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Charles II: November 1668

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

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November 1668

Nov. 1.
Letter Office.
James Hickes to Williamson. I fear to be unable to come, having a cold, but we hope that you will the next meeting will come to this end, and that you will stand for us, about renewing our commission. Sir Reynold Foster promised me and other Archers to present our petition and the commission to your hands. If this is done in a week, I will give you a new petition and copy of the commission. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 248, No. 160.]
Nov. 1.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Dartmouth sailed 2 or 3 days ago for the Canaries; has no other news. [Ibid. No. 161.]
Nov. 1.
Knutsford.
J. Aldcroft to Rob. Francis. Desires to be informed immediately who is elected sheriff of Cheshire. [Ibid. No. 162.]
Nov. 1.
Oxford.
M. de Breval to [Williamson]. I must apologise for not having used your permission to write before. I have seen, in your letter to Dr. Barlow, your kind mention of me; I thank you for your services to a stranger, and still more for your care for my establishment, without my having been recommended to you. I dine with Dr. Barlow to-morrow, and we will then drink the health of a man who makes us pour our washing water into silver basons and ewers. [See 3 Nov.] I hope some day, through your means, to be no longer a burden to anyone. I will not presume to dictate to you, but hear that you have influence with 3 persons by whom it could be done. I am assured by Dr. Jenkins that there will be no obstacle from the Court. The Vice-Chancellor says that, seeing how I have lived here for 2 years, nobody will oppose my advancement. I leave all to you and to Providence. [French. 3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 248, No. 163.]
Nov. 1.
Portsmouth.
John Tinker to Pepys. Begs him to send down the boatswain for the new ship, and some French canvas for her sails. [Ibid. No. 164.]
Nov. 1. M. Wren to Pepys. Wishes to see him alone at his chamber, at Whitehall, an hour or two to-morrow. Asks if he has ordered the Success to take more men to Tangiers. [Ibid. No. 165.]
Nov. 1.
Portsmouth.
Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. Will let them know when he has made sure of the Tichfield timber. Is offered 50 or 60 loads of good timber at Fareham, fit for the great ship, at 32s. a load, ready money, with leave to pick it, which is a good bargain. Also 12 loads at Palesgrove; asks a speedy reply. Elm boards and timber are wanted, and 2 parcels are offered for ready money. [Ibid. No. 166.]
Nov. 1.
Chatham.
Sir John Mennes and Commissioner Tippetts to the Navy Commissioners. The Mary Rose, Greenwich, and Antelope are detained at Oakham Ness by foul weather, but have sent up their ordnance and ammunition. The Mary Rose will be serviceable when cleaned and repaired. Have nearly paid the yard and ropeyard, and will have enough for the Greenwich. The Antelope will take 6,000l. Ask leave to send her men to bring up the 2 ships, and prevent growing charge. The third wreck is weighed, and lies dry. She seems to have been a man-of-war, but is only fit to break up. Will send the examinations about Mr. Pett and the master attendant. [Ibid. No. 167.]
Nov. 2.
Chatham.
The same to the Navy Commissioners. Wondering at the ships' not coming, went down to encourage the pilots to venture, and took the clerk of the cheque who mustered them. Spent the ebb in visiting Sheerness; then went on board the Greenwich and sailed, passing the wrecks at the Muscle bank, and brought the ships to Chatham, 6 p.m. Want the money to pay them off. [Ibid. No. 168.]
Nov. 2.
Gravesend.
F. Hosier, muster master, to Pepys. The Crown and Norwich have sailed by, and the Sapphire come up with 117 men. [Ibid. No. 169.]
Nov. 2. Advertisement of four oxen lost from Ashdown Forest, Sussex; 3l. reward offered for their discovery to Benj. Randall, near the Churchyard, Bethlehem. [Ibid. No. 170.]
Nov. 2.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. The frequent storms and uncertain weather have somewhat put a stop to trade, and they begin to be fearful of the winter storms, as this port suffered very much in their shipping last year by their rash adventures. Several vessels have sailed for Holland with lead, butter, and cloth, one of which was driven aground in the Humber, and is forced to be unloaded, the cloth being much damaged. Departure of other vessels. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 248, No. 171.]
Nov. 2.
Coventry.
Ra. Hope to Rob. Francis. Mr. King will present you with a token from me, of which I beg your acceptance, and a continuance of your kindness. I send salutes to Mr. Eldrich [Aldridge] and his mother; send me by Friday's post the names of the sheriffs, or at least, who is pricked for Warwickshire. The mayor and the rest of the officers for the year ensuing were sworn yesterday, but the mayor failed to make that public feast which has been usual on that day, to the regret of many, who take it as a dishonour to the city. Mr. Lapworth, the new sheriff, still continues absent; Mr. King is employed by the city with their address to the Council Board for a remedy; for if he can so evade the service, others may follow his example. Mr. King intends to beg your assistance and direction, which I hope will not be wanting. [Ibid. No. 172.]
[Nov. 2.] Sir Nich. Armorer to Lord Arlington. I spoke to you for Walter Chetwind of Ingestree, that he may not be pricked sheriff for Staffordshire. His father, who is living and has most of the estate, has lately been sheriff for Warwickshire and was sheriff for Staffordshire, and to charge the son while the father is living has not been known in that country. [Ibid. No. 173.]
Nov. 2.
Dover.
Jo. Carlisle to Williamson. I have made bold to trouble you with the accounts I am charged with by Messrs. Lloyd and Blayney. They were allowed by the Lords Commissioners 2 years since, and an order given to Lord Ashley for payment of my salary. I was then promised that as soon as Mr. Cooper, Treasurer for Prizes at Dover, paid in his money, I should be paid. I have been no storekeeper since, having delivered all the King's goods in my custody to Mr. Eady and Rob. Everard, by the Commissioners' orders; I send the receipts and Capt. Kingdon's letter, as also an affidavit sworn before the mayor that the Commissioners were satisfied, and that they stated my salary should be the first paid of any storekeeper in England. I cannot understand why Mr. Blayney should detain my money. I hope you will be the means of putting a period to the accounts. [Ibid. No. 174.]
Nov. 2. Jo. Cooke to Williamson. Sec. Trevor desires you will get information from your correspondent at Rochelle whether Sieur Isaac Rondeau, an advocate in the Parliament of Saintes, is in prison, or how disposed of. He was bred a Protestant, but for the love of a Roman Catholic gentlewoman, embraced her religion that he might have her, and after marriage returned to his former religion. I know how capital a crime this is in France; I give this touch of the man's history, so as to give some light to your correspondent. [Ibid. No. 175.]
Nov. 2.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. About 80 ships sailed this afternoon, the wind suddenly changing to north-east. [Ibid. No. 176.]
Nov. 2.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. No vessels have come in here for 3 weeks; those that have been wind-bound for 2 months, and so often forced back, have just put to sea. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 248, No. 177.]
Nov. 2. [Col. Rich. ?] Talbot to Williamson. Pray give an order for entering a caveat in Sec. Trevor's office that no letter be granted from the King to the prejudice of Rob. Harpoll, a minor, without Col. Rich. Talbot being first heard in his behalf. A letter was surreptitiously obtained in Sec. Morice's time, which had like to have ruined the child in his fortune. His father and grandfather were both killed in the King's service. [Ibid. No. 178.]
Nov. 2.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. A vessel from Portugal reports that the next day after she put to sea, she was chased by 4 Sally men-of-war for several hours, and would have been taken had not the winds favoured her; she escaped into Villa Nova, where a boat came out to pilot her over the bar, when the 4 men-of-war came close up, and there lay muzzled for some time, and then stood to sea. They took a small vessel of Topsham 4 days before, but the men escaped in their boats to Villa Nova, the people of which say they have of late taken and trepanned several English ships of good force. [Ibid. No. 179.]
Nov. 3. Earl of Manchester to Lord Arlington. I am so well satisfied of the merits of Mr. Merrydon, for the degree of Doctor of Divinity, that I desire you will move his Majesty for a mandate to the University of Cambridge in his behalf. [Ibid. No. 180.]
Nov. 3.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. There is no news. Sir P. Honeywood informs me of the death of your Barb colt. [Ibid. No. 181.]
Nov. 3.
Queen's College, Oxford.
Dr. Thos. Barlow to Williamson. I received your letter and the rich and excellent present you sent your aged mother, now 328 years old. The college is overjoyed to see your prosperity and gratitude. At the Sunday dinner, your bason and ewer were set upon the high table, when everyone commended the great munificence and charity of the giver, and the congruity of the gift. Though the matter was rich and massive, yet materiam superabat opus; the ingenuous and artificial plainness of the make was more. We filled the ewer full of good sack, which was at your kindness and cost too, and drank your health round the hall; all sat bare-headed while your health went quite round. The gift is the talk of the town, and a comfort and credit to your old college, which returns thanks and blessing.
Thanks for the Pope's bull, which is guilty of such a gross piece of false Latin as never could or did fall from an infallible pen. Mr. Clifford is so constant at his prayers and study as to be quoted as an example of civility and steadiness. Endorsed [by Williamson], "My poor duty to the college, for which God's providence be ever praised." [Ibid. No. 182.]
Nov. 3.
Queen's College, Oxford.
John Beebey to Williamson. To the same effect. Your present was weighed by Mr. Wilkins, the college goldsmith, and found to weigh 233 ounces; it was presented next day to the high table, and received with much commendation. The Provost, that he might show himself no changeling in his captious humours, after many encomiums of the giver and the gift, was altogether against the ewer's being filled with sack, and told Halton the night before that it was very incongruous they should drink and wash out of the same vessel, and that he would satisfy you concerning it. I told him it was the donor's will that it should go round the hall, and that a dozen bottles of sack were provided; so he bade me do what I liked, but that it was against his judgment; whereupon it went round, and then he seemed pleased, and the young men drunk in it bare [headed]. We could not prevail with the Tutor to dine with us, it being Sunday, and he engaged to his charge at Charleton. Mr. Clifford is now a perfect Senior, having gone round the fire in the Hall upon All Hallows' Eve. He is a civil, hopeful youth, and he and Colthorp are great companions.
At All Souls' the 13 candidates for 2 places are expecting their sentence; I fear Langbain will scarce be one. They talk very big against mandamuses; I wish there was no such thing imposed upon the University, yet I cannot see any reason why the King may not rather command that such a person should have a fellowship freely according to statute, than that any particular Fellow or head of a house should sell it for 200l. or 300l., contrary to law and reason. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 248, No. 183.]
Nov. 3. Memorandum [by the Navy Commissioners] that the lease and bond between Mr. Pett and Mr. Bowyer were delivered by the Board to the latter 3 Nov. 1668. [Ibid. No. 184.]
Nov. 3. John Badcock, carpenter of the Edgar, to the Navy Commissioners. Has made Fras. Baylie a certificate, but by reason of a fair wind he has not had time to finish all his work on the Edgar; much glass is wanting, but he will allow as much money as will glaze her over again. Particulars of other things wanting. Has been upon the ship as surveyor from 7 Feb. 1667 to 8 Aug. 1668. With marginal notes of the cost of the things wanting, total 14l. 10s. 0d. [Ibid. No. 185.]
Nov. 3.
Chatham.
John Moore and Edw. Moorcock to the Navy Commissioners. Last spring [tide], brought the third wreck out of the middle of the channel on to shore, where she now ebbs dry. The channel is now so well open about Gillingham that the 3 frigates which came up last night had the advantage to take the best of it where they lay. Intend to weigh the flyboat on which the Helverstone was sunk, which broke her down to her floor. She was a large vessel, and one of Sir Wm. Warren's. [Ibid. No. 186.]
Nov. 3.
Woolwich.
William Hannam, master attendant, to the Navy Commissioners. Capt. Poole with the Crown is at Purfleet; she draws 16ft. 4in. of water, and would have come up to Erith, but there was no room, from so many ships riding there. Has sent down lighters for her guns, and sent to the Ordnance officers to take out the ammunition. Is afraid all will be too little to lighten her 2ft. 4in., as the most water here is 14ft. at low water; also there are as many ships here as can ride with safety. [Ibid. No. 187.]
Nov. 3.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Tinker to Pepys. Sent for Tovey and gave him all encouragement; he is very willing to undertake what he promised [as a look-out], but desires a warrant to authorise him, and money, as he and his fellow ropemakers have little work and their trade spoiled. Has persuaded him to go and seize all that he knows of, saying that if he be diligent, their Honours will be kind to him. He will go to Hampton to-day; will give them an account how he acts. The boatswain of the new ship is not come down. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 248, No. 188.]
Nov. 4. Capt. Rob. Werden to Thos. Hayter. Asks for 80 blank tickets for the Norwich to be delivered to his purser. [Ibid. No. 189.]
Nov. 4.
Bristol.
Fras. Baylie to the Navy Commissioners. The Edgar sailed out of Kingroad with other ships, and out-sailed them all. [Ibid. No. 190.]
Nov. 4.
Chatham.
Sir John Mennes and Commissioner John Tippetts to the Navy Commissioners. Shall examine the informant, and such others as shall be thought fit, on the charge by Martha Norwood, and give a full account on their return. Have paid off the Greenwich, and will begin the Antelope to-morrow; have given order for fitting the Mary Rose, but the seamen will be unwilling to proceed without some of their money; the country is cold, and they having been unpaid almost two years, are out of clothes and other necessaries; desire advice therein. Have 8,000l. remaining towards completing what is yet to be paid, and expect 1,500l. more from Maidstone. Will pay the poor widows and relations of workmen deceased, whose complaints are very grievous, and if anything remains, will discharge such as are of least use in the yard. The widows or relations of the deceased at Portsmouth were paid by his Royal Highness's express command, which is also expected here. [Ibid. No. 191.]
