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Charles II: June 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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June 1668

June 1.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Williamson. Twenty colliers have arrived to load coals for Plymouth. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 1.]
June 1. John Powell to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 2.]
June 1.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. Several ships are detained by contrary winds; the French ones much fear the Ostenders. The great liberty or indulgence granted to the fanatics much discourages the loyal party; and the insolence of the former has grown so high that they build houses for their meetings, as well nonconformist Presbyterians as Quakers. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 3.]
June 1.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Four French merchantmen arrived from Rochelle laden with brandy, and 2 Bretons from Crosick with salt, report that peace is proclaimed at Paris, and the French King is to have Ostend, in lieu of all his interest in Flanders by the last treaty, and is to help the Bishop of Munster with 50,000 men against the Dutch. [Ibid. No. 4.]
June 1. Sir Geo. Fletcher to Williamson. The Earl of Annandale having been all the winter in a part of Scotland out of all post roads, could not have the benefit of the news-letters; but being now near Carlisle, he can get them if they are sent to Mr. Munkis in Carlisle. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 5.]
June 1. Approbation of Sir Rich. Brownlow as a deputy lieutenant for Lincolnshire. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 190.]
June 1. Pass for 4 horses to France. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 34.]
June 1. Pass for Sir Ellis Leighton to France, with 7 horses. Minute. [Ibid. f. 34]
[June 1.] Petition of Arnold Cunningham to the King. In 1651 there were sums disbursed for transporting your Majestys horses and servants from Breda to Scotland, by Sir Wm. Macdowell, Sir Jas. Bunce, and Sir Thos. Cunningham. The share of the last named was 351l. 2s. 2d., with 358l. 0s. 5d. interest thereon for 17 years, beside 370l. paid for agitating the business in Scotland. These moneys were settled on me by my father, Sir Thomas, in satisfaction of moneys furnished for him in his necessities. I pray the audit of my accounts, and settlement of these debts on some branch of the revenue. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 240, No. 7.] Annexing,
Report by George Barker that the petitioner advanced the moneys in question, and has not been repaid, though he has expended 300l. in prosecution thereof, and suffers much from want of the money, and from disease.4 Dec. 1662. [Ibid. No. 7i.]
June 1. Reference of the petition of Arnold Cunningham to the Treasury Commissioners. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 308.]
June 1.
Whitehall.
Draft of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 6.]
June 1.
London.
Affidavit by Wild Clerk, before John Frederic, Master in Chancery, that being aboard the Zebulon near the Lee, the Merlin frigate ran into her, and carried away her round-house and rudder-heads, which occasioned her disaster; and that on coming to Portsmouth, the master of the Merlin fled, fearing punishment for his neglect. [Ibid. No. 8.]
June 1.
London.
Like affidavit of Charles Groome, of London, that being outward bound in the Channel, the Merlin frigate ran aboard the Zebulon, which, being disabled, was commanded into Portsmouth to repair, with the Merlin, whose master leaving her, he was then appointed to her; he also avers to the truth of what he has before sworn, concerning the despatch of the Fox from the coast of Barbary by Mr. Warren, he being then aboard of her, and going into the Zebulon off Cape Cantine. [Ibid. No. 8A.]
June 1.
St. James's.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Desires that Sir John Harman may have the use of the John and Peter dogger for the fleet, until the Happy Entrance returns from Portsmouth, Sir Rob. Holmes having taken the vessel ordered for the Defiance for the Cambridge, and the Cambridge taken the Happy Entrance. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 9.]
June 1.
Whitehall.
Rich. Browne to Sam. Pepys. Prays relief for the bearer, Wm. Furlinge, the distressed Irishman whom he recommended. [Ibid. No. 10.]
June 1.
London.
Capt. Stephen Ackerman to Thos. Hayter. Asks for 30 blank tickets for the use of his ship. [Ibid. No. 11.]
June 2. John Fenn to Thos. Hayter. Pray give an order to [Wm.] Castell for a receipt of the ship Delph. [Ibid. No. 12.]
June 2. Sir John Chicheley to Sam. Pepys. I am just going down to my ship, and request you to put Lord Anglesey in mind of ordering money for the tickets due to the men on board. I am going for the Downs, so if not speedily paid, my men will have but too much reason to suspect there was a trick to get them on board. [Ibid. No. 13.]
June 2.
London.
Capt. Zach. Browne to Thos. Hayter. Asks for some printed tickets, as several (pretended) poor people from north to west are wanting them, for the time they served in the Assistance. [Ibid. No. 14.]
June 2. Commission for Hen. Taylor to be lieutenant to Capt. Thos. Howard in the Guards, under Col. John Russell. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 29, p. 17.]
June 2.
Kendal.
Thos. Sandes to Williamson. I found many sad persons on my return home, caused by your sister Kilner having been interred the day before. Your mother took away the little girl that was left living; I delivered the guinea to the husband, who will employ it and the rest you sent for the use of the child. I wish my son Stoddert to gratify your brother in the sale of Milnbeck, the ancientest house of the Williamsons in England, and I would have Stoddert settled minister of Crosthwait; this being near his habitation, it would enable him to follow his studies with more delight. Mr. Lowry, born at Cockermouth, the present incumbent, had it from Mr. Nealson, now of Stanwix, by exchange. As you are acquainted with the bishop, if you will speak to him in Stodderts behalf, your brother shall be civilly dealt with as to the sale; but I have no mind that he shall part with his temporal estate till invested in a spiritual estate near where I live, the way of which is left to you to contrive and for me to requite. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 15.]
June 2.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Sir Thos. Allin has arrived from London; numbers of Frenchmen have come over and make for London, which startles the people, and raises jealousies amongst them. [Ibid. No. 16.]
June 2.
Treasury Chambers.
Sir Geo. Downing to Williamson. The Treasury Commissioners desire him to insert in next Thursdays Gazette a notice to all that on 24 June, the leases of the country excise will be perfected, and the commissions for the county sub-commisioners ready; therefore, all farmers of the excise concerned should attend with their arrears of rent, &c., at the excise office in Aldersgate Street next week, to pay their increase of rent, and bring a certificate from the Excise Commissioners that they have cleared with them up to Lady Day; it will be very inconvenient if the arrears are not cleared, by reason of some alterations about to be made. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 17.]
June 2.
Essex House.
Jo. Eddowes to Williamson. I doubt not but you will think the enclosed request reasonable, and the Dean and canons [of Exeter] being willing to it, I beg your influence on the petitioners behalf. His Grace of Canterbury desired they would lease no more for lives, but it often happens that lives expire sooner than years, and the petitioner is eminent in his country for loyalty and adherence to the Church. [Ibid. No. 18.] Encloses,
Petition of Wm. Helyar, of East Coker, co. Somerset, to the King, to permit the Dean and canons to grant him a new lease of Berry Farm, Branscombe parish, co. Devon, for 3 lives, on such fine as they shall think fit. Served the late King in the wars, to the loss of a great part of his estate, and also assisted his present Majesty with a considerable sum of money while he was beyond seas, which has disabled him from providing for his great family of small children. [Ibid. No. 18i.]
June 2. A. Ellis to [Williamson]. Finds the delay in the last Flanders mail was caused by the postmaster of Rochester keeping it for 2 hours, so as to send two mails together. Cannot attend to receive Lord Arlingtons pleasure in the matter, so desires him to obtain it, and in such a manner as shall establish celerity of despatch, and have some consideration for the poor postmaster. [Ibid. No. 19.]
June 2.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships. [Ibid. No. 20.]
June 2.
Barnstaple.
Wm. Wakeman to Hickes. Has no news; acknowledges receipt of the Gazette. [Ibid. No. 21.]
June 2.
Stationers' Hall.
Note signed by Geo. Tokefielde, clerk, that on reading his Majestys letter to the master, wardens, and assistants of the company, commanding them to admit and receive Messrs. Norton, Mearne, and Roycroft as members, it was unanimously agreed to, and ordered accordingly. [Ibid. No. 22.]
June 3.
Lynn.
Edw. Bodham to Williamson. A small hoy from Amsterdam says the Hollanders have only 23 men-of-war ready to come out of the Texel; 8 laden colliers and 2 small Danish vessels have arrived; 2 Lynn ships are ready to sail for Norway the first fair wind. [Ibid. No. 23.]
June 3.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Francis has come in from cruising in the Channel, also a Plymouth man from Bilbao, with wool and iron; he reports that English commodities are so cheap there, that they were forced to bring them back again. [Ibid. No. 24.]
June 3.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the same effect as the preceding and his letter to Hickes of 1 June. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241 No. 25.]
June 3.
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. I have gone aboard again, and want news. If Sir Richard Browne desires an account of what passed between me and Van Swaers, show him part of a letter enclosed. [Ibid. No. 26.] Enclosing,
Sir Thos. Allin to Lord Arlington. I met Capt. De la Roche on 25 Feb. near Spithead, and invited him and the other captains to dinner. I received orders the next day from the Duke of York to reclaim the St. Mary prize, taken by De la Roche from Torbay, and some English ships taken by him. I sent to in form De la Roche of these orders, on which he delivered them without demur, and then set sail. As to Van Swaers, I fell in with his squadron on 5 April near the Lizard; he did not strike his flag, and I therefore ordered it to be shot at, when it was struck but not furled. I sent for the captain, who sent his lieutenant on board; the flag was again hoisted, but this was by mistake; the lieutenant, on his return to the ship, had it lowered, and we parted amicably.3 June, The Monmouth, .Downs. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 26i.]
June 3.
The Monmouth, Downs.
Copy of the preceding letter to Lord Arlington. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 27.]
June 3.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships; 100 sail of laden colliers passed by Bridlington for the southward. [Ibid. No. 28.]
June 3.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Arrival of several ships; the Fountain is still here, and the Rupert expected. [Ibid. No. 29.]
June 3. Sir J. Robinson to Williamson, I informed you at the Council chamber of the mistake made in the returns of the retrenchments of the charge of the Tower, as to dieting and keeping prisoners. Two words taken out of the warrant will do my business, and will be what I condescended to in the Council chamber, but made no agreement. I send Mr. Ward with the order, and intreat your aid to get the business rectified, so as to be preserved from the clamour of prisoners. I hope to hear from you when in the country. I have left my address with Rob. Yard, your servant. [Ibid. No. 30.]
June 3. Certificate by W. Burroughs that Phillip Barnes, purser of the Yarmouth, has passed his victualling account, between Nov. 1666 and April 1667. With note that the bond was delivered up 3 June 1668. [Ibid. No. 31.]
June 3.
Redriffe.
Capt. J. Perriman to Sam. Pepys. Went aboard the Thomas and Edward, which is to take the provisions to Barbadoes, and judges she will carry all, if alterations are made in the hold. Left word for the master to take in 80 tons of provisions not to let out freight to merchants, and to attend the Board; carpenters should be sent aboard to make room for the bread. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 32.]
June 3.
London.
Sir Denis Gauden to Sam. Pepys. I find the French Ruby, which has a good part of her victuals and beer, left out of my paper. Am I to stop sending any more, and dispose of that to other ships, or to put the remainder on board? Can anything be done in my concerns this afternoon? [Ibid. No. 33.]
June 3. Thos. Lewis to Thos. Hayter. The Drake had only room for 2 months victuals, and now, wanting a further supply, the victualler requires another warrant (in regard of the restriction to the master attendants certificate); the first warrant, though for 4 months victuals if she could stow them, will not allow him to deliver her any more without further order. [Ibid. No. 34.]
June 3.
Woolwich.
Wm. Acworth and 3 other officers of Woolwich to the Navy Commissioners. Have viewed the 11 bundles of hemp weighed from Aldermen [Edw.] Bilton and [Fras.]. Asty and [Wm.] Harrington, which was wetted in a lighter, and weighed when dry 7 tons 13 cwt. 17 lb.; they judge that 3 tons of it wetted by the rain are 15l. worse to the service. It is dried and cured, and if ordered into the stores, would be wrought out first, but only into unimportant sorts of cordage. Had not the master of the Expedition sent for a lighter full, and then refused to take in half, the merchants might have kept it safe in their warehouse for the next vessel. [Ibid. No. 35.]
June 4. Sir Wm. Jennings to the Navy Commissioners. I send a receipt from Capt. Noble of the Fame, for an anchor lent him in necessity; I desire that it may be demanded of him on his arrival in England, that I may not come to damage hereafter. My provisions have proved very bad, and many of my men have fallen down; I believe that to be the cause, for since being at Algiers, where I gave them fresh victuals, they all recovered. I have endeavoured to stop complaints by paying the short allowance every month, to my own ship and the Mermaid, but shall not be long able to do so, except orders be taken for money; I have none of the Kings, and have been forced to supply sick men likewise.
The men gave freely for the redemption of slaves one months short allowance, so with their help, I redeemed 7. There are about 30 more which were taken under the English colours 4 years since; I inquired not the number of the rest. I beg that these slaves may be remembered in their solicitations to his Majesty, lest their stay there may prove of ill consequences; for they so assured themselves of their redemption, at the arrival of the ships, that the failing of it made them mad; I hope I have satisfied them by good words for some time. Pray order payment of my bill; I shall bring sufficient vouchers for the disbursements. [Ibid. No. 36.]
June 4. Col. B. Reymes to Sam. Pepys. I pray you to further the enclosed to its full maturity, that I may receive money to answer my bills of exchange in due time. A word to Mr. Hayter will soon do it. [Ibid. No. 37.]
June 4.
The Portland.
Capt. John Pearce to the Navy Commissioners. His ship is out of the dock, and very tight and strong, and may soon be fit to sail, but hears of no victualling. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 38.]
June 4.
Redriffe.
Capt. John Perriman to Sam. Pepys. Particulars of his illness and of an accident whereby he sprained his ankle, Sent John Green, master of the Thomas and Edward, to wait upon him; hopes to get aboard in a day or two. [Ibid. No. 39.]
June 4. Isaac Walker to [Sam. Pepys]. I must remind you of a warrant to be directed to Mr. Shish, for rating my Woolwich bills, as also of an order for an additional supply of money, to enable me to carry on the work of the first ships. [Ibid. No. 40.]
June 4. Estimate of sums due for victualling ships, paying wages, &c., amounting in the whole to 292,795l., to be charged on the Act for 300,000l. Endorsed with a note by Sam. Pepys, that it was drawn from particular notes, directions, and calculations made at the Council Board, and the Committee of the Navy, by direction of his Royal Highness, being himself present. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 41.]
June 4.
London.
Account by Thos. Warren and Wild Clerk of provisions, value 281l., lost in the Zebulon, intended for the use of the Fox and Merlin frigates; also of those supplied by Warren in lieu thereof, and for other purposes, value 590l. Sworn June 5, before Wm. Child, master in Chancery. [Ibid. No. 42.]
June 4.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. A few colliers only remain in the harbour. [Ibid. No. 43.]
June 4.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. The Golden Pie, from Barbadoes, has arrived. [Ibid. No. 44.]
June 4.
Portsmouth.
Ben. Johnson to Williamson. Repair of ships named. The Ruby has sailed for Newfoundland; hoped she might have taken in men, or had money sent to her at Cowes, for all her ablest seamen had old tickets, whereof they were promised payment ere they departed, by a special order of his Majesty in Council, which was published; but this not being observed, the poor wives and friends, who came down on that occasion, returned with as light purses as the seamen sailed with heavy hearts; such a disappointment makes a clamour that many men are sorry to hear. [Ibid. No. 45.]
June 4. Thos. Covell to Williamson. Sends a warrant which has been allowed by the solicitor, as sufficient to draw the bill by; also a certificate and other papers; asks him to get the warrant signed. [Ibid. No. 46.]
June 5,
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. A London ship has arrived bound for Portugal, and the Fountain and Ruby ride in the Sound. [Ibid. No. 47.]
June 5. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 48.]
June 5.
Barnstaple.
Wm. Wakeman to Hickes. A vessel from Rotterdam reports the forwardness of the Dutch fleet; they are somewhat jealous both of the English and French, [Ibid. No. 49.]
June 5.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. A fleet of 50 laden ships, most of them great ones, has departed. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 50.]
June 5.
Letter Office.
