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Charles II - volume 127: July 16-31, 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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July 16-31, 1665

July 16. 1. Denis Gauden to the Navy Comrs. Has six months' victuals for 1,000 men now ready at Newcastle, and the same quantity at Hull; also 100 tuns of beer at each port. Is providing more on notice that ships may put into those ports to victual. The provisions remaining in the victualling ships at Harwich must be disposed of. [Adm. Paper, 1½ pages.]
July 16. 2. Denis Gauden to the Navy Comrs. Will furnish with all possible speed the account of the victuals each ship was supplied with at Sheerness, the Nore, Ousely Bay, Harwich, and the Rolling Grounds. [Adm. Paper.]
July 16.
London.
3. Warrant by Sir Wm. Batten authorizing Thos. Heath, fisherman of Woolwich, to have and enjoy the sole fishing of Ham Creek, with power to seize any of the King's embezzled goods there. [Adm. Paper.]
July 16.
Portsmouth.
4. Comr. Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. Particulars of prize goods landed. The Loyal Subject and Maryland Merchant set sail for Ireland, to convoy the East India ships thence to London. Dispatch of the Elizabeth; her beer is defective. [Adm. Paper.]
July 16.
Ipswich.
5. J. Knight to Williamson. Begs performance of his promise. Sir Wm. Doyley has arrived well furnished, and gives life to the dying affairs of the King in that place. An honest old Trojan cavalier will have it that De Ruyter is taken. Wishes it may prove true, and be the cause of another thanksgiving. [2 pages.]
July 16. 6. Hen. Carter to Viscount Conway. Private business. Trade is very dead and money scarce.
July 17.
Chester.
7. Sir Geoffry Shakerley to Williamson. Thanks for Lord Arlington's letter in the King's name, to encourage what he does against Nonconformists. Not being a justice of peace of the city, required the help of some justices, who committed the persons, but much favoured them in their fines. Will be vigilant to prevent clandestine meetings. The city and county are cautious in their watches not to suffer persons from infected places to come into the city, but the country fills apace with passengers and strangers, many of whom will be forced to lie in the fields.
July 17.
Tower.
8. Capt. G. Wharton to Col. Willm. Legg. Sends for alteration a warrant to Lord Lindsey, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, to pay the militia money to Mr. Chicheley, as meanwhile Sir John Buck, late high sheriff, brought it to town, and has already paid in 4,455l. Begs a warrant authorizing Sir John to do what he has already done.
July 17.
Monday, Putney.
9. Sir Rich. Ford to Williamson. Reminds him of his promise to dine with him. Hopes a day is assigned for hearing, either by the King or Council, of his petition and the proposals of the tin farmers. What they desire will be more for the King's interest than their own; all their advantage will be to lose only their time and labour, and come off with their principal stock.
July 17.
Near Flamborough Head.
10. Earl of Sandwich to the King. Has obeyed his orders, in accommodating Lord Rochester as well as he can. Sir Thos. Allin has joined them, and by advice of the Council of War, the fleet has sailed for the Naze in Norway. Is sustained under his present weight by the blessing that rests on His Majesty's affairs. [2 pages.]
July 17.
Kingston.
11. Simon De Petkum [Danish resident] to Sir Geo. Carteret, Tender of dram timber. Is informed by late letters from [Denmark] of the permission granted to the English to import masts of 20 palms from Norway, formerly forbidden. Recommends Peter Rich, merchant, as agent for supply of the same. [French Adm. Paper, [1½ pages.]
July 17. 12. J. Smyther, accountant general of the Post Office, to John Earl of Lauderdale, Secretary of State for Scotland. The Scots mail of 28 June last was opened, or the strap cut and letters taken out, near Berwick: hears that this is sometimes done by the governor or garrison of Berwick; begs a warrant against it. Asks his influence to obtain allowance for extra expresses sent to and from Scotland; also that a trial intended at Newcastle against Thos. Swan, postmaster, and his servants, for pressing a horse, in obedience to his lordship's post-warrant, may be stopped; such warrants will not be obeyed, unless the King's servants are protected against the fury of those who take advantage of the short penning of the Act of Parliament for the Post Office, and weary them out with vexatious suits for doing their duty. [2 pages]
July 17.
Woolwich Ropeyard.
13. Wm. Bodham to Sam. Pepys. Entreats consideration for the state of the wharf. Edw. Rundell's estimate is only an audacious mockery, which he will not stand to, but suffers the wharf to be ruined for want of repair, while he beats off others from undertaking it. Begs it may be taken in hand by some one, or the next tide will throw down the crane. [Adm. Paper.]
July 17.
Chatham Hill.
14. Sir Wm. Batten to the Navy Comrs. No ships are gone to the Hope, except the Zealand prize, to fetch men and take in provisions. Other vessels will soon follow. A press warrant is wanted for the Clove Tree; 80 calkers are to be discharged. Has sent two furnaces and a great kettle to Harwich. Requests orders that no contracts be made in Chatham, except for trivial things. Has advised the Mayor of Gravesend to get the assistance of the soldiery against the men of Owen Coys, a privateer, to examine their commissions, if they have any; if not, to lay them by the heels. [Adm. Paper.] Encloses,
14. i. John Marlow, mayor of Gravesend, to Thos. Wilson, Navy clerk at Chatham. Complains of the disturbance caused by privateers' men coming on shore and assuming to themselves the power of impressing seamen belonging to the King's ships; they threaten to dr awupon the constable and other gentlemen, and use abusive language to the officers of the corporation. Desires the advice of the Board. Has secured several Dutchmen who were to be transported by those privateers. Gravesend, July 15, 1665.
July 17.
Portsmouth.
15. Col. Bullen Reymes and Constance Pley to the Navy Comrs. Are forced to renew their demand for money. Have bought goods to the value of 10,000l. Entreat an imprest of 3,000l. on a bill to be discounted on the arrival of the said goods. [Adm. Paper.]
July 17.
Dover.
16. Thos. White to Sam. Pepys. Has obtained the signature of Robt. Wickenden, clerk and registrar of Dover Castle, to the roll; the Paradox is sent in to clean by the Duke of Albemarle. [Adm. Paper.]
July 17.
Bristol.
17. Dan. Furzer to the Navy Comrs. Has inspected Mr. Baylie's new ship now in building; begs that some one may be appointed to overlook the work, his own business not permitting the constant attendance needful. Has received 100l. from Mr. Morgan, but wants a further supply. [Adm. Paper.]
July 17.
Portsmouth.