Nov. 4. The King to the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge. We recommend John Merrydon, M.A., for his learning and piety, and Wm. Sclater, for his loyalty and sufferings, for the degree of D.D., without their being obliged to any preparation or subsequent exercises. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 87.]
Nov. 4. Warrant to the Ordnance Commissioners to have a general survey made of arms, stores, &c., in the Armoury, and an exact account sent in, as that office is henceforth to remain united to the Ordnance. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 87.]
[Nov. 4.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 248, No. 192.]
[Nov. 4.] Wm. Chiffinch to Lord [Arlington]. Pray strike out Mr. Clarke, and put in John Blackaby third in the list of sheriffs for Suffolk. [Ibid. No. 193.]
[Nov. 4.] List of nominations by the Council [Nov. 3] of 3 persons from each county in England, to be pricked for sheriffs, with additions by another hand, arranged in alphabetical order of counties. [18 columns. Ibid. No. 194.]
Nov. 4. Similar list, marking the men chosen to serve; with those for the 12 counties of Wales in another hand. [4 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 248, No. 195.]
Nov. 4.
Letter Office.
James Hickes to Rob. Francis. I observe that several Gazettes are sent weekly, with the written news, to Mr. Forster of Newcastle, over and above those I send him, to the prejudice of Mr. Middleton, clerk of that road. I have written to Forster, that it was an injury for him to have more Gazettes than I sent him, and he answers that he has left it to me; therefore I desire that no more may be sent, and if Forster has occasion for any, he is to send to Middleton; the officers of the Letter Office have no other perquisites, and no intrenchment ought to be made upon their rights and privileges. You will do well to answer this to-morrow night. [Ibid. No. 196.]
Nov. 4.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Three vessels have arrived from Rotterdam with merchant goods, one belonging to Major Burton formerly of this town, now of Rotterdam; also a Yarmouth ship from Ostend, which reports the arrival of a vessel there with several hundred soldiers from Scotland. Three boys going out of Yarmouth harbour to catch whitings, the boat overset, and all were drowned. [Ibid. No. 197.]
Nov. 4.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. Twenty merchantmen have gone for France, and the same number for the Straits. [Ibid. No. 198.]
Nov. 5.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Has no news of any kind. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 1.]
Nov. 5. Col. Walter Slingsby to Williamson. I send you a copy of our patent, attested by Mr. Marsh, underlining the words upon which we ground our rule; having ample latitude in the patent; we only wish for a rule from respect to the King and Lord [Arlington]. Be pleased to make and keep an abstract, that it may be a little guide to the Lords in their resolution upon the rule. I have lost or mislaid the copy of our contract with you, and want another, with the new clause that you desire. Endorsed [by Williamson], "The lottery." [Ibid. No. 2.]
Nov. 5? Declaration by the King of his grant to Jos. Williamson of a fifth in all lotteries hereafter to be granted, except plate lotteries, in lieu of shares in other lotteries given up by him. [Draft. Ibid. No. 3.]
Nov. ? Note of a grant of a lottery, "Royal Oak," in which Lord Arlington has half, Sir Jas. Dillon a fourth, and Mr. Williamson and others the remaining fourth. [Ibid. No. 4.]
Nov. ? Proviso excepting from a warrant prohibiting lotteries that for loyal indigent officers, lately ordered to be set up for as long as they shall desire. [Ibid. No. 5.]
Nov. ? R. Gillingham to Williamson. In answer to your query, I have taken a learned opinion, but do not think the trustees for the lottery for indigent officers have power to dispose of any part of the profits, even with consent of the officers, without a new grant. The specious recitals of what the King declared about the "Royal Oak" will not bear them out against his plain prohibition of other lotteries for 6 years. I cannot say how far it stops the former grant of the "Royal Oak." With queries prefixed [by Williamson] about the powers of the trustees, and proposal for half the money to be retained by them, on giving a reasonable value to erect therewith a "Royal Oak" lottery, in which Sir A. [Des Marces] and [Lawrence] Dupuy shall be declared to have the sole right, but that, during these 6 years, they will content themselves with half the profits. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 6.]
Nov. ? The trustees for the lottery for indigent officers to Lord [Arlington]. We humbly desire that as the King has referred the difference between the party and us trustees, he will hear no suggestions, but leave them and us to the referees. [10 signatures. Ibid. No. 7.]
Nov. ? Long list of names of widows and daughters of those officers of the army who fell in the late King's service, [fit to have the benefit of the plate lottery]. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 8.]
Nov. ? Cary Heydon to Lord [Arlington]. Prince Rupert spoke to the King at Oxford for me for a copse of underwood, for the sake of my father, Sir John Heydon, Master of Ordnance to the late King, but it proved no benefit. The Prince has lately spoken to some of the Commissioners for indigent officers to give me a share in the lottery, for my father's great merit, and I find them willing. I beg your lordship to write to them on my behalf, for my father and my brother, Col. Neville's sake. [Ibid. No. 9.]
Nov. ? Cary Heydon to Williamson. I have no friend among the lottery trustees but Mr. Slingsby, employed on my behalf by the Prince. I entreat you and Lord Arlington to procure me a share in the lotteries. I have nothing but what I receive from the King to keep me from starving, which is below my station as daughter of Sir John Heydon, who performed so many eminent services for the King. [Ibid. No. 10.]
Nov. ? Cary Heydon to Williamson. I implore you, when the list of indigent officers comes in, to remember me for a share, the Prince having requested it from the Commissioners. [Ibid. No. 11.]
Nov. ? Cary Heydon to Lord Arlington. I entreat you, for the sake of my father and my brother, Col. Neville, to give orders to Mr. Williamson for my share in the lottery. [Ibid. No. 12.]
Nov. ? Petition of Honoria, widow of Capt. John Ball, to the King, for a recommendation to a share in the lottery on behalf of her husband, who served as captain of horse under the late King, and was imprisoned; he was again in his Majesty's service at Worcester. Has 4 children, and no provision for them. [Ibid. No. 13.]
Nov. ? Similar petition. [Ibid. No. 14.]
Nov. ? Request for Lord Arlington's assistance in her petition. [Ibid. No. 15.]
Nov. ? Petition of Anna, widow of Sir Thos. Sherley, to the King, for an order to place her in the list of indigent people who have a share in the plate lottery. Her husband spent blood and fortune in the late King's cause, and lost his right arm at the battle of Newbury. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 16.]
Nov. ? Margaret Holloway to Lord [Arlington]. I am the poor widow recommended by the Earl of Northampton, and by my uncle, Sir Edw. Savage, for admittance into the lottery. [Ibid. No. 17.]
Nov. ? Petition of Dame Elizabeth, widow of Sir Thos. Ryves, to the King, for a share in the plate lottery designed for suffering subjects. Her husband was Advocate-General of the late King, served him in the wars, and died broken-hearted. [Ibid. No. 18.]
Nov. ? Petition of Col. Mathew Wise and Capt. John Guillim to the King, for an equal share in the plate lottery for indigent officers, which is arbitrarily denied them by the Commissioners, though they have served equally with others. Have experienced many favours from his Majesty, and are sensible that he is not weary of assisting them. [Ibid. No. 19.]
Nov. ? Petition of the commission officers of the late King, now brethren in Sutton's Hospital, to Lord Arlington, to prevent their exclusion from the benefit of the plate lottery, on the ground of their being sufficiently provided for, since out of the 7l. a year allowed them, they have to pay 4l. for minor house expenses, and have only 3l. left for clothes and other necessaries. [Ibid. No. 20.]
Nov. ? List of 11 additional officers' widows to be received into the lottery (including Cary Heydon, Mrs. Ball, and Lady Sherley). [Ibid. No. 21.]
Nov. ? Similar list, slightly differing. [Ibid. No. 22.]
Nov. ? Cary Heydon to Lord Arlington. Thanks for your noble favour in seconding the recommendation of Prince Rupert, so that I am put into the list of ladies and gentlewomen to be benefited by the lottery. I request you, for the sake of my children and of my father's merits, to interpose in any difficulty that may arise. [Ibid. No. 23.]
Nov. 5 ? List received from Col. Grey of 11 distressed officers who have served the late and present King, and are now private soldiers in the regiment of Guards, under Col. John Russell, doing duty at Whitehall. [Ibid. No. 24.]
Nov. 5. Account by Thos. Lownes of tallies struck in the Exchequer upon the Excise, and alleged to be either burnt or lost in the fire of London, amounting to 52,161l. 15s. 2d. Sworn before C. Spelman, and attested by him. [Ibid. No. 25.]
Nov. 5. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Desires them to supply with small stores the Success, appointed to carry victuals to Tangier. [Ibid. No. 26.]
Nov. 6.
Dublin.
Sir George Carteret to the Navy Commissioners. Ordered the Harp for Kinsale, but contrary winds prevented; was forced to keep his chamber with a colic, or had looked after the wind better. Can find nobody that will advance money to pay off the men, upon bills on Lord Anglesey, or any one else; the credit must come from England, which if they procure, Mr. Southwell of Kinsale will dispose of it according to directions. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 27.]
Nov. 6. Grant to Henry Bold, B.D., of the dignity of precentor of Exeter Cathedral, and of a canonry there, void and in the King's gift by promotion of Dr. John Wilkins to the bishopric of Chester. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 88.]
Nov. [6]. Docquet of the above. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 276.]
Nov. 6. Warrant for presentation of Hen. Smith to the vicarage of Newark-upon-Trent. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 87.]
Nov. [6]. Docquet of the above. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 277.]
Nov. 6. Grant of denization to Hamme Salings, native of Holland. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 87.]
Nov. 6. Grant of denization to Sipke Douwes, native of Holland. Minute. [Ibid.]
Nov. Docquet of the above two grants. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 279.]
Nov. 6. Accounts of the Earl of Sandwich's expenses and receipts as Ambassador Extraordinary to Spain and Portugal, 1666–1668; total receipts, 18,395l. 2s. 0d.; total expenses for ordinaries, 29,965l. 3s. 0d.; for extraordinaries, 7,574l. 18s. 3d. With note that they were examined by the Committee for Foreign Affairs, and allowed with certain reductions. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 100.]
Nov. 6.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. A vessel from Malaga reports that Capt. Rooth, with his 2 frigates that lie before Sally, has taken one of their men-of-war, and forced 2 or 3 more of them ashore; 50 ships have arrived outward bound, 18 or 20 of them being from Ireland and Wales, and the rest from the eastward. One of them, the Dartmouth frigate, is to convoy some ships to Tangier, and then sail to the Canaries, to convoy home the Canary fleet. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 28.]
Nov. 6. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 29.]
Nov. 7.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson, The Fortune of Liverpool has arrived, with sugar and cotton from the Barbadoes, bound for Liverpool. [Ibid. No. 30.]
Nov. 7. John Powell to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 31.]
Nov. 7.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to James Hickes. A French ship of Havre de Grace has arrived from the bank of Newfoundland, and reports that the bankers have had an excellent season of fishing, and taken much fish. [Ibid. No. 32.]
Nov. 7/17.
Paris.
William, Lord Allington, to Lord [Arlington]. I declined writing, knowing you receive constant intelligence of what passes at this Court from better hands. I am waiting at Paris for the return of spring, and intend for England on the beginning of the sessions of Parliament. I have not heard that the Earl of Middleton has yet gone to Tangiers; if that affair be stopped, I wish I were settled there myself, or in anything else; you have full power to dispose of me as you think best. If you have any command, a letter sent to my mother's, in Drury Lane, will infallibly find me out. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 33.]
Nov. 7/17.
Paris.
[Sam.] Puffendorf to [Williamson]. Pray tell me whether in Bacon's works there is not a treatise on the mode and inducements for the rest of Europe to make war on Spain. The late Cardinal Richelieu had it translated into French, and printed in 1635, but it can no longer be found. I have had put into the [French] Gazette what is devised here, but is pretended to be written from London. [French. Ibid. No. 34.]
Nov. 7.
Whitehall.
Petition of Elizabeth, wife of Thos. Wyndham, the King's servant, to the King, for a lease in reversion of lands, tenements, tithes, and prebends specified, in Middlesex, Berkshire, Dorsetshire, Durham, and Cheshire, for 31 years, and at the present rents. His Majesty, since his restoration, has recompensed all those who were anyways aiding or assisting in his preservation after the battle of Worcester, and as she daily attended on him when he lay concealed at Trent, she conceives she ought to be reckoned among the number.
With reference thereon to the Treasury Commissioners; their report, 19 Nov. 1668, that it has not been usual to grant leases over the heads of present tenants, and is contrary to the rules to grant lands for a longer period than 31 years in the whole, and that the better way of gratifyng such as have so well deserved has been by a pension out of the Exchequer, which pensions have been constantly paid; and further report of Lord Ashley, 14 May 1669 that the petition is disallowed, as being not agreeable to rule. [Ibid. No. 35.]
Nov. 7. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 329.]
Nov. 7. Copy of the above petition, reference, and report. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 36.]
[Nov. 7.] Preamble of a proposed order granting the said petition. [Ibid. No. 36a.]
