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Charles I - volume 504: Letters and Papers relating to the Navy, &c., dated between 2nd April and 30th September 1644.

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1644. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1888.

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Letters and Papers relating to the Navy, &c., dated between 2nd April and 30th September 1644.

Date. From. To. Subject. Reference.
1644.
April 2. Warwick House. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy. To place John Petty, purser of the "St. Dennis," as purser of the "Bonaventure" for this present expedition; and John Wright, purser of the "Bonaventure," as purser of the "St. Dennis." [½ p.] 1
April 2. The same The same For John Houting to be porter of his Majesty's new dockyard at Chatham, in place of Richard Jenman, who has never attended his place since his warrant except to receive the profits from it. [¾ p.] 2
April 4. Warwick House. The same The same The ships, part of last winter's guard, designed for the north coast of England, are necessitated to come into port through the expiring of their victuals, and the ships trading to and from those parts will be in danger, divers men-ofwar attending to annoy their trade. Prays them to put one month's victuals on board the "John of London," Captain Richard Haidock, at Great Yarmouth, that she may continue at sea till the summer guard come into those parts, to preserve particularly the ships carrying provisions to the Scotch army. [¾ p.] 3
April 4. Warwick House. The same The same, in Towerstreet. For Henry Jelfe to be master gunner of the frigate "Crescent," with the usual allowances. [½ p.] 4
April 5. The same Giles Barrow, muster-master of the fleet set forth in the name of King and Parliament for this present expedition. Appointing him muster-master of the whole fleet for this present expedition, to repair on board all the ships and pinnaces as often as required, and take exact musters of all on board, to receive the pursers' books, &c. [1 p.] 5
April 5. Holborn. The same Captain Richard Crandley, one of the Commissioners of the Navy. I directed letters some weeks since to Lynn, requiring the masters of the ships taken by the captains in the service of the King and Parliament to pay the 300l. due of the composition made with them by my son the Earl of Manchester, but have not yet received any account of their intentions, nor any return to my directions. I desire that the bonds by them entered into be, with all speed, put in suit that those interested may receive satisfaction. [2/3 p.] 6
April 6. Treasury Chamber Westminster. Orders of the Committee for the Navy. By an order of the Commons, dated March 23 last, the petition of James Ablyn, Dutch merchant, recommended to the House by the States' Ambassador, concerning the corn on board the "Sampson," lately taken as a prize and sold by order of Parliament, was referred to this Committee; ordered that the Commissioners of the Navy deliver in an account of the proceeds of the corn, and how the money was disposed of, that report may be made to the House. [½ p.] 7
April 8. Warwick House. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy, in Tower-street. By a former order Thomas Askew was to be entered master upon the "Constant Reformation," since which the Vice-Admiral hath desired he might take with him the same master as formerly; and Captain Bethell, commander of the "Bonaventure," hath desired he might take Askew with him. These are to require you to enter Askew as master upon the "Bonaventure." [¾ p.] 8
April 8. Warwick House. The same The same For Thomas Ryvers to be master carpenter on the frigate "Warwick," with the usual allowances. [½ p.] 9
April 9. Holborn. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy, in Tower-street. To send on board the "James" six tons of water cask above the usual proportion, as she will be less in port than heretofore, and the oars necessary for her boats. All the merchantmen in the river to speed into the Downs. The "Peregrin" is designed for the Irish squadron, and the "Antelope," "Sampson," and "Lucy," are to be hastened away to the north. [¾ p.] 10
April 9. Warwick House. The same The same For Robert Fowler, purser of the "Mere Honour," to be purser of the "Constant Reformation" for this present expedition, and John Poltock, purser of the "Constant Reformation," to be purser in the "Mere Honour," till the "Reformation" return to Chatham. [¾ p.] 11
April 10. Warwick House. The same The same For Isaac Wheeler to be purser of the "Fellowship," with the usual allowances; he giving security to account to the State for all victuals committed to his charge. [¾ p.] 12
April 11. The same The same To imprest to the bearer, Henry Kime, who hath travelled from Portsmouth to London on special service concerning the ships lately come from the Irish squadron, and is to return to Portsmouth, such sum towards his charges as they think fit. Underwritten, i. "5l. Imprest upon this order." [½ p.] 13
April 12. Warwick House. The same The same To re-admit Charles Bennyon to the office of purser of the "Hector," from which he had been discharged by the Lord Admiral's warrant, dated March 19, 1643[–4], the Commissioners of the Navy having reported he had discharged his duties faithfully, which report they confirmed on a second reference. [¾ p.] 14
April 13. Warwick House. The same The same For Henry Younge to be master gunner of the "Convertive," in place of Robert Chamberlain, deceased, with the usual allowances. [½ p.] 15
April 13. Saturday. Treasury Chamber, Westminster. Order of the Committee for the Navy that the Commissioners of the Navy certify them, by 8 o'clock on Monday morning, of the names, tonnage, and number of men of all the ships, both the King's and merchantmen, appointed for this summer's expedition, what readiness they are in for present service, and where each ship now is, that account may be given to the House of Commons. [¾ p.] 16
April 14. The Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy. Captain Moulton from the Downs acquaints him his purser never appeared since he came aboard the "Lion," and that the ship wants butter, cheese, beef, pork, and fish; to examine the cause of his staying so long from the ship, and hasten him away with the provisions wanted. Capt. Benjamin Cranley wants his surgeon, who is to be sent forthwith. To despatch the two ketches for the Irish squadron, and to order the captains of the merchantmen of the squadron to hasten to Captain Moulton to the Downs. [½ p.] 17
