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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1672-3. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1901.

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[1672] Captains Terence O'Brien and David Dannan to the King. Petition stating that the petitioners had served 20 years in the Duke of York's regiment, and being comprehended in his Majesty's gracious declaration and having his letters to be restored to their estates in Ireland, have waited eleven years, and are still kept out of them by persons who served the late usurper, and having now received commissions in the Duke of Monmouth's regiment, and being unable to provide themselves with a suitable equipage, praying that something may be provided or ordered them for the purpose. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 334, No. 70a.]
1672 Journal of Sir J. Williamson from 28 February, 1671–2, to 23 March, 1672–3.
Most of the entries are unimportant, but the following seem worthy of notice:—
Oct. 3. King and Duke went for Newmarket at three in the morning. Earl Arlington went for Euston.
Oct. 5. French letters arrived. That Mr. Saville was arrived at Paris as envoye, &c. News arrived from Seville, that the five Dutch menof-war were come into Cadiz, bringing the Experiment, the Summer Island merchant, &c., prize. A Dutch fleet of a hundred merchant ships arrived from Holland in the Sound, as D. Richmond writes.
Oct. 11. News of the Dutch defeat before Woerden.
Oct. 15. D. York returned from Newmarket. The Swedes' ambassadors, Count Sparre and Erenstein, came to town about this time.
Oct. 17. Lord Willoughby arrived at Barbados from England.
Oct. 19. Sir B. Gascon's secretary arrived with an express about the marriage. The King returned from Newmarket with P. Rupert, D. Monmouth, &c.
Oct. 20. Swedes' ambassadors had a private audience. E. Marshal received his truncheon at Whitehall.
Oct. 24. D. York dined with the Artillery Company.
Oct. 25. E. Ossory installed.
Oct. 27. The Swedes' ambassadors gave in their first memorial offering a mediation.
Oct. 29. The King dined in the City at Guildhall, being Lord Mayor's Day.
Oct. 31. Envoyé of Brandenburg gives his memorial offering mediation.
Nov. 1. Mr. Thierry's proposition about herring fishery considered.
Nov. 3. This day the Pr. of Orange began his march from Rosendael towards Maestricht.
Nov. 6. I licensed Stubbs' second book by express order of E. Arlington, given me at Whitehall Gate.
Nov. 7. Express from Ostend of 20 Dutch gone to sea under De Ruyter or Van Nesse. Order thereon to the merchantmen in the river not to go out.
Nov. 10. Answer agreed to Cracow, the Brandenburg envoyé, and that he should be gone.
Nov. 11. E. Ossory parted for France to compliment on the death of the Duc d'Anjou.
Nov. 13. News of Pr. Orange being got to Maestricht, [and of] Imperial forces being passed the Main.
Nov. 16. The Seals sent in the evening from my Lord Keeper by Secretary Coventry.
Nov. 17. E. Shaftesbury had the Seals given him as Lord Chancellor of England.
Nov. 20. The devotion (?) begun in Flanders and all the Spanish Netherlands for the prosperity of the Catholic King's arms, &c., to last eight days by the C. de Monterey's command.
Nov. 21. M. de Schomberg returned from France. Great speeches of a new Treasurer. E. of Arlington some, Lord Clifford others. Upon which large and free discourse with E. of Arlington. Sir R. C[arr] to be Comptroller. In that case J[oseph] W[illiamson] to be the Chancellor of the Duchy, &c.
Nov. 23. First opening of the commission for treating with the Portugal ambassador at York House.
Nov. 24. Meeting about the Parliament, &c., and a Speaker.
Nov. 28. Lord Treasurer had the staff given him, and was sworn in the Chancery.
Nov. 29. Mr. W. Howard sent into Holland with instructions, &c.
Nov. 30. The Straits fleet sailed out of the Downs, 120 in number; the Yarmouth fleet followed at the Back of the Goodwin, 26 in number.
Dec. 3. The ratifications of the last league with the Emperor, Holland, Spain, &c., exchanged at the Hague.
Dec. 4. Earl of Ossory returned from France.
Dec. 5. Lord Treasurer sworn in the Exchequer.
Dec. 7. News of a repulse to the Brandenburgers, 5,000 men, at the bridge at Andernach by the French, &c.
Second conference with Portugal ambassador at York House.
Dec. 10. Zas came to Sylvius on a sleeveless errand from Holland.
Dec. 11. The King disallowed of Zas being here, and ordered him to be gone.
Embargo on all outward bound ships.
Dec. 12. Meeting about Portugal treaty. Sir G. Downing called.
Dec. 14. Hamburg business ended with their envoys.
Dec. 15. French King's demand of aid against Spain, upon the rupture made by the Spaniards sitting down before Charleroi.
Dec. 17. Expresses parted for Spain with instructions to Sir W. Godolphin about the attempt on Charleroi, &c., and with him Benson to France.
To-day the Duc de Luxembourg parted from Utrecht to attack Bodengrave, &c.
Dec. 20. News of the siege raised at Charleroi.
