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Charles II: Undated Petitons 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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Undated Petitions 1670

Undated Petitions, 1670 ? All addressed to the King unless otherwise stated.
Owners of the ships Achilles and Coaster of London. Whilst preparing to carry naval stores, &c., for the foreign plantations, the Navy Commissioners hired other vessels; beg that as they are ready to sail with the present convoy, to Tangiers or Barbadoes, they may be allowed to sail, and have the transport of convicts, so as to clear Newgate before the summer season. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 1.]
Copy of the above, with slight differences, the ships named being the Coaster and Hunter of London. [Ibid. No. 2.]
Lenora Albrici, for payment of the quarter's salary which she and her brother are in arrear more than the other Italian musicians, being a stranger, and having no other means of support. [Ibid. No. 3.] Annexing,
Lenora Albrici to Lord [Arlington]. I entreat your influence with the King to obtain the above payment from the Privy Purse, which has several times been ordered, but never paid. We are thus in arrears ever since, by your lordship's grace, we were restored to the King's service. [Ibid. No. 3i.]
John Allen of Westminster to the Lord [Gerard], Baron of Brandon, for an effectual letter to the Dean of Westminster, for an alms room there, granted him three years before on a vacancy, several of which have occurred, but young and rich men are put in, and he, a poor old blind man, left out. [Ibid. No. 4.]
Mayor and Corporation of Appleby, Westmoreland, for leave to enjoy a through toll on quick goods and merchandize carried through the county, for support of their loyal but decayed corporation. [Ibid. No. 5.]
Anon. Complaint that Lewis Baily, having sold them shares in the patent granted him for cleansing rivers, has now taken out a fresh patent on pretence of a new invention, in which they have no share, and consequently lose their money. [Ibid. No. 6.]
Sir John Ballantyne and Anne his wife, and Dorothy, widow of Wm. Musgrave, late of Crookdake, Cumberland. Wm. Musgrave left his lands in Crookdake and others in Northumberland to his daughter, Lady Ballantyne, reserving the thirds to his widow; but his uncles, William and George Musgrave, make forcible entries on the lands, and threaten the life of Sir John. Request letters to the magistrates of the county, to protect them unless legally evicted. [Ibid. No. 7.]
Sir John Ballantyne, &c., for protection in the manor of Crookdake, left to them by Wm. Musgrave, but from which they are forcibly driven by William and George Musgrave, two brothers, who are so potent in the county that the justices of peace dare not interfere. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 8.]
John Barcroft, for the place of customer of Lynn for his son, in reversion after Rich. Godfrey, the present possessor. [Ibid. No. 9.]
Jeanevive de Bardou, for some relief, having served the late Queen Mother from her youth, before, during, and after her troubles, up to her decease; her other servants have had a share of his Majesty's bounty. [Ibid. No. 10.]
Hartgill Baron, that as several things previously granted him prove useless, he may have the benefit of 74l. a year increased rent on a lease granted of certain lands in Longbredy parish, co. Dorset, and a lease in reversion of the same lands. [Ibid. No. 11.]
Thomas Barrow, for leave to surrender his place of linendraper to his Majesty to Henry Croke. [Ibid. No. 12.]
Lawrence Baskerville, for restoration of a parcel of grammars, psalters, accidences and primers, taken by him in part of a debt, but seized from him as not being a licensed bookseller. [Ibid. No. 13.]
Hammond Beaumont, for presentation to the living of Elwick, co. Durham, resigned in his favour by the late incumbent, who died before he could have the transfer confirmed. [Ibid. No. 14.]
John Beaumont, for his share in the benefit of a forfeiture of goods value 80l. in a Bristol ship, which will be forfeited by his brother, Jos. Beaumont, as being not properly entered; he being unacquainted with trade, committed the freighting of his vessel to others, by whose negligence this has happened; had a father and 3 uncles slain in the late King's service, and his father lost an estate of 2,000l. [Ibid. No. 15.]
Capt. Philip Bell to Lord Arlington, for some relief by admission amongst those who receive the King's bounty of 2s. a day, or otherwise, being ready to perish since dismissed the King's guards, on account of his age and wounds. [Ibid. No. 16.]
Anne Bird to Lord Arlington, that on account of the great age and indigency of her father, Rob. Bird, he would excuse him the fees due to himself, for a pension of 30l. a year granted her father by the King. [Ibid. No. 17.]
Sir William Blackston, for instalment of the moneys which he is sentenced to pay, as arrears of the excise for Northumberland and Durham, of which he was sub-commissioner; from the poverty of the county, and the abuses of the superior officers, his place has lost him more than his allowance, and he had petitioned to have the arrears pardoned. [Ibid. No. 18.]
Louis de Duras Blanquefort and Col. Robert Werden, for a commission to inquire into abuses in leather making, and the prices of boots and shoes, with power to enforce the statutes thereon, and appointment as registrars and surveyors of leather. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 19.]
Thomas Bocock, for a grant of the goods, lands, &c., of John Sampson of Southwark, condemned for murder at the assizes at Kingston, Surrey. [Ibid. No. 20.]
Capt. Anthoine de Bombelles, for 1,000l. pension for one year granted to Sieur [Charles Henri de Bellegarde, Marquis] de Montbrun, his uncle, which the King promised, on settlement of his patent, that he should receive whether alive or dead. [Ibid. No. 21.]
Edward Brawne, sewer of the Great Chamber, that one of his sons may be admitted to the Charterhouse, having served in his place 40 years, and been a great sufferer for loyalty. [Ibid. No. 22.]
The same, for permission to surrender in behalf of his son Thomas the place of sewer in ordinary, which he has held 40 years. [Ibid. No. 23.]
Lodowick Bray. Thanks for his pardon and pension of 100l. a year; declares that he was only drunk with passion when people put him on doing a rash thing to provoke his Majesty's anger. [Ibid. No. 24.]
Capts. Rich. Brett and Thos. Howard. Your grandfather, King James, in 1622 demised to Wm. Broderick of the Middle Temple, and Roger Hunt of St. Alban's, Herts, certain houses and lands in Rosemary Lane, parish of St. Mary Matfellon, alias Whitechapel, for 50 years, at rent of 11l. 10s., all which premises came to the Crown as belonging to fugitive aliens. There are arrears of rent due, which we are willing to recover, if we may have a renewal of the lease at the old terms, the former lease being almost expired. [Ibid. No. 26.]
Draft of the above. [Ibid. No. 27.]
Thomas Browne, for change of his sentence of transportation to sea service, this being his first offence, and having a wife and children dependent on him. [Ibid. No. 28.]
Christopher Broye, for the place of comptroller of customs at Bristol, in reversion after or on surrender by Sam. Dale, who is in ill health. [Ibid. No. 29.]
Sir James Bunce, Bart., for assignment on the farm of the excise in Devonshire of 1,776l., the balance of a debt due to him. [Ibid. No. 30.] Annexing,
Warrant to pay to Sir James Bunce 5,776l. for sums expended on the King's service when beyond seas. 30 March 1667. With note that 4,000l. of this money was charged on the duty of 5s. a ton on French shipping, and the rest is requested to be charged on the Devonshire excise, of which Sir James Smith is farmer. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 30i.]
Sir James Bunce, for assignment of 1,776l., the remainder of his debt, on the new impost of wines or otherwise, to prevent his utter ruin. [Ibid. No. 31.]
The Same, for the first vacant place as Commissioner of Customs in the port of London. [Ibid. No. 32.]