18. Comr. Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. Want of money is a great inconvenience to the service. Arrival of the Unity, 102 butts of bad beer were thrown overboard, only five left on board till fresh supplies can be obtained. The men begin to fall sick, and would have been poisoned had she gone to sea with that beer. [Adm. Paper.]
July 17.
Sayes Court.
19. J. Evelyn to the Navy Comrs. Is ordered to report what sick and wounded are fit to be totally discharged. Edw. Walker, of the Plymouth, is judged by the Commissioners totally unfit for service, being of a consumptive and ill habit. [Adm. Paper.]
July 17.
Portsmouth.
20. Sir John Mennes to the Navy Comrs. Is much troubled at Mr. Fenn's dilatory answer about sending money; has long since signified that 4,000l. was the sum needed to complete the pay; is tired out with the vexatious delay and clamours of unsatisfied people, yet fears to stir till all is done, lest at the King's coming, he should be troubled with sad petitions from a crew of tumultuous women, who threaten as much. [Adm. Paper.]
July 17.
Portsmouth.
21. Sir John Mennes to the Navy Comrs. Has sent Capt. Fleetwood and others to the Isle of Wight to bring over the 4,000l. there ready; understands that the money is lent by the Ordnance Officers to Sir Geo. Carteret, to be repaid by him in London. Desires an order to have the money paid, and power, if required, to assure repayment in London, on bills signed by himself at Portsmouth, for the receipt of the full value. Particulars of ships in harbour; has found out a way to secure the ropemakers from playing such pranks again, by denying payment of the letters of attorney of all runaways, and leaving strict orders that all pressed men forsaking work without leave shall be pricked "runaways," their wages lost, and they prosecuted. Mr. Pley is likely to get off if money can be sent, as ships from Weymouth are still admitted at St. Malo's, though not those from London. The money has just arrived. [Adm. Paper.]
July 17.
Hampton Court.
22. Sir Wm. Coventry to Sam. Pepys. A surgeon is wanted for the Young Prince prize at Harwich. [Adm. Paper.]
July 18.
Cockpit.
23. Duke of Albemarle to the Navy Comrs. Desires a master for the Maryland Merchant. Capt. Taylor has abused the warrant granted him for the carriage of Lord Petre's timber; he ought to have carried his own, and when Comr. Pett uses the carts, they clash with one another. If such orders be granted the country will complain of it; begs that Parsons, secured by the Mayor of Gravesend, may be sent to the fleet to be tried. [Adm. Paper.] Encloses,
23. i. Note to Mr. Pepys for Parsons, now in prison at Gravesend, for running away from the service, to be sent to the fleet, and delivered to the Earl of Sandwich.
July 18.
Chertsey.
24. John Langrack to Sam. Pepys. Entreats his interest with Sir Geo. Askew for the release of his brother, James Langrack, pressed into the Henry, where he is without clothes or acquaintance, after having for 16 years served as master's mate in other vessels. [Adm. Paper.]
July 18.
Woolwich Ropeyard.
25. Wm. Bodham to Sam. Pepys. Urges the necessity of repairing the wharf where hemp is taken up; account of hemp in store; progress of the works. [Adm. Paper.]
July 18.
Conpill.
26. Dan. Furzer to the Navy Comrs. Thinks 3l. per load a fair price for Mr. Blackborow's plank; 3l. 5s. would not buy such another parcel in those parts; advises that 240 or 250 loads be immediately contracted for. [Adm. Paper.]
July 18.
Barber Surgeons' Hall.
27. Rich. Reynell to Thos. Hayter. Surgeons are wanted for the Yarmouth and John and Thomas; begs that bills for their appointment may be obtained from the Commissioners. [Adm. Paper.] Encloses,
27. i. Capt. Hen. Dawes to Mr. Thickness, master warden of Surgeons' Hall. Notifies the death of his surgeon; requests that another may be supplied immediately.
John and Thomas, Harwich, June26, 1665.
27. ii. Capt. Thos. Ayliffe to the Masters and Wardens of Surgeons' Hall. Begs that Robt. Nash, late surgeon of the Greyhound, now put on board as surgeon of the Yarmouth, may have the allowance for a fourth-rate ship.
The Yarmouth, off Harwich, July 11, 1665.
July 18.
Portsmouth.
28. Sir John Mennes to the Navy Comrs. Money must be hastened down, or orders sent to receive what is already told out. The shipwrights have commenced new murmurings. Particulars of ships arriving and dispatched. The sickness is much less at Southampton. Longs to return; will take heed hereafter how to go about business without better prospect of the issue. [Adm. Paper.]
July [18?]
Tower, Tuesday.
29. J. Fenn to Sam. Pepys. The 4,000l. to be paid at Portsmouth by the Ordnance Officers cannot be disposed of until the next post. Sir John Mennes should know this. [Adm. Paper.]
July 18.
Blackwall.
30. Henry Johnson and Fr. Barham to the Navy Comrs. Demand their first payment of money due upon contract for building a third-rate frigate; have received only 250l. out of 1,750l. promised; if not complied with, must discharge the men and give up the work. [Adm. Paper.]
July 18.
Hampton Court.
31. Commission to Col. [John] Legge to be Major of the Admiral's regiment, lately commanded by Sir Wm. Killigrew, whereof Sir Chichester Wray is colonel.
July 18. Minute of the above. [Ent. Book 20, p. 79.]
July 18.
Hampton Court.
32. Commission to Sir John Griffin to be Captain of a company in the Admiral's regiment, whereof Sir Christopher Wray, Bart., is colonel.
July 18. Minute of the above. [Ent. Book 20, p. 79.]
July 18. Minutes of commissions for the Admiral's regiment of foot, as follow:—
Sir Chichester Wray, Bart., Colonel, in the same form as Sir Wm. Killigrew, and also Captain.
Sir Chas. Littleton, Lieutenant-Colonel and Captain.
Nath. Dorrell and Thos. Bennet, Captains.
Martin Gardiner, Captain-Lieutenant, and Fras. Hoblin, Ensign, to the Colonel.
Edw. Talbot, Lieutenant, and John Snelling, Ensign to the Lieut.-Colonel.
Chas. Cole, Lieutenant, and — Hume, Ensign, to the Major.
[Godfrey] Dennis, Lieutenant, and—Ingram, Ensign, to Sir Jo. Griffin.
— Steward, Lieutenant, and — Thompson, Ensign, to Dorrell.
Phil. Bickerstaffe, Lieutenant, and—Carey, Ensign, to Capt. Bennett. [Ent. Book 20, pp. 79, 80.]
