same sheet of paper as the preceding. ½ p.]
June 1. The like of a pass for Henry Middlemore of the Inner Temple, to travel into foreign parts for three years, with proviso that he is not to go to Rome. [Ibid. ½ p.]
June 1. 15. The like of a pass for Capt. Thomas Nanfan, of Birch [Birts] Morton, co. Worcester, to go into France for six months, and to take with him one servant. [½ p.]
June 1. 16. Book of notes taken by Nicholas, of proceedings of the Council at their several meetings during this month. These notes will be found to be very useful, and occasionally valuable, in illustration of some subjects with respect to which no papers have occurred, as well as of others which will be found treated in this calendar. [100 pp., of which 21 are blank.]
June 1. 17. Book of names of the members of the Council present at all the meetings of that body held during the present month. The Council met on the 1st, 5th, 12th, 19th, 20th, 21st, and on the 24th, at two sittings, one before and the other after dinner. The King was present on the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 21st. Archbishop Laud, the Lord Keeper, the Lord Treasurer, and Sec. Windebank were present at every meeting. The Lord Deputy was present on the 12th and every subsequent meeting. Eighteen was the largest number of Councillors that attended any meeting, eight the smallest. [32 pp., of which 23 are blank.]
June 1/11.
The Hague.
18. Elizabeth Queen of Bohemia to Archbishop Laud. Gives him many thanks for the letter received by her son's secretary. She takes it for a great sign of his affection to her that he writes so freely, which she entreats him to continue, for her desire is to be always free with him whom she esteems so much her friend. For her dislike of the King's sending to the Emperor, it was as much for his honour, and not that she distrusts his intentions, for the Emperor having deluded the King, her father, and now him these sixteen years, she thought the King had no cause to try his falsehood further, and that it was not much to his honour. Besides, she assures the Archbishop that at Brussels, and all over that side, they eternally laugh and jeer at it. She will not now dispute what the King wrote to her when Taylor was sent; it is now passed, and she will not the less trust his word for it. Concerning that he is unsatisfied with what she has written of her dislike to accept of a part of her son's country, and the Earl Marshal wrote the contrary, she assures the Archbishop the Earl Marshal knows better, for he and the writer had many disputes about it. And for the Prince of Orange's opinion, the Earl she sees mistook it, for the Prince said that if all the Lower Palatinate were restored freely, without any conditions to tie her son to any thing, but as he was before, that then he might accept it, and seek the rest as he could by fair or foul means, but neither he nor she, nor indeed she thinks anybody, believes that the Emperor and the King of Spain and the Duke of Bavaria will do it, for either it will be upon such conditions, to quit all his friends, and other dishonourable articles, or to have the country so cut off and maimed as they may take it again when they list and keep him always under, for as for the Electorate and the rest to follow, she can never believe they mean it, for it is the opinion in all Germany that at this Electorate diet they mean to settle it upon Bavaria and his house, which they may easily do, there being but one of the Electors on the writer's side, and all the rest professed enemies. For the recovery of it by pieces, she grants with him that if it were by arms it must be so, but by treaties, if they had a mind truly and really to do it, they may as well give all as a part, for what she has in her hands she can give all if she will, but what is so [?] snatched from her must come by pieces, yet it will come without being obliged to any prejudicial conditions. She fears this last speech of her's may make the Archbishop think that the Earl Marshal told her many thought that she would rather have her son restored by force than by treaty, but she must answer as she did to him, that it is all one to her by what ways he be restored, so he be so fully and honourably, but indeed she does not think he will be restored fully otherwise than by arms. Sixteen years experience makes her believe it. This she has written is the substance of what she said to the Earl Marshal, but as she told him, so now also she does the Archbishop, that this is not to censure or dispute the King's actions, but only to let the Archbishop know freely her mind, which she did to the King about the same time she wrote the Archbishop, and she has received a very comfortable answer from him, that he will not suffer anything to be done that shall be prejudicial to her son's honour or right, which she is most confident of, for she never mistrusts him, but she does extremely the Emperor and his side, who have so long deluded her brother. The King has sent her a copy of a letter which he has written to the Emperor upon the coming of Ridolfi from him, who she sees does not deceive her in her opinion, but the letter is an excellent one, where she sees he will now be deceived no longer. This freedom of hers in her writing to the Archbishop is to encourage him to continue the same to her, as also she entreats him to continue his affection to her son, for both from himself and all those that come over she understands how much her son is beholden to him. P.S.—In England they have now the Polish ambassador. He spoke to her of no particulars; only told her how all the States of Poland were against the match, because of her daughter's religion. She answered there was no remedy for that, for she would not change her religion for all the kingdoms of the world; the substance of all he said she writes at large to the King. They shall quickly see the reality of it; for herself, she is indifferent. [Endorsed and docqueted by Archbishop Laud. 3 pp.]
June 1.
Mincing Lane.
19. Officers of Navy to Lords of the Admiralty. Are informed by Mr. Willoughby, (one of the chief shipwrights employed about weighing the Anne Royal), that there is great hope to make her tight to swim and sail by the middle of next week. Remind the Lords that his Majesty's docks at Woolwich and Deptford being full, there is a convenient dock in the old East India yard at Deptford, now in the occupation of John Tailor, (a master shipwright of the Thames), that may well take her in, and there they advise that some of her planks may be ript off between wind and water the better to have an exact survey made of her present state. Solicit directions. P.S.—Since writing the above they are informed that it will be better to bring her into dry-dock at the East India Yard, Blackwall. [Seal with crest [?] 1 p.]
June 1.
20. John Goodwin to Nicholas. There is sent in there by the Earl of Northumberland a Holland man-of-war and Dunkirk frigate, which he had taken and sent to the writer to take them into his custody, but no order what he should do with the men. Would gladly know the Lords' pleasure. He has put men aboard to see that there shall be nothing embezzled; their sails he has taken ashore, unhanged their rudders, and the captain is at the writer's house, and goes nowhere without a soldier with him. P.S.—The captain's name is John van Galy, of the Black Bull, of Amsterdam. [Seal with arms. ¾ p.]
June 1.
Dover Pier.
21. Capt. Robert Slingsby to Nicholas. Was by the Lord General appointed to attend the directions of Capt. Carteret, and has been with him and the True Love to convoy one fleet to Dunkirk and another to Ostend, and is now ready to go out with the third. As they were bound to Ostend, off Nieuport, there came a frigate up with them with the ragged staff in her ensign, which nevertheless the writer suspected to be one of the two frigates of Calais which he had heard lay in expectation of that fleet, because a little before they had met another with English colours, whom the writer did not suspect, till Capt. Carteret told him that the Due de Bouillon and his followers (who were then aboard with him) knew her to be a man-of-war of Calais. This made the writer more cautious, and as soon as the frigate with the ragged staff came up with the fleet he made a shot at her. She struck her topsails, and at the second shot lay by the lee. Slingsby hailed her. She answered "Of Dunkirk." He bade them come aboard, which they would not, so he made ready his boat to send aboard of her. As soon as they perceived the boat to be haled up, they made all the sail they could away. Slingsby made two shots at them, which was all he could, and stood after them a little while, but Capt. Carteret warning him by a piece of ordnance to give her over and return for the security of the fleet, he left her. The like passages had passed between her and the True Love but just before. Capt. Dunning came in there yesterday and told them that this ship was of Dunkirk, and that Slingsby's shot had killed some of her men, and that some of the True Love's men being ashore at Dunkirk upon this occasion, have been very much affronted. At Ostend Slingsby took in the Due de Bouillon out of the Happy Entrance, and carried him to Flushing. Whilst there, a small bark of Sandwich came in, and the captain said that on Thursday last, as he was bound from Sandwich to Flushing, laden with cloth and baize, about six leagues off the North Foreland, a French frigate laid him aboard and pillaged him, and broke up the hold and took three packs of merchants goods out, and the master and two more, leaving but one man and a boy aboard, and manned her with their men, and afterwards towed her at their stern towards Calais, but espying two men-of-war of Dunkirk in the offing, they put the master aboard his own bark and cast her off. Yesterday Slingsby came into Dover Road, where it blew such a stress of wind that he was forced into the pier; he has taken the opportunity to wash and tallow. Capt. Dunning came in presently after Slingsby, having lost his bowsprit. [2 pp.]
