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Charles II: February 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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February 1668

Feb. 1. Advices received, viz.:––
Bridlington, Jan. 28.—Saw some suspicious sails which they fancy to be Holland Capers. The Hampshire and Pearl are in the Humber.
Hull, Jan. 29.—The Pearl is despatched, having been washed and tallowed, and the Hampshire is coming ashore to stop her leaks.
Newcastle, Jan. 29.—The light ships will be laden and ready to sail in 2 or 3 days; all the ships that can be got are fitting for transporting coals.
Norwich, Jan. 30.—There was some disturbance in a little town near in collecting the hearth money, but all is quiet again.
Berwick, Jan. 27.—A Scotch privateer has been forced ashore near Holy Island, and is in danger of being lost.
Dublin, Jan. 26.—The Earl of Orrery intends for Dublin. The pleasure boat is gone to Holyhead to attend Lord Ossory. Two Spaniards are come in from Bordeaux, on the account of some Dublin merchants. No late hurt has been done by the Tories. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 1.]
Feb. 1.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. The French ship laden with masts still remains here; an Ostend privateer waits her coming out. Though foggy, saw two ships at anchor behind the Fort. [Ibid. No. 2.]
Feb. 1.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. There have 40 sail of laden colliers departed, and about 60 more are in the harbour, but not all laden; a great fleet of light colliers is expected; would rather see than hear of their coming. [Ibid. No. 3.]
Feb. 1.
London.
G. Pretyman to Mr. Burdenand. I am frustrated by my father in my endeavours, though made chiefly for my father’s advantage; he tries to persuade the Commissioners that I detain the estate, and prevent the satisfying the King’s debt; I am resolved to make no further efforts to procure my father’s freedom, but to secure my own estate against his pretensions, and leave him to take his own course [Ibid. No. 4.]
Feb. 1. English Commissioners for the trade between the countries to those of Scotland. Request, in reply to theirs of 25 Jan., a full communication of all their proposals, because —one article often depending upon another—it will be impossible to give proper satisfaction to their first demands unless the whole are known; and also much time would be wasted in delivering and considering of new propositions. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 5.]
Feb. 1. Copy of the above. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 6.]
Feb. 1. Warrant for a pardon to Sir John Talbot for the death of Wm. Jenkins, and for any duels committed on George Duke of Buckingham, Francis Earl of Shrewsbury, or Sir Rob. Holmes; also pardon to Bernard Howard for the same, including duels upon Sir John Talbot. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, ff. 12, 13.]
Feb. 1. Warrant for a pardon to Anne, daughter of Henry Skelton, alderman of Leeds, because after secretly marrying Thomas Witham, she, in obedience to her father, married Gilbert Cowper; granted on condition of her adhering to the first marriage. [Ibid. f. 13.]
Feb. 1.
Bristol.
Daniel Furzer to the Navy Commissioners. All debtors intend speedily to come upon me for their money due on the King’s account, so I expect soon to have to write to you out of prison, if some speedy course be not taken for my support. I am hastening the account of the timber taken up in the forest. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 7.]
Feb. 1.
The Milford, Spithead.
Capt. Rich. White to the Navy Commissioners. Intends to sail for the Downs, wind and weather permitting. [Ibid. No. 8.]
Feb. 1.
Ordnance Office.
Edw. Sherburne to Sam. Pepys. I send two letters, and desire you to write to the Commissioner of Harwich and Capt. Tinker at Portsmouth, to take off the demurrage and obstacles complained of, until his Royal Highness’s orders be given. It was the ancient custom for the master of attendance to deliver off and take on shore his Majesty’s guns; but all that is now desired is your and the rest of the officers’ compliance in giving dispatch to those services, which cannot be done without your assistance. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 9.]
Feb. 1.
Near the Jamaica House, Redriff.
Wm. Marshall to the Navy Commissioners. Desires to be continued master of the Sweepstakes, having had charge of her from the time she was built to her laying up. [Ibid. No. 10.] Encloses,
Certificate by Capt. Francis Saunders that Wm. Marshall has served carefully as master in the Sweepstakes, and is fit it take charge of any other frigate. —Jan. 29, 1667. [Ibid. No. 10I.]
Feb. 1.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. Cannot find, in any timber yard on the bank side, a piece that will head the mainmast of the new ship. In a barge-load of timber gone down to Woolwich, there are two pieces that will make cheeks to head it if they will grant a warrant for Mr. Cadbury to have them. Mr. Mayors, the purveyor, has not sent into the stores any one of the particulars demanded for despatch of the new ship. [Ibid. No. 11.]
Feb. 1.
The Francis, Downs.
Capt. Wm. Burstow to the Navy Commissioners. Received order not to exceed the complement of 45 men, and has discharged the remainder. Asks for a couple of 10-in. cables and a boat. [Ibid. No. 12.]
Feb. 1.
Woolwich.
Chris. Pett to the Navy Commissioners. Chris. Andrews, the bargeman, having brought a very good freight of Whittlewood timber, requests some money, either on the old or new account; without a supply he cannot bring in any more, and his timber is the only provision for carrying on the works of the new ships. [Ibid. No. 13.]
Feb. 1.
Navy Office.
Capt. J. Perriman to Sam Pepys. Mark Croney, who bought the Leister wreck at Blackwall, says that Capt. Dorington, one of the owners, has forbidden his servants to work any more upon her, or to meddle with anything there, although Croney has paid his money for the wreck. [See Calendar 1667, p. 493. Ibid. No. 14.]
Feb. 1.
Surgeons’ Hall.
Certificate by Rich. Reynell that John Cotton, surgeon of the Foresight, has been paid by the governors of the company 3 bills of free gift since his entry upon the ship, and that there are no more bills in their hands for the said ship. [Ibid. No. 15.]
Feb. 2.
Revenge, Portsmouth.
Rob. Hutchings to the Navy Commissioners. Understanding that his Majesty has appointed a fleet for the sea, asks for a master’s place; was master of the Assurance 8 years, and of the Old James and Revenge during the late war. Noted, “To be listed among the Masters.” [Ibid. No. 16.]
Feb. 2. Certificate by Jno Tippetts and 3 others that they have viewed the 5,300 deals out of the St. Jacob, pretended to be of Lubec, sent into port by Capt. Edw. Hogg, and judge them to be worth 8l. 10s. the 100. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 17.]
Feb. 2. The King to the Duke of York. The prize Wildboar, formerly sold to Capt. Hen. Nicoll for 276l. 9s., on which he intended to bring timber for rebuilding London, has been lost. He is therefore to be allowed to purchase the Golden Hand flyboat, now at Chatham, for 276l. 9s. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book. 17, p. 277.]
Feb.? Hen. Nicoll to [Williamson]. I will pay you 100l. if you can get this proviso inserted into this new bill. You should first wait on the Duke of Albemarle, and if he will undertake it, trouble no one else; if not, present a short petition to the King. The Earl of Anglesey or Sir Wm. Morice may be used if you see fit. I will come over if needful but am not accustomed to Court Ways. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 18.]
Feb. 2.
Portsmouth.
Chas. Honywood to Williamson. Three French sloops laden with oysters and glass, taken by an Ostend privateer, have been forced in, having lost their cables, anchors, and sails in the storms. The Milford has sailed for Spithead, the Eaglet ketch for the Thames. [Ibid. No. 19.]
Feb. 2.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Milford has left for the Downs, to meet the fleet under Sir Thos. Allin. Arrival of an Ostender and three small French vessels, two laden with oysters and the other with window glass; but the privateers and restrained from making sale of anything they have, though very solicitous to sell to supply their wants. [Ibid. No. 20.]
Feb. 2.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. A vessel has arrived from Flushing, and 6 or 7 have departed, 3 laden with lead for Rouen, the rest for the coast; a dozen sail have passed through Bridlington Road, one laden with French wine for Leith. [Ibid. No. 21.]
Feb. 2.
Dover.
Jo. Carlisle to Williamson. Sir George Hamilton, with 100 men and horses, has sailed for the Downs; 4 vessels have arrived laden with French wine for the town, and 3 others sailed by. Has to appear at the King’s Bench on Friday against [Wm] Carr. [Ibid. No. 22.]
Feb. 2.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Hickes. The Prosperous has arrived, laden with wines from the Canaries; also 12 sail of colliers. [Ibid. No. 23.]
Feb. 2. Same to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 24.]
Fen. 2.
Berwick.
M. Scott to Williamson. No news; all things are quiet. [Ibid. No. 25.]
Feb. 3.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. A mainmast, seeming to belong to a ship of 60 tons, has been driven ashore on Portland beach, so judges there has been a wreck. [Ibid. No. 26.]
Feb. 3.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Passage of collier vessels. The Captain of a vessel come in with wine from Bordeaux complains of abuse from the Ostenders, who took from him several barrels of red herrings, and stripped him and his men of their clothes, so that he was forced to put into the West country to get clothes; on his homeward voyage, they took a tierce of wine and drunk him out half of another. His consort, who is gone for London, had 3 tierces of wine taken, and was sadly beaten; there are daily complaints of most gross abuses committed by these Ostenders; 50 sail will be ready in a few days to proceed from Yarmouth for cod fish in the North seas, and several others are fitting for Ireland. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 27.]
Feb. 3. Scottish Commissioners to the English Commissioners. Their further requests are the removal of the Act imposing heavy duties on Scottish cattle imported into England; also of the impositions on linen, on salt—which pays 16 times more than foreign salt—on beer and other goods; also the removal of duties lately charged on Northumberland coals carried into Scotland. Request that their previous demands, in reference to the Act of Navigation, be first considered. as on those their trade depends. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 28.]
Feb. 3. Draft of the above. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 29.]
Feb. 3. Warrant for the Dutch prize St. John of London to be entered and registered as a free ship, though not registered within the limited time; granted at request of John Nanfan of London, who bought her from John Bence, both merchants of London, to whom she was sold by the Navy Commissioners. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book. 30, f. 76.]
Feb. 3. Minutes of five several warrants for making free ships. [Ibid. f. 76.]
Feb. 3.
Whitehall.
Petition of Lieut. Thos. Child to the King. I had a commission to be lieutenant to Capt. And. Newport at Portsmouth; I was thence removed to Scilly under Sir Wm. Godolphin and Capt. Fras. Godolphin, but I hear that, on Sir William’s settlement as governor of the island, I am likely to be dismissed, and my inferior officer preferred in my room; I beg to remain, or I should be ruined, having settled my wife and 8 children in the island. With reference thereon to Lord General the Duke of Albemarle, and his report, 10 Feb 1668, that the commission to the lieutenant of Capt. Fras. Godolphin’s company is stopped, and in Lord Arlington’s hands, and that the place may be given to the petitioner, if his Majesty think fit. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 30.]
Feb. 3.
Bristol.
John Fitzherbert to Williamson. The Van Burden, arrived from Barbadoes with sugars, tobacco, cottons, &c., reports that so great a fleet of merchantmen has arrived there that there are not commodities to load them, and freights have fallen. A Malaga vessel which has come in with fruit and wine, met 40 or 50 sail near the Straits, and 6 men-of-war with them. [Ibid. No. 31.]
Feb. 3.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Williamson. Has had a fuller account of the business of Sherron; in the magazine blown up were many thousand barrels of powder, and other provisions for the fleet; 4 of the best men-of war of 60 or 70 guns in the road were burnt, and had it not been for the company belonging to a Provencal ship in the road, who hazarded out in boats, most part of the fleet would have been destroyed. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 32.]
Feb. 3.
4 p.m. Post Office.
O’Neile to Williamson. Sends a letter which came from Spain, in another directed to the Postmaster General. [Endorsed, Mr. Ellis. Ibid. No. 33.]
Feb. 3.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. A French man-of-war arrived with a fire-ship; 9 more are upon the coast, separated by bad weather; they wish to join in one fleet, to clear the coast of Ostend pickeroons. [Ibid. No. 34.]
Feb. 3. Extract from a news-letter. We in Staffordshire hear much of the Comprehensive Bill prepared by the King and Council, and would fain know the truth of it. The hopes of the Presbyterians are so high, that one of them, a silenced minister, got into a church at Betley, and had 400 or 500 auditors, who came 8 or 9 miles; he read no Common Prayer, only a chapter, and then up and preached. His sermon was fair and honest, but the action showed a great deal of confidence. [Ibid. No. 35.]
Feb. 3. George Williamson to Williamson. Neither I nor Dr. Smith have received any letters, which puts us both to a stand; and the Countess, having had none from her daughter Thanet, will not resolve of anything more than what she wrote to the Bishop of Winchester. Mr. Sedgwick is away for 10 days, which will be loss. All the town and gentry are for you, and they are every day more sensible of what they are about to forfeit, and that it will be in vain without your assistance. You should get the Tuftons to decline, and then leave it to me and others; you shall hear every post what her ladyship resolves. [Damaged. Endorsed, Appleby. Ibid. No. 36.]
Feb. 3.
Bristol.
John Badcock to the Navy Commissioners. Has measured and marked the timber in Dean Forest fit for the navy, and desires a bill for his great expenses. Has been upon this business from 26 Dec to 30 Jan. [Ibid. No. 37.]
Feb. 3.
Woolwich.
Christopher Pett, master shipwright, to the Navy Commissioners. [Thos] Sawell, of Poplar, has a parcel of bolt reed, 32,000 in the sheaf, and the same quantity of broom bavins; I have ordered him to treat with you; he asks 40s. per 1,000 for the reed, and 3l. 5s. per 1,000 for the broom; I judge they will grow dearer, and without a supply, I shall not be able to carry on the works. I want a mainmast and bowsprit for the St. David; also wainscot for a room in my own house, which is so ruinated that it is not fit to lodge in; also a small chimney to a little room to make a nursery for my children; the whole charge will not amount to above 20l. [Ibid. No. 38.]
Feb. 3.
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to the Navy Commissioners. Desires that Capt. Clarke may be supplied with a longboat. Will deliver the letters for Tangiers. [Ibid. No. 39.]
Feb. 3.
The Mary, Downs.
Capt. Rob. Clarke to the Navy Commissioners. Hopes they have sent for his boatswain’s mate, who ran away, punished him; has had great miss of him. Asks for a boat, his own having fallen to pieces in hoisting it on board. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 40.]
Feb. 3.
Chatham.
Phin. Pett and James Norman to the Navy Commissioners. Boats will be considerably wanted on the setting the fleet to sea; suggests that a contract be entered into with some person to repair the shallops and water-boats in store, and to make 12 or 14 new ones. as there is no timber in store. Strict injunctions should be given to the officers of the yard not to deliver any new boat, so long as any old one remain in store fit to swim; such an order would stop the mouths of all officers that may demand them, take off the clamours, which else would be very great, and save his Majesty several hundreds, for nothing is more perishable than boats. [Ibid. No. 41.]
Feb. 3.
Chatham.
Edw. Gregory to the Navy Commissioners. The Governors of the Chest, having received commands from the Commissioners for examining Accounts, intend to wait on them in London. Shall apply himself to the accounts, designing to be the bearer of them himself. Sundry ships being ordered to be fitted for sea out of this harbour, the master attendant desires more riggers and sailmakers. [Ibid. No. 42.]
Feb. 4.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Tinker to Sam. Pepys. Nothing can be lessened from the last demand for stores; when you send down seamen and money to pay, it will further the business. I am doubtful about landing the guns as you order; we should be forced to land 400 pieces, which will be a great weight, the works being old and decayed.
The oar-makers are content to take 20s. and to comply with their contract, but doubt the goodness of the pay, alleging that they sold goods to the purveyor for read money, and are yet unpaid; their faith is weak. If I make it my own debt, they will be contented. Sir Thos. Allin is in the Downs; if he puts in here and wants stores, is he to supplied, as divers ships from other places have been ? The Milford will sail this day for the Downs after much ado to get her men on board. [pages Ibid. No. 43.]
Feb. 4.
Dover.
Thos. White to the Navy Commissioners. Capt Clarke, of the Mary, has sent here for a longboat; acquainted Sir Thos. Teddeman that he had orders not to deliver anything without their Honours’ special order; but as Capt. Clarke cannot go without it, Sir Thos. Teddeman has promised to see the owner paid for it. [Ibid. No. 44.]
Feb. 4.
Harwich.
John Runting to the Navy Commissioners. Has arrived here with the St. Peter, and is just going to take in masts. [Ibid. No. 45.]
Feb. 4.
Portsmouth.
John Tippetts to the Navy Commissioners. To expedite the works, it will be best to do what may be done in dock. I desire you will instruct us of the order in which we shall proceed upon the ships, and when you send down calkers, order money for their board-wages, or little help may be expected from them; those employed could not have got bread, had they not had leave to help sometimes in merchants’ works. I can get 16 loads of timber at the waterside, the rest being up in the country and not squared; but neither elm nor oak will be obtained without ready money. With marginal note of 11 ships to be repaired. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 46.]
Feb. 4.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. The two gates in the dry dock have stood 40 years to his knowledge, so that there must be a new pair, and a part of the west side of the wharf has fallen down. Desires a warrant to Mr. Welsh, the house carpenter, to make a new pair of gates and to repair the wharf. Half a ton of black oakum is wanted. The new ship will be ready to launch 4 March. [Ibid. No. 47.]
Feb. 4. Sir Wm. Coventry to Sam. Pepys. Asks how much money may be had out of the prize ships for a good use. Is told the Commissioners of Accounts are falling hard upon Mr. Carkass; if he be not re-admitted, it were good to suspend doing anything yet in it. [Ibid. No. 48.]
Feb. 4.
Pulburough.
Chr. Coles to Thos. Middleton, Navy Surveyor. Came too late to meet him at Portsmouth. That yard is pretty well furnished with plank; wants only another freight of 4-in, plank, and some treenails and elm boards for the new ship. Will, if commanded, furnish Portsmouth, Chatham, or Deptford with timber upon his former contract, and at the last price. Asks for the loan of a hoy that Thos. Long goes in, to furnish provisions to Chatham Yard; his vessel is lost, and he knows not where to get another fit, till he has time to build one. [Ibid. No. 49.]
Feb. 4.
Chatham Dock.
Phin. Pett to the Navy Commissioners. Leonard Collard will undertake the building of 14 boats wanting for the ships ordered to sea from hence, and the repair of several old ones, at as reasonable rates as any man; doubts not his well performing the same. [Ibid. No. 50.]
Feb. 4. Warrant for a grant to Charles Lord St. John of Basing of the office of Warden of the New Forest, Hampshire, with the manor and park of Lyndhurst and hundred of Redburg [Redbridge ?] on rental of 6l. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 6.]
Feb. 4.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Milford will sail for the Downs; a Liverpool vessel bound for Flushing, laden with beef, tallow, and butter from Dublin, was driven in here by contrary winds. All haste is making with the Revenge, which is to be commanded by Sir Edw. Spragg. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 51.]
