Charles II: Undated Papers 1667

Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1667-8. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1893.

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Undated Papers 1667

Whitehall. Blank commissions signed by the King as follows:––
For a colonel as captain of a foot company.
2. For Quartermasters of horse. [Two copies.]
For Surgeons to foot regiments. [8 copies.S.P. Dom., Car. II. 230, Nos.1 to 11.]
Order by the King that as several unsuitable persons were admitted into the band of gentlemen pensioners before Lord Belasyse was captain, the band shall be reduced from 50 to 40, to be chosen by his Majesty; if any of those 40 be removed, they shall receive half the pay, and their successors shall have the other half, till their death, and then the whole pay; and none shall dispose of his place except to a person approved by his Majesty. As the officers will thus lose the perquisites of their places, their wages are to be made equal to those of the yeomen of the guard, but without increasing the annual expense of 6,000l., and 1,500l. is to be deducted from the first year's wages, to satisfy the 10 men dismissed. [Ibid. No. 12] Annexing,
Proposals relative to the gentlemen pensioners, on which the above order was granted. [Ibid. No. 12I.]
Warrant to pay 2,000l. for the use the Queen mother to the Earl of St Alban's, her treasurer and receiver-general. [Ibid. No. 13.]
Blank form of declaration of a grant of passport [to John Fish?] [Draft. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 230, No.14.]
Warrant for 500 loads of timber from the New Forest, by desire of Sir Bernard de Gomme, for the fortifications of Portsmouth; with draft by [Williamson] of an order for a warrant for delivery of the same to john Moody of Portsmouth, who is to choose and number the trees. Minute. [Ibid. No. 15.]
Warrant to the Master of the Great Wardrobe to pay to Rich. Hudson, musician in place of Hen. Bassano deceased, 32l. 5s., for his liveries due for 1665 and 1666 and to allow him liveries as specified, value 16l. 2s.6d. yearly in future, during pleasure. [Parchment, signed. Ibid. No. 16.]
Docquet of the above. [Ibid.No.17.]
Fragment of a commission for repair of the streets in London, in accordance with the Act for rebuilding the city. [Ibid.No.18.]
Warrant to the Lord Chamberlain to order the Treasurer of the chamber to pay to Mr. Price the arrears of his yearly money, out of an assignment of 15,000l. paid or to be paid to the said Treasurer. [Copy. Ibid. No 19.]
Precedents to prove whether any public Minister dismissed by his own master, has been afterwards demanded by the Prince his master, and punished; being 13 precedents, from that of the Bishop of Ross, temp. Mary Queen of Scots, to Senator Belletia of Savoy, who was recalled on pretext of sending him to congratulate the King of Poland [Uladislaus VII.] on his marriage with the Princess of Mantua [Mary Gonzaga.] [Ibid. No. 20.]
Extracts [by Francis Royley] from Burton's History of Leicestershire; e.g.:–
Note of the sale of the manor of Dalby-on-the-Wolds, East Goscote hundered, by Edward Lord Noel, son of Sir And. Noel, to the Marquis of Buckingham. Account of Sir Andrew's brother, Henry Noel, gentleman pensioner to Queen Elizabeth, who lived in great state, though on small means. An enigma, [attributed to Queen Elizabeth], was made on his name––No-el.
The word of denial and the letter of fifty
Is the gentleman's name that will never be thrifty.
He died in 1576, and was buried by the Queen's orders in St. Andrew's Chapel, Westminster. [Ibid. No, 20A.]
—— to Williamson. Owen Roberts, of Beaumaris, wishes to succeed the late Gabriel Beare as postmaster there, and will give a gratification for the place according to its worth. [Ibid. No. 21.]
[Lord Arlington] to Sir John Griffin [or Griffith]. The King — having seen a letter from you, expressing apprehension lest some of the soldiers should be taken to be tried at Maidstone, for suppressing a mutiny of seamen in which 2 persons were killed— has ordered me to write a letter thereon to Justice Browne, to stay the prosecution; but if the parties are still in your hands, you are to refuse to give them up it demanded, on the plea that you cannot expose the security of the place by letting any of your men go without special warrant, but will be answerable for their appearance when required. The bearer is to bring word what is done. [Two pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 230, No. 22.] Enclose,
[Lord Arlington to Justice Sam. Browne.] Some soldiers of Gravesend blockhouse are to be tried before you at Maidstone, for assisting in suppressing a mutiny made by some women, when in the strife 2 mutineers were killed. The king thinks that his service and the public peace would be injured if such prosecutions were encouraged, and requests you in so important an affair, to find means to respite this prosecution till it is more maturely considered; as also that of the woman who caused the mischief, and who is to be severely proceeded against. [Ibid. No. 22I.]
Simeon Bonnel to Williamson. Requests a not to the farmers of customs, for landing a Barbary horse and "a box of potargoes" for Lord Arlington. [Ibid. No. 23.]
M Brett to Sir Ant. Marcy [Desmarces?]. I send you the young man that has the plate; agree with him as cheaply as you can. [Ibid. No. 24.]
[Plymouth?] J. C. [Clark ?] to [Williamson]. The Spanish soldiers are gone for Galicia ? No vessels have put into the port this week, and these parts are quiet. [Ibid. No. 25.]
Rich. Coling to Williamson. It will suffice if Mr. Whittington returns his answer in writing, through summoned to appear on the petition of Dorothy Savill. executrix of Gilbert Savill. [Ibid. No. 26.]
