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Charles II - volume 188: January 1-18, 1667

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1666-7. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1864.

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January 1-18, 1667

Jan. 1.
Newmarket.
1. Earl of Thomond to [Williamson]. New-year's greetings; had the weather been fitting, would have expected him and his friends at Newmarket. Hopes Mr. Feltham has reminded him of the auditor of Ireland's warrant for the creation money, and of the letter to the Duke of Ormond from the King. The weather is freezing. Is disposed of by His Majesty. Sends duty to his mother. Harry cries for his maid, who is dead, but not of the plague. [3 pages.]
Jan. 1.
Exeter.
2. Geo. Browning to James Hickes. The first and last expresses were delivered. Will use his interest for Mr. Williamson. Intends to be at Dartmouth the day before, to prepare some of his friends, and will give an account.
Jan. 1. 3. Memorandum of the expense for clothes for Lord George Douglas' regiment of 1,200 soldiers, with officers; total, 1,447l. 2s.
Jan. 1.
Gravesend.
4. Richard Elkin to Sam. Pepys. The magistrates at his desire have sent to gaol the person who forged the seaman's ticket. The Speedwell has been at Gravesend under petty warrant. Complains of the delays of the post, which never delivers letters under four or five days' time. The Orange frigate has arrived; the East India merchant is still in the Hope. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 1.
Edinburgh.
5. Capt. John. Strachan to the Navy Comrs. Has found out a way by which money may be exchanged when at London, so that when he finds a good market for provisions, their correspondent at Edinburgh may be ready to deliver money. No sooner is a prize arrived at Leith but there are many English factors to buy all up, so that it is impossible to get anything but at second or third hand. The penny says the pater noster, and no penny no pater noster there. Does not desire to meddle with the money, but to close the bargains and see to the payments, so that the service be not neglected. Finds by ancient practice, that at whatever rate merchants and owners give up their goods at the custom-house or admiralty, desiring to pay customs or convoy, the King may have them at the same rate for his own use, for present payment; His Majesty should have the 165,000 weight of hemp unloading at Leith at the price the merchants agreed on for the King's 15ths and the Admiralty's 10ths, but an empty purse makes a shame-faced merchant. The fleet went over Tynemouth Bar. Seven great ships which came ashore on the coast of Shetland are all broken in pieces, and their men drowned; it is thought, by the many bodies that are driven ashore on the Highlands, that they were of the King of Denmark's fleet. [Adm. Paper, 1½ pages.]
Jan. 2.
Edwinstow.
6. John Russell to the Navy Comrs. Mr. Corbin has not been there for six months, but is represented by deputy. Cannot send the hoy away, having no money for rigging and repairs, nor for land carriage of 360 loads of timber, nor for workmen's wages, which are unpaid since 29 March last. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 2. 7. Certificate by Capt. Fras. Willshaw that Thos. Husband, surgeon of the Antelope, has been aboard six months and upwards, and received no recruit of medicines, and request that he may have a bill for six months' recruits, according to custom. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 2.
The Hawk, Gravesend.
8. Capt. Rich. Erlesman to the Navy Comrs. The extreme quantity of ice that came upon them cut the vessel an inch in the plank; was forced to leave Woolwich with only four men and two or three boys. Lost an anchor and sent the boatswain to Woolwich for another; cannot sail without one and some more men. Asks a press warrant to get men, being ordered by Sir Wm. Coventry to sail for the Downs. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 2. Licences for the Fortune galliot, Nightingale pink, and Arthur, all of London, laden with corn, to sail for Portugal, on security to return by March 20. Minutes. [Ent. Book 14, p. 110.]
Jan. 2.
Dartmouth.
9. Ambrose Mudd to Sir John Skelton. Wishes he could answer Sir John's desire about his friend, but the Duke of York and the Lord General have recommended a person; knows not what the success will be.
Jan. 3.
St. James's.
10. Sir John Colleton to Ambrose Mudd, merchant of Dartmouth. Thanks him for forwarding his election; hopes to obtain for him the pass for a ship to Newfoundland, having already obtained more passes than any one man in England. There is a hot alarm of an invasion intended by the King of France, who has amassed a force at Brest, which Holland will strengthen; it is thought to be for Ireland, and the Duke of Ormond has secured some of the Irish nobility, who have been practising with the French King. Stores are sent to every suspected place in England; all governors and officers ordered to their charges, and the ships are drawn into a body. Advises him to wait for his ship until this hurry be over; asks its burden and number of men, the fewer the better. Will apply for the pass to the Duke of York, who has never yet denied him anything. [1½ pages.]
Jan. 3. Warrant to pay to the Earl of Clarendon, lieutenant of Woodstock manor, 80l. a year for keeper's wages and hay for the deer. [Docquet.]
Jan. 3. 11. Thos. Stanwix, mayor, and five of the Aldermen and Common Council of Carlisle to the King. John Pattinson, their late town clerk, died 16th December last, and on December 19 they chose Jas. Nicholson, a person of known loyalty and conformity, and request his confirmation of the election.
Jan. 3. 12. Edw. Norreys to Williamson. Requests for the bearer, Hen. Dixon, continuance in his office of one of the letter carriers in the post office, that being his only support.
Jan. 3.
Leghorn.
13. Thos. Clutterbuck to the Navy Comrs. Fearing the passage to England is very insecure, has transmitted a copy of his former letter, of October 20, 1666, and begs a reply. Has no further news of the two French men-of-war since their departure; fears much mischief will be done by them and others; four men-of-war are ready to sail from Toulon, and not a French merchantman but has a letter of reprisal, and the Dutch observe the same rule. Is troubled to think what will become of straggling vessels that are not under good convoy; such disasters would not only be fatal to the proprietors but of bad consequences to His Majesty, in the loss of so many stout mariners. Hopes if a squadron of ships is spared for those seas, it will be considerable, and that the merchantmen will be doubly armed, and entrusted with letters of marque, so that they may run down and weaken the enemy. No port in the Mediterranean affords such advantages for the disposal of prizes as Leghorn. [Adm. Paper, 3 pages.]
Jan. 3. 14. John Barton to the Navy Comrs. Has been nformed by the carpenter of the Blackamoor pink that she is much disabled, but as she was lately repaired at Portsmouth, thinks that after she has been calked and tallowed, she will be fit for sea. [Adm. Paper.] Encloses,
14. i. Report by Capt. Robert Seabrooke, carpenter, and three other officers, that the Blackamoor pink, lying at Woolwich, is in a dangerous condition, in case she should chance to come aground at sea. Jan. 1667.
Jan. 3. 15. Affidavit by Anthony Barton that he gave into the office for examination of tickets the wage ticket of his father-in-law, Wm. Bethell, for services in the Mary, and believes it has been lost. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 3.
Ipswich.
16. Andrew Crawley to the Navy Comrs. Only one ship has been victualled since his last. None of the Gottenburg fleet riding in the Rolling Grounds and Ousely Bay are ordered in. There has been but one killing of oxen this week, and no bread baked nor beer brewed. The Hamburg ship laden with staves is not yet unloaded. [Adm. Paper.] Encloses,
16. i. Account by Rich. Wight and Andrew Crawley of empty casks, iron hoops, and bags received from seven ships named during the month. Ipswich, Dec. 1666.
16. ii. Account by Andrew Crawley of letters of credit granted to the pursers of two ships named for victuals. Ipswich, Dec. 1666.
Jan. 3.
The Defiance, Buoy of the Nore.
17. Rear-Admiral John Kempthorne to the Navy Comrs. Laments the wants of water casks, after so many demands. As it may be of importance to sail to the Downs the Defiance and Cambridge are going; the Fairfax will follow, but wants 100 men, and the Dunkirk 80, and provisions also. Hopes supplies of victuals from Dover, 25 days of the 3 months' allowance being spent. There is want of clothes and provisions for the sick and wounded. Requests an express order from his Royal Highness to the Governors of Dover and Deal, to give their assistance in procuring men, as there are many at those places, otherwise he must expect supplies from London. [Adm. Paper, 2 pages.]
Jan. 4.
Barber Surgeons' Hall.
18. Certificate by Ric. Reynell, that John Harding, surgeon of the Royal Oak, has not received any free gift or imprest money since he joined the ship, 7th June, 1665, and that no bills came to hand but what are dated 24th July, 1666, upon which the money due to him has not yet been received. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 4.
Plymouth.
19. John Lanyon to the Navy Comrs. The Pembroke sailed with the Victory prize, to convoy some merchant ships bound for Cadiz. The Adventure frigate put in, having met four French and afterwards three Dutch men-of-war, and sunk one of the latter. Her rigging is much torn and foremast disabled; she shall soon be made ready for sea again. Wants money. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 4.
