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Charles I - volume 514: September 1646

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1645-7. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1891.

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September 1646

Sept. 2. 57. Order of the House of Lords. That the members of this House who are of the Committee of the King's, Queen's, and Prince's Revenues, the Committee sitting at Haberdashers' Hall, and the Committee for the Army, do give this House an account of money received and paid forth since their sitting in these Committees respectively. [Printed in Lords' Journals viii., p. 480. Copy. ½ p.]
Sept. 3/13.
St. Germainen-Laye, Paris.
Queen Henrietta Maria to Pope [Innocent X]. Having obtained from the King my nephew [Louis XIV. of France] the nomination to the bishopric of Evreux for the Sieur [Jaques] du Perron, Bishop of Angoulême, my Grand Almoner, so that he might be nearer to my person, and be enabled to continue his services to me as well in France as after my return to England, I write these lines to beg your Holiness to accord to him gratis your Bulls for this, which I venture the more readily to promise myself as this is only a translation which will even diminish his income, and which I have desired solely for the convenience of my service. The great expense he has been put to on my account these sixteen years, and the service which he has rendered to the Catholic religion in England, as well as those services which the late Cardinal du Perron, his uncle, formerly Bishop of that see, rendered both to the Church and to this kingdom [of France], in the conversion of the late King [Henri IV.] my father, induce me to hope for this favour from your Holiness, as the Chevalier Digby will more particularly explain to you when he presents this letter from me. [Epist. Principum, Vol. 70, p. 33. Transcripts from Rome. P.R.O. French. Copy. 1 p.]
Sept. 4. 58. Promise by Thos. Pentlow to procure a copy of a rent-roll at Northampton, the party interested having lost his rent-rolls. [1 p.]
Sept. 14. 59. Assignment from Sir Hardress Waller to John Davies, Esq. of Westminster, of the 300l. payable to him under the Ordinance of Parliament of the 15th August 1645, in part of such pay as is due to Sir Hardress as colonel of a regiment of foot serving in Ireland. [Seal with arms. 1 p.]
Sept. 15. 60. Programme of the proceeding at the funeral of Robt. Devereux, Earl of Essex, &c., late Lord General of the forces raised and employed by the Parliament, who died at Essex House on Monday 15 Sept. [when the earldom of Essex became extinct]. The procession included the Speakers of both Houses; the body was drawn in an open chariot, with the effigies in an open chariot; Members of both Houses, the Prolocutor, the Assembly of Divines, the Lord Mayor, &c. One company of the Trained Bands. [4 pp.]
Sept. 15. 61. The latter portion only of a much fuller programme than the preceding of the funeral procession of the late Earl of Essex, giving the names of all those who formed that part of the procession, with particulars of the banners, trumpets, &c. [16 pp.]
Sept. 17. Petition of the Levant Company to the Commons. That Sir Sackville Crow, being chosen by petitioners to reside at Constantinople and dignified with the title and authority of Ambassador, did in July 1638, by covenant with petitioners, promise to protect their trade, defend their goods and servants from impositions, and would not exact any moneys nor forcibly take the moneys or goods of the Company or their factors against their wills upon any occasion, but would content himself with such allowance as is expressed in the said Articles. Petitioners have not only borne the expense of his transportation with his lady and followers to Constantinople, and paid 600l. towards the furnishing of his house, but have confirmed the payment of 1,000l. per annum for his maintenance there. Notwithstanding which Sir Sackville Crow hath greatly abused the royal authority, contrary to his covenant, under pretence that his Majesty had given to him the duty called Strangers' Consulage, and prohibited all ships to leave Constantinople, which he supported by the capitulations and grants of the Grand Signior. He also accused petitioners of having gotten by false suggestions into their power his lands and debts in England. Sir Sackville Crow having most unjustly ordered the sequestration of all moneys, goods, and merchandise within the dominions of the Grand Signior belonging to the members of the Company whose names were expressed in a schedule annexed to the said commission, and directed his agents to put the same in execution upon the persons and estates of the English at Constantinople and Smyrna, imprisoning the one and seizing the other, the particulars whereof being too long to insert, they intend to print them for the better information of the Parliament unless prohibited. The English nation at Constantinople, in this their desperate condition, were necessitated to fly to the protection of Signior Copes, the agent for Holland, by whose means, with the aid of Turkish justice, the English there obtained the release of their persons and goods, but at the cost of 10,000l. to the Company. Pray that the Parliament would either move or grant petitioners leave to move his Majesty for a letter for the recall of Sir Sackville Crow, that he may be removed from his employment according to their charter and Ordinance of Parliament. 7 March 1643–44. [Corresp. of Levant Comp., Vol i., No. 104.]
