Charles II - volume 1: May 29-31, 1660

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May 29-31, 1660

May 29.
1. Speech of Sir Harbottle Grimston, Bart., Speaker of the House of Commons, to the King, delivered at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, in presence of the members, congratulating his restoration and his conquest by patience over his kingdom; presents the Petition of Right for signature, and begs him to reign as King over his peoples' hearts. Printed.
May 29? 2. Petition of 20 Sherborne Officers, under command of the Marquis of Hertford, Lieut.-General of the first-raised forces in the West and in South Wales, to the King, for some provision for the remainder of their days; beseech that they may be made partakers of the universal joy, and plead the late King's promise, on their early appearing at York, that they should have the same pay as long as they lived.
May 29.
3. Thos. White to the Admiralty Commissioners. Urges payment of the 2,348l. 8s. 7d., navy arrears, due to the port of Dover, for want of which 100 families have not bread, and they are unable to buy cordage and other stores for the service. [Admiralty Paper.]
May 30.
Happy Return, Harwich.
4. Capt. Jos. Ames to the Same. Has come to Harwich, as ordered, to cleanse his ship and receive three months' provisions. [Adm. Paper.]
May 30.
Satisfaction, Yarmouth Road.
5. Capt. Rob. Wilkinson to the Same. Has convoyed 16 ships to Holing, and brought back another English ship, laden with salt, rescued at Ostend. Is ordered to cruise off Yarmouth. [Adm. Paper.]
May 30. 6. Fras. and Nath. Bacon and Rob. Ellison to the Same. Request a convoy to take a ship from Harwich, and another now in the Thames, both richly laden, to Dantzic, and bring back an Ipswich ship, and two Newcastle ships, now staying there for want of convoy, the seas being dangerous. [Adm. Paper.]
May 30.
Elias, Chatham River.
7. Mark Harrison to the Same. Has arrived in the Medway; his company has been in pay 40 months. [Adm. Paper.]
May 30.
8. Thos. Bright to the Admiralty and Navy Comrs. Capt. Wilkinson, of the Satisfaction, has brought in a rescued South Shields vessel, laden with salt. Two of the King's frigates have passed northwards, and a fleet, supposed to be from the Downs, with a man-of-war and a galley, is seen in the south. [Adm. Paper.]
May 30.
Proclamation against debauched and profane persons, who, on pretence of regard to the King, revile and threaten others, or spend their time in taverns and tippling houses, drinking his health; ordering magistrates to be strict in discovering and punishing the same. Printed. [Proclamation Collection, Charles II., p. 3.]
May 30. 9. Request of Col. Alex. Popham and Jas. Huxley to Lord Chancellor Hyde, in behalf of Wm. Clewer, that he would present to the King Clewer's petition for presentation to the rectory of Green's Norton, according to the desire of Thos. Elmes, the chief gentleman of the town. Annexing,
9. i. Petition of Wm. Clewer, M.A., to the King, for the living of Green's Norton, co. Northampton, worth 120l. a year; lost his grant of Blisworth, worth 160l., by refusing to keep the thanksgiving day for the victory at Worcester, and praying for His Majesty after it had been forbidden.
9. ii. Certificate by Hen. Wilkinson, Principal of Magdalen Hall, Oxford, and three others, in favour of the petitioner.
Oxford, March 29, 1660.
9. iii. Like certificate by John Dod, Minister of Alderton, and two other ministers. May 12, 1660.
May 30. 10. Petition of John Wynn, of Rhwgoch, co. Merioneth, and Roger Mostyn, of Brymbo, co. Denbigh, to the King, for the reversion of the Receivership of North Wales, after Maurice Wynn; also for a reversion after himself to Roger Mostyn.
May 30? 11. Petition of Sir William Courtenay, of Bogatt, co. Hants, to the King, for a Tellership in the Exchequer, the Treasurership of the Navy, or the disposal of the places of Clerks of the Cheque. Raised a regiment at his own charge in the late war, was sequestered, denied the benefit of the articles concluded on surrender of the garrison which he maintained, long imprisoned, &c.
May 30. 12. Declaration by John Earl of Clare, of his acceptance of the King's gracious pardon, according to his promise from Breda. Signed by the Earl of Manchester, Speaker of the House of Lords, pro tempore.
May 31. 13. Certificate by Sir Thos. Alleyn, Lord Mayor of London, that Richard Waring, citizen, lays hold on the King's favour, expressed in his declaration, and will continue a loyal and obedient subject.
May 31.