Feb. 4.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Arrival and departure of colliers; a fly-boat was put ashore on the Black Middings, but was soon got off by the industry of her owners. [Ibid. No. 52.]
Feb. 4.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Two ships have arrived from Rochelle and Alicant; 2 French men-of-war put in here owing to bad weather. [Ibid. No. 53.]
Feb. 4. Same to Williamson, To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 54.]
Feb. 4.
Dartmouth.
Giles Ivy to Williamson. I beg you to speak to Lord Arlington to procure me the place of postmaster for Dartmouth, the other having gone aside through being in arrears with the Postmaster General. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 55.]
Feb. 4.
Minehead.
John Maurice to Williamson. Two small ships arrived from France, laden with salt-ash; great preparations are making there for war. [Ibid. No. 56.]
Feb. 4.
Whitehall.
Petition of Edw. Panton to the King. Proposes erecting a society in Piccadilly, to train up youths in all the most laudable sciences and exercises, after the model of Sir Francis Kynaston, deceased. That the design may take the better and more speedy effect, beseeches his Majesty to give it the name of the Royal Academy, and the power of a body corporate, consisting of a regent and 9 fellows, to be chosen out of the body of the Royal Society, and elected by their council; also to issue a warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General to prepare a grant, according to the end and purposes of the patent granted to Sir Francis Kynaston.
With reference thereon to the Attorney and Solicitor General, and their report, 20 April 1668, that they conceive the Academy is worthy of all encouragement, and may prove very useful to the service, and so is not unfit to be honoured with the title of the Royal Academy, and will be in no way contrary to the laws or statutes of the kingdom, nor prejudicial to the rights or liberties of the subject, or of any corporation or public society. [Ibid. No. 57.]
Feb. 4. Certificate by Fras. Royley that Thos. Muspratt, John Champion, and Edw. Hooker, commissioners for sequestrations, are accountable for 9,533l. 5s. d., received by them as the rents and profits of sequestered estates in Hampshire, from 29 Sept. 1649 to 29 Sept. 1653, and that only 7,761l. of such amount has been paid into the Treasury at Goldsmiths’ Hall. [Ibid. No. 58.]
Feb. 4.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. The Dutch packet-boat is hindered from coming in by bad weather, and is supposed to be at Yarmouth. [Ibid. No. 59.]
Feb. 4.
Rydal.
Dan. Fleming to Williamson. That Lady Pembroke might be plied from the north as well as the south, I advised Sir George Fletcher and Dr. Smith that a letter to her should be drawn from the Cumberland gentry at Cockermouth quarter sessions; they assented, Sir George drew it, they both signed it, and then sent it for signature to Sir Wilfrid [Lawson], Sir. Edw. Musgrave, Sir Fras. Salkeld, and others. Sir George intends to carry it to Hutton, to get the sheriffs and other gentlemen’s hands, and then to deliver it himself at Broughton Castle. If her ladyship would stand neuter, I should not much fear, though the Lowthers opposed; I think by young Sir John’s interest you might be able to take off old Sir John or Anth. Lowther. If you could procure a letter from the Dowager of Thanet, or any of the Tuftons, it would go a great way to move Lady Pembroke, who cunningly at the first obliged most of the town to elect such as she should recommend. If you cannot accomplish this, you should stay the writ as long as you can, until you have a good account of your interest in Appleby; I will be with Sir George and the Doctor at the election, if you intend to stand it out. [Endorsed, Appleby. 2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 60.]
Feb. 5.
Lowther.
Sir John Lowther to Williamson. Touching your desire to succeed my son, I could not promise at once that my kinsman would relinquish his pretensions on the hopes given him, before trying his inclinations, but I find him very ready to comply, for the satisfaction of any of your friends; I might have expected that favour for one of my own, yet I laid aside all such thoughts, being unwilling that a pupil should seem to oppose his tutor; though there are several others interceding for that employment, yet I believe, this rub being removed, if Mr. Tufton decline, you will, by my lady’s favour, have a fair way open to your desires. I am not of much consequence in the world, “yet I presume my reality may have as fair a resentment as others more active and powerful.” [Ibid. No. 61.]
Feb. 5.
Hutton.
Dr. Thos. Smith to Williamson. A letter enclosed will satisfy you that your friends in Cumberland have not been wanting in their respects to you. Though all most readily joined, Sir George Fletcher first moved it, and then penned the letter, obtained the signatures, and presented it himself to Lady Pembroke; the success of it will be seen by her answer to Lord Arlington, whereof she showed me a copy. I cannot see how it is possible to do any good in it, unless her grandchildren can be taken off; as you prevailed with one of them, it is possible you may do it with the rest. The town, if left to themselves, are for you; but against her it cannot be expected they will ever do it. [pages. Ibid. No. 62.]
Feb. 5.
Bridekirk.
George Williamson to Williamson. I hear that John [Tufton] has declined in favour of a country life, and Richard is for travelling; Thomas still stands, but I perceive Lord Arlington has been with him to resign in your favour, which it is apprehended he would do, if he did not lose the favour of her ladyship; she would then appear for Lowther, who relies on her presentment. Dr. Smith is going to make the mayor and aldermen more sensible of their condition, so that if Thos. Tufton refuses, you may have their second thoughts; I intend going with him. We will do as much as may be with the freeholders, but until it is known what Thos. Tufton will do, we labour against the wind.
I send a letter received from the sheriff, who I find would have us desist, which is his and Sir John [Lowther’s] cunning; I do not despair if Tufton resigns to you, and the Countess will remain neuter, though Sir John will make a great party. Mr. Feilding has laboured this post, and is very real with his friends, but I fear, for all Gabetis (the sheriffs) pretensions, that he is against us; it shall want neither pains nor money so that you shall know your friends hereafter. I cannot perceive that either Lord Arlington or the Bishop of Winchester makes any impression upon the wilful Countess, who has written to her grand-child Thomas not to desist; but as this letter will arrive first, I pray you will not delay, but be with him before it arrives. [3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 63.]
Feb. 5.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Charles of London has arrived from Majorca, laden with oils, and another from Malaga with wines and fruits; war with France is expected here. [Ibid. No. 64.]
Feb. 5.
Falmouth.
Same to Williamson. To the same effect as the preceding, and his letter to Hickes of Feb. 3. [Ibid. No. 65.]
Feb. 5.
Rye.
James Welsh to Williamson. A hoy was cast away near belonging to one Gibbs of London, laden with timber; the men were saved, and the timber will be recovered. [Ibid. No.66.]
Feb. 5.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. The health and trade of the place are good. [Ibid. No. 67.]
Feb. 5. Anth. Butler, Mayor of Boston, to [the Navy Commissioners]. According to your orders, I summoned all persons that might be concerned, but find none in town that have tickets; I send up the certificates, the truth of which you need not doubt; I have strictly examined them with another justice of the peace. There are several persons at sea that served his Majesty who have tickets, which shall be sent on their coming home. Meantime the persons who subscribed the certificates hope to receive their just reward, which will be no small encouragement to them for the future. [Ibid. No. 68.] Encloses,
Declaration, by Alex. Thompson, mariner, that he was pressed 20 Dec. 1664, out of the John and Thomas of Boston, at Ousley Bay, carried on board the Mermaid, and continued in that ship until 13 Dec. 1666; that he had his leg shot off in an engagement on 3 June, and that he has never received his ticket, nor made an assignment of it, but craves payment to himself, having never received a penny pay during his service.—Jan. 30, 1667. [Ibid. No. 68I.]
Declaration by Matthew Wilson of Boston, mariner, that he was pressed at Quinborough out of the William of Boston, into the Portland frigate 10 March 1665, continued in the service till Sept. 1666, and received no more than 4 months’ pay all that time; that he was wounded in the second engagement, and the ship came into Harwich, where he was sent ashore, and afterwards to Boston, where he has continued sickly from what he underwent.—Jan. 30, 1667. [Ibid. No. 68II.]
Declaration by Thos. Rutland, master of the William of Boston, that James Asquit, his apprentice, was pressed out of the said ship at Rye, 10 Oct. 1664, and served till Jan. 1666 in the Mary frigate; when having leave to go to see his friends, he went aboard the Francis and John for Boston, and in the passage, was taken by a Dutch man-of -war and carried to Enchuysen in Holland, where he continued a prisoner 24 weeks, and that it is not known whether he is dead or not, and that he has no relations in England.—31 Jan. 1667. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 68III.]
Declaration by William Kippes of Boston, mariner, to similar purport; he was taken by a Dutch man-of-war and carried into Rotterdam, where he remained a prisoner 26 weeks.—31 Jan. 1667. [Ibid. No. 68IV.]
Declaration by Rich. Clayton to similar purport; has not received a penny of the pay due. [Ibid. No. 68V.]
Certificate by Rich. Cowell, master, that Rich. Burdall of Boston, mariner, was pressed out of his ship, the John and Thomas, Jan. 1664, by Capt. Lawson, commander of the Coast frigate, and continued in the service until 26 Mar. last, when he died; that his father, Rob. Burdall, knows not of any pay that he received, but a victualler near Wapping new stairs has a ticket of what is due to him.—4 Feb. 1667. [Ibid. No. 68VI.]
Susanna Mould to [the Mayor and others of Boston]. Hearing that they have given knowledge by the crier to all persons concerned to look after any money due for work done in his Majesty’s service, informs them that her son Thomas, her only stay after the death of her husband, Capt. Edw. Mould, was pressed in July 1665, and was slain while serving under Rear-Admiral Harman. Asks how to obtain the money due for the service in which her son lost his dear life. [Ibid. No. 68VII.]
All these declarations are certified by Anth. Butler, Mayor of Boston, and Dan. Rhodes, and Nos. III. and v. by Dan. Robinson.
Feb. 5.
Chatham.
John Brooke and Wm. Rand, master attendants, and James Norman, clerk of survey, to the Navy Commissioners. Judge the Wood Merchant the fittest flyboat to be despatched to Harwich; shall prepare her, and ship the provisions for the hulk and new frigate in her. Desire orders to take the master and men of the Hardereen to man her; also to enter 6 sail-makers and others on the old works here, and other seamen who have offered themselves on rigging wages. [Ibid. No. 69.]
Feb. 5.
Pulborough.
Chr. Coles to the Navy Commissioners. As for buying the hoy by the candle, it is very improbable that I shall know of the time and place of her sale, so I despair of buying or employing her, not withstanding she has been as beneficial to the service as any of the like burthen, in supplying the stores. Hearing you bad moneys assigned to buy more goods, I was in hopes there was some way found out for the payment of my bills before Sept. 1666, being for goods sold for ready money, and for which you proposed the Duke’s month, which I accepted and relied on.
As for my tender of goods, on hopes of your capacity to make good what you undertake, until you can be more positive, and myself enabled with moneys, I cannot and will not enter into such contracts; but I shall not forbear, unless countermanded, to serve in goods upon my former contract and last price; I would have done it before, could I have got vessels, notwithstanding that I am importuned to send my provision to the north and west of England, where I am offered and can have a greater price than I ever had from you, and ready money. I will send a freight or two of timber to Deptford and Portsmouth, where it is wanted, and I have several bills to take out there. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 70.]
Feb. 5.
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Edw. Spragg to the Navy Commissioners. I want 2 union flags. My smack is now in London, and my clerk, Julian, will call for them. I am aboard Sir Thos. Allin, who sends his services and remembers you in a glass of port wine; I will do the same myself. [Ibid. No. 71.]
Feb. 5.
Emsworth sloop, Downs.
Capt. Walter Perry to the Navy Commissioners. Arrived the 1st instant, and with the first opportunity will make his way for Portsmouth. [Ibid. No. 72.]
Feb. 5.
The Richmond, in the Hope.
Capt. Amos Beare to the Navy Commissioners. Has arrived, and will come to Deptford, as commanded by his Royal Highness. [Ibid. No. 73.]
Feb. 5.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to Sam Pepys. How many Dutch prizes, men-of-war, remain unsold ? I know only of the Stadthaus of Haarlem and two others. You are to inform his Royal Highness of this on Friday. [Ibid. No. 74.]
Feb. 5.
London.
Jno. Harris to the Navy Commissioners. Sends particulars of 6,661l. 14s. 9d. due to him for making sails, Asks payment of 240l. 9s. 0½d. that he may clear his bill of imprest, and go on fitting the summer fleet; also allowance of interest for the rest. [Ibid. No. 75.]
Feb. 6. Account of materials expended in making good the damage done to the Monmouth in Tilbury Hope, by a Venetian running into her, amounting to 13l. 12s. 8d.; with note that Mr. Campany, merchant, who undertook for the payment of the damage, has promised to pay the money. [Ibid. No. 76.] Enclosing,
List of 18 shipwrights employed to repair the head of the Monmouth, with the rate of wages, varying from 1s. to 2s. 1d. a day; total 14l. 0s. 9d. [Ibid. No. 76I.]
Feb. 6.
Mary Rose, Cadiz.
Capt. Thos. Darcy to the Navy Commissioners. Went to sea without a sufficient supply of sails. In his passage, seeing it likely to blow hard, and fearing the old ones might be blown away, brought out those given as new ones, but which were partly worn, and in less than three days, they had a hundred small holes in them. Asks for 2 new courses, to be sent by Sir Thos. Allin. The Algiers men-of-war are very civil to the English. One of his convoys met 6 sail of them. [Ibid. No. 77.]
Feb. 6.
Portsmouth Yard.
Ben. Johnson to Sir John Mennes. The stores were surveyed in April 1664, and again this year, so that there was 3 years and 8 months between. Is employing such hands as he can meet with to make transcripts of his books, but not being well versed, they will take up the more time. Wants money, as he can get no help without it. Asks an imprest bill for picking oakum, which is wanting. Has been near upon 2 years 100l. in disburse for the service, and the want of his money makes him unable, but not unwilling, to advance more. [S.P. Dom., Car .II. 234, No. 78.]
Feb. 6.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson. The packet-boat came in yesterday with 30 hawks, besides several merchants. A Hamburg hoy was seen without her topmast, sailing for the Thames. [Ibid. No. 79.]
Feb. 6.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Has no news; the Milford still remains at Spithead. [Ibid. No. 80.]
Feb. 6.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Hickes. The wind-driven vessel from the Canaries still remains in harbour. [Ibid. No. 81.]
Feb. 6. Same to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 82.]
Feb. 6.
Deal.
Wm. Genvey to Williamson. Sir Edw. Spragg took possession of the Diamond, and was saluted by all the ships in the Downs. There are above 80 ships outward bound riding at Deal. [Ibid. No. 83.]
Feb. 6.
Acornbank.
John Dalston to Williamson. I gave Sir Philip Musgrave an account of the delivery of Lord Arlington’s letter to the Countess of Pembroke, who deferred sending any answer till she heard from her relations. She said that her youngest grandchild, Thos. Tufton, had begged her influence, if his elder brothers declined, and that she was resolved to appear for him. Presuming her answer to Lord Arlington will come to your view, I will give no further account of it. [Ibid. No. 84.]
Feb. 6. “Vox & Lacrimce Anglorum; or, the True Englishmen’s complaints to their Representatives in Parliament, humbly tendered to their serious consideration at their next sitting.” Complaining of heavy taxation, decrease of trade, and want of pay for the seamen; of the predominance of Popery, and persecution of nonconformists; of want of justice against those who set London on fire; of partiality in the administration of justice; of the money spent on the Queen mother and on the King’s mistresses, and of religion being made a stalking horse to idolatry. Praying for the restoration of faithful ministers, the putting down of monopolies, relief of debtors, encouragement of husbandry, and justice against “perfidious Clarendon”; with a detailed recapitulation of the crimes imputed to him. [In verse, 16 pages, printed. Ibid. No. 85.]
Feb. 6. Warrant to the farmers of customs to permit Wm. Bellamy to export a bell weighing 12 cwt. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book. 25, f. 51.]
Feb. 6. Warrant to the farmers of customs to permit Thos. Bantry, alderman of York, and others, partners in the ship Hope of Stralsund, to unlade her cargo of iron, steel, and potashes in Hull, even if she arrive after the date assigned by proclamation, she having been delayed by storms, and now frost-bound. [Ibid. f. 51.]
Feb. 6. Warrant for a new discharge to Sir Jacob Astley of Warwickshire, created a baronet in 1660 as Jacob Astley of Hill Morton, co. York, of all services or payments in regard to the said dignity, his former discharge being lost. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book. 26, f. 25.]
Feb. 6. Warrant from Lord Arlington to the Attorney General, to enter a Non Pros Equitur upon the Quo Warranto depending against the mayor and commonalty of New Woodstock, co. Oxford. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book. 30, f. 6.]
Feb. 6. Report presented to the King, on the present state and condition of the Isle of Wight, by Sir Rob. Holmes, governor. The first place accessible to land from France is Sandham Fort, where in the middle of the bay, is a small fort of four half bastions, out of repair, and will require certain works and 200 men to defend it, in case of an attack or a war with France. Thence to Bembridge is bad landing ground, but safe from Bembridge to Brading Haven, which consists of 800 or 900 acres of land that the sea has mastered. At the mouth of it there is a deep pool in which many vessels may secure themselves; therefore it requires a good work.
There is a work at Nettlesheath requiring repair, and at Ryde should be a stone work, and 6 or 8 pieces of cannon, which may secure any landing between there and Curaby River, whence there is good landing all along to Wotton Haven. Works should be erected and good guards constantly kept at Wotton Haven, East and West Cowes, Newton haven, and Yarmouth, they all being landing places for the island; but from Yarmouth is bad landing to the Needles, which are within range of cannon from Hurst Castle. The forces there are 2 companies of foot of 100 men each, besides officers, and 2 regiments of militia, which latter make about 1,500 men; the 2 companies man six garrisons, Carisbrook, Sandham, Cowes, Yarmouth, Hurst and Calshot forts or castles, not one of which is in repair, and scarcely a gun mounted, and neither stores nor provisions in any of them. Gives an account of what he considers necessary to maintain the island, viz., 4,000 foot, 300 horse, 2,000 or 3,000 arms, with tents, beds, ammunition, ordnance, and frigates to wait on the governor; he should also have proper authority given him in cases of difficulty. There should be an officer to deliver stores and moneys, and the present guns need remounting. With a list of 118 guns in the island dismounted by the decay of their carriages. [Copy.Pages, S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 86.]
Feb.? Account of the expense of the first garrison establishment at Hurst Castle, viz., 263l. 18s. a year, and of that commencing 20 Jan 1667, 324l. 11s. 4d. [Ibid. No. 87.]
