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Charles II - volume 30: February 1-18, 1661

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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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February 1-18, 1661

Feb. 1.
Whitehall.
1. The King to Robert Earl of Leicester. Orders his attendance on April 23, the day appointed for the coronation, and the 22nd for the procession from the Tower to Westminster, furnished and appointed according to his rank, to do such services as shall be required.
[Feb. 1.] 2. Blank form of a circular letter for summoning attendance at the coronation, similar to the preceding.
Feb. 1.
Portsmouth.
3. Col. Rich. Norton to Sec. Nicholas. Sends proposals for necessary additions to the garrisons, to which the King incited him when there. Begs some pay for the garrison of Portsmouth; it is 20 weeks since they received anything; they are almost undone by trusting, and a little pay would give them new life. Encloses,
3. i. Account of the present expense of the new establishmen for the garrison of Portsmouth, 10,883l. 12s. a year, and of the necessary additions desired, which would cost 206l. 5s. 4d. a year.
Feb. 1.
Whitehall.
[Sec. Nicholas] to Sir Hen. De Vic. The Queen and Princess have reached Havre after a three days' passage. All is quiet. The arch-traitor Cromwell, and two of his choicest instruments, Bradshaw and Ireton, finished the tragedy of their lives in a comic scene at Tyburn; a wonderful example of justice. [Draft, Flanders Corresp., Feb. 1, 1660.]
Feb. 1.
Woolwich.
4. Capt. Robt. Wilkinson to the Navy Comrs. Is relieving guard at Woolwich; expected to have had the men from the Satisfaction, but they are without victuals, and 36 of them have gone up to London to the victualler. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 1.
Portsmouth.
5. Capt. Rich. Hodges to the Same. Has brought over Capt. Farr, with a packet from the Queen; was ordered to take in provisions, but they are hardly to be had in the stores. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 1.
Custom House, London.
6. Customs' Comrs. to the Same. Request them to supply the smack with cordage and other tackle, and, if they please, to make it a member of the established Navy. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 2.
The Hunter, Aldborough Bay.
7. Capt. Robt. Duck to the Same. Was revictualled on Jan. 31, and set sail for his former station. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 2. 8. Thos. Lancaster and St. John Steventon to the Same. Were intending to reduce the numbers of men, but their last orders being to observe the customs of the port, will keep 14 in a second-rate, 9 in a third-rate, and 7 in a fourth-rate ship. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 2. 9. Lord Treas. Southampton to the King. Sir Henry Cholmeley produces His Majesty's commission authorizing him to give pardon and security to any whom he engaged to forward the Restoration, but he used it only in the case of his nephew, Bourchier, whose late father was engaged in the sentence of the late King. The son being loyal, and one whose estate cannot be forfeited except by Act of Parliament, and Sir Henry pleading disbursements, &c., his Lordship is willing that he should have 1,000l. from the said estate, and free His Majesty from all pretences.
Feb. 2. 10. Report by Lord Treas. Southampton on the petition of Serjeant Charnock, and [Roger Charnock], that the petitioners held their places of King's waiters in the Port of London, as assignees for others who are dead; that the number of 16 is now filled, but as the secretaries are increased to 18, if it be thought well to increase the waiters, they are deserving of the places.
Feb. 2. 11. Sir John Finch to [Lord Conway]. Private affairs. Is sorry to be detained so long from him. There is to be an election for a fellowship at Gresham College. Wishes his lordship had appeared for Dr. Baines.
Feb. 4.
Lydney.
12. Daniel Furzer to the Navy Comrs. Had no time before to take a receipt from Capt. Harrison of stores of timber and ironwork delivered to him, an account of which he now sends. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 4.
Woolwich.
13. Christopher Pett to the Same. Holland duck is the best canvas for sails for the Duke of York's pleasure yacht now building, the same as is to be bought for the King's yacht, now at Deptford. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 4.
The Eagle, Yarmouth Roads.