14. The King to Aubrey De Vere, Earl of Oxford. Appoints him, in consideration of his noble family, and his services in the Restoration, Knight of the Garter, investing him with the Garter and George, and assuring him of the habit at his installation at Windsor Castle.
May 31.
15. Joh. Wolveridge to Mrs. Clemence Griffith. Would be glad of a place under the King, and would pay for it, though scorning service under Noll, Dick, or the Rump. Asks the Lieutenancy of Holt and Woolmer Forest; the woods are spoiled, the deer almost gone, and the fish ponds worth nothing. Imperfect.
May 31. 16. Certificate by Rowland Berkley and nine others, of Worcester, to the truth of a petition.
May 31. 17. Petition of Robt. Reynolds to the King, for leave to retire with pardon and protection into the country, where he will evidence his loyalty and obedience; as a member of the Long Parliament, endeavoured a composure on the late King's overtures from Nottingham, opposed the making of a new Great Seal, the trial of the late King, the expulsion of the Peers, change of Government, and setting up an usurper, and absented himself from the House, detesting the force put upon it. Declined to accept the place of Solicitor or Attorney General, or, though menaced, to take the oath of abjuration. Married into a loyal family, and has much helped His Majesty's friends.
May 31.
18. Petition of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament to the King, to set apart, by proclamation, a day of thanksgiving, for the inestimable blessing of his restitution to his royal throne, which puts a period to the calamities of three kingdoms, and obliges all subjects to render an everlasting tribute of praise and thanksgiving. With order thereon to the Attorney General, to draw up the proclamation for thanksgiving, to be held in or near London that day fortnight, and in other parts that day month.
May 31.
The Tredagh, 25 leagues from Algiers.
19. Capt. Thos. Teddeman to the Admiralty and Navy Comrs. Encountered six Spanish men-of-war, with an English prize. They hauled up to shore near New Gibraltar, under shelter of the forts; durst not attack them, having no fire-ship. Chased two other vessels to Scala, when the town fired on them. Has kept his station in the Straits, and taken one Spanish vessel laden with slaves and Spanish forsadoes. Will land the latter in Spain, and the former in Barbary. [Adm. Paper.]
May 31.
Satisfaction, near Yarmouth.
20. Capt. Robt. Wilkinson to the Same. Being seven leagues out at sea, rescued two vessels from Hamburgh, laden with that company's goods, from an Ostender, which had taken them, and brought them into Yarmouth Road. Chased the Ostender, but she got away. [Adm. Paper.]
May 31.
21. John Browne to the Same Three frigates have come into port, by Lord Montague's orders, and two others are waiting commands. [Adm. Paper.]
May ? 22. List of provisions delivered out of the Charles, for another ship, in lieu of which a fresh supply is requested. [Adm. Paper.]
May. 23. Account of ship's provisions, &c. to be given to General Penn; value, 664l. 12s. [Adm. Paper.]
May ? Addresses of laudation and congratulation to the King on his restoration, from the following places and persons:—
24. Bristol city; entreating ratification of their former privileges; signed by Edw. Kyson, mayor.
25. Buckinghamshire; with numerous signatures.
26. Chester city; signed by John Johnson, mayor.
27. Coventry city; resigning their right to the fee-farm rents of 148l. 3s. 3d. a year, belonging to the Crown, which they purchased in self preservation.
28. Devonshire and Exeter ministers; expressing their joy that with his zeal for the Protestant religion is joined "a pitiful heart towards tender consciences," and their hope that he will protect "the young and weak of the flock, who cannot pace it with their elder brethren." Signed by Wm. Bartlett and eight others.
29. Dorsetshire; numerously signed.
30. Gloucestershire gentry; numerously signed.
31. Gloucestershire militia; signed by the officers.
32. Herefordshire gentry; numerously signed.
33. Kent gentry; with numerous signatures.
34. Lancashire and Cheshire nobility and gentry; many signatures.
35. Lancashire and Cheshire nobility and gentry in and about London; numerous signatures.
36. London ministers; requesting restoration of the former happy ecclesiastical, civil, and military government; 20 signatures.
37. Lyme Regis; rejoicing in the first fruits of his gracious disposition, in the proclamation against vicious, profane, and debauched persons; signed by John Ellesdon, mayor, and numerous others.
38. Newark-on-Trent; numerous signatures, but not original.
39. Newcastle-on-Tyne; hoping that he may be the instrument to unite a divided church, compose a distracted kingdom, and ease an oppressed people.
40. North Wales; hoping for the re-settlement of the church, those lately in power having, under pretence of propagating the Gospel, shut up the churches, and converted the endowments to their own use; numerous signatures, not original.