The Warspite, Ousely Bay.
20. Capt. Rob. Robinson, commander of the Gottenburg squadron, to the Navy Comrs. Sir Wm. Coventry will have reported particulars of the Gottenburg ships which were separated by storm. None are wanting but the White Hind and Monk; fears they have foundered. The St. Peter had a Swede ship run aboard her which staved in her bow; she has put into Malstrand to repair, and will steer for Leith. Particulars of ships: one prize yacht will make a good fire-ship; two were burnt on the coast of Holland in sight of Brill steeple; the commander had his head, bowsprit, and all other masts down, ensign staff and all, and on the last day of '66, they (the squadron) came in with the Holland colours hanging and the King's flying. The crews are at him for the performance of a promise to receive money on their return. They have had a very disconsolate voyage, and several are dead, many put ashore sick, and all the ships so pitifully manned that he is ashamed to write about it; none shall know of it but Sir Wm. Coventry and the Board. The Norwich ketch stayed behind in Aldborough Bay; her master has carried away 30l. of the writer's, which he hopes they will stop, and Messrs. Stacey and Watson, masters of some Yarmouth vessels employed to fetch water, have run away with the casks. Asks them to send to Sir Thos. Meadowes about it. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 4.
Plymouth.
21. Sir Thos. Waltham to the Navy Comrs. The Adventure arrived, having sprung her foremast in bearing sail to get the weather guage of four French men-of-war; two days afterwards she met, to the east of the Lizard, with three Dutch men-of-war, and fought them about two hours; she has only three men wounded. The Deptford ketch is still in Catwater. Desires an order to the victualler for a petty warrant. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 4.
Washborne.
22. Jo. Fowell to [Williamson]. Is glad to hear he hopes to persuade Sir John Colleton to sit down. The Duke of Albemarle, who seems much concerned for Sir John, has written a second time on his behalf. Will still use influence for Williamson with his friends, but cannot appear personally for him. Thinks he will fail unless Lord Arlington persuade Colleton to resign, and then a letter from the Lord General for Williamson would fix the fickle corporation. Plympton has offered its burgess-ship to Sir Wm. Courteney. Two prizes are brought in to Plymouth. [2½ pages.]
Jan. 4.
Whitehall.
23. Petition of John Malet to the King, for the reversion in fee simple of certain manors and lands in cos. Somerset and Devon, conveyed in the late reign to the Crown on payment of 500l. by the petitioner's father, Sir Thos. Malet, late justice of the Court of King's Bench, to Arthnr Malet, deceased, who then held them, the said lands to be regranted to Sir Thos. Malet on payment into the Exchequer of 100l., which was accordingly paid, and a patent issued October 10, 1662, regranting the lands, but the reversion was not granted. With reference thereon to the Attorney General, and his report, Jan. 10, 1667, in favour of the grant, the petitioner being wishful to provide for his children and pay his debts, and unable to do it because he cannot cut off the entail and dispose of the lands.
Jan. 4. Entry of the above reference. [Ent. Book 18, p. 239.]
Jan. 4. Warrant of release to Sir Roger Langley, high sheriff of Yorkshire for 1664, of 768l. 17s. 3d., arrears of hearth-money due by him, in consideration of his disbursements to an equal amount for the King's service. [Ent. Book 14, pp. 111–2.]
Jan. 4. 24. Order at a general meeting of the Fishing Company, approving the proposal of Sir Edw. Ford and the petition grounded thereon, and appointing a committee to present the same to the King, and to prepare arguments in its favour, and attend the Council to speak in its defence. Annexing,
24. i. Petition of the Governor and Company of the Royal Fishing to the King, for a grant of the sole power of coining and issuing farthings, not to be counterfeited, according to a proposition made by Sir Edw. Ford, he giving security to prevent the export of gold and silver, by importation of counterfeit farthings; to hinder prejudice to the people by taking back farthings at the same rate; to give 21s. worth of farthings for 20s. silver, and 5s. out of every 20s. to the fishing company.
24. ii. Statement of the inconveniences and losses resulting from the issue of tradesmen's tokens, especially in the late contagion and fire, and yet that the profits of them are such that they are made, in spite of an order to the contrary.
Jan. 4? 25. Petition of Edw. Burton, merchant of London, to the King, for a place as consul in South Barbary. Is going to reside there as merchant on his own account and that of other merchants, and though the place is inconsiderable, thinks the establishing a consul there would encourage His Majesty's subjects in their trade. Annexing,
25. i. Certificate by Sir Arth. Ingram and 13 other merchants resident in London, that Edward Burton has long lived as a merchant in Spain, has honestly discharged all trusts committed to him, and is very fit for any employment relating to trade. With original signatures. London, Jan. 4, 1667.
Jan. 5. 26. John Hase to Mr. Horne, Westminster. Has got with much ado 31 barrels of gunpowder, 100 muskets, and 40 pairs of pistols. The time for acting is January 6 or 20, whichever is most convenient. Is to fall on the King at Whitehall, and his brother on Lord Monk at the Cockpit; the Major is to fall on Westminster, Capt. Rabosis on St. James's, and the trained band to serve them. Is first to fire King Street and the Strand.
Jan. 5. 27. John Gryce to Lord Arlington. Mr. Booth says that before the end of February, 20,000 arms will be landed in Scotland, and the French and Dutch will sail "for the coast of Scotland, and out of the last stir there would so much arise as would set all the three kingdoms in an uproar." Some friends from Ireland and Scotland tell him all things go as well as could be wished. Wants indemnity from the King or his lordship for things done in the service. Will serve His Majesty in public or private whilst he lives.
Jan. 5.
St. James's.
28. Sir John Colleton to Ambrose Mudd, merchant of Dartmouth. Asked the Duke of York for a pass for the ship requested by Mudd, naming him as being of Dartmouth, and having interest in the election; the Duke promised its dispatch in Council, but the only petition that could be found was one desiring the removal of some guns, the fortifying some place, and a supply of arms and powder. On this account the King referred the petition to the Lord General, saying, "My Lord, I am sure you will do what may be in this matter, for Sir John Colleton appears in it." Could have sent a pass and protection by this post, had that been all that was required. If the other things are required, reasons must be given, for the Lord General says that the same complaints have been made concerning the planters in Newfoundland, who pull down the ships' stages, steal their boats, and do other mischiefs, and thinks the complaint came from Dartmouth; Sir Thos. Clifford or Mr. Fowell caused the petition to be rejected. Must have further instructions before he can proceed. Advises him to ask only a pass and protection; bonds will be needed before the ship departs. Can serve the town in things of this nature, and in convoys, as well as any man in England. [Copy, 2 pages.]
[Jan. 5.]
Saturday.
29. Thos. Lloyd to Williamson. Mr. Herne thinks Williamson's affair secure enough, at least so far concluded that all other interests will be too late. There is no danger of Sir John Colleton, and Sir John thinks no one but Williamson stands as fair as himself. Wishes he had known Williamson's mind earlier.
Jan. 5. 30. Nath. Herne to Williamson. The Dartmouth election will be between Williamson and Sir John Colleton. Asks if Sir John is or has been engaged in the chimney money business, or the Canary Company, as that would spoil his design. Plympton wants a burgess; might perhaps serve Williamson there, should he fail [for Dartmouth].
Jan. 5.
Exeter.
31. Geo. Browning to Williamson. Was from home when his first two letters came; forwarded his to Mr. Fowell at once. Has had so good a character of his worth and ability that he will think it a service to the King and country, as well as to the town, to be instrumental to bring him in, and keep some lukewarm gentleman out. Has written to four burgesses, and will go [to Dartmouth] the day before the election, to use his interest with others. Sir John Colleton sent an express to the mayor of Dartmouth a day before Williamson's. [2 pages.]
Jan. 5.
Whitehall.
32. Warrant for a grant to Sir Peter Killigrew of one of the King's waiter's places in the port of London, when such shall fall in after the admission of Henry Simons and two others already nominated.
Jan. 5. Entry of the above. [Ent. Book 14, p. 111.]
Jan. 5. Licence for a Swedish vessel, the Leyonberg of Stockholm, now in France, to trade to the West Indies; granted on petition of Sir John Barkman, resident of the King of Sweden, and Jacob Barkman. [Ent. Book 14, pp. 112b–113.]
Jan. 5. Commission to Chas. Lord Gerard of Brandon to command the militia of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. [Ent. Book 20, p. 139a.]
