Charles II: Addenda, 1660-3

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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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ADDENDA, 1660-1670

May ? Petition of George Bampfield, late captain of Sandford, alias Weymouth, castle, co. Dorset, to the King, for restoration to the custody of the castle, having suffered much for his loyalty; he and his ancestors have held it above 80 years. During the wars, in which he served at his own charge till made prisoner and sent to the Tower, he committed the castle to Capt. Specott, who was removed by the late powers, and is since dead. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 445, No. 1.]
May? Note of the places of master mason, master carpenter, and master purveyor, granted by the late King in the Office of the Works in 1647. Endorsed, "For Mr. Marshall." [Ibid. No. 2.]
May? List of 13 ships of the Navy whose names were altered during the Commonwealth, e.g., Royal Charles to Naseby, Sovereign to Commonwealth, Royal James to Richard, Mary to The Speaker, &c. [Ibid. No. 3.]
June 4. Account by Sam. Whittell, cashier, of receipts and payments from the Treasury of the Customs, between 28 May and 4 June 1660: total, 10,173l. 1s. 11½d. [Large sheet. Ibid. No. 4.]
June 13. Order by the Admiralty Commissioners to the Ordnance officers, to ship one whole culverin, 12 demi-culverins, and 10 rakers on board a vessel which is to be sent to transport masts and other stores to the Forest of Dean, for a ship building there, to enable her to be brought about into the Downs. [Ibid. No. 5.]
[June 18.] Lord Chancellor [Hyde to Sec. Nicholas]. Mr. Carvile told me you would have me write my opinion upon his petition, whilst he attended his despatch before the Commissioners. The office is like to be disposed of immediately by warrant. I dare not signify my particular opinion upon the petition, but the man is very honest, served my Lord Culpeper all the time we were in England, and went out of England with us, and I never heard anything ill of him; since we came hither, Lord Culpeper has recommended him to me upon this pretence. Endorsed, "Lord Chancellor recommending Mr. Carvile to be clerk of the endorsements in the Alienation Office." [¾ page. Holograph, not signed. Ibid. No. 6.]
June 19.
Court at Whitehall.
Petition of Chas. White of Derbyshire to the King, for the office of King's silver in the Common Pleas, or the Exigenter's office of London. Was long kept in loathsome restraint, and his estate seized and embezzled, for associating with Sir Geo. Booth to promote the Restoration, being particularly commanded thereto under his Majesty's sacred hand. With reference thereon to the Lord Chancellor, to whom the King most earnestly recommends the petitioner. [Ibid. No. 7.]
June ? Petition of Ambrose Lovell, quarter-master in the Naseby, Edward, Lord Montague, General of the Fleet. Was many years service on his Majesty's ships, but since the fleet was reduced, has had no service till last year, and has borne much hardship; but " as it hath pleased God to reunite us by his Majesty's happy restoration," he begs a place in any of the State's ships. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 445, No. 8.]
June ? Petition of John, eldest son of Sir Peter Osborne, to the King, for the government of Guernsey for life, or some recompense for the loss by his father of 40,000l. when Governor of Guernsey, to the ruin of his estate. [2 copies. Ibid. Nos. 9, 10.]
June ? Petition of John Pipon of Jersey to the King. For my loyalty, I was obliged by the late usurpers to pay 100l. to redeem my estate. Rob. Gibbon, receiver of the island, has in hand a large sum paid by me and other subjects of the island for composition. I beg an order to him to repay me the 100l. [Ibid. No. 11.]
June ? Petition of John Tireman, B.D. of Oxford University, to the King, for the prebend of Weighton in Yorkshire, void by the death of Dr. Robinson. [Ibid. No. 12.] Annexing,
Certificate by Brian, Bishop of Salisbury, and 13 others, of the good conduct and orthodoxy of Tireman. [Ibid. No. 12i.]
Court at Whitehall.
Petition of Rob. Treswell to the King, for a patent for 21 years of his invention of a mill to grind corn without wind, water, or horses, people being often obliged to carry their corn 6 or 7 miles to be ground, and to wait for it 3 or 4 weeks. With reference thereon to Sir Wm. Compton, Master of Ordnance, and his report in favour of the petition. [Ibid. Nos. 13, 14.]
June ? Petition of Sir Joseph Wagstaffe to the King, that Col. John Bridges, late Governor of Warwick Castle, who detains 50,000l. worth of the late King's money and goods, may be excepted out of the Act of Oblivion, and that the petitioner may receive fitting satisfaction. [Ibid. No. 15.]
June ? Petition of the watermen belonging to the brigantine appointed to wait on his Majesty to [Council ?]. We waited 16 days on the King on his return to England, and being very poor labouring men, cannot subsist without our pay, which we beg to receive forthwith. [Ibid. No. 16.]
June ? Petition of Nath. Willys B.D., chaplain to the late Duke, and now to the Duchess Dowager of Richmond, to the King, for presentation to the rectory of Cleve, near Cobham Hall, Kent, void by death of Dr. Higgs; though long known by the late King as serving the Duke of Richmond in the war, and though 55 years old, has never had any ecclesiastical preferment. [Ibid. No. 17.]
June ? Commission appointing Sir Rich. Browne, Bart., Major-General or Commander-in-chief of all the forces raised or to be raised within the liberties of London, for preservation of his Majesty and of the peace; to apprehend and put to execution all rebels and traitors, and repress by martial law insurrections or unlawful assemblies; with power to appoint deputies to be approved by the King. [Draft, 7 sheets. Ibid. No. 18.]
June ? Note from Chas. Whitaker to Col. John Cooke, that he will give 300l. for the reversion after Mr. Rogers of the office of Remembrancer of first fruits and tenths, or 300l. for that of Receiver of first fruits and tenths—which is now void, unless given away lately,—both which places are in the King's gift. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 445, No. 19.]
June ? Rob. Mathew to [Joseph] Williamson, Queen's College [Oxford]. Your company is much desired at Mrs. Turton's at 2 p.m. Mrs. Luce and I have prepared eyes to behold your ingenuous actions, Hocuspocus jubeo. I command you to bring your bag; if you come without it, your welcome will be Hocus-pocus and presto begone. [Ibid. No. 20.]
June ? Note that the King's answer to such things as an Ambassador resident in England should propose to him is not to be delivered to the Ambassador there, but must be sent to the English Ambassador. Written on a scrap containing references to composition volumes. [Ibid. No. 21.]
June ? Statement by Edw. Brisco, for 40 years yeoman usher of the Great Chamber, of his present distress, from fear lest Lord Montague should fail to fulfil his promise to allow him the lease of his house as long as he lives, being now nearly 80; Col Titus has promised a good word for him. [Ibid. No. 22.]
June ? Note of what is requisite for Jersey garrison, e.g., powder and match, colours, gun carriages, a boat, soldiers' bedding, money to repair the castles and platforms, a chaplain, and an armourer. With list of the commission officers. Endorsed with notes [by Secretary Nicholas] of the officers in Guernsey. [Ibid. No. 23.]
June ? List of the 16 trustees of Sutton's Hospital, including Edw. Cressett, master, addressed to the Governors of the hospital. [Ibid. No. 24.]
June ? Book of pedigrees of Peers, 7 families [probably compiled by or for William Ryley, Lancaster Herald]. [7 pages. Ibid. No. 25.]
July 11. Thos. Green to John Cox, receiver-general of assessments, co. Berks. You will receive an acquittance from James Nelthorpe and John Lawson, treasurers-at-war, for 525l. 9s. 7d., in part of the 6 months' assessment beginning 25 Dec. 1659. This is given to Major Ant. Buller, towards a warrant from the Army Commissioners. You are therefore to pay the said sum to Major Buller. [Ibid. No. 26.]
July 12 ? Note by the Earl of Sandwich, Master of the Great Wardrobe, for the appointment of Edw. Langsdale and Ant. Gilby, for life with survivorship, to the office of chief arras-worker and mender of tapestry. Endorsed, "By Gen. Montague's recommendation." [Ibid. No. 27.]
July 17.
John Reeve to his brother Mat. Reeve, St. Stephen's parish, Norwich. Though the world has gone hard with me, I have paid Mr. Cutloe the 5l. I hear the King is in Wales, so my cousin Anne can expect nothing till his return, when I will do what I can for her. I will pay you something when I can; have patience meantime. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 445, No. 28.]
July 17. Bill for continuing the Excise, from 24 June to 25 Dec. 1660. [Parchment, defaced. Ibid. No. 29. Printed in Statutes of the Realm, Vol. V., p. 207.]
July ? Petition of Michael Yoakly, sen. and jun., shipmasters, to General Penn, [Navy] Commissioner. Our ships have been employed for 2 years by the Ordnance officers, in going from London to Mardike and Dunkirk, with goods and ammunition, for which 193l. 10s. is due to us. Having been at great charges in the voyages, and wanting money to repair our ships for employment, we beseech you to order our payment. With note of 5 debentures due, from 19 Dec. 1657 to 6 Jan. 1660; total, 193l. 10s. [Ibid. No. 30.]
July ? Petition of Henry, Earl of St. Albans, Governor of Jersey, to the King. The governors of this island have had licences to export wool, leather, calf-skins, &c., from England, custom free, for the use of the poor, without which many would have no means of maintenance. By colour of these licences, many have abused their trust, defrauding the poor in weight and price, and transporting the goods to France, whereby the French can manufacture our goods cheaper than ourselves, and the woollen manufactures of the island and also of England are prejudiced. I beg a patent giving me or my nominees the leave of transporting these goods, on security not to sell them anywhere but on the island. [Ibid. No. 31.] Annexing,
Certificate by Sam. Whittell that for several years past, according to charter, there have been shipped to Guernsey, custom free, 500 tods of wool, 25 dozen calf-skins, and 170 dickers of leather. Also to Jersey 2,000 tods of wool, 100 dozen of calf-skins, and 220 dickers of leather.—Custom House, London, 2 July 1660. [Ibid. No. 31i.]
July ? Petition of Philip, son of Henry Dumaresq of Saumarez, Jersey, to the King. My father being unfortunately engaged against your father, left the island in 1642 with many others, and had their estates confiscated by Commissioners sent from Oxford. My father dying 6 years ago, left a widow and me and three other children under age. As God has not only restored you in so wonderful a manner, but touched your heart with mercy towards your enemies— as shown by your pardon of 4/14 April, and your proclamation of 15 June last, granting pardon to all that return to their loyalty—I beg pardon for myself and my late father, the taking off of the confiscation, and the grant of the manor and seigniory of Saumarez, to be held in capito from you, as it was held from your progenitors. [Ibid. No. 32.]
July ? Petition of Henry Osborne to the King. After the death of my father, Sir Peter Osborne, the reversion of the government of Guernsey was granted to Lord Percy, after him to Lord Bard [sic], and after him to me, on account of my father's services. I delivered my warrant to Attorney-General Sir Edw. Herbert, and suppose it passed the Great Seal, but the surrender of Oxford following, I could not get it back. You promised me at the Hague, and again since your coming to London, to confirm this grant, and I request it accordingly. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 445, No. 33.]
July ? Similar petition. [Ibid. No. 34.]
July ? Petition of Henry Osborne to the King. Your father intended to give me the government of Guernsey; and you gave me a grant that passed the Signet and Privy Seal, but was stayed at the Great Seal, on a mistake that I had no estate, whereas I have 700l. or 800l. a year, which is more than many that had that government, and I can prove my great services and sufferings. I pray that no warrant of the place may pass to any other, and that you would order the Lord Chancellor to give the Great Seal to my warrant. [2 copies. Ibid. Nos. 35, 36.]
July ? Similar petition. [Ibid. No. 37.]
July. Grant to Henry Osborne, for life, of the office of Captain and Governor "of Guernsey, and Castle Cornet, and of all his Majesty's islands in those parts." [Docquet, Vol. 19, p. 10.]
July ? Caveat that no warrant pass for the reversion of the office of keeping an entry book for foreign merchandize in the port of London, the King having granted it to Ant. Rider, to whom it was granted by the late King, in reversion after Rich. Lane. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 445, No. 38.]
July ? Presentation of James Harwood, B.D., to the rectory of Barwickin-Elmet, co. York. [Latin. Parchment. Ibid. No. 39.]
July ? [Lord Chancellor Hyde] to Sec. [Nicholas]. I beg favour for the petition of Sir John Vaughan, a man of great merit, for the stewardship of the county, formerly held by the Earl of Essex, under whom he was deputy. [Ibid. No. 40.]
Aug. ? Petition of Brune Ryves, D.D., and Dean of Chichester, to the King, to fulfil the good intentions, and gracious promises of the late King, and to confer on him the vicarage of St. Giles', Cripplegate, belonging to the Dean and chapter of St. Paul's, but in his late Majesty's disposal by promotion of Dr. [Wm.] Fuller, late vicar, to the deanery of Durham; the ill times prevented petitioner's enjoying it then, and Rich. Cromwell placed one Mr. Annesley therein, to the regret of the chief inhabitants, who desire an orthodox minister. [Ibid. No. 41.]
Aug. ? Col. John Mason's account of what he received and paid when he was Governor of Jersey, presented on an order of 1 Aug. 1660,viz:—
£ s. d.
Receipts for pay of the garrison, on warrants from the Army Committee, 1658 and 1659 3,656 10 6
Receipts in French money for repairs of castles, fortifications, &c. 520 9
Also account of his payments therefrom. Balance due to him on the first account 7l. 12s. 8d., and due by him on the second account 48l. 15s. 0¾d. [Ibid. No. 42.]
Aug. ? Order to Col. Mason to pay the balance due on his said account to Sir Thos. Player, Chamberlain of London, to be for satisfaction of Navy debts. [Draft, imperfect. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 445, No. 43.]
Sept. 17. Thos. Smith to Williamson, at Secretary Nicholas's lodgings, Whitehall. Thanks for your sending down my mandamus, and for your letter. The news of Dr. [Hen.] Ferne's being designed for our Bishop [of Chester] is most welcome; he is a good man, and my excellent friend. T. Lamplugh tells me that Dr. [Accepted] Frewen is to be Archbishop of York, which is strange.
You tell me that Sir Phil. Musgrave has obtained something about the tolls; is he or Lord Howard [of Escrick ?] to be Governor of Carlisle ? All eyes here are intent upon that contest, and whether Parliament will adjourn or dissolve. I suppose the excepted persons will soon be brought to their trial. Judge [Thos.] Mallet will do them justice. God send them mercy in the other world, for they can expect but little of it here. Our friend [Dr. Thos. Barlow] is likely to carry the Lady Margaret professorship, and that means a prebendship of Worcester. [Ibid. No. 44.]
Sept. 24.
Queen's Council Chamber, Denmark House, Strand.
Sir Rob. Long and 3 other [officers of the Queen Mother] to Auditor Wm. Gwynn. We require you to send us particulars of the following lands, for her Majesty's service in demising the same:—
House in Barknowe, near Spalding, co. Lincoln.
All the cottages in Spalding granted to John Hutchinson.
Tenements near the late monastery of Spalding, and parcel of the manor. [3 papers. Ibid. Nos. 45–47.]
Sept. 26.
Denmark House, Strand.
[Officers of the Queen Mother] to Auditor Wm. Gwynn. We require you to send us particulars of 117 acres of pasture ground in Moulton, parcel of Spalding manor, for the demising of the same. [Ibid. No. 48.]
