Charles II: Undated Papers 1668

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1668-9. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1894.

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Undated Papers 1668

Licence to Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick and Luneburg and Bishop of Osnaburg, and to George William, Duke of Brunswick and Luneburgh, to export 16 horses and 20 couple of dogs, duty free. [Copy. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 251, No. 121.]
Warrant for a grant to Benj. Coling, of the office of waiter in the port of London, in place of Thos. Phillipps, deceased, salary 200l., with fees. [Draft. Ibid. No. 122. See Calendar 1667–8, p. 573.]
Request that the King would grant to Sir Ant. Desmarces the Dutch prize, the Three Kings, laden with timber and brought into Leith, in consideration of his journeys beyond sea last year and this, wherein his life was in hazard, and he lost 700l., being plundered by a French privateer, &c. [Ibid. No. 123.]
Warrant for a lease to Hen. Howard, on rental of 20 marks, of certain tenements and shops in Fetter Lane, Holborn, vested of right in the Crown, giving him 2 years for recovery thereof. Endorsed is a draft of the above with considerable variations. [Ibid. No. 124.]
Request for a pass for 4 tuns of wine, marked C.R., now in the Thames, come from Rouen for the King. [French. Ibid. No. 125.]
Warrant that Col. John Lambert [prisoner in Jersey], who had some liberty granted him in November 1661, which was afterwards abridged, on suit being now made in his behalf, be restored to his former privileges. [Draft. Ibid. No. 126.]
Whitehall. Warrant for a grant to Nath. Ludlow and Edw. Boswell of the manors of Husborne-Tarrant, Ibrop and Upton, and sundry coppices, co. Hants, mortgaged in 1664 to Edm. Ludlow, sen., as security for 2,600l. with interest, and forfeited to him; on his death they came to Edm. Ludlow, his heir-at-law, and he being attainted of treason, they are escheated to the Crown; also of all principal, interest, and damages due for the mortgage. [Ibid. No. 127.]
Request for a pass for George Munroe, a Scotch trumpeter, who lived 5 years with Lord Carberry, and wants to gain a living by his trumpet in France. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 251, No. 128.]
Warrant for a grant to George Smyth, on surrender of Sam. Trist, of the office of one of the 16 serjeants-in-arms; wage 3s. a day, and 2s. 6d. a day in lieu of board wages. [Parchment, damaged. Ibid. No. 129.]
Whitehall. The King to the Lord Keeper. The rolls of the Court of Common Pleas being grown numerous, injured for want of room, and useless for want of calendars, you are to direct that those from the end of Rich. II. to the beginning of Edw. VI. be delivered to the treasurer and chamberlains of the Exchequer, by them to be kept, and fitted with proper calendars. [Ibid. No. 130.]
The King to [Sir John Denham ?]. Sir John Robinson having represented the unseemliness of the Tower since the removal of houses about it, and the narrowness of the moat, orders were given for its widening, for fencing the wharf, securing the iron gate, &c., which are begun, according to a pattern of Sir Bernard de Gomme. You are to make and present to Council an estimate for completion of the scheme, and meanwhile to proceed with the work. [Ibid. No. 131.]
The King to the Master, &c., of Peterhouse, Cambridge. We recommend Rich. Baldwer, B.A., scholar of the college, to a fellowship of the old foundation, and after his year's probation, to return him perpetual fellow, not preferring "any nice circumstance or exception before the dutiful regard you owe to us, and to the power of our prerogative." Endorsed, "D. Richmond." [Copy. Ibid. No. 132.]
The King to Dr. Mews, President, and the Fellows of St. John's College, Oxford. We request you to grant a dispensation of absence to Josiah Smith, fellow there, who resides as chaplain to Sir Wm. Drake, of Shardelows, co. Bucks, he and his family being remote from the parish church. [Copy. Ibid. No. 133.]
Lord Arlington to Lord Craven. I recommend Walter Brice, whose education makes him more suitable for civil than military employment. Endorsed [by Williamson] "My lord's hand counterfeited." [Ibid. No. 134.]
Lord Arlington ? to M. Huggens. I request you to procure the renewal of a passport from the Duke of York, for a vessel of Rotterdam, laden with bricks and other materials for the King's house at Plymouth, that already given being of no use, because the time elapsed without the vessel's getting away; the present pass to be not limited in time, but for one voyage only. [French. Draft by Williamson. Ibid. No. 135.]
