Charles I - volume 497: March 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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March 1643

March 1. 39. Order of the Commons' House. That Col. Venn shall be paid the 2,217l. 4s. 8d. due to him for payment of his regiment, as appeared by the order of the Committee for Safety of the Kingdom, by Sir Gilbert Gerard and the treasurers for the subscriptions at Guildhall, next after the money advanced for Gloucestershire be repaid, and the garrison of Portsmouth already ordered be first satisfied. [Printed in Commons' Journal, ii., p. 985. ¾ p.]
March 2. 40. Certificate by Sir Philip Percivall, Commissary-General of the victual for his Majesty's army in Ireland, to [Robert Bateman], Chamberlain of London. That Robert Smyth, Esq., and John Bartlett, merchant of Dublin, have delivered into his Majesty's stores in Dublin 80 barrels of herrings at the price of 80l., to be paid to Smyth or his assigns out of the Chamber of London, by those thereunto assigned, within 30 days after sight of this my first certificate; my second not being paid according to the order of Parliament in that behalf. [Seal with arms.] Underwritten,
40. i. I, Sir Adam Loftus, his Majesty's Vice-Treasurer and Treasurer-at-Wars, do testify the above certificate of the Commissary-General's. [Seal with crest. ½ p.]
March 2. 41. Certificate by the same to the same. Duplicate of the above, except that it runs "within 30 days after sight of this my second certificate, my first not being paid." [Two seals as above. ½ p.]
March 2. Commission from William Earl of Newcastle, Governor of the town and county of Newcastle, and general of his Majesty's forces in the Northern parts, to the sheriffs of Cumberland and Westmorland, the mayor of the city of Carlisle, Sir Philip Musgrave, and 19 other persons named. Understanding that there are diverse persons in the before-named counties so much disaffected to his Majesty's person and government that they have presumed to take up arms against his authority, and in particular have refused to bring in their arms for defence of the country when required, these are therefore to authorise you or any four of you to disarm and [dismount] all such persons within the said counties, and in particular Captain Pennington, and to seize for the King's use their ammunition and arms, to be stored and disposed of as may be required; and further that you imprison the persons of such as shall oppose you in execution of this warrant, and detain them until you are satisfied of their conformity and obedience. [Copy. 1 p. See Interregnum, Vol. G. 150, p. 439.]
Mar. 3. 42. Warrant passed at the Committee of the Lords and Commons for the Safety of the Kingdom to Sir Gilbert Gerard, Bart., treasurer-at-wars, and to his deputy. You are hereby required to pay to John Taylor, employed by the Committee for the Militia of the City for guarding and securing the river Thames, 27l. 2s. for one month's pay ended 25th Feby. last, and 2l. 10s. for charges agreeable to the certificate annexed [see 26 Jany., No. 13, I.], and 27l. 2s. more to be impressed upon account for the said employment. Total, 56l. 14s. [1 p.] Subjoined,
42. i. Receipts by Sir Gilbert Gerard for10l., 20l., and 26l. 14s., severally by the hands of Wm. Jessop, in part payment of this warrant, the last dated 1 June1643. [½ p.]
Mar. 4,
43. Certificate by John Treshaer. There is landed at Falmouth, to his Majesty's use, out of the Richmond, of Plymouth, belonging to Mr. Robert Trelawny, 3½ barrels of powder, eight muskets, six swords, seven skeins of match, and 1,032 bushels of salt, 20 gals. to the bushel, which salt is reserved for his Majesty, according to order. Also there is landed out of the Little Richmond, likewise belonging to Robert Trelawny, 147 bushels of French wheat and 13 sides and one hogshead of pork. There is landed out of the ship Tiger, of Plymouth, 22 chests of sugar belonging to the said Trelawny, which are likewise reserved for his Majesty's use. [2/3 p.] Underwritten,
43. i. I have seized for his Majesty on board the Richmond, of Plymouth, 681 ozs. of plate and one gold hat-band of 99 links and of 3 ozs. weight or thereabouts, being the goods of Robert Trelawny, of Plymouth, merchant.— Nicholas Slanning, 14 Jan. 1642–43. [⅓ p.]
43. ii. Receipt by Francis Bassett for 150 bushels of wheat at 20 gallons a bushel, received at St. Michael's Mount out of a vessel called the Richmond, being the goods of Robert Trelawny, merchant. February 16, 1642–3. [½ p.]
