Volume 11: September 1650

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1650. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1876.

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September 1650

Sept. 1. 1. Certificate by William Ryley, Norry king-at-arms, that Edw. Bysshe, Garter principal King-at-Arms of Englishmen, having by patent of 16 August 1650, assigned to Lady Alicia Dudley, daughter of Sir Thomas Legh, of Stoneley, county Warwick, Bart., the crest therein mentioned, and depicted,—viz., on a wreath argent and gules, two hands coupled at the wrist, proper, supporting a ducal coronet,— and finding also by an Act of Parliament, 21 James I., that Lady Dudley is declared to be a femme sole, he, at her request, ratifies the said arms. [Draft, 1 page.]
Sept. 2/12.
2. Sir Geo. Radcliffe to [Sec. Nicholas]. Sir John Berkley has gone to Paris, notwithstanding he met some of the Duke's servants, who told him of the Duke's intentions to come hither; but perhaps he may think the Duke reckons without his host. I believe there will be a strange endeavour to keep his Highness there, and want of money will be a powerful argument to persuade him. Meantime Lord Jermyn writes me in the Queen's name, desiring me very civilly to stay in these parts; for though I cannot do anything of moment for want of money, yet the Queen thinks it not decent that the jewels should be wholly abandoned; and to persuade me, they have written Mr. Webster to furnish me with some money. My Lord Jermyn says that other occasions may require my being here, but I do not know what he means. When I consider what conceits there are of a great person here, how he stands affected to our nation, what he persuaded the King in order to his going to Scotland, what he did to help or hinder Montrose, it staggers me a little whether I should wish my master here or not. I purpose waiting on you and Lord Hopton shortly, to ask your counsel in that and another particular concerning the Duke.
We have a Scotch resident here who knows the laws and people of this country (a very great advantage), but he seems not much versed in political affairs; time must bring on that. The printing of two papers of Scotch news which do not hold true makes men believe that the resident is one of those qui cito credunt. But he is to be pardoned for his zeal to the honour of his country. Mr. Rainsford is here still, and reserved enough for the time of his going for Scotland. W. Murray and Sir W. Fleming are not yet gone, yet seem to be ready; I cannot imagine what stays them. Fleming seems to be free with me, but I have little conversation with Murray.
Lady Anne Douglas got a good passage, and was landed at Montrose, and the ship has returned and brought no news. Lieut.-Col. Henderson says he stayed 20 hours, and reports that Cromwell lost 60 of his life guards (his brazen wall, as he calls them), whom Lesley refused to exchange, but put them to the sword. Mr. Attorney stays here yet, expecting to hear more out of Scotland. I was told that he was writing the Scotch news to you last week, which made me think that I should needlessly trouble you therewith. Mr. Weston promises to write all fully, yet because I know not what he writes, I shall tell you a word or two I had from Mr. O'Neale.
All the business in Scotland depends on Argyle; he fences to keep off Duke Hamilton. From thence comes that ill-favoured declaration which they forced on the King to sign; from thence also the disbanding of Hamilton's engagers, and other malignants. Hamilton petitioned the Kirk to be admitted to his penance, so humbly as the King said the meanest of his servants would not have made so low a petition to him, yet it was rejected; only the Duke has leave to go to his Isle of Arran. Lauderdale and others have done penance, and are reconciled to the Kirk, but they must also stay at home. Cleveland and Wentworth stay with my Lord Tilebarne [Tullibardine], expecting some money which was promised the King for his servants. Wilmot applies himself to Argyle, and hopes to be restored. Long is not likely to be admitted, as Argyle will not trust him. The King hopes to get Harding, but others doubt it.
