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Charles II: April 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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April 1668

April 1.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. Two vessels from Cherburg report that they are still raising forces there, although the discourse is of nothing but peace with Spain being suddenly concluded. [Ibid. No. 171.]
April 1.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson, The Eagle of London has arrived from Barbadoes with sugar, and reports that Sir John Harman intended coming away. The William from Tresseres reports that a blazing comet appeared in that island on 16 March. The Judith from Dover met Sir John Harman with 12 more in his company, and several English and Dutch at sea. Sir Thos. Allin continues crusising between Falmouth and the Lizard. Arrival of other ships. [Ibid. No. 172.]
April 1. Thos. Holden to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 173.]
April 1.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. The Samuel has arrived from Crosick laden with salt, the Kingfisher from St. Malo, and the Francis from Morlaix with linen cloth. They speak of great pressing in all the ports for seamen, say that Mons. Beaufort is intended down the Channel this spring, and boast of a thorough conquest of the Netherlands. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 174.]
April 1. Sir J. Bennet to Williamson. Recommends him a clerk who has spent three years in the University, and is son to an honest gentleman in the King's service. [Ibid. No. 175.]
April 1. Warrant to the Officers of Customs to permit Sam. Swinnock and others to unlade from the Grey Horse of Dover, now in the Downs, wines, paper, &c, laden on her by their factors at Rochelle, believing her to be an English ship, although she was proved to be Dutch-built and unfree. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 56.]
April 1. English Commissioners to the Scottish Commissioners. The proposition of the Scottish Parliament of 1661, written by mistake 1660, to which they alluded, was that for the future all the forces to be used in Scotland may be natives, and all others removed; which, considering how many Scots occupy places of trust and profit in England, was a proposition less reasonable than any made by England. Press for a list of the Scottish ships. Remind them of their agreement that nothing is to be decided on, unless agreed to by the Commissioners of both kingdoms. [3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 176.] Annexing,
Proceedings in the House of Lords, 20 May 1661, on the reading by the Lord Chancellor of a letter to the King from the Parliament of Scotland, when his lordship explained that the letter was referred to them because the English troops not yet disbanded in Scotland are 30,000l. in arrears, on which a conference with the Commons was ordered, to consider some speedy mode of paying the same. [Ibid. No. 176I.]
Parliament of Scotland to the King. Express delight in the restoration, and willingness to hazard life and fortune in his Majesty's service. Think 200 horse and some foot will be necessary for the garrisons, and a country militia; but request that all the forces may be native, and all others removed; also, since many of the late troubles were caused by trust being placed in disaffected, persons, beg great care in dispensing favours and trusts. Have chosen the Lord Commissioner, whose loyalty is well known, the Earl of Glencairn, Chancellor, and Earl of Rothes, President of the Council, to give a fuller account of the state of the kingdom.Edinburgh, 21 April 1661. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 176II. Both printed in Lords' Journals, Vol. XI, p. 260.]
April 1. Draft of the reply of the English to the Scottish Commissioners. [4 pages. Ibid. No. 177.]
April 1. Abstract of the proceedings and correspondence between the English and Scottish Commissioners for trade, since 21 Jan. 1668; all calendared above. [6 pages. Ibid. No. 178.]
April 1. Copy of the above. [5 pages. Ibid. No. 179.]
April 1. Jane Davies to Lord Arlington. I think you lack information to forward my cause with the King. My late husband was so loyal that he was twice imprisoned, and Thurloe declared that he was fitter to be hanged than to have any privilege of that Parliament to which he was elected, but not allowed to sit. He corresponded with the Duke of Ormond and Lord Berkeley; gave Don Alonso an insight into the condition of the nation; first moved for the Duke of York to have the offer of the conduct of the naval affairs of Spain; first gave the Royal party hopes of the restoration; obtained an increase of the [Spanish] grant to the Duke of York. Yet on the restoration, he was brought into disfavour by those who dreaded his sincerity, deprived of his places of victualler to the Navy and surveyor to the Duke, sent in 1662 to the Tower, and kept there 13 months without charge or trial. These wrongs, and the taking from him 700l. a year of Earl of Antrim's estate by the Earl of St. Alban's, made him utter passionate bold truths to Sir John Robinson (who keeps the prisoners' allowances from them, besides other abuses); for which, though an M.P., he was sent at an hour's notice to Tangiers, thence allowed to go to Spain, and was 5 years away; being on his way home, in September last, he died of a fever at Madrid. I am overwhelmed with debt, and beg redress. [1 ¼ pages. S.P. Dom., Gar. II. 237, No. 180.] Annexing,
Petition of Jane Davies to the King, for relief by some assignment which will enable her to satisfy the creditors of her late husband, who by imprisonment and exile for 5 years was damaged 20,000l. [Ibid. No. 180I.]
April 1. Order signed by the King, Duke of Albemarle, and Lord Arlington, for 40 soldiers to each of the 3 companies in Jersey, to make up each to 100; yearly cost of 120 men at 8d. a day per man, 1,456l. Also like order for each of the two companies at Guernsey, yearly cost of the 80 men, 970l. 13s. 4d. [Ibid. No. 181.]
April 1. Trinity House certificate that Anth. Smith of Portsmouth, mariner, is fit to take charge as master of any fourth-rate ship or frigate. [Ibid. No. 182.] Enclosing,
Similar certificate by J. Cox and J. Swanley, in favour of Anth. Smith, whom they have examined by order of Commissioner Middleton.––13 Feb. 1665. [Ibid. No. 182I.]
April 1.
St. Malo.
Thos. Browne to the Navy Commissioners. Asks if they have received the 63 batt of canvas sent by the Two Bachelors, and if Commissioner Middleton of Portsmouth has received the hemp sent him. Has a quantity ready, and is glad they have ordered a ship to come for it. If they want more noyalls canvas, shall load what they order. Desires payment of his bill in the hands of John Mason, who will else return it to his discredit. There is great talk of a second breach betwixt the two Crowns; prays to be advised thereon, that he may regulate his business better. [Ibid. No. 182A.]
April 1. Capt. George Liddell of the St. David to [John] Pearse [Surgeon General]. Wants a warrant for Thos. Clark to be surgeon of the Roebuck; the old one is discharged at his own request. [Ibid. No. 183.]
April 2.
Harwich.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. The master and boatswain of the new ship think that careening her will, for reasons stated, be the loss of the masts, and they will not concern themselves in that which must miscarry. Asks whether to leave the business here to attend the Commissioners of Accounts, or whether their Honours will excuse him to them, so that one journey may serve for all, having to come up when the new ship is despatched. [1 ½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 184.]
April 2. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Sends press warrants, and also his Royal Highness's orders for fitting the Royal Katherine. The Duke will leave the distributing the beverage at Lisbon to Sir Robert Southwell, who is going to Lisbon to get the English soldiers together in Portugal, and to see them embarked. The Duke consents to the continuance of the officers mentioned by their Honours, who were ordered to be reduced. Sends an order to the Marshal of the Admiralty for summoning the workmen that have absented themselves from Chatham. [Ibid. No. 185.]
April 2. Thos. Wheeler to the Navy Commissioners. Sends a certificate from Capt. Guy, commander of the Portsmouth, for his piloting her from the Nore to Purfleet, and asks for a competent reward for the service; 10s. is not enough, as he was 11 days on the service. [Ibid, No. 186.]
April 2.
Ordnance
Office.
Edw. Sherburne and Fras. Nicholl to the Navy Commissioners. We want the names of 6 ships ordered to sea as the summer guard, and where they are, that we may supply the gunners' stores. We desire you will order the gunners to wait upon us as the ships grow ready, to prevent demurrage by the stores lying by the ships' sides. [Ibid. No. 187.]
April 2.
Exchequer.
John Fenn to Sam. Pepys. Will this day receive 15,000l. out of the Exchequer upon loans on the seamen's orders, and this week 10,000l. more. Received the 5,500l. upon the Customs for last month, and has paid what was charged upon it. The clerks are ordered to be paid out of the money from the sale of ships, and Sir JNo. Chicheley has brought a bill for 500l. on the same, to be paid after 4,000l. has been had; this cannot be complied with, as more than that sum was paid before the bill was made. [Ibid. No. 188.]
April 2.
Woolwich.
Roger Eastwood to the Navy Commissioners. Repair of ships. Asks for calkers, sheet-lead, scuppers, &c. The St. David wants new chain-plates. The smith has neither iron nor credit, but if they will order him some money, he will do his utmost; gives the names of 8 calkers belonging to the yard now employed in the yards of the river, and desires they may be speedily sent down to their duty. [Ibid. No. 189.]
April 2.
Chatham.
Commissioner Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. I have spoken to the gunners of the ships; they will observe his Royal Highness's instructions, but will not yield further attendance, or be under the boatswain's commands. I was mistaken in the man I told you of; he is not the gunner's servant, but the purser's, and shall be released. I believe the gunners and all the servants in the ship have run away, as no news is to be heard of any of them. [Ibid. No. 190.]
April 2. Warrant to the Lord Keeper to affix the great seal to Sir Wm. Temple's commission as Ambassador Extraordinary to Aix-la-Chapelle. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 21.]
April 2. Warrant for reprieve of Sir Thos. Halford, convicted of manslaughter for the death of Thos. Temple. Minute. [Ibid. f. 21.]
April 2. News from 27 March to 2 April. The Lord Mayor having fallen sick, the Recorder and his brethren presented themselves before Council, when the Lord Keeper reprehended them on behalf of his Majesty, for their remissness in not suppressing the disorders of the apprentices; but they answered that all within the city liberties was easily quieted, and that the disorders were committed in Middlesex; upon this the Lord Keeper was ordered to take an account of the carriage of the justices of those parts, and if they were found faulty, to turn them out of the Commission. At parting he commended them to be punctual concerning the re-building of the city, and to see that the several houses are built uniform according to the rule and model given. The order for free import of timber was read and allowed. The Resolution, a new ship, is rigging at Harwich.
Sir Thos. Morgan has orders to return to his command at Jersey, and to carry with him all necessaries for the supply and defence of that island, and a recruit of men. Bills were brought into the House [of Commons] for encouraging tillage, navigation, and the breed of cattle. Mr. Solicitor brought in a Bill for raising 100,000l. on wines and brandies towards his Majesty's supply. The King requested the House to despatch business, that they might adjourn at Whitsuntide. The Duke of York dined with the Countess of Devonshire at Southampton House, and went down to Deptford to hasten the fitting out of the Charles.
The French King, having made a project of a treaty upon the foundation of the alternative accepted by the Marquis, has sent it to the mediators, who think it not unreasonable, and have pressed the Marquis to accept and sign it, which if he agrees to, the peace is like to follow. Sir Godfrey Lloyd, by leave of his Majesty, has accepted the offer of Quartermaster-General to the States. Upon the complaints of his Majesty to the French King against the Duke of Monaco, that King has answered that he has only undertaken the protection of the town, does not trouble himself with any of the Duke's affairs, and so leaves his Majesty to do as he pleases. The House has resolved to raise the whole 300,000l. by the imposition on wines, and the Poll bill is wholly laid aside. Mr. Williamson had his chamber robbed by Sherwood and 2 other confederates, who stole 1,500l. in jewels, gold, and silver; but Sherwood being taken, he confessed; so another of the birds was taken, and most of the goods recovered; but the third, being alarmed by the apprehension of the others, fled away. A sad fire happened in Tuthill Street, opposite the Globe tavern, which destroyed 4 houses. [4 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 191.]
April 2.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. All haste is being made to fit out ships for the summer expedition. The Montague and Bristol have been launched, and the Ruby has been brought in to be graved and fitted. [S.P. Dom., Gar. II. 237, No. 192.]
April 2.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Jas. Hickes. A London ship, laden with oats, barley, and butter, has gone for Tangiers. [Ibid. No. 193.]
April 2. John Powell to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 194.]
April 2.
The Monmouth Lizard.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. Report of ships seen and spoken with by the Milford from Barbadoes. Sir John Harman resolved to sail homewards on 23 Jan. [Ibid. No. 195.]
April 3.
Yarmouth.
Leonard Bower to Williamson. Several ships have passed, bound to Newcastle and the northward. [Ibid. No. 196.]
April 3.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. Sir Edw. Spragg has arrived in the Revenge; the Antelope still continues here. Sir Thos. Allin is reported to be off the harbour. [Ibid. No. 197.]
April 3. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 198.]
April 3.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. There remain 200 sail in the harbour, many of them great colliers, and others come in every tide; if the wind continues fair, there will be a great fleet. [Ibid. No. 199.]
April 3.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. The Return and Constantinople Merchant have come into the Downs, bound for East India. [Ibid. No. 200.]
April 3. Thos. Stalker to Williamson. Thanks for his candid expressions; begs a protection from arrest, as prison would be death to him. Will provide himself with necessaries for the condition designed for him. [Ibid. No. 201.]
April 3. The King to the President and fellows of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Requests their election of Fras. Parry, M.A., fellow of that college, to the traveller's place allowed by statute, that he may attend Sir Rob. Southwell, Envoy Extraordinary to Portugal, he having been in those parts. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 73.]
April 3. Warrant to the Earl of Strafford to preserve the game about Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 21.]
April 3.
Whitehall.
Petition of Thos. Simonds, prisoner in Surrey Gaol, to the King for pardon. Was pursued into his own yard in the night by two men unknown to him, and in his own defence, struck one of them who was on horseback, and who, being in drink, fell off of his horse as he was riding in the road, could not recover himself, lay there all night, and died 3 days after. Was found guilty of manslaughter at the assizes, and being illiterate could not read, whereby he lost the benefit of his clergy, and was sentenced to transportation. With reference thereon to Lord Chief Justice Kelynge, who sat on the trial, and his report. According to the evidence, the petitioner did not kill the person in his own defence; he was indicted for murder, but found guilty of manslaughter, for which [the benefit of] clergy was allowable; but he, being unable to read, desired rather to be transported than suffer death. In pursuance of the power given to judges, I assented to this; if his Majesty is pleased to extend his favour that the petitioner may not be transported, this may be so expressed in the pardon.—7 April 1668. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 202.]
April 3. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 304.]
April 3. Certificate by Adam Browne and 5 others, that Thos. Simonds is a man of good conversation and useful to the county of Surrey, and that they believe he killed Samuel White contrary to his intentions; but the jury finding it manslaughter, he was sentenced to be transported; if his Majesty is not pleased to except him, 3 motherless children must be maintained by the parish, and the country lose a laborious man. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 203.]
April 4.
Dean Forest.
Daniel Furzer to the Navy Commissioners. Will accompany the gentleman to view the woods. Has been with others ordered by the Treasury to seize the iron, wood, and coal in the forest for his Majesty. Asks them to move the Treasury that his bill of 300l. may be paid, as they know of his great suffering for want of it; has not received one penny for a year. The bill for 600l. will be a year old. 15 May; can get no account of that or the last. [Ibid. No. 204.]
April 4.
Bristol.
John Badcock to the Navy Commissioners. Shall make it his care that no iron goes into the new ship but what is good. The ship will be ready to launch by the middle of next month. [Ibid. No. 205.]
April 4.
Lee.
Sir John Banks to Sam. Pepys. Cannot wait on the Board, but desires that they will sign [Wm.] Chambers’ and [Hen.] Higford’s bills upon the Exchequer, or the parties concerned will wait on them to request fair proceeding, being assured by their friends in Parliament and Council that their Honours should not have thus long forborne to pass those assignments which are their due. Has no interest further than to assist neighbours, knowing what mischiefs they are exposed to for want of their money. [Ibid. No. 206.]
April 4.
