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Charles II: August 1668

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

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August 1668

Aug. 1.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Sir Thos. Allin with his squadron rides at Spithead; the Royal Sovereign is also there, expecting sailing orders. [Ibid. No. 56.]
Aug. 1.
Bridgewater.
Wm. Symons to Hickes. Several vessels have arrived from France laden with salt, French wines, &c.; one running on some stakes set in the river [Barret] for backings sprang a leak and sank, and her lading of salt melted. [Ibid. No. 57.]
Aug. 1.
Edinburgh.
News that the Council are ordered to raise more forces, and will raise a regiment of foot and 3 troops of horse, and perhaps more forces, and dispense with the militia. The King ordered the quartering of guards in Edinburgh for its security, but the Lord Provost pre vented that trouble by entering bond to the Council to clear the city of all rebels and conventicles, or forfeit 100l. sterling for every conventicle, and 50l. for every rebel found in the city. A close search is making after them, and 40 are imprisoned, some of whom are sentenced to a fine and banishment to Virginia. [Dom. Papers, Charles II., Vol. 243, No. 154.]
Aug. 1.
Portsmouth.
Thos. Hayter to Sam. Pepys. Is detained through the backwardness of the ships for payment. Sends notes in answer to his inquiry concerning tickets. Particulars as to payment of Sir Thos. Allin’s squadron at Spithead. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 58.]
Aug. 1.
Victualling Office, London.
Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners. Hearing that Mr. Fitzmaurice, executor to Thos. Amory, had neglected to supply the ships on the coast of Ireland with victuals as promised, gave order for their supply other ways, and with some difficulty remitted some moneys; hopes there will be no further complaint. [Ibid. No. 59.]
Aug. 1.
Portsmouth.
St. J. Steventon to Sam. Pepys. Asks whether in making out an account required of arrears of wages due to officers and workmen, he is to leave out the tickets and the men intended to be discharged. [Ibid. No. 60.]
Aug. 1.
The Merlin,Hung Road, Bristol.
Capt. John Clements to the Navy Commissioners. I went to Sir John Knight for the necessary materials for tallowing, when Sir John told me to buy tallow, &c. with the 5l. which you ordered him to pay me; but I have spent it in cordage, according to your command. I would not trouble Sir John if I had money of my own, but I am in a strange place where I have no acquaintance to borrow from; the deck and sides are so leaky that we cannot lie dry in our beds. The 2 state-rooms want canvas over them. Being ordered to continue, and winter coming on, I desire a supply of things needed [Ibid. No. 61.]
Aug. 1.
Bristol.
Capt. John Wettwang to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of the launching of the Edgar. The fall being great, she broke 3 of the lowermost ways, and gave way a little in the midships; she draws 2 feet astern, 10 feet 10 inches of water ahead, and swims well. Shall buy things at the best hand; hopes that what volunteers come may be entered. [Ibid. No. 62.]
Aug. 2.
St. James's.
M. Wren to Sam. Pepys. Believes the Portsmouth ketch is in the Downs. Asks the nature and profits of the place of housekeeper at the Hill House, Chatham; the last that had it being dead, several people apply for it; shall not else know how to inform his Royal Highness which way to bestow it. [Ibid. No. 63.]
Aug. 2.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. If any shift could have been made to build the boat, you would not have been desired to provide the timber; if you wish her to be put in hand with such stuff as I have, I will do so, but a good boat is not to be built without quarter stuff, or wainscot. [1 ¼ pages. Ibid. No. 64.]
Aug. 2.
The Mary, Spithead.
John Fowler to the Navy Commissioners. Edward Hodges, late boatswain of the Portland, was found guilty, by the court-martial held on board the Monmouth, of drunkenness, swearing, cursing, and reviling, and abusing his superior officers, and thereby lapsed under the 2nd and 23rd Articles of the Marine Laws of War; he was sentenced to be conveyed in a boat to the side of each of the King’s ships in the road, his mouth gagged, his body fastened, with his hands bound behind him, to the boat’s mast, a drum beating in the boat’s head, his faults written on paper, on his breast, the same to be read by each ship’s side, and then he is to be cashiered from any office of command for the future. But in regard of his great family, his salary and pay for himself and servants were reserved to him, when he has passed his accounts of stores, up to the day of his sentence, 31 July. He underwent his punishment yester day. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 65.]
Aug. 2.
The Monmouth, Spithead.
Sir Thos. Allin to the Navy Commissioners. I desire the colours may be sent with all speed, being the only things I want. All are in forwardness for the voyage, but I fear we shall stay for the ships in the Downs. I do not think the Emsworth a fit vessel for the coast of Barbary, those seas being deep and dangerous. A good fast ketch or a sixth-rate frigate would be more serviceable. [Capt. Walter] Perry is a very fit man to command her, knowing that coast very well. [Ibid. No. 66.]
Aug. 2.
The Monmouth, Spithead.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. The ships that are to proceed with me to the Straits are at Spithead, and the Nightingale is ready to sail for Algiers when the Duke orders her. I will use my utmost endeavour to redeem your friend, who is a slave in Algiers, but I believe his first price, with other charges, will amount to double the sum you have proposed. An East Indiaman has arrived at Cowes, and the Eagle is turning into Spithead. [Ibid. No. 67.]
Aug. 2.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. Has no news worth notice. [Ibid. No. 68.]
Aug. 2.
Barnstaple.
Wm. Wakeman to Williamson. Three small Breton vessels have arrived laden with salt from Rochelle, and one with wool from Ireland. [Ibid. No. 69.]
Aug. 2. James Hickes to Williamson. I send the letters which have arrived by the Irish mails of 21, 25, and 28 July. I wrote to Mr. Forster at Newcastle, and to James Standsfield in Edinburgh, to enlarge their information of all men’s actions in those parts, and to transmit the same without any reservation; as also to an officer in Dublin, for the more quick despatch of letters. [Ibid. No. 70.]
Aug. 2. Five quarterly receipts, 2 by Thos. Watson, attorney for Sam. Wytt, dated 5 April and 10 July 1667, and 3 by the said Sam. Wytt, dated 23 January, 27 March, and 2 Aug. 1668, for rent of a house in Love Lane, Westminster, tenanted by Francis Royley, each being for the sum of 1l. 10s. 0d. [Ibid. Nos. 71–75.]
Aug. 3.
The Royal Katherine, Downs.
Sir Jer. Smyth to Williamson. The Resolution and 2 others have sailed for Portsmouth, to be paid off and laid up. Several merchantmen have passed through the Downs outward bound, and upwards of 30 sail homewards. The Susan has arrived with 11 sail under her convoy, and the Dover with 13 from Barbadoes; the French refuse to surrender St. Christopher’s. The Montague and two others will be ready to sail, to join with the rest of Sir Thos. Allin’s squadron, so soon as their provisions come down. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 76.]
Aug. 3.
Leatherseller's Hall.
Sir Thos. Davies to Williamson. I send my letter by Ralph Smith, warden of the Stationers’ Company; we have preferred indictments against 3 illegal printers, and doubt not the next sessions to convict them; but as they will still retain their printing implements, the company suggests that some way should be found to buy off these, and all other materials belonging to illegal printers; for the number of printers having to be reduced by the Act, there will hardly be a customer for them; and if the printers to be convicted shall be entrusted with them again, they will set them up in secret places, as has been found by experience, and hazard anything to gain a livelihood, being generally mean people.
We think that this would much conduce to prevent the printing of unlicensed books, and beg that you will signify his Majesty’s pleasure thereon to the company, who will diligently obey his commands. [Ibid. No. 77.]
Aug. 3.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. Four or 5 small vessels from the Isle of Wight have arrived; the Roebuck anchored here for a day or two before sailing for Ireland. [Ibid. No. 78.]
Aug. 3.
Scarborough.
Earl of Carlisle to Williamson. I got to Cromer Saturday, and have now reached Scarborough. The 20 ships that went out with me, and the 60 that came before, are in sight of this castle; I will go to sea to-morrow if the wind permits; I have come partly from curiosity to see the castle. Let me be supplied with the weekly notice how affairs go at Carlisle, as I shall not stay at Newcastle. [Ibid. No. 79.]
Aug. 3. Sir John Bennet to Williamson. I send letters for the Spanish Ambassador and the King, and ask you to pay the postage, or say where it shall be demanded, as I sent Baron de Lyzala’s, and nobody would pay for them; I also send the Dutch news of an encounter in Jocosa, and desire you to return it Englished. [Ibid. No. 80.]
Aug. 3.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. The Concord arrived from Barbadoes in 6 weeks, with 20 other merchantmen, and reports that they are fitting again for rebuilding Bridgetown, having employed many vessels to fetch timber from New England; also that St. Christopher’s was not surrendered, but that the Bonadventure had been sent again to demand it. An English man-of-war was plundered by the French at St. Thomas’s Island, and the crew had been all put to death, but for some Dutch who prevented it. [Ibid. No. 81.]
Aug. 3. Warrant to pay to Thos. Warren, merchant, from the customs of the Port of London, 5,500l., for services in procuring a peace between the King and the King of Morocco. [Ibid.]
Aug. 3. Reference recommending to the Treasury Commissioners the petition of the executors of Capt. Hen. Isham, deceased, viz:—Hen. Thomas, Peter Cary, Welsh Bess’s son, and the poor constable of Worcester, for a lease of the tithes of Darley for 21 years, the poor men to whom the lease was intended being dead before the grant was passed. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 323.]
Aug. 3. Grant to Francis Parton of 575l., in satisfaction of a discovery made by him, of 1,175l. due to the Crown from the late Danser Hancock, of Westminster, being part of 2,235l. received by Hancock as agent of the Committee of Sequestrations, 1655 to 1657, and never paid, and for which his estate—now in possession of Wm. White, who married his daughter—is liable; the said 575l. to be paid out of the first part of the 1,175l. recovered. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 75.]
Aug. 3.
Bristol.
Dan. Furzer to the Navy Commissioners. I have finished the Merlin’s mast, but cannot stow the anchors; they must be put on board the Edgar when fit to receive them. I sent up my accounts and receipts of the Harp and St. David, by Wm. Cross, who is employed about the carriage of timber, going to the justices for warrants, &c., travelling many hundred miles many times, with small effect, as you have formerly found; but I hope it is now all at an end, only the keel pieces should be ordered down speedily. I cannot take up the ways in the yard, or bring down the timber from Newenham, for want of money. I signed and sent the bill for 600l. above a year ago; I hope, if it cannot be paid, by reason of the removal of the late treasurer, that you will order it to be cancelled, and not put upon my account. [1 ½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 82.1
Aug. 3.
Portsmouth.
Thos. Hayter to Sam. Pepys. I have turned over fitting men from the Kent, Reserve, and Diamond to Sir Thos. Allin’s fleet, and paid off the remainder; I will go to Spithead to pay off the men taken out of these ships for the Straits fleet, and others that have tickets which fall within my orders. I shall then return, unless ships arrive from the Downs, and orders for paying them. [Ibid. No. 83.]
Aug. 4.
The Monmouth, Spithead.
Sir Thos. Allin to the Navy Commissioners. Again urges the sending down some colours, that they may not be the cause of his stay; wants a store of glass for mending the windows. Believes the Sovereign will set sail to-day, she having fired a ???? hauled home her foretopsail sheets. [Ibid. No. 84.]
Aug. 4.
St. James's.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Sends a document, by order of his Royal Highness, and desires them to provide the Tiger with such sails as she needs, and to hasten aboard the victuals for Sir Thos. Allin’s fleet. Sir Jer. Smith complains that the provisions for the ships that are to join that fleet come slowly down. Asks whether the Assurance and Dover shall be laid up at Chatham or in the Thames; both are in the Downs, and in so ill condition that the remainder of their voyage should be as short as possible. [Ibid. No. 85.]
Aug. 4.
Downs.
Capt. Ch. O. Bryen to the Navy Commissioners. I send a list of tickets belonging to men aboard my ship, with an account of men remaining of those turned over from the Charles. I hope if I am to receive money for them here, you will order it speedily, as my Lord Ambassador has just come aboard, and desires to sail with all expedition. The master, Mr. Rogers, having fallen sick, shall I proceed with him, or wait until you send another ? [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 86.]
Aug. 4.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. A Plymouth ship has arrived from Virginia. [Ibid. No. 87.]
Aug. 4.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane to Williamson. Asks to be supplied with the news, according to promise; the Kent and two others have been paid off and laid up. The Francis, Garland, and Emsworth sloop are departing for Spithead, having received their sailing orders for Sally. Sir Thos. Allin is still at Spithead, and intends for St. Helen’s the first fair wind. The Portsmouth sloop arrived from the West Indies, and has gone with the Dover and some merchant ships of the Isle of Wight. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 88.]
Aug. 4.
Portsmouth.
B. J. [Ben Johnson] to Williamson. The Eagle from Jersey touched at St. Helens; the Portsmouth sloop is returned from the West Indies; the Reserve and two others are paid off. The Garland having been newly fitted, is gone to join the fleet at Spithead, and the Sovereign will follow to-morrow. [Ibid. No. 89.]
Aug. 4.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Sir Thos. AIIin with his squadron and the Royal Sovereign are still at Spithead; the Garland sails for Morocco under Capt. Rooth. [Ibid. No. 90.]
Aug. 4. Hen. Rumbold to Williamson. I send an answer to Mr. Leigh, and desire you will seal and forward it. I will attend to-morrow with my lord’s [letter], hoping to receive favour. [Ibid. No. 91.]
Aug. 4.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. The Duke of Lenox, Lieutenant-General of Kent, came to Canterbury, where he was met at the city gates by the trained companies and some persons of quality. He is staying at Deal Castle, and intends for Dover to-morrow. The harvest is begun and comes in apace. The corn is good and plentiful everywhere. The merchant ships that came home are all gone up. [Ibid. No. 92.]
Aug. 4. Pass for John Hoseley to go for Malta. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 75.]
Aug. 5. Warrant removing the payment of several pensions from the Custom House to the Exchequer, that his Majesty may have the whole expense in one place. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 247.]
Aug. 5.
London.
Lewis Herault, French minister in London, to Henry, Bishop of St. Asaph. Thanks for a mention of me in a letter to Lord Arlington. I gratefully accept what you offer, and will take the requisite oaths and subscriptions to yourself or your delegate. I receive this as a pledge of something better promised, and wait the effect of your further benevolence. [Latin. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 93.]
Aug. 5. James Hickes to Williamson. I received your letters and the list at one o’clock. Those who had the charge forgot to send them till all the mails were gone; those for Dublin were sent express after the mail; I hope there will be no such neglect for the future. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 94.]
Aug. 5.
Ipswich.
Chr. Ludkin to Williamson. I am quite willing to open a correspondence, and acquaint you with whatever happens in Ipswich. The failing of Mr. Keene, one of the head collectors of the Royal aid in the county, has caused some disturbance, he being 5,000l. behind, and the question is whether—as most of’ the money has been paid in, the county discharged of it, and receipts given—it can be again assessed; and if so, whether upon the whole, or only on that part of the county for which Mr. Keene was receiver; or whether the King must lose it. They have seized Mr. Keene’s estate, and are making money of it as fast as may be. The conventicles increase in number and boldness daily, having encouragement from examples above. The price of corn is rising; the countryman may sell his wheat at 5s. or 6s. the bushel this year. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 95.]
Aug. 5.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. A vessel from Bermuda arrived at Penzance, and sold part of her lading there. Sir Peter Killigrew, who died at Exeter, going for London, is expected here to be interred. [Ibid. No. 96.]
Aug. 5. Thos. Holden to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 97.]
Aug. 5.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. The Concord of Yarmouth, from Venice, has sailed for Amsterdam with brimstone, rice, and aniseed. She was forced to take in some soldiers at Venice, and land them at Zante. Some Yarmouth vessels have arrived from Iceland ‘with fish, and some goods belonging to a Dutch East Indiaman, lost off the coast of Faroe. [Ibid. No. 98.]
Aug. 5.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. The Duke of Richmond [and Lenox] and Lord Bristol dined on board, and in the evening went for the Downs. Eight merchant ships and a French man-of-war are lying here; the latter saluted the Admiral. [Ibid. No. 99.]
Aug. 5. “Advices received,” being extracts from letters calendared above. [Ibid. No. 100.]
