Addenda: 1674-9

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1678 With Addenda, 1674-9. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1913.

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The Following Documents, Which Though Dated Were Misplaced And Consequently Not Calendared Under Their Proper Dates, Or Are Undated, Fall Within The Time When Sir J. Williamson was secretary, i.e. From 16 Sept., 1674, To 7 Feb., 1678–9.
Jan. 4. Dr. Bentham to Williamson. As I most heartily rejoice in your deserved greatness, so I really confide in your wonted goodness. My son, who was a King's scholar at Westminster and now is a scholar of Peterhouse, has a great ambition to serve you in any employment and in order thereto resolves, so soon as he is complete B.A., to endeavour to be master of the French tongue and also desires to be Fellow of that house. We both therefore entreat you to recommend him to Dr. Beaumont, Master of Peterhouse, who this month waits his course at Whitehall as chaplain to the King. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 408, No. 158.]
June 19.
Anthony Thorold to Williamson. On account of the fires we have had of late in these parts as well as at London viz., at Blandford and the last at Maiden Newton the 14th instant, where about the same number of houses were burnt as at Blandford, namely 21 or 22, with the rumours that some evil-spirited people design to burn most of the considerable towns in England, our mayor and magistrates have ordered a considerable watch every night, three or four times the ordinary number, with a captain over them. Last night, though I came home but two nights before, they appointed me captain, which I the rather accepted to see their manner and also to satisfy the people as much as I might that these stories are carried on by the parties disaffected to the government.
Some of our greatest ships went to sea last Saturday night for Newfoundland and Spain, having gained their passes according to the late proclamation. Misdated 1679, but endorsed as read again by the Lords 27 June, 1676. [Ibid. No. 159.]
Aug. 15.
Laurence Womock to Williamson. Knowing your great kindness for my friend, the Bishop of Exeter, I present you with an occasion to gratify him with an addition to his small bishopric. One of the prebendaries of Bristol has a title to a parsonage in his lordship's diocese valued at more than 300l. per annum. This he designs (the intruder by forged orders removed) for his son, who has an estate in Suffolk, where he resides. This being near a parsonage in my possession, both father and son desire an exchange with me. The distance makes the place inconvenient for me, but the Bishop may very well hold it in commendam and procure something else of as good advantage for me. I acquainted his lordship, when he was leaving London, who told me he would inquire after it at his visitation about the middle of August and do all he could in it. If the King be not pre-engaged, an opportunity is now offered, if you think fit, for accomplishment of this design by the weakness of the Dean of Ely, whose recovery his physicians tell me they have no hopes of. But, as I must lose my prebend in that church as well as part with my parsonage, it would be to my disadvantage, if I should change for the single deanery, but, might I obtain with it the donative of Gidney, which the Dean likewise has, I should embrace the exchange with great satisfaction. This, I doubt not, will be very acceptable to his lordship and, the distance being great, I apprehend the best and shortest course to serve him will be by this address to you. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 408, No. 160.]
Sept. 11 and 12 and Oct. 19.
Sir J. Williamson to Lord Hatton, the Bayliffs and Jurats of Guernsey, and to Lord Hatton, the last enclosing the deposition of William Priaulx. [All calendared in S.P. Dom., Car. II., 1677–78, pp. 350, 354, 407, 408. 4 pages. Copies. Ibid. No. 161.]
Sept. 28. Sir John Bennet to Williamson. Desiring his recommendation of the bearer, his cousin Portington, to the Bishop of Lincoln for an employment now vacant under him. [Ibid. No. 162.]
Petitions All Addressed To Williamson As Secretary Of State Unless Otherwise Stated.
[1674–1679.] Anonymous to the King. He is in the greatest misery in which a person of his condition can be, the 100 pieces given him by his Majesty not sufficing to pay debts incurred during the 5 months he was waiting for them, much less to take him to the Baths though very ill. He implores money to pay his debts and take him back to Vienna, and will ask no more, though he spent 12,000 florins in 12 years for his Majesty's service and to relieve his servants in Flanders, and had been sentenced to be hanged for having rendered services to the late King. [French. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 408, No. 163.]
The same to "Milord Williamson" to the same effect. [Ibid. No. 164.]
Susan Barrat. For the release of Jane Thornton from Bridewell, where she is starving, who served her honestly and faithfully 5 years, with attestations of several other persons, who have employed her, of her honesty. [Ibid. No. 165.]
