Charles II: Addenda, 1664-7

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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, 1664-7

Jan. 16. Petition of Mansell Stradling to the King, for a grant of the place of searcher of the port of Cardiff, which Phil. Mansell is willing to surrender to him. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 1.]
[Jan. 26.] Petition of Ann Seyle, widow, to Sec. Bennet. My late husband bought Dr. Heylin's Cosmography from the Doctor himself, and entered it for his copy in Stationers' Hall; he was at great charge in printing it, and dying, left it to me and his children. The impression being near sold, I beg you will license it anew for the sole reprinting by me. [Ibid. No. 2. See Calendar 1653–1654, p. 454.] Annexing,
Note by Edw. Underwood, servant to Mr. Tokefield, that Mr. Seyle entered his name with the wardens [of the Stationers' Company] for the "Chorography (sic) and history of the whole world, and all the principal kingdoms, provinces, seas, and islands of it, by Peter Heylin."—30 Dec. 1651. Endorsed by Jos. Williamson. [Ibid. No. 2i.]
Jan. 29./Feb. 8.
Wm. Cole to Sir Rich. Ford, sheriff of London. I have lived 17 months at Rotterdam, doing nothing against the King, but the English news writer there falsely accuses me of shipping arms. I am now accused of hearing Sydrach Lester speak extravagantly against the King, and boast of giving me a commission to raise forces for England. I protest my innocence of all offences, and my wish to live quietly and honestly. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 3.]
Jan. ? The King to [Sir Walter Plomer, Bart.], High Sheriff of Surrey. We understand that your predecessor, Sir Nich. Stoughton, left with you the balance for assessment of the militia, but that you hesitate about paying it without special warrant. We order you to pay all that you have in hand to Sir John Robinson, Lieutenant of the Tower, notwithstanding any former directions to Lord Lieutenants, &c. [Damaged. Ibid. No. 4.]
Feb. 5 ? Order for a copy of a lease made between 1654 and 1660, from the sequestrators to John Walker of the Middle Temple, of manors, &c., co. Salop, sequestered by the recusancy of William, Viscount Stafford. Endorsed, "Search for Lady Stafford." [Ibid. No. 5.]
Feb. 5 ? — to —. The search about Viscount Stafford's estate relates to Tarthall [House, Middlesex], which belonged to Alathea, Lady Arundel, and has since been held by Mr. Pierrepoint. If there be a report in the case, it will be among the papers of Viscount Stafford, Lady Alathea, or Mr. Pierrepoint. [Ibid. No. 6.]
[Feb. 25.] Petition of John Bruninick, merchant of London, for leave to land 19 Flanders horses, brought from Rotterdam, where there is no contagion, but the vessel has been stopped at Holehaven for 6 days, and their provisions being spent, and they not allowed to go on shore, the horses will be utterly lost. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 6A.]
Feb. ? Petition of Rob. Southwell, Clerk of the Privy Council, to the King, on behalf of his brother-in-law, Sir John Percival, Bart., whose title to the registry of the new bill now depending for Ireland, claimed also by Sir John Shaw, was examined by the Lords of the Irish Committee, when Sir John Shaw, standing near the door, and hearing that the nomination was left to his Majesty, hastened to Whitehall, declared that his title was pronounced good, and obtained the grant before the Lords rose. Begs that such practices may be discountenanced and a fair report made, before Percival, who has a warrant for the place, be excluded. [Ibid. No. 7.]
Feb. List, by Edw. Gregory, of the shipwrights, boat makers, calkers, &c., employed in Chatham Yard, between 1 Jan. and 19 Feb. 1664; total number, 328. [12 pages. Ibid. No. 8.]
[March 2.] The King to Sir Rob. Byron, colonel of the foot guards. You are to march early to-morrow to Southwark, with your two companies of foot, and dispose of them for the peace of the borough. [Draft by Sec. Bennet. Ibid. No. 9.]
March 10. Nich. Spackman to [Auditor] Rich. Aldworth, at Mr. Stanlake's, Twyford, Berks. I can get no satisfaction about Hewson's arrears. My lord will not declare any account without the supers, or some reason why they should not be brought, and most of them are pardoned by the Act of Oblivion, so I shall finish the account as it is; the matters in dispute are about Col. Alured's arrears, and they will be presented to his lordship. Meanwhile the Colonel has liberty to go and despatch his business. As for the 37l. 17s. for Whitgift, I only find receipts for 18l. 18s. 6d. He pleads that they are entered under another name. [Ibid. No. 10.]
[March 10.] Jo. Bland to Auditor Aldworth. Col. Alured will content Sir Theophilus Gilby as to the bond, and so pass the accounts, the 37l. being respited in super. You can examine the business at Lady Day, and therefore the case could be respited till then, getting Sir Theophilus to have the hazard thereof, by taking Col. Alured's paper to pay the money, in case he has received it. [Ibid. No. 11.]
[March 21.] The King to the [Master, &c., of St. John's College, Cambridge]. We hear that by your statutes you can only elect Fellows on the Thursday before Palm Sunday, and only 2 from one county at once; but we dispense with the said statutes in behalf of Sam. Howlet, B.A. of your college, whom we request you to elect, if found otherwise deserving. [Draft by Williamson. Ibid. No. 12. See Calendar 1663–64, p. 524.]
March [22 ?]. Licence for Nath. Darell, Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey, to pass the seas. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 16, p. 67.]
March 22.
Certificate that during the King's residence in Jersey in 1649, he gave to Sieur Duteil the fifteenth part of a vessel with its muni tions, taken from the English and adjudged to be prize. [French. Foreign Entry Book No. 11, p. 18.]
March 23. Certificate by Erasmus Farley, Commissioner for co. Herts on the Act for granting 4 subsidies, that Thos. Miller of Ridge, hundred of Cashio, Herts, was assessed at 40s. for his lands in cos. Herts and Bucks. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 13.]
[March 31.] Petition of the clothiers of England to the House of Commons, for relief against an Act of the Common Council of London, against which several votes have been passed by a Committee of the House, in spite of which the City still enforces it; by this Act they are obliged to keep their cloths long in Blackwell Hall and Leadenhall, to enter recognizances in 200l. themselves, if they stay more than 14 days in town, to pay an increased rate of hallage, and to endure other obstructions to their trade. Signed by Benj. Wade, Mayor, and 63 clothiers of Leeds, and endorsed, "The petition of the town of Leeds." [With 64 signatures. Ibid. No. 14. See Calendar, p. 535.]
March ? Petition of Rob. Heyton to the King, for the office of Receiver of Customs at Barnstaple, void by death of Hum. Prideaux; his father, a servant and a great sufferer in the cause of the late King, died soon after the Restoration, leaving his family unprovided for. [Ibid. No. 15.]
March ? Licence for Thos. Browne, butcher, of East Greenwich, Kent, to kill and sell all sorts of flesh meat (beef excepted) during the ensuing Lent. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 48, f. 4.]
[April 1.] Petition of Edw. de Carteret of Jersey to the King. I entered upon the Percage lands granted me, but find that others have encroached upon part thereof, without authority. You promised me in my grant anything further needful to discover and clear it, and as the course of justice in the island would incur long delays, I beg you to authorise the bailiff and 3 jurates to inquire as to the limits of the land, and settle all controversies arising thereon. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 16.]
[April 1.] The King to the bailiff and jurates of Jersey. On 30 May 1663, we settled on Edw. Carteret of Jersey the Percage and waste lands there, and he has entered into possession, but he finds that several others have encroached on the premises without authority. To avoid the long delays and expenses which would arise from suits at law, at his request, we recommend the case to you, and request you, the bailiff, and 3 of the jurates to inquire about the said lands and the encroachments, going yourselves to the places concerned, with our advocate, or other officers, and to examine witnesses and records, and put Carteret into peaceable possession of all that really belongs to him. [Ibid. No. 17.]
April 1. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 17, p. 23.]
[April 7.] Note that—Toombes, tenant of Moor-end farm, honour of Grafton, co. Northampton, has paid his old rent, but is 213l. 10s. in arrears, of the increased rent, since Lord Fitzharding's lease. Endorsed "Sid. Godolphin." [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 18.]
April 17.
Brue ?
Extract of a news-letter from Flanders. The Marquis of Caracena may leave in June. The French Ambassador at Madrid is blamed for complaining that the English Ambassador was treated with more magnificence than he. The reply was that it was because the King of England had defrayed M. de Batteville [Battaihhé ?] till he reached London, and this was in return; the other demonstrations were from the good-will of the country.
There are 300,000 crowns come from Spain for the Prince of Condé, and as much more for the Emperor. The Turk's preparations will not be more than last year. They are gathering 12,000 janizaries and other forces to relieve Canisa, besieged by Count Serini. Marriages among the Spanish nobility. The Duke of Medina's second son is to come into these parts, to be Admiral of these seas. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 19.]
April 19. Certificate to the Barons of Exchequer by Wm. Chayney, Mayor of —, and Thos. Southby, being Commissioners appointed, with others, for assessing the 4 subsidies granted to the King, that they have assessed John Lenthall, of Besselsleigh, co. Berks, at 500l. for his estate in Oxon, and at 20l. for his lands in Berks. [Ibid. No. 20.]
April 20. Bond of John Stent of Surrey, Thos. Cage of St. Bartholomew's parish, and Thos. Lock of St. Margaret's, Westminster, in 400l., that Stent shall not conceal or design anything to the disturbance of his Majesty's peace and government, and shall appear before a Secretary of State 6 days after notice left at his house at Walton-onThames. [1 page. Ibid. No. 21.]
April 29 ? Note [by Sec. Bennet] of 3 papers delivered to Col. [Harry] Ewbancke at Col. Scott's, near the New Exchange. Also that [John] Elrington is appointed to come. [Ibid. No. 22.]
May 7.
Castle Cornet.
Christopher, Lord Hatton, to Williamson. I received yours explaining Mr. Secretary's letter about the prisoner here [Col. Lambert]; I thank you for your kindness to me. I must engage your friendship for myself and the bearer, the lieutenant-bailiff of this island, who has business at the Council Board and with his Majesty, about a petition maliciously invented against me by Mr. Darell. Tell Mr. Secretary I rely on him, whom I have so long found a real friend. [Ibid. No. 23.]
May 12. Bond of Samuel Questonbury, of St. Sepulchre's parish, London, in 10l., to pay 5l. to John Tompson, citizen of London, on 12 Nov. next. Endorsed with notes of receipts from Sir. Wm. Russell of money for the prosecution of Muspratt and Marks. [Ibid. No. 24.]
[May 20.] — to Lady Berkeley, Mat. Bowles, son of Wm. Bowles, of Woodford, co. Wilts, is the child desired to be preferred to the Charterhouse; but Sir Ralph Sydenham should be consulted before the King's signature is obtained to the grant. [Imperfect. Ibid. No. 25.]
May 23. — to Sir Henry Bennet, Kirk House. I came up to town on notice of the passing of the bill [Conventicles Act, passed 17 May 1664], but find nothing to stay for. There is a great increase of disaffection, which in time may produce bad effects; but I will watch carefully and advertise you. Meanwhile I beg leave to go home on private affairs, but will return shortly. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 26.]
May 27.
Ant. Thorold to his cousin, Thos. Ellis, Wellingore. I have been at counsel about Lady Carr's proceedings against you; they say you must plead generally, and give the special matter in evidence, and there is no doubt of your casting her, and having large damage for your wrongful vexation; they will also be severely fined in the King's Bench by my Lord Chief Justice, from whom they must expect no favour. [Ibid. No. 27.]
May 31. Grant to the Earl of St. Alban's for life, with reversion thereof to Thos. Jermyn, of the office of Governor and Captain of Jersey, with Montorgueil and Elizabeth Castles, on his surrender of a former patent thereof. [Docquet, Vol. 22, No. 54.]
June 30 ? Petition of Capt. Thos. Allin of Lowestock [sic; Lowestoft ?] to the King, for allowance to himself and his son Thomas of the groats paid by seamen each month for maintenance of ministers, but not disposed to that use, as several ships go without ministers. Has suffered greatly for loyalty. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 28.]
June 30.
The King to Lord Hatton, Governor of Guernsey. In Castle Cornet there are several pieces of brass ordnance which we have reason to employ elsewhere; you are therefore to deliver them to Col. William Legg, Lieutenant of our Ordnance, to be removed to the Tower of London. With particulars of the said ordnance. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 16, p. 162.]
June ? Justice John Archer to the King. The reasons why I could not allow your Majesty's pardon to Peter Stone and Edw. Ivey, at the Somerset assizes, for felonies against Joan Plympton, is that it did not agree with the indictment in certain points named. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 29.]
June. Account of stationery, books, &c., furnished for the receipt of the Exchequer in Easter and Trinity terms; total, 166l. 4s. 1d. With accounts for repairs, glazing, cleaning the offices, &c. [14½ sheets, damaged. Ibid. No. 30.]
[July 4.] Petition of John Pearson, Master, and 8 senior Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge, to the King, for leave to confirm to Dr. George Chamberlain the grant to the rectory of Orwell, void by death of Dr. Row, which, according to statute, must be given to him as senior Doctor in Divinity; he suffered much and was ejected from his fellowship for his loyalty in the late troubles. Before sealing his patent, they received his Majesty's letter in favour of Fras. Barton, who has no pretence thereto, and is rendered unfit for it by frequent distempers of mind. [Ibid. No. 31.]
