Charles II: July 1668

Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1667-8. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1893.

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'Charles II: July 1668', in Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1667-8, (London, 1893) pp. 469-516. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/domestic/chas2/1667-8/pp469-516 [accessed 12 April 2024]

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July 1668

July 1.
Yarmouth
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Five Ships have arrived from Norway laden with deals, &c., and a Yarmouth ketch from Rotterdam with merchant's goods. The wind is so favourable to the colliers that they make two voyages in the time they formerly made one. The people take all freedom imaginable to slander the Government, pressing all reports that are most hurtful for assured truths, insomuch that they are very angry with those that doubt, or ask the reason of their faith. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 117.]
July 1.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Williamson. Three ships from Barbadoes report the loss there by fire to be very great, particularly in the blowing up of the magazine. Virginia tobacco is much worse than it has been in other years, by reason of the inundation. [Ibid. No. 118.]
July 1. Privy seal for 4,000l. to Sir Edw. Turner, Bart., as the King's free gift. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, p. 73.]
July 1. Letter to the Dean and Chapter of Durham to receive into an almsroom Abraham Belse. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f.9.]
July [1]. Docquet of the above. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 236.]
July [1]. Warrant to pay, out of the 10,000l.payable to the Master of the Great Wardrobe, 2,000I. to Laurence Hyde, Master of the Robes, for the service of the robes. [Ibid.]
July 1.
Chatham.
Sir John Mennes to the Navy Commissioners. Has paid off the Charles and Defiance, and will proceed with the tickets to-morrow. Desires directions to Mr. Gregory, Clerk of the cheque, about the number of men to be established in ordinary upon the Charles; hopes care is taken about sending money enough to pay the tickets. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 199.]
July 1.
St. Malo.
Thos. Browne to the Navy Commissioners. Has been to Rennes where the noyals are made, and found them reasonable, and will furnish the best sort at 15l. the ballot, although he gets not a penny; will rather gain the honour of serving his Majesty than profit. Desires their orders about quantity; if the noyals should rise, will be a loser. Has begun already to buy, not doubting but his propositions will be accepted. Will send the remainder of the hemp by the first vessel. [Ibid. No. 120.]
July 2.
St. James's.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. The Montague, Yarmouth, and Tiger, and another not fixed, are to he added to Sir Thos. Allin's fleet. His Royal Highness being gone a-hunting prevented my getting his directions for fitting these ships in writing. [Ibid. No. 121.]
July 2.
Ordnance Office.
Edw. Sherburne and 3 others to Sam. Pepys. Desire the original account and certificate touching the disbursements of Capt. Levi Green; cannot be discharged by the auditors on passing their accounts without them. Ask what has become of the barge valued in the account at 55l. 10s. 0d. [Ibid. No. 122.]
July 2.
Whitehall.
Petition of Anth. Deane, master shipwright of Harwhich, to the King, to be discharged from what remains due on a bill of imprest for 1,000I.assigned to him, Sir Joseph Jordan and Commissioner Taylor, for fitting fireships, &c. at the time of the engagement with the Dutch against Landguard Fort, having accounted for the greater part of it. Saved from sinking 4 ships, which were appraised at 9,342l., and ordered to be sunk; took great pains in weighing 5 others that were sunk, and was exposed to much danger, charge, and expenses, as a captain, by his Majesty's command, and never received one penny as a reward for his faithful services. With reference thereon to the Duck of York. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 123.] Annexing,
Certificate by the Earl of Anglesey, Lord Brouncker, Col. Thos. Middleton, and Sam. Pepys, that they have passed 645I. 19s. as disbursed by Sir Joseph Jordan, Commissioner Taylor, and Capt. Anth. Deane, for the fitting out of fire-ships and ships to sink, in the time of the approach of the Dutch fleet against Harwich in 1667, being part of 1,000I.committed to their care for that purpose. —30 June 1668. [Ibid. No. 123i]
July 2. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p.320.]
July 2. Warrant for a grant of pardon to Nich. Fortescue, who has fled beyond seas, for killing John Parkins, he being only guilty on construction of law, as present when another committed the offence. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 16.]
July 2. Certificate by Lord Arlington, that on 12 June, Sir Wm. Temple, resident at Brussels, lately Ambassador Extraordinary at the treaty at Aix, being returned from his employment presented himself at Whitehall to his Majesty. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 73.]
[July 2.] Sir George Downing to Williamson. The intimation to receivers and accountants in the next few Gazettes is to be that on Mondays, 3 p.m., accounts to pass by the auditors of imprest will be taken; Tuesday 7 a.m., aids or monthly assessments, subsidies, voluntary contributions, &c.; and Thursdays, 3 p.m. all other accounts. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 124.]
July 2.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Williamson. Has no news worthy of notice. [Ibid. No. 125.]
July 2.
Thursday. Whitehall.
John Paige to Williamson. The packet for the Earl of Sandwich was safe at Bilbao on 10 June, so I may conclude it came to his lordship's hands 16 June. [Ibid.No.126.]
July 2.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Monmouth and 3 others have arrived, to be fitted and victualled. Sir Thos. Allin sets out for London to-day. [Ibid.No.127.]
July 2. B.J. [Ben Johnson] to Williamson. To the same effect; particulars of others ships named. [Ibid .No. 128.]
July 2. "Advices received," being notes from letters calendared above [Ibid. No. 129.]
July 3.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Passage of ships. The Act for wine is not yet put into execution, any further than to summon the vintners and distillers. On appearing, they found no Commissioners at the office appointed; they are supposed to be waiting for Wm. Kirkman, a wool merchant, who has undertaken the management of 7 counties, and is detained at Ipswich by sickness, so that nothing is done. I have perused the Act, and find it so lame that it will never answer the fourth penny of what was intended to be raised by it, so that there must be an additional Act next session. They may perhaps rely too much upon the help they shall have the third year, when 4l. per tun is to be paid for all wines imported; but if the merchant shall stock himself by importing a greater quantity of wine in the vintage of 1669, and so to 24 June 1670, little will be paid for wine imported the third year, as there will be so little brought over. [S.P.No. 130.]
July 3.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. All the laden colliers have sailed; 30 more are come in and other are expected. Hears from Sunderland that 50 ships have sailed from that port, and 20 come in. [Ibid. No. 131.]
July 3.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. A Danish ship laden with deals has arrived and two London ships bound for the Canaries. [Ibid .No. 132.]
July 3. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 133.]
July 3.
Treasury Chambers.
Sir Geo. Downing to Williamson. Sends an addendum to the advertisement to be inserted in the Gazette, admonishing all collectors to pay in their super money to the receivers, or they will become accountants in the Exchequer for it. [Ibid. No. 134.]
July 3. Proclamation for further adjourning the Parliament from 11 August to 10 November next. [Printed. Proc. Coll. Charles II.,260.]
July 3. Reference of the petition of Mrs. Wallop, for maintenance out of her husband’s estate, to the Lord Keeper, Lord Ashley, and Sir Hen Vernon, grantees of her late husband’s estate, who are to order her seasonable relief. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 316.]
July 3. Reference to the Attorney-General of the petition of Sir Phil. Howard and Fras. Weston, for a patent for the sole use of graving, &c. [Ibid. p. 317.]
July 3. The King to Sir Job Charleton and Rob. Millwood, justices of assize for Flintshire. The inhabitants of Flint have petitioned that the assizes may be held there, as was generally better accommodation, and now they have built a new shire hall, and a commodious house for the judges. They have been signally loyal, and their town bears the scars of their fidelity. We recommend therefore that the assizes be held there, unless there be some special reason to the contrary. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 64.]
July 4.
Portsmouth.
St. J. Steventon to Sam. Pepys. Omitted to insert, in Commissioner Tippetts’ demand for money to complete the weekly wages of the yard, the ropemakers and sawyers. So that the 300l.ordered falls short. If they are paid, will want 336l. 8d. 11d.; if not, 261l.14s.4d.will do. Has sent a blank bill of imprest to Mr.Hewer to be filled up as they shall direct; 1,100l.has been ordered, of which he has received but 800l.; when he has received and paid the money, will send up the books. Asks whether to send them weekly, as he pays the men, or abstract them all into one general quarter book. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. No. 135.]
July 4.
Ticket Office.
Jas. Carkass and Nath. Whitfield to Sam. Pepys. Find that the full wages due to the Fox and Merlin for 1665-1666 amount to 1,179l.17s.6d.,and that neither of their books is charged with any clothes. [Ibid .242, No. 136.]
July 4. Surveyor’s report of what east-country deals are wanting in the several yards named; total value, 9,448l. [Ibid.No.137.]
July 4.
Jersey.
R. Manley to Rob. Francis. I must dispense with the happiness of seeing you this season, as my voyage is off; I must yield to our governor, who purposes for England sooner than I could have returned. We hear of reduction of forces in England, but it cannot reach me, as I and all my officers quitted our employment in Holland to come to serve the King; we are in continual service, and I am one of the oldest captains in the regiment; but a little precaution may not be amiss, and friend at Court can do wonders. [Ibid. No. 137a.]
July 4.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to James Hickes. The Elizabeth from Havre de Grace report that the Duc de Beaufort is at sea with a squadron of the French fleet; that they are building there 2 ships of 80 guns each; and that they have near 1,000 men at work making a better harbour, and expect their King there shortly to see it. The Sarah and Jane from Morlaix says the peace with Spain has not been proclaimed there, and they fear the war is not yet at an end, as some of their ships were stopped in Spain. [Ibid.No.138.]
July 4
Hull.
Col. Ant. Gilby to [Williamson]. I informed you that the petition to his Majesty was on behalf of Robinson, and that it was referred to Sir Charles Harbord and signified by Sir Charles Cotterell; the Surveyor-General says he must, if required, give order to some person to view the island, and,make certificate, which was also done in my case; as my petition and the reference thereon to the Treasury Commissioners, was in October last, and the other only in May, I request you to move Lord Arlington to put a stop to my rival’s proceedings. [2pages. Ibid. No. 139.]
July 5.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Williamson. Has no news from sea or land. [Ibid. No. 140.]
July 5. John Powell to James Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid.No.141.]
July 5.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The ships under Sir Thos Allin are preparing to fit out again, and the Royal Sovereign is ready for Chatham. [S.P. Dom., Car.II.242, No. 142.]
July 5.
The Mary Portsmouth.
Capt. Rob. Clarke to Williamson. I perused the letters sent to Sir Thos. Allin, he having left me in command of the ships. I have little news beyond that a fleet of ships has been seen off the Isle of Wight, supposed to be Hollanders, but a small vessel has been sent out for better satisfaction. [Ibid. No. 143.]
July 5.
Portsmouth.
B. J. [Ben. Johnson] to Williamson. Forty merchant ships convoyed by 2 Holland men-of-war have passed by St. Helen’s Point outward bound, and the Emsworth sloop is sent out to take a more particular view of them. The Monk, Bristol, and Providence continue at Spithead. [Ibid. No. 144.]
July 5.
Newcastle
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Sixteen light ships have arrived from the south. [Ibid. No. 145.]
July 6.
Bristol.
John Badcock to the Navy Commissioners. Has looked over the bill of stores of the ship that arrived with guns, mast, and rigging, on the 5th instant, but cannot find any stores on board for the carpenter, nor canvas for tarpaulins, and Mr. Baylie has not yet come home. Asks an order for trimming the ship, and for tarpaulins to keep her dry. [Ibid.No.146.]
July 6.
Chatham.
Sir John Mennes to the Navy Commissioners. Mr. Slaughter brought 5,000l.on the 5th instant, of which 1,300l. is paid on the remaining tickets for the Charles and Defiance, and the last 20 days’ board wages of the dock and ropeyard. The 3,700l. remaining with 2,500l. more, will pay the Old James and 4 other ships named, and supply the chest-money and clothes stopped; but 5,500l. more must be sent down, with all convenient speed, or the clamours of the seamen and workmen will be great, and a greater charge will accrue; they grow seditious when any demur is made about payment.
I cannot but mind you of the growing charge in the yard and of the small materials there have long been to employ the men Mr. Deane has assisted in the Royal Oak. O apprehend the breaking of her up necessary, and her planks would be useful in the repair of the dock now in hand. It is time to resolve about the frame of the new ship, or her timber will decay as winter comes on. We have one Bowyer here, who was called to account for the mast he stole. Thefts of late have been so encouraged by non-punishment that more are daily committed, and if he be not punished, if will be in vain to hope for amendment; that he may be brought to speedy trial, he should be sent for by a messenger, as it will be long before he can be tried here. It is suspected that on examination others will be found to have had a hand in the theft, Mr. Mason will not take less than his demand For his timber; it is good, and fit for the new ship. [2 pages.S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 147.] Encloses,
Tender by [John] Mason of 555 loads of timber, at 50s.to 60s.a load, for 500l.in hand, and ready money on the delivery of every load; the 500l. to be deducted out of the last money due when the contract shall be completed. [Copy. Ibid. No. 147i.]
July 6. Surveyour’s report of the market price of deals and fir timber, with a table of the several sorts, quality, and dimensions. [2pages.Ibid.No.148.]
July 6. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Sir Edw. Hungerford, for compensation for some lands of his near the Hoop, Plymouth, taken in for enlarging Plymouth fort. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 317.]
July 6. Reference of the petition of Jas. Tibballs for transportation, to the judge who sat upon his trial. [Ibid. p. 318.]
July 6. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Wm. Ellesdon, For a lease of stone quarries for 31years. [Ibid. p. 319.]
July 6. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Francis Crane, grandchild of Sir John Crane, for discharge of an arrear of rent. [Ibid. p. 319.]
July 6. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Fras Crane and Fras. Arundel, for release of the covenant for keeping 300 deer, &c. [Ibid. p. 319.]
July 6. Order that Eliz. Reeves, a poor petitioner, apply to the Privy Purse, and the King will order her some relief. [Ibid. p. 319.]
July 6.
Whitehall.
The King to the Attorney-General. On 11 May 1664, we granted to Lord Arlington Marybone Park, on the former rent of 36l.14s.6d.; but the lease could not pass, because the land was withheld by Sir Nich. Strode and W. Wandesford, on pretence of a debt from the late King. Lord Arlington, after a long suit, has recovered the land, and given the parties satisfaction. We wish now to grant it to him; and as he was employed 4 years to the King of Spain, without allowance, expending therein 5,000l., he is to have a lease thereof for 60 years at the said rent, with a clause for disparkation of the said park. [3pages. S.P. Dom., Car II 242, No.149.]
July 6. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 62.]
July 6.
Whitehall.
Request for Williamson to search in his office and find the Articles of Peace between the late King and those of Sally, and to send a copy, with the articles last concluded with Sally, to the Navy Commissioners, on Friday next at 3 o’clock. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 150.]
July 6. “Advices received,” being notes from letters calendared above. [Ibid.No.151.]
July 6.
Pendennis.
Fras, Bellott to Williamson. Capt. Collier, of the Constant Katherine, and Capt. Rand, and 6 or 7 small outward-bound vessels have arrived; the Berwick vessel is still here, laden with salt. The town of Falmouth was in great danger of burning by an accident in drying malt, but by the diligence of the town and neighbours, it was soon quenched, and only a malthouse or two, and a dwelling-house with some woodstacks, were brunt down. Asks wheather to continue his correspondence, having received no news for 4 weeks. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No.152.]
July 6.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Constant Katherine bound for Barbadoes, the prudent Mary for Leghorn, and 2 ketches for Calais and Bilbao are Here. [Ibid. No. 153.]