Sept. ? Petition of Capt. Hen. Combe, adjutant of the regiment of Guards in Brabant, to the King. While employed at Brussels after your departure, by my uttermost care, that grand traitor, Thomas Scott, was secured; but he was freed from arrest by interposition of the Ambassador, and through the negotiation of Ignatius White, after an appeal to the Marquis of Caracena. Scott had a pass by the name of Allison to negotiate as a merchant, although Sir Wm. Persall, who first discovered him, affirmed him to be Scott, and I declared in the Ambassador's house how you were abused. On this, out of fear of what might ensue, Scott was returned to your Resident at Brussels, who sent him here, and now he is in the Tower. I beg consideration for my care and expense therein. [Ibid. No. 49.]
Sept. ? Petition of Sir Chas. Compton to the King. All fines, issues, &c. (except issues of jurors and post fines), were farmed out in your late father's time, and the farm is now expired. I beg a grant of this farm for 21 years, at a reasonable rent, in consideration of my services to your Majesty and your late father. [Ibid. No. 50.]
Sept. ? Petition of Fras. Godolphin to the King for relief. Great arrears are due to the garrison of Scilly, which he sustained from his own poor estate so long as he enjoyed it, and thereby contracted a great debt, which still lies heavy on him. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 445, No. 51.]
Sept. ? Petition of Edw. Reade to the King, to establish him by sign manual in the place of auditor of excise in London, for which his Majesty recommended him to the House of Commons; but through multitude of business, nothing was done therein before the adjournment. [Ibid. No. 52.]
Sept. ? Petition of the owners and freighters of the William and John of London, William Goodlad commander, to the Admiralty and Navy Commissioners. The ship, laden with sugar, indigo, and cotton, was driven in January into Limerick, and there remains for want of convoy. Two men-of-war are in the river waiting to take the ship, and have sent the master word that they will have the sugar to sweeten their wine. Begs an order for a speedy convoy, their damage having already been very great. With 16 signatures. [Ibid. No. 53.]
Sept. ? Petition of Eliz. Windmil, Sarah Wayles, and Sibilla Alford, widows, to Sir Wm. Penn. Two months ago we were ordered by General Monk to receive money from you for our relief, but were put off, and we are in danger to be turned out of our dwellings and famished. We beg payment. [Ibid. No. 54.]
[Sept.] Declaration by Sec. Nicholas and John his son, who hold the keepership of the King's game at Hampton Court and Hounslow Heath, of their appointment of deputies to fill the said place. [Draft. 4 sheets. Ibid. No. 55.]
Oct. 2.
Guildhall, London.
Sir Thos. Player to John Cox, receiver of assessments for Berks. I have already written you of the prejudice done to King and Parliament, by the delay in sending up the balance of what is charged on your county. Pray use your utmost diligence, as the King's proclamation requires speedy payment of the full arrears of the three months' tax beginning 24 June last. Pay it speedily, if you would free yourself from cost and trouble.
Though the pressing occasions require a very speedy payment of the poll money, yet this must first be paid. [Ibid. No. 56.]
Oct. 5. Order by Sir Charles Harbord, Surveyor-General—on the Act of Indemnity, whereby all who purchased any of the revenues of the late King under the usurped powers are allowed to keep the profits to 24 June last—that Major George Sedascue shall continue to hold a tenement in the Stony Close, belonging to the King's house at Theobald's, Herts, value 22l. a year, and also fee-farm rents and tithes called Bosvill's chantry, co. York, value 52l. a year, at the former rents until next Lady Day. [Ibid. No. 57.]
Oct. 11. Like order for Rich. Price to receive fee-farm rents in co. Montgomery, value 159l. 16s. 0¾d., to 24 June last. [Ibid. No. 58.]
[Oct. 11.] Confession by Thos. Scott of his transactions under the Rump Parliament. Details his appointment in 1649 to the management of intelligence; his proceedings in reference to the Levellers in Scotland; and his correspondence with France, Madrid, and Flanders; John Lilburne's designs in Holland; the King's transactions with the Presbyterians in London, by their commissioners at Breda; transactions relating to King Charles in exile; Sir George Booth's design; defection of the army from Parliament; his expenses for intelligence exceeded 2,000l. a year, and he is without support. Also details of the quarrel between the King and Parliament. I always "opposed the usurpation of Cromwell, one of the greatest tyrants that England ever saw or felt, though before that, he had been my particular friend." Explanations of and apologies for his own conduct. [13 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 445, No. 59.]
Oct. 19. F. Royley to Wm. Ryley. I hear that Mr. Tomlins is to be registrar, and under him several clerks, one of them for copying bills and answers and depositions. I am capable of this place if you could obtain it for me. Endorsed with sundry notes of accounts, 1655–1657. [Ibid. No. 60.]
Oct. 26.
Court at Whitehall.
Blank form of a warrant to the clerk of the Signet, to prepare a grant of a baronetcy. [Ibid. No. 61.]
Oct. 29. Certificate by John Wase, Philip Lissant, and Wm. Chaplin, appointed Commissioners in co. Somerset by the Act to provide moneys for speedy disbanding of the forces both by land and sea, that Katherine Davidge, widow, of Exeter, was assessed and paid 10s. for her estate called Fritzay, in Norton Fitzwarren parish, co. Somerset. [Ibid. No. 62.]
Oct. 30. Particulars of moneys raised in Easington ward, Stockton, co. Durham, on the Act for disbanding the forces, giving the names of the constables and collectors of 47 parishes; total raised, 622l. 12s. 2d.; deducted for clerks and collectors, 5l. 3s. 8d. With signatures and seals of Sir Thomas and Ralph Davison, Thos. Shadforth and Nich. Frevile. [Ibid. No. 63.]
Oct. Bills for food provided for the King's auditors from 15 to 23 Oct.; ostlers' bills, vintners' bills, servants of the house, the poor, &c., at Braintree, Bury St. Edmunds, Cambridge, and Thetford. [Ibid. Nos. 64–81.]
Oct. ? Warrant for a grant to Wm. Barker of the office of keeper of South Baylie walk, Enfield Chace. [Ibid. No. 82.]
Oct. ? Request for a warrant from the Lord Treasurer to Wm. Ryley, clerk of the records in the Tower, to take into his charge, for the King's special service, and for the use of the most illustrious P. R., L. B. N. [Prince Rupert, Earl of Bath and Lord Newport], the books and papers of John Marsh [late clerk of the Committee for arrears], who cannot bring in half the arrears due to the King not pardoned by the Act of Pardon, and now invested in his Majesty, by which warrant it is hoped that the arrears will be brought in. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 445, No. 83.]
Oct. ? W. Towers to Thos. Smith. Note of compliment. Thanks for news; commendations to all at Mr. Haward's and to T. Hoskins. F. P. will be in Oxford at Christmas. [Ibid. No. 84.]
Nov. 22.
Denmark House.
Surveyor Sir Charles Harbord to Auditor Wm. Gwynn. By order of the Lord Treasurer, you are to send me a particular of Macclesfield bakehouse, co. Chester, and its profits, let by the late King to Jas. Elliott and Wm. Loving, in order to the granting a lease thereof. [Ibid. No. 85.]
Nov. 27.
Denmark House.
[Officers of the Queen Mother] to Auditor Wm. Long. You are to send us particulars of Riding marsh ground, part of Spalding manor, in order to its demise. [Ibid. No. 86.]
Nov. ? Warrant to Thos. Chiffinch to pay to Col. Hawley and Thos. Beauchamp 250l., for assisting him in the prosecution and recovery of pictures, plate, furniture, &c., belonging to the late King, but taken during the rebellion, out of money paid by persons chargeable with the same. [Draft by Williamson. Ibid. No. 87.]
Nov. ? Certificate by Sir Rich. Lloyd, that Herbert Evans stays with his wife and children, sometimes at Neath, where he has a house, and sometimes at Cardiff, being constable of the castle; but in his absence, his service is duly performed by David Evans, his under-sheriff. He desires license for his absence at times. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 22, No. 154a.]
Dec. 1.
Guildhall, London.
Sir Thos. Player to John Cox. I am appointed Receiver-General of the 3 months' assessment beginning 24 June 1660, and it is to be paid upon my assignments. By an order of Parliament of 13 Sept. 1660, I am to give assignations to the several counties for 40,000l., to be paid on the orders of the Army Commissioners, and by their order of 19 Sept., I assign 75l. 11s. 11d., due from co. Berks, to be paid to James Nelthorpe and John Lawson, Treasurers-at-War, whose acquittance will be your discharge. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 445, No. 88.] Annexing,
Receipts by Nelthorpe and Lawson of the said sum from John Cox.—6 and 12 March 1661. [Printed forms filled up. Ibid. Nos. 88i, 88ii.]
Dec. 5.
Denmark House.
[Officers of the Queen Mother] to Auditor Wm. Gwynn. You are to send particulars of 16 parcels of land, co. Lincoln, in order to their demise. Noted, "Sir Ant. Irby." [Ibid. No. 89.]
Dec. 7.
Court at Whitehall.
Petition of Sir Philip de Carteret, senior, of St. Ouen, Jersey, to the King. Was forced by those who subdued the island to pay 1,600 crowns composition money, most of which remains undisposed of and unaccounted for. Begs that part of it may be returned to him, considering his great losses, as he borrowed it and pays interest. With reference thereon to Lord Treasurer Southampton, and his report in favour of returning the money, the King being much readier to repair his loyal subjects, than to take any advantage which the law gives him. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 445, Nos. 90, 91.]
[Dec. 20.] Petition of Capt. Nathaniel Darell to the King, that he may hold the office as Lieutenant-Governor of the Isle and Castle of Guernsey, as did his father for 25 years, losing 2,000l., all he had, in defence of the castle during a long siege of 6 years. [Ibid. No. 92.]
Dec. 20.
Grant to Darell of the said office, recommending him to the next Governor for continuance in the place; until a Governor is appointed, he is to take immediate charge as Lieutenant-Governor, and all the inhabitants, officers, and soldiers are to conform to this order. [Ibid. No. 93.]
Dec. 24. Information by Edward de Carteret, of his having seen many of the King's guns in the room of Michael Lemprière. With notes [by Sec. Nicholas] that Lempriere was hanged in effigy in Jersey in 1644 for being a rogue, and that he broke the King's crown, and took the jewels out of it. [Ibid. No. 94.]
Dec. 24.
Court at Whitehall.
The King to Col. Gibbon and Capt. Rich. Yardley, receivers of composition money. By the petition of Sir Philip de Carteret, of Jersey, we find that most of the composition money paid for estates there rests in your hands unaccounted for; of this 400l. was exacted from him for his loyalty. We require you to pay him this sum. Signed by the King and Sec. Nicholas. [Ibid. No. 95.]
Dec. ? Petition of Sir Philip Carteret, bailiff of Jersey, to the King. The French King, by a late edict, has raised all moneys current in his kingdom to 1/5 more. The only moneys current in this island are French silver coins, and sous of baser metal, and had the silver coins remained at the former price, the French would have transported them all, and left us nothing but base money, to the utter ruin of the isle. I therefore permitted them to be paid at the same rates as in France, till your pleasure be known; all arrears due to the receipts are to be paid at the rate the money went when they fell due; all rents to be paid at enhanced rates during the continuance of this edict, that the revenue may not be diminished, nor the subjects overburdened. I beg your pleasure therein. [Ibid. No. 96.]
Dec. ? Petition of Sir Philip de Carteret, bailiff of Jersey, to the Privy Council. Begs reference of sundry abuses which have crept into the administration of justice, and government of customs of the island, to a Committee who can take informations thereon, and report on the appeals now depending. [Ibid. No. 97.]
Dec. ? Petition of the Overseers and churchwardens of the poor in St. Martin's-in-the-Fields to the King, for remembrance of the poor of the parish, the charge of whom is 1,200l. a year, as is customary on the death of persons of eminency, God having made so sad a breach in the Royal family. [Ibid. No. 98.]
Dec. ? Petition of the widow of Sir John Urrie to the King, for money to defray her journey to Scotland. Her petitions being recommended to the Earl of Middleton, Lord Commissioner for Scotland, she is ready to go, but has spent all the little money she had. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 445, No. 99. See Calendar 1660–1661, p. 515.]
Dec. ? Petition of Henry Wiat to the King. I had a grant of the office of Cormorant keeper, but Sir Allan Apsley had it stayed, on the ground that the disposal of the office belonged to him, as Master of the Hawks; and while I was in the country, endeavouring to procure cormorants, he got a grant of it for — Eades, and on his refusal, for [George] Hutchinson. I find on inquiry that the office is in your Majesty's gift, and I beg confirmation of my former warrant, and a stay of Sir Allan Apsley's proceedings. [Ibid. No. 100.]
Dec. Statement that the King has an estate for 2 lives, yet in being, from Dr. Sam. Baker, prebendary of St. Paul's, London, of Tottenhall Court manor, parish of St. Pancras, Middlesex, part of which was let by King James to Wm. Cholmley, for 31 years, at 4l. 18s. a year. The lease has expired some years since, and is now in the King's gift, and Lady Wood begs a new lease thereof for the said 2 lives, which will be worth 300l. to her. [Ibid. No. 101.]
Dec. ? Rough estimate of the expenses required for the Charles, James, and other ships. [3 pages. Ibid. No. 102.]
Dec. ? Calculations relative to a debt incurred by Basil Fielding [Earl of Denbigh], to M. Ferrari of Turin, in 1639, with interest thereon at 7 per cent., to 1660. [French. 2 pages. Ibid. No. 103.]
Dec. ? Translation of the above. Endorsed by Sec. Nicholas. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 104.]
1660 ? Petition of Katherine Bowyer, widow, to the Navy Commissioners. There is a great sum due to me for ironwork delivered into the King's stores at Woolwich, for want of which I am undone, and cannot pay my debts. I beg 188l. 16s. 3d., balance of a debt of 270l. 11s. 8d. due on a bill of 31 Dec. 1657, that I may pay my wages, and interest on money borrowed. [Ibid. No. 105.]
Petition of Mat. Clarke to the King. On creations of honour, there have been fees paid to most of his Majesty's servants, but he is nominated only for knight's fees. He begs the fees for other creations as well, according to the rank he holds in his Majesty's service. [Ibid. No. 106.]
Petition of Dr. Fras. Kettleby, chaplain to Lord Steward the Marquis of Ormond, to the King, for presentation to the rectory of Scotter, co. Lincoln, value 22l. a year; lost preferments in Ireland value 800l. a year, during the Irish rebellion, and was forced to fly with his family into England, where he has lived on the charity of his friends. [Ibid. No. 107.]
Petition of Sir John Lenthall to the King. Having married the sister of the late Sir Peter Temple, Bart., I became one of his sureties for debts amounting to 10,000l., a great part of which I have been obliged to pay, and for many of the rest there are judgments obtained against me. Sir Peter, shortly before his death, and Sir Richard, his son and heir, conveyed lands to trustees for these debts, providing that such sureties as were sued for his debts should be discharged; yet Sir Richard has entered on this estate, held it for 7 years, and received 20,000l. from it. He refuses to answer my bill in Chancery, pleading his privilege as an M.P., and since the dissolution of Parliament, will not answer, expecting to be chosen member of the next Parliament. I beg a reference to the Duke of Richmond, Marquis of Ormond, Earl of Portland, Earl of Manchester, and 4 others, that Sir Richard may show cause why he does not reimburse and discharge me, or allow me to enjoy the lands. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 445, No. 108.]