Ordnance
Office.
Edw. Sherburne, Geo. Clarke, and Fras. Nicholls to the Navy Commissioners. We have 50 or 60 tons of gunpowder and other stores lying at Kinsale waiting conveyance; have you occasion to remove stores thence, or have you any ship bound that way, so as to save charge in removing our stores ? [Ibid. No. 207.]
April 4. Certificate by Capt. John Withers and two other officers, that the Hind ketch was forced ashore on the rocks of the Island of Scilly on 11 December last. [Ibid No. 208.]
April 4. Warrant to pay to Wm. Bucknell 2,000l. lent by him for buying the Earl of Thomond’s house near Newmarket, for his Majesty’s use. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 205.]
April 4. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Paul Adams, late collector of hearth money for Sussex, for relief, his deputy collector. Rich. Glvde. having died distracted, with several sums in his hands, and he being bound with Mr. Walsingham for performance of the covenants. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 297.]
April 4. Reference of the petition of Rich. Marsh—complaining that his son George, on pretence of a debt of 300l., has got all his deeds and settlements, and made them over to Edw. Yonger—to the Lord Keeper, who is to reconcile the parties if possible, they being so nearly related, and both his Majesty’s domestic servants. [Ibid. p. 298.]
April 4. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Capt. John Gwilliams, for a fine of 100l. forfeited by Michael Knight. [Ibid. p. 298.]
April 4.
Whitehall.
The King to the Treasury Commissioners. Requests them to recommend Thos. Paulden to the Farmers of Excise, for admission to the office of Commissioner of Excise on the first vacancy, with the usual salary. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 28.]
April 4. Warrant to Lord Ashley to pay 405l. 15s. 10d. to John Delavallet, subject of Spain, being the value of 124 pipes of Canary wines seized, and decreed by the Admiralty to be restored to him, but which had been sold in the interim; although out of 104 pipes landed, only 54 were brought to account, and of these 16 were said to be only lees of wine. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 22.]
April 4. Warrant to the Lord Mayor and Recorder of London to forbear execution of the sentence of burning in the hand on Richard Sabin, convicted of manslaughter at Middlesex sessions. [Ibid. f. 22.]
April 4.
Whitehall.
Certificate by the jury impannelled at the Old Bailey to try Sir Thos. Halford, Bart., for murder of Edmund Temple, that they delivered a verdict of not guilty of murder; but the court, not being satisfied, debated the matter, and urged them to go together again; and being told they must find it manslaughter, they found him guilty accordingly; that the first verdict delivered was true upon their oaths and consciences, but the second verdict was delivered upon the pressure and importunity of the court, and to secure themselves from being fined. [Copy. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 209.]
April 4.
Whitehall.
Post warrant from Lord Arlington for Rob. Francis from London to Dover, with power to take up a vessel at the usual rates to transport him to Calais. [Ibid. No. 210.]
April 4. Receipt by John Hudson for a black box directed to Lord Willoughby, governor of Barbadoes. Endorsed, “Duplicate of despatch to Lord Willoughby for receiving St. Christopher’s.” [Ibid. No. 211.]
April 4.
Harwich.
L. Osborne to [Williamson]. We have offered 12 pieces of gold in vain for a boat, the wind being so contrary; they urge the late loss of the boat in which Mr. Quack, who came to England on postal affairs, and all with him perished. We have not feared risking our lives, knowing the affair to be of the utmost importance, but it is impossible to go. [French Ibid. No. 212.]
April 4.
Harwich.
And. Carr to [Williamson]. Mr. Osborne and I have used our best endeavours to get a boat, but the wind being contrary, no vessel will venture to sea. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 237, No. 213.]
April 4.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Williamson. I have received some information of such a man as Howard Coney, whom I am ordered to apprehend, and will secure him; but I desire a general warrant, that will run to all justices of the peace, as well for Somersetshire as Gloucestershire, to apprehend him, and search for the goods. [Ibid. No. 214.]
[April 4.]
The Eagle,
Tynemouth Bar.
Capt. John Crabb to Sir John Robinson, Lieutenant of the Tower. Arrived at Leith on 30 March, and delivered the prisoner, John Home of Rollo, to the Earl of Linlithgow, by order from the Lord High Commissioner of Scotland, and obtained a receipt for him. All the ammunition ships have arrived. [Ibid. No. 215.]
April 4.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. The Windsor of Lyme has arrived from St. Malo with canvas, and says that Beaufort is about Ushant with 15 sail; that more ships are fitting for him, intending up the Channel for Ostend, and that their preparations are great for Flanders this spring; but the people in general desire peace with England; 2 or 3 Ostenders took a French man-of-war of 8 or 10 guns. [Ibid. No. 216.]
April 4.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Six vessels have arrived from Sweden, Holland, &c., one of which reports that a small pink struck on the stone banks and immediately sank, and all her men perished. [Ibid. No. 217.]
April 4.
Bristol.
John Fitzherbert to Williamson. I will send your letters for Lord Willoughby at Barbadoes by the Sea Flower, which will sail in a few days. The Sun has arrived from Zante, and left the garrison at Tangiers in good condition. She met with several men-of-war of Algiers, of 40 and 50 guns a-piece, which gave chase; but the officers, to prevent needless trouble, lowered their sails and stayed for them. The Algerines finding them English, they were immediately dismissed. The man-of-war building at Bristol will carry 60 or 70 guns, and be ready to launch at the end of the month, and will prove a finer ship than the St. Patrick. I hope the report that your lodgings have been broken open, and a considerable sum lost, is not true. [Ibid. No. 218.]
April 4.
Plymouth
Fort.
—— to Williamson. Two French prizes have been sent into Plymouth by two Ostend privateers. A ship has arrived from Gallipoli that left Sir John Harman and the Smyrna. fleet off the Lizard with Sir Thos. Allin, saluting each other. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 1.]
April 5. James Hickes to Williamson. I send a letter for your perusal. I hear something has been discovered concerning Mr. Muddiman’s letters, which would procure some alteration concerning their passage as formerly. They came last night mixed with Mr. Roberts’ letters, and some post-paid, he saying he would pay those that went to places usually paid for; I suppose the rest should be paid for by the receivers. I was sorry for the loss you sustained by the thieves, but am glad that they are found out, and that you have recovered most part, and hope the thieves will have their reward. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 2.]
April 5.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. A few small ships have arrived; expects a great fleet daily. [Ibid. No. 3.]
April 5.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. A ship has arrived laden with wines and fruit for Bristol; 12 laden colliers are ready to sail. [Ibid. No. 4.]
April 5. John Powell to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 5.]
April 5.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Sir Thos. Allin is cruising with his squadron off the Lizard. The Revenge and Antelope are still there; a London vessel has arrived from the Canaries, laden with wines. [Ibid. No. 6.]
April 5.
Sunday night,
Dover.
Rob. Francis to Williamson. I have hired a vessel, and hope to embark with the next tide at 4 a.m., and deliver the despatches to Sir John Trevor at Paris on Tuesday night. I will send accounts by each post on my arrival there. [Ibid. No. 7.]
April 5.
Chatham.
Commissioner Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. As to Major Nicholl’s charge for raising the wrecks in the river, it is a thing that should be done upon almost any terms, because the longer they remain the greater is the damage to the river; but the charge should be fixed. He says they will not be worth above 300l. when raised; I will undertake to give him 500l. for them, believing they will be worth 1,000l.; all anchors and cables and guns found in them should be delivered to his Majesty. I think Gould the fittest man, and have spoken to him, offering him 4 ships fitted with all materials, but he to provide any further supplies needed. He asks 10 or 12 men at the King’s charge for each ship. I think this would be better than for the King’s stores to be liable to be robbed at the fancy of another. I promised him the bottoms of the wrecks that lay dry at low water. The work must be done, or farewell in a short time to the Medway.
For the Vanguard’s bowsprit Gould demanded 60l.; I offered him 30l., which it is worth, and presume he will let you have it if you pay ready money. I have bought oars for the Greenwich, and paid for them. I want calkers, as every ship that comes wants as much joiners’ work as when built.
You cannot do the King better service than to dismiss all the carpenters, boatmen, pursers, and cooks out of the ships so abused, as it will be an example; but as long as such outrages are committed and connived at, it makes the offenders incorrigible, believing that their superiors are like themselves, and so dare not find fault with them. I have ordered a notice to be put up at the gate that the man who absents himself one day without leave shall forfeit 2 days’ work, and if 2 forfeit 4, and if 3 to be made run, and the clerk of the cheque is not to spare any man, either from favour or affection.
Things are not in good order here, for want of a general inspector who knows the duty of every person in the yard. The Greenwich has gone down to-day. The gunner of the Defiance is not found yet. I used to think those at Portsmouth the worst people in the world, but they are saints compared with these at Chatham. I have surveyed the materials in the Hill house, and find many things wanting. Particulars of a survey of the hemp stores. I think the mast-master, though unfit for his place, should not have been dismissed unheard; I will try to find one in his stead. Suggestions of alterations in the officers of the yard. [7 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 8.] Encloses,
Edw. Gregory to the Navy Commissioners. Duplicate of his letter of 29 Feb. 1668. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 8I. See p. 256 supra.]
April 6.
Chatham.
Capt. John Hubbard to the Navy Commissioners. I thought on my arrival here to have had the volunteers that entered on board the Old James transferred to the Victory, as you had resolved. I desire you will send an order to Mr. Gregory for that purpose, for he is tied up to make no discharge without order, and so the men will idle their time away, and do no work on either ship. [Ibid. No. 9.]
April 6.
Bristol.
Fras. Baylie to the Navy Commissioners. Has not used bad ironwork in the St. David, St. Patrick, and the ship he is now building; it all cost him the highest price, having no forge of his own; had the best iron, not that out of the Forest of Dean, but Monmouthshire, where the best is made, and gave 40s. a ton above the price of the Forest iron. Has a quantity always by him, and is by contract to return what he does not like. If they will let him have his money, will launch the new ship the end of this month; could put more hands on the works if he had money. [Ibid. No. 10.]
April 6.
Treasury
Chambers.
Sir George Downing to the Navy Commissioners. The Treasury Commissioners are not satisfied with their certificate for the week ending 29 March; it is not so full as their former ones, making no mention how much growing charge is abated, and what still remains; though there were neither ships paid that week nor to be paid, yet they would have these heads mentioned. [Ibid. No. 11.]
April 6. Thos. Hollier to Sam. Pepys. Robt. Fenwick was his patient some years, and having had the stone, is disabled from public service; intreats that he may be excused in the present expedition to sea. [Ibid. No. 12.]
April 6. Capt. Gilb. Thomas to [Williamson]. Formerly moved him in reference to Sherwood and Godfrey, who committed the burglary at the Paper Office, and conceives the best way to take Howard Coney is to reprieve the former two till the next sessions, by which time Coney may come in and render the surplusage. Fears that if one is executed before that time, what money is wanting will be lost; doubts not in time to find and seize Coney. [Ibid. No. 13.]
April 6.
Lyme.
Ant. Thorold to Hickes. Three vessels from Morlaix say that several companies of soldiers and seamen were pressed and sent away for Brest; one from St. Malo reports that upon the arrival of their Marseilles fleet, all the seamen were pressed and secured under a command of soldiers, and also sent away for Brest. The Morlaix men met 4 Ostenders together, and report that they are very thick in the Channel and are waiting for Don John, and that they have taken and destroyed 11 French vessels. Some say that Beaufort is gone to fetch soldiers from Portugal, and others that he is waiting for Don John in the Channel. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 14.]
April 6.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships. A ketch came in from Sir Thos. Allin for letters. Much shooting has been heard off Mount's Bay, and the fire seen by several people. [Ibid. No. 15.]
April 6.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Three London ships have arrived from Bilbao with wool and iron, and report that a Genoese of 300 tons was pressed there to transport soldiers to Flanders, and that some men of the ship were offered 12 dollars a month to go with her. The Lucy of Falmouth, come from Rochelle with salt, reports that the French King is also pressing ships to fetch his forces from Portugal, and that there is no talk there of a war with England. The Blessing of London, from the Canaries, met with the Diamond frigate belonging to Sir Thos. Allin, which said they were cruising off the Lizard to meet the Spanish fleet, and convoy them through the Channel, and that we are like to have a speedy war with France. The Swallow, an English vessel from Amsterdam, reports that the Dutch are making great preparations by land and sea. De Beaufort is said to be at sea with 12 men-of-war and 22 fire-ships. It is reported from the West that our fleet has had a skirmish with the French fleet. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 16.]
April 6. "Advices received," being extracts from letters all calendared above. [Ibid. No.17.]
April 6.
The
Constantinople
Merchant,
Deal.
Receipt by H. Young from Morgan Lodge of a large packet from Lord Arlington to Capt. Henry Gary, Lieutenant-Governor of Bombay in the East Indies, Which he promises to deliver faithfully. [Ibid. No. 18.]
April 6. Licence for the Duke of Beaufort to transport 12 horses into France, on paying customs. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 57.]
April 6. Licence to Thos. Vane to travel beyond seas for 2 years, with 2 servants, for his education and experience, and to return. Minute. [Ibid. f. 57.]
April 6.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a great to Thos. Scarlett, in reversion after Chris. Hussey, of the office of searcher at Gravesend, in the port of London. [Ibid. f. 58.]
April 6. Warrant to pay 500l. to the wife of Sir John Trevor, Envoy Extraordinary to the King of France. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 23.]
April 6. Pass for Robt. Sydney, Elizabeth Sydney, Gregory Flavell, Dorothy Pomerey, and John Warren to France. Minute. [Ibid. f. 23.]
April 7. Warrant to Sir Wm. Wilde, Recorder of London, to take bail of Sir Thos. Halford, the king Intending to grant him his gracious pardon. [Ibid. f. 24.]
April 7.
Whitehall.
Order to the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex, on the petition of Rob. Rogers, to pay him 10l. for seizing Rob. Royden, a highwayman who was executed for the offence, the said sum to be deducted from their accounts in the Exchequer. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 14.]
April 7. Warrant for reprieve of Henry Godfrey, condemned at the Middlesex sessions for stealing goods and moneys belonging to Joseph Williamson, the King's servant, until further information has been received. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 19.]
April 7. The King to [the Principal and fellows of Jesus College, Cambridge]. John Dawson, B.A., scholar of your college, having been several times disappointed in his pretensions for a fellowship in the college, we grant him a dispensation for one now void, though he is not a north country man, and recommend him for election. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 5. See p. 297 Supra.]
April 7. The King to the Bishop of Ely. John Dawson, Dutch M.A., and scholar of Jesus College, Cambridge, has had several disappointments in his pretensions to fellowships there; we have written to the college to dispense with the statute of country, and to grant him admission to a northern fellowship which is void. We request you, as having the power of nomination, to forbear to elect any other person to the said fellowship. [Ibid. f. 5.]
[April 7.] The King to the bailiff and jurates of Jersery. From our gracious regard for the safety of our island, we have ordered the return thither of Sir Thos. Morgan, governor, confiding in his abilities and diligence. We enjoin you to hold a strict hand with him for keeping the trained bands in good posture, particularly the militia troops, and to assist him in whatever else he thinks to the advantage of the island. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 19A.]
April 7. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 5.]
April 7
Whitehall.
Report of the Committee for Trade-on the petition of several owners of coppice woods and ironworks employed to make iron in England, and on hearing the Eastland company and the Ironmongers' and Blacksmiths' companies of London, for and against laying an additional imposition on Swedish iron-that an increase of custom on Swedish iron is necessary to keep up a balance with that of England, but suggesting that it be done by an imposition on such as it imported in foreign vessels, and advising a Bill to be tendered to the House of Commons accordingly. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 20.]
