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Charles II: November 1669

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

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November 1669

Nov. 1.
Lyme.
Ant. Thorold to Hickes. Arrival of ships named, with wine and salt. The great ship of 100 guns building at Brest is ready to be launched. Many of the French soldiers and sailors have returned home. A vessel of Tynemouth foundered at sea, about 2 or 3 leagues from Lyme Harbour, and two of her men were drowned. I thank you for the [news] letters, and as Parliament is sitting, I hope they will be continued. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 81.]
Nov. 1.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships to and from France, Bilbao, Algiers, &c. [Ibid. No. 82.]
Nov. 1.
Minehead.
John Maurice to Williamson. Three vessels named have been cast away by the violence of the storm, 5 men drowned, and very little of the goods, consisting chiefly of wool, saved; we hear of several other wrecks off the coast of Ireland. [Ibid. No. 83.]
Nov. 1.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Prince William, a Dutch man-ofwar, arrived with 3 merchantmen under convoy, bound for Bilbao. The fleet of merchantmen bound for France put to sea, but were forced back, and are now in harbour. The St. George of Dieppe, laden with salt for Ireland, which left us 14 days since, has been cast away on the coast of Ireland, but her men were saved, and some of them have returned to Falmouth for a passage home. [Ibid. No. 84.]
1669 ? Nov. 1. T. Fis: to—. Private affairs. Dr. Needham was removed from Windsor a month ago. I have waited on Squire Hepton, who is still at Garland's. Send me an almanac. Your friends at Park desire remembrances. Endorsed, "Copy of a letter intercepted by my Lord Mordaunt." [3 pages. Ibid. No. 85.]
Nov. 1.
Whitehall.
Licence to John Ogilby for 15 years, to have the sole printing of a description of the world, in 5 volumes, embassies to China and Japan, and the history of the Tartaries, all adorned with sculptures, in addition to his 2 previous warrants for the sole publication of other works. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 131.]
[Nov. 2.] Petition of Rich. Freeman, officer in Wallingford garrison, to Lord Arlington, to help him into the Charterhouse, peaceably to end his days, being unable to help himself to a subsistence. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 86.]
Nov. 2.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Thanks for letters and good wishes. I have indeed had a smart fit of illness; but it pleased God, in the midst of judgment, to remember mercy, for which I bless his holy name. I will write to Mr. Ellis and Williamson by the next post. [Ibid. No. 87.]
Nov. 2.
Staveley.
Lord Frescheville to Williamson. I have received the report about the advowson; it directs the passing of a new lease; I hope it may be for 31 years, the usual term of the King's leases, the rent being improved more than by any former tenant. [Damaged. Ibid. No. 88.]
Nov. 2.
Coventry.
Ralph Hope to Williamson. To-day the new Mayor and officers were sworn according to custom, viz.: Thos. Lindzey, tallowchandler, Mayor; Hugh Capell and Fras. Cater, mercers, Sheriffs; and Wm. Snell, mercer, and Rob. Whittell, dyer, Chamberlains. The latter, being an Anabaptist, would not take the oath, and paid the fine, when John Winterton, butcher, was chosen in his stead, and Jos. Nicholls and Rob. Chandler, Wardens. The two sheriffs were very refractory at first, refusing either to swear or pay the fine; they offered to take the oath of sheriff, but not of abjuration, designing by that trick to evade both office and fine. They were, however, frightened out of their plea, by apprehensions of some severity from above, which the city were resolved, if possible, to procure, rather than be baffled. After all were sworn, they had the annual feast, but it was very inferior, the new Mayor not being so bountiful as many, though few believe him so wise as wealthy.
We need not fear the suppression of conventicles, which never so abounded, since the principal governors have been favourers of them. The Mayor's religion and parts may go together, he being judged not over burdened with either; but every man here must have his turn, and every dog has his day. [Ibid. No. 89.]
Nov. 2.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Sir P. Honeywood is now convalescent. [Ibid. No. 90.]
Nov. 2. Earl of Northampton to Lord Arlington. Being detained in the country, I desire you to present the petition enclosed to his Majesty, and procure a reference of it to yourself, the Earl of Oxford, and Lord Ashley. The bearer will furnish particulars. Endorsed, "My Lord of Northampton, about his petition." [Ibid. No. 91.]
Nov. 2.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Sir Thos. Orby, for a longer term than 21 years in Crowland Manor, let to him by the late Queen [Mother]. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 76.]
Nov. 3.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. Repetition of his letter of the 1st instant to Hickes, adding that from Bilbao it is reported that there will be a war between them and France. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 92.]
Nov. 3.
Bristol.
Jo. Fitzherbert to Williamson. Arrival of ships with linen cloth, wine, oranges, and lemons. The merchants are in some disorder, on account of a reported hurricane at the Barbadoes, but a vessel from there mentions nothing of it. The Sea Flower of Bristol is daily expected with a full account. [Ibid. No. 93.]
Nov. 3.
Westminster.
Appointment by Henry, Bishop of St. Asaph, of John Ellis, M.A., to the prebend in the cathedral void by death of Archibald Sparke, S.T.B., of Llanyfydd. [Latin. Ibid. No. 94.]
Nov. 3. List of those who have been sheriffs in each county of England for 3 years past, ending 3 Nov. 1668, and of those nominated by Council to be pricked for sheriffs for 1668; with additions by another hand [probably of persons from whom the sheriffs of 1669 are to be selected]. [Latin. Ibid. No. 95.]
Nov. 3.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of John, Earl of Bridgewater, for the high stewardship of the manor of Tring, co. Herts, in the King's disposal by death of the Queen Mother. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 75.]
Nov. 3.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Sir George Fletcher, for a grant of the King's title to the fines due to his Majesty, for every head of Scotch cattle imported into England, contrary to the Act 15 Charles II. [Ibid. p. 76.]
Nov. 3. Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners. Let all possible care be taken to prevent the necessity of saving flesh in the summer, as was done last year, to the detriment of the service, for want of timely notice, which should be given 13 Oct. each year. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 96.]
Nov. 3.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. We have been hindered firing more chests of powder on the wrecks by the weather, but shall send down 2 to-morrow, and hope they will not prove less effectual than the former. The Minion is a vessel none will adventure on, and I must let her lie until some other things are to be sold. The Surveyor and I have treated with the former twine-maker, who wants 6½d. a pound for making, the King finding hemp; we suppose it might be had cheaper, only not so good as that made here.
Mr. Brunsden commends Sir Roger Twisden's timber for the new ship, and Sir Roger will meet me and the Surveyor on Saturday, at Town Malling. Brunsden is viewing another parcel of timber at Newhead, but the gentleman will not part with it unless the whole be bought—482 loads at 3l. 7s. a load; I suppose if we agree with Sir Roger, his will come much under that price. The St. George and Unicorn should be had into dock, being very leaky. I shall find some knees here, but we shall not have enough. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 97.]
Nov. 3.
Chatham.
Surveyor Thos. Middleton to the Navy Commissioners. I will meet Sir Roger Twisden on Saturday about his timber, which if Mason had bought and sold to us, we could not have had it under 4l. a load. You will do well to treat with some block-makers, or I will do so here, for blocks for the new ship; there is as great an evil in that trade as in any that belongs to navigation, and the King is not more cheated in any one trade than in that. There is no need to have a block-maker and pump-maker, both being but one trade, and one man can well perform them; but this extravagance is like many more which I hope to lay before you. The face of things is much changed since Commissioner Cox came to Chatham, and more will be daily done, to the King's great advantage. Pray speak to Capt. Shales to remove a parcel of old compasses, and the cases purchased by him at the last sale. [3¼pages. Ibid. No. 98.]
Nov. 3.
The Roebuck, Downs.
Capt. Geo. Liddell to the Navy Commissioners. We had very bad weather at sea, which has damaged my bread; the davit was washed off the forecastle, and other damage done, two canboys staved, &c. If Mr. Coomer can fit me with a piece of mast, I will make it serve for the present. We have 7 weeks' provisions aboard. [Ibid. No. 99.]
Nov. 4. Thos. Lewis to [Pepys]. I have drawn up Mr. Bunch's account for victualling the Sapphire between May 1666 and Nov. 1668, and find he is in debt 300l., which probably is the reason he looks not after the passing of the account. The ship is going to sea again; you may acquaint the Board with it. [Ibid. No. 100.]
Nov. 4.
Woolwich Ropeyard.
Wm. Bodham to the Navy Commissioners. I will prepare one cwt. of twine to send to Chatham. Shall any more be provided? None has been before demanded, since my coming here in July 1664. [Ibid. No. 101.]
Nov. 4. Exceptions made by the plaintiff, in the cause of Jerome Smith, lunatic, v. Ambrose Benet, to the report of Sir John Coell, Master in Chancery, assigning to the defendant 66l. 12s. 11d. for costs of the suit before his accounts are passed; also to the absence of sufficient vouchers for the 214l. 18s. 10d., allowed to the plaintiff on his accounts. [Ibid. No. 102.]
Nov. 4.
Holyrood House.
Sir Alex. Frazer to Lord Arlington. Parliament is busy in settling grievances. We are impatient to know how your Parliament likes the Union; a disaffected party is glad it is so little considered as yet. The Lord Commissioner waits with patience, but our people are not so wise or patient; business with us is best done when least deliberated. The longer your Parliament suspends their answer to the Union Treaty, the more scruples will be created in the minds of many of us. Yet it is not reasonable that your Parliament should be pressed to an answer that would spoil all that so many wise persons have been doing in order to this treaty Only when you write to my Lord Commissioner, you may give him reasons for their not considering his Majesty's speech. Pardon my writing so freely. [1½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 103.]
Nov. 4.
London.
Rob. Bransby to Viscount Conway, St. George's Lane, Dublin. I expected you in London this session of Parliament, but hearing from your servants that your coming is uncertain, I request payment of 29l., balance of a bill, and also of 13l. for a couch chair and drugget, the bill for which was delivered to Mr. Garrat, who promised payment, but has since died. I have been in the country 2 months, and since my return, I am daily visited by creditors, which makes me discontented. I gave you an account for 54l., due when I received the last payment, and was promised a settlement at Michaelmas, which I have never had. I beg the delivery of divers goods in the house in Queen Street, which are being used by some of Lord Orrery's family, and also of some green serge chairs lent, which are in your study. [Ibid. No. 104.]
Nov. 4.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. No news; all things are quiet. Sir Phil. Honeywood is recovering. [Ibid. No. 105.]
Nov. 4. The King to the Master and Fellows of Queens' College, Cambridge. We hear of the present sufficiency and future hopes of Nath. Shute, B.A., of Christ's College, son of one of our chaplains in ordinary, and also of your favourable intentions towards him. We are graciously pleased to concur in your desires, and require you to admit him to your next vacant fellowship, any statute to the contrary notwithstanding. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 152.]
Nov. 5.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Thanks for all kindness; I am much better, and hope to improve. Two vessels of Plymouth have arrived from France with wine and prunes, and 3 French vessels with the like lading, one of which is bound for Falmouth, the others seeking a market. Remember me to Ellis and Williamson. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 106.]
Nov. 5.
Barnstaple.
Wm. Wakeman to Williamson. The Pelican of Ilfracombe has arrived from Bordeaux, laden with wine and prunes, and 2 ships with wool from Ireland. A vessel belonging to Youghall and Minehead, laden with wool, &c., from Ireland, has been cast away near Wellacombe Sands, and 8 of her men drowned. [Ibid. No. 107.]
Nov. 5. Commission for Chr. Musgrave to be captain of Sir Fras. Mackworth's regiment (sic). Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 202.]
[Nov. 5.] D. de la Fabvollière to Lord Arlington. I request you to order that all my designs, civil and military, books and letters, which have been taken into your lordship's office, may be examined and restored, there being nothing there but my own. I entreat the sum due to me, that I may pay what I owe. [French. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 107A.]
Nov. 5. Pass beyond seas for Sieur de la Fabvollière, who has served the King several years as engineer, and is now dismissed. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 175.]
