Charles I - volume 391: May 25-31, 1638

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1637-8. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1869.

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May 25–31, 1638.

May 25. Confirmation to the Weavers of London of their ancient charters, and extending the corporation throughout England and Wales. All weavers in London and Southwark, being free of other companies, to be translated to this. There are to be two bailiffs, two wardens, and 20 assistants, half broad silk and stuff weavers, and half narrow weavers and others, freemen of the company, besides six weavers of Canterbury to be added to the 20 assistants. William Haslopp to be clerk of the broad weaving trade for life, and after John Conliffe's death to be clerk to the whole company. Searchers and sealers to be elected by the companies of mercers and weavers, to search and seal all stuffs made of foreign materials, and to seal the good stuffs and to seize the bad. The making or importing of silk stuffs mixed with cotton, thread, worsted, and such like materials is inhibited. Stuffs made of foreign materials here imported to be of a stated breadth, and all silk stuffs to be sold by measure and not by weight. The weavers are to buy their silk raw at the best hand, and to put it forth to be dyed, but without any corruption. His Majesty pardons the weavers for taking a silver spoon of each person made free of the company, and they may take towards relief of the poor of the company and other charitable uses. An invention for weaving ribbons and laces in great looms, whereby much deceit is practised, is inhibited, as also such as carry stuffs, offering them to sell in the streets of London and Westminster. [Docquet.]
May 25. Indenture between his Majesty and the Company of Weavers, whereby they covenant to pay to his Majesty 8d. upon every pound, black or coloured, wrought by them into broad stuffs made of silk only, and aliens shall pay 12d. upon every pound for two descents, but after that to pay only as the English. The company to take a bond of 200l. of every person free of the company for paying the said duty to his Majesty, with various other regulations. [Docquet.]
May 25. Demise to George Earl of Kinnoul of the customs, subsidies of pondage, sums of money, and other duties, except imposts, payable upon the import or export of smalt, saffer, and potashes, and of all forfeitures for nonpayment of the same, for 31 years, at the yearly rent of 240l., with such powers as were contained in a grant to Sir George Hay, late Chancellor of Scotland, which being not yet expired is surrendered by the said Earl as executor of the said late chancellor. [Docquet.]
May 25. Grant to George Earl of Kinnoul of an annuity of 1,500l. for five years, to be paid out of the customs. [Docquet.]
May 25. Licence for Thomas Howard to travel into parts beyond seas for three years. [Docquet.]
May 25.
1. Order of the King in Council. George Henley and Augustine Phillips, of London, merchants, and Nicholas Polhill and his partners complain that having obtained letters of marque against the subjects of the United Provinces, for reparation of their losses from the same, and having accordingly set forth several ships, some already at sea, and the rest ready to put forth, the same are now stayed by a command delivered in his Majesty's name from Sec. Coke to Sir Henry Marten, Judge of the Admiralty, whereby petitioners are put to a charge in keeping their ships of 850l. a month. His Majesty and the Board being very sensible of the extremity whereto petitioners are reduced, and finding by order of 25th April last that the letters of reprisal are granted upon very good reasons, which order they now again very well approve of, and his Majesty declaring that he caused Sec. Coke to stay the proceedings at the intercession only of the Ambassador of the States, it was ordered that the Principal Secretary of State shall make known to the Ambassador the sense that his Majesty and the Board have of petitioners' cases, and shall demand in what time he will procure petitioners satisfaction for their losses, and who shall bear the charge of this delay, and thereupon to make report to his Majesty or the Board. [Draft. 2 pp.]
May 25. 2. Copy of the same. [1¼ p.]
May 25.
3. Order of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Treasurer, Lord Cottington, Sec. Windebank, and Lord Chief Justice Finch, referees of petitions of the Countess Dowager of Clare and of the Lady Ashley. Having been solicited by Lady Ashley that a commission might be issued forth for examination of witnesses, and the Countess Dowager of Clare and the Earl her son declining to join in such commission, we direct that Lady Ashley exhibit her bill in some court of equity against the Countess and her son, and set forth wherein she desires to be relieved. We further order that they shall forthwith appear and answer, and after a replication that a commission be awarded for examination of witnesses, after which we will proceed to consideration of the business, whereby to certify our opinions to his Majesty. [Draft. 1½ p.]
[May 25.] 4. Exceptions taken by Thomas Crompton, executor to Lady Vanlore, and trustee for Lady Powell, to an award made by the Lords' referees enumerated in the next article, who were appointed upon a petition to his Majesty touching matters in difference between Sir Edward Powell and Sir Peter Vanlore. The exceptions principally relate to interests in the estate of Lady Vanlore vested in the exceptant as trustee for Lady Powell. The referees seem to have made their award in ignorance of the legal interests of the exceptant. [1 p.]
May 25.
5. Declaration of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Keeper, Lord Treasurer, and Lord Privy Seal. By their award, dated 5th July 1637, they ordered divers differences between Sir Edward Powell and Sir Peter Vanlore. They did not intend thereby in any sort to prejudice Sir Edward or his Lady in anything, and they make this declaration in the presence of Sir Edward and his Lady and their respective counsel. [Copy. ¾ p.]
May 25. 6. Another copy of the same, but without date or the names of the makers of the declaration. [⅓ p.]
May 25. 7. Suggestion or first draft of the declaratory portion of the preceding paper. [¼ p.]
May 25. 8. Minute for entry on the Council register of pass for George Vane and Walter Vane, sons of Sir Henry Vane, Comptroller of the Household, to repair to their charge in the Low Countries under the States. [Draft. ½ p.]
May 25. 9. Like minute of appearance of John Skill, of Hempstead, Essex, sent for by warrant. He is to remain in the messenger's custody until discharged. [Draft. ¼ p.]
May 25. 10. The like of appearances of Thomas Jeffes for himself and his father George Jeffes, and of Richard Woodfall, of Priors Marston, co. Warwick. [Draft. 6 lines.]
May 25. The like of Richard Basely, of Fenny Compton, co. Warwick. [Draft. Written on the same paper. 2 lines.]
May 25.
11. Sec. Windebank to Capt. John Mennes. A Spanish gentleman, Don Juan de Palacio, is to pass into Spain with the Condé d'Oniate, the ambassador. On arrival in Spain he is to go in diligence to that King, on his Majesty's special affairs. After you have landed the ambassador you are to stay there with his Majesty's ship until Don Juan shall return, and to bring him back with his company. [Copy. ¾ p.]
May 25.
12. Thomas Wise, Sheriff of Devon, to Nicholas. Sends various papers relating to a complaint of the parishes of Chudleigh, Bishop's Teignton, &c., against John Witchalse, for dividing the sum imposed upon his division of the hundred of Exminster otherwise than has been done in former payments. Wishes these papers tendered to the view of the Lords, and begs their direction. The question is, whether a sheriff, in pursuit of the general directions of the Lords, must follow the usual proportions, when both the deputy lieutenants and the justices at sessions have ordered new and reformed rates for raising money for the King's service. Gives a summary of his account for ship-money. The county paying 9,000l., and 1,280l. borne by Exeter and the incorporate towns, 7,720l. is left to his particular care. Of this sum he has paid 6,430l. 7s. 2d., and there is about 180l. or 200l. in hand. The reason of this backwardness he will, upon review of his notes, inform Nicholas. He has twice called upon Exeter and the towns to pay their amounts to the Treasurer of the Navy. [Seal with arms. 2 pp.]
May 25. 13. John Saltonstall, the Mayor, with the Bailiffs and Burgesses, of Berwick-upon-Tweed, to their fellow burgesses, Sir Robert Jackson, Thomas Widdrington, their recorder, Robert Fenwick, John Sleigh, and John Rushforth. Letter of attorney whereby the corporation appointed Sir Robert Jackson and the others their deputies to answer the King's letter dated 26th March last, requiring them to surrender to his Majesty the houses in the palace in Berwick, with the storehouse near the wall towards the east end of the town, or otherwise to repair the same, and so keep them for the common good of the town. Sir Robert Jackson and the others are also authorized, according to instructions annexed, to petition his Majesty concerning his letter, and therein to specify the great burthen and charge of widows and orphans, relicts of the late dissolved garrison, and other poor people decayed for want of trading, and to do all other things concerning the premises. [¾ p.] Annexed,
13. i. Instructions to Sir Robert Jackson and the others above named. We received his Majesty's letter above mentioned in a packet to Sir James Douglas. All the houses in the palace, except the brewhouse, malthouse, and storehouse, are in good repair, and are by the town granted by leases for many years to come, at yearly rents for the same, towards our common charge. Some of those houses are intended for a house for a schoolmaster for a free school, and the rest for good use for the town's best advantage. The repairs thereof have been very costly, as the Lord Governor's house, to Sir William Bowyer, three or four hundred pounds, and other part of the palace much near the like charge to Sir Robert Jackson, and for the storehouse and the rest we are now about the repairing thereof, so that his Majesty's desire shall be immediately fulfilled in one point, and for surrender thereof we cannot do it, in regard of the leases formerly granted. Therefore we crave his Majesty's favour that we may continue these houses. [1 p.] Annexed,
13. i. i. The King to the Mayor, Bailiffs, and Burgesses of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Our dear father granted you certain houses within the palace there, as also a storehouse for munition, pretending thereby the public good. We are informed that these premises neither are nor can be beneficial, but rather a burthen to the townsmen, if they should keep them in repair, by reason whereof they have for many years past neglected them. Finding that the houses may be converted to better use for the common benefit of the town, we require you, unless you can make it appear that they are necessary and of good use to you, and that you will sufficiently repair them, and be bound to maintain them hereafter, to make a surrender of them to us. [Copy. ½ p.]
May 25. 14. Sir William Tressam [Tresham] to Sec. Windebank. Demand of a warrant for 300 men more of the thousand that his Majesty granted for re-enforcing Sir William's regiment, Captain Douglas having transported the former 300. [2/3 p.]
May 25.
