Charles II: 1660

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, Addenda 1660-1685. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1939.

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April 7.
Col. Turner to Sir Edward Nicholas, Secretary of State. The King of Denmark capitulated with me that I should levy a foot regiment of eight companies, four whereof I should raise against 1 April, 1658 (S. V.), and then to have more time for raising the other four. At my coming to Holland the end of December, 1657, I received moneys from the Danish ministers for levying the first four companies, which I gave out to a lieut.-colonel and three captains. But, as I might be disappointed if I should delay raising the other four companies, being very desirous to advance the levies I borrowed a considerable sum from my friends, for which I yet stand engaged to them not to go out of Holland till they be satisfied, which I gave out to a major and three captains to assist in raising the other four companies. Before 1 April, 1658, the States General arrested the vessels wherein some of our levies were embarked, disbanded the men and discharged all future levies for the King of Denmark.
It will appear that I levied 200 men more than I received moneys for, yet, the levies being discharged, the Danish ministers refuse to pay me the other half of my levy moneys or any of them or to allow me any thing for the vast expenses I have been at in attending that service these sixteen months.
My petition to his Majesty is that he would write to the King of Denmark to order some of his ministers here to receive my accounts and that what in equity may be found due to me for the men I levied may be instantly paid me, as also my charges, that so I may be enabled to pay my creditors, and that the King of Denmark would send me also his pass that I may wait on my own sovereign's service. If his Majesty think it fit to write that he owns me in regard of my service to his father and himself as having served under both as a colonel of a foot regiment and adjutant general of the whole infantry, I shall acknowledge his gracious favour. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 440, No. 1.]
April 25.
Timothy Dod to [? Mr. Crew]. Requesting his interest that his son Timothy, who has served eight years with Mr. Newton, a merchant, may have some place under Lord Montagu. Endorsed, "Mr. Crew's friend." [S.P. Supplementary 136, No. 1.]
April 26.
Edward Farmer to the same. Enclosing the last letter and requesting his interest for Timothy Dod. [Ibid. No. 2.]
[April ?] John Kernan to Gen. Montagu. Requesting his recommendation to Capt. Clerk who is to be captain of the Speaker to make him corporal or give him some other employment. Was a servant to Major-General Kelsey. [Ibid. No. 3.]
May 28. Robert Ingram to the Committee of the High Court of Admiralty. There being great occasion for supplying nails, locks and other iron commodities for fitting this fleet appointed to wait on his Majesty, and I not being able to supply them, because my estate was issued forth in the said service to the value of 7,000l., you granted me 1,000l., 500l. to be paid me that week being last February and the other 500l. out of the first money that should come in. I have since received but 200l. and therefore pray that the other 300l. be ordered me out of this week's receipt. [Ibid. No. 4.]
[May ?] Alexander Burnett, rector of Burmarsh, Kent, to the King. Petition for a grant of the rectory of Ivychurch now held by a Fanatic. (Calendared in Cal. S.P. Dom., 1660–61. p. 14, where it is given as a petition for the rectory of Burmarsh.) [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 440, No. 2.]
June 2.
The Charles.
Sir E. Mountagu to the Admiralty and Navy Commissioners. According to the Duke of York's directions I have sent up the Turkey prize under the convoy of the Maidstone, which is now coming up the river with Lady Lockhart. I have given Lieut. James of the Plymouth charge of the said vessel with strict directions to continue on board her and have especial care of the goods, till he receive your commands. [S.P. Supplementary 136, No. 5.]
June 6.
The Charles in the Downs.
The same to the same. This morning I received the enclosed from Mr. Gauden. You will perceive at what a stop the victualling of the fleet is both at Dover and Harwich unless he be enabled by moneys to carry on the work, which I earnestly entreat you to take into your speedy and effectual consideration, and that the rather because the ships here draw near to a consumption of their victuals altogether and so cannot conveniently spare any to others that shall be in want. The enclosed list will show you more particularly their condition. I beseech you to consider seriously that the great ships here are reduced already to two months' provisions. You very well know that a month's provi sion is needful to bring them into port whenever that shall be ordered, so there is but one month to provide and send hither victuals to enable them to keep the sea longer. If this be thought fit for the service, I desire you would forthwith give out your orders for recruiting the victualling of the fleet.
You formerly wrote that care should be taken to receive our sick men at Deal, which is so necessary for preserving the fleet in good health, yet to-day Mr. Coomer and Mr. Poole of Deal came to me showing the impossibility of doing it without they have some moneys and the truth is some of our men have been exposed in the streets and had probably perished, if Mr. Colmer had not seen them provided for at his own cost. If you would direct some money hither in part payment of their arrears and enable them for the future I think I could do you service in the distribution of it, so the people might be encouraged to provide our sick with accommodation. [1¼ pages. Ibid. No. 6.]
June 8. Thomas Green to the Receiver General of the assessments in Essex. You will receive an acquittance signed by James Nelthorp and John Lawson, receivers general and treasurers at war, for 907l. 13s. 4d. in part of the six months' assessment from 25 Dec., 1659, which acquittance is put into the hands of Capt. Sir Philip Howard in lieu of a like sum payable to him on a warrant from the Committee for the Army. On delivery thereof, it is desired that you will pay him the said sum, the said acquittance being your sufficient discharge. [S.P. Supplementary 134, No. 1.]
Two similar letters for payment to Col. Sir John Lenthall of 1,343l. 3s. 8d. and to Major Francis Nicholls of 1,280l. 1s. 6d. dated 9 June and 10 July, 1660. [Ibid. Nos. 2, 3.]
June 16.
The King to [the President and Fellows of St. John's College, Oxford]. Whereas it is suggested by the petition of the Fellows of St. John's College, Oxford, who for their loyalty were exiled thence, that you are proceeding to the electing and filling up of vacant places there, forasmuch as by the vacancy of the see of Winchester that power is wholly in us our will and pleasure is that you forbear to proceed to any such election or disposal of Fellows' or Scholars' places till our further pleasure be signified. [S.P. Dom., Signet Office 1, Vol. 4, p. 115.]
June 20.