Aug. 5.
Chatham.
John Moore and Edw. Moorcock to the Navy Commissioners. We are preparing to attempt the weighing of the Marmaduke, which is the ship most hurtful to the river. The greatest want is men; they only come in 4 or 5 a day; 40 able seamen would suffice, with those we have, to carry on the work. We beg you to hasten Sir Denis Gauden’s order to his instrument for our victuals, and for the beef to be fresh, and not to be of his old store that has been to sea, as it proves bad, and unfit for men that must work hard. Werequest a supply of iron thimbles and small spars. [Ibid. No. 101.]
Aug. 5.
Bristol.
Fras. Baylie to the Navy Commissioners. Removed the Edgar from the gravel to the lime kilns, where she now rides afloat at low water, and shall use all despatch to get her to Hungroad. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 102.]
Aug. 5.
Bristol.
Sir John Knight to the Navy Commissioners. Has charged 100l. more upon them, at 2 days’ sight, payable to Wm. Bucknall, which shall be paid out for rigging the Edgar, as far as it will go, but fears it will be much short of the cost. Will furnish the boat swain with the things demanded, except the sails. She cannot get down to sea till the weather is more calm. Capt. Clements cannot go to sea until his yacht is tallowed, and furnished with the necessaries demanded; his 5l. is already disbursed. [Ibid. No. 103.]
Aug. 6.
Woolwich.
John Hancrett, boatswain, to Col. Middleton. Is informed that an anchor was carried from Barking by John Hutchinson, a fisherman, delivered to John Richards, a smith near Wapping Dock, and afterwards seized by a collector living near the dock. [Ibid. No. 104.]
Aug. 6.
The Dover, Downs
Capt. Jeffry Peirce to the Navy Commissioners. I have arrived here from Barbadoes, coming thence with 13 ships in convoy on 19 June. Sir Jer. Smith advises me not to write, as he will give an account of my business and condition. The ship is leaky, and the masts, shot, and sails and rigging very much worn; I have not had any stores for the ship’s use for a. long time. [Ibid. No. 105.]
Aug. 6.
The Garland, Spithead.
Capt. Rich. Rooth to the Navy Commissioners. I have received instructions to sail, with the Francis and Emsworth, for Sally, and there to enter into a treaty of peace with the Governor and inhabitants, as opportunity offers; I cannot perform this service unless I have credit at Cadiz or Tangiers for money for defraying incident charges; I hear from his Royal Highness’s secretary that your Honours are to supply me at Cadiz; let me know your pleasure therein. If the wind continues contrary, my sea store of provisions will be much exhausted; I crave an order to the victualler for supplying what shall be expended. [Ibid. No. 106.]
Aug. 6. Rob. Mayors to the Navy Commissioners. Sends an account of timber purchased for the service from a Lubec hoy, and asks for a warrant for receiving it into the stores. With notes [by Commissioner Middleton] directing delivery of the timber at Deptford. [Ibid. No. 107.] Annexing,
Particulars of timber purchased from 3 persons named, with the price to be paid to each. [Ibid. No. 107i.]
Aug. 6. Grant to Sir Philip Howard and Fras. Watson, for 14 years, of the sole use of their new invention of graving and colouring ships, as being cheaper and more durable than the ordinary way. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 248.]
Aug. 6.
Edinburgh.
James Standsfield to Hickes. I am too much occupied to be able to become your correspondent, and am, moreover, under obligation not to exercise my pen that way. A false report of an insurrection in the West caused the Council to sit, and the city companies to draw to arms. Many of the late rebels are lurking in corners to prose cute some desperate deed. Endorsed with note by Hickes that this is answer to a request to Standsfield to become a correspondent. [S P Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 108.]
Aug. 6.
Edinburgh.
Rob. Mein to Williamson. A letter was sent informing the Lord Chancellor of a new design of insurrection in the West, and that they are resolved to seize 10,000 stand of arms at Borrowstown Ness, just imported by Rob. Mime, provost of Linlithgow. The Earl of Linlithgow has gone down to those parts and secured the arms, but sees no appearance of rebellion. The surmise might be occasioned by some gentlemen going to a wedding. [Ibid. No 109.]
Aug. 6.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. Only a few colliers for Ireland are in the harbour. [Ibid. No. 110.]
Aug. 6. John Powell to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 111.]
Aug. 6.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Portugal Ambassador, bound for Lisbon, has arrived from London in the Princess, and rides at Spithead; Bishop Russell (fn. 1) is with him. Sir Thos. Allin and the Royal Sovereign are still at Spithead. [ Ho. 112.]
Aug. 7.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. The Eagle ketch, which was 200 leagues on her way for Newfoundland, has put back to be refitted, having spent her mast. [Ibid. No. 113.]
Aug. 7. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 114.]
Aug. 7. ——––to Williamson. Asks him to call for the petition of Capts. Hannam, Simonds, and Long, for settlement of their pay for services at Woolwicb, as Prince Rupert and Sir George Carteret will be at the Council to speak in their behalf. [Ibid. No. 115.]
Aug. 7.
Letter Office, London.
James Hickes to Williamson. Sir John [Bennet] and Mr. Ellis not being up, and the officers that have the blank [Post warrants] being away, I wrote myself a few lines in favour of Sir George Wakeman, doctor of physic, so that he might not be hindered in his journey to Billing. I procured Mr. Ellis’s orders to the northern postmasters for your servant to pass with the mail for Carlisle, at the charge of a single horse. Your Irish letters sent express overtook the mail at Barnet. It was Mr. Charles’ fault; be ought not only to pay the messenger that brought them, but the express to Barnet. [Ibid. No. 116. See Hickes’ letter of 5 Aug.]
Aug. 7.
Durham.
Dr. Isaac Basire to Mr. Francis. I thank you for your correspondence, and solicit a continuance of it. I will order my son Isaac to wait on you. I send service to Mr. Williamson, as does Dr. Smith, whom I have conducted part of the way home. [Ibid. No. 117.]
Aug. 7. Warrant to Roger Harsnet, serjeant at arms, to take into custody Nathan Knight of Ruscombe, co. Berks; with a particular clause not to suffer any person to hold conference with him. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 17.]
Aug. 7. Summons to be given by Roger Harsnet to John Strowde, of Windsor, to appear before Sec. Morice. Minute.[Ibid.]
Aug. 7. Warrant to the Treasury Commissioners to pay 270l., remainder due to Sir John Trevor, British Envoy to the King of France. Minute. [S.P Dom., Entry Book 30, p. 64.] Annexing,
Account of Sir John Trevor’s expenses when employed as Envoy Extraordinary to France, from 4 February 1668 to 18 June, with travelling expenses; total, 1,515l.; balance due, 270l.[Ibid f. 63.]
Aug. 7. Warrant to the Treasury Commissioners to pay 80l. to Lord Arlington, for Exchequer fees and other charges on 3,000l. expended by him on the King’s service. [S.P Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 118.] Annexing,
Account of fees paid on passing two warrants to Lord Arlington to receive 3,000l. for secret services, amounting to 80l. 15s. 8d.—5 Aug. 1668. [Ibid No. 118i.]
Aug. 7. Minute of the above warrant. [S.P Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 64.]
Aug. 7. ? Account [by Williamson] of the fees paid in diverse offices upon a privy seal; total, 10l. 8s. 8d.; an order of the [Council] Board is 2l. l0s. [S.P Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 119.]
Aug. 7.
Westminster Palace.
Order for a warrant removing the allowances of 462l. l0s. each, paid quarterly to the Secretaries of State out of the Post Office, to the rent on the customs of unwrought wood; to be paid by Sir Rob. Paston. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 120.]
Aug. 7. Entry of the above. [S.P Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 64.]
Aug. Docquet of the above, dated Aug. 11. [Docquet Vol. 23, No. 250.]
Aug. 7. Jonas Shish to [the Navy Commissioners]. Particulars of the measurement of 5 fly-boats, intended to be sent to Scotland to fetch masts. [S.P Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 121.]
Aug. 7.
The Harp, Dublin.
Capt. Rob. Hooper to the Navy Commissioners. His frigate is so much out of repair and out of stores, that without repair and recruiting, he shall not be in a capacity for this winter’s service. [Ibid. No. 122.]
Aug. 8.
Victualling Office.
Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners. The water casks and cooper’s stores, being all that was wanting to complete the Yarmouth, were shipped in the Hopewell hoy 31 July. All to complete the Montague and Tiger’s victualling went 5 August. [Ibid. No. 123.]
Aug. 8.
Victualling Office.
Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners. Most part of the victuals for the men weighing the wrecks were sent to Chatham on Wednesday; there was no old beef; all was slaughtered this month. [Ibid. No. 124.]
Aug. 8.
Deal.
B. St. Michel, muster master, to Sam. Pepys. Particulars of my journey to the Downs; I hope to return the musters of ships named, to the Navy office by the next. My love to my dear sister, [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 125.]
Aug. 8.
Bristol.
Capt. John Wettwang to the Navy Commissioners. There is a great necessity for entering men on board the Edgar, as those hired at weekly wages will not lie on board at night, and are a greater charge than those borne upon the ship. There being no safe moorings here, it requires much care to keep her in the dock. Fifty men are wanted, and volunteers to keep those that are pressed; asks an order for that number of men to be entered. [Ibid. No. 126.]
Aug. 8. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Capt. Rooth stays for nothing but your credit at Cadiz; I beseech you to take speedy order m it, as the time passes away. [Ibid. No. 127.]
Aug. 8.
Whitehall.
Reference of the petition of Lady Jermyn, and 4 others, the creditors of Thos. Killigrew—for payment of their debt out of his pension, according to his assignment—to the Treasury Commissioners, to some of whom the King has already declared his will to have those arrears paid. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 328.]
Aug. 9.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. Has no news worth observing. [Ibid. No. 128.]
Aug. 9.
Portsmouth.
B. J. [Ben Johnson] to Williamson. The Royal Sovereign, attended by the Emsworth sloop, has sailed for the Downs. [Ibid. No. 129.]
Aug. 9.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Royal Sovereign has sailed from Spithead for Chatham. Sir Thos. Allin still remains at Spithead. [Ibid. No. 130.]
Aug. 9.
The Monmouth, Spithead.
Sir Thos. Allin to the Navy Commissioners. Has received orders to sail, and shall be forced to go without the colours and glass demanded; the colours he has are only rags, and fit for fifth-rate frigates. The Royal Sovereign and Emsworth have sailed. Wants isinglass for mending the windows. [Ibid. No. 131.]
Aug. 10.
Whitehall.
The King to the Lord Mayor and aldermen of London. Observing that in the rebuilding of the city, some low parts about Fleet Street, and some quays, wharfs, and other public places are to be raised, and if not done with hard and substantial matter, the ground, in places of continual passage, and where great weights are to be laid, will be false; considering too that great part of St. Paul’s church has to be re-edified, and other parts taken down, so that there will be an extraordinary quantity of stony rubbish, useful for the said purposes; we wish you to order the said rubbish to be carried to the low parts of Fleet Street or other places, till raised to the designed level, and no other to be used whilst there is sufficient from St. Paul’s. This will not only ease the vast charge of repairing the said church, but provide for raising the said places with sure and lasting material [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 7.]
Aug. 10. Grant to Mathew Wren, secretary to the Duke of York, of 500l. a year during his employment, in lieu of the fees, &c., usually received by the Lord Admiral’s secretary, on admission of persons into offices in the Navy or yards. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 249.]
Aug. 10.
Lyme.
Ant. Thorold to Hickes. The Mary and Lily Rose of Lyme from Morlaix report that most of the French fleet are laid up at Brest, and many of the land forces disbanded. Several vessels outward bound are waiting for a fair wind. [S.P. Dom., Car. No. 244, No. 132.]
Aug. 10.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Four Brothers of London from Bermuda left 200,000 lb. weight of tobacco there, not being allowed by the company to bring any away, they keeping it for the ships belonging to that company; so she had to load with logwood and seeds. [Ibid. No. 133.]
Aug. 10.
Letter Office.
James Hickes to [Williamson]. Mr. Forster of Newcastle will send information of all transactions. I would have sent his letter, but it relates to the returns of money, and his accounts with the office. [Ibid. No. 134.]
Aug. 10.
Letter Office, London.
James Hickes to Williamson. I received yesterday an express from Mr. Francis, dated at Billing, the 8th, 10 a.m., and sent your letters at once; it was 18 hours coming, being 10 hours from Billing [co. Northampton] to Brickhill [Bucks], which is only 20 miles. I will inquire into this. [Ibid. No. 135.]
Aug. 10.
Brooke House.
Lodowick Lloyd to Rob. Francis. I informed Medith [Meredith ?] Lloyd of your willingness to renew acquaintance, and with much importunity, I prevailed with him to appoint a time and place of meeting, which is to be at Mr. Craggs’, a bookseller, next door to the Harp and Ball, near Charing Cross, on Tuesday at 12 o’clock. [Ibid. No. 136.]
Aug. 10.
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Sir George Downing to Williamson. The Treasury Commissioners desire you will insert an advertisement sent, in the Gazette, that a new contract is to be made for victualling the Navy, and proposals by sufficient undertakers are to be sent in 20. Aug. 3 p.m., the conditions to be had beforehand from me. [Ibid. No. 137.]
Aug. 10.
Blickling.
———Russell to Rob. Francis. Sir John Trevor’s tailor has procured a place for the young man sent over by your friend to France. I hope to give no more trouble concerning the Norfolk letters; I intend to be in London at Michaelmas, as I cannot venture a winter in the country; remember me to Mr. Fournier and Mr. Prudhomme. [Ibid. No. 138.]
Aug. 10.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The paymasters were leaving, having finished payment of the ships, but last night 3 coaches arrived with money, so they will remain to pay off the dock. The King and Duke of York are expected this afternoon from Bagshot. [Ibid. No. 139.]
Aug. 11.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Resolution and 2 others have arrived at Spithead to be paid off. Sir Thos. Allin remains here, expecting some more ships from the Downs to join him. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 140.]
Aug. 11.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. A. ship from. London has put in, bound for Tangiers. [Ibid. No. 141.]
Aug. 11.
Rye.
James Welsh to Williamson. A ship bound for Rouen, laden with lead, butter, and horses from Hull, sank in the bay; all the men were saved, and some of the goods. [Ibid. No. 142.]
Aug. 11. Warrant to pay to Edw. Backwell 3,348l. 4s. 5d. in full of interest and charges for advancing moneys amounting to 116,354l. 4s. 3d., as specified in auditor Aldworth’s account, that no further demand may be made for the same. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 251.]
Aug. Docquet of the above, dated Aug. 13. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 254.]
Aug. 11.
Gravesend.
F. Hosier, muster master, to Sam. Pepys. I send the first fruits of my labour since my arrival here; if you find it convenient for me to proceed, I shall do so for the future. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 143.]
Aug. 11.
Gravesend.
F. Hosier to the Navy Commissioners. Thanks for my readmission here; I mustered in the Hope the Dover and Assurance, come in from sea, and found 159 men on the former, and 121 on the latter. [Ibid. No. 144.]
Aug. 11. M. Wren to Sam. Pepys. Pray think of carrying the papers about Acworth to the Speaker, who will hasten out of town after to-morrow. I cannot come to the Board to-morrow, as the House of Commons is sitting; I must remind you of the account which the [Treasury] Commissioners expect. Also the state of Mr. Pett’s business, for his Royal Highness to present to the King; and the proposition for sounding the Galoper, Kentish Knock, &c. [Ibid. No. 145.]
Aug. 11.
The Harp, Dublin.
Capt. Rob. Hooper to the Navy Commissioners. All my officers and men deny the petition. I was not made acquainted therewith, and did not imagine that they would presume to send it without my order, but hope to discover the authors. The ship requires repair and stores for the winter, though she is yet firm and tight. [Ibid. No. 146.]
Aug. 11.
The Sovereign.
Capt. John Hubbard to [the Navy Commissioners.] I have got to anchor within the Longsand Head, and hope to get further tomorrow. The boat sent by Sir Jeremy Smith is only a water boat, and no way fit to carry and fetch an anchor on board; if I lie wind-bound here, one of the great boats ought to be sent to us from Chatham. [Ibid. No. 147.]
Aug. 12.
Woolwich.