14. Capt. J. Fletcher to the Navy Comrs. Left Leith Jan. 23, with six anchors on board. The extremity of the weather has galled his cables. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 4.
Queen's College.
15. Dr. Thos. Lamplugh to Jos. Williamson. Delivered his letter to Mr. Norris, who improves. Asks what is become of Harrington, that he may inform Baronet Curwen. Clem. Ellis has accepted a Yorkshire living, and is to be domestic chaplain to the Marquis of Newcastle, who gave it him.
Feb. 4. 16. Sir Nic. Crisp to John Nicholas. The letter ordered by the King to be written to the Lord Mayor, and to be communicated to the other Lieutenants of London, was to quicken the completing of the auxiliary forces, which they have promised in 12 days. His Majesty is anxious to see those who expressed so much loyalty for his return. The letters should be hastened, for, now that things are quiet, they slacken.
Feb. 4.
Whitehall.
17. Warrant for advance of 5,000l. to Stephen Fox, paymaster of the forces, that he may advance a fortnight's pay to the new-raised regiment of foot, who are immediately going into the country, to pay for their quarters.
Feb. 4.
Whitehall.
18. Order for a warrant to pay to Fras. Meynell, alderman, 10,000l voted by the late Parliament to the Duke of York, and 7,000l. to the Duke of Gloucester.
Feb. 4.
Whitehall.
19. Order for a warrant to pay to Isabella, widow of Col. Matthew Boynton, a pension of 200l. a year, and 100l. each to Katherine and Isabella Boynton, her two daughters.
Feb. 4. 20. Mary Lady Sondes [wife of Sir George Sondes] to the King. Entreats him not to ruin her and her husband by making them, who were ever his friends, feel the rigour of his justice, in depriving them of the estate to which that horrid murder may give him some title; as he has been gracious to thousands of his enemies, hopes that they will not be the only ones to drink deep of his displeasure.
Feb. 4.
Whitehall.
21. Petition of Fras. Lord Willoughby, of Parham, to the King, for a grant of the remainder, vested in the Crown, of the house and site of the late Priory of Hevenynge, Manor of Knaith, and late dissolved Monastery of Tupholme, co. Lincoln, granted by Hen. VIII. to Sir Thos. Heneage and Katherine his wife and their heirs, many of whom are still living; from them he inherits the said lands, some of which he wishes to sell, in order to pay debts contracted during the late troubles. With reference thereon to the Attorney General, and his report, March 14, in favour of the petition.
[Feb. 5.] 22. Petition of Dorothy Lady Dacre, widow of Chaloner Chute, to the Commissioners for treating with purchasers of Crown and Church lands. The Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, in March 14, 1639, leased Sutton Court, parish of Chiswick, to Thos. Edgar, for 21 years, ending 1660. Chaloner Chute purchased the lease, and having married her, assigned it to her July 14, 1653, as a jointure for life, with reversion to his heirs. Entreats their mediation with the Dean and Chapter for renewal of her lease, as she has nothing else left in jointure.
Feb. 5.
Inner Star Chamber.
23. Order by the Commissioners for examination of sales of Crown and Church lands, on the above petition, that it be showed to the Dean and Chapter, and they requested to deal favourably with the petitioner, and either to agree with her, or to return their answer to the Commissioners, and meanwhile to do nothing to her prejudice.
Feb. ? 24. The case between Lady Dacre and the Dean of St. Paul's; being arguments to prove that Lady Dacre has no right to Sutton Court, because she brought little property to her husband, Chaloner Chute; because her daughter, who married Chute's son, enjoys all that his father left, and because Chute always wished the lands to be restored to the Church, or else an hospital to be built by way of restitution.
Feb. ? 25. Draft of the above.
Feb. ? 26. The case of Sutton Court, being arguments to prove that the Dean of St. Paul's is not bound in equity to make good Lady Dacre's jointure, nor to admit Mr. Chute [jun.] as tenant, seeing that his father's improvements were for his own gratification, that he sold or alienated part of the lands, &c.