Warrant for the appointment of Edmund Turnor to be one of the Commissioners in the Alienation Office in the room of Robert Weaver, who executed the same after Anthony Crofts, deceased, late one of the said Commissioners. [Ibid. p. 114.]
June 20. Like letter for the appointment of Richard Halsall in the room of Thomas Atkins, who executed the same after John Smith, deceased. Minute. [Ibid.]
June 22. Order of Parliament of payment of 10,000l. to Lord General Monck (see Commons' Journals, Vol. VIII, p. 71) with his receipt for the same dated 26 Oct., 1660. [S.P. Supplementary 138, No. 1.]
Another copy of the said order. [Ibid. No. 2.]
June 23. The Trustees for sale of lands forfeited to the Commonwealth for treason to Alderman John Dethick, treasurer of the money from sale of delinquents' estates. Order, after reciting that by the order of the Commissioners for removing obstructions in the sale of the said estates dated 21 July, 1652, allowance is made to John Borradale, cashkeeper, of 150l. and to the teller of 50l. per annum, for payment to the said Borradale of 37l. 10s. and to John Curtis, teller, of 12l. 10s. for one quarter's salary each to 24 June. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 440, No. 3.]
June 25. Robert Blackborne to Samuel Pepys, secretary to the Lord General Mountagu. This gentleman, Capt. Tickhill, desiring to apply to Lord Mountagu for some employment, has been very instant with me to certify to you what I know of the cause of his dismission from the lieutenancy of the Lamport, which is this. He being by the late Council of State and Parliament appointed lieutenant of the Plymouth, I not knowing but he had accepted it, acquainted you that the lieutenant's place of the Lamport was void, whereon on the recommendation of Mr. Rushworth and others another was put into his employment. He has since been recommended by Lord Howard and several M.P.s for command of some vessel to ply on the North coast, who, I believe, will move his lordship effectually therein. [S. P. Supplementary 136, No. 7.]
June 29. Capt. Roger Cuttance to Samuel Pepps (Pepys). I thank you for yours of the 25th and return my lord most humble thanks for his remembrance of his poor servant. The cause the barge is not gone is staying for a coat of leather which is making for the party which roweth in the canoe, which will be suddenly done; then both shall be sent and directed to Mr. Carter's along with the capstan.
Here are three ships of Ipswich from St. Touell's (? St. Ubes, i.e. Setubal) bound for the Sound which dare not venture without convoy as far as the Scaw, nor will the Vice-Admiral venture to send any ship with them without a particular order. I desire you to move my lord with it, and, if it can be procured, pray haste it down, because they lie at great charge here.
I know you have a great deal of business, the Lord make you able to undergo it. I know great preferments are accompanied with a great many troubles. If you can do anything for Capt. Cuttell to have his frigate got forth pray do it. I have presented yours to Sir Richard, who returns you his.
I believe Mr. Shepley will give his lordship an account of his proceedings yesterday with the Mayor and some of the Aldermen of Dover, Sir Richard and I being in company. I am very glad it fell out so happily, for I perceive there was a great party made for Sir Francis Vincent, but our being there, when Mr. Shepley came with a letter from the Earl of Winchelsea in behalf of Mr. George Mountagu, and our laying it home to the Mayor and those gentlemen the promise they made to his lordship before any other had written to them and also their promise aboard the Charles to serve his lordship wrought so much on them that they promised all to stand for Mr. Mountagu. I forbear to write more, knowing your multiplicity of business.
Postscript.— I believe it will not be amiss that my lord writes a second letter to the Mayor or, if his lordship thinks fit, that Mr. George came for Dover. If so, and you but give me notice, Sir Richard, myself and some other commanders here will wait on Mr. Mountagu at Dover. [2 pages. Ibid. No. 8.]
June 30. Receipt by Sir John Robinson to Sir Thomas Player for 19,500l. ordered to be paid by the order of 8 June of the House of Commons calendared in Commons' Journals, Vol. VIII, p. 58. Prefixed,
Copy of the said order. [S.P. Supplementary 138, No. 3.]
June. The King to the Bishop of London and the Chapter of St. Paul's. Requiring them to elect and admit Dr. Matthew Nicholas, chaplain in ordinary to the King, to be Dean of St. Paul's in the room of the late dean, deceased. [S.P. Dom., Signet Office 1, Vol. 4, p. 113.]
June. Warrant for the appointment of John Woolley to be register to the Dean and Canons of Windsor and treasurer and paymaster to the Poor Knights there. [Ibid.]
[June ?] Adam Jennings to the Commissioners of his Majesty's Admiralty and Navy. Petition for an assignment of 618l. 10s. out of the excise of the counties of Bedford and Huntingdon or in what other way may seem meet. The petitioner since 1657 served the Navy with tar and deals to a considerable value, whereof 618l. 10s. was agreed by the Navy Commissioners to be paid ready money as by contract and bill in May, June and July appears. He has suffered great losses by pirates and unfaithful factors. [2 copies. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 440. Nos. 4 and 5.]
[June ?] Similar petition by the same but stating the sum due as 612l. 10s. and praying an assignment out of the excise of the counties of Bedford, Huntingdon or Essex or the towns of Newcastle or Hull. [2 copies. Ibid. Nos. 6 and 7.]
[June ?] Warrant authorizing Robert Maidston of [St.] James', Clerkenwell, to attend in the office of compositions for alienations for the endorsing of all writs of covenant and entries, to enjoy the same as Hugh Dod, John Legg or any other heretofore enjoyed the same. (Probably annexed to one of his petitions calendared in Cal. S.P. Dom., 1660–61, p. 102. See also Ibid. p. 117.) [Ibid. No. 8.]
[June ?] Memoranda for Scotland. 1. That his Majesty take order that they may pay their assessments at 6,000l. a month till January next.
2. That the excise, outland and inland, be continued as long as it is in England.
3. That the customs be rented out and continued and that these moneys may be paid to the English treasurer, Receiver General Baynes, till further order and be ordered for the payment of the forces that are there or shall march out of Scotland by warrant from the commander in chief there. That the field forces now in Scotland may continue there till this be agreed to. [Ibid. No. 9.]
