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Charles I - volume 497: January 1643

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1641-3. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1887.

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January 1643

Jan. 2/12,
The Hague.
1. Elizabeth Queen of Bohemia to Sir Thomas Roe. When you think how subjects' letters are to be opened you will not wonder you hear no oftener from me. You may well imagine how much the miseries of our country trouble me, and I can hope for no good change yet. The Queen [Henrietta Maria] is preparing to go for England with the first wind; she continues still her kindness and civilities to me, which rather increase than decrease. We have here my uncle's son, Count Woldemar; I would willingly say something of him, but dare not do it in cipher, fearing if my letters be seen it may be thought something against the Parliament, and without it I dare not, because I desire none may know it but you. But if you can understand what I mean by his having [Prince] Radzivil's pretensions you have it, but I pray let none know it, for none knows it but my son and I, and let not my son know I have told you thus much, only let me know your opinion, my own is partly for it. I had rather Radzivil had the charge than he of the two, but this is only to you. [Endorsed: Received 9 Jan. 1642–3. Two black seals with arms and crown. 1½ pp.]
Jan. 2/12,
The Hague.
2. Charles Louis Elector Palatine to the same. I deferred answering yours of Oct 18 till some safer opportunity than the ordinary, not for fear that anybody might find fault with the subject, but because the names of treaty, Emperor, King of Denmark, are odious to most of the brethren of the sword. The King of Denmark hath written to the Emperor to know what day and place he will appoint for the resumption of our treaty, and demanded a general safe-conduct for me and mine to go to and fro in the empire. As soon as he hath acquainted me with the Emperor's resolution in either point, I shall let the King my uncle and yourself know; as also invite the rest of the Electors mediators to send to the day appointed, which Mr. Ulefeldt told me I could not omit, though I might expect but little favour from them, without giving them great offence, and no small stop to the business, which they in a snuff might seek to cross, if I did not show them that respect; yet he is of opinion that, though thereupon but some or none of them did appear, the said treaty could nevertheless go on with the parties in presence of the King his master's Ambassador only. I have had a great loss by the death of honest Dr. Spina, so that I have much to seek whom to employ in the said treaty. If you think Dr. Meistrelin, who serves my uncle the Duke of Simmern, fit for it, I believe he is best acquainted with the business and the Emperor's and Electors' ministers of any I can find, and as I hear a very honest and careful man. For the affairs of England I am much afflicted to see them continue in such distractions. I pray God mend it. In the meantime I wish you under a better shelter from that tempest than Waltham Forest, and that you had followed the advice of your little daughter. P.S.—Some of your pictures are ready, which you shall receive with the rest as soon as possible. [Addressed: "For Sir Thomas Rowe, at Woodford Rowe." Two seals with arms and crown. 3 pp.]
Jan. 2. 3. Form of protestation imposed by Sir Francis Ottley on many hundred inhabitants of Shrewsbury on the 2nd of January, and such as refused [were] threatened to be killed. "I, A.B., do in the presence of Almighty God protest and acknowledge without any mental reservation that I do detest and abhor the notorious rebellion which goes under the name of the Parliament army, and will with my whole force and means to the uttermost of my power withstand their impious rebellion against our most gracious sovereign Lord King Charles, our Protestant religion, our laws of the land, our just privileges of Parliament, and liberty of the subject." [½ p.]
Jan. 5.
Court at Oxford.
Proclamation by the King prohibiting all persons from buying or receiving horses or arms of any kind from soldiers of his Majesty's army, with a command for bringing in all such as have been sold, pawned, left, or lost by any soldier. [See printed pamphlet under date 28 Aug. 1642, vol. 491, Nos. 134–136. 4 pp.]
Jan. 6. 4. Petition of the merchants trading to the Straits, Spain, Portugal, and France to the House of Commons. We have received notice of certain ships that put into Falmouth by contrary winds laden with merchants' goods and bound for London, and those Cavaliers that command the King's castles there have taken away the sails from the yards of the said ships and begun to unload some of the goods. There are also other ships expected daily from Spain, bringing for merchants' accounts at least 200,000l. in silver; and if they should be by contrary winds forced into the said harbour, not knowing the danger they shall fall into of being seized by the said Cavaliers, it will be the undoing of divers merchants in London. We pray you to take such order that those ships which are already detained may be released; and to prevent the going in of any ships hereafter into Falmouth, that two pinnaces [margin, six ships] may be immediately appointed to lie before the harbour to give notice to all ships of the danger of putting in there, and to stop any munition that may be carried to the said Cavaliers. Subscribed by 36 merchants. [Margin: "Received 6 Jany. 1642[–3]." 1 p.]
Jan. 9. 5. Signification of the King's pleasure upon the petition of Sir Thomas Bosvile and dame Sarah his wife, Alice Caldwell, widow, and Rames Low and Mary his wife, sisters to the ward's late father. Petitioners to have a writ of Diem clausit into co. Hertford to find the office after the death of James Mayne, and to return the same with a schedule and confession of the estate the first sitting upon Compositions in Easter term next. [½ p.]