Nov. ? Petition of Elizabeth, wife of Thos. Wyndham, to the King. Having attended his Majesty at Trent, after the battle of Worcester, he was pleased to give her a warrant for a lease in reversion of several small leases for 31 years, but its passing is obstructed as being a breach of rule; yet the same thing has been granted by his predecessors, and by his Majesty since his restoration; begs an order therefore for the lease to pass, notwithstanding any restriction or limitation. [Ibid. No. 37.]
Nov. 7.
Whitehall.
Petition of Fras. Moore, clerk, to the King, for a presentation to the vicarage of Bovey Tracey, Devon, James Forbes, who was presented by the late King, having voluntarily resigned. With reference thereon to the Bishop of Hereford, dean of the chapel, and his report on perusing the petition and some certificates in favour of the petition. [See p. 5 supra. Ibid. Nos. 38, 39.] Annexing,
Certificate by Seth, Bishop of Salisbur, that Fras. Moore has been known to him ever since he was first created Bishop of Exeter, and that he has always esteemed him worthy of encouragement, for ability, sedulity in preaching, loyalty and conversation.—Westminster, Nov. 6, 1668. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 39I.]
Nov. 7. Two entries of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, pp. 338 and 341.]
Nov. 7.
Whitehall.
The King to Arthur, Earl of Anglesey, late Treasurer of the Navy. You are to deliver up to Sir Thos. Osborne and Sir Thos. Littleton, appointed Commissioners for the Navy Treasurership, the house lately used for that office, excepting one room needful for keeping your papers and making up your accounts. [Draft. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 40.]
Nov. 7. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 87.]
Nov. 7.
Whitehall.
The King to the Master, wardens, &c., of the Pewterers' Company of London. We approve your admission of James Taudin, a naturalized subject, into your society, and request that he be not molested as others have been, by the malicious exercise of by-laws, and thus have to seek relief from hard usage, he being our servant. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 72.]
Nov. 7.
Whitehall.
Pass for Anne Nevill, Mary Tuchet, Katherine Berry, Anne Berrington, Marg. Smith, Anne Chaworth, and their servants, to France. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 41.]
Nov. 7.
Bristol.
Dan. Furzer to the Navy Commissioners. Sends an account of goods put on board the Edgar, from those left in the yard at Conpill, and the stores of the Harp. With note of a copy taken of the above, 10 Nov., for Col. Middleton. [Ibid. No. 42.]
Nov. 7.
The Harp, Dublin.
Capt. Rob. Hooper to the Navy Commissioners. Could not sail for Kinsale because of the wind; though some dispraise the ship, questions not but she may go a longer voyage. Knows nothing of any former proceedings, nor can find out any person that was concerned therein. The purser was constrained to supply us with provisions, there being none of the victualler's agents here; knows him to be much in debt in that place, yet has prevailed with him for more victuals. Will not be backward to depart when the wind serves. [Ibid. No. 43.]
Nov. 7. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Desires them to give directions for fitting the Mary Rose, the Earl of Carlisle having chosen her for carrying him to Gottenburg; so that in case the Earl's departure is pressed, he may not stay for the vessel that is to carry him. Will send the Duke's order for it on coming to St. James's. [Ibid. No. 44.]
Nov. 7.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. Sends 2 contracts; one is for timber ready to be delivered, as soon as they order the 300l. which was laid aside for ready payment; if they will order Mr. Hayter or Mr. Ewers to receive it, remittance shall be found for it. Asks if the contracts are right, being unaccustomed to make them. The deals and wainscoat have arrived. [Ibid. No. 45.]
Nov. 8.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Tinker, master attendant, to Pepys. Sends a memorandum from Mr. Eastwood of the names of ships worked upon by his father: Tong has done nothing yet in looking after embezzled goods, nor durst without warrant. He says the only cause that moves him to undertake the business is, that his trade is spoiled by reason that the goods embezzled are sold at a cheaper rate than they can do, but knows not how to believe him. Another ropemaker, a man of credit, has promised to give private information, if his name be not discovered as an informer. Begs their acceptance of a small parcel of buckhorn; entreats payment of his bills. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 46.]
Nov. 8.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Six vessels have arrived from Holland, one of which met with a great ship of Sir Philip Warwin's, laden from Riga, in a leaky condition, and ready to be forsaken by her men; but by timely assistance she was brought safe into Humber. A Swede come in from Stockholm reports that another, laden with merchant goods, put into Christiana, and coming out again, sank to the bottom. [Ibid. No. 47.]
Nov. 8.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. All things are quiet; the new ship will be ready to be launched in 14 days. [Ibid. No. 48.]
Nov. 8.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. The Success and Drake are still here; the country remains "very whist," attending only to their wheat season, which the farmers confess to be as good as they can desire. [Ibid. No. 49.]
Nov. 8. Sec. Trevor to Williamson. Let me have the treaty of the Pyrenees between the two crowns; if there is anything distinct from the treaty itself, concerning the Renounce, I would be glad to see it. Endorsed [by Williamson], "3 books sent him." [Ibid. No. 50.]
Nov. 9. Sir P. Musgrave to [Williamson]. I have returned no acknowledgment for your zeal for me in my late concernment at the Council Board. I am not like one that is deeply upon the score, and there fore unwilling to consider my debts; I think with great satisfaction of the honour of being esteemed worthy to be obliged by you, and can only promise that I will endeavour to give you no cause to repent of your great generosity. [Ibid. No. 51.]
Nov. 9.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Arrival of ships, viz: the Good Hope and 50 more from Wales with coals; also 20 or 30 merchantmen from Yarmouth, bound for France, and the 2 Marys from London, who are to take in pilchards for the Straits. [Ibid. No. 52.]
Nov. 9.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Commissioners for alterations in the Tower, of the petition of Rachel Brewster, for leave to enclose a piece of ground for a wharf near the Tower, where some tenements stood which were demolished by the King's order in the late fire. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 339.]
Nov. 9.
Whitehall.
Report of Sir S. Fox, 12 Sept. 1668, [on the petition of Major Ben. Henshaw], that 113l. 4s. 0d. was paid to him, as Major to the Island of Jersey from 18 Oct. 1664 to 28 July 1665; and that from the latter date till his company was disbanded, 27 Sept. 1667, he received only the pay of a captain; also report of the Duke of Albemarle, 9 Oct. 1668, that if his Majesty thinks fit to allow him major's pay at 8s. a day, besides his captain's pay, there will be due to him 316l. With reference of the whole to the Treasury Commissioners, 9 Nov., to consider whether he may have the particulars proposed in his petition of 22 Aug. last, in consideration of the shortness of his pay. [1½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 53.]
Nov. 9. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 340.]
Nov. 10. Capt. Wm. Poole to Thos. Hayter. Asks for 80 blank tickets for the purser of the Crown, as the women tire him out of his life. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 54.]
Nov. 10.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to the Navy Commissioners. Has gone on with the hulk as far as he is able without receiving the money imprested to him; the seamen he is forced to make use of will not trust; has expended 7l. or 8l. The hulk stands still at present, and the master boat will scarce come about without money to provide for them that sail her. [Ibid. No. 55.]
Nov. 10.
Victualling Office.
Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners. They will find by his account that he delivered sea victuals for 58,470 men for one day at Tangier, which has not been yet rated. Desires they will determine it, that his accounts may be settled; hopes they will allow him the same price as given at Leghorn, and where else the service abroad has called for supply, considering the charge and hazard of transporting it from England. With note that he is to bring his demand of increase of price, and the grounds of it. [Ibid. No. 56.]
Nov. 10.
The Edgar, Spithead.
Capt. John Wettwang to the Navy Commissioners. We have had bad weather in the passage, and carrying sail to get about the Land's End, both the main and fore mast gave way in the spavings, being tongued with oak; he that made them deserves to be hanged, for if we had been on a lee shore, and forced to carry sail, all would have gone by the board; 3 of the chain plates have also broken. We were forced to get down the main topmast on deck, and so come here with it, otherwise it would have been gone. The ship is good, and sails and steers as well as any I have been in. I desire orders as to entering the men that came from Portsmouth; they were promised by Mr. Tippetts to be entered from the day they left, and the officers hope to be paid from the date of their warrants. [Ibid. No. 57.]
Nov. 10.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. The ships that put in outward bound have sailed; one ship bound to the Canaries sprang a leak and is refitting. [Ibid. No. 58.]
Nov. 10.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Edgar from Bristol has arrived for repairs, having sprung her mainmast, and lost her main topmast. [Ibid. No. 59.]
Nov. 10. Note of the proceedings on the adjournments of the Houses of Parliament, 20 Dec. 1586, 15 Feb. 1587, 30 July 1661, 9 May 1668, 11 Aug. 1668, and 10 Nov. 1668. [1½ pages, Latin. Ibid. No. 60.]
Nov. 11.
Bristol.
James Baskerville to Williamson. I hope the Edgar has arrived at Portsmouth, the winds promising fair. Part of the fleet that set sail some days after her has put back again. George Bishop, a captain in the late rebellion, the ringleader or archbishop of the Quakers, was buried at the Quakers' burying ground near Redcliffe Church, attended by a more numerous company than I ever saw at a funeral before, most of them of that sect. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 61.]
Nov. 11.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Brothers' Adventure has come from London for Virginia, the Dartmouth and 2 victuallers for Tangier, and the Industry of Falmouth from Alicant, laden with fruit; she was chased by 2 or 3 Turkish men-of-war. I beg for a land waiter's place void in this port. [Ibid. No. 62.]
Nov. 11.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the same effect as the preceding, and his letter to Hickes of the 9th instant. [Ibid. No. 63.]
Nov. 11.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. There have 30 laden colliers passed southward, and 40 light ones northward. Two Yarmouth vessels set sail for Rotterdam, and others have arrived from there. Several ships are riding in the road, bound for the Straits and Nantes with red herrings, and two have come in from Bordeaux bound for Lynn and Boston. [Ibid. No. 64.]
Nov. 11. J. Evelyn [Commissioner for sick and wounded mariners] to Williamson. I have promised you 40 times to do Mr. Smith all the right in my power, but Smith is never satisfied unless he can be his own carver, which cannot be without injury to the other officer. Smith was employed by a surgeon at Margate, and was to receive his recompense from him, and not from the Commissioners, who could not constitute a new and independent officer, being bound up to certain numbers and places by their instructions. Smith, not being satisfied with what the surgeon allowed him, appealed to the Commissioners; as they could not satisfy him, they advised him to submit it to arbitration, which was consented to; on the determination being sent, the Commissioners gave his former antagonist two orders on the Exchequer, with an injunction to allow Smith to the full of his agreement. I cannot make out how he now comes to trouble you or clamour against me, who am only one of the Commissioners, after the great pains that have been taken, and the lapse of time that has occurred; the only thing I can do is to stop the orders in the Exchequer, until our surgeon at Dover has given him new satisfaction. This is really hard, after arbitration and a silence of many months about it till now; but as I said, this I will do: si violandum in jus, violandum est amici causâ, or if you please imperii; for qui amicum habet, habet imperatorem. [Ibid. No. 65.]
Nov. 11. The King to the President of the College [of Physicians]. We have chosen Tim. Clarke to succeed the late Dr. Quatremaine as second physician to the royal person, and give you notice thereof, that he may be received into the same place in the college as enjoyed by Dr. Quatremaine. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 12.]
Nov. 11. Warrant to the Treasury Commissioners to order the officers of works to open the ground, dig brick, earth, and sand in Richmond Park, and cut stake, furze, and fern to burn the bricks, erecting kilns, &c., that the lodges, walls, and bridges there may be sufficiently repaired. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 88.]
Nov. 11. Warrant to the Duke of Buckingham, Master of the Horse, to swear in Wm. Legg as page of honour, in place of Sidney Godolphin. Minute. [Ibid.]
Nov. 11.
Dublin.
Sir George Carteret to the Navy Commissioners. Though my son James gave his hand to the purser of the Oxford for the whole sum, the purser only charged him with 142l., and acknowledges by his account that all the rest was employed by himself in victualling the frigate at Gottenburg. Providing care be taken to discharge my son, I am ready, on the first notice, to pay the money either here or in London. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 66.]
Nov. 11. Certificate by Wm. Sheldon that John Bateman, of Woolwich, seaman, is fit to officiate in the absence of the purser of the Centurion. [Ibid. No. 67.]
Nov. 11.
Harwich.
Certificate by Commissioner John Taylor, that John Gregory, late clerk of the cheque at the yard at Harwich, had the same rooms in which Mr. Homewood executed the office, and that he had no other all the time he was in that service. [Ibid. No. 68.] Annexing,
Memorandum that John Gregory served as clerk of the cheque from 15 May 1666, to 31 March 1668, for which time he prays an allowance of 8l. a year for house rent, according to his Royal Highness's order, upon appointing the execution of the clerk of the cheque and the clerk of the survey's duties by two distinct persons, with the allowance of 50l. a year, and 8l. for house rent, to the former, and 40l., with 8l. house rent, to the latter; but Gregory lodged in his office in the yard, undergoing many inconveniences by the straitness of the office, to save the allowance of house rent, so as to make his salary better able to support him; he had no more office room than his predecessor, except one room ordered to be built, but not yet finished. [Ibid. No. 68i.]
Nov. 11. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. I shall know certainly in a day or two the time when the Earl of Carlisle must go; if it happens that he must make haste, the paying of the Mary Rose's company would perhaps be a cause that he might stay for the ship; this his Royal Highness desires to prevent, and thinks the continuation of the growing charge must be submitted to, till there be a certainty of the Earl's voyage. The King having resolved to send a ship to fetch the Prince of Tuscany from Spain, his Royal Highness believes that Portsmouth will be the most convenient place for her to sail from, but does not think fit to send one bigger than a fourth-rate. Which of 3 named do you judge most proper for the voyage ? I have notice that the Edgar has arrived safe at Spithead. There will be money requisite for paying her off there. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 69.]
