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Charles II: February 1669

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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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February

Feb. 1. Certificate by Herbert, Bishop of Hereford. Mr. Willis has been presented to the vicarage of Kingston by the Countess of Dysart, the supposed lawful patroness, and is hindered from institution by a caveat entered by Mr. Ramsey, who pretends a title thereto; but as the bishop of the diocese has appointed Mr. Willis to officiate there until the right patronage is determined, he cannot do so without hazarding his other living of Dinton by non-residence. I conceive that as Mr. Willis is chaplain to his Majesty, by virtue of a statute made for the purpose, the King may grant him a dispensation for residence on his other living, he providing a curate to be approved of by the bishop, to officiate at Kingston. [See 5 Feb. infra. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 60.]
Feb. 1. Dr. Henry Vinter to Williamson. My wife wishes you to taste a country dish, and sends you a chine of pork and a turkey. I call it a turkey because it has no fellow, but it had one before Reynard surprised her, and therefore we dare not keep this any longer, for fear she should follow her many brothers and sisters that have gone before her. I hear that Dr. Gillingham, prebend of Windsor, has been dead 5 weeks. I once supplied his month for him, and the charges attending, but shall not look to be repaid by succeeding him, hearing there is a mandate lying ready for the place. [Ibid. No. 61.]
Feb. 1.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Between 20 and 30 laden ships have arrived from Hull and Newcastle; several colliers are at anchor in the roads. [Ibid. No. 62.]
Feb. 1.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Arrival of the Ann from the Canaries with wine, the John and William bound for the Barbadoes, the Welcome of London from New England, with tobacco, sugar, &c., and the Elizabeth from Dover, bound for Bordeaux. [Ibid. No. 63.]
Feb. 1. The King to the Duke of York. Finding it an advantage to hire merchant vessels for convoys, rather than use ships of war, we authorize you to hire as many merchant vessels as will be required for the next summer. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 17, p. 280.]
Feb. 1.
Whitehall.
Recommendation to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Adam de Cardonnel, for continuance of his deputy in the office of customer at Southampton, he being obliged to attend to some affairs of his late brother in Normandy. The King is disposed to grant it on account of the loyalty and useful services of the petitioner and his family. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 6.]
Feb. 1.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Wm. Duncker, for speedy payment for several jewels furnished to his Majesty. He had an assignment from the late Lord Treasurer on the hearth money, but it has been stopped for 2 years, on pretence of that revenue's being assigned to the city. [Ibid. p. 7.]
Feb. 1.
Woolwich.
W. Hannam to the Navy Commissioners. I have not received an order requested to the Ordnance officers, for a dozen old guns to make fast hawsers when ships lie ashore, though you signified you would write to them for that purpose. Shall I set the low masts of frigates that want them, as opportunity presents, the spring of the year coming on apace? [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 64.]
Feb. 1.
Roebuck, Downs.
Capt. George Liddell to the Navy Commissioners. I received the boatswain and carpenter's stores, and sent up the anchor, cable. and buoy rope, to be delivered at Deptford. I send a copy of my receipt. [Ibid. No. 65.]
Feb. 2.
Lenox, Holehaven.
Capt. John Holmes to Pepys. Pray move the Board for a supply of victuals. I wrote 10 days since, but to no effect. [Ibid. No. 66.]
1669. Feb. 2. M. Wren to Pepys. I desire that your proposition for balancing the storekeeper's account may be sent to his Royal Highness, as he cannot come to a resolution without it. I am detained so long at the African House that I cannot wait on you. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 67.]
Feb. 2.
Portsmouth.
St. J. Steventon to Pepys. John Leafe well remembers he was borne on the Hardereen or Shepherd flyboat, but there was never a ketch or galliot of that name; it is a mistake in the transcript. I have inquired about Mr. Furzer's anchors aboard the Edgar, but we cannot distinguish them from others, and the boatswain who shipped them being in London, we cannot send up the bill until he returns. I carried the Board's letter to Mr. Capelin at Southampton, for delivering the hemp, which he will do. [Damaged. Ibid. No. 68.]
Feb. 2. Robert Mayors to [the Navy Commissioners]. I repaired to Weybridge, and found 600 loads of compass timber lying by the water side, belonging to Asting Kingsberry and Edw. Buckley, which is fit for the new ship at Deptford. [Ibid. No. 69.]
Feb. 2. Certificate by Henry Marson, and 5 other inhabitants of St. Olave, Southwark, that James Roffey has been a distiller there for many years, and that it has been his employment ever since they knew him. [Ibid. No. 70.]
Feb. 2.
Hull.
Col. Ant. Gilby to Williamson. I petitioned his Majesty to have the drowned lands in the Humber in fee farm, under a small rent, but a lease for 31 years was all I could obtain from the Treasury Commissioners, which was too small encouragement for the great hazard. Having however gone too far to give over without some trial, I beg you to move Lord Arlington to obtain his Majesty's approbation to what the Lords have done.
There is a general disturbance in men's minds by an apprehension of changes, particularly in the affairs of the Church, about which rumours are scattered by disaffected persons; but what course to take to suppress the present licentiousness of discourse will not become me to offer. If the bearer, my kinsman, could be of any service, you would find him an honest and not unfit servant. [1½ pages. Ibid. No. 71.]
Feb. 2.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. It was not the Dartmouth that was at St. Helen's Road, but a Dutch man-of-war, bound for the Straits. The Milford and Pearl still ride at Spithead. The Portland has her new masts, and will soon be ready to sail. [Ibid. No. 72.]
Feb. 2.
The Monmouth, Algiers Bay.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. We have been 19 days coming from Genoa, having had great storms and winds, which have split and blown away the best of our sails, and the Yarmouth's foremast is cracked and split.
We found that these people had given orders to bring up all English [ships] that had foreigners' goods, and that they had taken out of the William of London 60 Spaniards, many friars, and a person of quality, for whom they want 100,000 pieces of eight as ransom.
1669. Feb. 2. They next brought up the Phœnix of London, laden with sugar, tobacco, &c., which they unloaded, paid the freight, and sent her away. They had the Peter Westlocke, also of London, but I having demanded satisfaction for the others, it put them to consult, so that she got away the next morning, and came to me; but had she stayed longer, she would have been made prize.
Three of their frigates came in with a British vessel from Leghorn, richly laden with silk, coral, and other goods; they came sneaking so close to the shore that we could not get at them. They were very fierce with this vessel for carrying 3 Slavonian women of the Bashaw's town; he appeared and was very angry, and nothing would serve him but sending the 3 frigates to let the Grand Seignior know that the English sold his subjects, and that our ambassadors and merchants must be clapped up; whereas they daily break the English articles, by suffering those of Sally to send our men to Algiers, to be there sold. The 3 women were passengers sent by Peter de Silva, owner of the lading, but it was the loss of the goods; otherwise the Bashaw would have used his interest to free the ship for a good bribe.
They say they must have their frigates if we carry foreigners and their goods, and as they meet none but English, this, with their necessity for want of money to pay their soldiers, has made them break the 2nd and 14th articles, which the English have long strove for. They say they will not break with us, or take our ships or merchandize, until we break with them, which makes me consider how to handle with them. I intend to pretend we can do nothing until the King has cognizance of these actings, and returns his answer, which I hope will serve the turn until we can be ready for them. Our fleet being parted, we have but 5 here; one fireship was lost at Tangiers, the other lading, at Leghorn, marble stones for the King's new building. All our ships are foul, and we have but 7 weeks' provisions, at short allowance; all our boatswains' and carpenters' stores are expended, and very little money left. These and other difficulties make me grey-headed. I wish there were a better statesman to manage these affairs, although none serve with a greater desire to please the King than myself.
On 24 Jan. they sent me notice that they were resolved that whatever English ship they met, with Turkish people aboard, should be condemned as prize, and the men made slaves; also that all ships having more strangers than natives—let them be passengers, merchants, or mariners—should be all alike prize; but they verbally promised that all our ships not offending these 2 articles should go free; but we must not believe them, they having broken their first articles, upon which I demanded the Phœnix's sugar, tobacco, &c., and her captain had not offended in either. They offered the return of Capt. Taylors ship, &c., on condition I presented them with 15 barrels of powder, and 2 slaves that were in our ships. This I agreed to do, on their promise to pay the damage, whereupon, on 1 Feb., they delivered up his ship, sails, and 200 pieces of eight, towards the charge he was at.
On the 2nd I sent Capt. Lloyd for their final answer to all my demands, and he brought 2 papers of their agreeing to keep strictly to the old articles, with the 2 exceptions before mentioned. [1¼ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 73.]
Feb. 3. Earl of Craven, Sir John Denham, and Sir P. Howard, Commissioners of Streets and Highways, to Lord Arlington. As Wm. Heart is appointed Paviour-General, and the King has spoken to you to draw up a warrant for a patent of his place, we beg-to inform you that we have often employed him, and found him capable and honest in all his dealings; and that as soon as his patent can be despatched, we intend to set him about paving the way going down to your house from Tothill Street. [Ibid. No. 74.] Enclosing,
Heads of a patent for creating Wm. Heart Paviour-General for England. [2½ pages. See p. 190 infra. Ibid. No. 74i.]
Feb. 3.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. The Ann and other ships named have arrived from Barbadoes, New England, &c., and report that there are 20 sail of ships on the stocks at Boston, and a great crop of tobacco at Virginia. The Elizabeth of Dover has sailed for Bordeaux. [Ibid. No. 75.]
Feb. 3. Same to Hickes. To the same effect as the latter part of the above. [Ibid. No. 76.]
Feb. 3.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Williamson. Nine sturdy thieves were taken at this St. Paul's Fair, with several goods in their possession, and clapped into Newgate, and their horses, some of which were very good ones, have been seized. There are 12 more of the gang in other parts of the West. Their ordinary calling was to frequent great fairs and markets, and there to steal out of shops, &c., and it is believed that they use the highway trade besides. [Ibid. No. 77.]
Feb. 3.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Sir Thos. Ingram, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, to order Sir John Curzon, Bart., receiver, to pay 17,900l. to Sir Thos. Osborne and Sir Thos. Littleton, commissioners appointed for the office of Navy Treasurer, and a transcript of this order is to be enrolled before the Treasury Commissioners. [Ibid. No. 78.]
Feb 3. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 103.]
[Feb. 3.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 78a.]
Feb. 3. The King to the Duke of York. We wish you to appoint a double sloop to be fitted, manned, and victualled for the use of the Isle of Wight, following the directions of Sir Rob. Holmes, the Governor. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 16.]
Feb. 3. The King to Lord Middleton, Governor of Tangiers. Sir Arthur Basset, captain of a foot company in Tangiers, has requested, in consideration of the infirmities caused by his wounds and sufferings in the cause of the late King, a dispensation from his undergoing so long and tedious a journey. We have therefore dispensed with his attendance on his command, and request that all moneys due to him be paid him, notwithstanding his absence. [Ibid.]
Feb. 3.
The Dartmouth, Holehaven.
Roger Baker, purser, to the Navy Commissioners. Since my reporting the abuses of my commander, I have been confined a prisoner, and cannot follow the ship's business; so I cannot provide books in case she is paid off. The captain has not yet rated his men, and God knows when he will. I beg an order for my speedy repair to London to attend you. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 79.]
Feb. 3.
Navy Office.
Col. Thos. Middleton [Navy Surveyor] to the Navy Commissioners. I have heard what Sir Wm. Warren and Capt. Taylor had to say about the masts in Gottenburg and New England, and I am of opinion that they belong to the King, and ought to be fetched home; although we have now a peace, yet we know not how soon a war may break forth, and an after-game is hazardous. Details of proceedings relating thereto. Sir Wm. Warren demands the first cost, saying it is the Board's work, and not his, to fetch them. [4 pages. Ibid. No. 80.]
Feb. 4.
Chatham.
Col. Thos. Middleton to Pepys. I desire that 2 men, employed as lookers-out, may be called in and heard, as they have done the King good service. They say that several masts have gone adrift, and if not looked after, will be lost. I wonder Fryer's business should die away; there was much in it, if examined. [Ibid. No. 81.]
Feb. 4. Col. Middleton [to Pepys]. Samples of each species of goods in the stores have been taken, and lodged in the hands of the storekeeper. I have taken account of cordage wanting for fitting ships for sea from all the ports, and have ordered the clerks of the ropeyards to make good what is required. Lighters are only wanted at Deptford, and it would be more inconvenient to build than to hire them. One article in the captains and boatswains' instructions ought to be to wet all new sails in salt water, and well dry them, before laying up.
Particulars of timber in Sherwood, Aliceholt, and Whittlewood Forests. I was prevented from taking a survey of the creek at Chatham which Commissioner Pett calls his, but I have heard wise men say that, so far as the water flows in any of the King's territories, it is called the King's waste, and if so, that creek may be called the King's Creek. I understand there is no place so fit to secure masts, it being capable to receive as many as the King will have occasion to make use of. The marsh adjoining to the creek is worth 5l. or 6l. a year. As to the house formerly occupied by Mr. Pett, I hear that he was never so profuse as to bestow the value of 5s. on anything that was the King's. Mr. Champane promised to give satisfaction for the damage done to the Monmouth by the Italian ship, amounting to 13l. 12s. 8d., but Champane having gone into his own country, the King may account that as lost. [4 pages. Ibid. No. 82.]
Feb. 4. Warrant to Lord Admiral the Duke of York to order the sale of the decayed provisions mentioned in a list taken by the Navy Surveyor. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 9.]
Feb. 4. Licence to Sir James Clavering to enclose 300 acres of his land in Whitehouse, co. Durham, and to have the liberty of a park and free warren therein. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 9.]
