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Charles II - volume 22: November 1660

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1660-1. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1860.

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November 1660

Nov. ? Volume of Petitions all addresssed to the King, unless otherwise specfied.
I. Relating to Corporations, &c.
1. Aldermen, &c., of Denbigh. For confirmation of their former Charter, with a schedule of additions, very necessary for their good government. Suffered much by sword, fire, and plunder, for their loyalty to the late King.
2. Mayor, &c., of Doncaster. For confirmation of their Charters.
3. Town of Droitwich. To continue the union of the Parishes of Witton St. Mary and St. Andrews, and to remit a charge of 10l. 15s. fee-farm rent, imposed on them beyond what they formerly paid. Abstract. With reference thereon to the Lord Chancellor and Chief Baron of the Exchequer, the King being anxious to favour the town, on account of its signal loyalty to his late father.
4. Aldermen, &c., of St. Edmund's Bury. For renewal of their Charter of Incorporation, making members such of the principal inhabitants as the King thinks fit. During the late troubles, things have been done not justifiable by their former patents, and many of the present corporation are not duly elected, so that their government is exposed to danger. With numerous signatures.
5. Levant Company. For directions to be given to prepare a Charter answerable to the report of the Attorney and Solicitor Generals on their former petition, and for recommendation of the same to Parliament. [See August 28, supra.]
6. Sir Rich. Ford, Governor, and the Company of Merchant Adventurers. For confirmation of their ancient Charters, and certifying thereof by proclamation, especially the Charter of 15 James, which is too full to require additions, and for redress of abuses committed during the late times, to be made through the ambassadors appointed to renew alliances with the Princes of the House of Burgundy and States of Germany. Annexing,
6. i. List of 49 grants of foreign privileges made to the Company, from 1296 to 1655, and note that their present marts are Hamburg, for Germany, and Dordrecht, for the Netherlands.
7. John Croshold, Mayor, and 15 others, of Norwich. To empower the magistrates to limit the stay of the puppet shows and lotteries which much injure the trade of the town, but come with His Majesty's licence and sign manual.
8. Rich. Hutchinson and ten other printers of London. For Incorporation of the Printers into a body under Government, as the only means of preventing the printing of seditious and heretical books and papers, which have fomented the late troubles, and the distemper of unquiet spirits. Annexing,
8. i. Proposal, in order to the better regulating of the press, for the prevention of treasonable, seditious, and heretical books, that the printers of London be incorporated into a society; with regulations suggested for their governance.
8. ii. Expedients for preventing the printing of treasonable and seditious books, pamphlets, &c., viz. appointing 12 printers by Act of Parliament to discover and seize the authors printers, and divulgers, and incorporating the printers company.
8. iii. Reasons offered to the King why the printers, masters and workmen, should be incorporated by patent, as a distinct body from the stationers, with whom they have been hitherto united; especially the prevention of printing of seditious and scandalous books.
9. William Savill and John Chettle, engineer. For making void the corporation granted to the stocking weavers in 1658, for their great services done to Oliver, the trade being ruined by imperfect frames and unmerchantable wares; and for grant to the petitioners, who have much improved the art, of power to correct abuses in frames and work. Annexing,
9. i. Certificate by Henry Timberill, and 48 other silk stocking weavers, of the facts of the above petition. Aug. 1, 1660.]
10. Company of Shoemakers in New Sarum. For a charter of incorporation, with licence to purchase lands in mortmain, value 20l. a year. They had a charter in King James's time, were ever loyal, and supplied 1,100 pairs of boots and shoes for the late King's army in the West; Chris. Ball, their late mayor, detained their charter, because they would not receive new orders from Cromwell.
11. Charles Giffard. For incorporation of a company for glassmaking, and leave for himself to appoint officers and tradesmen, with prohibition of the import of any foreign glass, of which the Italians now engross the sole trade.
12. Arthur Walley, mayor of Chester. For letters patent for his enfranchisement in the borough of Middlewich, in the county palatine of Chester, it being His Majesty's peculiar privilege to enfranchise the burgesses of that town.
13. The Same. To the same effect.
14. Mayor, &c., of Wallingford. For an order to restore those persons still surviving who, in 1647, were ejected from the corporation by ordinance of the pretended Parliament, for loyalty, when officers and soldiers of the Parliament army and others were introduced, who still give out dangerous and seditious speeches against His Majesty; also for the annulling of all burgesses elected since 1647, that the government of the town may be rescued from slavery and tyranny. With names of 11 persons [probably ejected members]. Annexing,
14. i. The King to [the Deputy Lieutenants of Berkshire]. Requests them to call before them the Mayor and Burgesses of Wallingford, and try to procure the amicable restoration of such officers of that borough as were displaced for their loyalty during the late troubles, or otherwise to certify who are the obstructors therein.
II. For Recovery and Grants of Crown Goods, Debts, Lands, Rents, &c.
15. Thomas Beauchamp. Served as clerk registrar to the trustees for sale of the late King's goods, but was only a servant and not an actor therein; has assisted in discovering quantities of goods, debts, &c., and can do more; prays payment for certain portions of the said goods which he repurchased from the creditors of the late King and has carefully kept.
16. John Cotterell and Wm. Hubbard. For permission to break up the ground, walls, doors, &c, in six houses in London, Middlesex, and Surrey, where they know are hid 12,000l. in money, and valuable plate and jewels belonging to His Majesty, reserving for themselves a fifth part of the same.
17. Richard Sharpe. For a warrant to recover Queen Elizabeth's great onyx stone, and similar things, which were embezzled in the time of His Majesty's grandfather, and which he cannot recover by warrants previously given, because it was never in possession of the late King. Annexing,
17. i. Note of a warrant to Rich. Sharpe to bring in Nath. Hearne, merchant of London, with Queen Elizabeth's great and precious onyx stone, on which Hearne professes to have lent money.
18. Rich. Yates. For a special warrant to seize goods of great value belonging to the late King, and to secure those who have them in custody, till they discover where they are; also for a reward for his charge and pains. Annexing,
18. i. Schedule of the afore-mentioned goods; diamonds, gold, books, &c.
18. ii. Certificate by Henry Dover, and seven others, in favour of the services and sufferings of Rich. Yates for his loyalty.
July 25, 1660.
18. iii. Account of concealed goods belonging to the King, discovered by Rich. Yates, and seized and delivered at Whitehall, from May 21 to June 8, by George Adams, on commissions of Cols. Hawley and Lowe, including many of Cromwell's goods,
19. Col. Godfrey Ashby. For leave to call to account John Serle of Buckerell, appointed by Cromwell treasurer for Devonshire, and to receive the balance, 400l. or upwards, remaining in his hands.
20. Thomas Barnes. In December, 1650, a Dutch man-of-war, containing goods belonging to the King and others, worth 80,000l., was cast away in Cornwall, and he the only man on board that escaped; many of the goods were saved by persons whom he knows; begs a commission to recover the same, leaving his reward to the King's bounty.
21. Peter, son of Dr. Isaac Basire, chaplain to the late King. For a warrant to find and recover all arrears due to the King in cos. Gloucester, Worcester, Salop, and Hereford, after the time limited by the Proclamation, in order to pay for his better education, yielding one fourth of the same to the Exchequer.
22. Sir Humphrey Bennet, Sir Gilbert Gerard, and two others. For a patent to discover all concealed lands, moneys, &c, detained from His Majesty, with a grant of two thirds of the profits, and a commission to persons nominated by themselves to hear and determine on their discoveries.
23. John Bissell, of Worcester. Has received no benefit from grants hitherto made him; requests agrant of the remainder of 1,200l. collected in Herefordshire, during the late usurpation, for disbanding troops, and invested in the name of Rich Read. Annexing,
23. i. Statement of the case of Mr. Bissell, his losses through loyalty, the several places promised him which he has missed, &c.
23. ii. Certificate by Humphrey Wilden, sheriff, and seven others, of the loss sustained by Mr. Bissell, in his own property and that of his late father-in-law, Wm. Gibbs, at Worcester, during the late reign, and when his present Majesty was there in 1651.
23. iii. Certificate of losses sustained by Wm. Gibbs, of Worcester, from his property in Worcester being destroyed by fire during the late wars; total value, 1,200l. 9s. 4d.
