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Charles II: May 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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May 1668

May 1.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Four ships are in the harbour, and a considerable fleet from Burlington is expected. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 90.]
May 1.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Four ships have arrived, 2 bound for Crosick to fetch salt, 1 to the Barbadoes, and the other from Waterford, laden with tallow and hides. [Ibid. No. 91.]
May 1. John Clarke to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 92.]
May 1. Warrant for a licence to Sir Gerard Napier, Bart., to inclose a highway in the parish of Moore Critchell, Dorset, leading to Badbury, Sturminster, and Wareham, he opening a way in his own grounds in lieu thereof. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 61.]
May 1. Warrant from Lord Arlington to the keeper of the Gatehouse, to permit the bearers to have access to Mrs. Poole, prisoner there. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 48.]
May? Petition of Elizabeth Poole of the Mint, Southwark, now prisoner in the Gatehouse, to the King, for release; was imprisoned because having let an outer room of her house to a printer, books and papers were found there tending to the prejudice of public concernments. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 93.]
May 1. H. W. to [Williamson?]. I have been to Sunderland and Cleadon, and was very well received by Capt. Gower, who told me that he was with Paul Hobson when the warrant came to apprehend them both; that he followed the advice of the landlord, who kept him in an upper room, and thence led him into the street; that he went from one friend's house to another, in one of which he continued 4 months without fire or candle, although in the winter, and only went out at night with his cloak over his face; that he was often in company, but afraid of trapanners, who bring people to the gallows. He spoke much of the Parliament being in confusion, and not knowing which way to turn; they talk of mischief and a sudden change.
I met Capt. Gower at Shields, and the captain said he had become acquainted with John or Rob. Linton of Shields, who had Lord Swinton, a Scotchman, and a Quaker at his house. His lordship intends going into most counties of England, ere he returns. I was with George Bateman, who had heard of Swinton, and had seen his papers and a prophecy, which he had lent, but promised I should have them the next time he came to Durham. Bateman says it is believed all England through that nothing but Popery is intended, but he is satisfied that it will be prevented.
It was reported at Durham and Sunderland that the Chancellor was seized by 38 seamen, who surprised the guard, killing the captain of the watch, and dragged the Chancellor out of his bed, and had a contest who should have the honour of slaying him; but being so long about it, other soldiers came, rescued the Chancellor, slew some of the men, and took others prisoners, 7 or 8 only escaping. Bateman said rejoicingly that the Parliament could not devise how to raise the King any more money, and that the King had sent to the citizens of London to borrow 300,000l., but they refused to lend until their bills were answered; that he sent a second time for 100,000l., when they said they would not lend one penny till the bills were answered, which, said Bateman, "they will never do, for there is the most foul ugly thing charged upon sundry [persons] not far from Whitehall, concerning the firing of London and other things of great importance," wherein they have dealt so treacherously, that he was confident there would be no more money raised that way, nor the bills answered. Gower wondered they trusted Merrinton, mayor of Newcastle and commissary of musters, and Hen. Dawson, formerly alderman of Newcastle, with custom house places, and wished I was in with them, and said he would see if it could be done. Endorsed, "Fanatics in the North." [1 ¾ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 94.]
May 1. Randall Sanderson to Williamson. If you have a fit opportunity to attest, I request you to embrace it for Wayehill, alias Weyhill, and if it may be, for Enham, Hants, both in the Deanery of Andover, Bishopric of Winchester. [Ibid. No. 95.]
May 1.
The French Victory, between Gravesend and the Hope.
Capt. John Fortiscue to the Navy Commissioners. His maintop-mast broke coming down. Asks for another from Deptford, and other provisions of which Mr. Shish has an account. The seaman having tickets due request that their money may be sent down, because of their own and their families' great wants, and the despatch of sailing. Delivered a list of them on the 25th ult., since which others have given their names who have tickets due. Supposes they will amount to near 300l. Would have waited on their Honours, but the seamen being so discontent for their moneys, is forced to stay aboard to regulate them, for fear of their flight. [Ibid. No. 96.]
May 1. Capt. F. Digby to Sam. Pepys. His Royal Highness having granted me the use of a sketch for the manning of my ship, and the bearer having one fit, I entreat orders accordingly, that I may meet the ship at the buoy of the Nore. [Ibid. No. 97.]
May 1.
Chatham.
Commissioner Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. Mr. Pett will use up all the timber in 14 days, and finish fitting the ships ordered for the expedition, but will have nothing to employ the shipwrights; he asks whether to discharge them or keep them idle upon the King’s pay. A parcel of timber can be delivered in 6 weeks, if you will pay 58s. a load for it: this would employ the men and prevent their clamour. There are no materials for providing the 20 pinnaces ordered to be kept in readiness for the defence of the place, and it cannot be done but by contract. Moorcock, who has built 3 boats and 3 pinnaces, will build as many as required, but asks about the payment, and will deliver nothing without ready money. His demand is 10s. per foot for boats and 14s. for pinnaces. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 98.] Encloses,
Tender by John Moorcock of 300 loads of timber from 2l. 18s. to 3l. 3s. a load, he having 200l. imprest, and being paid on the delivery of every 20 loads, after 200l. worth has been received into the stores. [Ibid. No. 98I.]
May 2.
Chatham.
Commissioner Middleton to Pepys. The Old James and 2 other ships are ready to sail, the joiners’ work excepted, which could be done as well at the buoy of the Nore, were there materials to send with the ship; but there is not one deal board in the yard. Doubts not but care will be taken for supplies for the expedition. Has ordered 20 days’ petty warrant victuals to every ship to carry with them (this will be a means to spend some of the old provisions, which otherwise will lie on the King’s hands), bread only excepted, without which it will be impossible to get the ships about, or to keep the men when in port. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 99.]
May 2.
Woolwich.
John Moore, deputy master attendant, to the Navy Commissioners. The Swallow sailed to Halfwaytree yesterday, to take in her provisions; desires orders to the ropemakers to carry down the French Ruby. [Ibid. No. 100.]
May 2.
Ordnance
Office.
Edw. Sherburne, Fras. Nicholls, and Rich. Marsh to the Navy Commissioners. Sent down a lighter of guns to the side of the Love at Deptford, being part of those for the new ship at Bristol; the rest are ready, but Mr. Boyce, the ship-master, refuses to take any without order. Desires they will send it to save demurrage. [Ibid. No. 101.]
May 2. Capt. John Wyborne to the Navy Commissioners. The 60l. allowed as gratuity will not compensate him; his loss in time, goods, and apparel will amount to 100l., besides the misery of being shot and burnt, and lying 4 months in the doctor’s hands. Begs not to be a loser by doing good service. [Ibid. No. 102.]
May 2.
Chatham.
John Runting, master of the St. Peter flyboat, to the Navy Commissioners. Has discharged the goods brought from Harwich, and asks for other employment. [Ibid. No. 103.]
May 2.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Attorney-General of the petition of Sir Andrew Henley that, being prosecuted in the King’s Bench for an assault on Lord St. John, who has the King’s protection for his assault on the petitioner, his Majesty would take into consideration his suffer- ings by the assault, and order the Attorney-General not to countenance nor present the indictment against him. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 301.]
May 2. Reference recommending to the Treasury Commissioners the petition of Sir Ralph Clare, for a speedy assignment on the chimney money of 3,000l. lately granted him by privy seal. [Ibid. p. 302.]
May 2.
Whitehall.
Petition of Rob. Elliot to the King, for a fine of 63l. payable on renewing a lease to John Prat for 2 tenements in the manor of Milton Falconbridge; and one of 45l. due from Eliz. Collins for a tenement in the manor of Inglescombe, co. Somerset and Duchy of Cornwall. By the death of his master, the Earl of Falmouth, lost all hopes of advancement. With reference thereon to the Treasury Commissioners. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 104.]
May 2. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 302.]
May 2. John Tomleson to Mr. Baynes, Stonehouse, near Plymouth. Private affairs. The Parliament adjourns on Monday for 3 months. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 105.]
May 2.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Two vessels have sailed for Hamburg laden with cloth, and 1 for Stockholm; also 2 for Norway, with corn, cloth, and French salt, one of which was forced back by contrary winds, with the loss of her maintop-mast. [Ibid. No. 106.]
May 3. Accounts of receipts and disbursements of the scavengers, on an assessment in 7 parishes in the east and south of London. [Ibid. Nos. 107-113.]
May 3.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. The Success is still in the road, and her men are daily in the town to press men, but have got very few; the rudeness of the men and women beats them off; 30 or 40 walked up and down the town with clubs in their hands, swearing they would die before they would enter the service, to serve for nothing, and let their families starve at home; had not the bailiffs appeared, they might have gathered to a great head. Laden colliers pass daily to the south. A vessel from Rotterdam reports the Dutch fleet to be called in. [Ibid. No. 114.]
May 3.
Dover.
John Carlile to Williamson. Several ships were cast away on the French coast by the late storms, and many men drowned. Fears that Friday’s packet-boat is also cast away, as she was in the storm and has not since been heard of. The Deputy Governor of Calais is ordered to have the horse under his command in readiness, but the reason is not known. A person of quality, going from Dunkirk for France with a retinue of 30 persons, was set upon by some Flemish forces, who killed a great part of the French and English gentlemen in their company, and took the rest of the French prisoners. [Ibid. No. 115.]
May 3.
Portsmouth.
—— to Williamson. The Montague and 3 others named are riding at Spithead, and their commanders are at Portsmouth, ready to sail for the rendezvous with the first fair wind. There was so violent a storm on May Day that 2 hoys, with wine and brandy, the spoils of a Dutchman, were cast away coming from the Isle of Wight. The Eagle frigate has arrived, and set sail again, and reports that 4 French men-of-war were forced back to Portsmouth with the loss of their masts. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 116.]
May 3.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Montague and 2 others are still at Spithead; the Eagle and Monk have left, and the Dragon and Ruby will follow the first fair wind. [Ibid. No. 117.]
May 3.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. Some Irish vessels have arrived to load culm for Dublin. [Ibid. No. 118.]
May 3.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Two small ships have come in, leaving about 70 sail at Burlington. [Ibid. No. 119.]
May 3.
Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. The Nightingale, arrived from Cadiz, reports that several merchantmen have come thence with a store of money. She met the Africa from Gallipoli. [Ibid. No. 120.]
May 3.
Chatham.
Commissioner Thos. Middleton to M. Wren, secretary to the Duke of York. The Defiance has set sail and got to the east end of the Nore; others have been got out of dock, and may be gone by Saturday next if men be not wanting; some ships are detained by want of bread. [Ibid. No. 121.]
May 3.
Chatham.
Commissioner Middleton to Sam. Pepys. Particulars of ships. The Katherine and two others stay only for bread; if a supply be not speedily sent, fears they will not be gotten suddenly from hence for want of men, for they cannot be fed. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 122.]
May 3.
Chatham.
Commissioner Middleton to Pepys. Judges the covenant between the Navy Commissioners, Mr. Moorcock, and Major Nicholls will be much for the King’s advantage, if the other parties be contented. Has signed and returned 2 bills, with other instruments. The Rupert has received her 10 guns, and only stays for bread. It is not to be imagined what deals are required for the ships; the Old James will want 1,000. The book of the survey being with Mr. Uthwat at Deptford, cannot send it, but will direct his clerk to take a copy of the order desired. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 123.]
May 4.
Chatham.
7 a.m.
Commissioner Middleton to Pepys. Capt. Moorcock wholly declines the weighing of the wrecks in the Medway. [Ibid. No. 124.]
May 4.
Chatham.
Sir John Chicheley to Sam. Pepys. Desires that some printed protections may be sent for him to Mr. Gregory. Cannot let a sailor stir without one, and written ones stand in little stead. Several of those who attended in order to get the ship out want their clothes; knows not how to let them go without passes, so begs despatch thereof. [Ibid. No. 125.]
May 4.
The Portland,
Portsmouth
Dock.
Capt. John Pearce to the Navy Commissioners. The ship has come into the dock; hopes to haste her out soon. Has been in many good ships, but never in one so good conditioned. Sends tickets of the men on board, and hopes they may not be lost, but signed and returned to Mr. Tippetts or himself. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 126.]
[May 4.]
Whitehall.
Warrant to pay to Thomas Lord Colepeper 1,090l. from the privy seal of 8 Jan. last for 10,000l., being repayment with interest at 6 per cent, of 1,000l., advanced by him to Hugh May for the King’s buildings. [Ibid. No. 127.]
May 4. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 29.]
May 4. Warrant for a grant of pardon to Wm. Burton, attainted of high treason for having withdrawn beyond seas, and resided in Holland during the late war with the Dutch, without any occasion of merchandize, or other reasonable cause. [Ibid. f. 30.]
May 4. Pass for the Earl of Carlingford to transport 8 horses to Ireland. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 128.]
May 4. Minute of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 30.]
May 4. Pass from Lord Arlington for Sir Francis Marsham to France. Minute. [Ibid. f. 30.]
May 4. Commission of Lieutenancy for Kent to the Duke of Richmond and Lenox, and the Earl of Winchelsea. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 213.]
May 4. Warrant for the safe delivery of 20 tuns of French and Spanish wines custom free to the Earl of Carlingford, as the King's free gift. [Ibid.]
May 4. Reference of the petition of Philadelphia Lady Wentworth, for payment of the arrears of her pension, to the Treasury Commissioners, recommending them, in consideration of the late Lord Wentworth’s services, to order that she may be paid at least part of her pension, whenever others of her condition receive any part of theirs. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 303.]
May 4. Reference of the petition of Charles, Earl of Norwich, for revocation of a warrant for 1,660l. granted to Sir Wm. Waller, out of the arrears of his father’s pension, to the Lord Privy Seal, who is to endeavour a composure between the parties. [Ibid. p. 303.]
May 4.
Coventry.
Ralph Hope to Williamson. The Duke of Ormond has arrived, accompanied with the Earl of Chesterfield, Lord Dungannon, and Sir Edward Sutton, and was met by Viscount Conway from Ragley and Sir Henry Puckering from Warwick. He landed at Holyhead on Saturday week, came to Chester on Tuesday, Wednesday to Sir Thos. Delves’, Thursday to Litchfield, and Friday to Bratby, to the Earl of Chesterfield’s, where the Earl of Carlingford left him and returned. He left there to-day at noon, and came to Coventry, where he stays with the Earl of Chesterfield; thence he goes to Dunstable, where Sir George Lane has preceded him.
There are very terrifying accounts in the town of a great number of French having landed in several parts, and of a more than ordinary influx of Frenchmen to London; also of great apprehensions of danger from them, which reports, being improved by the discontented and disaffected spirits, very much distract and affright the county. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 129.]
May 4.
Yarmouth.
Leo. Bower to Williamson. Several colliers have been forced back by the storms, one with the loss of her mainmast; 4 are reported to be lost, and many men drowned. Other vessels have come in, having narrowly escaped running ashore. [Ibid. No. 130.]
May 4.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. The Milford and Francis frigates have gone out cruising, and the Merlin yacht is waiting a fair wind for Ireland. Two vessels from Rouen give an account of the ill-usage of the Earl of Clarendon, and the great preparations the French King is still making, both by sea and land. [Ibid. No. 131.]
May 4.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The King's pleasure-boat, Maudlin, has gone for Ireland, to fetch, as they say, some great person over to England. [Ibid. No. 132.]
May 5.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Eight or 9 small ships have sailed for Amsterdam. [Ibid. No. 133.]
May 5.
Rye.
James Welsh to Williamson. The Constant Warwick has arrived, and is waiting to convoy over to France 14 horses. [Ibid. No. 134.]
May 5.
Portsmouth.
Chas. Collier, for Hugh Salesbury, to Williamson. Departure of the Monk and 2 others for the buoy of the Nore; 4 others will soon follow. [Ibid. No. 135.]
May 5.
Portsmouth.
—to Williamson. The Montague and Roebuck are riding at Spithead; the Monk and 2 others have sailed for the Nore, and several more are almost ready for sea. [Ibid. No. 136.]
