Charles II: Miscellaneous 1672

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Miscellaneous 1672

[April ?] Thomas Hughes to Henry, Lord Arlington. Petition, stating that having obtained a mandate (17 Nov. 1671), he was elected (28 Feb. 1672) to a Fellowship at Trinity Hall by the major number of Fellows present, viz., five out of seven, that the votes of six are required only when 11, the whole number, are present; that votes of Fellows absent without leave are null, as was declared by Dr. King, the Master, in Mr. Archer's case; that the King's letters were formerly obeyed without the formality of an election; and that the present Master admitted his cousin on such letters, with the consent of but three Fellows; that the Master, on account of his engagement to Sir M. Brampstone, for his son, will not admit the petitioner, to whom his only objection is his poverty and inability to gratify him; and that the most deserving persons have not been preferred in the College during the 14 years Dr. King has been Master, and praying a confirmation of his Majesty's grant. [See Calendar 1671–2, pp. 213, 285. Ibid. No. 189.]
Stephanus de Josepo and four more Armenians, subjects of the King of Persia, to the King. Petition, praying he would exercise his clemency that they may not lose the little goods, viz., 18 bales of silk, 17 of goats' hair, 7 of camlots' hair, and 3 of gumma de dragan, which they had laded at Smyrna on a Dutch ship bound for Amsterdam, whither they travelled by land, which, meeting with his Majesty's fleet, was taken, so that all their goods are detained, which, though scarce anything to his Majesty, are much to the petitioners, who, if deprived thereof, will be utterly ruined. Besides each of them has a wife and family, who expect them daily. [Ibid. No. 190.]
Stephanus Joseph and four more Armenians to the Earl of Arlington. Petition, praying him to vote in the Privy Council in their favour, the King, to whom they made two petitions, having always referred them to him, and the petitioners having been almost three months in England, and being thereby destitute of moneys and other necessaries. [Ibid. No. 191.]
[1672.] Michael Kys, Hungarian, and lately slave in Turkey, to the King. Petition, stating that in regard he was deprived in England of the certificates he brought from several foreign princes, he was granted royal letters patent for soliciting the benevolence of the charitable in 21 counties, but, owing to the illness and death of his brother Peter (also named in the patent), much of the granted year passed, so that in 12 counties he could not make collections, as from the shortness of time no briefs could be laid out, and in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk he had collections in but few parishes, and therefore praying that, if the renewal of the patent might not be granted, to have the collections in the counties and parishes not yet solicited, a Latin pass might be granted him, with a recommendation that he might enjoy the benevolence of people beyond sea, especially first in France, and that his countryman, Johannes Adami, may be mentioned in the pass, and Conrad Gleshinski, as their friend and interpreter. [See post, 13 and 16 Feb. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 319, No. 192.]
Col. Guy Molesworth to the King. Petition for some provision, having waited ten years, especially since the promise made him in Sept. 1669, of the first foot company that shall fall, six having been disposed of since, so that he must starve in prison with his wife and three daughters. [Ibid. No. 193.]
[Between Midsummer 1672 and Midsummer 1673.] Robert Bendish, Mayor, and the citizens and commonalty of Norwich, to the King. Petition for leave to solicit an Act of Parliament to compel such trading inhabitants of the town as are not free to take up their freedom, which many have lately refused to do, to avoid the charge of supporting the government. [Ibid. No. 194.]
Elizabeth, widow of Robert Pett, gunner, to the King. Petition for payment of 10l. 18s. 0d., for which she has a ticket due for her late husband's services on the Golden Lion in 1666, after which he was gunner on the Expedition, and afterwards for 4¼ years on the Henrietta, with details of his several services, she being in great poverty. [Ibid. No. 195.]
Frances, Countess Dowager of Portland, to the King. Petition for effectual order for her present relief, since the 3,040l. by letters of 31 July 1669, charged in her favour on the arrears of the revenue of Ireland, had been transferred to the establishment of Ireland, which is now stopped. [Ibid. No. 196.]
John Henry Schreiber, merchant, to the King. Petition for the benefit of his Majesty's declaration of June 12 last, though published after his arrival, having lately come from Amsterdam, to settle in London, but finding himself, from being an alien, so prejudiced in his trade, that he will be obliged to depart. [Ibid. No. 197.]