July 6.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickees. There are in Portland road 25 sail of Dutchmen, with their convoy, bound for France, and 18 sail of English and Frenchmen waiting for a fair wind. [Ibid. No.154.]
July 6.
Swansea.
Capt. John Man to Williamson. Why is the weekly news discontinued? Is it laid aside because of the peaceable times, or have. I given any cause of offence? I have had no news lately. I hear from Falmouth that several vessels drust not put out for fear of some Turkish men-of-war upon the coast, which report, although not confirmed by a vessel from the Isle of Wight, Puts terror upon the small colliers. [Ibid. No. 155.]
July 6.
Lyme.
Anth Thorold to. Hickes. The rest of the vessels have arrived from Rotterdam, and say the people there are well satisfied, and reckon themselves much strengthened by the alliance with England, as well as defended from the threats of the French Several ships have sailed for Morlaix and St. Malo with drapery, and for Jersey and Guernsey with provisions. [Ibid. No. 156.]
July 6.
Blickling [Norfolk].
Russell to Rob. Francis. Thanks for your forwarding my letters. I wish this were a place where I could do you some services; I may call it my exile, after the enjoyment of Paris and London; although I lived here a good while formerly. I shall now hardly frame my mind to it. Let me be supplied with the news. When does Sir John Trevor ascend to what you know? [Ibid.No.157.]
July 6.
Charing Cross
Sir Thos. Higgons to Williamson. I have received the warrant from Sir George Downing for a privy seal, and desire your clerk will make a fair copy, and get it signed by the end of the week. [Ibid.No.158.]
July 6.
Treasury Chambers.
Sir Geo. Downing to Williamson. The Treasury Commissioners observing there is only a short notification the Gazette to the accountants, desire you to insert the larger one that I sent you, and continue it for 3 or 4 weeks. [Ibid.No.159.]
July 7.
Minehead.
John Maurice to Williamson. The Martin yacht, that brought over Lord Orrery, has sailed for Bristol to victual, having twice attempted in vain to get to Plymouth, [Ibid.No.160.]
July 7. Henry, Bishop of Chichester, to Williamson. I have prevailed with the poor,man [Thos.] Wilkinson to take his Majesty’s dispention to hold the vicarage of Icklesham, Sussex, with his own of Waltham St. Lawrence, co. Berks, Which is very small and incompetent, considering his faithful service during the late war. Out of merecharity, I will be at the charge of the seals. Pray move Lord Arlington to get the petition signed by his Majesty, and a command to my Lord of Canterbury to pass it as soon an possible, as he Promised to do at Goring House. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 161.]
July 7.
Whitehall.
Rich Browne to [Williamson]. Going as surgeon in his Majesty's ship Oxford for Jamaica, begs a recommendatory letter from Lord Arlington to Sir Thos. Modyford, Governor of Jamaica. It may be of great advantage in Procuring additional employ. [Ibid. No. 162.]
July 7.
The Royal Katherine, Downs.
Sir Jer. Smith to Williamson. The Yarmouth and Diamond have returned from Dieppe, where they arrived on Saturday, when the tide was so spent that the Anne yacht in their company could not get in. She was towed in next day, and at 3 p.m. landed his Royal Highness's daughter, the Lady Anne, and her retinue. Sir George Bond and other persons of quality, sent by the Queen mother, were there ready to attend them with coaches and other accomodation for their intended journey. The Welcome of London has also arrived from Zante; she parted with the Hannibal of London and another in the Bay of Biscay. [Ibid. No. 163.]
July 7.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. Three Plymouth ships named have arrived from the Straits; 2 are bound to London. [Ibid.No.164.]
July 7. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 165.]
July 7.
Portsmouth
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The squadron under Sir. Thos. Allin is fitting for sea; 2 Dutch men-of-war are in St. Helen's Road, with their convoy of 8 sail. [Ibid. No. 166.]
July 7.
Deal
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Two ships have arrived, one from Zante and the other from Bailbao. [Ibid.No.167.]
July 7.
Norwich.
Dr. John Crofts to Williamson. Thanks for a Packet sent. I will admit out poor neighbour [to the beadsman's place], I shall wait on Lord Arlington with the patent and the first year's pension by Michaelmas, and also to thank him for accepting [the stewardship of cathedral]. [Ibid. No. 168.]
July 7.
Essex House
Lord Keeper Bridgeman to Williamson. I chided my son and servants for not letting me know that you called. I was engaged with Sir. Wm. Temple, but that was no excuse for their neglecting their duty. I should have recommended my nephew to your care and favour; if you will patronise him, I will be his surety to pay all gratitude and service. I do not desire that he should enrich himself, but enable himself to Perform those employments he is intended for. [Ibid. No. 169.]
July 7.
Newcastle.
Rich Forster to Williamson. Upwards of 150 sail are in the harbour, and 50 sail at Sundeland port, and others are coming in with every tide. [Ibid. No. 170] Encloses
Particulars of the consecration of Christ Church, Tynemouth, by John, Bishop of Durham, 5 July. The Bishop, with his chancellor, archedeacon, and chaplains, came in at the south door, and after several prayers, placed himself in the middle of the church, with his attendants on one hand, and on the other Mr. Clarke of Newcastle, as commissioner to the Earl of Northumberland, owner of the ground, and donor, who, by an instrument delivered into the Bishop's hands, surrendered all the Earl's interest therein, and re-quested that it might be consecrated and called Christ's Church, which was accordingly done. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 170i.]
July 7. T. Povey to Williamson. Sends Papers which contain the Progress of the overtures made by Isaac Callard for introducing the Point de Venise; viz., 1st, the petition and propositions, with the reference to the Attorney-General and his report; 2nd a report from Povey to Lord Arlington on the first overture; 3rd , the first propositions digested into an undertaking by Callard, according to Sir. G.Downing's advice. [Ibid. No. 171. See p. 458 supra.]
July 7. Licence to Sir David English to export 2 horses into France. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 64.]
July 7. Licence for Sir Rob. Leeke to transport 4 geldings, with 3 servants, into Flanders. Minute. [Ibid.f. 64.]
July 8.
Woolwich Ropeyard.
Wm. Bodham to the Navy Commissioners. Has received 42 tons and 2,300 fathoms of old cable junk from Deptford, some so rotten as to be only fit for wadding; half is good, and one-third may serve for oakum. Hears there is as much more to come; it is strange that in time of war, he could have none of it when wanted, and it is 50 per cent. worse by lying in the weather. Many poor people desire to pick it into oakum, if they may have ready money for their work. Is 7I. 4s. 6d. out of pocket for oakum picking, by order of Sir Wm. Batten, and has only claimed 9s. 4d. out of it, or 16d. on every 20s.for his care and disbursements. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 172.]
July 8.
Whitehall
Order in Council, approving and confirming a proposal of the gentlemen pensioners––on the order of 16 March last, that their number as they die should be reduced to 30, and that till then they should receive but half pay––that they be at once reduced to 30, those retained being men of estate and quality, who have served the Crown in the late war, and that these 30 pay to the 20 who go out 3,000l. for their satisfaction, and themselves continue to receive their present wages. [Ibid. No. 173.]
July 8.
Falmouth
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Asks why he has not heard from him these two posts. [Ibid. No. 174.]
July 8.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the same effect as the above, and his letter to Hickes of the 6th instant. [Ibid. No. 175.]
July 8.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Williamson. A flyboat has arrived from London, with the guns and other necessaries for his Majesty's great ship on the stocks, which will be soon ready to launch; also the Golden Lion from Virginia, a Bristol vessel from Morlaix, and another from Nevis, which brings news that that is'and yet feels the smart of the late war; this is also evident by the scarcity of the commodities grown in that place. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 176.]
July 8.
Coventry
alph Hope to Williamson. The Earl of Denbigh, having erected a chapel adjoining his house at Newnham Padox, the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, attended by several persons of worth, performed the ceremony of consecration, after which the Earl of Denbigh entertained the whole number, which was very considerable––the novelty of the thing inviting many––at a very costly and magnificent dinner, where nothing seemed wanting to proclaim how highly his lordship was affected with the business, presenting the Bishop with a very fair double gilt piece of plate of considerable value. After all was done, the Bishop came to Conventy, preached, and held his visitation. The Earl of Denbigh, who sent him a buck, and many other persons of quality met him there, and dined and spent most of the day together. The Bishop intends holding a visitation at Coleshill on his way home.
A poor woman having a lame gosling, which got into a pit, desired her son to strip and go in for it, which he did, but found the pit unexpectedly deep; the mother, seeing her son in imminent danger, and being transported with affection, leaped in to relieve him, and both were drowned together. [1 ¼ pages. Ibid. No. 177.]
July 9.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Willliamson. The very tempestuous weather sets the country in fear of a bad harvest, as likely to prove prejudicial to the corn; it has much hindered the seamen. Several vessels bound for Ireland have lain here 6 weeks.[Ibid. No. 178.]
July 9.
Portsmouth.
B.J. [Ben Johnson] to Williamson. The fleet of merchant ships with the 2 Dutch convoys still remain at St. Helen's, the west wind blowing a storm. The Nightingale has left for Spithead. [Ibid. No. 179.]
July 9.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson, The Sovereign is ready to sail for Chatham, and the ships under Sir Thos. Allin are making all possible haste. [Ibid. No. 180.]
July 9. Col. Hen. Osborne to Williamson. If the reprieve for Wm. Miller is signed by the King, asks that it may be given to his mother. The fees shall be paid, though she may not have money at present. [Ibid. No. 181.]
July 9.
The Mary, Portsmouth Harbour.
John Fowler[Judge Advocate] to the Navy Commissioners. A court martial has been held on board the Mary concerning the complaint of Thos. Collingwood, purser, Rob.Haughton, carpenter, and Thos. Cranmer, surgeon of the Francis frigate, against their commander, Capt. Wm. Burstow. The Duke of York had ordered Sir T. Allin to try the case, but he being absent, it was referred to Capt. Rob. Clarke and the commanders present. The Court found that their accusation was a malicious combination against the commander, and that they had perjured themselves and fallen under the 33rd article of the sea laws of war. They were sentenced to lose their employments, and be towed on shore at a boat's stern, to the Point gate at Portsmouth, a drum beating in the boat's head, but their pay to be permitted to them to the day of the court martial, when they shall have passed their accounts. They are to remain in irons aboard the Francis, until his Royal Highness's pleasure is returned. I hope Mr. Hewer has moved you concerning my salary due. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242. No. 182.
July 9. Sir. Wm. Coventry to Sam. Pepys. In order to make the utmost use of assignments for satisfaction of merchants selling to the Navy, orders of the Exchequer on any other branch of the revenue, as well as those on the monthly tax being assignable by a special Act lately passed, an assignment now given to a merchant becomes absolutely his, and need never come into the Navy Treasury, but the assignment be given on delivery of the commodity. To improve this, moneys assigned on the Customs or other branch of the revenue should be made in many small orders, applicable to the uses which Lord Anglesey may have accommodated to his own mind upon asking.[ 1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 183.]
July 9.
Portsmouth.
John Robinson, of the James hoy, to the Navy Commissioners. Is waiting the fitting of the James hoy, given him in command. Asks how many men they will allow and to whom he shall apply. [Ibid. No. 184.]
July 10. M. Wren to Sam. Pepys. I send orders for the return of Capt. Poole and the ships with him for England; let me know to whom you will consign the victuals and stores, in case Capt. Poole be not at Barbadoes, and Lord Willoughby be absent also. [Ibid. No. 185.]
July 10. Edw. Homewood to Sam. Pepys. Has been Prevented by illness from making his return sooner. There was never any survey of the stores in the time of his being at Harwich. [Ibid. No. 186.]
Inventory by John Browne of the remains of the stores at Harwich, taken 20 and 22 July 1667,by order of Sir Wm. Batten. [ 3 pages. Ibid. No. 186i.]
July 10. Grant to Sir Phil. Howard and Fras. Watson of the sole graving of ships and other vessels for 14 years. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 74.]
[July 10.] Draft of the above grant. [ Damaged. S.P. Dom., Car.II.242, No. 187.]
July 10. The King to the Duke of York. On 11 July 1667, 1,000l. was imprested to Sir Jos. Jordan, Commissioner Taylor, and Anth. Deane, is granted to him in recompense for his services, and a discharge is to be prepared accordingly to the said persons,from the said bill of imprest. [ S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f.10.]
[July 10.] Draft of the above. Minute. [S.P. Dom.,Car.II. 242, No. 187a.]
July 10.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Between 40 and 50 light colliers have sailed for Sunderland and Newcastle, and 40 more in the road bound for the same ports are at anchor. It is reported that the Duke(?) of Albemarle dreamt twice that Whitehall was on fire, which awakened him, and caused him to send his servant to see, who having satisfied him to the contrary, he fell asleep the third time, and dreamed the same thing, when he a woke and went himself, and coming into Whitehall, found them all at mass, where behaving somewhat rudely, a page rose up, and run him through with his sword. This finds some credit, like a pamphlet called "The English Pines" [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 188.]
July 10.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Ten or 12 ships have sailed. Has had no written news the 2 last Sunday Posts. [Ibid. No. 189.]
July 10.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. A Bristol ship bound for Barbadoes was driven into this Port by Countrary winds.[Ibid. No.190.]
July 10.
London.
James Hickes to Williamson. I have received the king's letter, and given orders concerning the packet to Stamford. Seeing your hand, I hope not to be quite deprived of your favour; I will wait on you to-morrow.[Ibid. No.191.]
July 10.
Treasury Chamber.
Sir Geo. Downing to Wm. Wardour, cleark of the Pells. The Treasury Commissioners desire to know if the Greenwax of the Duchy of cornwall be excepted in the Earl Berkshire's patent of the Greenwax or not. [Ibid. No. 192.]
July 10.
Home lacy.
Viscount Scudamore to Williamson. Thanks for constant intelligence. I send 9l. by Geo. Andrews, which is for a year and a half ending at Midsummer, finding I have slipped into arrears. I desire you will cause it to be supplied weekly as before.[Ibid.No. 193.]
July 10. Sir John Duncombe to Williamson. Although Sir John Coell's son was admitted a fellow in Trinity Hall on sight of the King's mandate, Yet Sir John is informed some attempts are being made to interrupt the bussiness. If there be any such attempt in your office, let me or Mr. Horner have notice, that we may take steps for Preventing it. Endorsed with notes[by Williamson] of business to be transacted in the foreign committee on Monday. [1 1/3 pages Ibid. No. 194.]
July 10? [Earl of Manchester, Chancellor of Cambridge,] to the Master, &c., of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. The King understanding that his late letter in behalf of Francis, son of Sir John Coell, for a fellowshiip there, is obeyed to the prejudice of Suetonius Parry, who had a Previous letter, wishes Coell's ready compliance with this request,, Fras. Coell is to be entered on the register for the next fellowship. [Ibid. No. 195.]
July 10. Chris. Barker to Williamson. I hope you will notice what Mr. Newcombe and Mr. Baker will bring you concerning an agreement with Mr. Bill; if you will send Mr. Baker with the paper to Mr. Loven for his advice, so that I may do nothing prejudicial for the future, he will willingly go; he has been more kind than any more nearly concerned; but I know it is on your score. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 196.]
July 10. Wm. Hutchinson to Williamson. I have desired Mr. Lugg, who sits near my seat in the Six Clerks' office, to give despatch during my absence to any business that you may send. [Ibid. No. 197.]
July 10. Plymouth. John Clarke to Hickes. Two Plymouth ships from Virginia have arrived, one only two-thirds laden; the other has sailed for London. [Ibid. No. 198.]
July 10. John Clarke to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 199.]