May 5.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. The weather has been very tempestuous, but the ships which put back have now sailed again. Two men from Jamaica and one from Barbadoes report that Lord Willoughby will suddenly be over here. [Ibid. No. 137.]
May 5.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. The Milford and Little Francis have arrived. [Ibid. No. 138.]
May 5.
Whitehall.
Lord Arlington to the Treasury Commissioners. Sends a paper brought for his Majesty’s signature, relating to an account with which he is unacquainted; desires their consideration and allowance before he proceeds further in it. Endorsed, “Mr. Chicheley’s paper about 4,000l. prayed to be allowed him by the King for several debts; with the Treasury Board’s order on the reading, 7 May, that Col. Legg attend to give an account thereon next Thursday.” [Ibid. No: 139.]
May 5. Proposition by Sir Peter Wyche to the Navy Commissioners. During the late war, each ship in the fleet had a muster master, with two servants, on board; they were all persons of little consideration, and were under the commanders; often negligent of their duty, yet costing a large sum. The keeping of lists of men, producible on all occasions, being very important, proposes the appointment, by commission from the Duke, of a Muster Master General of the Fleet, a man of consideration, independent of any but the Admiral and the Navy Commissioners, who may help himself to such a number of clerks as his employment requires, procured and to be answered for by himself; his pay to be made up out of the allowances given to muster masters and their servants, at 2d. a head a month out of every seaman's pay. Desires they will report his proposal, if approved, to the Duke of York. Will discharge the place with diligence and integrity if he obtain it, and be always ready to produce exact muster rolls of all the seamen in the fleet. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 140.]
May 5. Major Hen. Nicoll to Sam. Pepys. The new Act against Nonconformists so startles Mr. Moorcock that he will not engage in articles or bonds, for fear he should be imprisoned and break them; but he will go on in the work upon my account; and I shall get others that will accomplish it, and go on in the business upon my own account, and will give bonds for 2,000l. to perfect it in the time, if entrusted. When I know the Board's resolutions, I will proceed accordingly, and if I undertake it alone, I will make it as much my business as if my life lay on it. [Ibid. No. 141.] Encloses,
Edw. Moorcock to Hen. Nicoll. I am resolved to meddle no farther in the business of the works at Chatham; it is 100l. worse to us now than if we had concluded a few days after we first treated with the Navy Commissioners; the detriment would have been no way balanced if they had granted the trivials I insisted on, which would not have been 40s. damage to the King, but the want of them might have been 40l. damage to the undertakers. I am also discouraged to hear of that Act of violence which has passed Parliament about religion; for if, in the middle of our business, we should have been taken in the worshipping of God according to our conscience, our work must have ceased, and so our bonds become forfeited; and nothing less than a prison is like to be the portion of those that come not to the public worship, of which number I am one; so that, until this storm is over, I will not meddle with any employment of great moment.London, 1 May 1668. [Ibid. No. 141I]
May 5.
Ordnance
Office.
Edw. Sherburne and Geo. Clark to the Navy Commissioners. Have received the letter from the officers of Deptford Yard, and the complaint from the jury of the manor of Sayes Court, in the parish of Deptford, about the landing of great quantities of gunpowder near the King's yard; have taken care that no more gunpowder shall be landed there, but that the powder to be carried to Brockley Store shall, for the future, be carried up Deptford Creek. [Ibid. No. 142.]
May 5.
Ordnance Office.
Edw. Sherburne, Fras. Nicholl, and Rich. Marsh to the Navy Commissioners, Have sent the guns down to the Love these 3 days, but have only just heard of the want of skids to lay them on. Never used to send any, as some apprehended it dangerous in the sea for the guns to slide off; but if the master will tell them what sort he wants, he shall have them. As to the estimate of tonnage, there will be 130 tons of guns, and 60 tons of stores. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 143.]
May 5.
London
Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners. I am daily sensible of the want of victuals in the ships going to sea, but to my great affliction, am not in condition to.prevent it, though using all endeavours. This will appear if it be considered what has been done without money or orders for it until this night, when I have received [a bill ?] in part of the 30.000l. so long promised; but how or when money will be raised or received thereon, I do not know; neither can it be expected that the needful victuals can be provided in a short time after. I will use all possible endeavours to answer the wants. [Ibid. No. 144.]
May 5.
The French
Victory, between Gravesend and the Hope.
Capt. John Fortiscue to Sam. Pepys. The ship is ready to sail. Asks him to hasten down the money for the seamen's tickets due, amounting to about 340l., as the season of the year is far spent, and he should have been, according to his old custom, in Yarmouth Roads 5 weeks ago, the fishermen of Aldborough, Sole, Yarmouth, Lynn, Wells, and Newcastle being all gone. Should have waited on their Honours, but is forced to stay in the ship by the unruliness of his men, especially of those that want their money. Has waited 10 days in the Hope for payment. [Ibid. No. 145.]
May 5.
Woolwich.
Roger Eastwood to the Navy Commissioners. Repairs of ships. [Ibid. No. 146.]
May 5.
Woolwich.
John Moore to the Navy Commissioners. The French Ruby has sailed to Long Reach, and is ready to take in her provisions. Repairs of ships. [Ibid. No. 147.]
May 6.
Woolwich.
John Moore to the Navy Commissioners. The Resolution has sailed to Erith; the Leopard is rigging, and the Swallow ketch will be ready speedily. [Ibid. No. 148.]
May 6.
Hull.
Joseph Blaydes to the Navy Commissioners. Hopes they will pay the money due, as he has lost all his friends for lack of it. He and his late father were willing to serve in anything, and had no salary. His father has left him in great trouble; the money belongs to many poor men in the town, and to keelmen in the river, who give him no rest. Shall lose the money, being 1l. 10s. 0d., for the wood put aboard the Flemish man-of-war; the purser would not buy it, but Capt. King begged to have it, promising to get the money in London. [Ibid. No. 149.]
May 6. Appraisement by Wm. Rand and 2 others of the St. Peter flyboat, amounting to 253l. [Ibid. No. 150.]
May 6.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Maudlin pleasure boat put to sea, "but was forced back, and is still in harbour. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 151.]
May 6. Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the same effect as the preceding, and his letter to Hickes of the 4th. [Ibid. No. 152.]
May 6. Pass for George Munroe, trumpeter, to France. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 30.]
May 6. Pass for Aly Hamet to Algiers. Minute. [Ibid. f. 30.]
May 6.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to George Viscount Grandison and Edward Villiers, for 99 years, of 492l. 11s. 2 ½ d. rent reserved on a grant by the late King to Edward Ditchfield and other citizens of London, of the lordship of Sheriff Hutton and manor of Ottringham, York, and manor of Sutton, Galtres Forest, to commence from the death of George Kirk, to whom they are granted for life. [S.P. Dow., Car. II. 239, No. 153.]
May 6. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 30b,]
Draft of the above, dated April. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 154.]
May? Petition of Joan, wife of John Darby, printer, to Lord Arlington, to promote her petition to the King and Council for liberation of her husband, who is much injured in health, and his life hazarded by his close confinement. [Ibid. No. 155.]
May 7. Note that John Darby, printer, entered into a recognizance of 100l., and 2 others of 50l, for his personal appearance when required, and for his printing nothing contrary to the Act for printing in the meantime. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 1.]
May 7. Warrant from Sec. Morice for discharge of John Darby, Henry Hotham, and Anna Brewster, committed to the Gatehouse, Westminster; the former for printing, and the 2 latter for dispersing seditious pamphlets. Minute. [Ibid. f. 13.]
[May 7.] Petition of Eliz. Calvert, prisoner in the Gatehouse, Westminster, to Lord Arlington, that her son and relations may be allowed to visit her; has been kept close prisoner for 8 days, since she was committed. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 156.]
May 7. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of William Lord Allington and Anth. Shun well, for a warrant to the Exchequer for striking tallies for payment of 6,377l. 17s. 11d due to the Countess of Chesterfield, as was formerly granted by the Lord Treasurer. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, f. 304.]
May 7.
London.
James Hickes to Williamson. My kinsman, Alex. Shenton, agent to the Earl of Tredath [Drogheda ?], whose son, Lord Moore, he is attending upon in London, had the fortune to marry Alice Ballard, without the consent of her friends residing at Oxford; and as some discontent has arisen between them, and Shent is going to Oxford to endeavour a reconciliation, I entreat a favourable letter to some of your friends there, to assist my kinsman, if occasion shall require it. Nicholas Horsman, registrar of the Bishop's Court, is suspected to be the most troublesome, therefore the letter ought to be to some person of power with him. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 157.]
May 7.
Hartley.
Sir Philip Musgrave to Williamson. I send a paper received from my intelligencer for the county of Durham, the sum of which is that the fanatics are very ready to raise a new rebellion when an opportunity offers, and that Lord Swinton is concerned. Thanks for civilities while in London; I wish I was capable of making a parallel return, but age and the changes in my affairs render me of little use. Let me be supplied with the news. [Ibid. No. 158.]
May 7.
Edinburgh.
R. M. [Rob. Mein] to Williamson. The Council has placed the country in a state of defence, appointing officers for every shire, so that in 24 hours, 18,000 foot and 6,000 horse can be raised; there are now arms for all, which are kept by the Colonels. Peter Roy, Drummond and 2 associates, all notorious robbers and murderers in the Highlands, are to be executed; Roy has been twice reprieved, in hopes of bringing him to confess and discover his associates. The reports of risings in the west and north of Scotland are false, all being too sensible of their late folly. Sir Wm. Ballantyne is to answer to the Council for driving the Galloway people to desperation. [Ibid. No. 159.]
May 7. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Asks what ketch will be most convenient and the soonest ready to be sent to Gottenburg with an express. [Ibid. No. 160.]
May 7.
Gravesend.
Rich. Elkin to Pepys. Sends the names of 5 ships lying under his charge, the places whence they came, and the number of men borne on each. [Ibid. No. 161.]
May 7.
Chatham.
Commissioner Middleton to Pepys. The work is at a stand for want of deals. I send a contract for a parcel of good timber, and not dear. Only 6 of the 20 boats appointed to be built can be done in this yard, as the men are fitting boats for the ships now going out; I have agreed with Moorhouse for 14 at 13s. a foot.
I send an account of what should be taken out by the commander-in-chief and delivered to each of the ships in the West Indies— cables should be sent, or their coming into the Channel when they return will be dangerous; Capt. Moorcock declines the weighing of the wrecks.
Weekly pay should be sent for the men, or they will do nothing; also " an honest man, if you know where to find such a Fenix," to take charge of the stores, or all will be lost. Particulars of ships; repairs of storehouses needed. [Ibid. No. 162.]
May 8.
Chatham.
Commissioner Middleton to Pepys. Mr. Moorcock proffers 200 loads of choice timber from Newhall, bought of the Duke of Albemarle, part of it more than 40 feet long, and tit for beams for the new ship building in Chatham yard, at 5l. 3s. per load; presumes it may be had for 58s. The boatswain of the Lion is a very idle person; all the means that can be used cannot prevail with him to fetch or look after an anchor and cable which he left behind him. It is a great pity that such idle, drunken people should be kept in places of trust and fed by the King. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 163.]
May 8. Daniel Furzer to [the Navy Commissioners]. Desires that money may be ordered for paying all debts owing in the Forest of Dean, for building and fitting out the St. David, and trimming and fitting out the Dartmouth, Richmond, and Harp, from Bristol, amounting to 2,000l. Asks whether the building of the third-rate ship at Bristol shall go on, there being a month's timber squared in the forest fit for her frame. A yard or building place with a crane in it is taken, 400 loads of timber contracted for and partly paid, and the keel ready. If 800l. is ordered, and a suitable supply continued of 5,400l. more, in 12 months the ship will be finished, provided the season of the year be improved for land carriage of timber, [Ibid. No. 164.]
May 8.
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to the Navy Commissioners. Desires orders as to victualling certain ships; asks whether he may spare any of the King's stores, on security of repayment, where he sees a palpable necessity, for some poor men who cannot get them at Deal or Dover. [Ibid. No. 165.]
May 8.
Plymouth.
John Lanyon to the Navy Commissioners. Finds the Milford may be supplied with a mainmast here. Wishes the old debts might be discharged; cannot persuade the carpenters without ready money to make the mast, as since the peace, they have been employed on merchant ships at 2s. 6d. per day. [Ibid. No. 166.]
May 8. Warrant to Arthur Earl of Anglesey, Navy treasurer, to pay 930l. to Thos. King for houses bought long since for the King's service. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 30.]
May S. Privy Seal for 3,000l. to Lord Arlington for secret service. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30,f. 31.]
May. Docquet of the above, dated 18 May. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 218.]
May 8. Grant to Sam. Mearne of a private printing press detected and seized by him, as an encouragement for his future services. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 32.]
May 8. Warrant to pay to Baptist May, Keeper of the Privy Purse, 22,500l. for the said purse. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 214.]
May 8. Reference of the petition of Isaac Hobson for a reprieve, having been surprised in his trial, and wrongfully condemned for another's fact, to the Lord Chief Justice, Mr. Recorder, or such other judges as sat on the trial. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 304.]
May 8. Petition of Mary, widow of Wm. Colwort, waterman of Southwark, for herself and servant John Lilly, to the King, for release for the latter; when on a visit in Warwickshire, he uttered words in drink which led to the belief that he was concerned in the late Easter tumults in London, although during the whole time he was employed on the Thames, for the petitioner; being burnt out of London, she has no support for her large family but by his labour. [S. P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 167.] Annexing,
Examination of Thos. Collins, of Bishop’s Itchington, and Rob. Smoake, of Chesterton, co. Warwick. Heard John Lilly boast of being in the insurrection at London, where 20,000 apprentices arose, of whom some were taken, but they durst do nothing to him; heard him say that 40,000 more would be up on May Day next, and he amongst them.–– 16 April 1668. [Ibid. No. 167I.]
Examination of John Lilly. Serves widow Collard [Colwort], but lately served the King in the ship Seven Oaks; was not at London during the insurrection, but at the buoy in the Nore; does not remember saying the words alleged against him, being far in drink. Endorsed with the names of Judge Tyrrel in Charter Lane, and Judge Keely [Kelynge ?] [Ibid. No. 167II.]
Certificate by Wm. Richardson, minister, the churchwardens, and 15 others of St. Mary Magdalen’s parish, Bermondsey, that Mary Colwort, burnt out in the late fire, has no maintenance but the labours of John Lilly, her servant, who behaved well in the King’s service in the Dutch war, and has been no ways mutinous; but having gone to see his mother in Warwickshire, he was taken up on suspicion of being one of the Easter mutineers.–– 25 April 1668. [Ibid. No. 167III.]
Deposition of Wm. Palmer, waterman, before Sir Wm. Peake, Lord Mayor of London, that John Lilly, servant to Mary Colwort, laboured with him on the water on 23, 24 and 25 March last, and was not at all connected with the riot and tumult of the apprentices in Easter week.–– 29 April 1668. [Ibid. No. 167IV.]
May. 8.
The Monmouth,Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. Particulars of ships that passed the Downs and sailed, but the wind turning southerly, they all returned. [Ibid. No. 168.]
May. 8.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. A London ship has arrived from Portugal, and one of Looe from St. Malo. [Ibid. No. 169.]
May. 8. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 170.]
May. 8.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. About 90 ships have come in; expects a great fleet, the wind being fair. [Ibid. No. 171.]
May. 8.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. Has no news of any kind. [Ibid. No. 172.]
May. 9.
Castle Street,
Sarisbury.
Dr. John Tombes to Williamson. Thanks for favours at Whitehall, from him, the Lord Privy Seal, Lord Arlington, and the Bishop of Hereford, when the Lord Keeper moved his Majesty on my behalf. My published works are that on the oath of supremacy the oath book, “Saints no Smiters,” and “Thedodulia.” I have a book on the anvil, intituled “Theocratia; or, a Treatise of the Kingdom of God,” to show that no claim of coercive jurisdiction, either superior or co-ordinate to the King, is warranted in any rulers ecclesiastical, by any office or power in the Kingdom of Christ, in its militant state; I send the contents of what is already composed. I prosecute it the slower by my absences in Worcestershire, through the decease of my only son and child, who has left 5 orphans to my care, and by living so far from my printing press.