Nov. 12.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Tinker to Pepys. Particulars of prize goods left by Capt. Taply on board the Adventure, in hopes of obtaining a grant of them from the Duke of York, and during his absence, embezzled and sold by the boatswain. Wants candles and handspikes. Will be straitened for room if ordered to take in the Edgar's guns. The wharfs are old, and have a great weight already. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 70.] Encloses,
Certificate by Abra. French, and 2 others, to the officers at Portsmouth, of sails and cables taken out of the Charity of St. Malo for the use of the Adventure, by order of their captain, Nov. 30, 1667. With note that the boatswain confesses to selling the goods for 27l. 10s. 0d., and that the gunner should be examined about 2 guns that he is said to have sold. [Copy. Ibid. No. 70i.]
Nov. 12.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. Account of the new ship building, which has been hindered by rainy weather; cannot well launch these 3 weeks, as it would be a great charge and double the time to finish her afloat; but if they desire her launched, can do it next spring [tide]. Has used his utmost diligence. The Milford, which is to sail with her, need not be fitted until she is launched, as no boatswain appears, and not one rope is cut out for her rigging. The timber shall be let alone as desired; wants 10 or 12 large grindstones when the stores come down. [1½ pages. Ibid. No. 71.]
Nov. 12.
Woolwich.
Edw. Byland to Pepys. Asks for spruce deals to fit the Pearl, or must work oak; also for a supply of broom, reed, and hoods and funnels for the Portsmouth. The undertakers are desirous that the Phœnix should be cut down. A merchant ship came aboard the Portsmouth's head, and broke it; had the pilot before Col. Middleton, and the owners will stand to the charge, which will be about 40s. Wants the plumber to mend the pump, the yard being without water. [Ibid. No. 72.]
Nov. 12.
Whitehall.
Dispensation for Sir Wm. Glynne, Bart., High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, to reside in Bedfordshire, London, or Westminster, when his occasions require. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 73.]
Nov. 12. Cover of a letter addressed in Dutch to Capt. George Cock, Broad Street, London. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 73.]
Nov. 12.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. A great Ostend man-of-war ran against his Majesty's ship Drake, and broke her bowsprit. Eight Ostend Spanish men-of-war and 55 merchantmen are in the Downs, bound for Spain. [Ibid. No. 74.]
Nov. 12.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Edgar has arrived at Spithead. All haste is making to fit out the new ship. [Ibid. No. 75.]
Nov. 13.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Several outward-bound vessels have put in here; begs to be excused writing to Mr. Williamson, having no news. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 76.]
Nov. 13.
Minehead.
John Maurice to Williamson. There is an abundance of herrings taken 4 leagues off Minehead Harbour, and likely to be a very good fishing; many boats are already employed, and others fitting. [Ibid. No. 77.]
Nov. 13.
Petty France.
Viscount Scudamore to Williamson. I want the packet sent weekly to my house at Petty France; but if this is too much trouble, I will send for it. [Ibid. No. 78.]
Nov. 13.
Oxford.
Hilaire Decry to Rob. Francis. I had promised some of my scholars the Tuesday's Gazette, and fear they will think me in disgrace, and without a friend at Court, because it did not come. I hope there will be no room for such suspicions in future. Your cousin thinks you have forgotten him and your sister. I want my wig and books. [French. Ibid. No. 79.]
Nov. 13.
Whitehall.
Order in Council that all officers who served the late or present King during the late wars in England, or who have since served beyond seas, and were reduced 28 Sept. 1667, shall receive half the pay allowed them while in actual service; and that the Duke of Albemarle shall give orders for adding them to the establishment. Endorsed with a note that 4,610l. 13s. 4d. is yearly added to this establishment, to be disposed of by the King's especial order, directed immediately to the paymaster. [Ibid. No. 80.]
Nov. 13. Order in Council, referring to the Committee for Foreign Affairs the representation of the Council of Trade touching the Dutch ships that have liberty to trade to New York; also the narrative of the state and condition of the Colony of Surinam, together with a letter from Serjt.-Major Banister concerning his being sent prisoner from that colony to Zealand; also a memorial from the Resident of Sweden, with certain papers annexed, touching the unlading of Swedish ships lying in the river with pitch and tar [Ibid. No. 81.]
Nov. 13 ? Ticket of invitation for Mr. Williamson to be present at the consecration of the Lord Bishop of Chester, at Ely House, Nov. 15. [Printed form. Ibid. No. 82.]
Nov. 13. Commissions for Sir Rob. Hildyard to be captain of the company of foot in the garrison of Hull whereof Sir Fras. Cobb was captain, and for Edw. Legard to be his lieutenant and Rob. Hildyard his ensign. Minutes. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 194.]
Nov. 13. Dispensation for Henry Summer, High Sheriff of Cardiganshire, to remain in Buckinghamshire or elsewhere. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 73.]
Nov. 13. Warrant for a grant to Mary, Countess of Falmouth, of all silver or gold plate belonging to the late King, detained by Eliz. French, and discovered by the said Countess, with power to sue for and recover the same. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 89.]
Nov. 13. Grant to Wm. Legg of a pension of 120l. a year as page of honour. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 89.]
Nov. Docquet of the above dated November. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 278.]
Nov. 13.
Victualling Office.
Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners. I am informed you can only allow 8d. a man per day for victuals delivered to ships at Tangier, without order from his Royal Highness, whom you would move therein. I intreat you to do so, and consider the difference between victualling at Tangier and in England. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 83.]
Nov. 14.
Woolwich.
Abra. Ansley and 2 partners to the Navy Commissioners. Want 4 of the largest granadoe shells, ready filled, for the first experiment on the pink, she being too weak to be weighed. Shells will not be of a body large enough for the Phœnix; will give an account of the experiment. [Ibid. No. 84.]
Nov. 14.
The Edgar, Spithead.
Capt. John Wettwang to the Navy Commissioners. Sends a book of the entries and musters of men, and waits orders. Hopes they will be mindful of pay for himself and lieutenant from the date of their commission, and for the master from the date of his warrant, as their charges have been great. Desires order about entering men that came from Portsmouth, for they "keep a sad quarter." [Ibid. No. 85.]
Nov. 14. Certificate by Rob. Mayors that balks of 19 feet by 5 to 6 inches are sold at 10s. 10d. apiece, and those 15 feet by 4 and 5 inches square at 16d. apiece. [Ibid. No. 86.]
Nov. 14.
Whitehall.
Certificate by Lord Chamberlain Manchester. In consequence of certain addresses made to the King by Mary May, for an order whereby she might take legal course against Sir Hen. de Vic, Chancellor of the Order of the Garter—for recovery of money which she pretends he was indebted to her, upon a bond made at Brussels and taken in the name of Wm. Gibson—I wished to know his Majesty's pleasure upon it, when he declared that the moneys were owing by himself; that it was not Sir Hen. de Vic's, but his Majesty's own proper debt, and that he was willing the deponent should make this known to Hugh May, who prosecuted the business, and all others concerned therein. [Copy. Ibid. No. 87.] Annexing,
The King to Mr. Hannam. Having heard so much of your affection to our person, we wished to have conferred with you, and would have used much freedom, but it was better for both that you did not stay; we believe the person then trusted by you intended to betray us both. We hope it will not be long before we meet, and without putting you to the trouble of a journey. If you can dispose your friends to assist you with the loan of such money as they can spare, we will take it very kindly from them, and they shall be no losers. If you are able to lend us 200l. and will deliver it to Sir H. De Vic, it will be a seasonable service, and advance an affair in which we hope you will all be gainers. With certificate by [Viscount] Cornbury, May 19, 1668, that the above is a copy of the King's letter to Mr. Hannam, about the time, as near as he can remember, that his Majesty was at Brussels. [Copies. 1½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 87I.]
Nov. 14. Certificate by Dr. Thos. Dalton, prebendary, and Denis Grenville, Archdeacon of Durham, Thos. Wood, Dean of Lichfield, and Sherrington Talbot, that Thomas, son of John Machon, Master of the Hospital of St. John the Baptist, in Lichfield, is a scholar of good and commendable learning, a Master of Arts, and of 13 years' standing in Oxford University; that he is in Holy Orders, and that he has taken the Oath of Allegiance, subscribed the doctrine of the Church of England, and shown himself to be a true son of the Church. [Ibid. No. 88.]
Nov. 14.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of George Kirk, for confirmation of the late King's grant of the manor of Sheriff-Hutton, co. Yorks, and of his right to the 800th fen, co. Lincoln. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 340.]
Nov. 14.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a counterpart to pass the great seal, of an indenture whereby the Duke of York grants the King 5,382l. 10s. from the profits of the Post Office, the reservation of the same being omitted from the Act of Parliament granting the said profits, and the power of granting wine licences, to the Duke. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 41.]
Nov. 14.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. Has no news, there being no shipping in the port. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 89.]
Nov. 14.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Several vessels drove, cut, or slipped through the great storm and rain, which did considerable harm. About 100 sail are in the Downs. [Ibid. No. 90.]
Nov. 14.
Wakefield.
John Peables to Williamson. Dr. Drake of Pontefract, who was so dignified by his Majesty after his restoration—for which he thanks you—desires you to procure him the small Prebend of South Newbold in this county. The living is only 14l. per annum, and has lapsed to his Majesty by the advancement of Dr. Wilkins to the Bishopric of Chester. [Ibid. No. 91.]
Nov. 15.
Trinity College, [Cambridge.]
Dr. John Pearson to Williamson. We have received a letter sent through Lord Arlington from his Majesty, for creating two Doctors of Divinity; it expressly requires that they should be created without any previous or subsequent performances, whereas a late letter from the King orders us to require all performances, notwithstanding any command or dispensation hereafter to be granted. I send a copy of the letter as it came from Sir Wm. Morice's office. The case standing thus, we have admitted both persons to their degrees upon half cautions, taking so much for satisfaction of the University upon his Majesty's grant, and remitting as much to those persons, out of respect to Lord Arlington.
We are most sensible of his lordship's kindness in inclining his Majesty to visit the University when he was at Audley End. I desire you to take notice of the grant enclosed, when you have occasion to draw up any letter for degrees. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 92.]
Nov. 15.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Edgar is ordered into Portsmouth, to be paid off and laid up; but the weather being stormy, they would not venture until a good opportunity. Twenty Dutch ships ride in St. Helen's Road, outward bound, besides several others. [Ibid. No. 93.]
Nov. 15.
Woolwich.
Edw. Byland to Pepys. Has found a man who will furnish broom, and will use all possible rhetoric to make him flexible to their Honours' desires. Intends to work oak instead of spruce deals on the Pearl, for want of a supply; desires orders as to launching and tallowing. Hopes Mr. Shish will furnish a mast from Deptford, the one she has being too short; has sent him the length. [Ibid. No. 94.]
Nov. 16. J. Evelyn to Williamson. I ask the Historiographer's place, which is void by the death of James Howell (if there be a subsistence appended to it), for Chr. Wase, formerly of King's College, Cambridge, who lost his fellowship for refusing the engagement. He is now schoolmaster of the Free School at Tunbridge, where his incomparable parts are obscured and depressed, and the miserable creature ploughs for 40l. a year, which does not afford him bread.
To render a specimen of his universal abilities, you ought to see his version of Hugh Gratius's Catechism into Greek verse, in which tongue he is competitor, if not superior to any of the age; and out of Greek into English, his admirable translation of Sophocles's Electra, for which loyal poem he suffered great persecution; out of Latin, old Gratius's Cynegeticon, or poem of Hunting; with his critical and historical notes upon all these three authors. His talent in the Latin tongue, and knowledge of universal history, will be found in a large preface to Dictionarium minus, which contains more good matter than many enormous volumes. With all these excellent parts, he is of a most innocent, sincere, humble, and sedulous mind; his style is nervous and material, but quick; and he is furnished to adorn it with all the advantages of the most refined learning.
In him you will have one ready to drudge for you in the most Herculean labours of the pen, upon any other occasions of putting things into Latin, and all without ever owning his merits. I will stand or fall in your good opinion if Wase does not make good to the utmost what I promise so largely in his behalf, and without his knowledge or seeking. He has travelled France and the Low Countries, is skilled in all the Oriental tongues, and was once compiling the History of Languages. I know not what he wants to qualify him equal to the ablest writer of this age, but his Majesty's favour, to give him bread and encouragement, that he may entirely vacate to his service, and begin to take off the reproaches we lie under from the Dutch and French scribblers, who yet poison all Europe with their pernicious pamphlets. [Ibid. No. 95.]
Nov. 16.
Lamplugh.
John Lamplugh to Williamson. The Earl of Northumberland being dead, I suppose the young Earl will keep up the employment of such officers of repute as his ancestors have formerly had. It was their practice, until the death of Sir Pat. Curwen, to have a gentleman of quality as Lieutenant of the Honour of Cockermouth, with equal power with the other auditors; my ancestors have had the office, as also that of Bowbearer of Wastalhead Forest. Pray speak to the young Earl in my behalf, as my situation is near the forest, and the Earl will have more occasion than ordinary, on the fining of the tenants, for a lieutenant who knows their abilities; I will serve him as faithfully as any of my ancestors have done his ancestors. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 96.]
Nov. 17.
Exeter House.
