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Charles I - volume 401: November 1-14, 1638

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1638-9. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1871.

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November 1-14, 1638

Nov. 1.
Edinburgh.
1. James Lord Livingstone, of Almond, to his cousin Thomas Livingstone, tailor, in the Strand. I received your letters, whereby you desire those moneys that you became surety for. I having written sundry times to Quartermaster Younger to pay the same to you, write to him yourself, and show him of these moneys, together with such other expenses as you have disbursed upon my affairs. The time is such that money is hard to be had here. The "plaitt" I have heard nothing yet of it. Having written to Mr. Thompson I appointed it to be sent, but have heard nothing, therefore search for it, otherwise it is like to be lost, and you will find the smart of it, having written so often and your nephew coming home and would not send it with him. If you have not yet written to Alexander, write to him that he may repair to Holland with all expedition, Things go so uncertain here, that I can write nothing of them to you until the next occasion. [Endorsed, a memorandum stating prices of groceries. 1½ p.]
Nov. 1. 2. Richard Bee to [Richard] Harvey. Sends accounts of his mistress's last half year's rents [for the manor of Aston]. Has sent his master's colt by the bearer, and has given him 6s. for his charges to London. [¾ p.]
Nov. 1. 3. Account of Richard Poole of saltpetre brought into his Majesty's stores and delivered to Samuel Cordewell, his Majesty's gunpowder maker, from 1st May 1638 to this day. Total, 115 lasts 5 cwts. 10 lbs., being 8 lasts and 10 lbs. more than the assigned proportion. [1 p.]
Nov. 1. Sir Arthur Mainwaring and four others to Henry Earl of Holland. According to your warrant of 4th September last, we have made our repair to Remnan [Remenham ?] Park, lying in Fynes bailiwick within the forest of Windsor, being in the possession of John Lord Lovelace, and find that 30 acres of coppice wood in the said park may be conveniently felled this year, so that all the wood felled be avoided before the fence month, and that it be sufficiently fenced and so kept according to the assize of the forest. [Copy. See Vol. ccclxxxiv., p. 33. 5/6 p.] Underwritten,
i. Minute of a licence to John Lord Lovelace for selling the said coppice. 14th November 1638. [Copy. Ibid., p. 34. 1/6 p.]
Nov. 2. 4. Note by Nicholas of new pewter bought by him this day. The new service weighed 225 lbs., which was charged at 1s. 4d. per lb., but the seller took off Nicholas's hands an old service which weighed 186 lbs., and allowed him 1s. per lb. for the same. [1 p.]
Nov. 3.
Whitehall.
Commissioners for Gunpowder to the Master of the Ordnance. Warrant to deliver 24 barrels of gunpowder at 18d. per lb. to Godwin Awdry, of Melksham, for replenishing the magazine for Wilts. [Minute. Book of Warrants for Gunpowder. See Vol. ccclv., No. 61, p. 7. ¼ p.]
Nov. 3. 5. Petition of Nathaniel Halhed, clerk, to Archbishop Laud. Time out of mind reasonable means have been allowed the ministers in divers parishes in co. Warwick for their maintenance, and in respect of their pains, and likewise allowance has been given for repairing the churches. But now the means are taken away from the church, being allowed to the ministers as aforesaid, and also for repairing the churches, so that the parishioners are enforced to go unto other parishes to hear the word of God, and the churches are demolished and fallen to ruin. Prays that he may deliver the several abuses more at large, as he upon his own knowledge can relate. [½ p.] Underwritten,
5. i. "I desire Sir John Lambe to consider of this petition, and to inform himself of such other particulars as this bearer shall relate to him, and let me have an account. W. CANT." November 3rd, 1638. [¼ p.]
5. ii. Notes by Sir John Lambe apparently of information communicated by the petitioner. The church of Hodnel was stated to be altogether demolished. Sir John Dryden, Dr. Kingsmill, and Edward Gibbes have the tithes appropriate; the petitioner has a presentation to the rectory or vicarage. Milcote, Sesencote, and Goldicote, the petitioner says, are three churches demolished. [¼ p.]
Nov. 3. 6. Account by Sir William Russell of ship-money for 1637. Total received, 146,246l. 12s. 11d.; unpaid, 50,167l. 14s. 9d. By a note at foot, 350l. appears to have been received after the account was made out. [=2 pp.]
Nov. 3. 7. Account of ship-money for 1637, levied and remaining in the hands of sheriffs. Total, 6,100l., which makes the total collected 152,346l. [1 p.]
Nov. 3. 8. Account of ship-money in arrear for 1635. Total, 4,744l. 19s. 11d. [½ p.]
[Nov. 3.] 9. Order of making the bill for sheriffs in the Exchequer on the morrow of All Souls. The proceedings on this occasion are minutely stated, with some mention of the excuses on account of which a person named by the judges might be discharged from being put into the bill. [1¼ p.]
[Nov. 3.] 10. List of sheriffs for the various counties in England, probably the list struck this day in the Exchequer. [1¼ p.]
[Nov. 3.] 11. Another list, with various alterations from the preceding; the list as finally settled. [1 p.]
[Nov. 4 ?] 12. Petition of Robert Toomes and Thomas Cowper, bailiffs for collecting ship-money in co. Northampton, to the Council. Petitioners having been employed by Sir Robert Banaster, late sheriff, distrained a mare of the Earl of Peterborough, whereupon William Preston, steward to the Earl, pursued petitioners with hue and cry, and caused them to be carried before a justice of peace, who committed them to gaol (see 10th October last, No. 27). Petitioners likewise distrained two cows of Edmund Farmer, of Dayntrie [Daventry], co. Northampton, which Farmer violently took away, and conveyed petitioner Toomes before a justice of peace, who bound him to answer at the next assizes, with many other abuses which petitioners desire to relate by word of mouth. Pray that some course may be taken for vacating the bond for their appearance, and that satisfaction may be given them for their charges and repairing their credit. [1 p.]
Nov. 4. 13. Certificates, principally of the said Robert Toomes and Thomas Cowper, delivered by Sir Robert Banaster, of defaulters to the shipmoney during his shrievalty of co. Northampton. They relate to a rescue by Thomas Odell, of Desborough; certificate against Henry Aspitall and five others of Wellingborough, who said that they would neither pay nor be distrained; and the like against Sir William Willmer, of Seywell, and his people, who refused to allow the bailiffs to bring out a distress, Sir William saying that, if Sir Robert Banaster should come and distrain himself, he would rescue the cattle. [1¼ p.]
