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Charles II: January 1668

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

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January 1668

Jan.1.
Weymouth
John Pock to James Hickes. A dutch ship of 700 tons, bound for the East Indies, stopped in Portland Road, and left on 31 Dec. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No.1.]
Jan.1.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. There have 20 or 30 laden colliers arrived from the North; one struck on a sand called the Cockle, and became so leaky as to need repairs. [Ibid. No. 2]
Jan.1.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Has no news at present, except wishing him a merry new year. [Ibid. no. 3.]
Jan.1. Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 4.]
Jan.1. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Mr. Shipdam, gunner of the Dreadnought, wants leave of absence for 3 or 4 months to see his friends, whom he has not seen these 20 years. Desires the leaves if they judge his absence from the ship may be dispensed with. [Ibid. No. 5.]
Jan.1.
Woolwich.
Christopher Pett to the Navy Commissioners. William Fang, carpenter of the Henrietta, now at Chatham, entreats liberty to put a deputy into the ship whilst being repaired, and meantime to work in the yard at woolwich, where he lives, being unwilling to be at the charge of two houses. His proposed deputy, Richard Penny,quarterman in the yard, is well qualified. [Ibid. No. 6.] Enclosing,
Phin. Pett to his cousin, Chris. Pett, requesting his assistance in procuring the warrant. [Ibid. No. 6I.]
Jan.2.
Portsmouth.
John Tinker to Sam. Pepys. Hopes the rope-house will be secure for the future, by reason of the watch placed there; has ordered no more yarn to be left at night where the other was stolen from. The sapphire and Mermaid have sailed from Spithead. [Ibid. No. 7.]
Jan.2. Capt. J. Perriman to Sam. Pepys. Particulars of the condition, wants, &c., of ships in the river. There have been large embezzlements from the Zealand prize. [1½ pages. Ibid. No. 8.]
Jan.2. Petition of Nath. Booth to the King, for a lease of some ground in Bartholomew Lane, which his Majesty holds of the City of London, on rent pf 10l.; and for the few materials of a house thereon, purchased for the Commissioners of Excise, but burnt in the late fire, the value of which, estimated at 1,500l., is not equivalent to his losses and sufferings during the late wars. With reference thereon from the Treasury Commissioners to Sir Chas. Harbord, surveyor-general; report of Hugh May that the ground whereon the late Excise Office stood is not so valuable as reported by the Excise Commissioners, and is not worth more than 42l. a year. If the judges grant the King a lease for 40 years, in reversion after the 33 years in the lease granted by St. Bartholomew’s Hospital at 10l. rent, and purchased by his Majesty for 3,185l., the benefit will be about 1,000l.––Jan. 18; also final report of Sir C. Harbord, Jan. 20, presenting the former report. [Ibid. Nos. 9, 9I, 9II.]
Jan.2. Warrant for a grant to Philip Howard, son of Thomas Earl of Berkshire, of the goods and chattels of Hen. Alsibrook, linen-draper, of St. Dunstan’s West parish, forfeit by his becoming felo de Se. [S.P Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 21.]
Jan.2. H. W. to Sir Philip Musgrave. Hen. Blackett, a dangerous Ana baptist of Bithburn, has been preaching at Raby Castle. He holds meetings at his house. The two sent by Tillam from Germany, [John] Foxey and [Chris.] Pooley, have been here. Cocks, in his discourse, spoke much against the ministry, as no better than Roman Catholic in teaching traditions, and exhorted to perseverance in the truth and to constancy. Thos Atkins, of Bowron, says there are 140 men well horsed and armed, some of whom were in the late plot. Could discover more if he had wherewith to go amongst them. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 10.]
Jan.2.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson. There is an unusually high tide; several ships have sailed for London; desires remembrance of his concerns as to the prizes and the Virginia. [Ibid. No. 12.]
Jan.2.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Departure of the Sapphire and Mermaid from Spithead to the Straits. [Ibid. No.12.]
Jan.2.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Hickes. There is only a Bristol ship, bound for Virginia, in the harbour; an Ostend ship arrived at Tenby with fish, oil, &c., which was taken prize by a French man-of-war, and, being deserted by her men, ran ashore near Tenby and was seized as a wreck. [Ibid. No. 13.]
Jan.2. John Powell to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. 14.]
Jan.3.
Minehead.
John Maurice to Williamson. The Matthew of Bilbao has arrived with fruit from Malaga, having escaped great dangers; there are many wrecks on the coast of Spain this stormy weather. [Ibid No. 15.]
Jan.3.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. Arrival of 3 vessels laden with coals from Wales, and one from Lisbon with sugar and fruit. [Ibid. No. 16.]
Jan.3. The same to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 17.]
Jan.3.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a congé d’elire to the Dean and Chapter of Bath and Wells, to elect a bishop to that see, void by death of the late bishop, and for a letter recommending Dr. [Rob] Creighton to the bishopric. [Ibid. No. 18.]
Jan.3. Entry of the above. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 71.]
Jan.3. The King to the Vice-Chancellor and Senate of Cambridge. Recommends for an M. A. degree, Sam. Willes, clerk, who has studied in Leyden University, and is duly qualified. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f 129.]
Jan.? Petition of Peter du Moulin to the King, for the place now vacant of assistant-master of ceremonies. His grandfather was chosen by King James to defend his supremacy against two famous cardinals, and was banished from France, lived 40 years after, and died an exile; one of the Sons, now canon of Canterbury, wrote in vindication of the late King; was himself employed for his Majesty in important business in Denmark and Holland, and was once taken prisoner. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 19.]
Jan.? Petition of Peter du Moulin to the King, for removal of a caveat ordered by Sir Chas. Cotterel, against his grant of the office of assistant-master of ceremonies, on pretence that Sir Charles holds it along with that of master; this is in its nature inconsistent, as a man cannot assist himself, and it is made void by the words of his patent of the mastership. [Ibid. No. 20.]
Jan.3. Order for a warrant appointing Peter du Moulin, Esq., to the office of assistant-master of the ceremonies with Sir Charles Cottrell, fee 6s. 8d. a day; to act only when Sir Charles cannot personally attend. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 1.]
[Jan.3.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 21.]
Jan.3. John Runting, master of the St. Peter, to the Navy Commissioners. Is taking in ballast, and will soon be ready to sail to the Medway to weigh wrecks. Desires orders for victuals, and also for repair of his .ship at Chatham. [Ibid. No. 22.]
Jan.3.
Woolwich.
Christopher Pett and Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. Send their estimate for rebuilding the Loyal London, amounting to 10,300l. [Ibid. No. 23.]
Jan.3.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to Sam. Pepys. Asks in whose hands the Hardereen is, how she is to be disposed of, and at what value they compute her. [Ibid. No. 24.]
Jan.4.
Portsmouth.
St. John Steventon, clerk of the cheque, to Sam. Pepys. A master and several others have come down to be entered on the Revenge, but having no orders, cannot act. Most of the Milford’s men, despairing of pay, have left the ship without licence; but having marked them as runaway, they begin to return. Asks whether to re-enter them, or continue them by removing the R, and only checking them for the absent time. [Ibid. No. 25.]
Jan.4.
The Richmond, Kingroad.
Capt. Amos Beare to the Navy Commissioners. Mathew Rogers, victualler’s agent, has no orders, and denies me and the purser, before Sir John Knight, any sort of provisions, although I have stated to him the growing charge to the King that may ensue for the want thereof. I would engage myself to the utmost of my present condition, but it would not be accepted. [Ibid. No. 26.]
Jan.4. John Heath to the Navy Commissioners. I attended this day according to your command, but was arrested at the suit of William Winter, who was a prisoner to the Dutch in the ship I took when I was forced on the coast of Guinea. I could not hear the cause why I was to attend you. [Ibid. No. 27.]
Jan.4.
Portsmouth,
John Tippetts, master shipwright, to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of the repairs required for the Slothany. Desires orders as to proceeding with the works on the new ship, and a supply of stores named. The dock is empty, and will hold one 3rd and one 4th rate ship; to do what they can in the dock will save time and charge. [pages. S.P. dom., Car. II. 232, No. 28.] Encloses,
Account by Edward Byland of works required to fit the Slothany for careening and setting masts; cost 390l., with the use of the dry dock 14 days and help of 36 men. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 28I.]
Jan.4.
Portsmouth Ropeyard.
Gregory Peachy to the Navy Commissioners. Has searched with persons named all the rope-houses and rope-makers in and about Portsmouth and Gosport, and promised a considerable reward to any that would discover the theft, but has failed. Since the robbery, but the house is so weak, and the people so needy and wicked withal, that unless there be a good watch, he fears the like disorder. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 29.]
Jan.4. Warrant for a commission to George Duke of Buckingham, James Earl of Northampton, Charles Earl of Carlisle, Thomas Viscount Fauconberg, and 8 others to put in execution the late Act of Parliament for settling freedom of trade with Scotland; to meet at the Inner Star Chamber, with other Commissioners to be nominated for Scotland. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f 1.]
Jan.4.
Weymouth.
Chris. Sawtell to Edm. Sawtell. Capt. Cotton has arrived from St. Lucar, and sailed for London. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 30.]
Jan.4.
Harwich
Silas Taylor to Williamson. A considerable fleet of laden colliers arrived in Hoseley Bay, standing for the gunfleet and so for the Thames; the greatest ships have not yet come. [Ibid No. 31.]
Jan.4.
Portsmouth
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Constant Warwick has gone to Spithead, and the Eagle will follow. [Ibid. No. 32.]
Jan.5.
Portsmouth
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Revenge and Warwick are being fitted for sea; all things here are quiet. [Ibid. No. 33.]
Jan.5.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson] The great storm carried away two small houses at Margate, broke into the chief waggon way to the pier, and rendered it impassable; fears the destruction of the pier. [Ibid. No. 34.]
Jan.5.
Berwick.
M. Scott to Williamson. Several Quakers are committed to the common gaol by the Mayor, being discovered by the church officers, who go about to suppress disorders, meeting in a Quaker’s house in the town. [Ibid. No. 35.]
Jan.5.
Portsmouth.
Edward Byland, shipwright’s assistant, to Col. Thos. Middleton. Has given the particulars of what is required to transform the Slothany to a hulk. Mr. Tippetts beat him down so much that he doubts whether he shall lose or gain thereby, but shall stand to his promise. Prefers doing it with provisions out of the stores, and as money is a scarce commodity, wants half payment in hand for encouragement. [Ibid. No. 36.]
Jan.5.
Chatham. Dock.
John Brooke and Wm. Rand, masters attendant, to the Navy Commissioners. The Franakin is fit to go with the Friezland for the service required. Desire her officers may be sent down. The De Ruyter and Leopard are in danger near Sheerness. Ask an order to the Victualler, being in great straits for victuals for them. Must take some of the ropemakers to help in the works, which will be very tedious and chargeable to the King, unless their honours send down a press warrant to take fishermen and others. [ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 37.]
Jan.5.
The Sovereign, Portsmouth Harbour.
Philip Latley, boatswain of the Sovereign, to Thos. Hayter. Begs his influence with Sam. Pepys, to procure him a month’s liberty to come to London on urgent business [Ibid. No. 38.]
Jan.6.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Departure of 11 ships from various parts for the river. The wind continues violent. [Ibid. No. 40.]
Jan.6.
Swansea.
John Man to Williamson. A French vessel of St. Malo, prize to an Ostender, was cast away in the storm on Laugharne Sands in Carmarthenshire; the men and part of the goods were saved. [Ibid. No. 41.]
Jan.6. Robert Earl of Aylesbury to Williamson. Wants the King’s approbation of Sir Stephen Anderson to be deputy-lieutenant of Bedfordshire, in place of his father, Stephen Anderson, who has resigned his estate in that county to his son. There are few deputy-lieutenants in the county at this time, hardly enough to carry on the affairs since [Rich.] Taylor’s death. Sir Wm. Beecher, who succeeded Mr. Taylor in the burgess-ship of Bedford, has to be out of the county when Parliament meets. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 42.]
Jan.6.
London.
James Hickes to Williamson. This is the first letter I have written since my last to you, which is long since. I think the long stories of [my deputy] are better liked here than my short ones, and in the time of Parliament sitting, an account is given of the substance of their daily proceedings. I hope soon to have health and strength to attend you; but am choked up with business. My last journey was to you, except three times in a coach, to wait on the Committee [of Posts] [Ibid. No. 43.]
Jan. 6.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Sir Wm. Morton for a lease of Shippon Manor, co. Berks, part of the Duchy of Cornwall, rent 26l. 13s. 4d., the King remembering his constant loyalty and suffering. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 277.]
Jan.6.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 44.]
Jan.6. Deposition of John Ayres. Was told by one Joan, an English woman, taken prisoner by the Spaniards, that she was taken into the castle of St. Jago, and there a negro told her that he belonged to Prince Maurice; that the Prince was cast away in a hurricane at Porto Rico, kept in a dungeon there till demanded by the English, and then sent to the castle of St. Jago, in Porto Bello, where he remains in a dungeon without attendance; the negro begged her not to tell this till she came to some English government. Being very cruelly treated by the Spaniards, the deponent, with some others, escaped to Jamaica. Taken 27 Dec. 1667, and certified 6 Jan. 1668, by Sir Thos. Modyford [governor of Jamaica]. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 45.]
Jan.6. Warrant dormant to pay 10,000l. to such persons as the King shall direct, under the signet and sign manual. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 174.]
Jan.6. Warrant authorizing the officers of the Exchequer to cause the King’s revenue, arising by the duty on fire hearths, to be paid into the Exchequer, and issued thence in the same method of payment as already directed for several parts of the revenue; no tallies to be struck thereon, and the auditors to keep a registry of all orders. [Ibid.]
Jan.7.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant of pardon to Wm. Goff, convicted of perjury at the last assizes for Oxfordshire. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 11.]
Jan.7. Grant of denization to Cornelius Gerritson mariner, native of Rotterdam. Minute [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30 f 2.]
[Jan.7.] Petition of the Churchwardens and Overseers of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields to the King, for his Majesty’s wonted charity of 100l. towards the relief of their poor. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 46.]
Jan.7. Privy Seal for 100l. to the poor of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields, as the King’s free gift. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 2.]
Jan.7. Warrant for a grant to Capt. Valentine Pine of the office of master gunner of England, void by death of James Wemyss, in whose absence Pine has long served as deputy. [Ibid. f. 2.]
Jan.7. List by [Williamson] of papers received from Sir Edw. Walker relative to retrenchment. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 47.]
Jan.7. Commission to George, Duke of Buckingham, and 11 others, to meet certain commissioners to be nominated by the realm of Scotland, to negotiate freedom of trade between England and Scotland, according to an Act of this present Parliament therefor; suspending any duties imposed since 25 March 1660, and any penalties for non-payment thereof; their agreement when ratified by his Majesty to continue in force a year, or till the end of the session of Parliament. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 48.]
Jan.[7]. Docquet of the above, dated Jan. 9. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 175.]
Jan.7.
Minehead.
John Maurice to Williamson. Arrival of the Fortune of Cork, and the Abraham with wools, &c., from Ireland; a Spanish vessel was seen riding under Lundy greatly damaged. [Ibid. No. 49.]
Jan.7.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. No news nor arrival of any ship. [S. P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 50.]
Jan.7. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 51.]
Jan.7.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson. Mynheer Quack set sail with a westerly wind at 11 p.m., resolving to dine at his own house next day, intending to show the quickness of the passage from London to Holland by Harwich; but the storm causes anxiety for his safety. The collier vessels that were standing for the Gunfleet made into the harbour on the storm. [Ibid. No. 52.]
Jan.7.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson] Arrival of the Algiers Merchant with currants from Zante. [Ibid. No. 53.]
Jan.7. Mich. Brighouse, clerk to the Attorney General, to Williamson. The Attorney General has drawn up the commission by the Lord Keeper’s direction, and wants the King’s signature; also the filling in of the blanks in the warrant for the place of meeting of the commissioners. [Ibid. No. 54.]
Jan.7.
Woolwich.
Capt. Wm. Hannam to the Navy Commissioners. Since the discharge of the men, finds none but the boatswains and some inconsiderable servants attending the ships. The Kent and other ships drove ashore loose by the violence of the weather; had not strength to secure them. Requests some extra men, and that the Foresight and Portsmouth, daily expected, may stop at Half-way Tree to unliver their guns. The Golden Lion from Barbadoes has broke loose through the neglect of the officers, and sustained 20l. or 30l. damage, and the Delph had her fasts stolen, and was turned loose in the river, for want of somebody to look after her. [Ibid. No. 55.]
Jan.7. Capt. J. Perriman to Sam. Pepys. Account of his proceedings in visiting ships in the river from 3 to 7 Jan. [Ibid. No. 56.]
Jan.7.
Woolwich.
Christopher Pett to the Navy Commissioners. Proceeds with the works of the new ship building. Desires that Mr. Langrack may have money to pay the bargemen and carters, that being the only dependence he has for a supply of timber; had it not been for the repair of the Dartmouth, had been forced to put off the greatest part of the men. Wants elm timber; that which was [Rich.] Abbot’s may be purchased, in case money can be procured; also wants broom, reed, &c. [Ibid. No. 57.]