Petition of Jane, Countess of Marlborough, wife of Wm. Ashburnham, to the King, for the remainder of a lease of the manors of Haddenham, Coddington, and Kingsey, held from the church of Rochester, which are forfeited to the Crown by the attainder of Simon Mayne. [Ibid. No. 109.]
Petition of Andrew Newport to the King, that if on the complaints made to Parliament against the present Farmers of the Post Office, for trusting persons of depraved principles, and for the frequent miscarriage of letters, and turning out of postmasters, his Majesty should dispose otherwise of the posts, the petitioner may have the office on the same conditions, promising to discharge it faithfully and honestly. [Ibid. No. 110.]
Order for a licence to Sir Wm. Davenant, to govern a company to act tragedies, plays, &c., at the theatre in Little Lincoln's Inn Fields. [Ibid. No. 111.]
Letters of marque to Col. James Dillon, to take captive the King's enemies, and their ships, with writ of assistance. Endorsed, "Mr. Legge." [Latin. Ibid. No. 112.]
Warrant for a grant to James Hamilton, groom of the bedchamber, of sundry messuages, &c., in Hyde Park, on rental of 10s., with proviso that he grant leases for 20 years to the purchasers under the usurped powers, on their paying him the moiety of the improved rents. [Ibid. No. 113.]
Worcester House, Saturday. [Lord Chancellor Hyde] to Sec. Nicholas. I beg despatch of a grant which the King wishes to be passed under the Great Seal, of the place of King's advocate in Holland for M. Sasse, a gentleman full of zeal for the service. [Ibid. No. 114.]
List of the officers of the horse and foot for Cumberland and Westmoreland. [These names are not in Dalton's printed list of commissions, which begins 1661. Ibid. No. 115.]
List by Col. Progers of 10 capital burgesses, and 15 inferior burgesses of Abergavenny, who are certified to be loyal subjects, and never in arms against his Majesty. Endorsed, "From Col. Progers, about the charter of Abergavenny." [Ibid. No. 116.]
List of 6 officers of State [probably Commissioners in some cause not named]. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 445, No. 117.]
List by Wm. Ryley [presented to Sir Edw. Nicholas ?] of the Committees that sat during the late rebellion, 1642–1659, viz.:—
Sequestration Committee sat in Derby House, Mr. Vaughan, registrar; his books and papers are in your hands. They also sat at Cambden House; Mr. Aldridge, Lord Berkeley's servant, in the Old Palace, had the books and papers; he is dead, but his son now holds them.
Committee for Compounding sat at Goldsmiths' and Haberdashers' Halls; Mr. Leech, Bayley, Cox, and Dallison were their registrars; you have the papers.
Committee for Plundered Ministers sat at Mr. Phelps' in the Old Palace, he being their registrar; their papers were lodged over the Duchy Court, Westminster Hall.
Derby House Committee for sale of sequestered lands; some papers with Mr. Snape in Chancery Lane, some with a gentleman in Kensington, whose son was their registrar.
Committee for Sale of Crown and Dean and Chapters' Lands. Their registrar, Baker, lived at Thistleworth, but I know not whether he is alive or dead. [3 papers; 2 by Ryley, and a copy. Ibid. Nos. 118–120.]
Abstract of the agreement made 2 May 1660, between the Lord General Monk and the Marquis of Caracena, that all English and Spaniards then in prison in the respective countries should be freed, and that all who should hereafter be taken in merchant ships should be freed, without ransom or exchange, but that all taken in men-of-war should be released on ransom or exchange. In pursuance of this, 500 Spanish prisoners were released from Chelsea and elsewhere, and 100 English from Ostend and elsewhere. After this, some Spanish prisoners taken in men-of-war being detained, the Admiralty judges at Ostend detained some Englishmen taken in merchant ships, whereon complaint was made of a breach of agreement. The judges replied that they knew of no such agreement, and if it was made, it was contrary to reason, and they refused to give up the prisoners. [Ibid. No. 121.]
Account (beginning wanting) of the transactions of Lochiel. In 1654, the third year of General Monk's government in Scotland, Lochiel had again news of the enemy's planting a garrison at Inverlochy. There were 2,000 men, under Col. Boyan. Lochiel went with 300 or 400 men to Achtalow Wood, opposite Inverlochy, and engaged and defeated them, but had a severe wrestling with an officer; Lochiel escaped that and several attempts of the retreating party to shoot him, his foster brother being shot dead in shielding him.
Lochiel, to save his people from being plundered, ordered those who lived near the garrison and had families to submit to the Governor, kept the young men with him, and in 1655 defeated another party of the garrison. Particulars of skirmishings between the parties. He went to the North to meet some loyal gentlemen about the King's affairs, and then to Argyleshire, where he met the Laird of McNaughten, surprised 3 English colonels, and sent one of them to Monk, who granted him peace, on the clan's laying down arms in the King's name, and taking them in that of the States of Scotland. He married a daughter of Sir Donald M'Donald of Slate, and on Charles II.'s restoration, went to London, but was disappointed of the lands he wished for, by a trick of the Earl of Lauderdale. [4 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 445, No. 122.]
1661. Jan. 3.
Maurice Thomson to Rob. Blackborne. Please to send me the depositions in the Admiralty about the ships Jonathan, Maidenhead, and Olive Branch. With receipt thereof, signed "Elias Aston." [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 446, No. 1.]
Jan. 22.
Same to the Same. The bearer follows our business against the Dutch East India Company. Pray deliver him the papers about the Olive Branch, and those relating to any other ship of that company. [Ibid. No. 2.]
Jan. 29. Receipt by Henry Regnier, from Blackborne, of depositions relating to injuries done to the Olive Branch and 4 other English vessels, by the Holland East India Company; sent by order of Maurice Thomson. [Ibid. No. 3.]
Jan. Certificate by John Woolrich, Mayor of Coventry, Viscount Conway, and many others, that Rich. Terry, postmaster of Coventry, is sober and diligent, and contents the people by careful and speedy despatch of letters; with request for his continuance in office. [29 signatures. Ibid. No. 4. See Calendar 1660–1661, p. 493.]
Jan. Grant to Sir Hugh Pollard, during pleasure, of the office of Captain and Governor of Guernsey and Castle Cornet, and all places there, except the island of Alderney. [Docquet, Vol. 19, p. 84.]
Feb. 14.
Rob. Sewell to the Navy Commissioners. I have, as ordered, told Mr. Batten, chandler to the stores here, that if he wished to continue to serve, he should go up to attend you about it. He said he could not do this for want of money, and because tallow has risen so in price; but if you will allow him tallow from the stores, he will make 56 doz. of candles at 1s. 6d. the dozen. I know no other way of getting candles here. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 446, No. 5.]
Feb. 15.
Court at Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to Arthur, Lord Capel, Baron of Hadham, and his heirs male, of the dignity of Earl of Essex, with the fee of 20l.; the grant to mention the extraordinary merits, services, and sufferings of the late Lord Capel, in consideration of which this mark of honour is bestowed on his posterity. [Ibid. No. 6.]
Feb. 19.
Denmark House.
Sir Charles Harbord, Surveyor, to Auditor Wm. Gwynn. By the Lord Treasurer's order, you are to send me particulars of Hanbridge manor, co. Chester, certifying what should be considered in a new lease thereof. [Ibid. No. 7.]
Feb. 20. Certificate sent by Sir Thos. Clarges to the Lord Treasurer, that the pay due to 2 companies to be disbanded at Pendennis, since 1 Dec. last, is 721l. 12s. [Ibid. No. 8.]
Feb. 21.
Southampton House.
Lord Treasurer Southampton, to Auditor Wm. Gwynn. You are to send me, engrossed in parchment, a true and perfect particular of the office of collector of the rents of Welloe and 9 other priories, the chantries in Kesteven and Holland, and the foreign monasteries in co. Lincoln, and what you think fit in making a new grant of the office. Noted as written on the petition of Thos. Zouch, jun. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 446, No. 9.]
Feb. 25.
Denmark House.
[Officers of the Queen Mother] to Auditor Wm. Gwynn. You are to send us particulars of a house and 43 acres of land in Spalding, co. Lincoln, formerly demised to Wm. Makerness, at 4l. 16s. 11d. rent, in order to a fresh demise. [Ibid. No. 10.]
[Feb.] Petition of John Warner, King's bargemaster, to the King, for a patent for his pension of 30l. a year, without which it cannot be allowed. [Ibid. No. 11.]
[Feb.] Note of cornets' commissions for Edw. Shieldon and Wm. Jenkins. [Ibid. No. 12.]
[March 5.] Petition of John Slowman, Marshal of Dover Castle, to the King, for a letter to the Warden and Fellows of Winchester College, to admit his son Charles a child of the college; suffered greatly for loyalty, and was 19 years out of office, till restored by the Duke of York. [Ibid. No. 13.]
March 8.
The Sorlings, Portsmouth.
Capt. Thos. Morris to the Admiralty and Navy Commissioners. The last time I was here, the wind being out of the way, I stayed 14 days, waiting to receive a command from you; but none coming, and the wind favouring, I sailed for Plymouth, with 40 small vessels, which I convoyed to their ports. Since, by order from Capt. [N.] Heaton, I am arrived in his company here, where Capt. John Tippetts says you sent an order for my refitting; but I was gone before it arrived. Now I have got all the guns out, the surveyors have been on board, and will give you an account of the state of the frigate. I will do my best for her speedy despatch. [Ibid. No. 14.]
March ? Address to the King of the auxiliaries, consisting of apprentices and other young men. Observing not only your clemency, but your zeal in maintaining our happiness, and the wholesome discipline of the Church as it was in our glorious Martyr's days, under bishops and doctors, without whom you cannot be safe, nor we happy; considering also the coolness of some persons, and the unquietness of other men of loose and dangerous principles; in loyalty to you, and in love and honour to this city, we—having first applied to the Lord Mayor, a pattern of loyalty and fidelity to your service— offer ourselves as ready to sacrifice our lives and fortunes in defence of your authority, and the preservation of your crown and dignity, and of the Church, and not meddling with those who are given to change. With very numerous signatures of the officers and men in the following companies:—
Capt. Wm. Powell. [2 sheets. Ibid. No. 15.]
Capt. Thos. Templer. [2 sheets. Ibid. No. 16.]
Capt. Rob. Hatton. [2 sheets. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 446, No. 17.]
Capt. Randall Bird. [2 sheets. Ibid. No. 18.]
Col. Thos. Nevill, Colonel of the Regiment. [2 sheets. Ibid. No. 19.]
Major Crosser. [2 sheets. Ibid. No. 20.]
Lieut.-Col. Charles Fowke. [2 sheets. Ibid. No. 21.]
Lieut.-Col. Manby. [2 sheets. Ibid. No. 22.]
Col. Edw. Trussell's own company, in his regiment, being the Blue Regiment. [4 sheets. Ibid. No. 23.]
Capt. Thos. West's company, in Col. Edw. Trussell's regiment. [2 sheets. Ibid. No. 24.]
Capt. Smith's company, in the same regiment. [2 sheets. Ibid. No. 25.]
Capt. Thos. Chester's company, in the same regiment. [2 sheets. Ibid. No. 26.]
Capt. John Povall's company, in the same regiment. [2 sheets. Ibid. No. 27.]
Apprentices belonging to the Ward of Farrington Without, London. Endorsed as the Companies of Col. Wm. Allott, Major Thos. Bywater, and Capt. Burton, in the Black Regiment, and of Capt. Drinkwater. [5 sheets. Ibid. No. 28.]
March ? Address to the King, briefer, but of similar purport, numerously signed, from the companies of the White Regiment of auxiliaries in London of:—
Sir Rich. Ford, Colonel.
Lieut.-Col. Benj. Baron.
John Brett, Major. [2 sheets.]
Rich. Cartwright, Captain.
John Wheake, Captain.
John Parker, Captain.
Rich. Kinsey, Captain. [Ibid. No. 29.]
April 8.
Southampton House.
Lord Treasurer Southampton to Auditor Wm. Gwynn. You are to send me, engrossed in parchment, a particular of the office of bailiff or collector of chantries in Lindsey, and the late priory of Axholme, co. Lincoln; also the office of collector of chantries in Nottingham and co. Notts, and the late priories of Newstead and 7 others, and what you think should be considered in making a new grant of the office. Noted as written upon the petition of George Whitney. [Ibid. No. 30.]
April 29. The Kingdom's Intelligencer, No. 16, containing a full description of the coronation and the preliminary ceremonies. [16 pages. Printed. Newspaper Collection, Vol. 2.]
April 30. Fragment endorsed [by Secretary Nicholas], "Petition of the Merchant Adventurers for stay of proceedings in the Exchequer concerning the Stillyard, to be shown to the Attorney-General." [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 446, No. 31.]
April. Grant to Fras. Cotterell, in reversion after Helyer de Carteret, of the office of procurator in Jersey. [Docquet, Vol. 19, p. 105.]
April ? H. S[hurbrand] to his brother James Shurbrand, Sandwich. We have chosen Aldermen [John] Fouke, [Sir Wm.] Thompson, [Wm.] Love, and Capt. [John] Jones to sit in Parliament. We had such a hall as no man ever saw for the number of men, and so unanimous that it is admired by all good men. There were 30 in nomination, as of course all our aldermen were put in. I do not think they could have chosen better men in all the city, and all good men look upon it as the mighty hand of God. They that were in competition had but few hands. There were not 200 out of near 4,000 but held up for Jones; we had 3 men in 3 several places of the hall, who carried the nomination from one to another, and we had much ado to hear them. All are not well pleased, but good men are abundantly so. [1 page. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 446, No. 32.]
May 8.
Threshfield [co. York].
Fras. Radcliffe to Col. Carr, Skipton. I beg your advice and favour about this business wherein you are a Commissioner, that is the sequestrators, or secret traitors, by whom I have lost very much. I wish to be put in the list of complainers, for I hear that those who do not complain before Midsummer will lose all, and I cannot wait on you on the day appointed.
My neighbour, Mrs. Anne Pulman, also begs your favour. Her husband was taken prisoner to Thornton, and she paid 10l. either to Cooper of Bradley, or to Hen. Mitchell, the coroner. Endorsed with notes that Wm. Seaman paid Mitchell 4l. 10s. and 20s., and Hugh Wilson 6l. 13s. 4d. [Ibid. No. 33. See Calendar, p. 671, infra.]
[May 8.] List of the Members of Parliament returned by the several counties and boroughs of England and Wales. [Book. 2 copies. Ibid. Nos. 34, 35.]
May 22.
Court at Whitehall.
Petition of Peter Gifford to the King. Was several times imprisoned by the late bloody tyrant, his estates seized and sold by the Commissioners at Drury House to Edw. Tooke, Wm. Cox, and Sam. Foxley, and he obliged to redeem the same for 12,000l. Begs a grant of such sums as the said persons never yet paid in to Cromwell for his lands, but still retain in their own hands. With reference thereon to the Lord Treasurer; his reference, 23 Sept., to the Attorney-General, to ascertain whether the said moneys are not pardoned by the Act of Oblivion; and report of the latter, 15 Feb. 1662, that the sums mentioned are not so pardoned. [Ibid. No. 36.]