15. Reginald Burdyn to [Sir John Lambe]. I came hither last night, upon request of my now patron, to assist about the inventory of mine old patron's goods. I intend for Leicestershire on Monday, for that your courts are there next week. I sent up the commission of Bartholomew Audley of Hinckley. He will be deposed that by Mr. Walker he renewed his patent three times. Walker had 5l. a time for the two first, and 8l. and a bill for 40s. for the last, and his man Johnson had 20s. every time for writing his patent. Insley of Lutterworth procured an absolution for his wife from the Prerogative. I saw it in the hand of Mr. Toovey. I pray that Mr. Williamson be remembered to look after it, that I suffer not unawares. P.S.—My patron last night came from Wellingborough sessions, where he [met with] much opposition, and was hunted by the clamours of Dr. Watkins, Hans [lip ?] and Drope. Dr. Sibthorp was there, and is coming up. He knew the matters and their extreme malice. [1 p.]
May 25. 16. Edward Gregge to the King. Bond in 100l. for payment of 5l. fine set upon him by the Commissioners for Tobacco, and not to make sale of tobacco by retail without licence. [Seal with arms. 2/3 p.]
May 26. 17. Petition of Henry Earl of Dover, Sir Abraham Dawes, Sir John Darton, and George Drywood to the same. Upon a former petition your Majesty promised that you would hear petitioners' cause about their few mines, in case after hearing in the Duchy Court they found cause to appeal to you. In regard that after the said hearing petitioners have had no better success than they expected, and that they intend to do special service to your Majesty about the preemption of lead ore, they pray that their cause may be heard in your presence, and that no new lease be granted either of the mines or pre-emption before that time. Petitioners will settle a good revenue upon the crown, as they only hitherto have endeavoured, and not Sir Robert Heath, whatsoever he pretends. [Copy. 2/3 p.] Underwritten,
17. i. Minute that his Majesty had appointed Wednesday 6th June for hearing this cause. Whitehall, 26th May 1638. [⅓ p.] Memorandum subsequently written by Sec. Coke,
17. ii. "Tuesday after term, at Greenwich." [1 line.]
May 26.
18. The Council to Sir John Bramston, Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench. We send you petition of Hubert Hacon against his son John Hacon, who for many years has carried himself in a malicious and desperate way towards him, his son-in-law William Gawen and Katherine his wife, upon whom he threatens to make such tragedies as have not been seen, adding that God may do what he pleases with their souls, but he would take order with their bodies, all which being represented to you, you caused him to be committed, but being since liberated, his father is put in continual danger of suffering violence under the fatal hand of his unnatural son. We pray you to call John Hacon again before you, and to direct that the strictest course may be taken to reduce him to obedience, and in the meantime that you cause him to be kept prisoner in safehold, that his father may be secured from danger and fear of so lewd a son. [Draft. 2 pp.]
May 26. 19. The Council to the Judges of Assize for co. Warwick. We send you informations of Richard Phillips and Phillis Phillips, with affidavit of John Belcher and Richard Mason, wherein they charge Richard Dickson with scandalous speeches against the King and his government, and also the Solicitor-General's report concerning Dickson. We pray you to cause Richard and Phillis Phillips and Dickson to be bound over to appear at the next Assizes, when, if you find the information true, then to proceed against Dickson according to his demerit, but if it be done rather out of malice than truth, to punish the informers. [Draft. 1 p.]
May 26. 20. The same to the Justices of Peace for Middlesex. It appears by certificate of the minister and others of the parish of the Savoy, that John Oakely about 13 years since was impressed in that parish to go in the voyage to Cadiz under Viscount Wimbledon, and in that employment received several wounds, whereby he is disabled to labour for his living. We pray you at the next quarter sessions to take order for his relief, by settling a yearly pension upon him. [Draft. ¾ p.]
May 26.
21. The same to the Sheriff and Justices of Peace for co. Huntingdon, Commissioners for St. Paul's. Divers letters have been sent you touching the repair of St. Paul's, with little effect. We are very loath to attribute this backwardness to the disaffection of any of the gentlemen of that county, but rather that the want of some discreet person to solicit this business has been a main obstacle. We have therefore entreated Sir Capell Beadell to undertake this trouble, of whom we shall expect a due return of moneys collected into the Chamber of London, with certificates of those who have given. We pray you to deal effectually with clergy and laity to set their helping hands to so great a work. [Draft. 1 p.]
May 26. 22. The same to John Lisney, messenger, to bring before the Lords John Vaughan, High Constable of the hundred of Montgomery, and Rice-ap-Evan-ap-Owen, of the parish of Carno, co. Montgomery. [Draft minute. ½ p.]
May 26. 23. Minute for entry on Council Register of pass for Anne, daughter of James Van-Notten, a Dutchman, to go into the Low Countries. [Draft. ½ p.]
May 26. 24. The like for Captain Anthony Hill of Redlands, co. Gloucester, to travel in foreign parts for three years. [Draft. ½ p.]
May 26. 25. Petition of the beaver makers of London to the Council. You lately directed a proclamation for restraining the importation of foreign hats, which is since published. By former proclamations for restraining mixtures with beaver and other enormities, the care of the same was committed to petitioners. They having no power to open a lock or door, pray warrant of assistance, as other companies have, that with the aid of a constable they may open any door or lock, and that offenders may be taken into custody of a messenger to answer before the Lords. [½ p.]
May 26. 26. Petition of Inhabitants of Moreclack [Mortlake] to Archbishop Laud. The vicarage of this parish lately falling void, you recommended Mr. Harrison to Edward Viscount Wimbledon as a fit man to be minister, of whom petitioners conceive you were misinformed. Had you known the manner of his life since his abode in the parish, as petitioners do, you would have thought him altogether unfit. Pray you to hear the allegations against Mr. Harrison. [¾ p.] Underwritten,
36. i. "I desire Sir John Lambe and Dr. Rives to call the party complained of before them, and to give me an account what can be proved against him, either for life or learning, that further order may be taken as shall be fitting, W. Cant." 25th May 1638. [¼ p.]
May 26. 27. Allegations rendered in answer to a petition of the Merchants of London and owners of ships, showing that the exportation of 500 or 600 lasts of herrings in strangers bottoms is no hindrance to navigation, but the great encouragement of the fishery, which is the seminary of seamen, and that the suggested medium is neither really intended by the London merchants, or of possibility to take effect, notwithstanding a willingness in Yarmouth men to comply with them therein. [2 pp.]
May 26.
28. Kenrick Edisbury to Nicholas. The drafts to the justices of Kent, Hampshire, and Essex are exceeding well penned. I hope you make the like to Norfolk and Surrey. Your clerk's pains in transcribing shall be remembered. I have written to John Davies to send the purveyors, or Kyme the messenger, to attend you for the letters. I shall be in London about Thursday or Friday, being in our way to survey the hull of the Prince, lying in dry dock at Woolwich, and the shipwrights with us, to give them in their estimate for her new building. [⅓ p.]
May 26. 29. Account of Sir William Russell of ship-money received for 1637. Total, 97,216l. 1s. 9d., leaving unpaid 99,198l. 5s. 11d. [1 p.]
May 26. 30. Account of ship-money received for 1637 levied and remaining in the Sheriff's hands, 6,550l., making the total collected 103,766l., which is 6,940l. more than on the 12th inst. [1 p.]
May 26.
31. Sir William Calley to Richard Harvey. Pray you pay Lady Cambell 8l. for me, due the 17th inst., and take the money you disburse for me of Felix Long; adds two gimlets and an oz. of hard wax to his former commissions. [¼ p.]
May 26. 32. Order of the Lord Treasurer and Lord Cottington (with direction from Sir Robert Pye) to pay to Balthazar Gerbier, his Majesty's agent at Brussels, 225l. for post of letters, intelligences, and other secret services for three quarters of a year ended 31st March 1638. [1 p.]
May 26. 33. Acquittance of Jacques de Nowell Perron, Abbot of St. Taurin and Lyre, Great Almoner to the Queen, for 200l., parcel of his annuity of 400l., for half a year ended at the feast of the Annunciation last, under a Privy Seal dormant, dated 10th August 1631. Signed "Jacques du Perron, Evesque d'Angme [Angoulême]." [2/3 p.]
May 27. Petition of the parson, churchwardens, and other inhabitants of Newington, Middlesex, to the King. The churchwardens of the said parish have time out of mind held, for the use of their church, five acres of pasture, in the said parish, yielding 5l. rent per annum, which land has for 14 years past been detained by Sir Francis Popham, who holds by lease from St. Paul's the manor of Newington. Sir Francis holds in that parish 300 acres of land as the demesnes of the lordship, the whole parish consisting but of 500 acres, for which he pays no tithe, but only 6s. 8d. per annum for his orchard, which is contrary to a proviso in the church lease, and also to the course held by the rest of the parish, who pay 18d. an acre in lieu of tithe, which makes not much above 15l. per annum for their part. Pray a reference to some Lords of the Council. [Copy. See Vol. cccxxiii., p. 298. ½ p.] Underwritten,
i. Reference to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lord Keeper. 27th May 1638. [Copy. Ibid. 1/6p.]
May 27.
34. Order of the King in Council, that no order of importance either concerning his Majesty's service, or the public, or which shall revoke any former order of the Board, shall be issued by any of the clerks of the Council, as an order, until the same has been first read and approved of at the board. [2/3 p.]
May 27.
35. Draft of the preceding, with an underwritten memorandum that it was read at the Board, the King present, at Greenwich, 3 June 1638, and approved of. [2/3 p.]
May 27.
36. Order of the King in Council. A certificate of Justices of Peace and other persons of quality in co. Chester presented in October last, touching differences between the county and city of Chester (see 29th October 1637, No. 67), being considered, the Lords were moved to hear that part which concerns the assessment of Sir Thomas Aston by the city for the farm of the French wines. It appeared by two Orders dated 3rd April 1636 and 14th May 1637 that the difference between the city of Chester and Sir Thomas Aston had been formerly twice heard and ordered, his Majesty being both times present, It was thereupon expressly Ordered that Sir Thomas Aston shall observe the said former orders, and shall not presume to trouble his Majesty or the Lords any more with this business. [Draft. 1½ p.]
May 27.