Jan.7.
Woolwich.
Christopher Pett to the Navy Commissioners. Has just heard of the death of John Langrack at Farnham, Surrey, on New Year’s eve; the King has lost a very honest and able officer and the works on the new ships will be very much retarded. Recommends Walter Stafford, his chief foreman, and boat maker to the King, as a fit person to succeed him as carpenter of the Sovereign, and also purveyor. Knows no other person in the navy that has greater abilities for those offices. [Ibid. No. 58.]
Jan.7.
Portsmouth.
Richard Suffolk, master of the Revenge, to Sir Edw. Spragg. The carpenters’ and joiners’ work is yet much behind, also the rigging, as no orders have come for entering men. The order for victualling 180 men for 112 days has been here a great while. [S.P. Dom. Car. II. 232, No. 59.]
Jan.7.
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Sir George Downing to the Navy Commissioners. The Lords of the Treasury will do nothing as to paying the tickets till they have spoken with you to-morrow afternoon. [Ibid. No. 60.]
Jan.7.
Chatham Dock.
Phineas Pett to the Navy Commissioners. Desires orders as to proceeding with the works of the Royal Oak, the charge being con siderable. Cannot bring Mr. Chambers under 25s. per 1,000 ready money for his reed. Smith, of Stroud, has 50 loads of elm timber at 37s. a load ready money, and 30 loads of ash at 24s; both are much wanted in the stores. [Ibid. No. 61.] Enclosing,
Account of the defects of the Defiance, now in Chatham Dock, 6 Jan. 1667. [Ibid. No. 61I.]
Jan.7.
Portsmouth.
John Tinker to Sam. Pepys. There is more ironwork to be loaded than the Emser will carry. There is here 100 lasts of tar; you can have 50 now the war is ended, as it will not be spent till great part of it be leaked out. On the return of the En. ser, will put her men into the Swallow ketch, which he will load with tar and other things for London, as she will carry twice as much as the Emser. [Ibid. No. 62.]
Jan.8.
Navy Office
T. Hayter to Rich. Reynell, clerk of the Barber Surgeons’ Company. Asks whose names were put in bills for the Drake and Henrietta, and what became of the persons. With note by Rich. Reynell in reply, that Arthur Noy was appointed surgeon for the Drake, and John Hodgson for the Henrietta. Hears that Arthur Noy went to Plymouth in the ship, hut is now gone to sea in a merchantman; the captain of the Reserve, removing into the Henrietta, carried his surgeon, Nathaniel Dogget, with him. 9 Jan. 1667. [Ibid. No. 63.]
Jan.8.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to Sam. Pepys. I appointed you, by mistake, to attend the Duke, but the business is not to be transacted with you, but with the committee of the Council. [Ibid. No. 64.]
Jan.8.
Montpelier.
Will. Allestree to Williamson. Acknowledgement of letters. I shall be totally banished from the convenience of sending any pamphlets or other things while living here, but will send to a bookseller in Paris to send them. This city is as barren of news as its mountains are of fruit, and the inhabitants are rather blessed with healthful bodies than sound minds; but if news from Italy, Venice, and the East may find a welcome, I have desired a correspondence with a person who receives good intelligence from those parts. Let me hear from you weekly; thanks for good advice; tell me what part of civil law may be most fit to undertake; I have made as much progress in the Institutions as vacant time from learning the French language will permit. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 65.]
Jan. 8.
Ostend.
Declaration by Walter Hingston, merchant of Lyme, that the Mary of Guernsey, passing from St. Malo to Topsham, was seized by the Fortune of Ostend, and the master, Peter Cannivett, with the declarant, sent to Ostend, notwithstanding their passport; that by the needless delays of the captain of the Fortune, the vessel taken struck and was lost, whereby he and many others lost their goods on board, and their papers and they protest against this unjust interception. [S.P. Dom., Car. ll. 232, No. 66.]
Jan. 8.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Treasury Commissioners to allow to Edw. Grey a moiety of such moneys raised for the distressed inhabitants of Piedmont and Bohemia as shall be recovered by him, he having represented that the fourth part of concealed moneys usually allowed to discoverers will not repay his charges in bringing together the persons who must make out the discovery. [S.P. Dom, Entry Book 26, f. 22.]
Jan. 8.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. A small English vessel has arrived from Avara, in Portugal, having overshot her port in the thick weather. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No 67.]
Jan. 8.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. Arrival of a small vessel of Barnstable from Bilbao, bound for Ireland, and another from the Canaries. [Ibid. No. 68.]
Jan. 8. Same to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 69.]
Jan. 8.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. The stormy weather has prevented vessels putting to sea. The people are high for liberty of conscience, blown up by books scattered among them, one called “A Peace Offering,” another “A Discourse of the Religion of England,” and others. Conscience is made a cloak for ignorance, wilfulness, and treachery. One of these holders forth refused the oath of supremacy, but when it was read to him, thinking it was the oath of allegiance, he took it. These people are children in understanding, but men in malice. They report that the Queen, wishing to change her religion, sent for the Bishop of Canterbury, but he has advised her to forbear, as we were coming over to her way. [Ibid. No. 70.]
Jan. 8. Lord St. John to Williamson. Asks for a warrant for the wardenship of New Forest, co. Hants. [Ibid. No. 71.]
Jan. 9.
Westminster.
Patent authorizing a collection to be made in all churches and chapels for two years, for the redemption of English subjects, captives in miserable slavery in Algiers, Sally, and other parts the Turkish dominions, and appointing Sir And. Riccard, governor of the East India Company, and Sir John Frederic, alderman of London, to receive the moneys collected, and dispose of them for the said purpose. Endorsed with a note that 5l. was collected at Dover on this brief, 22 Aug. 1669, at a private meeting, and paid to John Bodham. [Printed. Ibid. No. 72.]
Jan. 9.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson. The Flanders mail has come in here, being unable to reach Dover. The French are shotting before Nieuport. There is a report of several vessels cast away near Yarmount. [Ibid. No . 73.]
Jan. 9.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Departure of the Eagle for Spithead. All things are quiet. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232. No. 74.]
Jan. 9.
Portsmouth.
St. John Steventon to Sam. Pepys. Sends particulars of the muster of the Cambridge. The lighter hoy was built at Portsmouth yard 30 years since, to transport timber into the stores; she has been constantly employed in that service, and is called the timber hoy. The James galliot is expected. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 75.] Encloses,
Muster book [of the Cambridge], with the amount due respectively to the men named for service. [7 pages. Ibid. No. 75I.]
Muster book of the Cambridge, taken at Spithead 13 May 1667, and paid off 11 November following. [5 pages. Ibid. No. 75II.]
Jan. 9.
Dover.
Thos. White to the Navy Commissioners. Has 6 cwt. of rigging that he took on shore from the Crown Mary fire-ship. The ship is now sold, and the man that has bought her will give 16s. per cwt. for it. Asks whether to let him have it; if not, will send it up with the remainder of the stores. [Ibid. No. 76.]
Jan. 9.
Deptford.
John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. Sends an account of a survey of the Monmouth’s provisions; can have what broken guns are needed from the Tower. Wants 6 chains of 7 fathoms each for the moorings; there is one lying at Greenwich which, if they order it to be taken up, will serve, being 50 fathoms long. [Ibid. No.77.]
Jan. 9.
Mary yacht, Dublin.
Capt. Jas. Sharland to the Navy Commissioners. I want a cable and boatswain and carpenter's stores. I desire you would speak to Sir Denis Gauden to pay a bill of mine of 282l. for victualling, which has been due a twelvemonth, and is in the hands of Daniel Aurthers, of London; I cannot pay the ship’s credit here without it. [Ibid. No. 78.]
Jan. 10.
Edwinstow.
John Russell to the Navy Commissioners. Desires hoys to fetch the timber from Stockwith, Buttrey, and Hull. Sixty loads were carried down last year, which Lord Belasyse made use of to make carriages for the guns. There have been great land waters, which have cleansed the Trent; has had much trouble in keeping the timber from drifting. [Ibid. No. 79.]
Jan. 10. The King to the Prize Commissioners. The prize ship Hercules, alias Solomon, now in the Thames, was seized by Capt. Ben. Carteret of the pearl, as a derelict, and the Judge of the Admiralty Court was about to give order for its sale as such, when our proctor, Cheek, objected, pretending we might have a right therein; as the ship and goods are leaky and perishable, to prevent delay, we grant our rights therein to the Duke of York. [S.P. Dom., Entry book 26, f. 23.]
Jan. 10. Pass for 16 horses to France for the use of Sieur de Gadagne, a person in eminent employment about the French King. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 3.]
Jan. 10. Warrant empowering Miles Bernard, who has a licence to export 23 horses to Flanders, as a present to Count Egmont and other persons of quality in Flanders, to add a mare and 2 stone geldings to the number. [Ibid. f. 3.]
Jan. 10.
Gravesend.
Sir John Mennes to Thos. Hayter. The seamen of the Sorlings being ordered to be paid in the Monmouth, I want the pay books and muster books in the ticket-office, as also those for the Milford. With note that the books of the two ships named and the Deptford were sent by Mr. Marlow to the master of a tilt-boat. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 80.] Annexing.
Thos. Pointer to [Thos. Hayter]. Requests him to send the muster books of the Deptford ketch and Nightingale. [Ibid. No. 80I.]
Jan. 10.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. The fleet of merchantmen bound for the Straits, Canaries, Virginia, &c., has sailed [Ibid. No.81.]
Jan. 10. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 82.]
Jan. 10.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. A vessel of Hull has arrived from Newcastle, after narrowly escaping shipwreck, the winds being unusually high. [Ibid. No. 83.]
Jan. 10.
Newcastle.
Rich Forster to Williamson. A flyboat belonging to London was cast away just under the Castle. There are few ships here, and the weather very tempestuous. [Ibid. No. 84.]
Jan. 10.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Williamson. A French ship, laden with fish and oil from Canada, taken by an Ostend privateer, came to anchor in Tenby Road, and being deserted by her men, was cast away at New Marsh, 12 miles distant, but most of the fish and oil saved. [Ibid. No. 85.]
Jan. 10. John Powell to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid .No. 85A.]
Jan. 11. C.S. [Chris. Sawtell] to Edm. Sawtell. A Portuguese caravan is detained by bad weather in the west bay by Portland, and in danger of being cast away. [Ibid. No. 86.]
Jan. 11.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. A Portuguese carvel, laden with salt, sugar, oranges, and lemons, has been in great danger in the storm, but was saved by the vigilance of some Weymouth seamen. [Ibid. No.87.]
Jan. 11.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson. Departure of the colliers for the Thames, the previous storms ending in snow; the Holland packet-boat has not yet arrived. [Ibid. No. 88.]
Jan. 11.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. A Lyme vessel from Malaga says that there they are very strict in denying entrance to French goods; she met some Turkish men-of-war in those ports, but they did her no damage. Vessels have sailed with provisions for Virginia, Barbadoes, &c., and others for France with drapery. [Ibid. No. 89.]
Jan. 11.
Greenwich.
John Coudre to Thos. Hayter. Has been removed from Deptford to Greenwich, and can get no provisions on board. Desires an order to the victualler to despatch him. [S.P. Dom., Car II. 232, No. 90.]
Jan. 11.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Sends his Royal Highness's directions on the matters desired. Wishes them to put Ridges’ Christian name into the order, and despatch it to the Marshal, with some directions where to light on him. [Ibid. No. 91.]
Jan. 11.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. If they have not appointed a successor for Mr. Langrack, recommends John Chamberlain, who was his assistant on that work, and the better able to finish the purveying of provisions. [Ibid. No. 92.]
Jan. 11.
Portsmouth.
John Tippetts, master shipwright, to the Navy Commissioners. Delivered the imprest bill to Mr. Steventon. Has taken care for a supply of the petty provisions wanting. The Emsworth sloop is laden and ready to go hence; there is enough left for another freight. [Ibid. No. 93.] Encloses,
Account of stores put on board the Emsworth sloop to be sent to Deptford, and of those ordered but not sent.—11 Jan. 1668. [Ibid. No. 93I.]
Jan. 11.
Wapping.
Wm. Wood to Thos. Hayter. I desire you to make bills of sale to Thos. Gould for the Guinea and 3 other ships, and to him for the Elias and 3 others; I will ratify anything in the book when able to go abroad. [Ibid. No. 94.]
Jan. 12.
Portsmouth.
John Tinker to Sam. Pepys. I find Mr. Peachy has been very diligent in the search after the yarn; has been examining witnesses, but not much to the purpose. The Emsor is laden with ironwork, and ready to sail as soon as she has her provisions, about which I have had some dispute with Mr. Gauden, for want of their Honours' order. [Ibid. No. 95.] Encloses,
Information of John Leverett and 4 others, before Hugh Salesbury, Mayor of Portsmouth, as to the breaking open of the rope-house at Portsmouth, on 16 Nov. last, and stealing 3 cwt. of tar yarn—9 Jan. 1668. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 95I.]
Jan. 12.
Golden Hand flyboat, Gillingham.
Hab. Wiles, master, to the Navy Commissioners. I can sail by Thursday, but shall be very weakly manned, the men being sick and lame by fever; I have no carpenter. I desire an order to the Master of Attendance for 3 or 4 of the Wood merchant's men, as she is the best manned of any ship here; and as they are staying here till I return, I think they may well be spared. [Ibid. No. 96.]
Jan. 12.
The Portland.
Capt. John Pearce to the Navy Commissioners. Has sent his purser to Dover for 42 days' victuals for 110 men; if he may have it, asks an order. The captain of the Francis wants a best bower cable with a boat. The Roebuck, ordered to Rye and Dieppe, has come back, being leaky, and intends for the Thames. Has had a tedious winter; there are 150 merchant ships wind-bound. [Ibid. No. 97.]
Jan. 12.
Portsmouth.
Chas. Honywood to Williamson. The Constant Warwick and Eagle, bound for Ireland, are at Spithead; the Sapphire and Mermaid sailed for the Straits, but were driven back by contrary winds. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 98.]
Jan. 12.
Rye.
Jas. Welsh to Williamson. There are seventeen horses and several persons waiting to go to France, but contrary winds detain them. [Ibid. No. 99.]
Jan. 12.
Berwick.
M. Scott to Williamson. Thanks for his letter; all things continue quiet and peaceable. [Ibid. No. 100.]
Jan. 12.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. No news at all here. [Ibid. No. 101.]
Jan. 12. John Powell to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 102.]
Jan. 12.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Arrival of a Hamburgher bound for the west; several ships put back again into the harbour through contrary winds, and the rest of the fleet is supposed to be in Falmouth. [Ibid. No. 103.]
Jan. 13.
Loddington.
J. Bentham to Williamson. It is reported that the King is so offended with bishops that he resolves on a toleration; that 6 persons are put out of the Privy Council on the Earl of Clarendon's account; that the Bishop of St. Asaph and 3 other bishops can attest the King's marriage with the Duke of Monmouth's mother; that his Majesty has discharged the Duke of York's guards, and has lately narrowly escaped poisoning. Conventicles multiply and grow bolder; the justices pretend they have no encouragement from above, and therefore let the fanatics alone. At Rothwell, a tailor went to the church with the rabble of the town, put on the surplice, and went on with the service till interrupted by a request for a sight of his licence. The nonconformists appear and preach at or near their former habitations, contrary to the Five Miles Act. [Endorsed, "False News." 2 pages. Ibid. No. 104.]
Jan. 13.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. The Portugal ship in Portland road has been seized and carried to Ostend, notwithstanding being in the King's chamber, within shot of the castle. Only the captain, a boy, and some customs' officers on board were let come on shore. [Ibid. No. 105.]
Jan. 13.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. Several vessels arrived for Virginia, &c.; other ships still wait for a fair wind. [Ibid. No. 106.]
Jan. 13.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Eight ships put in here yesterday, bound for the Straits. [Ibid. No. 107.]
Jan.13. Proceedings at a meeting of the Commissioners for trade between England and Scotland. The commissioners were read, and the next meeting appointed at the Lord Keeper's lodgings on the 17th. [Ibid. No. 108.]
Jan. 13. Reference recommending to the Lord Keeper the petition of Hen. Howard, of Norfolk, that the King would bestow the custody of the Duke of Norfolk and his estate on the now Marquis of Worcester, and Lord Northumberland, and on Arthur Onslow, in place of his father, Sir Rich. Onslow. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, f. 277.]
Jan. 13. Reference to the Attorney-General of the petition of Sir J. Robinson, Bart., for the remainder of the wardenship of Rockingham, with all offices, arrears of rent, &c., for 99 years. [Ibid. p. 278.]
Jan. [13] M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. The Duke expects them this afternoon. Asks them to inquire into the complaint of embezzlements in the Orange. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 109.] Encloses,
Account by John White of stores embezzled by Hen. Robinson, carpenter of the Orange. [Ibid. No. 109I.]