Lord Arlington? to Roger L'Estrange. I assure you in the King's name that neither George Larkin, whose wife, by his direction, has been useful in the late discovery of seditious pamphlets, nor any other journeymen printers for whom he has mediated, shall suffer for their past composing, printing, or dispersing the said pamphlets, provided they answer questions, and own their examinations. [Draft. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 251, No. 136.]
Anon. to Lord [Arlington.] The farmers of Excise, on complaint of a loss of 30,000l. during the plague, obtained a defalcation of 21,000l., whereby they really gained 12,000l., and to avoid discovery, the accounts of those 19 weeks were conveyed away. Since then, they demand allowance of 38,000l. more for the contagion, the late fire in London, and the hard frosts. These are as false pretences as the former, for after abatements, they only pay 9,000l. rent monthly, instead of 11,666l. 13s. 4d. Whilst the brewers are farmers of excise, they will be constantly pretending to be losers, and yet fill their own pockets; they have menaced officers for bringing informations against them, and since the renovation of the farm, they abate each other secretly the officers' charge. The brewers at first pretended they would bear any loss on the farm themselves, and would rather pay 10,000l. more to have it in quiet. Proofs of their fraudulent conduct in pretending losses. Proposal that their books should be called for and inspected, that the chief farmers should submit to inquiries, and meanwhile that all defalcations should be suspended. [2 sheets. Ibid. No. 137.]
Fras. Buller to Williamson. I could not meet with you at your office, and if anything is to be done, this is the last day; I am at Mr. Church's house, Suffolk Street. [Ibid. No. 138.]
Jos. Cartoni to [Williamson ?]. I am ordered by Peter Vandeput to let you know that Capt. Castel, bringing wine for the King, is at Dover, but cannot come into the river for want of mariners. Orders must be given accordingly. [Italian. Ibid. No. 139.]
Arnold Cunningham to the King. I request a favourable answer to the Prince of Orange, about continuance of the Scots' staple port at Campvere; an order to the 3 Scottish Commissioners coming to settle the same to have special regard to the interest of the Prince of Orange in Campvere; and also attention to my petition about my disbursements in 1651, that I may be able to return home with success. [See p. 139 infra. Ibid. No. 140.]
M. Dumas to [M. de la Fabvollière]. I ask nothing more than what you have written to me. I would come with pleasure to serve you. Endorsed [by Williamson]. "Dumas, when agent from France, in the time of the war; [De] la Fabvollière, found among his papers when seized, 1668." [Ibid. No. 141.]
R. Gerald to Mr. Richards. My master wants a sight of the Tangiers charter if Mr. Williamson can get him one. [Ibid. No. 142.]
Rob. Gorges to Mrs. B — L — at Mr. W's. house, High St., Bristol. Love-letter, making her an offer of marriage. [Ibid. No. 143.]
Sir Dan. Harvey to the King. Report of the repairs necessary in the Park under his charge [New Park ?], which is the best park that is left, for restoring and preserving the deer, &c.; no groom or huntsman should be allowed a key, as they steal the fawns, nor should the serjeants of the buckhounds have access when his Majesty is not there, as they kill the deer, instead of training the hounds. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 251, No. 144.]
Wednesday, Pall Mall. Sir Sam. Morland to Williamson. I cannot possibly provide the papers requested under 4 or 5 days; I have sent a few, and will wait on you to speak to you thereon. [Ibid. No. 145.]
Capt. Jeffrey Peirce to the Navy Commissioners. I desire an order to Mr. Whitfield to make out a ticket for the residue of my pay due in 1666. [Ibid. No. 146.]
Sir Thos. Peyton to Williamson. I wish my letters directing to my house beyond Canterbury, instead of to Sittingbourne, as Gilpin, who is likely to be postmaster there, is fanatic and immoral, and a former creature of Pride and Sir Mich. Livesey. Wm. Webb, an old servant of mine, admitted by Lord Arlington a year ago, is likely to leave it on the terms required of him. [Ibid. No. 147.]
Wednesday. Katherine, Lady Ranelagh to Williamson. I hear something is to be done in my petition; I hope that it may be referred to some Lords of the Council, my brother Orrery to be one, and that their allegations in support of it may be heard, and also what Mr. Champanty, agent to the last Lord Willoughby, can allege, as to the particulars claimed by us. I beg your aid. [Ibid. No. 148.]
