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Charles II - volume 205: June 13-16, 1667

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1667. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1866.

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June 13-17, 1667

June 13.
Harwich.
1. Silas Taylor to Williamson. Three vessels have sailed thence, it is said, to try to cut the buoys at the Gunfleet, &c. Guns were heard with great fury all day yesterday. God preserve Chatham. The Duke of Monmouth rode thence last night with those that attend him, labouring to get to Gravesend. Last evening 30 of the Dutch fleet were seen coming down to the Gunfleet, but none appear this morning.
June 13.
Chelmsford.
2. Sir John Bramston to Wm. Herris, Lincoln's Inn. Lord Arlington sends commands and thanks, but not the least account of matters. Ill news comes so thick that the spirits of the people cannot be kept up; begs him to go to Mr. Williamson to know the worst, and then people's thoughts will be settled.
June 13.
3 A.M. Aldborough.
3. Rich. Browne to Williamson. Hopes the sad news from Chatham is not so bad as reported; that Chatham is burnt, and all the King's ships; also Gravesend; and that the Dutch fleet are gone up towards London. On Thursday Sir Rob. Brooke's company was ordered out of Aldborough, and no soldiers are left to guard the town if the Dutch come.
June 13.
2 P.M. Dover.
4. J. Carlisle to Williamson. Every hour brings strange reports from Chatham and thereabouts; a seaman brings word that three of our ships are on fire, and that the Dutch have taken the Royal Charles and committed many outrages; they are daily expected at Dover, and the guns are being planted on the pier head and all convenient places. Nieuport is said to be besieged, but no packet has gone over this week. The Little Victory has sent in a prize laden with spices, pretended of Hamburg and bound to the West Indies, but thought to be for France and laden at Rotterdam.
June 13.
Amsterdam.
5. Description of the attack made by the Dutch fleet, under Admiral Ruyter on the English ships in the Thames, at Chatham, and the Isle of Sheppey, and of all their proceedings from 1 to 13 June, with a plan of the Thames, and an engraving of the engagement. [Dutch; printed.]
[June 13.] 6. Similar engraving; not duplicate.
June 13.
Portsmouth.
7. Chas. Honeywood to Williamson. The alarm received has put them on their guard, but the coast is very clear; wants intelligence on the motions of the Dutch.
June 13.
Portsmouth.
8. Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Vessels and materials have gone to weigh the Pembroke, if it can be done. Sir Rob. Holmes' squadron intended to set on a party of ships on the coast of France, but they were gone to sea before he arrived; the fortifications in the town and dock go on with all imaginable speed.
June 13.
Swansea.
9. John Man to Williamson. A report of three French privateers near Lundy island put a terror into all vessels that were there, or that would come there; much shooting has been heard for three or four days past.
June 13.
Thursday.
10. Marquis of Worcester to Williamson. A captain in his regiment wants commissions for his lieutenant and ensign, and then can raise his company; has taken down his seven commissions for lieutenants, but none for ensigns.
June 13. 11. Affidavit of Fras. Riccard, of Presteigne, co. Radnor, that in 1666, process was issued out of the Court of Exchequer against John Walcott, for not perfecting his account for the 18 months' assessment for Radnorshire, the delay being occasioned by his detaining a tally for payment of 250l.; and that through this delay, the account and 20 tallies remaining in the treasurer's remembrancer's office were burnt in the late fire, so that there would be great charge in proving a quietus.
June 13.
Whitehall.
12. Post warrant from Lord Arlington for two able posthorses and a guide for George Potts, from London to Rochester, on the King's special service.
June 13.
Whitehall.
13. Additional establishment of one serjeant and fifty men to each of the twelve old companies of the King's and Duke of Albemarle's regiments of foot guards; total yearly expense, 18,855l. 4s.
June 13.
Whitehall.
14. Additional establishment of two companies of 100 soldiers each, with officers, to the Holland regiment under Col. Rob. Sydney; total yearly charge, 3,227l. 9s. 4d.
June 13.
Whitehall.
15. Establishment of 12 new regiments of foot, of 10 companies 50 men in each; yearly expenditure, 130,566l. 16s.
June 13.
Whitehall.
16. Additional establishment of a lieutenant and 50 gentlemen to each of the King's two troops of horse, which before consisted but of 150 in a troop; annual expense 7,826l. a year.
June 13.
Whitehall.
17. Establishment of three new companies to the garrison of Berwick, of 100 men each; yearly expense, 4,832l. 2s.
June 13.
Whitehall.
18. Additional establishment of two companies, of 100 soldiers each, to the Duke of York's or Lord Admiral's regiment, under Col. Sir Chichester Wray; yearly charge, 3,263l. 17s. 4d.
June 13.
Whitehall.
19. Additional establishment of 12 soldiers to the governor's company in the garrison at Hull, and 20 soldiers to each of the other three companies, to make them up to 100 men each; also of two new companies of 100 soldiers each, to be added to the regiment; total yearly charge, 4,076l. 16s.
June 13.
Whitehall.
20. Establishment of 37 troops of horse to be raised, one of 71 soldiers and the others of 35 each; total yearly charge, 96,529l. 15s. 4d.
June 13. The King to Prince Rupert. Having ordered works and batteries to be raised in or near Woolwich, for better security of the river against attempts of the enemy, wishes him to go thither and direct the same; also charging persons of all ranks to obey his orders therein. [Ent. Book 17, p. 243.]
June 13. Lord Arlington to Col. Egerton. The King wishes him to draw together a troop of 80 horse, with all possible speed, according to a commission sent therewith, and to certify their place of rendezvous, that they may be mustered accordingly. With list of 21 other noblemen and gentlemen to whom similar letters were sent. [Ent. Book 23, p. 153.]
June 13.
Whitehall.
Lord Arlington to the Earl of Chesterfield. Sends him a commission from the King to raise a regiment of foot, by beat of drum in those parts, and as soon as 30 in each company are mustered, to appoint a rendezvous, that the commissary general may muster them. With list of 12 other noblemen and gentlemen to whom such letters were sent, with commissions enclosed. [Ent. Book 20, p. 151.]
June 13. Note of commissions of captaincy of horse sent to Sir John Clobery, Col. Egerton, — Touchet, Sir Th. Slingsby, the Lord Chamberlain, Lord Rochester, Mr. Jermin, Sir R. Knight, and Lord Fauconberg, and of their mode of dispatch. [Ent. Book 20, p. 152.]
June 13. Note of commissions of captaincy of foot sent to Col. Norton, Earl of Chesterfield, Lord Allington, Sir W. Vane, the Lord Chamberlain, Sir John Sayer, Lord Townsend, Marquis of Worcester, Earl of Ogle, and Sir Arthur Bassett, and of their mode of delivery. [Ent. Book 20, pp. 154—5.]
June 13. Memorandum that commissions were sent to Portsmouth, to Middleton and Tinker, and two blank ones for forming four companies out of the workmen in the yard. [Ent. Book 20, p. 159.]
June 13. Commission for Col. Whitely to be Quartermaster General. Minute. [Ent. Book 20, p. 159.]
June 13.
Whitehall.
21. Commission for — Lane to be Captain in the regiment of foot of which he is Colonel.
June 13. Minutes of commissions for officers in regiments of foot raised or to be raised, 1,000 in a regiment and 100 in each company, viz.:
I. Col., E. Chesterfield. Lieut.-Col., Hen. Stanyard. Major, Sir Theo. Gilby.
Captains. Lieutenants. Ensigns.
Earl Chesterfield. Fred. Stanhop. Wm. Barnes.
Hen. Stanyard. Jo. Carroll. Roger Cooper.
Sir Theo. Gilby. Theo. Garlick. Rob. Garlick.
Jo. Ferrers. Humph. Watts. Jo. Ferrers.
Mich. Brett. Wm. Skelton. Hen. Richards.