Feb. 4. Constitution of Rob. Spencer, and 8 others, as Commissioners for Appeals and regulating the Excise, with allowance of 200l. a year each from the Excise. [Ibid.]
Feb. 4.
Court at Whitehall.
Warrant to John Ashbumham to pay to Sir Thos. Osborne and Sir Thos Littleton, for the use of the Navy, 1,500l., part of 3,000l. ordered 22 Dec. last to be paid to him by Sir Thos. Ingram, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, from the duchy revenues, for secret service. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f 45.]
Feb. 4.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. Two vessels, laden with wine and salt from Bordeaux, put in here by contrary winds, one bound for Leith, the other for Bristol. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 83.]
Feb. 4. Same to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 84.]
Feb. 4.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. The goods of the Guinea ship have been brought on shore in good condition, and the salvers well paid. As for the Dutch wreck, the merchants will receive little more than their charges; I have been taking the depositions for the last 16 days. The general blame is laid on the soldiers of Deal Castle. [Ibid. No. 85.]
Feb. 5.
5 p.m.
Lord Keeper Bridgeman to Williamson. Pray get the warrant despatched to enable the Chancellor of the Duchy [of Lancaster] to pay some money to the Treasurer of the Navy, or let me know the cause of the obstruction, as I have to find great part of the money on his security. [Ibid. No. 86.]
Feb. 5.
Whitehall.
Order in Council that, as in the late retrenchments 2 privy seals were not entered—viz., 873l. ls. 8d. a year from the Treasury Chamber to the King's gentlemen ushers and waiters, &c., for riding charges and attendance in preparing his houses; and 5871. 4s. 2d. for the Queen's ushers and waiters for like service—Lord Arlington prepare a warrant for their payment. Also that the musicians for the King's chapel, viz, 24 violins and 2 composers named, and M. Le Grange for a bass, be paid for their service as formerly, any order for retrenchment notwithstanding. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 87. See p. 204 infra.]
Feb. 5.
Plymouth.
Sir Bernard Gascon [or de Gascoigne] to [Williamson]. The misfortune to the Portland is like to keep me for some days in this wilderness town, almost out of the world, where the Presbyterian is in his most puritanical seat, and there is "neither company neither woman fit for a gentleman to pass his time." Pray forward my letter enclosed to Lord Ossory, and if you have any news of the Prince of Tuscany or Abate Brunetti, favour me with it. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 88.]
Feb. 5.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Rob. Francis. Why are not the Gazettes and letters sent? I have not received any Gazettes for 2 months. I have written several letters, but received no answer. [Ibid. No. 89.]
Feb. 5.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Two ships have arrived, one from Gallipoli [Italy ?] with oil, and the other from Bordeaux with wines Several vessels were forced from their anchors by the storms, and I am ignorant what has become of them. Four vessels have sailed for the North Seas to catch cod; 17 vessels are riding at anchor in the roads, chiefly colliers, bound southward. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 90.]
Feb. 5.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Francis. Pray solicit Williamson to speak to Sir John Wolstenholme in my behalf, and I shall then be sent for. I sent my articles of complaint to my friends at Lambeth, for them to show to some of the farmers [of Customs] in private. Capt. Wilson was interred to-day at Sandwich; he was deputy-governor of Dover Castle, under Kelsey, in Oliver's time. [Ibid. No. 91.]
Feb. 5.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. I hear from Mr. Snow that Sir John Wolstenholme is most against me; if Lord Arlington and you would speak to him, all my business as to the Custom House will be effected. [Ibid. No. 92.]
Feb. 5.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Only one vessel has arrived from Bordeaux. I send letters received from Mr. Holding. I understand the mail was opened at Salisbury. [Ibid. No. 93.]
Feb. 5.
Minehead.
John Maurice to Williamson. Several vessels arrived from Ireland report the great distress that the Thomas and John Francis underwent, in their voyage from Minehead to Ireland. They were slenderly victualled, were forced to sea as far as the Bay of Biscay by a violent north-east wind, and were very near starving, when a Dutchman sailed by, and spared them a hogshead of wine, another of water, and a stone of bread. A Frenchman, passing by a little before, refused to give them any relief. After 16 days, they got into port, the passengers and seamen being much prejudiced in health for want of necessaries. Our comptroller being dead, I would give 100l. if I could have the place by immediate warrant. [Ibid. No. 94.]
Feb. 5.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Sir Fras. Doddington, for the place of Comptroller [of Customs] at Minehead, void by death of Hen. Pinkney. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 7.]
Feb. 5. Warrant for a dispensation to Thos. Willis, alias Willes, M.A., to be absent from Dinton, co. Bucks, where he is minister, during the time that he officiates at Kingston-upon-Thames, whereunto he is presented. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 93.]
Feb. 5. Grant to Sir George Stonehouse of the dignity of a baronet, with remainders to John and James, his second and third sons, with his former precedency, he having levied a fine of his title and dignity of baronet, to extinguish the same. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 10.]
Feb. 5. Grant to him of a discharge in the usual form, ordered to him 30 Dec. last for secret service. [Ibid.]
Feb. 5. Warrant to John Ashburnham to pay 3,000l. to Sir Thomas Osborne and Sir Thomas Littleton, Commissioners appointed for the Navy Treasurer, for the use of the Navy. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255. No. 95.]
Feb. 5. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 105.]
Feb. 5. Warrant to the Bailiffs and Recorder of Ipswich to suspend the punishment of burning in the hand, in case Wm. Fernely should be convicted of the manslaughter of Darcy Blosse. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 105.]
Feb. 5. Grant to Sir Rich. Raynsford of the place of a Justice of the Court of King's Bench. Minute. [Ibid. f. 106.]
Feb. 5.
Stockwith.
Nich Weymouth to the Navy Commissioners. Has been laden since 24 Jan., but lost the spring [tide] through contrary winds and weather, but hopes to take the next. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 97.]
Feb. 6. Survey and report of 24 masts, lying at Chatham, sent to his Majesty from Massachusetts, New England; with particulars of their dimensions, quality, and fitness to meet his Majesty's ships. [Ibid. No. 98.],
Feb. 6.
The Garland, Woolwich.
Capt. Rich. Rooth to the Navy Commissioners. I received orders from his Royal Highness to come here from the Downs; being informed that you wish me to come up to Deptford, I desire an order accordingly. [Ibid. No. 99.]
Feb. 6.
The Roebuck, Downs.
Capt. George Liddell to the Navy Commissioners. I send a receipt of the boatswain of the Garland for an anchor, cable, &c. We had a bitter storm on the 3rd, with the wind at South, which caused most of the merchantmen in the Downs to drive; but little damage came thereby, only a Holland merchantman drove foul of an Englishman, and broke his bowsprit, &c. They came to me about the damage, and by advice of two masters and my carpenter, who surveyed, they have agreed as is customary.
I want a supply of provisions, and if you will order more than one month at a time, it will save trouble and charge. Tell the victualler to let me have peas and fish, as the men complain for want of them. [Ibid. No. 100.]
Feb. 6.
Harwich.
John Robinson and 3 others to the Navy Commissioners. Our 4 hoys, with the Stockwith timber, left Hull on 30 Jan., and arrived here yesterday. [Ibid No. 101.]
Feb. 6.
Woolwich.
W. Hannam to the Navy Commissioners. Arrival of the Garland and Dartmouth. I desire orders concerning them, 3 or 4 being needed here, and for the smith to deliver him 3 or 4 old anchors. [Ibid. No. 102.]
Feb. 6.
Hull.
Joseph Blaydes to [the Navy Commissioners]. Asks payment of money due to poor men for fitting ships. Is put into great straits, for want of his money. Has been sick three months, and received no salary. Sir Jeremy Smith knows particulars. [Ibid. No. 103.]
Feb. 6. John Moorbouse to [the Navy Commissioners]. Has presented an account to the Surveyor, and waits money to go on with the work. [Ibid. No. 104.]
Feb. 6. Memorandum by Rob. Yard that he delivered a black box of papers, directed to Sir John Finch at Leghorn, to Capt. Kerrington of the Levant Merchant, bound for that place. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 105.]
Feb. 6. Note of the same reference as before on the petition of Lord Grandison. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 7.]
Feb. 6.
Whitehall.
Duke of Ormond to Lord Arlington. I enclose the draft for the King's signature, granting the reversion of the office of clerk of the First Fruits and 20th parts in Ireland to Nich. Jones, he being a deserving person. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 106.]
Feb. 6.
Rye.
James Welsh, Mayor of Rye, to Williamson. I send by your order particulars of the bill of charges for which Mr. Fay [or Foy] was imprisoned; it was for money borrowed of the master of an English vessel which brought him over, and partly for his passage money; but I must confess it is much increased by his long continuance in the gaoler's house, who was constrained to put a keeper upon him, as he found him a person well educated, and so was unwilling to commit him to the common gaol, until he saw no hopes of his procuring money to satisfy the debt and charges. I hope the Ambassador will take his miserable condition into consideration, and pay the debt and charges before they are augmented, which if not procured, he will perish in prison. [Ibid. No. 107.]
Feb. 6.
Oxford.
Hilaire Decry to Rob. Francis. I have received fresh obligations from you this week, in addition to those long past, and shall always be grateful. [French. Ibid. No. 108.]
Feb. 6.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Williamson. A small Scotch vessel coming up the Channel in distress, the master and company quitted her, and took to the boat, leaving a boy on board. It is thought the boat is cast away, and all the men drowned, but the vessel struck on ground, and the boy with the goods are saved. [Ibid. No. 109.]
Feb. 6. Henry, Lord Howard of Norfolk to Williamson. Were I not laid up with a gouty leg, I should renew my desires for Lord Winchelsea's letter, which I sent to Lord Arlington, and am much censured by Lady Winchelsea for not returning it. Pray put his lordship in mind of it, since I cannot attend in person. [Ibid. No. 110.]
Feb. 6.
Newport Street.
Sir Phil. Meadowes to Williamson. I have not the treaty concluded between Sweden and Denmark in 1660, as I had not then returned to England, but I know it is the same in substance as the Roschild Treaty concluded in 1658; only Drontheim and Bornholm remained to the Dane by the last, which by the Roschild Treaty were given to the Swede. England gave no guarantee upon either, but only signed as mediator, and never gave any guarantee to any treaty concluded with a third Prince or State, in all the late times. I have all the printed books of French and Dutch Treaties since 1621, but find not a single instrument of warranty; the warranties were made by way of treaty, and so ex post facto most of the princes of Germany became guarantors, one to the other, of the Munster Treaty, viz., by separate and distinct treaties, for the purpose of opposing the contravener. [Ibid. No. 111.]
Feb. 7.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Milford is recalled from going to the Groyne, to attend the young Duke of Tuscany, and is ordered to the Straits, to attend Sir Thos. Allin, in company with the Pearl. They both ride at Spithead, waiting a fair wind. The Portland is to return to Galicia to attend the Duke, and the Nonsuch to Spithead. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 112.]
Feb. 7.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Tinker to the Navy Commissioners. The Milford and Pearl are at Spithead, ready to sail, and the Portland and Nonsuch will soon be ready to follow. I have received the shovels, and procured a warrant to search suspected houses, but found nothing except in Edw. Bunckley's, where there were some tallow, deals, oars, cordage, pitch, &c., alleged to have been left by the boatswain of the Pearl, by reason that it blew fresh, and that the boat having the carpenter's stores was too deep. I have taken them them away, and the constable is looking after the man. I examined the boatswain, who confessed to leaving some of the things for the reason stated, but disowned the others. [3 pages. Damaged. [Ibid. No. 113.] Encloses,
to Capt. Tinker. If you mind the King's interest, survey the stores without the boatswain and carpenter of the Pearl, for they will give a very bad account; I see a ton of cordage and other things delivered into Edw. Bunckley's yard, which if you speedily search you may find, but there is a boat ready to carry it away. The houses of Paine, Hancocke, and others should be searched, as persons cry shame at it; one has 50l. worth of the King's goods, and corresponds with all men that belong to the King's ships. There are 2 men belonging to the Estewich that know of many hundred pounds worth of goods that have been carried away, they being the only two trusted to sell the King's goods. Morgan has bought a new suit since he had the bribe, but you must not speak of it, or you will do me a great injury. The search should begin at the quay, and so forth, in every house along Smock Alley. [2 pages. Damaged. Ibid. No. 113i.]
Feb. 7.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. I have returned your order, with the names of the persons I shall employ as assistants, for your signature, and believe it will prove very advantageous. I hope you will not forget to provide money or plank for repair of the ships, the season being very near by which they must be supplied; if you let it slip, and do not find some person, who must be assured of a market for his plank when cut, you will get none this year, except you cut it yourselves, and it will not be fit, as it will shrink. The Kitchen being trimmed and coming about, I desire that the commander may bring the boat built by your command, which lies here. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 114.]
Feb. 8.
Deptford.
John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. I have been to Blackwall and other places, and taken account of such ships as may be fitted for the Newfoundland and Iceland fisheries, and send the names and particulars of seven. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 115.]
Feb. 8.
London.
Thos. Goose, purser of the Sweepstakes, to the Navy Commissioners. I have applied to Sir Wm. Penn about my papers, but he did not understand his order, so I have had no relief. I know nothing in my demand but may be safely sworn to, and beseech that my accounts may be perused, with my captain's letter, who is now no more to me than a stranger. I have no supernumeraries in my book, although I was in the heat of the war, and if the certificates are not allowed, I shall not be able to balance my accounts. I can show that by good husbandry I have saved the King 500l., and shall be no gainer in my employ, which troubles me not, for what comfort is there in getting an estate by fraud? I have attended in London 6 months to pass my accounts, and why am I delayed and frustrated of the justice which is my due? [Ibid. No. 116.]
Feb. 8.