37. Order of the King in Council. Recites that the differences concerning the extent and liberties of the Gloverstone, adjoining the Castle of Chester, whether the same were taxable with the county or county of the city of Chester, were referred to the Earl of Derby, assisted by the Justices of Chester, who had made the certificate calendared under date of 14th April last, No. 69. Such certificate having been read and counsel heard, It was Ordered that the said certificate be confirmed and all persons be required to conform to the same. [Draft. 1¼ p.]
May 27.
38. Like order. Upon consideration of a certificate from divers gentlemen of quality living in co. Chester (see 29th October 1637, No. 67), and hearing counsel on all sides, touching the question whether the bishop and the clergy of the cathedral ought to be assessed to ship-money and other public payments with the county or the city, It was Ordered that the Earl of Derby, assisted by the Justices of Chester, be prayed to hear the parties, and to certify to which of them the bishop and clergy ought to be assessed. [Draft. 1½ p.]
May 27. 39. The Council to the Sheriff of co. Nottingham. We have seen your letter of the 18th instant [No. 116] to Mr. Nicholas, desiring directions concerning those who refuse to pay ship-money, and marvel that having received so large power by his Majesty's writ, and so ample instructions from this Board, you should now propound any such question. We are, by special command from his Majesty, present in Council, to require you without any stop or delay forthwith to proceed in levying the remainder of the ship-money according to the said writ and instructions, and that you fail not to pay the same to the Treasurer of the Navy with all expedition. [Draft. 1p.]
May 27.
40. Order of the King in Council. Some differences between the societies of the two Temples and Dr. Micklethwaite, the master, were, upon a reference from his Majesty to certain Lords, by articles dated 16th May 1634, ordered and settled. A petition has been since presented to the King by Dr. Micklethwaite, touching other differences, as concerning consecrated places belonging to the Temple church, and other things pretended to be appertaining to the same. It was Ordered, that whatsoever is due by the articles of 16th May 1634 shall be paid to the master by the said societies respectively; and as concerning other differences, other than the point of visitation, which was not insisted upon, it was ordered that his Majesty's learned counsel, not being of either of the said societies, should prepare the same for the further hearing and final determination of his Majesty and the Lords. [Draft. 1 p.]
May 27.
41. Order of Council. By order of the 22nd April last, the aldermen of every ward in the city of London, and the parson of every parish, were required to meet, and certify what the clear maintenance of each of the said ministers is for the present, and of all the impropriations moderately valued, deducting tenths, pensions, procurations, and the like. It was likewise required that a moderate valuation should be made of the yearly value of houses and other things titheable in each parish, which certificate was to be presented to his Majesty on the first Sunday in June. His Majesty having been this day moved by the Archbishop of Canterbury to give the city and parochial ministers a further time to accommodate things amongst themselves, gave them till the first Sunday after Michaelmas, and left them at liberty to draw to an agreement amongst themselves, but so as it be left to his Majesty to add, or alter, and so establish what he shall think fit. [Draft, damaged by damp. 12/3 p.]
May 27. 42. Order of Council. John Beck, John Slaney, and others, complaining not only of an unequal assessment for ship-money made for Hornchurch, Essex, by George Thorogood and others, but of the indirect carriage thereof, It was Ordered that a copy of the petition be sent to the said George Thorogood and William Ballard, who are, upon Wednesday next, to present their answer, and to attend the Lords. [Draft minute. 2/3p.]
May 27. 43. Edward Viscount Wimbledon to Nicholas. Although I have been much abused by this fellow, yet out of charity I desire you to discharge him. [¼p.]
May 27. 44. Minute for entry on the Council Register of the discharge of Thomas Phelps, coachmaker, sent for by warrant, but liberated upon the preceding note from Viscount Wimbledon. [Draft. ¼ p.]
May 27. 45. Certificates of S. Smethe, a clergyman, and Thomas Cooper, churchwarden, respecting the non-attendance of the wife of William Gutteridge, and other women, to perform an enjoined penance. The wife of Gutteridge, when served, said she had done no fault, and none would acknowledge. After Evening Prayer, when the clergyman had gone to his own house, they sent the churchwardens to him to say they were then in the chancel, but he had extraordinary business, and could not go to them. [½ p.]
May 27. 46. Another certificate of Thomas Garwood the younger [?], relating to the same business. [¼p.]
May 28. 47. The King to Richard Lane, Attorney-General to the Prince, and to the Benchers and Gentlemen of the Middle Temple. For further advancing the subscription for the repair of St. Paul's, and being unwilling that posterity should look over the catalogue of those benefactors, and find no mention of your so noble a society in the contribution to so glorious a work, to the which you have a more immediate relation, your whole society being twice in a year, by the orders of your house, to repair together to that church, our pleasure is that you recommend this work to the members of your house in our name, assuring them that we shall take notice of their several expressions as a sign of their zeal to religion and conformity to our royal example. And to that purpose you are to cause a book to be made, containing the names of every member of your house in their degrees, with the sum which each shall contribute, and return the same to our Council Board, from whence, after due consideration thereof, it shall be transmitted to the Chamber of London, to be there kept as a monument of your charitable dispositions. [From an underwritten memorandum, and one endorsed, it appears that copies of this letter were sent to Rowland Wandesford for Lincoln's Inn, to Sir Edward Littleton for the Inner Temple, and to Sir John Bankes for Gray's Inn. Draft. 1 p.]
May 28. Petition of Elizabeth Lady Morley, Henry Lord Morley and Monteagle, and Charles Parker, sons of William late Lord Morley and Monteagle and the said Elizabeth, to the King. About 16th James I., the said William late Lord Morley conveyed the manor of Great Hallingbury, Morley House, Morley Park, the chace or forest of Hatfield, a messuage called Haryes with Talboys woods, in Essex, to the use of himself for life, after to Lady Morley for her life, after to the petitioner Henry Lord Morley for his life, and after to the first son of petitioner Henry Lord Morley and the heirs males of his body, with remainders over to William Parker and petitioner Charles Parker, sons of William Lord Morley. In the 11th year of your Majesty's reign, petitioner and the said William Parker settled the said lands to the use of Lady Morley for life, afterwards to Henry Lord Morley, and after to William Parker and petitioner Charles Parker, and their heirs males successively; since which William Parker is deceased, and Henry Lord Morley has a son born named Thomas, an infant of two years of age. As petitioners before the last conveyance had power to disbar the infant Thomas from his remainder, and as there are lands to the value of 3,000l. per annum which are to descend upon him, and for that Henry Lord Morley is indebted to divers persons, petitioners pray that for raising 5,000l., and settling 100l. per annum on petitioner Charles, your Majesty will direct your letters to the Justices of the Common Pleas, authorizing them to permit Thomas Parker to suffer a recovery of the said lands. [Copy. See Vol. ccccxxiii., p. 299. 2/3 p.] Underwritten,
i. Reference to the Attorney-General to prepare a bill to the effect desired. [Copy. Ibid. 1/6p.]
May 28. Petition of William Maurodd and Alexander Man, two of his Majesty's footmen, to the King. There was granted to Thomas Bird and Walter Paunsford, for three lives, by the late King, in the 16th year of his reign, a moiety of rents to the value of 240l. per annum, which were unjustly withholden from the Crown. In 20 years there is recovered but 20l. per annum, and the remainder is like to be lost to your Majesty. Your Majesty granted the other moiety to Arthur Begg, one of your cooks, but before the solicitor made ready the bill, Begg died, so that the suit now remains to your Majesty to dispose of. Petitioners pray a grant of the last-mentioned moiety for three lives, paying to your Majesty 50l. a year rent. [Copy. Ibid., p. 300. ½ p.] Underwritten,
i. Minute of his Majesty's pleasure to be certified from his Attorney or Solicitor as to the state of this business. Greenwich, 23rd June 1637. [Copy. Ibid. 1/6 p.]
ii. Attorney-General Bankes to the King. Report which sets forth the grant to Bird and Paunsford, and that only 20l. per annum thereof had been recovered. We cannot advise your Majesty to grant away your moiety, as desired by this petition, but, as petitioners are willing at their own costs to recover the said rents, we submit whether your Majesty would grant them the arrearages of such rents as they recover, reserving a fourth part to your Majesty. 11th May 1638. [Copy. Ibid. ⅓p.]
iii. Direction to the Attorney-General to prepare a grant to petitioners of so much of their desire as by the said certificate is advised. Whitehall, 28th May 1638. [Copy. Ibid. 1/6 p.]
May 28. Petition of Elizabeth Shillitoe, widow of George Shillitoe, to the King. Petitioner's husband, having received a great portion with her, conveyed the manor of Seacroft, co. York, to petitioner for her jointure, but afterwards becoming indebted, the said lands with the rest of his estate were extended, and he became disabled to allow petitioner means to live. Her said husband being dead, petitioner was in hope to enjoy her jointure, but Robert Benson, an attorney of the Common Pleas, having got possession thereof, detains the same without right or title, and stirs up troubles against petitioner and scandal against her and her estate. Prays a reference to Lord Chief Justice Finch. [Copy. Ibid., p. 301. 2/3 p.] Underwritten,
i. Reference as prayed. Whitehall, 28th May 1638. [Copy. Ibid. 1/5 p.]
May 28. 48. Minute for entry on the Council Register of a pass for George March, aged 12 years, son of Richard March of the Tower, London, to travel into foreign parts for three years, with proviso not to go to Rome. [Draft. ⅓ p.]
[May 28.] 49. Petition of Matthew Clark of Alderkirk, co. Lincoln, to the Council. Petitioner, with Thomas Knott his neighbour, upon certificate of Sir Anthony Irby, intimating that they sue Robert Harris, a chief constable, for distraining them last year for ship-money, is to his grief and charge fetched up by a messenger near 100 miles, and has been detained in custody these ten days. Conceives that Sir Anthony has much mistaken himself, for petitioner has always readily paid his assessment, was never distrained therefore, nor is, nor was there ever, any suit on petitioner's behalf. Prays order for enlargement, and that the Lords would consider his causeless and chargeable sufferings, he giving bond to appear if it be proved that he has committed any offence. [½ p.]
May 28. 50. Minute of Entry on the Council Register of the discharge of Matthew Clark upon entering bond to pay such ship-money and other rates as shall be assessed upon him in future. [Draft. ¼ p.]