Stephen Bunce, for a reward; left all his employments in the East Indies (sic; ? West) to bring over some jewels sent by the Governor of St. Thomas to the King, 6 years since. [Ibid. No. 33.]
Elizabeth, wife of Col. Fras. Burges, for a special warrant for 30l., arrears of the pension of 20l. granted to her husband, who is dangerously ill, and poor and destitute. [Ibid. No. 34.]
Katherine, widow of Peter de Cardonnel, for speedy relief and an annuity; her husband lent 20,000l. to the late King, on privy seal and sign manual for repayment, which is yet unpaid; his Majesty has often promised them recompence, and granted them the lease of certain lands held by her husband, who died in debt, as security for her marriage portion, which is still unpaid by the executors of her late father, Nich. Pescod, but is forfeit to the Crown from his being an alien; as yet they have had no benefit, only tedious suits of law from the same. [Ibid. No. 35.]
Philip de Cardonnel, merchant of London, for the sole licence for 14 years to exercise his discovery for raising money on lives, in such method as shall be agreed on by persons willing to put their money into a public stock. [Ibid. No. 36.]
Dr. Peter Chamberlen, eldest physician in ordinary, for a warrant for his board wages, and salaries, and some allowance for his disbursements, having served 9 years and only received 100l. [See Calendar 1668–9, p. 498], although intrusted with matters of highest concern, and although his practice has influenced all the method of this land and elsewhere, "being a light unto his juniors, and subscribed to by his seniors."
Similar petition, but requesting the moiety of prohibited goods, pictures, and painted wares, which shall be discovered by himself or friends to be confiscated by law. [Ibid. No. 37.]
Charles Cheyne and his son and heir, Wm. Cheyne, for permission to the latter to suffer a common recovery upon the lands of his father, to which he is heir, he being under 21, in order that the father may settle a jointure upon his wife, Dame Anna Morgan. [Ibid. No. 38.]
Capt. Wm. Clarke, for a grant of 120l. worth of shot now at Leith, Scotland, taken from a prize ship, to enable him to pay his debts incurred by long sickness, and by his equipment as quartermaster to the Duke of Monmouth. With note that the shot is 80 whole culverin shot taken by the Convertine out of a drift prize, and valued at 4l. a ton, but never bid for at so much. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 39.]
John Clement, clerk of the kitchen, for a grant to his sister, Rebecca Bedells, widow of Gabriel Bedells, stationer,—who killed himself through melancholy,—of his estate, which is thus become forfeit to the Crown, to the ruin of herself and children. [Ibid. No. 40.]
Inhabitants of Cley and Blakeney, co. Norfolk, to the Duke of York. Though the towns have held able seamen, they are now so discouraged by losses that the merchants will no longer adventure their estates, so that the harbour is ruined; request that a salary may be fixed upon the haven man, to keep up the buoys and beacons. 23 signatures. [Ibid. No. 41.]
James Coghlean, his Majesty's servant, for a lease of a mine of soft coal in Fulwood, near Hucknall, co. Notts, not now worked because there is good coal within a mile. [Ibid. No. 42.]
James Cooke to Lord Arlington, for a recommendation to the Governor of Jersey to give him some command; was formerly a merchant, was ruined by the Dutch war, then became servant to his lordship, but left him to gain employment, and failed. [Ibid. No. 43.]
Capt. James Cotter, for speedy relief, that after faithful service, he may not want a livelihood. Has served both at home and abroad, had a foot company in the Holland regiment, but was incorporated in a new-raised regiment sent to the West Indies, where he was taken by the enemy and endured 8 months' captivity and misery. [Ibid. No. 44.]
Similar petition, slightly differing. [Ibid. No. 45.]
Sir Wm. Courtney, Bart., and Francis Roper, for 800l. a year out of the 1,800l. composition of 12d. a chaldron on Newcastle coals, of which 500l. is granted to Sir Thos. Clarges, and Sir Wm. Killigrew petitions for 500l. more. [Ibid. No. 46.]
Thos. Crow, captain of the yacht Henrietta, for a warrant to render effectual his Majesty's grant to him of the corner house in the tilt yard, Greenwich. [Ibid. No. 47.]
Rob. Daw and Ant. Maukes, for permission for the former—who had the reversion of the place from the late King, and is growing old—to surrender to the latter the office of drawing and engrossing grants, licences, &c., for the Great Seal, for making collections and gathering alms for the poor and unfortunate. [Ibid. No. 48.]
Fras. Dickinson, Lord Arlington's letter carrier, to his lordship, for continuance in his employment in his office, to carry the King's letters and sort the paid letters; this has been his only support since the late fire, by which he lost most of his goods, and his place as clerk of the parish of St. Lawrence Jewry. [Ibid. No. 49.]
Thos. Dicksee to Lord Arlington. Was sent to the Gatehouse, Westminster, on false suspicion of words spoken against the Duke of Ormond, but hears that he is discharged; begs freedom or release on bail, his goods being seized, and his wife and children turned out of doors. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 50.]
Edm. Doyly, for the receivership of cos. Northampton and Rutland, in place of Sir George Bynion, deceased. [Ibid. No. 51.]
Fras. Dye, vintner, of St. Martin's parish, to Council, for reference to Mr. Whitaker and other commissioners appointed for that business, or to neighbouring justices of the peace, of the difference between himself and—Gaskin, a vintner, who has petitioned against him as having erected a tavern in Covent Garden, contrary to an order of the Board. [Endorsed with a draft of the same. Ibid. No. 52.]
Edw. Elcock, prisoner, for pardon; is sentenced to death for a robbery in Kent; was seduced by evil company; is only 18 years old, and this his first offence. [Ibid. No. 53.]
Anne Essex, mother of William Essex, alias Button, his Majesty's footman, for the life of her son, who is heartily sorry for his great offence; pleads her tears, his true repentance, and the services of his father and two brothers now in his Majesty's service at sea, where they would rather die than hear of his untimely end. [Ibid. No. 54.]
Elizabeth, relict of Dr. Farrar, physician in ordinary, for some relief for her subsistence, her husband's death having left her destitute. [Ibid. No. 55.]
Hester, daughter of Mary Force, to Lord Arlington, for relief, her mother being lately dead, and she come from France and destitute of all relief. [Ibid. No. 56.]
Dame Anne Forster, widow. Her youngest son Charles being outlawed for killing George Aldridge, she requested his annuity of 40l.; her petition was referred to the Commissioners of Privy Seal, but not granted because Aldridge's sister prayed for it, on the ground of being a great loser by her brother's death, whereas she is a gainer, as she thereby becomes her father's heir; urges the passing of the grant. [Ibid. No. 57.]
Jean de Capmas de Gallery, surgeon to the King of France, for protection in the free exercise of his art, and of many secrets which he possesses; being closely watched, he dares not undertake anything until a protection is expedited for him. [French. Ibid. No. 58.]
Rich. Gardiner, maimed soldier, for an order to Wm. Lamb, treasurer for maimed soldiers for Gloucestershire, to pay him his pension of 4l. a year, with arrears; his Majesty recommended the said payment, but the treasurer, when applied to, said, "You have complained to the King, and so go to the King again." [Ibid. No. 59.]
Wm. Garret, for the release of his daughter, who being non compos mentis, has undutifully carried herself towards his Majesty; this was reported to Mr. Pitfield, justice of peace at Haugsdone [Hogsdon, or Hoxton], who, as his duty was, sent her to Newgate. [Ibid. No. 60.]