41. Northamptonshire; numerously signed.
42. Nottinghamshire gentry; many signatures.
43. Rutlandshire nobility and gentry; numerous signatures.
44. Somersetshire; numerously signed.
45. Surrey nobility and gentry; many signatures.
46. Sussex lords, knights, and gentlemen; numerous signatures.
47. Totness, co. Devon; stating that the late demand from their country for a free Parliament proves its loyalty, and that two of their inhabitants lost their lives in the dispute; they send His Majesty a small freewill offering, such as they gave in 1645, when he left them; hope his presence will revive their trade, to which a peace with Spain would greatly conduce, but they leave to him the settlement of Church and State; signed by Thos. Brookinge, mayor, and 39 others.
48. Warwickshire nobility and gentry; very many signatures.
49. Wiltshire ministers; stating that many of them sent a written remonstrance against the death of the late King, and that they rejoice in the proclamation against debauched and profane persons; numerously signed.
50. Officers of Col. Rich. Ingoldsby's regiment; stating that they have been useful in the Restoration, and hope to serve further.
51. J. S., a relative of General Monk, commemorating His Majesty's former miraculous escapes from danger, and lauding his personal qualities.
May ? 52. Sonnet by P. D. L. on the royal vessels of His Britannic Majesty; also a sonnet on his return to England.
May ? 53. Declaration by Sir Thos. Myddleton, of Chirk Castle, co. Denbigh, of his acceptance of the King's offer of pardon, made at Breda, 14th April last.
May ? 54. Nic. Love to Lady Leslie. Entreats help, his life and fortune being at stake, and influence with Sir Wm. Fleming; many eyes are on him. Did not sign the late King's death warrant, and was always a well wisher to his friends.
May ? 55. Information of Joshua Garment that Col. Pine and others were concerned in a petition, which went through many places for subscription, that the late King should be brought to justice, as being the main instrument in hindering the work of the Lord; Thomas Colloer of Westbury, near Wells, said he was the author of it; also notices of others who are resolved against kingly power; is a faithful subject, and will try to discover the murderers of the late King.
May ? 56. Note that several fifth-monarchy men, and persons of dangerous principles, are to be found at — Wilson's in Bridge Yard, or Bridge Court, or at Skinner's near; also that the books of the Council of State, from Aug. 1659 to Jan. 1660, are at the House of Commons.
May ? 57. Certificate that George Keddell, of Ralvarden parish, Kent, laboured to get signatures to the petition for the trial of the late King, and said that he would sooner see his own blood on the earth, and his neighbours dead at their doors, than have a king proclaimed.
May ? 58. — to Jos. Williamson, Queen's College, Oxford. Regrets not having seen him. Has been entertaining Lord Willoughby. "Honest Jack" will visit Williamson on his return from Italy. Damaged.
May ? 59. Oath of the Lord Steward of the Household, as found in the Greencloth books.
May ? 60. Dr. Wm. Davison to Sec. Nicholas. Has served the King and Queen of Poland for 10 years, and defended His Majesty's cause by words and pen; rejoices in his happy deliverance. Begs favour for his son who served His Majesty as page at Paris.
May ? 61. Order for a grant to Dr. Rob. Morison of the offices of botanical physician and chief herbalist to the King, in the place of Matthias de Lobell and John Parkinson, with the physical garden in St. James's fields for medicinal plants; also of overseer, director, and gardener of Hampton Court and the Privy Gardens at St. James's.
May ? 62. Case of Emanuel de Critz, in reference to the place of serjeant painter, requested by him; 4,000l. is due to his late father as serjeant painter, who purchased the patent for his eldest son and servant, but both are dead, without benefit thereof. Spent 900l. to rescue from Parliament the incomparable statue of the late King by Bernino, and 300l. more to buy in pictures, statues, &c. now in His Majesty's possession.
May ? 63. List of the Messengers of the late King's Chamber, sworn in before 1641, and of those sworn in at Oxford; with notes of others recommended as messengers for their sufferings in his service.
May ? 64. List of 20 Messengers, with notes of some as old messengers, some honest, and of those by whom others are preferred. Headed, Thomas Edwards' month.
May ? 65. Similar list of 20 other messengers. Headed, Alex. Reding's month.
May ? 66. List of the 40 Messengers of the Chamber, who wait 20 at once, under Alex. Reding and Thos. Edwards, Clerks of the Cheque, 5 on the King, 1 on the Lord Chamberlain of the Household, 1 on each secretary, and the rest on the Council; and statement that their wages have been 48l. a year for themselves and horses, and a livery coat. With the oath to be taken by the said messengers.