Seymour was lately voted from the King, because he spoke against that part of the declaration which he thought touched the honour of the late King. He was several times examined by a committee about it, and he gave for his justification a message which he brought from the late King to this, when he, the King, went to his murder. Progers and Walker are amongst the banished. There were no new men actually placed near the King, but four were voted to be of his bedchamber, Titus, Greaves, Cambell, and another Scotchman. Rhodes and those about the stable stay still in their places, and so does Dr. Fraser, but he is watched, and dares not speak a word to the King. If the King can carry it so as to make Argyle confident of him, and if Argyle may believe he shall hold his power, the business may yet do well.
Cromwell must fight or be gone. His men eat nothing but bread and cheese, drink ill water, and lie on the ground without huts, which they will not long endure. He has probably lost 2,000 men in killed, wounded, and run away; 400 of his men came over to the Scots; they would not suffer them to stay in the army, but sent them into good quarters, under the command of Weldon. They are thinking of a model for an army to wait on the King into England, but Cromwell must be beaten or retire first. So much for Scotland.
Lord Strafford stayed at Calais, but two or three weeks ago, he went for England, and I have not heard from him since. Col. Blague is here, but I can tell you nothing of Sir Rich. Page or Mr. Coke.
All I hear out of Ireland is that the plague has made a horrid desolation there; 1,100 a week died in Dublin; Connaught is clear, and kept by Lord Clanricarde, who has a pretty army, and so has Castlehaven; but they have no means to hold them in a body three weeks together, but must quarter them abroad. Hugh O'Neile, (nephew of Owen, who defended Clonmel so gallantly), has gathered up 2,000 or 3,000 men, the relics of the Bishop of Clogher's army in Ulster, and is considerable to the enemy. On the other side, Ireton is weak in foot; only the Scots have now recruited him in Ulster, but he has 6,000 horse in several places. There was a talk that three regiments of the horse would be sent to England.
Mr. Barrow's wife lives at Feversham in Kent; he offered me, for my wife, to get a fisherman there that would bring her over without a pass. I have no means to keep my wife here, so I shall not make use of his courtesy; but if you please to command his service for your lady, he shall be at your disposal, as he is a very honest man. [2¾ pages.]
Sept. 2.
3. Robt. Coytmor to the Navy Commissioners. I wrote you a week since that Capt. Hosier, then in the river, should stay to convoy some provision vessels for the North; did you give him notice, and if he is not in the river, is there any ship of the State or merchant ship that can convoy those vessels? I believe Capt. Pury is ready to go to sea; write him to attend the committee. I enclose a letter from Capt. Hall about his want of provisions, and how the purser complains. [1 page.]
Sept. 3. Order in Parliament,—on report of the Council of State by Col. Jones, of a letter from the General, dated from the Leaguer at Collington, near Edinburgh, and another from John Rushworth from Mussleburgh Harbour,—that the said letters be referred to the Council of State, to take care of their desires and proposals, and do what they think fit, or report to the House. [I. 88, p. 39.]
Sept. 3. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
3. To write Sir Arthur Hesilrigge to take care that the rules laid down in the Act for charging horses upon the lands of any person be observed, there having been some disproportion used towards Mr. Heveningham in Cumberland, who is assessed two horses for 230l. a year.
4. The officers of the several militias to have some allowance for their days' muster and appearance.
6. The list of physic, surgery, clothing, &c., desired by the Lord General referred to the Irish Committee, who are to expedite the contracts.
7. The Irish Committee to send to the treasurers at Gurney House, to confer with them to-morrow 7 a.m. concerning the state of their cash.
10. The Admiralty Committee to discharge the Frenchmen taken prisoners by Capt. Mildmay.
11. Du Cane, taken by Capt. Mildmay, to be exchanged for Mr. Scutt, and the Generals of the fleet to be written to that effect.
12. To write the Commissioners of Customs to take care that fullers' earth and tobacco-pipe clay be not exported.
13. The answer to the Scotch paper to be considered to-morrow, and the other business put off until Friday. Mr. Strickland to have notice hereof.
14. The Council to be specially summoned to meet to-morrow.
15. To write Col. Desborow to give all encouragement to Mr Venning, who, by his ministry, has done much good in those parts.