July 18. The King to the Earl of Lindsey, lord lieutenant of Lincolnshire. Finds that the militia moneys for the county, which were ordered to be paid over from sheriff to sheriff of counties, till they reached the Tower, are already brought up to London, by Sir John Buck, Bart., late high sheriff. Requests an immediate order to him to pay the same to Sir John Robinson, lieutenant of the Tower. Ent. Book 20, pp. 80–81.]
July 18.
Durham.
33. Dr. Guy Carleton to [Williamson]. The persons who wish to make it clear that Sir Hen. Vane's personal estate belongs to the King, wish the Commissioners to return their depositions upon their inquisition, and then the adverse party to make their defence before the Lord Chancellor and others in London, and have a jury there. The reason is that most of the estate is unjustly seized by the Bishop of Durham, and as he nominates sheriffs and coroner, they are his creatures, and the adverse party fear a packed jury. Ant. Pearsons, the great quaker, is under sheriff, and has great dependance on the Bishop. If the case were in London, the witnesses would neither be overawed nor tampered with. There are seven houses shut up with the plague in Sunderland, one in Wearmouth, and one in Durham, where there is great fear because of the resort of persons from London; now strict watch is kept, and no suspected persons are allowed to enter. The fanatics and nonconformists still meet. Great clamour is caused by the cruel treatment of John Ellerington by Sir Hen. Witherington's son and servant; they surprised him into a place where they arrested him on an action of trespass, refused bail, and because he would not deny Sir Henry's being at a meeting in Muggleswick Park, where the plotters took an oath of secrecy, sent him to Morpeth gaol, and had him put in the dungeon, kept without food some days, and not allowed to see his friends. [2 pages.]
[July 18.]
Tuesday.
34. Countess of Dysart to Williamson. There have been unreasonable delays in her affair. Begs a positive answer, the thing being only what is usual. Wants some assurance, not in general terms, but so positive that she may know Lord Arlington's real mind. Will drop the addition she desired, if that be the obstruction. [1½pages.]
July 18. Warrant to the Lieutenant of the Tower to release Colonel Nathaniel Rich. Minute. [Ent. Book 22, p. 227.]
July 18. Memorandum for committing William Roe to the custody of Thomas Dixon. [Ent. Book 22, p. 228.]
July 18. Sec. Morice to Sir William Doyley. He is to suffer none to speak with the Dutch prisoners, except in presence of one who understands the language; and to have special care of one Lunice of Flushing who was endeavouring to make his escape. Minute. [Ent. Book 14, p. 67.]
July 19.
Hampton Court.
35. Sir Wm Coventry to Sam. Pepys. The Princess, Yarmouth, and Oxford are appointed as convoys to the ships bound for Gottenburg and the Sound; the Eaglet ketch is to remain at Harwich as a packet boat. It will be time enough to consider of return convoy for the Gottenburg ships after their arrival. Asks what victuals Mr. Gauden has in readiness at Hull and Newcastle, and what proportion the fleet went out with. [Adm. Paper.]
July 19.
Trinity House.
36. Wardens, &c., of Trinity House to the Navy Comrs. Consider either Capt. Wm. Badiley or Capt. John Proud qualified to undertake the charge of master of the Royal Sovereign. [Adm. Paper.]
July 19.
Chepstow.
37. Robt. Ems to Thos. Sherley, Cornhill, London. Hears that he has offered plank to the Commissioners at 3l. per load, so that Mr. Furzer is blamed for asking 3l. 5s. Has advised Furzer to write and say that the owners can get 3l. 5s. for all 2 and 3-inch plank, well seasoned. [Adm. Paper.]
July 20. 38. Account by Mr. Tooker of five victualling ships, lying in the river for want of provisions for lading. [Adm. Paper.]
July 20.
Hampton Court.
39. Sir Geo. Carteret to [Sam. Pepys]. It is necessary to secure what French canvas can be had with all imaginable speed. Mr. Harbin and other French merchants in London must be sent for, and no time lost in getting goods over from St. Malo. [Adm. Paper.]
July 20.
Portsmouth.
40. Sir John Mennes to the Navy Comrs. Is glad there is some hope of his dispatch; were ready money payments made, the King would save the third penny in all his works. Want of iron; desires an order for all that is in the prize ships to be sent in. Expects hourly the goods from St. Malo. Particulars of Col. Norton's timber. Paper.]
July 20.
London.
41. Capt. Val. Tatnell to the Navy Comrs. Requests new warrants for apprehending runaways, and persons pressing without due authority; also orders to search any private men-of-war for runaway seamen. [Adm. Paper.]
July 20.
Norwich.
42. James Johnson to the Navy Comrs. Messrs. Edgars' frigate proceeds well; the second payment is due. Wishes an answer to the proposals of the sailmaker and blockmaker for supply of the frigate. Has hopes of some cordage from Zealand. [Adm. Paper.]
July 20. 43. List of 20 bargemen for whom protections from impress have been issued. [Adm. Paper.]
July 20.
Hampton Court.
Warrant to Robert Child and William Bowles, masters of toils, to remove 25 brace of fallow deer, with their fawns, from the New Forest to places in Woolmer Forest, appointed by Col. Legg. [Ent. Book 22, p. 231.]
July 20.
Eggleston.
44. Chistopher Sanderson to Williamson. The party are doing nothing in those parts, but expect something done in the south. Major Beake, who was captain of Oliver's life guard, should be secured. He is desperately engaged. One of the three informers professes to be pricked in his conscience, and though, to avoid suspicion, he must still attend at Court, he will tell them anything that concerns them. The fanatics rejoice in the increase of the plague, and hope it will go through the kingdom.
July 20.
Ipswich.
45. Jo. Knight to Henry Muddiman. There is a noise of guns, more like salutes than an engagement. Hopes De Ruyter or some other good thing has fallen into the hands of the English, and that if their fleet has sheltered in Norway, ours will pull them thence by force. The King of Denmark would take satisfaction for the affront or a share in the prey. The French will probably bring the Duke of Beaufort's fleet into the Channel, but we shall have 20 ships to confront them. There is yet no appearance of pestilence. [2 pages.]
July 20. 46. Minutes of commissions renewed for Officers in Sir Chichester Wray's regiment, and of an order to the Navy Treasurer to pay 2,000l. to Prince Rupert.
July 21.
Haigh.
