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Charles II: July 1670

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1670 With Addenda 1660-70. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1895.

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July 1670

July 1. Sir Henry Herbert to Williamson. Sir Henry Capel having given Mr. Wilson such a character as to incline me in his favour, and there being a battery in the case, I think the accusation is more in malice than truth. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 1.]
July 1.
Hull.
Chas. Whittington to Williamson. The Presbyterians are so high at Hull that London cannot exceed them, and are so excited by private letters from London,—telling them how their party despise the laws, and openly speak against the Government,—that they generally think the King cannot reign long. I do not know whether it is true that the Presbyterians compose two-thirds of the people there, as they do here. I suppose you have received the affidavits from the Governor formerly written about it.
There have 100 sail of light ships going northwards been put into the Humber; 2 of Hull have sailed for Holland, and one for Dort with lead and cloth, and a vessel from Dantzic with flax. Two from Norway have arrived. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 2.]
July 1. Account by Sir John Robinson of fanatic meetings held in the Tower Hamlets, viz. 3 Independents, which met at Mr. Greenhill's in Stepney, John Ryder's in Meeting-house Alley, and Dr. Anslow's in Spitalfields; 2 Presbyterians held at Mr. Kentish's in Booby Lane, and Mr. Wells' in Moorfields; 2 Anabaptists held at John Norcott's in Old Gravel Lane and Randolph Roaper's in Star Alley; a Quakers' in Ratcliffe, and one by the Fifth Monarchy men in Artichoke Lane, near the Hermitage. With particulars of proceedings taken against each for their suppression. Stephen Torey, Ant. Fowlder, Wm. Reynolds, Thos. Barber, Henry Russell, Wm. Browne, and Randolph Roaper, great Anabaptist preachers, have been sent to Newgate for refusing to take the oath of allegiance and supremacy. Many others of the inferior sort have been convicted, and those disturbed have quietly submitted. I sent for all the ministers in the Hamlets for information of any other meetings, but they knew of none. [Ibid. No. 3.]
July 1.
London.
Daniel Arthur (?) to Lord Conway. Not having heard from you, I send duplicates of 2 letters, fearing the originals have miscarried. [Ibid. No. 4.] Prefixing,
to the Same. I received your letter on the departure of Arthur, who has gone out of town, and desired me to answer it. I enclose Mr. Thruston's letter, with the charges for 29 hhds. of wine; if it should be too much for your lordship's own use, you will have to give an account thereof to the Excise for what you do not want, so that it will concern you to have a care how it is disposed of. You should not part with any of Thruston's effects, as he is expected to be declared bankrupt. Pray secure a cask of Frontignac sent, as it belongs to a friend of Arthur's.—London, 24 May 1670. [Ibid. No. 4i.]
Same to the Same. I sent an abstract of the account for a tun of wine come by the William and Jane, amounting to 9l. 15s., also fortuns by the Hopewell from Bordeaux, amounting to 68l. 12s. 3d., making together 78l. 7s. 3d., which is brought to your current account. I find you stand debtor 95l. 3s. 10d., including the charges for 9 hhds. of wine by the Samuel, and allowing you 8l. 4s. 5d., which I find that you have been overcharged by mistake. I hope you will pardon the error, which shall be explained when we meet, and will secure the hogshead of Frontignac wine for my friend, as Mr. Thruston has not paid for it.—London, 18 June 1670. [Ibid. No. 4ii.]
July 1. Receipt by Rich. Batchler for 30 muskets delivered into his Majesty's small-gun office, from Capt. Titus, Governor of Deal Castle. [Ibid. No. 5.]
July 1. Warrant for denization of Rowland Peterson. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 171.]
July 1.
Court at Whitehall.
The King to Richard, Archbishop of York. We particularly recommend Toby Conyers to a prebend in York Cathedral, which Dr. Bradley is intending to resign. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 19.]
July 1. Grant of protection for 3 months to Thos. Singleton and John Haslewood, who have discovered certain persons concerned in robbing carriers on the highway, there being a design to get them arrested, and disable them from being witnesses against the said persons. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 37.]
July 1.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to Sir Jer. Smith. I think certain kinds of timber, by the pattern, to be worth from 2l. 15s. to 4l. a load, but Commissioner Tippetts will be the best judge; the timber and knees to be hewed according to a statute of Eliz., viz. that one square is to be as deep as two roaines. Noted as the master shipwright's opinion of the value of some timber proposed to be brought from Ireland by Sir Frescheville Hollis. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 118.]
July 1. Sir Wm. Doyley to Pepys. I desire you to get a ticket made out for the wages of John Vyall, who served in the Cambridge but is now in slavery, and to give it to the bearer, who has a power of attorney to receive his money and effects. [Ibid. No. 119.]
July 2.
Woolwich.
Edw. Byland to the Navy Commissioners. Six of the calkers pressed have appeared, but 8 named are still absent; if you intend to proceed against them, I will send up the foreman of the calkers, who pressed them. I want blocks and ways for a cradle for the London to run upon when launched; it will save a great charge, as 500 tons of timber will not perform it. Pray quicken the carver and joiner with the works. It is quite time the figure for the head was in hand, as Mr. Mayors has promised very fair. I formerly demanded spruce deals for the Milford and Assistance, and I conceive now is a good time for stocking the yard. [Ibid. No. 120.]
July 2. Rob. Mayors to [the Navy Commissioners]. Request for 2 warrants directed to Deptford, for receiving timber and plank from Arthur Showell and George Body. [Ibid. No. 121.]
July 2. John Morehouse to [the Navy Commissioners]. I have found a parcel of knee and compass timber, which will be delivered into the stores for 48s. a load. [Ibid. No. 122.]
July 2.
Whitehall.
[Henry Muddiman] to Wm. Coward, Wells. News-letter to the same effect as those previously calendared, and the following:—
Count Oxenstern, Envoy Extraordinary to Portugal, has arrived here in his passage, and will spend a few days.
The young Countess of Northumberland landed at Dover on the 25th on her way to London, but having to go to Petworth to attend her deceased husband's funeral, she made but a short stay.
Marshal de Bellefonds, who came from the French King to condole with his Majesty on the death of Madame, and to give a fuller account of the cause of her death, had a private audience with his Majesty for nearly 2 hours; and in the evening the Chevalier de Lorraine, sent from Monsieur on the same errand, had another.
His Majesty ordered Alderman Hayes and Mr. Jekell to be brought before him at the Council on the 29th, and directed the Lord Mayor, by whose warrant they were committed, to attend, when they were ordered to be remitted to Newgate until they gave security, according to former order.
The Constable of Castile having received letters appointing Monterri to succeed him in his government in Flanders, has paid his debts, amounting to 150,000 guilders, and given orders to his servants to do the same, for which purpose he distributed a considerable sum amongst them. He has also arrested several persons of note at Bruges, amongst whom are the Procurator General of Flanders, the Fiscal of the Privy Council, and M. Robianno, the Secretary. The Prince of Orange's visit to Enghien is again postponed. The States are about sending to the Court of Spain and to the Constable, for payment of the residue of the subsidies due to the Swedes, which it is thought will be made next November.
The Electors of Cologne and Bavaria are about an alliance with France, and the Luneburg Minister has orders to leave the Hague for France, which gives occasion to some jealousy, though 'tis judged the Luneburghers' design goes no further than to obtain some subsidies from Spain and the States. The States' Commissioners at Brussels—not having gained any positive resolution in the article of the treaty, providing that, in case either Spain or Holland shall be at war with France, the other party may have liberty of navigation to any French port—are preparing for their return home.
Since the fire at Moscow which destroyed 6,000 houses, they have had another, which consumed 4,000 more, including numerous churches and palaces, so that many of their grandees were forced to live in tents in the open fields. The Act for Oxford is put off this year. The States' Deputy, Heer Van Beuningen, went hence yesterday. [3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 6.]
July 2. Chris. Musgrave to Williamson. I hear from Scotland that their fears there are great, their guards being doubled towards the west, and the whole of them on duty every night from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Last Sunday 3,000 people met at a conventicle in the west, which very much alarms all. The Council of Scotland will meet to-day; I have taken care to have an account of whatever happens. I would have attended you, but am engaged on extraordinary business. [Ibid. No. 7.]
July 2.
Gildersome, near Leeds.
Joshua Greathead to Williamson. Pray solicit Lord Arlington to procure the release of Joshua Westerman, Luke Lone, Jacob Elis, and Will. Dickinson, prisoners in York Castle. They were employed to find out persons engaged in the late plot, and by order from Lord Arlington and Sir Thos. Gower, were to be supplied with money and whatever they wanted. They did their best in the business, and were promised that they should live peaceably at home, and have done so till now, so that their imprisonment very much reflects upon Sir Thomas and myself, who are very much exclaimed against on their account. I suppose a former application by Sir Thomas and me has not been received. Pray return my letter, and your thoughts as to what will become of the poor men. [S.P. Dom. Car. II. 277, No. 8.]
July 2.
Rye.
Ja. Welsh to Williamson. Col. Villiers, of the Bedchamber to his Royal Highness, and his lady, governess of their children, left yesterday for Dieppe, to fetch his Royal Highness's daughter from France. [Ibid. No. 9.]
July 2.
Chester Castle.
Sir Geoff. Shakerley to Williamson. I want the advice solicited in former letters, or I shall be at a loss how to preserve the public peace. Hearing that certain rigid Presbyterians, who were committee men and sequestrators in the late war against his Majesty, were great frequenters at lectures, I sent them warning to obey the proclamation. John Tropp of Chester, an Anabaptist, who has been taken at several conventicles, having stolen into the castle and lodged there all night, with another Anabaptist confined there for refusing to take the oath of allegiance, was taken by the guard in the morning, and on refusing to take the oath tendered him by Kenrick Eyton, the King's attorney for the county, was committed to prison until the next assizes. [Ibid. No. 10.]
July 2. — [to Williamson]. Many of our Somersetshire justices are absent, but I do not know whether from design or necessity. I believe some are politicians, and not willing to disoblige a considerable party. Those left are very active; I wish there was an order to disarm and suppress the fanatics' meetings, for upon examination they are found to be the best armed and horsed of any in the kingdom, and generally esteemed the wealthiest, which is the sinews of war. I pray God keep us out of their hands, for although Christians, I fear they will forget the rule, and not do as they would be done unto. [Ibid. No. 11.]
July 2.
Stittenham, near York.
Sir Thos. Gower to Williamson. The letter which miscarried was written last May, and informed you of the insolency of the fanatics in these parts, and how they opposed the Act, some of the justices conniving thereat; also of the confluence of people from all parts, who met at their meetings, in numbers of from 180 to 300, and several sects herded together. It also contained informations from Capt. Fairfax and an officer of the Customs, declaring the sense of the people where they lived, and the fears of what such numerous meetings would produce; also two other informations taken on oath by me, and an account of how I had dealt with the constable who wilfully neglected his duty.
I never considered that any particular mischief would arise from these foolish people; but contempt of Government and opposition to the law, although only in small matters, have often ill consequences. I was never a zealot for the Act, but now it is a statute, I consider it my duty to be earnest in its execution; I am afraid, if the opposition is not crushed, that it will nurse up insolence and disobedience, and shake the foundations of law, duty, and loyalty.
It has been rumoured that there was an indifferency amongst the great, whether the Act was prosecuted or not, but I do not believe it. Several having appealed from my convictions, I must attend the sessions on the 12th. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 12.]
July 2. Vote of the Court of Common Council of the City of London, upon his Majesty's message concerning the loan of 60,000l. for his service, that the Court would use its best endeavours to raise such sum, on security of the fee-farm rents directed by Act of Parliament to be sold, after payment of 216,000l. already charged upon them. [Ibid. No. 13.]
July 2. The King to the Vice-Chancellor and Senate of Cambridge. Having received good testimony of the learning of Thos. Spencer, and his constant attendance on the sick, we require you, with consent of the Earl of Manchester, to admit him to his M.D. degree, he paying the usual fees, and performing the exercises, or giving security so to do. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 157.]
July 3. Information of George Alsop, rector of Chipping Ongar, Essex, before Sir Sam. Starling, Lord Mayor of London. Was appointed by Humphrey, Bishop of London, to read divine service at the Quakers' meeting-house in Gracechurch Street, and on going there, was hindered from so doing by a great company of Quakers, who got between him and the guard of soldiers, pulled him by the neck, and otherwise ill-used him, by bruising his knee and breast, and calling him a Popish priest and Jesuit, and excited the people to pull off his long robe, as it was the garment of the beast; so that, apprehending further mischief, he with great difficulty made his escape. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 14.]
July 3. Notice by George Harris. Being proprietor of this house, I desire all persons to forbear further meddling with anything in it, or creating a disturbance, and to return all things taken away, or make satisfaction, whereby they will avoid further trouble at law, to obtain justice. Noted [by Williamson] as found by Col. Kirby on the post of the door of the conventicle house in Aldersgate Street, near Charterhouse Yard. [Ibid. No. 15.]
July 3.
Tower.
Sir John Robinson to Lord Arlington. I am ill and recommended air and exercise, but it would be preposterous to ask leave of absence now, though the City and Hamlets are peaceable, and will improve daily by the steps taken. I send my bills for 6 quarters, and hope they will be assigned upon the loans as before; they include 375l. 10s. for engines and buckets provided by the King's order in 1666. [Ibid. No. 16.] Encloses,
Abstract of the quarter's bills from the Lieutenant of the Tower, remaining in Sir Rob. Long's office, for prison charges and salaries for 40 warders, from the quarter ending 25 Dec. 1668 to that ending 25 March 1670; total 2,375l. 2s. 9d. [Ibid. No. 16i.]
July 4.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to Col. Thos. Middleton. I send a demand for stores wanted, and desire a speedy supply. Pray move the Board to discharge 30 or 40 shipwrights, who are idling away their time for want of the provisions asked for. I need masts to make yards for the Newcastle. Is there any likelihood of the 16 loads of timber from Portsmouth ? I hope you will not be unmindful of us when Mr. Harrington's two shiploads of plank arrive. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 123.]
July 4.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. I have often told the mastmaker to make the London's yards and masts the same size as those belonging to the Charles, and you know the pains I have taken to provide materials for them, but he is a lazy, idle, peevish man; the help he has had, and the time spent, have been sufficient to have finished them before this. The mainmast has been made since June, which with the mizenmast will be launched today, and some others to-morrow; I doubt not that all will be ready before the mariners have occasion to use them. I desire a warrant to the master attendant, to get ready the ships they intend for the dry dock. [Ibid No. 124.]
July 4.
Golden Hand, Port Mahon.
Capt. Amos Beare to the Navy Commissioners. I viewed the stores here on 12 June, by order of Sir Thos. Allin, and send an account of things required, both here and on board our ships. Let a frame of a boat be made at Portsmouth, and sent over by any ship that may be coming, and our carpenter will put it together. [Ibid. No. 125.]
July 4.
Leghorn.
Sir Thos. Clutterbuck to the Navy Commissioners. Thanks for your discharging my bill for 234l. 4s. 9d.; I send an account of my disbursements on the Orange fireship, Jersey, and Centurion, total, 821l. 6s., together with the captains' orders, and the officers' receipts for provisions. All good husbandry has been used to free his Majesty from unnecessary expense. I believe the commanders have advised you of the defective and ruinous condition their ships were in; the work done on them could not have been effected in any other port so quickly or cheaply. I enclose 3 bills of exchange, payable to Signor Francesco Milanese, for the 821l. 6s., and beseech you to discharge them the very hour they fall due, on account of the malice of the English gentlemen residing at Leghorn, who not only deny to supply a penny upon the King's account, but endeavour to beget a diffidency in others to do so, simply to obstruct his Majesty's designs, which I shall always endeavour to promote with the hazard of my life and fortune.