Nov. 4. 14. Book of notes by Nicholas of various proceedings before the Council from this day until the 25th inst. They are brief notes, as (in relation to the last entry) "Sir William Willmer to be sent for." The several days the business of which is treated of are the 4th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, and 25th inst. [32 pp., of which only 11 contain writing.]
Nov. 5. Presentation of Dr. Towres to the rectory of Castor [co. Northampton], void by death of the last incumbent and in his Majesty's gift, pro hâc vice, by reason of the vacancy of the bishopric of Peterborough. [Docquet.]
Nov. 5. Warrant to pay 100l. per diem to Mons. Luc de Fabroni, Knight and Vicomte of Dompmart, for the expenses of the Queen-Mother of France, to commence from the 4th inst. [Docquet.]
Nov. 5. 15. The King to the Sheriff of co. York, the mayor and commonalty of the city of York, and the sheriffs of the same city, and to the municipal authorities of Ripon, Doncaster, Pontefract, Richmond, Leeds, Headon [Hedon], Beverley, Escardeleigh otherwise Scardburgh, and Kingston-upon-Hull, and to the good men of the towns of Bridlington, Blyth, Whitby, and Guisborough. Ship-money writ for two ships of 600 tons and 240 men each, to be ready equipped at Portsmouth on 1st March next. [Lat. = 7 pp.]
Nov. 5.
Westminster.
16. The King to the Sheriffs of Hants, Surrey, and Sussex, and the corporate authorities of Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester, Andover, Romsey, Basingstoke, Guildford, Southwark, Kingston-onThames, Rye, Winchelsea, Hasting, Pevensey, Shoreham, Arundel, Chichester, Seaford, and the good men of Havant, Fareham, the Isle of Wight, Gatton, Croydon, Reigate, Farnham, Bletchingley, Godalming, Lewes, Brighthelmstone, Midhurst, Horsham, Battle, and Petworth. For a ship of 400 tons with 160 men, to be ready at Portsmouth on the 15th March next. [Lat. = 10 pp.]
Nov. 5.
Westminster.
17. The like to the Mayor, Commonalty, and Citizens of London. For a ship of 500 tons with 200 men, to be ready at Portsmouth on 15th March next. [Lat. = 2 pp.]
Nov. 5. Petition of James Earl of Carlisle to the King. By letters patent of the 2nd July in the 3rd year of your reign, your Majesty granted to the late Earl of Carlisle, petitioner's father, the Island of St. Christopher, with powers for the government of the plantation there. Ever since, that and all the other islands so granted have been quietly governed, and no causes there arising have been questioned in any of the courts at Westminster, but your Commissioners for Foreign Plantations have heard all complaints. But now Fitzwilliam Conisby is sued in the King's Bench by Francis Blount, as administrator to Herbert Blount, for goods that the said Herbert, by deed of 7th July 1634, gave to the said Conisby. In respect that the Lord Chief Justice cannot take any notice of the determination of the said cause in the said island, petitioner prays a reference to the Commissioners for Foreign Plantations to settle some fit course in this and all similar causes, and that in the meantime the cause may be stayed from trial. [See Vol. cccxxiii., p. 333. 1 p.] Underwritten,
i. Reference as prayed. Whitehall, 5th November 1638. [Ibid., p. 334. ¼ p.]
Nov. 5.
Westminster.
18. Sir Edward Wardour, Thomas Baldwin, Peter Heywood, and Henry Lide, Justices of Peace for Westminster, to the Council. Certify that in obedience to letters of the 17th October concerning enhancing the price of sea coals to higher rates than is limited, which is 17s. the chaldron in summer, and 19s. in winter, they have called the wharfingers and others before them, and find the merchant, the engrosser, and retailer all to be faulty. The merchant sells to the engrosser his whole ship-load at 19l. the score, but makes his underhand bargain that he shall give him 40s. more in every score for his good will in letting him have them for his money. The engrosser must have some gains for his pains and charges, and the retailer, either by measure or price, must also make a benefit. For present remedy we have strictly charged them to be more moderate in their prices, and that for their own good, lest the trade be taken out of their hands, besides the punishment which will be inflicted upon such as shall be offenders. [1 p.] Endorsed,
18. i. The Lords refer it to the justices who made the above certificate to cause some further examination to be taken concerning the persons in that certificate supposed to be guilty, and if they find the same proved, they are to certify the examinations to the Board. Inner Star Chamber, 7th November 1638. [½ p.]
Nov. 5. 19. Francis Lord Cottington to Sec. Windebank. The enclosed paper was found yesterday in Lincoln's Inn by a discreet officer of the Court of Wards, who gave it to the attorney of that court, and he brought it to me. By some of the orthography, the style, and the substance, I guess it to be from some Scottish man, and howsoever altogether it is foolish and very contemptible, yet am I of opinion that you should show it his Majesty. I am now so well again as I shall be able to go to work. [½ p.] Enclosed,
19. i. D. D. to his cousin John Hastings, Madrid. To be sealed and sent in Mr. Withering's packet. Since the last unfortunate parliament the kingdom has languished by means of ravenous projectors. His Majesty has been very temperate in his person, and most indulgent of his profit. The Archbishop, who is most in favour, very painful, and has much subdued the puritan faction upon a sudden, not without some oppression, which is tolerable in state for public example. Few of our nobility dare open their mouths; an impudent projector is in more esteem than any of them. The Council are for the most part novi homines, and the principal supporters of those wasps. There is a Spanish faction among them, and such as are acquainted with the Florentine. The ancient happy government by parliament is altogether despised, and urged to make against the King's advantage; indeed it makes against those that urge it. It is the exchange where all the kingdom's grievances meet, and if but frequently assembled, though they did little, would be a sovereign remedy for all enormities; schismatical bishops, corrupt judges, profuse officers, oppression, exacting, projecting, monopolising, and the like, would be easily found and amended. In the general current of our history the state of England has succeeded well when the hearts of the King and subjects have accorded, and the contrary when they have not. Examples quoted in proof of this from the time of Hardicanute downwards. "I have had some occasions lately into most parts of England, and cannot meet three together but two of them exclaim bitterly against the government, as ready to entertain the Turk or any other as the present, if there were any offer; nay some with bitter oaths professing mischief with Felton, from whose rage God bless his Majesty, who cannot choose but know these things; but the misfortune of princes hath ever been to have more flatterers than honest men near them, which hath cost them dear. . . . . Sure you shall hear great news shortly. You may expect me without fail about the time mentioned in my last letters." [2¼ pp.]