Will. Hannam, master attendant, to the Navy Commissioners. The ships’ officers are very negligent; there is no attendance given but by the boatswains and their servants; if the boatswains are sick, the ships are left. The officers and servants borne upon ships that are sunk, only come to their monthly musters; this puts his Majesty to an extraordinary expense, as I am forced to engage the riggers afloat who should be employed in them. There is a great deal of provision aboard the Falcon, which ought to be taken out, as she swims deep, and they cannot get at the ballast to lighten her. Has chains to lay, and other work to perform before the winter, which cannot be accomplished except he has better attendance. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 148.]
Aug. 12.
The Garland, Spithead.
Capt. Rich. Rooth to Sam. Pepys. I received a bill of imprest for 200l., and shall husband the disposal thereof. The weather has been so boisterous since I came out of harbour that I could not stir; I shall sail the first day that presents. Commissioner Tippetts has promised to supply provisions for those expended during the detention. [Ibid. No. 149.]
Aug. 12.
The Dover, Gravesend.
Capt. Jefiry Pierce to the Navy Commissioners. Desires order to the master of attendance at Woolwich to supply anchors, cables, and a boat, the pilot declining to move without them. [Ibid. No. 150.]
Aug. 12.
St. James's
M. Wren to Sam. Pepys. I send an order to the master of the Bezane for carrying money to the Downs for payment of tickets; to-morrow I will send his Royal Highness’s directions for bringing back the anchors and cables going to Barbadoes. [Ibid. No. 151.]
Aug.12. M. Wren to Sam. Pepys. His Royal Highness approves of the bringing back of the anchors, sails, &c., from the Barbadoes, and will send his orders therein. I believe the Speaker would have stayed in town this day, as his Royal Highness sent for him about business of importance of his own in Ireland, but his occasions were so urgent that he could not stay, so that the attending him with Mr. Acworth’s papers must be deferred; I desire you to have them in readiness by his return. [Ibid. No. 152.]
Aug. 12.
St. James's.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. I send an order for allowing pensions to seamen wounded in the West Indies who, not paying to the Chest, cannot be relieved by it. His Royal Highness is satisfied that Wm. Proctor received his wounds in those parts, and it was upon his petition for relief that he moved the Council for their order. [Ibid. No. 153.]
Aug. [12].
Whitehall.
Grant to the Dean and Chapter of Winchester, on certificate of the Bishop of Winchester in favour thereof, of a dispensation from a clause in statutes made by the late King, whereby the offices of steward and clerk of the lands, and also of auditor and chapter clerk, formerly executed by 4 persons, were united into 2 patents only: such union proving inconvenient, the Dean and Chapter issued no new patent, but committed the execution of the offices to persons without patents, which they find prejudicial to the affairs of the church. [Case C, Charles II., No. 6.]
Aug. 12. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 81.]
Aug. 12. Commission to Sir Walter Vane to be colonel of the Holland regiment of foot, in place of the late Rob. Sydney. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 191]
Aug. 12. Warrant to the [Earl of Manchester], Lord Chamberlain of the household, to admit Col. Thos. Howard as lieutenant of the yeomen of the guard. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 65.]
Aug. 12. Warrant to the Earl of Manchester to swear in Edw. Sackville as ensign to the yeomen of the guard. Minute. [Ibid.]
Aug. 12. Pass for John Wolstenholme to go beyond sea, and remain 3 years. Minute. [Ibid.]
Aug. 12. The King to the Attorney-General. You are to draw up a special licence, in the most beneficial manner, to Benj. Worseley, M.D., of the sole exercise of his invention of a way of cultivating and curing senna in the American plantations for 14 years, as the addition of any new commodity to the plantations contributes to the increase of the wealth and bullion of the nation; we having been privy to his first undertaking, and the goodness of the commodity being approved by our physicians. [Ibid.]
Aug. 12.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the same effect as his letter to Hickes of the 10th instant. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 154.]
Aug. 12.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Two Yarmouth ships have arrived from Norway, laden with raft; several Frenchmen have passed through the Roads, homeward bound from the North Seas with pickled herrings. The colliers ply the coal trade, passing daily to and from Newcastle and Sunderland. Some have made the voyage to Sunderland and back in 5 days. [Ibid. No. 155.]
Aug. 12.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Williamson. Has been hindered from writing by having to attend the Somerset Assizes held at Wells. The Edgar has been hindered getting down the river by the storms. [Ibid. No. 156.]
Aug. 12. Report to the King by Sir John Wolstenholme, Sir John Shaw, Edw. Backwell, and E. Turner, farmers [of customs], made by order of Council, on the petition of Mark Jarvis, touching the naturalization of the ship Daniel under the Lion’s Paw, alias the Hope, a Scotch prize. We sent a report of the Trade Commissioners thereon, of 1 Aug.; as to demanding defalcation for such prize ships as your Majesty shall make free, the navigation duties are granted us as part of our farm, to the payment whereof goods laden in Scotch prizes are liable, and those duties were settled as a distinction between English and foreign-built shipping, to encourage the building of ships within your Majesty’s dominions. The Masters of the Trinity House are the proper persons to give you an opinion.
If it shall appear that there is a want of shipping to carry on the trade of England, and your Majesty shall think fit to dispense in this only case with the Act of Navigation and other Acts mentioned, we will submit and not demand defalcation, if the owners will pay 1s. in the pound, as settled by order of 2 Oct. last. If your Majesty shall make Scotch prizes free, we ask that a list and copies of the adjudications, under the seal of the Court of the Admiralty of Scotland, may be sent us, so that the number of Scotch prizes may be known and that other foreign ships may not be made free under colour thereof. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 157.]
Aug. 13.
London.
Nic. Warren to [Williamson]. Having failed to meet you on your return from Combe, [Oxon], I ask for a pass to transport 3 geldings to Paris. [Ibid. No. 158.]
Aug. 13.
Towcester.
Thos. Whittear to Williamson. I cannot give any account of delay in the express sent from Billing to Brickhill; it did not come to my hands, so I know not how it was conveyed. Noted [by Francis] as received at Oxford on the 16th. [Ibid. No. 159.]
Aug. 13.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. Only a few colliers bound about land remain in the harbour. [Ibid. No. 160.]
Aug. 13. John Powell to James Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 161.]
Aug. 13.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane to Williamson. Have my last 4 letters come to hand ? If so, having received no answer, I shall conclude my correspondence is not desired, and trouble you no further. The Rupert is at Spithead; the Resolution and Warspite are daily expected, there being clerks and money ready to pay off the seamen, and lay up the ships. [Ibid. No. 162.]
Aug. 13.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Sir Thos. Allin still waits a fair wind at Spithead. The Resolution and Rupert want orders to come into Portsmouth. [Ibid. No. 163.]
Aug. 13.
The Monmouth, Spithead.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. We have very foul weather and a bad wind. The Rupert is come near Spithead, but I believe the Resolution and Warspite, who were in company with her, have put into the Downs. [Ibid. No. 164.]
Aug. 13.
Whitehall.
[H. Muddiman] to John Thomlinson, merchant, Whitby. The French Ambassador, finding the wind right, never called at Dover, where all things were ready for his reception, but came up the river to Somerset House, and then went to Leicester House, incognito. The Lord Keeper was at the Council on the 7th, but was very infirm in his legs. The same day Commissioner Pepys and Lieut.-Col. Fitzgerald went to Ketersfield to Sir Thos. Allin, to receive his oral account of what passed in relation to Algiers with the garrison of Tangiers; his Majesty, being now well pleased with Lieut.-Col. Norwood in the management of that affair, has empowered him by commission to adjust the matter, and take account of the injury done to an English pinnace by the Prince of Monaco. The fleet is in readiness at Spithead, and Sir Thomas, being amply instructed, will proceed on his voyage on the 10th.
The person that shot the Bishop of Orkney is. not yet taken, but several are in hold under a most violent suspicion of confederacy, insomuch that it is resolved to put them to the boot (an exquisite torture which the Scots use to extort confession); it is only scrupled because they are under an oath of secrecy. Wallis, the chief leader in the last rebellion, has escaped from Edinburgh.
The Emperor and Sweden are entering into a strict treaty for opposing the progress of the conquests of France. The Lord Chamberlain has given orders for adorning the banqueting house, and erecting new stairs, against the audience of the French Ambassador. The plague has broken out at Rouen and Caen, insomuch that it was published in St. Malo by beat of drum that all commerce with those places was prohibited, both by sea and land. All the ropers at Morlaix were impressed to appear at Brest, to make cables and cords for the service of the French King. The French nation at Smyrna are under great trouble that the Avania for the soap was not paid; it was 7,000l., and to be ransom for the Chiaux and his servants, taken by Capt. Martingo, whose brother is meantime imprisoned, and the Consul is confined to his house. Some French ships, engaged for Candia with corn, fell into the hands of the Venetians at their return to Smyrna, and were forced to pay for corn and sacks, and had some trouble concerning false money. The Grand Seignor was expected to make his abode at, or at least pay a visit to Constantinople, having sent 20 coaches full of ladies.
A certificate was sent to the Black Rod, under the hands of Sir Robert Long, that the 300l. to which Sir Samuel Barnardiston stood committed, by order from the House of Lords, was paid into the Exchequer, upon which he was discharged. Parliament is adjourned to 11 November, and Mr. Boone, bound on bail to appear, did so. Sir Walter Vane has succeeded Col. Rob. Sydney, deceased, in the command of the Holland Regiment. Sir Dan. Harvey has sailed in the Leopard for Turkey. [Ralph] Montague’s character being approved, he goes Envoy Extraordinary for France, and Mr. Godolphin will go for Spain. The Earl of Sandwich is believed to be at Tangiers, having orders to take account of the garrison and the mole. His Majesty has signed a warrant for a commission to the Lord Keeper and others to examine all the accounts in Ireland, from 29 May 1660 to 1 July 1668. His Royal Highness intends visiting the Cinque Ports and taking the oath of Warden. [3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 165.]
Aug. 13.
Surgeons’ Hall.
Rich. Reynell to Thos. Hayter. I had an order for 400l. out of the 24,000l., but 72l. of it was left unpaid. I had another order for 30l. 3s. 2d. for surgeons’ necessary charges, and carriage of their chests, but Mr. Fenn then said all the 24,000l. was paid away, and promised to get a new order, but does not; I ask for a new order from the Navy Commissioners to the Treasurer, for payment of 3 bills named, amounting to 129l. 13s. 10d. [Ibid. No. 166.]
Aug. 13. Thos. Lewsley to the Navy Commissioners. Contracted for a parcel of 4-inch plank, to be delivered into the stores at Chatham, which contract is performed, only there is some 3-inch amongst it which is quite as good. Desires that it may be measured and received, and a bill made out for it, as it will be much loss to him if no notice is taken of it. Offers 100 loads more of elm, oak, and beech timber. [Ibid No. 167.]
Aug. 14.
The Harp.
William Sinnott, and 6 other officers of the Harp, to the Navy Commissioners. We have had no hand in the petition sent to you, and knew nothing of it; we desire that the ship may be made serviceable for the winter. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 168.]
Aug. 14.
Whitehall.
Reference to Lord Chief Justice Kelynge of the petition of Wm. Mitchell, convicted of felony at the Kingston Assizes, requesting that the said Lord Chief Justice may certify the nature of his offence. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 324.]
Aug. 14. Warrant to the Treasury Commissioners for present payment, as ordered in Council 16 July 1667, of 1,410l. to Emanuel de Fonseca, for 217 tuns 2 hogsheads of French wines, taken by Prince Rupert from a Flanders ship for the use of the Navy; and for the same to be charged upon the customs of November to January next, to prevent letters of reprisal, the wine being taken from subjects of the Catholic King and Duke of Tuscany. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 76.]
Aug. [14.] Three drafts of the above, with considerable differences, ordering the payment from the customs of November to December. [1 ½ pages. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, Nos. 169–171.]
Aug.? Note, that as a fresh warrant to the Treasury Commissioners was requisite for payment to Manuel de Fonseca of 1,410l. for French wines, taken by Prince Rupert for the fleet, which payment has already been ordered by Council and the Navy Commissioners, the King has ordered Sir Thos. Clifford to pay it from the 5,000l. a month reserved for extraordinary expenses. [Ibid. No. 172.]
Aug. 14.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Most of the ships have sailed. There is a report of some rising in Scotland; for their greater security they press every fifth man. [Ibid. No. 173.]
Aug. 14.
Cambridge.
G. Turner to Rob. Francis, at Williamson’s office, Scotland Yard, Whitehall. I beg a safe and speedy conveyance of a letter enclosed from one of your near relations, whose prevalent rhetoric I do not doubt. [Ibid. No. 174.]
Aug. 14.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Thanks for letter and favours; 2 ships from London put in here by reason of foul weather; the George of Plymouth has arrived from Virginia. [Ibid. No. 175.]
Aug. 14. John Clarke to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 176.]
Aug. 14.
London.
Rich. Aldworth to Williamson. I send 7 guineas, 2 for your acceptance and the other 5 to be presented to Lord Arlington, as fees for the care displayed for my poor concern. I hope to attend personally in 3 weeks with the Lord Deputy’s report. [Ibid. No. 177.]
Aug. 15.
Whitehall. 6 p.m.
R. Francis to [Williamson]. I obtained a warrant for the payment of 1,410l. for wines taken by the Prince out of a Spanish vessel for the use of the Navy, which I delivered to Mr. Roberts, and received 6 guineas as the fees. I want instructions about the correspondence desired by Mr. Deane. I received 7 guineas from Mr. Aldworth for his reference, and desire instructions as to the disposal of fees till your return; I also want directions on a letter from Sir Hen. Wood. Sir Rich. Browne called on behalf of Mr. Thwaites, who requests a reference to the Deputy and Council of Ireland for an abatement in the farm he took of the excise of beer. I send letters on private matters received since your absence from the office. A gentleman has come from the Dutch Ambassador, to compare the ratifications. Mr. Oldenburgh has married his ward, a girl of 12, with a considerable fortune. I will be careful to attend to all your commands. [3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 178.] Enclosing,
Account by R. Francis of fees received from Mr. Aldworth for a reference and from Mr. Roberts for a warrant for Emanuel de Fonseca; total, 13l. [Ibid. No. 178i.]
Aug. 15.
Whitehall.
Letter of news [sent by Francis to Williamson]. Lord Gerard has parted with his command in the Horse Guards to the Duke of Monmouth, for some valuable consideration. M. Colbert, the French Ambassador, intends to make his public entry with great magnificence on Monday next; he will not be treated at his Majesty’s charge till he has had his audience, but have a present in money or jewels equivalent to it. Nothing is heard of the Venetian Ambassador’s entry. The difference between the town of Newcastle and Mr. Crooke, about his erecting a ballast wharf upon the Tyne, has been heard before Council, the town praying stay of the wharf till the question is settled by law. It was ordered that the town give Mr. Crooke sufficient private security to make good all damage his wharf should receive by being left unfinished during the controversy; he pretends a right by virtue of a lease from the Dean and Chapter of Durham, and the town a right from their charter.
The King, his Royal Highness, and the Duke of Monmouth have’ gone in their barges to Vauxhall, whence they intend to take their recreation in fowling along the river, and toward New Park, returning to Whitehall to dine. The Duke of Monmouth intends to go to Bath to visit his Duchess, who has been there some time for the strengthening of her hip, which was put out by an accident, and supposed to have been ill-set.
The ratifications with Holland of the triple alliance are ready to pass the great seal, and will be exchanged in a few days. A very rich ship belonging to the Dutch East India Company, which was feared to have been lost, has safely arrived, to the very great joy of the company. She has brought one of the richest cargoes that ever came in any one ship of that company. The Comte de Sault, second son of the Duke of Les Digues, who was second to his brother in a duel fought with the son of the Comte de Maurevers, Governor of Brest, is coming over to England, having made his escape. [2 ¼ pages. Ibid. No. 179.]
Aug. 15.
Royal Katherine, Downs.
Sir Jer. Smyth to Williamson. The Montague and 5 other King’s ships, with several merchantmen, have sailed for the Straits, &c., and the Resolution, Rupert, and Warspite have departed for Portsmouth. The Royal Sovereign is at the Gun fleet. [Ibid. No. 180.]