The Bishop of Winchester many years since put me in hopes of a brotherhood at the Savoy, but Dr. [Thos.] Lockey holding, I have been disappointed. I wish for a lectureship in Gresham College; the Lord Keeper was willing to give me a place at Rochester, in a hospital endowed and to be built according to the will of Bishop [John] Warner, if [John] Dobson, fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, would relinquish his title to it. I wrote to ask Dr. Barlow to persuade him, but have had no reply. I have assurance from Sir Stephen Fox of being paid this month. My remembrances to Mr. Snell, the Lord Keeper’s purse-bearer. [S. P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 173.] Annexing,
Forty heads or sections of Theocracy; or a Treatise concerning the Kingdom of God and of Christ, and the seeking of it, by John Tombes, B.D. [Ibid. No. 173I.]
[May 9.] Notes from the journals of the House of Commons, relative to its proceedings from 1 April to 8 May 1668. [All printed in the Journals, Vol. IX. Ibid. Nos. 174-180.]
[May 9.] List of 6 public and 12 private bills passed during the session. [Ibid. No. 181.]
May 9. Account of proceedings 7-9 May in the Houses of Lords and Commons, on a dispute of privilege. The House of Lords, 7 May, expresses surprise that the Commons have received from the East India Company a petition arraigning the Lords’ proceedings, and voted thereon, without acquainting the Lords, condemning the House of Peers, which is the highest judicature in the kingdom; that they have in so doing committed a breach of privilege unexampled in former times; the Lords also declare that Thos. Skinner, merchant, has been highly oppressed by the East India Company, and that in overruling the plea of the said company, they are warranted by Parliamentary precedents. The Commons in reply, 8 May, express their wish for good correspondence with the Lords, and suggest that all proceedings on the Lords’ sentence in Skinner’s case be forborne, and that Sir Sam. Barnardiston, Sir And. Ricard, Rowland Gwin, and Chris. Boorne be released; they declare that the petition of the company to the Commons against the Lords is not scandalous, and its entertainment no breach of privilege. They resolve, 9 May, that whoever aids in executing the sentence of the House of Lords in Skinner’s case shall be deemed a betrayer of the Commons of England, and an infringer on the privileges of the House. [2 ½ pages. The proceedings on this difference between the Lords and Commons have been erased from the Journals of both Houses. S. P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 182.]
May 9. Speech of the King in Parliament. Thanks for their supply; adjourns them for the better raising of the same by the Commissioners in their several counties. [S. P. Dom., Car. II. 39, No. 107.]
May 9.
Rouen.
H. Brouncker to [Williamson]. I recommend as a commissioner for raising the money on the Act for the new imposition Rich. Downes, who understands it, and will take pains; he was always in the business of the excise in Cromwell’s time, and in the Wine office since, and has behaved justly and sincerely. I shall look upon it as a particular favour if you will use your interest for him, at the entreaty of a persecuted man. [S. P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 183.]
May 9. James Hickes to [Williamson]. Thanks for your letter in favour of my kinsman, Alexander Shenton, who thinks it will be sufficient without troubling the Bishop of Oxford, as promised by you; he hopes to effect a compromise with his wife’s relations, knowing no just cause for their opposition. [Ibid. No. 184.]
May 9.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Williamson. The Palm Tree. has arrived from Calais; she came with 10 sail of merchantmen, bound for several ports in England; she reports that the discourse there is of peace. Hears by other vessels that the Duke de Beaufort went out of Brest with 13 men-of-war, to waylay Don John in his passage up the Channel. [Ibid. No. 185.]
May 9. Certificate by Wm. Renalds and John Nash of the plunder, by a French man-of-war, of one of the men, the passengers, and a chest belonging to the William and Margaret of London, bound for Rotterdam. [Ibid. No. 186.]
May 9. Notes that Thos. Limerick, Edw. Cotton, Peter Messenger, and Rich. Baseley were this day drawn, hanged, and quartered, and that it was his Majesty’s pleasure to permit all the quarters, and 2 of their heads, to be buried, and the other 2 heads to be fixed on London Bridge. That they were penitent, and desired all spectators young and old to have a care of ill company, especially such an unruly tumultuous rabble as that was. [Ibid. No. 187.]
May 9.
Whitehall.
Sec. Morice to Sir John Kelynge, Lord Chief Justice of King’s Bench. Though the King does not usually intermeddle in matters of judicature, yet the Lord General having petitioned on behalf of Thos. Walker, mayor and militia officer of Exeter––summoned to answer a charge for assault and battery, and for sending a challenge––his Majesty wishes that he may be excused personal attendance, and appear in court by his solicitor. [S. P. Dom., Entry Book 28, ff. 14, 15.]
May 9. Warrant for reprieve of Wm. Lancastell, convicted of burglary at the last Old Bailey sessions. Minute. [Ibid. f. 15.]
May 9.
Deptford.
J. Uthwat and 2 others to the Navy Commissioners. Have viewed and appraised the Cat at 286l. 0s. 6d. [S. P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 188.]
May 9. Wm. Pattison to the Navy Commissioners. Desires they will order the repair of the Harwich hoy, lying at Blackwall, lately employed to bring the wrecks ashore. [Ibid. No. 189.]
May 10.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Asks where the Experiment, designed to carry a packet to Gottenburg, lies, that the gentleman carrying the packet may understand where he is to go aboard; also the name of the master, that he may prepare his order. [Ibid. No. 190.]
May 10.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Pearce, of the Portland, to the Navy Commissioners. My ship will come out of dock on Thursday. I have sent you 2 books. I have had 1,000 curses, the men saying I am the cause they are not paid, but some would hang their father to get their pay. I desire little notice may be taken of what they say, but they commanded to their duty, as they go to London and come when they please, and bring a heap of stories and lies. The ship will not be quiet till some who cause these things are removed. [Ibid. No. 191.]
May 10.
Chatham.
Commissioner Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. Is glad the contract with young Moorcock for the timber gives satisfaction; has sent to Capt. Moorcock in order for the weighing of the wrecks. Finds the boatswain of the Lion a stubborn sottish fellow; he will not do his duty, pretending want of help, when the Clerk of the cheque says he musters 50 or 60 men on board; the boatswain says they are not men, but soldiers and servants. Told him his wages should make good the King’s cost and damage.
Thinks the repair of the houses in the King’s yard necessary; doubts if the one built by Mr. Pett is worth 4l. a year, but it will be a charity to let the poor man have it, provided he will repair it, and surrender it to the King on occasion. It will be more convenient for the surveyor in London to see the timber in Essex than one from here. Mr. Moorcock pretends it is the fittest he knows for building great ships, but the Chathamites are kind people, and willing to help one another on all occasions, be it right or wrong. It will be to the King’s service to see the ships gone before he comes to London. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 192.]
May 10.
Woolwich.
Wm. Acworth and Roger Eastwood to the Navy Commissioners. The goods received from Mr. Foley, and what will be wanting for fitting out the fleet, will amount to 300l. [Ibid. No. 193.]
May 10.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. A ketch arrived with Lieut. Page, who pressed 40 men, and then went into Grimsby Road. The men seem very backward for the service. Two Danes with deals, and a Hollander with very little lading, have come in; the latter brought the men belonging to the Hopeful Trial of Hull, which was cast away near the Texel. [Ibid. No. 194.]
May 10.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Forty sail of ships have arrived, and 160 are now in harbour; hears of some loss of ships. [Ibid. No. 195.]
May 10. Charles Wheeler to Williamson. Hearing that the bow-bearer of Gisborne Forest is dead, I beg the place, either for myself or Lieut. George Hodgkinson, a loyal, indigent officer. It is not worth more than threescore pounds a year, and as part of my estate joins the forest, it would be convenient for me to have it, and I would make Lieut. Hodgkinson an allowance. I am on duty with my company, so cannot wait on you. [S. P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 196.]
May 10.
Portsmouth.
–––––– to Williamson. An Amsterdam merchantman from Bordeaux, with wine, prunes, and oil, has been wrecked upon the Needles, but the men and most of the goods saved. The Montague has sailed for the buoy of the Nore. The Roebuck is waiting at Spithead to carry money and ammunition to Guernsey. [Ibid. No. 197.]
May 10.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The ships at Spithead are all gone to the buoy of the Nore except the Roebuck, bound for Guernsey. The Dragon would have sailed, but in taking out the shot of one of her guns, it fired, killed 2 men, wounded 3 others, and damaged her mainmast, so that she must have a new one. The York and Ruby are ready to sail. [Ibid. No. 198.]
May 10.
Whitehall.
Certificate by Herbert, Bishop of Hereford, that Abraham Spence of Market Bosworth, co. Leicester, is fit to receive a presentation to the rectory there, which he desires from his Majesty in pleno jure, though he has enjoyed it several years by the presentation of the patron, and defeated several suits at law brought against him. [Ibid. No. 199.]
May 11. H. W. to Williamson. Thanks for 10l., which my cousin Fielding has obtained, and will not be wanting in answering your expectations for it. Henry Blucket, the great speaker amongst the Baptists, and Blenkinsop, a colonel in Oliver’s army, were at Bartholomew Hartwood’s, and sent for me, but were gone before I arrived. They wished friends would not be so timorous, but would be undaunted spirits, for now the trying times drew apace, and there was no question but the Lord would appear for His people, and a very short time would manifest it. George Harwood says he has received such satisfaction from them that he would freely volunteer life and all.
Ed. Alwaine said that there had been another attempt to fire the city, and that one was taken in the very act, upon which two soldier like men, singularly well-mounted and appointed, endeavoured a rescue, whereupon one of the latter was captured, who gave himself out as a prophet, and prophesied that within two months London would be burnt, and about that time the French would land in England. I saw John and Thos. Parkinson, Quakers, who had been coursing the country as far as Kendal; they were well mounted, and their horses said to be worth 30l. John Parkinson was a petty schoolmaster in Durham, and has lately been in Holland, where he intends going again. He says that the English officers, such as [Thos.] Kelsey and [John] Desborow, are in a very brave condition, and talk of the great ones in England, not valuing them a groat; also that the Hollanders laugh at the articles they engaged to, as to sending over such English as had made their escape thither, if found guilty; since whosoever got into Holland might be made free in 4 hours, and be as secure as any in the world. They were troubled at the sending over [Col John] Okey and others, who were either hanged or beheaded.
Knowing that I was once under Kelsey in Kent, he offered to carry any letters if I wrote to him. These Parkinsons were as complete in their garb as if they had 500l. a year; I know not what trade John drives, but as he rides about the country, I think he may be employed about some business from Holland, and so, spy like, carries intelligence there. He says that the Spaniards and French have agreed to have at England, but that Holland keeps them out of it, as De Ruyter said he loved not England so ill that the Frenchmen should invade it. I desire directions as to further proceedings. Endorsed, “Durham intelligence.” [1 ¾ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 200.]
May 11.
Whitehall.
Reference of the petition of Sir John Dawes, Bart., administrator of Sir Abraham Dawes, Mary and Peter Nulls, executors of Sir John Nulls, and George Carew, administrator of Sir Paul Pindar, to Sir Thos. Clifford and Sir Wm. Coventry, the said petition being of a like nature with that of Eliz. Harley, in a controversy with the executors of Sir John Jacob and Sir Nich. Crisp, late farmers of customs, which has been referred to them. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 31.]
May 11.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. The Lily and 4 other ships from Morlaix say that they are again fitting for trade there, and speak confidently of peace with Spain; that the Ostenders are commanded in, and that Beaufort has put into Brest with his fleet, much disabled by the storms, but that they are fitting them up again to receive soldiers, who are being sent. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 201.]
May 11.
Falmouth.
Sam. Enys to Williamson. I waited .upon you a month since, and solicited a reversion of the searcher, customer, or comptroller's place at Plymouth, the salary of any of which is not above 10l. or 20l. a year, exclusive of fees; I promised you 100l. for your pains if it could be done; you directed me to speak to Lord Arlington about it. Not having had the opportunity, I beg you to do so. You will find amongst his lordship’s papers a petition of mine for a life reversion in the searcher’s place, but I would have it for my son for 21 years, if it can be done. If you think it feasible, my son, according to your directions, shall wait upon you, and pay the 100l. promised. [Ibid. No. 202.]
May 11.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. The Palm Tree from Calais reports that during the time the Spanish fleet lay there, to convoy Don John for Flanders, 9 or 10 of the commanders were killed in a quarrel about a wench; and that 8 or 9 weeks since, the whole fleet of 35 sail went for the Groyne to take in soldiers. Hears by the George from Portugal that the Duke de Beaufort with his fleet is riding before the Groyne, to keep Don John from coming to Flanders. [Ibid. No. 203.]
May 11.
Yarmouth.
Leo. Bower to Williamson. Sixty light colliers have gone northward. A great Dane, laden with deals from Norway, struck upon the sands and filled with water, but the men, &c., were saved by a mackerel fisher boat. A vessel has arrived from Dunkirk with some English soldiers, taken prisoners by the French, but set at liberty since the peace. The hogshead of knives is not as represented, but there is a barrel containing knives, flints, &c., which has been taken by the customs' officers into the storehouse till an owner comes for it. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 204.]
May 11.
The Greenwich,Downs.
Capt. Rich. Beach to the Navy Commissioners. The hoyman that has his six weeks’ provisions will not part with it until Sir Denis Gauden pays him. Begs despatch; has spent a third of his beer and provisions already; desires they will order the victualler to recruit him from Dover, or allow the purser money or credit. [Ibid. No. 205.]
May 11.
Chatham.
Commissioner Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. Capt. Moorcock has consented to comply with Major Nicholl’s desires. The pilot intends to carry the Henry and Old James down the river this week. I hope to be with you soon, but if I leave before the ships are gone, it may hinder their despatch. I have ordered the shipwrights, with one whom old Mr. Moorcock shall appoint, to go and see his timber in Essex. I have bought some elm timber from him at 34s. a load. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 206.]
May 11.
The French Victory,between Gravesend and the Hope.
Capt. John Fortiscue to Sam. Pepys. The men that had tickets have received their pay. The rest of his provisions have not come down; has written to know whether it is the victualler’s or the hoyman’s fault; begs despatch, the season being far spent. His master is now in London; expects his pilot this evening. [Ibid. No. 207.]
May 12.
Gravesend.
Rich. Elkin to Sam. Pepys. The French Victory and Speedwell have sailed, and the Reserve and 4 others remain in the Hope. The Fountain has arrived. [Ibid. No. 208.]
May 12.
Woolwich
Ropeyard.
Wm. Bodham to the Navy Commissioners. There are 15 or 16 tons of Sir John Shaw’s Flanders hemp thrown by and refused; it must be weighed and taken away before he can tell what the net will be, and make out bills. Asks orders how to rate a portion of it, as out of 35 tons, 15 or 16 were ejected. [Ibid. No. 209.]
May 12. M. Wren to Navy Commissioners. They represented the Stadthaus of Haarlem as fit to he kept from sale for the service; the Duke moved the King in Council for directions about the other 2 prize ships; thinks there is a Council order for a privy seal for their sale; supposes Lord Anglesey will appoint some person to get out the privy seal. They will receive the Duke’s order for suspending the boatswain of the Anne, and the carpenter of the Kent; he will also give order to the marshal of the Admiralty to apprehend Mason, late boatswain of the Pearl, for embezzlement. Sir Thos. Allin informs him that the victualler at Dover has orders to victual the Diamond for 120 men only, and the Deptford ketch for 25, whereas the former—being one of the winter guard—is to be victualled for the complement appointed her on a foreign voyage, and the other had 5 men added. Desires them to set this right, and to direct that the Constant Warwick and Capt. Beach may be supplied at Dover or in the Downs; asks when the vessel that is to carry the victuals to Capt. Poole will be ready, that he may have the orders prepared that are to go with her. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 210.]