James Hickes to Rob. Yard, Williamsons clerk. I believe Jas. Knight, accountant at the letter office in Dublin, to be fitly qualified to receive your intelligence, and to give an account of affairs there, having had many years correspondence with him, on [Post] office affairs. [Thos.] Gardiner gives a very good character of him, but as there has been some alteration in that office, I cannot positively say whether he is still there, until the next letters arrive from Dublin. [John] Lindsey, deputy postmaster of Dartmouth, has been removed, and Giles Ivy placed in his room, but I have received no news from him, though having written to him for it twice. [Ibid. No. 51.]
June 5. Wm. Sherwood to Williamson. Being informed that his Majestys free pardon is with the Lord Chief Justice, I crave to be included in it; otherwise I shall have to remain in prison till another is granted at Michaelmas. I am informed that Howard Coney lodges about St. Jamess Market; if set at liberty, I could be instrumental in recovering your property in Coneys hands, as Capt. Thomas does not know him. [Ibid. No. 52.]
June 5.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. A vessel from Norway has run ashore on the sands off Winterton, and it is feared will be lost. The Success has sailed, and several light colliers have passed by for New castle and Sunderland. [Ibid. No. 53.]
June 5/15. Thos. Gwynn to Sam. Cottington, merchant of London. I wonder at not receiving the news, and would make it to your advantage to supply me; a person at, Amsterdam and another at Delft would have the papers. I will continue correspondence on any terms you please. Endorsed, Post Office, 9 June, 1 a.m. [Ibid. No. 54.]
June 5. Order granting the petition of Mr. Newport and Halsall, executors of the late [W.?] Rumbold, that his salary as Surveyor-General of Customs, with the arrears already due thereon, may be paid for the benefit of his children; with proviso that this case be not drawn into a precedent. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 309. See Calendar 1667, p. 139.]
June 5. The King to the [Vice-Chancellor] of Cambridge. Recommends John Bentham, M.A., for his D.D. degree, without paying or performing the usual exercises. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 76.]
June 5. The King to the [Vice-Chancellor] of Cambridge. Recommends Marius DAssigny, who by long and painful studies in foreign universities has shown himself worthy of encouragement, and conducted himself well as chaplain to the forces in Tangiers, for a B.D. degree [Ibid. p. 77. See p. 392 supra.]
June 5. The King to the Warden of New College, Oxford. We request your consent to an exchange of livings between Edm. Sharrock, M.A. fellow of that college and rector of East Woodhay, co. Hants and his brother, Dr. Rob. Sharrock, rector of Great Horwood, co. Bucksthe presentation of which belongs to the collegeDr. Sharrock wishing to live nearer his prebend at Winchester. [Ibid. p. 77.]
June 5. Pass for Sir Rich. Temple, Bart., and George Wilde, with their servants, a coach and 10 horses, to France. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 34.]
June 5. Pass for Sir Edm. Godfry and Godfrey Harrison, with two servants, to France. Minute. [Ibid. f. 34.]
June 5? Case of Sir Thos. Pettus, Bart. In April 1667, he struck Baxter, a labourer, who was carrying away wood from his grounds at Rackee [Rackheath], Norfolk, with a cane. Baxter walked away as though not hurt, but dying 4 days after, a verdict of manslaughter was returned upon Sir Thomas; the King granted him a pardon, and he requests that this may be passed immediately, to preserve his reputation, prevent a forfeiture of some copyhold estates, and avoid the attaint of felony. [S.P. Dom., Car II 241, No. 55.]
June 5. Warrant for a pardon to Sir Thos. Pettus of Rackheath, Norfolk, for the murder of Thos. Baxter; with a clause for restitution of goods. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 35.]
June. Docquet of the above, dated 12 June. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 227.]
June 5. Warrant to the Lord Keeper to affix the great seal to two commissions, the one using the style of King, and the other of Prince of Portugal, empowering Sir Rob. Southwell, Envoy Extraordinary, to treat and conclude articles of commerce with that Crown. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 36.]
June 5. Warrant to the Lord Keeper to affix the great seal to two instruments containing the King's ratifications and guarantee for the peace between Spain and Portugal. Minute. [Ibid. f. 36.]
June 5.
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to the Navy Commissioners. His Royal Highness wishes the provisions of the Monmouth and 5 others to be completed for 4 months; the victualler at Dover has no orders to supply them; asks what orders there are in London. [S.P. Dom., Car II. 241, No. 56.]
June 6.
The Victory.
Capt. John Hubbard to Sam. Pepys. The bearer, master of the John hoy of Lee, can give an account of her tonnage, Mr. Hayter having it attested by Mr. Shish. He wants his imprest bill, and an order to victual for 3 months for 10 men, and to have 10 more allowed upon his own account in the hoy. He has been very useful in pressing men, and has orders from his Royal Highness to follow my directions. I beg despatch for him. [Ibid. No. 57.]
June 6.
The Harp, Dublin.
Capt. Rob. Hooper to the navy Commissioners. Has lately received the money appointed, and reduced the former complement of men to 30; would have done so before, but was told only to discharge such as were willing; sends a book of entries and discharges. Begs favour for Thos. Pierson, belonging to the Eral of Anglesey, whom the discharged men have appointed to solicit for their wages, being destitute of money to bear their charges to London; some lie sick and in want. [Ibid. No. 58.]
June 6.
Woolwich.
John Moore, deputy master attendant, to the Navy Commissioners. The Kent sailed yesterday to Halfwaytree, and the Little Victory and Foresight will be ready on Wednesday. Desires them to send to the Trinity House for pilots; applied 8 days ago, but none have appeared; was forced to carry the Kent down without one, as none are to be had in Woolwich. [S.P. Dom., Car II. 241, No. 59.]
June 6. Capt. F. Digby to Thos. Hayter. Asks for 50 printed tickets for the Montague. [Ibid. No. 60.]
June 6. Warrant for a licence dispensing with the Statute of Mortmain to the mayor and burgesses of Gloucester, to purchase lands, &c., value not more than 400l. a year, for erecting a hospital for 20 poor boys in blue coats and caps, pursuant to the will of the late Sir Thos. Rich, Bart., who has left 6,000l. for their maintenance. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, p. 35.]
June. Docquet of the above, dated 18 June. [Docquet, Vol.23, No. 231.]
June [6]. Draft of the above. [1 pages, [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 61.]
June 6. Bill of articles bought of Rich. Benson for bed furniture, amounting to 27l. 2s. 8d. Endorsed "Dean Wittur's bill, from Mr. Benson." [Ibid. No. 62.]
June 6.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. A vessel has arrived from Crosick with salt, but brings no news of the confirmation of peace with Spain. The Greyhound of Lyme, come from Bilbao in 14 days, reports the conclusion of peace there with France; a French merchant ship met with a French man-of-war, who inquired for De Beaufort, and said he was at sea with a fleet. [Ibid. No. 63.]
June 6.
Bristol.
John Fitzherbert to Williamson. The new man-of-war will be ready to launch in a week, and money is ordered down to defray the charge, and to build another, which Mr. Furzer has undertaken, the materials being as cheap at Bristol as in any port in the kingdom. Several vessels named have arrived. The St. Andrew of Londonderry, late a man-of-war, is here, bound for Dublin and the States. They have put their guns in the hold, but it is supposed they are ready for any adventure they can light upon. [Ibid. No. 64.]
June 6.
Newcastle.
[to Williamson.] The Bishop of Durham being at Newcastle on his visitation, went to Tynemouth, and with the assistance of Dr. [Isaac] Basire, Archdeacon of Northumberland, and half-a-dozen more of the clergy, consecrated a new church erected there upon a piece of ground given by the Earl of Northumberland. Mr. Clarke, the Earl's officer, delivered up possession of the edifice and land in the name of his master to the Bishop, who dedicated it as Christ Church, and at the offering, gave 5l. towards the better beautifying and adorning the church. Dr. [Thos.] Dockwray held the first service, Dr. Basire and [Rich.] Wrench, a prebendary of Durham, the second; Mr. Davenport, the Bishop's chaplain, preached the consecration sermon. [Ibid. No. 65.]
June 6. Sir John Bennet to Williamson. Asks him to insert in the next Gazette that the passage is re-established between Harwich and Helvoetsluys, with able and sufficient packet boats, for the convenient transporting of passengers and the mails, and that they will go from London every Tuesday and Friday night, beginning Friday June 13. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 66.]
June 7.
Portsmouth.
B.J. [Ben. Johnson] to Williamson. The new ship's works go forward, but orders have come to forbear the repair of others. The work and platform made last year on the town and Blockhouse Point have been repaired, and the guns mounted, which is of great consideration to the security of the harbour. The Happy Entrance ketch has returned, with the seamen for the Cambridge, &c., [Ibid. No. 67.]
June 7.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. Arrival of ships. The William and Elizabeth of London, having been 6 weeks in her passage from Barbadoes, reports that Bridge Town was partly consumed by fire in 12 hours, and that Surinam has been given up to the Dutch. [Ibid. No. 68.]
June 7. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 69.]
June 7.
Plymouth Fort.
to Williamson. To the same effect. A vessel has arrived from Virginia with tobacco belonging to Sir Wm. Warren, and the Tangiers Merchant, of London, belonging to Col. Norwood, from Malaga. [Ibid. No. 70.]
June 7.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Arrival of ships. [Ibid. No. 71.]
June 7.
Brecon.
Time. Halton to Williamson. I desire you to forward some queries enclosed to Sir Geoffry Palmer to solve. I would not endanger my interest in [Queen's] College by accepting a small preferment. My address is at the Bishop of St. David's house, Brecon. [Ibid. No. 72.]
June 7.
Barnstaple.
Wm. Wakeman to Hickes. Sends a document for Williamson, and asks if it is rightly directed. [Ibid. No. 73.]
June 7. Warrant from Sec. Morice for apprehending Thomas West, of the Minories, Ireland, Robert Murdun, and Palmer, of the Strand, all gun makers. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 15.]
June 7. Warrant to Sir Stephen Fox to pay to the Treasury Commissioners, in reward for their great painsof which the King daily feels the benefit8,000l. yearly, the same sum as was paid to the late Lord Treasurer, which 8,000l. was ordered to be paid to him for secret service, with the arrears of 6,666l. 13s. 4d. due from 24 May 1667 to Lady Day last past. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 35.]
[June 7.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 74.]
June 7.
Gravesend.
Rich. Elkin to Sam. Pepys. Sends the names of 9 ships arrived in the Hope, with the date of their arrival. [Ibid. No. 75.]
June 7.
8 p.m. Treasury Chamber, Whitehall.
Earl of Anglesey to the Navy Commissioners. Has money to begin the pay of such ships as are to be discharged of the extraordinary fleet, pursuant to the Order of Council. Intends to pay first those who have the least due, being those whose men were latest entered, and the hired ships who are at charge for freight. Will meet the Commissioners to-morrow, to resolve on particulars; meantime requests them to set up in Seething Lane the names of all ships nearest at hand whose books are ready. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 76.]
June 8.
Dover.
Warham Jennett, jun., to Williamson. Sends a letter for Lord Arlington, brought from Lisbon in the James. Still continues his employment in the Post Office under Sir John [Bennet] and Mr. Ellis, but can hardly give content, and is almost weary of it. There are such rates from above put upon all sorts of letters that merchants and others cannot endure it; has written about it, and for some encouragement to be given to seamen bringing ship letters into the office, which would very much advance it, yet no notice is taken; has been refused bags to put the letters in. [Ibid. No. 77.]
June 8.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Indian Merchant from Jamaica reports that place in thriving condition. Two great ships have arrived from Havre de Grace, bound to Rochelle for salt, as also a Frenchman bound for Dieppe. [Ibid. No. 78.]
June 8.
Bridlington.
John Bower to Hickes. The Success has arrived in the Bay, and ships are passing daily. [Ibid. No. 79.]
June 8. "Advices received," being extracts from letters all calendared above. [1 pages. Ibid. No. 80.]
June 9.
Newcastle.
Rice. Forster to Williamson. Some 80 ships have arrived, and 50 have put in at Sunderland. [Ibid. No. 81.]
June 9.
Plymouth.
Sir John Skelton to Williamson. Solicits the place of postmaster for Mr. Jackson, who will give a gratuity for it, in case Mr. Clarke, who is now declining, dies. [Ibid. No. 82.]
June 9.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. A London ship has arrived from Portugal. [Ibid. No. 83.]
June 9.
The Monmouth,
Downs.
[Sir Thos. Allin] to Williamson. Particulars of ships spoken with. Has received a copy of a letter from Algiers, from Capt. [Thos.] Darcy of the Mary Rose, and sends it, lest the original may not have come to hand. [Ibid. No. 84.]
June 9. Warrant to Gilbert, Archbishop of Canterbury, to grant a dispensation to Rob, Carr to hold the vicarage of Braintree, co. Essexa great congregation but with small maintenancewith that of Chiltington, Sussex. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 7.]
June 9. Letter [from the King] to the Governors of the Charter House, to bestow the place of scholar on Rich. Twine, nephew to Rich Twine, page of the Robes to the Queen, son of Lawrence Twine, haberdasher of London, who suffered much for loyalty, and is also related to Brian Twine, the learned antiquary of Oxford. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 63.]
June 9.
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Sir George Downing to the Navy Commissioners. The Treasury Commissioners have long expected your return of what alterations should be made in the present contract with the victualler, his Majesty intending to alter it, and some overtures having been made by some well able to make good their propositions. They request that upon the first Monday in July, you will bring a draft of such alterations as you think fit. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 86.]
June 9.
Scotland Yard.
Thos. Rotherham to Arthur Haughton, purveyor. You are ordered by the Officers of Works to go to Mr. Pepys, and desire him to provide a vessel for transporting the King's marble from Leghorn; if a particular vessel is to be sent, it must be ready by the end of August. [Ibid. No. 87.]
June 10.
Whitehall.
Order in Council, referring to the English Commissioners for trade with Scotland three petitions specified. [1 pages. Ibid. No. 88.] Annexing,
Petition of merchants trading to Scotland to the King. Complain of obstructions to trade by delay in conclusion of the treaty for trade, especially in reference to the halfpenny per gallon exacted on salt, which his Majesty reduced provisionally one half, but which the Lords of the Treasury now order to be paid in full. Request continuation of the half-duty, and directions for the speedy conclusion of the treaty. [Copy. 2 pages. Ibid. No. 88i.]
Petition of Pat. Angus and other masters of ships trading from Scotland to the King. On suspension of the moiety of the salt duty, they freighted their vessels with salt, and on arriving, were charged with the whole dutywhich if continued, will injure one of the chief manufactures in Scotlandfor the sake of the Shields men, who wish to raise the price of salt. Request that the suspension of the half-duty may be continued till the matter is settled by the Commissioners. [Copy. 1 pages. Ibid. No. 88ii.]
Petition of the salt manufacturers at Shields to the same. The Treasury Commissioners having issued a late order for bringing in the arrears of the tax of a halfpenny per gallon on Scotch salt, and its collection in full for the future, a great effort is made by salt farmers and merchants to have it reduced one half. Entreat that if petitions to that effect be presented, they may be heard on the other side. [Copy. 1 pages. Ibid. No. 88iii.]
June 10.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Commissioners for Tangiers of the petition of Katherine, widow of Sir Thos. Byron, for a grant of what she shall discover of 4 vessels employed to Tangiers, of which his Majesty is fraudulently cheated. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, f. 310.]
June 10. Warrant from Sec. Morice to John Sumner to set at liberty Thos. West, Ireland, Robt. Murdun, and Palmer, gun-makers. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 15.]
June [10]. Petition of Geo. Tanner to the Earl of Manchester, Chancellor of Cambridge, for a Mandamus for the degree of M.A. Was student in Trinity College, Cambridge, 8 years, but being absent for one year, through the great visitation, is hindered from taking his degree there. With report by the Earl of Manchester to Lord Arlington, in favour of the petition. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 89.]
June 10.
Lincoln's Inn.
Lan. Lake to Williamson. Being informed that some endeavour will be used to procure a mandamus from his Majesty to the Warden of New College, Oxford, for the disposition of a church living in that college's gift, asks to have notice of it before the mandamus passes. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 90.]
June 10. Commission for George Littleton to be lieutenant in Sir Chas. Littleton's company of foot in the Admiral's regiment. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 29, p. 17.]