Wm. Stanhop. Rob. Markes. Phil. Savage.
Cha. Cotton. Jo. Meautis. Mich. Depung.
Peniston Whalley. Wm. Jones. Peter Moralis.
John Every. Chris. Davenport. Jam. Whitford.
Charles Hutchinson. Thos. Holford. Arth. Warren.
II. Col., Lord Townsend. Lieut.-Col., Sir Peter Gleane. Major, Edmond De Grey.
Captains. Lieutenants. Ensigns.
Lord Townsend. George Townsend. Char. Spelman.
Sir Peter Gleane. Tho. Fletcher. Wm. Rogers.
Edmond De Grey. Jno. Castle. Wm. Bullock.
Sir Wm. Hovel. Jo. Johnson. Fr. Hovel.
Wm. Cropley. Jo. Greymes. Wm. Cropley.
Jo. Anguish. Fr. Thoresby. Tho. Talbot.
Tho. Wood. Rich. Gimbort. Miles Hobart.
Wm. Bladwell. Thos. Kinge. Rob. Read.
Edw. Barber. John Harris. Wm. Dougly.
Thos. Holland. Wm. Curtice. Ja. Calthorpe.
III. Col., Lord Allington. Lieut.-Col., Sir Rob. Brooke. Major, Guy Molesworth.
Captains. Lieutenants. Ensigns.
Lord Allington. Edm. Harris. Rog. Thornton.
Sir Rob. Brooke. Rob. Wyles. Rob. Gosnold.
Guy Molesworth. Barth. Clarke. Rich. Lewis.
Sir Tho. Leventhorpe. Abra. Chamberlain. Wm. Crowley.
Jo. Elrington. Alex. Balam. Mich. Handcock.
Hildebrand Allington. Edw. Cort. Jo. Perkins.
Arginton Allington. Hen. Carig. Jo. Gipps.
Ja. Reynolds. Wm. Deamont. Chas. Bordman.
Alex. Fraiser. Gilb. Cornelius. Jo. Tomkins.
Roger Clarke. Rob. Minors. Ja. Bull.
IV. Col., Earl of Ogle. Lieut.-Col., Edw. Villiers. Major, Wm. Strother.
Captains. Lieutenants. Ensigns.
Earl of Ogle. Rob. Anderson. W. Erington.
Edw. Villiers. Jo. Price. Rog. Mollineux.
Wm. Strother. Lance Ord. Wm. Armorer.
Robt. Delaval. Mich. Whitehead. Fr. Read.
Jo. Strother. Rob. Marley. Edw. Widdrington.
Thos. Haggerston. Jo. Grey. Lance Erington.
Sir Jo. Swinborne. Ralph Rutherforth. Allan Swinborne.
Roger Widdrington. Jo. Forster. Ralph Widdrington.
Jo. Digby. Rob. Sutton. Jo. Walker.
Fr. Sandys. Edw. Tourney. Geo. Sandys.
V. Col., Marquis of Worcester. Lieut.-Col., Wm. Cope. Major, Rich. Dutton.
Captains. Lieutenants. Ensigns.
Marquis of Worcester. W. Wolseley. Knevit Hastings.
Wm. Cope. Jno. Waller. Rob. Cade.
Rich. Dutton. Jo. Leveston. Braynton Baskerville.
Sir Edw. Stradling. Rich. Basset. Edw. Matthews.
Wm. Jones. Ja. Anderson. Ja. Herbert.
Chas. Roger Herbert. W. Floyd. Jo. Herbert.
Edw. Stone. Geo. Page. Lance Docwra.
Duncombe Colchester Thos. Joyne. Jo. Colchester.
Thos. Price. Jo. Price. Rob. Cornwall.
Henry Gyse. Wm. Jones. Wm. Parry.
VI. Col., Lord Chamberlain. Lieut.-Col., Henry Markham. Major, Maurice Kingwell.
Captains. Lieutenants. Ensigns.
Lord Chamberlain. Andr. Caldwell. Rob. Markham.
Hen. Markham. Den. Tayler. Wm. Cecill.
Maurice Kingwell. Rob. Boone. Jonath. Bayly.
Christ. Hatton. Arth. Stock. Ch. Hatton.
Sir Ph. Carteret. Edw. Boyce. Rob. Smith.
Wm. Langley. Thos. Crispe. Ja. Burlase.
Rob. Moore. Thos. Beck. Edm. Portington.
Arth. Ingram. Wm. White. Jo. Camock.
Geo. Wroughton. Wm. Chapman. Thos. Blundell.
Giles Horsington. Humph. Painter. Geo. Burton.
VII. Col., Sir Arth. Bassett. Lieut.-Col., Wm. Godolphin. Major, Jo. Trelawny.
Captains. Lieutenants. Ensigns.
Sir Arth. Bassett. Jo. Keigwine. Chr. Pender.
Wm. Godolphin. Jo. Nichols. Edw. Tonken.
Jo. Trelawny. Jo. Douglas. Rich. Fielding.
Peter Courtney. Hugh Hobbs. Jo. Painter.
Jo. Sydenham. Geo. Browne. Thos. Boughry.
Fr. Painter. Rob. Coleman. Jo. Gwavas.
Thos. Roscarrock. Samson Shakerly. Tho. Lambe.
Bevill Skelton. W. Edward. Rich. Paulin.
Fr. Arundell. Hugh Acland. Arth. Bray.
Wm. Hog. Fr. Leigh. Humph. Noy.
VIII. Col., Sir Allen Apsley. Lieut.-Col., Jo. Rumsey. Major, Oliver Nicholas.
Captains. Lieutenants. Ensigns.
Sir Allen Apsley. Dudley Lovelace. Thos. Foster.
Jo. Rumsey. Rich. Kent. Mark Anth. Matthew.
Oliver Nicholas. Ja. Angier. Rich. Woodward.
Sir Wm. Wentworth. Jo. Thorne. Cha. Brinkhurst.
Sir Jo. Elwes. Rich. Banester. W. Gorsuch.
Thos. Salisbury. Pet. Flower. Jo. Dodson.
Wm. Maynard. Jo. Fitzjames. Rich. Pembruly.
Edmond Ashton. Thos. Shadwell. Justinian Barrow.
Jo. Seymor. Ch. Supple. Giles Hungerford.
Jo. Grimes. Rob. Warner. Chas. Mastenet.
IX. Col., Sir Jo. Sayers. Lieut.-Col., Ed. Wood. Major, Jeremiah Tolhurst.
Captains. Lieutenants. Ensigns.
Sir Jo. Sayers. Rich. Griffin. Thos. Swinbro.
Edw. Wood. Jo. Morrice. Rob. Bringfield.
Jere. Tolhurst. Ja. Streater. Rob. Horne.
Lord Edw. Morpeth. Hen. Dacre. W. Wright.
Jo. Fenwick. Pet. Bush. Thos. Howard.
Cressy Dimock. Andrew Porter. Theo. Taaffe.
Sir Fr. Clinton. Arth. Magennis. Jo. Holt.
Tho. Sherley. Jo. Cogan. Rob. Browne.
Sir Rob. Killegrew. Wm. Gill. Jo. Turnbull.
Sir Cuth. Heron. Nich. Ellington. Wm. Charleton.
X. Col., Sir Walter Vane. Lieut.-Col., Fr. Lovelace. Major, Wm. Stewart.
Captains. Lieutenants. Ensigns.
Sir Walter Vane. Ja. Read. Rich. Newman.
Fr. Lovelace. Rich. Castle. Ralph. Whitfield.
Wm. Stewart. Fr. Gargrave. Clem. Spelman.
Fr. Vincent. Jo. Barnham. Thos. Tothill.
Fr. Radcliffe. Ralph Swinerton. Jo. Symms.
Jasper Scoles. Benj. Sheldon. Wm. Best.