Jan. 5. 33. John Tooker to the Navy Comrs. Journal of his proceedings in examining ships named, lying in the river, with an account of their condition, wants, &c. The river and shore towards London are very much frozen. [Adm. Paper, 3 pages.]
Jan. 5. 34. Petition of John Godsuffe, surgeon, to the Navy Comrs. Was employed on 21st April, 1665, by Mr. Crispin, deputy victualler at Kinsale, to take care of sick and wounded seamen until May 26, 1666. Has not received one penny of the allowance of 10s. per day promised for his care and pains the 400 days he was so employed, although he was deprived of all other ways of gaining a livelihood. Prays speedy payment; with certificate, by Wm. Crispin, Jan. 5, that John Godsuffe served in the capacity and for the number of days mentioned. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 5.
Portsmouth.
35. John Shales to the Navy Comrs. There have been 26 oxen and 132 hogs slaughtered this week. Victualling of the Eagle and Nonsuch. Has been ill, but is better. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 5.
Dieppe.
36. Peter Crucifix to the Navy Comrs. If the King will grant him liberty to come in with a ship, shall be glad to see them. The bearer has six tons of cable yarn at 45s. sterling per cwt.; has more if required, and also some hemp at 43s., which is the price it stands him in. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 5. 37. Petition of Edith Robinson to Lord Brouncker, for admission to his presence to show cause why she ought to receive the money due on John Michell and William Webster's tickets. With note [by three Navy Comrs.] that the tickets mentioned were delivered by the Board to Mr. Carkase, to be kept for the Board's disposal. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 7. 38. Herbert Aubrey to Williamson. Requests his influence with Sir Phil. Warwick, who covertly supports Wm. Bowdler, in opposing the writer for the receiver's place for the poll money, pretending that the ministers of state design it for the same persons who are now receivers of the Royal aid. Protests that his care and integrity will not disgrace his friends.
Jan. 7.
Moscow.
39. Dr. Collins, physician to the Emperor of Russia, to Mr Sanderson. Wishes the English brick-maker he mentioned were in England; he can shoot melted lead without gunpowder, which will destroy ten times more than small shot; he has strange fire-darts to destroy rigging, and had he learning, he would be more famous than Archimedes; with an honest pension he would prove the best engineer the King has. Would write to Sir Maurice Berkeley, a great patron of mechanics, about him, but thinks he is at his government in Connaught. [Extract.]
Jan. 7.
The Strand.
40. Ja. Robinson to Lord Arlington. His last letter, 18 months ago, on prevention of the Bishop of Munster's disgrace and the conjunction of the French and Hollanders, was treated with disrespect, therefore abandoned Mr. Carew to his own ways, which have not proved successful. Another occasion presents itself, which will constrain the Hollanders to addresses for peace, and advantage the King and people, but a little money is wanted; his own spending money grows low. Begs an answer by Mr. Williamson.
Jan. 7.
Ordnance Office.
41. Ed. Sherburne to Sir John Duncombe. The guns presented by His Majesty to the King of Bantam were three brass culverins, each 10 feet in length; the charge was 908l. 8s. 9d. Three tons of round shot, costing 36l. were sent for them; also 100 muskets, which cost 130l.; also a standing carriage, 100 bandoleers, and other things, value 83l. 18s. 3½d., all which were paid out of 1,286l. 18s. 8d. received from the East India Company for that purpose.
Jan. 7. 42. Declaration by the Governors of the Charter House of their election of Henry Lord Arlington as one of their governors, in place of Sir John Glynne, serjeant-at-law, lately deceased. With eight signatures. [Copy, 2 pages.]
Jan. 7.
Dover.
43. F. Hosier to the Navy Comrs. Cannot forward the last month's account, and the balance for the last year, because the victualling of the Revenge is not completed. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 7.
Hawk ketch, Hope.
44. Capt. Rich. Erlesman to the Navy Comrs. Desires an order to Capt. Willes of the Centurion frigate to discharge Nathan Buskin from his ship, and to deliver his ticket to his mother; has entered him as midshipman on board the Hawk, on which he came to Deptford, to get passage to the Centurion, then at Long Reach. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 7.
The Milkmaid, Gravesend.
45. Thos. Stollard, master of the Milkmaid, to the Navy Comrs. Several men have run away from his ship, for fear of being pressed into other ships, four having been pressed before into the Fairfax. Has not men sufficient, but will send to Comr. Pett for six labourers; his ship ran foul of a Spaniard, which for want of a man at the helm, had her bowsprit and part of her head broken. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 8.
Harwich.
46. Capt. Thos. Langley to the Navy Comrs. Was going to convoy two of the Gottenburg fleet to the Humber, but has been sent in to Harwich from Ouseley Bay with their sick men, and has orders to return thither from the Humber. Desires that a surgeon may be sent to meet him. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 8.
Edinburgh.
47. Capt. John Strachan to the Navy Comrs. Desisted dealing for the 275 packets of hemp, of six cwt. a piece, prior to receiving their order. The owners are taking all of it, and also the potashes, and laying them up in the cellars for sale in that kingdom, which with other goods sold, will amount to 9,000l. English. The owners compounded for the King's 15ths at 120l. and the Admiralty's 10ths at 200l., and there was a like composition for a hogshead of furs (?) discovered by the searchers. The timber cannot be brought down from the woods of Glen Tannor, and several others in the North, except they be burnt in tar, and brought in small vessels to the water side. Desires, since the galliot with the hemp has arrived, that when she is disposed of, he may be freed of his bill given to Earl Rothes and Lord Ballington [Ballenden ?], and that his credit may be preserved by performance of the accord made for the seamen in a time of necessity. A Holland vessel with a small quantity of barrelled cod is brought in. The Commissioner of Parliament sits at one o'clock to-morrow. Has little or no news of the Whigs. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 8.
Dartmouth.
48. Giles Ivy to John Page, merchant of London. Thinks so considerable a party is gained for Mr. Williamson that the business will not miscarry. Cannot send a list of his friends, as some are unwilling to discover themselves. The mayor has had a letter in behalf of Sir Walter Young as burgess. Hopes the town will not miss so worthy a person as Mr. Williamson.
Jan. 8. 49. Mr. Gloxon to [Williamson]. Wants the papers in French not in English. Asks his resolution about the desired correspondence. [French.]
Jan. 8. 50. Certificate by Sir Jo. Wolstenholme and 28 other [merchants of London ?], that John Ward, merchant of London, served his apprenticeship with John Read, merchant in Lisbon, speaks Spanish and Portuguese, understands Dutch and French, has been on voyages to many parts of the world, and is well accomplished in the affairs of traffic and merchandise. [Original signatures.]
[Jan. 8]. 51. Certificate by Robt. Stadd and six other [merchants of London ?] that the trade of Algiers is not confined to any company, but free to all the King's subjects; that it is meagrely managed by the Barbary and Italian merchants, and that John Ward, who has requested the place of consul there, will faithfully and diligently manage the trust. [Original signatures.]
Jan. 8 ? 52. Notice of a meeting of the Royal Adventurers of England, trading to Africa, on Thursday, Jan. 10, to choose the governor and officers for the next year.
Jan. 8. Commission for Edw. Roscarrock, to be captain of the company in the Admiral's regiment, lately commanded by Hercules Low. Minute. [Ent. Book 20, p. 137a.]
Jan. 8. Commission for Hercules Low to be captain of Major Roscarrock's company in Scilly. Minute. [Ent. Book 20, p. 137a.]
Jan. 8. Privy seal authorizing the Lord High Treasurer to order the delivery of French and Canary wines, custom free, for the use of the Ambassador of Spain's family. Minute. [Ent. Book 23, p. 313.]
Jan. 8. Warrant for a pension of 150l. a year to Ann widow of Capt. Golding, to commence from June 1665. Minute. [Ent Book 23, p. 314.]
Jan. 8. Warrant to the Attorney General to prepare a surrender of the office of commissioner of the navy, granted 14th May 1662, to Sir William Coventry. [Ent. Book 23, p. 314.]
[Jan. 8.] 53. Draft of the above.
Jan. 8. Warrant for a grant to Mary Countess of Falmouth of the 1,000 acres of land, wood, &c., called Doles, part of the late forest of Chute, cos. Wilts and Hants, forfeit to the Crown by attainder of Edm. Ludlow, on whose father it devolved as a lapsed mortgage, from Chas. Pawlett, of Woodhouse, co. Hants. [Ent. Book 23, pp. 315–6.]
Jan. 8. Warrant to Lord Ashley to pay 564l. to Sir E. Spragg, being the proceeds of sale of the Hope of Amsterdam, a prize ship ordered to be delivered to him, but which has been disposed of, Sir Edward having been already disappointed in a former grant of a ship. [Ent. Book 23, p. 318.]