I have passed some bills upon Sir Denis Gauden and Company, and shall do so again, for what they are indebted to me for provisions issued, according to certain indents forwarded. I intreat you to represent my condition to his Royal Highness, and ask him for orders to discharge my bills; and to let the victuallers, by a needful supply of money, be in a capacity to show me all punctuality, which alone will purchase me credit here. I hear from Sir Thos. Allin that the victuallers he expected from England in December did not arrive until May, which much obstructed him in the King's affairs; that was often necessitated to run into port, to patch up a month's victuals; and at last he was forced to send the Hampshire and other ships to me for oil, rice, and beverage wine, which were supplied. I will undertake to supply his Majesty's ships with whatever they may require, on much easier terms than they now stand the King in, charge of transportation, &c., considered, by which means the ships will not lose time in fruitless expectations.
A vessel with prize currants from Tripoli advises that the Merchant's Delight, the Concord, and another English ship were brought into Tripoli as prize by the Algerines, and sold to the Bashaw there for 10,000l., and that the commanders of the first two were killed in the fight. The Tripolines have taken some French vessels, and sunk a Malta man-of-war, and are considerable, having 2 ships of 50 guns each, manned with from 400 to 500 men each, and very resolute. It is therefore requisite that we should have a Consul settled there. Noted that the enclosures were given to Mr. Pointer to settle the accounts. [3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 126.]
July 4. — to Mr. Benson. Messrs. Copley and White, justices of peace for the West Riding of Yorkshire, have apprehended Wm. Dickinson and 3 others named, and committed them to York Castle for high treason in the late Yorkshire insurrection; being informed on behalf of the prisoners that they were employed to make discoveries of other persons in the same plot, and that they have done some good service therein, I desire to know the truth thereof. Pray acquaint Sir Thos. Gower and Justices Copley and White of the same, and cause them to inquire into the matter, and upon receipt of their report, further directions will be given. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 17. See Greathead's letter, p. 112 supra.]
July 4.
Court at Whitehall.
Petition of Rob. Wright and 4 others to the King, for directions to Sir Thos. Fanshaw, Clerk of the Crown, to stay all proceedings on an information against them filed in his Majesty's name. In the time of the late rebellion, Jonathan Bruen enclosed part of Delamere Forest, co. Chester, and so continued it until his Majesty's return, whereupon his Majesty constituted the Duke of Newcastle Justice in Eyre of all forests, chaces, &c., beyond the river Trent. His Grace, being informed of such enclosure, granted a warrant authorising Wright, as an under-keeper, to pull it down, and in doing so, he called to his aid the other petitioners, who have right of common within the said forest, for which they pay rent; whereupon Bruen caused an information for a pretended riot to be brought in the King's Bench against the petitioners. As it was requisite to pull down the fence at one time, it was necessary to employ several persons to do it, and being a lawful act, done by command, it cannot be made a riot, and is therefore a malicious prosecution by Bruen, to destroy his Majesty's interest in the forest, and ruin the petitioners.
With reference thereon to the Attorney-General, and his report that his Majesty may justly discharge a prosecution in his name, so much to his prejudice, more especially since the parties prosecuted all live within the county palatine, so that Bruen may bring an action there in his own name, if he pleases. Will enter a nolle prosequi, if his Majesty so directs by warrant. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 18.] Annexing,
William, Duke of Newcastle, to Mr. Progers, Privy Chamber Lodgings, Whitehall. I received an information from Mr. Crowe of certain encroachments in Delamere Forest during the usurpation, which were prejudicial to his Majesty; and being Justice in Eyre for Trent northwards, I sent a warrant to Crowe, directing him to see that his Majesty's rights and interests were preserved, and promising assistance in the legal execution thereof, which Crowe can no doubt show; but I have never received any account of his proceedings therein.—Welbeck, 15 June 1679. [Ibid. No. 18i.]
Abstract of the above petition, with request that the case may be dismissed from the King's Bench, and that there may be no obstruction to the Justice in Eyre's order. [Ibid. No. 18ii.]
July 4. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 124.]
July 4. Licence to Sir John Robinson, Lieutenant of the Tower, to retire into the country for the recovery of his health, leaving the charge of the Tower to Lieut. Fras. Rainsford. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 40.]
[July 4.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 19.]
July 4. Warrants to [John] Lowman, keeper of the Marshalsea [Southwark], to deliver — Humes to Harry Hall, to be conveyed to the Tower, and to Hall to convey him thither. Minutes. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 40]
July 4. Warrant to Sir John Robinson to receive — Humes and keep him close prisoner for dangerous and seditious practices. Minute. [Ibid.]
July 4. Sir John Robinson to Williamson. Hearing that Major Humes was apprehended, and imprisoned at Southwark as an abettor at the meetings there, I desired Lord Craven to command him to the Tower; upon sending for him, I found he was gone for the assizes at Guildford, and had got as far as Putney, but meeting the judges there, he was sent back in the custody of my officer, and is now in the Tower. I beg an order either to keep or remove him. I am expecting the return of Capt. Rainsford. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 20.]
July 4.
Whitehall.
Advices, being notes by Williamson from letters received, of which the following are not calendared:—Letters from Spain report that the Queen Regent has accepted his Majesty and the King of Sweden as arbitrators, as proposed by the French King, and has nominated the States General also, of which she has acquainted the others. Their Royal Highnesses still continue at Richmond, where the Duke has improved in health.
Humes, a Scotchman, who has long been outlawed in Scotland for treasonable and dangerous practices, and was a prisoner for years in England, has been taken at a fanatic meeting at Southwark, and committed close prisoner to the Tower. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 21.]
July 4.
Carlisle.
[Chris. Musgrave] to [Williamson]. What I reported of Scotland is confirmed. I have since heard that a minister has been killed in Teviotdale, but it is not credited, and that they continue their meetings there in great numbers. They say Lord Lauderdale shall have enough to do at his coming. A friend [Quaker] told me that he has been amongst his party, and reports them to be very brisk, and looking for a sudden alteration, and for that purpose, they have employed a person to view the guards and garrison of Carlisle; this person stayed one night, and then went to Kirkenberry, in Scotland, to discourse with his Scotch friends; on his return, he viewed the garrison again, and stated that it would not be difficult to take the town, and that the Scots were resolved to pull down the Bishops and re-establish the Covenant. [1¼ pages. Ibid. No. 22.]
July 4.
London.
James Hickes to [Williamson]. I will attend to your concerns to and from Billing. I have ordered all from thence to come under cover. Charles [Perrott] stayed at the office until 2 a.m., waiting for letters from Bridgeman and Richards, and then had none. The mails were all ready by 1 a.m., but stayed until past 3. I shall impart the same to Mr. Ellis, and let him use his discretion with Bridgeman and Richards, and if possible, without any discontent against those concerned. I enclose a letter from Billing. [Ibid. No. 23.]
July 4.
Dover.
John Carlile to Williamson. Sieur Borrell has passed for Nieuport, and James Hamilton to the Duke of Tuscany. I hear that two Burgomasters of the States sit in council at Brussels, with those of Flanders. Several persons were found at a conventicle of Anabaptists, and 12 of them sent to the castle, amongst whom was Dell, the fanatic. I am much discouraged by not receiving any response to my letters. Lodge and Watts of Deal, and Cook of this town, constantly receive replies. [Ibid. No. 24.]
July 5.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Wm. Lenthall and Wm. Mosdell, Marshals of the King's Bench, to release Edw. Maddox, that he may prepare for transportation within 2 months. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 38.]
July 5. Licence from Sec. Trevor for — Scot to come to London or Westminster on his occasions, notwithstanding his having been an officer under the late usurped powers. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 29, p. 45.]
July 5. Licence of non-residence to John Club, M.A., chaplain in ordinary to the King, and rector of Horsham and Athlington, diocese of Norwich. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 35b, f. 9.]
July 5.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. The damage caused by the fire at Canterbury Cathedral is not more than 40l. or 50l.; it was fired through mending the leads. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 25.]
July 5.
Whitehall.
[H. Muddiman] to Mr. Smyth, clerk of the passage, Deal. Newsletters to the same effect as those already calendared. Also,
Lord Fauconberg was highly received by the Grand Duke at Florence, and received a present value 1,200l., and his secretary a gold chain. The English merchants there took the opportunity to desire an audience of the Duke, who was pleased to say that his father had a great kindness for them, but he would have more, would treat them as countrymen, and not strangers, and would never forget the great civility he received in England. Lord Fauconberg was remaining incog. at Venice on 27 June, until preparations could be made for his entry.
The Hampshire has been to Leghorn to fetch drink for Sir Thos. Allin, and is then going to him at Algiers. All the pirates are supposed to be in, none being met with.
The Genoese having advice that the French galleys designed for Tunis were on their coast, sent 2 galleys with 200 soldiers for Savannah. Prince Ragotski is going to Vienna, to crave the Emperor's pardon, his mother having gained him a safe passage to the Emperor, who is very merciful to them, and who will not take off above one or two more, besides Count Tattenbache, already executed. I will give you a distich thrown abroad about Count Peter Serini:
"Ingemuit Petrus, gallo cantante, canente
Francorum gallo, tu quoque, Petre, gemis."
Prince Ragotski's forces are joined to the Emperor's. Roery, the chemist at Rome, who chose 12 apostles, and pretended himself to be a fourth person of the Godhead, has been put into the hands of the religious, and sent to Rome, under the guard of 30 horse, to be punished.
The Constable of Castile has received advice from the Queen of Spain, to remain until the coming over of Don Juan as Constable, if his health will permit. The City of London, upon a motion of the Privy Council, has agreed to advance 60,000l. for setting out convoys for the merchants. The conventicles grow sensibly less, but one in Old Street kept the door shut until one man was shot. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 26.]
July 5.
Woolwich.
Edw. Byland to Col. Thos. Middleton. I hinted in my last letter how the pressed calkers had behaved themselves, since which those who appeared have deserted, except 2, and these I fear will also do the same. Let Mr. Mayors be ordered to supply me with 3 pieces of dram timber and 7 Norway trees, for the new ship. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 127.]
July 5.
Deptford.
Capt. John Tinker to Thos. Hayter. Pray send a man down to repair the furnace sent from Chatham for the London, as the men entered are forced to go ashore for their victuals for want of it, and thereby spend much time which should be employed on the ship. The bricklayer and mason are also at a stand from the same cause. With note that one will be sent to-morrow. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 128.]
July 5. Capt. John Coudre to the Navy Commissioners. I had the command of the Hardereen, but am yet unpaid, and do not know when I shall be paid. I desire the master's place in the Assurance, as she and the Greenwich are bound for the Straits, where I was for 12 years, previous to the war. Capt. Tinker can testify to my knowledge of those parts. [Ibid. No. 129.]
July 6.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. It would be an advantage to press 8 more joiners for the new ship, and the Newcastle, so as to get the joiners' work finished while they are in dock. I have none on the Newcastle, having been forced to take them off to despatch the Greenwich, which will be sheathed by Friday, and ready to sail by the end of the week, if the captain gets his men. She is rigged and will be ready for her provisions by Monday, by which time her guns will be on board. I want 40 or 50 dozen oars, as I only received 20 dozen out of the 40 ordered, and have not one in store; also some hemp, or I shall have no employment for the ropemakers next week; I am very impatient to see how time is idled away, for want of the wherewith to employ the men on the new ship.
The Sovereign is so very leaky that all her company's duty is to pump her night and day, so she must be docked or careened, but the latter will be a great charge. I am in a mean condition for fir timber to sheathe the Newcastle, that sent down having been used; if she is not sheathed, 5 or 6 strakes must be taken out from her keel upwards, and new elm plank put in; but if sheathed, she will be fit for any foreign service. I have discharged 24 men and one team of horses, having no further use for them, and have bought 5 cwt. of nails of Mr. Foley. I want directions as to buying some tiles for roofing the storehouse. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 130.]
July 6. Sir Edm. Wyndham to Williamson. I send you certain papers taken from Major Humes, a dangerous person, whom I have apprehended in Southwark, one of which he tried to tear. The names therein are of factious conventicle preachers. The apparition was to lead the people to expect rebellion; he was condemned in Scotland and banished, and therefore his life is forfeited by his return; he is in the Tower. I commend Wm. Parsons—a suffering cavalier, who lost his fellowship in Corpus Christi College—for the living of North Leigh, Devonshire, void by decease of Wm. Hutton. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 27.] Annexing,
Account of an apparition seen by a woman, as also by Mrs. Bates and 17 others named, at East Brandon, two miles from Durham, consisting of a great number of people, and near to them a great number of horses, saddled and bridled, and having pistols in their holsters, but which on approaching nearer to it, vanished out of sight. Endorsed with a memorandum, " Constable ware, See not you dare." Noted by Williamson as found upon Humes when taken by Sir Edm. Wyndham.—3 July 1670. [Ibid. No. 27i.]
July 6.
Yarmouth.
Rich. Bower to Williamson. The Nonconformists' meetings being prevented in the town, they go to Lovingland, an island, where they are entertained and kept up by Alderman Thos. Ravens, who has a house there. No justice of the peace has been appointed for that place since the death of Sir Hen. Bacon, 9 months since, and if one is not commissioned, they will have frequent assemblies there; Sir Thos. Meadows, J.P. for Norfolk, is considered the most fit, having the greater part of his estate there. Cobham Isle adjoining is said to be neither in Norfolk nor Suffolk, and might be inserted in the commission, which would take away all the Nonconformists' opportunities of meeting. The justices are at a loss how to levy the 20l. for the meeting-house in the town belonging to Major Burton, he being in Holland. Thanks for favours received. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 28.]
July 6.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. The justices continue prosecuting the Act against Nonconformists, so that the Presbyterians forbear meeting above the number; but the Quakers remain obstinate, and met upon the sands about Looe, to evade the fine. Several ships have passed to the eastward. An abundance of fish is expected, but a bad harvest, on account of the drought. [Ibid. No. 29.]
July 6. Same to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 30.]
July 6. Certificate by the Duke of Monmouth. I have taken an account of the arms of the troop of Horse Guards under my command, and find that of 200 backs, breasts, and potts, 50 are wanting, whereof 14 were lost, some at the fire at the Horse Guards, and others in service at Winchcomb. I beg for their supply, and for 200 carbines promised by his Majesty to the troop. [Ibid. No. 31.]
[July 6.] Petition of Rob. White to the King, to be liberated on bail until the sessions. Was committed to the Gatehouse through the envy and malice of Joan Gravener and Ralph Powell, who falsely asserted that he had spoken dangerous words tending to treason. [Ibid. No. 32.] Annexing,
Certificate by W. Elliff and 3 others, that the petitioner served as a soldier to the late King, and since then has resided in Westminster for above 40 years, and has always conducted himself honestly and civilly, as a loyal and faithful subject.—6 July 1670. [Ibid. No. 32i.]
July 6.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to Edw. Progers, groom of the bedchamber— in consideration of 4,000l. expended by him in building a lodge in the Middle Park, Hampton Court—of a bond of Thos. Rogers and of his 8 sureties in 2,400l., for execution of the office of collector of hearth money in Surrey, and also of the lands of the said Rogers, seized for not accounting for the same, and of all moneys due thereon; with power to sue for and recover the same. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 82.]