Sir Wm. Throckmorton. Rob. Goff. Ch. Bruce.
Fr. Benskin. Jo. Benskin. Fr. Longueville.
Jo. Walter. Geo. Burdett. Rob. Yardley.
Hen. Barnardiston. Walter Morgan. Thos. Throckmorton.
XI. Col., — Norton. Lieut.-Col., Henry Whitehead. Major, John Mill
Captains. Lieutenants. Ensigns.
— Norton. Tho. Lloyd. W. Dickins.
Henry Whitehead. Dan. Dove. Edw. Nevey.
John Mill. W. Bayley. Jno. Boreman.
Rich. Johnson. Chris. Johnson. Jno. Gale.
Rich. Whitehead. Anth. Compton. Wm. Haywood.
Jer. Harrison. Ja. Gerard. Edm. Wilson.
Fr. Hobson. Rich. Young. Rich. Collins.
Thos. Leigh. Geo. Taylor. W. Collier.
Edw. Molesworth. Jon. Sprig. Rich. Blundell.
Rich. Holt. Rich. Cock. Jo. St. Johns.
XII. Col., — Lane. Lieut.-Col., Sir Hen. Every. Major, John Persehouse.
Captains. Lieutenants. Ensigns.
— Lane. Saml. Wightwick. Thos. Muscat.
Sir Henry Every. Arth. Lawe. Fr. Willoughby.
John Persehouse. Benj. Phipps. Jo. Gilpin.
Wm. Parker. Arth. Cumple. W. Eyton.
Arden Bagot. Thos. Salmon. Thos. Cartwright.
Thos. Lane. Thos. Gifford. Aug. Gifford.
Thos. Arden Price. Ja. Taylor. Saml. Leigh.
Rich. Adderley. W. Lane. Jo. Adderley.
Thos. Kinnersley. Jo. Moseley. Jo. Rumley.
Littleton Clent. Rugeley Littleton. Jno. Stanford.
— [Ent. Book 20, pp. 162–165.]
June 13.
Whitehall.
22–34. Thirteen blank commissions for officers of foot; viz., two colonels, four lieutenant-colonels and captains, two majors, two majors and captains, and three colonels to be captains; signed by the King and Lord Arlington.
June 13 ? 35–39. Five blank commissions for captains of foot; printed forms, signed by the King and Lord Arlington.
June 13,
Whitehall.
40. Commission for Prince Rupert to be Colonel of a regiment of horse.
June 13.
Whitehall.
41, 42. Commissions to Thos. Viscount Fauconberg and the Earl of Denbigh to be captains of troops of horse.
June ? 43, 44. Memoranda relating to several of the previous commissions. Two papers.
June ? 45. Names of the officers of the Earl of Ogle's regiment, as desired by his lordship.
June ? 46. Note of Fras. Bennett's request to be admitted ensign in any of the companies now to be raised.
June 13. Commissions granted to officers for and in troops of nonregimented horse, consisting of 80 men in troop, officers included, viz.— [Where an asterisk is prefixed, it denotes that the commissions were granted the preceding year.]
I. Colonel, Prince Rupert.
Captains. Lieutenants. Cornets. Quartermasters.
Col. Egerton. H. Dudley. W. Lenthall. Jo. Bryers.
Sir Thos. Slingsby. Walt. Strickland. Rich. Aldbrough. W. Tunstall.
Earl of Bath. Ames Pollard. George Windham.
Lord Fauconberg. W. Wickham. Sir W. Frankland. Matt. Driffield.
Lord Hereford. Jo. Cocks. Edw. Devereux. W. Turner.
Sir Jo. Clobery. Geo. Cranmer. Jo. Street. Thos. Gardner.
Sir Jo. Knight. Wm. Linley. Thos. Burne. Joseph Payne.
Col. Rosseter. Theo. Hart. Thos. Spilman. Wm. Marris.
Col. Ingleby. Geo. Elsmore. Fdw. Rolt. Thos. Walkenden.
Mervin Touchet. Jo. Marsh. Fr. Spalden. Ph. Fursden.
Sir Maurice Berkeley Matt. Bellew. Maur. Berkeley. Jo. Housdon.
Conyers Darcy. Ph. Howard. Rob. Strickland. Jos. Strangways.
Lord Widdrington. Sir Wm. Blakeston. Jo. Thornton. Ralph Read.
*Duke of Monmouth. Jo. Osborne. Edw. Griffin. W. Clarke.
*Lord Byron. Jo. Lehunt. Rob. Radley. Saml. Downes.
*Earl of Carlisle. Thos. Howard. Nich. Fairfax. Edw. Parry.
Captains. Lieutenants. Cornets. Quartermasters.
Wm. Earl of Craven. W. Whorwood. Sir St. John Moore. H. Collier.
*Sir W. Courtenay. Jo. Fownes. Worthington Bride. H. Wade.
*Hen. Jermyn. H. Fitzjames. Ch. Jermyn. Jo. Stacy.
*Earl of Lindsey. Edw. Berke. Fr. Sherard. Geo. Middlemore.
*Earl of Northampton. Thos. Willoughby. Saml. Underhill. Edw. Batson.
*Earl of Peterborough. Alex. Standish. Jo. Mordaunt. Ch. Westby.
*Earl of Rochester. Jo. Gumblyn. Wm. Loving. Jo. Pinkney.
*Sir Geo. Saville. Sir Ph. Monckton. Anth. Eyre. Clifton Leeke.
Davy Walter. Ra. Sheldon. W. Walter. Jo. Gryce.
Earl of Mulgrave. Ch. Crompton. Wm. Stewkly. Edw. Barber.
Earl of Sunderland. Arnold Cooper. Sidney Godolphin. Thos. Wormeley.
Lord Gerard. Sam. Wood. Jo. Wroth. Rich. Whitworth.
Lord Berkeley. Fr. Berkeley. Ch. Coventry. Stephen Dyer.
Earl of Denbigh.
Sir Philip Musgrave. Edward Hutchinson. Geo. Williamson.
*Lord Maynard. Gilbert Talbot. Jo. Earnley. Thos. Wingfield.
Lord Castleton.
John Lord Middleton Thos. Dalmahoy. Rich. Manley. Ja. Dalmahoy.
*Lord Windsor. Thos. Mucklow. Ja. Thynne. Edw. Barrett.
*Sir Jo. Warre. Robt. Hawley. Jo. Hawley. Thos. Littleton.
*Sir Chas. Wheeler. Somerfield Oldfield. Horatio West. Bern. Westby.
*Lord Mandeville. Adam Cleypoole. Alex. Noell. Montague Stacy.
*Earl of Ogle. Sir W. Hickman. Cecil Cooper. Chiffon Rhodes.
—[Ent. Book 20, pp. 166–.]
June 13. Note of commission to Mr. St. Leger to be ensign to Major Scot. [Ent. Book 20, p. 168.]
June 13. Warrant to the Duke of Albemarle, to order an addition to the Duke of York's troop in the horse guards, and also to his own, of 50 men, an under lieutenant, farrier, and saddler. [Ent. Book 20, p. 172.]
June 13. Commissions for John Powell to be surgeon to the Earl of Ogle's regiment,—Groves, surgeon to Sir Walter Vane, and Thos. Seale surgeon to Sir Allen Apsley. Minutes. [Ent. Book 20, p. 174.]
June 13. Commission for Thos. Jeyne to be ensign to Lord Blayney's company in the Holland regiment. Minute. [Ent Book 20, p. 177.]
June [13 ?]
Whitehall.
47. Blank commissions for a quartermaster of horse.
June ?
Whitehall.
48. Note that the King has accepted Sir Thos. Slingsby's offer to raise a troop of volunteer horse, and will give him a commission if he make any more levies.
June 13 ?
Whitehall.
49. "New Troops where ordered," being names of officers appointed to act in various maritime and northern counties.