Susanna, widow of Henry Bond, to the King. For the continuance of the benevolence to her late husband, which he lived but a short time to enjoy. [Ibid. No. 166.]
Duplicate of the above addressed to Secretary Williamson.
With certificate of her poverty by Alexander Henderson, curate, and William Bayley and John Shaw, churchwardens. [Ibid. No. 167.]
Mary Bryan. For a contribution towards the cure of her hand, put out of joint by a fall, so that she cannot earn her livelihood. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 408, No. 168.]
Mary Collier, daughter of the late Sir Thomas Lunsford, and widow of Thomas Collier, a member of the City of London and of the Brewers' Company, who left her about two years ago with three children. For admission for her son Richard, now nine years old, into Christ's Hospital or Sutton's Hospital. With certificate by Edward Stillingfleet and four others of the truth of the petition. [Ibid. No. 169.]
Anna de Karpff, widow, Baroness de Dewitz. She has been waiting in misery seven years here for payment of 90,000l. lent or disbursed by her father and husband for the King, in whose service her father and brother died whilst transporting men to Scotland. She asks only for an annuity, a place in Court, or what his Majesty shall think fit, having received only 100l. in spite of many promises. [Ibid. No. 170.]
Edmund Everard to Sir Joseph Williams (sic) Secretary of State. He lately discovered to him the heinous treason of Bethel, an inveterate fanatic, without mention of reward, but having since hit on his Majesty's late declaration assigning a gracious reward to such discoverers, he begs an order on the Lord Treasurer to receive out of hand the sum therein allotted. [Ibid. No. 171.]
John Ferrars. For the meanest employment in his service; having served during the wars against the Dutch, in which service he applied his genius to writing and accounts. [Elaborately flourished. Ibid. No. 172.]
Henry Francklin. For assistance to become a scholar in Sutton's Hospital. [Ibid. No. 173.]
Jacob Hall. For his mediation with the Clothworkers' Company to pay him 16l. due for service on Lord Mayor's day, but which they refuse to pay, because it is attached in the Wardens' hands. [Ibid. No. 174.]
Baldwin Hodges of Oxford. For an employment, or any other competent means of support, having fallen into great losses by trusting and otherwise, and knowing his tenderness towards the inhabitants of Oxford. [Ibid. No. 175.]
Richard Hodgson. For the place of porter at his gate; was for some time servant to his brother, George Williamson, at Bridekirk.
With certificate by William Orfeur and Thomas Bibby in favour of the petitioner. [Ibid. No. 176.]
John Wickham, late messenger of the great chamber in ordinary. To mediate for his re-admission to the next vacancy of a messenger's place, having incurred unwittingly his Majesty's high displeasure even to the loss of his employment, though he has spent the best part of his life in the service of the late and present Kings. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 408, No. 177.] Annexed,
Case of John Wickham. Was a cornet in the late King's service; has performed important services in discovering and apprehending traitors, as Hugh Peters, Gibbs, and Twin, a printer; seized in Gloucester great boxes of a treasonable book called Mene Tekel, and has often hazarded his life among persons of desperate principles; has fallen into his Majesty's insupportable displeasure, as charged with unfaithfulness or remissness, in not searching a private ledge in Joseph Browne's house for discovery of seditious pamphlets, which was from his distraction for fear of the prisoner's escape as there were several back doors; notwithstanding which he took him to the Tower, seized his book and a catalogue of libels used at his trial, which were very material evidence towards proving his treasonable and seditious practices: begs re-admission to the messenger's place next vacant. [See S.P. Dom., 1676–77, pp. 5, 233. Ibid. No. 177 i.]
[1674–1679.] Ten Loyal and Indigent Officers' Widows. For some small relief to keep them from starving, having lost the allowance to their husbands from the Royal Oak lottery, and being deprived of the money they hoped for from Sir John Bennett. [Ibid. No. 178.]
Nathaniel Williamson. For some employment, his father, a true loyal divine, having been so oppressed by the late usurpers, that he could not leave his children well provided for. [Ibid. No. 179.]
Thomas Williamson. For deliverance from his creditor, John Wright, at the Three Crowns, Strand, to whom he has offered to pay 15l. yearly from his salary towards his debt to him of 50l., but he has sued him to an execution and thus increased the debt to 80l. He dares not go to his employment for fear of arrest. [Ibid. No. 180.]
