BHO

Charles II: March 1670

Pages 95-144

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

This free content was digitised by double rekeying. All rights reserved.

Citation:
Please subscribe to access the page scans

This volume has gold page scans.
Access these scans with a gold subscription.Key icon

March 1670

March 1.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Charles Perrott. Count Guldenlew arrived on Saturday, and sailed the same night in one of the packet-boats. He was so desirous of remaining incognito, that he sent all his retinue on board the Danish man-of-war which is still here, refused to go to the chief inn, and gave himself the title of Graf Rantzow to the clerk of the passage. Two packet-boats have come in from Holland with passengers. Commerce has opened, and ships pass daily. I have not received the daily intelligence as formerly. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 140.]
[March 1.] Statement of the case of Rich. Pearle v. Sir Wm. Powel, alias Bart., and Lady Mary, his wife, and Sir James Bridges Bart., the former accusing the latter of embezzling the records relative to the estate of Rich. Pearle of Dewsall, co. Hereford. Lady Powel's grandfather, having obtained them by fraudulently securing the wardship of John Pearle, the heir male, who, being an idiot, ought to have been the King's ward, the plaintiff has no remedy but by Parliament. With pedigree of the Pearle family. [Ibid. No. 141. See Commons' Journals, Vol. IX., p. [108–25]
[March 1.] Reasons in favour of an Act to enable Thomas son of Sir Thos. Horde, of Aston, co. Oxon, to provide for his younger children by letting leases of certain lands; his father, instead of entailing them, as agreed, on his issue by his wife Barbara, daughter of Charles Trinder, entailed them on his heir male. [Ibid. No. 142. See Commons' Journals, Vol. IX., p. 129.]
[March 1.]
Whitehall.
The King to the University of Cambridge. We recommend you to admit Dr. Joseph Beaumont, Master of St. Peter's College and chaplain in ordinary, to the professorship of divinity which will shortly become void by the accession of Dr. Peter Gunning to the bishopric of Chichester. [Draft. 1¼ pages. Ibid. No. 142A.]
March 1. The King to the Master, Fellows, &c., of God's Gift College, Dulwich, Surrey. Elias Alleyn having informed us that John Alleyn obtained a dispensation to be warden of the college, which is void as being contrary to the statutes, we revoke that dispensation, on better information, and recommend Elias Alleyn, of whose fitness and capacity according to statute we are well informed. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, p. 150.]
March 1.
Court at Whitehall.
The King to the Vice-Chancellor and heads of colleges, Cambridge. We have lately shown our desire to support the authority of the heads of houses in that university, by the decision we gave in Council concerning the election of a beadle, nor shall we swerve from countenancing lawful government; but we must also regard the welfare of the body of the university. As Wm. Worts, M.A., of Caius College, who had the misfortune to be a party in the late controversy, has given in his respect and submission to you, by advice of the Earl of Manchester, we recommend him to the office of beadle on the next vacancy. This we do to cement the affections of all parties, establish a good understanding between the head and body, and conduce to the satisfaction of all the members, and we doubt not your ready compliance. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 155.]
March 1. Warrant to Sir Wm. Morton, justice of assize for Surrey, to forbear, during pleasure, passing sentence of death upon Hercules Paulett, John Webster, and Rich. Lion, accused at Southwark assizes of highway robbery, as there are pregnant circumstances to prove that they were not present at the robbery. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 33.]
March 1.
Whitehall.
Warrant appointing Sir Sam. Sterling, Lord Mayor, Sir John Robinson, Bart., Lieutenant of the Tower, Sir Thos. Bludworth, Sir Wm. Peake, Sir John Howell, Recorder, Sir Rich. Ford, Sir Rich. Rives, Sir Rob. Vyner, Bart., Sir Jos. Sheldon, Sir Denis Gauden, and 27 others, Commissioners for the Lieutenancy of London, to arm and exercise the inhabitants in case of rebellion or invasion, according to the regulations of the Militia Act. [Latin. S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 10.]
[March 1.] Imperfect copy of the above. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 143.]
Docquet of the above, dated 6 April. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 160.]
March 1. The petition of the Earl of Norwich, that the privy seals may be recalled, and that he may receive his arrears, and Sir P. W. [Phil. Warwick] and [Eliz.] Deane may be satisfied, referred to the Treasury Commissioners, who are to call the parties before them, and consider what is best to be done. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 101. See Calendar, 1668–9, p. 461.]
March 1.
Southampton.
Capt. Emondes Greene to the Navy Commissioners. I forgot to sign my last letter, having much business at the time, and wishing to save the post; but I will justify all I have said concerning Eastwood. Since he disposed of the flitch of timber belonging to the King to Croe of Hampton, I have taken him to Dickinson, a builder here, to whom be sold another flitch, and taxed him severely about these crimes; he replied that he made satisfaction to your Honours when passing his account, by abating 40s. for the timber sold belonging to the King.
Several persons were tried by my assistant, Wharton, at the assizes at Winton, for embezzling the King's goods, and were put in great danger, so I hope it will be a terror to them and others. What am I to do with Cardonnel's timber seized at Southampton and at Redbridge, for they begin to embezzle it, and what with the fly boat which I seized at Portsmouth for using the King's stores? [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 1.]
March 1.
New Forest.
Thos. Eastwood to the Navy Commissioners. I send a copy of my affidavit, and a certificate by two persons living near Redbridge, who knew where the timber grew. It was not bought for the King, but Salesbury over-persuaded me to put the King's mark upon it, which I at first refused, considering it to be useless from being young and sappy. Salesbury can give the best reason for this being done. The reason why it lay 4 or 5 years was because one Palmer bought it, who was forced to step aside for debt, and afterwards Cardonnel, by whose means it was stopped, lay in the King's Bench; it being inconsiderable, nobody could make sale of it, and it was never regarded as worth the freight to London for building purposes.
Capt. Greene does me great wrong with reference to [Edw.] Knowler's piece of timber, as I was the first to acquaint him of it. John Chicher, our carter, living at Beaulieu, who brings the timber to Heath, says that it came out of the Earl of Southampton's wood, from whence we have had much timber for the Navy; and as all the timber felled that year was felled about Beaulieu, and as it had been marked before, I re-marked it as being the King's; let Knowler show how it belonged to him. [Ibid. No. 2.] Annexed,
Deposition of Thos. Eastwood of Gosport, shipwright, before John Winder, Mayor of Southampton, that the timber seized by Emondes Greene in the yard of John Ockliford, a carpenter at Southampton, and also at Redbridge, in the same county, is not the King's, nor has ever belonged to him.—14 Feb. 1670. [Ibid. No. 2i.]
Certificate by Hen. Furster and Wm. Olding, that the timber seized by Capt. Greene in Ockliford's yard, and in a yard at Redbridge, belonged to and grew on the land of Rich. Edwards of Bramsheere, and not on the King's land. [Ibid. No. 2ii.]
March 1.
Portsmouth Dock.
Abr. Ansley, master attendant, to the Navy Commissioners. Am I to comply with the request of Greene of Southampton, in sending a hoy to fetch some timber seized by him ? [Ibid. No. 3.]
March 1.
Woolwich.
Edw. Byland to Col. Thos. Middleton. We are much necessitated for provisions for the new ship; unless we are supplied, I desire an order for the discharge of 8 sawyers, as I shall have no employment for them. I want some spruce deals to complete the upper decks, those in store not being fit; but if you think otherwise, let a survey be had. We are in hand with the hulk and the Assistance, but I wish I were employing the men on the new ship. [Ibid. No. 4.]
March 1. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. I ask that Capt. Beare, who is going in the William and Thomas to Port Mahon, to take command of the Golden Hand, may have proper accommodation on board for himself and servants, and things necessary to take with him. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 5.]
March 1.
Deptford.
Thos. Turner and Wm. Fownes to the Navy Commissioners. One Heydon, who was employed by Mr. Gould to reduce the Stadthaus of Haarlem to a hulk, carried away the mizen mast and bowsprit, contrary to contract, and unknown to the officers of the yard; but Gould and Heydon have both been required to restore them, and threatened with the stoppage of their bill or certificate for fitting the hulk, until they do so. I have spoken to Mr. Shish 5 or 6 times to send for them back. [Ibid. No. 6.]
March 2.
Deptford.
J. Uthwat to Col. Thos. Middleton. I have perused the copy of Mr. Hosier's letter to the Navy Commissioners, charging me and the master attendant and storekeeper with committing errors in taking the last survey of the stores; explanation of the course adopted, and the reasons for it.
As to the master attendant being at liberty to dispose of the stores as he pleases, he defies Hosier or any other person to prove him guilty of wronging the King of a penny. There was no breach of instructions by me or the master attendant, in not giving Hosier a weekly account, as he had it for several weeks, and until I was sent by you to survey at Chatham and Woolwich, when it was sent by the foreman.
As to Hosier's inability to give the storekeeper the charge of the boatswains' and carpenters' liens, without my certifying the storekeeper's weekly account, I will do so if commanded, or anything else that will further his business; but I perceive he is very uneasy in his place, and would gladly throw dirt upon others, with hopes of keeping himself clean, and of being supposed to be doubly diligent; otherwise he needed not have troubled the Board about that which he might have had satisfaction in from every person concerned. [2¼ pages. Ibid. No. 7.]
March 2. Col. Walter Slingsby to Lord Arlington. I write what I should blush to speak of. My family must be turned out of doors at Lady Day for 12 months' rent, and my daughters, accomplished with good breeding, have not been at church for 6 months for want of clothes. Pray confer with the Duke of Ormond, and supply me with money till I can have some employment. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 144.] Annexing,
Statement that he was promised captain's pay on surrendering Sandham Fort to Sir Rob. Holmes, and received 450l. on account, but lost his pretensions on his removal to the Prize Office in the Isle of Wight, and also his deputy's fee of the island, in which office he spent 1,150l. to support it with credit, and has now beenyears without employment. [Ibid. No. 144i.]
March ? Petition of Col. Walter Slingsby to the King. For some years past, since I was remanded from the Isle of Wight, I was allowed captain's pay, but did not pretend to it whilst I had a salary in the Prize Office. My captain's pay being determined 1 Nov. last, I and my family of 10 persons are left destitute. I beg consideration, or continuance of the captain's pay. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 145.]
March 2. Order on the petition of Marmaduke, Lord Langdale, remitting the fine of 40l. laid upon him for his absence last session [of Parliament]. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book. 33, p. 102.]
March 2. Pass for 4 couples of beagles to Flanders, for the Constable of Castile. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 12.]
March 2. The King to the Ordnance Commissioners. Application having been made to us for arms, &c., for the forces and garrisons, we require a statement of their condition in point of stores, and therefore wish you to take an account of all the cannon, ordnance, and other stores in the Tower, Windsor Castle, and all other castles, garrisons, &c., in England, Wales, and Berwick-on-Tweed, or in the charge of the officers of the Guards and other forces, and render in a clear statement to Henry, Lord Arlington. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 46.]
March 2.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. The Nieuport packet-boat landed here with only two passengers; several ships from Genoa, the Straits, and France have arrived. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 146.]
March 2. John Powell to Hickes. The John of Conquet has arrived with salt from Croisic, and the David and Judith with wines from Bordeaux. [Ibid. No. 147.]
March 2.
Lyme.
Ant. Thorold to Hickes. The Sarah of Lyme has arrived from Morlaix, the master of which says they discourse there of the King's intentions to go to the Netherlands. [Ibid. No. 148.]
March 2.
Whitehall.
Lord Arlington to the Bishop of Durham. The King having commanded an exact list of the deputy-lieutenants of the several counties of England and Wales, I request you to send me the names of all the deputy-lieutenants in the county palatine of Durham. With note that on 3 March, letters of this tenor were sent to the 32 Lords Lieutenants of whom a list is subjoined. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 35a, f. 2.]
March 3. List of 32 names of dukes, marquises, earls, barons, and bishops, endorsed by Williamson, "Letters sent to the Lord Lieutenants." [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 149.]
March 3. Petition of Mary Lisle, sister of Sir George Lisle, murdered in the service of the late King, to the King, for an order to the Lords of the Treasury for payment to her of 900l. His present Majesty, by privy seal 24 Feb. 1662, in consideration of her helpless condition, and the eminent services of her father and two brothers, bestowed upon her 2,000l., of which 1,100l., only has been paid [Ibid. No. 150.] Annexing,
Certificate by Sir Rob. Long that only 1,100l. has been paid on the privy seal for 2,000l., granted by his Majesty to the petitioner. [Ibid. No. 150i.]
March 3.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. Some merchant ships are passing, and 3 of the King's ships are fitting out to sea for the summer guard. [Ibid. No. 151.]
March 3. Certificate by Jonas Shish that John Walldo, shipwright in Deptford Yard, is fit for the place of master carpenter in the Fountain, as deputy of Peter Bronsdon. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 8.]
March 3.
Navy Office.
Surveyor Thos. Middleton to the Navy Commissioners. Pray consider the repairs required at the Navy Treasury Office in Broad Street, especially in the gallery and over it, so as to prevent further damage. With an estimate of the work required to be done; cost, 46l. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 9.]
March 3. Rice Freeman to the Navy Commissioners. The Hampshire, of which I am purser, being again ordered to the Straits, and to take in 6 months' victuals, and the victualler having only allowed 34 tuns of beer, I ask that she may have 40, and in iron-bound casks, as the leakage of 10 tuns in her last voyage was occasioned by want of iron-bound casks. [Ibid. No. 10.]
March 3. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. The King having directed, by an order in Council, that several boats should be provided at Gravesend to attend on the garrison there, and Sir John Griffith having provided two, I am directed by his Royal Highness to request you to inquire as to the condition of such boats, as also their value, and whether it will not be better husbandry for the King to buy them of him for the service there, rather than build others. You are also to cause the Henrietta yacht to be re-lackered. [Ibid. No. 11.]
March 3.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to Col. Thos. Middleton. Pray give Mr. Dowson an order for entering 6 or 8 more joiners, as it will be beneficial to the service to finish all the joiners' work on the London and Assurance, before they are launched out of the dry dock. Also remember the dangerous condition of the old and rotten houses that stand on the east side of the King's yard. [Ibid. No. 12.]
March 3.
Deptford.
Capt. John Tinker to the Navy Commissioners. Is the Milford to be laid up here or at Woolwich ? if here, her sails should be taken off while dry; but if at Woolwich, she should go down while it is fair weather, and her men are being borne upon her. I want commands as to the Eaglet ketch. [Ibid. No. 13.]
March 3. Chr. Coles to [the Navy Commissioners]. I have a vessel arrived at Chatham, with timber and treenails of various sizes mentioned. [Ibid. No. 14.]
March 4. Receipt by Edw. Harvey for a box of medicines shipped on board the Coronation, Capt. John Hesilgrave, for Sir Edw. Spragg. [Ibid. No. 14a.]
March 4.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. The Post horse hoy has arrived from Stockwith, also another with timber from Mr. Coles, but I have no order to receive them. I have sent up the horse boat for the engines, &c. [Ibid. No. 15.] Encloses,
Contract by Capt. Stephen Sartan of Gillingham, with Commissioner John Taylor, to deliver into the stores at Chatham 20 elm trees for 14l. cash, reserving to himself the tops and lops.—4 March 1670. [Ibid. No. 15i.]
March 4.
Deptford.
Capt. John Tinker to the Navy Commissioners. I sent to Capt. Juniper to go and view the Truelove lying ashore, as to her lackering, but he would have nothing more to do with her; I dare not send anyone aboard, lest the captain should pretend they had stolen something. I want an order for her delivery to me together with all her furniture. The third of a hawser, which I lent to make her fast during the frost, has gone. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 16.]
March 4.
Deptford.
Same to the Same. I intend hauling the Fountain and Forester out of the wet dock next spring [tide] to be graved; they are ready to entertain 10 or 12 men each. [Ibid. No. 17.]