June 10. The King to the Duke of York. Having appointed a ship to convey to Smyrna Sir Dan. Harvey, appointed Ambassador to the Grand Seignior, requests him to order the receiving on board the retinue of the said Ambassador, being 26 persons, and the laying in victuals to defray them during their voyage. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 8.]
June 10.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Has no news of any kind. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 91.]
June 10.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the same effect as the preceding, and his letter to Hickes of 8 June; adding that Lieut-Col. Freeman and 2 more have bought horses here, and gone to London. [Ibid. No. 92]
June 10.
Norwich.
Dr. John Croftes to Williamson. I perused the patent of the man who pretended to the beadsman's place, and found it was granted upon due certificate that he had also served the late King in his wars; so I admitted him, and gave him a quarter's salary in advance, for delaying him so long. I admitted him the rather because, the signet being kept in your office, I presumed the instrument must have passed your approbation before being sealed. I hope the next void place will be reserved for my neighbour. [Ibid. No. 93.]
June 10.
Treasury Chamber.
Sir George Dowing to Williamson. The Treasury Commissioners desire you to insert in the Gazette that process will be issued against all collectors and receivers of the Royal and Additional Aid who detain money in their hands after 10 July, and that they are liable to a penalty of 12 peer cent., under the Act passed the last session for the better payment of money received for the use of the Crown. Their lordships also wish their bargain with the vintners to be printed, at request of the vintners. [Ibid. No. 94.]
June 11.
Deal.
Rich Watts to [Williamson]. The Princess and Nightingale sailed for the French coast, to observe the motions of the men-of-war there, and then to come into the Downs. [Ibid. No. 95.]
June 11.
Paris.
Jane Crane to Rob. Francis. Was pained by not receiving the promised news, and attributed it to his being ill, which turned out to be the fact. Thanks for bestowed. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 96.]
June 11.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Robert Earl of Ailesbury for a grant to him and his heirs male of the stewardship of the honour of Ampthill and the manors thereof. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 311.]
June 11. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Henry Robinson, for another reference, his former one being lost, of a petition for the reversion of certain fee farm rents, value 211l. a year, whereof his father had a lease for 31 years. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 190.]
June 11. Approbation of Sir Edm. Bray to be deputy lieutenant for Oxfordshire. Minute. With note from Lord Arlington to Lord Say and Sele, signifying the King's approbation. S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 190.]
June 11. Warrant to George (sic) Viscount Castleton, Sir Wm. Hickman, and Sir Godfrey Copley, Brats., Lionel Copley, and Roger Partington, Commissioners, of Sewers for the level of Hatfield Chace, to assist the participants, assignees, &c., of Sir Cornelius Vermuyden to maintain the level of the said chace, allowing them to appoint their own works, nominate their officers, keep their records, &c., and enjoy other privileges according to the contract between the late King and the above Sir Cornelius Vermuyden, who long since finished the work. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 62.]
June 11.
Navy Office
Capt. John Perriman to[the Navy Commissioners.]. Has been abroad 5 hired ketches and hoys named and given notice to the masters, &c., that they are discharged. With note that the Commissioners promised 4 of the vessels that their wages should run on till the 22nd, when they should be paid. [S.P. Dom. Car. II.24I, No. 97.]
June 11. Capt. Wm. Basse to the Navy Commissioners.. The Portsmouth frigate is still in ordinary, and has not been in extraordinary under his command, nor any men entered on board of her as far as he knows. [Ibid. No.98.]
June 11.
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to the Navy Commissioners. I understood from Col. Middleton and Sir John Mennes that order was given to the victualler at Dover to supply the Dartmouth with a month's provisions, upon which the captain sent for it; but the victualler had received no order, and could not deliver any without one from me. I do not understand this; I want an order for their speedy supply, they having no provisions abroad but what were spared by the Constant Warwick. [Ibid. No.99.]
June 11.
Woolwich.
Roger Eastwood to the Navy Commissioners. The work being pretty well over, I desire the discharge of the pressed men. I hope to despatch the Centurion and other vessels named within a fortnight. As for Capt. Briant's information about joiners on the Leopard, I cannot help unless I should take all the joiners from other works. Mr. Mayors promised to send some masts, &c., but none have yet come. [Ibid. No. 100.]
June 11.
Woolwich
John Moore to the Navy Commissioners. Two of the ships ordered to be laid up have left. Has taken up the bridles from the House of Sweden, as people by night break down the upper works, and drive out the ring-bolts; if some course is not taken, there will be nothing left. Much of the cordage that Mr. Brooks had out to weigh the ships is wanting. [Ibid. No. 101]
June 12.
Woolwich.
Wm. Acworth to the Navy Commissioners. I beg instructions, having stopped some men from Greenwich, who were loading a lighter with stones to pave that town, which had been ordered for paying woolwich Dockyard, but the timber there had prevented its being done. Most of the stones will be wanted for paying the yard where they are, thus saying labour and charge in cartage; should they be sold before this is done, it would be prejudicial to the service. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 102.]
June 12.
The Edgar, King-road, Bristol.
Capt. John Wettwang to the Navy Commissioners. The 101 men from Portsmouth came to Bristol 4 days since, but only 60 have come aboard. We hear that more will come when their money is gone. Many of the men we had before have run away because worked so hard. We should be able to man in a short time, if out in the King-road. If it is dry weather, we will give a good account of the rigging next week. The carpenters' and joiners' work is almost done. We discharged the flyboat that had the guns and stores. We will send the Merlin into King-road to press all the men she can, so that they may be ready for us when we come out. [Ibid. No. 103.]
June 12. Commission for Philip Howard to be captain of the company of foot, whereof Thos. Cheeke was late captain. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry book 20, p. 190.]
June 12. Pass for 9 horses belonging to M. De Ruvigny. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 36.]
June 12. Order to the farmers of customs to assist in the embarkation of M. De Ruvigny's goods and baggage. Minute. [Ibid. f. 36.]
June 12.
London.
Nathan Eldred to [John] Walker [clerk of the English Commissioners for trade with Scotland]. Begs him to present to the Commissioners an order enclosed, and to request for the salt-makers at Shields time to answer any objections, and also due notice when they may be heard upon the duty on Scottish salt. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 104.]
[June 12.] Account of Sir Baynham Throckmorton's case about Kingswood Chace, co. Gloucester. The chace of 3,400 acres being rendered lately altogether unfit for deer, the wood cut down, coal pits opened, cottages built, &c., the King agreed to discharge his franchise right therein, if the lords of the manors would allow him a third or forth of the soil as compensation, and gave Sir Gilbert Gerard and Sir Nich. Throckmorton 2,500l. to prosecute the business at their own charge. Sir Nicholas dying poor, Sir Baynham Undertook it, and by warrant of December 1665, obtained a grant of the whole benefit, on payment of the said 2,500l. and 20l. yearly to the Crown, and on compounding for a fee of 40l. formerly paid to the ranger. Sir Baynham, after laying out 1,000l. therein, finds some of the lords of manors refractory about compounding, they thinking that no chace law will ever be exercised; he therefore requests a grant of the King's interest in the franchise of the chace, that by enforcing chace law on them, he may reduce them to conformity, and thus advantage the poor family of Sir Nicholas, who else must perish. He wishes the cause to be heard in Council. [See Council register. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 105.]
June ? John [Lord?] Lovelace to Williamson. Thanks for his kindness to Sir Baynham [Throckmorton] in his business. [Ibid. No. 106.]
June 12.
Barnstaple.
Wm. Wakeman to Williamson. The Swan of Topsham has arrived from Rotterdam laden with Rhenish wines, and the Samuel of Barnstaple from Virginia with tobacco. [Ibid. No. 107.]
June 12.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships. [Ibid. No. 108.]
June 12.
Playmouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Three ships from the Barbadoes have arrived, and one from Malaga; but the wind being fair, they intend sailing this evening for London. [Ibid. No. 109.]
June 12. John Clark to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 110.]
June 12.
Yarmouth.
Rich Bower to Williamson. Has nothing but lies for news; it is reported that the Londoners are afraid every night of having their throats cut before morning, and that for preventing thereof, the Lord Mayor sent from house to house, to order them to have their arms in readiness to defend themselves. There is a French Ship which has lain at Harwich 6 months, and as she has 16 guns and 32 men, and no one is permitted to go aboard her; this is conceived to be of dangerous consequence.
Col. Atkins of London sent word to Mr. Woodroft of Yarmouth that the Bishop of Canterbury was put out of his bishopric and all public offices. Forty or 50 laden colliers have passed southward, and a Yarmouth vessel has sailed for Rotterdam with 30 passengers from Norwich and Yarmouth, which may make the common people there as jealous of them as the English are of the French that are said to come over; or they may be so ingenious as to apprehend that the passengers fled for fear, if the story of the Lord Mayor gets over before them. [Ibid. No. 111.]
June 12.
Rye.
James Welsh to Williamson. There was a sharp dispute at Dieppe between one of the King's frigates of 40 guns, and a French man-of-war of 35 guns, because the latter would not lower her flag, and they fought smartly for two hours, 'board and board, as they call it"; the French flag at last coming down, the quarrel ended. [Ibid. No. 112.]
June 12. Earl of Carlingford to Williamson. The paper enclosed for my quit-rent is insignificant, the direction not being to the present governor; I want it mended and returned. The warrant for my horses was useless, ''customs free'' being blotted, which forced me to have 3 horses at Chester, as I could not transport them without paying 14l.; if I cannot have exemption from such an intolerable charge, I will have them sold. I hear of great alterations in Court, and hope they are all for his Majesty's good. Some Tories appear in the north [of Ireland], but if the Lord Deputy's directions for suppressing them be diligently put into execution, they will quickly be destroyed. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 113.]
June 13.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. A vessel from St. Malo report that the French there are very uncivil, and that the French King has set the Knights of Malta upon the Dutch, and is endeavouring to cause the Bishop of Munster and other princes of Germany to break with them; also that Monsieur Colbert is coming over to England, only to endeavour to persuade us to be neuter if the French break with Holland, which they think will shortly be. [Ibid No. 114.]
June 13.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. A Lyme vessel from St. Malo with can vas reports that the peace with Spain is proclaimed there, which caused a great rise in their linens; also that 3 men-of-war of 30 guns each arrived there from Brest, and that the coast is clear of Ostenders. a Breton has also arrived from Crosick with salt. [Ibid. No. 115.]
June 13.
Coventry.
Ralph Hope to Williamson. Some persons have thrown down 13 or 14 perches of Sir Rob. Townshend's new enclosures in the park, about which there has been so much trouble already; all posible diligence has been used by the mayor and justices to, and is expected in town to-morrow. [Ibid. No. 116.]
June [13 ?]
Saturday.
E. Bostock to Williamson. I left a commission with the Commissioners for the imposition on wine, to be signed by the King, and intreated it might pass by immediate warrant, as being for a branch of the King's revenue, and the time of its execution, the 24th instant, so nigh. The Treasury Commissioners judge it most necessary so to do. Pray having removed their offices from Augustine Friars [Ibid. No.117.]
June 13. Revocation of letters patent formerly granted to the Duke of Albemarle, of the office of Master of the Horse. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 228.]
June 13. Grant to Georage Duke of Buckingham of the office of Master of the Horse. [Ibid. Nos. 228, 229.]
June 13. Warrant to the Duke of York to order the Navy Commissioners to deliver the Portsmouth sloop, built for the Isle of Wight, and now in the Thames, to Col. Ant. Buller, to whom the King has Granted it. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 32.]
June 13.
Edwinstowe.
John Russell to the Navy Commissioners. Prays them to send 2 hoys for plank at Stockwith, as it is damaged lying there, and in danger of the tide's carrying it adrift. Has sent his account of the money laid out for the conversion of 2,000 trees, and for carriage, and desires to have them passed, and some money sent to pay the land carriage. [1 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 118.]
June 13
Chatham
John Runting, master of the St. Peter, to the Navy Commissioners. Understands they have sold his vessel to Sir Wm. Warren, and has daily expected their order for the discharge and payment of himself and company. The men are impatient for their pay, as the ship was sent up to be paid. Is advised by the master of attendance not to come to their Honours until there are orders to give Possession of the ship to another. Asks an order that he may be cleared and his company. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No.119.]
June 13.
Portsmouth.
Hab. Wiles to the Navy Commissioners. I was informed on coming here that my ketch was discharged. I asked what I should do with the 12 men, and was told I must keep them on board till money come to pay them. I send 5 books containing the names of all the men pressed, or who came volunteers, with their entries and discharge. I hope you will order my imprest money; I have not received one penny since October 1665. [Ibid No. 120]
June 13
Edward and Eve ketch, Portsmouth.
Arthur Goodwin, master, to the Navy Commissioners. I have been employed in transporting pressed men, for the supply of frigates fitted out at Portsmouth Harbour; this being ended, the Commissioner here intends discharging me, which will be much to my hindrance, being ordered out of the river, and having had but a small time in the service. I pray an order for my discharge where I was first employed. [Ibid No. 121.]
June 13
The Victory.
Capt. John Hubbard to Thos. Hayter. Being ordered to Chatham, asks for 30 printed tickets for discharge of some persons. Was desired by Sir Jeremy Smith to send the enclosed, and request him to mind the business concerning Dawson. [Ibid. No. 122.]
June 14.
Chatham.
Commissioner Thos. Middleton, Navy Surveyor, to Sam. Pepys. The captain of the Newcastle lent a master of a Bristol vessel his stream cable and anchor in the West Indies. Nothing appears for his Majesty's security but a small note under the master's hand, and I know not where to find the vessel or master. I think that Capt. Bowen's wages ought to be detained till recompense be made, as no order appears from his flag for the loan of it, and as he took no course to serve his Majesty by an obligation from the party. I hope he has not been paid. [Ibid, No.123]
June 14
Chatham.
Col. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. There has been a dispute by whom the men of the galliot hoy, who have not been paid these 3 years, should be paid; if it is ended, for how long shall I pay them? [Ibid No, 124.]
June 14. Warrant to the Duke of Ormond [Lord Steward of the House-hold], and to the Board of Greencloth, to appoint Francis Lord Newport comptroller of the household, in the room of Sir Thos, Clifford. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30.f.37.]
June 14. Like warrant for Sir Thos. Clifford to be treasurer of the house-hold, in the place of Charles Viscount Fitzharding, deceased. Minute. [Ibid. f.37.]
June 14.
Newcastle.
Rich Forster to Williamson. Forty ships have sailed, and more would have done so but for a man-of-war at the bar, which troubled some of them. [S.P. Dom., Car.II.241, No.125.]
June 14.
Deal.
Rich Watts to [Williamson]. Sir Jer. Smith, Vice-Admiral of the Blue, with 7 ships and a ketch, and Thos. Allin, with 15 or 16 of his Majesty's ships and 4 or 5 ketches, have arrived in the Downs. [Ibid. No. 126.]
June 15.
Treasury Chambers.
Sir George Downing to Williamson. The Treasury Commissioners desire you will put in the next Gazette an advertisement to the Receivers of the Aids as to paying in arrears. [Ibid. No. 127.]
June 15.
Hull.
Chas Whittington to Williamson. Vessels are daily passing and repassing, and 3 or 4 have sailed for Holland, richly laden with cloth, and other Hull commodities. Vessels from Norway report that the people up the country die very fast, either by sickness or famine; that corn is very reasonable, but the people are so poor by a 3 years' dearth, and the war, that they are not able to buy, and are forced to grind the bark of trees for bread; the poorer sort flock to the coast for subsistence. [Ibid. No.128.]
June 15. Sir Phil. Musgrave to Williamson. I have made my intelligencer write the enclosed. I wonder that Cocks, being held to be so rational, should have such wild things in his thoughts, unless there be some more perfectly formed design than he thinks fit to discover. I have advised the correspondent at Durham to continue his meetings with him, and endeavour to discover who are his London Correspondents, and what friends are depended on in the northern counties; also to encourage him in his desire to get ammunition and provisions into Raby Castle, and to send a weekly account. [Ibid. No. 129.] Encloses,
Report from and intelligencer [H.W.] I am informed by Mr. Cocks that they are settling a militia in Scotland, have raised 20,000 men, and secured many friends [Quakers], and intend to secure all they have any jealousy of, for our turns are the next, and easily may they butcher or cut our turns are the next, and easily may they butcher or cut our throats in Prison." He talked of the castles, and what a refuge they would be for friends to repair to for security, in the approaching dangerous times, which would undoubtedly produce their murder, and said their great want was ammunition. He and others will try to procure some.