July 11.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Three Hull vessels have sailed for Holland and 2 for France, laden with lead, cloth, and butter, also one for North Bergen with com. Three ships have come in from the East, laden with pitch, tar, iron, and flax, which last is a drug in this port, as at an isle 20 miles distant, there is as good flax and hemp as any brought from the East or Holland, and far cheaper, which has already spoiled that trade in these parts. The merchants are much troubled at the Act for imposing the 16l. a tun on. French wines, &c., as none will gain but the vintners, who have mostly furnished themselves with great quantities beforehand, and not entered with the Commissioners the 10th part. A multitude of disaffected persons hereabouts speak much against the Government, and I believe there never were more private meetings than at the present. [Ibid. No. 200.]
July 11.
London.
James Hickes to Williamson. The packets from Dublin of the 4th and 7th have arrived; the enclosed are all for you, unless sent to Sir Geo. Lane or Mr. Clerk. [Ibid. No. 201.]
July 11.
Cambridge.
Dr. Jos. Bentham to Williamson. The misnomer in the mandate would not have much hurt me, but I had it rectified and the work was finished; I was overcome with my friends' reasons and persuasions for payment of the fees, as they are the principal maintenance of the University officers. I am still in town to preach before the University on Sunday, but shall return home the next day. Dr. [Peter] Gunning will wait his course at Whitehall the next month. [Damaged. Ibid. No. 202.]
July 11. Account of moneys yearly paid into the Great Wardrobe, by tallies of assignment on different branches of revenue specified, from 12 June 1660 to 11 July 1668; total, 21,654l. 19s. 5d. [Ibid. No. 203.]
July 11. Warrant requiring the Master and Wardens of the Stationers' Company of London not to permit any stationers to continue to print common law books, till the judges have given their opinion on a cause in the High Court of Chancery, between the said stationers and Rich. Atkins and others, interested in a patent granted by King James and not yet expired, for the sole printing of the said law books. With note that this order was, upon a more particular information, revoked and made void. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f 65.]
July 11.
Chatham.
Sir John Mennes to the Navy Commissioners. I have completed payments of ships and tickets as far as the money would reach, and have given you an estimate of the sum now required; pray hasten the money. Mr. Mason is indifferent whether you bargain with him for his timber or not; I judge he is either grown rich or has many customers, and will not alter in anything from the demands lately sent up. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 242, No. 204.] Enclose,
Phin. Pett and Melchior Rainolds to [Sir John Mennes]. We have been to Maidstone, &c., and viewed Mr. Mason's 350 loads of timber, and judge it fit for the new ship and other works.––6 July 1668. [Ibid. No. 204i.]
July 11.
Bristol.
John Badcock to the Navy Commissioners. The master of the ship that has the stores requests that the sails may be put on shore, as he lies among many ships in King-road, and a great many rats come on board, and will gnaw and spoil them. Mr. Bodman, sail-maker, will take them on shore if their Honours will send an order. [Ibid. No. 205.]
July 11.
Bristol.
Sir John Knight to the Navy Commissioners. Is glad that some speedy course will be taken for launching the Edgar. The Merlin is in great want of victuals, and the victualler's agent will not furnish any without order from Sir D. Gauden. Desires it may be sent by next post, or the seamen will desert the frigate, which is bound for the Downs. [Ibid. No. 206.]
July 11.
Merlin, Kingroad.
Captain [John] Clements to the Navy Commissioners. Having brought Lord Orrery from Ireland to Minehead 15 June last, he ordered me to go to Plymouth, but after putting out twice, I was forced back again by bad weather; having spent all the provisions, I was necessitated to go for Bristol, damaging my mast in a storm. I entreat an order to the victualler for provisions; I am in a strange place, and have neither money nor credit; also an order to your agent for the mast to be fished, and for cordage, and other stores; they would not allow me any when I came from Deptford, nor at any place since; I have been driven to such exigencies as none of the King's ships have ever been put to before, not having a fathom of spare rope in the yacht, and all the rigging is worn to pieces. [Unsigned Ibid. No. 207.]
July 12.
The Mary, Portsmouth.
John Fowler to the Earl of Anglesey. I hear that the Navy Commissioners have signed a bill for my salary, and therefore am willing to have recourse to your goodness, as of old it was done to the horns of the altar, in case of life and death. I hope the Treasury is not so drained but that it may afford favourable drops sufficient to refresh the dry ground of a family not few in number, and who have no supply but what my salary affords; for albeit my commission has in it the terms of fees, perquisites, and other considerations, yet in all the years I have been at sea, it never was my hap to meet with any such fish; and it seems they are, if anywhere, only to be found in the land navigation mentioned by the famous [Trajano] Boccalini in his advertisements from parnassus. I beg a cap-stone by your signature ordering my present payment. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 1.]
July 12.
The Mary, Portsmouth.
John Fowler to the Navy Commissioners. I hear you have signed and issued a bill for my salary, and as it is the duty of men to return thanks to those from whom they receive obligations such as you have conferred upon me, I pray you to conceive my thanks. [Ibid. No. 2.]
July 12.
The Mary, Portsmouth.
Captain Rob. Clarke to Sam. Pepys. Sends a list of tickets for former service to the men belonging to the Monmouth, Mary, Princess, &c.; they are not according to the form laid down by Sir Thos. Allin, as the men are not on board that have the tickets, but according to the value, which amounts to 1,700l. Wants blank tickets sent down for the Mary; must else give written ones when he has occasion to discharge. The Monmouth, Mary, and Princess, are ready to haul on shore. [Ibid. No. 3.]
July 12.
Barnstaple.
William Wakeman to Williamson. The Eagle and Sapphire from Rochelle report that the Protestants in those parts enjoy their religion as formerly, though there have been rumours to the contrary. Three vessels have come in from Ireland, with wool. [Ibid. No. 3a.]
July 12.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. No ships have sailed or come in since his last. [Ibid. No. 4.]
July 13.
Old Castle [Jersey].
R. Manley to Rob. Francis. Pray deliver my Lord Arlington the enclosed when he is in a good humour. It is only to beg a continuance of his patronage. The bearer is Mr. Carpenter, the Governor's secretary, and my good friend. [Ibid. No. 5.]
July 13.
Knutsford.
Jeff. Aldcroft to Rob. Francis. Has ordered Hickes to settle for the written intelligence to Midsummer; desires some abatement for the future, as the news is so short, and of so small moment, that it is of little esteem, and does not countervail the charge and trouble. [Ibid. No. 6.]
July 13.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to James Hickes. The Constant Katherine has gone for Barbadoes, and the Prudent Mary for Leghorn, with several other vessels. Has had no letter from Mr. Williamson for 2 posts. [Ibid. No. 7.]
July 13. Request from Nic. Oudart to Lord Arlington, for the King's permission to take his daughter Barbara to France, and return. [Ibid. No. 8.]
July 13.
Letter Office, London.
James Hickes to Williamson. The list with your letters, sent at 10 on Saturday, was received at the [post] office at a quarter to 1 by the porter George. [Ibid. No. 9.]
July 13. Lyme. Anth. Thorold to James Hickes. A vessel arrived from St. Malo with canvas says that since the disbanding of the French forces, the people cannot go to market, they robbing even to the walls of the town. Two vessels from Crosick report that salt has risen 10 livres. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 10.]
July 13.
Royal Katherine,
Downs.
Sir Jer. Smith to Williamson. The Eagle has sailed with the Prosperous of London under convoy, laden with guns, ammunition, and arms, for Guernsey and Jersey; also 20 merchant ships for the straits and West Indies; several others have passed through the Downs homeward bound. The Tiger, which carried the corpse of the Swedish Ambassador to Hamburg, and other vessels named have arrived, which are added to Sir Thos. Allin's fleet bound for the Straits, and will be ready to sail to join the rest now fitting at Portsmouth, when the Provisions and stores have come down. Begs the Gazettes and news. [Ibid. No. 11.]
July 13. Weymouth. John Pocock to James Hickes. Hears by several vessels from Crosick that a Dartmouth vessel arrived in Nantes says that, in the English fishery at Newfoundland, so much fish has fallen in, that they had their voyages half on shore by the end of May, and would probably make very great voyages. The Dutch fleet of 25 merchantmen, with their convoys, has sailed out of Portland Road, also several English and French ships. [Ibid. No. 12.]
Jane 13.
Paris.
Jane Crane to Rob. Francis. Pray find out whose daughter my grandmother on my mother's side was, as the heralds have put her in my pedigree only as sister of Sir Francis Crane, Chancellor of the Garter, without mentioning her father, which makes her appear a bastard. I want proof that my grandmother's father was an armiger, and that therefore I am a gentlewoman; I desire you will search for the marriage contract of her parents' and if that cannot be found, for my grandmother's father's will. This point may affect my establishment. I hope to go with the Princess into Lorraine, as the marriage advances. [8 pages. Ibid. No. 13.] Annexing,
Certificate, under the seal of a French officer-at-arms, of the nobility of Mdlle. Jeanne Crane, her ancient descent, &c., as proved by her genealogy drawn up by English heralds. Her conversion, separating her from family, prevents her having the attestation of her parents. [French. Ibid. No. 13i.]
July 13.
Whitehall.
Order in Council that it be signified to the ambassadors and ministers of foreign princes, that when they desire audiences, they are to tell the Master of the Ceremonies, who is to inform the Lord Chamberlain, or the Vice-Chamberlain, and they are to represent the same to the King, and receive his commands; in their absence this is to be performed by the Master of the Ceremonies. [Ibid. No. 14.]
July 13. Warrant for a grant to Thos. Hammond, convicted at the late Suffolk assizes of killing Joshua Dranfield, of pardon, Sir Wm. Morton. before whom the case was tried, having certified that the provocation given by Dranfield was very urgent. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 16.]
July 13. Warrant to Lord Belasyse, revoking the warrant of 16 March for reducing the band of pensioners to 30, his Majesty having thought of another way of retrenchment in that part of his expense. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f.61; 72, p. 166.]
July 13. Pass and licence to Richard Cooleing to travel for 6 months. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 63.]
[July 13.]
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Ordnance Commissioners to continue the salary of Capt. Valentine Pyne, master gunner of England, at 171l., not-withstanding a previous order for its reduction to 100l., on account of his loyal services, especially during the late war with the Dutch. [Partially cancelled. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 15.]
July 13. Warrant to the Ordnance Commissioners to allow 71l. yearly to Capt. Valentine Pyne, master gunner, for his faithful service, especially in the late war with the Dutch. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 63.]
[July 13.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 16.]
July 13.
Chatham.
Sir John Mennes to the Navy Commissioners. [Augustine] Punnet [pilot] is very willing to go to Portsmouth to bring about the Royal Sovereign. and will take London in his way for further commands. I desire you will do him what kindness you can, and give him a bill of imprest. I shall make an end of what is to be done here, by payment of 40 calkers and oakum boys now discharged, and 11 joiners; it is highly necessary to discharge some of the shipwrights, most of them walking about with their hands behind them. Some of Bachellor's timber is brought to the dock, but is not fit for the new ship; if the Royal Oak is to be broken up, many of her timbers will serve. [Ibid. No. 17.]
July 13.
The Merlin,
Kingroad.
Capt. John Clements to the Navy Commissioners. Craves pardon for an omission in not signing his former letter; it contained the truth of his necessities and condition. [Ibid. No. 18.]
July 13.
Stockwith.
Wm. Williamson, master of the Black Dog, to the Navy Commissioners. Arrived 12 July, being hindered by contrary winds. Desires an order for victuals, being laden and the provisions nearly ended. Has no money to buy any, and they only ordered him 6 weeks' victuals when he came from Woolwich. [Ibid. No. 19.]
July 13. Certificate by Joseph Goodwin and 2 others that they have surveyed the Kent by order of Sir Jer. Smith, and that she is leaky and not fit for sea. [Ibid. No. 20.]
July 14. James Hayes, Prince Rupert's secretary, to the Navy Commissioners. Dr. Butler was designed by the Prince to attend him as his chaplain in this summer's expedition at sea. [Ibid. No. 21.]
July 14.
Woolwich.
John Moore, master attendant, and Roger Eastwood, shipwright, to the Navy Commissioners. Have launched the Centurion, and intend to dock the Portsmouth. A collier ran on board the longboat of the Prosperous pink of Newcastle, and sank her; 50s. will scarcely make her good. Desires a warrant to Deptford for 500 deals. [Ibid. No. 22.]
July 14.
Woolwich.
Wm. Acworth, storekeeper, to the Navy Commissioners. Wants his receipts, affidavits, and certificates, concerning his proofs against Clayford's false accusation. [Ibid. No. 23.]
July 14.
Nantwich
Petition of Roger Davies of Nantwich, locksmith, to the justices of the peace for Cheshire. Has been unfortunate in trade from going to Ireland, finding that there was no want of locksmiths there, and losing his custom. Having observed much loose conduct of women, suggests that all unmarried and above 12 years of age should wear padlocks till they are married, and proposes himself as the maker and fixer of the same. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 23a.]
[July 14.] Petition of Dan. F. de la Fabvolliere, engineer, to the King, for payment of 165l. arrears since June last, the expenses of all his journeyings in England; has not had the last 7 months' pay of his place in the guards, and has nothing to live on. If he does not deserve his pension, begs leave to go back home. [French. Ibid. No. 24.]
July 14. Reference of the above petition to the Treasury Commissioners. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 321.]
July 14. Reference of the petition of Sir John Bennet, that his accounts of the indigent moneys may be taken, to the Treasury Commissioners, who are to appoint an auditor to audit and pass them. [Ibid. p. 322.]
[July 14.] Petition of Rob. Swan to the King, for present relief, an employment or a pension. Has lived 4 years on his friends, who cannot longer maintain him; has been 3 months in town, relying on friends to make known his sad condition; has neither bread nor clothes, and being 200l. in debt, dares not stir abroad for fear of arrest. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 25.]
July 14. Order on the above petition, granting the petitioner a pension of 60l., his Majesty remembering with how much fidelity he served him in his escape after the battle of Worcester, and requesting it to be so settled that it may be received without trouble. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 322.]
July 14. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Sir Solomon Swale, for leave to give security of the Exchequer for 2,000l. to be lent at 6 per cent., for the advancement of his daughter, he giving security for payment of the same by 100l. a year. [Ibid. p. 322.]
July 14. Stephen Jackson, jun., to Mark Anderson, merchant, Charing Cross. You have so far favoured me as to speak to Lord Arlington about Mr. Edmeston's gelding, and you seem to have had a grant thereof; I intend inserting it in the Gazette. Pray speak to Williamson for two or three words to Newcomb, the printer, which will be all you need trouble yourself with in the affair. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 26.]
July 14.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Alice and Frances arrived from London to take in tin for Smyrna, and the Providence from Norway laden with deals. [Ibid. No. 27.]
July 14. Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the same effect as the above and his letter to Hickes of the 13th instant. [Ibid. No. 28.]
July 14.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. The Roebuck and a ship from Bilbao bound for Bristol have arrived. [S.P. Dom., Car. II.243, No. 29.]
July 14. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 30.]
July 14.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Sovereign is ready to sail, and the Monmouth and 2 others will be fitted this spring tide. [Ibid. No. 31.]
July 14.
Portsmouth.
B.J. [Ben. Johnson] to Williamson. The merchant ships at St. Helen's, with the Dutch convoys, have sailed. The Monk is brought into harbour, and her furniture and stores ashore, to prepare her for the dock, to cure some leaks. The Slothany has been made a hulk. Repairs of ships. A hoy has arrived at Spithead with stores. [Ibid. No. 32.]