Wm. Gorsuch, under-bailiff of Woodstock, for a letter to the Charterhouse to admit his son as a scholar. [Ibid. No. 61.]
Bernard Grenvile, for a pension to relieve his great extremity, or for payment of 2,000l. lent by the father of his wife [Ann, daughter of Cuthbert Morley] to the late King, before the rebels forced him from Whitehall. Was promised a pension for bringing his Majesty the first letter from the Duke of Albemarle, but has had no benefit; has exhausted himself in 10 years' unprofitable employment, and but for being a member of parliament, would end his days in the gaol where he spent 5 years on his Majesty's service. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 62.]
Capt. John Gwyn, for employment as sub-brigadier, that as he began his service in Court, he may be re-admitted. Has not received an answer to his late suit about performing duty in the guards, but is "informed of a new model in some of the Court families as to be put in arms." [Ibid. No. 63.]
The same, for the money and moveables left by John Ashley, of the royal troop of guards and his wife, who have no kindred to claim the little they had. [Ibid. No. 64.]
Marion, widow of Captain Rob. Hall, and her children, for relief towards his burial and their own sustenance, being unable otherwise to bury him decently, or pay the debts contracted by his long disease. [Ibid. No. 65.]
Sir Eliab Harvey, for leave to disafforest his house and 170 acres adjoining in Chigwell, Essex, which, though 2 miles distant from the unenclosed part, is in the legal bounds of the forest, and subject to forest laws; also for leave for himself and servants to course, fly the hawk, and shoot on his lands. [Ibid. No. 66.]
John Heyes of Woodford, gentleman, to Aubrey de Vere, Earl of Oxford, chief justice, and Justice in Eyre of his Majesty's forests, chases, parks, and warrens, on this side Trent southward. You made an order at the justice seat held at Stratford Longthorne, for Waltham Forest, Essex, that my land in the parish of Woodford, known as Knighton Wood, lying within the said forest, should be prosternated and laid open at or before Christmas next. The land is my own demesne, and was purchased before the rebellion of Mr. Whetston, then Lord of Woodford Manor, and afterwards conveyed to me for 185l. I have always been a loyal subject, and was a great sufferer for the late and present King; I and my servant were in arms at Chelmsford, when Sir Wm. Hicks and the rest of the gentry of the country were there to receive commands from Colchester; I was plundered of my plate and horses to a considerable value, and fined 20l. several times for not sending out horses for the then Government; after great endurance under a guard for my loyalty, I lost many thousands of pounds by persons of honour engaged in the wars. I beg respite of the said prohibition till the next Justice seat. [1¼ sheet, draft. Ibid. No. 67.] Annexing,
Warrant to the officers of Waltham Forest, respiting the above order until the next sitting of the Court, provided the petitioner leaves and keeps open sufficient deer leaps, according to the ancient custom of the Forest, whereby they may have free ingress and regress at all times to feed. Noted as sent to Capt. Wm. Morrice from "one that much loveth and honoureth him." [Draft. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 67i.]
Statement [to the Earl of Oxford] that John Heyes of Woodford has been loyal to the King, and served him, was plundered at Colchester, and has lost thousands of pounds by the late usurpation. He prays that whereas you ordered at the last Justice in Eyre seat, the prosternation before Christmas of his land of 60 acres, which was formerly enclosed, it may be respited till the next Court, by which means the deer will have much advantage, as the cattle of the commoners will be kept out, and the petitioner will defend the right of commonage, and refer to his honour as to the forest part. Noted, "Draw a petition and an order thereupon." [Draft. Ibid. No. 67ii.]
Declaration [by the Earl of Oxford].—I am certified by Sir Wm. Holcroft, a verderer, and by the regarders of Waltham Forest, Essex, that some coppice ground, parcel of Knighton Wood, in Woodford parish, could be felled this year without prejudice to the game. Therefore at request of the owner, John Heyes, I have given him license to enclose and fence the coppice for 9 years, provided he leaves trees for standells. 1670. Court at Whitehall. [Ibid. No. 67iii.]
Declaration to like effect, but with differences. [Draft. Ibid. No. 67iv.]
John Home, prisoner, to Lord Arlington, for release and permission to look after his little ones in Scotland; is shut up in a most cold nasty hole without maintenance; has not been meddling after his pardon, as accused; never had an intimation of banishment; was only in England to settle a trade, and would have left in 10 days. [Ibid. No. 68.]
Adam Hoofart, for relief and maintenance; served the Emperor of Germany 14 years; returned to serve the late King in the Wars, and was forced to swim the river of Monmouth for his life, when Lieut.-Col. Kerle betrayed Monmouth to the enemy, and would have betrayed the whole army also, had not petitioner discovered his treachery. Was dangerously wounded at Naseby, and after the surrender of Oxford, served the King of Poland and Emperor of Russia for 18 years. [Ibid. No. 69.]
Andrew Horsey, for remission of the sentence of death, being unjustly condemned on the false testimony of Roger Smith, prisoner in Newgate, for robbing a man of his coat, sword, and 7 farthings. [Ibid. No. 70.] Annexing,
Statement by Horsey of the facts of the preceding petition. [Ibid. No. 70i.]
Anna Sophia Hounckes or Hunks, for the benefit of a discovery made by her of 3,000l. due to his Majesty, and not of the constant revenue, according to his promise to her, in memory of her deceased father. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 71.]
Reference of the petition of the officers of the Household, to the Treasurer, Comptroller, and Greencloth officers, to certify whether they did, as they allege, make up their accounts according to the book of liveries, and to report the cause of the arrears now charged on them, that the King may give further order for their relief. [Ibid. No. 72.]
Mary Howen, daughter of the late Michael and Mary Andrews, of the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-fields, co. Middlesex, for speedy payment of 262l. 10s. 0d., arrears of a pension of 150l. due to her late mother, for payment of her mother's debts, for some of which her husband is threatened to be clapped into prison. [Ibid. No. 73.]
Adrian Huybert, practitioner in physic, for a writ of error, returnable the first day of Parliament, on a sentence against him in the King's Bench, condemning him at suit of the College of Physicians to fine 100l. for practising physic, not being of the college. Endorsed, "Dr. Huybert, &c.; Prince Rupert." [Ibid. No. 74.]
Edw. Hyde, prisoner in Newgate, for insertion of his name in the next free pardon granted for convicts without proviso; was convicted of felony through malice 3 sessions ago, but reprieved; is bred a scholar, and his father was instrumental in his Majesty's miraculous escape after Worcester fight. [Ibid. No. 75.]
Thos. Jackson, Vicar of Brafferton, co. York, to remit to the said vicarage, the revenue of which is only 14l. a year, 10l. a year left by Wm. Nelson 40 years ago, on condition of a Divine service every Sunday in the church; this was fulfilled till within 12 years past; has tried to regain it, but Chancery decrees that being an alienation in mortmain without licence, it is due to the King, and can only be paid to the church by his pleasure. [Ibid. No. 76.]
John, son of Humphrey Jenner, drugster of London, for a mandamus to Magdalen College, Oxford, to admit him to a demy's place; his late father suffered imprisonment and loss of estate during the wars, so that he has been brought up by relatives. [Ibid. No. 77.]