May ? 67. List of the King's six French Musicians. French.
May ? 68. Names of the King's nine littermen.
May ? 69. List of 11 serjeants-at-arms who are now to be sworn in again.
May ? 70. Note that the King should be reminded that Dr. Greaves is the man commended by the Marquis of Ormond and Lord Chancellor, and the same who presented His Majesty with a book for the service of the army, of which he was physician general; that he refused to be physician to Cromwell, and was chosen as such by General Monk.
May ? 71. Verses addressed by M. Des Granges to the King, entreating admission to a place in his service, and hoping that his voice may give him satisfaction. French.
May ? 72. Account of the payments and allowances to be made to Sir Edw. Griffin, Treasurer of the Chamber, and paid by him in rewards, allowances, &c. to the sundry members of the King's household.
May ? 73. Account of the persons in whose possession the great part of Windsor Park now remains; part being in the hands of Desborough and his servants.
May ? 74. Proposition by Cadwallader Jones to gather in money due to the late King before 1645, from several counties, paying three fourths to His Majesty, and appropriating one fourth to the collectors and to pay the expenses; with note, that as Parliament is on that subject, the undertakers will lose the grant, if not made soon.
May ? 75. Reasons in Law and Equity why Lord Chief Justice Oliver St. John, and other officers of the Court of Common Pleas, admitted since 1648, should continue in their respective offices, as petitioned for by them. Printed.
[May.] 76, 77, 78. Three lists of Secretaries of State of England, from 1523 to 1660.
May ? 79. A. Foppens to [Sec. Morice]. Congratulates him on being made Secretary of State and knighted. French.
May ? 80. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of a petition, the King having a just sense of the petitioner's services and sufferings. Endorsed with a note for Gervase Elwes, of Stoke-juxta-Clare, co. Suffolk, to be a baronet.
May ? 81. Treatise on "the way to make the King more King in wealth and power, and the subject more subject in faith and obedience"— first, the King should improve his revenue by making an act of resumption, executing the penal laws, appointing stewards to estimate the improved rents at which lands should be let, and allowing the Queen [Mother] 60,000l., her original jointure, whereas the improvement in her jointure lands would make them worth 10,000l. or 20,000l. more; these and certain concealed lands which the writer can discover will make the King's revenue threefold that of the late King; all Crown leases should be let on condition of furnishing the King with foot or horse soldiers and provisions for a month, so that he might make war without asking Parliament, which would demand something in return; the nobility and gentry should be supported in their estates as a fence for Majesty, and kept in dependence on the Crown; the clergy should have the rule in ecclesiastical courts, under the King; citizens and burgesses should be forbidden to buy lands value more than 200l. a year, as their influence on the people becomes too great, by reason of their estates, and their dissembled purity and gravity.
May ? Petitions, all addressed to the King, unless otherwise specified, chiefly pleading services and sufferings during the late troubles:—
I. For Pardons.
82. Edward Cosyns, of Hillesley, co. Gloucester. For a pardon, according to His Majesty's promise to Parliament, being by the ugly witchcraft of the late rebels, employed as clerk and secretary to the Committee under them.
83. Sir Arthur Hasslerigg. Was never in the field since 1644; had nothing to do with the late King's death; did not vote the change of Government to a Commonwealth, but supported it when done in order to avoid bloodshed; ever opposed Cromwell's usurpation, declaring that if the nation had a King, it should be the right King; laboured to bring the army under control of Parliament; joined Monk in the overthrow of Lambert, and helped to keep the army quiet when the members were brought back to the House; though a colonel and governor of garrisons, has always said he would rather die than cause the death of one man, in opposing the authority of the kingdom, wherefore Monk promised that he should be an excepted person; rejoices in His Majesty's restoration; promises exemplary obedience, if pardoned, but would rather be a prisoner all his life, unless the King is confident that he will not be disloyal.
84. John Lambert, prisoner in the Tower. For pardon; engaged in arms under the Parliament, for protection of religion and privileges, but disliked the change of Government from King, Lords, and Commons in 1648; is satisfied with the present Government, and resolves to spend the rest of his days in peace.
85. Col. Rob. Lilburne. To be included in the general pardon; engaged in the late war in hopes of promoting an accord between King and Parliament; was kind to the contrary party, and although drawn in to be of the number of those concerned in the late King's death, was no contriver of it, would have prevented it if he could, and is prepared to live a loyal and peaceable life.