May ? Information that Joan Strode, widow, has the right of presentation to Netherbury Vicarage, with Beaminster Chapel, co. Dorset. That she maintained four of her sons in the late King's service, who continued therein till disbanded at Truro, for which her estate was plundered, and twice sequestered, and she forced to compound.
That Joseph Crabb was chaplain to a regiment under the late usurped powers, and a great stickler for them; that he is not in holy orders unless he was ordained since 20 Nov. last, finding that Mrs. Strode had presented a clerk to the vicarage; that since he resided there, he has not presumed to administer any of the Sacraments of the Church, nor to preach, as not being in holy orders.
That Beaminster is a great market town, and he has so poisoned the people by his factious sermons and discourses, that he has induced them to be inveterate enemies to the Church of England.
That he has often given thanks in his prayers for the late King's death, and prayed that Cromwell might prevail, and that his present Majesty might never enjoy this commonwealth, as he would bring in popery and tyranny; and that thereupon the justices of the peace ejected him from Netherbury Vicarage. Signed, "Joan Strode, George Strode." [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 446, No. 37.]
June 20. Warrant to pay Sir Maurice Berkeley 7,000l. for 2 months' pay of the Irish regiment at Dunkirk, under the Earl of Muskerry [Charles McCarthy, Viscount Muskerry]. [Docquet, Vol. 20, No. 27.]
June 20. Grant to Philip le Couteur, rector of St. Martin's, Guernsey, of the deanery of the Island, and order to the Bishop of Winchester to admit him thereto, and grant him the tithes of St. Saviour's parish, formerly paid to the Governors, but now annexed to the deanery. [Ibid.]
June 29.
Denmark House.
Sir Charles Harbord, Surveyor, to Wm. Gwynn, Auditor of Lincolnshire. You are to send me a particular of Wyburton manor, co. Lincoln, with the lands, &c., formerly demised to Thos. Turner, rent 68l. 10s. 4d., and what you think should be considered in granting a reversion of the lease. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 446, No. 38.]
June 29. Details relating to the possessors of certain houses at Bradninch, near Exeter, in the King's disposal, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall, preparatory to the granting of a lease thereof to one of the King's servants. [Ibid. No. 39.]
June 29 ? Information concerning Livewell Chapman who printed the Phoenix. Also touching Col. John Okey, and Col. Danvers of Newington, and other dangerous men in London, who are preparing for a rising. [Ibid. No. 40.]
June ? Petition of Henry Osborne to the King, for the place of surveyor to the Queen, having been put away from the government of Guernsey, and promised satisfaction. [Ibid. No. 41.]
July 8. Certificate by 5 members of the Drapers' Company in Worcester (including Thos. Lysons, Mayor, and James Bridges, sheriff in 1651) to the King. When your Majesty was at Worcester in 1651, the Duke of Buckingham and Earl of Cleveland declared, at a common council then assembled, that you ordered a quantity of red cloth to be provided for your life guard of foot, on which the Mayor and chamber ordered the Drapers' Company to provide it, and it was delivered to the value of 453l. 3s., which is still unpaid. [5 signatures. Ibid. No. 42.]
July 12.
Denmark House.
Sir Charles Harbord, Surveyor, to Wm. Gwynn, Auditor of co. Chester. By the Lord Treasurer's order, you are to certify what you think fit in granting to the Mayor, aldermen, and burgesses of Macclesfield new leases of several cottages, shops, &c., in the borough, and the profits and tolls of 2 fairs to be held yearly there, which were granted 37 Eliz. at a rent of 20s. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 446, No. 43.]
July 18. Deposition of John Wright of Cottenham, co. Cambridge, before Thos. Leeke, that he received for the use of the State, 930l. 3s. 4d, from 26 July 1643 to 29 Sept. 1648; that his payments amounted to the said sum, 318l. 13s. 11d. being disbursed on orders from the County Commissioners for sequestrations which he can produce, and that he has no balance in hand. [Ibid. No. 44.]
[July 19.] Petition of Thos. Browne, D.D., canon of Windsor, to the King. I have been accused by the Vice-Provost and Fellows of Eton of schism and heresy, which are so horrid that if proved, they render me unfit, not only for the favour you have shown me for the sake of my late dear mistress, your royal sister [Mary, Princess of Orange], but for my preferment, and even my very life. I beg that my accusers may be bound to pay any damages I may recover against them by law, or that you would reject the petition as a libel, revoke your reference thereon to the Bishops of Sarum, Lincoln, and Gloucester, and reinforce your letters to the Vice-Provost and Fellows, to elect me Provost. [Ibid. No. 45. See Calendar 1661, pp. 39, 184.]
July 20.
Court at Whitehall.
Petition of Thos. Langais, a poor subject of Jersey, to the King, for pardon for sheep-stealing, for which he was sent to prison, but escaped twice to avoid the rigour of the laws. This is his first offence, and he will live honestly hereafter. With reference thereon to Vice-Chamberlain Sir George Carteret, and his report in favour of the petitioner. [Ibid. No. 46.]
July 27. Proposals made by the Corporation of Newark on the renewing of their charter, relative to the government of the corporation, &c., requesting the advowson of the church towards the expenses of its repairs, and the reversion of a lease of the castle of Newark, and profits, &c., towards repair of the bridge, which is in a very ruinous state. [Ibid. No. 47.]
[July 30.] "Act for the establishing articles and orders for the regulating and better government of his Majesty's navies, ships of war, and forces by sea." [16 pages. Printed. Ibid. No. 48. Printed in Statutes of the Realm, Vol. V., p. 311.]
July ? Petition of Col. Godfrey Ashby to the King. I was always loyal in the several commands given me by your royal father and yourself, for which I was marked for death; but escaping, had to fly beyond seas till your restoration, and was brought to a very low condition, as appears by the annexed certificate. I beg an order to call to account John Serle of Buckerell, appointed by Cromwell Treasurer for co. Devon, and to receive his arrears, which are upwards of 400l. [Ibid. No. 49. See Calendar 1661–2, p. 66.] Annexing,
Certificate by Charles Earl of Derby, and 24 others, that Ashby served through the whole of the late wars, helped to reduce Pontefract Castle, and held it valiantly, for which he was excepted from mercy, but escaped (though Col. Morris andBlackburn were hanged and quartered at York) and had to live obscurely and fly beyond seas, and is reduced to a very low condition. [4 copies. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 446, Nos. 49i–49iv.]
Aug. 9. Declaration by the Mayor and bailiffs of Preston. The King has redressed the just grievances of his loyal subjects in several boroughs, and has consulted our peace and tranquillity, which have been subverted by evil practices during these unhappy distractions of persons who usurped the magistracy, removing men of integrity from their duty, contrary to ancient custom. For remedy whereof, the King, by a letter to the Mayor and bailiffs of 13 June last, required them to displace all disaffected persons, and restore the former burgesses. Hereupon we have dismissed Edm. Werden and 7 others from the corporation, and have restored Wm. Banister, who had been removed for his affection to his Majesty; and he and the other aldermen, benchers, and common councilmen that remain, are to assist in the election of other burgesses, in room of those displaced. [Ibid. No. 50.]
Aug. 12 & 13.
Denmark House.
[Officers of the Queen Mother] to Auditor Wm. Gwynn. You are to send particulars of Great and Little Saltcrofts, and other lands in Whaplode manor, late held by George Allington, in order to a new demise. Also of Swill Bullock lands, and other lands in Pinchbeck, co. Lincoln, demised to Wm. Makerness and Arthur Bird. [2 papers. Ibid. Nos. 51, 52.]
Aug. ? Petition of Col. Godfrey Ashby to the King, for a warrant for conferring the title of a baronet on a deserving person. Soon after the restoration, had an order to the Lord Treasurer for certain lead mines belonging to Sir A. Haselrigge, which were afterwards granted to Col. Oudart, so that his necessities compel him to solicit favour. [Ibid. No. 53. See Calendar 1661–2, p. 82.]
Sept. 25.
Go [dolphin].
Fras. Godolphin to Dan. O'Neale, of the King's bedchamber. In order to your election for burgess of St. Ives', it will be needful to procure a letter from the King to the town, telling them that he is informed they are about to choose Mr. St. Aubyn again as their Recorder, of whose particular disaffection to his person he had formerly taken notice, and must look upon it as an evidence of their own disaffection to him, if they should attempt to choose him again, having persons better qualified for that office. St. Aubyn is a bosom friend of [Edw.] Nosworthy, the present member [for St. Ives], whom [John] Bassett hopes to eject. [Ibid. No. 54.]
Court at Whitehall.
Pardon to Thos. Langais of Jersey, for sheep-stealing and breach of prison, he being thoroughly penitent. [Ibid. No. 55. See 20 July, supra.]
Oct. 21 ? Report by Lord Chancellor Clarendon, Lord Treasurer Southampton, and Lord Ashley, on petition of Eleanora and Ann, daughters of the late Sir Henry Lee, and Dame Anne, his wife, recommending the grant of certain lands petitioned for by them, to be granted to their use as directed by their guardian, Anne, Countess of Rochester, after discharge of certain debts and annuities. [Copy. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 447, No. 1.]
Oct. Account of the receipts and expenses of the King's auditors at Thetford, Bury St. Edmunds, Romford, Chelmsford, Braintree, Cambridge, Ware, and Hoddesdon, in October 1661. Total expenses, 58l. 7s. 11d. [Ibid. No. 2.]
Oct. Account of donations promised to the King for his present supply, at meetings summoned by the Dean and Archdeacons of Lincoln on 22 Oct. 1661 and later. The clergy subscribed from 60l. to 5s. each; all their promises are signed by themselves. [Book of 74 written, and many blank pages. Ibid. No. 3.]
Nov. 8.
Court at Whitehall.
Order in Council that as appeals are often brought for delay of justice, none shall be allowed in any case under 20l., and all are to be prosecuted between Easter and Midsummer terms; also that the Lord Privy Seal, Earl of St. Alban's, Governor of Jersey, the Vice Chamberlain, and Secretaries Nicholas and Morice, with advice of the Attorney and Solicitor General, and the King's advocate, are to be a committee for appeals. In case the appellant does not prosecute his appeal within the time limited, the defendant is to be dismissed with good damages for unjust molestation. [Ibid. No. 4.]
Nov. 13. Certificate by Thos. Nanfan, that Edw. Farmer has delivered into Chepstow Castle, for the King's service, the arms mentioned in the cocket. [Ibid. No. 5.]
Dec. 20.
Pool, Montgomery.
Kyffin Lloyd to the Lord Treasurer. In yours of the 17th you say that you formerly wrote me requiring payment of the month's assessment, at 70,000l. a month, but I never received your letter. I have paid to Sir Thos. Player 160l., which is as much as I have received. The rest is in the hands of Pierce Morgan, a butcher here; I know not whether he has paid it in. [Ibid. No. 6.]
Dec. 23.
Milborn, Malmesbury parish, Wilts.
John Estcourt to Lord Treasurer Southampton. By yours of the 17th, you charge me with neglect in paying the tax for July 1661, Wilts being charged with 1,944l. 8s. Of this I have paid Sir Thos. Player 1,715l., and have ordered payment of 60l. more. The remainder will not much exceed 120l., and is in the hands of constables and collectors of the Sarum division. I did not report it sooner because they promised payment by 14 Jan. next, when I will return it within 14 days. [Ibid. No. 7.]
Dec. ? Receipt by S. Forster from Thos. Ellis, of Wellingore, co. Lincoln, of 10l. as a free and voluntary present to his Majesty for supply of his present occasions, in pursuance of an Act of Parliament of 8 Aug. 1661. [Ibid. No. 8.]
1661? Petition of Thos. Betteridge to the Admiralty and Navy Commissioners, for employment as gunner of the Welcome, or otherwise. Has served 5 years as gunner, and proved his ability and fidelity in the wars against the Dutch. [Ibid. No. 9.]
Petition of Wm. Billers, clerk of the deliveries in the Ordnance Office. to the Admiralty and Navy Commissioners, for an order for payment from the excise to come in from Leicestershire of 264l. 14s. 10d., due to him for one year's salary for himself and clerk, and travelling charges; he being discharged, and his place given to George Clerk, 16 June 1660. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 447, No. 10.]
Petition of Sir James Modyford, Bart., to the King, for the office of Receiver-General of First Fruits and Tenths, in reversion after Sir John Prettyman; promoted the Restoration, and has had several grants, but none have proved of any value, on account of previous grants. [Ibid. No. 11.]
Petition of Sir John Prettyman, Bart., to the King, for a regrant to himself and his son, Sir George Prettyman, of the office conferred on him for service during the late troubles, of Receiver of First Fruits and Tenths. [Ibid. No. 12.]
Petition of John Pots, postilion to her Highness Royal [Princess Henrietta Anne], to the King, for a place as one of his porters. Has served her Highness 18 years, but cannot continue this, as age comes on. [Ibid. No. 13.]
Petition of Sarah, widow of Henry Roach, to the Admiralty and Navy Commissioners. My husband was owner of the Friendship of London, which was twice hired for the public service, and a warrant was sealed, 28 Oct. 1658, for payment to him by the Navy Treasurers of 104l. 18s. I have attended ever since at great charge, and am almost ruined for want of the money. I beg that my bill may be paid without further trouble. [Ibid. No. 14.]
Petition of Joseph Williamson to the King, for a grant, in reversion after George Kirke, of Walsingham House, at the upper end of the late Tilt Yard, opposite Whitehall Palace. Marked, "Sir Gilb. Talbot, Mr. Loving." [Ibid. No. 15.]
Petition of Rich. Woolaston, master gunner, to the Admiralty and Navy Commissioners. On 25 June 1660, you ordered me 171l. for my year's salary in the office, I being to leave the place. I beg that it may be assigned on the excise for the town and county of Derby, with 6l. travelling charges. [Ibid. No. 16.]
Petition of Edw. Wye to the Admiralty and Navy Commissioners. I was master of the James from 9 June 1659 to 11 May 1660, when I was discharged; but though my ticket was signed at the Navy Office, the Treasurer refuses to pay it without your order, which I entreat. [Ibid. No. 17.]
Court at Whitehall. Grant to Sir Thos Sandys, Bart., and 12 others chosen by the loyal officers, of licence to hold one or more plate lotteries in any city or town within the kingdom for 6 years, for the benefit of the officers who served the late and the present King during the rebellion, provided they never deserted the cause, and have resided within the bills of mortality for 6 months. Proviso that none of those elected for the management of the grant share in its benefit, nor those reformed officers now riding in the horse guards. [Ibid. No. 18.]
Copy of the proviso in the said grant. [Ibid. No. 19.]
Edw. Riggs to Sir Hen. Bennett. I have waited on Mr. Williamson to know your pleasure about my return to Holland on the King's service, and for instructions; but the charge will be more than the 40l. a year which you will allow. Holland is a dear place, yet it would be better for me to abide there. The 35l. you gave me only found me in lodging and diet during the 6 months I was there, and I wore out my clothes in the service. A house of 3 or 4 rooms costs 15l. a year, business expenses 10l., and that would leave only 15l. for a year's victuals; 100l. a year is as little as it can be done for, and 6l. or 7l. for transport. I must have some trade for a show, but the work would take most of my time, and other business would have to give way. I hope some evening to be allowed to speak with you on the matter. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 447, No. 20.]