Feb.? List of 6 orders and military commissions requested by Sir Rob. Holmes, in reference to the distribution of troops, officers, &c., at the several castles in the Isle of Wight. [Ibid. No. 88.]
Feb. ? Minute of a request for a double sloop to be fitted up and manned for the Isle of Wight, to obey the orders of Sir Rob. Holmes. [Ibid. No. 89.]
Feb. ? Note that beds and bedding from the Ordnance Office for the 60 soldiers of a company of foot, for the several castles in the Isle of Wight, are to be delivered to Sir Rob. Holmes, governor of the island, and captain of the said company. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 90.]
Feb. 6.
Brougham Castle.
Anne Countess of Pembroke to Lord Arlington. It was myself, and neither my daughter of Thanet nor any of her children, that made me attempt making one of her sons a burgess for Appleby, she having 4 past 21, and capable for it; so I think myself bound in honour and conscience to strive to maintain my own, as far as lies in my power. If it should happen otherwise, I will submit with patience, but never yield my consent. I know very well how powerful a man a Secretary of State is throughout the King’s dominions, so am confident that by your lordship’s favour and recommendations, you might quickly help this Mr. Williamson to a burgess-ship, without doing wrong or discourtesy to a widow that wants but 2 years of four score, and to her grandchildren, whose father and mother suffered as much in their worldly fortunes for the King as most of his subjects did. [Ibid. No. 91.]
Feb. 6.
Appleby.
Rich. Duckett to Williamson. I find the town ready voluntarily to comply with your desires, if Lady Pembroke will leave them to their liberty. The only concern is to get her to withdraw, and then you will undoubtedly find not only the town but the whole country very much your servants. [Ibid. No. 92.]
Feb. 7.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. The 2 French men-of-war have sailed for Fowey to take in the soldiers that some officers of Colonel Stannye have raised for the French King’s service. A ship that sailed for Virginia was put back by foul weather, and another has arrived from Alicant. [Ibid. No. 93.]
Feb. 7. The same to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 94.]
Feb. 7. Certificate by Thos. Street, mayor, and 15 others, aldermen, sheriffs, &c., of Worcester, that James Warwick has lived in the city for 20 years, and preached as rector and lecturer, and that during that time, they never heard nor knew anything concerning him but as a learned and pious divine, as a real conformist to the Church of England, both in doctrine and discipline, and as one unspotted in his life and conversation. [Copy. Ibid. No. 95.]
Feb. 7. Revocation of the commission granted to Peter Pett to be Commissioner of the Navy, and grant of th0e same to John Taylor. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 186.]
Feb. 7. Warrant to pay to Sir Charles Cotterel the arrears of the salary of 6s. 3d. a day, due to him as assistant master of the ceremonies, from Christmas 1665 to 1667, and to confer that employment on his son Clement. [Ibid. No. 187.]
Feb. 7. Pass for 14 horses for the use of the Prince of Orange. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book. 30, f. 6.]
Feb. 7, The King to the Duke of York. Prince Rupert, the Duke of Albemarle, and Earl of Craven––being informed by 2 Frenchmen who have lived long in Canada, and been up the great lakes, that in that part of America there is great hope of finding some passage through those lakes into the South Sea–have resolved to set out ships for the discovery, and beg the loan of a small vessel for the first expedition only. You are therefore to order the Eaglet ketch to be delivered to them, but to be rigged and victualled at their charge. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book. 26, f. 25.]
Feb. 7.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Two vessels have sailed for Zealand and Flushing with lead, &c.; 3 for France, and 4 or 5 for the coast. A vessel came ashore near Bridlington, and several have been forced out to sea by stress of wind, with the loss of their anchors and cables. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. .234, No. 96.]
Feb. 7. “Advices received.” Being extracts from letters all calendared above. [Ibid. No. 97.]
Feb. 7.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. There have 20 sail of ships come in, and as the wind is fair, all the laden vessels are expected to sail. [Ibid. No. 98.]
Feb. 7.
Custom House.
Sir Rob. Vyner to Williamson. Sends his patent for life for the water bailiff and prison keeper’s place at Dover, to be passed over to Paul Barrett, of Gray’s Inn, his Majesty having consented to change a life therein. [Ibid. No. 99.]
Feb. 7.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. There have 20 sail of laden colliers passed through, and 80 more are expected; 6 ships sailed for Bordeaux and Rochelle. The people are very confident that a Bill of Comprehension, as they call it, will pass the next sessions of Parliament, which makes them very brisk. [Ibid. No. 100.]
Feb. 7. Memorandum of the number of horses passed by warrant from Lord [Arlington’s] office to France and Flanders, since 1 Nov. 1667; total 72. [Ibid. No. 101.]
Feb. 7.
Woolwich.
Christopher Pett to the Navy Commissioners. The Dartmouth is launched and the Swallow docked; is in hand with her repairs, as also with the rest of the ships ordered for sea. Wants provision and calkers. [Ibid. No. 102.]
Feb. 7.
Chatham.
James Norman to the Navy Commissioners. Has received Mr. Brown’s books and papers relating to the survey, and delivered them to Mr. Uthwat. Will see the order as to the boats put into execution, as also that for performing what the Commissioners of Parliament have desired; is now on the survey for it, but it will be long ere it be fully complied with. [Ibid. No. 103.]
Feb. 7.
The Milford, Downs.
Capt. Richard White to the Navy Commissioners. Has arrived here according to Captain Tinker’s order. [Ibid. No. 104.]
Feb. 7.
Downs.
Capt. Rob. Clarke, of the Mary, the Navy Commissioners, Has found a Flemish long boat at Dover belonging to [Thos.] Dawkes, carpenter, who demands 20s per foot, or 30l., for her. [Ibid. No. 105.]
Feb. 8.
The Coronation.
Capt. John Berry to the Navy Commissioners. Weighed anchor under the conduct of [John] Culmer, pilot, but the ship would not steer, from a defect in her rudder. Sir Edw. Spragg has promised a frigate to assist in towing her up to Woolwich. The want of a boat and other things renders him in a bad condition, but shall prosecute his Royal Highness's order to go to Woolwich. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 106.]
Feb. 8.
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to the Navy Commissioners. They are still detained by contrary winds, and have expended 22 days' provision; asks whether they should not have a month's provision sent, the wind being likely to stand. [Ibid. No. 107.]
Feb. 8. Wm. Sarsfield, purser, to the Earl of Anglesey, Navy Treasurer. I have delivered the list of the Harp and Mary yacht's tickets to Mr. Waith, but they being of several discharges, he cannot examine them without further order. I will carry to Ireland what you are pleased to send; I will be answerable for all the tickets under my hand, or the money. Great is the necessity of the men and their families; there are some whose pay, as the tickets are made, will not satisfy what they owe; and they have 37 months' pay due besides. [Ibid. No. 108.]
Feb. 8.
Bristol.
Rob. Bodenham to the Navy Commissioners. Is very much prejudiced in his employment for want of the money due to him for sails made for the St. David, as per contract with Daniel Furzer. Was forced to dispose of his stock to answer the desires of men he had goods of, and has no money left; begs for his money according to the contract, amounting to 384l. 5s. 6d. [Ibid. No. 109.]
Feb. 8.
Portsmouth.
John Tippetts, master shipwright, to the Navy Commissioners. There are 250 trees standing in the New Forest, of the 500 ordered to be felled; asks if they will have them felled at the season coming, otherwise they cannot be had without a new warrant. Complains of the injury done by the Slothany hulk lying in the dock; she has broken several groundways, and made banks, which must be cleared before ships can be graved there. [Ibid. No. 110.]
Feb. 8.
Dartmouth, Devonshire.
Capt. John Poyntz to Sam. Pepys. I would undertake to make a lighthouse, and build a castle on the Goodwin Sands, and make the Sands a firm island above high-water mark, with a very small charge to his Majesty, and if I did not complete them this summer, would be bound to lose my life. I judge you a fit person to put forward the same, it being a matter of great importance, and beg you to impart it to the King and Council. I should want a snip's load of deals and spars, 2 open vessels of 30 tons each, ironwork, straw, and bavins at command, with 100 carpenters, seamen, and labourers to be in the King's pay; I desire not one penny for my labour till all is completed, when I shall crave 1d. per ton of each ship for light money, and 2d. to maintain the light, and the grant to me and my heirs for ever of the said island, and the customs and privileges of the same. [Ibid. No. 111.] Annexed,
Drafts of 4 letters to the Navy Commissioners, Lord Brereton, Capt. Poyntz, and another, in Pepys' shorthand.—Feb 10 & 12 1668. [Ibid. No. 111I.]
Feb. 8.
Whitehall.
Proclamation of rules to be observed relative to English ports, &c. during this time of hostility between neighbouring nations; viz.,
That no violence or surprise between men-of-war or merchantmen be attempted within any tract at sea that can be reasonably construed to be an English port, on pain of proceedings in the Admiralty Court. That men-of-war be prohibited from hovering so near the coast as to cause apprehension to merchantmen. That any vessel in our ports likely to pursue one of the enemy in the same port shall not be allowed to sail within two tides of the adverse vessel. That English ships be not allowed to go out on other than trading or fishing voyages. That no prizes or prize goods be sold in our harbours, no traffic in pirates' goods allowed, and that no English officer or mariner enter the service of any foreign Prince or State; if they be so entered, they are to leave the service, on pain of seizure on their return. [Printed. S.P. Dom., Proclamations, Vol. 3, p. 256.]
Feb. 8. Copy of the above. [5½ pages. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 112.]
[Feb.] Corrected draft of the above, annotated; marked [by Williamson] "Sir Leol. Jenkins' draught, apostilled by himself." Endorsed, "These papers to be considered when the Committee meets, Wednesday next. Read in Council and ordered, 7 Feb. 1668." [pages, Ibid. No. 113.]
Feb. 8.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson. Many laden colliers are in sight; the Frenchman laden with masts still remains here. [Ibid. No. 114.]
Feb. 8.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. One of the collectors of the hearth money has died from a wound received by a stone thrown at him by the rabble, while in the execution of his business at Bridport. [Ibid No. 115.]
Feb. 8.
Bridlington.
John Bower to Hickes. The storms have much separated the laden colliers that came from Tynemouth haven, but hears of the loss of only 2 barks. [Ibid. No. 116.]
Feb. 8.
Rydal.
Dan. Fleming to Williamson. I send my yearly tribute of two char pies by the Kendal carrier. I can add nothing concerning the Appleby business, save that if you intend to stand it out, I shall not only be there, but have an indenture ready to tender the mayor on your behalf, in the names of your friends that are freemen, thereby to get a double return, if you do not carry it solely. [Ibid. No. 117.]
Feb. 9.
Bridekirk.
George Williamson to Williamson. You will see what the issue is likely to be from the enclosed. If she (the Countess of Pembroke) is not to be wrought upon, the people are undone, and dare not help themselves; so I would have you let it rest. We have made most of them sure against Lowther, if she would leave it to the town's choice. I want directions concerning a letter sent from Mr. Studdart, whose family came from Milbeche, but cannot live there without great repairs. [Ibid. No. 118.] Encloses,
Dr. Thos. Smith to G. Williamson. I went to Appleby with Mr. Dalston, and found the town generally for your brother, and if they may be left to their own freedom, he will carry it; but I doubt the Countess will never let it come to that, being resolved to present one to them; if none of her grandchildren will accept, she will pitch on Anth. Lowther; I am told that she has been heard to say that if they all refuse, she will stand for it herself, by which you may imagine what the issue is like to be. I am extremely sorry, but see no possibility of helping it.—Cockermouth, Feb. 9, 1668. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 118I.]
Feb. 9.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Hickes. There are 12 laden colliers ready to set sail for Lyme, &c. [Ibid. No. 119.]
Feb. 9. Same to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 120.]
Feb. 9.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Revenge is being fitted for Sir Edw. Spragg. No news; all things remain quiet. [Ibid. No. 121.]
Feb. 9. Request to Williamson to get signed a passport for 12 horses which the King is sending into France to Sir [John] Trevor, to present them to Marquis Turenne. They have already left London, and will embark at Rye. [French. Ibid. No. 122.]
Feb. 9.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships. [Ibid. No. 123.]
Feb. 9.
Berwick.
M. Scott to Williamson. No news; all things remain quiet. [Ibid. No. 124.]
Feb. 9.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Tinker to Sam. Pepys. Will give the oar-makers all the encouragement he can; as yet they say they shall keep the oars in their hands till there is money to pay for them. Shall observe orders not to supply Sir Thos. Allin's fleet with anything but what concerns the safety of the ships. The Slothany spoils the graving place, and makes it a difficulty to get into the dock, and she will not swim without a great charge of men to pump her. Has completed the weighing of the sunken vessel. [Ibid. No. 125.] Encloses,
Estimate of the charge of weighing, bringing into harbour, and heaving up on Gosport beach the sunken vessel, amounting to 21l. 9s. 10s.—Feb. 8, 1667. [Ibid No. 125I.]
Feb. 10. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Desires that the guns, anchors, and cables belonging to his Royal Highness, lately brought from Bristol by the Richmond, may be laid in the stores at Dept-ford, and that a month's provisions more may be put on board Sir Thos. Allin's fleet if still detained; but he would not lose the opportunity of a fair wind by staying to take it in. [Ibid. No. 126.]
Feb. 10.
Chatham.
John Coudre, master of the Hardereen, to Thos. Hayter. Is ordered to carry the Wood Merchant to Harwich, and there to take in stores. Desires orders for victualling, and for the landing of the hemp. [Ibid. No. 127.]
Feb. 10.
London.
Sir Denis Gauden to Sam. Pepys. I shall direct my agent at Dover to supply Sir Thos. Allin's fleet with one month's provisions, and doubt not but he will be able to do so, except as to butter, cheese, and fish, in lieu of which I have directed the delivery of beef, pork, and peas. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 128.]
Feb. 10.
Bristol.
John Badcock to the Navy Commissioners. Sends account of his charges for 36 days' attendance in the forest, amounting to 8l. 14s. Mr. Baylie has few ship carpenters at work; he promises to launch in April; believes he cannot be ready till May, unless he intends to have 2 months' work to do afloat. [Ibid. No. 129.]
Feb. 10.
Treasury Chambers.
Sir George Downing to the Navy Commissioners. The Earl of Anglesey will have money enough this week to spare 5,000l. for the hemp lately contracted for, for ready money. [Ibid. No. 130.]
Feb. 10. Warrant to pay 300/. for a diamond ring purchased of M. Isaac Legouse, and given to M. St. Lorenz. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30,f 13.]
Feb. 10. Warrant for 1,580l. for a pair of diamond pendants presented to the Swedish ambassador. Minute. [Ibid. f. 13.]
Feb. 10.
Monday.
The King's speech to both Houses of Parliament. Announces his league with Holland; requests aid towards improving the fleet and fortifying the ports; wishes them to think of some course to settle the minds of his Protestant subjects in matters of religion, and to induce them to support the government. [4 copies; 2 pages, printed; also printed in Lords' Journals, Vol. XII, p. 181. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, Nos. 131-4.]
Feb. 10.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. The Lily Rose and Jane, arrived from Morlaix with linen, say that the French King is raising more soldiers to prosecute the war in Flanders, intending to gain it all except Ostend, this summer: that they are troubled at the close alliance between England and Holland, and do not express so much kindness for England as formerly; and that the Ostenders still take upon them, and hinder their trading.
The collectors of the hearth money at Bridport were followed about the town by men, women, and children, who threw stones at them; there was little appearance of the magistrates to quell the tumult. One Mr. Knight was hit on the head twice, and has since died of his wound. The plot is said to have been arranged beforehand. [Ibid. No. 135.]
Feb. 10.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. Asks to be regularly supplied with Williamson's news-letters, or to know the reason, as it is a rare thing to receive one a month, while other correspondents have them weekly. [Ibid. No. 136.]
Feb. 10. Sir John Bennet to Williamson. Requests him to insert in the Gazette that the post-house is removed from the Swan, near Charing Cross, to the Red Lion at Charing Cross, against the newest gate. [Ibid. No. 137.]
Feb. 10
Treasury Chambers.
Sir George Downing to Williamson. The Treasury Commissioners desire you to print in your Gazettes the clause about the office for exchange of moneys, for 3 or 4 weeks together. [Ibid. No, 138.]
Feb. 10.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. A Dutchman bound for Surinam, with an East India merchantman, has arrived; a small vessel with corn and butter, &c, bound for France, was met by an Ostend man-of-war, who took from them 50l. or 60l.'s worth of goods. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 139.]
Feb. 11. M. Durel to Williamson. Requests to have the letter for M. Poigndextre signed as soon as possible, the thing having been already too long deferred. [French. Ibid. No. 140.]
Feb. 11.
Portsmouth.
Charles Honywood to Williamson. This dull place affords no news; is coming to London and will wait upon him. [Ibid. No. 141.]
Feb. 11.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Has no news. [Ibid. No. 142.]
Feb. 11.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. There have 60 more colliers appeared since Saturday; no packet-boat has arrived this week, owing to contrary winds. The French ship expects some men-of-war to come to Harwich to convoy her home. [Ibid. No. 143.]
Feb. 11.
Parliament Office.
John Walker to Williamson. Sends his Majesty's paper; I had hoped for the advantage of publishing it, proceeding from the humble desire of the House of Peers, but I will not presume to withstand Lord Arlington's order. [Ibid. No. 144.]
Feb. 11.
Oxford.
John Wallis to Dr. Leoline Jenkins, judge of the Admiralty Court. If Fish Line's counsel does not move for the return of the habeas corpus, it will be to the University's advantage to move to have the return put into court, and the cause dismissed upon the return, which if obtained, will be a good confirmation of the precedent in Painter's case. Fears their artifice will be to put off the business by delays, and if the return is not put into court this term, the process is lost, and there will be no precedent for future cases, if the cause expires without a decision. [Ibid. No. 145.]
Feb. 11.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Three small coasters came into harbour this morning. [Ibid. No. 146.]
Feb. 11.
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to Sir Wm. Penn. Simon Coe is a kinsman of mine and gunner of the Centurion, and in his absence in the last voyage, his wife died, leaving him 4 children. I beg leave for him to go down to Lowestoft, to settle his business, whilst the ship is refitting. [Ibid. No. 147.]
Feb. 11.
Plymouth.
John Lanyon to the Navy Commissioners. I beg speedy payment of what remains due to the tradesmen to whom, on your promise, I stand obliged; they understanding that I am discharged, persuade themselves that I have received their money, and are so continually calling upon me; some are so poor that if I did not relieve them, they must have perished for want, and this I can no longer continue to do. [Ibid. No. 148.]
Feb. 11.
Treasury
Chambers.
Sir George Downing to the Navy Commissioners. Desires them to hasten their answer about victualling the Navy. [Ibid, No. 149.]