47. Sir Roger Bradshaigh to Williamson. Is glad to hear of the court being removed from the contagion in London. Confines to their own houses, for a month, all persons who come from London, and those who entertain them. At the sessions, two were convicted for the second time, and one for the first time, of conventicles; but the stubborn Anabaptists, refusing to pay the 10s. fine, are sent to gaol for only two months. Thinks the third offence will quit the place of them, and many more by the same trap. At the thanksgiving at Bolton for the victory, the godly, counterfeiting excessive joy, took too much, and five of them fell on the clerk of the church and killed him, for which they are sent to gaol. One of the Barbadoes fleet, just returned richly laden, was burnt by an accident, through the drunkenness of the sailors: it belonged to Mr. Blundell of Ince, an ancient gentleman of good estate in the county. [2 pages.]
July 21.
Hampton Court.
48. The King to the [the Fellows of Eton College]. Recommends Dr. Rich. Allestree, professor of Divinity at Oxford, to the place of Provost of that college, void by death of Dr. Meredith.
July 21. Entries of the above. [Ent. Books 19, p. 47; and 21, pp. 148–9.]
July 21.
[Hampton Court.]
Warrant empowering Hen. Lord Arlington and John Lord Berkeley, who are to be postmasters-general on expiration of the two years still remaining of the lease to the late Dan. O'Neale, to make contracts with foreign postmasters for supplying the defects in intercourse with foreign countries, and for the better carrying out of that office. [Ent. Book 22, pp. 231–2.]
[July 21.] 49. Draft of the above. [1½ pages.]
July 21.
Bethnal Green.
50. Capt. John Hesilgrave to Sir John Mennes. Requests that his Lewes frigate may be freighted as a victualler for Tangiers, in order that she may sail thence to Turkey, where he has assurance of a full lading homewards. [Adm. Paper, 1½ pages.]
July 21.
Plymouth.
51. John Lanyon to the Navy Comrs. Asks payment of money due to Dan. Barker for yarn, and Thos. Teate for cordage; total, 921l. 14s. 8d. [Adm. Paper.]
July 21.
Barber Surgeons' Hall.
52. Rich. Reynell to Sam. Pepys. A surgeon has been long since appointed for the Young Prince; his pretence of stay is, want of conveyance for himself and chest to Harwich. [Adm. Paper.]
July 21.
Chatham.
53. Comr. Peter Pett to Sam. Pepys. Sends a plan of the quantity of ground and manner of contrivance for the alterations at Sheerness; and an estimate of the charge. No more boats need be sent down, they are in no way fit for service. [Adm. Paper.] Encloses,
53. i. Plan of the proposed dockyard at Sheerness.
July 21.
Dover.
54. Thos. White to the Navy Comrs. Dispatch of the Paradox. [Adm. Paper.]
July 21.
Kinsale.
55. Capt. Wm. Crispin to the Navy Comrs. The Dartmouth was called away before the laying of her cable. Account of money due to himself and his surgeon. Sends report of the sick and wounded. Arrival of the Baltimore and Loyal Subject. There is less noise of the Dutch capers at present. [Adm. Paper, 1¼ pages.] Encloses,
55. i. Certificates by John Godsuffe, surgeon, and Wm. Penn, clerk of the cheque, of the number of sick and wounded landed in Kinsale from the Dartmouth and Little Gift, and provided for. Names of those since dead, and of others returned cured, verified by Wm. Broadbeare, surgeon of the said town. Kinsale, 1 July 1665.
55. ii. List of the sick and wounded received at Kinsale from April 21 to July 18, with account for their quarters, 35l. 5s. 5¼d., and burial charges, 2l. 19s. 1¾d.
July 21.
Deptford.
56. Wardens, &c., of Trinity House to the Navy Comrs. Being requested to nominate one of their brotherhood as master of the Royal Sovereign; present for choice Capt. Simon Nicholls and Capt. Joseph Dobbins; and for the Maryland Merchant, John Runton or Mr. Fleming, both of Redriff. [Adm. Paper.]
July 22.
Woolwich.
57. Chris. Pett to the Navy Comrs. Repairs needed for the hulk and the Welcome; timber and treenails wanted. It is time to contract with the joiner and carver for the works of the new fourthrate frigate. [Adm. Paper.]
July 22.
Gravesend.
58. Fr. Hosier to the Navy Comrs. The Zealand musters 130 men; has stores and ammunition on board, and waits orders to sail. Muster of the Ruby, Merlin, and Fox. [Adm. Paper.]
July 22. 59. Statement of Thos. Smart and two others to the Navy Comrs., of the abuse of trust carried on by Arth. Crispin and five other rulers of the Watermen's Company, in receiving and converting for their own use sums of money for the release of able pressed seamen, and request that they may be deposed from all rule in the company. [Adm. Paper.]
July 22.
Victualling Office.
60. John Bowles to Sam. Pepys. Account of beer and dry provisions dispatched to the Sovereign and several other ships. [Adm. Paper.]
July 22.
Hampton Court.
Warrants to Sir William Doyley to deliver up Sieur Cunæus; to — to receive Cunæus and convey him to the Tower; and to the Lieutenant of the Tower to receive and keep him close prisoner. Minutes. [Ent. Book 22, p. 233.]
July 22. 61. — — to Lord Arlington. There is a general disposition to quietness, and to improve the liberty allowed, in praying for removal of the plague. At the meetings, there is a sense expressed of the Lord's displeasure for the sins of the people, but no reflections on the government. If the King heard their earnest prayers for God's mercy and favour, and their deep contrition for their own sins and those of the land, he would not think them unworthy of the prudent indulgence which he declares for. There is no cause for fear unless some desperate Commonwealth men avail themselves of the present distress of the poor to excite tumults; but they can do little, the town being so emptied of those from whom they hope assistance The Dutch refuse to countenance any faction against government, because none can assure them of any united interest on which they can rely to make disturbance. The party could move in Scotland, but are too much discouraged both from Holland and England. [1½ pages.]
July 23.
Cockpit.
62. Order from the Duke of Albemarle to Capt. Bennet, of Col. Russell's regiment, to march to Salisbury, quartering his troops in convenient places not occupied by the horse guards or the attendants at court, taking care that the soldiers conduct themselves civilly, and pay for what they have.
July 23.
Dover.
63. Jo. Carlisle to Williamson. His servant Osborne came in time, and has sailed for Dunkirk; hopes he will pass clear, though they are stricter there than at Calais. There is a rumour of De Ruyter's fleet being taken. The town is free from the plague, which is wonderful, since it is a general place of reception. Lords Aubigny and Berkeley went to Calais last week, and were with some difficulty suffered to enter.
July 23.
Portsmouth.
64. Constance Pley to Sam. Pepys. Is hourly expecting the ships from St. Malo; was obliged to leave London without signing the last contract; has since done so in presence of Sir John Mennes. Hears nothing from Mr. Fenn about his readiness to pay the bill of 1,000l. drawn on him for sailcloth and cordage served in. Will manage by her son's interest to keep up the French trade, though the expected breach should take place. [Adm. Paper.]