March 4. Sir Edw. Spragg to Williamson. Upon Sir Wm. Jennings' coming to Malaga, he informed [Hum.] Colston, the Consul, that [Hen.] Rumbold, who formerly had the employment, was making application at Whitehall to be restored to it. I assure you that no man goes through his business better than Colston, who has great power among the people, and as he renders his service with so much readiness when required, I desire you will speak to Lord Arlington, to put a stop to Rumbold's proceedings. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 152.]
March 4. Warrant for a licence to William, Earl of Bedford and his heirs, to hold a common and open market—Sundays and Christmas Day excepted—at the Piazza, near St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden, being 420 feet by 316, "for the buying and selling all manner of fruits, flowers, roots, and herbs whatsoever, they receiving all the profit thereof, notwithstanding that no inquisition of ad quod damnum has been held thereon." [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 151.]
March 4. Warrant to Sir Edw. Thurland and 3 others, to examine the accounts of certain Navy creditors of the late King, for provisions value 20,000l., taken up by Sir Allan Apsley, Lieutenant of the Tower and Surveyor-General of victuals, for the Navy, and for prisoners in the Tower, towards satisfaction of which the manor of Newington Barrow, alias Highbury, and other lands were assigned in trust; but the trustees have misconverted the funds, to the utter ruin of the said creditors, who ought now to be paid. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 76.]
March 4.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. A wench delivered herself of a child at Eastry, 4 miles from Deal, cut it up in small pieces, and gave it to the hogs, who ate it up. She is apprehended and sent to gaol. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 153.]
March 5.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. There are some ships in the harbour, waiting a fair wind. [Ibid. No. 154.]
March 5.
Hull.
Luke Bourne, for Chas. Whittington, to Williamson. Several ships have sailed for places named, and others are loading. A Scotch hoy has been lost on the rocks, and all her men drowned. Several pieces of money and some linen have been picked up, which are supposed to have come out of her. [Ibid. No. 155.]
March 5.
Lyme.
Ant. Thorold to Hickes. The Elizabeth of Lyme has arrived with canvas from St. Malo, and reports that their King has resolved to trade to the East Indies, as well as the English and Dutch, and that the 8 ships fitting at Brest are designed there, and are to touch only at Madagascar. They are full of the gallantry of Capt. Kempthorne, in his dispute with the 6 Turkish men-of-war, and I hear from a passenger who was on board the Mary Rose at Cadiz, that the captain afterwards took from them a Virginia man with tobacco, and 30 Moors, and carried her into Cadiz as a prize. They say that the French are at peace with them [the Spaniards], and are to have the liberty of their ports, which I fear may encourage them into the Channel, and thus molest our trade. The galleons of 60 sail have arrived at Cadiz and St. Lucar.
Our woollen manufacture is "much decayed in trade with them, by the great import of wool they have from England and Ireland, and no linens to be had for it, as usual, but by bills." [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 156.]
March 5. Adam Leithes to [Lord Conway's steward ?]. If I cannot serve Lord Conway without being a slave to all your humours—who have shown no kindness to me of late, as is sufficiently expressed in your notes, expressions, and actions—you are to take notice that I discharge myself from his lordship's service after 1 May next, and only continue till then to perfect his lordship's accounts. It will then be generally known that, after 19 years' service, and without anything being settled upon me towards my maintenance, I have also been constrained to remove from my small habitation, and rove up and down the world to make a poor provision for my family. I recommend Wm. Magee, my servant, as my successor; he has always assisted me, as far as his abilities extended, and knows besides the manner and method in which his lordship desires his accounts framed, which will not only tend to Magee's advancement, but will also prevent his lordship being damnified by persons of less experience. [Ibid. No. 157.]
March 5. Warrant for a discharge to Sir Roger Norwich, Bart., of a bond entered into by his father, Sir John Norwich, 5 April 1645, as surety for John Eccleston, receiver of the royal revenues in cos. Suffolk and Cambridge, to pay in the same, which he did up to the Restoration, but having failed since, and the revenue being part of the late Queen Mother's jointure, the lands of Sir Roger Norwich were extended for the arrears. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 75.]
March 5. Receipt by Walter Baynard for two chests brought on board the Hampshire by George Weeks' boat, at Half Way Tree, for Sir Thos. Allin and Sir John Harman. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 17a.]
March 5.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to the Navy Commissioners. As to Cardonnel's timber, which was stamped by Eastwood with the King's mark, I was desired by Cardonnel to ask the Commissioners to buy a parcel then lying at Redbridge, and spoke to Col. Middleton, who directed Eastwood to view it. Cardonnel being afraid of being arrested, and his goods attached, asked me to get Eastwood to mark his timber, as he was resolved to sell it to the Commissioners at any rate, and upon presumption that he would do so, I told Eastwood to mark it, which he did; this was in 1665. Soon after, Cardonnel was put in prison for debt, and remained there until last Michaelmas; otherwise the timber would have been served into the stores. I have no command over Eastwood, nor foresaw the evil that has arisen, as what I did was not to prejudice the service, but as a kindness to a neighbour in distress; I hope you will put no other construction upon it. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 18.]
March 5. Certificate by the Masters of the Trinity House, that they find Rob. Smith, mariner, of Wapping, competent to take charge, as master, of any ship or frigate bound southward or northward. [Ibid. No. 19.]
March 5.
Deptford.
Thos. Turner and Wm. Fownes to the Navy Commissioners. Your letter as to the hulk's mast and bowsprit ought not to have been directed to us, and we hope you will have a more favourable opinion of us, as Gould wholly applied to the master attendant and shipwright. We never saw Heydon, nor knew anything about it beyond that we were told by Cadbury, the mastmaker, that the masts were gone. I often spoke to Mr. Shish about it, who said they should be brought back before Gould had his bill. [Ibid. No. 20.]
March 5.
Deal.
B. St. Michel, muster master, to the Navy Commissioners. Thanks for your approval of my propositions for preventing the inconveniences and delays daily met with from pursers, in mustering ships. I will be particular in sending to the muster master at Gravesend a copy of the book of each ship mustered which is bound for the Thames. [Ibid. No. 21.]
March 6.
Woolwich.
Edw. Byland to Col. Thos. Middleton. Pray send Mr. Mayors, or allow me to go early to-morrow, to view some timber belonging to Rich. Abbott, of St. Mary Cray [Kent], as Abbott has to go to the assizes on urgent business. I am confident it will answer expectations. [Ibid. No. 22.]
March 6.
Portsmouth Dock.
Abr. Ansley to the Navy Commissioners. No order has yet come for victualling the Swallow and Mary yacht, though they are ready for their provisions. [Ibid. No. 23.]
March 6. The King to the Dean and Chapter of Winchester. Hercules Paulet was found guilty at Southwark assizes of robbery in Surrey; being satisfied of his innocence, we directed the judge to forbear passing sentence; we interpose also with you to order your steward, who has seized Paulet's goods as forfeit by his conviction, to discharge them. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 16.]
March 6. Royal Assent for Dr. Isaac Barrow, Bishop of Sodor and Man, to be Bishop of St. Asaph. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 35b, f. 2.]
March. Docquet of the above. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 145.]
March 6.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The 3 frigates are fitting with all haste for the summer guard. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 158.]
March 7.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. Lieut.-Col. John Boys died near Canterbury last week, and is reported to have killed himself with brandy. A man has been committed to prison for bestiality. The East India and other ships have sailed. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 159.]
March 7.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. Several vessels which have been wind-bound for some time have put to sea; the George of Dublin from St. Malo, the Welcome of Bristol from Bordeaux, and the Friendship of New England from Bermuda have come in. [Ibid. No. 160.]
March 7. Same to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 161.]
March 7.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Perrott. Arrival and departure of ships. [Ibid. No. 162.]
March 7.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. The Elizabeth of Weymouth and the Adventure of London have arrived from Virginia, and report that there is sickness amongst the inhabitants, and that the crop is worse this year than the one previous. [Ibid. No. 163.]
March 7. Sir Sam. Starling, Lord Mayor of London, to Williamson. I understand by Sir John Frederic that you doubt whether the additional bill for rebuilding the city had his Majesty's approbation before it was brought into the House, and whether the present bill is the same that was committed last sessions. It is the same bill, and has ever since remained in custody of the clerk of Parliament. At the beginning of last sessions, I attended the Lord Keeper with it, and he and the Council communicated it to his Majesty, who referred it to Dr. Wren and Mr. North, after which it was delivered into the House that session, so you may satisfy his Majesty that we had his assent to this very bill now in the House. [Ibid. No. 164.] Annexing,
Summary of the provisions of the proposed bill for rebuilding London, being 20 items, principally incorporated in the Act for rebuilding London, proposed 17 Feb. and passed 9 April 1670. [Ibid. No. 164i. The bill as it actually passed is printed in Statutes of the Realm, Vol. V., p. 665.]
[March 7.] Statement of the case of Sir Wm. Gostwick, showing the settlement of the property by Sir Edw. Gostwick, 15 Sept. 1630; also by his son Sir Edward, on trustees for his own son Sir William, who, though under age, married Mary, daughter of Sir Phil. Boteler, had 3,000l. with her, and settled 400l. a year on her. The scope of the bill is to settle a fresh trust, in order to charge the annuities left upon the lands, and to confirm the young lady's jointure, &c. [Ibid. No. 165. See Lords' Journals, Vol. XII., p. 301.]
March 7. Power of attorney by Rob. Tyrrell, Mayor of Thetford, on behalf of himself and the burgesses and commonalty, constituting John Kendall their solicitor and attorney, in procuring an Act of Parliament for cleansing and making navigable the river from Brandon to Thetford. [Ibid. No. 166.]
March 7.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. I send the journal of the master of the Posthorse hoy, also two contracts; three months' victuals are wanted for her, if you intend her to return to Stockwith. Pray send down in the horse boat some 4-inch plank from Deptford yard, and 4 cwt. of twine, as the sailmakers have been discharged for want of it. I informed you, when in London, of 38 loads of timber that Mr. Pett had for sale, and of a like parcel by Mr. Mason; I desire directions as to buying, it being wanted for the new ship. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 24.] Encloses,
Contract by John Charles of Chatham, cooper, with Commissioner John Cox, to deliver into the stores at Chatham 14 double buckets at 15s. a dozen, and 16 single ones at 13s. a dozen, ready money.—4 March 1670. [Ibid. No. 24i.]
Contract by Thos. Butler with the same, to deliver 70 dozen birch brooms at 14d. a dozen, ready money.—4 March 1670. [Ibid. No. 24ii.]
March 7.
The Hampshire.
Capt. Rich. Beach to the Navy Commissioners. I repeat my demand for a Trinity House pilot, and for some gunner's stores, provisions, &c., so that no blame may attach to me through the delay. [Ibid. No. 25.]
March 7.
Deptford.
Capt. Ben. Young to the Navy Commissioners. Nearly 40 men were entered on the Advice, but only 20 have appeared. I am taking in the ballast, cables, and beer. I sent down 38 men, who promised to appear on board by Saturday last. I am not likely to have any help from Captains Ansley and Deane, they being much displeased with me for saying that my ship had been six months off the ground; I hope their private piques may not hinder the King's business. I am on my journey to Portsmouth. [Ibid. No. 26.]
March 8. Request for an order for Dr. Rob. Breton, for payment of his groats, due for Deptford Yard, from June 1667 to Jan. 1670; and another for Thos. Plume, vicar of Greenwich, for groats due to him from his Majesty's yachts lying before Greenwich, from 1663 to 1670. [Ibid. No. 27.]
March 8. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. The William and Thomas being so pestered with goods as to be unable to receive the soldiers sent on board, his Royal Highness has resolved to remove part of them on board Capt. Beach, and the 24 he was to take in at Gravesend and Deal are to go on board the Holmes. Let care be taken that their hammocks and other conveniences are transferred, and that their provisions go with them in the Holmes, otherwise she will be expended before her time, by the accession of 24 eaters. As Capt. Beach is going to the Hope, and must stay there a day or two to pay his men, the victuallers, who will sail heavily, should go to the Downs, and the Hampshire may give them that start. [Ibid. No. 28.]
March 8.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. I send particulars of a new ship building. I want 4 knees for the beams, and ask for an order to Purveyor Mayors to go to Mr. Glyde's yard, to choose and agree for them, and I will send to fetch them away. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 29.]
March 8.
Portsmouth.
Edw. Silvester, smith, to the Navy Commissioners. I answered your queries, and waited upon you in London last June, about the chain; the delay is not only an injury to me, but also to his Majesty, as the chain wastes four times more than if it lay in its proper place; I beg leave to go on with it, as I have some money in hand. The first contract was for 260 fathoms, but as it appears 150 will do, I am content to do that, and complete it for 700l. more; as it is a thing so exceedingly profitable to his Majesty, I hope your consideration and answer. [Ibid. No. 30.]
March 8.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. [Edw.] Benson has promised to sell the 16 trees for the gun-deck beams, and to take 50s. for loss of the bark, which he alleged was worth 7l.; I hope you will approve of this, and pay him, so that the trees may be felled and brought in to forward the works, as they are the choice of Lord Lumley's woods, and a great pennyworth. Eastwood is using all endeavours to procure a supply of clamps. I send tenders for timber, which will be useful for works in hand. [1¼ pages. Ibid. No. 31.]
Tender by Wm. Hammond to deliver into the yard at Portsmouth 50 trees 33 feet long, and containing 3 loads in each, at 37s. a load.—8 March 1670. [Ibid. No. 31i.]
Tender by Wm. Oxford to deliver into the yard at Portsmouth 80 loads of elm timber, at 1l. 13s. a load, ready money.—5 March 1670. [Ibid. No. 31ii.]
March 8. Levant Company to Martin Loe. We hope you have safely arrived, and will manage your charge with industry and fidelity. We send Willoughby Whitelock, son of Sir Bulstrode Whitelock, as your assistant, a post for which he is very fitting, having been bred up in the way of merchandizing. [S.P. Foreign, Levant, Vol. 5, p. 229.]
March 8.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Perrott. Several laden colliers passed on Sunday for London, and the packet-boats have arrived; all things are quiet. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 167.]
March 9.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. Yesterday 20 vessels set sail with a fair wind for Barnstaple, Plymouth, &c., most of them laden colliers. [Ibid. No. 168.]
March 9.
Swansea.
Jo. Man to Williamson. I have addressed my correspondence to Chas. Perrott upon three occasions, which might have merited a place in the Gazette, but not finding anything hinted therein, I believe the letters have either miscarried, or it was not intended I should write to Perrott; therefore I ask for information therein. Sir Edward Mansell, Bart., of Margam, has been chosen a knight of the shire for county Glamorgan, without any opposition, in place of Lord Herbert, called to the House of Peers by the death of his father, the Earl of Pembroke. [Ibid. No. 169.]
[March 9.] The King to the Chancellor of the Duchy [of Lancaster]. Having seen your report on the petition of Elizabeth Lady Dacre, we wish you to pass under the duchy seal to Sir Peter Ball, Sir Rich. Chaworth, and Thos. Cressy, her trustees, two leases in reversion, one of marsh lands in Pevensey, &c., on the former reserved rent of 9l. 17s. 4d., and another of lands called King's salts, alias Queen's salts, and lands at Chilly Green at the former rent of 6l. 8s. 4d. [See 26 Jan., p. 35, supra. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 169a.]
March 9. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 47.]
March 9. Warrant for a grant to Thos. Howard and Wm. Hempson, on surrender by Thomas and Phil. Howard, of the place of clerk of the market to the household. [S.P. Dom. Entry Book 34, f. 12.]
March [9]. Docquet of the above. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 155.]
March 9. Privy seal for 2,000l. to the Earl of Oxford, for his expenses as Justice in Eyre on this side Trent. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 13.]
March [9]. Docquet of the above. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 148.]
March 9. Grant to Dr. Peter Gunning, Bishop of Chichester, of restitution of temporalities, to commence from the time of the death of the last bishop. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 35b, f. 2.]
March 9. Docquet of the above. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 145.]