Sir Ant. Des Marces to [Williamson]. Should Mr. Lloyd come to you about renewing the [lottery] patent, in which you and I are interested, you must do what is necessary. I should be able to serve the Company better if my name were not inserted. [French. Ibid No. 27.]
Rich. Golder to the King. Having waited years at great charge, and failed to obtain anything, begs to be recommended to have some conference with Lord Arlington. [Ibid. No. 28.]
Wm. Gomeldon to Williamson. Requests him to offer in the Gazette 3l. reward to any who will restore him 2 diamond rings, lost in little Britain, at St. Augustine Friars, Broad Street. [Ibid. No. 29.]
—— Hamilton to Lord Arlington. Lord Ashley assured me of the often promised paper for Tuesday next. Pray recommend despatch therein to him, as it is necessary for securing the main point. [Ibid. No. 30.]
James Hayes to [Lord Arlington] Requests him to call for Sir Rob. Vyner's petition concerning the ship to be borrowed of the King; our expedition will be lost if we delay. [Ibid. No.31.]
Sir Wm. Jennens to Lord [Arlington]. Having begged your favour to reinstate me in that of the Duke, I give an account of my last voyage. I fitted my ship at Portsmouth, supplying her with 220 men, and Sir Edw.Spragg with 50, at a cost of 21l. to the King, and 100l. to myself; I was weather-bound 6 weeks, and had 40 merchantmen under convoy, who often caused me expense by coming on board, but only gave me 150 pieces of 8, of which Capt. Worden had two-fifths; I refused 200l. for carrying out goods, having orders to the contrary. I compelled the Pope's galley at Messina to give satisfaction for the affront done at Civita Vecchia. I would not put in at Cadiz to make profit, for fear of exposing the merchant vessels, yet I did not receive 6d. from the merchants. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 230, No.32.]
Sir Wm. Jennens to the Navy Commissioners. As you seem dissatisfied with my account of 45l. for pressing 95 seamen, I assure you that I spent 20l. more than I charged. I was obliged to march 30 seamen to Portsmouth, Chichester, and other places, allowing them 1s. a day; no less would serve, force having sometimes to be used, on account of the stubbornness of seamen lurking about, and of the country people. I impressed above 40 besides, but when brought to Portsmouth, they were found to belong to several ships named, to which they were returned. [Ibid.No. 33.]
Thos. Kent to the Navy Commissioners. Sends an account of the anchors, cables, &c., seized, which were embezzled from the stores. Many more will be brought forth if they will allow the one-third of the value, according to promise. [Ibid. No.34.]
Pierre Lainé to Lord Arlington. Requests a passport for 6 English horses to France. [French. Ibid. No. 35.]
[John] Langrack, purveyor, to the Navy Commissioner. Upon receipt of 200l. for Whittlewood Forest, will make all speed to pay it away, but 30l. more will be required for land carriage. Asks for 200l. to pay that 50l. and fetch 250 loads of timber from Aliceholt Forest, where there is above 300l. due; otherwise all the prime timber will be spent where shorter might do: cannot appear there without it, as the carters will be complaining. Has a bill for 200l. for Aliceholt which is not yet paid. [Ibid. No. 36.]
Earl of Mulgrave to Williamson. Requests commissions for his officers, according to an alteration made because on of his officers went to sea. [Ibid. No.37.]
Carlisle. Sir Phil. Musgrave to [Williamson]. I hear that the King intends to dismiss from Carlisle garrison the companies of Sir Edw. Musgrave, who was colonel in the late King's service, and of my son Christopher, both of whom, as well as most of their soldiers, have been faithful in the late troubles. I shall be discouraged in my old age if my nearest relations are laid aside to make way for strangers. [Ibid. No. 38.]
Henry Nicolls to the Earl of Anglesey. Begs the return of a certificate about the Wildboar, and care of the wording, as his whole business depends upon it; it will suffice to certify that the valuations agree with the books in the storekeeper's hands at Deptford [With notes in shorthand, not decyphered. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 230, No. 39.]
Thos. Papillon to Mr. Hayter, Will take 50s. Per cwt. for the cable yarn, with interest for the money after 12 months, or 45s. for cash [Ibid. No. 40.]
Frances [widow of Phineas] Pett to [Lord Arlington]. Would not trouble him but for the sake of her children, who have lost a dear father, and one who had a large share of his sovereign's favour while he lived, which she hopes is not lost by his dying for his King. Grief has made such an inroad on her understanding that she hardly knows how to express herself. [Ibid. No. 41.]
Katherine Lady Ranelagh to Williamson. Thanks for his trouble; begs a copy of letter from the signet office. [Ibid. No. 42.]
Mary Sansum to Lord Arlington. Begs his influence with the King for an effectual order for payment of her 500l. in some other place; most of her husband's estate lay at Surinam, and when called to serve his country in the late war, in which he lost his life, he was forced to leave it in the hands of a merchant, who has since taken the advantage of the King's Bench. His Majesty seemed willing to grant her request for more than is given to the widow of an ordinary captain, but nothing is done as yet. [Ibid. No. 43.]
Eliz. Slaughter to Lord Arlington. Has failed in an attempt to see him, so writes to say she is a gentlewoman, living chiefly at Drayton near Arlington, and can have a good character from Sir George Selby or Lord Paget. The bearer will state the occasion of her troubling him; hopes not to be denied. [Endorsed, "Mrs. Slaughter for a pass." [Ibid. No. 44.]