Aug. 15.
Whitehall.
John Swaddell to Williamson, Queen’s College, Oxford. Lord Arlington has informed Sir Philip Musgrave that you have put the papers relating to that affair into the Lord Keeper’s hands, and that the King will examine the thing himself; and also how unsuccessfully his lordship has endeavoured to serve his son. The Duke and Duchess of Richmond have come to the house in the Bowling Green, with a resolution to stay there altogether; I forward you a letter from the Duke. I will observe your commands during your absence. [1 ½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 181.]
Aug. 15.
Paris.
Jane Crane to Rob. Francis. Thanks for civilities received. [Ibid. No. 182.]
[Aug. 15?] Warrant to the Duke of York to order the receiving Sir Daniel Harvey, Ambassador to the Grand Seignor, and his retinue of 26 persons on board, and their entertainment during the voyage; and in order thereto, for victuals to be provided and laid in accordingly. [Draft. Ibid. No. 183. Sir D. Harvey left Deal for Turkey 15 Aug. See Vol. 245, Nos. 1 and 126 infra.]
Aug. 15. Warrant to the Lord Keeper to affix the great seal to two instruments of 24 July last, the one containing a ratification of the triple alliance concluded 25 April, between Great Britain, Sweden, and the States General; the other for a separate instrument then like wise concluded. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 77.]
Aug. 15.
Woolwich.
Will. Hannam, master attendant, to the Navy Commissioners. Has supplied the Dover; wants her to stop at Erith to take out her guns, as they draw 16 ft. water, and she would ground in coming up. Asks whether the Assurance is to be laid up; there are 8 sail here already, besides the Dover coming, so that if more arrive, they must lay aboard one another. The Assurance and Pearl, being of easy draught, may go into Deptford wet dock. The foremast of the Phœnix has fallen. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 184.]
Aug. 15.
The Revenge, Downs.
Robert Julian, Sir Edw. Spragg’s clerk, to Thos. Hayter. Sir Edward wants to know when Lord Anglesey will send down the money for his men’s tickets; they are discontented, seeing the ships they formerly served in all paid off, and they turned over without receiving a penny; they must be paid before he sails, or he will lose all his men. They have been promised it these three months. [Ibid. No. 185.]
Aug. 15.
Woolwich.
Edw. Byland to Sam. Pepys. The Black Dog hoy has arrived with plank, and wants fresh masts. Asks for some calkers to be sent, or for leave to admit those that have belonged to the yard before; the ships will sustain damage if neglected; the Portsmouth requires as much calking as a new ship, and there are not above 8 men to do it. [Ibid. No. 186.]
Aug. 15.
Hull.
John Robinson, of the James hoy, to the Navy Commissioners. Asks for an anchor at Hull against he comes from Stockwith, having lost his own in coming from Yarmouth Roads. [Ibid. No. 187.]
Aug. 15.
Bristol.
Capt. John Wettwang to the Navy Commissioners. Nothing shall be wanting as to the despatch of the ship Edgar, but I desire you will write to the shipwright to hasten him, as there is a deal of carpenter's work to do, and no hands to do it, but all put off till we come down below. Sir John Knight's man has kept no muster book of the time of men's entry and discharge, except for those who worked by weekly wages, and the purser is not well acquainted with his place; I have taken entries of all, and shall muster the men every two days, and give an account. The victualler will not furnish any more victuals, and says that Squire Gauden owes him so much that he has neither money nor credit. I cannot get down the ship as yet, having had such bad weather. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 188.]
Aug. 15.
Upper Shadwell.
Capt. John Peirce to Those. Hayter. I have cleared men at Portsmouth and other places, and have no tickets; I desire 14 or 15, to keep the men from my door. [Ibid. No. 189.]
Aug. 16.
The Sovereign.
Capt. John Hubbard to the Navy Commissioners. I weighed from the buoy of the Spitts this morning, and by 2 p.m. anchored in Chatham river. The Roe Kitchen came in with me; she has orders from Sir Jer. Smith to return to him in the Downs; the Emsworth sloop also came with me, and fetched water for me; she awaits your orders. [Ibid. No. 190.]
Aug. 16.
The Monmouth, Culver Cliffs.
Sir Thos. Allin to Matthew Wren. I met with the Montague and 4 other ships, which make great complaint of the want of sails, cables, &c.; I have helped them what I can, to prevent their return to Spithead, and have sent off the Deptford ketch to fetch all officers belonging to them, and meet me at the Needles or Cadiz. I am laying by for the Garland and Francis. I heard your had sent me colours by the ship in the Downs, which is now come, in, but I have no colours, and hear of none by the waggons, so I plainly see all the discourse is vain, and am forced to go to sea with rags, and borrow of Peter to pay Paul. The sails for the Montague were also said to be sent, but have not come. [Ibid. No. 191.]
Aug. 16 ? Petition of Wm. Mitchell to the King, for pardon, and suspension of the order for his transportation, upon perusal of the petition and certificate annexed. [Ibid. No. 192.] Annexing,
Petition of Wm. Mitchell to the King, for an order to Lord Chief Justice Kelynge to certify the nature of his offence, and for his transportation meantime to be stayed. By the malicious prosecution of Mr. Lightfoot, his master, he was convicted of felony at the Kingston Assizes, but the Lord Chief Justice, being so well satisfied of his innocency, reprieved him after judgment.
With reference thereon, 14 August 1668, to Lord Chief Justice Kelynge, and his report, 15 August, that the petitioner was attainted for stealing a horse; but being informed that the prosecutor had some private displeasure against him, he reprieved him, and included his name amongst other prisoners convicted of felony, as a fit object for his Majesty to pardon his life, upon condition of being transported, which pardon has passed the Great Seal, and persons have given security for his and the others' transportation. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244. No. 192i.]
Aug. 16.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. Has no news worth presenting. [Ibid. No. 193.]
Aug. 16. John Powell to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 194.]
Aug. 16.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Sir Rob. Southwell, Ambassador for Constantinople [Portugal ?], has sailed from the Downs, and also 80 ships outward bound. An English vessel has sunk near Havre de Grace, and all her men were drowned; the men of the ship who saw it lost their cables and anchor, and had great difficulty in getting into the Downs. One from Lisbon says the King Regent there [Don Pedro] has married the wife of the deposed King [Alfonso VI.], by dispensation from the Pope. [Ibid. No. 195.]
Aug. 16.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Sir Thos. Allin and his fleet are out of sight, and have a favourable gale; the Garland sails to-morrow. [Ibid. No. 196.]
Aug. 16.
Portsmouth.
B.J.[Ben Johnson] to Williamson. Sir Thos. Allin with the fleet has sailed, and the Montague and 2 others will follow him. The Rupert only is at Spithead, and is ordered to come in. Those who wrote formerly have not come up with the Rupert, but are expected. [Ibid. No. 197.]
Aug. 16.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane to Williamson. Sir Thos. Allin has sailed with his whole squadron, as also the Garland and Francis for Sally. The Resolution and Warspite are to be paid off and laid up. [Ibid. No. 198.]
Aug. 17.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships. [Ibid. No. 199.]
Aug. 17.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. An Apsom vessel has arrived to load pilchards, and another has sailed laden with pilchards for the Straits. Fears a bad harvest, through the rains and foul weather. [Ibid. No. 200.]
Aug. 17.
Billing.
J. W. [J. Williamson] to Rob. Francis. I received yours of Saturday at Oxford. Thanks for your care; I pray its continuance in all things, especially in attending on Lord Arlington at his house in the morning, and at his office the rest of the day. I will transmit Sir Henry Wood's letter to Lisbon, with one to Sir Rob, Southwell. I agree with Lord Arlington that for all things already signed, you or Swaddell may receive the fees; but of all henceforth to be received, each shall keep the fees of what he draws up and despatches, with an account, till my return. I beg to be informed every post of all matters. [Ibid. No. 201.]
Aug. 17. Commission for Thos. Cutler to be ensign to Capt. Roger Vaughan in the Admiral's regiment, whereof Sir Chas. Littleton is colonel. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 29, p. 18.]
Aug. 17.
Lyme.
Ant. Thorold to Hickes. Two vessels from Morlaix report that there is a very strict press there for carpenters to go to Brest, the French intending to build 50 ships; also that the plague has broken out at Paris, and at Rouen, and other places in Normandy, insomuch that the Parliament of Brittany have prohibited bringing in stuffs, or other commodities from thence. Several vessels have sailed for Holland and France, and guns were heard south; knows not the occasion. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 202.]
Aug. 17.
Woolwich.
Edw. Byland to Sam. Pepys. Has put the masts in hand for the [Black] Dog hoy; has surveyed the Portsmouth and 5 others; 40 more calkers, with those he has, can calk them in 2 months. Asks an order to go on with the new ship, as timber comes in, and to set in order the Royal James, which winds with her stem. It would save carriage if the stem, &c., of the new ship were moulded before it is brought. [Ibid. No. 203.]
Aug. 17.
Chatham.
George Myners to Thos. Hayter. I have been with Mr. Gregory for some pay books for the Sovereign, but he had none; I desire you will send some. As there are so many ships' companies on board who must be paid by their own books, am I to make more than one general book of all their names, and to complete the number of books of only such names as belonged to the ship, and came volunteers ? [Ibid. No., 204.]
Aug. 18. M. Wren to Sam. Pepys. I desire you to direct the bearer to the vessel which is to carry the Duke's hounds into Holland. [Ibid. No. 205.]
Aug. 18.
Ordnance Office.
Jonas Moore and Edw. Sherburne to the Navy Commissioners. We have ordered the Dover's guns to be taken out, and sent lighters from Woolwich to Erith to receive them; we shall direct our wharfingers for the future to cause lighters to be sent to ships, to take their guns out before the ship's company is discharged. Has his Majesty paid for the Leicester, sunk in the river on the approach of the Dutch? There were divers pieces of ordnance upon her, which the King, as we understand, paid for, 8 of which have been taken up and sold by Stephen Brooks, a lighterman. We request a speedy answer, that they may not be lost, if belonging to the King. We wish the master attendants at Portsmouth to be directed to take out the guns of the Cambridge, and other ships ordered to be laid up, before the men are discharged. [Ibid. No. 206.]
Aug. 18. Warrant to pay to Nicholas Estoll a pension of 50l. a year, for discovering dangerous conspiracies against his Majesty's person, and designs against some of his garrisons. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 252.]
Aug. 18. Warrant to the Duke of Buckingham, Master of the Horse, to order the Avenar to admit Thomas Sandys, late page of honour to the Queen, to the place of her equerry, void by resignation of Sir Algernon May. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 67.]
Aug. 18
Whitehall.
The King to the Treasury Commissioners. A balance of 809l. 15s. 10d., remainder of 3,280l. lent by Lord Ashley to the King, was made payable to Thos. Durnford, out of moneys not pardoned by the Act of Indemnity; but finding that no irregularity would ensure from its payment out of the remainder of the prize money, we have issued a warrant accordingly for its payment to Edw. Back well, and request you to see that Durnford gives a release for the same, and that the release is enrolled. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 35.]
Aug. 18.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Lord Ashley, treasurer for prizes, to pay 809l. 15s. 10d. to Edw. Backwell, without account. [Ibid. f. 36.]
Aug. 18.
Whitehall.
Letter of news [sent by Rob. Francis to Williamson]. All continues quiet in Holland [Scotland ? see p. 533 supra], but to preventriot or disorder, they are resolved to raise every fifth man through-out the kingdom, to be maintained at the public expense, so as to be always in a posture of defence. An Algiers man-of-ware, by way of retaliation for some injury received from the Tangiers privateers, has taken a merchantman of Bristol, and fitted her out as a man-of-war, which was so ill-approved of by 150 Moors then aboard the Algiers man-of-war, that they protested against it and left their ship. Sir Thos. Allin has sailed for Algiers, with full power and instructions for continuance of a good correspondence there.
The Dutch have received a considerable loss at Batavia in the Indies, where they got one of the sons of the King of Macassar to head 10,000 men, to countenance their design of invading that king's dominions, which had the desired success, as many of the natives came over to their party; but in the attempt, the king's son was slain, and the greatest part of their own men, so that they carried off not above 500 men, with the 20 ships they brought with them for the purpose. Yesterday Monsieur Colbert was brought with the usual ceremonies from the Tower, where the guns were discharged at his landing, to Leicester House. He will have an audience with the King to-morrow. Hen. Howard, nephew of the Earl of Carlisle, has been killed in a duel by [Pat.] Curwen, a gentleman of the North, who has made his escape. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 207.]
Aug. 18.
Whitehall.
[Rob.] Francis to [Williamson]. Particulars of proceedings at the office. I enclose letters to Lady Katherine (fn. 2) and Mr. Buxton, and one to my lord from Bombay; also one from Sir J. Robinson. I attended Lord Arlington to the office from Goring House; he has written a letter to the Treasury Commissioners in favour of Lady Dysart, that she is content to decline her pension, provided she may be satisfied her arrears, and has sent it to Lord Lauderdale, at whose request he wrote it. His lordship ordered the delivery of the bill for Mr. Estoll's pension without payment of fees. The Dutch Ambassador was above one hour with his lordship, and afterwards went with him to the King. The Spanish Ambassador was likewise some time with Mr. Godolphin. Mr. Barker is to get extracts of the letters about the Dutch business with the King of Macassar. [1 ¾ pages. Ibid. No. 208.]
Aug. 18.
Whitehall.
Letter of news [by Rob. Francis] to Dr Ludkin, Ipswich. Sir Thos. Allin sailed from Spithead on the 15th with his fleet; his instructions about the Prince of Monaco are altered, on advice that the French King claims the place as under his jurisdiction, and that Sir Thomas shall receive all satisfaction for the English pink seized. On the 17th Monsieur Colbert, the French Ambassador, made his public entrance, and brought with him 3 coaches, each with 6 horses, 6 sumpter mules with bells, 6 pages, 18 footmen, and 16 men on horseback. He stays at Leicester House, where he will receive money in lieu of an entertainment, not having gone to Sir Abraham Williams's house as others do.
The nobility of Poland are so divided in their councils about the election, that nothing can be expected but discord and confusion. They resolve to oppose the next parliament in multitude on horse-back, and unless the King can be over-ruled—as the major part of the nobility are inclined to persuade him—to take the Crown again, the kingdom will come to ruin. The East India Company in Holland have agreed to make no division this year, but to pay off some debts contracted during the war with England, and intend sending 20 ships for India with 4,200 men and 60,000l. Monsieur D'Estrades is in disgrace at Court, and another Ambassador is expected in his place. [3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 209.]
Aug. 18.
Portsmouth.
B. J. [Ben. Johnson] to Williamson. The Deptford ketch followed the fleet with what was wanting. The Resolution and Warspite are come to St. Helen's. The Portsmouth ketch is fitting for the West Indies, and the Eagle frigate for the Irish coast. A Portsmouth merchant ship has sailed for Virginia. [Ibid. No. 210.]
Aug. 18.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Montague and other ships from the Downs have joined Sir Thos. Allin, so that his fleet is entire; his ketch came to Portsmouth to fetch sails for the Tiger. The Resolution, in coming into harbour, ran upon a sand called No Man's Land, but came off without injury. [Ibid. No. 211.]
Aug. 18.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Three or four small Portsmouth vessels have arrived from Wales, laden with coals; also the Sweepstakes to wait and join Sir Thos. Allin's fleet. [Ibid. No. 212.]
Aug. 19.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. Capt. Trelawney has arrived with his vessel from Portugal, laden with salt, and having 3 or 4 horses on board valued at 100l. each, a present to Esquire Pendarvis from his son. The captain reports that there are only 1,000 of the 4,000 men that went out of England for that service alive, 400 of which are to go to Tangiers, and the rest are to come to England, under the command of Mr. Pendarvis. The Industry of Falmouth has gone out laden with pilchards for Alicant. [Ibid. No. 213.]
Aug. 19. Thos. Holden to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 214.]
Aug. 19.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson, Five sail have arrived from Iceland with fish; some have returned with poor voyages; the rest of the fleet are expected hourly, with their man-of-war. Several laden colliers have also come from the northward, one of which saw a vessel from Hull lost off the Well, with all her men. Two Yarmouth vessels have sailed with merchants’ goods for Rotterdam. Several people who go from Yarmouth to Iceland with the fishery, to trade in the country, have had all their goods, valued at 1,000l., seized by a Danish man-of-war, upon the account that the trade there is farmed of the King of Denmark by particular persons. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 215.]