June 13 ? 50. Note that the quarter-master general of the [late] King's army at Oxford had 30s. a day, and that of the Parliament army in 1659, 23s., beside other commands.
June 13. Warrant to the Lord General to order the recruiting of the King's regiment of Guards, under Col. J. Russell, by an addition of 50 men and two serjeants in each company. Minute. [Ent. Book 23, p. 479.]
June 13. Declaration of the King's pleasure that the officers and soldiers lately raised to recruit the English regiment in Flanders, and now at Blackwall, shall obey Sir Allan Apsley, who is to be appointed their colonel. [Ent. Book 23, p. 479.]
June 13. Warrant for a grant with survivorship to Hen. Howard and Sir Cecil Howard, on surrender in their behalf, by Sir Thos. Clarges, of the office of commissary-general of musters, with the usual fees of 17s. 6d. a day for themselves, 2s. 6d. for one clerk, and 1l. 13s. 10d. for eight deputy muster-masters. [Ent. Book 23, pp. 489–491]
[June 13.] 51. Draft of the above. [2½ pages.]
June 13.
Ordnance Office.
52. John Lord Berkeley, Thos. Chicheley, and Sir John Duncombe, Ordnance Comrs., to the Navy Comrs. The powder, shot, and other stores will be at Greenwich, this ebbing, as also the powder for Blackwall. There are no cannon baskets in store, nor any likely to be made in convenient time. Desires they will consider the best way for the security of the men. [Adm. Paper.] Enclose,
52. i. List of Ordnance stores laden on board the Truelove of London, to be carried to Greenwich.
June 13. 53. Sir Wm. Coventry to the Navy Comrs. Recommends Thos. Pierce to the command of a fire-ship; he has been master of the Mary Rose, and knows the river well. [Adm. Paper.]
June 13.
Kinsale.
54. Robt. Southwell to the Navy Comrs. Will sign all future accounts of Thos. Chudleigh, the master shipwright, with Wm. Penn clerk of the cheque, and shall charge for the stores at the prices current there. Is a stranger to provisions for shipping. Enquired what the prices were at Cork, and received the certificate enclosed from Christopher Selwood, shipwright there. Timber is cheaper at Cork than Kinsale. Mr. Chudleigh is much in debt, and not able to give ready money, so takes all on credit; he is forced to pay 20 and 25 per cent. for all the money he gets out of the Treasury, by reason of the long delays in payment, and must therefore sell at rates mentioned, or be a loser; the people that buy are as much dissatisfied as their Honours, but cannot help it, there being no one else to furnish those things. He has the reputation of an honest sober man, and a diligent, careful, good workman. [Adm. Paper, 1½ pages.]
June 13.
9 P.M. Golden Hart.
55. Capt. Charles Juxon to the Navy Comrs. Asks for tickets for Jeremiah Rosier and two other volunteers from the Princess. Shall sail to-morrow for Blackwall, the victuallers having promised the provisions in the morning. [Adm. Paper.]
June 13.
The Yarmouth, Portsmouth Harbour.
56. Phil. Barnes, purser, to Thomas Hayter, clerk at the Navy Office. Asks for instructions as to coming to London to pass his accounts, being ordered to attend Sir Wm. Penn on the 24th inst., for that purpose. [Adm. Paper.]
June 14. 57. Petition of James Wood to Sir Wm. Coventry, for the command of a fire-ship in the present expedition, being informed that several are to be set forth; has served as captain of several men-ofwar. With reference thereon to the Navy Comrs. [Adm. Paper.]
June 14.
Chatham.
58. Jno. Clapham to Sam. Pepys. The enemy is expected on the return of the tide. Yesterday the Royal James, Royal Oak, and Royal London were fired. Saw all three flaming, and the enemies become masters of the Royal Charles, giving her such a friendly entertainment that it is expected she will be our enemy this afternoon. On Tuesday, two or three more ships were lost, one being the Unity; but things are prepared so well this night that it is hoped to requite them at the next assault. Several other vessels have been sunk. The enemy have lost five or six fire-ships, either by sinking or in executing their employ, and, as conjectured, a considerable number of men by the service of Upnor Castle. [Adm. Paper.]
June 14. 59. Sir W. Coventry to the Navy Comrs. The Lord General complains of the people of Chatham yard; out of 1,100 that belong to it he could not get above three to do any business. Desires that their wages may be stopped until their behaviour have been enquired into. Endorsed "To stop the payment of Chatham yard, the workmen having deserted the service." [Adm. Paper.]
June 14.
Dartmouth.
60. Jo. Lindsey to Williamson. On the 13th, a French man-ofwar chased into the harbour a small collier, and would have taken her, had not the castle kept him off with guns; he took two other vessels, one of Dartmouth and one of Topsham, chased in some fishermen, and killed the master of one of their boats.
June 14.
Hull.
61. Col. Ant. Gilby to Williamson. One of two Ostenders affirms a truce between the French and Spaniards; the other says that the war is still on foot, and that the French have taken Ypres. Two Dutch pickeroons have forced two coal ships on shore in Holderness, but the country people came in and defended the vessels from the enemy. The news in the last post from London put the people on the sea coasts in fear.
June 14.
Newcastle.
62. Rich. Forster to Williamson. Four of Sir Jeremy Smith's squadron, meeting 50 or 60 great Dutch vessels going to Norway to load, took 13 and sunk 2; of those taken, 2 of 400 tons are brought into Newcastle; knows not where the rest are sent. A Dutch privateer chased a small merchant vessel to a bay five miles from Tynemouth, and Sir Ralph Delavale sent two boats, who towed her under command of some guns which Sir Ralph planted there for the security of his harbour and pans; the man-of-war pursued the vessel within musket shot, but being fired at, stood to sea, and hovered there all day. The vessel got into harbour. The magistrates and governor of Tynemouth Castle are consulting about building a fort to secure the harbour.
June 14. 63. J. Bentham to Williamson. Heard on Wednesday that the Dutch had beaten the whole of Sir Jeremy Smith's fleet, and killed or taken him; landed and driven away 500 or 600 oxen and 600 or 700 sheep, burnt several towns, and blocked up the rest of the Navy also that Harwich was in danger. It was replied that the Earl of Oxford was there with the militia, and able to oppose any attempt, but a malcontent said that most of the people there were against bishops, and for the Dutch. Other reports are that the Dutch have burnt all the King's great ships at Chatham, or three squadrons in Harwich Road, the men being without ammunition to contend, and have taken one vessel in triumph to Holland. When the news reached London, the drums beat, the militia gathered, and there was much running of people. The beacons are on fire, and some say that Harwich, Colchester, and Dover are burnt, and the King gone out of town or out of the world. There is much whispering of bad persons, and the King and Council are blamed that the ships were left without defence, and that there was no intelligence of the mischief nor care to prevent it. Is raising men for Lord Peterborough's troop, but some are discouraged because those raised last year were disbanded before they got anything towards the expenses of their horses and arms.
June 14. 64. J. H[ickes] to [Williamson]. All good subjects are grieved to see the enemies thus insult, and suggest discontent against those that counselled the King to sell Dunkirk, and caused the strength of Upnor Castle to be taken away. They complain grievously against those entrusted for payment of seamen, and those who counselled the King to send most of his men-of-war into various parts of the world, and leave himself without a fleet to look his enemies in the face, and thus expose his ships to their violence. They say this ruin transcends the ruin of the city by fire, as the nation, having lost its honour at sea for ever, must bow and truckle to the enemies, over whom they before had dominion; and they fear that, without special care, they shall have their throats cut by some insurrection, encouraged by the power of an enemy at sea. Such discourses are frequent in yards, gates, and streets. Prays God to avert his judgments and assist the King.
June 14.
Yarmouth.