Sir Edw. Stradling to Williamson. Wants horses this evening, as his occasions are pressing. [Ibid. No. 45.]
Sir Walter Vane to Williamson. Asks a commission for Jonathan Grover to be surgeon to his regiment. [Endorsed, "L. Maynard's regiment––surgeon." Ibid. No. 46.]
[J. Williamson] to –––––––. Recommends the suit of Mr. Murray of Broughton, long depending in his Court. [Ibid. No. 47.]
Mich. Wrightson to Hum. Robinson, St. Paul's Churchyard, London. There is little encouragement to spend money in vindicating the King's title [to a living not named]; though the last incumbent kept out our patron 25 years on that title, it makes against him, for that presentation was on pretence of simony, which supposes the title in another; I think his Majesty's presentation not needful, but would venture the charge if it could be got, to save future trouble. [Noted, "Mr. John Colbeck in Mr. Wrightson's seat in chancery Office." Ibid. No. 48.]
J. Wych to her brother, Jos. Williamson. Is in trouble about a matter in which nothing but seeing him can satisfy her. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 230, No. 49.]
Note of a quantity of wines which Mr. Beale desires to have landed from 10 vessels, named. [Ibid. No. 50.]
Request that the Archbishop of Canterbury would speak to the ordinary to do what he can for Sir Thos. Higgons, in administration of the estate of John Barker of St. Clement Danes, who died 10 days ago. [Ibid. No. 51.]
Narrative by Fras. Cartwright of the different services in which he was engaged for the late King, from the first expedition against the Scots under the Earl of Newcastle, till the time when his Majesty was delivered up by the Scots; also of his subsequent attendance on General Monk, and in Scotland till disbanded in 1662, when his pay was months in arrears, which are still unpaid. Spent 1,500l. in the service, and purchased 30 wounds. [Ibid. No. 52.]
Account of the case of Walter Clement, attorney, who, when practising at Gloucester Sessions, was arrested on a warrant procured by Sir Baynham Throckmorton, imprisoned because he would not take the oath of allegiance, on the ground that he had already taken it, and bail refused him; all which was done because he had opposed Sir Baynham about Kingswood, and his liberty was promised if he would comply in that business. He petitioned the King, who referred the case to 3 deputy-lieutenants of the county, and on their report that the commitment was from private animosity, his Majesty discharged him. Arguments to prove the King's right so to do, the penalties for not taking the oath of allegiance being at his pleasure. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 53.]
Note that Capt. Willgrass, master of the East India merchant, refused a ticket to Wm. Cooke, who had been on board 16 months, and was turned on shore at Woolwich. [Ibid. No. 54.]
Memorandum for the Earl of Bath, in behalf of Sir Bernard de Gomme, that the only way of paying the 900l. arrears of his pension of 300l., from 1663 to 1666, is to assign the payment on the first prize goods at Plymouth, by warrant to Lord Ashley, notwithstanding assignments already passed. [Ibid. No. 55.]
Statement that Mrs. Dennys, sister and heir of the late Edw. Dennys, is an idiot, and that the estate in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is valued at 400l. or 500l. a year. [Endorsed, "A lunatic, Sir Alex. Frazer." Ibid. No. 56.]
Query as to the goodness of the title of a fellow who is elected into a college by 5 fellows out of 11, 7 only being present, and the absent members being duly waited for; arguments in favour of the validity of such an election, as being by a majority of those present, though not by a majority of the fellows; signed by John Boord and 3 others. [Endorsed by Williamson, "Trinity Hall; Robin's brother's case." Ibid. No. 57.] Annexing,
Copy of the statute of Trinity Hall relative to the time and form of election of fellows. [Latin. Ibid. No. 57I.]
Style and titles of the Duke of York and Prince of Orange, Knights of the Garter, as inscribed on their plates at Windsor, and also of Prince Rupert, who has no plate on his stall. [French. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 230, No. 58.]
Statement of the case of the hackney coachmen of London and Westminster, who being chosen, many of them for their loyalty, by the former commissioners, and paying 5I. yearly for their licences, are 16 of them turned out by the present commissioners, and not allowed to renew their licences, although they were at great expense in setting up their coaches, &c.; licences being given to new persons, many unlicensed men work and commit abuses, to the hindrance of the ancient hackney coachmen. [Printed. Ibid. No. 59.]
Case of the hackney coachmen in London and Westminster. Similar to the preceding, but adding that the present commissioners have granted licences for lives, and some during the life of the widow. [Printed. Ibid. No. 60.]
Inventory of goods, articles of attire, and of more than 500 books, taken from John Heydon by Capt. Gilbert Thomas, 23 Jan. 1667, and not restored, although promised to be so. [Ibid. No. 61.]
Statement of the case of Dr. Jenkins; that for his constant attendance in the Admiralty Court, he receives only 300l. a year, scarcely a competence, all the fees, &c., of the place going to his colleague, Dr. John Exton; that for the reports he has made to the Commissioners of Prizes, in reference to ships, cargoes, &c., he has had nothing from the claimers; his salary of 300l. a year, received for the last 3 years, will cease, as the treasury of prizes, on which it is charged, will soon be exhausted; request that 200I. a year more may be paid him out of the prizes. [Ibid. No. 62.]