Ben. Johnson, storekeeper of Portsmouth, to the Duke of York, to be paid the arrears of his salary, and for the future to be borne on the muster books, the Navy Commissioners declining to do either without his Royal Highness' order. In Oct. 1664, the Navy Commissioners having represented to your Royal Highness that in regard of the increase of the Naval affairs at Portsmouth, the storekeeper there deserved an increase of 50l., making 100l. a year, it was ordered accordingly; but it being then declared that the storekeepers should not be paid their salaries until they had balanced their accounts, the order directed payment of my increase upon the balance, but this could not be done without a survey. The stores here were not surveyed for some time before 1664, nor until 3 years after, and have not been since, and although consequently none of the storekeepers have balanced, they have nevertheless enjoyed their former establishments, which for the most part exceed mine.
Since your grant to me, the clerk of the cheque at Portsmouth has obtained an augmentation of his former salary, which has been made good to him in the entire; but I did not enjoy my increase until 2 years had passed, when you upon hearing gave order for payment of the whole sum due, notwithstanding the declared impossibility of such a balanceable account being kept by a store keeper, which has since been considered as sufficient employment for separate officers, one of whom has been established in each of the yards. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 286, No. 292.] Annexed,
Memorandum of a search made in the Navy Office for papers on the above matter, with particulars of those found, dating 1664–1667. [Ibid. No. 292i.]
James Johnson of Great Yarmouth, merchant, to the Navy Commissioners, for payment of his bills amounting to 527l., for goods supplied to the Navy, moneys laid out, and other services. Has waited 3½ years, but been unable to procure payment, and conceives that as to the money disbursed, his case differs from that of most of the creditors of the Navy; being much straitened in his affairs, is necessitated to beseech them, with some earnestness, to use some means for his reimbursement. [Ibid. No. 293.]
Capt. Valentine Knight. His kinsman, John Knight, lately dead, has left 1,000l. to buy arms for a regiment of 1,000 foot for his Majesty's service, and 100l. a year for ever to buy drums and trophies for them, which regiment he desires to be commanded by Col. Carlos and his heirs; also 2,000l. for 100 horse and arms, and 600l. for ever for their maintenance, to be under command of the petitioner and his heirs; with request that the officers may be knights of the Royal Oak, and wear green ribbons and medals, and be paid by his Majesty when on duty.
He has also left 500l. and 100l. a year for a chapel house in Staffordshire for 30 poor knights, and 2,500l. and 180l. a year for chapel, schools, library, armoury, stables, &c., for the 100 horse. Requests a commission to raise the said troops, within 2 months, and will maintain them, though not having yet received a farthing of the money. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 79.]
Harrison Kymer. I induced gentlemen in cos. Devon, Dorset, and Cornwall to promise money and troops to the late King, and after his death I waited on you at St. Germains, and received a commission from his present Majesty, but with an order not to rise till there was an army in the field; by this commission I lost 3,000l. I beg to know whether those who received such commissions may not share in the lottery for loyal indigent officers, as well as those who held them from the late King. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 80.]
Thomas, son of Col. John Lane, for some bounty to satisfy his creditors and continue at liberty; his former petition for a charge on some fee-farm rents designed for sale was referred to the Treasury Commissioners, but they report that the said rents are already fully charged. [Ibid. No. 81.] Annexing,
Statement that a year ago Col. John Lane of Bentley, co. Stafford, petitioned for fee-farm rents in co. Stafford, but the Treasury Commissioners reported that they were pre-engaged; also that on a second petition, his Majesty bade the petitioner to think of some other way, and ordered Lord Arlington to put him in mind of it. [Ibid. No. 81i.]
Rich. Lane, his Majesty's servant, for pardon and restoration to Court; acknowledges his error; nothing can make him so miserable as his Majesty's just displeasure, and absence from his sight and favour. [Ibid. No. 82.]
Rich. Lee, D.D., chaplain in ordinary, for a grant of an English deanery, having refused an Irish bishopric; was the first of the national clergy who took the Covenant that came in; preached in Monk's army in behalf of the Restoration, composed and preached a sermon of recantation, and wrote a review of the case of the sale of the Dutch East India ships, knowing well the tempers of the citizens. [Ibid. No. 83.]
Margaret, daughter of the late Capt. Rob. Lendale, for money to set herself up in trade. His Majesty put her apprentice in the Royal Exchange to the lace business, for 7 years, but it requires a considerable stock, and she has no friends. [Ibid. No. 84. See Calendar 1660–1661, p. 336.]
Sir Godfrey Lloyd, chief engineer of the garrisons, &c., in England and Wales, for payment of his debts, for the supply of his wants; has spent 600l. of his own in his Majesty's service since he quitted Germany; 480l. of his fee is still due to him. [Ibid. No. 85.]
Rich. Lockhart, for some money on the revenue of the late Queen Mother; served her 25 years as page of the backstairs; was intrusted with her wardrobe, and to supply the functions of several other servants who attended her not in these late difficult times; notwithstanding making many journeys, had only 30 pistoles a year, till the Restoration. Had the charge of all goods brought from France for the Queen Consort on her marriage, part of which were put up at Hampton Court. Had also the care of conduct of those lately sent by the Commissioners for the Queen Mother's affairs, and has spent 7 months in attending their conveyance and delivery at Whitehall. She always intended to do something for him in his old age. [Ibid. No. 86.]
Similar petition for employment in his Majesty's service. [Ibid. No. 87.]
Margaret Lowdon, only child of Sir Rob. Stone, that she and her children may not be prevented by want of naturalization, which she hopes to obtain next session, from succeeding to the estate of her father, worth now 75l. a year, but which in 11 years will be worth 175l. Was born in Holland, where her father served the Queen of Bohemia. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 88.]
Henrich Saurer, Baron de Lowenmuth, Colonel to the Emperor, for money to pay his debts, and return with credit to Vienna; has his Majesty's certificate for the loss of his papers, a pass homewards, and promise of satisfaction for his 22 weeks' attendance. [Ibid. No. 89.]
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of the burgesses, &c., of Lynn, for the re-edifying and maintaining a fort there, the King desiring to promote the good of this ancient and loyal borough. [Ibid. No. 90.]
Thos. Marsh, for leave to surrender to Rich. Quarry and Wm. Broman his patent of the controllership of customs at Chichester, to which he was appointed by the Treasury Commissioners, for his diligence as clerk assistant to the House of Commons, but is unable to attend to both services; has to discharge several bonds incurred by his father, Col. John Marsh, for his loyalty. [Ibid. No. 91.]
Note of reference of Mr. Marsh's petition to the Lord Keeper. [Ibid. No. 92.]
Major Thos. Mason, for the first or second place void as a poor knight of Windsor; his former grant for it on mediation of the Duke of Buckingham miscarried, being unfortunately lost. [Ibid. No. 93.]
Margery, widow of Thos. Mayhew, to Lord Arlington, for restoration to her of a patent granted to her late husband of the clerkship of passes, and left to her for maintenance; it is detained because John Trye, to whom it was left for 7 years, has been ordered to appear for some misconduct therein. [Ibid. No. 94.]
The four Messengers attending the Great Seal of England and the receipt of the Exchequer, that their bills for expenses unpaid since 1669, and their salaries unpaid since 1667, with arrears, may be charged on the Exchequer; the Hanaper, from which they are now payable, is in great debt, the revenue falling short, on account of the small number of finable writs now issued. [Ibid. No. 95.] Annexing,
Form of a warrant for their payment from the Exchequer, as petitioned for. [Ibid. No. 95i.]