James Thierry, sen., of London, merchant, to the King. Petition, to have the benefit of the law against Isaac de Mercado, a Jew of Amsterdam, who has made use of his Majesty's proclamation to defraud his creditors there by removing to England, and seeks to shelter himself from justice here, under a royal protection (granted 25 Nov. 1672, see ante, p. 204). [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 319, No. 198.]
Case of the owners and freighters of the ship St. George, of London, which was taken by the St. John of Amsterdam, a Dutch ship, on her homeward voyage from Barbados, in June 1670. Noberill, a Spaniard and an officer in the St. John, with a mixed company of Spaniards and Dutchmen, took the said ship, under pretence of a commission from the Spaniards, and carried the master and men prisoners to Curacao; whereupon Henry Wasey, the master, complained to the Dutch Governor there, and required justice, according to the Articles of Peace made at Breda, the 12th and 21st articles of which are recited, but the Governor declined. That Francisco Feroni, merchant, of Amsterdam, was the owner of the St. John, Christopher Lynch, of the same place, the master, and Francisco Lomeline and Francisco Maria Campion, Genoese merchants, and inhabitants of Curacao, were the hirers and freighters. By depositions taken in the Admiralty Court in England, it appears that the said Lomeline and Campion corresponded with the Spaniards at Porto Bello, then in hostility with the English, and that the Admiral of that place went to Lomeline and Campion, and by their assistance, and that of the Dutch, equipped and sent out ships to take the English.
On the master of the St. George coming home, her merchants and owners complained to the King of the wrong done them by the Dutch, to the value of above 12,000l., and prayed his Majesty to interpose, and send to the States-General that reparation might be made, which was done. The merchants and owners sent over Ralph Wiat to the States, as their agent, and, after great expense of time and money, the States gave order to the Governor of Curacao to restore the St. George and the goods in such condition as they then were; on receiving of which order, Wiat informed M. de Witt that it was not answerable to the satisfaction sought and expected, the ship being destroyed by worms, and the goods embezzled and spoiled, and that full satisfaction was expected, more particularly as Sir Walter Walker, and other counsel in England, had advised that a breach of the articles had been committed; to which De Witt told him not to trouble further, as it was determined, and added there was no more a breach of the articles than a man, having lent a sword to one that robbed or killed with it, was liable to answer for the theft or murder, and that the counsel who advised were sots on that point. That the Dutch were a free State, or Commonwealth, and vassals to no man or prince in the world, and therefore would not acquiesce in referring the business to England or agreeing to her judgment on the matter. A ship was sent from London to Curacao in Nov. 1671, to fetch the St. George and her lading home, but she had sunk in the harbour, before her arrival there. [2¼ pages. Ibid. No. 199.]
The reasons offered for continuing the stage coaches on the grand roads of this kingdom answered [by John Cressett?]. 1 and 2. The keepers of them set them up about 30 years since, have laid out all their stocks on them, and have rendered themselves unfit for any other course for their support. Answer.— That by these stage coaches is meant Exeter, Salisbury, Bristol, Southampton, Dover, Norwich, Lincoln, York, West Chester, and Shrewsbury, of which Norwich was set up about 30 years ago, York about 18, Chester about 20, Exeter between 20 and 30, the others very lately. The first stage coaches were long coaches in the middle of the waggons, travelling 20 or 25 miles a day, carrying sick and ancient people journeys suitable to their strength, and went not above one to one place in a week, and so did no great hurt. The persons who now keep them are not those that first set them up, nor have they continued them 30 years, nor have they been a convenience to the users answerable to the mischief they have been and are to trade in general. Now all great towns have set up stage coaches, and every little town within 20 miles of London swarms with them, to the utter destruction of the country. The owners are innholders, first one in a town set up a coach and brought all guests to his inn, and then others set up others for the same purpose, killed multitudes of horses, and almost ruined one another. 3. They allege they employ great numbers of other trades, and breed many fit to be coachmen to the nobility and gentry. Answer.—For every one they employ they destroy a hundred, as they take away the trade of the shoemaker, spurrier, smith, &c., &c. 4. They allege that multitudes of ancient or sickly persons and young children not otherwise able to travel will be prejudiced. Answer. — That for such persons the long coaches are much fitter than the running coaches, travelling easier, starting later, and arriving earlier. 5. It would impose on the subjects in the manner of their travel and expenses. Answer. — If they wish to coach it, they may set out a day or two sooner, and if their business be speed, may ride post as cheaply. 