[1660 ?]
[June ?]
Henry, Earl of Thomond, to the King. Petition for letters to the Lord Deputy of Ireland to pass a grant to him of the government of Thomond and Clare for his life in as ample a manner as his father Sir Barnaby and his uncle, Henry, Earls of Thomond, or any of his ancestors enjoyed the same, most of the said lands being their ancient inheritance. (See Cal. S.P. Ireland, 1660–62, p. 196.) [S.P. Ireland, Car. II. 349, No. 1.]
[June ?] Sir Joseph Douglas of Pumpherstoune to the King. Petition for the place of King at Arms in Ireland now at his Majesty's disposing. (See Cal. S.P. Ireland, 1660–62, pp. 4, 34.) [Ibid. No. 2.]
July 2. Receipt by Sir John Robinson and Sir William Vincent to Sir Thomas Player for 25,000l. appointed by the order of both Houses to be paid to them and others. [S.P. Supplementary 138, No. 4.]
July 3. Certificate by Capt. Roger Cuttance and three other captains that they have surveyed the pink, the Unity of Romansgate, lately retaken from the enemy and that from the loss of her boat and the decay and spoil of her sails, cables and rigging she is not worth above 140l. [Copy. S.P. Supplementary 136, No. 9.]
July 4.
The London in the Downs.
Vice-Admiral John Lawson to [? the Commissioners for the Admiralty and Navy]. Last night the Essex sailed though the wind was southerly, being then but an easy gale, through the earnest desire of the two dons on board, but, the wind increasing, she is come back again to-day.
I enclose a copy of the appraisement of the Unity of Romans gate. Having taken security for salvage, I have cleared her.
The Hound frigate here has her sheathing almost worn off, so that the nails wear out all her cables and have near spoiled a cable I spared her from this ship. I entreat your pleasure whether I shall send her up into the river. [Ibid. No. 10.]
July 10. Order by the Committee of Parliament appointed to consider the manner of the King's return and reception for payment by Sir Thomas Player, the receiver general of the three months' assessment, to Thomas Parry of 20,000l. to be issued by him as this Committee direct. On the back,
Request by Parry to Sir T. Player to pay the said sum to Edward Backwell dated 14 Sept. and Backwell's receipt for the same dated 20 Oct. [S.P. Supplementary 138, No. 5.]
July 16. Receipt by John Edwards to Christopher Percehay, receiver general of Yorkshire, for 50l., which he promises to repay if the said sum be not allowed him on account of his salary due last Midsummer as auditor for Yorkshire. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 440, No. 10.]
July 17. Appointment by the Earl of St. Albans of Alderman Edward Backwell to receive the 20,000l. appointed by Parliament for the use of the Queen Mother according to the power of attorney granted him by her. Prefixed,
The said power. Sign manual. [S.P. Supplementary 138, No. 6.] Annexed,
Receipts by Backwell to Sir Thomas Player for 2,000l. and 18,000l. dated 28 Aug. and 20 Oct. respectively, with the above order of Parliament of 20 June, 1660 (calendered in Commons' Journals, Vol. VIII, p. 69). [Ibid. No. 6i.]
July 20. Patent to Sir Richard Lloyd to be Justice of the counties of Glamorgan, Brecon and Radnor. With note that this patent was renewed in 1674. [Latin. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 440, No. 11.]
[Aug. 3.] Commission to the Duke of Albemarle to be Captain General of all armies and land forces in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. (Calendared in Cal. S.P. Dom., 1660–61, p. 178.) [Ibid. No. 12.]
[Aug. 20.] The information of Henry Robinson of Hallaton, Leicestershire. In 1642 or 43 he heard Dr. Nathaniel Angeloe say that the Book of Common Prayer was nothing but a piece of conjuration, that the bishops were Popish rogues and deserved nothing but hanging and that the then King was a Papist in his heart and the Queen was a whore and her children were Germaine's (Jermyn's) bastards. [Ibid. No. 13.]
Aug. 21. The Lords of the Treasury to the Lord Chief Baron. After reciting that they have been moved to renew divers grants for receivers of the rents of monasteries, chantries, etc., which are in almost every county, and likewise of stewardships and bailiwicks of divers lordships, praying him to call to him the auditors and receivers of the revenues and any officers of the Court of the Exchequer he shall think fit to examine the nature of these offices and whether the receivers of the counties might not perform the services and save the present fees. With notice at foot from the Lord Chief Baron that the auditors attend him with the certificate of all stewards, bailiffs, etc., and the total charge in each bailiff's account. [S.P. Supplementary 134, No. 4.]
Aug. 27. Receipt by Arbella Stanhope to Christopher Percehay, receiver general of the rents of delinquents' estates sequestered and two thirds of the estates of Popish recusants in Yorkshire, for 20l. for two thirds of Susan Stanhope's rent charge issuing out of the estate at Lynton upon Ouse of Thomas Apelby, recusant, due for one half year ended Whitsuntide last. [Ibid. No. 5.] Annexed,
Power of attorney from the said Susan Stanhope to Arbella Stanhope. [Ibid. No. 5 i.]
Fifteen similar receipts to the said Christopher Percehay of various dates from 23 Oct., 1660, to 18 Oct., 1661, from various persons for sums received by him on account of rents of various estates. In some cases the receipts is given by virtue of an annexed power of attorney. [Ibid. Nos. 6–20.]
Aug. 28. Bond for the delivery of the cargo of the barque Rose of Barnstaple at Bristol or some other port in England. [Ibid. No. 21.]
Aug. 28. Warrant by the Commissioners for disbanding the Army to Sir Thomas Player for giving assignations to James Nelthorp and John Lawson, treasurers at war, for 50,000l. according to the order of Parliament of 14 Aug. With their receipts for 28,648l. 7s. 6d. received from Sir T. Player by several acquittances to the receivers general of the three months' assessment and for 21,351l. 12s. 6d. by assignments on them. [S.P. Supplementary 138, No. 7.] Annexed,
Copy of the said order. (Printed in Commons' Journal, Vol. VIII, p. 169.) [Ibid. No. 7 i.]