Wm. Ryley, jun., to [Williamson ?]. Detail of the services and sufferings of my late father, Wm. Ryley, sen., who served in the Records from 1626 till 1667; he was prosecuted for supplying the late King with records, &c., his study at the Herald's Office sealed up, and an entry made in their books that "Ryley told the King that he had records to prove the Parliament traitors." As Herald, he proclaimed his Majesty on 8 May 1660, but his rich coat having been plundered in the wars, he obtained an order from the Earl of Manchester, Speaker of the House of Lords, to take down King James' rich coat of arms from Henry VII.'s chapel, to perform the solemnity, which was returned the next day.
I was myself admitted clerk in the Record Office in 1647, and was wounded, fighting for the King at Worcester; in 1660, I aided my father in sorting the Scottish records, when we found the original of the "Solemn League and Covenant," and refused 2,000l. offered by the Scots to deliver it up. I have since drawn up records, made searches, &c., for Government. I beg help from Lord Arlington, and some allowance, as was customary, for transcribing records for the King and Parliament, my family being ready to perish. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 149.]
London, Saturday. [Col.] Hen. Staniers to Williamson. The Duke has given me leave to go to France, so I want a pass, and then only wait your commands. [See Calendar, 1667–8, pp. 173, 253. Ibid. No. 150.]
Rob. Waith to [Pepys]. Desires instructions as to allowing 25l. 17s. paid as board wages by Mr. Laurence to several shipwrights sent from Deptford to Sheerness, in June 1666. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 251, No. 151.]
Note of a request by the Duke of Albemarle, for a piece of ground in the Blue Mews, 90 ft. by 55, between Sir Wm. Armorer's garden and the King's stable, whereon to build a stable, coach-houses, &c. [Ibid. No. 152.]
Request that John Banks of Branthwaite, parish of Dean, Cumberland, may be excused his chimney money, which is but one chimney. Noted [by Williamson] "To be sent to my brother." [Ibid. No. 153.]
Note of a request to Lord Arlington, that Wm. Beiston of Jamaica, who has wrongfully possessed himself of an estate value 2,000l., and has a ne exeat regnum executed upon him, may not obtain licence for his departure, under sign manual. [Ibid. No. 154.]
Note that Mr. Bennet, attorney of Cheshire, is recommended by Dr. Tillotson to Lord Shrewsbury, as steward of his estate in Cheshire. [Ibid. No. 155.]
Request by Rob. Benson, that Sir Edm. Jennings will not take part with Sir Phil Monckton in the prosecution against him; does not think he exceeded his orders. [Ibid. No. 156.]
Note by H. Brouncker, that the privy seal for payment of 9,750l. for a great pair of diamond pendants, and 1,200l. for a pair of pearl pendants, must be payable into the privy purse. [Ibid. No. 157.]
Statement of the particular services performed by Thos. Bushell for the late King, in supplying his army with clothes, arms, and lead for bullets, raising 1,000 stout miners for a life-guard, and a troop of horse to attend his person, for which he had a 21 years' lease of the customs on lead.
Details of his services also to his present Majesty, by giving intelligence of a plot in Cromwell's time to murder him and the Duke of York, by bribing the agents, who translated the cabalistic characters of their letters, by which the persons were discovered, and the hellish design prevented; continued also to give intelligence, till his agent was discovered and hanged at his own door. Since the Restoration, he advanced the customs 9,000l. beyond the contract with the late Lord Treasurer, but though his grant of the farm of the export on lead was ordered by Council, he has been delayed 6 years from receiving any benefit. [Ibid. No. 158.]
Case of Monsieur Choque, surgeon to Prince Rupert. The Duke, by order of 5 May 1668, directed us [the Navy Commissioners ?] to pay him at the same rate that the surgeon was paid who attended his own person, from 7 Sept. 1664, the time of the fleet's going forth for Guinea, to that of the Prince's being paid off; but the Prince never received wages, only sums under the name of his Majesty's free gift, without mention of any consideration whatever. No one ever received any allowance of wages as the Duke's surgeon, but was paid for medicines and instruments, and Mr. Choqué has had the same, and also 20l. a month for his attendance on the Prince between February and Dec. 1666. [1⅓ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 251, No. 159.]