Statement by [Dr. Leoline Jenkins] Judge of the Admiralty, that having served 2 years, he has received only his salary of 300l. a year, though his expenses have been great, especially in removals to Winchester, Salisbury, and Oxford, in 1665, and in his large correspondences, &c.; that he has spent much time in digesting and reporting on intricate evidences, in various languages, for the Commissioners of Prizes; that the 3 Admiralty advocates have 400l. a year out of the prizes, and the lately established Judge of Admiralty at Tangiers 500l. [Ibid. No. 63.]
Articles of agreement between Sir Thos. Monson, sen., Bart., as trustee for John, Earl of Mulgrave, a minor, Sir Hugh Cholmley, Bart., of Whitby, dame Anne, widow, and John and Thomas, sons of the late Sir Nich. Crisp, Bart., and Thos. Lechmere, citizen and salter of London. They agree respectively to fulfil, with some slight alterations specified, the terms of an agreement given––made 19 June 1665, but not completed on account of the plague, wars, &c.–– whereby Sir John Monson covenanted, on certain conditions and at prices from 10l. 15s. to 11l. 15s. per tun, to deliver to the late Sir Nich. Crisp and others, yearly for 4 years, 1,200 tons of alum made at the Earl of Mulgrave's works near Whitby. [Ibid. No. 64.]
Request by Sir John Monson, deputy vice-admiral of Yorkshire, to have the purchase of a Skellings hoy, lately taken prize, as reward for his services in the wars; impressed 1,000 men, and in riding 1,000 miles on that employment, contracted a lameness that has taken from him the use of his limbs. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 230, No. 65.]
Bill by Sir Sam. Moreland of his expenses about the circular cypher, and about his last invention, printing 500 copies about its use, plates, papers, &c., total 272l. 10s. [Ibid. No. 66.]
Statement by Sir Phil. Musgrave, of the general disloyalty of the country [Cumberland]. Scarce any gentleman is now alive that in times of trial evidenced their loyalty by acting and suffering for the Crown. I wish those that succeed them had the same regard for the service of their Sovereign, but there is not a greater change of men than of humours; several persons are made justices of peace who are of the opposing party, which also prevails in the corporations. I wish the elder justices would attend sessions more frequently. I could do more now, at 70 years old, had I but one companion to rely on. I am quite willing to resign my military employment to a successor, when a suitable one is found. [1pages. Ibid. No. 67.]
Statement of the case of the Navy creditors, and the late Sir Allen Apsley and Sir Sampson Darell, on their contracts for Navy provisions since 1629; the lands granted them for payment; their applications to the King in 1660, and to the Commons in 1660, and to the Commons in 1664; and proposal of a bill for their relief. [Printed. Ibid. No. 69.]
Account of wages paid to ships named, between Aug. 1664 and Dec. 1666. [5 Pages. Ibid. No. 70.]
Proposals of Fras. Poyntz, the King's tapestry maker, showing the benefits that would arise by encouraging tapestry-making in England, 10,000l. a year being spent in buying foreign hangings; on account of the storms now threatening Flanders, 1,000 workmen would come over if there were stock to employ them, and at Colchester, Canterbury, and Exeter, there are numerous Walloons, who were the chief makers of tapestry, and might be again employed therein. [Printed. Ibid. No. 71.]
Memorial of Mr. Reid to Williamson. Requests favour in procuring his salary of 200l. a year as sub-commissioner for prizes in the Caribbee Islands, by commission dating 23 Jan. 1665. [Ibid. No. 72.]
Account by Sir John Robinson, of extra expenses in the Tower during the time of the plague and the fire; in providing buckets, ladders, &c., in case of future fire; for purchase of Weld close, for the poor about the Tower, whose houses were pulled down by the King's command; for trouble in receiving 36,000l. from sheriffs of counties, and 150,000l. for the East India Company's business, and disposing of the goods of the East India prizes. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 230, No. 73.]
Statement of the circumstances of a quarrel between Fras. Edgecombe and John Skelton, in which the former was slain. [Ibid. No. 74.]
Representation made by the farmers of tin to Lord [Arlington] of their present condition, showing the losses which they sustain, by taking the agreed quantities from the farmers, and paying the King's rent, to be so enormous that they shall be compelled to surrender their farm, unless they can be relieved by a tin coinage; they sell little tin, the market being full beforehand, and much old pewter sold after the plague cheaper than tin. With arguments in favour of making tin farthings. [Ibid. No. 75.]
Memorandum by Williamson to acquaint Lord Arlington that Consul Tucker has not gone to Algiers; also to inquire whether Tooker be not in prison for debt. [Ibid. No. 76.]
Request presented to Parliament on behalf of Sutton's hospital, called the Charter House, for exemption of their land from the payment of a monthly assessment. They have of late paid a fourth of their revenue of 4,000l. a year in taxes; the house is in debt, they have lost much in the late fire, and cannot maintain their poor men and scholars. Christ Church, St. Thomas's, and St. Bartholomew's hospitals are exempted from the monthly assessment. [Printed. Ibid. No. 77.]
Request for authority for Rich. Lightfoot to prosecute persons who have stolen and sold deer out of the King's parks near Hampton Court, some of whom are in prison, but others not taken; also to search such houses as he shall suspect for dogs, guns, &c., used to destroy game. [Ibid. No. 78.]
Information from a master paviour of London, of the great damage to the inhabitants by the paving of the streets in the accustomed manner, either with unshapely flint stones, which break like glass, or soft rag stone which soon moulders, or too small pebbles; and all these laid not on sand or fine gravel, but on rough gravel, soon carried away by the raker. With a proposed Act of Parliament for paving with good stones 10 to 12 inches square, and set 12 inches deep in good sand; the inhabitants to pay commissioners appointed by the King for the paving before their respective houses. [Endorsed, "Mr. Lesley's paper." Ibid. No. 79.]