Jan. 8. Licences for the Diligence and the John of Southampton, laden with corn, to go to Portugal, on security to return by 20 March. Minutes. [Ent. Book 14, p. 110.]
Jan. 9.
London.
54. Geo. Robinson to Williamson. Wishes to tell him what some people have said about the Dartmouth affair, unless he be already sure of it. Is dining at Sir Martin Noel's, King's Head Tavern, Chancery Lane.
Jan. 9.
Whitehall.
55. Order in Council, on the petition of John Stace, merchant of London, for a permission to him to unlade a quantity of resin and turpentine, wine, and cork, shipped from Bourdeaux in three vessels, which might have arrived before the time limited by proclamation, had it not been for contrary winds. Annexing,
55. i. Note of goods unladen from two vessels named.
Jan. 9.
Whitehall.
Dispensation for Maurice Gethin, high sheriff of Denbighshire, to live out of the county, at his house at Islington, on account of his age, 70 years, and his ill health, he appointing a sufficient deputy. [Ent. Book 14, p. 115.]
Jan. 9. 56. List by John Tooker of nine men of the Roger and Susan who appeared at his musters, and of two who had run. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 10.
Cockpit.
57. Duke of Albemarle to Sir W. Penn. Sends the petition of Peter Streeting and five seamen named, who served in the Royal Charles, and desires assistance that their tickets for wages may be paid off. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 10.
Portsmouth.
58. James Pugh to Sir John Mennes. Would have paid the Eagle, but Comr. Middleton postponed payment until to-morrow, as he intends her to sail immediately after, lest the men get ashore. Arrival of 10 ships named. Asks if they are to be paid before he comes up, and if so, requires another clerk to prevent mistakes. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 10. 59. Examination of George Purvis, master, and four other officers named, touching the surrender of their ship the Prince to the Dutch, on June 3, 1666; tending to prove that she was steering in according to orders when she ran aground; that Tromp brought a fireboat on each side to compel her to surrender, but that the flag was struck without the knowledge of the captain, Sir G. A. [George Ayscue], though one witness affirmed that he consented to its being struck. [Adm. Paper, 5 pages.]
Jan. 10. 60. Petition of Charles Gifford to the King, for present support or a recommendation to some prince in amity with His Majesty; has spent six years in attendance, hoping performance of his gracious promises of a livelihood, but the grant which he obtained was disapproved by the officers; has exhausted his fortunes, run 1,000l. in debt, and his creditors are so violent that he will be imprisoned unless speedily relieved.
Jan. 10. 61. Petition of Edward Marquis of Worcester to the King, for a grant in fee farm of a house called Vauxhall, which he built at cost of 9,000l. for an operatory for engines and artists to work public works, and has expended 50,000l. in experiments therein; his right to the same was excepted in a grant of the manor of Kennington to Lord Moore.
Jan. 10. 62. Order in the House of Commons for Mr. Bagnall to be permitted to go into the country. [Printed in Commons' Journals, Vol. VIII., p. 673.]
Jan. 10. 63. Geo. Robinson to Williamson. Thos. Boone lies at Mr. Strong's, a glover, in Bishopsgate Street. Will take care that Mr. Cupper and such others as can be procured are written to.
Jan. 10.
London.
64. Monsieur Verbecq to Williamson. Lord Arlington has promised him a permit to speak to Coureur, prisoner in the Tower; requests its delivery to the bearer. Wants a passport for Henry Doniselaer, a Dutch boy now in France, who is to come into his service. [French, 1½ pages.]
Jan. 11.
Dartmouth.
65. [Rich.] Cliffe to Mr. Page. Used all possible influence for Mr. Williamson to have a free election, and thought he would carry it; but Sir Walter Young, a gentleman of the county, has been highly recommended by Sec. Morice and others, which has strangely influenced many electors. Sir John [Colleton]'s party is weakest. The mayor [Thos. Iago] is so reserved that no one knows what he will do; is remaining there to serve Mr. Williamson; expects to encounter some Canary storms, but still to weather them. [Extract.]
Jan. 11. 66. [Edw.] Tyldesley to [Thos.] Bowyer. Since Dr. Rushton's death, the Earl of Derby has sent a letter to the corporation of Preston, to suspend their election till he has resolved whom to recommend; but they, like stubborn people, have made choice for themselves of ViceChancellor Otway, who will undoubtedly be elected. [Extract.]
Jan. 11. Licences for the James of Southampton and the Simon and Martha, laden with corn, to go to Portugal, on security to return before March 20. Minutes. [Ent. Book 14, p. 110.]
Jan. 11. Like licence for the Lucy of Penryn. [Ent. Book 14, p. 115.]
Jan. 11. Pass for Sir John Webster to come into England. Minute. [Ent. Book 23, p. 317.]
Jan. 11. Warrant for an order to Sir Edw. Griffin to pay from the 15,000l. lately assigned to the treasury of the chamber 2,100l. to Alex. Reading and George Clarkson, the two clerks of the cheque, and to the forty messengers of the chamber in ordinary, being one year's salary, out of three and a half years which they are in arrears. [Ent. Book 23, p. 318.]
Jan ? 67. Petition of the Serjeant Trumpeter and the rest of the Trumpeters and Kettle-drummer to the King, for one year's salary out of the 15,000l. assignment now in the hands of the Treasurer of the Chamber; are two or three years in arrears, and many of them strangers, and reduced to great distress. Annexing,
67. i. Note that the year's salary for the serjeant trumpeter, 16 trumpeters, and kettle-drummer, would come to 1,120l.
Jan. 11. Warrant for an order to the Treasurer of the Chamber to pay to Gervase Price, serjeant trumpeter, and to the 16 trumpeters and kettle-drummer 1,120l. being part of the salary of three years which they are in arrears. [Ent. Book 23, p. 319.]
Jan. 11. Warrant to the Board of Greencloth to pay to Sir Edward Carteret 68l. 4s., on behalf of the gentleman ushers, in lieu of diet for two waiters on Sundays and festival days, being their right during the year of suppression of diet, from Sept. 1663 to 1664; and for daily diet thence to July 1665, at 4s. a day, as granted to the cupbearers, carvers, and sewers. [Ent. Book 23, p. 321.]
[Jan. 11.] 68. Draft of the above.
Jan. ? 69. Petition of Capt. John Hubbard to the King, for the prize fly-boat, the Clapmouse of Horne. Served in the late expedition at sea as commander of the Royal Charles, but will fail to reap benefit by His Majesty's order for him to share with the flag officers the wine and brandy taken in the Tulip prize, because it was already divided.
Jan. 11. Warrant to the Commissioners of Prizes to deliver the ship Clapmouse to Capt. John Hubbard, or its proceeds, if it be already disposed of. Minute. [Ent. Book 23, p. 321.]
Jan. 11. Warrant for a grant to Edw. Progers, in reversion after the Duke of Albemarle, of the office of Keeper, Paler, &c., of the Middle Park or North Park of Hampton Court, co. Middlesex, and declaration of the King's approval of the appointment by the said Duke of Progers to act as his deputy during his life, the said Duke retaining the fees in his own hands. [Ent. Book 23, pp. 321–4.]
[Jan. 11.] 70. Draft of the above.
Jan. 11.
Whitehall.
71. Sir Edw. Walker to Sir W. Batten. Sir W. Coventry desired him to send the enclosed information by the informant, whom he might further examine. [Adm. Paper.] Encloses.
71. i. Information of Adrian Gyles, of Stepney, taken before Thos. Bayles, of an embezzlement reported by quartermasters Hill and Pope, of 400l. worth of rigging and other materials belonging to the Plymouth frigate, by the boatswain, with connivance of quartermaster Flowers. With note that the informant is sent to the guard till needed. Jan. 9, 1667.
71. ii. Note for an order to be made out for the attendance of the three quartermasters named and the informant.
71. iii. Thos. Bayles to Sir Edw. Walker. Requests that Adrian Gyles may have the said order.
Jan. 11.
Plymouth.
72. Thos. Waltham, muster master, to the Navy Comrs. The Adventure sailed with her convoys for Barbadoes. Sends muster books. Capt. Hogg with his prize is ready to sail the first opportunity. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 11.
Dover.
73. F. Hosier to Sam. Pepys. The purser of the Revenge having indented, sends the last month's accounts. Hopes they will excuse the delay. [Adm. Paper.] Encloses,
73. i. Accounts of casks, iron hoops, and bags received from five ships named, and of letters of credit for victuals given to five ships named. [2 pages.] Dover, Dec. 1666.