Dr. Lancelot Addison to Williamson. I am just informed that Dr. Lambert, archdeacon, prebendary and canon of Salisbury, lies in extremis, by whose death the above places will be vacant. I formerly applied to the Bishop on the same account, who confesses he has not kept touch with me, and I am afraid never will, unless prevailed on by you in the King's name. I am very sure his Majesty has declared his resolution to speak to the Bishop on my behalf. If you would write to him in the King's name and let the King know it is the same person for whom Col. Norwood spoke to him, it would have a good effect. [Ibid. No. 181.]
Isaac Banister to Williamson. Had expected to spend his life or at any rate some time at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took his bachelor's degree [in 1674], but fortune prevented him and having come up to town, and found no occupation, desires recommendation as a tutor in a private family or a school. Dr. Gale, Head Master of St. Paul's, can give him further information about him. [Latin. S.P. Dom., Car. II. 408, No. 182.]
Joshua Bowes to Secretary Williamson. Presuming to present him with this piece of penwork. (On the back is a memorandum by Williamson about the appointment of a sheriff.) [Ibid. No. 183.] Enclosed,
The said piece of penwork, being some verses in praise of Williamson surrounded by a border of mermen, tritons riding on fishes &c. with a thistle and two tulips at the bottom. [Ibid. No. 183 i.]
[1676 ?] John, Bishop of Oxford, to Williamson. Mr. Benlowes, whom I take to be the most helpless creature in the world, was exceedingly surprised at the unexpected relief you sent him and confessed that 4s. was then his whole stock, yet seems as little disturbed as if he were master of the Indies. Probably you may have an heroical epistle, for poetry sticks as close to him, now he is well nigh fourscore, as his poverty does. To be a poor knight of Windsor would be a very acceptable as well as necessary provision for him, for, though one in his condition ought not to be a chooser, I perceive he has no kindness for London and had rather hazard starving in the country than live there.
The Principal of Brasenose tells me you asked for some copies of our proposals. I enclose some with my humblest thanks for your great kindness and patronage to our affair. (See S.P. Dom., 1676–7, p. 139.) [Ibid. No. 184.] Enclosed,
Proposal on the part of the undertakers of the Press at Oxford that, seeing they are able to print considerable works, they have made preparation for several, as the Coptic gospels and liturgies, the Saxon homilies and liturgie &c. but the booksellers not forwarding the sale of their works, they cannot support the charge of such an undertaking. They therefore propose to print any work of any subject or language, with a translation and illustrated by notes, on assurance that 500 copies will be taken off. They would begin with St. Cyprian for the Latin Fathers and for the Greek in one volume St. Clement, Ignatius, Polycarp, Athenagoras, Tatian, Justin Martyr, as soon as they shall understand the said books or either of them or any other will be acceptable to the before mentioned number. [Printed. Ibid. No. 184 i.]
[1674–1679.] Austine Freezer to Secretary Williamson. Requesting to be put into a condition again to serve his country, his King and the church; was chaplain three years to the late Resident in Germany, and served on board the Greenwich in the last Holland war. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 408, No. 185.]
Richard Kirkby to Secretary Williamson. Requesting that any favour intended for himself or family may be disposed of to his son-in-law, Edward Leigh, of Bloomsbury. [Ibid. No. 186.]
Robert Richbell to Secretary Williamson. Requesting his interest for a brother of Sir Edward Worsley, a man of experience and honesty, who petitions the Royal African Company for employment at Cape Coast, Guinea. [Ibid. No. 187.]
Elizabeth, widow of Sir William Throckmorton, to Secretary Williamson. I am much afflicted you so much mistook me, when I begged you to be my friend to his Majesty in giving my nephew a company and he would allow me 100l. a year as long as he and I lived. This is still my humble suit to you and Mr. Coventry. I have fasted often and will do so still rather than undervalue my dearest dear or my own good family, but I hoped the 300l. pension might have procured me this request of his Majesty by your words. I have been very ill, else I would have waited on you at my Lord Bishop's. [Ibid. No. 188.] Perhaps annexed,
Memorandum from Lady Throckmorton that nine years ago, when she was left a widow, the King promised her a pension of 300l. a year, but as yet she has received nothing: but being ordered to find out some thing for herself, begs for a friend, trained in arms, and who has studied fortification, the reversion of the first company that falls in. (Nine years must be a mistake if this document is correctly placed here, for Sir William was alive in 1672. See S.P. Dom., Car. II. 1671–2, p. 406.) [Ibid. No. 188 i.]