24. Maria, daughter of Sir Thomas Blackwall. For a grant of part of 10,000l. prize money, remaining in the hands of her uncle, Capt. Rich. Blackwall; her father was ruined by his loyalty.
25. Henry Blythe. For a warrant to discover certain sums given several years ago towards the repair of St. Paul's, which the trustees never intend to pay in; and for a grant of the tenth part of the same.
26. Thomas Chiffinch and Thomas Ross. For a grant of such part of 1,500l. arrears due by Thos. Morice and Wm. Dodson, farmers of the Excise of Kent and Sussex, during the usurpation, as they shall be able to recover.
27. James Chomley, late Deputy Governor of Scarborough Castle. For a grant of 200l., now in the hands of Capt. Farroe, tenant during the usurpation of Bradbury, in the Bishopric of Durham, to obtain a gift of which Farroe would now turn his coat. The petitioner's desperate wounds in the late King's service have ruined his health.
28. John Coryton. For a grant of concealed debts to be discovered by him; lost 10,000l. by sequestrations, &c.
29. Mary Graves. For a Privy Seal to confirm her grant of a fourth part of such sums as are brought in by virtue of commissions for discoveries, till the sum of 30,000l. is paid; His Majesty signified his wish to relieve her for her services to him at Worcester, in sending Francis Yates to conduct him from Worcester to White Ladies, for which Yates was hanged, and she has ever since kept his wife and five children; also in sending His Majesty supplies, both before and after Worcester defeat, to her utter ruin, &c. Annexing,
29. i. Reasons why Edw. Martin and Fras. Yates address the King; that Martin was tenant of White Ladies, where the King stayed after Worcester fight, put on a shirt of Martin's, and was disguised, and that His Majesty promised to raise his fortune, if it pleased God to settle him in his own again. That Yates was privy to the King's safety, and his wife was the first who gave him meat, which he ate on a blanket; Yates lent him 10s., and he was pleased to take the bill from Yate's hand and keep it in his own, to avoid suspicion, and Yates attended him from Boscobel to Moseley. Endorsed "Edward Martine and Anne Yates, the widow of Francis Yates. To consider their good service, and to dismiss them with your gracious answer."
30. The Same. To the same effect.
31. The Same. To the same effect, but less detailed.
32. The Same. Requesting a fifth of the aforesaid discoveries.
33. John Griffith. For a warrant to recover from Edw. Vaughan, of Lloydarth, co. Montgomery, the balance of 1,600l., received by him in 1648 as a commissioner for disbanding the army, of which he only paid 1,000l., and for a grant of the said balance.
34. Sir Thos. Harris, Bart. For the arrears unaccounted for remaining in the hands of Mr. Bond, late receiver of fines for compositions in the Alienation office. With note that this is granted to Mr. O'Neale.
35. Rich. Hopton, Thos. Chiffinch, and Thos. Ross. For a warrant to the Commissioners to call to account and recover from John Plays and Hen. Hatsell, of Dartmouth, 20,000l. remaining in their hands, unjustly concealed from His Majesty, and for consideration for their own services therein.
36. George Howard. For a full third over and above charges, of all such concealed lands, moneys, plate, jewels, &c., belonging to His Majesty, as he shall discover.
37. George Howard. For a grant from moneys in receivers' hands and concealed, of his arrears and next half-year's payment of an annuity of 1,600l. a year, granted to him and his wife, which was one year in arrear at Christmas last.
38. Michael son of Michael Hudson, servant to the late King. For such Rectories and Lands now void in law, and to be recovered by him, as were granted 23 Eliz., to Peter Ashton and Edm. Downing. The late King intended to raise a memorable family on the stock of his late father, for his eminent services.
39. Major Elias Lyn and three other commissioned officers. Served his late Majesty during the rebellion, and spent 2,000l. in setting forth a frigate, relieving garrisons and distressed Protestants, &c., for which they were plundered and imprisoned; have failed in former petitions for relief, and now beg the moiety of certain debts, amounting to 340l., due by the favourers of the usurped government, with leave to compound for and recover the same. Marked "Lord Inchiquin."
40. Lieut.-Col. John Meautys. The Crown has long held the right to 16 Carr rooms in the city of London, which were at disposal of the officers of the Green Cloth, and granted by them in 1641, to three persons who died before 1645; between then and 1651, when the usurper's trustees sold the said rooms, the Woodmongers' Company received 549l. 19s. for them, and paid but 254l. 10s.; begs a grant of the balance thus concealed, and a patent for occupying the rooms.
41. John Powlett. For renewal of a patent granted in 1640 to his late father, Thos. Powlett, esquire to the late King, for prosecution on fineable writs out of the courts of record, many years due and concealed from the Crown, with a tenth of the profits of the moneys so recovered. Before the grant was acted on, his father, with two of his sons, was slain in the King's service, and himself and three sisters turned out of his estate without any provision.
42. Col. Thos. Veel. For the benefit of certain bonds to the amount of 6,000l., in which merchants of London who defrauded the customs in 1651 to the amount of 2,000l., by forged warrants for the passing of goods, stand bound to submit to the award o Parliament; but Parliament breaking up, nothing was done; Rob. Blackborne, secretary to the new Customs' Comrs., has the papers ready to produce.
43. Cols. Vere, Essex, Cromwell, and John Seymour. For a privy seal to receive money not accounted for to the value of 1,400l., if they shall discover it in the hands of Sam. Bond.
44. Lieut. Thos. Waade. For the usual allowance to persons who make discoveries of concealed lands, goods, &c., for those concealed by the Earl of Mulgrave, and Thos. Shipton, his agent, a sequestrator; served at sea all the late war without pay. Annexing,
44. i. Discovery by Lieut. Thos. Waade, of Whitby, of the value of stock, &c., at the alum works of Sand's End, Mulgrave, &c., co. York, formed by Sir Paul Pindar and Wm. Turner; total value, 11,600l. July 2, 1660.
44. ii. Information that the King's loss of rent in the alum works for 16 years is 184,000l.; that the stock was seized by the Earl of Mulgrave, who confessed that in the first three years that he held the works, he gained 11,000l.; the abatement of 9,500l. of the old rent, granted by His Majesty, will advance those who have vastly enriched themselves, and ruin many sequestered subjects, concerned in the works.
45. Thos. Lord Wentworth. For a commission to recover part of the goods yet unaccounted for of a Holland ship, cast away at Dunkirk, in Cromwell's time, and made prize of, which still remains in custody of Peter Falconier, bailiff of Dunkirk, and for a grant of the same.
III. For Influence in Legal Matters, &c.
46. Lazaro Arminian, a Persian Christian. For assistance in recovering a debt of 312l. from Capt. Stoakes, who attempts to defraud him of it; not knowing the English law or language, he is unable to defend himself. Refers to Dr. John Godolphin as evidence on his behalf.
47. Tobell Aylemere and James Stedman. For a warrant to the Lord Chancellor to pass to Aylemere a grant of the custody of John Reeve, a lunatic, his relative, whose estate cannot descend to him. With reference on this petition, and on one of Wm. Le Neve, to the Lord Chancellor.
48. Launcelot Barrowes. For reference of a cause in Chancery, began five years before between him and Hen. Symball and others, for forfeiture for arrears of rent of a brewhouse in Westminster, in which he was hardly treated on account of his loyalty, and is unable to bear the loss of another suit with which he is threatened.
49. Charles de Beauvais. For an order to the Lord Mayor of London to cite before him Rob. Bragge, who is in possession of the parish of All Hallows the Great, London, given by the Archbishop of Canterbury to the petitioner, and to order him to produce his ordination or remove from the parish, according to the Act of the last Parliament.
50. Henry Carter of London. Six years before, bought of Sir Hen. Cholmley six pairs of green velvet harness for 38l., and from John Webb, executor to Inigo Jones, a naked Venus, a foot long, for 20l.; these goods being now said to belong to the late King, and he a poor man, begs that Sir Hen. Cholmley and John Webb may be ordered to restore him the money paid for them, and he will keep them safe to be produced when called for.