Dover.
Thos. White to Pepys. I carried the letter to the Governor at Dover Castle, and told him I had a warrant from the Navy Commissioners to impress all tradesmen required to repair the Golden Sun; he directed his secretary to make out another warrant, and came down and caused all the carpenters in the town to leave their work, and go to repair the ship. I informed Timothy Scott, the master, what orders I had to assist him; he said he had sufficient volunteers, only desired tickets, which I gave him. Sir Wm. Warren's man agreed with Thos. Dawkes to refit her, so I was put to no charge or trouble, and she is now gone into the Downs with 20 able seamen. [Ibid. No. 117.]
Feb. 8.
Maidstone.
John Mason to the Navy Commissioners. You will find by my contract that I was to have my bills signed and paid, upon which I sold good timber very cheap. I have dealt with you 4 years and never failed, and hope my punctual dealing will help my wife, whom I have sent with the bills to wait upon you for the money. I have 150 loads of oak, and 150 loads of elm fit for the service, and am willing to sell a good pennyworth. [Ibid. No. 118.]
Feb. 8. Warrant for a grant to Sir Roger Burgoyne, Bart., of the holding of four new fairs at Potton, co. Bedford. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 86b.]
Feb. 8.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Thirty sail have come in from the northward, and 12 are at anchor in the bay, and as many more in the Roads, all light. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 119.]
Feb. 8.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. The whole discourse for 3 or 4 days has been of the great preparations of the French King, by sea and land; that his design seems to be against Flanders, and that his said Majesty is also fitting out a great fleet, and intends suddenly to raise several horse and foot; and that the Dutch are very strongly preparing both for sea and land, so all conclude that the French are like to be troublesome neighbours. [Ibid. No. 120.]
Feb. 8. Thos. Agar to Williamson. I do not understand upon what design you desire the judge's patent; this is already past the seal; if any other is intended, remember that though the judge's patents are very short, yet there is a variance from one court with another. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 121.] Prefixing,
Grant to Sir Rich. Raynsford, Baron of the Exchequer, of the office of Justice of King's Bench.—6 Feb. 1669. [Latin. Ibid. No. 121i.]
Feb. 8. Sir Philip Frowde to Williamson. I send a letter enclosed in one for myself. Did you receive one previously sent from a friend, who is asking through my son for an answer? [Ibid. No. 122.]
Feb. 9. Petition of Walter Moore, High Sheriff of Rutland, to the King, for leave of absence, having been afflicted for many months with sickness, which has nearly deprived him of his eyesight. His estate in Rutland is not above 60l. a year, and having no house there becoming his condition, he is residing in Surrey. [Ibid. No. 123.]
Feb. 9. Licence for W. Moore, High Sheriff of Rutlandshire, to live out of his county. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 16.]
Feb. 9. Pass for 25 horses to France, custom free, for Ralph Montague, Ambassador to France. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 107b.]
Feb. 9. Jo. Field to Rob. Francis. Let me know if you have done me the favour I asked yesterday. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 124.]
Feb. 9.
Navy Office.
Sam. Pepys to the Navy Commissioners. Being apprehensive of dissatisfaction from the Commissioners of Accounts, for want of satisfactory answers to their demands, I advise a time to be appointed for taking a view of the posture in which you stand therein. I have prepared an abstract of what has been demanded and answered, and what not. With note that the Navy Commissioners appointed to-morrow for reading the account. [Ibid. No. 125.]
Feb. 9.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Tinker to Pepys. Bunckley was taken yesterday and clapped into prison. What is to be done with him, and also with the Nonsuch, which is ready to sail to Spithead? [Ibid. No. 126.]
Feb. 9. Roger Baker to Pepys. I am ready to justify on oath the business impeached against my commander; let me know the day I am to wait upon their Honours, that nothing may be wanting; I have good and sufficient witnesses. My pay books will be delivered to-morrow, notwithstanding the seamen are not rated, but I durst not go near the commander, for fear of being murdered. [Ibid. No. 127.]
Feb. 10.
Chatham.
John Moore and Edw. Moorcock to the Navy Commissioners. We desire orders as to proceeding with the wrecks, and the use of the 2 galliots sent to Humber for timber, and of the Harwich hoy. Money should be ordered to pay winter arrears, begin the summer work, and enter able men, who will not be procured unless we have money in hand. We have taken up 15 pieces of ordnance in the river, some of which are 24-pounders. [Ibid. No. 128.]
Feb. 10. Order for a warrant, in form given, authorizing the Treasury Commissioners to accept from Dr. John Wilkins, elected Bishop of Chester, on his petition, a composition of the first fruits of his bishopric; 378l. 1s. 6d. to be paid in 4 years; and also of the first fruits of Wigan rectory, 72l. 12s., in 4 years; also to remit to the said Bishop the sums still unpaid from 36l. 5s. 1d., first fruits of the rectory of Polebrook, co. Northampton, compounded for 19 April 1667; from 7l. 10s., first fruits of the prebend of Chamberlain Wood, St. Paul's, London, compounded for the same day; from 90l. 14s., first fruits of the precentorship of Exeter Cathedral, compounded for 2 May 1668; and from 3l. 12s., first fruits of a prebend in Exeter, compounded for the same day, which 4 promotions he now relinquishes; the sums unpaid being respectively 6l. 11s. 3d., 1l. 17s. 6d., 67l. 10s. 6d., and 2l. 14s., the obligations for payment of which are to be returned to him. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 94.]
[Feb. 10.] Drafts of portions of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, Nos. 129, 130.]
Draft of the above, dated Jan. 1669. [Ibid. No. 130A.]
Feb. Docquet of the above, dated 19 Feb. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 14.]
Feb. 10.
Court at Whitehall.
Warrant for a patent to Sir Phil. Howard and Francis Watson, of their invention of a new mode of graving, garnishing, and colouring ships, which preserves the planks, and is useful also about cables and rigging; also of their invention of a more durable and cheaper mode of gilding wood, iron, stone, plaster, &c. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 87.]
[Feb. 10.] Memorandum that the King's printer's accounts from Oct. 1662 to May 1668 were brought in, and amount to 98l. 3s. 8d. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 106.]
Feb. 10. Warrant to the Treasury Commissioners to pay to Sir Rich. Raynsford, appointed Justice of the Court of King's Bench, 250l., which would have been due to Sir Wadham Wyndham had he lived to the end of the quarter; this to be in addition to 250l. due to him as late Baron of the Exchequer. [Ibid.]
Feb. 10. Privy seal for 2,800l. to Isaac le Gouse, for a jewel for the Queen Consort. Minute. [Ibid.]
Feb. 10. Privy seal for 250l. to [Peter] Du Moulin, as the King's free gift, assigned on the customs, and for 215l. to Edw. Backwell, for the like sum paid by him as a present from the King to Sieur Verjus, Envoyé from the Prince and Princess of Portugal. [Ibid. f. 107.]
Feb. 10. Order for a warrant for erecting an office to be called the Master Paviour-General of the Works, with a grant thereof to Wm. Heart; fee, 10l. a year. Minute. [Ibid.]
Feb. 10. The King to the Duke of York. We wish you to order a fourthrate frigate for transportation of Henry, Lord Howard of Norfolk, who is to be sent Ambassador Extraordinary to the Emperor of Morocco. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 16.]
Feb. 10. Claude Dumoulin to the King. Thanks for your reference to your Secretary of State, who says he has written to the customs at Dover for my merchandize, worth 150 pistoles, which has been contiscated. I am in the last extremity, and beg your consideration. [French. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 130b.]
Feb. 10. John Pocock to Hickes. The John, with linen from Morlaix, was cast on shore on Portland beach, but her men and loading were preserved. She came out of Morlaix with 6 other English vessels, and fears lest they have run the same fate, by the violence of the storms, and the fog at sea; 3 Dutch ships are riding in the roads outward bound. [Ibid. No. 131.]
Feb. 10.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. Only a few colliers remain in the harbour. Endorsed with a note by Hickes that the great floods in South Wales have obstructed the passage of letters. [Ibid. No. 132.]
Feb. 11. Herbert, Bishop of Hereford, to Lord Arlington. I recommend Thos. Spratt, chaplain to the Duke of Buckingham, for the prebendary's place, vacant by the death of Dr. Bolton, his Majesty having formerly promised him the next vacancy. [Ibid. No. 133.]
Feb. 11. Grant to Thos. Spratt of a prebend in Westminster, in the room of Dr. [Sam.] Bolton, deceased. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 97.]
Feb. Docquet of the above, dated 17 Feb. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 12.]
Feb. 11.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. A ship for Jamaica, one for Virginia, and several for the Straits, still remain in the Downs. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 134.]
Feb. 11. — Joli to [Williamson]. When I received your note, the Ambassador had sought in the papers the copy of his letters, but as they have not been found, all that we can do is to get them from Paris. If you wish this, tell my lord, and it will be done. I send you a letter lately come from the Queen [Consort]; the Ambassador is much disposed thereto; also a copy of the last letters on the Portugal affair, sent from Rome. [French. Ibid. No. 135.]
Feb. 11. Earl of Aylesbury to Williamson. I want a pass for 4 horses, and for some hounds and greyhounds, having been desired by the Count de Lude in France-who is a person of great eminency, and not unknown to his Majesty—to send him over 2 horses, and there being some other friends to whom I would send some. Endorsed by Williamson, "A pass for 4 geldings, 10 couple of hounds, 6 brace of greyhounds, and some spaniels." [Ibid. No. 136. See p. 208 infra.]
Feb. 11.
Treasury Chambers.
Lord Ashley, Sir Thos. Clifford, and Sir Wm. Ashley to the King. You having referred to us the accounts of the Earl of Sandwich, as Extraordinary Ambassador to the King of Spain, in reference to retrenchments, we report that the Exchequer Commissioners will not hear of any allowance of, or proceedings on, the accounts, by reason of there being no privy seal settling the allowances; so that there is a necessity for one, before any further proceedings can be taken.
The usual method has been to give power, by privy seal to the Lord Treasurer for the time being, to pay such extraordinaries as a Secretary of State should sign and allow; which not being done in this case, it will require your Majesty's express commands how far they shall be allowed. We do not remember that any money has been allowed to any Ambassador for interest, though we cannot deny but that Lord Sandwich's money has been upon remote assignments. If interest should be allowed, it ought to be computed by quarterly payments, as your Majesty is used to pay Ambassadors when you have ready money. The Earl of Sandwich, on reference to his steward's books, finds that he has omitted to charge himself with 3,800 pieces of eight, received by Capt. Willoughby Hannam,—which, if computed at 4s. 6d. per piece of eight, amounts to 855l., —and that he has not received any other money than what is on record in the Exchequer. As regards allowances for extraordinaries, equipage, or weekly expenses, we conceive the Committee of Foreign Affairs are the most cognizant of such things, and as these have been already referred to them, we shall not presume to deal therewith. [2½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 137.] Enclosing,
Order for a privy seal as follows:—Whereas on 19 Jan. 1666, we directed payment of 6,000l. to the Earl of Sandwich, sent Ambassador to Spain, towards which Capt. Willoughby Hannam paid him at the Groyne 3,800 pieces of eight, equal to 855l.; and whereas on 29 Nov. 1666, we ordered him 6,000l. more without account, and on 20 Feb. 1668 we ordered payment to Edward, Lord Hinchinbroke, of 5,000l. for the Earl of Sandwich's entertainment, and extra expenses. Whereas also Sir Gilbert Talbot, master of the Jewel House, delivered him 1,511¼ oz. of gilt plate, and 3,718 oz. of white plate, most of which, being bruised and spoiled, was converted by him into money, and was worth 19,253l. 7s. 4d.
And whereas the Committee for Foreign Affairs, to whom the case was referred, allowed the Earl 100l. a week, for 143 weeks, from 16 Jan. 1666 to 11 Oct. 1668, when he returned, being 14,300l., and for extraordinaries, 7,267l. 1s. 3d.; total, 25,567l. 1s. 3d.; from which, deducting the 19,253l. 7s. 4d. abovesaid, there remains due 6,313l. 13s. 11d., we hereby order payment of the said sum. And as he has charged in his accounts the moneys paid him by Capt. Hannam and Lord Hinchinbroke, he is to be fully discharged from them, and also from the aforesaid plate, and his security for return of the plate is to be given up. [5½ pages. Draft. Ibid. No. 137i.]
Another draft of the above. [3¼ pages. Ibid. No. 137ii.]
Feb. 11.
Portsmouth.
Ben. Johnson and 4 others to Commissioner Middleton. We send, as ordered, an appraisement of old stores named, amounting to 270l. 12s. 11½d. We judge them fit to be the first prizes to be put up at the candle, to advance the sale upon. [Ibid. No. 138.]
Feb. 11.
Portsmouth.
St. J. Steventon to Pepys. I gave the Treasurer's instrument here an extra book for January for the sawyers' and ropemakers' work; I paid the former, amounting to 931l. 17s., and want to know if the monthly payments must be continued, that the books may be prepared. [Ibid. No. 139.]
Feb. 12. Ayliffe Jones, solicitor, to the Navy Commissioners. I have desisted from prosecuting Mathew Page and others, bound for Thos. Griffen, purser of the Castle frigate, he having satisfied the debt owing on the victualling account; but you do not direct whether the King or the defendant shall pay the charges at law, and whether Page shall have his bond. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 140.]
Feb. 12.
Treasury Chamber.
Sir George Downing to the Navy Commissioners. I send an order of Council and other papers relating to demands made by Mr. Warren; pray examine and report on the matter. [Ibid. No. 141.]
Feb. 12.
The Emsworth, Holehaven.
Capt. Walter Perry to the Navy Commissioners. I want a supply of provisions and further orders; we have 7 sail of ships from France here. [Ibid. No. 142.]