Aug. 28.
Letter missive to the Dean and Chapter of Winchester. Requiring them to elect Brian, Bishop of Sarum, to the bishopric of Winchester, void by the death of the late bishop. [S.P. Dom., Signet Office 1, Vol. 4, p. 117.]
Aug. 29.
Declaration by the King to the Clerks of the Signet and the Clerks of the Privy Seal. Whereas there ought to be four clerks of the Privy Seal in possession, one whereof ought always to attend us, yet during our absence in foreign parts these many years no clerk has attended, and whereas Thomas Watkins and John Chapman, two of the clerks in possession, died some years since and no reversioner came to make his claim, so that we became destitute of the attendance of any officer in that office and were therefore compelled to swear Hartgill Baron clerk of the Privy Seal in possession and granted him a patent thereto during his life, which office he has faithfully discharged till the restoration, and whereas Charles Bickerstaff's petition pretending to that office was referred to the Lord Chancellor, who certified that Hartgill Baron ought to wait as clerk against all other pretenders, whereupon we granted him a warrant to wait accordingly, notwithstanding all which the said Bickerstaff surreptiously procured a warrant and is by it sworn, in which we knew not that the said Baron was concerned, and we look on Bickerstaff's action not only as a contempt to us but also to the Lord Chancellor and we declare our high displeasure against it, our express command now therefore is (notwithstanding that the said Bickerstaff is sworn) that Baron wait this ensuing September as clerk of the Privy Seal and that no other clerks thereof interrupt him from waiting in his month of September next and afterwards in course and that the clerks of the Signet deliver all bills that pass them to him to be entered during his usual month of waiting. [1¼ pages. Ibid. p. 123.]
[before the 30th.]
Denmark House.
Order by the Council of the Queen Dowager that whereas her jointure is restored and the possession thereof adjudged to her by the authority of Parliament, and as several farm rents in the counties therein mentioned, which belong to her as part of her jointure and were due Lady Day last, are not yet put in charge to any particular persons to receive them for her, the auditors for the said counties be hereby desired to certify to this Board the names of his Majesty's receivers for the said counties and give them notice to appear before her Council to receive their direction for collecting all her rents and revenues in the said counties due last Lady Day and to give notice to all the tenants that they are henceforth to pay their rents to her use as the Council shall direct and was formerly accustomed. With note that Mr. Watkins was acquainted therewith 30 Aug. [S.P. Supplementary 134, No. 22.]
[Aug.] The King to the Attorney General. Signifying his pleasure that a patent be drawn for Capt. Robert Williams to be one of the chief searchers at Gravesend in the port of London for his life. (Docquet thereof calendared in Cal. S.P. Dom., 1660–61, p. 211. See also Ibid. p. 126.) [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 440, No. 14.]
Sept. 1. Warrant from the King for payment of the moneys remaining due to him on the bills formerly sent him from Holland by the two Houses of Parliament as shall be directed by the Lord Chancellor. Sign manual. [S.P. Supplementary 138, No. 8.]
Sept. 1.
Worcester House.
The Lord Chancellor to Sir John Robinson. Requesting him to pay the remaining part of the 50,000l. to Stephen Fox, Clerk Comptroller of the Household. At the foot,
Stephen Fox to Sir Thomas Player. Requesting him to pay 20,500l., the remaining part of the 50,000l. due to his Majesty from the City to Francis Meynill. 5 Sept., 1660. On the back,
Receipt by Meynill for the said sum. 6 Sept., 1660. [Ibid. No. 9.]
Sept. 2.
Letter missive to the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury. Requiring them to elect William, Bishop of London, to the Archbishopric of Canterbury, void by the death of the late Archbishop. [S.P. Dom., Signet Office 1, Vol. 4, p. 126.]
Sept. 5.
Letter missive to the Dean and Chapter of York. Requiring them to elect Acceptus (sic) Frewen, now Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, to the Archbishopric of York, void by the death of the late Archbishop. [Ibid. p. 125.]
Another copy of the above dated 10 September. [Ibid. p. 127.]
[1660 ?] [Sept. ?] [Robert Ferguson to Hannah Brindley.] "Most deserving and answerably dear lady, That it is hard to be in love and at the same time wise, my Saturday night's extravagancies demonstrate, but that passion, which made me act them, can also render them excusable, and your goodness being proportionable to your beauty will, I hope, forgive those faults which only a ravishment with that makes me commit, but, though I can both beg and reckon on the pardon of my unseasonableness, yet there was a further folly which I dare neither extenuate nor almost crave the remission of, I mean some expressions which as they were very unsuitable to court a mistress with, so I must profess they dropped from me by misfortune and not design.
"Honoured lady, I have that esteem both for life and liberty, that nothing can make me hazard either of them but faithfulness to my Master's interest and, when that exacts either one or both, then and only then they are too dearly bought to be withheld and, if any thing else would make me prodigal of them, it is only a continuance of your disdain. And on the contrary nothing would make me more tender of myself than an apprehension that you valued me, for however regardless I might be both of my person and children, yet I will never engage in that which I think might afflict you, whose safety and friendship I will always value above every thing but God's honour and my own conscience. Allow me but to be what I ambition and you shall find me too much a servant to do any thing without your permission. Your desire shall safely exact that at my hand which either others' or my own inclination might carry me against. Believe me, whatever your injunctions be, I shall find both reason and power to obey them and withal count it as impossible to err whilst I do so as not to err whilst I do not.
"Best lady, that I should also talk of delaying that, the consummation whereof would only make me fully happy, is a thing I am cast upon out of tenderness to you, who seem pressed with apprehension of dangerous times, and is not at all the result of my own choice, for the nearest fruition being so necessary to make me fully happy, I cannot but count everything a misery which keeps me from a possession, and nothing would raise me to so much joy as to have my overture concluded in a nuptial and therefore you must think that my talking of suspending is a forcing my inclination to comply with yours, for to establish your contentment I would not only delay but almost ruin my own. For this therefore I rather deserve your pity than condemnation. This is all I have to say in apology and justification of these expressions, which if you please to admit, I shall receive it as a reward above all the services I can repay you.