[Nov. 5.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 108.]
Nov. [5 ?] Licence for Rob. Barber, Sheriff of Dorsetshire, to live out of his county. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book. 31, f. 38.]
Nov. 5. The King to the Governors of Sutton's Hospital. We recommend Martin Clifford, in very especial manner, as master of the said hospital, in reversion after Sir Ralph Sydenham. [Ibid. f. 37.]
[Nov. 5.] Draft of the above, naming Clifford as secretary to George, Duke of Buckingham, Master of the Horse. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 109.]
Nov. 5.
Court at Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Sir Thos. Greaves, Bart., for payment of 1,300l., part of 3,000l. due upon an old privy seal. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 77.]
Nov. 5.
Chatham.
Surveyor Thos. Middleton to the Navy Commissioners. I will wait upon Sir Roger Twisden with Commissioner Cox to-morrow, and doubt not but we shall agree with him about his timber; we intend to go with him to his house, and stay with him on Sunday, as I am resolved to see the trees. I have little judgment in timber-growing, but this being a business of concernment, I am not willing to leave a stone unturned; if we agree he will expect 600l. in hand. Mason has 400 loads of excellent timber at Maidstone, and I have prevailed with him to let you have 100 loads for the new ship at 3l. 6s. a load, or you may have the parcel at 55s. or 56s. a load, which will be a good pennyworth, and with Sir Roger Twisden's, will furnish the yard here for this year's expense.
The instances of amendment of the King's affairs are many; as much work is done for 8d. as was formerly done for 1s., and if anything be amiss, here is one to set it to rights; whereas before no man had power to find fault, and every man did as he liked. I wish there was such a man as Commissioner Cox in all the yards. We shall consult together and put in writing, before I come to London, such things as we judge for the King's advantage, and leave them to your consideration. I have ordered the masters of attendance to give me a demand of what will be needful for the new ship. Pray remind the persons concerned to remove the things purchased by them, as we want the room; it is a great damage to the King, in removing goods to a distance, when if we had them at hand, we should require less time and fewer workmen. [3¼ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 110.]
Nov. 6.
Plymouth.
John Lanyon to the Navy Commissioners. I received the bills for the omissions and for repair of the hulk, and return the tradesmen's hands. Thanks for your allowing the said omissions, and promising to recommend my petition to his Royal Highness. [Ibid. No. 111.]
Nov. 6.
Woolwich.
Edw. Byland to Thos. Hayter. Pray send the brazier to mend the ranges of the Henrietta yacht, there having been a fire, and the vessel endangered for want of it; also for Mr. Hardwin to mend the glass. [Ibid. No. 112.]
Nov. 6.
Portsmouth.
Thos. Hancock to the Navy Commissioners. You will be informed of my depositions before Ayliff Jones, solicitor deceased, against Thos. Hunt of our town; for further prosecution thereof, I and the other 2 persons who gave evidence are ready to do his Majesty service in further attesting the same, and only wait your pleasure for doing it. I desire nothing more than to prove myself a liege man to the King, and hope I shall be so looked upon, notwithstanding the threatenings and affronts I do and shall meet with. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 113.]
[Nov. 6.] Case of the navigation of the River Wey, co. Surrey, showing that the Corporation of Guildford obtained an Act to make it navigable in 1651; that Sir Rich. Weston undertook the navigation, and then sold his interest to Mr. Pitson, who finished it in 1653; but much dispute arising among the land-owners, it was determined to have recourse to Parliament; giving the heads of the Bill tendered to the House. [Printed, with MS. additions. Ibid. No. 114.]
[Nov. 6.] Answer to the above case, controverting some of the allegations, showing that Sir Rich. Weston was the first propounder of the navigation, but being a royalist, transferred it to Pitson in 1651, to pass an Act for it; tracing the progress of the disputes since, and proposing that Parliament should give power to some gentlemen residing near, to give satisfaction to those that have adventured money. With note that Mr. Sandys and Mr. Pitson have had one Bill thrown out in the Lords and one in the Commons, and Mr. Radcliffe one thrown out in both Houses. [Ibid. No. 115.]
[Nov. 6.] Statement of the case relating to the navigation of the river Wey, from Guildford to the Thames, made navigable by James Pitson; his interest therein, after the Restoration, was transferred to John Ratcliffe, who repaired the river, locks, &c., and in Jan. 1665, sold his interest to Thos. Cressey. They were impleaded about the possession in the Exchequer, but many delays ensued, during which Ratcliffe died, leaving four small children, without other provision that what he had expended upon the river. With MS. note that a speedy end is requested, the Lord Chief Baron having had the cause before him 3 years. [Printed. Ibid. No. 116.]
[Nov. 6.] Heads of a Bill for settling the river Wey in Surrey, and composing the difference between the contractors and the landowners, touching its navigation. [Printed. Ibid. No. 117. See Commons' Journals, Vol. IX., p. 103.]
Nov. 6. Affidavit of Mich. Bebington, of the Inner Temple, in the cause of Jerome Smith v. Ambrose Benet, that he gave the plaintiff notice of the order of the Court of Chancery, that he should show cause within 8 days why Sir John Coell's report should not be confirmed. [Ibid. No. 118.]
Nov. 6.
Castle Cornet.
Sir Jonathan Atkins to Williamson. The French afford very little story since their last storm at Candia. Sir Thos. Morgan called here on his way to England. Hearing you were a lover of cider, I have sent you two hogsheads. [Ibid. No. 119.]
Nov. 6/16.
Paris.
Funeral oration on Henrietta Maria of France, Queen of Great Britain, pronounced by Abbé Bossuet, in presence of Monsieur, the King's only brother, and of Madame [daughter of Henrietta Maria], at the church of St. Mary, Challiot, where the heart of her Majesty reposes. [Ibid. No. 120.]
Nov. 6. Brief notes of proceedings in the House of Commons. [Printed more at length in Commons' Journals, Vol. IX. p. 103. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 121.]
Nov. 6/16.
Paris.
[Sam.] Puffendorf to Williamson. I am leaving at once, my successor having arrived in Holland, and being daily expected here. I beg your commands, principally in reference to the purchase of books, which I will bring you myself. [French. Ibid. No. 122.]
Nov. 6.
London.
Earl of Ailesbury to Williamson. I desire that Mr. Cheyney, named in the depositions, may not be mentioned in your order; he is not so rude as the others, but was amongst them by chance. I delivered a paper to Lord Arlington. [Ibid. No. 123.]
Nov. 6.
Edinburgh.
Rob. Mein to Williamson. I can send no news, no one but members being allowed to be present, either at Parliament, or the meetings of the Lords of Articles. [Ibid. No. 124.]
Nov. 6.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Another Jamaica man has arrived, who speaks of an attack, by English privateers in the West Indies, on 7 sail of Spaniards, 2 of which were fired and 3 taken, the others escaping; he says the privateers are in great hopes of capturing some of the Spanish towns. As this news is similar to an account received 8 weeks since, I think it is the same business, but the seamen say it is not; 30 sail of ships are in the Downs, outward bound. [Ibid. No. 125.]
Nov. 7.
Deal.
Same to the Same. The 2 Spanish ships taken by our privateers in West India were 2 galleons, which they could not overpower through having so many men, so they fired them; then the Spaniards leaped overboard and the English went to plunder, and made themselves very rich. Some of the plate was sold in Deal yesterday. This was not the May exploit, but was done in August. [Ibid. No. 126.]
Nov. 7.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. All things are quiet. Sir Phil. Honeywood has recovered beyond expectation. [Ibid. No. 127.]
Nov. 7.
Durham.
Dr. Guy Carleton to Williamson. I beg pardon for so often asking the beadsman's place, vacant by death of Will. Green of Morland, for John Richison of Bolton, Westmoreland, as it would be such a charitable work. It would be too great a presumption to beg a line under your own hand, you being so engaged on State affairs; but I shall be thankful for a few words from one of your clerks. [Ibid. No. 128.]
Nov. 8.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. I send contracts for provisions bought here for the service. I have agreed with Sir Roger Twisden, and presume the Surveyor has sent an account of the articles agreed on. The timber is much wanted for the new ship, and all care shall be taken in getting it into the yard. The Black Dog hoy is still at Harwich by bad weather. I gave a warrant for docking the Unicorn and St. George. [Ibid. No. 129.]
Nov. 8.
Chatham.
Col. Thos. Middleton to the Navy Commissioners. I send an agreement with Sir Roger Twisden for his timber; "he would not hear of anything of the King's in the business, but would have us to be bound for his payment," which we were forced to comply with. The trees, as they stand, seem to be as good as ever I saw; the greatest reason I had to see them was to observe what sort of land they grew on, by which more is to be judged of timber than by looking on the tree. I found it to be stiff clay, without mixture of sand or gravel, which is all the judgment I have to choose timber by, as it grows.
The want of the room Mr. Gould's ground tow lies on will cost the King a large sum, besides the tediousness of the work and loss of time. The barn you name was never of any use to the King, and I never knew that he used or repaired it; as it is ready to fall, I will make inquiry about it. The workmen are very earnest for their month's pay; what answer shall be given them? We have promised Sir Roger Twisden a bill for 620l., being 600l. in part payment, and 20l. for the bark of the trees; do not fail in sending it me, we having prevailed with him to let us fell some of the trees for present occasions. Signed also by Commissioner Cox. [3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 130.]
Nov. 8.
Woolwich Ropeyard.
Wm. Bodham to the Navy Commissioners. I delivered to Capt. Taylor's son the 10 tons of rakings bought at the sale last May, at 3s. 6d. per cwt. He sent not the money according to promise, but I did not deny delivery, knowing that he is able, and that you can make him willing to pay. We judged it well worth 4s. 6d., but seeing it is bought at 3s. 6d., no more can be demanded, though it is strange the price should not be advanced at the sale. You should charge warehouse room which, considering the bulk and room it took, may be valued at 20s. a week; it is usual to allow but 3 weeks for fetching away bought goods, and this charge would be instead of an advance by bidding at the sale. [Ibid. No. 131.]
Nov. 8.
Gravesend.
Ph. Pett to the Navy Commissioners. A small boat for meeting ships below Gravesend is necessary, for better performance of my duty as muster-master. With note that it is not allowed until he lays before the Board the conveniences arising to the King thereby. [Ibid. No. 132.]
Nov. 8.
Woolwich.
Edw. Byland to Thos. Hayter. Mr. Kingsbury has served in 116 loads of compass timber more than his contract, and falls short with his strait timber 16 loads. I desire you will order Mr. Acworth to receive it, and make out his bills. [Ibid. No. 133.]
Nov. 8.
Chester.
M. Anderton to [Williamson]. Lord Fingall [Luke Plunkett, 3rd Earl], left yesterday for Holyhead, on his way to Ireland, accompanied by honest Mr. Leigh, who desires his service. You will find by the perusal of an enclosure, the esteem entertained by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland for the Secretaries of State. I had stopped the shipment of the horses and mares, but I presumed they had paid customs upon importation, being Flanders breed. Understanding you have become housekeeper, I will send you a brace of Cheshire cheeses. Remember me to Sir Geoffry Shakerley. [Ibid. No. 134.]
Nov. 8. Thos. Povey to [Williamson]. I heard from Mr. Drurie of the resentments of Clarke and Martin, at the fierce and factious pro- ceedings of the triumphing party at Thetford, and of his being directed to wait upon you, and acquaint you therewith. I have received a letter from the Mayor, of the desire of the corporation to choose a new deputy-recorder or town clerk, for their own purposes. I beg to make a few observations on the matter, and on the address presented to you by them. It is their design to unsettle the corporation, and transfer all the interests and influences vested in the house of Norfolk to a new lord. In order to do this, they agreed that their address to this new lord, subscribed privately, should be entered of record in their Hall book, and got the freemen to make a like address, whereby the body, instead of an aristocracy, becomes a populacy.