He advised me to provide a good horse, in case they should be forced to forsake the castle, but thinks that 100 men might long keep it against 10,000 opposers; that provisions could easily be laid in, and that friends should be advised to go there for safety; that they are to profess to defend King and laws, and if forced to leave the castle, they hope Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, wakefield, and Sheffield, would raise a considerable force; that though there are many Papists in Lancashire, yet the Presbyterians and zealous Protestants much exceed their number; that there are to profess to defend king and laws, and if forced to leave the castle, they hope Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Wakefield, and Sheffield would raise a considerable force; that though there are many Papists in Lancashire, yet the Presbyterians and zealous Protestants much exceed their number; that there are many in Newcastle, Sunderland, Shields, and Muggleswick park, and that he would go to confer with Baronet Liddell and other friends as to what was best to be done, and also train up an able gelding to bide fire; also that there would be a general rising in and about London on the 4th of July next,--- 9 June 1668, [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No, 129i.]
June 15.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. About 15 laden colliers are in harbour; 2 vessels from Ireland, laden with merchant's goods, are waiting a wind. [Ibid. No. 130.]
June 15. John Powell to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 131.]
June 15.
Chester.
Ma. Anderton to Williamson. The Exchange of Chester has arrived from Dublin; a passenger says it is confidently reported that there is to be an insurrection in the north of Ireland by 700 Tories or fanatics, and that one Douglas is at the head of them. Supposes they are of the latter sort, that country being for the most part inhabited by Scots. Wishes suppression or destruction of all rebels. [Ibid. No. 132.]
June 15.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. The vessel for Jamaica left for London, and the Francis for Plymouth. Several others remain in the harbour. [Ibid. No. 133.]
June 15.
Deal.
Sir. R. Southwell to Mr. Francis. I want all the news manuscripts that you write, and will be accountable to you for them. [Ibid.No. 134.]
June 15. Recommendation to the Treasury Commissioners of the Petition of Lady Killigrew, for the power and benefit of compounding for 14,000l. with Sir John Prettiman for some small sum of money, the king favouring her because of the long and faithful service of her relations to the Royal family. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book.18, p. 312.]
June 15. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of the mayor and aldermen of Newcastle-on-Tyne, for a re-hearing of the dispute between the town and Lord Gerard, concerning a lease which he has obtained of the castle. [Ibid.p.312.]
[June 15.] Petition of James Proger and John Price, grooms of the privy chamber, and Fras. Monk, to the king, for a commission to inquire about 2 acres of land and a few tenements in Middlesex, which they can prove to belong to his Majesty, and for a lease thereof. [ S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No,135.]
June 15. Reference of the above petition to the Treasury Commissioners. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, No.113.]
June 15. Reference to the Attorney-General of the Petition of Henry Marquis of Worcester, for the advowson of Chalton or Chawton church [Hants]. [Ibid. p. 313.]
June ? Petition of Thos. Triplett, D.D., to the King, that being chaplain to the late king, and having suffered much for loyalty, he may not be so ill rewarded as to have his benefice taken from him. The Bishop of Durham, who has 50 preferments, has spared to part with any of them, at his Majesty's request, for Dr. Dockwray, and with out any warning, has taken his. [S.P. Dom., Car.II.241, No.136.]
June ? Petition of Thos. Triplett, D.D., to the King, for restoration to the rectory of Whitburn diecese of Durham, of which he has been legally possessed many years; but the bishop, by his Majesty's requist, has preferred Dr. Dockwray, without any to him. [Ibid. No. 137.]
June 15. The king to the Bishop of Durham. Dr. Thos. Triplett, who has for many years been legally possessed of the rectory of Whit-burn, in his diocese, has lately been dispossessed by Dr. Dockwray, on pretence of Triplett's not subscribing to the declaration enjoined by the late Act of Uniformity, and of Dockwray's having obtained a letter of recommendation from us. We never wished out letter to prejudice a person so deserving as Dr. Triplett, and wish him to be restored to the rectory, and not henceforth disquieted. We hope to have no further cause to resent the usage of a person most particularly recommended. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31. f. 9.]
June 15. The king to the Dean and Chapter of Durham. We require you to forbear the revival of an attempt to build a ballast shore on the river Tyne, near Shields, till the dispute thereon between you and the town of Newcastle-on-Tyne has been tried by common law, which is to be in Michaelmas term, lest the attempt cause disorders. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19,p.78.]
[June 15.] Draft of the above [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 138.]
June15. Pass for three horses to Ireland, exported by Murrough Boyle Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 37.]
June 15. Order for the Duke of York, Prince Rupert, the Lord Privy Seal, Dukes of Buckingham and Ormond, and Sec. Morice, to attend the King at the Lord Kepper's at Essex House, on Tuesday the 16th at 4 o'clock. [ Draft. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241,No. 139.]
June 15.
Bristol.
John Badcock to the Navy Commissioners. The ship is ready to launch; desires an order to calk the upper deck again, as it is 4 months since they began to calk, and it is shrunk. Asks where they shall get canvas to keep her dry. [Ibid. No. 140.]
June 15.
Chatham.
Wm. Browne, purser of the Defiance, to Thos. Hayter. Asks for 6 blank books with 7 sheets in each, there being none at Chatham. [Ibid. No. 141.]
June 15.
Woolwich Ropeyard.
Wm. Bodham to the Navy Commissioners. Desires Orders for a supply of tar. [Ibid. No.142.]
June 16.
Chatham.
Col. Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. There are 1,000 loads of oak timber in the Medway, to be sold at a resonable rate for ready money. I Presume the money sent is for payment of seamen. Money is wanting for the last elm timber I bought for payment on delivery; I hope Lord Anglesey will order Payment; it comes to 170l, at 37s. a load. I bought 30 loads more at 26s., and the money is wanting for that; but as it is a great penny's worth and the man poor, I shall borrow to pay for it, as I hear my lord will order money for what I borrow. Damage will befall the King if the storehouse is not repaired and covered.
The timber with Mr. Pett will be brought out in 14 days; he has 300 shipwrights, and 100 will be as many as he can employ, let timber come in as fast as it can; it will be as many as he can employ, let timber come in as fast as it can; it will be a great Pity that 200 men should be kept idle at the King's charge, for want of money to discharge them; it would be better to take money on any terms to take off this great charge; such ways will not make the king rich, but keep him continually in want. The seamen of the 5 ships paid off still remain in town, expecting the pay of their tickets; what answer am I to give them for I am ashamed to see them? The Victory and 3 others remain at Blackwall with contrary winds. I Shall pay the other ships.
I want money for Pilots, and for ballasting the ships, as the want of it makes men so unwilling to serve, and loses time; I have ordered a Pilot to be on board each ship, to lose no opportunity of wind. [2 pages.S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 143.]
June 16.
Woolwich.
Wm. Sheldon, Clerk of the cheque, to [the Navy Commissioners], Asks for 258l. due to calkers and oakum boys who are to be discharger. [Ibid. No. 144.]
June 16.
Woolwich.
John Moore to the Navy Commissioners. The Swallow ketch is returned from Ostend, and is at Greenhithe; askes if he is to send for her. Mr. Acworth is not yet at leisure to give an account about Mr. Brooks' charge for cordage had out of the stores. [Ibid. No. 145.]
June 16.
The Kent, Halfway-tree.
Capt. John Holmes, of the Falcon, to the Navy Commissioners. The Clerk of the cheque at Woolwich pretends an order to enter no men aboard any ship after the 6th instant. Presumes it was only intended for those ships that were stopped. Asks an order not only to enter those he has on board, but the French Ruby's men also, which were turned over by the Duke's order. Requests despatch, this being the only thing that detains him from sailing. [Ibid. No.146.]
June 16. The king to [the University of Cambridge], Requests them to admit Davit Jenner, M.A., fellow of Sidney-Sussex College, to the degree of B.D., he having performed the requisite exercises. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 132.]
June 16 The king to the Treasury Commissioners. On 11 May 1664, we granted Sir. Hen. Bennet, now Lord Arlington, Marybone Park, without fine and on the former rent, which was reported by the Surveyor-General to amount to 36l. 14s. 6d. The lease could not then be passed, because the park and manor were withheld by Sir Nich. Strode and Wm. Wandesford, on Pretence of a debt to them from the late King; but his lordship having recovered possession and satisfied the said parties, he is to have a lease of it, in satisfaction for his services for 4 years, without recompense, as ambassador to the king of Spain, his disbursements being not less than 5,000l; the lease is to be for 6o years, on rent of 36l. 14s. 6d., with all arrears from Michaelmas 1665, and he has leave to dispark the said park. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 9.]
June 16.
Portsmouth Yard.
Ben. Johnson to Williamson. The York and 3 others named have been ordered in to be paid off and laid up, and some of the men have received conduct money to return home. The Roebuck and Emsworth sloop are fitted, and the repairs of the Fairfax proceeded with. The Eagle and two others are at Spithead. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 147.]
June 16.
Minehead.
John Maurice to Williamson. The Earl of Roscommon and Lord Orrery, with several other persons of quality, have arrived from Ireland, and were warmly received by the people. Abundance of people got together to see and welcome the Lord President of Munster [Roger Boyle, Earl of Orrery], who took his journey for London with his company the same day. [Ibid. No. 148.]
June 16.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Thirty light ships have come in, and the Success frigate is at the bar. There has been a conventicle meeting of 60 or 80 nonconformists; the mayor went to apprehend them, but most escaped. [Ibid. No. 149.]
June 16. Order of a general court of the Levant Company: That no factor in Turkey shall sell cloth or other goods except for weighty dollar pieces of 8, of Seville and Mexican coin, and shall so account with his principals that if any factor receive other than such money, the damage shall be made good by himself. That if any factor imports any false or faulty moneys, or receives any by way of consignation, and any Avania or other charge happen thereupon, he shall be accountable for all ill consequences, and shall not be owned or countenanced by the ambassador or consuls. That his Majesty be desired to direct his ambassador to intimate to the Grand Vizier and Seignior the ill consequences of permitting such moneys to be imported and passed in payment, and to disown the same in some public way; and if any English factor transgress, either by importing of such moneys, or colouring or receiving them, that he may be punished as to his Majesty shall seem meet. [Ibid. No. 150.]
June 17. Advices received, being extracts from letters calendared above. [Ibid. No. 151.]
June 17. Thos. Covell to Williamson. Sends a bill which the Lord Privy Seal objects to pass, without the King's consent to a non-obstante clause in it; beseeches assistance, as it is the only thing that stays him in town. [Ibid. No. 152.]
June 17.
The Royal Katherine, Downs.
Sir Jer. Smith to Williamson. I have arrived in the Downs with 7 other ships named, and hourly expect Sir Edw. Spragg and Rear-Admiral Kempthorne, with those ships I left at the Nore. I suppose they will number 40 ships altogether, but as you will have an account from Sir Thos. Allin, I trouble you no further. [Ibid. No. 153.]
June 17.
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Thos. AIIin to Williamson. Capt. Beach of the Greenwich has sailed towards the Straits, with Sir Rob. Southwell, Sir Barnard Gascoigne, and other gentry. [Ibid. No. 154.]
June 17.
Chester.
Sir Geoffery Shakerley to Williamson. Had a report of some thousand Tories, headed by one Douglas, being up in arms in the north of Ireland; but letters from there saying nothing of it, presumes it is no such thing. Asks to be supplied with the newspaper. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 155.]
June 17.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Virgin from Rochelle reports that 10 great ships were there, with troops from Portugal, about 5,000 men, and that they talk there of another breach either with Flanders or the Swiss. [Ibid. No. 156.]
June 17. Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 157.].
June 17. John Wadlow to Williamson. When the articles are presented to the King, pray entreat his Majesty's to strike out Thos. Bensons name; I have discovered, on conversing about raising money to carry on his Majestys affair, that his estate is settled upon his children, and that he cannot advance money. I am desired by my brethren to wait upon you with the return of their gratitude, which I will do the first spare time this hasty work will afford. [Ibid. No. 158.]
June 17.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. There have 30 ships come in since his last. [Ibid. No. 159.]
June 17. Dr. Rob. Sharrock to Williamson. The majority of the fellows of the New College were much concerned on hearing that the warden was gone to London, to reverse the mandate from his Majesty relating to the exchange, and that he practises the same in the letting of leases and other matters, taking upon himself the disposal of things that are vested in the majority by the statutes. I think they have done right in appealing to his superior. I hope the warden will not be so insolent as to disobey the King, now he is commanded to put the question; if he complains against the mandate as rigorous, the fellows desire to defend their rights, and beg that the Act, being just and reasonable, may not be retracted. I am resolved to defend their right against the warden, having been a fellow of New College; I beg assistance if Sec. Morice be tampered with, and hope the mandamus will not be reversed before a hearing on the fellows side. [Ibid. No. 160.]
June 17. The King to the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge. Recommends George Tanner of Trinity College for his M.A. degree, which he was prevented from taking, because during the late plague he retired from the college for a year. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 79.]
June 17.
Wednesday.
Note of Sir John Morleys request for Lord Arlington to command Mr. Shafto, Recorder of Newcastle, to remain in town for 2 or 3 days, which will be a singular favour to Sir John, and prevent a deal of misunderstanding and dissatisfaction, by Mr. Shaftos going home believing he is disappointed of the honour designed for him. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 161.]
June 17. Agreement by Rob. Reynolds, attested by Viscount Conway, that whereas Marcus. Viscount Dungannon has failed to pay 1,000l. for Reynolds use, on 4 May last, with interest at 6 per cent. from 29 June 1667, Viscount Conway having mediated between Viscount Dungannon and Reynolds, the latter promises that if Dungannon pay 500l. before 1 December 1668, and 500l. before 1 Feb. 1669, he will abate the interest, otherwise not a penny. With note by Dungannon, 18 June, that he accepts the agreement, and promises on his honour to perform it. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 162.]
June 17.
Gravesend.
Rich. Elkin to the Navy Commissioners. Sends the names of men turned over to the Cambridge from the Defiance. Sent a muster book of the Defiance on the 11th instant, wherein they were mentioned. [Ibid. No. 163.]
June 17.
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Thos. AIlin to the Navy Commissioners. The Deptford ketchs victuals will expire on the 25th; has discharged all the overplus men. Wants money before he sets forth, as the Monmouth's officers and some married seamen have had no pay since the ship was first manned, May 1667. [Ibid. No. 164.]
June 17.
Treasury Chambers.
Sir George Downing to the Earl of .Anglesey. The Treasury Commissioners are surprised to find that books have been signed by him for 290,000l. for tickets and seamens wages, and desire him to satisfy them how such a great sum arises. [Ibid. No. 165.]
June 17.
Woolwich.
Wm. Acworth to the Navy Commissioners. I permitted the lighter appointed by Mr. Moore to be laden with stones; 3s. 6d. was the price he made. I desire an order to Rob. Mayfield, free mason, to complete the paving of the yard; he will do it at 4d. a square yard, and give 4s. 6d. a ton for the stones left, or will be paid for his workmanship out of the 4s. 6d. a ton for the stones. The men from Greenwich pick out the biggest and leave the small, saying they are not for their work; I have forbidden them to take any more unless they take the small with the great. [Ibid. No. 166.]
June 18.
Chatham.
Col. Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. I have paid the tickets belonging to the 5 ships, as also the officers full sea pay, which took between 1,600l. and 1,700l. I ordered the keeping the gun carriages on board the ships they belong to. I have lost the account of what the calkers pay comes to, but will get another; I will employ them in calking the ships not appointed for sea. The price of the 1,000 loads of excellent timber is from 2l. to 3l. a load, but the owner will have 400l. in hand, and the remainder on delivery. Other timber is offered for 48s. a load. Begs an answer about it. Mr. Moorcock thinks only the Kings forest timber will be used.
I am almost torn to pieces by the workmen of the yard for their weekly pay; what shall I say to content them? Five of the fireships have come to Gillingham; I want their books, as I intend to pay them all to-morrow. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 167.]
