Charles II: June 1664

Pages 103-107

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

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June 1664

June 1. Account of the caulkers that went to Portsmouth that day on his Majesty's service. [Ibid. No. 137.]
June 7.
Instructions for Col. John Fitz-Gerald, going to Tangier as lieut.-governor. 1. You are to take with you copies of the late Earl of Teviot's commission and instructions of 27 April and 21 Dec., 1663, for the government of Tangier and command of the forces there till we dispose of the government otherwise and direct yourself thereby except as varied by these instructions.
2. You shall embark with the men, arms, etc., now ready at Portsmouth for the recruit of that place in the ship appointed by the Duke of York.
3. On arrival you are to take a perfect survey and review of the men, provisions and arms and all other things relating to the garrison with the assistance of Col. Bullen Reymes and by him give us an account thereof.
4. You are to take particular notice of the 4th, 5th and 6th articles of the said instructions of 27 April, viz., concerning the proclamation declaring Tangier a free port, the administration of justice and the worship of God.
5. As for what relates to exportation and importation of goods, restraint of trade with Tetuan and Sallee, making peace or war with Gayland or anything of the like nature, we cannot well prescribe rules at present for want of necessary information and therefore leave you full power to act according to the best of your understanding what shall be most for our service and the benefit of the place, keeping correspondence with the Saint and other potentates there, and on any offer for the surrender of the castle of Sallee you shall govern yourself according to the instructions already or hereafter given you.
6. You shall be very careful in seeing the peace with Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli maintained but be wary of doing or suffering any thing to be done in favour of the Turkish government to the offence and scandal of our Christian allies and confederates, remembering always that the said peace is to be observed so far only as you shall understand they have given Sir John Lawson satisfaction in the present dispute with them.
7. As to the directions we gave for making an estimate and valuation of the houses in Tangier, you shall direct yourself by the instruction and commission we shall give, remembering that the garrison is first to be provided for and that the houses bought by the Earl of Sandwich and some officers of his fleet and likewise the house of Simon Lopez de Mendoza granted to the Earl of Peterborough be reserved to them and that no more strangers be suffered to inhabit there than will consist with the security of the place; especially you must have a watchful eye over the Jews, if you suffer any. As for the Portuguese, no cause being given by them to make you jealous of their fidelity, you are to give them a more avowed encouragement, preserving those that are of any religious order in all the privileges and immunities promised them by the first articles but not suffering new ones to be admitted in the place of those dying nor making any scruple of ejecting those yet living if you find them tampering or guilty of any dangerous correspondence nor allowing them nor the Roman Catholics there the use of any of the churches more than what shall be requisite to the proportion of their number.
8. Having mustered and reviewed the remaining soldiers, you shall as before put them into two foot regiments to be commanded by yourself and Col. Norwood, allotting nine companies to your regiment and eight to his, each of 100 men, besides officers. The two companies of horse to be commanded by Sir Tobias Bridge, from whom you are to receive a more express account of the condition of the garrison, delivering him our letter and thanking him in our name for his care on the Earl of Teviot's loss and availing yourself of his advice and assistance, we having a very particular esteem for him. We think it needless to repeat the same of Col. Norwood. You shall generally confirm the officers appointed by Sir T. Bridge, if you find them fit, keeping entire the two companies from Portsmouth with their own officers and disposing of the rest of the recruits into the companies now at Tangier as you shall see cause, abolishing as much as you can that national distinction of English, Irish and Scotch.
9. In making the review of the men, stores and provisions of all kinds you are to call to your assistance Col. Bullen Reymes, with whose assistance, joining therein Col. Norwood, Sir T. Bridge, Hugh Cholmley and Capt. Simon Hewet or any three of them you are likewise to examine all the Earl of Teviot's papers relating to the garrison.
10. You shall dispose of the 14,000l. as you have been directed by the Committee for Tangier, passing the piece of eight at 4s. 9d., not suffering any to be issued but by your orders, the like to be observed in the disposing of all stores, the profit of dead places to be added to the fund for contingencies.
11. We warn you by the unhappy example of what has lately happened there not to affect making inroads into the country nor extending the limits of the garrison further than you are secure of maintaining them, endeavouring only for the present to preserve the redoubts. You shall with special care promote all things conducing to the advance of the trade and commerce, intending principally the progress of the mole by encouraging those laborious therein and punishing those remiss and disobedient to their officers. You are to thank in our name all our officers and soldiers for their good behaviour in the actions with the Moors and their sober comportment after this last misfortune.
