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Charles II - volume 114: March 1-15, 1665

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1664-5. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1863.

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March 1-15, 1665

March 1.
Whitehall.
Proclamation forbidding all sailing of vessels from any English port for foreign trade or commerce without licence, on pain of confiscation, on account of the great perils and inconveniences of these times of danger. [Printed. Proc. Coll., Charles II., p. 178.]
March 1. Warrant to pay to Lord George Berkeley of Berkeley Castle 1,000l., for the repairs of the pales and fences in Nonsuch Park. [Docquet.]
March 1.
Hull.
1. Luke Whittington to James Hickes. Two Ostend vessels are stayed, lest meeting with the Holland fleet, they should inform them of the fleet of 18 vessels, under convoy of a man-of-war, which are to go to London with the first fair wind. Two Holland privateers seized a Humber keel, the men escaping in their boat. Holland vessels are seen every day from Bridlington.
March 1.
Edinburgh.
2. R. M[ein] to Hen. Muddiman. Lord Lauderdale writes to the Lord Commissioner that the reported barbarities of De Ruyter at Guinea are lies, and the liars are to be hanged or sent into Holland. Three Scotch ships trading to Bourdeaux are taken. The advertisement for Glasgow is to be put in the London diurnal.
March 1.
Portsmouth.
3. Commissioner Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. Particulars of ships. The masters of the merchants come to him for stores for graving, and he has no orders to supply them. Tenders of rosin and cordage. Requests an order for the delivery of various goods out of the prize ships to the stores. Expects the news from Holland will be confirmed, but it may be worse, for drowning is an easy death, and the Dutch know how to torment men before death; has been a spectator of their actions, and a very great sufferer by them. [Adm. Paper, three pages.]
March 1. 4. Wm. Coventry to Sam. Pepys. The paying by the prize office formerly of those who brought in prizes ought not to alter the resolution to pay Capt. Talbot, as the goods of his prize were given to the Royal Company, and the men were part of the Jersey and Expedition's crew; 2,000 trees are to be felled in Aliceholt, 700 in Waltham, and 700 in New Forest. [Adm. Paper.]
March 1. 5. Wm. Coventry to Sam. Pepys. Desires the Articles of War to be sent to Capt. Jordan, for distribution among the ships in the Hope. The practice of moulding timber in the woods wastes a great deal. Particulars of stores wanted. When Capt. Allin returns, most of that fleet will come to Harwich, which ought to be well provided with stores for cleaning and refitting. [Adm. Paper, two pages.]
March 1. 6. Certificate by Capt. John Fortescue of the John and Thomas being completely equipped and fitted, according to contract. [Adm. Paper.]
March 2.
Dover.
7. John Tatnell to the Navy Comrs. Repairs of the Mermaid and several boats at Deal. John Cooley offers to furnish leather scuppers. [Adm. Paper.]
March 2.
Dover.
8. Thos. Wale to the Navy Comrs. Wants stores. Repairs of the Paradox. [Adm. Paper.] Annexing,
8. i. Account by Capt. John Johnson of boatswains and carpenters' stores required for the Little Gift.
Dover Road, March 2.
March 2.
Dover.
9. E. Wivell to the Navy Comrs. The Paradox and Little Gift are at anchor before the harbour, waiting a tide to get in. [Adm. Paper.]
March 2.
Whitehall.
10. Petition of Thos. and Hen. Killigrew to the King, for the felling of several coppices, containing 100 acres, in Whittlewood and Saulcey forests. With reference thereon to the Lord Treasurer and Chancellor of the Exchequer, and report of the latter, March 20, in favour of the petition.
March 2. The King to the Gentlemen of Surrey. There have always been deer and heath-poults preserved in Windsor Forest for the Royal hunting, but in the late times they have been much destroyed. Asks them to consider of some way to preserve a competent number of deer there; if they serve him therein, he may be induced to part with some part of what he accounts his right there. [Ent. Book 17, p. 96.]
March 2. Pass for two horses to France. Minute. [Ent. Book 22, p. 38.]
March 2. Warrant from Sec. Bennet to apprehend Thomas Glass, Major Vernon, and others, with their papers, and bring them before him. [Ent. Book 22, p. 44.]
March 2. Warrant from Sec. Bennet for apprehending — Strange, alias Captain L'Estrange, and another. Minute. [Ent. Book 22, p. 44.]
March ? 11. Information of A. W—. Capt. Lieut. Strange tried to persuade the Fifth Monarchy men to take this juncture to attempt Whitehall, but the soberer fanatics argued that it was more rational to stay and see what advantage they might have by the war with Holland. Strange would only wait one month; his first attempt was to be on the King and Monk. Capt. Cox, who served in Sweden, was urged to take the command of a frigate building against the Dutch, that he might bring back any of the banished party, or Lambert, now in prison, who is of good repute with the sober fanatics, but not with the Fifth Monarchy men. Roberts, an ejected Scotch minister, beneficed in Martindale, assures them that Westmoreland and the Borders only wait an apportunity to appear. John Goodwin, who wrote "Mene, Tekel," has another similar book almost ready for press. [Two pages.]
March 2. 12. W. Coventry to [Williamson]. Sends two blank commissions for Lord Holles, and a copy of the bonds that Lord Holles must use, as the required security cannot be given in the Admiralty court. His Lordship should encourage persons wanting commissions to send for them regularly, but more of these will be sent, rather than lose friends. Endorsed "Commissions to Frenchmen."
[March 2.] 13. Book of notes [by Williamson] from the Journals of Parliament, 12–17 Charles II., arranged according to subjects. [Eighteen pages.]
March 3. 14. Bill of lading of the Lucas frigate, from Mallamocca, bound for the Downs, containing 8 cases of spirits, birding pieces, &c., for the King's use, consigned to Sir John Shaw. Endorsed "Willm. Burrows, master of the Mayflower, from Locke," &c. [Printed form, filled up.]
March 3. 15. Ger. Lady Anderson to Williamson. Requests him to have a pardon signed for a nephew of hers, a canon of Hereford, who with some of his brethren, had committed an error which cannot be solved but by the King's dispensation. The Dean is willing that it should be passed by. [See March 6, 1665.]
March 3.
Dover Castle.
16. Capt. John Strode to Williamson. A fleet of 13 sail has passed; Zealand freebooters ply on the Flemish and French coasts, and a privateer of theirs with 30 guns has gone northward. Lord Castlemaine has returned from France and gone to London, and Thos. Howard from Zealand.
March 3.
Dover Castle.
17. J[ohn] C[arlisle] to Williamson. There have passed into the Downs 17 sail of our men-of-war and four Smyrna merchants; also a Hamburgher, which reports that 60 Holland vessels, laden with Bourdeaux wines, set sail northwards, three weeks ago. The Earl of Castlemaine and Thos. Howard, of Suffolk, have this day landed.
March 3.
Deal.
18. Ri. Watts to [Williamson]. About 16 of the King's ships have sailed southward; three more, with one prize and one merchantman, are in the Downs.
March 3.
Whitehall.