86. Nicholas Love. For pardon for his late high offences, in countenancing proceedings against His Majesty; was one of the pretended judges of the late King, but pleaded for further conference before passing sentence, which Cromwell, Ireton, and others refused; would not sign the death warrant, although menaced.
May ? 87. Francis Thorpe, serjeant-at-law. For a particular pardon, though he thankfully lays hold on the general pardon; was a member of the Long Parliament, but opposed the late King's death, and never bought other men's estates; held office as Baron of the Exchequer, till dismissed by Cromwell for refusing to destroy Sir Wm. Slingsby and others in Yorkshire, who took arms for His Majesty; is heartily sorry for his offence, and will be loyal in future.
88. Col. Robt. Werden. That having pardon for his inadvertencies, he may be restored to the King's good opinion; nothing of treachery or falsehood is fastened on him; his application to His Majesty's enemies was only with design to preserve himself for future service, but rather than displease him, he would have been ruined.
89. Sir Thos. Wroth, of Penarton Park, co. Somerset. For a pardon. Many things have been done by reason of late various changes, for which he stands in need of one.
II. For Offices in the Exchequer.
90. Ralph Baesh. For the place of Chamberlain of the Exchequer, held under the late King by Sir Edw. Baesh, to whom he is next heir.
91. Edw. Progers, His Majesty's servant. To order admission of John Loving to the Tellership in the Exchequer, void by death of Art. Squib; the reversion was promised Loving by the late King, at the petitioner's request. [Appointed, June 17, 1660.]
92. Edward Dallowe. For the place of Teller in the Exchequer; served the late King as receiver general for cos. Oxford and Berks.
93. John Jefferies, of co. Brecon. For the place of Teller in the Exchequer, or Clerk of the Pells. Was excepted by the late Parliament from the general composition of South Wales, for his faithful service to the late King, and forced to redeem his estate at a great charge, but was always active in His Majesty's service, except when prevented by strict imprisonment.
94. William Wardour, Clerk of the Pells in the Exchequer. For confirmation of his patent of the said office, to which he was admitted at Oxford in 1645, on death of his father Sir Edw. Wardour, and which he executed till the surrender of Oxford, ever since which he has been a great sufferer, as was the lot of all who kept faith and a good conscience.
95. The Same to the same effect.
May ? 96. Edward Carter. For the place of Clerk of the Escheats in the Exchequer, now executed by Mr. Williams, through an illegal power; served in the late war; was much oppressed by the committees of Buckinghamshire.
97. Thomas Cox. For a place as Messenger of the Exchequer; served the late King till the battle of Naseby, and afterwards received loyal subjects into his house; conveyed private letters, &c.; and though threatened with hanging, never betrayed his trust. Annexing,
97. i. Certificate by Dr. Brune Ryves and 10 others in favour of the petitioner.
98. Robert Chamberlen, formerly Ensign in the Life Guards to the late King. For the place of one of the four messengers of the Exchequer; served in the late wars till the battle of Naseby, wherein he was taken prisoner, and has been in extreme want ever since.
III. For Offices in the Mint.
99. Sir William Parkhurst and Sir Anthony St. Leger, Wardens of the Mint. For the reversion of their office to their sons, Hen. Butler and Ant. St. Leger. Have held office 30 or 40 years under the late Kings, been sequestered, imprisoned, &c.
100. Christopher Peachman. For the place of Comptroller of the Mint. Has suffered much under the rebellious junto who styled themselves Parliament, and the grand tyrant Cromwell.
101. Thomas Bernardiston. For continuance in the place of Comptroller of the Mint, which he has held for 11 years, and is innocent of any disservice to His Majesty.
102. Rich. Pight, clerk of the coining irons in the Mint. For confirmation in his office. Had the placing of the late King's guard, when he set up his standard at Nottingham, &c., and was appointed clerk of the irons, because Mr. Swallow, the former clerk, allowed irons to be conveyed from the Tower, whereby much false money was coined; yet Swallow, though as a justice of peace in 1650 he persecuted His Majesty's friends, tries to procure his restoration to office: begs leave to prosecute for 200,000l. worth of concealed moneys, lands, jewels, &c. belonging to the Crown, which he has discovered to the House of Lords, and to have a fifth of the profits thereof. Annexing,
102. i. Account of 86 coiners prosecuted by Rich. Pight, from Aug. 1650 to 1659.
102. ii. Account of four bills preferred in the Court of Exchequer by Rich. Pight, for large arrears of rents, money, &c. due to the King, and note that he has expended in their prosecution 100l., 500l. on that of coiners, and has 100l. due to him of his Mint salary.