6. Persons from Ireland, Scotland, or abroad have found how exacting men are that keep horses to let, and the inconvenience of tired jades. Answer. — The design is only to keep up a few stages as Dover to bring passengers from France or Flanders, of which there will be only need to have the waggon coaches, and as to tired jades, were these coaches down, men would keep very good horses, and let them cheaper than 10s. a day. 7. Putting down stage coaches would be greater prejudice to the subjects in general than keeping them up can be to anyone, yet supposing all the petitioners were injured, their conjoined interests are not to be compared to the public; the way of travelling by which the people receive most benefit, travel with least expense of money and time, which is most advantageous to their health and business, and which is absolutely necessary to many, useful to others, and imposed on by none ought to be countenanced, and that of stage coaches is such. Answer. — First, can that way of travelling be of the greatest benefit to travellers that is to the destruction of trade, prevents the consumption of provisions and manufactures, and brings down rents? Travellers are either gentlemen, trades- men, husbandmen, or the poor. If a gentleman, what advantage is it to him by hindering the consumption of provisions and manufactures to bring down his rents ten times as much as he saves? If a tradesman, he cannot have advantage by that way of travelling that destroys all trade. The farmers cry out they are ruined, and have no vent for their corn, hay, &c., and the grazier that he wants a market for his cattle. As for the poor, waggon coaches would suit their purses best. Secondly, men may travel faster if they ride post or on their own horses than in most stage coaches, and as cheap or cheaper, all things considered. From London to Exeter, York, and Chester and back each passenger pays 40s. each way, is four days going and coming, changes coaches and coachmen four times, and usually gives the coachman 1s. at the end of his stage, which comes to 8s., and pays at least 3s. more for drink to the coachman, coming in all to 4l. 11s. A traveller coming to London on horseback lies at an inn paying nothing for his lodging, but coming in coach pays 5s. or 6s. a week for his lodging, so it costs him 10s. if he stay a fortnight, making 5l. 1s., besides having to get meat from cooks at twice the rate he might have it in inns. Now if these coaches were down, excellent horses would be bred by gentlemen for their own use, and for those that cannot keep them, good ones would be kept for hire at 10s. or 12s. a week. So if a man were to come any long stage to London, and were 10 days going and coming, and stayed 12 days in London, three weeks in all, horse hire would come to 36s., horse meat at 14d. a day to 1l. 5s. 8d., in all 3l. 1s. 8d., so 40s. would be saved to pay for boots, saddles, &c. From Northampton to London you must pay 16s., from Bristol 25s., from Bath 20s., from Reading 7s., from Salisbury 20s. or 25s., and so in proportion. Thirdly, these coaches are advantageous to neither men's health nor business. What advantage to health is it to be called to the coach an hour before daylight and to be kept after dark an hour or two in winter, shaking with cold, choked with fogs, freezing for want of stirring, brought in so late that he cannot get supper, called up so early that he cannot eat, hurried along all day so that he can get nothing? What convenience is it for a man to stay at great charges when his business is done for a week or fortnight for a passage in one of these coaches? And on the day he is to go to be forced to an hour, or be left behind, and so to be compelled to leave business undone that might have been done in an hour or two? and never to be able to go out of the road on any occasion, or to stay anywhere but where these coachmen please, and as little time as they please? What conveniency is it to be shut up in a coach with strangers, old sickly people, or crying children, with whose humours a man is forced to bear, and be crowded with their bundles and boxes, and almost poisoned sometimes with their nasty scents? Were these coaches suppressed, then gentlemen might return home as soon as their business was done, might start and come in at what time they please, might choose their company, might stay to bait as often and as long as they please, might go out of the road as they please, might travel as short or long journeys as they please, and might preserve their health by staying in a house when the weather is unfit for travelling. Thus many poor families in the country would be maintained, tailors by mending clothes, saddlers by stuffing or mending saddles, &c. Travellers would come to a town before the shops shut, and stay till they open, and buy of the manufactures of the place. People would then live more on their estates, and buy what they wanted of country tradesmen, most of whom are now ruined by their neighbours buying all in London. Fourthly, these coaches are not absolutely necessary to anyone, for the sick and aged may travel in the long coaches with more ease and conveniency than in the running coaches. They are not useful, for a man may hire a coach, if he requires it, or travel in his own. These coaches are imposed on many, for since they have been set up in such multitudes, men careless of keeping good horses have sold them and are forced to go by coach, and keepers of horses for hire are so discouraged that they now keep none. Since running coaches are neither absolutely necessary to any or useful to others, more than other coaches would be, and yet are imposed on many of the subjects, ergo, they should be discontinued. [Printed paper. 4 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 319, No. 200.]