Dec. 21. Meeting at Lord Arlington's lodgings about the Parliament:— Lord Treasurer, Lord Arlington, Sir J. Duncombe, Sir R. Long, Sir Robert Howard, Sir T. Chicheley, Sir T. Osborne, Sir J. Earnley, Mr. Attorney, Mr. Solicitor, Judge Milward.
Jan. 3. Hutchinson arrived express from Rotterdam, with an account in what consternation they were in upon the French breaking in at Bodengrave.
Jan. 5. News of part of the Castle of Guernsey being blown up, and of Coeworden retaken by the Dutch.
Jan. 9. News of Le Neve in the Portsmouth come back from the coast of Portugal, where he went convoy.
Jan. 12. Straits' fleet sailed from Plymouth under Narbrough.
Jan. 13. News of the Duke of Richmond's death. M. de Schonborne, nephew to the Elector of Mentz, arrived here from Paris to offer the mediation.
Jan. 15. Hamburg agents signed the articles. A great fleet of 130 sail outward bound sailed out of the Downs with a good convoy.
Jan. 16. Puckle returned from Holland with an account of the state of Zealand, &c., and saw the King to-day. News of the Constantinople Merchant taken by the ignorance of her captain losing himself in St. George's Channel.
Jan. 18. Sir E. Spragg had his dispatches for France to adjust the junction.
Jan. 21. Hutchinson of Rotterdam returned with instructions, &c. Will write by name of Thomas Johnson.
Jan. 22. Sir B. Gascon's courier arrived from Vienna about the match, &c.
Jan. 23. The Gottenburg fleet with its convoy arrived at the mouth of the river. Two captains dead, Ball and Montague, in the voyage.
Jan. 24. Mr. Howard's great narrative received this morning by Lord Arlington. Read at the Foreign Committee.
Jan. 25. Zas and Arton brought to Tower from Landguard and examined.
Feb. 5. Mr. Howard and Puckle returned from Holland.
Feb. 9. News that the Imperialists and French were within an hour of one another near Soest in the Marck.
Feb. 27. News from Flanders by express to the Spanish ambassador of the success of the Brandenburgers against the Bishop of Münster. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 319A.]


[1672 ?] Dec. [13].
Thomas [Hackett], Bishop of Down, to Viscount Conway at Dublin. I have been long detained from performing that acknowledgment I both owe your great merit, and particular great obligations laid on myself, by seeking to mingle with it something that might be worth your hearing. The result, as far as I could hitherto drive it, is that having laboured to understand the doctrine and lives of our own clergy, and to prescribe what I thought therein requisite, I wholly despair not to see some fruits of this. I likewise thought it my duty not to be a stranger wholly to the ways and tenets of our otherwise minded brethren here, and, by personal view and discourse with them, to essay if I might foster any sober counsels upon them, wherein the Church and State might have its benefit, or take off their mispressions against us, to which end I have waited for, and sought out the leaders of their parties, and have so far prevailed with them as not to be afraid to appear before a bishop, and discourse with him. They speak honestlier than they are spoken of, and profess great loyalty to his Majesty, and no opposition to his commands; wherein they cannot obey, flying to suffering. They deny any revilings of our Church and way, but a desire of serving in their own, declining all secular advantage or interest, in which general profession they immure themselves. [With postmark of 13 Dec. S.P. Ireland, Car. II. 332, No. 142.]
[1672.] Madam Louisa Queroualle to the King. Petition stating that the petitioner is informed there is in Ireland a lease of 60 years granted by King James to James Ware and Walter Plunket, and now almost expired, and another granted by Queen Elizabeth to one Barret and his heirs, which is now at his Majesty's disposal, and also several waste, retrenched, and concealed lands in the city and liberties of Dublin, the town and county of Galway, the town and county of Sligo, the town and county of Cavan, and the counties of Mayo, King's County, Donegal, and Fermanagh, and praying a grant of nine or ten thousand pounds a year out of the said lands and leases, and a letter to the Lord Lieutenant, requiring letters patent for the two leases and the wastes, and custodiums for the retrenched and concealed lands. [Ibid. No. 143.] Annexed,
Memorial, giving particulars of the two leases, and of the concealed lands in co. Galway. [Ibid. No. 143i.]
Particulars of the concealed lands referred to in the above petition in the county and city of Dublin, the town and county of Cavan, the town and county of Galway, the King's County, and Mayo. Endorsed, "Mlle. Queroualle's lands in Ireland." [Ibid. No. 144.]