July 6. The King to Vice-Chancellor and Convocation of Oxford. Sir Thos. Clifford, treasurer of the household, having chosen Hen. Smith, B.A., of Queen's College, to accompany his son in his intended travels beyond seas for education, we request you to create him M.A., he being proficient in the sciences and parts of learning required for that degree. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 54.]
[July 6.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 33.]
July 6. Warrant to the Attorney-General to enter a noli prosequi in the cause against Rob. Wright and 14 others, for riotously assembling and breaking down an enclosure bordering on Delamere Forest, County Palatine of Chester, the said assembly being by virtue of a warrant from the Duke of Newcastle, Justice in Eyre beyond Trent, for recovery of an encroachment made on the forest during the late rebellion. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 40.]
[July 6.] Grant of pardon to John Bird, convicted of horse stealing at the Warwick assizes in February 1664. Minute. [Ibid.]
July 6. Warrant for apprehending James Grover, Tim. Carr, and Wm. Thomas, for opposing a constable in executing his charge. Minute. [Ibid.]
July 6. Warrant for apprehending John Streater for writing a seditious libel, entitled "The Character of a True and False Shepherd." Minute. [Ibid.]
[July 6.] Note ordering the two preceding apprehensions. [S.P. Dom, Car. II. 277, No. 34.]
July 6. Information of Rich. Jefferys, of St. Giles-in-the-Fields, deputysurveyor of the press. By virtue of a warrant directed to the surveyor of the press or his deputy, for searching the house of John Streater and others, and for seizing the printers of unlawful books or pamphlets, with the assistance of a constable, I went to search Streater's house, and seeing a written paper lying before Wm. Thomas, one of the compositors, to be set up, I went to seize it, but Thomas, snatched it up, and put it into his pocket. I told the constable to take him in charge, but Thomas refused to go with him, and the whole company of above 20 persons, amongst whom James Grover and Tim. Carr were the most audacious, fell into an uproar, and began crying out that they were free-born subjects, and not to be meddled with by such a warrant. The constable thereupon charged some of them, in his Majesty's name, to assist him, which they refused, and thrusting themselves between the constable and his prisoner, the latter made his escape. [Ibid. No. 35.]
July 7. Licence to John Wildman, with his wife and son, to travel beyond seas for recovery of his health, and to return. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 170.]
July 7. Warrant for denization of Minne Oekes, mariner, an alien. Minute. [Ibid. f. 171.]
July 7.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant of pardon to Barth. Stone, jun., attorney of Hardingham, and John Sharpen, linendraper of Hingham, both co. Norfolk, for barratry and extortion for which they stand indicted. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 38.]
July 7. Warrant to the Treasury Commissioners to order Sir Stephen Fox to pay to Sir Chas. Wheeler the arrears of his pay of 7s. a day from 17 March 1667 to the present muster, and to continue the same for the time to come. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 29, p. 46.]
July 7. The petition of Charles, Viscount Dillon, for the arrears of his pension, referred to the Treasury Commissioners, to propose some way for his speedy satisfaction, the King having a just sense of his many and faithful services. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 122.]
July 7. Rob. Mayors to the Navy Commissioners. Request for a warrant directed to Deptford, to receive some capstan and other bars from Peter Holborow, and 7 loads of timber for the London. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 131.]
July 7. Edw. Silvester to the Navy Commissioners. I presented at Richmond yesterday a petition to his Royal Highness, who promised that on his return to St. James's, care should be taken for finishing the chain I am making for mooring the King's ships at Portsmouth. As I cannot stay any longer in town on that business, pray be mindful of it on my behalf, and move his Royal Highness therein. [Ibid. No. 132.]
July 7.
Greenwich.
Capt. Rob. Robinson to the Navy Commissioners. I have been on board the Greenwich at Chatham, and find she will be ready for her guns and provisions on Monday. I will take care by personal attendance to get her despatched. I recommend Mr. Martin for master, he being a very able and careful man, and having served under me in the Elizabeth. [Ibid. No. 133.]
July 7. Jonas Shish to Sir Thos. Osborne, London. Pray give the bill for 52l. for my half-year's salary, which I left with you, to Wm. Hewest, Commissioner Pepys' clerk. I have no time to wait upon you, being busy in finishing and launching the London, and besides am very lame. Noted that the bill was lost, but that another was signed 18 Aug. [Ibid. No. 134.]
July 7. Abr. Parker to the Navy Commissioners. I beg the return of my petition, presented some months since, for salary due for services rendered in 1666, conceiving it to be the privilege of all the King's subjects. [Ibid. No. 135.]
July 7.
Deptford.
Wm. Fownes to the Navy Commissioners. On Thursday night Sam. Drury, a bailiff, came to the Globe Tavern, and in the name of a friend at Chatham, sent for 2 of the watch then on duty in the yard, and carried them off to prison, refusing to take bail. I put other watchmen in their room, but if you suffer this, if the bailiff or any of his accomplices have a fancy for anything in the yard, it is but to arrest and carry away the watch—for they are all in debt— and the design is accomplished. [Ibid. No. 136.]
July 8. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Lord Buckhurst, for a piece of ground, late the Old Wardrobe in Blackfriars, the King wishing to grant the suit. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 124.]
July 8. The petition of Lady Lincoln, for something in repair of her losses—she having lost her jointure deeds, bonds of value, all her jewels and plate, a quantity of old gold, and her hangings, bedding, and household stuff, in the late fire in the Savoy—referred to the Treasury Commissioners, the King having a gracious compassion for her. [Ibid. p. 125.]
[July 8.] The petition of Mr. Andrews, about a lease of years, referred to the Treasury Commissioners. [Ibid. p. 126.]
[July 8.] Like reference of the petition of Sir Edw. Savage, Sir John Ayton, and Mr. Wynne. [Ibid. pp. 126, 127.]
July 8.
Court at Whitehall.
Petition of Jane Woodcock, widow, to the King. I was possessed of a lease for 30 years to come of certain houses lying between the 2 Savoy gates in the Strand, lately burnt down, one of which was my own dwelling, and contained furniture, &c., valued at upwards of 320l. By the loss myself and family are much impoverished, but with the little I have left, and the assistance of friends, I intend to rebuild the said houses, if I can get a lease of some ground adjoining my own, a portion of which is occupied by a brother of the Savoy, and held by Mary Packer, who has a lease of it, whereof 2½ years has still to run; if this were granted me at the old rent, I would rebuild upon it, and allow Packer to live out her time at the same rent. By rebuilding from the ground, I should not only make the whole uniform, but more secure, and improve the Savoy rents. The master of the Savoy offered to renew my lease gratis up to 40 years, and if he survived 5 years more, to do the same again; but I not being satisfied with what he first offered, he has now refused to do as he promised. I beg a lease of the ground to build upon, so that I may not bear the whole burden of my loss.
With a recommendation thereon to the master of the Savoy to comply, and a reference to the Surveyor-General of the Works, to view and report to the Lords of the Treasury what is fit to be done, his Majesty much compassionating the petitioner, and being desirous to procure her what relief he can. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 36.]
July 8. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 125.]
[July 8.] State of the case of Jane Woodcock, widow, presented to the King and Council, showing her loss of 320l. a year in rent of houses between the Savoy gates, burnt during the fire, and her request for leave in rebuilding them to have a reversionary lease of a piece of ground belonging to one of the brothers of the Savoy, to complete her building and compensate her sufferings. The master of the Savoy is offended with her request for it. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 36a.]
[July 8.] Petition of Sir Thos. Daniell to the King, for a grant of the lands of Ralph Foston, of Foston and elsewhere in the East Riding of York, worth 100l. a year, near his own estate, and discovered by him to belong to the Crown, a former grant made in 1665 of lands in Nottinghamshire, to himself and Col. Grey, proving of no avail, as the remainder of those lands had been granted from the Crown by King James. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 37.]
July 8. Reference of the above petition to the Treasury Commissioners. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 126.]
July 8. Warrant for denization of Mary l'Esquiers, an alien. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 171.]
July 8. Privy seal for 300l. to Baptista Duteil, for diet and expenses in his late journey to Genoa and Florence, on the King's service. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 41.]
July. Docquet of the above, dated July. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 210.]
July 8.
Hull.
Luke Bourne, for Chas. Whittington, to Williamson. The Supply of Hull has arrived from Virginia with tobacco; 3 vessels from Holland, one from Hamburg, a Swede from Stockholm with iron, 2 Norway ships with deals, and 2 from the East Country with flax and hemp; others are daily going to and from the coast. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 38.]
July 8.
Whitehall.
Lord Arlington to the Lords of the Treasury. His Majesty having been much importuned by the Marquis de Montbrun for satisfaction of his debt—by way of compensation, and to get rid of such a troublesome business—has made an offer of an immediate payment of 3,000l., and 1,000l. a year to be settled on the Marquis during his life, in full satisfaction of all claims and demands; he having accepted this, I am commanded to desire you will think of a way to make good the condition, and of what discharges are necessary to be required from the Marquis. Noted as read 11 July, and that Williamson is to get a warrant for a privy seal, and when the docquet is ready, the Commissioners will sign it. [Ibid. No. 39.]
1670? July 8. Sir Rich. Temple to Williamson. Pray remind Lord Arlington of the report concerning my brother Doddington's office, and in his hands, to fix the King therein; also to speak to the French Ambassador concerning his other affair, and to press him, as soon as he receives orders therein, to signify his Majesty's satisfaction in the mortification my brother has already undergone, and to intercede for his restitution. Send all letters and orders for me to Stowe in Buckinghamshire; if any letters come for my sister Doddington, send them to Mr. Gapes, the Duke's apothecary, in Covent Garden. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 40.]
1670. July 8/18.
Malaga.
Willoble (?) to [Williamson]. I met with the Advice and Guernsey on my way to Cadiz, off Cape de Gata, who reported that they met with 7 Algiers ships, 3 being flags, who engaged our 2 frigates, and 3 merchant ships under their convoy, all Sunday and part of the day following. Our greatest damage was the loss of 2 good captains and 17 men killed and 40 wounded; they suffered little damage to their ships, but lost all their boats. They brought the ViceAdmiral of the Turks twice by the lee, and might have sunk her, but for fear the rest should cut off their convoys in the interim. I judge if the enemy received much damage, that they hauled directly for their own coast, or passed through the Straits of Gibraltar before me, as I was disappointed of meeting with them. [1½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 41.]
July 9. Petition of Phin. Pett, muster master of the ships at Gravesend, to the Navy Commissioners, for the office of cheque of the workmen to be employed in completing the dock at Greenhithe near Graves end, it being within the limit of his present muster. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 137.]
July 9.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to the Navy Commissioners. I ask your decision as to the masts, and also the repairs to be done here; hearing of John Wright's illness, I went to him at Ipswich, but he could give me no account. I cannot sufficiently represent the injury and loss that will accompany delay; the chimneys only subsist by leaning on the ridge timbers of the house; if longer deferred, the mortar will hardly dry before winter, and the repairs will cost more for bricks and lime, because of the use of the teams for the harvest. Mr. Wright thinks the best way will be to send 4 or 5 men to work out such masts as are fit for the service, as it will save a fourth of the freight, and one fly boat could carry them away; they are generally for fourth-rates or under.
I have expended half of the 4 barrels of tar sent about the new great storehouse, new house, and crane, and will proceed as far as it will go. The Blue Boar and White Rose lie here still, and impair daily. I propose the recovery of some anchors which were ordered for the Mary, but fell by the ship's side, and could never be got up, being without stocks; I believe I can get it done for 10l. or 12l. an anchor, and without any consideration allowed until the work is done. Several in the town have imitated the Dutch wreck-fishers in their instruments, as probes, tongs, &c. [Ibid. No. 138.]
July 9.
Lyme.
Ant. Thorold to Hickes. The Francis, Windsor, and Elizabeth of Lyme have arrived from Morlaix and St. Malo, and report that upwards of 700 seamen have left those places for Brest, to man 14 sail of the King's ships fitting there; but upon what design they are intended is not known. There has been a great drought there as in England, which has blighted the flax, and will thin that commodity. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 42.]
July 9.
Moseley.
Joseph Cooper to Anne, Lady Conway. I rejoice not that I have occasion to receive, but that you are blessed with a heart to give, and cannot but admire the grace of God that enables you so far to forget your own as to remember the afflictions of others, and be so passionately concerned about alleviating of them. It is not the first time that your goodness has provoked my gratitude, and I fear my silence has been censured; but though your charity found me out, yet I could not find the liberal hand to whom my thanks were due.
I consider you more happy in that largeness of heart wherewith heaven has blessed you, than miserable in all the pains and distempers that have so long sequestered you, to the great disadvantage of the world, which might have been hugely meliorated by the benign and powerful influence of your exemplary and virtuous conversation. I cannot forbear importuning heaven for your deliverance. Christian consolations. [2¼ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 43.]
July 9. Warrant to the High Sheriff of Newcastle, for reprieve of Ralph Salkeld, removed thither from the Court of King's Bench, should he be convicted at the assizes there for murder or manslaughter of Rich. Ogle, he having lost his arm in sea service during the late Dutch war. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 41.]
July 10. Commissions to Chas. Honeywood to be lieutenant of the Duke's own company, and to Thos. Berry to be lieutenant and — Langley ensign to Sir Phil. Honeywood. Minutes. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 35a, f. 15.]
July 10. Rich. Watts to Perrott. I complained long since to Secretary Williamson of the non-arrival of my letters and Gazettes; he said it was the fault of the Post Office, and he would see into it. Were any sent last Thursday to Mr. Lodge ? the post officer says he received none. Send me a line, that I may discover which post office is in fault. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 44.]
July 11.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Perrott. The Gift ketch, belonging to Broad Hempston, has arrived with provisions, bound for the seas to meet the East India Company's ships. The fanatics are not so numerous nor so public in their meetings as formerly. [Ibid. No. 45.]
July 11.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Penryn Merchant of Falmouth has arrived from Ireland with timber and horses; also the Charity of London, belonging to the East India Company, which has put to sea again to cruise between Falmouth and the Land's End, and meet six other East India ships expected home. [Ibid. No. 46.]
July 11. Request by Hen. Bridgeman that John Compton may be put into the patent as an almsman of Chester Cathedral, instead of Rich. Whitby, who has never come to prayers since he had the place, will not conform to the statutes and customs of the church, and says he cares not for it. [Ibid. No. 47.]
July 11. Certificate by Thos. Meads, warden, and 29 other inhabitants of Henley-upon-Thames, co. Oxford, that William Wade has formerly lived there in good estate, and been capable of relieving his poor neighbours, but is now reduced to great poverty, and become a meet object for a place in Ewelm hospital. [Ibid. No. 48.]
July 11. Certificate by Sir And. Riccard and 3 others of the Levant Company, that Sir Clement Harby, Consul at the Morea, is fitly qualified to be Consul at Zante, where he now resides, and they therefore recommend him to his Majesty for that purpose. [Ibid. No. 49.]
July 11. Extract from the records of the Remembrancer of first fruits and tithes, showing the annual value of the bishopric of Bath and Wells to be 533l. 1s. 3d., the tithes whereof are 53l. 5s. 1½d., leaving the clear annual value at 479l. 15s. 1½d. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 50.]
July 11.
Deptford.
Capt. John Tinker to the Navy Commissioners. I have got the Assurance out of the wet dock to her moorings, and she is now ready to take in her provisions, but no men have yet appeared to be entered. I hope the London will be ready to go down next spring tide, if her men appear; I beg you will see to that, and to appointing a master. Two of the Bezane's men were taken up last night for attempting to steal a topsail clue line, and were put in the stocks for 3 hours, when Mr. Wright became engaged for them, and they have since gone aboard the London to work. I hope your Honours will be favourable towards them, as nothing has been lost, and as they have been very diligent in helping in the rigging of ships, and never failed before. I had promised them some extra allowance, and if they had not deserved well, I should have been their greatest enemy. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 139.]