July 23. Notes relating to [John] Tippetts' travelling charges, prices of masts, planks, &c. [Ibid. No. 32.]
July 28. News-letter. On 20 March, Edm. Carrant, Adjutant of the City of London, assisted by Capt. Cox, attempted to apprehend Vernon and Glasse, Fifth Monarchists, for being at a conventicle in Cannon Street; but Cox letting those in the meeting-room go into the shop, Major Vernon and some other eminent men escaped; one man bribed Cox to let him escape, and Cox told him that some of the conventiclers trapanned them, on which notice was given that none should know the place of meeting until an hour of the time, but that Brothers Vernon and Glasse and others would teach all this day near Bishopsgate.
It is said that Mr. Bagshaw and Sir John Vaughan contrived the libel, "Murder will out." Mr. Fowler, minister of Reading, who came to visit Sir J. Vaughan in Newgate, said they hoped some designs now in hand would take effect.
Ecring, a tailor in Blackfriars, has dispersed the pamphlet, "Antipharmacum saluberrime," and other of their pamphlets. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 33.]
Aug. 9. Lord Ashley to Viscount Fanshaw, Remembrancer of the Exchequer. A commission has come dated 25 July last, making Sir Fras. Clarke receiver of hearth money in Canterbury and Kent, on which I directed his sureties to be taken. Henry Wriothesley, one of them, cannot attend at the office, so a commission must be issued to Sir John Banks, Bart., and 3 others, to take his security in 550l., and for so doing this is your warrant. [Ibid. No. 34.]
Aug. 16. Lord Treasurer Southampton, Lord Ashley, and Sir Rich. Raynsford [Baron of the Exchequer], to Viscount Fanshaw, his Majesty's Remembrancer of the Exchequer. You are to prepare a patent to Thos. Tomlinson, mercer of York, to be receiver of hearth money in the North and East Ridings, but it is not to be delivered till he has given security and taken his oath, according to the Act of Parliament. [Ibid. No. 35.]
Aug. 18. Lord Ashley to Viscount Fanshaw. You are to take securities for Tomlinson's execution of his office, viz., his own in 2,250l., and those of Thos. Heber of Stainton, and Ant. Walker of York, each in 1,130l., with the conditions agreed upon for taking Tomlinson's oath and bond, and the bonds of Heber and Walker, directed to Sir John Goodrich and Sir Solomon Swale, Barts., and Rich. Hutton. [Ibid. No. 36.]
Aug. ? Petition of Marmaduke Cholmley to the King, for restoration to him of the manor of Brafferton, co. York, worth 300l. a year, lost by him for service to the late King in the wars, sold for a small value to Ralph Rymer, and now reverting to the Crown by his attainder. [Ibid. No. 37.]
Oct. 22. Return by Thos. Ingram, one of the constables for the 3 hundreds of Bucks, of the following constables, for non-payment of hearth money due last Lady Day:—
George Langley of Lenborow.
Thos. Stashbury of Burton, Buckingham parish.
Ed. Jennett of Rathly-cum-Cackmore. [Ibid. No. 38.]
Oct. 25. Extract from a grant to [Sir] Wm. Hickman, of a fair for 2 days to sell cattle, goods, &c., by retail only, as in other fairs, in a town not named [Norwich ?]. [Latin, with translation. Ibid. No. 39.]
Oct. 29. Commission to Wm. Sheldon to be deputy-governor of Guernsey during pleasure. [Parchment. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 40.]
Oct. 29. Entry of the above. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 30.]
Oct. 29. Commission to Wm. Sheldon to be captain of a foot company in Guernsey. [Parchment. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 41.]
Oct. 29. Entry of the above. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 30.]
Oct. ? Petition of Rich. Noke to the King, for a commission to be lieutenant to the foot company under Capt. Wm. Sheldon, deputygovernor of Guernsey. Served his Majesty and the late King in both wars, and in 1648 commanded a company in the fleet; but coming ashore, was taken prisoner, and endured the calamities that then attended unblemished loyalty. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 42.]
Oct. ? The King to the Duke of York. Reflecting on the injuries done by the Dutch, their want of due reparation thereof, their hostile preparation, and their having already dispossessed our subjects of places on the coast of Africa, we have prepared a fleet, whereon you, at your own instant desire, are to embark, hinder the Dutch from passing into the channel, destroy them if they resist, and order all their ships to be seized in any port, but without embezzlement, till further disposal of them. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 43.]
Oct. ? Note of 2 ships, the Patience and Vale, bound for Lisbon, waiting at Gravesend for permission to sail. [Ibid. No. 44.]
Nov. 4. Commission to Ben. Henshaw to be Major of the forces in Jersey, acting under orders of the Governor. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 31.]
Nov. 12. Warrant to pay Capt. Wm. Sheldon, deputy-governor of Guernsey, 380l. 16s. for 3 months' pay for a foot company there, and 100l. for their raising and transport. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 45.]
Nov. 12. Docquet of the above. [Docquet, Vol. 22, No. 88.]
[Nov. 12.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 46.]
[Nov. 12.] Notes of the cost of the said company, to be added to the island of Guernsey. [2 papers. Ibid. Nos. 47, 48.]
Nov. ? Warrant for a Privy Seal bill as follows:—Whereas on 20 Dec. 1662, we appointed for Guernsey a company of 100 men, beside officers, at the pay of 136l. 14s. 8d. a month, of which 18l. 13s. 4d. for 20 men was to be paid from the revenue in the island, and the rest to Lord Hatton, our Governor, to be issued by him to the 80 men, with their officers, and for other charges of the garrison, which was paid to 28 Nov. 1663 only, so that the pay for 12 months 16 days, ending 14 Nov. last, being 1,484l. 5s. 4d., is still due.
For the better security of our island, we are adding another company of 100 men with officers, under Capt. Wm. Sheldon, for whose pay 123l. 18s. is assigned, making the monthly sum 241l. 19s. 4d. You are therefore to pay the arrears of 1,484l. 5s. 4d., and the 241l. 19s. 4d. monthly, counting 28 days to the month, to Stephen Fox, paymaster of our new-raised guards, deducting 371l. 14s. (sic) already paid to Sheldon 12 Nov. last.
You are also to pay to Stephen Fox 500l., to be issued on warrants from the Duke of Albemarle, for fortifications in Guernsey; the said sums to be by imprest and on account. The letters of Privy Seal of 20 Dec. 1662 are hereby revoked. [Draft. 3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 49.]
[Nov. 12.] Warrant to Mr. Gifford, keeper of the Poultry Compter, to deliver to a messenger Albertus Otto Faber, lately committed to custody for being at a seditious meeting. Minute. [Draft. Ibid. No. 50.]
[Nov. 23.] Petition of Col. Dan. Treswell, captain of the Halberdier guard, Ireland, to the King, for leave to surrender to John Madden and Thos. Agar his patent of the surveyorship of woods on this side the Trent, his service in Ireland preventing his personal attendance thereon. [Ibid. No. 51.]
Dec. 12.
Court at Whitehall.
Petition of Hum. Weld to the King. You have so owned my services and sufferings for the late King, that you have entrusted me with several commands. You nominated me deputy-lieutenant of Dorsetshire, but the Duke of Richmond, Lord Lieutenant, has put me out of commission, and your tenants of Wyke Regis, though exempt from Militia service, because they have to defend the sea coast and Sandsfoot Castle, have, contrary to your express order to the Duke, been seized on and forced to pay sums of money. Also his Grace has taxed the inhabitants of Portland Isle, who were always free from such impositions, as they maintain 40 arms for defence of the island, though they are independent of his Grace's commands, and subject to my orders. I beg restoration to my office, unless it can be proved that I have misbehaved, and redress for the inhabitants. With reference to the Earls of Bath and Anglesey, and Sec. Bennet, to inquire into the differences between the Duke and Weld, and to report. [Ibid. No. 52.]
Dec. 12. The King to Lord Hatton, Governor of Guernsey. Disputes having arisen with the United Provinces, we find it needful that you should personally inform us of the present state of Guernsey, and receive our instructions for its security. You are therefore to repair to our presence, that we and our Council may advise with you thereon. As it is needful that the government of the isle should be supplied during your absence, we have appointed Capt. Wm. Sheldon, on whose affection, integrity, and abilities we rely, to be deputy-governor.
We hear that certain jurates of the court have been deposed, contrary to the ancient laws and customs, and others substituted, whereby defects may arise in the administration of justice. You are therefore to cause the office to be suspended till we understand the reason of the change, and determine what is expedient. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 17, p. 77.]
[Dec. 14.] Abstract of instructions given to the Commissioners for taking care of sick and wounded men, and relief of widows, children, and impotent parents of those slain in the King's service at sea, the said Commissioners sitting 3 times weekly at Painters' Hall, near Queen Hythe, London; naming 12 sea ports where care is taken for the quarters and cure of the sick, with regulations for their reception, precautions against fraud, &c. [Printed. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 53.]
[Dec. 16.] Commission to John Knight, sergeant-surgeon, to be SurgeonGeneral of all the forces in England and Wales, to dispose of the sick and wounded soldiers, see that they are well accommodated and attended to, examine and appoint other surgeons, and provide and distribute medicines; ordering all other surgeons to obey his directions. [Ibid. No. 54.]
Dec. 17.
Sir Chas. Harbord to Auditor Wm. Gwynn. You are to certify particulars of Wyberton manor, co. Lincoln, old rent 68l. 10s. 5d., granted 2 Aug. 1661 in reversion to Wm. Johnson, and to consider what is fit in renewing the grant, and adding a further term. [Ibid. No. 55.]
1664 ? Petition of Thos. Boyes to the Admiralty and Navy Commissioners. I have been employed as shipwright for repairs of ships at Woolwich, and also as carpenter's mate on several ships. I beg the place of master carpenter on any second, third, or fourth ship, and employment in the dockyards meantime. [Ibid. No. 56.] Annexing,
Certificate in his favour by Chris. Pett, and 3 other officers of Woolwich Dockyard. [Ibid. No. 56i.]
Petition of Nath. Darell, deputy-governor of Guernsey, to the King. Lord Hatton, the Governor, has taken a dislike to me, wanting the place for one of his own friends. On his arrival, I used all respect to him, told him the condition of the place, and in his absence, did my best in the raising of moneys and preservation of the island. But he has taken my commission, and on my obtaining your licence to come over, he has committed me close prisoner to the castle. He has had money given to pay the garrison, but has not paid them, and has caused the justices to lay a new tax on the island. I beg an order for my enlargement and appearance before you, having many things to offer conducing to the safety of the island. [Ibid. No. 57.]
Petition of the Royal Gambia Company to the King and Council, for an order for release of some battery wares, brought by them from Holland for Africa, which paid customs, but were seized by Garret Andrews on an obsolete statute; also for liberty to import similar wares in future. [Ibid. No. 58. See Calendar 1664–5, pp. 235, 562.]
Petition of Sir Thos. Higgons to the King, to be made a Commissioner for prizes at sea. Understands such an office is to be erected, and has his Majesty's promise of favour, when occasion offers to do him good. [Ibid. No. 59.]
Petition of John Trendle, an aged preacher for 40 years, to Lord —. Your compassion has flowed like a fountain to the relief of many faithful subjects. I have been suspended a whole year, and my aged wife and our children wanting bread; I beg you to be a mean that I may preach, or teach children, or learn some trade to work, for I am in great want. The Popish priests put out had some relief; let me not be worse than they. We remain loyal and peaceable, but can no ways be relieved. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 60.]
Jan. 4.
Order in Council that the Committee of Privy Council appointed for Admiralty and Navy affairs advise of the best course for bringing Newfoundland fish into England. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 448, No. 109.]
[Feb. 8.] Petition of Robert, only son of Sir Rob. Carr, Bart., to the King. My father, who has an estate of 4,000l. a year, has been unduly under restraint for 15 years, and is now under custody of soldiers, only to procure the execution of his lady's intentions tending, by settlements contrary to his free-will, to the subversion of his family and my ruin. Such settlements have been obtained from him by force, no counterparts sealed, and I forcibly exiled from his presence. The feoffees have permitted the lady's agents to receive the profits, and dispose of them to her use. I can have no relief during my father's life, and for want of knowledge herein, am debarred of my inheritance. Being the only male survivor of my family, to prevent its extirpation, I beg that my father may be restored to his liberty, and I to his company, that the deeds may be produced, and the practice examined. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 61. See Calendar, p. 196.]
Feb. 10.
Court at Whitehall.
The King to Lord Hatton. Our letter of 12 Dec. last for your return not being complied with, we require you, for reasons that you will best know when you arrive, to come over forthwith. We have commissioned Col. Jonathan Atkins to act as our Commissioner during your absence, having the same powers as you enjoy. You are to assign to him the whole military government of the island, with the castle, stores, provisions, &c., in presence of our Lieutenant-Governor, whose usage from you has not been such as we expected.
For the better quiet of the island, we desire that [Thos. le] Marchant, late minister, against whom we have divers complaints, be made prisoner, and delivered to the captain of a frigate. Also that Col. Lambert be restrained from the liberty with which he was indulged, but of which he has not made a good use. Before you depart, you must order what you discover, in the present conjuncture of affairs, to be of use to our service, and the safety of the island. We expect you without delay. [Ibid. No. 62.]