Note of the circuits assigned respectively to the 4 messengers, viz., Rob. and Thos. Benbow, George Vines, and John Oneby. [Ibid. No. 95ii.]
Request that, as the transmission of proclamations has been taken from them because of delay and miscarriage, they may be allowed 40l. each salary, and that some one person may have charge of the proclamations, to send them by post; that letters be sent therewith to mayors, bailiffs, &c., to execute them, and that the carriage be allowed from the Hanaper. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 95iii.]
Warrant for regular payment of the allowance of 40l. each to the 4 messengers of the Great Seal and Exchequer, with arrears now due; granted on their petition, showing that their late duties have been much more than were formerly required. [Ibid. No. 95iv.]
Capt. Henry Millett, for the command of some ship; has been out of employment since an illness occasioned by his services at Chatham, but is now better, and would recover his perfect health if he might have the command of the smallest vessel. [Ibid. No. 96.]
Susanna, relict of Col. Dominick Mitchell, to Lord Arlington, for assistance to obtain the reading in Council of her petition, to find some other way to further the trade of weaving holland, damask, and diaper, and dressing English flax after the manner used in Holland and Flanders, for which she has a patent, and has been at expense in getting her tools, looms, &c. [Ibid. No. 97.]
Capt. Edw. Morgan, for an order for the arrears of his pension, with ship provisions for his family of 20 persons during his proposed voyage, being anxious by planting to recover part of the estate lost in his Majesty's service; was served with provisions for a far greater number in the States' ships. [Ibid. No. 98.]
John Morrice, prisoner in Aldgate Compter, for enlargement from his 3 months' confinement, that he may discover the great abuses in the Mint, of which his papers are already sent to Prince Rupert; was formerly a clerk there, but on account of these discoveries, was dismissed, and James Hoare, jun., having vainly tried to persuade him to go to sea, with promise of good employment, has by a 5l. bribe to the serjeants, got him arrested to avoid his discoveries. [Ibid. No. 99.]
Ten dying souls in Newgate, for two days' reprieve, to prepare their poor souls for everlasting bliss, since if all the mountains were gold, silver, and precious stones, one soul is worth more than all. [Ibid. No. 100.]
Governors and Company of the New River, for his Majesty's assent to laws and ordinances annexed, drawn up by them with consent of all parties concerned. [Ibid No. 101.]
John Nicholas, barber, and Samuel Ball, milliner, both of St. Giles in the Fields, for pardon for making small quantities of brass halfpence, that their poor neighbours might purchase themselves provisions, for which offence they are now indicted. [Ibid. No. 102.]
James, Earl of Northampton, for a grant to his son George, Lord Compton, of the reversion after himself of the keepership of Whittlewood forest, held by his father and grandfather. [Ibid No. 103.]
John Norton to Lord Arlington, to assist him in obtaining the benefit of the King's grant of the tithes of Darley, in Derbyshire; has been 2 years in suit in the Exchequer thereon, and is advised that an Act made in King James's time is to be pleaded against him at the trial. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281A, No. 104.]
Wm. Norton, yeoman warder of the Tower, to Lord Arlington, for a letter to the Lieutenant of the Tower to re-admit him to his place, from which he has been suspended several weeks, on misinformation, though not conscious of any neglect of duty; endangered his life in behalf of the late King. [Ibid. No. 105.]
A few of the reformed Officers who followed his Majesty beyond the seas, for payment of the arrears of pay granted to them on the reducement at Mardike; are deprived of the private soldiers' pay they should have, for conscience sake; their other allowance is removed from the Privy Purse, and Sir Stephen Fox ordered to pay it, but he wants money. [Ibid. No. 106.]
Some reformed Officers who were suspended from benevolence 4 years ago, to King and Council, that Sir Stephen Fox or Rich. Kent, who have the exact list of their names, may bring it in, as it is required by Council. [Ibid. No. 107.] Annexing,
List of 19 reformed officers, the remainder of the 28 who were paid out of the Privy Purse. [Ibid. No. 107I.]
Sir Thos. Orby, for the mastership of the hospital of St. John Baptist, in Bedford, the revenues of which are embezzled during the vacancy. [Ibid. No. 108.]
Thos. Orrall, prisoner in Newgate, for liberty to transport himself to some Plantation, being unable to perform the labour of those who are sold as slaves; is condemned as accomplice in a robbery with Mary Powell who, on her execution, confessed that she had accused him falsely. [Ibid. No. 109.] Annexing,
T. Knightley to [Williamson]. I entreat you to obtain a speedy reference on this petition to the Lord Chief Justice or Recorder, as the party expects daily to be transported. [Ibid. No. 109i.]
[Col.] Rob. Overton, prisoner in the Isle of Jersey, for removal to the Tower, his long imprisonment and great distance from his children reducing him to great extremity. [Ibid. No. 110.]
Sir Henry Palmer, Bart, for the stewardship of Petham and 4 other manors, co. Kent, fee 6l. a year, as held by his late father, Sir Thos. Palmer, who was seldom out of prison for loyalty, and thus contracted the sickness of which he died. [Ibid. No. 111.]
John Palmer of Dorsetshire, for a second letter on behalf of his son Samuel, a Winchester scholar, for election to New College, Oxford, a former letter having failed because one for another person had been received previously. [Ibid. No. 112.]
Josias Parker, son-in-law to David Little, padman to his Majesty, living in the Mews, to Lady Arlington, to obtain for him a place as tide-waiter at the Custom House. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 113.]
Martha Parrett. Had to mortgage an estate in Oxfordshire 4 years ago, when Rob. Polly, the attorney, took away both the writings and the mortgage money, and she has been 3¼ years in prison. The Dean of Westminster owes her 1,500l. on her sister's husband's estate, but has turned her sister and family out of doors, and Polly now tries to do the same with her; begs a summons to the Dean to show cause for detaining her estate, and a brief for collecting charity, to keep her from starving. [Ibid. No. 114.]
Rich. Peachell, bailiff of the manor of Southwark, belonging to the Bishop of Winchester, to Lord Arlington, for indemnity for giving up to a messenger, on his lordship's warrant, John Frith, arrested on an action for debt by Mr. Shorter, who now sues petitioner for the escape of Frith. [Ibid. No. 115.]
Wm. Pendrill, for freedom from a debt of 300l., contracted because, at his Majesty's command, he has provided for the education and marriage of his eldest son. [Ibid. No. 116.]
Wm. Persivall, Shenley, Bucks, for the next scholar's place in the Charterhouse, for his kinsman, John Growden; was servant to his Majesty's father and grandfather, and lent the former 20l. [Ibid. No. 118.]
Similar petition on behalf of Chas. Barber. [Ibid. No. 119.]
John Phillipps, King's footman, for the benefit of the estate of And. Cane, indicted in the King's Bench, in case it becomes forfeit. [Ibid. No. 121.]
John Pocock, for an order to the high woodward and verderers of the New Forest, to allow him to mark and carry away stubs and superannuated trees in Rudley Copse, Burley Bailiwick, which hinder the growth of the timber trees; his ancestors were 50 years keepers of Denny Walk in that forest, and lost much in the wars. [Ibid. No. 122.]
Sir Rich. Powell, K.B., for a lease in reversion of Ashton manor and other lands belonging to the honour of Grafton, co. Northampton, being part of the jointure of the Queen, and possessed by her or her trustees for 90 years yet to come. [Ibid. No. 123.]