April 16. Warwick House. The same The same To give order to pay 76l. to Mr. James Nelthorpe for the use of Wm. Peck and Wm. Raikes, of Hull, mariners, who expended that sum for one month's victuals for the "Hector," lately in the Parliament's service, that she might the longer continue in the north parts to secure ships trading to and from ports in amity with the Parliament, and to prevent supplies to the enemy. [¾ p.] 18
April 16. Holborn. The same The same I am informed Mr. Peach, the commander of the "Warwick" hoy, is still at Gravesend, though he had despatch from me 10 days ago. The service he was commanded to is important, and therefore his delay is less excusable, especially considering that some other vessels have since his coming there gone down. Reprove his neglect and quicken him away speedily, and demand an account of his long stay, wherein if he continue to be blameworthy I shall remove him, it being of special consequence to have none in this employment but such as testify their fidelity by being active. [¾ p.] 19
April 18. Order of the Committee for the Navy. For the Commissioners of the Navy to contract with the owners of the "Anne and Joyce," merchantman, appointed one of this summer's fleet by the Earl of Warwick, from March 23 last. according to a certificate from the mayor and burgesses of Portsmouth. [½ p.] 20
April 18. Order of the same that the Commissioners of the Navy take special care the ordinance of Parliament for felling timber in the woods of several delinquents, for the use of his Majesty's navy, be forthwith put in execution. [⅓ p.] 21
April 19. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy. To contract for the hire for 6 months of the following ships, for the more speedy serving of the north parts of England:—The "Golden Lion," of Leith, Captain Louis Dick; the "Hector," Captain Beddall: "Green Dragon," London, Fr. Greene, commander; "Elizabeth and Ann," Wm. Copping, commander. [½ p.] 22
April 19. Order of the Committee for the Navy. That the Commissioners of the Navy contract with the owners for the employment in this summer's expedition of the "Golden Lion," of Leith, as appointed by the Earl of Warwick. [½ p.] 23
April 21. Walmer. Robert, Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy, at Tower-street. Now the "Eighth Whelp" is coming into the river, and the "Providence" and the 2 prizes, give orders where they shall be speedily trimmed up for sea again. If you will have any of them to Chatham, you must send word to meet them, else they come up to Woolwich and Deptford. The "Tiger," that came last, hath divers blocks of tin, which order the Marshal of the Admiralty to look to, they will be else embezzled. Hasten all our ships out to me, for none are in the Downs, and advise with my secretary, Will. Jesop, who is to attend you, about the Dunkirk frigate that landed pickled herring at Falmouth, for if she be used other than well all our merchants' goods will pay for it; also about the ship at Arundel. There is a great plantation going to my island of Trinidad, and they desire a ship of me of 150 tons, with 10 or 12 guns, for transporting some of their people. If any ship fall to me as bona inimicorum or salvage from the enemy let them have it. Colonel Hemsted goes with them, and let her be valued when delivered to them, for they are to pay for her in 3 years. P.S.—I think I must send for some more ships of force, else I doubt the Hollanders will put many affronts on us this summer. Hasten Captain Thomas away with the Warwick frigate. [2 pp.] 24
April 22. Treasury Chamber, Westminster. Order of the Committee for the Navy. Upon information to the Commons House that many Irish are coming out of Ireland into this kingdom to its great annoyance; it is again ordered that the Commissioners of the Navy certify this Committee whether all both King's and merchants' ships are gone out, particularly those for the coast of Ireland; and if any remain yet in the river to return their names and reason of their stay. [2/3 p.] 25
April 25. The Downs. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy, at their office in Tower-street. If they have entertained Mr. Cook's ketch for this summer's service to let him know what guns she will require. Saywell, a very poor man, without employment, and unable to provide bread for his wife and children, is a suitor to be master of the ketch, and is to be placed upon her if they think fit. [Margin: "We have given order for the ketch and master, and desire your order to the Officers of the Ordnance for six small pieces, with appurtenances."] [2/3 p.] 26
April 25. The Downs. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy, at their office in Tower-street. At Chatham I gave order to boatswain Arkinstall to go master of the "Dreadnought" and bring her to the Downs, which he hath done; and now that I have admitted Davids [as master of the "Dreadnought] upon your entreaty and his own acknowledgment of his fault, I desire you to reward Arkinstall with somewhat extraordinary for that service. [2/3 p.] 27
April 25. Walmer Castle. The same The same Upon my being in the west last year the bearer, Humfrey Goddard, then steward in the "Swiftsure," was made purser of the "Star" frigate upon Captain Moulton's recommendation; but he being at Portsmouth when the frigate came into the Thames, some of you recommended me another purser for her, Since then Captain Arthur, complaining of divers ill carriages of the purser of the "Hector," I made him purser of that ship, but upon your examination of the business Captain Arthur's charge proved false and scandalous, whereupon he was restored to his place, so that Goddard hath long attended my favour to him without any benefit as yet. He is to be made purser of the "Globe" prize, with the usual allowances, giving good security not to embezzle or waste any of the provisions committed to his charge. [¾ p.] 28
April 27. Walmer Castle. The same The same For the bearer, Edward Place, master gunner of the "Nicodemus" frigate for three years past, to be master gunner of the" Globe" prize now fitting out, for his better encouragement; with the usual allowances. [½ p.] 29