Nov. 5.
Christ Church, [Oxford].
20. Dr. Thomas Iles to Sec. Windebank. That calumnies should be raised upon young folks in Oxford is not strange; we that are old can hardly escape them. But that any should be so impudent as to carry them to you makes me wonder very much. In Oxford, if a young man and a maid meet by chance at a friend's house, within a day or two they shall be contracted, if not married, and beyond that Roman who was so fruitful that he had a child within three months, a strong report here will make them within one month have a child or two. The slanderous report raised of late upon your son and my daughter has no other grounds. I cannot find that ever they saw one another till within this half year, and that was by chance at a friend's house. Your son, I suppose, has already given satisfaction to you, and my daughter has cleared herself sufficiently to me, and now I beseech you to make him that first reported this to you to bring forth his author, and so drive it to the first head, who by your power might be made to repair their credits and reputation, whom he has so foully stained. [1 p.]
Nov. 5.
The Downs.
21. Sir John Pennington to Nicholas. Thanks for yours of 28th October. We have had no letters out of Flanders these fourteen days, but we have got fair weather again, so we expect them this day. Here has been a great deal of mischief done by the late foul weather, both in masts, yards, cables, anchors, and boats, besides the loss of many small vessels, with men and all. My cabinet has come safe. I hope I shall get some good tobacco and other things for you shortly, when ships come home; in the meantime command me. [Seal with arms. 1 p.]
Nov. 5. 22. Certificate of Sir John Mychell, one of the Masters in Chancery, that John Wray, of Glentworth, co. Lincoln, had that day taken the oath of allegiance. [⅓ p.]
Nov. 6. 23. Petition of Walter Winchcombe to Archbishop Laud. Petitioner being a man illiterate, and not knowing the crime of incest, did carnally know Mary Ricketts, his wife's sister's daughter, since which he has commuted in the Court of Audience and paid 10l., and since that has been questioned in the Marches [Arches] Court, and for the same offence has paid 20l. fine and suffered imprisonment, and notwithstanding is now questioned in the High Commission, because petitioner being ignorant, commuted as for adultery. Prays dismissal from further trouble. [1 p.] Endorsed,
23. i. Reference to Sir John Lambe to consider the petition and give the archbishop an account before he do anything therein. November 6th, 1638. [3 lines.]
Nov. 6. 24. Lord Treasurer Juxon and Francis Lord Cottington to Sir Robert Pye, Auditor of the Receipt, the Tellers, and other officers of the Exchequer. His Majesty by Privy Seal of this date has commanded to be paid unto "Messire Luc de Fabroni, Knt. and Viscount Dompmart," 100l. by the day for the expenses of the Queen-Mother of France, to commence from the 4th inst. Forasmuch as there is required 3,000l. for making present provisions for the said Queen Mother, we pray you to pay to the said Luc de Fabroni 3,000l. by way of advance upon the said 100l. by the day. [Underwritten a memorandum of Sir Robert Pye of the payment of the 3,000l., and of the way in which it was made up by the several tellers. 1 p.]
Nov. 7. 25. Henry Lide and Peter Heywood, Justices of Peace for Westminster, to the Council. Certify that Thomas Strode, of Westerham, Kent, had that day taken the oath of allegiance. [⅓ p.]
Nov. 7. 26. Certificate of Matthew Francis, Justice of Peace for Westminster, that Sir Francis Drake with John Trelawny and William Morgan, his attendants, had that day taken the oath of allegiance. [Seal with arms. 2/3 p.]
Nov. 7. Grant declaring his Majesty's pleasure that there shall be a High Steward and Under Steward of Burgeveny [Abergavenny], with a court leet and court of record for actions under 40s., and his Majesty incorporates divers of the inhabitants by the name of bailiff and burgesses. [Docquet.]
Nov. 7. 27. Lawrence Whitaker, George Long, and others, Justices of Peace for Middlesex, to the Council. Report under an order of reference of 17th October last, respecting the immoderate price of sea coals. First, notwithstanding the provision lately made for selling sea coals from the ships at 17s. or 18s. the chaldron, such as bring the coals from Newcastle take liberty to themselves to sell out of their ships at what prices they please, which liberty is one of the principal causes of the general enhancing of the price. Secondly, the wharfingers and woodmongers pretend that their charges, viz., for metage, lighterage, wharfage, and carriage, stand them in 2s. the chaldron, but that charge we find to be borne by the allowance of the over-measure from the merchant. Thirdly, the wharfingers and others, albeit they make their provision in summer at the cheapest rates, yet when the merchants bring in new quantities of coals, or fail to bring in the same, as by reason of contrary winds has fallen out these 14 weeks past, the retailers sell their coals according to the last prices in times of scarcity. Fourthly, the carmen of the city challenge to themselves the sole loading and portage of coals landed within the city, whereby the prices are much enhanced. Fifthly, the chandlers and other retailers allege that they sell their coals only by the peck to the poor sort of householders, and that the money they receive is in farthing tokens, whereby they lose 12d. in every 20s. for exchange. Lastly, we conceive that if the coals brought in be put into a few magazines it will be a means to endear the price. [2 pp.]
Nov. 8.
Whitehall.
28. Sec. Windebank to the Clerk of the Signet. To prepare a bill for granting to William Barclay the office of purveyor of wax for the Great Seal during his life, with the fee of 360l. per annum; also the [office] of chafer of wax, with the fee of 2½d. by the [day], to take effect after the death of Robert Thorneton, who now holds the said offices. [2/3 p.]
Nov. 8. 29. Dr. Thomas Rives to Sec. Windebank. Certifies the state of Polhill's cause. By virtue of his Majesty's commission of reprisal, dated 8th November 1637, Polhill has taken a ship of the Hollanders called the Golden Wolf. In that commission the Judge of the Admiralty is required to judge that the ship and goods belong to the States of Holland or their subjects. Adjudication was prayed by Polhill, but on the 3rd inst. an allegation was offered on the part of the Dutch, wherein it is stated that justice was never denied by the States to Polhill, and that Polhill's loss did not amount to 30,000l., with other points which draw his Majesty's commission into question. If the judge should admit these allegations, or any other matter preceding the commission, this could not be done without dishonour to his Majesty's commission. Moreover, if any allegation should be admitted, no appeal would lie, because no appeal lies but from a definitive sentence. What the judge will do is to me unknown; my hope is that he will have that respect to his Majesty's honour that is fitting, and the rather if he be put in mind by you before the hearing, which will be to-morrow morning. [Seal with arms. 1 p.]