Sept. 17. Abstracts of the Levant Company's Correspondence concerning Strangers' Consulage, commencing from 11 Aug. 1607. [Ibid., No. 106. 2½ pp.]
Sept. 17. Resolution of the Commons upon the petition of the Levant Company, complaining of the seizure of their estates and the imprisoning of the factors and servants of the said Company at Constantinople and Smyrna by Sir Sackville Crow, and desiring leave to move his Majesty for a letter forthwith to recall him from his employment. Ordered, that the petition be referred to a Committee of 29 members, named, amongst whom occur the names of Holles, Sir Arthur Haselrig, Alderman Pennington, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Oliver Cromwell, Mr. Selden, and Sir Simon Dewes, with 22 others. This Committee, or any five of them, to confer with the Turkey merchants, and to report what they shall think fit to be done thereupon to the House to-morrow morning the first business. [Printed in Commons' Journals iv., p. 671. Corresp. of Levant Comp., Vol. i., No. 105.]
Sept. 17. 62. Robt. Scawen to the Committee of Accounts for the whole kingdom. By yours of the 16th you desire me to send you a copy of the New Establishment of the Army, which has passed both Houses, but having it not I must refer you to the clerks of either House, from whom you may obtain a copy. [½ p.]
Sept. 17.
Duchy Chamber.
63. The Committee for the Eastern Association to the same. Your sub-committee for Bucks. having summoned Mr. Harrison, late Treasurer of Newport Pagnell, to pass all his accounts for that garrison before them, we desire you to revoke that order, as those accounts are under examination and debate before this Committee, and the money due thereupon is disposable by our order. [2/3 p.]
Sept. 18.
Derby House.
The Committee of both kingdoms to Col. Mytton. The consideration of all the garrisons and forces of the kingdom being by special order of the House of Commons referred to such members of the Lords and Commons as are also members of this Committee, they have, upon mature consideration, resolved that in that county [Salop] only the garrisons of Shrewsbury and Ludlow should be continued as garrisons, and have also agreed upon an establishment for them and reported the same to the House, who thereupon voted the disgarrisoning of the others and the disbanding of the rest of the forces. You are therefore to proceed to disgarrison the town and castle of Oswestry and to disband the said forces. We have written to the Committee of Salop that they pay the forces of that garrison in the same proportion as the rest of their forces which are disbanded. [Interregnum 23 E., pp. 99, 100. Copy=1 p.]
Sept. 18.
Derby House.
The same to the Committee of Salop. We have written to Col. Mytton to disgarrison Oswestry and to disband those forces, but are informed by his letter of the 4th that he cannot procure the like pay for them as you gave to the rest of your disbanded forces, nor has he received any money for those forces notwithstanding our letters written to you for that purpose. We now think fit they should be paid as the others are, and desire you that they may be paid off in the same proportion that you gave to the rest of your forces which are disbanded. [Ibid., p. 100. Copy. 2/3 p.]
Sept. 20. 64. Certificate by John Masters, Marshal to the garrison of Chichester. That whereas Wm. Cawley hath been charged by the sub-committee of Accounts at Chichester in their surcharge sent up to the Committee of Accounts for the whole kingdom in London, with the receipt of several sums here stated, I can affirm that the sums stated below were paid to Col. Stapley, Lieut.-Col. Roberts, and Major Bodley, by the persons named, the same being assessed on them severally by the Council of War at the reducement of Chichester by Sir Wm. Waller for payment of the soldiers. [2/3 p.]
Sept. 21.
