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Charles II: March 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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March 1668

March 1.
The Monmouth, Spithead.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. Has taken the Mary of Ostend and 4 other Ostenders from Monsieur De la Roche, who had taken them out of the King's chamber or roads; will send all the English they have aboard on shore at Portsmouth. There is a great fleet of ships at Cowes bound westward; the Society has arrived from New England very richly laden. Has had such bad weather that the boats could not go ashore, so could not advise him before. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 175.]
March 1.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. The violent storms have increased, but no damage is done; only 3 small vessels cut their masts, and another was forced towards the Foreland. [Ibid. No. 176.]
March 1.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Two ships laden with salt from Crasick have arrived; also a French prize sent in by a Spanish man-of-war. [Ibid. No. 177.]
March 1.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Three vessels have arrived from Rotterdam, but with very little goods; Hull ships seldom bring anything from Holland but pantiles, iron pots, frying pans, and such things of small value, as the inward trade is very small. Other vessels are dropping in; 25 colliers passed by Bridlington, and as many lie in the bay for Newcastle, expecting a fair wind. The ship with his ale waits the first opportunity to go. [Ibid. No. 178.]
March 1.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Williamson. Twelve sail of vessels laden with corn for Bristol are waiting a wind. [Ibid. No. 179.]
March 1. John Powell to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 180.]
March 1.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. A Dutch merchantman has arrived from St. Malo, laden with fish; he was plundered by an Ostend man-of-war of things to a good value. [Ibid. No. 181.]
March 1.
Portsmouth.
John Tinker, master attendant, to Sam. Pepys. Will acquaint Sir Thos. Allin with the orders which have come. Will attend to the anchors when time permits. The owner of the sunk vessel has not been with him. [Ibid. No. 182.]
March 1.
Portsmouth.
Same to the same. One of the hulk's boats was taken with 2 men in her, who had a hawser, &c., belonging to the hulk; they are committed to the town prison by the justices, and will be examined to-morrow, when he will send the examinations. [Ibid. No. 183.]
March 2.
Woolwich.
Christopher Pett to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of the repair of ships. The calking will be very much behind unless the men at work in the river be forced to come down to their duty, or he be empowered by press warrants to fetch in others. If he may have men and materials, the ships may be ready in a month. [Ibid. No. 184.]
March 2.
Deptford.
J. Uthwat, Clerk of the Survey, to the Navy Commissioners. Mr. Browne's books will not answer for the issues of Harwich stores; they begin in May 1666, and the account is ordered from Sept. 1664. The issues from the storekeeper's books will be more proper to collect the account from than those of the Clerk of the Survey, as the former give account of the whole issues, the latter only of one branch. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 185.]
March 2.
Drury Lane.
John Fenn to the Navy Commissioners. Lord Anglesey, in his solicitations of the Lords of the Treasury for the two sums of 5,000l., has laid before them the ill consequences of the loss of your and his own credit by the failure of it. He has this day hopes of the latter 5,000l., that is of about 3,000l., but very little of the first; therefore you should remind their Lordships of the 25,000l. customs; you may dispose of 10,000l. this week for the yards, though the Lords are willing enough you should borrow of it to pay the growing charge, which is already done in discharging the Castle frigate. [Ibid. No. 186.]
March 2.
Chatham Dock.
Phin. Pett, master shipwright, to the Navy Commissioners. Has received their inquiry as to what ships can soonest be fitted for sea; the Royal Katherine and 8 others will be ready in 6 weeks, if he is supplied with provisions, of which he is so bare that he cannot employ the men. Other ships are very much out of repair, and will require a considerable time. [Ibid. No. 187.]
March 2.
Yarmouth.
Leonard Bower to Williamson. Above 120 colliers have passed for London, &c. A ship ran ashore near Winterton, with a lading of lead, butter, cloth, &c., value 15,000l.; after she had grounded, the men and master made haste on shore, not staying to furl their sails. The ship backed of herself, and drove to sea with her sails standing, whereupon the master, with some men, got a boat to go after her, but she sailed faster than they, and it is thought will ground upon a sand: [Ibid. No. 188.]
March 2.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Will send his letter and black box aboard a Barbadoes ship the first opportunity. Endorsed, "The despatch to Barbadoes for restitution of St. Christophers." [Ibid. No. 189.]
March 2.
Lynn.
Edw. Bodham to Williamson. Thirty sail of laden colliers have arrived, who came out of Tynemouth Haven with 60 or 70 others bound for London. Hears of no loss by the storm save that of a bark near Holy Island; a few ships heaved some coals overboard to lighten themselves. The people are very healthful, and pleased that the new supply to be granted to his Majesty will not exceed 300,000l. [Ibid. No. 190.]
March 2.
The Monmouth, Spithead.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. Monsieur De la Roche having received intelligence that his Royal Highness was angry for some misdemeanours committed by him, has set sail, carrying Lieutenant-Colonel Skelton's man with him. Shall be ready to sail to-morrow. [Ibid. No. 191.]
March 3.
Whitehall.
R. Francis to Mr. Bryerwood or Mr. Phillipps. Asks what has been done in the House to-day, and how Mr. Fitton's business is likely to succeed. With note that there is nothing worth sending, and that Mr. Fitton's business is adjourned for a week; also enclosing a letter for Edw. White, Tamworth, Warwickshire. [Ibid. No. 192.]
March 3.
Alban Hall.
Dr. T. Lamplugh to Williamson. I send your paper book, which I have had bound, by Moore, a carrier, and ask you to use your influence in the following case: Baliol College, whose turn it was to present a proctor, having no fit person in their own house to present to the Vice-Chancellor, [Benj.] Woodroffe, of Christchurch, entered his name in Baliol College the day before the election, without leave from Dr. Fell to remove there, and the next day the Fellows elected and presented him to the Vice-Chancellor for their proctor. [John] Hammond, of Edmund Hall, and Rich. White, of St. Mary's Hall, protested against it, on behalf of the Halls, whereupon the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Hood, the senior Doctor in Divinity, and the head of Baliol College—the judges in the case—with some civilians, met in Dr. Hood's lodging; after debate, they declared that the election of Mr. Woodroffe was in fraudem statuti, and that of right the proctor for the year following ought to be of some Hall, and the next day nominated Mr. White. Woodroffe is not satisfied, and it is feared will procure a mandamus, which will destroy the interests of the Halls in relation to a proctor for ever. Rather than a mandamus should be procured, I have advised Mr. White to surrender his right to the proctorship into the hands of my Lord of Canterbury, for him to dispose of as he pleases. I beg your advice. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 193.]
March 3.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Has no news. [Ibid. No. 194.]
March 3.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. There are 80 sail of English and Dutch ships in Cowes Road. [Ibid. No. 195.]
March 3.
Portsmouth.
— to Williamson. Sir Thos. Allin with his squadron continues at Spithead; he has put ashore all the men out of De la Roche's ship, and the latter with his consort has put to sea. A boat was cast away between Portsmouth and Spithead, and 3 men drowned. The Revenge frigate has gone out of the harbour. [Ibid. No. 196.]
March 3.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. The Dutch packet-boat has not arrived; the winds still keep very high; 80 laden colliers, bound for the Thames, passed; hopes they will bring down the rate of coals. [Ibid. No. 197.]
March 3. Newcastle. Rich. Forster to Williamson. Arrival and departure of colliers. [Ibid. No. 198.]
March 3. Certificate by Sir Rob. Long, that a warrant prefixed, dated 2 Oct. 1661, to pay to Rich. Walker 1,300l. due to him for ordnance and other provisions delivered into the ordnance stores in 1642 for the use of the late King, is a true copy of a privy seal enrolled in his office for payment of 1,300l., whereof only 350l. has been paid. [Ibid. No. 199.]
March 3.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of John Lord Lovelace, to be steward and lieutenant of Woodstock park, as promised him by the King, with the coppices, &c., as formerly granted to the Earl of Clarendon. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 288.]
March 3.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Dame Eliz. Cornwallis, for the remaining moiety of the money collected for the Protestants in Piedmont, unaccounted for and in the hands of private persons, to be recovered at her own charges. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 288.]
March 3. Wm. Sarsfield, purser of the Harp, to the Navy Commissioners, Sends account of the commander's disbursements since June 1666, amounting to 9l. 6s. 8d., and asks for a bill. Capt. Sharland has sent another bill for money laid out for the Mary yacht. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 200.]
March 3. Capt. J. Perriman to [the Navy Commissioners]. Names of 9 vessels taken up to carry hemp to Portsmouth. Desires an order to the Trinity House for settling their freights, and an order to the officers of the Portsmouth dockyard to pay them. The master of the Hopeful is willing to go to St. Malo for hemp. [Ibid. No. 201.]
March 3.
Portsmouth.
John Tinker to Sam. Pepys. I and Mr. Byland weighed the sunk vessel, laid her on Gosport beach, and made her fast to the shore; but some one stole the rope that fastened her, and she drove off to the edge of the Channel. I wrote to the owner to weigh her, lest she should spoil the Channel; he said he could not, but would pay the charge. [Ibid. No. 202.] Encloses,
Estimate of John Tinker and Edw. Byland of the charge of weighing and bringing a sunk vessel in to Gosport beach, amounting to 21l. 12s. 6d.Portsmouth, 8 Feb. 1667. [Ibid. No. 202I.]
Information of Rob. Smith, of Portsea, and Rob. Sparke of Porchester. Met a boat and two men belonging to the Galoon and Ostridge hulk, and found old warp scuppers, &c., in the boat. Also examination of Sam. Lenny and Henry Sparks. They said they had the goods from the boatswains of the York, Montague, and Revenge. Also examination of Thos. Kirk, carpenter of the Montague, Rob. Dutton, boatswain of the Revenge, and Rich. Driver, boatswain of the York, confessing that they gave the goods in question to the said men.Portsmouth, 2 March 1668. [4 pages. Ibid. No. 202II]
March 3.
Portsmouth.
Edw. Byland to the Navy Commissioners. Sends an account of masts in store. Intends to launch the Monk and Tiger on Thursday, and to dock the York and Bristol. It is not to be imagined how worm-eaten the Monk is, having been in the Straits so small a time. [Ibid. No. 203.]
March 3.
Portsmouth.
Yard.
Ben. Johnson to the Navy Commissioners. The sails for the Mary Rose are put aboard the Monmouth, and the boats bespoke of Dominick will be received when wanted. Has no stores to spare but tar, which lies here to loss. The Emsworth is not fit to transport it, but her men might be removed on to the Swallow. Sir John Mennes forbids the receipt of stores, unless first demanded, and then warranted; for some demands have already been made. If the 11 ships proceed to sea, will want more spikes, &c.; asks orders about supplies usually served in here, and received without demand. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 204.]
March 3.
Woolwich.
Wm. Hannam, master attendant, to the Navy Commissioners. Has sent away the Dartmouth; the Posthorse and 6 other hoys used for weighing the collier have received no damage, and the cables but little; they were employed a month. Mr Sheldon will give an account of the number of men, victuals, and wear and tear. The blowing weather has driven the hulk and 3 other vessels ashore. Wants 60 seamen, as the riggers and labourers cannot accomplish the work to be done afloat. [Ibid. No. 205.]
March 3.
Downs.
Sir Edw. Spragg to the Navy Commissioners. Hears that the ships for the winter guard are to be manned like those for foreign voyages. The men ordered for the Revenge are but 210, and Sir Thos. Allin has 290 in the Monmouth; thinks it too great a disproportion. Desires the Clerk of the Cheque at Portsmouth to enter the men now in the Diamond on the Revenge. Asks orders, if the complements of the Francis and Roebuck are to be augmented; also a list of the number of men borne upon the ships for the winter guard. [Ibid. No. 206.]
March 3.
Harwich.
John Runting, of the St. Peter, to the Navy Commissioners. Is ready to sail for Chatham, but wind-bound. Is ordered to spare men to rig the new ship. It will be some ill convenience in this weather to tow up the great lighter, as ordered by Capt. Deane. [Ibid. No. 207.]
March 3.
Chatham.
Certificate by Edw. Gregory, and two others, that Thos. Howell, boatswain of the Helverson, is a fit person to have charge of the Defiance, during the suspension of John Lewis, boatswain of that ship. [Ibid. No. 208.]
March 3.
Whitehall.
M Wren to the Navy Commissioners. His Majesty having, by order in Council, directed his Royal Highness to give orders for 2 ships as convoy for the fishing of Newfoundland, asks what ships are fittest, and whether it will not save charge to hire a merchant ship instead of a fourth-rate frigate. His Royal Highness has spoken to the King for the sale of the Stadthaus of Haarlem and other ships, and he has consented, but there wants some certificate from their Honours, as the foundation of the order of Council for the privy seal. [Ibid. No. 209.]
March 3.
Ordnance
Office.
Four ordnance officers to the Navy Commissioners. We will accommodate the master attendant at Woolwich with the defective ordnance to fasten cables, &c. to, on obtaining a warrant for out discharge. As to the repair of wharves employed in ordnance service, care shall be taken for the repair of all wharves under our charge; but as to Portsmouth, it having been always the place where the guns have been laid, and we having no other place, we must desire the continued use of it, until we can provide a wharf where they may be laid without incumbrance to the place. [Ibid. No. 210.]
March 3.
Ordnance
Office.
Edw. Sherburne to Sam. Pepys. Sends a list of the ordnance proposed for ships in war and peace, abroad and in the Channel. His Royal Highness and the Council have ordered the speedy putting the platforms at Chatham and Upnor in good condition, and the mounting of the guns thereon; the battery at Chatham dock is liable to be damnified by embezzlements; desires an order for a guard to be kept there. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 235, No. 211.]
March 4.
Bristol.
Fras. Baylie to the Navy Commissioners. Several of his men have deserted, although he does not owe them a farthing, and are gone to work on merchant ships. Made complaint to the mayor, who charged them to return to their work on the King's ship, but they will not do so unless the mayor may threaten to send them to gaol. Begs payment of his money, else cannot launch in April as designed. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 1.]
March 4.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Sir George Downing to the Navy Commissioners. The Treasury Commissioners desire to speak with them on Monday, to know why they charged so great a sum in their weekly credits to be due to the seamen. [Ibid. No.2.]
March 4.
Woolwich.
Wm. Bodham, for himself and Peter Russell, to the Navy Commissioners. Sir John Shaw's Flanders hemp, which he would serve at 44l. per ton, is very good, but is worse by 4l. per ton, or 4s. per cwt., than some of the best already served in to the stores at Woolwich on the same contract. We must open every bundle of it, knowing what cheats are usually packed up in the midst of it. This is an impartial report, although we have been terrified by menaces, and tempted by allurements, to take it in, right or wrong. [Ibid. No.3.]
March 4.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to Sir Thos. Higgons of the office of Surveyor-General of the Duchy of Cornwall, void by the death of Sir Rich. Prideaux. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 13.]
March ? Petition of Wm. Vesey, B.A. of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, to the King, for a mandate to the University to grant him his M.A. degree. Took his B.A. four years ago, but important business prevented his residence and attending the usual exercises, so that he requires a dispensation from the strict rules of the University. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 4.]
March 4. The King to the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge. Wm. Vesey took his degree 4 years ago, but being called away on our service, could not attend the regular exercises, whereby some difficulty may arise about his M.A. degree; we grant him a dispensation therein, and require that he have his degree without the exercises. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 3.]
March 4. Caveat that no protection be granted to John Baptista Quarantine, in pursuance of an order of Council of 28 Feb 1668, Unless the Board be first acquainted therewith. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 32, p. 2.]
March 4.
Letter Office.
James Hickes to Williamson. I send with much ado a reply to the complaints against the post, and shall be glad if it is useful. I want a little private conversation with you. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 5.] Encloses,
Reply by James Hickes, sen., member of the Inland Office, to the complaints presented by divers persons to Parliament against the governor and officers of the Post Office, relating to the miscarriage, opening, and over-rating of letters; also to their requests for all letters of one sheet to pass single; for letters to be paid for where last delivered; for covers, bills of lading, invoices, &c., to pass without pay; and for letters above single to be paid for by weight, not by number. With complaints or rough usage inflicted on the post officers, by those who wish to post or receive their letters at undue hours, &c. [17 pages. Ibid. No. 5I.]
March 4.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. The John of Weymouth has arrived from France, and reports that great levies are being made for sea and land, especially for seamen to equip their fleet, which is to take sea early in spring; also that they complain there of great prejudice done to trade by privateers. A Dutch ship, laden with oil from Zealand for Morlaix, is detained by her master being sick ashore. Two French bankers and a Biscay man-of-war have arrived; the latter caused the two former to run into port for security. [Ibid. No. 6.]
March 4.
Falmouth.
Thos Holden to Hickes. A Frenchman coming to the town reports that he was taken by an Ostender, and the men put ashore at Looe. There is supposed to be a wreck of a ship at the Lizard; some wine and nuts came ashore. [Date altered to the 5th. Ibid. No. 7.]
March 4. Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the same effect as the above and his letter of 1 march. [Ibid. No. 8.]
March 4.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Delivered his packet and took a receipt. Above 160 ships are in the Downs. The wind having turned suddenly, many boats are on shore, and several sunk are heaving up. A French man-of-war of 38 guns has come in, having 2 marquesses, 1 duke, and several gallants, who all came ashore. The carpenter and divers others on board are English. The carpenter was ashore, but there was no examination of him, notwithstanding his Majesty's proclamation. [Endorsed, "The despatch to Barbadoes." Ibid. No. 9.] Encloses,
Receipt by James Simons for a small box directed to Lord Willoughby, Governor of Barbadoes.—3 March 1668. [Ibid. No. 9I.]
March 5.
Deal
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. The wind is now between west and south, and weather pleasant. [Ibid. No. 10.]
March 5.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. The Mary and the Talent of Bristol have arrived, the former laden with Spanish wines and fruit, and the latter with merchants' goods. A small Frenchman laden with coals ran ashore at St. Bride's, and had great difficulty in getting off. [Ibid. No. 11.]
March 5. John Powell to Williamson. To the same effect. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 12.]
March 5.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Sir Thos. Allin. with his fleet, continues at Spithead, waiting an easterly wind; the Revenge is going out and wants seamen. [Ibid. No. 13]
March 5.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. A small vessel is waiting to sail, with 8 or 9 passengers to be transported to a monastery granted by the Duke of Brandenburg to one Tilham, formerly of Colchester, whose doctrines are well received amongst his disciples, of which he has plenty, both male and female. He preaches circumcision; the 7th day Sabbath; Jewish rites; community of goods (and they say of wives), but as many concubines as they please. Among those departing to enjoy the communion of the saints is a very handsome maid, and some say it is a pity she should go.
The packet-boat has come in with several Academicians engaged to see the two universities of England. Laden colliers bound for London pass by daily. The hard frost is not yet melted; I saw gooseberries as large as a great pin's head, and apple trees in bloom; but guessed what will become of them. [Ibid. No. 14.]