Bill of 5l. 10s. from Nich. Copley, messenger of the chamber, sent 1 Nov. 1668 from Lord Arlington to the Duke of Buckingham. [Ibid. No. 160.]
Statement by Sir John Denham, that the lease of his buildings, as described, which has 46 years to run, is worth 13 years' purchase, and. should let at 1,240l. a year; but that he is willing to accept the King's offer of 7,000l., his own life not being worth 7 years' purchase, or an annuity of 1,200l., provided the receipt of it may be easy. [Ibid. No. 161.]
Statement of the great delays which, owing to the Dutch war, &c., have arisen in presenting the petition of Sir Edw. Ford, on behalf of the Royal Fishing Company, to coin farthings; the Commissioners [for fishery] agreed with him for 5s. in the pound on 80,000 to be made in the year. Sir Edward urges the completion of the matter, as the only apparent mode of supporting the fishing. The King has often declared against private persons having liberty to coin, and if any should obtain it, the great labours of the company would be frustrated. [Ibid. No. 162.]
Request by John Harrison, commander of the ship Prince, bound for Virginia, for a pass and protection, being laden for the voyage, and lying at great charges. [Ibid. No. 163.]
Request on behalf of the late Major Thos. Heron, that the share which he should have had in the Irish lottery, granted for the indigent officers of the late King, may be given for the maintenance of his child, he being plundered of all his estate, while in the King's army. [Ibid. No. 164.]
Statement that on 24 Aug. 1664, the King granted a court of pleas in the manors of Hackney and Stepney, for actions not exceeding 5l., to Sir Wm. Smith in trust, on nomination of the Earl of Cleveland and Lord Wentworth; that after Lord Wentworth's death, the Earl appointed John Pilkington prothonotary of the court; that there being some defect in his patent, a new one was drawn out, but not completed till after the Earl's death, when it was taken out by Lady Wentworth and Sir Wm. Smith, who have put a stranger into the office of prothonotary. Pilkington has exhibited a bill in Chancery for recovery of his office, but they swear that the grant was intended solely as a provision for Lady Wentworth; therefore, in case of the death of Lord Wentworth's daughter without heirs, Lady Lovelace, who would then be next heir to the late Earl, will lose the benefit of it. Lord Arlington, who was instrumental in obtaining the patent, can best say whether the King intended it only for Lord and Lady Wentworth or for the Earl of Cleveland, Lord Wentworth, and their heirs. [Ibid. No. 165.]
Note that Col. Slingsby lost his fee of 76l. a year as Deputy of the Isle of Wight, on being removed to the Prize Office, where he was only 16 months, and has been 14 without any salary. He requests a gift of 75l., in addition to an allowance of 32l. for incident charges granted him by the Prize Commissioners. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 251, No. 166.]
Memorial of the case between the City of London and Sir Rob. Vyner and the farmers of hearth money. The city had a grant, 19 July 1664, of 100,000l., and another, 24 Nov. 1664, of 110,000l. with interest and charges, as repayment of a debt, and the hearth money was to be paid in at once to the Chamberlain of London.
On March 30, 1666, the King let the duty to farm, on payment of 270,000l. in advance, with covenants to repay first the city debts, of which 50,000l. was already paid. The farmers paid the city certain sums, but the city complains against the farm as injuring their security; the farmers request that, as all the city money will be repaid in 12 months, no change may be made, or at least that their counsel may be heard thereon. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 167.]
Arguments in the case of — Waller and Mr. Bowers, that the dispensation in general terms granted in March 1665, for free import of goods from Germany, Flanders, and France, was not obviated by the Proclamation, made 9 days after, as pretended by the prosecutor, because 6 months was allowed, and in the proclamation of 23 Aug. 1667, 6 months are granted before recalling dispensations. Also that the word "spicery" in the Act for Regulation of Customs was a mistake, as it was only intended to include such spices as could not be imported by our East India Company. [Ibid. No. 168.]
Certificate by Dr. John Fell, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford, that [Rich.] White, of St. Mary Hall, was nominated by him proctor for 1668. [Copy. Ibid. No. 169.]
John Wood's case, showing that the bailiwick of Godley, Surrey, granted to Thos. Beauchamp, of Fulham, by the Queen Mother, was by him granted to Wm. Cook, in trust for John Wood, but that Beauchamp refuses to allow Wood to act, and appoints others to receive the profits, and yet claims from him the yearly consideration; he requests redress. Endorsed [by Williamson], "Mr. Wood's case; speak with Beauchamp." [Ibid. No. 170.]