Statement of the case between the City of London and the owners and wharfingers of the wharfs and quays between the bridge and the Tower, which the city desire may be committed to the authority of the Lord Mayor and aldermen, to regulate the recently increased rate of wharfage; pleading on behalf of the landlords that they received the wharfs as a free inheritance, and do not wish them under control; also that the wharfage was only raised, just after the fire, and is now reduced; and on that of the wharfingers, showing reasons why they should not be controlled as to price, but requesting that if the rates of wharfage are to be settled, it may be done by Act of Parliament, of which the heads are suggested. [Printed. S.P. Dom., Car II. 230, No. 80.]
Reasons offered to Parliament, why the county of Middlesex should be abated and not increased in future taxes, complaining that the offices in London and the Tower do not contribute to the tax, and requesting settlement of the disputes between the county of Middlesex and city of Westminster, relative to their share of the taxes. [Printed. Ibid. No. 81.]
Statement that the keeper of New park, in keeping hogs out of the park, as commanded, was obliged to worry a neighbour’s hog, but as it was saved for meat, the loss was not great; yet the owner beating him in a quarrel, the keeper broke the other’s leg, and was summoned before Bailiff Young, of Kingston, and bound over to keep the peace, so that he cannot fulfil the duties of his place. [Ibid. No. 82.]
Narrative of the government of Great Yarmouth, the form of election into the corporation, &c., showing that after the purging of the corporation in 1663 by the commissioners appointed by the Act for regulating Corporations, the town was well governed, and conventicles suppressed till 1666, when, [Edm.] Thaxter and Mr. Huntington being bailiffs, the conventicles were re-established, Mr. Bridges, the former preacher, brought back, and the other party admitted to the corporation; giving particulars of the manner in which the Act of Uniformity is evaded, in choosing officers of the town, so that of 12,000 estimated communicants, only 500 attend, and those chiefly the poor who receive collection-money. [1pages. Ibid. No. 83.]
Proposed regulations for the bedchamber. The Groom of the Stole to have the charge of swearing in those admitted to the bedchamber; to see the service well done in that room, and the private rooms belonging to it, and to superintend the King’s linen, which is in charge of the grooms of the bedchamber; none but those of the bedchamber to enter it without the King’s special leave, except the physicians and barber, and none to pass through the withdrawing rooms but the privy council; the grooms to wait monthly or quarterly in turns, and not to absent themselves without leave; no strangers to be admitted to the back stairs, without leave obtained from the Groom of the Stole by the pages, who are to be careful also to keep the rooms clean and sweet, and the inner chambers not encumbered with beds, such grooms and pages only as are in attendance sleeping there, and those two in a bed. When the King eats privately, the food that is left goes first to the gentlemen and grooms of the bedchamber, and their leavings to the barber and pages, who are otherwise unprovided. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 84.]
Statement of the claims of the Lord Chamberlain of the Household, to issue warrants to the Surveyor of the Works, and Master of the Great Wardrobe, for necessaries for solemnities in any of the King's palaces, in which is included Westminster Palace, as parcel of Whitehall; also for state hangings, chairs, &c., for the sitting of Parliament; for the coronation, royal funerals, or those of any subject buried at the king's charge; for a court of jurisdiction for the trial of Peers, including boxes for the Queen and Royal Family; the said Lord Chamberlain has held these time out of mind, uncontested by the Lord Great Chamberlain. With reasons why the former rather than the latter should give orders for fitting up rooms in Westminster for the King, and should attend him when he is present at the trial of a peer incognito, &c. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 230, No. 85.]
Table of fees for commissions according to the officers' pay, from 5l, to 2l., so that the fees for the new levies of this year (1667) will amount to 134l. [Ibid. No. 86.]
Request for an order to the governor of Cowes castle to liberate the ship Hope of Lubec, pillaged by a vessel with a Portuguese commander, and taken into Cowes, but adjudged by the Customs Commissioners in London not liable to forfeiture. [Ibid. No. 87.]
Note that the two pipes of wine from Ostend came over in the St. Andrew. [Ibid. No. 88.]
Particulars of the prize ships, Gertrude of Amsterdam, worth 1,000l., and Little Son of St. Malo, which is injured, but the goods saved worth 900l., though Col. Butters only offers 450l. for them. [Ibid. No. 89.]
List of 13 prize ships delivered to flag officers and other commanders in the Navy, and of 2 given to the widows of commanders at sea; and note of moneys given to flag officers, in lieu of the prizes they have desired. [Ibid. No. 90.]
Orders and directions touching seamen in the last Dutch war, being minutes of letters, orders, proclamations, &c., relating thereto. With similar minutes relating to embargos, trade, letters of marque and reprisal, and prize ships and goods, from May 1664 to Jan.1667. [4 pages Ibid. No. 91.]
Note from Sir Thos. Peyton that Rob. Moorcock and others of Chatham be asked to whom they had sold their seamen's tickets at 20 to 27 per cent., and that those parties should be persuaded or compelled to confess by whom in the Navy Office they were encouraged to deal in these bills, and what benefit they had thereby [Ibid. No. 92.]
Note requesting that Mr. Williamson be informed that 135 sail of ships have cleared this week, and that all prizes are to be sold on Tuesday. [Ibid. No. 93.]