April 27. The Downs. The same The same Captain Moulton has brought in a ship and delivered it into the hands of Edward Goodfellow. Sends an order to Captain Jorden to take charge of her with Captain Mann's prizes and bring her to London. Send these orders away over land, and if I meet any ship going westward I shall likewise send them by sea. I received a letter from the commanders in the north for the entertaining a prize, the "Covenant of Hull," into the northern squadron; she's of small burthen and will be no great charge to the State considering she's a prize. Confer with the Committee [for the Navy] for entertaining her, and providing another ship to be of the Scotch guard, for there wants two. Captain Browne, of the "Sampson," is now of the northern guard; because he is a Scotchman I have thought fit to put him into Captain Dick's squadron, and to appoint Captain Lawson to be of Captain Haddock's. Receive into your hands all the thirds of prizes belonging to mariners not now at London to receive their parts, whereby they may have it ready when they come. P.S.—If the "Star" frigate arrive at Yarmouth before she comes to the Downs write to the victualler there to supply her with such victuals as she wants. [Damaged. 1 p.] 30
[Commissioners of the Navy.] [Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral,] Dorso. I. We have received your Lordship's letters concerning the prize and sent [word accordingly] to Portsmouth, and doubt not she be sent about. We have agreed with the captain of the "Covenanter," who will be ready with all expedition. We likewise agreed with the "Blessing," Captain Shaftoe, but for want of money to enable him to set out, his ship is fallen off again, so we are now to seek another, with which the fleet will be completed. For the money belonging to the mariners' shares the collectors for the Parliament must be responsible for it, and will issue no money without order from the Committee for the Navy. For the "Star" frigate, we have represented her revictualling to the Committee, who will take order at Yarmouth for her despatch. [Draft. 1 p.] 31
[Commissioners of the Navy.] [Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral.] II. Propose a plan for preventing the constant frauds by the pursers of vessels in the victuals used, by which the captain shall check the purser. The reason that moves us hereunto is that we are informed the pursers take a month's victuals short of their proportion, and so between the pursers and the standing officers they bring in the ship sooner than they should, to the great prejudice of the service. [Draft. ½ p.] 32
April 29. The Downs. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy. I am informed there hath been great abuse the last year by those clerks of the cheque you placed upon the ships in the north and Scotch squadrons, and that some of the merchant ships had not above half their number of men all the time they were abroad. Examine the truth thereof, and search into it, and think of a way to redress that abuse. I conceive the best way will be to set a general muster-master over them, to return books to you monthly from those ships that are northwards, or as often as he can. Recommends for the place this gentleman, Mr. Penrose, that hath lost his estate in the west by the Cavaliers, and hath been at sea with Captain Dick near 2 years. [¾ p.] 33
[Commissioners of the Navy.] [Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral.] Margin. Concerning clerks of the cheque, we had a general muster-master all last winter in the north, who did faithful service and brought things to light of which we shall inform you hereafter, but in regard of the distance of the ships he could not muster all, yet we have been careful in checking those men that wanted in each ship, and for this summer we have placed one Winn, who goes in the "John," as mustermaster for the fleet. And for avoiding the inconvenience that ariseth by one muster-master, we have placed in each ship one, so we cannot accommodate the gentleman you write of. [Draft.] 34
April 30. The Downs. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy, in Tower-street. For William Clark to be master cook on board the "Globe," prize, with the usual allowances. [½ p.] 35
May 1. The same The same For Giles Holdship to be master carpenter of the same ship. [⅓ p.] 36
May 6. The Downs. The same The same To hasten down the ships and all the catches [ketches] to him, taking care they are fitted with as many guns as is fitting. 6 if possible, and not less than 4; the Officers of the Ordnance to supply them with all necessary stores that he may not have to send them up again to be supplied, as he has done with one already. The captain of Walmer Castle hath supplied the "Spy" frigate with a month's provisions and money for 20 men; to give order he may be paid. Encloses a letter from Mr. Knight and Mr. Johnson, touching some bills of exchange which they have charged upon Captain Crandley; they are to acquaint the Committee for the Navy with it, that they may discharge the said bills. [1 p.] 37
May 8. The Downs. The same The same Captain Reeve Williams is preparing his frigate to go forth upon letters of marque; further him what you can in getting the money due to him from the State. I receive continually complaints of the miscarriages of pursers. I hear [Hugh Salisbury] the purser of the "Providence" hath abused the State very much; examine it thoroughly by hearing Captain Plunkett's charge against him, and in case you find him unfit to continue in his place, you must make him an example by inflicting exemplary punishment upon him. P.S.—I pray you get Reeve Williams his money for his victuals, if he goes out on letters of marque, from the State. He will well deserve it or any kindness that can be shewed him; he is one I much value. Wm. Peake hath been with me, that came master on the "Globe" from Captain Swanley, with good testimony from the Captain of his abilities. I wish you had not removed him from the said vessel. If you can place him on any ship or vessel you will do well; otherwise, if you think fit, I will make him master of the "Warwick" hoy, for I have received information from the other side that Peach is a notorious knave. [Seal of the Lord Admiral. 1 p.] 38
May 8. "Walmer Castle," in the Downs. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lora Admiral. Commissioner of the Navy, at Tower-street. Is informed by the Rear Admiral that Thomas Cook, boatswain of the "Guardland [Garland]," does not use fitting authority over the company of the ship, he loves his bed too well. so that the ship's company is not so orderly as it ought to be. John Barnett, boatswain of the "Adventure," is to be boatswain of the "Guardland" for this summer's expedition, Cook taking his place on the "Adventure" till the "Guardland" comes into harbour, when each is to return to his former command. [½ p.]