May 12.
Edinburgh.
Rob. Mein to Williamson. A Nonconformist minister, coming from Ireland, held a conventicle on a moor, and preached to 100, speaking against episcopacy, on which the Council sent troops to keep that country in order, and to find out the preacher if possible. One of the Lord Chancellor’s troop exacting money where he was quartered, was seized by the Earl of Caithness. Peter Roy McGregor, a notorious thief and murderer, and 3 of his associates, are to have their right hands cut off alive, and then to be hanged and left in chains, between Edinburgh and Leith. [Ibid. No. 211.]
May 12.
Totnes.
Thos. Brooking to Sir Thos. Clifford. I have had two bales of double baize, which cost me 44l. 16s. 6d. per bale, stolen out of the St. Peter of Dartmouth on her way to Crosick, by an Ostend man-of-war, whose captain beat and wounded the master, and two of his company. I beseech you to acquaint the Spanish ambassador with the business, so that be may make the captain of the man-of-war suffer for the robbery, and that I may have satisfaction. A vessel has just arrived at Dartmouth from Portugal, which has been also plundered of a great many barrels of oil, boxes of sweetmeats, &c. [Ibid. No. 212.] Annexing,
Certificate by Henry Crue, mayor and water bailiff of Dartmouth, Devon, that Andrew Stocker of Kingswear, master, And. Hannafords, master’s mate, and John Adggener, all belonging to the ship St. Peter of Dartmouth, voluntarily deposed before him that in sailing from Dartmouth to Crosick, they were met, 21 April, by an Ostend man-of-war, commanded by Adrian Vyack, who ordered the master and two of the company of the St. Peter aboard his ship, abused them with threatenings and blows, and took 2 packs of fine baize, belonging to Thos. Brooking of Totnes, merchant, which had been shipped on board their vessel by Tristram Couch of Dartmouth, merchant, and also 3l. in money belonging to the captain.—9 May 1668. [Ibid. No. 212I.]
May 12.
Glentworth.
Earl of Ogle to Williamson. Requests him to present a letter enclosed to Lord [Arlington]. [Ibid. No. 213.]
May 12.
Rye.
James Welsh to Williamson. The Constant Warwick has sailed for Dieppe, with 18 horses and Sir John Williams and Sir Fras. Marsham. [Ibid. No. 214.]
May 12.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. There were 200 sail of ships in the harbour, 30 of which have left. [Ibid. No. 215.]
May 12.
Portsmouth.
—–––– to Williamson. A Spanish man-of-war has come in for water, having 400 men in her, bound for Flanders. Another ship of 400 men came out of Vigo with her, but they were separated by the storm. They say that Don John is at the Groyne, ready to come forth with 6,000 men and 4 ships. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 216.]
May 12.
Plymouth Fort.
—––––– to Williamson. The St. Ignatius, from Vigo in Galicia, has arrived with 550 men on board; two ships came out With her, having 700 men in each. The Milford frigate has sailed for Portsmouth, and the Francis is waiting to take in provisions, intending to return to her station off the Lizard. [Ibid. No. 217.]
May 12.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. Three ships have arrived, laden one with tobacco, one with wine, and the other with butter, tallow, and hides from Ireland. [Ibid. No. 218.]
May 12. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 219.]
May 13.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. A ship from Spain reports that the extraordinary drought has parched up all the fruit and corn; 60 sail of merchantmen are in the Downs. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 1.]
May 13.
The Monmouth,
Deal.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. Several merchant ships have passed by, from places named. [Ibid. No. 2.]
May 13. M. Blagg [Blague ?] to Williamson. Prays he will despatch her business, as the illness upon her is increased by the delay. The fatherless and widow will pray for him, and “all other returns shall truly be made.” [Ibid. No. 3.]
May 13.
Lyme.
Ant. Thorold to Williamson. The Elizabeth from Cadiz, richly laden, bound for France, has arrived, and reports that Don John was ready 6 weeks since to take shipping from the Groyne for Flanders, having then a considerable fleet and a good army to carry with him; also that Tangiers is in a thriving condition, but that the Turks have taken some of our vessels in the Straits, and others are daily chased by them there. The Elizabeth came out with a good fleet of English merchantmen, which were convoyed by the Nightingale frigate part of the way. Other vessels named have come in. [Ibid. No. 4.]
May 13. Petition of Sir Stephen Fox to the King. I beg repayment of 819l. 3s. 6d. deposited by me until an action at law was settled between me and Lord Gerard of Brandon, concerning 1,639l. 7s. 1d. unpaid to his Majesty’s troop by Wm. Carr. His lordship refuses to go to trial, and prevents my doing so by pleading his privilege, which entails great loss and inconvenience on me. [Copy. pages. Ibid. No. 5.]
May 13. Caveat in favour of Sir Edw. Massey, that nothing pass of the estate of Rich. Bell, [seized] for killing one Finy. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 32, p. 2.]
May 13. Warrant to the Recorder of London, and Sheriffs of London and the Middlesex, for reprieve of Godfrey de Hague, convicted of burglary at the last sessions. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, p. 15.]
May 13.
Navy Office.
Certificate by Sir Wm. Penn that Jos. Phillips, purser of the Amity, has cleared his victualling account from 5 June 1666 to 28 Oct. 1667. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 6.]
May 13.
London.
Thos. Lister to Sam. Pepys. Several complaints depending before the Lord Keeper, of the want of water at Bawtry, are to be heard next Saturday. Shall attend and move something in reference to the navigation of the river. Desires a few lines from the Commissioners to his Lordship of the occasion there is for timber, and the prejudice they suffer by not having quick conveyance when desired; doubts not but his Lordship will give such directions to the Commissioners of Sewers and participants of the level as will procure a speedy remedy in it. [Ibid. No. 7.]
May 14.
Woolwich.
Roger Eastwood to the Navy Commissioners. Desires a warrant to Deptford for 200 spruce deals and pump chains for the ship fitting out, and an order to Mr. Mayors to send down the elm and fir timber demanded. Asks an order to [Walter] Stafford to supply pinnaces wanted. [Ibid. No. 8.]
May 14.
Woolwich.
John Moore to the Navy Commissioners. I have been to Blackwall, and Mr. Brooks has weighed the ship; but she dropped in the way of the dock, and [Hen.] Johnson forced me to weigh her again, so I cannot have done with the hoys until Wednesday. Mr. Johnson has the anchor and cable; I will send for them if you will send an order. The 2 fire hoys are ready to sail, but stay for orders. [Ibid. No. 9.]
May 14. Indenture between the Navy Commissioners and Hen. Nicoll, of Kilmaiden, Waterford, whereby the latter obliges himself, at his own cost, to clear the Medway of wrecks, according to the schedule annexed, in 6 months. The Navy Commissioners, by virtue of the order of the Lord High Admiral, are to supply 4 vessels named with all necessaries, of which a list is annexed, but to provide no further supplies, even if there shall be occasion for them. Nicoll is to preserve the vessels, and to return them on the finishing of the work, or to be accountable for the damage. In consideration of the said work, he is to receive 300l. upon the sealing of the indenture, and 100l. upon finishing the work, besides the right to dispose of such part of the wrecks as he can save, except guns, shot, and anchors, which are to be returned to his Majesty. [Ibid. No. 10.] Annexing,
Schedule of provisions on board the ships mentioned in the indenture. [Ibid. No. 10I.]
Schedule of 14 vessels sunk or wrecked in the Medway, as mentioned in the indenture. [Ibid. No. 10II.]
May 14.
London.
Affidavit by Chas. Groome, of London, master of the Merlin frigate, before Wm. Child, master in Chancery, that there were 3 weeks provisions when Thos. Warren came on board in the Downs, and that when taken off, she had 75 men in her. [Ibid. No. 11.]
May 14.
London.
Similar affidavit by Francis Taylor, of London, master of the Fox frigate, that when the ship departed from Thos. Warren off Cape Cantine on 14 Dec. 1665, she had 70 men in her. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 12.]
May 14. Memorandum by R. Waith of 7 ships named, with sums against each, amounting to 1,353l. [Ibid. No. 13.]
May 14. Grant to Wm. Burton, merchant, of pardon for all treasons, crimes, &c., committed by him in not returning into England by a certain day, on the Proclamation of 21 April 1666, recalling him and others from the United Provinces, during the late war with the Dutch. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 217.]
May 14. Pass for Capt. Rob. Newsted to France. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 31.]
May ? Request of Rich. Bagnall, gentleman usher, for the King’s letter to the mayor, &c., of Abingdon, co. Berks, for a lease in reversion of Fitzharris farm, he being their countryman, and always ready to serve them. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 14]
May 14. The King to [the mayor, &c., of Abingdon]. We request for Rich. Bagnall, gentleman usher and quarter waiter to the late King, a lease in reversion after widow Badcock of Fitzharris farm. Bagnall is your neighbour and countryman, and would be glad to be so obliged by your; and he being one of our ancientest servants, we beg it may be procured on reasonable terms. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 8.]
[May 14.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 15.]
May 14. Presentation of Joseph Rhodes, D.D., to the vicarage of Newark, co. Notts. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 74.]
May . Docquet of the above, dated May 18. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 219.]
May 14. Heads of the account to be given to the King by the English commissioners of their proceedings with those of Scotland; that the Act for granting this commission is not terminated on 25 March last; that the stop has arisen from the non-sending of the list of Scottish ships; and that the English commissioners would have proceeded on points of trade, had not those of Scotland requested that the points relating to the Act of Navigation should be first settled. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 16.]
May 14.
Edinburgh.
R. M. [Rob. Mein] to Williamson. The 4 murderers [McGregor and his associates] are executed, their hands being cut off before death, and are put on iron pikes above the gallows, where they hang in chains, between Leith and Edinburgh. They all confessed their share in the murder of the Laird of Muresk, but said they were deceived by the Earl of Aboyne, who promised to secure their lives if they would keep silence, and ordered them, under pain of banishment, to apprehend the laird and his son, condemn them, and put them to death. [Ibid. No. 17.]
May 14. Dr. Rob. Sharrock to Williamson. If advised, I will try one chemical experiment to mercurify a trunk, in spite of the proverb ex quolibet ligno, &c., but I mean only to put a little mercury into that caput mortuum, our present head, so as to make him not so intolerably heavy in the doing of his duty and the desire of the society. The paper enclosed contains the first lines of the proposal, but it will cease if you disapprove. I beg your advice and assistance, reminding you of our former joint relation to the furnace; you may guess what clients I and my friends will be in any weightier matter, if opportunity call for it. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 18.]
May 14.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Sir Thos. Allin has sailed in his ketch for London, his wife being very sick. Sixty ships are in the Downs. [Ibid. No. 19.]
May 14.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Dragon is being refitted; the York and 3 others have left, and the Milford still continues at Spithead. [Ibid. No. 20.]
May 14. John Paige to Williamson. I made inquiry for a person going to Spain or Paris, and can only find a Frenchman for Rouen, who will take all care of the packet, and it will be remitted for Paris, if this way will do. The masters of the Leghorn ships deny having any cheeses for you, but the case of wine is aboard, and will be delivered to-morrow. [Ibid. No. 21.]
May 14.
Swansea.
Capt. John Man to Williamson. Two ships have come into the road, one, the St. John of Ostend, having 4 or 5 companies of Spanish foot from Galicia for Ostend; the captains are much troubled at the conclusion of peace, being soldiers of fortune, and fearing their trade will fail. The other, a Newcastle vessel taken by the Dutch in the late war, but now belonging to a merchant of London, has a Dutchman aboard who has been a slave in Turkey, and who has brought over a tiger of so gentle a nature that the men of the ship play with him as if he were a dog. [Ibid. No. 22.]
May 14. John, Bishop of Durham, to Lord Arlington. Wants the King’s consent to grant a commission to Sir James Clavering, Bart., to be a deputy lieutenant of Durham. [Ibid. No. 23.]
May 14.
Whitehall.
Petition of Dr. Wm. Clarke, Dean of Winchester, to the King, to dispense with clauses in the new statutes and allow the petitioner to grant four patents of the offices of steward, clerk of the lands, and auditor and chapter clerk, as anciently accustomed, instead of uniting them in two patents, as decreed by the late King. To avoid the inconvenience of union, the offices have been lately executed without patents, which proves prejudicial to the church. With reference thereon to the Bishop of Winchester, and his report in favour of the petitioner. [Ibid. No. 24.] Annexing,
Extract by Dr. Clarke from the chapters of the statutes which decree, expressly or by implication, the union of the said offices. [Latin. Ibid. No. 24I.]
May 14 ? Petition of Marius D’Assigny, vicar of Penrith, Cumberland, to the King, for letters to the University at Cambridge, to admit him to the degree of B.D. Obtained the degree of Proposant in Divinity after long study in foreign universities, and served as chaplain to the forces in the garrison at Tangiers for 3 years. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 25. See p. 425 infra.]
May 14. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of George Viscount Grandison, Edw. Villiers, and Baptist May, for certain lands and tenements concealed from his Majesty, at a reasonable rent. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 305.]
May 15. “Advices received,” being extracts from letters all calendared above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 26.]
May 15. Henry Hildyard to Williamson. Asks for the insertion in the Gazette of a paper sent for two several days. [Ibid. No. 27.]
May 15.
The Princess,
Downs.
Capt. Anth. Langston to Williamson. The Tiger, of 36 guns and 140 men, has arrived with M. Micheau; she had a prodigious fight with Capt. Carew and another Ostend man-of-war, 2 leagues from Dover; Carew had 42 guns and 300 men, and the other 36 guns and 200 men; they began at 10 a.m., fought 6 hours, and killed above 100 Ostenders. Micheau lost only 4—one of them was his own son, whom he has buried at Deal—and 10 wounded. Capt. Herbert, in the Constant Warwick, who was near when they fought, says they exchanged but two broadsides, the Ostenders having the wind, but both sides plied their small shot furiously. [Ibid. No. 28.]
May 15.
2 a.m.
James Hickes to Williamson. Though your severe chastisement sent me from Court with tears in my eyes, yet I despair not of reconcilement when you have considered the foundation I stand upon, being subordinate to the commands of others. I never wrote nor told you an untruth, nor declined to serve you; I have suffered great straits in discharging my duty, yet nothing has come so near my heart as your late discountenance of me, which will be a corrosive in my side, except repelled by a return of former favours; till then, I must keep at a distance. [Ibid. No. 29.]
May 15.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Hickes. Has no news of any kind. [Ibid. No. 30.]
May 15.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. A ship from Virginia has arrived, laden with tobacco. [Ibid. No. 31.]
May 15. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 32.]
May 15.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships. [Ibid. No. 33.]
May 15.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. All the outward-bound merchant ships, about 55, sailed yesterday. [Ibid. No. 34.]
May 15. Commission for Sir Bourchier Wray, Bart., to be captain of his late father’s company in the Admiral’s regiment. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 188.]
May 15. Note of the King’s letter to the University of Cambridge, to grant a D.D. degree to Rob. Dixon, M.A., Prebendary of Rochester, on certificate of qualification. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 131.]
May 15. Grant to John Lord Lovelace of the office of steward and lieutenant of the manor, and keeper of the great park of Woodstock, co. Oxford, ranger and gate-keeper of the park, and lord warden of the bailiwick, which offices are in the King’s gift by virtue of the Act of Parliament for banishing the Earl of Clarendon, who lately held the same. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 31.]
May. Docquet of the above, dated 18 May. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 220.]
May 15.
Dover.
Thos. White to the Navy Commissioners. The remainder of the stores which the Dolphin could not take in are kept until the commissioners send a vessel to receive them; they take storehouse room, and the tar will waste this summer-time. Beseeches help for his arrears due; had an imprest bill for 300l., but the money cannot be got on it. Sir Thos. Allin has sent his ketch several times for water; uses a poor man’s lighter, and only gives him a certificate that he has done so. The man requests that his bill may be added to the accounts. Asks whether to do so. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 35.]