Discovery by J[ohn] C[ressett], of the Inner Temple, of one or two fallacies in the answer to his reasons formerly printed for suppressing stage coaches. They say they hinder not the consumption of horsemeat, for they carry but 36 passengers a week and keep 40 horses, each eating twice as much as a saddle horse. But they carry 36 different passengers every week, and keep the same 40 horses all the year, so they carry 1,872 passengers a year, so that if there were not these coaches there would be at least 1,800 used to do the work now done by 40, and similarly for the short stages. There are daily four coaches each to Windsor and Reading, ten to St. Albans, and so to all towns within 20 or 30 miles of London. Before these coaches were set up, London spent all the hay, oats, beans, and pease that could be spared within 20 or 30 miles, besides importing vast quantities from elsewhere, and then corn and hay bore a good price in London, which is not so now, and no man will keep a horse because his rents are so fallen because there is no consumption of horse meat on account of these coaches. They ruin the 400 hackney coaches in London that are licensed at 5l. a year, for these short stage men bring all passengers to all towns within 20 miles of it, and break and annoy the streets, yet pay nothing towards repairing. If they were put down, at least 100 or 150 of the 400 would be hired out of London.
With other objections set forth in the previous Answer and in the Reasons calendared ante, p. 64. [Printed paper. Ibid. No. 201.]
Reasons humbly offered to the consideration of Parliament for the suppressing such of the stage coaches and caravans now travelling upon the roads of England as are unnecessary, and regulating such as shall be thought fit to be continued. Closely resembling the two preceding papers and the reasons calendared ante, p. 64, concluding with a recommendation that but one coach should be continued to each shire town, to go once a week backwards and forwards, and to go through with the same horses without changing, and not to travel more than 30 miles a day in summer and 25 in winter, and all to be suppressed within 40 or 50 miles of London. A summary of this paper is in Macaulay's History, ch. 3. [Printed pamphlet. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 319, No. 202.]
[March?] Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Col. Hercules Lowe to take order that he have one of the first waiter's places that shall fall, or some other equal provision for the support of his wife and family, who are fallen into great straits. (See Calendar 1671–72, p. 205.) [Ibid. No. 203.]
[July?] W[ormley] Martin to Sir J. Williamson. Beseeching him to procure him a qualification, as he will be dispatched that night, that he may hasten home to his father, who is sick. [See last volume, pp. 210, 388. Ibid. No. 204.]
[July ?] Request to the Earl of Arlington to move the King on behalf of Madam Howard, for her annuity of 200l. a year given her by the Countess of Chesterfield, to be sent her, which cannot be done without order. [See last volume, p. 405. Ibid. No. 205.]
[Sir T. Player] to [Williamson ?] I am glad Sir John [Robinson ?] is again a dear brother (see Calendar, 1671–72, p. 99), and hope he will never forfeit that relation. If anything of those little matters I write be shown. I should be glad my name might not be discoursed of, for, if it should, I must expect the utmost their malice can reach to. It were worth while for somebody truly to state the temper and practices of the several factions, that you may the better judge how to deal with them. In my next I shall give an instance in their juggling about trade. [Signature torn off. Ibid. No. 206.]
Statement by Henry Walthew, Clerk of the Avery, that the Master and Fellows of Clare Hall, Cambridge, have not yielded to the King's letters [of 2 April, 1672, calendared in Calendar. 1671– 1672, p. 270] for a fellowship there for his son Edmund, but are trying to prevail for their revocation, with request that his son may enjoy the benefit thereof. [Ibid. No. 207.]
Sir Robert Howard to Mr. Auditor Phelips. As he understands by Lord St. John that the Auditors have returned to him the several certificates of the small rents remaining before them, but that they have not certified them to the trustees for sale of the fee-farm rents, and they have not summed the total, letting him and the rest of the Auditors know it is the desire of the Lords [of the Treasury ?] that every Auditor sum up the total, and return the certificates, and they are to mark those that have been sold, though the patents are not completed. [Much damaged. Ibid. No. 208.]