Feb. ? 27. Draft of the above, corrected [by Sec. Nicholas.]
Feb. 5.
Whitehall.
28. Petition of [the Aldermen and Burgesses of Leeds] to the King, to order that their charter of incorporation may not be cancelled, nor any concessions thereon be deceitfully obtained, till they be heard in their defence. It was granted by the late King on account of the importance and populousness of their town; attempts have been made to render it abortive, by persons who wish to bring themselves into the government of the town, contrary to the statutes. Dislike such indirect proceedings, and have no desire to surrender the charter. With reference thereon to the King's counsel-at-law, and report of Attorney General Palmer and Sir Wm. Wylde, June 1, that on consideration of this and the former petition [see January 17], they find that in 1643, all the loyal aldermen and burgesses were removed; that from then till 1646, there was no settled government; that since then, many have illegally intruded into the corporation, and that there are not enough to act according to the charter, which thereby becomes void; they advise the granting of a new one like the former, His Majesty having the first nomination of the corporation.
Feb. ? 29. Petition of Robt. Townsend, DD., to the King, for presentation to the Parsonage of Limmington Hastings, co. Warwick, void by death of Dr. Sugge. Annexing,
29. i. Certificate by Robt. Bishop of Oxford, and three others, in favour of the petitioner. November 30, 1660.
Feb. 5.
Whitehall.
30. Warrant for presentation of Dr. Rob. Townsend to the rectory of Limmington Hastings.
Feb. 5.
Whitehall.
31. Warrant for a grant to Jane Lane of a pension of 1,000l. a year.
Feb. 5. 32. Information against Jno. Wesley, vicar of Winterbourne-Whitchurch, co. Dorset, for diabolically railing in the pulpit against the late King and his posterity, and praising Cromwell; also, for false doctrines, professing to speak with God, abuse of bishops, conduct as a soldier under Major Dewy, rejoicing at Sir George Booth's defeat, &c. With names of 13 witnesses thereto.
Feb. 5.
Dover.
33. Thos. White to the Navy Comrs. Begs an order to send to Chatham or London two long boats and some masts, which are in danger of rotting or splitting there. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 6. 34. Lawrence Wise to the Same. Desires to answer informations which strike at the root of his name, ministry, and family. The Earl of Sandwich had the same things suggested to him, several years ago, but considering that God has given him two ears, heard him and several Christians on his behalf, and was thus satisfied to give him a warrant for that employment from which the Commissioners have dismissed him. The woman who accuses him is of bad character. Has so fully repented of his former evil that 400 Christians, not fanatics, who had suspended him from communion, have received him back. Entreats leave to give the Commissioners a true account of the whole matter. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 6. 35. Folding sheets of a Commission for disbanding [the Navy], and of a comptroller's account to be sent therein. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 6.
Whitehall.
36. Order for a warrant to Lord Fras. Vaughan, Sir Geo. Hamilton, Col. Daniel O'Neale, and others, to search for and dig mines north of the Trent, and in Wales, excepting Gloucestershire, retaining the profits for 41 years, on payment of a tenth of the value to the King. With note of alterations requested and made in the warrant.
[Feb. 6.] 37. Petition of Edw. Tyldesley to the King, for the offices of Steward, Chief Forester, and Keeper of the Forests of Myerscough, Wyersdale, Quernmore, Amounderness, and Bleasdale, and Steward of all lordships and manors in Amounderness Hundred, belonging to the duchy of Lancaster.
Feb. 7. 38. Report by Lord Treasurer Southampton in favour of the petition of [Wm.] Halke, for the place of Customer at Chichester, as John Rowe, the former customer, appears on examination to have signed a petition for bringing the late King to his accursed trial. [See Feb. 15.]
Feb. 7.
Christ Church.