May 28. 51. Bond of Matthew Clark in 20l. to the King of the purport stated in the preceding article. [½ p.]
May 28. 52. Hugh Nanney, Sheriff of co. Merioneth, to Nicholas. States contents of a letter of his of the 27th March, sent by Foulk Salesbury, an alderman of Chester, which he supposes to have miscarried. Sends another certificate and schedule verbatim with the former, save that upon the death of his deputy-sheriff on the 5th April a great many complained of partiality in the assessors, whereby the poorer sort had been overcharged, in rectifying whereof he had great incumbrance, yet now he is in a fair way to perfect all. Pays some part of the money already collected. The rest he will levy with all possible speed. [1 p.]
May 28.
53. George Wyche to Richard Harvey. Some few days past arrived there in good safety. Has had conference with Mr. Gyffard concerning a chest and certain things recommended to him by Mr. Porter. Sends his discharge. [2/3 p.] Enclosed,
53. i. George Gyffard to George Wyche. According to promise I now send you the relation of such things as I received for and from Mr. Porter. That which came from "mad " [Madrid] was stolen out of my chamber. What I received from "Lon " [London ?] is all sent up, except two globes which await a proper conveyance. I had an "excommunion and paulina" read for the stolen articles in churches and other places where I suspected. [2/3p.]
May 29. Grant to Sir James Scott, gentleman of the Privy Chamber, of a pension of 13s. 4d. by the day, during his life. [Docquet.]
May 29. Grant to Sir William Stewart and George his son, for life, of a pension of 200l. per annum, upon surrender of a like pension granted to Sir William by the name of William Steward in the 4th year of his Majesty's reign. [Docquet.]
May 29. Licence for Charles Lord Ker, son of the Earl of Ancram, to travel beyond sea for three years. [Docquet.]
May 29.
54. Order of the Committee for regulation of the Household. The cofferer and the rest of the officers of the Greencloth shall attend the Committee on this day sen-night, with the books signed from the first year of Queen Mary downwards, and likewise with a certificate of all diets of 21 dishes of meat and of 16, 10, 7, and 5 dishes of meat, both of the King's and Queen's side, that are now served, with what alterations have been since that time, and who are assigned to be sitters at the said diets or tables. [Draft. ½ p.]
May 29. 55. Rough draft of the same. [2/3p.]
May 29. 56. Minute for entry on the Council Register of a Warrant, with general directions, and more especially to the messengers of the Chamber, for John Pyborne, Laurence Petty, Thomas Hodgson, and Thomas Freere, deputed by the Company of Soapmakers to seize all soap, lees, and other materials prohibited by proclamation, according to that exhibited the 21st of June last. [2/3 p.]
May 29. 57. The Council to the Warden of the Fleet, to take into his custody Francis Wilson. [Draft minute. ½ p.]
May 29. 58. Petition of the Sewers of the Chamber in ordinary to the Lords Commissioners [for regulation of the Household]. They had a grant of 7½d. a day and diet in the King's Court from the first foundation of the King's House, which has been continued until within these few years, which diet has been detained without consideration. Pray the Lords to consider the poor means they have, and to settle them in their former rights. [½ p.] Underwritten,
58. i. The Lords Commissioners desire Mr. Cofferer and the rest of the officers of the Greencloth to consider this petition, and to certify when petitioners' diet was taken from them, and wherefore. Whitehall, 29th May 1638.
[May 29 ?] 59. [Officers of the Greencloth] to the Lords Commissioners for the Household. The King in the sixth year of his reign reduced his house to the reglement of the 44th of Queen Elizabeth, at which time the sewers having no diet were left out of the book signed by his Majesty for the establishment of his house. Since that time they have not had any allowance of diet or board wages. [Unsigned. ½ p.]
May 29./June 8.
60. Christopher Windebank to his father, Sec. Windebank. The order I received from you in Spain brought me to Italy, where I have seen Florence, Naples, and Rome, where I have been extremely honoured by Cardinal Barbarini, whom I have visited twice. The want of your letters and of other necessaries for a journey has made me rely upon Mr. Weston. In Rome I have had 25l. of John Wilford. We go hence to-morrow to Venice. [1 p.]
May 29.
61. Robert Reade to Nicholas. These two men are apprehended upon information given by this bearer, John Bradstreet, of misdemeanours usually committed by them and their associates, as, namely, the taking up of men and selling them like cattle to be transported beyond seas by such as have no licence to levy. Mr. Secretary desires you to examine them upon interrogatories, that according to the nature of their offences they may be remitted to the Lords or otherwise ordered. [2/3 p.]
May 29.
62. Endymion Porter to Richard Harvey. I would have you go to Mr. Railton, and receive the remainder of Sir Peter Rubens's moneys, which are now ready, and let Mr. Wake have them to make over to Antwerp for him. If you meet with Mr. Millington, I would have you go to Wandsor [Windsor ?] with him, and take an account of Campian, and see how everything there stands. [½ p.]
May 29.
Fenchurch Street.
63. Richard Harvey to [William] Langhorne. There was a bill of exchange of 700l. drawn upon you from Dublin, payable to Endymion Porter about 11th July last; his desire is to know when and to whom the money was paid. [Underwritten, copy receipt for the above 700l., signed "by appointment of Richard Woodward, Thomas Kinaston." ½ p.]
May 29. 64. Articles in answer to the allegations of Thomas Davies, his Majesty's barber, claiming the disposing of the barbers' tents for the service of the household, as formerly enjoined by his predecessors, barbers to his Majesty's ancestors (see 17th February1637–8, No. 30). The answer contends that the record quoted by Davies proves that the disposing of the barbers' tents was not granted to Robert Bolley as barber, but as sergeant of the ewry. It asserts that in the 17th Henry VIII. the sergeant of the ewry and the King's barber were different persons, for that Godfrey Villers was then sergeant of the ewry, and Edmund Haran and Mr. Penne, barbers to his Majesty. In addition to much other matter it also appeals to an order of Lord North and Sir William Knollys, treasurer and comptroller of the household, dated 3rd May 1599, whereby William Raffe and Francis Bates, who then kept the barbers' tent allowed to follow the Court, were ordered to pay to the sergeant of the ewry 10l. per annum, retaining still the disposal of the said barber's place in the gift of the Lord Steward. [1½ p.]
May 29. 65. Petition of Thomas Farbeck, clerk, to Archbishop Laud. Petitioner is vicar of Ketton, co. Rutland, whereunto the church of Tixover, two miles distant, is united, and by ancient composition the vicar is to find a curate resident to officiate at Tixover. Richard Bullingham is farmer for three lives at a small rent of the rectory of Ketton, being the corps of a prebend in the cathedral of Lincoln, and receives out of the rectory 300l. per annum clear, while the vicarage is not worth above 26l. per annum, and one moiety of that is allowed to the curate of Tixover. There is reserved to the diocesan full power to augment the said stipend, as by an ancient composition in the church of Lincoln, hereunto annexed, appears. Prays that the Archbishop would command that some order may be taken for the augmentation of petitioner's poor vicarage. [2/3 p.] Underwritten,
65. i. "I desire Sir John Lambe to consider of this petition, and if there be any way left for the church's just relief I shall be very willing to give my best assistance. W. Cant." 29th May 1638. Annexed,
65. ii. Extract from a roll of the time of Oliver Sutton, Bishop of Lincoln, who took possession of that see in 1280, in which are set forth the profits at that time of the vicarage of Ketton with the chapel of Tixover, to which is added a statement of the various sums received by the petitioner since his coming to the vicarage in 1614. [12/3 p.]
May 29. 66. Memorandum of Thomas Beeston, Mayor, and four others, of Portsmouth, that notice was given by Andrew Pawling, messenger, to the corporation of that town, to appear in the Exchequer, to pass their accounts for casual profits due to his Majesty. The said mayor and others certify that they have given order to their solicitor to pass their accounts that Trinity Term. [¾ p.]
May 29. 67. Note of fees paid on the funeral of the Marchioness of Hamilton, Countess of Cambridge, to the officers of the College of Arms. Garter received 15l., eight others 1l. 18s. each, and four 19s. each. Total received, 35l. [½ p.]
May 30.
Inner Star Chamber.
68. Order of Council. Philip Oldfield, clerk, rector of Lasham, Hants, by petition to his Majesty, which was referred to the Lords, showed that he had been rector of Lasham for 25 years, but by reason of a pretended lease for 99 years (20l. per annum only being reserved for the cure) he could never enjoy the full right of the church, and when by law petitioner attempted to void the lease, Sir Edmond Plowden, the now patron and assignee of the said lease, so multiplied suits upon petitioner, threatened his ruin, unjustly detained his body, beat his wife great with child, and insulted over his weak and declining estate, that neither friend, kinsman, nor servant dared be assistant to petitioner, who was forced to compound, and enter bond in 200l. not to trouble Sir Edmond. He therefore besought his Majesty to refer the hearing of this business. Upon hearing all the parties We Order Mr. Oldfield to bring an action of trespass against Sir Edmond for entering into some part of the parsonage of Lasham, and that Sir Edmond shall plead not guilty, and go to trial at the next assizes at Winchester, and shall admit the trespass, and give in evidence the lease of the said parsonage of 4th of Queen Elizabeth by William Guy, the incumbent, and Nicholas Pinke, the then pretended patron, and afterwards confirmed by Robert then Bishop of Winchester, and when the Lords shall be advertised of the result of the trial they will take further order according to his Majesty's reference. [Draft. 2⅓ p.]