51. Robert Chamberlain, Ensign in the late King's Life Guards. To compel his brother William to satisfy him for a debt of 700l. lent him in 1639. Was unable to reclaim it formerly, because his brother answered by accusing him of being at Oxford with the late King, and is unable to sue him now, because he is appointed Gentleman Usher to His Majesty.
52. Judith, widow of Rich. Chedle, of Ledbrooke, co. Flint, mother and guardian to Elizabeth her infant daughter. For restoration in blood for the aforesaid Elizabeth, so as to enable her to recover a house called Clyniogg, and a small estate in Anglesea, left by her grandfather, Sir Thos. Chedle, to whom she is heir general; her father being executed for murder, all his property is forfeit.
53. John Collins. For an order to the Lord Chancellor to settle a case between him and Sir John Stowell, of Somersetshire, relative to his right to part of the Manor of Netherham, redeemed by Lady Stowell when her husband's lands were sequestered, and purchased by him in 1659 from the lady, but about which he was summoned before the House of Lords, on the petition of Sir John Stowell.
54. Rice Dey. For a portion of 1,275l.,—fined by Rob. Suckling, late sheriff of Norfolk, for refusing to bring into court John and Marg. Dey, when condemned to pay the petitioner 213l. 5s.,—in lieu of arrears of an annuity of 10l. given to him by his late father. Annexing,
54. i. Account of eight fines imposed on Rob. Suckling in the above cause, for non-appearance of the said parties on several days appointed, from Feb. 11 to June 20, 1659, beginning with 5l. and doubled each time; total, 1,275l. Endorsed "M. Thos. Killigrew."
55. James Gourlaw and Rob. Hyde, servants of the household, and John Ross, servant of the Duke of York. For a warrant to bring before Sec. Nicholas, or some of the Council, Jonas son of John Pears, of Brumley, Middlesex, for eight years kept in hard restraint, in the house of Edw. Terrold, of Hogsdown, on pretence of lunacy, and refused release, though adjudged rational; request his release if he be found of sound judgment, and if not, his committal to their custody, when they will be careful of his estate, and use all means for his recovery.
56. The four daughters of William late Duke of Hamilton. To interpose for them against the unjust practices of Thos. Dalmahoy, menial servant of the late Duke, whom the Duchess, their mother, married, after their father was killed at Worcester, and who endeavours to get possession of an annuity of 500l. a year, a legacy of 1,000l., and some jewels, left to the Duchess and her heirs by her father, James, late Earl of Dirleton. Annexing,
56. i. Abstract of legal proceedings relating to the estates of Jas. Maxwell Earl of Dirleton, and his family, from 1646 to 1661, and queries how to provide against Dalmahoy.
57. Dame Mary Herbert. To send to the Duchess [Dowager] of Somerset, to know the reason of her detaining the young Duke her son from her, or to permit her to recover his guardianship by law; is in unspeakable affliction not to have him under her eye, and give him such an education as is her duty, being his surviving parent. Annexing,
57. i. Statement of the case in reference to the wardship of the young Duke of Somerset; that the late Marquis of Hertford and Duke of Somerset, on the death of his son, Lord Beauchamp, said that he was willing for his grandson and heir to remain under the tuition of his mother, only so long as she remained a widow; that on her marriage with Lord Herbert, the Marquis obtained a promise from the King in 1654 to grant him, as far as he could, the wardship of his heir, and left by will a large property to the Marchioness, on condition of her retaining the wardship of the heir. The whole estate is burdened with debt, but the grandmother is willing to allow the proceeds to go to discharge the debts, and educate her grandson at her own expense; with a query whether Lady Herbert should remove him from the Dowager Duchess, contrary to the Duke's dying request, and so greatly to his prejudice.
58. Oliver Hunt, apprentice to Peter Cole, stationer and printer of London, to Sec. Nicholas. To call his master to account for misuse of him in beating him, not allowing him to go out, and thereby alluring him to desert, on suspicion that he informed against him concerning his treasonable and seditious books. Desires to be transferred to some other master.
59. Katherine, daughter of David Jenkins of Gray's Inn, one of the late King's judges. For dissolution of a Chancery injunction, so that she may have the benefit of common law in recovering the Manor of Peterston, co. Glamorgan, mortgaged in 1642 to her father and herself for 1,500l., which was her portion, and the said mortgage being forfeit, she sues for remedy.
60. John Knight. For a hearing, that he may vindicate himself, being injuriously traduced as a traitor, by Major John Scott.
61. Warden and Fellows of Christ's College, Manchester. For an order to Wm. Barsley, farmer of their tithes last harvest, and to their servants, to pay in their moneys to the bursar of the college, for use of the collegiate church, which His Majesty is pleased to replenish with all profits thereto appertaining.
62. John Viscount Massareen. That Col. Alex. McNachton, who has exhibited a paper full of false and scandalous expressions against him, may be ordered to sign it, and then either he or the petitioner be visited with severe justice, according as the information shall be proved true or false.
63. Sir John Mennes. To appoint persons to examine the case between him and Capt. Goulding, who refuses him satisfaction for his share of the produce of a voyage in a small vessel, which by agreement was built and set forth at their joint expense.
64. Wm. Newman, Thos. Carpenter, and 140 other creditors of the late King, and of Sir Allan Apsley, victualler of the navy. That no new grant may pass to other pretended purchasers [of lands assigned to them]; and that their cause may be recommended to some honourable person, in the interim of their betaking themselves to a Parliamentary course, which they are advised to do, the references on their former petitions not having proved effectual. With order thereon, at intercession of Prince Rupert, that no grant be passed to the prejudice of the petitioners. Annexing,
64. i. Petition of the Same to the King. The late King, in 1628, assigned divers Crown lands to Sir Allan Apsley and others, in trust for payment to the creditors of the navy of 20,000l. owed them by Sir Allan,—but the lands have been embezzled and concealed, and the rents detained by the trustees,—beg His Majesty to reserve the lands, claim the arrears, and issue a special commission, to sit upon the case. With reference thereon to the Attorney General, July 9, and his report Oct. 5, 1660, affirming the truth of the petition.
64. ii. Order in Council, Nov. 23, 1638, adopting the report of Sir John Banks, Attorney General, of June 25 previously, relative to the tenures of the lands, and nature of the personal property held by the heirs and executors of Sir Allan Apsley, their liability to payment of his debts, &c.
65. John Peryam, licensed brewer of Ottery St. Mary, co. Devon, to the Council. That other indifferent justices of the peace may be joined with Baronet Pole and Sir Thos. Prideaux, as referees in an accusation brought against him by those gentlemen for malting and brewing in an inn, and not managing the trade himself, although he has produced a certificate to the contrary.
66. John Price of East Barnet, co. Hertford, to Sec. Nicholas. Some household goods of his, kept in a room at Mr. Trapham's, a surgeon, have been seized by Major Peter Williams, on pretence of being the goods of excepted persons. Begs an order that they may not be carried away as threatened, as they belong to him, and he will be responsible for their forthcoming.
67. James Robinson. For a personal hearing and leave to justify himself against the slanders of Sir John Mennes, who in open court has injuriously accused him, in order to ingratiate himself with the Earl of Rochester. Can prove his fidelity throughout the rebellion.
68. Wm. Spicer, D.C.L., to the Council. To appoint a time for hearing him on the complaint of one Burward, or to remit the business to the Justices of King's Bench, where the case is now depending, or to the Attorney General.
69. Sir Baynham Throckmorton. To refer to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Treasurer, and Lord Ashley, his just pretences to the wood and iron works in the Forest of Dean, that they may report on the matter in dispute between him and Sir John Wintour.
70. Eliz. Vaughton and her son Humphrey, inhabitants of Birmingham, to Sec. Nicholas. To request the Bishop of London not to give credence to accusations which some rigid Presbyterians intend to bring against Josiah Slader, of Birmingham, who is much respected by the Royal party whom he assisted; he was presented to the living 16 years before, by the patroness, Mary Smith; put off for being a cavalier; but has obtained his confirmation, and now they accuse him of being a fanatic; his opposers were active against the late King, and hindered Coventry from giving His Majesty admittance. With request from Nicholas to the Bishop of London to peruse this petition in behalf of an honest cavalier minister. Annexing,
70. i. Order from Sec. Nicholas and Sir Rob. Heath to the Officers of the King's Army, to allow no damage to be done to Widow Vaughton and her son Humphrey, they having treated the officers, &c., with great civility and respect.