39. Dr. John Dolben to Williamson. Requests the expediting of his business. Has got a certificate, which the Bishops of London and Worcester will sign, if needful; will send what money the affair requires. Thanks for his care about it. [Appointed prebendary of St. Paul's, April 21, 1661.]
Feb. 7. 40. Bond of Capt. William Rainsborough, of Stepney, and Dr. Rich. Barker, of the Barbican, in 500l., for the good behaviour of the former.
Feb. 7.
Whitehall.
41. Petition of the Dyers of London to the King, for confirmation of the charter and liberties granted them by Henry VI., with certain additions. With reference thereon to the Attorney General, and his report, August 14, 1663, in favour of the petition. Annexing,
41. i. Additions which the Company of Dyers request to be made to their charter.
[Feb. 7.] 42. Address of Benjamin Wade, alderman, and others of Leeds, to the King. Congratulate his return, by which they are restored from bondage to liberty, and present him with a small portion of what is left them. [See Kennet's Chron., p. 376.]
Feb. 7 ? 43. [Navy Comrs. to the Comrs. for discharging the Navy.] Have fulfilled the instructions of the Act of Parliament, by delivering up the pursers' books, which contain-an account of the time each person has served, and the money or goods which each has received. The books delivered for the eight ships already paid cannot be compared with those now required, because the ships were paid by the Treasurer of the Navy, and it was then the duty of the writers to audit the accounts; but in the present case their duty is limited to one article, and the rest are appointed to auditors, with whom they cannot presume to interfere. Send what information they can about the ranks of ships and rates of wages, though not required to do so by the Act, but beg not to be ensnared, or have things imposed on them which by law they cannot justify, and should they have to violate the letter of the Act, request the command of the King and the Duke of York. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 7.
Navy Office.
44. [Navy Comrs. to the Comrs. for disbanding the Navy.] Send the names and numbers of men in each ship to be discharged; also the number of officers, their capacities, the wages due to them; and the seamen's and other expenses. Understand that the Lord Chancellor has issued powers to offer the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and to discharge those who refuse them, but the reports have been made to him, not to them; have sent a clear and full account of the tickets, but if they wish to send any one to inspect them, free admission shall be given. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 7.
Chatham Dock.
45. Robt. Sewell to the Navy Comrs. Sends Mr. White's bill of lading of stores brought from Dover; the sails are old and very bad; the colours moth-eaten; the flags and jacks with a cross and harp. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 7.
Bristol.
46. Capt. Walter Wood to the Same. Victualling of ships. The Princess is fitting for sea; finds her to steer well. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 7.
Portsmouth.
47. John Tippetts to the Same. Proposes loading [of the timber] at Redbridge, as a great saving of time and expense. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 7.
The Ruby, Falmouth.
48. Capt. Robt. Kirby to the Same. Has been plying off the Land's End, but put in to Falmouth, on account of weather. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 8. 49. Folding sheet of Capt. Wood and Mr. Furzer's accounts. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 8.
Custom House.
50. Customs' Comrs. to Mr. Watkins, chief searcher. The King requires him to restore certain parcels of gold and silver lace belonging to His Majesty and the Duke of York, which he seized in the hands of Mons. Sourceau.
Feb. 8.
East Looe.
51. John Pope, mayor, and seven others of East Looe, to Jonathan Trelawney. Request him and Mr. Seymour to draw up for them a petition to the King, to obtain restoration of the Truelove, a ship of the town, laden with goods, value 1,400l., bound for Bilboa, and seized at St. Jean de Luz, by Antoinette De Susson, a French woman, on pretence of damage received from the English.
Feb. 8.
London.
52. [Sec. Nicholas] to Sir Wm. Curtius. Some desperate fanatics have made an attack on the public peace; justice has been done, to the satisfaction of all, on the principal instruments of the rebellion, and the turbulent factions disarmed. On January 30, a solemn fast was kept by Act of Parliament, in memory of the execrable murder of the late King, on which day the corpses of Cromwell, Bradshaw, and Ireton, being dragged on sledges to Tyburn, remained hung on the gibbet, in the view of thousands, attracted by so marvellous an act of justice. French. [Draft.]