May 8. At "Walmer Castle," in the Downs. The same The same For the "Sovereign" to be careened if the master shipwrights and their assistants think necessary, her upper works being carefully viewed and repaired where needful. [Seal of the Lord Admiral. ½ p.] 40
May 8. Treasury Chamber, Westminster. Order of the Committee for the Navy. Mr. Robinson, victualler at Chatham, standing much engaged for victuals already spent, so that he is unable to go on with the service without satisfaction, and notwithstanding he was offered 1,000l. to be provided on Tuesday or Wednesday next, and other moneys with all speed, having refused to proceed with that service, ordered, that the Commissioners of the Navy take care the service of the victualler of Chatham be supplied by some other if Mr. Robinson still refuse, and convenient money shall be furnished him from time to time; that they use all diligence for despatch of the ships now in the river to the Lord Admiral; and this Committee desire to be satisfied through whose default so defective a ship was appointed to the Vice-Admiral that has now to be repaired when she ought to be in service. [1¼ pp.] 41
May 9. The Downs. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy, in Tower-street. I have given you order heretofore to provide victuals for 20 men more for my ship [the "James"]. About 4 years since Sir John Pennington had 300 men allowed him upon the said ship, when there was not half the occasion to use men there is now. I have likewise ordered 6 tons more of water cask for my ship, that I may not be forced to put into harbour for want of water. Expects speedy performance hereof. You have sent down Holcroft with his ketch to attend on me without fitting men or victuals. If you expect I should man and victuals him out of my ship you are deceived, for I have found the inconvenience of victualling other small vessels that I was forced afterwards to take provision from other ships to supply mine; therefore set forth these ketches well manned, with victuals proportionable, or I may not trust them with the carriage of a letter. You must of necessity send Holcroft more men, for he hath but 9 men and a boy to 5 pieces of ordnance and the manning of his vessel, which are too few by as many. P.S.—I pray speak that our men who bring up the prizes be well used, and sent speedily back to their men-of-war again, otherwise it will discourage and make them run away hereafter. [1 p.] 42
May 9. From on board the "Garland," in the Downs. Richard Owen Captain Richard Cranley. Encloses a warrant, by the Lord Admiral's command, that it may be put in speedy execution. [Seal with arms and crest. ½ p.] 43
May 10 Order of the Committee for the Navy. For the Commissioners of the Navy to send two ketches of 6 guns each to the Lord Admiral, to be employed about Plymouth, according to an order of the Commons. [½ p.] 44
May 10. The Downs. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy, in Tower-street. The seamen that come up with these prizes from Portsmouth complain they are not well satisfied for their pains. Make them reasonable satisfaction, and give content to Mr. Goodfellow for his pains in bringing up the said vessel. I am informed that those whom the Commissioners for prize goods employ at Portsmouth set up bills in the morning, and in the afternoon sell the goods to whom they think fit, in so short a time that no notice can be given for buyers to come and bid, which may prove very prejudicial to the State. Warn the Commissioners, when they send down any for the sale of prize goods there, to set up bills in the market place three days before the goods be sold, whereby the merchants of the Isle of Wight and Hampton and others may have notice and come and bid for the same. P.S.—I would have no more goods sold at Portsmouth than must of necessity be sold there, but that they be all carried up to London, for I am sure there is the best market. [1 p.] 45
May 11. The Downs. The same The same To provide an active and able commander for the "Warwick" hoy in place of Peach, who is to be removed for neglect of the service and wicked behaviour. To consider the boatswain of the "Convertive," and place him upon her [the "Warwick" hoy ?], in case the "Convertive" comes not out this year; those that have long served the State ought to be preferred before strangers. P.S.—Look over this letter of Philers, the hoyman of Chatham, and examine what barks he hath convoyed, for he lay still about Queenborough and neglected my letter three weeks, and lost three winds for his passage. Accept the bills, from Mr. Knight and Mr. Johnson, of Rotterdam, which hath been laid out for the service of the navy, else we shall have no credit abroad, and desire Mr. Green they may be paid without delay. [Lord Admiral's seal. 1 p.] 46
May 11. The same The same To pay the "Warwick" hoy four months' wages, to provide her with victuals, and deliver a competent proportion of money to the master to provide more victuals when he is abroad, that he may not be forced to come into the river every two or three months to victual. [Lord Admiral's seal. [¾ p.] 47
May 15. Order of the Committee for the Navy. Parliament not having had time to settle the office of Victualler of the Navy, Stephen Allcock, Walter Yonge, and John Bence are to continue as victuallers for the present; and the Commissioners of the Navy are to give them warrant to issue the money they shall from time to time receive by order of this Committee from Sir Henry Vane, junr., Treasurer of the Navy, and also to allow and sign all accounts concerning victualling affairs. [1¼ p.] 48
May 15. Holborn. William Jessop Commissioners of the Navy, in Tower-street. Conveying the Lord Admiral's desire for Mr. Henry Gordon to be master of the "Eighth Whelp." [2/3 p.] 49