June 1. 22. Extract from the above. [1½ p.]
June 1. Indenture of assignment between William Cufaud of Midhurst in Sussex and Francis Cufaud of River Park in the same county of the one part, and Edward Manning of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields of the other part. Recites that the Marquis of Winchester, Lady Lucy his wife, Sir John Needham, Sir Marmaduke Darrell, Sir Anthony Mayne, and John Waller, by lease dated the 1st May, in the 11th year of King James, demised to Robert Percehay the free chapel of St. Thomas of Froilbury in the parish of Kingsclere, Hants, late of Willmot Beconsawe, to hold from Michaelmas 1621 for 99 years, at the rent of 40s. 8d. per annum. Also recites various other deeds whereby the right and interest in the said lease came ultimately to William and Francis Cufaud, who had sold the same to Edward Manning for 110l., on payment of which the same was by this indenture assigned to him. [See Domestic, Charles I., Case D., No. 6., skin of parchment.]
June 1. 23. Certificate of Peter Heywood, Justice of Peace for Westminster, that Henry Middlemore, of the Inner Temple, had taken the oath of allegiance before him this day. [⅓ p.]
June 1. 24. Receipt of Sir William Russell for 2,000l. paid by Sir Henry Anderson, on behalf of Sir William Bellasys, Sheriff of co. Durham, in full payment of the ship-money charged on the said county by writ of 4th of August last. Underwritten,
24. i. Memorandum that there was paid by the city of Durham 150l., which was included in the 2,000l. [1 p.] Annexed,
24. ii. Similar receipt for 1,373l. paid by Sir William Bellasys, Sheriff of co. Durham, for ship-money collected under the writ of 20th October 1634. Dated 9th May 1635. [¾ p.]
[June 1 ?] 25. Petition of the prisoners in the Fleet to Sec. Windebank. Thankfully acknowledge the great respect which they understand by Sir Robert Hyde he gave to their petition lately presented to his Majesty, for writs of habeas corpus in this time of danger (see Vol. cccxxii., p. 460). Some places are lately infected near that house. Pray him to crown his beginning by imploring his Majesty's directions in answer. [½ p.]
June 2. 26. The Council to the Justices of Peace for Middlesex. There is a fair, commonly called Green Goose fair, usually held in Whitsun week at Bow. The place where the fair is held is near Stepney, where the sickness continues very hot; the Justices are therefore to put off the said fair for this year, and to take care that not only timely notice be given at Bow, but also that publication be made in all markets and parish churches adjoining to prevent any confluence of people. [Draft. 1 p.]
June 2. 27. Inigo Jones and three others Commissioners of Buildings, to the Council. According to reference of 27th May last, they have taken consideration upon the petition of William Reynolds and John Foster, and find that the nuisances specified in the petition concerning King's Bridge, and the hindrance to the passage, are fit to be reformed. They have viewed the wharves mentioned in the petition, and are of opinion that the making a bridge of timber in the place desired will be no prejudice to the river, so as it does not exceed in length 24 feet and in breadth 12 feet from the wharf into the Thames, and that the petitioners take into their hands two small tenements, which being pulled down they may give a way of 12 feet in breadth in the narrowest place into the passage for carts, which otherwise will be too strait. Lastly, they pray that the Lords will direct that there be no more unlading of any carriages out of lighters and barges at King's Bridge. [1 p.]
June 2. 28. Attorney-General Bankes to the Council. According to a reference of the 4th December he has considered the grievances which the merchants of London trafficking into Spain and Portugal suffer. States a previous incorporation of those merchants in the reign of King James which was made void by Act of Parliament, also the subsequent determination in an analogous case of the merchants of Exeter trading to France; also that the Spanish merchants for want of government were exposed to piracy by Turks and others, with many other inconveniences; whereupon he recommended an incorporation, but that no other merchants should be debarred from trading to those parts, and that, if any mere merchants of London desired to become members of the incorporation, they should be admitted on payment of 10l. during the first year, and 20l. in the second. [1 p.] Endorsed,
28. i. Minute of the King's pleasure that the Attorney-General should prepare a bill for an incorporation in accordance with the above report. Hampton Court, 20th June 1636. [½ p.]
June 2.
London House.
29. Notes, by Nicholas, of business to be transacted by the Lords of the Admiralty. Consider the report of Sir William Russell concerning Mr. Boate, keeper of the out-stores at Chatham, and Mr. Boate's answer. Peruse a list of Vice-Admirals that have not accounted. Consider whether there shall be a captain appointed for the frigate, she being to have 60 men in her. Give directions what instructions shall be given to the captain of the Black George. Whether Mr. Attorney shall be warned to attend the Lords on Tuesday about strangers. Consider the Earl of Portland's demand of supplies for the Isle of Wight. Consider Mr. Bassett's advice touching wrecks, which it seems may be much for his Majesty's profit. Consider the Earl of Lindsey's paper [Added, in the handwriting of Lord Cottington, "Consider what shall be done in the demands of reprisals against the Hollanders."] [1¼ p.]
June 2.
London House.
30. Lords of the Admiralty to Officers of the Navy. Augustine Boate, late purser of the Unicorn, has succeeded his father Edward Boate, in the place of keeper of out-stores at Chatham, wherein he has done his Majesty good service, but complains that his salary is unpaid for one year and a half at Midsummer next; the Officers are to take order that he be paid such part of his salary as is in arrear for his services past, but to continue him in the place of keeper of out-stores there, and to allow him such day wages and other salary as have been allowed to the said keeper of out-stores. [Copy. 1 p.]
June 2. 31. Officers of the Navy to Lords of the Admiralty. Have been often bold to become solicitors to the Lords to afford them their favourable assistance towards an increase of means. His Majesty having referred it to the Lords, the writers would most unwillingly press with so much importunity, did not the present sense of their condition enforce them, for they find the service extended so far beyond the precedent of former times, and the expense in all things increased to such a height, as their small means will scarcely defray the charge of those servants they are constrained to keep. They hope the Lords will not so desert them, as they shall be left in worse state than all other of his Majesty's servants, who at least find subsistence by their places. The Lords signified that if the writers could find anything without charge to his Majesty it might be attained. Beseech them to consider that there is nothing they can petition for which may prove a benefit to them, but reserved would be the same to his Majesty, and they cannot devise any way of more ease than by those means which they have presented to the Lords, upon whom they acknowledge, next to his Majesty, their dependance. [Seal with crest. 1 p.]
June 2. 32. Petition of John Holt, Apparitor-General, to Archbishop Laud. Craves pardon for his great offence towards his Grace, whom he beseeches now, after his two years' hope upon the reference touching his office in the Prerogative, by signification of his pleasure to put a period to petitioner's hoped expectation, and the rather in regard he is enforced to sue in the Arches for a great part of his profits due in the last visitation, which are unjustly detained from him. Underwritten,
32. i. Reference to Sir John Lambe, to put the petitioner upon the best course for his relief, if he finds the business to be as is suggested. June 2nd 1636. [¾ p.]
June 2. 33. Petition of Augustine Plumsted to the same. About the 1st May last, coming by a barn in Somerleyton, not knowing of any conventicle or meeting there, he heard the voice of one Knight in the barn, and petitioner, although he did not see Knight, yet heard him open some scripture. Petitioner departed soon after, and came to the house of John Steeres, of Herringfleet, and being desired, read over some notes of a sermon which he heard that day at Somerleyton church, in the family of the said Steeres, but petitioner did not pray at all in the said family, nor did not do what he did out of contempt of church government, the danger of which petitioner until now did not know. But understanding the same to be prohibited duties, he made a voluntary appearance, and confessed the truth. Prays to be dismissed by reason that he was ignorant of the danger, and never frequented the like meeting before, but approves of the rights, ceremonies, and orders of the church established. [¾ p.] Annexed,
33. i. Certificate of Sir John Wentworth as to the honest and good repute of petitioner, and his conformity to the church of England. [⅓ p.] Written under the petition.