Lord Ashley to Lord Arlington. His Majesty having referred Mr. Booth's petition for the ground plot on which the Excise office stood in St. Bartholomew Lane to the Treasury Commissioners, and a report being made of his Majesty's interest in, and the value of the same, he directed a warrant to pass the Seal authorising the Commissioners to assign his interest to Mr. Booth, who having proposed one Tomlinson to be made use of nominally in the warrant, and it being prepared accordingly, their lordships desire that you will offer it to his Majesty for his signature. [Ibid. No. 97.]
Nov. 17.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Edgar cannot put into port for the weather. The Dutch fleet still remains at St. Helen's Road. [Ibid. No. 98.]
Nov. 17.
Minehead.
John Maurice to Williamson. The John of Watchet, a new ship of 100 tons, built at Watchet Creek 5 miles distant, has been brought into the harbour, being bound for Virginia. [Ibid. No. 99.]
Nov. 17.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Eight ships have arrived, very much damnified by the weather, and report that 80 sail left Bordeaux, and that they fear part have miscarried. Upwards of 115 ships are in the Downs, of which 10 are Spanish and 50 Dutch. [Ibid. No. 100.]
Nov. 17.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. There are 30 sail of ships bound for Bilbao, Calais, &c., waiting for a fair wind to sail. [Ibid. No. 101.]
Nov. 17. John Clarke to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 102.]
Nov. 17. Proposals by Capt. Moorcock and Boatswain Moore to the Navy Commissioners, about weighing the wrecks in the Medway; that 3 hoys be dismissed till February, and then, on the first light moon, remove one of the wrecks; that their men, 20 in number, be employed in securing and transporting ships as needed, in sweeping the river for anchors, guns, &c., and in taking advantage of low ebbs, to gain fastenings on wrecks yet unweighed, being paid and victualled as usual. With note that the receipt of the clerk of the cheque and storekeeper at Chatham, for several anchors weighed by them and put into the stores, was delivered to Sir John Mennes. [Ibid. No. 103.]
Nov. 17.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Tinker, master attendant, to Pepys. The boatswain of the Adventure is suspended, according to warrant and is coming to London to answer for himself. Has told the officers of the Ordnance about the guns lying on the wharf, but they cannot remedy it; 76 have to come out of the Edgar, and it will be a great charge to make room for them. [Damaged. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 104.]
Nov. 17.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. Shall dock the Milford. The caulkers from London ask board wages, as being strangers, they cannot get sufficient credit to subsist. Hopes they will mind the 300l. for the timber. The Edgar could not come into harbour through the bad weather. [Damaged. Ibid. No. 105.]
Nov. 17. Rear-Admiral Rich. Utber to Pepys. Prays him to move the Board for an order for what is due on his pension, and give it to his friend Mr. Knight. [Ibid. No. 106.]
Nov. 18.
Emsworth sloop, Holehaven.
Capt. Walter Perry to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of the loss of a cask of pork, containing their 3 months' supply, which fell overboard in being hoisted. Asks for another, as they are wintering, and shall want it. [Ibid. No. 107.]
Nov. 18.
Yarmouth.
John Huntington, master of the Adam and Eve, to the Navy Commissioners. Being near the Humber on the 15th, a storm came suddenly upon them, and split the seams, which taking in much water, it washed the ballast all over the hold, and staved two butts of beer. Got into Yarmouth, leaving anchor and cable behind. Returned by land to Winterton, took a boat, and has recovered the anchor and cable; hopes to be ready to proceed in 2 days. [Ibid. No. 108.]
Nov. 18.
Victualling Office.
Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners. Considering the charge of freight, hazard at sea, &c., of victuals delivered to ships at Tangiers and Cadiz, hopes they will allow him 9d. a day per man, being the amount it lays him in. [Ibid. No. 109.]
Nov. 18.
Woolwich.
Edw. Byland to Col. Middleton. Sends Goodman Saywell to treat for furnishing reed. Shall launch the Pearl on Monday or Tuesday. Has sent to Capt. Hannam concerning the Crown, and presumes he will be down this morning. [Ibid. No. 110.]
Nov. 18.
York.
John, Lord Frescheville, to Lord [Arlington]. The particulars of the quarrel between 2 soldiers in my troop, in which one was slain, are that Swan came expressly to affront Hodgson—who is a civil man, and served the late and present King—gave him great provocation, and drew upon him. I think Hodgson should be delivered, though violently prosecuted by Swan's friends, and by those too who wish the King had neither soldiers nor sword, and who were never more numerous than at present. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 111.]
Nov. 18.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Dutch fleet still continues at St. Helen's Road; the Edgar remains at Spithead. [Ibid. No. 112.]
Nov. 18.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Several ships have sailed for the Straits, and one for Cadiz, with lead, tar, and herrings, and others are lading. Twelve sail are riding in the Roads, bound for various places. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 113.]
Nov. 18. Speech of Sir P. Musgrave to the mayor and aldermen of Carlisle. We are met on the occasion of carrying out the order in Council, made on hearing the business between myself and Mr. Aglionby. I did not petition against the City, only against Aglionby's proceedings. But in return it was voted that the ground of my complaint could not be reversed. Persons of quality assisted therein, who should be present to-day rather to countenance the King's order, than an order reflecting on his prerogative and the privileges of garrisons. All professed to have nothing against me, being forced to use this gloss, or well-meaning citizens would not have been drawn into the snare; but the King saw in it a design to blast my reputation and heave me out of my place. All imaginable arts were used to find matter against me. Some were courted and tempted with rewards, and others tried with threats, to bring complaints, and they did not forbear to rake into the ashes of the dead, and the actions of persons done years ago. Some are malicious enough to call me to account for acts in time of war, getting the King's pardon, &c., but have been unable to fix dishonour upon me, or show any reason for their envy, except my being employed by my Sovereign.
It is of concern to his Majesty that a good understanding should exist between the garrison and the citizens; therefore, forgetting the injuries intended, I will endeavour it by all just means, and hope the citizens will do the like, and discover their displeasure against those factious spirits and hot-headed people that love disputes. If they will not, I am bound to let them know that it is not the part of good subjects to create misunderstandings because they are angry; I hope you will endeavour to preserve that opinion which you have gained with sufferings, of being as loyal subjects as in any city in England. [1¼ pages. Ibid. No. 114.]
Nov. 18. Memorandum that the King be moved that vacancies which happen by the death of any of the Commissioners of Appeal may not be supplied, but that their number may fall as they die; also asked whether he thinks fit to bestow a pension of 200l. a year, being the salary of one of them, on Sir Sam. Morland. Noted as agreed to. [Ibid. No. 115.]
Nov. 18. Warrant for Charles, Duke of Richmond and Lenox, to preserve the game in the whole county of Kent. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 89.]
Nov. 18.
Whitehall.
The King to the Masters of the Bench of Lincoln's Inn. Sir Thos. Beverley, Master of Requests, has been fined by you 200 marks for not having read in his course as reader. This proceeding intrudes on the privileges and immunities of our servants; we require you to discharge Sir Thomas from the said fine, and leave him to the quiet enjoyment of his chamber, as long as he holds the place of Master of Requests. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 13.] Annexing,
Order in the Council of Lincoln's Inn, that Sir T. Beverley be fined 200 marks for not reading in his course, and, in default of payment, yield up his Bench chambers.—Lincoln's Inn, 20 April 1668. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 116.]
[Nov. 18.] Four drafts of the above, with differences. [Ibid. Nos. 117–120.]
[Nov. 18.] Another draft.
Nov. 18. Petition of Dame Ann, widow of Sir Richard Fanshaw, late Ambassador to Spain, to the King, for payment of 1,000l. omitted in a privy seal drawn for 1,000l. instead of 2,000l., for her expenses in bringing her husband's dead body and her children and servants, 60 persons in all, a six months' land journey from Madrid to London; and also for interest at 6 per cent. for 3 years on the money due to him, which was 5,900l. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 121.]
Nov. 19.
Whitehall.
Petition of Capt. Thos. Segar, son of Sir Wm. Segar, late Garter King-at-Arms, to the King, for a grant of the Pursuivant's place in the Heralds' Office, vacant by death of Mr. Hornybrooke. Has suffered much misery through his loyalty, having been sequestered and removed from place to place, sleeping on shipboard and under hatches, &c., until at last he broke out of imprisonment, with a great deal of hazard, and made his escape, as Dr. [Rich.] Sterne, Archbishop of York, and divers others can testify. With reference thereon to the Commissioners for the office of Earl Marshal, and their report in favour of the petition. [Ibid. No. 122.]
Nov. 19. John Moorhouse to the Surveyor of the Navy. His accounts for Waltham Forest were passed, and a bill signed these two years; but against him bills of imprest still lie for 600l., and he cannot call them in, as his bill amounts to 693l., and there is no money to pay the 93l. Desires that his salary, which is included, may be put into a distinct bill, so that he may take up his imprest bills. There are 7 oaks in Whittlewood Forest, felled by John Langrack, deceased, which are unfit for timber, but will make good barrel boards, and will produce 7l. for every 1,000 boards. Wants a bill of imprest for 200l. It is a seasonable time for felling timber; it will save 6d. per 100 planks on the spring prices, and will give them time to season. [Ibid. No. 123.]
Nov. 19.
Woolwich.
William Sheldon, clerk of the cheque, to Thos. Hayter. Asks whether the officers suspended, and re-admitted by order from the Board, shall stand cleared without any abatement of victuals or wages. Sends orders already received therein, and begs their return. [Ibid. No. 124.]
Nov. 19.
Portsmouth.
Capt. John Tinker to Pepys. Will proceed to fit the Portland and Milford, and requests a warrant for entering men.
Most of the Edgar's men are willing to enter, and it would save conduct money. Handspikes are very much wanted; the foul weather hinders the Edgar from coming in. [Damaged. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 125.]
Nov. 19. Certificate by Capt. Rich. Country, that he was put from his anchors in the Downs by an Ostend man-of-war, and forced to have John Culmer's boat and men for 3 days, to save the anchors. [Ibid. No. 126.]
Nov. 20. Certificate by J. Pearse that Capt. Narbrough, late commander of the Assurance frigate, was dangerously wounded by a musketshot, at the taking of Surinam from the Dutch, and that the stiffness consequent thereon is not likely to be repaired by time and age. [Ibid. No. 127.]
Nov. 20. Reference recommending to the Treasury Commissioners the petition of Col. Guy Molesworth, for a life in reversion of the Keepership of the Custom House, London, fee 40l. a year, he being in great want, and having served the late King throughout the rebellion. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 341.]
Nov. 20. Presentation of Fras. Moore to the vicarage of Bovey Tracey, co. Devon. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 89. See p. 55 supra.]
Nov. [20]. Docquet of the above. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 280.]
Nov. 20. Commission for Bevill Skelton to be captain. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 195.]
Nov. 20. Dispensation for Sir Peter Brook, Bart., High Sheriff of the County Palatine of Chester, to repair to Lancashire or elsewhere when necessary. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 73.]
Nov. 20. Warrant to Edward, Earl of Manchester, to preserve the game within 10 miles of Waltham Abbey, Essex. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 89.]
Nov. 20.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. All the ships still remain here, waiting for a fair wind to carry them out of the Channel. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 128.]
Nov. 20. Sir R. Murray to Williamson. I ask you to draw a warrant appointing Dr. Williams Assay Master for the Tin; he told Lord Arlington that the King had been moved in the business and granted it, and his lordship desired Dr. Williams to direct you to prepare it. [Ibid. No. 129.]
Nov. 21.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Anth. Deane to Williamson. I send a letter received from my friend abroad, wherein you will see he gives a very good hint of the great preparation of the French King's fleet; in a short time he will have such an one as may well give fears to those not so well provided either with ships or money, for he pays all workmen every 15 days, and therefore is well served. Pray send those letters of mine and his wife's to St. Malo, which will be an encouragement; I hope I shall content his lordship [Arlington] on my return, as no man living can better understand the affair. Pray acknowledge the receipt of the letters, as the miscarriage would be of ill consequences to my friend. [Ibid. No. 130.]
Nov. 21.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. The great fleet of about 100 sail still remains in the Downs. A Dutch ship was on the Goodwin Sands, but being fine weather, was got off. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 131.]
Nov. 21. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners and the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, of the petition of Thos. Tillson, for payment of his salary of 600l. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 343.]
Nov. 21. Game warrant for Sir Ralph Hare, Bart., of Stow, co. Norfolk, within 10 miles distance of Stow. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 73.]
[Nov. 21.]
Whitehall.
Order for a warrant to pay from the farm of the customs of unwrought wood, &c., granted to Sir Rob. Paston, the 462l. 10s. quarterly allowed to Lord Arlington and Sir John Trevor each, removing it from the Post Office, on account of the many charges thereon. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 132.]
Nov. 21. Entry of the above, with differences. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book26, f. 42.]
Nov. 21. Request by Col. Thos. Middleton that Sam. Pett, employed under Mr. Norman, late clerk of the survey at Chatham, may be continued under Mr. Homewood, the present clerk of the survey there, and entered on the quarter books. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 133.]
Nov. 21.
Woolwich.
Wm. Sheldon to [the Navy Commissioners]. There are several pressed caulkers in the works at Woolwich that may be discharged. The money due to them will amount to 68l. Desires their order therein. [Ibid. No. 134.]
Nov. 21.
Dublin.