Feb. 12. Presentation of David Lawrence to the vicarage of Maker, co. Devon, void by resignation of Rob. Warren. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 11.]
Feb. 12. The King to the Bishop of Durham. We request you to renew for lives to Walter Ettrick of Sunderland, the leases at Ryvehop and Easington, in the bishopric of Durham, which he holds, he having suffered much for his loyalty. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f.88.]
Feb. 12.
Whitehall.
Warrant for naturalizing the Saint Nicholas of London, taken by a Scotch privateer, and condemned as prize in the Admiralty Court, the proprietors paying 12d. in the pound on the value. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 107.]
Feb. 12.
Exeter House.
Proceedings in the Council for Trade, on report of the Committee appointed to decide on abuses committed in making Colchester baize, ordering the Governors of the Corporation of Colchester to send for their measurer, bailiff, printer, and sealer to attend the Committee, and requesting that Col. Birch and Mr. Page, two of their members appointed to go to Colchester to make inquiries, may have power to enter weavers' houses, examine looms, &c., and be present at the searching and sealing of baize. Signed, "P. du Moulin." [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 143.]
Feb. 12.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of John Chase, his Majesty's apothecary, to find a way for payment of his arrears of 7,000l., and provide for his future payment, the King being wishful to relieve his extremity. With a repetition of the recommendation thereof, the King being displeased that it has not been attended to. [Ibid. No. 144.]
Feb. 12. Entry of the former part of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 8.]
Feb. 12. Information of Wm. Barker, of Elaston, co. Stafford. I was servant to the late Sir Rich. Fleetwood, Bart., who, to discharge his late father's debts, was necessitated to pass over all his estate into the hands of Thos. Ayre and Thos. Fleetwood, his son, in trust for raising of money for payment thereof; but they not only slighted payment, but ousted Sir Richard out of all his estate, except the barony of Newton, co. Lancaster, then lapsed to the Crown, and truly forfeited to Charles I., who,—being given to understand that the said barony was first given from the Crown to the predecessors of Sir Rich. Fleetwood, by mediation of the Queen Mother,—again confirmed it to Sir Rich. Fleetwood, and he shortly afterwards sold it to Sir Walter Hastings, but repurchased it. The estate in tail being thereby destroyed, Sir Richard by will gave the barony to Rich. Fleetwood, his second son, and his heirs male, and for want of such, then to revert to the Crown. This Rich. Fleetwood died childless, and therefore the barony reverts to his Majesty. Nevertheless Thos. Fleetwood, now Sir Thomas, being the eldest son and heir of Sir Richard, by indirect means, in the time of the Rebellion, obtained the will, and other writings concerning the said barony, from the Rolls, and sold it, having no lawful title, unless obtained from his Majesty. With reference thereon to the Attorney and Solicitor General.— 12 Feb. 1669. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 145.]
Feb. 12. Minute of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 9.]
Feb. 12.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Has no news to communicate. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 146.]
Feb. 12.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Several vessels have sailed to the North Seas, to catch cod fish, &c.; other light vessels have passed through the roads to the northwards, and 2 or 3 have come in from Barbadoes, Lisbon, &c. [Ibid. No. 147.]
Feb. 12.
Friday.
Sir J. Trevor to Williamson. Pray lend me Cromwell's declaration for the war with Spain, which I will return to-night. If you have the draft of my new privy seal, despatch the warrant to be signed after the Council to-day. I am not well and cannot go abroad. [Ibid. No. 148.]
Feb. 13. Sir Wm. Neale to Williamson. Thanks for the great and generous act of friendship you have done me, of which I have heard from Col. [Guy] Molesworth. Pray advise me as to coming to London, and what your judgment is in reference to this affair. [Ibid. No. 149.]
Feb. 13.
York.
Wm. Wilson to Williamson. Am I to come up to prosecute the man who was apprehended in Southwark, on my information, for coining? I suppose his stamps were taken, as I left word where they were to be found, and I am informed that they were delivered to Lord Arlington. Phillipps and Darcy, two of the greatest highwaymen in England, have been taken, and are in York Castle, and I can give information about them. [Ibid. No. 150.]
Feb. 13.
Lyme.
Ant. Thorold to Hickes. The Merchants' Adventure has arrived from Morlaix, with the report that the drums were beaten about the town, for volunteers to go on the fleet fitting out at Brest, to be commanded by M. du Cane, and the fireships are to join M. de Beaufort. [Ibid. No. 151.]
Feb. 13.
Saturday.
Sir Rob. Vyner to Sir Walter Slingsby. I spoke with my Lord Mayor, and earnestly recommended it to him as from Lord Arlington, yet he seemed very averse to the thing, and says the city is much against it, fearing it will debauch their servants. Endorsed "Loyal Officers' Lottery." [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 152.]
Feb. 13. Affidavit by George Broad, of Radcliffe, that Wm. Wood and 3 others named are the owners of the William and Elizabeth of London, which was taken and adjudged as prize during the war, under the name of the Young Prince; that deponent was master thereof, and that no alien or foreigner has any right or property in the said ship. Sworn before Sir John Frederick, by whom it is attested. [Ibid. No. 153.]
Feb. 13. Account by Thos. Middleton, Navy Surveyor, of provisions wanting at Deptford, Woolwich, Chatham, and Portsmouth, to furnish the fleet for one year; total value, 85,786l. 10s. 6d. [7 pages. Ibid. No. 154.]
Feb. 13.
Woolwich.
Edw. Byland to Pepys. I send a demand of provisions required for fitting frigates. Operations on ships named. Col. Middleton bargained with a man for some good reed, and I have sent for him, but cannot persuade him to treat for it. [Ibid. No. 155.]
Feb. 14. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. His Royal Highness desires your attendance at Whitehall on Wednesday, when the proposition of regulating the pursers' employment and their manner of accounting will be debated, and you are to bring in your proposals. With note that it was put off till Friday, as the Surveyor buries his wife on Wednesday. [Ibid. No. 156.]
Feb. 14.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Tinker to Commissioner Middleton. I have given the Board an account of Bunckley's business, and all the goods are now aboard the ship. Sir Jer. Smith came down yesterday from London, to go in the Nonsuch to try the experiment. [Ibid. No. 157.] Encloses,
Examination of Thos. Inwood of Porchester, before Ant. Haberly, deputy-mayor, and Hugh Salesbury, J.P., touching goods belonging to the King, found in the house of Edw. Bunckley at the Point in Portsmouth.—Portsmouth, 10 Feb. 1669. [Ibid. No. 157i.]
Like examination of Edw. Bunckley. The goods named were put into his custody by the officers of the Pearl, as it was bad weather, and not fit for any boat to carry them aboard; when the storm ceased, they were all taken to the ship. With note that he is bound in 20l. and 2 sureties in 10l. each.— Portsmouth, 10 Feb. 1669. [Ibid. No. 157ii.]
Feb. 14. Fras. Crane to Rob. Francis. Your letters and Gazettes are great restoratives in the country, and we are much comforted by Candia's not being in so bad a condition as was feared. I shall send constantly to Norwich for the letters, and beg you will not be weary of the trouble. When does Lord Andover go Ambassador to the Emperor? [Ibid. No. 158.]
Feb. 14.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. A ship from Rochelle, laden with wines, put in here by reason of contrary winds. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 159.]
Feb. 14.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Portland and 2 others are riding at Spithead, waiting for a fair wind. Sir Jer. Smith has arrived from London, to judge in the trial of sailing between the Nonsuch frigate and the Milford. [Ibid. No. 160.]
Feb. 14. Thos. Corney to Lord Arlington. As the place [in the Ordnance] you so frankly promised to procure me at Chatham is still undisposed of, and is executed by a menial clerk, I hope you will move his Majesty to establish me in it; if this is not speedily done, I shall be completely ruined. [Ibid. No. 161.]
Feb. 14.
Flymouth.
E. Andros to Williamson. The wind continuing westerly keeps the frigates from going to the Groyne to fetch the young Duke of Tuscany. A vessel from Brest reports that all the hay, oats, barley, and straw in those parts have been taken up by order of the French King, and that the fleet is hastening out. [1¼ pages. Ibid. No. 162.]
Feb. 15. [Mr.] Johnson to Rob. Francis. The Attorney-General is a stranger to the business, but will receive Lord Arlington's directions. [Ibid. No. 163.]
Feb. 15.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. Forty ships are in the Downs, bound for the West Indies, &c. The seamen are much discontented because they cannot have their tickets paid, and many outward bound resolve to stay in the Straits, and serve those nations that will pay them. The Farmers of the Customs are laying down because no abatement is given them for the new impost, and Sir John Wolstenholme and Sir John Shaw will not sit as Commissioners after Lady Day. [Ibid. No. 164.]
Feb. 15.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Judah from Lisbon, with fruit, reports the arrival there of 60 sail of the Brazil fleet, with sugar and tobacco. The St. Anthony has arrived from the Bay of Biscay with timber. There is much abuse in the post office here; the letters come on Thursday instead of Wednesday, and too late to reply by return of post. [Ibid. No. 165.]
Feb. 15.
Court at Whitehall.
Warrant of assistance for Benj. Edwards, in the due execution of his office as Deputy to the Levant Company, in seizures of goods in London imported contrary to their charter, and in levying rates on those brought into the out ports, he having been opposed in his said office, to the great prejudice of the company. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 89.]
Feb. 15. Warrant for a grant to Henry, Earl of Peterborough, and Barbara, Countess of Suffolk, Groom of the Stole to the Queen Consort, of two-thirds of the embezzlements of prize goods from the ship Sancta Maria, brought into Plymouth in the late war, not exceeding 5,000l., as the King's free gift, the other third being granted to the discoverers. Also for a warrant to the Exchequer officers to issue writs, &c., for the recovery of the said goods in the King's name, and at the cost of the discoverers, and of the said Earl and Countess. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 46.]
Feb. 15.
Court at Whitehall.
Certificate by Lord Arlington that Sir Thos. Higgons took leave of his Majesty on 12 July, in order to his departure as EnvoyExtraordinary to the Duke of Saxony. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book30, f. 110.]
Feb. 15.
Tower.
Edw. Sherburne to Pepys. I desire an account of provisions delivered from the Navy Office to the Ordnance Office, being pressed by the Commissioners of Accounts. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 166.]
Feb. 15.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to the Navy Commissioners. I crave leave to plead for myself against your gentle chiding in reference to accounts furnished, which are all according to your orders. Mr. Gregory received from me 547l. for board wages, and 25l. of the contingent money. I am not idle about my account of stores, but very busy, as Commissioner Taylor is in London. [Ibid. No. 167.]
Feb. 16.
Harwich.
Wm. Williamson, master of the Black Dog, to the Navy Commissioners. I want an order for a supply of victuals; we have gone 28 days on short allowance, of 6 to 4 men's victuals, and have but 4 days' aboard, and neither money nor credit. With note that it was thought unnecessary to answer this, the wind having changed, and he being hourly expected. [Ibid. No. 168.]
Feb. 16.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Tinker to Pepys. I hear that Capt. Cox is made a Commissioner of the Navy, and desire to be removed to his place at Deptford. The Nonsuch sailed to Spithead. [Ibid. No. 169.]
Feb. 16/26.
Leyden.
Edw. Bernard to Williamson. Thanks for your commendatory letters to the Ambassador, &c. I hope within a month to acknowledge the success of your favours, as an advantageous offer has been made me to go with Sir Hugh Cholmondely to Tangiers, which I readily accepted, because of the advantages it gives me of conversing with a very learned, ingenious, and worthy gentleman; of serving my mother in the purchase of some monuments; and, lastly, of a very great salary. Pray forward my desired voyage to Tangiers. I waited on Isaac Vossius with your recommendation, and am confirmed in the just esteem I had of him as a scholar. No news can be more welcome than to hear of the commission for the translating of the MSS. of [James] Golius to the Bodleian Library. [Ibid. No. 170.]
Feb. 16.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Nonsuch and 3 others are at Spithead, waiting a fair wind to try the sailing of the new ship; Sir Jer. Smith goes in the Nonsuch to judge in the case. Sir Rob. Holmes came here last week with his servants, on his way to the Isle of Wight. [Ibid. No. 171.]
Feb. 16.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Sir Thos. Ingram, Chancellor, and Sir Thos. Curzon, Receiver of the Duchy of Lancaster, to pay from the duchy revenues 1,500l. to Sir Thos. Osborne and Sir Thos. Littleton, for the use of the Navy, before payment of any other warrants, patents, or annuities whatsoever; notice thereof to be given to the Treasury Commissioners. [1½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 172.]
Feb. 16. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom, Entry Book 26, f. 45.]
Feb. 16.
Whitehall.
Warrant from Sec. Trevor to Wm. Crips, messenger of the chamber, to bring before him Sir Wm. Ballantine, now in custody of the King's guards, to answer certain charges against him. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 19.]
Feb. 17.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Six ships from Yarmouth were driven on shore, some of which broke all to pieces, and their men perished; two that got on shore died from exhaustion on their way to Winterton. The storm was so violent that the ships in the roads drew their anchors after them for 2 miles. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 173.]
Feb. 17. Certificate by Sir Edw. Walker, Garter, that Mr. Franklyn, one of the Procurators, is one of the most ancient of that profession, and a person of great integrity; and that before his Majesty's restoration, he assisted many loyal indigent persons, especially the clergy. [Ibid. No. 174.]
Feb. 17.
Careby.
Jo. Hatcher to Williamson. Thanks for weekly favours, and for your consideration for my cousin, Thos. Heron, in Ireland. He had a solicitor's place in the Court of Claims, which first carried him over; but since the determination of that court, he has been destitute of employment, so that if you can procure him some place there, now there is a change of officers, you will oblige both me and your old friend, my father, who lives still, and rejoices to hear of your prosperity. [Ibid. No. 175.]