16. Next Thursday appointed for receiving the report of the Committee of examinations, concerning Dr. Fleetwood, Mr. Sherborne, and others.
17. The letter concerning Portland Castle, from Lieut.-Col. Joyce, referred to the Ordnance Committee.
18. The business concerning the parts beyond sea to be considered next Friday.
19. To look out Barking's petition.
20. The collectors for prize goods to certify the matter of fact contained in the petition of John Johnson Bloem, and whether there be any cause for detention of the seamen.
21. To write the Governor of Hurst Castle, enclosing the paper of Mynheer Schaeph, and desire him to state whether the matter of fact therein is correct.
22. To write the Governor of Portsmouth that if the men taken out of the Dutch ship are Scotchmen, he is to discharge them.
23. The keeper of Newgate to certify the quality of W. Dodson, prisoner there, and the cause of his committal.
24. Mr. Cann to give such information as he can concerning the Gottenburg ships, to the collectors for prize goods.
25. To write the mayor and corporation of Hull that the salary due to Mr. Shaw is to be paid to him.
26. To write Col. Alured, thanking him for filling up his regiment, and to desire him to march with all expedition towards Sir Arthur Hesilrigge, who has both money and arms for him. [I. 9, pp. 57–60.]
Sept. 3. Admiralty Committee. Day's Proceedings.
That order be given by the Council of State to Robert Ginn, master of the Hope of London, Robert Mackie, of the Love's Increase, and Timothy Sweetman, of the Charles of Ipswich, ships freighted for carrying provisions to the Firth of Leith;—immediately after they are laden, to fall down to their convoy, and sail for their port with the first wind.
Also that order be given to the customs' officers to permit the said ships to pass free of customs.
That as it is desired that such as are willing to go and live in Ireland may transport from Bristol butter, cheese, malt, &c. for the subsistence of themselves and their families, paying the usual customs, order be given by Council to the officers of the custom house at Bristol to permit them to transport such commodities, they paying the usual duties. [I. 9, pp. 61–63.]
Sept. 3. Ordnance Committee. Day's Proceedings.
To request a Council warrant to the ordnance officers, to deliver 16 barrels of powder with match, to Col. Gibbon, for his foot regiment.
To request an imprest of 20l. to him, to provide 10 colours for his regiment. [I. 9, p. 65.]
Sept. 3. 4. Particulars of the proceedings at the funeral of Sir Paul Pindar, on 3 September 1650, giving the order of the procession from his house in Bishopsgate Street, to the parish church of St. Botolph's, Bishopsgate, and the names of the followers. [3 pages.]
Sept. 3/13. 5. [Name erased to Secretary Nicholas]. I was not suffered to go into Ireland, as being a great malignant, and so a person whom they could not confide in. All the letters, both yours and everybody else's, I thought it safer to burn than keep, lest by any sinister accident, some might have been lost, and so prove prejudicial to the writer. The first act the Scots did to welcome the King into their country was to vote away all the English from him, but the Duke of Buckingham and Harry Seymour; but at the same time, they voted money to carry the King's servants out of the kingdom, which not being provided at my coming away, many of them took that opportunity to stay still at court; but all the lords, secretary, and Dick Harding were dispersed in several parts of the country.
Upon Cromwell's advancing into Scotland, they raised an army considerable enough for numbers, being 17,000, and entrenched between Edinburgh and Leith. Upon Cromwell's near approaching, there were some few skirmishes of horse, without considerable loss of either side, except it be the death of Lambert, whom we believe to be killed; certainly he was very much hurt. Cromwell drew his whole army to the Scots' trenches, but did not think fit to assault them, and retreated to Mussleburgh, and there I left them.
The King was invited to the army, and received with great applause, but not suffered to stay there, for fear his power should grow too great; and therefore the godly divines thought fit to purge their army, and send away the wicked and profane, which were all those who had ever served the last King, preaching that God could not prosper them so long as those people remained amongst them; and so their army is lessened by at least 5,000.