33. ii. Reference to Sir John Lambe either to dismiss Plumsted, if he see cause, or give the Archbishop an account. June 2nd 1636. [¼ p.]
June 2. 34. Petition of Henry Blackborow, notary public, to Archbishop Laud. Petitioner has belonged as a clerk to the Arches Court of Canterbury for sixteen years, and about a year and a half since delivered a petition to the Archbishop, with a certificate annexed, for his admittance to be a general proctor of that court, which petition his Grace commanded to be laid up amongst others to that purpose. Forasmuch as since that time petitioner has waited (as at the pool of Silo) and that his Grace has often descended and yet petitioner not admitted, prays to be admitted as aforesaid. [¾ p.] Underwritten,
34. i. Reference to Sir John Lambe, to consider petitioner's request, and give the Archbishop an account of what Sir John thinks of it, and whether the number be not too great already. [¼ p.]
June 2. 35. Lord Henry Powlett to Sec. Windebank. Has received further security for his 1,000l. from Sir Richard Tichborne, which the writer acknowledges as a full satisfaction for his debt. Sir Richard acknowledges a fair end from him, and he does the like from Sir Richard. [¼ p.]
June 2. 36–7. See "Returns made by Justices of Peace."
June 3.
38. Lords of the Admiralty to Sir Henry Marten. Have appointed John Selwood of Worle to be registrar of the Vice-Admiralty of Somerset and Bristol. Sir Henry is to cause a patent to be drawn for him to be in force during pleasure. [1 p.]
June 3.
39. The same to the same. Similar letter for a patent to be drawn for Matthew King of Kemestoke [Kewstoke?], appointed marshal of the same Vice-Admiralty. [1p.]
June 3.
Hampton Court.
40. Sir Henry Vane to Sec. Windebank. His Majesty came not to Hampton Court before 6 o'clock, yet the writer got an opportunity with him and he read the Earl Marshal's letter to Windebank, whereupon he commanded the writer to let Windebank know that he approves very well of the Earl's proposition concerning John Pors to be employed in place of Philip Ehem, for his Majesty's affairs at Frankfort; that he would have Windebank by this express signify so much to the Earl Marshal, and send the credential letter to Frankfort, allowing him such entertainment as his predecessor had as soon as his Majesty's hand can be obtained to the same. A signification thereof will be sufficient by Dr. Page, and the despatch to Pors may follow with diligence. The King a little wondered to hear that the Earl Marshal's letters from England had not found him; he holds it most necessary that in this present conjuncture a strict correspondency should be held with the Earl. The writer answered that he was written to weekly, and that for miscarriage of letters none could answer in time of war, with which he was satisfied, but notwithstanding would have it prevented for the future with the same industry that is used by the Spanish ministers. [Sir John] Finet and Gordon being with Vane this morning about the entertainment of the Polish ambassador, the last told that the ambassador would have his audience, that within 6 days he would for France, and that the good of the public affairs of Christendom required it, which Sir Henry judges to be the peace thereof, in which he seems to be employed from his master; that for the "macthe" [match], he was first to return into Poland to his master, and then his master would go on nimbly with the same. This Sir Henry acquainted his Majesty, at which [he] seemed not to be well pleased. Sends a letter to the Lord Marshal to be enclosed in Windebank's packet. [2¾ pp.]
June 3. 41. Sussex Cammock, captain of Landguard Fort, to the Council. Certifies that Samuel Tye, of Ipswich, master of the Desire, with Edward Leverick, Stephen Molender, and John Clerk, all of Ipswich, the last being master of the Susan, and — Malden also of Ipswich and master of the Elizabeth, neglected to strike sail as they passed Landguard Fort. The lieutenant caused a piece to be shot, whereupon they came in but denied to give any satisfaction, and in the night time escaped in the company of other ships. Cammock desires the direction of the Council herein. [Endorsed by Nicholas, "at Michaelmas." ¾ p.]
June 3. 42. Copy of the same. [1p.]
June 3. 43. Particular of sundry sums underwritten to be adventured in the fishings of Great Britain and Ireland, but not yet paid. The following agreed to adventure 100l. each; John Lord Poulett, John Ashburnham, of Chichester, Sir George Kemp, of Essex, Francis Lord Dunsmore, George Butler, of Ellerton, co. York, Sir Richard Leechford, of Shelwood, Surrey, Walter Hastings, of Branston, co. Leicester, George Lord Goring, William Stanhope, of Nottingham, Sir William Monson, and George Gage. Those to adventure 50l. were Carew Raleigh, Edward Whitby, of Chester, Sir Thomas Aston, Richard Buckley, of Beaumaris, John Kemp, of London, and Richard Bromfield. Total 1,400l. [¾ p.] On the same sheet of paper,
43. i. Statement of arrears yet owing for supply of 20 per cent., the first year's loss, agreed upon at Whitehall by the late Lord Treasurer, the Earl Marshal, and others, 23rd January 1633–4; total 190l. [½ p.]
June 3. 44. Statement of Edward Fenn, on behalf of Sir William Russell, of ship-money received since the certificate of 27th; total 5,540l. 1s. 4d. [½ p.]
June 3. 45. Receipt of Sir William Russell for 3,564l. 10s. 11½d., paid by Richard Wotton on behalf of William Scudamore, late sheriff of co. Hereford, in part of 4,000l. ship-money charged upon that county by writ of 4th August last. [¾ p.]
June 3. 46. Certificate of Thomas Egar, deputy clerk of the Crown, that the commission for the Admiralty was this day renewed, for placing therein Lord Treasurer Juxon. [¼ p.]
June 4. 47. Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia, to Sir Thomas Roe. Honywood has delivered both his. She gives Roe a thousand thanks for them, and his so free telling her his mind; she is of the same. She sees, both by his letters and by what Archbishop Laud has written to her, that her letters and the Earl Marshal's letters differ, which she wonders at, for he could not but see by the disputes they had there how she liked his negotiation, but she has written all her mind freely of it to the King. Explains the mistakes of the Earl Marshal both with reference to her opinion as expressed to him, and that also of the Prince of Orange. She ever protested to him she would never consent to have the ban taken off, which was as much as to confess it justly laid on. Rustorff indeed said it might be denied to be annulled as a thing unjustly done, but Sir Thomas may easily think if the Emperor will ever yield to that, and, in fine, she has written to her brother that she can never consent to have the ban taken off, or that her son shall accept a part, with a bare promise of the rest to follow; and so she has charged her son. She is of Sir Thomas's opinion in all this, not to seem to prejudge anything, but when it is time she will produce her brother's letters where he promised never to accept anything but all. It is most certainly believed that at this diet the dignity will be confirmed upon Bavaria and his house, so as either her brother must dishonour himself or do as all good men would have him. She has let those of the States of her best acquaintance know what Sir Thomas wrote concerning the sea business. She sees they would be glad to please the King, but fear their liberty at sea as much as at land, and she sees that Charnassé aggravates the matter as much as he can, especially against the last proclamation:—Assuredly the French have no mind her brother and the States should agree too well together. She will do all she can in it. There are many who have been made believe that the King her husband was content that Bavaria should hold the Electorate during his life, so it returned afterwards to him; she assures Sir Thomas it is false, for the King would never agree to so unworthy a condition; this she tells him, that he may answer to that if it be objected. Her brother has desired to have Rupert stay yet with him, which she must do, since he desires it, though she fears he will not mend there, but for a while she must leave him there, and hereafter take some other occasion to send for him. There is no likelihood of going into the field this year. What passed betwixt the Poland ambassador and her she has commanded her son to show Sir Thomas; she does not know what to make of it. She stays Sir Thomas's daughter, Queen Mab, till she sees what will become of it, and then she shall be disposed as he thinks fit; if the writer had a place void he should not dispose of her. She prays Sir Thomas to let Archbishop Laud know she is extremely satisfied with his manner of writing to her, it is so free and honest; Hausman delivered her the Archbishop's letter. For Rustorff, she is of Sir Thomas's mind, but she has tied his hands, she hopes. He is to tell honest Ferentz that she will write to him. She prays Sir Thomas to continue his writing and his care of her son; she is glad to have his approbation of her son's actions, which is no small comfort to her, for since he was born she ever loved him best, when he was but a second son.—P.S. She understands that Windebank sent a secret commission to the Earl Marshal when he was in Holland; she fears it was not good, since she was not shown it. Sir Thomas's cipher will be very welcome to her. Has no news out of Germany, but she is sure he knows by this time that the Landgrave has broken off his treaty and returned to arms. [3 pp.]