Jan. 11.
The Warspite, Spithead.
74. Capt. Robt. Robinson to the Navy Comrs. Thanks them for their care in the payment of the men. The ships appointed for that place have arrived safe. The Monk is in the Humber and only the White Hind wanting. The books of most of the ships should be there. Will hasten the ships with stores, &c. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 11.
Woolwich.
75. Christopher Pett, master shipwright, to the Navy Comrs. Has sent a person to treat with Mr. Showell for the elm timber, as for a private person. Entreats some effectual course for sending in timber from Whittlewood and Alice Holt forests, as the last of the timber in store is now in hand. The Dartmouth will be fit for launching in three weeks, so that unless he is furnished with timber or some other repairs are ordered, he will be forced to discharge all the men, in which case their wages should be got ready. Desires orders for the repair of the Swallow, and for 100 Hamburg deals to finish the Dartmouth. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 11.
Gravesend.
76. Rich. Elkin, muster-master, to Sam. Pepys. Particulars of ships departing, or in the harbour. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 11.
Conpill.
77. Dan. Furzer to the Navy Comrs. Will go to Bristol and agree for sails with the sailmaker who made for the St. Patrick. Is in great want of the timber which has been long ready in the forest, to finish and launch the ship. The men have been forced to leave their work to get money to buy provisions, the country not being able to trust them any longer. If there is not a speedy supply ordered, shall be unable to keep a man on the work; they have not been paid up this half year, and their cry is every day, whether he intends to keep them upon the work without money, until they are famished. Has engaged his word to the country for provisions for the men till they can bear no longer, and is also engaged for iron for the smiths, but does not know how to go for any more. Desires that some speedy course may be taken. The ship has only some finishing work to be performed; it will be a useless charge to send down any of the officers save the boatswain, but his presence will forward the rigging, &c. With money and 30 loads of timber, could launch her in February. Asks orders as to the blocks. [Adm. Paper, 1½ pages.]
Jan. 12.
Dover.
78. F. Hosier to Sam. Pepys. Sends his balanced accounts for victualling of ships and provisions issued to pursers; gives explanations thereon. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 12.
Ipswich.
79. Andrew Crawley to Sam. Pepys. No ships have been victualled since his last. The St. Patrick and Oxford came into Harwich to be repaired. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 12.
Portsmouth.
80 John Shales to Sam. Pepys. Nine oxen and 156 hogs were killed this week. Victualling of ships. Sends amendments in his accounts for 1666 of casks, iron hoops, &c., received. [Adm. Paper.] Annexing,
80. i. Account by John Shales of credit for victuals given to the pursers of three ships named. Portsmouth, Dec. 1666.
80. ii. Account by John Shales and Wm. Thorogood of casks, iron hoops, and bags returned by five ships named in December, 1666, and by two others, February 14 and May 4, 1666. Portsmouth, Dec. 1666.
Jan. 12.
The Success.
81. Capt. Nath. Batt to the Navy Comrs. Had Capt. Barton's boat and men to assist in pressing 14 or 16 men in Nov. 1665, but knows nothing about his taking or stealing any person out of the ship. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 12.
Gravesend.
82. Rich. Elkin, muster-master, to the Navy Comrs. Could not intimate their desire to Capt. Erlesman, as the Hawk had sailed, but has sent a copy to him at the Downs. Sends names of the ships in the Hope. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 12.
Newcastle-on-Tyne.
83. William Blackett, mayor, Mar. Millbank, Hen. Maddison, and Hen. Brabant, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, to Sir William Coventry. The vessel sent with the express to the captains of the frigates at Gottenburg has returned. Send the account of John Bower, owner, for 25l. 15s. paid to her crew; beg payment of the same; also of the wages of the pilot impressed for the voyage, and recompense to the owner for the hire of the vessel. [Adm. Paper.] Enclose,
83. i. Report by Alex. Dixon and 13 other masters of the Trinity House, Newcastle, that John Moreton, impressed as pilot for Gottenburg, served three months, and that 16l. sterling ought to be paid to him for his services. 10 Jan. 1667.
83. ii. John Bower to Sir W. Coventry. Has paid the men who sailed in his galliot with the packet for Gottenburg, as they were very poor and had wives and children. The mayor has promised to write to their honours for an order of reimbursement. Hopes to be considered for the ship, which was impressed 20th October, and returned with the fleet 25th December, 1666. Newcastle, Jan. 11, 1667.
Jan. 12.
Whitehall.
84. Pass for 30 horses into Ireland, for Rich. Earl of Arran.
Jan. 12. Minute of the above. [Ent. Book 23, p. 326.]
Jan. 12/22.
Nantes.
85. Monsieur Du Mesnil to Clement Bidou, at M. Parant's, banker, London. Thanks for his news of the proscriptions against the poor priests, the prohibition of manufactures, and the wonderful miracle at the church of St. Paul. [French.]
Jan. 12.
Whitehall.
86. Warrant to the Comrs. of Prizes to order the delivery of the prize ship Notre Dame of St. John de Luz, now in Plymouth, to Sir Wm. St. Ravy, in discharge of 700l. due to him for wines furnished for the King. Annexing,
86. i. Notice in English and French of an old ship, the Virgin of Biscay, of 250 tons, most of her tackle and apparel taken away, which is to be sold at Plymouth 12th Jan. 1667, and is only fit for the whale fishery. Endorsed "Sir Wm. St. Ravy."
Jan. Entry of the above warrant, the date altered to Jan. 16. [Ent. Book 23, p. 326.]
Jan. 12.
London.
87. [John Page] to Rich. Cliffe. A writ is this night sent down to choose a burgess for Dartmouth; begs him to remain in the town till the election is over, for should he go to Brixham, many friends might be wrought on in his absence, as Sir John Colleton's party is very prevalent. Thinks Mr. Mudd and Mr. Newman were carried away by the Duke's letters, but might be brought over, since both Dukes have declared in favour of Williamson. Sir Walter Young, a very sober gentleman, is standing, but he cannot do the town a pennyworth of service out of Parliament. Particulars of electors, and instructions how to proceed; all his expenses will be paid, and if Mr. Williamson succeed, his friends are to have a handsome treat at the tavern. Also,
[John Page] to Wm. Hurt and Giles Ivy. Does not feel assured by Mr. Ivy's letters of Williamson's election. Thinks the Duke's letters have created Sir John Colleton a considerable party, or he would not have had six votes. Particulars of voters and directions how to secure them. Wishes Mr. Williamson to be nominated last, as many of Sir Walter Young's party will be for him if Sir Walter lose it. If any one lay stress on the Duke of York's letter, he is to be assured that the Duke had rather Williamson were chosen than Sir J. Colleton. [Copies, 3 pages.]
Jan. 13.
Washborne.
88. Jo. Fowell to Williamson. Wishes him not to estimate the writer's influence in Dartmouth too highly, lest he may be thought not to have done his best. Hoped Sir John Colleton would have sat down; his interest is greatest, for he had engaged before hand most of the considerable merchants of the town, except the mayor, his brother, Walter Iago, John Hayne, and Mr. Newman, who are the sufficientest men of the town. Hopes the election will not be suddenly. Another burgess-ship is void by the death of Mr. Edgecombe. Will soon go to Dartmouth and give his opinion of those fickle-headed people. [2½ pages.]
Jan. 13.
Exeter.
89. G. Browning to Sir Philip Frowde. Has not neglected to answer letters requiring it, and has received Mr. Williamson's thanks for attention to his business. The mails to Honiton go quicker than usual; if there be any fault it is in Mr. Hall, who has bad horses.
Jan. 13.
Dartmouth.
90. Owen Lindsey to Sir Philip Frowde. Mr. Lowther was looked upon as a debauched fellow when in Dartmouth, but has deserted his wife and child, and is said to be in London; his wife has not heard from him for a month. There are four persons recommended to the town, but Mr. Williamson's party is the greatest.
Jan. 13.
Plymouth.
91. Sam. Langford to Sam. Pepys. Sends the accounts for victualling of ships. Explanations thereon. Craves some grains of allowance, being a novice when he entered upon the business; having to attend on the Lords in London, was forced to entrust his business to others unskilful in accounts. Likes to sift everything for himself, like the first inventors of sciences, or like Archimedes when he found out his invention and cried "[Eureka]!" [Adm. Paper, 1½ pages.]
Jan. 14.
The Diamond, Gravesend Reach.
92. Lieut. Sa. Lawson to the Navy Comrs. Received Comr. Pett's order at the Nore, and in the absence of the captain, who is sick on shore, has brought the frigate to Gravesend Reach. Has before sent an account of her wants, and awaits their commands. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 14.