Feb. 17.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The ships in port will put to sea tomorrow if the wind is fair. [Ibid. No. 176.]
Feb. 17.
Falmouth.
Same to Williamson. To the same purport as the above, and his letter to Hickes of the 15th. [Ibid. No. 177.]
Feb. 17. James Hickes to [Williamson]. I was preparing a petition to the King for compensation before the dreadful fire, but that sad occasion prevented it; as my weakness increases, I have ventured to send it, and beg you to speak to his lordship on my behalf. I might have dwelt more largely on the services rendered to his Majesty, as in the beginning of the Great Rebellion in 1642, I settled post stages from Bristol to York, and between Oxford and Cornwall, and in all parts of the West the following year, and spent 1,700l. in his Majesty's business abroad. I have ridden more miles, and written more for increasing the revenue of the Post Office, than all the clerks in it; and I have put the Foreign Post Office into the English method, to the advantage of many hundreds, if not thousands, a year. My compensation for such services has yet to be sought, and without your and his lordship's favour to his Majesty, I am like to die without. I am prevented by age from seeking any other employment. [Ibid. No. 178.]
Feb. 17.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. A ship bound to Virginia lost her bowsprit, broke down her foremast through the storm, and is almost a wreck. There are 50 sail in the Downs. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 179.]
Feb. 17.
Deal.
Same to the Same. The Alapœena of 200 tons was broken to pieces by last night's storm at Margate, and another ship wrecked. [Ibid. No. 180.]
Feb. 17.
Whitehall.
Petition of Hen. Brooke to the King, to direct the Earl of Derby, on the hearing and determining of his cause, to have the assistance of such of the judges as his Majesty shall appoint. Is seized of an estate of inheritance in the county palatine of Chester, of considerable value, which he bought of John, late Earl Rivers, and which was confirmed by his son Thomas, now Earl Rivers, on attaining his full age. The present Earl endeavoured to avoid the Acts of Sale and Confirmation, but the petitioner's title being too clear to be disputed in law, the Earl brought it into the chancery of Chester, where Charles, Earl of Derby, is sole judge, and deputed Thelwell, who was always counsel for Earl Rivers in the cause, to be Vice-Chamberlain of the Court. Though Earl Rivers might long since have brought the cause to trial, and obtained judgment, he delayed it until his son and heir, Lord Colchester, for whose benefit the suit is prosecuted, had married the Earl of Derby's daughter. Although it has been the practice of the Lord Keeper and his predecessors never to determine matters of so great concernment without the assistance of some other of the judges, yet the Earl of Derby has positively ordered this cause to be determined before him and by himself on 23 Feb.
With reference thereon to Lord Keeper Bridgeman, and his report that, if the suggestions in the petition are true, the cause should not be heard in the Exchequer Court at Chester without the assistance of some learned judge, and that therefore his Majesty should signify his pleasure to the Earl of Derby, that the cause be heard when Serjeant [Job] Charlton and Milward come there, and that one of them be required to assist at the hearing.—17 Feb. 166 8/9. [Ibid. No. 181. See p. 202 infra.]
Feb. 17.
Whitehall.
Warrant for protection for ten days to John Cassels, alias Castles, provided he conduct himself according to the laws, although by a proclamation of 23 Dec. 1667, he was ordered to be apprehended, and proceeded against with other disorderly persons. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 20.]
Feb. 17. Warrant for Hugh Jones to be gamekeeper within the Hundreds of Penwith and Kerrier, Cornwall. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 109.]
Feb. 17. Pass for 8 horses to France by James Byron, servant to Lord Wotton. Minute. [Ibid. f. 110.]
Feb. 17. Reference to the Lord Chief Justice of the petition of Anne Sharpe, for pardon for a small felony. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 9.]
Feb. 18.
Deptford.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. The 4 ships which I proposed to Squire Pepys—viz., the William, Ann and Christopher, Mary and Susan, and Olive Branch—are all very fitting ships, and sail well. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 182.] Annexing,
Propositions made to the owners of the Bantam, with the answer by Capt. Rich. Haddock, that they pray she may be dismissed serving, having merchant goods aboard, for which bills of lading are signed and sent forth.—London, 16 Feb. 1669. [Ibid. No. 1821.]
Terms upon which the owners of the Ann and Christopher agree that their ship shall serve his Majesty; tendered by Capt. Cole 16 Feb. 1669. [Ibid. No. 182ii.]
Terms upon which Sir H. Cholmley agrees that the Hamburg Merchant shall be hired. Ibid. No. 182iii.]
John Payne, commander of the Speedwell, to the Navy Commissioners. Gives reasons why he should be excused from serving his Majesty, and hopes they will consider his necessity, he having already contracted and sealed for a freight. [Ibid. No. 182iv.]
Hugh Mosely to the Navy Commissioners. The owners of the Mary and Susan are willing that the ship should serve his Majesty upon treaty, and desire that the master may go commander, as it is all he has to maintain himself and family. The owners are not able to set her out, having had many losses, and for my part, I am forced to take up money at interest. [Ibid. No. 182v.]
Proposal of the 7 conditions upon which Hugh Mosely, commander of the Mary and Susan, and her owners, are willing she should be employed in his Majesty's service.— 18 Feb. 1669. [Ibid. No. 182vi.]
Summary of the replies made relative to the said 6 ships, with the names of their owners. [2½ pages. Ibid. No. 182vii.]
Feb. 18. John Fenn to Lord [Brouncher ?]. I send particulars of the disposal of 90,000l. chimney money, received from Sir Rob. Vyner, and paid for wages to ships and yards; also to the Bishop of Munster 50,000l., Sir Denis Gauden 60,000l., and Ald. [Edw.] Backwell 50,000l.; total 250,000l. [Ibid. No. 183.]
Feb. 18. Thos. Lewis to Pepys. All the victuals ordered for Sir Thos. Allin's fleet shall be shipped by the beginning of next week. [Ibid. No. 184.]
Feb. 18.
Chatham.
John Moore and Edw. Moorcock to the Navy Commissioners. We judge if the hoy can make her voyage to Humber, and return by the end of March, it will be time enough for our business here, knowing how to employ our hands to advantage in taking up more guns and anchors in the river; but if they should be as long in this voyage as in the last, it would cast us behind in our summer work. We have taken up 7 more ordnance, which make 31 delivered into the stores. If you had ordered 160l., it would have cleared our charge to this time. We intreat you to hasten what you have ordered, or give directions how we may receive it. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 185.]
Feb. 18. Memoranda of proceedings at the Committee for Trade and Foreign Affairs, at various sittings held between 7 April 1667 and 18 Feb. 1669, relative to domestic, colonial, and foreign trade. [Ibid. Nos. 186–235.]
Feb. 18.
Oxford.
Hilaire Decry to Rob. Francis. I fear you will find little advantage in my correspondence, and I should not expect much when I can give so little; but I have always found you disinterested. I hope many of my letters may bring me one of yours, or at least the French Gazettes. If you write to me, please to acknowledge receipt of that money from your brother and Silas Taylor. If you see my brother at the French church, ask him to write to me. [French. Ibid. No. 236.]
Feb. 19.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. I send some letters received by post, &c. Several ships have sailed, and those for Newfoundland will speedily follow. A vessel from Portugal, and another from Bordeaux, have come in. [Ibid. No. 237.]
Feb. 19. Wm. Paris, B.D., vicar of Tilney, to Peter Alsop. Having been solicited for a testimonial by your son, I certify that, while acting as my curate, he has demeaned himself "soberly, studiously, virtuously, and painfully; and that his preaching and living have made him to be generally beloved by all the town." [Ibid. No. 238.]
Feb. 19. Thos. Adamson to Rob. Francis. I have appointed to meet at Madam Carnabye's to-day, to see a play with Mrs. Moundeford and you, and have told her of it. [Ibid. No. 239.]
Feb. 19.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Three Yarmouth ships have sailed for Lisbon and Rochelle; several colliers have passed through the road, one of which sprang a leak, and sank near the shore, but most of her rigging is saved. [Ibid. No. 240.]
Feb. 19.
Whitehall.
Warrant by [Lord Arlington] to a messenger of the Chamber, to apprehend Steph. Coven, supposed author of "The Militant Christian; or, the Good Soldier of Jesus Christ"; and if he is found to be the author, to bring him and all his books and papers before me, sealed up. With writ of assistance. [Ibid. No. 241.]
Feb. 19. Pass for 3 horses to Flanders, for Sir Mark Ognati. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 110.]
Feb. 19. Warrant to the Sheriffs of London, for their taking security of John Ludlow, convicted of felony at the Old Bailey sessions, for transporting himself to some of the foreign plantations, the value of the thing taken being small, and he a young man and never committed before. [Ibid.]
Feb. 19. Warrant appointing Sam. Franklyn to the office of Procurator in all causes and matters maritime, foreign, and ecclesiastic whatsoever, vice Alexander Cheeke, deceased. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 112.]
[Feb. 19.] Two drafts of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, Nos. 242, 243.]
Feb. 19. The King to the Earl of Derby. There will shortly come before you as judge of the Court of Chancery, in the county palatine of Chester, a case of much weight between the Earl Rivers and Hen. Brooke, relating to the title to an estate in the county. The case was ordered for 23 Feb., but having advised with Lord Keeper Bridgman thereon, we wish it to be heard when Serjeant [Job] Charlton or Mr. Milward, our judges of that county, shall be there to assist. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 18.]
[Feb. 19.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 244.]
Feb. 19.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Tinker to Pepys. Has given Capt. Deane the document sent. The victualling of the Milford and Pearl is completed, and they stay only for a fair wind. The standing masts of the Portland are set. [Ibid. No. 245.]
Feb. 20. Certificate by J. Wren that Oliver Hardiman, purser of the Revenge, has cleared his victualling account. [Ibid. No. 246.]
Feb. 20. Post warrant for Hen. Sheres to go to Portsmouth and return, being for the King's service. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 109.]
Feb. 20. Warrant to Viscount Grandison, Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard, to swear in Wm. Houghton as corporal, according to the new establishment. Also note of the appointments of Rog. Gardiner, Rich. Sadlington, and — Ashton as corporals.—21, 22, and 23 Feb. [Ibid. f. 112.]
[Feb. 20.] Statement by Ambrose Bennet, of Gray's Inn. After long hearing, the [late] Lord Chancellor committed to me the custody of Jerome Smith, lunatic, to manage his intricate and desperate estate. Numerous particulars of his wild and filthy ways, and the extravagances by which he wasted 5,000l.; his idea that he was to be made a peer and marry Sir Thos. Bennet's daughter. The physicians pronounce him much distracted. Many of his writings are lost, and the seals broken off.
I have never struck him, but took him to my house in the country, till he tried 2 or 3 times to fire the house, and no one would stay with him. I then took a house for him, and gave 100l. a year for a keeper, with apparel and expenses, and saw that he wanted nothing; but Rog. Wells, the keeper, stole his goods.
I have delivered a true account of his estate to a Master in Chancery. I did not intoxicate him, but forbade him to have strong drink. I have had much trouble with him besides, and 4 years before I took him, he had much trouble to buy bread.
Jerome Smith had conveyed all his debts to his brother Richard, but I could get no accounts, and before Richard died, by will he gave Jerome the debts back again. His wife was executrix, and I had a long suit in Chancery to recover the writings, and had to pay many legacies before I could get a penny, and the law expenses have been heavy. Jerome asked for the deeds, carried them about in his pockets, and some were lost. Particulars of the debts. The trustees for their payment met about them, but Rich. Smith was then prisoner in the King's Bench. Transactions with the trustees. There were debts from Sir John Pettus, Lady Carleton, Sir John Cotton, and Sir John Pershall; account of trials thereon.
Account of Smith's extravagance since I had the charge of him, in buying jewels and silver tankards, and giving them away to ladies at Whitehall, in Oliver Cromwell's time; riding about the country, keeping 20 or 30 men and horses, and spending 6,000l. in 6 months; making strange bargains, buying antique habits and odd relics, &c.
In 1658 he was in the Gatehouse for debt, and I became his bail, but in 1659 he was again in Newgate, whence he escaped almost naked. Then he was taken to King's Bench, and no one gave him a bit of bread, but I procured his liberty and gave him clothes.
In 1661 I got him discharged of all his debts, and delivered him from prison, and found him a lodging in Milford Lane, where he continued till 1664 very mopish, and would not speak to anyone, nor put on his clothes, and lived on a small allowance. He then gave me a power of attorney to pay his debts and prosecute his debtors, and I received some of the debts. In 1665 he became wild, ran about the town, and borrowed horses to go into Cambridgeshire; pretended he was going to be married; pawned his watch, and borrowing a coach, went to the King to make him a peer, inviting many nobility to his wedding, giving abundance of wine, and spending 40l. in 4 days. The King sent him away under charge, and I told my Lord Chancellor about it, who thought he ought to be restrained, and gave him into my charge. On inquisition de lunatico inquirendo, he was found a lunatic, and committed to me. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 247.]
Feb. 20. Answer by Ambrose Bennet to the exceptions taken by Jerome Smith to his 3rd, 4th, and 5th accounts of moneys disbursed for his diet, and other personal expenses. [Ibid. No. 248.]
Feb. 20.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Rob. Francis. I gave both your packets to Rob. Farrenden, apothecary-general at Tangier, who promised to deliver them with his own hand. Three ships have been wrecked at Margate, and one at the North Foreland, and every soul drowned. I never knew such a storm at Deal before, and several ships have received much damage; had it lasted much longer, it would have endangered the whole town. [Ibid. No. 249.]