Account of ironwork and other work for Deptford storehouse. [2 pages. Defaced. Ibid. No. 94.]
Harwich. Account by Isaac Betts, for Capt. Deane, of timber, &c., required for fitting the new ship before launching. [Ibid. No. 95.]
Woolwich. Account by Edw. Rundell of work done at the gun wharf, Woolwich, in September 1665, amounting to 35l. 19s. 6d., for which he desires a bill. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 230, No 96.]
List of the boat's crew belonging to Capt. Bird, at the burning of the Mary fireship, to whom gratuities were given. [Ibid. No. 97.]
Inventory of medicines and instruments, valued at 22l. 0s. 2d., and clothes, books, &c., valued at 53l. 8s. 2d., belonging to John Flatman, and lost on board the Matthias, of which he was surgeon, when the ship was burned. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 98.]
Account of the sale at Portsmouth of 4 ships named, by public auction, for 806l., two-thirds of which is to be paid by bill, and one-third in money. [Ibid. No. 99.]
Request by 3 prize officers for the charges on the hemp delivered to the Navy out of the Golden Axe prize ship. [Ibid. No. 100.]
Account by Rob. Mayors, of the expense of purchasing, felling, and carriage of 80 loads of timber belonging to Sir Robert Brooke. More is ready for the launching of the second-rate ship at Deptford. [Ibid. No. 101.]
Account [by Purveyor Langrack] of the quantity and dimensions of the timber in Whittlewood Forest; with estimate of the expense of felling and carrying it away, 2l. 3s. 10d. per load; also names of the justices for 3 counties near, Northampton, Bucks, and Oxon. [Ibid. No. 102.]
Chatham. Precedents produced by Mr. Gregory, of allowances made in 1653 and 1654 for receiving and issuing board wages to seamen employed to rig vessels, &c. [Ibid. No. 103.]
List of 18 officers [of the old army] in the West Riding of Yorkshire, 8 in the East Riding and 11 in the North Riding. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 104.]
List of 17 castles in England and the islands where it is likely that there may be prisoners remaining in custody. [Ibid. No. 105.]
List of prisoners committed to the Gatehouse by Lord Arlington, viz.: 15 June 1667, John Mills; 16 June, John Hall; 20 June, Thos. Smalbridge; 16 July, Wm. Barrett and John Croscomb, all of whom are discharged, except Croscomb. [Ibid. No. 106.]
Account of all dissenters in the East Riding of Yorkshire, except such as are in corporations; papists 444, above 200 of them women; other dissenters, men 478, women 396. With note that when the ships were burned at Chatham, there were in the East Riding 13,500 men between 16 and 60 years old, besides the militia, 700 foot, and 120 horse [Ibid. No. 107.]
Information of George Witherington against Capt. Rich. Laurence, being both confined in Dorchester gaol. Laurence told him of a scheme for liberating all who were in prison for religion, by a party who intended to kill the General whilst walking in St. James' Park, after which they could go on easily; he asked the informant to get together discontented persons, highwaymen, &c., and spoke of raising a regiment with which he could march through England, in spite of his opposers. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 230, No. 108.]
Examination of Abraham Lounder. Came from Southampton, where his father, Daniel Lounder, is a letter carrier, to London, with a clothes bag full of letters. [Ibid. No.109.]
Note that Sarah Rumley, married to Slaughter, alias Gilpin, of Chick lane, has been heard to say that she knows the man who disperses the Whore's petition, and where he dwells. [Ibid. No. 110.]
Statement by Edm. Ralph, prisoner in Carisbrook Castle, Isle of Wight, since Oct. 1663. He has the King's leave, through Lord Colepeper, to follow his private affairs, which is his profession as surveyor; since 21 Aug. 1666, he has been employed in Lord Colepeper's business in Wales and Warwickshire, and has engaged to return on 3 months' notice. [Ibid. No. 111.]
Note by –––– Wood and Mary Compton that they offered to discover to Mr. Deyly, constable, of Drury Lane, an assault upon the King's person intended in a few days by Hen. Bellard, of Petticoat Lane, and others, but that Deyly's family refused to hear, saying, "What have we to do with it ?" [Ibid. No. 112.]
Note for Sir George Probet, who lives near Monmouth, to make inquiries about the business, passport, &c., of a Dutchman who came lately from Holland to Monmouthshire [Ibid. No. 113.]
Statement of the services done to the State by Sir Rob. Vyner, in lending large sums for purchase of stores on good terms for the fleet, and for supply of victuals, refitting of the ships, and payment of the sailors' wages when they mutinied, broke open Newgate, and went tumultuously to Whitehall; also in lending moneys for the guards, household, jewels, &c., amounting in all to 1,550,000l., part at 6 per cent., and part at the percentage offered by the King to any who will lend money on the 18 months' assessment. [2 Pages. Ibid. No. 114.]
True state of the case between Fras. Watson and the painters of London; showing that Watson––having invented and taken out a patent for a sort of varnish to imitate gilding, chiefly made of English materials, which would save much bullion––is opposed in the exercise thereof by the painters, who imitate his work, and pretend they knew of the varnish beforehand; he suggests queries to be put to them thereon. With a similar paper, entitled "Reasons for Mr. Watson's sole exercise of the new way of varnishing, in imitation of gilding." [2 sheets. Ibid. No. 115.]