Aug. 19.
1 a.m. Letter Office, London.
James Hickes to Williamson. I send an enclosure and my service. [Ibid. No. 216.]
Aug. 19. Warrant for payment of the 3,957l 8s. 3d. ordered for the officers of the late Lord Wentworth’s regiment of Foot Guards, and for Wm. Sandys, for services named, and after proportions specified in the said order, amongst the 10 companies, according to their own petition. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book. 30, f. 66.]
Aug. 19 ? Statement that the Solicitor-General received the warrant for the Officers’ Lottery cheerfully, and his clerk promises it shall be ready to-morrow for the King’s signature, which Mr. Williamson must obtain, consulting Lord Arlington in it. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 217.]
Aug. 19. Warrant for a licence empowering Sir Thos. Sandys, Bart., Sir John Paulett, and 12 others, who are elected by the loyal officers serving the late King as their trustees, to hold Plate Lotteries or any other whatsoever for 6 years, in behalf of such indigent officers as reside in London or Westminster. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 77.]
Aug. 19. Copy and draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, Nos. 218, 219.]
Aug. 19 ? Petition of Col. Michell Serle to Lord Arlington, for the place of registrar to the Plate Lotteries within the bills of mortality for London and Westminster, granted to loyal officers for 6 years. [Ibid. No. 220.]
Aug. 19.
Bristol.
Sir John Knight to the Navy Commissioners. The Edgar has been got down to Hungroad, and all diligence shall be used for her despatch, with as little charge as may be. [Ibid. No. 221.]
Aug. 19.
Hungroad, Bristol.
Capt. John Wettwang to the Navy Commissioners. Got the Edgar down to Hungroad with great difficulty. Wants men; could get plenty if he had leave to pay their conduct money from London; shall not expend more money without orders. [Ibid. No. 222.]
Aug. 19.
Bristol.
Fras. Baylie to the Navy Commissioners. Has brought the Edgar into Hungroad, and shall endeavour with all speed to set her masts. [Ibid. No. 223.]
Aug. 19.
St. James’s.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. The Portsmouth ketch is going to New England with a packet for the King; having several months’ pay due; his Royal Highness thinks that the men should have some of their wages paid before they go. I desire you to provide accordingly, as the vessel is ready. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 244, No. 224.]
Aug. 19.
Portsmouth Ropeyard.
Gregory Peachy to the Navy Commissioners. Sends a duplicate account of the wages due to officers and workmen of the yard, together with an abstract of arrears. [Ibid. No. 225.]
Aug. 19.
The Sovereign.
Capt. John Hubbard to the Navy Commissioners. The Emsworth sloop and Roe Kitchen have sailed to Deptford, and the Roe Kitchen is attending the repair of Sir Jeremy Smith’s boat, staved in the passage. [Ibid. No. 226.]
Aug. 19.
Harwich.
John Gregory, late Clerk of the cheque at Harwich, to the Navy Commissioners. I cannot wait on you, fearing arrest for debts, which I hope you will enable me to pay. The 25l. in dispute was expended in paying sailmakers extra for refitting several ships after the June fight 1666, but my books being lost by accident, I am not able to give particulars; my present condition cannot admit of so great a loss, having been at expense and out of employment. [Ibid. No. 227.]
Aug. 20.
The Leopard, Plymouth Sound.
Sir Daniel Harvey to Sir Wm. Penn. I have promised to use my interest that the wives and children of my men on board may receive the money due upon their tickets for support during their absence; they expected to receive their arrears at Spithead, but the wind prevented our touching there. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 1.]
Aug. 20.
Woolwich.
Edward Byland to Sam. Pepys. I send the mould, which will serve both for the stem of the new ship and the Royal James. I have sent my master calker up the river, to procure men for trimming the ships that are here. [Ibid. No. 2.]
Aug. 20.
Treasury Chambers.
Sir George Downing to Sam. Pepys. I send the exceptions made by several bidders for victualling the Navy, to the conditions proposed by the Navy Office; you are to communicate them to your brethren, but to none else; the Treasury Commissioners have appointed to hear both parties on Wednesday. [Ibid. No. 3.]
Aug. 20.
Kinsale.
Wm. Penn to the Navy Commissioners. I send a ledger of the naval stores, and copies of warrants by Capt. Wm. Crispin, with accounts of disbursements and remains of stores. I desire consideration for my charges, care and pains. With note that the enclosures were delivered at the Board to Sir John Mennes. [Ibid. No. 4.]
Aug. 20. Remonstrance of John Heydon to Lord Arlington. I have been 18 months detained from my property, books, MSS., instruments, receipts, bonds, clothes, money, watches, 7c., to my great oppression, through that wicked pilferer, Capt. Gilbert Thomas, who by false suggestions has prevented your lordship doing what you would for me; I entreat speedy justice, or else, after waiting so long, I shall be compelled to seek remedy some other way, having innocency and a good conscience, able witnesses, and honourable personages to appeal to. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 5.]
Aug. 20.
Temple.
Charles Heydon to Lord Arlington. I must acquaint you how much our name and family, of which John Heydon is a branch, have suffered in the King’s service. If Sir John Heydon, my father, were living, we should not have thus to complain. I entreat the restoration to my cousin, John Heydon, in consideration of his innocence, persecution, and long imprisonment, of those things which were taken from him. [Ibid. No.6.]
Aug. 20.
Letter Office, London.
James Hickes to Williamson. I have despatched the letters that were sent from Billing. A ship from Morlaix reports a great press by the French there for ship carpenters to send to Brest, where the French King intends building 50 ships of war; also that the sickness has broken out in Rouen and several parts of Normandy.
I hope consideration of the map [of post roads] is printed, having made the first draft of it; but were I Postmaster-General, I would not print it, having strong apprehensions of the great charge it will draw upon the office. When Parliament sees how all the branches lie, and most of them carried on at the charge of those in the country concerned, they will try to have them carried through by the Postmaster-General, which will be very chargeable. The obstructions put upon dispersing the Gazette hinder the printing of full one-half. I will send your letter to the Bishop of St. David’s. [Ibid. No. 7.]
Aug. 20. [Sir N. Armorer to Williamson.] I am glad you have got safe and sound from Oxford, to the most excellent Countess, whose goodness, beyond your deserts, will made too much of you; I hope her excellence will feed you up with venison and other good things, and then return you hither, where there are those can take you down with half the trouble your nursing will cost at Billing. I hope Lord Thomond is there; I am miserable not to join you.
There is nothing at Court but crowd, hurry, and business; one day receiving ambassadors, and another their wives; one week making private friendships, and before the month ends, breaking them like glass never to be patched up again. When do you return, and where am I to meet you ? To-day the Lord Lieutenant came to the Treasury, as also the great Ossory and Conway, but the business is put off again, or you would have had a sally in North-amptonshire from some of your friends. But now we must attend the president’s motion, and he must either have a snip or he will not made the farm worth a chip, whosoever takes it. It went hot about Court that Tom Gray had gained his point in making a good understanding between his Royal Highness, the Duke of Buckingham, and Lord Arlington; I think there are some steps made towards it, but not to the degree that is said, but the rest will follow, if not disturbed as formerly.
The commission for Ireland has passed the seal, and Mr. Garraway having refused to set, Sir Thos. Osborne is put in his stead; I have fair hopes of a pardon from my brother, Dr. Hampshire (?), and think the best way to gain it is to send him a warrant for a buck. There is now at your house in the Mews our dearly beloved Hudibras and Doctor Longer, who with Musgrave, Fidler Watt, and myself salute you and the dowager of Carlow with a glass. I send the best records I have, which you are to return, or see my face no more. [4 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 8.]
Aug. 20.
Whitehall.
Letter of news [sent by R. Francis to Williamson] directed to Mr. Warner, Winchester. Extracts from letters calendared above. Lord Gerard went to Chiswick on the 15th; to take possession of the house of Duke of Monmouth gave him, in part consideration for the command of the Life Guards. There were 70 sail of merchant ships and 16 men-of-war in the Downs on the 12th. Mynheer Meerman has given an account to his masters of his negotiation, and received their thanks. The Dutch lost 17 ships in Greenland, which will much impoverish if not ruin that company.
The Duke of Savoy, by strong ramparts, shut out the river of Vercelli from prejudicing his fortifications, which being finished, the people of Navarra, in the states of Milan, without any complaint, made an inroad into the Duke’s territories, and demolished all the defences against the waters; whereupon his Highness sent a captain of his guard, with 200 horse and 300 foot, to countenance the re-edifying of the work, commissioning them to kill and slay all opposers; 6,000 high Dutch have arrived at Milan, and the Marquis of Montara, the new governor, is gone with 2,000 Spaniards to Barcelona.
The French King offers to refer his pretences to Flanders to be adjusted by commission, but conditionally upon their granting him Condé and the Fort Lyncke. Those of Franche Comte are much dissatisfied, and almost ready to mutiny, that Count Aremberg, a stranger, is made governor, and soldiers garrisoned in their towns contrary to custom; they were answered that whilst they had strength and fidelity to defend themselves, Spain did not impose upon them; but having found the contrary, they ought not to think it strange if the former course was altered.
Sir Thos. Allin has sailed from Spithead with the Monmouth and 8 others; the Princess, one of them, will leave the Portugal Ambassador at Lisbon. The French King, in expectation of what success his Ambassador may have in England, keeps very fair with Van Beuningen, and tells him that, though he has reasons to expect his right in such places as are due to him by the agreement in the Spanish Netherlands, he would rather refer them to arbitration, if they will give him Condé and Lyncke, than offer any violence, being resolved to live in peace, that his subjects may wholly bind themselves to commerce. Notwithstanding these good assurances, the Spanish Ambassador in Holland is still alarming the States with new designs of the French against Flanders, as if they intended to surprise or attack Nieuport; but till the Spaniards satisfy the Swedes about the subsides, the States will give no ear to them.
Holland is not without jealousy of a rupture; they have proposed to receive into their service 5,000 or 6,000 Swiss, on condition that they may oblige themselves in the guarantee for the peace between France and Spain, and have resolved in the meantime to make use of some Swiss companies. They are much pleased with Mynheer Meerman's report of England; he assures the States not only of a fair correspondence, but of a willingness to enter into a nearer alliance, and to take in Denmark and the cantons of Switzerland, for the uniting the reformed interests.
The French Ambassador had an audience on the 19th; his servants wear the liveries they wore at Aix-la-Chapelle. That King, on the complaint of Monsieur Ruvigny—appointed deputy on behalf of those of the reformed religion––of the hardships they endure in seeing their churches demolished, has consented to give them a full hearing, and has given way in the meantime for the rebuilding of 2 churches near Geneva. The Italian post having been robbed, there is no account from Candia. [2 ½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 9.]
Aug. 20.
Whitehall.
[Rob.] Francis to [Williamson]. I will not fail to wait on Lord Arlington at Goring House and Whitehall; where am I to find a letter of Sir Philip Warwick's, relating to some business of the Earl of Norwich, as Lord Arlington will govern himself by it in some particular of that affair? I send several letters and papers, extracts from foreign letters, &c. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 10.] Encloses,
Wm. Garret to Williamson. Where am I to leave a partridge pie, sent as a present to you by Dr. Joseph Rhodes? [Ibid. No. 10i.]
Aug. 20.
Billing.
J. W[illiamson] to Francis. I always thought Swaddell's care would not carry him over a fortnight's diligence; you will all be one day sorry you had not used your opportunities with better husbandry. I send orders about letters, an exact copy to be taken of the Dutch ratification, &c., and exhort you to care and diligent attendance on Lord Arlington. Compliments to Ladies Anderson and Browne, Mrs. Cave and Mrs. Cox. [Ibid. No. 11.]
Aug. 20.
Edinburgh.
Rob. Mein to Williamson. The Bishop of Glasgow has been dangerously ill, but is better, and will be at council in September. The militia exercises every other day, so that 18,000 horse and foot will be ready at 24 hours' warning, and they keep all in order. There has been a private affray between the Earls Caithness, Sutherland, and Mackay, and the laird of Dunbeath, in the north of Scotland, about restoration of stolen goods; one was killed and several wounded, but the modelling of the militia keeps the kingdom in good order. [Ibid. No. 12. see p. 556 infra.]
Aug. 20.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. A small vessel from Barnstaple is here, lading wheat for Bilbao. [Ibid. No. 13.]
Aug. 20. John Powell to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 14.]
Aug. 20. Certificate by Sir Stephen Fox that Sir John Baber received an allowance of 12s. a day as board wages, while serving as physician to the King, till 1 Dec. 1662, when only 3 physicians were allowed; but on 16 April 1667 board wages were restored by the King’s warrant, and allowed by the Board of Greencloth. [Ibid. No. 15.]
Aug. 21.
Plymouth Fort.
——–– to Williamson. The Leopard has arrived with the Ambassador for Constantinople, and Sir Thos. Allin passed with his fleet to the westward. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 16.]
Aug. 21.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. The Sweepstakes has sailed, as also Sir Thos. Allin with his fleet. The Leopard, that carries Sir Daniel Harvey to Constantinople, has put into Plymouth, [Ibid. No. 17.]
Aug. 21. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 18.]
Aug. 21.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. The Bishop of St. Andrews has passed through towards London; several light ships have come in [Ibid. No. 19.]
Aug. 21.
Rydal.
Dan. Fleming to Williamson. On the 7th, a quarrel having taken place at the Sun in Carlisle, between Henry Howard, a younger son of Sir Charles Howard, and cousin to the Earl of Carlisle, and Pat. Curwen, the latter challenged the former, who with Rob. Strickland, cousin to Sir Thos. Strickland, met Curwen, and one Myles, a serjeant in Carlisle garrison, the next morning, a little without the city, when Mr. Howard was slain, and his second, Mr. Strickland, wounded. Mr. Curwen is in custody, but is so badly wounded that he is not expected to live. Mr Strickland was also secured by the soldiers, but made his escape, and is not yet heard of. The Earl of Carlisle came to Carlisle soon after it happened, but went out again that night; all the people that were privy to the quarrel and fight are bound over and examined.
A countryman fell off his horse at Appleby, by the sounding of trumpets accompanying the judges in the High Street, and broke his neck, and another escaped the like danger very narrowly. A scuffle happened at Lancaster in the open street, betwixt Lord Morley and Mr. Crofts, when his lordship received a wound in the face, and had his arm put out of joint. The discharge of M[argaret] Fell from her easy imprisonment does not a little encourage the rabble of fanatics, and discourages all magistrates acting against them; it is now become a general policy to comply with the non-comformists, which much increases their number and confidence. I wish less than all may please them. If it do, they are not of the brood of the old Presbyterians. [1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 20.]
Aug. ? Order referring to the Lord Keeper, Treasury Commissioners, and Lord Arlington, the petition of the justices of the grand session of Wales to the King in Council, requesting an increase of their salaries, as already granted to the judges of England, Scotland, and Ireland, according to the proportion allowed by the late usurpers, the 50l. which they now have, according to the statute of 34 Hen. VIII., only bearing the charges of their attendance. With report that during the usurpation, the Welsh judges had 250l. a year each from revenues in Wales, which might still be assigned them if thought fit. [Ibid. No. 21.]
Aug 21. Warrant to augment the salaries of the 6 justices of the great sessions for Wales, Sir Frederic Hyde, Sir Richard Lloyd, [Timothy] Littleton, Thomas Jones, Thomas Street, and Simon Degg, from 50l. to 150l. a year, they having petitioned, on account of their great expense in the service, for an augmentation of salary, as conferred on the judges in England, Scotland, and Ireland. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 61.]
Aug. Docquet of the above, dated 28 Aug. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 253.]
Aug. 21.
Chatham.
Capt. Ar. Herbert, of the Constant Warwick, to the Navy Commissioners. Has arrived here, in pursuance of Sir Jer. Smith's orders, with some cables and anchors left in the Downs. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 22.]
Aug. 21.
The Speedwell, Yarmouth Roads.