Feb. 20.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. Two ships, laden with wine and brandy, have been cast away on the Isle of Portland; one lost all her lading and 12 men, and the other split in pieces, but part of her lading and 7 of her men were preserved. Another vessel was forced on shore, but by cutting her masts by the board, she rode out the storm, and has since been brought into the road. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 255, No. 250.]
Feb. 21. Pass for Mr. Stagg and Mr. Williamson to go to France and return. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 110.]
Feb. 21. The King to Sir Edw. Griffin. In the late retrenchment of payments from the Treasury of the Chamber, 2 privy seals issued for the Gentlemen Ushers, daily waiters to the King and Queen, for riding charges and attendance on removals, were omitted from the payments set down; we warrant the payment of them as though set down; also continuation of the former salaries of the 24 violins, master of music, 2 composers, 2 boys, and M. le Grange for a bass, and for the music in the Chapel Royal, any order of retrenchment notwithstanding. [Ibid. f. 111.]
Feb. 21. Similar warrant to the Lords of the Treasury. Minute. [Ibid. f. 111.]
Feb. 21. Declaration that Sir John Prettyman's arrears, granted to Fras. Rogers on 16 Jan. last, are on trust for payment of moneys due to widow Poyer, the residue to be disposed of as Barbara, Countess of Castlemaine, in her own handwriting, may appoint, and for her benefit. [Ibid. f. 120.]
Feb. 21.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. Only a few colliers remain in the harbour. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 256, No. 1.]
Feb. 21. Same to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 2.]
Feb. 21.
Deal.
Mary Loder to Williamson. I have received the packet for Leghorn, but as there is no ship bound for that place, tell me whether I shall detain it, or send it you again. [Ibid. No. 3.]
Feb. 21.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. A vessel from Jamaica reports that the privateers of those parts took Porto Bello in April last, and held it 30 days, and that the Spaniards ransomed it, at a very large sum; that they possessed themselves of Port au Prince, but got little more than provisions; also that they joined in a fleet of 10 or 12 sail, to set upon some other place. [Ibid. No. 4.]
Feb. 21.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Sir Jer. Smith sailed yesterday in the Nonsuch frigate, commanded by Sir Laur. Van Hemseratt [Heemskirk]; while she was in sight, she sailed much better than any of the others in company, being the Portland, Roe ketch, Milford, and Pearl. The 2 last are appointed to try the wager, and as they have had as fine weather and wind as heart could wish to try their ships, by this time Sir Jer. Smith will be able to judge. I have not had a news-letter for some time. [Ibid. No. 5.]
Feb. 21.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane to Pepys. Particulars of the sailing of the Nonsuch. Judges she will do a great part, if not all required, but of that Sir Jer. Smith is the standard of proof. I gave Sec. Wren more particulars, and he will let you know. [Ibid. No. 6.]
Feb. 21.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Tinker to Pepys. The Nonsuch sailed with other ships from Spithead upon trial. Asks leave to come to town on his own business, all the ships being gone. [Ibid. No. 7.]
Feb. 21.
Hull.
Jos. Blaydes to the Navy Commissioners. Thanks for their letter. Shall be thankful for the money owing, now being the time to buy timber; is sick, and not able to stir about, so has greater need of it. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 256, No. 8.]
Feb. 22.
Woolwich.
W. Hannam to Col. Thos. Middleton. The reason why the ship's masts were not set when I was at Woolwich was chiefly the want of men. Pray move the Board that 20 may be allowed on weekly pay, to get the ships forward, and to clear the river of broken anchors and pieces of cable and wrecks. There are many men borne on the ships that might help the riggers, but they continue to neglect their duty, and will give no assistance. [Ibid. No. 9.]
Feb. 22. Col. Thos. Middleton and Commissioner J. Tippetts to the Navy Commissioners. We have been at Woolwich, and viewed the wreck of the Royal James, and the works in hand there and at Deptford, and agree with the master shipwright that the Royal James ought to be fitted for a hulk, which may be done for 750l.; but it is uncertain what time the repairs will take, by reason of the emptiness of the stores, uncertainty of supplies, and want of dry docks. [Ibid. No. 10.]
Feb. 22.
Woolwich.
Edw. Byland to [the Navy Commissioners]. The spindle of the great crane being broken off, we are much troubled to shut the gates. I desire an order for fitting a new one, and also for a supply of spruce deals and reed, having put a period to all our reed in burning the Garland. [Ibid. No. 11.]
Feb. 22.
London.
Capt. Rich. Rooth to Thos. Hayter. Asks that 12 blank tickets may be given to the purser of the Garland. [Ibid. No. 12.]
Feb. 22. Grant to Col. Ant. Gilby, for 31 years, of the island called the Great Sand, in the river Humber, rent 5l. a year, after he has embanked 100 acres at his own charge. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 15.]
Feb. 22. Warrant to Henry, Lord Sandys, to preserve the King's game in Hampshire. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book25, f. 90.]
Feb. 22.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Griffen has put in from Barbadoes, having sprung a leak, and much damaged her goods; she would have perished had not the men continually laboured at the pumps. We hear by the Meaves and Antigua Merchant—which came out with 15 others, but lost them at sea—that Don Juan is still at Aragon, with a guard of 2,000 men, and does not intend coming in upon the Queen's proclamation. His pretences are very plausible: that seeing that the peace is concluded between Spain and Portugal, he would have some of the taxes taken off; that the Queen convoys money out of the land, and that her confessor is a German. The country is mostly for him, as they are taxed upon their estates and the meat they eat.
They also report that the Algiers men-of-war took 3 English merchantmen coming from Lisbon, and made prize of their goods; but intend paying the freight; they allege that since the peace with England and France, no ships can be found at sea but what belong to one or the other, so that they cannot get any prizes by which to live and maintain themselves; also that Sir Thos. Allin is gone with 4 frigates to demand restitution or satisfaction, and to proclaim war if it is refused. The Leopard, with the English Ambassador, sailed for Constantinople before they came away. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 256, No. 13.]
Feb. 22.
Lynn.
Edw. Bodham to Williamson. A wreck has been driven ashore with several firkins of butter, hemp, barrels of pitch, and 3 dead men; 3 other vessels were also driven on shore, but got off without much damage. The private meetings of the Nonconformists and Sectarians are frequented with more than usual confidence. The place is healthy, and the militia well settled. [Ibid. No. 14.]
Feb. 23. Deposition of Clement Harby and Wm. Gale, merchants of London, before Wm. Child, master in Chancery, that it was decreed by Signor Andrea Cornaro, Captain-General of Venice, on 20 June 1664, that a dollar per mille then unduly levied upon the currants of Zante and Cephalonia, should not be exacted for the future, by the Providor, or Governor of Zante, on any of the English nation; and in order that such decree should be inviolably observed, he commanded the Providor to transmit an attestation every 3 months, signed by the English Consul and nation in Zante, that it was not paid; nevertheless, the English merchants residing at Zante have been constrained by the Providor to pay the dollar per mille, and Wm. Wayte, the English Consul at Zante, has violated his duty and trust, to the detriment of the traders and factors, by falsifying the attestations so given as directed, which the deponents are able to make appear. [Ibid. No. 15.]
Feb. 23.
Ipswich.
— to John Knight, serjeant surgeon to his Majesty, Durham Yard. I am glad to see you so careful of your own safety and interest, and perceive the times require the use of all prudence and discretion. I shall inquire for you at Newmarket, and hope you will bring the warrant with you.
Rich. Cole, a shipwright of Ipswich, and uncle to Capt. Cole of London, cut his wife's throat and then his own; his is the most dangerous, his wife having guarded hers with her hands, which he has most unmercifully cut and mangled. He has about 50l. or 60l. per annum in land, besides shipping and money; if he dies, his personal estate, if not all, goes to the town.
My wife has sent Mrs. Knight a couple of capons, and yourself a couple of pullets, to conclude the carnival; and as his Majesty has given no commands to the contrary, we hope you will have no scruple of conscience about eating them, though it be in Lent. [1¾ pages. Ibid. No. 16.]
Feb. 23 ? Memorandum that a reprieve is to be granted to Edw. Oram, prisoner in Newgate, during his Majesty's pleasure. Also that the Lord Chief Justice, the Attorney-General, and the Recorder of London be instructed that it is his Majesty's pleasure that Mr. Pargiter and others, bound over to the next sessions, or in custody for treason or misprision of treason, in clipping, washing, filing, melting, or otherwise diminishing the current coin of the realm, be continued on sufficient bail, or committed as cause shall require, until the next sessions. [Ibid. No. 17.]
Feb. 23.
Barnstaple.
Wm. Wakeman to Williamson. A vessel has arrived from Lisbon with oil, sugar, and salt. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 256, No. 18.]
Feb. 23.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Three vessels have been cast away near the Humber, and several others are reported to be lost; 16 laden vessels have sailed hence for Rotterdam and other places named. [Ibid. No. 19.]
Feb. 23.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. Thos. Clark, master of the Friendship of London, with 60 tuns of wine from Bordeaux for his Majesty, "came to me to protest against the seas"; "there are no rumours of war there, but great preparations carried on whistly." The whole fleet outward bound have sailed, except Mr. Pensax, who is disabled. [Ibid. No. 20.]
Feb. 23.
Treasury Chamber, Whitehall.
Sir George Downing to Williamson. The Lords of the Treasury desire you to move Lord Arlington to recommend to Monsieur Ognati, in his Majesty's name, that Phil. Cornelissen may take the remainder of the tin sold to him by Benj. Glanville, on behalf of his Majesty, and pay for it, or that it may be freed from Cornelissen's arrest at Ostend, and be otherwise disposed of. [Copy. Ibid. No. 21.] Prefixing,
Case stating that Glanville sold to Cornelissen, in Oct. 1666, 20,000 lbs. of his Majesty's tin, at 59 guilders per cwt., to be paid in Flemish money. That part of the tin has been delivered, and paid for, upon the agreement, of which Glanville has rendered an account to his Majesty, and has also declared that the rest of the tin was weighed off to Cornelissen's order long since, but has been detained for want of payment of the rest of the money due; and that his Majesty expects that Cornelissen shall, upon demand and offer of the tin, pay the remainder of the money at the price he bought it at, or leave his Majesty to dispose of it in some other manner. [Copy. Ibid. No. 211.]
Feb. 23.
Woolwich.
Wm. Acworth to the Navy Commissioners. I send an account of provisions issued from the stores for making fortifications against the approach of the Dutch, and of old junk, ropes, &c., issued for the Tower. If the Ordnance Office is to pay the charge, the ship carpenters and labourers employed ought to be included. [Ibid. No. 22.]
Feb. 23.
Chatham.
John Moore and Edw. Moorcock to the Navy Commissioners. There shall be no ill-husbandry of the money you have ordered. We never insisted on any reward for taking up the ordnance, nor charged anything extra, and those ordnance were taken up when we could do nothing else. We swept the river as far as the Mussel Bank, and have taken up 10 anchors, whereof 8 are delivered into the stores, and the other 2 shall be, if not necessary for our work. If the time spent in taking up ordnance be not thought so advantageous as other employments, we shall desist. Note of how the 160l. ordered would be disposed of. [Ibid. No. 23.]
Feb. 23.
The Harp, Kinsale.
Capt. Rob. Hooper to the Navy Commissioners. I have been at Kinsale since 4 December. I understand you have given instructions to Mr. Penn for taking charge of the ship, and for the men to go to Dublin by land, and I, with the officers, to London; but having no accounts to pass, and being a bad traveller, hopes they will save him and the officers that trouble. The ship is not so bad but that she may go for Dublin, which will save her company a great deal of trouble and charge. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 256, No. 24.]
Feb. 23. John Robinson, master of the James hoy, to Thos. Hayter. Asks a warrant for 3 months' victuals, having been forced to supply his company for 6 weeks on his own account. [Ibid. No. 25.]
Feb. 24.
Chatham.
Account by John Brooke and 3 others of decayed and unserviceable provisions found in the stores at Chatham, and judged fit for sale, valued at 528l. 15s. 11d. [Ibid. No. 26.]
Feb. 24.
Woolwich.
Similar account by W. Hannam and 5 others of provisions at Woolwich, as appraised. [Ibid. No. 27.]
Feb. 24.
Whitehall.
Petition of Hartgill Baron, clerk of the Privy Seal, to the King, to summon Charles Bickerstaff to a hearing, for interfering with the petitioner's right to his office, which was conferred on him at Brussels in 1658, and has been confirmed since the Restoration. With reference thereon to Council. [Ibid. No. 28.]
Feb. Entry of the above reference, dated 26 Feb. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 9.]
Feb. 24. Pass for 4 horses, 10 couple of hounds, 10 brace of greyhounds, and 2 couple of spaniels, for the Earl of Aylesbury. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 112.]
Feb. 24. Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to pay to Thos. Townsend, clerk of the Great Wardrobe, in place of Wm. Rumbold, deceased, 30l. 19s. 8d. for his yearly livery. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 16.]
Feb. 24. Similar warrant to pay to Sam. Green, under-clerk of the Wardrobe, in the room of Thos. Townsend, jun., 15l. 6s. 8d. yearly for a livery. [Ibid.]
Feb. 24. Contract between the King and Sir Denis Gauden, Sir Wm. Penn, and Benj. Gauden, for victualling the Navy, on terms approved by the Treasury Commissioners and the Navy Commissioners. [Ibid.]
Feb. 24.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Ordnance Commissioners of the petition of Thos. Warren, that they may take his bond for 25 tons of saltpetre, at the price at which it has been given to others. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 10.]
Feb. 24.
Coventry.