July 12.
London.
Capt. Edm. Chillenden to the Navy Commissioners. I have often troubled you on behalf of Rachel Page, a poor widow with a fatherless child, about the Sancta Maria's account for clothes, and have had several orders from you, one being for Lieut. John Godwin to examine and state the case, which he did last March, when you made another order; but neither of these taking effect, you made a further order, and wrote to the Commissioners of Accounts to deliver the books to Mr. Waith, which they did, and he now has them. But though Godwin and the clerks concerned, and I also (having your order on behalf of Eliz. Alexander and 2 fatherless children about the Dragon's books), have applied to Waith, all has been fruitless, as he will neither allow the books to be viewed, nor pay the Sancta Maria's money, though the account, stated by himself, is 18l. 11s. 11d., and he has that sum, and a great deal more in hand, to pay Major Beckford.
Pray either enforce your orders, and thus make Waith know that his Majesty's Commission by which you sit is no cypher, or do not take it ill if I force Waith by law to do what is just. I am determined to recover the money, if I live and law will do it, and hope the widow and fatherless children will plead some excuse.
Noted that leave was to be given to Capt. Chillenden to sue Waith, after notice given. [1¼ pages. Ibid. No. 140.]
July 12.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. The Mary Rose and Falcon being in the dry dock, the gates shut, and the ships shored, we desire a warrant for their repair; is the Falcon to be sheathed ? [Ibid. No. 141.]
July 12.
Deptford.
Thos. Turner to the Navy Commissioners. I want a supply of canvas, as on cutting out the sails for the fleet in the Straits, nearly all in store was issued to Mr. Harris, the sailmaker. Let some course be taken with a quantity of white ensigns received from Chatham, which are of no use until dyed, and are being gnawed by the rats. Noted as read, but money at present wanting. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 142.]
July 12.
The Greenwich, Chatham.
Capt. Rob. Robinson to the Navy Commissioners. I have 30 guns in, and will have the rest to-morrow, when I shall move into deeper water, and be ready to sail in 7 or 8 days, if his Royal Highness will hasten the manning and victualling; I could wish to meet the homeward fleet from the Straits. Several seamen at Deptford are willing to sail when the London is fitted, if their wages, already passed, might be secured to them; several others have voluntarily come from London and desire me, according to my promise, to move you about their conduct money, and a vessel to bring down their clothes. [Ibid. No. 143.]
July 12.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Col. Wm. Legg, Master of the Armoury, to deliver to Wm. Barber, gentleman-at-arms, 50 backs, breasts, and potts for horsemen, for the use of the King's troop of Guards, under the command of James, Duke of Monmouth. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 29, p. 47.]
July 12. Minute of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 35a, f. 111.]
July 12. Caveat in favour of Sir Ellis Leighton, at the Earl of Inchiquin's desire, that Ireland be not included in Mr. Slingsby's patent for small money. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 32, p. 9.]
July 12.
Plymouth.
James Blackborne to Hickes. Many are taken sick in the town, and dead in a day or two; most of the barley is spoiled for want of rain. A vision of a man was seen by the guard, which went away, as it were, by the flagstaff into the sea. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 52.]
June 12.
Barnstaple.
Wm. Wakeman to Hickes. A vessel of this harbour has arrived from Virginia with tobacco, and another from Ireland with wool and butter. [Ibid. No. 53.]
July 12.
Dover.
John Carlile to Williamson. Lord Ailesbury, with his lady and daughter, have arrived from Dieppe in the Monmouth yacht. I thought of coming up to Lord Ashley, to acquaint him that Mr. Blaney has 104l. in hand belonging to me, and to solicit advice therein. Walter Clavell examined the accounts, which were allowed at the Council Board, and Lord Ashley promised me that I should be the first storekeeper in England that was paid. Why am I not called upon ? If Blaney's last account is true, let him keep the money if it is his right; if not, I ought to have it. [Ibid. No. 54.]
July 12.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Henrietta yacht has arrived from Havre de Grace, with the body of the late Earl of Northumberland, who is to be buried at Petworth with his ancestors. [Ibid. No. 55.]
July 12.
Whitehall.
[H. Muddiman] to Gilbert Staplehill, Dartmouth. News-letter. Sir Edw. Spragg, having victualled at Lisbon, is going to join Sir Thos. Allin at Algiers, where about 20 English ships—consisting of 2 third-rate, 6 fourth-rate, 2 fifth-rate, 2 fireships, and some ketches—will continue, while the rest of the fleet will be sent abroad, to give safe convoy to the merchants. The Portuguese report that Prince Don Pedro, going in a ketch to visit Sir Edw. Spragg on board the Revenge, was saluted with 8 guns; but the Prince, expecting that he would have struck his flag, passed by the Revenge in some discontent.
The Turks about Ancona took some Tartars with their men, and carried them away, notwithstanding the 5 great guns of the castle, which the Governor thought to have scared them with. The Pope does nothing, but leaves all to his nephew, Cardinal Paluzzi Altieri, who has already given himself 30 million crowns a year out of the ecclesiastical revenue.
Ashenhurst and Berkenhead, two notorious highwaymen, have been taken at a village near Oatlands by Justice Andrews and 7 others, and conveyed to the White Lion. Ashenhurst received a dangerous shot-wound in the side, and 2 of the justice's company were wounded; 2 others escaped. Lord Delamere's son was married to Sir Jas. Langham's daughter on the 7th.
The revolters in France have taken Aubenas, where there were 200 Swiss, of whom they killed upwards of 50, and took an officer and several others prisoners, threatening the same usage that any of theirs should receive from the others. The rest of the Swiss withdrew into the castle, which the governor resolved to hold to the last, although he had only victuals for 25 men; whereupon the besiegers began to undermine the walls. The revolters number from 20,000 to 22,000 strong, and are in two bodies, besides scattering troops of 200 or 300, who are all engaged to join when required. They are commanded by le Chevalier de Comande, and the Baron Des Arts, and several reformed officers, and are fortifying a mountain accessible in 2 places only, so as to secure their retreat. They have agreed, on the persuasion of certain commissioners deputed from Montpelier, to lay down their arms, on the promise of a general amnesty; but although the King has had notice of it, he has not countermanded the order to his troops, who continue to march.
They write from Paris that M. de Lionne has written to several Princes of the empire, that the French King has no intentions of meddling with any of his neighbours, and had no pretensions to Lorraine, but would protect the lawful heir.
It is reported from the Hague that the Elector of Cologne has desired the States to recall the garrison they sent to Petersheim, and that the merchants very much press the States for a reprisal upon Spanish ships; but that the States have resolved to use all fair means, and to write to the Court of Spain about it; if satisfaction is not given, they promise to see that right is done.
Mr. Werden, Envoy Extraordinary from his Majesty to Sweden, will begin his voyage in a few days, having received all his des patches. The Council having received information of disorders in the conventicles, are very careful for their suppression, and have ordered them to be shut up.
Those of Tangiers will soon be in the field, in order to secure more ground for the better accommodation of the inhabitants, who enjoy plenty, and have laid aside all thoughts of a treaty with the Moors. A Turkish brigantine has plundered and carried away the people of a French vessel, so that they will not gain any greater security from their peace than we did from ours.
A Dutch and English convoy of 27 sail has left Leghorn, and others are at Corso, having several men on board who belonged to the Sapphire, a practice which they have not so publicly made use of until lately. The report of a collier of Topsham being chased by a Turkish man-of-war is unfounded; the men quitted her through fear, but afterwards found that the ship was an Ostender.
The States have received an account from the Indies that Macassar being beaten, the Moluccas are secured, and the Island of Celebes assured to them; also that the King of Ceylon, being very aged, has made the Dutch Company his heirs, so that whereas they had formerly but three strong places, they will now be sovereign of the whole kingdom; if the negotiations they are upon succeed, no other nation will be able to trade to the Indies without loss.
The Countess of Castlemaine is to be created Duchess of Cleveland, and her eldest son Marquis of Southampton [sic]. [3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 56.]
July 13.
Pembroke.
John Powell to Hickes. Only a few colliers remain in the harbour. [Ibid. No. 57.]
July 13.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. There was a suspicion 14 years ago that Harvey, a farmer or yeoman residing 4 miles from Deal, had killed and conveyed away his servant, a youth of 14. Last week Harvey had his barn newly floored, and in digging they found the youth, with his clothes on, and almost eaten up, since which Harvey has been secured; it is said he killed a man 20 years ago. The King of Spain's ship is still in the Downs, also one bound for Barbadoes. The wind is S.S.W. [Ibid. No. 58.]
[July 13.] Petition of Henry, Lord Arlington, Postmaster-General, to the King, for the naturalizing of such Holland-built boats as he shall establish at Harwich, for conveyance of letters to the United Provinces direct, instead of through Flanders, whereby much delay and confusion was occasioned; none but vessels of that kind are fit to avoid the shelfs and sands, and an Act of Parliament forbids employment of foreign vessels for the service. [Ibid. No. 59. See Privy Council Register, under the date.]
July 13.
Chatham.
Ph. Pett to Col. Thos. Middleton. I am in great want of knee timber, spruce deals, and 4-inch plank, for the works on the new ship, and have been daily expecting some. I am much troubled to see his Majesty at such unnecessary charge in keeping 100 shipwrights in pay, with no materials in the stores to employ above half of them, and the summer fast declining; besides the ill consequences that may ensue from not repairing other ships in the double dock and harbour, many of which want much done to them before they can go to sea. The surveyor has inquired after some knee timber in these parts, but there are no hopes of any; he only found Mr. Mason of Maidstone that could furnish, and he was unwilling to do so unless he could sell a considerable quantity of other sorts.
It would be better husbandry for his Majesty to give any rate for them, rather than keep men in pay and let them stand still for want of these. The works on the Newcastle are almost done, but we must either sheathe her, or strip off a great part of her plank under water, which is worm-eaten; it would be less charge to sheathe her, and for this I shall require some fir timber and tenpenny sheathing nails. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 144.]
July 14.
Deptford.
Capt. John Tinker to Pepys. As the London is rigged, and her sails will be on the yards to-day, pray write to the Trinity House to appoint a pilot to carry her down the next spring tide, and order a week's provisions; I would rather not have more, being anxious to keep the ship as light as possible, on account of the depth of water. Many of her men have never appeared, and I doubt if they ever will, they being afraid of being turned over to the Greenwich; 100 watermen will not be sufficient, as everything works heavy, being new, but I would not put the King to unnecessary charge. [Ibid. No. 145.]
July 14.
Court at Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to John Arderne, in consideration of his loyal sufferings for the late King, of a fine of 100l. due from George Newton, convicted of barratry at Chester assizes. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 84.]
July 14.
Maidstone Gaol.
Petition of Wm. Coe to the King, to be admitted to bail until the next assizes, not being able to disburse any more money towards his enlargement. His pardon for stealing powder, wanting the King's signature, was not admitted, and he was arraigned and tried at the assizes, before Justice Kelynge, and re-committed to Maidstone Gaol, there to continue without bail or mainprise, which will be his ruin if he remains. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 60.]
July 14.
Whitehall.
H. Muddiman to Thos. Cole, Custom House, Southampton. News-letter to the same effect as that of the 12th. Also, The Earl of Essex, having made fair progress in his negotiation, has had letters sent over to return, if he finds it convenient. The Pope's declaration that he will restore the hat to the Rospigliosi has set that family in a division, Cardinal Nepote desiring Fra Vincenzo may be the man, and Albert Felix protesting if he be not a cardinal, he will marry, and reassume his right as of primogeniture.
The Pope visited the Queen of Sweden on Sunday, and was heard to say that her Majesty could not contrive so efficacious an expedient to prolong his life, as frequently to let him see and serve her; on the Tuesday following she returned the visit.
On 29 June Sir John Finch, his Majesty's Resident at Florence— 40 days having elapsed since the late Duke's death—had an audi ence with the Dowager Duchess to condole with her; but as she broke into a torrent of tears, he was forced to be very short in congratulating her on the assumption of her son to his father's greatness.
Ashenhurst the highwayman has died of the wounds received on his apprehension.
Lord Ambassador Montague has had an audience of condolence with his Christian Majesty, but not with Monsieur. The mountaineers near Vivaretz, who have sent petitions for pardon to the Court, grow more and more submissive as the French forces march nearer to them. Their number is large enough to cope with those sent against them, were their resolves as great; but rather than run any hazard, they are willing to give the necks of their ringleaders to the halter, or their bodies to the galleys, as the King shall judge meet.
His Royal Highness is well and at Richmond, and has not had anything to confine him to his chamber, except a cold, whatever reports may be spread to the contrary. [3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 61.]
July 14.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. A person of quality, reported to be the Constable of Flanders, with several gentlemen in his attendance, has arrived from the Spanish man-of-war in the Downs, and taken a house at 23s. a day while the wind is contrary. Mary Pearson, spinster, of Over Ballidon in Derbyshire, has been brought on shore from a Barbadoes ship, trepanned by John Kent of Horsleydown, a zealous Quaker, and sold to Jane Harden, also a Quaker. [Ibid. No. 62.]
July 14.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The William and Golden Fox of London have arrived in 7 weeks from Barbadoes; that island is in a peaceable and thriving condition. [Ibid. No. 63.]
July 14.
Falmouth.
Same to Williamson. To the same effect as the above, and his letter of the 11th. Also, A ship of Konigsberg has come in, laden with pipe staves for the Canaries. [Ibid. No. 64.]
July 15.
Plymouth.
James Blackborne to Hickes. I send a list of ships in port; one other has arrived from Virginia. [Ibid. No. 65.] Encloses,
List of 9 ships which have arrived from, or are bound for, places mentioned, together with the names of the masters, number of men, and species of lading in each. [Ibid. No. 65i.]
July 15.
Dover.
Jo. Carlile to Williamson. Three East Indiamen, and several others from Virginia, Gallipoli, and the Straits, have sailed by for London. I send the poor woman to whom you promised assistance concerning the money due from the sick and wounded fund. I hope you have spoken to Mr. Blaney. I would come to London to get my money if encouraged. [Ibid. No. 66.]
July 15.
Debrow, near Watford.
Wm. Hutchinson to Williamson. I agreed with Mr. Todd, who writes a good hand, to attend you about despatching the business discoursed of, and desired Mr. Sharpe to come with him to you. I am sorry to hear that you are not prepared for him as yet. I beg you to engage him with all speed, and put him on the work, as he has another engagement to enrol some patents, and I want to hear of good progress before I go northwards. I could have sent some young clerks from my own office, but doubt if they would stick so close and constant as Todd. Advice as to how the rolls are to be engrossed and enrolled, which is to be similarly to the Patent Rolls. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 67.]
July 15.
Court at Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to Philip Carteret of Jersey of the title of baronet, with the usual discharge. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 172.]
July 15.
Court at Whitehall.
Warrant to Sir Henry Wood to pay from the first moneys in his hands the following legacies, bequeathed by the late Queen Mother, viz.—1,000l. to Henriette Vantelet, and 300l. in consideration of her pretensions to the Queen's goods; 400l. to Henry, Lord Arundel, and 200l. to Dr. Leoline Jenkins, for their journey to Paris about her funeral; the said sums are engrossed upon a schedule of her debts by her trustees, Henry, Earl of St. Albans, and others, together with Sir George Downing and Sir Wm. Doyly, her administrators, after other large sums, which should in due course be paid before them. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, p. 41.]