June 4.
Office of Ordnance.
48. Officers of Ordnance [to the Council.] Report on the remonstrance presented by the Earl of Portland to his Majesty concerning the defects in the Isle of Wight and the new fort at Sandham [Sandown]. The field carriages are ready to be sent down. The platform at Sandown will cost 503l. 4s. 4d. The ten culverins of iron lately cast for the fort are now lying on the Tower Wharf, and twelve demi-culverins of iron may be taken from the wharf at Portsmouth to supply for the present defence, and when longer shall be cast these may be exchanged. The bringing of fresh water to the fort does not belong to the Office of Ordnance. A provision of arms to be kept at the fort is very necessary and may be supplied from the magazine in the Tower. Concerning the parapets and fortification of Carisbrooke which appear to be very ruinous, the writers suggest a survey. For the supply of powder the Officers of Ordnance are ready to deliver such proportion as they shall be commanded. [1½ p.] Underwritten,
48. i. Minute of the Earl of Portland's present desires. That with his carriages already made he may have his full complement of ordnance, with such iron ordnance as are to be had at Portsmouth for the present. That he may have 500l. advanced to make up the platforms at Sandown Castle, also powder and ammunition out of the Ordnance Stores, and money to pay the land and water carriage; which being done he shall be able to dispute that new fort with an enemy, which now lies fit to invite him, not being able to defend itself against a picaroon. For the remainder of his estimate the Earl will wait the further pleasure of the Lords. [¼ p.]
June 4. 49. Henry Earl of Manchester, Lord Privy Seal, to Sec. Windebank. Is gone to take a journey into Huntingdonshire to prepare an old castle for a King's lodging, which his pleasure is to set down for the first of his gesses [gests] this summer. Beseeches Windebank to excuse his absence to his Majesty, and to keep the Privy Seal till he returns, which shall be before the first of the next term of Midsummer. [Endorsed by Windebank. "Received 7th, together with the Privy Seal, which was returned to his Lordship the 15th of the same in the evening." Seal with arms. ½ p.]
June 4.
50. George Viscount Chaworth, to the same. Because it became him not on the day before to stay Windebank on the business of the petition he gave him on behalf of those concerned therein [probably the peers of Ireland resident in England], he begs Windebank's reading of it very seriously, and to consider that the petitioners conceive that never any loyal subjects did suffer as they do. For not only the subsidies both of England and Ireland are laid on them, (in one of which they have neither estate nor residence) but also all the dis-estimations that may be, are cast on them; and of these they are not the less sensible because they be humble and suffering. And because they have not merited any punishment, or done his Majesty other than good service, therefore they beg Windebank to procure them a favourable hearing of his Majesty. His hand created them into their titles, by which they suffer, and therefore they conceive it concerns him not to suffer the works of his hand to be vilified. If by Windebank's means his Majesty would direct Mr. Attorney to stay his proceedings against them until his Majesty has heard them; the day given them will make his Majesty no loser, if the monies be due; if not, it answers itself. Windebank will find them thankful for procuring this favour. [Seal with arms. 1p.]
June 4. 51. Anne Smedley to Nicholas. Is sorry that she cannot keep her word. It will be the latter end of next week before he can have the money. He is to be confident that now she will not fail. It has much troubled her Grace [the Duchess Dowager of Buckingham] that she cannot rely on people's word. [Seal with the crest of the Duchess. 1p.]
June 4.
52. Sir William Pelham to George Rawdon. The fear of the sickness is such in those parts, that he conceives the usual returns of the carriers will shortly be restrained, therefore, whilst he has these opportunities, he desires to enquire of Lord Conway's good health and success at sea, his nephew's health, Rawdon's own, and of all his other friends. He found all well there on Saturday night. Has already employed factors for horses or geldings for Lord Conway's coach. If there be any alterations at court about the progress, prays Rawdon to let him know; some expect it in regard of the spreading of the infection; yesterday it was suspected in Boston.—P.S. Service to his cousins Reade and Verney, and his wife's remembrances to her nephew Ned. [Seal with buckle. 1p.]
June 4. 53. Petition of Sir James Price to Archbishop Laud. Petitioner was last term fined in the High Commission Court 1,500l. and enjoined public penance, the justice whereof he acknowledges, and is heartily sorry for his offences. Further shows to the Archbishop that he is much indebted, that many of his poor kindred depend upon him, and that the disgrace which will fall upon him by the public performance of penance will reflect upon petitioner's daughter Corbett and her husband, persons of a religious life and conversation; also that the payment of so great sums as his delinquencies have made him liable to would be the utter ruin of them and their twelve children. Prays his Grace to mitigate his fine, and commute the penance to a moderate sum of money. [¾ p.] Underwritten,
53. i. "I have but little reason to believe the hearty sorrow mentioned in the beginning of this petition, and I do not see how in a case of so great delinquency it can be fit to grant a commutation, though I do much pity Mr. Corbett and his children. Yet I desire Sir John Lambe to consider of it and at his next coming to give me an account. W. Cant." June 4th 1636. [¼ p.]
June 4. 54. Petition of Mary Popley, widow, to the same. About a month since she was attached by warrant from the High Commission, and gave bond to be examined within six days, and not to depart without licence of the court. Accordingly she has ever since attended, but no articles are exhibited for her examination. A week or ten days since she petitioned the Archbishop that the examination might be referred back to the diocese of Bristol where she dwells, and where the supposed fame touching Sir William Spencer, first and still does depend, whereof she has yet received no answer. In respect that she is a poor widow, and suffers much prejudice through her long absence from home, and for that the charge of a suit in the High Commission will very much weaken her small fortune, and that her stay here in this perilous time is a great distraction to her mind, she prays him to refer the business to the Bishop of Bristol before whom it first depended, or that she may either be forthwith examined or licensed to depart till Michaelmas term. [¾ p.] Underwritten,
54. i. Reference to Sir John Lambe, to take order that articles be entered and petitioner examined with all convenient speed; or else that she have leave to depart till Michaelmas term. June 4th 1636. [¼ p.]
June 4. 55. Account of what amount of ship-money remains in the sheriffs' hands. Total 4,714l., making the whole amount levied 172,647l. [1 p.]
June 4. 56. Bill of Richard Butler, amounting to 62l. 7s. 6d., for glazing the north and west windows of Archbishop Laud's chapel at Lambeth House. The charge for new leading old glass was 18d. the foot; that for new glass and fixing was 6s. the foot. [1 p.]
June 5.
The St. Andrew, riding before Errife [Erith.]
57. Sir John Pennington to Nicholas. Entreats Nicholas to do what he can for freeing boatswain Woolner from his late disaster, for he is a very stout able man, and fit to do the King service, and if he were clear, Sir John would be glad to have him along with him. The wind has hung so easterly that he has not been able to get further than that place, but it has come about to the west two hours since, so that he is going to set sail if the wind continues till half flood. [Seal with arms. 1p.]