May ? 103. Wm. Palmer and John Woodward. For the office of Assay Master to the Mint, now held by Sam. Bartlett, a violent fanatic, put in by the late insolent traitor Bradshaw, then styled President of the Council, in place of Thos. father of John Woodward, who was ejected, and forced to fly beyond seas; beg the exercise of the office during his absence, and the reversion thereof after him.
104. Wm. Palmer, goldsmith, to similar effect.
105. Thomas Dowde. For the office of Assay Master, or of Comptroller of the Mint.
106. The Same. For the office of Comptroller of the Mint, void by the death of Hen. Cogan and Wm. Wheeler.
107. Wm. Fell. For the place of Weighmaster of the Mint, worth 40l. a year.
108. Thos. Fownes. For the office of Teller and Weigher of the Mint, void by decease of Thos. Burgh, and worth 40l. a year. Lost much by supplying the late King and the Marquis of Newcastle with money and ammunition, and has no livelihood.
109. Thos. Simon, engraver. For the employment of Chief Engraver to His Majesty and the Mint, which he held under the late King, and for pardon, because by order of Parliament he made their Great Seal in 1643, and was their chief graver of the Mint and seals.
110. William Garret, citizen of London. For permission to serve the King in the office of the farthing tokens, by which, on small disbursements for tools, he hopes to bring a good annual profit to His Majesty, and greatly to relieve the poor in trading. Has sustained irreparable losses by his constant loyalty.
IV. Miscellaneous.
111. Wm. Lewin, D.C.L. For restoration to his place as Master of Requests. Was Judge Marshall of the late King's northern expedition, and of great use in settling contributions, raising, clothing, and disciplining troops, &c., and was promised a Mastership of Requests.
112. The Same to the same effect.
113. Sir Edmond Peirce, D.C.L. For the place of Master of Requests. Was Advocate at Doctors' Commons when the late King left London; followed him to York; was employed into Kent concerning the Kentish petition; served in the Life Guard, raising a regiment of horse at his own charge; was Judge Marshall and Advocate of the Army, and was made Master of Requests; lost his profession, property, books, &c.; was decimated and imprisoned, yet wrote and published, at much danger and expense, many things very serviceable to King and Church. Annexing,
113. i. List of 12 pieces written and privately printed and published by Sir Edmond Peirce, in defence of royalty and the Church of England.
114. Sir Lewis Kirke, gentleman pensioner. For the Attorney's place in the Court of Requests, void by the death of Jasper Cornelius. Marked "fieri."
115. John Kirke. For the same place.
116. James Howell. For confirmation in the place of Clerk of the Privy Council, to which he was appointed eighteen years before by the late King, and coming to town on his affairs, was one of the first prisoners committed to the Fleet; lay there eight years, was seven years under bail, and thrice plundered. Annexing,
116. i. Account of the promise made to Jas. Howell by the late King, in his bedchamber at York, of the place of Clerk of the Council, at once if Sir John Jacob had it not; that Sir John declined it, on which he was sworn in, in presence of several privy councillors; there were then only three other clerks, Sir Thos. Meautys, Sir Dud. Carleton, and Sir Rich. Browne, two of whom are now dead, yet three clerks have since got over his head.
117. Thos. Jones to Sec. Nicholas. For the place of Clerk of the Council, which he held before the Long Parliament, under Sir Dudley Carleton.
118. John Cox to Sec. Nicholas. For re-admission to the place of Messenger in Ordinary, many of the 40 messengers who attended the Council table being dead, and their places void. Annexing,
118. i. Certificate, by Peter Newton, of the appointment of the petitioner as messenger. July 18, 1625.
119. Thos. Fry. For the place of a Messenger of the Council Chamber, in reward for good service in conveying packets of letters to Lord Mordaunt and Mr. Rumbold; in privately conveying to London Lord Mordaunt, Sir Edw. Massey, and Capt. Titus, and in shipping persons of quality beyond seas.
120. Wm. Croome. For a messenger's place at the Council.
121. John Lee of Wotton, Surrey, to Sec. Nicholas. For the place of Messenger of the Chamber or Council. Was faithful to the late King, and supported his late brother, Thomas Lee, who was maimed in the Royal cause.
122. Robt. Phillips to Sec. Nicholas. To remember him, as promised at the Hague, for a messenger's place at the Council table.
May ? 123. William Taylor. For the office of Messenger of the Council Chamber, Dublin, in place of Hunt, lately deceased. Was a linen draper in London in the late troubles, aided Chas. Gibson, his kinsman, in conveying intelligence to and from the King at Oxford, and for so doing was imprisoned and plundered of all that ever he had.