[Feb. 10.] Draft of the above. [Ibid. No. 63.]
Feb. 10. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 17, p. 88.]
Feb. 10.
Court at Whitehall.
The King to the jurates at Guernsey. As great care is needful to secure the island from foreign attempts and invasion, we have directed our Commissioner to throw up lines of fortification at convenient places in the island, and each parish is to look to its security in case of sudden danger. We require you to assist him to the best of your power in the execution of our orders. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 64.]
Feb. 10. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 17, p. 29.]
[Feb. 10.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 65.]
Feb. [10.]
Commission to Chris. Hatton to be Governor of Guernsey during his father's absence. [Parchment. Ibid. No. 66.]
Feb. 10.
The King to the jurates at Guernsey. We signify to you that we have sent for Lord Hatton to come over, and appointed his son, Chris. Hatton, to exercise his powers, and assure you of our princely care to secure the island against foreign attempts and dangers, and to protect the free exercise of civil justice. If anything has been done contrary to your privileges, or to the injury of our subjects, we shall take care that it shall be rectified, and prevented in future. We have given this in charge to Col. Atkins.
We are very glad to hear that our Lieutenant Commissioner, Capt. Sheldon, is already so acceptable to you. We chose him as being well assured of his sober and discreet conduct. [Ibid. No. 67.]
[Feb. 10.] Draft of the above. [Ibid. No. 68.]
Feb. 10. Entry of the above, naming Col. Jonathan Atkins as deputygovernor. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 17, p. 89.]
Feb. 10.
Sec. Bennet to Amice Andros. I have your complaints of abuses in the government of the island. The King is sensible thereof, and resolves speedy and effectual redress, will maintain the privileges of the island, and will protest against any innovations, as these disorders may be of ill consequence to the security of the island against foreign dangers. He has ordered Lord Hatton immediately to return, and appointed Col. Jonathan Atkins to act in his absence, and particularly to take away all occasion of complaints in future, and to defend the island from foreign danger.
I am glad your Lieutenant-Governor proves so acceptable. Pray employ your care and interest in settling differences, and promoting the public good. I assure you of his Majesty's acceptance of your service. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 69.]
Feb. 10.
Sec. Bennet to Wm. Sheldon. Thanks for your information. The King is so dissatisfied with Lord Hatton as to require his return, and has appointed Col. Atkins to act in his absence. The King is displeased with Lord Hatton for not having treated you better. He relies on you to aid Col. Atkins in securing the peace of the island. He graciously accepts your services. Write as often as you can of all that occurs. [2 pages. Draft. Ibid. No. 70.]
[Feb. 10.] Cancelled drafts and notes of the above, and other letters relating to Guernsey. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 71.]
Feb. 18.
Court at Whitehall.
Warrant to Col. Jonathan Atkins to search for [Thos. le] Marchant, who is in Guernsey, have him seized, put on board a frigate, and sent to the Tower. [Ibid. No. 72.]
Feb. 18. — to Williamson. Mr. Secretary wants a list of the Consuls, as he wishes to write to them all. With note of a privy seal for 1,230l. for jewels given to the Portugal Ambassador, and the secretary of the embassy. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 73.]
Feb 18 ? Minute of letters despatched, or to be despatched, to eight English Consuls in Europe. [Ibid. No. 74.]
Feb. 21. Grant of 500l. to Chris. Hatton, for fortification of some places in Guernsey, to be levied on the island by an imprest on account. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 22, p. 22.]
[Feb.] Fragment of a warrant for Lionel Suckling to be admitted as a poor knight of Windsor. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 75.]
March 6. The King to Col. Jonathan Atkins. We desire the repair hither of Lord Hatton, Governor of Guernsey, and it importing much that during his absence the government should be in loyal and faithful hands, we appoint you our Commissary in Guernsey and Castle Cornet, to occupy the place as Governor, acting under our instructions, and the Lieutenant-Governor and all others are to take notice of this. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 50.]
March 6. Petition of Dr. Thos. Good, and 2 other canons and prebendaries of Hereford Cathedral, to the King as visitor of the Dean and chapter of Hereford, to grant them a dispensation for an inadvertent breach of the local statutes, in presenting Lawrence Williams to the church of Norton Canons at a private chapter, whereas it should be done only at a general chapter. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 76.]
March 24. Contract between the East India Company and the Navy Commissioners, for the use of two ships to bring home from Angediva such of the King's forces as remain under command of Sir Abraham Shipman. [Draft. Ibid. No. 77.]
March ? Queries relating to sundry items of Navy expenses, officers' salaries, cost of repairs of ships, &c., for one year, to end 24 June 1665. [Ibid. No. 78.]
April 1. Tender by Capt. John Taylor of masts from 27 to 33 yards high, at various prices; also 300 broad deals, at 12s. each. With note of the expense of their delivery at Chatham by the Black Cock, &c.; total, 98l. 8s. [2 papers. Ibid. Nos. 79, 80.]
[June 26.] Petition of Nich. Bisson, husbandman of Jersey, to the King. In Jan. 1664, coming from St. Helier at night, I fell in with two neighbours, Dan. Butler and Phil. Gruchy, who being drunk, beat and robbed Noah le Geyt and [Rich.] du Hurel, and then fled the island, were outlawed, and their estates forfeited. I being with them, was made guilty as accessory, though there was no evidence against me, so that without a pardon, I cannot return to my poor cottage and small family, who are in danger to perish. I beg a pardon, being indicted, convicted, and outlawed. [Ibid. No. 81.]
[June 26.] Statement of Bisson's case, delivered by John le Hardy, King's Advocate in Jersey, to the Lord Privy Seal 25 April 1665, that there was no evidence against Bisson, but he fled, and has been in London ever since, suing for pardon. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 82.]
June 26. Order for a pardon to Nich. Bisson, husbandman of Jersey, for taking part in misusing and robbing Noah le Geyt and Rich. du Hurel, for which having fled, he was outlawed, for default of appearance. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 22, p. 197.]
June 28 ?
T. Bromley to Viscount Conway, Ragley. Thanks for favours conferred, and for sending Mr. Bonner. I hear by a student of the Temple, who arrived last night, that Parliament meets on 25 July. I will wait upon your lordship next week. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 83.]
June 29. Order to Lord Ashley to pay M. de la Fabvoliere 50l. out of the moneys issuing from the sale of prizes and prize goods. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 22, p. 210.]
June 29. Order to Sir Wm. Humble, Bart., to order the suspension of execution of the sentence of death against [John] Lacey, for killing Thos. Ellis. Minute. [Ibid. p. 217.]
June ? [Viscount Conway] to his brother[-in-law, Sir John Finch]. Thanks for a present of some glasses and other rarities sent, but which have miscarried. I came to London last September hoping to see you, but your foreign employments are likely to be long. I was introduced by Lord Orrery to Sec. Bennet, now Lord Arlington, and have since received such favours from Lord Orrery as make me under daily obligations. He desired to settle the same friendship between Lord Arlington and my brother the Solicitor [Sir Heneage Finch], and said he had no greater passion than to show you that your friends could remember you in your absence; I informed his lordship that he could easily make as much pretended friendship as he pleased, but would not assure him of a real friendship unless he made satisfaction for an injury he had done you 2 years since, by promising you an employment, and subsequently not performing it; he promised this should be redeemed, and would have done it very opportunely, upon the death of Mr. O'Neale, of the King's bedchamber, had not your being knighted rendered you incapable thereof, but his lordship has made amends by the employment you now enjoy; his lordship is a person of the greatest honour and merit that ever was, and you will find yourself more happy under his protection than if you had choice of the Court, for his power and readiness to oblige is greater than any man's.
My wife not being able to reach London since she came to England, intends for Bath; I am going to attend her there. Dr. Willis from Oxford is her physician, and nothing would have hindered her from writing, but absolute incapacity. I am settled in my house in Queen Street, and desire to hear from you as often as I may be of service to you. Let me know if in your negotiations anything of importance happens between the English and the Dutch; they build upon you for intelligence; I hope ultimately to bring you in to succeed Sec. Morice in his office, which will be more eligible than removing to Constantinople. [Draft. 1¾ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 84.]
July 1.
Edw. Sherburne and Jonas Moore, Ordnance officers, to Pepys. We will write to Sir John Knight to furnish the Eagle at Bristol. The Ordnance Commissioners refuse to supply junk, for which no allowance is assigned. You having lately experimented with tobacco stalks, know best how this commodity may be provided, to meet the present exigency. [Ibid. No. 85.]
July 11. Warrant to Sir Edw. Griffin to pay to George Tomlin, embellisher, flourisher, and writer, 40l., for 4 skins of vellum, written and embellished with the King's arms, picture, &c., sent to the Emperor of Morocco and King of Fez, to the Prince of Castile, to General Gayland, and to the General of Santa Cruz. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 23, p. 37.]
[July 24.] Petition of John de Saumarez, D.D., Dean of Guernsey, to the King. Since you authorized me to establish the Church of England here, I have governed it in peace, and brought all to conform, except a few who are hindered by the three silenced ministers. Abusing your indulgence, they began their assemblies last December, and caused such disturbance that the Governor had to complain. They made the people subscribe a covenant not to return to our church, but to conform to foreign churches, according to Presbyterian discipline, and pretended an order from you. They covenanted to compose a church according to the word of God. They marry all sorts of people that come to them, and so disturb the government that the Governor has forbidden their meetings, whereon many of the seduced people have returned to the church.
I beg leave to return to the island, and to be restored to my jurisdiction, and your letter to the bailiff and jurates accordingly; also some course that these seditious assemblies may be suppressed. in order that I may keep the church in peace. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 86.]
[July 24.] Request for a letter to the bailiff and jurates, to countenance the Dean in executing the orders of the ecclesiastical court, and to give secular assistance against Dan. Perchord, a silenced minister excommunicated for keeping conventicles, and others who disturb the peace of the church. No minister is to meddle with secular affairs in his prayers or sermons, and all disorders to be suppressed. [Ibid. No. 87.]
July 24.
Hampton Court.
The King to the bailiff and jurates of Guernsey. The Dean of Guernsey having shown us your great readiness to establish the discipline of government of the Church of England in the island, we take notice of it as an endeavour very acceptable to us, and conducing to the advancement of God's holy worship.
On the Dean's return, we therefore write you requesting you to aid him, when needful, in the maintenance of his ecclesiastical jurisdiction, according to the commission and instructions he has received from George, Bishop of Winchester, his diocesan. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 17, p. 121.]
[July 25.] Petition of Henry Van Reid, prisoner at Colchester, to the King, for release and leave to return to his father. Came into the Texel to take leave of his uncle, Capt. Adrian Van Reid, when the Dutch fleet sailed so suddenly that he was carried along in the Moel Trump, though not 19, and no seaman. His father, Capt. Henry Van Reid, was turned out of all his offices for fidelity to the Prince of Orange. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 88.]
July 26.
Hampton Court.
Statement that the Dean of Guernsey, Peter Carey and Wm. Beauvoir, jurates there, have chosen as Commissioners to examine witnesses on the differences between Lord Hatton and them—
Col. Jonathan Atkins, Commissioner in Guernsey.
Phil. Carteret, bailiff of Jersey.
Amice Andros, bailiff of Guernsey.
John le Hardy, King's Advocate in Jersey. [Ibid. No. 89.]
Aug. ? Names and addresses of 30 persons, chiefly officers, most likely to make insurrection in Devonshire, Somersetshire, and Exeter. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 90.]
Order by Sir Wm. Batten to Capt. James Blake, of the Constant John, to repair to Deptford, give notice of his being there to the Navy Commissioners, and follow their orders. [Ibid. No. 91.]
Sept. 30.
Fines and amerciaments taken at St. Mary's Court, near the manor house, by Rich. Collins, steward, varying from 1s. to 5s. Total, 1l. 19s. Signed Stephen Godfrey. [1½ pages. Ibid. No. 92.]
Sept ? Advertisement for information about a robbery committed on the ship Prince William of Emden, lying at the Half-way Tree, by men who killed the master, shut up the men, and stole a bale of raw silk, value 135l. [Ibid. No. 93.]

Account by Nich. Spackman, deputy-auditor, that 4l. 15s. 3d. is due from Skidby Manor, co. York, part of the jointure of Queen Henrietta Maria, beside 4s. 9d. for the Royal Aid. [Printed form, filled up. Ibid. No. 94.]
Sept. Account by David Grant, of goods delivered to the Hope pink and other ships, April-Sept. 1665. [4 pages. Ibid. No. 95.]
Oct. 6. Commissions to Rich. Covert to be lieutenant, and to Thos. Starismore to be ensign, to Capt. Wm. Sheldon's foot company in Guernsey. [Parchment, signed. Ibid. Nos. 96, 97.]
Oct. 24.
Order to pay to Col. Jonathan Atkins, Commissary in Guernsey, 500l. a year, to be paid quarterly as long as he remains in that employment. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 22, p. 282.]
[Oct. 24.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 98.]
Nov. 24. Pass for — Comenge and — Courtin into France. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 22, p. 315.]