The Assembly and Committee of Estates sent commissioners to the King with a declaration to sign, the heads of which were that he humbled himself before God for his father's opposition to the Covenant, by which so much blood of God's people had been spilt, and for the idolatry of his mother, the toleration of which in his house was a great provocation to God; that he should recall all his commissions, and declare all those who had served against the cause incapable of any command or office. The King refusing it, the commissioners left him with great indignation, and great disorder was like to arise; upon which my Lord of Argyle and the rest persuaded the King (making him believe sad consequences would follow) to write to this Assembly, desiring them to send back the commissioners, and he would give them all possible satisfaction, only entreating them to moderate that part concerning his father; but before this letter came to them, they had set out this declaration which I enclose. Upon the receipt of it, they stopped their treaty with Cromwell, and sent back their commissioners to the King, who, with much disputing and a little alteration, was at last forced to sign; and so they parted good friends. This I thought enough for me to see, and the next day I took my leave and came away, and in this condition I left the poor King, who has nothing of it but the name. [1½ page.] Enclosing,
5. i. Declaration of the Commissioners of the General Assembly that—considering there may be just ground of stumbling from the King's refusing to subscribe and emit the declaration offered to him by the Committee of Estates and Commissioners of the General Assembly, considering his former carriage and resolution for the future, in reference to the cause of God and the enemies and friends thereof —this kingdom does not espouse any malignant party, but fights merely in defence of the cause of God and the kingdom, as they have done these 12 years past; and therefore, as they disclaim all the sin of the King and of his house, so they will not own him nor his interest, otherwise than with subordination to God, and so far as he prosecutes the cause of God, and disclaims his and his father's opposition to the work of God and the Covenant; and that they will consider the papers lately sent them from Oliver Cromwell, and vindicate themselves from all the falsehoods contained therein, especially in those things wherein the quarrel between us and that party is misstated, as if we owned the late King's proceedings, and were resolved to maintain his present Majesty's interest, before and without acknowledgement of the sins of his house and former ways, and satisfaction to God's people in both kingdoms. With note by Thos. Henderson that the Committee of Estates, having considered the declaration of the Commissioners of the General Assembly, stating the quarrel whereupon the Army is to fight, approve and heartily concur therein.—West Kirk, Edinburgh, 13 and 14 August 1650. [Copy, 1 page.]
Sept. 4. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
2. John Hall to have a quarter's wages advanced, to enable him to go down to the north.
3. The letter concerning Mr. Venning to be signed and sent.
4. Col. Stapley, Mr. Bond, and Sir James Harrington to be a committee to consider the petition of [Thos.] Webb, prisoner in Newgate.
8. Edward Picks to be set at liberty, upon entering into his recognizance of 2,000l. to appear when summoned, and to be of good behaviour.
9. Thomas Bury to be porter in the place of Mr. Pinkham, with the same allowance.
10. The Lord President, Lord Commissioner Lisle, Sir Jas. Harrington, and Mr. Scott to be a committee to consider the declara tion read this day, and to bring in such amendments as they think fit.
11. The committee for examinations to bail or discharge Thomas Webb, prisoner in the Gatehouse, as they find his case deserves.
12. To send the late order of Council to Mr. Scott concerning two new posts, one bolt upright. [I. 9, pp. 67, 68.]
Sept. 4. Report of the Irish Committee that, having conferred with the treasurers at Gurney House concerning the state of that treasury, Parliament should be moved to order that the 5437l. 4s. 5d. remaining in the treasurers' hands be disposed of by warrant of the Council of State for the service.
That 1,400l. be ordered by Council to be paid out for kettles, beds, rugs, handmills, &c. for the army in Scotland, which, being incident charges, cannot be placed to the account of the entertainment of the said army. [I. 9, pp. 69, 70.]