Feb. 8.
Whitehall.
[The Same] to Sir Hen. De Vic. The Parliament of Scotland proceed in the settlement of that kingdom, which will have no small influence on this. All is quiet, and splendid preparations are every where making for the coronation. [Draft, Flanders Corresp., February 8, 1661.]
[Feb. 8].
Worcester House.
53. [Lord Chancellor Hyde to Sec. Nicholas.] The King consents to dispense with the attendance of the Earl of Leicester at the coronation, on account of his age and indisposition, and the usual signification thereof is to be prepared.
Feb. 8. 54. Order for Thos. Moore, of Hartswood, Surrey, to remain free from all molestation about the Oath of Allegiance, so long as he remains faithful to the Government. [Draft.]
Feb. 8/18. 55. Petition of John Cotterell to the King, for restoration to his former place at Court, from which he was banished for misdemeanours.
Feb. 9. 56. Information by Sir Sam. Morland of a meeting of 14 or 16 Fifth-Monarchy men, held two or three times a week, at the Maiden Head Tavern, Piccadilly, and request for a warrant for Capt. Wharton to apprehend them.
Feb. 9.
Whitehall.
57. Petition of Sir John Wintour, the Queen [Mother's] Secretary, to the King, for a patent for the sole Exercise of his Invention of charring and calcining coal in pots, so as to make an excellent fuel without smoke; has made many experiments thereon during his chargeable imprisonment in the Tower. With reference thereon to the Attorney General, and his report, February 11, 1661, in favour of the petition.
Feb. 9. 58. Petition of Anthony Clifford to the King, to revoke his grant of the Rectory of Newton-Ferrers, co. Devon, to a person not capable of favour, and to present it to the petitioner, who has a just title by presentation of the undoubted patron; His Majesty took advantage of a lapse. With note in his favour by the Bishop of London. Annexing,
58. i. Articles exhibited by the parishioners of Newton-Ferrers against John Hill, who has lately officiated there. That he justifies the murder of the late King; denies His Majesty's right of succession; used to pray for Cromwell; refuses to administer the sacrament, or read the Lord's prayer; takes whole sermons from other books, and is a favourer of Anabaptists. [Very numerously signed.]
58. ii. Examinations of William Stephens and four other parishioners of Newton-Ferrers, in confirmation of the above articles. October 23, 1660.
Feb. 9. 59. Jos. Radcliffe to Katherine Hurleston. Hears of no action near or about London, only in the northern parts,—Cheshire, Lancashire, and Scotland. Was ordered on a party to Gloucester, but was too ill to go, and had to hire a deputy; is put out of the Guards, for not giving Sir Phil. Howard an account of his absence, when he was on secret business, which should be kept quiet; fears he may lose his arrears. Requests her to speak to Sec. Nicholas to get him a place in the Customs, or some other, and to grant him a protection from bailiffs. Is kept on duty with his horse 10 or 12 days after being disbanded, a thing he never heard of before.
Feb. 9 ? 60. [Katherine ?] Hurleston to Sec. Nicholas. Found none at the meeting place last night. The Colonel and others are going to Cheshire and Lancashire to make provision against the spring; they expect correspondency between the Presbyterians there and in Scotland. The Anabaptists are offended with the Fifth-Monarchy men. They expect aid from France in the spring, and some use from the league that was between Oliver and Cardinal Mazarin.
Feb. 9. 61. St. John Steventon to the Navy Comrs. The pursers of ships will wait on the Commissioners for discharging the Navy at Westminster, when their books are made up. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 9. 62. J. Short to the Same. Has sent the muster-books of the 22 ships now in sea-pay, giving notice to the pursers to wait on them with the sea-books. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 9.
Chatham Dock.