Mar. 6. 44. Commission by Robert Earl of Essex, as Captain-General of the Parliamentary Army, appointing Wm. Purefoy to be colonel of a regiment of horse and dragoons raised in co. Warwick for defence of the King, Parliament, and kingdom. [1 p.]
Mar. 7,
45. John Baldwin to Mr. Thrift, servant to Sir Wm. Armyn, Bart. My master commanded me to desire you to present his humble service to Sir Wm. Armyn, and excuse his not writing to him at present, having very much business. He told me Sir Wm.'s desire in his letter touching the Scottish business, to which I give this answer: That the articles agreed upon refer to a list, though treated on, yet not confirmed by being subscribed by either Commissioners. The articles of the treaty, he may remember, were never signed by his Majesty; at least, I never heard it. The date of those articles, I conceive, was left to be set at the subscription of them. If your noble master should command my attendance I will come up, with my master's leave. P.S.—The list I mention was an allowance of several officers by the Parliament, and their pay settled. What limitation was set for their musters, &c. I cannot recollect; but if Mr. Primrose be in London he can tell. [Seal with arms and coronet. 1 p.]
Mar. 7,
The Dial Wall in Gray's Inn Field, Holborn.
46. Richard Delamain to Mr. Noell, at the Committee at Coopers' Hall. I would have been with you to-night to have some conference with you and the rest of the Committee and the mayor concerning the dimension of the three works I shall take care of, viz., that which crosseth the way at Tyburn, and the other two on each side-of it about 800 paces from this. Pray cause a note to be sent me of the several dimensions in the height and thickness, though I know what is proper for the cannon and the musket, yet what you have pitched upon I must follow. Send it me to-morrow at the middle work, and I will take care of these three. Let others do their share likewise, and we may go on quicker. [1 p.]
Mar. 9. Warrant of Henry Earl of Holland, Chief Justice of the Forests, &c., granting to Robert Ward the keeping of New Lodge Walk in Windsor Forest, co. Berks. [Copy. See Vol. ccclxxxiv., p. 138. ¾ p.]
Mar. 10. Warrant, signed by nine of the principal inhabitants of co. Gloucester, to the high constable of the hundred of Tewkesbury. By virtue of his Majesty's commands to us to call before us all the trained-band horses of this county, we hereby require you to summon all persons within your liberties charged to find horse and arms to bring in so many horses and arms as they are rated at to us at the Ram, at Cirencester, on the 17th instant by noon. P.S.— You are likewise hereby required to personally attend here to make return to us of this our warrant. [Copy. 1/5 p. See Interregnum 736, p. 989.]
March 11/21,
47. M. De la Garde to Father Cyprian de Gamaches, Capuchin preacher in the Queen's Chapel at Somerset [House], London. Has presented his salutations to Mons. and Madam Garnier. Mons. Fontenay is said to be in London; if so, will he tell him his business will be in a very bad condition if he does not give some order in it. Explains how the matter may be improved. [Damaged. French. Seal with arms. 2 pp.]
March 14. 48. Petition of Thomas Millard, gunners' mate of the Swallow, to the Committee for the Navy and Customs. Petitioner was 10 months gunners' mate of the above ship employed for King and Parliament on the coast of Ireland, which returned in safety to the River Thames where petitioner and the rest of the Company were discharged. But petitioner's wife and children being in Ireland in great distress, he left his pay and went for Ireland for them, and being now returned in safety, but in great distress for want of money, he prays order for payment of his 10 months' pay. Underwritten,
48. i. Committee [for the] Navy. Ordered that the Commanders of the Navy do examine the truth of this petition and make him a bill for such money as they find due to him. Giles Green, March 14, 1642[–3]. [1 p.] Subjoined,
48. ii. Certificate by the Commanders of the Navy. Petitioner's wages were stayed for abusive carriage in the ship when at sea and ill language at the [time of] pay against the State and the master of the ship; whereof we thought requisite to advertise you, that he may submit himself to your Lordships and acknowledge his offence, which if he do, as he hath done to us, our opinions are he may receive the wages due to him if you think fit. 17 March 1642[–3].