Birmingham, Oct. 17, 1642.
71. Dean and Chapter of Westminster. For reference of a dispute between them and Dr. Bayley, Dean of Salisbury, concerning a lease of the Manor of Cheswick, belonging to a prebend of St. Paul's, which they renewed from the Dean, understanding that the former lease had only two years to run, when on an unexpected recovery of a chest of writings, lost during the troubles, they found it had nine years to run, but he refuses any compensation for the error.
IV. Relating to Trade and Manufacture, &c.
72. Capt. John Banker, Commander of a Flushing man-of-war. For liberty to trade to the Caribbee Islands; was very serviceable during the late troubles, in conveying letters and persons of honour, disguised as seamen, who were His Majesty's friends.
73. John Brewer, Peter Cannon, and other clothiers of Worcester. For reference to the Customs' Comrs., and a speedy grant of the petition of Hugh Morrell, referred to the Committee for Trade, relative to clothing, in which he and his predecessors have spent much labour and 3,000l.; for want of this grant, their city and neighbourhood are much impoverished, and Morrell having had two previous patents thereof, the production of them may save the Council of Trade much laborious consultation. Annexing,
73. i. Remonstrance of Hugh Morrell, begging a reference to the Committee for Trade of the designs of his ancestors for improvement of cloth and all woollen manufactures, and also of the mines of coal, metals, alum, &c.; for the former of these a patent was granted for Hertfordshire, in 1624, and for Devonshire, in 1626, and on consultation, 31 of the ablest merchants in London commended it to Parliament in 1638.
73. ii. Abstract of the benefits expected by a grant of the preceding petition and remonstrance, viz., establishment of corporations in each town to regulate manufactures and make them true, and to keep the poor at work, thereby preventing rebellions and improving the customs by 100,000l. a year.
74. Edmund Castell, D.D., and Thomas Roycroft, of London, printer. For enforcement of an order for the importation, duty free, of the remainder of 5,000 reams of royal paper, granted them for printing an Oriental lexicon.
75. Richard Lord Clifford, Earl of Cork. For leave to hold a fair once a fortnight at Weighton, East Riding of Yorkshire.
76. Wm. Elcock, of London, merchant, to the Council. For a request to the Lord Treasurer for licence to export 300 lasts of wheat and rye, corn being likely to be as plentiful this year as last, and prices therefore falling very low.
77. Baron de Freisheim. For permission to transport from Aixla-Chapelle, 1,000 or 1,400 tons of kettles of that manufacture, free of custom, and to be appointed His Majesty's resident at Aix and its environs. Entertained him at his own house, at much expense, when at Aix, and was ordered to keep it for him when he went to Cologne. French. Annexing,
77. i. The King to Baron de Freisheim. Though sending for his furniture, and obliged to stay some time at Cologne, intends to return to Aix as soon as possible, and there fore requests that the house may be kept in its present state. Knows that the Baron has been at extraordinary expense to entertain him, and will do him good services whenever it is in his power. French.
Cologne, October 20, 1654.
78. Susanna, wife of Sir Samuel Morland. For an order to pass, custom free, certain parcels of silk and lace, sent over to her by Mdme. Barbé, of Paris, in payment of a debt.
79. Alexander Murray. For licence to transport 400 dickers of tanned leather from England to Scotland. Has suffered in person and fortune for his loyalty.
80. William of Nassau, of Odyk. For leave to transport into England 200 tuns of Rhenish wine yearly, custom free, so as to enable him to do His Majesty service.
81. James Hamilton Lord Paisley. For a patent for importation of logwood, as granted by the late King.
82. Robt. Horton and Humphrey Buckner. For renewal to them of a patent granted by the late King for preservation of the silk trade, by erecting an office for suppression of the notorious abuses of the manufacturers; it was obstructed by the late wars, and the date is now expired. Annexing,
82. i. Warrant for a grant for erecting the office of trying silk deceitfully dyed, and bestowing it on Rob. Horton and Humphrey Buckner. Whitehall, 1660.
83. Richard Lord Byron. For a patent to revive the office granted by the late King to Thos. Bushell and Thos. Carleton, to rectify the abuses in silk dyeing, which not only continue but increase.
84. Mayor and Citizens in behalf of the Merchants of Chester. Were prevented, by interruption of trade, the full benefit of a licence of King James to transport 12,000 dickers of calf skins within 21 years, paying 12d. a dicker customs, and only exported 8,000; request permission now to export the remaining 4,000.
85. The Same. Requesting also a licence to export 16,000 more within 21 years at the same rate, to repair the decay of trade.
86. Miles Matthews, pensioner in ordinary. For the gift of the wine licence in Ireland, or the Customer's place in Dublin, Galloway, or Kinsale. Details his services to the late King during the wars, especially at Edgehill, where he commanded the life guard, and, with a reserve behind a hay-rick, made opportunity for His Majesty and the Duke of York to escape; had his horse shot under him, and the King gave him one of the banners taken to bear in triumph. Was plundered of all he had, and forced to remove to the rugged mountains of Wales. Annexing,
86. i. Certificate by John Awbrey, and two others, in favour of the petitioner.
87. John Withers, brewer, of Marlborough, co. Wilts. For licence to make his house a common inn. His ancestors have kept a brewhouse, their own freehold, for ages, and formerly all retailers of beer in the town were ordered to buy of the common brewer; but his father, Wm. Withers, was sequestered for loyalty, and since then common ale-house keepers have been allowed to brew. Annexing,
87. i. Form of the above licence as requested. Nov. 1660.
88. Nowell Warner, master of His Majesty's barge. For a licence as granted him by King James, to whom he was barge master, to sell wine at his house at Greenwich, the Commissioners for Wine Licences denying him the benefit of the said grant.
89. Rich. Bagnall, gentleman usher to the late King. For the sole making of saltpetre, as John Evelyn formerly held it, for which he had a commission from the late King. Annexing,
89. i. Certificate, unsigned, that Lord Lovelace brought to Bagnall a command from the late King to make 500l. or 600l. worth of gunpowder, for which he was never paid, and that he lost 400l. by becoming surety for Rich. Parsons, the messenger, to leave the Fleet Prison and serve his present Majesty when he came to Worcester, Parsons having died without returning to custody.
90. Thos., son of Sir Humph. Bennet, John Southcott, and George Baron. For a patent appointing them searchers into the making of bricks throughout England, on account of the great deceits used in making rotten and brittle bricks.
91. Thos. Earl of Berkshire. For a patent of a new invention of which he is informed, for the boiling of potashes for making soap.
92. Thomas and George Brown, sons of John Brown, deceased. For a patent for the sole casting of brass and iron ordnance, shot, &c., for His Majesty's service, as granted by the late King to their father. Annexing,
92. i. Reasons in favour of the grant to [Thos. Brown], viz., his father's sufferings, his own experience, his stock on hand, &c.; also reasons why the grant should extend to the sole casting of ordnance, both for the King and for the market; viz., that the furnaces cannot begin to blow merely when the King requires them, nor the workmen be scattered for want of employment, which would be the case unless they have a general sale of ordnance, &c.
93. John Cooper. For a patent for 31 years, on rental of 20 nobles, of weighing all hay and straw brought to market within three miles of London, an office much neglected of late, to the great damage of the subject; with a fee of 3d. a load from the buyer, and 3d. from the seller.
94. Sir Joseph Douglas. To be joined equally with Lord Paisley in a patent for the Incorporation of Starchmakers, for which he was the first petitioner, and had the first report; has been at much pains and charge thereon.
95. Phil. Frowde. For leave to procure an Act of Parliament, authorizing him to erect lights at the Spurn Head, near the mouth of the Humber, for which the Earl of Sandwich and others, to whom the case was referred by the Duke of York, think an Act should be obtained; and for a patent promising him the said lights, if procured.