19. Examination of Major Robt. Holmes. Shows his instructions, ordering him to protect the goods, ships, forts, &c., of the Royal Company, and to preserve their freedom of trade with the natives, by force if needful, and if he were able to do it; shows narratives of the wrongs committed on the English in Gambia, by the King of Barca, at instigation of the Dutch, and alleges the universal complaints of the English factors on the coast against the Dutch. Gives a full account of his taking of Cape de Verde, and his respect to the private property of the Dutch. Details the fraudulent practices of the Dutch at Sestos. Account of his taking the Golden Lion; of the Dutch taking Anta; of their setting a price on his head on the Gold Coast; of his amicable overtures to their general Valkenburg, to compose differences; of the taking of Cape Corço; of the treachery of the Dutch in blowing up the English at Aga; and of the taking of Anamaboa. [Five and a half pages.] Annexing,
19. i. Extract from the Instructions given to Captain Holmes concerning the protection of the agents, goods, ships, factories, &c., of the Royal [African] Company, by force if needful, and if he be strong enough, especially from the molestation of the Golden Lion of Flushing. [Copy.]
March 3. 20. Draft of the above examination. [Three and a half pages.]
March ? 21. [Chris. Sanderson to Sir Phil. Musgrave.] His intelligencer reports that an old Presbyterian inveighed much against this devilish Parliament, and said the King would never part with it. Col. Ludlow, Capt. Mason, and several others are now privately in London. Wants 20l. to pay the intelligencer; the wheels must be oiled to make them go. A colonel under restraint [Lilburn] has asked his father to send him money, as there will soon be a change. Wants a cypher to correspond in. Care should be taken of the King's person, of his Court, and of that factious city, the receptacle of all this rebellious brood. Will do his best to find out the hiding place of the rebels. [One and a quarter pages. Imperfect.]
March 3.
Egglestone.
22. Christopher Sanderson to Sir Philip Musgrave. Cannot find out from Grisley Pate, alias George Bateman, of Durham, where these good fellows lie in London. Bateman doubts not but there will be a good appearance for the old cause, and April showers may bring something; he would be able to ride a horse, though old, but would not get one too soon, as cavaliers are jealous of Quakers and others who have good horses. He says the Dutch intend to land some regiments in Scotland, whither their friends from the northern parts will repair. Chris. Eyon, a quaker merchant of Barnard Castle, says there are eight or nine regiments of English and Scots in Holland, who are for landing in Scotland; wants money for his friend to get a good horse, that he may obtain better intelligence. It is reported amongst them that Lambert, with the governor of the Isle [Guernsey], and two more are gone to the Dutch, and Dr. Richardson, with six ships, came to receive them. Also that the Earl of Argyle has retired to his house in the north, determined to oppose the King on account of some affronts. Col. Lilburn says his father, Rich. Lilburn, has got up 50l., and will send it him, for he expects a speedy alteration. Is using every effort to have timely notice of what is doing. Expects to have to bind his intelligencer over to good behaviour, so as to avoid suspicion, in order that when he comes to him, it may be on pretext to procure his enlargement. [Two pages.]
[March 3.] 23. Sec. Bennet to the Lord Mayor of London. The King being resolved to make public his late declaration of Feb. 22, relating to the injuries done by the Dutch, has ordered two heralds, with serjeants-at-arms and trumpeters, to proclaim it at Whitehall Court gate, and in the accustomed places in London. His lordship, with the aldermen and sheriffs, is to be ready to receive and assist them therein. [Draft.]
March 3. Warrant to the King's Heralds and Pursuivants-at-arms to choose two heralds to attend at Whitehall Gate at 10 a.m. on the 4th instant, to meet the serjeants-at-arms and trumpeters, and proclaim war with the United Provinces, on account of the injuries of the Dutch East and West India Companies. [Ent. Book 22, p. 45.]
March 3.
The Dartmouth, Dawpool.
24. Capt. Rich. Rooth to Sir Wm. Penn. Complains of the unserviceableness of the 71 pressed men sent on board by Sir John Owen. Has dismissed them, since it is the Duke of York's pleasure that none but seamen be received. Enough might have been had if done timely, but 19 vessels were allowed to sail from Liverpool without one man impressed, and then the 58 seamen ordered from that town were taken chiefly from the plough. Can get no assistance either from the mayor of Liverpool or the Earl of Derby who is vice-admiral. Has only received 20 seamen above his own number as yet. The provisions are exhausted and little service done. [Adm. Paper.] Encloses,
24. i. Names and trades of 26 pressed men sent by Sir John Owen, but discharged for inability. March 3, 1665.
March 3.
Portsmouth.
25. Commissioner Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. Recommends John Merritt as blockmaker at Portsmouth. [Adm. Paper.]
March 3.
Revenge, between Quinborough and Sheerness.
26. Capt. Thos. Teddeman to the Navy Comrs. Has acquainted Commissioner Peter Pett with his arrival from the Downs, in reference to refitting his vessel. [Adm. Paper.]
March 3.
Portsmouth.
27. John Tippetts to Sir Wm. Batten, Will prepare a draft of the second-rate ship to be built. The Royal Oak has sailed to Spithead. [Adm. Paper.]
March 4. 28. Certificate by Capt. John Fortescue of the John and Abigail being completely equipped and ready to sail. [Adm. Paper.]
March 4. 29. Similar certificate in behalf of the Satisfaction. [Adm. Paper.]
March 4.
Harwich.
30. Anthony Deane to the Navy Comrs. Sends an account of provisions necessary against the arrival of the Straits' fleet. Repairs of ships. [Adm. Paper.]
March 4.
Portsmouth.
31. Commissioner Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. If the form and manner of use of the careening wheel be sent, it may be put in practice as occasion requires. Never does and never will contract for provisions without an order from the Board. Begs that the new second-rate ship may be built after the model of the Royal Oak. Promises dispatch and cheapness in erecting a dwelling house for himself in the yard. Has discovered the stolen hawser; the man must be hanged, being a very knave. Thinks all the mischief done in this matter arises from allowing perquisites in the navy. Particulars of ships and stores. [Adm Paper, three pages.]
March 4.
Lydney.
32. Dan Furzer to the Navy Comrs. The iron there is good, but the stock small; although it is risen in price, there are a dozen poor men who will willingly do the work required, at the price mentioned by the Board. Particulars of timber in the Lea Baly. Wishes an opinion of his draft for the ship. [Adm. Paper, one and a half pages.]
March 4.
Chatham Ropeyard.
33. John Owen, clerk of the ropeyard, to the Navy Comrs. John Brown, officer of ordnance, refuses to receive the damaged hemp without an order. [Adm. Paper.]
March 4. Warrant to Lord Chamberlain Manchester to admit James Earl of Suffolk, as gentleman of the bedchamber, in place of the late Lord Wentworth. [Ent. Book 22, p. 46.]
March 4. Order for a warrant to Sir Thos. Trevor to join with the QueenMother in an assignment to the Earl of St. Alban's and others, her trustees, for her life and for two years after her decease, of certain lands and tenements granted by the late King to Sir John Walter, Sir Jas. Fullerton, and Sir Thos. Trevor, the last named being the only survivor, and Sir John Trevor, his son, being his executor; these lands were transferred by the said persons to the QueenMother for life, but are now granted to her trustees for two years after her death. [Ent. Book 17, pp. 96–7.]
March 4. Grant to Sir Robt. Smith, of Upton, co. Essex, of the dignity of a Baronet. [Docquet.]
March 4. Grant to the same of the usual discharge. [Docquet.]
March 4. Warrant to pay to Col. Wm. Legg, lieutenant of ordnance, 586l. 13s. 11¾d., for the repairs of Portland Castle, and furnishing it with provisions of war. [Docquet.]