63. Robt. Sewell to the Navy Comrs. Edw. Batten, chandler of Rochester, cannot serve more candles for the navy, because he is 500l. in arrears, and was cut off 8d. in the dozen in his last bill, though tallow is raised in price 10s. per cwt. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 9.
Chatham.
64. Phineas Pett to the Same. Asks directions on purchase of oaken timber at 48s. a load. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 9.
Chatham.
65. The Same to the Same. Asks whether to order in the Elias, now riding near Gravesend, and laden with large oaken timber, &c., such as is wanted for the Prince Royal, for lack of which they have to discharge their hands. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 9.
The Princess.
66. Daniel Furzer to the Same. Account of timber remaining at Lydney; requests an order for disposal of it, and payment of 400l. arrears due to persons who daily press for money. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 10. 67. Certificate by Hen. Creswick, mayor of Bristol, and seven aldermen, &c., that Ric. Ellsworth adventured his person in defence of the city for the late King, refused offices under others, raised the apprentices to petition against the Committee of Safety, then against the Rump Parliament, printing a declaration thereon, and then to petition for the Restoration, and drew up a narrative to persuade all Christians to pray for the same; also, that in March 1660, he warned the Duke of Albemarle of an intended rising of the officers of the army, to obstruct the settling of the militia. [Copy.]
Feb. 10. 68. Copy of the same, with slight differences.
Feb. 10.
Whitehall.
69. Petition of Robert Charlton, of Whitton, co. Salop, to the King, for repayment of his third of a debt of 11,530l., lent to the late King, in 1643, by himself and the other farmers for the pre-emption of tin, the interest of which comes to 15,000l. Has lost above 30,000l. by his loyalty. With reference thereon to Lord Treas. Southampton, and his report, March 14, that he considers the debt just, and that Charlton, and the other farmers of tin, who were discharged March 30, 1643, lent this money without security, and have probably paid in their whole rent, although, owing to the disorders, the receipts of the whole are not to be found.
Feb. 10.
Westminster.
70. Anna Le Grand to the King. Being encouraged by his goodness to importune him, presents the enclosed, but would not have done so did it not contain something advantageous to his service. If not granted at once, begs leave at least to kiss his hands, and answer any objection that might be made. French. Encloses,
70. i. Petition of Anna Engels, widow of Charles Le Grand, to the King, for the farm of the duties on Rhenish and German wines, on rent of 1,000l., in compensation for her servicesto His Majesty at Cologne, whereby she suffered a long and chargeable process; the profit heretofore was only 500l. a year to the farmers, and 20l. to the late King.
Feb. 11. 71. Certificate by 21 Inhabitants of Flintshire, that Rhudlan has always been a stage on the post road between Chester and Holyhead, and is the most direct road, though the late postmaster, for bye ends, removed it to Denbigh, and then to St. Asaph.
Feb. 11. 72. Mungo Dalton to Jos. Williamson. Is sorry the expense is so much, and yet the place, he fears, lost; but hopes he may still overtop Senhouse. Has the Court rules; asks whether to deliver them up.
Feb. 11. 73. Licence from the Archbishop of Canterbury to Sec. Nicholas, Anne his wife, and ten persons to be chosen by him, to eat meat at his table during Lent, provided he pays 13s. 4d. to the poor chest in his parish.
Feb. 11.
Whitehall.
74. Warrant to the Marshal of the King's Bench, Sheriff of Middlesex, &c., to reprieve Thos. Howard, John Mills, and Michael Naylor, sentenced to death for the murder of William Proby; there being no proof of forethought malice, his Majesty designs to pardon them.
Feb. 11. 75. Certificate by the Officers of the Rosebush, that Thos. Strutt, the purser, victualled the ship for 11 days, which, if he had not done, the company would have left the ship; that he lost a boat full of provisions by bad weather, and has to pay interest for the money thus advaneed. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 11. 76. List of the joiners now employed in the dockyard at Deptford. Damaged. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 12.
Queen's College.