Nottingham.
65. John Gregory, of the Committee of Accounts in Notts., to his cousin John Gregory, of the Committee of Accounts for the whole kingdom. Finding the country so infected with the plague and unwilling to inform against accountants, and those to whom we have directed our warrants both tardy and unready, my fellow Commissioners have requested me to entreat you to represent these their desires to the Committee in London. Though you refused to empower us to pay our officers and other ordinary expenses in this business, we understand that Leicester has power to pay theirs; if so, we hope we may expect the like. [Seal broken. 1 p.]
Sept. 21.
Chichester.
66. F. Blachford to Ralph Hartley, Registrar to the Committee of Accounts. I am required by the rest of the Committee here to enclose you these letters, one is for the Committee of Accounts for the whole kingdom about the old business from Goldsmiths' Hall, in which there is a copy of an order for the money in arrear of the Scottish loan, pray let it be delivered when Mr. Prynne is present at the Committee [Seal gone. ½ p.] Enclosed,
66. i. The Committee of Accounts in Sussex to Wm. Prynne, Esq. Since your being with us in Chichester we have received a peremptory order for repayment of the money received by our Treasurer as an arrear of the Scottish loan, notwithstanding your order that we should retain the same for payment of our clerks and officers, and their promise that we should hear no more of it. This trouble is altogether wrought against us by our Committee for Sequestrations. We hope you will make a pacification for us in this matter, and free us from further trouble. Chichester, 21 Sept. [Seal with arms, broken. 1 p.]
Sept. 21. 67. Petition of John Tedd to the Committee for Safety of co. Warwick and city of Coventry. Prays payment of 12l. 2s., remaining due to him for the billeting of Capts. Ross and Preston and Ensign Henry. Underwritten,
67. i. Order for Mr. Basnet to pay John Tedd 8l., in full payment of his demand for billeting soldiers. 21 Sept. 1646.
Sept. 22. Petition of Sir Thos. Bludder, Knt., to the Committee for Compounding. That, having been a member of the Commons' House, he repaired to and resided in Oxford and other garrisons held against the Parliament, and being in Oxford did sit in the Assembly there. For this his delinquency his estate is sequestered. That he was at Oxford when it was surrendered, and is comprised within the Articles then agreed on. Prays that he may be admitted to a favourable composition according to those Articles. Underwritten,
Received 22 Sept. 1646, and presented a pass from Sir Thos. Fairfax of the 14th June 1646. Referred to the subcommittee 21 Nov. 1646. [Interregnum 208 G., p. 391.] Annexed,
i. Statement of the case of Sir Thos. Bludder as above. He hath neither taken the Negative Oath nor [National] Covenant, but prays to be exempted upon the Articles of Oxford and the vote of the House of Commons pursuant. He compounds upon a particular delivered in under his hand by which he submits to such fine, &c., and by which it appears that his estate is as here specified. [Ibid., p. 380.]
ii. Pass signed and sealed by Sir Thos. Fairfax. Certifying that the bearer, Sir Thos. Bludder, was in the garrison of Oxford at the surrender thereof, and is to have the full benefit of the Articles agreed unto upon its surrender. He is quietly and without let or interruption to be suffered to pass the guards with his servants, horses, and goods, and may repair to London or elsewhere, &c. 4 June 1646. [Printed form filled in. Ibid., p. 388.]
[Sept. 22 ?] Petition of the same to the same. That upon his composition for the rest of his estate, this Committee were pleased to respite his composition for his interest in the lease of the 12d. upon the chaldron of sea [borne] coals until he might have the possession of it. Prays that he may be now admitted to compound for his interest in this lease upon the same Articles [of Oxford] as he formerly compounded for the rest of his estate, and that upon his composition he may be restored to the possession thereof. Annexed,
The particular of Sir Thos. Bludder's interest in the lease of the 12d. upon the chaldron of sea coals, in which there was 14 years to come the 25th Dec. 1646. He desires to compound for his interest in this, viz.,—For 280l. per annum for 14 years; for 500l. per annum for 8 years in reversion after 6. Signed, T. Bludder. [Ibid., pp. 392, 394.]