Capt. Thos. Bridgeman to the Navy Commissioners. Set sail from Iceland, with 5 out of 39 or 40 sail of fishermen, 10 Aug.; the rest, having made their voyages, went dropping home before; they are all well fished, and no wrong done them in the country. Has plenty of provisions, and the ship is in a good condition for sea, and only waits for their commands. [Ibid. No. 23.]
Aug. 22.
The Merlin yacht, Hungroad.
Capt. John Clements to the Navy Commissioners. Has brought down the Edgar safe to her moorings here. Has received an order for his complement of 20 men, so that his two months' provisions for 16 men is expended; desires a supply. Mr. Rogers, the victualler, says that Sir Denis Gauden has divested himself of the victualler's place, and that he will not furnish any more provisions unless he be ordered money. [Ibid. No. 24.]
Aug. 22.
Bristol.
Fras. Baylie to the Navy Commissioners. I understand there is some complaint for want of chain-plates; this was through my sickness, taken by wading in the water to see the clamps taken off the bottom of the ship, and the neglect of others. They are almost finished, and will be fixed to the ship by Wednesday next. [Ibid. No. 25.]
Aug. 22.
Bristol.
Capt. John Wettwang to the Navy Commissioners. I desire you to hasten Mr. Baylie in his works on the Edgar, as he has only two boys at work. The victualler will not lay any more provisions on board, so I know not what course to take to keep the men that have entered themselves, who have done all the work since the ship was launched, as all those on weekly wages have not come to above 25l., which Sir John Knight has paid. I must put all the men on rigging wages to keep them, but Sir John swears he will disburse no more than he has in hand. I send a demand of the boatswain for stores; send me word what was sent to the storekeeper at Deptford, for we do not know what to demand from him. I hope you will let me have all things fitting, so that I may be able to get from this cursed place. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 26.]
Aug. 22.
London.
R. Waith to the Navy Commissioners. I find my clerk not only paid the tickets of all seamen that entered before 5 June, according to Lord Anglesey's directions, but was constrained to pay all others of a later date, which he accomplished, but was detained by Sir Jer. Smith, who required him to leave he remaining money, 700l., Lieut. Godden's custody, till orders could be sent for its payment; shall it remain there, or be sent for ? [Ibid. No. 27.]
Aug. 22. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Sir John Hanmer, for the lease for 31 years of salt spring discovered by him in the hundred of Colshall, township of Bagot and Flint, co. Flint. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 325.]
Aug. 22. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Col. [Ambrose] Pudsey and Wm. Halsall, for the estate real and personal of Wm. Tatham, condemned of clipping and coining money. [Ibid.]
Aug. 22. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Major Henshaw, for Rudley coppice, bailiwick of Birley, in the New Forest, in consideration of his services. [Ibid.]
Aug. 22.
Whitehall.
Petition of John Cole, D.D., to the King, for the rectorship of Broadwater, Sussex, lapsed to the Crown by reason of a simoniacal contract between the patron and the incumbent, which the petitioner has discovered, and undertakes to make good. With reference thereon to the Lord Keeper, and his report, 29 Oct. 1668, that his Majesty may grant the petitioner's request. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 28.]
Aug. 22. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 326.]
Aug. 22.
Edinburgh.
Rob. Mein to Williamson. The Earl of Linlithgow marched horse and foot to London Hill, the surmised rendezvous of the rebels, but found not the slightest appearance of rebellion; the militia being now sworn, so that in 24 hours 20,000 men can be raised without a groat of charge to King, there is no fear of future attempts. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 29.]
Aug. 22.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Williamson. A Spaniard has arrived, laden with oranges and lemons. Several vessels outward bound are waiting a fair wind. The Edgar is fitting in Hungroad. [Ibid. No. 30.]
Aug 22.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. A Dane ran aground near the Goodwins, and the skipper and her crew made their escape in their boat, and in our King's ships' boats, carrying away the anchors, cables, &c., which have been secured by our Admiral. Her cargo consisted of deals, fagots, and skins. [Ibid. No. 31.]
Aug. 22.
York.
John Mascall to Williamson. On Tuesday last several of Lord Frescheville's troop had a venison feast at the Golden Lion, when a quarrel arose between Jack Swan, one of the troop lately come in, and Capt. Hodge, one of the corporals; they went into the garden and drew upon one another, and Swan was slain. It was concealed for 4 hours, and as the author is [not] to be found, the coroner has adjourned the verdict till October next; John Mettham, a country gentleman, gave the Lord Mayor particulars, and has been bound in his recognizance to appear at the assizes. [Ibid. No. 32.]
Aug. 22.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. The Leopard frigate, with Sir Daniel Harvey aboard, bound for Constantinople, has come into Portland Road; also a London ship having the Governor appointed for Newfoundland. [Ibid. No. 33.]
Aug. 22.
Tower, London.
Sir J. Robinson to Williamson, at the Countess of Tumount's [Thomond], Billing, near Northampton. I have to be to-morrow with the King, Lord Arlington, and the General, so I cannot come, but hope to meet you at Farmingwoods; Lord Arlington shall see your desires to-morrow; I should fain see how he dares deny either of us. I'll send no warrant for a buck, but you may carry one back to Billing if you can get it. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 34.]
Aug. 22. Rob. Ferguson to Hannah Ferguson, Epsom. Whatever I enjoy at home cannot give satisfaction while you are wanting Little divorces are sometimes requisite, to enhance the value of what we are constantly in the fruition of. I desire to esteem you next to Him who is above all esteem, and that both solitude and society may lead us to love and admire Him who must be our all, when all ceases to be. [Ibid. No. 35.]
Aug. 22.
Whitehall.
R. Francis to [Williamson]. I have delivered or sent your letters to Mr. Chiffinch, Sir John Robinson, and Mr. Hurt. The Dutch post has come in by way of Harwich, with letters from Sir Wm. Temple, &c., I took them to Lord Arlington, but he did not rise till noon. He is going on an airing to Highgate with Lord Lauderdale. The Lord Keeper, Duke of Buckingham, and Lord Arlington were together in private after the Council, from 11 till near 2 o'clock, when his lordship went to dine at Mr. Treasurer's. A pass has been granted to one Warren, on the solicitation of Father Patrick, for 3 geldings to France.
I send several letters, and one from Sir Bernard Gascoigne; O can neither read nor understand it, but guess he aims at some business of traffic, by his proportioning of measures. I waited upon Ladies Anderson and Browne, and Mrs. Cave and Cox, with your commands; Lady Anderson hopes you will not forget the promised day of return. The Flanders packet has arrived, but too late to send an extract of the letters. [2 ¾ pages. Ibid. No. 36.]
Aug. 22.
London.
James Hickes to Williamson, Billing. I hear there is to be a new Secretary of State in the room of Sir. W. [Morice]. I believe J.D. and H. M[uddiman] will be much to seek for their employments and intelligences; for certainly they will never have that influence upon Sir John [Trevor] which they had of Sir William. [Ibid. No. 37.]
Aug. 22.
Whitehall.
J. Swaddell to Williamson, Billing. Lord Arlington was poorly this morning, but is better after an airing on horseback. Mr. Godolphin wants the signed commissions for the officers in Scilly, and asks why they are not delivered. I was sending a warrant form Mr. Chiffinch for a buck, but Mr. Francis has directions to dispose of it otherwise. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 38.]
Aug. 23.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. Only a few colliers remain in the harbour. [Ibid. No. 39.]
Aug. 23. John Powell to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 40.]
Aug. 23. Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Resolution, Rupert, and Warspite were paid off, to the great satisfaction of the mariners. [Ibid. No. 41.]
Aug. 23.
Billing.
J. W[illiamson] to [Francis]. I am pleased with your diligence. I thank Dr. Rhodes for the pie, which I desire may be sent to Lady Anderson. Sir Philip Warwick's letter is in the Earl of Norwich's petition, with other papers to be despatched, which may be found in my desk. I wish you to attend to read the Gazette to Lord Arlington whilst he is dressing, on the mornings it comes out. I desire the Earl Northampton may be supplied with a news-letter, directed to Ashby. I hope to return in the fortnight. Remember Mr. Chiffinch for a warrant for a buck, but not from Sir J. Robinson's woods. [1 ½ pages S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 42.]
Aug. 24.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the sheriffs of London and Middlesex to deliver Godfrey de Hague, a reprieved prisoner in Newgate, to the Ordance Commissioners, to be employed in the King's service in the Tower. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, p. 17.]
Aug. 24.
Bristol.
Daniel Furzer to the Navy Commissioners. My accounts are returned for want of vouchers to every particular, which it is impossible for me to get; I hope, after all my sufferings, you will not be too strict to expect that which no man in my condition can accomplish. It is 14 months since the St. David went to sea, and the workmen, after long expectation to be satisfied for their labour, dispersed to their habitations, leaving themselves engaged in the country for provisions had, and many of them through long attendance so far in debt that their wages will not satisfy debts for which I have passed my word. The accounts were signed by the bearer and the clerk of the yard, Hen. Gainsford, is a gentleman, and was recommended by the late Col. John Barrow, justice of peace. My disappointment of money from you is such that I cannot put the provisions on board to be sent about, or do many other needful things; if you will appoint a person to dispose of the offal timber in the yard, the charge may be soon quitted. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 43.]
Aug. 24.
Woolwich.
Wm. Sheldon, Clerk of the cheque, to [the Navy Commissioners]. At the weekly musters of the ordinary belonging to the King's ships here, never failed for the last 2 months of finding one warrant officer on board of each ship; and at the monthly musters, there has been general appearance of the whole ordinary, including those belonging to the sink ships. [Ibid. No. 44.]
Aug. 24.
Royal Katherine, Downs.
Sir Jer. Smith to Williamson. Upwards of 40 sail have passed through the Downs, outward bound. A Danish vessel, laden with deals from North Bergen for Dover, was stranded on the Goodwins. Sent boats to their assistance, but being an old vessel, her bilge came out, so that there was no possibility of getting her off. Most of her lading and all her men were saved. This day, according to sentence of a court martial, Richard Nicholls of the St. David was whipped from ship to ship through the fleet, and towed ashore to Deal, for stealing a ticket from one of his ship's company. [Ibid. No. 45.]
Aug. 24.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Arrival and departure of ships. [Ibid. No. 46.]
Aug. 24.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. The Speedwell and French Victory, that went out with the Iceland fishery, have returned; arrival of colliers, &c. The news of an Algiers man-of-war having taken a Bristol ship has put me in fear, having sent my son for Leghorn; he is now at Falmouth. Tell me if there is any danger of his being taken, that I may call him home, or at least insure him and his adventure. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 47.]
Aug. 25.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. The Leopard has sailed with Sir Daniel Harvey for Constantinople; 2 vessels from London have arrived, outward bound. [Ibid. No. 48.]
Aug. 25. John Clarke to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 49.]
Aug. 25.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Upwards of 100 of the nonconformists have had a meeting; the mayor and some other aldermen attended, and took the names of those they knew, whom they intend to bind over. [Ibid. No. 50.]
Aug. 25. Portsmouth. B. J. [Ben Johnson] to Williamson. The Resolution, Rupert, and Warspite are paid off, with the old tickets here due; the Success, bound for Jersey and Guernsey, has put in. [Ibid. No. 51.]
Aug. 25. Portsmouth. Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Several artificers, &c., belonging to the dockyard have been cleared, there being no occasion for them. [Ibid. No. 52.]
Aug. 25.
Croft Castle.
Henry, Bishop of Hereford, to Williamson. I desire your officer to forbear sending me any more intelligence, intending to be in London 4 or 5 Sept. [Ibid. No. 53.]
Aug. 25.
Whitehall.
J. Swaddell to Williamson, Billing. A committee for foreign affairs was held in Lord [Arlington's] chamber this afternoon; they only parted at 9 at night, his Majesty and his Royal Highness being present. Lord and Lady [Arlington], with Father Patrick, dined with the Lord Keeper yesterday, and returned at 10 p.m. Mr. Chiffinch is dissatisfied with me because I did not send you the warrant for the venison; but I presumed you had given directions for its disposal otherwise. I hope your return is not far distant. [2 Pages, Ibid. No. 54.]
Aug 25. Sir N. Armorer to Williamson, Billing. I have just returned from the murder of a stag, and Watt and I are going to sup with the widow we went to when you left, as she is leaving the town. I hope you will make haste up. I am quite off the hooks, for I see one of my best friends is designed to be ruined, but such designs never prosper long; there is good authority not to do ill that good may come. I can tell nothing from Goring House nor your office, and care not to see either more, if justice is not there; I hope to find bread, and honourable and honest friends; I trust our great master may choose and stick to such, and never find the want of them. Give my duty to the Countess. [2 ½ Pages. Ibid. No. 55.]
Aug. 25. Whitehall. Letter of news [from Francis to Williamson], containing notes from letters calendared above, and the following: 24 Aug.–– The Duke of Monmouth has returned from the Baths, having left his Duchess pretty well recovered. An Envoy is designed from Portugal to the Court, but upon what is uncertain. The French are silent about their pretensions on their late conquest in Flanders. Sir Daniel Harvey is detained at Plymouth by cross winds. Naples is not satisfied with the peace concluded between France and Spain. The galleys sent from Italy to the succour of the Venetians have obtained a victory over the Turks, having, with the loss of 500 men, destroyed 5,000 Turks.
The States of Flanders, for the better maintenance of their forces on foot, have proposed that after the example of France, a tax be levied upon all the clergy. The French continue to fill up their garrisons in their late conquests. This gives great jealousy to Flanders, which endeavours ''to make all possible preparations that may happen upon that score." [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 56.]
Aug. 25.
Jersey.
Rob. Manley to Rob. Francis. The bearer, Dr. Fiott, my good friend, thinks I have much credit with you and Lord Arlington, and desires my interest in his behalf. He affirms that what he wants is just and reasonable. Let him not be mistaken in thinking that my entreaties are not in vain. Our family is increased by fine twin boys. Pray send me the Dutch Gazette now and then, via Southampton. [Ibid. No. 56a.]
Aug. 25.
Letter Office, London.
James Hickes to Williamson, Billing. I am daily expecting to hear of Sir John Trevor's entering into the office and place of Secretary of State. I send some letters. [Ibid. No. 57.]
Aug. 25. Margaret Dodd to Rob. Francis. Thanks for favours received; I pray for your conversion. I delivered your letters to your friends; I desire respect to Mrs. Monford, whom you to make much of for my sake. [Ibid. No. 58.]
Aug. 25. Rob. Francis to [Williamson]. I am comforted to hear that my endeavours give satisfaction. I delivered the pie to Lady Anderson. I found Sir Philip Warwick's letter, and will correspond with Lord Northampton. I met Sir John Robinson at Goring House, and hear that he has sent his letter to you; he and Sir [Sam.] Barnardiston had a long conference with Lord Arlington. His lordship and Lady [Arlington], with Mr. Treasurer and his lady, dined with the Lord Keeper at Teddington yesterday, and this day Lord Arlington dined with the French Ambassador, and returned at 4 p.m. to meet the Lord Keeper, and the other Commissioners for foreign affairs. Mr. Montague and Sir John Trevor attend my lord constantly at Goring House; Dr. Triplett has also had an interview with him, Mr. Leigh complains of not receiving news-letters, yet they have been sent regularly; I suspect they have been intercepted, having had a like complaint before. I forward letters, and 2 cuts of the present grandees of the Court of Rome, sent by Mr. Kent. [2 ¾ pages. Ibid. No. 59.]
Aug. 25. Warrant to the Ordnance Commissioners to repair the vanes in the Tower, blown down some years since in a storm, by reason the spindles were ancient and much worn. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 67b.]
Aug. 25.
Whitehall.
Warrant requiring William Lord Crofts, as trustee for the Duke of Monmouth, to convey a house at Chiswick, and certain other lands described in the manors of Chiswick, fulham, Sutton, &c., to Charles Lord Gerard of Brandon, who has purchased the same for 4,000l. [5 sheets. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 60.]
Aug. 25. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, pp. 78-80.]
Aug. 25.
woolwich.
Edw. Byland to Sam. Pepys. Sent the master calker about the river to get calkers, but he could not prevail with any, they having such great wages where they are employed. If their Honours desire the ships trimmed, pressing is absolutely necessary. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 61.]