Feb. 11.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Sam. Pepys. Sends, as ordered, a copy of the last survey of stores taken here by Sir Wm. Batten. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 150.]
Feb. 11–12. Brief notes of proceedings in Parliament relative to the transport of horses and the timber in Dean Forest. [Printed more fully in Commons’ Journals, Vol. IX., p. 45. Ibid. No. 150A.]
Feb. 12.
Woolwich.
Chris. Pett to the Navy Commissioners. I sent out the master calker to warn the able calkers—who had been allowed to work for ready money in the river—to return to the yard, in order to fit out the ships ordered to sea; but they utterly refuse to come to their duty, and without those men, or a warrant to press others, I cannot carry on the repairs of the ships; the master calker would point them out if a messenger were sent to force them to their duty. I want some of [John] Hardwin’s men for glazing the ships, but he is so discouraged for want of money that he can do no more until he has a supply. I want timber for the new ship, and other provisions already demanded. [Ibid. No. 151.]
Feb. 12.
Dover.
Sir Thos. Teddeman to the Navy Commissioners. Mr. Dawkes pretends that no man should have had the boat supplied to the Mary cheaper for ready money, yet with much pressing I have prevailed with him to abate 2s. a foot, which will now amount but to 27l.; he says the like cannot be built for 35l. The carpenters and other tradesmen make sad complaints for want of their money. I beg that they may be satisfied; they have been so long without that scarce anybody will trust the King’s officers. [Ibid. No. 152.]
Feb. 12. Order by the English Commissioners for trade with Scotland that the Earl of Carlisle be appointed to request from the Earl of Lauderdale a list of the prize ships now in possession of the Scots, and claimed as belonging to Scotland, with their tonnage and the names of their towns; also a like list of Scottish-built ships. [Abstract, Dom. Correspondence, April 1, 1668, Vol. 237, No. 279, p. 2.]
Feb. 12.
Whitehall.
Proclamation for observance of the articles of a treaty of peace, commerce, and alliance concluded with the King of Spain at Madrid 13 May last, and lately ratified. [Printed, S.P. Dom., Proclamations, Vol. III., p. 258.]
Feb. 12. Sir And. Riccard [governor of the Levant Company] to Sec. Morice. I have received your notice of a petition directed to the King, pretending that the company have usurped rights belonging to the Crown in the matter of strangers’ consulage; I send a transcript from our patent, showing clearly how the company are interested in that duty. [S.P. For., Levant Co., Vol. 5, f. 170.] Annexing,
Clause in the charter of the Levant Company, forbidding all officers of customs to take entries of any goods for the dominions of Turkey and Venice, except on request of the company, to be signified under their seal. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 153.]
Feb. 12. Grant to Charles, Lord St. John of Basing, of the office of warden and keeper of the New Forest, Hampshire, of the manors and park of Lyndhurst, and hundred of Redburg, as granted to the late Earl of Southampton. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 188.]
Feb. 12. Grant to the President, &c., of the Royal Society of London for improvement of natural knowledge, of several parcels of land in the parish of Chelsea, co. Middlesex. [Ibid.]
Feb. 12. Presentation of Theophilus Amyas to the rectory of Aldingham, co. Lancaster. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 4.]
Feb. 12. Warrant for a grant to Paul Barrett, on surrender of Sir Rob. Vyner, of the office of water bailiff and keeper of the prison of Dover. [S. P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 7.]
Feb. 12 Privy seal for 2,000l. to Sir Thos. Harvey, of the King’s free gift, without imprest or other charge. Minute. [Ibid. f. 7.]
Feb. 12. Like privy seal for 4,000l. to the Duke of Monmouth, as the King’s special gift. Minute. [Ibid. f. 7.]
Feb. 12. Like privy seal for 6,000l. to St. Stephen Fox, for secret services without account. Minute. [Ibid. f. 7.]
Feb. Docquets of the above 3 entries, dated Feb. 14. [Docquets, Vol. 23, No. 189.]
Feb. 12. Rich. Sherwyn to Williamson. Asks that a warrant enclosed, formerly granted in favour of Capt. [Hen.] Isham, may be delivered to Lord Arlington. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 154.]
Feb. 12.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Has no news. [Ibid. No. 155.]
Feb. 12.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. The 2 French men-of-war that left the port took in 160 soldiers and upwards at Looe and Fowey; they are said to have dealt rudely with some English vessels they met with. [Ibid. No. 156.]
Feb. 12. Same to Hickes. Has no news. [Ibid. No. 157.]
Feb. 12.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Rob. Francis, at Lord Arlington’s office, Whitehall. Two ships have arrived from France, one from New England, and another from Cadiz; the company of the latter report that a boat, manned from a Spanish man-of-war, came on board in the road during the night, plundered them of what they pleased, and took most of their clothes. They did the like to several other ships here, and none could obtain redress, although they complained. [Ibid. No. 158.]
Feb. 12.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. Repeats his letter to Hickes of Feb. 10. The French man-of-war, with her convoys, is still in harbour. Some ships which put out for France have been forced back by the weather. [Ibid. No. 159.]
Feb. 12.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. Some Frenchmen have arrived to seek a passage for Dieppe, their vessel being lately taken by an Ostender in Torbay; several English vessels have been taken thereabouts. Asks when the King touches for the Evil. [Ibid. No. 160.]
Feb. 12.
Margate.
John Smith to Williamson. The colliers are all gone northward; the yacht that carries Sir John Trevor for Dieppe has gone by. One of his Majesty’s hawks, with his name, arms, &c., was taken up on the island at Minster by Edw. Harnett. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 161.]
Feb. 12.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. A flyboat laden with coals, and a hoy, plying through the Narrow, ran aboard each other, and the stern of the flyboat being broken, she sank so fast that the men had not time to call forth a couple of maids, asleep between decks, who perished with the ship. Forty vessels have sailed for the North seas to catch cod fish, and 100 light colliers have passed northwards. They are here setting out vessels on all hands for fish, in hopes of a Lent next year, which if they fail of, it will half break the poor fishermen, and loosen the trade. [Ibid. No. 162.]
Feb. 12. The King to the bailiff and jurates of Jersey. Being informed of the constant loyalty and zeal of John Poigndextre and of his knowledge of the laws of Jersey, of which he is a native, we require you immediately to elect him to the office of jurate there. [S.P. Dom., Entry Books 30, f. 7; 21, p. 63.]
Feb. 13.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Hickes. Twelve laden colliers only wait a wind to set sail. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 163.]
Feb. 13. Same to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 164.]
Feb. 13.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. All things are still and quiet. [Ibid. No. 165.]
Feb. 13.
Wivenhoe.
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. I saw the rear of the great coal fleet of 60 sail pass by for the Thames. Is there no opening for a person laid aside ? Among all those revolutions and alterations for settlement by way of committees, I fear my letters do not come to hand, not having heard a word concerning the proposition for Virginia, nor the petition to the Prize Commissioners; I have not failed you in writing 3 times a week for a year and a half. [Ibid. No. 166.]
Feb. 13.
Acornbank.
John Dalston to Williamson. I have seen Sir John Lowther, who, having the Countess’s engagement for his cousin, Anthony Lowther, may effectually do the work with her if her grandchildren do not appear for the place; therefore further application to him will not be amiss. To move the Countess in anything that is averse to her own resolutions, Sir Philip Musgrave can tell you, would not only be labour in vain, but prejudicial to those who press it to her. [Ibid. No. 167.]
Feb. 13. Sir John Lowther to Williamson. In compliance with your desires, I have not only taken off my cousin, for whom I stood first engaged, but have also prevented the thoughts of any others of my relations, so that my interest will not turn to your prejudice. I still believe her ladyship will prevail in her resolutions with regard to her relations, “and will neither desire, seek, nor need anybody’s help to make whom she desires.” I know this by a letter from the mayor, submitting and consenting to her. With note by E. Lady Lowther: My cousin Dalston has come since the writing of the above,but my husband, being indisposed and in bed, could not add more; but this is in full of what was desired by my cousin Dalston. [pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 168.]
Feb. 13.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Hen. Brabant, farmer of excise of Durham, Northumberland, Berwick, and Newcastle, for a defalcation in his rent, on account of the Dutch war and the plague, which have lessened the duty 2,400l.; also for leave to make a just account to the King of the whole, and deduct only a reasonable satisfaction for collecting it. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 283.]
[Feb. 13.] Reference of Brabant petition to the Treasury Commissioners, to make him such abatement of his two farms of excise as was intended by the late Lord Treasurer, or grant him so much of the 2,400l. remaining in his hands as will make him no loser by the two farms. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 168A.]
Feb. 13.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Lord Keeper to put the great seal to a commission to the Earl of Sandwich, to conclude a peace between Spain and Portugal. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 7.]
Feb. 13. Pass for 6 horses to France for the Earl of Northumberland, to be exchanged for so many barbs for his use. Minute [Ibid. f. 7.]
Feb. 13. Statement that on Sir Thos. Morgan’s arrival in Jersey, there were in prison Sir Hardress Waller and Gilbert Millington, since dead.
Col. [Thos.] Wayte, Col. Temple, and [Henry] Smith, three of the King’s pretended judges, were committed to the old castle; the warrants are in the bands of Capt. Jermyn, then commanding.
Col. Salmon, committed for treason by warrant from the King and Council, has the liberty, provided he do not leave the castle without a soldier for his guard.
Major-Gen. Overton and Col. Corbett, committed for treason, are in Elizabeth Castle. [Ibid. No. 168B.]
Feb. 13.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Tinker to Sam. Pepys. The Slothany will require 3 months to be made into a hulk. The owner of the sunk vessel has not been with him; will send again. [Ibid. No. 169.]
Feb. 13. Wm. Sarsfield, purser of the Harp, to the Navy Commissioners. My commander received your letter for discharging some of the men as soon as he was paid of the money in the hands of Sir Jeremiah Smith at Kinsale; but not being paid it, he still continues the men on board. [Ibid. No. 170.]
Feb. 14.
Deptford.
John Cox, Thos. Harper, and J. Uthwat to the Navy Commissioners. There was no mistake in our report on Mr. Poyntz’s canvas patterns tendered for sale; but on your order, we have seen his whole parcel, and find it better than the patterns, and to consist of 3 sorts; the first worth 15d. per yard, the second 1s., and the third to be rejected, except for tarpaulins, &c. [Ibid. No. 171.]
Feb. 14.
Whitehall.
The King to the [master of Clare Hall, Cambridge]. Recommends Timothy Burrage, M.A., now enjoying a small fellowship of his uncle’s foundation in that college, to a fellowship of the old foundation, unless it be already the right of any other probationer. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 130b.]
Feb. 14.
3½ p.m. Dr. Hood’s house.
Affidavit by Rich. Witt, public notary, that—in presence of Dr. John Fell, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford,Dr. Paul Hood, rector of Lincoln College, and Nich. Crouch, M.A., deputy for Dr. Henry Savage, master of Baliol—Benj. Woodroofe, M.A., reader of logic in Baliol College, declared himself to have been elected Proctor of the University for the following year, in presence of Dr. Jos. Crowther, principal of St. Mary’s Hall, Rich. White, of the said hall, and John Hammond, M.A., of St. Edmond’s Hall; but that on mature deliberation and consultation, and reading the statutes “De cyclo procuratorio,” in presence of Dr. John Wallis, Keeper of the University archives, and Dr. Hen. Deane, assessor to the Vice-Chancellor, the said Vice-Chancellor and Dr. Hood pronounced the said election to be null, Nich. Crouch dissenting. [Latin. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 172.]
Feb. 14.
Whitehall.
Petition of Sir Sackville Crow, Bart., to the King. By the capitulations with the Ottoman Empire, there are certain duties granted to the Crown, one payable by all merchandise there traded in by the English; and the other from all French and other strangers, even from the goods of any of its own vassals, imported or exported in English ships, or those protected by England. The Levant Company, by undue means, have for many years possessed themselves of these dues, without giving any account. Offers to make his Majesty’s rights appear, but requests a reference to the Lord Keeper, that the case may be more easily judged, should the company prove refractory. With reference thereon to the Lord Keeper, who is to call the Governor and assistants of the Turkey [or Levant] Company before him, and make a report to the King. [Ibid. No. 173.]
Feb. 14.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. A small vessel from St. Sebastian has arrived, laden with wine, and bound for Galloway. [Ibid. No. 174.]
Feb. 14. Same to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 175.]
Feb. 14.
Plymouth Fort.
Sir John Skelton to Williamson. The officers of the Lottery shall not fail of my assistance, but I fear the mayor will not permit them to come to the town, as they carried away so great a sum the last time they were at Plymouth. [Ibid. No. 176.]
Feb. 14.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Nine ships have come into the harbour, and 20 or 30 sail are at the bar. [Ibid. No. 177.]
Feb. 14. Wm. Davison to Williamson. I send the names of 35 members of Parliament who, with the members for Yorkshire, Lancashire, Northumberland, Cumberland, and Westmoreland, form the committee to whom the bills for constituting knights to serve for the County Palatine and citizens for the city of Durham were committed. They are to meet on Saturday in the Speaker’s chamber, and to send for persons, papers, and records. I leave this order and the Act for your consideration. [Ibid. No. 178.]
Feb. 15.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. There are 20 more light ships and coasters at the bar, besides the 30 formerly reported, and 20 or 30 have gone into Sunderland. [S.P. Dom., Car. II.234, No. 179.]
Feb. 15.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. A merchant has arrived in the packet-boat who was to have gone over with Mynheer Quack, the postmaster of Holland, when he sailed hence for Holland; he says that the vessel in which Quack went over was taken up safe on Camphere Downs with all his letters, and a gown that he borrowed here, &c.; the vessel had not shipped water, but no one was in her. There is another report in Rotterdam and Amsterdam that he and all the seamen with him got into a Swedish ship they met at sea, and took course for Sweden, and that there are hopes of their being seen again alive. [Ibid. No. 180.]
Feb. 15.
Nantes.
Lorido du Mesnil to Monsieur Bidou, at M. Parent’s. London. Thanks for his letters, which are constantly inquired for by the President of Bretagne and others. News of private friends. Begs a picture of the city of London on fire, and wool for his daughter to work with. It is said that the King of France will be in Nantes towards the end of March. [2 pages. French. Ibid. No. 181.]
Feb. 15. Anth. Morgan to Lord Conway. “I do not favour the pitiful begging trade”; yet, to guide your lordship’s measures, I inform you that Lord Brouncker subscribes 100l. and Dean Wilkins 50l. I intend to subscribe 50l. myself. [Ibid. No. 182.]
Feb. 15. Warrant for a grant to George Viscount Grandison, and Sir Allan Apsley, of 2 coach houses, a stable, 3 kitchens, the old grotto and banqueting house, together with the grass plot on the east side of Berkshire House, parcel of the manor of St. James, in the parish of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields, Middlesex, on rent of 6s. 8d. also for a surrender of the same by the Queen mother, and the Earl of St. Alban’s and his trustees, to whom they now belong. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 17.]
Feb. 15.
Bristol.
Daniel Furzer to the Navy Commissioners. A great quantity of logs and bodies of trees remain in the forest [of Dean], part of which were marked with the King’s mark by Walter Warren, and part for house timber by Sir John Wintour’s men. I will take what is serviceable for the Navy, but there is not much left fit for other than house timber and small vessels. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 83.]
Feb. 15.
Bristol.
Same to the same. Coming to Bristol yesterday, some of my men were arrested by their landlords for diet while they wrought upon the St. David; they complained to the mayor, who sent for me to know the reason they were not paid their wages. I told them I could not pay till money was ordered, but Alderman Sir Henry Creswick and Sheriff Goff told me I ought to pay them, would not believe the King would command men to work and not order them their money, and told the men their way was to arrest me. I beg you will let Sir Henry Creswick and Mr. Goff know that such acting is not worthy of thanks, to set men on to ruin one that has suffered so much. The mayor was very civil, but those two were so violent against me that the mayor could hardly pacify them, and. Mr. Goff told me that I were well served if I had 100 actions upon me. I have sent the bill by [Isaac] Morgan, collector of Bristol, and hope you will see it satisfied. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 184.]
Feb. 15.
Deptford.
John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. Has been to Woolwich, and finds the Leopard ready to be brought up, and it shall be done on Monday. The hulk is not in a condition to serve in launching the new ships. Thinks the Stadthaus of Haarlem had better be employed. All the 3 Dutch prizes would be of great service in the works till the launching is over, if they could be spared. Will send their appraisement. [Ibid. No. 185.]
Feb. 15. Capt. J. Perriman to the Navy Commissioners. Sends an account of proceedings in taking up ships to carry hemp to Chatham. Thos. Gold, of the Swallow––a ship carried down to Woolwich to be sunk by order of Sir Wm. Baker–– expects the ship to be in pay till delivered him again. She might easily be weighed. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 186.]
Feb. 16.
Portsmouth.
John Tinker to Sam. Pepys. The ships here have had a general survey as to their store-rooms, bulk-heads, cabins, &c., according to your order, which shall be executed on all other ships ordered to lie up there. I have contracted for 40 dozen of oars, but not to be delivered till there be money to pay for them. [Ibid. No. 187.]
Feb. 16.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Williamson. A London ship has arrived from Virginia, laden with tobacco. [Ibid. No. 188.]
Feb. 16. Same to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 189.]
Feb. 16.
Portsmouth.
Chas. Honywood to Williamson. M. De la Roche, the French captain taken by Prince Rupert, came to Cowes on his way from Portsmouth, having another vessel with him, and Sir John Skelton’s eldest son and some English soldiers on board. He expects 12 more sail to join him in cruising off the Channel, to prevent the Ostend privateers, one of which they met off the Isle of Wight, and put her ashore, but her men were saved. [Ibid. No. 190.]
Feb 16.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Nine or ten laden colliers have come in, and several vessels have sailed with barley, lead, and cloth, for Holland, France, and the coast. The Commissioners of Prizes exposed 100 tons of sugar for sale, but being appraised at 16l. a ton, which was judged too high, none was bought. [Ibid. No. 191.]
Feb. 16.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Revenge is only waiting for her seamen, Sir Edw. Spragg, who is to take command, having arrived. [Ibid. No. 192.]
Feb. 17.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. I find the House of Commons have resolved to put the Act of Uniformity into execution, and all laws for church discipline. The nonconformists at Yarmouth make slight of it, and say it will be as unsuccessful as hitherto, which will be so if care is not taken in the selection of those to carry it out. Those here who may be thought fit are such as have complied with all governments, and thereby enjoyed their liberties and estates, which chiefly induces them to comply; so that––self-preservation being their chief aim––they have carried, and will carry themselves so that they may save their stakes if a change should come. Were 6 or 7 taken out of the court of aldermen, the rest are all such as, by their luke-warmness, have been little better than treacherous to their King and country, so that trust in such will but make way for greater mischief.