Sept. 4. 6. Petition of Peter Pett, master shipwright, to the committee for the Navy and Customs, for payment of an extraordinary allowance of 10l. on each frigate built by him. Formerly built the Assurance, Nonsuch, Tiger, and Elizabeth, and in consideration of his great pains, and frequent journies to London, 10l. per frigate has been usually paid him above his usual stipend; he hopes the same encouragement for building the President and Fairfax last summer. With reference to the Navy Commissioners to examine the matter, and if true, to make out a bill for 15l. as a gratuity. [1½ pages.]
Sept. 4.
7. John Robinson to Col. Thomson, chairman of the Navy Committee. Enclosed is a copy of the bond I informed you of, and with your assistance, I doubt not to make further discovery of the estate of my uncle, the late archbishop of Canterbury. If you have not sufficient power from Parliament to examine witnesses upon oath, pray procure it, and a warrant for me to search in any house for any hidden treasure I may be informed of, I making good what prejudice I may do by breaking up ground, &c. Let me have your warrant to summon before you the persons whose names I give you, under the bond mentioned. I shall use all means, without the least connivance or fraud, to do the State service, being very sensible, through your means, of those great favours I may receive, by the order the Parliament have been pleased to afford me. [1 page.] Enclosing,
7. i. Memorandum by Rich. Cobbe, of Barton, county Hants, that he is indebted to William Archbishop of Canterbury 2,050l., which he promises to pay on demand. 26 May 1642. [¼ page.]
7. ii. Bond by Rich. Cobbe in 4,000l. to relinquish to William Archbishop of Canterbury his title in the manor and farm of Barton, held on lease from the Dean and Chapter of Winchester Cathedral, when so required. 20 May 1643.
With note by John Robinson, that he desires warrants for Rich. Cobbe, Fras. Leigh, Mr. Watts, and others that he may put in. [1 page.]
Sept. 5. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The petition of John Ross, and Michael Coke, and Company, merchants of Rotterdam, referred to the collectors for prize goods, to certify whether any papers have been sent to them from Capt. Butler, or any other in that ship, showing cause for the stay of proceedings against the ship, or why it should not be discharged.
2. As there has been very good service lately done by Capt. Robert Wyard, commander of a ship belonging to the commonwealth, wherein he very gallantly acquitted himself, and vindicated the honour of this nation, by maintaining a long and well managed fight against five or six of the enemy, Council, besides a reward and mark of special favour bestowed upon him, and his company, remit and pass by his offence in disputing the searching of his ship by the Customs' officers of the port of Hull, about some French wines then on board his ship.
3. Col. Ludlow added to the committee for the examination of [Thos.] Webb, prisoner in the Gatehouse.
4. A committee to be appointed to consider the papers given in by Mynheer Schaeph, and the answer to be returned.
5. To write the Navy Commissioners to free the expense of Mynheer Schaeph, in his household, from the imposition of excise.
6. Mr. Frost to pay Mr. Strickland 80l., disbursed by him in Holland for cure of a servant belonging to Dr. Dorislaus, and other expenses.
7. To write the Commissioners of Customs to order the subcommissioners of the several ports to seize all persons coming out of Holland, and to such as they find to be soldiers, they are to tender the engagement; those who take it are to have passes to their own country, but such as refuse are to be secured.
8. To write the Militia Commissioners in the several counties bordering upon the sea coast, to take care that none of the soldiers who return from Holland, and from the service of the Prince of Orange, be permitted to remain or pass through their county, unless they have a pass from the Commissioners of Customs of the ports where they landed, and likewise a certificate from them of having taken the engagement.
9. Declaration on a report from the Admiralty Committee concerning Capt. Mildmay maintaining a fight at sea against the enemy, that Council are fully satisfied that Capt. Mildmay discharged his duty, and did very good service.