June 18. James French, late purser of the Newcastle, to the Navy Commissioners. I am passing my accounts, and supernumeraries borne by Capt. Bowens order appear on my books, who are disallowed. I beg that the captain's entertainment may be stopped until I have my rights. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 168.]
June 18.
Victualling Office.
Thos. Lewis to Sam. Pepys. Sir Denis [Gauden] desires that Sir Thos. AIlins ship may be ordered to the buoy of the Nore to take her victuals, because of the great quantity of provisions made in this port and brought hither from other places, for the victualling of ships since called in. [Ibid. No. 169.]
June 18.
Woolwich.
John Moore, deputy master attendant, to the Navy Commissioners. The Leopard has sailed to Erith and the two fire-ships to Chatham. Desires that the Swallow may lie by the House of Sweden till the men are paid, and then he will put men on board to watch the wrecks, and have everything on shore out of her. [Ibid. No. 170.]
June 18. Capt. J. Perriman to Sam. Pepys. I beg remembrance to-morrow concerning my salary. When you were out of town and Sir Wm. Penn indisposed, I had no friend to move it. I gave Sir Wm. Penn a copy of Capt. Fortescues bill as a precedent. I beseech consideration, the ships being nearly laded, and my business despatched. I have received nothing for my ship Swallows freight, nor for services done, nor for transporting the Portugal Ambassador, nor for money paid for the enlargement of the English seamen. [Ibid. No. 171.]
[June 18.] List of 56 men on board the Leopard whose tickets are unpaid, with the amounts due to each, varying from 43l. 17s. 6d. to 16s. 4d., and the name of the ship from which each came. [Ibid. No. 172.]
June 18. List of 26 men that are remaining aboard, and were turned over from the Charles. [Ibid. No. 173.]
June 18. English Commissioners for trade to the Scottish Commissioners. We must remind you that the stop in the treaty rests with you, and not with us, as represented to the King in Council, the list of shipping frequently asked for being not yet sent, and your own request confining the treaty first to points relating to the Act of Navigation. [1 pages. Draft. Ibid. No. 174.]
June 18. Memorial for the Commissioners for trade between England and Scotland. It is requested that on your consideration of the petitions referred to you, especially as to the duties on salt, the several petitioners or their agents, and others required as witnesses, may all be summoned to attend with necessary information. With the names of 5 shipmasters and 9 others to be summoned. Endorsed with a note that this was delivered by Mr. Hartlib. [Ibid. No. 175.]
June 18. Copy of the above. [Ibid. No. 176.]
June 18.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Bishop of Hereford of the petition of Dr. Michael Woodward, warden of New College, Oxford, to be allowed to show his reasons for objecting against an exchange lately made between Edm. Sharrock and his brother, of the rectories of East Woodhay and Great Horwood. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 314.]
[June 18.]
[Whitehall.]
Petition of Dr. Peter Massonnet to the King, for payment from the Exchequer of his arrears; has an order for payment of one year from the hearth money, but it will be 3 years before it can be paid, unless he loses half for present payment, and meanwhile he will be outlawed. Has 3 Years' arrears still due. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No.177.]
June 18. Reference of the above petition to the Treasury Commissioners. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 314.]
[June 18.] Petition of Sir Salomon Swale to the King, for the reversion, after Sir Rob. Crooke, of the clerkship of the Pipe; is much impoverished by waiving his law practice to serve his Majesty in Parliament. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241. No. 178.]
June 18. Order on the above petition that his Majesty must strictly observe his rule not to grant any reversions, but recommends the petitioner to the Treasury Commissioners, to see wherein he may be fitly rewarded. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 315.]
June 18.
Whitehall.
Pass for 10 horses to France, to be presented by the King to [his sister] the Duchess of Orleans. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 179.]
June 18. Minute of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f 37.]
June 18. The King to the Commissioners of Prizes. Whereas by our warrant of 10 May, 1667, we directed you to deliver two ships, the St. John Evangelist of Amsterdam and the St Peter of Rotterdam, to Richard Lord Byron, for conveying timber to our yards at Chatham, Woolwich, Deptford, and Harwich, taking caution for their return; we being pleased to allow him to retain them, in consideration of his services and sufferings, desire that the security which he has entered into for the re-delivery of the ships may be returned to him to be cancelled. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 37.]
June 18. Commission to John Ryves and 5 others to execute the late Act of Parliament for raising 310,000l. by an imposition on wines, &c., in cos. Hants, Dorset, Wilts, the Isle of Wight, and town of Poole. [Ibid.]
June 18.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Hickes. Has no news from sea or land. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 180.]
June 18. John Powell to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 181.]
June 18. M. Johnson to Williamson. Requests that the bearer may have Mr. Stewart's bill. [Ibid. No. 182.]
June 18.
Farmingwoods.
Sir J. Robinson to Williamson. Thanks for a constant supply of the paper of occurrences, which has added much to the pleasure of the country. Mr. Weekes was so well pleased with this place, that the first morning after he had lodged here, he sent for a smith and had his horse bled, that he might have a just excuse for a longer stay. I intend going to Oxford to visit my sister Baily and my own estate 4 miles from the town, which 1 have not seen for 10 years; I request a line or two to Mr. Austin, an attorney at Oxford. [Ibid. No. 183.]
June 19. Henry Baxter to Williamson. Asks the loan of 20l., having been detained in London 3 weeks through sickness, which has put him to more expense than he expected. Will give his bond for it. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 184.]
June 19.
Mews.
Sir Nic. Armorer to Williamson. Asks him to put in the Gazette that a bay mare belonging to one of his Majestys grooms had been stolen out of the Mews. [Ibid. No. 185.]
June 19.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. There have 40 great ships sailed, and only 12 remain in the harbour. [Ibid. No. 186.]
June 19.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. A ship has sailed for the Straits, and one arrived from Rochelle. [Ibid. No. 187.]
June 19.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Trade being open, and the winds fair, light or laden colliers pass through the road every hour, which has brought down the price of coals. A vessel has arrived from Dunkirk, with several English out of the French service, who have not a penny to help themselves. A conventicle meeting was held next door to me on Sunday; they met at 5 or 6, and broke up at 10; then at 11, and broke up at 3; at their breaking up, I told out about 400 from one door, besides what went out at another. There were several other meetings in the north and south ends of the town at the same time. [Ibid. No. 188.]
June 19.
Norwich.
Dean Jo. Croftes to Williamson. I beg your assistance in procuring the vacant beadsmans place for the petitioner whose petition is enclosed, with a certificate that he had served in the Dutch wars, and was maimed; I hope there will be no more difficulty in obtaining him the vacancy, as it will be more agreeable to the statutes that one should have it who is capable of appearing in the church, which is required of the beadsmen twice a day. The office of high steward of the cathedral church of Norwich, which the Dean has to give by patent to some noble person, is vacant; if Lord Arlington will accept it, I will present him the patent before Michaelmas; it has been held since the Reformation by Robert Earl of Leicester, Lord Chancellor Bacon, the Earl of Arundel, and lately by the late Lord Chancellor, the Earl of Clarendon. Only a pitiful small pension of 20 nobles a year is annexed, and that with a non amplius, by express words in the statutes. [Ibid. No. 189.] Annexing,
Petition of John Goodwyn of Norwich, to the King, for a grant of a beadsmans place in Norwich Cathedral. Was wounded in the war against the Dutch, whilst serving on board the Slothany in 1666, by which he has become lame and decrepit, and wholly disabled from gaining a livelihood. With note by Dean Croftes, that he remembers seeing a certificate of the officers of the ship, that the petitioner was wounded a mentioned, and that he still goes on crutches. [Ibid. No. 189i.]
June 19. Dr. Thos. Heydon to Lord Arlington. I was commanded to tell as much of the truth as I durst respecting Capt. Gilbert Thomas, who is a thief, and contrives to bring his crimes upon his fellows, who have been since hanged, to my loss. The witnesses for him are partners in his business, and all authorised to act this part,as affirmed by Thomas,by your warrant. My evidences are persons of estate and esteem, as may be seen by my petition, which will shortly be in print, to testify my wrongs and the political part of the plot. Capt. Thomas pretends to creep into the Gazette; I am not afraid of flim-flams, nor none of the heroes of blotted paper. I am sick of a satire, and nothing but my goods taken from me by Thomas and his company, or the value of them, will cure me. I desire that my witnesses may be examined, and that Thomas and his assistants may not be judges, but, that my Lord Duke may hear him and my witnesses, and how the world goes. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 190.]
June 19.
London.
Sir And. Riccard, governor of the Levant Company, to Mr. Hales and Jo. Hobson, Venice. Requests them to send the company some cloth of gold, viz.: 3 pieces of azems, and 3 pieces of shammces, such as are most fashionable at the Ottoman court., to complete a present which they are making to the Grand Seignior. They are to be consigned to Thos. Death and Ephraim Skinner, at Leghorn. [S.P. Foreign, Levant Co. 5, p. 180.]
[June] 19.
Friday.
Note of the election of the Elector of Saxony as Companion of the Garter; Sir Thos. Higgins, appointed by the King, and [Sir Thos.] St. George, Somerset Herald, in the room of Sir Edw. Walker, Garter, to perform the usual ceremonies. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 191.]
June 19. Warrant to pay to Sir Stephen Fox several sums of money for the pay of the garrisons at Plymouth, Pendennis, Jersey and Guernsey; 1,000l. additional to the Jersey establishment is to be paid to the Earl of St. Albans, for his surrender of the government of Jersey. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 231.]
June 19. Warrant authorizing the Treasury Commissioners to pay all such sums of money as were formerly paid by the farmers of the customs, to various noblemen and others for pensions, creation money, fees, &c., due to them by their respective patents. [Ibid.]
June 19. The King to the Master and senior fellows of St. Johns College, Cambridge. We grant a dispensation to Martin Lister, M.A., 6 years fellow of that college, from taking holy orders or losing his fellowship, he having applied himself to the study of medicine, and we require you to continue him in his fellowship, till one of the physic places in the college be vacant. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 132.]
June 19.
Whitehall.
Warrant that as, for retrenchment of expense, the office of Physician to the Guards is to be abolished, the muster-master-general forbear henceforth to pass the said physician, and the paymaster cease to pay him. [S.P. Dom., Entry Books 30, f. 59; 72, p. 165.]
June 19.
Whitehall.
Order in Council thatLord Gerard and Sir Stephen Fox having personally engaged to stand by his Majestys award concerning a sum of money advanced into the hands of Wm. Carr, late clerk of the troop under the command of Lord Gerard, which sum is in difference between themLord Gerard pay one third, and Sir Stephen Fox the other two thirds. [Copy S.P. Dom., Car. 241, No. 192.]
June 19.
Chatham.
Col. Thos. Middleton to Sam. Pepys. The officers of the Royal Oak and 3 other ships think it hard that others should be paid and not they, who are as willing to go to sea. Pray move his Royal Highness on their behalf. I am sensible of their condition, knowing the want of money. [Ibid. No. 193.]
June 19.
Chatham
Col. Middleton to Pepys. The coming of the great ships is uncertain, as they require a fair wind. The workmen in the yard will do nothing to purpose, seeing they have wrought themselves almost out of work; they will not have timber to work with in 8 days; it is a misery that the King should be at so great a charge, and no service performed for it.
Mr. Pett said that the Board ordered the repair of the St. Peter, and that Sir Wm. Warren desired workmen out of the yard, he paying them for their labour, which I allowed him, having little employment for them, and apprehending that I not only did the King service in it, but the poor men also; I procured needful timber from Mr. Moorcock. I want money for paying of pilots; I mourn that the King cannot enable people to serve him. The sawyers have all gone off, though they have only 10 days pay due; they should be served as I served the Portsmouth sawyers. Several workmen in the yard want leave to work abroad 2 or 3 months, returning on command; I need orders. A windlass was broken in weighing the Marmaduke. Nicholls and Moorcock want reparation, and should be encouraged. The master of attendance asks whether to take the cables and anchors of the ships laid up ashore. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 194.] Encloses,
List of 11 sawyers living at Chatham, and working in the yard there. [Ibid. No. 194i.]
June 19.
Woolwich.
W. Bodham to the Navy Commissioners. Can wait for tar 10 or 20 days, having 60 tons of tarred yarn in store, and can employ the hands in spinning and brushing, rather than enhance the market. [Ibid. No. 195.]
June 20.
Woolwich.
Roger Eastwood to the Navy Commissioners. Desires warrants for a mainmast, furnace, lead, scuppers, &c., for the Centurion and Leopard. The Adam and Eve and Black Dog hoys will be ready to sail on Monday. Fears the frame of the new ship will be spoiled for want of tar. [Ibid. No. 196.]
June 20.
Woolwich.
John Moore to the Navy Commissioners. The Swallow ketch has arrived, and the Adam and Eve and Black Dog hoys are ready to sail. [Ibid. No. 197.]
June 20.
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to the Navy Commissioners. I send the demands of the boatswains and carpenters that are to go to the Straits. The Resolution and Rupert have arrived; I am daily forced to release men falling sick and full of the scurvy, and have no money to give them to live upon, which is very hard. Col. Middleton, the surveyor, and Mr. Pepys were at the Council table when it was resolved that there should be money laid aboard the commander-in-chief, for paying sick men not in a condition to do service, but I hear nothing of it. I entreat you to order it for this voyages, as it may be the preservation of several poor souls; for want of it, I have expender near 12l. in fresh meat, sugar, and sprits, to keep the men alive. [S.P. Dom., Car.II.241. No.198.]
June 20
Ticket Office.
James Carkase and Nathaniel Whitfeld, clerks of the Ticket Office, to [the Navy Commissioners]. Ask for the book of the Resolution, Dartmouth, and Bristol, for despatch of the seamens tickets; those discharged from the Yarmouth and Sweepstakes have brought written tickers. [Ibid.No.199.]
June 20 Request by Capt. John Strachan to the Navy Commissioners, that they will relive him from the 40l in the account of George Strachan and Co. for the galliot that brought the hemp; that he may be no loser for his pains and expenses in following their affairs for 14 months; and that the he may have an attestation what is usually paid monthly per ton, for the use of a ship without guns, for wear and tear, and freight. [Ibid.No.200.]
June 20. Warrant to the chief officer at Chatham Dock, to deliver some earthen pots, stopped in the house there formerly belonging to the King, to the Duck of Richmond. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 39.]
[June 20.] Note on behalf of Fras. Coell, scholar of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, that he shall have the first fellowship that shall be void; the mandate is to be directed to the Master or his locum tenens, or the senior fellow, and he is to be admitted upon sight of the mandate, without any ceremonies of election. With a full clause to dispense with the college statutes in that or any other behalf; also that this be done notwithstanding former letters. Noted, Recommended by Sir Jo. Duncombe and Mr. Jo. Harvey. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 201.]
June 20
Whitehall.
The King to the Master and senior fellows of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Requests them to admit Francis Coell, of that college, to the first vacant fellowship, on account of the constant loyalty of his relations. [Ibid.No.202.]
June 20. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 80.]
June 20
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. The Yarmouth and Dragon that went out with Capt. Beach have returned through bad weather, leaving Capt. Beach off Beachy Head. They spoke with 2 Hamburghers and 9 or 10 Hollanders, On the 19th, 2 or 3 spouts of water fell from the sky, and rebounded very high, a thing not usual off the North Foreland. [Ibid.No.203.]
June 20
Rye
James Welsh to Williamson. A vessel arrived with passengers from Dieppe gives particulars of the scuffle between the French men-of-war and his Majestys pleasure boats; that the men-of-war of 12 and 14 guns, and 2 of the kings pleasure boats came into the road, one having her colours, on which one of the Frenchmen fired, and broadsides were exchanged; but the other pleasure boat coming up, he struck to the English, and both made all the sail they could away. The dispute might have lasted longer. [Ibid.No.204.]
June 20. L. Wilkes to Williamson. I have had the honour of being Sir John Robinsons prisoner 8 or 9 days, and we have all remembered your good health, and desired much your company at our good carousing; the house is a sweet place. Sir John Robinson and Sir Audrey are going for Oxford; I shall than have my liberty to go to Sir Edw. Griffens and then to the country of Bucks, and hope to be with you the beginning of the month. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 205.]