Sir Thos. Prestwich, Bart., and 4 other colonels, in behalf of the loyal and necessitous commissioned officers resident in London and Westminster 19 Aug. 1668. Thanks for his Majesty's bounty for their present relief, as granted 16 April 1669, but fear that it will be made less by ill management in the trustees, who threaten those who seek for relief. Request that a list may be made of the officers who have stood inspection, that the trustees may be called to account, and that fitting care may be taken. [Ibid. No. 124.]
Minute of a petition by Edm. Prideaux, for assignation to himself, on rental of 100l., of the fourth part reserved to the King as rent of marsh lands in Kent, which is only conditional on their recovery. Sir Chas. Harbord, Surveyor-General, has certified that the King may receive 3d. an acre above the fourth part thus reserved. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 125.]
Morris Pugh, on behalf of the 2 children of Evan Richard, his lordship's late porter, to Lord Arlington, for payment of a year's wages due to him on his death, and of 40s. which he once lent to Capt. Bennet, his lordship's brother. [Ibid. No. 126.]
Eliz. Purcell to Lord Arlington, for a pass and his charitable benevolence to enable her and her 6 children to pass into Flanders, where they hope to find friends to help them; they should have perished but for the relief of the Countess of Ossory. [Ibid. No. 127.]
John Quin, for a grant of the property of Giles Wodds, weaver and maltster of Norwich, who strangled himself. [Ibid. No. 128.]
Ann, relict of John Quin, for the arrears, unpaid for many years, of a pension of 100l. granted to her husband and her for life. [Ibid. No. 129.]
Inhabitants of Rawden, Guiseley Parish, co. York, to the Archbishop of York, that licence may be given to Fras. Layton, lord of the manor, to erect and endow a church, and enclose an acre of ground for a churchyard at Rawden, and to have the advowson thereof; he offers to build the church because they are two miles of bad road distant from their parish church. [Ibid. No. 130.]
Capt. Thos. Rawson, for a letter to the Governors, &c., of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, to elect him porter there. [Ibid. No. 131.]
John Richards, gentleman usher and waiter to the Queen. My previous petition for an allowance [See 15 Oct. 1669] was referred to the Board of Greencloth, who reported that I ought to have a dividend in the board-wages with my fellows; I waived this, as it could not be done without bringing me into odium with them; but by the late fall and cessation of Mr. Duppa, a place has come into your Majesty's disposal. Therefore I pray for a warrant for an allowance, that I may at last reap some benefit from my long past and present attendance and expense in her Majesty's service. [Ibid. No. 132.]
Alex. Rigby, for the grant of a fine likely to be imposed on Dr. William Jackson, physician of Nantwich, for scandalizing Robert, Viscount Cholmondeley, of co. Chester. [Ibid. No. 133.]
Thomas Earl Rivers, for pardon for his younger son, who was ensnared into a rencounter lately fought in Ireland, and for his restoration to his troop there. [Ibid. No. 134.]
Thos. Ross, for the office of keeper of the standing wardrobe and privy lodgings at Hampton Court, void by death of George Smithsby. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 135.]
John Rudston, for relief and increase of pay; left foreign service for that of the late King on the surrender of Ragland; refused to serve under Sir Thos. Fairfax, and was banished; served afterwards in Flanders, and under the late Earl of Rochester, was taken prisoner at Dunkirk, and kept a year on a sou a day; escaped narrowly on the blowing up of the London. [Ibid. No. 136.]
Sir James Rushout and Sir Wm. Adams, Barts., for reference to fitting persons of their claim to the stewardship and bailiwick of Havering-atte-Bower, granted them by the late Queen Mother, on surrender of Sir Edw. Sydenham. Reference and certificate were made on their former petition [See Calendar 1669, p. 649], but their agent falling ill, delay ensued, and meanwhile Sir Phil. Mathews, Bart., is suing for the same offices. [Ibid. No. 137.]
Isaac [Barrow], Bishop of St. Asaph, for power to hold, with the archdeaconry of St. Asaph and the rectory of Llandrinio, any other 3 benefices in the diocese not exceeding 50l. in value, the two last bishops having impaired his revenue 350l. a year, by the commendams held by them. [Ibid. No. 138.]
Report on a petition of St. John's College, Cambridge, for a dispensation from the statute of Mortmain if any benefactor should choose to leave them lands, their revenues being slender, and they having made additions to their present building at great charge. [Mutilated. Ibid. No. 139.]
Edw. Salmon, of Trinity College, Cambridge, to Lord Arlington, Governor of Sutton's Hospital, for presentation to the rectory of Castle Camps, co. Cambridge, void by death of Mr. Francis; is qualified thereto, being one of the senior Fellows on the first foundation. [Ibid. No. 140.]
Anne, widow of Lucian Sanctacilla, eldest groom of the scullery, for continuation for life of her late husband's pension of 40l. a year; he served 50 years, suffered much by his loyalty, and paid the debts to the King for which he was suspended from office, before his death. [Ibid. No. 141.]
Sir Thos. Sandys, for such forfeitures as may be laid on John Falconer of King's Clere, co. Hants, for an assault made 20 May last, on Sir Douce Fuller, of Chamberhouse, co. Berks. [Ibid. No. 142.]
Sir Edw. Scott, for release of Edm. Kennedy, late drummer of Capt. [Rob.] Morgan's company in Col. [Rob.] Sydney's regiment, who has been 6 months prisoner in Chichester for words spoken in drink; he has served faithfully many years, and is sorry for his offence. [Ibid. No. 143.]
Thos. Shemonds, page of the presence to the late Queens Anne and Mary [Henrietta Maria], his Majesty's mother and grandmother, for continuance for life, being 77 years old, of his pension of 60l.; was long imprisoned, was wounded, and lost his son in service of the late King, and was in danger of hanging for conveying to him 10,000l. in gold to Oxford, conveying eminent officers from Windsor and other places, giving intelligences, &c. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 144.]
Ursilla Simonds, for relief, that she may return to her family with comfort; craves pardon for her sudden return to town, but had to try her friends to supply her present wants, and finds them backward. [Ibid. No. 145.]
Samuel Smyth, innkeeper, Chelsea, that Capt. Lawrence Van Heemskirk may be compelled to pay him 122l. due for moneys lent, provisions, and board for himself and family for 6 months, out of any pension that may be granted him. Had a quarrel with the Captain, who procured a warrant for his apprehension and kept him in custody 13 days. [Ibid. No. 146. See p. 631, infra.]
The Same to Lord Arlington, for release on bail, and not to be made prisoner on the complaint of Capt. Heemskirk, until examined thereon. [Ibid. No. 147.]
Edm. Spenser, prisoner in the King's Bench, for liberty; is unable to pay his fine of 40 marks, but has stood in the pillory, and given security for good behaviour for 7 years, being found guilty of common barratry by persons who prosecuted him violently, because he had sued them as forestallers and engrossers of victuals, &c. [Ibid. No. 148.]
John, Leonard, and Lady Jane Grey, younger children of Henry, Earl of Stamford, and Anne, Countess of Stamford, his wife, for a grant of the tithes of their three-fourths of 4,000 acres in Wildmore Fen, co. Lincoln, thrown open during the late times, but re-enclosed by them, his Majesty being pleased to accept of a fourth part and grant three-fourths to their use, and they being at great cost in re-enclosing the same. [Ibid. No. 149.]