10. To report to Parliament, that Council, in pursuance of their order for sending the two children of the late King out of the commonwealth, has sent them to the Isle of Wight; that Lady Elizabeth is at present indisposed, and has some inclination to go to her sister, the Princess of Orange, which Council thinks she should do, and should have 1,000l. a year for her maintenance, payable half yearly, so long as she shall behave inoffensively; and that she may have half a year's allowance beforehand.
That until she can be shipped away, her maintenance and transportation should be provided for by the Revenue Committee.
That Henry, the third son of the late King, shall be sent by sea to his brother in Scotland, and have 1,000l. a year, to be also paid half-yearly, so long as he behaves inoffensively, and that his maintenance and transportation be provided as aforesaid.
That a letter be written the Revenue Committee that the remains of the last month's maintenance, and that for a fortnight to come, be sent to Mr. Mildmay, at the Isle of Wight, for the maintenance of the said children, until they can be otherwise disposed of.
12. To write Col. Birch to send away 1,000 foot and 150 horse which were to go out of that county [Lancashire] to the Lord General, and also to hasten Major Rippon to send away his dragoons, and to give an account of their forwardness.
13. To write Sir Arthur Hesilrigge to execute the desires of the Lord General for sending such of the reserves for the army as are ready to march, and in such numbers as may with safety come to him, and not to stay for the coming up of the rest.
14. To acquaint the Lord General with what has been done as to sending the reserve to him, and to desire him to take care to be master of the enemy's harvest, that thereby the army in service there may have so much of their subsistence out of the country as the place will afford.
15. To write the Militia Commissioners for county Hants to raise more forces for the security of that county, and to take care that delinquents fled from other counties may not have refuge there.
16. To request Alderman Dickenson, of York, to certify by next post the reason for securing John Scot.
17. The commissions desired by the Militia Commissioners for Middlesex, in their letter of the 3rd, dated from the Duchy chamber, to be granted.
18. To write the Militia Commissioners of Kent that their officers are to have half-pay upon the days of their muster, or when called out to other service, the same as other officers of the militia. [I. 9, pp. 71–75.]
Sept. 5. Robert Coytmor to the Navy Commissioners. I am commanded by Sir Hen. Vane to desire you to give order for victualling the Mary Fly Boat for two months at Portsmouth; if the express which you were to send thither be not gone, send by it your orders to the victuallers, as the vessel is to be speedily employed on important service. [I. 123, p. 451.]
Sept. 5. 8. Miles Woodshaw to Lord Conway. As for the maps, the fault was not in me, as Mr. Humble's man said he sent those I bespoke, and there are no other maps of Scotland in part, that I can light upon. Dr. Collingdon says I shall have the book next week.
Dr. Donne is upon a sale of all his birds, but if he can reserve the green one, he will send it wherever you please, as also "two stone bowes." The books of prints he has left in a legacy to Lord Pembroke, but you can have them if you please, as also a catalogue of his books. I have sent the iron furnace, and there is another smaller one, as also a still, that Mr. Frederick says you use to distil your roses, of which he will give you an account. The pillow beers and sweet bags shall come down next week. I believe the cushion cloths that lie on your night clothes are nearly worn out, and there is a piece of calico in your trunk which will be as good as any holland; I therefore desire to know how many you will have made, and whether laced or plain. Lady Portland came to town last night, and my lord went to Ashley, whither my lady goes to-day. Lady Diana Porter has buried her eldest daughter, which grieves her much. [1 page.]
Sept. 6. 9. Order in Parliament that the Navy Committee have power to give warrant to search in any house, wall, or ground, for any money or goods belonging to the late Archbishop of Canterbury, on information from John Robinson, merchant, provided such search be made in the presence of one or more of the said committee; any damage occasioned by the breaking down of any wall, or digging up of any ground to be made good at Robinson's charge. The said committee also to have power to examine upon oath until the 1st of Oct. next. [¾ page.]
[Sept. 6.] 10. Draft of the above. [⅓ page.]