[July 14.] Account that as [James Sharp] Archbishop of St. Andrews and [Andrew Honyman] Bishop of Orkney were taking coach at the lodgings of the Archbishop, High Gate, Edinburgh, on 11 July, a young gentleman fired a pistol with 5 or 6 bullets at the Archbishop, but missed him, and wounded the Bishop's arm dangerously. He escaped down Blackfriars Wind, but was posted after in all directions, and at Costerfen, a man in the same dress and with a case of pistols was apprehended, but rescued by the laird of Forster, which he will have done to his own loss. Being strictly charged thereon, he is gone to the west to find him. Proclamation is this day made against him. The culprit's father is said to live near Ayr, which makes it seem more like a Whiggish plot than private interest. Michael Bruce, the great conventicler, is sentenced to banishment. [Ibid. No. 33.]
[July 14.] Copy of the above. [Damaged. Ibid. No. 33a.]
July 14. Council of Scotland to the King. We are sorry to acquaint you with an act of wickedness. An attempt was made to shoot the Archbishop of St. Andrews and Bishop of Orkney riding in their coach, whereby the left arm of the latter was broken. The culprit escaped in the confusion, but a proclamation is issued for his apprehension. [Ibid. No. 34.]
July 14.
Edinburgh.
Proclamation by the King for the apprehension of the person guilty of a late attempt to shoot the Archbishop of St. Andrews, and Bishop of Orkney, in the High Street of Edinburgh, by which the latter was cruelly wounded, to the dishonour of both Church and kingdom; offering pardon and 2,000 marks Scots to any accomplice who will discover him, and 5,000 to any who will commit him to ward, and forbidding any to harbour him. [Ibid. No. 34a.]
July 14. The King to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Requests a dispensation for Thos. Wilkinson to hold the vicarage of Icklesham, co. Sussex, with that of Waltham St. Lawrence, co. Berks. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 81.]
July 14. Note of a grant to Sir Edm. Pooley of 3,000l., from the first moneys that are paid in by John Prettyman or his securities. [S.P Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 35.]
July [14.] Warrant for a privy seal for 3,000l. to Sir Edm. Pooley as the King's free gift. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 36.]
July 14. Minute of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 63.]
Docquet of the above, dated 3 Aug. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 246.]
July 15.
Whitehall.
The King to Edward Earl of Manchester, Chancellor, and the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford. On the restoration we conferred degrees on persons of eminence for learning and standing in the university, and for sufferings; but all persons who have mandatory letters henceforth are to subscribe in the common form and words, pay the customary fees, and perform the exercises, unless employed on the King's service. [Attested copy. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 37.]
July 15. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 13.]
July 15. James Hickes to Williamson. Your list of letters was dated by Francis at past 11 o'clock, and was received at the office at one. Many letters not yours were entered in the list; I told Francis that none should be set there but such as you would own. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 38.]
July 15.
Rushall, near Tunbridge Wells.
Lord Keeper Bridgeman to Williamson. I am Beginning to get strength and some measure of health. Thanks for despatches; I desire their continuance, and shall not fail of rendering any assistance or advice that may be needed. I pray you to chide my nephew for not having seen Lord Arlington since I went. [Ibid No. 39.]
July 15. Sir Wm. Morice to Williamson. Is ordered by the Council to demand the letter sent to the King from Algiers, because an answer is to be despatched with all speed. [Ibid. No. 40.]
July 15.
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Treasury Commissioners to the King's and Treasurer's Remembrancers, Clerks of the Pipe and Petty Bag, &c. Diverse persons on whom the dignity of baronet has been conferred by the King have neither paid the 1,095l. due thereon, nor struck tallies for its discharge, and sued forth a Quietus est. Exchequer processes are forthwith to be issued and prosecuted against such baronets, and proceedings thereon certified to the Board at Michaelmas. [Copy. Ibid. No. 41.]
July 15. Draft of the above. [Ibid. No. 42.]
July 15.
Treasury
Chamber.
Sir George Downing to Williamson. The Treasury Commissioners desire you to insert an advertisement sent in the next day's Gazette, viz., that 13 August is appointed to let to farm the customs of Ireland to such as will give most, and furnish security for payment of the rent and performance of the covenants; also that 17 August is appointed to let the farm of the excise of Ireland in the same manner. [Ibid. No. 43.]
July 15. Receipt by S. Wright, public notary, from Mr. Francis, through Mr. Barker, of 43s., in full discharge of his trouble and expense in authenticating the genealogy of Jane Crane, canoness in France. [French. Ibid. No. 44.]
July 15.
Bristol.
Sir John Knight to the Navy Commissioners. Shall get an able person to see to rigging the Edgar, which Mr. Baylie says shall be launched this day fortnight. The 100l. will not near suffice for the rigging and other charges. Mr. Rogers, the victualler's agent, will not furnish victuals for the Merlin, so that they have wanted food these two days, and the men will not longer abide aboard. The captain has received orders to stay to carry the Earl of Burlington to Ireland. but unless victuals be speedily provided, the seamen must leave; to prevent this, will disburse somewhat himself until the order is sent, not doubting but they will order ways for its payment. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 45.]
July 15.
Portsmouth.
John Robinson to the Navy Commissioner. Shall make all the speed possible to follow orders. Hopes they will consider that a vessel of his burthen requires more help, and will allow him a couple more men. [Ibid. No. 46.]
July 15. Note that Capt. Browne hired the Good Hope to the King in 1664, for 6 months certain and 12 months uncertain, at 150l. a month; that after 6 months a bill was passed for the freight, and she proceeded upon her contract, and was taken by the Dutch in her return from Hamburg, when a second bill for freight was passed to the owners; that afterwards an order in Council was made that if any ship was taken up to serve as a man-of-war, and was sunk, taken, or burnt by the enemy, the owners should receive the value from the Treasurer of the Navy, according to a valuation made on starting; before this order allowances were to be made as in the former Dutch war. Capt. Browne's vessel being hired before such order was made, and not lost in fight, he was excluded from taking benefit under it. With note that upon stating the case to the Duke [of York] he resolved to recommend it to the King as a case worthy of his relief. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 47.]
July 16. Chr. Coles to [Sam. Pepys.] I have laid hold on the provisions ordered, being all the timber to be had in this country this year, as great quantities of the largest sort are bought up, and carried away for building of the city, for which they have given greater prices than ever I gave in my life; I have no money to buy, as I have not received any from the Navy these 17 Months; the King ought to have goods as cheaply as others, but the postponing and splitting of bills by the Commissioners much impairs credit. I am a sufferer, being ordered to split my own bill. I was l promised payment out of the Duke of York's month tax, which he offered to lend the King. I must have my bills fixed, so as to raise money upon them, that I may contract for the goods proposed, and have an imprest for half their value. As to price, there is great scarcity of plank in the west of England. I have had many offers for my timber at shoreham and Arundel, but preferred dealing with the Navy Commissioners; 4l. a load has been given for worse timber than mine. I am prevented by fever from waiting on the Board. [1¾ pages. Ibid. No. 48.]
Account by Christopher Coles of planks, treenails, and elm board, with the prices required. His last contract was for 150 loads of plank at 4l. 5s. 0d. per load. ––18 July 1668. [Ibid. No. 48i.]
July 16.
Victualling
office.
Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners. I lately left an account of the provisions made in prosecution of the declaration of 1 Dec. 1666, and remaining in stores 28 Nov. 1667; with the issues since and present remains, for all which I have disbursed a considerable sum to my very great prejudice. I pray a speedy order, to prevent further loss to his Majesty if the provisions are not suddenly disposed of; I know no other way than by sending them to the Barbadoes. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 49.]
July 16.
The Mary.
Capt. Rob. Clark to the Navy Commissioners. I cannot understant why my writing about tickets could displease you into sending me such sharp and severe lines; however, as I have formerly done, I shall take care of discontent arising amongst my men, and am sure you have never had any trouble by my ignorance or unmindfulness of instructions; I asked you and Mr. Hayter, before leaving London, for some tickets, but could not obtain any, being answered that as I was going abroad, it was needless; I am not concerned for other men's neglect. [Ibid. No. 50.]
July 16.
Hull.
Jos. Blaydes to the Navy Commissioners. I have been arrested 3 times for money. I hope that, as I and my father were careful about the King's ships, you will let me have the money due, having 3 orphan brothers to support. [Ibid. No. 51.]
July 16. The King to the Treasury Commissioners. The footmen have petitioned for 100l., interest on 4,000l. assigned for them in October last in the Treasury of the Chamber, but which they cannot procure without a great interest; the Duke of Buckingham, to whom their petition was referred, reports that the late Lord Treasurer allowed them 100l. for interest in 1666. We require therefore a similar payment to them now, in addition to the 1,000l. assigned for their wages. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 33.]
July 16. The King to Sir Stephen Fox. The plan adopted of your paying the troops, with a deduction from the pay agreed on by them, has been very useful, and saved much interest; but a dispute having arisen thereon, we declare our pleasure that you use your utmost endeavours to pay the forces quartered in and about London weekly, and those in the garrisons monthly, and to clear them off every muster, or at least 3 times a year, deducting 1s. out of every 20s. paid, till the assignments are paid early enough to prevent your having to borrow moneys at great interest. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 34.]
July 16.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Hickes. The Fortune of Dublin and a small ship of the north of Ireland have arrived from Crosick with salt, and the Philip from St. Sebastian with wines and iron. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 52.]
July 16. John Powell to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 53.]
July 16.
Portsmouth.
B.J. [Ben. Johnson] to Williamson. The Monmouth and Mary are hoisting their guns and provisions aboard; the Slothany hulk has come in to be strengthened, but was too big to enter the dock-head till one of the gates was removed. When the day's labour was ended, the workmen of the yard received a month's pay, which was in arrear of their weekly pay. Money is provided, and more is expected by several assignments to pay off the ships laid up in harbour. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 54.]
July 16.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Monmouth and Mary are launched, so Sir Thos. Allin's squadron will soon be ready for sea. Next week the Royal Sovereign will be ready to go to Spithead for the Downs. [Ibid. No. 55.]
July 17. Lord Keeper Bridgeman to Williamson. I send a document, and desire you will read it to the King. The substance is forthwith to declare an ambassador for France to be sent from hence, and to despatch Sir. Wm. Temple with all speed. I have given my reasons at large, and perhaps more freely than a wise man should, but would rather be accounted honest than wise. I have written to Lord Arlington upon it. [Ibid. No. 56.]
July 17.
London.
John Wadlow to Williamson. Understands from Katherine Ward that endeavours have been used to supplant her son, John Ward, from his consulship at Algiers—although there is no just cause of complaint—and that she has a petition depending before his Majesty for her son's continuance in his employment. Eegs him to do all the service he can, that her business may have despatch, so that she may be taken off from attendance at court, which from her years and weakness is troublesome to her. [Ibid. No. 57.]
July 17. John Cooke to Williamson. Sec. Morice wants the States General's letter of revocation of M. Meerman, that a letter residential may be drawn thereupon. [Ibid. No. 58.]
July 17.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Several persons of Norwich, 23 or 24, have arrived in a galliot hoy, which they hired at the Brill to bring them over. Fifty vessels sailed yesterday out of Yarmouth Road for Sunderland and Newcastle, and 20 more to-day. [Ibid. No. 59.]
July 17.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. The laden fleet has sailed with a fair wind; no ships have come in since his last. [Ibid. No. 60.]
July 17.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Two Plymouth ships have arrived from Wales with coals, and a pink from London laden with lidd [? lead] for Rochelle. [Ibid. No. 61.]
July 17.
Whitehall.
Order in Council, that no person on whom the dignity of baronet is conferred be discharged from the services to be performed, or payments made in lieu thereof, for that dignity; that no discharges thereof be allowed to pass the great or privy seal, and that no tallies be struck in the Exchequer for discharge thereof. [Ibid. No. 62.]
July 17.
Whitehall.
Warrant for Sir Edw. Griffin, Treasurer of the Chamber, to pay to the gentlemen of the Chapel Royal 20l. in lieu of 3 deer, formerly granted to them yearly. [Copy. Ibid. No. 63.]
July 17. Minute of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 74.]
July 18.
The Harp, Dublin.
Capt. Rob. Hooper to the Navy Commissioners. Desires some course to provide him with victuals, being quite destitute; his credit has extended as far as the ability of the persons who supplied him can afford, and no victuals are provided in any port on that coast. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 64.]
July 18.
Bristol.
Sir John Knight to the Navy Commissioners. The Edgar will not be fitted to sail out for 1,500l., besides the materials already sent and what the shipwright is to furnish, so that the 100l. ordered will quickly be at an end, and the ship must lie at charge for want of money and credit, there not being any that will furnish without money. I have observed in such cases that the growing charge comes to more than the sum first due; Pray take some course that money may be ordered; if I had but an engagement that what is delivered for her use shall be paid in 3 months, out of some particular money arising by the customs or other taxes in Bristol, I could procure credit from shopkeepers, and victuals should also be ready. I have already paid for bringing up sails, cables, and cordage, in order to the launching. There should be either an order for 1,500l., or a general one for fitting the ship, payable by the customs' collector.
For the 100l. ready, I have charged a bill of exchange upon you, payable to Mathew Roydon; I send a note from the boatswain of what he shall want, and the captain demands 5l.; I want an order to pay him, as also an order for the delivery of a furnace, and some ropes and old sails, left by other ships. We have tendered to some seamen, who have 2 days' service due to them, 7s. per week per man, which they refuse, and demand 9s. or utterly refuse to work. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 65.]
July 18.
Bristol.
Capt. John Wettwang, of the Edgar, to the Navy Commissioners. There is a great deal of work to do about the ship; all the stores are taken aboard but guns and shot, and it would cost more to get them out now than the demurrage. The carpenter cannot take in the cables, for he will not ballast till she comes below. [Ibid. No. 66.]
July 18.
The Merlin,
King-road,
Bristol.
Capt. John Clements to the Navy Commissioners. I have brought my yacht here for Mr. Furzer to fish my mast, but I hear nothing of him as yet. Mr. Rogers has received order from Sir Denis Gauden to victual but 16 men for 2 months; on coming out of the river, I was ordered 4 more and victualled for 20, both at London and Plymouth. Pray send to Sir Denis Gauden to renew his order; I have received notice to wait on the Edgar, so shall have more occasion for men than before; I beg that our yacht may be tallowed, being extraordinarily foul. [Ibid. No. 67.]
July 18.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane to [the Navy Commissioners]. The Martin galley lies in the launch at Portsmouth, where the new ship must be built; I fear that she will not swim, and that it will take up more time to prepare her for the water than you can well spare. [Ibid. No. 68.]
July 18.
Buckden.
William Bishop of Lincoln to Williamson. I cannot give the account promised until I have visited Bucks; I met with 3 debauched clergymen in Hertfordshire, whom I shall deprive. The gentry are most kind wherever I go; I think the principles I go upon will be successful. Let my letters be sent to James Hickes, at the post office in Bishopsgate Street, and they will be sure to come to hand. Remembrances to Lord Arlington. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 69.]
July 18. Major John Scott to Williamson. I know of no other reason for the dislike you have taken against me than the unhappy accident in Scotland Yard, supposed to be by Andrews. I knew Andrews as a reputed honest man in Barbadoes, and recommended him to Col. Morrice, from whom he brought me letters, and desired me to procure him employment as a clerk. Capt. Berry and I made it our business to try and serve him, and had the ships gone out, he had been captain in a frigate. I recommended him to Sir Edmund Godfrey, but he breaking up house, that failed, and I saw no more of him till, coming to your room, I met Mr. Price, who said he would write no more in Scotland Yard. I introduced Andrews to Mr. Francis requesting he might be taken on trial, which he was, and had a little work, though his writing did not quite satisfy. I never heard of him after, but my nephew saw him the day after the villainy was committed in Holborn. Thanks for favours; I have been unable to recompense them; the unkindness of the Earl of Clarendon, and my zeal to my King and country, have been my ruin. Attached is a scrap requesting prayer for a troubled, sinful, and almost despairing soul. [Ibid. No. 70.]