May 15.
Plymouth.
John Lanyon to the Navy Commissioners. In expectation of satisfaction for his disbursements, will get ready a mast for the Milford frigate, which shall be despatched in a few days. [Ibid. No. 36.]
May 16.
Navy Office.
John Huntington, master of the Adam and Eve hoy, to the Navy Commissioners. Desires them to order a supply of victuals, his vessel being employed at Woolwich to keep watch. [Ibid. No. 37.]
May 16.
Edwinstowe.
John Russell to the Navy Commissioners. Is at great trouble and charge in making room to lay timber and plank at Stockwith, for want of hoys to carry it away. Now is the time of the year for taking it down to the water, and 16 or 18 wagons come in daily; shall be forced to discharge them from bringing more, for want of vessels to fetch it away; the wharf being so full, must hire another piece of land to lay it on. Desires a vessel to be sent to Hull for timber which lies there in danger. [Ibid. No. 38.]
May 16.
London.
Major Henry Nicoll to Sam. Pepys. Has sent his man for the papers, as time slips away. [Ibid. No. 39.]
May 16.
Portsmouth.
Account by St. J. Steventon of money already paid out of the 3,000l. received towards payment of the workmen and buying provisions, amounting to 2,409l. 5s. 6d. [Ibid. No. 40.]
May 16. Approbation of Sir James Clavering, Bart., as a deputy-lieutenant for Durham. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 190.]
May 16. Warrant prohibiting all persons from having access to the attiring house of the Theatre Royal, under the management of Thos. Killigrew, save only such as belong to the company of actors, and are employed by them, complaint having been made of hindrance of the acting, and interruption of the scenes thereby. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 32.]
May 16. Warrant for preventing persons coming into the theatre before the play is finished, without paying the accustomed prices for their respective places; offenders to be brought in custody before the Lord Chamberlain. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 32.]
May 16.
Whitehall.
Petition of Dr. Edward Warner to the King, to be restored by letters patent to the place of physician to the regiment of the guards. In Sept. 1660, was sworn one of his Majesty’s physicians, without fees until a vacancy should happen, and had an order from the Green Cloth to come in upon the first vacancy; but on the death of Dr. [Wm.] Quatremaine, his place was filled by Dr. Waldron; on Dr. [George] Bate’s decease he applied without effect, and being put out from being physician to the guards by retrenchment, is deprived of the fruits of his Majesty’s intentions, and suffers in his reputation by non-promotion. With reference to the Lord General and Lord Chamberlain, and their report, 27 May 1668, that the petitioner was one of the physicians to the guards and had been retrenched, and that Dr. [Timothy] Clarke, who was admitted one of his Majesty’s physicians, was also continued for the guards. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 41. See p. 135 supra.] Annexing,
Certificate by Rich. March of Dr. Warner’s admission as physician-in-ordinary, to wait without fees till the next vacancy.—22 Sept. 1660. [Ibid. No. 41I.]
May 16. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 305.]
[May 16.] Petition of Dr. Edw. Warner to the King. Similar in substance to the above. Begs such an order as Sir John Baber had, 16 April 1668, or to be restored as physician to the guards, with an order for a patent as other physicians-in-ordinary have. [Draft. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 42.]
May 16. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of a petition of the Countess of Dysart for relief, she not having received for 6 years any part of her pension of 800l. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 306.]
May ?
Wednesday.
Elizabeth Countess of Dysart to Williamson. Lord Lauderdale has spoken to Mr. Comptroller, who thinks I should present my petition to the Treasury Commissioners to-morrow. Pray recommend it beforehand to Lord Arlington. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 43.]
May 16.
Rye.
James Welsh to Williamson. A vessel from Dieppe speaks very confidently of the conclusion of the peace between the two Crowns, the more so as several English, late cannoneers there, are waiting for a passage. [Ibid. No. 44.]
May 17.
Portsmouth.
Chas. Collier, for Hugh Salesbury, to Williamson. The ships are fitting out in all haste, and the Dragon and 2 others are ready to sail. The carpenter of the Dragon cast himself away because he could not receive things needful for the use of the ship, and wrote the cause of his doing so on his rule, before he went into the water. [Ibid. No. 45.]
May 17.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. Fifteen laden colliers have gone for Plymouth and Dartmouth. [Ibid. No. 46.]
May 17. John Powell to Williamson. To the same effect as the preceding. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 47.]
May 17.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Arrival of ships here and at Sunderland. [Ibid. No. 48.]
[May 17 ?]
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Pearce to Thos. Hayter. All is well on his ship now. Asks for 20 tickets, so that if there are any discontented persons, he may turn them over into other ships. Has not above 30 men that have 22 months due. Requests a press warrant, as the one he has is in Capt. Haddock’s name. [Ibid. No. 49.]
May 17.
Happy Entrance, Portsmouth.
Hab. Wiles to the Navy Commissioners. Arrived here with 30 men for the Cambridge, but finds her backward, and in no posture of keeping them, so is forced to retain them on board the ketch. Asks further orders and 5 more men; is only ordered 10, with which he cannot do his business; when he has sent his boat away with 7, can do nothing, and if he sends fewer, the people beat and abuse his men, that it is a shame to see it; the men are so much discouraged that he fears he shall not get them to go pressing any more, unless their Honours make him stronger. [Ibid. No. 50.] Annexing,
Order by Sir Thos. Teddeman to Hab. Wiles, to sail for Portsmouth, press men at Margate, Deal, and Dover, and deliver them to the Cambridge—6 May 1668. [Ibid. No. 50I]
May 18.
Dover.
Isaac White to Sam. Pepys. Understanding that the victualler has received orders for revictualling the Greenwich frigate, on which I am to attend, I have come here, supposing the Wren pink might be included in the order; I have expended 39 days’ provision of the 3 months’ taken in at London for the Wren. I desire orders for my supply. [Ibid. No. 51.]
May 18. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Capt. Young of the Fountain stays for his brandy and a pilot; I desire them to be hastened down. In the account of ships received from Sir Jer. Smith, I find that 5 of them have not above 10 days’ victuals, and request you will give orders for victuals to be sent on board at the buoy of the Nore, lest they be 3 or 4 days without, as some other ships have been. [Ibid. No. 52.]
May 18.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Desires an order for victuals for the Edward and Eve ketch, appointed to carry 100 seamen, ordered to be turned over from the Defiance to the Cambridge. [Ibid. No. 53.]
May 18.
Katherine
yacht,
Gravesend.
Thos. Pointer to Sir John Mennes. Has taken on board the 600l. left behind on the former payment of tickets in the Hope; will despatch the Yarmouth, which lies in the road, to go down to the buoy of the Nore. Asks whether tickets found on board ships here are to be paid without the muster books, on the commander’s certificate. Thinks the books of the clerk of the cheque who attends the musters should be produced, the tickets being bought in many cases by second parties. [Ibid. No. 54.]
May 18. Presentation of Abraham Spence to the parsonage of Market Bosworth, co. Leicester. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 73.]
May ? Note that the house belonging to the deanery of Chichester being demolished in the late wars, and the revenue belonging to the deanery being too small to support the dignity, much less to rebuild a house, it would be a good expedient to annex to the deanery the chanter’s place, with all other profits appertaining to it, as the chanter’s office is of little or no use in the church, and the bishop consents thereto. Signed by Herbert Bishop of Hereford. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 56.]
May 18.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant incorporating the office of dean of Chichester with that of chanter or precentor to the cathedral, in order that the dean may live in the chanter’s house, which is inhabited by the present dean, who is also chanter. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, pp. 74–6.]
[May 18.] Draft of the above grant. [pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 55.]
May 18. Warrant to the Treasury Commissioners to pay 3,000l. yearly to the Duke of York’s children, from such revenues of excise as shall be saved by the reduction of officers there, notwithstanding the former privy seal for registering all orders for payments therefrom. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 219.]
May 18. Warrant to pay to Lord Arlington 3,000l. for secret service without account. [Ibid. No. 218.]
May 18.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Sir Stephen Fox to pay 50l., balance due of 100l. ordered to be paid to Col. Walter Slingsby. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 32.]
May 18.
Whitehall.
Petition of Ant. Arnold, mayor, and the burgesses of Gloucester, to the King. Sir Thomas Rich, Bart., by will devised to them and their successors for ever one messuage in East Gate Street, Gloucester, for a hospital, and also 6,000l. for the purchase of lands to be employed for the maintenance of 20 poor boys in blue coats and caps, and for other charitable purposes, including the lease of the hospital; have agreed with John Gower and John Wright for the purchase of divers lands, &c., lying in parishes named, but cannot go through with it unless his Majesty grants them leave to purchase the same in mortmain, which they request. Signed Ant. Arnold, mayor. With reference thereon to Attorney-General Palmer, and his report, 30 May 1668, that the petitioners cannot safely purchase the lands according to the will of Sir Thomas Rich, without a licence dispensing with the statute of mortmain, which his Majesty can grant. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 57.]
May ? Statement by Sir Ellis Leighton of particulars of an agreement made with M. Ruvigny, and the associates of France, in the name of the Duke of Monmouth, relative to a new invention, and of the proportions of profit to be enjoyed by them, Lord Arlington, or himself; states the opposition made to his patent, and yet his determination to work it out, and hopes not to have it taken out of his hands. [4 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 58.]
May 18.
Whitehall.
Petition of [Sir Ellis Leighton] to the King, for a grant of letters patent for a certain engine which, when wrought and disposed of into the bodies and carriages of wagons, chariots, coaches, &c., will so facilitate the motion as to save the labour both of men and horses, and enable them to perform their journey with less expense. With reference thereon to the Attorney-General, and his report, 19 May 1668, that the privilege required may be granted for 14 years, if it be a new invention; but that it is usual to insert a proviso for revoking the patent, if it shall appear not to be so, or to be of public prejudice. [Ibid. No. 59.]
May 18. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 307.]
May 18. Reference to Sir Thos. Ingram, chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, of the petition of Edw. Vernon, that on his surrender of the keepership of Marchington ward, Needwood Chase, Staffordshire, the same may be regranted to him, with the forester’s command, and the keeping of the red deer; with such allowance as his father had, for his own life, and those of George Vernon and Rich. Adderley, he having procured some red deer to be put into the forest already, and having more ready. [Ibid. p. 307.]
[May 18.] List of 19 deputy lieutenants of Kent and 2 of Canterbury. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 60.]
[May 18.] Copy of the above. [Ibid. No. 61.]
[May 18.] Similar list, omitting 6 names. [Ibid. No. 62.]
[May 18.] List of 6 of the above names, adding Wm. Twisden of East Peckham. [Ibid. No. 63.]
May 18.
Whitehall.
Lord Arlington to the Duke of Richmond. The King is dissatisfied with your setting down so many names as deputy lieutenants for Kent, finding that their number rather lessens their activity. He wishes no others to be recommended, but rather the present number to be reduced, and none to be appointed who bears a less command in the militia than that of a lieutenant-colonel of foot, or captain of horse. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 189.]
May 18. “Advices received,” being extracts from letters all calendared above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 64.]
May 18.
Deal.
Morgan Lodge to [Williamson]. Two Ostend men-of-war, of 30 and 12 guns, fell in with a French man-of-war of 40 guns, and after disputing for 3 or 4 hours, they parted. The Frenchman has come into the Downs, but will only confess to 2 men killed, one being the captain’s son, who was lieutenant of the ship. The captain being a Protestant, has desired leave to bury his son in the churchyard, which being granted, the corpse has been brought ashore. The French ship is very much torn, but is refitting with all speed. The Constant Warwick saw the fight 3 leagues off Dover. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 65.]
May 18.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Understands by the Warwick that Capt. Carew and Capt. Brewer of Ostend met with a French man-of-war of 40 guns, who seeing the Spanish colours, slung his masts and furled his sails, and although the least of the Ostenders had 34 guns, yet went between them, gave them several broadsides, and made the Ostenders leave them.
Others say the Frenchman has above 100 killed and wounded; she has come in with many holes in her sails, and an Englishman belonging to her says they came out with 250 men, and now have not 150 well on board; very few hands were furling the sails when they came to anchor. The French lieutenant and another officer have been brought ashore to be buried. [Ibid. No. 66.]
May 18.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Williamson. Has no news of any kind. [Ibid. No. 67.]
May 18.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. The ketch that came to press men has gone to Newcastle. Two vessels have sailed for Holland with lead, cloth, grain, &c., and others have come in. The news that tanned leather is to be transported was joyfully received by the merchants in these parts, as it has become a drug in the market. [Ibid. No. 68.]
May 18.
Carlisle.
Eras. Towerson to Williamson. By the mediation of your brother George and your brother Miller, one Tonge procured a colour in the General’s regiment. This person has been very injurious to me in supplanting me in a commission for the muster master’s place for the two counties, and by most basely traducing my wife; but her virtue being above his malice, and all persons hissing and affronting him, he has since scarce had confidence to show his face, and has sneaked out of the town. His words were actionable, but he relies on his command to keep him from the law. I wish that those who befriended him to get it would in my favour seek as much to divest him of it; if I could bring him within reach, he should suffer as much as the law would permit. I enclose a letter to my cousin Miller, and beg your assistance therein. [Ibid. No. 69.]
May 18.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Two vessels have arrived bound for Ireland; the Virgin for Rochelle put to sea with a fair wind. [Ibid. No. 70.]
May 18.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. The Speedwell and French Victory have sailed for Iceland to wait on the fishery. A Yarmouth vessel from Amsterdam, coming up with the Dutch fleet riding at the Texel, with his topsails a-trip, the admiral fired at her, upon which she lowered a little; but the pilot, a Dutchman, saying they shot not at her, the master hoisted the sails again, upon which the admiral made another shot which passed between the masts, when he lowered and bore up. The admiral sent his boat for the master, and when informed it was the fault of the pilot, ordered the latter to be sent for, and clapped into the bilboes, but was very courteous to the master on parting. The fleet was 25 men-of-war, and intended for the Downs. Fifty sail of laden colliers have passed to the southward. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 71.]
May 18.
Broome.
Sir Thos. Peyton to Williamson. I came to Broome to celebrate the funeral of my son-in-law, Sir Basil Dixwell [Bart., of Broom-house, Kent], who died at London 7 May, so his despatches need not now be transmitted; I will see that labour paid for. [Ibid. No. 72.]
May 19.
Preston.
Wm. Wearden to Williamson. The complaints made of my management of the post for Kendal—viz., that I always send by foot, and that the letters arrive so late that they are useless—are unjust, as I have already settled the horse post there. When they abated my salary, yet ordered me to perform the stage by horse, I begged them to wink at any failure until spring, as I could not perfectly settle the horse post earlier; my man generally rides there, though sometimes during the last winter, his horse being overridden, he made bold to go on foot; but he never spoke of any complaint being made of his arriving too late. I beg to be excused for this first fault, and promise amendment. [Ibid. No. 73.]
May 19.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. The wind being contrary, few ships have come in or gone out. [Ibid. No. 74.]
May 19.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Revenge and Dragon have gone out of harbour. Two Spanish men-of-war came by Spithead, with a multitude of soldiers aboard for Flanders, and would neither stay nor strike their flag, although the Dragon fired 5 or 6 shots at them. [Ibid. No. 75.]
May 19.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to George Duke of Buckingham of pardon for and concerning the killing of Francis late Earl of Shrewsbury, with restitution of lands and goods. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, p. 15.]
May 19.
Chatham.
Isaac Walker to [the Navy Commissioners]. Upon setting forth 9 ships, they ordered him an imprest of 200l.; intreats another imprest for 7 more now ordered to sea; much more than the former money being already disbursed. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 76.]
May 19.
The Bristol.
Capt. Daniel Heling to Sir John Mennes. Requests the imprest money allowed to chaplains in the fleet for Sam. Hammond, M.A., whom he has elected to be his chaplain. [Ibid. No. 77.]