As to their application for a new charter, I believe that, since the return of the King, for the better regulating boroughs and preventing faction, it has been the custom, upon reviewing charters, to appoint the recorder and town clerk, so that their request to you to add or alter clauses, without consulting such officers, is wrong. I, as recorder and town clerk, am entrusted with the interests of a noble family, whose ancestors obtained the charter in the time of Elizabeth, and am therefore unwilling it shall be disturbed, until the present Lord of Thetford has returned, or whilst the chief and soberest persons cannot consult with the rest. I cannot see that the proceedings in the Exchequer between Martin and Kendall, as to the payment of arrears of taxes, have anything to do with Parliament, and I hear the Exchequer has decided the difference.
The river certainly cannot be dealt with, without an Act of Parliament, but I was the first mover in that matter, and asked Lord Arlington for his patronage in it; so that out of common civility, the corporation ought to have included me, as their officer, in such address, I having given them advice in it; whereby they show their unwillingness that the benefit should be brought to the town, by the means and the persons spoken of, lest the sense of it should oblige the town, which Kendall would govern by power and cunning only.
I hope that you, as their burgess in Parliament, will refuse to recognise such applications, unless they come through me, as their recorder and town clerk; and that you will so express yourself, seeing I might have been their member in your place; for you know my good intentions towards the borough, in having obtained the brief with some pain and difficulty, thereby obliging those of whom I had no knowledge or acquaintance. The contrivances of these new men and new minds are sufficiently visible in their address, and I hope you will find an expedient to keep yourself fair on all sides, and will be a witness for me, on the return of Lord Howard, who will be found jealous and passionate at the foul apostacy of the town. I never expected, by adhering to you, to weaken my own pretensions as recorder. [3½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 135.]
Nov. 8. The King to the Mayor, bailiffs, and burgesses of Headon-inHolderness, Yorkshire. We approve your election of Chris. Hildyard, barrister-at-law, a person of good abilities and loyalty, to the office of recorder, on resignation of Wm. Wise. With minute of a like letter in favour of Wm. Baines, chosen town clerk of Headon, in place of Aquila Stevenson, deceased. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 132.]
Nov. 8. Warrant to Thos. Horton of Bork Island, Yorkshire, to preserve the King's game in the wapentake of Agbrigg and Morley, West Riding of Yorkshire. Minute. [Ibid.]
Nov. 8. The King to the Commissioners of Ordnance. You report on the petition of John Samine, powder maker, that he lost 1,200l. in the firing of his stores at Moulsey, Surrey, and 660l. worth of powder belonging to his Majesty, for which he is responsible; that he was abated in the price of some saltpetre bought from him during the Dutch war, and that at the late dreadful fire at the Custom House, he saved 150 barrels of powder; he is therefore to be discharged from payment of the said 660l., and the sum will be allowed to you on your accounts. [Ibid. f. 133.]
Nov. 9. Warrant to the Ordnance Commissioners to deliver to Sir Rob. Holmes, Governor of the Isle of Wight, beds, &c., for lodging 60 soldiers in the castles of the island. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 202.]
Nov. 9. Approval by the King of the subjoined decree of the Commissioners of Sewers for the River Lee and the New River, published at the sessions of sewers, St. Andrews, Holborn, viz.: that the 2 pipes for conveying water from the River Lee to the New River, by Chalk Island, near Ware, be one 6 and the other 8 inches bore, and that turnpike jetties be set up by the New River Company, to raise the water of the Lee high enough to pass through the pipes, yet not so as to endanger any vessel, or to cause inundation of the meadows; the decree to be certified in Chancery. With 11 signatures, and note of the King's approval. [Copy. S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 178.]
Nov. 9. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Nath. Philpot, for payment of 577l. 14s. 8d., expended in building a lodge, paling, &c., in Hyde Park, while he was keeper thereof. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 78.]
Nov 9.
Whitehall.
Petition of Thos. Hodge, chaplain to Lord Windsor, to the King, for a presentation to the vicarage of Bromsgrove, co. Worcester, no one having been duly presented for 18 months, and it having therefore become lapsed to his Majesty. With reference thereon to Walter, Bishop of Oxford, and his report in favour of the petitioner. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, Nos. 136, 137.]
Nov. 9. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 78.]
Nov. 9.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Two ships have arrived from Portugal, with sugar and oil. Thanks for your letter. I have been much weakened by my late distemper. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 138.]
Nov. 9.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. I did not receive last week the usual news, which is much desired during the Parliament time. [Ibid. No. 139.]
Nov. 9. Same to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 140.]
Nov. 9.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson. The Dutch packet boat has arrived, but the packets for Harwich have not been heard of for a fortnight, and the master has been constrained to hire hoys here to transport the mails and passengers. We hear of great tempests at sea, and of great wrecks being seen on the coast of Norway and elsewhere. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 141.]
Nov. 9.
Dublin.
Capt. Wm. Fasby, of the Monmouth yacht, to the Navy Commissioners. I did my best to learn the prices of those goods I need, and hope you will send them from London, for I can have no sails made here; it will be a great wrong to the yacht if she is not fitted and graved, as without this some of the officers will leave. I want 22 men, as the Mary has. I left 4 of my men at Greenwich, and took 4 others in their room, but the former men having followed me, which has put them to great charge, I hope you will allow me to bear them. [Ibid. No. 142.]
Nov. 9.
Ordnance Office.
Edw. Sherburne and Rich. March to the Navy Commissioners. His Majesty has commanded that the fort or battery at Gallions be continued, and none of the great guns removed without further order. We desire you will direct the officers at Woolwich to forbear taking up and bringing away the plank and timber there, until his Majesty declares his further pleasure therein. [Ibid. No. 143.]
Nov. 9. Rob. Wright, counsellor, to the Navy Commissioners. As you gave me leave to employ a solicitor, to wait on you to receive your orders as to law matters, I have sent him to do his duty. He is industrious and diligent, and will bring me your orders, which shall be executed with care and diligence. [Ibid. No. 144.]
Nov. 9.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. I have in all the beams of the upper deck of the London, and want 7 or 8 loads of knees to finish it. I would lay it now the weather is fair and dry, that the joiners may go on with the works in the cabin. If you will send the purveyor to look about the river, he may find sufficient knees for the service. I have complained of the delay in making a pinnace for Capt. Pearce of the Sapphire. [Ibid. No. 145.]
Nov. 10.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. I put up your instructions for the sale of the Marmaduke wreck, and gave Mr. Gregory the bill of imprest for 300l.; he desires that Mr. Pauling of Maidstone, receiver of taxes, may pay it, if he has so much of the Treasurer's money in hand. I will provide what is demanded by the officers, and inquire what knee timber may be had in these parts. Let 200l. more be imprested to Mr. Gregory, for payment of the men engaged on the wrecks, which service I hope to bring to an end in the spring [tide], if the Ordnance supplies powder and materials, also some deals to repair the wharves and storehouse.
The ground tow sold to Mr. Gould is not fetched away, and the room is very much wanted. There is a tender of 3,000 fagots, and some timber at Maidstone fit for the new ship. The fellow who stole the ropes from the masts was ordered by Justices Allen and May to be carried to Maidstone, but as they would not order their officers to take him, I sent him to the constable and bozelder of Chatham, from whom he got away; I find all here are against executing any severity for theft. I will prosecute the constable and bozelder for their default, if desired. We want plank to make chests for the powder to blow up the wrecks. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 146.]
Nov. 10.
Chatham.
Col. Thos. Middleton to the Navy Commissioners. I am sorry you think the price paid for Sir Roger Twisden's timber is hard on the King; let me have your resolution about Mason's. We require blocks for the new ships. Mr. Yardly never had anything to do with the barn; I find it has been used many years by different persons to put wood in. I hope you will mind the treasurers about the workmen, as they would fain be merry at Christmas, or at least have money to pay their quarter's rent. Pray send 20 lasts of tar, and if you can, send 40. I fear it will be 3 weeks before I have finished my survey. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 147.]
Nov. 10.
The Sapphire, Gravesend.
Certificate of Andrew Hogan and 6 others, that their ship sprang her foremast coming from Long Reach, and is unserviceable. [Ibid. No. 148.]
Nov. 10.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Williamson. Two French ships, laden with salt, brandy, and wines, have put in by contrary weather, both bound for Dublin. [Ibid. No. 149.]
Nov. 11.
Deal.
Morgan Lodge to Williamson. I delivered the packet on board the Black Spread Eagle, bound for Tangiers. [Ibid. No. 150.]
Nov. 11.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson. The storm has abated, but the wind continues at west. Only one of the 3 packet-boats has arrived. I understand one is in Holland, but can gain no intelligence of the third, which has been missing a fortnight. Two Holland ships with timber from Norway, and several others, have put into port for safety. [Ibid. No. 151.]
Nov. 11.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Chas. Collier for Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. There is no news of any kind. [Ibid. No. 152.]
Nov. 11.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. A ship from the Barbadoes has arrived, and reports the colony to be in a peaceable condition. There is a report that Prince Robert [Rupert] is desiring leave of the King to make halfpence, to go throughout the kingdom, at which all rejoice, for now every pitiful shopkeeper coins farthings and halfpence at his pleasure. [Ibid. No. 153.]
Nov. 10. Petition of Thos. Hele, and 25 other parishioners of Holberton, co. Devon, to the King, to present Thos. Rous, M.A., Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, to the living void by the death of Wm. Phillips. Rous having officiated there for some time. With certificate by the Bishop of Oxford in favour of Rous, his lordship having received such good testimony of him from the Bishop of Exeter. [26 signatures. Ibid. No. 154.]
Nov. 11.
Preston, Lancashire.
Inquisition on a writ of ad quod damnum, reporting that a grant to Charles, Earl of Derby, of 2 yearly fairs, and a weekly market at Grimskirk, and a yearly fair at Weeton-cum-Preeze, co. Lancaster, will not be prejudicial to the neighbourhood. With the writ for the above inquisition, dated 3 Nov. 1669, addressed to Sir Thos. Ingram, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, prefixed. [Latin. 7 pages. S.P. Dom. Car. II. 267, Nos. 155, 156.]
Nov. 11. Presentation of Thos. Hodge, chaplain to Lord Windsor, to the vicarage of Bromsgrove, co. Worcester. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 112.]
Nov. 11.
Whitehall.
Order referring to the Earl of Oxford, and Lords Ashley and Arlington, the petition of the Earl of Northampton, for examination by some persons of honour of several pretended misdemeanours, committed in Whittlewood Forest, co. Northampton. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 79.]
Nov. 11.
Harwich.
Wm. Williamson, master of the Black Dog hoy, to the Navy Commissioners. I am laden with timber from Maldon for Chatham, but forced in here by the weather, and must stay till the wind changes. Pray send an order for some victuals, as I have not one day's aboard. The Adam and Eve hoy is here. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 157.]
Nov. 11.
Chatham Ropeyard.
John Owen to the Navy Commissioners. We have but one last of tar in the stores, and as we spend 2 at a tarring, I desire a speedy supply. [Ibid. No. 158.]
Nov. 11.
Gravesend.
Phineas Pett to the Navy Commissioners. Reasons why I should have a boat of 7 tons, for performing my duty of muster master. There is a Flemish longboat, with a deck built on her, at Chatham, fit for the purpose, which will be the cheapest to the King. With note that it was negatived by the Board, as an unnecessary charge. [Ibid. No. 159.]
Nov. 11. Daniel Gates to Thos. Hayter. Having stayed as long as I can, without hazarding the loss of the convoy, pray acquaint the Commissioners that I shall sail on the 18th, so that if they have any of Lord Fauconberg's goods to put on board for Venice, they are to make despatch. [Ibid. No. 160.]
Nov. 11. Abra. Ansley to [Pepys]. Particulars of proceedings taken to prevent further embezzlements on board the York. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 161.] Encloses,
Information of John Elliott and 2 others, that they saw Rich. Driver, late boatswain of the York, carry away a hawser, and an old awning; that after his decease, nothing was carried away, but all was committed to the succeeding boatswain.—Portsmouth, 11 Nov. 1669. [Ibid. No. 161i.]