June 5/15.
58. Christopher Windebank to his father Sec. Windebank. In the letter lately received from his father finds he is displeased with his writing, which shall be mended. Hopes this half year has not been lost; he has read Spanish, and this being his first coming into that country, he has employed some time in seeing it. He has learned to fence, and would be loath to give it over before he makes something of it. Lord [Aston], who is a second father to him, has taken care to teach him to write. He will fall to that and the language very closely, that the Secretary may be better pleased. He is very unwilling to go beyond his allowance, but this being his first year he is forced to it, by reason that it will not find him clothes; the next year he will not need so much. Has had bills extraordinary for fencing, and for being sick, and he will have one more for learning to write. Begs the Secretary to write two or three words, what he would that the writer should study. [From the endorsement it appears that Sec. Windebank received this letter on the 12th July, from Captain Stewart. 1 p.]
June 6. 59. Order of the King in Council. A petition was presented in the name of Bishop Davenant of Salisbury and the Dean and Chapter of that cathedral complaining that, having leave from his Majesty, they endeavoured to recover certain liberties and privileges of that see and chapter, which had been invaded by a charter obtained by the mayor and citizens of Sarum, the substance of which differences is contained in a paper annexed. It was ordered that the Attorney and Solicitor General should hear the parties and view their charters, and thereupon make a report to his Majesty that further order may by him be settled therein. [Draft. ¾ p.] Annexed,
59. i. Articles or heads of the differences between the church of Salisbury and the mayor and citizens. The chief point between the parties was, that the authorities of the cathedral contended that the citizens ought to hold their liberties of the bishop, dean, and chapter, and be styled as in the old charters the free city of the bishop, and not a free city of itself, as in the late charters; so also the citizens were to receive confirmation of the privileges granted to them by the King from the bishop, dean, and chapter, according to ancient use, and the bishop and dean and five of the chapter were to be justices of the peace with the mayor, recorder, and five of the aldermen, the two fives being nominated by the bishop; the mayor was to take his oath before the bishop; all writs were to be tested by the bishop as lord of the liberty, and the bishop's clerk to be custos rotulorum. [1 p.]
June 6.
Hampton Court.
60. Order of the King in Council. Upon a difference between the dean and chapter of Chichester and the mayor and magistrates of that city, it was heretofore ordered that Mr. Attorney-General should report to his Majesty the true state of the business with his opinion. His Majesty this day sitting in Council, and having heard the report of the Attorney-General, and what was alleged by counsel on behalf of both parties, ordered that the mayor and citizens should forthwith surrender their charter of the 19th of James I., whereupon he would grant them a new charter, with such powers and privileges as were granted in the charter to be surrendered, save that the church and close of Chichester should not be included as part of the city, but be left part of the county, as anciently they were. Also some difference having been between the parties before mentioned respecting precedency in the church and close of Chichester, and that the mayor and aldermen had been lately seated in a place in the cathedral to which they took some exceptions, and also it had been a question whether the mace should be carried before the mayor in the close and church, his Majesty further ordered that the mayor and aldermen should [upon receipt of this order constantly come to sermons in the cathedral, and should] sit in the place where they are now seated [by the dean] their ordinary, until Michaelmas next, and afterwards should be placed in a seat better than where they now desired [altered to "better than that which they desired of him"] viz., where the knights now sit, with this condition that this present mayor [some time before Michaelmas] should by some act under the seal of the city, be engaged that neither he nor his successors should disturb or affront the dean or his deputy in the church or close for matter of precedency, "as lately this mayor did." As concerning bearing the mace, his Majesty especially ordered that the same be not borne before the mayor in the choir, but his Majesty resolving to settle a general order in that point, to be observed by all mayors in all cathedral churches, did not think fit to resolve whether to forbid or allow the carrying of a mace before the mayors of cities in the cathedral churches or closes, leaving it to be further advised on by some civil and common lawyers, to whom his Majesty would give order to consider thereof, and thereupon declare his pleasure in that behalf. [Signed by Nicholas as examined, and the seal of the Council affixed, but endorsed as "vacated, and to be entered with an addition," such addition probably consisting of the words printed above within brackets, which are all subsequent alterations or interlineations. 2¼ pp.]
June 6. 61. Copy of the foregoing Order in Council (signed by Sec. Coke) but not containing the additions and interlineations above mentioned. [2¼ pp.]
June 6. 62. Another copy of the same, signed by Sir William Becher, and in which the alterations and interlineations above mentioned are all incorporated in their proper places, as if parts of the original order. [2¾ pp.]
June 6. 63. Extract from the same [not quite correctly copied] of the passages relating to the mayor and aldermen coming to sermons, and to the seat they were to occupy. [½ p.]
June 6.
Hampton Court.
64. Order of the King in Council, upon consideration of a petition of the dean and chapter of the metropolitical and cathedral church of St. Peter in the city of York, complaining that by a charter granted to that city in the seventh year of his Majesty's reign, the said city endeavours to exclude the dean and chapter from many ancient privileges, both in the close of the church and in other their possessions lying within the county of that city; and also, upon consideration of a petition from his Majesty's tenants and the inhabitants of Heworth, Heslington, Fulford, Osbaldwick, Clifton, and Roecliffe, complaining that the lord mayor and citizens of York, unknown to petitioners, by the aforesaid charter procured the said towns to be annexed to the county of that city to the prejudice of petitioners. His Majesty having heard the recorder and counsel of the said city, and counsel for all the other parties, declared that it was no part of his intention that any of the liberties of that church should be infringed, or that any other persons, his tenants, should sustain any wrong by his said new charter granted to the city, and therefore ordered that the lord mayor and citizens of York surrender that charter, and thereupon another should be passed to them, whereby what should be fit should be granted to the city, the ancient rights of the dean and chapter and the others should be preserved, and all differences should be quieted. [Draft, endorsed as entered [on the Council Register.] 1¼ p.]
June 6. 65. Order of Council. Dame Elizabeth Winwood, widow, showed by her petition that having these last years been rated in London, and now also this present year in divers places in the country, towards ship-money, she paid in all places what she was rated at, save in Stoke Poges, Bucks, where she is rated at seventeen times more than the lands she holds there come to according to the rate at which the rest of the parish are rated, and therefore she besought the board that a more equal assessment might be made. The Lords required the sheriff to examine the truth of the allegation, and to take order that petitioner be rated with equality and indifference, according to the general directions. [Draft. ½p.]
June 6. 66. Note of what moneys are paid to the Treasurer of the Navy and levied in the counties of the shipping business, together with what remains to be collected. The whole amount of shipmoney under the writs of 4th August 1635 was 218,500l. Of that sum 189,447l. had been paid or was otherwise accounted for, so that 29,053l. remained unlevied. [1 p.]
June 6. 67. Draft of the same. [1 p.]
June 6.
68. Robert Pratt to George Rawdon, secretary to Lord Conway. Expected him at Hatfield, but sees from his letter the cause of his stay in London, and can but wonder at such an answer now, when they expected all had been agreed on. If they will grant but what Rawdon writes, they in effect grant nothing. Incloses a note which Rawdon may write out and use before "those great ones." Advises him to desire their Lordships' resolutions, whether they intend Lord Conway to have any substantial grant or no. Better nothing than a show of something. Is afraid Rawdon has not gone by way of "content to the one," as the writer long since told him would work best, if not, he may now cautelously try. [Seal with arms. 1 p.] Inclosed,
68. i. A plain demonstrance to show that if Lord Conway has debts only granted in the Exchequer till the 6th Charles, he shall thereby reap no benefit at all, but rather charge and trouble. The writer shows that whatever would be comprehended in such a grant was already given away, one moiety to Lady Saltoun and the other to Lady Denbigh and the Earl of Rutland. The grant to be productive should extend to other places than the Exchequer, and should come down to a later period than the 6th of the reign. [1 p.]