Nov. ? Order by the King, appointing the several sheriffs of counties receivers of the assessment of 1,260,000l. levied by an assessment of 70,000 a month, according to an Act of this Parliament; these accounts are to be kept apart from their accounts as sheriffs, and they are to receive the salaries named in the Act, and to be accountable for the receipts, though the time of their shrievalty may have expired. This is to be signified to them by the Earl of Southampton and Lord Ashley, Treasurer and Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the payments thereon are to be made quarterly at Westminster. [1¼ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 99.]
Dec. 10. Order to the Ordnance Commissioners, to deliver from the stores at Portsmouth 200 barrels of powder, 200 of musket shot, and 200 muskets and pikes, with a fit proportion of match, to John Barcroft, for Guernsey. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 22, p. 324.]
Dec. 10. Like order to deliver 300 barrels of powder, 300 of musket shot with match, 300 muskets and 300 pikes, to Sir Thos. Morgan for the use of Jersey. [Ibid.]
Dec. 14.
Stephen's Court, New Palace Yard, Westminster.
Sir George Downing to Williamson, Oxford. I have looked over the words about the losses sustained by the Admiralty of Rotterdam, but they are too general. I think they apply to the whole summer expedition, in which that Admiralty have lost much.
People come to town, and tumble over the goods and household stuff in infected houses during this sickness, which occasions the lengthening out the malady. "Your Gazette takes infinitely, particularly because of its being so portable, which makes it every man's money." [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 100.]
Dec. 19. Warrant to the Ordnance Commissioners to deliver arms offensive and defensive, viz., backs, breasts, head pieces, saddles, pistols, holsters, bridles, &c., to Sir Thos. Morgan, for the use of Jersey. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 22, p. 336.]
Dec. 20. Order to the Ordnance Commissioners to deliver 300 beds with their furniture to Sir Thos. Morgan, for his accommodation at Jersey. Minute. [Ibid. p. 334.]
Dec. 21. Commission for Benj. Dumaresq to be clerk of the works, fortifications, and repairs in Jersey, during pleasure; fee 2s. 6d. a day. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 94.]
[Dec. 21.]
Court at Oxford.
Commission to Sir Thos. Morgan to be Commander-in-Chief of Jersey, taking charge of the castles, forts, forces, militia, and trained bands, with power to exercise martial law. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 101.]
Dec. [21.] Draft of the above. [Parchment. Ibid. No. 102.]
[Dec. 21.] Draft of the last clause of the above. [Ibid. No. 103.]
Dec. 21.
The King to the bailiff and jurates of Jersey. Finding it needful to employ great care to preserve our subjects in that island from foreign attempts, we have chosen Sir Thos. Morgan to be Commanderin-Chief of the island, castle, forts and forces, with the military powers usually exercised by the Governor. We doubt not of your esteem and kindness to him, and of your readiness to assist in the execution of whatever he shall direct, to put the island in the best posture of safety and defence. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 17, p. 161.]
Dec. 21. Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 104.]
Dec. 21 ? The humble desires of Sir Thos. Morgan to Lord Arlington, for a letter to the bailiff and jurats of Jersey, to assist the Governor to keep up the Militia and trained bands complete and in a good position for service, and to observe his orders in this or anything else tending to the King's service, for preservation of the island and their own interests. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, No. 105.]
Dec. 21 ? Note of a warrant to Lord Berkeley and the rest of the [Ordnance] Commissioners, to deliver 70 horse arms, offensive and defensive, to Sir Thos. Morgan, for the defence of Jersey. [Ibid. No. 106.]
Dec. 21. Account of the expense of the military establishment ordered for Jersey, being one troop of horse and 4 companies of foot; yearly cost 8,881l. 12s. Signed by the King, Lord Treasurer Southampton, and Lord Arlington. [2 copies. Ibid. Nos. 107, 108.]
[Dec. 21.] Instructions to Sir Thos. Morgan, appointed Governor of Jersey:—
1. You shall speedily repair thither, and receive the government of the island, with Castle Elizabeth, and the other forts and magazines, from the deputy-governor, whom we have instructed to obey you.
2. You shall show your commission to the bailiff and jurats, and require their obedience; and having inquired into the defects and dangers, and the means to redress the one, and prevent the other, you are to advise us what can best be done for the safety of the place.
3. On your entrance, you shall assure the magistrates that we will protect their rights, and preserve them from invasion, and take care that they are governed according to the rules and customs of the island.
4. You shall assemble the Militia when you think fit, and see that they are exercised, so as to be useful for defence of the place.
5. When you are settled, you shall fortify the Bowling Green according to directions given, and apply for, and possess yourself of a privy seal for 2,000l. designed for the expenses thereof.
6. The Earl of St. Albans having agreed to pay the forces till Michaelmas, you are to see the accounts stated to that time, and then to pay the garrison out of moneys assigned you therefor.
7. You are to take from our revenues as much as—with your pay as captain of a troop of horse and company of foot—will amount to 1,000l. a year, which we allow you as Governor. The rest of the revenue to be employed for administration of the government there.
8. You shall advertise us weekly, through our Secretary, of your proceedings in execution of this important trust, and of the motions of our nearer neighbours. [2 papers; drafts. Ibid. Nos. 109, 110.]
[Dec. 21.] Copy of part of the above. [Ibid. No. 111.]
Dec. ? Order for a warrant for payment of 100l. to Capt. James Archer, for charges and expenses, as he is directed to survey and oversee the fortifications in Jersey. [Ibid. No. 112.]
Dec 26. Articles of agreement between Lord Arlington and Henry, Earl of St. Albans, on surrender by the Earl of the government of Jersey:—
1. The Earl is to surrender for his life the island, castles, and forts.
2. The King will have 1,000l. a year paid him by Sir Stephen Fox, from the money of the new-raised forces, the first payment from Michaelmas last.
3. The Earl shall pay the garrisons and forces of the island up to Michaelmas.
4. The King declares that this is not to prejudice the right of Thos. Jermyn to the governorship, after the Earl's death. [2 copies; 2 pages each, signed and sealed. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 449, Nos. 113, 114.]
Dec. 26. Three copies of the above. [Ibid. Nos. 115–117.]
Dec. Three drafts of the above—one dated 13 Dec. [Ibid. Nos. 118– 120.]
1665 ? Petition of the seamen of the Hector, under Capt. Heightub, to Commissioner Penn, for payment of their 3 years' wages due for service on board the ship. Were 27 months in the West Indies, and from 12 Nov. to 13 April following, they victualled the ship themselves. Beg for the sake of themselves and families, that their care and fidelity may be considered. [Ibid. No. 121.]
Petition of John Lenthall to the King. His parents being ill, begs release on bail. Has been 17 weeks close prisoner, and suffered much by sickness and a sense of his Majesty's disfavour, though he would lay down his life for his loyalty. [Ibid. No. 122.]
Request by Martha Calthoff, widow, to Lord Arlington, to remember and attend to her affair. [French. Ibid. No. 123.]
Request by George Porter that his claim on Lord Stanhope for the profits of the Post Office may be referred to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Treasurer, and the two Secretaries, for a speedy report. [Ibid. No. 124. See Calendar 1665-1666, p. 161.]
Notes [by Lord Arlington] relating to Guernsey; for protection of the merchants, 700l. to be imprested to Mr. Hatton, and the report concerning Guernsey to be delivered to him. [Ibid. No. 125.]
"Sir John Denham's Memorial" relative to a lease, which he holds from the King, for 51 years—of which 4 are expired—of certain buildings containing 20 sets of chambers, 7 great garrets, and 6 great cellars, worth in all 1,240l. a year, for which the King has offered him 7,000l. Is willing to accept this, or an annuity of 1,200l. [Ibid. No. 126.]
Anonymous love verses—5 stanzas—inc.—
"Sure 'twas a dream ! how, long, fond man, have I Been fooled into captivity." [Ibid. No. 127.]
Jan. 20. Post label for the mail letters leaving London 19 Jan., 7 p.m., and reaching Oxford 20 Jan., 2 p.m., being 19 hours. [Printed form, filled in. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 1.]
Jan. 27.
Somerset House.
Henry Bodville to Major Norton, St. Nicholas, near Richmond, Yorkshire. I got your bill of exchange for 200l., which was paid and I sent it to Sir Henry Wood, but have not heard from him. Pray hasten the payment of the other 200l.
The King and Duke of York are to be at Hampton Court tonight, and the Queen and Duchess also. Our Council will meet in a fortnight. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 2.]
Jan. 31.
Castle Cornet.
Col. J. Atkins to Williamson. The urgency of the King's business since my arrival here has prevented my writing earlier, I am indebted to Lord Arlington more than I can express; pray increase his good opinion of me. [Ibid. No. 3.]
Jan. ? Memoranda on the arms, dignity, and descent of the Sherley family. [Latin. Ibid. No. 4.]
Feb. 1. Note of an order by the Navy Commissioners, that as Mr. Wood— with whom they were in treaty for masts, and had agreed to give him an increase of ¼ in price—now demands a further increase, the treaty shall be broken off, they having a large quantity of masts in store, and more waiting at Gottenburg. [Ibid. No. 5.]
Feb. 5. Warrant to pay to Sir Thos. Morgan, Bart., Governor of Jersey, 2,000l. on account, towards the fortifications of the Bowling Green. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 4.]
Feb. 18. Power of attorney by Rob. Lee of London to Jos. Williamson of London, to demand, levy, and receive all his debts, and to prosecute for the same within the kingdom of England. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 48, f. 10.]
[March 5.] Note of a commission to the Lord General, the Ordnance Commissioners, and others, to form a committee to consider of some place in or near the Tower, where arms and ammunition, especially gunpowder, may be kept, and of a better way for that to be carried which is still kept in the Tower, to avoid dangers to the neighbouring part of the city. [1½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 5a.]
March 16. Commission for Wm. Browne to be cornet to the Earl of Cleveland's own troop. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 20, p. 123.]
March 20. Commission to Col. Jonathan Atkins to be Commander-in-Chief of the castles, forts, militia, trained bands, &c., in Guernsey; with authority to publish and execute martial laws and ordinances, according to the constitution of a court martial, and to appoint a Provost Marshal. [Ibid. p. 100.]
April 10.
African House.
The Guinea Company to Sir Wm. Coventry. We send Capt. Holditch to receive your orders concerning the Golden Lion, and refer the case to you, thinking we have pressed with importunity enough already. With query [by Pepys] as to how many anchors, cables, and sails the company's ships are furnished with. [3 signatures. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 6.]
May 1 ? Petition of Rob. Rawlings, surgeon, to the Navy Commissioners, for the usual allowance of free gift for 18 months' service in the Colchester, during which he has been at great charges to recruit his chest, and is now discharged. [Ibid. No. 7.] Enclosing,
George Solby to [Pepys ?]. I beg payment of the free gift money due to Rob. Rawlings, surgeon of the Colchester, for his recruit.—1 May 1666. [Ibid. No. 7i.]
May 16.
Court at Whitehall.
The King to the Governor of Jersey. The Hannah and Katherine of Boston, New England, laden with Virginia tobacco, put into Weymouth, but refused to enter and land the goods as required by law, and without licence sailed for Jersey, to the great diminution of our revenue, unless care be taken to prevent such irregularities. If she should come to your island, she is to be stopped, both vessel and goods, and preserved without embezzlement till the case has been tried, and orders given. [2 copies, signed. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, Nos. 8, 9.]
May 16. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 17, p. 189.]
May 17. Petition of the bailiff and inhabitants of Hemel Hempstead, Herts, to the King. Henry VIII. incorporated us, and granted us a weekly market and yearly fair; but in 1662, Fras. Oxley, innkeeper, surreptitiously got a grant of the profits of shambles and stalls at the fair. He was non-suited, the right being in us, as copyhold tenants, but he endeavours by a Quo warranto to destroy the market and fair, "which is the very granary of London." We beg that this vexatious suit may be stopped. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 10.]
June 12.
Edw. Dering to the Navy Commissioners. On 10 May 1665 I contracted with [Hum.] Pibus of Newcastle, for 9 ships named to bring over oaken plank from Hamburg, and I had your protection for their seamen; but they could not come over for want of a convoy, and none was sent, though a ship of 12 guns would have sufficed, and I wrote you on 17 Aug. of the growing charge by demurrage. The men grew troublesome and impatient, and I begged payment of the demurrage. On your promise of a bill of imprest, I sent them 200l; but no convoy appearing, on 14 Oct. Pibus was forced to release them, to follow some other voyage. The charge of demurrage, at 3l. a day, was 177l. per ship.
As it was agreed that the whole demurrage should be borne by the King, I beg you to bring the matter to a speedy issue. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 11.]
June ? The King to Lord Colepepper [Governor of the Isle of Wight]. It is important, in the present posture of affairs, to secure the island from the attempts of foreign enemies. You are therefore to put the Militia into such readiness that, on the shortest notice, they may assemble in arms for defence of the island, in this time of imminent danger, and to issue necessary commissions to lieutenants and ensigns who are of full age and residents on the island. You are also to order the repair of the old retrenchments [sic], and the making of new ones if necessary, in the landing places and other parts of the island. The inhabitants are to contribute and assist, according to their ability, for their own safety; you are speedily to view the whole island, and give an account of its state. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 12.]
June ? Heads by I. C. [Lord Colepepper] of the above letter. [Ibid. No. 13.]