The two years they have had the government in their hands the nonconformists have been much strengthened. Whereas in the time of Sir Thos. Meadowes and his party the meetings were by stealth, and if found out, prosecuted, now they go publicly, and no check is put upon any but those that inform. I named some of the chief grandees of these parts lately, with the amount of their free contributions to a collection for the ejected ministers, both Pres-byterians and Independents, by which it may be seen how fit these persons are to put in execution the Act of Uniformity; the neglect of it has not only made the law, as they say, unsuccessful, but emboldened the offenders to contemn and deride the law and law-givers. I have often written of these two parties striving for the government, insomuch that I may be taken to have a great respect for one, and prejudice for the other; but I have kindness and respect for both, although I have not changed ten words with either for 6 months, and have no self end, but only to serve my King and country. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 193.]
Feb. 17.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. The Constant Warwick for Ireland, and the French man-of-war, with his fireship and other vessels bound for France, remain here. [Ibid. No. 194.]
Feb. 17.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Has no news at present. [Ibid. No. 195.]
[Feb. 17.] Sir Chas. Harbord to Williamson. You are to appear before the Committee of Grievances of the House of Commons on the 19th, to testify for Wm. Barker and others. [Ibid. No. 196.]
[Feb. 17.] Request on behalf of the salt-makers at Shields, that the duty of a halfpenny per gallon on salt imported from Scotland be continued; stating the proceedings in reference to the salt works, since the time of King James. [Ibid. No. 197.]
Feb. 17. Memorial addressed to the English and Scottish Commissioners, of reasons why the Scots can make salt more cheaply than the English, the former having plenty of the small coal necessary; urged as a reason for the continuance of the tax on Scottish salt. [Ibid. No. 198.]
[Feb. 17.] Account of the comparative expense of English and Scottish salt, showing that with the old duty of 15d. and the new duty of 16s. 8d., Scottish salt cost 6s. 1d. more per weigh than English, which should be noticed in drawing the balance between both kingdoms. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 199.]
Feb. 17. Grant to Sir Rob. Holmes of pardon for all treasons, &c., and particularly for killing Wm. Jenkins, and assaulting and wounding the Earl of Shrewsbury and Sir John Talbot. [Docquet, Vol. 23. No. 190.]
Feb. 17. Grant with survivorship to John Fitzherbert, and William his son, on surrender by John Fitzherbert, of the office of customer of the great and petty customs at Bristol. [Ibid.]
Feb. 17. Warrant for a renewed grant to James Earl of Castlehaven of two-thirds of all moneys received during the Usurpation in cos. Oxford, Berks, Wilts, Hants, and Somerset, for setting forth men and horses, or other taxes illegally imposed, not pardoned by the Act of Oblivion, remaining in the hands of collectors and others, and not already granted. A similar grant was made him on 17 June 1665, but not registered within 6 months in the receipt of Exchequer, as ordered, because the officers of receipt were at the time dispersed on account of the plague. [S. P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 26.]
Feb. 17. Commission for the Earl of Winchelsea to be Lord-Lieutenant of Kent. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 8.]
Feb. 17. Grant to Chas. Gifford of a pension of 150l. a year for life. Minute. [Ibid. f. 8.]
Feb. 17. Warrant for payment of 1,000l. to Edward Progers, groom of the bedchamber, for services in the discovery and proposal of means for improving the farm of customs of unwrought wood, glass, &c. [Ibid. f. 8.]
Feb. 17. Warrant to the Governor of Guernsey to permit Frances Lambert and Mary Hutton to remain with their father John Lambert, close prisoner in his custody, on account of his present distemper. [Ibid. f. 8.]
Feb. 17.
Woolwich.
Chris. Pett to the Navy Commissioners. The smith is brought to so low an ebb for want of money that he can no longer furnish iron work, and without this, the repairs of the ships cannot go on. Intreats speedy help. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 200.]
Feb. 17.
Bristol.
Fras. Baylie to the Navy Commissioners. Is very low for want of money due, having engaged himself and friends to take up on use the sums now due, which he must pay before he can launch the ship, or it will be his utter undoing. If they will pay the whole of the money due to him to the farmers of customs in London, and will send him an order to receive it, it will stop all his creditors’ mouths; meantime will hasten the ship, and not fail launching in April. Desires an order to build all the boats for the ship, that they may be ready. [Ibid. No. 201.]
Feb. 17.
Chatham.
James Norman, clerk of the survey, to the Navy Commissioners. When the guard ship’s men lost their clothes, and were ordered to receive money in recompense from me, Mr. Dixon, purser of the Unity, supposing John Rogers, steward of the ship, had been slain, brought a tailor in Eastgate to personate him, who answered to the name of John Rogers, and made a mark for his receipt of 40s.; now the right man, who was a prisoner in Holland, is come over, and the cheat appears. A young man of Rochester will testify this upon oath; they shared the money between them. I send the poor man to see if you can relieve him, and to beg leave to arrest the purser for his ticket, which he dares not do without leave, for fear the purser should still have accounts depending, and so not be liable to an arrest. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 202.]
Feb. 17.
Chatham.
Edw. Gregory, clerk of the cheque, to the Navy Commissioners. I have forborne the discharge of the person till I know your pleasure, but the ship is ordered for Harwich. Capt. Cowdray, appointed to go master of her, demands two additional men, and three if this one is taken from him. Am I to continue the same assistance as formerly to the Ordnance Office, which treats us equally at command with their own servants ? I have often lent them labourers to ship off or get ashore the guns. Two ship-wrights named were taken, with a considerable piece of cable they had cut off and stolen from the wharf by the rope-house; I have suspended them until further commands. [Ibid. No. 203.] Encloses,
Warrant by Edw. Sherburne and two others to the master attendant and clerk of the cheque at Chatham, to clear from the Wood Merchant Henry Vryell, servant to Wm. Devy, gunsmith (who is under contract for bringing in a quantity of small arms), that he may return to his master. Ordnance Office, 8 Feb 1668. [Copy. Ibid. No. 203I.]
Feb. 18.
Portsmouth.
Thos. Eastwood to the Navy Commissioners. The season for felling timber to save the bark is the middle of April, but if they wish it felled before, shall obey. The bark belongs to the woodward as he says, by his patent; has formerly received the money for the lops, which paid for felling, hewing, &c.; supposes the same may be ordered again, which will forward the service, as there is nothing to be done in the New Forest without money. Intreats payment of a bill in Mr. Turner’s hands for 200l. that he may stop the poor men’s mouths; has made no demand for the last 500 trees felled and squared. There is 2,000l. worth of timber to be felled in Whitfield Park, as soon as the bark will strip, which may be shipped at Fareham for the use of the Navy: the ground ends of the long trees should be marked, lest they be cut off for the basket maker. [Ibid. No. 204.]
Feb. 18.
Chatham.
James Norman to the Navy Commissioners. Was informed by 4 seamen formerly belonging to the Defiance, that John Lewes, boatswain, had embezzled and sold several of the stores, and that in the Defiance’s bread room some things were hid; broke open the door and found, as they said, cable, rope, cordage, &c., and has taken the things and locked them up; will search a ketch belonging to one Helby, to whom they say Lewes has sold a cable and sail. If certificates were required of the honesty of boatswains, who have a great trust committed to them, as well as of their ability, his Majesty’s concerns would be in much more security, and their scandal which lies upon the Navy removed. [Ibid. No. 205.]
Feb. 18. Capt. J. Perriman to Sam. Pepys. Particulars of his proceedings in taking up ships in the river to lade hemp for Portsmouth, from 15 to 18 Feb. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 206.]
Feb. [18].
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners, of the petition of Thos. Price, sent overland with despatches from the Governor of Bombay, for recompense, having been robbed and imprisoned on the way. [Ibid, No. 207.]
Feb. 18. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 284.]
Feb. 18.
Whitehall.
Order to the Treasury Commissioners, on the petition of Sir Bernard Gascoigne, to assign to him the arrears due to Lady Chesterfield from the imposition of 5s. per ton on French vessels, in part of the arrears of his pension. [Ibid. p. 284.]
[Feb. 18.] Reasons for passing the clause concerning Lord Lovelace added to Sir John Wild's bill:––
Lord Lovelace's debt is 5,000l., secured by a mortgage of lands and recognizance of 10,000l.; he can prove every penny of the 1,600l. denied by Lady Wentworth in her petition, and he ought to be repaid, it having been lent for the subsistence of the Earl of Cleveland and Lord Wentworth, when in the greatest want; knowing their condition, he did not press present payment, but the Acts for the sale of the Earl of Cleveland's lands for payment of his debts creating a real security for personal debts, he ought also to be secured, which is no dangerous precedent. Lord Lovelace, for his fidelity to the King, had all his estate seized, and was forced to take what those times would give him towards satisfaction of his debt, and was compelled to vacate his recognizance, which if not revived, he will be in a worse condition for his loyalty, the estate being divested from him by the return of the King, and the conveyance void, and there is as much reason for reviving the recognizance for him as for Sir John Wild; this is only continuing that security first given by Lords Cleveland and Wentworth, and Lady Wentworth knows the Barons have declared that, since the conveyances are become void, the securities delivered up in good conscience ought to be revived.
The scope of all Acts made concerning the Earl of Cleveland's estate is that the debts be paid, and the residue conveyed to the heir, so that trustees should be nominated by the creditors, whose debts will take up the whole estate, and half as much more, if paid in principal and interest; but the trustees named by Lady Wentworth and Sir Wm. Smith will only acts as they shall guide them, and will not be too hasty to state the accounts, so long as Lady Wentworth keeps 700l. a year in hand, which belongs to the creditors; seven years have already been spent, and not one man's case determined. There being several incumbrances upon the Earl of Cleveland's estate, prior to Lord Lovelace's lease of 99 years, those incumbrances will take precedency, and oust Lord Lovelace and his assigns from possession, and leave them remediless, unless he has his recognizance revived and laid on other lands. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 208.] Annexing,
Memorandum that on 24 Aug. 1664, the King, on the joint peti- Sir Wm. Smith, at their nomination, power to hold a court of Pleas within the manor of Hackney and Stepney, for actions not exceeding 5l.; that this was not acted upon during the life of Lord Wentworth, and after his decease, the Earl of Cleveland, on account of an error in the patent, obtained a warrant for a new one, but died soon after it was granted. Lady Wentworth and Sir Wm. Smith have set forth–by their answer to a bill in Chancery in a suit depending between them and one Pilkington, the Protho-notary of the Court, for a confirmation of that office granted to him by the Earl of Cleveland––that it was never intended that the Earl should receive any benefit by the patent, but that it was only in trust for Lord Wentworth and herself after his decease, and so they would strip the heirs of the Earl of Cleveland and Lord Wentworth from the benefit of the patent. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 208I.]
Memorandum that the personal estates of Mr. Vesey, the son of Robert Vesey of Chimney, of Laurence Kemp and of Cressett Stonehouse, all of Oxon, are granted to Lord Lovelace. [Ibid. No. 208II.]
Feb. 18. Warrants to pay to Sir Denis Gauden, victualler of Navy, 28,000l. for providing sea victuals for 5,000 men for 6 months; also 15.734l. for sea victuals for 6 months, for fleets to be set out for the winter guard, the straits, and West Indies; also 55,300l. for victuals for 9,875 men, to be employed on 50 of his Majesty's ships. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 191.]
Feb. 18. Warrant to pay to Lord Hinchinbroke 5,000l, for the entertainment of the Earl of Sandwich, Ambassador Extraordinary to the Catholic King, and for other expenses in that embassy. [Ibid.]
Feb. 18. Grant to Paul Barret, on surrender of Sir Rob. Vyner, of the office of water bailiff and keeper of the prison at Dover. [Ibid.]
Feb. 18. Warrant to the farmers of customs to allow Francisco de Lix, merchant, to unload and dispose of 50 tuns of Canary wines, brought from Ostend and Zealand in any friendly vessel, on paying the usual customs. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 52b.]
Feb. 18.
Letter Office.
A. Ellis to Williamson. I enclose a label of a mail which arrived unsealed at the office; is any inquiry to be made concerning it? [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 234, No. 209.]
Feb. 18.
Tuesday.
Notes of proceedings in the House of Commons. No bill for frequent holding of Parliaments is to be tendered to the House without leave, and order obtained after 10 a.m. A resolution was passed that any motion made for public aid or charge upon the people is not to be debated on at once, but postponed for a few days, and then referred to a committee of the whole House, before being voted on. [Printed in Commons’ Journal, Vol. IX., p. 52. Ibid. No. 210.]
Feb. 18.
Rye.
James Welsh to Williamson. A small Ostend privateer which has come in is stopped 14 days, by order from his Royal Highness to the Cinque ports; a French vessel arrived from Dieppe was boarded by an Ortender, which plundered and stripped the French passengers of their clothes, so that they were constrained to borrow some old sea clothes to cover their nakedness, and also took some goods of the master and of Englishmen; sends a description of the vessel, so that if she come into any harbour, she may be discovered, and some course taken to get back the goods; 15 horses are waiting for a fair wind to be transported to France. [S.P. Dom, Car. II. 234, No. 211.]
Feb. 18.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Has no news worth mentioning. The fleet met with a fresh storm of wind, and were drive from the bar, but 7 or 8 have since got in. [Ibid. No. 212.]
Feb. 18.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. An oyster boat upset with 2 men and a boy; one vessel passed without assisting them, but the next took them up alive. The Katherine yacht, from ostend, came in, and is detained by the weather. The captain speaks of the pitiful condition of Spanish soldiers in Ostend, for lack of clothes, &c. [Ibid. No. 231.]
Feb. 18.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Nothing stirring; all things quiet. [Ibid. No. 214.]
Feb. 18.
Durham.
John Morland to Col. John Tempest, at Michael Tempest's, Lincoln's Inn. I send some false news spread at Durham, viz.:
Lord Cornbury has lost his key, and the Earl of Sunderland is likely to have it. The Parliament adjourned, and no new business must be entered upon until the House is called over, but they may proceed on old business, and will have much work. Many persons will be taxed highly.
The Duke of Buckingham is the great favourite, and his cabal are Major Wildman, Dr. Owen, and the rest of that fraternity, so that some say we are carried in Oliver's basket. The Act of Comprehension, which the Lord Keeper promotes, will destroy the Act for Uniformity, for it will dispense with cross, surplice, and ring in marriage. The Bishop of Rochester has lost his honours. Some would have the bishops reduced to a pension of 500l. a year, and the deans and chapters' claim taken away. Sir Heneage Finch is to be Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, and Sir Wm. Scroggs Solicitor-General.
I seized the paper, and if I can find the author or the person that brought it, I will have him bound. I beg advice. This scandalous news troubles Mr. Dean. (fn. 1) I heard Cuth. Carr was dying, but now there are hopes of his recovery. The 24l. from Mr. Wharton was for interest of the 800l. [Ibid. No. 215.]
Feb. 19.
Winchester Street.
Sir Rob. Vyner to Williamson. Let my passport be delivered to Mr. Barrett, in order to further his prosecution of a new one for himself. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 1.]
Feb.19.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. The weather continues very tempestuous; 2 or 3 unknown vessels have come into the harbour. [Ibid. No. 2.]
Feb.19. Same to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 3.]
Feb.19.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. The St. John, arrived from St. Malo, speaks much of the great prejudice done to that place by the Ostenders; the town has now set out two men-of-war of 10 guns each, to guard their coasts against these privateers. He says that there is little discourse either of. war or peace with Spain, and the levies for land soldiers are now at an end, but there is a great press for seamen to send for Brest against the next spring. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 4.)
Feb.19.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. A Swede from Barbadoes for London, and a St. Malo ship bound for Galway, have put in here. [Ibid. No. 5.]
Feb.19.
Whitehall.
Petition of George Viscount Grandison, Edward Villiers, and Baptist May to the King, for a grant of the manors, lands, and tenements granted to Edmond Downing and Miles Dodding, for the use of Robert, then Earl of Essex, and Sir Thos. Heneage, by patents of 9 Feb. and 18 March, 30 Eliz., which said lands are still concealed from his Majesty. With reference thereon to the Treasury Commissioners. [Ibid. No. 6.]
Feb.19. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 285.]
Feb.19. Account attested by several Ostend mariners before Thos. Newman, deputy vice-admiral of Devonshire, 14 Feb. 1668, and before Sir Giles Sweit, surrogate of the Admiralty Court, 19 Feb., of the seizure of their vessel, the St. Mary of Ostend, at Torquay, by Capt. De la Roche and 2 French men-of-war. On his approach, being unable to defend their ship, they bored holes into her, and escaped to shore, carrying their sails, ammunition, &c., and gave them in charge to Dan. Luscombe, of Torquay; but De la Roche sent men to seize the ammunition, &c., stopped up the holes, and carried away the vessel. He also carried off a boat belonging to an Ostend vessel, near Cowes Castle. [2½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 7.]
Feb.19.
Whitehall.
Memorial by Sir. Edw. Walker, Garter King-at-arms, of precedents of the garter being sent to foreign princes by ambassadors, and Garter King-at-arms; also statement that the mode to be adopted, when a prince is elected, is to send an ambassador with Garter King to invest him; after which he sends a proxy to be installed for him, when his achievements are hung up in the chapel in Windsor. Drawn up in reference to the request of the Elector of Saxony for election into the order. [2½ pages. Ibid. No. 8.]
Feb.19. Copy of the above. [2½ pages. Ibid. No. 9.]
Feb.19. Warrant licensing John Baptista Quaranteni to sell medicines on a stage or otherwise, in the same form as that granted to James Micaphilo. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25,f. 53.]
Feb.19. Pass for Mons. Real to go to Flanders and return. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 9.]
Feb.19. Warrant to the Duke of Albemarle, to allow Aubrey Earl of Oxford to reserve to himself 2 pays out of each troop of the regiment of horse under his command. [Ibid. f. 9.]
Feb.19. Warrant for a grant to Margaret Pollard, only daughter and heir of the late Sir Hugh Pollard, Comptroller of the Household, and to Thomas Bennet, Jane Bennet, John Povey and Elizabeth his wife, and Dorothy Bennet, children of the late Sir Humphrey Bennet, of a lease for 31 years of lands belonging to Freeman Jones, attainted for felony and murder, with power to lease them for 1, 2, or 3 lives; granted on account of the services of their deceased fathers. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, ff. 14, 15.]
Feb.19. Warrant to the Prize Commissioners to order payment of 80l. to Sir Edm. Fortescue, and the other Commissioners of Prizes for Portsmouth the first year of the late Dutch war, they having passed their accounts; also to grant a discharge and 80l. salaries to John Richards and William Cotton, their surveyors in the said accounts, [Ibid. f. 18.]