[July 18.]
[Bath.]
Wm. Perwich to [Williamson]. Acknowledges the receipt of letters and newspapers of the 16th for his lordship [Arlington], who has arrived here this morning, having travelled all the nights and resting during the heat of the days. Her ladyship and sisters are well, and the Duchess of Monmouth is hourly expected. His lordship speaks of going to Oxford. He bids me desire you to consult with Sir John Trevor about the Prince of Monaco’s wishes, and advise the Council accordingly. [Damaged. 1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 71.]
July 18.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Some Deal men, going off to the Goodwin, found an iron-bound chest, which was concluded to be the chest lost some years ago, containing 50,000l. in gold, bound for Holland. They went off from Deal the next day with a fleet of several vessels, and after some search for the lost one, struck it with a spike about a foot in the sand, which lighted their hearts at such a booty; but in digging to clear the supposed chest, their expectations were frustrated, as it turned out to be a rudder of about 5 ft., and worth about 10s. Is informed that the report of the war with his Majesty and Algiers is a Dutch and French romance, as letters from the Levant make no mention of it; 15 of the King’s ships are in the Downs. [Ibid. No. 72.]
July 18.
Kendal.
Sir Thos. Sandes to Williamson. I doubt not but you have received the 400l. sent by me from your brother. The minister of Crosthwait is fully recovered; but as the parish and he do not agree he would resign if the Bishop would provide him with a place in the county worth 60l. or 70l. a year, which your letter and your brother’s solicitations might get done; I will then agree for the land, but I desire my son-in-law may be settled in the one before he sells the other; you might write to your brother about it. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 73.]
July 19.
Portsmouth.
B. J. [Ben Johnson] to Williamson. The carpenter and 2 others of the Francis frigate have been towed ashore at a boat’s stern from the Mary to the point without the town, by order of a court-martial for publishing false accusations against their captain. The Victory fireship and the Garland frigate have arrived at Spithead, to join with others in making up Sir Thos. Allin’s squadron. [Ibid. No. 74.]
July 19.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Several merchantmen for Cadiz and Lisbon are waiting for a convoy, being afraid to proceed alone because of the Turks, on account of what happened to the consul at Algiers. The ships under Sir Thos. Allin will soon be ready to take in their provisions. Capt, Hubbard has arrived to command the Royal Sovereign. [Ibid. No. 75.]
July 19.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Two London ships have arrived for Sally and the Straits, and the Endeavour of London from New England; she left the place in a peaceable condition. [Ibid. No. 76.]
July 19.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships. [Ibid. No. 77.]
July 19. Lord Keeper Bridgeman to Williamson. The Duke of Buckingham dined with me yesterday; I had discourse about despatching Sir Wm. Temple, and am confident if Sir William or any on his behalf would solicit, the privy seal would be filled up with 1,000l. towards his equipage and preparation, which is as little as can be given in this case, and a few days’ delay may be of more prejudice to the King’s affairs than many thousand pounds may do good. I hope you will give Mr. Treasurer [of the Chamber] this opinion, and further Sir Wm. Temple as much as may be.
I find that Sir Thomas Allin is to demand reparation from the Prince of Monaco for wrong done an Englishman, and in case of refusal, to take it. I told the Duke of Buckingham the case was not rightly presented to Council, for the King sent, by his minister, to the King of France, to know whether that Prince was under his protection, and if be were, for reparation to be made by his means. The answer was that be was under French protection, and that the customs demanded by the Prince were such as had been used and paid by the subjects of other Princes; there it rests. I desired the Duke to acquaint his Majesty with this, and the Duke took a memorial of it, but the instructions appearing so positive as to taking reparation if refused, I cannot see how a war with France can be avoided. I doubt not if the French cannot obtain that conjunction of England which they desire, their next work will be to pick a quarrel with England alone, upon a private account, severing our allies from us. If we must have a war, it will be prudent to avoid it upon a single account, and to make it upon the account of the late alliance, and so make our neighbours bear a part of it; I should be glad if this was represented to the King or the Duke of Buckingham, as Sir Thos. AIIin goes on Tuesday to Portsmouth. [1 ½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 78.]
July 19.
Portsmouth.
St. J. Steventon to Sam. Pepys. Sends account of 12 weeks’ wages, with allowances for extra work in nights and tides, amounting to: 3,492l. 3s. 4d. [Ibid. No. 79.]
July 19.
The Mary.
Capt. Rob. Clark to the Navy Commissioners. Finds no want of anything beyond flags, jacks, and vanes. Shall be ready to take in the beer from the Cambridge and York by Monday. [Ibid. No. 80.]
July 20. Warrant to the Duke of York to order the Navy Treasurer to pay 100l. to Capt. John Straglan [Strachan ?] for good services. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 35.]
July 20. Warrant for a grant to Wm. Langhorn, of the Inner Temple, of the dignity of a baronet, with discharge from the usual payments, because the father of the said Wm. Langhorn lent the King 1,000l. in his necessities. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 66.]
July 20. Warrant from Sec. Morice for committal of James Cotterell to the Gatehouse for printing seditious books, and warrant to John Wickham to carry him thither. With note of his release, 4 August. Minute. [S.P. Dom Entry Book 28, f. 16.]
July 20.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to James Hickes. Lord Chief Justice [John] Vaughan and Judge [John] Archer visited Lyme on their return from Dorchester, and, accompanied by the mayor and others, took a view of our Cobb, where they had several guns from the ship and fort, and drank the King’s health, after which they had a very noble treat at the mayor’s house, and the same evening departed. A vessel from St. Malo with canvas says there is a rumour there of another break with Spain. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 81.]
July 20.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. The Alice and Francis arrived from London with piece goods, and took in tin for Smyrna. Several others have also come in from places named. [Ibid. No. 82.]
July 20.
Swansea.
John Man to Williamson. The Blessing from Minehead brought a passenger in a mean habit, with a long black periwig and black complexion, 28 or 30 years of age, who on his arrival sent for a tailor, and put himself into a very genteel garb, and lavished out his money to the value of 20l. or 30l. by a vain strain of generosity, pretending to be the eldest son of Sir Henry Dover of Wiltshire but his demeanour gives him to be no such person, for he acted as if he supposed himself to be a petty prince, and has since sailed for Youghall. Some suppose him to be one that has not come well by his money, and if it is put in the Gazette, he may be inquired after [Ibid. No. 83.]
July 20.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to James Hickes. The Industry from the Canaries reports that if rain does not speedily fall, the vintage will be bad; also the Crown and the Star of Rouen laden with salt, and the Fountain of Dover with salt and brandy have come in. [S. P. Dom., Car. II.243, No. 84.]
July 20. James Hickes to Williamson. Cannot meet with any letters for those ladies, but if found will forward them. Could find them more quickly if he knew from whom they were. Sends a packet arrived from Dublin, which was overlooked yesterday. [Ibid. No. 85.]
July 21.
Portsmouth.
B. J [Ben Johnson] to Williamson. The Reserve and 2 others arrived at Spithead to be harboured here. A Dutch man-of-war came, in company with the Portugal Ambassador’s servants, baggage, &c.; a Deptford ketch has also arrived. [Ibid. No.86.]
July 21.
Newcastle.
Rich Forster to Williamson. There have 30 ships arrived since his last. [Ibid. No.87.]
July 21. Major Henry Nicoll to the Navy Commissioners. I am sorry you give no answer to my petition, wherein you have good and positive reasons why I am not in condition to complete my contract. I ask no new contracts, but satisfaction for non-performance of the old ones, or their cancel upon giving up my accounts and rendering the materials out of the wrecks, which will answer the money expended, and save the King victuals and wages of the 4 ships, which by this time would have amounted to 400l. I am willing to relinguish the advantages I might have had, if this necessary service be not neglected. I never proposed any advantage to myself, more than obtaining the Golden Hand flyboat, which his Majesty granted me at a reasonable price, for my early activeness and great expense in order to his restoration. I desire an answer to my petition without delay, as the spring [tide] draws on. Previous delay cost the King 300l. in wages and victuals, and made the bargain 200l. worse in point of time. [Ibid. No.88.] Annexing,
Petition of ?Henry Nicoll to the Navy Commissioners. I covenanted with you on 14 May to clear the river Medway of wrecks within 6 months, you delivering me 4 ships supplied with all necessary requisites. Edward Moorcock, whom you enjoined me in a 500l. bond to take as partner, objected against the windlasses of 3 of the ships as unfit for the work, and desired new ones before he began the work, but could not obtain them; and as some of the bridles and other materials were defective, he refused to sign the storekeeper’s bill until the whole was perfected. These defects have so delayed the work, by the breaking of the windlasses, and so disheartened us, that we cannot proceed without better conditions, I beg you to recommend the Duke of York to accept of the shipping and materials, with my accounts and such things as I have got out of the wrecks –– which I hope will nearly answer the charge I put his Majesty to –– and to discharge me from further meddling in the work, or give me additional shipping, money, and materials. –– 18 July 1668. [Ibid. No.88i.]
July 21.
Chatham.
Edw. Gregory, and 2 others, to the Navy Commissioners. We have communicated Major Nicoll’s petition to the shipwright, who affirms that when Mr. Moorcock took the ships there was no complaint; that when 2 of the windlasses gave way, he received orders to make 2 new ones, but the shipwright left the yard the day before the order, and did not return till the spring [tide] was over; the bridles were not defective, and Capt. Moorcock went to Gillingham and viewed them, and thought the provisions enough for clearing the whole river. Nicoll’s complaints are most unreasonable, for he only uses one bridle in flyboat, and yet there are 4 bridles aboard the 4 flyboats, and not above 25 fathoms cut from the cable he had out of store. Had the Major been prudent in managing his work, and not cut 3 ship loose, the trial of the vessels’ strength or bridles’ goodness had not been made. Nicoll and Moorcock did not sign the indenture for the things received, because each refused to do it apart from the other. [S. P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 89.]
July 21. Abstract of several papers, all calendared, relating to Major Nicoll’s contract for weighing the wrecks in the Medway. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 90.]
July 21.
Woolwich.
Wm. Bodhan to Col. Thos, Middleton. The giving over work of the men in the yard was thus; They were closing a 13-inch cable, and the whole yard was short of the usual number allowed to that work; the master not sending to the dock for 5 more men, they in anger gave over; these moneyless men are easily provoked, but they are all at work again. Has had no answer from Capt. Low. [Ibid. No. 91.]
July 22.
Bristol.
Daniel Furzer to the Navy Commissioners. I shall dispatch the work of the Merlin with all speed, and desire order for her tallowing. I propse sending in her a parcel of bolts, anchors, and other iron work left that was not used in building the St. David. My accounts are nearly finished. I hope my bills of imprest will not be returned into the Exchequer to my further trouble and damage, having already suffered more than reason for my faithful service. I have stopped proceedings in reference to the ship ordered to be built, and shall give an account of what may be done as the disposal of all the King’s goods here. I hope not be worse delat with than any other person, nor to find that my zeal has carried me too far so as to be my ruin; my condition is such that I am incapable of much service. [Ibid. No.92.]
July 22.
Bristol.
Fras. Baylie to the Navy Commissioners. Intends to launch the Edgar on Wednesday night. [Ibid. No.93.]
July 22.
Bristol.
Capt. John Wettwang to the Navy Commissioners. Has pressed all the carpenters, joiners, and smiths about the city, so that the work goes no well. Advises keeping the Edgar’s guns in the ship that brought them, as all the lighters in the place could not carry them, and to lay them ashore were double charge. Sir John Knight will pay the men but 7s a week, and they will not work under 9s., and the 100l. will soon be all spent. Asks for money to man the ship and enter men. [Ibid. No.94.]
July 22.
The Leopard,
Downs.
Capt. Ch. O’Bryen to the Navy Commissioners. My purser is daily waiting for the order for another month’s victuals for the Ambassador’s retinue.. That is 3 months’ in all; is every hour expecting to sail; wants the victuals, purser, and some peas. I have discharged several men who came out of the Charles, where their tickets should be ordered; I desire the tickets of those that remain. I hope Lord Anglesey will make no difficulty to have them paid with the rest of the tickets in the Downs, but I would gladly know it, that I might in time move his Royal Highness in it. [S. P. Dom., Car. II.243, No. 95.] Encloses,
Petition of John Aldridge, purser of the Leopard, to the Navy Commissioners, for an allowance of extra necessary money, as in the time of the late war, not having received any on his bills; the ship being designed for a voyage to Constantinople. must make extraordinary supplies for so remote a voyage; the victuallers’ 6s. per man a month will not half reimburse him. [Ibid. No. 95i.]
List of 32 men turned over from the Charles to the Leopard; also of 15 afterwards discharged from the latter ––22 July 1668. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 95II.]
July 22. Ralph Snow to Williamson. We must take off our thoughts to Bromley, as Madam Dolben is at Westminster, and if she returns, will carry with her such grave company that it will be criminal to laugh; can we put off our intended visit till the next week? [Ibid. No .96.]
July 22.
Deal.
Rich Watts to [Williamson]. No news is stirring; 30 days ago, near Deal a step-aunt beat a child to death; the coroner sat on it today, and found the child died naturally, “at which all men admire.” [Ibid. No. 97.]
July 22.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to James Hickes. Thanks for his kindness the last term. The King’s ship will be launched on Wednesday. Several vessels have sailed for the Straits, &c. Fears his correspondence is not worth a return. [Ibid. No. 98.]
July 22.
Edinburgh,
Letter Office.
Rob Mein to [Williamson]. The Archbishop of St. Andrews was shot at “by some mad inconsidered person,” but the shot only struck the Bishop of Orkney, who was with him, in the arm. Many person in town are troubled for receiving him and others in the late rebellion; Rob. Gray and his family are prisoners. Mrs. Duncan was before the Council all yesterday, and the hangman and boots sent for, but not used, the Lords being unwilling to put the woman to torture. Welish of Cornlie is suspected of the shot, but not taken. Archibald, son of James Cuthbertson, governor of Herriott’s Hospital, has run away from his father, out of foolish temper. If he applies to you, and promises to come home, let him have 10s., and I will repay it. [Ibid. No. 99.]
July 22.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Several colliers have passed through the road; two vessels arrived from Rotterdam with merchant goods report that many thousands of arms have been shipped at Holland for Scotland, and that a Scotch vessel was ready to sail with 5 chests of arms when they came away. Four vessels have come in with cod fish from the North Seas and Iceland. [S. P. Dom., Car. II.243, No. 100.]
July 22.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to James Hickes. The Windsor, arrived from. St. Malo with canvas, reports that 2 French men-of-war, meeting with 3 English merchantmen from Scanderoon in the Straits, commanded them to strike, and on their refusing, fired at them, which was returned, they stoutly defending themselves till the fleet came up and overpowered them, and carried them into Toulon. The Francis from Morlaix reports that Beaufort with his squadron has put into Rochelle, and that many of their land forces are disbanded, there being a good understanding between them and Spain. She met with the Warwick and Sweepstakes, and the Warwick meeting with a Frenchman, carried him into Plymouth, having had orders to examine all the French that they met in the Channel, [Ibid. No.101.]
July 22.
Whitehall.