96. Sir Ralph Freeman. The late King, on June 20, 1639, granted to him and others a patent for 22 years of the several impositions on sea coal from Newcastle,—viz. 1s., 5s., and 1s. 8d. per chaldron on that shipped by denizens, and 1s., 5s., and 3s. 4d. on that shipped by aliens,—with promise not to recall the same, and to compensate for any damage therein by Act of Parliament, &c. In August 1641, His Majesty consented to an Act taking away all the said impositions, but allowed them proportionate defalcations from their rent. Afterwards he resumed the impositions, promising them satisfaction; but in 1644, the Scots' forces took the 12d. per chaldron into their own hands, and kept it two years; the petitioners compounded at length for it, but the Dutch war stripped them of most of their profit; they beg reparation for their losses, and four years added to their patent, to recompense the four years during which they received nothing.
97. James Halsall, and two others. For an order to the Attorney General to draw up their patent for the ballast of ships, sea weed, and mineral, between high and low water, which on reference to the Lord Treasurer and Attorney General is found lawful. [See Aug. 14, 1660.]
98. George Howard. For a patent to put into execution the penal statutes for suppressing unlawful keeping of pigeons, and erecting of dove-houses, which have lately been a great annoyance of the farmers.
99. Henry Howard. For a grant for eighteen years of the office of making farthing tokens, granted in 1635 to his father, Henry Earl of Arundel, and the late Sir Fras. Crane, of which his father purchased Crane's moiety, in 1639 for 6,000l., and had a new grant for 21 years; but, in 1642, the Parliament sequestered the profits, whereby he lost the residue of his term.
100. Philip Howard son of the Earl of Berkshire, and Sir Chas. Berkeley, Groom of the Stole to the Duke of York. For a grant, with survivorship, for 13 years, of the office of making white and green Glass, as formerly granted to Sir Robt Mansell.
101. Henry Kearsley. For leave to surrender to Thos. Zanchy [Sankey ?] the joint patent, granted to him and the late Rich. Giles in 1631, of the Registrarship of seizures and forfeitures on goods and merchandise, prohibited to be imported or exported.
102. John Lillie. For a patent for 10 years of his invention of china varnish or lacquer work, on which he has bestowed three years' time and much expense. Was wounded in service of the late King. Annexing,
102. i. Certificate by [Sir] Rich. Byron, and four others, in favour of the petitioner. Aug. 28, 1660.
103. John Limberg. For a grant for 41 years of Dungeness Lighthouse, with the profits thereto belonging of 1d. per ton on all vessels passing that way, as granted by King James to Sir Edw. Howard, transferred by him to Wm. Bullock, and purchased in 1649 by the petitioner, who has spent large sums in repairing the said fabric, &c.
104. George Monck and James Powell, alias Paul. For a licence to make brass or copper farthing tokens for those who wish to have them engraved with their names and dwellings, in order that the presses for that work may not be used for coining; also for power to suppress other engines or tools made for that purpose.
105. James Lord Ogilvy. To have the sole granting of licences for making malt in Ireland, to be charged 6s. 8d. a year each; also to have 8d. a barrel on all provisions transported from Ireland, for 21 years, paying 200l rent. Was ruined by his loyalty, his houses plundered and burnt, his brother, kindred, and servants murdered, and their coats of arms publicly torn; he only escaped in disguise, and was pronounced incapable of pardon.
106. Thos. Penning, yeoman of the ewery. For the office of viewing and sealing all cloths made in Suffolk. Served his Majesty at home and abroad, in all his sufferings.
107. Arundel, relict of John Penruddock. For the sole licence of making glasses for 21 years, paying 500l. more rent than ever was paid before; the glass makers wish that the making thereof may again be let to farm, as it was to Sir Rob. Mansell and others. Has lost not only her husband, but 15,000l. by the loyalty of her family.
108. Mayor, &c., of Penryn, Cornwall. Their ancient borough, which sends two Members to Parliament, is threatened with decay and ruin, because Sir Peter Killigrew, who built the village of Pennycomequick, alias Smitheck, a mile off, by his interest with Cromwell procured the removal thither of the Custom House and a weekly market; request their restoration, and no grant of fair or market to Sir Peter, without their knowledge.
109. Sir Hugh Pollard. For a writ of ad quod damnum to certify the convenience of holding three yearly fairs at King'sNympton, co. Devon. Annexing,
109. i. Certificate by [Sir] Pet. Prideaux, and five others, that the said fairs would be for the convenience of the county in general.
110. Major Erasmus Purling. For perusal of his propositions relative to his inventions in metals and minerals, His Majesty having the sole power of regulating the coinage. Annexing,
110. i. Proposal to supply 400,000l. worth of farthings, to be given from the office at 21s. worth for 20s., the moiety to be for the King, who may have 100,000l. worth advanced.
111. The Same. To the same effect.
112. Vincent Randyll. For a patent, granting him the gunpowder mills erected on his inheritance, at Chilworth, Surrey, where he worked for the late King, suffering much thereby. Marked "Sir Edw. Walker."
113. Major Thos. Roberts. For a patent to regulate all victuallers and venders of ale and beer, base men during the late times licensing the locusts and vermin of the nation to keep tippling houses. Served under Prince Maurice in the late war; was often imprisoned, &c., and most of his relations died or were shot in the service.
114. Hugh Robinson, of Ireland. For some preferment. Providence has bestowed on him divers arts, one of which is how to make an engine of great use in war, which he showed in 1651 to the Archduke Le[opold], and wished to have had used at Worcester fight. Learned in Amsterdam how to make gold leather more bright than gold; is willing to impart these arts, but wants a house of art, wherein he may bring all good things to light for His Majesty's service.
115. Sir George Strode and John Wandesford. To consider their former grants made by the late King, and confirmed by himself at St. Germain's,— in reward of their services, in forming and conducting the artillery train, and providing arms, ammunition, and powder during the late war,—of the sole making and providing of gunpowder, and not to confer a like grant on others, to their prejudice.
V. Miscellaneous.
116. Rich. Anguish, of Starston, co. Norfolk, clerk. For a pass to go to Montserrat to settle his estate there. Served the late King under Prince Maurice, and was obliged to go thither, where he remained five years, but on the Restoration, returned to recover his estate in England.
117. Rob. Armestead. For a grant of the old Flemish ship Matthias, now at Portsmouth, taken in the late wars, the places which he previously requested being disposed of before. [See June 27 and July 26.]
118. Rich. Ashfield, of Warley, Essex, to the King and Council. Is sorry for taking up arms against the late King, and willing to give such security as shall satisfy Sir Ant. Browne and Sir Wm. Ayloffe, Barts., as to his future loyalty; but begs a warrant to the justices of the county, to dispense with his taking any oath, being "in great dread and horror of an oath, though he detests the vanity of Quakers and such like giddy people."
119. Rich. Ashfield and William Chamberlain. To suspend the execution of the late Act of Parliament, enjoining the taking of certain oaths, as they scruple not from want of affection to His Majesty, but from tender consciences.
120. Lieut. Thos. Ashwell and his Partners in the Sugar Farm. It was proved, on reference of their former petition to the Lord Treasurer and Attorney General, that the renewal of their lease of the impost on sugars was lawful; that they paid 2,000l. a year to the late King for it till 1641, when the imposts were taken as a loan, to supply His Majesty's urgent wants, since which time they have received nothing; pray a renewal of their lease, and such satisfaction as enjoined by the law for their losses.
121. René Bailly, late Serjeant Major to Col. Fairfax's regiment. For employment or for a pass to return to his own country; is prevented from setting up in trade, as other disbanded soldiers, being a Frenchman, and has suffered much loss by the riots in the walk of Bigshot Rails, Windsor Park, which was in his custody from 1649 to the Restoration. Annexing,
121. i. Certificate by Hen. Staverton, and 11 others, that before Capt. Bailly came to the lodge of Bigshot Rails, all the palings, &c., were taken away, and that the repairs have been done at his own cost. September 15, 1654.
122. William Barker. John Percival, of Kent, assaulted him when on the King's service, and was bound over to appear in the Court of King's Bench, and meanwhile to keep the peace; he has since run Sir Nat. Powell through the body, whereby his estate and life will probably be forfeit; as the petitioner will thereby lose his remedy at law, he begs the forfeitures on his recognizances.