Roger Stanbury, mariner, Wapping, for pardon, being condemned to death because when carried to Newgate for stealing a gammon of bacon, he made his escape, but was retaken; has done good service at sea under Capt. Mennes, in the Bay of Campeachy. [Ibid. No. 150.]
Elizabeth Standish, for commutation of her sentence of death to banishment or transportation, being deeply penitent for her offence of stealing some small goods. [Ibid. No. 151.]
Stephen Starlings, silversmith, for leave to work on brass or copper, as he is now too poor to buy silver to work on; being an alien, dares not do it without leave, for fear of molestation for transgressing the laws. [Ibid. No. 152.]
John Stevens, for the lands and house, value 30l. a year, forfeited by Rob. Comes of Sandy Chapel, co. Surrey, who is condemned to die for horse stealing. [Ibid. No. 153.]
Rob. Stewart, King's Lynn, Norfolk, for confirmation in his right to a house there purchased by him for 300l., but his title to which is questioned because a former owner was reputed an alien, and therefore if he took it in his own name, his Majesty becomes entitled thereto. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 154.] Annexing,
Proposed warrant for a grant confirming to Stewart a tenement in the Chequer Street, Lynn, formerly belonging to Abraham Lean, an alien. [Ibid. No. 154i.]
Col. Wm. Stewart, for the place of a tester of defective wines in the Custom House, which though too mean for him, will keep him alive, his former applications for relief having failed. [Ibid. No. 155.]
Ralph Stockdale, for his Majesty's right to the estates, worth 40l. or 50l. a year, of Thos. Rastull of Stoke Orchard, co. Gloucester, and his eldest son, who murdered the wife of a creditor sent to claim a debt of 60l. or 70l., and another woman who was accidentally passing. [Ibid. No. 156.]
William Earl of Strafford, for payment, either in money or grants, of 13,556l. 14s. 6d., the interest agreed to be paid upon a loan of 20,000l. by his late father to the late King in 1639, of which interest he has only received 505l. 10s. 3d., paid in 1663, when the balance of the debt was discharged. [Ibid. No. 157.]
Walter Strickland, for an order to the Treasury Commissioners to allow him to deduct the arrears of his pension of 200l. a year, from the arrears of the 11 months' assessment for Yorkshire, of which he is collector. [Draft. Ibid. No. 158.]
Reference to the Treasury Commissioners of the petition of — Taylor to examine whether he has passed his accounts, and whether the sum alleged is due to him, when his Majesty will give order about taking off his suspension. [Ibid. No. 159.]
Mary, widow of Capt. John Taylor, to the Navy Commissioners. In consideration of the great loss I sustained by the death of my husband, Parliament bestowed 250l. on me, and 100l. on each of his children; but both his children by me have died, and I spent on their sickness and funerals the maintenance arising from the interest of their money; I have my husband's youngest son of 11 years old to bring up, on little more than the interest of his 100l. I beg the portions of the two deceased children, as the 3 elder sons are grown up and provided for. [Ibid. No. 160.]
Henry Thomas, for an order for payment of his pension, which is 100l. in arrear, to keep him alive, having sold or pawned all that he has. [Ibid. No. 161.]
The Same, for a piece of ground near the fish ponds in Wall wood, Leytonstone, Essex, to build a house and keep 6 or 8 cows for relief of his family; his other suits were not approved, but his Majesty promised him any reasonable request. [Ibid. No. 162.]
William Thornebury, Customer of the Staple in the port of London, for leave to surrender his place to his sons Timothy and Daniel, being now aged; has spent 50 years in the Custom House, excepting 12 during the time of the rebellion; since the Restoration, has shown his fidelity by advancing money to supply his Majesty's public and private occasions. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 163.]
Sarah Tomkins to Lord Arlington, for an order to visit her brother, David Tomkins, prisoner in the Gatehouse. [Ibid. No. 164.]
George Tomlin, his Majesty's embellisher, flourisher, and writer, to Lord Arlington, for payment of 396l. long due to him, which he laid out in his office; has 20l. worth of work to do, and has neither money nor credit to buy gold and other things necessary. [Ibid. No. 165.]
Joseph Travers, deputy-postmaster at Rochester, Kent, to Lord Arlington, to request Lord Chief Justice Kelynge, when he goes the circuit, to refer to Mr. Allen and Hardress, Recorders of Rochester and Canterbury, his dispute with Rich. Manley, who disturbs him in his office of receiver of letters at Rochester, by falsely swearing that he uses ill language, and prosecuting him thereon. With note from Sir John Bennet, that the petitioner should have relief by a letter to Manley the prosecutor. [Ibid. No. 166.]
Edmund Trimer, late serjeant, and Thos. Young, late soldier in Sir Jonathan Atkins' company in his Majesty's Foot Guards, under Col. Russell, to the King and Council, to recommend them to the justices of their respective counties of Hampshire and Northumberland for pensions, being disabled from further service by wounds and old age. [Ibid. No. 167.]
William Turner, chaplain, for presentation to the rectory of St. Ives, Cornwall; has served 7 years chaplain at Tangiers, but is recalled by the Bishop of London and the Commissioners for Tangiers, with promise of preferment. [Ibid. No. 168.]
General Major Philippus Albertus Van Buckhoven, for speedy settlement of the pension of 200l. promised him in 1669, when he came over to England, and was requested to reside here as gentleman of the privy chamber, having been over to Russia to obtain his dismissal from the Emperor's service, without which his wife and children would have been sent into perpetual slavery. [Ibid. No. 169.]
The Same, for an order to Sir Stephen Fox to settle the yearly pension promised him on coming over, that he may bring over his wife and children. Marked, "Recommended by the Prince." [Ibid. No. 170.]
Similar petition to the same effect. [Ibid. No. 171.]
Capt. Lawrence Van Heemskercke. Having contracted debts on his Majesty's promise that he should never want, and being imprisoned therefor, begs a pass to seek subsistence elsewhere, or he and his family may be starved before he can receive a 200l. annuity promised him by the King. [Ibid. No. 172.]
The Same, for present supply from the privy purse; is so poor that he cannot pay the dues to effect his Majesty's grant of 200l. a year, ordered to be assigned where it can be paid with least trouble, he being a stranger. Has been turned out of his house for rent, and must have perished but for Prince Rupert's goodness. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 173.]
The Same, for an order to Sam. Smith of Chelsea, to show cause why he seized all his goods and those of his family, leaving them only what remains on their backs, he being at the point of death. Smith pleaded an order for the same, but refused to show it. [Ibid. No. 174.]
The Same, for payment of 100l., balance of 200l. due to him, stopped by Sam. Smith on plea of a debt, although the debt was only 50l., which Smith refuses to take, and has seized goods value 144l. for it. [Ibid. No. 175.]
The Same to Lord Arlington, for an order for restoration of his goods, forcibly taken from his house at Chelsea whilst he was ill and absent, by Sam. Smith, to whom he owes money, which he will repay when able; also for protection in future. [Ibid. No. 176.]
Theodore Van Ruven, for the Dutch prize ship, the House of Peace, now at Limehouse. Was secretary to the Prince of Orange, and furnished his Majesty with weekly intelligence of the transactions between the States General and Cromwell, and with news from the Hague; came over soon after the Restoration, and was promised a pension of 200l., which was paid several years, but in the late wars one of his letters was intercepted, on which he was forced to fly, being condemned to death, his estate and office forfeited, and his wife long kept in prison; came to his Majesty for redress, but having remained 5 years living on trust, is now 500l. or 600l. in debt. [Ibid. No. 177.]