Nov. 8.
The St. Andrew, in the Downs.
30. Sir John Pennington to the same. I am informed by Capt. Perceval that you have procured me a privy seal for repairing my castle [Sandown], which I hold under his Majesty. I return you my thanks, and shall be ready to express it in a more hearty way when in my power. [1 p.]
Nov. 8.
Queen Street.
31. Thomas Smith to [Sir John Pennington]. I thank you for letters, and particularly for that of the 3rd, wherein you tax me for employing Mr. White. The business is for a friend of mine, who shall pay White whatsoever he shall disburse, if the materials may be provided without inconvenience, but if there be the least inconvenience in it, I desire it may be let alone. I have hastened the sending away your gunner's and surgeon's necessaries, and a letter from Mr. Taylor. My poor Lord [Northumberland] is much afflicted with the running gout, but this day the pain is much mitigated. [1 p.]
Nov. 8. 32. Petition of William Huddleston, of Great Haseley, co. Oxford, tailor, to Archbishop Laud. On Sunday, the 30th September last, petitioner having received the Holy Communion in his parish church, and going forth of the chancel door, petitioner was arrested by one Caterer, a bailiff, at the suit of Luke Tayler of the same parish, grazier, and Caterer and Tayler most inhumanly abused petitioner, throwing him down and lying with all their force upon him, and Tayler being reproved by some of the parishioners for so arresting him at that time and place, made answer, the better day the better deed. They kept petitioner a prisoner in the church till evening prayer time, without meat or drink, and would not release him until he had given bond to their content. Tayler being a man of great estate, and petitioner a very poor man, he desires that Tayler and Caterer may be called to answer in the High Commission Court ex officio mero. [¾ p.] Underwritten,
32. i. Reference to Sir John Lambe to consider the petition, and if he finds the suggestions true, to award an attachment for the parties complained of, to answer in the High Commission Court. 1638, Nov. 8. [¼ p.]
Nov. 8. 33. Extract from the Book of Acts of the High Commission of the sentence given in that court in a cause against Sir Thomas Sackville, of Bibury, co Gloucester. The principal charge against the defendant was that, in building his new house in Bibury, he had encroached upon the churchyard. The answer was that he had procured a faculty for what he had done, subject to the conditions of adding in another place as much land as he had appropriated, conveying the same to the church, and procuring it to be consecrated. It further appeared that the land given by Sir Thomas in exchange was of equal or greater extent than that taken, but that the same had not been duly conveyed, nor was it consecrated. As to the consecration, it was allowed that it needed not, the ground given being but a small portion laid to a far larger consecrated place. Other charges having failed in proof or being deemed unimportant, the court required Sir Thomas to make such assurance of the land given by him in compensation as counsel should advise, and thereupon discharged him from further attendance. [5⅓ pp.]
Nov. 9. Petition of Charles Murray, his Majesty's servant, to the King. Matthew Thimbleby, long since deceased, was at his death seized in fee of divers lands, part held by knight's service in capite, but in the office after his death, which was in the 4th of Edward VI., the finding of that tenure was omitted, to the prejudice of his then Majesty. Of late time, upon a writ of melius inquirendum the tenure is found out, whereby your Majesty is entitled to the mean rates of the lands for not suing livery by the heir, one third part of which mean rates is by decree of the Court of Wards to be paid to your Majesty's use, and the other two parts to be allowed to the prosecutor of the suit, one John Meredith, according to the custom of the court. The purchasers of the lands, who are many and of good ability, have since the proving of the tenure put in a plea to debar both your Majesty and the prosecutor of such benefit as should redound thereby, upon pretence that the said mean rates are pardoned by several pardons of Queen Elizabeth and by that of 21st James I. Unless the business be carefully followed, not only that benefit that might arise to your Majesty in present, by reason of the said discovery, will be lost, but your Majesty may be much damnified for the future, in regard the judgment thereof will be a leading case, and if it should go against your Majesty would be a precedent in bar of mean rates that may arise upon other lands in like case. Petitioner prays a grant of the benefits of his Majesty's third part of the mean rates, and he will at his own charge follow the business and bring it to the best issue that may be. [Copy. See Vol. cccxxiii., p. 334. ¾ p.] Underwritten,
i. Reference to Francis Lord Cottington, to certify his opinion, whereupon his Majesty will signify his further pleasure. Whitehall, 9th November 1638. [Copy. Ibid., p. 335. ¼ p.]
Nov. 9. Copy of the said petition and reference. [See Vol. cccciii., p. 3. ¾ p.] Underwritten,
i. Report of Lord Cottington that the petitioner's request is not unfit to be granted. 15th November 1638. [Copy. Ibid. 1/8 p.]
ii. Minute of his Majesty's pleasure to grant petitioner his desire, and the Attorney-General is to prepare a bill. Whitehall, 3rd December 1638. [Copy. Ibid. 1/8 p.]
Nov. 9. 34. Petition of Richard Goodwin to the Council. Petitioner being a young scholar and in want, for his relief unadvisedly attempted unlicensed to pass over into Holland, there to live awhile with a gentleman of his own name; but being stayed by the searchers at Gravesend and returned to London, he remains in custody of a messenger. Beseeches the Lords to take him into their pitiful consideration, as having had no ill intent, either to church or commonwealth, in his intended journey, but being fatherless and unable to subsist in that poor estate he was, and being emulous of learning, he embraced a proffer to go to the gentleman before-mentioned and to read to and write for him, he being weak and sickly, for which petitioner was promised 10l. a year, his diet, chamber, and the use of the other's books. Prays pardon and discharge, restoration of his trunk, and licence to go forward in his journey. [1 p.] Endorsed,
34. i. Order for petitioner to attend Sec. Windebank, who is to give order as he shall think good. Inner Star Chamber, 9th November 1638. [¼ p.]
Nov. 9. 35. Sheet of paper prepared for receipt of Luc Vicomte de Fabroni for 1,000l., paid to him under the warrant of the 6th inst. (see No. 24.) [Incomplete. ½ p.]