123. John Barlowe, of Slebeck, co. Pembroke. For restoration of his property; raised 140 horse at his own charge for the late King, till the surrender of Ragland Castle, when the articles of surrender were violated, his estate, worth 2,000l. a year, given to the soldiers, his woods worth 14,000l. destroyed, and his personal estate of 5,000l. plundered, so that in his very old age, he lives an exile in a strange country, on the charity of good men.
124. Thos. Barrow. For the gift of two prize ships, the Lucius and the Rosebush, now perishing in Woolwich harbour, in lieu of 700l. due to him for laces and linen, delivered for the use of his late and present Majesty. With note of [a pass] for the Comte de Tamboneau, for four horses and six couple of dogs.
125. Col. Thomas Bedingfield, son and heir of the late Sir Hen. Bedingfield, of Oxborough, co. Norfolk. Raised and maintained a regiment for the late King, was taken prisoner at the storm of Lincoln, and kept two years; was banished, and his father's estate worth 60,000l. sold; paid 21,000l. to re-purchase part of his estates; the manors of Earswell and Chamberlain, co. Suffolk, were sold to the Society for Propagation of the Gospel in New England, but he never received the money, and the company being unlawfully constituted, the purchase is void, and he has now entered on the said manors; prays that in any future charter which that corporation may obtain, care may be had of his title to the said lands.
126. John Benet, serjeant-at-arms, to the Council, to obtain for him a protection for one year, the many directions given for his relief being crossed by the King's late proclamation and commission for the revenue.
127. — Bennet. For a grant of the King's supposed right in 900l., which might fall to the Crown through the recusancy of the late Joan Blewett, wife of Hen. White, the said sum being left by her to Thos. Gawen, husband of her sister Gertrude.
128. John Bissell, of Worcester. For recommendation to the Lord Treasurer, to admit him as secretary, his lordship requiring another secretary besides Sir Phil. Warwick; the former offices for which he petitioned failed, because the places were not void.
129. Dame Elizabeth, widow and executrix of Sir Thos. Bludder, [of Ryegate, Surrey], gentleman in ordinary to the late King. For a new grant of the fifth part of the impositions on sea coal, which were granted to Sir Thos. Bludder and others in 1639, for 22 years, of which a fifth belonged to him, on plea that he lost 10 years' profit during the wars, and had to pay 1,193l. 8s. composition for the residue of his term.
130. The Same. For an annuity out of the imposition on coals, lately granted to new farmers. Her late husband settled 600l. a year on her out of the said farm, and left her only 60l. a year besides, and he lost his whole estate and died in prison in the cause of the late King.
131. Capt. Rich. Braywood. To be appointed to the bar in the Savoy, where they sell drink to the lame soldiers, and to the porter's place in the said hospital. The present owner was put in by the tyrant Oliver, as inveterate against Royalists.
132. Thomas Bushell, of Enston, co. Oxford. For a grant of the Customs on Lead exported for 21 years, in lieu of a like grant by the late King, in 1644 on rental of 6,000l., which proved of no avail; has lost 52,000l. in the service, and begs leave to retain the rent till the said debt is paid.
133. William Butterworth, draper of London. For protection for a year from the creditors of Rob. Tasker, for whom he is surety for 2,400l., and who has absconded. [Draft by Nicholas;] with notes of an order in Council, relative to the rates of hiring merchant ships, &c.
134. Baptist Viscount Campden and Edward Noel his son and heir. For a warrant for the latter, by his guardian, to permit recoveries of certain lands, cos. Middlesex, Rutland, and Kent, to be settled on him and Lady Eliz. Wriothesley, eldest daughter of Lord Treas. Southampton, to whom he is to be married.
135. Hugh Cartwright and Richard Harbred. For a new grant,— on expiration of the former one, devolved on them from Pat. Murray and two others, to whom it was granted by the late Kings,—of the profits from fines set by the Commissioners of Sewers in England and Wales, or for 400l. yearly therefrom, that His Majesty may know what he is granting. Annexing,
135. i. Note of order for a warrant granting the above petition.
136. Mayor, &c. of Chester. During the late eclipse of sovereignty, they have suffered exceedingly in estate and in their trade, which is removed to other places because of obstructions in the river; this causes daily increase of their poor, towards whose maintenance they have St. John's Hospital, settled for relief of poor free inhabitants. Request a grant of its mastership, and also a payment from its revenue to the school master and ushers of 24 poor scholars, relieved by the Dean and Chapter; also a recommendation to Council to consider of a plan to improve their trade, and make their river navigable.
137. Rebecca, widow of Thos. Cholmeley, jun. For a lease to herself for 99 years of the Irish and Scotch tolls of Carlisle and Cockermouth, demised to her late father-in-law, Thos. Cholmeley, by him to her husband, and now to her son Thomas, an infant, she having no other means to provide for her son and daughters; her father, Rob. Salvin, of Durham, lost 6,000l., all his property, in service of the late King.
138. John Clark and Henry Harlinge, &c. For letters patent to keep a Register Office for all servants and children to be trans ported to Virginia and Barbadoes, to which office all shall be brought, under penalty, to declare their willingness to go, in order to prevent the abuses of forcible transportation of persons without their own or their parents' consent.
139. Anthony Cogan. On his declaring his knowledge of frauds of trustees for sale of Crown and Church lands, and compositions for delinquents' estates, the said trustees, try to embezzle their writings and papers, by conveying them to secret places; the Lord Treasurer has granted a warrant thereon for seizing those which belong to Crown and Church lands; requests a warrant also to secure all records relating to compositions for delinquents' estates, at Goldsmiths, Haberdashers, or Grocers' Hall, Drury House, or elsewhere, that they may be brought together and entrusted to the petitioner's charge, in order that loyal subjects may obtain satisfaction about their property.
140. Francis Coke, rector, and the Churchwardens of Yoxhall, co. Stafford. For timber to the value of 20 marks out of Needwood Forest, to repair their church; the parish is unable otherwise to do it, being impoverished by the late wars.
141. John Cole, master of the ship May Flower of London, bound for Virginia, to the Council. For leave to transport 100 passengers, and provisions for their use and that of the plantation. Annexing,
141. i. Note of the provisions required for the aforesaid ship.
142. Commanders of Merchant Ships belonging to the port of London. For the continuance of the allowance to them of one per cent. on the customs, as portage money, the greatest part of which is now kept from them by the King's commissioners, and against the denization of so many strangers, commanders of ships, whereby the late Act for encouragement of shipping is well nigh rendered fruitless. [With 94 signatures attached.]
143. Robt. Covin, master of the Alliance of Dieppe. For an order for exemption from tonnage; is employed for transport of the horses, baggage, &c., of M. de Ruvigny, a person of state lately come from France, and has brought no other goods; such vessels are usually exempt from duty.
144. Elizabeth Cromwell, widow [of the Protector Cromwell]. Among her many sorrows, she is deeply sensible of the unjust imputation of detaining jewels, &c., belonging to the King, which, besides the disrepute, exposes her to loss and violence, on pretence of searching for them; is willing to swear that she knows of none such, and can prove that she never intermeddled with any of those public transactions which have been prejudicial to his late or present Majesty, and is ready to yield humble and faithful obedience to his government; prays therefore for a protection, without which she cannot expect, in her old age, a safe retirement in any place of His Majesty's dominions. Endorsed [by Nicholas] "Old Mrs. Cromwell, Noll's wife petition."
145. Henry Croswick, mayor and deputy lieutenant, and others, of Bristol. For leave to retain in the city armory 315 muskets, 126 pikes, 245 pairs of bandoleers, &c., belonging to the five companies of Sir Edw. Massey's regiment, disbanded; their arms were taken away during the troubles, and they are in want of them for preservation of the peace.
146. Thos. Daniell, Lieut.-Col. of a regiment of horse under His Majesty as Prince of Wales. For a lease in reversion of the Customs on French wines in Lancaster, Liverpool, and five other ports, granted in 1630 to Endymion Porter, and sold by him to the late Sir Thos. Aston, Bart. Has failed in several addresses to His Majesty, though he hazarded his life and ruined his fortunes by his loyalty.
147. The Same. For an order to raise 60 men for the garrison of Archcliff bulwark, the command of which is bestowed on him by the Duke of York, and for an order for establishing gunners, allowance for fire and candle, arms and ammunition, and requisite repairs, &c.