Answer of Thos. Yeabsley and John Lanyon to the information of Rich. Mitchell and Isaac Burton, vindicating themselves from any design to defraud the King, in reference to the freighting of the ship Tiger. [Ibid. No. 171.]
Memorandum [by an officer of the Exchequer], relative to an accountant not named. Before much of the imprest money was paid to the accountant, there was borrowed of Sir George Carteret, Navy Treasurer, by order of the Lord Treasurer and Lord Ashley, of 14 July 1665, for this service, 1,000l., and on 6 March 1666, 550l. There was also borrowed of Sir Steph. Fox, paymaster of the Guards, and of Col. Legg, Lieutenant of Ordnance, 500l. each. Also of money delivered the accountant by Wal. Vaughan, receiver of the Royal Aid for co. Pembroke, there was borrowed 950l. on 18 Oct. 1665, for the use of the Wardrobe; total, 3,500l. This money being all repaid to the respective persons, I did not give it a charge and discharge in the account, but inserted it at the foot. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 251, No. 172.]
State of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, to the governors of which the King gave permission during pleasure, on account of their losses by the fire, to convert the rooms in their great cloister—providing otherwise for the poor—into 17 shops, by the rents of which they were able to maintain sick and wounded soldiers and seamen, &c. With reasons why the said grant should be longer continued. [Ibid. No. 173.]
Note of a place void in the hospital [for maimed seamen] at Clun, Shropshire; value, 8l. 13s. 4d. a year, with a gown, chamber, garden, &c. [Ibid. No. 174.]
List of 11 despatches [signed and sent off] by Lord Arlington. [Ibid. No. 175.]
Memoranda [by Williamson] on the modes of dissolving or proroguing Parliament, by proclamation, commission, &c., in answer to a query as to whether a Parliament may be dissolved by proclamation simply. [Ibid. No. 176.]
List of 9 names [as agents for the Royal Aid], including Sir W. Doyley, Sir Rich. Browne, Sir Hen. Vernon, [Rob.] Scawen, and Mr. Hopton. Endorsed [by Williamson], "Mr. Hopton." [Ibid. No. 177.]
Note of the fees of Mr. Hancock and the Duke of Northumberland's offices in the Crown Office, Hanaper Office, &c. [Ibid. No. 178.]
"Abstract of guards and garrisons paid by Sir Steph. Fox," total yearly expense, 147,043l. 10s. 5d., with the additions made since the Dutch war, 35,315l. 2s. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 179.]
Instructions by Prince Rupert, Duke of Albemarle, Earl Craven, and 3 others to Capt. Wm. Stannard, commander of the Eaglet ketch, and Capt. Zachariah Guillam, commander of the Nonsuch ketch, in relation to a voyage undertaken to Hudson's Bay for trading purposes, and also to find out a north-west passage. [4 pages. Ibid. No. 180.]
Memorandum for Lord Arlington of reasons why the Scottish trade and staple should continue at Campvere; the old contract ought not to be broken, it has been settled these 160 years or more: the town has benefited little by it during the late wars. The town sheltered the Scots, and made them pro formâ burghers during the wars between England and Holland; it is the most convenient and best situated place in the Low countries, and belongs to the King's nephew, the Prince of Orange. The Scottish merchants generally, and Sir Wm. Davidson, the present conservator, incline to remain there. Campvere is willing to continue them on the old contract till a new one can be made, and will grant them all that can reasonably be demanded. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 181.]
Proposal by Cressy Dymoke of a new and better art of agriculture in England, by employing more land for tillage, according to his mode, whereby only one-fifth of the present quantity of corn used for seed is required; and if he could obtain sufficient stock, he could employ all the poor in England. With request for an advance for stock, and answers to objections. [Printed. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 251, No. 182.]
Arguments for and against the laying an additional imposition on Swedish iron, of which 12,000 tons a year are brought in lately; it is better and tougher than the English, and being sent in melted, does not consume our timber; if the duty were laid, the Swedes might in revenge heighten the impositions on their other necessary commodities, as pitch, &c. On the other hand, its import reduces the decaying manufacture in England, throws the poor out of work, and would much lower the price of coppice wood. [Ibid. No. 183.]