J. Brisbane to Pepys. Intreats, on behalf of Capt. Hooper of the Harp, that when order is taken for paying her, an account may be taken of her supernumeraries, which he affirms are none at all, or that his pay may not be stopped above what may answer that particular. Sends a petition, &c., of the boatswain, that the person entrusted to pay the frigate may pass his accounts. He is a very able officer and sober man, and deserving of kindness. [Ibid. No. 135.]
Nov. 21.
Harp frigate.
Capt. Rob. Hooper to the Navy Commissioners. Thos. Chapman, his boatswain, has behaved himself civilly and honestly while he has commanded, and shown certificates from former commanders to the same purpose. Desires they will order the passing of his accounts here, that he may receive his money when the frigate is paid, and not be put to the trouble and charge of going to London, he being a poor man with a great family. With note, 10 Dec., that Mr. Tippetts, in Col. Middleton's absence, is to examine the boatswain's account. [Ibid. No. 136.]
Nov. 21. J. Clerke to [the Navy Commissioners.] Desires that a valuation may be made of the goods taken by Mr. Acworth out of the stores, with names of the parties who will attest it, and that all the witnesses may be ready by Wednesday sevennight. [Ibid. No. 137.]
Nov. 21.
Ordnance Office.
Fras. Nicholls, and two others to Pepys. Send a warrant by the Duke of York for delivering the Charles yacht, and desire he will send order to Portsmouth for her delivery to Hen. Morris, who will leave the Ordnance smack, the Content, in her stead. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 138.]
Nov. 21.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to the Navy Commissioners. Has had sufficient trouble, between the want of money, and the storms that continued 4 or 5 days, and were so violent that several ships and other vessels were forced from their anchors. Caused bills to be set up at Ipswich and Colchester, for the sale of the hulk by inch of candle; she was appraised at 90l. and sold for 105l. Took out the mast, shears, and rigging, but could have wished, because of their rottenness and little use, that they had been sold, as it would have increased her price, and the charge of unrigging would have been saved. [Ibid. No. 139.]
Nov. 22.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. One of the Navy Commissioners has arrived to pay off and discharge the seamen of the Edgar, when they come into port; 16 men carrying a piece of timber for the new ship, and coming upon the stage, the rope broke, and they fell down with their burthen; all the men were bruised and hurt, but none killed; the ship building for swiftness is nearly ready to launch. [Ibid. No. 140.]
Nov. 22.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Departure of ships; the Dartmouth and 2 others with provisions for Tangiers, the 2 Marys of London with pilchards for the Straits; the Brothers' Adventure for Virginia, &c. [Ibid. No. 141.]
Nov. 22.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Divers small ships have gone; one bound for Kinsale and Barbadoes sent a boat to weigh her anchor; the boat upset, 2 men were drowned and 1 saved. [Ibid. No. 142.]
Nov. 23.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. The Success and the remainder of the fleet outward bound have sailed from the Downs. There is only the Drake of his Majesty's ships in the Downs. The ship that was on the Goodwin came from Hamburg, bound for Leghorn, and is commanded by Capt. Church, an Englishman, who for his baseness is called Dog Church. [Ibid. No. 143.]
Nov. 23.
Deal.
M. Lodge to Williamson. The fleet had sailed 3 hours before the receipt of the letter for Sir Rob. Southwell; I will keep it until I hear further, or until some ship comes into the Downs bound for that place. [Ibid. No. 144.]
Nov. 23.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. Capt. Trevanion, of the Dartmouth frigate, has gone, and 3 or 4 others, with Sir Denis Gauden's pleasure boat, formed part of her convoy. [Ibid. No. 145.]
Nov. 23. John Bishop of Durham to Williamson. I send the complaint received from Newcastle about the seditious meetings of the congregation of Saints; I acquainted Sec. Trevor therewith while waiting at Court for the coming of Lord Arlington. I beg his lordship's notice given me of his Majesty's consent to Ralph Cole being a deputy-lieutenant for the County Palatine of Durham. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 146.] Encloses,
Information and complaint of Thos. Naylor, minister in the chief church of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, to the Bishop of Durham. There was a public meeting on the 1st of November in Barber Surgeons' Hall, Newcastle, of 500 of the congregation of Saints, headed and led by Gilpin, notoriously known to be disaffected to Government, who caused the 149th Psalm in meter to be sung, containing the lines—
To bind their stately kings in chains,
Their lords in iron bands,
To execute on them the doom
That written is before,
This honour all his Saints shall have,
Praise ye the Lord therefore.
thus giving notice to all others in the town and country what their seditious designs are, in applying this Psalm to themselves. Gilpin much molested Westmoreland and Cumberland, and was so prosecuted by Sir Philip Musgrave's legal proceedings that he made him leave the country, and, fearing he might do as much mischief in Newcastle, gave notice thereof, that heed might be taken of him, and his evil designs prevented. There are 3 others named, Durant, Leaver, and Pringle, who join themselves together, and keep great assemblies of people in a house at Newcastle. The Mayor has forbidden them all to meet any more at so public a place as Surgeons' Hall, but I hear of no further proceedings being taken.— 16 Nov. 1668. [Ibid. No. 146i.]
Nov. 23. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of John Bishop of Chester, for a longer time for payment of the sums at which he is chequed in the Exchequer books. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 342.]
Nov. 23. Warrant for a grant to Dr. Thos. Williams of the reversion, after Thos. Wiseman, of the office of Assay Master of all coinages of tin in Devon and Cornwall; with a memorandum that John Williams, his son, was included in the same grant by a new warrant on 27 Nov. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 89.]
Nov. 23. Notes of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 147.]
Nov. 23. Order for a warrant to the officers of the Exchequer, to empower Sir George Benyon, Fras. Finch, and Edw. Wingate, as trustees in behalf of the Crown, to assign over the lease of the land whereon stood a house, employed as the Excise Office, situate in St. Bartholomew Lane, near the Royal Exchange, but burned in the fire of London, to Rich. Tomlinson, apothecary, of St. Paul's parish, Covent Garden. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 90.]
Nov. [23.] Docquet of the above. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 278.]
Nov. 23. Lease from Prince Rupert, Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle and honour, to Wm. Row, of New Windsor, Berkshire, for 40 years, of the part of the castle ditch between that part held by John Randall, and the tenement which Row holds of the mayor and bailiffs of New Windsor, with the adjoining part of the tenement, being that in which he now lives, on rent of 12 pence. [Not signed. Case C, Charles II., No. 10.]
Nov. 23.
Maidstone.
John Mason to the Navy Commissioners. Asks for payment to his wife of his bill, the better to enable him to perform his contract. Is hastening the timber to the dock, or should have waited on them himself. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 148.]
Nov. 24.
Woolwich.
Edw. Byland to Pepys. Intends to launch the Pearl, and dock the Assistance. The calkers have perfected the ships afloat; will discharge them to-morrow. Intreats for their money, as it will encourage them and others to attend when occasion requires. The undertakers intend to attempt to right the House Sweede tomorrow, and to heave her further into shoal water, so as to clear her hold; will be at leisure to assist them with his strength; it had been to-day but for launching the Pearl. [Ibid. No. 149.]
Nov. 24.
Victualling Office.
Thos. Lewis to Pepys. Sends accounts of the sale and disposition of biscuit, beef, and pork, provided in prosecution of the declaration of 1 Dec. 1666, and not taken off. With note that the enclosures were delivered by the Navy Commissioners to Sir Wm. Penn. [Ibid. No. 150.]
Nov. 24.
The Edgar, Portsmouth.
Capt. John Wettwang to the Navy Commissioners. Got the Edgar to Portsmouth to her moorings, and now she is unrigged; if he can have a lighter, may get most of her guns out. Desires further commands. [Ibid. No. 151.]
Nov. 24. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of John, Bishop of Chester, for remission of the bonds which he has given for the first fruits of several dignities and promotions ecclesiastical, which he is leaving void. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 342.]
Nov. 24.
London.
Mdme. de Schomberg to [the Duke of Buckingham ?]. I went as wife of the second son of M. de Schomberg from France to Portugal, where after awhile he entreated me to renounce my marriage, promising me a good pension if I would, and threatening ruin and perdition if I refused. He leaves me, refuses me maintenance, urges me to let him marry again, and declares I am not his lawful wife. I beg leave to go to Paris, to claim from the King of France justice against such barbarous actions. I lodge in old Pall Mall. [1½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 152.] Annexing,
Certificate of Peter Malles, rector of St. John's du Perrot, Rochelle, of the marriage by him of the Marquis of Schomberg near the Rhine, second son of Count Schomberg of the Portuguese army, to Barbara Ludovica Rizze, daughter of Hieronymo Rizze, of Montferrat in Italy, at the house of André Moreau, near Rochelle, 8 Aug. 1667. [Latin. Ibid. No. 152i.]
Nov. 24.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. The fleet of merchantmen has sailed, and the Roebuck is come in from Ireland. [Ibid. No. 153.]
Nov. 24.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Edgar has come in; she is a very stout ship, 126 ft. by 39 ft. 10 in., and the largest of any of the rate in England. The Dutch fleet has sailed from St. Helen's. [Ibid. No. 154.]
Nov. 24.
Christ Church, Oxford.
H. Decry to Rob. Francis. I fear being in the hands of a rogue, who only brings my letters just when they ought to be answered; I beg that the date may be put on the outside of the cover, so that the trickery may be proved; also that you will put when you receive my letters, lest there be the same negligence or malice about them. [French. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, Nov. 155.]
Nov. 25.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Hope of Texel has arrived from Bordeaux, laden with wine. She was like to have been cast away near St. Ives, but by much industry and cost, has safely come into harbour, and they are now selling some of her wine to make satisfaction. Four others have also come in, which left the Downs in company with 50 sail, bound for France. [Ibid. No. 156.]
Nov. 25.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the same effect as the preceding, and his letter to Hickes of the 22nd. [Ibid. No. 157.]
Nov. 25. Steph. Gwillyn to Williamson. Pray look out the Bishop of Carlisle's petition for a commission to examine witnesses touching the dilapidations of Rose Castle, Cumberland, left by the Archbishop of York, upon his translation from Carlisle to York. It was drawn by Sir Charles Harbord and Sir Walter Walker, and delivered to Lord Arlington in 1667. When found, I beg you will promote the prosecuting of it to his Majesty; I will pay all fees, with an additional acknowledgment. [Ibid. No. 158.]
Nov. 25.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. Eight ships have sailed with red herrings, lead, and tar for the Straits. The town never had such great adventures thither before, 40 sail having gone or going on their own account. Six Yarmouth ships have arrived from Rotterdam.
It is reported that George England has got clear of being sheriff for the county, by means of Sir Wm. Doyley, who could do no less, Mr. England being a grand instrument to get Sir William burgess for Yarmouth. I cannot imagine what excuse can be made, as he has an estate worth 30,000l. or 40,000l., and is a healthful, stirring man. There are in other corporations, as well as this, gentlemen who have in the late troublesome times, by a fair compliance, got great estates, whilst the loyal party have been ruined; men of mean extract, and as meanly bred, who deride the gentry, and will no ways concern themselves with public business that may create them either charge or trouble. [Ibid. No. 159.]
Nov. 25.
Bristol.
Sir John Knight to the Navy Commissioners. Has given a warrant to Mat. Stevens and John Jones of Bristol, to inventory and appraise the goods in the yard at Conpill, in order to publish the sale. Sends account of payments for the Edgar and the Merlin yacht, amounting to 364l. 14s. 10d.; has only received 200l., the 120l. last charged not being paid. Requests its payment; will send his vouchers, if required. Hopes they will allow his account, and order his imprest bills of exchange. Capt. Wettwang has been very faithful and careful in despatching the Edgar, and has saved some hundreds of pounds to his Majesty. [Ibid. No. 160.]
Nov. 26.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to the Navy Commissioners. I had Capt. Carslake's assistance in everything concerning the sale of the hulk. The chapman, Mat. Doddesley, purser of the Adventure, refuses either to sign the contract or to pay the money, alleging that the King accepts two-thirds in bills, and one-third in money. I could not avoid his bidding and buying, but his intermeddling in the business has put me to straits; hoping to reimburse by the sale, I paid away all the money I had, or could procure, to satisfy clamorous persons employed by your order, who think themselves abused if the money be not paid at the end of the labour. I desire payment of 20l. ordered by bill of imprest; I dare not rely on Doddesley, he being so dilatory and full of cavil, and shall leave him to your Honours, either to give him a sharp reproof, or else to order him as to you shall seem best. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 161.] Encloses,
Appraisement by Miles Hubbard and 2 others of the Rosebush hulk; total, 90l.—19 Nov. 1668. [Ibid. No. 161i.]
Nov. 26.
Stockwith.
Nich. Weymouth and Chris. Seely, masters of the Macklier and Black Posthorse hoys, to the Navy Commissioners. We are in want of provisions, and desire you to consider how we shall be supplied. [Ibid. No. 162.]
Nov. 26 ? Request addressed by Thos. Hobbes to the Royal Society, for their examination of a geometrical proposition by Dr. Wallis on motion, and of one by himself, to find a strait line equal to twofifths of the are of a quadrant. [Printed. See Philosophical Transactions, Vol. I., pp. 864–876. Ibid. No. 163.]
Nov. 26.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to Sir John Trevor of the office of a principal Secretary of State, void by surrender of Sir Wm. Morice, with pension of 100l. a year. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 74.]
Nov. 26. The King to the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. Having appointed Hen. Bold precentor there, to which dignity a canonry of right belongs, we require you to elect him canon residentiary, in place of Dr. John Wilkins, now Bishop of Chester. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 88.]