July 23.
Portsmouth.
65. Col. Bullen Reymes to Sam. Pepys. Thanks for his bill accepted, and for promise of timely payment. Will deliver the canvas last contracted for by Christmas, if ready money be furnished, and if the King will run the risk of all enemies. As the report goes of a fall out with the French, their goods may be seized in the cellars of St. Malo. [Adm. Paper.]
July 23.
Plymouth Fort.
66. Sir John Skelton to Sam. Pepys. Six weeks' victuals are put on board the Sta. Maria; she will sail in a few days. [Adm. Paper.]
July 24.
Chatham.
67. Comr. Peter Pett to Sam. Pepys. Will put in execution the new careening wheel for ships; it has been practised with success at Harwich. Proposes a prize ship as second hulk for Sheerness. Has power by his patent of office to contract for provisions, and thought by expressions in former letters that he had the consent of the Board also; wished therefore to deal with Mr. Cole thinking his provisions as reasonable as any that can be bought. If his supply be stopped, some other must be procured immediately, or all the men discharged. [Adm. Paper, 1¾ pages.]
July 24.
Norwich.
68. James Johnson to the Navy Comrs. Recommends three persons competent to undertake the survey of the new frigate now building at Yarmouth; the second payment is due to MM. Edgar. [Adm. Paper.]
July 24.
Bristol.
69. Fra. Baylie to the Navy Comrs. Has been unable to find time to furnish the draft of his ship now building, by reason of the continual trouble in getting timber and other goods necessary for dispatch of the work. [Adm. Paper.]
July 24. Warrant to pay to Lady Cornwallis, widow of Charles Lord Cornwallis, such parts of the arrears of her pension of 600l. a year as were due before Michaelmas, 1663, when all such pensions were stayed. [Ent. Book 22, p. 234.]
[July 24.] 70. Draft of the above.
July 24./Aug. 3.
Chelsea.
Ambassador Van Gogh to [the States General]. Both great and mean fly the city on account of the plague, and many Netherlanders desire their passes, there being no manner of trade left, nor conversation, either at Court or on the Exchange. The Court of Scotland has interdicted all trade [with England] for three months, and imposes quarantine on such ships as have not been long on the way. The King and Duke of York go on Thursday from Hampton Court to Portsmouth for three or four days, and thence to Salisbury, whither the Queen and Duchess are already gone. The Archbishop of Dublin is chosen to supply the place of the Lord Chancellor of Scotland, deceased. [Holland Corresp., Aug. 7, 1665.]
July ? 71. Petition of Thos. Smoult, M.A., to the King, for letters for his election to the fellowship now void in St. John's College, Cambridge, denied him by the late master, because of the loyalty of his family.
July 24. The King to the Masters and Senior Fellows of St. John's College, Cambridge. Recommends Thos. Smoult, M.A. of that university, on account of his orthodox learning and sobriety, to a vacant fellowship in the college. [Ent. Book 19, p. 47.]
July 24.
Ham.
72. E. Countess of Dysart to [Williamson]. Thanks both him and Lord Arlington that her business approaches a conclusion. The names of the grantees are wanted. Wishes the 10 acres within her walls to be passed solely to her, all the rest of the lease to her sisters equally with her.
July 24.
Cockpit.
73. Sir W. Clarke to Williamson. Requests him to send the commissions for Sir Jas. Smith to be Lieut.-Colonel, and Major John Miller, Major in the Duke of Albemarle's regiment of Guards. The fees are paid to Mr. Godolphin.
July 24.
Wanstead.
74. John Lawson to Sir Willm. Coventry. Sends the part of the will which concerns the pension. Her ladyship hopes his respect for her late husband will encourage his kindness to the fatherless. Encloses,
74. i. Clause from Sir John Lawson's will, dated April 19, 1665, requesting that the pension of 500l. a year settled upon him for life, and which was promised to his daughters if he died in the service, should be either divided equally between Elizabeth and Anna Lawson, or left to Anna for her to give a share to Elizabeth; with note of Lady Lawson's wish for it to be so effected.
July ? 75. Wm. Frisell to [Lord Arlington]. Is sent by the Countess of Chesterfield to end the differences between the postmasters of France and Flanders, and quicken and improve intelligence from beyond seas. As her grant is nearly out, offers to him or to her successor, if they will obtain him a pension of 300l. a year from the post office, to settle a correspondence in all the maritime places of Spain and Italy; this is to be independent of any arrangement about the letters of Holland and Zealand. Has served and suffered 35 years, and has increased the revenue of the office more thousands than he asks hundreds. [1½ pages.]
July 24.
Hampton Court.
76. Lords Arlington and Berkeley to M. De Nouveau. Mr. O'Neale being dead and his wife having only two years left of the lease of the post office, they are appointed reversioners, with order to remedy inconveniences in the late treaties with O'Neale. Request him to give credence to Mr. Frisell, sent to ascertain the means of rendering the former treaties reciprocally useful to both nations. [French.]
[July 24.] 77. Draft of the above.
July 24. 78. Lords Arlington and Berkeley to the Conte de Taxis. To the same effect. Mr. O'Neale had agreed for the Holland letters to come by way of Flanders, if it could be done with the same expedition, but this has not been punctually performed. Send Frisell to converse with him about this and the transport of letters for Italy by Switzerland. [French, 2 pages.]
July 24. 79. Draft of the above.
July 24? 80. Memorial for Mr. Williamson, to dispatch Mr. Frisell with all haste; for a pass for horses to France for Sir Phil. Frowde; for Mr. Boles to send letters requiring haste to the postmaster, Charing Cross, others to the post office; for a messenger always to attend, to go between Goring House and the Post Office.
July 24.
Hampton Court.
Order,—on the petition of the Farmers of the pre-emption and coinage of tin,—that the petitioners propose what they have to offer in this matter to the Council Board. [Ent. Book 18, p. 185.]
July 25. 81. L. W. [Leonard Williams] to Lord [Arlington]. Gathers enough from the female kind and others to prevent insurrections, which might arise from the city being so left; they dare not plot, being fearful of trespass; those who have religion flee the city as well as others, for fear of the plague. Atkinson wishes much to see the writer on His Majesty's service; asks whether he is to see him.
July 25.
Navy Office.