June ? Heads of a similar letter, adding an order to hinder all mutinous and seditious petitions, and the getting of hands [signatures] out of the quarter sessions, and against the late Act of Parliament. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 14.]
July 2.
Luke Whittington to Williamson. Sir Wm. Coventry sent to say the Holland fleet was out, and notice was sent to Burlington and Scarborough. The fleet for Newcastle, under convoy of the Pembroke and Fountain, has reached Burlington. The Speedwell with the ships she is to convoy waits further orders. [Ibid. No. 15.]
July 3/13.
Castle Cornet.
Col. J. Atkins to Williamson. The passage to England has been much obstructed lately, but I shall gladly keep up my correspondence with you. We are near a potent enemy, and I see no reason why he should let us alone; lying in the Channel as we do, and so many ships passing, we are liable to alarms. Last Thursday, a fleet of 30 ships being discovered west of the island, we drew to arms, but they were poor traders with only one convoy. I ordered the Orange frigate and a privateer, then in the road, to stand out, but the fleet stood northward and we lost sight of them.
We then saw a French ship belonging to the Royal Company, and a frigate, and our vessels fired; they thought it was to make them strike, and they took down their top-sail, but having been 22 months out, they knew nothing of the war till told by a broadside. There was an obstinate fight for five hours, till night coming on, the French ship, having lost 38 out of 73 men, called for quarter, which was granted. The English leaped on board and the carpenter was sent to stop the leaks, but the sailors attending more to plunder than to the ship, she unexpectedly went down, with a valuable cargo of ambergris, hides, ebony, and precious stones, which now only adorn the end of our rocky island. It was the first ship that company ever set forth. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 16.]
[July 8.] Note for Fras. Izard to be lieutenant to Capt. Molroyen's company in the Admiral's regiment. [Ibid. No. 17.]
July 19.
Edw. Wood to Major Thos. White. I received your letter, and return you and the rest of the officers my thanks for your affection; it will be a great content to me to gain the regiment, if I make no other benefit of it than to gratify those that are my friends in the business. This morning the King had your paper of subscriptions, and I am promised some speedy account. "I think I have laid a block in any man's way, that is not exceeding powerful, that Col. Morley shall recommend your lieutenant." I have stayed for a day or two in hopes to send him with a larger account than in this;" meantime, for your own and my sake, improve your interest in the regiment what you can.
P.S.—I have not sufficient time to write to Capt. Haight, but recommend me to him and his wife. If you have any more subscriptions, it will do no harm to send them. [Ibid. No. 18.]
July 25.
Castle Elizabeth, Jersey.
Sir Thos. Morgan to Lord Arlington. A soldier in Major Henshaw's company has been sentenced to death by a court martial, for high misdemeanours. The soldiers here having made great intercession for him, I have suspended the execution till I can receive the King's pleasure; he is very penitent, young, and able to do good service, so I trust his life may be spared. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 19.] Annexing,
Proceedings at a court martial at Jersey. Sheppard, a soldier in Major Henshaw's regiment, was accused of attempting to desert, and in so doing, destroying a shallop of the LieutenantGovernor's; also of thefts from his comrades in Elizabeth Castle; also of absenting himself without leave; whereupon he was condemned to be hanged.—6 July 1666. [Ibid. No. 19i.]
Petition of Rich. Sheppard, prisoner in the New Castle, Jersey, to Sir Thos. Morgan, Governor of Jersey. I am sentenced to death at a court martial, being ignorant of law and unable to make any plea; but according to martial law, I have deserved death, and it cannot be avoided save by your pardon. I am young, and not fit for my latter end, and I beg you in justice to remember mercy, and spare my life, and I will serve King and country, and reform what is amiss. If I cannot be employed on the island, let me serve the King in the uttermost part of the earth.—7 July 1666. [Ibid. No. 19ii.]
July 28.
Fras. Cartwright to Williamson. We sailed for Weymouth on Wednesday, taking two vessels with us for Jersey, and next day reached Guernsey, where I delivered my concerns to the Governor. I shall perfect the musters here, and then go to Jersey. I beg your favour for Capt. Crossman of the Nonsuch, who convoyed me over very carefully, and who, through all difficulties, has followed his Majesty's fate. [Ibid. No. 20.]
The King to the Governor of Guernsey. We have seen your despatch of 14/24 June to our principal Secretary, about the seizure and examination of Jean Francois de Briselance, Sieur de Vaucourt, native of Normandy, and commander of Chaussey island, concerning a design for effecting the escape of Col. Lambert, disturbing our subjects in their allegiance, and raising a rebellion in this kingdom. Weighing the dangerous consequences of such practices, we order that the said Vaucourt, and the master of the ship seized with him, be hanged as spies, without further form of process.
You are to cause Lambert to be kept close prisoner, and to be answerable for him at your utmost peril. Should an enemy hereafter appear before the island to invade it, we require you to cause Lambert to be shot to death, for corresponding with the enemy. We acknowledge your discreet care in this discovery. [Draft. Ibid. No. 21.]
[July.] Rough draft of the above. [Ibid. No. 22.]
July. Warrant to pay Col. Jonathan Atkins, Commissioner in Guernsey, 500l. a year in quarterly payments. [Docquet, Vol. 23, No. 40.]
July. Epigram celebrating the victory gained by the English under Prince Rupert and the Duke of Albemarle, against the Dutch, 26 July 1666. [Latin. 3 copies. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, Nos. 23-25.]
Aug. 2/12.
Castle Cornet.
Col. J. Atkins to Williamson. The correspondence you hold with us gives us life, and your intelligence keeps us from barbarism. I do not give you an account of things here, because you see my letters to Lord Arlington. I shall steer the course you propound. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 26.]
Aug. 4.
Castle Elizabeth, Jersey.
Sir Thos. Morgan to Williamson. If the French have any design on Ireland or these islands, they stay to see the event of the encounter of the fleets. God prosper the Prince and my Lord General at sea against the Dutch, and then Monsieur will be tame enough; they are very silent, but we are on our guard.
I have appointed a rendezvous of the trained bands, and all the forces, except the guards in the castle and forts, for the 27th. I have completed the Militia troop to 100 horse, and my own to 60, all fully armed. If Monsieur attacks us, "we shall make him a very handsome opposition." I have been most of the summer on a high hill near the sea, with all the forces except the guards, and we keep strong guards of trained bands about the island, so that we are ready to answer any alarms. [1½ pages. Ibid. No. 27.]
Aug. 14. Petition of Rob. Aldus, prisoner in the Gatehouse, to Lord Arlington. I was sent to prison 2 Aug. by Sir John Baber, on information of James Puckle of misdemeanour against you and other honourable persons; it was done in drink, and I crave your pardon, as never meaning to offend. Being a poor man, and having a great charge to maintain, I beg speedy enlargement. [Ibid. No. 28.]
Aug. 17. Peter Pett to Pepys. I return Cole's note, with my opinion as to the prices of his goods. If he will take those prices, I know not where you could fit yourselves better. [Ibid. No. 29.]
Aug. 27./Sept. 6.
Castle Cornet.
Col. J. Atkins to Lord Arlington. I had your express about a ship carried away from Cowes, but it has not come into this port. We hear that Beaufort is come to Rochelle with the French fleet. I have no confirmation of my last intelligence that all the ships at Nantes and Rochelle were stopped to take provisions to the fleet in the Straits. They may come intending to join the Holland fleet, or to attack the islands, so as to divert you from pursuing the Hollander. They have ordered all the soldiers on the coasts of Normandy and Bretagne to be ready to move, with 4 days' provisions, and a stay is made of the boats on that side. If they come, we will receive them as well as we can; the people are more at leisure, having got in the harvest.
They talk publicly in France of a war with Spain, and have removed some of the forces from Bretagne, towards Bayonne. [Ibid. No. 30.]
Aug. 27./Sept. 6.
Castle Cornet.
Col. J. Atkins to Williamson. Thanks for your news. Successes of this kind elevate the people, especially as our safety depends much on yours. We hear the French fleet has come to Rochelle or the Sept Isles, either to join the Dutch or for stricter guard. I do not like their neighbourhood.
By what we hear from England of the Dutch being out, we hope shortly to hear more of them, our fleet being in a good posture. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 31.]
Aug. 28.
Court at Whitehall.
The King to Sir Thos. Morgan Governor of Jersey. Rich. Sheppard, a soldier in Major Henshaw's company, was condemned to death 6 July last, for thefts and other crimes; but intercession being made to us in his behalf, we think fit to pardon him, and therefore you are to revoke his sentence. [Ibid. No. 32.]
Aug. 28. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 23, p. 225.]
[Aug. 28.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 33.]
Aug. ? Request for a pass for Rob. Blunt to transport 50 bags of combed wool, from London to Guernsey or Jersey. Noted, " Sir Arthur Ingram." [Ibid. No. 34. See Calendar 1666-7, p. 155.]
Aug. ? Account of misdemeanours committed [in Leicestershire] by numerous persons who go about at nights, and kill fat sheep, especially ewes, taking away only their fat; 500 have been thus killed within 3 weeks; mischief can hardly be done with the tallow, but it is a strange kind of roguery. [Ibid. No. 35. See Calendar 1666-7, p. 410.]
[Sept. 8.] —to Lord Conway. "Alas, my lord, London—all London, almost, within the walls, and some part of it which was without the walls—lies in ashes." Last Sunday, at 1 a.m., a fire broke out in Pudding Lane, burned the new houses on the bridge, and left the old ones standing; came down Thames Street and backwards to the Tower, where the buildings were old, and their contents—pitch, hemp, rosin, and flax—combustible, so that in 6 hours the stream of fire was a mile long. The season being extremely dry, the springs were low and no water could be had, and the east wind blew as though it had a commission from heaven to execute on the city.
The fire went by Fish Street Hill to Canning Street, Gracechurch Street, Lombard Street, Cornhill and Bartholomew Lane, Lothbury, Austin Friars and Broad Street; northwards, likewise to Fenchurch Street and Lime Street, burning down all the churches and the Royal Exchange; then by Friday Street and Cheapside to Newgate Market, Smithfield, Holborn Bridge, St. Paul's Churchyard, Ludgate Hill, and the Inner Temple, a corner of which took fire and was there quenched, as also in Fleet Street, over against St. Dunstan's, or it might have swept away Whitehall and Westminster; but these are left standing, also the suburbs, viz., the Strand, Covent Garden, Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn as far as the bridge, Hatton Garden, Clerkenwell, and St. John's Street.
Of the City, from the Tower to the Temple, there remains only Smithfield, St. Bartholomew's, Aldersgate Street, and part of Broad Street, the fire being stopped before it came to Sir Eliab Harvey's, whose house is preserved, with Sir John Shaw's and Gresham College, and all Bishopsgate Street, Leadenhall Street, Duke's Place, and so to Aldgate.
[Sept. 8.] All that is left is wholly due to the King and Duke of York who, when the citizens had abandoned further care except to preserve their goods, undertook the work, and rode up and down, blowing up houses with gunpowder, to make void spaces for the fire to die in, and, standing to see their orders executed; exposing themselves to the multitudes, the flames, and the falling buildings, and sometimes labouring with their own hands to give example to others, for which the people now pay them all reverence and admiration. The King daily relieves the poor "with infinite quantities of bread and cheese, and in this is truly God's vice-gerent, that he does not only save from fire, but give life too."
There has never been such a fire since the destruction of Jerusalem, nor will be till the last conflagration. Had you been at Kensington, you would have thought for 5 days that it had been Doomsday, from the fire and cries and howlings of the people. My gardens were covered with the ashes of papers, linens, plaster-work, &c., blown hither by the tempest. The loss is inestimable, "but the King and his people will be able to weather it out, though our enemies grow insolent upon it." Most of the wealth is saved, the loss having been chiefly on heavy goods, wine, tobacco, sugars, &c.; but money, plate, jewels, &c., were sent into the Tower, where they now lie; the Tower itself had been burnt, but by their beating down with their cannon all the houses about it.
So great was the general despair that when the fire was in the Temple, houses in the Strand were blown up to save Somerset House. People carried their goods by day and night, for carts "were not to be had but at most inhuman prices." Your servant in Queen Street put some of your best chairs and fine goods into your rich coach, and sent for my horses to draw them to Kensington, where they now are.
There was nothing of plot in this, though the people would fain think otherwise, and lay it on the French and Dutch; or on the fanatics, breaking out so near 3 Sept., their so celebrated day of triumph. Others lay it on the Papists, because some of them are said to be now in arms; but it is merely as militia-men. The stories of the making and casting of fire-balls, when traced, are found to be fictitious; beside no rising follows, nor any attempt on the King or Duke's person. Men begin now to recover spirit, and to think about repairing the old and rebuilding a new city. The City have sent to the King to desire a new model. In the vaults are found immense quantities of pepper, spices, wines, oils, and sugars, safe though the houses were fired; but all the cloth put in St. Faith's church, under Paul's, is burnt. Gresham College is set apart for an Exchange and Post Office, Leadenhall is to supply the uses of Guildhall; and when Parliament meets, much will be done towards restoring the City to its former lustre. No man is willing " to submit to a base peace, whatever extremities we undergo"; but none are unwilling to hearken to a good one. [S.P. Dom., Car II. 450, No. 36.]