March 5. The King to the Lord General. We have appointed Ralph Hebburn major of the garrison of Berwick-on-Tweed, but there being no pay for that employment, he is to have the pay of 7 private soldiers; and to avoid increase of charge, a man is to be dismissed from each of the 7 companies, and one to be named by Hebburn mustered instead, and the pay given to him. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 186.]
March 5. Licence for the Duke of Bouillon to transport 13 horses into France. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 54.]
March 6. Warrant for a pardon to John Man and Maurice Hunt—who took the farm of excise in Norfolk in 1662, but immediately consigned their interest to others—for not taking the oaths of allegiance and supremacy, and another oath required by the Act of Excise, they having previously taken the oaths of allegiance and supremacy. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, ff. 27, 28.]
March 6. Warrant for continuation of a yearly payment to Humphrey Wild of 1,000l. for secret service, as granted him 17 March 1662. [Ibid f. 28.]
March 6. Message from the King to the House of Commons. His allies press him to hasten his preparations; the honour of the nation requires that a fleet be set out with all speed, the forts fortified, and more ships built. Recommends them to provide supplies, and is willing that these be collected and issued only by such persons as they think fit, since they have not yet had the accounts of the former supplies. [Printed in Commons' journals, Vol. IX. p. 62. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 15.]
March 6. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book, f. 13.]
March 6. Warrant to the Lord Keeper to affix the Great Seal to the ratification of the treaty touching navigation and commerce, concluded at the Hague with the States. Minute. [Ibid f. 15.]
March [6.?]. Alexander Archbishop of Glasgow to Williamson. Those formerly employed by the King Scotland are in an unfortunate condition. I am supported by a sense of innocency, but grieve for the disappointments of others. Sir James Turner was once commended for the very same acts of severity towards the rebels, about which he is now condemned by Council. I wish influence to be used with the King on his behalf. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 16.]
March 6.
Edinburgh.
Rob. Mein to Williamson. A proclamation is issued forbidding soldiers to enter the service of any foreign prince. Lord Chancellor Rothes is at Berwick, and is expected at Edinburgh to-morrow. A convention of the Estates is soon expected, to raise both money and forces. [Ibid. No. 17.]
March 6/16.
[Rotte]rdam
— to Sam. Cottington, merchant. There is great joy here at an apprehended misunderstanding between his Majesty and his subjects in Parliament. Letters have been sent to the retired brethren in several parts to be in readiness, for a resurrection of the cause is said to be at hand, Robert Washington, justice of peace at Leeds in the old Protector's time, and now one of the company at Dort, is one of the grand incendiaries of this mischief. He matched a daughter to Moody, a Yorkshire saint, residing about Basinghall Street, "who corresponds so well with his pater that all the villainous books, libels, and pamphlets that the secretaries of hell can exhibit to continue the unwary understanding of seduced souls is handed over by this sweet sinner."
I lately sent a representation of the malcontents in verse to the Parliament held at Rotterdam, as a jewel to be translated into Dutch; but the spirit of the States will not bear it. One of the jovial creed, named Nehemiah Borne, alias Garrat Bond, after a consultation seriously debated at a fanatic's coffee-house, missed his way back to the Scotch ordinary, and fell into the water, though he had a candle in his paw; so that Job's prophecy was fulfilled, that the candle of the wicked shall be put out. There is a pretty piece come out in Dutch about their choice of chiefs, and introducing the Prince into the Council of State to mortify the office of Stadt-holder; I will send it if requested. [1 ¼ pages. Ibid. No. 18.]
March 6.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to the Prize Commissioners, Whitehall. I acquainted you in January last that I was unjustly prosecuted by Jas. Miles for a prize cable seized upon the information of John Barker, of Yarmouth, in Miles' house, and put into his Majesty's stores. You wished to know the value of the action, &c. I informed you, and begged postponement of the trial till my informer, Barker, returned to town; but the case was tried at Thetford assizes, and I was overthrown, for want of evidence to prove that the prosecution was a conspiracy by 12 persons named, who stole the cable, sole it by auction, and divided the proceeds in 12 shares of 10s. each. I request you to send summonses to all the embezzlers to appear in London; to avoid this they will make affidavits of the truth; I shall else be rendered ridiculous, and great trouble will be brought upon me, it being a combination of persons interested in prize goods. [Ibid. No. 19.]
March 6.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. A ship with coals from Bridlington was lost on the Cockle Sands, but the men saved, and 4 other vessels were lost near Winterton, with the companies of 2 of them. I was overthrown at Thetford Assizes about the cable, the person upon whose information I seized the cable having been gone to sea 8 months; the prosecutor well understood this, otherwise he would not have attempted to trouble me. I have discovered what prize cable it was that was embezzled, and have sent an account and affidavit to the Prize Commissioners. Some of the embezzlers will discover the whole truth if summoned; otherwise they durst not voluntarily do it. I dared not send the enclosed to Mr. Lloyd, for fear of not receiving an answer in time to prevent judgment, and am therefore constrained to entreat you to give it to his lordship. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 20.]
March 6.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. Arrival of a ship from London with groceries for the town. [Ibid. No. 21.]
March 6. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 22.]
March 6.
Lynn.
Edw. Bodham to Williamson. An extraordinary storm has caused great damage to the warehouses of the town, and loss in the country by breaking the banks and drowning cattle and land. A hoy from Hull with lead and tallow was cast away, and a laden collier was forced upon a sand bank, went to pieces, and all here men were lost. [Ibid. No. 23.]
March 6.
Treasury
Chambers.
Sir Geo. Downing to [Williamson]. Wants a certificate under Lord Arlington's hand, as to whether Thos. Price, who has petitioned the Treasury Commissioners, was sent [from Bombay] on purpose with certain letters, or had not some business of his own. With note [by Williamson] that he was sent expressly with the letters. [Ibid. No. 24]
March 6.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Several laden ships have sailed, and others are ready. [Ibid. No. 25.]
March 6. Petition of the Peers of England to the King, for the preservation of their privileges, complaining that the nobility of Scotland and Ireland take places in this kingdom according to their titles without regard to the precedency due to Peers of the Realm, and to the great disparagement of the English nobility, as will appear by 5 reasons stated. [2 pages. Printed in Lords' Journals, Vol. XII. p. 197. Ibid. No. 26.]
March 6. Henry Nicoll to Thos. Hayter. Asks for a copy of the order to the officers at Chatham to value the Golden Hand; has spoken to Lord Brouncker and Mr. Pepys for it. [Ibid. No. 27.]
March 7. Col. B. Reymes to Sam. Pepys. That there may be no mistake concerning the contract for west-country canvas, I desire you to reduce it to writing by Tuesday, when I will subscribe my part. My brother, George Pley the elder, is to join with me in the undertaking; and if it can be increased to more than 50l. per week, you will add greater encouragement to the manufactory [Ibid. No. 28.]
March 7.
Centurion
frigate.
Capt. Chas. Wylde to Sir John Mennes. Has a great deal of treasure aboard, so dares not come on shore, his seamen having often broken open his store-rooms. Is forced to keep ship to encourage those about him to preserve her. She draws but 13 feet abaft, and 12 feet afore, and yet is not remanded to Woolwich. No men give attendance aboard but officers. Desires, ere they receive any wages, that they may give attendance, and that orders may be given for his coming up to Woolwich. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 29.]
March 7.
Deptford.
W. Fownes, clerk of the cheque, to the Navy Commissioners. There are 230 shipwrights on the books, though there is no vessel to build or repair but the Loyal London, and no timber nor plank in the yard, if required. [Ibid. No. 30.]
March 7.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish, shipwright's assistant, to the Navy Commissioners. Repair of the Loyal London. Asks what to do with the shipwrights, for there is very little timber in the stores; 300 loads would get up the frame of the London; asks orders to the purveyors to provide it. Can inform them where the King may have a good pennyworth of timber, if money may be had to buy it. The Leopard is expected daily; if the Foresight came with her, there would be men sufficient to carry on the works. [Ibid. No. 31.]
March 7.
Bristol.
John Badcock to the Navy Commissioners. Desires that Mr. Furzer may survey the new ship building by Mr. Baylie, who refuses to perform his work according to his contract. [Ibid. No. 32.]
March 7.
Treasury
Chambers.
Sir George Downing to the Navy Commissioners. The Treasury Commissioners desire to speak with you on Monday at 8 a.m. about the business of tickets. [Ibid. No. 33]
March 7.
Treasury
Chambers.
Sir George Downing to the Navy Commissioners. The appointment for Wednesday last for you and the East India Company having failed, the Treasury Commissioners desire you to attend on Thursday next. [Ibid. No. 34.]
March 7.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. An Ostender has arrived with a small French prize laden with glass, taken near Cherburg. Several Newfoundland and other ships wait a wind. [Ibid. No. 35.]
March 7.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Rob. Francis, Whitehall. The Mary of Bristol, from Cadiz, laden with wines, has arrived. [Ibid. No. 36.]
March 7.
Rye.
Capt. James Welsh to Williamson. Twenty sail of merchantmen, bound for the south, arrived by reason of contrary winds; the Duke of Monmouth is daily expected from France. [Ibid. No. 37.]
March 7.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. Several vessels, laden with draperies for France, and detained by the winds, have sailed. The storms have made another breach in the heart of the harbour, but many are at work to prevent further ruin. A French vessel that lately went out of the harbour was snapped by the Ostenders, and her men set ashore again. A calf was calved in the next parish having 2 heads, 4 eyes, 8 legs, and of a monstrous shape. Seven or eight ships descried westward are judged to be those under Sir Thos. Allin. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 38.]
March 7.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. A great fleet of London-bound colliers is expected; 2 men belonging to the fort were drowned last Thursday. [Ibid. No. 39.]
March 7. Earl of Manchester to Lord Arlington. Recommends Wm. Moore for the King's letter for the next foundation fellowship in Magdalen College, Cambridge. [Ibid. No. 40.] Annexing,
Certificate by the Earl of Lindsey in favour of Wm. Moore, B.D., titular fellow of Magdalen College, Cambridge. [Ibid. No. 40I.]
March 7.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Sir John Reresby, high sheriff of Yorkshire, to receive Roger Jones, John Joplin, and John Atkinson into safe custody for treasonable designs, until they shall be delivered by due course of law. Also warrant, 20 Aug. 1667, from Lord Fauconberg to the gaoler of York Castle, to take into custody Lieut.-Col. Mat. Beckwith, Cornets Hewerdine, Cooke, Morley, and Walter Merry, Captains George Robinson and Thos. Lassells, also John Dent and Chris. Hubback; and note that Cornets Cooke and Merry only remain in custody, but that Theodore Parkinson was committed by warrant of Sir Thos. Gower and Tobias Jenkins. [Copy. 2 pages. Ibid. No. 41.]
March 8. Warrant for a grant of pardon, with restitution of goods, to Sir Thomas or Edw. Halford, Bard., convicted of the murder of Edmund Temple, with a non-obstante to the clause for his finding security. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 23.]
March 8.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. No news; fears that some ships have been lost during the late storms. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 42.]
March 8.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Sir Thos. Allin's ships have gone westward to preserve our merchant ships' trading; the Revenge is at Spithead, waiting for Sir Edw. Spragg to command her; he is believed to have provided the seamen wanting for her, whilst he rode admiral in the Downs. [Ibid. No. 43.]
March8.
Portsmouth.
––– to Williamson. Sir Thos. Allin. with his squadron, has sailed from Spithead, but continues at the back of the Isle of Wight. There is only the Revenge frigate at Spithead; 10 merchantmen come in from the northward report Sir Edw. Spragg and a great fleet to be in the Downs. [Ibid. No. 44.]
March 8.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Five ships have come in; expects every moment to hear of Sir Thos. Allin and his fleet. [Ibid. No. 45.]
March 8.
The Monmouth,
Plymouth.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. Has been plying to the westward ever since the 5th, but has met with a slant of wind, which he hopes will carry him to his station at the Lizard. Shall be glad of a line by Sir John Skelton; leaves the Deptford ketch at Plymouth to bring him intelligence. [Ibid. No. 46.]
March 8.
Rye.
Capt. James Welsh to Williamson. Several passengers arrived from France say the Duke of Monmouth will not leave there until to-day. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 47.]
March 9.
Sunderland.
Wa. Ettrick to Rob. Francis, Lord Arlington's office, Stone Gallery, Whitehall. Thanks for his kindness in assisting to take Mr. Conyers; begs help for the bearer, whom he has appointed for that purpose. [Ibid. No. 48.]
March 9.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. The French vessel that was ashore has got into harbour. The Mary of Bristol, with Spanish wines and fruits, set sail with a fair wind. [Ibid. No. 49.]
March 9. John Powell to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 50.]
March 9.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. Last night 50 ships sailed, mostly bound for France. [Ibid. No. 51.]
March 9.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The fleet of ships bound for France has gone out for the third time, having been formerly put back by the winds. A letter from Holland advises a skipper not to return through the Channel, but to go round Ireland, as a speedy war would break out between them and France. Wants a bill of mortality, hearing the sickness increases in London. Asks if he hears anything of a war with France. [Ibid. No. 52.]
March 9.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Williamson. A vessel from Jamaica reports the good condition of the island, and the gallantry and flourishing state of the people, who were setting forth many privateers. [Ibid. No. 53.]
March 9.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Several vessels have sailed, but the East and West India ships, with about 30 others, ride fast; the variations in the wind are more frequent than ever was known by the oldest pilots. [Ibid. No. 54.]
March 9.
Treasury
Chambers.
Sir G. Downing to Williamson. Read Lord Arlington's certificate on behalf of Mr. Price, sent express from the East Indies; the Treasury Commissioners desire his lordship to certify what his Majesty thinks fit to be bestowed on him for that service, and they will take care for its speedy payment. [Ibid. No. 55.]
March 9.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Dorothy Chiffinch, sempstress and laundress to his Majesty, for some yearly allowance, as granted to her predecessors in that service, she having received nothing since the restoration. [S.P. Dom. Entry Book 18, p. 289.]
March 9.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Sir Hugh Windham, for 347l. 4s. 4 ½ d., his Majesty's moiety of goods recovered from Ben. Smart and 2 others, convicted of defrauding the customs. [Ibid. p. 290.]
March 9. M. Wren to Sam. Pepys. Found Sir Wm. Coventry very well persuaded of the success of his project of wholly paying off a good part of the men belonging to Deptford yard, and very desirous that the Navy Commissioners should make the experiment; told him their unwillingness to be responsible for an action of so doubtful an event, and their resolution of desiring his Royal Highness to propose the matter in Council; he acquiesced and desired them to come prepared with an estimate of the debt due. Asks for the certificate about the Dutch ships to be sold, for presentation to Council. [S.P. Dom. Car. II. 236, No. 56.]
March 9.
Treasury
Chambers.
Sir George Downing to the Navy Commissioners. The Treasury Commissioners again called for your weekly certificates, and desire to have them for the weeks wanting, and for them to be sent in future without fail. [Ibid. No. 57.]
March 9.
Harp frigate,
Dublin.
Capt. Rob. Hooper to the Navy Commissioners. Understands they have sent the bills by which the money is to be paid to the ship's company, who complain of the purser's staying so long in London with the books, and thus preventing their receipt of the money. Asks what number of men are to be continued or discharged. Sent an account of his disbursements by the purser; has the receipts, and will send them if required. [Ibid. No. 58.]
March 9.
Chatham
Rope-yard.
John Owen, clerk of the rope-yard, to the Navy Commissioners. The Queenborough hemp delivered by Mr. Bodham is 14 cwt. short of his bill of lading of 24 tons 3 cwt. John Cowdry, master of the Hardereen, which brought the hemp, may give you satisfaction. [Ibid. No. 59.]
March 10.
Whitehall.
Petition of the whole company of the Reserve, a ship of the Royal Navy, to the Duke of York, that they may serve in some other ship, under some other captain, and that their wages may be paid. Are unanimously unwilling to be any more under that inhuman commander, Capt. Gunman, and his lieutenant, who sold the provisions, ammunition, &c., to strangers, and converted the profits to his own use; and instead of serving his Majesty, converted the ship to the trade of merchandizing, and carried merchants' goods from one place to another. He used the petitioners more like galley slaves to the Turk than free-born English subjects, and sent them ashore without wages, if they asked for their allowance; on a parcel of goods being missing, he caused them to be tied like dogs to the mast, and there whipped till the blood ran down their backs, and afterwards had them rubbed with salt; he took the ship-master from his charge and took that on himself; and he would not let them visit their friends. With reference to the Navy Commissioners. [Ibid. No. 60.] Annexing,
Answer of Capt. Chris. Gunman, denying the above accusations, except the whipping some of his men for theft, and taking the place of the ship-master, which he did as being an experienced seaman. [Ibid. No. 60I.]
Another statement of Capt. Gunman's answer. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 60II.]
March 10.
Portsmouth
Yard.
Ben. Johnson to the Navy Commissioners. The St. Peter has been 12 days upon demurrage, with 10 tons of French hemp, shipped at St. Malo by Thos. Browne, and consigned to Col. Middleton. Chr. Coles has sent 3 barks laden with timber; he has not completed his contract for that sort of plank. Details of stores required. [Ibid. No. 61.]
March 10. Capt. J. Perriman to [the Navy Commissioners]. Cannot weigh the bread of the Eaglet, as it is shot into the bread-room. The seamen belonging to the hoy at Woolwich will not work for the King's pay to get out brimstone and guns from the lighter; can do nothing without money. The owners of the Hopeful Endeavour will not go to St. Malo for the hemp, fearing a war with France. Cannot get any ship to transport the 200 lasts of hemp to Portsmouth; will take up some colliers fit for it; but if the masters should refuse to appear, they should be punished, else he may spend time for nought. Desires orders to the Trinity House to settle the freight for the hemp vessels for Portsmouth. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. .236, No. 62.]
March 10.
Hull.
Jos. Blaydes to the Navy Commissioners. Desires money, for the clamour of people and the hindrance to the tradesmen for the want of it is a great trouble. [Ibid. No. 63.]
[March 10.]
[Whitehall.]
Proclamation, at request of the House of Commons, ordering all magistrates to be vigilant in execution of the laws against conventicles, and for preservation of the public peace against the unlawful assemblies of Papists and Nonconformists, the clemency used having led to frequent assemblies, even whilst it was under consideration to find out a better way for the union of Protestants. [Ibid. No. 64.]
March 10. Copy of the above. [Printed. S.P. Dom., Proc. Coll. Vol. 3, p. 259.]
March 10
Edinburgh.