Account of a Frenchman taken in Walpole, coming to Wisbech, with many French letters upon him; also a pound of brimstone, and directions to make wild fire, so as to be able to fire a house by the reflection of the sun; he had 13l. in money, a crucifix, and beads, &c. Noted as received the 25th instant from Sir Edm. Wyndham. [Ibid. No. 116.]
Notice of the apprehension, at York, of Ralph Thomson, alias Tristram Barwick, John Noble, and Wm. Fawcett, described, who are suspected highwaymen, and any evidence against them is to be brought to the Lord Mayor of York. [S.P.Dom., Car. II. 230, No. 117.]
Examination of a doubt concerning the oath of Allegiance, as to whether the King does not lose the profit of compositions with Papists, by making the penalties so extreme that all Papists take the oath rather than undergo them, so that it cannot truly be known which do it voluntarily; showing the fallacies of such an objection, and the inconsistency if Parliament first lays down an oath, and then changes it because subjects consent to take it, &c. [7 pages. Ibid. No. 118.]
Proposed Act of Parliament to enforce all heirs, executors, &c., of nobility or gentry to certify a death at the Heralds' College, if within 40 miles of London; if not, at the Quarter Sessions, paying certain fees to be agreed on, under penalty of double costs in case of default; such certificates being needful because inquisitions post mortem are not now in use. The certificates are to contain all burials, marriages, and issue of the ancestors, parents, and other relations of the deceased, who have died within 40 years past. [Printed. Ibid. No. 119.]
Contents of the Act for taking inquisitions post mortem and acknowledgments of fines, proposing appointment of 12 persons in each county to record genealogies, wills, &c., and transmit them to the petty bag, in order to prevent the embezzling of writings; or the sending up witnesses and titles to London; long suits for discovering evidences of title; and the loss to the Crown of escheated estates; [Printed. Ibid. No. 120.]
Exact relation of the sentence in the most famous, most obscure, and most tedious cause, at length determined to the satisfaction of all parties, Geruplanta being judge, Lucisuavius prosecutor, and Venimulgus criminal. [Latin allegory, 10 pages. Ibid. No. 121.]
Leyden. Title of a chapter in George Horne's work, "Orbe Politico," in which he ascribes the naval superiority to England, on account of her recent victories over the Dutch, French, and Danes. [Ibid. No. 122.]
Heraldic account of the proceedings at the funeral of a marchioness, a countess, and a viscountess, copied from the original, drawn up by Rob. Glover, Somerset Herald. [Book, imperfect. Ibid. No. 123.]
Catalogue of the MSS. of Wm. Ryley [keeper of the records in the Tower], chiefly extracts from records and heraldic works. [3 pages. Many of these MSS. still exist in the Miscellaneous Collection in the State Paper Office. Ibid. No. 124.]
Account of a strange disturbance in the house of John Mompesson, justice of peace, Tedworth, Wiltshire. In May last, he took a drum from an idle vagrant, with a counterfeit pass. Soon after violent noises were heard, first outside and then inside the house; also a drum beating outside, which went upwards till out of hearing; then the drum sound would come into the room full of neighbours, drum all kinds of tunes, and answer anything that beat in the room––only once it was puzzled with a new tune, and did not play it till after long blundering. Account of tricks played with the servants. It answered affirmatively by knocks when asked if it was the drummer. On Mr. Mompesson's threatening to shoot, it took refuge with the children, and made a scraping noise in their bed, panting like a spaniel, and leaving a horrible smell.
It had ceased drumming when––some gentlemen coming who had known the drummer, and said they should take it unkindly if he did not give them a lesson––it beat the 5 points of war in their chamber; a gentlewoman saying it would do well to leave some money to pay for its disturbances, next night the sounds were as though the house was full of money falling in every corner, but none was left in the morning. Account of sundry other disturbances. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car II. 230, No. 125.]
Part of a pamphlet, pp. 33-40, in favour of greater catholicity in the Church of England, so that it might embrace moderate Presbyterians, whom the author vindicates from the charge of opposition to Monarchy, &c. [4to. Printed. Ibid. No. 125A.]
Proposition by Major Delavabre to levy a corps of French refugees, of whom 400 or 500 would have been found willing to bear arms when the State was threatened last year; Germans and Swiss to be admitted, and refugee officers, who are at half pay, to lead them. [1 pages. French. Ibid. No. 126.]
Project [by a Frenchman] for introducing the art of making gold and silver thread, with the metal covering only the one side that shows, in order to economise those metals, which cannot be recovered from the thread, but at too great an expense; with request for the sole licence for the invention for 15 years. [French. Ibid. No. 127.]
Roll of the peers of the kingdom of England, according to their births, creations, and offices. [8 pages. Ibid. No. 128.]
List of 8 members of the committee for Plantations [by Williamson]. [Ibid. No. 129.]
List of 38 members [of the African company], the Duke of York, governor. [Ibid. No. 130.]
List of the Patent Officers of the Customs. [Ibid. No. 131.]
Instances of precedency granted to baronets according to their first patent, although it may have been surrendered and a new one taken out, viz., Sir Edw. Tirrell of Thornton [co. Bucks]; Sir Rob. Napier, alias Sandy, of Luton Hoo, co. Bedford; Sir Thos. Vavasour, knight marshal; with notes as to the necessity for the dignity to belong to the estate, both for a baronet and a baron. [1 pages. Ibid. No. 132.]
Request for favour for John Howard, of the White Hart, Charing Cross, who desires to have the post kept at his house as before, the present master being ready to part with it [Ibid. No. 133.]