Petition of Mary Driver, widow, to the Navy Commissioners, that the 12 months' wages due to her late husband may be no longer suspended, but paid to her, and that whatever was misspent or came short may be charged on the succeeding boatswain, no survey being made till a month after she gave up the keys of the storeroom. With reference thereon by Col. Thos. Middleton and Sir Jeremiah Smith to Commissioner Tippetts.—2 Oct. 1669. [Ibid. No. 161ii.]
Nov. 12.
Chatham.
Col. Thos. Middleton to the Navy Commissioners. I shall buy what timber I see fit for the King. I found the floors of the hemphouses so rotten, that I was forced to order deals to be laid on them. I wish the ship with them were sent to this place, that the trouble of sending to Deptford upon every occasion might be prevented. We are in great want of tar; there are 13 or 14 coppers, which cost the King 600l., are unfit for use, and burthen the stores; 85l. would make them as serviceable as ever, and if the ships are ordered to sea, new ones must be had; there are also some kettles and poop lanterns, that a quarter of the first cost would make as good as ever. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 162.]
Nov. 12. Propositions by Thos. Steane for fitting 56 repairable poop lanterns at Chatham with all materials, for 67l. With note that he is to have 60l. for it, and 40l. by way of imprest. [Ibid. No. 163.]
[Nov. 12.] Case in an appeal to the House of Lords, from a decree of the Court of Chancery, in the cause of Bernard Grenville, and Ann his wife, sole daughter and heir of the late Cuthbert Morley, against Jeremy and Hen. Elwayes, relative to a mortgage held by the defendants on certain estates of Cuthbert Morley. He being a delinquent, and in danger of sequestration, released the estate to Jeremy Elwayes, his brother-in-law, in secret trust, to receive it back when in condition so to do; the said decree being that the mortgager, to redeem the estate, should repay not only the whole mortgage, with interest, charges, &c., but the sum paid by the mortgagee, for purchase of the estate from the late usurpers. Long details of proceedings, 1642–1668. [Printed. 4 pages. Ibid. No. 164. See Lords' Journals, Vol. XII., pp. 265–6.]
Nov. 12. Caveat in favour of Sir Thos. Ingram, that nothing pass for the disposal of any office in the jointure of the late Queen, in the Duchy of Lancaster. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 32, p. 7.]
Nov. 12.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. Some ships have arrived from Portugal, the Canaries, &c.; 3 ships were driven ashore during the late hurricane. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 165.]
Nov. 12. Same to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 166.]
Nov. 12.
Dover.
Jo. Carlile to [Williamson]. Through contrary winds, the Dover packet-boats have of late landed their mails and passengers in the Downs and at Margate. I hear from Flanders that a war is expected between France and Holland. I perceive by the Gazette that a house is shut up in Calais through the contagion, but find that it is no such thing; the house shut up in Dover was from a woman dying through miscarrying, and although 10 persons are in the house, none have been sick. Great care is taken by the Mayor and magistrates to keep the house closed, though we hope there is no danger. [Ibid. No. 167.]
Nov. 13.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. A vessel has arrived, having lost her masts and sails; also 3 ships from Scanderoon, who report that all the Algerines are in harbour, except 2, fired by Sir Thos. Allin, and another run aground and staved; that Sir Thos. Allin "lays "close to his business, which invites them of Algiers to a peace"; they offered to the King as many 2,000l. as his Majesty has ships there, and it is thought a little time will bring about an honourable peace. The late winds have done much hurt on the coasts of Holland, and some English vessels have been wrecked. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 168.]
Nov. 13.
Swansea.
Jo. Man to Williamson. We hear of several wrecks on the coasts of Ireland, Minehead, and Combe, by the stormy weather. A great vessel of London, bound for Tangiers, and another with pilchards for Leghorn, lost their masts and sails, and have gone into Milford Harbour. The Justicia of Horne, and 2 Frenchmen with brandy and salt, bound for Dublin, have put into Tenby. [Ibid. No. 169.]
Nov. 13.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson. Two King's hoys from Maldon, with timber for Chatham Yard, have put in by contrary winds, and several other vessels are waiting, bound for the Thames. The packet-boats have not returned. [Ibid. No. 170.]
Nov. 13.
Deal.
Mor. Lodge to Williamson. I made a mistake in my last to you, arising from a multitude of foreign letters coming in, and being somewhat late, but they were delivered according to your intent. [Ibid. No. 171.]
Nov. 13.
Court at Whitehall.
Petition of Sir John Robinson, Bart., Lieutenant of the Tower, to the King. By a report of the Duke of Albemarle and others, appointed by a commission of 12 Sept. 1664, it was declared that the Tower Wharf ought to be cleared and kept free for the use of the service, and that the way upon it, to and from the City, should be chained up at each end; and as it appeared that former Lieutenants of the Tower had received benefit by suffering persons to use it, which petitioner had also done, they advised that some recompense should be made to him for the loss. Begs an order to the Commissioners for executing the office of Master of the Ordnance, to allow him an annual or quarterly compensation, for being deprived of the benefit made by the said wharf. With reference thereon to the Ordnance Commissioners. [Ibid. No. 172.]
Nov. 13. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 79.]
Nov. 13. Petition of Marius D'Assigny, B.D., late chaplain of the garrison at Tangiers, to Lord Arlington, for the vicarage of Burton. co. Lincoln, which is at disposal of his lordship, the Lord Keeper, and the Bishop of Oxford. Served 3 years at Tangiers, and has been 3 years waiting employment, since his return, on the reducement of the regiments. With note by John, Lord Belasyse, in favour of the petitioner. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 173.]
Nov. 13.
Victualling Office.
Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners. I received a reference upon the petition of Rebecca Hill, desiring my reasons for refusing to satisfy her for the credit due on the victualling of the Willoughby frigate. Wishing to finish all accounts of that nature, I have given my hand and paid many creditors, though I had no settled foundation for repayment of what shall be due upon those accounts. This service has caused much clamour, and some trouble at law. I do not think it reasonable or fitting to engage any further, without I see some way to discharge the engagements; unless some course is taken, it will be a great discouragement to those willing to clear their accounts, and a pretence to others that are unwilling, knowing themselves to be debtors, and bring his Majesty upon the necessity of making satisfaction to me for iron hoops, biscuit bags, &c., for which the pursers now stand debtors. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 174.]
Nov. 13.
Portsmouth.
Ben Johnson to the Navy Commissioners. I send notes of goods seized by one Green, a look-out, that a bill may be made to him for them. [Ibid. No. 175.]
Nov. 14.
Portsmouth.
Chas. Collier, for Hugh Salesbury, to Williamson. Has no news to send. [Ibid. No. 176.]
Nov. 14.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. The wind having changed, all the great ships are preparing to sail. The Roebuck has gone for Portsmouth. [Ibid. No. 177.]
Nov. 15. Mor. Lodge to Williamson. I desire instructions as to two packets directed to Sir Thos. Allin and Sir Jeremiah [Edward] Spragg, which I received after the fleet had sailed. [Ibid. No. 178.]
Nov. 15.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Twenty sail bound for France and Bilbao have put to sea. The Western post, which formerly came in on Wednesday, is now not received till Thursday, which is a great prejudice to merchants and seamen. [Ibid. No. 179.]
Nov. 15.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. Arrival and departure of vessels with lead, cloth, wine, and prunes. [Ibid. No. 180.]
Nov. 15.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners, on the petition of Jo. Lovelace and Thos. Howard, for a grant of Gedney Marsh, co. Lincoln, to them and their heirs, with all tithes and appurtenances, on the former rent of 100l. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 80.]
Nov. 15.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners, of the petition of Charles, Lord Cornwallis, Baron of Eye, for the office of high steward of the manor of Eye, granted him by the late Queen [Mother], but in his Majesty's disposal by her death. [Ibid. p. 81.]
Nov. 15/25.
Paris.
Funeral oration for Henrietta Maria of France, Queen of Great Britain, pronounced at Notre Dame by I. F. Senault, superiorgeneral of the congregation of the "Oratoire de Jesus." With a dedication to [her daughter] the Duchess of Orleans. [Printed. French, 44 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 181.]
Nov. 15. Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. I send copies of contracts, the originals being kept in a book, so that I can at all times refer to it. I have bought 300 loads of timber of Mr. Mason; let the money sent for bringing in Sir Roger Twisden's timber be imprested to Mr. Gregory. The Black Dog hoy has arrived with Mr. Moorcock's timber; shall she be sent to Deptford when unlivered? [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 182.]
Nov. 15.
Chatham.
Col. Thos. Middleton to the Navy Commissioners. Mr. Pett has viewed Sir Roger Twisden's trees, and says there will not be one but will be of special use for the new ship, and as little waste as in any parcel of timber he ever saw. I have written for the speedy bringing them up to the seaside, and as money will be wanting for the converting and carriage, I desire you will send 200l. I enclose an agreement made with Mason for 300 loads, and request your pleasure therein. I presume the lanterns cost the King more than 200l.; I know not whether anything will be abated in the demand for repair of some of them, unless it is the odd 7l. We want some plank for repair of the dock. [3¼ pages. Ibid. No. 183.] Enclosing,
Particulars of the size and number of blocks, dead-eyes, &c., agreed to be supplied by Edw. Smith for the new ship at Chatham.—Chatham, Nov. 15. With note by George Hanbury, Dec. 9, 1669, that the price, which is to be paid before 1 April 1670, is 210l. [7 pages. Ibid. No. 183I.]
Copy of the above particulars. [7 pages. Ibid. No. 183II.]
Nov. 15.
Portsmouth.
Abra. Ansley to Commissioner Tippetts. I viewed the hold of the Roebuck, this day come into harbour, and find she will stow 3 months' wet and 6 months' dry provision for 60 men, her men lodging in the hold. [Ibid. No. 184.]
Nov. 16.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Roebuck has arrived from the Downs, to be cleaned and fitted out again for Tangiers, to relieve another frigate there. [Ibid. No. 185.]
Nov. 16.
The Roebuck, Portsmouth.
Capt. George Liddell to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of his voyage from the Downs to Portsmouth harbour. Being bound out on such a long voyage, the officers beg you will consider their poor condition, having been long without pay, and order some money for relief of their families, before they go hence. [Ibid. No. 186.]
Nov. 16.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. The Roebuck has arrived, and all despatch shall be made in refitting her. The stores not affording lanterns small enough for the Queen's ship, I received a set from Mr. Harding, and desire a warrant for them, and for 50 loads of plank from Mr. Coles; also a dormant order for spikes or nails, the want of which would greatly hinder our works. [Ibid. No. 187.]
Nov. 16.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson. The ships in harbour have sailed for the Thames, and a vessel from Newcastle has come in. Five packet-boats are expected. With note to Mr. Osberne: I have not received one of the private intelligences from you, as promised me by Mr. Williamson. [Ibid. No. 188.]
Nov. 16.
Milford.
John Powell to Williamson. The John and Mary of London, laden with pilchards, still remains here; 4 of her men have run away. [Ibid. No. 189.]
Nov. 16.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. I have no news; I am recovering from my late attack, but not strong enough to leave my chamber yet. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 190.]
Nov. 16. Earl of Inchiquin to Williamson. May I expect the letter concerning my son to-day, and at what hour may I call for it ? [Ibid. No. 191.]
Nov. 16. Caveat in favour of Father Patrick, that no grant pass of the estate of the late Oliver Daulton, the reversion of which is in the Crown. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 32, p. 7.]
Nov. 16. Act concerning the militia of Scotland, for training and disciplining the 20,000 foot and 2,000 horse which the late Parliament declared it to be his Majesty's undoubted prerogative to raise at pleasure, and for whom he has appointed officers, ordering them fit allowances as specified, from the time of the rendezvous; the goods of those who fail to appear are to be impounded by the sheriff, but to be redeemable within 6 days; those not sufficiently armed or mounted are to be considered as absent. The Lords of Council are to appoint the days of rendezvous, and give further instructions. [7 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 192. Printed in Acts of Parliament for Scotland, Vol. VII., p. 554.]