May 19. Sir Wm. Coventry to the Navy Commissioners. The Treasury Commissioners do not think fit to give particulars and directions in the money issuable from the Navy office, as it would bring in-numerable applications and importunities on them, but have resolved to give Lord Anglesey assignments on the new Act, to the value of 30,000l. [Ibid. No. 78.]
May 19.
St. Malo.
Thomas Browne to the Navy Commissioners. I am glad to hear that the North Yarmouth man has arrived with the hemp at Portsmouth. I have laden the Jonathan at 2s. per hundred, a very cheap rate, so I beg the poor man may be well paid, as he cannot get much at that rate. The lowest price I can furnish the best noyals is 16l. per batt, rendered in England at my own risk; I shall be but a small gainer, considering my advance of money, adventure, &c. I hope you will give me the preference, as no man can furnish cheaper the best sort. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 79.]
May 20. Trinity House certificate that Gregory Slugar, of Limehouse, is capable to take charge to the northward and westward of any ship or frigate, as master. With note by Capt. John Hubbard that he will accept him as master of the Plymouth, if the Navy Commissioners approve. [Ibid. No. 80.]
May 20.
Rochester.
John Runting, master of the St. Peter, to the Navy Commissioners. An appraisement having been made of his fly-boat, desires orders touching the disposal of himself and company. [Ibid. No. 81.]
May 20. Articles of agreement between Henry Nicolls, of Kilmaiden, Waterford, and Edw. Moorcock, of Chatham, whereby Nicolls having covenanted with the Navy Commissioners to clear the Medway within 6 months of all wrecks, they agree that Moorcock shall have one-half of all advantage of the said covenant made, he supervising the whole of the work; that 300l. shall be paid to Moorcock, and expended in carrying on the work, after which, other moneys shall be raised by selling the wrecks; and that then Nicolls and Moorcock shall jointly pay their moieties [of the cost], until the work is perfected. Also that Moor- cock shall be allowed 5l. a month for his care, and shall have out of the King’s stores any old anchors, masts, &c., that he needs for the accomplishment of the work. Endorsed with a memorandum whereby Nicolls assigns to the Navy Commissioners Moorcock’s interest in the above, in case of his non-fulfilment of this agreement. [Ibid. No. 82.]
May 20. Abstract delivered to the King by the English Commissioners for trade with Scotland, of the letter of the Scottish Commissioners of 21 January, and their reply of March 16. Are surprised that delay should be attributed to them, as the stop is not on their part. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 83.]
May 20. Presentation of Abraham Spence to the rectory of Market Bosworth, co. Leicester. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 221.]
May 20. Licence to John Wachtendone, merchant, to transport 4 horses into Holland. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 61.]
May 20.
11 a.m.
Letter Office,
London.
James Hickes to Williamson. Finds by the mails come in that Waterhouse hindered them much. The north mail has not yet come, nor any other letters than those enclosed. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 84.]
May 20.
1 p.m.
Letter Office,
London.
James Hickes to Williamson. The north mail having arrived, sends the packet from Mr. Wild inquired about. With the envelope of a foreign packet, endorsed with a note by Hickes that Wild brought it, hearing that Hickes had inquired at the Foreign Office about it. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 85.]
May 20.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. Several vessels have sailed for St. Malo and Morlaix, with drapery; a great fleet has been seen to the westward. Tangiers mole is said to be so advanced that vessels ride pretty securely. [Ibid. No. 86.]
May 20.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships named. [1 ¼ pages. Ibid. No. 87.]
May 20. Thos. Holden to Hickes. To the same effect. [1 ¼ pages. Ibid. No. 88.]
May 20.
Dover.
John Carlile to Williamson. I fear to have made you angry by often troubling you. I would rather lose the money due to me, which is in Mr. Blayney’s hands, than lose your good opinion. Hugh Morris has promised to put in my petition to the Lord Commissioners when they sit, that I may have my money and make good my contract with those I am engaged to. I beg you to make Lord Arlington sensible of the trouble and expense I have been at, and that I cannot receive a penny either of salary or incidents, which has much impaired my credit. Particulars of the fight between the 2 Ostenders and a French man-of-war, in which the French captain’s son was killed. [Ibid. No. 89.]
May 21.
Thursday.
W. Perwich to Williamson. His lordship [Lord Arlington] intends returning at the time appointed. Has no news of the King. [Ibid. No. 90.]
May 21.
Portsmouth.
Ben. Johnson to Williamson. At Lord Arlington’s request, I have corresponded with Rob. Lea and Mr L’Estrange about the affairs of the dockyard, where I have charge of the stores and other matters, and am now encouraged to renew the intelligence to you. The Dragon and Ruby have sailed for the Downs, and other ships named are getting ready. [Ibid. No. 91.]
May 21.
Margate.
John Smith to Williamson. There is little trading or news; the fishing is rather obstructed by the pressing of the men, and the high easterly winds hinder the mackerel men. [Ibid. No. 92.]
May 21.
London.
Levant Company to Consul Ricaut. Thanks for his letters from July to November, sent by the general ships, as also the Treasurer’s account. Send his articles of agreement and instructions. Half of the 2,000 dollars mentioned in their last, and of the interest, is to be paid for the use of the owners of the Greyhound, the other half to be placed to the company’s credit. [S.P. Foreign, Levant Co. 5, p. 173.] Annexing,
Instructions to Paul Ricaut, consul at Smyrna. To keep the company clear of debt; collect the consulage; see that all ship-commanders and factors take oath to make true entries,, and that they pay all the duties; to prevent English ships serving the Turks in their war with the Venetians; to rectify abuses in import of bad raw silk from. Smyrna and Constantinople. To help to suppress false and adulterated moneys; to prevent the over-charge of customs by factors on their principals; to hinder the landing of fruit, &c., at Scala Nova; to use his discretion in abatement of strangers’ consulage, on account of the competition in trade with the Dutch; to prevent strangers’ goods being passed by the factors under colour of being their own; to place and displace the dragomen at Smyrna at his pleasure. To inquire into the objections made against the accounts of Rich. Mowse when consul there; to take possession of the books and papers of any factor dying, and give information thereof; to try to reclaim any factors that are licentious, and if incorrigible, to give notice thereof; to take care that a fit person supplies the place of the chancellor at Smyrna, who lately died, till a successor is appointed.— 9 April 1668. [S.P. Foreign, Levant Co. 5, pp. 175–9.]
May 21.
London.
Levant Company to Rich. Langley. Have received his letters and long-expected accounts, but not had time to consider of them; directions as to the disposal of the 2,000 dollars. [Ibid. p. 174.]
May 21.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Rob. Robinson, of the Ruby, to the Navy Commissioners. His ship is at Spithead, and ready to sail, but for the want of money for the men’s tickets. Hopes Commissioner Tippetts has written to them for an allowance of sails, those they have being bad already. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 93.]
May 21.
Ordnance Office.
Fras. Nicholls, Edw. Sherburne, and Geo. Clark, to the Navy Office. Commissioners. We wonder to hear the complaint that despatch has not been given to sending away the guns to the ship going for Bristol. If any demurrage happened in loading, it is your fault. Had the ship been ready for the guns, they might have been in her 10 days ago. A lighter, sent 1 May with 14 guns, lay 15 days waiting for the ship throwing out her ballast, and all the rest of the guns lay ready at Tower Wharf to be sent down; all were soon put in when the ship could begin to work, which was 5 or 6 days ago. Will this ship be able to carry all the stores ? the guns and ordnance stores will be 190 tons. [Ibid. No. 94.]
May 21.
The Katherine,
Hope.
Phineas Pett and Thos. Pointer to the Navy Commissioners. We came up last night from the buoy of the Nore, having paid the tickets of 5 ships named; those belonging to the Warspite Rear Admiral Kempthorne had with him in London. Particulars of ships in the Nore and in the Hope. Are we to come up to London, or remain until the ships expected come down ? Also what is to be done with the bills for free gifts to surgeons; having no command, we forbore to pay them, although the surgeons’ importunate requests were very great; we suppose 200l. will pay them. We carried down in cash 2,300l., paid away 950l., and have 1,250l. remaining. [Ibid. No. 95.]
May 21. Capt. J. Perriman to [the Navy Commissioners]. There is a lighter from the Expedition, having 10 bundles of hemp, which could not be removed; it has lain in the rain several days, and received much damage; it was to be taken to Portsmouth, but is not fit to be shipped off, and should be taken ashore, opened, and dried. The merchants desire that it may be ordered to Woolwich, but we have no lighters to put it in; and the officers of Woolwich are in town, and stay for the merchants. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 96.]
May 21.
Woolwich.
Roger Eastwood to the Navy Commissioners. Has graved the Kent, and hopes to despatch the other work soon. The Centurion wants a mainmast and bowsprit; having no trees to make them, desires a warrant to Deptford for a supply. [Ibid. No. 97.]
May 21. Wm. Bagwell, carpenter of the Rupert, to Sam. Pepys. In pursuance of his authority, pressed two carpenters from the yard of Mr. Emms, master shipwright, near Ratcliffe Cross. Emms resisted the press, and caused his men to fall upon the boat’s crew, and rescue them by violence. [Ibid. No. 98.]
May 21. Thos. Lewis to Sam. Pepys. The provisions for 360 men for 42 days, ordered to be sent by the Greenwich for supply of ships in the Straits, have been on board 8 or 9 days. [Ibid. No. 99.]
May 21.
Woolwich.
John Moore to the Navy Commissioners. The Kent has been graved. Asks orders to enter 25 riggers, having 4 ships in hand, and but 25 riggers entered; if he should enter 60 men on board each ship, there would not be 10 that would give attendance. When the ships are gone, the riggers may be discharged. [Ibid. No. 100.]
May 21.
St. Margetts
[? St. Margaret's,
Westminster].
Chas. Modyford [to Pepys]. An unexpected message from the Lord Keeper concerning the laws of Jamaica hinders the performance of my promise to be an ear-witness of your respects to the Lord General, concerning the fitting of the Oxford frigate, without which she cannot proceed for her intended voyage to Jamaica. If the order of Council be defective in words, or not .satisfactory to the rest of the Commissioners, yet I question not but the Master of Attendance may be ordered to fit her, the victuals and seamen being ready to go aboard at my charge; the Duke will procure the rectifying of the order, as deemed requisite. I have ordered the commander of the Oxford to wait upon me, and hope to see him this afternoon. [Ibid. No. 101.]
May 21. Earl of Anglesey to Sam. Pepys. I desire notice to be posted up at the Navy Office gate that I will pay the Jersey on Saturday next, and the Lion on Monday, so that the ships’ companies may attend. [Ibid. No. 102.]
May 22. Sir John Harman to Sam. Pepys. Thanks for the advertisement as to the payment of the Lion. I sent to my lieutenant to carry all the Lion’s men at Chatham, on board the Defiance in the Hope, and I believe he has done so. Sir Rob. Holmes has an order to carry 100 men out of her; I hope the Lion’s men will supply them. I desire that her men may be paid on board the .Defiance, for if not, I doubt I shall not get them on board in haste, and so many of the best men being carried out of her, the ship would be left in an ill condition. I want some blank tickets. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 103.]
May 22.
9 a.m.
Woolwich
Ropeyard.
Wm. Bodham, clerk of the ropeyard, to the Navy Commissioners. Ten bundles of Alderman Bilton’s hemp, which the Expedition should have received for Portsmouth, were sent back on pretence they could stow no more; though it has taken a little rain, yet the lighter being well secured, the harm was not much. The merchants consented for it to be taken in here, and to be at the charge for picking out the wet; all might have been well, and without loss, had it not been afterwards ordered to Portsmouth; but through the fault of the negligent lightermen, in delaying to bring it in, and neglecting to cover it, and then a violent storm coming on, it is now wholly unfit to be taken in. The loss should be the merchants’, the hemp not being the King’s till shipped or housed by us. [Ibid. No. 104.]
May 22.
St. James's.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Asks for money to be sent to Capt. Robinson of the Ruby, to pay his men’s tickets; the season grows late, and it is time the ship was under sail. [Ibid. No. 105.]
May 22.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Some of the Guinea fleet touched at Plymouth, but have sailed again. The Roebuck has come in. Has been too indisposed to write. [Ibid. No. 106.]
May 22.
Barnstaple.
Wm. Wakeman to Hickes. A Barnstaple vessel arrived from Virginia, laden with tobacco, reports the great spoil done there by the hurricane. With note by Hickes to Williamson that, not hearing from [P.] Manaton, he wrote to Wakeman, of the Custom House, who promises to correspond on the same terms as Manaton did. [Ibid. No. 107.]
May 22.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Seven or 8 ships have arrived, and 3 or 4 more from over sea. [Ibid. No. 108.]
May 22.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Several ships have passed southward, or come into haven. So many lies fly about concerning the French, and reported by persons looked upon as sober men, that it troubles one to see such void of reason. It is said that—upon inquiry made in every house in the parishes of St. Giles and St. Martin, what lodgers they had,—a list was returned to the Lord Mayor of 18,000 French lodgers in those 2 parishes; and that 40 Frenchmen, newly come over, marched to Whitehall, with their pistols cocked and swords drawn. They would make something of nothing, as they did at London of the great quantity of strange-formed knives brought to Yarmouth, which were only a few knives, some flint-stones, fish-irons, &c., that should have gone for London to be sent to the West Indies, and were put aboard a town vessel by mistake. [Ibid. No. 109.]
May 23.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Three Danes and 2 vessels of Hull have come in with deals, &c. A ketch, commanded by Lieut. Page, has been lying in 5 days, and has pressed 10 men from aboard the ships coming in. The Victory prize and Speedwell are at Bridlington. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 110.]
May 23.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Williamson. Several ships named have arrived from Lisbon, &c., with oil, and the fleet is sailing out of the Channel. Trade is dull at Bristol, and that in wines is quite knocked on the head, in expectation of the late Act for raising the 300,000l. (sic). The Act has not yet arrived; desires a copy if it be printed. [Ibid. No. 111.]
May 23.
Minehead.
John Maurice to Hickes. The Richard and Mary bark of Falmouth, sailing in ballast for Ireland, was driven ashore, but got off again much bulged. The Abraham has arrived from Lisbon with salt, but finding no sale for it, has gone for Ireland. She came out of Lisbon with 18 sail of Englishmen bound for London and the south coast, and left a dozen behind. I have been backward in writing, only receiving one Gazette a week. With note from Hickes that 2 Gazettes are sent weekly, but that the written letters have not been sent lately. [Ibid. No. 112.]
May 23.
Dublin.
C. Hurt to Williamson. Your letter being of my lady’s concern, I have addressed my answer to her, and beg pardon for troubling you with the conveyance of it. [Ibid. No. 113.]
May 23.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. A vessel from Rotterdam says the Dutch fleet is ready to come forth; 40 great ships were seen passing up the Channel on the 20th. [Ibid. No. 114.]
May 23.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Two ships came in this morning. [Ibid. No. 115.]
May 23.
Rydal.
Dan. Fleming to Williamson. The train bands of horse and foot for the two counties met at Penrith, where Sir George Fletcher and the rest of his officers trained and exercised them; it is not amiss for us to be awake at such a time as this, when all sorts of nonconformists are so active; they are not to be feared, yet they should not be despised, for too much security has often done harm. The mustering makes the soldiers more expert, and supplies the place of dead fellows. [Ibid. No. 116.]
May 23.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson].The Diamond has left, as convoy for the French King’s man-of-war that made the fight last Sunday. [Ibid. No. 117.]
May 23. Thos. Price to Mr. Royley, Golden Lion, Stonehouse, near Plymouth. Private affairs. Is too busy to write often, but will send him the Gazette. [Ibid. No. 118.]
[May 23.] Patent appointing Sir John Vaughan, serjeant-at-law, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas. [Latin. S.P. Dom. Car. II. 21, No. 28.]
May 24.
Gravesend.