Cover of a letter addressed to Williamson as Secretary of State. [Ibid. No. 189.]
List of the persons brought over in the French and Flanders packet-boats by his Majesty's commands received from Sir J. Williamson, Secretary of State, being 961 from Nieuport and 258 from Calais, costing 109l. [Ibid. No. 190.]
April 27.
Order from Williamson to the postmasters on the road to London to give all due dispatch to whatever letters or packets come or go to or from the Court while his Majesty shall be at Newmarket. [Ibid. No. 191.]
Memorandum for Williamson of the measurements of the Swan, Sarah and Supply of Workington, freighted out to the King. [Ibid. No. 192.]
Alphabetical list of poor watermen and others, whose livelihood depended on the river, to whom his Majesty's donation of 100l. was distributed, in coals, bread and money to repair their boats, split in the last great frost, by Dr. Richard Martin, minister, and the churchwardens of St. Saviour's, Southwark. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 408, No. 193.]
Lists of poor watermen and others, to whom the gifts of Lord Arlington, Lord Chamberlain, of 5l. 7s. 6d., of Secretary Coventry of 5l. 7s. 6d., and of Secretary Williamson of 5l. in the time of the last frost were distributed by the same. [Ibid. Nos. 194–196.]
Affidavit sent to Secretary Williamson by Samuel Hornigold, master of the St. Peter of London, that on 4 April last, he was challenged by a Dunkirk man of war on the Dogger bank, which fired on him, and ordered him to strike, and on his refusal the captain sent men on board who cut down his main and foretopsail halyards, beat him and wounded him with a cutlass and forced him on board their ship, and robbed him and his crew. [2 pages. Copy. Ibid. No. 197.]
Note on a sheet of paper addressed to Secretary Williamson that what is desired is to inquire if Lieut.-General Leucker (?) knows any thing of what hangings Cromwell had of the Duke of Hamilton's and what he paid for them. [Ibid. No. 198.]
"A Transcendent Spiritual Treatise, upon several heavenly doctrines, from the holy spirit of the man Jesus, the only true God, sent unto all his elect as a token of his eternal love unto them, by the hand of his own prophet, being his last messenger and witness and forerunner of the visible appearing of the distinct personal God in power and great glory, in the clouds of heaven, with his ten thousands of personal Saints, to separate between the elect world and the reprobate world to all eternity.
John Reeve and Lodowick Muggleton, the two last witnesses and true prophets of the man Jesus, the only lord of life and glory, sent by his holy Spirit to seal the foreheads of the elect and the foreheads of the reprobate, with the eternal seals of life and death, and suddenly, after we have delivered this dreadful message, this God the man Jesus will visibly appear to bear witness whether he sent us or not: ye that are the blessed shall patiently wait for the truth of this thing. If any of the elect desire to speak with us concerning any thing written in this treatise, they may hear of us in Great Trinity Lane, at a chandler's shop, against one Mr. Millis, a brown baker, near the lower end of Bow Lane." [Printed, with MS. note of its being seized at Muggleton's house by the Wardens of the Stationers' Company and sent to Secretary Williamson. 48 pages. S.P. Dom., Car. II. Case G.]
Anagram in Latin verse, addressed by Andrew Schultzins to Sir Joseph Williamson, Secretary of State, lauding his virtues, patriotism, &c. [Ibid.]
William Gregory to Sir Joseph Williamson. Desiring the Lord Chamberlain's warrant to be sworn in the reversion of Capt. Thomas Bates' place or places according to a patent to him dated 9 Jan., 1660[–1] and to have his Majesty's hand to the privy seal or signet to entitle him to the said reversion. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 408, No. 199.]
Joseph Idzikowski, a Pole, formerly of the order of friar preachers, who has lost his fortune by his change of religion, to Sir Joseph Williamson. Entreating his help to redeem his clothes and books which are pawned and also to publish his controversial work against the Popes. He can produce testimonials of good conduct. [Latin. Ibid. No. 200.]