C. Hanby to—. I want your care, which I will reward, to get my speedy discharge for 1660, before Mr. Bland comes down, that I may not have to make a journey to London about it "and the money shall come to your hand upon a post letter." I hope, when your father sees what I have herewith sent you, he will do my business himself; but have a special care of my papers, for if they be lost my business is lost. Mr. Walton shall have a bill to pay you 4l. within 16 days. [Ibid. No. 21.]
D. Vivyan (?) to—. I send you, as requested, a precedent, which you may alter, as the occasion of title, death, or resignation may offer. [Ibid. No. 22.] Prefixing,
Form of presentation by J. M. [James Montague], Bishop of Winchester, to a rectory void by death. [Latin. Ibid. No. 22i.]
Thos. White to the Admiralty and Navy Commissioners. This day the fleet for Mardike left Dover pier; 20 sail, laden with powder, deals, &c., for the fort; also several ketches went out into the Downs for orders from Sir Rich. Stayner. The Cornelian has come in to victual, and wants men, having put many sick ashore. [Ibid. No. 23.]
Account by Hum. Jones of moneys received from sale of the late King, Queen, and Prince's goods, 1649–1652, delivered in on an order of Lord Treasurer Southampton, 14 Feb. 1661. Total, 101,167l. 1s. 8d. [Book of 27 written pages. Ibid. No. 24.] Annexing,
Bundle of certificates in detail 1649–53, of the goods sold, including tapestries, rich furniture and bedding, linen, cabinets, Indian chests, cloth of silver, canopies, carpets, porcelain, drawings, pictures and statues, jewels, Georges and Garters with diamonds, books, apparel, household utensils, armour, tents, plants and trees, church vestments and furniture, &c., &c.
Among the purchasers are Lady Cromwell, Gualter Frost, Col. John Desborow, Col. John Hutchinson, Col. Wm. Goffe, John Fullerton, Dr. Gourdon, Master of the Mint, Serjeant Coventry of Whitehall, and John Baptist Jasper of the Strand, and Wm. Embry, who were large purchasers of pictures. Sir Balthazar Gerbier bought the picture of the late King on horseback for 200l., and that of Charles V., Emperor, for 150l.; ******Rob. Houghton of London bough 9 pieces of rich arras hangings of the history of the Acts of the Apostles for 4,429l. 5s. Each article sold has its value given, and all the certificates are signed by 3 or more of the Commissioners for sale of the King's goods. [193 papers, chronologically arranged. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 447, No. 24i.]
Statement [by Fras. Royley] of fines paid to the late pretended Committee for Advance of Money, on the Yorkshire engagement, viz., by John Belassyse 400l., Sir Thos. Ingram 400l., and others; besides this, 1,500l. has been since paid in by others, which has not been accounted for. [2 copies. Ibid. Nos. 25, 26.]
Note [by Sec. Nicholas] to the sheriff of Bedfordshire, that the Earl of Southesk, Viscount Stormont, and Sir George Carver and the others taken prisoners on the death of Wm. Grey, son-in-law to Lord Grey, are to be brought to the King's Bench prison, Southwark, for examination, as it is said to have been an encounter, not a duel. [Ibid. No. 27.]
Statement of the King's approbation of the care and industry of those who have taken pains in the good work expressed in a certain petition; of his dislike of the remissness of those who have withdrawn from it, and of his order to the Lord Treasurer to furnish 1,000l. as the King's subscription, hoping that other persons will do the same. Endorsed, "The poor." [Ibid. No. 28.]
Notes from the second part of Clement Walker's "History of Independency," printed in 1661 [by Sec. Nicholas]. [Ibid. No. 29.]
Certificate by Rob. White and Warren Langton that John Scull was page of the presence to the late Princess Royal, Dowager of Orange, at the Hague and in England, till her death. [Ibid. No. 30.]
Jan. 19.
Anon. to Williamson. Nath. Pamplin is the person named by Sir John Robinson for an ensign's commission. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 1. Granted 20 Jan. 1662.]
Feb. 17. Sir Allan Apsley to Williamson. The King has granted to Arthur Witchels his late father's place [as Ostringer]; I request a warrant accordingly. [Ibid. No. 2.]
Feb. ? Petition of the 16 reformed Irish officers to the King, for some present succour, being reduced to a miserable and starving condition, and even perishing, after having eaten [the value of] all their few clothes and arms. Since coming from beyond the seas 5 months since, they have presented several petitions for employment or some present subsistence, but as yet have received no other relief than promises from the Masters of Requests from time to time, and about 2 months since an answer from Mr. Wyndham, that out of the first moneys that should come in, they should be provided for. They also received answer from his Majesty's own mouth that he had provision for them if they would have a little patience; and upon their last petition, they were informed by Sir Rich. Fanshaw, Master of Requests, that his Majesty intended their speedy relief. [¾ page. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 3.]
Feb. ? [Lord Chancellor Clarendon to Sec. Nicholas.] You know the ill luck Col. Veal has had since our coming home, having had many fair pretences carried from him by more fortunate suitors. He had a good part in the war from the beginning, when he had a fair estate, yet had ill luck too, for after having made as handsome a defence as was made anywhere of Berkeley Castle, he was put out of that government by my Lord of Bristol, because he was a country gentleman, to accommodate Dick Poore, and you know how forward he and his sons have been in all designs. In a word, he has ruined his fortune in more than ordinary activity for the King, and for the present, I know of nothing that can be done for him, except the King will gratify him with the making of a baronet. He has found a person of good fortune and fame, viz., John Broomfield, whose father was Lord Mayor of London, and a worthy man, and his son has behaved well, and suffered much; as he is ready to gratify Col. Veal liberally for the patent, pray move the King, who I doubt not will willingly grant it, and despatch the business as early as possible. [1 page. Ibid. No. 4. Sir John Broomfield was made a baronet 20 March 1662.]
Feb. ? Notes that Thos. Beauchamp, clerk of the trustees for sale of the King's goods, should be inquired about from Fras. Rogers, who is in the same trust with him, for recovery of the said goods. [Scrap. Ibid. No. 5.]
Feb. ? to a case between Col. Thos. Napier and John Woodman, late sequestration collector for Hants, viz.:—
Nov. 16.—Col. Thos. Napier to [Fras.] Royley, at the upper end of the Great Almonry [Westminster]. Woodman's cause is to be heard in the Exchequer to-morrow. The Attorney-General tells me the life of the business depends on your being in Court to witness the Acts of Parliament, so do not fail to be there at 8 o'clock with your book. [Ibid. No. 6.]
Jan. 2.—Promise by Thos. Napier to gratify Fras. Royley out of moneys to be recovered from John Woodman, collector for sequestrations [co. Hants], according to his pains in soliciting the business, in order to his Majesty's Privy Seal. Endorsed with note by Royley, that Col. Napier promised him 50l. for his services therein. [Ibid. No. 7.]
Jan. ?—Summons to — to appear before the Barons of Exchequer, to rejoin to the replication of Attorney-General Sir G. Palmer to his late replication, on penalty of 100l. Endorsed with a note of charges for Muspratt's answer, and other papers in the case. [Ibid. No. 8.]
The Unicorn, White Hart Yard. Jan. ?—Col. Thos. Napier to Royley. I am to meet my solicitor to-day, to consult about Woodman's business, which is to be heard the first of the term. I am prepared, and my depositions full, so that I have a fair cause. Be there at the same time, to satisfy them that the Commissioners were put out from acting by order of Parliament in 1649, and Muspratt and [John] Champion put in their places. I have the printed order, but have not that empowering a grand committee to choose sub-committees, by virtue of which Muspratt and Champion were chosen. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 9.]
Feb. ?—Bill of charges due to Fras. Royley from Col. Thos. Napier, for travelling, attendance, and copies of legal documents. With note that from 11 April to 16 May 1660, he was employed at Mr. Phelps's in filing the papers, and reducing the books to a general alphabet. [Ibid. No. 10.]
Feb ?—Col. Thos. Napier to Fras. Royley. Send by my footman the writings I desired, as I want to send them to Winchester. I hope we shall make this Woodman pay heartily for the trouble, which I shall requite. [Ibid. No. 11.]
Feb.—Note of Col. Napier's address, Long Acre, opposite the sign of the Leg, in Squire's Building. [Ibid. No. 12.]
March 14.
Declaration by the King. We have no greater satisfaction than the prosperous estate of our subjects, and it is our chief care to cement the unhappy discomposures we found at our restoration, by a decent settlement of the Church, according to Divine truth, and the ancient laws of our kingdoms. Therefore, being assured of the piety, learning, and abilities of John Saumarez, of Guernsey, we appoint him Dean of the Island for life. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 6, p. 24.]
March ? Warrant for a grant to Sir Wm. Pulteney of St. Martin's parish, Middlesex, Henry Guy of Tring, Herts, and Valentine Knight of London, of the cleansing and repairing of the streets, and the licensing and regulating of hackney coaches and coach horses in London and Westminster, according to the Act of 13 Charles. [2 papers. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, Nos. 13, 14.]
March ? Additions proposed to the Act above alluded to. [10 sheets. Ibid. No. 15. Printed in Statutes of the Realm, Vol. V., pp. 352–3.]
April 12.
Thos. Whitby to Wm. Cheslett, Bear Street, London. Excuse my not having written lately. I am here to receive the Minister's rent that you spoke to me of. I spoke to the Mayor about the arrears of rents of the Bishop, and he said if I would tell what I ought to receive, he would pay me, and would also pay me the 100l. remainder on Saturday, or return me a rental of the arrears; please to send me particulars of the arrears, so that I may receive them before I see the Mayor on Saturday, and then I am for London on Monday. [Ibid. No. 16.]
April 18.
Safe conduct for Fras. Offley of the privy chamber, who is about to travel into Germany on his own business. [Latin. S.P. Dom., Entry Book 2, p. 63.]
April 21. Certificate by John Wynch, clerk in the Chamber of London, of payment by Rich. Green to Sir Thos. Player, on 30 Aug. 1660, of 35l. on account of John Cox, receiver of the 3 months' assessment, for which he had an acquittance, but it has miscarried. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 17.]
April 21. John Wandesford [M.P. for Richmond] to his brother, Major Norton, St. Nicholas, near Richmond [Yorkshire]. Sir Phil. Warwick, Sir Edm. Sayer, and Mr. Turner, give great hopes of the business. I will attend Turner when the account is presented to the Lord Chancellor.
The Bill of Uniformity displeases both parties. The opposers against the amendments which favour the Presbyterians could not carry one vote; the other party promised to give them the benefit of a proviso made in the Act by the King who, to comply with the tender consciences of those who assisted in his return, desired to give to certain of his choice an exemption from the penalties imposed for the surplice and cross in baptism, provided such minister as desired this grace would find a curate who would, when desired, sign the cross in baptism at his charge, desert the Covenant, disavow all opinions of killing the King, or the lawfulness of taking arms against him, and acknowledge the Book of Common Prayer.
I send you an order made yestesday by the House, imposing 20l. upon all members who do not appear the 5th of next month. I know not how it will be exacted, or whether the House will be adjourned before then. I do not remember any of those penalties taken, though often made. The Speaker made the House sharper than it would have been, by telling us there were persons within 20 miles that had not yet appeared. I suppose all will attend the Queen's arrival. She is expected in a day or two, and if she comes then, the bills cannot be ready by that time, so Parliament may be adjourned for a few days. Sir John—will be more forward to come up than his lady. The knights of the shire are more concerned, because both are away. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 18.]
[April 28.] Petition of George, Duke of Buckingham, to the King, to recall his grant to Dr. Lawrence Hungerford of the rectory of Uffington, co. Lincoln, and to grant the advowson to himself, his ancestors, the Earls of Rutland, having long enjoyed it. [Ibid. No. 19.]
Petition of Henry Osborne to the King. When I was put by the government of Guernsey, you promised me full satisfaction, which I have not in the least measure received, and now I hear that Sir Hugh Pollard is to leave that command. I beg to have it, if not for my own merit, for that of my father, and in consideration that your father intended the place for me. [Ibid. No. 20.]
Petition of Henry Osborne to the King for the government of Guernsey, the Governor, Sir Hugh Pollard, being so sick that he cannot live long. [Ibid. No. 21.]
April [30].
Warrant for a grant to Christopher, Baron Hatton of Kirkby [co. Northampton], of the office of Governor of Guernsey and all the islands and forts thereto belonging, except Alderney, for life, with reversion to Christopher his son and heir for life. [Draft. Ibid. No. 22.]
April 30. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 7, p. 30.]
April ? Note that the Navy Treasurer desires a warrant to the Lord Treasurer for 50,000l. out of the City loan, of which 20,000l. is to be for the present urgent occasions of the victuallers, and 30,000l. for other Navy affairs. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 23.]
May 13. Grant to Christopher, Lord Hatton, with reversion to his son, of the office of Governor of Guernsey and Castle Cornet, &c., formerly held during pleasure by Sir Hugh Pollard, Comptroller of the Household. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 7, p. 55.]
May 16.
Court at Whitehall.
Petition of Rawlin Luce, of Jersey, to the King, for pardon for stealing, promising future obedience to the laws. With reference thereon to Vice-Chamberlain Sir George Carteret, and his report, 7 June, in favour of the petitioner, this being his first crime. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 24.]
May 22. Mercurius Publicus, No. 20. News foreign and domestic, concludding with a notice of the bills passed by the King in Parliament on 19 May, and his speech on that occasion; also a notice of the arrival of the Queen. [24 pages, printed. Newspaper Collection, Vol. 2.]
May 28. List by Jo. Beaumont, High Constable, of 23 places in the East Riding of Yorkshire, headed Harthill, Wilton, Beacon. [Probably in reference to the collection of hearth money.] [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 25.]
June 11.
Return by Henry Felton and 4 others, of the names of persons who have received public moneys, in sums varying from 55l. to 4,856l. within the liberty of St. Ethelred, co. Suffolk. [Ibid. No. 26.]
June 12. Presentment by Elizabeth, widow of Thos. Banks, of Dringhouses, Ainsty of York, of Sir Edw. Rhodes of Long Hawton, that in 1643, he took hay, cattle, and goods of her late husband, at Acaster Selby in the said Ainsty, imprisoned him 4 months, and did him other harm; damages 263l. 10s. [Ibid. No. 27.]
June 13 ? Recital of orders in Parliament and of the Protector relative to the Yorkshire engagement, viz.:—
Order that the Committee for Advance of money at Haberdashers' Hall shall compound with the several gentlemen in the county of York who lent money to maintain the war against the Parliament, and who had power by such order to take the money proportionably, and upon payment thereof, to discharge the parties.—16 June 1649. Noted, "Yorkshire engagement."
Order that all treasurers, sub-collectors, committees, &c., in the several counties, be enjoined from henceforth not to pay any money from sequestered estates, except to the treasurers at Goldsmiths' Hall, or such as they appoint, on penalty of making it good out of their own estates.—25 Oct. 1649.
Title of the Act appointing Commissioners named to compound with delinquents in Yorkshire.—15 April 1650.