Rich. Elkin, muster master, to Sam. Pepys. Arrival and departure of ships named, in and from the Hope. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 119.]
May 24.
Portsmouth.
Yard.
Ben. Johnson to Williamson. Five of the King’s ships lie ready fitted at Spithead. The Revenge and 3 others named have returned, driven in by contrary winds; also the Dolphin of London, which left Barbadoes with Sir J. Harman, but was driven into St, George's Channel. [Ibid. No, 120.]
May 24.
Barnstaple.
Wm. Wakeman to Hickes. Thanks for a Gazette sent. Will write every post when there is news. With note by Hickes to Williamson, to order Wakeman a written letter by every Saturday’s post. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 121.]
May 24.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Two ships from Calais report that peace was yesterday proclaimed there between Spain and France, and that the castle and town guns were fired after the proclamation. [Ibid. No. 122.]
May 24.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. Some small Irish vessels, taking in coal for Dublin, are the only ones in harbour. [Ibid. No. 123.]
May 25. Note of the King’s letter to Cambridge, to admit to an M.D. degree Wm. Ramsey, who was many years since admitted to the same degree at the University of Montpelier, France. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 131.]
May 25. Warrant to Dr. Wm. Forth and 3 other excise commissioners, to treat and agree, under direction of the Treasury Commissioners, for the farm of the excise on beer, ale, perry, cider, &c., for 3 years, in the several counties and towns of England and Wales, as authorized by two Acts of Parliament. [Copy. 2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 124.]
May [25]. Docquet of the above. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 222.]
May 25. “ Advices received,” being extracts from letters all calendared above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 125.]
May 25.
Ugbrook,
near Exeter.
Sir Thos. Clifford to Williamson. Thanks for your directions to your clerks to send the weekly accounts [Gazette. &c.]; I was lamenting the want of them, and did not expect them. [Ibid. No. 126.]
May 25.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. I see that the King has to appoint the commissioners to put in execution the Act for raising 310,000l. upon wines and brandies. I understand the management of it, and would venture to undertake it. You have before pressed me to think of something wherein you or Lord Arlington might do me good. The Drake and several light colliers have passed to the northward. [Ibid. No. 127.]
May 25.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. An Ostender has arrived from the Bay of Biscay, being pressed into the King of Spain’s service to carry soldiers for Flanders, of which she has 300 aboard besides officers. She reports that Don John came out with them with 28 sail, and believes he is safely arrived at Ostend. [Ibid. No. 128.]
May 25.
Letter Office.
James Hickes to Williamson. Thanks on behalf of my cousin Shenton for the letter of introduction to Dr. Lamplugh, at Oxford, who received him with much freedom, and advised on his trouble some affairs; his wife’s friends are persons in little esteem, and their friendliness to him seemed but in show, but he gained his wife’s company for several days. [Ibid. No. 128A.]
May 26.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Dragon sailed for the Downs, but put back again through contrary winds, with some damage; the York and 3 others are still at Spithead, waiting orders. [Ibid. No. 129.]
May 26.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. About 100 ships have sailed; 16 only remain in the harbour. [Ibid. No. 130.]
May 26. Sir John Monson to Williamson. Now that things are in a calm, I renew my request for an answer to my petition, not doubting of Lord Arlington’s favour in it as a thing of course, to keep up my just claim; I desire his lordship will, as promised, speak to the Lord Keeper, and then act or decline, upon such grounds as a person of his honour and justice shall think fit. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240 No. 131.]
May ? Statement of the case of Elizabeth, Countess Dowager of Mulgrave, now wife of Sir John Bennet, in reference to her claim upon the moiety of the profits of the alum mines bequeathed to her by her late husband, but for which Sir John Monson, sole surviving trustee of the late Earl, has made an ill bargain, which will much reduce the profits. With query as to whether she must be content to take half the present profits, or claim half the 1,800l. a year at which Monson has leased the alum works to the King. [Ibid. No. 132.]
May ? Replication of Sir John Bennet and Elizabeth Countess Dowager of Mulgrave, his wife, to the answer of Sir John Monson, on behalf of the Earl of Mulgrave, to their bill of complaint for non-payment to them of the moiety of 1,800l. a year rent paid by the King for the alum mines at Whitby, and bequeathed to the Countess by her late husband. [Ibid. No. 133.]
May 26. Sir Roger Bradshaigh to Williamson. Having come home, I beg a continuance of correspondence till his Majesty’s commands call us together again. [Ibid. No. 134.]
May 26.
Dover.
John Carlile to Williamson. I have seen Cartell, the master of the vessel, who acknowledges to having 2 parcels of wine for the King, consigned to Mr. Vandeput; I hope ere this he is in London with it. Mr. Blayney’s detaining my salary has much impaired my credit; I shall not receive a penny if my petition, left with Mr. Morris, is not preferred to the Lords Commissioners. I pray assistance if it must come to that, as all my accounts were adjusted and allowed by the Commissioners in Nov. 1666. [Ibid. No. 135.]
May 26 The King’s union of a house belonging to the chanter of Chichester Cathedral to the deanery of the said church for ever.[Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 223.]
May 26.
Whitehall.
Petition of Rachel, widow of Capt. Allen Covel, to the King, for relief. Her husband was commander and part owner of the St. Antonio frigate, which after being properly equipped at Laraux, was hired for his Majesty’s service at St. Sebastians in Sept. 1659, by Lord Arlington, then his Majesty’s resident in Spain, at the rate of 1,000 pieces of eight for freight by the month, for which freight Lord Arlington became obliged to her late husband; nothing has been paid, although 2,000 pieces, for 2 months, are due. Her husband dying has not only left her in a very poor and sad condition, but also exposed her to the merciless rigour of the other part-owners of the frigate, who daily threaten to imprison her and seize upon the little she has left, unless she speedily satifies their respective shares of the freight due. With reference thereon to Lord Arlington.[S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 136.]
May 26.
Ordnance
Office.
Fras. Nicholls and Edw. Sherburne to the Navy Commissioners. Stephen Brookes, a lighterman at Bell Wharf, has saved 8 guns out of the Leicester, sunk in the Thames, and put them on shore at Woolwich and Blackwall. Ask if his Majesty has any interest in the ship, that if so they may secure the guns, and satisfy the charges of weighing them. [S.P. Dom, Car. II. 240, No. 137.]
May 26.
Edwinstowe.
John Russell to the Navy Commissioners. Desires them to send a vessel for timber; the wharf being so full, shall be compelled to hire a piece of land to lay it on; also for the removal of some timber from Hull, as it takes great damage remaining there. [Ibid. No. 138.]
May 26.
The Ruby, Portsmouth.
Capt. Robt. Robinson to [the Navy Commissioners]. Thanks for their order for a supply of sails. So soon as the men’s tickets are paid, intends to sail. [Ibid. No. 139.]
May 27. Capt. John Waterworth of the St. David to Thos. Hayter. Asks for 20 blank tickets for keeping his men from being pressed. [Ibid. No. 140.]
May 27. Thos. Lewsley to [the Navy Commissioners]. Cannot take less than 4l. 7s. 6d. per load for his plank, ready money, with an imprest of 50l. in hand, and a warrant to impress any vessel fitting.[Ibid. No. 141.]
May 27.
Weymonth.
John Pocock to Hickes. The James of Weymouth, from Rochelle, says that the French fleet were all ordered to repair to Brest, and that 8 great ships were ready at Rochelle to sail, one of which had 82 brass guns, and in it the Duke de Beaufort intends to go; also that the French talk high that if the peace were not concluded with Spain, their fleet would come up the Channel, and ride before Ostend, in spite of both English and Dutch fleets. [Ibid. No. 142.]
May 27.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The St. John of Ostend, laden with Spanish soldiers, has put to sea; 3 small Bretons have arrived, laden with Welsh coal, but 3 others that came in their company were taken by an Ostend man-of-war, off the Land’s End. [Ibid. No. 143.]
May 27.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the same effect as the preceding and his letter to Hickes of the 25th. [Ibid. No. 144.]
May 27. The King to the master, wardens, and assistants of the Stationers’ Company. We request you to admit as members of your Court Roger Norton, our printer in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin; Sam. Mearne, our bookbinder; and Thos. Roycroft, our printer in Oriental tongues, they having contributed much to repress licentious practices in the mystery of printing; we expect that your company henceforth will be accountable for the scandalous abuses committed by the press. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 8.]
[May 27.] Draft of the above letter. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 145.]
[May 27.] Minute of the above letter. [Ibid. No. 146.]
May 27. The King to Col. Legg, lieutenant of the Ordnance. The grant to Thos. Chicheley of all the portion reserved to the Crown of the freight of goods brought home from Barbadoes, not to exceed 4,000l., having only produced 102l., you are to pay to Chicheley 5,400l. out of the Exchequer, Custoe to the Crown, for saltpetre sold to him. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 33.]
Draft of the above, dated April. [2 ¼ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 147.]
May 27. Another draft of the above. [2 ¾ pages. Ibid. No. 148.]
[May 27.]
Whitehall.
Two drafts of a portion of the above, stating the sum to be paid at 6,994l. 5s. 9d. [2 pages. Ibid. Nos. 149, 150.]
May 28. Grant to John Poston, mariner of Fife, Scotland, of denization. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 224.]
May 28.
Whitehall.
Licence for Henry Baker to embark 4 horses from any port for France. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 151.]
May 28.
The Bristol,
Nore.
Capt. Dan. Heling to the Navy Commissioners. The great neglect of [Hen.] Maidman, my purser, forces me to complain; ever since coming to the buoy of the Nore, the steward has been forced to go from ship to ship, to borrow candles, cans, and platters, and some of the men have to take their peas in their hats. I desire you will appoint another. [Ibid. No. 152.]
May 28.
Glentworth.
Earl of Ogle to Williamson. I beg you to present a letter enclosed to Lord Arlington, about a great concern, namely my pension; my address is Glentworth, to be left with the Lincoln postmaster. [Ibid. No. 153.]
May 28.
Portmouth Yard.
Ben. Johnson to Williamson. Arrival of ships; there is a great press for seamen at St. Malo. A ketch has come in with seamen for the Cambridge, so that she will soon be ready. A thatched cottage in Portsmouth took fire and was pulled down, and the like happened at Elmsworth to a barn and some other outhouses. [Ibid. No. 154.]
May 29. Dr. John Croftes [Dean of Norwich] to Williamson. I have received an instrument under Sir John Birkenhead’s hand, conferring one of the vacant beadsmen’s places in Norwich church on Hen. Bettridge; but seeing neither your nor my Lord [Arlington's] hand to it, I stopped Bettridge’s admission, not knowing whether his lordship and Sec. Morice may not pretend to have some vote in the disposing of these places. Direct me what to do. Pray reserve the other place for the Norwich man whose petition and certificates will shortly be sent, as there is no constat of what was laid to his charge. [Ibid. No. 155.]
May 29.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Arrival of 18 sail of ships. [Ibid. No. 156.]
May 29.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. The only vessels in harbour are a few Irish ones loading coals for Dublin. [Ibid. No. 157.]
May 29.
Barnstaple.
Wm. Wakeman to Hickes. Thanks for the Gazette, but asks to be supplied with the written news from Williamson, as furnished to Manaton. [Ibid. No. 158.]
May 29.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. Sends some letters arrived from the west. Two or three Weymouth vessels from France have put in. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 159.]
[May 29.] Patent appointing George Duke of Buckingham to the Mastership of the Horse, void by resignation of George Duke of Albemarle; fee 100 marks a year and fees. [Copy, Latin, 3 pages. Ibid. No. 160.]
May 29. Warrant to the Lord Steward and Board of Greencloth to swear in George Duke of Buckingham, appointed Master of the Horse on resignation of George Duke of Albemarle. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 34.]
[May 29.] Petition of Casper Bream, a Hollander, to the King, for letters of denization, having served 7 years in the trade of joiner, according to the laws of the Kingdom. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 160A.]
May 29. Warrant for his denization accordingly. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 33.]
Docquet of the above, dated June 1. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 226.]
May 29.
Whitehall.
Order in Council granting the petition of Chas. Modyford, for an order to the Navy Commissioners to furnish with sails, rigging, &c., the Oxford frigate, intended for Jamaica, to encourage trade and suppress the insolence of privateers; the sheathing, victualling, and paying the mariners to be undertaken by the governor. The former order of Council being for fitting the vessel, but not expressing the rigging, the Navy Commissioners scrupled about ordering sails, cables, anchors, and stores. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 161.]
May 29. "Advices received," being notes from letters all calendared above. [Ibid. No. 162.]
May 29.
Lynn.
Edw. Bodham to Hickes. His silence is caused by having little to tell; thanks for the intelligence received. [Ibid. No. 163.]
May 29.
Lynn.
Edw. Bodham to Williamson. This day, being the anniversary of his Majesty's birth and restitution, is kept with great solemnity. The mayor, aldermen, and common council met at 9 o'clock at the Guild, in their formalities, and proceeded to the great church; after service the aldermen and common council were nobly treated by the mayor at his house, and the day will be concluded with many rare inventions of fireworks. Fourteen laden colliers have arrived which is some recruit to the country hereabouts; there were few coals, the colliers being afraid to come, by reason of the Kitchen hoy being at Lynn to press men. [Ibid. No. 164]
May 29.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. The Kitchen has come into the Road from Lynn, with some pressed men; 80 sail of laden colliers have passed to the southward. The Success, Drake, and Kitchen's boats as they passed rowed from ship to ship to press men. [Ibid. No. 165.]
May 29.
Reserve Frigate,
Hope.
Capt. Chris. Gunman to the Navy Commissioners. Sends a second account of tickets belonging to men on board. Mr. Wren tells him not to sail until they are paid; stays for nothing else. The ship is 23 months in arrear, which his Royal Higness has promised shall be paid in part, if not the whole. [Ibid. No. 166.]
May 29.
Dover.
Thos. White to the Navy Commissioners. Has shipped the remainder of the stores here in the John ketch, and sends bill of lading Has agreed for 8l. 5s. freight, and desires they will order speedy payment. Asks them to help him to the arrears due to the port, now that he has delivered up all, that he may stop the mouths of some poor men in extraordinary need. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 167.]
May 29.
St. James's
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. I desired you a good while ago to let me know when the ships in the West Indies, that I might send orders with them for their return home. I remind your again thereof. You have not yet given your opinion which of the fifth and sixth rate ships will be most proper to send to Sally, according to the order of Council. [Ibid. No. 168.]
May 30.
4 P.m.
Navy Office.
Capt. J. Perriman to Sam. Pepys. Has been to the Exchange, and spoken to some masters bound for Barbadoes, and all demand 40s. per ton for carriage of goods. The Thomas and Edward is ready, and has room for 60 tons, and if their Honours will contract with John Green for 40s., and pay him his freight before he goes, he will take the goods. [Ibid. No. 169.]
May 30.
London.
Commissioner Peter Pett to Sam. Pepys. I heard some time ago that the key of the King's house in which I lived at Chatham was demanded from my son or servant, who had my goods in charge, and put into the hands of the master of attendance. I desire and order to Mr. Norman to take noticie of what things are in the house, so that nothing may be removed belonging to his Majesty, nor a stay put to my own goods, as a lead dial, brewing vessels, &c. If my title to any be suspected, I am ready to produce receipts from those I bought them of. I suppose it will be useless to press the issuing of the order, and shall only request its despatch as soon as convenient, having some occasions that call me into Kent. [Ibid. No. 170.]
May 30.
New Forest.
Thos. Eastwood to the Navy Commissioners. The trees in the New Forest are all felled, and the squarers and sawyers at work. The 100l. received will not defray the charge; I was forced to borrow to pay for the 250 trees felled last year, as I could not have my bills for 200l. paid. The carters are resolved to carry no more until they are satisfied. The carriage will arise to a considerable sum, for the 500 trees will produce near 1,000 loads of timber, and the most part will cost 10s. per load carriage, as I am forced to go farther from the waterside than usual to find the best timber. I desire the bill to be paid, and if I may receive the moneys for the lops as formerly, it would help the business, as without a supply, there is little to be done; the forest is a very poor place, and has a people that cannot forbear their moneys. [Ibid. No. 171.]