48. iii. The Committee will be satisfied under the hand of Captain Brookes [Master of the Swallow] whether the petitioner hath submitted himself and given testimony unto him of his reformation. Giles Green, 8 April. Dorso,
48. iv. Certificate of Robert Bramble to the Committee for the Navy. Petitioner, Thomas Millard, is to go master with me in the Hind pinnace, appointed for this present expedition, but cannot provide himself with necessaries to go unless he may receive his wages for his former service in the Swallow. And whereas the said wages are detained from petitioner for that he hath given abusive language unto Captain Brookes, for which he was ordered by this Honourable Committee to repair to Captain Brookes and submit himself and procure testimony from him of his reformation, I certify that Captain Brookes is gone for Portsmouth to take charge of his Majesty's ship the Expedition, and so he cannot procure the said certificate, but I hereby promise, in case this Committee give order for payment of petitioner's said wages, to detain all such money as shall be due to him for this intended service, whereby to give satisfaction at his return for whatsoever the said Committee shall command him, 10th April 1643. [1 p.]
Mar. 14. 49. Ordinance of the Common's House. That out of the money raised by sale of goods seized and distrained for assessments in the City and suburbs by an Ordinance of 29th November 1642, there shall be paid by the Treasurers at Guildhall to Thos. Browne 505l. 5s. 7d. and to Maximilian Beard [Bard] 586l. 5s. 10d., for money disbursed by them for raising dragooners' horses employed under the command of the Lord General at Windsor and elsewhere; also 295l. 1s. 10d. for money disbursed by them for meat and padsaddles for horses, seized and delivered for the use of the Lord General's army. These sums to be paid immediately after the money already ordered by both Houses for the use of Gloucester and other places. [Printed in Commons' Journals, ii. 1002. 1 p.] Underwritten,
49. i. Order by Mr. John Pym, M.P., and others, that this money be paid by Mr. Samuel Gosse, 18 April. Dorso,
49. ii. Receipts signed by Max. Bard and Thos. Browne for the sums of 710l. 7s. 7d. received in May 1643 and 676l. 5s. 8d. in and before the 15th January 1644–5 in payment of the above Ordinance. [1 p.]
Mar. 19,
At our Court at Oxford.
50. The King to the Clerk of the Crown or his deputy. Our pleasure is that before you deliver our letters patents of any honour or dignity granted to any person whatsoever, you receive the fees due to our servants and pay them to our servant Garter principal King-at-Arms for the time being, who is to be responsible to our servants for their several parts. And in like manner that all knights' fees be paid to our Garter as aforesaid, that from him our servants may receive their several shares. [½ p.]
[Mar. 20.] 51. Instructions [to the Committees for the Parliament sent to Oxford to treat with the King] concerning the first proposition on his Majesty's behalf, and that first to be treated on by both Houses of Parliament. 1. If his Majesty consent to the articles of cessation sent down from both Houses, you are to send them up passed under the Great Seal, and to move his Majesty to send messengers to all the remote armies acquainting them therewith, as we shall do those raised by us. 2. The King's first proposition concerning his revenue, forts, and magazines, is first to be entered on. 3. You are to declare you have made use of his Majesty's revenue but in a small proportion, that a good part thereof hath been employed for maintenance of his children, and what has been otherwise employed shall be restored and the revenue for the future put into his own hands; and to move him for restitution for those sums received for his use upon Acts of Parliament intended for other uses, and for such moneys as were designed for the war of Ireland. 4. That all garrisons be removed out of those towns, forts and castles which had none before this war began, and all works raised since the beginning of these troubles be slighted. 5. That the Cinque ports shall be delivered up to his Majesty provided he put into that place [of Warden of the Cinque ports] a person of such honour and quality as the Parliament may confide in. 6. That the garrisons of the Isle of Wight and Plymouth be reduced to their proportion before the troubles; that the garrison of Portsmouth be reduced to the same number as when the Parliament entered upon it, and that his Majesty be desired to put in them persons both Houses may confide in. 7. That the Lord Warden of the Cinque ports and all other commanders of castles, towns, and forts shall hold them for his Majesty and the good of the kingdom, and shall not suffer any foreigner to come in, but shall make stop of any arms or ammunition brought in to the disturbance of the peace. 