R[alph] H[ope] to Williamson. Five carriers had their packs cut on Saturday last, between St. Albans and London, and lost to a considerable value, one of their horses being taken away and not yet heard of. [Wm.] Dudley, [Humble] Ashenhurst, and some others of that gang have been seen near, but none dare seize them; they are so vigilant and well armed that they have openly ridden through several towns. The late pretended robbery of Lascelles and his wife, of a quantity of gold near Coleshill, is like to prove a mere cheat; Lascelles is the person that robbed a goldsmith in Yorkshire of the gold of which he himself was robbed.
Great preparations are making at Stoneleigh for solemnising the funeral of the Duchess of Dudley, aunt to Lord Leigh of Stoneleigh a monument having been erected by her for herself some years since. She has been a great benefactor to that place, and has not forgotten them at her death. Preparations are also being made for reception of the Countess of Southampton at New House, a most pleasant seat a mile hence, which she has bought for 2,200l., and given the present tenant 100l. to leave it. The Nonconformists, headed by Eccleshall, have had meetings at Leather Hall, where Eccleshall preached. The magistrates prevented their having the place last Sunday, but they keep frequent public conventicles. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 256, No. 29.]
Feb. 24.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to James Hickes. The Portland, Milford, and Pearl frigates have sailed to fetch the Prince of Tuscany, and the Nonsuch with Sir Jer. Smith has come in. He reports that she works and sails well. Several Newfoundland ships have put to sea, but none have arrived from foreign parts. [Ibid. No. 30.]
Feb. 24.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. A vessel from Rotterdam reports that several ships have been lost on the coast of Holland by the storm. Six others have come in from Rochelle and Bordeaux. A hoy has been put ashore 2 miles off, but the men and goods saved. Several colliers have passed to and from the northward, and a dogger has come in from the North Seas, with live cod and some barrel cod. [Ibid. No. 31.]
Feb. 24.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Williamson. I have been very ill, but am better. Several ships have sailed, but none arrived. [Ibid. No. 32.]
Feb. 25.
Whitby.
Thos. Waade to Williamson. A breach with France is noised about here, and if it should fall out, I beg you to renew our correspondence. We have had a great fall of snow, and the ways are very impassable. The Dragon of London has been cast away near the harbour, and all but 2 men perished. [Ibid. No. 33.]
Feb. 25.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. We are expecting the return of Sir Jer. Smith in the Nonsuch, to inform us about the trial of that frigate sailing with the others appointed for the same service. [Ibid. No. 34.]
Feb. 25. Morgan Lodge to [Williamson]. I send up the packet and a receipt for another put on board the Mary, bound for Lisbon. [Ibid. No. 35.] Annexing,
Receipt by Edmond Ayres (?) from Morgan Lodge of a packet directed to Fras. Parry, remaining for the King's affairs in the Court of Portugal, which he promises to deliver on arrival. Feb., Deal. [Ibid. No. 35i.]
Feb. 25.
Oxford.
Hilaire Decry to Rob. Francis. Thanks for your remembrance. I hope to be worthy of it. Keep a little corner in your heart for me. Your cousin salutes you, and wants 17 yards of prunella buying for a gown; also the Gazettes as usual. [French. Ibid. No. 36.]
Feb. 25.
Lyme Regs.
Giles Ivy to Williamson. While out shooting game, my gun, though on the cock, took fire, which was the death of 2 children on a hill behind me. The coroner's inquest and the parents of the children acquitted me of guilty intent, but yet I am bound over to answer it at the Dorchester assizes. Knowing that the judges, before they go their circuit, usually take leave of his Majesty, I beg you will then acquaint them of my innocency, and the unhappiness of the accident, and request them to show what favour they may. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 256, No. 37.]
Feb. 25. Deposition of Bernard Nicholas, mariner of London, sworn before Sir Thos. Bludworth, that Jacob Lucie, merchant of London, and other subjects of his Majesty, are owners of the Mary and Jane of London, which was taken and adjudged prize, under the name of Abraham's Offering, alias Abraham's Sacrifice. [Ibid. No. 38.]
Feb. 25. Warrant for a grant of denization for Jacob Poüwells, an alien. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 90.]
Feb. 25.
Whitehall.
Commissioners of Prizes to the Navy Commissioners. On petition of Dan. Arthur, in behalf of those interested in the Jolly of Nantes— seized as a prize in June 1667, and brought into Plymouth, but since restored with her lading by the Commissioners of Appeal—we request you to pay them 120l. 6s., at which she was sold to John Lanyon, your agent at Plymouth. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 256, No. 39.] Annexing,
Inventory and appraisement by John Dell and 4 others, of 19 ballots of cloth taken out of the Jolly of Nantes, and delivered to Lanyon, by order of the Commissioners of Prizes, amounting to 120l. 6s.—Plymouth, 10 July 1667. [Ibid. No. 39i.]
John Lanyon to the Navy Commissioners. I demanded the 20 ballots of canvas from the Commissioners of Prizes, and went aboard the Jolly of Nantes, where I found 18 bolts of noyals canvas, &c., which I entered in the Custom House, and have since received.—Plymouth, 19 July 1667. [Ibid. No. 39ii.]
Feb. 25.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to Pepys. To-morrow being sermon day, his Royal Highness intends to meet sooner than ordinary, and desires you to come at 8½ a.m. and to impart this to the Board. [Ibid. No. 40.]
Feb. 25.
Deptford.
Jno. Cox and 4 others to [Pepys]. We have appraised the decayed and unserviceable provisions mentioned, in the stores at Deptford, and their value is 138l. 15s. 9d. [1½ pages. Ibid. No. 41.]
Feb. 25.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. I want spruce deals to complete the works on the Advice and Fairfax. I find no one willing to deal for any quantity of plank, which I must have, and no money is yet ordered to Master Reidge, notwithstanding your promise that it should be had, so as to encourage others. If it be delayed, none will buy timber to convert for plank, with the promise of payment; so that in one month, you will be in the same straits with ready money as you are now without it. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 42.] Annexing,
Appraisement by Ant. Deane and 2 others of the anchors arrived in the Edgar, total 194l. 11s. 3d.—23 Feb. With note of the Board's approval thereof, but their agreement for them is suspended till they know how to pay for them.— 2 March 1669. [Ibid. No. 42i.]
Feb. 25.
The Lenox, Holehaven.
Capt. John Holmes to the Navy Commissioners. Wants provisions, the time for his victualling being out. [S.P. Dom., Car. II 256, No. 43.]
Feb. 26. Wm. Williamson and John Huntington, masters of the Black Dog and Adam and Eve hoys, to the Navy Commissioners. Want provisions. The Black Dog has delivered her lading of timber at Deptford, and is going with the Adam and Eve to Stockwith for more. [Ibid. No. 44.]
Feb. 26.
African House, London.
Thos. Holder and 2 other Commissioners of [Lord Admiral] the Duke of York to the Navy Commissioners. Having directed Paul Tatenell, his Royal Highness's surveyor for prizes, to sell the pieces of cable belonging to him in the yard at Deptford, we desire your order to your officers there to deliver them to whom he may appoint. [Ibid. No. 45.]
Feb. 26. James Carkass to the Navy Commissioners. I received the wages of Nath. Walker of the Royal Charles, for service done from Aug. 1665 to Oct. 1666, amounting to 18l. 4s. 6d., which sum had been split into two tickets of 6l. 5s. 7d. and 11l. 8s. 11d. (sic). I paid the money to Elizabeth Bowen at Chatham; the petitioner has done me great wrong in her accusations before the Committee of Council, before you, and before the Commissioners of Accounts; the latter on examination have dismissed the case three times, finding nothing against me. [See 16 July 1667. Ibid. No. 46.]
Feb. 26. Sir George Carteret to the Navy Commissioners. I presume the hindrance to furnishing the accounts required by you was that my books were lodged with the Commissioners of Accounts, but Mr. Fenn will give the satisfaction you desire to-day. [Ibid. No. 47.]
Feb. 26. John Tyrwhitt to the Navy Commissioners. His Royal Highness having given me the command of the Speedwell frigate, I ask a warrant appointing as master George Wood, late master of the Edgar, and also master of the Henrietta under my command. [Ibid. No. 48.] Enclosing,
Trinity House certificate that George Wood of Wapping is capable to take charge as master of any ship or frigate, to the northward and southward.—20 May 1668. [Ibid. No. 48i.]
Capt. John Wettwang to Col. Middleton. Asks him to order George Wood as master to the Dunkirk, he having been found able by the Trinity House.—London, 20 May 1668. [Ibid. No. 48ii.]
Feb. 26.
Court at Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to Rob. Harding, of the manor of Bramcotecum-Trowell and Chilwell, and other lands, co. Notts. late belonging to the Monastery of Sempringham, co. Lincoln; the writings by which he holds it, according to a grant from Queen Elizabeth, having been lost or spoiled during the late wars. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 91.]
Feb. 26. Warrant to Sir John Howell, Recorder of London, and the sheriffs of London and Middlesex, to release on sufficient security Anne Seymour, alias Sharp, convicted at the Old Bailey of felonious stealing of some small things, and ordered to be transported; also to insert her in the pardon next to come out for Newgate convicts, omitting the proviso for transportation usually inserted in the pardons. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 20.]
Feb. 26. Warrant for a grant to Nath. Ludlow and Edw. Boswell, at the former rents, of the manors of Husborne Tarrant, Ibrop, and Upton, co. Hants, mortgaged by Chas. Poulet in 1664 to Edmund Ludlow, sen., and afterwards forfeit to him, and escheated to the Crown by his attainder. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 113.]
Docquet of the above, dated March 5. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 19.]
Feb. 26. Warrant for a grant to Rachel, Viscountess Falkland, of 3,000l. out of embezzlements of prize goods, in the kingdom of Ireland; granted on account of the constant loyalty of her husband, Harry, late Viscount Falkland, and the straits in which he has left her and her son, the present Viscount, on account of debts contracted in the service. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 113.]
Feb. 26. Licence to Sir Thos. Sandys, Bart., and the other trustees of the indigent loyal officers residing within the bills of mortality, to hold one or more plate lotteries anywhere in the kingdom for 6 years, with prohibition to all others to hold the same; those only to receive the benefit who served the late King during the rebellion, are resident in London or Westminster, and have no other place of abode, and no employment or subsistence; excluding also from benefit the managers of the grant, and those who ride in the King's guard. [Ibid. f. 114.]
Feb. 26.
Essex House.
Report by John Rushworth that—the Lord Keeper being acquainted with the petition to the King in the name of Wm. Birstall, D.D., as also with that of Sir And. Henley—he is of opinion that if any endeavours are used to persuade his Majesty or the Lords of the Privy Council to stop proceedings at law, he cannot advise them to do so. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 256, No. 49.]
Feb. 26.
Whitehall.
Order granting the petition of Sir And. Henley, that his Majesty's reference on the petition of Dr. Birstall, who has abused the petitioner and caused his lady to miscarry, may not obstruct the proceedings at common law in the actions now depending. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 9.]
Feb. 26.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. I have received your friendly advice as to the neglect of the Cornish postmasters, but the coming in of the frost and ill weather stops the mails, which may be some excuse during the winter time; I will be careful as to Mr. Williamson's letters for the future. The Prince of Tuscany is expected in a few days. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 256, No. 50]
Feb. 26.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Particulars of the movements of ships. Several of those that are to sail are intended for France. [Ibid. No. 51.]
Feb. 26.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. An Ostend vessel laden with linen cloth ran upon the Goodwin Sands; the crew and passengers were saved. [Ibid. No. 52.]
Feb. 26. Order signed by Giles Dunster, on behalf of the Commissioners for taking accounts, requiring William Wardour, Clerk of the Pells, to attend them at Brooke House, Holborn, on Wednesday next. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 256, No. 53.]
Feb. 26.
Blickling.
J. Russell to Rob. Francis. I expect to be in London in 6 weeks, when I will pay my respects to you. [Ibid. No. 54.]
Feb. 26. Nich. Wood to Williamson. I had a sad journey, from the grievous weather, and was forced to go by land part of the way; but I have arrived at Yarmouth, and lodge at the Wheat Sheaf; and as this is the greatest inn in the town, it is probable there will be very good play for it [the lottery ?]. [Ibid. No. 55.]
Feb. 27.
Norfolk.
Certificate by John Henson, vicar of Terrington St. Clement and St John, and rector of St. Edmond, North Lynn, &c., and by Thos. Wilde, vicar of Wigenhall St. Mary and of Islington, that George Allsop, curate of Tilney, is a man of sober life and conversation, a painful preacher, and a true lover of God's Church. [Ibid. No. 56.]
Feb. 27.
St. John's College, Cambridge.
Thos. Watson to [Sir John Reresby]. I suppose your brother [Yarburgh] has informed you of his intention to stand a trial at the election for a fellowship; I think, from his good behaviour and his improvement, that he will have a very fair plea. I cannot expect that he should have a fairer opportunity, it being proper to the school of Sedbergh, and given by the same person that founded the scholarship. I desire to be remembered to your lady, and wish you joy of your young heir. [Ibid. No. 57. See pp. 228, 229, infra.]
Feb. 27. Marquis of Dorchester to Williamson. Let the enclosed be delivered to Lord Arlington, with my humble thanks. [Ibid. No. 58.]
Feb. 27.
Lyme.
Ant. Thorold to Hickes. A Danish vessel, laden with 400 barrels of tar, deals, butter, and tallow, ran ashore on Sidmouth beach, but all her men, with 200 barrels of tar, &c., were saved. Several vessels outward bound have been forced back by contrary winds. [Ibid. No. 59.]
[Feb. 27.] Petition of Lieut. George Finlawson to the Bishop of London, Lord Almoner, to partake of the King's bounty on Maunday Thursday next; served the late King during the wars, and at Tangiers, under Lords Rutherford and Belasyse; lost his right hand in fighting against the Moors, and cannot support his family. [Ibid. No. 60.]