April 7.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Dragon and York are in the dry dock; great haste is making to fit out the ships for the summer's expedition. [Ibid. No. 21.]
April 7.
Portsmouth.
—— to Williamson. The Roebuck and 2 Dutch galliot hoys have anchored at Spithead. [Ibid. No. 22.]
April 7.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Several vessels have sailed for Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and Rouen, laden with lead, cloth, malt, and sugar. [Ibid. No. 23.]
April 7.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Though 40 small ships sailed, they were driven back again to the bar. A large fleet is waiting for a fair wind. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 24.]
April 7.
Holyhead.
Earl of Clan[ricarde] to Williamson. After visiting the Earl of Chesterfield at his house in Derbyshire, and staying two nights with other friends in Staffordshire, I came to Holyhead, Where I overtook Sir Winston and small Sir Allen, who were staying for a ship. A Chester vessel having put in by chance, we all intend to embark in her, and when we arrive in Dublin, I will give a further account. Let me be supplied with the Gazette constantly by John Swaddell. [Ibid. No. 25.]
April 7.
Dover.
J. Carlile to Williamson. Mr. Francis took ship for Boulogne, and Lord Douglas and Sir Henry Jones, with 80 Persons and 33 horses, have gone to Calais. Lord Douglas abused the mayor and me for demanding droits, and would not pay them either for man or horse; I was last week on a committee in London to give an account what men and horses have passed, but cannot do so, as Lord Douglas will not acknowledge any clerk of the passage, or other officer at Dover. [Ibid. No. 26.]
April 7.
Rye.
James Welsh to Williamson. Lord Allington and 8 horses set sail for France in one of the King's yachts. [Ibid. No. 27.]
April 7.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. A vessel has arrived from Gallipoli, which came out with 17 others laden with oil for the Channel. She reports that Sir John Harman with his fleet met Sir Thos. Allin off the Lizard, where they saluted each other, and that the Smyrna ships are gone up the Channel. A ship from Virginia confirms the news that two-thirds of the tobacco in that country is spoiled by the hurricane. Sir Edw. Spragg intends sailing for Portsmouth or the Downs. [Ibid. No. 28.]
April 7. John Clarke to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 29.]
April 7.
Woolwich.
Roger Eastwood, master shipwrights' assistant, to the Navy Commissioners. Wants a warrant for Dan. Hooke for pressing 30 calkers, and money for doing it. The master calker is afraid that if the men who belong here are not commanded down, those pressed will hardly come. Asks what ship shall be next got into dock; intends to launch the Swallow next spring [tide]. Wants deals from Deptford, and boats for the ships ready; has no elm timber to build them with. [Ibid. No. 30.]
April 7.
Woolwich.
Roger Eastwood to the Navy Commissioners. The smith of the yard is lame and cannot attend them, but his mother will do the business as well. I judge that 200l. will go a great way in fitting the 10 ships now in hard. [Ibid. No. 31.]
April 7. Edw. Hills to the Navy Commissioners. Having contracted to serve 60 loads of ash billet into Chatham, Woolwich, and Deptford, wishes to put all or half at one of the places, and not to be required to carry to all 3; also to have the use of the horse boat, paying as much as for a hoy; by reason of the length of the ash, there is no vessel so fit. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 32.]
April 7.
5 a.m
The Greenwich,
Chatham.
Capt. Rich. Beach to the Navy Commissioners. Hopes to get to the buoy of the Nore by the next tide. Has had his powder and gunners' stores aboard two days, and wants nothing but men, which he hopes to pick up there. Asks for a ketch to bring the water and assist the manning, and also a pilot. [Ibid. No. 33.]
April 7.
Harwich.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. Shall use all despatch to get the new ship about. On receipt of their orders, went with the lieutenant and 6 men and his own servants, and got about 24 seamen ere they had any alarm, all of whom are now on board at work, secured by some soldiers. Prays them to despatch the Ketch, as if the wind stands 2 days, a great fleet of colliers will pass, which would add men enough for the purpose. Asks whether the ship shall go for Woolwich or Chatham. Cannot send the survey and measurement of Capt. Frary's ketch, he being gone for Holland. Asks whether the 94l. due to joiners, &c., may be paid them to encourage the men, or they must come to London for it. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 34.]
April 7.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Tinker to Sam. Pepys. Has ordered the gunner of each ship to attend the Ordnance Officers, to get their stores ready to put aboard as soon as the ships are ready to take them. [Ibid. No. 35.]
April 7. Capt. Rob. Robinson to Thos. Hayter. Pray give this bearer your order to the master of the ketch to include us for our men's clothes. [Ibid. No. 36.]
April 7. Major Henry Nicoll to the Earl of Anglesey. I accept the other proposal, but it will be nearly 500l. more charge to his Majesty, for a master and 10 men for victuals and wages will cost 30l. a month, which for 4 vessels is 120l., and in 6 months come to 720l., for which I offer to take 300l. I want my name inserted in the letter to Col. Middleton, so as to have the preference in the bargain. I may else meet some other rubs which I do not yet perceive. [Ibid. No. 37.] Encloses,
Proposals by Major Henry Nicoll to the Navy Commissioners, for weighing and clearing the river Medway. To have the use of 4 fly-boats for 6 months with all in them, as now fitted for weighing; and as a recompense, to receive 300l., and all the wrecks in the river, with all appertaining to them. [Ibid. No. 37I.]
April 8.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Asks for an estimate of the charge of transporting 4,000 foot to Ostend, to be made two ways, one upon the King's ships, and the other upon hired vessels. [Ibid. No. 38.]
April 8.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Capt. Baker being ordered to attend Sir John Chicheley with the Roe Kitchen, and to ply off the coast of Norfolk, to impress men for the Rupert, desires them to furnish him with provisions and victuals. [Ibid. No. 39.]
April 8. Warrant to the Lord Keeper, Secretaries of State, and Lord Chief Justice Kelynge to omit the clause of transportation in the grant to pardon to Thos. Simonds, convicted to manslaughter at the Surrey Assizes. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 23.]
April 8. Licence for Sir Godfrey Lloyd to pass to Holland, and to remain there 6 months. With note that the alteration from 3 to 6 months was in the King's own hand. Minute [Ibid. f. 24.]
April 8. "Advices received," being an abstract of letters calendared above, and of one from Paris April 3/13 and 4/14 containing sundry items of intelligence from France, Italy, and Flanders. [1 ½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 40.]
April 8/18 .
Paris.
Rob. Francis to Williamson. I arrived near Paris last night, and saw Sir John Trevor this morning. I find my despatches have been anticipated by an unexpected accommodation, of which you will receive an express. I am hastening to deliver your letters and receive the commands of Sir John Trevor, and will write after seeing M. Puttendorf and the rest of your friends and correspondents. I am somewhat indisposed. [Ibid. No. 41.]
April 8.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. Two vessels from France say that the general discourse there is of a continuance of the war with Spain; they met in the Channel a fleet of 100 Hollanders, chiefly laden with salt and homeward bound, one a vessel of 700 tons, which they judged to be an East Indiaman. Hears from Rochelle that 10 men-of-war are fitting out there, to meet Don John at his coming for Flanders. [Ibid. No. 42.]
April 8.
Lynn.
Edw. Bodham to Williamson. Thinks Rob. Wright, counsellor-at-law, will be voted a burgess for the town in the room of Sir Edw. Walpole, deceased. [Ibid. No. 43.]
April 8.
Yarmouth.
Leo. Bower to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships. [Ibid. No. 44.]
April 8.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. The Hannah of Yarmouth, coming in from Bordeaux with wine, &c., reports that she saw the French fleet of 15 men-of-war and 3 fireships standing for Brest, and our fleet off the Lizard, and heard the saluting guns. [Ibid. No. 45.]
April 8. Thos. Holden to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 46.]
April 8.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Sir John Harman has arrived with 3 men-of-war, and many other ships to the amount of 20 sail. Hopes he has received the Margate ale. [Ibid. No. 47.]
April 9.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Has no news; the 8 ships are fitting for the summer expedition. [Ibid. No. 48.]
April 9.
Edinburgh.
Robt. Mein to Williamson. A world of private business is before the Privy Council; also a bill of 21 heads against Sir Wm. Ballantyne, for great and hard oppressions in Galloway, where the insurrection broke out; 70 witnesses are admitted against him. A proclamation against import of Irish horses and colts is to be published. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 49.]
April 9. Notice to Williamson that a Court of Assistants of the Royal Company will be held at Whitehall at 3 o'clock on Saturday next. [Printed form, filled up. Ibid. No. 50.]
April 9.
St. Mary Axe.
Thos. Puckle to Williamson. Sends some English and Spanish papers relating to the [St.] Nicholas, the bringing of which to an issue will confer an infinite obligation. [Ibid. No. 51.]
April 9.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Williamson. A small vessel of Barnstaple is lading wheat for Bilbao; 12 light colliers came here to load coals for Plymouth. [Ibid. No. 52.]
April 9. John Powell to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 53.]
April 9.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Small vessels come in fast. The English, Scotch, and Dutch ships have left France on the report of war, although only half loaded. The Bisconeers (sic) plunder his Majesty's subjects and such ships as they meet with. The Earl of Sandwich is reported from Cadiz to be in health, notwithstanding a former report. [Ibid. No. 54.]
April 9.
7 p.m.
The Monmouth,
Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. Particulars of ships spoken with while cruising off the Lizard with his fleet. Hears that a fleet is preparing at Texel to come to sea, and that 3 ships are to cruize off the Lizard to secure the Dutch merchant ships. Sir John Harman passed without the Smyrna fleet, which is standing up the Channel.
A Marseilles vessel reported that 16 men-of-war and 4 fire-ships were getting ready to sail from Toulon. Met with 6 Holland men-of-war under the command of Vice-Admiral Swars, who was so presumptuous as to wear his flag on the foretop, and would not strike until the Constant Warwick fired 2 guns at him, and threatened to fetch down the flag; then he begged pardon, and saluted with several guns, which were returned. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 55.]
April 9. Commission for Fras. Hamon to be lieutenant in Major Robt. Waters' Company in the Guards, under Col. Russell. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 29, p. 15.]
April 9. Warrant to pay to the Duke of Monmouth 2,500l. for his travelling expenses to France, and 500l. more for the King's special service. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 206.]
April 9. Levant Company to Consul Ricaut. We have elected you to succeed the late Wm. Cave as Consul at Smyrna, and will send you the articles of agreement, for your performance of which 10 of your friends have bound themselves in 500l. each. We want the accounts of Rich. Langley, treasurer there; there are faults in Consul Cave's accounts to the value of 6,000 or 7,000 dollars; you are to detain money or effects to that value, till accounts are settled with the executor. You are to give an account of 2,000 dollars deposited in that Cancellaria in 1662, by Capt. Wm. Gunn, of the Greyhound, for duty on cloth irregularly imported, the dispute with the owners being now determined. [S.P. Foreign, Levant Co. 5, p. 170.]
April 9.
London.
Levant Company to Rich. Langley. We must complain of not receiving your accounts, and request copies of all since the death of [Rich.] Mowse [late treasurer at Smyrna] to be sent. Consul Cave's money is to be sequestered, and any unpaid salary to be reserved, to the value of 6,000 or 7,000 dollars. We want particulars of the 2,000 dollars deposited by Mr. Gunn. Postscript.—The ships being arrived, we expect your accounts from Capt. Partridge. [S.P. Foreign, Levant Co. 5, p. 172.]
April 9.
Woolwich.
Appraisement by Wm. Hannam and 2 others of the Black Post-horse and Mackler hoys, valued respectively at 206l. 14s. 3d. and 293l. 11s. 3d. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 56.]
April 9.
Harwich.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. Victualling of a new ship. The 50 watermen have not appeared; if they come down tomorrow, the ship may be well manned out of the fleet of colliers. Has the pressed men on board, with 14 soldiers, officers, &c., 68 in all, and hopes to increase them every day from the light ships. Asks whether to hasten the ship away. [Ibid. No. 57.]
April 9. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Sir John Harman having arrived in the Downs with the Lion and 5 others, his Royal Highness has ordered them to the buoy of the Nore; he asks you to report to what yards they should come to be repaired. [Ibid. No. 58.]
April 9.
The Monmouth,
Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to Sir Wm. Penn. Came from his station off the Lizard on the 8th inst., with the Mary and 5 others; has very little provision, and the ships require repair. Has left the Milford and Francis at the station until further orders. With notes [by Pepys] of places where the vessels are to be sent. [Ibid. No. 59.]
April 9.
The Greenwich,
Buoy of the
Nore.
Capt. Rich. Beach to the Navy Commissioners. Asks for a pilot and further orders; also for a vessel to assist in getting men, as so many vessels are pressing. If they will afford him a part of the men ordered to Chatham, it will be an additional favour. Some of his volunteers have been pressed from him. [Ibid. No. 60.]
April 10.
Chereyhave.
John Morehouse, purveyor, and John Chamberlain to the Navy Commissioners. Have marked 170 loads of good timber, and cast the remainder as waste, and are now going to Whittlewood Forest. Ask what to do about 57 pieces 25 feet long, and some others 10 or 12 feet, sold by Lieut. Goodman, the money for which lies in his hands. [Ibid. No. 61.]
April 10. Navy creditors to Wm. Hewer. We send a demand for certificates from the Navy Commissioners. We have not set our names, because you know them by papers in the office. We have enclosed a proposal for an accommodation of the affair, which we entreat you to show to Mr. Pepys, and if he thinks good, to the King in Council. [Ibid. No. 62.]
Navy creditors to the Navy Commissioners. We are refused certificates of our debts for goods and ships furnished during the war against the Dutch, and are therefore unable to register them upon the Act for 1,250,000l., as done by other creditors. We entreat redress, or other creditors will be preferred before us; we shall else be obliged do complain Parliament.April 9, Navy Office. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 62I.]
Proposals offered by creditors who have demanded certificates for their debts from the Navy Commissioners. Promise that as soon as their certificates are registered to complete the 1,250,000l., they will lend the same to his Majesty, at the same interest, and upon the same fund as others have lately done. If he should not have so much of that fund to dispose of as their debts may amount to, then so much as he has, and remainder upon some other good fund, so that they may take up money to keep them from utter ruin. [Ibid. No. 62II.]
April 10.
The Monmouth,
Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to the Navy Commissioners. Account of the condition of ships remaining there. [Ibid. No. 63.] Encloses,
List of the provisions on board 7 ships named now in the Downs.—10 April 1668. [Ibid. No. 63I.]
April 10.
Chatham.
Commissioner Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. I send Major Nicholls' proposals for weighing wrecks in the river; I will meet you at the office on Tuesday, and give my judgment thereon. The King's business goes slowly on. The rope-house deals are bad; there are neither joiners nor materials to make even a small mast or yard, the ships being plundered of all. The Greenwich set sail yesterday for the buoy of the Nore. Some ships would soon be ready if it were not for want of joiner's work and seamen; 60 soldiers came yesterday, and were distributed to every ship. [Ibid. No. 64.] Encloses,
Proposals by Major Nicholls to Col. Middleton for weighing wrecks in the Medway. That the King put in condition 4 ships with strong bridles; pay him 300l. for wages, &c., for 3 months, and 100l. a month for 3 months longer, if the work be not finished, and allow him all the wrecks in the river except guns and anchors, he undertaking to clear the river in 6 months. [Ibid. No. 64I.]