77. Tim. Halton to Jos. Williamson. Expects an election of Fellows soon. Mr. Garth would be chosen if Mr. Denton would vote for him. Thinks Mr. Addison may stand.
Feb. 12. 78. Sir Phil. Warwick to Sec. Nicholas. Sir Arthur Forbes' wardship of his son-in-law was granted on good-grounds, viz., that he was engaged to clear the estate, that he had well served the King, &c. Hopes there is no danger of Sec. Morice succeeding in his attempt to draw it away for another.
Feb. 12.
Queen's College.
79. Dr. Thos. Lamplugh to Jos. Williamson. Dr. Pocock says that the MS. sent is in Turkish, and is about the ambassador or consul there; but for a translation recourse should be had to Wm. Seaman, of Moorfields, who was servant to Sir Peter Wyche, and lived in Constantinople many years. The Oaths of Allegiance are to be administered in his college and Edmund's Hall.
Feb. 12.
Whitehall.
80. Petition of Alice, widow of James Beck, to the King, for reference to the judges and justices of peace of Gloucestershire of a contest between Stephen Halford, keeper under her son Godfrey of Gloucester Castle and gaol, and Wm. Harmer, who contends for the custody of the gaol. The constableship was granted in reversion to her husband and son Nicholas, by the late King in whose service they fell, and then to her son Godfrey and grandson, Thos. Orson. With reference thereon as requested.
Feb. 13 ? 81. Petition of Nicholas Bowdon to the King, for appointment as Secretary to the Commission which is to receive claims for service at the Coronation. Was secretary to the Lords Commissioners at Oxford, and lost 5,000l. in the service of the late King.
Feb. 13.
Westminster.
82. Commission to George Duke of Albemarle, and many others, to receive, hear, and determine all claims for services to be performed at the coronation.
Feb. 13 ? 83. Account of the manner and order in which the Court of Inquiry into petitions and claims of those serving at the coronation is to be held.
Feb. 13 ? 84, 85. Two drafts of the above.
Feb. 13. 86. G. Duke to Dan. O'Neale. The goods of the late King include five suits of rich hangings, plate, money, and jewels, his picture on his dun horse, and many other things, which have been carried about as the searchers were more or less strict, and are now in houses in Cripplegate and Bishopsgate. Begs that the warrant respecting them may include Mr. Duncombe, himself, Theo. Sherwood, and others.
Feb. 13. 87. Sir Will. Rider to the Navy Comrs. Account of canvas for the stores. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 14.
Dover.
88. John Tatnell to the Same. Hears that masts are to be taken thence to London; they are rotten by lying so long; will buy them on appraisement. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 14.
Cockpit.
89. Duke of Albemarle to Sec. Nicholas. Requests delivery to Lord Massareen of a letter formerly stopped, for Col. George Lane to have a foot regiment in Ireland.
Feb. 14.
Southampton House.
90. Lord Treas. Southampton to the Customs' Comrs. Requests them to permit the Danish Ambassador to have 30 tuns of wine, duty free, on his security to pay the custom, if the King is not pleased to remit it.
Feb. 14. 91. Statement by Ant. Skinner that the King granted him a patent for a Baronet in August last, which he now returns, praying that it may be for his kinsman, Edw. Smythe, of Eshe, co. Durham, whose father was colonel of horse, and died in the late King's service, and who is worth 1,800l. a year, and will allow him 100l. a year for his service. Certified by John Lord Belasyse.
Feb. 14.
Whitehall.
92. Petition of Nic. Bullingham, Senior Dean, and 23 Fellows of St. John's College, Cambridge, to the King, for assistance. The government of the college has lately become notoriously remiss and negligent, on account of the Master [Dr. Tucker's] withdrawing himself from the College chapel, which he never did before the introduction of Common Prayer, and his entire neglect of everything relating to public worship, so that any show of worship is stolen in by others. With reference thereon to the Bishops of Durham, Ely, and Sarum.