March 4. Warrant to pay to Col. Wm. Legg 205l. 19s. 11d. for ordnance, &c., to be delivered to Sir John Colleton, Bart., for the use of the island of Barbadoes. [Docquet.]
March 4. Warrant to pay to Col. Wm. Legg 158l. 8s. 4d., for carriages, arms, &c., to be delivered to Sir George Carteret, for service in the island of Alderney. [Docquet.]
March 4.
Plymouth.
34. J. C[larke] to [Williamson]. Lord Belasyse came there yesterday, and is waiting the Smyrna fleet, which is to go with the same convoy that takes him to Tangiers. Seven of the King's ships are in port, and ten vessels laden with Bourdeaux wines.
March 4.
Deal.
35. Ri. Watts to Williamson. There are 70 of the crews of ships who were sent on shore for water left behind, the winds being high. They are sent with tickets to Portsmouth. A gentleman has come to survey quarters for the Duke of York.
March 4. 36. George Williamson to Jos. Williamson. Finds difficulty in executing his commission for collecting the hearth-money. Has made a perfect survey, but many disputes arise. Has written to the Lord Treasurer, and hopes a reply before rent-day, to satisfy objections which are very great. Will take in his bonds for the excise. Hears he is to be put out of the lease, though he has paid his rent as punctually as any in England. Asks his brother to speak a word in season for him. [Damaged.]
March 4.
Whitehall.
37. Petition of Rich. March, keeper of the ordnance stores, to the King, for a grant of the place of Keeper of small guns in the Tower, which formerly belonged to the store keepers; it was granted by the late Sir Wm. Compton to Mat. Bayley, his clerk, but from some misconduct he is suspended from office. With reference thereon to the Attorney General.
March 4.
Whitehall.
38. Petition of George Arnott to the King, for a grant of several small fines payable in the duchy of Cornwall, discovered by him. Was formerly a page of honour, but having an employment in the French army before the Restoration, which he has now lost by the death of the Earl of Tiveot, never received the annuity of 120l. granted to other pages. With reference thereon to the Lord Treasurer, and his report, March 18, in favour of the petition. Annexing,
38. i. Account of fines in arrears in the duchy of Cornwall; total, 545l. Endorsed "Mr. Arnott."
March 4. Entry of the above reference. [Ent. Book 18, p. 129.]
March 4. Reference to the Bishop of Winchester and four other Commissioners for repair of St. Paul's, on the petition of Edw. Dallowe for relief by the dean and chapter, in reference to a small piece of waste land lying on the north side of St. Paul's, purchased by him, and on which he has expended great sums. [Ent. Book 18, p. 130.]
March 4.
Margate.
39. John Smith to Williamson. Thos. Frizley, an Englishman who has long lived in Rotterdam, and is suspected as a spy, has arrived, with a letter from Sir George Downing. Has stayed him according to the King's declaration of February 22, till further directions.
March 5.
[Deal.]
40. Mor. Lodge to [Williamson]. A Dutch caper threatened the Eaglet ketch in the Downs, but neither could get to the other, and the thick weather prevented the townsmen from manning boats and going to her.
March 5.
6 p.m., Deal.
41. Ri. Watts to Williamson. A Dutch man-of-war is in the Downs. Orders are sent to Sandown Castle to shoot off two pieces of ordnance.
March 5.
Plymouth.
42. —to Williamson. There are eight King's ships in the Downs, four bound for Tangiers, and three merchant ships waiting for Lord Belasyse; also other vessels from Bourdeaux, &c., five of which are secured by the sub-commissioners of prizes, as they are found to be Hollanders. Four Dutch prisoners escaped from the castle, but were taken again, on board an Ostender. Two ships discharged by the Commissioners have sailed away.
March 5.
Hull.
43. Luke Whittington to James Hickes. The fleet intended for London has gone down to the convoy, to sail the first fair wind. Holland men-of-war are still seen off the coasts.
March 5. 44. Sir Wm. Coventry (fn. 1) to Sec. Bennet. Gives the names of the ships at or near Gravesend, bound to the plantations, and a list of those that had passes, but are not yet gone.
March 5.
Assistance, Plymouth.
45. Capt. Zach. Browne to the Navy Comrs. Did not discharge the men who have complained to the Board, but sent them ashore sick, to go to the hospital, and return when recovered. Wants a new master in the room of one deceased. [Adm. Paper.]
March 5.
The Harp, Holyhead.
46. Capt. James Sharland to the Navy Comrs. Was ordered by the Lord Deputy and Council [of Ireland] to wait, at Holyhead, the arrival of Richard Earl of Arran, who has not yet come. Great part of the carpenters and boatswains' stores are lost, owing to the oversetting of the ship in which they were sent. Asks a fresh supply and an increase of men. [Adm. Paper.] Encloses,
46. i., ii. Account of what was lost of the carpenters and boatswains' stores, sent by Mr. Carier to Dublin. [Two papers.]
March 6. 47. Robert Southwell to Sam Pepys. Has entered the order for the Friezland prize, when condemned, to be appraised by the Commissioners of prizes of London, and delivered over for the use of the navy. Advises that the Court of Admiralty put her speedily on the list to be tried. [Adm. Paper.]
March 6.
Victualling Office.
48. Denis Gauden to the Navy Comrs. Sends account of victuals in store and under contract, in ten ports named. [Adm. Paper.]
March 6. 49. Sir Wm. Coventry to Sam. Pepys. The Duke of York recommends Sir John Knight's proposal to hire a ship at Bristol for pressing and receiving pressed men thereabouts, and transporting them where they are required. If a ship of reasonable size be selected, she might serve as a convoyer in those seas, or perhaps catch a privateer; she should be hastened, for the Virginia ships are expected, and will bring 300 men, who would be a great prize. The Earl of Sandwich advises that two long boats be always stationed at Deal, to supply the fleet with ballast, water, &c., as needful. The officers at Deptford desire a wall instead of a pale to be built in the timberyard, which would quit cost, by keeping the men in the yard. Mr. Gauden's pork is found too light. Account of guns on board the Eagle and Ferdinand. [Adm. Paper, two pages.]
March 6.
The Centurion, Downs.
50. Captain of the Centurion to the Navy Comrs. Has arrived in the Downs. None but Capt. Jennings in the Ruby is there, the rest are gone westward. [Adm. Paper.]
March 6.
Portsmouth.
51. Commissioner Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. Sends inventories of the Eagle, Ferdinand, and Madras's stores, and will have them appraised. Particulars of stores. Complains of the abuse in pressing men utterly unfit for service, some 50, 60, and even 70 years of age. No man will admit them into his ship; they cannot return without pay, and no one has power to send them home again, so they wander up and down the streets, starving and spreading infection in the town; if they go home they will be put into gaol. Some of the pressmasters should be made an example of. [Adm. Paper, two pages.]
March 6. The King to the [Vice-Chancellor] of Cambridge. Recommends John Beale, B.D., and Thos. Fuller, B.D., late of Christ's College, for their D.D. degrees, with seniority according to their standing in the University. [Ent. Book 19, p. 32.]
March 6. The King to the Dean and Chapter of Hereford Cathedral. Discharges from all penalties certain members of their chapter, who have lately presented Lawrence Williams to the church of Norton Cannon, co. Hereford, contrary to the local statutes of the church, which forbid presentations except at general meetings of the chapter. [Ent. Book 19, p. 38.]