July 15. Warrant to Sir Thos. Chicheley to deliver to Capt. Titus 30 muskets and 40 cases of bandoleers, for defence of Deal Castle. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 35a, p. 15.]
July 15.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. I took down the galleries of the Greenwich; "the faying of brackets" will hinder her sailing so soon as was intended, but I expect she will be ready to-morrow; all her guns and stores will be then on board, but no provisions have yet arrived. Am I to treat for some knee timber belonging to Mr. Gould, at 2s. 6d. a foot ? I offered him 60l. to break up the wreck of the Defiance, and to deliver all her materials into the stores, but he wants 80l.; the old plank, or some new, is required to repair the rope ground, as no more cables can be laid until it is done. I will see that the Sovereign is brought up and fitted for the dock, which will employ the ropemakers, otherwise they must have played until the hemp arrived; also that Mr. Punnett, or some other pilot, is sent to bring down the London next spring [tide].
I enclose a demand for stores. The charcoal may be had here, but we are short of money; if 100l. is imprested to Mr. Gregory, it will enable us to buy some, as also some tiles and timber, and comply with former contracts, which will come to 80l. more than I have in hand. The timber bought of Mr. Batchelor and others will be all in by the next week. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 146.]
July 15.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Affidavit of Thos. Davidson, Mayor. Thos. Potts, sailmaker, an inhabitant here, has appeared before me, and sworn that he was employed in 1665 to repair and fit the Truelove with sails, which amounted to 18l. 8s. 6d.; this being still owing, and he being much necessitated, he has sent his wife Charity up to London to receive the same, and required my certificate to that effect, which upon his oath and other testimony is granted. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 147.]
July 16.
Dover.
Jo. Carlile to Williamson. This comes by my neighbour Mrs. Cullen, who gave Lord Arlington and you several visits when you were at Dover, concerning the money due to her, and many other poor people, for entertaining sick and wounded men, for which his Majesty promised her payment. Pray assist her in obtaining what his Majesty bestowed, as the accounts she brings have been examined, and the affidavits were taken before the Mayor and jurats of the town. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 68.]
July 16.
Chester.
Ma. Anderton to Perrott. The fanatics taken at unlawful meetings since May were proceeded against at the quarter sessions held at Nantwich, and the fines paid; Mr. Tildesley, a great leader of the Presbyterians in Lancashire, and Mr. Colly, a Nonconformist, both conformed, which may be instrumental in bringing in many of the faction. Lord Windsor has gone through Wrexham for Holyhead, on his way to Ireland. The Earl of Orrery, Lord Conway, and Sir Frescheville Hollis have arrived, and dined with the Bishop, and gone on board the pleasure boat at Dawpool. They were met by the Earl of Meath from Ireland, on his way to London. The Swallow of Chester, bound to Jamaica on some merchant's account, has cleared and is ready to sail. [Ibid. No. 69.]
July 16.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. There have arrived 5 East India and 2 Barbadoes ships. [Ibid. No. 70.]
July 16.
Court at Whitehall.
Warrant for a new signet to the grant to Fras. Ridley and Rich. Holman, jun., of the receivership of cos. Oxon and Berks, the former one of Feb. 1667 being left with Lord Robartes and not to be found, and being directed to the late Lord Chancellor, not the Lord Keeper. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 173.]
July 17. Pass for Lady Vane and her servants into France. Minute. [Ibid. f. 175.]
[July 17.]
[Whitehall.]
Petition of Sir Bernard Gascon to the King, for reversion of the farm of the imposition of 5s. a ton on French bottoms for England— which he failed to obtain in 1667—on rental of 1,200l. a year; and for payment from the rent of 600l. a year pension, granted him because he had had many disappointments. With reference thereon to the Treasury Commissioner. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 71.]
July 17. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 131.]
July 18.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to Dr. Wm. Outram, chaplain in ordinary, of the prebend in Westminster void by death of Dr. Thos. Triplett. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 19.]
July 18. Pass for 15 horses for M. Bellefonds. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 42.]
July 18.
The Greenwich.
Capt. Rob. Robinson to the Navy Commissioners. His Royal Highness and Mr. Wren having agreed to allow any of the men belonging to the London and Speedwell to sail with me if they were willing, above 30 have offered; but I have directed them not to neglect their duty on board the London. I am going down to Chatham, and shall be ready to sail in a few days if ordered. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 148.]
July 18.
Woolwich Ropeyard.
Wm. Bodham to the Navy Commissioners. I sent 29 tons of Riga and Quinboro' hemp to Chatham, and 32 tons to Portsmouth, and have 65 tons remaining. I am sorry for the gross spinning, though innocent of it myself; for the future the spinners should work by the number of threads, as well as by weight, according to the practice at Portsmouth Ropeyard. The spinning ground there is 175 feet long; 17 threads, which is 2,975 fathoms, is a day's work for a man, 25 of which threads are to weigh but 112 lbs. Our ground is 173 feet long, and 17 threads of ours would be 2,941 feet, being 36 fathoms short of the Portsmouth task per man per day; this is not a farthing a day in wages, and may be dispensed with by reason of the dearness of our market, which is 2d. in the shilling more for victuals. I pricked 12 spinners yesterday, on account of their yarn being too big, and the master workman consented; he is almost dead with melancholy, on finding my predictions too true. I will nominate his successor, if you continue in your resolution of laying him aside. [Ibid. No. 149.]
July 18. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. I communicated your letter concerning the timber in Ireland to his Royal Highness, who moved the King in it, when leave was given for its being brought over in the Dutch ship; you are to take care to treat for it, so as to prevent its being carried to Holland. If Sir Francis Brewster, Mr. Martyn, or any others interested will apply to Council, orders will be given for licensing the ship to bring it hither. The paying off of the Dragon is to be deferred for a few days, there being a service to be done in which she may be employed. [Ibid. No. 150.]
July 18.
Court at Whitehall.
The King to the Vice-Chancellor and Senate of Cambridge. We have received good testimony of the ability of Valentine Addis in the profession of physic, and of his long standing in that University. With consent of the Earl of Manchester, we request you to admit him to the degree of M.D. as speedily as you may, he paying the usual fees and performing the exercises enjoined, or giving security for doing the same. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 158.]
July 18.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. Besides the 5 East Indiamen formerly advised, 48 sail have since arrived from the Straits, 32 of which are bound for London, and some for Yarmouth; also 2 ships from London bound for the East Indies. [Capt.] Browne, who last May fought an Algerine of 26 guns one day, and the next another of 34 guns, has come over, and has gone for London. He informed me that he was engaged with one 8 hours, and the other 16, and killed, wounded, and forced overboard upwards of 80 men; a Turk that could not swim he sold for 100 pieces of eight. He had not a man wounded, and the enemy voluntarily left him. The Dragon has sailed for the river. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 72.]
July 18.
Chester.
Ma. Anderton to Perrott. The Earl of Orrery is still at Dawpool, waiting a westerly wind, but Lord Conway has returned to Warwickshire. The Earl of Thomond has arrived, and gone to Holyhead on his way to Ireland. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 73.]
July 18.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Expedition of London, with horses, &c., bound for Barbadoes, and the Duke of York for New York, have arrived; the Golden Fox of London, with sugar from Barbadoes, has sailed. A vessel from Tercera reports that the King of Portugal is there, and in good health, and is accommodated with all things that the island affords, and as becomes his position. [Ibid. No. 74.]
July 18.
Lyme.
Ant. Thorold to Hickes. The Charity of London has arrived from Barbadoes with sugar, and will reload for Rotterdam. She came out with 3 or 4 other vessels of London, and reports that Bridgetown is nearly rebuilt with stone, and is much better than formerly; also that an English vessel had been stopped at Martinique by the French Governor, because a sloop of his was detained at Antigua; also that Sir Thos. Allin has driven ashore 3 Turkish men-of-war near Sardinia. The Judith of Lyme, from Morlaix, advises that seamen daily march through there for Brest, and that quarters have been taken up for 1,200 landsmen also for Brest, where several ships are being fitted. [Ibid. No. 75.]
July 19. Report of the Earl of St. Albans, and 3 other trustees of the late Queen Mother, on the petition of Ann Gray, alias Waters, of Twickenham. In 1666 she discovered a parcel of land of the manor of Twickenham, called Brick Closes, and compounded with us for the same, alleging that it was her late Majesty's, and not in any preceding grant, and prosecuted the lease so far as to have it signed by the Queen; but before the fine was paid or the lease executed, a suit was commenced against her before the Lord Chief Baron, when she was ousted of the possession. As she has been at much pains and expense, and is very necessitous, we conceive it reasonable to pay her 40l., or to grant a warrant to Sir Henry Wood, [the Queen's] Treasurer and Receiver-General, for that amount. [Ibid. No. 76.]
[July 19.] Petition of Sir John Monson to the King, for liberty to impark 320 acres of ground, parcel of the manor of Broxborne, Herts, and to enjoy the franchise and liberty of free chace and free warren within the same. [Ibid. No. 77.]
[July 19.] Warrant for a licence to Sir John Monson to impark the said ground. [Draft. Ibid. No. 78.]
July 19. Warrant to Sir Edw. Griffin to pay the gentlemen of the chapel 20l., in lieu of the deer usually granted them yearly. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 43.]
July 19. List of 10 letters and papers sent to Williamson by way of Germany on 18 July, and of 3 sent by way of Paris on 19 July. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 79.]
July 19.
Woolwich.
Edw. Byland to the Navy Commissioners. The mastmaker approves of Mr. Wood's masts; Wood agrees to change those which prove defective; Mr. Shish promises to send his launching gear the first opportunity. I want some spruce deals suddenly. I wish the pressed calkers had come to assist, but question not but the new ship will be soon calked, although the old ones will suffer meantime. His Majesty was here last Friday, and I presume I gave him satisfaction in what he demanded of me. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 151.]
July 19.
Deptford.
W. Fownes to the Navy Commissioners. The commander of the Eaglet ketch has applied to me for a warrant for victuals for her late company; but understanding that she was lately paid off, and is not likely to sail yet awhile, I dare not grant it, not knowing whether the company are to be re-entered. [Ibid. No. 152.]
July 19.
Treasury Chambers.
Sir George Downing to the Navy Commissioners. I send a draft of a warrant for the sale of some timber in Dean Forest, but before the Treasury Commissioners sign it, I want to know what timber may be had there fit for the service. [Ibid. No. 153.]
July 20.
Sherwood.
John Russell to the Navy Commissioners. John Harrison, master of the Thomas of Hull, has shipped 108 loads of timber, as directed by [Jos.] Blaydes, and 70 loads remain at Hull. There are also 90 at Stockwith and 12 at Bawtry, which, with that lying sunk there in the refuse, and that in the woods, will make 134 loads. There are also 14 loads at Mattersey Bridge, 5 miles from Stockwith, making altogether 320 loads. Not any more timber is left in the woods. [Ibid. No. 154.]
July 20.
Deptford.
Capt. John Tinker to the Navy Commissioners. I desire you to appoint Mr. Case, belonging to the yard, as surgeon of the London. If we should want men when we come to sail, let me have the help of the Woolwich riggers and ropemakers to carry the ship down the river, and let the men be allowed sea victuals. [Ibid. No. 155.]
July 20.
Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight.
Sir Rob. Holmes to Williamson. My keeper will let you have a buck when you like to send for one. Townsend, who killed one of his Majesty's bailiffs in the island 12 months since, was tried at Winton last sessions and acquitted, and is gone for London to endeavour to save his estate, which the King gave to me; but it was not much, as Lord Arlington can justify, and the Governor of this island always had all forfeitures of that nature. As Townsend has somebody about the Lord Chamberlain who undertakes his business, pray put a stop to it if it comes before you, until I return from France; a caveat is already entered at the Signet Office, pray order Mr. Cook to give you notice if this business comes to his office, as also with regard to the estate of Smith of this island, who was hanged at Winton for having a hand in murdering a bastard.
There is no yacht to carry away M. Bellefonds, so I fear he will see this island, but I will make much of him if he comes, although I have no great desire that he should know the condition of the place. With postscript that Bellefonds has arrived at Portsmouth, but that there is not so much as a fishing boat to carry him over. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 80.]
July 20.
Portsmouth.
Same to the Same. I wrote from the Isle of Wight that there was no yacht to carry over M. Bellefonds, but he has since gone in the Katherine. I had hopes that the captain would have been directed to follow my directions, but I find he has not, and is to return to the river. The Martin yacht, which was promised me by Mr. Wren, has also gone for the Thames instead of the Downs. I will be with you in London next week. [Ibid. No. 81.]
July 20.
Dover.
Col. John Strode to Lord Arlington. The Constable of Castile remained incognito at Dover; I suppose his design was to get leave to go through France, being weary of the sea. [Ibid. No. 82.]
July 20.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Sixteen merchant ships outward bound have sailed, and there are only 2 East Indiamen in the Downs. Col. Strode arrived at Deal, and sent for me, and was very angry with me, and said the King was also, for not giving an account of the Constable of Castile being there. I replied that I had told you, and had since seen it in the Gazette. I know there is some neglect in the transmission of letters both ways, as 15 months ago I did not receive any news-letters for 7 weeks, and on coming to town, was assured by your clerks that they had never missed a week sending; also a week since I had neither letter nor Gazette. The lady and her maid taken out of the Jamaica ship are not gone on their voyage, and no one knows where they are. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 83.]
July 20. Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of Capt. Baron, for an increase of rent on certain lands, with some years in reversion after a lease of them. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 129.]
July 21.
Court at Whitehall.
The petition of Sir Ralph Knight, Dr. John Troutbeck, Capt. Thos. Sutton, and others—for orders to the Treasury Commissioners to grant their respective leases of the land and rents by them claimed in the Queen Mother's jointure for 31 years, and for the fee-farm rents by them claimed not to be passed to the trustees for fee-farm rents—referred to the said Commissioners to satisfy them, the King retaining a gracious sense of their careful services towards his restoration. [Ibid. p. 130.]
July 21.
Court at Whitehall.
Petition of Capt. John Lynne to the King, that the charges of misdemeanour preferred against him by false misrepresentation— whereby a letter has been obtained from his Majesty to the Council of the Marches of Wales, for swearing in Mr. Clapham as deputy in his. stead—may be referred to a court of law, such letter notwithstanding. In consideration of services rendered to George, late Earl of Norwich, while under his command at Colchester, the deputyship of all his offices in such Council was conferred upon the petitioner, which he has held 8 years, under the Earl of Carberry, Lord President.
With reference thereon to the Lord Keeper, the Earl of Carberry, and one of the principal Secretaries of State, or any two of them, whereof the Lord Keeper is to be one, and report by Lord Keeper Bridgeman, and Lord President the Earl of Carberry. We have heard the petitioner, and also Charles, now Earl of Norwich, and find that George, the late Earl, being Secretary of the Council of the Marches, upon the surrender of Sir John Vaughan, 8 years since, made Lynne his deputy during the Earl's life, which office Lynne held until his death, and since, under the present Earl and his trustee Mr. Wynn. That the present Earl— having received affidavits of misdemeanours committed by Lynne, to the prejudice of the Earl's profits—sent him a discharge, constituted Clapham his deputy, and obtained a letter from his Majesty to the Lord President and Council, for swearing and admitting Clapham, which was done by Sir Timothy Turner and Sir Simon Degg; Sir Job Charleton opposed this, and with two others of the Council Extraordinary, ordered that Lynne should continue in his place until next term. This difference has occasioned inconvenience, and may cause further disturbances, if not prevented.