"Very dear lady, as no passion was ever more pure than mine, so none shall ever be more constant, and of its measure you may guess by the proportionateness of the cause, for that flame cannot be moderate which is begot by a beauty and desert so extraordinary. Be pleased then, most dear lady, to allow that to my love which you cannot to my desert and let your compassion grant that which your reason withstands. However, if you will not bless me with your affection, continue me your friendship; that is a purchase wherein I will reckon myself honoured though I never obtain your person." [Unsigned. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 440, No. 15.]
Sept. 7.
[Robert] Ferguson to Mistress Hannah Brin[d]ley at Mr. Berrie's, Tottenham. "Most virtuous and my most dear lady, The overture betwixt us yesternight I embrace with all proportionate thankfulness and humility as an action wherein by your accepting I obtain as full assurance of your passion as by writing I give demonstration of my own and it is not only allowable but expedient to avow my flame where I have engaged my faith and, dearest lady, as no passion was ever more pure than mine so none shall ever be more constant and of its measure you may guess by the merit of its cause, for that flame cannot be moderate which is begot by a desert so extraordinary; and, though it was your inclination which led you to honour me with your esteem and not any worth of mine and that I owe the opinion you first conceived of me solely to your goodness, yet henceforward I will claim it as a debt payable to the fervour and sincerity of my passion and, if affection can merit any reciprocal return, you shall be mine by right and I will hold the opinion you have of me not only of your compassion but justice.
"Best lady, the nearest fruition being necessary to the fullest happiness, you may safely imagine that I reckon every thing a misery which keeps me from a plenary possession and that to delay the consummation of our intentions by a nuptial is the forcing my inclination to comply with yours to establish whose contentment I will not only suspend but hazard my own. You see, sweet lady, the power you have over me and with what submissiveness and compliance I receive all your desires and choose to cross my own inclinations rather than oppose yours.
"Though the ties of friendship be as great as those either of long acquaintance or blood and that you are allied to the persons where you are only by the latter, while I have the honour to possess you in the former, yet I am too much your servant to invite you to any thing beyond your election, for I am more a friend to your satisfaction than my own and will be content to deprive myself of so great a blessing as your company or else purchase it by a journey rather than rob Mrs. Berry of that she so justly values. I leave it therefore entirely with yourself how soon to return or how long to stay, and whatever be your resolve I shall find reason to approve it and withal count it as impossible to err whilst I do so as not to err if I do otherwise. All due acknowledgement to those there, with wishes peculiarly appropriate to the condition of the gentlewoman." [Ibid. No. 16.]
From Ferguson's petition of May, 1663, printed in full in Ferguson the Plotter, it appears he had then more than one child. Therefore these letters must be not later than 1660, and are possibly earlier.
Sept. 8 and Oct. 15. Two receipts each for 1,000l. by William Ashby to Sir Thomas Player ordered to be paid by the order of Parliament of 16 Aug. printed in Commons' Journals, Vol. VIII, p. 122, which order is prefixed. [S.P. Supplementary 138, No. 10.]
Sept. 11. Appointment of Richard Clarke of the Middle Temple to be register to the diocese of Llandaff during the vacancy of that see and recommendation of him to the next Bishop of Llandaff to be confirmed. [S.P. Dom., Signet Office 1, Vol. 4, p. 126.]
Sept. 18. Bond for the delivery of wool and hats shipped in the William of Worcester at Newcastle or some other port in England. [S.P. Supplementary 134, No. 23.]
Sept. 19. Warrant by the Commissioners for disbanding the Army to Sir Thomas Player for giving assignations to James Nelthorp and John Lawson, treasurers at war, on the three months' assessment for 40,000l. according to the order of Parliament of 13 Sept. With receipts by Nelthorp and Lawson for 20,000l., 6,700l., 1,200l. and 4,495l. 12s. 6d. dated 21 Sept. and 11 Dec., 1660, 27 Feb., 1660–1, and 20 April, 1661. [S.P. Supplementary 138, No. 11.] Annexed,
Copy of the said order. (Printed in Commons' Journals, Vol. VIII, p. 169.) [Ibid. No. 11 i.]
Sept. 20. Letters missive to the Dean and Chapter of Worcester to elect George Morley to be bishop there and to the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury to elect Humphrey Henchman, D.D., to be bishop there. Minutes. [S.P. Dom., Signet Office 1, Vol. 4, p. 127.]
Sept. 21. Letter missive to the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, London, to elect Dr. Gilbert Sheldon, Dean of the Chapel Royal, to be bishop there. Minute. [Ibid.]
Sept. 22. Letter missive to the Dean and Chapter of St. Asaph to elect Dr. George Griffith to be bishop of that see. Minute. [Ibid.]
Sept. 22. Sir Charles Harbord, Surveyor General, to the Auditors. According to the vote of the House of Commons of the 7th instant that no money grown due by rents or otherwise to any of the persons excepted in the late Act of General Pardon be paid to any of them but that the same be stayed in the hands of the persons who ought to pay the same till further order, praying and requiring them to convey the effect of the said vote to the receivers of the counties, honours and lands in their respective audits and to the sheriffs of the said counties, who are to take care that the same be forthwith made known to the tenants of those excepted persons and all others it may concern. [Copy. S.P. Supplementary 134, No. 24.]
Sept. 30. Letter missive to the Dean and Chapter of Norwich to elect Edward Reynolds, D.D., to be bishop there. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Signet Office 1, Vol. 4, p. 128.]