Sept. 12. Orders proposed as to the precedence of the different regiments, and of the officers thereto belonging, the first place being given to the King's regiment of Guards and its officers. [1½ pages. Ibid. No. 37.]
Sept. 12. Heads of orders which the Duke of York desires may be observed, in relation to the precedence of the military officers of the army; the colonel of the King's regiment of Foot Guards to be considered the eldest colonel, &c. [In Sir Wm. Coventry's hand. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 38.]
Sept. 14.
Court at Whitehall.
Warrant to the Commissioners for Prizes, to order the Subcommissioners of Prizes at Southampton and Cowes to deliver to John Barcroft, serjeant-at-arms, the Notre Dame de Mont Carmel, lately taken by the Paradox, it being granted at request of Col. Jonathan Atkins, for the use of the island of Guernsey. [Ibid. No. 39.]
Sept. 18.
St. Heliers, Jersey.
Fras. Cartwright to Williamson. I gave you an account of my trust concerning the Governor of Chaussey. Here we have home divisions. When I came from Jersey, I left our men apprehensive of danger from France, but not fearing it; only awakened to greater vigilance. But we are placed amidst waters, and cannot be long without a storm. On my return, I found the Governor had been forced to summon a court martial 6 times, to stop mischief between Major Henshaw and Blathey Morgan, employed by Sir Thos. Morgan to oversee the workmen and stores in Elizabeth Castle. He [B. Morgan] tried to get a commission, on which the Governor, foreseeing trouble, packed him away, and he went for England, but left his sting behind, for the gentlemen of the island are more against Major Henshaw than before, and sent a petition against him, to which they still adhere; they are to give in their charge on Friday, but it will be the mountain and the mouse; the removal of Major Henshaw is aimed at. A prudent watchfulness over the gentlemen here is necessary. [1¼ pages. Ibid. No. 40.]
Sept. 19.
Castle Elizabeth.
Sir. Thos. Morgan to Williamson. The Bowling Green fortifications are well advanced, and will be defensive against attempts. I have ordered repairs at Mont Orgueil and the forts near St. Aubin's. I have only received 1,000l. for fortifications, and have had to lay out my own and borrow more, and my purse is clear exhausted. Pray expedite moneys for me.
M. de Beaufort, with his fleet, is at Rochelle and Belle Isle; he is clearing his ships of the sick, and there is a large body of foot quartered near Rochelle. All barks in Normandy and Brittany of between 30 and 40 tons are ordered to be ready, and the soldiers to have 5 or 6 days' provisions. If the French have any design in hand, it must be upon Ireland or Jersey; the forces here are in good posture and cheerful.
Capt. Jermyn's little privateer engaged a Flushinger, and would have taken her, but she ran away. A large fleet has been seen towards the west, veering eastward, supposed to be the King's fleet looking after Beaufort.
Millington, a prisoner at Mont Orgueil, is dead, and Sir Hardress Waller is near death; he is the most penitent prisoner here. The news of the great fire in London much afflicts us. The French King had a design on Jersey and Guernsey before the Prince and Lord General burned 150 Dutch ships in the Vlie, but that success prevented any attempts. Pray God to prosper them at sea. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 41.]
Sept. 25. Order in the States of Jersey. In spite of many efforts, the number of the poor has greatly increased, by loss of trade and other calamities, and public charges in this time of war, and the inhabitants cannot remedy it. The Governor advises transplantation, and the States have named two of each order to confer as to means and conditions. The constables are to assemble the heads of families in their parishes, to gain the public consent. The States are moved by Christian compassion, as the people groan in nakedness and hunger; and after long debate, they have decided to request the King to grant them a commission under the Great Seal, to discharge themselves from time to time of such of the poor of each parish as it is deemed necessary by the chief officers, to be transported to Ireland, New England, New Jersey, or other places under his Majesty's obedience, with free exercise of their religion, taking caution from those who export them to that effect; this not to prejudice the ancient liberties of the island.
The Governor having represented the dividing of heritage, which destroys the tenements, as disadvantageous and a cause of poverty, the States, with almost all the voices of the people, request that, according to an ordinance of the Star Chamber in 1635, entered on the Court Rolls of the island, the King would authorise the Governor, bailiff, and other officers to deliver, under the seal of the island, to those who require it, letters of mortmain to give the eldest his right indivisibly, up to a certain value and quantity of lands and rents. Edw. Carteret is deputed by the States to solicit this request. [2 pages. French. Signed, "Philippe de Gey, greffier." Ibid. No. 42.]
Sept. 25 ? Statement by M. Mesurier of the laws and usages [of the Channel Islands] relative to donations in heritage, by treaty of marriage, or by death, their nature, mode of entry in the courts, &c. [Ibid. No. 43.]
Sept. 27./Oct. 7.
Castle Cornet.
Col. Jon. Atkins to Williamson. I have written to Lord Arlington about the exchange of some prisoners of ours for some taken out of the Madagascar, which was sunk by this island, and brought into England. Pray assist him therein.
By my upholding the treaties, and by the industry of the merchants here, we have, under pretence of intelligence, carried on a little trade, which has given subsistence to this place and Jersey. Had I not permitted it, we should have lacked necessaries, and the poor must have provisions. I have detained the merchant that came from St. Malo to treat about them, and send this gentleman to transact the affair, begging you to further his speedy return.
The French are very quiet, the stormy weather "speaks too loud for them," and the last success of our fleet checked their design to attack these two islands at the same time. They will hardly visit these unhospitable shores this winter, but we shall keep in readiness for them. [Ibid. No. 44.]
Sept. ? " Remembrance for my Lord Governor " by Peter de Beauvoir. There are pickeroons hovering about Guernsey which, under pretence of commerce, have taken 4 barks, and will do great mischief unless prevented. They make their rendezvous at Chaussey; a ketch should be sent to chase them from the coast. Five of the French King's ships have come to St. Malo, and some of their men have gone on board a Guernsey boat that was there to sell fish, and have killed one Guernsey man, and wounded another. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 45.]
Sept. ? John Wadlow to Mr. Bourby or Mr. Gauntlet. I request a pass for myself, a notary, and a witness, to go to Flanders, where an agent who holds my wines is ill reported of. [Ibid. No. 46.]
Oct. 7. List of officers of Lord Craven's regiment. [Ibid. No. 47.]
Oct. 13/23.
Castle Cornet.
Col. J. Atkins to Williamson. I write not oftener because my letters to Lord Arlington pass through your hands. The strange and sudden misfortune of that great city amazes us, and the people here share your consternation, fearing it may influence the King's business. But your letter is a cordial to our spirits, and we bless God that from so great a distemper the people are so well composed. [Ibid. No. 48. The date given in the letter is April 13/23, but the endorsement gives the true date.]
Oct. Licence to the Lord C[hancellor] to hunt within 10 miles of the honour of Richmond, notwithstanding the King's prohibition restraining all hunting there, the better to preserve the game for his royal recreation and disport. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 21, p. 48.]
Oct. ? Sir Herbert Price to Williamson. I think you hasty and bad to please, as Welshmen are, and would have nothing to do with you if not compelled. I send information of the privileges insisted on. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 49.] Enclosing,
Note that the privileges sued for by the writer—to be free from arrest, continued in his place for life, and allowed his clerk's salary, and 2 tuns of wine yearly—are the same as enjoyed by his late patent, but the words " rights and privileges" are put in to save cavils. [Ibid. No. 49i.]
Nov. 6/16.
Castle Cornet.
Col. J. Atkins to [Williamson]. I received yours of 20 Oct., with the papers and prints by Serjeant Barcroft; I have nothing but thanks to return, which "must needs cloy, if you be not a very great philosopher, or an extraordinary good man; 'tis your correspondence half keeps us Christians."
In mine to Lord Arlington, I gave an account of the French fleet, their station and condition; they are preparing 6 small frigates for the winter guard of their merchants. They talk high of what they will do in the spring. They had a fair escape now when they were in the Channel. " They are much unsatisfied with the Dutch." [Ibid. No. 50.]
Nov. 6. Warrant to the Board of Greencloth, to order payment by the Cofferer of the household of a pension of 60l. a year to Eliz. Fox, laundress to the late Duke of Gloucester, she being the only one of the servants who belonged to him in his infancy that has not been pensioned. Also to pay arrears of the same from 1 Oct. 1660. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 6b.]
Nov. 6.
James Robins to John Godolphin, D.C.L., at his house in St. Bartholomew's-the-Less, West Smithfield. There has been no offensive language in my former letters. Mr. Astry's bill for rules and copies, attending court, &c., is 3l. 11s. I beg you will return the money speedily. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 51.]
Nov. 12. The petition of Edmond Audrey of Guernsey, for licence to transport 1,000 tods of wool to Guernsey, referred to the Lord Treasurer, the King inclining to gratify him for his services. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 226.]
Nov. ? Petition of Joseph Wray, shipwright, to the Navy Commissioners, to be made overseer to the ship now building at Bristol, or to any other. Is able and well experienced. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 52.] Enclosing,
Certificate in his behalf by Chris. Pett and 2 others.—2 Oct. 1666. [Ibid. No. 52i.]
Nov. ? Capt. Rob. Clarke to [Williamson ?]. The names of the ships I have pitched upon are the White Dove, an old ship now at Chatham, and the St. Andrew, a small hoy in the river. [Ibid. No. 53.]
[Dec. 3.] Certificate by Thos. Laurence, rector of Chilton, Berks, that Edm. Laurence was presented to the living by the patron, ejected for his conformity during the rebellion, and settled in the vicarage of Sheepshed, co. Leicester on the Restoration, but died a few years after, leaving his widow and 6 children in great poverty. [Ibid. No. 54.]
[Dec. 18.] Note of a request that the King would take off the men allowed at Hurst Castle, and that it may be manned from Sir Rob. Holmes' company in the Isle of Wight, as Calshot Castle is manned from Portsmouth; also that the King will allow the pay of those men now on Hurst Castle, being 160l. or 170l. a year, towards fortifying Hurst Castle. [Ibid. No. 55.]
Dec. 18. Chas. Hoaster to Milo Poure, clerk to Major John Neale's company in Portsmouth garrison. Pray go to Mr. Salesbury, and cast up my accounts with him from the last pay-day, and see what acquittances he has. I never had more than 10l. and 40l. for my men's pay. Don't accept Salesbury's account unless my hand is to it. No bills are to be allowed except the money at the hulk, which is 6l. odd. Send me the money for my men's pay which is due. Get a bill from Salesbury for 10l. or 5l., and deliver him the letter enclosed. My service to the officers. [Ibid. No. 56.]
Dec. 26.
Castle Elizabeth, Jersey.
Sir Thos. Morgan to Williamson. I send my quartermaster, Capt. Powell, to give you an account of the state of affairs here, and to intercede with the Duke of Albemarle for several utensils of war much wanting.
Great part of the French army are come to their winter quarters in Normandy and Brittany. It is much discoursed at the French Court that Jersey and Guernsey shall be attacked next summer; many Protestants in France have written to inhabitants here, to caution them against the hazard. I think that if next summer the French armada cannot join the Hollander, they will attempt something on Ireland or these islands; therefore I want another foot company, and the 4 companies here recruited from England to 120 men each. We have too many Jersey men in these companies already.
I shall send over an " ingenious person," who is to correspond with me. Now and then the merchants have some peddling trade out of Normandy by stealth, by which we rather gain than lose. I beg leave for transport of 20 horses from England, to strengthen my militia troop, as some horses have died this winter.
I keep constant correspondence with the Governor of Guernsey, and a frigate to ply with the two ketches between the islands would do good service. As to the fortifications, &c., I refer you to Capt. Powell. Major Henshaw presents his service. [1¾ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 57.]
Dec. 26 ? Information to the Lieutenant of Guernsey. I hear from a gentleman of quality, that the King of France has a design upon Jersey and Guernsey, and has sent a gentleman disguised as a merchant to the islands, to reconnoitre their forces. This man asked advice of my informant, and was then taken ill and died; but the design is not dead. M. du Pont Escoulant has a passport from the King of France to traffic in the islands, that he may report their state, and whether the enterprise can be executed. He distributes passports to those who can judge the force of the islands. M. de Matignon and the Governor of Havre have a hand in this affair, and flatter themselves that we can be taken with little trouble and loss. Matignon has a regiment in Normandy, and there are 2 other regiments there. [French. 2 copies. Ibid. Nos. 58, 59.]
Dec. 26.
St. Heliers, Jersey.
Fras. Cartwright to Williamson. Thanks for your remembrance of me by Serjeant Barcroft. Major Powell can give a full relation of the state of this island, and our grand difference betwixt Major Henshaw and the gentlemen of the island. [Ibid. No. 60.]
Dec. ? Petition of Nath. Darell to the King. Having been 3 years Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey, there are several sums due to me, which I disbursed, as appears by my accounts given in to Lord Hatton, Governor. On 3 June 1644, he was ordered by you in Council to return his exceptions to my accounts, if he had any, and the order was repeated 27 July after. But no return being made, I am exposed by my tedious attendance to greater charge, and am much pressed by the islanders and soldiers to acquit my engagements, which I cannot without your favour. I beg you will clear me from the calumny I lie under, that the islanders may be satisfied, and the soldiers relieved who are now in great necessity. [Ibid. No. 61.]