[Nov. 9.] 36. List of counties and corporations in England and Wales, prepared for calculation of the reduction of the sums to be assessed upon the counties for ship-money in writs issued this day. The counties were thrown into groups, each group, instead of as before in most cases each county, being called upon to supply a ship or ships. [9 pp.]
Nov. 9. 37. Rough list prepared by Nicholas of all the corporate towns in England and Wales, with a tabular statement of the sum at which they had been previously assessed to the ship-money, one third of that amount, and the sum at which each was to be assessed in the forthcoming writs. [4 pp.]
Nov. 9. 38. Fair copy of the list last calendared, with the particular sum assessed upon each town in the ship-money writs issued this day. [9 pp.]
Nov. 9. 39. The Council to Francis Earl of Cumberland, Sheriff of Westmorland. Instructions for the execution of the writ for ship-money sent to the Earl, conjointly with similar writs sent to the sheriffs of Cumberland, Northumberland, and Durham. These four counties were to raise 2,000l., whereof Westmorland was to furnish 300l., Cumberland 300l., Northumberland 700l., and Durham, with the coal mines and Gateside [Gateshead], 700l. [Copy. 92/3 pp.]
Nov. 9. 40. Rough draft of the same by Nicholas. [2 pp.]
Nov. 9. 41. The like rough draft of similar letter of the Council to the Sheriff of Rutland, which co. was assessed with cos. Lincoln and Leicester to furnish 4,900l., whereof co. Rutland was to bear 350l., co. Lincoln 2,900l., and co. Leicester 1,650l. [1¾ p.]
Nov. 9. 42. The like rough draft of similar letter to the Sheriff of co. Buckingham, which was assessed with cos. Oxford, Berks, and Bedford to bear 5,500l., of which co. Buckingham was to bear 1,650l., Berks 1,450l., Oxon 1,300l., Bedford 1,100l. [4⅓ pp.]
Nov. 9. 43. Another form of the same letter, intended apparently to have been used on this occasion, but left without the blanks having been filled up. [13⅓ pp.]
Nov. 9. 44. Copy of similar letter to the Sheriff of Berks, for levy of the 1,450l. mentioned in the last article but one. [10 pp.]
Nov. 9. The like rough draft of similar letter to the Mayor and Sheriffs of Bristol, assessed with cos. Dorset and Somerset to levy 4,800l., whereof the city and county of the city of Bristol were to bear 250l., Dorset 1,750l., and Somerset 2,800l. [Begins on the back of the last page of the article No. 42 of this Vol. 1½ p.]
Nov. 9. 45. Full copy of the same. [6½ pp.]
Nov. 9. 46. The Council to the Sheriff of co. Cambridge, assessed with cos. Huntingdon and Northampton to levy 4,200l., whereof co. Cambridge to bear 1,300l., Huntingdon 750l., and Northampton 2,150l. [10⅓ pp.]
Nov. 9. 47. The same to the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs of London. Similar letter for levy of 5,500l. [5¾ pp.]
Nov. 9.
Whitehall.
48. The same to the Sheriff of Middlesex, assessed with co. Hertford to levy 3,300l., whereof Middlesex to bear 1,800l. including 350l. to be assessed on Westminster, and co. Hertford 1,500l. [Copy. 18⅓ pp.]
Nov. 9. 49. Order of the Court of Exchequer. The court was informed, on the motion of Mr. Lenthall, that a fine of 50l. was on the 21st June 1632 imposed by the High Commissioners on Ralph Grafton, of St. Michael, Cornhill, upholsterer, and was certified to this court, whereupon process was awarded and the said Grafton committed to the Fleet, where he long remained a prisoner. On the 14th June last, on Mr. Lenthall's motion, it was ordered that Grafton, putting in security to render his body again to the Fleet on the morrow of St. Martin, should be at liberty in the meantime. Now in respect of the infirmity of the said Grafton, and his urgent occasions, a similar order is made for his being at liberty until the Octave of the Purification in next Hilary term. [3½ pp.]
Nov. 10. Petition of George Hooker to the King. Petitioner was deputy receiver to the late Queen Anne, your Majesty's mother, under the Earl of Totness, for many years. After her decease, King James, in consideration of his faithful service, bestowed upon him during life a pension of 100l. per annum. But petitioner, by reason of long sickness, not being able himself to solicit for payment of his pension nor for other moneys due to him, there is now in arrear of the pension 1,800l., as also 1,600l. laid out by petitioner about your Majesty's park, garden, and walks at Nonsuch. Petitioner being very old and infirm, much decayed in his estate, and greatly indebted, beseeches your Majesty to give order for payment of the moneys due to him as aforesaid. [Copy. Vol. cccxxiii., p. 335. 2/3 p.] Underwritten,
i. Reference to the Lord Treasurer, who is to take petitioner into consideration, and give him satisfaction as soon as his Majesty's more pressing affairs will permit him. Whitehall, 10th November 1638. [Copy. Ibid., p. 336. ¼ p.]
Nov. 10. 50. Bishop Morton, of Durham, and Sir John Fenwick to the Council. By order of 27th June last, you required us to call all parties before us touching a damage of 94l. 15s. supposed to be done by Robert Anderson to the master and owners of the Margaret, of Yarmouth, by the sale of 75 chaldrons of unmerchantable sea coals, and return certificate by this day. The said Anderson showed us the said order, but it pleased God to visit Sir John Fenwick with a long and dangerous sickness, and yet not perfectly recovered, so that we could not meet to execute the said order within the time limited. [1 p.]
Nov. 10.
London.
51. Sir Thomas Walsingham, Vice-Admiral of Kent, to Nicholas. In obedience to letter of the 9th of June last, be pleased from me to certify that I have accounted and have paid in all the money to the Admiralty Office which I have received since the death of the last Lord Admiral until October 1637, since which time until April last I have nothing to account for. Mr. Wyan, the registrar, knoweth this to be true. [1 p.]
Nov. 10.
From my lodging.
52. John Weston to Sir John Lambe. My low and dangerous condition has not only hindered me waiting on you, but also prevented my attendance on my church and parish, but I have now obtained some liberty, and shall perform all double diligence in my place, only my request is that you would pass by these stays occasioned through my deep extremities. There is one Jones has got a sequestration on my tithes for 160l. I am most unjustly dealt with by him. I owe him not half the moneys he claims. I beseech you to stay payment till it appear before the Lord Privy Seal what I owe him, in whose court he is to give an account. Mr. Willett I owe not a penny for serving of my cure; he was employed by Mr. Walker, my curate, who says he has fully satisfied him. I am indebted to St. Paul's church three years' pay, which is 6l.; I beseech you let that be paid in the first place. [1 p.]