Receipt by Robert Benett for an express from Sir J. Williamson, for the Duke of Lauderdale, at Bath, to be forwarded in the Bath bag to Maidenhead. [Ibid. No. 201.]
[After 1676.] Proposal of Dr. Chamberlain to prevent the loss of 2,100 or more children yearly, who are calculated to be destroyed at birth by want of medical aid, by confiding his particular secret to 2 or more discreet persons in each county of England and Wales: the King being supposed to lose 10l. by the loss of each subject and the public 100 times as much. Endorsed by Williamson, "Dr. Chamberlain." [Ibid. No. 202.]
[1675 ?] Paper in Williamson's hand endorsed "State of the Revenue.":—
Receipt of the ordinary revenue (1,358,000) for 2 years 2,716,000
More of the tax of 1,200,000 1,200,000
Advance on the Excise 215,000
Advance on the Hearth Money 125,000
Arrears of old taxes, about 10,000
Sales of Fee Farms 106,000
Queen's portion 8,600
Coinage duty 26,000
Dutch money 40,000
Prize goods 76,000
4,513,600l. (sic)
N.B.—The French money lies on Mr. Chiffinch. 85,000l. to the Navy, query the rest. (As the 76,000l. for prize goods is entered in Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. IV., p. xx, as received between Michaelmas, 1673, and Easter, 1674, and the 85,000l. to the Navy as received between July '73 and Dec. '74, and the Dutch money was paid after the conclusion of peace in Feb., 1674, the date of this paper is probably 1675.) [Ibid. No. 203.]
Another paper in Williamson's hand (probably relating to the same two years):—
Received in the two years 4,238,749 13
290,899 19 03/8
Total of Lord Treasurer's charge 4,529,649 12 07/8l.
290,899 19 33/8
811,213 5 0
3,424,832 19 0
Total of discharge 4,526,945 13 33/8l. (sic)
How the two foot of the receipts come to differ ? Why we cannot keep within the 900,000l. &c. ? Sir W[illiam] C[oventry's] reducement.
The same pensions (?) reckoned in secret service and in open services.
The Treasurer of the Navy's account differs from the Lord Treasurer's:—
The Lord Treasurer's was for two year's Navy
The ordinary revenue 600,000
Item by the general tax 1,200,000
In all 1,800,000l.
Yet the Treasurer of the Navy discharges but 1,582,000l. &c.
The Ordnance.—The Master says 14,000l. due which should have been paid long since. Fees and salaries, pensions of grace, secret service very high. Query the particulars &c. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 408, No. 204.]
[1674–1679.] —to [? Williamson]. Regretting that he has been so unfortunate as to gain his Honour's displeasure, and promising, if admitted into his favour again, he will earnestly endeavour to perform his commands either in the Paper Office, or in his other office. [Ibid. No. 205.]
Minute of an order to Sir Thomas Chicheley to supply the several castles, forts and garrisons of England with 40 rounds of powder, shot and other stores proportionable and to keep them so supplied. [In Williamson's hand. Ibid. No. 206.]
Warrant to the sheriffs of London and Middlesex for the discharge of William Smith, now in their custody, who at the Old Bailey sessions held 12 Dec. last was found guilty of the manslaughter of John Fisher and was punished according to the judgment of that Court, after which punishment the Court ordered him to be kept in their custody for three months without bail and then to find surety for his good behaviour. [Draft partly in Williamson's hand. Ibid. No. 207.]
Memorandum by Williamson that the Archbishop of Canterbury is to appoint Lent preachers before the King. The dispute at present seems to be between the Lord Chamberlain and the Dean of the Chapel, which ought to appoint them. The question was very much agitated between Lord Arlington and Dr. Compton, Bishop of London and Dean of the Chapel, in which the first prevailed. Yet it may seem doubtful whether either ought, for there is an express authority in Antiquitates Britanniæ in Vita Warhami that the Archbishop appoints.
The passage in Eadmer, Historia Novorum, Lib. VI. about the Archbishop asserting his rights against the Bishop of Salisbury with reference to the second marriage of Henry I is also quoted. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 408, No. 208.]
[16744–1679.] Memorandum in Williamson's hand of declarations made in 1624 and 1625 by Kings James and Charles in favour of the English Roman Catholics. King James seems before the treaty of marriage with Spain to have passed a general pardon to all the Roman Catholics, which they were each to seek out in particular after the marriage. [Ibid. No. 209.]