Sept. 25.
Derby House.
The Committee of both kingdoms to the Committee of Kent. We understand that the garrison of Rochester has been formerly discharged by you, but was still continued at Rochester. We have now given order to Captain Lee to discharge the same, and recommend it to your care to see that the forces of that garrison and the ammunition spent by them until such time as the garrison was discharged by you may be paid by you. And for the time since that your discharge, we shall report it to the Commons that some course for the remainder may be taken by them. [Interregnum 23 E., p. 101. Copy. ½ p.]
Sept. 25.
Derby House.
The same to Col. Mytton. A proposition has been made to this Committee by John Maddox concerning the reducing of Holt Castle [co. Denbigh], and we shall endeavour with the Houses to do what is theroin desired provided the castle be delivered up within six weeks after this date. We notify this to you that you may assist in the effecting thereof. [Ibid. Copy. ½ p.]
Sept. 25.
Derby House.
The same to the Committee of Hereford. We are informed that upon the design for reducing Hereford there was a promise given by Sir John Bridges, Col. Birch, and Col. Morgan, who had the transacting of that affair, that the delinquency and sequestration of two friends of Major Howorth and Capt. Daniel Alderne should be taken off, whom they were to name. This promise not being then certified to us could not with the rest of their negotiation be reported to the House, and therefore was not effected with it. Daniel Alderne and Major Howorth have now desired that the delinquency of Rowland Howorth, Charles Booth, Dr. Edw. Alderne, and Clement Clarke should be taken off according to the said undertaking, which their desire we have ordered to be reported to the House [of Commons] that they may declare their pleasure therein. And being informed that you do there in the country proceed against their estates as delinquents, we desire you, in regard of the undertaking of those who were entrusted by us, to do those persons all the lawful favour you may till the mind of the House shall be made known herein. [Ibid., p. 102. Copy. 1 p.]
Sept. 25.
Derby House.
The same to the Committee of Hereford. Upon a proposition made to this Committee in November last by Sir John Bridges about the taking in of Hereford, we empowered him to treat with certain persons, and assigned some forces to attend that service, which work was accordingly happily brought to pass, wherein we conceive Sir John did very good service to the State, and for which he deserves respect and encouragement. We are informed that you are about to sequester his estate for something done by him while the county was under the power of the King, which course we conceive you would not have followed had you taken notice that he was so principal an instrument in the reducing of that place to the obedience of the Parliament, he being also engaged at this time in the service for Ireland, whither he is speedily to make his repair for that purpose. We therefore desire you to do him what lawful favour you can till such time as the Parliament shall give order for a discharge of the same. We shall report the business to the Houses, and his good service to the State in the reducing of Hereford. [Ibid., p. 103. Copy. 1 p.]
Sept. 29.
Oxford.
68. Order of the Committee of co. Stafford to Capt. Robt. Tuthell. Having received command from the Parliament to disband most of the forces of this county for ease of the same, we hereby free and discharge you and your troop from any further service in this county, and authorize you to give passes and discharges to all your officers and soldiers. [1 p.]
[Sept.] 69. Petition of Wm. Hill, Symon Costen, and Michael Holman, being of the sub-committee of Accounts for co. Middlesex. That by Ordinance of Parliament, 18th July, the Committee of Middlesex without the line was charged with 20 light horse and 12 dragoons towards the keeping of the garrisons in cos. Oxon., Bucks., and Berks. That the Committee have charged each of us towards this number one light horse or 12l. in lieu thereof, represent that this charge is unreasonable and disproportionate. Pray a letter to the Committee for taking off the said charge either wholly or partly. [1 p.]
Sept. 70. Sir Edw. Barkham and others to the Committee of Accounts for the whole kingdom. We have not been able to complete the accounts for sequestration within the time given us by your order, and must therefore request some three or four days further to finish them. [½ p.]
Sept. 71. Particular account of the profit of [Sir Henry Vane's] mill for malt, wheat, rye, &c., called the Maine's Mills, from Michaelmas 1645 to Michaelmas 1646, whilst it was in John Michel's hands. [4 pp.]