[Sept. ?] Charles, Earl of Warwick, to the King. Petition stating that in 1656 a lease of certain lands, etc., in Ireland was made to the petitioner by Arthur, Viscount Ranelagh, which was delivered by the parties to Mrs. Dorothy Dury of St. James's to be kept safely, that before the end of 1656 Viscount Ranelagh on a Sabbath day in the morning came to her house, she and her family one servant maid excepted being gone to church, and broke open two locks of a cabinet in which she kept the lease and some other papers, all of which he carried away, that the said lord afterwards confessed the fact and assured her he would nevertheless make good what that lease and other papers obliged him to but refused to return her the lease, and would never since restore it nor make good the contents thereof to the petitioner or any other in his behalf, though called on to do so, and that he has since leased the said lands, etc., to others without the petitioner's privity or consent, receiving the mesne profits to his own use, and that he has for some years and still keeps himself abroad from hence lest he should be brought by law to do the petitioner right and, in consideration thereof and also in regard that the habitation and interests of the petitioner and his witnesses are in England and that at present he is obliged to attend here as a peer in Parliament and also in regard that the said lease was made to and taken from him here and that there is no Court of Chancery now in Ireland (Eustace appointed Chancellor 9 Oct., 1660) to relieve the petitioner as also there is no court here which can by its summons bring him over, unless he please, and that he purposely avoids coming, praying his Majesty's command to bring him over without further delay to answer before such persons as his Majesty shall appoint what the petitioner has to say against him, the petitioner desiring to leave himself to the judgment of whomsoever his Majesty shall appoint. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 440, No. 17.] Annexed,
Memorandum that his Majesty, much disliking the unjust proceedings complained of in this petition is pleased that Lord Ranelagh be acquainted therewith and that he give satisfaction to the Earl by restoring the lease and making good the effect thereof or appear at the Council table here within one month after notice hereof to answer this complaint. With note that the Lord Chancellor commanded me this morning to wait on Mr. Secretary and acquaint him with his lordship's sense of this petition which I conceive to be to this purpose as Mr. Secretary will better understand from his lordship's own mouth. (See Cal. S.P. Dom., 1660–61, p. 329.) [Ibid. No. 17 i.]
Oct. 3. Appointment by Sir Charles Harbord, inasmuch as by the Act of Indemnity the purchasers of his Majesty's revenue under the late usurped authority are to receive for their own use all the rents and profits of the same to 24 June last, of Major Richard Dutton to receive the fee farm and other rents issuing out of two manors purchased by him as aforesaid mentioned in the annexed schedule with the arrears thereof for his own use to 24 June last, with power to him on giving his security to receive the said fee farm rents or so much thereof as are not within the Queen's jointure for the half year ended Michaelmas last. On the back,
Particular of rents conveyed to Dutton 18 March, 1658[–9], in Carnarvonshire, viz., out of the manor of Pullelley (Pwlheli) 14l. and out of the comot of Evioneth 21l. [S.P. Supplementary 134, No. 25.]
Oct. 3. Letter missive to the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln to elect Dr. Robert Sanderson to be bishop of that see. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Signet Office 1, Vol. 4, p. 139.]
Oct. 5. Letter missive to the Dean and Chapter of Chester to elect Dr. Bryan Walton to be bishop there. Minute. [Ibid.]
Oct. 5. A like to the Dean and Chapter of Durham to elect Dr. John Cosin to be bishop of that see. Minute. [Ibid.]
Oct. 6. Note that Jane, Lady Sanderson, paid that day 3l. 3s. 6d. for a mill and lands in Willoughton, co. Rutland. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 440, No. 18.]
Oct. 6. Letter recommendatory to the Master and Senior Fellows of St. John's College, Cambridge, to elect John Lucas, B.A., student of that House, to be a Fellow there. Procured by Secretary Nicholas. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Signet Office 1, Vol. 4, p. 139.]
Oct. 7. Letter missive to the Dean and Chapter of Carlisle to elect Dr. Richard Sterne to be bishop of that see. Minute. [Ibid.]
Oct. 9. Letter missive to the Archdeacon and Chapter of Llandaff to elect Dr. Hugh Lloyd to be bishop there. Minute. [Ibid.]
Oct. 15. Letter missive to the Chaunter and Chapter of St. David's to elect Dr. William Lucy to be bishop of that see. Minute. [Ibid.]
Oct. 20. Letter missive to the Dean and Chapter of Exeter to elect Dr. John Gauden to be bishop of that see. Minute. [Ibid.]
[1660] Oct. 30. Sir Charles Harbord to the Auditors of the premises. Requiring them forthwith to make out and send to the Lord Treasurer particulars of the manors of Eckington, Derbyshire, and Warton, Lancashire, and what they think fit to be considered in granting the same in fee to the Duke of Albemarle. [Date of year torn away, but see Cal. S.P. Dom., 1660–61, p. 288. S.P. Supplementary 134, No. 26.]
Nov. 6. Report of the Commissioners for disbanding the Army. (Printed in Commons' Journals, Vol. VIII, p. 176. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 440, No. 19.]
Nov. 7. Letter missive to the Dean and Chapter of Peterborough to elect Dr. Benjamin Laney to be bishop of that see. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Signet Office 1, Vol. 4, p. 141.]
Nov. 8. Receipt by Edward Backwell to Sir Thomas Player for 386l. 5s. interest on 20,000l. according to the prefixed order. Prefixed,
The said order of Parliament of 21 July, 1660, for allowance of interest. (Printed in Commons' Journals, Vol. VIII, p. 97.) [S.P. Supplementary 138, No. 12.] Annexed,
Paper with calculations showing how the above sum for interest was arrived at. [Ibid., No. 12 i.]
Nov. 19. Letter missive to the Dean and Chapter of Bristol to elect Dr. Gilbert Ironside to be bishop of that see. Minute. [Ibid.]
Nov. 21. Receipt by Major Arthur Walley for 320l. received from Benjamin Jones, receiver general of the monthly assessments for Anglesey, according to Col. Birch's order. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 440, No. 20.]
Nov. 29. Letter missive to the Dean and Chapter of Gloucester to elect Dr. William Nicholson to be bishop of that see. Minute. [S.P. Dom., Signet Office 1, Vol. 4, p. 141.]
Nov. 29. Letter missive to the Dean and Chapter of Hereford to elect Dr. Nicholas Monk to be bishop of that diocese, the same being void by the death of the late bishop. Minute. [Ibid. p. 143.]
[Nov.] The case as to the money lent by Mr. Chambers and others to Lord Lexington and others and paid by them to Col. John Hutchinson.