Petition of Capt. James Reade to the King, for a pension for life, being reduced to great want. Was an officer in the late wars, from 1642; 5 of his brothers were slain or died in the service; his father was plundered, and his family ruined. After the laying down of arms in the West, went to Holland, and thence with his Majesty to Scotland, where he was taken prisoner, kept 4 months at Leith on bread and water, got thence into Holland, was sent to England, was imprisoned in the Tower "by the tyrant Cromwell," and then banished on pain of death, and on bond of 1,000l. Has served in all engagements at sea since the Restoration, and was promised a foot company, but it has been given to Capt. Berkeley. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 62. See Calendar 1660-1, p. 171.]
Petition of François de Roys, master of a pink of Flushing now in the Thames, to the Admiralty Commissioners, for release of his vessel, arrested by virtue of the great embargo, having been useful in transporting the King's party during the late rebellion. [Draft by Williamson. Ibid. No. 63.]
Petition of John Young to the Admiralty and Navy Commissioners. I have furnished the ships and stores with bedding, tents, and colours, value 4,000l., the want of which much impoverishes me. I was promised ready money, but have received nothing for 16 or 20 months. I beg speedy payment of a large sum. [Ibid. No. 64.]
M. de Bellegarde, Marquis de Montbrun, to Lord Arlington. I recommend my cause to you, understanding it will be decided next Parliament, which meets 15 May next. I have 3,750l. due for interest, but will be glad to receive the principal, if the King prefers it. I beg your influence. [French. Ibid. No. 65.]
Denmark House, Strand. Officers of the Queen Mother to Auditor Wm. Gwynn. We wish you forthwith to send us a particular of Marden, alias Mawarden manor, co. Hereford, its value, and what should be considered for her Majesty's service in demising it. [Ibid. No. 66.]
List of the numbers of soldiers in the several companies, regiments, and garrisons, total 5,882, beside officers. [Ibid. No. 67.]
List of the ships employed in the Navy, giving the numbers of their pieces of ordnance, and their commanders' names:—
1st rate 8
2nd rate 8
3rd rate 19
th rate 35
5th rate 13
6th rate 15
Merchantmen employed as men-of-war 8
Fireships 92
[2 pages. Ibid. No. 68.]
Examination of — Daubreville. Has served the King under M. de Carteret in Jersey 14 years, and has been in the Guards, but his wife being dead, has his congé to Ireland. Left Ireland 3 months ago with Ludlow and Green, and has given M. de Carteret notice thereof. Ludlow has not come into the Savoy [hospital], but he has free leave to enter and go out. [French. Draft by Williamson. Ibid. No. 69.]
Legal opinion on the points in dispute between Sir John Bennet and the Countess of Mulgrave, and Sir John Monson. The latter should pay them half the moiety of the King's rent for the alum works, although they do not answer, because if they had brought in much profit, she would have claimed no more. With queries relating to the said cause and answers thereto. The case is advised to be postponed till the Earl, who will be of age in two years, can be joined in it. [2 papers, 4 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, Nos. 70, 71. The Earl was of age in 1668; see Calendar 1667, p. 450.]
Note of Sir Charles Harbord's report, on Dame Philippa Mohun's petition to his Majesty, for 223 acres of ground lying near Whittlewood Forest, on rent of 10l., that he cannot advise the grant; the said land being to pass as part of her Majesty's jointure, she is to have the benefit of it, but the deer and timber are to be reserved for his Majesty, the Queen having only the soil and underwood. [Ibid. No. 72.]
State of the case of lands in Suffolk, and many other counties, granted by Henry VIII. to Cardinal Wolsey, but never settled on him by Act of Parliament, and now concealed. The late King, 28 years since, referred the case to Attorney-General Sir John Banks, Sir Rob. Heath, and Serjeant [Edw.] Henden, who reported that the title to the lands was in the King, who then granted a commission of inquiry, which was executed on the lands and manor of Ipswich priory, but never returned into the Exchequer, as the "unhappy war broke forth."
The report stated that the Act of 21 James for the general quiet of the subject did not include these lands, and that the right is in the Crown. The papers clearing the title can be produced, and none of the owners or occupiers of the lands could show any proof of title. They should therefore be entered as concealed lands escheated. [Ibid. No. 73.]
[Jan. 3.] Clause in the charter for Carlisle, for the King's approbation to be required in the election of a recorder or town clerk. [Latin. Ibid. No. 74.]
Jan. 6/16.
Benj. Glanvile to Samuel Cottington. Although a Flemish merchant at Ostend engaged that 7 French prisoners in England, of equal quality, should be released on their discharge of the Henrietta's men, they insist on having a burgher of Dunkirk as security. The cold here is excessive. I am glad the English fleet for Gottenburg took some of the Dutch fleet, and hope the rest will not escape. I hope Lord [Arlington] is convinced of my innocency of those undue misinformations. [Ibid. No. 75. See Calendar 1667, p. 377.]
Jan. 11. Petition of Thomas and William, younger brothers of the late Alex. Davies, to the House of Commons. John Tregonwell, M.P., who lately married the widow of the said Alexander, has preferred a bill, which stands committed, for the sale of Goring House, stating that Alexander had it in fee, and intended by its sale to build his capital messuage at Horse Ferry, and therefore died much in debt. But Alexander settled Goring House, and all his other lands, on his issue, and has left a daughter; in default of issue, he left ⅓ to each of the petitioners; he left personal estate sufficient to pay his debts.
Horse Ferry House was almost finished before he engaged to sell Goring House to Lord Arlington. The house is mortgaged and charged with several annuities, and though Lord Arlington's name is in the bill, it is vested in the name of the father-in-law, and a stranger, who could sell it for any trivial sum, though Lord Arlington agreed to give 3,500l. for it. The sale of it would prejudice the daughter, who is not two years old, and the petitioners who have a remainder therein. The said parties can apply the moneys received for the house as they please, and can lease all the houses and grounds from Horse Ferry to Tothill Fields, take what fines they please, and put them into their own purses, and reduce the rents. Beg that the bill may be referred to a committee. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 76. See Commons' Journals, Vol. 8, p. 661.]
Jan. 21.
St. Peter's Port, Guernsey.
Fras. Cartwright to Williamson. I beg your assistance for despatch of the bearer, who has been summoned to the Council table. He is not master of much English, but the sentence of the Court of Jersey will save any great controversy in the business. [Ibid. No. 77.]
Jan. 29.
St. Peter's Port, Guernsey.
Same to the Same. I must trouble you now on behalf of a soldier, whose business is removed from this Court to the Council table, which he is not allowed to attend, as the preparations in France alarm us daily; he fears the malice of his enemies may make his non-appearance dangerous, but the Governor here has promised him indemnity during the time of danger from abroad. I therefore beg that any prosecution against him may be waived. I do so from my sense of the danger to these islands, should any attack be made to purpose; the enemy potent, the people not well assured, and the soldiery—whether from fear, fickleness, or dissatisfaction—desirous to quit the employment. I make a question if many of them, on tender of the oath and sacrament, do not gain their dismission on pretext of conscience.
I am surprised that oaths or sacrament should be pressed on us; in England you can discharge and recruit at pleasure; but here, if the weather favours, it takes three months. My wonder arises that whereas there is in neither island a chaplain, nor anyone to instruct the soldiers in the necessary fundamentals of religion, in the language which they understand, we should, hand over head, be enjoined to prostitute the body and blood of our blessed Lord to people gathered in the sickly and dangerous time, ex fæce plebis." Pray ask Lord Arlington to move his Majesty for a remedy. I expect you will have the substance of this from both our Governors. [Ibid. No. 78.]
[Feb. 28.] Case between — Browning and the city of Exeter. Browning has spent 500l. in building tucking mills near the city, which the chamber opposes, fearing that the water of the Exe, which conveys barges from Exeter to Topsham, may be diverted. Browning is willing to put in security that no damage shall ensue, if he may be allowed to erect the mills. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 79.]
[Feb.] [— Jermyn to Williamson.] I will call at your office for the warrant you have got for my brother, and let him know to whom he is obliged. I thank you for the pleasure you have done him. [Ibid. No. 80.]
Court at Whitehall.
Warrant for the unlading, custom free, of 40 tuns of French wine and 7 tuns of brandy, from a prize taken by a privateer set out from Jersey by Thos. Jermyn, but driven by weather into Weymouth; as those goods are custom free in Jersey, whither they were bound, they are to be landed here custom free. [Ibid. No. 81.]
[Feb.] Draft of the above. [Ibid. No. 82.]
March 21.
Col. Walter Slingsby to Williamson. On the 16th, Saturday, three small men-of-war and 5 privateers left here in hopes of meeting with a fleet coming out of Conquet Road. On Monday we heard guns at sea, and more on Tuesday; yesterday but few, so we are in doubt, the sound coming from that station, and we hearing nothing from them.
This morning the Have-at-all frigate has come in with a prize, which pretends to be of Hamburg, but is supposed by the letters to be of Amsterdam. She is laden with sugar, lemons, oranges, and Portugal oils, and was met with near the Land's End. The Roebuck has come in to make this her station, and a small Guernsey privateer, with a pink of Amsterdam, laden with wines, figs, &c. [Ibid. No. 83.]
March ? Request for a pass for the St. Mary of Dieppe, manned with Frenchmen, but owned by English merchants, to go to Alicant and thence to Gallipoli in Apulia, laden with cloth, lead, &c., and to return with oils and other goods. [Ibid. No. 84.]
March ?
Warham Jemmett to Williamson. Postcript. Mr. Curtis desires you to procure him a warrant for a horse, custom free. The difficulty will be having it shipped from hence, as the French capers are continually visiting our Flanders packet boats, and if anything of that sort is on board, vessel, horse and all will be made prize. I have not suffered the transport of one passenger for 4 months past, for which I have many a curse; but I should else have lost all my vessels to the enemy, the French King's orders being so strict in that point. [Ibid. No. 85.]
April 17/27.
Castle Cornet.
Col. J. Atkins to Williamson. The long continued North winds have prevented my intelligence from France, and also the sailing of our ships for England. We get little boats from the coast of Normandy, from which I learn that the French fleet is ready to sail, and only waits a westerly wind. The Duke of Buloigne is gone from Havre de Grace with all the mariners he can get on that coast, and with some frigates, to bring back nine new frigates lately built in Holland for the French King. It is a long travel if they go to Rochelle, where the fleet is; with some care, they might be met with.
In France they still talk of peace with England, and war with Spain; the great armies drawn to those frontiers alarm Flanders, Hainault, and Liège. We hear discourse of your treaty [at Breda], but are resolved to prepare for the worst, being nearest the hazard. His Majesty encourages us by his care and willingness to help us. [S.P. Dom, Car. II. 450, No. 86.]
[24 April.] Petition of Sir Ant. Des Marces, Bart., Jos. Williamson and Thos. Bromhall, to the King, for permission to redress certain abuses in the revenue, whereby the Crown is greatly damaged in a case annexed, and for a grant to themselves of the rents and lands concerned for 60 years, at the moiety of the former rents. [Ibid. No. 87. See Calendar 1667, p. 52.] Annexing,
Particulars of lands in Yorkshire, 1,267 acres and 15 tenements, lately belonging to Sir Posthumus Hoby, wrongfully detained from the King; also of rents, value 1,200l. a year; old rents purchased during the late unhappy times and concealed, the lands of which being disposed of in fee-simple instead of fee-farm, and the leases expired and concealed, the tenant right is forfeited to the King. [Ibid. No. 87i.]
Further statements relative to the above lands, rents, and leases. [Ibid. No. 87ii.]
April ? [John Dodsworth] to —. I have been confined to my room with a bad fit of gout, but hope soon to be able to wait on you. As Mr. Turner cannot leave his chamber, pray meet me at Staple Inn with the papers which I was ordered to mention, in a schedule for payment of several sums to noble persons, according to his late Majesty's commands, to preserve those who had received money on their bond, and disbursed it for the King's service, from repayment thereof to the usurped authority, by virtue of his Majesty's warrant to the Lord General for receipt of his whole revenue in those parts. I hope to make up the accounts for the years 1642 and 1643, the money being paid by the County Auditor to Oxford, and to have allowance of those sums paid by me, according to his present Majesty's gracious reference. [Ibid. No. 88.] Endorsing,
John Dodsworth to "good cousin Norton." I sent the Queen's rent to Capt. Jenks, and found him full of threats to distrain . . . Lady York has reminded me of her bond, but I cannot get it in yet. I have so much ground turned over that I am forced to stock that I cannot pay in 100l. as I intended, so I must desire Mr. Raper to take my part of annuities assigned to him and me for 200l. Details of private business.—15 April 1667. [Damaged. Ibid. No. 88i.]
May 3.
Court at Whitehall.
Order in Council. An inhabitant of Jersey having been lately slain by a soldier of the garrison, a dispute has arisen whether the punishment of the crime belongs to the Court royal or the Court martial of that island. The man slain not being a soldier, it is decided that the case belongs to the Court royal of that island, and the bailiff and jurates are ordered to proceed against the offender according to the laws of the said island. [Copy. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 89.]
May 5.
Castle Elizabeth.