Four copies of bonds in blank for 1,000l. each to be given to the Duke of York, Lord High Admiral, by persons authorized by letters of marque to send out privateers, to secure the good behaviour of the ship, her captain, and company. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 319, Nos. 209–212.]
Ode by Francis Digby on the buildings lately erected at Oxford by Sir J. Williamson. [Latin. Ibid. No. 213.]
Ode by Anthony Tonstall, on the same subject, addressed to Williamson, with an eulogistic letter. [Latin. Ibid. No. 214.]
Account of moneys paid for secret service in the last year of the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury from Michaelmas 1671, to Michaelmas 1672, amounting to 37,266l. 8s. 0d. [Ibid. No. 215.]
List of proclamations, all from Nov. 1664, to Aug. 1667, during the last war, except one, viz., that of June 1671-2 for recalling seamen from foreign service. [Ibid. No. 216.]
Names of the Chancellors of the Duchy of Lancaster, from the time of Edward III. down to Sir Robert Carr. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 217.]
Accounts of payments made to Sir Richard Fanshaw, the Earl of Sandwich, and the Earl of Sunderland, as ambassadors to Spain 1663–1671, and to the last as such to France, where he was sent Sept. 1672. [Ibid. No. 218.]
Order to send with the first express 100 commission parchments and that my lord's clothes are to be sent by the express. [Ibid. No. 219.]
"An enquiry into the Supremacy spiritual of the Kings of England, occasioned by a proviso in the late Act of Parliament against conventicles," viz., that nothing therein shall invalidate the supremacy of his Majesty and his successors in power and authority in ecclesiastical affairs. By Henry Stubbe. [10 pages of MS. apparently never printed. Ibid. No. 220.]
History by the same of the spiritual supremacy as it was exercised by Queen Elizabeth. [5 pages of MS. Ibid. No. 221.]
Answer by the same to certain objections formed against the proceedings of his Majesty to suspend the laws against conventicles by his declaration of March 15, 1672. [5 pages of MS. Ibid. No. 222.]
William Nutt, Randall Knipe, John Baptista Vanderhoven and others, merchants trading in East Country planks and timber, to the King and Privy Council. Petition, stating that the petitioners generally serve the Navy Commissioners with East Country planks and timber, which have been imported only of late years, and so are not particularly rated and mentioned in the Book of Rates for Customs set out by Act of Parliament, on which account the officers of the Customs, who have farmed the Custom of Wood, exact of the petitioners what customs they please, or put them on unreasonable oaths of the utmost value they sell them for, whereby they extort even custom upon custom, to the great discouragement of all importation thereof, to his Majesty's great disservice, and contrary, as is presumed, to the true sense of the said Book of Rates, wherein Irish plank and timber (the best of which is much better than any from the East Country), is particularly rated, and the petitioners are willing to pay the same rate for East Country, but the wood farmers now exact four times as much, and give the petitioners, new trouble on every entry they make of their goods, and praying that the custom thereof be fixed according as Irish plank and timber is valued in the book of rates, or otherwise as to his Majesty's wisdom shall seem meet. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 331, No. 180.]
Lieut. Peter Edwards to the Duke of York. Petition, stating that by his Royal Highness' order he was appointed to inspect the action of Edmund Custis in wreck-fishing, and was taken off the same by warrant of 21 Jan. last and put to impress men, and impressed 800 men accordingly, the account whereof is now presented to the Navy Commissioners, on which he is a creditor for about 130l. for money disbursed, and praying besides for an allowance for his own entertainment and for the hire and freight of his smack and for his men. [Ibid. No. 181.]
Sackville Whittle, chirurgeon of the yard at Deptford, to the Navy Commissioners. Petition, praying that one room, part of the house formerly enjoyed by the Master Attendant, having been appointed for the petitioner's use, a small cellar may be also sunk for his convenience, and that he may have the use of the washhouse, garden, and stable lately belonging to the said Master Attendant, in common with the Assistant Builder. [Ibid. No. 182.]
Capt. John Stanesby to the Navy Commissioners. Requesting them to deliver to the purser of the Happy Return the tickets and blanks for sick and wounded, usual for a ship of that rate. [Ibid. No. 183.]
John Burford to —. Requesting a warrant for the protection of five warrant officers of the Thomas and Katharine. [Ibid. No. 184.]