Order in Council adopting the report of the committee appointed to consider the retrenchments of the King’s expenses and issues,l as subjoined, and requiring the Treasury Commissioners to act upon the same. With computation of the King’s revenue; viz: customs, 4,00,000l.; excise, 3,40,000; chimney money, 170,000l.; smaller branches of revenue, 120,000l.; total, 1,030,000l. Proposals for the retrenchment of the several items of household and national expense, reducing it to 996,475l. 15s. 10d., the balance of 33,524l. 4s. 2d. to be employed in paying pensions to those who had a hand in the King’s escape from Worcester; to the Coldstreamers; to those who gave pensions for present or past servicel and to those who have grants on a valuable consideration, or for service, or for mere grace.
Also rules for regulating the revenue. All payments to be made from the Exchequer; a new establishment of the Household to be made; the impost of Ambassadors to be as in the late King’s time; orders to be made for the clothing of the yeomen of the guard; all who have lodgings out of Court to keep them in repair at their own cost. [Ibid. No.102.] Annexing,
The above and other rules for regulating the revenue, drawn out more fully. [2 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 102i.]
July 22. Two copies of the above computation of revenue, slightly differing. [Ibid. No.103, 104.]
July 23. Another copy, with the above rules. [Ibid. No. 105.]
July 22.
London.
James Hickes to [Williamson]. Your list was dated by Mr. Francis 11 ½; by Mr. Godolphin12 ½; and received at the [post] office1 ½ . [Ibid. No. 106.]
July 22.
Bath.
W. Perwich to [Williamson]. Thanks on half of Lord [Arlington]. for letters sent by Mr.Stanney. I send in reply the draft of Sir D. Harvey’s instructions, and his lordship’s letters to Sir Thos. Modyford and the Earl of Winchelsea. The packet sent to Sec. Morice is of the papers he sent my lord. No day is fixed for our returningl the Duchess of Monmouth is very merry and intends going into the Bath to-morrow. His lordship forbears writing to the Elector of Brandenbury, supposing he shall see Monsieur Brandt before he goes away. [Ibid. No. 107.]
July 23.
Queen’s College.
Oxford.
Dr. Thos Barlow to Williamson. Thanks for your letter and papers of news received on my return from Southampton. I know your intelligence is great and good, both in sacred and civil things, and when such things of moment concerning the Church come to your hands, pray communicate them. [S. P. Dom., Car. II.243, No. 108.]
July 23.
Queen’s College,
Oxford.
John beebey to Mr. Francis. I beg to recommend [rich] Shirlock, and desire that his business may be dispatched, as he can be ill spared from the college. Our master [Williamson] knows honest Dick too well to need to be moved in the matter. Has Mr. Bridgeman secured Mr. Godolphin’s place ? [Ibid. No. 109.]
July 23. Nic. Beebey to [Williamson]. I have made choice of some as good white wine as any in London, at 4s a gallon, if you will send your bottles to Joseph Mower, at the Ship in Mark Lane. [Ibid. No. 110.]
July 23.
8 a.m.
Tunbridge
[Wells].
Lord Keeper Bridgeman to Williamson. The affair of St. Christopher’s makes me think that eh French are playing a speedy game. If they cannot break with Holland by an union with England, they will pick a quarrel against England upon a single account; I do not, because of their jollities at home, and disbanding of some men, think all safe this summerl and if it is true that the Due do Beaufort is remanded to the ships upon pretence of some stir in Portugal, I shall be the more confirmed that they do not lay aside all thoughts of action this year.
M. Meerman came thither on purpose to dine with me. I told him of the Swedish minister’s ratification and that all would be ready by Saturday; he gave great assurances of the fidelity of his State, and desired me to use all endeavours to conserve mutual confidence and correspondence. being sensible that arts would be used to breed jealcusies, but that they would not prevail with his masters. I sent my own coach with him to Tunbridge, on his way to Gravesend. I am glad that a resolution is taken in the business of Monaco to have a positive answer in writing rom France; if it is speeded by the English minister in France, Sir Thos. Allin may have instructions on that point time enough, by sending letters by land to Sir John Finch, with whom he must keep intelligence.
What is the precise time of Monsieur Colbert’s coming to London ? the people are generally startled by the suspicious surmises made upon his coming. Mr. Lach, Registrar of the Commissioner of Bankrupts, being dead, Mr. Norden, having got a reversionary patent, has come to demand admittance,. I think the right is in me, and desire that the patent may be stopped till I come. [Ibid. No.111.]
July 23.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Monmouth and Mary intend setting out for Spithead, the sovereign will follow, and the other ships appointed under Sir T. Allin’s command are almost ready to sail. [Ibid. No.112.]
July 23.
Pembroke.
John Powell to. Williamson. A small vessel from Bordeaux, laden with salt, reports that the Duc de Beaufort is at Brest, with 60 ships, and that there is great rejoicing for the league between France and Spain. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 113.]
July 23. Licence to John Shepheard, merchant, to export 6 horses into France. [S.P Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 66.]
July 23. Sir John Chicheley to Samuel Pepys. Sir Wm. Penn being ill, I request your assistance to get signed an imprest bill for money disbursed out of my own pocket, in conduct money to 200 men that were honest enough to come to the ship. [S.P Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 114.]
July 23. Papers relating to Phineas Pett, master shipwright at Chatham Yard, viz.:—
Examination of John Bowyer of Chatham, shipwright, taken before Sir John Mennes, Navy Comptroller. I entered into partnership with Phineas Pett, 20 Dec. 1667, for management of a shipwright’s yard at Gillingham, and for buying timber, each to have an equal share of the profits; I agreed with Sir Humphey Miller for 90 loads of oak, at 38s. a load, which timber, by procurement of Pett, was sold to his Majesty by John Moorcock of Chatham, shipwright, as Moorcock’s own timber, at 48s a load, to be delivered into the yard at Chatham; the charge of transporting it, 2s. a load, was paid by Phineas Pett, and 20s. in money, and the like value in timber given as a reward to Moorcock for his owning the timber. This 90 loads being disposed of and each of us paying 25l., in part payment to Sir Humphrey Miller, we bought 200 loads more of him, which was sold in like manner to the King, but I know not for how much; I believe Mr. Pett intended to defraud me of my part of the profit.
I acknowledge my error in being instrumental in carrying a piece of mast out of Chatham Yard to our yard at Gillingham, but I believe Pett knows nothing of it; an anchor-stock lying before our yard was taken out of the King’s yard, and carried there by Thos. Eason, Mr. Pett’s servant; I think the new crab found in our yard was made in his Majesty’s yard, as having the mark on it, but I know not how it came into our yards July 11, Chatham Hill House. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 115.]
Examination of Wm. Wilkins and 2 other shipwrights before Sir John Mennes, Comptroller, and Thos. Middleton, Surveyor of the Navy. Were employed by John Bowyer, foreman of the yard at Chatham, to take a piece of mast from the yard, and leave it at his own yard at Gillingham; did sot not knowing but that it was for the King’s use. July 23, Navy Office. [Ibid. No. 116.]
Like examination of John Browne and James Gibbins, sawyers. A piece of mast was brought in June to Mr. Bowyer’s yard, to be cut into board; it was brought back to his Majesty’s yard by order of the Surveyor, being then at Chatham. July 23, Navy Office. [Ibid. No. 117.]
Abstract of the evidence in support of the above charge of Mr Pett’s breach of trust, in using a piece of mast, crabb, and an anchor-stock belonging to the service, in his and Bowyer’s own yard at Gillingham, and the fallacy of Pett’s pretext that the partnership with Bowyer was broken off; also of the evidence in support of a charge of breach of the rule by which the King’s officers are prohibited selling goods to his Majesty; showing that he purchased timber of Sir Humphrey Miller at 38s. per load, and sold it to the Navy at 48s. and 58s., through John Moorecock, to whom he gave 20s. in money, and as much in timber; showing that he made a larger profit by it than 3s. a load as he pretended, that he bought it on purpose to sell to the King, and that it was purchased by the Navy Commissioners at a high price on his recommendation; also that he pleaded for immoderate favour in measuring it, as proved by Mr. Wilson’s letter of 26 June. With note that Col. Middleton affirmed to the Board that he was led to advise them to buy the timber, by Mr. Pett’s insisting to him upon the quality and want of it, and the reasonableness of the price demanded. [6 page. S.P. Dom Car. II. 243, No. 118.]
July 23.
Portsmouth
Dockyard.
Thos. Hayter to Sam. Pepys. Came here with the clerks on Tuesday, and having now got the books, is preparing to pay the Cambridge and also the Monk, in case the men intended for the Sovereign are removed out of her, and will pay the York, Portland, and Milford to-morrow, if the books are not wanting. The Reserve and Diamond remain at Spithead, to have men taken out of them to complete Sir Thos. Allin’s fleet and the Sovereign. There will be full employment for the workmen at the yard a few days longer, so has not discharged any yet. [Ibid. No. 119.]
July 23.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Hubbard to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of men mustered on board the Sovereign; 420 on the books, 314 on board, 29 of those turned over have run away; fears not many more will come on board, so doubts there being sufficient men on the ships at Spithead to complete the Sovereign and Sir Thos. Allin’s squadron, and thinks they should consider of some other supply. Desires a long boat, and hopes to sail out of the harbour next week. [1 ¼ pages. Ibid. No. 120.]
July 24.
Woolwich
Ropeyard.
Wm. Bodham to the Navy Commissioners. The 6 lasts of tar sent in is spent except 5 barrels. Asks an order for 20 tons of stone from the dock for paving the yard, to prevent the dirtying the hemp in the winter time, and the treading into the ground of such as drops off. [Ibid. No. 121.]
July 24.
Woolwich Ropeyard.
Wm. Bodham, clerk of the ropeyard, to Col. Middleton, Navy Surveyor. I hear you are perpetually solicited by the Greenwich men for stones out of the dock. I wish some men were more modest than to importune for things the concession of which would be descanted on by the unhallowed multitude. The yards should be first provided for, as the consequence of paving them is considerable; 20 tons more are yet wanting. You may judge what kind of factor that was that would sell stones so good for 3s. 6d. a ton, when a paviour would give 4s. 6d., and a citizen 8s. for the same, free of all charges; I would have waited on you, but a lighter of [John] Gould’s hemp has come, and must be taken up. [Ibid. No. 122.]
July 24.
Woolwich
Ropeyard.
Wm. Bodham to Sam. Pepys. I commend Mr. Acworth’s honest zeal in seeking to have the stones, so much stickled for by the Greenwich men, preserved to his Majesty’s better service, in paving his own yards first, and selling what remains to a better chapman; I can affirm they are much wanted for the yard paving. I deplore the baseness of a subordinate officer who, for private lucre, has endeavoured to trapan a sale of them to the Greenwich lapidaries at 3s. 6d. a ton, when a paviour will give 4s. 6d., and a citizen offers 8s. I am tender of the Board’s reputation, being an old servant, and wish that inquiry might be made what inferior officer first solicited them to sell the stones, and the weight of his pretences for it examined; also Mr. Acworth should be questioned why your order of 18 June was not put into execution. I am odious already to bad men by my “clownish, un-modish crimes of honesty and fidelity.” [3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 123.]
[July 24.]
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to Fras. Rogers, in trust for the King’s use, of the recognizance for 16,000l. remaining due from Sir John Prettyman, Bart., of Loddington, co. Leicester, late Receiver-General of First Fruits, on his accounts ending 1663, and of the manor of Loddington and other lands in Allaxton, co. Leices ter, seized into the King’s hands for payment of the aforesaid debt. [Ibid No. 124.]
July 24. Similar warrant less detailed. [Ibid. No. 125.]
July 24. The King to the Attorney-General. Lord Arlington having surrendered to the Crown his grant of Marybone park and manor, we have resolved to dispark and disfranchise the same, and a bill is to be prepared therefor, and a discharge to John Cary and all others from the offices of keeper of the same; also another bill regranting the said disfranchised park to Lord Arlington for 60 years, except timber, mines, quarries, &c., on rent of 36l. 14s. 6d., and with a covenant for repairs and the planting of 20 oak or elm saplings yearly; also a grant of arrears of rent and profits due to Michaelmas 1665. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 74.]
Docquet of the above, dated Aug. 3. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 246.]
July 24. List of 24 printers, or printing offices; 4 printers’ widows; 8 printers who were masters at the time of the passing of the Act [of 14 Charles II. for regulation of printing], but disabled by the fire; and 4 who have set up since the Act, and contrary to it. [S.P Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 126.]
July 24.
5 p.m.
Tunbridge
[Wells].
Lord Keeper Bridgeman to Williamson. I find my mistake touching Monaco, but it was Mr. Treasurer’s letter which gave me encouragement about it. If the ratification from Sweden comes, it shall not be detained half-an-hour. I will write more by Sir Wm. Temple, who is now with me about his business and instructions. [Ibid. No. 127.]
July 23.
10 p.m.
Tunbridge
[Wells].]
Lord Keeper Bridgeman to Williamson. I have received the two instruments of the ratification of the triple alliance, and I sent the Swedish resident’s letter to Lord Arlington instead of to you. Sir Wm. Temple has taken leave for London. I sent him his Majesty’s commands for going away, and suppose he will be with you this evening. The instructions, for Sir Wm. Temple, should not be left to Sec. Morice. I send the heads, as drawn up by Temple, for his lordship to make such alterations as he thinks fit, and get them signed by the King; I have passed my word to Sir William, that after the alterations, the draft shall be burnt, being in Sir William’s hand.
I see no cause for confirming instructions concerning the Swedish pay by the Spaniard; the entry into the guarantee by the Swede as a principal is not to be denied, but Lord Arlington has offered reasons, (though M. Meerernan pressed for it to me,) why we should offer no guarantee to France, till we did equally to Spain, and this latter is deferred till the business touching the money for Sweden is adjusted. [S.P Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 128.]
July 24.
Treasury chambers.
Sir Geo. Downing to Williamson. The Treasury Commissioners desire you to insert an. advertisement in the Gazette that—as several notices have been given to the receivers of his Majesty’s moneys to pay all the moneys remaining in their hands into the Exchequer and pass their accounts, and yet many of them have neither done the one nor the other—process has been ordered to be forthwith issued against the defaulters. [Ibid. No. 129.]
July 24.
Oxford.
Hilaire Decry to Rob. Francis. As it does not please your brother for my brother to remain longer in Lord Grey’s service, I entreat your interest to procure him employment whilst in London, in any family where he would not have to wear livery. He speaks the language pretty well. [French. Ibid. No. 130.]
July 24.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Hears that 40 laden ships are at Sunderland ready to sail; there are 30 sail at the port of Newcastle. Has had no written news this month. [Ibid. No. 131.]
July 25.
Rye.
James Welsh to Williamson. The Diamond and Dragon frigates ply to and fro in the Bay to examine suspicious vessels, as some damage has been done to merchant vessels by French pirates. Has had no letters from him this 4 or 5 weeks. [Ibid. No. 132.]
July 25.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships. Has received no paper of news lately. [Ibid. No. 133.]
July 25.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Monmouth and 4 others are detained by the winds. Sir Thos. Allin has come to his charge; the ships ordered to be laid up here are paying off. [Ibid. No. 134.]
July 25.
Portsmouth.
B[en] J[ohnson] to Williamson. The Cambridge and 4 others named have been paid off, and they are proceeding with the rest, but the men turned over to carry about the Sovereign will not be paid till the ship arrives at Chatham. Sir Thos. AIIin has joined his squadron, and they only wait for sailing orders. Hands are at work on the new fifth rate ship, which is to outsail all the rest. [Ibid. No. 135.]