June 7. 69. The Council to the Lord Mayor of London. It is an ordinary practice amongst the Dutch and French congregations in London to send consolators from house to house, to visit their sick, and they continue sending their consolators to houses where there are persons infected with the plague, which consolators afterwards go into the company of others; also that those whose houses are infected are not shut up at all, but that they go abroad as if there were no infection amongst them, which cannot but cause the dispersing of the contagion. He is to send to the French and Dutch churches to charge them to take order that the houses of such of their congregations as are infected be presently shut up, that there be no such visits made where the plague is, and if they will not forbear, he is to take care that such consolators be shut up in the houses infected. [Copy. 1 p.]
June 7. 70. Draft entry on the Council Register of minute of a warrant to Robert Crosse, to fetch before the Lords John Lockier, merchant, and John Mainwaring, of Weymouth. [½ p.]
June 7.
Hampton Court.
71. The Council to Sir William Balfour, lieutenant of the Tower; to set at liberty William Uvedale, formerly committed to his custody. [Minute. ⅓ p.]
June 7. Draft entry on the Council Register of a minute of a warrant to John Santie, messenger, to fetch before the Lords Nehemiah Rawson, Robert Hewes, Richard Hewes, and William Hubbert, of co. Lincoln, [Written on the same paper as the preceding. ⅓ p.]
June 7. The like to Jasper Heiley, messenger, to fetch before the Lords William Hall, Thomas Heaton the elder, Thomas Heaton the younger, and Thomas Salle [Saul], of co. Lincoln. [Ibid. 5 lines.]
June 7. The like to Edmund Barker, messenger, to repair to the county of Oxford, and there to receive into his custody such persons as shall be named unto him by Sir Robert Jenkinson and John Martin. [Ibid. 4 lines.]
June 7.
Chatham Hill.
72. Kenrick Edisbury to Nicholas. With the snatch of wind that happened yesterday the Assurance is got out of the Medway, beyond Sheerness. Edisbury mustered aboard her above 150 men on Saturday last at Gillingham, where she stayed for a gale of wind above a se'nnight. They judge also that the St. Andrew with Sir John Pennington is gone down as far as Leigh last night. The Constant Reformation and Third Lion's Whelp at Portsmouth are careened already, and may take in their victuals upon direction. The ships at Chatham and Deptford are well forward, but the masters complain much of the absence of many pressed shipwrights, as the captains do of seamen, and yet the officers punish the purses and persons of such as they can meet, with all severity. This day the coalships are to weigh the Anne [Royal] intending to lay her on harder ground, because she is sunk in the ooze 3 or 4 feet. All the guns save two pieces were had out of her on Saturday. It is hoped the masters will discharge the colliers this week. [¾ p.]
June 7.
73. Capt. Anthony Percival, collector to the farmer of the Customs at Dover, to the same. Answers the charge against him of demanding 10l. for passing each of several horses which belonged to the Queen's nurse (see Vol. cccxxv., No. 10). At the time the Queen's nurse passed there was one Mons. Founteney came to the custom house with warrants for transporting several horses, and demanded what custom was to be paid for them. The writer showed him the books of rates. Finding it to come to a great deal of money he said he could have had a clause inserted for clearing the charge. The writer advised him thereon and in the end he sent the horses back again. He never once mentioned that the Queen's nurse had any interest in them, and the warrants were in his own or some other Frenchman's name. Mons. Garner, the Queen's nurse's husband, came for a bill of store for some necessaries which she carried over, which the writer granted, but he never spoke of the horses. Demanded not a penny more than is warranted by the book of rates and the letters patent, which will appear by the examinations of several persons who were present. Prays Nicholas to inform the Lords fully of the unjustness of this complaint. [Seal with arms. 1¼ p.] Annexed,
73. i. Examination of William Fowler, servant to Capt. Percival, taken at Dover this day, before Luke Pepper, mayor. States fully what passed between his master and Mons. Founteney. He was told that the custom for every horse and gelding if transported by an Englishman, was 3l. 6s. 8d., and if by a stranger 4l. 3s. 4d.; and for every mare in the case of an Englishman 6l. 6s. 8d., and a stranger 7l. 18s. 8d., which is no more than is due by his Majesty's letters patent. Never knew Capt. Percival receive more for custom for horses or anything else than is due by the letters patent. States the fees due to the under-officers amounting in the whole to 7s. 6d. for the cocket, and 5s. 10d. for slinging every horse on board. [Attested copy. 1½ p.]
73. ii. Examination of William Meriweather, deputy to William Haynes, comptroller of the customs at Dover, taken at the same place this day, before the mayor. States that Founteney came to the custom house with Thomas Garrett, and said that if he might be well used as to the customs, he would transport his horses. Confirms the statement of William Fowler as to the answers given by Capt. Percival. [Attested copy. 1 p.]
June 7. 74. Christopher Lewkenor, recorder of Chichester, to Nicholas. On behalf of the mayor of Chichester desires that Nicholas will draw up his Majesty's order between the church and the city of Chichester with friendlike care. The order is full of advantage to the clergy, therefore it were fit they should be at the charge of drawing it up, but the mayor will still be a debtor to Nicholas, and to the performance of that the writer obliges himself. Adds what he conceived the order to be, and craves a copy in the way that Nicholas apprehends it. The points of the order are stated to be 1. The mayor and citizens shall be placed in the church where they desire. 2. There shall be a general rule for the carrying of maces. 3. Upon surrender of the city's charter it shall be considered whether the close shall be part of the county or city. The bishop and dean to be justices within the close. [Seal with arms. 1 p.]
June 7.
75. Thomas Jenkyen [Jenkin], soldier of Upnor Castle, to Robert Smith, "lying at one Mr. Lambe's in King Street, Westminster, at the sign of the Anchor, or leave it at Mr. Nicholas, at the Five Axes with Francis [Smith ?], to be delivered." According to Smith's letter sends the names of the bail, John Walker and Robert Parker; the plaintiff, at whose suit the writer was arrested, is William Almond. Returns his answer to Smith because he knows Mr. Nicholas is so full of business. Begs him to solicit Mr. Nicholas in his behalf. [1 p.]
June 7. 76. Bond of Anthony Thomas, of Chobham, Surrey, and John Brookes of St. Bride's, London, to the King, in 100l. Nehemiah Rawson, Robert Hewes, Richard Hewes, William Hubbert, William Hall, Thomas Heaton the elder, Thomas Heaton the younger, and Thomas Saul, having been complained of by Sir Anthony Thomas for having been great opposers of him in his work of drainage in co. Lincoln, warrants are to be granted for them. If the said parties shall prove delinquents this obligation to be void, otherwise the above bounden are to pay all messengers and other fees and charges, [Seals with arms. 1 p.]
June 8. Petition of William Carr, groom of the bedchamber to his late Majesty, to the King. All the fortune petitioner made in King James's service for 13 years was a pension, with the addition of 150l. a year, confirmed by the King at his coming to the crown, with all pensions given by his father to the grooms of the bedchamber. Yet petitioner has not received any part of that 150l. a year, as also his pension is a great deal in arrear. Prays order for his present relief. Underwritten,
i. Reference to Lord Cottington, to consider this as also any other information that petitioner shall give concerning this business, and then to certify his Majesty. Hampton Court, 8th June 1636. [Book of Petitions, Dom. Car. I., Vol. cccxxiii., p. 20. 11/8 p.]
June 8. Petition of Sir Henry Gibb to the same. Upon a bargain with his Majesty's officers for Ashley House, petitioner was to have 3,000l., whereof he received 150l., and for security of the rest had certain woods in the north in mortgage, which woods his Majesty had since made use of. Prays order for speedy payment, it being now eight years since he had been been without his money, and if there be any difficulty in respect of the bargain for the house his Majesty might have means to satisfy himself out of petitioner's estate, in case it be judged that he ought to make any repayment. Underwritten,
i. Reference to Lord Treasurer Juxon and Lord Cottington who finding the allegations in the petition true are to take a course for satisfaction of petitioner. Hampton Court, 8th June, 1636. [Ibid., Vol. cccxxiii., p. 21. ¾ p.]