June 20. Statement that Sir Thos. Morton went to Mr. Nicholson, a mercer in London, and interested him to return 200l. to Newcastle. Nicholson received the money, and charged a bill of exchange upon Mark Milbanck, of Newcastle, for it. Sir Thomas having obstained Nicholsons bill, counterfeited another for 1,000l. more; he also intercepted Nicholsons letter of advice to Milbanck, and counterfeited that, and in the Kings Bench, and Walter Clarke, who with this Morton, alias Thos. Hill alias Hull, alias Blunt, supposed to be one Granger, a notorious cheat, are also apprehended, and in custody in the town of Bruges, in Flanders, at the suit of Mr. Milbanck. Request for his Majestys letter to the Governor and burghers of Bruges, to cause Hill and Clarke to be safely brought back to England, to be proceeded against at law. [Ibid.No.206.]
June 21.
Deal.
Rich Watts to [Williamson]. At Canterbury and other places all complain of the dullness of trade, the cheapness of corn, and the number of taxes; many farmers have given up their leases, and others must break by Michaelmas, and talk very boldly. Several vessels from Dieppe had heard nothing of the dispute between the French man of-war and his Majestys ship nightingale; no Dutch ship has been aground at the Goodwin Sands since the last war. A French fisherman ran aground in sight of Deal, but did not put off. I will furnish all Lisbon ships with the news Gazettes and letters, if anything considerable transpires. [Ibid.No.207.]
June 21.
Hull.
Col. Anth. Gilby to Williamson. I obtained a reference from the Treasury Commissioners to the Surveyor-General, on my petition for the Island lying in the Humber, and had and order from him to the Trinity house at Hull and some gentlemen in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, to certify the condition and nature of it; but I hear that it has been viewed for some other person. If any have since gone the same way, it is strange that neither the Lords Commissioners nor the Surveyor-General should take notice of my former order. I beseech you to entreat Lord Arlington that I may not be prevented of his Majesty or his lordships good intention. [Ibid. No. 208.]
June 21.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Sixteen small ships have come in; if the wind continues, expects a great fleet. [Ibid.No.209.]
June 21.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Ships are daily passing. The Success anchored in the bay, having pressed 150 young men from the coasting ships trading to and fro. [ibid. No. 210.]
June 21.
Harwich hoy, Dover Pier.
Wm. Pattison to the Navy Commissioners. Has brought Capt. Deane goods from Harwich. Asks for a boat here or at Portsmouth, his own being broken to pieces. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 211.]
June 21
The Resolution, Downs
Capt. Rich. Utber to Sam. Pepys. Took Mr. Baldwin's ketch from the buoy of the Nore, to sound before his ship, the weather being thick, and has sent with it those men that go to London, of the 50 ordered to be discharged, as also an account of their names and time of entry and discharge. The Monk has also sent what men she has discharged. [Ibid. No. 212.]
June 21.
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to the Navy Commissioners. Desires despatch of the Deptford ketch, sent up to clean and victual; also of his boat-swain and carpenter's demands for stores. Asks for a good quantity of glazier's stores for his squadron, having nothing but canvas windows; the glass sent did little service, being so bad. [Ibid. No. 213.]
June 22.
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to the Navy Commissioners. The Nightingale, having spared a month's provision to Sir Wm. Jennings, has not above 5 days' aboard. Desires a speedy supply from Dover for the time she shall stay out. [Ibid. No. 214.]
June 22.
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to Col. Middleton. I have written to Matthew Wren for some pay, the carpenter, who has a great deal due, being at Chatham. I request you will spare a little for him. [Ibid. No. 215.]
June 22.
Woolwich Ropeyard.
Wm. Bodham, clerk of the ropeyard, to [Sam. Pepys]. Sir John Shaw has been speaking ill of the Woolwich officers for telling the truth, and also of the Board. Sir John contracted in April 1667 to serve in 100 tons of the best Flanders hemp by 31 July following, and failed of performance; in November he proffered it and was refused, the contract being nulled by himself, and the goods scarce worth half the price first agreed on. On this he supplicated his Majesty and the Duke of York, and by some allegations and pretences, got an order to serve it in; I had it examined, and finding not one ton in 5 the best, and 16 tons out of 34 tons cast by as refuse, I would not take in any more without further directions. I have suffered many menaces from Capt. Low for refusing, and Sir John by letter bade me beware lest he go to the King; I persisted however, and resolved, if their Honours would not screen me, to forfeit my place rather than my integrity. Details of correspondence with Sir John about taking back the hemp, the price, &c. I have had more trouble and vexation about this pitiful parcel of stuff than I have known in 4 years amongst 200,000l. worth from others. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 216.]
June 22.
The Mary.
Capt. Rob. Clarke to the Navy Commissioners. Wants a bell for the use of the Mary, the one they have being split. Hopes his demands given in to Sir Thos. Allin will be supplied. [Ibid. No. 217.]
June 22.
Edwinstowe.
John Russell to the Navy Commissioners. The Trent is now very good. A vessel that draws but 9 feet of water when loaded may come to Stockwith to take in her lading, and if the hoys they mention do this, they are fit for the service; if they draw 12 feet they can only come 12 miles up, to Burton-on-Stather. Vessels of 70 or 80 tons will be most fit. Wants a ship for fetching the Timber from Hull, which is upwards of 60 loads. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 218.]
June.22. Estimate delivered in by Sir Ralph Delavall to the Council of trade [between England and Scotland], sitting at Mercers' Chapel, of the charge of making a weigh of salt at Shields. [Ibid. No. 219.]
June 22. Order by the English Commissioners for trade with Scotland, to whom sundry petitions relating to the duties on salt were referred [see June 10], that as there is a great difference in the estimates laid before them of the charge of manufacture of English and Scottish salt, the respective parties examine each other's statements, and be prepared to give satisfaction therein by 21 July, when the case will again be heard; and that they then bring in certificates of the quantities of salt brought from Scotland or Shields, from 1649 to 1654, when there was a tax of 1 d. per gallon on Scottish salt and of d. on English. Also order by the same to the farmers of customs in the port of London, to assist in preparing the certificates required as above, relating to salt. With note from [John Walker to the farmers of customs], requiring them, in the name of the Commissioners, to give directions to the proper officers for delivery of the required certificates. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 220.]
[June 22.] Petition of Those. Short, of St. John's College, Cambridge, to the King, for a mandate to the University to be admitted doctor. His father, being a clergyman and under sequestration for attending Charles I. in the wars, was unable to maintain the petitioner in the college above 5 years; therefore, having small hopes of colleges preferment, was forced to take to the practice of physic for a livelihood, and did not take his degree as he might have done, being above 19 years' standing in the University. [Ibid. No. 221] Annexing,
Certificate by Ja. Jackson, M.D., President of Clare Hallo, Rob. Brady, M.D., Master, and J.Gostlin, M.D., fellow of Gonville and Caius College; also by Tim. Clarke, W.R., and Charles Scarburgh, M.D., in favour of the petitioner.Cambridge, 8 June 1668. [Ibid. No. 221i.]
Earl of Manchester [Lord Chancellor of Cambridge] to Lord Arlington. Thinks Thos. Short fit to have his degree of doctor of physic, if his lordship will move his Majesty therein. 22 June 1668 [Ibid. No. 221ii.]
[June 22.] Petition of Michael Arnold and John Tyson, churchwardens of St. Margaret's, Westminster, to the King, for his charity to their poor, as granted during some years past. [Ibid. No. 222.]
June 22.
Whitehall.
Order granting the said petition. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 315.]
June 22. Warrant to the Treasury Commissioners to stop a process in the Exchequer against John Van Haesdonck, ordered to give account of 500l. paid him on imprest, the said sum being intended to be paid in lieu of a great debt which he pretends to be due to him from the King. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 32.]
June 22.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. Several vessels have arrived outward bound, and the Hunter of Berwick from France with salt, the master of which says that the forces employed by the French King against the Spaniards in Portugal were returned with their bag and baggage. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 223.]
June 22.
Gruell.
Sir Thos. Higgins to [Williamson.] I am in the country, giving order in my affairs; but if there is any occasion for my being in London, I will come on notice, so that the King's business may not be prejudiced. [Ibid. No. 224.]
June 22.
Standon.
Walter Lord Aston to Williamson. I thank Lord Arlington for promising to move his Majesty in my behalf; I think it will not displease the King, whose father was so satisfied of my loyalty that he was pleased to honour me with a letter under his own hand, wherein he said, "The greatest of my misfortunes are that I cannot reward such a gallant and loyal subject as you are, as I ought and would." I will never fail in my zeal of serving, and my family having continued twenty-two descents in Staffordshire, it has given me some interest there, which shall be at his lordship's disposal when he pleases to command it. Not being publicly employed, I offer to sound persons of divers persuasions and interests. A friend of mine is to be employed to Spain. The old Earl of Bristol and my father often complained of Spanish delays and encroachments, which should now be redressed. [Ibid. No. 225.]
June 22. Post warrant for M. Rov de Marcilly to be furnished with 2 horses and a guide to go to any port in Great Britain and return. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 37.]
June 22. Pass for M. Rov de Marcilly to go beyond seas and return. Minute. [Ibid. f. 37.]
June 22. Warrant to apprehend Dixon for pretending a warrant from the King to contract with carriers for carrying letters, contrary to the Act of Parliament. Minute. [Ibid. f. 37b.]
June 22. Grant to [Mary] Berkeley, daughter of [Charles] late Viscount Fitzharding, of a pension of 200l. a year. Minute. [Ibid. f. 38.]
June 22. Warrant to the Treasury Commissioners to pay 530l. to Isaac le Gouse, king's jeweller, for a jewel bought of him. [Ibid. f. 38.]
June 22. Warrant for a lease to Ralph Bagnold for 31 years, on rent of 20s., of the tithes on corn, hay, &c., within the manor of Darley, co. Derby, unjustly detained from the Crown; granted without fine, on account of the expense he will incur in pursuing the King's title to the same. [Ibid. f. 38.]
June 22.
Whitehall
Warrant for a lease for 31 years, on rent of 40s., to Ralph Bagnold of all the tithes of corn and grain of 1,350 acres within the wards of Belper, Chevin, and Holland, co. Derby, the land itself being leased by the late King to Edward, now Sir Edward Sydenham; granted without fine, on account of the expense of recovering the same to the Crown. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 226.]
June 22. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 38b.]
June 22. Letter [from the King] to the Dean and chapter of Norwich for an almsman's place for John Goodwin. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 10.]
June 22.
Carlisle
[Sir Phil. Musgrave to Williamson.] That I might give you some account of Scotland, I went to Jedburgh, where all the gentry of Teviotdale met to settle the militia of that shire. They appointed 2 troops of horse and 2 regiments of foot for the shire, one of each to be commanded by the Duke of Monmouth, the other troop by Lord Carr, and the other regiment of foot by Lord Roxburgh; they appointed all the officers from the grand Presbyterians; the number of the militia of the nation will be 16,000 or 20,000 horse and foot. Honest men refused commands, pretending business. The reason alleged for settling the militia is to prevent the insurrection of the fanatics; Galloway and other places are not permitted to have any militia, which is a great trouble to them. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 241, No. 227.]
June 23.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. Two vessels have arrived from Nevis and Bilbao, and 3 from Ireland, with tallow, hides, butter, &c. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 1.]
June 23 John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 2.]
June 23.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Thirty ships have arrived at Newcastle, and about 40 at Sunderland. [Ibid. No. 3.]
June 23.
Portsmouth.
B. J. [Ben. Johnson] to Williamson. The Roebuck has gone to Spithead to attend sailing orders; the Francis is fitting for a cruise off Sally, and the Royal Sovereign for Chatham. [Ibid. No. 4.]
June 23.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson.] His Royal Highness [the Duke of York] has arrived in the Downs, and brought money to pay all the ships in the Downs to within 3 months; he will be sworn Lord Warden, &c., in Dovercourt to-morrow. All the merchant ships outward bound have sailed westward. [Ibid. No. 5.]
June 23.
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. His Majesty and his Royal Highness have arrived in the Downs, and intend to set sail for London to-morrow. We were much surprised to see them. The St. David and Success have also come in; I shall speedily set sail to Portsmouth, to clear and victual for the Straits. [Ibid. No. 6.]
June 23. Chas. Modyford to Williamson. Asks what has been done as to his last request about the powder, as that is the only store required, and is the cause that he still remains at Deptford [No. 7.]
June 23.
Essex House.
Lord Keeper Bridgeman to Williamson. The vicarage of Newark-upon-Trent (above the value in the King's books, and yet, without the voluntary contribution of the inhabitants, of very small value) has been endeavoured to be obtained by Dr. Rhodes, who was put by on the last vacancy by the Lord Chancellor, as unfit for the place, and the people generally disliking him; being satisfied on informations received that he was not fit to have it. I put a stop to his presentation, as a town so loyal and populous ought to have a good minister; I acquainted the Bishop of Hereford, who was well satisfied with the reasons of the refual, and has recommended John Peachell, B.D., a very worthy person. Supposing all presentations of the King's livings above value will pass by Lord Arlington, I desire you to get the King's grant for Mr. Peachell, who will pay the dues for it. [Ibid. No. 8.]
June 23 ? Petition of Mrs. Waterton, widow, to the Navy Commissioners, to order payment of 600l. due for deals, her whole stock in trade, delivered into the stores. Has been forced to borrow 250l. upon interest these 5 years to maintain herself and family, and to sell her goods and morgage the house she lives in, and shall lose it for want of the money to redeem it. It is a thing unheard of for a poor widow to lose all by delivering goods for the kingdom's service. [Ibid. No. 9.]
June 23. Petition of Wm. New, purser of the Anne, to the Navy Commissioners, for a bill upon the Navy Treasurer for 178l. 9s. 0d. paid by him to the men, by 1667. With note that the bill was ordered to be made out. [Ibid. No. 10.]
June 23. Petition of the shipwrights and calkers at Chatham to the Navy Commissioners, for their wages in arrear, that they may pay their creditors, and preserve their families from ruin; have 2 years' due, and in March were appointed weekly work, and promised weekly pay, till they could receive their other money; but having had nothing the last fortnight, they have come up to know their Honours' pleasure; their families are denied trust, and cannot subsist. [Ibid. No. 11.]
June [23 ? ] Earl of Anglesey to Sam. Pepys. I have been with the workmen of Chatham Yard at the Treasury, Whitehall, but with little effect, as the Treasury Commissioners cannot resolve of this or other matters till they have an answer to their long letter; I told them the [Navy Commissioners] could not answer fully until his Royal Highness would let them know what ships should be at sea this year, and for how long; and since this cannot be, I think it were good to answer the letter as fully as they can. I have taken order to send more money to Chatham, that yard may be paid by the end of the week, when I shall pay off some of the most disorderly. Pray direct the Chatham Yard men home. [Ibid. No. 12.]
June 23.
Woolwich Ropeyard.
Wm. Bodham, clerk of the ropeyard, to the Navy Commisioners. On news from Chatham, most of our men have absented themselves from work, and I hear they do the like at the dock and at Deptford, because the weekly pay is not continued, and their creditors refuse to trust and further. [S.P. Dom., Car. II 242, No. 13.]
June 23.
Woolwich.
Roger Eastwood, shipwright's assistant, to the Navy Commissioners. Most of the shipwrights that live here have left their duty, and will not come to work, as they have no money to provide themselves and their families, and the chandlers will trust them no longer. They say they must provide for their families where they may have ready money. [Ibid. No. 14.]
June 23
Navy Office.
John Huntington, master of the Adam and Eve, to the Navy Commissioners. Has received order to sail to Stockwith, but the hoy's company deny to go till they have some pay, or an order when they shall receive some [Ibid. No. 15.].
June 23.
Chatham.
John Runting, master of the St. Peter, to the Navy Commissioners.I have applied to Commissioner Middleton, and delivered my books to the office here, where I understand there is money to pay my ship, only your Honours' order is wanted; I beg its despatch, as the necessities of myself and company are very great. [Ibid. No. 16.]
June 23
Deal Castle.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. When his Majesty came this morning to Sheerness, he resolved to go into the Downs, and arrived there about noon; he is now ashore there. He has ordered Sir Thos. Allin to go for Portsmouth, with the Monmouth and 3 others to be cleaned, and desires you to take care that their victuals may be got ready, so that their Straits' voyage may not be delayed. [Ibid. No. 17.]