May 30. 69. Petition of John Lassells and Elizabeth his wife to the Council. By order of the 10th May 1637, George Lassells, father of John Lassells, was ordered to pay, for relief of petitioners and their children, 20s. a week, and also for a future provision to settle a house and land of the yearly value of 34l. 13s. 4d. upon them and their children. For the non-performance of which order George Lassells was committed to the Fleet, and afterwards ordered to be kept as a close prisoner, and to be put in irons, and fed with such food as is appointed by law for prisoners upon a Statute Merchant, until he conformed himself to the order of the 10th May. The said George Lassells and petitioner, since the last order, have referred themselves for settling the matters aforesaid to Sir Robert Coke and Harbottle Grimstone, who have made this end, viz., that 100l. should be paid in hand to petitioners, and that Sir Robert Coke should become bound to John Coppinger, uncle of the said Elizabeth for payment of 500l., with interest at 8l. per cent., upon the 30th May next, which 100l. and bond have been delivered to Harbottle Grimstone until George Lassells shall have an order for his enlargement and a discharge of all the former orders. And the said referees have further ordered that petitioners may quietly remain in the house where they now dwell, at Elston in co. Nottingham, until payment of the said 500l. Pray the Lords to order the discharge of George Lassells, and the vacating of all former orders, as also to confirm the agreement of the said referees. [Copy attested by Sir Robert Coke and Harbottle Grimstone. 3 pp.]
May 30. 70. Order of Council. Recites the above petition, confirms the agreement therein mentioned, and Orders that George Lassells be forthwith set at liberty, and when the 500l. is paid, that the former orders be vacated, and the possession of the house at Elston be delivered up. [Draft. 1¼p.]
May 30.
Inner Star Chamber.
71. Like order. Taking into consideration the petition of John Beck, John Slaney, and others of Hornchurch, mentioned under the 27th inst., No. 42, and hearing their counsel, and the counsel of George Thorogood, William Ballard, and others, also inhabitants of Hornchurch, concerning a rate factiously made by the latter at Chensford [Chelmsford], 15 miles distant from Hornchurch, upon a reference obtained from this board to the sheriff upon untrue suggestions, after a rate had been made by Beck, Slaney, and others at the constable's house at Hornchurch (the usual place of meeting for parish business), and been confirmed by the sheriff, and most part of the money collected, it appeared that the rate made by Thorogood and the others was unduly made, and by its inequality was probably designed to prejudice the service. It was Ordered that the former rate shall stand, and if Thorogood shall not obey the will of the Lords, and pay his rate, the sheriff is required to bind him over to answer his contempt at this board. The sheriff is to see this order put in execution, and to cause whatsoever has been levied upon the second assessment to be restored. [Draft. 1¾ p.]
May 30.
Inner Star Chamber.
72. Like order. The Lords having heard Mr. Walter, a Justice of Peace for co. Oxford, why he bound William Sessions, churchwarden of Churchill, co. Oxford, to his good behaviour, and finding that he had very good cause so to do, approved of his proceedings, and ordered Sessions to ask pardon of Mr. Walter for having unjustly complained of him to the board, and thereupon Mr. Walter shall be prayed to cause him to be released of his said recognizance. [Draft. 1 p.]
May 30.
Inner Star Chamber.
73. Like order. Upon hearing the differences between the said William Sessions, churchwarden of Churchill, co. Oxford, George Morecroft, parson of Kingham, and George Dadford of Churchill, touching the great decay of the church of Churchill, and finding that the money spent in such suits would be better employed in repairing the church, It was Ordered that the said differences shall be referred to the Bishop of Oxford, who is to order a survey of the church, and to settle the rates towards the reparations, and in the meantime all suits are to be stayed. The Lords further enjoin the churchwardens and parishioners to stand to such order as the bishop shall make; and as Morecroft, being a clergyman, by refusal to pay the rate has shown himself more refractory than became a man of his calling, the Lords pray the bishop to enjoin him to be a leading man in payment of the rate he shall set upon him, and if he shall refuse the Lords will take a course to render him an example for his refractoriness. [Draft. [1½ p.]
May 30.
Inner Star Chamber.
74. Order of Council. The Landholders and Inhabitants of Whittlesey, in the Isle of Ely, co. Cambridge, having petitioned his Majesty about draining the Great Level of the Fens, and their right of common, his Majesty referred the same to the Lords, who Ordered that a copy of the said petition be delivered to some one of the undertakers of that work, and appointed to hear the same upon Wednesday 13 June next. [Draft. 1 p.]
May 30. 75. Like order. Thomas Leigh by petition represented that the difference between him and Anne Dale, his tenant, was upon her suit referred to Viscount Savage, the Lord Chief Baron, Roger Downes, Vice-Chamberlain, and Evan Edwards, Baron of the Exchequer at Chester. Upon 21st February following, in regard there was a suit by Dale at Chester for the same matter, which had come to an issue, petitioner desired it might proceed to a hearing, but that was denied, in regard the Lords were willing the referees should make an accommodation, but it was not their intention that any stay should be given to petitioner in his legal proceedings; yet, under colour of the said reference, the cause is deferred, and petitioner with-holden from his possession for two years since the expiration of Dale's lease, and bound by injunction from any proceeding at common law; by means whereof, and Dale's scandalising petitioner's title, he is deprived of taking fines to the value of 1,000l. of the rest of his tenants. Lord Savage and Roger Downes called petitioner and Dale before them, when Downes declared that Dale had no more colour for enjoying the tenement without consent of petitioner than any tenant of the said Downes had after the term was expired. Petitioner besought the board that the reference might be discharged, and the Lords appoint a time for a hearing, or that they should command Mr. Downes to proceed to a legal hearing. It was Ordered that the reference should be no longer in force, but that petitioner should be at liberty to seek his remedy by ordinary course of justice, and that Downes should without delay proceed to a legal hearing. [Draft. 1½ p.]
May 30. 76. Like order. The petition of the fishermen of the Thames, wherein they complained to his Majesty that Nowell Warner, master of his Majesty's barge, and patentee for transportation of lampreys, refused to give them satisfaction, and had broken the order of the 5th January 1637–8, calendared under that date, No. 17. The Lords, finding the fishermen's complaint to be grounded upon no just cause, confirmed the said order, and required the fishermen to forbear to trouble the board any more with such causeless and clamorous petitions. [Draft. 1 p.]
May 30. 77. Order of Council. The Lords on 2nd May inst. appointed Friday 1st June to hear a complaint made to his Majesty by Winter Graunt, his Majesty's servant, about the manner of proceedings in the court of exchequer, one being in Latin at the common law, the other in English in the Exchequer Chamber. The Lords required the Attorney and Solicitor General to attend them at the hearing of the said cause. [Draft. 2/3 p.]
May 30. 78. Like order. Complaint has been made by Thomas Alden that although the Lords by orders of 24th November and 20th April last appointed the twelve governors of Crediton to pay him the arrearages of 12l. per annum for the time he served the cure of Exminster, amounting to 108l., they refused unless he would give security to repay the same, which refractoriness of the governors the Lords could not but take notice of, so they again required them to pay the 108l., with such costs for their delay as two justices of peace of Crediton should think fit, and if they refused or delayed to pay the same within 14 days after sight hereof, then the justices of peace were to bind over four of them to answer their contempt at the board. [Draft. 1 p.]
May 30. 79. Like order. The petition of Oliver Lloyd, for regulating aliens residing out of the limits of the new corporation, being read, the Lords commanded that an Act of Council should be entered to declare their utter dislike of the same, and that if Lloyd should presume to tender it again that it be cast out, as a thing absolutely rejected. [Draft. ½ p.]
May 30. 80. Like order. The difference between the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of Congleton and William Bramhall being appointed to be heard at the board this day, Bramhall attended, but the other parties desired a further day. The Lords appointed Wednesday the 6th June. [Draft. 2/3 p.]
May 30.
81. The Council to Sir Richard Fenn, Lord Mayor of London. His Majesty having appointed his servant, Clement Laniere, to weigh all hay and straw to be sold within three miles circuit of London and Westminster, the said patentee by his petition complained to his Majesty that notwithstanding he had spent 300l. in endeavouring to settle that office for the public good, he is interrupted therein by directions from the Lord Mayor or the Court of Aldermen, and being unable and unwilling to undergo a suit at law with the city, he craved his Majesty for assistance, who commanded us to settle this business, or report our opinions. We earnestly recommend the business to your consideration, not, doubting you will take such order therein as his Majesty shall not be further troubled to interpose in a business wherein so general a good is concerned. [Draft. ¾ p.]
May 30. 82. Order of Council. The Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, London, on behalf of themselves and their under-tenants in Caddington, complain that being by order of the board peaceably to enjoy the part of Caddington Wood by them enclosed, yet that Richard Turner and Jeremy Garsley (who were formerly committed to the Fleet, and on the 14th April, upon their submission, and bond of 200l. not to offend in like kind, were discharged), since their return home the servants of Turner and Garsley have again contemned the Lords' order, and Turner, reviling petitioners' tenants threatens to undo one who turned out their cattle, which are daily driven into the inclosures. By whose example William and Richard Bowse have lately thrown open the inclosures, carried away several burthens of bushes, and sown oats there, as to which petitioners' tenants say they stole oats there last year, and now sow them that they may after mow them. Petitioners desiring to be relieved herein, It was Ordered that the justices of peace next adjoining be required to send for Richard Clothier and Thomas Bengo, servants to Turner and Garsley, as also for William and Richard Bowse, and cause them to be all sent to the House of Correction, there to receive corporal punishment for such their insolences. [Draft. 1½ p.]
May 30.
Inner Star Chamber.
83. Like order. Recite reference of the petition of young Sir John Tyrrell to the Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench and Mr. Justice Croke, and their certificate, calendared under date of the 18th April last, No. 4. We confirm the said certificate, and, as concerning the aspersions laid by the petition on Sir Henry Browne, we find him faultless in all those things wherewith he is charged in the said petition, and hold the petitioner very much to blame to asperse a gentleman of so much honour and worth, and who performed towards old Sir John Tyrrell the offices of a very affectionate kinsman and real friend. [Draft. 1½ p.]
May 30. 84. List of Causes appointed to be heard in the Star Chamber this day; viz., the Attorney-General against William Pickering and others, for speeches against his Majesty; the same against William Poe, for procuring counterfeit persons to personate men of value in sealing a bond of 200l.; the same against Robert Ryther and others, for combinations and conspiracies; Alexander Dupper against James Freeze and others, for coinage and other offences. [1 p.]