82. Sir Wm. Batten to Williamson. Begs his assistance with Lord Arlington on his petition. Sends him a present of sturgeon. Encloses,
82. i. Petition of Sir William Batten to the King, for a grant of the fly boat Arion, taken on the coast of Guinea, in compensation for his loss of the 16th part of the Constant Warwick, in 1648, of which he was deprived for remaining with His Majesty in Holland.
July 25.
Hampton Court.
Warrant to the Judges of North Wales and Sheriff of Anglesea to reprieve John Griffith, of Croydavey, co. Anglesea, convicted at Beaumaris assizes, Sept. 5, 1662, of manslaughter, from the penalty of being burnt in the hand, or any other punishment, until further pleasure. [Ent. Book 14, pp. 67–8.]
July 25.
Hampton Court.
Warrant to Lord Ashley to pay to Doctor Jenkins, judge of the Admiralty Court, 300l. a year out of money for sale of prizes, for his constant attendance and service. [Ent. Book 22, p. 233.]
July 25. Warrant to Sir William Doyley to release Hendrick Van Reid, son of Hendrick Van Reid. Minute. [Ent. Book 22, p. 234.]
July 25. 83. Notes of grants, dating 25 July, 1665, to Sir John Robinson, of reversion of all those houses, &c., near the Tower, formerly granted by King James to [Sir Roger Aston], and to Hen. Timberlake and Rob. Bradbury.
July 25. 84. R. Manley to Lord [Arlington]. Is there [in Holland] on the King's service, but some wrong has been done him in his absence, by preferment of others to his prejudice, which to men of his profession is a sensible disgrace. The pensioner De Witt ordered him to be gone, but he excused himself on the privilege of the embassy. Has been employed 20 years in fortification, and had hopes of preferment given him by the Lord General, but is prejudiced by absence in this respect as well as the other.
July 25. 85. Petition of Wm. Cole, surgeon of the Paradox, to the Navy Comrs., for recruit of his medicine chest after 14 months' attendance. Signed by Capt. Leo Guy and two others. [Adm. Paper.]
July 26.
Cockpit.
86. Duke of Albemarle to the Navy Comrs. Certain ships are to be furnished with necessaries and hastened to the Gunfleet. A mainmast may be had at Plymouth for the Sorlings. [Adm. Paper.] Encloses,
86. i. List of 12 ships ordered for the Gunfleet.
July 26.
Woolwich.
87. W. B. [Wm. Bodham] to Thos. Hayter. Wants 300 feet of refuse shaken oak plank to repair the floor of the ropehouse. Repairs needed for the wharf at the gun yard. [Adm. Paper.]
July 26.
The Zealand, Hope.
88. Capt. John Whately to Sir Wm. Coventry. Is ready to sail. Waits for water and water cask from London. Wants 18 of his company, but expects to pick some up in the way. [Adm. Paper.]
July 26. 89. Denis Gauden to the Navy Comrs. Sends a list of 18 victualling ships hired by the month, with the tonnage and number of men on each. Wishes some of them continued to carry the remaining provisions to the fleet. [Adm. Paper.]
July 26.
Hampton Court.
90. Petition of James Riddell, of Leith, Scotland, to the King, for redress for a damage of above 4,000 rixdollars, because his ship was seized in Leith Road by a Dover privateer, who, notwithstanding an order from the Lord Commissioner for Scotland for its restoration, carried it off to Holy Island, pillaged it, and then left it to the mercy of a Dutch vessel, which came and took it as prize to Holland. With reference thereon to the Court of Admiralty.
July 26.
Hampton Court.
The King to [the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury]. Requests on behalf of Eliz. Turner and Eliz. Bargave, poor widows whose husbands lost much by their loyalty, the renewal of a lease of a house which, being built within the Cathedral precincts, the lease cannot be renewed without his dispensation. [Ent. Book 17, p. 120.]
[July 26.] 91. Draft of the above.
July 26. Warrant for discharge of the Abraham's Offering, which in her voyage from Bayonne to Hamburg, was taken by Capt. Knight of Dover and brought into Rye, but proves to belong truly to Hamburghers. [Ent. Book 22, p. 236.]
July 26. Warrant to Sir William Doyley, Comr. for sick and wounded prisoners, to release Capt. Adrian Van Reda, on bond for his appearance when demanded. [Ent. Book 22, p. 237.]
July 26.
Whitehall.
92. Warrant to Sir Edward Griffin to pay to Richard Royston, the King's stationer, 58l. 8s. for paper, &c., furnished to Lord Arlington, from December 21, 1662, to February 7, 1665.
July 26. Entry of the above, giving the sum as 8l. 8s. [Ent. Book 22, p. 237.]
July ? 93. Petition of George Paul to the King, for a grant of 324l., public money not disposed of nor accounted for, remaining in the hands of — Browne, formerly a captain in Cromwell's own regiment.
July 26.
Hampton Court.
Warrant for a grant to George Paul of 324l. remaining in the hands of — Browne not accounted for, with power to recover the same. [Ent. Book 22, p. 238.]
July 26.
Hampton Court.
Warrant to the Sheriff of Surrey to order the transportation to Jamaica of John Lacey, condemned for murder at Kingston assizes. Minute. [Ent. Book 22, p. 239.]
July ? 94. Petition of Charles Gifford to the King, for the place of Assay Master in the Tower, for which he has obtained consent of the wife of Thos. Woodward, now in the Tower, notwithstanding the allegation that he is unfit for it, being a gentleman not a tradesman. The place was formerly held by a gentleman, who had a deputy.
July 26.
Hampton Court.
95. Warrant to the Officers of the Mint to admit Charles Gifford to the place of Assay Master of the Mint, void by death of John Woodward, he having the consent of the wife of Thos. Woodward.
July 26. Entry of the above. [Ent. Book 22, p. 239.]
July [26]. 96. Draft of the above.
July 26. Pass for Colonel Richard Talbot to Ireland, with eight horses. Minute. [Ent. Book 22, p. 240.]
July 26. Pass for Mr. Frisell, with two horses. Minute. [Ent. Book 22, p. 240.]
July 26. Pass for the Earl of Carlingford, with eight horses. Minute. [Ent. Book 22, p. 240.]
July 26. Pass for Gundeloes. Minute. [Ent. Book 22, p. 240.]
July 26.
Hampton Court.
Proclamation ordering the Exchequer to be removed to Nonsuch, on account of the increase of the plague in Westminster. [Printed. Proc. Coll., Charles II., p. 196.]
June 26. Minute of the above. [Ent. Book 22, p. 240.]
[July 26.] 97. Draft of the above. [Three sheets.]