Nov. 10.
Exeter Palace.
53. Bishop Hall, of Exeter, to Archbishop Laud. Gives an account of a lamentable accident which happened in the church of Withycombe, on Sunday, October 21st last. The people were assembled for evening prayer, and were singing the psalm in the midst of divine service, when there brake out a thunder-clap and lightning which entered the church "like the fire and wind that come out of the mouth of a discharged cannon, which bears down before it those that are within the air of it. This blow of lightning killed three outright." Mr. Hill, sitting above in the church, next to the wall, had his head divided in the midst. Instantly it flew to the other side, and killed one that sate quite opposite, and grazed upon the wall close by him. One it killed in the way. Besides which three, none were slain. At the same instant it struck down a pinnacle of the steeple, and beat it down into the church, and shattered the church, so as both stones and timber (good store) fell down among the people. There were many hurt, some 18 as they guessed dangerously, and of those which were scorched and (as it were) blasted with the lightning, they supposed there were fourscore. The minister either fell or was stricken down as the rest were, in his pew. A kinswoman of his, who sat in a seat not far from his, was pitifully scorched; her gown, two waistcoats, and her other garments burnt upon her back. There were no less than 300 people in the church. There were divers strange circumstances (especially in the fall of the pinnacle and other stones and timber) which you may be pleased to receive from the relation of Mr. Dove, brother-in-law to my Lord of Ely, who was lately an eye-witness thereof. [Seal with arms. 2⅓ pp.]
Nov. 10.
Whitehall.
Henry Earl of Holland to the Verderors, Foresters, and Regarders of the forest of Rockingham, co. Northampton. Suit has been made by Sir Christopher Hatton to grant him licence for felling a grove or coppice of his, known as Hassell's Coppice, in Corby Woods and walk within the forest of Rockingham. You are to certify how many acres the said coppice contains, and whether the same may be felled this year, without destruction of the vert or prejudice to his Majesty's game. [Copy. See Vol. ccclxxxiv., p. 33. 2/3 p.]
Nov. 10. 54. Account of the way in which 3,000l. to be paid this day for drainage works is to be proportioned upon 18 shares, at the rate of 166l. 13s. 4d. per share. Earl of Lindsey, 666l. 13s. 4d.; Earl of Dorset, 333l. 6s. 8d.; Lord Willoughby, 333l. 6s. 8d.; Peregrine Bertie, 166l. 13s. 4d.; Sir Edward Heron, 333l. 6s. 8d.; Sir William Killigrew, 833l. 6s. 8d.; Sir Thomas Stafford, 166l. 13s. 4d.; Sir Francis Godolphin, 166l. 13s. 4d. [½ p.]
Nov. 10. 55. Receipt of Michael Tarleton, servant to Philip Mainwaring, sheriff of co. Chester, for a letter addressed to his master by the Council, sent with the writ for ship-money. [¼ p.]
Nov. 10. 56. Account by Sir William Russell of ship-money for 1637. Total received, 150,411l. 12s. 11d.; unpaid, 46,002l. 14s. 9d. [1 p.]
Nov. 10. 57. Account of ship-money for 1637, levied and in the hands of the sheriffs. Total 4,400l., which, with the sum received by Sir William Russell, makes 154,811l. collected. [1 p.]
Nov. 11.
Whitehall.
58. Order of the King in Council. Upon information against George Walker, clerk, wherein he was charged to have delivered in a sermon preached the 4th October last, things tending to faction and disobedience to authority, and upon hearing Walker's answer, and perusal of such passages in the said sermon as were found in writing under his own hand, it was ordered that Walker should be committed close prisoner to a messenger's custody, and that the Attorney-General and Solicitor-General should cause such proceeding to be had against Walker as they should find cause. And whereas the clerk of the Council had, by warrant from the Board, seized other writings containing notes of sermons preached at other times by this Walker, it was ordered that the perusal of them should be recommended to the Dean of St. Paul's, Dr. Mumford, and Dr. King. Lastly, his Majesty signified that Archbishop Laud should cause Walker to be suspended from his ministerial function, and should nominate another person to discharge the cure, with allowance out of the profits of the parsonage. [1½ p.] Underwritten,
58. i. Archbishop Laud to Sir John Lambe. You are to take order for the suspension of George Walker, clerk, tam ab officio quam beneficio, and appoint some able person to discharge this cure, and proportion him such allowance as you shall think fitting. November 19th, 1638. [¼ p.]
Nov. 11.
Whitehall.
59. Resolutions of the Committee of Council of War. It is very requisite that before any levies of men be made for an army some course may be taken for taking off all such projects as yield his Majesty no considerable profit and are grievous to his subjects, as particularly concerning cottagers, fines of sheriffs who sell offices, sole exportation of butter, sealing of reels, imposition on iron, taking bonds concerning venison and partridges, sealing butter casks, sealing buttons, licensing coaches, bricks, hats, baronets of Nova Scotia, sealing linen and bone lace, of all which the Lords resolved to speak with the King for better preparing the hearts and affections of his Majesty's subjects to serve his Majesty in a business of so great importance. [Draft. ¾ p.]
Nov. 11. Copy of the above. [See Vol. cccxcv., p. 49. 1 p.]
Nov. 11.
Bishop Auckland.
60. Bishop Morton, of Durham, to Sir Henry Vane, Comptroller of the Household. Foresight of your much employment in these busy times has caused me to be silent a long time, as loath to importune you unseasonably in behalf of our people, surcharged with payments for his Majesty's carriages. The outcries of those who hitherto want their payment will not suffer me longer to be silent, but earnestly to beseech you to commiserate their case. The North Riding of Yorkshire, after their own promises, many orders from the Council, and some collection made in Richmondshire, still forbear, and have indeed denied to perform any assistance unto us, so that I can conceive no hope of relief of this poor county except the justices of the said riding may be more absolutely commanded to submit themselves to a proportionable payment; or, because the exception taken by them is that any such burden should be singly put upon them of that riding, therefore the Council will be pleased to order the other two ridings to join in contribution, the rather for that they can pretend that they were specially at charges for his Majesty's carriages to the manor at York; or, lastly, that his Majesty would provide them a relief by some other means. [Seal with arms. 1 p.]
Nov. 11.
Oadby.