Notes [by Williamson] of directions for worthily receiving the Blessed Sacrament. Before receiving, knowledge, repentance, faith, charity; at the receiving, meditation and affection; after the receiving, sanctification and a holy life. [Ibid. No. 184.]
"A looking glass for George Fox, the Quaker, and other Quakers, wherein they may see themselves to be right devils. In answer to George Fox his book called 'Something in answer to Lodowick Muggleton's book, which he calls The Quakers' neck broken.' Wherein is set forth the ignorance and blindness of the Quakers' doctrine of Christ within them; and that they cannot, nor doth not, know the true meaning of the Scriptures, neither have they the gift of interpretation of Scripture." By Lodowick Muggleton, one of the two last prophets and witnesses unto the High and Mighty God, the man Christ Jesus in glory. [4to. Printed. 96 pages. Ibid. No. 185.]
London. "A few sober queries upon the late proclamation for enforcing the laws against conventicles, &c., and the late vote of the House of Commons, for renewing the said Act for 3 years more; proposed to the serious consideration of the King's Majesty, with his two Houses of Parliament." By one that earnestly desires the prosperity of England. [4to. Printed. 14 pages. Ibid. No. 186.]
London. "The world's mistake in Oliver Cromwell; or, a short political discourse, showing that Cromwell's mal-administration (during his 4 years and 9 months' pretended protectorship) layed the foundation of our present condition in the decay of trade." [4to. Printed. 20 pages. Ibid. No. 187.]
Advertisement that the visitation sermon of Rob [Sanderson], late Bishop of Lincoln, is printed in folio separately, so as to be bound with the reprint of his sermons in folio, and is sold by H. Brome, of St. Paul's Churchyard, London, and Rich. Davis, bookseller of Oxford. [Ibid. No. 188.]
Note by Jas. Howell that Mr. Prynne's book, now reprinting, contains the instrument by which King John made England feudatory to Rome, and which it is not fitting now to have revived. [Damaged. Ibid. No. 189.]
List of memoirs, political and other works, to be found at Peter le Grand's, Amsterdam. [French. 4 columns. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 251, No. 190.]
Memoranda [by Williamson] of 10 titles of works. Endorsed, "Memoirs out of Holland." [French. Ibid. No. 191.]
List of 20 works, chiefly on English history, of which Mr. Puffend[orf] desires to know the price; with prices affixed to many. [Ibid. No. 192.]
Similar list, with prices to each work. [Ibid. No. 193.]
Note that Mr. Drummond, bookseller, now in Holland, can inform where the books "Vox et Lacrementum [Lacrimæ] Anglorum" and "The Painter," are printed. [Ibid. No. 194.]
"The present State of England," seemingly headings for a treatise on the government of England, the present Royal family, the clergy, nobility and commonalty, and ecclesiastical, legal, and military establishments. [Similar to the contents of Chamberlayne's "State of England." Ibid. No. 195.]
"The Hawkers desired to stand." List of Mercuries, and of hawkers, many of whom are women, [appointed to sell them ?]. [Ibid. No. 196.]
Song with a chorus, 21 lines, on the fleeting nature of happiness. Inc. "Ah, fading joys." [Ibid. No. 197.]
Love song, 20 lines, endorsed [by Williamson], "Song in the play." Inc. "After the pangs of a desperate lover." [Ibid. No. 198.]
Description by a female, of her Christian training under a pious mother, and of her own religious feelings and experiences. [3½ pages. Ibid. No. 199.]
Account of the money due on tickets to the men belonging to 13 ships discharged at Chatham; total, 6,890l. [Ibid. No. 200.]
Propositions by Capt. Deane for rebuilding the bottom of the Royal Oak at Chatham, at a saving of 1,400l. to his Majesty. [1½ pages. Ibid. No. 201.]
Computation by Col. Middleton, surveyor, of naval stores necessary to be sent to 5 frigates in the West Indies, to enable them to return home. [1¼ pages. Ibid. No. 202.]
List of posts coming from and going to Hamburg, with the days of arrival or departure. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 203.]
Account of the days in the week when the foreign mails are despatched from the office in London, or from other places for London. [Ibid. No. 204.]
Post bills or labels for the year, from February to August, signed by A. Ellis, for a description of which see Calendar 1666–7, p. 388.
Vol. 252.
Time of Starting. Place of Departure. Place of Arrival. Time of Arrival. Time of Despatch. Time of Return.