Feb. 27. Recommendation of the above petition by Lord Arlington, the poor man being a fit object of charity. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 10.]
Feb. 27. Warrant to Sir John Howell, Recorder, and the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex, to enlarge on bail Capt. Jonas Lindloff, convicted at the Old Bailey sessions of horse-stealing, and to insert him in the next pardon, leaving him out in the proviso for transportation. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 24.]
Feb. 27. Sir John Mennes to the Navy Commissioners. Reports proceedings taken to obtain returns from the several storekeepers of the yards, for the use of the Commissioners of Accounts, and also as to tickets, lists of officers of the Navy, and their salaries, ships employed since Sept. 1664, &c. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 256, No. 61.]
Feb. 27. Col. Thos. Middleton to Pepys. I sent particulars to the Commissioners of Accounts, of the provisions in the storehouses at my first general survey, which is the same as if transmitted to you; also the returns of the clerks of the survey of Chatham and Harwich, but not of Portsmouth, Deptford, or Woolwich, as they were involved in the storekeeper's accounts. I cannot give a list of vessels employed by his Majesty during the war. [Ibid. No. 62.]
Feb. 27. Thos. Lewis to Pepys. I send a paper which Sir Denis Gauden intended to present to the Board, it being called for, and he doubting his being able to attend. [Ibid. No. 63.]
Feb. 27. John Devel to the Navy Commissioners. I desire an order to Mr. Marlow to certify the sufficiency of my securities, that I may be no longer hindered of receiving another ticket for one lost, having made affidavit and entered into a bond for his Majesty's indemnity. [Ibid. No. 64.]
Feb. 27. Roger Baker, purser [of the Dartmouth], to Pepys. I beg your assistance for a speedy trial of my business with my captain, the ship being paid, and timely notice to bring in my witnesses. [Ibid. No. 65.]
Feb. 27.
Hamburg.
Edw. Chamberlain to Williamson. By my lord's command [the Earl of Carlisle], I send you an account of our voyage. We arrived yesterday, too weary to write by that post, and this post goes by Antwerp. On the 15th, my lord set forward from Amsterdam, and never rested a day till our arrival here, though our accommodation was often uneasy, open, slow waggons, and our lodging oft on straw. Our passage from Zwol, by Lingen to Bremen, was through barren desert 150 miles, bad diet, worse ways, dangerous passages through great waters, then a sudden frost, much ice, deep snows, and dark nights. It was sometimes 11 p.m. before we found a baiting place. I wonder that my lord could endure so much, and that I could endure more than ever I did in my life.
After a little refreshment here, my lord will go forward, although at this season it is almost impossible to reach Stockholm, either by sea or land, and he will tire us all out; but his Majesty's affairs must not be neglected. [Ibid. No. 65a.]
Feb. 28.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Particulars of the arrival of ships. [Ibid. No. 66.]
Feb. 28.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. The new Nonsuch has come in with Sir Jer. Smith, who goes for London to-morrow, a pleasure boat having arrived for him. The Dutch captain who gave directions for setting the masts of the Nonsuch is to command during his absence; she is reported to be the best sailer in the world, which was caused by the art of this Dutch captain. [Ibid. No. 67.]
Feb. 28.
Dover.
J. Swaddell to Williamson. I arrived at Dover at 11 o'clock, and as the tide is almost spent, must beg pardon for brevity. [Ibid. No. 68.]
Feb. 28.
Dover.
Jo. Carlile to Williamson. Mr. Swaddell will be at Calais in 3 hours; I hired a vessel and saw him aboard, and recommended him to a friend there for his more speedy despatch to Paris. I may thank Mr. Blayney in part for my long illness, as grief was the principal cause. Let me continue in your favour; I will be always ready to serve you. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 256, No. 69.]
Feb. 28.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. No news; no shipping in the harbour. [Ibid. No. 70.]
Feb. 28. Same to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 71.]
Feb. 28.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Rob. Francis. There is 300l. due to Mr. Ketchrell of Deal, for the hire of his ketch, the Two Sisters of Deal, during the war with Holland. The money is payable by the Navy Commissioners, and his bills are signed; if you can get him his money, he will give you 20 per cent. I hope you are mindful of my petition to the farmers. I hear from Thanet that a ship sank at the North Foreland, and that all her men were drowned. [Ibid. No. 72.]
Feb. 28. Warrant enlarging the protection granted to John Cassells, alias Castles, for 14 days from the present date. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 21.]
Feb. Warrant for allowing the salaries of the Secretaries of State to be paid out of customs arising from unwrought wood, masts, timber, &c., granted to Sir Rob. Paston, Bart., in lieu of the Post Office. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 108.]
Feb. Licence to Mr. Bridgeman to travel for one year. Minute. [Ibid. f. 110.]
[Feb.] Warrant for a lease to Ralph Montague, in reversion after George Kirk, of a third of Gillingham Forest, on double the old rent, but remitting the fine. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 17, p. 281.]
Feb. Warrant to pay to Isaac Le Gouse, King's jeweller, 2,800l., for a jewel given by the King to the Queen. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 17.]
Feb. Warrant to the Master of the Great Wardrobe, to deliver to Rich. Smith, clerk of the cheque of the Guard, 100 pair of red breeches, 100 livery coats, 100 velvet bonnets, 100 pairs of worsted stockings, and 100 waist and 50 carabine belts, for the Yeomen of the Guard. [Ibid. No. 18.]
Feb. Wm. Williamson, master of the Black Dog hoy, to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of a voyage from Woolwich to Stockwith for timber, and from thence to Deptford to unload. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 256, No. 73.]
Feb.? "Papers on Sir Wm. Jennings' case, touching the supernumeraries in the Sapphire"—
Certificate by Nath. Bunch [purser of the Sapphire], 16 Jan. 1669, that if he does not make it appear that the supernumeraries whose names appear on the Sapphire's books, from 27 April 1667 to 15 Dec. 1668, were occasioned by the sudden reducement of the ship's company from 180 to 160, and the conse- quent taking in of men on the approach of the enemy, he will make satisfaction himself. With note that on 23 Jan. 1669, it was brought to the board by Sir W. Jennings.—16 Jan. 1669. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 256, No. 74.]
Certificates by W. Burroughs of the number of men borne on the Sapphire between 20 April 1667 and 7 Nov. 1668, being the time Sir W. Jennings was commander. With shorthand notes, undeciphered.—16 Jan. 1669. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 75.]
Like certificate of the supernumeraries in the Sapphire whilst the Dutch were in the river, 10 June to 23 July 1667.–2 Feb. 1669. [Ibid. No. 76.]
Nath. Bunch to the Navy Commissioners. I send particulars of the supernumeraries who were on the books of the Sapphire for the years 1667 and 1668, and who were victualled by me. Those in 1667 were occasioned by adding men when the Dutch came up the river; those of 1668 by the men who fell sick. I must confess that I had no order from Sir Wm. Jennings to bear them as supernumeraries, which was my mistake, being sometimes above and sometimes below my complement. I throw myself on your mercy for the allowance.—28 Jan. 1669. [Ibid. No. 77.]
Muster book of men belonging to the Sapphire since her last departure from Portsmouth; mustered from 16 Feb. to Sept. 1668. [3 columns. Ibid. No. 78.]
Petition of Sir Wm. Jennings to the Duke of York, to consider the reason which caused him to err in taking in more men than those allowed him, and to give him an order to receive his pay for the time he served as commander in the Sapphire, which is stopped. [Ibid. No. 79.]
Statement of particulars with reference to Sir Wm. Jennings' case, showing that from the discrepancy of Sir William's statements, his delays in producing proper books, his attempt to throw the blame upon his purser, and his former practices in the Ruby, there is great ground to suspect him of want of integrity, in the affair of the supernumeraries on board the ship commanded by him from 20 April 1667 to 7 Nov. 1668. [4½ pages. Ibid. No. 80.]
Feb. Estimates of sea and harbour provisions for all ships except those of the winter guard and the yachts, for the month of August 1668, 4,386l. 14s.; September, 3,927l. 6s.; December, 2,593l. 14s.; and February 1669, 2,322l. 1s. 4d. [4 papers. Ibid. Nos. 81–84.]
Feb. Memorandum [by Rob. Mayors, purveyor] of the quantity and quality of some spruce deals belonging to George Body. [Ibid. No. 85.]
Feb.? Petition of George, son of the late Sir Thos. Stepney, to the King, to admit Wm. Cooke to all the profits and allowances due to him as Groom of the Privy Chamber supernumerary, which place he pur- chased from Thos. Greene for 300l.; cannot prevail with the Lords of the Treasury to pass his docquet for 3s. 4d. a day for board wages, granted him 12 Oct. 1664, and the Master of the Wardrobe refuses him 40l. a year for livery, of which 3 years are due, having orders to pay no supernumeraries, so that his arrears amount to 376l. 14s. 10d. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 256, No. 85a.] Annexing,
Certificate by Sir John Berkeley and 5 others, that Wm. Cooke served the Duke of York 6 years as commissioner for managing his household affairs, and is a fit servant for his Majesty.—10 Feb. 1669. [Ibid. No. 85ai.]
Feb. ? Note of request from Hen. Roger, High Sheriff of Somersetshire, for the same favour as granted to Sir George Horner, the last sheriff, of permission to appoint a deputy to attend at the assizes, he being ill. [Ibid. No. 86.]
Feb.? Request of the lottery patentees to know the King's opinion about their attending the Lord Mayor and aldermen, as to their lotteries. [Ibid. No. 87.]
Feb. ? Account by one of the patentees of the lottery for officers, that Sir Thos. Sandys and 3 more of them attended the Lord Mayor, delivered their patent on request to the Recorder, Sir John Howell, and are to receive an answer from the Lord Mayor and aldermen on Tuesday. Suggestion that the King and Lord [Arlington] should take occasion to speak to the Lord Mayor and Recorder on their behalf. [Ibid. No. 88.]
Feb. Minutes of warrants relating to the appointment and salary of the Excise Commissioners, viz.:—
Warrant to pay 250l. each a year to Sir Denis Ashburnham, Sir George Benyon, Fras. Finch, and Edw. Wingate, out of the revenue of Excise, until his Majesty shall find some other employment for them.—July 1668.
Warrant to pay to Sir D. Ashburnham, Bart., and other late Commissioners and Governors of the Excise, 250l. each yearly, and to J. Ball, late cashier, 200l. a year from the Excise revenue; not to be registered for payment in course, but continued till the King's farther pleasure.
Constitution of Rob. Spencer and 8 others as Commissioners of Appeals for regulating Excise, granting them 200l. a year each out of the Excise duty.—Feb. 1669. Endorsed with notes of salary to the Committee of Plantations.—Jan. 1669. [Ibid. No. 89.]
Feb. ? Account of the receipts and expenses of the Earl of Sandwich as Extraordinary Ambassador to Spain and Portugal, the former amounting to 19,253l. 7s. 4d., and the latter to 25,567l. 1s. 3d. With note by Lord Arlington that the same having been referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs, it has been allowed, and his Majesty has also approved of it. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 90.]
Feb. ? Note [by Williamson] that the said accounts of the Earl of Sandwich are allowed by the Committee for Foreign Affairs, subject to certain deductions, &c., named. [Ibid. No. 91.]
Feb. ? Eight queries submitted for the King's consideration with reference to certain ceremonies to be observed with or by the Prince of Tuscany, who intends landing at Plymouth, and passing from thence incognito, and so remaining all the time he shall be in England, as he was when in Spain; with the answers to them. [3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 256, No. 92.]
Feb. ? Answer by the Queen Mother to 5 of the said queries. As to the first 3, relating to his reception, and the officials to be sent to attend him, there is no scruple. As to the 4th, the King should not put on his hat, in order that the Prince may remain bareheaded. As to the 5th, suggestions are made about his visit to the Duke and Duchess of York. As to the 6th, Prince Rupert, being the King's cousin, and the son of an Elector of the empire, should receive the first visit from the Prince. As to the 7th, the Prince cannot follow the example of the Duke of York as to remaining covered or uncovered, they not being equal. As to the 8th, there will be no difficulty made as to his precedence after the Duke and Duchess of York, should they dine in public. [French. 3 pages. Ibid. No. 93.]
Feb. Translation of the above. [1½ pages. Ibid. No. 94.]
Feb. ? Account by Stephen Fay of expenses incurred subsequent to his arrest at Rye at the suit of Mark Serjeant, master of a ship, for his passage money from St. Valery, and for moneys lent, amounting in the whole, including the debt and costs, to 21l. 5s. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 256, No. 95.]
Feb.
Deal.
Lists sent by Mor. Lodge to Williamson, of ships in the Downs during the month, as follows:—
Vol. 256. No. Date. King's. Merchant. Wind.
96 Feb. 1 1 10 S.W.
97 " 3 1 14 S.W.
98 " 5 1 16 S.W.
99 " 6 1 18 S.W.
100 " 7 1 19 S.W.
101 " 8 1 20 S.W.
102 " 9 1 20 S.W.
103 " 10 1 21 S.W.
104 " 11 1 25 S.W.
105 " 12 1 27 S.W.
106 " 13 1 27 S.W.
107 " 14 1 26 S.W.
108 " 15 1 30 S.W.
109 " 16 1 30 S.W.
110 " 18 1 31 N.W.
111 " 19 1 5 N.
112 " 20 1 15 N.W.
113 " 21 1 8 N.N.W.
114 " 22 1 2 N.E.
115 " 23 1 1 N.W.
116 " 24 1 2 S.E.
117 " 25 1 2 E.
118 " 26 1 2 N.E.
119 " 28 1 7 S.W.