Account by Fergus Freazell of stores embezzled by Wm.Jingle, gunner of the Orange. [Ibid. No. 109II.]
Jan. 13. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Sir Thos. Allin complains that his purser cannot get butter and cheese from the victualler. Desires speedy redress. Captain Burstow says they have ordered him 3 months' victuals for 45 men, but he was allowed 70; having no orders for discharging those for which he is not victualled, desires directions. [Ibid. No. 110.]
Jan. 13.
Portsmouth Ropeyard.
Gregory Peachy to the Navy Commissioners. Two rope-makers were taken last Saturday with 14 Ib. weight of cable. Captain Tinker and the mayor have secured the pieces, and taken security for the men's appearance until your Honours' pleasure is known. [Ibid. No. 111.]
Jan. 14. Hab. Wiles of the Golden Hand to the Navy Commissioners. I desire you will write to [Edw.] Gregory, Clerk of the Cheque, to enter the carpenter I have taken on board, so that the man may have the usual allowance, [Ibid. No. 112.]
Jan. 14. Certificate by Capt. Rob. Robinson that Sir Jer. Smith, for his Straits voyage, was allowed his additional pay with 10 ships, and Sir Rob. Holmes, for his voyage to Guinea the first time, was allowed 20s. a day besides his third-rate pay. Endorsed with note that by these precedents Robinson demands extra allowance for his voyage to Gottenburg. [Ibid. No. 113.]
Jan. 14.
Gosport.
Edward Silvester to the Navy Commissioners. Has not got on with the chain because money has not been paid according to contract; also it was laid by because anchors were more needful to be provided. If they will order payment, there shall be no neglect, and the chain shall be done to the best advantage for saving new moorings of the ships [Ibid. No. 114.]
Jan. 14.
Chatham.
Edw. Gregory, Clerk of the Cheque, to the Navy Commissioners. The smack belonged to the Sovereign before the Dutch War, and has since been rebuilt for Mr. Lawrence, the shipwright's assistant, and employed in the service. The horse-boat wanting was burnt by the enemy at the chain; account of the disposal of other ships named. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 115.]
Jan. 14. Pass for 35 horses and 2 mules into France, for the Duke de Verneuil and the Earl of St. Albans, on paying customs. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 48.]
Jan. 14. Like pass for the Comte de Grammont and the Marquis de Duras; with memorandum that these two passes were cancelled, and two others of like tenor granted in the names of the Earl of St. Albans and Thos. Howard, and of St. George Hamilton and Walter Montague. Minute. [Ibid. f. 48.]
Jan. 14. The King to Lord General the Duke of Albemarle. On 24 July last we appointed Sir Chichester Wray governor of Sheerness Fort, Isle of Sheppey, with allowance of 10s. a day from 26 June 1666, when he was first sent to quarter there with his company. You are to order Sir Stephen Fox to pay to Sir Chichester 229l. 10s. as pay for 459 days, up to 28 September, to be allowed to Fox among contingencies in passing his accounts. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31,f. 2.]
Jan. 14. Grant to George, son of Sir George Downing, of the office of a teller of the Exchequer, in reversion after the present tellers, and after Thos. Clifford and Thos. Vernon, reversioners. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 176.]
Jan. 14.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Sir Philip Honywood and his lady arrived on Saturday evening, and were heartily welcomed, he having altered his condition by marriage. The Constant Warwick and Eagle are ready for service when required. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 116.]
Jan. 14. Henry Rumbold to Williamson. I will give you 200l. if you will get my consul's commission for Malaga and St. Lucar; or if I may not remain with both, for St. Lucar. Mr. Colston can never enjoy it quietly, because of the power of the opposite party. [Ibid. No. 117.]
Jan. 14.
Letter Office.
A. Ellis to Williamson. Three French mails have come in at once. The postmaster of Calais notes the reason; Webb, the postmaster of Sittingbourne, a stubborn, refractory fellow, was 7 hours in riding 12 miles. [Ibid. No. 118.]
Jan. 14. Sir Rob. Paston to Williamson. Has delivered to Sir Wm. Coventry, burgess of Great Yarmouth, the draft of a patent for its incorporation with Little Yarmouth, as authorized by Act of Parliament 3 years ago, when the towns should come to an agreement. Begs speedy despatch of it, as the time limited by the Act expires in February. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 119.]
Jan. 14.
Weymouth.
Deposition by John Phillips and 5 others of Weymouth, before Sam. Bond, Judge of the Vice-Admiralty of Dorsetshire, that the St. Stephen of Lisbon had nearly been cast away in Portland Bay, but was saved by the care of the Voice-Admiral's officers, brought within half gun-shot of the castle, and the custom house officers sent on board, when John Derrickson, captain of an Ostend priva teer, seized her, setting the custom house officers on shore, although they told him that she was in the King's chamber, and bade him take care what he did. [Copy. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 120.]
Jan. 14.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson, The Holland packet-boat has not arrived, owing to the wind. Is out of purse 150l. in the prize office. [Ibid. No. 121.]
Jan. 14.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson., Packets have arrived from Amsterdam and Rotterdam. There is no news of Mynheer Quack; it is thought he has miscarried. It is reported from Rotterdam that they are changing in Holland in relation to the French neighbourhood in Flanders, and do not wish it to proceed if they can divert it; also that De Witt's party are failing in their credit. [Ibid. No. 122.]
Jan. 14.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. A vessel which sailed for Hamburg is forced back by frost. Misfortunes to collier vessels, &c., in the late storm. [Ibid. No. 123.]
Jan. 14.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Arrival of a small vessel from Malaga. The fleet bound for the south, which had put back, sailed this afternoon. [Ibid. No. 124.]
Jan. 14. Same to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 125.]
Jan. 14.
Minehend.
John Maurice to Williamson. Two small vessels have arrived, one laden with oranges and lemons for Billingsgate, the other from Scotland with herrings for London. [Ibid. No. 126.]
Jan. 15.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. The Ostenders who are still on the French coast met 2 English vessels from Morlaix, but did not injure them on examining their cargoes. French forces are daily raising for Flanders. [Ibid. No. 127.]
Jan. 15.
Weymouth.
J. Pocock to Hickes. A ship from Barbadoes confirms the report that Cayenne and Surinam are taken. Sir John Harman arrived at Barbadoes with the pillage of the places; he said peace was proclaimed and 300 prisoners freed. [Ibid. No. 128.]
Jan. 15.
Deal.
Rich. Watts [to Williamson]. Fifty merchantmen have sailed westward. [Ibid. No. 129.]
Jan. ? Capt. Johann Böeckell to Lord Arlington. In 1664, I was recommended to you and the King by Prince Rupert, and have since been sent to M. Nipho at Antwerp, and Sir George Downing at the Hague, to do service, which I have performed at the hazard of my life. I beg payment of my account, having waited 10 or 11 weeks with patience. [French. 2 pages. Ibid. No. 130.] Annexing,
Nipho to Prince Rupert. Attests the skill, zeal, and integrity with which Böeckell has served the King, sometimes at the hazard of his life.–3 August 1667. Antwerp. [Ibid. No. 130I.]
Jan. 15. Johann Böeckell to Williamson. Has consumed much money and time without obtaining what he wants. Begs discharge of the arrears of his account, having served, at hazad of his life, for 3 years during the last war. All who have been in Holland know how dear living there is. [French. 2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 131.]
Jan. ? Johann Böeckell to Williamson. Presents his accounts, and M. Nipho's, relative to his commission in Holland, as formerly sent to Lord Arlington, and begs payment of the balance due to him, that he may satisfy his creditors. [French. 2 pages. Ibid. No. 132.] Encloses,
Capt. John Boeckell's account, for journeys to gather information of the state of shipping, naval stores, &c., in Holland, and for entertaining spies where he could not go himself, from 1664 to 1667; total 506I. 16s. [Ibid. No. 132I.]
Statement of moneys paid to him by Sieur Nipho, on account; total 240l. [French. Ibid. No. 132II.]
Jan. 15.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Arrival and departure of vessels. Loss of three colliers. A ketch laden with herrings has sailed for Rotterdam. [Ibid. No. 133.]
Jan. 15.
Weymouth.
C.S. [Chris. Sawtell] to Edm. Sawtell. Departure of two vessels, one for Bordeaux, the other for Crosick. Arrival of a ship from Barbadoes. [Ibid. No. 134.]
Jan. 15.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships. An English vessel from Lisbon is cast away about Padstow. [Ibid. No. 135.]
Jan. 15. Same to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 136.]
Jan. 15. Warrant to Sir Wm. Wylde, Recorder of London, to liberate Wm. Scott, confined in Aldgate prison, on security to surrender on summons. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 11.]
Jan. 15.
The Eagle, Spithead.
Capt. John Crabb to the Navy Commissioners. Set sail this morning for Cowes, and shall make all possible way. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 137.]
Jan. 15.
Woolwich.
Chris. Pett to the Navy Commissioners. Thanks for endeavouring to procure the men's pay, which, when effected, will be an act of great charity. Can proceed on the new works if there is a supply of Whittlewood timber, which is promised, if Andrews, the bargeman, is encouraged with money to bring it from the water-side. Suggests that piles and boards be placed to protect some posts driven in at the marshes, to fasten the hawsers of the ships, as they damage the foundation of the wall, which will prejudice Col. Guilburne, the owner. [Walter] Stafford wishes to be employed as purveyor in the room of Mr. Langrack. Will wait on them tomorrow, and give the terms Mr. Showell requires for the timber he bought of [Rich.] Abbot. [1 pages. Ibid. No. 138.]
Jan. 15.
Navy Office.
John Huntington, master of the Adam and Eve, to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of the defects in his ship. Requests orders for repairs. [Ibid. No. 139.]
Jan. 16.
Stadthaus of Haarlem, Gravesend.
Capt. Aaron Lawson to the Navy Commissioners. Before coming from Aldborough, I was forced to leave with the bailiff 6 barrels of gunpowder as a lien for provisions amounting to 12l. 16s. 2d., to be redeemed by your Honours, which provisions are now grown very short. I desire orders before my men are disposed of, as Capt. King has written for his men whom I have on board. I have no beer, and dare not stir till further orders. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 140].
Jan. 16.
Chatham Dock.
Ph. Pett, John Brooke, and Wm. Rand to the Navy Commissioners. Have surveyed the slip at Chatham between the two docks, and find that the charge of lowering it 6 feet will be 920l. [Endorsed "Estimate of the charge of making the slip at Chatham for the Royal Oak to be built in." Ibid. No. 141.]
Jan. 16.
Dover.
Thos. White to the Navy Commissioners. Shall send up the rigging from the Crown Mary, and her boat, with the rest of the stores remaining here; hopes they will send a vessel for them soon, that the charge of house room may be taken off. Desires they will obtain him the money due to the port. [Ibid. No. 142.]
Jan. 16. James Norman, Clerk of the Survey at Chatham, to the Navy Commissioners. I took up the John and Elizabeth, a vessel of John Newell's,a hoyman, for transporting stores from Chatham to Deptford, when the vessel was run down and much damaged; I beg allowance for her repairs, as I promised in case of miscarriage. Despatch of stores. With note by Commissioner Taylor that this vessel was to have 8s per ton for taking in the Tower stores, and he hopes their Honours will consider the damage. [Ibid. No. 143.].
Jan. 16.
Harwich.
Acknowledgment by Ant. Deane and 4 others of their having bought 16 old boats at the total price of 25l. 3s., paying two-thirds in navy bills or tickets within 24 hours, and one- third in ready money. [Ibid. No. 144.]
Jan. 16. J. Clapham, of the Spy, to Thos. Hayter. Asks for 20 blank tickets for the Maybolt. [Ibid. No. 145.]
Jan. 16. Erection of a new office of Controller of the Great Wardrobe, and grant thereof to Andrew Newport, fee 300l. a year. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 177.]
Jan. 16. Erection of a new office of Surveyor of the Great Wardrobe, and grant thereof to Bullen Reymes. fee 300l. a year. [Ibid.]
Jan 16. Discharge to the governors and company of the East India merchants of London for 154,969l. 13s. 5d., raised by them for the prize goods taken from the Dutch in the Slothany and Phœnix, and paid for the King's use, according to articles agreed on between the Duke of Albemarle on his Majesty's behalf, and Sir John Robinson and others on behalf of the company. [Ibid.]
Jan. 16. Warrant to pay to John Burtwhistle 100l. for the poor of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, according to the King's accustomed bounty. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 177.]
Jan. 16.
Milford.
John Powell to James Hickes. Departure of the John and Christian of Bristol for Virginia. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 146.]
Jan. 16. [Thos.] Povey to Williamson. My neighbour regrets being unable to write to [the Countess of Pembroke] in your behalf, having written, at Lord St. John's request, in behalf of a gentleman of the North, as a matter of formality, but he wishes you success. I hear that she has promised a Parliament man of some eminence that he should succeed. [Endorsed, "Appleby." Ibid. No. 147.]
Jan. 16.
Appleby.
John Dalston to Williamson. I have acquainted the mayor, &c., of Appleby with your desire of serving them as burgess, and they showed me a letter from the Countess [of Pembroke] desiring them to suspend any engagement till they heard from her; they wish to gratify her, and think the party is her grandchild, John Tufton. There will be many competitors, and all will apply to the Countess; her request will prevail more than all others; but should she appear for none, letters to Dr. Smith, the mayor's brother, and Mr. Gabetis, the under-sheriff, may be effectual. [Ibid. No. 148.]
Jan. 16.
Brougham Castle.
Anne Countess of Pembroke to Williamson. I would have served you in your wish to be chosen burgess of Appleby, in place of John Lowther, deceased, but for a prior engagement to my own grand-children in the southern parts, and some of my own kindred and friends in those parts. [Ibid. No. 149.]
Jan. 16.
Rye.
James Welsh to Williamson. The Duke of Monmouth was received by the trained band company and firing of all the great guns; he set sail within two hours, on board the Duke's yacht, for Dieppe. The 17 horses, sent as a present to the French King, have also sailed. [Ibid. No. 150.]
Jan. 16.
Clifford's Inn.
Hen. Wynne to Williamson. Gave notice to Sir George Reeves, that if he did not appear to give reason, the caveat entered against the passing any grant of the personal state of John Ferrers for killing Simon Mountfort would be withdrawn, which is therefore to be done. [Ibid. No. 151.]
Jan. ? Note of the murder of Simon Mountfort by Chas. [John] Ferrers, both of Clifford's Inn. [Marked "Mr. Killegrew." Ibid. No. 152.]
Jan. 16. Warrant to Sir Wm. Wylde, Recorder of London, to liberate John Ferrers, convicted of manslaughter, on his giving security to appear at the next gaol delivery for London. [S.P.Dom., Entry Book 28, p. 11.]
Jan. 16.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. The John and Christian of Bristol has sailed for Virginia. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 153.]
Jan. 16.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Departure of the Eagle; the [Constant] Warwick remains still at Spithead, for order. [Ibid. No. 154.]
Jan. 16.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson. The Packet-boats both returned with passengers, the same day they arrived. Lord Castlehaven came in one of them, an the posted for London. A French boat laden with masts keeps close in the harbour, because an Englishman, with a Spanish commission from Nieuport or Ostend, lies in wait for her. The French are ravaging Flanders to the very gates of their towns. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 155.]
Jan. 16.
Swansea.
John Man to Williamson. The Joseph of Rochelle, from Newfoundland, has been cast on shore and much injured; 2 other vessels have been driven into the harbour. [Ibid. No.156.]
Jan. 16.
Mark Lane, London.
Sir And. Riccard to Math. Wren, secretary to the Duck of York. I and others concerned in the Mediterranean have considered what you said, about the importance of the consulship at Algiers; and Mr. Fussell being employed as a merchant abroad, we nominate Thos. Raymond, who is well experienced in the affairs of those place. We have prevailed with him to undertake the employment, if encouraged by the King and Duke [of York] the profits of the consulship not being answerable to the expense. [Ibid. No. 157.]
Jan. 16. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Capt. Hen. Sydenham, for licence to transport 6,000 bags of wool of the growth of Ireland. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 278.]
Jan. 16. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Martha Calthoffe and her children, for the repair of Foxhole, where she lives, or a for a present sum of money to relieve her necessities. [Ibid. p. 278.]
Jan. 17. Reference of the petition of Sir Phil. Warwick ––showing that he obtained the presentation to the rectory and chapel of Suckley, diocese of Worcester, for his kinsman, but the late Lord Chancellor having also presented to the same in right of his office, the master had been referred to the Lord Keeper––directing that the whole business be remitted to the law, as directed by the Lord Keeper; in case the presentation belongs to the King, Mr. Warwick to be presented, and meanwhile caveats entered that no new direction be given contrary to the same. [Ibid. p. 279.]
Jan. 17.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. Arrival of vessels from Morlaix and the Canaries. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 158.]
Jan. 17. Same to James Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 159.]
Jan. 17.
Brougham Castle.