Feb.19.
Treasurer's Office.
R. Waith, Navy paymaster, to Sir John Mennes, comptroller. Has received money for the payment of the Fanfan, Virgin, and Hind, whose books are come in. Asks when they shall be paid and will give notice. Some one should set up a bill in the Navy Office likewise: [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 10.]
Feb.19.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to Sam. Pepys. Lieut. Lawson desires an allowance for the time he commanded the Stadthaus of Haarlem prize, which his Royal Highness is willing to grant, if it has been usual for lieutenants who have commanded men-of-war prizes to receive captains’ pay. [Ibid. No. 11.]
Feb.19.
Surgeons' Hall.
Certificate by Rich. Reynell that Peter Nixon, surgeon of the Little Gift, has received free gift and imprest money on 4 bills, from Nov. 1664 to Jan. 1667. [Ibid. No. 12.]
Feb.20.
Portsmouth.
John Tinker to Sam. Pepys. The Revenge is ready to sail for Spithead, but wants men; is afraid to trust her there with the 80 or 90 she has, few being seamen, without orders. There was a very hard storm yesterday, but the ships ride fast. Has sent for the owner of the sunk vessel, but believes he will not come. [Ibid. No. 13.]
Feb.20.
Harwich.
Jacob Layfield to the Navy Commissioners. Commissioner Taylor has fully made peace with Owen Spann, upon his laying down 20I. to be left to their Honours’ disposal, and the cable was delivered. Both himself and Spann have been great sufferers in the suit about the cable; doubts not but some of the 20l. will be refunded to them. [Ibid. No. 14.]
Feb.20.
Chatham Dock.
Phineas Pett to the Navy Commissioners. Received their warrant for building 20 pinnaces for the security of the ships and stores, but there is no timber to go forward with them. They might be built quickly and cheaply in the town; there are 7 that were repaired for ships which might do service. Knows not how to employ the shipwrights for want of timber. Young Mr. Moorcock, of Chatham, has 300 loads of oak which he is willing to sell. [Ibid. No. 15.]
Feb.20.
The Revenge, Portsmouth
Rich. Suffolk to the Navy Commissioners. Desires order to the victualler’s agent to supply more water casks, as the ship is appointed to sail, and he will allow but 4 tons. She is victualled with all flesh, but no butter nor cheese. [Ibid. No. 16.]
Feb. 20.
Navy Office, Woolwich.
John Huntington, of the Adam and Eve, to the Navy Commissioners. Asks for a supply of victuals, being employed in weighing sunk ships. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 17.]
Feb. 20.
Navy Office.
Certificate by Wm. Burroughs that James Whiston has passed his victualling account between 8 July 1666 and 29 Dec. following, and is a creditor. With order by Sir John Mennes and S. Pepys, 20 April, that the bond given by Whiston, for due performance of his duty as purser of the Loyal Merchant, be delivered up to him, on a certificate from Sir Wm. Penn's clerk that he is not a debtor on his account. [Ibid. No. 18.] Annexing,
Rob. Smith to Sam. Pepys. Robert Stallion, citizen and plumber of London, living in Drury Lane, at the sign of the Duchess of Monmouth's Head, and Richard Brienton, citizen and brasier of London, living in Ring Street, near the sign of the Plough, near Drury Lane, are sufficient security for 300l. for James Whiston, purser of the Loyal Merchant.–-21 May 1666. [Ibid. No. 18I.]
Feb. 20. Notes from proceedings in Parliament relative to the pricing of wines and the preventing of their "sophistication"; also to Sir John Harman's miscarriages in the war. [Printed in full in Commons' Journals, Vol. IX., p. 53. Ibid. No. 19.]
Feb. 20.
Portsmouth.
––––— to Williamson. Monsieur De la Roche continues at Cowes with his man-of-war. The master of the Priscilla yacht of London, laden with wine from Bordeaux, has been driven in by contrary winds, and reports that two Dutch and two French men-of-war were fitting there when he came away, and that 50 more were ready to sail. [Ibid. No. 20.]
Feb. 20.
Hol[born].
Wm. Sandys to Williamson. Asks to be heard before a warrant is granted for drawing up any grant or lease of James Pitson's estate to John Impye, at whose suit he has been outlawed, as Impye, has received three times more than was owing to him, and the outlawry will be reversed the next term. [Ibid. No. 21.]
Feb. 20. Anne Lady Laugharne to Williamson. After tedious attendances, I am like to attain the 100l., which will not pay for my lodging and other unsatisfied conveniences; but to obtain it, I want the certificate of Sir Robert Long, which is in your office; if I had money, I would take out another and not trouble you. "God forgive the causer of this cruelty to him that has been so great a sufferer." [Ibid. No. 22.]
Feb. 20.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. The Angel, laden with nuts, lemons, oranges, and iron from Spain, was cast away near the mouth of the harbour; all hands saved. A vessel from New England, laden with tobacco and sugar, nearly shared the same fate. [Ibid. No. 23.]
Feb. 20. John Powell to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 24.]
Feb. 20.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to WiIliamson. The weather still continues very stormy, and in consequence, the Dutch packet-boat cannot leave.
The raising of the land forces in Holland goes on vigorously. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 25.]
Feb. 20./ March 2. Hen. Lilburne to the King, Whitehall. I was pressed aboard the Prince Royal to serve in the late wars, but taken prisoner by the Dutch, amongst whom I have since sojourned; I transgressed the law of the Lord while I had conversation amongst the Gentiles, by borrowing 40l. and not paying again, for which I suffered 18 weeks in Colchester, the place of my nativity, and for 6 weeks I lay in irons; but a door being opened by another prisoner, I made my escape from the country, and not being since able to pay my debts, durst not come home. I hear that your Majesty intends to give liberty of conscience, and should be glad to see and enjoy it; but finding few men know what it is, I beg to expound it, with copious scriptural illustrations, which are to give your Royal Highness notice of the love the Lord has towards you, by affording you a man of your own nation to speak and declare the only way that is true. I am no enemy to your person, crown, or dignity, but desire that you may enjoy it, and that your subjects may live in peace and quiet, which cannot be until all God's laws are perfectly established, and the law of sin beaten down and abolished. [3 pages foolscap. Ibid No. 26.]
Feb. 20.
London.
Sir Andrew Riccard and John Buckworth to Matthew Wren, secretary to the Duke of York. We recommend Charles Gouldsmith for the consulship of Algiers, being informed that Thos. Raymond has refused it, and that you may desire us to nominate another in his stead. [Ibid. No. 27.]
Feb. 21. Sir W. Gideon to [Williamson]. I beg you to remember your inviolable servant in Covent Garden, and to pray Lord Robert [Prince Rupert] to command Sir Rob. Wiseman to insert my expenses into my order. It has cost me money already, and will cost 3l. more before I get the Council's order. To-day is the [Tangiers ?] committee day. [2 pages. French. Ibid. No. 28.]
Feb. 21.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. The weather has been stormy for 3 or 4 days. A Venetian and Genoese ship were cast away in Bigbury Bay, and both vessels and goods lost, with 6 or 7 men, but the rest were preserved. [Ibid. No. 29.]
Feb. 21. John Clarke to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 30.]
Feb. 21.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Light colliers pass daily north-wards, and 16 have sailed out of Yarmouth Road, where others are at anchor, bound for Rochelle and Bordeaux. A vessel from Normandy with merchant goods reports that much wreck is floating at sea. The assizes are to be held at Thetford on the 29th, when my business is to be tried; but as I cannot hear from Mr. Lloyd, I do not know how to act; his former neglect put me to the charge of many a pound. [Ibid. No. 31.]
Feb. 21.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Several great ships have come into port, and there are 200 sail in the harbour. [Ibid. No. 32.]
[Feb. 21.]
Whitehall.]
Petition of the vicar and churchwardens of St. Martin's -in-the- Fields to the King, for a piece of Crown land behind the Green Mews, for a burial ground; it was petitioned for before but not obtained, and is now rendered more needful by the plague, which has filled the ground with dead, and by the fire, which has filled the parish with inhabitants. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No 33.]
Feb. 21. Reference of the above petition to the Treasury Commissioners. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 285.]
Feb. 21. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of the Earl of Berkshire, for a privy seal of 3,000l. out of the 11 months' tax, or otherwise, on "the redemption of a mortgage heretofore made to Lord Craven of Berkshire House, &c." [Ibid. p. 285.]
Feb. 21. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of the Earl of Carlingford, for 500l. detained from the King by a collector of chimney money in Wiltshire in 1663, to be recovered by himself. [Ibid. p. 286.]
Feb. 21.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of a report of the Comptroller of the Household, on the petition of [Rich.] Brett, that he has quitted his interest in the farm of logwood to his Majesty. [See p. 200 supra. Ibid. p. 286.]
Feb. 21. Warrant to pay to Charles Gifford an annuity of 150l. from Michaelmas last. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 192.]
Feb. 21.
The Golden Hand, Harwich.
Hab. Wiles to the Navy Commissioners. I have been much hindered in loading by bad weather, and been employed 3 days by Capt. Deane in setting the new ship's masts. Our provisions are almost spent; I beg order for receipt of some here. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 34.]
Feb. 22.
Woolwich.
Wm. Hannam, master attendant, to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of ships riding here. Asks for a dozen of defective ordnance which lie in the yard, to place under the quays for pillars to make fast cables, &c. Mr. Brooks has weighed the sunken coal ship, and brought her in, and has had the King's hoys on that service a month. [Ibid. No. 35.]
Feb. 22. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. The King and Council have ordered a fifth rate frigate for defence of Jamaica, to suppress privateers on that coast; it is to be set out, victualled, and paid by the governor and planters there. You are to represent to the Duke of York which ship is most fitting for that service. [Ibid. No. 36.]
Feb. 22.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. Has no timber yet for the decks, &c.; hopes to launch the ship on 4 March, and desires them to hasten the purveyor to send timber, that she may be finished before she goes hence. [Ibid. No. 37.]
Feb. 22. Capt. John Berry of the Coronation to Thos. Hayter. My ship has come up to Woolwich, but the sailors being disorderly, I stay on board; otherwise I should have waited on the commissioners for orders. I have received lighters for the gunners' stores, and hope to get all out this day, if not hindered by our rude crew. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 38.]
Feb. 22. M. Wren to Sam. Pepys. The poor man who informed of the embezzlements made by the officers of the Orange, complains that nothing is yet done for him and his fellows, though his case was recommended to their Honours by his Royal Highness. Prays despatch for him, lest it discourage others to give information. [Ibid. No. 39.]
Feb. 22.
Ordnance Office.
Ordnance officers to the Navy Commissioners. Send in writing their proposals about the laying on shore and delivering again the ordnance on any of the King's ships; that it should be done by the ships' crews, or the master attendant in the ports, to save the expense of hiring vessels and men on purpose, to be sent by the Ordnance Office. [1½ pages. Ibid. No. 40.]
Feb. 22.
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to Sir Wm. Penn. Victualling of ships. I wish the victualler to give orders to Portsmouth that I may be completed with what is wanted, being ordered to Spithead; I need fish, butter, and cheese. The great want in the fleet will be small nails and deal boards. I shall never waste his Majesty's goods, but desire the needful at Portsmouth. The Princess wants a new main course, and canvas for a main sail, which you have denied. The boatswain confesses they have been surveyed at Chatham and Woolwich, and yet he now complains to me in the Downs; so you may judge what he is in the rest of his actions. Noted by Pepys, "Given me by Sir W. Penn at his lodgings on Friday night, 9 o' clock, 27 Feb. 1668. [Ibid. No. 41.] Enclosing,
Certificate of the quantity of provisions required on board the Monmouth, to complete 28 days for 290 men. [Ibid. No. 41I.]
Feb. 22. Notes of proceedings in the House of Commons, relative to Alex. Fitton's petition, the jurisdiction of the Lords, and the miscarriages of the war. Also order for the formation of a committee of the whole House, to consider the question of the King's supply, and the receipts from poll money, assessments, &c., and to report on Monday next. [The former items are printed at length in Commons’ Journals, Vol. IX. p. 55, but the last appears only under the date of Monday, 24 Feb. Ibid. No. 42.]
Feb. 22. Grant to Wm. Culliford of the office of Registrar of all seizures and forfeitures of goods, &c., in England and Wales. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 193.]
Feb. 22. Licence to Sir George Horner, high sheriff of Somersetshire, to appoint a sufficient deputy to execute his office, on account of his very great infirmities. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 53.]
Feb. 22. Warrant for Arthur Earl of Essex to be Lieutenant of Wiltshire Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 9.]
Feb. 22. Warrant for James Lord Say and Sele to be Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 9.]
Docquet of the above, dated March. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 203.]
Feb. 22. Warrant for a grant to John Lord Lovelace, of the office of steward and lieutenant of the manor of Woodstock, the hundred of Wotton, the custody of Woodstock Park; with the office of Lord Warden of the bailiwick of the honor of Woodstock; also the custody of the manors of Woodstock, Humborough, Wotton, and Stonefield, Oxford, and the keepership of the King's wardrobe in the said manor. [2 pages. Signed. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No, 43.]
Feb. 22. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 9.]
Feb. 22. Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 43A.]
Feb. 22.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Ships come into port every tide, and all that were at Sunderland have sailed. [Ibid. No. 44.]
Feb. 22.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. The violence of the storm at spring tide made a great breach in the cobb work, and beat down a considerable part of the harbour, which will cost a large sum to make good. A fair wind presenting, several vessels are going for Morlaix, St. Malo, &c. [Ibid. No. 45.]
Feb. 22.
Weymouth.
Thos. Jannatt, for John Pocock, to Hickes. There have been very great storms, in which a Dutchman came ashore on Portland beach, but the men and goods were saved. A ship has come into Portland Road from Malaga. [Ibid: No. 46.]
Feb. 22.
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. I have not sent any account of proceedings, Sir Edw. Spragg riding here with the flag, whose duty it is to report. I cannot, however, omit speaking of the great abuse committed by the packet-boat that brings off the letters, in serving merchant ships before his Majesty's ships, and keeping letters belonging to me for 2 or 3 days; on asking the reason, I was told that the merchants had as great occasion or more for their letters than the men-of-war; I did not receive the Duke of York's letters till they were 4 days old. [Ibid. No. 47.]
Feb. 22.
Bridlington.
John Bower to Hickes. No news at present; thanks for his weekly news. [Ibid. No. 48.]
Feb. 23.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Twenty colliers are lying in the Humber, expecting calm weather; a small one has been cast away in Bridlington Bay. Has sent him a barrel of ale and paid all charges. The Hamburg Company had formerly an order from the Lord Treasurer that no entries should be passed in the Hull custom house for any parts of Holland and Zealand, by any that were not free of their company, and that the charter should be observed. This order has been lately taken off, and all persons have had free liberty to adventure to those parts, to the great encouragement of the trade of Hull; the Hamburg merchants are petitioning for a renewal of the order, which would be a great hindrance to this port. Newcastle has always had liberty to send goods to Holland, and ships laden with cloth used to go from Hull to Newcastle, only that they might sail thence, which caused great delay and expense. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 49.]
Feb. 23.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Three women and one man named were condemned at the assizes held at Winton, for murder, highway robbery, and arson, and 4 or 5 were burnt in the hand. [Ibid. No. 50.]
Feb. 23.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. Departure of 12 laden colliers and several other vessels yesterday, taking advantage of the wind. [Ibid. No. 51.]
Feb. 23. John Powell to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 52.]
Feb. 23.
Whitehall.
Order from the Navy Committee that Williamson search and bring to them what he can find relating to the question whether his Majesty's ships ought to permit any of other nations to fight in the Channel, and not fall in to part them; also whether his Majesty's ships ought to permit either party, in their sight, to carry away a prize taken in their view. [Ibid. No. 53.]
Feb. 23.
Appleby.
Thos. Gabetis [under-sheriff of Westmoreland] to Williamson. I studied to serve you, and we might have accomplished our ends had not Lady Pembroke interposed to have the vacancy supplied by one of her grandsons or kinsmen, which is like to work that way, the corporation being generally disposed to gratify her, for her great nobleness and bounty to the place. My station obligates me to render service with obedience to her commands, especially in this particular, otherwise my apprehensions of your worth would have made me serve you, although a perfect stranger. I received a letter from my friend Lord Ranisford in your behalf, which had a great influence, and might have easily prevailed on me to perform that which is now impossible, and troubles me. [Ibid. No. 54.]
Feb. 23.
Whitehall.
The King to the Duke of York. We are informed of great violence in several ports committed by French skippers under Sieur De la Roche. To prevent the like in the future, and obtain satisfaction for the past, you are to order Sir Thos. Allin to sail to the said ports, taking his own squadron and the Diamond, search for De la Roche in Cowes road, Torbay, Plymouth, and Falmouth, &c., and if Allin be the stronger, to require him to deliver all English subjects and seamen on board any of his ships; to demand restitution of any prisoners who are subjects of allies, especially 4 named, taken by him in February last, from Capt. Barron, from under Cowes castle; also restitution of all vessels taken by him out of English ports. In case De la Roche refuses, Allin is not to let him stir out of the port where he finds him. If he meets him at sea, he is to say nothing to him, if De la Roche be the stronger. If he do not find him, he is to return to Torbay, and not to act on these instructions if De la Roche is gone eastward, or to the coast of France. [pages. Ibid. No. 55.]
Feb. 23. Copy of the above. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 56.]
Feb. 23. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 2.]
Feb. 23.
Portsmouth.
St. J. Steventon, clerk of the cheque, to [Sam. Pepys]. Presumes the enclosed will answer the commands of the Board, in order to satisfy the Commissioners of Parliament. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 57.]
Feb. 23.
Chatham.
James Norman, clerk of the survey, to the Navy Commissioners. Has been aboard most of the frigates here, and searched their bread-rooms, &c., but found nothing; went aboard [Thos.] Helby's ketch, lately come from Bordeaux with wine, and searched his cables for his Majesty's mark, but found it not. Judges he might have removed a cable since his return, as she is a vessel of 70 tons with only 2 old cables, with which he would hardly have ventured to sea, but nothing can be proved unless the men could be found who gave the information. As to the boatswains, it is impossible to ascertain their honesty before appointment, but it can be done by their frugal expenditure of stores; it would encourage them if the master attendants and clerks of survey kept lists of the most deserving, for preferment. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 58.]
Feb. 24.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to Sam. Pepys. Sir Thos. Allin asks for the remainder of victuals not taken in. He has orders to go to Spit-head, where perhaps he is by this time. [Ibid. No. 59.]