Nov. 26.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Milford has come into the dry dock to be fitted for sea; Capt. John Hubbard has arrived to command her. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 164.]
Nov. 27.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Several ships have arrived from Bordeaux, with French wine and prunes; also a vessel from Portugal laden with oranges. [Ibid. No. 165.]
Nov. 27. John Clarke to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 166.]
[Nov. 27.]
5 Cal. Dec. Oxford.
Sir Hen. Smith to Williamson. I write from gratitude, not ambition, to give an account of my charge. Mr. Clifford, since his entrance into the Academy, has done nothing unworthy of a noble father, is pure from the vices of the age, of good disposition, and very docile; he loses daily his rustic shyness. His backwardness is the fault of his former tutor, who soothed when he should have chastised him, so that the sparkle of intellect being now laid to sleep, it will require Herculean force to awaken it. I will spare no industry therein. [Latin. Ibid. No. 167.]
Nov. 27.
Barustaple.
Wm. Wakeman to Williamson. The John and Andrew has arrived from St. Lucar, with salt and wine. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 168.]
Nov. 27.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Three East India ships have come from the Thames, outward bound. The Drake is the only King's ship in the Downs. The vessel that struck on the Goodwin Sands is unloading, and carrying her goods to Dover, where she is to go, when light, to have a new rudder. [Ibid. No. 169.]
Nov. 27.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. I repeat the contents of my letter of 9 October as to the proceedings of the Independent party and Mr. Bridge. I find that my information was sent to Mr. Bridge by a friend at Court, and that James Johnson of Yarmouth has received an order to draw up some queries and require our minister, Mr. Spendlow, to answer them, with strict charge to be very private in it. Spendlow asked me if I had written up anything concerning Bridge. I urged him to give me a reason for his asking, and was informed of the demand from Johnson, who stated the King had read the letters concerning Bridge. I told him that there was a puzzle in it, and that the order to Johnson must come from some person that wished well to Bridge and his party, and therefore advised him to decline answering, unless required by authority, or unless Johnson would let him see the hand that was set to the order, which he refusing, Spendlow refused also, adding that if he gave any answer, it would be only confirming what had been stated. Johnson replied that then he should not desire it. I believe it was Sir Wm. Doyley that wrote to Johnson, as Johnson is his agent; and it is not denied by Bridge's son-in-law.
It is not the first time the people here have been acquainted with the contents of my letters, which gives me the report of a turbulent person; I have no prejudice against any man for his judgment, unless tending to subvert Government, whose commands make indifferent things lawful or unlawful; I have never been contentious, and only state miscarriages because required. I must be sparing in things of this nature for the future, but whatever I have written for truth, I will make so appear. I desire that Spendlow may be required to give his answer to the letter of 9 October.
There are 20 sail of light colliers passed northward, and a vessel has come in from Malaga, bound for Dantzic, upon some London merchants' account. A wreck being espied near the sands, several boats went off, and report it to be a Swede of 200 tons, laden with clapboard. [1¼ pages. Ibid. No. 170.]
Nov. 27.
Newcastle.
Fras. Anderson to Henry Brabant. The fanatics have had a public fast, but for what is not known. Gilpin, Durant, Pringle, and Leaver were the preachers. It was a business above any example I have heard of, and is only in the power of the King and his Council. Deputy-lieutenants are much wanted. [Ibid. No. 171.]
Nov. 27.
Newcastle.
Ralph Gray to Hen. Brabant. I entreat you to buy me a sword to walk in town with, for if the fanatics hold on, it will not be safe to be without one. They are mighty high since you went to London, and had a fast last Wednesday, which was held, forth by 4 that preached, 2 others assisting them in praying, and the work was carried on from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Upwards of 500 were present, and persons marched off to them who have received the Sacrament according to the Church of England. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 172.]
Nov. 27.
Royal Citadel, Plymouth.
Wm. Longford to Sir Thos. Skelton. I send the names of 21 ships come into harbour, with their destination, lading, &c.; I beg to be remembered to the Earl and Countess of Bath, Lord Lansdowne, Lady Jane, and all that family. A vessel from Sally reports that 11 English ships have been taken there; an English frigate chased ashore 3 Sally men-of-war, which were split into pieces. [1¼ pages. Ibid. No. 173.]
Nov. 27. Commission for Wm. Reeves to be captain-lieutenant to the Prince [Rupert]'s company at Windsor. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 195.]
Nov. 27. Dispensation for Sir Thos. Hussey, Bart., High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, to repair to London or elsewhere, when his occasions require. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 74.]
Nov. 27. Grant to Edm. Nuboult, late student of Trinity College, Cambridge, of the place of Master of the Free School at Berkhampstead. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 91.]
Nov. 27. Warrant to the Treasury Commissioners to pay 200l. to Sir Ed. Spragg, out of the privy seal dormant for 10,000l. Minute. [Ibid.]
Nov. 27.
Whitehall.
Order for a warrant for payment of 30s. a day to Henry St. George, Richmond Herald, appointed to attend the Earl of Carlisle, sent Ambassador Extraordinary to perform the ceremonial of delivering the Garter to the King of Sweden; also to allow him his expenses in that service. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 41.]
Nov. 27.
The Lenox, Holehaven.
Capt. John Holmes to the Navy Commissioners. His 2 months' provisions will be expended next Thursday. Desires a recruit and 2 more men, as he has very hard duty for 12 men this winter time. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 174.]
Nov. 28.
Bristol.
Sir John Knight to the Navy Commissioners. Desires order for the sale of goods at Conpill, and for the payment of those that went over to appraise them, who protest they have valued them at the utmost. Shall assist Mr. Furzer in the sale. [Ibid. No. 175.] Enclosing,
Appraised inventory by Mathew Stevens and John Jones, of timber and smith's stores at Conpill. Total value, 74l. 6s. 2d.—24 Nov. 1668. [Ibid. No. 175ii.]
Account by Mathew Stevens of money expended for 3 days' travel from Bristol to Conpill, to inventory and appraise timber and other materials.—28 Nov., 1668. [Ibid. No. 175II.]
Nov. 28.
Bristol.
Dan. Furzer to the Navy Commissioners. Desires payment for 2 anchors sent up in the Edgar, value 66l. 11s. 0d. [Ibid. No. 176.]
Nov. 28.
Navy Office.
Navy Commissioners to the Farmers of Customs. The masters of 2 ships, arrived from Scotland with masts for his Majesty, complain that interruption has been given in their delivery at the yard, upon pretence of customs due. Desire, as such interruption will occasion loss by demurrage, that they will suffer them to be delivered, assuring them that the delivery shall be of no prejudice to them in their receipt of their due, as the same shall be made to appear. With note that the messenger that carried this letter to the Farmers brought it back, with the message that they had let out the customs of Scotch goods; that if the lading of the ships is duly entered, and the customs paid, their stop shall be removed, but not otherwise. 1 Dec. 1668. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 177.]
Nov. 28. Report by Surveyor Thos. Middleton to the Navy Commissioners, of the charge of converting the timber into plank in Aliceholt and Whittlewood Forests, and of the carriage. [Ibid. No. 178.]
Nov. 28.
Navy Office.
Giles Bond to the Navy Commissioners. The Hope galliot has returned from the Downs, and is lying at Woolwich to assist in the weighing of the wrecks. Desires order for her repair. [Ibid. No. 179.]
Nov. 28.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to Pepys. Sends a letter from Sir Thos. Allin. Though dated from Tangiers, it is manifest that it was from Algiers, so it is 50 days old; and considering how many more it must be before any letter will reach Leghorn, fears he will be past that place before orders about his victualling can come thither. Suggests, as the surest way, to give Sir Thos. Allin the whole credit he desires at Cadiz, with directions, if they come in time, to take in such provisions lying at Leghorn as he finds fit, and to make it up 2 months, by the credit which he shall find ready for him at Cadiz. [Ibid. No. 180.]
Nov. 28. The King to the Dean and Chapter of Christ Church. We request you to dispense with the absence of Fras. Vernon, student of that college, he being chosen by Charles, Earl of Carlisle, going Ambassador Extraordinary to Sweden, to attend him in his embassy, as his long travel and experience may be of assistance. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 90.]
Nov. [28 ?] Ticket of invitation to Jos. Williamson to attend at Arundel House, on 30 Nov., at 9 a.m., at a meeting of the Royal Society, for the election of the council officers for the ensuing year. Signed "Brouncker, P.R.S." [Printed form. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 181.]
Nov. 28. Particulars of plate delivered to Sir Wm. Temple on his embassy to Holland. [1¼ pages. Ibid. No. 182.]
Nov. 28.
Lyme.
Ant. Thorold to Hickes. Several vessels outward bound have gone to sea, but none have arrived for upwards of a month. The Merchants' Adventure, a new Lyme ship, has come in from Morlaix, and reports that a dispute happened there, between the Marquis commanding the castle, and the Chief Judge of the place, which came to blows, and that the King is inquiring into the rise of the gentry there, intending to make those pay that have lately sprung up.
The Hope of Scarborough has arrived with deals from Norway, having been at sea a long time, and forced to throw some of her goods overboard through the weather. The Mary, from St. Malo, reports that at Jersey and Guernsey, they felt the effects of the late earthquake at the same time as St. Malo; they complain of the bad trade for drapery, through the great importation of wool from Ireland. Other vessels are making into the harbour, and more are expected. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 183.]
Nov. 28.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. The Drake has gone in to be paid. A pilot from Flushing reports that there is a very brisk trade there with English butter, cheese, corn, and other commodities, which are cheaper there than here. Also that one of the greatest bankers has broken for many thousand pounds, and made his escape, and another was making his, but was secured by the Lords; this trick of such breaking was never known there before. [Ibid. No. 184.]
Nov. 28.
Christ Church, Oxford.
H. Decry to Rob. Francis. I would write oftener, but fear you have not time to read my ill-composed letters. I beg you, in sealing the Gazettes, to put the date of the receipt of letters. [French. Ibid. No. 185.]
Nov. 28.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. Several vessels have sailed for Portugal and France, and others have come in; one from Cherburg reports the launching there of a small frigate of 200 tons for the King's use; also that the French there behave themselves very rudely to the English, cutting away their cables and ropes by violence, and without satisfaction. I am informed from St. Malo that a great frigate, of 120 guns, has been launched, and that she is so well liked that 2 more of the same dimensions are ordered to be put upon the stocks. She treads 140 feet by the flower beam, and has 16 port-holes on a floor. They discourse that the French King will have a fleet of 120 sail ready by the spring, that they hope to break with the Dutch, and that the tonnage is to be taken off from the English in a short time. [Ibid. No. 186.]
Nov. ? Petition of the Mayor, &c., of Kingston-upon-Hull to the King, for his approval of Edw. Barnard, counsellor, to be their Recorder, [Ibid. No. 187.] Annexing,
Certificate by Lord Belasyse and 4 others to the King, that Edw. Barnard, barrister-at-law, is a loyal subject, and of ability in his profession, and qualified for the office of Recorder of Hull, in place of Wm. Lister, who has resigned; and that the Mayor and Aldermen of the town have, by their petition to his Majesty, desired that he may be nominated.—28 Nov. 1668. [Ibid. No. 187i.]
Nov. 29. The King to the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. We request you to dispense with the residence of Hen. Bold, precentor and canon there, during a considerable part of the year,—important occasions requiring his absence,—and to allow him his full rights and profits, &c. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 89.]
Nov. 29.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Twenty-three Dutch vessels have been forced in by contrary winds. The East India ships that came from London, and 2 merchantmen bound for the Straits, are in the Downs, but not one King's ship. Deal castle fired the gun last night and this morning. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 188.]
Nov. 30. Sir Wm. Penn to the Navy Commissioners. The examination of the victualler's accounts,—many whereof were never produced but at this juncture of time,—is committed to my charge, just when I daily expect to have this office, and join with Sir Denis Gauden in carrying on the victualling by a new contract. I think you should appoint a person to examine and cast up the papers and accounts that have not passed your view. I doubt not that all faithfulness and diligence has been used, but as most of it depends upon casting, and that of such variety and intricacy as the best of men have erred in, any error would in part reflect on me. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 189.]
Nov. 30.
Woolwich.
Wm. Bodham to Thos. Hayter. Particulars of 35 bundles of Riga and Quinborough hemp received from Messrs. Doggett and Upton, and put on board the Hardercen, to be sent to Chatham, 17 Jan. 1668. The mistake is not his, the negligence of the master and his crew is only to be blamed. [Ibid. No. 190.]
Nov. 30.
Woolwich.
Wm. Sheldon and 3 other officers [of the dockyard], to the Navy Commissioners. Only part of Sir John Shaw's hemp answered in goodness to his contract, but it was a small part indeed; we deny that the entire part, or as much as one draught, was delivered suitable to contract, and unmixed with what was worse; all was of 2, 3 or 4 sorts. Our omitting to certify the quantity of the best upon the bill was not to do the merchant an injury, but for several considerations, one being that we did not wish to brand the merchant by recording that of 58 tons, only a few cwts. were answerable to contract. [Ibid. No. 191.]
Nov. 30.
Drury Lane.
Earl of Anglesey to the Navy Commissioners. I have given order to Mr. Fenn to attend you with the best satisfaction that can be given; I desire you, if he has not been, to send for him; as things stand, I cannot give personally that satisfaction which I desire for the King's service. [Ibid. No. 192.]