Feb. 15 ? 93. Petition of the Ministers, &c. of the French Church, London, to the King, for a pardon for Mary, wife of Jas. Wood, of NortonFalgate, without Bishopsgate, tailor, and member of the said church, who in a fit of distraction, killed one of her own children. She was before a harmless and religious woman, and very fond of the child whom she destroyed. Reference was made on a former petition to the Recorder of London, before whom the case was tried. Signed by Herault and Primerose, pastors, and two elders.
Feb. 15.
Inner Temple.
94. Sir Wm. Wylde, Recorder of London, to Sec. Nicholas. Told the King that he would never have reprieved Mary Wood, had he not thought her case deserving mercy. Thinks His Majesty is very inclinable to a pardon.
Feb. 15. 95. Warrant from Lord Treas. Southampton to the Customs' Comrs., to discharge the duty on 30 tuns of Spanish or French wines for Don Carlos, Baron de Batteville, the Spanish Ambassador, as granted to him by the King.
Feb, 15. 96. George Gwynn, and two others, to the Bailiff of Brecon. In consequence of complaints made to the Earl of Carberry, Lord Lieut. of Wales, of outrages and violences committed on persons from private animosity, without warrant, speedy redress is to be given to all sufferers therefrom, and all persons aggrieved by soldiers, or others warned to appear with their witnesses on February 21, and prove their allegations. This order is to be published in Brecon Market on Saturday next. [Copy.]
Feb. 15.
Whitehall.
97. Warrant for a grant to William Halke of the place of Customer of Chichester, and for suspension of John Rowe, who was engaged in the petition against the late King.
Feb. 15.
Whitehall.
[Sec. Nicholas] to Sir Hen. de Vic. Lord Bristol has gone to Flanders on pretence of his own particular business; can give no better account of his errand at present. The Portuguese Ambassador is here, and the Denmark treaty is signed. Writs are preparing for a Parliament. [Draft, Flanders Corresp., February 15, 1661.]
Feb. 16.
Whitehall.
98. Warrant to Sir Thos. Clarges, Commissary General of Musters, to state the accounts of all supernumerary forces now to be disbanded, according to the muster rolls sent in, and to certify what is due to them, from their first entertainment to Feb. 20 next. [Draft.]
Feb. 16.
Chatham.
99. Phineas Pett to the Navy Comrs. Repairs of vessels. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 17.
Durham.
100. Dr. John Barwick to Jno. Nicholas. The Bishop of Durham has commissioned him to take the subscription and administer the oaths to Dr. Smith, whose collation will then be sent; he should come up for installation, so as to receive the benefit of the present quarter. Would gladly put the Doctor in a statutable capacity for residence, but knows not of a living void; the Bishop of London might help; he would accept one with cure, giving the profits to a curate, so that he might have the title.
Feb. 18.
Chatham.
101. Phineas Pett to the Navy Comrs. Wants timber to sheathe the Royal James. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 18.
The Princess, King's Road.
102. Capt. Walter Wood to the Same. Is hindered from sailing by an order from the Duke of York to take in 100 tons of shot; hopes to have it on board in three days. [Adm. Paper.]
Feb. 18. 102. [Sec. Nicholas to Sir John Grenville.] The King intends to create him Earl of Bath, and wishes him to prepare suitable robes and equipage at the coronation. With a list of seven noblemen and gentlemen to whom similar letters were written for their respective creations at the same time. [Draft.]
Feb. 18.
Whitehall.
104. Commission to Francis Watson to be Quartermaster of the Duke of Albemarle's troop of Guards. Marked "Copy of my commission left in my trunk when I went to Russia, July 14, 1663."
Feb. 18.
Shipley.
105. E. M. to Sam. Paddy. They must remember each other in prayer. Is in danger of losing his living; hears that E. M. has found a place for him of which he will be glad; dissuades him from his intended journey, as he will meet with difficulties; dares not say more lest his letter should not come safe. Religious advice.