Thos. Ware and John Cowland, for pardon and transportation to the Plantations, being condemned to death for horse-stealing, and this their first fault. [Ibid. No. 178.]
Amy Warner to Lord Arlington, to be heard in her defence; is committed to a messenger for conveying letters contrary to the Act, which she did in simplicity, being ignorant of the law. [Ibid. No. 179.]
Rulers of the Company of Watermen, not to permit the building of projected bridges over the Thames at Lambeth and Putney, as their society of 60,000 souls would thereby be ruined, the nursery of seamen supplanted, and navigation much prejudiced; during the Dutch war, 2,500 able seamen were at once impressed from among them. [Ibid. No. 180.]
Edw. Watkins, for a legal course to try the validity of a patent lately granted to Rich. Ward and 2 others, of the place of searcher of Customs at Gravesend, which petitioner lately enjoyed as included in his grant as searcher for the port of London, and all members thereto belonging; has filled his office to great advantage, making seizures of gold and merchandise, though by the negligence of Ward and others, such commodities are continually exported. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 181.]
Rich. Watson, [late] Fellow of Gonvile and Caius College, Cambridge. Was ejected from his college in 1644 for loyalty, and after 16 years' exile, came over on the Restoration, in high hopes of some of the hundreds of preferments then vacant, but is disappointed, and in the college itself many men his juniors are admitted to fellowships, &c., before him; begs a letter for the next fellowship, and dispensation meanwhile of non-residence, being forced to uncomfortable conversation with opinionated young men who have been preferred before him. [Ibid. No. 182.]
Wm. Wheeler, Cranfield, co. Bedford, late a minister, for release; was committed on a charge of keeping a conventicle in his own house, and though cleared by the jury at the quarter sessions, has been kept in prison ever since, to the great danger of his health. [Ibid. No. 184.]
Arthur White, postmaster at Gravesend, to Lord Arlington, for release, being in the custody of a messenger for neglect in the execution of his office; is heartily sorry, and wishes to return to look more carefully after it. [Ibid. No. 185.]
Jane Whitehorne, for employment to procure subsistence; is brought very low by some malicious and cruelly disposed fanatics. [Ibid. No. 186.]
Col. Walter Whitford for a pension, being disabled from service by his wounds in the late wars. [Ibid. No. 187.]
The Same, for an order how much he is to receive from forfeitures in Scotland, and meanwhile for a daily allowance from the privy purse, to keep his family from starving. [Ibid. No. 188.]
The Same, for confirmation to him and his daughter of the pension of 100l. a year granted to his late mother, and assigned by her to him; was promised a livelihood from forfeitures in Scotland; is tormented with bones coming out of his old shot wounds. [Ibid. No. 189.]
William Wilson to Lord Arlington, for sudden despatch, or some allowance for the present; he and his brother have been at great charges in their journey and staying in town 6 weeks, and can get no account from the Lords of the Treasury of his Majesty's reference. [Ibid. No. 190.]
William and Ant. Wilson, of York, to Lord Arlington, for despatch or some allowance; have attended 9 weeks in town at great charges, and have not a penny left; Mr. Williamson will certify the Lords of the Treasury of their great services if required. [Ibid. No. 191.]
Wm. Wilson to Lord Arlington, for a licence during good behaviour to brew beer and ale in York, having no other calling; has been 16 weeks in town, spent 25l., and has not 10l. left for his 30l. charges and 4 years' service, the like of which was never done in the Northern circuit. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 192.]
Ten poor artificers of Windsor, &c., for relief; have money owing to them for work done in the Castle 7 or 8 years ago, for want of which they must starve in gaol; his Majesty at his last being there gave their petition to Sir Thos. Clifford, and ordered them to attend the Treasury Commissioners, which they have done at Whitehall at great expense, and obtained no relief. [Ibid. No. 193.]
John Wingfield, York Herald, for permission to transfer the office of Customer of Berwick to Field Dunne, a capable person; served the late King as captain of horse, from 1641 to 1648, is now old, and has only this place and his herald's office to support himself, wife, and 9 children. [Ibid. No. 194.]
Sir John Wolstenholme, Bart., for special consideration of his case; also for the accounts of the old Farmers of Customs to be taken, and they made to show how they have paid the 200,000l. granted to them, without discharging as ordered their debt of 36,000l. to him; sold land worth 60,000l. to discharge moneys raised for the late King to turn the Scots out of England, and was sequestered, to the value of 100,000l. more; also lost his son and his brother, Sir Thos. Dallison, in the battles of Hessam Moor and Naseby. [Ibid. No. 195.] Annexing,
Request that a reference thereon may be obtained, to the effect that on account of his services, especially in the plague, his case should be especially commended to the Treasury Commissioners; that Prince Rupert should be added to the Commissioners to consider of his demands, and that such part of the 200,000l. as is yet unpaid by his Majesty to the old Farmers of Customs, or remains undisposed of in their hands, should be paid to him. [Ibid. No. 195i.]
Draft of the above request. [Ibid. No. 195ii.]
Form of a reference drawn up accordingly. [Ibid. No. 195iii.]
Wives of the shipwrights and ropers at Woolwich to Lord Arlington, for payment of the 2 years' arrears due to their husbands, some due since 1666; have vainly petitioned the Navy Commissioners, the Duke of York, and the King, but can get no relief; cannot get food, and some of their goods are seized for hearth money; have no maintenance but the daily labours of their husbands. [Ibid. No. 196.]
John Wright, his former groom, to Lord Arlington, for freedom from molestation about a horse hired for his honour 3 years ago, which the French cook rode, and it died; was arrested by the owner of the horse on the 8th instant, kept 3 days, and obliged to put in bail, and pay 1l. 7s. 8d. expenses. [Ibid. No. 197.]
Sir Edm. Wyndham, Knight Marshal, for a lease of the lands of Rodway Fitzpayne, &c., co. Somerset, after the death of Hen. Rogers, without issue male. [Ibid. No. 198.]
Henry Wynne, Solicitor-General to the late Queen Mother, for stay of a patent to [Rob.] Humphries and [Thos.] Vincent, of the reversion of his office of Prothonotary of North Wales, that reversion being promised to himself, if it should be granted at all. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 281a, No. 199.] Annexing,
Statements in reference to the prothonotary's place in North Wales, that the grant now requested of it, in reversion after 2 lives and to be held at pleasure, is worth little, and the legality of the King's granting such reversions questionable; therefore he should not be bound; that if it be granted, Hen. Wynne has the prior promise, and that nothing is objected against the person for whom the grant is prepared. [Ibid. No. 199i.]
Copy of the above, omitting one clause. Endorsed, "Mr. Wynne." [Ibid. No. 199ii.]
Yeomen ushers, yeomen of the guard, grooms, and messengers, to Lord Arlington, for relief to preserve their families from starving; understand that their petition to the King is delivered to him, to move the Treasury Commissioners on their behalf. [Ibid. No. 200.]
Ant. Yong, waterman, for a letter to the Lord Mayor and aldermen of London, governors of Lady Dacre's almshouses, Tothill Fields, Westminster, to give him an almshouse the first vacancy; was waterman to the Queen Mother till her death, and is now 66 years old. [Ibid. No. 201.]
Rob. Young, for admission to Sutton's Hospital the next vacancy; subsisted chiefly by the charity of relations who suffered much for their loyalty, and they being dead, he is very necessitous. [Ibid. No. 202.]