Ordinances of the late Protector of 31 Dec. 1653, and 10 February and 21 June 1654, and observation that the Commissioners having compounded with the gentlemen of Yorkshire, according to such order, Act, and ordinances, appointed Piercy Hey, and Dancer Hancock, to receive money payable upon the Yorkshire engagement by the Commissioners' order, and that Dancer Hancock failed in his trust, and employed the money to his own use, and dying suddenly, never gave any account of it; the question therefore is whether such Commissioners are not liable to make satisfaction for such money to his Majesty, Hancock being empowered by them and not by virtue of the ordinance of 21 June 1654. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 28.]
March ? Statement that many of the nobility, &c. of the county [York] entered into bonds for repayment of sums lent to the late King in the war against Parliament, but no accounts have been given in. The former treasurer is living. Endorsed with the names of some of the lenders. [Ibid. No. 28a. See Advance of Money Calendar, pp. 895–941.]
June 13. "York business," being presentments by Sir Wm. Dalton against Ald. Thos. Dickinson of York, relative to sequestration money and other moneys paid to him in 1644. Also like presentments of Wm. Grimston, of Grimston garth, co. York, for sums paid to Dickinson and others, 1644,1650,1657, and 1658. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 29.]
June 13. Certificate by Wm. Manby, that in 1642, by order of the Lord Mayor and aldermen of York, he was assessed, and paid 15l. for the use of the army under the late Marquess of Newcastle. [Ibid. No. 30.]
June 19.
Denmark House, Strand.
[Officers of the Queen Mother] to Auditor Wm. Gwynn. You are to send particulars of 26 acres in Spalding and Pinchbeck, demised to Wm. Willsbey for 3 lives, at 2l. 6s. 8d. rent, and what you think fit in demising the same. [Ibid. No. 31.]
June 21. Order by Lord Ashley to Mr. Rushworth, to certify whether any of the persons named in a list prefixed, of the Committee for Sequestrations and its officers at Camden House appointed 18 April 1643, are returned in any commission of discoveries; if not, they are to be entered as the discoveries of Prince Rupert, the Earl of Bath, Lord Newport, John Lord Berkeley, and Baptist May, and prosecuted accordingly. [Ibid. No. 32. See Calendar, p. 651, supra.]
June 21 ? Request by Wm. Ryley, clerk of the records in the Tower, for a warrant to him to secure, on behalf of the said Prince and others, the books and papers of John Marsh, which will be a good help in bringing in the arrears not pardoned by the Act of Oblivion. [Ibid. No. 33.]
July ? Blank warrant by the Lords Lieutenant of counties, for appointment of their deputy-lieutenants. [1½ pages. Ibid. No. 34.]
Aug. 5.
Hampton Court.
The King to the Attorney-General. It appears by your report on the petition of the bailiff, jurats, and inhabitants of Jersey, that our late father confirmed their ancient privileges, with some additions, and they request us to confirm the same, with leave for a mace to be carried before the bailiff in opening the Courts of Justice, &c., and also confirmation of the licence granted by our father and grandfather to import to the island provisions, wares, merchandizes, &c., from England and Wales, increasing the wool from 400 to 2,000 tods.
Wishing to show our value and esteem of the constant loyalty and affection they showed us during our abode there, we grant them confirmation of the said charter, and you are to prepare a bill under the Great Seal accordingly, inserting leave to use the mace as desired, and the licence to import 2,000 tods of wool, as has been done of late years, by Act of Parliament and the Lord Treasurer's allowance. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 3, p. 73.]
Aug. 22. Warrant to Lord Hatton, Governor of Guernsey, to receive Capt. Walter's company, and dispose of it as he thinks best for the security of the island. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 7, p. 200.]
Aug. 22. Like warrant to the Earl of St. Albans, Governor of Jersey, to receive the companies of Capts. Sydenham and Jeffreys. [Ibid.]
Aug. 25 ? Account of the services of Col. Chas. Skrimpsher, as captain during the Irish war, lieutenant-colonel of horse to Lord Ogle, during the civil war and then commander in Holland, under Prince Maurice. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 35.]
[Sept. 4.] Petition of James Davies to the King, to withdraw a licence granted by misinformation to Mr. Adams to bait bulls, &c., which is to the great prejudice of himself and his father, who were made masters of the games of bears, bulls, &c., by the late King, and have laid out 2,000l. on the bear garden at the Bank side, the profits of which are the chief part of their subsistence. [Ibid. No. 36.]
Sept. 22. Confirmation to the bailiff and jurats of Jersey of the privileges granted them by the late King, with liberty to the bailiff to have a mace borne before him. [Docquet, Vol, 21, No. 138.]
Sept. 30.
The King to the Earl of St. Albans. By advice of our Council, it is thought just that French vessels coming into Jersey should pay 5d. a ton on the tonnage of the vessel, as they do in England and Ireland, in recompense of the sums levied upon our ships going to France. We therefore require you to have the said sum levied, and delivered according to our former letter to Dan. O'Neale, groom of our bedchamber, to be enjoyed by him and other farmers of the said duty, under the rent made payable to us. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 3, p. 92.]
Sept. 30. The King to Lord Hatton, ordering the levying the said duty in Guernsey. Minute. [Ibid. p. 93.]
Oct.? Gavin Lowry to "my friend." I send you the enclosed, because you will know best how to answer the postscript, which it is most necessary should be answered. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 37.] Enclosing,
Declaration by Anon. The prisoner came from Rouen to England in March 1660, and has since been to Paris, Hamburg, and back to Rouen, up to Aug. 1662. He had frequent letters from England, from Gavin Lowry, alias Kedmund, and from Mrs. Somerville, who has furnished him with 300 livres. With French P.S. of questions to be put to Mr. Scouler, Scotch merchant, relative to the prisoner, whence he came, by whom he was recommended and supplied with money, and with whom he has corresponded about a design against the King and State of Great Britain. Endorsed, "From Gavin Lowry." [2 pages. Ibid. No. 37i. See Calendar, 1661–1662, p. 521.]
Nov. 5.
Court at Whitehall.
Petition of Edward de Carteret of Jersey to the King, for a grant of the Percage of that island, the profits of which are 10l. a year, void by decease of his uncle, Gideon de Carteret. It will not intrench upon the revenue, nor the rights of private persons. With reference thereon to Sir George Carteret, and his report, 5 March 1663, that the ground requested is waste, and not worth more than 10l., but he knows not that it was ever granted before. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, Nos. 38, 39. See the grant, p. 678, infra.]
[Nov. 19.] Warrant to Stephen Fox to receive 13,336l. 2s. 2d., balance due from the King of France for the sale of Dunkirk, for which Abraham Dolins of London is bound in the name of Herinx of Paris. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 48, p. 21.]
Nov. 28.
Castle Cornet.
Nath. Darell to Sec. Morice. In reply to yours, Lambert has not had liberty to walk about the castle, except on the platform before his lodgings with a guard, and in a little garden. When he was first here, he was very ill of the scurvy, through being long at sea, and has it still, so that I could not without severity refuse him that liberty. One sentry can always attend, but there must be a change of sentry, as in other garrisons. I know of no correspondence between him and the ill-affected in England. I have sent the only letters I found on search to Lord Hatton. The letters that come to him come to my hands as before, but I cannot help it if Mrs. Lambert gives not her letters to Lord Hatton. In future, I will return all letters to the Governor. There have none escaped me except one, which the prisoner confesses he concealed, because it is about the marriage of his daughter. This he professes to have received when at sea, but he consented that I should send it sealed to Hatton; its date was 28 Aug. I did not rummage for more, his furniture for chamber and kitchen being put aboard soon after he left the Tower.
Since the King's commands, I have had him locked in a chamber with his 3 children; their cook-maid is locked in a room apart, and comes not near them.
My quitting the island was not for long, nor for pleasure, but for the King's service, and when there was no prisoner here; and Ensign Seymour, of a noble and loyal family, promised not to leave the castle during my absence.
The King's service requires that I should sometimes go into the island for a night, and sometimes I have been detained by storms, though I have had 3 escapes from drowning by endeavouring to return to the castle. I will obey Lord Hatton in all things. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 40.]
Nov. ? Petition of Stephen Hobbs to the King. I was lately subcommissioner and collector, under Hum. Beane and Thos. Calvert, of the excise of beer and ale in the 4 Northern counties. They have taken vast sums of money for 3 years ending 25 Dec. next, and have not given just accounts. I beg power to seize and bring in their books of false accounts. This will bring in a great sum to you, and quiet many who are discontented and almost ruined by their extortions. [Ibid. No. 41.]
Dec. 4.
Warrant for a declaration by the King to pass the Great Seal, as follows: From the full confidence that we have in the abilities, loyalty, and integrity of Sir Edw. de Carteret, gentleman usher of our Privy Chamber, and of the services that he rendered us during the disorders of our kingdoms, when he remained attached to our person in foreign countries, we appoint him for life to the office of bailiff of Jersey, in reversion after Philip de Carteret, who now holds the office, with the accustomed rights and privileges, nomination of officers, &c., and the customary fees and pensions. With note of reversion of the said office after Sir Edward, to Mons. de Carteret. [French. S.P. Dom., Entry Book 9, p. 95.]
Dec. 17.
Reference to the Lord Treasurer of the petition of Faith Wiltshire, widow, for relief, being very indigent, and her husband having been always loyal, and instrumental to the Restoration, and in the discovery of fanatic plots. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 13, p. 207.]
Dec. 28.
George Williamson to Lord Treasurer Southampton. Being receiver for Cumberland, on your commands of 9 Nov. for payment of the portion of the 70,000l., I paid Sir Thos. Player 106l. 4s., being the full proportion for this county. The reason of the delay is that the Act only came 14 Aug., so that the 2 Sept. it was but assessed, and I am in arrears with many high constables, who are slow in payment; I laid out 50l. of my own money. I beg your direction for speedy payment of the arrears, and of future assessment. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 42.]
Dec. 28.
Thos. Palmer, Receiver-General of Devonshire, to Lord Treasurer Southampton. I have sent copies of yours of the 17th for payment of the month's assessment to the defective collectors, to speed in the arrears. I have sent up my account to Sir Thos. Player, and am not only in advance, but the assessment is overpaid, as John Sloman, one of the collectors, paid in 300l. last August, without my order or knowledge. I have several times desired that this may be put right, but have got no answer. I hope not to suffer through another man's mistake, but that it may be visited on the defaulter, as by Act of Parliament I am liable to account for no more than I receive. [Ibid. No. 43.]
Dec. 29. Statement by — of sundry instances in which, when attending Mr. Wilmot at sea, things happened to him in the day which, with all the details of circumstance, he had dreamed of the night before. Also of a similar circumstance happening to him at Croisic; by these dreams he was preserved from danger through being forewarned. [Ibid. No. 44.]
Dec. ? Report on the petition of Wm. Ives, that he was presented to the rectory of Norton Davy, alias Green's Norton, co. Northampton, 18 Sept. 1660, but that Nov. 1662 [John] Butler had a presentation, on supposition of its being void for want of a preaching licence, according to the statute of 13 Eliz. Ives pleads his ordination by a bishop as sufficient; the case should be referred to law; Butler's presentation may be revoked any time before he is inducted. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 45.] Annexing,
Reasons in favour of Ives' continuance; he has paid first fruits, and is earnestly desired by the inhabitants; his adversary is unacceptable, and has 2 livings already; a tedious and chargeable suit would thus be ended. [Ibid. No. 45i.]
Dec. Note of a commission, 26 Nov. 1645, to Phil. Cage, and Alice, his wife, daughter of the late Lady Anne Wade, of Battle in Maradine, Essex, to administer to her estate. Also commission to Thomas, son of Phil. Cage, to administer to his goods, and those of Lady Anne Wade, Alice Cage declining to administer, 17 and 23 Dec. 1662. [Ibid. No. 46.]
Petition of Charles Bourke to the King, for money for his journey, and a recommendation abroad; intends to enter foreign service; served his Majesty in the Duke of Gloucester's regiment in Flanders, and afterwards in Portugal, and has now no employment. [Ibid. No. 47.]
Proposal by Edw. Vernon, Keeper of Marchington Ward and Agarsley Park, to the King, that as Needwood Park is saved from enclosing and some deer remain, some wood lately felled by trespassers may be used to repair the house and park of Agarsley. [Ibid. No. 48.] Annexing,
Note of a warrant for Edw. Vernon to seize the wood aforesaid remaining 9 June 1660, and employ it as proposed. [Ibid. No. 48i.]
Petition of Sir Rob. Walsh to the King. I have been 2 years prisoner in the Fleet, on suit of widow Bayes, on a joint bond made in 1641 of myself and Lord Wilmot in 400l., for 200l. raised for the late King's service. Pray consider that I cannot pay my own part, still less Lord Wilmot's. [Ibid. No. 49.]
Notes relative to the appointment of household officers for Queens, 1617–1638. Endorsed, "Commissioners of the Household," with a list of officers. [Ibid. No. 50. Probably drawn up for the settlement of Queen Catherine's household.]
List of the 132 ships of the Navy, with their tonnage, men, 18,671, and guns, 4,519. With note of 7 yachts and other vessels not of war, belonging to his Majesty. [Ibid. No. 51.]
List [by Williamson] of the officers of the Mint and monyers. [Ibid. No. 52.]
Arguments [by Sir Sam. Moreland] for the grant of a patent for an invention for carriages, as also one for draining grounds and lifting water; the former invention was by motion from within; this is from the wind, but I will covenant not to use the patent for draining or lifting water for 7 or 14 years, if the former invention [See Calendar Dec. 1661, p. 199] is used in 20 places in England in those 7 years. Each invention may do something in grinding corn, especially the former one, because of having its motion within; but this having its motion from the wind is only fit for places open to the wind. It is desired that the latter may pass, as it will be a great benefit to the commonwealth, and then places might make choice of either. [1 page. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 53.]
Jan. 19 ? Order for a warrant authorising the Duke of York to empower the Navy officers and Commissioners to sell all useless and decayed planks, and other provisions at Lydney, and also the old Success, Weymouth pink, and Fellowship, being not worth repairing, and to pay the money into the Navy Treasury. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 48, p. 13.]
Jan. 31. Lord Ashley [Chancellor of the Exchequer] to Wm. Gwynn, auditor for co. Lincoln. Send me, fair written in parchment under your hand, full particulars of the office of collector of certain rents in co. Lincoln, granted to Hen. Beadell, and now void by his death, and certify what should be considered, in a new grant thereof, during pleasure. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 54.]
Jan. ? Petition of Fras. Royley to Lord Chief Justice [Rob.] Foster, and the rest of the judges, for relief, having been assaulted on 9 Aug. last to the danger of his life, and since arrested 5 times for a pretended action of trespass, and summoned before a justice of peace, by those who threaten his utter ruin. With notes relating to witnesses in the case. [Rough draft. Ibid. No. 55.] Annexing,
Fras. Royley to —. I give you the details of the abuses I have suffered at the hands of a rude and dangerous multitude, from which God has miraculously delivered me. A number of boys and others assaulting me in George Yard, Westminster, I got away from them, telling them it would be at their peril if they disturbed me, for it is no breach of peace for a man to strike another in self defence, unless he can escape by flying, which I tried to do, but several of them followed me, plucked off my neck-band, cloak, and hat, threw me violently on the ground, stamped on me, and dragged me along, causing me to bleed; I told them I would not be dragged along, but would go without leading, so I was brought before Justice Newman, who examined me, but found no cause to bring me before your worship. With note that Eliz. Burton heard Mr. Croney call Royley a pickpocket rogue.—George Yard, 9 Aug. 1662. [Draft. 2½ pages. Ibid. No. 55i.]