148. Francis Davier, the Duke of York's barber. For leave to set up a bathing house.
149. The Same. For leave to set up a house for wrestling, a military exercise used by the Greeks and Romans, and convenient for warlike persons.
150. Edward Dawtry, M.D. For the tithe of the fens in the Earl of Bedford's level, Lincolnshire, those of the Earl of Lindsay's level being granted to Thos. Woodall. Was physician extraordinary to the late King and to His Majesty, and ran great risk by printing and dispersing in London his papers and declarations from Worcester.
151. Col. William Deane and Sebastian Loveden. For a lease for 21 years of the customs on exports and imports from Bristol, paying 1,000l. a year more than the average of the last seven years. Were loyal in the late war, and serviceable to the Restoration. Annexing,
151. i. Certificate by Lord Mordaunt, and six others, that Wm. Deane, of Staines, Middlesex, has served the late and present Kings and suffered in their cause. June 12 1660.
152. Knights, gentlemen, &c., of Durham. For restoration of the ancient Rights and Liberties of the county palatine, with Courts of Chancery and of Common Pleas and officers thereof, who have been chiefly dismissed during the late troubles. Annexing,
152. i. Order for a commission to Sir Wm. Darcy, chancellor of the county palatine, and 11 others, to act as justices itinerant and justices of assize, in pleas of the Crown and other pleas in the county, according to the former custom of Durham. Latin.
153. Tenants and inhabitants of the Manor of Enfield, co. Middlesex. For leave to bring in a bill to Parliament to enclose their common fields, raising a tax of 20s. an acre, for a fund to set the poor to work; 200 or 300 poor families removed thither and built cottages on the chace, &c., during the troubles, and gain a livelihood by destroying and selling the wood, &c.
154. Herbert Evans, High Sheriff of Glamorganshire. For licence to reside sometimes with his father-in-law, Wm. Morgan, at Pencreek, six miles from Glamorganshire, during the time of his shrievalty; is unable to remove his wife and family thence, on account of his father-in-law's great age.
155. Inhabitants near Exmoor, cos. Devon and Somerset. For restoration and confirmation, on payment of certain rates, of their ancient privileges of pasturing horses, sheep, &c., within the forest, of which they are deprived by Jas. Bovey, who purchased the chace from the late usurpers.
156. Edward Freeman. For leave to gather the weed, called Ore, growing on sea-side rocks, which weed is now gathered by a person only authorized by Cromwell. Has served His Majesty faithfully, and spent his poor fortune in buying horses and arms for 300 scholars who chose him captain, and enlisted under him. Noted "The author of those songs the King liked so well."
157. John Fox, His Majesty's servant. For leave to continue rent free in a house, built by Hen. Carter, in the old open tennis court, at Richmond House, of which he was possessed before the Restoration; is greatly in debt, by reason of the late sad times.
158. The Same. To the same effect.
159. Francis Farrington and others. For a commission to inquire into offences of counterfeiting debentures or bills of public faith, to the amount of 1,000,000l., excepted from the general pardon, with licence to impose and levy fines, reserving one fifth to themselves. Were very instrumental in discovering the same during the late usurpation.
160. Charles Giffard. For a peremptory order to the Attorney General to pass a grant to him, similar to one granted by the late King to Sir Thos. Bludder, which the Attorney reported legal, but will not now pass unless Sir Chas. Compton give consent. Was the mean of saving His Majesty from the fury of the rebels at Worcester, and was therefore ordered at Breda to be entered on the list of those who, for their services, were to have employment, but has waited long and spent 500l. in finding out things which turned to the benefit of others. Noted [by Nicholas] "Petition of Mr. Chas. Giffard for some fines and amerciaments for which Sir Chas. Compton and Mr. Thos Elliot had formerly a reference to Mr. Attorney, which was stayed by the Earl Berkshire."
161. The Same. For a lease, on rental of 100l., of fines on prohibited goods, imported or exported, whereof the customs are concealed, contrary to the Act of Shipping and Navigation; his grant of the lead mines in Derbyshire proves but a reversion of a lease of which 24 years has yet to run.
162. Mary Graves. For a grant of the coast bonds and those for additional duty, now given up by the clerks on slight terms, and of little value to His Majesty, though 5,000l. or 6,000l. are on record, on condition of her bringing in one half of what she receives to the privy purse. The Lord Treasurer reported on her petitions that she should have 10,000l. in hand for present relief, and then something to repair her losses, but this she does not desire.
163. Sir Edward Green, Bart. For the pre-eminence of a lease of the profits on the year and day waste of all felons and fugitives' lands, goods, and houses, for which a reference was made in his previous petition to the Lord Treasurer, but he finds that Mr. Stoner and Mr. Gower have petitioned for the same.
164. William Griffith, of Lleyn, co. Carnarvon. For a farm of the pre-fines and post fines of cos. Chester and Flint, at the rent of 20l., at which they were granted by the late King.
165. Yeomen of the Guard and Messengers and Grooms of the Great Chamber to the King and Council. For an order to the Lord Lieutenants of Counties to exempt them from serving in the militia, as granted by His Majesty, on account of their constant attendance on him.
166. Cornelius Gunderson. To appoint him a time wherein he may have leave to speak with the Duke of York, to whom he has several things of weighty concernment to discover.
167. Capt. Alexander Hamilton. To give him speedy dispatch, being out of health and wishful to return to his duty; is left by his father, Sir Jas. Hamilton, now absent, to see his small debts paid, in order that his reputation and remaining days may be given to His Majesty's service. Annexing,
167. i. Bill of moneys due from Sir James Hamilton to Mrs. Crosse for diet for himself and men, from Nov. 6, 1658, to Feb. 3, 1659; total, 322 guilders.
168. Samuel Hinde. To know His Majesty's pleasure about his offer to Prince Rupert to raise 60,000l. for his use.
169. Col. Philip Honeywood. For some mark of favour. Has served their late and present Majesties 25 years, at sea and in both the Northern expeditions, and had a company at Portsmouth, but was obliged to leave it for his loyalty. Noted [by Nicholas] "In place of Sir Ri. Williby."
170. Edw. Hudson. To refer to the Earl of Southampton several proposals tending to the good of Church and Crown, sent to His Majesty and referred to Sec. Nicholas, but which his weighty affairs prevented his examining. Annexing,
170. i. Proposal to serve the Crown; to improve the revenue threefold; to preserve it; to prevent cheating by the officers of Customs and of the Treasury in letting the King's lands, &c., and to show reasons for reforming, not dissolving, the Court of Wards. Also to serve the Church, by repair of St. Paul's and other cathedrals, by rules to make episcopacy honoured, by raising the six small bishoprics, now worth only 500l., to 1,000l. or 1,200l., and by showing reasons why the King cannot confirm the sale of Bishops, Deans, and Chapters' lands.
171. Clement Kynnersley, yeoman of the wardrobe of beds. For examination of the affairs of the wardrobe, re-admission of loyal officers, and exclusion of strangers; also, for no standing wardrobe keeper to be appointed for a year, except at the Tower. Has served in the wardrobe since his birth, preserved 500,000l. worth of His Majesty's goods together at Hampton Court from sale or embezzlement, and has 7,000l. salary, &c., due to him. With names of the officers of the wardrobe of beds still living.
172. The Canons, Prebendaries, &c., of Lichfield Cathedral. That the improved rents arising from impropriations or otherwise, and appertaining to their respective places, may be devoted to repairing the cathedral and their houses, much injured during the late wars.
173. Mary Lisle. For such part of the impost on tobacco and tobacco pipes as was formerly granted to her father, Lawrence Lisle, who lost 12,000l. for his loyalty. Is the only survivor of her family; her two brothers were slain fighting for the late King, and her parents died of grief for their loss.
174. Col. Wm. Lockhart. To order Sir Gilbert Talbot, master of the jewel house, to delay his demand for the return of some plate, marked with the arms of the State, and given him for his embassy in Paris in 1657, but sold by direction of the State for some debts there; has 7,078l. due to him for the said embassy, besides what is due for the garrison of Dunkirk, which he hopes will be paid at the next meeting of Parliament.