May 16. The Downs. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. The same Wilkinson, master gunner of the "Greyhound," comes up to the Officers of the Ordnance for gunner's stores; speak to the officers to give him a speedy despatch, for we have but few vessels in the Downs, and that pinnace is continually employed. The poor man came up last year for his stores and had no allowance for his journey; allow him his expenses for these necessary journeys in the service of the State according to precedent. I intimated to you, in my last, to order the victualler to send ten tons of beer to the Downs for the said pinnace, see it done with all possible speed, she not having above eight days' beer in her. P.S.—Encloses note of things wanting in the "Dreadnought" to be supplied speedily. Since writing this, 14 tuns of beer are come for the "James," which she could not take in; I have ordered 10 tuns to the "Greyhound," 4 for the "Dreadnought." [1 p.] 50
May 18. The Downs. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy, in Tower-street. To send down their pay for C. Wheeler and his company, of the "Greyhound," for their last winter's service. [½ p.] 51
May 21. Order of the Committee for the Navy. For the Commissioners of the Navy to direct some officer at Portsmouth to take up a small vessel to carry victuals from Portsmouth to Guernsey for the frigates "Hart," "Lily," and "Scout," and two shallops employed by the Lord Admiral to attend that island this summer; the next Parliament ship which comes that way to convoy the said vessel to Guernsey. [½ p.] 52
May 22. Chatham. H. Goddard Commissioners of the Navy. Is entrusted by the deputy-lieutenants with the carrying out of the ordinance for felling delinquents' timber in Kent. Prays order that imprest money may be assigned to Mr. Hayward, or some other, to pay all hoymen that bring the King's timber to Chatham from Faversham or other places, where it is brought to the waterside. It comes so fast to the waterside many hoys will not take it off; although we fell 200 trees short of our number, there will be 7 or 8 loads of timber. Pray answer expectation for imprest to the hoymen, for it will be an undoing of the business for hoymen to come up for payment of their bills until the service is done. [1 p.] 53
May 29. Giles Green The same Without advice with the Committee touching your letter, I answer it is and ever has been the Committee's constant practice to refer to my Lord Admiral, or yourselves in his absence, the managing of all matters of this nature, you being best able to advise my Lord and the Committee in his absence. Therefore you may, with much assurance, direct Captain Swanley for his ships as you conceive most advantageous for saving expense and speedy despatch of the service. [½ p.] 54
May 30. Aboard the "James" at anchor before Lyme. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. The same Is yet before Lyme with the Vice-Admiral; "Bonaventure," "Dreadnought," "Expedition," and "Warwick" frigate. The assistance of the ships saved the town, which was brought to such straits it would not have subsisted two days without supply of provisions from us. Note of provisions and ammunition supplied to Lyme out of the ships; all which I have desired the Committee for the West to make good again. The "Elizabeth" of Dartmouth was taken prize last week and sent up to London; the third part for the seamen belongs to the ships named. Names of those of the crew of the "James," who were on board the "Guardland" ["Garland"] when she took the "Tiger" prize, and who ought to have a share in the seamen's third. Send Captain Richard Swanley and Captain Smith to me with all possible speed. To hasten away the "Hector" and the other ships in the river, also the "Crescent" frigate and the ketches. Twenty tuns of water cask to be sent at once; the country is all in opposition to the Parliament, so he cannot supply himself with fresh water, and for want of it the ship's company are in danger of contracting sicknesses. [2 pp.] 55
June 5. Lyme Road. The same The same Is very loth to be deprived of the services of any of the ships by their returning into harbour for the remainder of their provisions, so desires the victualler to send speedily to Portsmouth the provisions received short in the "James," "Reformation," "Bonaventure," and "Dreadnought," that on their going severally thither they may receive them aboard without making any unnecessary stay. The "Hind" frigate and "Seaflower" ketch came in yesterday. [½ p.] 56
June 13. Lyme Road. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy. Has discharged Captain Wheeler of the "Greyhound" from his charge for not observing the Vice-Admiral's commands and for neglect of the service. Has sent a blank commission which they are to fill up in case Captain Zachary shall not accept the charge, to whom it is to be first offered. If Captain Ellison desire to retain charge of the "Providence" at his return from Holland, he is to do so, otherwise it is to be offered to Captain Zachary if he refuse the "Greyhound," and unless Captain Plunket be restored to it by the House of Commons. [Seal with arms and coronet. 1 p.] 57
June 14. Order of the Committee for the Navy. That the Commissioners of the Navy take note of the burthen and captain of the "Elizabeth and Thomas" of Liverpool, belonging to Colonel Moore, who through inexperience neglected to make a contract with the Commissioners for the said ship, and enter her in their books that she may be taken into pay, and make out a bill of imprest for 60l. to Colonel Moore upon the ship's account. [1 p.] 58