8. His Majesty's navy shall be rendered up, his Majesty naming a Lord Admiral whom both Houses may confide in, to have his patent quamdiu bene se gesserit. 9. Such arms or ammunition as have been taken out of his magazines shall be restored by the Parliament, his Majesty being desired to entrust the stores to such as both Houses may confide in. 10. As soon as his Majesty consents to the disbanding you are to press that the remote forces in the north and west be first disbanded on both sides, then those in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, and lastly the two armies at Oxford and Windsor. 11. You are to move his Majesty that officers on both sides be appointed to consider the most commodious way of disbanding, and that parties on both sides may see it speedily effected. 12. You are to move his Majesty that all forces out of Newcastle and other towns wherein any have been placed since these troubles may be removed, and fortifications that have been lately raised may be slighted. 13. That the garrisons of such towns, forts, and castles as had any before these troubles may be reduced to the proportion they contained in 1636. 14. You are to move his Majesty to nominate such persons for these great places as he shall think the Houses may confide in or declare their exceptions to. 15. That the generals of both armies, the Lord Admiral, the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and all captains of forts and ships may take an oath to observe these articles and to maintain the true Protestant reformed religion, and to oppose all forces raised without consent of his Majesty and both Houses. 16. To move his Majesty for a free passage and safe conduct for such persons as shall be sent to or from the Committee and Parliament without stop or search; that this treaty may have a more speedy dispatch. [2 pp.]
Mar. 20. 52. Advice from San Sebastian in Spain sent by John Creswick to Edward Prigg and Christopher Blaxton, merchants at the upper end of Lime Street [London]. This wicked nation doth assist the Irish rebels much and in a very secret way, yet however their goodwill to us is too apparently seen. There are four or five small ships now loading with munitions for Ireland on this coast about eight leagues hence. One is a frigate of this place of 12 guns, the master Captain Christian, the rest are Irish. The Irish have there provided 200 pieces of ordinance besides all sorts of arms, as muskets, &c. for 20,000 to 25,000 men or upwards, all these they are now sending to Ireland.—P.S. The arms are lading we conceive at San Andres or San Antonio. [1 p.]
Mar. 22. 53. Acquittance by George James for 300l., received from Francis de Lisola, Councillor to his Imperial Majesty, and is now resident in England, for the rent of the house in Long Acre, parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, lately inhabited by Lord Dungarvon, till the feast of Annunciation, 1648. Underwritten,
53. i. Memorandum by the same. That he is, when required, to seal a lease of the premises to the resident, reserving only a yearly rent of one peppercorn. [Seal with arms. 1 p.]
Mar. 23. 54. Warrant of the Committee for Safety of the Kingdom to Sir Gilbert Gerard, treasurer of the Army; to pay to Alexander Councell, gent., 40l., being for two horses of his lost in the fight at Keynton [Kineton in Warwickshire], and for his good service and curing of his wounds. [¾ p.] Annexed,
54. i. Order of the Commons' House. That Alex. Councell, who mounted himself at his own charge, and served under the command of Captain Ireton at Edgehill, where he received many wounds and lost his horses, shall receive 40l. in acknowledgment of his good service; and that the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom likewise confer on him some place of command in the next troops to be raised, or where an officer is wanting. 21 March 1642–3. [Printed in Commons' Journals, iii., p. 11. ¾ p.]
Mar. 25. 55. Receipt by the Treasurers, appointed by an Ordinance of Parliament of Jan. 30, 1642–3, for a new contribution for the relief of Ireland. For 51 hats and three doz. and one hatbands, valued at 13l., received from Hugh Ratcliff, of St. Martin's, Ludgate, haberdasher, delivered in by him as so much in value, lent for the above purpose, for which he is to receive satisfaction in land, or be repaid the same with interest. [Damaged. ½ p.]
Mar. 26.