Matters relating to the employment of the Clerk of the Cheque or Muster-master at Sheerness, to be considered by the Board concerning his salary, whether he is to muster the ships at the Nore, whether he is to be allowed an instrument at least during the war, and that he may have a boat. [Ibid. No. 185.]
List of various men on board the Gloucester and five other ships. [Ibid. No. 186.]
List of 56 men ordered on board the Hatton ketch. [Ibid. No. 187.]
Proportion of provisions and prices for a West India voyage, showing the quantity allowed each day, viz., 1 lb. of bread and 1 gallon of beer each day, 2 lbs. of beef on Monday and Thursday, 1 lb. of pork and 1 pint of pease on Tuesday and Sunday, and on each of the other three days 1/8 sized fish, ¼ lb. of cheese, and 2 ozs. of butter. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 331, No. 188.]
"Pattern of a strange boat." [Ibid. No. 189.]
[Jan. ?] Jarvis Maplesden to [the Navy Commissioners]. According to their order, sending an estimate of scuppers of various sizes. [See Calendar, 1671–2, p. 96. Ibid. No. 190.]
Certificate by William Jenman that James Davis was entered on the Rainbow, 20 March 1671–2, and discharged 19 July 1672. [Ibid. No. 191.]
Notes on the back of a letter addressed to the Navy Commissioners, Capt. Robinson's water, Sir T. Clutterbuck writ to, Richard Hawkes, Mary Rose, Lady Batten. [Ibid. No. 192.]
Sir John Holmes to —. Requesting him to deliver to the purser of the Rupert 20 tickets for widows, whose husbands were killed on board in the last engagement. [Ibid. No. 193.]
[Mar. 31.] Abstract of the army in Ireland with the headquarters of each troop and company, according to the muster ending the last of March 1672, showing in Leinster, of horse the King's Guard, and 13 troops; of foot, the regiment of Guards, and 17 companies; in Munster, five troops of horse and 24 companies; in Connaught, four troops of horse and eleven companies; and in Ulster seven troops of horse and nine companies; being total of horse 30 captains, cornets, and quartermasters, 31 lieutenants, 93 corporals, 66 trumpeters, and 1,435 privates, and total of foot, 70 captains, 73 lieutenants and ensigns, 162 sergeants, 219 corporals, 86 drummers, and 4,900 privates. [S.P. Ireland, Car. II. 332, No. 121.]
[March 31 ?] Another list of the army, arranged by regiments, making five regiments of horse besides the King's Guard, and seven regiments and one company of foot, probably of about the same date as the last. [Ibid. No. 122.]
Aug. 31. Draft by Williamson of the King's letter to the Lord Lieutenant concerning coin and corporations, calendared in last volume, p. 548. [Ibid. No. 123.]
Extract of the part thereof concerning corporations. [Ibid. No. 123a.]
[Sept. ?] Daniel des Fontaines-Voultron, physician-general of the Army in Ireland, to the King. Petition, stating that 12 months ago he had taken a lease of Inistioge, &c., to the effect of his former petition, calendared in Calendar 1671–72, p. 61, and that he has since not only not received a penny of his arrears, but is also denied his former salary, because his name has been omitted from the new establishment of the army, and praying a letter to the Earl of Essex that the petitioner may have his arrears and yearly salary paid him out of the extraordinary moneys at his lordship's disposal for payment of officers or debts not mentioned in the new establishment. [See last volume, pp. 617–618, under 14 Sept. Ibid. No. 124.]
[Sept. ?] [René Petit] to "Monseigneur le Comte" (? Lord Arlington). Lord Berkeley said to me some days ago, that a horrible injustice had been done to Monsr. des Fontaines, and it was Lord Ranelagh who had done it, and that he was ready to join any friend of his to speak of it to the King. [French. S.P. Ireland, Car. II. 332, No. 125.]
Proposal concerning the Army of Ireland. It now consists of 23 troops of horse and 33 foot companies. The King may, if he pleases, order the Lord Lieutenant to regiment the said troops and companies, which will make 4 regiments of horse and 4 of foot, and to send him a list of such officers for colonels, lieut.colonels, and majors as his Majesty shall judge most fitting, and if the King shall name any officers who want companies or troops, those that are able may buy them for themselves, and those that are not must wait till the King can accommodate them. If the King thinks not fit to proceed thus, it may be convenient to write to the Lord Lieutenant not to regiment the Army till further orders from hence, and in the mean time to allow such as the King shall recommend to buy troops and companies, and so after a while the King may, without trouble, regiment the Army under such officers as will be ready to serve him in his own way, not only there, but elsewhere. [Ibid. No. 126.]