April 10. Certificate by John Berry, that on 10 March last, he delivered up the ship Coronation to Capt. Robt. Wilkinson, for the use of the owners. With calculation of sums due for its hire, from 7 may 1666, to 13 March 1668; total, 5,185l. 18s. 6d. [Ibid. No. 65.] Annexing,
Certificate by George Erwin that the said ship was ready according to contract, 7 May 1666. [Ibid. No. 65I.]
April 10.
Custom House,
Whitehaven.
Thos. Addison to Rob. Francis. I am glad to hear the thieves that broke into your master's lodgings have been discovered, and a good part of the treasure restored. I send letter for your cousin Bramhall, not knowing where he has removed; I have asked him to send such instruments as are fit for my work; I have many cross people to deal with from the bad management of Bramhall's affairs.
P.S.—I have just received an order from Williamson to stop Henry [or Howard] Coney, one of the thieves, of he comes this way; I wish I may have the chance of breaking his voyage. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 66.]
April 10. Sir J. Crosland to Williamson. Col. Wickham being pricked an officer in these forces to be raised, asks in what capacity he stands, and in whose regiment. [Ibid. No. 67.]
April 10.
Lynn.
Edw. Bodham to Williamson. Robt. Wright, counsellor-at-law, has been elected to serve in Parliament in the room of Sir Edw. Walpole, deceased. Some would have chosen Thos. Green, but it was much against his mind, and he disowned it; yet they caused it to come to a poll, when there were 173 votes for Wright and 100 for Green; 20 laden colliers are coming into the harbour. [Ibid. No. 68.]
April 10.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Two Dutch men-of-war have arrived; the Antelope still continues here. [Ibid. No. 69.]
April 10. John Clarke to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 70.]
April 10.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships. [Ibid. No. 71.]
April 10.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Sir Thos. Allin, with 6 ships and 12 merchantmen, has arrived; 70 merchantmen have come into the Downs the last two days. [Ibid. No. 72.]
April 11.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. The 4 East India ships outward bound sailed this afternoon. [Ibid. No. 73.]
April 11.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. The John has arrived, and says that Beaufort has put into harbour again, intending to come out with all the French force by sea. Several guns have been heard, and large ships seen to the eastward. [Ibid. No. 74.]
April 11.
Rye.
James Welsh to Williamson. A passenger vessel from Dieppe brings news that last Monday, the French King marched out of Paris with 40,000 men, but where designed is not known. [Ibid. No. 75.]
April 11/21.
Paris.
Rob. Francis to Williamson. Mr. Puffendorf returns thanks for your letters and the philosophical transactions. I could not see Père d'Acherie, he being engaged on some church affairs; I did not leave your letter, but will take another opportunity to deliver it. I must refer you to Mr. Trevor's letter and Mr. Cottington's address till I can write more. [Ibid. No. 76.]
April 11. Capt. John Perriman to [the Navy Commissioners]. Summoned several masters of ketches and hoys, and took up the Hopewell at Greenwich and others named, and ordered the masters to attend their Honours; but they have neglected, and several have refused and abused him. Has taken up 2 vessels; wants better encouragement. Mr. Mares has goods for Portsmouth, and wants the Golden Hand, that lies doing nothing at Chatham, for the work. [Ibid. No. 77.]
April 11.
Harwich.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. I cleaned the muster boat and fitted her with guns, powder, and shot; she went out with a small crew of 6 seamen and 6 soldiers, but got 13 able seamen, taking 1 out of each vessel; I demanded 2 of Capt. Jackson of Ipswich, now gone for Norway, who, seeing me so weakly manned, called his men, and bid them take up their handspikes and resist the power, which they soon did, and would have spoiled the gunner and men, if they had not left them, although he showed the Duke's commission. I thought good to let your Honours know this affront against his Royal Highness's power, so that the captain may answer it on his return from Norway.
I am going our again to see if any more men can be had. The men you ordered down have not appeared; the pressed men will rebel and get away, as my only support lies in some soldiers who watch night and day. Pray despatch the ketch and men, and order 94l to Wm. Hewer, and I shall charge a bill on him, and discharge all these men the day the ship departs. I hope you allow the victuals for the men pressed, though your order only specifies 80. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 78.]
April 11.
Rochester.
Certificate by Chris. Wade, mayor of Rochester, that Thomas Bond, boatswain of the Royal Katherine, has made complaint of a smith living at Eastgate Bridge, about iron belonging to that ship. and he brought 2 persons named, to take oath that the smith confessed that he bought it. [Ibid. No. 79.]
April 12.
The Greenwich,
Lee Road.
Capt. Rich. Beach to Commissioner Thos. Middleton. Had got 80 men, but the best of his volunteers are either pressed or run; has not so many on board that he can confide in as will man one boat without some officers. Wants the 10 soldiers who are appointed him, and as many watermen as will man his pinnace; will then be in a condition to sail, if his provisions come. Shall draw a bill for a gang of oars as soon as he can get them. [Ibid. No. 80.]
April 12.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. Has no news whatever. [Ibid. No. 81.]
April 12. John Powell to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 82.]
April 12.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Has no news, no ships having arrived or departed since his last. [Ibid. No. 83.]
April 12.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Most of the vessels are detained in the Humber by the wind; 4 have come in from Rouen without lading. A ship from the south came aground at Flamborough Head, and was in great danger of being lost, but her men got off safe. [Ibid. No. 84.]
April 12.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Sir Edw. Spragg has come in, because the Revenge sprang a leak, and must be got into the dry dock to be repaired; the Roebuck is at Spithead; 70 men have been drawn out of the garrison to supply ships, and 30 soldiers have arrived from Windsor for the same purpose. [Ibid. No. 85.]
April 12.
Letter Office.
James Hickes to Williamson. I hope the honour of your company to dinner on Monday at2 ½, at the Pig's Head, when you will meet Mr. Ellis, Mr. Saires, and Mr. Parker. [Ibid. No. 86.]
April 13.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Wiliamson. Several ships have gone out of the harbour, and others have arrived. The shooting heard off Mount's Bay was Sir Thos. Allin and Sir John Harman saluting. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No, 87.]
April 13.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Several ships bound for France have departed. Sir Thos. Allin continues cruising to the westward. [Ibid. No. 88.]
April 13.
Yarmouth.
Leo. Bower to Williamson. Particulars of the arrival and departure of ships. [Ibid. No. 89.]
April 13.
The Monmouth,
Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. Sir John Harman with his division has sailed, and some ships from the Canaries, Barbary, and Malaga have arrived and passed through the Downs. [Ibid. No. 90.]
April 13. Sir Ralph Clare to Lord Arlington. Entreats him to add to the favour already conferred, in passing his grant of 3,000l. through the signet and privy seal, that of obtaining it to be assigned on the customs; without this it will be so much dead parchment, and he, an old servant, be ruined by being unable to redeem the mortgage on the small remainder of his estate in time. [Ibid. No. 91.]
April 13. "Advices received," being notes from letters all calendared above. [Ibid. No. 92.]
April 13. Message from the King to the Houses of Parliament. Having resolved to end the session on 4 May, begs them to despatch the business of the supply, and other public concernments by that time. [Draft. Ibid. No. 93.]
April 13. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 24.]
April 13. Warrant to the Lord Keeper to affix the great seal to a ratification of articles concluded at St. Germain-en-Laye, between the King, the States General, and the King of France, in order to the conclusion of a treaty at Aix-la-Chapelle, although the original articles signed by the French King are detained by the English minister in Paris, to avoid accidents by conveyance. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 24.]
April 13. Privy seal for 4,000l. to Wm. Chiffinch, for secret service without account. Minute. [Ibid. f. 25.]
April. Docquet of the above, dated 18 April. [Docquet, Vol, 23, No, 207.]
April 13. Pass for Sir John Wilde, his son, and 4 servants to France. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 25.]
April 13. Warrant for a grant to John Dryden of the office of Poet Laureate, void by death of Sir Wm. Davenant. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 59.]
April 13. Commission for Rich. Aldburgh to be ensign to Sir Phil. Monckton's company in the Guards under Col. Russell. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 29, p. 15.]
April 13.
Treasury
Chambers.
Sir George Downing to the Navy Commissioners. The Treasury Commissioners will acquaint his Majesty in Council with yours of the 11th., and desire you to attend on Thursday for the answer. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 94.]
April 13.
Navy Office.
John Huntington to the Navy Commissioners. Asks for a supply of victuals for the Adam and Eve hoy, which is keeping watch over the sunk ships at Woolwich. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 95.]
April 13.
Noon.
M. Wren to Navy Commissioners. On a letter from an officer of the General to the Duke of york, his Royal Highness desires that hammocks may be provided for the soldiers on board ship. [Ibid. No. 96.] Encloses,
Chris. Cotton to Capt. Robt. Winter. Delivered to the Clerk of the cheque his number of men, and sends the mayor his receipt. Cannot come up, having trouble enough, what with the captain complaining on the one side and the soldiers on the other, for want of their provision. They are all quartered on shore; the Clerk of the cheque said it was very ill-forecasted to send men down before ships were ready to receive them, which they will not be for 3 weeks, nor any entertainment for the soldiers.—The Mermaid, Deptford, 11 April 1668. [Ibid. No. 96I.]
April 14.
Harwich.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. Has taken 30 tuns of beer into the new ship; 60 men arrived in a smack, which makes the number 120; when the ketch comes, all things will be on board to take first wind and come away. [Ibid. No. 97.]
April 14.
Deptford.
John Cox to Thos. Hayter. Asks for 200 or 300 tickets for the men of the Charles; with note that 2 quires were sent by John Rudd. [Ibid. No. 98.]
April 14.
Woolwich.
John Moore, master attendant's deputy, to the Navy Commissioners. Sent the Falcon to Long Reach; she can now take in her provisions, and her guns go down to-day. [Ibid. No. 99.]
April 14.
Woolwich.
Roger Eastwood to [the Navy Commissioners]. The plating and glazing of the ships' lanterns here fitting for sea may amount to 150l. [Ibid. No. 100.]
April 14. Petition of Dr. John Heydon to Lord Arlington, for restitution of watches, clocks, sword, and other things taken from him by Capt. Gibert Thomas and his assistants, under a warrant from his lordship. Capt. Thomas was entreated to restore the things, of which a list is subjoined; this he promised, upon receiving a full discharge, especially many books and MSS. specified, borrowed from persons named; but nothing has been performed, and it is to as much purpose to petition tigers; it has no other effect than to enrage them the more; he threatens to cut and kill whom he pleases, pretending his lordship's warrant justifies all his actions. Names witnesses who can prove these and other acts of Capt. Thomas, his insolence to mariners, putting false glosses on things, &c. With order thereon by Williamson, that Capt. Thomas is to give Lord Arlington a full and distinct answer to this complaint in writing, and restore what he has. Endorsed with a note that Heydon desired to be heard by Justice Newland, Justice Squibb, or Sir Rob. Howard, and not by Justice Baber as Thomas desires. [Ibid. No. 101.]
April 14. Capt. Gilbert Thomas, marshal, to [Williamson ?]. Vindicates him-self from the charge of having stolen the watch, &c., of John Heydon, who was sent prisoner to the Tower, but refused to appear on oath before Sir John Baber. Has searched his former rooms for seditious papers or warrants, with Mr. Ward, alias Williams, and the constable and Abraham Webber searched the house of Joan Chidley, where Heydon lodged a week. With marginal note of the falsity of some of the statements in the letter. [1 ½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 102.]
April 14.
Whitehall.
Petition of Mrs. Skipwith, daughter of Ralph Skipwith, and granddaughter of Sir Thos. Merry, Clerk of the Greencloth to Charles I., to the King. Her said grandfather lent his late Majesty 2,000l., and he and her father were plundered, sequestered, and forced to great compositions for their loyalty, which impaired their estates and lessened her portion. Obtained a decree in Chancery against Sir John Jacob, Bart., for 478l., being all her portion, but he pleads his Majesty's protection. Begs not to be obstructed in having free course of law and equity against him. With order thereon that Sir John Jacob see the petitioner, and account whether he has received any protection, as the King does not remember giving him any. [Ibid. No. 103.]
April 14. Entry of the above order. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 299.]
April 14. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of the Earl of Rochester, for a grant of the offices of the 4 bailiwicks in Whittlewood Forest. [Ibid. p. 299.]
April 14. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Lord Hawley, Sir Ant. Des Marces, and 3 others, for power to seize prohibited goods. [Ibid. p. 299.]
April 14. Order on the petition of Thos, Elliot, groom of the bedchamber—for an allowance for keeping, firing, and airing the King's house at Newmarket—that 200l. be allowed him for the said purposes and for repairs, to be settled as the Treasury Commissioners find fitting. [Ibid. p. 300.]
April 14.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Upwards of 60 or 70 laden ships have sailed. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No, 104.]
April 14.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Two ships have arrived from Bilbao and France; the Antelope is still here. [Ibid. No. 105.]
April 14. John Clarke to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 106.]
April 14.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Col. [Sir Thos.] Morgan has arrived at Southampton; the Roebuck, now at Spithead, will convey him and recruits to Jersey and Guernsey. [Ibid. No. 107.]
April 14.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. Several vessels have departed for France; Sir Thos. Allin continues off the Lizard; 11 French fish drovers have arrived, bound for the coast of Ireland. [Ibid. No. 108.]
April 14. Thos. Holden to Hickes. To the same effect. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 109.]
April 15.
The Monmouth,
Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. A few ships have come in, also one Simmons, whose ship was taken by the Prince de Monaco, but he bought her again, and loaded her with lemons. [Ibid. No. 110.]
April 15. James Hickes to Williamson. Thanks for the favour of your company. Sir John [Bennet] came to taste wine with Sir Wm. Pinckney and Sir Thos. Clarges within half an hour after you were gone, but I think he did not know of your visit; if he did, it matters not. I have had a bout with him since as to taking away a small coal cellar; I pleaded that I deserved better treatment, when Sir John said it was not for me to dispute his interest in the house or convenience, &c.; so I suppose I must submit in this, as in all things. I was promised better things when Sir John spoke with me, but I only have more work; I have lost my candles, and now this cellar. I hope that the time will come when I may see Lord Arlington, and that he will judge as I hope to deserve. [Ibid. No. 111.]
April 15.
Christchurch,
Oxford.
Dr. Edw. Pocock to [Williamson]. I have endeavoured to give some account of the letter sent, but the great difficulty has been to read it through, so many letters being made alike which are far different in nature, and make the words of different signification. I want English to make sense of that which in its own language may perhaps be accounted great elegancy, no small part of which is made up by putting in a variety of superfluous words, for making rhyme, which in writing of that nature they greatly affect. Having given the meaning, I must desire to know what the business was. The letter was a purposely turned up at the corner, that it might not be a perfect square, because they say perfect things are liable to defect. Endorsed, "The Emperor of Morocco's letter." [Ibid. No. 112.]
April 15.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. The ships so long detained in Humber waiting a fair wind have sailed, and others are daily going out and coming in. [Ibid. No. 113.]
[April] 15.
Whitehall.
Commission for Sir Chas. Littleton to be colonel of the Admiral's regiment of 12 companies, and also captain of a foot company in the said regiment. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 29, p. 16.]
[April] 15. Commission for Sir John Griffith to be lieutenant-colonel and captain in the Admiral's regiment. Minute. [Ibid. p. 16.]
[April] 15. Commission to Nath. Dorrell to be major and captain in the Admiral's regiment of foot. Minute. [Ibid. p.17.]
April 15. "Advices received," being extracts from letters all calendared above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 114.]
April 15.
Whitehall.