[March 6.] 52. Draft of the above.
March 6. Warrant to Sir John Robinson to release Capt. Robert Holmes. [Ent. Book 22, p. 45.]
March 6. Warrant for a grant to James Earl of Suffolk of a pension of 1,000l. a year, as gentleman of the bedchamber. [Ent. Book 22, p. 47.]
March 6.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Keeper of Newgate to deliver up [Jean] Le Court to James Bridgman, to be transported in 14 days, and not to return, on pain of the execution of the sentence of death against him. [Ent. Book 22, p. 47.]
[March 6.] 53. [Rob. Southwell] to Williamson. He is to draw up a letter from the King to the Commissioners of Prizes, stating that whatever may be the decision of the Court of Admiralty, they are to discharge without trouble or delay some French wines, which John Quessall of Leghorn laded for Holland, as steward to M. De Turenne.
March 6.
Whitehall.
54. Warrant to the Commissioners of Prizes to restore to John Quessall, of Lisbon, certain French wines, laden by him as steward to the Marshal De Turenne; he has a suit pending about them in the Admiralty Court, from which he is to be discharged, as a mark of the King's esteem for the said Marshal.
March 6. Entry of the above. [Ent. Book 22, p. 49.]
March ? 55. Petition of Anthony Choqueux to the King, for his board wages from the Greencloth, or for reference to Council of the case between him and Mr. Pierce. Was employed in 1634, on advice of Sir Theodore Mayerne, to attend the King's servants and others in London, wherein he had great success; served the late King by sea and land; in 1642, was commanded to attend Prince Rupert as surgeon, and in 1643, sworn surgeon in ordinary, but has not yet succeeded to pay and board wages; a report has been spread to his prejudice that he has turned merchant, and Mr. Pierce has applied for reception of board wages.
March 6.
Whitehall.
Warrant to pay to Ant. De Choqueux, surgeon in ordinary, 883l. 12s., in discharge of so much due to him from the late King for services. Minute. [Ent. Book 22, p. 51.]
[March 6.] 56. Draft of the above.
March 6. Warrant for a grant to Ant. De Choqueux of the place of King's Surgeon in ordinary, salary 80l. a year, to begin from 1661. Minute. [Ent. Book 22, p. 52.]
March ? 57. Sir Allan Apsley to Williamson. Requests him to remind Mr. Secretary of warrants for Rich. Swift to be falconer in place of Hugh Wright; Lord Herbert to preserve the game within 12 miles of Ramsbury, Wiltshire, and Lord St. John within 12 miles of Bolton Castle, Yorkshire.
March 6. Warrant for a grant to Richard Swift of the office of Falconer in ordinary, in place of Hugh Wright, deceased; fee, 13l. 13s. 9½d. a year, and 2s. a day. Minute. [Ent. Book 22, p. 52.]
March 6.
Whitehall.
58. Warrant to Lord St. John to preserve the game within 12 miles of Bolton Castle, Yorkshire.
March 6. Minute of the above. [Ent. Book 22, p. 53.]
March 6.
Whitehall.
59. Warrant to Henry Lord Herbert to preserve the game within 12 miles of Ramsbury, Wiltshire.
March 6. Minute of the above. [Ent. Book 22, p. 53.]
March 6. 60. Minutes of the above three warrants and of one to Sir George Stowell to preserve game.
[March 6.] Pass for Monsieur Girault to France. Minute. [Ent. Book 22, p. 53.]
March 6. Warrant for a grant to Charles Viscount Fitzharding of the title of Earl of Falmouth, co. Devon, and Baron Botetort of Langport; with the usual fee of 20l. a year for better support of his dignity. [Ent. Book 22, p. 55.]
March 6.
Whitehall.
61. Warrant for a grant to Sir Henry Bennet of the title of Lord Bennet of Arlington, co. Middlesex.
March 6. Entry of the above, giving the title as Lord Cheney. [Ent. Book 22, p. 55.]
March 6/16.
Chelsea.
Amb. Van Goch to [the States General]. On Saturday last, the King's declaration [of war] was solemnly proclaimed. Two heralds in their coats of arms, with four mace-bearers, nine trumpeters, and two troops of horse, assembled at Westminster, where the trumpet sounded, and the declaration was read with great shouting and rejoicing of the people; thence they went to Temple Bar, where the Lord Mayor and aldermen, in scarlet gowns on horseback, conducted them to Temple Gate, over against Chancery Lane, where it was read with more acclamation than before, the Horse Guards drawing their swords and clattering them; then again in Cheapside and before the Royal Exchange, with great demonstration of joy and sounding of trumpets; after which many nobles of the Court came into the City, to dine with the Lord Mayor. Nine prizes have been sold, but after all deductions, out of three ships and their ladings, only 27l. came into the Exchequer. [Holl. Corresp., March 6, 1665.]
March 6. Reference to Sir Henry De Vic, chancellor of the order of the Garter, on the petition of Capt. Edm. Barber, for a Poor Knight's place in Windsor. [Ent. Book 18, p. 131.]
March 6.
Whitehall.
Proclamation enforcing the late Act for regulating the measures and prices of coals, whereby, to prevent deceits, all sea coals are to be sold by the chaldron of 36 bushels, according to a bushel kept at Guildhall, and those sold by weight at 112 lbs. the cwt.; the prices to be set by the Lord Mayor and justices of peace for London; offenders to pay double the value, half to the informer, and half for repair of highways; and a report of proceedings therein to be made to Council. [Printed. Proc. Coll., p. 180.]
[March 6.] 62. Draft of the above. [Two sheets.]
March 6.
Whitehall.
Proclamation ordering a general fast on April 5, to pray for the success of the naval forces set out to vindicate the rights of the kingdom from the injuries of the Dutch, for which a public form of prayer is to be prepared. [Printed. Proc. Coll., p. 180.]
March 6. 63. James Hickes to Williamson. Hopes Col. Frowde has given him satisfaction about the differences between Mr. Watts and Mr. Lodge. A man's actions should have credit as his truth and honesty deserve. Encloses,
63. i. Mor. Lodge to James Hickes. Hears that Mr. Watts has complained of him to Mr. Williamson. Watts falsely accused him of neglect and of detaining his letters, &c., and spoke so abusively that he turned him out of the office. Suffered much for loyalty, and had his estate sequestered, whilst Watts, who now tries to brand him, was a sequestrator's clerk. Deal, March 1, 1665.
March 6.
Deal.
64. Ri. Watts to Williamson. The supposed Dutch ship was forced into the Downs in a storm; arrival of several vessels. The Katherine, a richly-laden merchant ship, bound for the Straits, has run aground near the North Foreland.
March 6.
Portsmouth.
65. Deposition of Denis Bossinet, before Sir Hum. Bennet, justice of peace for Hampshire. The Lieutenant of the Ruby frigate took from the Thomas and the George, both of St. Malo, indigo, logwood, and soap, value, 5,000 or 6,000 livres.
[March 6.] 66. Complaint by Denis Bossinet to the King, against the Lieutenant of the Ruby, detailing particulars of the taking of the aforesaid goods. [French.]