Nov. 30.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. Several vessels have arrived from places named. An Apsom man from St. Lucar, with sherry, wines and fruit, was dogged a whole night by a Sally man-of-war, having a great Dutch prize in custody; but receiving 2 or 3 guns from the Apsom man, she bore away. [Ibid. No. 193.]
Nov. 30.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Arrival of the William and Ann of Southampton from Bordeaux, with wines, and the Francis of Topsham from St. Lucar, with wines and salt. [Ibid. No. 194.]
Nov. 30.
Lyme.
Anth. Thorold to Hickes. A vessel from St. Malo and another from Newhaven were forced in by foul weather. A quarantine being put upon all vessels from those parts, a guard was set on them and kept on board. The Elizabeth from St. Malo reports that the French discourse as to taking off the [English] tonnage, on consideration of breaking the link of the chain that holds Holland and us. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 195.]
Nov. 30. List of the Fellows and Council of the Royal Society; 10 are to be chosen into the Council from the Fellows, and 11 from the former Council. [Printed sheet. Ibid. No. 196.]
Nov. 30.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to Charles Hart, milliner, late of Cambridge, of pardon for all offences committed before 10 June 1660. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 75.]
Nov. 30. Warrant to the Duke of Buckingham, Master of the Horse, to order the swearing in of John Bercely as Page of Honour. [Ibid. f. 76.]
Nov. ? Petition of Henry Mildmay, High-Sheriff of Hampshire, to the King, for leave of absence from the county, having made an able under-sheriff; is a barrister of Gray's Inn, and engaged on concerns in town. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 197.]
Nov. ? Petition of Sir George Vyner, Bart., to the King, for permission to reside out of Norfolk during the year of his shrievalty, having no house in the county, on condition of appointing suitable deputies, and attending himself at the assizes; had obtained a dispensation from standing for this year, and Mr. England was appointed, but got himself discharged. [Ibid. No. 198.]
Nov. ? Petition of Wm. Palmer, goldsmith, to the King, for the place of Assay-master in the Mint, which he held after the restoration, till an ancient patent for it was produced on behalf of one Woodward, who had long lived unheard of in Virginia, and the place is now void. [Ibid. No. 199.]
Nov. Presentation of John Cole, D.D., to the Rectory of Broadwater, co. Sussex, void by simony or outlawry. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 278.]
Nov. Warrant to pay to Sir Stephen Fox, Paymaster of the Guards and garrisons, 107,425l. 3s. 4d. a year for the pay of the Guards and marching forces, and 76,393l. 10s. for the garrisons; also 354l. 13s. 4d. monthly, to be disposed of as the King directs; also all moneys which he disburses for interest, not exceeding 20,000l. and 600l. for rebuilding the Horse-guard house. [Ibid. No. 279.]
Nov. Warrant to pay to Michael Arnold 100l. for the poor of St. Margaret's parish, Westminster. [Ibid. No. 280.]
Nov. Grant of the restitution of the temporalities of the Bishopric of Chester to Dr. John Wilkins, from the death of the late Bishop. [Ibid. No. 281.]
Nov. Warrant to assign to the Duke of Monmouth as many orders, drawn in the name of Wm. Legg, Lieutenant of Ordnance, as amount to 3,000l., being the remainder of 8,000l. formerly granted to the said Duke. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 281.]
Nov. Warrant to pay to the Lieutenant of the Ordnance 120,000l. on account, 60,000l. for sea, and 60,000l. for land service. [Ibid.]
Nov. Warrant for allowance to the present farmers of the Customs of all the forfeitures paid in during their farm, as the same were allowed to the late farmers. [Ibid. Nos. 282, 283.]
Nov.
Court at Whitehall.
Warrant to pay to Thos. Elliott 300l. for his charge in keeping the King's house at Newmarket, lately bought, and airing the rooms and household stuff, from Ladyday 1667 to Michaelmas last. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 200.]
Nov. Docquet of the above. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 284.]
Nov. Warrant for paying all money, tallies, &c., due for the Navy to Sir Thos. Osborne and Sir Thos. Littleton, who hold the office of Navy treasurers during the suspension of the Earl of Anglesey; as also the further sum of 100,000l. on account for the same service. [Ibid. No. 285.]
Nov. Warrant to pay to the Earl of Carberry, president of the Council in the Marches of Wales, 800l. a year on account, for the extraordinary expenses expressed in an establishment annexed, over and above 1,106l. 13s. 4d. a year allowed for diet, and 400l. a year for maintenance of an honourable stable. [Ibid. Nos. 286, 287.]
Nov. Discharge to the Earl of Carberry from accounting for 3,000l. received by him at the rate of 400l. a year, from 25 Sept. 1661, for maintenance of an honourable stable, and continuance to him of the said payment during pleasure, vacating a privy seal therefor of 25 Sept. 1661. [Ibid. No. 287.]
Nov. Grant to Roger Payne, nominee of the Duke of Richmond, on surrender of the said Duke, of the rent of 997l. 1s. 11d. reserved to the Crown on lease of the alnage of old and new draperies lately granted to the said Duke, who has surrendered a pension of 1,000l. a year, with arrears, granted him by the late King, and 1,180l. 1s. 9¾d., part of 4,000l. due to him on his pension of 1,000l. a year as gentleman of the bedchamber. [Ibid. No. 288.]
Nov. Confirmation of all charters, &c., formerly granted to the master, wardens, and commonalty of merchant adventurers of Bristol, with a clause that all officers of the society are to take the oaths of allegiance and supremacy. [Ibid. No. 289.]
Nov. Grant to the Duke of Newcastle of 8,083l. 6s. 8d., being the arrears of a pension of 1,000l. a year, from 29 May 1660 to 24 June last; and also grant of a pension of 1,000l. a year for life. [Ibid. No. 290.]
Nov. Warrant to pay to Wm. Ashburnham, cofferer of the Household, 90,000l. by monthly payments of 7,500l., for the household expenses, from 1 Oct. 1668 to 30 Sept. 1669. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 291.]
Nov. Presentation of John Hacket to the Rectory of Theberton, co. Suffolk, void by death of John Carey. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 291.]
Nov. Grant to John Charnock of a waiter's place in the port of London; with proviso that the usual salary is to cease during the time that the Customs are let to farm. [Ibid.]
Nov. Grant to John Oneby, on surrender of Edw. Seymour, of a messenger's place in the Exchequer during pleasure. [Ibid. No. 292.]
Nov.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Commissioners of Prizes to allow Charles, Duke of Richmond and Lenox, owner of the Lenox privateer, to have 5 bales of goods taken by the said privateer in a prize ship, the Gift of God, but condemned to the King's use in the Court of Appeals, as belonging to an enemy against whom the commander of the vessel had no letters of marque. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 201.]
[Nov.] Copy of the above. [Ibid. No. 202.]
Nov. Notes [by Williamson] from the signet books of warrants, &c., passed during the month, the uncalendared portions of which are as follows:—
Note that during suspension from the office of Treasurer [of the Navy] during pleasure, the King may appoint others to have the exercise and emoluments of the office.
Note that Sir Gabriel Silvius, sent Envoy Extraordinary to the Elector of Brandenburg, had 200l. equipage, and 3l. a day entertainment, paid 3 months in advance, and expenses, &c., allowed.
Note that the Earl of Carlisle, sent to carry the garter to the King of Sweden, had 1,500l. for equipage, and 10l. a day, paid 3 months in advance; and St. George, the herald attending him, 30s. a day and 250l. for equipage. Extraordinaries allowed to both. [Dom. Papers, Car. II. 248, No. 127.]
[Nov.] Note of receipts and payments by Ambrose Benet, on behalf of Jerome Smith, a lunatic, since the passing of a like account in 1667 before Sir Nath. Webb, Master in Chancery. [8 sheets. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 203.]
Nov. ? Note by Williamson of 6 objections made by Lord Arlington to the draft of the letter for his Royal Highness, as compared with the order of 21 Oct., which Dr. Gorges says were all cleared by the lord keeper 12 Nov., excepting the 3rd, relating to such lands as were set out to regicides, which his Lordship wishes to be rectified. [Ibid. No. 204.]
Nov. Earl of Anglesey to Pepys. I compassionate Hen. Grant, who had his livelihood taken from him by a vessel of his being made a fireship, and for which he is not yet paid; I wish the Board would consent to some way for payment, to keep him and his family from perishing; if the Board cannot pay him presently, let us join in a particular recommendation of his sad case, as the tears of this afflicted old man have often grieved my heart. I cannot be with you to-day; I am going about Mr. Clutterbuck's business, which I have been following already two days in vain. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 205.]
[Nov.] Papers relating to officers of ships at Woolwich, who were suspended for non-attendance.
Certificates, signed by the men whose names are appended, of satisfactory causes of absence, through sickness of themselves or relatives, or attention to other duties, of the following persons:— [Ibid. Nos. 206–217.]
Oct. 23. Boatswain, gunner, purser, and cook of the Centurion, by John Kiggens, boatswain, John Pryar, gunner, Mich. Taylor, cook, and Thos. Ridgway, purser of the Centurion.
Oct. 23. John Prowere, gunner of the Jersey, by Lau. Coelson.
Oct. 23. Boatswain, gunner, purser, and cook of the Jersey, by Cuthbert Bombridge and 2 others.
Oct. 23. Augustine Jenkins, boatswain of the Foresight, by W. Hubbert, surgeon.
Oct. 23. Boatswain, purser, and cook of the Foresight, by Aug. Jenkins, boatswain, and John Halstead, cook of the Foresight.
Oct. 23. John Halstead, cook of the Foresight, by A. Colier, M.D.
Oct. 27. Mich. Taylor, cook of the Centurion, by John Lane, minister; Thos. Slightom and Edw. Taylor, churchwardens, and Wm. Stowerton and Anna Stourton, midwife to Margaret, wife of Mich. Taylor.
Oct. 28. [John Pryar,] purser of the Jersey, by Wm. Sheldon.
Oct. 28. Hen. Winterborne, gunner of the Pearl, by Wm. Sheldon.
Oct. 29. The same, by Wm. Axtell, surgeon.
Nov. 2. The same, by Judith Grosse and 2 others.
Nov. 5. The same, by Capt. W. Hannam.
27 Oct. Abstract of the above certificates, with observations as to their worth, and what further evidence is required. [Ibid. No. 218.]
Oct. ? Note of the charge against the boatswain, gunner, purser, and cook of the Jersey, of being absent. [Ibid. No. 219.]
Nov. 3. Thos. Ridgway, purser of the Centurion, to Pepys. Whilst I was absent to pass my accounts, I gave our boatswain my victuals to do my duty, but he neglected it; when we were called before the Board, he entreated me not to speak anything of him, or it would be the worse for him, which the gunner of the Pearl will justify. I beg for an order to the Clerk of the Cheque that I may be restored to my employment, having been suspended for not doing my duty. I have attended your honours a month at great charge, as I live at Rochester. I have received but 3l. 12s. 6d. since I came from the Straits 9 months ago, and shall not have my own or servant's wages until I have passed my accounts; besides, 30l. was stopped at the pay table of money due from the seamen to me; I have borrowed so long that I do not know what shift to make to maintain my family of eight. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 249, No. 220.] Encloses,
Petition of Thos. Ridgway to the Navy Commissioners, for readmission to his office. Was obliged to attend the office for divers months to pass his 4 years' accounts, and agreed with the boatswain to do his duty, for which he gave him all his victuals. 7 Oct. 1668. [Ibid. No. 220i.]
Nov. ?
Deal.
Lists sent by Mor. Lodge to Williamson of ships in in the Downs, the arrival and departure of the mails, state of the wind, &c., during the month, as follows:—
Vol. 249.
No.
Date. King's. Merchants. Mail. Wind. Remarks.
Arrival. Departure.
221 Nov. 1 2 82 None 6 p.m. W.
222 " 2 1 None 5 p.m. N.W. The fleet of 150 merchantmen has sailed, with a fair wind.
223 " 4 2 1 None 6 p.m. S.E.
224 " 7 2 None 5 p.m. N.E.
225 " 9 1 3 None N.W. A Malaga ship reports from Tangiers that Capt. Rooth ran aground 4 Sally menof-war, and all are lost.
226 " 11 2 11 None 5 p.m. S.W.
227 " 13 2 11 None 5 p.m. S.W. The weather is stormy, 20 Dutch ships, chiefly men-ofwar, are driven in; 12 Spanish men-of-war, bound for Cadiz, have arrived.
228 " 14 2 12 None 6 p.m. S.W. The Dutch and Spanish fleets are still here, but the wind calmer.
229 " 17 2 20 None 4 p.m. N.W. The Dutch and Spanish fleets still in the Downs.
230 " 18 2 24 None 6 p.m. N.W. " " "
231 " 19 23 None 4 p.m. S.W. " " "
232 " 20 29 None 6 p.m. N.W. " " "
233 " 21 2 27 None 6 p.m. S.W. The Golden Phoenix from Hamburg ran ashore on the Goodwin Sands, but was got off with some damage by the Deal men; it blows hard.
234 " 22 1 2 None 5 p.m. N.E. The Success is sailing for Tangiers, and the merchant ships gone or going. The Golden Phoenix has come in.
235 " 23 1 5 None 5 p.m. N.E. A Spanish ship was ashore, but was helped off by Deal men, and carried several of them away.
236 " 24 1 2 None 5 p.m. N.E.
237 " 25 1 2 5 p.m. S.W.
238 " 27 2 5 None 6 p.m. S.E.
239 " 28 5 5 p.m. S.
240 " 29 1 11 None 4 p.m. S. A Dutch man-of-war arrived as convoy to the others.