Jan. 13. 6. Petition of Stiles Sowgate of Harwich, merchant, to the Committee for the Navy. Petitioner having freighted a small vessel of 25 tons with wheat and rye, is bound for Apsum [Abson] in the west of this kingdom, hath taken out his cocket at the Custom-house of Ipswich, and entered into sufficient bond not to export it. Nevertheless divers rude and tumultuous persons of Harwich came aboard the vessel, and have taken away her sail without order from any magistrate, and have stayed her 15 days to the great loss of petitioner, as by a certificate under the hands of the mayor and others of Harwich appears. Prays order that the said vessel may forthwith be discharged and proceed on her voyage. Underwritten,
6. i. The Committee think fit and do [order as desired?] 13 Jan. 1642–3. [1 p.] Annexed,
6. ii. Certificate of Edmond Seaman, mayor, and others of Harwich. To the same effect as above. Harwich, Essex. [1 p.]
Jan. 13. Order of the House of Commons. That the officers of the several courts make stay of the Records, and remove none of them to Oxford without further order of this House. And that all the said officers be enjoined not to go to Oxford, but to attend upon their offices and charge here. [Printed in Commons' Journals, ii., 925. Written on same paper as Oct. 14, 1642. See vol. 492, No. 36. ½ p.]
Jan. 16/26,
The Hague.
7. R. P. to Father Cyprien. Mons. du Val's return to London has given me the opportunity of returning you the writings you lent me. I assure you they are not in worse condition for my use; on the contrary in two or three places they are improved. I send you also a packet for Mons. Gordon of collections which I had borrowed from him because mine were injured, but I have returned them, and beg you to give this packet to Mr. Robertson to give to George Gordon, from whom he had them to send to me. I can send you no other news than that the Queen [of England] will leave to-morrow, Tuesday, to go to Newcastle. I salute all your good company and the good lady with her family. [1 p.] Annexed,
7. i. [Memorandum] to the same. Prays him to deliver the enclosed letters to Father Joseph and the others. Has delivered his to Madame Ranfier. Begs him to ask the Father Superior if he has spoken to M. de Wieville, and what he answered. Will be in London to-morrow. [1 p.]
7. ii. [Portion of a letter] to the same. The major part destroyed. [1 p.]
Jan. 17. 8. Speech made by Alderman [Sir Henry] Garraway, or Garwaie, at a Common Council held on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 1642–3. Referring to a petition lately sent by the City to the King, and his Majesty's answer thereto. He objects to the City being governed by Parliament, four members of which had come to the Common Council when the King's message was under debate, and made bitter invectives against it. He then proceeds to justify the King's conduct since the beginning of the war; comments on the countenance given to Brownists, Anabaptists, and others, and the outery against the Book of Common Prayer; shows that the King has never favoured the Papists; points out the danger to merchants trading to foreign parts if the King withdraws his protection from them, as he threatens to do if the City contribute to the maintenance of the Parliamentary army; notices the aggression of Parliament on their money and property; and urges them not to contribute to supply the Parliamentary army, but to comply with the King's demand for the apprehension of the Lord Mayor and three others. Then follows an account of the tumult raised in the Council, which broke up amid cries of "No money, no money; peace, peace!" [19½ pp.]
Jan. 19. 9. Reference by the King on Captain Markham's petition. His Majesty inclines to gratify petitioner's good services, but first refers his suit to Sir Thomas Jermyn, Governor of Jersey, for his approbation and advice. [Docquet. 1 p.]
Jan. 20. 10. Ordinance by the Lords and Commons in Parliament concerning the 10,000l. of the New Commissioners of the Customs Advance Monies to be paid by Sir Henry Vane, Junior, Treasurer of the Navy, to Sir Gilbert Gerard, Bart., Treasurer-at-Wars. [Printed in the Lords' Journals, v., 564. 1 p.] Subjoined,
Receipt of Sir H. Vane acknowledging the repayment of the 10,000l., 4 March 1642–3. [2/3 p.]
Jan. 21. 11. Certificate that John Massingberd was not an inhabitant of Tower Street Ward at the time of the present assessment for supply, and his name is therefore to be left out of the Book of Assessments. [Much damaged by damp. ½ p.]
Jan. 23. 11A. Mem. The Declaration and Order of 7th January was showed to Mr. Ephraim Udall, and he required to read it but he refused. [¼ p.]