175. The Same. For discharge of some hangings bearing Cromwell's arms, and plate bearing those of the Commonwealth, which were appointed for him, when most unhappily sent into France, in 1657, which he can never mention without remorse; these goods were disposed of in France by order of the usurped powers, and His Majesty, in compassion to his great arrears and debt about that unhappy negotiation and about Dunkirk, was pleased to promise him that he should not be called to account on these particulars.
176. Gilbert Mabbott, late agent for the armies in the three kingdoms. For a patent for himself and his son, Kympton Mabbott, to execute the office of Manager for Licences of wine and strong waters in Ireland, that of granting them, for which he formerly petitioned, proving of great value, and being therefore reserved towards the maintenance of the forces there. Was useful to many suffering subjects, in clothing them, freeing them from sequestrations, &c. Endorsed with note of reference to the Lord Deputy of Ireland, the King wishing to favour the petitioner. Enclosing,
176. i. Certificate by 19 Officers of General Monk's army, lately marched from Scotland, that Gilbert Mabbott, their correspondent, was very serviceable to them, and request that he may receive some mark of favour for the same.
May 5, 1660.
176. ii. Certificate by Thos. Matthew, and five others, that when they and many others were prisoners in the Tower, Lambeth House, &c., for loyalty, Mabbott procured their release, and saved their estates, though strangers, he being a well wisher to His Majesty's cause. June 18, 1660.
177. Thos. Mason. For the fines and amerciaments to be levied by the clerk of the market.
178. Robt. Mason, of Kingsclere. For the office of making and passing commissions of bankrupts.
179. Thomas Mayhew. For a warrant for a Proclamation to forbid passing beyond seas without licence, in order to the better performance of his office of clerk of the passage for granting such licences, and keeping a registry thereof.
180. The King's Tenants and Inhabitants in the lordships of Meleneth, Knighton, Presteigne, and Glandestrey. Their ancestors purchased these lordships from Sir Wm. Whitmore, and freely invested them in the Crown. As special favour, the office of Chief Steward has before been conferred on some person of eminency; Major Harley, who now seeks it has no interest therein, except as acquired in the worst of times. They beg for a person of unstained loyalty.
181. George Murray, King's coachman. Against Wm. Bedborough, appointed by Cromwell stable-keeper of Hampton Court, from which office he has been discharged by the Master of the Horse for fraudulent dealings, but which he refuses to give up. Annexing,
181. i. Certificates by Sir Adam Brown, Bart., Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey, and six other gentlemen of the county, that Wm. Bedborough is a desperate and dangerous person, was an informer during the rebellion, and is very unfit to serve the King.
182. Sir Wm. Parkhurst and Sir Anthony St. Leger, Wardens of the Mint. That sundry coining tools made for money trials which failed, by David Ramadge, and now in his hands, and others made by Peter Blundel [Blondeau], a Frenchman, who had a licence from Cromwell to make such instruments, may be seized and brought into the Mint, before making the new moneys, as they afford facilities for coining, which has lately been more practised than ever.
183. Capt. Wm. Pleydell. For leave to sell by lottery during one year some plate which he and others have procured, in order to gain relief for himself, and to obtain 10l. each per annum for 12 poor maimed soldiers named, of Lord Cottington's life guard, who live by begging in the streets.
184. Edw. Scotton and three others. For relief; are purchasers of land in Windsor Great Park, on improvement of which they have spent large sums, and now the corn, hay, grass, and wood thereupon are claimed for His Majesty. Annexing,
184. i. Account of the purchase and enclosure of the lands in the said parks, and the expense incurred therein, &c., and supplication of the purchasers that His Majesty would admit them to be his tenants.
185. The King's Servants. For an order to all household officers knowing in accounts to call for such books, papers, and accounts as will show their disbursements and wages due for service to His Majesty and the rest of the Royal children, which are still unpaid, most of those who had charge of the books being dead.
186. John Sharfe, late master of the ship Swan, of Southampton, to Lord Admiral the Duke of York. To order Capt. John Grove,— who, in April 1659, was sent to convoy his vessel to Jersey and St. Malo, but left it, whereupon it was taken by an Ostender,—to make satisfaction for the loss sustained thereby. Annexing,
186. i. Certificate by J. Guillume, and six others, to the truth of the above petition. June 5, 1660.
187. Simon Thelwall and Thos. Wynn, in behalf of the freeholders of Ruthen. To keep them still in His Majesty's own hands, or admit them to a composition for the worth of their lands. Fear that Sir Thos. Middleton, in offering 4,000l., much beyond their value, wishes to secure his own advantage and disturb them in their quiet possessions. Marked "Sir Fras. Crane, Sir Thos. Middleton."
188. Sir Lionel Tollemache, ranger of New Park. To be made a judge of what should be allowed to the under-keepers. They claim, beside their 50l. fee, the keeping of 24 cows and 10 horses each, and the mowing of 60 acres of grass; if this be allowed, there will be yearly expense to provide hay for the deer.
189. George Torriano, of London. For a grant of the benefit of the Fishing of Londonderry, the lands, &c., of which were forfeited by the city of London, in the time of the late King, and restored by the usurper, but to which they can now lay no claim save by favour.
190. John Trouts, mayor of Faversham. For restoration to him, as captain of the Trained Bands, of 105 muskets, 30 pikes, and other armour taken from the loyal inhabitants of Faversham by the enemies of the late King in 1643, and secured in Upnor Castle.
191. Robt. and Eliz. Villiers. For power to assume the surname and arms of Danvers, the estate of Henry, late Lord Danvers, having descended through Hen. Danvers to the said Elizabeth and her sister Anne Danvers, and Rob. Villiers having received no estate from the family of Villiers.
192. Sir Rich. Vyvyan, Bart., captain of St. Mawes Castle. For a few more soldiers to maintain the watch; there are at present but 1 gunner and 12 soldiers, and they have to be on guard every other night; the castle is useful to Falmouth Harbour. Annexing,
192. i. Certificate by the Master, &c., of Trinity House, that St. Mawes Castle is of especial use for the safety of Falmouth Harbour, and the fortifying and manning of it is necessary for trade there. September 29, 1660.
193. Sir Edw. Walker, Garter king-at-arms. For a command to the provincial kings-at-arms to refrain from visitations till the Lords Comrs. for the Earl Marshalship have determined matters ready to be submitted to them, as to the rights of his office, which the others controvert; has also other points relative to the nobility and gentry to submit to them, when they have leisure. Annexing,
193. i. Request by the Same, that the King will not revoke his inhibition to Clarencieux and Norroy kings-at-arms to visit, until the matters depending before the Lords Comrs. for the Earl Marshalship and some rights of Garter's office be settled.
193. ii. Caveat that no provincial visitations of heralds pass the office until Garter king-at-arms be first consulted. Endorsed with notes [by Nicholas].
194. Sir Edw. Walker. To appoint some of the Privy Council to receive and report on his proposals relating to the settlement of his office of Garter, which cannot be conveniently considered in Council, on account of weighty affairs. With note of reference to the knights or three councillors of the order of the Garter. Marked "Fieri."
195. Thos. Williams and Wm. Seawell, late farmers of excise in cos. Oxford and Bucks, and Thos. Wagstaffe, John Huntingford, and Thos. Williams, in cos. Derby, Notts, and Stafford. In 1657 they took to farm the said excise, and were at great charges in settling it, expecting to reap the benefit in the latter part of the term; but before it was a third expired, disturbances arose, their officers were opposed, resisted, and beaten, and they soon after ousted of their farms. Paid in all they received, but it did not amount to their rents by 10,000l., for which they are in danger of process. Beg that the Lord Treasurer may compound with them for arrears, and that they may have commission to levy the sums due thereon.
196. Sir Henry Wood. For a grant of 50 deer, to be taken within a year from Heningham Park, Suffolk, to his own little park at Lowdham, which he has re-inclosed, the pales being broken down, and the deer sold during the usurpation.
197. Dean and Chapter of Worcester Cathedral. For leave to receive the rents due to the church on September 29, for repair of the ruinous cathedral, which, being neither glazed nor covered, is exposed to wind and weather, and the choir unfit for worship.