March 9.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. The Posthorse hoy is ready to sail; if she is to return to Stockwith, pray hasten down her provisions. I acquainted you and Lord Brouncker that Mr. Pett's timber was 3l. per load, when you advised me to treat for it, which I have done for 2l. 17s. a load. It is all useful for the new ship, and Pett had it from the Duke of Richmond for a debt, but I shall forbear doing any more in it until his Royal Highness's pleasure is known. I received an order about Cole's timber, which is wanted for the new ship and the Newcastle, and offered him 58s. a load, but he insisted on a higher price, and will wait upon you about it; I enclose particulars. I have done nothing about the ashen blocks. I hope you received the journal of the master of the Posthorse, and the contracts. [1¼ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 32.] Enclosing,
Memorandum of the quantity and sizes of Mr. Cole's compass timber, knees, and treenails. [Ibid. No. 33.]
March 9. Capt. Abra. Parker to Pepys. Pray deliver the enclosure, and solicit Sir Wm. Coventry, although he has now no connection with the Navy, to make good his promise of obtaining for me some encouragement for my services in 1667, proportionable to what the King profited by them, notwithstanding what has been said and done to my prejudice by others. [Ibid. No. 34.]
March 9. Affidavit by Capt. N. Osborne, cashier to Sir Denis Gauden, that he has paid and allowed, and is obliged to make good to several persons, on behalf of Gauden, 63,555l. 17s. 10d. for moneys borrowed for carrying on the service, from 1 Nov. 1660 to 31 Dec. 1668, which was occasioned by due payments not having been made to Sir Denis according to contract; also that besides such sum, he believes that Sir Denis is otherwise indebted upon the said account, and that the whole will amount to upwards of 70,000l. Also affidavit of Wm. Burton, bookkeeper to Sir Denis Gauden, that he has examined the books containing the disbursements and engagements aforesaid, and believes the sum mentioned in the affidavit to be true. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 35.]
March 9.
The Hampshire.
Capt. Rich. Beach to Thos. Hayter. Please to deliver 20 tickets to Rice Freeman, the purser, and take his receipt. [Ibid. No. 36.]
March 10.
Portsmouth.
St. J. Steventon to the Navy Commissioners. I send an account of the number of men mustered on board the Advice, from the 5th to the 10th, ranging from 46 to 53 daily. I admire the statement of Capt. Young, that not above 20 have appeared on any one day, when the captain was not on the place to know anything about it. I will continue the daily muster on all the ships, and take all possible care that his Majesty receives no damage by the nonattendance of the men borne upon them. [Ibid. No. 37.]
March 10.
Hulk in Catwater, Plymouth.
John Garratt, boatswain, to the Navy Commissioners. I require an order to go to Portsmouth, to get moorings and other necessaries for the hulk; those I have have been in use 10 years, and were old cast cables when I had them from Deptford. [Ibid. No. 38.]
March 10. Petition of Geo. Taylor to a committee of the House of Parliament.
1. In April 1667, I complained to Sir John Baker of James Adamson and Clement Palmes, about making and selling false tickets, when they were apprehended and examined, and the King and the Duke of York being made acquainted therewith, directed the Navy Commissioners to examine and prosecute the affair, The Navy Commissioners had the accused parties before them, when my statements were confirmed by the oath of Thos. Jennings, since deceased, one of the accomplices, and surgeon of the Zealand, to which ship the tickets purported to belong. He informed the Board that they were false, and made out for men who had run, and that Adamson, the steward, knew such to be the fact. Proceedings at their appearance before the Board. I begged for a sentence, whereupon the Board declared that they could not determine the matter, for want of power to punish, and sent the accused persons to Alderman Frederick, J.P., who bound them over to answer at the Old Bailey sessions for forgery.
2. By this proceeding the Navy Commissioners put an end to their prosecution, and without doing the King right, by not endeavouring to get back any of the money, or awarding anything to me, to encourage me and defray my charges in prosecuting.
3. When the sessions came on, 3 July 1667, I could not indict for want of some of the tickets, but the Court would not discharge the prisoners, and bound me over in fresh recognizances to prosecute.
March 10. 4. In July 1667, and within a week after the end of the sessions, the Privy Council issued an advertisement that any persons who had complaints to make appertaining to the fleet should be heard, upon which I sent them a narrative of the above; thereupon they sent to the Navy Commissioners for a report, but the latter, instead of sending it in, again sent me to prosecute at the sessions.
5. Being advised by my friends not to trouble myself further at the sessions, but urge the Navy Commissioners to send in their report, and having prepared a draft of one, I offered it for their perusal and signature.
6. This they refused, as also to entertain my offer for the discovery of 8 more false tickets.
7. Being informed in November 1667, that they had sent in their report to Council, I made application for a copy, but was refused one.
8. Hearing nothing from Council, I was discouraged, and presumed the business to be dead, when several actions at law were brought against me by Adamson and Palmes, which were subsequently abandoned; after this I addressed the Commissioners at Brooke House, stating that the impostors could not prove how they came by their tickets; that Palmes had confessed that 3 tickets paid in the office were false, and had offered me 5l. to put an end to all differences; that the surgeon of the ship swore at the Navy Office that 2 of the tickets were false, and although he has since died, his evidence lives, as it was sworn before the King's Commissioners; that the master of the ship declared his hand was counterfeited, as he could not write his name, which was to all of them, instead of his mark, and that 2 of the tickets purporting to have been made by the captain and purser, were made after each of them was dead and buried, and therefore could not have been made by them, unless they rose again from the dead.
9. The Commissioners being surprised at this relation, Lord Brouncker got exasperated, and said that the persons should not be indicted by me, but by their solicitor in my name, and that he would make me give evidence against them, whereupon I replied that they would have to be indicted in the name of the King.
10. On this 4 of the Commissioners sent me a letter that, if I would join with their solicitor in the prosecution, my expenses should be paid; this I complied with, but the solicitor soon after died. After this I moved from time to time for the prosecution to be followed up, but without any effect, until at last I got Sir Thos. Littleton to move, when money was promised to that end, but was never forthcoming, and subsequently the proceedings were recommended to be abandoned. I believe the Navy Commissioners all desired such an end, for the reasons that, the conterfeited tickets having passed the office under their hands, they were liable for the repayment; that the report to Council was a paralogism, which carried much modesty, but little truth; that they were unwilling to bring the offenders to justice, as they might thus render themselves culpable by their report to Council, it being inconsistent with what was under their own hand; and that having by such report extenuated the persons, it could not be supposed they would aggravate their guilt by bringing them to trial.
11. That there were 6 tickets amounting to 60l., and 8 amounting to between 70l. and 80l., all purporting to belong to the Zealand, a small ship of 160 men; if so many fraudulent tickets could be made out for one ship, I submit what all the fleet might do, by adopting such practices, which it is to be feared is done by many pursers, and other winking and conniving officers, of which the Commissioners at Brooke House can inform you, and which might have been greatly repressed, and the King's treasure preserved, if this prosecution had been timely made. I beg either my expenses in the prosecution, or the following up thereof. If you would pay me my charge without further trouble, I would acquiesce, and detest any similar undertaking in time to come. I beg that I may hear from you within a week.
Noted as brought to the Navy Office by a porter, but being unsigned, the Board judged it unworthy of an answer before it was owned by Taylor. [7 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 39.]
March 10.
Portsmouth.
John Robins to Col. Thos. Middleton. I want a warrant for filling up a blank bill received for some tar delivered here, so that I may get it paid, as it will be great trouble to send it to London. [Ibid. No. 40.]
March 10.
The Advice, Portsmouth.
Capt. Ben. Young to the Navy Commissioners. I will hasten the ship out, and expect to be at Spithead next week. I have 60 men entered, and most part of the beer aboard, and am shipping the guns. I was forced to enter several ordinary seamen to help in the beer, but shall change them for better men the first opportunity. [Ibid. No. 41.]
March 10. Dan. Bowtwell to [the Navy Commissioners]. I send the names of 9 calkers living at Deptford, of 5 living at Blackwall, and of 8 at Wapping, pressed into the yard at Chatham, according to your order. [Ibid. No. 42.]
March 10.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of timber required for finishing the London. [Ibid. No. 43.]
March 10.
Portsmouth Dock.
Abr. Ansley to Col. Thos. Middleton. It has been my practice all winter to direct the laying of cables as fast as I had tar, and I have 23 of 16 and 17 inch ready, and also those for the St. Michael. I agree in opinion as to 4 strands, and direct no other to be made for shrouds. I used up 100 tons of tar, and have been waiting, but some having arrived, I will carry out my directions, and also make some 18 inch, which will serve for first and second rates, the difference of ships being small. I need new furnaces for melting the tar, as the bottom of one has broken, being very old. I have been afraid of them ever since I came on the place, and have had the yarn laid in the storehouse, in case of danger. I saw the Board's order for putting men on the Advice, to help her to Spithead, and beg you to tell the Board that I intended doing so; she is completely rigged, has her beer aboard, and is shipping her guns. I expect that she, with the Swallow and Kent, will be at Spithead in a day or two, as they want no assistance for their despatch. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 44.]
March 10.
Portsmouth Yard.
Ben. Johnson to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of stores arrived from Deptford. I suppose fit vessels can be hired in these parts to fetch the knee timber wanted for Chatham from Palsgrave or Fareham; it will save much labour and expense if it is carried on to Chatham, instead of being brought to Portsmouth. This may be prevented by taking the survey at the waterside whence it is shipped. It will also secure it from being used, which otherwise is most probable in such an open yard as that at Portsmouth; there is great want of a plank yard here, without which a full account of the expense cannot be kept. I send a letter from Poole, offering some rosin for sale. Pray write if you think fit to deal, as it is hard to correspond from hence. [Ibid. No. 45.] Encloses,
Rob. Cleeves to Capt. Ben. Johnson. I have 10 or 12 tons of black rosin or heath pitch for sale, cheaper than can be supplied in London. It is the best in France, and not one cake of it is as thick as a half-crown.—Poole, 5 Jan. 1670. [Ibid. No. 45i.]
March 10. Lieut. Thos. Kent to the Navy Commissioners. I have Anthony Swift and Charles Hall in attendance, according to appointment, concerning the hawser embezzled out of the Sweepstakes. As I am not well, I beg you to despatch the business with all speed. [Ibid. No. 46.]
March 10.
Navy Office.
Certificate by Sam. Pepys that the last bill passed to James Pearse, for his pay as Surgeon-general of the Fleet, was from 1 July 1667 to 29 Sept. following, at which time—the wars with the Dutch being over—his pay, in common with that of others, was retrenched. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 170.]
March 10.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Farmers of Customs to allow the servants of John, Earl of Lauderdale, to take from a vessel in the Thames some French and Flemish wines, shipped from Scotland for his own use. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 151.]
March 10.
London.
Rob. Bransby to Viscount Conway. I have written divers letters to you, and have had no answer. I again beg payment of various bills for furniture, and the hire of the same, amounting in the whole to 100l. 17s. The accounts were delivered in Mr. Garrett's time, and there are some goods belonging to me in the house in Queen Street, which are in Lord Orrery's wearing. The money can be paid in Dublin, to save your lordship trouble. I have had long patience, and hope you will not fail me; the money was promised in October. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 171.]
March 10.
Oxford.
Dr. H. Compton to Williamson. I am ashamed to write and not give an account of what I ought, but will wait upon you in Easter Term. I entreat a continuance of your favour to my cousin Gannocke; recommend him to Lord Arlington for employment, either in gathering the King's revenues, or in the infantry, for the latter of which he is most qualified. He is a sober person, and a man nobody will be a loser by obliging, and he is willing to go to Ireland; such a fast creature is not to be found everywhere, and therefore not so easily to be parted with out of England. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 172.]
March 11. "Monsieur de Montbrun's papers," being a copy of the warrant of 29 May 1661, for payment to the Marquis of 8,333l. 6s. 8d., lent to the King by him and the Duke of Vendome, with 1,250l. yearly interest. [See Calendar 1660–1, p. 596. Ibid. No. 172A.]
March 11.
Deptford.
F. Hosier to Pepys. I send an answer to Mr. Uthwat's letter. I confess I might wink at faults, and go on with as little noise and as much quiet as my brethren, but then my duty would be proved a mock, and be more injurious than if it were laid aside. I shall never forget your fore-knowledge when you said that the thing would gain little credit, as I have since found; but if you would undertake it, it would grow and flourish, and if worth the cost, I would give a true bill every week, which I cannot now do once a year.
Pray speak to the Navy Commissioners for some allowance for my extra pains and disbursements, as it cost me between 25l. and 30l. to get the employment. My lord promised I should be allowed it, if I could give a particular account, but as I cannot do so, I must lose it but for your favour. I have 500l. due to me, and must run the hazard of losing it for want of money to go to law. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 47.] Encloses,
F. Hosier to the Navy Commissioners. I return Uthwat's letter of the 2nd, in reply to mine, as to the course pursued by him and other officers at Deptford, when taking a survey of the stores there, together with the reasons [in long detail] for the demands which I found necessary to make in the performance of my duty; I contend that Uthwat's argument illustrates a want of care, and that his duty was not performed as my employment required, as I find in 7 weeks more issued than received, many things omitted altogether, and others mis-described. His and the master attendant's excuse for not giving a minute account of everything is simply to gain liberty of unaccountableness, and thereby to beget a future practice in greater matters.
As to the master attendant defying anyone to prove him guilty of fraud, I never had so mean an opinion of him; but when I consider that no other person in the Navy is left so much at liberty as he is, but they render an account of whatever stores come under their charge, I think it reasonable for him to do the same; I cannot discharge my own duty unless I am provided with particulars and accounts as mentioned. Uthwat's reason for saying I am uneasy in my place, and would throw dirt upon others to keep myself clean, is simply because I too closely examined how he and others managed their duties; but if I mistake not, I was sent for that purpose. I had hopes, when I began the work, to do the King right, and reap some benefit; but shall despair of either, until I find the officers better qualified. Uthwat's statement that I had satisfaction daily while in the yard is false, as I seldom asked him anything wherein he could give a reasonable answer; few endeavours were used to forward me, but many to my hindrance. [3½ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 47i.]
Particulars of discrepancies between the accounts of the clerks of the survey and comptrol and the sailmaker, as to the sails of the Edgar, Forester, and other ships. [1½ pages.] Also,
Rules necessary to be observed by officers in his Majesty's yards, for the proper performance of the duties of the clerk of the comptrol; to the effect that the storekeeper is to make a weekly account of the number, weight, measure, &c., of everything received and issued, and that the master attendant, master shipright, and clerk of the survey are to view such returns, and certify as to their truth. That on the arrival of any ship from sea, they are to give the clerk of the comptrol a copy of their survey of the stores on board, and to certify the sailmaker's accounts. That the master shipwright and others are to make no allowances without the privity of the clerk of the survey, nor give any bill or certificate for work done, without the signature of the clerk of the comptrol. That all old stores are to be returned when new are issued. [Ibid. No. 47ii.]
March 11.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. I will take care that Cole's timber and treenails are not used till further orders. I send an account of timber chosen out of 100 loads belonging to Mason, and believe I can have it delivered into the yard for 56s. a load. I want the warrant for the 21 calkers pressed by Bowtwell, the master calker; I wish there were 30, as they are wanted for the new ship, and the Newcastle wants the same calking work done as a new ship of the same rate; what timber am I to use for works in hand ? I need a supply of 2-inch plank. [Ibid. No. 48.] Encloses,
Memorandum of the quantity of straight, compass, and knee timber belonging to Mr. Mason, amounting in the whole to 38 loads 9 feet. [Ibid. No. 48i.]
Contract by Thos. Burrows, of Goudhurst, Kent, with Commissioner John Cox, to deliver into the stores at Chatham 4 cwt. of woollen thrums at 10d. a lb.—11 March 1670. [Ibid. No. 48ii.]
March 12.
Portsmouth Ropeyard.
G. Peachy to the Navy Commissioners. I will be sparing of the hemp remaining until a fresh supply arrives, and employ the men in laying tar yarn into cordage, as the surveyor directs; this will occupy a week. The tar furnace having proved leaky, I have been forced to take it up to Mr. Bruncker to be mended. [Ibid. No. 49.]