65. [Rich. Bower] to Williamson. The Truelove has brought in a vessel laden with deals from Norway, supposed to be a prize. The person who brought the express has amazed the people with reports of the Dutch having fired five capital ships, the Royal Charles, Royal James, Monmouth, and two others, and the French having taken the Isle of Wight; he says they will hear worse yet. Some Dutchmen taken running away with a boat are put into gaol. Finds another gazette in town, different from Williamson's.
June 14.
3 A.M. Aldborough.
66. Rich. Browne to Williamson. Six Dutch men-of-war are riding in the Gunfleet; a small sloop, supposed to be French, has been plying about; two Dutch hoys standing for the Gunfleet are within a league of Aldborough; there is only one company of foot in the town, sent by Rich. Cooke, deputy lieutenant, to continue for eight days, and warrants are sent into the country for eight days' pay.
June 14.
11 A.M. Aldborough.
67. Rich. Browne to Williamson. Twelve galliots, supposed to be Dutch men-of-war, have stood for the Gunfleet; the wind N.E.; hopes they will be well received if they come towards Aldborough. Hears that all the county militia, both horse and foot, are drawing towards those coasts, but at present there is only Sir Rob. Brooke's company of foot.
June 14. 68. "Advices," being notes from letters calendared above, and from one from Truro, June 11; 30 ships, supposed French, have been hovering between the Lizard Point and Scilly, since Thursday last. [1¼ pages.]
June 14.
St. James's.
69. Sir W. Coventry to Williamson. Sir Phil. Honeywood says that 600 good men, fit to bear arms, may be found in the town and island of Portsmouth; it will be sufficient to divide them into three companies, and commissions must be hastened for them. With note by R. Powell, desiring the enclosure of a letter in Lord Arlington's packet to Lord Ambassador Coventry.
June 14.
Plymouth.
70. John Clarke to Williamson. The French fleet has been seen off Land's End. The Happy Return has arrived, having carried the Portugal ambassador to Holland. The news of the Dutch fleet lying in the Thames makes many look sadly.
June 14.
Plymouth Fort.
71. Sir Jo. Skelton to Williamson. Sends a letter from Sir Bernard de Gomme to the Earl of Bath. If his lordship have left town, Lord Arlington should open it and show it to the King, because it concerns the Plymouth fortifications. Part of the French fleet has been seen off the west coast.
June 14. Order for a warrant for the Lord Chancellor to be Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire. Minute. [Ent. Book 23, p. 480.]
June 14.
Windsor Castle.
72. M. Gravier to [Lord Arlington]. Begs that the enclosed letters may be forwarded, one to Mr. Geraut, his host in London, and the other to France. [French.]
June 14/24.
Rotterdam.
73. Jo. Smyth to Sam. Cottington, at Edmund Custis', merchant at Bruges. Trade is dead, but there are great hopes that it will mend; much is expected from the fleet about Harwich, and at Chatham and Gravesend. The drooping brethren begin to prick their ears, and hope this brave adventure will make a diversion. Many of the discontented are gone with noble Dulman and Groves, but Bampfield laughs in his sleeve to see how like owls they will come home, like the King of France and his 40,000 men. Hearty prayers are set up at Mr. Washington, Burton, and Kelsey's, and days kept that this attempt may open a way for the restoration of those saints to their former dignities. Private affairs.
June 14.
Chatham.
74. John Conny, surgeon, to Williamson. On the 9th, the enemy stood up towards the Hope; the 10th, in the morning, fired several houses on Candia, Canvey Island, Essex, stole a few ships, and the wind being easterly, turned towards Sheerness, which they assaulted and mastered in two hours. Endeavours were made to block up the river by sinking ships in the narrowest part, but all was ineffectual; for the outward guard, being worsted at Sheerness, and unable to resist their force, could keep no place good till they came to the chain. On the 12th the Dutch, having got a considerable number of fireships over the sunken vessels, assaulted the chain, and though the guards resisted as manfully as could be, yet they were overpowered and destroyed, and the chain broken by the number of ships pressing at it; they then took the Royal Charles, which is now going for Holland. Yesterday, at 1 p.m., they sailed with five men-of-war before Upnor Castle, where they were as warmly handled by Major Scott and Capt. Winter as could be desired, but yet they lay battering till their fire-ships came up, two of which attempted to fire the Royal Oak; but missing their design, and a third arriving, they fired the Royal James and Loyal London, and then retired. There having been a day's time to provide for them, wishes they would taste the provision to-morrow, but is confident their bellies are full.
June 15 ? 75. Thos. Rawlins to Viscount Conway. Details about a law-suit. The defendants will try to plead their parliamentary privilege against arrest. The cause should be tried, not in Wales where they are influential, but in London. The Dutch have got the Charles, some two miles down the river from Chatham, and six or seven more ships are lost or spoiled, but it is hoped something will be done before they get away. Sir Jer. Smith is reported to have taken 16 of their ships coming home well laden.
June 15.
London.
76. John Rushworth to Lady—. The Royal Charles, Sta. Maria, Royal Oak, Royal James, Loyal London, and Unity, all great ships, are burned by the Dutch in Chatham River, besides two lesser ships, wherein were 500 men, all lost, and 12 more ships sunk in the river's mouth, to prevent the enemy coming in; yet they got over them and the chain too, and did this mischief. This compelled the sinking of all the other great ships near Chatham dock, not leaving one above water, but it is hoped these will be recovered in time. The merchants are undone; the great money bankers have shut up their shops; people are ready to tear their hair off their heads; great importunity has been used at Whitehall, especially by Sir George Saville, for a Parliament, but nothing will prevail; there is one great gown man against it, also all the bishops and papists, and all those who have cozened and cheated the King. News arrives to-day that the French have come from Brest, and appear before the Isle of Wight; some at Court give out that they are friends, and not enemies. The Dutch are expected as far as Woolwich; people are fled from Greenwich and Blackwall with their wives and children. "We are betrayed, let it light where it will." Noted "Vera copia," taken by Tho. Pearson.
June 15.
Deal.
77. Ri. Watts to Williamson. On hearing that the Dutch were gone up the river, some of the best ships fired by them, the Royal Charles in their possession, and little or no opposition made, almost all cried out that we were sold, and that there were traitors in the Council. The loss of Dunkirk, dividing of the fleet, disbanding of the army, nonpayment of seamen, permitting so many merchant ships to go out, &c., were called in question; had the news not suddenly changed, they would have risen and attempted strange things. The Navy paymasters are much blamed for keeping seamen one and a half or two years without pay, though they offer 8s. in the pound for their ticket money. Col. Titus yesterday commanded both young and old of Deal to work at Sandown Castle, and they have made breastworks of turf on the stone wall. The mayor and jurats of Sandwich have commanded all to rise and man the decayed turf walls about the town, themselves and the chief men assisting; they want artillery and ammunition.
June 15.
London.
78. — — to Viscount Conway. There has been such an alarm that the fear of a press of horses has emboldened him to send two of his to his lordship's stables for six or eight days. The Dutch, after easily beating off Sir Edw. Spragg from Sheerness Fort, which was not in a posture of defence (for which Sir Edward is much blamed), forced the chain, which some say was fastened with cable yarn, and came up. Ten frigates and as many fire-ships burned the Amity and Matthias. The Royal Charles, having 30 guns mounted, fired on them, but her ammunition was soon spent, so the Dutch took her, and put up their flag. Meanwhile the general caused the next ships, viz., the Royal James, Royal Oak, London, and two fire-ships, to be sunk, so the Dutch went away, carrying the Charles; she stuck, and they could not get her away that tide, but kept men aboard; they returned with Thursday's tide, but being unable to pass the sunken ships, stayed till the tide was half spent, and then burned the upper part of the Oak, James, and London. They made another attempt yesterday, but the general had so well provided that they were beaten off, and the same this morning; so they have left the river, and it is said fired the Charles at last.