124. John Markham. For the place of Paymaster in the Office of Works.
125. John Coult, sculptor. To succeed his uncle, Maximilian Coult, as Sculptor of the Works. Has always been brought up in the art, and been trusted by M. Le Sieur in his chief employments therein. Marked "fiat; quere."
126. Edw. Marshall, servant to his late Majesty. For confirmation in the place granted him by the late King, of Master Mason in the Office of Works, having constantly endeavoured to promote His Majesty's interest in the late Common Councils.
127. Capt. Roger Beale to Sec. Nicholas. For some place in the Household, Navy, or Customs, having been repeatedly wounded in the late King's cause, and stript and imprisoned after the battle of Worcester.
128. William Darwin, of Lincoln's Inn, co. Middlesex. For some place as His Majesty's servant. Served as Capt.-Lieut. under Sir Wm. Pelham in the late war, and his father served the last two Kings as yeoman of the armory.
129. John Fowler. For suitable employment in the Tower, or elsewhere. Was field gunner under the Marquis of Newcastle, and also at Stirling; attended His Majesty to Worcester, and was made captain of the pioneers; was taken prisoner there, and sent by the rebels to the West Indies, as a present to the barbarous people there, which penalty he underwent with satisfaction and content.
130. Thos. Holford. For a place in the King's service. His father, Benj. Holford, died at Oxford; his grandfather and his family, and his father-in-law, Captain John Ball, were imprisoned in service of the late King.
131. Thos., son of the late James Hunton, to Sec. Nicholas. For some place in the King's service or his own, being his kinsman. His father being surety in 500l. for his brother Robert, who lost his life in the late King's service, sold his estate towards payment of part of the debt, but was kept in prison for the remainder, and died there.
132. James Neale. For answer to his request presented at Breda, when the reply was that His Majesty would grant no places till his return to England, but would then consider him. Annexing,
132. i. Petition of James Neale, for the office of Treasurer of Virginia, void by death of Jerome Hawley. He and his father lost blood and estate in His Majesty's service, and now joyfully expect his speedy restitution. With order thereon as above specified.
May ? 133. Peter Du Moulin, D.D. For the same spiritual estate which was bestowed on his father by King James, viz., a prebend in Canterbury, with the rectory of Llanrhaiadar, diocese Bangor. [Appointed to the prebend, June 29, 1660.]
134. John Barrett, minister of the Word. For presentation to the benefice of Beverston, and chapel of Lingscott, co. Gloucester, void by death of Dr. Soames.
135. William Brough, Dean of Gloucester, and chaplain in ordinary. For a grant of the rectory of Beverston, near Gloucester, the deanery not being great. Was chaplain to the Protestants in the Queen's family when in Holland, and returned with her to Oxford. Marked "this is done."
136. Alexander Burnett, M.A., rector of Burmarsh, Kent, to the Lord Chancellor. To move the King to confer on him the said rectory, now held by a fanatic. With certificate by Lord Mordaunt and four others in favour of the petitioner.
137. Duplicate of the above petition, with certificate by John Bishop of Rochester, Dr. John Earles, and Wm. Jervis.
138. Dr. Gilbert Anderson. Has travelled through most of Europe, the Brazils, West Indies, Africa, &c. and speaks most of the languages; was deprived of hearing whilst enslaved by the Turks, but has since had the gift of revelation, and prophesied the Restoration and General Monk's success; desires to reveal something acceptable to His Majesty to some one appointed to hear him.
139. Squire Beverton, mayor of Canterbury. That as His Majesty was pleased "with gracious smiles and expressions" to acknowledge his loyalty on his reception into Canterbury, he is encouraged to beg the place of Receiver of Sutton's Hospital.
140. John Birch, M.A. For election to the Fellowship of Peter Shaw, in Manchester College, which is in the King's gift. Annexing,
140. i. Certificate by the Earl of Clare and seven others in favour of John Birch, the Earl's chaplain.
141. Colonel William Carlos. For a Commission for ballasting ships in the Thames, now in His Majesty's special donation. Annexing,
141. i. Reasons why the King has a clear right to dispose of the sand gravel of the Thames for ballasting ships, notwithstanding the claims made thereunto; viz. that it was not included in grants to the Trinity House, and was formerly granted to others.