Aug. 26. "Reports of the several members of the Board, justifying their answer of this date to the letter of the Commissioners of the Treasury, of 12 June 1668, touching the charge of the summer's fleet," containing abstracts of the following letter:
Treasury Commissioners to the Navy Commissioners. Request separate accounts to be kept of the moneys employed in setting out this summer's fleet, including pay of workmen, &c., in the yards, victuals, wages and stores, that the King may reimburse himself what he has expended or shall expend, from the moneys which shall come in by this Act.––5 May 1668.
Treasury Commissioners to the Navy Commissioners. Want a distinct account how much of the 58,500l. furnished to the Earl of Anglesey in and since March last has been employed for this year's fleet, so as to know what money remains due to his Majesty out of the Act, and also how remainder has been disposed of.––12 June 1668.
Navy Commissioners to the Duke of York. Request an explanation of [what is meant by] the summer's fleet. ––23 June 1668.
Navy Commissioners to the Treasury Commissioners. Have written to the Duke of York for an explanation of the summer's fleet, and on his reply, will answer their.––25 June 1668.
Duke of York to the Navy Commissioners. The whole charge for fitting, victualling, manning and keeping abroad the ships set forth, or which were prepared to set forth since. I Jan. last, is to be borne on the 300,000l. granted to the King by the late Act of Parliament, except the 11 ships for the winter guard, the charge of which is to be defrayed out of the 200,000l. appointed for the ordinary yearly expense of the Navy.––25 July 1668. [Ibid. No. 62.] Enclosing,
List [by Lord Brouncker] of 62 ships, 8 fire ships, and 11 hired ships in service for 1668, besides the winter guard and yachts, and of 27 ships of last year, continued in pay part of this. [Ibid. No. 62i.]
Memorandum by Lord Brouncker, to be certified to the Treasury Commissioners, of the charge of this summer's fleet, not including the winter guard and yachts, nor ships to be discharged, amounting to 85,530l. 12s. 6d. Delivered to the Board 11 Aug. 1668. [Ibid. No. 62ii.]
Estimate of the charge of fitting out 26 vessels at Deptfort, 17 at Woolwich, 13 at Chatham, and 29 at Portsmouth, for this summer's expedition, according to estimates made by the officers of each yard, between 1 Jan. 1668 and 31 July 1668. Delivered to the Navy Commissioners by the Surveyor's clerk 15 Aug. 1668. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 62iii.]
Estimates of sea and harbour provisions spent by 105 ships named, between 1 Jan. 1668 and 31 July 1668, excepting ships of the winter guard and his Majesty's yachts; amounting to 4,386l. 14s. Delivered to the Board by Sir Wm. Penn 26 Aug. 1668. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 62iv.]
Aug. 26. Folding sheet of the above papers, noted "A copy of the accounts sent to the Committee of Accounts, in answer to their letter dated 20 July 168, about moneys due to the King on goods sold, lent, &c., to which the Board gave answer in their letter of 26 Aug. 1668." [Ibid. No. 63.] Enclosing,
Account of the sale of ships named by order of his Royal Highness, the amount realised by each, and to whom sold, between 22 Oct. 1667 and 29 July 1668. [3 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 63i.]
Conditions to be observed in the sales of the King's ships and stores, which have been made from 1 Sept. 1664 to 31 July 1668. [Ibid. No. 63ii.]
Memorandum of sums due or owing by or to the Sea Ruyter and Zealand, and by or to John Lanyon or Thos, Streaton. [2 pages, Ibid. No. 63iii.]
Account by Sir Wm. Penn of provisions taken in a prize by Sir Rob. Holmes, and delivered to 6 ships named.––18 Aug. 1668. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 63iv.]
Debtor and creditor account by Sir Wm. Penn, of provisions delivered to or supplied by Sir Denis Gauden. [2 sheets. Ibid. No. 63v.]
Account by Col. Thos. Middleton of goods that have been lent out of the King's ships and stores since he has been Surveyor, with the names of the persons who received the same, from Dec. 1667 to Aug. 1668. [Copy. 1 ½ pages. Ibid. No. 63vi.]
Aug. 26. Mandamus for Nich. Richards, scholar of Wadham, to be chosen into the first vacant fellowship there. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 82.]
Aug. 26. Discharge to Thos. Killigrew, groom of the bedchamber, for payment received from him for calicoes, silks, china, and damask, from the Golden Phœnix, East India prize, received from the farmer of customs in Feb. 1666, by the King's orders, by Edm. Warcup and 2 others, and delivered to his Majesty, who sold the same to the said Killigrew. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 36.]
Aug. 26.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Jacob of London has come in from Amsterdam, laden with beams, bricks, &c., for Barbadoes. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 64.]
Aug. 26.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the effect of the preceding, and his letter to Hickes of 24 Aug. [Ibid. No. 65.]
Aug. 26.
Billing.
J. W[illiamson] to Rob. Francis. I am glad to hear from you and Swaddell that there is no great business; I pray your diligent attendance at the office, and on Lord Arlington. I will be at home on Monday, if required; you and Father Patrick will let me know Lord Arlington's mind thereupon. Thank Mr. Chiffinch for the warrant, but I cannot discreetly use, it, Sir John Robinson having already obliged me not to procure any warrants upon his woods. [Ibid. No. 66.]
Aug. 27.
Billing.
Joseph Williamson to Rob. Francis. I expect to hear to-night how far I am wanted at the office, and what business awaits my return. I will leave on Monday, and hope to be in London the next day. I send a letter to Father Patrick, and beg a reply. I will not trouble Mr. Chiffinch further about a warrant for a buck. [Ibid. No. 67.]
Aug. 27.
Whitehall.
Rob. Francis to [Williamson]. The Duchess of Richmond will convey your compliments to the Duke at Cobham. I think affairs do not require you before Monday. Father Patrick sounded Lady [Arlington] about it, and she thought your absence might be dispensed with. The King has returned 6 p.m. from hunting, and is dining with the Queen. I met Father Patrick there, and Lord Arlington, coming in from the Commissioners of Trade in the Council Chamber, told Father Patrick that you would attend the King to Bagshot or Monday or Thursday next, but his lordship said he would write to you; I have waited till 10 for his letter, but it has not come. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 68.]
Aug. 27.
Letter Office.
A Ellis to Williamson. The King of France has not recovered of his surfeit; he has required M. de Lorraine to disband, for the quite of his neighbours. The answer of the Duke is unsatisfactory; he offers 6 regiments to his cousin the Prince of Aremberg, to secure Franche Comté, and gives assistance in money to his nephew, Prince Charles of Lorraine, to get the Crown of Poland, and to remove him further off. The French King has remanded M. de la Hay from constantinople. He offers Don Pedro to become guarantee for the peace between Spain and Portugal. The French letters deny the report that Candia is lost.
Don John is confined, and affairs look overspread with clouds. Some think that the young King [of Spain] cannot live, and then that Crown must fall to pieces. Nothing is so loud in the town as the ignorance of the french Ambassador's lady to perform her audience with her Mejesty; she came so little instructed that when she arrived at the Queen, she knew not how to behave herself, but stood there till she was out of countenance, made her curtsey, and departed; but the King, most fortunately meeting her, brought her back and instructed her to perform her career. The Court is going to Bagshot, his Royal Highness to the Cinque Ports, and Lord Arlington to the Earl of Sunderland's in Northamptonshire. [2 pages. S.P. Dom. Car. II. 245, No. 69.]
Aug. 27.
10 p.m. The Office.
Sir Nic. Armorer to Williamson, Billing. As the King is going a journey in a week, Lord Arlington not being certain that he can wait upon him, has desired me to request you to be at home before then, so you should husband your time accordingly. You may come through in a day, if met with Dick Talbot's coach at St. Alban's, but you must send orders to bespeak it. Neither Watt nor I can find a dancing dog, but will search the fair of Bartholomew, and if a dog be not found, a bear shall be. I bless the dowager of Carlow Castle, and all she loves. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 70.]
Aug. 27.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Success is at Spithead, bound for Jersey and Guernsey. [Ibid. No. 71.]
Aug. 27.
Letter office, London.
James Hickes to Williamson. I disposed of the letters sent, and thank you for kind remembrances in the one to Mr. Ellis, who is very much your servant. There is a report that the French King is mad, and as he and his Queen have been very ill, it is not impossible something may remain to bring down his pride. There is some sputtering on the Exchange that Candia is taken, but I Hope otherwise. [Ibid. No.72.]
Aug. 27. Letter of news [from R. Francis to Williamson], being extracts from letters calendared above, and from the following: 27 Aug.––The Archbishop of St. Andrews is on his way for London. To prevent all disorders for the future, they have completed their militia in Scotland, which is exercised every other day, and consists of 18,000 horse and foot, who will be ready on 24 hours' notice. Some private disputes have happened in the north of Scotland, between the Earls of Caithness Sutherland, Mackay, and the laird of Dunbeath, about the resetting of thefts, &c., and in a scuffle, one of them is said to have been killed, and others hurt.
The Duke of Orleans stands fair for the Election of Poland, and some say it will be his own fault if he misses it. The Turks continue to storm the town of Candia in 4 places, and have resolved upon 2 more as soon as the Captain Bashaw shall come with fresh succour from Morea. They possessed themselves of a half-moon at St. Andrew's Gate, but were beaten out by the besieged with great loss, and particularly of a person of great quality amongst the Turks. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 73.]
Aug. 27. Whitehall. Letter of news [from Francis] to Mr. Saunders, Scarborough. The Resolution and others have gone into Portsmouth to be paid off and laid up. Lord Willoughby's son is coming home in the Crown from Barbadoes. the merchant ships have gone from Barbadoes to New England, having not freight enough, through the failure of the crop. The order for disbanding Sir Toby Bridge's regiment in Barbadoes is confirmed, and his Majesty is sending 90 great guns, 200 barrels of powder, 2,000 arms, with swords, shots, &c., for strengthening the place. The Dutch have resolved to have the Lunenburg forces paid and sent home. The States of Holland will not meet until September, and affairs are to stand without alteration till that time.
The commission concerning the Irish affairs was opened on the 20th at Essex House, and summoned Sir Dan. Bellingham, deputy of the Earl of Anglesey, from Bleckingham House, and Sir James Sheen, Surveyor of Ireland, who is to give account into whose hands the lands are detained that were, by the Act of Settlement, invested in the King or his father. The Commissioners continue the same as before, except that Sir Thos. Osborne is put in the place of Mr. Greenway. The Duke of Richmond went to Dover on the 29th, to see things set in order for his Royal Highness, who starts on the last of the month, but not to stay long. His majesty expects him here on the 29th, and has deffered going to Hampton Court and taken the pleasure of hunting at Bagshot; after spending some days there, he intends for Audley End, where beer, &c., is already laid in against October.
Sir Dan. Harvey went ashore at Portsmouth Island, but put to sea the next tide. The ship with Mr. Hinton, appointed Governor of Newfoundland, put into Weymouth Road. Letters from Dieppe lament the sad condition of Rouen, where the plague is broke into 190 houses, and seized 3 in the street, besides others, insomuch that all places are forbid any kind of commerce with them.
They are much dissatisfied in Flanders by the loss of their expectation of Don Juan. The Spaniards send fresh supplies daily, but their forces do not increase, for as many as they get they lose for want of pay. The Venetain Ambassador has had his audience, but not his public entry. The leghorn letters report that Candia is not taken, but that they had received great losses by the besieged, and were beaten from some places. The failure may cost the Grand Seignior his life, the people being brought low, and the country full of false money. The French are nominating an Ambassador to go to Spain and Holland, for settling trade, particularly in the East and West Indies.
The Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, notwithstanding the great loss they had by the fire, have made over part of their revenue to be employed in re-edifying the cathedral. The death of the Bishop of Chester is much lamented. He is said to have come to his end by tripping on his gown while going down a mount in his garden and falling, when knife in his pocket ran into his side, of which wound he died. [2 ¾ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No.74.]
Aug. 27. Order for a warrant to pay to George Duke of Buckingham a pension of 1,000l. a year as gentleman of the bedchamber. [S.P. Dom., Entry book 30, f. 78.]
Aug. 27.
St. James's.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Captain Herbert desires that money may be sent down for paying off his ship, the Constant Warwick. [S.P. Dom. Car. II. 245, No. 75.]
Aug. 27. Roger Baker, purser of the Dartmouth, to the Navy Commissioners. Vindications against the captain's complaint. I received at Dover one month's provisions for 100 men, but the beef was all cast as defective on a survey. I was ordered to London by Sir Jer. Smith, to send down what provisions you thought fit. The victuals were sent safely, but the longboat being laden with wood, candles, and water, sank by the ship's side, and nothing was saved. I desired the captain to supply my steward with 3l. to buy wood and candles lost, and I would return it when he had intended and received my necessary money. I have daily attended the victualler's agent for 16 days, but cannot obtain my necessary money. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 76.]
Aug. 28.
The Friezland, Chatham.
Edw. Moorcock and John Moore to the Navy Commissioners. Have begun weighing the Marmaduke, and have removed her nearer shore. Asks whether, if they make her swim, they shall transport her to the dock or otherwise, the place where she is being unsuitable. [Ibid. No. 77.]
Aug. 28.
9 p.m., Framingwoods.
Sir J. Robinson to Williamson, Billing .I got home by daylight and found that my wife had secured a buck for you, which you may have; I would not advise you to go out of the country without seeing Farmingwoods. [Ibid. No. 78.]
Aug. 28.
Queen's College, Oxford.
John Beeby to Williamson, Billing. If the Countess of Thomond is not provided with a steward, I and Dr. Lamplugh desire to recommend Edw. Drope, who is now at liberty byt the death of Sir Greville Verney. My service to Lord Brian. [Ibid. No. 79.]
Aug. 28. Yarmouth. Rich. Bower to Williamson. The 8 Commissioners, 2 each for Norfolk, Norwich, Suffolk, and Yarmouth, appointed by Parliament, met at Yarmouth, and after taking a survey of the piers, inquired into the charge of repair, and how far the town was capable of undergoing the expense. There are 100 sail waiting far a wind to go north ward, amongst which are 3 great fly-boats bound to Scotland for masts; 8 west-country vessels have come in for the herring fishing. The Speedwell and French Victory are still in the Roads. [Ibid. No. 80.]
Aug. 28. "Advices received," being extracts from letters calendared above. [Ibid. No. 81.]
Aug. 28.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. Three ships have arrived from Newcastle with coals, and 3 Frenchmen with salt, &c., An English ship is also plying in, but whence is not known. [Ibid No. 82.]
Aug. 28. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 83.]
Aug. 28.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. A French vessel took in a Dover pilot, who failing to tell the master to strike to his Majesty's flag, Sir Jer. Smith shots at the ship; the master excusing himself as a stranger, he sent for the pilot and put him in irons. His Royal Highness is expected at Dover Castle next Monday, to take the oath as Lord Warden, and a tent has been built with very rich hangings, a little above the Devil's Drop, (fn. 3) where the ceremony is always performed. The Whole country on the road is to be in arms, and great preparations are being made at Dover Castle. The city Canter bury intends to show all its glory; the citizen soldiers are putting themselves in yellow coats and black trimmings, and the officers in buff. The shopkeepers are also preparing to show the riches of that poor city. [1 ¼ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 84.]
Aug. 28. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of M. De La Fabvollière. [S.P. Dom., Entry book 18, p. 326.]
Aug. 28.
Whitehall.
Reference to Prince Rupert, the Lord Privy Seal, Duke of Buckingham, Lord General, and Earl of Craven, to examine into the representation of Capt. John Ganill, of frauds and abuses among the goldsmiths, wiredrawers, refiners of gold and silver, and also in the Mint itself, to the prejudice both of King and Kingdom. [Ibid. p. 327.]
Aug. 29.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. A fleet of 18 English outward-bound ships has come into the road, one which sprang a leak, and put in here to stop it. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 85.]
[Aug.] 29.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. The Mayflower of Lyme has arrived from Crosick with salt, and reports that trade is forbidden from Rouen, on account of the plague there. [Ibid. No. 85a.]
Aug. 29.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. Has no news worth observation. [Ibid. No. 86.]
Aug. 29.
Brecon.
Tim. Halton to Williamson. I shall be glad to serve Sir Thos. Clifford's son; if he will be my chamber-fellow and bed-fellow, he may have the convenience of the both. I desire you to write to the Provost about his being fellow commoner; I will be at Oxford before Michaelmas, and hope to hear further then. [Ibid. No. 87.]