Declaration of freedom of the ship James of London, formerly the St. John Evangelist of Rochelle, 220 tons burden, seized by letters of marque and carried into Scotland, but now to be used as an English ship, Miles Cook, master. [Copy. 2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 115.]
April 15.
London.
Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners. Wants a time appointed for perfecting the Navy victualling accounts the despatch of which is of importance to the service. [Ibid. No. 116.]
April 15.
Blackwall.
Henry Johnson to the Navy Commissioners. As to the 2 cables and anchor from the Guelder de Ruyter, which I lately bought from you at the candle, I had sent them earlier to Chatham, but being at 10l. a day charge with men to bring the ship about, I could not lose the opportunity of getting the ship down to the Nore; and the pilot, seeing so many guns aboard, was not willing to venture the ship about without them. If men had been sent from Chatham, I would have ventured her notwithstanding. The cables are carefully preserved, and will be delivered on your command; I hope you will cause the rest of the materials which I bought with the ship, and of which I send a list, to be delivered or made good. [Ibid. No. 117.]
April 15.
The Monmouth,
Downs.
Sir Thos, Allin to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of the consumption of victuals, &c. The fore-topmast of the Constant Warwick has not come; she has not a red ancient, but wears a white, while his Royal Highness's orders are that none should go from the fleet but with red; the Portland wears a blue, but is going for Portsmouth, where she will be furnished. The rats have done 20l. damage in the ship's sails, and all for want of a little lattin plating. [Ibid. No. 118.]
April 16.
The Monmouth,
Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to the Navy Commissioners. Sends the demand of the carpenter of the Constant Warwick for stores, and begs they may be sent down. The Eagle sailed before the provisions came from Dover, which was 6 weeks' for 75 men, and she is allowed 100 men; I sent them on board the Constant Warwick. [Ibid. No. 119.]
April 16.
Woolwich.
Capt. James Carteret of the Jersey to the Navy Commissioners. Was ordered by Sir John Harman to sail from Shoe beacon to Woolwich, and to address himself to their Honours for further orders. [Ibid. No. 120.]
April 16. Capt. John Perriman to [the Navy Commissioners.] Particulars of vessels taken up for the service, and of others in the river. [Ibid. No. 121.]
April 16. Order on the petition of Sir John Denham, for payment of 530l. to the artizans employed in rebuilding his lodgings in Scotland, that the Treasury Commissioners assign the said sum on moneys allotted for his Majesty's buildings in general, he remembering his promise of repairing what of Sir John Denham's buildings was demolished in the fire. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 300.]
April 16.
Portsmouth.
—— to Williamson. The Revenge is going into dock, having sprung a leak. Great preparations are being made to fit the frigates for sea. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 122.]
April 16.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. Has no news of any kind. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 123.]
April 16. John Powell to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 124.]
April 16.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Montague and Tiger will be at Spithead this week, and the Monk and Bristol are almost ready for sea. [Ibid. No. 125.]
April 16.
The Monmouth,
Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. A flyboat from Virginia says that the storm did not damage their tobacco, but that the rains washed the plants out of the ground; also that freight is very hard to gather up. [Ibid. No. 126.]
[April 16.] Patent appointing Sir Wm. Wylde, Bart., serjeant-at-law, judge of the Common Pleas. [S. P. Dom., Car. II. 21, No. 28.]
April 17. The King to the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of London. Having chosen Sir Wm. Wylde as a justice in the court of Common Pleas, the recordership of the city has become vacant. Wishing to have so important a place filled by a person eminent for abilities and integrity, we recommend John Howell for election, not doubting of your conformity. [S. P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 6.]
[April 17.] Draft of part of the above. [S. P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 127.]
April 17.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. A sixth-rate frigate has come in from cruising, and an account has been given to his Royal Highness’s secretary. The Merlin has arrived from Calais, having landed Lord Douglas. [Ibid. No. 128.]
April 17. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 129.]
April 17.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Arrival of a few small ships. [Ibid. No. 130.]
April 17. Sir Ralph Clare to Lord Arlington. Cannot enough thank him for his excess of favours, but will publish aloud his gratitude. [Ibid. No. 131.]
April 17.
Sunderland.
Ben. Francis to his brother Rob. Francis, Lord Arlington’s office, Whitehall. I get no satisfaction from the farmers of customs about my settlement here; I have reason to fear whilst my adversary remains in London; I entreat you to solicit as many of the grand farmers and of the coal farmers as you have any interest with, and to engage Mr. Ward’s assistance. [Ibid. No. 132.]
April 17 ? Petition of James Wood, chaplain-in-ordinary to his Majesty, and formerly to the late Marquis of Montrose, to the King, for the benefice of Newark-on-Trent. I was imprisoned and condemned to death for loyalty to the late King; I aided the escape to Norway of the Marquis of Montrose, who went disguised as my servant; I was trusted with his correspondence for your Majesty’s interest, and have his commission to raise money and troops for your service, by which I got into debt, fled to Languedoc and Orange, and thence to Scotland; being persecuted for the debts, I came to England, and lived incognito on a small vicarage of 40l. a year. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 132A.]
April 17. Presentation of James Wood, chaplain-in-ordinary, to the vicarage of Newark-on-Trent. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 78.]
April 17. Caveat that nothing pass of the vicarage of Newark-upon-Trent, the same being granted to Dr. James Wood. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 32, p. 2.]
April 17. Pass for Monsieur Real with 4 horses to Flanders. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 25.]
April 17. Pass for Sir Edward Carr to Holland with 10 horses, free of custom, for the use of the Prince of Orange. Minute. [Ibid. f. 25.]
April 17. Warrant to pay 800l. to Col. Thos. Howard by 7 yearly instalments, out of the farm of the customs on unwrought wood, in consideration of his surrender of his right in the castle and demesne lands at Newark-upon-Trent, Notts, leased by the late, King to the now Earl of Berkshire. [Ibid. f. 25.]
[April 17.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 133.]
April 17. “Advices received,” being extracts from letters calendared above and from the following. A small Topsham vessel has arrived from the Straits, the captain of which was called on board M. de Beaufort, about 40 leagues off the North Cape, where he was cruising. [Ibid. No. 134.]
April 17. Thos. Goose, purser of the Sweepstakes, to [the Navy Commissioners.] Is ready to take in the sea victuals, and desires their commands, that he may communicate them to his captain at Deptford. [Ibid. No. 135.]
April 18.
The Sweep-stakes,
Deptford.
Capt. Fras. Courtenay to the Navy Commissioners. Desires they will cause Ralph Goldsmith of Redriffe, formerly a commander for the Barbadoes, to deliver up 4l. 12s. and some clothes belonging to Rich. Boyle; Goldsmith keeps them because Boyle, now entered on the Sweepstakes, will not go with him again. [Ibid. No. 136.]
April 18.
Stroud.
—–––– to Sam. Pepys. Col. Middleton has promised the searcher’s place in Plymouth to John Fowler of our town; we cannot give a good character of him; he is a thievish, drunken, idle fellow, and a thief both to King and country; Goodman Nashby took 8l. worth of cordage from him at one time, and they shared it between them; the boatswain of the Guelder de .Ruyter sold the cordage and tar, and sent it to London. I hope you will accept an honest man who has been recommended for the employment. [Ibid. No. 137.]
April 18.
The Greenwich,
Buoy of the
Nore.
Capt. Rich. Beach to the Navy Commissioners. Is fully manned and has been ready to sail these 6 days, but his dry provision has lain aboard the vessels this week, and the masters will not bring it down without ready money; asks them to hasten it. [Ibid. No. 138.]
April 18. Rich. Baxter to Williamson. I am forced to sell my estate and fly out of the country for debt; if this had fallen upon me in my youth, it would not have been so grievous; but being in my old age, it is more insupportable. It is no wonder that such calamities have befallen me, considering the many plunders, sequestrations, imprisonments, and large expenses I have suffered in the late King’s service. If my conscience would have served me to desert the service and take the enemy’s proffers, it is probable that for worldly estate, I had been in as good condition as those now securely walking about clothed with our spoils. I am most grieved at being unable to pay my debts. Pray commiserate my miserable condition, and assist my son to obtain a grant from the King, so that I may be able to satisfy my creditors. I was brought up by your parents; your father was my schoolmaster and keeper, and my father was an instrument of your father’s preferment. I have procured your mother’s letter in my behalf. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 139.]
April 18.
Bristol.
Jas. Baskerville to Williamson. Some small vessels have arrived from France. [Ibid. No. 140.]
April 18.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. Some seamen belonging to the service pressed a fiddling boy on Deal beach to go to sea with them; the boy pretended he belonged to the marching company of yellow coats of Deal Castle; but having nothing to show for it, they took his fiddle away, and were going to carry him also, when some soldiers fell upon the seamen, and in a little time all the seamen and soldiers were together by the ears; many swords were drawn, and as many handspikes and boathooks, and before the town officers could come in, many pates were broken. Several soldiers’ swords were taken away, but the officers’ diligence ended the quarrel. [Ibid. No. 141.]
April 18. John Snell to Williamson. I have left 6l. with your servant, and Mr. Howell’s acknowledgments for the quick despatch of the letter. I have persuaded Mr. Spence to accept of his Majesty’s title alone, and not spend any more money in law suits to defend a patron’s title who has borne no share of the burden; and as Spence will be content to purchase his own quiet by accepting the King’s grant, I beseech you to procure it. Spence has several licences and certificates granted by the Bishop of Bath and Wells and others, which I presume, with ten years’ possession, and so many verdicts at common law, may be inducements for procuring the grant in his favour. [Ibid. No. 142.]
April 18.
The Monmouth,
Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. Thanks for his news. Your letters are taxed as high as if they came 100 miles, which will break me if I stay long here. When I rode admiral in the Downs, in Mr. O’Neal’s days, I had my letters free. I beg that letters passing between me and my correspondent, Edw. Pate, merchant of London, who receives all my letters from ships, may go free. I am not beholden to the packet-boat, my own boat carrying and bringing what I have. I paid 4d. for a letter which never was but 2d., and 1s. 4d. for a treble letter; my salary will not allow payments at these rates. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 143.]
April 19.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Yesterday 6 or 7 great ships came into the harbour. [Ibid. No. 144.]
April 19.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. Two small vessels are lading wheat for Lisbon, and some Irish vessels have arrived for coals. [Ibid. No. 145.]
April 19. John Powell to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 146.]
April 19.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Portland and Eagle have arrived at Spithead; the Revenge will be launched the next spring tide; the Montague and 3 others will sail for the buoy of the Nore the first fair wind. [Ibid. No. 147.]
April 19.
Portsmouth.
——— to Williamson. The Portland and Eagle arrived at Spit-head from Sir Thos. Allin. The Revenge is in dock, and her leak being found, will soon be ready for sea again. [Ibid. No. 148.]
April 19.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Robt. Robinson to the Navy Commissioners. Is hastening to get out of the harbour; desires the watermen allotted may be sent down; has lost 26 men through changing the master; wants the ketch with the seamen’s clothes quickened. [Ibid. No. 149.]
April 20.
Edwinstowe.
John Russell to the Navy Commissioners. Is in great want of a vessel to fetch away timber and plank from Stockwith, the wharf being so full that there is no more room; the carriages come into the wood every day to carry it down, this being the fit time of the year; 900 loads are lying in the wood ready to be brought down to the water. [Ibid. No. 150.]
April 20. Certificate by J. Wren that Sam. Barker, purser of the John and Katherine hired ship, has cleared his victualling account for 120 men, and that no extra money nor petty warrant was allowed. With note that the bond was delivered up 8 May 1668. [Ibid. No. 151.] Encloses,
Rob. Smith to Sam. Pepys. John Gaunt, tallow chandler, living over against the Man in the Moon, by Wapping New Stairs, and Thos. Chamberlayne, living by the sign of the Turk’s Head, near Ratcliffe Cross, are sufficient security for 300l. for Sam. Barker, purser of the John and Katherine merchant ship.—27 July 1665 [Ibid. No. 151I.]
April 20.
Woolwich.
Rich. Ellsworth to [Sam. Pepys.] Although Mr. Furzer received more money towards building the St. David in the forest than Francis Baylie of Bristol received towards the building of the St. Patrick, and got both the timber and ironwork, yet he gives out that his Majesty owes him above 2,000l. for the St. David, and that therefore he owes most of the carpenters 20 weeks’ wages; this is to his Majesty’s great disservice; a commission is desired to inspect the affair. [Ibid. No. 152.]
April 20.
The Sweep-
stakes.
Capt. Fras. Courtenay to the Navy Commissioners. Wants an order to the purser to obtain sea victuals, so that he may be fit for sea, as ordered. Is at Deptford for expediting the fitting of ships. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 153.]
April 20.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. One hundred laden colliers have been forced into the Humber by contrary winds; a Hull vessel has come in, with wine from Bordeaux, which was plundered by a privateer, supposing them Spaniards, of all the seamen’s clothes and several small things. [Ibid. No. 154.]
April 20.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. The Milford frigate reports De Beaufort’s being before Belleisle, with 16 men-of-war and other vessels. The Milford and Francis are to cruize off this coast. [Ibid. No. 155.]
April 20.
Yarmouth.
Leo. Bower to Williamson. Particulars of the arrival and departure of ships. Has not received a Gazette for 5 or 6 posts. [Ibid. No. 156.]
April 20.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. Several vessels have sailed for Morlaix with drapery, and a fleet of ships has passed westward. [Ibid. No. 157.]
April 20.
Whitehall.
The King to John, Bishop of Rochester, and Dean of Westminster, and to the electors of Christ Church, Oxford. We understand you intend to choose but 2 scholars from Westminster this year, although by statute you are to choose 3; we think such an innovation tends to discourage those hopeful youths, and therefore, as founder and visitor, we require 3 scholars to be chosen as usual, and commend Hum. Prideaux to be chosen this election. [S.P. Dom., Entry Books 25, f. 59, & 27, f. 6.]
April 20. Warrant to the officers of Greencloth to pay to Ralph Montaigne, Master of the Horse to the Queen Consort, his board wages from 1665, when he was sworn into the place, to Michaelmas 1666, as well as those to Michaelmas 1667, granted by a previous warrant. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 25.]
April 20. Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 158.]
April 20. Warrant from Lord Arlington to Andrew Crooke and 5 others, with a constable and some messengers, to search any house, shop, or printing room, supposed to contain scandalous or unlicensed books, or books imported contrary to law; to seize them, make the presses unserviceable, and bring the offenders before himself, or a justice of peace; the master and wardens of the Stationers’ Company and other officers to assist therein. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 29.]
[April 20.] Petition of Abraham Spence to the King, for a patent under the great seal confirming his title to the incumbency of the church of Market Bosworth, co. Leicester, to which he was presented 10 years before. In 1661, Dr. Wm. Gery obtained a presentation to the church from the. King; and thereupon brought several actions at law against the petitioner, in all of which he was unsuccessful; in 1663 he entered a caveat in the Signet Office against a presentation granted by his Majesty to the petitioner; but being now dead, his pretences of title are determined. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No 159.] Annexing,
Licence from William, Bishop of Bath and Wells, to Abraham Spence, M.A., to preach in his diocese.—24 June. 1660. [Latin, copy. Ibid. No 159I.]
Similar licence from Robert, Bishop of Lincoln.—5 Aug. 1662. [Latin, copy. Ibid. No. 159II.]
Certificate by Sir Wolstan Dixie, John Pate, rector of .Newbold Verdon, and 4 others in favour of the petitioner, as conformable to the Church, honest and learned, and a sufferer during the late usurpation.—9 April 1668. [Ibid. No. l59III.]