Feb. 24.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. The Duke of York desires an appraisement to be made of the Golden Hand flyboat, with her tackle, apparel, &c., and sent to him. With note by the Earl of Anglesey, that the vessel being at Harwich, Mr. Deane should be directed to make and appraisement forthwith. [Ibid. No. 60.]
Feb. 24.
Bristol.
Daniel Furzer to the Navy Commissioners. Your letter to Sir Henry Creswick and Mr. Goff about the affront put upon me by them cannot come till next post; I am obliged to attend the justices at Gloucester about carriage of timber, and must meantime lie under a burthen too heavy to bear much longer. I desire you will countermand your order to Mr. Baylie for building a long boat, there being one already built which was too large for the St. David. [Ibid. No. 61.]
Feb. 24. Duke of York to [Sir Thos. Allin]. Conveys to him the King's instructions as detailed, in reference to the violences committed by French ships under the Sieur De la Roche. [1½ pages. See No. 55 supra. Ibid. No. 62.]
Feb. 24. Memorial on behalf of the oastmen and coal traders of Newcastle and the north of England, to the Commissioners for trade between England and Scotland. Show the great inequality in the export duties charged on the two nations for coal, the English paying 8s., the Scotch only 20d., whereby the English coal trade is much depressed, and the customs on coals reduced from 20,000l. a year to 4,000l.; English merchants suffer by the import into Scotland of foreign goods in exchange for coals, with which they were formerly supplied from England. Request a balance in the customs, and that it may extend to that branch of the customs on coal now farmed at a low rate to Lord Townshend. Signed Jer. Tolhurst. [Ibid. No. 63.]
Feb. 24.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. The Reserve, richly laden, has sailed for the Thames; no harm is done to the shipping in the Downs by the violent storms, though 140 sail lay there. Most of the outward-bound fleet have sailed. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 64.]
Feb. 24.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. Departure of ships. [Ibid. No. 65.]
Feb. 24.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Three or four French merchantmen, with a French man-of-war as convoy, went for Rochelle; also 16 sail of English and Dutch, bound for France and the West Indies; but the wind shifting, some have put back. [Ibid. No. 66.]
Feb. 24.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. Finds if folly to trouble himself whether he receives the news or not. Has had no letter from Williamson this post, and knows not how to redress it. [Ibid. No. 67.]
Feb. 24.
Letter Office, London.
James Hickes to Williamson. I have spoken several times to Mr. Ellis as to the delay of your letters from Kent. When there are many ships in the Downs, the letter carriers do not bring in the letters till 6 or 7 at night, then they have to be sorted, and Sir John [Bennet's] nearness has diminished the number of officers, so that there wants men, and he will do himself much wrong; but should Sir John know anything of our discourse about it, he would want to know what either of us had to do in his business, and express himself in other passionate language. [Ibid. No. 68.]
Feb. 24.
Treasury Chambers.
Sir Geo. Downing to Williamson. The Treasury Commissioners desire you will insert in the Gazette that 53, 460l. has been remitted by the office for the exchange of the King's moneys in Great St. Helen's, London, by bills of exchange upon the receivers of the respective counties. [Ibid. No. 69.]
Feb. 24.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Thomas Lord Richardson of Cramond, for a lease of certain concealed honours, manors, &c., known by the name of reliefs. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 287.]
Feb. 24. Licence to Col. Roger Bretteridge, for 14 years, for the sole exercise of the mystery of mixing metals and minerals invented by him, as the same may be of great advantage to the kingdom, in making ordnance and engines of war, more durable and cheaper that before, and may also be advantageous in the rebuilding of London. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 27.
Feb. 24. Advices received, being extract of letters calendared above, and of one from Dublin, 20 Feb. A great storm has done much harm to the city and country; it drove a merchant ship in the harbour on shore, and bulged 2 or 3 others. The Lord Lieutenant is going to Kilkenny; 7 packets are behind. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 70.]
Feb. 25.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. There have 35 sail of Dutch ships arrived; the war fleet under Sir Thomas Allin, and the merchant ships are expected to-morrow. [Ibid. No. 71.]
Feb. 25.
Plymouth Fort.
Sir John Skelton to Williamson. I Will endeavour to serve you; I know not whether the mayor will oppose it or not, but there are a company of people which may withstand it; if there is any opposition, I will let you know, and do my best to hinder it. [S.P. Dom., Car. II., 235, No. 72.]
Feb. 25.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. The Dutch men-of-war and merchant ships that had lain here for some time put to sea, but were forced back by foul weather, and two others have come in. [Ibid. No. 73.]
Feb. 25. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 74.]
Feb. 35.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. Several ships are seen daily passing for Newcastle. The Dutch packet-boat has gone with Sir Anthony Mercy [des Marces] for Holland. [Ibid. No. 75.]
Feb. 25.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Has no news at present. [Ibid. No. 76.]
Feb. 25.
Portsmouth.
——— to Williamson. The Emsworth frigate has arrived from the Downs. Mons. De La Roche with his consort has gone for the coast of France, but met with Sir Thos. Allin's squadron of 5 frigates Saw some guns fired, and they have lain this hour muzzled together. [Ibid. No. 77.]
Feb. 25.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Lord Ashley, treasurer of prizes, to pay 200l. as the King's free gift to Elizabeth Viscountess Shannon. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 27.]
Feb. 25. Warrant to the high sheriff of Surrey to reprieve Sir Robert Holmes, convicted of murder at the late assizes, from the sentence of death, on account of circumstances in the fact deserving clemency, and of his former good services. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 10.]
[Feb. 25.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 78.]
Feb. 25. Warrant to Lord Chief Justice Kelynge and the other justices of assize for Surrey, that should Sir Robert Holmes be convicted of manslaughter at the next assizes, the sentence of burning in the hand, and all proceedings against him, be suspended till further pleasure. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 10.]
[Feb. 25.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 79.]
Feb. 25.
Woolwich.
Chris. Pett, master shipwright, to the Navy Commissioners. Desires orders for sending 300 or 400 spruce deals from Deptford, or shall be forced to discharge the joiners. Reminds them of the wainscoting for his lodging chamber, and of the building of a chimney in the nursery. [Ibid. No. 80.]
Feb. 25.
The Golden Hand, Harwich.
Hab. Wiles to the Navy Commissioners. I beg a supply of provisions, being obliged to borrow; I have 54 large masts on board, and will take in more. Capt. Deane speaks about my towing the lighters with me, when I come; it is a very bad time of year for such work; my ship is unruly, and the lading of value, and I dare not take her with a lighter at her stern; I had more need have some help [Ibid. No. 81.]
Feb. 25.
Dover.
Sir Thos. Teddeman to the Navy Commissioners. I have told [Thos.] Dawkes that you will order payment for his boat; the other tradesmen thank you for your care; I have told them that so soon as you were able, you would remember them. Many of these poor people are much in want. Sir Thos. Allin went by on the 23rd instant with those appointed for the Straits, and Sir Edw. Spragg is gone westward. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 82.]
Feb. 25. Capt. Hen. Ady to Thos. Hayter. Prays him to send by the bearer any orders concerning the Castle frigate. [Ibid. No. 83.]
Feb. 26.
Bristol.
John Badcock, surveyor, to the Navy Commissioners. Mr. Baylie has not performed some work according to contract; he employs house carpenters who do not understand the work, and slights me when I find fault. Let Mr. Furzer survey the work, and you will then know I have not complained without cause. Mr. Baylie has but 9 ship carpenters at work, besides apprentices and house carpenters; I believe he will not be so good as his word as to launching in April. [Ibid. No. 84.]
Feb. 26.
Harwich.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of proceedings on ships. The 10 men procured by the boatswain do not expect sea pay, but will rig on weekly wages; they have got up the mizen shrouds, and are in hand with the foremast. Could find wood here to build the cabins in the new ship, and the painting of it is in the painter's contract. If the mast ships are wind-bound, the men might help to get up the rigging of the new ship if ordered; a small encouragement of 7l. or 8l. would soon despatch a great deal of the heavy work. [Ibid. No. 85.]
Feb. 26.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. The Nonconformists are still very confident of having their liberty, and say there is a necessity for it, as the greatest charge upon the nation is defrayed by them, they being the major part, and the only men of estate, by whom the grand trade of the kingdom is chiefly managed. They say that the gentry fined them the best tenants, others being generally poor, and that thus it appears how God prospers their ways. Their number must have grown great when the government of Church and State lay under persecution so many years, and the friends of either must be very much impoverished, by banishment, captivity, sequestrations. Their spoil and ruin has enriched the others, which they have much improved, having in our many years of trouble quietly enjoyed the grand trade of the nation, which they at present engross to themselves, if it be in other places as it is here. The factions are numerous and wealthy, and deal with no one but those that lean towards them; so that he that will live by his trade must comply, and not speak or act against them. It is difficult to find persons fit to execute any laws that shall be made to bring them to conformity; 30 sail have gone out for Rochelle, Bordeaux, and the Straits. [Ibid. No. 86.]
Feb. 26.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. The have 14 or 15 small ships come into the harbour. [Ibid. No. 87.]
Feb. 26.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships. A small Yarmouth vessel reports that an Ostend man-of-war has taken a French prize. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 88.]
Feb. 26.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. To the same effect as the latter part of the preceding. [Ibid. No. 89.]
Feb. 26. Certificate by Herbert [Croft], bishop of Hereford, recommending Dr. Joseph Rhodes for the vicarage of Newark-upon-Trent, he being a person of great merit, and having formerly obtained his Majesty's concession thereto. [Ibid. No. 90.]
Feb. 26 ? Lord Chamberlain Manchester to Lord Arlington. I recommend Mr. Bennett, head bailiff of Westminster, as one of the commissioners to be appointed for a tax on wine; his place renders him very serviceable, by his continually transacting business with, and knowing the inhabitants. He has been appointed receiver of other parts of the revenue within the liberty by several Acts of Parliament, and is my own officer, being high steward of Westminster. [Ibid. No. 91.]
Feb. 27.
Margate.
John Smith to Williamson. Two Ostend men-of-war have arrived, and are stayed according to the King's order, but their men have abandoned them. Coals are fallen to 24s. per chaldron. The man that took up his Majesty's hawk thinks he is not well used by having only 5s. for saving her. [Ibid. No. 92.]
Feb. 27.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Hickes. To news worth mentioning. [Ibid. No. 93.]
Feb. 27. John Powell to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 94.]
Feb. 27.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. Light colliers pass daily for Newcastle, and a few merchant vessels are here. [Ibid. No. 95.]
Feb. 27.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Sir Edw. Spragg and 2 small King's ships have come in. [Ibid. No. 96.]
Feb. 27.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Sir Thos. Allin has appeared in sight from the Downs with 4 ships named. He met Capt. De la Roche with another French man-of-war, and commanded him aboard, where he now remains; he is stayed for having Capt. [Wm.] Skelton and 200 or 300 English sailors aboard him. Sir Thomas and the French ships are riding at anchor at Spithead. [Ibid. No. 97.]
Feb. 27.
Portsmouth.
——— to Williamson. Mons. De la Roche with his consort, after having left Sir Thos. Allin 2 hours, was forced back by the weather, and then Sir Thomas, having received orders, stopped him, and took from him a small Ostender, which he had taken out of one of our harbours, and also 103 (sic) Englishmen, together with Lieut.-Col. Skelton. [Ibid. No. 98.]
Feb. 27. Warrant to pay to Sir Denis Gauden, Victualler of the Navy, 467l. a month on account for the Navy. [Docquet, vol. 23, No. 194.]
Feb. 27. Memorandum of the signet being put to a warrant of the Treasury Commissioners, for payment of 50l. to Nicholas Estoll, for discovering robberies. [S.P. Dom., Entry Books 30, f. 7; 72 p. 97.]
Feb. 27.
Thursday.
Order by the English Commissioners for trade with Scotland, that the officers for customs on salt in the port of London send an account of all salt imported from Scotland since 1661. Signed by the Duke of Buckingham and 4 others. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 99.]
Feb. 27. Notes of proceedings in the House of Commons relative to the import of Irish cattle, the price of timber, and the question of supply. "This committee will proceed in the manner of raising a supply to his Majesty, not exceeding 300,00l.; not to be raised by a land tax or home excise." [Partly printed in Commons' Journals, Vol. IX., p. 59. Ibid. No. 100.]
Feb. 27.
Portsmouth Dockyard.
Sir Thos. Allin to the Navy Commissioners. Is at Spithead with 5 ships. Intreats orders to the victualler to supply provisions mentioned to complete 5 months' stores, having hastened away as ordered without some portion. Wants small nails. [Ibid. No. 101.]
Feb. 27.
Portsmouth.
Wm. Domineck to Thos. Middleton, Surveyor of the Navy. Has built 6 harbour boats for the ships riding in Portsmouth, but Capt. [Benj.] Johnson, storekeeper here, cannot receive them without the order of the Board. [Ibid. No. 102.]
Feb. 27.
Woolwich.
Wm. Acworth to the Navy Commissioners. I have put a stop to all law proceedings concerning Clayford, and will not molest him nor his bail till the business be settled, provided he does not take advantage and prosecute me. I have much business; a great quantity of hemp is bought, and daily weighed, to be transported to Portsmouth, and I am transcribing the accounts; I desire not to be sent up and down to answer Clayford's complaint until this service is over. [Ibid. No. 103.]
Feb. 27.
Emsworth sloop, Portsmouth.
Capt. Walter Perry to the Navy Commissioners. Arrived on the 25th, but the weather being very bad, could not haul the vessel on shore; hopes soon to deliver the stores from Deptford, and desires further orders. [Ibid. No. 104.]
Feb. 27.
Treasury Chambers.
Sir George Downing to the Earl of Anglesey and the Navy Commissioners. The Treasury Commissioners are considering from what time to allow interest for 200,000l. lent by the farmers of the customs on the credit of their farm. Asks the time when each part of the money was really paid to the Navy Treasurer. [Ibid. No. 105.]
Feb. 27.
Harwich.
John Coudre, master or the Wood Merchant, to the Navy Commissioners. I sailed from Chatham on the 24th, and arrived here the 26th; I applied to Capt. Deane, who has no order to load me, but expects one. I desire an order for victuals [Ibid. No. 106.]
Feb. 28.
Harwich.
John Browne to the Navy Commissioners. Understands it is his Royal Highness' Pleasure to remove Capt. Deane to Portsmouth; begs to succeed him at Harwich; can serve well, having been employed in naval affairs 15 years. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 107.]
Feb. 28. Sir Wm. Coventry to Sam. Pepys. The House [of Commons] will hear the Navy Commissioners on Thursday next. The Committee on miscarriages intend to send for the commissioners and victualler on Monday, to inquire into the want of victuals complained of by Prince Rupert. Pray prepare for both. [Ibid. No. 108.]
Feb. 28. Affidavit of Wm. Thompson, of London, master of the Zebulon, that in 1665, the Fox frigate, sent to Tangiers by Thos. Warren, was employed thence as convoy for ships to Bristol, and thus Warren had no further service of her; that when the Zebulon overset at Portsmouth, Warren and his friends had a great loss in provisions and goods, as also when the new Zebulon was taken off the Madeiras, full of Barbary goods. Sworn before Mounteford Bramston, master in Chancery. [Ibid. No. 109.]
Feb. 28. Similar affidavit of Charles Groome of London, that the Merlin frigate was taken by the Dutch 12 October 1665, while convoying 23 merchantman to Tangiers, who were thus preserved, and that Thos. Warren, merchant, and his friends had a very considerable loss in her; also that the Fox was sent by Warren to Tangiers, but being weak and disabled, she proceeded to Lisbon, he having no further use for her. [Ibid. No. 110.]
[Feb. 28.] "Mr. Warren's draft of what he would have reported about his pretences to satisfaction for losses and charge on the Merlin and Fox," amounting to 530l. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 111.]
Feb. 28 Pass for Sir Thos. Bond, Bart., Comptroller of the Household to the Queen-mother, to transport 30 horses into France, 6 being for Madame [the Duchess of Orleans], 13 for the Earl of St. Albans, and the rest for himself. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 53.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the High Sheriff of Surrey to reprieve Thos. Ware and John Cowland, condemned to death at the assizes, this being their first crime, and they desirous to be transported to the plantations. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 112.]
Feb. 28. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 10.]
Feb. [28.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 112A.]
Feb. 28. Pass for Col. Hen. Stanyers, with 4 servants, to France. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 10.]
Feb. [28.] Sir Allen Apsley to [Williamson]. I waited upon you to let you know that the King had made Lord Rochester his gamekeeper for Oxfordshire, and to desire Lord Arlington to afford him a warrant. [S.P. Dom., Car. II 235, No. 113.]
Feb. 28. Warrant for John, Earl of Rochester, to be gamekeeper for the county of Oxford. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 11.]
Feb. 28. Warrant to the Commissioners for Prizes for the prize ship Convertine, alias Conversion of St. Paul, now at Leith in Scotland, to be delivered to William Lord Widdrington, on his payment of 1,200l. for the same. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 11.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Wm. Chiffinch, for the fine of 500l. imposed on —— Sherly of Dublin, for rape. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 287.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Order in Council, on petition of Sam. Wilson, Edw. Bushell, and Josiah Child, merchants of London, that a caveat be entered that no protection be granted without the knowledge of the Board to John Baptista Quaranteni, an Italian physician, who, with Andrew Doria, a Venetian, master of the St. Joseph and Anthony, was bound to them in 1,500l. in a contract of charter party, on which they laded goods on the said ship, and lent 350l. in money; but the ship, instead of conveying the goods to Cadiz to their factors, slipped by to Malaga. On this they took Quaranteni prisoner, but he seeks a protection on pretence of being a servant of the envoy of his Imperial Majesty, though he is a free denizen of England, and has lived there 7 years. [1 ½ pages. Copy. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 114.]
Feb. 28.
Plymouth. Fort.
Sir John Skelton to Williamson. Sent one of his officers, with the officers of Lottery, to the mayor, urging the request of the King's servants to whom it belonged, for a protection to show their Lottery at Plymouth; the mayor said he would communicate with his brethren. A Hamburgher has been plundered by an Ostend sloop, which left them nothing but the ship. [2 pages, Ibid, No. 115.]
Feb. 28.
Post Office,
London.
James Hickes to Williamson. I perceive the committee is resolved not to hear anything that can be said in defence of the [Letter] Office or officers, but all that can be spoke4n against them, though never so contrary to truth and justice. It is hard to have the same persons accusers, jurors, and judges, and all things taken for truth though never so untrue; for amendment of what is amiss, God's time is best. I will give you my reply to the complaints, since Mr. Ellis has not show it to Sir John [Bennet] nor to Lord [Arlington]. [Ibid, No. 116.]