Ordnance Office.
93. Edw. Sherburne and Jonas Moore, Ordnance Officers, to the Navy Comrs. Do not employ any vessels constantly, but agree with them by the freight, and when done with, they are discharged. Take up no vessels to a place to pay them whether they go empty or full. The Dove for Dublin sailed with a convoy from the Nore; have not heard of her arrival. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 14. 94. Capt. Chas. Wylde, of the Centurion, to the Navy Comrs. Desires an order for setting the furnaces, which has been delayed by the frost. Has 60 soldiers on board, and it is great trouble to boil their meat in a small kettle, which is employed all day and not able to satisfy them. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 14. 95. Rose Braman to Sam. Pepys. There is 600l. due upon imprest bills granted to John Braman, her husband, for ironwork, which cannot be received, as according to Sir Geo. Carteret, they amount to too much in one bill. Encloses two bills made out by the clerks of the cheque of Deptford and Woolwich, and requests orders to them to parcel their contents into smaller bills, that some payment may be obtained, as through want of money, her husband has almost lost his credit. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 14. 96. Ri. Rawlinson to Williamson. Thanks for his letter. Requests him to direct any future letter to Lord Percy at Petworth.
Jan. 14.
Dartmouth.
97. John Hayne to Williamson. Has done his utmost, at request of Sir John Frederick and Nath. Herne, to promote Williamson's election, but the opposition is strong. Sir John Colleton had the advantage of the two Dukes' letters at first, is related to several magistrates, well known to the inhabitants, and especially is a merchant, which is much considered by people that depend on trade. Is helped by none in the town but Wm. Hurt and Giles Ivy, Custom House officers. Sees no hope of the election, unless Sir John Colleton or Sir Walter Young will resign their interest to Williamson. If Sir John intend to resign, it should be kept secret a week longer.
Jan. 14. 98. Nath. Herne to Williamson. Sir John Noel has also put in for Dartmouth, but will be able to do nothing; Sir John Corriton [Colleton]'s party grows stronger; Mr. Mudd and all the magistrates of the town, except the mayor, are violent for him. Friends from Totness, Exeter, and Plymouth have gone to Dartmouth, on purpose to secure Williamson's election. Mr. Maudit of Exeter, agent for the wine licences and excise, solicits everybody in behalf of Sir John Corriton. Fears the gentry Williamson relies on are false to him, and also Mr. Cliffe and Seaman. If Williamson's friends cannot carry him, they will favour Sir W. Y[oung] rather than Sir J. C[olleton]. Thinks Sir John Skelton is for Colleton, but might not have been had his petition succeeded. Had Lord Arlington written to the mayor and magistrates, that might have balanced the Duke's letter. Will be all to-morrow at a public sale at the East India House. It is said the King will name a neutral place for a treaty. Asks if any is likely to take place. [2 pages.]
Jan. 14. 99. [Lord] Herbert [of Chirbury] to Williamson. Wishes the speedy issuing of the commission granted to his brother, Hen. Herbert, for Capt. Molroyen's company in the Lord Admiral's regiment.
Jan. 14. The King to the Bishop of Durham. Requests the bestowal upon Dr. Thos. Smith, his chaplain, already a prebendary of Durham, of the prebend void by decease of Dr. Naylor; Dr. Smith's vacant prebend to be bestowed on John Durel, formerly recommended. [Ent. Book 19, p. 71.]
[Jan. 14.] 100. Draft of the above.
Jan. 14.
Whitehall.
101. Warrant to the Officers of Customs in the port of London to discharge the ship Diana of Amsterdam, sent over for prisoners to Holland, and seized because she has imported goods thence; granted, because such ships have before imported goods, and because the Admiralty of Holland permit ships going from England with prisoners to import goods. [Copy.]
Jan. 14. Entry of the above. [Ent. Book 23, p. 324.]
Jan. 14. Pass for four horses into France, custom free, sent by the Earl of Aylesbury. Minute. [Ent. Book 23, p. 325.]
Jan. 14. Pass for 15 horses into France, custom free, for the Earl of St. Alban's. Minute. [Ent. Book 23, p. 325.]
Jan. 14. Pass for — Bagnall, member of the House of Commons, to go beyond sea. Minute. [Ent. Book 23, p. 325.]
Jan. 14. Commission for the Earl of Rutland to be Lieutenant of Leicestershire. Minute. [Ent. Book 23, p. 327.]
Jan. 14.
Whitehall.
102. Warrant to the Commissioners of Prizes to sell the Deborah of Amsterdam, and to pay the entire proceeds to Hugh May, towards buildings at Greenwich.
Jan. 14. Minute of the above. [Ent. Book 23, p. 327.]
[Jan. 14.]
Whitehall.
103. Warrant for a grant to John Malet, son of the late Sir Thos. Malet, of the manor of St. Audrey's and others, Somersetshire, and of Gittisham, Devonshire, the ancient inheritance of the family, but granted to be held of the Crown by Arthur Malet, son of Sir Thomas, on trust to preserve the same in the family by a regrant to Sir T. Malet, on payment of 100l. into the Exchequer.
Jan. 14. Entry of the above. [Ent. Book 23, pp. 327–8.]
Jan. 14. Warrant to allow, on Sir George Downing's accounts of the 5,000l. granted him for relief of prisoners taken at sea, such sums as have been employed in exchanging and transporting prisoners. [Docquet.]
Jan. 14.
Whitehall.
104. Warrant for a grant to Robert Starre, of the office of Waiter in the port of London, void by death of — Phillips.
Jan. 14. 105. Petition of Peter the Moor to the King, to be mounted and listed in the Life Guard, or to have some employment in the Navy. Served five years at Tangiers, bringing in horses, cattle, &c., for the garrison. His brother and 12 more natives were slain in the service, and peace being made without proviso for his security, the deputy governor thinks he should address His Majesty for relief.
Jan. 15. Commission for Henry Herbert to be Capt. to Edw. Molroyen's company, in the Admiral's regiment. [Ent. Book 20, p. 140.]
Jan. 15.
Dartmouth.
106. Owen Lindsey to James Hickes. Thanks for the proposed favour of Mr. Williamson's correspondence. Thinks there is little doubt of his being chosen burgess, he having the largest party of the four. Mr. Newman is a justice of the peace and deputy vice-admiral. With note [from Hickes to Williamson] begging that Lindsey may have the correspondence.
Jan. 15. 107. [Jas. Hickes to Williamson]. Gives a list of 13 letters sent to Dartmouth, 4 to Totness, and 2 to Plymouth, from John Page, John Boughton, Sir John Frederic, Sir Thos. Clifford, and Williamson himself, and wishes him all good success [in the election].
Jan. 15.
Dartmouth.
108. Thomas Newman to Williamson. Wishes to serve him, having received a good account of his ability as burgess, but doubts success, because Sir John Colleton, by reason of his relations, has so great a party, and Sir Walter Young is pressed on by most of the eastern deputy lieutenants of the county.
Jan. 15.
Totness.
109. Chr. Maynard to Williamson. Is very willing to serve any friend of Mr. Comptroller, particularly himself. The Duchess of York has written to the Mayor of Dartmouth for Sir John Colleton, as well as the Dukes of York and Albemarle. Hopes the freemen of Dartmouth will not choose such a self-interested man. The writs being come, it will soon be settled.
Jan. 15.
Dartmouth.
110. Ric. Cliffe to Williamson. Has had many difficulties to encounter in promoting his pretensions to the burgess-ship; the greatest is Sir Walter Young, who has the influence of the gentry near, of several in London, and some at Court, and will most likely carry it, for some persons have dealt very deceitfully. Has not yet quite lost hope.
Jan. 15.
Dartmouth.
111. John White (?) to Williamson. Is satisfied with his fitness to serve, and doubts not his success had he been known earlier, but now many are engaged to Sir Walter Young. Will not play double as many do, and if it be probable that Williamson may succeed, will promote his desires.
Jan. 15. 112. T. Bowyer to Edw. Tyldesley. As to the great Earl's endeavour to pin some pitiful burgess on the corporation of Preston, and the town's resolution to adhere to Mr. Otway, assures him that the person for whom Lord Arlington wrote to the Earl of Derby is his lordship's secretary, Mr. Williamson, a person known and honoured by him, a man of learning and incomparable goodness, who may do signal service to the place he represents, the county, and the kingdom. Wishes him to turn every stone, and let nothing be wanting to secure the election.