May 30. 85. Notes by Sec. Windebank of proceedings in the Star Chamber in the case of the Attorney-General against William Pickering Defendant, about a year and a half ago, meeting Francis Huberley, called him a beggarly knave, whereupon Huberley called him a beggarly papist. He replied, "I am a papist, and the Queen a papist, and the King a papist in heart and conscience." Dr. Clayton, D.D., stated that Pickering had several times affirmed that all Protestants were damned heretics and devils, and that the King's Majesty is reconciled to the Bishop and Church of Rome. He enclosed a court, whereby he took in part of the churchyard, and uses it for a pig-sty. Lord Cottington proposed for sentence, "Stand in the pillory with a paper, and lose both his ears; 10,000l. fine; restitution of the sacred ground." Lord Finch added, "Whipping." Secs. Windebank and Coke, Mr. Comptroller, Lord Newburgh, the Earl of Dorset, and the Lord Chamberlain all concurred with their predecessors. The Lord Privy Seal suggested the additions of: "Stigmatised with a letter L; allowed law, the tongue bored with an awl; whipped." The Lord Treasurer agreed with the general vote of the court. The Archbishop of Canterbury: "With the highest sentence." The Lord Keeper: "With the general vote of the court, a special imprisonment, either during life or during the King's pleasure." 12/3 p.]
May 30. 86. Minute for entry on the Council Register of appearance of Edward Tompkins of Bishops Itchington, co. Warwick, sent for by warrant. He is to remain in the messenger's custody until discharged. [Draft. ¼ p.]
May 30. 87. The like of appearance of Henry Ludlow of Tadley, Hants. [Draft. ¼ p.]
May 30. 88. Petition of William Cowthery, of Stratfield Turgis, Hants, to the Council. About 24 years ago petitioner, being possessed of a farm called South End in Stratfieldsaye, worth 50l. per annum, Richard Berry, then under-sheriff, under pretence to secure him harmless of Sir Richard Norton, then sheriff, by indirect ways outed petitioner and his tenants, and imprisoned them, where three died, and a fourth fled the country, leaving four distressed widows. The petitioner was no ways engaged whereby his lands should be extended, but the extent should have been executed upon the lands of William Cowthery of Basingstoke. Petitioner is much impoverished, and unable to wage law against his powerful adversaries, and Berry being since dead, petitioner has no remedy but against Sir Richard Norton. Prays reference to Lord Charles Powlett, Henry Sandis, Richard Tilney, and Edward Pitts. [¾ p.] Underwritten,
88. i. The Lords pray the Judges of Assize to call the parties before them, and to compose the differences, if they can. Inner Star Chamber, 30th May 1638. [1 p.]
May 30.
Dorset House.
89. Algernon Earl of Northumberland to Sir John Pennnington, Vice-Admiral aboard the St. Andrew. I lately gave order to the captain of the St. Dennis to be ready at Margate road to transport for Holland Colonel Goring, Sir Jacob Ashley, and two of Mr. Comptroller's sons. Colonel Goring having had some business at Court which has retarded his coming away, he fears the ship may be gone. In that case give order for some other ship of the fleet to receive him on board, and transport him to such port in Holland as shall be most convenient for his landing. [Seal as Lord Admiral. 2/3 p.]
May 30.
Chelsea House.
90. Henry Earl of Danby to Sec. Coke or Sec. Windebank. Being not well, I entreat you to deliver my knowledge upon a petition exhibited by one Sessions against William Walter and Mr. Moorecroft, clerk, all my near neighbours in co. Oxford. The cause is concerning an order made by the late Lord Chief Baron Walter, confirmed at the Quarter Sessions, and, as I verily think, both just and good; and for the persons, Mr. Walter is so well known to all the Lords that I need not express how much he is valued amongst us, neither is Moorecroft, in his quality, esteemed less worthy, either in the University where he was bred, or in the shire where he lives, being, in the opinion of the best, both free and far from those suggestions contained in Sessions' petition. [2/3 p.]
May 30.
91. Sir Robert Carr to Sec. Windebank. Desires to obey his Majesty's commands. To the best of his understanding had settled the yearly rentcharges which he spake of to his Majesty. Mr. Dallison framed the deed, and to the truth thereof the writer takes God to witness; nevertheless, if the form please not, he is willing to do what may reasonably be required. Returns "the licence" by the messenger. [Seal with arms. 1 p.]
May 30.
92. John Richardson to Sir Henry Vane, Comptroller of the Household. Heretofore I moved you to give directions to your bailiffs of Barnard Castle and Raby lordships, that the alehouse keepers within those liberties should have paid the fees due to the clerk of the peace by an ancient table of fees allowed by Bishop William James and others, which you promised you would do. Some of our justices, as Mr. Maxton and Hugh Wright, who are somewhat captious and covetous for their clerks to have 12d. apiece, which was never demanded nor taken in the county till within three years last, have opposed it. My grandchild, who is clerk of the peace, desires no more nor other fee than all his predecessors had in time of memory; and that order is confirmed by Mr. Chancellor, upon hearing the cause in Chancery. Now he is come up to petition the Lords to have it ratified, wherein I desire your furtherance. [Seal with arms. 1 p.]
May 31. Warrant to pay to Sir Philip Carteret 1,300l. upon account, to be employed in fortifying Castle Elizabeth in Jersey. [Docquet.]
May 31. Grant of a pension of 200l. to George Corrie, usher of the Privy Chamber, during pleasure. [Docquet.]
May 31. Indenture between his Majesty and Robert Earl of Lindsey, whereby, in consideration that the earl has undertaken to drain certain fens called the Great Level in co. Lincoln, he is to have 24,000 acres, and to assign 3,000 acres to his Majesty, also, in consideration that the said earl has undertaken to drain the Eight Hundred Fen, his Majesty covenants, in case he perform the same within one year from the 22nd of February last, to accept of 1,500 acres in lieu of the said 3,000 acres. [Docquet.]
May 31. Warrant to the Ranger, Keepers, and other his Majesty's officers within Cranborne Chase, for preservation of the deer. [Docquet.]
May 31. Warrant to the Exchequer, for discharging the Marquess of Hamilton, Master of the Horse, of 400l. by him received for provision of horses for the King's and Queen's use, by Privy Seal, dated 12th February 1638, as of 500l. received for like provisions, by Privy Seal, dated 22nd March 1638, and for allowing him 26l. by him laid out by way of surplusage, and also for payment to him of 400l., to be by him disbursed for like provisions hereafter, by way of imprest. [Docquet.]
May 31. Licence to the new Farmers of the Customs to compound with merchants for their customs upon goods brought into London and Dover, and from thence to be reshipped beyond seas, and to receive those compositions for their own use. [Docquet.]
May 31. Grant whereby his Majesty (on the certificate of divers Scottish shipmasters trading to London that it is the custom of other nations to have an appointed officer before whom merchants and masters of ships confirm their bargains for freight) appoints William Murray, his Majesty's servant, to execute that office between his Majesty's subjects of Scotland trading to London for 21 years, demanding therefore after the rate of one ton freight for every ship by him freighted, which is according to the order of other countries, with authority also to deal for other his Majesty's subjects and strangers who are willing to employ him. [Docquet.]
May 31. Warrant to pay 130l. to Martin Lumley for the rent of his house in Wood Street, London, taken up last winter for reception of Alcayde Taudar Ben Abdala, ambassador extraordinary from the Emperor of Morocco, where he resided for six months. [Docquet.]
May 31. Warrant to Sir Richard Norton for preservation of game, of hare, pheasant, partridge, heron, and other wild fowl in East Tisted, Hants, and within seven miles compass thereof. [Docquet.]
May 31. 93. Petition of Thomas Twisse, clerk, parson of Buscot, co. Berks, to the King. After long suit upon a general inclosure of lands in that parish, petitioner obtained a decree in Chancery that every parishioner should pay the parson certain moneys as rents out of their lands inclosed, in lieu of tithes, amounting in the whole to 140l. per annum, whereby the worth of the parsonage is augmented 100l. per annum; but by reason of the great charge in maintaining the church's right your subject was constrained to mortgage the said rents in lieu of tithes, and the two next presentations to the said church. All which being well known to Walter Hungerford, one that pretended great friendship, he often treated that he might redeem the mortgage, and take it into his hands, to which your subject condescending, delivered the writings to the said Hungerford, and leased to him all the said rents in lieu of tithes during your subject's life, and also granted to him the two next presentations, wholly relying that at any time he would have accepted the moneys disbursed. But although he has received full four years' profit of the said rents at 140l. per annum, he refuses to release the premises, unless he may have full interest and 500l. besides; and, working on petitioner's wants, has got a lease from him of his glebe lands during life at a great under value, and having entangled petitioner by bonds, threatens to cast him in prison if he seek by any means to be relieved. Petitioner, bearing the name of parson only, discharges the cure, and pays ship-money and all dues, but Mr. Hungerford reaps all the profits. Having lived there 20 years in good credit, conformable to all the ceremonies of the Church of England, he is now like to be turned out and left destitute. Prays a reference for examination to any of the Council. [¾ p.] Underwritten,
93. i. Reference to Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Keeper, and the Lord Treasurer. Theobalds, 31st May 1638. [¼ p.] Endorsed,
93. ii. Order of the referees appointing Wednesday 24th October next for hearing this business at the Council table. 14th September 1638. [¼ p.]
May 31. 94. Petition of John Rowdon, his Majesty's servant, to the King. Having been formerly a clerk in your Majesty's receipt, to one of the tellers there, he disbursed great sums of money by command of superior officers, for a great part whereof he never could get allowance or repayment, by which means his estate has been extended, and himself imprisoned in the Fleet 14 years. There is due to petitioner, in the name of John London, upon an annuity of 60l. per annum, 650l. Your Majesty, by a reference to the Earl of Portland, late Lord Treasurer, signified your pleasure to take order for what was then due to your petitioner, for the relief of his necessities, but as yet he has not received any benefit thereby. Prays order to the now Lord Treasurer for payment of the said pension and arrears. [½ p.] Underwritten,
94. i. Reference to the Lord Treasurer and Chancellor of the Exchequer to take order for petitioner's relief. Theobalds, 31st May 1638. [¼ p.]