We are of opinion that Lynne's deputation determined by the death of the late Earl, and that the present Earl and his trustee may dispose of the place. Lynne alleges that on the surrender by Sir John Vaughan, the Earl caused him, Lynne, to be bound with him to Sir John in 500l., which he afterwards paid, as consideration for the life interest in the office, to which the present Earl replies that it was by the provision only of the late Earl; and that even if it had been Lynne's money, he has forfeited it in equity by the affidavits of his misdemeanours; this is objected to by Lynne, who maintains that the question ought to be judicially tried, and he continued in his office meantime. We cannot determine this, but think his Majesty should refer it to the Lord President [of the Marches of Wales], who is about going thither, and to the Council, to settle the business, so as to prevent further disturbances.—10 Aug. 1670. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, Nos. 84, 85.]
Copy of the above report. [1½ pages. Ibid. No. 86.]
July 21. Entry of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, f. 130.]
July 21. Warrant for denization of Haytie Age, an alien mariner. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 172.]
July 21.
Court at Whitehall.
Warrant for a charter of incorporation to the town of Christchurch Twineham, co. Hants, the burgesses being doubtful whether their incorporation by Baldwin de Redvers, formerly Earl of Devon, though often confirmed, is good. [Ibid. f. 173.] Annexing,
List of the heads of the charter of Christchurch Twineham. [Ibid. f. 174.]
July 21.
Whitehall.
Note of the King's allowance of a memorial of extraordinary expenses in the journey of Flanders, as presents to trumpeters, gunners, &c., in every town and citadel, the cost of a family on so dear a road, and for 4 horses for the King of Poland by Lord Arlington's orders; total 740l. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 43.]
July 21. Advices received, partly calendared before. Also,
July 19, Deal.—The Constable of Castile left Dover for Calais, intending to journey home through France.
July 21, Portsmouth.—On the 19th the Marquis [Marshal] of Bellefonds came hither, and waits a wind to embark on the Katherine for Havre de Grace. On his arrival he was saluted with 21 guns, and very civilly treated by the deputy-governor, Col. Halsey. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 87.]
July 21.
Dover.
Jo. Carlile to Williamson. I received your letter in Thanet, after returning from Margate, where I was concerned to keep a general sessions of the peace. I am sorry the postmaster neglected his duty in not sending away my letters to you, but I cannot find out the cause. If I had been at home, I would have given you an account of the arrival of Don Rodrigo, the Constable of Castile, at Deal, by reason of the cross winds, and of his shipping at Dover for Calais. Thanks for your good intentions towards the poor woman, as also for your trouble in the matter between me and Blaney. If I were not sure the accounts were passed by the Commissioners of Prizes, I would give Blaney the money he has detained from me for 3 years, rather than trouble myself further. [Ibid. No. 88.]
July 21.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. Mr. Gould's price for knee timber is extravagant, and I shall not deal with him unless on lower terms, although the timber is much wanted for the Newcastle. The hemp has arrived from Woolwich, and tar is now wanted for the rope ground. Mr. Punnett has gone for Deptford, to attend the falling down of the London. The Greenwich has warped away from the hulk, but was prevented sailing to the Buoy of the Nore by the easterly wind. Capt. Robinson has applied for conduct money for his men, but I having no orders to help him, he advanced the money himself, and has paid 37 of them.
I received the imprest bill for 100l., and delivered it to Mr. Gregory, clerk of the cheque. Mr. Body's plank will be welcome when it arrives. The old plank of the Royal Oak was used in mending the dock, and if any had been left, the carpenters would have been at work on it before now. The half deck and poop of the new ship have been ready to lay this fortnight, but there is not a spruce deal in the stores. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 156.]
July 21.
The Greenwich, Chatham.
Capt. Rob. Robinson to the Navy Commissioners. We have got down to the Charles, and we lie waiting for the first opportunity to sail to the Hope, where I hope to complete the manning and victualling; but I shall not do the former, unless the men in the London who are willing to go come on board, and have their money. I have borrowed of Mr. Gregory, and paid the conduct money, and hope care will be taken that I am reimbursed. [Ibid. No. 157.]
July 21.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. Understanding the Falcon is very tender is carrying sail, I beg an order to put 6 strakes of 3½-inch spruce plank on each side of her, and to sheathe upon that work, when she will be able to carry a good sail. [Ibid. No. 158.]
July 21.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to Hayter. I desire you to send down the plumber and founder, to do some work on the London, Assurance, and Falcon. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 159.]
July 21.
Ordnance Office.
Edw. Sherburne and 2 other officers to the Navy Commissioners. Hearing from Thos. Western, one of the ordnance founders, that John Wigg and John Bettle, carpenters, have been pressed into Chatham Yard, we ask for their discharge, that they may be able to return and finish their work, as other carpenters cannot perform the work they were employed upon at Western's foundry. [Ibid. No. 160.]
July 22.
Deptford.
Fras. Hosier to the Navy Commissioners. I refused to sign Downing the anchorsmith's bill, because there was an order from you to make but one account for all ironwork, and thereby the anchorsmith was only to receive after one common rate; but being informed that you allow a different rate for particular works notwithstanding, the officers here have so made the bill, and left it to your rating. This being contrary to the former order made me cautious in signing; if I have done wrong, let me know upon what particular works the distinction should be made, or whether it may be left to the storekeeper and master shipwright. [Ibid. No. 161.]
July 22. Licence for Robert, Earl of Holland, with his lady, children, and servants, to travel beyond seas for recovery of his health, with the usual provisoes. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 175.]
July 22. Recommendation of Lieut.-Col. Thos. Duncan to the Charterhouse, for a poor man's place now void there, or the next that shall become vacant. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 56.]
July 22. Caveat in favour of Sir Rob. Holmes, that nothing pass of Townshend and Smith's estates, Isle of Wight. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 32, p. 9.]
July 22. Warrant for installing the first fruits to Dr. Rob. Creighton, Bishop of Bath and Wells, being 479l. 15s. 1¼d. tenths deducted, to be paid in 4 years. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 35b, f. 9.]
July. Docquet of the above dated July. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 207.]
July 22. Levant Company to Sir Clement Harby, Zante. We delivered a memorial of our grievances at the islands of Zante and Cephalonia to Lord Fauconberg, Ambassador Extraordinary for Venice, who promised his endeavours for redress, as far as was possible in the short time of his stay there, provided yourself or some other merchant was sent there, to consult with him on his arrival. We enclose the memorial, seconded by his Majesty's letters to his lordship, which we conceive sufficient for remedying the pressures the company undergo.
We do not doubt your care, you having given some proof in the last year's abatement of the dollar per mille, for which we return thanks, and hope it will now be totally abolished. If you are prevented from attending on his lordship at Venice, you are to instruct John Hobson to negotiate on your behalf; some person must be ready there, and fully instructed before his lordship's departure from Venice. We are sorry for the untimely death of your kinsman, the late Consul at Zante; we have recommended you to his Majesty for the office, and enclose his Majesty's commission, which we suppose will not be inconsistent with your other employment at the Morea. [Levant Papers, Vol. 5, p. 230.]
July 22.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. The 2 East India ships sailed last night; there are no vessels in the Downs. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 89.]
July 22.
Plymouth.
James Blackborne to Hickes. The guns sent down for the Citadel are being placed. The Swallow of London has arrived. [Ibid. No. 90.]
July 23.
Bye.
James Welsh to Williamson. His Royal Highness's daughter arrived here at 3 p.m. to-day. [Ibid. No. 91.]
July 23.
Carisbrooke Castle.
Sir Rob. Holmes to [Williamson]. I have written you twice a day since I left London. The enclosed is for Lord Arlington. I think my voyage to France will come to nothing, and if I go beyond sea, I do not know how your business is to be done; besides I have not been well used about a yacht; that I attribute to custom. Your buck is ready when you call for it. [Ibid. No. 92.]
July 23.
Deptford.
Wm. Fownes to the Navy Commissioners. I beg an order for victualling 21 soldiers, brought on board the Loyal London, and instructions as to allowing all the boatswains and gunners in ordinary extra wages and victuals; also an order about the Eaglet ketch. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 162.]
July 24.
Chatham.
[Commissioner John Cox] to the Navy Commissioners. The Greenwich has sailed to the Buoy of the Nore, and the Sovereign has been brought up to her moorings above Upnor Castle. I shall hasten the horse boat back to Deptford, and hope you will send some knees and standards; otherwise the new ship cannot be finished. When do you intend sending money to pay the workmen ? I have daily sad and lamentable complaints of their great wants. I enclose demands from the master shipwright and storekeeper for sheet-lead, solder, and tiles, all of which may be purchased here, the lead and solder from Mr. Lake, and the tiles at 17s. per 1,000. [Ibid. No. 163.]
July 24.
[Sunday.] Tower.
Fras. Rainsford, deputy-lieutenant of the Tower, to Williamson. All the meeting-places in London have been secured by the military and peace officers, so that there was no teaching or disturbance. The preacher and hearers at a Quakers' meeting in Spitalfields were all convicted; the justices and military dispersed another, and an Anabaptists' meeting in Southwark, and sent the preachers, and half a score more, to gaol, for refusing to take the oath of allegiance. There was a great meeting in Little Moorfields, but it was dispersed by the Life Guards, and some Foot. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 93.]
July 25.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Two ships have arrived from the river, one bound for Virginia, the other for Lisbon. [Ibid. No. 94.]
July 25. Joseph Binckes to Williamson. I intreat help, having fallen into the hands of unreasonable men, and I will deduct what may be advanced me. I was allowed 20s. a week by Sir Edw. Nicholas, which was duly paid by you, and when my services were no longer required, Sir Edward did very honourably by me, and I hope my lord will do no less. The fire which happened last Saturday at the house near the Royal Exchange, in which the man belonging to it, together with the nurse and 2 children, was burnt, is supposed to have been caused by the man returning home drunk, and leaving his candle burning when he went to bed. The people still persist in meeting in the open streets, and with more ardent resolutions than heretofore. I do not understand the doings of the justices, but know that all they suppress to-day are at liberty to-morrow. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 95.]
July 25.
Plymouth.
[J. Blackborne] to Hickes. Account of ships arrived. Ten sail are in sight, judged to be either the fleet bound for the Straits, or those from the West Indies, which are expected. [Ibid. No. 96.]
July 25.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Pearl of Bristol has arrived from Barbadoes with sugar for Holland, with 3 Virginia ships which have gone eastward. The Content for Jamaica, and the Assistance and Speedwell, all of London, with passengers and horses for Barbadoes, have also come in; the William of London from Barbadoes, bound for Holland, is ready to put to sea. [Ibid. No. 97.]
July 25. Sir Jo. Elwes to Williamson. The bearer is the person you commanded me to send you about the case of my cousin Jenkinson at Hamburg. As we both believe in speedy justice, I beg you to recommend it to Lord Arlington, and to speak to the Resident, if you meet with him. [Ibid. No. 98.]
July 25. Certificate by Sir Chas. Littleton. Certain arms, pikes, muskets, and bandoleers belonging to the companies of Captains Thos. Bromley, Chas. Middleton, Thos. Bennett, Sir Bourchier Wray, and Roger Vaughan, in my regiment, having been in use for 6 years, are worn out, and new ones ought to be supplied. Noted that Sir Thos. Chichely desired a warrant to be prepared on 1 Aug. [Ibid. No. 99.]
July 25.
The Greenwich, Hope.
Capt. Rob. Robinson to Pepys. We sailed at 11 a.m. yesterday from the Charles, and anchored in the Hope to-day at 2 p.m., having only our own 80 men aboard; it being Sunday, some stayed behind. The carpenter and boatswain's stores are nearly all on board; also the guns and shot from the Tower, but no powder; also 70 tuns of beer, and 20 more by the ship's side, so we are ready for the provisions when they come. I beg discharge of the 6l. borrowed of Mr. Gregory, to pay the men their conduct money, 2s. 6d. a piece. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 164.]
July 25.
Dover.
Capt. John Kelsy to the Navy Commissioners. I have been cruising on the English and French coasts, but having a defective rudder, and only sufficient victuals for 10 days, I put into Dover for a supply; as I cannot obtain it, I beg your orders. [Ibid. No. 165.]
July 26. R. Waith to the Navy Commissioners. You and his Royal Highness command me either to pay Major Beckford the 4,000l. claimed by him for slops, or to deliver up all the books and papers thereon to the clerk appointed by you to examine them, or give reason to the contrary. I have no power to deliver up such books but by command of the Treasurers of the Navy, from whose favour I received my employment, and to whom I am responsible.
The balance of Major Beckford's account for slops, as charged by the pursers on their ships' books and tickets, which are collected by the Treasurers' instruments, is not above 300l. or 400l., which was offered to be adjusted with him many months since; but I never undertook to pay or allow what should be pretended to be due to him, nor was I to have any allowance from him, but only for so much as I actually paid him.
When ships were paid off by ticket (which frequently happened in Sir George Carteret's time), if care was not taken to stop the slopseller's money charged upon the tickets, it occasioned omissions, but few or none are to be imputed to me, as I was but little concerned in paying tickets. When ships were paid off at a distance from London, if the money went no further than to pay the net wages, the slopseller was content to accept his money as it afterwards came to the Treasurers' hands, which practice Major Beckford complied with. I hope this answer will be satisfactory, and dispossess his Royal Highness of any opinion to my disadvantage, through the causeless complaint of Major Beckford. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 166.]
July 26. Certificate by Thos. Martyn, that Sir Fras. Brewster, merchant of Dublin, has a Holland ship lying in the bay at Castlemaine, Ireland, laden with oak timber, and bound for Amsterdam to seek a market; but that if the Navy Commissioners will buy the timber, and allow the ship to come to England to unload, Sir Francis would prefer that rather than send it to Holland. [Ibid. No. 167.]
July 26.
Harwich.
Capt. Silas Taylor to the Navy Commissioners. I have agreed with [Hen.] Battison, our bricklayer, for 5,000 bricks at 6l., 2 loads of lime at 2l. 14s., and taking down and rebuilding the chimneys for 5l.; this, with some small work to be done by the plasterers, carpenters, and glaziers, will secure that one defect. I went this way to work, as you write of difficulty in getting money, but yet were resolved to repair the house; by thus getting it done in parcels, it will save some expense. [Ibid. No. 168.]
July 26.
Woolwich.
Capt. W. Hannam to the Navy Commissioners. If it is intended to launch the new ship this year, we must be furnished with blocks, cables, anchors, sails, and hawsers. [Ibid. No. 169.]
July 26.
Newgate Street.
Thos. Hollier to Pepys. I cut Rob. Fenwick, a waterman, for the stone; he has since been pressed into his Majesty's service, which will predispose him to his former disease. I request that he may be excused. [Ibid. No. 170.]
July 26.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to Edw. Dobson, in recompense of moneys expended in the repair of the lodge in Enfield Chace, of 336l. 1s. 9d., due from Thos. Weaver, late collector of customs at Liverpool, with power to recover the same from Weaver, and from Sir John Booth, and Thos. Leigh, his sureties. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 84.]
July.
Portsmouth.
Notes from Hugh Salesbury to Williamson that he has no news to send; 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, and 26 July. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, Nos. 100–106.]
July 26.
Plymouth.
James Blackborne to Hickes. The Sable Merchant of Plymouth has arrived from Hamburg with clapboards; also a French vessel from Dunkirk, which reports that the French King has called off all his horse that were in Flanders, but cannot tell whither they have marched. [Ibid. No. 107.]
July 26.