March 12.
Gravesend.
Capts. John Tinker and W. Hannam to the Navy Commissioners. We found the William and Thomas extremely pestered, and shall be forced to take out of her at least 40 tons of provisions, which not only hinder her guns, but will be spoiled, as the bread and peas lie in the hatchways, and amongst the cables, and between decks, and the soldiers and seamen lie upon them. There is also enough timber to load the horse boat, which must come out, otherwise she will not be fit for sea. We have taken up a smack for the purpose, but as the master's mate refuses to deliver up anything save the masts and some timber, we want an order to the master to direct his mate to deliver such goods as ought to be taken out. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 50.]
March 12.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane and Abr. Ansley to the Navy Commissioners. We have not neglected to contract with any willing to supply the demand of 7 Feb.; the master shipwright told you that the lead, nails, leather, and candles would be delivered at the rates made by Commissioner Tippetts, provided the money was paid on their delivery; so that only your warrant for their receipt, and further assurances of the money were needed. On this you ordered the bills for the nails to be made blank, to be filled up at the office, and they have since been passed by us. The leather and scuppers were not served in for want of a warrant to receive them, as we did not apprehend they were all included.
It was a mistake of the storekeeper in saying that timber and plank could be had at Portsmouth, as there are not 4 loads to be had here, except Mr. Cole's, and what Clements and Archer have contracted to send in; but we will endeavour to procure some. We beg payment of the contracts, amounting to 600l., as they have been so often promised, and it discourages the contractors, who say that they are under the same fear with the new bills as with the old; unless care is taken for the future, we can never expect to be served, whatever we may say, or your Honours may write. The Kent is graved and gone off the ground. [1½ pages. Ibid. No. 51.]
March 12.
Lyme.
Ant. Thorold to Hickes. The Mayflower of Lyme has arrived from Croisic, and says they speak there of their neighbours not intending any hostilities this year. One of their flagships ran upon the sands near Sherant; they continue building ships of war, and have several upon the stocks. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 173.]
March 12.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. No ships in the harbour, and no news. [Ibid. No. 174.]
[March 12.] Case of Wm. Barker and Thos. Pearl, v. Sir Fras. Gerard, executor of Sir Gilbert Gerard, executor of Lady Ann Moulson; showing that they were compelled by the two Gerards to pay a second time a debt of 400l. borrowed from Lady Moulson, but repaid during her lifetime, and must therefore seek relief from the House of Lords. [Printed. Ibid. No. 175. See Lords' Journals, Vol. XII., p. 307.]
March 12. Warrant to Sir Edw. Griffin, Treasurer of the Chamber, to pay Humphrey, Bishop of London, chief almoner, 133l. 6s. 8d. for alms on Maunday Thursday, and Good Friday, and in Easter week. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, p. 77.]
March 12.
Whitehall.
The King to Dr. [Ralph] Brideoke, Dean of Salisbury. Your predecessor, Dr. [Rich.] Bailie, granted a lease of Stratford Dean manor to a person who has sold it to Giles Lydcott, who now desires its confirmation, but you hesitate because the late King ordered the clergy not to let their lands for more than 21 years, and not for lives. This notwithstanding, we empower you to grant him the said lease for 3 lives, he having paid the full value, and settled his wife's jointure thereon. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 27, f. 16.]
March 13. The King to the Warden and Fellows of All Souls College, Oxford. We renew our former request for admission of Peter Prideaux to the fellowship void by death of Fras. Talbot, on account of the loyalty of Peter Prideaux, his father, and wish him to be admitted without difficulty or delay. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 48.]
[March 13.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 176.] Annexing,
Duke of Ormond to the Warden and Fellows of All Souls, desiring their compliance with the above letter.—Stanhope House, 26 Feb. 1670. [Draft by Lord Arlington, corrected by Williamson. Ibid No. 176I.]
March ? Request by the Ordnance Commissioners for a warrant for the diet and keeping of the 3 children of Mathias Sutleback, the King's fire-master, who was blown up when fixing granadoes, his Majesty having verbally commanded them to be taken care of. [Ibid. No. 177.]
March 13.
Court at Whitehall.
The King to the Ordnance Commissioners. We verbally directed provision to be made out of the Ordnance for the maintenance of the 3 children of Mathias Sutleback, fire-master, who was blown up in the service, and have since been informed that 66l. 4s. has been expended in curing and maintaining such children. We direct payment of this sum out of the ordinary of the Ordnance, and such suitable provision to be made for their future support as shall seem fit and reasonable. [1¼ pages. Ibid. No. 178.]
March 13. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 13.]
March 13.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to Williamson. The fleet of merchant ships have sailed, but 5 East India ships are yet in the Downs. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 179.]
March 13.
The Advice, Portsmouth.
Capt. Ben. Young to the Navy Commissioners. I have 80 men entered, 60 of whom appeared on board at the last muster. The work goes on cheerfully; we have nearly all the provisions on board, as also the sails, anchors, and 26 guns, so I shall be ready to sail to Spithead about the 16th, if not hindered in getting our carriages, which are being made. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 52.]
March 13.
New Forest.
Thos. Eastwood to the Navy Commissioners. I cannot say much more concerning Cardonnel's timber; I hope Salesbury has given you some satisfaction, as for aught I know it was intended for the King's service; but Cardonnel being in trouble, it was neglected, and I forgot to strike out the mark. Some timber was driven by high tides and foul weather below Southampton, which cost trouble and charge to get together again; as one piece was defective, and would not defray the charge of transport, I sold it with other refuse to Dickenson, and placed the money to your account.
My trouble is more than my profit, as I have less encouragement than any one employed in purveying, and although I have belonged to the service 50 [years], yet I have neither an estate nor more than a reasonable livelihood. I am troubled that I cannot get the timber down, the ways being so bad and rotten since the frost. I want more money for the felling, converting, and carriage of timber, as I am 100l. behind of my last accounts. I have not had time to get in my acquittances, nor have I sufficient money to clear the old accounts. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 53.]
March 14.
Portsmouth Ropeyard.
G. Peachy to the Navy Commissioners. I viewed the furnace in the tar house with Capt. Ansley, Mr. Steventon, and Bruncker the brasier, and found it could be mended by having a new bottom, which Bruncker promised to have done by Saturday, so that they will be able to begin tarring next week. Before they begin stowing cordage, there must be a new furnace, 6½ feet wide and 3 feet deep, which Bruncker will make in 3 months, if you will give him the order. There is no other person known at Portsmouth or Hampton who will undertake it. [Ibid. No. 54.]
March 14.
King's Arms, Gravesend.
Captains John Tinker and Wm. Hannam to the Navy Commissioners. Mr. Wood has delivered all the sheathing boards and planks, which have been put on board the horse boat; also the masts, which will leave next tide. I beg further orders. [Ibid. No. 55.]
March 14. Major Thos. Beckford, slopseller, to the Navy Commissioners. I am driven to repeat my former application for an imprest of 2,000l., and a speedy settlement of the accounts between me and Mr. Waith, as there are several large debts due, not only to those with whom I deal, but to pursers and others, which I cannot satisfy until the books are made up with Mr. Waith.
The first occasion of my arrears arose in Sir George Carteret's time, when they were between 7,000l. and 8,000l, the greater part of which has been due nearly four years, besides nearly 3,000l. lost; 3,000l. of the former sum is settled upon the Hearth money, and I have no expectation of receiving it for two or three years; the rest was transferred from Sir George Carteret to Lord Anglesey, so I presume the money or orders are in Waith's hands. Pray consider the quantity of clothes I have on board and at home, the long time they have been made, and the supply lately sent. Noted that it was not thought fit by the Board to grant the imprest required. [Ibid. No. 56.]
March 14.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Perrott. Nearly 40 sail of ships have come in, some being from France with wine, brandy, and vinegar, a Frenchman from Normandy with butter from Ireland, and several Englishmen from Boston in New England, with tobacco; others not being able to make this port are supposed to have gone to Scilly. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 180.]
March 14.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. About 30 sail of merchantmen have come in from France. The George of Londonderry reports that the Lord Lieutenant is making sale of his goods in order to come to England, and that Lord Berkeley's steward has arrived in Dublin, to make preparations for his lordship's coming thither. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 181.]
March 14.
Court at Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to [George] Wharton of the reversion of the place of clerk of delivery of the Ordnance, in the Tower, Minories, and other storehouses, after Thos. Eastbrook and George Clark, to whom it was granted for life, 7 July 1664. [2½ pages. Ibid. No. 182.]
March. Entry of the above, dated 21 March. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 15.]
March. Docquet of the above. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 154.]
March 14. Warrant for a grant to Elizabeth, Lady Cornwallis, widow of Frederick, Lord Cornwallis, of the estates of Sir Rob. Drury, Bart., of Knettishall, Suffolk, consisting of the manors of Riddlesworth, Garboldsham, Uphall, and Pakenham, Norfolk, for 80 years, should Sir Robert live so long, which were forfeit by him for manslaughter, and also of the debts, &c., due to him at the time of his conviction. [S.P. Dom. Car. II. 273, No. 182a.]
March. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 13.]
March 15. Grant of pardon to Wm. Massie, gentleman, convicted at the Old Bailey of manslaughter of Joan Meakins. Minute. [Ibid. f. 14.]
March [15]. Docquet of the above. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 152.]
March 15. Warrant to the Ordnance Commissioners to increase the allowance granted to Edm. Bray and Walter Long, sent abroad to study fortification, from 60l. to 100l. each yearly, so long as they remain in foreign parts. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, p. 77.]
March 15. The King to the President and Governors of St. Bartholomew's Hospital. We recommend as your physician Dr. Arthur Dacres, son and heir of the late Sir Thos. Dacres, who took his degree in Cambridge, and has spent 14 years in visiting the sick in your hospital, to be admitted on surrender or determination of either of the present doctors, Dr. Micklethwaite and Dr. Ferne. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 152.]
March 15. Warrant for a grant of general pardon to Hugh Batten, of Stratford, co. Wilts, for coining, clipping, washing gold, &c., of which he is unjustly impeached by some persons bearing ill will against him, never having practised the same since the Restoration. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 33.]
March 15. The King to the Vice-Chancellor and Convocation of Cambridge. We recommend for the degree of M.D., without performance of exercises, Nich. Butler, who has practised physic in London with great success, and particularly during the plague, when he gave free access to all, and especially to many hundreds of the meaner sort in a day, and so gained great esteem and experience. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 35b, f. 2.]
March 15.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Mary yacht is fitted, and will sail with the first fair wind for the coast of Ireland; three frigates are fitting for the summer guard. Last week I had not the written news, which in Parliament time is valuable. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 183.]
March 15.
Southampton.
Capt. Emondes Greene to the Navy Commissioners. Thanks for your procuring me the commission from his Royal Highness; I am bound to give you an account of all my proceedings under it. I visited several outward-bound ships, and found three bags of nails and spikes on board the Trade's Increase of Bursledon, bound for Newfoundland, which Thos. Farr of Southampton, ironmonger, had sold to John Wiat, the master; as some had the King's mark, I sealed them up and shall keep them until further orders. Farr excuses himself by saying that they were part of a bag he bought of Mr. Folio, in the West country, who makes nails for his Majesty; but it seems very unlikely that they should come to him by mistake, and that several sorts and sizes should be in one bag; as your Honours said to me, if such mistakes be suffered, it will frustrate the marking of his Majesty's stores. I have sent up Farr's affidavit. He is reported to have been a great dealer for King's stores for many years, and was of a very poor beginning, although he has now come to be an alderman. He proffered me 10s. to pass by the business, and to let the nails and spikes go, but I hope I shall never be tempted with 10s. or 10l. What am I to do in the business ? I know by experience that trying Farr or any of the like at Southampton would be similar to trying a thief in Newgate by his own companions, many of the town being of the like quality.
I received your order concerning Cardonnel's timber, and am sure that I and my assistant Wharton have been at 40s. charge in riding to and from Redbridge to make discoveries, but shall submit to whatever you think fit. I desire that whatever report you may hear, you will spare me until I can answer for myself; you well know that I must have enemies, if I am just and diligent in my employment. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 57.] Enclosing,
Affidavit of John Winder, Mayor of Southampton, that Thos. Farr appeared before him, and deposed that the 28lbs. of nails and spikes with the King's mark, which were seized by Capt. Emondes Greene in the Trade's Increase, were delivered on board without the deponent's knowledge, and that they came into his possession through a mistake of Mr. Folio, who serves him with nails.—Southampton, 12 March 1670. [Ibid. No. 57i.]
March 15.
The Advice, Portsmouth.
Captain Ben. Young to the Navy Commissioners. I will hasten my ship out, but fear I shall lose time for want of the gun carriages, the maker being sick; I have several guns lying on deck for want of carriages to mount them. The men I enlisted in London make good appearance on board. I was led into an error by the master concerning the number of men, 20 out of 40, who appeared on board; he might reckon only workers. I have taken in most of the victuals, and am shipping the remainder of the guns. [Ibid. No. 58.]
March 15. Col. Bullen Reymes and Col. Wm. Ashburnham to the Navy Commissioners. We recommend the wife of Michael Hatherwick, boatswain of the Adventure, to your compassion, her husband having lain ill for some time. He was a very deserving man, and when he came from his ship, gave up all in his charge, as appears by a certificate of the surveyor of Portsmouth, but has nevertheless had neither bill nor ticket for what was due, nor can get it without your Honours' order. The truth is he gave some offence to the captain, by too hastily seizing upon some sails taken in the war, which it is supposed the captain intended otherwise to dispose of. He has suffered very much for it, and if you do not help by ordering him a ticket for what is due, he must die eaten up by vermin, which is too sad an end for so gallant and loyal a man. Noted that it was judged to be out of the power of the Navy Board to comply, his wages being short of the goods embezzled, and the whole business being before the Duke, by whose order he was suspended. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 59.]
March 15.
Portsmouth.
St. J. Steventon to the Navy Commissioners. I send the bonds of John Withers, purser of the Montague, and John Steventon, purser of the Swallow, which have been filled up as ordered, and beg you to hasten their warrants and instructions. [Ibid. No. 60.]
March 15.
Portsmouth Dock.
Abr. Ansley to the Navy Commissioners. I had a hoy at the quay for three days together, but not a gun has been shipped, for want of an order from the Ordnance officer. I sent to him about it, but as he puts it upon the officers of the dock, I beg you to move in the matter, so that the ships may be despatched. I have laid the Eastridge hulk in the place appointed, as a defence to the graving place. [Ibid. No. 61.]
March 15.
Deal.
B. St. Michel to the Navy Commissioners. Thanks for a continuance of your favours, and for acceptance of my humble endeavours for the service; I wait your decision as to the communication of books from one muster master to another. [Ibid. No. 62.]
March 15.
Woolwich.
Edw. Byland to the Navy Commissioners. His Majesty was here yesterday, and was very well satisfied with the docking of the Henrietta yacht, but more so with the new ship, and willing that she should go forward with all expedition. He asked me many questions, and also how the keel and the elm plank in the bilge stood affected, and upon being told very well, seemed joyful. The lackerers promised they would furnish the yacht in one day, but as they have been four, we cannot dock the Milford until Friday.
I have bid the timber merchant 3l. 5s., but he asked 4l. a load for large pieces. I want your orders concerning it. We returned 9 loads of Wood's timber, but shall want the rest for the docks and other works. We much want elm timber and knees, flax, tow, lead scuppers, and grindstones, which Mr. Bodham cannot furnish. [1½ pages. Ibid. No. 63.]
March 15. List by Rich. Boyce of 18 men of the Success and Abraham, whom he desires to be protected from being pressed, they being designed to attend the weighing of the wrecks at Chatham, purchased by him. Noted that the protection was granted. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 64.]