June 24
The Monmouth, Downs.
Sir Thos. Allin to the Navy Commissioners. Desires orders to Captain Tinker, master of attendance, to provide pilots for carrying him into Portsmouth Harbour, having sailed for Spithead; and to the victualler to have his provisions in readiness. [Ibid. No. 18.]
June 24.
Royal Katherine, Downs.
Sir Jer. Smyth to Williamson. His Majesty and his Royal Highness took a view of the fleet in the Downs yesterday, and left this morning for Whitehall; Sir Thos. Allin has sailed for Portsmouth, with the Monmouth and 6 other ships named. Thirteen ships named remain in the Downs, and the Diamond and 2 others are cruising abroad, but are expected here, with others from the buoy of the Nore, and the river. [Ibid. No. 19.]
June 24
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. His Majesty, with Prince Rupert and suite, have departed in pleasure-boats for London, and in the afternoon Sir Thos. Allin sailed with 8 ships. [Ibid. No. 20.]
June 24
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Three vessels have arrived from the North with cod fish. The drums have been beaten up and down the town for a muster of the trained bands of Yarmouth to-morrow. The Act for wine and brandy coming into force to-morrow, the bottles have mustered in all parts, so that the vintners have had a very full trade, insomuch that little stores will be found upon their hands. I do not hear of any on being appointed to put the Act into execution.[S.P. Dom., Car. II. No. 21.]
June 24. The King to University of Cambridge. Requests them to grant the degree of D.D. to Abraham Allen, M.A., who was a great sufferer in the late usurpation, wherein he forbore to take his degrees. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27,p. 133.]
June 25. Dr. Jenkins to Williamson. My notes do not afford anything worth remark, and all that I have of the Venice decision is out of a French book by Vigner, which states that de Vargasbeing Ambassador at Venice for Charles V. and Philip his son, and in possession of precedence in the Emperor's righthad his place contested by the French Ambassador in 1557, after the news came of the Emperor's laying down his sceptre, the French alleging that Vargas did not now represent the Emperor, but Philip II. only. The difference was referred to the Senate, which being loth to interpose, did nothing in it that year; the next year a fiercer Frenchman, the Bishop of Arques, came Ambassador from France, and, at his instance, the Senate pronounced downright for France, Antonio Priuli being Doge. The Spaniards, not dissembling their resentments, as having more dominons in number, wealth, and extent, were answered that the Senate took not upon them to determine from the present balance and state of affairs, but having found in their registers that the French had anciently enjoyed the precedence, they saw no reason to debar them from it.
The Frenchman quotes [St. Lawrence] Justiniani's Venetian history; [Filippo] Paruta, who writes of those years accurately enough, says nothing of the kind. I conceive, if there was any such decision, that they went on the safest ground in law in those cases, which is usage and prescription. [Nicholas] Vignier also pretends that the French carried it at a Diet at Warsaw; but it was when a French Prince, Henry III., fairest of all others to be king. I have seen in a book called "Les Lettres d'un Francois" that in a chapter on St. George's Eve, 1555, it was voted by our Knights of the Garter that the King of France should hold his place still at the Sovereign's right hand, and the Queen's husband, as they called Philip, and the left. But any such capitular Act would signify no more than a regard to seniority in the order.
The Spaniards, in their own dominions, are proud of a great deference such as Charles V. paid Francis., his prisoner, at Madrid, and Philip III. gave our Prince of Wales; but the French make their arrows of every wood, arguing not only from the ancientness of their monarchy, the primitiveness of their religion, their merits towards St. Peter's Chair and in the Holy Warwhich are the best topicsbut also from the bombast compliments of the Turk and Persian; from the affrays that Bellivre made at the Grisons, de Thou at the Hague, and d'Estrades in England in 1661.
We disputed our case with them at the Council of Constance, and I am not satisfied we did not carry it, as it is clear we had the first place on the left hand, which undoubtedly is more honourable than the second on the right; that they were on the right is clear, because they say the Castilians sat next after them, as the Sicilians did after the English, and probably either the Emperor or the King of the Romans' Ambassador sat above the French on the right hand; I cannot say positively, never having seen the Acts;of that Council, nor read Howell's book, who cannot have passed by so considerable an instance of the English grandeur. When this Council sat, our Henry V. was in France, and there was a time when Charles VII. was reputed only King of Berry. I refer you to Jas. Gothfred and Albericus Gentilis. I think the point can be proved from the antiquity of the English monarchy; the place of the English in the Councils of Constance, Sienna, and Basle; the ceremonial of the Church of Rome; and the decision of Julius II. for our Henry VII. against Ferdinand of Castile, that on Henry VIII.'s accession, we had the next place to the French in all public assemblies. Endorsed "Precedency." [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 22.]
June 25.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Hickes. Has no news from sea or land. [Ibid. No. 23.]
June 25. John Powell to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 24.]
June 25.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Royal Sovereign is ordered to Chatham; the Expedition of London has arrived from Norway, laden with hemp for his Majesty's stores. [Ibid. No. 25.]
June 25.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. Has no news since his last. [Ibid. No. 26.]
June 25. Grant to Rob. Stewart of a house at King's Lynn, co. Norfolk, forfeit because purchased by Abraham Leane, who was an alien. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 232.]
[June 25.] Petition of Isaac Called to the King, for a patent for 14 years, to make needlework points as good and fashionable as any made in Venice, France, or any other parts beyond the seas, which will introduce the manufacture, and save vast sums of money yearly exported for lace. In consideration thereof, he will instruct as many as shall desire to learn it gratis, and pay them reasonably for their work, provided they make for nobody but himself and partners. Also for a prohibition to all others not to draw away any employed by him during the time privileged, and for a grant of such a sum yearly as will equalise his expenses. With draft reference thereon to the Attorney-General. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 26A.]
June 25. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 315.]
June 25. Proposal by Col. Thos. Middleton, Navy Surveyor, that the Macklier and Black Posthorse hoys be fitted, or some other vessels provided, to bring away 1,500 loads of timber from Sherwood Forest, part of which is brought to the water-side, and more coming down daily. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 27.]
June 25.
Woolwich.
Certificate by Wm. Acworth and two others that the 11 bundles of hemp of [Edw.] Bilton and Co., which should have been taken on board the Expedition for Portsmouth, weighed 7 tons 13 cwt.; but being suffered to take wet, had to be dried with great pains and loss to the owners; and that when again received, it weighed but 7 tons 6 cwt. Impute the waste to the negligence of the master of the lighter, who did not cover it when the rain fell. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 28.]
June 25. Commissioner Peter Pett to Sam. Pepys. I have received some of my goods without interception, but my great dial, garden pots and figures, and marble table, and 2 brewing vessels, which are as much my own as the coat on my backas Lord Brouncker can testify, having seen my bookswere stopped by Capt. Rand, on order from Col. Middleton. Pray move the Board for an order for delivery of the rest, and for an order to the Clerk of the cheque at Chatham to make out my son Warwick's ticket, as also my Quarter's bill till Christmas. [Ibid. No. 29.]
June 25. Thos. Lewis to Sam. Pepys. Sir Denis [Gauden] has directed his agent at Portsmouth to send him an account of the stores, and to provide for victualling Sir Thos. Allin's squadron. [Ibid. No. 30.]
June 26. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Desires an order for a flag for Capt. O'Bryen, his Majesty having appointed that he shall wear one while the Ambassador continues on board. [Ibid. No. 31.]
June 26.
Chatham.
J. Wilson to Sam. Pepys. The joiners' work-house has been frequently robbed in the night, and an inner door fastened by the men has been several times broken open. The late palpable theft makes this look very black; I know not what to say or do where a gentleman's well-being is concerned. I have a warrant to; receive 300 loads of timber from John Moorcock, in which it is muttered the shipwright is a partner. I fear this is too true, as he is strongly concerned about the measuring of it, and will decide whether it is strait, compass or knee timber; what course am I to steer ? Endorsed, "Mr. Wilson's letter about Mr. Pett's contending for favour in the measuring of some timber of Mr. Moorcock's wherein himself since proved to be a partner." [See July 23, 1668. [Ibid. No.32.]
June 26. Sir Anth. Desmarces to Williamson. I beg you to send to Lord Lauderdale's, that a caveat may be entered in his lordship's office against any grant passing for lotteries in Scotland to the prejudice of [Louis de Duras] Marquis de Blanquefort and Sir George Hamilton, to whom his Majesty has formerly given the same, although they have not exercised it I hear that a Frazer, Sir Alex. Frazer's kinsman, is about it. [Ibid. No. 33. See Calendar 1666-7, p. 531.]
June 26.
Treasury Chamber.
Sir Geo. Downing to Williamson. The Treasury Commissioners desire you to give notice in the Gazette that they have appointed Monday, 3 p.m., in every week, for examining and passing such accounts as are taken by the auditors of the imprests, and that Tuesday 7 a.m. and Thursday 3 p.m. in every week are appointed for examining, passing, and declaring all other accounts. [Ibid. No. 34.]
June 26.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. Five ships have arrived from the eastward, and a small vessel from France, laden with salt, brandy, and vinegar for Ireland. A London ship, laden with Virginian tobacco, sailed for Rotterdam. [S.P. Dom., Car. II.242, No. 35.]
June 26.
Whitehall.
Petition of Lord Arlington, Secretary of State, to the King, for a grant of the perpetual advowson of the rectory of Fakenbam Parva, Suffolk, to him and his heirs, so as to increase the revenue of the church of Ewston, by both being enjoyed by one parson.His Majesty is patron of the rectory of Fakenham, which is next adjoining the rectory of Ewston, of which the petitioner is patron; Fakenham rectory is worth 25l. a year, and the whole parish consists of but one family, and has no church, chapel, or place of worship belonging to it, nor has divine service been performed there time out of mind; yet his Majesty and his predecessors have always presented a parson thereto, who received the tithe by a composition, but never remained upon the place, nor performed any service; both the rectories are jointly rated in the office of First fruits, under one entire value, which betokens an ancient union of both rectories. With reference thereon to the Bishop of Norwich. [Ibid. No. 36.]
June 26 ? Petition of Wm. Miller to the King for a reprieve. I have been a soldier and servant to the Court, and having held intelligence with the sheriff of London to discover several highway robbers, succeeded in finding 3 of their horses; but upon going to seize their persons, one of them, Witherington, a butcher, making his escape, went to one of the judges, and obtained his pardon upon condition that he would discover his companions; then out of revenge he accused me of having been with him in one robbery in Essex, of which there is no proof but himself, and yet I am in great danger of my life. [Ibid. No. 37.] Annexing,
Certificate by Wm. Hastings, and by John Browne, bailiff of the Sheriff of Middlesex, that the petitioner communicated with them as stated in his petition, and that 3 horses belonging to George Witherington and John Blanchard were seized on his information.26 June 1668. [Ibid. No. 37i.]
June 26. The King to the [Vice-Chancellor] of Cambridge. Recommends Thos. Short for the degree of D.D., which he was prevented taking in the late times, because of the constant loyalty and sufferings of his relations. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19,p. 80.]
June 26. Warrant to the officers of Saulcey Forest, co. Northampton now granted to the Queen consort, to perform her Majesty's commands in anything relating to the said forest. [S.P. Dom., Entry, Book 25, f. 63.]
June 26. Like warrant to the officers of whittlewood Forest, co. Northampton. Minute. [Ibid. f. 63.]
June ? Petition of Lady Hester Webbe, widow, to the King, to be admitted his servant under the title of oculist, of which she hopes to be found capable when required; is so oppressed by law suits that she cannot live without protection as his Majesty's servant. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 38.]
June 26.
Whitehall.
Declaration by the King that Lady Hester Webbe is his servant in ordinary as oculist, and shall henceforth be esteemed as such. [Ibid. No. 39.]
June 26. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 73.]
June 26. Pass for 2 horses to France for Major Carew. Minute. [Ibid. f. 73.]
[June 26.] Petition of Nich, Estoll to Lord Arlington, to forbear, until he receives his money, the fees due on passing the grant of a pension of 50l. a year, made to the petitioner for discovering the horrible plot and conspiracy of some in Holland and others here in 1665, to seize the chief garrisons; was employed to report their daily proceedings, and when thought fit, had many secured, but many more died of the then contagion. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 40.]
June 26. Order for a warrant in form subjoined to pay to Nich. Estoll a pension of 50l. yearly for discovering a dangerous conspiracy against the King's person, and for the betraying several of the garrisons. [Ibid. No. 41.]
[June 26.] Draft of the above. [Ibid. No. 42.]
June 26. Minute of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 73.]
June 26.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to Lieut. Rich. Sadlington of the Black Post-horse and Macklier prize hoys, lately fitted up as fire-ships, any previous order for their disposition notwithstanding. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 43.]
June 26. Certificate of Roger Pearce and 4 others belonging to the ship Exon Merchant of Dartmouth, that they saw a Holland man-of-war, at the new Mould of Genoa, wearing with the Dutch flag an English ancient, and under that the King's Jack. [Ibid. No. 44.]
June 26.
Whitehall.
Order in Council granting the petition of And. Murford, merchant of London, for leave to transport 3 small geldings into Holland, he paying the customs, and procuring his licence, the farmers of customs certifying that there is no impediment thereto. [Ibid. No. 45.]
June 26.
Whitehall.
Order in Council that Lord Arlington may, when he thinks fit, procure passes for the export of geldings into foreign parts. [Ibid. No. 46.]
June 26. Receipt by John Baker from Williamson, for the use of the Commissioners for taking public accounts, of the books and papers in a list given, relating to the Abraham's Sacrifice of Genoa, some of which had been sent to the Lord Lieutenant [of Ireland], and some sent to the Board by Lieut.-Col. Spencer. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 47.]
June ? Copy of the preceding list of papers; with note by Sir G. Lane that they were delivered to Williamson 5 June 1668. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 48.]
June 26.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Departure and arrival of ships. [Ibid. No. 49.]
June 27.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Rear Admiral Sir Edw. Spragg has arrived with 4 ships. Twenty sail of outward-bound Flemings came into the Downs, owing to the contrary winds. Every day produces showers of rain; after a great plenty of corn, as great a scarcity is feared. [Ibid. No. 50.]
June 27.
Downs.
Sir Jer. Smyth to Williamson. The Revenge, Swallow, and Kent have arrived in the Downs, and a Dutch man of-war of 32 guns, with 20 merchant ships under her convoy, has also put in. [Ibid. No. 51.]
June 27.
Rye.
James Welsh to Williamson. Hears from a merchant dwelling at Dieppe that the story concerning the scuffle between one of his Majesty's pleasure-boats and a French man-of-war is false. Sir Thos. Allin and his squadron of 8 or 9 ships have been these 2 days turning to the westward, and are now in Hastings Bay. [Ibid. No. 52.]
June 27. Acount by Sir Denis Gauden of the value of the provisions delivered aboard the Merlin and Zebulon in March and June 1665, while in Mr. Warren's service, and also of their sea victuals; total, 785l. 1s. 4d. [Ibid. No. 53.]
June 27.
London.
Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of harbour provisions issued to the Fox and Merlin; total, 3,500l. Finds none for the Zebulon and Little Britain. [Ibid. No. 54.]
June 27. R. Waith to the Navy Commissioners. Sir G. Carteret has perfected his accounts to 30 June 1667, except such seamen's tickets as he has paid that were payable by the Earl of Anglesey, which must either be passed by list, or by exchange with the present Treasurer for books to the value. Having made up the sea-books, I find there will be a debt of 10,000l. to the chest, slopsellers, and in surplusage of groats and twopences to ministers and surgeons, which could not be foreseen till the books were made up. This money has been issued to the King's advantage in payment of mariners' wages. Sir George Carteret being in surplusage upon the list of tickets to the full value of the debt, I conceive it ought to be satisfied by the present Treasurer, to whom all orders for money are made over, he receiving discount from Sir G. Carteret on his lists of tickets. [Ibid. No. 55.]
June 27
Bristol.
Dan. Furzer to the Navy Commissioners. I beg consideration of my own and my men's condition. I have so disabled myself in the relief of poor workmen that I cannot relieve my own family; I have disbursed and engaged for more than I am worth. The country is utterly undone, every day sueing and imprisoning persons that have not wherewith to satisfy their debts contracted for necessaries while employed in the service. The timber in Dean Forest, as well as other places, designed for building the new ship, suffers extremely by the weather and embezzlement. Give me your final resolution, that it may be known what is and what is not be done. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 56.]