Report on the above petition. 1. The lands lying in the city and county of Dublin, if not sequestered, no way relate to the Acts of Settlement, but are absolutely in the king's grant, without injustice to anybody, if the petitioner makes out the king's title, if not, nothing passes, and so nobody can be wronged by the grant. 2 and 3. I suppose the lands in Cavan and Mayo were sequestered, but decreed in the Court of Claims to innocents, who have no just title thereto, and therefore, and because the king's title is reserved to him in all such decrees, he may dispose of it as he pleases, and has done it already to others, but this is a branch of what is to be inquired of by the Committee of Inspection. 4. The lands in the King's County were sequestered, and are now in the hands of soldiers as set out to them, pursuant to the Acts of Settlement, but, if the petitioner can make out they are not passed in patent, pursuant to the certificate of the Commissioners of Claims, as seems alleged by calling them concealments, it is then in the king's power to grant them anew, but this relates also to the Commission of Inspection. 5. The lands and houses in Galway town, I suppose to have been concealed since before the sequestration, and, therefore, to be in the king's absolute dispose, but the land in co. Galway, is, I believe, on the same foot with the said lands in the King's County and Mayo. 6. The lands in the King's County, held by Col. Garrett Moore (by what is alleged), are possessed by him as commons belonging to his estate, and if so, and if the petitioner cannot produce some particular title of the king to them, it lies not in his grant on any public score, because Col. Moore was declared an innocent, and innocents are not bound to observe the surveys or number of acres, but were decreed at large, to whatever they had a right title to in 1641, under certain denominations and townships with their appurtenances, &c. 7. The leases to Ware and Plunket have no relation at all to the Settlement, but are absolutely in the king's grant. 8. The grant to Barret cannot be a lease, if granted to him and the heirs male of his body (as alleged), but an estate entailed in the Crown, which, if extinguished, is now again in his Majesty's disposal, but query whether not granted already in general terms to the Duchess of Cleveland. Upon the whole, if his Majesty is pleased to gratify the petitioner herein, the regular and the safest way is to grant his Majesty's letter directing the Lord Lieutenant to issue commissions of inquiry to the escheators of the several provinces, and to other commissioners appointed by the petitioner, to find his Majesty's title to all concealed and forfeited lands within the several counties named in the said letter, and on the return thereof to pass letters patent of such lands as shall be found to be in his Majesty's disposal to the petitioner, or whom they shall appoint, not exceeding the yearly income of — over and above the Crown rent, &c. By this means the king will give nothing but what is his own, and will know what he gives, besides that the petitioner will be at a certainty and save much unnecessary charges, and his Majesty's subjects will have no colour of reason to complain. [S.P. Ireland, Car. II. 332, No. 145.]
Request by Humphrey Okeover for a letter to the Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer in Ireland that he and those concerned with him may have time and liberty to discharge the arrears of quit rents due on any of the concealed, retrenched, and forfeited lands and leases in the city and counties expressed in his Majesty's grant, that they may in future be permitted to pay the reserved rents into the Exchequer in order to prevent the usual abuses of the sheriffs and collectors, that the tenants may be encouraged to improve their farms without being afraid of the sheriffs' oppressions; also for a letter in their behalf from Lord Arlington to the Lord Lieutenant for the better strengthening of their committee; and also for a letter from his Majesty for a patent for the reversion of the lease to Ware and Plunket, because that lease does not come within the account of estates forfeited to his Majesty. Endorsed by Williamson, "Letter in Mlle. Qu— 's business." [For all these papers, see ante, pp. 310, 415, and 502. S.P. Ireland, Car. II. 332, No. 146.]
[1673. Jan. ?] Capt. Owen Sulivane to the King. Petition, stating that the petitioner served his Majesty faithfully both at home and in France and Flanders during his exile, as appears by the annexed certificate of Lord Muskerry, and that the interest the petitioner and his ancestors had in Ireland was seized by Cromwell, and continued still in the hands of those that served him, whereby the petitioner is in a most deplorable condition; and praying his Majesty to confer on him some employ, or to order him some subsistence, till some expedient may be found to restore him to his estate, or otherwise to employ him in his Majesty's service. On the back,
Jan. 8.
His Majesty, being moved on this petition, is pleased to say that care shall be taken for an employment for the petitioner. [S. P. Ireland, Car. II. 333, No. 9a.] Annexed,
Pass from Lord Muskerry, colonel of the Duke of York's regiment, to the bearer, Capt. Sulivane, who has served many years in that regiment under his command, and now desires to go to his native country. London, 12 March, 1662[–3]. [Copy. Ibid. No. 9a i.]
Certificate by Edward Scott, alias Brimygen, that the bearer, Capt. Sullivane, served in his Majesty's army during his banishment both in France and Flanders, and in his Royal Highness's regiment under his command, and behaved with fidelity and integrity till the regiment was disbanded in France. [Copy. Ibid. No. 9 II.]
Feb. 1.
Commission appointing James, Duke of Buccleuch and Monmouth to be Lord High Chamberlain of Scotland. [Copy. On parchment. S.P. Dom., Car. II., Case F, No. 51.]
[Feb. ?] Capt. Edward Sarsfield to the King. Petition praying for the pension lately enjoyed by Jephson Maguire, and for the arrears since his death, the petitioner having faithfully served both at home and abroad in the Duke of Gloucester's regiment, where his brother lost his life, till Dunkirk was surrendered, and having never had any subsistence like the rest of his associates. See ante p. 589. [S.P. Ireland, Car. II. 333, No. 82a.]