Jan. 15. 113. T. Bowyer to the Earl of Derby. Requests him to create, as burgess for Preston, Mr. Williamson, Lord Arlington's secretary, a man of singular reputation, who loves honour and justice, will plead the cause of the distressed, and scorns to put a price upon his favours.
Jan. 15.
Custom House, London.
114. Request to Mr. Ward, at the Custom House, to assist the bearer to find three carpets sent from Smyrna, a Parmesan cheese from Leghorn, and some oats from Whitby, for J. W[illiamson], and a Parmesan cheese from Leghorn for Lord Arlington; with order by Sir John Wolstenholme for the said goods to be delivered to the bearer, as belonging to Lord Arlington. [1½ pages.]
Jan. 15.
London.
115. T. Heinsius to Sir John Sayer, Whitehall. Complains again of Jno. Carlisle, clerk of the passage at Dover, for charging 10d. each more head-money for passage of released English prisoners coming from the Netherlands, though Sir G. Downing satisfied him that they ought to pay nothing, and though the writer promised him 6d. a head, before the Commissioners for prisoners at war, for peace' sake. Begs Lord Arlington's orders to Carlisle to desist from such demands in future.
Jan. 15.
Whitehall.
116. Sir George Carteret to the Navy Comrs. The money for the Guernsey has been sent to Chatham, but for want of the books and absence of the officers, nothing has been done. The money for the St. Andrew is gone to Deptford, but the books are not ready; proceedings should be taken against the purser for his negligence. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 15.
Plymouth.
117. John Lanyon to the Navy Comrs. Reports the good condition of the Notre Dame de Carmis; she may be fitted for a fire-ship at the same charge as any merchant ship. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 15. 118. [Pat.] Lyell to the Navy Comrs. Has seen Mr. Cutler's intentions to injure them and ruin him. If his pretensions were worth anything, he would not deny a decision by arbitrators. Desires they will persuade him to adopt that course, or return what money he has had belonging to the Navy. [Adm. Paper, copy.]
Jan. 15.
Edinburgh.
119. Capt. John Strachan to the Navy Comrs. Does not presume to have any correspondents in London save themselves. Wishes if prizes arrive with stores for shipping, to prevent victuallers with ready money from carrying away ship and goods before he can advise the Board. Wishes some merchant in London would write down to monied men there that when the writer found any prize had come in with provisions, he should have them at their honours' price, so that he might step in boldly to buy, and see both receipt of goods and payment of the captains and owners, and the shipping of them for London; desires no money in hand but what will be required for workmen and shipping the goods aboard. Hopes no man who was pressed out of George Strachan's, ship may be returned, otherwise shall never get any more seamen to believe him. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 16.
Bristol.
120. Fra. Baylie to Thos. Hayter. Cannot send the justices' names for the warrants at present, as some have been in London. Wants one for Bristol, and one for Worcestershire, for teams to draw timber out of Herefordshire. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 16.
Bristol.
121. Fra. Baylie to the Navy Comrs. Progress in building his ship. Has 60 men continually hewing and felling timber, but the season for the land carriage is very bad, and the ways rotten by much rain, snow, and ice, so that the cattle cannot draw. The goods remain at the waterside, the river being frozen up. Is forced to make many hard shifts for want of money to do business with. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 16.
Woolwich.
122. Christopher Pett to the Navy Comrs. Sends an account of works necessary to be done to the Crown, and desires a warrant therefor. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 16.
Woolwich Ropeyard.
123. W. Bodham to the Navy Comrs. The Nerva hemp bought in Scotland by Capt. Strachan and Mr. Lyell has been much damaged by lying on the open wharf there, not one of the 62 bundles being good; it is valued at 18s. per cwt.; picked out what could be seen of the damaged, and desires orders, as it will soon grow hot and be in danger to fire; the whole is very tender; had a merchant served it in, he would have been shown his contract before it had been half taken up. [Adm. Paper.] Encloses,
123. i. Proposal by a workman of the yard to work the ground tow and hemp brushings into netting and lashing cordage at 13s. per cwt., the King finding tar, and allowing 20lbs. weight on each cwt. for waste. The brushings are only worth 7s. a cwt. and the cordage will be worth more than 23s.
Jan. 16.
Dieppe.
124. Peter Crucifix to the Navy Comrs. Sends his bill of exchange for 288l. in favour of Charles Barre, merchant, for goods sent to Thos. White of Dover, according to order.
Jan. 16. Licences for the Endeavour of Southampton and the St. George, laden with corn, to go to Portugal, on security to return before 20th March. Minute. [Ent. Book 14, p. 115.]
Jan. 16. Warrant to the [Commissioners of Prizes] to deliver to Sir W. St. Ravy the ship Notre Dame, lately taken by the Constant Warwick and brought into Plymouth. [Ent. Book 23, p. 326.]
Jan. 16.
Whitehall.
125. Passport for the Hope of Stettin, set out by Jos. Batailhe, the King's purveyor of wines, to bring from Bourdeaux 100 tuns of French wines for the King's household.
Jan. 16. Minute of the above. [Ent. Book 23, p. 327.]
Jan. 16. 126. Advices received, being memoranda of news as follow:—
Harwich, Jan. 15: Six ships named are ready to sail in a day or two.
Coventry, Jan. 14: One Newman, of Felloughby, poisoned four of his children with rat's bane, in mistake for flour of brimstone. John Temple, brother to Sir Richard, is in gaol, having or having had 17 wives. Dr. Winter, an eminent nonconformist, latterly come from Ireland, has died, leaving 20l. a year for ever to the town, to maintain two poor scholars.
Ipswich, Jan. 15: Capt. Dorrell's company sent to Landguard Fort was divided into three parts, and sent aboard the Success, Drake, and a galliot hoy.
Yarmouth, Jan. 14: Two Ostenders report that they left in their harbours 1,000 sail of Dutch, English, and other vessels, and that the French have taken some of their ships.
Portsmouth, Jan. 15: Arrival of ships. Capts. Morgan and Colley's companies of Col. Sidney's regiment have come in, and Capt. Killigrew's is expected.
Edinburgh, Jan. 10: The estates being convened, and the King's commission and letter being read, Duke Hamilton was declared president; they complied with His Majesty's desires to put the kingdom in a posture of defence, and to raise moneys for a standing militia, and appointed a commission for the work; a letter of six sheets of paper was directed to the King, highly abusing the Lord Commissioner, and charging him with drinking the blood of the saints.
Portsmouth, Jan. 15: Note of ships in harbour.
Aldborough, Jan. 16: Note of ships passing. Several considerable Papists of the country, as well as others, have broken up house and gone to live in London. [2 pages.]
Jan. 16.
Christ's College, Cambridge.
127. Certificate by Dr. Ralph Cudworth, master of Christ's College, that Thos. Lovet, B.A., of the said college, has always been of unblameable conversation, conformable to the Church, is of eminent parts, and much improved in his studies.
Jan. 16.
New Forest.
128. Report by Sir Thos. Knollys and three other officers of the New Forest to Lord Treas. Southampton, that the extent of the woods and lands of Morley Thornes, petitioned for by Hen. Philpott, is 100 acres, which lie in Bolder parish, near his own lands, are worth about 4s. an acre, and the timber thereon worth about 500l., part of the land bearing only heath.
Jan. 16.
Kendal.
129. Ellen Kilner to her brother [Jos. Williamson], Whitehall. Craves his prayers for her son, called Joseph after him, Alderman Potter being witness in his behalf; begs him to own his godchild, and hopes he may live to be his dutiful servant.
Jan. 16. 130. Receipt by John Bradenham from Rob. Willie of 6s. as freight of a Parmesan cheese aboard the Royal Katherine.
Jan. 17.
Harwich.
131. Silas Taylor to Williamson. Capt. Lawrence Van Heemskirk has sailed, and after sundry devices with our joiners, carpenters, and glaziers, took them all with him. Capt. Dorell, with 120 soldiers, went with him, with merry shouts and farewell. Theem bargo on the ships in harbour is very close, and not likely to be taken off for many days; there are two or three Amsterdamers, under convoy of the Speedwell, bound for the Texel.
Jan. 17. Reference to the Navy Comrs., on the petition of Mrs. Jefferies for payment of sundry stores delivered to them by her late husband, ordering them to state the account of goods so delivered, that order may be taken for the petitioner's satisfaction. [Ent. Book 18, p. 239.]
Jan. 17. Warrant for delivery of 13 tuns of French wine, and two pipes of Canary to the Conde de Molina, Spanish ambassdor, [custom free]. [Docquet.]
Jan. 17. Declaration of the King's approval of the election of James Nicholson, to succeed the late John Pattinson as town clerk of Carlisle. [Ent. Book 23, p. 329.]