June 27.
Royal Charles.
Capt John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. Cannot judge whether the keel of the Sovereign has been injured on the Rip-raps; but as she seems to work as well as ever, thinks she may do as well in coming about from Portsmouth as she did from the Downs to Portsmouth after her unhappy disaster. The charge of careening will be great, and much time spent, considering the season of the year. [Ibid. No. 57.]
June 28. Sir Wm. Coventry to Sam. Pepys. There will be 10,000l., if not 12,000l., this week for paying men off in the yards. It will have two desirable effects to pay off the foreigners at Chatham and Portsmouth; one that it will stop the greatest and justest clamours of those who are remote from their dwellings, and have the least credit; the other that those who are inhabitants will be afraid of being discharged whilst hoping for the money, because then they must go from home to seek work, and perhaps not find it. In Deptford and Woolwich this method will not have the same force, because the river Thames will be their home to furnish them work. I beg a despatch for Alderman Backwell for the Tangiers money; we are beholden to him for this money, ''for he is the frankest of the money men,'' and such is our misery that we must reckon it a kindness to be trusted, though we pay for it. [1 pages. Ibid. No. 58.]
June 28
Hull
Joseph Blaydes to the Navy Commissioners. I beg consideration of my condition, being an orphan. The money owing is due to poor men who have wrought for it, or to persons who have delivered things for his Majesty, and have been arrested twice or thrice; unless you do something, I must come to London again, which will be the undoing of me and my 2 brethren. [Ibid. No. 59.]
June 28 ? Chris Musgrave to Williamson. I pray you to mind Lord Arlington of moving his Majesty on my father's behalf. Endorsed, ''Res. 29 June 1668.'' [Ibid. No. 60.]
June 28.
Whitehall.
Certificate by Col. John Strode that Abraham Belse is a Yorkshireman, was born at Halifax, has served Majesty in the Guards, was both in Flanders and England, and was one of the 40 that served aboard Sir Thos. Teddeman's ship, where he contracted an incurable disease in the war against the Dutch, and therefore prays he may be provided for in some hospital. [Ibid. No. 61. see p. 469 infra.]
June 28.
Portsmouth.
B.J. [Ben. Johnson] to Williamson. The Eagle and Roebuck have sailed; the Expedition, one of the King's sold ships, has arrived with stores, and when unladen, is to take in wheat for Lisbon, on merchants' accounts. [Ibid. No. 62.]
June 28.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Twelve ships have arrived; Lord Middleton is at Durham. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 63.]
June 28.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. A new ship has arrived, built in New England but belonging to London merchants, with tobacco and sugar. She reports the country in thriving condition. [Ibid. No. 64.]
June 28.
Dean.
Lord Fanshaw to Williamson. I am now settled in Wiltshire, and were it not for the entertainment received from Sir John Evelyn, (fn. 1) would have to converse with dogs and horses; I know no man living here besides Sir John. It will be kindness to let me have the ordinary news once a week; for the stock of old Cavaliers wish and pray for the prosperity of he King, and would be glad to hear of his happiness; although we are not fit for anything but ruin, I wish his Majesty may never find the mischief of it. Let me know whether Parliament will sit in August, that I may steer my course accordingly. With note that Lord Fanshaw is at Sir john Evelyn's West Dean, near Salisbury. [Ibid. No. 65.]
June 28.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Williamson. A vessel from Norway, with deals and tar for Waterford, was forced from her anchors, and got with much damage into Pembroke Harbour, where she must be supplied before going out. The weather has been very foul and uncertain for 8 or 10 days [Ibid. No. 66.]
June 28. John Powell to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 67.]
June 29 Earl of Anglesey to Williamson. I send the bearer with a warrant that was directed to me when Vice-Treasurer of Ireland, so that the words, ''or any vice-treasurer which hereafter shall be,'' may be added to it. I pray despatch, as the people are poor. [Ibid. No. 68.]
June 29.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. The Greenwich frigate arrived with Sir Rob. Southwell, but sailed again next morning. [Ibid. No. 69.]
June 29.
Croft Castle.
H[erbert Croft], Bishop of Hereford, to Williamson. Pray inform Lord Arlington that I had the good luck to compose Sharrock's business at New College, Oxford, to the satisfaction of all parties, making the inferiors submissive, and the superiors there upon were kind and granted their desires; so the great faction of that college, long continued, seems to be allayed. I came away contented, being much thanked by all for the great good work; I hope it will have a good influence on other colleges, wherein faction is growing apace. Let me be supplied with the weekly news. [Ibid. No. 70.]
June 29. Licence to Thos. Arundel, son of Richard Lord Arundel of Trerise, to travel with 3 servants for education and experience. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 63b.]
June 29.
Whitehall.
Licence to Rob. Gargrave to embark 4 horses, sent by the King as a present to his sister, the Duchess of Orleans. [S.P. Dom., Car. II 242, No. 71.]
June. Minute of the above, dated 30 June. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 73.]
June [29.] Petition of 103 ropemakers and labourers of the ropeyard at Woolwich to the Navy Commissioners, to imprest to Mr. Bodham 29l. 12s. 7d. of the money due to Capt. Taylor remaining in his Majesty's hands, to pay them for being fetched away by [Thos.] Clements, master attendant, in June 1666, by Sir Wm. Batten's order, to launch the Loyal London and carry up the hulk, for which Capt. Taylor was to pay them. With 31 signatures, chiefly by marks, and note by Bodham that their statements are true. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 72.]
June 29.
Woolwich Ropeyard.
Wm. Bodham to the Navy Commissioners. Mr. Clements, the master attendant, fetched away the men three times, by verbal order from Sir Wm. Batten, and Sir William owned to it by promising before the company that he would see so much stopped from Capt. Taylor as would pay them, and approved my pricking them out of wages, whilst on that service. I scrupled at letting them go without an order in writing, but Clements affirmed that the ship was in danger, and that the King stayed to see her out, and inveighed against Capt. Taylor's covetousness in not providing suitable materials for such work, but rotten gear, saying that the said builder was so penurious as not to allow a little small beer to poor men that laboured in his assistance. I believe there was a strict prick cheque kept of the men. [Ibid. No. 73.]
June 30.
The Kent, Downs.
Capt. John Holmes to the Navy Commissioners. Sends, at request of Sir Jer. Smith, an account of men on board having tickets owing, and desires the same orders for their payment as for other ships. [Ibid. No. 74.]
June 30.
The Harp, Dublin.
Capt. Rob. Hooper to the Navy Commissioners. His provisions have been long since expended; has been supplied on credit, expecting some course would be taken by the victualler, who wants money, and cannot provide by reason that his bills in London are not satisfied. Asks for victual, as he has not enough to go to sea. [Ibid. No. 75.]
June 30.
Chatham.
Sir John Mennes to the Navy Commissioners. I find most of the men at the dock idle for want of materials, particularly the calkers, for whom there is no more occasion. I beg direction for discharge of them, and of as many shipwrights as money can be had to pay off; the calkers will take about 1,400l. I will pay the Charles and Defiance to-morrow, and the tickets the day after. It is better husbandry to retrench the growing charge on all the ships, before payment of any of the tickets; yet as his Royal Highness was so strict, I shall proceed as aforesaid, unless you give your joint concurrence to the contrary. I want to know whether rigging, cables, &c., shall be brought ashore, that it may be done before the men are discharged; I beg despatch of the lists of tickets sent up to you. The officers of the yard desire their wages on the ordinary, as the extra book will be paid for the last quarter. [Ibid. No. 76.]
June 30.
Ordnance Office.
Edw. Sherburne, Fras. Nicholls, and George Clarke to the Navy Commissioners. There is free liberty for the vessels to come to Tower Wharf and load the hemp; the officers may come as soon as they please. [Ibid. No. 77.]
June 30. Account by John Shales of money paid for piloting ships in and out of Chatham, between April and June 1668, amounting to 24l. 15s. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 78.]
June 30. Thos. Hobbes to Williamson. I send the book containing the words concerning heresy which you mislike, and which may be left out without trouble, but I see no cause of exception against them, and desire they may stand, unless the rest of the book cannot be licensed whilst they stand. They are; "Some men may perhaps ask whether nobody was condemned and burnt for heresy during the time of the High Commission. I have heard there were; but they who approve such executions may peradventure know better grounds for them than I do. But those grounds are well worthy to be inquired after." [Ibid. No. 79.]
June 30.
Portsmouth.
B.J. [Ben Johnson] to Williamson. The Monmouth and others of the fleet formerly designed for the Straits under Sir Thos. Allin are turning in, being ordered to be refitted. [Ibid. No. 80.]
June 30.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Sir Thos. Allin with his ships is expected at Spithead; the Fairfax will be launched to day; all haste is making to fit out the Royal Sovereign. [Ibid. No. 81.]
June 30.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes, Begs to be excused writing to Williamson, having no news of any kind to tell him. [Ibid. No. 82.]
June 30.
Newcastle.
Rich Forster to Williamson. Ten ships have sailed and 3 come in. [Ibid. No. 83.]
June 30.
Newcastle.
Rich Forster to Hickes. I presume there is some mistake, as I have not received the news last post. Let me be supplied, and also have my salary and the returned letters allowed. [Ibid. No. 84.]
June 30.
Barnstaple.
Wm. Wakeman to Williamson. Has no news at present. [Ibid. No. 85.]
June 30 ? Advertisement [for the Gazette] offering a reward for intelligence of a gelding stolen from Eliza Moon, at Scarborough, on 26 June; to be communicated to John Knowsley, town clerk of Scarborough, Dr. Rob. Wittie at York, Wm. Mason at Newcastle, Nich. Richardson, merchant of Durham, or Mr. Game at the Coach and Horses, Aldgate, London. [Ibid. No. 86.]
June 30. Release to Sir John Wintour of 6,692l. 6s. due to the King for 8,921 tons 35 ft. of ship timber; also of his covenants concerning the improvement of the waste soil in the forest of Dean, and of his recognizance of 2,000I.entered into in pursuance of the same. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 233.]
June 30. Licence to John Smith, merchant to transport 6 horses into France, for accommodation of a friend. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 63.]
June 30. Like licence for John Gibbs, merchant, to transport 6 horses for a correspondent. Minute. [Ibid. f. 63.]
June 30.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant of denization to peter De la Haye, native of France, he paying aliens' customs. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No.87.]
June 30. Minute of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 73.]
June 30. Pass for 3 horses to Holland for Andrew Murford, merchant of London. Minute. [Ibid. f. 73.]
June 30. Pass for 10 horses for M. Le Grand. Minute. [Ibid. f. 73.]
June 30. Privy seal empowering the Duke of York to order delivery of the 2 prize vessels, Black Posthorse and Macklier, to Lieut. Rich. Sadlington, as the King's free gift. Minute. [Ibid. f. 73. See Calendar 1667, p. 495.]
June. Grant to Rob. Bishop of all the personal estate of Isaac Plubier, an alien, with liberty to sue for and recover it in his Majesty's name. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 235.]
June. Commission to Margaret Countess of Carlisle, to Preserve the King's game of hare, pheasant, partridge, heron, or other wild fowl within 10 miles of Waltham Abbey, Essex. [1 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No.88.]
June. Memoranda [from the Signet books] of grants, &c., passes during the month, the uncalendared portions of which are as follow:-
Grant to prince Rupert, during pleasure, of the upper Spring Garden, in Possession of Sir W. St. Ravy; rent 13s. 4d. a year
Note that all moneys payable from the Customs are made payable out of the Exchequer, and not by tallies on the Customs
Note that the man that marries 2 persons without licences, and all that are present at the marriage, need a pardon from the King, as Lloyd had for uniting in marriage Hen. Davies and Marg. Manley.
Grant to Chris. Musgrave, during pleasure, of the office of searcher at Berwick.
Grant to Sir Denis Ashburnham, Fr. Finch, Edw. Wingate, and Sir G. Benyon, of the office of commissioners of Excise, and the employment failing, of 250l. each a year till otherwise provided for; also to John Bell, the cashier, of 200I. a year. [Dam. Correspondence, April 1668, Vol. 239, No. 55.]
June. Stephen Brookes to the Navy Commissioners. I cannot weigh the House of Sweden and Phnix, being so heavy, with the vessels I have. I want 6 more vessels, and I will go on with my bargain; such concerns cannot be done without money; I beg a supply, being willing to discount the 100l. received upon the account of money due to me for other services. I have been to Woolwich to pass my accounts for stores, but the clerk could not be at leisure. I request that the shelf made by the House of Sweden to the westward may be taken up by lightermen. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 89.]
June ? Memoranda that Lord Arlington wishes to speak to the Lords of the Treasury about the Earl of St. Alban's establishment; also that he has bespoken 100l. for Mr. Sheeres' expenses and desire 50l. more for a chain; he wishes the king to write a letter to the Earl of Sandwich by Mr. Shreeres; also note for [Fras.] Topp's baronetcy. [Ibid. No. 90.]
June ? State of Wm. Taileur's case relative to his employments at Windsor Castle. The late King granted him several places there usually held by the same person, for his losses and services in the wars, and his present Majesty confirmed him therein; through misinformation of his enemies, he was suspended from office 12 May 1665, but restored on a hearing at Council, only the revenue was left in the late Lord Treasurer's hands to decide on. It is proved that 1,880I.is due to him on account, yet the revenues are still detained, and he blamed for decays of the Castle, and his offices actually taken away by officers of the works sent from Whitehall. [S.P. Dom., Car. II .242, No. 91.]
June.
Deal.
Lists sent by Morgan Lodge to Williamson of ships in the Downs, the state of the wind, arrival and despatch of mails, &c., during the month, as follows:
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242
No.
Date. King's. Merchants. Mails. Wind. Remarks
Arrival. Despatch.
92 June 1 9 0 None 6.p.m. N.E. Sir T. Allin arrived in the Deptford, and has gone on board the Monmouth.
93 " 2 9 0 2 p.m. 6 p.m. N.E.
94 " 3 11 0 4 p.m. 6 p.m. N.E.
95 " 4 12 4 2 p.m. 5 p.m. S.W.
96 " 5 11 4 None 6 p.m. S.E.
97 " 6 11 3 None 5 p.m. S.W
98 " 7 9 4 None 5 p.m. W.
99 " 8 9 13 None 6 p.m. S.W.
100 " 11 9 11 None 6 p.m. S.W
101 " 12 9 8 None 6 p.m. S.W
102 " 13 9 9 None 6 p.m. S.W Could not board 3 merchant ships that passed through, on account of the wind. Sir Rob. Southwell and others have come to Deal, to embark for Lisbon on the Greenwich.
103 " 14 8 13 None 6 p.m. S.W. Sri J. Smith has come in with 7 more of the King's frigates.
104 " 15 21 22 None 7 p.m. S.W.
105 " 16 17 25 6 p.m. 7 p.m. S.W. Sir R. Southwell has sailed with the Greenwich, Yarmouth, and Dragon.
106 " 17 16 16 None 6 p.m. W.
107 " 20 23 12 None 6 p.m. S.E.
108 " 21 22 12 None 7 p.m. S.W.
109 " 22 22 3 None 7 p.m. N.W.
110 " 23 22 7 None 6.p.m. N.W. The King and Duke of York have been in the Downs, went on board Sir T. Allin and Sir J. Smith's ships and the Resolution, and to Deal Castle, and have gone for Dover on board the King's pleasure boat.
111 " 24 13 8 None 6 p.m. S.E. The king has returned for London; Sir T. Allin has sailed with 6 frigates.
112 " 26 12 7 None 5 p.m. E. Most of the merchant ships had sailed, but were put back by the wind.
113 " 27 16 9 None 7 p.m. S.W. Sir Edw. Spragg has come in with 3 vessels, and 16 Dutch ships have put in on account of the wind.
114 " 28 16 10 None 5.p.m. S.W.
115 " 29 15 0 None 6 p.m. N.E.
116 " 30 17 2 None 6 p.m. N.E.

Footnotes

  • 1. Thomas Viscount Fanshaw married for his second wife Sarah, daughter of Sir John Evelyn, and widow of Sir John Wray.