June 15. Aboard the "James" before Lyme. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy. I intend to send my Vice-Admiral for the Downs with a prize; let his beer, butter, and cheese for this summer's voyage meet him there. Desires the bread the fleet relieved Lyme with may be sent them again. Note of ammunition to be sent down to Portsmouth for the fleet. Mr. Holt must supply the small frigates and ketches with victuals. Last night the Sergeant-Major of Lyme issued out upon the Irish quarters eastward of the town and drove up the enemy that was then preparing to march, and who, about two in the night, marched away westward; so God be thanked He hath made us good instruments for preserving this poor town, who have most valiantly defended themselves, with the assistance of 300 of our men, and made their enemies to rise from before the town. I am looking westward towards Plymouth. Hasten out Captain Swanley and Captain Smith with all speed, for we hear of some preparation in Brittany. [Lord Admiral's seal. 2 pp.] 59
June 22. Aboard the "James" in Portland Road. The same The same Has required the purser of the "Providence" to return to his charge. The occasions of the kingdom call for a constant attendance of ships on the west coasts; desires the provisions put on board the ships short may be sent to Portsmouth so that the ships may not go too far out of their way. Weymouth being secured, I shall hasten westward to assist in getting in the ports that yet stand out. Meantime ships attend the places of most danger, so I hope God will give much blessing to our endeavours, especially considering my Lord General's army being in the western parts. [1 p.] 60
June 27. Portland Road. The same The same Urges the necessity of supplying the victuals short of the ships' summer supply at once, and also those spared out of the ships to save Lyme. Has sent up his purser about it. The "Bonaventure" is so low in provisions he is fain to send her into the Downs for supply of her own and the other ships' defects. Provisions and ammunition necessary for the smaller vessels, which must be sent from London as Portsmouth cannot furnish any supply. [Seal with arms and coronet. 1 p.] 61
July 2. Portland Road. The same The same Has sent Mr. Speaker a copy of their letter of June 26, omitting that part which advises furnishing the pursers with the money taken in Lyme Road, not that I desire to conceal it, for I have given notice thereof to both Houses and the Committee of both kingdoms; but it may divert them from supplying money some other way, and beget an order for disposing of that which before adjudication is not dis- posable. I presented the defects of the navy, and desired the House to pass your ordinance that you may act with more encouragement. The need of victuals being despatched for the ships and settling a course for victualling small vessels at Portsmouth. Is sending a ketch from Captain Moreton to revictual at Portsmouth, but with little hope of success, as Mr. Holt can do no more till the State's debt to him is lessened. Send me a note when the contracts for merchantmen and for victualling the King's ships determine that I may better judge of the state of the fleet. [1 p.] 62
July 3. Order of the Committee for the Navy. For the Commissioners of the Navy to give warrant to the victuallers to issue out of the stores at Tower-hill the quantity of victuals supplied by the fleet to relieve the town of Lyme, which are to be replaced in the magazine by the Committee of the West, [2/3 p.] 63
July 3. Order of the Committee for the Navy. For the Commissioners of the Navy to make out a bill of imprest to the Treasurer of the Navy for 50l., to be paid to Henry Goddard and Joseph Pett, master shipwrights, towards the carriage to Chatham of timber felled in the woods of delinquents in Kent. [½ p.] 64
July 8. Order of the same. For the Commissioners of the Navy to certify them by two o'clock tomorrow afternoon, in Merchant Taylors' Hall, the names and salaries of all superior and inferior officers in the navy before and after the ordinance of September 15, 1642. [¾ p.] 65
July 10. Order of the same. That the Commissioners of the Navy take care that the timber which by two ordinances of Parliament is to be felled in delinquents' woods and Waltham Forest, be ordered for the best advantage of the navy, and conveyed to such of his Majesty's yards as they think most convenient. [¾ p.] 66
July 10. Treasury Chamber, Westminster. Order of the same. That the Commissioners of the Navy order the victuallers of the navy to provide victuals for two months, from September 10 next. for the "Lion," "Entrance," and "Crescent" frigate, part of the Irish guard, that they may keep at sea till other ships be provided; and order the owners of the merchant ships employed for this summer's service to keep out their ships for the full eight months, and supply them with victuals accordingly. [¾ p.] 67
July 12. Order of the same. That the Commissioners of the Navy call in the "Bonaventure" to be docked and have her leaks repaired. [½ p.] 68
July 19. Order of the same. That the Commissioners of the Navy imprest 100l. to Mr. Jeseph Pett towards the carriage of the 700 tons of timber he certifies to be felled in delinquents' woods and ready to be carried to his Majesty's yards. [2/3 p.] 69
July 30. Order of the same. That the Commissioners of the Navy consider the annexed list of ships, pinnaces, and merchantmen for the winter guard, and confer with the owners of such ships as they think fit to keep out, about their revictualling for six months, and provide fresh shipping to complete the number appointed by Parliament, and return an estimate. [½ p.] Annexed, 70
i. List of ships appointed for the winter guard. [1 p.]