Feb. 28.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Numbers of laden colliers have sailed, but the wind being southerly, they cannot, have got further than Burlington. Ships come daily into harbour. [Ibid. No. 117.]
Feb. 28.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. A ship from Barbadoes reports that a fleet had gone to Leeward Islands to settle affairs there. [Ibid. No. 118.]
Feb. 28. John Clark to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 119.]
Feb. 28. R. Francis to Mr. Bryerwood. Prays he will send particulars of what has passed during the day [in the House of Commons]. With a memorandum of the said proceedings, relating to the Navy, and the miscarriages in the late war. [Ibid. No. 120.]
Feb. 29.
Bridgwater.
Wm. Symons to Hickes. The unseasonableness of the winter makes the people very sickly with the ague here. The ground is so overflown with the rains that the cattle cannot graze, and there is general complaint of the lack of money and deadness of trade. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 121.]
Feb. 29. F. Royley to [Williamson]. Thanks on behalf of myself and friends for your care; we hope we shall be able to make recompense for it. As for her slighting our question touching the estate we aim at, to satisfy the debt of Thos. Brooks, we sue for nothing but what has been long since due upon judgment, and which cannot lawfully be evaded, the lease upon which they formerly depended having expired. [Ibid. No. 122.]
Feb. 29.
Whitehall.
Robert Yard to F. Royley. I am very sensible of your kindness. I have had an express from Sir. Thos. Allin of what passed between him and De la Roche off Spithead; that he had taken 100 men from him, which were being transported under Mr. Skelton for France, and landed them at Portsmouth, and also the Mary and 4 others of Ostend, but all was done with great civility and fairness. The forts at Sheerness are to be fortified with all diligence. The Marquis of Castel Rodrigo has declared to Sir Wm. Temple that he accepts the alternative, and a suspension of arms until March, which is what France offered; so now the ambassadors there, having received that notice, are to press the French King to a peremptory declaration of himself. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 123.]
Feb. 29
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. No news; the weather is exceedingly stormy: the rocking of it makes them sympathize with the Dublin sufferers mentioned in the Gazette. [Ibid. No. 124.]
Feb. 29.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. No news, except that several laden colliers have been seen off the bar, put northward by the southerly wind. [Ibid. No. 125.]
Feb. 29.
Coventry.
R. Hope to Williamson. There was only one fellow tried and burnt in the hand at the assizes for cow stealing. Knows not whether the people are more inclined to peace, or want money to go to law, but there was not one nisi prius case at Coventry. At Warwick there were few trails; 6 were burnt in the hand, but not any suffered. Account of the murder of a maid-servant by one Addis, who is distracted, a lusty young fellow, his father a man of great estate; he was seized and carried to Warwick Gaol, where he was acquitted as a lunatic, and ordered to be sent to Bedlam.
There is much discourse of a strange well at Oundle in Northamptonshire, in the yard of one Dabbs, wherein a kind of drumming, in manner of a march, has been heard; it is said to be very ominous, having been heard heretofore, and always precedes some great accident. I wrote to the town for an account of it, and was informed of the truth of it, and that it beat for a fortnight the latter end of last month, and the beginning of this, and was heard in the very same manner before the [late] King's death, the death of Cromwell, the King's coming in, and the Fire of London. We have frequent meetings here without much control and our sectaries talk exceeding high of indulgence. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 126.]
Feb. 29.
Rye.
James Welsh to Williamson. An Ostend privateer has come in, which is to stop here for 14 days as ordered. A French merchantman has been lost off Winchelsea Castle, and all the men drowned. [Ibid. No. 127.]
Feb. 29. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Asks the names of ships whose repairs are despatched, that they may be immediately set forth to sea. [Ibid. No. 128.]
Feb. 29.
Dover.
Thos. White to the Navy Commissioners. His necessities, and the cries of the other creditors, make him a petitioner for arrears due to the poor people of the town; they often remind him of the promise that they should be paid every quarter, and their evil expressions make him shun their sight. Has sent up the accounts to Christmas by his son, not being able to travel. [Ibid. No. 129.]
Feb. 29.
Harwich.
Hab. Wiles to the Navy Commissioners. Has been with Capt. Deane; the boatswains and mates are ordered on board, and will lend him all the help they can with the new ship. [Ibid. No. 130.]
Feb. 29.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. Intends to launch the new ship near the dock's mouth on Wednesday, and asks for assistance of the rigger, shipwright, &c., at Woolwich, to man 10 capstans and crabs needed, &c. [Ibid. No. 131.]
Feb. 29
Bristol.
Daniel Furzer to the Navy Commissioners. Thanks for your respect for my reputation in vindicating me from the misinterpretations of the persons here; I doubt not but what they have received from you and Sir John Knight will be efficacious to their better deportment. I delivered the bill of 300l. to Mr. Morgan, collector here, which he sent up to London; I pray you will order payment, as my necessity is extreme, and this when paid, contributes very little to the great exigency under which I lie. Mr. Baylie is satisfied with your command about forbearing the long boat; I will fit one up when needed. [Ibid. No. 132.]
Feb. 29.
Chatham Dock.
Phin. Pett to the Navy Commissioners. Has treated with several persons about building the boats, and the least price is 18s. per foot, at which young Mr. Moorcock will undertake it; thinks that for a present supply of money he may abate somewhat, and has desired him to wait on them about it, and to treat about his timber; is wholly at a stand for timber. [Ibid. No. 133.]
Feb. 29. W. Fownes to the Navy Commissioners. Asks for a clerk to be borne on the quarter books as a shipwright, for which there are many precedents, and will then undertake to keep an account of the issues of provisions, as well as of the receipt of stores; having but one clerk at labourer's pay, has been unable to keep accounts except of receipts. [Ibid. No. 134.]
Feb. 29.
Chatham.
Edw. Gregory, Clerk of the Cheque, to the Navy Commissioners. Has discharged the man desired by the Ordnance officers, and shall observe their directions as to the future demands of the said officers. The testimony against the 2 shipwrights found embezzling stores is full; both have confessed the fact, but have fled, and so cannot be apprehended; but their wages, which are considerable, lie at stake. Such villainies are acted between the time of leaving work and setting the watch. Suggests that the watch should be set on leaving work, that each watchman should be liable to make good from his wages what is stolen within his bounds, and that their wages should be advanced to 1s. a night as a reward for extra duty. This will make the cost 106l. yearly more, but it would be saved monthly.
The people's hands are so inured to stealing that if the sawyers leave any work in the pits half cut, it is a hazard whether they find it in the morning. Has endeavoured to surprise the bold thief, but been disappointed. With postscript, 9 p.m., that the porter found a fellow from the Defiance leaving the yard with a new coil of rope in a biscuit bag; he is the purser's servant, and said he was employed by the gunner, and helped to the discovery of more ropes and other goods purloined. Has detained the fellow till further orders. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 135.]
[Feb.] Petition of the gentry and merchants of Exeter, Dartmouth, Totnes, and Plymouth, trading to Newfoundland, to the King and Council, stating, according to an order of Council, their reasons for believing that the settling a governor and inhabitants at Newfoundland would be prejudicial to shipping and to the fishing trade, and disclaiming any share in a petition from the western ports, got up for private interests, requesting a governor. [Very numerously signed. Ibid. No. 136.]
Feb. Presentation of Simon How, M.A., to the rectory of Waldingfield Magna, co. Suffolk. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 4b.]
Feb.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Lord Ashley, Treasurer for Prizes, to pay 405l. 15s. 10d. to John Delavallet, subject of his Catholic Majesty, in lieu of Canary wine belonging to him, seized in the prize ship St. Francis of Rotterdam, at Portsmouth, and partly sold before the decree in the Admiralty Court for its restitution. [S.P. Dom., Car II. 235, No. 137.]
Feb. Memoranda [from the Signet book] of warrants, &c., passed during the month, the uncalendared portions of which are as follows:–
Grant of lands in Chelsea, with some new constitutions in their government, to the Royal Society.
Grant to Sir Chas. Killigrew of the reversion after Sir H. Herbert of the mastership of the revels, on surrender of the same by his father, Thos. Killigrew.
Grant to John Fitzherbert, and his son William for life of the office of customer in the port of Bristol, on surrender of a similar grant to the former during pleasure.
Grant to Jas. Darcy, master of the stud, of 500l. a year for the purchase of choice horses.
Grant to John Tippetts of the office of Navy Commissioner, salary 350l., to be paid by Navy Treasurer; he is also to be assistant to the surveyor on occasion.
Grant to the Commissioners of Accounts at Brooke House of 1,000l. a year for diet, and 2,000l. if needful for house-rent and other necessaries. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 223, No. 186.]
Feb. ?
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to Wm. Chiffinch of the office of registrar of seizures, in place of Thos. Sankey, deceased. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 138.]
Feb. ?
Thursday.
W. Davison to Williamson. We beg favour for our bill, which we hope to get read in the Commons to-morrow, That it may get out of the Commons before Easter, and be sent the sooner to the Lords. Col. Tempest will speak to you about it. [Ibid. No. 139.]
Feb. ? [Viscount Conway] to his brother-in-law, Sir J. Finch. I would have given you an account of affairs earlier, but on my arrival in October last, I found all things so perplexed and uncertain. As soon as Lord Clarendon fled, moderate men took up the differences between the two Houses, so as to get a right understanding between the two brothers, and take off the Commons from cabals to mind the safety of the kingdom. I have stayed in town since the adjournment of Parliament, purposely to get an opportunity to speak with Lord Arlington concerning you. I observed his lordship's countenance alter on my recommending you warmly and from broken expressions, I thought he had a jealousy that I had promised more than I could make good, and that Mr. Solicitor would engage you to Lord Clarendon and the Duke of York; So I was glad to set both right. I appointed a time to bring Mr. Solicitor to his lordship, which has been done to their mutual satisfaction, and his lordship will have you recalled, with such an impression upon the King as shall make way for any preferment. I thought this much better than to article for any reversion, which would have been more mutable in the event; for though Lord Arlington labours with all art imaginable not to be thought a premier minister, yet he is either so, or a favourite, for he is the sole guide that the King relies upon. Lord Arlington intends to have you chosen a Parliament man before you arrive; by that method you will come into Court advantageously. I advise your return by France, because you will be first employed in foreign affairs.
You will have the advantage of coming into a Court where there is not one man of ability. The King has put all things into the hands of the Parliament; I hope they will provide for the safety of the kingdom, by setting out a fleet of at least 60 ships to guard the coast; Otherwise the Dutch, who have a greater number, will not scruple to do by the English as the French have done by the Spaniard; that is, break the treaty, and burn all our ships in port, so as to disable us for a future war, which they know we wait for with impatience . Then it will be of less Consequence that the Parliament (which is formed into more cabals and parties than any parliament ever was) should fall upon particular officers and ministers of State, whose employments they gape after.
The Court is as careful, on the other side, to prevent their expectations by taking them away, disposing of them beforehand. Lord Anglesey has received the first summons to part with the Vice-Treasurership of the Navy, which he bought this summer from Sir C. Carteret, in exchange for the Vice-Treasurership of Ireland; this the King would bestow upon Sir Thos. Osborne, but Lord Anglesey refuses, affirming it was granted absolutely for life. Lord Clarendon's sons naturally fall into this number. I am informed that Sec. Morice will be gratified with money to part with his place to Jack Trevor, and that Lord Arlington will be Lord Treasurer, and Sir Wm. Coventry Secretary in his Place.
The great interest now driven on in the kingdom is by the Duke of Buckingham, who heads the fanatics; the king complies with him out of fear; the commons are swayed by him as a favourite and a premier minister; he himself thinks to arrive to be another Oliver, and the fanatics except a day of redemption under him. The King, destitute of counsel, is jealous of all men that speak to him of business; he would fain be divorced, but the bishops oppose it, or would affirm himself to have been married to the Duke of M[onmouth's] mother, but he is afraid of the D[uke] of Y[ork], and yet neglects and incenses him. Lord Bristol thinks himself in as good favour as ever, but Lord A, says he is not, and never will be employed. The King gives good words and good countenance to friends and foes alike, without any distinction.
Thanks for the excellent wine and oil, which came as good as in Italy, as Sir Bernard Gascoigne affirms; I have made regalios of it to all the Court. I have written to you by Captain Langston, Who is captain of one of the King's frigates going to Leghorn, for 5 chests of the same red wine, and will readily return the money. Pray thank Dr. Baines for his presents; I hope you will ere long be merry in my house in Queen Street, Which you are long be merry in my house in Queen Street, Which you are to look upon as your own; I wish your sister were likely to be one of the party; she is better than she was. [Draft. 2 ½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 140.]
Feb.
Monday.
M. Wren to Sam. Pepys. Requests him to make bills beforehand for Capt. Cox, on whom his Majesty has bestowed 1,000l., of which he has received 250l., and is to receive the residue by 3 yearly payments. [Ibid. No. 141. ]
Feb. ? Joshua Child to Sam. Pepys. Hears that the Orange-tree's bill is suspended, on account of her not arriving in time; told him before that whilst the masts were providing, the ship would go to the Canaries; in the contract, exception was made against the danger of the seas; the winter in New England proved so extremely frosty that, although the masts were ready, there was no possibility of cutting them out of the ice before February, when the ship was laden; hopes to be acquitted of any wilful breach of contract. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 142.]
Feb. ? Papers relating to masts provided for the service by Josiah Child and John Shorter as Follows:––
Account by Jos. Child and John Shorter of masts, yards, &c., brought from New England in the Lady, for the King's service. With request to the Navy Commissioners for additional allowance as promised, freight and wages being one-third more than when Sir Wm. Warren's contract was made. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 143.]
Account by Jos. Child of masts and bowsprits lost at sea by the foundering of the Good Hope on her homeward voyage from New England. With similar request for additional allowance. [Ibid. No. 144.]
Bill of lading from Peter Lidget of New England, on account of Josiah Child, Wm. Wood, and John Shorter, for yards, pipe staves, and tobacco, shipped in the Lady of London, Edmund Harrison master, for England.—Boston, 11 Oct.1666. [Ibid. No. 145.]
Bill of lading from Peter Lidget for masts, &c., shipped for Josiah Child in the Good hope of London, Henry Avis master, for England–Boston, 15 Dec. 1666. [Ibid. No. 146.]
Feb. ? Account by Hawes, surgeon of the Lion, of medicines delivered out of the magazine chest on board to the surgeons of 9 ships named, in the West Indies, under the Command of Admiral Sir John Harman, from 10 July 1667 to 10 Jan. 1668. With note by J. Pearse, Surgeon-General, that the whole chest cost 50l., the medicines delivered out 29l. 17s. 7d., and that what remains is of little value. [Ibid. No. 147.]
Feb. List of 151 Ships whose pay books are sent from the Navy office to the Commissioners of Parliament for taking accounts, 7 Feb. 1668. Endorsed, "The books to be returned by Thos. Pointer, 21 Feb. 1668, and therefore no need of receipt." [5 pages. Ibid. No. 148.]
[Feb] Note that Sir Gilbert Talbot carves allowance for his disbursements when employed as British Envoy Extraordinary to Denmark from August 1664 to May 1666, total 1,210l. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 6.]
Feb ? Statement of the case between the city of London and the farmers of the hearth-money. The city was authorized, by patent 19 July 1664, to receive from that duty the return of a loan of 100,000l. and interest at 8 per cent.; and by patent of 24 Nov. 1664, another 100,000l., and 100,000l. due on former moneys, which sums on 17 March 1666 were ordered to be paid. After this, on 20 March 1666, in the heat of the plague, the hearth-money was let to farm, and the farmers and ten others advanced 270,000l., on condition of precedence in the repayment on conditions specified. A committee of the city have complained, but the farmers request that as the city still receives interest on the money, and so will not be prejudiced by delay, and as their own proceedings have been legal, the question may be laid aside, or they heard in their own defence. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 149.]
Feb ? Statement of the King's pleasure that Committees of Council should meet for the transaction of particular affairs—viz., the Committee for Foreign Affairs—who are also to manage all transactions with county officers—to meet every Monday, or oftener, at Lord Arlington's lodgings, Whitehall; also Committees for Admiralty and Military Affairs; for trade, foreign plantations, and Ireland; for considering petitions of complaints and grievances; with the names of each commissioner, times of meeting, and appointment of presidents to each. Any other special business is to have a particular committee; nothing to be decided in Council that has not been in committee, nor to be brought before a committee except from Council. Each member of committee is to have 1l. daily, if he attends the whole sitting. [Draft by Williamson. 3 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 150.]
Feb.
Deal.
List sent by Morgan Lodge to Williamson of ships in the Downs during the month, the state of the wind, arrival and despatch of mails, &c., as follows:—
Vol. 235. No. Date King's. Merchants' Mail. Wind. Remarks.
Arrival. Departure.
151 Feb. 1 9 15 Feb. 1, 4 p.m. 5 p.m. W. Cannot give an account of 20 sail more on account of the weather.
152 " 2 9 15 None. S.W. More merchantships have arrived, but the weather prevents an account.
153 " 4 10 13 S.W. The othermerchant ships have gone for London.
154 " 5 9 14 Feb. 5, 6 p.m. 7 p.m. S.W.
155 " 6 9 27 " 6, 6 p.m. 7 ½ p.m. S.W.
156 " 8 12 30 " 8, 5 p.m. 6 p.m. W.
157 " 9 12 30 None. 5 ½ p.m. S.W.
158 " 10 12 32 None. 7 p.m. S.W.
159 " 11 12 35 Feb. 11,6 p.m. 7 p.m. W.N.W.
160 " 11 12 35 Feb. 11,7 p.m. 8 p.m. N.W.
161 " 12 10 34 None. 6 ½ p.m. S.W.
162 " 13 10 39 None. 6 ½ p.m. S.
163 " 14 9 39 None. 7 p.m. S.W.
164 " 15 9 40 W. Three more ships from westward cannot be described through the weather.
165 " 16 9 41 None. 6 p.m. W.
166 " 18 9 48 6 p.m. 8 p.m. S.W.
167 " 19 8 45 None. 7 p.m. S.W.
168 " 20 11 50 S.W. Capt. Titus, by order of the Duke of York, has secured 2 Ostend men-of-war which came into the Downs.
169 " 24 1 10 None. 6 p.m. S.E.
170 " 25 2 28 S.W. Most of the ships had left the Downs, but were put back by the wind.
171 " 26 2 30 None. 6 p.m. N.N.W.
172 " 27 4 38 5 p.m. 6 ½ p.m. S.S.E.
173 " 28 5 39 None. 5 ½ p.m. S.W.
174 " 29 5 39 5 p.m. 6 ½ p.m. S.W. There is such a storm that some ships have broken loose, and others cut their masts.

Footnotes

  • 1. John Sudbury, Dean of Durham.