The King has 11 good ships remaining, when he had given all for lost. He was very angry, and told the citizens plainly that none but the Duke of York, Prince Rupert, the Lord General, and the Archbishop of Canterbury were for arming the fleet, and treating sword in hand, and so the greater part of his Council overswayed, much against his own opinion. A considerable person standing by the King said he was of the same opinion, but His Majesty angrily gave him the lie, and the next day openly reproached his Council. Some unruly people have cut down most of the young trees planted about Clarendon House, and broken many of the windows. There is a rumour of a Parliament, but it is not believed. A commission is issued for raising 10,000 foot and 2,500 horse; the Earl of Manchester to be general, Sir Wm. Waller, Sir Rob. Howard, and Col. Inglesby, eolonels, and the Lord General to be created high constable. The Dutch are still at the buoy of the Nore; some say they are fortifying the Island of Sheppey, others that they are going to Newcastle to destroy the coal fleet; whereon coals have risen to 6l. per chaldron. All is quiet to-night, but people are still in arms. The loss at Chatham was 500 men. Many English are on board the Dutch ships, and say they have come for money for their tickets. [2 pages.]
June 15. 79. "Lord Gerard's instructions." His commission authorizes him to command all the trained bands of the militia or army in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, and adjacent country; but he is specially to take care of the defence of the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth, in case of attack; to strengthen them with men from the precincts; to demand an account from the officers of their execution of the late orders of Council, or to change them as he thinks fit. The point at Portsmouth is to be demolished. The Navy victualler is to furnish the said places with provisions for a month or more. All the army is under pay of the treasurer of war; the trained bands are furnished by their owners with a month's pay, after which they must be changed for others who have not served their month, or care otherwise taken for them. Money for contingent services is to be deposited in the hands of Comr. Middleton, and issued on his lordship's orders; Middleton will also issue ammunition and stores as required. Whilst Col. Sydney's regiment is within the walls of Portsmouth, it must be under the deputy governor, but otherwise must receive orders only from his lordship; he is to take care to suppress all disputes between officers. In case he goes to the Isle of Wight, where the landing of the enemy is principally apprehended, he is to leave fitting orders in Portsmouth for defence of the harbour and shipping. [2½ pages.]
[June 15.] 80. Instructions to Chas. Lord Gerard of Brandon, to command the garrisons of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, and also Col. Sydney, if placed over the forces in the yard; he is to prevent the enemy from landing, and secure Portsmouth and the shipping, Sir Rob. Howard's regiment and another being appointed under him. [Draft, corrected by Lord Arlington.]
June [15.] 81. [Note of further instructions] to Lord Gerard. The money remaining in the hands of an Ordnance Officer there, by appointment of the Comrs. of Ordnance, is to be spent by their directions, especially on the fortifications at Portsmouth. Care has been taken to provide the governor with stores and ammunition, so that, without a very pressing occasion, those in the ordnance need not be trenched upon; the Comrs. of Ordnance wish to keep up correspondence where stores are kept. The King disapproves the employment of — Newbury, with whom he was dissatisfied when in his service. [Draft, 1¼ pages.]
June 15 ? 82. Queries by Lord Gerard, on his present commission, with marginal replies [by Lord Arlington]; that as to supplies of men or provisions for Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight, or other place under his government, the victualler and county magistrates shall be ordered to send them in. That as to a special commission for supplying the forces with pay, and meeting other expenses, the trained bands have their month, the standing troops are under pay, and Comr. Middleton will meet contingencies. That in case of his absence, Col. Sydney must command his foot troops, Sir Phil. Honeywood, deputy governor, the garrison, and Sir Robt. Holmes the fleet, provided they will agree.
June 15.
Harwich.
83. Silas Taylor to Williamson. They are labouring to secure the port against this insulting enemy; none but the rearguard of five or seven sail appear; they ply about the Gunfleet and the Sledway. Complains of the scanty intelligence sent him. Mr. Muddiman's intelligence is very large, and persons of the greatest quality are constrained now to betake themselves to it.
June 15.
York.
84. Jon. Mascall to Williamson. All are alarmed by the late action of the Dutch at Sheerness, and the militia are preparing for the field when called for. The deputy lieutenants of the West Riding are meeting at Pontefract, to order the affairs of York and that Riding, which are backward, as the officers of Sir George Saville, Sir Thos. Osborne, and Col. Ambrose Pudsey's regiments are not yet commissioned.
June 15.
Hull.
85. Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Notices of ships. The shooting heard was from the chase by a dogger of a Hollander, which has possibly got away; the least account of the ships lost a fortnight ago under convoy of the Little Victory is 40 sail. Lord Belasyse has been over from Worlaby.
June 15.
Whitby.
86. Thos. Waade to Williamson. In the last fatal storm, 80 sail of light colliers were on that coast. People "are much perplexed to hear that the Dutch vapour so filthily in Thames."
June 15.
Burlington Quay.
87. John Hill to James Hickes. Is sorry to hear of the Dutch insults, but hopes, ere this, the King's forces will have repulsed them. A pickeroon, off Flamborough Head, fired at some fishermen and wounded one, but spying two ships to the south, left the boat to chase them.
June 15. 88. Sir Allan Apsley to Williamson. Has received commissions for himself and four other captains, and for five lieutenants; to complete the regiment, will want five commissions for captains, one of whom must be lieutenant-colonel, and another major, and also for ten ensigns.
June 15.
10 p.m.
89. Sir Allan Apsley to Williamson. Wants a commission for Sir John Elwes to be captain in his regiment, he naming his lieutenant and ensign; also an order to the muster-master to muster certain companies ready at the point of land over against Woolwich, where the regiment is ordered to quarter.
June 15. 90. Jean Gelart and Jaques Costé to Louis Parant. Many prisoners will redeem themselves for 30s.; beg deliverance as soon as possible. Many in the enclosed list are ill. [French.]
June 15.
Leicester House.
91. Col. R. Sydney to Williamson. Wants a commission for Capt. Farrar to be lieutenant, and Sam. Fletcher ensign to Capt. Cronley.
June 15 ? 92. Note by Walter Cowdry, keeper of Newgate, of seven prisoners, ordered to be transported by their own consent, and of Nich. Greenberry, left to Lord Chief Justice Kelynge.
June ? 93. Petition of Nicholas Greenberry to the King, for reprieve or release from prison; is committed for want of sureties, on suspicion only of burglary, yet is to be tried for his life at the assizes, at Brentwood, Essex. Desires to serve under Lord Belasye at Tangiers, or elsewhere beyond seas. Annexes,
93. i. Declaration by John Shadwell, clerk of Newgate, that Greenberry was committed August 31, 1666, for want of security, and afterwards impeached before Lord Chief Justice Kelynge for breaking into a dwelling house.
June 15.
Pembroke.
94. Fras. Malory to Williamson. Two Dutch capers took a prize; the Richmond chased them and retook the prize, but they escaped.
June 15. 95. Fras. Malory to Jas. Hickes. To the same effect.
June 15.
Newcastle.
96. Rich. Forster to James Hickes. All are sad at the attack of the Dutch at Sheerness, but some say that six fireships have fired four of the best Dutch ships. The commissioners and governor of Tynemouth Castle have resolved to build a fort for security of the port and ships; meanwhile such ships as only draw four feet water are ordered to come higher up the river for safety; the masters are put to hard shifts to maintain their men on board.
June 15. 97. Sir Thos. Clarges to Williamson. Could not answer the officers of the Earl of Manchester, who came to speak about the muster of their troops; moved the lord general therein, but he was a stranger to the business; will give orders on receiving from Lord Arlington a list of the regiments and troops, and at what numbers they are to be mustered. Asks how many additional commissaries are established for this service; needs four at least, those he has being absent on constant duty. Should have a copy of the establishment of new troops, which he supposes was framed before a commission was drawn; wishes commissary Clerk to have his lordship's order in this matter, with the list of troops and companies for the lord general. [2 pages.]