Rob. Mein to Williamson. The Lord Provost, with 500 or 600 men, went to convoy the Lord Chancellor into Edinburgh. A special Council sits, by order of the King, on Sir Jas. Turner; his charge of major to the Earl of Linlithgow's regiment is taken from him, and his company given to Lieut.-Col. the Earl of Kelly; he is to be called to account for his extortions and rigidity amongst the Whigs in Galloway, which caused the late rising. His Majesty's approbation of the conduct of the Earl of Rothes, when commissioner, is entered on the Council books. A supply of muskets has come in from Holland. [Ibid. No. 65.]
March 10.
Whitehall.
Wm. Hutchinson to Williamson. Asks for some "leagues" to be enrolled. They are the chief cause of his coming to town; desires to despatch them before the term. [Damaged. Ibid. No. 66.]
March 10.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. The Deptford ketch arrived from Sir Thos. Allin, and put to sea again to attend him; 50 sail have also gone out, and about 60 have passed to the westward, which are supposed to be part of the fleet that lay in the Downs, bound for the Straits. A vessel has arrived from Ireland with tallow for Plymouth. [Ibid. No. 67.]
March 10. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 68.]
March 10.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Departure of 50 sail of laden ships. [Ibid. No. 69.]
March 10.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Revenge still continues at Spithead. Sir Edw. Spragg is expected to come and command her. [Ibid. No. 70.]
March 10.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. Two colliers have been cast away near Winterton Ness, and 2 others are missing. The coal fleet is coming in. A gentleman arrived in the Holland packet-boat says that all things appear confused at Brussels and Louvaine; that the horsemen are badly horsed, the foot ill-apparelled, both wanting pay, and both given to robbing and begging; that the people are dejected, and all their expectation is in Don Juan's coming thither; that Louvaine is a fortification of very large circumference, and only guarded by the burgesses, except 3 troops of pitiful horse. On the other side the Hollanders look about them; a garrison of six regiments of foot and one of horse is at Maestricht, their works amended, and engineers busy reinforcing all their frontier towns, and raising men. [S.P. Dom., Car II. 236, No. 71.]
March 10.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Departure of 30 sail of ships. [Ibid. No. 72.]
March 11. Statement by Rich. White, M.A., of St. Mary Hall, of the case between himself and Benj. Woodruff, M.A., of Christ Church, Oxford, concerning the office of proctor. Details of the election of Mr. Woodruff. If this precedent were admitted, no college would ever fail of being able to present a proctor, so that the Halls would never have a proctorship. Woodruff's pretences failing, the Vice-Chancellor nominated Rich. White. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 73. See p. 264 supra.]
March 11.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Several ships have passed westward. The Presbyterians here, as in other places, upon the King's speech, expected a liberty to exercise their gifts, but are now not so well satisfied. [Ibid. No. 74.]
March 11. Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the same effect as the preceding, and his letter to Hickes of 9 March. [Ibid. No. 75.]
March 11.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Five or six vessels have sailed for Rotterdam, and 30 others to the northward. Mr. Bridges, formerly teacher to the Independent congregation of Yarmouth, and one of the principal grandees of that party, is come down and preaches; the people flock in such numbers that by 7 a.m. there is no room to be got. They also meet in other parts of the town in great numbers, being supplied with teachers out of the country, who now resort here from all parts. Pray remember my letter to the Commissioners [of Prizes] or Lord Arlington. [Ibid. No. 76.]
March 11. Commission for Rich. Newman to be lieutenant to Capt. James Halsall in the Admiral's regiment. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 187.]
March 11. Pass for Sir Michael Warton and Michael Warton, with two servants, and 30l. in money, to travel and remain beyond seas 5 years, and return to England when he thinks fit. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 54.]
March 11. Warrant permitting Sir George Hamilton, now in the employment of the French King, to procure letters of denization in France. [Ibid. f. 54.]
March 11.
Whitehall.
Warrant to pay to Thos. Price—sent express from India by Sir Gervase Lucas, Governor of Bombay, and about to return to the East Indies–100l. free gift, out of the 10,000l. designed for such services. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 15.]
[March 11.] Considerations proposed to the King by Prince Rupert and Hen. Howard of Norfolk, for making current farthings; showing their necessity, the loss and inconvenience by private tokens in case of removals, &c., as appeared in the late fire of London; also arguments for the model proposed by the Prince, as made of metals of the kingdom and difficult to counterfeit, rather than for farthings of copper, which would be very bulky, and being of intrinsic value, would yield no benefit to the King. The proposers request to have the making of the farthings on reasonable terms, the Prince having invented the model, and Howard being son and executor of the late Earl of Arundel, who lost a lease of the farthing office for his loyalty. [Signed, 2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 77.]
March 11.
Whitehall.
Entry of the above considerations and request, and reference thereon to the Treasury Commissioners. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, pp. 291-293.]
March ? Proposal to avoid the great disorders arising from the coinage of private tokens, and to meet the necessity for small moneys, by coining farthing tokens of copper of intrinsic value, deducting the expense of coinage, showing the great advantages to be derived there-from; an officer to be appointed to provide the metal, regulate the quantities coined, and deliver them to the merchants. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 78.]
March 11. Capt. J. Perriman to [the Navy Commissioners]. I have taken up the Success and Providence to load hemp for Portsmouth, and ordered the masters to appear before you. If they should not appear, an officer with a warrant should bring them, as if this abuse is passed by, all men will seek to abuse your Honours-and those under you. The Trinity House will make a settlement of the freight of hemp now carried to Portsmouth, when the masters have discharged their lading, if your Honours do not satisfy them. [Ibid.No.79.]
March 11.
Pulborough.
Chr. Coles to the Navy Commissioners. Asks for an order for the delivery of timber aboard his 2 vessels at Portsmouth Yard, the storekeeper being forbidden to receive provisions without order; also for blank bills to be made out for the same. [Ibid. No. 80.]
March 11. Sir Wm. Coventry to Sam. Pepys. Mrs. Pepys has written in despair of her assignments at Guildhall, on the Navy tallies; hopes there is not cause for so much despair as she shows; the burning of London cannot go so deep in the Royal Aid (for Guildhall is not concerned in the additional aid) as to hazard her money. Prays him to inquire how much she is likely to lose. [Ibid. No. 81.]
March 12.
The Milkmaid,
Downs.
Thos. Stollard to the Navy Commissioners. Finished his lading 6 Jan., and departed 15 Jan.; but the ship being leaky, put into Balingskillicks harbour, the best outlet in those parts, where he rode in great danger till 4 March, when the wind changed. Shall now hasten up the river. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 82.]
March 12.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Mr. Acworth, the storekeeper at Woolwich,, says he can answer satisfactorily an accusation of Clayford, for converting stores to his own use; but being very full of employment, he is straitened in time, and obtained his Royal Highness' leave to have till Thursday week to put in his answer; he desires you to allow him the time he craves, and if after that he makes any further delay, he will be without excuse. [Ibid. No. 83.]
March 12.
The St. Peter,
Harwich.
John Runting, master, to the Navy Commissioners. Has helped to rig the new ship, and only waits a fair wind to sail for Chatham. Towed up a lighter which now lies at high water mark, and must either leave her or spend time to get her off. [Ibid. No. 84.]
March 12.
The Golden
Hand,
Harwich.
Hab. Wiles to the Navy Commissioners. Capt. Leatt sailed 2 days since. Has done as much aboard the new ship as Capt. Deane requires, and shall hasten for Chatham. [Ibid. No. 85.]
March 12.
Portsmouth
J. Tippetts to Sam. Pepys. The Francis has come in by Sir Edw. Spragg's order, having been 8 months off the ground, and wanting victuals and repairs. Asks direction from the Board in such cases. Particulars of other ships in port. Two or three vessels sent by Mr. Cole have arrived laden with timber, which is very much wanted, but the storekeeper desires an order to receive it. [Ibid. No. 86.]
March 12. Capt. F. Digby to Sir Wm. Penn. The Duke of York having appointed me to the command of the Montague, I desire that the master who was with me in the Greenwich may have a warrant for that ship, so that I may have the satisfaction of having one whom I know is an able and careful man. If any master be already appointed, I beg that he may be changed into some other ship. Noted, "Rob. Chambers." [Ibid. No. 87.]
March 12. Order to the Treasury Commissioners to despatch a grant, stopped by them, of [James] Pyford's estate to Sir Edw. Carteret and [John] Barcroft, on their petition stating that the delay occasions much loss in the estate. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 293. See Calendar 1667, p. 529.]
March 12.
Whitehall.
Petition of Wm. Burton, merchant, late of Great Yarmouth, to the King, for a pardon for not returning to England according to the proclamation. In 1661, was necessitated through debt to remove into Holland, where he has since continued his merchandizing affairs, without intermeddling with the differences that have arisen between his Majesty and those people. Came to Ostend to embark for England, but on a false assurance from Mr. Warcup that Lord Arlington had procured his Majesty's leave for his continuance at Rotterdam, and not being able to satisfy his debts, he returned thither; by this means the time limited by the proclamation has elapsed. With order thereon granting the petition. [S.P. Dom., Car. II 236, No. 88.]
March 12.
Exeter House.
Lord Ashley to Lord Arlington. The prize money having come to an end, shall not be able to pay one more warrant but that which the King spoke of in the Council Chamber; begs that no more warrants may be charged upon him. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 89.]
March 12.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Williamson. The Hooker of Flushing, laden with sugar and planks of cedar, ran ashore near this harbour; the guns, tackling, and goods were saved, but the ship utterly lost. She was a Scotch privateer, taken by the Flemings in the late war. [Ibid. No. 90.]
March 12. John Powell to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 91.]
March 12.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. Hears that 5 ships are cast away within sight, and that 30 of the collier fleet are missing. [Ibid. No. 92.]
March 12.
Portsmouth.
—— to Williamson. Sir Edw. Spragg came into Spithead in the Diamond frigate, with the Milford and Francis along with him, and went aboard the Revenge; he is providing to set out to sea with all speed [Ibid. No. 93.]
March 12.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. To the same effect. The Monk and other ships named are fitting for sea. [Ibid. No. 94.]
March 12.
The Monmouth,
Lizard.
Sir Thos, Allin to Williamson. I have been cruising off the Lizard 4 days, and met Cornelius Everson of Flushing, with a dozen sail and 4 men of-war, one of which was the Loyal George, which they took from us. They showed obedience to my pennant by striking all their topsails before they came near. Their vice-admiral came aboard, and said they were bound for Cadiz, while others of his fleet said the West Indies; he had told De la Roche, who made him drunk in Plymouth Sound, that he was bound to Barbadoes and Surinam, with men and stores for the plantations. I told him I knew better than to believe the States would send an admiral of a squadron with such a bundle of boards, and having but 9 ports on his lower tier and the rest worse than he; but he would not change his tale, being ordered to say so. [Ibid. No. 95.]
March 12.
Rye.
Capt. James Welsh to Williamson. Will get across to Dieppe if he can, but fears all his friends there are dead. Knows an intelligent person there, and intends to offer him an exchange of news. The fleet last mentioned has gone to sea, but the horses sent down for France are staying for a convoy. [Ibid. No. 96.]
March 12.
Oxford.
Dr. Peter Mews to Williamson. Hears that the business of Mr. White and Mr. Woodruff is to be brought before the Council. All those conversant with the University statutes agree that Mr. 'White was statutably declared proctor by the Vice-Chancellor for the next year, and if he be put by, it will be "ad Groecas Calendas" when the Halls have a proctor. [Ibid. No. 97.]
March 12.
Dover.
R. Francis to Williamson. I will go on board the first opportunity for France, but am detained as well as Sir Thos. Bond on account of the tide. I will not stop, night nor day, till I reach Paris, and will remember your charge. [Ibid. No. 98.]
March 13.
Montreuil.
Rob. Francis to Williamson. I have lost some time waiting upon the Duke d' Albert, Governor of Montreuil, but he dismissed me without any examination. I hope to be in Paris to-morrow night. I have for guide the postilion who carries the French letters from Abbeville to Calais. [1 ½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 99.]
March 13. Thos. Corney to Williamson. I was commanded by the Queen mother, at the beginning of the rebellion, to buy arms and ammunition in Holland, and send them to England: to perform this, I left my trade at Amsterdam, and had my estate, to the value of 2,000l., seized on in England by the Parliament. During the late wars, I left not the king's army, in which I had considerable command; but being despoiled of my estate, was constrained with many more to seek my fortune in another country. After the restoration, I settled in Holland, and upon the breaking out of the war, gave intelligence to Sir Wm. Swann, who attested the same, of the States' design to seize the Hamburg fleet, upon which care was taken to secure it.
For corresponding with Lord [Arlington], I was apprehended by the States' order upon the public exchange in 1665, kept close prisoner for 6 months, and escaped with much difficulty. I was put to 500l. charge, besides the loss of my trade, and 12,00l. in goods burnt on the Vlie; on my enlargement I was banished the country, and my estate seized, which banishment has not been repealed. I fled out of Holland into Brabant, and was employed by his lord-ship's order for 12 months in the business between his Majesty and the Bishop of Munster, which being finished, I came into England in May last, but have not received the least recompense for my charges, services, or sufferings. I beg interest with Lord Arlington to procure his Majesty's command to the Ambassador for a repeal of my banishment, and for some satisfaction for my charges and sufferings. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 100.]
March 13.
Letter Office,
Sandwich.
Thos. Kingsford to Williamson. A small Calais man-of-war boarded a Sandwich hoy, very much abused the master and men, and plundered them to a considerable value, but had not time to go into the hold of the hoy, an Ostend man-of-war coming in sight. Offers his services as correspondent at Sandwich. [Ibid. No. 101.]
March 13.
Minehead.
John Maurice to Williamson. A great storm forced the tide at Limerick 5 feet higher than usual, which swept away several Irish cabins with their inhabitants. [Ibid. No. 102.]
March 13.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Sir Thos. Allin, with his squadron, is between the Land's End and the Lizard. [Ibid. No. 103.]
March 13. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 104.]
March 13.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. There have come 20 sail of ships into the harbour. [Ibid. No. 105.]
March 13.
Whitehall.
Thos. Childe to Major Edw. Roscarrock. I find you have taken offence at something never intended; I hope you do not wish my ruin, but will be glad to hear that I am appointed to be under your command at Scilly. [Ibid. No. 106.]
March 13/23 .
Rotterdam.
––— to Williamson. I send a copy of some factious work printed, 5,000 copies of which have been reprinted, some shipped by George Gospright for London, some by Burton for Yarmouth, some by our intelligencer general, Justice Washington, for his son Moody, at London, some for Hull, and some for Scotland, &c. As it is such a trumpet to rebellion, it will be well to be eyeing it. There is another sheet in prose, but not being one of the clan, I cannot obtain a copy; I will send it if I do. I hear it is by way of queries, grating and reflecting hard upon the prelates, &c., so it must needs be fire and vinegar in folio. As Lord Arlington and Sir George Downing have friends at Rotterdam, I am confident if the sore was searched to to the bottom, the cure would be easy. I speak for the love of my country, which is much affronted and traduced by these vermin that know not when they are well, and cannot acquiesce in God's providence and his Majesty's amnesty. I have no malice against any of the persons, but hate their practices, though I have heretofore been one of their party. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 107.]
March 13.
London.
Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners. Asks for a settlement of the accounts relating "to the extra duty of Tholon, and the not observing of Lent," that they may be reported to the Treasury as ordered in Council; also for appointment of a time for examining and passing other accounts depending, and ready to be produced. [Ibid. No. 108.]
March 13.
Plymouth.
John Lanyon to the Navy Commissioners. Sir Thos. Allin passing with his squadron, the Antelope, which had lost her topmast, sent in for another; Sir Thomas being importunate, has ventured to let her have one. Desires their approbation thereof, and further orders in such cases. [Ibid. No. 109.]
March 13.
Deptford.
J. Cox and Capt. J. Perriman to the Navy Commissioners. Have surveyed the provisions taken out of the Eaglet ketch. [Ibid. No. 110.] Encloses,
Account by the same of the quantity and quality of cheese, beef, pork, &c., returned from the Eaglet ketch.—13 March 1668. [Ibid. No. 110I.]
March 13.
Bristol.
Daniel Furzer to the Navy Commissioners. Mr. Badcock had not made complaints without good reason, as to some deficiency in the work on the new ship, although it be so far gone that it cannot be altered. Mr. Baylie has engaged to strengthen and make good the work according to orders, as specified. [Ibid. No. 111.]
March 14.
Bristol.
John Badcock to the Navy Commissioners. Mr. Furzer has been on board upon a survey; Mr. Baylie has now promised to alter the insufficient timber he found fault with, and to strengthen other work. The ship is half calked, and may be ready to launch within two months. [Ibid. No. 112.]
March 14.
Portsmouth.
J. Tippetts to the Navy Commissioners. The Monk and Tiger are fit to receive men and provisions, and several others ordered to be first got ready will not be long in hand. Sir Edw. Spragg has sailed from Spithead; the Francis, sent in by him for recruits, cannot be despatched yet for want of tides. Asks orders as to supplying stores for vessels sent in. The vessels from London with the hemp are almost cleared, and their order for receiving Mr. Cole's plank shall be observed. Is in great want of money for the workmen; is obliged to give some of them a little time to work for the merchants, on condition that they will return at a day's warning. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 113.]
March 14.
[Deptford.]
Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. Asks for orders to treat with an honest gentleman in Suffolk for timber; if on survey it is not found to be worth more than they are to give for it, will take it to his own account. If the Foresight comes to Deptford, intends to fit her in the wet dock. Has neither reed nor broom left in the yard. [Ibid. No. 114.]
[March 14.] Petition of Elizabeth Lady Cornwallis to the King, for a grant of the estate of Sir Rob. Drury, of Riddlesworth, Norfolk, forfeit for murder. [Ibid. No. 115.]
March 14. Reference of the above petition to the Treasury Commissioners. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 294.]
March 14.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Wm. and Antony Wilson, for some allowance for their pains in discovering clippers and coiners. [Ibid. f. 294.]
March 14. Commission for Thos. Childe to be lieutenant to Capt. Fras. Godolphin's company in Scilly. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 187.]
March 14. Licence to Sir Thos. Orpe, Bart., servant to the Queen-mother, to transport 7 horses into France. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, p. 55.]
March 14. Warrant to Sir Thos. Ingram for a grant to rich. Gerard, for good and faithful service, of a rent-charge of 80l. issuing out of the manors of Ince, Aspull, or Wigan, County Palatine of Lancaster, granted by Thos. Gerard to John Biddulph in 1638, in trust for the society of Jesuits, and therefore forfeit to the Crown. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 16.]
March 14.
Whitehall.
The King to the President and Fellows of Magdalen College, Oxford. A fellowship there, lately become void by resignation of Savile Bradley, M.A., should by the statutes be supplied with a Yorkshireman; but as there is no such person on the foundation eligible, we recommend, at Bradley's request, John Chambers, B.A., commoner of Oriel College, who has entered holy orders to qualify himself therefor. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 116.]