John Chambers, William Barret and Hercules Clay lent to Lord Lexington and others in 1642 and 1643 about 2,630l. in all and all died in or before 1648 before any actual sequestration. 25, April, 1649, Col. Hutchinson procured an order from the pretended Parliament to be paid his arrears out of concealed delinquents' moneys as he should discover and in July, 1649, procured an order from the pretended Committee of Advance, etc., for sequestering the moneys of the obligees being all dead and for payment thereof to himself, and by virtue thereof forced the money to be paid and required the bonds to be delivered in to be cancelled. Part of the money lent by Barret belonged to others, who entrusted him to lend it on security. After his death William Wharton, who married his executrix, was sued for the money and forced to pay the same. Col. Hutchinson knew that the moneys belonged to persons unsequestrable before it was paid by the obligors and that the obligees were dead before his discovery and has confessed the receipt of 2,690l. lent by the said persons, but says he received it out of the Treasury though it has been proved before committees of both Houses that he received it from the obligors. (Objections made in his printed case and answers thereto.) The questions will be but these: 1, whether the innocency of the widow and fatherless or Col. Hutchinson's oppression shall be more favoured ? 2, whether to preserve his ill gotten estate Lord Lexington shall pay the money twice.
Since the printed case annexed Col. Hutchinson appealed from the Committee of the Lords to the whole House and was heard by his counsel, who insisted on several branches of the Act of Pardon and Oblivion being then passed to acquit Col. Hutchinson and his estate from being made liable to repayment of the money. (Summary of the arguments of his and Lord Lexington's counsel.) On debate of the whole matter by counsel on both sides their lordships passed the third reading of the Act (11 Sept., 1660) and it is hoped the House of Commons will do the same, the cause of relief having been already made appear to them and the poor persons concerned having for many months attended both Houses at great charge. This was the state of the case when the Act came down to the House of Commons but, coming just on their rising, and there being some mistakes both in the penning and prosecution of it, it was laid aside, yet the gentlemen who voted against it declared that the petitioners ought to be relieved out of the colonel's estate. (See Commons' Journals, Vol. VIII, p. 188.) [Printed. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 440, No. 21.]
Dec. 3. Order by the Court of Exchequer that the Auditors prepare certificates of the following:—1. What the pensions and chantry and foreign rents in their respective circuits amounted to in 1640. 2. What was paid to the receivers general in each of the years 1638, 1639, 1640 and what stands insuper in their account of the said rents. 3. What were the yearly fees to the collectors of the said rents and what they are in arrear to the Crown. The Auditors are to let the bearers Walter Devereux and George Carew see the said declarations and attend the Barons of the Exchequer with the said certificates on Friday, the 7th instant. [Ibid. No. 22.]
Dec. 26.
Another copy of the reference of the Earl of Oxford's petition calendared in Cal. S.P. Dom., 1660–61, p. 424. On the back are the statutes of Merton College, Oxford, and a pedigree showing the descent of William Kingsmill from Hugh Kingsmill, Walter de Merton's grandfather. [Ibid. No. 23.]
Dec. 29. "An Act for the levying of the arrears of the twelve months assessment commencing the 24th of June, 1659, and the six months assessment commencing the 25th of December, 1659." [Printed. S.P. Dom., Car. II. Case G.]
[1660.] Owen Price to Thomas Stevenson near Magdalen Hall, Oxford. Requesting him to look after his house.— I will repay whatever you lay out in repairs. Pray keep a legible paper over the door for the letting or selling of it, for I know not how soon Providence may cast us to live on the quick stock. God will either provide bread for us or take away our stomach and, though we hear of nothing more than our ejection, death, banishment, yea massacre, yet let us resolve that the God whom we serve can deliver and, it not, be it known to . . . (sic) we will not bow our knee to this idol. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 440, No. 24.]
[1660?] Joseph Soudin, Martin Bonham, William Begg and Robert West, on behalf of themselves and divers other joiners, to the Duke of York, Lord High Admiral. Petition for an order for speedy payment of their wages. They have been employed for several months in Woolwich yard in fitting the ships that brought his Majesty over from Holland and nearly 200l. is due to them for wages. Several of them were forced to go on the score for their diet and lodging and are now threatened with arrest. Endorsed, "The petitioners are referred to the Committee of Admiralty. W. Coventry." [Ibid. No. 25.]
Viscount Taaffe (created Earl of Carlingford 25 June, 1661) to the King. Petition for a grant of a lease for 31 years of the marshes and grounds therein described in Huntingdonshire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire amounting to about 7 or 8,000 acres, part of the estate of William Say forfeited for his treason. (See Cal. S.P. Dom., 1660–61, p. 428.) [Ibid. No. 26.]
Several Shipmasters and Mariners to the Committee of the House of Commons for Trade. Petition showing that formerly the English merchants of London trading for France employed many English vessels and mariners and that during the late disorders numbers of Frenchmen are come into the City, who by degrees have almost engrossed the whole export trade and yet no entries or very rare ones appear at the Custom-house in their names, which persons employ French vessels and mariners and refuse to lade goods in English ships by reason whereof the petitioners and other mariners are almost ruined, and therefore praying redress of these evils, either by stinting the number of foreigners and incorporating the English merchants trading to France, which they conceive to be the speediest and most effectual means, or by some other means. [Ibid. No. 27.]
George Strode to the King. Petition for the place of a surveyor or landwaiter. Was a great sufferer by the rebellion in Ireland and served as lieutenant under the Marquess of Ormonde (created a Duke March, 1661) in the siege of Drogheda and three years after without pay, and contributed largely to the relief of that garrison and prevented the treachery intended against it. Was compelled by Col. Jones to leave Ireland for Flanders where he continued till the necessities of his family forced him to return to England. Shall be ready to discover actings for customs and excise in the port of London which if prevented will advance the revenue to near 10,000l. per annum. [Ibid. No. 28.] Annexed,
The Marquess of Ormonde to George, Lord Digby, Secretary of State. We are in a great part beholding to this gentleman, George Strode, for the discovery and prevention of the treachery intended against Drogheda. His service has been a greater charge and trouble than I am able for the present to recompense. I therefore desire that some fitting reward and all possible encouragement be afforded him. Feb. 26, 1644[–5]. Dublin Castle. [Copy. Ibid. No. 28 i.]