Sir Thos. Morgan to Col. Walter Slingsby, Guernsey. I have ordered the Eaglet ketch, as you desired, to come to Guernsey and carry you to England, and to convoy back several ships at Southampton and Weymouth. The French fleet have put to sea, and have several thousand land forces on board. I have doubled the guards here, and we shall draw to our tents when the weather is warmer.
On May-day I rendezvoused all the forces in the island, 4,000 foot and 200 horse, very well equipped; 1,200 or 1,500 of the trained bands were in red coats, and all the officers; they promise to engage freely if they are assaulted.
We hear that our little frigate met a French man-of-war of 30 guns, and not having heels enough, was obliged to engage. The captain having his leg shot off, and several men being killed and wounded, they were overpowered.
I am sending a ship to St. Malo about exchange of prisoners, and in it a gentleman of this island to gain intelligence. My nephew Rumsey, Major Henshaw, and Capt. Manley present their service.
I long to hear the good event of the treaty at Breda; if a peace, I hope it is honourable and advantageous to the Crown of England. I will attend to your concerns should anything happen here in your absence. [1½ pages. Ibid. No. 90.]
May 22./June 1.
Castle Cornet.
Col. J. Atkins to Williamson. The French undertaking grows more barefaced, and their desire of war with Spain more and more discovered. The French King has marched with his army into Flanders, and left his Queen Regent; part of their fleet is at Belle Isle, and part at Rochelle, where the Duke of Beaufort is, but 'tis thought that one part is for Flanders and the other for Spain, or to intercept the Spanish Plate fleet; however they lie so near that we must look out and stand on our guard. An army has marched to the confines of Spain bordering on France. Sir Edw. Charlton and his company have arrived, and we are in a good posture to oppose all accidents. [Ibid. No. 91.]
May 27. Agreement between John Piercy and Thos. Broomhall, registrar, that Broomhall, for 2s. 6d. a week, is to put into his book an advertisement of the said Piercy. A month's notice to be given on either side of the discharge of this agreement. [Ibid. No. 92.]
May? Minutes [by Williamson] of warrants for search of Thos. Hunt and his mother at — Ghent's, a chandler in Wapping, or for the latter at her house at Mortlake, and to bring them before [Lord Arlington]. [Ibid. No. 93.]
June 10. Summons by Wm. Chislett, Deputy Auditor of co. Lancaster, to John Browne, jun., administrator of Thos. Newton, plaintiff, and to Wm. Beely and John Harrison, defendants, to appear and bring the depositions relative to Heaton Norris, he having to compute its value. [S.P. Dom. Car. II. 450, No. 94.]
June 11. Warrant to J. Wickham to convey the Chevalier de Certain to Windsor Castle, and warrant to Lord Mordaunt to receive him. Minutes. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 23, p. 478.]
[June 15.] Statement that Wm. Mills, a tanner of Winchester, was taken up and lodged in the Gatehouse, only for being at a house to which a person who was suspected and taken up came to inquire for a friend, and request for his liberation should nothing be proved against him. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 95.]
June 16. [Col. Werden] to Sir Allan Apsley. On receipt of yours, I informed the Duke of the mutinies, and that they could not be prevented unless the men were brought under known officers; the King was told, and said that it was unreasonable to take them from those who raised them at their own and the Spaniards' charge, but that all the pretending officers should have commissions to be of the regiment. The Duke approves of Mr. Lovelace. Sir Maurice Berkeley will speak to him about the other. [Ibid. No. 96. See Calendar, 1667, p. 202.]
June 24.
Castle Cornet.
Col. J. Atkins to Williamson. Thanks for favours. The French fleet lies at Ushant and Sept Isles; they often alarm me, the winds and tides bringing them in sight of us. There are 40 men-of-war, beside fireships, commanded by M. Du Cain, M. Beaufort being still at Rochelle, where he expects this fleet to victual; another squadron has gone to the coast of Spain.
I hear from St. Malo that the peace between us and France grows dubious, because they have made a league, offensive and defensive, with the Emperor and with Spain. [Ibid. No. 97.]
[June 29.] Forms of commissions for officers of the Duke of York's guards, whereof Louis de Duras, Marquis de Blanquefort, is captain. [Ibid. No. 98.]
June ? Note of the appointment of John Milesent and Thos. Story, as captains of horse in Cambridgeshire. [Ibid. No. 99.]
June ? Note of John Winter as printer, and Theodore Sadler bookseller of a popish book; also of a warrant for apprehension of — Barden, a constable, who refused to assist in taking away books and papers seized at the house of — Johnson, printer. [Ibid. No. 100.]
June ? Earl of Mulgrave to Williamson. I want my commission for a troop of horse, which is drawn, and a commission for Mr. Crompton, whom I have appointed my lieutenant. [Ibid. No. 101.]
June ? Verses sent by [John] E[velyn] to [Williamson] on the entertainment given May 30, 1667, by the Royal Society to the Duchess of Newcastle. [2 pages. Imperfect. Ibid. No. 102.]
July 16.
Mont Orgueil.
Capt. R. Manley to Rob. Francis. I have written you several letters of thanks for yours, and am glad to have tidings of a relative of such merit.
The sad news of the taking of some of our vessels has much afflicted us here, and we cannot be consoled by the defeat of the enemy at Landguard-point, and the taking of a number of their vessels by Sir [Jeremy] Smith, of which we wait the confirmation. Our condition here is good, the contour of the fortifications of the other castle being finished. The news from France speaks only of peace with us. [French. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 103.]
July ? Memorandum of officers in the regiments of the King, Duke of York, and Lord General. [Ibid. No. 104.]
Aug. 19. Caveat that nothing pass in reversion, or for the present possession, of the place of clerk of the certificates for the coast, kept in the port of London. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 32, p. 2.]
[Aug. 19.] Petition of 19 reduced gentlemen who served under Sir Thos. Morgan in Jersey to the King. During the late war, we were drawn out of the Earl of Oxford's troop, and sent to Jersey, venturing life and fortune in your service; but being lately reduced by your order, we lie at great charges. We beg an order for readmission to our former places in the Earl of Oxford's regiment. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 105.] Annexing,
List of the said gentlemen, serving in the troops of Lord Hawley, Major Wyndham, Sir Henry Jones, Sir Fras. Compton, and Sir Henry Wroth. [Ibid. No. 105i.]
Castle Cornet.
Col. J. Atkins to Williamson. Your correspondence is most acceptable. I sent some little advice of the Dutch. The long procrastination of the peace tries our patience. [Ibid. No. 106.]
[Sept. 14.] Request that Sir Edw. Savage's petition for the guardianship of the Fleet may be referred to the Attorney and Solicitor-General, to consider the King's title thereto, and the petitioner's sufferings for loyalty. [Ibid. No. 107.]
Sept. 14. Reference to the Attorney and Solicitor-General of his petition, respecting renewal of his former order of reference, as requested [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 18, p. 260.]
Sept. 15. Note of expenses for victualling the prisoners at Southwick [near Portsmouth], paid to Rob. Phillips by appointment of Sir Wm. Lewis. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 108.]
Sept. 28. Muster of Sir Chas. Littleton's company under Sir Chichester Wray, in the Duke of York's regiment; 60 privates, 8 officers and a drummer. Signed by Lieut. George Lyttleton and Ensign Charles Palmer, and also by Josiah Stubbin. [Parchment. Ibid. No. 109.]
[Oct. 3.] Sir W. Curtius to Williamson, alias Tacitus. Thanks to the illustrious society for my admission thereto. Lord Brereton or Mr. Haach will discharge the compliments for me. [Curtius was elected Fellow of the Royal Society 3 Oct. 1667. French. [Ibid. No. 110.]
Oct. 3/13.
Castle Cornet.
Col. Jonathan Atkins to Lord Arlington. The prisoners of state here are only Lambert, whom I received from Lord Hatton, but there is no warrant nor record of his commitment here. His close confinement was by order from his Majesty, and was on the business for which Vaucourt, the Frenchman, was executed. He remains still close prisoner till further orders, but has behaved with modesty and discretion.
According to the Lord General's orders, I am disbanding two companies of foot, and reducing a third to 60 men. That which was Lord Hatton's gives me great trouble, because of the arrears due in his and Sir Hugh Pollard's time. The rest of the forces have been paid to a farthing. The condition of the poor men, who will now be dispersed and incapable of receiving their dues, is deplorable, and the clamour of the inhabitants for the debts contracted by my Lord, and through his not paying the men, is very great, and will cause many petitions to his Majesty. Many must end their days in prison if not paid.
I send a privy seal of 25 June 1665 for pay of this garrison, in which 16 months is included, and not received in Lord Hatton's time by him, but appointed to be paid to Sir Stephen Fox. That sum would go far to satisfy all demands. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 111.] Annexing,
Account of the moneys due by Lord Hatton to the soldiers and inhabitants of Guernsey, viz.:—
Arrears due to the soldiers, giving the sums due and the proportions thereof paid, those in Lord Hatton's time being
£ s. d.
Sums due 657 4 8
" " 381 5 0
" " 275 6 8
" " 289 9 4
Sums paid 138 0 6
" " 9 9 4
" " 47 2 0
" " 47 12 6
The total sums due are, in Sir Hugh Pollard's time 434l. 8s. 2d.; in Lord Hatton's time, 3,099l. 0s. 10d.; besides 1,310l. borrowed by them from the several parishes and magistrates. [Book of 23 written and many blank pages. Ibid. No. 111i.]
Oct. 5. "Decrees of Court for prolonging and renewing the six years." On account of the great troubles of wars, civil and foreign, the course of justice [at Guernsey] has been much interrupted, and many hindered from demanding their just debts within the accustomed time, whereby claims have arisen for interest, arrears, &c., which would ruin many persons. The Court therefore ordains that all new actions for arrears and rents shall be limited, according to the ancient custom of the island, to 6 years, and chief rents and interest to 3 years, except for those who can show that they have entered their actions before, and since his Majesty's happy restoration; these can be paid for 6 years before the restoration only. Those who have begun their actions since his Majesty's coming in shall be paid for 6 years before, 3 years for chief rents, and 3 years for interest. But this ordinance does not extend to sentences formerly passed by the Court, which are to be executed, nor to persons hindered from acting by their service to his Majesty.
Cases already begun must be ended next Michaelmas, after which all who have discontinued their suits must follow up their petitions, and renew the last decree in their suit. Judgments for fines shall be executed for 6 years, and those for default for 3 years; in case of change of person, the plaintiff must have the sentence renewed against him with whom he will have to do.
Endorsed with notes of further delays granted in particular cases in 1670, 1676, and 1679. [French. 2½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 112.]
[Nov. 9.] Case of John Pory, late Treasurer to Wm. [Juxon], late Archbishop of Canterbury, against Sir Wm. Juxon, his executor. Statement of business transactions between the Archbishop and Pory, and between Pory and Juxon. This Parliament, Juxon has presented a bill to the Lords, to enable him to sue the securities of the Archbishop's debts; 3 reasons on behalf of the bill, and 8 reasons against its passing. [Ibid. No. 112a. See Lords' Journals, Vol. XII., p. 133.]
[Dec. 13.] Petition of the Dean and Chapter of St. Peter's, Westminster, to the King, for revival of an ancient custom, that on avoidance of any prebend, the surviving prebendaries shall have the choice of the lodging of the persons removed—there being 12 prebends and only 11 houses—so that it may be only a junior who wants a house. [Ibid. No. 113.]
Dec. 28.
Capt. Jo. Gamble to Phil. Madox, the Harp, Charing Cross. I came up with a Frenchman in the Channel on Christmas Day, and we passed some broadsides, and so continued from 6 till 9 o'clock, close aboard one another. I received a shot in my foremast, and the rigging is most sadly cut; my lieutenant and several men are wounded, besides myself; 9 shots touched my clothes, but only 2 my body, one through the right arm and another in the thigh. When the moon rose, I fitted my rigging and came up to the Frenchman, and we continued firing on both sides, while flying before the wind to the shore, and as I was determined to expose myself to the rocks rather than strike, I left him; he lost the ship, but as many of the men as the boat would hold were saved. Next day I took a vessel bound for Morlaix, which reports that the ship was a rich ship of 16 guns, with a good store of men. I am hearty, notwithstanding the loss of a great deal of blood before I knew I was wounded, being hot. I shall put in at Plymouth for provisions, and desire a line there. Endorsed [by Williamson], "Capt. Gamble, having a Spanish commission." [Ibid. No. 114.]
Dec? Warrant to the Master of the Great Wardrobe, to pay 32l. 5s. to Rich. Hudson, musician in ordinary in place of And. Bassano, deceased, in lieu of his liveries for two years past, and to pay him 16l. 2s. 6d. therefor yearly. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. Case C, No. 5a.]
1667? Petition of Peter Speght to the King, for a grant of so much of the estate of Wm. Tombs, executor of the late Sir Paul Pindar— which devolves on the Crown because he laid violent hands on himself—as will compensate for an estate value 2,000l. left him by Sir Paul, but which Tombs deprived him of, by accusing him to Cromwell of being of the King's party at Colchester. [See Calendar 1667–8, p. 134. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 450, No. 115.]
Petition of Major George Collins to the King, for some pay to be settled on him as major of Pendennis garrison; has only at present the pay of 2 soldiers allowed him by the Lord-General. [Ibid. No. 116.]