March 14. Entry of the above, with slight differences, and the date corrected to March 18. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 4.]
March 14.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. A vessel has arrived from Hamburg, and several have sailed for Rotterdam, Rouen, and Stockholm, laden with Hull commodities. A collier was cast away near Bridlington, and 40 light ones have passed by for Newcastle. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 117.]
March 14.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. Saw Driver, the master of the ketch that transported the Tilhamites, but he went away the same day with his circumcised Christians. Has daily particulars of the miscarriage of vessels about Winterton Ness. [Ibid. No. 118.]
March 15.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. The Earl Marshal [of Scotland] has lodged and dined with me, and desired me to enclose 2 letters for his Countess, as you were an acquaintance of hers, and would take especial care of them. Some 20 sail of ships have come in. [Ibid. No. 119.]
March 15.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. A Rotterdam hoy has arrived, with some piece goods, who says that the French go on very prosperously, and that all the Dutch fear the French on their coasts; thinks it only fear, for they have better pastime in Flanders. A Dutch man-of-war and a small English ship have also come into Downs. [Ibid. No. 120.]
March 15.
Portsmouth.
––— to Williamson. Sir Edw. Spragg has set out to sea in the Revenge, with 3 other frigates. An Amsterdam merchantman from the Madeiras has been forced into the harbour, having sprung a leak. [Ibid. No. 121.]
March 15.
Portsmouth.
Peter Davis to Thos. Middleton, Navy Surveyor. To whom am I to deliver some hemp brought from [Thos.] Browne of St. Malo, and consigned to you? [Ibid. No. 122.]
March 15.
Portsmouth.
Ben. Johnson to Thos. Middleton. The Peter of Lynn has been here 17 or 18 days, with 10 tons of hemp, laden at St. Malo by Thos. Browne and consigned to you. I gave notice on the 10th to the Navy Board, who have not answered a word. The vessel has more goods for other ports, and continues here on expensive demurrage, for want of orders to receive the hemp. There is more hemp shipping, and Mr. Browne should have orders to whom to consign it, that the unloading may not be delayed. I have not yet discoursed with our new Commissioner concerning his servants. Captain Tinker is taken suddenly ill. [Ibid. No. 123.]
March 16.
Cookham
Wood.
Hab. Wiles to the Navy Commissioners. Arrived here with the flyboat and the St. Peter from Harwich, but was forced to leave his bread behind, the victualler's agent not having sent it. Will fetch the hulk if they desire it. [Ibid. No. 124.]
March 16.
Treasury
Chambers.
Sir George Downing to the Earl of Anglesey and Navy Commissioners. The Treasury Commissioners have directed that, cut of the 16,000l. a month payable by the customs, 500l., in addition to the 5,000l. before promised, be registered for the Navy for March; 8,000l. each for April, May, and June; and 11,500l. each for July, August. and September, which orders shall be delivered for assignment. This will enable you to supply the stores at easy rates. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 125.]
March 16.
Stony
Stratford.
John Morehouse to the Navy Commissioners. Found in Alice-holt Forest 386 loads of serviceable timber, which was felled and converted by the late John Langrack, purveyor, and now re-marked by Mr. Lee and Richard Reeve of Farnham, who say they bought it for waste. Is informed they have sold it for 47s. a load, to be delivered at London. Has made a stay of it until further orders, and is now going to Whittlewood Forest. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 126.]
March 16.
Edwinstowe.
John Russell to the Navy Commissioners. Vessels are wanted to carry away the timber lying at Stockwith and Bawtry. The drifting of some of it by the many land floods has put him to very great trouble and charge in getting it together again, and some of it is sunk in the river. Now is the time of the year for water, and a vessel carrying 50 or 60 loads may come here very well. [Ibid. No. 127.]
March 16.
Chatham Dock.
Phin. Pett to the Navy Commissioners. Cannot fit the St. George, Rupert, and Yarmouth for sea or build boats without a supply of provisions; has given the surveyor a demand of the stores wanting. [Rob.] Moorcock, of Chatham, will build the boats at 14s. 6d. per foot, which is under the former rates, provided they will help him to money. Understands that Mr. Hills, of Chatham, has contracted for a parcel of ash. Wishes the whole, instead of only part, to be served in here. [Ibid. No. 128.]
March 16.
Chatham.
John Runting to the Navy Commissioners. Arrived here with the St. Peter, laden with masts, &c., from Harwich. Commissioner Middleton will take care for landing them ashore. Asks orders as to the disposal of the vessel. [Ibid. No. 129.]
March 16.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. Has set shipwrights to work to fit out the Orange for sea, but finds her much out of repair; wants timber. The Speedwell will soon be fitted if they give order. [Ibid. No. 130.]
March 16. Considerations on laying the new impositions on wines; proposing time for paying the duties, an allowance of an additional percentage for leakage, no limitation on the selling price, and other privileges for importers; with regulations for prevention of fraud in the payment of customs. [2 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 131.]
March 16. Propositions for encouragements to be given to the importers of wines, in consideration of so great a duty laid upon them; as return of the duty in case of re-shipment of wines, doubling the penalty for smuggling wine, &c. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 132.]
March 16. English Commissioners for international trade to the Scottish Commissioners. Detailed reply to [unclear text – please refer to original PDF file] demands. Cannot grant them free trade to the English plantations, which are built up by the labour and expense of the English, but will allow them to be merchants or planters therein. Cannot grant them leave to import foreign goods to England, because if of use to their navigation, it would injure that of England—their case not being like that of the Irish, who are an appendix to England, rather than a separate Government—but will permit them for 6 years to bring in salt and other articles specified, and to ship out English goods on paying aliens' customs. Foreign-built ships, manned by the Scots, of which a list is required, may share these privileges for 6 years. [11 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 133.]
March 16. Draft of the above. [10 pages. Ibid. No. 134.]
March 16. Abstract of several portions of the above. Endorsed, "Draft of particulars to be mentioned in the beginning of the answer to the Scots' demands, not taken notice of." [Ibid. No. 135.]
March 16. Heads of the papers delivered by the Commissioners of Scotland to those of England; being copies of their letters of 21 Jan. and 3 Feb., and of the English Commissioners' reply of 16 March. [25 pages. Ibid. No. 136.]
March 16.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Two vessels from Plymouth which arrived here met with Sir Thos. Allin and 3 or 4 frigates to the west of the Lizard, expecting a ketch from Plymouth with orders. A Frenchman from Bordeaux, laden with wines and brandy, was taken by 2 Ostend men-of-war; they put the men ashore between Falmouth and Fowey. [Ibid. No. 137.]
March 16.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. Has been absent at the assizes at Pendennis; nothing worth knowing has happened, only a few small vessels arrived. Begs a continuance of the correspondence. [Ibid. No. 138.]
March 16.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Several Yarmouth vessels supposed to be lost, after being driven into the Orkneys, have safely arrived at Scarborough. [Ibid. No. 139.]
March 16.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Sir Jer. Smith has been to Bridlington, and ordered 3 forts to be built, in the middle and at each end of the town, for defence of the quay or harbour, &c. The Guernsey has been ashore to wash and tallow, and is taking in her guns again. Sixteen ships, laden with lead, cloth, and corn, have sailed for London with the Ruby and Swallow for convoy, and more will be soon ready. A dogger has been brought into Whitby, by whom I know not, but with no fish, she having only just set out. A Danish man-of-war has been seen off Scarborough. [Ibid. No. 140.]
March 16. Information of Abraham Webber of Whitechapel, sworn before Sir John Baber, justice of the peace for Middlesex. When the warrant came from Lord Arlington to the constables of East Smithfield, to search for writings and papers in Dr. John Heydon's chamber, I accompanied the constable to Dr. Heydon's room in the house of Joan Chidley; and there being a man with a brown periwig and pockholes in his face there, at the request of that man and the constable, I made an inventory of all the books and papers, and sealed them up in a bag, which the man took with him, they not being worth above 30s. Coming downstairs, I met Capt. Thomas with a guard of soldiers, who carried me, together with Joan Chidley and some sailors, to the Tower. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 141. See p. 142 supra.]
March 16. Receipt by Thos. Chicheley of 52l. 10s., being two-thirds of 78l. 15s., value of goods brought from the Barbadoes by Capt. Ady for 4 merchants named, and delivered in London. [Ibid. No. 142.]
March 16. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Mary Blagge for the King's fourth of the lands discovered by———Sharp, recommending it on account of her late husband's services, and the straits in which she was left at his death. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 306.]
March 16. Statement [by Lord Arlington] of the King's approbation of Viscount Wenman and 11 others as deputy-lieutenants for Oxfordshire; the Lord-Lieutenant, Lord Say and Sele, to send them deputations. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 188.]
March 16 ? List of papers connected with the retrenchment of the household and other branches of revenue, in the several offices. [3 ¼ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 143.]
March 16 ? Account of the King's revenue as it stood in 1667; total receipts, 922,580l., with deductions of 34,058l. for expenses in collecting, and 10,235l. defalcations allowed to the farmers of customs. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 144.]
March 16? Computation of the King's expenses for the same year—not complete. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 145.]
March 16? Fuller estimate of the household expenses, &c.; total, 817,207l. 7s. [Ibid. No. 146.]
March 16? List of the Lord Chamberlain's warrants charged on the Treasurer of the Chamber, in 1667; total, 9,931l. 12s. 8d. [6 pages. Ibid. No. 147.]
March 16? List of payments usually made by the Treasurer of the Chamber on the King and Council's warrants. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 148.]
March 16? List of the falconers paid in the Treasury Chamber of Charles I., and of those paid in 1667. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 149.]
March 16? List of the gamekeepers in the several parks, and their salaries in 1667; total, 504l. 8s. 4d. [Ibid. No. 150.]
March 16? Account of the liveries in specie provided on the stable side by the Master of the Great Wardrobe. [2 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 151.]
March 16? Computation of the total expense of the stable for the present year, 34,400l. 4s. 8d., as compared with that of 7 Charles I., 20,130l. 13s. 0d [Ibid. No. 152.]
March 16? Estimate of the annual charge of the officers and wardens of the Tower, with allowances to prisoners, &c.; also of the expense of the garrison, the latter being 5,350l. 16s. [2 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 153.]
March 16? List of sundry officers connected with the King and Queen's households and their salaries; also names of 9 musicians, each receiving 46l. 10s. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 154.]
March 16? Account of moneys issued for secret service from Easter 1666 to 1667, the last year that the Earl of Southampton was Lord High Treasurer; total, 24,145l. [Ibid. No. 155.]
March 16? Note of allowances made to the 6 officers of the removing wardrobe of beds, for wages, riding journeys, firing, &c. [Ibid. No. 156.]
March 16. Warrant to the Ordnance Commissioners, from Lady Day next, to reduce the salaries in that office, viz., the Commissioners from 1,000l. to 600l. a year, and others in proportion; also lessening the number of gunners, and stopping or lessening several pensions paid from the Ordnance. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 40.] Annexing,
List of the retrenchments approved in the Ordnance, reducing the whole charge to 40,000l., being a diminution of 2,169l. [Ibid. pp. 40, 41.]
March 16. Warrant to the Duke of Albemarle, Master of the Horse, to reduce the expenses of the buckhounds to 1,500l. a year, to be paid from the Treasury of the Chamber; all payments from the Avery to cease. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 157.]
March 16. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 41.]
March 16. Warrant to the Earl of Sandwich, Master of the Wardrobe, to issue no pensions, salaries, or liveries to the buckhounds, which are now reduced to 1,500l., payable from the Treasury of the Chamber. [Ibid. f. 42.]
March 16. Warrant to the Board of Greencloth to allow no further salaries or liveries to the buckhounds. [Ibid. f. 42.]
March 16. Warrant to John Cary, Master of the Buckhounds, to reduce the expenses thereof according to the manner directed. [S.P. Dom., Entry Books 30, f. 42; 72, p. 106.] Annexing,
List of the salaries now to be paid to the Master and other officers of the buckhounds. [Ibid. 30, f. 42; 72, p. 107.]
March 16. Warrant to Sir Edw. Griffin, Treasurer of the Chamber, from Lady Day next, to pay no other sums for the buckhounds and harriers than such as are set down in the prescribed regulations. [Ibid. 30, f. 43; 72, p. 109.] Annexing,
Establishment of the buckhounds as afore-mentioned. [Ibid.]
March 16. Warrant to Thos. Elliot, Master of the Harriers, to reduce the expenses of the harriers to 700l. a year, to be paid from the Exchequer, and all other salaries to cease. With note of a like letter to the Duke of Albemarle. [Ibid. 30, f. 44; 72, p. 111.]
March 16. Warrant to Sir Edw. Griffin, Treasurer of the Chamber, to retrench the expenses in the Treasury Chamber to particulars specified, and to forbear any other payments. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 45.] Annexing,
Reductions ordered to be made in the payments of the Treasurer of the Chamber, the Lord Chamberlain's warrants being reduced from 6,000l. to 2,500l. [Ibid. 30, f. 45; 72, p. 115.]
List of payments to be continued without reduction. [Ibid. 30, f. 46.]
March 16. Warrant to the Lord Chamberlain of the household to adhere, in the warrants he issues, to the directions given for restricting payments in the Treasury of the Chamber, after Lady Day next. [Ibid. f. 47.]
March 16. Warrant to Lord Arlington and Sec. Morice to restrict the moneys paid for intelligence to 4,000l. a year. [Ibid. f. 47.]
March 16. Warrant to Baptist May, Keeper of the Privy Purse, to restrict the payments from the privy purse to 20,000l. a year. [Ibid. f. 47.]
March 16. Warrant to the Lord Chamberlain to order the Master of the Jewel House to restrict his payments to 8,000l. a year, which is to include what shall arise from the New Year's gifts of the nobility. [Ibid, f. 48.]
March 16. Warrant to the officers of works to restrict the expenses of buildings to 8,000l. a year. [Ibid. f. 48.]
March 16. The King to the Treasury Commissioners. Signifies to them the reductions made in the Ordnance, that they may order the payments to be made from the Exchequer accordingly. With note of a similar warrant to the Commissioners of Ordnance. [Ibid. f. 49.]
March 16. The King to the Treasury Commissioners. Signifies the reductions to be made in the Treasury Chamber, as specified to the Lord Chamberlain and Treasurer of the Chamber. [Ibid. f. 49.]
March 16. Similar letter, restricting the expenditure of the jewel house to 8,000l. a year. [Ibid. f 50.]
March 16. Similar letter, restricting the expenses of buildings to 8,000l. a year. [Ibid, f. 50.]
March 16. Similar letter, reducing the privy purse to 20,000l. a year. Minute. [Ibid. f. 50.]
March 16. Similar letter, reducing the payments for intelligence to 4,000l. a year, above what is paid to the Secretaries of State from the Post Office. Minute. [Ibid. f. 50.]
March 16. Warrant to the Duke of York to signify to the Navy Commissioners that the expenses of the Navy are to be reduced to 200,000l. a year in times of peace, the ships being first repaired, and stores replenished by other means; the reduction to begin from Lady Day next. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 158.] Annexing,
Proposal for reducing the Navy charge to 200,000l. a year, detailing the several charges for wages, maintaining buildings, and building of ships; also for maintaining ships, summer and winter. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, p. 50.]
March 16. Entry of the preceding warrant. [Ibid. p. 50.]
March 16. Warrant to the Duke of York, and the rest of the Commissioners for affairs at Tangiers, to reduce the expenses of that establishment to 53,797l. 15s. 4d. [Ibid. f. 52.] Annexing,
Plan of an establishment at Tangiers, to amount to the aforenamed sum. [Ibid, f. 52.]
March 16. Warrant to Lord Belasyse, captain of the band of pensioners, to reduce the band of pensioners to half pay, till the number shall fall to thirty, and to admit henceforth none but gentlemen of quality and estate. [Ibid. f. 53.]
March 16. The King to the Earl of Sandwich, Master of the Great Wardrobe. The wardrobe is henceforth to consist of a master, or in his absence a deputy, a comptroller, surveyor, clerk of the wardrobes, and clerk of the great wardrobe, who are to be persons of quality capable of supporting themselves, and to have a place to meet weekly, to order the business according to an establishment prepared; the yearly expense not to exceed 16,000l. [Ibid. ff. 53, 54.]
[March 16.] Draft of the above with variations. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 159.]
March 16. The King to the Lord Chamberlain. To the same purport, requiring him to conform in such part thereof as relates to his office. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 54.]
March 16. The King to Sir Allan Apsley, Master of the hawks. The falconry has hitherto consisted of 4 branches: the brook, the field, the heron, and the crow; the 2 last are to be discontinued, and the yearly expense of the former reduced to 1,594l. 17s. 6d., with which allowance the Master of hawks is to keep 6 cast for the brook, and 6 for the. field; it is to be paid from the Exchequer, and all fees, liveries, &c, from the Wardrobe or Treasury Chamber are to cease; the salaries of the gamekeepers, amounting to 504l. 8s. 4d., are to be reduced, except those of Whitehall, Newmarket, Hampton Court, Greenwich, and Richmond, which come to 107l. 15s. 10d.; the game in other places is to be preserved by giving power to gentlemen of quality. [Ibid. f. 54.] Annexing,
Establishment of his Majesty's falconry, stating the salaries to be paid to the master, Serjeant, and 11 falconers, &c; total, 1,594l. 17s. 6d. [Ibid. f. 55.]
March 16. The King to the Lord Steward and Board of Greencloth. As we wish to reduce the expense of the household to 90,000l. a year, we require a book to be prepared as speedily as possible, containing an establishment according to the said reduced expense. [Ibid. f. 55.]
March 16. The King to Sir John Robinson, lieutenant of the Tower. The fees of the lieutenant and officers of the Tower amount to 1,194l. a year, of which the pay of the 40 yeomen warders comes to 851l. 13s. 4d. In order to save 425l. 16s. 8d., you are henceforth not to fill up any vacancies that may happen in the office of warders, till the number is reduced to twenty. Also from Lady Day next, the fees allowed for keeping prisoners of quality—viz., 4l. a week for a duke or marquis, and in proportion for persons of inferior quality—are to be reduced one-third, and after your death or ceasing from office, one-half is to be abated to your successor. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 56.]
March 16. The King to the Lord Chamberlain. We signify to you our intended reduction of the warders in the Tower, of whom the lieutenant is to send you a list, that you may govern yourself thereby in the admission of persons into that charge for the future. [Ibid. f. 56.]
March 16. The King to the Duke of Albemarle, general of the forces. Requests him to hasten the preparation of’ an establishment, reducing the expense of the guards and garrisons to 167,698l. a year. [Ibid. f. 57.]