March 16.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. I will treat with Mr. Mason for his timber and get it as cheap as I can. I send the journal of the Macklier hoy and a contract for thrums. I cannot use the timber brought from Stockwith, either on the new ship or the Newcastle, it being so bad, but it will do for the bottom of the single dock. I admit that when the calkers pressed by Mr. Bowtwell arrive, and are added to the others, the number will exceed those of any other yard, but there is more calking to do, and none of those pressed have come, or will come unless you hasten them down.
The axe work and other work goes forward on the new ship and the Newcastle, but without 3-inch plank, the men will be soon standing still; the bricklayers want 50,000 bricks and 3 score loads of lime. Let the victuals for the two hoys be sent down, if they are to return to Stockwith; also instructions as to buying Mr. Pett's timber. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 65.] Enclosing,
List of 7 calkers who have appeared since the above was written. [Ibid. No. 65i.]
March 16.
Deptford.
F. Hosier to Pepys. I beg that Thos. Rumney of Deptford, shipwright and boat-builder, may be entered in Deptford Yard as such, having been employed there and at Woolwich for many years, but discharged for being in debt with his landlord. I spoke in his behalf to Mr. Shish, but am in so little favour in the yard, that it proves but injurious to those I recommend; I would have forborne soliciting in this case, had I not been desired by a lady whom I dared not deny. [Ibid. No. 66.]
March 16.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. I and my brother officers beg to be excused for not complying with your order in contracting for the supply of stores demanded by you, there being nothing to be had here except nails, lead, and leather scuppers, and we finding no one willing to contract for plank. More was demanded by your order than you knew of, an interlineation having been made by another after the order was signed. Doctor Perrin will deliver the nails, and Bruncker and Bruningham the other stores, at the rates agreed upon with Commissioner Tippetts. Mr. Ridge has paid some of the bills and promised others. The Swallow is despatched, and the Kent will be ready in two days. I hope you will not be displeased with my importunities for payment of the creditors, seeing the advantage to his Majesty is great, as in a contract enclosed, he has saved 1s. a load by promising payment of a former bill. [2⅓ pages. Ibid. No. 67.] Encloses,
Contract with Wm. Oxford to deliver, by 10 May 1670, 86 loads of elm timber at 32s. a load ready money.—Portsmouth, 16 March 1670. [Ibid. No. 67i.]
March 16.
Portsmouth.
John Pitt, clerk of the comptrol, to Thos. Hayter. I informed you when in town that I was behind with the accounts, but I hope to complete to a certain point next week. I ask the assistance of a clerk, as there is much to do, and wish the clerk to be entered as a labourer, and myself as a shipwright, so as to make up our pay; otherwise, according to the regulations laid down by the Board, we shall both come short. Let the balance of 10l., due to Mr. Knight, be hastened down to his widow, who has written to Commissioner Tippetts about it, she being left with two children, and having to pay her late husband's clerk's wages to the 16th, after which he is to begin for me. [1¼ pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 68.]
March 16.
Chester.
Ma. Anderton to Perrott. The Earl of Clanricarde has left for London, and Sir Rob. Booth, Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, for Holyhead on his way to Dublin. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 184.]
March 16.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. The East India ships and one for Jamaica are still in the Downs; refreshing showers of rain fell yesterday, after a great deal of dry weather. [Ibid No. 185.]
March 16.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. The 30 sail of merchantmen have put to sea again. The Bachelor of London came in from the Downs, in the company of 30 other vessels, bound southwards. The Grace and Mary of Southampton, bound for Newfoundland, with several passengers, have come in, but the Customers have made a stop upon her, by a late order from King and Council, to stop all passengers except those that belong to the ship. [Ibid. No. 186.]
March 16. Same to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 187.]
March 16.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. Has no news to send. [Ibid. No. 188.]
March 16.
Newcastle.
Rich. Forster to Williamson. Several Ipswich vessels have come in; about 150 small ships have sailed, and 300 are now in harbour. [Ibid. No. 189.]
March 16.
Birmingham.
Thos. Raymond to Williamson. I left the papers with Mr. Martyn, who will convey them to you. Whatever papers I have of public concern, although they are justly my own, yet I shall leave them for the [Paper] Office, to which I have so great an affection that God was justly pleased to punish me for it. I have often thought, and still do, that many letters therein would give much light to history, &c., and might be published without prejudice to the Government, and I would gladly help thereunto; pardon my extravagances. [Ibid. No. 190.]
March 16. The petition of [John] Lord Frescheville, for leave to dig for coals and stone in Eckington manor, referred to the Treasury Commissioners, to inquire into the rent reserved by the new lease, and certify, the King wishing to comply, from his particular esteem of the petitioner. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 102.]
March 16. The petition of Lord Lovelace, for the usual allowance of 80l. a year, for hay and food for the deer at Woodstock Park, referred to the Treasury Commissioners, to consider of it, and of arrears due in his lordship's time, and give order accordingly. [Ibid. p. 103.]
[March 16.] Petition of Winifred, widow of Stuart Walker, to the King, for a grant to her friend John Fowke, of Gunston, co. Stafford, of the clerkship of deliveries [of ordnance] in the Tower, in reversion after George Clarke, who is not likely to live. Had 3,000l. portion from her father, Sir Wm. Cobb of Adderbury, co. Oxford, but consented for great part of it to be spent in raising a troop of horse for the late King; her husband served in the wars, constantly joined in designs for the restoration, and died an officer in the Guards, being nearly related to General Monk. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 191.]
March 16. Reference of the above petition to the Ordnance Commissioners. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 103.]
March 16. John Birthby's petition, for a licence for the sole making of indigo, referred to the Attorney-General. [Ibid.]
March 17. Rob. Lesley's petition, for a new signet in order to his pardon granted, and the clerk of the Signet in whose month the former signet passed is to prepare a new one. [Ibid. p. 104.]
March 17. The petition of Capt. Thos. Howard and Capt. Brett, for a lease of certain lands, &c., at a moderate rent, referred to the Treasury Commissioners, to consider what can be done for their encouragement in asserting and defending his Majesty's right. [Ibid.]
March 17. Capt. Thos. Welsh's petition for pardon referred to the Duke of Ormond. [Ibid.]
March 17.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Perrott. A fleet of colliers has passed; all the ships in the harbour have sailed away; the Wildman has arrived. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 273, No. 192.]
March 17.
Downs.
Morgan Lodge to Williamson. I send a receipt for certain packets. [Ibid. No. 193.] Prefixing,
Receipt by Capt. Henry Clarke for packets from Rich. Sladden, directed to Lord Howard, Sir Dan. Harvey, Sir Thos. Allin, and Sir Edw. Spragg. [Ibid. No. 193i.]
March 17.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Mary yacht left for the coast of Ireland to attend the Lord Deputy; the Advice frigate will be ready in 3 or 4 days. [Ibid. No. 194.]
March 17.
Portsmouth.
Christopher Bruncker to the Navy Commissioners. I never denied the repair of the tar furnace, but when anything is wanted, we must stay so long for an order, that one does not know whether he is going too fast or too soft. I am ready to serve what is wanted, and the furnaces will be ready by Saturday or Monday. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 69.]
March 17. Computation of the charges incurred in felling and preparing timber in Sherwood Forest, under direction of Mr. Russell, the purveyor, and bringing it from there, and from Stockwith into the stores at Deptford, including land carriage and wharfage, amounting to 4l. 6s. 10d. a load when brought in the King's vessels, and 2l. 10s. 4d. if by hired ones; but if brought according to Mr. Williams and some other persons' proposition, 3l. 6s. 10d. and 2l. 1s. 10d. a load. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 70.] Enclosing,
Estimate of the charge for bringing timber, converted in Sherwood Forest, from Stockwith, in the Adam and Eve and 2 other King's vessels named, for one year, amounting to 3l. 9s. a load, and 1l. 7s. for wear and tear. [Ibid. No. 70i.]
March 17.
Woolwich.
Edw. Byland to the Navy Commissioners. I want directions for supplying the Henrietta yacht with 3 new poop lanterns, painting her, and repairing the carved works, having been directed to do so by his Majesty, who declared that he had more affection for her than for all the rest. The timber merchant has come down to 3l. 10s. a load; I offered him 3l. 6s., and as he was afraid to take bills, I promised payment of the timber as fast as he brought it in. [Ibid. No. 71.]
March 17. John Robinson to Viscount Brouncker. Thanks for your promise of employment on my petition to the Navy Board; I beg the return of my journal for the James galliot, there being a true copy of it in the office. [Ibid. No. 72.]
March 17.
The Advice, Portsmouth.
Capt. Ben. Young to the Navy Commissioners. I intend sailing to-morrow for Spithead, having all on board except some sails, which are not yet made. [Ibid. No. 73.]
March 17.
Portsmouth Dock.
Abr. Ansley to the Navy Commissioners. I and Capt. Deane summoned the contractors, who agreed to stand to their contracts with Commissioner Tippetts, which were sent to Mr. Steventon, then in London, after which warrants were received for portions of the goods, so fresh contracts were not needed. As they have however demanded new ones, I will summon them again.
I beg to be excused such work in future, as I do not understand it, and my business being mostly on the water, I may be absent when wanted; you are dissatisfied, but I have done nothing to provoke you.
Nothing has been offered except 20 dozen of knees by Mr. Hasler at 16s. 8d. a dozen, but as there is a contract with Benson for the same quantity, and as they are not wanted, I have declined them. The Mary yacht has sailed to Spithead, and the Advice is going, but the weather being bad, she cannot get out. [Ibid. No. 74.]
March 18. Warrant for denization of Lolle Agges, an alien. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 152.]
March 18.
Plymouth.
Sebastian Pennicott to Williamson. The Thomas and Mary from Virginia and another vessel from Bordeaux have arrived. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 1.]
March 18.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. A ship has arrived from Virginia; that colony is in a peaceable condition; the 5 East India ships have left, and the Holmes has arrived from the river. [Ibid. No. 2.]
March 19.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. No ships are in port; there is no news to send. [Ibid. No. 3.]
March 19.
London.
Edw. Wayte to Viscount Conway. I sent all Mr. Garret's papers, except some old letters which I will bring with me. Mr. Magenis and I searched them all, but found no more than what you have an account of. Magenis had Foxcroft's bond for 10l. in Ireland, but I do not know how he disposed of the 70l. returned by you. Mr. De Lawne had the key of his trunk, in which there was 90l. 15s., which was delivered to me, and I heard Mr. Garret say, in his illness, that he wondered the coachmaker never came for his 40l.; after Garret's death I paid that sum. I will wait on your lordship at Easter, with a fuller account. Thanks for your care and kindness in my concern with Mr. Hill. I have made my acknowledgments to Sir George Rawdon. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 4.]
March 19.
Post Office.
Rob. Clavell to John Weekes, Sarum. I was indebted to you for a letter sent a year ago by Lord Arlington to Mr. l'Estrange; my plan of printing a catalogue of new books every term is approved by the booksellers in London, as very useful to their trade, and is injurious to none; yet I am threatened to be superseded, after all my labour and expense therein, unless I can procure a better licence than l'Estrange's. I beg Lord Arlington's and your assistance therein. [Ibid. No. 5.] Annexing,
Lord Arlington to Mr. l'Estrange. I request you not to permit any other than Rob. Clavell to print a catalogue of new books, he having established a correspondence in the 3 kingdoms, and fearing to be prejudiced by new pretenders. — Whitehall, 24 April 1669. [Ibid. No. 5i.]
March 19. Affidavit of Fras. Sprigge, clerk to Sir Denis Gauden, Navy victualler, that he has examined Gauden's books, which contain an account of the provisions in store at the several victualling ports, on 31 Dec. in each year from 1664 to 1668, and finds that the quantities were as stated in his affidavit, and that the value thereof was as follows, viz.:—
£ s. d.
On 31 Dec. 1664 24,408 5
" 1665 48,557 16
" 1666 62,621 7
" 1667 40,478 17 3
" 1668 4,175 5
besides what was under contract, and in contractors' hands, and what was in store in the port of London, which was very considerable. Signed C. Spelman. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 75.]
March 19.
Portsmouth Ropeyard.
G. Peachy to the Navy Commissioners. Mr. Bruncker will make a tar furnace 6½ feet and 3 feet deep, at 1s. 6d. a lb., and complete it in a month or 6 weeks, if you give him the order. [Ibid. No. 76.]
March 19. Daniel Furzer to [the Navy Commissioners.] There is a large quantity of timber felled in Dean Forest, which is subject to waste and embezzlement; as a considerable sum is due to me and other poor men, I suggest that such of the timber as shall be found worth the charge of transportation shall be brought into the stores, the remainder appraised and sold, and the proceeds applied in payment of our debts; or I will undertake to build a ship near Bristol, 124 feet long in the keel, 39 broad, and 16 deep in the hold, at 7l. 15s. per ton, and accept the timber in part payment, at the rates it shall be valued at, you advancing 1,000l., and paying the rest as the work goes on. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 77.]
March 19. Abr. Parker to the Navy Commissioners. Considering your and Sir Wm. Coventry's promise of giving me further employment for extra services, I beg to submit a paper for your consideration. [Ibid. No. 78.] Enclosing,
Propositions by Abra. Parker, late muster master, to the Navy Commissioners. I beg the command of a fireship, to convoy the ships bound to Newfoundland, the danger from the Turks being still great, and the want of one last year having been a loss to them; it would have been of more assistance, and better security, than two men-of-war, as both English and foreigners would rather venture the broadsides of 10 men-of-war than of one fireship. Also for a commission or order to muster all ships outward bound, or which I may meet, as was granted me by Sir Wm. Coventry on a like proposition, to the saving of several thousands of pounds.
There have been great disputes as to the good or ill effects of mustering ships, but having been employed in it for 4 years, I have at great pains and charge made it my study to find out wherein the King has, or can, suffer as to pay, victuals, and clothes, and as to the prevention of the same; it has been judged by one very well known that there is a loss to his Majesty of upwards of 100,000l. a year, which I believe to be true, considering the number of ships at sea. If I have the command desired, I shall be satisfied with whatever salary you may allow, and doubt not but to give satisfaction to all, and save the charge of the fireship, which will amount to between 5,000l. and 6,000l. a year. This will probably be 40 times of more value to the King and country, and much more so if I meet the Straits fleet on returning. It will also make it impossible, if my proposals are accepted, for seamen, whether at sea or on shore, either singly or jointly, to wrong his Majesty of a penny. [Ibid. No. 78i.]
March 19. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. I send a certificate from Mr. Gardiner, purser of the Forester, showing that it is from no neglect of his own that his accounts have not been passed; is it correct, and must his application to exchange employment with the purser of the Yarmouth be allowed ? [Ibid. No. 79.]
March 19. Memorandum by R. Maddockes of the contents of a box sent by John Pitt from Portsmouth, to the Navy Office, containing papers belonging to Mr. Knight, late clerk of the comptrol there, and which are described as an alphabet, sections, journals, ledger, and accounts of receipts and issues out of the stores, between 1 Nov. 1669 and 22 Jan. 1670. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 80.]
March 19.
Portsmouth.
John Pitt to Sir John Mennes, Comptroller of the Navy. Since I have been employed here, I have signed several bills, and will see that the storekeeper is charged with the particulars; but if I am to see that all the provisions are delivered into the stores according to the contracts, I request to be informed of all orders given. I have sent up my predecessor Mr. Knight's books, and request the balance due, so that I may be the sooner able to give an account of anything required. [Ibid. No. 81.]
March 19.
The Hulk, Catwater, Plymouth.
John Garratt to the Navy Commissioners. Particulars of stores required. I will send up the old cables as soon as the hulk is newly moored. [Ibid. No. 82.]
March 20.
The Advice, Spithead.
Capt. Ben. Young to the Navy Commissioners. I will do what I can to get the Advice manned, but there are no good men to be had here unless they are pressed. I want an allowance for the sick and wounded, there being no order to the victualler's agent about it. [Ibid. No. 83.]
March 20.
Portsmouth Dock.
Abr. Ansley to the Navy Commissioners. The Advice has sailed to Spithead, having all on board, and the Swallow and Kent will be ready in a few days. [Ibid. No. 84.]