61. Francis Turner to [Sir John Lambe]. The repairs of Oadby chancel were at a stay for want of proper lathes, not procurable at Leicester. The sickness of Leicester. Reports on various matters relating to change of tenants, sale of stock, and other business connected with the management of Sir John's property in that place. Disorders in the waste or open fields, which require a court for their settlement. [1½ p.]
Nov. 11. Receipt of William Lyngwood for a letter from the Council, directed to Sir William Wiseman, sheriff of Essex, sent with the writ for ship-money. [See No. 55 of this Volume. 4 lines.]
Nov. 12.
Merton College, [Oxford.]
62. Dr. Peter Turner to Archbishop Laud. Reports the contents of various entries on the old register of Merton College, especially of letters of Archbishop Parker, evidencing the authority which he exercised as visitor of the college, all which are submitted to the archbishop with the writer's view of their application to the questions arising out of his recent visitation. [1½ p.]
Nov. 12.
Westminster.
63. Edward Nicholas to [Sec. Windebank ?]. I send you a collection of the resolutions of the committee [of the Council of War] from the time that I attended the same, and likewise the proportion of munition for Newcastle; that for Hull is with Mr. Comptroller. There were directions given to the Master of the Ordnance to order Capt. Legge to view the castle of Holy Island, and to certify the state thereof, which certificate is not yet returned. I also send you an estimate from the Officers of the Ordnance of the charge of arms wanting for completing 12,000 foot and 400 horse. After this day I shall be out of physic and ready to attend you. [1 p.]
Nov. 12.
New College, Oxford.
64. John Windebank to his father, Sec. Windebank. The secretary's letters have deeply affected him, and he pledges himself to pay attention to the kind and fatherly counsel which they contain.
Nov. 12. 65. Funeral certificate by William Ryley, Bluemantle, of Sir John Lawrence, of Chelsea, Middlesex, and of Delaford, in Iver, Bucks, who died this day, and was buried in a chapel appropriated to his family in Chelsea church. He married Grissell, daughter and one of the co-heirs of Jervas Gibbons, of Benenden, Kent, and left issue at his death three sons:—1, John; 2, Robert; 3, Henry; and three daughters:—1, Anne; 2, Frances; 3, Grissell. [Draft. ½ p.]
Nov. 12.
Evington.
66. Richard Plummer to [Sir John Lambe]. Reports progress made in plotting forth Sir John's land at Oadby. The freeholders, except Smalley and West, are all willing. The rest will take three acres for a yard land, and will keep that enclosed all the year. Wishes to know if Sir John concurs in that arrangement. If so, when it is all set out he will send Sir John a map of their plot. Mr. Rolfe is arrested and taken to Warwick gaol. [1 p.]
Nov. 13.
Harborough.
67. William Cox to [Sir John Lambe ?]. Mr. Hulse, minister of Great Bowden, received a letter last week from a student in Christ Church, in Oxford, who lately spoke with the dean of that house concerning the churchyards and Easter offerings of St. Mary's and Great Bowden, which Mr. Jackson enjoys, and the dean certified him that all the three cures belonging to the impropriation of Great Bowden were augmented by himself and the canons, but as yet we have not received any more than our usual stipends, he 20l. per annum, and myself 16l. per annum, which makes us think that Mr. Jackson has swallowed up our augmentation in the churchyards and Easter offerings. We beseech you to afford us your advice what we had best do. Of late Mr. Pentfloe and Mr. Jackson are grown very intimate, which makes us suspect that they conceal and Jackson enjoys that which should belong to us. [¾ p.]
Nov. 13. 68. Petition of Elizabeth Staple, of St. Giles-in-the-Fields, to Archbishop Laud. Petitioner being fellow-servant in house with George Harris, of St. Andrew's, Holborn, he contracted himself with petitioner in way of marriage, and afterwards, by his importunity, petitioner being a weak young woman, yielded to his desires. Since which time Harris refuses to perform his promise, and hides himself in obscure places about London, and will be presently gone beyond sea, to the utter undoing of petitioner. Prays an attachment for apprehending Harris, and detaining him until he marry petitioner, or give bond to answer her in legal course. [½ p.] Underwritten,
68. i. Reference to Sir John Lambe to take order as he shall find fitting. November 13th, 1638. [1/6 p.]
Nov. 13. 69. Petition of William Brenton to Archbishop Laud. Petitioner was bound upon a voyage for the East Indies, and left his wife sufficient means to keep her in his absence, yet she has lewdly spent petitioner's whole estate, and has lived in adultery, having two children unlawfully born, the one by James Lee, the other by James Write. Petitioner desiring to be divorced, she, by the advice of her proctor, wages law with him to his utter undoing, having 2s. a week allowed her by the judge of the court, to be paid by petitioner, which he is nowise able to pay, she having consumed all his estate; yet, for non-payment thereof, he is in danger of being excommunicate. Prays order that he may be divorced according to law. [½ p.] Underwritten,
69. i. Reference to Sir John Lambe to give the archbishop an account what he conceives of the suggestions. November 13th, 1638. [¼ p.]
Nov. 13. 70. Receipt of Henry Kyme and Nicholas Goldsborough, deputy clerks of the check, for 53 letters from the Council, sent with the writs for ship-money to sheriffs of England and Wales. [1 p.]
Nov. 13. 71. Answer of the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of London to his Majesty's letters touching the office of Garbler. Long before his Majesty's letters, the committee authorized by the city, granted to Roger Hatton, then present garbler, a new lease, to commence after the former, for 21 years. The city are tied to make good the said new lease. [Endorsed by Sec. Windebank, "Lord Mayor's answer to the desire of Mr. Smethwick." ¾ p.]
Nov. 14. Petition of William Abell, Alderman of London, and the rest of the Farmers of the 40s. per ton off wines, to the King. Petitioners despatched many able vintners to the outports and inland towns, with letters of the Council recommending a conformity in all merchants and retailers of wines to the city of London in their trade, to which most of them have submitted and subscribed, as well to the payment of the 40s. duty as otherwise. Pray for a proclamation that merchants of the outports, before they deliver the wines they sell, shall hereafter take the duty of 40s. [Copy. See Vol. cccciii., p. 1. ½ p.] Underwritten,
i. Reference to the Attorney-General to prepare the proclamation prayed for if petitioners make it appear that the inland vintners have consented to a conformity with London. Whitehall, 14th November 1638. [Copy. Ibid. 1/6 p.]
Nov. 14.
Knighton.