June 15. 98. Wm. Warren to Williamson. His brother much fears an attempt on the Isle of Scilly, which would be lost if it were attacked though but with 1,500 men; no considerable defence could be made; the carriages of the great guns are mostly decayed, small arms wanting, and also men, there not being above 500 fighting men in the island; they want 500 or 1,000 more. If the island were ever in the enemy's hands, it would be a great curb to trade, and cost many thousand lives to regain. Begs that Lord Arlington will inform the King of this.
June 15. Lord Arlington to the Earl of Bath, Governor of Plymouth. The King wishes him, for better security of the town, to raise four companies of 100 men each, including officers; sends the commissions in blank. With note of a like letter to Lord Arundel for Pendennis Castle. [Ent. Book 20, p. 157.]
June 15. The King to the Deputy Lieutenants of Kent. They are to continue to act as before, notwithstanding the death of the Earl of Southampton, their Lord Lieutenant, and to obey such Lieutenant General or other superior officer as may be sent for the safety and defence of those parts, during the vacancy of the lieutenancy. With note of a like letter to the Deputy Lieutenants of Hampshire. [Ent. Book 20,p. 159.]
June 15. Warrants to [John] Blundell, to convey William Mills to the Gatehouse, for treasonable practices in the company of [John] Mason; and to the Lieutenant of the Tower, to receive [John] Mason. Minutes. [Ent. Book 23, p. 480.]
June 15. 99. Receipt by Edw. Cressett and Gent. Taylor of John Mason as prisoner, by the hands of Sam. Pordage.
June 15.
Whitehall.
The King to Sir Wm. Rider, Hen. Johnson, and Sir John Griffin, captain of West Tilbury Blockhouse. Has ordered batteries near Gravesend, and alterations and repairs in the blockhouses of Tilbury and Gravesend, for better security of the river, and has directed carpenters, shipwrights, labourers, &c., for the work. They are to issue fitting directions for the speedy perfecting of the said works, and all things needful both for security of the town and defence of the blockhouses, and for prevention of any design of the enemy to pass up the river. [Ent. Book 23, p. 482.]
[June 15.] 100. Draft of the above.
June 15.
Dublin.
101. Duke of Ormond to Lord Arlington. Recommends the enclosed for His Majesty's signature. Dr. Denton has run great hazards by his loyalty, and is the first physician now living who was sworn to the late King. Encloses,
101. i. Warrant for a good and effectual grant to William Denton, physician in ordinary, of the said place, with all profits thereto belonging, and a fee of 100l., in reversion after Sir Alex. Frazer, Sir John Hinton, Dr. George Bates, and Dr. Wm. Quatremaine.
June 15/25.
Dunkirk.
102. Capt. Brodart to M. Gravier, in London on the [French] King's service. Supposes the march of the Court has prevented my lord from answering his letter; the prisoners are well attended to by the captain of the Holland squadron, and will be sent to Amsterdam when the vessels arrive. Asks if there are many sick among those who wish to engage in the King's service; will take care of those, and not of the others. [French, 2 pages.]
June 15.
Dover.
103. Thos. White to the Navy Comrs. Repairs of ships. Sir Thos. Teddeman is directed to fit two fire-ships with all speed. Asks whether to fit them with fire-works, as that belongs to the gunner's stores. Three fire-ships are in harbour. [Adm. Paper.]
June 15.
Portsmouth.
104. John Shales to Sam. Pepys. Victualling of four ships named. [Adm. Paper.]
June 15. 105. J. Sotherne to Sir Wm. Penn. His master [Sir Wm. Coventry] does not remember any objection against Capt. Licoris, who commanded the Unicorn fire-ship, which may prevent his being employed this time. [Adm. Paper.]
June 15.
Ipswich.
106. Andrew Crawley to Sam. Pepys. No ships have been victualled since his last. The Lily came to Harwich and beat drums for seamen. Those parts are indifferently quiet. All are heartily sorry for the great loss His Majesty has received at Chatham, hoping it is not so bad as reported. [Adm. Paper.]
June 15.
Chatham.
107. Sir Wm. Penn to Sam. Pepys. Sir Frescheville Hollis desires that Capts. Lake and Burde shall have the command of other fireships, theirs being sunk at Woolwich; they have men at command to man the ships. Reminds him of the six ships to be sunk at Woolwich, and the eight hoys with four guns each, and, if it were possible, 4,000 tons at least of stones, to be cast into the ships to be sunk. [Adm. Paper.]
June 15.
The Richmond, Youghal.
108. Capt. Amos Beare to the Navy Comrs. Applied for a pilot to the mayor of the place, who knew no other man than the writer's own brother, whom he had not seen for seven years, and although he had a wife and three children, and was master of a ship and taking in his goods, immediately impressed him; had he not been his brother, would not have attempted it. Asks them to do him right with his late master, Rich. Smith. Never struck nor gave him unhandsome language, yet he told him he thought he lived in Hell, though he never knew the writer swear nor curse in drink, nor lay a night out of the ship. Shall be obedient in having his present master examined, the first ship he meets. [Adm. Paper.]
June 16. 109. Sir Wm. Coventry to the Navy Comrs. Wants a couple of sea captains to go to Gravesend, to assist Sir John Griffith in mounting guns and making batteries for defence of that place. His Majesty and his Royal Highness insisted upon Capt. Seaman, of the Old James, and Capt. Hart, of the Rainbow, to whom they are to send, if in town; if not, to some others. Three of the ships in Portsmouth harbour are to bear 100 men each, strictly mustered, to defend the ships in harbour; a store of boats is to be always ready, and the frigates and fire-ships in the river are to be prepared to receive and keep men on board, &c. [Adm. Paper.]
June 16.
10 p.m.
110. Sir Wm. Coventry to the Navy Comrs. There is an order for 300l. to be sent to Gravesend. His Majesty and his Royal Highness want as many frigates and fire-ships as are ready to sail together to that place; they must be hastened down, with directions to anchor there until further orders. His Majesty has resolved in Council to take six merchant ships to make men-of-war of; asks them to look out for some. Expects orders and commissions tomorrow. Has not seen the Vice-chamberlain [Sir George Carteret] these three days, so cannot speak as to matters of money. Sir John Mennes has 5,000l. at Chatham, out of which they may pay the new carpenters; for aught he hears, the old ones scarce deserve it. [Adm. Paper.] Encloses,
110. i. Warrant from Sir W. Batten to Sir Frescheville Holles, to send down to Gravesend all fire-ships under his command, in company with the frigates under Sir Wm. Jennings, for the better securing the men at work on the fortifications, and to continue there until further order, unless he finds the enemy near and too strong, in which case he is to retreat and come up the river. [Copy.] Woolwich, June 17, 1667.
110. ii. Similar warrant from Sir W. Batten to Sir W. Jennings with respect to the frigates under his command. [Copy.] Woolwich, June 17, 1667.
June 16 ? 111. Sir Wm. Coventry to the Navy Comrs. Recommends Wm. Ward as commander of a fire-ship, by desire of his Royal Highness. [Adm. Paper.]
June 16.
Deptford.
112. Sir Wm. Penn to the Navy Comrs. Recommends Roger Fleshman for the command of a fire-ship. It is His Majesty's pleasure that he should have one. [Adm. Paper.]
June 16.
The Sweepstakes, Leith Road.
113. Capt. Francis Saunders to the Navy Comrs. Sends the tickets for Christopher Granger, set on shore at Dover in March last; he was servant to the purser, who took him aboard naked, and has received 2l. 3s. 6d. in clothes. Hopes to be ready for sea in four or five days. At his last being out, took two prizes, one laden with salt, and the other a fly boat of 300 or 400 tons. Has received an order for victualling his ship for 150 men for 56 days. [Adm. Paper.]