[May 31.] 95. Petition of divers poor women, in behalf of their husbands in captivity in Algiers, to the King. Petitioners and their children are in extreme want, besides the insupportable miseries endured by their husbands in cruel bondage, being lately taken in a ship, the Mary, of London, bound to the southward. Petitioners having nothing at all towards their ransom nor their own livelihoods, the merchants who set forth the ship, although they have lost ship and goods, have consented to contribute 100l. towards the redeeming of them, which will cost about 800l. in all. Pray letters by way of brief for a collection in aid of the sum, to be contributed by the merchants, without which their poor husbands must end their days in Turkish slavery, and petitioners in miserable penury. [2/3 p.]
[May 31.] 96. Petition of divers poor women to the Lords of the Council. Similar to last petition. [¾ p.]
May 31.
97. Certificate of Nicholas Crispe, Humphrey Slaney, William Clobery, and John Woods, owners of the Mary, of London, at the request of the wives of James Bearblock and eleven others whose names are enumerated, mariners in the said ship. About August last the certifiers set to sea the said ship. After a long fight with three great Turks' men-of-war, divers of their men being hurt and one slain, they were at last taken near the island of Mathera [Madeira?] and carried to Algiers. We are willing to contribute towards their ransom 100l., the whole sum being put at about 800l. The master is a skilful man, and well experienced. [¾ p.]
[May 31 ?] 98. Petition of the distressed wives and children of many mariners, prisoners in Algiers and Tunis, to the Council. Upon their late petition to the Lords for the release of their husbands and fathers, you appointed that Captain Leate should ransom so many of the captives as were mentioned in a note by petitioners delivered to you, and that the captain should receive again the money out of such sums as may be collected in England. Since which you have ordered the contrary, and a stay is made in that proceeding, so that petitioners are still enforced to trouble you. Pray speedy order may be taken for redemption of the captives and relief of petitioners. [¾ p.]
May 31. 99. Order of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lord Keeper, referees of a petition of John Robinson, clerk, vicar of Sunning Hill, (calendared under date of 6th April 1638, No. 31,) against the heirs and executors of Thomas Carew, touching the tithes of the park there. In regard to which it was alleged against petitioner that 13s. 4d. had used to have been paid in lieu of tithes, and that the heirs were under age, and the executors in trust. It was Ordered that petitioner should bring his action at law upon the statute of Edward VI., for not setting forth tithes, against Mrs. Carew and Mr. Fisher, who should appear and plead, so as the matter may proceed to trial at the next assizes, and no advantage be taken on either side, but to insist upon the right only, whether there be such a rate or no, and admitting there be, whether it will bar the petitioner, the park being now employed for tillage and other uses. And the Lords referees this next term will consider how petitioner, in case the trial fall out against him, may be relieved. [Draft. 1 p.]
May 31. 100. The Council to Attorney General Bankes. We send you a certificate of commissioners appointed to view the condition of his Majesty's manor of East Smithfield, and of his Majesty's house there, employed for the service of the Navy, and in the possession of John Crane, surveyor of marine victuals, calendared under 31st March 1638, No. 72. Finding that there are matters mentioned in the certificate which are very fit to be rectified, we require you to take a course to compel those who have been the cause of the decay of the said house to repay the money expended in repairs, as also to make repair of the residue of the decays. We further pray you to take order for removing such cottages, cages, and other buildings as are built adjoining the said house or on his Majesty's waste there, as also to reform all other abuses mentioned in the certificate, so that the buildings may be entirely employed for the service of the Navy; and if you shall need the assistance of this Board we shall readily give it upon intimation from you. [Draft. 1½ p.]
May 31. 101. The Council to the Judges of Assize for co. Lincoln. The inhabitants of the sessions of Sleaford and Folkingham in the division of Kesteven, co. Lincoln, complain that although the custom long used for raising public assessments has been to cast the whole sum into 14 parts, whereof Lindsey bears seven, Holland three, and Kesteven four, Sir Anthony Irby, now sheriff, has charged them with 161l. 8s. 6d. towards the ship-money more than they ought to pay, and they desire that the settlement of the rates might be referred to the Judges of Assize (see calendar for 31st January 1637–8, No. 58.) We require you to call the parties before you, and so to settle the said rates that his Majesty's service may not suffer, nor the country have cause to complain, and of your proceedings therein to return a certificate. [Draft. 1½ p.]
May 31. 102. The same to Sir William Portman, Sheriff of Somerset. By petition inclosed, Thomas Crompton, gentleman, complains of being over-rated towards the ship-money for a glebe and tithes in Weston, Somerset, paying the first year but 7l., from which he was raised the last year to 11l. 5s., and this year to 12l. 5s. We pray you, finding the particulars to be true, to give order that petitioner be assessed equally according to his Majesty's writ and the Lords' instructions. [Draft. 1 p.]
May 31.
103. The same to Sir Anthony Vincent, late Sheriff of Surrey. We have seen your letter of the 20th inst. to Edward Nicholas, Clerk of the Council. We grant your request, and give you till Michaelmas next for paying in the arrears of ship-money in the year of your shrievalty, 1636; but we require you to make no default therein. [Draft. ½ p.]
May 31.
104. The same to Justices of Peace for Kent. For building and repairing his Majesty's ships there are 400 loads of timber, plank, and treenails provided; 200 loads to be brought from Warnham, Sussex, to Kingston-on-Thames; 200 loads more from Lunningston [Lullingston?] Park to Woolwich. We pray you to give order for teams for the carriage at the accustomed rates of 5d. per mile for every load; but no carts are to be charged on the lathe of Aylesford and the seven hundreds which carry yearly the timber bought near Maidstone to the river Medway. [Draft. ¾ p.]
May 31.
105. The Council to Justices of Peace for Essex. Similar letter for carriage of 800 loads provided in several places in that county to the Thames' side. The purveyor will inform you where the timber lies. [Draft. 2/3 p.]
May 31.
106. The same to Justices of Peace in Sussex and Surrey. Similar letter for carriage of 200 loads, from woods near Grinstead and lands of Mr. Evelyn to Deptford and Woolwich. [Probably one letter to each county. Draft. ¾ p.]
May 31.
107. The same to Justices of Peace for Norfolk. Similar letter for carriage of 800 loads for the frame of the ship royal "the Prince;" 500 loads to be brought from Boddenham Woods to Lynn, and 300 loads from Sir Miles Hobart's lands to Norwich. [Draft. 2/3 p.]
May 31.
108. The same to Justices of Peace for Hants. Similar letter for carriage of 700 loads; 200 loads from Quarry Hill, the land of Sir John Jepson, to the Thames' side at Ham Haw, and 500 from several parts near Portsmouth, whither the said timber is to be brought. [Draft. ¾ p.]
May 31. 109. The same to Lord Chief Justice Finch. We have sent you the petition of James Robbins, purveyor for ship timber, and James Emery, contractor for conveying thereof, by which you will see that the Justices of Peace for Wilts (which shire was charged with the carriage of 500 loads) have been exceeding negligent in that service, and that particularly Sir Lawrence Hyde, and Robert Hyde, recorder of Salisbury, have been more peremptorily adverse (if it be as informed) than becomes men of their place, for which we should call them to a further account, but that finding you, of your affection to all matters concerning his Majesty's service, have given some order in that business, we refer the same to you, to take order that the moneys payable for the said service be forthwith satisfied, and that at the next assizes you call for an account how such order as you shall give has been executed. [Draft. 1½ p.]
May 31. 110. The same to Edward Stockdell, messenger. Whereas Richard Turner and Jeremy Garsley, of Caddington, co. Bedford, have, contrary to the order of the Board and their own bonds, caused their tenants to turn their sheep into the enclosure of the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, London, you are to bring them up, and deliver them to the Warden of the Fleet, there to be kept in prison till further order. [Draft. ¾ p.]
May 31. The same to the Warden of the Fleet, to receive and keep Richard Turner and Jeremy Garsley above named. [Draft minute written on the same paper as the preceding. 3 lines.]
May 31. 111. Minute for entry on the Council Register of pass for John Bill, of London, gentleman, to travel into foreign parts for three years, with a proviso not to go to Rome. [Draft. ¼ p.]
May 31. 112. The like, of pass for Sir Edward Bishop of Parham, Sussex. [½ p.]
May 31. 113. The like, of pass for Sir Robert Honywood to go into the Low Countries with his lady and three children. [Draftp.]
May 31. 114. The like, of discharge of William Baker, of St. Martin's in the Fields, surveyor of the highways, sent for by warrant for default of mending the ways, upon submission and acknowledgment of his fault. [Draft. 5 lines.]
May 31. 115. Bond of Edward Shelley and Francis Union, both of St. Andrew's, Holborn, in 100l. to the King. Shelley having been attached by John Gray, messenger, to appear before the Council after 21 days warning, if he shall so appear within 21 days next ensuing, and attend till he be discharged, this obligation to be void. [Draft. Signed, "By me John Gray." 2/3 p.]
May 31. 116. Thomas Gardiner, Recorder of London, to Sec. Windebank. Certifies the names and cases of six condemned prisoners in Newgate, fit to be transported into some foreign plantation, if his Majesty vouchsafe to them that mercy. Among them are Lewis Rively, convicted of robbery in taking a hat from Thomas Lawes, and James Tobin, convicted of stealing 500l. from John Gresham, his master. [1 p.]
May 31. 117. Roger Downes and Edward Wrightinton to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Keeper, and the Lord Treasurer. According to an order of the 6th April last, we, the counsel for the Lord Strange and Lord Molyneux, attended Sergeant Whitfield and other of the counsel for Mons. Tartaro and the Lady Molyneux, his wife, concerning 100l. per annum annuity claimed by her for her younger son, and 1,000l. apiece claimed by her for her two daughters' portions. It was showed by Edward Holt, agent for Lord Molyneux, that the lands chargeable with these payments were of the value of 600l. per annum, and that they were subject to precedent charges, which are here enumerated, and which far more than exceeded the value of the lands. Nevertheless, Lord Molyneux offered that if Lady Molyneux will not out of her great estate maintain her said children till Lord Molyneux be of full age, being but two years, he would provide that for one of the daughters, Lady Strange, being her godmother, would keep her as she does her own daughters, and for the younger son that he shall be provided for according to his rank, without any great charge for the present, to the estate. For the younger daughter, being about five or six years old, her charge in her mother's hands for the present is not considerable. [= 1⅓ p.]