12. In any occasion of more than ordinary importance while the city shall want a governor and remain under your command you are to consult with Col. Norwood and Sir Tobias Bridge and also with Col. Bullen Reymes as long as he shall continue there. [5½ pages. Foreign Entry Book 174B, p. 34.]
June 8. Order by the King in Council exempting all the gunners and artificers belonging to the Tower from watching, warding, serving on juries or executing any other office civil or military, made on the petition of the Ordnance Officers, which set forth that contrary to their ancient privileges sundry of their ministers and artificers have been troubled by the imposition of sundry offices and have been threatened with imprisonment by the Lord Mayor and Aldermen and fined if they refused. [On parchment. S.P. Dom., Car. II., Case G.]
June 9. Report by the three City Surveyors that they have viewed a brick wall, part at the East and part at the North side of the Navy Office garden, and find an ancient porch belonging to the Navy Office built wholly on and of the same materials and built at the same time as the wall and find another ancient brick wall belonging to the Earl of Rivers, which butts on the East side of the said wall and is not bonded into it, so it is evident they were not built at the same time, and find the wall towards the North extending westward from the said wall on the East and find a certain brick building belonging to the Navy Office built more lately which stands ranged with the North side of the said wall, for all which reasons they conceive that the said wall belongs to his Majesty; yet they find that the said Earl or his tenants have built several houses a small distance from the East end of the said wall and left yards between them and the said wall, which yards are raised against the said wall with earth about 8 feet high, by reason whereof the wall overhangs towards the Navy Office garden to the endangering of all walking that way, and they have also built sheds and houses of office against the said wall. [S.P. Supplementary 136, No. 138.]
June 9.
Instructions to Col. Bullen Reymes going to Tangier. When arrived you are with the advice and assistance of Col. FitzGerald, Col. Norwood, Sir Tobias Bridge, Hugh Cholmley and Capt. Simon Hewet or any three of them or by that of the governor, if we name one during your abode there, to take a full view of the condition of the city and garrison with relation both to the civil and military part thereof and by letter or in person give us a full account, viz., of the effective numbers of horse and foot, whereof you shall cause an exact muster to be made at your arrival and departure, and of their arrears. You shall likewise inspect the provisions and stores of all kinds and view the progress of the building of the mole and encourage the finishing of it and represent to us all the impediments thereto. Also you shall view the works and fortifications outside the town, and you shall enable yourself to represent to us the state and condition of the houses, how they are at present possessed, by what rates, and what may be further ordered therein for the advantage of the place. You shall demand a view of all papers relating to all these things left by the Earl of Teviot with that respect and good manners to the Countess, if she remain there, as is due to her quality and the wife of one we had that value for which you are to express to her. You shall expressly inform yourself of the disposition of Gayland and other neighbouring potentates towards a further peace or truce with the advantages or disadvantages thereof and you shall return to give us an account with all convenient speed. [1½ pages. Foreign Entry Book 174B, p. 32.]
June 13. Instructions for Lord Culpeper, Captain and Governor of the Isle of Wight. (Calendared in Cal. S.P. Dom., 1663–64, p. 616.) [5 pages. Ibid. p. 37.]
June 15. Bill for rope sold by Edward Wood and Co. to Sir William Rider and delivered by his order into the King's stores. [S.P. Supplementary 136, No. 139.]
June 16. List of ropemakers pressed by Peter Russell to be sent to Portsmouth ropeyard. [Ibid. No. 140.]
June 17–29. Receipts by several persons for sums paid them by the direction of the Attorney General for attending the judges on the Northern circuit. [Very much damaged. S.P. Supplementary 134, No. 337.]
June 22. Account of men borne on seven ships at Woolwich whose works are now finished. [S.P. Supplementary 136, No. 141.]
June 23. Sir W. Batten's account of the masts at Chatham, Portsmouth, Deptford and Woolwich on the last survey in March. [Ibid. No. 142.]
June 25. List of men pressed by Peter Russell, master of the Woolwich Ropeyard, for Chatham. [Ibid. No. 143.]
June 29. List of ropemakers pressed by Russell for Portsmouth [Ibid. No. 144.]
[June 30.] The King to the Earl of St. Albans, Governor of Jersey. Draft of the letter to Lord Hatton, Governor of Guernsey, calendared in Cal. S.P. Dom., 1670, p. 693, addressed by mistake to the Governor of Jersey. [S.P. Channel Islands 1, No. 143.]
June. Note of abatements on Mr. Mitchell's bill for bewpers. [S.P. Supplementary 136, No. 145.]