March 20.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane to the Navy Commissioners. I send a contract with Mr. Hammond for trees, which he has agreed shall be delivered for 37s. 6d. a load, ready money; 160 spruce deals have been delivered into the stores. The works on the Swallow and Kent are completed, and the Advice has sailed to Spithead. [Ibid. No. 85.] Encloses,
Contract with Wm. Hammond to deliver by 24 June 1670 40 oak trees, 32 feet long, and containing 3 loads in each tree; as also some knee and compass timber, at 38s. 6d. a load, ready money.—Portsmouth, 19 March 1670. [Ibid. No. 85i.]
March 20.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. The Holmes took in 12 soldiers of the marching company at Deal, and sailed for the Straits. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 6.]
March 20.
Portsmouth.
Hugh Salesbury to Williamson. The Advice has left for the Downs; the Kent and Swallow are fitting for the summer guard. [Ibid. No. 7.]
March 21.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Williamson. The Charles and Katherine of London both bound for Venice, the Bachelor of London for Guinea, and others, have put to sea. A mutiny broke out in the Bachelor of London, but the captain prevented any hurt by ducking and otherwise punishing the offenders, and intends putting manacles on the ringleaders when he gets out to sea. The Jane and Betty of Falmouth, from Bordeaux, met with a vessel from Virginia, which reported that the slaves there had conspired against their masters, and by firing some outhouses and calling out "Fire!" killed the English as they came out. This may carry truth, because there are there 3 blacks to one white. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 8.]
March 21. Thos. Holden to Hickes. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 9.]
March 21. Order by A. Ellis to the deputy-postmasters between London and Dover, in the name of the Postmaster General, that Mr. Vernon be furnished with a horse and furniture, and be allowed to ride through all their stages, along with the night mail from London to Dover, without a guide, he paying the usual rates for one horse. [Copy. Ibid. No. 10.]
[March 21.] Arguments that in the grant of the farm of excise in 1666 for 140,000l., brandy was only intended to pay a duty of 4d. a gallon, as spirits, and not of 8d. as paid on strong waters; and that the claims of the Farmers for defalcation, on pretence that it was calculated at 8d., are fraudulent, especially as they calculate the rates for 1667, during which 3 times the usual quantity of brandy was imported, so much having been consumed in the fire. [Printed. Ibid. No. 11. See Commons' Journals, Vol. IX., p. 144.]
[March 21.] Abstract of the former and present laws of excise on brandy and strong waters, proving that brandy should only be taxed as spirits, and that the late attempt of the Farmers to charge 8d. is unjustifiable, and therefore they bring in a bill to justify themselves. [Printed. Ibid. No. 12.]
[March 21.] Copy of the above, with a slight omission. [Printed. Ibid. No. 13.]
[March 21.] Digest of arguments on the case between the King and Farmers of Excise, and the merchant importers of brandy, on the question as to whether brandy is to be considered strong water, or spirits, as bearing upon the duty to be imposed, and statement of legal proceedings taken therein. [Printed. Ibid. No. 14.]
[March 21.] Assertions on behalf of the Farmers of Excise, to prove that brandy is liable to the duty of 8d. per gallon as strong water. [Printed. Ibid. No. 15.]
[March 21.] Demonstration of the King's right to 8d. a gallon upon brandy, according to the two [Excise] Acts of 12 C. II. [Printed. Ibid. No. 16.]
March 21. Warrant for denization of Jacob de Fries, alien. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 152.]
March 21. Warrant to Lord Grandison to appoint John Clerk a Yeoman of the Guards on the first vacancy. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 16.]
[March 21.]
Court at Whitehall.
Declaration by the King that on 9 Aug. 1659, he granted to George, Lord Delamere, then Sir George Booth, the office of Commander-in-chief of all forces raised or to be raised for his service, in Cheshire, Lancashire, and North Wales, with power to destroy all in arms against him, and to seize forts; also that all that he has done therein was by authority, although his commission was lost or destroyed; but a copy of it has since been found among the papers of the late Sir Edw. Nicholas, then Secretary of State. This declaration is to be a justification and indemnity of Lord Delamere, and a mark of esteem for the merit of his service. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 17.]
March 21. Entry of the above. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 16.]
[March 21.] Draft of the above by Williamson. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 18.]
March 21. Grant of restitution to Dr. Isaac Barrow, of the temporalities of the Bishopric of St. Asaph, to commence from the death of the last Bishop. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 35B, f. 2.]
March [21]. Docquet of the above. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 150.]
March 21.
Woolwich.
Capt. W. Hannam and 2 others to the Navy Commissioners. We have surveyed the Henrietta's poop lanterns, and think them not worth repairing. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 86.]
March 21.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. I received his Royal Highness's new instructions, and will attend to them. I discoursed with Mr. Pett, the master shipwright, but not being satisfied with him, I will view and examine all things myself, and give a full account. I will hasten up the 2 hoys, and supply the stores with bricks and lime at the cheapest rates. [Ibid. No. 87.]
March 21.
Maidstone, Kent.
John Mason to Lord Brouncker. Thanks for your obtaining an order from his Royal Highness for payment of my bill. I have 1,500 loads of very choice timber which I am willing to sell "a good pennyworth." [Ibid. No. 88.]
March 21.
Woolwich.
Edw. Byland to the Navy Commissioners. I send an account of timber treated for; I have bargained if any proves defective to leave it, allowing something for damage, in case it gets converted on the place, and then is not approved of. The merchant cannot transport it unless it is converted there, and if this opportunity is slipped, I doubt of meeting with such another. I am glad you have ordered some elm timber, but shall be more joyful to see it in the yard, there being none left. I cannot say when the lackerers will finish, as the last coat they laid on is not dry.
The officers have ordered the cutting of the reed in Ham Creek, which proves very good, and Smith, steward to the Earl of Southampton, has 600 bolts of reed to sell, at 34s. a hundred. I am much troubled that you should think I have put the dram timber to improper uses. I only detained what was fit for the service, and sent the rest back, being 1/5 of the whole. I hope to remain in favour, that I may be encouraged to do his Majesty service with cheerfulness. [12/3 pages. Ibid. No. 89.]
March 21.
Dublin.
Capt. W. Fasby to the Navy Commissioners. I have received 30l. from Peter Fountaine, the merchant, and given him a bill, as also another for 8l. 14s. 5d. for disbursements for the Monmouth yacht. I hope you will satisfy him, and order Sir Denis Gauden to supply us for the future, as I already owe more than 30l. for provisions had in Dublin. If Gauden would give order to his agent here, he would supply us, but he has orders to the contrary. Are there any sails coming about ? [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 90.]
March 22. Memorandum by Sir Wm. Hickman, that having contracted with the Navy Commissioners to supply them with 83 pieces of canvas at 15½d. per yard, he desires that the money may be paid to John Dogget, merchant. [Ibid. No. 91.]
March 22.
Portsmouth Dock.
Abr. Ansley to the Navy Commissioners. I send 5 contracts for goods demanded in February and March, and will forward more next post. Pray compare Ridge's contract with one formerly sent; his bills having been left blank, I do not know the prices. Capt. Deane is abroad looking after timber. [Ibid. No. 92.] Enclosing,
Contracts with the following persons:—
Rich. White for 14 dozen of cotton candles at 4s. 7d. per dozen lbs.—Portsmouth, 21 March 1670. [Ibid. No 92i.]
Sam. Burningham for 15 dozen leather scuppers, viz., 5 dozen for third-rate ships at 1l. 8s. a dozen, and 10 dozen for fourth-rates at 1l. 4s. a dozen.—Portsmouth, 21 March 1670. [Ibid. No. 92ii.]
Chris. Bruncker for 2 tons of sheet lead at 1l. a cwt.; 32 lead scuppers at 1l. 6s. a cwt., and 1 cwt. of soader at 9d. a lb.— Portsmouth, 21 March 1670. [Ibid. No. 93.]
Rich. Ridge for 12 nunn buoys at 18s. a buoy, and 10 dozen wood buckets at 12s. a dozen.—Portsmouth, 21 March 1670. [Ibid. No. 94.]
Thos. Axton for Hen. Perrin, for ironwork, as locks, nails, hooks, hatchets, &c., at prices named. [Ibid. No. 95.]
March 22. John Morehouse to [the Navy Commissioners]. There are 1,000 oak trees in Aliceholt Forest, most of which are nearly 75 feet long, or 1½ tons each, and fit for plank, compass, and knee timber. In Whittlewood Forest there are upwards of 7,000, a greater part of which is of the same size and fit for the same purpose; if the oaks and the underwood standing in the coppices were felled this year, the coppices enclosed, and the keepers restrained from putting horses or beasts therein, there would be much more underwood and oak shoots. [Ibid. No. 96.]
March 22.
Jesus College, Cambridge.
Testimonial by Edmund Boldero, Master, and the Fellows of Jesus College, Cambridge, to the learning, religion, and good conduct of Wormley Martin, M.A., during his residence in the college. [Copy. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 19.]
March 22.
Harwich.
Silas Taylor to Perrott. The weather being so threatening, 20 great ships, bound for Norway and Newcastle, have come in, and still remain. Several others are seen without. [Ibid. No. 20.]
March 22. Pass for Lady Lauderdale, company and servants, and 11 horses, to France. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 17.]
March 23. The petition of Edmund Pears, clerk, for presentation to Framington vicarage, Devon, forfeited for simony, referred to the Archbishop of Canterbury. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 105.]
March 23. Grant to Isaac, Bishop of St. Asaph, to hold in commendam the archdeaconry of St. Asaph, rectory of Llandrinio [co. Montgomery], and any 3 benefices that fall void in the diocese of St. Asaph, not exceeding the value of 50l. in the King's books, as long as he holds the bishopric, and with power of permutation. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 35B, f. 3.]
March 23. Lord Arlington to the Lords of the Treasury. His Majesty has commanded, on request of Sir Rob. Southwell, that the allowance for his services in Portugal be regulated according to the establishment settled upon ministers going to that Court in the like character. His journey thither was intended at first to have been very short, and he consequently had but a small sum advanced; but being commanded by his Majesty to stay longer, he was forced, for his support, to take money at interest, which is to be allowed after being adjusted by an auditor.
On Sir Robert's return home, he presented his Majesty with 100 pieces of gold, being the new coin of the Prince of Portugal, value 165l. sterling; this is to be allowed him, and 1,128l. 8s. 6d., recovered by him in Portugal out of the assignations set apart for payment of the residue of the Queen's portion, in part payment of his extraordinaries, amounting to 1,362l. If it should be found expedient for Sir Robert to pass an account in the Exchequer for the moneys received by him in Portugal, his Majesty also directs that 30l. be further allowed him towards the charges of the Exchequer, which is to be added to the account of his extraordinaries, and a privy seal to be prepared, that Sir Robert may be reimbursed what he laid out during his negotiation, which has ended with such good effect. [1½ pages. Copy. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 21.]
March 23.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. The Assistance of Bristol has arrived with merchants' goods, and is now ready to sail for London, having taken in some oats. [Ibid. No. 22.]
March 23.
Roebuck, Cadiz Road.
Capt. Geo. Liddell to the Navy Commissioners. Thanks for favours received. My ship is in good condition, and we have not spent more than 4 months' provisions; but as the victualler at Tangiers will not supply any when they are expended without an order, I desire one may be sent, as the expense of supplying the ship is too great for me to perform. I allowanced my men so as to prolong the provisions, and now they want to know how they shall be paid their short allowance money. I beg advice, and whether I shall continue to keep them short. I want anchors and cables, having lost my best bower coming from Tangiers, and the rest having been much abused on the rocks. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 97.]
March 23.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Let a month's victuals be put on board the Eaglet ketch, she being designed to press men for the ships at Portsmouth. [Ibid. No. 98.]
March 24.
The Advice, Spithead.
Capt. Ben. Young to the Navy Commissioners. I have 100 men on board, and I am daily increasing the number by pressing. An order has come for the victualler's agent, about the allowance for sick and wounded. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 99.]
March 24.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. The carving work on the ships at Deptford and Woolwich will not be finished in 12 months, unless Mr. Leadman, the carver, is allowed to engage men. I cannot blame him, as he gives great wages, and pays them every Saturday night. I need a supply of oak timber for a ship [the Loyal London]. [Ibid. No. 100.]
March 24.
Plymouth.
Jno. Lanyon to the Navy Commissioners. I am glad to hear that my business with the Treasurers is settled and the money paid in, although to my loss upon the privy seal. Thanks for favours received. I desire furtherance of my petition to his Royal Highness for interest. [Ibid. No. 101.]
March 24.
Woolwich.
W. Bodham to Col. Thos. Middleton. I have 5 tons of cordage, viz., portropes made out of ground tow, which I wish ordered away to some other stores; and 1 cwt. of twine which was bespoken for Chatham last November, but never sent for. The hemp-loft over the tar-house needs retiling. Account of materials required. The workmen agree to do it for 3s. 8d. a square foot. [Ibid. No. 102.]
March 24.
Portsmouth.
Capt. Ant. Deane and 2 others to the Navy Commissioners. The deal timber brought from London being generally very sappy, and not fit for the decks of old or new ships, I beg for a supply. [Ibid. No. 103.]
March 24. Pass for Sir Hen. Jones with 2 servants into France during pleasure; their pay to be continued, and they to be passed as though present, by the Commissary of Musters. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 153.]
March 24. Licence for John Thompson, High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, to live out of his county. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 31, f. 47.]
March 24. Warrant confirming the election of Abra. Bayly as Common Clerk of the Borough of Stratford-upon-Avon. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 17.]
March 24.
Court at Whitehall.
The King to the Governors of the Charterhouse. We recommend John son of John Webb to the next scholar's place vacant, in consideration of the long and faithful services of his father to the late King and his present sad condition, occasioned by his many small children who are unprovided for. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 23.]
March 24. Certificate by Thos. Bennet and 15 other Commissioners at Hull, that by desire of Lord Belasyse, the Governor, they viewed the drawbridge and gates, which are much in decay, and estimate that the repairs will cost 85l. [Ibid. No. 24.]
March 24. Earl of Ailesbury to Williamson. Pray expedite the pass granted me by his Majesty for my horses, customs free. They are merely for my own use, and I intend to depart on Saturday. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 25.]
March 24.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. A pink has arrived from Bayonne, and says the French are making great preparations throughout the whole kingdom, and have taken a list of all the seamen, together with their age, height, place of abode, &c., and have threatened that all who are not entered in these books, if met at sea, will be thrown overboard. This has so frightened the men that all strive to be entered. Letters from London report that the blacks in Barbadoes have risen, and killed man, woman, and child of the English, but it is hoped to be a false report of the insurers, or of those having much sugar there. The news comes by way of France. [Ibid. No. 26.]
March 25.
Plymouth.
James Blackburne to Hickes. Yesterday we had so violent a wind that at high water the cellars near the waterside were flooded. There has not been such a high tide for years. A Dutchman and a French vessel came in disabled. Sir Thos. Clarges is here, I suppose about the great house at Wembury which it is said the Duke of Albemarle has bought. The Earl of Bath was here, but is gone to Stowe in Cornwall. [Ibid. No. 27.]
March 25.
Arundel House.
Thos. Corie to Williamson. Pray obtain the King's licence for John Thompson, High Sheriff of Bucks, to leave the county on urgent affairs. The bearer will discharge the fees. [Ibid. No. 28.]
March 25. Report by Lord Chamberlain the Earl of Manchester to the King, on the reference made to him by Lord Arlington of 17 Aug. 1669, relative to the fees of honour for the King's servants. I find that the fees in a list annexed were anciently paid by all persons that received the degrees and styles therein mentioned, and that several of your Majesty's servants have the same granted to them by letters patent from your Majesty and your predecessors, though some of the servants have not the same by patent but by ancient custom, because of the smallness of their dividend. I certify that although the fees have heretofore been collected by warrant from the Lord Chamberlain, I think it better, as the fees have been disputed and neglected to be paid, that your Majesty should put them all into one patent under the great seal, so that there may be no pretence to increase or question the right of them hereafter. I have drawn a form of warrant, which I annex (missing), for the letters patent recommended. [Ibid. No. 29.]