March 16. The King to Sir Stephen Fox, paymaster of the new-raised forces. Requires him to conform to the said reduction, which is to take place from Lady Day next. [Ibid. f. 57.]
March 16. The King to the Ordnance Commissioners. The office of the Armoury is henceforth to be put under the regulation of the Ordnance; the master and officers are to enjoy their salaries for life, but on their decease, these offices are to cease; also the Almain armoury, the charge of which is 492l. 18s. 4d., is to cease from Lady Day next. [Ibid. f. 57.]
[March 16.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 160.]
March 16. The King to the Treasury Commissioners. Signifies to them the reduction in the payments for the Armoury. With note of similar letters for the guards and garrisons, pensioners, household, Tower, falconry and great wardrobe. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 58.]
March 16. Warrant to the Lord General for the rich coats and banners of the trumpeters to be sent into the great wardrobe, to be kept for solemn occasions only, so soon as other coats shall be provided for their ordinary wearing. [Ibid. f. 58.]
March 16. Warrant to the Master of the Great Wardrobe to receive and preserve the said silk coats and banners. [Ibid. f. 59.]
March 16. Warrant to the Earl of Bath, Groom of the Stole, and first gentleman of the bedchamber, that as the places of gentlemen of the bedchamber become void, their number is to be reduced to eight, the late King only having 6 or 7; the grooms of the bedchamber also are to be reduced from 12 to 8, and the pages of the back-stairs to 4. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 59.]
March 16. Warrant to the Lord Chamberlain that as the cupbearers die off, their number is to be reduced to 4; the serjeant surgeons to one, and the other officers in general above stairs to the number they consisted of in the late King's time; any supernumeraries admitted are not to have salaries till they come within the number allowed. [Ibid. f. 59.]
[March 16.] Drafts of the 4 preceding warrants. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No, 161.]
[March 16.] Six drafts of the preceding warrants relating to reductions in the household, guards and garrisons, pensioners, and great wardrobe. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 162.]
[March 16.] Three drafts of the preceding warrants relating to the Tower of London and the falconry. [2 p—ges. Ibid No. 163.]
March 16. Entries or minutes of all the preceding warrants relating to retrenchments. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 72, ff. 99-163.]
March 16. Note of the sums to which the above-mentioned branches of the expenditure are now limited. [S.P. Dom., Car. II.236, No. 164.]
March 16. Warrant to pay to George Lord Douglas 330l. 11s. 8d., advanced by him to the officers and soldiers of his regiment, being 5 days’ pay above their last muster, for discharge of their quarters. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 16.]
March 16. Certificate of the surrender by Samuel Trist, of the Middle Temple, London, of the office of serjeant-at-arms, and of the letters patent of 27 June 1660 granting him that office, with the fee of 12d. a day. [S.P. Dom., Car. II., 236, No. 165.]
March 17.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Sir Edward Griffin to pay to Humphrey, Bishop of London, chief almoner, 133l. 6s. 8d., to be distributed in alms on Maundy Thursday and Good. Friday, and in Easter week. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 16.]
March 17.
Whitehall.
Grant to Rich. Rider of the office of chief carpenter to the works, void by death of John Davenport, wages 12d a day. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 166.]
March 17 Minute of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 16.]
March [17.] Docquet of the above [Docquet, Book 23, No. 195.]
March 17. The King to the Dean and Chapter of Winchester. We grant a dispensation for non-residence to Hugh Halswell, canon residentiary, on account of his age and infirmities; also for non-performance of his ecclesiastical duties; and we desire him to retain his emoluments, provided that when his course of preaching comes, he supplies it by some able man. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f 5.]
March 17.
The Monmouth,
Lizard.
Sir Thos Allin to Williamson. On the 13th we spoke with John Lucar of Apsom, bound to Milford for coals. He had been boarded by an ostender of 6 guns with white colours; she took 30l. in money and clothes, and other goods worth 30l. more. We met with the West and East India and Starits fleetss on the 14th, and on the 16th with old Capt. Vannesse of the Utrecht of Rotterdam, bound for Smyrna with another man-of-war, and 16 or 17 small merchant-men bound for Spain and Portugal. Sir Edw. Spragg, with the Revenge, Diamond, and Milford, has come up. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 167.]
March 17.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Sir Edw. Spragg arrived with 3 frigates and a ketch, but soon sailed again; Sir Thos, Allin sent in the Deptford for his letters, he being still at the Lizard. [Ibid. No. 168.]
March 17. John Clarke to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 169.]
March 17.
Portsmouth.
––– to Williamson. Two merchant ships have arrived from Ireland with butter, tallow, and hides, bound for Holland, one a Londoner, the other form Flushing. [Ibid. No. 170.]
March 17.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. To the same effect. Sir Edw. Spragg has left spithead with the Revenge and 2 others, and the Francis is to follow when fitted out. The St. Mary of Amsterdam has put in, having sprung a leak and spoilt 2 tierces of sugar. They are landing their goods to preserve what they can, the cargo being worth above 20,000l. [Ibid. No. 171.]
March 17.
Harwich.
Capt Silas Taylor to Williamson. The darkness of the weather has frightened the Tilhamites back again to Harwich port. The Dutch packet has arrived, but if ordered to wait for the Dutch ambassador's letters. [Ibid. No. 172.]
March 17. Sir Phil. Warwick to [Williamson]. I recommend the bearer for charity, which would not be wanting had you known her husband, or her, in her humility and patience. [Ibid. No.173.]
March 17.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. A large London collier was cast away on the Bull Sand, and of 17 men only 4 were saved; several vessels have arrived from Holland, and are waiting for a fair wind to sail. [Ibid. No. 174.]
March 17.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The James of Dover has arrived with wine and brandy from Nantes. She came out with 60 more Dutch and English ships, and reports that they are likely to have a war there with Holland, but nothing is said concerning England; also that the French king will have 120 sail of frigates ready the next spring. There is a great press there for seamen, who are very unwilling to join the service, and frequently run away after being pressed, although the King has passed a severe law against it; 50 French seamen would have come away in that ship, if the master would have carried them.
The Papists in France are very severe against the Protestants taking away their children, and putting them into convents to bring them up in their religion. Sir Thos. Allin is cruising between Falmouth and the Lizard, and it is supposed he will convoy Don John of Austria and his fleet, who are expected from Bilbao. Four other vessels have come in. [1 ¼ pages. Ibid. No. 175.]
March 17.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Loss of ships by the storms; the Duke of Hamilton went hence yesterday. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 176.]
March 17. Warham Jennett, sen., to Lord Arlington. If no pity can be had, I ask some consideration for 9,000 prisoners on both sides feeding on my provisions aboard my vessels, which ought to be allowed by his Majesty. I hope you will assist in the case without any petition to the King, to whom and to whose father I have been a faithful and loyal subject, and am now dismissed by Sir John Bennet from an employment settled on me for former services and losses, by the late Mr. O’Neale. [Ibid. No. 177.]
March 17. H. H. to Sir Rob. Carr. I have considered the proposition as to a cessation of my intelligence, which is great drudgery, having to undergo much from the factions; I have spent more in the service than I have received out of it; I hope you will help me to some other employment. I was instrumental in discovering that bloody design in the time of Sir Wm. Compton, and brought Tyler and Jones to witness against that generation of plotters, by discovering what they did and spoke in their cabinet councils; I suffered myself to be hunted up and down the town and country, as Sir Wm. Compton and Major Walden can witness; I was the instrument of discovering the inside of Grise, who, when taken, endeavoured to mince his stories to the General. As to the private press, I dare pawn my life that it is in one of 5 houses in Blue Anchor Alley; I am sure Oliver took more pains when he searched 16 houses in one night in hunting after my life; as to there being nothing now, if the small company of old soldiers had been disbanded, you would quickly have found the heat of the fiery spirit kindled into a flame; those you have to deal with are no cowards, if their external strength were suitable to their internal temper; and to divide such an enemy is a better conquest than routing them in the field; I have been not a little instrumental the last fortnight in this work. [Ibid. No. 178.]
March 17.
Letter Office.
A. Ellis to Williamson. I doubt not the safe arrival of my box at Nieuport, though it must run some risk beyond, the country being full of soldiers. I have shown the greatest mark of my obedience next to martyrdom and have sent the orders to the postmasters, though it is absurd to think my authority over postmasters greater than yours, and it will be like speaking Latin before the Cordeliers. [Ibid. No. 179.]
March 17. Elizabeth Viscountess Cullen to Williamson. Having a friend going into the northern parts, I beg a line to the postmasters to help him with good horses; those he got in coming up to town were so bad he could not use them. Thanks for an intended visit. [Ibid. No. 180.]
March 17. –– Oldenburg to Williamson. I suppose a paper returned was sent me by you; I have put it into English as well as I Can. The scribe did not understand the matter he wrote about, which can be easily shown to any who is master of that tongue. [Ibid. No. 181.]
March 17. Order in the House of Commons that the King’s supply be raised by a Poll bill, and that a message be sent to the convocation to raise two subsidies at least on the clergy towards the supply. That a Poll bill be brought in, but that no keepers of houses not worth 20l. be taxed for themselves or children. If the Poll bill will not amount to 200,000I., the rest is to be supplied from an additional duty on the customs. [Not printed in the .Journals. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 182.]
March 17.
Chatham.
Appraisement by Phin. Pett and 3 others of the Golden Hand fly-boat, amounting to 865l. 12s. [Ibid. No. 183.]
March 17.
Harwich.
John Coudre, of the Wood Merchant, to the Navy Commissioners. Begs the command of the Hardereen, now fitting for a fire ship, having had the command of her 36 months. Will wait on them as soon as he has delivered up the Wood Merchant to the commander appointed. [Ibid. No. 184.]
March 17. Wm. Sarsfield, purser of the Harp, to the Navy Commissioners. I remind you of my commander’s disbursements for the Harp, and also of Capt. Sharland's for the Mary yacht. I entreat that a bill may be made out for my extra necessary money and for sick and wounded seamen; I have received but 6d. a man per month, and the allowance on sixth-rate ships is 9d.; I have had no answer to my petition, presented long since. [Ibid. No. 185.]
March 17.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. Repeats his request for a supply of timber for the repair of the Charles, and for reed and broom to grave the ships fitting to sea. [Ibid. No. 186.]
March 17.
Portsmouth.
J. Tippetts to the Navy Commissioners. Distributed their warrants for fitting out 4 ships, and sends a demand of what is wanted therefor. The York not being of the number, judged it best to put her out of the dock, and to take in the Montague. Has agreed with John Smith, a shipwright, to cut down the Slothany, as intended, for the old stuff and ironwork, and he will also deliver oars and other necessaries to the value of 40l. [Ibid. No. 187.]
March 18. M. Wren to Sam. Pepys. I want a clerk to search the books of the Drake for the bearer, being of my name and kindred, and if he be found to stand clear, pray further him, as he has not received either pay or ticket. [Ibid. No. 188.]
March 18.
Treasury
Chambers.
Sir George Downing to the Navy Commissioners. The Treasury Commissioners wish them to be at the Council Chamber this after-noon, about the certificate sent to the Exchequer, to be charged on the 1,250,000l., and on the first month of the 11 months’ tax. [Ibid. No. 189.]
March 18. Order suspending for a year such parts of the Act for encouragement of shipping and navigation as relate to the free import of timber, boards, bricks, and tiles; the rebuilding of London, and the building of ships being much retarded by the scarcity and high price of materials; also an order for their free import to be per- mitted in any foreign ship, or ship navigated by mariners of any nation in amity with his Majesty, on payment of the duties. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 190.]
March 18. Scottish Commissioners to the English Commissioners. Request to know what was the proposition made by Scotland in 1660, to which they allude, as transcending anything enacted in this kingdom relative to Scotland. [Ibid. No. 191.]
March 18. Copy of the above. [Ibid. No. 192.]
March 18. Whitehall. Order in Council that, whereas the Commissioners for retrenchment of expenses presented a report of their proceedings to the King 3 Jan., which he approved, and ordered warrants to be issued for carrying out the same from 1 Jan., on further consideration he wishes the retrenchments to begin from 25 March, and warrants are to be prepared accordingly. [Ibid. No. 193.] Annexing,
List of the sums to which the several branches of the revenue are now to be limited, viz.:–
Household 90,000l.
Buildings 8,000l.
Privy Purse 20,000l.
Secretaries of State for Intelligence 4,000l.
Navy - 200,000l.
Guards and Garrisons 3,000l.
Tangiers 50,000l.
Treasury Chamber 20,000l.
Gentlemen Pensioners 3,000l.
Great Wardrobe 16,000l.
Ordnance 40,000l.
Armoury 400l.
Tower of London 768l. 3s. 4d.
Falconry 1,594l. 17s. 6d.
Gamekeepers 107l. 15s. 10d.
Jewel House 8,000l.
With note of reductions to be made in the number of household officers above stairs till they are reduced to the number of which they consisted in the late King's time; also all petty gains or perquisites for goods for the King are to be cut off. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 193I.]
Proposals for reducing the charge of the Navy, Ordnance office, Tangiers, the Buckhounds, and the Falconry, as calendared pp. 282-290. [Ibid. No. 193II to VI.]
March 18. The King to the master and fellows of Magdalen College, Cambridge. Recommends Wm. Moore, titular fellow of the college, for the next foundation fellowship, or some other of equal value. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 72.]
March 18. Whitehall. Pass for the ship St. Ann, manned with English and Spaniards, and laden with English goods and manufactures, to the West Indies. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 55b.]
March 18. Licence to Thos. Cheeke to transport 8 horses into France; procured by the Duke of Albemarle. Minute. [S.P., Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 56.]
March 18. Commission for Sir Walter Vane to be deputy-lieutenant of Kent, to defend the said county against invasion or insurrection. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 29, p. 13.]
March 18. Pass for 18 horses for the Earl of St. Albans, [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 17.]
March 18? Request to Williamson to despatch a passport, promised by the King to M. Ruvigny, for 20 horses to be embarked at Rye for France; stating that they are sent by the King through Sir John Trevor, to be given to Marquis Beringhen, first esquire to the King of France. [French. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No, 194.]
March 18. Whitehall. Petition of Sir John Denham, Surveyor-General, and John Webb, Fras. Wethered, and Edw. Marshall, officers of the works, to the King. Sir Wm. Boreman and John Jackson petition for payment of 5,087l. 19s. 8d. owing to them by the late King, from moneys remaining unaccounted for in the hands of Sir Rob. Paler, cofferer of the household to the late King, and others; whereupon a privy seal was granted that two third parts of all moneys so recovered should be received by them till the debt was discharged, and the other third part paid into the Exchequer. They have filed information against Sir Henry Palmer, heir-at-law of Sir Rob. Palmer, and intend to get the like done against the others concerned, whereby upwards of 10,000l. will be recovered; ask that after the debt of 5,087l. 19s. 8d. is satisfied, as one of the petitioners, Mr. Webb, discovered this concealment, he may be repaid 500l. lent to the late King by his uncle, Inigo Jones, whose executor he is, and that the residue recovered may be applied towards the repair Greenwich Palace.
With referenced thereon to the Treasury Commissioners, and their report, 6 April 1668, that his Majesty has already allowed a sufficient reward for the discovery; but that when the remainder of the money is brought into the Exchequer, it may be disposed of for the works at Greenwich only. [Ibid. No. 195.]
March 18. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 295.]
March 18 ? Petition of John Dawson, B.A., of Jesus College, Cambridge, to the King, for letters of dispensation. Has twice had the recommendation of the fellows for a fellowship, but has been prevented by some accidents from abroad; as the fellowships of the college are designed to north countrymen, and he is of the south, he is rendered incapable of election, without dispensation. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 196.]
March 18. Information of Solomon Amies of St. James's parish Clerken-well, victualler, sworn before Sir John Baber. Went William ward, alias Williams, and Capt. Gilbert Thomas, to apprehend Dr. John Heydon, and at Tower, Hill. Ward carried the doctor by main strength to the Angel Tavern, and there took from him a gilt-hilted sword, his watch, and other thimgs, and would haven taken his belt, but Capt. Thomas desired him to forbear, and took the prisoner to the Tower. They went afterwards to the house of Joan Chidley, where an inventory was taken by Abraham Webber of the doctor's books and papers, which were put into a bag and delivered to Mr. Ward; Capt. Thomas, who was below stairs, in company with some sailors named in Lord Arlington's warrant, delivered them and John Chidley into custody of a guard sent from the Tower, who conducted them thither with the doctor's papers, which were delivered to Lord Arlington. Ward came to informant's house the same night, and delivered the doctor's sword and watch to George Middleton, alias Fawcett, who refused to give them up, and retained them till his death.
Also information of Elizabeth, wife of Solomon Amies. Saw Dr. Heydon's sword delivered by Ward to Middleton, who refused with threats to deliver it up to be sent to Lord Arlington, and wore it for several weeks; also saw Ward with the watch several weeks after. [2 ¼ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 236, No. 197.]
March 18. Earl of Carlisle to Williamson. Wants the King's consent to make Wm. Layton, high sheriff of Cumberland, deputy-lieutenant in that county. Asks him to acquaint Lord Arlington with this. [Ibid. No. 198.]
March 18. Falmouth. Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the same effect as his two last letter to Hickes of 15 and 17 March. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 199.]
March 18. Bristol. John Fitzherbert to Williamson. Will take care to send by the first ship the box for Lord Willoughby at Barbadoes. Some ships have arrived from Cadiz with wine and fruit. [Ibid. No. 200.]
March 18. Note of proceeding in the House of Commons on the question of supply; any deficit in the Poll bill to be raised by an imposition on wines in the custom house. [Printed in Commons'. Journals, Vol. IX., p. 69. Ibid. No. 201.]
March 19. Pembroke. John Powell to Williamson. The Thomas of Bristol is waiting for a fair wind to start for Barbadoes; several light colliers have arrived to load. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 1.]
March 19. John Powell to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 2.]
March 19. Harwich. Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. The Tilhamites, after putting to sea, have returned again to harbour, not liking the weather. I intend going to London to see how you are, not having heard of or from you for so long. [Ibid. No. 3.]
March 19. Portsmouth. –––– to Williamson. The Francis frigate, commanded by Capt Crawley, arrived at Spithead from Havre de Grace. [Ibid. No. 4.]
March 19. Portsmouth. J. Tippetts to the Navy Commissioners. I will hasten the fitting out of the ships. Mr. Steventon has no money to pay the freight of the hemp delivered, but if you will grant him a bill of imprest, to be paid to Mr. Hewer, he will pay it to the men or to their order. The Francis frigate is ready to sail. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No, 5.]
March 19. Whitehall. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. The Leopard is to remain at Woolwich, his Royal Highness being satisfied of the inconvenience of bringing her up to Deptford. [Ibid. No. 6.]