Nov. 17. Gilbert Thomas, Provost Marshal, to Williamson. I cannot find that any old thief was concerned in the robbery at the King's house on 5 Nov., or was seen near Whitehall; but I hear that Hugh King, a short black man, 34 years of age, who was formerly servant to the Duke of Gloucester, often resorted to the place where the robbery was committed, and has since gone to Ireland. Notice should be given to the officers at Holyhead and Chester, as if he is taken, he will discover the robbery. [Ibid. No. 193.]
Nov. 17.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Eagle, bound for Bordeaux to load wines for his Majesty, has come in with several others. The Nicholas and John of Dover, with wine from Rochelle, reports that the French are building many great ships, and intend a war, and that the Dutch ships there only take in brandy, but proffer to carry wine for 10 livres a tun. [Ibid. No. 194.]
Nov. 17.
Falmouth.
Same to Williamson. To the same effect as the above, and part of his letter of Nov. 15. [Ibid. No. 195.]
[Nov. 17.] Petition of Wm. Massie to the King, for release on bail, and for a warrant suspending his punishment for manslaughter. Was found guilty of the manslaughter of Joan Meakins, but had no guilty intention of doing her the least hurt. Has a wife and four children; lost all his real estate in the late fire, and since this disaster, his employment in the Charterhouse, and has nothing remaining but a few goods, which some persons are endeavouring to beg, and others to seize. [Ibid. No. 196.] Annexing,
Certificate by John Foster, coroner, to the justices of the peace for Middlesex, that at an inquisition taken before him in the parish of St. Dunstan in the West, on 25 Oct. last, upon the body of Joan Meakins, spinster, killed with a blow on the head by a quart pot, the petitioner was found guilty of manslaughter for the said offence.—17 Nov. 1669. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 196I.]
"State of the case," viz., that the petitioner went into the kitchen of a tavern, and requested the maid to leave, as he had some private business with a gentleman whom he expected; that she refused, and after several high words, threw a glass of beer into his face, whereupon he struck her with a pot then in his hand, since which she has died; but more through her own wilfulness than the danger of the hurt, as 2 eminent doctors in physic and 4 surgeons testified on oath before the coroner. Also that petitioner has always been well conducted, whereas the dead woman was often abusive and violent. [Ibid. No. 196II.]
Nov. 17. Commission for Major Ben. Henshaw to be captain of a company of foot in Portsmouth garrison, whereof Rob. Manley was late captain. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 203.]
Nov. 17. Approval of Sir Rob. Markham and Ant. Thorold as deputylieutenants for Lincolnshire; the Earl of Lindsey to send them their deputations. Minute. [Ibid.]
Nov. 17.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. I send the master's journal of the Black Dog hoy; she will be unlivered to-morrow, when I will send her up, fitting her with the remains of Mr. Gould's ground tow; and though she is very bad, she may serve to bring down the spruce deals and banks intended for this place. The horseboat is ordered to Deptford, for 1,000 deals to cover up the ropeyard, which was ripped up when the Dutch were up the river, and unless it be covered, will be wholly spoiled. The 50l. imprested to Mr. Gregory for bringing in Sir Roger Twisden's timber will go but a little way, as it will come to nearly 200l.; let a bill be made out for 250l., there being 50 of the biggest trees already felled. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 197.]
Nov. 17.
The James hoy, Great Yarmouth.
George Roberts to the Navy Commissioners. I put in here by contrary winds, where are 8 vessels more bound for the same river, some of which have been here 20 days. I will send you an account when I get to the port. [Ibid. No. 198.]
Nov. 17.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Care has been taken to furnish Commissioner Tippetts with power and instructions for his journey into Sherwood Forest and to Hull; as they are only general, if there is anything you would particularly recommend, you are to do so. I went with him to the Treasury, where we were promised that the order giving him power to fell trees should be despatched to-day. [Ibid. No. 199.]
Nov. 18. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. The Committee of Council for Navy Affairs intend to meet to-morrow, to consider the best way for supplying victuals to Sir Thos. Allin's fleet. I thought it fit to let you know, that you may judge whether one or two of you should attend. [Ibid. No. 200.]
Nov. 18. Abra. Ansley to the Navy Commissioners. I want a dozen oars from Deptford for the Roebuck, and also orders as to her victualling, as she is now graved, and will be suddenly fitted. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 201.]
Nov. 18. Warrant for a charter of incorporation to the wheelwrights of London, Matt. Bateman to be the first master, naming also 2 wardens and 18 assistants. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 133.]
Nov. 18.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Sir Phil. Honeywood is recovering rapidly. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 202.]
Nov. 18.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson. The Dutch, and one of the Harwich packet-boats have come in, with a few passengers. A boat is still missing, which is expected to have been forced into Norway by the westerly winds. [Ibid. No. 203.]
Nov. 19.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. There have 17 sail of ships arrived, most of them English from Bordeaux, &c., the rest French and Dutch; they are all waiting for a fair wind. [Ibid. No. 204.]
Nov. 19. Same to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 205.]
[Nov. 19.]
[Whitehall.]
Petition of Capt. John Guillim, and Isabella his wife, daughter of Rob. Tyrwhitt, servant to the late King, to the King. Out of the portion of the latter, 300l. was lent to Sir Paul Pindar, Sir Job Harby and other Farmers of Customs, on a bond for 500l., on which she obtained judgment in 1649 and 1650. On this 300l. was paid, but 200l. remains due, which the executors profess they have no assets to pay. Beg that as his Majesty is allowing treasure out of his own store for those debts still unpaid off, he would send a letter to the executors of Sir John Jacob, Sir Mich. Crisp, and Sir John Harrison, to pay the said 200l. with damages. [Ibid. No. 206.]
Nov. 19. Reference of the above petition to the Treasury Commissioners. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 81.]
Nov. 19.
Whitehall.
Proclamation for apprehension of Lewis Deval, alias Brown, and four other notorious robbers, and ordering greater diligence in apprehension of robbers. [Similar to that of 23 Dec. Printed, S.P. Dom., Car. II., Proc. Coll. p. 273.]
Nov. 19.
Holborn.
Jos. Ayloffe to Williamson. We want the King's signature and Royal assent to a decree made by us, as Commissioners of Sewers for the River Lee, and the bearer will be ready with the guineas. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 207.]
Nov. 19.
Custom House, London.
Certificate by Sir Jo. Wolstenholme, Farmer of the Customs, that he has received notice,—in pursuance of the Proclamation concerning the Acts of Navigation and Encouragement of Trade, dated 26 Aug. 1663,—from John Ellis, merchant of London, of his intention to load at Ostend, for London, in the Hester of Boston, 3 casks of nutmegs, and that the said John Ellis is hereby licensed to import the same. With note by [Rich. Bower, of Yarmouth, to Williamson]. What was chiefly alleged against the petitioner was a clause in the Act of Frauds, declaring that no sort of spice should be imported from Germany or the Netherlands, and this Act not being named in the Order in Council, nor mention made of any spice therein, the nutmegs were prohibited; yet the same thing is allowed to this day, and the proclamation gives liberty, in general terms, to import nutmegs, cinnamon, cloves, and mace from any ports beyond sea. I conceive therefore that these nutmegs must be included, and as the prosecutors pretend that no licences were granted by the proclamation, I got a friend to take this licence to disprove them. Endorsed by Williamson "Spices, &c., Yarmouth." [Printed. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 208.]
Nov. 19.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. I gave a warrant for appraising the wreck of the Defiance, and intend putting her and the Minion up to sale on Thursday. I send a demand from Capt. Moorecock and Mr. Moore for 150l., for arrears due to men employed on the wrecks, who cannot be discharged until it is sent down. I sent the bill of imprest for 100l, towards the charges of converting and bringing in Sir Roger Twisden's timber, to Edw. Gregory, who returned it, and begs that money may be sent, and he will readily obey your commands in its disposal.
Thomas Smith, boatswain of the Dunkirk, has been embezzling and selling some of the ropes; what course shall be taken with him and those that bought? The workmen are content to stay for their money till the end of the month, when I can spare all the pressed calkers till the new ship is calked; if they are needed at Deptford or Woolwich, I will send them up. The company of the Little Lion and Francis want money, having been in arrear ever since they were first ordered here. [Ibid. No. 209.] Encloses,
Affidavit by Thos. Woodyard and Francis Coleman, that they bought certain ropes of Thos. Smith, boatswain of the Dunkirk, for sums named.—15 Nov. 1669. [Ibid. No. 209i.]
Nov. 19. Warrant by the Navy Commissioners to the master attendant and clerk of the survey at Chatham, to issue canvas for making tarpaulins, &c., as occasion requires. [Ibid. No. 210.]
Nov. 19.
Chatham.
Col. Thos. Middleton to the Navy Commissioners. The books for the month's pay are ready; I propose payment of the last and this month's pay together. The horseboat is sent to Deptford for deals. The Black Dog hoy should bring the spars and deals ordered. Thirteen tons of ground tow has been taken away by Mr. Gould, and there are 40 tons left; let the persons who bought the other goods be quickened to fetch them away. I want your decision as to agreeing for blocks. Wm. Mingoe will pay the money when he comes to London; if you will let Mr. Griffin tell the party he is indebted to, I will undertake the payment of it for him, if it be but 50l. Fifty of Sir Roger Twisden's trees are felled, prove very good timber, and will make the new ship as firm a ship as ever was built.
I hope to have done my business here on Thursday night, and desire the sale of the Defiance on that day; I fear I shall want merchants to buy the Minion as she is appraised. I need money for the imprest bill sent to Mr. Gregory, that the King's business may not be retarded, &c. [5 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 211.]
Nov. 19.
Chatham.
Capt. Edw. Moorcock and John Moore to the Navy Commissioners. We entreat that 150l. may be imprested to Edw. Gregory, for defraying past charges, and carrying on the work on the wrecks. We have received no money towards the charge of blowing up the residue; the men have 6 weeks' pay due, and those who have trusted the service with materials want payment. [Ibid. No. 212.]
Nov. 19. Robert Mayors to [the Navy Commissioners]. A warrant is required to receive 20 loads of plank from Edw. Hulbert. [Ibid. No. 213.]
Nov. 20. Warrant to Sir Thos. Ingram, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, to pay 200l. to Edw. Dobson, Surveyor of the South Duchy of Lancaster, for his disbursements in the repair of the lodge belonging to East Bailey Walk, Enfield Chase. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 68.]
Nov. 20/30.
Bruges.
James Taaffe to Rob. Francis. I know not how to thank you for daily favours by means of Mr. Crane. I proffer my service, and kiss your hands. [Italian. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 214.]
Nov. 20.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson. The fair wind has brought in all the packet-boats. One was much damaged, and forced into the Vlie, where many vessels have been sunk by the foul weather. [Ibid. No. 215.]
Nov. 21.
Lyme.
Ant. Thorold to Hickes. The Francis of Lyme has arrived from Morlaix, and reports the publishing there, in all the churches and public places, of an order from the General of Brittany, commanding seamen, under a great penalty, to appear and be listed into the King's service, he intending to have at least one-third of those throughout his dominions in his pay; they have renewed the talk there as to taking off the tonnage from the English. A frigate of Havre de Grace, having the French King's commission, and bound for Bordeaux, has come in, and a vessel from Norway with deals. The Charity of London, from the Canaries, is in Torbay, waiting a wind to bring her into Lyme. [Ibid. No. 216.]
Nov. 21.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Has no news to send. [Ibid. No. 217.]
Nov. 21.
Deal.
Mor. Lodge to Williamson. Am I to return you the two packets, or wait an opportunity to forward them? [Ibid. No. 218.]
Nov. 21.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Prince Robert's farthings are much talked of and desired, and it is reported that Parliament intends to set a fine upon all farthing and halfpenny coiners. A pleasure boat has sailed from the Downs, bound for Calais, to fetch the Duke of Lenox. [Ibid. No. 219.]
Nov. 21.
Wareham.
Thos. Adamson to Rob. Francis. I hope you and your lady will not forget former acquaintance, as I am coming to town, and shall wait upon you, and bring my friend Mr. Widdrington with me. [Ibid. No. 220.]