May 31.
118. Peter Richaut to Sir John Pennington. At your last being in London, I had some speech with you concerning convoying to Dunkirk two small ships laden with powder, the Providence, of London, master Thomas Stone, and the Mayflower, of London, master Anthony Leamon. Since which time his Majesty has given you directions for convoying them into Dunkirk (see calendar for 19th May inst., No. 119). These ships departed from London about three days since, and, as I understand, are not further than Gravesend, being they have heard that between that place and the Downs there be some rogues which they fear may do them mischief. I entreat you to command a pinnace to Gravesend to convoy them to you. As soon as I understand the powder is in Dunkirk, I will desire you to accept 150l. for your care. [1¾ p.]
May 31.
North Somercotes.
119. John Gray, vicar of North Somercotes, co. Lincoln, to [Richard] Harvey, servant to Endymion Porter. Long detail of the facts respecting the tithes of the lately drained marsh of Somercotes. Before the embanking, the marsh was supposed to belong to North and South Somercotes, the inhabitants of both which places were joint commoners; but it was ever known, notwithstanding, to be only in the parish of North Somercotes, if in any parish. But an inquisition has been lately found whereby the marsh is found to be out of any parish, and to belong to the King by his prerogative royal, whereupon the tithes have been conferred upon the writer's vicarage, not as belonging to it as of right, but as a gift and annexation. In rating this new land for the tithe the writer has had consideration for the great charges of embanking, and has charged Mr. Porter's land at 7d. an acre, and Mr. Fortescue's part (which is now Mr. Porter's also) at 12d. An endeavour was now making by Mr. Cutteris, who intended to farm the Fortescue land, to bring it down to the same rate as Mr. Porter's land. Against this proposal the writer argues, and hopes that neither Harvey nor Mr. Porter will support it. [2½ pp.]
May 31. 120. Note by Nicholas for his servant Francis [Smith] to deliver the certificates concerning Wright and Wriothesley to Edward Goodfellow, with his receipt. [½ p.]
May 31. 121. An inventory of the Books of the Acts of Council and other papers in the Council Chest, taken the 23rd January 1635–6, with additions made up to the present day. [7 pp.]
122. The King to Sir Philiberto Vernatti and Capt. Thos. Whitmore. Recites letters patent of 12th December last, which granted to Vernatti and Whitmore the sole making of iron with sea coal, pit-coal, peat, and charcoal, not exceeding the fifth part of the ordinary expense, being a new invention, for 14 years. Also an indenture bearing even date with the letters patent, whereby it was stipulated that the iron was to be made into bars, and the King was to have the same at 12l. the ton, and in default of his Majesty buying he was to have 20s. the ton, and for so much as should be converted into copper or wire 6s. 8d. the ton. Also reciting that whereas the King was now given to understand that the erection of forges would be necessary for the iron to be converted into bars, which, without a vast expense and length of time, could not be done, wherefore permission was given that Vernatti and Whitmore, during five years of the 14, might vent in blooms and raw iron, rendering to the King 5s. for every ton. [Probably a suggestion only. ¾ p.]
May. 123. Act of homage to the King performed by Matthew Wren, D.D., late Bishop of Norwich, on his appointment to the Bishopric of Ely. [Parchment. 17 lines.]
May ? 124. Petition of Thomas Yonge to the King. In January 1633–4 petitioner was sworn examiner, only for your Majesty, in the Court of Star Chamber, in causes resulting upon your commission of fees, which he has performed without reward. In April 1636 your Majesty granted him the benefit of a bond of 1,000l., forfeited by William Wall, of London, merchant, reserving to your Majesty an eighth part of what should be recovered. Having passed the said grant, and prepared the cause for trial in the Exchequer, the same was deferred till Easter term last, when Wall procured a reference to some of the Council, of purpose to prevent the trial. The certificate mentioned in Wall's petition is by him pleaded in the Exchequer in bar of the said bond, and, if proved, he would have small trouble to avoid the said debt, but being conscious of its invalidity, and not able to prove the exportation mentioned in his petition, he only intends to make use of the reference for delay, giving out that petitioner shall not get one farthing. Prays his Majesty to countermand the reference, and to direct that the trial may be had this term. [¾ p.] Annexed,
124. i. Order of the Court of Exchequer for deferring the cause of the Attorney-General versus William Wall, upon a bond for 1,000l., for the transportation of certain ends of logwood, from Hilary till Easter Term, to be then tried. 13th February 1637–8. Copy. [1 p.]
124. ii. Petition of William Wall, of London, merchant, to the King. Petitioner being a merchant of large trading has been charged, by a bill in the Court of Star Chamber, for importing certain quantities of logwood, and vending the same here, although he had entered into a bond of 1,000l. to transport 538 ends thereof beyond seas. The logwood, after being landed here, was exported and landed at Hamburgh, as by a certificate under the common seal of that town dated 4th September 1635 appears. Notwithstanding, petitioner, for avoiding suits, made full composition for all matters charged in the said bill; but, in spite of his composition, petitioner is now sued in the Exchequer upon the bond of 1,000l. by Mr. Yonge, who has obtained a grant from the King of the benefit thereof. Prays a reference to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lords Keeper, Treasurer, and Privy Seal. [¾ p.] Underwritten,
124. ii. i. Reference as prayed. Whitehall, 13th April 1638. [Copy. 1 p.]
[May ?] 125. Petition of Robert More to the King. By a proviso in the letters patent granted by your Majesty's father for the institution of the hospital of the Charter House, it was provided, that if any of the feoffees present any pensioner, and do not within two months' after his place fall void possess him therein, it falls by lapse into your Majesty's hands. There is a pensioner's place lately so fallen into your hands, and by your letter of the 22nd March you bestowed the first place that should fall void upon petitioner. Prays that by one of your servants you will signify to the master and other officers of the house that they receive petitioner into such place. [1 p.] Annexed,
125. i. Petition of the same. Petitioner was bred a scholar, and travelled in his youth in England, France, and the Low Countries, and followed his studies till he had tasted of the civil law, physic, and the art military, which he practised for a time in the Netherlands. He was employed by the late King, and ultimately taken into his domestic service, wherein, at his Majesty's command, he managed the estate of the late Earl of Holdernesse. On the death of his royal master and noble friend, his fortunes began to fail, and time has brought him at above 70 years of age to an end of all his means. Prays the King to admit him to the hospital of the Charter House, and with that view to write to the Feoffees and Commissioners. [Copy. Underwritten six Latin lines enforcing petitioner's request. ¾ p.]
125. ii. The King to the Feoffees and Commissioners of the King's Hospital of the Charter House. To admit Robert More into the said hospital, and place him therein, according to his petition. Westminster, 22nd March 1637–8. [Copy. ½ p.]
May. 126. Draft of the preceding petition of Robert More. [2/3 p.] Annexed,
126. i. Extract from the Act of Parliament giving Thomas Sutton power to found an hospital, of the clause in a petition recited in the said Act relating to the appointment of master, preacher, schoolmaster, usher, poor men, poor children, and officers of the said hospital. [¾ p.]
May. Appointment by Henry Earl of Holland, Chief Justice, and Justice in Eyre of the Forests on this side Trent, of Richard Lane, Attorney to Charles Prince of Wales, as the Earl's Deputy, to hear and determine pleas in the courts of the forests of Whittlewood and Salcey, in cos. Northampton and Buckingham, as also in the forest of Rockingham, co. Northampton. [Copy. See Book of Orders concerning Forests. Vol. ccclxxxiv., p. 12. 1⅓ p.]
May. 127. The Council to the Bailiff of Blandford Forum. We are informed that the ship-money charged upon the borough of Blandford Forum for 1636, at which time William Strechley was bailiff, being 25l., was assessed and received or might have been received by him, or the collector appointed by him. We require you to let him know that we take notice of his great neglect, and admonish him to levy and pay in the said 25l., "by the of the next term," or that you bind him over to answer before us. [Draft.1 p.]
May. 128. Assessment of ship-money for co. Flint, made 10th Dec. 1637, and forwarded at this time to Nicholas by Thomas Whitley, the sheriff. The total sum was 575l. This account states the amount assessed on every hundred, with the names of the high constables. [1 p.]
May. 129. Petition of two distressed widows, late yeomen's wives of his Majesty's Aumary [Almonry], to the Commissioners for the Household. Petitioners have sixteen debentures for 64l., whereof some were due in King James's time, and the rest long since, besides their standing wages and creditors. Pray order for payment. [½ p.]
May. 130. Statement, addressed to the Council, of things desired by the parishioners of Christ Church to be added to the propositions offered by the parishioners of St. Gregory's, touching the use of the West end of Christ Church (see 4th May inst., No. 39). 1. In regard the parish of Christ Church contains between ten and twelve thousand souls, and the churchyard small, that those of St. Gregory's have no burial in their church or churchyard. 2. That some of the ablest men of St. Gregory's will be bound to perform the articles, or that the same may be confirmed by Act of the Council. [½ p.] Underwritten,
130. i. The Desire of St. Gregory's upon the above propositions, addressed to the Council. 1. As St. Gregory's has no place to bury their dead, and Christ Church yielded before the Lord Treasurer to St. Gregory's burying ten every year, that they may not be debarred, but restrained to such number as the Council think fit. 2. That the assurance given by the churchwardens and others of the better sort of St. Gregory's may be accepted, or that St. Gregory's may be concluded by some order of the Board. [½ p.] Annexed,
130. i. Promise of the parish of St. Gregory's, subscribed by the Churchwardens and others, being the propositions or assurance above alluded to. 1. They promise to place no pews in the church. 2. To use the West doors only. 3. To depart at 3 years' end from St. John the Baptist 1638. 4. To leave the church as well repaired as they find it. [Attested copy. = 2 pp.]
[May ?] 131. Notes upon the way in which Prince Charles ought to be knighted before receiving the Order of the Garter. The opinion of the writer is, that it would not be for the prince's honour that he should be made without solemnity as a carpet knight. [1 p.]