July ? 98. Request on behalf of the Countess of Dysart, wife of Sir Lionel Tollemache, and her sisters, daughters of the late Earl of Dysart, for a grant to Sir Lionel of certain lands in Petersham and Ham, on rent of 4d. per acre; also for a lease in reversion of the demesne lands of the said manor, at the ancient rent of 16l. 9s. With the heading of a letter [to the Lord Treasurer] thereon.
July 26.
Hampton Court.
99. Warrant for a grant to Sir Lionel Tollemache of 75 acres of land in the manors of Petersham and Ham, co. Surrey, and also of a lease in reversion of the demesne lands there. [1½ pages.]
July 26. Entry of the above. [Ent. Book 22, p. 241.]
July 26. The King to Sir John Robinson. Ordered him previously to pay to the Lieutenant of Ordnance such sums as were placed in his hands by the several sheriffs, of the arrears of the month's assessment for the militia, but on account of pressing occasions, now orders him first to pay 20,000l. to Sir George Carteret. [Ent. Book 22, 242.]
July [26.] 100. Draft of the above.
July 26 101. Charles Duke of Richmond and Lenox to Williamson. Thanks for his care in procuring his pass; hopes it will be allowed custom free. Will be that night at Dover, and only waits his answer.
July 26.
Cockpit.
102. Sir Wm. Clarke to Williamson. The Duke of Albemarle wishes an order for Col. Gilby, deputy governor of Hull, to have a prize ship to fetch coals from Newcastle for the garrison; begs that it may be the Salt house of Middleburg, which is condemned and appraised. The plague increases; 326 have been buried in St. Giles', 200 in St. Martin's, 142 in Westminster, and 104 in Holborn, since the last bill.
July 27. 103. Order [by the Comrs. for Tangiers] that the Tiger, freighted by the contractors for victualling Tangiers, be dispatched before the rest of the ships now lying at Plymouth, the King bearing the risk of any enemy; the rest are to wait a convoy, the contractors doing all in their power to preserve the provisions from damage. [Copy.]
July 27.
Hampton Court.
104. Order from Lord Steward the Duke of Ormond to the Officers of Greencloth, to allow to Sir Herbert Price the rights, privileges, and allowances which belong to his place as Master of the Household.
July 27. Note for Thos. Evernden to be Almsman in Canterbury. [Ent. Book 19, p. 48.]
July 27.
Portsmouth.
105. Constance Pley to Sir John Mennes. Has received good news from France; the barks are safely laden, only waiting for other ships to sail for England. Entreats money or credit with Alderman Backwell to pay bills of exchange. [Adm. Paper.]
July 27.
Deal.
106. Mor. Lodge, postmaster, to Sam. Pepys. Has caused the instructions for Capt. Neales to be delivered. [Adm. Paper.]
July 27.
Portsmouth.
107. Comr. Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. An order for the delivery of iron from the prize ships will be welcome to the smith. The Unity has set sail. The King and Duke of York are expected. There is much fear lest their followers should bring the plague into the town, which is much pestered with soldiers and seamen, and their wives and children. [Adm. Paper.]
July 27. 108. Capt. John Proud and Edw. Stevens to the Navy Comrs. Survey and appraisement of the Baltimore, Joseph, and Loyal Subject. [Adm. Paper.]
July 27.
Downs.
109. Capt. Rich. Neales to the Duke of Albemarle. Intends to set sail as soon as wind and weather permit; hopes to be at Calais by 1st August. Has ordered the Golden Phœnix to convoy the New England men into the Soundings, and the Truelove hoy to Spithead. [Adm. Paper.]
July 28.
Wivenhoe ketch, North Shields.
110. Capt. Wm. Berry to Sir Wm. Batten. Particulars of his late voyage, to the north of Scotland, in search of the Dutch fleet. Encountered 11 Dutch men-of-war off North Shetland, and was chased and within shot for seven hours. Capture of a galliot hoy, with eight Dutch pilots for their East India fleet; is in port for repairs. [Adm. Paper.]
July 28.
Ludlow Castle.
111. Greg. Flavell to Williamson. It is Henry not Richard Herbert whom Lord [Carbery] recommends as his lieutenant in the garrison; requests that the commission may be rectified.
July 28. 112. Sir Willm. Fleetwood to Williamson. Hopes for his company, as he is so near. Sends him half a buck.
July 29.
Thistleworth.
113. Col. Dan. O'Brien to Williamson. Wants a meeting with him. Also a post warrant for three horses and a guide from Salisbury to Holyhead, for they will hardly let anybody from those parts pass through Chester, except on the King's service.
July 29.
Ordnance Office.
114. Estimate by the Ordnance Officers of materials not in store which would be required for a train of artillery of 24 pieces of ordnance, given according to an order of the Duke of Albemarle of the 27th instant; total, 5,140l. 2s. 6d. [Five sheets.]
July 29.
Dover.
115. Thos. White to Sam. Pepys. Acknowledges the favour received from the Earl of Sandwich and others, which "as a sweet posie so freshly refresheth me, that it draweth from me all the thankfulness I can express;" regrets the zealous passion that made him crave employment at sea. Is willing to spend his whole time in service at the port. Requests a supply of stores. Arrival of the Cygnet for repairs and victualling. [Adm. Paper.]
July 29.
Cockpit.
116. Duke of Albemarle to the Navy Comrs. Desires a warrant for Capt. Sadd of the John and Katherine, or any other captains coming into the river to impress watermen, unless the rulers of the watermen will do it better. [Adm. Paper.]
July 28.
Clapham.
117. Denis Gauden to Sam. Pepys. The Duke of York's instructions shall be fully complied with, unless the 11 ships named have sailed. Sends an account of their victualling at London, Chatham, and Harwich, that it may be seen what ships are short. [Adm. Paper.]
July 29. 118. Sir Wm Rider and Wm. Cutler to the Navy Comrs. Complain of the delay in appointing a convoy for the ships hired to transport stores from the Baltic; if the goods come not in time, no blame can be imputed to the contractors. Three ships laden with tar, pitch, &c., lie in the Sound, ready for a return convoy; ask whether they shall be insured; think it better to run the hazard of the seas than pay so great a premium.
July 29.
Convertine, Burlington Bay.
119. Capt. John Pearse to Sir Wm. Coventry. The provision ketch and water ship under his convoy are leaky, and cannot proceed. Capts Blake and Perriman are stopped for want of victuals; manages to supply them, by putting his own passengers and soldiers on board the fire ships bound to the fleet. Wishes firm ships and willing men were provided for victuallers. Report of the collier fleet and other vessels met with. [Adm. Paper.]
July 30.
Chatham.