March 25. Order for a warrant to Sir John Curzon, Bart., Receiver-General of the Duchy of Lancaster, to pay 50l. to — Baker, justice of peace for Middlesex, as the King's free gift, towards the erection of a coach bridge of brick, at a place called the Rails Head, Thistleworth, on the way to Richmond ferry. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 26, f. 78.]
March 25. Warrant to Sir Wm. Morton, justice of assize for Surrey, and to the keeper of the Marshalsea, Southwark, to cause James Palmer, convicted of felony and sentenced to transportation, to be inserted into the next pardon for convicts, because of his having lost his left arm in the late Dutch war. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 34.]
March 25. The petition of Rob. Wivell, for the office of Receiver-General for Northumberland and Durham, on surrender of Major Norton, referred to the Treasury Commissioners. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 33, p. 105.]
March 25. The petition of Thos. Killigrew for the benefit of a bond of 500l. become due to his Majesty from Thos. Pritchard, referred to the Treasury Commissioners, the King wishing to grant his suit for his long and faithful services. [Ibid.]
March 25. Pass for the Countess of Ailesbury with horses. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 17.]
March 25. Warrant for payment of 200l. to Dr. Peter Chamberlain, from the privy seal dormant, as the King's free gift. Minute. [Ibid.]
March 25.
Chatham.
Commissioner John Cox to the Navy Commissioners. The breadth of the new ship, from outside to outside, is 44 ft. 9 in., besides the thickness of the wales, without board, which is 9 in. more, so that she must have 45 ft. 6 in. room, which the dock at the gates affords, it being 46 ft. 6 in. broad. Her length is 130 ft., so that her dimensions are larger than any second rate ship yet built. I asked Mr. Pett for a sight of the warrant for building her, and find he was not directed to any scantling, but only to build a second-rate ship. I think she may be launched without pulling down the head of the dock, but Pett has been imprudent in not taking more care. The sides of the dock are very bad, and when the Newcastle is launched, it must be newly planked, as the water is up to the Newcastle's bilge in spring tides, although she stands on blocks; when she is done, we shall be forced to remove her into the single dock. We will see that her upper works and those of the new ship are wrought with fir, as directed by his Royal Highness. I have bargained for such of Pett's timber as will be of use, and send divers contracts.
The timber bought of Sir Roger Twysden is felled and measured. I send an account by Peter Bransdon, the purveyor, also a letter from Sir Roger, desiring payment of the remainder of the money; to this I entreat an answer, as I must go to Sir Roger next week to hasten the bringing in of the rest of the timber, there not being above 20 unused out of 200 loads in the yard. I have despatched the 2 hoys. The calkers pressed are much dissatisfied at not being allowed the 2 hours for going to market on Fridays, as promised; I desire instructions concerning it. The horse boat has come down with the engines and the 4-in. plank, but there is great want of some 2 and 3 inch, also some knees. [2 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 104.] Enclosing,
Contracts with the following persons:—
Mark Edwards, of Chatham, chandler, for 50 dozen tallow candles, of 13 and 14 to the dozen, at 4s. 2d. a dozen, ready money.—17 March 1670. [Ibid No. 104i.]
John Gardiner, of Chatham, for 3,000 brush bavins, at 9s. 6d. the 100, and 20 dozen maule helves of ash wood, 3 ft. 3 in. long, at 3s. 6d. a dozen, ready money.—18 March 1670. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 104ii.]
Edw. Hills, for 60 loads of burnt lime, at 12s. a load of 32 bushels.—21 March 1670. [Ibid. No. 104iii.]
John Batchellor, of Upchurch, for 230 bushels of charcoal at 8d. a bushel, to be paid for on producing his bill.—22 March 1670. [Ibid. No. 104iv.]
Phineas Pett, of Chatham, for 38 loads of oak timber, at 56s. a load, ready money.—23 March 1670. [Ibid. No. 104v.]
John Mason, of Maidstone, for 40 or 50 loads of timber, to be chosen out of a greater quantity by the purveyor, at 55s. a load, ready money.—24 March 1670. [Ibid. No. 104vi.]
March 26.
Deptford.
Hum. Cadbury to the Navy Commissioners. I have been master mastmaker at Deptford and Woolwich since the Restoration; it was formerly the custom of the Navy, when masts were wanted, to give your order to the mastmaker to fit them, and the master shipwright also gave me a note as to what masts I should make and the dimensions, and allowed me men and materials, but now I want both: besides, the mastmakers were distinctly called upon the muster books, and not suffered to stray from that service.
The London's masts have been long in hand, and will be found wanting if I am not better supplied. Mr. Shish promised me men and materials, but does not perform his promise, and has refused to give the dimensions of the masts required for that ship and the Assurance, which I always had from Christopher Pett of Woolwich, otherwise I had suffered by the Royal Katherine's masts. I own Mr. Shish as master shipwright, and would gladly perform his commands, but am discouraged by his threats, and hindered in my work; therefore I expect that when a failure is found, he will unjustly lay the blame upon me. [Ibid. No. 105.]
March 26. Thos. Winchurst to the Navy Commissioners. I want another order to the storekeeper at Chatham, having received a letter from the hoyman that he refused certain goods mentioned in a list sent, as not answering in quantity to your warrant. [Ibid. No. 106.] Prefixing,
Account by Rob. Foley of the quantity of nails, hooks, &c., contained in 7 bags and 11 baskets sent to the stores at Chatham, 14 March 1670, together with 10 grindstones. [Ibid. No. 106i.]
March 26.
Cadiz.
Capt. Geo. Liddell to the Navy Commissioners. I send by Capt. Greene a copy of my letter of the 23rd, in case it miscarried. The Mary Rose put out on the 22nd for England, with 30 or 40 merchantmen, but was forced in again by bad weather. A great Hamburg man-of-war and other ships are ready to go. I am waiting for Sir Hugh Cholmley and his lady, who are at Seville, to transport them to Tangiers, and intend hauling my frigate ashore to get her cleaned. The Turks made but a brief stay upon the coast, having been seen from Cadiz. [1¼ pages. Ibid. No. 107.]
March 26. Abra. Parker to the Navy Commissioners. I ask your decision on my propositions of the 19th; I waited in your office on Wednesday until past 7 p.m. and came next day, when you rose at 10. If what I suggested had been done sooner, much might have been saved the King, and the longer it is delayed the more damage he will suffer. I have another matter, equally as considerable for his Majesty's advantage, although on another subject, which I will explain hereafter. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 108.]
March 26. Capt. Jeffry Pierce of the Eaglet ketch to the Navy Commissioners. Jas. Long, late master's mate and pilot here, having given information against me, I have brought my boatswain, and the carpenter, cook, and 3 other seamen, to disprove his statements, and to prove that while the ketch was in the Downs, at Falmouth, Bordeaux, and other places, Long was often drunk, abusing and fighting the whole of the ship's company, and conducting himself in a very disgraceful manner, and was unable to give any assistance in carrying the ketch in or out of the Downs or elsewhere. Also that, in his watch, he suffered some of the company to break open the hold, and draw the King's wine; also that he is incapable of using any book or instrument for navigating at sea. Noted that the captain and pilot were examined before the Board, and the pilot denying what he had charged upon the captain, he was ordered to be discharged from the ship. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 109.]
March 26.
Woolwich.
W. Bodham to Pepys. I desire you to lay a letter enclosed, concerning the wharf and bringing spring water into the yard, before the Navy Board; as both concerns are so needful and can be done at small charge, I hope they will be allowed. [Ibid. No. 110.] Enclosing,
W. Bodham to the Navy Commissioners. If you were to view the wharf and crane where the hemp, tar, and junk are taken up, and the cordage is sent off—which is part of the gun yard that was sold by the Ordnance officers on their purchasing Capt. Blackman's house—you would order it to be fenced in. It was repaired by the Navy Office, but is much damaged by the weight of guns, timber, bricks, &c., lying upon it, and the crane is often used and abused by those having no right to meddle with it, so that it is of little or no use for the ropeyard, to which it has been appropriated time out of mind.
The gun yard being about to be used as a private wharf for merchants' guns, timber, &c., if the wharf is not fenced in, it will be subject to much more inconvenience. It will only take 34 yards of fencing. No place in the town is so near or fit for the purpose, and the teamer will expect double allowance, if he has to work to and from any other wharf. I have leave to lay on a branch pipe from the main that supplied Capt. Blackman's house with water, which will cost 35s. and save his Majesty double that sum every year. I beg directions.—Woolwich Ropeyard, 24 March. [Ibid. No. 110i.]
March 26. Licence to Sir Hen. Every, Bart., to transport 2 horses into France, for his son Henry residing there, on payment of customs. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 153.]
March 26.
Court at Whitehall.
Statement by Sir John Finch, of expenses incurred by him for mourning for the Queen Mother; total 350l. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 17.]
March 26. Warrant for creating Edw. Mostyn of Talackrey, co. Flint, a baronet. Minute. [Ibid. f. 18.]
Docquet of the above, dated 7 April. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 161.]
[March 26.] Note of the above, adding that the warrant is to omit the clause of discharge. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 29a.]
[March 26.] Case of Lord Clifford as regards his election for Tamworth, showing that the ancient mode of election was by the votes of the bailiffs, 24 burgesses, and Common Council only; that in 1669 he was thus elected by a majority, but his rival Mr. Ferrers claimed the rights of the commonalty, held a new election, and was returned. [Printed. Ibid. No. 30. See Commons' Journals, Vol. IX., p. 147.]
March 26. "The proviso to the Bill of Conventicles, as at first it came from the Lords," to the effect that nothing therein shall invalidate the King's ecclesiastical supremacy, or his rights and privileges. [Draft. See Lords' Journals, Vol. XII., p. 325. Ibid. No. 31.]
March 26.
Marshalsea.
Thos. Brookes to Williamson. I beseech you, as a poor old servant of his Majesty, to contribute towards the payment of my fees due, so that I may obtain my discharge from this doleful place where I am confined prisoner. [Ibid. No. 32.]
March 26.
Lyme.
Ant. Thorold to Hickes. The Jane of Lyme has arrived from Morlaix, and says there was a report there of some St. Malo frigates being in Concord [Conquet] Road, homeward bound from Cadiz with linen, that they were accompanied by 3 Turkish men-of-war of 40 guns each, from the Northern Cape to the Soundings, and that some came as high as Scilly, which our traders are much startled at. The seamen appointed to serve in the French fleet this summer are ordered to their rendezvous at Brest. [Ibid. No. 33.]
March 26.
Weymouth.
John Pocock to Hickes. A vessel of London from Malaga advises that the Straits fleet of merchantmen were all in Cadiz ready to sail with their convoys, and that there are 23 sail of Turkish men-of-war at the Straits' mouth. A bark from Morlaix says there were 3 Turkish men-of-war of 40 guns each at anchor in Conquet Road on the 18th, and that they are now supposed to be in the Channel. [Ibid. No. 34.]
March 26.
Milford.
John Powell to Hickes. No news worth sending. [Ibid. No. 35.]
March 26.
Hull.
Luke Bourne, for Charles Whittington, to Williamson. Five ships have sailed for Holland with lead, cloth, and rape seed, one for Dort, another for Bordeaux, and 2 for Norway. A vessel has arrived from Hamburg with oil, iron, &c., a Swede from Stockholm, and another from Holland. [Ibid. No. 36.]
March 27.
Plymouth.
Sebastian Pennicott to Williamson. The Mary of Plymouth, from Virginia, the Diligence of Havre de Grace for Barbary, and the Hope of Hamburg for Bordeaux, have arrived. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 37.]
March 27.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. We have had a great storm of wind near S.W. since Thursday. The Hampshire, some victuallers, and other ships lie under Dungeness, 30 miles westward of Deal, in 6 fathoms of water; a smooth shore and bold. [Ibid. No. 38.]
March 27.
The Advice, Spithead.
Capt. Ben. Young to Thos. Hayter. Send me some of his Royal Highness's printed orders to hang up in our steerage, as I have none among my books and papers. [Ibid. No. 39.]
March 28.
Coronation.
Capt. John Hesilgrave to the Navy Commissioners. I request a supply of victuals at Plymouth, or money to buy it for the soldiers I have to carry. I have had the wind S.W. for 5 or 6 days, and it is likely to continue contrary. The soldiers have been aboard 40 days; I had only 21 days' provisions for 36 men, while I have had 39 soldiers aboard double that time. If I have a long passage, all the victuals will be spent, and I can obtain but little at Lisbon, and then only at double the rate it will cost in England. Noted that the wind being easterly these 3 days, and the Board having no victualling account at Plymouth, it was thought of no use to attempt to answer this. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 111.]
March 28.
Stockwith.
John Russell to the Navy Commissioners. The timber sent up by the Posthorse and Mackerel hoys was the remainder of that which lay at Bawtry so long. There was not enough to load them at Stockwith, as the frost and snow being so great, the carriers only brought away the small timber. I received orders from Commissioner Pett to cut off the ends of such trees as proved shaky when felled, so as to fetch out the shakes, and to deliver the butt ends to Thos. Corbyn, the surveyor, who was to sell them, which he did. There are 400 loads of timber in the woods, but very little red wood, it being generally all white. [Ibid. No. 112.]
March 28.
Minsted, New Forest.
Thos. Eastwood to the Navy Commissioners. Thanks for the imprest bill. I have sent some timber to Redbridge, and more is converted which I will do my best to forward; but the sudden alteration in the weather, and so much rain, has put some stop to the business, and I am forced to give double price for all that is carried away, the roads being so soft and splashy, and worse than they have been all the winter. [Ibid. No. 113.]
March 28.
Truro.
Hugh Acland to Williamson. Having heard strange reports that the negroes in the Barbadoes have destroyed all the English and made themselves masters of the place, I inform you—so as to quiet the drooping spirits of those merchants who have any concerns there —that I have received a letter from thence of 18 Jan., which advises that the place is in a very good and quiet condition, and expecting a plentiful crop of sugar. Several vessels are in port, laden with coals and timber; also the Mary and Margaret of Topsham, bound for Bilbao. I beg a renewal of the weekly correspondence, and I will report what happens in return. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 40.]
March 28.
Monday.
E. P. (?) to Williamson. I send a draft of a letter for your correction; also Sir Charles Littleton's permission and certificate, and a copy of the order of suspension. I am pressed by my brother to get the King's letter despatched, it being of importance to send it by the first ship. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 41.]
March 28.
Deal.
Rich. Watts to [Williamson]. The gusts of wind increase, but the fleet in Dungeness rides secure, though there will be little hopes of saving one ship, if the wind veers 2 or 3 points easterly. A Deal boat, coming from the Downs with 3 seamen, upset, and one man was drowned. [Ibid. No. 42.]
March 28.
Chester.
Ma. Anderton to Perrott. The Earl of Inchiquin left for Holyhead on his way to Ireland. I heard Lord Cawfield was with him, but very privately. [Ibid. No. 43.]
March 28.
Pendennis.
Fras. Bellott to Perrott. Some vessels bound for the west have sailed. There was a great storm last Friday, when a Dutch vessel from Middleburg, bound for Lisbon, and a French vessel from Havre de Grace, bound for the Bank, put in. A Topsham ship from Maryland, with tobacco consigned to this harbour, and some colliers from Wales, have arrived. [Ibid. No. 44.]
March 29.
Plymouth.
Sebastian Pennicott to Williamson. The Willing of Plymouth, from the Canaries, has arrived. I am informed of 3 Turks menof-war being on our coast. [Ibid. No. 45.]