May 30.
Chatham.
Capt. John Hubbard to Thos. Hayter. Asks for 100 printed tickets for protecting his men from being pressed. [Ibid. No. 172.]
May 30. Licence to John Earl of Exeter to hunt this summer in Rocking-ham Forest. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book. 25, f. 61.]
May 30. Grant to Sir Ellis Leighton, for 14 years, of the sole benefit of his new invention of an engine attached to carriages, &c., for conveying persons by land, which will much facilitated the motion, and save the toil of men and horses. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 225.]
May 30. Commission granted to Sir Samuel Moreland and 4 others, constituting them Commissioners of Excise in England and Wales, with power to govern the said revenue, when it is unlet, and to enter on any farm for non-payment of rent; they are to take no fees, but to have 500l. a year each. [Ibid.]
May 30. Reference to the Lord Keeper, Lord Privy Seal, Lord Arlington, and 7 others, and to the Treasury Commissioners, of the petition of Thos. Levett and Dr. John Levett for the King's recommendation of Courts of public and pious use moneys, which they have spent much time in erecting. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 307.]
[May 30.] Draft of the above reference, with a clause cancelled for allowing the petitioners for 31 years one-tenth of the yearly revenue they shall discover or advance. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 173.]
[May 30.] Note of the reference on Mr. Levett's petition about increasing the public revenue, and request to Lord Arlington to fix at the Council a time and place for the meeting of the referees. [Ibid. No. 174.]
May 30.
Whitehall.
Petition of Edmund Sharrock, M.A., fellow of New College, Oxford, to the King, for a letter to the warden of the college to propose his changing his rectory of East Woodhay, near Winchester, with his brother Dr. Rob. sharrock, for the rectory of Great Har-wood, co. Bucks; his brother, being lately made prebend of Winchester, would thus be near his duty and parish. With reference thereon to the Bishop of Hereford, and his report in favour of the petition. [Ibid. Nos. 175-176. See p. 464, infra.] Annexing,
Declaration by George, Bishop of Winchester, and William, Bishop of Lincoln, the diocesans, of their consent to the above exchange, as advantageous to the ministry.––20 May 1668. [Ibid. No. 176I.]
May 30. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 309.]
May 30. "Nacessary queries for these times, a resolution of which is desired from the secret council pro propagandd fide of Jesuits, priests, and leading Papists in or about London."
1st. Whether for the last 8 years they have not received orders and commissions from the Pope to use their utmost endeavours to destroy the reformed religion, and whether many thousands of them have not been sent into England for that end.
2nd. Whether in order to the reduction of England to their Romish idolatries, they were not the principal designers and underhand actors in burning the city in 1666.
4th. (sic) Whether, as a convert who was an actor in the operation declares by his paper round in the Temple church, they did not intend a bloody massacre of the Protestants of London, as Protestants have been massacred elsewhere.
May 30. 5th. Whether they have not counselled the Spaniards to make dishonourable and disadvantageous peace with the French, so that they and the rest of the Popish princes and states might be more at liberty to employ their forces in the battle of Armageddon.
6th Whether upon the peace between France and Spain, they have not designed that both Kings shall fall upon the United Provinces on the one side, and France with another army with the Duke of Savoy upon the Waldenses, Geneva, and the Protestant cantons of Switzerland, which last they design to divide, and to be betrayed by the Roman cantons, their associates; and the Emperor of Germany, with his united forces of the Popish electors and princes, upon the King of Denmark and the Protestant electors and princes of the reformed religion in Germany. Also whether they do not endeavour to engage Poland a second time in a war against the Swedes, upon the old quarrel, that so they may destroy them, or at least impede their assisting the Protestant princes in Germany, as formerly was done by Gustavus Adolphus.
7th. Whether there have not been clear discoveries made by the confessions of one set in the pillory, and of another in Newgate, as also by letters from France, and from the many scores of French, Irish,, English, and other Papists, now come to dwell within Westminster, St. Martin's, Covent Garden, and the suburbs belonging to Middlesex (as witnessed by the lists of them lately given to the Earl of Craven, major-general of those parts),––that they of this secret council have designed to set on fire the remaining part of the City of London and its suburbs, together with the honest borough of Southwark, so many times of late attempted to be fired by them.
8th. Whether they have not enlisted, regimented, officered, and armed the many thousands of their religion, to appear on one hour's warning at their several rendezvous, and execute their orders.
9th. Whether they have not agreed some time this midsummer to set fire to the city at midnight, and massacre the zealous Protestants whom during the connivance, they have marked out at their religious meetings, to which Popish agents had free access.
10th. Whether they have not ordered an insurrection of all the Papists in the several counties the same night, to act the like in other cities, the French Catholics promising to aid them, as the Spaniards once did upon a like occasion in 1639.
11th. Whether any of their council have betrayed these designs.
Also 16 queries, &c., to the citizens of London, the Protestants of England, and of other nations; exhorting them to prayer and reformation; suggesting that the Lord Mayor, aldermen, and common council should adopt measures for sending all French, Irish, and other Papists home to their own countries; and should set up posts and chains at both ends of the streets, raise bands of horse, provide arms and barricades for the streets, and keep careful watch. That all Protestant states should join in a league offensive and defensive, and banish all Jesuits, priests, and recusants. That the law of retaliation against Papists should be adopted if they again burn any town. Also that it would be pro public that these queries should be printed, that so the King and Council might be awakened, and made apprehensive of these underminings, and thus be able to countermine. Signed Servus Christi, Londini amicus. Addressed Rob. Paschal, near Devonshire House, Bishopsgate Street. Endorsed Libel. [6 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 177.]
May 30. R. Trevor to Williamson. Is there any order for a yacht to bring over Mr. Trevor, or will it be proper for me to apply for it, and to whom? [Ibid. No. 178.]
May 30.
Letter Office.
A. Ellis to Williamson. Finds the postmaster of Sittingbourne or Rochester is in fault, in staying the Flanders mail 3 hours; sends the labels that some correction may be used when the fault is fixed, as it is a matter of too great consequence to be passed by. [Ibid. No. 179.] Enclosing,
Post label of the French mail, leaving for Calais 1 a.m. 26 May, reaching Dover 7 p.m. Returned from Calais to Dover 29 May 7 p.m., sent from Sittingbourne 2 a.m., Rochester 3 a.m., and Dartford 6 a.m. 30 May. [Ibid. No. 179I.]
May 30. Wm. Sherwood to Williamson. I suppose you are not insensible of my extreme exigency and poverty, through long and hard imprisonment; I am reduced to that height of want that, without some speedy course for my enlargement, I shall not be able to subsist a fortnight longer. As you have been a father in saving my life, I hope you will maintain it, which can be effected in no other way than procuring my enlargement. [Ibid. No. 180.]
May 30.
Chester.
Sir Nic. Armorer to Williamson. I am creeping homewards, but have been waiting at Chester since Wednesday for Lord Windsor, who obliged me to bring over his niece. I wish to deliver up my charge, for fear of the rude Cheshirites. If you will have a wife, you are to say so quickly; I will then speak to her uncle and herself. Her fortune is 700l. land a year. I sent a letter from [the Earl of] Ossory to Lady Arlington, (fn. 1) and another from myself to my Lord of Arran. Sir Geoffrey [Shakerley] and Mat. Anderton were with me yesterday, and drank his Majesty's health. [2 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 181.]
May 30.
Chester.
Sir Geoffrey Shakerley to Williamson. Sir Nicholas Armorer has left for London, and brought with his from Ireland Madame Ware, the only daughter of Sir James Ware, and has left her with some friends at Chester, till her uncle, the Earl of Windsor (sic), fetches her. [Ibid. No. 182.]
May 30.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. A vessel from Jersey and Guernsey reports that they discourse there of a war with France. Yesterday being the King's birth and restoration day, it was observed at Lyme with great solemnity. [Ibid. No. 183.]
May 31.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. The Fountain has arrived from the Downs, and the Rupert is expected to-morrow. [Ibid. No. 184.]
May 31.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Arrival of ships. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 185.]
May 31.
Gravesend.
Rich. Elkin, muster master, to Sam. Pepys. Received his letter and conveyed it to Capt. Gunman. The Royal Charles, Defiance, Reserve, and Sweepstakes are in the Hope. [Ibid. No. 186.]
May 31.
The Ruby, Spithead.
Capt. Rob. Robinson to the Navy Commissioners. Is going to sail; has been in expectation of money for the men’s tickets, but sees none likely to come; it has something allayed the men’s eagerness to be told that it will be paid their relations and friends when they are gone. Shall give certificates of as many as concern him, who listed voluntarily abroad, desiring their Honours to befriend them as much as possible. [Ibid. No. 187.]
May ? Petition of Peter Barr and company, London merchants, to the King, for stay of a process issued against them in the Court of Exchequer, because relying on his Majesty’s orders and the Duke of York’s special pass, they went to France, and brought home in the Golden Falcon English prisoners and other goods, contrary to the Act of Navigation. [Ibid. No. 188.]
May ? Petition of Rob. Beak, Nich. Thorowgood and Fras. Taylor, ordained Ministers, prisoners in Canterbury Gaol, to the King, for restoration to liberty. Are loyal and peaceable and forwarded the restoration, but were seized on Sunday, 5 April last, and sent to prison for 6 months, on the Act for restraining non-conformists from living in corporations. [Ibid. No. 189.]
May ? Petition of Sir Wm. Bolton, alderman and late Lord Mayor of London, to the King, to call to account the Lord Mayor, &c., for their unjust proceedings in deposing him from his place as alderman, and questioning him on his accounts of the moneys raised for relief of sufferers from the fire, although that cause is depending before the commissioners for charitable uses; this malice arises from his Majesty’s recommendation of him as Surveyor-General for rebuilding the city. [Ibid. No. 190.]
May ? Petition of Dr. Guy Carleton, dean of Carlisle, and chaplain-in-ordinary, to the King, that his cause in Chancery, for recovery of lands belonging to the church of Carlisle, may be heard before the Lord Keeper, rather than before the Master of the Rolls, as now appointed. [Ibid. No. 192.]
[May. ] Petition of John Loverow, London merchant, to Lord Arlington, that intelligence may be inserted in the Gazette, in order to the discovery of the malefactors, that the ship Prince William of Emden was robbed 29 May between London and Gravesend, and the master murdered. [Ibid. No. 193.]
[May. ] The King to the Master of Emanuel College, Cambridge. Requests him to admit to a fellowship Fras. Heardson, MA., scholar there, the statute of counties notwithstanding, if on examination he be found otherwise qualified. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 131.]
[May ] Warrant to Col. Legg, Lieutenant of Ordnance, to pay 300l. to Thos. Writtle, late governor of Upnor Castle, which is to be converted into a magazine of stores for the Ordnance, on surrender of his said office and fee of 30l. a year. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 34.]
May. Memoranda [from the Signet books] of grants, &c., passed during the month, the uncalendared portions of which are as follows:––
Grant to Sir Rob. Southwell, Envoy Extraordinary to Portugal, of 3l. a day for diet and entertainment, 243l. to be paid in advance, and his bills for intelligence, &c., to be allowed.
Lease to the Duke of Albemarle and the other Treasury Commissioners, for 7 years, of the profits of writs of covenant and writs of entry on all compositions made in the Alienation Office, at 1,346l. a year for the covenants and writs, and 200l. a year for writs of entry; the said sums to be paid into the Hanaper.
Grant to the Earl of Middleton of the governorship of Tangiers. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 239, No. 55.]
May ? Commission to the Duke of Albemarle, the officers of the Exchequer, and other receivers, to continue the exercise of the commission granted to them and the late Lord Treasurer Southampton, to appoint receivers of poll money in each county, and receivers-general in London, and to authorise and pay for the providing of special carriages, for transport of the money. Also empowering them to remedy the inconvenience complained about, of draining the counties by bringing so much money to London, by returning the moneys into an exchange, whence bills of exchange may be drawn upon the receivers of the respective counties, for which exchange a convenient house in London is to be hired, and persons employed to attend, with clerks, &c.; also regulating the payments to be made on bills of exchange in the Exchequer. [8 ½ sheets. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 194.]
May ? Sir George Downing to Williamson. The Treasury Commissioners wish the enclosed publications about letting the excise to farm to be in to-morrow’s Gazette. [Ibid. No. 195.]
May. Sir John Chicheley to Sam. Pepys. Asks for some passes for protection of his ship’s company. [Ibid. No. 196.]
May. [John] Garratt, boatswain of the hulk at Plymouth, to the Navy Commissioners. Asks for a supply of cable, warp, tar, &c., one of the old pinnaces at Plymouth not having any at present. [Ibid. No. 197.]
May. Certificate by Capt. John Proud and 2 others of their services in making appraisements of fire ships in June and July, and in Sept. and Oct. 1667. [Ibid. No. 198.]
May ? Notes of correspondence between [the Navy Commissioners] and Mr. Abbot, relative to the purchase of timber, which he sold to another man because the Commissioners refused to allow him the 6 months’ time which he asked for delivery of it. [Ibid. No. 199.]
May ? List of the times and places at which the summer assizes are to be held in the 6 circuits, and of the judges who are to preside over each. With note [by Williamson] to Mr. Marienville that it is sent for Mr. Newcombe to compare with the other paper, that there may be no mistake. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 200.]
May ? Certificate of all fines, &c., issues of jurors, totted by the sheriffs for 28 counties named, for 19 Charles II. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 200A.]
May.
Deal.
Lists, sent by Mor. Lodge to Williamson, of ships in the Downs during the month, as follows:––
Vol. 240.
No.
Date. King's. Merchants' Mails. Wind. Remarks.
Arrival. Despatch.
201 May 1 7 5 None. 6 p.m. S.W.
202 " 2 7 9 None. 5 p.m. N.W. A storm.
203 " 3 8 9 May 3, 5 p.m. 5 ½ p.m. W.N.W.
204 " 4 8 15 None. 5 ½ p.m. W.S.W.
205 " 5 11 15 None. 5 ½ p.m. S.W.
206 " 6 8 15 None. 5 ½ p.m. S.W.
207 " 7 7 15 None. 6 p.m. S.W.
208 " 8 7 16 None. 5 ½ p.m. S.W.
209 " 9 8 16 None. 5 ½ p.m. S.W.
210 " 10 8 17 None. 5 p.m. S.W.
211 " 11 8 17 None. 5 ½ p.m. S.W.
212 " 12 9 22 None. 6 ½ p.m. W.
213 " 13 9 28 None. 5 ½ p.m. W.
214 " 14 8 0 None. 5 ½ p.m. N.E.
215 " 15 8 5 None. 5 ½ p.m. N.E.
216 " 16 8 3 None. 5 ½ p.m. E.
217 " 17 9 3 N.W.
218 " 18 9 4 None. 6 ½ p.m. N.W.
219 " 19 9 4 None. 5 ½ p.m. W.
220 " 20 9 4 None. 5 ½p.m. E. A fresh gale.
221 " 21 9 5 May 21,3 p.m. 5 ½ p.m. N.E. A storm.
222 " 22 9 5 None. 5 p.m. N.E. A great storm.
223 " 23 9 3 None. 5 ½ p.m. S.W.
224 " 24 8 3 None. 6 ½ p.m. E.
225 " 27 8 2 None. 5 ½ p.m. N.E.
226 " 28 9 0 May 28, 2 p.m. 5 ½ p.m. E. A fresh gale.
227 " 29 9 1 None. 5 ½ p.m. E.
228 " 30 9 0 None. 5 ½ p.m. N.E.
229 " 31 8 0 None. 5 ½ p.m. N.E.

Footnotes

  • 1. Lord Arlington and Thomas Earl of Ossory married sisters, Isabella nd Amelia, daughters of Lewis Lord of Beverwart and Count of Nassau, natural son of Maurice Prince of Orange.