March 6. 67. Attorney General Palmer to the King. Sends a Commission for Appeals in cases of prizes, as ordered by Council. [Copy.] Prefixing,
67. i. Commission to John Lord Robartes., the Dukes of Buckingham and Ormond, and ten others, to act as Judges or Commissioners of Appeal, in cases of prizes taken by letters of marque, on which the party against whom sentence is given in the Admiralty Court may desire to appeal. [Three pages.]
[March 6.] 68. Detailed narrative, by Major Rob. Holmes, of his proceedings against the Dutch in his late expedition to Guinea; to the same effect as that given in his examination of March 3, but much fuller. [Copy. Twelve and a half pages. Read in Council, March 6, 1665.]
March 6.
Essex House.
69. Memoranda relating to sums agreed to be paid to the Earl of Sandwich, for his journey to Portugal, &c., a privy seal to be drawn out for the whole sum, but not specifying that any part is to be for interest.
March 7.
Newcastle.
70. Rich. Forster to James Hickes. In the impress of seamen, the mayor, Sir Ralph Delavale, and others agreed to make volunteers of Capt. John Wetwyng's pressmasters, who knowing the haunts of most of the seamen of the town, managed so well that almost as great a number of volunteers and pressed men will be returned as will be had out of Scotland; as none can escape the pressmasters, many come in as volunteers because they will not be pressed; there are hundreds of stout young keel and barge men who could do good service, and hundreds would go volunteers, if they may be employed.
[March 7.] 71. Memorandum to obtain and send to Mat. Anderton, of Chester, a warrant for the Earl of Arran to export 30 horses to Ireland, for the officers of the King's regiment of Guards.
March 7. Pass for 30 horses to Ireland for Lord Arran. Minute. [Ent. Book 22, p. 47.]
March 7. Sec. Bennet to the Lord Chief Justice. There being now several ships in the Thames bound for the plantations, the King, wishing to repress the more than ordinary insolence of Quakers and other sectaries, orders that those condemned to transportation be sent off in these ships. Is attending His Majesty to Portsmouth, and therefore his lordship must communicate with his fellow secretary, if there should be occasion. [Ent. Book 22, p. 48.]
March 7.
Royal Charles.
72. Sir Wm. Coventry to Sec. Bennet. Expects that Capt. Smith, with his ships, is now in the Downs, where the Duke has ordered him to remain; other ships are also sailing, so that a good body of the fleet will soon be together, sufficient to make good that station against any fleet the Dutch now have together. One of the Smyrna ships has run aground entering the Downs, and is in great danger. A vessel, supposed to be one for the Barbadoes, has blown up below the Hope. Dutch letters give good hopes that we shall be earlier than they; God send it.
March 7. Grant to Fras. White, born in France, of denization, with all usual liberties, &c. [Docquet.]
March 7.
Westminster.
Passport for Hen. Boyle, second son of Roger Earl of Orrery, returning abroad to prosecute his studies. [Latin. Foreign Ent. Book, No. 11, p. 63.]
March 7.
Dover.
73. Thos. Wale to the Navy Comrs. The storehouses which were used as the magazine in the late war are to be let; Mr. Gauden's agent is in hand to take them for laying provisions in; they ought to be secured by the Commissioners. Particulars of ships. [Adm. Paper.]
March 7. 74. Robert Magors, purveyor, to the Navy Comrs. Particulars of timber marked out by him in the wharfs westward, fit for shipbuilding. [Adm. Paper.]
March 7.
Harwich.
75. Anthony Deane to the Navy Comrs. Cannot spare any small masts. Repairs of ships. The convoys for the northern fleet came into harbour last night. [Adm. Paper.]
March 8.
Woolwich Ropeyard.
76. Memorandum by the Clerk of the Ropeyard of the want of laying places for cordage in the yard; with proposition to use Mr. Clothier's ground in the warren. [Adm. Paper.]
March 8.
Garland, Harwich.
77. Capt. Charles Talbot to Sam. Pepys. Desires tickets for his three servants, discharged from the Golden Lion. [Adm. Paper.]
March 8.
Dover.
78. Thos. Wale to the Navy Comrs. The Paradox and Little Gift will set sail to-morrow. The gunner at Capt. Daniel's fort demands 3d. a barrel for handing the powder to be stowed there in and out of the waggon, and 3d. a barrel for carriage. [Adm. Paper.]
March 8.
The Mary, Downs.
79. Capt. Jer. Smith to Sam. Pepys. Desires 300 printed tickets for men discharged from the Mary into other ships. [Adm. Paper.]
March 8.
Woolwich.
80. Chris. Pett to the Navy Comrs. Estimate of ironwork on board the Royal Katherine; total, 38l. 6s. 6d. [Adm. Paper.]
March 8. 81. Sir Wm. Coventry to Sam. Pepys. Orders must be sent to Harwich for supplies and victuals to be dispatched to the ships in the Hope. [Adm. Paper.] Encloses,
81. i. Capt. Henry Hyde to [Sir] Wm. Coventry. Stores wanted for repairs of his ship, the Sapphire. Harwich, March 7.
March 8.
Chatham Dock.
82 Phin. Pett to the Navy Comrs. Particulars of ships. Compass timber wanted; if not speedily supplied, the shipwrights and calkers may be discharged. [Adm. Paper.]
March 8. Grant to Willm. Langham of the Manor of Walgrave, co. Northampton, and other lands lately conveyed by John Browne to Sir John Langham his father. [Docquet.]
March 8. Grant to Edw. Gregory, jun., on surrender of Edw. Gregory, sen., of the office of Clerk of the Prick and Cheque of the navy provisions and stores at Chatham; fee, 40l. a year. [Docquet.]
March 8. Warrant for Jean De la Court to be transported beyond seas, within 14 days. Minute. [Ent. Book 22, p. 47.]
March 8. 83. Decree of the High Court of Admiralty, that the Dutch ship Abraham's Sacrifice, Garret Hendrick Rapier master,—seized by the King's ship Oxford, and brought into Dartmouth by virtue of His Majesty's letters of reprisal,—is lawful prize. [Latin, copy, three pages.]
March 8.
Dover.
84. Jo. Carlisle to Williamson. The brave ship London has blown up near the Hope, only the hull and stern left. Was sent by Sir Edward Massey, a Commissioner, to take the sails and ropes off a small vessel from Bayonne, pretended to be of Nieuport, but there were five Dutchmen on board, who are sent prisoners to the castle. Refused to allow the Customs' officers to fasten the warehouse doors where the sails and ropes are kept, as these things pay no custom; else would give nothing for the office of warehouse keeper.
March 8.
Hereford.
85. Ar. Trevor to Williamson. There is foul weather and foul work among the younger sons of the law, who are come to a hogshearing, and help to make up the cry with the pigs. The fifth form have a weary occupation, and if St. Francis of Assisi were there, he would need all his patience and that of his capuchins.
March 8.
London.
86. Geo. Evans to Williamson. Thanks for his kindness to Mr. Gregory about Cambridge. Asks assistance for a lady in her business at Court.
March 8.
Portsmouth.
87. Robt. Lye to Williamson. Sec. [Bennet] has arrived, and wishes Williamson with his own hands to deliver to foreign ambassadors the King's declaration about the Dutch war, that they may have no pretence for not taking notice of it. The place is cold and unwholesome. The King has that day gone on board four ships, and found all in good condition and well manned, but wanting in numbers. His Majesty sails to-morrow if the bad weather permit. Mr. Secretary wishes to take precedence of Col. Frescheville, but hesitates whether to choose for his title Colbrooke, Lymington, or Paddington; he prefers the first, and unless Sir Edw. Walker says it is taken up, wishes it to be inserted. [Two pages.]