Anne Countess of Pembroke to Sir Geo. Fletcher, Bart., Hutton, Cumberland. I have answered Mr. Williamson in reference to his election as burgess for Appleby, in place of my deceased cousin, John Lowther, that I am engaged for some of my own grandchildren, and cannot determine anything till I know whether they will accept it. [Ibid. No. 160.]
Jan. 17. Anne Countess of Pembroke to Lady Thanet. I send a copy of my reply to Lord Arlington, in answer to his on behalf of Jos. Williamson, for the burgess-ship. I shall not recede from my first resolve, and beg you to say so to Lord Anglesey, in answer to his note; I hope he will be satisfied, as Mr. Williamson, being a person of eminent ingenuity, and having so many worthy friends, cannot miss a burgess-ship elsewhere. [Extract. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 161.]
Jan. 17. Proceeding at a meeting of the English and Scottish Commissioners. It was agreed to treat in writing, and the English Commissioners requested that on the next meeting, on Jan. 21, the Scottish Commissioners should give in a paper of their requests. [Domestic Correspondence, June. 13, 1668, No. 108.]
Jan. 17.
Whitehall.
Warrant to pay to Hen. Slingsby, master worker of the Mint, 350l. out of the late dormant privy seal for 10,000l, to be by him paid to John, Joseph, and Philip Roettiers, chief gravers of the Mint, as a free gift for service. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 24.]
Jan. 17. Licence to Col. Henry Stanniers and Beville Skelton for 12 horses and 6 servants into France. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 49.]
Jan. 17. Pass to France of Flanders for Robert Duke Richmond, Thomas Bulkley, and 10 others, disbanded out of Capt. Cheek's company of foot, for refusing the oath of supremacy. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 3b.]
Jan. 17. Warrant for a grant of incorporation of the town of Little Yarmouth with that of Great Yarmouth, according to Act of Parliament therefor, in case they signify their consent; and the inhabitants of Little Yarmouth pay the expenses of the charter. [Ibid. ff. 3, 4.]
Jan. ? Act for settling differences, between the town of Great and Little Yarmouth, touching the lading and unlading of herrings and other merchandizes and commodities. Passed 2 March, 1665, with proviso of avoidance unless within 3 years the inhabitants of Great and Little Yarmouth are incorporated. [Printed. 4 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 162.]
Jan. 17.
Harwich.
Wm. Watkins to the Navy Commissioners. Account of iron received out of the stores; desires speedy payment of some money on his bills, that he may repair to the works. [Ibid. No. 163.]
Jan. 18.
Woolwich.
Wm. Hannam, master attendant, to the Navy Commissioners. Understands that his Royal Highness has lent the vessels lately employed for weighing the King's ships at Woolwich to weigh Jeremy Keeble's ship, sunk near Barking. Could continue weighing ships here; 2 spring tides have been lost. Brookes, who should perform that service, pretends the neglect is for want of money to satisfy those he employs. [Ibid. No. 164.]
Jan. 18. John Runting, master of the St. Peter, to the Navy Commissioners. The ship is ready; waits orders whether to go to Chatham or Harwich. Desires that the master attendant at Woolwich may supply 3 or 4 shrouds for the foremast. [Ibid. No. 165.]
Jan. 18.
Gosport.
Edw. Silvester to the Navy Commissioners. His contract for the chain was to receive 200l. for every 10 tons as he made it; has a bill of imprest for the first sum, which remain unpaid; was put upon other work more needful than the chain, the bills for which are also unpaid, which disables him. If they will furnish him with 300l., shall go on with the chain according to contract, and finish it time enough to save the new moorings. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 166.]
Jan. 18. Certificate by Jonas Shish and two others that John Sherwood has been employed many years in the yards, and is fit for a purveyor for felling and converting timber. [Ibid. No. 167.]
Jan. 18.
Appleby.
Geo. Williamson to Jos. Williamson. Details of efforts to procure the burgess-ship. The town has assured the Countess that they will elect whom she pleases, but if her grandchild resigns, she says she thinks you as fit as any other; you will have a good chance if Mr. Tufton can be persuaded to withdraw, as the mayor and others will write to her in your favour. Sir John Lowther has applied for his nephew, Ant. Lowther, and Humphrey Wharton has applied; but the whole town is for you, if they may have their own mind. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 168.]
Jan. 18.
Kendal.
Dan. Fleming to Williamson. I would gladly give up in your favour had I had greater desires to stand for Appleby. Sir Geo, Fletcher and others have written to the Countess, and to Mr. Dalston, and others. I durst not write to Sir Rich. Sandford, lest it should put him in mind of standing. The Countess must be well plied with letters; I have got one from the Justices at the sessions; letters should be procured from the Earl of Northampton, Bishop of Winchester, and other relations of hers. [Ibid. No. 169.] Annexing,
George Middleton, Dan, Fleming, and two other [justices] to [the Countess of Pembroke]. We second the wish of Mr. Williamson to be chosen burgess of Appleby, as likely to be of great advantage to the corporation.––Kendal, 17 Jan. [Copy. Ibid. No. 169I.]
Anne Countess of Pembroke to George Middleton and others. In reply to your application, I am engaged to John, Richard, and Thos. Tufton, younger sons of my daughter Thanet, and if they refuse, to others of my kindred. I have told Mr. Williamson thus much.––Brougham Castle, 22 Jan. [Copy. Ibid. No. 169II.]
Jan. 18.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson. Departure of ships; the French fly- boat still remains, not daring to venture out. [Ibid. No. 170.]
Jan. 18.
London.
A Ellis to Thos. Norgrave. I sent you a deputation to be postmaster at Yarmouth, but find from Mr. Lullman that you have been prevailed on by the tears of Carsey's wife and children to trust him. As Carsey owes 111l. to the office, Lord [Arlington] will not be so baffled, but will expect the letters from your own hands; if you choose to trust Carsey, you may. [Ibid. No. 171.]
Jan. 19.
Plymouth Fort.
Sir John Skelton to Williamson. A fleet of 28 sail of Dutch ships from Bordeaux and Rochelle and of Hamburghers have arrived; also the Richmond frigate from Bristol, with naval provisions. [Ibid. No. 172.]
Jan. 19
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. No news to send at present. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No.173.]
Jan. 19. Same to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 174.]
Jan 19. Poor mariners belonging to the frigate Milford to the King. Entered relief, as their wives and families are perishing. Sent a memorial the 27th of last month, to request payment. [Spanish. Ibid. No. 175.]
Jan. 19
Portsmouth.
Chas. Honywood to Williamson. Vessels have arrived from Barbaboes, and report that Lord Willoughby is well, and that all is drawn off from Surinam; also that Sir John Harman is in trouble, wanting orders, and a supply of provisions. [Ibid. No. 176.]
Jan 19.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Constant Warwick remains at Spithead, and the Milford is nearly ready for sea. [Ibid. No. 177.]
Jan. 19.
Hull.
Chas, Whittington to Williamson. Departure of 5 vessels for Holland, laden with malt, barley, lead, and cloth. [Ibid. No. 178.]
Jan. 19.
Berwick.
M. Scott to Williamson. All things are quiet; two ships were seen sailing northwards. [Ibid. No. 179.]
Jan. 19. Sir Geo Fletcher to Williamson. I have used my efforts with Lady Pembroke in your behalf; Lord Thanet should be applied to, as the reserve she has for her grandchildren is some of his brothers. [Ibid. No. 180.]
Jan. 19.
The Richmond, Plymouth.
Capt. Amos Beare to the Navy Commissioners. Sailed from King-road the 16th, and will answer their commands. [Ibid. No. 181.]
Jan. 20.
Yarmouth.
George England and Michael Tilles, bailiffs of Yarmouth, to the Navy Commissioners. Very few tickets remain in the hands of those to whom they belong; or their near relations, but are dispersed to persons in London; as all the Yarmouth mariners are now at sea, it will be very hard to discover in whose hands their tickets are left. Will give the best account they can. [Ibid. No. 182.]
Jan. 20. Names and addresses of 47 persons who present themselves to serve as masters of ships; with the names of the ships they formerly served in, and in some cases of those to which they are now appointed. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 183.]
Jan. 20.
The Portland.
Capt. John Pearce to the Navy Commissioners. I want deals, &c., for repair of my ship; if they do not come, I shall make a worse voyage than in the Hamburg Merchant wherein my charge was 40l. odd, and I got but 21l 10s. paid; with the loss of the Convertine, with all my provisions in her for my Guinea voyage, and my charge in prison, I am 500l. worse than when I went into her. I broke out of prison, and had like to have broken my neck, and never put the King to 6d charge. Other men never worth 6d. have gotten great gifts; had I then had the Portland instead of the Convertine, I might have saved all this, and been at home as soon as the rest.
I hope that God will stir your hearts to speak to the King, that something may be done for me, and that you will provide a good voyage for my ship; I am much in debt and have a great family. The Francis and Roebuck are sufficient to do the King's business there; my ship's legs are too long to go for France. My charge at Chatham cost me 5l., and Lord Brouncker was an eye-witness of my care and pains. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 184.]
Jan. 20.
The stadthaus of Haarlem, Deptford.
Capt. A. Lawson to the Navy Commissioners. Has brought the ship here, and begs orders how to dispose of the guns and ammunition. [Ibid. No. 185.]
Jan. 20.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. The French have lost much at St. Malo and elsewhere, by the Ostenders keeping in sight of their harbour, and taking more than 20 of their Bordeaux fleet. Large ships are fitting up in several parts of France to clear the coasts; they took some Ostenders, and hung the men on the yard's arm. The French enlist soldiers daily. [Ibid. No. 186.]
Jan. 20.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Arrival and departure of vessels. People flock publicly, day by day, to their private meetings, and are confident of toleration next session of Parliament; they are strengthened by the non-execution of the last Act for suppressing these meetings. [Ibid. No. 187.]
Jan. 20. Fras. Bellott to Williamson. Arrival of vessels. A packet of letters has come from Mr. Godolphin, who has gone through France for England; 20,000 or 30,000 soldiers under Don John are to be sent for this summer's expedition to Flanders. [Ibid. No. 188.]
Jan. 20.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. It is reported that the King intends to put out 110 men-of-war this spring, and the Dutch 100 more, against the French. Arrival and departure of vessels. Sir John Harman has returned to Barbadoes, having taken 2 of the Leeward Islands from the French, and is preparing for England. An Ostender brought in a French prize, but lost 2 or 3 more through foul weather. [pages. Ibid. No. 189.]
Jan. 20. Note that Mr. Hammond killed an ostler at Lowestoft, near Yarmouth, in Norfolk, and that the King has granted the forfeiture to Sir John Denham. [Ibid. No. 190.]
Jan. 20.
Cockermouth.
Dr. Thos. Smith to Williamson. Sir George Fletcher, Mr. Fleming, and others, were at the sessions, and we all sat up most of the night writing letters. The whole country wishes to have you chosen. The Countess has pitched upon Mr. Tufton, a quondam pupil of yours, and they of Appleby having so absolute a dependence upon her, it would be vain to strive against that stream. If Mr. Tufton could be taken off, the work is done; I have written to him and his brothers, that if the town could be left to its free choice it has a great opportunity to benefit itself. [Ibid. No. 191.] Encloses,
Wm. Layton, sheriff [of Cumberland], and 10 others, to the Countess of Pembroke. We join in the request of Mr. Williamson that you would recommend him to the borough of Appleby, on the vacancy; his sole dependence is on your favour; he is our countryman, and has grand opportunities to serve his country.—Cockermouth Quarter Sessions, 15 Jan. [Copy by Dr. Smith. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 191I.]
Jan. 20.
Lowther.
Sir John Lowther to Williamson. I am sorry you did not write to me earlier; my kinsman, Anthony Lowther, wishing to succeed my late son, I applied in his behalf to Lady Pembroke, and she consents, if none of her grandchildren desire it. I cannot decline my engagement on behalf of my kinsman. [Ibid. No. 192.]
Jan. 20. Covenant whereby Sir Robt. Paston promises to pay 3,800l. a year more than the 2,700l. reserved on his lease of the customs on timber, releasing the power to retain the rent for defalcations; but an account of these is to be presented every 3 months, and allowance made therefor when they are proved. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 179.]
Jan. 20. Warrant to pay to Pelham Humphreys, musician in ordinary on the lute, in place of Nich. Sawyer, deceased, 40l. yearly wages, and 16l. 2s. 6d. for his livery. [Ibid.]
Jan. 20. Commission for Fras. Rogers to be lieutenant, and [Arden] Baggot cornet to Sir Henry Jones. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 186.]
Jan. 20.
Whitehall.
Petition of Wm. Baber, gunpowder maker, to the King, for relief; furnished the late King with large quantities of gunpowder at Bristol, worth 1,500l., and received no payment from Sir George Strode and John Wansford who employed him, and who were themselves secured by a grant of Marybone Park and other places, but it has since been disposed of to two other persons; has also part of 800l. still due to him from the Ordnance Office, for powder delivered at New College, Oxford. With reference thereon to Colonel Wm. Legg, Lieutenant of ordnance, and Lawrence Squibb. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 193.]
Jan. 20. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, pp. 279, 296.]
Jan. 20.
Whitehall.
Petition of Sam. Dunning, John Carter, Margaret Tyson, and Susan Williams, prisoners in Surrey Gaol, to the King, for an order to a merchant bound to Virginia to carry them thither; have been convicted of some small felonies, and sentenced to be transported to one of the colonies. With reference thereon to Justice Sam. Browne, who went that circuit; and his report, 24 Jan., that the petitioners were convicted of felony for goods of small value, that the two women were reprieved because of pregnancy, and that as they are young and able persons, and this their first offence, they are fit objects for pardon, and fit to be transported. [S.P. Dom., Car. II 232, No. 194.]
Jan 20. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 280.]
Jan.20. The King to the president and fellows of Queen's College, Cambridge. We grant at your request a dispensation to Rich. Manning, B.A., enabling you to elect him to a vacant fellowship, although he does not belong to the diocese of York, you having no capable man from that diocese. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 129b.]
Jan. 20.
Dover.
John Carlile to Williamson. Capt. O'Brien, the Earl of Inchiquin's son, and Sir Greville Verney have arrived from Dieppe, from the Duke of Monmouth. It is said that Sir George Hamilton is coming with 140 horses bound for France. The Governor does not think me an extortioner, but blames me for distributing those papers while Parliament sits; I got them printed when the contagion was hot; the commissioners appointed to sign passes were out of town, and persons shunned me, so many people dying round me; also in the wars, I thought it well to order passengers to come to my office, so as to be able to give abetter account of them. I did it only for the good of the kingdom. I had a dispute with the mayor, because he suffers daily conventicles under his nose. I have paid dear for my place as Clerk of the Passage, it being one of trust, but I only have 4d. on each person, and hundreds go and come and pay not a penny. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 232, No. 195.]
Jan. 20. Licence to Geoffrey Howland, high sheriff of Suffolk, to reside in Surrey, on account of his great age—being in his 76th year—and his infirmities, he appointing a sufficient deputy to attend the assizes. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 49.]
Jan. 20. Warrant for the committal of — Willes to the Gatehouse for dispersing seditious pamphlets. Minute. With note that John Wickham, messenger, had a warrant to convey him thither. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 12.]
Jan. 20. Privy seal for 30 tuns of wine, half French and half Spanish, for the Spanish Ambassador's family, custom free. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 4.]
Jan. 20. Warrant for 200l. for two diamond rings given to Mr. Sandys, envoy from the Prince Palatine of the Rhine, and from the Duke of Brandenburg. [Ibid. f. 13.]
Jan. 21. Three warrants to [Ralph] Rutter, [John] Wickham, [John] Sumner, and [John] Wilson, messengers of the chamber, to take into custody John Darby, printer, — Gaines, his servant, and widow Calvert, and bring them before Secretary [Morice]. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 12.]
Jan. 21.
Deal.
Wm. Genvey to Williamson. The Portland is riding in the Downs, and 5 other vessels have been in and set sail again. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 1.]
Jan. 21.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. The Holland packet-boat has arrived with passengers, but there are no tidings of Mynheer Quack. [Ibid. No. 2.]
Jan. 21.
Rye.
James Welsh to Williamson. The Francis frigate has come in with 17 horses, and brings news of the safe arrival of the Duke of Monmouth at Dieppe. An Ostender has brought in a French fisher boat as prize. [Ibid. No. 3.]
Jan. 21. Dr. J. W[allis] to Dr. Jenkins. I request an alteration in my brief; instead of "according to Dr. Chace's case," which was 8 Hen. VI., it should read, "according to the case of 9 Hen. VI.," which is not Dr. Chace's case, but another to the purpose. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 4.] Annexing,
Arguments for allowance of the claim on the Exchequer in the case of the beadle, arrested for executing the vice-chancellor's warrant; that the privilege should be allowed in the Exchequer as well as other courts; that the chancellor is to proceed in cases that concern the University as such; and that in reference to the market, which is the present case, the charter on which the town plead their powers was taken away from them, and the power granted to the University, 32 Edw. III. With answers to objections, precedents, &c., relating thereto. Endorsed, "Instructions from Dr. Wallis, out of the archives, touching Prince the town serjeant's suit against the beadle in the Exchequer, for executing the vice-chancellor's warrant." [Ibid. No. 4I.]