Aug. 29 ? Elizabeth Lady Cullen to Williamson, Billing. Pray deliver a letter sent to Lady Peterborough, and inform me how Lady Thomond got home last night. [Ibid. No. 88.]
Aug. 29.
Letter office, London.
James Hickes to Williamson, Billing. I am directed by Mr. Ellis, from Mr. May, to be in the park with some of my fellow archers, to shoot before his Majesty with crossbows on Wednesday next, 4 p.m., when he rises from Council. I hope they may carry themselves as they ought, and not shoot worse than they have done before ordinary persons; but the presence of a King and his nobles may put a daunt upon such as they, whose converse is with the meanest; I will put on the best face, with humility and obedience. Mr. Ellis says that Mr. Godolphin was knighted yesterday. [Ibid. No. 89.]
Aug. 29. Sir Nic. Armorer to Williamson, Billing. I am charged by Mr. Godolphin to summon you the second time to come away. I cannot get either a dog or a bitch, and am going this day with 2 ladies to Bartholomew Fair to hunt them out; if I find any, they shall come post this night. The Duke of Ormond is going to Bristol to meet his Duchess, and his Majesty is going to Bagshot on Thursday. [Ibid. No. 90.]
Aug. 29.
Whitehall.
J. Swaddell to Williamson, Billing. I have scrutinised Lord Arlington's desire as to your return, and although there is no extraordinary business, yet his lordship wishes you soon home. Nothing has been signed since you went save one order to the Treasury Commissioners, concerning the officers of Lord Wentworth's regiment, and a warrant for a Plate Lottery which his Majesty has bestowed on the old loyal officers, wherein Sir Thos. Sandys seems to be particularly concerned. Mr. Godolphin has been knighted; directions will be suddenly given for an order for 8,000l., which the King is to pay Lord Gerard for the Duke of Monmouth, who is very desirous to be at the head of his troop; but the Treasury has not yet resolved on what it shall be assigned. I send a letter from Mr. Musgrave, who is gone for the North. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 91.]
Aug. 29.
Whitehall.
Rob. Francis to [Williamson]. Father Patrick reports that Lord Arlington would have been glad to grant, or at least promote, your desires as to the pension of 1,000l.; "but the business of the office once requiring that would admit of no dispensation." He also thinks that you should attend his Majesty in his divertissements at Bagshot, where he intends going next Monday. Mr. Godolphin was knighted yesterday, and desires it may be inserted in the Gazette, but he will word it himself with as little affectation as may be. I wish you a safe return. [2 ¼ pages. Ibid. No. 92.]
Aug. 29.
Whitehall.
Letter of news [from Rob. Francis] to Sir Edw. Hungerford, M.P., Bath The French Ambassador is making preparation to give a treat for the King and Queen. The Muscovites have obtained a great victory against the Turks and Cossacks, whose General, with 40,000 men, is reported to be slain; this, if true, may advance the election of the Prince of Muscovy to the Crown of Poland. The French King has resolved to recall his Ambassador from Constantinople, lest the Grand Seignor should reverse upon him the false moneys the French nation have spread among them, and the succours they sent to Candia.
The King of Portugal is so melancholy in his confinement, and so careless of himself, that he will not suffer any to shave him. Many disbanded Portuguese have gone into the Spanish service, where they are kindly received. The English are promised their pay, which done, they will be transported according to his Majesty's order. Dr. [Wm.] Sancroft, Dean of St. Paul's, and Dr. [Wm.] Thomas, Dean of Worcester, are in nomination for the Bishopric of Chester. His Royal Highness is going to Dover, and to visit the Duke of Richmond at Cobham; then with his Majesty to Bagshot, and after 8 or 9 days, they will go to Portsmouth, and continue there 2 days. Major Dean has bid 68,000l. yearly for the Irish Customs, and offered to advance 20,000l. at 10 per cent. Mr. Morrice has bid 66,000l., and offered 20,000l. without interest; it will be determined next Wednesday. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 93.]
Aug. 29. Letter of news, sent by [Francis to Williamson]. Sir Dan. Harvey has sailed from Plymouth, and the Earl of Winchelsea, the present minister [in Turkey], is supposed to be on his way home. Lady Glynn, widow of Serjeant [John] Glynn, has departed this life, after a languishing sickness, and has been taken with a numerous train of coaches into the country, to be buried with her relations.
Dr. [George] Hall, Bishop of West Chester, is said to be dead through a fall from his horse, having a knife in his pocket; to the regret of the nation for the loss of so eminent and learned a prelate. [Wm.] Godolphin has been knighted for his services in Spain, where he is soon to reside as his Majesty’s minister, and has received the compliments of the Court. The French King having agreed to a conference for composing the differences with Spain about the dependents of his late conquest, all books relating to those titles are in the meantime prohibited; the Ambassadors of England and Holland are to be present at the deciding of the controversies. A very rich coach is sent to the Condé De Molina, the Spanish Ambassador in England, that he may appear in as great splendour as M. Colbert, the Ambassador for the Christian King. [2 ¼ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 94.]
Aug. 29. Report of Sir Jo. Wolstenholme, E. Turner, and Fr. Millington, Farmers of Customs, on the petition of several merchants of London, desiring that several ships taken in the late war, and condemned as prize in the Court of Admiralty at Scotland, may be naturalized and made free ships of England. We have already declared our submission to quit all demands of defalcation for the customs of goods imported in those ships, should his Majesty be satisfied that there was such a present want of shipping to carry on the trade of England, as to induce him to dispense with the laws against it; but not being convinced of the necessity, we wished his Majesty to be better informed; also, in case of a dispensation, we wished it to be limited to the ships of which a list should be sent by the Admiralty of Scotland before 1 Oct. We see no cause to alter or retract that opinion, as Scotland is not so remote, nor the work of procuring an exact list of the prize ships so difficult, but that it may be performed in less time than is proposed; nor is there any necessity to hasten his Majesty’s concession, when according to the petition, the ships to be made free are but in expectancy, and may not arrive before the return or the list from Scotland. [Copy. Ibid. No. 95.] Enclosing,
Report by the Farmers of Customs, on the petition of Peter, James, John, Isaac, and Abraham Houblons, merchants of London, certifying that they have obeyed the order of 2 Oct., whereby all prize ships taken by Scotch privateers were to be admitted to free trade as though built in Scotland, and have demanded only aliens’s customs, to which––by the Act of Navigation and by that for preventing fraud––alien ships are liable, and extends to Scotland, Also they have not yet received a list of prizes, under the seal of the Admiralty of Scotland. [Ibid. No 95i.]
Aug. 29.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Ordnance Commissioners to pay to Jonas Moore, Ordnance officer, 200l., in addition to 200l. already ordered, for charges in attending the fortifications at Sheerness. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 37.]
Aug. 29. Warrant for payment of 50l. to Rob. Yalden out of the privy seal dormant. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 78.]
Aug. 29.
The Roebuck, Torbay.
Capt. George Liddell to the Navy Commissioners. Has been plying off Topsham ten weeks as ordered. Has had the bad fortune to lose his pinnace in Portland Race, and six of his men were drowned; is supplied with a small boat till he receives their orders where he shall victual, having only one month’s provisions aboard. Touches at Dartmouth once a week, where he can receive their commands. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 96.]
Aug. 29.
Woolwich Ropeyard.
Wm. Acworth, and 2 other officers of the yard, to the Navy Commissioners. We think Capt. Perriman took up the James of Southampton on 30 April, because on 4 May he told us he had 3 vessels ready; we laded 2, but the weather and the receiving Capt. Cox’s hemp delayed the lading the James till 9 June. We suppose the captain hoped for better weather when he took 3 up together. We disclaim all neglect on our part as to the demurrage. Mr. Cotton not only covered the hemp in his lighter with sails when the rain came on, but that in another by his side, and stowed it away as we sent it. [Ibid. No. 97.]
Aug. 29.
Bristol.
Capt. John Wettwang to the Navy Commissioners. I desire you to write sharply to Mr. Baylie, as he is very backward in the work on the Edgar. George Jones, master gunner of the Loyal London, is come from Portsmouth with only 12 men, the ships being paid off before they had order; I hope to be supplied some other way. I cannot get one man to work for rigging wages, but when extra men are wanted, we are forced to stop all boats, and take all we can get aboard the ships, and let them go again at night. [Ibid, No. 98.]
Aug. 30.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane, master shipwright, to the Navy Commissioners. Asks for a supply of 3-inch plank, as the whole works of this place depend upon it; this is the only hindrance to finishing Sir Lawrence Van Heemskirk’s ship, which was to be launched in October according to his Royal Highness’s orders. [Ibid. No. 99.]
Aug. 30.
Edwinstowe.
John Russell to the Navy Commissioners. Has laden the James hoy with plank at Stockwith, and sends bill of lading; has supplied her with an anchor, and desires them to order its return. Asks for more vessels to fetch the timber which lies there and at Hull, in great danger of being carried away with the tide. Will send Rob. Mayors 2 stem pieces wanted at Woolwich, if the hoy master will load them. [Ibid. No. 100.]
Aug. 30.
Chatham.
John Moore and Edward Moorcock to the Navy Commissioners. Have made the Marmaduke swim, and brought her towards the shore, though one of the holes bored to sink her was as low as the ballast; she will soon be in a condition to be transported to where they shall order. Found her full of ouse [ooze?]; cast 50 ton overboard, and a greater quantity is still in her hold. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 101.]
Aug. 30.
Portsmouth.
Huge Salesbury to Williamson. The Success still remains at Spithead waiting for a fair wind. The King and Duke of York are expected here shortly. [Ibid. No. 102.]
Aug. 30.
Brynkwinatt.
J. Trevor to Rob. Francis. I have received some of your letters of news, but others stick by the way. The letter of the Turks’ business was of great diversion to us. I beg their continuance. [Ibid. No. 103.]
Aug. 31.
Pendennis.
Francis Bellott to Williamson. The George of London, with salt from Lisbon, has sailed for Plymouth, and the Thomas of London has come in. Several vessels have arrived to lade pilchards for the Straits. The Falmouth frigate, a vessel of 80 or 90 tons, has been launched in the presence of near 2,000 persons, being the ever built in that strand. [Ibid No. 104.]
Aug. 31.
Chester.
Ma. Anderton to Williamson. The Bishop of Chester died on the 23rd inst. at Wigan; he is very much lamented, having been a most excellent and constant preacher, and very charitable. [Ibid. No. 105.]
Aug. 31.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to James Hickes. The Providence of Falmouth has gone for Virginia. The pilchard ships are still in the harbour. [Ibid No. 106.]
Aug. 31.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Earl if Anglesey, Treasurer of the Navy, to pay out of the customs of November, December, January, and February, 2,271l. due to Manuel de Fonseca, for French wines belonging to the subjects of the Catholic King and Great Duke of Tuscany, and seized from their ships by Prince Rupert for the use of the Navy, the order for payment thereof of 10 May 1667 involving great delay, without some special warrant, by reason of the precedency of other Navy bills. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 38.]
Aug. 31.
Bristol.
Daniel Furzer to the Navy Commissioners. Thanks for their recognition of his endeavours. Requests release from his business, as it is more loss than gain, and he cannot enter upon any other employment until discharged. Shall endeavour to satisfy them as to vouching his accounts, but cannot but mind them of the extreme hardship that both himself and men are in for want of money. Has not wherewith to support himself and family; prays not to have to want; if they will order 30l., will make it go as far as he can. Desires them to appoint some person to dispose of the offal timber in the yard at Conpill, which he values at 100l. [1 ½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 107.]
Aug. 31.
Bristol.
Capt. John Wettwang [of the Edgar] to the Navy Commissioners. As to the 100 men named, the 15 men come from Portsmouth make 79 on board his ship, but he has not one from Bristol, and has no hopes of any more except those he presses, so that their Honours can send the 100 they mention, or less they like. Has set the mainmast, and hopes to set the foremast to-morrow. [Ibid. No. 108.]
Aug. 31.
Treasury Chambers.
Sir George Downing to the Navy Commissioners. The Treasury Commissioners desire you to expedite your report relating to the victualling contract. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 109.]
Aug. Estimate by Isaac Welch of the charge of building a barge-house, amounting to 32l. 17s 0d. [Ibid. No. 110.]
Aug.
Whitehall.
Pass for Sir Alex. Frazer, King’s physician in ordinary, to go to Scotland for 2 months. [Ibid. No. 111.]
Aug. Warrant to pay to Andrew Newport and 2 others an annuity of 250l., for the use of the children of Wm. Rumbold, deceased, to continue during the suspension of the salary of 500l. a year payable from the Customs. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 254.]
Aug. Memoranda [from the Signet books] of warrants, &c., passed during the month, and of the following:
Note that Sir W. Temple, Ambassador to Holland, had 1,000l. for equipage and 7l. a day allowance; also intelligence expenses, postage, &c., allowed.
Note that Sir Thos. Higgons, Envoy Extraordinary to carry the Garter to the Elector of Saxony, had 3l. a day, and 300l. advance, with extraordinaries at discretion of the Treasury Commissioners; and [Sir Thos.] St. George, [Somerest] Herald, that went with him,150l. advance and 30s. a day; with extraordinaries to be allowed by the Secratery of state; also that he had 200l. more for equipage in November.
Commission to the Duke of Buckingham, Lord Keeper, Lord Privy Seal, Duke of Albemarle, &c., to examine into the accounts of Ireland, from 24 June 1660 to 1 July 1668, reporting thereon to the king and Council. [Dom. Papers, Charles II., Vol. 239, No. 55.]
Aug.? Elizabeth Countess of Dysart to Williamson. Thanks for your trouble about my business. The Treasurer favours me. The King has lodged my papers with the Earl of Lauderdale till Lord Arlington comes back. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 245, No. 112.]
Aug.
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.245.No. Date. King’s. Merchants’. MAILS. Wind. REMARKS.
Arrival. Despatch.
113 Aug.1 15 12 4 p.m. 7 p.m. S.W.
114 " 2 11 20 None S.W. Four of the king’s ships have sailed westward.
115 " 3 13 14 9 p.m. S.W.
116 " 4 13 22 W.
117 " 5 17 22 6 p.m. S.W.
118 " 6 17 25 None 7 p.m. S.W.
119 " 7 15 25 None 6 p.m. S.W. It blows hard.
120 " 8 14 33 None 7 p.m. S.W.
121 " 10 10 37 None 6 p.m. S.W. It blows hard. Sir D. Harvey is forced back into the Downs by weather, and 3 king’s ships.
122 " 11 15 37 None 6 p.m. S.W.
123 " 12 15 38 None 6 p.m. S.W. It blows hard.
124 Aug. 13 14 38 3 p.m. 5 p.m. W.by N.
125 " 14 16 44 None 6 p.m. S.W. It blows hard.
126 " 15 9 0 4 p.m. 6 p.m. N. Sir D. Harvey, 4 King's ships, and 50 merchant ships have sailed.
127 " 16 8 4 6 p.m. N.E.
128 " 17 8 5 None 5 p.m. N.E.
129 " 18 8 1 4 p.m. 5 p.m. N.W.
130 " 21 7 14 None 6 p.m. S.W.
131 " 22 7 12 5 p.m. N.W. A Danish ship has run upon the Goodwin Sands.
132 " 23 6 3 None 6 p.m. N.E. The rest of the merchant ships have sailed with a fair wind.
133 " 24 6 6 None 5 p.m. N.W.
134 " 25 6 0 4 p.m. 5 p.m. N.N.E. The merchant ships in the list are gone or going.
135 " 26 6 2 5 p.m. 6 p.m. S.S.E.
136 " 28 5 11 None 5 p.m. S.W.
137 " 29 3 11 S.W.
138 " 30 3 13 None 5 p.m. S.W.

Footnotes

  • 1. Rich. Russell, Bishop of Portallegro Portugal. See Calendar, 1667, p. 278.
  • 2. Presumable Lady Katherine O' Brien, daughter-in-law of the Earl of Thomond, who married Williamson as her second husband.—ED.
  • 3. Bredenstone Nile, vulgarly called "Devil's drop of mortar." Halsted's kent, p. 80.