March 8. 88. Statement by Sir Edw. Walker, [Garter king-at-arms,] that Sec. Bennet being most nobly descended, on the mother's side, from several Earls' families, might take the name of one of them, as Bradston, or Ingoldsthorp; the titles of St. Amand and Dunsmore are void; or he might take one from some place in his possession, as Dawley, his father's house, or be baron of the place near Andover where he received his honourable star, if it have a good termination. [One and a half pages.]
March 8. 89. John Ironmonger to Sir Thos. Gower. Those abroad promise great things, and are glad to have their designs attempted at other people's hazard, yet promise to come also. They say 600 or 700 could take Newcastle. The chief agitators, Atkinson, Marsden, and others are in London, about Shoreditch and Wapping, and are written to under feigned names, altered every month. Women are employed about letters, which are sent for Lady Danvers, to be communicated to Lady Vane. All the monied men there are to send their moneys beyond seas, as is done in London; if any alarm is given, they will never be caught. There are practices at Dublin also. The governors of Holland fear lest the Prince of Orange should withdraw himself from their power: they have spies on him, but dare not do more for fear of the people. Many old officers in the North have better horses than the cavaliers.
March 9.
Coffee House.
90. — — to Sec. Bennet. The selling of places makes men steal to raise their money. The blowing up of the London was caused by chapmen selling powder 20s. a barrel cheaper than in London. The Hollanders call the King's proclamation damnable, devilish, and such like, and are raising an army of 30,000 men. A Dutch man-of-war has taken two small Scotch ships. On reading the Order in Council for suspending the Act of Navigation, a Commonwealth man said it should have been done by privately warning the merchants, for it looked as though we feared the Dutch, since the last war was wholly on the Act of Navigation and might discourage the seamen, that Act being for their benefit; but it was replied that the cases were different, and the seamen would now have better pay than the merchants gave before the expedition. The Dutch lord who made the match between the Prince of Orange and the late King's daughter said he wondered they would print so dirty a reply to the King of England's ambassador, for in abusing his person, they abused His Majesty; they say the King is their enemy, and defend their News-book. There is a rumour in the City that the aldermen and several companies will build the King a ship, to be called the London, and that another regiment of foot is to be raised and sent into Ireland.
March 9.
Cambridge.
91. Rich. Bower to Williamson. Is coming to town to see Mr. Muddiman. One has died at Cambridge of the plague. The pressed men ordered on board by Sir Thos. Meadowes complained that their meat was black and stunk.
March 9.
Deal.
92. Ri. Watts to Williamson. The fleet and merchant ships are still in the Downs. The Forester has sent in a prize to Margate, laden with butter, hides, &c.
March 9.
Portsmouth.
93. Wm. Godolphin to Williamson. He is to give the King's declaration to the hands of foreign ambassadors, and send it to all the consuls abroad, to publish in their respective ports. Sec. Bennet will not have his own name in his title, to avoid any appearance of evil in his future lady, Lady Bennet being of too famous reputation in the world. He has considered almost all places, Falmouth, Paddington, and Colebrooke; he prefers the latter, if not already bestowed. The King has but a small train, to the shame of the nobility who will not be at the expense of following him. He is much pleased with the new frigate built at Portsmouth, the Royal Oak, and has ordered Tippetts, the shipwright who built her, to build just such another, and not to mend her in any part, being assured that anything which is not just so, cannot be so good; those were his very words. He is delighted with his entertainment among the ships. [Four pages.]
March 9.
Henrietta, Portsmouth Harbour.
Warrant to Sir George Askew to sail with all the King's ships now ready in Portsmouth harbour and in Spithead to the Downs, and there to remain till further orders. [Ent. Book 22, p. 53.]
March 9.
Portsmouth.
Order to the Captain and Lieutenant of the Ruby frigate to restore some chests of indigo, logwood, and other merchandise, belonging to Denis Bossinet, merchant of St. Malo, and taken by him from two St. Malo vessels, though knowing them to be French. [Ent Book 22, p. 54.]
March 9.
London.
Levant Company to Capt. Bradenham. Are glad that his ship is got off and fit to proceed on her voyage, and receive the goods which were unladen. He is to go with Capt. Chamblet to Plymouth, where they will find the convoy ready. [Levant Papers, Vol. v., p. 106.]
March 9. Warrant to pay to Sir Phil. Musgrave, Bart., 282l. 2s. a month, for the forces of the garrison at Carlisle, and 71l. 17s. 4d., due for their arrears from 25 June to 26 Nov., when the new establishment began. [Docquet.]
March 9.
Portsmouth.
Commission to Capt. Willm. Barker to be Captain of a company of foot in Col. Russell's regiment of Guards. [Ent. Book 20, p. 21.]
March 9. 94. Account by Capt. John Fortescue of the condition of 16 merchant ships in the Thames. [Adm. Paper, two and a half pages.]
March 9. 95. Thos. Lewis to Sam. Pepys. Cannot give the Dartmouth a supply a victuals at Dawpool, Mr. Gauden being at Portsmouth. [Adm. Paper.]
March 9. 96. Lambert Wood to Sam. Pepys. Requests an order for one month's provision for the Sarah pink, his being consumed by pressed men received on board and discharged. [Adm. Paper.]
March. 9.
Harwich.
97. Anthony Deane to Sam. Pepys. Complains of the disorder occasioned by men going on shore, notwithstanding a warrant to the contrary; some course must be taken that the taverns do not entertain them, or a severe check put upon them. Danger to the Sapphire during her repairs, from neglect of the men. [Adm. Paper.]
March 9.
Whitehall.
98. Rob. Southwell to [Sec. Bennet]. Sends him an account of what passed before the Lords Commissioners yesterday. Has received the Duke's answer to them, about regulating the disorders of seamen, and the draft of an order proposed to be printed and set up in the ships to caution the men; wishes it may not breed discontent among them. Laments the great loss of the London.
March 10. 99. Capt. John Taylor to [the Navy Comrs.] Arrival of the Blackcock from New England, laden with great masts. Offers to convey them direct to Chatham, where they are most wanted, if extra costs be allowed him. [Adm. Paper.]
March 10.
Chatham Dock.
100. Phin. Pett to the Navy Comrs. Repairs of ships. Has sent to enquire what quantity of compass timber can be had in those parts. [Adm. Paper.]
March 10.
Margate.
101. Joh. Smith to Williamson. The master of the Rotterdam vessel has gone to London, to get clear if he can. There is a vessel in Sandwich not yet stayed, which some will swear to be a Zealander. No Dutch frigates come near, the King's ships being always on the look out. A New England ship has arrived with masts for the service. A Smyrna merchant ship was aground, but has got off again.
March 10.
Plymouth.
102. Da. Grosse to Williamson. Account of ships at anchor; Lord Belasyse has arrived, and is preparing his equipage, awaiting the Straits' fleet. Sir John Skelton, deputy governor of Plymouth, has arrived, being met six miles off by the most eminent persons of the town. A ship of St. Malo, pretending to be French, has been brought in, and the master and others imprisoned, because counterfeit seals of the King and Duke of York were found on board.
March 10.
Letter Office.