56. Basil Earl of Denbigh to the [Committee of Safety]. It is now most necessary that your Lordships design a considerable body of horse and foot to hinder the enemy's progress, and to relieve these distressed parts. The reputation of their late victory hath much increased their forces; and lest they should be represented to you as less considerable than they are, I have intelligence from a very good hand that they are able now to march into the field with 10,000 horse and foot. This may encourage them to stay here, whereas their design at first was only to relieve Newark, and so return to raise an army in Shropshire and Wales; which having now obtained in these parts, it is probable they may either, as there shall be occasion, go into the north against the Scots, or fall upon my Lord of Manchester's Association, to deprive us of those provinces which, as most entire and farthest remote from the invasions of the enemy, yield the greatest support, next to London, to the Parliament and this cause. The enemy's swelling to so great a number hath in part proceeded from their emptying most of their garrisons, and leaving in them a small number to recruit and raise new forces; which on this side we are not able to do in regard of the several competitions and mixtures of power and authority, which rather beget distractions amongst us than help to carry on the business; and had I not met with a person of judgment, I could not have prevailed with Commissary-General Behre, to draw him into this county, which might otherwise perchance have yielded to the same apprehensions and panic which, as the enemy reports, Lincoln and Gainsborough have in abandoning themselves to the mercy of the contrary party, which I pray God prove not too true. Sure I am here are great divisions and inclinations rather of laying the fault of our late misfortune one upon another by way of recriminations, than hope of resisting the enemy with the forces we have in readiness; though by the accession of these forces from Warwick they are somewhat better assured. A great part of the enemy's forces lie towards Nottingham, threatening to lay siege to that castle, another party is sent into Lincolnshire. [2½ pp.]
March 31. 57. Warrant to Sir Christopher Hatton, K.B. His Majesty very graciously commemorating the great loyalty of petitioner's [James Earl of Northampton] late father [Spencer Earl of Northampton] who most unfortunately though nobly lost his life in his Majesty's cause, and the faithful services of petitioner himself, is pleased according to the Countess of Northampton's desire, that Sir Christopher Hatton, K.B., take forth a Commission to find the office after the death of the late Earl, returnable the third sitting upon compositions in Trinity term next, or sooner if it may be. And his Majesty freely bestows the wardship and lease without fine for the sole benefit of the said Earl, according to his declaration of his free grace to such as have or shall die in his Majesty's service. [Draft. 1 p.]
[March ?] 58. Petition of James and Thomas Dowell to the King. Petitioners with Richard Withers, Richard Hammond, and Henry Tanner, were last December in Hammond's house in Over, co. Gloucester, advising of their common safety, having ever followed your Majesty's just cause, for which they were persecuted, and one, John Frere, of Bristol, who was known to be a spy and apprehender of cavaliers, came into the room and struck Thomas Dowell, whereupon James Dowell having a hand gun charged with hail shot, shot Frere in the thigh, intending to hurt but not to kill him, but by negligence of the chirurgeon, Frere died of the wound, whereupon the coroners' inquest found James Dowell guilty of murder and the others accessories, though nothing was done but in their own defence, without design or malice. Hammond was only apprehended and tried for the said fact at the assizes of Gloucester, and freed by proclamation; the other four are at liberty, and particularly the two petitioners prostrate themselves at your feet and implore your pardon for such an unpremeditated fact. Underwritten,
i. Certificate signed by five persons that the contents of this petition are true. [1 p.]
[March ?] 59. Scheme entitled "a way to raise moneys for the present." It proposes to do this by the sale of delinquents' lands. A petition from the City to Parliament concerning the debts of delinquents to citizens, which are estimated at 2,000,000l.; and it is supposed that if the lands are sold to pay these debts, the citizens will gladly contribute 10 per cent. in consideration of present payment, which would amount to 200,000l. Delinquents' estates in and about London and securest places of the Associated counties must be sold first, then more than 10 per cent. will be brought in by these creditors as being soonest satisfied. The scheme is further elaborated and concludes: It is desired an ordinance may pass as soon as may be for the assuring delinquents' estates to pay their just debts before the sale thereof; in the meantime treasurers may be appointed to receive money and give tickets. [Damaged by damp. 2 pp.]
[March ?] 60. Notes exhibited by [Philip Burlamachi] of his Majesty's debts to him. From 1630 to 1636 they amounted to 49,858l., of which payment was promised in 1637 by instalments of 10,000l. a year for four years, but never carried out. Besides this amount there are further debts amounting to nearly 13,000l., and besides these sums there is due to me, principal and interest, by the late Earl of Carlisle, about 5,000l. which I leave out of this note expressly for the satisfaction of the Queen of Bohemia, and some of her Majesty's servants to whom I am indebted. [Three separate notes of 1 p. each.]