July 25.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Williamson. One small vessel will be ready to sail for Barbadoes in 9 or 10 days, and 2 others are preparing, but will not be ready these 3 weeks. Will send the packet by the former if he thinks fit. Fears the wet weather will hinder the launching of the King’s frigate on Wednesday. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 136.]
July 25. James Hayes to Williamson. There were certain captains in the King’s service at Woolwich last summer, under command of Prince Rupert, who have not received satisfaction to this day; their petition has been depending before Council for 3 months, without obtaining a reading. I am desired by Prince Rupert to request you to put it in such a way that it may come before the King and Council, and so the poor men have that which is due to them. [Ibid. No. 137.]
July 25.
Whitehall.
The Duke of Ormond to Williamson. I perused the draft of a letter given me by [Edw.] Progers, groom of the King’s bedchamber, and, believing it may produce some advantage to his Majesty, I send it for his signature. [Ibid. No. 138.]
July 25.
Portsmouth.
Thos. Hayter to Sam. Pepys. I have paid the Cambridge and 4 other ships named, and Sir Thos. AlIin having arrived, hope the remainder of the work will receive a speedy despatch, and be completed in 10 days. The books of ships paid off wilt come by the coach, as sending them by post would be a great unnecessary charge. [Ibid. No. 139.]
July 25.
Woolwich.
Wm. Acworth to the Navy Commissioners. I am told there is a warrant for 100 tons of paving stones to be taken from Woolwich to pave Greenwich, but you have already authorized the Woolwich officers to agree with Rob. Maxfield, paviour, to pave the yard, taking the stones left in part payment. The paviour has taken a view of the places most needful to be done, where heavy carts go with cordage from the ropeyard, and affirms that there will not be stones enough; but if any were left, he would allow 4s. 6d. a ton for them, and Mr. Gossege would give 8s. for them. Whoever moves your Honours to have any stones from the yard before the King’s yard is done, it is merely a drive at their own private interest, rather than the good of the service. [Ibid No. 140.]
July 25.
Bristol.
Sir John Knight to the Navy Commissioners. I still think the Edgar will cost near 1,500l. in fitting out; though she may be rigged for 150l., that is not the sole charge. After all things thought needful had been put on board the St. Patrick, much more was wanting. Pray send me credit for 1,000l. or 1,500l.; I will submit to you all demands for materials. I acquainted Lord Arlington, at Bath, with the want of money, and he promised to write to his Majesty about a supply. Let me have an order to the victualler’s agent to supply victuals, and for myself to furnish stores to the Merlin yacht. [Ibid No. 141.] Encloses,
Demand by Capt. Amos Beare of things required for the use of the Edgar—25 July 1668. [No. 141i.]
Demand of carpenter’s stores for the Merlin yacht. [Ibid No. 141ii.]
July 25.
Bristol.
Capt. John Wettwang of the Edgar to the Navy Commissioners. I cannot do what I would, others being entrusted; I think half the great sum demanded by Sir John Knight will do; there are no heavy charges remaining, but I cannot give an estimate. If 200l. were ordered, it will do well, for Sir John Knight will not pay or do anything till money be paid for him in London. I dare engage that the rigging shall not amount to above 100l., and all other things shall be as reasonable. The storeship has arrived, but cannot be discharged till the ship is launched. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 142.] Encloses,
Demand by Capt. Amos. Beare of requisites for the Edgar. The same as No. 141I. [Ibid. No. 142i.]
July 25.
Edwinstowe.
John Russell to the Navy Commissioners. The Black Dog and Adam and Eve have loaded with timber at Stockwith for Woolwich and Deptford, and I send the bills of lading. I want more hoys, as these can do little in fetching away the great parcel of timber at Stockwith and Bawtry; also a vessel for what is at Hull. The river of Trent was never better as to depth of water. [Ibid. No. 143.]
July 25.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of a new ship building. Asks for a supply of plank, which may be had of Chris. Cole, and of wainscots for his Majesty’s new boat. [Ibid. No. 144.]
July 25. Certificate by Sir John Mennes that he has paid the Friezland flyboat as a fifth-rate. [Ibid. No. 145.]
July 26.
Woolwich.
Certificate by Wm. Sheldon that John Moore, boatswain of the Royal James, has officiated as deputy master attendant to Capt. Willoughby Hannam at Woolwich, from 7 April to 26 July 1668. With note of a bill passed for 30l. 8s. 0d. [Ibid. No. 146.]
July 26.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. No ships have gone out or come in since his last. [Ibid. No. 147.]
July 26.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Arrival and departure of ships. [Ibid. No. 148.]
July 26. John Clarke to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 149.]
July 27.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Williamson. The ship bound for Barbadoes intended to sail on Saturday, but the officer of the port who has to clear her promises to stop her till Saturday. If you will semi the packet, I will deliver it to the master or merchant. [Ibid. No. 150.]
July 27.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. A Hull vessel has arrived from Holland; also one of Shields from Virginia, which reports that place peaceable and thriving. [Ibid. No. 151.]
July 27.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. Arrival of 4 or 5 Dutch and other vessels laden with salt, wines, and brandy. [Ibid. No. 152.]
July 27. Wm. Sherwood to Williamson. I beg you will substitute the petition sent for a former one, as I was mistaken in supposing that transportation came of course. I pray you as you have saved my life, to propagate the good work you have begun, by obtaining my liberty from so sad and loathsome a place, where I lie in great poverty, so that I may serve in any of his Majesty’s plantations. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 153.] Encloses,
Petition of Wm. Sherwood, prisoner in Newgate, to the King, for a pardon. Was condemned to die at the Sessions, for stealing goods and money belonging to Jos. Williamson, but was reprieved; was never before guilty of any such offence, and was driven to it by loose persons; but re-delivered what was in his hands, and discovered the remainder, part of which was also re-delivered. [Ibid. No. 153i.]
July 27.
Edinburgh.
News that the attempt on the Archbishop of St. Andrews is likely to lead to many discoveries. Rob. Grey, from the West port, whose wife is a great Whig, is taken, and confesses that 1 of 3 persons who lodged in his house shot the Bishop of Orkney; Major Learmond and the laird of Boscob were 2 of the 3. Also that Learmond escaped out of a window during the search. Mrs. Duncan, a minister’s wife, he says can tell more, but as she will not confess, she will be put in the boots. Many others named by Grey are imprisoned, and others will be, as the Council are calling in all conventiclers. The Bishop will be cured without losing his arm. The Bishop of Glasgow [Alex. Burnet] is in town, and will help well in the discovery of the fanatics. [Ibid. No. 154.]
July [27]. Grant to Philip Packer, on surrender of Hugh May, of the office of paymaster of all works concerning the repair, building, and keeping of the King’s houses of access and others, in time of progress. [Docquet. Vol. 23, No. 237.]
July [27]. Grant to Hugh May of the office of Controller of the Works and of all vales and fees thereof. [Ibid.]
July 28. Letter to Sir Thos. Ingram for 1,000l. for carrying on the buildings at Greenwich, payable to Phil. Packer, paymaster of the works. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 11.]
July 28. Chr. Coles to the Navy Commissioners. I hope, when you are more fully satisfied of your promise to me—that my money should be secured on the Duke of York’s month, and that at the Duke’s order you ordered Sir G. Carteret to give me tallies for 3,200l.— you will find some way for making good the rest of the debt, as also for paying for the goods since served in. I cannot contract for any quantity of timber unless I have present money, and I have run out all my stock and credit in the service; but you shall have 2 or 3 freights of plank which I have already paid for, upon the price mentioned in my last. I do not understand why I should abate 10s. per load in my plank on the last contract, upon hopes only of better payment, which cannot have better ground than before. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 155.]
July 28. Rob. Moorcock to the Navy Commissioners. Col. Middleton conditioned with me for payment of the timber as soon as delivered; but I cannot receive bills or money, under pretence of having taken away a top end which had been cut for Convenience of carriage from the body; if Mr. Wilson would have added it to the body, and not made a particular piece of it, it had not been carried away. I told him he should do it, and acquainted the Clerk of the cheque and shipwright’s instruments before I removed it, and bade my own instrument to leave it out of the bill, which was done; therefore I pray I may have my right, and not be damnified for taking what was my own and not the King’s. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 156.]
July [28 ?]. Rob. Moorcock to the Navy Commissioners. I desire I may have my bill made out for the elm timber contracted for with Col. Middleton and delivered at Chatham. I will attend you about what is or can be laid to my charge, but beg not to have my bills stayed. [Ibid. No. 157.]
July 28.
Woolwich.
John Moore to the Navy Commissioners. Capt. Crips offered 3s. 6d. a ton for the stones as they lay buried in the ballis, he having the charge of digging out and carrying away, and had 40 tons. The paviour offered 4s. 6d. for them when dug out; I know of no other offer. Neither rope nor dock yard was then intended to be paved, but they were intended for the town; 50 tons were transported there out of the King’s yard, and upon the King’s charge, but upon whose order I know not. [Ibid. No. 158.]
July 28.
The Monmouth, Portsmouth Harbour.
Sir Thos. AIlin to the Navy Commissioners. No flags of 18 breadths have yet come down, and there are none but what are fit for fifth-rate frigates. Desires that 4 flags, ensigns, and jacks may be sent. His men, with the rest of the ship’s company in harbour, are getting the Sovereign out to Spithead; intends to follow her to-morrow. [Ibid. No. 159.] Encloses,
[Sir. Thos. Allin] to the Surveyor of the Navy. Desires an order for making 4 dozen of morecoes (sic), promised him when he was at the Board. [Ibid. No. 159i.]
July 28. John Moorhouse, purveyor, to [the Navy Commissioners]. Desires a warrant for the land carriage of 1,000 loads of plank and timber in Whittlewood and Aliceholt forests. I can fell 1,000 loads in Aliceholt. Compas timber is wanted for the rebuilding of the Lowndune, in Deptford dockyard, which will come to nothing but firewood if it remains unfelled. Endorsed with the names of 3 justices of cos. Northampton, Bucks, and Oxon. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 160.]
July 28. John Holing, master of the Sun, to the Navy Commissioners. Desires that he and the rest of the masters of the ships hired to fetch masts from Scotland may be despatched, and that order may be sent for measuring their vessels. [Ibid. No. 161.] Enclosing,
List of the Sun and 5 other ships intended to fetch masts from Scotland. With note that Shish, master shipwright, should measure them.—25 July. [Ibid. No. 161i.]
July 28. Notes by Col. Middleton for drawing charter parties for ships going to Scotland for masts. [Ibid. No. 162.] Annexing,
Charter party between the Navy Commissioners and John Holme, of Wapping, master of the Ann of London, to serve 2 months certain, and longer uncertain, at 12s. per ton, per month.—4 August 1668. [Draft. 3 pages. Ibid. No. 162i.]
July 28. Note that Capt. Limbry waits at Gravesend for a fair wind, intending for Barbadoes, and that the Captain is in town, and will leave before Thursday. With address of Jo. Champante, within two doors of St. Christopher’s Alley, in Upper Moorfields. Endorsed [by Williamson] “Despatch to Barbadoes, French King’s second ordinance.” [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 163.]
July 28.
Portsmouth.
B. J. [Ben. Johnson] to Williamson. The Royal Sovereign is under sail for Spithead, and the Garland is ashore to be trimmed. [Ibid. No. 164.]
July 28.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Royal Sovereign has sailed, and Sir Thos. AIIin and his ships will follow. [Ibid. No. 165.]
July 28.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Auth. Deane to Williamson. The Royal Sovereign is going to Chatham, and the Princess to Spithead, to receive the Ambassador; Sir Thos. AIlin with the Monmouth and 2 others will join the rest of the fleet there bound for the Straits. Five ships have been paid off, and the money is ready for 3 others. The seamen’s tickets are now paying. The keel of the ship building as an experiment will be laid on Thursday. [1 ¼ pages. Ibid. No. 166.]
July 28.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. Several ships from the Straits and other places have come in; also a Spanish man-of-war laden with soldiers, bound for Ostend. A Holland vessel from Surinam brought over 10 English passengers, who report that the place is given up to the Dutch, and that the Dutch and English agree very well. [Ibid. No. 167.]
July 28. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 168.]
July 28.
Newcastle.
Rich Forster to Williamson. Six Newcastle ships have arrived from the east and other parts. [Ibid. No. 169.]
July 28.
The Royal Katherine, Downs.
Sir Jer. Smyth to Williamson. I have had little news lately; there has been such blowing weather for 3 days that I could not send the boats ashore. Several merchant ships are daily passing. I sent 3 frigates and a ketch cruising, and suppose the wind has driven them to the Isle of Wight. [Ibid. No. 170.]
July 28. John Cooke to Williamson. Sec. Morice has imposed a work upon me which, if Lord Arlington were present, would have fallen to your lot, so I ask precedents and directions for drawing a commission for Capt. Rouse, to treat and conclude Articles of Peace with the Governor and City of sally, as also a letter to the Governor. Commissions of this nature have passed from you to Sir Jo. Lawson, Sir Thos. Allin and Mr. Warren. Remember that my master [Sec. Morice] desires despatch in whatever he commands. [Ibid. No. 171.]
July 28.
Salisbury.
John Courtney to Randall Taylor, bookseller, Little Britain. Pray get this advertisement put in the Gazette, with despatch, “It is a friend of mine that suffers in the escape.” Let me know what it costs. [Ibid. No 172.]
July 29.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. Hears by the Margaret of Topsham, from Crosick, that the French are increasing their ships of war, having built several of good force, 2 of which with 60 guns each lay in Belle Isle. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 173.]
July 29.
9 p.m., London.
James Hickes to Williamson. Since 8 p.m. an Irish packet, dated the 18th at Dublin, came to hand, with an enclosure for Lord [Arlington]. [Ibid. No. 174.]
July 29.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. A vessel from St. Malo reports that the discourse was very hot there as to the certainty of the English Consul at Algiers being killed, but it is contradicted by later letters. [Ibid. No. 175.]
July 29.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. A King’s ship and a merchant ship bound for Guinea broke loose and drifted southward. The wheat will be reaped in Thanet next Monday, and grain, and barley, will undoubtedly be very cheap. The fens have very little crops, they being drowned the beginning of the summer. [Ibid. No. 176.]
July 29.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to James Hickes. A thunder storm on Wednesday was reported to have killed many sheep and oxen. The Virgin of Falmouth from Rochelle speaks much of the plentifulness of money among the commonalty of that country; also of a reported break between England and Holland. A merchantman has come in to take in pilchards for the Straits, and the Roebuck from Plymouth. [Ibid. No. 177.]
July 29. Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 178.]
July 29.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships. [Ibid. No. 179.]
[July 29.] Petition of the prisoners of the Fleet, now at Croone House, Surrey, to the King and Council, that the warden may be ordered to rebuild the old prison, and meantime to contrive a more cop venient one for them, as their distance prevents their having the comforts of friends and counsel; also for writs of habeas corpus, as formerly granted, for lack whereof many of them are unable to satisfy their creditors, and perish for want. [Ibid. No. 180.]
July 29. “Survey of the printing presses, with the names and numbers of apprentices, officers, and workmen belonging to every particular press.” Establishments, 26; presses, 65; the number of persons employed in an establishment, varying from 18 employed at the King’s house to 2. Three printers—Mr. Darby, Mr. Winter, and Mr. Rawlyns—are noted as to be indicted the next sessions, Endorsed, “Received 15 Nov. 1668, Supernumerary Presses.” [Ibid. No. 181.]
July 29. Order by the English Commissioners for trade with Scotland, in reference to the making of salt in both kingdoms, that they require further information, and will summon the parties concerned. [Ibid. No. 182.]