Certificate by Joseph [Henshaw], Bishop of Peterborough, and Sir Woistan Dixie that Abraham Spence is orthodox and conformable to the Church, and of exemplary probity, &c.—20 April 1668. [Ibid. No 159IV.]
April 20. Extract from the records of the remembrancer of first-fruits and tenths, that the annual value of the rectory of Fakenham Parva and Ewston rectory, Blackborne deanery, Suffolk, is 13l. 7s. 11d.; and therefore the tithes are 26s. 9 ½ d Endorsed, “Mr. Matthews at Ewston, Mr. John Merton at Fakenham.” [Ibid. No. 160.]
April 20. “Advices received,” being notes [by Williamson] from letters calendared above. [Ibid. No. 161.]
April 21. Certificate by Edmund Bunch, sheriff of Oxfordshire, that the University of Oxford is, and ever has been, a body corporate, consisting of Chancellor, masters, and scholars, who have ever had, and now have, the government of the University and city of Oxford, preservation of the peace, and care of the nightly watch, both in the University and the city and suburbs; that the Chancellor had the charge of punishing malefactors and disturbers of the peace, whether scholars or others, and that the University was accustomed to make statutes for government of the city as well as the University.
Also that Fish Lyne was brought before Vice-Chancellor Fell in l9 C. II., for being abroad 5 times in the city after 9 p.m. and before 4 a.m.; and being convicted between 28 May 1667 and 3 January 1668, was lined accordingly 40s. for each offence, on pain of imprisonment; but not paying the said fines within 8 days, he was committed to prison till payment made, which is the cause of his appearance before the judges. Endorsed, “Brief of our return to the Common Pleas, 21 April 1668.” [Latin. Ibid. No. 162.]
[April 21.] Articles of impeachment in the House of Commons against Sir Wm. Penn, Navy Commissioner, for embezzling goods of great value from Dutch prize ships in 1665, when he was vice-admiral under the Earl of Sandwich. [3 ½ pages. Printed in CommonsJournals, Vol. IX., p. 85, and in Lords' Journals, Vol. XII., p. 233. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 163.]
April 21 ? The King to the Treasury Commissioners. Among other reductions in expense, 100 men were discharged from each of the 3 troops of horse guards, and 20 from each foot company in the 2 foot regiments of guards, on the 18th inst.; the discharged men are to receive a week's pay, from the 18th to the 24th, of our royal bounty, and Sir Stephen Fox is to be ordered to pay the same. [Ibid. No. 164.]
April 21. Grant to Sir Edmond Windham, Knight marshal, of various conceals lands, &c., in cos. Lancaster and Cornwall, to be recovered by him in 3 years, and of all arrears of rent due thereon, reserving to the Crown a moiety of the premises, and of the fines to be raised [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 208.]
April 21.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. The Antelope, Francis, and Merlin are here; a small vessel has arrived from Wales laden with coals. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 165.]
April 21. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 166.]
April 21.
Newcastle.
Rich Forster to Williamson. Arrival of 7 or 8 ships. [Ibid. No. 167.]
April 21.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. A Dutch merchantman reports that there are 50 French men-of-war in the Bay of Biscay; the Milford has put in here for water, and reports that the English fleet is ordered home, and that part of the French fleet has put into Belleisle. [Ibid. No. 168.]
April 21.
Portsmouth.
Chas. Collier for Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. All haste is being made to fit out the ships for the summer expedition. The Tiger and 3 others named are ready to sail, but the Portland remains at Spithead. Mr. Salebury is in London, at John Woolhouse's St. Mary Axe. [Ibid. No. 169.]
April 21.
Roe Kitchen,
Harwich.
Jacob Barker to Navy Commissioners. Put out of Harwich on the 17th, but losing a cable and anchor, put in again, and has been supplied by Mr. Deane from the new ship. Hopes to sail to-day. [Ibid. No. 171.]
April 21. John Lewis, boatswain of the Definace, to the Navy Commissioners. Requests them concerning a false suggestion of embezzling the stores. Mr. Wren, the secretary, says nothing can be done until they have reported the case. Wants to be no longer suspended. [Ibid. No. 172.]
April 21.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Tinker to Sam. Pepys. Will ascertain what provisions and ballast the ships here will carry, and give notice to the victualler. The platforms take up a third of the hold, or they would carry more. [S.P. Dom., Car. II 238, No. 173.]
April 22.
Chatham.
Capt. John Lloyd to Thos. Hayter. Asks for as many tickets as he can spare; they look upon written ones as nothing. [Ibid. No. 174.]
April 22.
London.
Affidavit by Chas. Groome of London, late master of the Merlin frigate, taken before Thos. Croft, master in Chancery, that he left the Downs 10 August 1665, and that Thos. Warren supplied the ship with provisions until she was taken by the Dutch 12 October following, when there were 6 weeks’ provisions aboard. [S.P. Dom Car. II. 238, No. 175.]
April 22.
London.
Like affidavit by Fras. Taylor of London, that the Fox was cleared from Warren’s employment, and sailed for Tangiers and Lisbon on 14 December; that she came back as convoy to several merchant ships for Brighton, and that from time to time Warren supplied her with provisions. [Ibid. No. 176.]
April 22. The King to the master and fellows of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Recommends Thos. Fowler, B.A., scholar there, for the next vacant foundation fellowship. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f 131.]
April 22. Grant to Rich. Folyard [or Foliott], in reversion after Tobias Rustat, of the office of under-keeper of Hampton Court. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 26.]
[April 22.] Minute of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 177.]
April 22.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Sir Thos. Ingram, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, to pay from the Duchy revenues 20l. a year salary, and 10l.a year for livery, to a person to be appointed by George Lord Berkeley, to preserve hares and partridges on Banstead Downs, Surrey. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 30.]
April 22. Letter to Sir Thos. Ingram to pay 1,000l. to Phil. Packer, paymaster of the works, 500l. for perfecting the new building in the volary, and 500l. for bricks for building the new wall to enclose St. James’s Park. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 6.]
April 22. Certificate by J. [Lord ?] Roos and 3 others, that Sir Rich. Halford, Bart., deceased, grandfather of Sir Thos. Halfoid of Weston, co. Leicester, was faithful to his late Majesty in the wars, and suffered for his loyalty, losing 20,000l., besides a long imprisonment; that Andrew Halford, father of Sir Thos. Halford, was also a great sufferer for the same cause, and was often imprisoned; and that Sir Thos. Halford was very instrumental in the restoration, and has been high sheriff of the county. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 178.]
April 22. Roger l’Estrange to Lord [Arlington]. I am too ill to attend you as commanded. I have acted in the business of the press as far as my money, credit, and authority would carry me; I troubled you last for a warrant for the very persons you have now in hold, and would have brought them in for their necks. The law is so short that unless the very act of printing be expressly proved, the printer will come off; the Government will find it hard to reduce the press to that order to which I once brought it, and would have kept it, had I been allowed his Majesty’s bounty as at first. I never made any interest of the service, yet I cannot but reflect upon my hard fortune, seeing myself, after 30 years’ assiduous service and fidelity, exposed either to want bread or to live on charity; I speak without reproach or insolence, and do not deserve to be blamed for using the liberty of an honest man and a gentleman. I solicited Mr. Williamson for his part of 25l. due, but he remitted the matter to your lordship; I beg relief; the last payment I had on your lord ship’s account was in January 1667, and on Mr. Williamson’s on 15 October 1667. [1 ½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 179.]
April 22./ May 2.
Paris.
Rob. Francis to Williamson. The ratifications being mutually interchanged, I suppose there is no further necessity for staying at Paris; I expected to be sent back, some material clause having been left out which might have caused a dispute, but that the French were content Sir John [Trevor] should interline it. The Lord Chancellor has sent an account of what befel him to Abbot Montague; and if M. Desnoyers sends his paper to me before the post, I will forward it. Sir John is going to St. Germains on Mr. Burnett’s business. I shall come home by way of Dieppe, the sickness being much spread in Picardy. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 180.] Encloses,
Earl of Clarenclon to [Abbot Montague]. God’s wonderful mercy in preserving my life is some comfortable evidence that He will not abandon me to the rage of my enemies. I left Rouen for Bourbon on Sunday [April 12], but arriving there late, and not being well able to go upstairs, I went to the worst inn in the town. An English company of seamen who were quartered in the town gathered about the door to attack me; the few there attempted a defence. M. la Fond behaved with great courage, but the gate of the house being broken down, they were forced to retire into my room, where by barricading the doors, they hoped to defend them selves till assistance came from the town; but the seamen quickly made their entrance, both at the doors and windows, having first fired many pistols, and received some hurt themselves from the firing of M. la Fond, who was also shot in the head, and received some hurts with swords.
When the rabble were in the chamber, they gave me all the ill language possible, telling me that they were 3 years ‘in arrears, and that I had received all their pay; that I was a Papist, and had betrayed my King to the King of France; and they would fain killed me, as their principal conductor, Ensign Edw. Howard, clapped a pistol to my face, and twice endeavoured to shoot, but it missed fire; another fellow with a great broad sword struck me with all his force, which would have cleft my head, if it had not fallen upon the flat.
Having some difference among themselves whether they should kill me in the chamber, or out in the court, or take me to London to be hanged there, they dragged ‘me to the court; but some of their company having fallen to pillaging my trunks and boxes, their lieutenant of the company, Capt. Swain, by threats and blows, and drawing his sword, rescued me and kept me in his chamber, until the provost of the country and magistrates of the city came, and carried many to prison, when the rest withdrew, many going away with their booty.
On conference with M. la Fond, the magistrates brought me to the castle of the Duke of Bouillon, and placed a guard for my defence. The physicians and surgeons visited us, and reported that the bullet had not pierced la Fond’s head, and that his greatest wounds were with the sword, while mine were only contusions the same as my servants’; they used such applications as they thought fit, and hoped we could proceed in a day or two; however, la Fond is worse than they took him to be, so that he and I are separated, to my unspeakable discomfort. I found his conversation delightful; I know not how securely to go or stay, and yet am in a house without conveniences, though the magistrates are very civil; I am better in my head, but the lameness I brought with me is worse.
I am expecting orders from Court, which I presume cannot take notice of la Fond’s condition, and consequently can make no provision for my security if I remove; I should be impatient to do so, but from gratitude to M. la Fond. Pray continue your protection, and send me counsel what to do, being destitute of a friend, and having only one servant besides Mr. Conell who can speak French. I have recovered my trunks and all taken, except a little gold out of my pockets.
La Fond’s wounds getting worse, he resolves for Paris, and advises me to leave the town, and will provide me a guard to Chartres; I will follow this advice, so shall be at Dreux on Friday, and at Orleans on. Monday, where I expect to hear from you.—Evreux 16/26 April 1668. [Copy by Francis. 4 pages. With note from Sir J. Trevor that this was written to Abbot Montague. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 180I.]
April 22.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Olive Branch of Plymouth from Rochelle reports that they talk there of peace with all nations. [Ibid. No. 181.]
April 22.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the same effect as the preceding, and his letter to Hickes of the 21st. [Ibid. No. 182.]
April 23. Edw. Stillingileet to Rich. Coling, Whitehall. Mr. Williamson may command me in a far greater matter than the change of a month, if it were at any other time than the summer, when I am absent from town, and the month mentioned is that wherein I am to attend the University. If the month of attendance had been in the winter, it would have been so inconvenient to Dr. [Thos.] Smith, that I could not have denied him; but as Dr. Smith is in town, if he can procure an exchange for September or any month after, I shall willingly wait then, if he will wait in May, which I am to do this year, by exchange with Dr. [Nath.] Crew. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 183.]
April 23.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. The Mary and Constant Waruick have gone westward to view the motions of the French fleet. [Ibid. .No. 184.]
April 23.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Williamson. Has no news of any kind. [Ibid. No. 185.]
April 23. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Desires them to take up a ketch to attend on the Montague, under the command of Capt. Digby. [Ibid. No. 186.]
April 23. Sir George Carteret to the Navy Commissioners. The House of Commons inquire why some of my Navy accounts now before you have not been delivered to the Commission appointed to examine them. I desire to be enabled to make a satisfactory reply; it is no fault of mine that has retarded their despatch. [Ibid. No. 187.]
April 23.
Woolwich.
John Moore and Roger Eastwood to the Navy Commissioners. The Swallow ketch, lately arrived from Portsmouth, is a very strong and fit vessel to do his Majesty service, only wanting some small repairs. [Ibid. No. 188.]
April 23.
Limehouse.
Capt. Zach. Browne to Thos. Hayter. Asks for a quantity of printed tickets for the Assistance. [Ibid. No. 189.]
April 23.
Drury Lane.
Earl of Anglesey to Sam. Pepys. Capt. Nicholls desires despatch of the contract made for weighing the sunk ships and clearing the river. The Duke of York also requires despatch, so have it ready by Saturday; I will then be at the Navy office to sign it. I am going to attend the issue of Sir Wm. Penn's business. [Ibid. No. 190.]
April 23.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Rob. Robinson to the Navy Commissioners. Would be ready to sail this week, but the carpenters and calkers will hardly despatch. Has but one waterman come down; thinks the Portland might spare a few men. [Ibid. No. 191.]
April 23. Certificate by Rob. Mayors of the length and breadth of the Adventure ketch, 48 ft. by 19 ft. [Ibid. No. 192.]
April 23. Certificate by Joseph Jorden, that Joseph Goodlad, master of the Katherine hoy, is ready to attend upon the Henry, and desires to be entered and victualled, according to contract. [Ibid. No. 193.]
April 24.
Woolwich.
John Moore and 2 others to the Navy Commissioners. Have surveyed the Delph, and find her total value to be 309l. 3s. 9d. [Ibid. No. 194.]
April 24.
Woolwich.
The same to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of a survey of the Assistance and Jersey; both require repair and sails. [Ibid. No. 195.]
April 24.
Chatham.
Capt. John Hubbard to the Navy Commissioners. There are only 3 days' provisions here for the supply of the ships. I desire an order to the purser of the Lion to supply some, that our men may be provided for when we come down the river to mount the guns; it will be a difficult thing to have provisions from the victualler here. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 196.]
April 24.
St. Malo.
Thos. Browne to Col. Thos. Middleton. I wonder I do not hear of the receipt of the two parcels of hemp sent to you since the peace. Let me know about them, and the lading of the Olive of Yarmouth, which I have freighted expressly for more expedition, according to orders. Pray pay the freight, 42l., according to agreement, and despatch the vessel. I am now freighting another vessel to send the rest. [Ibid. No. 197.]
April 24.
Whitehall.
Message from the King to the House of Commons. Intended to close the session on 4 May, but as some important business would then be lost, will only adjourn it for 3 months; begs despatch of the bills for supply, &c. [Printed in Commons' Journals, Vol. IX., p. 87. Ibid. No. 198.]
April 24. Draft of the above [by Lord Arlington]. [Ibid. No. 199.]
April 24. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 27.]
[April 24.] Order for a warrant for payment to Sir Stephen Fox of 10,000l. a year for secret service, from 24 May 1667, with present payment of 8,333l. 6s. 8d. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 200.]
April. Docquet of the above, dated April 30. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 212.]
[April 24.] Note that the above warrant is to be altered to 8,000l., to commence from 24 May 1667, and the present payment to be made for 3 quarters and 1 month, or 6,666l. 13s. 4d. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 201.]
April 24. Entry of the order for a warrant for the latter payments to Sir Stephen Fox. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 26.]
April 24. Licence for Sir John Williams, Bart., to go to France with 2 servants and 4 horses, and to return. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 60.]