Nov. 21.
Chatham.
Commissioner Thos. Middleton to the Navy Commissioners. I return a demand from Deptford; 60 loads of Mason's timber arrived, and is very good; he has 200 loads more, besides the 400 formerly mentioned; you may choose what you like, and I think you will do well to accept it; leather buckets are not needed. Particulars of the treenails in stores at the last survey; a supply of bells is wanted. [2½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 221.]
Nov. 21.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. Not hearing from you as to lending the Black Dog hoy to Mr. Gould, I have despatched her to Deptford. I send the appraisement of the Defiance wreck, and intend to put her up for sale on Thursday next. [Ibid. No. 222.] Enclosing,
Certificate by Wm. Rand and 3 others, that the wreck of the Defiance in the Medway as she lies is worth 255l.—20 Nov. 1669. [Ibid. No. 222i.]
Nov. 21.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. Vindication of my proceedings as a master shipwright; I defy my greatest enemies to speak the contrary. Finding you have fears of my fidelity, if they continue, I had rather lay down my charge than break my peace, it being of great injury to have my reputation in disdain, when my study has been to preserve it. If I have erred, show me my error.
The Roebuck is graved, her new mainmast set, and her other works will be done by Wednesday, but she has no order for provision, nor any beer brewed, which will delay her. The new ship is bolted, but needs plank, and the Gloucester's top timbers are all in. With note that the Board resolved to chide him severely for this letter; but he having come to town, they did it vivâ voce. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 223.]
Nov. 21.
The Roebuck, Portsmouth.
Capt. Geo. Liddell to the Navy Commissioners. What time shall we receive pay for ? Mr. Steventon, clerk of the cheque, says our pay books must be made several from year to year, and if so, they require 24 books. I will send you a general book by the next post, and prepare the others. The work goes forward on board, and I hope to be well fitted shortly. Capt. Ansley would have me take in 3 months' beer, but I only desire 2, as we shall have a great deal of dry provisions, our complement being enlarged. Let the beer be in iron-bound casks, being most convenient for our voyage. [Ibid. No. 224.]
Nov. [21.]
Court at Whitehall.
The King to George, Duke of Albemarle. You are to give order that Capt. Fras. Rainsford, lieutenant to Sir John Robinson's company in the Tower, be allowed to muster one man in each of the three companies, in consideration of the good services done, and to be done, by him as deputy-lieutenant. [Ibid. No. 225.]
[Nov. 21.] Draft of the above. [Ibid. No. 226.]
[Nov. 21.] The King to the Dean, &c., of St. Paul's. We recommend Dr. Fras. Turner, chaplain to the Duke of York, to the place residentiary now void by death of Dr. Rob. Pory, and request you to postpone the election till Dr. Turner has fitted himself to be chosen, according to statute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 19, p. 112.]
Nov. 21. Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 227.]
[Nov. 21.]
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to Edward, Earl of Sandwich, of 2,200l. yearly from Wardrobe moneys, in lieu of the fees, &c., of the office of Keeper of the Great Wardrobe, and disposal of the house and tenements of the said office, granted in his patent of office, but suspended since Michaelmas 1667, from which date the grant takes place. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 228.]
Nov. 21. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 176.]
[Nov. 21.]
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to the burgesses, &c., of Llanvilling, co. Montgomery, of incorporation. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 229.] Annexing,
Heads of the charter desired by the said burgesses, confirming their former charters, with a few alterations and additions; giving the names of the present bailiffs and 15 burgesses, &c. [Ibid. No. 229i.]
Nov. 21. Minute of the above warrant. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, p. 177.]
Docquet of the above, dated 22 Dec. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 121.]
Nov. 22. The King to Lord Chief Justice Kelynge. Several Frenchmen having been committed to Hertford Gaol, on suspicion of a robbery near Hatfield, you are to order writs to the sheriff of Hertfordshire to deliver them to the sheriffs of London and Middlesex, in order to a speedy and fair trial. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 38.]
Nov. 22.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. Several ships have arrived from Bordeaux; 60 sail came out together, some of whom have got to Plymouth. They speak of a street or two more having to be pulled down there, to finish the new citadel; the citizens are against the building of it, and wish it would all fall down, as part of it did, at which they all rejoiced. The part fallen will cost many thousand pounds to rebuild, and that which is finished has 30 guns planted upon it. We hear by some ships from the Downs, bound for France, of the arrival of some merchant ships in the Downs from the Straits, which in the night, shot many guns, and reported, as the cause, that Sir Thos. Allin had taken 4 Turkish men-of-war, and sunk 2 others. The Cherry Tree of Horne, with salt, wine, and brandy, has come in from the Lizard, having sprung her mast. There are 200 or 300 Dutchmen in Bordeaux river, proffering to freight [wine] for 6 livres per tun, but cannot get it. [1¼ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 230.]
Nov. 22.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Arrival of ships from Bordeaux, Nantes, Gallipoli, and Zante; they report that the French King is preparing and fitting all his great ships, and that they have great expectations in the Straits. [Ibid. No. 231.]
Nov. 23.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Queen's frigate left the harbour, and will sail this afternoon from Spithead for the Thames. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 232.]
Nov. 23.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson. A gentleman from Holland, who has been in most of the principal towns there, found them very apprehensive of a war with France; to that end they were entertaining officers for the forming of regiments, to whom they gave a considerable advance of money, on security to pass so many men to an appointed place by muster. He observed the people to be generally very poor, and the treasury rich, by the tax in the late war, which is to continue some years. Trade is not so brisk as formerly; the principal ships originally furnished with iron guns have had them changed into brass, and several great ships have been built. The Harwich packet-boats are expected. I have not yet received any of your private intelligence. With note by Hickes to Williamson, to order its weekly supply to Taylor, as well as to Portsmouth, Lyme, Weymouth, Plymouth, and Falmouth. [Ibid. No. 233.]
Nov. 23.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. The Bordeaux fleet, with the Dutch and French ships, have sailed up the Channel. A ship with masts from Norway, and another from a place unknown, have come in. [Ibid. No. 234.]
Nov. 23. Warrant for 100l. out of the privy seal dormant to Capt. Lawrence van Heemskerk, as the King's free gift. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 177.]
Nov. 23. Licence for Sir Philip Monckton, Bart., High Sheriff for Yorkshire, to live out of his county. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 38.]
Nov. 23.
Portsmouth.
Roger Eastwood to the Navy Commissioners. We are in hand with the fitting of the rigging-house, and want 400 deals. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 235.]
Nov. 23.
Navy Office.
Certificate by John Godwin, that Rich. Spranger, purser of the Charity, has no account depending in this office, the ship being taken by the Dutch on 3 June 1665. [Ibid. No. 236.] Annexed,
Certificates by Thos. Lewis, as to credits given to Rich. Spranger upon his victualling accounts; with orders by the Navy Commissioners to Thos. Lewis thereon, to deliver up Spranger's bond.—19 Nov. 1669. [Ibid. No. 236i.]
Nov. 24.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. The day appointed for sale of the Defiance wreck would not have been so soon, had you not desired her sale before the Surveyor went from hence; shall I put it off till 1 Dec.? If you will send down the money for payment of the two months due to the workmen, Gregory will be ready with his books. Let the treasurers be ordered to pay the pressed calkers' arrears due in 1668, it being a small sum. I ordered the sawing out of fir timber for laying a part of the second gun deck of the new ship, not being well assured of getting spruce deals. The Surveyor and I treated with the blockmaker, but could come to no conclusion, he demanding 260l.; Edghill, blockmaker of Deptford, asks 220l., and I believe he will do the work as well and as cheap as any, and may abate something of that price.
I shall follow your instructions concerning the boatswain of the Dunkirk, and the persons that bought the embezzled goods, and acquaint the companies of the Francis and Lion fireships, of your care for their pay. Mr. Usley has tendered 10 loads of plank at 4l. 5s. a load, and some spruce deals at 10s. each; I desire your pleasure therein. Let the Treasurers imprest 200l. to Gregory, for paying him and others that we have bought goods of, the 300l. being nearly paid away; we were forced to use 20l. of that money towards the charges of bringing in Sir Roger Twisden's timber. They are gone down with one chest to Mussell Bank, which will be the last we shall use here. Reed may be had here for 25s. per 1,000, or 27s. if they have to go to London for the money. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 237.]
Nov. 24.
Deptford.
F. Hosier to the Navy Commissioners. Two bills of Mr. Foley's for spikes supplied were brought me, and I signed them with the rest of the officers, though contrary to reason; ordinary spikes are included with extra, and both cast up at the same rate, although by his contract, he is allowed less for the ordinary than the extra; by that means he gains 19l. 10s. more than his due. I let the bill pass, that I might beg your advice, as should I endeavour to hinder the officers, I should reap much envy and trouble. [Ibid. No. 238.]
Nov. 24. Licence for John Hall, High Sheriff of Wiltshire, to live out of his county. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, p. 38.]
Nov. 24.
Whitehall.
Petition of Arthur, Earl of Anglesey, Treasurer of the Navy, to the King. I think it my greatest misfortune to have fallen under your Majesty's displeasure, though not doubting that it will prove on examination to be undeserved. I will keep from the least suspicion of unfaithfulness, and beseech a restoration of your good opinion. As you were pleased, on my suspension from office a year ago, to declare that I should not lose to the value of 3d. in my fees, I beg an order to receive the profits due on payment made for the Navy, since 2 Nov. 1668, as a pledge that your Majesty has not cast me off. With order thereon granting the petition. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 82.]
Nov. 24.
Court at Whitehall.
Draft of the above reference; with note by Williamson that the order was drawn and corrected by the Lord Keeper. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 239.]
Nov. 24.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. To the same effect as his letter to Hickes of the 22nd. I beg you to inform me privately when Parliament will raise money on any particular commodity. [12/3 pages. Ibid. No. 240.]
Nov. 24.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. The Jeremiah of Bristol, bound for Bilbao, the St. Anne of Bordeaux for Chester, and the Friendship of London from Malaga, have put in by contrary winds. Pray forward the enclosed, and I will pay the postage. [Ibid. No. 241.]
Nov. 24.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. Upwards of 60 vessels, mostly laden with wine from France and Spain, have sailed for London. Some letters report that Lord Howard is a prisoner under Taffaletta. A Dutch man-of-war has come in, who had 4 ships in convoy in the Straits, but meeting with 4 Turks, all the men left the merchant ships, and came aboard the man-of-war. The Turks fought the man-of-war, killed many men, and wounded 40, and carried away the merchant ships. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 267, No. 242.]
Nov. 24.
Lyme.
Ant. Thorold to Hickes. The Charity of London has arrived from the Canaries. She left 5 Londoners there, and reports that Sir Thos. Allin has taken 5 Turkish prizes, and that the vintage there is very bad. I have not received the news letters. With note by Hickes to Williamson, that he has had two complaints of the want of written news within a fortnight, namely from Ma. Anderton and [Silas] Taylor, and blames the clerks for it. [Ibid. No. 243.]
Nov. 24.
Yarmouth.
Leo. Bower to Williamson. Ten ships laden with herrings are waiting a fair wind to sail for the Straits, and others will soon be ready. [Ibid. No. 244.]
Nov. 24.
Whitehall.
Order in Council, on the petition of James Rodd, sheriff of Devon, for Lord Arlington to prepare a warrant authorising the petitioner to reside in Exeter during his shrievalty, he having dwelt there for many years. [Ibid. No. 245.]
Nov. 25.
Whitehall.
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Capt. Langston and Rich. Sadlington, for a lease of some tenements whereof King James granted a 60 years' lease, now almost expired, value 160l. a year. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 83.]
Nov. 25. Order in Chancery, in the cause of Rich. Warren and Judith Shapton, on behalf of Jerome Smith, lunatic, v. Ambrose Benet, that the defendant deliver to the plaintiffs, as having charge of the lunatic, all goods, money, a diamond locket, deeds, evidences, &c., relating to the lunatic, and that the objections to Benet's accounts be immediately put in. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 268, No. 1.]