June 8. Petition of Henry Stanley, his Majesty's servant, to the same. His Majesty lately conferred upon petitioner the office of auditor of recusants' revenues, and gave direction to Lord Cottington to give order to the Attorney-General to prepare a bill, which was done accordingly. The office of auditor, and others of that nature, are within the government and recommendations of the Lord Treasurer, by whose approbation and allowance the grant is now to pass. Prays signification to the Lord Treasurer of the King's pleasure for passing petitioner's grant. Underwritten,
i. Reference to the Lord Treasurer to give order to the AttorneyGeneral to prepare a bill accordingly, with such fee as is set down by Lord Cottington upon an annexed petition. Hampton Court, 8th June 1636. [Book of Petitions, Dom. Car. I., Vol. cccxxiii., p. 21. 1 p.]
June 8. Petition of the prisoners in the King's Bench to the King. Thankfully apprehend the King's inclination towards saving his subjects' lives in this dangerous time, manifested in his Majesty's answer to the late petition of the prisoners in the Fleet. Petitioners also desire preservation, that they also may be serviceable to his Majesty, for the benefit of his kingdoms in general, and more particularly to their creditors. This general judgment is the more perilous and imminent to petitioners as being environed with two other prisons near adjacent, and two others within the borough of Southwark, which is already (in some part) infected and petitioners very many in number. Pray order to the judges of the King's Bench, to grant petitioners, they giving security to the marshal of the prison to return next Michaelmas term, his Majesty's writs of habeas corpus then returnable. Underwritten,
i. Minute of the King's pleasure that in this dangerous time petitioners should be released, and the Lord Keeper is to call the judges to him, and advise upon such course as heretofore in like cases has been taken. Hampton Court, 8th June 1636. [Ibid., Vol. cccxxiii., p. 26. 1¼ p.]
June 8.
Grant to Alexander Moore and Richard Crowther. The grantees having informed his Majesty that, in their long travels in countries beyond the seas, by much observation they had found out that out of base and petty things which our people neglect, foreign nations have found matter of employment to their poor, with many advantages to the public weal, whereupon his Majesty granted to the said Moore and Crowther for 14 years the sole right of collecting throughout England and Wales the parings of oiled leather, horse hoofs, cows, and ox claws, a filth called squibb, i.e. the hair, wool, and claws that come from neats, calves, and sheep's feet, bones of all sorts and kinds of beasts, (all victual bones in London and Westminster and four miles round only excepted) the turtle shells, the "tortors, and tortosse" shells, all sorts of old rags, linen and woollen, old cordage and such like, and that they may exercise and practise the ways and means by them the said grantees first found out, of employing the said several articles, paying a rent to the King of 26l. 13s. 4d. per annum. [See Dom. Car. I., Case D., No. 7. One skin of parchment.]
June 8. 77. Montjoy Earl of Newport, Master General, and the other Officers of the Ordnance, to the King. Observing by a late view taken of his Majesty's ordnance stores within the Tower of London, that they are much exhausted, the writers present a collection of the state of the stores as they now remain, which appears far short of the proportion that by Commissioners in the time of the late King, and since by several councils of war in his Majesty's time, was thought necessary to be always in store. Pray order to the Council that the stores may be replenished. And for that the continual issuing of provisions without any supply is the principal cause that the magazine is thus unfurnished, the ordinary of 6,000l. per annum being not only unsettled, but very much in arrear, they pray order that the 6,000l. per annum for the ordinary may be settled upon a constant and unalterable assignment, and that when the Officers shall present to the Lord Treasurer or the board an account of provisions expended, the Lord Treasurer may give order for so much money as those stores shall amount unto, that so the like proportions may be brought again into these stores. Annexed,
77. i. Account of the present state of his Majesty's stores of ordnance, powder, shot, match, muskets, and other munition and habiliments of war. [In all, 16 pp.]
June 8.
The Triumph, betwixt the Lizard and Ushant.
78. Algernon, Earl of Northumberland, to the Lords of the Admiralty. Since his last despatch of the 2nd June they have stood off towards Ushant, and have been within sight of the French coast. They find not any stirring thereabouts but small barks. In their passage they met an English pink of Bristol that came from Rochelle upon the 30th May, English style. The Earl sent for the master, and from him received many particulars concerning the French fleet. He saw them all at the isle of Rhé, and they are ready to come out. There is, of all sorts, between forty-five and fifty sail, but not above twelve good ships. The Admiral, which is the best of those twelve, is not above 600 tons, the rest are small ships, and some few fire ships; there are not any land soldiers, either horse or foot, in them, but, as their custom is, very fully manned. To a small ship that carries not above ten guns they have 80 or 100 men. They inquired very diligently after the English fleet. This master had on board with him a young English merchant of Bristol, named Wroth Baderne, that came about a month since from Marseilles, whom the Earl likewise sent for. He assured the Earl that there were only some gallies in a readiness, (as there is always,) but not any shipping. Four months ago they made stay there of six English ships and four or five Flemish, the best of them not above 300 tons, but they give them no entertainment, nor are they likely to be employed, for they go not about to make any provision for them either of men or victuals. The Earl would wish that the owner of the frigate which he sent into Portsmouth with the Black Bull, of Amsterdam, had some consideration for her, and that she might be employed in his Majesty's service. He is told she is an excellent sailer, and some such would be of great use in the fleet. Has examined Captain Fielding of those words which he was said to have used of Sir William Russell. He protests he said nothing of him, but that he was certainly abused by clerks, or else he would not grant out so many protections. If Sir William Russell be not satisfied with this, Captain Fielding desires a hearing at his return. [Seal with crest and garter. 2 pp.]
June 8.
The Triumph.
79. Edward Viscount Conway and Killultagh to [George Rawdon.] They continue still at sea, and are newly returned from the coast of France. They have not met with any ships that are likely to offend them, and it seems all matters were well thought on before they came out, for they have not heard from the Secretaries since they came to sea. If the plague increases, Rawdon will be careful to send the writer's son out of London, but not to let him go without good cause, and if he goes, the writer thinks it best for him to go to his mother. When he sees Rawdon's next letter, for he has heard but once from him, he will peradventure have somewhat more to say. Ned has been sick, and is not yet well. [½ p.]
June 8.
80. Sir Thomas Drewe, Sheriff of co. Devon, to Nicholas. Received Nicholas's letter of the 24th May, desiring the writer to advertise how much every hundred within his county was this last year assessed towards the shipping business. Hopes Nicholas will have satisfaction by an enclosed list. The money is wholly paid to Sir William Russell, although the writer has not received so much by 24l. as he paid in. [Seal with arms. 1 p.]
June 8. 81. Petition of Mary Floyd, wife of William Floyd, of Glanritton, co. Glamorgan, to Archbishop Laud. Petitioner had been married to her husband about five years, and had had three children by him, but Edward Floyd, father of her husband, a man of 200l. yearly revenues, called petitioner whore, and continually animated her husband against her, who never after lived quiet day with him, but from time to time he most unnaturally beat her, and at length, being counselled by his mother, in December last, most cruelly beat petitioner, and stripping her of her clothes, but one poor coat, without stockings or money in her purse, at that unseasonable time of the year, thrust her out of doors, vowing, if she came in his house again, to send her to Bridewell. In such distressed manner was she compelled to travel to her father's house, above 100 miles, in an unknown country, to the great hazard of her life. Her husband followed her to her father's, who would have put him in prison till he had given security for her maintenance, but petitioner took his word for her maintenance, by which means she incurred her father's displeasure, so that he will not assist her in anything. Prays a subpœna for her father-in-law and husband to appear before the Archbishop to allow her maintenance. Endorsed,
81. i. Fiat of Archbishop Laud: "I desire Sir John Lambe to examine the truth of these suggestions, and if he finds cause, to call the petitioner'shusband within mentioned into the High Commission Court to answer these misdemeanours. W. Cant. June 8th 1636." [1 p.]