March 19. Woolwich. Roger Eastwood to the Navy Commissioners. Repairs of the Reserve and Falcon. Wants reed, deals, and calked to complete the works, and other provisions named in a demand long since sent. [Ibid. No. 7.]
March 19 Woolwich. Roger Eastwood to Sam. Pepys. Has set down the dimensions of the ships and vessels here, according to the books, but cannot measure the there sunk in the river. [Ibid. No. 8.]
March 19. Deptford. John Cox and Wm. Fownes to the Navy Commissioners. The 60l ordered for paying board wages to seemen rigging the Charles being almost paid away, entreats them to order 60l. more, which will enable her to sail next spring tides. [Ibid. No. 9.]
March 19. Deptford. Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. All the calkers but 2 or 3 have left the service, and are atwork on merchant ships. Has warned them to come into yard to calk and grave 4 ships, and not one appears. Sends their names; they all lives at Deptford. [Ibid. No. 10.]
March 19. Wm. Fearne to Sam. Pepys. Agreed with Commissioner Middleton to freight the Hopeful Endeavour, of which he is master, for a voyage to St. Malo, and has been at great expense in fitting the ship. Asks the Board's pleasure therein. [Ibid. No. 11.]
March 19. Harwich. Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. Capt. Carslake is not borne on the hulk, but only his servant, who would fain be discharged. I entered him in the captain's name as being responsible for all those under his charge, but it shall be altered if you wish it. I thought it better than to trust one who, after an embezzlement, might slip away. Reason why the cleats were not ripped off the new ship's bottom ere the masts were set. Although your Honours have not procured the money promised I have paid all the men except those in rigging wages; let me not suffer by my forwardness; I have wholly disabled my credit, unless supported by you. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 12.]
March 20. Kinsale. Capt. Arthur Herbert, of the Constant Warwick, to the Navy Commissioners. Being ordered for England, is glad the victualler is to supply him, as there being no established victualler here, no way was taken for his supply. [Ibid. No. 14.]
March 20. The Eagle, Kinsale Harbour. Capt. John Crabb to the Navy Commissioners. Will prosecute their commands and set sail to-morrow. [Ibid. No. 15.]
March 20. Chatham. Commissioner Thos, Middleton to Sam. Pepys. I am glad you have made known the wants of the yard here. I have launched the Greenwich and brought the Rupert into dock; finding 30 feet of her keel wanting, I ordered timber, for which I will pay. I am distracted at the damage done for want of materials. The boatswain of the Defiance is reported to be a sober man, and it is believed that there was some mistake, and that he had no desire to do the King an Injury, but one Knave will plead for another; he is said to be a good officer, and it may be a warning to him. Am I to fit 14 or 15 boats and 2 now building for the ships going to sea? [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 16.] Encloses,
Case of the boatswain of the Defiance. Denies that he embezzled and sold stores at Kinsale; the ropes, &c., found nailed up in the bread-room of the Defiance were laid there by former boatswains, the first whereof was killed and he last turned out at sea. [Ibid. No. 16I.]
March 20. Plymouth. John Clarke to Hickes. An Ostend man-of-war has brought a French man-of-war of 8 guns into Penzance. The Deptford ketch has gone out to Sir Thos. Allin. Several vessels are at Plymouth, which could not be got ready to sail with the last fleet, bound for Newfoundland, Barbadoes, and New England. [Ibid. No. 17.]
March 20. John Clarke to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid .No.18.]
March 20. Newcastle. Rich Forster to Williamson. Some laden ships have sailed and 6 or 7 Hamburgers come in; 40 sail left Sunderland. [Ibid. No. 19.]
March 20. Bridgewater. Wm. Symons to Hickes. The Ann and Elizabeth has gone for Rochelle, a vessel to the forest for iron, and 4 trows to Neath for coals. [Ibid. No.20.]
March 20.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to williamson. The Francis has been fitted and is going out to join Sir Edw. Spragg's squadron. The York and Bristol are going out of the dry dock, and the Montague and Tiger are coming in. [Ibid. No. 21.]
March 20. Yarmouth. Rich. Bower to Williamson. Several laden colliers passed on their way to the Thames. The King's proclamation against conventicles has arrived, but no notice has been taken by the justices of the peace or bailiffs, and no check put upon the meeting, so that they are as public and a numerous as ever. [Ibid. No.22.]
March 20. Clement's Inn. Wm. Hutchinson to Williamson. I perused the rolls in the Prothonotary's office, and find the inclosed particular have passed that office sice 1660, besides consulships and other foreign instruments; but as my direction was only for leagues and treaties, I have not mentioned them. There are some still lying unenrolled; it may breed danger and confusion if all that pass the great seal be not enrolled. If others by misinformation have procured employment belonging to that office, I leave it to the Prothonotary to look after his own rights; I am only deputy, and known not how long I shall so continue. Pray send what you want enrolled to Mr. Martyn, jun., for me at the 6 clerks' office. [Ibid. No. 23.]
March 20.
Letter Office.
A. Ellis to Williamson. I have examined about the letters by the last French and Flanders mails, and find that the porter was despatched with Lord Arlington's letters half an hour before the others were delivered for Mr. Dorislaus, and that he had no others than were specified in a note enclosed, by which you may guess if the translations you mentioned were the same. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 24.]
March 21. Receipt by Thos. Chicheley of 50l., being two-thirds of 75l. paid for freight of goods shipped on board the Coronation at the Caribbee Islands, on behalf of the Royal Company. [Ibid. No. 25.]
March 21.
Whitehall.
Sec. Morice to John Earl of Bridgewater, Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire. I am ordered to signify the King's approbation of your nomination of Lord Brackley as a deputy-lieutenant of the county, and you are to grant him a deputation accordingly. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 29, p. 14.]
March 21.
Alban's Hall.
Dr. T. Lamplugh to Williamson. I thank you, not only in Mr. White's name, but also in that of all the Halls, for your advice, and the zeal you have shown in our cause, and we beg you will continue to befriend us to my Lord of Hereford, to whom the business is referred. The University is quiet, and all are satisfied with the Vice-Chancellor's nominating a proctor out of one of the Halls for the year following; to alter this will occasion disturbance and animosity which may prove of bad concernment. Mr. Woodruff is yet unsatisfied, and threatens Mr. White with a suit at common law; it is very ill-relished that one of the chief officers in the University should thus threaten to betray those rights which he is sworn to maintain. Pray peruse a letter enclosed for my Lord of Hereford, and give it to him. All who have consulted the statute, declare that what was done at Baliol College in electing Mr. Woodruff was contrary to the intention of the statute. The Vice-Chancellor wishes Mr. White to be one of the next year's proctors. I sent your book by the carrier 3 weeks ago. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 26.]
March 21.
Bishop's Palace,
Gloucester.
George Evans to Williamson. There was a Quaker of the name of Walter Bishop, of Uckington at Elmstone, 6 miles from Gloucester, who, for his obstinacy in not obeying the law, was excommunicated, and remained in Gloucester gaol 2 years under a writ of excommunicato capiendo, the bishop often sending for him and sometimes keeping him to dinner, reasoning the case with him, that he had no other argument for his principles than that the Spirit said it must be so. He has since found the bishop's words to be true, and that they were no other than cheats, and desired to be absolved from the excommunication and admitted into the Church. This the bishop did himself, the Quaker receiving it on his knees. He afterwards desired the bishop to marry him, but coming not on the day appointed, and the bishop being from home, he was married in the cathedral church by one of the canons, at which the Quaker brethren are much troubled. I leave it to you whether it might not be of good consequence to publish this in the Gazette. [Ibid. No. 27]
March 21.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. There is a report of a town ship being taken by the French, and the crew tied back to back and thrown into the sea, except one boy, whose tongue was cut out before his being set ashore; the better sort do not believe it. Some 20 ships have sailed, and great hopes are entertained of getting Capt. Twisdall's flyboat off the rocks the first spring tide. [S.P. Dom., Car. II 237, No. 28.]
March 21.
Rye.
Capt. James Welsh to [Williamson]. The Duke of Monmouth has landed here, and sets out for London to-morrow. [Ibid. No. 29.]
March 21.
The Monmouth,
Lizard.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. Hears that the French are getting what force they can ready for sea; that 100 sail went from Bordeaux a month since, with provisions for the French fleet, and that the fleet will be ready for sea in a month. [Ibid. No. 30.]
March 21.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. Several colliers have passed. The French ship and the Tilhamites are still here. [Ibid. No. 31.]
March 21.
Harwich.
Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. The Wood Merchant is despatched with what goods she can carry, and as many masts are left as will load three as big ships; shorter ships must not be sent, or they must cut the masts to stow them, or else wait till May, when the season will allow them to tow up the lighters. I send an account of victuals; I shall persuade the 8 men in rigging wages to continue on petty warrant. The boatswain has sent to London for men. [Ibid. No. 32.]
March 22.
Portsmouth.
Chris. Brouncker to Lord Brouncker. Asks to have 11 tons of iron now in the stores, about to be disposed of, at the market price, not having had any money a great while for work done for the service. [Ibid. No. 33.]
March 22.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Francis has gone to find out Sir Edw. Spragg, and the Montague has arrived for repairs. [Ibid. No. 34.]
March 22.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. A ship has arrived from London, to be laden with oats and barley for Tangiers. [Ibid. No. 35.]
March 22. John Powell to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 36.]
March 22.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. The Dover pink, arrived from Nantes with wine and brandy, reports that the French fleet of 100 sail was nearly ready to set to sea, and that De Beaufort came down the river with 20 sail, laden with ammunition and provisions for the fleet. Four or five Dutchmen, come in from Bordeaux, confirm the number of the French fleet, &c. Several other vessels have arrived from the Canaries; also the Antelope from Sir Thos. Allin. Sir Edw. Spragg's mainmast is spent. The fleet is cruising on the coast, and is often in sight. [Ibid. No. 37.]
March 22.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. I intended to send you a barrel of ale which has since been staved, but understanding Moyto of Margate has brought or sent you a 10 gallon runlet, I beg your acceptance of it. I am much engaged to Alderman Backwell; the man who robbed me of the customs' employment has only Sir John Wolstenholme as his friend, and as I have an assurance from Mr. Snow, treasurer to my Lord of Canterbury, and Sir Rob. Vyner, and as you command all the farmers, I make no question of my business. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 38.]
March 23.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Sir Edw. Spragg has joined Sir Thos. Allin, who continues cruising about the Lizard. There is a dispute between them as to who shall bear the flag, and meanwhile both wear it. The Antelope is now in harbour for repairs to her mast. [Ibid. No. 39.]
March 23. Sir George Downing to Williamson. The Treasury Commissioners desire you to insert in 2 or 3 succeeding Gazettes a notification prefixed, of 19 March 1668, that tallies on the customs are now registered, and will be Paid in order, instead of promiscuously as heretofore; that the register may be seen in Sir Rob. Long's office or the Custom House, and that notices should be sent of any tallies not in the list, that they may be paid before any new charge on the revenue excludes them. [Ibid. No. 40.]
March 23.
Badm[inton.]
Edw. Ryder to Charles Cratford, Essex House, Strand. I paid Mr. Williamson's clerk, who delivered me Lord Essex's warrant, 6 guineas for the fees, and gave the doorkeeper half a crown on 24 or 25 Feb.; I remember telling you that I had so done, and that the clerk did not seem pleased, when you replied I should have given him something for himself. If the same clerk is there when I come to town next term, I will justify this to his head. Remind Mr. Taylor, at the Essex gate, to repair my clock watch by the time I call for it. [Ibid. No. 41.]
March 23.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Rob. Francis. Three vessels have arrived with deal boards, pantiles, &c., but bring no news. [Ibid. No. 42.]
March 23. Thos. Peirson to Sam. Pepys. His lordship makes no doubt but the money becoming due upon the customs this month will be paid. With postscript by the Earl of Anglesey. "I think you may proceed for as much timber as the remains on that fund will buy." [Ibid. No. 43.]
March 24.
Edinburgh.
Capt. John Strachan to the Navy Commissioners. Sends a letter just received, the post being going. It is said a ship with Malaga wine and fruit has been brought into Bressa Sound. [Ibid. No. 44.]
March. 24.
Woolwich.
Wm. Hannam, master attendant, to the Navy Commissioners. Got the Leopard afloat, but the reach is grown so bad that there is not water for her to ride afloat; cannot accomplish the work for want of lighters and men. Several ships' masts have to be set and rigged, and all the strength put together is not able to bring one ship in and out of dock, without the help of the rope-makers. Desires orders to send the Reserve to the Long Reach; has more ships here than can conveniently ride. [Ibid. No. 45.]
March 24.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Arrival of 2 ships laden with salt. Sir Thos. Allin cruises off the Land's End; 3 companies of foot came into town to be added to the garrison. [Ibid. No. 46.]
March 24. Same to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 47.]
March 24.
The Monmouth.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. A vessel from Rochelle says the French are making great haste with their fleet, and "the King will have 100,000 men in the field, 100 sail of ships at sea, and 100 million of livres into their armies." Capt. [Ant.] Langstone met Capt. JNo. Gilliams, a man-of-war of 24 guns, belonging to St. Sebastian's, which had on board Serjeant-Major Don Quante, with 6 captains and 400 men under his command, bound for Ostend; his consort had 200 men. He had been out of St. Sebastian's 7 days, and said Don John would be ready to depart after him in 14 days. I daily meet with Hollanders who report we shall have war, and others the contrary. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 48.]
March 24.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. There are 50 or 60 ships in the harbour. There has been a great foot course betwixt Sir Wm. Forster's footman and Mr. Howard; a better has not been seen in Newcastle for many years. The course was for 12 miles, the first 10 of which was sore run, but Sir William's footman being the strongest, the other gave it over within a mile of the journey's end. There were 10,000 people present, but some say 30,000. It was between Morpeth and Newcastle bridges. [Ibid. No. 49.]
March 24. Thos. Stalker to Williamson. I am engaged to Sir John Lowther for Thos. Lamplugh in 250l.; he neglecting payment both of principal and interest, Sir John has ordered his scrivener to look after the securities, and there being none in London but me, I have been forced to abscond and have lost my school; and other small debts of my own contracting coming on me make me fear for my safety. I beg some place in your office, or otherwise, or as chaplain to a person of honour, or as steward or chaplain to a ship, &c., only there must be a protection in the case. Endorsed with notes [by Williamson] relative to the distribution of some money and jewels to Haward Coney, Gray's Inn Lane, and Hen. Godfrey, Gardener's Alley, Clerkenwell Green. [Ibid. No. 50.]
March 24. H. H. to Sir Rob. Carr. I was in company with some seamen who report that the peace concluded with the Dutch is such as England could not keep, viz, to furnish the Dutch with 30,000 men and pay them; also that the King of France had shook off the Pope's supremacy, proclaimed general liberty for all opinions, and seized all the Church's stock and lands into his own hands; that he had 400,000 men in pay, and had agreed with the King of Spain, and was bending his whole force for England, where the generality of the sectarians would join him. I fear there is something of that nature in the wind, the generality of all persuasions being so cheerful in their discourses of the French news. The seamen report that we have not above 50 sail of ships fit for sea, and that it will be a hard matter to get seamen, they having been so cheated of their pay; "some waiting until the remedy be worse than the disease, others forced to play at half game, and others to the thirds," so that thousands of them are resolved rather to be torn to pieces than serve again. A purser quoted Solomon's observation that "Justice established a nation; but," said he, "in England the channel of justice was stopped, otherwise there would be many more Lord Chancellors found;" also that there was so strong an endeavour to stifle justice that the guilty were rather encouraged than otherwise, even to the jeering of those prosecutors, and instanced Lord Gerard jeering the Committee of Parliament.
"It would make a sober man wild to hear the discourse that is abroad." Does not supply intelligence to any other correspondent, as is reported. Wants employment to collect the chimney money in Berkshire; could do more service there in the way of intelligence than anywhere else. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 51.]
March 24. Warrant from Lord Chamberlain the Earl of Manchester for a grant to Jeremiah Houghton of the office of keeper of the Armoury at Westminster, in place of James Parker, deceased; fee, 1s. a day, to commence from 29 Sept. 1665. [Ibid. No. 52.]
March 24.
Whitehall.
Licence to Sir Henry Jones, with 4 servants, to travel six months beyond seas and return. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 56.]
March 24.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Commissioners for distribution of the King's bounty to the relations of those slain at sea in the late war with the Dutch, to make out a bill for the usual payment to Marg. Etheridge, assignee of Dorothy Dawes, mother of Hen. Dawes, captain of the Princess, a fourth-rate frigate. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 28.]
March 25.
Whitehall.
Commission for Rob. Markham to be ensign to Capt. Herbert's company in the Admiral's regiment. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 29, p. 15.]
March 25.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. A French man-of-war has come in, which was taken by an Ostender 6 days ago. The Antelope is repaired and put to sea. Sir Edw. Spragg's fleet is cruising between here and the Lizard. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 53.]
Thos. Holden to Hickes. To the same effect as the preceding, and his letter to Williamson of 23 March. [Ibid. No. 54.]
March 25.
Yarmouth.
Leon. Bower to Williamson. Thirty laden colliers have passed through to the southward; one ran on the sands near Winterton, but her men were saved. Five or six boats have also come in with fish from the North seas, and several light ships bound for Newcastle. [Ibid. No. 55.]
March 25.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. Forty sail of merchantmen from France were seen coming up the Channel. [Ibid. No. 56.]
March 25.
Leeds.
Chas. Kirkby to Mr. Francis. Begs to be honoured with a line at Hull, where he shall be for the next 8 days, as the ship in which he goes for Dantzic will not sail before that time; when beyond seas, will return the compliment. [Ibid. No. 57.]
March 25.
Hampton
court.
James Marriott to Williamson. I send the bearer, by order of Sir Algernon May, for a runlet of Northdown ale, given him by you. [Ibid. No. 58.]
March 25. H. H. to Sir Rob. Carr. I went to Southwark and found an unexpected stillness, and the parties aimed at for intelligence extraordinarily mute, pretending themselves strangers to the business. One said there were 40,000 of them in conjunction, and he did not know to what it would lead. I returned to the city, and met with one of the Prudential Rant, who was very inquisitive after the bottom of the business, and said they were to have a meeting in Whitecross Street to consult; I shall attend it and inform you of the proceedings. In Golding Lane was a shoemaker reporting the same story about the French, who spoke much of that King's wisdom; I am jealous whether he was not employed to preach up the King of France. I went to Moorfields and found the apprentices gathering, and one of them made a flag of his apron, whereupon there were thousands of them together; they seized on 2 or 3 houses in the alleys, in the upper quarter of Moorfields, but my Lord Mayor came with his officers, and seized 7 of them; upon this the others took their run to the other side of the fields and consulted, and then took their run down by Finsbury and so into Lower Moorfields, and coasted about to meet the Lord Mayor and rescue the prisoners; but the Mayor's officers bestirred themselves and took 3 more, and carried them through Little Moorgate, and the apprentices returned to their former work. My staying to see this occasioned its being one o'clock before I got to your house. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 59.]