Barnstaple.
Wm. Wakeman to Hickes. The Seaflower of this port has arrived from Bilbao, laden with wool. [Ibid. No. 108.]
July 26.
Kinsale.
Thos. Burrowes to Hickes. A vessel belonging to Alderman Brush of Dublin has arrived from Barbadoes with sugar and cotton, and is in Crooke Haven. She fought a Turkish man-ofwar of 14 guns 11 hours, and killed several men, but had only 4 wounded. Several others have arrived out of England. Lord Orrery has arrived in Dublin. [Ibid. No. 109.]
July 26. Warrant for release on bail of Wm. Taber, late butler to Sir Wm. Coventry—convicted at the Old Bailey for stealing plate from his master, and sentenced to be transported—and order for his entry in the next general pardon for convicts of Newgate, without proviso of transportation, he being young and this his first offence. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 39.]
July 27.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. The Content of London has sailed for Jamaica, also the Assistance of London with horses and mules, and the Speedwell of London for Barbadoes. The Pearl of Bristol, from Barbadoes for Holland, is still in port. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 110.]
July 27.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. There are in port only a few small colliers bound about land. [Ibid. No. 111.]
July 27.
Dover.
John Carlile to Williamson. I can show by the accounts of Mr. Clavell, then accountant to the Prize Commissioners, which I left with you, that Mr. Blaney is wrong, and that all my accounts were allowed by the Lords of the Council, and an order sent to Lord Ashley for payment of my salary.
The Calais packet-boat brings news that there is an insurrection at the further part of France about Languedoc, where 7,000 or 8,000 are cut off by the rebels, and that the French King will head an army against them. They are much troubled at Dover with an obstinate party of Anabaptists, who persist in their old way, notwithstanding they are dispersed; and when the law is put in force, they hinder it by shutting their doors and shops. Advise whether we may break open the doors, and imprison the teachers. [Ibid. No. 112.]
July 27./Aug. 6.
Bruges.
M. de Voet Hueldburg to his cousin. I have received a note from Mr. Williamson, who asks whether there are any printed genealogical histories of Spain and the Low Countries, giving the descents up to the present time. There is a Nobiliario of Spain which brings them down to 1618; details of other genealogic accounts of royal and noble houses of Spain and Flanders, up to the present time. Some of these books are difficult to be met with, but I will try to procure them from respect to you, if they will serve Mr. Williamson, who is unknown to me. [French. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 113.]
July 27. Petition of Chris. Roper to the King, for the grant of a pension of 120l. a year. Has served her Majesty as one of the pages of honour, and received the usual allowance of 120l., but has obtained leave to travel beyond sea for some considerable time. Noted that the Secretaries of State are to prepare a warrant for a great seal. [Ibid. No. 114.]
July 27. Warrant for a grant, with survivorship, to Sir Sam. Moreland, Bart., and Samuel his son, of a pension of 200l. a year, being the salary granted to the father 25 Feb. 1669, as a Commissioner for Appeals in Excise, to be paid by the Farmers of Customs from the receipts of London. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, p. 46.]
[July 27.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 115.]
Docquet of the above, dated August. [Docquet, Vol. 24, Nos. 214, 225.]
July 27. Warrant for pardon and release to the rectories of St. Pancras, St. Peter in Colebrook, St. Clement, St. Thomas, St. Laurence, St. Mary Kalender, all in Winchester, and St. Bartholomew, St. Peter, and St. Nicholas, within the soke of the said city—all small parishes ruined, and the churches decayed and out of repair, during the late ill times—of all arrears of tenths due to the King. The Bishop of Winchester finding no able minister to undertake the cure of any one, because there was no competent subsistence, has by Act of Parliament united some small parishes, but cannot prevail on fit persons to accept them, unless the arrears of tenths be discharged. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 35b, f. 8.]
July [27]. Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 115a.]
July 27.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. Mr. Gould will not abate anything of 2s. a foot for his knees and standards; he had 2s. 6d. a foot for those formerly served in, and these are much wanted for the Newcastle, and will save great labour and waste. Gould has not any plank fit for our use, and I know not where to get any, or what the Marmaduke will afford, until they have taken her lower down. I have no carpenters lately pressed named John Wigg and Jno. Bettle, so cannot discharge them as directed; but there is a joiner named John Wigg lately pressed, who denies that he was ever employed in the ordnance foundry. It is not the first time, when house carpenters and joiners have been pressed here, that the Ordnance have appeared and alleged that the men were in their service, when they were not; the charge of impressing men is great, and to discharge these means to press more.
I am sorry you give no better encouragement towards the relief of the poor workmen. I hope the little time promised will not be a long time, as they have no money to buy bread, nor any credit. I have not received the 100l. imprested; as it is such a hard matter to receive money from you, I will endeavour not to exceed it, although we are bare of oak timber and hemp; I hope it will not be long before you can supply the stores with what is so much wanted. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 171.]
July 27.
Whitehall.
Sir Geo. Downing to Pepys. Pray hasten Lord Brouncker to send to the Treasury Commissioners an account of the Navy bills unpaid, in order to a settlement of the debt. I send Pocock's answer to Moorhouse's information as to his felling the King's timber, which you are to answer if necessary. [Ibid. No. 172.] Enclosing,
Memorandum by Wm. Pocock, that the timber and trees which he caused to be felled within the manor of Swerston were his property, and that he has felled none but what were within the waste of the said manor. [Ibid. No. 172i.]
July 28.
The Resolution, Cadiz Road.
Tho. Melmoth to Pepys. I send, by order of Sir Thos. Allin, the grand account of all disbursements, amounting to 113,666l. 19s. 2d., with an account of provisions delivered to each ship, and the number of captives, prizes, and prize goods; the money received in gold amounts to 2,207 pistoles Spanish gold. I sent 66 captive Moors to Sir Thos. Clutterbuck, whereof only 563 pieces of eight received, which he has laid out in careening the Portland, and for stores for the Pearl, all which will appear by Sir Thomas's account, also sent. Mr. Bagwell returns thanks for favours received. [Ibid. No. 173.]
July 28.
Resolution, Cadiz Bay.
Sir Thos. Allin to the Navy Commissioners. I received 11,555½ pieces of Mexico and silver money from Mr. Mathews, on Alderman Edw. Backwell's order, which—as you will see by Mr. Melmoth's account sent to Mr. Pepys—will be far short to pay the debts I have contracted for victuals, short allowance, and other contingencies, and several disbursements have been made since that account was sent.
You will also see that I have been driven to hard shifts to get money, and that when I had got it, I could not tell where to get what was most needed. It would be too tedious to inform you of the trouble, care, and fear I have been in, by the long passage of the William and Thomas, but it was 6 June before I took any victuals out of her. Some that met her had taken what they could get, so that there was but a month's butter, cheese, and oatmeal left, which fell heavy upon us, and consequently upon the service, as I was forced to send the Hampshire and two other ships to fetch oil, rice, and wine, and that was not good. We are often short for want of money and a complete victualling; Capt. Caslicke [Carslake] can give an account of what was left Capt. Beare, and you must consider what will be needful, according to the time his Majesty intends to keep a fleet out. My ships can do no good upon them (the Algerines) by sailing, as they will not fight, unless by accident or force, which makes us all weary of this way of warfaring.
I have sent home the Portland and Pearl, they being so weak that the officers are in fear, if it blows hard, that they will be drowned, and the pumps are scarcely ever out of their hands. The Bristol must soon follow, as although all possible means were used in the last careening, she is as leaky as the others, and I fear the worm is entering all our ships. I suppose you have had the accounts from Leghorn, by which, and Melmoth's letter, you will find that I have husbanded the King's money with as much thrift as I was capable of; I therefore beg pardon if I have done amiss. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 174.]
July 28. Mary Wharton to Sir Thos. Osborne. I beg the discharge of my relative, Rob. Fenwick, waterman, pressed to serve in the Loyal London, he being troubled with the stone, and otherwise diseased; this will add to the many favours I have already received as Lady Osborne's midwife. [Ibid. No. 175.]
July 28. The King to the Parliament of Scotland. Thanks for your dutiful affection. The English Parliament having done all that is requisite towards the union of the kingdoms, we request you to do the same to render the treaty effectual. We refer you to our Commissioner in all other matters. Dated Whitehall, 7 July, but read in the Scottish Parliament on the 28th. [2 pages. Printed. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 116. Printed in Acts Parl. Scotland, Vol. VIII. p. 6.]
July 28. Speech of the Lord Commissioner in the Parliament of Scotland. Comments on the King's letter. His Majesty understands that notwithstanding his orders against conventicles, divers such have been held, even in open fields, and that the Nonconformists have robbed and injured peaceable orthodox ministers, and threatened to murder them if they remained in their churches; these disorders are to be vigorously repressed and punished. The English Parliament having passed an Act empowering the King to nominate Commissioners to treat of union between the kingdoms, they are requested to pass a similar Act. [3½ pages. Printed. Ibid. No. 117.]
July 28.
Whitehall.
[H. Muddiman] to—Eldred, Colchester. News-letter. The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland has issued 2 proclamations, one for preventing litigious suits, and the other for regulating fees in courts of justice. The Lords of the Treasury have adjourned for a month.
The rains have been so frequent about Vienna, that all the rivers and brooks have overflowed, and carried away some of the bridges and houses, and drowned above 100 persons. We are advised by way of Dantzic, that the Vaivodes, Moherstein, Lubornicski, and Barkouski, had taken large sums of money with them, with the intention of going to France by sea; but their design being discovered, magistrates of Dantzic, by order from the King [of Poland], seized them together with 600 musketeers, and brought them back, where they are secured until the next Diet, when they are to answer in person. It is said their business was to have raised forces, to have been headed by the Chatellan Sosnaneski. The new Governor of Flanders has ordered Count Taxis to Vienna, and M. de Louvignes to Lorraine, to bring those Princes into a closer alliance.
July 28. The Prince of Orange will come to England, but no time is yet mentioned. Two ships of Malta of 250 men each had a close fight with 2 Turkish ships of 800 men each, when one of the latter was blown up, but the other escaped; the two Maltese have returned home much torn. By order of his Majesty in Council, some workmen, and others, have gone towards a barn near Redriff, sometimes used as a meeting place.
Two fires happened here in two days, one at the end of Bartholomew Lane, which burnt one house together with the master, the nurse, and two children, and another at the George Inn, Southwark, which destroyed some houses and stables. Lady Anne, his Royal Highness's daughter, has landed at Rye. She was presented, on her departure from France, with a pair of bracelets, set with great diamonds, valued at 10,000 crowns, by the French King.
The Pope of Rome has revived a decree that none shall be admitted into religious houses under 25 years of age, and also forbids compelling any person to go into such houses.
The news concerning the people of Vivaretz is confirmed, and that the [French] Court, who before made a trifle of it, are strangely alarmed, not only at their number—which is reported to be above 20,000—but because they are so well officered and disciplined, and have a Maistre de Camp amongst them; but they believe he may be amongst them more upon design than to do them service.
[Wm.] Talbot, who was pursued by the proclamation, has been taken and committed to prison.
General Specke has acquainted the Emperor, by express, that Prince Ragotski's forces have come to him, and several garrisons have submitted, but that a party of Hungarians having posted themselves off Esse, he had refused both his and Ragotski's forces, unless upon condition of a general pardon, and liberty to live peaceably at home; the Emperor's pleasure therein is desired.
The Sally men have lately taken a French and Portuguese ship. The States have altered their resolution as to sending De Groote to France, and are sending an Ambassador to Spain.
His Majesty went to Woolwich on the 24th, and was much satisfied to see the London sail towards Chatham, she being accounted the best sailer of her rate that has ever been in England. He also went to Gravesend on the 27th, to give order for a new model of a fortification to be made there.
Lord Henry Howard has sent part of his retinue for England, intending to return himself by way of France and Spain; the Duke of Buckingham's servants have set forward for France, the Duke and some other persons of quality intending to follow with the answer to the French King's compliment, made by Marshal de Bellefonds. Mr. Saville also goes from his Royal Highness to Monsieur, to answer his by M. Flamerine.
One of the principal towns in Roussillon has turned out the French garrison, and the magistrates have sent to the rebels in Vivaretz, that they will join with them, and maintain the place, if they will persevere in their design, and give them protection. M. de Louvay was expected there to serve the King's interest, order being sent to the nobility of Languedoc to be in arms.
The French King is going to Fontainbleau for 3 weeks, and then to Chambert, so that in his absence, the camp (?) which he had designed might be sent towards the rebels, if there is no better account from those parts.
His Majesty finding that the Senate and City of Hamburg have not given the satisfaction to his merchants so often demanded, for the loss suffered in their river, has granted letters of reprisal. [3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 118.]
July 28.
Cadiz.
Sir Thos. Allin to Williamson. I left Malaga on the 20th, and went to Tangiers, where I delivered the Algiers brigantine I had taken to Lord Middleton, who thinks it will do good service. I had to come here to mend my foremast, and am sailing westward, after 7 Algerine men-of-war. Thanks for the Gazettes, but the news about ourselves I oftener get from the merchants, whose diligence is so much greater than ours that we have to glean after them. Pray amend this defect in our intelligence. [Ibid. No. 119.]
July 29.
Malaga.
Hum. Colston to Williamson. A Frenchman has come in, who met 6 of the Algerine men-of-war that engaged with his Majesty's frigate, so that it is believed the 7th or Vice-Admiral is sunk, or was so disabled as to be forced to return to Algiers. A galliot and 3 brigantines armed, out of several places in Spain, have taken several vessels from Algiers, with 240 Moors. Sir Thos. Allin and Sir John Harman, with several merchantmen under their convoy, are expected from Cadiz. The vintage is likely to be plentiful. [Ibid. No. 120.]
July 29.
Plymouth.
James Blackborne to Hickes. Thanks for your courteous letter; I fear there is some roguery in the business, otherwise it is raining from Heaven with a witness; may we so live that we may not be unprepared for the change when the Lord calls. The Stephen of Drumpton (?) has arrived with deal boards. The sickness has abated, but many are leaving Exeter, as the small-pox is raging. [Ibid. No. 121.]
July 29.
Barnstaple.
Wm. Wakeman to Williamson. The Nightingale of Barnstaple has arrived from Norway, with deals and masts. [Ibid. No. 122.]
July 29.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Two ships have arrived from Virginia, and gone for London. They report that others are on their way, and that the country is in a very quiet and good condition. The Nonconformists have been very whist of late, but are encouraged by those of London fraternising with them. All eyes are on France, to see what the rebellion will do, "for now it is in fashion." [Ibid. No. 123.]
July 29.
Deal.
Col. John Strode to Lord [Arlington]. The Constable of Castile having gone to Calais by his own ship yesterday, I went aboard the Castel Rodrigo, and gave his Majesty's letter to Don Lewis Montivier, one of his secretaries, who promised to give it to him at Galicia. I informed him that I was sorry I had not had notice of the Constable's arrival, when he told me that he had had the Constable's positive orders not to be known. [Ibid. No. 124.]
July 29. Grant of protection for 9 months to John David of Llandynam, co. Montgomery, to enable him to discover and prosecute persons guilty of coining and clipping money in that county. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 39.]
July 29. Warrant for a grant to the Mayor and burgesses of Hertford, of the third part due to the Crown of the forfeitures paid by factious people, for resorting to seditious and unlawful conventicles, in divers places of the county, they having been active in putting the laws in execution against such offenders, to the good example of other corporations. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 44.]
July 29.
Court at Whitehall.