120. Comr. Peter Pett to Sam. Pepys. Is about to discharge the joiners; their bills amounting to 500l. must be passed. [Adm. Paper.]
July 30.
Hull.
121. Wm. Blaydes to the Navy Comrs. Requests payment of his bill of 20l. 1s. 2d. for repairing and victualling the Blackamoor, at the governor and captain's request. Arrival of the Delft frigate. Offers cordage at 30s. per cwt. [Adm. Paper.]
July 30.
Deal.
122. Thos. Warren to [Sam. Pepys]. Finds all the ships in good equipage, and the men in health. Begs that provisions may be ready for the soldiers at Plymouth. The purser of the Fox will attend Mr. Gauden to make up his accounts. [Adm. Paper.]
July 31. 123. Petition of the Boatswain, Gunner, and Carpenter of the yacht Henry to the King, for the same allowance of fifth-rate wages as allowed in the Katherine; are poor men, and cannot maintain their families with sixth-rate pay. With order thereon granting the petition. [Copy.]
[July 31.] 124. Similar petition to the same effect.
July 31. Grant to Sir Thos. Peyton, Bart., of Knowlton, Kent, and others, of the Rectory of East Church, Isle of Sheppey, forfeited by attainder of Sir Michael Lindsey, in trust for Robt. Wilkinson, present vicar, and the future vicars of Knowlton. [Docquet.]
July 31.
Putney.
125. Sir Rich. Ford and John Buckworth to Williamson. Thanks for his interest in the tin farmers' case; Lord Ashley promises to promote the hearing of the cause, when offered to Council. Beg to have warning that they may be in waiting [1½ pages.]
July 31.
Chester.
126. Col. Ro. Werden to Williamson. Thanks for the weekly paper; entreats its continuance. Is ill of the gout. Begs that the enclosed may be sent to the Duke's back stairs.
July 31.
Cockpit.
127. Duke of Albemarle to the Navy Comrs. The remaining ships for the Gunfleet must be hastened away. If the owners of the King Ferdinando will not set her out, some other merchant ship must be hired at the same rate, and the men transferred. [Adm. Paper.]
July 31. 128. Sir Wm. Batten to Sam. Pepys. Has sent money to Chatham, with orders to fit the Great Gift for sea, instead of the King Ferdinando. All possible haste is required for the 12 ships. [Adm. Paper.]
July 31.
Conpill.
129. Dan. Furzer to the Navy Comrs. Urges the necessity of a constant survey on the building of Mr. Baylie's new ship; unserviceable timber is still used, though on pretence of being only put up for the present. Begs an order for planks of certain thickness to be used. The land carriage of timber gets on very unhandsomely, and requires speedy redress. Wants money. [Adm. Paper.]
July 31. 130. Agreement between Cuthbert Atkinson, shipmaster of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Humphrey Pybus, merchant of Newcastle, on behalf of Edw. Dering, merchant of London, for hire by the latter, for 200l., of the Promise, to fetch goods from Hamburg, whither she is going, freighted by the former; 440l. to be paid by either party, on breach of covenant. [Adm. Paper.] Annexing,
130. i. Memoranda of three other ships hired by Humphrey Pybus, on behalf of Edw. Dering, for conveyance of goods from Hamburg to London. July 27, 1665.
July 31.
Fiall.
131. Roger Rymer to the Navy Comrs. Requests payment of 60l. 15s., drawn on Nicholas Buckeridge, merchant, for supply of victuals to the William, on her homeward journey from St. Helena. [Adm. Paper.]
[July.] Sec. Morice to the Farmers of Customs. They are privately, as from themselves, to caution all English merchants to withdraw their goods from France, and send no more till they see how things will settle. With note of the like advice to the Mayor of Plymouth for Western merchants. Minute. [Ent. Book 14, p. 67.]
[July.] Orders to Sir William Doyley to free Lieut. Mauregnault, upon the ambassador's parole. Minute. [Ent. Book 14, p. 67.]
[July.] Order for Mr. Turner to see Mr. Cunæus at Colchester, or any other prisoner. Minute. [Ent. Book 14, p. 67.]
July. 132. Memoranda [by Williamson, from the Signet books,] of warrants, grants, &c., passed during the month, the uncalendared portions of which are as follow:—
Note that the King incorporated the feoffees of the 12,000l. left by Humph. Cheetham, for erecting a hospital and library in Manchester, as governors of the hospital and library of Manchester, founded by Humph. Cheetham, with permission to use a common seal, make laws, and purchase lands in mortmain.
Grant to Laurence Hyde, in soccage, of Killingworth manor, with mines, advowsons, &c.
Note that the King pays for the stationery used in Parliament, on a bill signed by the clerk of Parliament.
Note that by the farm of 1665, the excise of London and Westminster was advanced in value 22,000l. a year.
July ? 133. Sam. Pomfret to Mr. Haines. Wishes to see him about the papers coming from Oxford, whither he is going.
July ? 134. — Haines to Sam. Pomfret. Cannot obey his summons, not having received it till six at night. Wishes him a good journey to Oxford, and sends service to his friends at Christ Church. Has lost his credit, and neither the Bishop of London nor his relatives will help him to preferment at Cambridge; will therefore be forced to accept the post, but wishes it were a better one than serving-man or valet-de-chambre.
July.
Gatehouse, Westminster.
135. John Knowles to the Duke of Albemarle. Has lain in deplorable condition two months, on the misinformation of some. Is conscious of no evil against government and has always hated seditious practices. Entreats release on bail, especially considering the present contagious disease.
July ? 136. [Lord Arlington] to the Bishop of London. The King is informed that many ministers and lecturers having been absent from their posts during this time of contagion, nonconformists have thrust themselves into their pulpits, to preach sedition, and doctrines contrary to the Church; His Majesty wishes him to prevent such mischiefs to Church and State.
July. 137. Wm. Wood and 4 other Members of the Shipwrights' Company to the Navy Comrs. There is great scarcity of shipwrights, because many able shipwrights are impressed to serve as mariners and seamen. Beg an examination into this abuse, that the men may be restored to their proper calling. [Adm. Paper.]
July?
Salisbury.
138. List, sent by the Earl of Sandwich, of the fleet as divided into three squadrons,—32 ships headed by the Prince; 32 by the Royal Charles, and 27 by the Royal James.
July ? 139. List of the division of the fleet into squadrons, under the Duke of York, Prince Rupert, and the Earl of Sandwich; with the fire ships, and the subdivisions of the Duke's squadron, under the admiral, vice-admiral, and rear-admiral.
July ? 140. Similar list, with slight differences, giving the total 135 vessels.
July ? 141. Draft of the above.