103. James Hickes to Williamson. It is resolved to make an example of Mr. Watts, because five sea captains complained that neither the Mayor of Deal nor any of the 12 chief magistrates, of whom Watts was one, would help them in pressing several men who had absented themselves, and Watts denied their power to press them.
March 10.
Rotterdam.
104. — to Henry Smith [Sec. Bennet ?]. Will do all the service in his power. Finds eight men-of-war at Helvoetsluys and seven in the Maes, whose names he sends; they are building two others, and making fly boats into fire-ships. The prizes have been sent in, one from Bourdeaux bound for Aberdeen; one from Leith for Rouen, laden with salmon, herrings, tallow, and butter; one for Newcastle for coals. The prisoners are brought to prison, chained two together, none suffered to go near them, kept on bread and cheese, and allowed neither fire nor candle. Amsterdam furnishes 60 ships and the East India Company 20, all manned with young resolute men, of whom they have such abundance that they pick out the best, and pay them only 12 guilders a month. The Provinces are well united and earnest in the war, and think they can fight much better than the English. The prohibition of commerce and of the Greenland fleet and herring fishery gives them 30,000 men. The commonalty are enraged with the King for stealing their ships and goods, as they say, without declaring war first; but they blame most the Lord Chancellor, the Duke of York, Sir George Downing, and Sir Wm. Davidson: they say the Lord Chancellor wants to set the Duke of York on the throne. The English in Holland are very cruel and disaffected towards the King. Sir John Webster of Amsterdam reports having heard from a privy councillor that His Majesty is willing for some accommodation for a treaty of peace; he was answered that the fit persons to be entrusted were the envoy Van Goch in England, and Sir George Downing at the Hague. The States General have issued proclamations forbidding the import of English goods, on pain of confiscation and fine, warning foreign nations to receive no English commissions against the Dutch, on pain of being judged pirates and punished with death, if taken, and forbidding the Greenland fleet to go forth. Account of Dutch ships at Helvoetsluys and the Maes. [Three pages.]
March 10/20.
Chelsea.
Amb. Van Goch to [the States General]. The King went on Tuesday to Portsmouth, to view the fortifications and hasten the ships, and has not returned. The Duke of York is recovered and will soon go to Deal; it is believed he will go out with the fleet; the Duchess goes with him and has taken a country house near, so as to be at hand to receive news of him during the expedition. The London, prepared for Vice-Admiral Lawson, was blown up whilst sailing up the river, and only 19 out of the crew of 351 saved. Capt. Allin is returning with 12 ships of war, 5 prizes and 50 merchantmen, and sends word that he has men enough to man 12 other ships of war. Capt. Holmes is released, having satisfied the Council about his expedition to Guinea. [Copy, Holl. Corresp., March 10, 1665.]
March 10.
Bristol.
105. Sir George Norton and five other Deputy Lieutenants of Bristol to the Duke of Ormond, Lord Lieutenant [of Somersetshire]. Have consulted with the militia officers, and find the provision made in the Militia Act, of one fourth of the monthly contribution for the charge of drummers and serjeants, is not a sixth part of the necessary charges. Beg his influence to obtain for the officers the whole contribution for last year, now in the hands of the late sheriffs.
March 10. 106. Sir W. Coventry to [Williamson]. Sends for Sir Gilb. Talbot two blank commissions for private men-of-war, with copies of the security usually given.
March 11.
Edinburgh.
107. Rob. Mein to Hen. Muddiman. Lord Ballantyne, deputy treasurer of Scotland, has left for London. The other 500 seamen are appointed to be in readiness against the convoys come down with the Scots' fleet now in England, that they may return in those vessels. A Dundee ship has been taken and carried into Flushing. The country will be undone for want of trade. There have been great storms of snow, so that it is impossible to travel.
March 11. 108. Capt. Robt. Turner to Thos. Hayter. Wants tickets, and an order to enter men on board the Francis. [Adm. Paper.]
March 11.
Ollerton.
109. Thos. Corbin to the Navy Comrs. Wants a warrant to the justices for the speedy conveyance of timber; a good deal will be fit for carriage before what is already at Bawtry is taken away. Begs an order for Mr. Russell to pay him the 50l., disbursed for carriage of timber, beyond the money received. [Adm. Paper.]
March 11.
The Prince.
110. Capt. Roger Cuttance to the Navy Comrs. Requests stores for the Prince, which are not to be had at Chatham. The Eagle is arrived with 89 pressed men, to be disposed of among the ships in the Hope. [Adm. Paper.]
March 11. 111. Sir Wm. Coventry to Sam. Pepys. Complains that the delay at Harwich, by having to wait for orders before any stores can be delivered, causes the running away of seamen. Some other method must be adopted, even though loss attend it; "dispatch is now above all." Particulars of stores. Asks whether Mr. Creed will retain the muster-master's place. There are sufficient ships for Tangiers, without Col. Atkin's demand, 11 being licensed since 23 December. He wanted to engross the 1,500 chaldrons of coal, on pretext of Tangiers; fears some private interest. [Adm. Paper, two pages.]
March 11. 112. Capt. John Taylor to the Navy Comrs. Has with vast charge and hazard brought in his ship, laden with 32 New England masts. Requests a warrant that they may be received at Chatham. [Adm. Paper.]
March 11. 113. Giles Bond to the Navy Comrs. The Harwich hoy is ready to sail, and awaits orders. There are sails at Deptford to be transported to Harwich. [Adm. Paper.]
March 12.
Portsmouth.
114. Commissioner Thos. Middleton to Sir Wm. Penn. Requests payment of 87l. 10s., his salary for four months at 350l. a year, and of 15l. incidental expenses; total, 102l. 10s. Also his clerk's salary at 30l. a year. [Adm. Paper, two pages.]
March 12.
Deal.
115. Thos. Wale to the Navy Comrs. Particulars of boats. Repairs of the Dreadnought. [Adm. Paper.]
March 12. 116. Sir Wm. Coventry to Sam. Pepys. Asks whether there be flags, pendants, and ensigns sufficient, and what is done for lodging stores at Dover and Hull. Requests an immediate order to Capt. Fortescue to get the arms returned to Sir Chichester Wray. Some one must be sent down to take account of all ships below Woolwich, as far as the Hope, as to what men, victuals, and stores are on board. [Adm. Paper.]
March 12.
Portsmouth.
117. Commissioner Thos. Middleton to [Sam. Pepys]. Will be glad to see the description of the careening wheel. Promises to send a copy of the oath taken before the mayor and magistrates, concerning the embezzled cordage. Begs that some one else may be appointed to prosecute it; cannot prosecute a man to death for theft, even against himself. Has cautioned the ropemakers against buying anything that has been the King's. The merchant ships shall be graved next spring tide. Particulars of stores and timber. Has acquainted the King with abuses in pressing, and by His Majesty's orders, discharged some men, and written to the press-masters to send more and better, on penalty of being sent to London, and thence to Tyburn themselves. Begs that the boatsman of the yard may not be dismissed; he is better than ten other men, and well acquainted with his business. Has bought a parcel of English hemp at 36s. per cwt. Recommends Jacob Bryan for some employment, and two men as masters of the galliot prizes to be fitted out for carrying stone from Portland. [Adm. Paper, four pages.]
March 12.
Hull.
118. Luke Whittington to James Hickes. The London fleet is still detained by the easterly winds. Hopes the Hollanders have been forced from the coast, that it may sail safely.