The King to the Attorney or Solicitor-General. The manor of Loddington, &c, co. Leicester, being seized for 16,000l., balance of a debt due from Sir John and Sir George Prettyman, late receivers of first-fruits and tenths, was vested by Act of Parliament in Henry Coventry and Edw. Progers, grooms of the bedchamber, Sir Allan Apsley, and Sir Winston Churchill, to be sold for the said debt, with interest at 6 per cent. The extents of the said manor are to be in force, and the said persons are to mortgage the estates.
Also-they having granted the said estates to Thos. Waller, serjeant-at-law, and Nich. Smith of London, who have paid the said 16,000l. with 6,240l. interest, and the said persons having requested the King's interest in the said lands to be conveyed to Alex. Stanhope of the Inner Temple, and John Rudyard of London, for protecting the said manor against incumbrances— you are to prepare a confirmation of the said grant to Waller and Smith, and a grant as requested to Stanhope and Rudyard, so as to enable the said persons to receive the rents, and give discharges for the same. [3½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 125.]
July 29. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 44.]
July 29.
Chatham.
Commissioner Cox to the Navy Commissioners. I will send the 5 cables, the sails for the Royal James, and some half-hour and minute glasses, to Deptford by the horse boat. Mr. Gould's 10 loads of knee timber appear to be worth more than was offered, and as they will be useful for the works on the Newcastle, and he will not part with them without ready money, let 100l. more be imprested to Mr. Gregory, which will enable me to buy them, and also some broom and lanterns for the Greenwich, of [Thos.] Steane. I have received the 40 tons of hemp, but want sheathing nails. The workmen seem satisfied with your promise to help them speedily to some money. I send a demand for stores, and 2 contracts. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 176.] Enclosing,
Contract with Rob. Hartridge of Maidstone to deliver into the stores at Chatham, free of all charge, 1,000 ridge tiles at 15s. per 100; 1,000 gutter ditto at 10s. per 100; and 20,000 plain ditto at 17s. per 1,000, all full size and well burnt.—23 July 1670. [Ibid. No. 176i.]
July 29.
Wapping.
Wm. Wood to Thos. Hayter. Let a warrant be sent to Woolwich for making out my bill for timber and 4 trees delivered, as I want my money. The former warrant was for 8 trees, but I only signed the contract for 4, and am very indifferent whether the Navy Commissioners have the other 4 or not; they are under a mistake in saying that I have raised the price, and they will find by my tender that they are one-third less in price than the masts. With notes of the prices of the 4 trees. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, Nos. 177, 178.]
July 29. Sir Denis Gauden to the Navy Commissioners. I have been shown 2 certificates by Thos. Cowley, purser of the Rupert, respecting some defective peas and cheese found on board, on a survey made in Sole Bay; the peas should have been returned at the next victualling port, according to his Royal Highness's instructions to pursers, but they were thrown overboard almost within sight of Harwich. As to the cheese, further evidence is required that it was ever supplied by me, therefore I conceive I am not bound to make either good. [Ibid. No. 179.]
July 30.
Yarmouth.
Sir Thos. Meadows to Williamson. I beg assistance for Capt. Wm. Clarke, the person that dispersed the seditious conventicles in the town, and has come to London to file an information against the justices for not prosecuting the Act; also if you approve, allow him to make a personal appeal to his Majesty, so that if possible this corporation may be made what it ought to be, for his Majesty's service, and the church's discipline. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 126.]
July 30.
Oxford.
Hen. Stubbs to Viscount Conway. Mr. Dethwick will be ready to serve you for 50l. a year, and the Dean of Christ Church and others give him such a character as is desired. It is no easy thing to get a discreet person to go for so many years and with such a charge, where all is left to the tutor. I am delayed seeing your lordship, as Alderman Dashwood, Mr. Greville's father-in-law, is coming to Bath, and Greville has desired me to stay until he comes. I enclose a letter with my service to my lady dowager. [Ibid. No. 127.]
July 30.
Whitehall.
Report of Lord Ashley and Sir John Duncombe, Treasury Commissioners, upon the petition of Henry, Marquis of Worcester, to be discharged of several sums of money for which his late father, Edward, Marquis of Worcester, stood indebted to the King, at the time of his death—being 120l. for poll money, 100l. for 4 subsidies, 900l. imprested to the late Earl for the repair of Chepstow Castle, and 150l. more for dismantling and demolishing the walls of the city of Gloucester—that the moneys due upon the Poll Acts cannot be remitted, being assigned to Sir Thos. Player, for payment of the Navy debts, and orders registered thereupon; but that—as the petitioner alleges that his father was not. at his death, seized of any lands which descended to the petitioner in fee simple, and that his application is not because he is liable, but that he may be freed from any process out of the Exchequer, the answering of which would cost more than the debt—his Majesty may discharge him from such process by letters of privy seal. That all moneys due upon the subsidies can be demanded or remitted, as his Majesty may think fit, they being wholly in his disposal, although petitioner is liable upon his father's account; and that as to the 150l. for the repairs of Chepstow Castle, and 150l. for dismantling the walls of the city of Gloucester—the works having been performed, and it appearing by affidavit that the persons employed to see to the execution of the works, and the payment of the men, are dead— petitioner may be discharged of such sums, without rendering any account of their disbursement. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 128.]
[July 30.] List [by Williamson] of 7 persons at first thought of in May or June, for the Committee of Plantations [appointed July 30]. [Ibid. No. 129.]
July 31. Affidavit of Wm. Edmonds and 2 others that on 27 July, a soldier in Sir Edw. Broughton's company was arrested by Fras. Watson, a sheriff's bailiff, without warrant, illegally detained, and afterwards delivered by him to Thos. Watson, another officer belonging to the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, who took him to prison, where he now remains. That Sir Edw. Broughton commanded one of his serjeants to go and demand the soldier, but Fras. Watson, being at the prison door, called the serjeant a rogue and a rascal, and a boy who had been sent with him a cheat. That on 31 July Sir Edward sent both his serjeants, when Thos. Watson told them that he cared neither for them nor their captain. [Ibid. No. 130.]
July 31.
Plymouth.
James Blackborne to Hickes. I send a list of ships arrived. [Ibid. No. 131.] Enclosing,
List of 10 ships which have come in, or have cleared, together with the names of the captains, number of men, species of cargo, and the place from whence they came, or are bound to. [Ibid. No. 131i.]
July 31. Reference of the petition of the Mayor and burgesses of Truro and Helston—for a stop to be put to the grant now passing to the inhabitants of Penryn, for a coinage house to be erected there—to the Treasury Commissioners, to consider what is for the good of his Majesty's service, which is much concerned therein. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 131.]
[July 31.] Draft of the above reference. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 132.]
July 31.
The Fanfan, Dover.
Capt. John Kelsy to the Navy Commissioners. I renew my application for an order for victuals, having but sufficient for 3 days on board; also for my vessel to be cleaned and repaired, it being very leaky and otherwise defective. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 180.]
July. Petition of Zacheus Ewell, mariner, to Sir Jno. Mennes, Comptroller of the Navy, for a master's place in one of the ships about to be fitted out. During the war with the Dutch, was taken prisoner out of the ship Charity, and after a long imprisonment in Holland, was released by the kindness and clemency of Sir John, and has since been employed as a master by the Navy Board, and as a pilot by the Trinity House. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 284, No. 181.]
July. Petition of James Kimber to the Navy Commissioners that his name may be entered on the list for a master's place. Served as master in several of his Majesty's ships during the Dutch war, and was thrown out of employment "by reason a late ship did founder." [Ibid. No. 182.]
July. Petition of Wm. Watkins, anchorsmith of Harwich, to the Navy Commissioners, for an order to the Navy Treasurers to pay a bill for 200l. signed by the Board 3 years since, for ironwork supplied by petitioner's late father; he being indebted to Westerne and Harvey, ironmongers, in 190l., gave them the bill, and they now threaten to sue the petitioner, as his father's executor, which will ruin him and his family, as he cannot make good their debt while this bill remains unpaid. [Ibid. No. 183.]
July. List by Capt. John Tyrwhitt of 10 officers and seamen who were slain on board the Speedwell, 3 Nov. 1669; distinguishing those who were single and married, and giving the number of children left. [Ibid. No. 184.]
July. Report by Wm. Burrowes and Thos. Taylor, founders, to the Navy Commissioners. Went to Chatham and found the brass sheaves and other brasswork there heavier by one-third than they needed to be, and so indifferently cast and finished that they would spoil the cordage when used; also they were neither marked with the broad arrow nor any other mark, as is usual with the King's goods. Rich. Taylor, who takes upon himself to be founder to his Majesty, and who delivered in the brasswork, is not a founder, and does not understand casting, and as he has it done by outliners, the Founders' Company cannot reach them. [Ibid. No. 185.]
July ? Petition of Thos. Chappell, soldier of Sir John Robinson's company, to Lord Arlington, for a part of the reward of 100l. offered for the apprehension of Humes, being the person who took him when he was escaping from other pursuers. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 132a. Humes was arrested 4 July; see p. 317, supra.]
July ? Petition of Thos. Hunton, yeoman of the wardrobe in Ludlow Castle, to the King, to refer to 2 of the judges of the Council [of the Marches of Wales] at Ludlow his former petition, which he has waited 6 months to have brought before the Council, against Richard, Earl of Carberry, Lord President of Wales, touching his diet detained from him. Thinks the Earl has greatly erred from his instructions. [Ibid. No. 133.] Annexing,
Articles against the Earl of Carberry, exhibited by Thos. Hunton, viz.: that though he has 20l. weekly allowed for his household, he only keeps house a quarter of a year, and makes no allowances for the rest of the time; that he withheld the diet and salary of 50l. prescribed to the chaplain; that he does not keep a steward of the household as ordered; that he received 9,000l. for furniture and repairs at Ludlow, but has only spent 3,000l., the repairs being still unfinished, and much of the furniture bought secondhand; and that plate and other goods provided by the King for Ludlow Castle have been converted by him to his own use. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 133i. This petition, with Lord Carberry's answer, was read in Council 5 Aug. 1670. See Privy Council Book.]
July ? Petition of Col. Wm. Middleton to the King, that having raised a foot regiment for the late King, he was banished to France, lost 8,000l., and had his house plundered and his wife and children turned out; has since served bravely under Prince Rupert, but has been 18 months a prisoner for 180l. debt; begs some reward. [Ibid. No. 134.] Annexing,
Certificate by Sir John Birkenhead, that Col. Wm. Middleton of Middleton, Westmoreland, raised and commanded a regiment for the late King, and suffered so much for loyalty, as to entitle him to a share in the grants to loyal and indigent officers, and that he is duly entered therefor.—9 July 1670. [Ibid. No. 134i.]
July ? Petition of Rob. White to Lord Arlington, for release on bail till the next sessions; was committed 25 June, on the malicious assertion of Ralph Powell, a base fellow, and Joan Gravenor, a strumpet, that he spoke dangerous and treasonable words; has always been loyal and honest, and is very aged and necessitous. [Ibid. No. 135.] Annexing,
Certificate by John Green and 6 others to the loyal and quiet conduct of the petitioner, who has lived 40 years in Westminster.—2 July 1670. [Ibid. No. 135i.]
July ? Draft of a proposed warrant, supplying defects in the grant of 29 July to Sir John Prettiman. [Ibid. No. 136. See p. 352, supra.]
July. Grant to Thos. Welsh, alias Walsh, formerly captain in the King's service in Ireland, of pardon for hanging John Brown for a spy without a Council of War, with restitution of lands and goods. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 200.]
July. Warrant to pay to Fras. Bowman 3,400l., for stationery wares delivered to Lord Arlington for his Majesty's service. [Ibid. No. 201.]
July. Grant to Eustace Burneby for 14 years of the sole privilege of preparing rice and safflower throughout England and Ireland, on rent of 13s. 4d. With note that a former signet passed with the word "Scotland" in it. [Ibid. No. 202.]
July. Grant to Peter Ricaut of a moiety of all such debts and sums of money as William, Lord Widdrington, and he shall, within 3 years, find out to be due to the King from the treasurers, collectors, &c., of the King and Queen's revenues, from Michaelmas 1640 to Ladyday 1659, and not paid, nor pardoned by the Act of Oblivion, nor granted to others; also grant of two-thirds of the other moiety, not exceeding 10,000l., to Lord Widdrington, the other third to be paid into the Exchequer. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 203.]
July. Grant to Wm. Coe of Rochester, mariner, of pardon for stealing powder at the dead dock at Chatham. [Ibid.]
July. Grant to Barbara, Countess of Castlemaine, only daughter and heir of the late Viscount Grandison, in consideration of his eminent services, of the dignities of Baroness of Nonsuch, Countess of Southampton, and Duchess of Cleveland for life, with pension of 40l.; with reversion to Charles, Lord Limerick, her eldest son, who shall be called Earl of Southampton during his mother's life, and to George, her second son, and their heirs male; also granting to her sons and daughters the precedence of children of a duke. [Ibid. No. 204.]
July. Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 277, No. 136a.]
July. Warrant to pay to Sir Stephen Fox 10,000l. without account, for the King's secret service. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 205.]
July. Warrant to pay to Dame Katherine, relict of Sir Godfrey Floyd, an annuity of 240l. during pleasure, for her and her children's support. [Ibid. No. 206.]
July. Grant empowering Henry, Earl of St. Albans, and the other trustees of the late Queen's jointure, to perfect several leases of various lands left incomplete, and to receive rents for 2 years from her death; with salary not specified to the Earl of St. Albans, 200l. each to the other trustees, and salaries to assisting officers. Sir Hen. Wood, treasurer, to pay all debts and wages, and account for the receipts and payments of the year ending Michaelmas 1669 before the late Queen's auditor, and afterwards before auditors appointed by the Treasury Commissioners. [Ibid. No. 208.]
July. Commission of lieutenancy to William, Duke of Newcastle, and Henry, Earl of Ogle, for co. Northumberland and Newcastle-on-Tyne. [Ibid. No. 209.]
July. Commission of lieutenancy to Richard, Earl of Dorset, and Charles, Lord Buckhurst, for Sussex. [Ibid.]
July. Presentation of Rob. Lowe to the rectory of Northlew, co, Devon. [Ibid.]
July.
Court at Whitehall.
Licence to Dr. Thos. Sprat, chaplain to the Duke of Buckingham, master of the horse, who is attending his said lord into France, to go thither, and on his return to enjoy all his ecclesiastical preferments, as amply as though he had never gone beyond seas. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 20.]
July. Lists sent by Morgan Lodge, of Deal, to Williamson, of King's and merchant ships in the Downs, and the state of the wind.
Vol. 277. No. Date. King's. Merchant. Wind. Vol. 277. No. Date. King's. Merchant. Wind.
138 July 1 1 8 N.N.W. 152 July 17 2 21 N.N.W.
139 " 2 1 5 S.S.W. 153 " 18 9 W.N.W.
140 " 3 1 4 E.S.E. 154 " 19 11 W.
141 " 6 1 S. 155 " 20 2 E.
142 " 7 1 2 N. 156 " 21 3 S.E.
143 " 8 1 2 E. 157 " 22 N.E.
144 " 9 1 1 E. 158 " 23 1 E.N.E.
145 " 10 1 1 E. 159 " 24 S.
146 " 11 2 S.W. 160 " 25 2 S.E.
147 " 12 4 S.W. 161 " 27 3 S.
148 " 13 1 4 S.W. 162 " 28 1 W.N.W.
149 " 14 4 N.N.W. 163 " 29 2 S.E.
150 " 15 1 6 S.W. 164 " 31 S.W.
151 " 16 1 12 S.W.