Jan. ? List of persons refusing to pay their rates in the ward of Wm. Bacon, in George Yard, and other streets in Westminster. [6 pages. Ibid. No. 56.]
Jan. ? Like list of persons refusing the rates set upon them touching the common sewers. Similar to the above, but with differences. [6 pages. Ibid No. 57.]
Jan. ? List of persons who are not to be found in the said ward. [4 pages. Ibid. No. 58.]
Jan. ? List of persons who are not inhabitants in the ward. [4 pages. Ibid. No. 59.]
Jan. ? Three papers of drafts and memoranda relating to the above. [Ibid. Nos. 60–62.]
Jan. ? List of persons refusing to pay their rates in the ward of Bryan Barnaby, Tuthill Street, the Great Sanctuary, and Church Yard, Westminster. [2½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 63.]
Jan.? Note of those who refuse to pay, or are not to be found. [Ibid. No. 64.]
Jan. ? Like list of persons who are not in the said ward. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 65.]
Jan. ? Draft of the above, with endorsement by Fras. Royley. [Ibid. No. 66.] [All these lists and papers were found with the above letter and petition of Fras. Royley, and several have endorsements in his hand. He was probably abused in attempting to collect the taxes of those who refused to pay.]
Feb. ? The King to the Lord Mayor, aldermen, and Common council of London. We lately ordered an addition of 3 coalmeters for London, as our predecessors have heretofore done; but finding that the 12 coalmeters have purchased their places at the rate of 1/12 of the benefit, paying the full value, we, wishing justice to all parties, desire that the 12 be fully compensated for the prejudice they receive by the addition of the 3, or else restored to their former position. [Ibid. No. 67.]
March [20].
Warrant for a grant to Edw. de Carteret of Jersey, of the waste lands left by the sea at Jersey, known as Percage, which belong to the Crown, with all reversions thereof, to be held as of the manor of East Greenwich, at a rent of 5s. yearly. [Ibid. No. 69.]
March 20. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 9, p. 309.]
Docquet of the above, dated May 16. [Docquet, Vol. 21, No. 246.]
[March 25.] Petition of Wm. Bedborough to the King, for a warrant for the surrender of his pension of 53l. a year, granted him by the late King to Silius Titus for life, to whom for good causes he desires its transfer. With order for the warrant, as desired. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, Nos. 70, 71.]
March ? Petition of Charles, Earl of Derby, to the King, for a new grant confirming to him the lands called the Whitecombes, Blackcombes, and others, long enjoyed by his ancestors, in connection with their offices of Master Forester and High Steward of Macclesfield Forest, co. Chester, but lately pretended to by certain parties who try to obtain a lease thereof, to be lands concealed from the Crown, and not in strict law granted away. Endorsed with a list of names of other petitioners, whose petitions were chiefly responded to from March to Aug. 1663. [Ibid. No. 72.]
March ? Petition of Sir Phil. Warwick to the King, for leave to build a lodging on the void ground near Spring Garden. Has daily occasion to attend Court, and is much inconvenienced by having no lodgings near. [Ibid. No. 73.]
[April 2.] Petition of Thos. Wynne to the King, for the places, for his son, Griffith Wynne, of Surveyor-General of North Wales, fee 20l., and Major of Carnarvon and constable of the castle there for life, fee 20l.; held the former office 32 years under the late King, and the latter was held by the late Col. John Bodwille. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 74.]
April 3.
[Major] Rob. Walters to Sec. Bennet. I have been here 15 days, and find the place as I left it. The people's hatred to one another fills the place with faction. Most agree that my company, and the Common Prayer are their greatest grievances. Some are content with both, "the Dean having exceedingly laboured to reconcile them to uniformity," and shown the need of soldiers to curb unquiet spirits; yet most yield only a forced obedience. Bonamy, a seditious fellow, an instrument of Cromwell, belches forth his malice against both Government and religion, I am inquiring about him.
I found Mr. Lane here, in Mr. Haviland's house, driven in by foul weather; knowing how he stood in his Majesty's opinion, I durst pay him no respect, which he takes ill.
The prisoner in the castle [Col. Lambert] is troubled because he has been traduced to the King as guilty of new sedition, of which he protests his innocence, and says he could never prejudice a Prince who had bestowed life on him when he little deserved it. He lays his close retirement upon Lord Hatton, who gives him the liberty of the castle, having the porter for his guard, but he refuses to stir abroad with the porter, who is odious to him; nor do his children stir abroad, though they have liberty so to do. Present my service to his Majesty, whose commands are my law. [Ibid. No. 75.]
April 11. Order by the Revenue Commissioners that, at their first meeting after Easter, the Auditors of the Duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall render a perfect list of all grants in fee, and leases for lives or years, passed since the death of his late Majesty; of lands, rents, &c., enrolled before them, giving the dates, names of the lands, and names of the grantees; also of fee-farm rents and chantry and other small rents. Signed by Sir C. Harbord [Surveyor-General] [Ibid. No. 76.]
April 18.
Capt. Rob. Walters to Sec. Bennet. I sent Bonamy to be tried by the justices of the isle, but there being only one witness against him, they refused to swear the witness in, or to examine Bonamy's daughter, saying it was undecent to swear a daughter against her father; so he was dismissed for want of proof. The justices refused to take notice of his talk against monarchical government at a public marriage, though the Dean sharply reproved him for it.
The preacher at Vaile parish was interrupted on Sunday as preaching false doctrine; the man was complained of to the Dean, and will be tried to-day; the people here are averse to Church and State, and nothing but fear keeps them from public uproars.
The prisoner will not accept the little liberty proffered him by Lord Hatton, to walk about the castle with a keeper. I was called in to hear an accusation brought against a kinswoman of his, who lives with him, and had quarrelled with the sentinel. She is a young girl, and knows not what she says.
The Book of Common Prayer is received with very ill-will, expressed by many undecent postures, and nonconformity to what is enjoined. The ministers complain, but I tell them time and patience will bring the people to reason. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 77.]
April 29. George, Bishop of Winchester, to Williamson. I return the papers sent me, and, knowing the man who wrote them, I believe the account true, though not quite agreeing with what I hear from the Lieutenant-Governor and Dean of Guernsey, who are honest men, but not good friends to each other. All our discipline is introduced, except the wearing of the surplice, and I have advised the Dean not to press it till the people by degrees bring their minds to endure it. The clergy being so conformable, they will easily be reduced to a better temper, if Bonamy and others of whom Capt. Walters speaks could be discountenanced, and wholly excluded from the Government. But in this I have no authority, except to see that such a dean and such ministers are appointed as will do their duties carefully and vigilantly, and conform to the laws of God, the King, and the Church. I send you my last letter from the Dean, to show to Mr. Secretary [Bennet]. [Ibid. No. 78.]
April ? Information that on Serjeant Blyth desiring, at the Dean's instance, some people in the church to stand up at fitting times, Bonamy threatened violence, and said that if they drew blood of any inhabitant, they would be cut to pieces; and that if the Serjeant did the same next Sunday, he should be knocked on the head.
That a year ago, when Bonamy heard of M. Saumarez's appointment as Dean, he said publicly, on leaving church, that Saumarez would undo the island. He contested against the Dean's authority to place officers in the church.
At the marriage of Nich. Carey with Mr. Haviland's daughter, on some talk about Government arising, Bonamy said Rome prospered under a Commonwealth, and the monarchy had been the undoing of it, adding, What had befallen the children of Israel by having a king ? With the names of the witnesses, being the Dean two ministers, two constables, and others. [Ibid. No. 79.]
[April.] The King to the Corporation of Wallingford. We recommend Sir John Bennet, K.B., Lieutenant of the Gentlemen Pensioners, whose ancestors had formerly great interest in your town, to serve you in the place of burgess in Parliament, void by death of [George] Fane. [Draft. Ibid. No. 80.]
[April.] Request for the release of John King, very sick, Rich. Thomas, Abr. Rutt and Hen. Sweeting, in prison for a præmunire. With list of the said four Quakers. [Ibid. Nos. 81, 82.]
May 11.
John Brooke to the Navy Commissioners. Last week I requested leave to go for London, having earnest business there, but have received no answer, so I again request it. [Ibid. No. 83.]
May 19. List of the brass ordnance in the castles of Jersey and Guernsey, and note of a warrant for bringing them into the Tower, and sending out such iron ordnance as is needful. [Ibid. No. 84.]
May 19. Receipt by Henry Ramsey, of deeds, evidences, and writings, as detailed in a preceding list, dated from 1327 to 1624, chiefly relating to lands in Wiltshire belonging to Lords Stourton, the Earls of Salisbury, &c. With note by Wm. Gurdott, 16 Feb. 1663, that none of these writings belong to him, or to Thos. Jervoise. [Narrow folio book. 15 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 85.]
[May.] Jane Rokeby and Mary Phillips to Sec. Bennet. We beg you to further the release of Sam. Goodwin, an innocent man, who has been 27 weeks prisoner in the Tower. [Ibid. No. 86.]
May ? Statement that the profits of the posts being settled by Parliament on the King, all persons are forbidden by Proclamation to interfere therewith, and set up any officer to carry letters, or any foot post, horse post, stage coach, or packet-boat, unless licensed by the Postmaster-General; that carriers, stage-coach drivers, &c., and shipmasters and mariners, are ordered to carry no letters more than one post stage, except such as relate to their goods; and that the utmost legal penalty should be inflicted on transgressors about whom informations have been received. [Imperfect, seemingly the prelude to a grant. Ibid. No. 87. See Calendar 1663–4, p. 149.]
June 11 ? Report on the petition of Dan. O'Neale that,—as it was agreed that Mr. O'Neale should have defalcation from his rent for the post office, if any other person proved a right to any part thereof, and that as the postage of Scotland, valued at 2,000l. in the agreement between Col. Bishop and Mr. O'Neale, is transferred to another,—he should be allowed a defalcation proportionable thereto. [Draft by Williamson. 1½ pages. Ibid. No. 88.]
July 23. Licence to Robert, Earl of Sunderland, to travel beyond seas, remaining for 3 years, unless the King sees good to recall him, provided he resort to the territories of no princes not in league with his Majesty, and do not frequent the company of any person departed the realm without licence, nor of Jesuits, seminary priests, or illaffected persons. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 14, pp. 11, 12.]
[June 26.] Grant to the city of Norwich of confirmation of its charter, with sundry additional privileges. [Latin. 14 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 89.]
July 24. Nath. Darell to Dan. O'Neale, groom of the bedchamber. I have not yet received the last year's tonnage, and not a sou since 28 April, Lord Hatton having re-invested his old servant. Instead of paying off his necessitous company, and the poor islanders that have lent him and Major Walters so much, he draws off as much as he can of his revenue into England, and he and others will make out that these islanders are great rebels, when they are as obedient and good subjects as the King needs to have. I beg you and my lady to get me a patent under the Great Seal, independent of the Governor, or he will have it in his power to do me an injury; but if I am out of his reach, we shall be good friends. Phil. Honywood is a President under Sir Chas, Berkeley. If you knew what a man I have to do with, you would be amazed at his dealings.
My Lord of Worcester is my good friend: he sent me word that a refractory fellow here had been complained of to Sir Hen. Bennet. The complainant was Capt. Walters. He goes away ill satisfied with the islanders, as they are with him. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 90.]
July 27.
Court at Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant with survivorship to Henry, Earl of St. Alban's, and Thomas Jermyn of Rushbrook, Suffolk, of the government of Jersey, as formerly held by Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir John Peyton, Sir Thos. Jermyn, and the said Earl of St. Alban's [Ibid. No. 91.]
July 27. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 15, p. 126.]
July 27.
Capt. John Alleyn of the Ropeyard to Sam. Pepys. Thanks for the money sent, and for your letter and good opinion, notwithstanding late informations. I beg your furtherance, in case that business be re-stirred. I lately received an uncivil letter from Skinner, who says he was the first informant, under the name of John Jones, and will now appear before you. These false informations make your goodness known to me. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 92.]
July. Notes about Guernsey to be presented to the King [by Major Walters ?].
1. The inferior officers and soldiers in the castle have been followers of Cromwell and Lambert.
2. The militia is continued in the hands of notorious opposers of monarchy.
3. The jurats, who were over hastily recommended at the Restoration, have been mostly bitter enemies of the King, and abettors of sedition, especially James le Marchant, James Haviland, and Peter Carey, and unless they are changed, it will be difficult for the Governor to settle things.
4. If any distraction arose in his Majesty's kingdoms, the islanders would follow ill examples, and there might have been disorders since my coming away, had not Lord Hatton sent 40 new men as a recruit to my company.
5. The Governor should have power to clear the island of disbanded officers and soldiers, who might draw into a body with the disaffected.
6. The clergy are ill-treated, and the traitorous words against his Majesty in the paper annexed show what the people might attempt on occasion.
7. Ten of my soldiers were barbarously wounded by the islanders, and though I brought them mangled before the jurats, it was in vain. I beg an order to Lord Hatton to inquire into this. [Ibid. No. 93.] Annexing,
List of the 10 men in Major Walters' company who were wounded by the countrymen, and account of the nature of their wounds, attested by Sam. Bradshaw, surgeon of the garrison. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 93i.]
Bradshaw's receipt of 100 livres tournois for the cure of these soldiers.—24 July 1663. [Ibid. No. 93ii.]
July. Certificate by — de Quetteville, deputy-bailiff of [Guernsey], and C. Andros, that on 17 July 1663, Jenette, wife of Raulin Falla, asked Eleazar and Thomas le Marchant, brothers lately arrived in a bark from England, what news. Thomas said, "Good news: the Princess Royal (sic) is dead, and I wish it were the last of the family." [Ibid. No. 94.]
[Aug. 4.] Petition of the Mayor, &c., of Calweton (alias Callington), Cornwall, to the King, for a grant to Sir John Coriton, Bart., of 2 yearly fairs to be held in a field called Crooked Oak, his own land, near their town, it being proved advantageous by an inquisition of ad quod damnum. [Ibid. No. 95.]
Aug. 10. Sir Phil. Musgrave to Williamson. His Majesty's reliance on my faithfulness is as welcome as any new title he has to bestow. Appleby, Brougham, Brough, and Pendragon castles in Westmoreland are lately repaired by the Countess of Pembroke, in the last of which lives Capt. Branthwaite, who formerly served the Parliament; Mr. Secretary should write to her to be careful to put faithful keepers into them; I cannot call them tenantable places, yet they are of that strength as, if an enemy shall seize upon any, it might be a trouble to recover it again, and give opportunity to gather a party. I conjure that this intimation may not be taken as coming out of these parts, in respect of my near relation to Lady Pembroke, and the dependence that many gentlemen in these counties have on her; but I cannot be silent when my master is concerned. Mr. Secretary would do well to write to Sir George Fletcher, colonel of the foot in the two counties, to hasten the completing of his regiment. [Ibid. No. 96.]