April 24. Roger L'Estrange to Williamson. I perused all the books and papers sent, and have marked the passages found most liable to censure; but till I see the examinations of the witnesses, and hear the circumstances of the proofs, I cannot make any judgment of the issue. Let the messengers that made the seizure, and the persons that made the discovery, be sent to me; I will then prepare such an information as may serve for a guide to the King's counsel to proceed. "Felo de se" is undoubtedly Wallis's, but a jury will not make much of it. The "Queries" will punish most, because they reflect on the present Parliament. "Omnia concessa a Belo" is a vile libel, of the same quality as "Felo de se". I can fasten nothing on "The poor Whores' Petition" that a jury will take notice of.
"Liberty of Conscience" is rather to be answered than punished, except as an unlicensed pamphlet. The: "Saints' Freedom" has direct treason in it, and a little patience would have brought it home, but the alarm is now so hot that all are upon their guard.
I send another libel, "Room for the Cobbler," which is "the damnedest thing has come out yet"; but I beg privacy, being in quest of Wallis, who has disguised himself. It is not easy to govern the licence of the press, and those who serve therein should be rewarded. If you cannot make sure of destroying the offenders utterly, it will be better to let them alone till an opportunity offers of making them sure; I am confident you need not long wait for it. I hope the libel of the Cobblers will be closely and quickly followed up; if you show it to Lord Arlington, or my Lord of Canterbury, let no words be spoken, as I want to surprise the parties. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 202.]
April 24.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson, Since his last, 100 laden colliers have sailed from hence. [Ibid. No. 203.]
April 24.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Two small vessels arrived from Colchester with corn; the Antelope is still here expecting orders, and the King's pleasure boat will sail for Kinsale the first fair wind, to bring over some person of quality. [Ibid. No. 204.]
April 24. John Clarke to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 205.]
April 24.
Yarmouth.
Leo. Bower to Williamson. Sixty laden colliers have gone through the road. Yesterday the Coronation day was observed here by the train bands being in arms, and the bailiffs and aldermen in their scarlet robes, guns firing,and the like. Vessels have sailed for the north, and for Gottenburg. [Ibid. No. 206.]
April 25.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. The Hopeful Trial of Hull sprang a leak, and sank about 5 miles from the Texel, but the men were saved. She had 49 packs of cloth, lead, corn, &c., aboard. Several vessels have sailed for different places; 100 laden colliers have passed Flamborough Head. [Ibid. No. 207.]
April 25.
Sandwich.
Thos. Kingsford to Williamson. The spire of St. Mary's Church, fell on Saturday, market day, and broke down the whole church but no one was hurt. About six years since St. Peter's church fell down,,so that there is now but one standing in the town. As the spire was a sea mark to pilots, thinks they ought to be made acquainted with it [Ibid. No. 208.]
April 25.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Mary Warren, for confirmation of her pension of 80l. a year, as she hears that many such grants are likely to be recalled. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 301.]
April 25.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Attorney- General Sir Geoffrey Palmer, to give his fiat for a writ of error returnable into the King’s Bench, on a judgment given for the king in the Petty Bag in the Court of Chancery, on a Monstrant de droit, brought against him by Edmund Squibb.. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 60.]
April 25. Warrant to the Lord Keeper to affix the great seal to a commission authorizing Prince Rupert, the Lord Keeper, and other lords appointed, to treat with Comte de Dhona, ambassador extraordinary of Sweden, jointly with the ambassador extraordinary of the States General. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 28.]
April 25. Grant to Sir Thos. Halford, Bart., of pardon for killing Edm. Temple. with restitution of goods. [Docquet,. Vol. 23. No. 209.]
April 25. Capt. John Fortescue to the Navy Commissioners. Sends a list of the men who have entered themselves aboard the French Victory, and the net amount of the wages on their tickets. Will inform them as more men enter, upon hopes to be paid their tickets in the Hope. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 209.]
April 25.
Loudon.
Fras. Baylie to the Navy Commissioners. Cannot take any of the timber they proposed in part payment for the ship he is now building, being overstocked, but wanting money to bring it home; is indebted above 4,500l. already, and if he fails in having his money, shall have a prison suddenly over his head, and lose all his credit. Desires them to consider his sad condition. [Ibid. No. 210.]
April 25.
Woolwich.
John Moore to the Navy Commissioners. The Success sailed down to Long Reach, with her guns and provisions aboard; the French Ruby and two others will be ready to fall down next week. [Ibid. No. 211.]
April 25.
St. Malo.
Thos. Browne to the Navy Commissioners. Is glad the goods sent by the Two Bachelors are received, and thanks them for satisfying his bill. Has despatched the Olive with hemp for Portsmouth, consigned to Col. Middleton, and hopes to find a vessel to send the rest. Can supply what noyals they require, to be paid for in a month, at 10 per cent. on the first cost, for the advance of his money and the risk of the seas. All will be like the first parcel; desires their speedy orders and punctual payment. [Ibid. No. 212.]
April 25. John Chamberlain to Sam. Pepys. Asks a consideration for going down to Aliceholt to view the timber with Mr. Moorhouse; was 6 days upon the service, and at 30s. expense. [Ibid. No. 213.]
April 25. John Moorhouse to the Navy Commissioners. There is about 1,000l. due for carriage, wharfage, &c., of timber in Aliceholt and Whittlewood Forests; let not the administrators of my predecessor pay their accounts until I have delivered in my account of the same. I am making inquiries about all those who keep the locks, and stop the waters, hindering the barges employed in the locks, and stop the waters, hindering the barges employed in the service unless they pay them. The 100I. for the waste still lies in the hands of George Goodman, lieutenant and woodward-in-chief of the forest. I beg for a supply of money. [Ibid. No. 214.]
April 25.
Portsmouth.
Estimate by Edward Byland and John Tinker of the charge of fitting 10 ships named, from 55l. to 275l. each. [Ibid. No. 215.]
April ? Proposals by Capt. Louris Van Hoemskirk and John de Moelyn to his Majesty, for building a swift-sailing ship of any fashion he pleases, which shall sail 3 miles to 2 with one of the best ships he has, and if she does not so prove on trial, they will not desire a penny. If he shall approve their secret, they are to be paid 5,000l; ready money, and 15,000l. to be secured upon lands or other security, and paid in 7 years and a half by 2,000l.yearly. [Ibid. No. 216.]
April 25. Capt. Ant. Deane to [the Navy Commissioners]. The charge of building and completing a large fifth-rate frigate of 90 feet long will be 3,560l. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 238, No. 217.]
April 25. Capt. J. Perriman to Sam. Pepys. Sends names of ketches taken up to attend the ships, and particulars of other ketches. [Ibid. No. 218.]
April 25. Edw. Homewood to Sam. Pepys.. Sends papers required by the Commissioners of Accounts. The supplies made to the fleet being large, the transcription required time, and the work is not yet finished. The 3 sheets sent make out what concerns the Clerk of the cheque. [Ibid. No. 219.]
April 26.
Gravesend.
Rich. Elkin to Sam. Pepys. Has not in charge any of the King's, ships down the river, or lately come from sea. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 1.]
[April 26.] Petition of Henry Seymour and Thos. Elliott, grooms of the bedchamber, to the King, for his Majesty’s share in the forfeitures of Sir Thos. Halford, Bart., convicted of felony for the death of Col. Temple, most of which have been seized by his relations, in execution upon a judgment, whereby the King is likely to be defrauded. [Ibid. No. 1A.]
April 26. Caveat in favour of Thos. Elliott and Mr. Seymour, that nothing pass of the forfeiture of Sir Thos. Halford’s estate. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 32, p. 2.]
April 26.
Dover.
John Carlile to Williamson. Mr. Hugeson, my deputy and book-keeper for prize goods, or [Thos.] Lloyd and Mr. Blaney, will state that all my accounts were adjusted and allowed by the Lords Commissioners 18 months since; I know not why Blaney should now make objections. Pray ask Lord Arlington to speak to Lord Ashley that 104l. 3s. 4d. remaining due of my salary may be paid. My journeys to Oxford and 7 times to London have cost me as much. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 2.]
April 26.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. Arrival of vessels to load oats for Plymouth, Topsham, &c. [Ibid. No. 3.]
April 26. John Powell to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No.4.]
April 26. Roger I’Estrange to Williamson. Not having seen the messengers that seized, nor the persons that were examined, I could not prepare the information for the King’s counsel, so I sent to Mr. Wickham, one of the messengers, who says the hawkers confessed to having the papers from a carpenter in Blue Anchor Alley. The carpenter says he had them of Brewster’s widow. She denies all, but her man brings in a bag of the books and papers, and escapes; her son confesses he had them from Darby’s wife. I do not hear that she has been examined; she’ll confess nothing, for she and Brewster are a couple of the craftiest and most obstinate of the trade. I see nothing against Darby himself, so that only Brewster stands answerable, and printing does not concern her. I have not had the Cobbler’s book returned. [Ibid. No. 5.]
[April 26.] Note that the clockmaker's man confesses selling 2 copies of the "poor Whores' Petition," but knows not the woman from whom he had them; that the carpenter confesses he had 6 quires from Mrs. Brewster and her son, and was told that Darby Printed them, and that they were had from Mrs. Darby; the carpenter had also a dozen of the little libels that were sent to the Parliament, and Darby is in custody, but not Mrs. Darby. Endorsed, "Libels perused by Mr. L'Estrange." [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 6.]
April 26. Portsmouth. Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships. [Ibid. No. 7.]
April 26. Newcastle. Rich. Forster to Williamson. No ships have come in or gone out since last. [Ibid. No. 8.]
April 27.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. St Mary's steeple in Sandwich fell down on Saturday noon, but no harm was done; another fell 5 years since, so that only one is now standing. The Greenwich has arrived with her topmast spent. The Constant Warwick and Mary have come in form cruising. [Ibid. No. 9.]
April 27.
The Monmouth,
Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. A great fleet of Englishmen and Hollanders have passed through the Channel from Bordeaux. A vessel from Rochelle reports that 5 men-of-war and 12 merchant ships went for Lisbon to fetch soldiers; but meeting with a severe storm, they returned most miserably shattered. Another from Sherrant says there are 12 men-of -war in that harbour, but not fitted for a voyage. The master of the Deprford ketch from Ostend says they are many bofires erected 4 stories high with fireworks.
I must complain of the intolerable taxing of letters—4d. a single one; the seamen complain also. It was never so before; if done toward maintaining a packet-boat, we have no occasion for her. We always send for our letters, as the lazy fellows who ply the boats neglect their duty if it blows a gale. [Ibid. No. 10.]
April 27. Norwich. Dean John Croftes to williamson. Desires that one Goodwin, a Norwich man, formerly in the Slothany, may be apponted to one of the vacant breadsmens, places in the church; has seen all his certificates, and is satisfied that he lies within the requirements. Shall soon recommend one from Yarmouth for the other place. [Ibid. No. 11.]
April 27.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Williamson. Three ships have arrived from Nevis, only half laden, the cammodities grown there being scarce. The wind keeps the Barbadoes ships and others outward boud. [Ibid. No. 12.]
April 27. Falmouth. Thos. Halden to Hickes. The Virgin, from Rochelle, met with 5 French men-of-war coming to St. Martin; De Beaufort was one of them, and they were much torn in their masts and yards by foul weather; this takes off the report that they were met by the Spanish fleet, which disabled and forced them into Rochelle. Several vessels from Wales bring news that a Dutch ship sprang a leak and was forced ashore at the Land's End, but the men and part of the goods saved. [Ibid. No. 13.]
April 27. Pendennis. Fras. Bellott to Williamson. Several Dutch and English ships from France, laden with salt and wine, have gone homeward. The Maudline yacht, one of the King's pleasure boats, has come in from Plymouth, having carried over Lord Douglas for France, and intends for Ireland. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 14.]
April 27.
Castle Elizabeth, Jersey.
Sir Thos. Morgan to Williamson. I arrived here on the 22nd, and found all quiet. We daily expect the issue of the treaty between France and Spain. I have appointed a rendezvous of the troops and trained bands, and we shall be vigilant till we hear more of the treaty. I have ordered the Roebuck to fetch the stores from Southampton for these castles. My service to Lord Arlington. [Ibid. No. 14A.]
April 27. Warrant to pay without further demur to Denzil Lord Holles, and Hen. Coventry, employed as ambassadors at the treaty at Breda, moneys disbursed by them for interest of moneys borrowed, on account of their allowances for the service not coming in time. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26. f. 30.]
April 27.
The Bristol,
Spithead.
Capt. Daniel Heling to the Navy Commissioners. Sends a list of his men and of the ships they have before served in, and what is due on their tickets and short allowance. With note that the list was delivered to Lord Anglesey. [S.P. Dom. Car. II. 239, No. 15.]
April 27. Capt. R. Bowen to Thos. Hayter. Asks for 40 tickets by the bearer, his purser. [Ibid. No. 16.]
April 28. Gravesend. Rich. Elkin to Sam. Pepys. Particulars of the movements of ships in the river. [Ibid. No. 17.]
April 28.
Drury Lane.
Earl of Anglesey to Sam. Pepys. Asks recommendation on a vacancy for Edmond Cooke, formerly master of a ship, and anxious to continue in the service. Prays him to despatch Capt. Nicholls. [Ibid. No. 18.]
April 28? Earl of Anglesey to the Navy Commissioners. Your letter about the pay of the Newcastle much surprised me; I told some of you I would get money if possible to pay it, but I could not. Let no ship be set up but with my hand allowing it, and my acquainting you that there is money ready, as many inconveniences my happen otherwise. I send a form to remedy the mistake, and will see to get what money is wanting. [Ibid. No. 19.]
April 28. Chas, Wylde to Thos. Hayter. Asks for 30 tickets for men turned over to Sir. Edw. Spragg in the Downs. [Ibid. No. 20.]
April 28.
London.
Affidavit by Wm. Thompson of London, late commander of the Zebulon, before Thos. Croft, Master in Chancery, that Thos Warren took charge of her, as also of the Merlin and Fox frigates, 2.Aug. 1665, and sailed from the Downs with 6 months' provisions on board; but that, she being overset in Portsmouth, only 4 hogsheads of beef were saved, and all the rest of the provisions for the said ships were lost, and that what was afterwards wanted was supplied by Thos. Warren. [Ibid. No. 21.]
April 28.
London.
Affidavit to the same purport by Thos. Warren, merchant of London, before Nath. Hobart, Master in Chancery. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 22.]
April 28.
London.
Similar affidavit by Wild Clerk, of London, before Thos. Estcourt, Master in Chancery. [Ibid. No. 23.]
April 28. Warrant for committing — Pool to the Gatehouse, for keeping a private press, printing unlicensed books, &c. Minute. [S.P. Dom. Entry Book 30, f. 28.]
April 28. Plymouth. John Clarke to Williamson. The Nightingale has arrived; she left Calais a month ago with 10 merchant ships homeward bound, but parted with them near Cape St. Mary. The Sapphire and another frigate sailed from Calais for Algiers. Several colliers have also come in from Wales, and a small Frenchman with linen cloth. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No.24,]
April 28. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 25.]
April 28. Portsmouth. —— to Williamson. The Tiger, Montague, and Bristol are riding at Spithead, bound for the buoy of the Nore; the Eagle has returned from cruising. There are also 2 merchant vessels with soldiers. A Hamburgher bound for Nantes came into the road, and has sailed to Cowes. [Ibid. No. 26.]
April 28. Newcastle. Rich. Forster to Williamson. Some small coasters have arrived. [Ibid. No. 27]
April 28. Account by Sam Mearne of expenses incurred in seizing a private printing-press under a warrant from Lord Arlington, amounting to 24l. 0s. 6d. [Ibid. No. 28.]