Jan. 21.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Constant Warwick remains still at Spithead, but Capt. Herbert has received a check for not sailing according to orders. He will go to his station on the coast of Ireland. [Ibid. No. 5.]
Jan. 21. S. Pepys to Williamson. I am ordered by the King to desire you to prevent the issuing of any warrant for granting the estate of Anth. Joyce, innkeeper, a supposed felo de se, away from his widow and 3 children. [Ibid. No. 6.]
Jan. 21. H. Gascoigne to Rich. Delues, Whitehall. Pray ask Mr. Williamson to remind Lord Arlington of me, my Lord Lieutenant having written to him on my behalf a week since. [Ibid. No. 7.]
Jan. 21.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. From 20 to 30 sail, Swedish, Dutch, and Danish, have put in by contrary winds; also a vessel from Rochelle with wine and salt, and another from Berwick bound for Rochelle. [Ibid. No. 8.]
Jan. 21. Same to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 9.]
Jan. 21.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. There have 300 or 400 light ships come in; if the wind continues, expects many more. [Ibid. No. 10.]
Jan. 21.
Minehead.
John Maurice to Williamson. A French vessel from New England laden with bank fish was bulged in Scilly harbour, having lost all her masts at sea, and her master and mate washed overboard. The rest of the crew sold the ship and goods for a small matter to the inhabitants of the place, who got her off the next tide. Has not had 3 news letters since the peace was proclaimed, and should have been ignorant of Parliamentary matters but for other friends. [Ibid. No. 11.]
Jan. 21.
Whitehall.
Note by Lord Arlington that his Majesty approves of Sir Stephen Anderson as deputy lieutenant of Bedfordshire, and that the Earl of Ailesbury, Lord Lieutenant of the county, is to issue his deputation accordingly. [Ibid. No. 12.]
Jan. 21. Demands of the Scottish Commissioners appointed to consider the freedom of trade between England and Scotland, that the same privi lege of trading to the English plantations may be allowed to the Scots, as was granted to the English, Irish, and Welsh, by the Act of Navigation, and that they may not be debarred by the clause against aliens; that they may bring in foreign goods as freely as the English, with no other restrictions than those laid on Ireland and Wales; that all their prizes taken in war, a list of which shall be given in, may be naturalized and made free. Are willing to give assurances that the goods transported from English plantations shall be brought to England, except the small quantities consumed in Scotland. Complain of heavy impositions on Scottish goods imported to England. [Two copies, 3 pages each. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, Nos. 13, 14.]
Jan. 21.
Tuesday.
Proceedings at the meeting of the Commissioners of England and Scotland. The preceding paper was read, and the English Commissioners desired time to consider of it, whereon the next meeting was fixed for the 25th instant. [Ibid. No. 15.]
Jan. 21.
Portsmouth.
John Tippetts to the Navy Commissioners. Capt. Sartaine's men are clearing the ketch of ballast, that she may take in provisions; room is wanting for 3 or 4 tuns of beer, which the victualler will not take back without order. Will give and account of the goodness, quantity, and lowest price of provisions to be had in these parts for the service. Grindstones are wanted. [Ibid. No. 16.] Encloses,
Appraisement by H. Salesbury, John Tinker, and John Tippetts, of the materials, &c., of the Martin frigate, amounting to 111l.––The Martin, 20 Jan. 1668. [Ibid. No. 16I.]
Jan. 21.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. Wants masts. Asks orders for delivery of some now at Woolwich, allowing Mr. Cadbury to choose them; head pieces and knees are wanted for the new ship. [Ibid. No. 17.]
Jan. 21.
Harwich.
Commissioner John Taylor to the Navy Commissioners. I wonder that any words in [Jas.] Norman's letter or mine should obstruct the vessels written for to come from Chatham to be laden with stores; I look for one suddenly, and have put things in order for speedy despatch. I beg your orders to the first commander that arrives, for his company to help in setting the masts; they will thus be secured, and service done at little charge, and the second vessel can take up the hulk. I think it best to sell the Blue Boar in London, as there are few buyers at Harwich. [pages. Ibid. No. 18.] Encloses,
Appraisement by Miles Hubbert and Wm. Radland of the Blue Boar hulk, amounting to 30l.––Harwich, 21 Jan. 1668. [Ibid. No. 18I.]
Jan. 21. Capt. Rich. Bradford, of the Crown Malaga, to the Navy Commissioners. Thos. Warren, merchant, on whom the King has bestowed the Crown Malaga, has seized 10 tons of casks, &c., on board, belonging to the victualler, for which I, being late commander, stand engaged, and shall have to pay. I beg redress. [Ibid. No. 19.]
Jan. 21.
Navy Office.
Case of Jas. Whiston, purser of the Loyal Merchant, stated to the Navy Commissioners. Account of proceedings taken against him by the captain and lieutenant, for refusing to seal some writings for payment of several sums of money, in return for which they offered to report to the muster master a far greater number of men than they had on board; when he would not, they returned a smaller number than those on board, for whom he was still obliged to find provisions, and on their return to shore, they sent him to prison for 6 months, &c. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 20.] Encloses,
Interrogatories suggested by Whiston to be administered by the Navy Commissioners to Isaac White, muster master. [Ibid. No. 20I.]
Capt. White's answers to these queries. [In Pepys' shorthand. Ibid. No 20II.]
Jan. 22.
The Portland.
Capt. John Pearce to the Navy Commissioners. Having orders to press men for the Revenge, desires oars for 3 boats, or he must buy them at a dearer rate. [Ibid. No. 21.]
Jan. 22.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. Several vessels have arrived from St. Malo and other places. Guernsey is in good condition. [Damaged. Ibid. No 22.]
Jan. 22.
Falmouth.
Those. Holden to Hickes. Several vessels are in the harbour; has no news [Ibid. No 23.]
Jan. 22.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the same effect as the preceding, and his letter to Hickes of 20 Jan. [Damaged. Ibid. No. 24.]
Jan.22. Certificate by Justice Sam. Browne, that at the general gaol delivery at Kingston-upon-Thames, on 25 July, Susan Williams, wife of Roger Williams, labourer, of St. Olave's, Southwark, was convicted of stealing goods, value 20s., and value 7s. 2d., but was reprieved on the ground of pregnancy. [Ibid. No. 25.]
Jan. 22. Like certificate that at the same time and place Margaret, wife of Thos. Tyson, of Southwark, was convicted of being an accessory to a felony committed by Thos. Austen and Richard Hearne, for which they were outlawed, but she was reprieved on the same ground. [Ibid. No. 26.]
Jan. 22. Certificate by the same that on 19 March, Samuel Dunning and John Carter, both of Walton-upon-Thames, labourers, were convicted of felony for stealing goods of John Frank, of the value of 3s. 10d. [Ibid. No. 27.]
Jan. 22. John Cooke to Williamson. The King, at the instance of Thos. Killigrew, has granted the consulship of Venice to George Hales, and Secretary Morice desires that you will take notice of this, if any application is made concerning the place. [Ibid. No. 28.]
Jan. 22. Grant to Cornelius Gerritson, mariner, born at Rotterdam, of denization, he paying stranger's customs, and obeying the laws of the kingdom. [Docquet, vol. 23, No. 180.]
Jan. 22. Warrant to allow to John Forth, farmer of the excise of beer in Kent, 6,491l. on account of his losses during the time of the plague, 25 Sept. 1665, to 25 Dec. 1666; this, with 295l. 17s. 9d. allowed him for interest, 11,079l. 2s. 3d. paid by him, and 884l. to be paid, completes his year's rent of 18,750l. [Ibid.]
Jan. 22. Grant to the bailiff, jurates, and inhabitants of Guernsey of confirmation of their liberties and privileges. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 181.]
Jan. 22.
Whitehall.
The king to the Duke of York. Sir John Griffith complains that he is intercepted by the prize officers, in the disposal of the galliot hoy Griffin of Gravesend, taken from the Dutch; we confirm the grant made to him of the said galliot, and wish orders to be given to the Navy Commissioners to deliver it to him. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 24.]
Jan. 23. The King to the Treasury Commissioners. Finding it necessary to retrench all expenses, we transmit for your instruction a plan drawn up by Council for expenditure, and you are to take care that the sums issued for the several parts of the service do not exceed the amounts prescribed. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 17, p. 275.]
Estimate of the reduced of the several departments of expenditure; showing a total reduction of 90,000l., the present estimates being 727,207l. 7s. [Ibid. pp. 275, 276.]
Jan. 23. Licence to Josiah Child to pull down the wall of St. Botolph's Church, which was staked out by the City surveyors to be cast into the passage leading to St. Botolph's wharf, as the church cannot be rebuilt, because great part of another side is staked out for the enlargement of Thames Street; the materials thereof are to be used for building another wall, according to the lines staked out. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 49.]
Jan. 23. Warrant to the Treasury Commissioners to issue to Sir Stephen Fox 6 days' pay, above what was due at the time of their reduction, to 100 men from each of the 3 troops of horse guards, and 20 from each company of foot guards, who have been disbanded to retrench expenses. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 4.]
Jan. 23. Privy seal for 20 tuns of wine, half French and half Spanish, to the Baron d'Isola, Envoy Extraordinary from the Emperor, free of custom. Minute. [Ibid. f. 4.]
Jan. 23. Incorporation of the inhabitants of Little Yarmouth with the bailiffs and inhabitants of Great Yarmouth, to which they have agreed, according to a proviso in an Act of Parliament for settling their differences. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 182.]
Jan. 23. Petition of Arthur Magenis, and 20 other soldiers, to Lord Arlington, for a pass to Flanders or France, that they may earn their bread by their swords until his Majesty has occasion for them, when they will cheerfully return to his service. Have served in the King's regiment of Guards, but were disbanded for not conforming to the oath of supremacy. [Original signatures. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 29.] Annexing,
Certificate by Lieut. J. Berrington that the petitioners were disbanded for the reason stated in their petition.—23 Jan. 1677. [Ibid. No 29I.]
Jan. 23.
Letter Office, London.
James Hickes to Mr. Bower of Yarmouth. You are to blame for allowing and repeating talk in your coffee-house, that Mr. Ellis, governor of the post-office under Lord Arlington, picks up post-masters at alehouses, or wherever he can meet with persons who could give security. The report is false, and it is dangerous to meddle in other persons' affairs. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 30.]
Jan. 23. Sir John Bennet to Mr. Bower. I only know you by your impertinent letter to Mr. Hickes, where you make yourself a busy inquisitor into other men's employs. I will acquaint the Council and Lord Arlington that you have obstructed the King's service, and brought a scandal upon that part in which my brother Arlington is concerned, which it may cost you something to remove. Mr. Williamson has more discretion than to patronize your fables, and as to threatening to send up a copy of your patent that makes you Jack of all trades. [Ibid. No. 31.]
Jan. 23.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. Has no news. No ships are in the harbour. [Ibid. No. 31.]
Jan. 23. Same to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 33.]
Jan. 23.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Constant Warwick has sailed for Ireland. All haste is made with the Revenge, Sir. Edw. Spragg being to command her. Sir Philip Honywood has got a surfeit by eating fresh salmon. [Ibid. No. 34.]
Jan. 23.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. Two small vessels have arrived with Rhenish wines, also some merchantmen and colliers. All is quiet, expecting what the event of the French frowns on Flanders will be. [Ibid. No. 35.]
Jan. 23.
Carlisle.
—— to ——. Has been to Dumfries, where there are 300 foot and 65 horse. They have fortified the castle and all the ports; knows not what they fear, as there is no appearance of any disturbance. [Ibid. No. 36.]
Jan. 23. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Asks orders for a boat for Captain Clemens, of the Merlin yacht, appointed to transport Mr. Temple into Holland. [Ibid. No. 37.]
Jan. 23.
Chatham. Dock.
John Brooke and Wm. Rand to Col. Thos. Middleton, Navy surveyor. Have cleared the Medway above Upnor of wrecks, and at Gillingham, have got the Helverson out of the wreck on which she was sunk; expect 2 more flyboats to proceed with the works. Had 100 tons of empty casks sent to weigh the wrecks, but they are now unserviceable, and the cooper will not mend them till he knows how he shall be paid. The men want encouragement. Asks orders as to the Guelder de Ruyter and Vanguard. [Ibid. No. 38.]
Jan. 23.
Cockpit.
Duke of Albemarle to the Navy Commissioners. Begs them to examine John Geraldine, master of the Sancta Maria, who complained of Capt. [Edw.] Hill of the Coventry; if he has sustained damage, he ought to be satisfied out of the captain's pay, according to the order of the Prize Commissioners. [Ibid. No. 39.]
Jan. 24.
Woolwich.
Chris. Pett. to the Navy Commissioners. Attended the surveyor at Deptford as to docking the Swallow. The Dartmouth will soon be fit for launching. Must discharge most of the men, unless he gets elm timber; wishes they had money to deal with Mr. Showel, as there is no other timber that will make planks for the new ship, which should be finished, or it will perish by so often being wetted at launching of ships. The timber will not be dear at 57s. a load brought in, which is only 2s. a load more than they formerly agreed with Mr. Abbott for. Wants a purveyor appointed for Aliceholt and Whittlewood, and the bargemen encouraged with money to hasten in the timber. Cannot say what trees more should be felled in Whittlewood forest, until he knows what service they are for. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 40.]
Jan. 24.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. His Royal Highness approves the alterations in the list of ships; sends the estimate of the declaration of victuals for 5,000 men, signed. If the warrant for apprehending Stukely is not executed, the Duke wishes it suspended; but if he is taken up, his Royal Highness will discharge him on application. [Ibid. No. 41.]
Jan. 24. M. Wren to Sam. Pepys. Recommends payment of a small sum expended by the Earl of Derby for the service. [Ibid. No. 42.]
Jan. 24. Sir Wm. Coventry to the Navy Commissioners. Sends a letter from Sir G. Lucas to prevent abuses by claim for wages for the Chesnut's men. The Treasury Commissioners have ordered 1,000l. to Lord Anglesey for buying stores; this is not to be included in the 5,000l. designed for that use monthly. [Ibid. No. 43.] Encloses,
Sir Gervas Lucas to Sir Wm. Coventry. Has inquired after the men of the Chesnut pink, and finds Capt. Stevens and all his crew dead, except John Farlee, the surgeon, and two others who have been soldiers in Bombay garrison. Has provided timber to fit her up, but finds she would cost 200l., which is more than could be spared. The bearer, Ensign Price, can give a good account of the island, having been on it ever since it was delivered to the King.––Bombay, 2 March 1667. [Ibid. 43I.]
Jan. 24. Sir Wm. Coventry to the Navy Commissioners. I remember employing Sir Wm. Warren to bring hemp and cordage from Hamburg, and we were to keep it secret as long as we could. I observed by the contract that hemp was to be bought, but the difficulty arises from the directions to make it into cordage, whence it is inferred that it was not bought on the King's account, but upon his own. Not remembering very perfectly, I send letters relating to the matter.[Ibid. No 44.] Encloses,
Sir Wm. Warren to Sir Wm. Coventry. I have bought at Hamburg for the service 2,000 tons of hemp, and ordered 20 tons to be made up there into cable yarn. I desire orders how to dispose of it, as it amounts to 12,000l. Must pay all in ready money. I do not like leaving it in my agent's hands till made into cordage, but wish to deliver it to some one appointed at Hamburg. If sent home in hemp, it could be made at Chatham, Woolwich, and Deptford, to avoid cheating. I doubt not but the Vice-Chamberlain [Sir G. Carteret] will supply money to answer my bills, and a word from yourself will do mighty well; the price of hemp is much risen. A Holland vessel laden with hemp at the Nerva was cast away near Elsinore. I cannot hear that my ship of masts, stopped in the Texel by the Hollanders, is cleared yet; I hope the ship of deals for Portsmouth will be there in a few days.––Wapping, 26 Nov.1664. [2 Pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II.233, No. 44I.]
Sir Wm. Warren to Sir Wm. Coventry. I send a letter from Francis Sheldon at Gottenburg, that his Royal Highness may see the respect the English have with the Swedes. I am sending thither 8 great ships to load with masts. A letter that Sir Wm. Swan received from his Royal Highness caused quicker despatch in shipping the hemp and cordage; I had 2 vessels laden with 110 lasts or more, ready to go down to the convoy. I acknowledge the convoy will put a countenance on my trade, and is of good use to the English in that town. Your brother, the envoy at Francis Sheldon on my account.––Wapping, 6 May 1665. [Ibid. No. 44II.]
Jan. 24.
Chatham.
James Norman to the Navy Commissioners. There are as many masts at Harwich as the Golden Hand and Friesland will bring away at twice. Will send necessaries for bringing up two lighters this time, and provide the next time for the other and the hulk. A warrant must be sent to Capt. Dean to issue the masts, and make arrangements for their transport; if some balks were also sent from Harwich, they would floor both the Chatham rope-houses, which much want it. [Ibid. No. 45.]