Jan. 24. 12. Petition of Francis Pare, of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, carter, to the Parliament. That petitioner had two servants and four horses employed in the late service at Kenton [Kineton, in Warwickshire, where the battle of Edgehill was fought] under the command of the Earl of Essex, Lord-General of the Parliament's forces, in which service one of the men was killed by those barbarous Cavaliers, and the other he never heard of since, as also his four horses taken away, being the whole of his stock. Prays compensation for the loss of his horses, for which he had been offered 24l. [½ p.] Subjoined,
12. i. Certificate by the seven persons whose names are subscribed; that the contents of this petition are true, and that petitioner is a very poor man. [½ p.] Dorso,
12. ii. Read, and it is ordered.—That Sir Gilbert Gerard, Treasurer-at-Wars, do pay to petitioner 24l., in satisfaction of his loss of four horses, 1 March 1642–3. Signed, H. Elsynge, Clerk of Parliaments. [½ p.] Annexed,
12. iii. Note authorising the payment of the 24l. due to him, on the Committee's warrant, to his wife, Anne Pare. [5 lines.] 20 March 1642–3.
Jan. 26.
Westminster.
13. The Committee for Safety of the Kingdom to the Lord Mayor of London and the gentlemen of the Committee intrusted for the Militia. We desire you to consider of some speedy way for guarding the river of Thames; that no carriages be conveyed by water to Reading, Oxford, and other places upon the river without a strict search, to the end that no victuals, arms, powder, ammunition, or letters of intelligence may be conveyed to the King's army. [½ p.] Underwritten,
13. i. Certificate by the Committee for ordering the Militia in the City of London. That in pursuance of the above directions, they had employed John Taylor for guarding and securing the River Thames; and finding by the account annexed that he has kept a pinnace, a wherry with two oars, and eleven men upon the river for one month from 27 Jany. to 25 Feby. [1642–3], and that 27l. 2s., at 6l. 15s. 6d. per week, as also 2l. 10s. for carrying up the pinnace, and for provisions to make up the gunner's stores, is due to him for that service; we desire that the same may be paid him according to the said directions, and that order be given for payment of this charge for the future. Guildhall. 27 Feby. 1642[–3]. [½ p.] Annexed,
13. ii. Account by John Taylor of the charge for keeping a pinnace and wherry above bridge upon the Thames for one month, by direction of the Committee of the Militia of London, besides 2l. 10s. for carrying up the pinnace, and for provisions, total 29l. 12s. [½ p.]
Jan. 27,
Given at our Court at Oxford.
14. The King to Archbishop Laud. Desiring him to bestow the parsonage of Chartham, Kent, vacant by the death of Isaac Bargrave, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, upon John Reading, clerk, now beneficed at Dover but deprived of his small livelihood by the perverse disposition of some of his turbulent parishioners. If he shall be restrained from so doing by either or both Houses of Parliament, he is to forbear presenting anyone, that so the said parsonage lapsing into the King's gift, he may confer it on Reading. Underwritten,
14. i. Certificate that the above is a true copy of his Majesty's letter. [Endorsed by Laud, "The copy of his Majesty's letters for my giving of Chartham." 1 p.]
Jan. 28. 15. Petition of Captain William Bankes to the Committee for the Navy. Petitioner being employed by the Parliament to raise a foot company in Manchester, where he still remains in the service of the State, in his absence his servant sent by sea in two several ships, the Contempt of Colchester and the Comillion [Chameleon ?] of Newcastle, certain goods to petitioner's customers living in Newcastle, as confectionery ware; which are stayed by Captain Willoughby, Captain of Tilbury Fort, or Captain Temple, in whose custody the goods now are. Prays order to the said Captains to restore the goods, which are in nine boxes. Underwritten,
15. i. Committee [of the] Navy and Customs. Ordered that Capt. Willoughby and Capt. Temple do respectively give order and cause the said confectionery goods [to be restored to petitioner]. 28 Jan. 1642[–3]. [1 p.]
Jan. 29. 16. The Committee of the Lords and Commons for Safety of the Kingdom to the Treasurers upon the Propositions for plate and money in Guildhall. Order to pay out of the treasure remaining in their hands to Martin Dallison, Clerk to the Committee of Lords and Commons for advance of money and other necessaries for the army, the sum of 100l. upon account for the service of that Committee. Underwritten,
16. i. Receipt by Martin Dallison for 100l. received from the above-named Treasurers, Jan. 30, 1642[3]. [1 p.]
Jan. 30. 17. A declaration and ordinance of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for new loans and contributions, as well from the United Provinces of Holland as from England and Wales, for the speedy relief of the miserable estate of the Protestants in Ireland. Printed by order of the Lords and Commons, and to be read by all parsons and curates in their several churches and chapels the next Lord's day after receiving it. [Printed in Lords' Journals, v., 580. Pamphlet printed by J. R. for Edward Husbands, and sold at his shop in the Middle Temple, 2 Feb. 1642.]
Jan. 30. 18. Copy of the above declaration printed as a broadside, 30 Jan. 1642–3. [Damaged by damp.]
Jan. ? 19. Letter from a Lady to Henry Earl of Holland. I have had some discourse with the Queen, but not all I intend to say to her, for I will quickly now bring it to a conclusion, which I shall give your Lordship an account of. I infinitely desire to hear what satisfaction you have had in your business, for I am much interested in all that concerns your Lordship. P.S.—Let not my husband know that I have written. [Two seals with device. 1 p.]