Jane Pening, widow, to the King. Petition for a pension. Her husband, Thomas Pening, serjeant of the Ewery, served his Majesty 28 years and died soon after the restoration leaving her and five children without subsistence. She was granted liberty to dispose of the said place, her husband having purchased it, of which she had no benefit. Great arrears are due for his salary and the petitioner served the King's sister, the Princess Henrietta Maria (sic) (who became Duchess of Orleans in March, 1660–1). [Ibid. No. 29.]
List of pretenders for standing troops in Ireland. (Calendared in Cal. S.P. Ireland, 1660–62, p. 159.) [S.P. Ireland, Car. II. 349, No. 3.]
Henry Lester to the King. Petition for an order that he should be Governor of Kinsale or Youghal. Has for sixteen years served the late and present Kings and received many desperate wounds and imprisonments, was plundered of an estate worth 6,000l. and forced to sell his real estate worth 200l. per annum. Was granted a place in the custom-house at Bristol, but it was disposed of before. Noted, as recommended by Lady Capel, Sir John Stawell, Sir George Norton and Hugh Smith. (See Cal. S.P. Dom., 1660–61, p. 47.) [Ibid. No. 4.]
Warrant addressed to "right trusty and entirely beloved cousin and counsellor (? the Duke of Albemarle) and right trusty and well loved counsellor (? Lord Robartes)" for a grant of the chief remembrancership of the Court of Exchequer in Ireland to Richard Kennedy and Thomas Kennedy and the longer liver of them during good behaviour. [2 pages. Draft. S.P. Ireland, Car. II. 349, No. 5.]
List of the treasurers, collectors, solicitors and commissioners for sequestrations in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely and Cornwall. [S.P. Supplementary 134, No. 27.]
[1660] Account of Thomas Cole, collector of the monthly taxations in the hundreds of Broxton and Eddisbury, Cheshire for the three years' tax from 24 June, 1659, to 24 June, 1660. [Ibid. No. 28.]
Account of bills to chirurgeons and other officers of ships, the earliest being 20 July, 1652, and the latest 5 June, 1660. [4 pages. Ibid. No. 29.]
Book of the value of the estates of the inhabitants of Poltimore and tithing of Westcliff, Devon, according to the Act for disbanding the soldiers, 1660. Total amount assessed, 44l. 17s. 6d. [Ibid. No. 30.]
Similar book of Hitchley (? Hittisleigh) parish amounting to 5l. 15s. 10d. made 29 Sept., 1660. Subscribed by the same persons as the last document. [Ibid. No. 31.]
Certificate of the persons written forth in the summons of greenwax to the Sheriff of —— for the year ended Michaelmas, 1660. [Much damaged. Ibid. No. 32.]
Note of 70,000l. assessment commencing 24 June, 1660, for three months. [Ibid. No. 33.]
Note of payments to Peter Pett and others on account of a ship. [Ibid. No. 34.]
Note of the assessment for three months from 24 June, 1660. [Ibid. No. 35.]
Cover endorsed "The letters, orders and acquittances for the 12 months' assessment from 24 June, 1659, to 24 June, 1660." On the back is a fragment of a letter dated 16 July, 1659, desiring some one to pay 7,596l. 17s. charged on some county for the use of the army. [Ibid. No. 36.]
"An account of the three months' assessment commencing 24 June, 1660." This gives in columns the names of the receivers general for each county, the names of the counties, the sum chargeable on each by the month, the total of the three months, what was received by Sir Thomas Player, what was received by Nelthorp and Lawson by assignments to them by Sir Thomas, the total received, the arrears, the salary for collectors, etc., and the net arrears. For all England and Wales the three months' assessment amounted to 209,359l. 10s. Received by Sir T. Player, 155,422l. 2s., by Nelthorp and Lawson 47,047l. 4s. 6d., making total receipts 202,469l. 6s. 6d. The arrears were 6,890l. 3s. 6d. and deducting salaries of 3,474l. 19s. 7½d. the net arrears were 3,415l. 3s. 8½d. The heaviest net arrear in any county was in Anglesey, 322l. 13s. 4d. out of a total assessment for three months of 407l. 3s. [S.P. Supplementary 138, No. 13.]
A large bundle of accounts and correspondence of Sir John Cutler, receiver for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, and William Chislett, deputy auditor, with some similar papers. The following seem worth noticing:—
Nov. 3.
Certificate by John Greasley and Francis Hughson and ten inhabitants of the parish of Stapleford, Notts., that they have chosen John Woolly for their vicar, who has officiated according to the orders and ceremonies of the Church of England, for which he and his predecessors have heretofore usually received from the auditor sitting at Nottingham 4 marks yearly. With note that Mr. Woolly has officiated for the last two years.
Memorandum that Richard Taylor will give for coalpits in the manor of Eckington 8l. and that three copyholders of the said manor dig coals in their own lands. which is a hindrance to his Majesty's leasing the other pits.
1660[-1] March 1. The Duke of Newcastle to Thomas Foss, Woodward General of Sherwood Forest. The verderers of Sherwood Forest having certified that there is due to Robert Westbrooke, clerk of the Forest Court, six fee trees for the execution of that office, he being allowed two every year and being the last three years behind, authorizing him to set out and deliver him the said six trees in some of the woods in his charge, provided they be taken away before the next Swanimote Court.
Oct. 8.
The Duke of Newcastle to Deputy Auditor Chislett. The late times have left us in such disorder that there has not been so punctual an observance of the discharge of the rents due to his Majesty from me as there ought to have been, but I have now ordered this bearer to attend you for settling all that concern me. You must not take it unkindly that you have not a fee hind sent you this audit, for there is a general restraint with an intention to replenish the forest and if I or any officer of the forest were allowed any you should not be denied, but, when the bucks are in season, I shall most willingly afford you one out of my small store when you require it. [S.P. Supplementary 133, Bundle 1.]