1 Feb. 8 1 a.m. London Nieuport Feb. 23 (fn. 1) 8 a.m. Feb. 24 8 p.m.
2 " 15 " " " " 26 Noon Mar. 1 3 p.m.
3 " 18 " " " " 25 4 p.m. 4 a.m.
4 " " " " Calais Mar. 5 Noon " 8 Noon
5 " 22 " " " " Nieuport " 5 " 6 6 p.m.
6 Mar. 3 " " " " " " " 14 " 17
7 " " 2 a.m. " Dover " 3 10 p.m. " 4 1 a.m.
8 " 6 1 a.m. " " " 6 7 p.m. " 7 5 a.m.
9 " 7 " " Dunkirk " 19 " 20 8 p.m.
10 " 10 " " Calais
11 " " " " Nieuport " 11 9 a.m. " 12 7 p.m.
12 " 17 " " Calais
13 " 20 " " " London Apl. 17 Noon
14 " 21 " " Nieuport 2 p.m. Apl. 2 4 a.m. " " 29 4 p.m.
15 " 24 " " Calais " " 1 11 a.m.
16 " 31 " " "
17 " " " " Nieuport Apl. 12 12 p.m. " 13 Noon May 4
18 Apl. 3 " " Calais " Apl. 8 6 a.m.
19 " 7 " " Nieuport " 18 5 p.m. " 20 5 a.m.
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21 " 11 " " Nieuport " 23 Noon " 23 12 p.m.
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35 " 16 " " Nieuport " 27 " 28 12 p.m.
36 " 19 Calais 12 p.m. " 28
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38 June 5 " " Calais
39 " 6 " " Nieuport " 17 " 18 "
40 " 12 " " Calais " June 18
41 " " " " Helvoetsluys " 14 8 p.m. " 17 11 " 20 1 p.m.
42 " 13 " " Nieuport " 24 1 p.m. " 25 1 a.m.
43 " 17 " " Helvoetsluys " 20 11 a.m.
44 " 20 " " " " 21 4 p.m. " 24 11 a.m.
45 " 30 " " Calais
46 " " " " Nieuport July 11 6 p.m. July 13 3 a.m.
47 July 1 ' " Helvoetsluys " 2 6 p.m. " 4 11 " July 6 7 p.m.
48 " 4 ' " Nieuport " 15 " 16 6 a.m. " " 17 10 a.m.
49 " 7 " " " 18 5 p.m. " 20 6 p.m.
50 " 8 " " Helvoetsluys " 9 12 p.m. " 11 " 14
51 " 11 " " " " 12 12 p.m. " 15 11 a.m. " 19 2 a.m.
52 " " Nieuport " 15
53 " 14 " " " " 25 Noon
54 " " " " Calais
55 " 15 " " Helvoetsluys " 17 5 p.m. " 18 11 a.m. " " 20 5 a.m.
56 " 17 " " Calais " " 22
57 " 18 " " Nieuport
58 " 21 " " Calais
59 " 22 " " Helvoetsluys " 26 1 p.m. " 26 3 p.m. " " 27 7 p.m.
60 " 24 " " Calais " " 29 Noon
61 " 25 " " Helvoetsluys " 29 6 a.m. " 29 11 a.m. " " 31 6 a.m.
62 " 28 " " Nieuport " Aug. 2 3 p.m.
63 Aug. 1 " " Helvoetsluys Aug. 2 1½ p.m. Aug. 5 11 a.m. " " 12 Noon
64 " 4 " " Nieuport " 15 5 p.m. " 16 7 p.m. " 17 5 p.m.
65 " 7 " " Calais " 1 p.m.
66–72 Fragments of imperfect bills.
Diary or journal of Jos. Williamson, chiefly of public events in England, from 12 Dec. 1667 to 7 Jan. 1668–9, being a continuation of the journal calendared as Vol. 231. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 253.]
Newspapers for the Year.
London Gazette, published twice a week. [31 papers. Newspaper Collection, No. 3.]
Gazette de Londres, published twice a week. [92 papers. Newspaper Collection, No. 7.]
Mercurius Librarius, published quarterly. [1 paper. Newspaper Collection, No. 2.]


  • 1. It must be kept in mind that the English dates given are the old style, and the foreign dates, except Helvoetsluys, are the new style, which was 10 days later.—ED.