Nov. 25.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. There is no news to send. [Ibid. No. 2.]
[Nov. 25.] Petition of Sir And. Riccard, and 19 other merchants trading for Sicily and other islands thereabouts, to the King, for appointment of Martin Wilkinson, resident in Sicily, as consul of the islands of Sicily, Malta, and Lipari, now destitute of a fit person, consuls being appointed in other places, for the better advancing and securing the commerce of this kingdom. [20 signatures. Ibid. No. 2A.]
Nov. 25.
London.
Earl of Winchelsea to Williamson. I spoke to Lord Arlington about making Wilkinson consul in those parts; he bade me inquire from you whether the place was disposed of, and if not, he should have it. I shall dine with Lord Arlington to-morrow; could you meet me there ? If not, send a letter to the porter of Essex House for me. The office is but of little value, and he is the fittest person for it. [1¼ pages. Ibid. No. 2b.]
Nov. 25.
The Roebuck, Portsmouth.
Capt. Geo. Liddell to the Navy Commissioners. I am making up the books, as directed by Mr. Steventon, being 6 for each year. The ship is forward in being fitted, and there shall be no neglect on my side in getting things despatched. [S.P. Dom., Car., II. 268, No. 3.]
Nov. 25.
Harwich.
Nicholas Weymouth, master of the Black Post Horse hoy, to the Navy Commissioners. I was put into Harwick by stress of weather, but will sail the first wind. [Ibid. No. 4.]
Nov. 25.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. We have no need of the calkers who are to be cleared at Chatham, and I judge it is the same at Woolwich; we can spare 6 of the 13 we have here for 2 months. [Ibid. No. 5.]
Nov. 26.
Victualling Office.
Sir Denis Gauden to [the Navy Commissioners]. I will do what I can to provide and ship victuals for 1,800 men for 2 months, for Sir Thos. Allin's fleet, but I cannot say when they will be ready, unless I have money to provide them, being so far exhausted by disbursements that I cannot do what I have done, and would readily do again, to promote the service. [Copy, the original being sent to his Royal Highness. Ibid. No. 6.]
Nov. 26.
Colchester.
Margaret Bland to Williamson. Though a stranger to you, yet believing you combine goodness with greatness, nothing was so prevailing with me in bestowing my dearest child upon your kinsman, as his relation to you, being persuaded that you much resembled your elder brother in heaven, the blessed Jesus, who casting an eye of love upon a disciple that was taking destructive courses, made him good and penitent in an instant. I hope therefore that you will once more cast a favourable aspect upon that person, who is overwhelmed with grief for the evil he has done in rebelling against an honourable brother and his best friend, and let him have a favourable reception and be employed. This is the request of a desolate widow, a mourning orphan, and a penitent relation. More we cannot expect, and less will never make us happy. [Ibid. No. 7.]
Nov. 26./Dec. 6.
Recollects Convent, Ypres.
Fras. Crane to Rob. Francis. I must apologise for sending so large a packet, but being at the grate with the nuns, they desired me to send some letters for them. [Ibid. No. 8.]
Nov. 26.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Williamson. A ship has arrived from the Canaries, and one from France. [Ibid. No. 9.]
Nov. 26.
Treasury Chambers.
Sir Geo. Downing to Williamson. The Treasury Commissioners desire you will inform Lord Arlington that Lord Fauconberg has consented to the 60l. for the King's picture being left out of his docquet, and that the privy seal may be made so, and then they will sign the docquet. [Ibid. No. 10.]
Nov. 26. Certificate by Hen. Helton, and 6 other justices of peace of Sudbury, Suffolk, to the King, that John Catesby of Sudbury, who has been elected town clerk and clerk of the peace for the borough, is a fit and proper person for the same. [Ibid. No. 11.]
Nov. 26. "A true copy of a clause in the draft of the charter of Hull," drawn by the Attorney-General, that on the death of Wm. Lister, the present Recorder, the King will appoint some other man, learned and discreet in the laws, as Recorder, to be sworn in before the Mayor and burgesses. [2 sheets. Latin. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 268, No. 12.]
Nov. 26. Order in the Court of Chancery, on petition of Jerome Smith, that the exceptions to Sir John Coell's report of 26 July may be set down to be heard 18 Dec., the last day after this term, for remaining exceptions. [Ibid. No. 13.]
Nov. 26. Warrant for authorising Sir Hen. Palmer, Bart., of Wingham, Kent, to convey to Henry, Lord Arlington, the reversion and freehold of the prebend manor of Tottenhall, otherwise called Tottenham Court, co. Middlesex, demised by Dr. Sam. Baker, prebendary, on 9 July 1640, to Sir Hen. Vane and Sir Thos. Jermyn, in trust for the Crown, and after several demises stated, the interest remains with the said Sir Hen. Palmer. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 135.]
Nov. 27.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a confirmation to Sir Rob. Pye, owner of the estate, the manor, and hundred of Farringdon, extending into the towns of Great and of Little Farringdon, and into other towns and tithings, formerly belonging to Beaulieu monastery, co. Hants, of sundry privileges royal and jurisdictions therein, as the holding of courts, view of frankpledge, assize of bread, election of constables, waifs and strays, treasure-trove, felons' goods, &c., as amply as held by former possessors thereof. [Ibid. f. 136.]
Nov. 27. Licence for Sir Geo. Lane to come over and stay [in England] during the King's pleasure. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 40.]
Nov. 27.
Deal.
Mor. Lodge to Williamson. I delivered the two packets, one for Sir Thos. Allin and the other for Sir Edw. Spragg, to the commander of the Rose and Crown, which has sailed from the Downs this night. The news-letters promised do not sometimes arrive for 2 or 3 weeks. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 268, No. 14.] Annexing,
Receipt by Thos. Ward, commander of the Rose and Crown, for the said two packets.—Nov. 1669. [Ibid. No. 14i.]
Nov. 27.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. The wind having shifted, 20 ships have sailed westward, but 7 from Yarmouth, laden with herrings, bound for the Straits, ride fast to make up the fleet; one convoy is come in, and another of the King's ships is expected, to see them to their ports. [Ibid. No. 15.]
Nov. 27.
Holyrood House.
Earl of Lauderdale to Williamson. Thanks for your constant care in sending news-letters and extracts; I beg a continuance of them. What passes here is not worth sending, but I forwarded you a printed copy of the Act asserting the King's supremacy in ecclesiastical matters, and also an Act for the militia. We are at a stand as to the Union, because the English Parliament has not yet taken it into consideration. I will do what I can to forward the motion, and what is done Sir Ro. Murray shall report. [Ibid., No. 16.]
Nov. 27.
Fanfan, Downs.
Capt. John Kelsy to the Navy Commissioners. Pray accept a bill for 5l. to Wm. Harper of Deal, for a boat 18 feet long, we having towed the stem out of our own boat, in making sail after a French shallop off Dungeness; the boat being big, was at the stern, we having no room for it on deck. [S.P. Dom., Car., II. 268, No. 17.]
Nov. 27.
Chatham.
Thos. Tunbridge and John Chapman to [Middleton and Cox]. The erection of a building on the vacant ground lying between the storehouses, uniform to the others, with provisions and workmanship, will amount to 1,942l., and the new making of the wharf by the side of the storehouses to 900l. [Ibid. No. 18.]
Nov. 27. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. You must see to the victualling of the Roebuck; being ordered upon a service which requires all possible haste, she is to be in the Downs by Thursday. [Ibid. No. 19.]
Nov. 27.
Ordnance Office.
Edw. Sherburne and Jonas Moore to the Navy Commissioners. We desire to know whether you have not already cleared and paid Capt. Giles Bond, of the Harwich hoy, for all wages and victuals while employed in 1665 weighing the guns of the London, he having obtained a verbal order from his Royal Highness to the Ordnance Commissioners for 77l. 15s. for victuals for pressed men. [Ibid. No. 20.]
Nov. 27.
Sapphire, Downs.
Capt. John Pearce to the Navy Commissioners. We want a cable and foresail, having strained our best bower cables and had our head almost washed away, off the Kentish Knock. [Ibid. No. 21.]
Nov. 27.
Portsmouth.
St. J. Steventon and Hugh Salesbury to the Navy Commissioners. We must vindicate ourselves against the charge made by one Lucas of this place, of our embezzling stores for the use of a ship of ours. We have no part in the ship, but at request of the owners, who were in London, we provided some spruce deals of Sir Wm. Warren's, and some plank, &c., from Chris. Coles. Some time after the vessel was launched, Lucas went to Mr. Salesbury in the Custom House, and abused him very greatly; the noise coming to the ears of the neighbours and the guard, they came and parted them, and have given evidence on oath of the affront and injury done to Salesbury, which Lucas repeated; thereupon complaint was made to the justices, whereof Mr. Steventon is one, who with the rest, committed Lucas to the common gaol, until he found securities for his good behaviour; these he has since forfeited, by coming to the Town Hall in a tumultuous manner, and there, before the Mayor and others, saying we had stolen a mast out of the King's stores for the vessel; upon this we have arrested him, and it is our following him by proceedings at law that makes him accuse us so unjustly. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 22.]
Nov. 28.
Portsmouth.
Roger Eastwood to the Navy Commissioners. I send an account of deals bought by Commissioner Tippetts, the greater part of which were used on board the St. Michael. I suppose we have 300 left, which if we should use, the joiners would want them for the ships in hand. We will lay the floor of the rigging-house this week, and endeavour to fit it as soon as we can. I have sent to Mr. Coles about the plank, and to [South] Hampton and Cowes about tar and deals. [Ibid. No. 23.]
Nov. 28.
The Roebuck, Portsmouth Harbour.
Capt. George Liddell to the Navy Commissioners. I sent a general book, and have begun the pay books according to Mr. Steventon's directions, which will be finished by Tuesday, when I will send copies. I have received his Royal Highness's orders to sail, and shall make all despatch. Let my victuals be good, for upon every victualling for the last 12 months, they have been very bad. I have been forced to throw overboard above I cwt. of cheese, not fit to eat, and I had 7 or 8 cwt. of bread, musty and damaged, which I sent ashore to the victualler, who would not meddle with it. Let a survey be made upon it, that I may get an allowance for that and other provisions, not fit to be spent, as it is a great loss to me. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 268, No. 24.]
Nov. 28.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. I will put up bills for sale of the Defiance on 8 Dec.; I have disposed of the Minion to Capt. Sartan. He would forego his bargain, now he has seen the sails and other things belonging to her, but I told him he cannot be released of it; he desires he may not have the trouble of bringing the money to London, but pay it here.
The spruce deals arrived, and I will buy Mr. Lewsley's, but shall want more for the new ship and the Newcastle. I have done at the Mussle Bank, and shall begin at Gillingham. Mr. Gregory has not been furnished with the 150l. demanded by Capt. Moorecock and Mr. Moore, and requires a supply for the carriage of Sir Roger Twisden's timber, and for discharging men from the wrecks. Shall I discharge the pressed calkers, or send them up to Deptford ? The Macklier and Black Post Horse have arrived; what am I to do with them when unlivered ? Have you any need of the horse boat ? [2 pages. Ibid. No. 25.] Enclosing,
Agreement with Capt. Stephen Sartan, for purchase of the Minion wreck for 18l. [Ibid. No. 25i.]
Nov. 28. Dispensation for Sir Sam. Jones, High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, to repair to London, or elsewhere, as he thinks fit. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 136.]
Nov. 28. Information in the King's Bench Court, in the case of the King v. Rob. Wright and others of the County Palatine of Chester, for assembling in Tarvin parish, and riotously attacking an enclosure near Kellinrough, alias Brer[eton] Castle, near Delamere Forest, and breaking down a stone wall belonging to Rich. Glent, husbandman. [Latin. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 268, No. 26.]
Nov. 28.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Has no news to send. [Ibid. No. 27.]
Nov. 29.
Yarmouth.
Leo. Bower to Williamson. Eight ships have sailed for the Straits, and 10 or 12 more are ready to follow. I beg the delivery of an enclosure to my father. [Ibid. No. 28.]