Order from Sir J. Williamson to inquire for Capt. Bradnocke, a brewer near Bishopsgate, where he lives and where he now is. On the back,
Statement by Robert Ozley, messenger, that Capt. Thomas Bradnock was formerly ajedgient (? agent) to Mr. Pecock, a brewer in Half Moon Alley in Bishopsgate Street and has been gone from the brewhouse since about Christmas last. The writer has been informed that he is gone to near Canterbury, about an estate which he and his brother, Sir William Bradnock, are concerned in. His said brother dwells nigh Canterbury. He was a captain at Dunkirk. [Ibid. No. 210.]
Notes by Williamson, from the testimony of Tillett, Leslie and Cooke &c. relative to Tillett's goods, seized and carried away at Norwich and damaged. [Ibid. No. 211.]
Statement that a denizen of England is not enabled to inherit in England, whence it follows that no laws made in any other dominion by the King's governors, and no tenure of land therein can make a man inherit in England, who could not do so otherwise. With references to Lord Chief Justice Vaughan's reports, Calvin's Case, &c. Endorsed by Williamson, " King may make laws in the Plantations." [Ibid. No. 212.]
Intended dedication to [? Williamson] by Monsr. Pietat of one of his sermons, which is to be printed, giving a sketch of his life. He has been chosen by the Consistory of the great French church of London to fill the place of Monsr. Herault. Endorsed by Williamson, "Intended dedication of Monsr. Pietat's sermon." [French. Ibid. No. 213.]
The following papers by Thomas Barnes fall probably within the period of Williamson's secretaryship.
May 14. Friend.—Having more than ordinary confidence in your privacy, I briefly hint what is more largely talked of amongst friends, as if some reported that some of us in the North and West had some great design in hand to do very great and strange things, if not impossible, but great fears and doubts arise in many and hopes in others about it. I hope all will be wiser than to promote such things, of which, when I see you, I may tell you more. Some fear a great effect of a meeting to-morrow North and by East.
I earnestly desire to speak with you, if I may know the time and place.
The enclosed is a copy of what is frequently amongst us in these parts.
More are abroad and also notable lampoons, but as yet I have them not, but what comes to my hands that I may think of consequence shall be known to you. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 408, No. 214.]
I hope you will make the 5l. you promised to send 10l., for the person has been not only faithful, but at much cost, care and labour in the concern you know. The acquittance is not filled but left to you to put in the name and sum. [Ibid. No. 215.]
He that paid the 5l. to this bearer was very inquisitive, who it was for and where he lived, and constrained him to give a receipt for it with a name or two in it, that may prove detrimental to your concern, if divulged. Wherefore the person desires you to take that up and put what you will in the blank receipt you had sent at that time, and also entreats you to send word by the bearer how he may send to you by some other way, for that way of Mr. J. Hol[ford] of Taunton Dean he thinks not convenient for many reasons he may acquaint you with. [Ibid. No. 216.]
A figure was made by old astrological books 8 May, 1661, precisely at 10 a.m., just as the Speakers took their chairs at the first session of the Parliament and three general observations of what was like to succeed. If you have any fancy for astrological news, you may have it, for I am promised it of a friend that had it of the author. This is yet in very few hands. The observations, I am told, are notable. Some have also made figures of the late mock star and of the late eclipse of the sun and observations on it. If you have any desire to have them, I can procure them, but, they say, wise men rule the stars. [Ibid. No. 217.]
There is a great discourse of Francis Knevet, an old man living near Barnet, that has predicted several things formerly that have come to pass, as some sober friends report, as that the King would come again long before he did and sold sheep to be paid for at a certain rate on the King's return. He also foretold the burning of London some years before and also not many days before, and now, he having talked as if the French would invade us some time ago, some he had told it to upbraided him with it, on which he told one that he had a cow that he would not take under 5l. 10s. for now, yet, if that person would give him a bond for 7l. for that cow, when the English and French had a fight on Finchley Common, he should have her, on which the said neighbour gave him the bond for the 7l. and has the cow. This passes for a great truth and I am ready to believe this to be so. The man will not discourse this but with some he is very well acquainted with. [S.P. Dom., Car. II. 408, No. 217.]