[Aug. 15.] Petition of Sir Hen. Carey to the King. [Duplicate of the petition in Calendar, 1663–4, p. 240. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 78, No. 98a.] Annexing,
Transactions between the King and Sir H. Carey, on his claim for moneys amounting to 6,000l., and the privy seals granted him; since 1662, he has desisted from soliciting, but now flies to his Majesty in his present very great wants. [Ibid. No. 98i.]
Particulars of Sir H. Carey's estate in cos. Devon and Cornwall; in 1642, the yearly value was 695l., but it was sold for less than 30,000l. [Ibid. No. 98ii.]
Particulars of his disbursements and payments for his Majesty, total 28,600l.; the receipts for these sums were taken by Desborow's officers, who plundered his whole house, but he can prove them by witnesses; begs especially inquiry into the sale of his estate. Endorsed, "Le Roi y avisera." [3 pages. Ibid. No. 98iii.]
[Aug. 18.] Warrant for a grant to Thos. Jermyn for life, on surrender of the Earl of St. Alban's, of the office of Governor and captain of Jersey, and Mont Orgueil and Elizabeth castles. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 97.]
Aug. 18. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 15, p. 172.]
[Aug. 21.] Note of the intended disposal of 8 Tangiers officers who have been dimissed. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 98.]
[Aug. 21.] The King to [the Governors of Portsmouth and Hull]. We recommend for employment the 8 Irish officers dismissed from Tangiers. [Ibid. No. 99.]
Aug. 24. Bond of George Croney, of St. Margaret's, Westminster, in 20l., to stand to the judgment of John Aston and John Fulcher of Westminster, in the suits at law between him and Fras. Royley. [Ibid. No. 100.] Annexing,
Statement by Fras. Royley of Westminster, of an attack made on him, 9 Aug. 1662, by Croney and 7 others, when he was dragged before Justice Newman, who dismissed the case; since which he has been repeatedly arrested by Croney, on a pretended plea of trespass.—4 Nov. 1662. With notes of those who stood bail for him, and of fees to the bailiffs. [2 papers. Ibid. Nos. 100i, 100ii.]
Depositions of Jane Mason and Eliz. Burton, of George Yard, Westminster, to the attack by Croney on Royley, who was thrown down and dangerously beaten, and called pickpocket and traitor. [2 papers. Ibid. Nos. 100iii, 100iv.]
Aug. 25. Warrant to the Lieutenant of Ordnance to pay 1,096l. 12s. on account, for providing emptions for Jersey, according to an estimate presented to the King from the Ordnance officers, by order of Council. [Docquet, Vol. 21, No. 290.]
Sept 10 ?
Summons by Rich. Haynes, bailiff, on behalf of the Commissioners for the office of Earl Marshal, to Mr. Knolls, to appear before Wm. Ryley, Lancaster Herald, and Hen. Dethick, Rougecroix pursuivant-at-arms, at the Red Lion, New Brentford, on Monday or Tuesday, 14 or 15 Sept., with such arms and crests as he bears. [Printed form filled up. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 101.]
Sept. Petition of Jacobo Ben Rabbi Samuel Augusto, a Jew born of the tribe of Benjamin, professor of the Hebrew, Chaldee, and Syriac tongues, to the King. I have been in England 5 years, and instructed many Divinity doctors and ministers in these tongues; they have endeavoured to convert me, but I was long stumbled because we cannot make out of the Old Testament the word Son of God out of Shiloh; but a divine has lately convinced me from Prov. xxx. v. 4. I have since read the New Testament, and believe in its miracles. I used not to eat any meat in a Christian's house, and the like strictness I used in Oxford and Cambridge, and in Dr. [Rich.] Busby's house, and the colleges to which I resorted for 2 years. I beg you to be my witness in order to my baptism, and I shall pray for your return from your progress, with your most illustrious Princess. [Several sentences are in Hebrew. Ibid. No. 102.]
Sept. ? Order on the petition of Sir Wm. Juxon [heir of Wm. Juxon, Archbishop of Canterbury], that the Lord Chancellor issue a commission of delegates to inquire into the demolishment of palaces and houses; also into the state of Lambeth Palace and Croydon House, and whether they are not sufficient for the see of Canterbury, without charging the see with vast sums for rebuilding others demolished during the usurpation; final sentence to be given by his Majesty on their report. Endorsed, "Bishop Carlisle's reference." [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 103.]
Oct. 5.
Court at Whitehall.
Petition of Col. Wm. Legg, Lieutenant-General of Ordnance, to the King, for the grant of a lease for 60 years of certain houses and ground in the Minories, belonging to the Ordnance, on the expiration of a former lease which has 9 years to run. King James, anno 1, constituted Sir Roger Dallison Lieutenant-General of Ordnance, and keeper of the storehouse and of other houses and ground in the Minories without Aldgate; and anno 10, at request of Sir Roger, demised several of such houses to Thos. Merry, in trust for Sir Roger, as Lieutenant-General, rent 10l, payable after the death of Sir Roger to such person as should be Lieutenant-General for the time being.
With reference thereon to the Lord Treasurer, and a reference by him to the Surveyor-General, dated Southampton House, Oct. 1663. Also further reference by the Lords of the Treasury to the officers of Ordnance, and note by Sir George Downing, that Sir Charles [Harbord's] report had been considered previously.—8 June 1670. [Ibid. No. 104.]
Oct. 12.
Thos. Wray to John Jenkins, Richmond [co. York]. I am grandfather to the children of the Deaneririe of Lanchester, (fn. 1) and their tutor by their father's will. I know, both as to my own estate and theirs, how things passed in 1643 and 1644 as to seizures and sequestrations. I came to York to satisfy you therein. It will be made out to you and the Queen's Council that this estate of the Deaneririe of Lanchester was sequestered in 1644, and the owners had no profit, and in such a case, neither the Queen nor her Council would charge any person; pray give us time to prove this.
In 1644 the Scots' army came to beleaguer Newcastle, and Sir Wm. Armyn came as Parliament Commissioner. The Scots were to execute the martial part, and Sir William the civil part, and between them, they took all movable and immovable. I was dispossessed of my estate, and can you or the Queen's Council demand rent for 1644, when the estate was in the enemy's possession, and we had not even 1/5 ? I might dispute payment for 1643, but I will not, but have sent you money to make up that year's rent, 5l. 16s. 5d. The tithes were seized by two Commissioners of Sir Wm. Armyn. [Ibid. No. 105.]
Oct. ? Petition of Rich. Wise and Lucy his wife, mother of the maids of honour to the Duchess of York, to the King, that John Legg,—who served in the Life Guards with their son Robert, provoked and insulted him for refusing to lend him a horse, and killed him with his sword in a duel, after having missed him with his pistol—may suffer death for the same, to which he was condemned, but has obtained a reprieve. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 106.]
Nov. 3. Sir G. Downing to Sec. Bennet. Being confined by indisposition, I send Dr. Denham to convey an account of an overture that has been made to me. [Ibid. No. 107.]
Dec. 1. Petition of Thos. Killigrew, Thos. Rose, and Thos. Chiffinch, to the King, for a lease of 19 messuages, in Collier Row, Stepney, and Shoreditch, the manor of Puriton-cum-Crandon, and a house in Bridgewater, extended for a great debt due to the Crown by Hum. Blake, which they discovered at great charges. With note that the full value is 88l. a year. [Ibid. No. 108.]
Dec. 2.
Court at Whitehall.
Order in Council, on reading a draft of the letter prepared by order of the Board on 27 Nov., touching the fishing in Newfoundland, that the Duke of Albemarle and 9 others be a committee to consider of the said letter, meeting to-morrow at the Council Chamber, Whitehall, when Mr. Clifford, Mr. Kendal, or some other concerned in the business is to attend them. [Ibid. No. 109.]
[Dec. 2.] The King to the [Commissioners for Prizes ?]. We recommend the satisfaction of the officers and mariners of the Diamond, who in 1661 made prize of a Flemish vessel at Jamaica, and by a late Act of Parliament, ought to have a moiety of her value. [Ibid. No. 110. See Calendar, 1663–4, p. 361.]
Dec. 3. The King to Sir Charles Littleton. Suit has been made to us— on account of your indisposition, and your affairs here—to grant you leave to return; therefore we grant you this licence, not doubting but you will make provision for the government of the island till we have otherwise disposed of the same. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 10, p. 122.]
Dec. 4.
Court at Whitehall.
Order in Council, referring to the Admiralty and Navy Commissioners to advise the best course how Newfoundland fish may be brought into England. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 109a.]
Dec. 6 ? Petition of Sir John Monson, trustee to John, Earl of Mulgrave, to the King, stating that an ancestor of the Earl leased to Charles I. the manor of Mulgrave, for the sake of the alum, the sole making of which was granted to Sir John Gibson, on rental of 12,500l., of which 1,640l. was reserved to the Earl of Mulgrave; but the grant being pronounced a monopoly, was revoked in 1648. Requests that if it be re-granted, he may be preferred as the lessee, having previously managed the works. [Ibid. No. 111.]
Dec. 11.
Court at Whitehall.
Grant to Nath. Darell of the office of deputy-governor of Guernsey, and Commander-in-Chief during the absence of the Governor. [Ibid. No. 112.]
Dec. 28.
John Kitchell to Squire Aldworth. I am surprised at Col. Alured's obstinacy, in acknowledging one part of the charge, and not the other. Particulars of the 10l. charged for Tadcaster. I am ill, and unfit to travel; therefore let Judge [Chris.] Turner, who is coming down to try the rebels, take my affidavit, and save me the journey; or if you can do it without prejudice to the Exchequer, put the case off till Easter term. If I hear not to the contrary, I shall punctually observe your directions, both as to time and place. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 113.]
Dec. 30. Bond of Thos. Parker and 2 others of Westminster in 40l., to abide the award of Wm. Newington of Westminster, elected by them, and John Vincent, elected by Fras. Royley, in reference to actions, debts, and differences between them. With signatures and seals. [Ibid. No. 114.]
Dec. 30. Like bond of Royley in 40l., to abide the decision of Newington, elected by both parties in the said case. [Ibid. No. 115.]
Dec. ? Petition of Sir Lewis Kirk to the King, to appoint his brother, John Kirk, who has acted as his deputy since he became standard bearer, to succeed him as paymaster of the pensioners, as he is dying; the place was granted him for loyal services by sea and land, and brought him in 100l. a year, being 2l. from each pensioner for keeping the accounts, &c. [Ibid. No. 116.]
Dec. ? Petition of Capt. Edw. Morgan to the King, for the command of Jamaica which, though refused by others, is his request, martial discipline being his greatest perfection, and thus his Majesty's promise to the Elector of Brandenburg and others will be fulfilled. [Ibid. No. 117.]
Dec. ? Request of Capt. Edw. Morgan to the King, to know what is to be done about his proffer for Jamaica; there are few left of larger experience in his profession; doubts not his Majesty's royal word to the Elector of Brandenburg and others on his behalf; if a considerable employment be given him, begs a letter to the States of Zealand, that he may dispose of his company there. [Ibid. No. 118.]
Dec. ? The Earl of Derby's case against Wm. Christian. Statement of the Earl's ancestral title to the Isle of Man, which formerly did homage to the Kings of Norway and Scotland, and then to England, and was settled 7 James on the Stanley family. Christian, a native of the island, took advantage of the absence of James, late Earl of Derby, to design an insurrection, took the troop of horse, and several places of strength, and sent out crosses to raise the forces of the island.
He told the people that the Countess Dowager would sell them at 2d. or 3d. a head, made them take an oath against her, and besieged her in Castle Rushin. He brought in the Parliament forces, without consent of the Countess or of Sir Phil. Musgrave, Governor and General, plundered her of all she had, and caused the loss of the island, for all which treasons he was condemned to death, according to the laws of the island; but on his wife's petition, was not executed, but shot. The order that he should be brought before King and Council came not to the Earl's hands till 26 Jan., and Christian suffered on 16 Jan., so that there could be no blame about it.
The Isle of Man was not included in the Act of Pardon, as were Jersey and Guernsey. The Earl is so far from benefiting by Christian's estate, that he annexed it some months since to the Bishopric of the Isle of Man. [Printed broadside. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 119.]
1663 ? Petitition of Margaret Boulden, for her husband Lewis Boulden, master of the Rachel, James Bray, James Wood, and James Williamson of his company, and other English prisoners at Ostend, to the Admiralty Commissioners, for a speedy order for their release by exchange. The ship was in the service to take hay to Mardike, and carrying coals from Newcastle to London, was taken 24 July, and carried into Ostend. Several Dutch prisoners in Chelsea College wish to be exchanged for English prisoners at Ostend, as appears by the "slackbriefe" of the Admiralty judge at Ostend, and by a certificate from the Marshal-General at Chelsea College. [Ibid. No. 120.]
Petition of Thomas le Marchant of Guernsey, prisoner in the Tower, to the King. I was instructed by Lord Hatton, your representative, to make out your revenue in the island; I advanced it 2,000 crowns, and prevented the tenants and others from unjust dealings, thereby much displeasing them. Wherefore they have caused me to be committed prisoner ever since 18 March last, on pretence of nonconformity to the ceremonies of the Church, but really for my loyalty to your Majesty. I beg to be called to trial, being clear of any stain on my loyalty. [Ibid. No. 121.]
Petition of Sir Wm. Mason to the King, for employment or a pension. When the late King was threatened by apprentices at Whitehall, and Parliament refused him a guard, and drove away his servants, raised 400 gentlemen of the Inns of Court, who armed and offered themselves as a guard, and were accepted; was forced to fly for so doing; served to the surrender of Pontefract, the last garrison. All his estate was sold at Drury House, not a penny allowed him therefrom for sustenance, "and by the Act of Indemnity, not repairable." Was counsellor-at-law, and Custos Brevium in the King's Bench; then served as colonel of horse in the war, and was not allowed to return to practise when it ended. [Ibid. No. 122.]
Petition of Sir John Prettyman, Bart., to the King, for permission to resign to Sir Thos. Cooke of Acton, Middlesex, the office of receiver of the first fruits and tenths of the clergy, granted him for loyalty during the rebellion, being too old to attend to the duties. [Ibid. No. 123.]
Petition of John Southcote to the King, for the reversion after Sir John Prettyman of the receivership of first fruits and tenths; has often received answers to petitions, but no benefit therefrom. [Ibid. No. 124.]
Petition of the overseers and rulers of the Watermen's Company to the King, for his signature to the book of orders allowed by the Lord Mayor and aldermen, and signed by Council in 1662, but opposed because they were not signed by his Majesty. [Ibid. No. 125.]
Blank forms of warrants, &c., as follows:—
Licence to kill and sell meat in Lent. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 48, p. 1.]
Post warrant from Sec. Bennet. [Ibid. p. 25.]
Note that the King has granted the forfeitures of 6 persons for killing Randolph of Derbyshire, but that "the murder was promised to the Lord Buckhurst." [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 126.]


  • 1. The clergyman of Lanchester at this date lived in a house north of the collegiate church, called the Deanerie. His children will be those in question. Deaneririe is still the local pronunciation of Deanery. [Private information from G. Needham, Esq., Assistant Librarian of Durham University.]