Nov. 29.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. A Hamburg hoy has run aground between Deal and Sandwich. The ships in the Downs ride secure notwithstanding the violent storm and rain last night. [Ibid No. 29.]
Nov. 29.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Williamson. Arrival and departure of ships. I have several times received papers from you directed to Mr. Powell, Pendennis, but we have no such person here. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 268, No. 30.]
Nov. 29.
Downs.
Capt. John Pearce of the Sapphire to the Navy Commissioners. I desire a cable of 14 inches, with a fore course. We have begun to eat our sea provisions. [Ibid. No. 31.]
Nov. 29.
The Roebuck, Portsmouth Harbour.
Capt. George Liddell to the Navy Commissioners. I have sent some pay books, and will forward the remainder to-morrow. I am proceeding with the fitting, and hope to get to Spithead by Thursday. [Ibid. No. 32.]
Nov. 30. Fr. Sprigg to Thos. Hayter. Acquaint the Navy Commissioners that the order for victualling the Roebuck has been sent to Portsmouth. [Ibid. No. 33.]
Nov. 30.
Victualling Office.
Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners. I sent an order for victualling the Roebuck, and it will be shortly effected. [Ibid. No. 34.]
Nov. 30.
Victualling Office.
Same to the Same. Having lately had assurance of a speedy supply of money, the beef and pork for 1,800 men for 2 months, under the command of Sir Thos. Allin, will be ready to ship this week; and if not impeded by want of money, the other provisions may all be shipped by 14 December, for which vessels must be provided. [Ibid. No. 35.] Encloses,
Estimates of the tonnage of dry provisions for victualling 1,800 men, and for 4 ships with [victuals for] 800 men, for 6 months. [Ibid. No. 35i.]
Nov. 30. Thos. Tunbridge and John Chapman to [the Navy Commissioners]. The charge for making a new wharf on the ground at the back of the ropehouse will amount to 2,607l., and for completing a storehouse, 570l. [Ibid. No. 36.]
Nov. 30. Dispensation for Sir Chas. Lloyd, Bart., High Sheriff of Montgomeryshire, to repair into Shropshire or elsewhere. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 136.]
Nov. 30. Pass for 4 horses for Sieur de Overkirk to Holland. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 30, f. 177.]
Nov. 30. Warrant to Sir John Bennet to preserve the game at Welby, co. Leicester, and 6 miles round. Minute. [Ibid. f. 183.]
Nov. 30. Caveat in favour of Father Patrick and Mr. Chiffinch, that nothing pass of the estate of John Lambry of Tavistock, co. Devon, who cut his throat, and of the estate, &c., of —Denish of Farringdon, merchant, who hanged himself. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 32, p. 7.]
Nov. 30. Certificate by Sir John Frederick, J.P. of London, that Benjamin Benson, an alien, appeared before him, and took the oath of allegiance and supremacy. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 268, No. 37.]
Nov. 30.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. The Hamburg hoy, laden with oats, lead, and timber, which was cast away, is breaking up. Two Hamburghers who came over in her are going to serve the French King. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 268, No. 38.]
Nov. 30.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Roebuck is ready to sail; Sir Phil. Honeywood is recovering slowly. [Ibid. No. 39.]
Nov. 30.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Williamson. Thanks for the weekly news. The Harwich and Dutch packet-boats have come in, also a large hoy bound for Denmark by that Ambassador's order. We have had a great storm of wind and rain. [Ibid. No. 40.]
Nov. 30.
Plymouth.
John Clarke to Hickes. A French man-of-war of 24 guns came in from Rochelle, and sailed again for Havre de Grace; a vessel of Plymouth has arrived from Jamaica. [Ibid. No. 41.]
Nov. 30.
Southampton.
Wm. Miles to Williamson. I would remind you of your promise when at Southampton, to procure me a living. Our University relationship being paternal and filial, you cannot bestow it on any of your sons that wants it so much. My labour here is insupportable, and the income very slender. [Ibid. No. 42.]
Nov. 30.
Whitehall.
Petition of James Pearse, Surgeon, to the King, for continuance for life of his salary of 10l. a month as Surgeon-General of the Fleet, which post he occupied at the Restoration, and in several voyages since, particularly in the late wars against the Dutch; since the end of the Dutch war, the Commissioners and Treasurers of the Navy have refused to pay the salary.
With reference thereon to the Treasury Commissioners, on consultation with the Navy Commissioners. Endorsed with a note that the petition and paper were read 7 Dec., postponed to 13 Dec., and then referred to the Navy Commissioners, to consider whether such an officer has been formerly or is now necessary, and what should be allowed; and order, 25 Jan. 1670, on the Navy Commissioners' report, that a warrant be passed, constituting the petitioner Surgeon of the Fleet, at the salary mentioned. [Ibid. No. 43. These endorsements are entered by mistake on a letter of James Pearse of 2 Dec, No. 86, p. 601 infra.] Annexing,
Report of the Navy Commissioners on the above petition, 18 Jan. 1670, that the increase of the Navy increases necessary charges, and that now there is frequent need of a surgeon, to take care of men hurt by accident, and sick men brought from ships; to testify to the sufficiency of men recommended by the Surgeons' Company; and to settle the value of medicaments, &c., of surgeons who die at sea. Also when fleets go abroad, an able surgeon is needed to provide medicaments suited for the diseases incident to foreign climates. They think however that some difference should be made between the 130l., the petitioner's salary as surgeon when in the fleet, and that when on shore, which they propose to be 100l. [Ibid No. 43i.]
Nov. 30. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 84.]
[Nov.] Petition of Rich. Freeman to Lord Arlington, a Governor of Sutton's Hospital, for redress. Was admitted to the said hospital on 2nd Nov., but his certificate postponed; on again applying for it, found that though he was registered and entered, the place was given, by illegal combination, to a nominee of the Queen Mother, who was not of age for admission, and who had forfeited his privilege by non-appearance. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 268, No. 44.]
[Nov.] The King to Attorney-General Palmer. The late King, on 1 July 1630, granted Denmark House, alias Somerset House, with all its goods, chattels, furniture, &c., to the late Queen Mother; on her decease, by warrant of 1 Oct. 1669, you were ordered to prepare a grant of it to the present Queen Consort; in that grant you are to include all the goods, chattels, household stuff, &c., mentioned in 2 books of inventories thereof formerly taken. [Ibid. No. 45.]
Nov. Docquet of the above grant, including therein 24 tenements adjoining, the upper houses and the tennis court. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 114.]
Nov. Warrant to pay to Wm. Ashburnham, cofferer of the household, 100,000l. on account, for the expenses of the year ending Sept. 1670, and 10,000l. for interest on moneys borrowed. [Ibid. No. 105.]
Nov. Presentation of Thos. Rous, M.A., to the vicarage of Holbeton co. Devon, void by the death of Wm. Phillips. [Ibid. No. 106.]
Nov. Warrant to discharge Sir John Langham, Bart., of Cottesbrook, co. Northampton, of 1,095l. payable for his dignity of baronet. [Ibid. No. 108.]
Nov. Warrant to pay to Lord Fauconberg 1,000l. for his expenses in his way to Venice; also 60l. for the King's picture at length; both without account. [Ibid.]
Nov. Warrant to pay to Wm. Clayton, musician in ordinary, in place of Edw. Coleman deceased, 40l. yearly. [Ibid. No. 109.]
Nov. Warrant to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for the allowance of a livery of 16l. 2s. 6d. to Wm. Clayton. [Ibid.]
Nov. Grant during pleasure to George Smyth, on surrender by Samuel Trist, of the place of serjeant-at-arms; fee 3s. a day and 2s. 6d. board wages. [Ibid.]
Nov. Warrant to pay to the Earl of Ancram 1,000l. without account, out of the profits of the tin formerly cast away before Ostend. [Ibid. No. 110.]
Nov. Grant to Silvester Dennis, merchant, on surrender of Eleanor Villiers, daughter of the late Sir Edw. Villiers, of the yearly rent of 500l. from the moiety of the profits of the New River, on determination of a former grant thereof for 41 years to John Buckworth, merchant. [Ibid. No. 111.]
Nov. Grant to Edw. Philipps of pardon for all felonies and robberies committed before 1 April last. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 112.]
Nov. Grant to Major John Haslewood of the household goods belonging to the late Sir Arthur Haselrigg, Bart., vested in his Majesty because of his being excepted out of the Act of Oblivion. [Ibid. No. 113.]
Nov. Grant to Sir Edmond Turner and Phil. Marsh, on surrender of Charles, Lord Cornwallis, and John Dawes, of the office of Surveyor of the Customs in the out ports. [Ibid. No. 114.]
Nov. Constitution of John Trelawney to be Commissioner for Appeals for regulating the duty of excise, salary 200l. a year. [Ibid.]
[Nov.] Application for a warrant, granting to Sir Edm. Wyndham the goods and chattels of Henry Ellis, alias Sutler, who has been found by a coroner's inquest to have committed suicide by drowning. Ellis being a tenant of Sir Edm. Wyndham's, his goods have become forfeited to him as Lord of the Manor of Tale, Payhembury parish, co. Devon; but as some one may sue for the same in the name of the King, as Lord Paramount, to avoid all disputes, it has been agreed by Sir Edm. Wyndham to give 40l. to the Lord Almoner, out of any benefit arising from such grant. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 268, No. 46.]
[Nov.] List of the 48 Lieutenants of London, 7 of whom—among which is Sir Sam. Sterling, Lord Mayor—are to be of the quorum. [Ibid. No. 47.]
Nov. Particulars of sums of money to be deducted for overcharge, out of bills passed to Mr. Foley for ironwork, between April and Nov. 1669; total, 54l. 1s. 8¾d. [2¼ pages. Ibid. No. 48.]
Nov. Note by Rob. Mayors of timber bought by him, for carved work for a new ship building at Deptford, at 39s. 6d. a load, ready money. [Ibid. No. 49.]
Nov. The "orderly at Portsmouth" to Commissioner Tippetts. Our provision is old, salted meat, and part of it stinking; we have had no fresh or perfectly sweet meat for 18 months, and no necessary money for ten months. We beg better provisions, and better payment of our money. Signed by Rob. Small and 3 others [Ibid. No. 50.]
Nov. Levant Company to Consul [Benj.] Lannoy. We have reinstated Martin Loe as factor marine, in the place of [Wm.] Frampton, deceased, he having promised punctual compliance for the future, and given security, and he is now ready to depart. As Loe is obliged to keep the houses in repair, we desire you to see that they have been left so by Frampton; and if not, that they are put in repair out of his estate, and kept so by his successors for the future. [Levant Papers, Vol. 5, p. 227.]
[Nov.]
Oxford.
Epicedia, or Elegies composed by members of the University of Oxford, on the death of Henrietta Maria, Queen Mother. [Latin, Greek, and Arabic. Printed. 64 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 268, No. 51.]
Nov.
Deal.
Lists sent by Morgan Lodge to Williamson, of King's and merchant ships in the Downs, and the state of the wind.
Vol. 268. No. Date. King's. Merchant. Wind. Vol. 268. No. Date. King's. Merchant. Wind.
52 Nov. 1 2 10 64 Nov. 14 1 1 N.N.W.
53 " 2 2 15 S.W. 65 " 15 1 3 N.
54 " 3 4 16 W. 66 " 15 1 13 S.W.
55 " 4 2 22 W.S.W. 67 " 17 1 1 S.
56 " 5 2 21 W.N.W. 68 " 18 1 S.E.
57 " 6 2 22 69 " 19 1 S.E.
58 " 7 2 25 S.W. 70 " 20 1 S.
59 " 8 2 28 W.S.W. 71 " 21 1 W.
60 " 9 2 28 S.W. 72 " 22 1 9 W.N.W.
61 " 10 2 28 N. 73 " 24 1 14 S.W.
62 " 12 2 29 W.S.W. 74 " 27 1 N.E.
63 " 13 2 38 W. 75 " 30 1 13 W.