Jan. 17. 132. Draft of the above.
Jan. 17.
Leghorn.
133. Thos. Clutterbuck to Sir Wm. Batten. Particulars of the disposal of provisions and of stores remaining on hand; desires leave to transport the meat to Tangiers, as it will be a sin to throw it away. Is creditor on account of victuals 2,050l., and has disbursed about 2,000l. in warehousing and looking after them. Postscript, July 24: Has given his bill for 50 days on Mr. Gauden for 600l. to Chas. Longland; begs punctual discharge, that merchants may be encouraged to deliver him moneys when occasions require. Hopes soon to send him a taste of some wine, olives, and cheese, that he has lying by him. [Adm. Paper, 2½ pages.]
Jan. 17.
Victualling Office.
134. Thos. Lewis to Sam. Pepys. The vessel that carries the water and casks to the Nore has been floored these two days, and can take no more casks till those are filled. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 17.
Ratcliffe Cross.
135. Bartholomew Peartree to the Navy Comrs. Is prevented by illness from attending to explain the loss of the Breda, on August 12, 1666. Was asleep, having been up the night before, and ordered his mate to call him if a gale arose; he failed, but hearing a noise, ran on deck just before the vessel struck on a rock. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 17. 136. Sir George Carteret to the Navy Comrs. The seamen having to pay money for the passing and payment of their tickets is so much complained of, in the House of Commons and all over the kingdom, that some effectual course should be taken to vindicate the Treasury and Navy Office. In order thereto, has drawn up a paper, approved by his Royal Highness, the Lord General and others, which may conduce to the silencing of clamour, or reformation of abuse if there be any, and wishes them to put it up in their office. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 17.
The Diamond, Deptford.
137. Lieut. Sa. Lawson to the Navy Comrs. Arrived last night from Gravesend, and awaits further commands. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 17.
Victualling Office, Tower Hill.
138. Denis Gauden to Sam. Pepys. Victualling of ships named. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 17. 139. Capt. Jeffry Pearce, of the Dover, to John [Thos.] Hayter. John Forest, late surgeon of the Dover frigate, being discharged on preferment, and John Dicksone appointed by the Company of Surgeons in his stead, desires a bill to be procured for him. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 17. 140. Sir George Carteret to the Navy Comrs. Has procured money to finish the paying at Chatham, and hopes on Saturday to send 12,000l. to Portsmouth for the Gottenburg fleet, which may be paid up to the 1st of August, if they approve. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 18.
Roe Ketch, Hull.
141. Capt. Thos. Langley to the Navy Comrs. The Hampshire is much damaged by grounding; is assisting her. Some of his men are injured, and must be put on shore at his own expense, there being no one there to take charge of them. Has no surgeon, and desires their order to procure one at Harwich. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 18. 142. Thos. Lewis to Sam. Pepys. Sends particulars of certain errors made in the indent of the purser of the Jersey, for victuals supplied to his ship. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 18.
Plymouth.
143. Thos. Waltham, clerk of the cheque, to the Navy Comrs. Arrival of four ships named, with loss of their masts, &c. They brought in a French prize from Malaga. Three more left with the Forester, one from Rochelle, laden with wine and brandy, and the others from Malaga. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 18.
Plymouth.
144. John Lanyon to the Navy Comrs. Arrival of the Rupert, Montague, and Gloucester, with three Frenchmen laden with wines and fruit from Malaga, and a Dutchman of 32 pieces of ordnance from Cadiz. The Victory prize has put back with the loss of her mainmast; endeavours to repair her, but is much discouraged for want of money, and cannot get a carpenter, unless he is pressed. Is so clamoured with the tradesmen that he does not know what to do, and cannot proceed unless they order the discharge of his disbursements. The Gloucester is found unserviceable, and the Montague much shaken by the late storms. Has used some of the masts sent; but is at a stand for want of sails. [Adm. Paper.]
Jan. 18. 145. Sir John Shaw to Williamson. Has perused the patent, and finds it lamely drawn, and no provision made for defalcation of yearly rent, in case of plague or other inevitable accidents. The Commissioners have now to petition the King for any defalcation; this should be prevented; sends a proviso to that effect. Begs dispatch of the business. Has written to the officer of customs at Dartmouth, to forward Williamson's interest there. [1¼ pages.]
[Jan. 18.] 146. "An Act against importing cattle from Ireland and other parts beyond the seas, and fish taken by foreigners." [Printed, 3 pages. Printed in Statutes of the Realm, Vol. V., p. 597.]
[Jan. 18.] 147. "An Act to continue a former Act for preventing of theft and rapine upon the northern borders of England." [Printed, 2 pages. Printed, ibid., p. 598.]
[Jan. 18.] 148. "An Act for burying in woollen only." [Printed, 2 pages. Printed, ibid., p. 598.]
[Jan. 18.] 149. "An Act for encouraging of coinage." [Printed, 9 pages. Printed, ibid., pp. 598–600.]
Jan. 18.
London.
150. Speech of Sir Edw. Turner, speaker of the House of Commons, to the King, explaining the several bills presented to him to be passed. [6 pages, printed; also printed in Lords' Journals, Vol. XII. p. 8.]
Jan. 18. 151. The King's speech to both Houses of Parliament. Urges a supply to enable him to meet his powerful enemies. Assures them that he is in no treaty. Intends to close the session on Monday next; complains of their mistrust of him in one bill which he had passed; has never broken his word with them, and the nation had never fewer grievances to complain of. [1½ pages, printed in Lords' Journals, Vol. XII., p. 81.]
Jan. 18.
The Savoy.
152. Copy of the above, with order from Sir Edw. Turner that Rob. Paulet and no other print this speech. [Printed, 2 pages.]
Jan. 18. 153. Petition of Jas. Wemys, general of artillery in Scotland, to the King, to name the sum which he is to be allowed in lieu of the office of master gunner of England, disposed of to another, and to ordain its quarterly payment from the office of ordnance.
Jan. 18.
London.
154. Nath. Herne to Williamson. Hears from Dartmouth that Williamson's success is much doubted, and some whom he relies on will fail him; but if Sir Wm. Courtney and Mr. Fowell stand firm, all will be well. Fears Mr. Newman is not firm, being related to Sir John Corriton [Colleton].
Jan. 18. 155. Ja. Hickes to [Williamson]. John Hubbock, postmaster of Durham, is very anxious for written intelligence weekly, and will pay 40s. a year for it. Asks his order to Mr. Francis therefore; has offered a constant correspondence to Mr. Lindsey, postmaster in Dartmouth, and begs favour for him, and an order for him to have the written intelligence and gazettes.
Jan. 18. 156. Request by the Corporation of the New River for leave to continue their pipes where they now are, giving satisfaction to the owners of the soil, and to lay, remove, or amend pipes in any waste soil, common, public street or highway in cos. Hertford and Middlesex, and in London and Westminster, reciting the former grants to the company, constituting it, making the King half proprietor on his bearing half the charges, &c.; in 1619, King James granted his moiety in fee-farm to Sir Hugh Middleton, on certain conditions, covenanting for all pipes and channels to remain as they were, and giving authority to six of the Privy Council to apprehend offenders. [1½ pages.]
Jan. [18.] 157. Reasons why the Corporation of the New River differ from the proposals of Sir Rob. Vyner and the other owners of the Thames waterwork in Durham yard. They think they should not be excluded from St. Clement Danes and other parishes where their pipes have been laid 20 years, nor from Covent Garden, which they were just preparing to serve, having spent 8,000l. in preparation to supply the western parts of London, for which the small proportion allotted them in Bloomsbury, &c., will be no compensation; they plead their charter of incorporation, by which they have right to continue their pipes and serve all London and Westminster, but as an accommodation for the inhabitants, to have the choice between their water and the Thames water, Sir Rob. Vyner has leased land through which their pipes run, and cut off the pipes.
Jan. 18. Warrant of protection for Ralph Smith, of Lancashire, a forger of base coin, who has implored the King's pardon and offered to discover other delinquents, he having entered a bond of 500l. to appear at the next gaol delivery at Lancaster. [Ent. Book 23, p. 330.]
[Jan. 18.] 158. Draft of the above.
Jan. ? 159. Petition of Capt. John Hart, commander of the Rainbow, to the King, for a grant of the prize vessel, Peter of Rotterdam, now at Yarmouth. Served in a second-rate ship this Dutch war, without the advantage of flag officers in receiving ships of like rate.
Jan. 18. Warrant to the Commissioners for Prizes to deliver the St. Peter of Rotterdam to Captain Hart. Minute. [Ent. Book 23, p. 331.]