June 8. 82. Inventory of the goods and chattels of Richard Brigham, late of Lambeth, deceased, taken this day by John Atkins and others. The inventory contains a minute enumeration of the articles of furniture in a respectable house; eight pictures are mentioned, one "being a landscape;" there are several musical instruments (virginals, two base viols, and a treble), no books, but 493 ozs. of "white plate" valued at 4s. 11d. per oz. and "hopeful" debts due on bond, amounting to 4,044l. 9s. 10d. The inventory was exhibited by Emilia Brigham, the widow, on 30th May 1637, as is certified by Adam Torless, registrar of some ecclesiastical court. [A parchment roll.]
June 9.
83. Warrant to the Exchequer to pay out of the 3,000l. lately received by Sir John Heydon, Lieutenant-General of the Ordnance, from Sir William Russell, 854l. 15s. 8d.; viz., to the East India Company 170l., and to Edward Sherborne, Clerk of the Ordnance, 571l. 0s. 10d. for unrefined saltpetre delivered by them, upon the King's command to Edward Collins to be double refined for the King's service, and to the widow and executrix of the said Collins 100l. 14s. 10d. for his pains in such double refining, and 13l. more for his pains in making one last of powder. [Copy. ¾ p.]
June 9. 84. Petition of Mary Pulteney, one of the daughters of Sir John Pulteney, deceased, to the King. Sir Richard Tichborne and Sir Walter Tichborne have of petitioner's estate above 900l. upon their bonds. Though often entreated to make satisfaction, they are so far from giving the same, that upon pretence of their great engagement for Sir John Philpott's debts (this being none of his) they have obtained his Majesty's protection. Petitioner would give them further time upon reasonable security, but finds them unwilling to do anything that is fitting. Their protection expiring the last of this instant June, she prays his Majesty to stay its renewing until they have made her satisfaction. Underwritten,
84. i. Reference to Sec. Windebank to take order for satisfying petitioner before such protection pass. Hampton Court, 9th June 1636. [¾ p.]
June 9. 85. Petition of William Robson to the same. Petitioner about 19 years ago lent 200l. to Sir Anthony Thomas, in which time he has received no part of the principal or interest. Forasmuch as Sir Anthony has had his Majesty's protection for divers years past which is out in September next, petitioner beseeches his Majesty to stay the renewing of the same until he give petitioner satisfaction, or that, if renewed, there may be a reservation for petitioner to take the benefit of his Majesty's laws against him. Underwritten,
85. i. Reference to Sec. Windebank to take order that petitioner's debt be satisfied before any protection be renewed for Sir Anthony, and that a caveat be entered in the Signet Office for that purpose. Hampton Court, 9th June 1636. [1 p.]
June 9. 86. Petition of Rebecca Holman, widow, to the King. Petitioner petitioned his Majesty about one year since, to grant her a further lease of certain houses on Tower Hill, which were built by her husband. His Majesty referred her petition to the then Lords of the Treasury, who directed the Attorney-General to pass her a lease of 31 years, at a great increase of rent, and a fine of 200l. The Attorney accordingly drew a book, which was signed, and passed the Signet, and Privy Seal, and was ready for sealing at the Great Seal, and petitioner paid 100l., part of the fine, at the limited time. Afterwards the Earl of Newport, pretending the houses belonged to the Office of Armoury, procured some stay of the Great Seal, first from the Lord Keeper, and since by his Majesty's direction. Forasmuch as it has been found upon several trials that the houses do not belong to the Office of Armoury, but are immediately to be demised by his Majesty, and for that petitioner has already paid that part of her fine which was forthwith due, she prays his Majesty to direct that her lease may immediately pass the Great Seal, or otherwise to refer the petition to whom his Majesty shall think fit. [½ p.] Underwritten,
86. i. Reference to the Lord Keeper. Finding the matters alleged to be true, he is to give order for passing the petitioner's lease under the Great Seal. Hampton Court. 9th June 1636. [4 lines.]
86. ii. Memorandum by Sir Sydney Montagu [the Master of Requests in attendance] that he signified his Majesty's pleasure in such sort" to the like petition." 9th June 1636. [3 lines.]
June 9.
Hampton Court.
87. The Council to Lord Chief Justice Bramston. Enclose letter of Dr. Kellett, with examinations of witnesses taken against John Hodges, wherein he will find the words wherewith he stands charged by John [Giles ?] Baker. Request him to call Baker and Hodges before him, and to certify the board his opinion, and what he conceives fit to be done with Hodges. [Draft, signed by Nicholas. ½ p.]
June 9.
Hampton Court.
88. R—Philip to Sec. Windebank. Yesternight, after Windebank's departing from Hampton Court, the writer received a letter stated to be enclosed. The gentleman who sent it from Paris writes that Sir William Hamilton departed thence the 3rd June, that is our 24th May, so that now he must be near unto Rome; he writes also that Signor Georgio Conæo, whom the Pope sends to the Queen, was to depart from Rome about the 20th May; if he has heard of Sir William's hasty going it may be he will stay till his arrival, which the writer could wish, because he both could and would help him better at the beginning than any other he knows. [Endorsed by Windebank, "Fa[ther] Philips re[ceived] 10[th"]. ½ p.]
June 9. 89. Petition of Thomas Weates and Mary Weates, his wife, to Archbishop Laud. About 18 months since, petitioner Thomas married with Mary, his now wife, and they have ever since lived in good fashion, he being a butcher by trade. About five years since petitioner Mary's uncle and aunt died, and the latter bequeathed to petitioner Mary 60l. and upwards, which moneys and will are ever since detained from petitioners by Humphrey Hore, proctor, who married petitioner Thomas's wife's mother, who refuses to give petitioners any satisfaction, whereupon petitioner has questioned him in the Court of Requests, where he stands in contempt, and suffers petitioner to take forth attachment against him, since which petitioner was by some of his creditors arrested and cast into the Marshalsea prison, where he is ready to perish. Beseeches the Archbishop to cause Hore to come before him, and give petitioner his right in such manner as shall seem meet. Underwritten,
89. i. Fiat of Archbishop Laud: "I desire Sir John Lambe to speak with the proctor mentioned in this petition, and if he find the suggestions true, to will him to make payment of the legacy here mentioned, otherwise I will take order for his practice in my courts, and of this I shall expect an account. W. Cant." June 9th, 1636, [1 p.]
June 9. 90. Thomas Soame, one of the Sheriffs of Middlesex, to the Council. Statement of various inequalities and irregularities in the assessment of the ship-money with which he seeks the authority of the Council to deal in such manner that the overplus in some parishes may be applied to make good the insufficiency in others, and to relieve persons who have been improperly assessed; also to enforce the collectors to pay over to him sums remaining in their hands. [1½ p.]
June 9.
Hampton Court.
91. Notes, by Nicholas, of Admiralty business to be transacted by the Lords. What shall be done upon Mr. Goodwin's letter touching two vessels of war sent into Portsmouth by the Earl of Northumberland; also touching a French shallop sent into Plymouth. There attend the Lords in a messenger's custody, the water-bailiff of Dover, and a pilot, upon the complaint of the Earl of Northumberland. To consider instructions prepared for Capt. Smith who is to transport Sir John Harvey to Virginia. To consider a warrant to be signed to preserve the mariners, employed in vessels that carry stones for St. Paul's, from being pressed. To peruse Capt. Slingsby's letter. The captain of Landguard fort certifies the names of divers of his Majesty's subjects that would not strike to the said fort. [Margin, in the hand of the Lord Treasurer, "At Michaelmas."] What shall be done upon the Earl of Northumberland's letter touching fishermen. Consider estimates of the Officers of the Ordnance concerning the forts in the Isle of Wight, at Landguard Point, and for making brass ordnance. [1 p.]