142. Sir Sackville Crow, Bart. Relinquished in 1632, at request of the late King, his patent for the manufacture and export of iron ordnance, Burlamachi and Browne having proposed for it on terms which would enable his late Majesty to redeem his jewels, then in pawn in the Low Countries, but the undertakers were ruined and the petitioner lost above 30,000l. The manufacture having lately been managed by creatures under the late authority, he requests a new patent for the sole making of brass and iron ordnance, shot, and grenade shells, for sale or export, at an average of the prices of the last 14 years, or a rate settled by the officers of ordnance. [See Aug. 10, 1660.]
143. Lady Alice, widow of Sir Robert Dudley created Duke by the Emperor Ferdinand II., and Lady Katherine Leveson, and Lady Anne Holborne, her daughters. For confirmation of the title of Duchess granted to the former by the late King, and of the rank and precedency of a duchess's daughters to her daughters.
144. Thomas Gumble, chaplain to General Monk. For the Mastership of St. Cross' Hospital, Winchester. Was serviceable to the Restoration, both in England and Scotland.
145. Col. Harrison Kymer. For the place of Surveyor itinerant for the Excise when settled, thereby to recover his estate of 3,000l. lost in service of the late King, for whom he raised three companies.
146. Master, Wardens and Company of Brewers, and others of the same trade, in and about London and Westminster. For freedom from the illegal and intolerable burden of excise, burdensome to the poor, to whom ale and beer, next to bread, are the chief stay, and ruinous to themselves, both in itself and in the tyrannical and arbitrary practices of the farmers in collecting it.
147. Lady Judith, relict and executrix of Sir Humphrey May. Her late husband left to her and her children his interest in the Court of Star Chamber, and Sir William Pennyman, who held the office, gave her a consideration for the profits, of which the abolition of the Court, many years ago, has deprived them; begs remembrance of her interests if it be revived, and if not, some other assistance.
148. Sir George Melville. For attention to the enclosed paper, not being able to speak to the King, in regard of this blessed time of his happy arrival.
149. The Same. Refers to the Earl of Crawfurd and other nobles of Scotland the examination of the truth as to what is due to him, which is 14,000l. His Majesty declared that it should be the first bill he would pay, acknowledging it to be the last will of his father, who sent word about it two days before his death.
150. Verney Noel and William his son and heir. For an order to the Court of Common Pleas, to suffer a recovery of the manor of Wellesborough, co. Leicester, entailed upon Verney Noel, and his heirs male, which he wishes to settle upon his son who is a minor, as jointure of Margaret, daughter of Lord Lovelace, whom he is about to marry.
May ? 151. Grand Juries of the Northern Counties. For establishment of a court at York. Are much reduced, their country being the stage whereon the foot of civil war trod so long and heavily; and by the taking away of the courts, subjects have to travel 250 miles to obtain their rights on a trivial matter, so that trade decays, and the country is depopulated, and unable to pay taxes as formerly.
152. John Earl of Rutland. For the place of Justice in Eyre, north of the Trent, as held by his ancestors.
153. Robert Slingsby. To refer to some of the Council the disputes between him and Sir George Carteret, relative to the Treasurership of the Navy; is almost the eldest sea-captain surviving; served the late king, who owed him 5,800l. for arms delivered, and gave him the Treasurership of the Navy; set out ships from Bristol at his own charge, frequently visited His Majesty by stealth in his restraint, and was employed by him on his most private negotiations, for which he was cast into the loathsome dungeon whither the King sent Mr. Kirke of the bedchamber to assure him of favour; being now unable to serve abroad, hopes to serve at home.
154. The Same to the same effect.
155. Col. Rich. Spencer, of Orpington, co. Kent. For the Provostship of Eton College, void by death of Dr. Steward, late dean of the chapel.
156. Sir John Stawell to the Commons of England. Complains that contrary to the articles of Exeter, he has been imprisoned ever since 1646, and ruined by means of John Ash, chairman at Goldsmith's Hall when he made his composition, who got part of his estate; details of injurious proceedings against him thereupon, his composition being refused and he detained prisoner and robbed of 1,000l. a year, the remainder of his estate. Entreats restoration of his property, or leave to recover it by law. Printed.
157. Thos. Warmestry, D.D. For a grant of the Mastership of the Savoy, as requested for him by the Lord General. Has had the comfort of a loyal and faithful congregation in London, who joined in their prayers for present blessings, without shedding of innocent blood; but as private congregations will now be dissolved, will be in danger of losing his place.
158. Burgesses, &c. of Westminster. To appoint Captain General George Monk high steward and custos rotulorum in Westminster. Admire the stupendous actings of Divine Providence in His Majesty's restoration, and Westminster being the place of his nativity and constant residence, his honour and safety are concerned in its good government.