April 29. Falmouth. Thos. Holden to Hickes. The John Baptist, from Bayonne, reports that she and several English and Dutch ships came away from fear of being stopped, though in such hazard that some of them were like the King of Portugal and his brother are dead, and that the Duke of York is going over with the Queen of England, Who is to be crowned Queen of Portugal. The Milford and Francis have come in and one of his Majesty's pleasure-boats bound for Ireland. [Ibid. No. 29.]
April 29. Falmouth. Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the like effect as the preceding, and his letter to Hickes of 27 April. [Ibid. No. 30.]
April 29. Waymouth. John Pocock to Hickes. Two large ships of Dieppe are stopped in this road by contrary winds. [Ibid. No. 31.]
April 29. Yarmouth. Leo. Bower to Williamson. Particulars of the arrival and departure of ships. [Ibid. No. 32.]
April 29. Whitehall. Warrant for committing Elizabeth Calvert to the Gatehouse, for keeping a private press, and vending unlicensed and scandalous books and pamphlets. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 28.]
April 29. Warrant for 30 tuns of wine, half French, half Spanish, for Count de Dhona Swedish ambassador. Minute. [Ibid. f. 28.]
April 29. Warrant for 20 tuns of wine, half French and half Spanish, free of custom, to the Earl of Carlingford, as the King's free gift. Minute. [Ibid. f. 28.]
April 29. Warrant for a commision appointing Charles Duke of Richmond, and Heneage Earl of Winchelsea, Jointly, Lord Lieutenants of Kent; empowering either to act separately in the absence of the other out of the kingdom. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 28b.]
[April 29.] Petition of Giovanni Sebenico, one of his majesty's musicians, to the King, for the place of master of the Italian music for the King's chamber and cabinet, and the Queens chapel and cabinet; will serve her Majesty every festival day in her chapel. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 33.]
April 29. Warrant appointing Giovanni Sebenico, who has been two years one of the Italian musicians, as master of the Italian music, requiring him to attend the King and Queen with his company when directed. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 28.]
April —. Draft of the above, dated April 22. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 33A.]
April 29. Pass for 8 horses to Holland. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 29.]
April 29. Pass for 20 horses to France, as a present from the King to the Marquis of Beringham. Minute. [Ibid. f. 29.]
April 29. Answer of Sir Wm. Penn to the articles of impeachment preferred against him by the House of Commons, protesting his innocence, and explaining his transactions relative to prize goods on board the Slothany and phoenix, which he was accused of embezzling. [Copy, 3 pages. Printed in Lords' Journals, Vol. XII., pp. 237-8. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No.34.]
April 29.
The Monmouth,
Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to the Navy Commissioners. [E.] Wivell, victualler of Dover, is ordered to provide victuals for 3 ships named, but not for the Deptford ketch, nor for the Diamond, which has not above 3 days' aboard; therefore I beg orders for them. I wonder that the Victualler drives us to such exigencies. [Ibid. No. 35.]
April 29. Woolwich. John Moore tot he Navy Commissioners. The St. David is at Greenhithe; entreats orders to the ropemakers to carry down the French Ruby, the men belonging to her giving but small attendance. Wants a pilot from the Trinity House, as the captain is here with an order from the Duke for sailing. [Ibid. No. 36.]
April 29. Woolwich. Roger Eastwood, shipwright's assistant, to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of the docking and repair of ships. [Ibid. No. 37.]
April 29. Chatham. Commissioner Thos. Middleton to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of ships under repair, &c. Wants 4,000 deals, to despatch them for this expedition. The Rupert wants 10 brass guns, but the Ordnance will afford but iron, and the ship stays on this account. The masters of Watermen's Hall are good Christians, but very knaves; they should be ordered to send down 10 or 12 old women to be nurses to the children they send for the King to breed for them; unless his Royal Highness sends all the masters down themselves, the King will not have justice. Now I hear that 10 brass guns have gone on board the Rupert, and have given the purser an order for 14 days' petty warrant. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 38.]
April 29. John Andrews to Sam. Pepys. I have only one officer belonging to my new ship at Woodbridge, Richard Eades, boatwain, who has the charge and account of stores, and is now ready to go down in a hoy with a part of them. He was once pressed, but cleared on the assurance that he was my boatswain; to prevent this in the future, I ask protection for him. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 39.]
April 29.
The Greenwich, Downs.
Capt. Rich. Beach to the Navy Commissioners. Has fitted the ship to take in provisions for Lisbon, but knows not how to stow them. Asks for leave to put some of the dry Provisions on board the Wren pink when it comes. [Ibid. No. 40.]
April 30.
The Wren, Downs.
Capt. Isaac White to Sam. Pepys. Capt. Beach sailed from the Nore on the 25th, so, was gone for the Downs before I got to the Nore; I made all despatch after him, and hope to get on board to him to-day; I beg payment of a pilot whom I took in at Gravesend. [Ibid. No. 41.]
April 30.
The Reserve, Tilbury Hope.
Chr. Gunman to the Navy Commissioners. Is desired by Mr. Wren to stay here till the tickets on board are paid, and to give account of the amount; finds there are 250l. worth. Has not completed his complement of men since they ordered 40 on board the Royal Charles. [Ibid. No. 42.]
April 30. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. I send the names of the convoys intended for Newfoundland and Iceland. The Milford and Francis, plying off the Lizard, are out of provisions; I want an order for their supply at Plymouth. I think two months' victuals may be enough, unless you judge any other proportion fitting for them. [Ibid. No. 43.]
April 30. The King to [the president and fellows of] Magdalen College, Oxford. We recommend Sam. Russell, M.A.—one of your foundation and a man well qualified in all points—to the fellowship void by decease of John Dare, B.A.; and Manwaring Hammond to the place of demy that will become void by the preferment of Sam. Russell. We shall remember to your advantage your compliance with our desire. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 74.]
April 30. Note of a request by the present Earl of Norwich, that the King would recall a privy seal to pay to Sir Wm. Waller 1,660l., or any other order obtained by any other creditor, for payments on the arrears of the pension of 2,000l. a year, granted 26 Sept. 1661 to the late Earl, for 7 years, the said arrears being ordered to be paid to the present Earl, and no privy seal discharging from a pension granted under the great seal. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No.44.] Annexing,
Warrant to pay to the present Earl of Norwich, as his father's administrator, from the duty on fire-hearths, those parts of the arrears of his pension ordered to be paid him by a former signet order, which cannot be regularly complied with.— Whitehall, 29 March 1667. [Ibid. No. 44I.]
April 30.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. A small vessel is ready to sail for St. Sebastian, laden with wheat; 20 laden colliers are waiting for a wind. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 45.]
April 30. John Powell to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 46.]
April 30.
Aldborough.
Rich. Browne to Rob. Francis. Has come down to pay off the remaining quarters due to the sick and wounded; shall then attend him in London; 200 laden colliers have sailed to the southward. Asks for a news-letter by Saturday's post. [Ibid. No. 47.]
April 30.
London.
A. Ellis to [Williamson]. Sir Thos. Allin complains without cause; letters to the Downs have ever paid 4d. As to the packet-boat, the master, not having been used by him with gentleness, is perhaps afraid to approach him but upon extreme necessity. [Ibid. No. 48.]
April 30.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Tiger, Montague, and Bristol remain at Spithead, and the Monk and two others are ready to sail with the first fair wind. [Ibid. No. 49.]
April 30. "Advices received," being extracts from letters calendared above, and from the following:—
Dublin, 25 April.—The Lord Lieutenant has embarked, and the Earl of Ossory was sworn Lord Deputy in his absence. The Commissioners of Claims go on in giving out reprisals, and the English, it is supposed, will first have satisfaction.
Cadiz, 9 April.—The Sapphire and Mermaid are going for Sally, to have an eye on the Moors, who have chased 2 English merchant ships. The Spaniards daily violate the 10th and 12th Articles of the late peace with England, to the prejudice of the English trade, whereof the consul has made frequent complaints. [Ibid. No. 50.]
April? Petition of the prisoners for debt in England and Wales to the King, to further the bill prepared for their relief by the House of Commons, which has been twice read in the House of Peers, but obstructed in a third reading, though the Commons sent a message desiring its despatch; it will be a work of great charity, and save the lives of many distressed persons. [Ibid. No. 51.]
April? Petition of 3 yeomen, 3 grooms, and 3 children of his Majesty's pastry to the King, that the eldest yeoman may be admitted serjeant, and the other petitioners be preferred in their turns; Rich. Tooley, the late serjeant, is dead, and according to the late establishment, the number of servants in that office are to be retrenched to 5. [Ibid. No. 52.]
April? Charles Wheeler to Williamson. Pray ask Lord Arlington for a pass for a kinsman whose name I have left for you. Endorsed "Sir Chas. Massam." [Ibid. No. 53.]
April.
Saturday.
Wm. Loving to Williamson. Not finding the business as expressed, you may move the Commissioners as you see cause; I am resolved what to press for, and think it cannot be denied. Endorsed, "Wal-singham House." [Ibid. No. 54.]
April. Memoranda form the Signet books of warrants, grants &c., passed during the month, the uncalendared portions of which are us follows:—
Patent appointing the Earl of Bristol, on behalf of the King, superintendent of banks and Monts de Pi—t— in London, Westminster, and other cities, with power to appoint deputies, and fix salaries, as approved by King and Council.
Patent constituting a court merchant at Tangiers.
Note of an Act of Parliament for union of churches.
Note that all creation money to dukes, earls, &c., ordered by a general privy seal is to be paid from the Exchequer in ready money, not by tally. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 55.]
April? Statement addressed to the King of the sufferings of Wm. Callow, Evan [or Ewen] Christian, and their families, and Alice Cord, in being imprisoned, their estates forfeited, and banished from the Isle of Man by the Earl of Derby, for being Quakers. [Ibid. No. 56. See pp. 114, 318 supra.]
April? Statement by Rich. Ellsworth that it was ordered in Council, 14 Jan. 1668, that the petition of the merchants of Bristol, and of numerous corporations in the adjoining counties, against deceits in making cloths, should be referred to the Attorney or Solicitor General; that the Attorney-General and Lord Chief Baron advise pursuit of redress by a bill in Parliament; he will prosecute the cause, if it may be carried on at the King's charge, as it ought to be, for these reasons:
It will advance the customs 30,000l. and greatly advantage the kingdom, but will take up much time and labour in the prosecution, and will meet with many obstacles by the guilty clothiers. He spent a year's time and travelled 600 miles to obtain the certificates in the above cause, and it were a pity for so weighty a concern to drop through. He is willing to undertake and carry it through, if he may have 3 blank warrants for baronets. [Two copies. Ibid. Nos. 57, 57A.]
April? Case of Sir Gilbert Talbot, master of the jewel house. The allowance of 7 dishes a meal for my office was retrenched by the late King to 3; but in the book now delivered for his Majesty's confirmation, in which other 7-dish tables are reduced to 3 mine is wholly taken away, and only 100l. a year allowed instead; this will not feed my necessary attendants, nor support the dignity of the place, which has now only a fee of 50l. a year left for its support. I petitioned for the allowance, the same as to the clerks of the green cloth and others, before I went into Denmark. [Ibid. No. 58.]
April. List of 25 ancient masters of ships, with the ships to which they belong. [Ibid. No. 59.]
April. Account of the number of watermen and soldiers appointed to 8 ships going out from Portsmouth, 1 from Harwich, 6 from Dept-ford, 8 from Chatham, and 5 from Woolwich. [Ibid. No. 60.]
April.? Memorandum of press and conduct money to be allowed to the above men. [Ibid. No. 61.]
April. List of watermen impressed by the rulers of the Watermen's Company, by warrant of the Duke of York of 31 April [March?] 1668, and sent on board the Charles at Deptford; also similar list of 43 sent to Erith on board the same ship, by warrant dated 17 April 1668. [4 pages. S.P. Dom. Car. II. 239, No. 62.]
April. Sir John Chicbley to Sam. Pepys. The Duke of York would not venture to give any order about [the Rupert's] taking in the guns at Chatham, but commanded me to apply to the Board. I desire you to acquaint them and let me know their commands. [Ibid. No. 63.]
[April.] Advertisement that [Matthew] Poole's synopsis of the Bible is in the press, and those who send in their names before 24 Aug. will have it on the terms mentioned in Poole's propositions; few copies more than subscribed for will be printed: [See Gazette, 24 Aug. 1668. Ibid. No. 64.]
April? Petition of Bently Phillips, sewer of the chamber without fee, to the King, for a recommendation to the Treasury Commissioners to be clerk to the Commissioners for the duty on wine and brandy; he and his family suffered for the royal interest, so that he has lately been a clerk in the House of Commons. [Ibid. No. 64A.]
April.
Deal.
Lists sent by Mor. Lodge to Williamson of ships in the Downs; the state of wind, arrival and despatch of the mails, &c., during the month, as follows:—
Vol. 239.
No.
Date. King's. Merchants' Mails. Wind. Remarks.
Arrival. Despatch.
65 April 1 11 2 None 5 p.m. E.
66 " 3 1 3 None 5 p.m. E.
67 " 4 1 4 None 5 p.m. S.
68 " 6 1 4 None 5 p.m. S.E.
9 " 7 1 4 None 5 p.m. S.W.
70 " 9 6 15 None 6 p.m. W. Many ships from the westward have passed through; Sir John Harman is still here.
71 " 9 13 15 Sir John Allin has just come in with 6 frigates.
72 " 10 13 9 None 6 p.m. S.W. Twelve sail from westward have passed through for London.
73 " 11 13 2 5 p.m. 5 ½ .p.m. N.N.W. All the outward-bound merchant ships have sailed.
74 " 12 13 3 None 5 p.m. N.E.
75 " 13 7 12 None 5 p.m. S.S.W. Sir John Harman has sailed with his 6 vessels for London.
76 " 14 7 3 None 5 p.m. S.
77 " 15 7 5 None 5 p.m. S.
78 " 16 5 6 None 5 p.m. S.
79 " 17 5 None 5 p.m. E. The wind being fair, all merchant ships are gone or going.
80 " 18 5 1 None 5 p.m. N.E.
81 " 19 5 1 None 5 p.m. N.E. There is a storm of wind in the Downs.
82 " 20 5 1 None 5 p.m. N.E.
83 " 22 4 1 None 5 p.m. N.E.
84 " 23 3 1 4 p.m. 5 p.m. S.
85 " 26 3 3 None 5 p.m. S.W.
86 " 27 7 5 None 5 p.m. N.N.W. Twelve or 18 sail, chiefly of Yarmouth, have passed through from France.
87 " 28 5 7 None 5 p.m. W Six or 8 Yarmouth ships from Bordeaux have passed through.
88 " 29 5 10 None 7 p.m. N. A Scotland vessel becalmed near the Lizard heard guns all day, which he judged to be the French and Spanish fleets.
89 " 30 8 8 None 5 p.m. N.N.W.
April. Warrants for naturalizing or making free vessels taken in the late war and condemned as prizes in the Admiralty Courts of England or Scotland; or foreign built, and purchased by English subjects, principally merchants of London. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25.]
Date. Former Name. Present Name. Owners. Country taken from. Folio.
Feb. 19 Christopher of London. Denmark 53
" 19 King David Good Intent of London. Nicholas Kelk of London. States General 53
" 25 Ewe and Lamb of London. Merchants of London. " " 53
April 15 St. John Evangelist St. James of London France 58
" 15 Peter Subarran - St. Jacob of London States General 58
" 21 Daniel under the Lion's paw. Hope of London - " " 61