Jan. 24. Warrant for a renewed grant to Sir. Ralph Delaval, of Seaton, Northumberland, created a baronet in 1660, of the discharge from services or payments thereon which was granted him at the same time, but which he has lost. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 24b.]
Jan. 24. Warrant for a grant to Sir Chas. Cotterel, now master of the ceremonies, of the arrears of a pension fee of 6s. 8d.a day, due from Christmas 1665 to Christmas 1667, as assistant master of the ceremonies to the late Sir Balthazar Gerbier; also for grant of the said place of assistant master to Clement, son of Sir Chas. Cotterel. [S.P. Dom., Entry Books 30, p. 4, & 72, p. 95.]
[Jan. 24] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 46.]
Jan. 24. The King to [the University of Cambridge.] Requires them to confer the degree of D.C.L. on Edw. Waterhouse, M.A., formerly of Emanuel College, who has since continued his studies in London, and given many evidences of learning and loyalty. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27. f. 130.]
Jan. 24.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Thirty light ships have arrived; expects a great fleet. Capt. Twisden's ship is still upon the rocks, and the country people have much plundered her goods, though the captain saved what he could. The carpenter asks 1,000l. for her and for these works. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 47.]
Jan. 24.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. A Spanish man-of-war from St. Sebastian, with 300 soldiers for Ostend, has left port with 5 other ships, having 1,500 soldiers, and 1,200 more are ready to embark for the relief of the Netherlands. Arrival of other vessels. [Ibid. No. 48.]
Jan. 24
Plymouth
Same to Williamson. To the same effect. [Damaged. Ibid. No. 49.]
Jan. 24.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. The aldermen and Common Council are divided into two parties, Episcopal and Moderate Episcopal, formerly understood to be rigid Presbyterians, who, when our former ministers, Brinsly and Allen, would have complied, dissuaded them with a promise of 80I. to the former and 60I. to the latter. They continued Brinsly's pension during his life, but their charity for Allen grew cold in a short time, which the poor man laid to heart and died. The Presbyterians and Independents are now in charity one with another, and jointly contribute to the relief of their ministers, and have gone from house to house to stir up and receive the people's charity, which has formerly been done privately, each faction singly for its own; but this is like surveying their strength and numbers, and trying how every man stands affected entering down their names, and what they give. Bailiff England gave 5s.; he is well affected with the cause, but better with his money. Justice Thaxter, one of the ex-bailiffs, gave 30s., and other persons named 20s. and 30s. each.
These are persons that sway the town, since they have got the government into their hands the last year and a half. They would have carried it in 1665, but the other party, by means of Lord Townshend, got a mandamus from the King for Rob. Michelson and Wm. Bateman to be bailiffs; upon these two they now put affronts, forcing them from their seats in chruch by others taking place of them, contrary to the custom pf the town, and questioning the King's authority, by questioning whether they ever were bailiffs. The master of a ship arrived from Ostend reports that the French forces are within 6 miles of Nieuport. [1 page. Ibid. No. 50.]
Jan. 24.
Dartmouth.
Owen Lindsey to Hickes. A Spanish man-of-war has arrived, bound for Ostend, with 10 horses for the services of Flanders, butt has lost 5 of them; also the Virgin of London, 'who met with a Inawayes, under a red ancient, that gave him a broadside, and then came on board" and threatened to kill the captain and boatswain if they did not confess what plate there was aboard. They took away 6,000 dollars, stripped the men to the skin, and landed all the goods, which were very rich, but by means of Lord Montague, most of the latter were got back. [Ibid. No. 51.]
Jan. 24.
Hull.
[C. Whittington] to Williamson. Arrival and departure of veesels; 4 have sailed for Holland, laden with malt, butter, lead, cloth, and rapeseed. [Imperfect. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 52.]
Jan. 25.
Harwich
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. The Frenchman laden with masts for Brest dares not stir out, as several privateers are plying off the harbour, in expectation of him. [Ibid. No. 53.]
Jan. 25.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Arrival of ship; expects a great fleet of light ships daily. [Ibid. No. 54.]
Jan. 25.
Whitehall.
Lord Arlington to the Countess Dowager of Pembroke. I have heard of your influence in the borough of Appleby, where a burgess's place is void by the death of John Lowther, and of the general inclinations of the gentlemen of the country and of the general inclinations of the gentlemen of the county and of the corporation, to gain your favour for my secretary Williamson, which would render him as capable as they hold him worthy of election. I request you to express to the town that you leave the election of a member to serve in the next Parliament entirely to their freedom, which may sufficiently preserve your interests there, and nobly oblige the electors, and Mr. Williamson. I forbear giving any further character of him, not doubting but he has been justly represented as a person of eminent ingenuity and use to his Majesty, as well as to his friends. [Copy. Ibid. No. 55.]
Jan. 25. Sir Geoffrey Shakerly to Williamson. Gives particulars of the apprehension of Bartholomew Morley, in endeavouring to pass himself off at a muster in the castle as one Gray, an indigent officer first of Lord Inchiquin and then of Colonel Thos. Pigott's regiment, and as having landed at Mostyn from a ship from Ireland belonging to one Freeman of Water5ford. was assured by Sir Peter Pindar and Mat. Anderton, two custom house officers, that there was no such ship arrived; finding on examination that Morely prevasricated, and had been in arms against the King, sent him as a vagabond to the mayor of Chester, who secured him. Asks how to dispose of him. [Ibid. No. 56.]
Jan. 25. Proceedings at a meeting of the Commissioners for trade between England and Scotland. Order that Sir Thos. Gower be authorised to search in the Parliamentry jounrnals, State Paper Office, and elsewhere, for records relating to the union and trade between the kingdoms; also that a messenger give notice to each member of all meetings. [Draft. Ibid. No. 57.]
Jan. 25. Reply of the English Commissioners for trade between the two kingdoms to those of Scotland. Are endeavouring to collect authentic papers on the union between the kingdoms, and other necessary papers, but meanwhile, understanding that they have further proposals to make, desire to have them, and will endeavour to give satisfaction. [1 pages. Ibid. No. 58.]
Jan. 25. Draft of the above. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 59.]
Jan. 25. Response of the Scottish Commissioners. Having given a general view of impositions complained of, think it needless to enter further upon them, till their former paper is replied to, because unless Scottish shipping be encouraged, the trade cannot be continued. [Endorsed, "Read 29 Jan. 1668.” S.P. Dom., Car. II. 223, No. 60.]
Jan. 25. Duplicate of the above. [1 pages. Ibid. No. 61.]
Jan. 25. Warrant to the Treasury Commissioners to give order to the farmers of customs to permit the baggage of Count Dhona, ambassador extraordinary from the King of Sweden, to be unladen freely, they having stayed the same on pretence of customs. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 25.]
Jan. 25. Thos. West to the Navy Commissioners. Presented his petition 11 days ago, about damage done to the Thomas and Sarah of Hull by the Foresight frigate in the Thames; understanding that Capt. Perriman has surveyed the damage, desire their answer. [S.P. Dom.., Car. II. 233, No. 62]
Jan. 25. Capt. J. Perriman to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of the condition of ships in the river, and of his journeys and conferences on their business, from 14 to 25 Jan. [4 pages. Ibid. No. 63.]
Jan. 25.
Portsmouth.
John Tippetts to the Navy Commissioners. The Eaglet has taken on board what was left by the Emsworth sloop, but cannot take in all her own provision; has treated about the prices of provisions wanting in the stores, and on assurance of ready money, brought the demands as low as he can. Could have had 3 hogsheads of pilchard oil, almost equal to Newfoundland oil, at 4I. 10s. the hogshead, but having no order for ready money, it was carried to Southampton. Gives the prices per load of timber, bricks, lime, &c., to be had of persons named. [Ibid. No. 64.]
Jan. 25.
The Mary, Downs.
Robt, Clark to the Navy Commissioners, Sent his longboat to fetch a cable from the shore, when his boatswain's mate, Isaac Read, ran away. He lives at the King's Head, at Woolwich, and had belonged to the ship ever since she came out of dock. Received of Sir John Mennes 25I upon a ticket for him; he deserves to be made an example of, as it is known what a want is of men. [Ibid. No. 65.]
Jan. 25
Harwich
Commissioner John Taylor to the Navy Commissioners. Only troubled to write about the cable yarn on account of Layfield who brought it to light, and therefore stood out that he might have a reward. Particulars of Span's fraudulent conduct in endeavouring to obtain a cable from Layfield, which belonged to the King's stores. [Ibid. No. 66.]
Jan. 25.
St. Malo.
Thos. Browne to the Navy Commissioners. Has laden the rest of the canvas aboard the Two Batchelors bound for London; will despatch the hemp with all speed. Desires punctual payment of his bill of 687l. payable to john Mason, merchant of London. [Ibid. No. 67.] Encloses,
Account by Thos. Browne of charges on canvas and hemp taken care of during the war betwixt England and France, amounting to 2,061l.-25 Jan. 1668. [Ibid. No. 67I.]
Jan. 25. F. Digby to Thos .Hayter. Asks for 30 tickets to be delivered to the purser of the Greenwich. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 68.]
Jan. 25. Capt. John Kempthorne to Sam. Pepys. Having no tickets for some men to be discharged from the Defiance, desire that he will supply the purser with 6 blanks. [Ibid. No. 69.]
Jan. 26.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Tinker to Sam. Pepys. The pilferers, by the joint consent of the officers, were publicly punished in the stocks, and the cable, twine, and ropes, set before them, signifying their crime. The mayor has committed them to gaol till they can get security to answer for their faults at the sessions. They are to be turned out of the yard, and to have no ticket for their wages, till they can obtain it from the Navy Commissioners. The Milford will soon be ready to sail, but the men are averse to go to sae before they have their wages. The Eaglet is ready to sail for London. [Ibid. No. 70.]
Jan. 26
Chatham.
Appraisement by John Brooke and three others of the Guelder de Ruyter and the Vanguard; totals, 1,463I. and 400I. [1 pages. Ibid. No. 71.]
Jan. 26.
Pembroke
John Powell to Williamson. Has no news; no ships are in the harbour, except 3 or 4 colliers bound land. [Ibid. No. 72.]
Jan. 26. Same to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 73.]
Jan. 26. John Scott to Lord Arlington. At 10 a.m. was surprised by 4 bailiffs and their attendants, who forced him into a coach, and took him prisoner to the Gatehouse, on a most slender and unjust suit. Since receiving anything considerable, has disbursed 3,000I. in the services, not mentioning his voyage to Guinea against the Dutch; has resettled the islands of Antigua and Montserat, and made peace with the Indians, and before he had been 30 hours at Barbadoes, embarked for England, upon Lord willoughby's motion, to give his Majestry an account of affairs there, in which he had been employed. Saved his Majesty's ships from the fury of the hurricane, by persuading them to put to sea, whilst 10 merchantmen that stayed were driven ashore, and beaten to pieces. Has served a gracious prince, yet for 30I. 10s., and that not due, he is hurried to a gaol, and without influence upon his Majestry fjor release, must be carried from gaol to gaol; is on the morrow to be removed by a habeas corpus to the King's Bench. [Ibid. No. 74.]
Jan. 26.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Thirty sail of ships have put in from places named. [Damaged. Ibid. No.75.]
Jan. 26.
Plymouth.
Same to Williamson. To the same effect. [Damaged. Ibid .No.76.]
Jan. 26.
Berwick
M. Scott to Williamson. A private soldier has ridden away with a young girl of 15, her portion being more than 300I., and both her pareuts dead. Two ships have passed northward. [Ibid. No. 77.]
Jan. 26.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Milford has had much work done, and is nearly ready, and the Revenge is making ready for Sir Edw. Spragg, her greatest want being men. Sir Philip Hony wood is in great danger, and many fear he will not escape this sickness; is very sorry, as he was an excellent man for the King's services. [S.P. Dom., Car., II. 233, No. 78.]
Jan. 26.
Cockermouth.
Dr. Thos. Smith to Williamson, Your Friends will be firm to the last, and are at work with all diligence, nor will give over till they are bid. Applications are daily made on your behalf of Lady Pembroke, who has the power of life and death in the matter, but it will be impossible for you to succeed unless her grandchildren, the Tuftons, can be prevailed with to desist. You must apply your engines there, and use some means to delay sending down the writ for a new election; in fine, do your own work above, and let us alone with it here. You need not take any thought of the other competitors, who are not so many as you are led to believe. [Ibid. No. 79.]
Jan. 27.
Paris
––– to Williamson. The paper enclosed will tell you tell you what I hear of the Lord Chancellor, who says he will himself refute the report of his having been here. I hear that Lord Sandwich has left Madrid for Portugal, and that the galleons have arrived rich. The king and Queen are at St. Germain, and Monsieur and Madam are [at Paris]; it has been reported that the King will shortly go for Burgundy, but the Duke of Loraine's agents are arrived, and he is on his way, which may stop the King's journey. The King sent for the records of Parliament, and tore out the process against Cardinal Mazarin and the Prince de Conde. [Ibid. No. 80.]
Jan. 27.
Weymouth
John [Man] to James Hickes. Asks why he has missed Williamson's news-letters the last 2 posts; does not fail in his own advices [Ibid. No. 81.]
Jan. 27.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. The Constant Warwick and upwards of 30 other ships have come in from the Canaries, Cadiz, &c., some of which went out again, with many others. Those from Lisbon say that the French fleet of 26 sail was lately there from St. Lucar, and that 26 sail of Dutch ships are gone for Algiers to renew their league; that the Spanish Brazil fleet has returned, and also their plate fleet of 16 sail, expect 2 or 3 dispersed by the storms. [Ibid. No. 82.]
Jan. 27.
Falmouth
Thos. Holden to James Hickes. Arrival and departure of Ships named during the 25th and 26th. [Ibid. No. 83.]
Jan. 27. Dan. Fleming to Williamson. I wrote to Lady Pembroke and got the rest of the justices' hands to the letter, and send copies of it, and of her reply., that you may know how things stand. Unless you can secure Lady Pembroke, which I fear will be hard to do, you will have a cold appearance of the electors of Appleby, since they dare not go any way but that chalked out by my lady, who is as absolute in that borough as any are in any other. if you could get recommended to her by Lady Thanet, in the place of one her sons, or could get the Countess to stand neuter, I am confident you would carry it; but I fear she will either nominate one of her grand children or Anthony Lowther, for whom Sir John appears. Sir George [Fletcher] and Dr. Smith have been very active in your behalf. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 84.]
Jan. 27.
Bridekirk.
Geo. Williamson to Jos. Williamson. Mr. Fielding opened the post-bag at Penrith, and carried the Countess’s letters to her; she showed me her daughter’s letter, in answer to one that she sent, which expressed that John and Rich. Tufton were out of town, but Thos. Tufton, who was with her, returned thanks, and declared if his two brothers refused to stand, he would not refuse, whereupon the Countess sent to Sir John L[owther] to desist for his cousin, and declared her interest for whichever of her grandchildren may stand. The town and gentry are all for you, and have left no stone unturned with the old woman, but she is resolved to stand for her grandchild, otherwise you had a clear case. Particulars of proceedings in the case. Sir Richard Sandford and 5 others named stood, and Capt. Sydney, who was one of them, was very earnest that he could do more for the town than any other. I will send two char pies to the White Horse in Cripplegate, one for you, and the other for Capt. Cock. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 85.]
Jan. 27. Note of proceedings in a meeting of the English Commissioners for trade between England and Scotland; that nothing shall be done except as agreed on by the Lords of both kingdoms; that [Edw.] Row’s paper on the cost of making salt in England and Scotland being read, he be ordered to attend on the 29th; that the reply of the Scottish Commissioners, being informally delivered, be returned. The articles of union between the kingdoms were read, and Col. Sam. Atkins and others were desired to attend the Commissioners on the 29th. Sir Thos. Gower gave an account of his search on matters relating to the union of the kingdoms. With notes of the residences of some of the Commissioners. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 86.] Annexing,
Extract from the articles of union between England and Scotland; that the laws and customs of each kingdom remain the same, and that all Scottish causes be tried in Scotland only, and without appeal to English subjects. [Ibid. No. 86I.]
List of Acts of Parliament bearing upon the commercial intercourse between England and Scotland. [Ibid. No. 86II.]
Jan. 27. Copy of a portion of the above note of proceedings. [Ibid. No. 87.]
Jan. 27. Certificate by Sir James Clavering, Bart, mayor of Newcastle, that Robt. Chilton and others have taken oath before him that the expense of making salt at North or South Shields is 3l. 6s. d. per chaldron, according to calculations specified, not including rent and taxes, carriage, &c.; that the 184 salt pans at Shields and the neighbourhood would make 19,000 weighs of salt in the year, and that 20,000 persons are employed in the salt trade. [Endorsed Mr. Edw. Row. pages. Ibid. No. 88.] Annexing,
Similar statement of the charge for making salt in Scotland, amounting to 2l. 5s. d. per chaldron.––26 Oct. 1664. [1 page. Ibid. No. 88I.]