March 25. Petition of the poor whores, bauds, pimps, and panders, to the most splendid, illustrious, serene, and eminent lady of pleasure, the Countess of Castlemaine, for protection against the company of London apprentices, through whom they have sustained the loss of habitations, trades, and employments, and for a guard of "French, Irish, and English Hectors," who are their approved friends. Will contribute to her, as their sisters at Rome and Venice do the Pope. "Signed by us, Madam Cresswell and Damaris Page, in the behalf of our sisters and fellow sufferers (in this day of our calamity), in Dog and Bitch Yard, Lukener's Lane, Saffron Hill, Moorfields, Chiswell Street, Rosemary Lane, Nightingale Lane, Ratcliffe Highway, Well Close, Church Lane, East Smithfield," &c. [Printed. Ibid. No. 60.]
March 25. Scottish Commissioners to the English Commissioners. Think the recent legislation violates the privileges which they should enjoy as native subjects. Answer in detail to the English propositions of the 16th. The Scots are willing to be subject to the same restrictions as the English, but not to be treated as aliens. Barbadoes and the other Caribbee islands were first discovered at the expense of the late Earl of Carlisle, a Scot, and many hundred Scots, prisoners for the late King, were sold and sent to the plantations. Wish Englishmen would freight Scottish ships; desire a lasting trade rather than one for 6 years; promise a list of the ships, &c. [11 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 61.]
March 25. Copy of the above [2 pages. Ibid. No. 62.]
March 25.
Jersey.
R. Manley to [Rob. Francis]. Your letter, with the good news of my dear brother, who speaks kindly of you, is "as welcome as this day is to rich landlords." Letters from France cannot come because of the winds. My daughter is gone to fetch a little boy whom we left at Liège before the Dutch war, but she waits a wind. Preserve me in your good master's favour, which I shall deserve, if opportunity offers. The post by Southampton is safe, but slow. Send me the Gazette by France.
I am redoubling my vigilance to prevent surprises from the French; the inhabitants are forward in their own defence; the King's indulgence has rendered them the happiest people in the world; we will make our coasts impregnable. Is it true that our governor is going for Flanders?
1 April.––This has been delayed by the winds. We had an alarm through a fleet of 34 vessels from St. Malo, but they were merchantmen with 3 or 4 convoys. We took arms and waited till they got clear of the island. Our militia men were very forward in this encounter. On the return of our governor, my wife and I may make a turn into England. [3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 63.]
March 25. John Moorhouse to the Navy Commissioners. Sends particulars of the quantity of timber lying in Aliceholt and Whittlewood Forestes; also of timber bought by several persons from Mr. Langrack as waste. Has put a stop to its carrying away until he receives orders. The lieutenant of Aliceholt Forest has 100l. in hand for waste, which was ordered to be paid to Langrack for the King's use. Those that keep the locks and weirs keep up the water, and hinder the barges passing except when they please, unless they have such allowances as they demand. If this were remedied, a fourth of the expense of water carriage would be saved; 1,000l. is due from Mr. Langrack for carriage; his executors should state that account, and should be satisfied about the quantity of timber felled and uncarried. Has nearly spent the money received, and asks a further supply. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 64.]
March 25.
Dover.
Thos. White to the Navy Commissioners. John Steele, serjeant of the Admiralty, has lost the bills given him for boats and oars delivered. He being so free to deliver anything he had for the service, I could not do less than give him a second bill, according to the receipts in the book signed by the boatswains. [Ibid. No. 65.]
March 25.
Chatham.
Sir Wm. Penn to the Navy Commissioners. Arrived here 2 p.m.; easily discerned it to be a holiday, there being no men at work. Sends a demand for completing the 7 ships ordered first to be despatched; until it is answered, the whole work is at a stand. Wants the best orders for disposal of the 5,000l. he brought down, which is in the hands of Mr. Gregory. Intends for home on Friday. [Ibid. No. 66.]
March 26.
Harwich.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. The new ship will be ready to come about before men can be had, there being aboard only the 8 men that rigged her. I propose sending down the pleasure boat's men, with others to the number of 100; it would be useless to press men unless there were volunteers on board to keep them, in a harbour where they have so many ways of escaping; if you will send some seamen, I might take here 40 soldiers to help up with the anchors. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 67.]
March 26.
Greenwich.
Charles Porter to Sam. Pepys. Mr. Acworth has used his utmost endeavours to procure the witnesses appointed to wait on your Honours, but the absence of one in the country, and the sickness of another, cause him to request a week's time to bring them; I would have waited on you, but can say nothing until you have heard these witnesses. [Ibid. No. 68.]
March 26. Attorney-General Palmer, Sir Heneage Finch, and Sir John Maynard to Lord Brouncker. We have appointed to hear the business referred to us by order of Council of 18 March on Monday next, and desire that the Commissioners of the Navy and the creditors who furnished wares, or some one for them, may be present. [Ibid. No. 69.]
March 26. Wm. Fearne to Sam. Pepys, Clerk of the Navy. Asks him to move the board for an allowance for 3 weeks' attendance with his vessel, the Hopeful Endeavour, intended for a voyage to St. Malo, but now laid aside, and the proceeding stopped. [Ibid. No. 70.]
March 26.
Woolwich.
Ann Pett to Sam. Pepys. My husband died last Sunday, and has left me in a mean condition, having spent by losses and sickness my own estate and his, and I have 4 children and am 300l. in debt. His sickness has cost, since he came to Woolwich, 700l., besides what is now to pay. I intreat you to assist me in obtaining 500l. due to my husband, as also money owing in the yard, and to stand my friend to the Navy Commissioners, that I may continue in my house some time longer; my husband always attended to his Majesty's service, and never looked after his own concerns. [Ibid. No. 71.]
March 26. Commission for Sir Phil. Monckton to be captain of Wm. Lloyd's company in the Guards, under Col. Russell. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 29, p. 15.]
[March 26.] Bill for encouragement of navigation, by granting sole permission to Dr. Peter Chamberlain to construct vessels invented by him that shall sail direct, even in a contrary wind; with proviso that he make one before 1 April 1673. [4to printed. 4 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 72.]
March 26. Warrant authorising Henry Earl of St. Alban's, Sir John Wintour, Principal Secretary, Sir Charles Herbert, Surveyor-General, Sir Henry Wood, Receiver-General, Sir Robert Long, and Sir Peter Bull, Attorney-General to the Queen mother––all being her trustees—to surrender to the Crown 2 coach houses, a stable, 3 kitchens, and some land near Berkshire House, part of the bailiwick or manor of St. James's, parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, belonging to her jointure, and leased by them accordingly; the surrender to be for the remainder of the 99 years of her lease, reserving to her the usual rent for her life, and 2 years after her decease. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, ff. 18, 19.]
March 26. Warrant to the Commissioners of Appeals to restore to John and Arnold Vanderhagen, subjects of Sweden, the ship Landsoort, condemned in the Admiralty Court because the goods belonged to enemies, as they are willing to waive any claim on the goods, if the ship be restored. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 19.]
March 26. Licence for Charles Tufton, Sir Charles his son, and Mary his wife, to travel for 3 years. Minute. [Ibid. f. 19.]
March 26. Warrant to the Board of Greencloth to continue the pension of 60l. a year to Elizabeth, widow of Gabriel Randieu, for life. [Ibid. f. 19.]
March? Petition of Sir Edm. Wyndham to the King, for a grant of rents, lands, &c., unjustly concealed from the Crown by Hen. Best and Edw. Britton, and all other such as he can discover in 3 years; lost 50,000l in the rebellion by loyalty, and is too modest to ask anything from the Exchequer; but his former grant of lands concealed to be discovered in 3 years expired before he could derive any benefit from it. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 73.]
March 26. Warrant for a lease to Sir Edm. Wyndham, Knight Marshal, for 21 years, of all manors, lands, tenements, &c., discovered by him to be unjustly detained and concealed from the Crown, with all rents and arrears therefrom, reserving a moiety thereof to the Crown; also warrant of assistance to him in making leases of the lands, searching books and records, granting inquisitions, &c., [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, ff. 20, 21.]
March 26.
Whitehall.
Pass and post warrant from Lord Arlington for Rob. Francis, going to France, being employed on his Majesty's special service. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 74.]
March 26.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Roebuck is at Spithead for provisions; all haste is being made to fit out the 8 ships appointed from this port. [Ibid. No. 75.]
March 26.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Six English ships have arrived from Bordeaux, and as many from Nantes; also 4 Scotch and 8 north country ships. [Ibid. No. 76.]
March 26.
Castle Cornet,
Guernsey.
Col. J. Atkins to Lord Arlington. The French fleet of 15 great ships and 4 others is at sea, with M. Beaufort aboard; their design is to meet the Spanish fleet going for Flanders; 35 more smaller ships are making ready, and they are pressing all along the coast, with great severity. They talk openly in France of a rupture with England. I must look about me to put Castle Cornet into a posture of defence. Let me have some notice if things are like to come to what is pretended. [Ibid. No. 77.]
March 26. Wm. Morgan and Geo. Cook to Williamson. Ask him to effect Colonel Cook's business in Lord [Arlington's] hands. [Ibid. No. 78.]
March 27. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Capt. (sic) Geo. Cooke, for a lease for 31 years of a messuage and lands at Plumstead, Kent, worth 50l. a year, but concealed and not brought into the revenue. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 296.]
March 27. "Advices received," being extracts from letters calendared above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 79.]
March 27. Warrant for a grant to Fras. Holbech of the office of Consul-General over British subjects residing and trading in Portugal, on revocation of a former grant to [Thos.] Maynard. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 20.]
Docquet of the above, dated 4 April. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 205.]
March 27. Certificate by the Levant Company, in response to an inquiry made by the Duke of York, recommending Chas. Goldsmith as a person both fitting and able to serve the King as consul at Algiers. With 43 signatures. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 80.]
March 27.
"The Bell,"
Wheeler's St.,
Spitalfields.
Information of Edm. Thomas. There is a person lodging at the "Eagle and Child" in the Strand, who only goes out at night, pays 1s. a week for his chamber, and 3s. a meal for his diet. With note by Williamson that Ludowick Howard lodges there, and is supposed to be married to the widow. [Ibid. No. 81.]
March 27. H. H. to Sir Rob. Carr. I find by general discourse that there is a real design on foot, and that the rabble of the apprentices were but the pander to it; thousands of countrymen appear at the wrestling every night. Also I find at the coffee houses that the masters are divided; some of the sober wish there was an order issued from his Majesty and Council for all masters to keep in their servants from rambling; others conclude that they cannot restrain their servants in their recreation, for fear of brooding greater mischief. Some say that if they meddle with nothing but bawdy houses, they do but the magistrates' drudgery; others that if any one of the apprentices should be taken off, it would be of bad consequence. There being 3 or 4 apprentices to one master throughout the City, if they should resolve to arm, they could hardly be hindered by the trained arms.
The generality of the sectarians are much pleased with these stories of the apprentices. There are abundance of old Oliver's officers and soldiers in town upon the account of work, and a whispering of some dabbling with the old soldiers. The Prudential Rant has another meeting on Wednesday. I beg a settlement of my weekly salary, or dismission, that I may take myself to some other calling for the relief of myself and children. [Ibid. No. 82.]
March 27.
The Monmouth,
Mount's Bay.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. The Constant Warwick has come to him, having chased a Sally man-of-war, but lost her during the night; a Hollander from Bordeaux saw 20 French men-of-war off Ushant, bound for the Straits. [Ibid. No. 83.]
March 27.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Sir Thos. Allin and Sir Edw. Spragg are cruising with their squadrons off the Land's End. [Ibid. No. 84.]
March 27.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Particulars of the arrival and departure of ships. [Ibid. No. 85.]
March 27.
Dover.
Lord George Douglas to Williamson. As the Customs make some difficulty, on account of a new order issued, about my passing 20 horses which remain good upon a warrant obtained when I went to France, I desire you will move Lord Arlington for a warrant to pass them; I am detained at Dover simply by this scruple. [Ibid. No. 86.]
March 27.
Dover.
R. Francis to Williamson. I arrived at Dover last night, but cannot embark for France on account of the tide. I will advise you on my arrival there. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 87.]
March 27.
Crayford.
Sam. Bartlett to Chas. Porter, Middle Temple. I am desired by Mr. Acworth to be with you on Thursday to justify my certificate, but the Quarter Sessions, which I attend as deputy to the clerk of the peace, being next week, I cannot attend until the Tuesday following. [Ibid. No. 88.]
March 27–28. Notes of proceedings in the House of Commons, relative to hearth money, Lindsey level, supply, &c. [All printed in Commons’ Journals, Vol. IX., pp. 69, 70. Ibid. Nos. 89, 90.]
March 28.
Woolwich.
Roger Eastwood to the Navy Commissioners. Wants masts from Deptford for the Foresight and Ruby. Mr. Stafford of Woolwich will furnish the boats wanted for ships fitting out, if they will order him some money. [Ibid. No. 91.]
March 28. Capt. J. Perriman to [the Navy Commissioners]. Particulars of vessels taken up or in the river, conferences had with persons relative to Navy stores, &c. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 92.]
March 28. Warrant for a pardon to Sir Thos. Halford, Bart., for killing Edmund Temple; with a non obstante to the statute of Edward III. for finding good security. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 21, p. 64.]
March 28. News-letter. On the 27th, the Recorder [of London] and his brethren, in the absence of the Lord Mayor, who is sick, waited on the King, when the Lord Keeper, from the King, reprehended their remissness in not suppressing the late disorders of the apprentices. They answered, that all was quiet in the City liberties, and that the disorders were in Middlesex, whereon the Lord Keeper was ordered to take an account of the carriage of the justices there; and if they are faulty, to turn them out of commission. There was a false report of a fleet of Dutch and Spanish ships sailing up the Channel, but it was the Bordeaux fleet. The French King has granted verbally a continuation of the cessation till April 10. Sir Wm. Penn goes in the Admiral’s ship, and his Royal Highness is not unlikely to go to sea, if there be occasion. [1 ½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II 237, No. 93.]
March 28.
Calais.
R. Francis to Williamson. I hope to be at Paris to-morrow, and shall expect further commands. I will use all diligence, and give an account of what I learn. [Ibid. No. 94.]
March 28.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Williamson. Several vessels have arrived; one from Bordeaux reports that 80 men-of-war are lying in that river and at Conquett, fitting out with all expedition; also that there is a strict impress of seamen, and a daily concourse of landsmen and volunteers. A Bristol frigate from Carthagena reports all well at Tangiers. [Ibid. No. 95.]
March 28.
The Lizard.
Sir Thos. Aim to Williamson, To the same effect as his letter of the 27th. The Milford spoke with the James pink of London from Barbadoes, which says that Sir John Harman intended to sail 23 January. [Ibid. No. 96.]
March 28.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Hears of the insurrection of the London apprentices, but hopes it is not true. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 97.]
March 28.
Dartmouth.
––––– to [Williamson]. A vessel has come in which came in company with the French fleet of 20 sail from Brest. MM. Beaufort and De la Roche were with them; they intended to cruise in the chops of the Channel, to meet with the Spanish soldiers said to be coming out. [Ibid. No. 98.]
March 28.
Allerton
Mauleverer.
Sir Rich. Mauleverer [high sheriff of Yorkshire] to Williamson. I have occasion to go to Newcastle about concluding a very considerable marriage for my son, but dare not stir out of the county without his Majesty’s licence; pray obtain it, and send it down by the Boroughbridge post, and my under-sheriff shall wait upon you to pay for procuring the licence. [Ibid. No. 99.]
March 28. Receipt by James Skutt for a black box brought by John Mahew. Endorsed [by Williamson], “The 3rd double to Barbadoes, by Mr. Chinparty.” [Ibid. No. 100.]
March 29.
Portsmouth.
———— to Williamson. They are setting out the ships with all speed. [Ibid. No. 101.]
March 29.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Great haste is being made to fit out the 8 ships for the summer’s expedition, and seamen are the only want. [Ibid. No. 102.]
March 29.
Rye.
James Welsh to Williamson. A small vessel from Ireland has arrived with raw hides, tallow, and beef, for Flushing. [Ibid. No. 103.]
March 29.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. A ketch has come in from the fleet for water, and to bring letters; also three English vessels from Barbadoes, Madeira, and Malaga. [Ibid. No. 104.]
March 29.
Plymouth
Fort.
———— to Williamson. The Antelope has arrived with Capt. Willshire, who expects Sir Robert Southwell, and orders for his voyage to Lisbon. The Deptford ketch has come in from Sir Thos. Allin, and a Swede and a Hamburgher who were pillaged by some privateers off Dunkirk. [Ibid. No. 105.]
March 29.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Rob. Robinson to the Navy Commissioners. I suppose Commissioner Tippetts has given an account of the forwardness of our ship. I like Mr. Belbin, the master proposed, if he may have a warrant; if not, I beg to present a master who, if despatched down, will add very much to the getting of men, being known in these parts. I hope care will be taken to transport both men and clothes; 1,000 watermen seamen would do well here, and to repair to the several ships ordered upon peril of their freedom; and other seamen to have their tickets paid. [Ibid. No. 106.]
March 29.
Chatham.
Commissioner Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. I will dispose of the money according to your directions. I fear Mr. Pett’s clerk is not a person fit for such work. I told him I had procured your consent to let him have the ships for weighing; he promised to go to London to speak to you about it.
I think the proposals sent by another person are very unreasonable; considering the cost of 4 ships 6 months, and the materials that will be used, cut to pieces, or stolen, it will amount to a considerable sum; it would be better to allow a certain sum, or there will be waste, and the work thrown up if demands are not met. The gunners omit their duty, not attending the ships they belong to, nor their servants either, and keeping their servants at home to attend them in their houses; thus the whole burden lies upon the boatmen. A considerable quantity of cordage was found in the stores of the gunner of the Defiance. I know not the value of the Vanguard’s bowsprit. I will order 3 months’ wages to be detained from the 2 carpenters who stole the cable; that will cover its value. [3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 107.] Encloses,
Major Henry Nicolls to Col. Middleton, Surveyor-General of his Majesty’s stores. I showed my proposal to Lord Anglesey, who liked it well; I hear the Board have transmitted the subject to you; I am well assured it will be for the King’s service. If any will do it under, and give security, I will willingly submit; or if any person will accept a third or fourth of my proposal upon the same condition, he shall come in equally for a share. The profit will be inconsiderable, and [the contract] very advantageous to the King. Capt. Moorcock will be concerned; I desire that any objections to the proposals may be made to him; I will concur in whatever he submits to.—London, 19 March 1668. [Ibid. No. 107I.]
March 29.