Request by R. Francis for [John] Swaddell or Mr. Yard, at Lord Arlington’s office, to send the letters that go into country by the next post, and those that are in town by a messenger, and carefully to deliver the rest. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 230, No. 134.]
Account of the constitution and establishment of the office of the Hanaper, detailing the clerk of the Hanaper, in receiving all the profits arising from rents, casualties, fines on original writs, &c. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 135.] Annexing,
Account by Hen. Seymour, clerk of the Hanaper in Chancery, of all his receipts, from 29 Sept 1665 to 29 Sept 1666: casual, 619l. 7s. 11d., certain, 4,200l. 6s.; total, 4,819l. 13s. 11d. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 135I.]
Similar account of the payments in the hanaper for the same period, viz., salaries to the officers of the Court of Chancery. (Including 959l. 15s. for diet for the Lord Chancellor for himself and several ministries of the Court, for his robes, and for his annuity), total 2,144l. 9sd.; and casual payments on the Lord Chancellor's warrant, 2,704l. 19s.d.; total, 4,859l. 8s. 3d. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 135II.]
Heads of the King’s speech to the Lord Mayor and aldermen of London. He told them that the rumours spread on proroguing Parliament were needless, as he should always abide by the Church and govern by law, and would soon disband the army, search into the bottom of the plot, and prosecute offenders. He requested them to check malicious reports, and asked what guard they kept; they said a regiment by night and half a regiment by day; he exhorted them to care, and they expressed anxiety about his safety, which he promised to care for, and bade them go home and satisfy all honest men. [Ibid. No. 136]
Request for a speedy account from the Lord Lieutenants of the Eastern and Southern countries, South Wales and the Isle of Wight, as to the number of their militia, so as to dispose of them if occasion be; till this is ascertained, their rendezvous places and posts for match cannot be fixed. The Istle of Wight, Portland, and the Scilly Isles are hard to secure from surprise, and difficult to retake; Plymouth, Portsmouth, Sheerness and Tilbury should be put in good condition, and 2 companies quartered in Rye. [Ibid. No. 137.]
Note of Sir Edm. Jennings, Sir John Bright, and Sir Hen. Thompson, as deputy-lieutenants to the Duke of Buckingham, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. [Ibid. No. 138.]
List of 13 deputy-lieutenants for the West Riding of Yorkshire, to be added by the Duke of Buckingham. [Ibid. No. 139.]
List of 16 deputy-lieutenants for Cheshire [Leicestershire ?]. [Ibid. No. 140.]
Order from the King to the Archbishob of Canterbury, to obtain from all the Bishops answers to queries about hospitals in their dioceses; as to their number, founders, revenues, and feoffees; whether they perform their trust well; who are the present masters, wardens, &c.; how many poor are maintained in each, of what class, and whether as many as there ought to be by the foundation; also to send up copies of their statutes. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 14, p. 39.]
Note of inquiries to be made of Sir Eliab Harvey, about ships going to Leghorn, and reply that the Levant Merchant and 2 others are going soon, and that the Amity is going for Smyrna. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 230 No. 141.]
Certificate be [Lord Arlington] that Lieut.-col. John Rumsey, after several years’ services in Portugal, obtained a pass of his general, Lord Schomberg, and a licence from the King of Portugal to repair to England, on urgent occasions; when on the point of returning, he was, by his Majesty’s special command, employed with others to take up arms against the Dutch; but though that occasion was over in a few months, and the forces disbanded, yet his return was retarded by a distemper. His Majesty being very well satisfied of his merit and behaviour; has ordered this certificate, that on the colonel’s return to Portugal, he may receive that favour and good usage, touching the satisfaction of his arrears, which his services and good comportment have deserved. [Ibid. No. 142.]
Draft clause of a bond by J. Carkass to indemnify his Majesty and his subjects from any loss sustained by double tickets made by him for services without duly obtained orders, and for any miscarriage or wrong payment, provided it arises from his neglect or evil practices. [Ibid. No. 143.]
Woolwich. Estimate by Edw. Rundell and James Mathews, countersigned by Christopher Pett and Sam. Walsall, for the building of a mast-house at Woolwich; total, 493l. 1s. 8d. [Ibid. No. 144.]
Estimate by James Mathews for repairing the old rigging-house in the yard at Deptford; total, 159l. 18s. 8d. [Ibid. No. 145.]
Estimate by Edw. Rundell for building a new rigging-room over the saw-pit in the yard at Deptford, 261l. 5s.; and for repairing the old one, 42l. 2s. 10d. [Ibid .No. 146.]
Pedigree of Robert baron Baron Fitzwalter from 23 Edw. I., through the barons Fitzwalter and earls of Surrey, to Benj. Mildmay, his oldest male descendant now living. [Printed. See Mildmay’s petition p. 33 supra. Ibrid.No. 147.]
Warrant for a grant to Robert Rider of the place of chief carpenter of the Works void by decease of John Davenport. [S.P. Dom., entry Book 48, p.33.]
Newspapers for the year
Diary, chiefly of public events, by Joseph Williamson, from 4 March to 11 December 1668, full and important; containing many items of Court and Parliamentary news. With notes relative to posts and letters annexed. [S.P. Dom., Car. II., Vol. 231.]
London Gazette, published twice a week, 59 papers. [Newspapers Collection No. 3.]
Gazatte de Londres, published twice a week, 99 papers. [Ibid. No. 7.]
City mercury, published twice a week, I paper. [Ibid. No. 2.]