June 16. Order to Major Wyndham, with two troops of horse and two companies of foot, to go to the Isle of Ely to preserve the peace there. Minute. [Ent. Book 20, p. 158.]
June 16. Letter to the Earl of Suffolk, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, to give him notice of this, and direction to order his deputy lieutenants to advise with and assist him. Minute. [Ent. Book 20, p. 158.]
June 16. Letter to the Deputy Lieutenants of Somersetshire to send a troop of horse and two companies of foot to secure the peace at Taunton. Minute. [Ent. Book 20, p. 158.]
June 16. Warrant to the Ordnance Comrs. to convey the stores and ammunition now remaining above bridge to Windsor Castle. [Ent. Book 23, p. 480.]
June 16. Warrant to the Master and Wardens of the Trinity House to appoint six able and active brethren to go to Gravesend to assist at the works there, each man to carry down 20 able seamen. Minute. [Ent. Book 23, p. 480.]
June 16. Warrant [to the Ordnance Comrs.] to issue an immediate supply of carriages for the guns for Gravesend blockhouses; also 200 spades and 100 pickaxes to be sent with all possible speed. [Ent. Book 23, p. 481.]
June 16. Warrants to [John] Bradley to seize [Peter] Pett, [Navy] Commissioner at Chatham, and bring him to the Tower; and to the Lieutenant of the Tower to keep him close prisoner, for dangerous practices and misdemeanors. Minute. [Ent. Book 23, p. 481.]
June 16. Warrant to Sir Stephen Fox to pay to Sir Allan Apsley 300l. out of the Ordnance money, for pay of 700 soldiers under his command, appointed for Flanders, but afterwards remanded for the King's service. [Ent. Book 23, p. 484.]
June 16.
Whitehall.
114. Warrant to the Corporation of Shipwrights of Redriff to send to Gravesend 50 carpenters for speedy carrying on of the works there, following the orders of Sir John Griffin and Sir Wm. Rider. [Draft.]
June 16. Entry of the above. [Ent. Book 23, p. 485.]
June 16.
11 a.m. Whitehall.
115. Lord Arlington to Sir Stephen Fox. He is to deliver to Mr. Dupuy 300l. for subsistence of Sir Allan Apsley's men in his important service, for which he shall have an authentic order on demand.
June 16.
8 p.m. Bethnal Green.
116. Sir Wm. Rider to Williamson. Has received his letter and bag of money, and will give account of the disbursements for the King's use. Wishes the other 100l. to be paid to Mr. Ayscue, clerk of the Trinity House. Asks instructions how to proceed, the commission not giving him any power.
June 16.
Lowick.
117. J. Bentham to Williamson. Wonders that the Councillors were so lulled into security that, after the first tidings of the Dutch fleet coming out on some desperate design, platforms were not raised, cannons mounted, and soldiers sent to make a defence; they will be registered to posterity as casting away arms of offence and defence, whilst in treaty with armed and active enemies. Asks how honour is to be regained abroad, or the mouths of bad men stopped, and their hands manacled at home. They say that all this does not stop debauchery and drunkenness at Court, and that no better could be expected where the Popish and profane party are in such credit. Cannot get any men to find themselves horses to come as soldiers to London, whereas last year more offered than could be accepted; but those that went spent what they were worth, and came back in sickness and poverty; some would venture if furnished with horses. It is said that the ammunition in the Tower stores and blockhouses has been conveyed away; and that at Boston in Lincolnshire there is not one piece of cannon to keep off an enemy.
June 16.
Plymouth.
118. Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. The Drake has engaged a French caper of 16 guns, and would have taken her, had she not been assisted by two more. Hearing that the French fleet is on the coast, has ordered the ships in harbour to come into Catwater for better security; all possible care is taken for defence, if they should attempt the place.
June 16.
Plymouth Fort.
119. Sir Jo. Skelton to Williamson. The Dutch attempt caused great alarm, lest the French, who are said to be on the coast, when they hear of its success, may attempt something. The militia are settling and guns planting on the cliffs for defence. Has ordered the regiment of Tinners to march to Plymouth with all possible speed. Three frigates are now hauling into Catwater, and several others are to ply about to give intelligence. Has commanded the Navy victualler to send a month's biscuit to [St. Nicholas'] Island, and will return it if not used. Sir Thos. Allin has ordered 30 or 40 cannon from the frigates hauled in to be planted in the most convenient places, in case the enemy should attempt to land. The new citadel goes on apace. The Drake has chased a French pickeroon, and rescued two prizes from her, but they were plundered before, and the ship was rescued by two French men-of-war. The Drake brought in a French vessel laden with wine for the King, as appeared in a pass from the Duke of Beaufort. [1½ pages.]
June 16.
Plymouth.
120. Note that on the 15th the Mermaid arrived from cruising off Scilly, and met no men-of-war. At night the Drake came in, and reported her long dispute with a French caper, which she would have taken, but the French fleet, standing in two squadrons, east and west, made her forbear. Two ships chased her, but, being an excellent sailer, she escaped, and took a small French vessel; their scouts are now cruising in the harbour. Six frigates now in the Sound are going into Hamoaze, a safe harbour, and the Sorlings is gone to sea on discovery.
June 16.
Winchester Prison.
121. Pierre Ladvenu to Louis Parant. Gives the names of those who have received money from him; more money is wanted. Apologizes for his letters. [French.]
June 16.
Berwick.
122. M. Scott to Williamson. At Newcastle the Sweepstakes has brought in two or three prizes, and a Scotch privateer one laden with timber. Sir Jeremy Smith's squadron has taken 11 or 12 Dutch Norway-bound ships, and a man-of-war of 42 guns that convoyed them.
June 16.
Point over against Woolwich.
123. Sir Allan Apsley to Williamson. Has only received five commissions for captains and five for lieutenants, but the King has continued more companies in his regiment for whom commissions are required. Gives a list of them, and requests them to be sent.
June 16. 124. Sir Allen Apsley to Williamson. Asks a commission for Peter Flower to be captain of a foot company, and a blank commission for an ensign.
June 16. 125. Sir Allan Apsley to Williamson. Wants a commission to Rob. Ingram for a foot company in his regiment, with Thos. Girling as his lieutenant. Sends them for their own commissions, that they may discharge their acknowledgments themselves.
June 16.
Falmouth.
126. Thos. Holden to James Hickes. A fleet of 50 or 60 sail has been cruising 10 or 12 days off the Land's End; the country people are in continual fear, increased by last post's news of the Dutch being with 60 sail in the Buoy of the Nore, and some as far as the Hope, and having taken an island. No hurt has been done thereabouts, but there is great murmuring among the people that no preparation is made. Begs news, for it will come by other hands, if not by his.
June 16.
Rochester.
127. Ro. Selby to Williamson. The Dutch fleet has fallen down to the Buoy of the Nore, and the Royal Charles with them. Is returning to his old quarters near Sandwich. Has asked Sir Nich. Armorer to remember him, if anything advantageous falls out in this time of action. Begs assistance therein.
June 16.
Hull.
128. Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Lord Belasyse has come from Worlaby, and gone to Beverley to raise the train bands. The three companies of Hull Guards are preparing to march in two or three days for London. Notices of ships. All are much terrified with the unexpected news of the Dutch firing four great ships, taking one, and endangering 10 more. Some say things were ordered better in Cromwell's time, for then seamen had their pay, were not allowed to swear, but they clapped in the bilboes if they did so, and the officers turned out, and then they had God's blessing; but now all are for making themselves great; few mind the King and nation's interest, but mind plays and women, and fling away the money that would serve to pay the seamen. The garrison is much out of repair, very many of the gun carriages almost past the using.
June 16.
Whitby.
129. Thos. Waade to Williamson. An enemy's man-of-war would have cut off two ships of Whitby, but the ordnance being in readiness, and the trained band and soldiers going aboard, disappointed him of his purpose.