March 12.
Plymouth.
119. Lord Belasyse to Williamson. Will obey the Duke's commands in waiting for the Smyrna merchant ships, but waits with impatience away from [Tangiers] a place where his service is so much required.
March 13.
Dorchester.
120. John Cole to [Williamson]. Capt. Seymour, of the Pearl, has brought into Portland Road three prizes, laden with wine and brandy, part of the Holland fleet of 30 sail from Bourdeaux, now come into the Channel. They are manned with half French, and all have French colours. Many French privateers are setting out with Dutch commissions. Some Anabaptists were surprized, at their meeting at Fordington, a parish near, and carried before a justice.
March 13.
Deal.
121. Ri. Watts to Williamson. Three more prizes have been sent into the Downs; three French vessels and an Ostender came in.
March 13. 122. Duke of Albemarle to Sir George Carteret, navy treasurer. Orders him to pay 600l. to Lieut. Godfrey Dennis, appointed to conduct 600 soldiers from Ireland to Bristol, for their maintainance for a month, allowing each soldier 8d. a day, and the serjeants and corporals accordingly.
March 13.
Portsmouth.
123. Commissioner Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. Great embezzlements are carried on under the name of perquisites. Is much troubled at the loss of the London; 40 calkers and 20 axemen may be discharged. [Adm. Paper.]
March 13.
Dover.
124. Thos. Wale to the Navy Comrs. Wants a mizen-yard for the Dreadnought, and a main-yard for the Assurance. [Adm. Paper.]
March 13.
Forest of Dean.
125. Dan. Furzer to the Navy Comrs. Sends an estimate for fitting the forge with a blast, &c.; total, 45l. 3s. The smith will undertake the biggest anchors at the lowest rates he can; a workman fit to be his assistant will deserve 15s. per week. Asks orders about iron offered to be served in by several poor men. [Adm. Paper, two pages.]
March 13. 126. Sir Wm. Coventry to Sam. Pepys. The captain of the Fox has received no order to fit out. Sir John Knight has taken up the George of Bristol, to carry 20 pieces of ordnance; she must be well victualled, and have a good complement of men; it will be a way to get volunteers entered for service in that sea, and being thus trapanned, they may be used other ways. Wishes clerks to be sent to take an exact muster of the fleet in the Downs, before the arrival of the Duke of York. [Adm. Paper.]
March 13. 127. Report of the state of 17 ships now in the river, as to their number of men, stores, victuals, &c. [Adm. Paper, three and a half pages.]
March 14.
The Lily, Harwich.
128. Capt. Amos Beare to the Navy Comrs. Begs a new boat in lieu of one lost in a storm. [Adm. Paper.]
March 14.
Harwich.
129. Anthony Deane to the Navy Comrs. Progress of the new ship. Purchase of timber. Wants money, for nobody will come up to London to be paid. [Adm. Paper.]
March 14. 130. J. Sotherne to Thos. Hayter. A copy of the bond usually given to pursers, and some blank warrants for officers are to be sent to Sir John Knight, at Bristol. [Adm. Paper.]
March 14. Warrant for creating Richard Earl of Cork an Earl of England, by the name of Earl of Burlington, alias Bridlington, co. York. Minute. [Ent. Book 22, p. 59.]
March 14.
The Dartmouth, Dawpool, Chester Water.
131. Capt. Rich. Rooth to the Navy Comrs. As Mr. Gauden could not procure provisions, has set brewers and bakers of the place to work, to supply two months' victuals for 120 men. They will be at as easy, if not cheaper, rate than the victuallers would have done it. Has only received 90 instead of the 330 pressed men ordered in Cheshire, Lancashire, and North Wales; 100 more men were sent, but being taken from the plough or from trades, he sent them back. The number cannot be completed till the shipping, which is expected with the first westerly wind, arrives. [Adm. Paper.]
March 14.
Newcastle.
132. Rich. Forster to James Hickes. There are 300 and more young lusty fellows from Newcastle or Gateshead, volunteers or pressed men, longing for the convoy to come, that they may get to the fleet and to service; never saw men promise more courage. No news of the Dutch on the coasts.
March 14.
Dover.
133. J[ohn] C[arlisle] to Williamson. Taking of three more prizes; 5,000 soldiers have come to Calais, to guard their coasts, and it is said that the French will soon have 50 sail of ships on the Narrow Seas. The States of Holland have set out a book showing how the King has broken his promise with them, and are high in their threats. Between the Prize Commissioners and the Customs' officers, none of the goods landed are given up, which is a great loss to the King.
March 15. 134. Rich. Bower to [Williamson]. Two Yarmouth vessels going for London, with two ketches, were taken near Aldborough by a Dutch man-of-war. [Imperfect.]
March 15.
Whitehall.
135. Order in Council, that the late proclamation about foreign trade and commerce shall not be understood to hinder trade between England and Ireland and the King's islands in Europe, and that notice be sent to the officers of the several ports accordingly.
March 15.
Whitehall.
136. Order in Council,—on complaint of the Levant Company, that Thos. Stanton and Hawly Bishop, two of their factors at Aleppo, have fled away with great sums of money belonging to the Turks, to the scandal of the English and danger of their trade,— that letters be sent to the Great Duke of Tuscany and Republic of Venice, requesting them to secure the said persons, should they come into their territories.
March 15.
Yarmouth.
137. News letter. Two frigates are in chase of a Dutch caper. Several Holland private men-of-war are abroad. The proclamation touching the Holland war was proclaimed at Yarmouth in the ordinary manner, not with the solemnity used in other places.
March 15. Pass for six horses for Sir Nich. Armorer to Ireland. Minute. [Ent. Book 22, p. 58.]
March 15.
Whitehall.
Proclamation prohibiting the import or retailing of any commodities of the growth or manufacture of the United Provinces, they having prohibited all English goods. Printed. [Proc. Coll., Charles II., p. 181.]
March 15. 138. Certificate by Abraham Ansley, that the Mereland merchant ship is now riding in Plymouth Sound. [Adm. Paper.]
March 15.
Chatham Ropeyard.
139. John Owen to Sir Wm. Batten. Has but 100 tons of hemp in store, which will be spent in six weeks' time. Requests a supply. [Adm. Paper.]
March 15.
Woolwich.
140. Wm. Bodham to the Navy Comrs. Complains of the insolence of John Clark, shipwright in the dock, who, having endangered the ropeyard wall by digging in his garden close under its foundation, refuses to allow the repairing of it, threatening to arrest all workmen who come upon his ground. Advises that he be suspended from his employment till he is more compliant, and his wages stopped towards repair of the damage. [Adm. Paper.]
March 15.
The Paul, The Hope.
141. Capt. Peter Foote to [Sir] Wm. Coventry. Cannot sail before to-morrow night, on account of want of men and stores; 12 of his best men are gone to press seamen. [Adm. Paper.]
March 15. 142. Sir Wm. Coventry to Sam. Pepys. A mizen mast and yard must be sent to the Dreadnought in the Downs, and stores hastened to Dover. [Adm. Paper.]
March 15. 143. John Uthwayt to the Navy Comrs. Survey of cordage, junk, &c., at the Tower. [Adm. Paper.]

Footnotes

  • 1. Coventry was knighted on March 3, 1665, and is therefore so named, although the endorsements of his letters frequently speak of him as Mr. Coventry, for several months later.