July. Giles Green Commissioners of the Navy. The "Crescent" will be at Tilbury suddenly; the money to be sent by her was this day sent to Portsmouth by land. To take up a vessel to carry 20 tons of ammunition, arms, and other provisions to Weymouth, which the "Crescent" is to convoy if she come, if not, to send letters to the Rear Admiral in the Downs to provide a convoy. [1 p.] 71
August 2. Order of the Committee for the Navy. That the Commissioners of the Navy grant warrants to press mariners for the ships to convoy the herring fishing this season. [¼ p.] 72
August 10. Plymouth. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy, at their office in Tower-street. Has sent up the ketch "Providence" to be discharged from the service, the master desiring it and his contract having expired. The ViceAdmiral lent the master 5l., which is to be deducted on his account. Underwritten, i. Received this 19th Aug., 1644, on which day the ketch came to Tower Wharf. T.R. [Lord Admiral's seal. ½ p.] 73
August 12. Plymouth. The same The same The victuals and ammunition have arrived; all the ships westward, except the "Providence," have been obliged to leave their stations for want of them. Has written again to the House about the state of the navy. To hasten away the "Swallow" and "Leopard" and the two months' victuals bound for Milford. To urge the necessity of speedily preparing a winter guard. Sends certificate of the sufficiency of the "Guardland" ["Garland"] for the winter's service. P.S.—Stephen Rich to be master of some good ship for the winter's service. You must consider seriously the danger, by an inlet to the Irish rebels, if the merchant ships for the Irish sea be not revictualled, or others sent in their room. [Lord Admiral's seal. 1 p.] 74
August 20. Order of the Committee for the Navy. Upon several letters from the Committee at Sunderland, with examinations of Captain Haddock and others against Captain David Brown, of the "Sampson" prize, now in this summer's service, that having taken a Holland frigate, the "Utrecht," with passengers, powder, and merchandize for Scarborough, he and his company exceedingly plundered the said ship and her lading; it is ordered that the Commissioners of the Navy, when the "Sampson" comes in, pay no wages to Captain Brown or his company till the State has been satisfied for the injuries done by them. [½ p.] 75
August 20. The like order. For the Commissioners of the Navy to make out a bill for 30l. to Abraham Percy, master of the "Amy," of London, for his expenses while detained eight weeks in Milford Haven, waiting for a convoy; Captain Plunkett and Captain Williams appointed to convoy him when carrying gunpowder to Liverpool having left him at Land's End, so that, for fear of the Bristol fleet, he was forced to put into Milford. [¾ p.] 76
August 21. Plymouth. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy, at their office in Tower-street. Bearer is one of the company of the "Margaret and Phœbe," of Colchester, lately taken by an Irish man-of-war at Wexford, and is sent over to procure an exchange of 27 English and Scots, detained prisoners at Wexford and Limerick, for 24 Irish, now prisoners at London, of the company of the ship whereof Edward Chamlett was master. It will be a work of charity to get our men from under so base an enemy, therefore assist their relief. It is a pity the Irish should be released, yet the suffering of so many English and Scots must not be forgotten. [2/8 p.] 77
August 21. Plymouth. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy, at their office in Tower-street. To revictual the ships at Guernsey, they having but three weeks' victuals left. The time draws nigh for our returning to the Downs, therefore hasten out the winter guard or revictual some of the ships abroad, that the ports here may not be left open. The enemy want powder and arms, whereof supplies are daily expected at Dartmouth, and access is only hindered by the ships' attendance there. [Copy. 1 p.] 78
August 23. Plymouth Sound. The same The same To provide a vessel in place of the "Maria" pinnace, she being unfit for further service. The prize Captain Penn brought to London will perhaps do. The vessel chosen is to be a good sailer, and carry 6 or 8 guns. P.S.—The guns in the "Maria" will be fit for the vessel pitched on. [2/3 p.] 79
August 23. Plymouth. The same The same This day the "Leopard" and "Swallow" came into the Sound. I have signified my desire to the Committee of the Navy that 2 or 3 more ships be presently taken up to complete the squadron for Milford, and a victualler be settled at Barnstaple or Pembroke as you desire. Hears nothing of Captain Ashmore's ship. Concerning the "Maria," as above. [¾ p.] 80
August 26. Order of the Committee for the Navy. That the Commissioners of the Navy take up the second of the two vessels ordered by the Committee of both kingdoms for intelligence between Parliament and the Earl of Essex, on contract to take such powder, arms, and ammunition as shall be laden by the Committee for the West to be carried to Lyme. In case the vessel cannot be ready by Thursday next [Aug. 29] they are to take up sufficient tonnage in the "Thomas," Wm. Gipson, master, now lying at Tower Wharf. [¾ p.] 81