[July 29.] Commissioners of England to those of Scotland. Have waited in vain for their list of shipping to finish what relates to the Act of Navigation. Send propositions relative to bullion, imposts on merchandize, made-work, the Act of Navigation, book of rates, inland trade, Scottish timber, salt, fish, linen, leather, and skins. [Draft, 6 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 183.]
July 29. Another draft of the above. [4 pages. Ibid. No. 184.]
July 29. Proposals of the salt makers at Shields, and other places in Durham and Northumberland, to the Commissioners for trade between England and Scotland, containing their reasons for urging the continuation of the tax, laid by Act of Parliament of 1662, of a halfpenny per gallon more on Scottish than on English salt. With 31 original signatures. [Ibid. No. 185.] Annexing,
Certificate by Henry Brabant, Mayor of Newcastle, that John Butler, merchant of Newcastle, has made an affidavit before him that he lost 206l. 7s. 1 ½ d. and 178l. 19s. 9d. by his share in the salt manufacture in 1657 and 1658, and that he is now no longer concerned in the same.—Newcastle-on-Tyne, 9 July 1668. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 185i.]
Major Jer. Tolhurst to the Earl of Carlisle. Certifies that the expense of his salt works from 1649 to 1656 was 1l. 8s. 6d. per weigh of salt. With remarks thereon.—Newcastle-on-Tyne, 10 July 1668. [Ibid. No. 185ii.]
Certificate by Isabel Watson that the accounts produced are of the handwriting of Rich. Rednall, steward of the late Sir Martin Noel, and contain the charges of making salt; also that 35s. to 37s. a weigh for salt was thought good profit, but that in 1656 and 1657, workmen’s wages were higher than before.—18 July 1668. [1 ¼ pages. Ibid. No. 185iii.]
July 29.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Williamson. The Edgar was launched to-day, in presence of Sir Rob. Holmes, Sir Frescheville Hollis, and a great concourse of gentry. Mr. Baylie, the builder, was much applauded, as well for the mould of the ship, as for his excellent contrivance in fitting the cradle to launch her; so smooth and well-poised a launch has not been known by the ancientest artists. [Ibid. No. 186.]
July 29.
Bristol.
Jo. Fitz-Herbert to Williamson. The Edgar man-of-war was launched to-day in presence of the magistrates and near 3,000 people, it being the fair time; Sir Rob. Holmes and Sir Frescheville Hollis, being at Bath, honoured the ceremony with their presence, and gave their judgment that she was as well built a ship for the service as any in England of her size, being near 11,000 tons. It is expected that she will be fitted for sea in 6 weeks. Several ships have arrived from places named; one from Genaway [Genoa?] reports that the French design for settling the grand trade at Madagascar is totally overthrown, and that they are returning home. [Ibid. No. 187.]
July 29.
Bristol.
Fras. Baylie to the Navy Commissioners. We launched the Edgar this morning at 8 o’clock. [Ibid. No. 188.]
July 29.
Bristol.
Sir John Knight to the Navy Commissioners. The Edgar Was launched to-day in good condition. There is paid or due to seamen and lightermen 45l. for the launch, &c., besides 20l. given to the captain and for materials, so that the 100l. is nearly spent. Requests money may be had to give despatch; cannot foresee what things may be wanting until the ship is rigged, and put in a condition to sail. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 243, No. 189.]
July 30.
The Monmouth, Spithead.
Sir Thos. Allin to the Navy Commissioners. Hopes if the ships from the Downs arrive, to be ready to sail in 6 days; wants an order for the colours, as it would be a discredit to use those not fitting. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 1.]
July 30.
Deptford.
John Cox and 2 others to the Navy Commissioners. Have appraised the wr1ecks of the old hoy and the Horseman, and value them together at 15l.; there are 12 old decayed boats here, and 16 at Woolwich, which they value, one with another, at 15s. each. With note of a sale to be made on 10 Aug., 3 p.m. [Ibid. No. 2.]
July 30.
London.
Fras. Spragg to Thos. Hayter. Sends account of provisions shipped for Barbadoes, the tonnage of which amounts to 60 ½ . tons. Capt. John Limbry has the third bill of lading. [Ibid. No. 3.] Encloses,
Account by J. Uthwat of stores shipped on board the Eagle, to be transported to the West Indies for the use of 5 of his Majesty’s ships named.—Deptford, 25 July 1668. [1 ¼ pages. Ibid. No. 3i.]
Bill of lading for provisions shipped on board the Eagle— William Cope, master—for Barbadoes. —London,30 June 1668. [Printed form, filled up. Ibid. No. 3ii.]
Like bill of lading for provisions shipped by Sir Denis Gauden on board the Two Pilgrims of London—Capt. John Limbry, master —for Barbadoes. — London, 20 July 1668. [Ibid. No. 3iii.]
July 30. Warrant from Sec. Morice to Thos. Wilson, to take into custody Joseph Martin, late postmaster of Deal, upon complaint of Sir John Bennett, of misbehaviour relating to the Postmaster-General’s office and authority. Minute. With note of his release, 5 August. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 16.]
July 30.
Pembroke.
John Powell to James Hickes. Heard at Morlaix that the French fleet had come into Brest. The peace between the French and Spaniards stands firm, and there is no talk of war with any other nation, the guns being dismounted in most of the garrisons in France, and the soldiers paid off. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 4.]
July 30.
Portsmouth.
B. J. [Ben Johnson] to Williamson. The Monmouth, Mary, and Princess are safe at anchor at Spithead, and the paymasters aboard to discharge old tickets. The Princess has received from the Dutch man-of-war what belongs to the Portuguese Ambassador. [Ibid. No. 5.]
July 31.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. The Duke of Monmouth arrived at Deal from Dieppe to-day; all the ships and Deal Castle saluted him. He is making all speed to London by land, and intends to lie at Canterbury to-night. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 6.]
July 31. James Hickes to Williamson. The list was dated by Mr. Francis at 10; your letters at 11; the Duke’s past 11, and were at the office by 12 ½ . I hope to dine with you and Mr. Barker at Mr. Ellis’s. [Ibid. No. 7.]
July 31.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. A Yarmouth ketch has sailed for Rotterdam with merchants’ goods; 60 or 70 light colliers have passed northwards. Three Hull ketches, laden with lead, have come into the haven to unlade, as also 30 laden colliers, and a vessel from the North Seas with cod. [Ibid. No. 8.]
July 31.
Durham.
Dr. Thos. Smith to Rob. Francis. Thanks for the newspapers; I am returning to Cockermouth, and desire they may be sent there. Dr. Basire and his lady, your cousin, send compliments. [Ibid. No. 9.]
July 31.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to James Hickes. Seventeen ships have come in. On Wednesday night the judges came to town. [Ibid. No. 10.]
July 31.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. The Pearl of Dartmouth, and the Baker of Plymouth, have arrived from Virginia, but neither of them laden. Several colliers have also arrived from Wales. [Ibid. No. 11.]
July 31. John Clarke to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 12.]
July 31.
Delrow, near Watford.
Wm. Hutchinson, deputy prothonotary in Chancery, to Williamson. I desire your influence with the Lord Keeper in procuring a settlement of my bill for 108l., for foreign business despatched for the Great Seal in 3 years. I would have presented it before, but have been waiting to enrol some leagues promised but not sent. It is no wonder that when wanted they are found in different places, as I have not received the Dutch, Danish, or French league. I wished the prothonotary to speak about it, I being only a deputy.
I have only charged what was paid in the time of Elizabeth, James, and the late King, save that the 5l. a year for expenses, then allowed, was increased by the Lord Chancellor to 10l., because formerly only one or two commissions were passed in a year, while since his Majesty’s restoration, there have been many, whereby the expense and pains have increased. I have not only to attend often at Mr. Cook’s offices, but also at yours, and I lose by being absent from my seat, and the work I should otherwise have there, but the work altogether will not maintain a man. I have requested Elias Ashmole to wait upon you, on my behalf. I hope you and the Lord Keeper will not find the allowance desired beyond my merit. [Ibid. No. 13.]
July 31.
London.
Sir And. Riccard, Governor of the Levant Company, to the Countess of Winchelsea. In reply to your letter, and others of the same purport from your lord, we assure you that the gratuities occasionally given him were never intended to be annual, nor are the company liable to more than 10,000 dollars a year; they have, however, ordered him another present of 2,000 dollars, to be paid before he leaves Turkey. [S.P. Foreign, Levant Co. 5, p. 180.]
July ? Petition of John Butcher, and 11 other nonconformist prisoners in Maidstone Gaol, to the King, to consider their afflictions; are assured that he intends to favour those whose tender conscience forbears things enjoined by law relating to worship; the reply to their petition 2 months ago was that Council had something in consideration, but that if they did nothing, which they have not done as yet, his Majesty would interfere. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 14.] Annexing,
Certificate by Rich. Head and 7 others in favour of Thos. Arkinstall of Chatham, and Thos. Gamon of Rochester, 2 of the above prisoners.—6 Jan. 1668. [Ibid. No. 14i.]
Certificate by under-sheriff Thos. Darling in favour of the petitioners, as peaceable and submissive. [Ibid. No. 14ii.]
Like certificate by John Tarry, keeper of Maidstone Gaol.— 25 .July 1668. [Ibid. No. l4iii.]
July.
Whitehall.
Licence to Wm. Williams and Theophilus Parkins to keep the King’s game within 10 miles of Dalby, co. Leicester. [Parchment. Ibid. No. 15.]
July. Warrant for reprieve of Wm. Miller, convicted of robbery at Chelmsford. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 74.]
July. Warrant to pay to the Duke of Buckingham, Master of the Horse, 1,500l. for horses and geldings for the Queen Consort. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 238.]
July. Grant to Fras. Topp of Tormarton, co. Gloucester, of the dignity of a baronet. [Ibid. No. 239.]
July. Discharge to Fras. Topp, who has been created a baronet, of the 1,095l. usually paid for that dignity. [Ibid. No. 240.]
July. Grant to Sir And. Henley, Bart., of pardon for striking Charles Lord St. John of Basing, in Westminster Hall [Ibid. No. 241.]
July. Grant to Sir Wm. Poultney of the renewal of a lease for 34 years of several houses, &c., in St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields, Chelsea, and Fulham, he having surrendered part of the land in his lease for enlargement of St. James’s Park. [Ibid. No. 242.]
July. Articles between the King, John Wadlow, and 9 others, for ad vancing 310,000l. on credit of the late Act for imposition on wines on interest at 6 per cent; 13,000l. to be retained by them pending repayment from the Exchequer. [Ibid. No. 243.]
July. Commission to John Ryes and 3 others to put In execution, in London, Westminster, and 10 miles distance, the Act of Parliament for raising 310,000l. by imposition on wines. [Ibid.]
July. Grant to George Viscount Grandison and Edw. Villiers, for 99 years from the death of George Kirk, of several fee farm rents amounting to 413l. 0s. 6d. during the residue of a previous lease, and on its expiration, to 433l. 0s. 6d. a year, reserving a rent of 24l. 5s. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 244.]
July. Memoranda [from the Signet Books] of warrants, &c., passed during the month, the uncalendared portions of which are as follows:—
Grant to W. Taylor, on surrender of ——— Wolsley, of the receivership of cos. Bedford and Bucks.
Note that the Queen’s horses are also provided by the King’s Master of Horse.
Grant to the Earl of Castlehaven of two-thirds of all moneys due to the King from accountants, in cos. Oxon, Berks, Wilts, Hants, and Somerset, and not before granted, excepting those of excise and impost, he obliging himself on oath to account yearly for the same, and not to compound without advice of the Treasury Commissioners.
Query whether Langhorn of the Temple, created a baronet, paid the 1,090l. [See p. 495 Supra.]
Grant to ——— Chapman for life of the office of Guider of Beccles Hospital, Suffolk. [Dom. Papers, Charles II., Vol. 239, No. 55.]
[July.] ——— to Mr. Newman. “My Lord” wishes you to get Mr. Williamson to advertise in his Gazette the loss of a grey mare, from the grounds of Mr. Justice, Hartley Row, Hampshire. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 16.]
July. Request of the Governors of Barber Surgeons, London, on behalf of the surgeons going to sea, to the Navy Commissioners. That the unpaid bills of free gift and imprest for ships paid off since the Earl of Anglesey was made Treasurer may be paid; that the said bills for surgeons going to sea, and the carriage of their chests, may be paid for this expedition, and that for the future, these expenses may be paid before they go to sea, that so they may have ready money to buy medicines, and not have to run scores with apothecaries; and that such of them as were appointed in the last expedition, and the ships called in again, may have their twopenccs and wages paid for the time they served, and their charges for fitting themselves for that service. [Ibid. No. 17.]
July. Accounts of tickets on board 9 ships in the Downs, with the names of the men, the time of their entry and discharge, and the amount due to each. Sent to the Navy Commissioners by Sir Jer. Smith. [Ibid. No. 18–26.]
[July.] Case of Cornelius Bee and his partners—booksellers, proprietors of the Critici Sacri, in 9 vols. folio, being editions of eminent authors, published by them in 1660 at 13l. 10s., though the authors would cost 50l. or 60l.—against Matt Poole who, in his projected Synopsis Criticorum states that he intends to epitomize these with other critical works, which they remonstrate against, as a violation of their privileges, and the more hard on them as 1,300 copies of the Critici Sacri were burned in the fire of London, to their loss of 13,000l. [2 sheets, printed. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 27. See Council Register and Gazettes Aug. 24–28, 1668.]
July.
Deal.
Lists sent by Mor. Lodge to Williamson of ships in the Downs, the state of the wind, arrival and despatch of mails, &c., during the month, as follows:—
Vol. 244. No. Date. King's. Merchants'. Mail. Wind. REMARKS.
Arrival. Despatch.
28 July 1 14 None 6 p.m. S.W.
29 " 2 14 4 None 6 p.m. S.W.
30 " 3 15 7 6 p.m. 7 p.m. N. The Duke of York's pleasure boat came in, and has sailed westward.
31 " 4 14 None 5 p.m. N.
32 " 5 14 2 None 5 p.m. S.W.
33 " 6 17 8 None 5 p.m. S.W.
34 " 7 18 6 None 8 p.m. W. Ships have arrived from Zante, Bilbao, Scanderoon, and Barbadoes.
35 " 8 20 7 None 6 p.m. N.W.
36 " 9 20 7 3 p.m. 6 p.m. S.W.
37 " 10 18 9 4 p.m. 7 p.m. S.W.
38 " 11 19 10 S.W.
39 " 12 19 11 6 p.m. S. The Tiger has arrived from Hamburg. Has received no news-letter for 2 weeks.
40 " 13 17 6 None 5 p.m. S.W.
41 " 14 17 None 6 p.m. N.N.E.
42 " 15 16 2 None 6 p.m. S.W.
43 " 17 16 6 p.m. E.
44 " 19 15 None 5 p.m. N.E.
45 " 20 15 None 6 p.m. N.E.
46 " 21 15 6 p.m. 6 ½ p.m. N.E.
47 " 22 15 None 6 p.m. N.E.
48 " 23 13 5 p.m. 6 p.m. N.E.
49 " 24 13 1 None 6 p.m. S.E.
50 " 25 13 None 5 p.m. S.E.
51 " 25 13 6 p.m. N.E.
52 " 27 12 6 p.m. N.E.
53 " 29 12 6 p.m. N.E.
54 " 30 14 None 6 p.m. S.E.
55 " 31 14 None 4 p.m. S.W. The Duke of Monmouth has arrived, and taken horse for London.