[March 29.] Statement of the case of Wm. Wandesford, who has a decree in Chancery against William, Earl of Strafford, on which the Earl has appealed to the House of Lords. Thomas, late Earl of Strafford, borrowed from Wandesford 1,600l., part of which was paid off by his trustees; the present Earl borrowed 400l. from him whilst in the Tower, and to pay the expenses of his creation and restoration to estate [in 1641], the whole debt being 1,700l., and the security a lease of lands at Gainsborough, and a rich suit of hangings which, fearing sequestration, Wandesford buried, so that they became rotten and worthless. The Earl paid part of the debt, but submitted the remainder to the arbitration of Sir George Ratcliffe, who best knew his father's dealings with Wandesford, and he decided, 5 April 1656, for the Earl to pay 1,500l. The cause was afterwards taken into Chancery and the said decree confirmed, against which the Earl appeals. [See Lords' Journals, Vol. XII., p. 330. Ibid. No. 46.]
March 29. Warrant for a grant of pardon to Hercules Paulett of Cookham, co. Hants, John Webster of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, Middlesex, and Rich. Lion of London, watchmaker, falsely accused at Southwark assizes of highway robbery and found guilty, though they were not present at the robbery. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 28, f. 34.]
March 29. Caveat that—Fryer be not confirmed town clerk of Winchester, without notice to Lord St. John. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 32, p. 8.]
March 29. Caveat in favour of Mr. Stanhope, that nothing pass as to the charter of Newark without notice. [Ibid.]
March 29. Grant to Prince Rupert of a pension of 2,000l. a year for life out of the Customs, or on failure thereof, out of the Exchequer. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 18.]
March 29.
Whitehall.
Petition of John Rocke, jun., M.A., clerk, to the King, for a presentation to the rectory of Tenby, co. Pembroke, void by resignation. The petitioner's father was a great sufferer for his loyalty. With reference thereon to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Noted by Lord Arlington that the Archbishop declared to him his approbation of the petitioner, with his own mouth. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 47.] Annexing,
Certificate by Dr. Wm. Peirs, Archdeacon of Taunton, Rob. Creighton, prebendary of Yatton, and Charles Thirlby, prebendary of Wiveliscombe, in favour of the petitioner.— 14 March 1670. [Latin. Ibid. No. 47I.]
March 29.
London.
Hugh Upton to Pepys. I have considered what you said touching the goodness of the payment, and if you will accept my hemp at 28s. 6d. a cwt., to be delivered on board the vessels at Tower Wharf, I will furnish you when you please, and with what quantity you think fit, not exceeding 30 tons. [Ibid. No. 48.]
March 29.
The Advice, Spithead.
Captain Ben. Young to the Navy Commissioners. I have received his Royal Highness's orders to sail to the Downs; also a notice from Squire Wren, that 20 watermen are coming down by land, who may be with me by Thursday, by which time there may be orders for me to be supplied with some soldiers from the garrison; so I shall stay in the Downs until Friday, as desired by the secretary. There are 120 men on board. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 114.]
March 29.
Deptford.
Jonas Shish to the Navy Commissioners. Since pressing the calkers at Chatham, I cannot keep the few I have to their duties, by reason of the great wages given in the river, for which they start out of the yard into merchants' works, to the great injury of the service, which requires speedy despatch; the Assurance has to be calked fore and aft. Three calkers dwelling in Deptford are absent. [Ibid. No. 115.]
March 29.
Whitehall.
M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. I wrote you at request of the Earl of Craven, for discharge of John Spender, pressed to work as a joiner on board the London; the man being still continued upon the work, I desire that his lordship's request may be complied with, and he forthwith discharged. [Ibid. No. 116.]
March 29. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. Hearing that Sir Denis Gauden has provided all the provisions for Sir Thos. Allin and Sir Edw. Spragg's squadron, except pork, and expects to ship the same within 14 days for the Straits, I am commanded by his Royal Highness to ask your opinion whether—the time of sending the victuals being so short, and the season so far spent—a supply of pork to answer with the other provisions can be provided and cured; and if not, what other victuals can be substituted in lieu of it. [Ibid. No. 117.]
March 29.
The Hampshire, Dungeness Road.
Capt. Rich. Beach to the Navy Commissioners. I have been here since the 25th, and shall stay until the wind comes fair. On receipt of your orders, I sent for Capt. Wood (of the William and Thomas), but he was gone ashore, and had let four of the men he had from us run away. I have had and shall have much trouble with his ship, all things aboard being out of order, but will use all speed to get him more men, and to comply with his Royal Highness' commands. Capt. Wood has had 16 men from me, and 6 from the Holmes frigate, and 16 more are wanted to make up his number. I have sent the Holmes to Plymouth to get the ships there ready, to press more men, and to procure beer and water for the William and Thomas, as she had only 15 or 16 butts aboard, and 3 tuns of water. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 118.]
March 29. Abra. Parker to the Navy Commissioners. I have waited here ever since 8 a.m., according to your second order, and desire your further pleasure. Noted that he was called in before the Board. [Ibid. No. 119.]
March 30. M. Wren to the Navy Commissioners. I am commanded by his Royal Highness to desire that all despatch may be made of the Advice, Swallow, Kent, and Guernsey, so that in case news proves true that the Algerines are in the mouth of the Channel—which has caused such an alarm that the merchants have made application to his Royal Highness about it—they may be sent to cruise in the soundings. Let the victuals demanded for the Eaglet ketch, about to be employed in pressing men for these ships, be put on board immediately. [Ibid. No. 121.]
March 30.
James galliot, Woolwich.
Journal by Geo. Roberts, master of the James galliot, employed to fetch timber from Stockwith for the stores at Woolwich, of his proceedings from 14 Jan. to 30 Mar. 1670. [Ibid. No. 122.]
March 30. The King to the Ordnance Commissioners and Master. The late George Clark, clerk of the deliveries in the Ordnance Office, was very faithful to us and our late father, during the late rebellion and usurpation, and has left a widow and children meanly provided for. We therefore wish 600l. to be equally divided between his widow, Catherine, and two of his sons, George and Richard, and authorize you to pay the same. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 35a, f. 10.]
[March 30.] [Proposed] Act to prevent abuses in mixing and falsifying wines, by appointing officers for the search and assay of the same, &c. [8 sheets. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 49. See Commons' Journals, Vol. IX., p. 250.]
March 30. Warrant to John Chichester to preserve the King's game within 8 miles of Hall, co. Devon. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 25, f. 152.]
March 30.
Falmouth.
Thos. Holden to Hickes. The Topsham from Virginia has arrived with tobacco, and the Elias of London put in here; she had left for sea, but by the violence of the weather put back again; 6 horses on board were found dead, owing to the hatches being closed. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 50.]
March 30. Same to Williamson. To the same effect. [Ibid. No. 51.]
March 31. Certificate by Ch. Giffard and W. Carlos to the King, in favour of Rob. Bird, of Tong, co. Salop, who has been utterly ruined and disabled from supporting himself and many children, through his loyalty and services after the defeat at Worcester, and giving intelligence of his Majesty's arrival at White Ladyes. He was diligent, by constant correspondence with the 5 brothers Pendrell and others, in discovering what was passing between each army, and he informed of those impious regicides who endeavoured to imbrue themselves in his Majesty's blood, and gave such information to Carlos as added much to the endeavours for his Majesty's blessed escape. Noted, "The King to be moved in it." [Ibid. No. 52.]
March 31.
The Hampshire, Plymouth Sound.
Capt. Rich. Beach to the Navy Commissioners. I replied to your orders concerning Capt. Wood, who has now 54 on board, most of whom are boys. He had 22 from me and Capt. Clarke, and we are endeavouring to supply him with more men; when that is ended, and they have taken in the beer and water, I shall set sail, for here are only 4 small vessels, 3 of which are bound for Portugal, and the other for Marseilles. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 283, No. 123.]
March 31.
Deptford.
Journal by William Flawe, master of the Adam and Eve, employed to fetch timber from Stockwith for the stores at Deptford and Chatham, from 10 Dec. to 31 March. [1¼ pages. Ibid. No. 124.]
March 31. Requests by Rob. Mayors to the Navy Commissioners, for warrants to Deptford or Woolwich for receiving sundry Navy stores, specified, from 1 to 31 March. [Ibid. Nos. 125–131.]
March 31. Warrant for 5 asses, a colt, and a nag to be sent to Richmond New Park. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 34, f. 18.]
March 31. Grant to Elias Ashmole, Windsor Herald, of sole licence for 15 years, to print a book entitled "The Institution, Laws, and Ceremonies of the Most Noble Order of the Garter," collected by him and adorned with a variety of sculpture. [Ibid.]
[March 31.] Draft of the above. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 53.]
March. Brief narrative of a case delivered by Sir Edw. Walker, Garter, to the King, entitled, "State of the case touching the precedency of the two Kings of Sweden and Denmark, as Knights of the Garter." For above 150 years, all emperors and kings have had the next place, on either side of the stalls, to that of the sovereign; but at his pleasure, so that he can remove them, and even the Prince of Wales, for other princes, strangers.
An order was made in Chapter, 10 Jan. 1662–3, that all princes, strangers, should thenceforth have precedency according to their elections and installations; consequently in the same year, the Prince of Denmark was elected, but has not yet had the habit and collar sent him; according to that order he had place below all princes, strangers, formerly elected, and his hatchments were hung up in 1663.
In 1668 the King of Sweden and the Prince Elector of Saxony being elected, in 1669 they were invested in the whole habit and collar sent to them by ambassadors. Hereupon a question arose in the Chapter of 19 Nov. 1669, in what stall the King of Sweden should be placed, seeing if the order of Jan. 1662–3 was observed, he would have 6 to precede him; whereupon the sovereign and companions made an order that thenceforth the Prince of Wales, and all emperors and kings, Knights of the Order, should be placed in the stalls next below them, according to their antiquity in the Order; and because the princes' stall was void, and had not been possessed by any Prince of Wales since the reign of Henry VII., it was ordered that the King of Sweden should be placed therein, whose achievements have since been placed over it.
In this stall 5 Kings of France have successively sat, namely Francis I., Henry II., Charles IX., Henry III., and Henry IV. At the making of the order of Nov. 1669, and for several months after, the present King of Denmark, then Prince, had no claim thereto, he not being then a king; but being so now, he may pretend to the next stall on the sovereign's side, and so the Duke of York, the Prince Elector, and others are to be transported, as the Prince of Wales and others have formerly been, to give precedency to kings.
With a brief note of the case, delivered to the King some few days after. [3 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 54.]
March ? Petition of Martha Carter, widow, of Lilley, co. Hertford, to the King, for a warrant for stay of proceedings against her, she being falsely accused of refusing to repair to church, by those who have a difference with her on matters that have been debated before Council. [Ibid. No. 55.]
March ? Petition of John Durel, D.D., chaplain in ordinary, to the King, for a letter to the Provost and Fellows of Eton, to grant him the next fellowship. Is willing to serve the cure of New Windsor, and do his utmost to bring round the Nonconformists, Dr. [John] Heaver, the present rector, who is Canon of Windsor and Fellow of Eton, being too ill to supply the place. [Ibid. No. 56. Heaver died 23 June 1670.]
March ? Petition of Sir Fras. Leake, Bart., to the King, for re-establishment of the customary dues from ships and boats to the governor of the forts of Tilbury, Essex, to which post he was appointed 19 Jan. 1670. Endorsed "Gravesend." [Ibid. No. 56a.]
March. Grant in reversion to Charles Gringaud of the office of undersearcher in the port of London. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 145.]
March. Warrant to pay to the Paymaster of the Works 10,000l. on account, for the extraordinary services of the works. [Docquet, Vol. 24, No. 146.]
March. Warrant to the Master of the Great Wardrobe to pay 5,946l. 5s. 3½d. to the tradesmen and servants of the King and Queen's stables, for work, allowances, &c., from Michaelmas 1665 to Lady Day 1666. [Ibid. No. 147.]
March. Like warrant for payment of 3,019l. 16s. 10d. for the half-year from Lady Day to Michaelmas 1666. [Ibid.]
March. Grant to Rob. Lesley of Chelsea, Middlesex, of pardon for killing Henry Simball of Chelsea. [Ibid. No. 151.]
March. Demise in reversion to Thos. Windham, on nomination of Eliz. Windham, his wife, of the free chapel of Pidwilliston, co. Dorset, rent 4s.; of Highbury Woods, &c., in co. Middlesex, rent 4l. 11s. 8d.; of tenements in Old and New Windsor; the fishing in Cobham river, co. Berks, rent 18l. 4s.; of Avelin's Grove, New Windsor, rent 5s.; the 4 prebends of Auckland, bishopric of Durham, rent 35l. 16s. 0d.; and land and a tenement in Hanbridge, co. Chester, rent 2l., on the same rents at which they are respectively held by the present possessors. [Ibid. No. 153.]
March. Order to the Treasury Commissioners to give warrant to the Remembrancer of the Exchequer, to prepare patents for constituting officers for collecting the duties on hearths and stoves, and the arrears from March 1669, and for viewing and numbering the chimneys, and examining rolls and certificates. [Ibid. No. 154.]
March. Grant to Henry, Marquis of Worcester, and his heirs for ever, of the advowson of the rectory and church of Chalton, co. Hants, after the death or removal of Dr. Edm. Barker, whom the King has lately presented. [Ibid. No. 156.]
March. Warrant to pay to the Duke of York 5,000l. out of the rents arising from the jointure of the late Queen Mother. [Ibid. No. 158.]
March. Notes of proceedings in the House of Commons from 1 to 31 March. [All printed in Commons' Journals, Vol. IX., pp. 129– 152. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, Nos. 58–73.]
March. Lists of the deputy-lieutenants of the respective counties and cities in England. [S.P. Dom., Entry Book 35a, ff. 3–8.]
March. List of the commissioned officers, viz. captains, lieutenants, and ensigns, of the trained bands called the Black, Green, Yellow, Blue, Red, and White Regiments. [2 sheets. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 74.]
March. List of the Court of Aldermen of London, viz.:—
Sir Sam. Starling, Lord Mayor. Sir Wm. Hooker.
Sir Rich. Chiverton. Sir Rob. Vyner.
Sir Thos. Allen. Sir Jos. Sheldon.
Sir John Frederic. Sir Denis Gauden.
Sir John Robinson. Sir Thos. Davies.
Sir John Lawrence. Sir Fras. Chaplain.
Sir Thos. Bludworth. Ald. Forth.
Sir Wm. Peake. Ald. Forth, jun.
Sir Wm. Turner. Ald. Randall.
Sir Rich. Ford. Ald. Dawes.
Sir Rich. Rives. Sheriff Smith.
Sir George Waterman. Sheriff Edwards.
Sir Rob. Hanson. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 274, No. 75.]
March.
Portsmouth.
Notes from Hugh Salesbury, stating that he has no news, 10, 19, 22, 24, and 26 March 1670. [Ibid. Nos. 76–80.]
[March.] Treatise to dissuade the proposed sale of the fee-farm rents of the Crown, as being very injurious to the royal interest and dignity; with suggestion that if nothing can hinder this sale, at least the Duchy of Cornwall and the tithes should be excepted, and the residue only mortgaged, with a clause of redemption. [24 pages. Ibid. No. 80a. The bill for their sale passed 11 April. Lords' Journals, Vol. XII., p. 350.]
March.
Deal.
Lists sent by Morgan Lodge to Williamson, of King's and merchant ships in the Downs, and the state of the wind.
Vol. 274. No. Date. King's. Merchants'. Wind. Remarks.
81 Mar. 2 1 22 W.
82 " 3 1 23 S.S.W.
83 " 4 1 23 Has put the packets on board the Hopewell, bound for Lisbon, and forwards the receipt.
84 " 5 1 24 S.W.
85 " 6 1 21 S.E.
86 " 7 1 N.E.
87 " 10 1 6 W.
88 " 11 1 7 S.E.
89 " 12 1 7 E.
90 " 13 1 7 S.S.W.
91 " 15 1 10 E.
92 " 17 1 14 E.S.E.
93 " 18 1 2 N.E.
94 " 20 1 6 W.
95 " 23 2 13 S.E.
96 " 24 2 10 S.E.
97. " 25 1 5 W.
98 " 26 1 8 S.
99 " 27 1 16 S.W.
100 " 28 1 9 W.N.W.