Jan. 27. Copy of the 2 preceding papers, estimating the difference in price at 1l. 1s. d. between the making of Newcastle and Prestonpans salt. [3 pages. S.P. Dom. Car. II. 233, No. 89.]
Jan. 27.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a pardon to George, Duke of Buckingham, of all treason, misprision of treason, felony, &c., especially concerning the killing of Wm. Jenkins, and assaults on Francis Earl of Shrewsbury, or Sir John Talbot, whether or not they have died or shall die of the same; with non-obstante of the statutes requiring security for good behaviour. [Ibid. No. 90.]
Jan. 27. Draft of the above. [Ibid. No. 91.]
Jan. 27. Entry of the above. [S P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 5.]
Jan. 27. Warrant for a like grant of pardon to Sir Robert Holmes Minute. [Ibid. f. 5.]
Jan. 27. Draft of the above. [pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 92.]
Jan. 27. Petition of John Bennett, high bailiff of the city and liberties of Westminster, to the King. By the accidental killing of Wm. Jenkins, in a late duel between the Duke of Buckingham and Earl of Shrewsbury, the Duke forfeits all his goods, chattels, and personal estate to the King, a considerable part of which, being in Westminster, would come to the petitioner; but as he loses it by his Majesty’s pardon to the Duke, he begs to be recommended to his Grace for some compensation. [Ibid. No. 93.]
Jan. 27 ? Petition of John Bennett, high bailiff of Westminster, to the King, for similar recommendation to Bernard Howard, Sir John Talbot, and Sir Robt. Holmes, who were engaged in the encounter in which Wm. Jenkins was slain, but his Majesty is inclined to pardon them before conviction. [Ibid. No. 94.]
Jan. 27. Pass for 3 horses to Holland for M. Laler. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 5b.]
Jan. 27. Commission to Charles Lord St. John of Basing to be Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 183.]
Jan. 27.
Deptford.
Appraisement by John Cox and two others of the Fountain, Little Gift, and Paradox, respective values 819l. 6s., 299l. 11s. 6d, and 296l. 18s. [pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 95.]
Jan. 27.
The Milford, Portsmouth Harbour.
Capt. Rich. White to Sir Wm. Penn. Intends to sail to Spithead, but the men will not go to sea without their money. [Ibid. No. 96.]
Jan. 28.
Dover.
Thos. White to the Navy Commissioners. Is in expectation of the vessel which they intend to send for the things here. Begs the speedy obtaining of the money due to this port. [Ibid. No. 97.]
Jan. 28.
Harwich.
Commissioner John Taylor to the Navy Commissioners. Is strongly pressed by two companies of contractors to be a means that they may have their money; one is 4 men who contracted for 1,200 loads of broom; told them they should have ready money out of the contingent money, but Capt. Silas Taylor refused it; the other is 4 persons that filled up the new wharf, and their second payment is a year old, and another near due; their clamour is great, necessity forcing them. They say they will follow him to London. Prays payment of these debts, amounting to 166l. 6s. 8d., that the proceedings of their landlords against them may be stayed, and himself avoid their great clamour. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 98.]
Jan. 28.
Chatham Dock.
John Brooke and Wm. Rand to the Navy Commissioners. Will proceed with the fitting of ships as fast as they can. Have but 40 riggers, and as they come to work when they please, not 10 of them are there. Asks for a supply of men to work on the ships. [Ibid. No. 99.]
Jan. 28.
Portsmouth.
John Tippetts to the Navy Commissioners. The works to be performed on the 11 ships to be fitted, with the help he has, will take 6 months to perfect, as 3 named will occupy all the hands for 3 months. Hopes cares is taken for the relief of the workmen, whose complaints he daily hears. Peter Hasler has a parcel of timber at 36s. 6d. a load, and oars at 20s. the 100 feet, ready money. [Ibid. No. 100.]
Jan. 28.
Edwinstowe, Sherwood.
John Russell, purveyor, to the Navy Commissioners. Sends particulars of timber used at Hull. Desires hoys may be sent for the timber at Stockwith. [Ibid. No. 101.] Encloses,
Certificate by John Lord Belasyse that he ordered Alderman Robinson to make use of 205 feet of timber for the repairs of carriages belonging to the guns of that garrison.––Hull, 26 Jan. 1668. [Ibid. No. 101I.]
Jan. 28.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to Francis Earl of Shrewsbury of pardon for killing Wm. Jenkins, and for all duels, assaults, or batteries on George Duke of Buckingham, Sir John Talbot, Sir Robt. Holmes, or any other, whether indicted or not for the same, with restitution of lands, goods, &c. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 12.]
Jan. 28. Grant to George Smyth, on surrender by Samuel Twist, of the office of serjeant-at-arms in ordinary for life; fee 3s. a day, and 2s. 6d. a day in lieu of board wages. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 184.]
Jan. 28. Examination of ––––– Cordey. Never spoke to Cullum about entering into any employment, or taking arms, or whether he had taken the oath, nor desired him to carry a letter to Miller in Bedfordshire. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 102.]
Jan. 28. Examination of ––––– Cullum. Told Cordey, who asked him, that he had not taken the oath. Refused to carry a letter for him to Miller of Rigglesworth. Cordey wished him to join in a plot for the good old cause, but declined to trust him further, on hearing that he had taken the oath. [Ibid. No. 103.]
Jan. 28.
Portsmouth.
Chas. Honywood to Williamson. The wind drove 11 or 12 Dutchmen into St. Helen’s Road, and they are since gone to Cowes; the Revenge and Milford are fitting for sea. [Ibid. No. 104.]
Jan. 28.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson. Arrival of the Dutch packet-boat with several passengers; a laden ship struck on the Ridge, but at last got off safely, and is in harbour. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 105.]
Jan. 28.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Our Deputy Governor, Sir Philip Honywood, has recovered of his sharp distemper. I have received an order to fit out 11 ships. [Ibid. No. 106.]
Jan. 28.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Ships arrive every day, but not the great fleet which was expected. [Ibid. No. 107.]
Jan. 28.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Two ships and a French man-of-war of 40 guns have arrived. The latter was separated in September from his squadron of 14 sail and 2 fireships, by foul weather; they were sent out to secure their trade in the Channel, and annoy the Spaniards. [Ibid. No. 108.]
Jan. 28. Same to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 109.]
Jan. 28.
Tuesday.
Sir John Bennet to [Williamson ?] Note of 3 captains recommended. Let me know if you intend to go Vawly on Thursday. [Ibid. No. 110.]
Jan. 28.
Oxford.
Dr. John Wallis to Sir Leoline Jenkins. I suppose the Vice-Chancellor has given you an account of the Convocation held yesterday, when he gave a brief narrative of what had passed in order to a treaty with the town, and as to granting them a lease of felons’ goods, whereupon delegates were appointed to consider the matter. I have been desired to draw up and send to you somewhat concerning the dangerous consequences apprehended by making such a lease; I send it, and have caused the words of the charters granting those rights and powers to be transcribed. I understand the habeas corpus for Fish Line is come down, to which you must get a return drawn up to annex to the writ, and that speedily, so as not to be surprised by being too secure. You should acquaint Justice Browne, that he may have time to consider beforehand, which, in so short a time as it will be pleading at the Bar, cannot be done.
I hope care has been taken in the Exchequer that we be not surprised as having deserted our plea, by not pleading to it as ordered last term. If the suit is wholly withdrawn by consent, there is no danger; but if only suspended, we must be vigilant that we be not surprised. I wish we had a copy, or exemplification under seal, of Dr. Chase’s case in the King’s Bench, in Hillary term 8 Henry VI., out of the records, for though in the printed Year Book the pleadings favour us, yet it is not there expressly said that the case was dismissed; and it is extremely pertinent to that now in the Exchequer. [Ibid. No. 111.] Annexing,
Extracts from the Charters of 14 Hen. VIII. and 2 Chas. I concerning felons’ goods; also 16 reasons against passing away the University’s right in such goods by lease to the City of Oxford for 200 years, at the rent of a noble a year. [7 pages. Ibid. No. 111I., II.]
Jan. 29.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. I send a letter received from Sir John Bennet, reprimanding me for interfering with the appoint ment of a postmaster, understanding that “Lords Arlington and Berkeley were wholly put by the post office.” I wrote to Mr. Hickes about it, because the man proposed is a loose, idle fellow, not worth a groat. I know the common people generally delight to inveigh against persons of honour, though for no other cause but that they are honourable; I had no more in it than zeal for Lord Arlington’s honour. I have written nothing but what is truth. [Damaged. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 112.]
Jan. 29.
Lynn.
Edw. Bodham to Williamson. The mayor, by order of the Treasurers of the Navy, has given notice to the seamen who have had tickets for pay, and been abused of their due by passing them at inconsiderable rates, that they may have their money here, and save the journey to London, which gives them some encouragement. The militia is in good condition, and the people highly pleased with the conclusion of the late treaty with the Dutch. Scandalous libels have been scattered abroad against the magistracy of the place, but the authors cannot be found out. [Damaged. Ibid. No. 113.]
Jan. 29.
Deal.
Wm. Genvey to Williamson. About 12 sail of Flemings arrived and set sail again, but were forced back by contrary winds. [Ibid. No. 114.]
Jan. 29.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The St Luas, arrived from Bordeaux, reports that the Dutch had orders to come away, laden or not; also two vessels have come from Flushing, bound for France. [Ibid. No. 115.]
Jan. 29.
Falmouth.
Same to Williamson. To the same effect as the preceding and his letter to Hickes of the 21st instant. [Ibid. No. 116.]
Jan. 29.
Bridekirk.
Geo. Williamson to Williamson. Unless the three Tuftons be taken off by Lady Thanet’s means, it is impossible for any man to oppose, for the old lady (Pembroke) is so bent that if any of these three accept it, she will not be taken off by any means; and I fear they, being young, will have a desire to stand. If that was clear, I am confident you stand fair in the old woman’s eye, and all the town and the gentry––who find their concerns are at stake, and that the like opportunity will not occur again for their advantage––are for you, and heartily wish she would leave them to their liberty. If those three can be taken off, I hope the old lady will be satisfied with those that appear for you, and then neither charge nor pains shall be wanting. The letter of recommendation from the Sessions was signed by Sir George Midleton and Mr. Fleming and Braithwaite, but none at the other Sessions knew of it. Dr. Smith fears the taking off the old lady, but if done, we shall be joyful. [pages. Ibid. No. 117.] Encloses,
George Sedgwick to Geo. Williamson. I endeavoured to give Basil Fielding all the satisfaction possible concerning your brother, but I must confess that Lady Pembroke appearing so strongly and firmly for her own relation, I am forced to acquiesce and submit to that above all interests whatsoever.
The post having come, I expected some resolution from Lady Thanet, but received none. I will write Fielding at Carlisle when I hear the absolute certainty. — Brougham Castle 29 Jan.1668. [S.P. Dom, Car. II. 233, No.117I.]
Jan. 29.
Cockermouth.
Dr. Thos. Smith to Williamson. All endeavours possible have been used to gain Lady Pembroke, but so far from prevailing that I doubt whether, in case her grandchildren should all decline, she would leave the town to their liberty; as immediately on receiving notice of Lowther's death, she despatched a letter to the mayor and aldermen, letting them know that she intended to recommend them one of her grandchildren, or of her near relations. It begins to be whispered that this near relation may prove to be Anth. Lowther, for Sir John has been soliciting her, and it is said has got a kind of promise from her. If so, your case is desperate. I do not doubt the issue if the Countess would have stood neuter, but in opposition to her, I am sure no good is to be done. [Ibid. No. 118.]
Jan. 29. Sir John Monson to Sir John Bennet, K.B., Pall Mall. I am no guardian in law to my lord [John, Earl of Mulgrave], who is at liberty to choose any for that end, as he did you for exhibiting his bill against me; yet to serve you both. I will attend, and with the advice of my cousin Raworth, who is also his Lordship's counsel, do what becomes me, and shall then advise that you both waive your privilege and answer our cross bill. If you proceed, it will become necessary to examine your Lady and you as to what money you have received from me, and upon what account, so that you may refund or deposit what you are obliged to by your last acquittance; I doubt not but to recover something.
The suit is like to be one of trouble and expense, but I hope we shall dispute our interests without any personal disrespect, as it is my ambition to serve you both; but I will never yield you the better in our quarrel, though willing to have the matter referred to the Lord Keeper or any other Judge, or even your counsel, Serjeant [John] Fountaine, knowing it will be a loss of 400l a year to you, and can do me no harm. If however you will not accept the decree as formerly, I will pay no more either as profits or jointure, till the law has settled the case, which may be some years, if you claim by the will, and I free myself from the decree. Pardon my availing myself of another's hand, being ill and unable to stir from home. [Ibid No. 119.]
Jan. 29. Reference recommending to the Treasury Commissioners the petition of George Kirk for a rent of 788l. 15s d. for 31 years. [S. P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 281.]
Jan. 29. Reference to the Attorney-General of the petition of Edw. Panton, proposing the erection of a society at Piccadilly for the training of youth, to be called the Royal Academy. [Ibid. p. 282.]
Jan. 29.
Woolwich.
Chris. Pett to the Navy Commissioners. Repairs of ships. Asks for a supply of calkers. Has sent to warn down 8 employed in the river, since the receipt of their warrant, but they say they will rather be hanged than come, unless they can be better paid. Entreats that these may be forced, and that a press warrant may be sent for pressing more. Thanks for the Care taken to Procure the timber formerly belonging to Mr. Abbott. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 120.] Encloses,
List of 8 calkers belonging to the yard at Woolwich, at work in the river. [Ibid. No. 120I.]
Jan. 29.
Chatham Dock.
Phineas Pett to the Navy Commissioners. Sends a demand for provisions wanting for fitting the ships lately ordered. The master attendant requires 60 seamen for each of the second rate, 50 for the third, and 40 for each of the fourth-rate ships. Sent the estimates of the charge of re-building the Royal Oak, and desires to know their pleasure as to that, and also as to [Wm.] Chambers' reed, and [John] Smith's elm timber, or they may dispose of it. [Ibid. No. 121.]
Jan. 29.
Chatham.
Certificate by Edw. Gregory and 5 others, that Thos. Polley, having been many years a workman in the yard here, is fit to succeed Ralph Strange, deceased, as foreman. [Ibid. No. 122.]
Jan. 29. Capt. Chas. Hayward to Thos. Hayter. I desire that 40 blank tickets may be given to the purser of the Garland, for discharging men that belonged to me in that and other ships. [Ibid. No. 123.]
Jan. 30.
Woolwich.
Wm. Acworth to Sam. Pepys. Desires that his coming up to the Board on Clayford's complaint may be deferred till after the survey by Col. Middleton of the provisions in the stores; wants a copy of Clayford's petition, and his Royal Highness's reference, that he may have time to clear himself; is receiving 100 tons of hemp from Sir John Shaw, and 40 from Mr. Hayle. [Ibid. No. 124.]
Jan. 30.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Sir Philip Honywood is quite recovered, and the Milford nearly ready for sea. [Ibid. No. 125.]
Jan. 30.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson. The vessel that went aground on the Ridge was Scotch, with 70 tons of coal, a present to the King. [Damaged. Ibid. No. 126.]
Jan. 31.
Whitehall.
Order in Council as to the manner of procuring the King's signature to warrants relating to his Majesty's revenue:—
1. That all revenue offices pass by recommendation of the Treasury Commissioners, and that offices passed by the Secretaries of State pass with proviso of not increasing the ancient fee in King James's time.
2. That all warrants for money be imprested to the several Treasurers of the navy, household, guards, &c., and be countersigned by the Treasury Commissioners.
3. That warrants for regulation of revenue pass by the Treasury Commissioners.
4. That no free gifts or pensions be granted till the petitioner has set forth the value of the thing sued for, and the Treasury Commissioners have reported thereon.
5. That warrants for secret service pass by the Secretaries of State, but be restrained to those that are really such, and not other payments made under that name, which may be paid again under their proper name.
6. That the Secretaries of State draw no warrants for release of forfeitures nor anything relating to revenue, without a report from the Treasury Commissioners.
7. That the Secretaries draw no warrants on the navy or other Treasurers for pensions, gifts, &c., whereby necessary money is diverted. The like caution to be used as to plate in the Jewel house, unless delivered to ambassadors and to King's officers, on account to be returned.
8. That no patents pass by immediate warrant except such as really require it. That all revenue warrants for Ireland, not comprised in the civil and military lists, be first communicated to the Treasury Commissioners. [pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 127.]
[Jan. 31.] Copy of the above. [pages. Ibid. No. 128.]
Jan. 31. Entries of the above [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 12; 72, p. 91.]
Jan. 31. Whitehall. Warrant for a grant of pardon to Bernard Howard to Norfolk for all crimes committed by him, especially for the murder of Wm. Jenkins, and all assaults, batteries, and woundings done upon Francis Earl of Shrewsbury and Sir John Talbot. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 129.]