August 31. Order of the same. That the Commissioners of the Navy order the victuallers of the navy to send away 4 months' victuals for 1,000 men to the Lord Admiral, to be disposed among the ships kept out for the winter guard; in the 4 ships now ready to go for the Irish guard, one half the proportion of beer to be sent in malt. [½ p.] Underwritten, i. Warrant given 2 September to the victuallers accordingly. Another warrant the same day to deliver Mr. Tho. Clarke so much money as may provide necessaries. Tho. L. [¼ p.] 82
Sept. 11. Order of the same. That the Commissioners of the Navy return an estimate of the money required to furnish the provisions demanded for Portsmouth. [⅓ p.] 83
Sept. 12. Portsmouth. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy. To hasten Mr. Marett into the Downs to pilot the "James" to Chatham, which with the "Dreadnought" has come to St. Helen's road. [Seal of the Lord Admiral. ½ p.] 84
Sept. 13. Order of the Committee for the Navy. That the Commissioners of the Navy do certify them which of the ships bound for Ireland is most convenient to take the Irish prisoners who are to be exchanged for Englishmen, prisoners at Washford [Wexford], and where she now rides. [¾ p.] 85
Sept. 16. Walmer Castle. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy. The "James" and "Dreadnought" are come to the Downs, and stay only for a pilot to bring them into harbour. The "Dreadnought" is to go to Woolwich for repairs, which will fit her for many years' service. [Lord Admiral's seal, broken, 2/3 p.] 86
Sept. 17. Walmer Castle. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Commissioners of the Navy. Since coming to the Downs hears nothing of the victuals said to be speeding away for the winter guard. Fears the ships will be obliged to withdraw from Plymouth if they be not hastened away. At Walmer received a petition from a poor woman for 6l. 6s. 6d. due to her for diet and attendance on James Bushell, gunner of the "Spy" frigate, injured in the Parliament's service. The money was paid, petitioner's husband being in the "Lion," and is to be stopped out of Bushell's wages. To give order for allowance to Bushell out of the chest on his applying for it. P.S.—Hopes to be at Chatham to-morrow or next day, and to meet some of them about paying off his ships. [Seal with device. 1 p.] 87
Sept. 17. Order of the Committee for the Navy. That the Commissioners of the Navy forthwith send away the two ships with victuals to Captain Batten, Vice-Admiral, now before Plymouth, for supply of the ships to be winter guard there. [½ p.] 88
Sept. 17. Walmer Castle. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. Mr. William Herbert, purser of the "James." Warrant to provide victuals for the company of the "James" till she be moored, or if necessary till she be paid off; her stock of victuals being nearly exhausted. [Lord Admiral's seal. 1 p.] Dorso, i. Form of a bill of what is due to Wm. Herbert for providing victuals for the company of the "James" for six days, from Sept. 21 to Sept. 27. [Draft. ⅓ p.] 89
Sept. 18. Walmer Castle. The same The same Has sent the "Hart" frigate to Deptford to be discharged, her victuals being spent and the vessel itself wanting repairs. [Lord Admiral's seal. ½ p.] 90
Sept. 18. Walmer Castle. The same The same To allow Mr. Herbert, purser of the "James," for the victuals of the persons mentioned in the annexed schedule, received on board the "James" from prize vessels, some seeking to escape from the enemy, others as prisoners or to be cured of their wounds, &c. [Lord Admiral's seal. 2/3 p.] 91
Sept. 23. Warwick House. The same The same To discharge and pay off the ketch "Prosperous," Richard Thompson, commander, with the first opportunity. The vessel is very fit for next summer's service. [½ p.] 92
Sept. 23. Warwick House. The same The same The like letter for the ketch "Seaflower," Joseph Wood commander. [½ p.] 93
Sept. 23. Warwick House. The same The same The Vice-Admiral will repair to Portsmouth if the victuals for the winter guard come not to him within two or three days; to take effectual order the victualling ships be sent away tomorrow morning, to deliver at the Downs the provisions to be left there, so to sail to Portsmouth, thence to Weymouth if any part be intended for the "Antelope"; and so directly to Plymouth.—P.S. The "Mary Rose" was to come from Plymouth towards her harbour this day. [1 p.] 94
Sept. 30. Warwick House. The same The same To issue warrant to the Treasurer of the Navy to pay Dr. Walter Walker, Advocate of the Fleet, his salary from April 1st last, the date of his commission, till September 30, at the rate of 20s. per diem, as recommended by the Commissioners. [¾ p.] 95
Sept. 30. Warwick House. The same The same Divers stuffs belonging to London merchants were heretofore brought from Dartmouth by some seamen, belonging to a ship that ran away to Dartmouth in her voyage outward. Forty pieces of the stuff are now at my house in Holborn to be restored to the proprietors after a reasonable salvage paid. These are to desire you to appraise the salvage on the said stuffs for recompense of the seamen who rescued them, that upon payment thereof the stuffs may be restored to the owners. [½ p.] 96
Sept. 30. Order of the Committee for the Navy. That the Commissioners of the Navy take up the merchant ship "Providence" now before Poole for this winter's guard. [½ p.] 97