72. Bri[an ?] Crowther, late Sheriff of co. Radnor, to the Council. According to letter of the 31st October 1637, with the approbation of Evan Davies, former sheriff of the county, about June last I directed my warrant to Lewis Meredith, bailiff of Presteigne, for collecting 12l. 8s. 10d. due by the said borough, being the residue of the ship-money remaining in the county unpaid by the former sheriff, which sum he could not collect by reason of the plague, which continued there for two years together, and did not cease till about the latter end of April last. Since granting the said warrant I have divers times demanded receipt of the sum therein mentioned, which the bailiff nevertheless neglects, alleging the poverty of the inhabitants in respect of the long continuance of the said infection. [Seal with arms. 1 p.]
Nov. 14. 73. Edward Earl of Dorset to Sec. Windebank. His Majesty is pleased, on Sunday next, to hear the business between Capt. Crispe and his adversaries, and that Sir Henry Marten have notice to attend also. [¾ p.]
Nov. 14. 74. Petition of Thomas Warner, D.D., parson of Balsham, co. Cambridge, and the churchwardens and parishioners there, to Archbishop Laud. Robert Cockerton, of that parish, for four or five years past, has been divers times presented for crimes of ecclesiastical cognizance, and especially for his carriage in the church, disturbing divine service at such time as he was excommunicated. From some of these presentments he has appealed to the Arches, and cited the churchwardens, the cause depending there almost two years, and for some other like offences he is now questioned in the High Commission Court. But Cockerton continues still in his contemptuous courses, inasmuch as the whole parish is much disturbed therewith, and notwithstanding he was published excommunicate, yet upon Sunday the 9th September, and also the 23rd, he came and sat down in the church just at the time of morning prayer, and though the minister and churchwardens desired him to go forth, yet he would not, but said he had the King's authority to go anywhere, and he would obey no excommunication, nor would absent himself, but continued talking lewdly and loudly in the church, railing at the churchwardens, and protesting that as he had done that day he would do every day, and so no service was said; and he has divers times since continued such his disturbance. Petitioners desire an attachment against him ex officio for his appearance in the High Commission Court. [1 p.] Endorsed,
74. i. Reference to Sir John Lambe to take order for an attachment; "but whether the business shall be followed ex officio or otherwise, I refer it to his consideration; however, I think the abuse not to be suffered. W. Cant." November 14th, 1638. [¼ p.]
Nov. 14.
Westminster.
75. Edward Nicholas to Sir John Pennington. I wrote not to you last week, for that I was by an indisposition of health forced to take physic and to forbear writing. We have received sad news of the defeat of the Prince Palatine's army at their first entrance into action. The Palsgrave hardly escaped by swimming over a river; his brother (Prince Robert) is taken prisoner, and since dead of his many wounds, having fought very bravely, and (as the Gazette says) like a lion. Lord Craven and divers other principal commanders are also made prisoners. Some say that Brissac is either relieved or the siege removed, but this I believe to be only a rumour raised by the popish party. Mr. Kirkham, Clerk of the Signet, is dead, and Mr. Warwick, the Lord Treasurer's secretary, yesterday sworn in his place. We hear of the loss of near 30 sail of Hollanders and other vessels in the Tassell [Texel ?] during the last great storm, amongst which there were two ships that had 2,000 chests of sugar, and others laden with pepper, and two or three which were richly laden and outward bound for the West Indies worth near 100,000l. Monday last Mr. Herbert Price was married to Mrs. Arren, one of the maids of honour, whom the King gave in marriage. The writs for the ship-money are most of them delivered, but there is a little more than a third part demanded of the sum formerly paid by the counties; I wish it may be well paid. It is said the affairs in Scotland are likely to have a quiet issue; Wednesday next is the day of the Assembly's meeting in Scotland. My Lord Chamberlain has been sick, but is well recovered. The King has made an appointment to go next week to Newmarket, but it is thought it will hardly hold. My Lord Admiral has relapsed into the gout, but is now pretty well recovered, though very weak in his feet. The Queen-Mother has an allowance from the King of 3,000l. a month and the Duchess of Chevereux is allowed by the King 210l. a week, as I hear. [Seal with arms. 2 pp.]
Nov. 14.
Queen Street.
76. Thomas Smith to the same. My Lord [the Earl of Northumberland] is so well recovered that he has the use of both his hands, and with this you see that of one of them; yet he is not able to walk, the gout has so debilitated his nerves. Sir Jacob Astley has been with the King, and his patent is drawing for the castles at Plymouth. The Scotch are as insolent as ever, and now we think how to curb them. Capt. Hall has been as high as Humber mouth, but a storm, wherein he was four days, has forced him into Harwich, whither we have sent to him to put the arms into some fit vessel and to send them to Hull, and himself to come in with the old leaky, rotten Adventure to Chatham. [1 p.]
Nov. 14. 77. Separate examinations of Thomas Wetherall, of Westminster, lighterman; Anthony Penistone; Thomas West, of St. Martin's-inthe-Fields, woodmonger; Henry Allen, of Southwark; John Colborne, of Rotherhithe, Surrey, mariner; and Andrew Walker, taken before Peter Heywood and Henry Lide, justices of peace for Westminster, in conformity with the directions of the Council calendared under date of the 5th inst., No. 18. I. All the said persons examined proved the purchase of sea-coals at the price of 21l. a score, that is, 20 chaldrons, and were accordingly bound over to appear before the Council on the Wednesday then next. [= 2 pp.]
Nov. 14. 78. Note by Thomas Panson, under-sheriff of co. Lancaster, concerning the remainder of the ship-moneys for that county. 60l. remained in the hands of John Claiton, one of the high constables of the hundred of Blackburn, he having gone out of the county, and could not be gotten to his account. The corporation of Wigan was all behind; the inhabitants had denied the payment, but now have given directions to one Pilkington, who is now in town, for payment. Several whole townships were as yet all behind. In some cases their goods had been distrained and bonds taken for payment, in others their goods remained unsold. The sheriff hoped to make a good account by next term. [1 p.]
Nov. 14. Sir Lewis Watson and Charles Cockayne, vergers of the bailiwicks of Rockingham and Brigstock in the forest of Rockingham, co. Northampton, to Henry Earl of Holland. Certificate that Hassell's Coppice, belonging to Sir Christopher Hatton, might be felled this year without destruction of the vert or prejudice to the game. [Latin. Copy. See Vol. ccclxxxiv., p. 35. ¾ p.]