Chatham.
Commissioner Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. I want explanation of an order from the Board for the Jemmy yacht to take on board certain goods for Mr. Pett. I send her, as intended, to fetch the chest money for the poor maimed seamen, when they can do as they please with her. The bread-rooms of the ships that were sunk will have to be dried, rosined, lined, &c. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 108.] Encloses,
W. Burroughes to [Commissioner Middleton]. There comes 1,200l. by the Jemmy, which is to be sent up for the remainder, Mr. Fenn Promissing it by 7 April, the day appointed to begin the general pay.—26 March 1668. [Copy Ibid. No.108I.]
Peter Pett to Col. Middleton. I desire you to appoint the Jemmy yacht to sail for London to take in some goods to be carried to the Return, bound for the Indies, according to a direction from the Board, my son being bound for those parts.—London, 28 March 1668. [Ibid No. 108II.]
March 30.
Victualling
Office, London.
Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners. I cannot supply the victuals for 12,820 men for 6 months, not having received one penny, either by money or by assignments whereupon to borrow money; I am most unwilling, after all my difficulties, to fail in performing what is required. I beg some speedy course to prevent the mischief that will accrue if ships are fitting for sea; and nothing done towards providing victuals, except issuing orders, which you could not expect me to be able to comply with, if you credited my former letters, or considered what I have disbursed, and how I have forfeited my credit, especially in the business of the 50,000l. on the Poll bill, which has rendered me unable to borrow in expectation of assignments. [2 pages. S.P. Dom,, Car. II. 237, No. 109.]
[March 30.] Case of Griffith Bodurda, for whom Lord Arlington requested a place as a fifth Commissioner of the Excise of London, but the farmers had not completed the grant when the late Lord Treasurer died. They are now taking out a new lease, which does not give them power to nominate their commissioners, but they wish the Treasury Commissioners to be requested to appoint Bodurda. [Ibid. No. 110.]
[March 30.] Statement that N. Forth, D.C.L., being mad, and therefore unable to exercise his place as exercise Commissioner for London, Middlesex, and Surrey, the present farmers beg to substitute Mr. Bodurda; Forth being brother to Daniel, Thomas, and John Forth, 3 of the late farmers, was thought too great a conniver at their faults. [Ibid. No. 111.]
March 30. Reference of Griffith Bodurda’s petition, to be a Commissioner of Excise in London, to the Treasury Commissioners, who are to see whether there is need for another commissioner; and if so, to nominate him, with consent of the farmers. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 297.]
[March 30.] Duplicate of the above reference, more at full. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 112.]
March 30.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Vice-Chancellor and Convocation of Oxford, of the petition of the master and fellows of Baliol College, relating to a debate for the provostship of Eton. [S.P. Dom Entry Book 18, p. 297.]
March 30. Licence to M. la Fonds to transport 4 horses into France. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 56.]
March 30.
Whitehall.
The King to the Duke of York. The French fleet under the Duke de Beaufort is come to sea, and intends to cruise in the Channel; you are to order Sir Thos. Allin, admiral of the westward squadron, if he find the French fleet at sea, and much exceeding him in strength, to repair to the Downs with his own squadron and Sir Edw. Spragg’s, leaving 2 vessels to give advice, and to inform him if the French fleet sails up the Channel. If it be at sea, and not too strong for him, he is to pursue his former instructions. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 4.]
March 30. Duke of York to Sir Thos. Allin. Gives him orders conformable to the preceding instructions. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 113.]
March 30.
Letter Office.
James Hickes to Williamson. I shall intimate my opinion to the postmaster of Chichester as to his unhandsome answer to Mr. Curzon. I have heard of your sad loss, and hope God will discover the thief. All that hear of it believe it could only have been done by the consent and assistance of some near you, and that have the right of your keys. [Ibid. No. 114.]
March 30.
Post Office,
4 p.m.
O’Neile to Williamson. Sends a letter which came by the Flanders post, directed to one Brown, who is unknown. [Ibid. No. 115.]
March 30.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. Fifteen sail of light colliers have arrived; also 3 ships, one to be laden with oats, barley, and butter for Tangiers, the other 2 with oats for London. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 116.]
March 30.
Yarmouth.
Leo. Bower to Williamson. Twenty-two great ships have passed northward, and 12 sail of laden colliers south; 150 light colliers have sailed out of the road and harbour to Newcastle and Sunderland, and others for Ireland, &c. Two vessels have arrived from Zealand, with several soldiers and one woman, who say they could get neither money nor victuals for their service in Flanders. [Ibid. No. 117.]
March 30.
Portsmouth.
––––– to Williamson. The Francis frigate has come in, having met with 3 or 4 Ostenders, and also several merchantmen bound for Holland. [Ibid. No. 118.]
March 30.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. All haste is making to fit the ships for the summer expedition. [Ibid. No. 119.]
March 30.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships. Hears that Sir John Harman intended to set sail for England some time since. [Ibid. No. 120.]
March 30.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. The Antelope is taking in provisions, having to go to fetch his Majesty’s forces from Portugal. A ship from Barbadoes reports that Sir John Harman intended coming away with his fleet for England 10 days after she left. Other vessels have arrived from St. Malo, Morlaix, &c., and report that the French King is making great preparation against the summer, and forces all seamen into his service. [Ibid. No. 121.]
March 31. Same to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 122.]
March 31
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Twenty or 30 sail of ships have come in, and more are expected. [Ibid. No. 123.]
March 31. Licence for the Count De Dhona to transport 5 horses into Holland. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 56.]
March 31. Warrant to the Governors of the Charter House to admit James, son of Wm. Griffith, groom of the chamber, to a scholar’s place, after admission of those previously recommended. [Ibid. f. 57.]
March 31.
Whitehall.
Declaration by the King. As the Dutch congregation about Westminster complain that they cannot without difficulty repair to the Dutch church in London, and beg some convenient place in Westminster to hear preaching in their own language, we hereby permit as many as submit to the Church of England, and use the book of Common prayer in the Dutch language, to meet for worship in any commodious place they can procure in or about Westminster, and to have as many ministers as shall be thought fit, provided their names be first presented by the churchwardens of the Dutch congregation to the Bishop of London; we appoint Nich. Van Renselaer, of whose ability we are satisfied, to order the congregation and continue his ministry. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 5.]
March 31. Certificate by Rob. Mayors that the master shipwright in the Thames gave 38s. per 100 lb. for reed, 40s. per 1,000 for sheaf reed, and 38s. per 1,000 for broom. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 124.]
March 31.
Chatham.
Commissioner Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. A poor hoyman desires his boat, formerly appointed a fire-hoy; it is fitted for him, but I cannot deliver it without an order, though it lies at the King's wharf, and he will lose the season without it. The Yarmouth will be out of dock to-morrow, and 3 ships will be despatched this spring [tide]. The Greenwich only stays for a fair wind. I bought 50 loads of oak timber at 48s. per load; I could not get it cheaper, neither know where to find any more so cheap.
The mast-maker is a very rascal, and not fit for employment; if countenanced, he will do the King great disservice, and is fitter for Tyburn than for and trust; the master joiner and others in the yard are little better. Calkers are much wanted, the ablest being in London; if joiners are not sent down, I know not what we shall do, as 50 for 3 months will not repair the ruin done to the King's ships since they came into port. I send a copy of a letter about the gunner of the Defiance; such business being laid to sleep makes others incorrigible; if 10 or 12 were hanged, it might save the souls of the rest, but were they as bad as the devil, the worst punishment is loss of place. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 125.]
March 31.
Broad Street.
R. Waith to the Navy Commissioners. I propose, in order to expediting the late Navy treasurer's accounts, and satisfying the remaining debts, that tickets paid by him belonging to ships or yards for a time of service already paid, which relate to the time payable by the present treasurer, may be exchanged for others of like value to be made by the present treasurer, and allowable on the former treasurer's accounts, according to the practice of preceding treasurers, and which if now disallowed, will occasion irregular proceedings and expense of time in finishing the late treasurer's accounts. [Ibid. No. 126.]
March 31.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Desires that 4 months' wet and dry provisions be put on board the Reserve, as she is ready to sail the first opportunity. [Ibid. No. 127.]
March. Warrant to pay to the keeper of the privy purse necessary sums of money for angel gold, for the King's use in healing. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 195.]
March. Commission of lieutenancy to the Earl of Essex for Wiltshire. [Ibid. No. 198.]
March. Lease to Wm. Bucknall and 7 others of the duties of excise in London and Westminster, Southwark, Middlesex, and Surrey, except the borough of South Mimms, for 3 years, they advancing 35,000l. and paying 140,000l. rent a year for 2 ½ years,,and 35,000l. a month afterwards, the moiety of the last half-year's rent being allowed in lieu of the money advanced. [Ibid. No. 199.]
March. Lease to Wm. Bucknall and the same 7 others for 3 years, beginning 24 June next, of the excise of beer and other liquors in cos. Kent, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Bucks, except part of Newmarket, paying 54,780l. quarterly; also of the excise of brandy and other foreign liquors imported into England and Wales, except London, Middlesex, and Surrey, for 3 years; rent 2,000l. quarterly, they advancing 13,695l. and 500l. by way of caution, on interest at 6 per cent; also the excise of brandy and strong waters from 24 Nov. last to 24 June next, in consideration of 1,250l. advanced by them. [Docquet, Vol. 23, Nos. 200, 201.]
March. Warrant to the coroner and attorney of King's Bench to pay to Jasper Waterhouse, secondary of the Crown office, 100l. as the King's free gift, for his industry in drawing up indictments of high treason against Sir Hardress Waller and others. [Ibid. No. 202.]
March. Commission of lieutenancy to James Viscount Say and Sele for Oxfodshire. [Ibid. No. 203.]
March. Warrant to pay to the Treasurer of the Navy 171,825l. for the wages for 6 months of 9,875 men, to be employed on the King's ships, and for the wear and tear of the ships [Ibid. No. 204.]
March. Like warrant to pay 45,978l. for wages, at 28s. per month each, of the seamen appointed to serve in the fleet to be sent out for the winter guard, the Straits and West Indies. [Ibid.]
March ? Petition of Joshua Bowes, prisoner in the Gatehouse, to Lord Arlington. Is deeply sorry for felonies committed at his lordship's office, for which his life is at stake; begs him to be moved by the tears of a penitent thief, whose heart is changed by grace, and to give to an old sinner a new life, to be spent in thankfulness and prayer. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 128.]
March ? Petition of Wm. Garfield, citizen and innholder of London, to Lord Arlington, for reprieve from shameful death to banishment, for his son-in-law, Hen. Godfrey, prisoner in Newgate, who was persuaded to commit that horrid robbery at Mr. Williamson's lodgings, for which he now stands sentenced to death. [Ibid. No. 129.]
March ? Petition of Henry Godfrey, attorney of the King's Bench, to Williamson, for reprieve for 2 months; is justly condemned for accompanying Wm. Sherwood in the burglary at his lodgings; is ashamed of the base action, and will try to procure and restore him all his goods. [Ibid. No. 130.] Annexing,
Account by Williamson of money, rings, plate, watch, pistols, &c., stolen from him. [2 papers. Ibid. No. 130I, II.]
——— to [Williamson]. I leave it to you to consider the pains I have been at, employing others to assist, in reference to the robbery at your lodgings, in recovery of which I have spent 4l. 7s. 6d. Noted, received 82l. [Ibid. No. 130.II.]
March ? Petition of Wm. Sherwood, prisoner in New gate, to Lord Arlington, for reprieve from death, and leave to serve in foreign plantations. Is sorry for the crime in the Paper office, for which he is condemned; has delivered up some things in his custody, and wishes to deliver the remainder. [Ibid. No. 131.]
March ? Petition of Wm. Sherwood to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 132.]
March ? Petition of Elizabeth, wife of Wm. Sherwood, to Williamson, that her husband, concerned in the late unhappy business, may be reprieved at least, and if possible transported, or have any other sentence rather than this untimely end. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 133.]
March ? Petition of the musicians payable from the Treasury Chambers, to the King, to be put into the list of the establishment, and receive their proportion of the 10,000l. allotted towards payment of servants; had his Majesty's promise to provide for them, but find that there is a warrant for their retrenchment among others. [Ibid. No. 134.]
March ? Petition of the French musicians to Lord [Arlington], to obtain them the means of going away, since the thing is determined on by the King's command. [French. Ibid. No. 135.]
March ? Petition of John Singleton, one of the band of violins, to the King, for continuance in the establishment of private music, with his former salary; if left out, he will only have 20d. a day, which is not enough to support him, as from his constant attendance, he has little else to depend upon. [Ibid. No. 136.]
March ? Petition of Caleb Stockport, M.A., of Sandal, co. York, to the King, for presentation to the vicarage of Dewsbury, void by death of Paul Greenwood. [Ibid. No. 136A.]
March ? Petition of Sir G. Talbot, master of the jewel house, to the King, for the 300l. a year out of the New Year's gifts formerly paid to M. Vanderdoes, but which he supposes will be recalled with other extraordinary grants, but this money is not under charge of the Treasury Commissioners; his office used to be worth 1,500l., but the perquisites are reduced to 180l., which is less than any of his under-officers enjoy. Attributes this to the unkindness of the late Lord Chancellor. [Ibid. No. 137.]
March ? Statement of the case of William and Anne Callow, and their children, and 2 others, banished from the Isle of Man 2 ½ years ago for nonconformity, and their estates confiscated. [Similar to that of December 1667, p. 114 supra. Ibid. No. 138.]
March. Capt. Thos. Bridgeman to the Navy Commissioners. I recommend Edm. Hodges to be master of the Speedwell in my intended voyage, he having several times well discharged that office. [Ibid. No. 139.]
[March.] H. H. to [Sir Rob. Carr]. I attended 5 meetings on Sunday; one of the Independents, Presbyterians, and Quakers, and two of the fifth monarchy men; but there was nothing material beyond their stirring up one another to union, the rather because of the near approach of the great day; disclaiming the actions of those in the country as giddy, and running without their leader. A Hereford-shire fifth monarchy man, a scholar, said that the great work was to understand the language of their Lord and King, and be always ready to go when He called, and not before; that to seek by prudential policy to avoid danger is the way to be involved in it, and that if they would save their own or their relations' lives, they were to be valiant for the Lord. This meeting was in Blue Anchor Alley, Old Street.
The Quakers were much on the same strain at their great meeting at Stepney. Vavasour Powell, the great metropolitan fifth monarchy preacher, is to preach at Mr. Nye's meeting in Blue Anchor Alley next Sunday. I have devoted much time to this business, but have not yet found out the press, though by following Beeston's wife, I am confident it is in one of five houses in Blue Anchor Alley; but by reason of so many back doors, bye-holes, and passages, and the sectarians so swarming thereabouts, I have been afraid of being discovered in scouting, but I saw one of Darby's men at the meeting. Someone shuld attend a meeting to be held in Five Foot Lane, Horselydown, as it is to be one of the biggest that has been held in Southwark, and the most factious, chiefly consisting of commonwealth fighting Baptists, soundly seasoned with the fifth monarchy principles. I hear that Nathaniel Strange has preached amongst them 2 or 3 times of late; they want that small number of old soldiers disbanded who are the only terror of those who are for cutting the ears of all government but their own fancies, and they try to beget evil opinions of parliaments. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 140.]
March ? Lord Chamberlain Manchester to ––——. Wishes him to appear at Court in May next, in place of Dr. Colbourn, prepared to preach before the King and household, as often as shall fall to his turn during the month. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 48, f. 11.]
March. Memoranda [from the Signet books] of warrants, &c., passed during the month, the uncalendared portions of which are as follows:––
Allowance to ––—— Godolphin, secretary to the Ambassador Extraordinary to Spain, of 40s. a day, and 600l. for his equipage.
Note that when a man is outlawed, his estate is forfeit to the King, and a commission must issue to inquire what he is seized of.
Grant to the East India Company of the port and island of Bombay, at rent of 10l. a year, to be paid at the Custom House, London.
Order that the Judges' salaries of 1,000l. each be paid out of the Customs, by striking tallies thereon.
[March.] List of 20 books bound for his Majesty's service, and delivered to Lord Arlington's office by Sam. Mearne. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 17.]
March. Account of the expenses of the journey of [Rob. Francis] by post, from London to Dover, thence to Calais, posting to Paris, and returning the same route; total, 22l. 15s. [3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 141.]
[March.] Account of certain allowance prayed for by Wm. Hutchinson, Deputy Prothonotary of the Chancery Court, for his expenses and pains in engrossing, passing, and enrolling certain commissions, &c. on vellum, from 23 March 1664 to 23 March 1668, amounting to 108l. 13s. 4d. [2 pages. Damaged. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 142.]
[March] Copy of the above. [2 Pages. Ibid. No. 143.]
March.
Deal.
Lists sent by Morgan Lodge to Williamson of ships in the Downs, the state of the wind, arrival and despatch of mails, &c., as follows:–[Ibid.]
No. Date. King's. Merchants'. Mall. Wind. Remarks.
Arrival. Despatch.
144 Mar. 1 5 None 5 p.m. N. The storm has driven away 2 vessels, and caused 2 others to cut their masts.
145 " 3 6 41 None 6 p.m. S.W.
146 " 4 6 44 None 7 p.m. N.N.W.
147 " 5 6 46 5 p.m. 6 p.m. N.W.
148 " 6 5 49 None 6 p.m. N.E. The ships are all going out of the Downs.
149 " 7 1 30 None 6 p.m. S.W. Thinks the wind will force back the ships that went out.
150 " 8 1 42 None 5 p.m. S.E.
151 " 9 1 47 None 6 p.m. N.W. by N.
152 " 10 1 None 5 p.m. N. All the ships are going out.
153 " 11 1 2 None 5 p.m. S.E.
154 " 12 1 2 4 p.m. 5 p.m. E.
155 " 13 1 0 None 5 p.m. E.
156 " 14 1 0 None 5 p.m. E. Two ships bound for Guinea have gone through the Downs.
157 " 15 1 3 None 5 p.m. N.E. A Dutch man-of-war has arrived from France, bound for Holland.
158 " 16 1 1 None 5 p.m. E.
159 " 17 1 1 None 5 p.m. E.
160 " 18 1 1 None 5 p.m. N.E.
161 " 19 1 1 4 p.m. 5 p.m. E.
162 " 20 1 1 None 5 p.m. N.E.
163 " 21 1 2 None 5 p.m. N.E.
164 " 22 1 1 None 5 p.m. N.E.
165 " 24 1 2 None 5 p.m. N.N.W.
166 " 26 1 20 N.W.
167 " 27 1 23 None 5 p.m. S.W.
168 " 28 1 7 None 5 p.m. N.E.
169 " 29 1 8 None 5 p.m. N.E.
170 " 30 1 2 None 5 p.m. N.E.