Whitehall. Commission in blank for a person to be major and captain in an Irish regiment. [Ibid. No. 127.]
Request by [James Hickes], that Thomas Burrows, merchant in Kinsale, who suffered in the last wars with the Dutch 1,000l. and more, may have a blank commission, to be filled up in Ireland, for his setting forth a privateer of ten guns against the Dutch. [Ibid. No. 128.]
Reasons on behalf of Mr. Tomkins as to his arrear of 300l. for service to his Majesty in England and Ireland. Each Sub-Commissioner was to have 300l. for his journey to Ireland last summer. But 100l. thereof has been received, and Lord Ranelagh has no means to pay him any more. He entertained three clerks, and defrayed the charge of their journey from London to Dublin and back, and of their stay there for three months. With their help and that of others added there the work was put into approved method, and gone through with for some counties, and for Leinster as near finished as their small stock would reach, and both Dr. Gorge and himself disbursed 10l. each, since he left Dublin. On his return to London (Sept. 1672, see last volume of the Calendar, pp. 565, 566), he gave some of the principal ministers as satisfactory an account of what might be done for his Majesty's service in the matter of his instructions as could be had there. He has been many years in the service of his Majesty and his deceased Royal Mother, and by being in Ireland last summer for his Majesty's service, he missed his part of his Majesty's bounty then dispensed to his fellow-servants of the late Queen Mother. By account allowed by the late Lords of the Treasury, about 100l. was also due to him for seven months' services at the Council of Trade which sat at Stafford House. He therefore prays a grant of the reversion in fee of Chesworth farm, parcel of the manor of Chesworth and Sedgwicke, Sussex, which is leased for 42 years to come, reserving to the Crown the yearly fee-farm rent of 54l. 12s. 2d. [1½ page. S.P. Ireland, Car. II. 332, No. 129.]
Statement on behalf of John Suxbury, Sovereign of Kinsale, showing that he was duly elected 5 July 1672, and narrating the disturbance headed by Thomas Gookin, Anthony Stawell, and others when the oath was to be administered to him on Michaelmas Day. (The substance appears from the Orders in Council printed in the Council Book of the Corporation of Kinsale, edited by R. Caulfield, pp. 128–132.) [2½ pages. Ibid. No. 130.]
Request by Gustavus Hamilton to Lord Arlington for a general letter of recommendation to the Earl of Essex, Lord Lieutenant. [Ibid. No. 131.]
Names of seven Lords of the Council in Ireland, with note that Mr. Barry acts as Clerk of the Council. [Ibid. No. 132.]
Paper containing the charges of the Irish establishment in 1629, 1662, 1666, 1669, and 1672, with an account of the numbers of the army in the Earl of Strafford's time, compared with the numbers in 1662, 1667, and 1672. [2 copies. Ibid. Nos. 133, 134.]
Opinion by Secretary Coventry in favour of referring a petition concerning lights to the Admiral, who is to report thereon to his Majesty, with reference of a petition to the Duke of York, Lord High Admiral, to consider the benefit of erecting lighthouses in the said ports of Ireland. [Ibid. No. 135.]
Pass in blank from the King, after reciting he had granted licence to his Irish subjects to trade with foreign parts, though in hostility to him, and had directed the Duke of York, Lord High Admiral, to give safe conducts to persons and ships trading with Ireland under the said licence, to the ship — to go and unlade in Ireland and to return to her port of departure. [Draft in Williamson's hand. Ibid. No. 136.]
Ann Bridgeman, alias Edgworth, to the King. Petition stating that the petitioner's father was sequestered for his loyalty and services to the late King, and that she herself was forced to compound twice for her estate, and that having several bonds of her father's amounting to 2,500l. in all, the persons bound refuse to pay her one penny thereof, pleading the Act of Indemnity and sequestrators' acquittances as a discharge thereof, and that she might have had one moiety thereof before the Restoration, and that she has lived on the credit of those debts, and praying some relief out of such advantages as his Majesty shall, on inquiry, be entitled to in Ireland or out of the 80,000l. payable to his Majesty by Lord Ranelagh and his partners five years hence. [Ibid. No, 137.]