Jan. 31.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. There have 18 or 20 coasters come in, and a good fleet is expected daily, the wind being fair. [Ibid. No. 130.]
Jan. 31.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. There have 60 or 70 ships sailed for the eastward; 10 or 11 Dutch, of which 3 were men-of-war. have put in, also a French man-of-war of 38 guns, belonging to M. De la Roche's squadron, and a ship of London from Zante that touched at Lisbon, and gives an account that the Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli men-of-war have been very civil to them. [Ibid. No. 131.]
Jan. 31. Same to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 132.]
Jan. 31.
Plymouth Fort.
——––– to Williamson. A French man-of-war under the command of M. De la Roche, and 4 men-of-war of Flushing, convoys to merchant ships bound to Spain and the West Indies, have arrived; the Richmond frigate, with a fleet of Dutch and Hamburghers homeward bound, has set sail. [Ibid. No. 133.]
Jan. 31. Sir George Downing to Williamson. The Treasury Commissioners desire you will put a notice about the Office of Exchange in the Gazette. [Ibid. No. 134.] Prefixing,
Notice that in order that an opportunity may be afforded for paying in his Majesty's money, and the bringing it out of the country in specie avoided the Treasury Commissioners some months since established an office at John Harbin's house, Great St. Helen's, for exchange of money by bills of exchange on the receivers in the several counties; the money will remain deposited, and not be employed till the party has actually received his money in the country. This several persons have found by experience to be so practised, having received back their money at the said office, upon tender of their bills, when they have not had occasion for their money in the country; the said office has since its erection returned 40,000l.,to the great advantage of traders. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 134I.]
Jan. 31. Petition of Col. Rich. Gerard to the King, for the grant of a rent-charge of 80l. a year from the manor of Ince, co. Lancaster, purchased for 1,000l. from Thos. Gerard of Ince, 13 Chas. I., by John Biddulph, but which the petitioner has discovered to be bought in trust for the society of Jesuits, whereby it is forfeited. With reference to the Treasury Commissioners, and their report 7 March 1668 that Lord Ashley and 2 others named have found, by inquisition taken at Wigan, that the circumstances stated in the petition were true, and that his Majesty is legally entitled to the rent-charge and may grant the same to the petitioner, if he shall think fit. [See pp. 128, 129, supra. Ibid. No. 135.]
Jan. 31. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 280.]
Jan. 31. Reference on the petition of Sir John Griffin—showing that he has had the buildings erected in the blockhouse as ordered 19 Nov.— directing the Ordnance Commissioners to estimate the expenses thereof, when order will be given for reimbursement. [Ibid. p.281.]
Jan. 31.
Whitehall.
Petition of Sir Edmond Wyndham, knight marshal, to the King. Engaged himself and family to serve in the late wars, and the better to raise forces and buy arms, mortgaged his land for 900l.; raised 2 regiments of horse, 1 of foot, and 1 of dragoons. Sent the late King 1,000l., which he was assigned to receive out of the Court of Wards, but never received one penny; have since been forced to compound for the debt by payment of 2,000l. Engaged with other gentlemen in the west for several sums for ammunition and clothing for the soldiers, and has been forced to pay his part and 1,200l. borrowed by his Majesty's express command when he was Prince, for fortifying Eastover, a part of Bridgewater, besides other sums borrowed on public account, accounting to 6,000l., which is yet owing.
Was a prisoner 4 years, and 12 years abroad with his Majesty, and during that time his estate was sequestered; was plundered of 3,000l. in plate, household stuff, &c.; had his woods cut down, his houses ruined, and was forced, during his imprisonment and exile, to subsist by borrowing. Lost by the war above 50,000l. His wife nursed his Majesty, and never had any pension for it, but was a great sufferer at that time for her known affection. The office of knight marshal is no way able to repair his ruined estate, or pay his debts, being only worth 1,000l. a year, and he is old and not likely to enjoy it long. Understanding his Majesty's condition, cannot press for anything out of the revenue; begs a lease for 21 years of the moiety of all such lands and expired leases, rents, and arrears as are concealed, and not brought into charge, either by the corruption or neglect of the officers, which concealments he will upon grant discover to the Treasury, who can convene such defaulters, and assist him in the recovery. With reference thereon to the Treasury Commissioners, and their report 28 Feb. that Sir Edmond Wyndham's sufferings are well known, and that his Majesty may grant what is desired, provided the discoveries be real, and not now in charge in the Exchequer, and that he be informed of the value of the concealments petitioned for, that he may know what he bestows. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No.136.]
Jan. 31. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 283.]
Jan. 31.
Whitehall.
Petition of Rich. Brett to the King, for the post resigned by Sir Thos. Clifford in the farm of the customs upon logwood, let for 21 years, at 500l. a year, to John Pinchcombe in trust for Sirs Thos. Clifford, Nich. Crisp, John Shaw, and Thos. Stukeley. With reference thereon to the Comptroller-General [Sir T. Clifford], 31 Jan.1668, to state whether he has quitted his interest in it, and how far it is in his Majesty's power to do the petitioner a good turn; and his report 4 Feb. Since serving in the Treasury, I re-assigned my fifth part to the King, because I found his Majesty made defalcation for it to the Grand Farmers of the Customs, which I was before ignorant of, and which is so unreasonable that I quitted his pretence to it. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 137.]
Jan. 31. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p.283.]
Jan. 31.
Whitehall.
Proclamation declaring the prices of wines as fixed by the Lord keeper and others for the present year. [Printed. S.P. Dom., Proclamations, Vol. 3, p. 255a.]
Jan. 31. Grant to Capt. Valentine Pine of the office of master gunner in the Tower, fee 2s. a day, from the death of James Wemys. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 185.]
Jan. 31. Warrant to pay to the Earl of Anglesey, Treasurer of the Navy, 28,276l. 1s. and 612l 10s on account, for rebuilding 3 ships and repairing the double dock at Chatham. [Ibid.]
Jan. 31.
Victualling Office.
Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners. Received orders for sea victuals for 5,000 men for 6 months, but no directions in what ports the victuals shall be provided; without this and a supply of money, cannot comply with the warrant. Has had no relief, either by receipts, or the sale of those great quantities of provisions in stores, and is indebted upwards of 40,000l.; unless disposed of, they will be unfit for service, having been in salt about 12 months. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 138.]
Jan. 31.
Chatham.
James Norman, clerk of the survey, to the Navy Commissioners. Any service in the weighing of sunk wrecks imposed upon me will be so unpleasant to others that it will make it uncomfortable to me; I would gladly be commanded in that wherein I may more cheerfully serve you. Three flyboats are gone to Harwich for the things left there; a fourth had better follow, and perform the service at once; if so, she can carry the provisions for the hulk and Resolution. [S.P. Dom., Car. II 233, No. 139.] Encloses,
Commissioner John Taylor and R. Warner to James Norman. The Resolution being designed for sea, request him to send what stores she wants to perfect her.—Harwich, 25 Jan. 1668. [Ibid. No. 139I.]
Jan. ? Petition of Joan, wife of John Darby, prisoner in the Gatehouse, to Lord Arlington, for admission to her husband, to minister to his affliction; can only say in his defence that he was not acquainted with the pernicious things in the book he printed, the copy being brought him by piecemeal, and the author, William Penn, sometimes dictating to the compositor as he set the letters. [Ibid. No. 140.]
Jan. ? Petition of John Nisbett to the King, for a licence for a foreign vessel from Hamburg or elsewhere to go to Barbadoes, and return with goods, paying customs at Dover. Gave weekly intelligence to Williamson of what passed in Holland, and was forced to fly when Dr. Mackdowell was taken, to the ruin of his wife and family. [Ibid. No. 141.]
Jan. ? Petition of John Pate, merchant, to the King, for an order for delivery to him of several convict prisoners in the Marshalsea, Southwark, who lie ready for transportation, as he is now bound for Virginia. [Ibid. No. 142.] Annexing,
List of the prisoners left since last assizes, viz., Sam. Dunning, John Carter, and Wm. Wright; signed by John Lowman, keeper, and Mat. Day, clerk.—17 Jan. 1668. [Ibid. No. 142I.]
Jan. ? Petition of Andrea Testa to the King, for a pension promised by his Majesty, as formerly granted to Gerolamo Zenti, “harpshecall maker,” whose place he supplies, being sent over by Zenti, who went to Paris, and died in the French king’s service. [Ibid. No. 143.]
Jan. ? Petition of John White to the Navy Commissioners, that he and his witnesses may be examined as to things mentioned as being embezzled out of the Orange prize by Henry Robinson, carpenter; with particulars of the goods embezzled. [Ibid. No. 144.] Annexing,
Depositions of John White, Denis Smith of the Orange prize, and two others, before the Navy Commissioners. The particulars charged upon Henry Robinson, carpenter of the ship, are true; saw him and others named receive money for things taken out of the ship.—Navy Office, Seething Lane, 7 Jan. 1668. [Ibid. No. 144I.]
Depositions of Nich. Lee and two others, that they saw goods named carried from the ship Orange, and sold on shore.—9 Jan. 1668. [Ibid. No. 144II.]
Deposition of Walter Tucker and 3 others, that John White said he could not allege anything against Henry Robertson, (sic) his master, and was sorry for what he had done.—16 Dec. 1667. [Ibid. No. 144III.]
Jan. ? Petition of Col. Stephen White to the King, for an order to Sir Stephen Fox to pay him 10d. a day, as an additional relief to his present pension of 20d.; served as a private soldier in the foot guards since the raising of the same, but has not obtained the employment promised by his Majesty, and was turned off 3 months since, on account of an oath then prescribed to the guards. [S.P. Dom., Car .II. 233, No. 145.]
Jan. Memoranda [from the signet books] of warrants, &c., passed during the month, the uncalendared portions of which are as follows:—
Blank commission to command Edw. Winter to deliver up Fort St. George in the East Indies.
Renewal of charter to the bailiff, jurates, and inhabitants of Guernsey.
Grant to Jos. Shacklewell of the office of yeoman of the bears, fee 9d. a day out of the Treasury Chamber, and 22s. 6d. for a livery coat. [S.P. Dom., Car. Il. 223, No. 186.]
Jan.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Ordnance officers to reduce the expenses of the Ordnance office to 30,000l. a year. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 146.]
Jan.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Lord Arlington and Sir Wm. Morice, Secretaries of State, to reduce the expense of intelligence to 4,000l. a year. [Ibid. No. 147.]
Jan.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Lord Chamberlain Manchester to reduce the expenses of the jewel house to 8,000l. a year. [Ibid. No. 148.]
Jan.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the officers of works to reduce the expenses of the King’s buildings to 8,000l. a year. [Ibid. No. 149.]
Jan.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Baptist May, keeper of the privy purse, to reduce the expenses of the privy purse to 20,000l. per annum. [Ibid. No. 150.]
Jan.
Whitehall.
The King to the Bishop of Durham. We lately recommended John Durel for the next vacant prebend in Durham Cathedral, but we now request that the prebend void by death of Dr. Nailor be bestowed on Dr. Thos. Smith, chaplain in ordinary, and a prebendary of that church, and we shall be satisfied that Durel have that prebend from which Smith is removed. [Ibid. No. 151.]
Jan. ? Cornet Rich. Manley to Rob. Francis at Lord Arlington’s. I hear that our good lord is Lord High Treasurer, and though wishing him as great as his merits, yet I fear to be less concerned in the finance than in the station his Lordship was in before. I hope your worth has raised you also, as I am sure you have a good store of it; I want some of it to melt into a little more kindness for me. I hear some noise of a preparation being made in France, but the hard weather keeps us from all news. [Ibid. No. 151A.]
Jan. Chris. Coles to the Navy Commissioners. The hoy has been laden a, month at Arundel with plank and timber for the yards, but is wind-bound. Asks whether they have further employment for her, or want to sell her. In case they sell, desires to buy upon such terms as they sell vessels to other men, he having much timber in the river of Arundel, but without a vessel to get it into the yards. Hears they will take two-thirds in bills dated before Sept. 1666, of which he has above 2,000l., and if they can help him to some ready money, shall be able and willing to furnish what timber he has, and all he can lay hold of. Has 80 loads of 4-in. plank and 20 of large 3-in. lying on Shoreham river, which Mr. Tippetts wants; asks whether to send it in to him. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 152.]
Jan.
Woolwich.
John Runting, master of the St. Peter, to the Navy Commissioners. Is commanded to take in hemp for Chatham, but his decks have not been trimmed this year, and are leaky; if wet weather should happen, the hemp may be damaged. Asks for tarpaulins to protect it, &c. [Ibid. No. 153.]
Jan. Capt. F. Digby to Thos. Hayter. Asks for 30 tickets for the use of the Jersey and Friend. [Ibid. No. 154.]
Jan.
Sunday.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. His Royal Highness, having received directions for preparing a fleet of 50 sail for convoys, desires their advice, and directs them to come to him to-morrow. [Ibid. No. 155.]
Jan. List of bills paid to 21 persons named, out of the money received from the sale of ships, total 1,707l. 7s. 5d.; with note of the expenses in salaries, &c., which, with 500l. to Harwich yard, is more than will be received for the sale. [Ibid. No. 156.] Annexing,
Account of money paid upon pilotage, travelling, and transport charges, since the first day of the sale of ships at the Navy Office, 22 Oct.; total, 806l. 6s. 7d. [Ibid. No. 156I.]
Jan. Abstract of bills due to 7 clerks named, to be paid out of the money arising from the sale of ships. [Ibid. No.0157.]
Jan.
Scotland.
Fragment stating that the Scotch officers have been strict in their observation of Christmas at Dumfries, which occasioned some dissent, but that all was appeased again. [Ibid. No. 158.]
Jan. Note that the Quakers are now triumphant that their beloved friends are set at liberty, and begin to brave it more than before, and none are comparable to them for horses and fine clothes. The common people murmur very sore that they should be set at liberty, and there wants not some to set abroad that toleration is at hand. [Ibid. No. 159.]
[Jan.] Return of the days when the spring assizes for 1668 are to be held throughout England, and of the judges who are to visit the respective circuits. With note that “the writ for Appleby is yet in my hands, which I am ready to deliver to Sir Philip Musgrave if Mr. Williamson desire it.” [2 pages. Latin Ibid. No. 160.]
Jan. ? The King to Sir Thomas Morgan, Governor of Jersey. As we require your presence for some time, you are to repair hither with all diligence, taking care that you leave the government of the island in the best condition you can, that it may not suffer by your absence. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 233, No. 160A.]
Jan.
Deal.
Lists sent by Mor. Lodge to Williamson of ships in the Downs, state of the wind, time of the arrival and despatch of mails, &c. during the month, as follows:––
Vol. 233. No. Date. Kings. Merchants’. MAIL. Wind. REMARKS.
Arrival. Despatch.
161 Jan. 1 4 None 5 p.m. W.
162 " 2 4 44 3 p.m. 5 p.m. N.N.W. Most of the merchant ships are going out or gone.
163 " 4 5 45 None 5 p.m. W. by N.
164 " 5 4 41 None 5 p.m. S.S.W.
165 " 5 5 42 5 p.m. 5½p.m. W.
166 " 7 4 43 None 6 p.m. W.S.W. Two Malaga ships have come in, names not known.
167 " 8 5 40 None S.W. Another Malaga ship wanted a pilot, but the weather prevented one being sent.
168 " 9 5 45 5 p.m. 6 p.m. S.W.
169 " 10 5 45 5 p.m. 6 p.m. N.N.W.
170 " 11 5 45 5 p.m. W.
171 " 12 5 53 None 5 p.m. W.
172 " 13 4 54 None 5 p.m. N.W.
173 " 14 1 None 6 p.m. N.N.W. The outward-bound ships are gone or going.
174 " 15 2 10 None 6 p.m. N.W. The outward-bound ships are gone.
175 " 16 2 6 None 5 p.m. N.E.
176 " 17 2 7 5 p.m. 5½p.m. N.E.
177 " 18 1 3 None 5 p.m. N.E.
178 " 19 1 1 None 5 p.m. E. by S.
179 " 20 1 1 None 5 p.m. S.S.E.
180 " 21 1 2 None 5 p.m. S.E.
181 " 22 1 3 None 5 p.m. N.
182 " 23 1 3 None 5 p.m. S.W.
183 " 24 1 3 None 5 p.m. S.
184 " 25 1 3 None 5 p.m. E. by S. Twenty vessels, supposed Dutch merchant ships, sailed by Goodwin Sands.
185 " 26 6 3 None 5 p.m. E.S.E.
186 " 27 1 1 None 5 p.m. E.S.E. Sir Thos. Allin, with 5 frigates, bas sailed for the Straits.
187 " 28 1 None 5 p.m. S. The weather has forced in 8 or 9 Hollanders.
188 " 29 6 2 None 5 p.m. S. The Dover packet brings news that the Earl of Clarendon is at Calais, sick of fever, and is bound for Germany.
189 " 30 5 2 5 p.m. 6 p.m. N.N.W.
190 " 31 7 4 5 p.m. S.W. The storm has driven in many ships, of which he cannot yet give account.