Monsr. des Fontaines Voutron, M.D., to Monsr. Colbert, French Ambassador. Copy of the petition calendared under 1671 in Calendar, 1671–72, p. 61. [French. S.P. Ireland, Car. II. 332, No. 138.]
Statement concerning the estate of Edmond Sexten, deceased. King Henry VIII. granted an estate in the city of Limerick to Edmond Sexten in tail male, with reversion to the Crown. The said Sexten and his heirs male possessed the same, till, about Dec. 1671, the last heir male died seised and possessed thereof, having by his will devised the same to his cousin german on the mother's side, who entered into possession thereof, and the writings belonging thereto, and keeps it as yet from the King's interest, which he granted to the Duchess of Cleveland, amongst other reversions in Ireland that should fall, which being in her now, we come to her as discoverers of the estate, for which the third part of course belongs to the discoverers, and let us agree with her for the other two parts conditionally to give her so much when we are in possession of the estate, for it is too good an advantage for her to have such an estate discovered for our costs and charges, and further to discover the like estate on condition as aforesaid, which none could make out but myself against the party in possession, I being the cousin german on the father's side of the late testator. The estate is worth 550l. a year, and the disposal of it is in Lord Aungier, Sir Thomas Bond, and Henry Savile, from whom, if we had the grant, I would undertake to make out the title. With request by the writer, Patrick Bourke, to his Honour, to solicit to Sir Thomas Bond for this estate of his ancestors by the mother's side, and get the grant of it for his Honour for Baron de Vique, Sir Francis Pordini, and the writer, and to offer 800l. or what he thinks fit for the interest, as is stated in the instructions. On the back are particulars of the lands of which the grant is desired, viz., (1) corporation lands worth 550l. per annum, viz., houses of Thomas Comyn and George Rochford in Quay Lane, Thomcore Castle in the Irish Town, houses from W. Comyn's house on the Quay to the wall, lands called Hog Island and other houses and holdings; (2) commons set to lease, which never was done before, now under houses and in parks, &c., worth 500l., with particulars thereof; (3) lands of proprietors undisposed of to soldiers or adventurers worth 350l. a year, viz., the mill of Coroduir, on the Shannon, without Thomond Gate, the gardens of White, Stephen White's holding within the Water Gate, and the garden without the Water Gate, the lands of Spittle without St. John's Gate, Simon Young's two houses within St. John's Gate, and the Customs of all the Gates and the Quay, and the place of Clerk of the Markets, with request that if we cannot get a grant of the corporation lands we may get one of the Commons which the citizens set to rent without grant or patent, which were ever heretofore by right title in the King. Therefore let us pray a grant of the said commons and of the parks, houses, and lands now leased as aforesaid, and of the proprietors' lands not set to soldier or adventurer, most part being White's interest, and a very clear case. Noted, "B[aron] de V[ique]." (See last volume of Calendar, pp. 604, 664.) [3½ pages. S.P. Ireland, Car. II. 332, No. 139.]
Another particular of the second and third sets of premises mentioned in the last. Endorsed, "B[aron] de V[ique]." [Ibid. No. 140.]
Request for a grant of the King's houses and lands in the City of Limerick and the liberties thereof, concealed and not disposed of, especially the two houses of Simon Young, the Spittle lands, and the Customs of the Gates, with such lands of my father, Sir Dominick Whyte, and my ancestors as are not given to adventurers or soldiers. Endorsed, "Discoveries by Baron de Vique." [Ibid. No. 141.]
March 10. Matthew Wren to S. Pepys. The Duke desires the Navy Commissioners to come to him to-morrow, being Monday, a little after three, at Whitehall. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 331, No. 194.]
March 28. Request by John Russell, purveyor, for a warrant to Deptford to receive 10 loads of plank from Edward Hulbert. [Ibid. No. 195.]
March 29.
Sir T. Lynch to the Navy Commissioners. Informing them that he has laid out for fitting and victualling the Welcome and Assistance 685l. 10s. 8d., for which he has charged bills upon them, not doubting his Majesty will give him at least 10 per cent., for money is worth 15, and none will furnish for the King's service on any account or advance, but his own particular interest must be bound for all, and sending Lord Brouncker the demands of the officers of the Assistance. [Ibid. No. 196.] Enclosed,
Account of the provisions and stores supplied to the above ships. 30 March. [Ibid. No. 196i.]