Sept. 6.
Council of State to [Capt. Parry, Commander of the Mary frigate]. You are to convoy the Hope of London, Love's Increase, and Charles of Ipswich, now in the Thames, laden with provisions for the Parliamentary army, from the Hope to Harwich and Yarmouth, deliver them to Col. Deane, and wait his further orders; but in case you do not find him there, and he has left no orders for you, nor convoy for the vessels, you are to convoy them speedily to Dunbar or the Frith, where the head quarters are, and observe the directions of lord general Cromwell as to unlading. [I. 123, p. 455.]
Sept. 6. Order in the Admiralty Committee that the Navy Commissioners certify the matter of fact concerning the 10l. allowed to Mr. Boate at Portsmouth, and how it now stands by reason of his decease, as also concerning 4l. a year also allowed towards making up the rent of the house where Col. Willoughby resides at Plymouth. [I. 123, p. 452.]
Sept. 6.
Admiralty Committee to the Governor of Portsmouth. By order of the Council of State, you are to exchange Mons. Du Cane alias DuQuesne, taken by Capt. Mildmay, for Thos. Scutt, prisoner in the Castle at Havre de Grace, France. Advise with Major George Scutt for the freedom of his brother Thomas, and on security given to the major, set Scutt, and Peter Salvias taken with him, at liberty, but keep them in safe custody in the interim. [I. 123, p. 452.]
Sept. 6.
Admiralty Committee to the Governor of Portsmouth. You are to exchange Peter Salvias, taken prisoner at sea by Capt. John Mildmay of the Nonsuch, on liberation by the Governor of Wm. Straw, a prisoner at Dunkirk. [I. 123, p. 453.]
Sept. 6. Admiralty Committee to the Masters of the Trinity House. On consideration of the enclosed petition of several poor widows of seamen that died in the service on board the Fellowship, with the certificate of Capt. Nixon, we much commiserate their condition, and would have ordered them relief if the Act for the relief of widows and seamen had extended to them; we therefore recommend them to your relief. [I. 123, p. 454.]
Sept. 7. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The relation of the success of the army against the Scots to be printed and sent to the lord mayor, and he desired to order the publication thereof to-morrow, in all the parish churches within the lines of the communication, and thanks to be returned to God for his great mercy shown to this nation, in that happy success.
2. To write the Generals before Lisbon, enclosing one of the printed papers containing the good success of the army against the Scots, and this to be sent with all speed.
3. The commissions desired by the Militia Commissioners for county Cambridge granted.
4. To write all the militias through the commonwealth to have their forces in readiness, but not to put them into the pay of the State until they are employed in the service; the officers are to have half-pay upon days of muster and exercise.
5. Lieut.-Col. Salmon's letter from Hull referred to the Ordnance Committee.
6. To write the Militia Commissioners of Sussex that the estates under sequestration in their county are liable to the charge of raising horse for the militia, as well as those estates not under sequestration, according to the propositions laid down by the Act.
7. The Committee for consideration of Mynheer Schaeph's papers to prepare and bring in a dismission for Joachimi, and for his departure hence within twenty days.
8. To inform Mr. Garland, in answer to his petition, that Council will consider his condition when the state of affairs between this State and Portugal is such that they may do something for his relief.
9. To write the Militia Commissioners for the several counties to send their forces to the army with all possible speed.
10. 20 nobles to be paid to Rich. Lawrence, for apprehending a dangerous person at Rye, and bringing him up to Council.
11. The Admiralty Committee to take special care that the Thames, between Gravesend and the Downs, is guarded against the piracies of pickeroons infesting those parts.
12. Col. Purefoy to have leave to repair to his own country, for settling the militia of Warwickshire.
13. When the propositions for reforming schools are presented, Council will give them all possible furtherance.
14. It having pleased God to give the army of the commonwealth now in Scotland a great victory against the Scots, and the Parliament not now sitting, it is ordered that the following brief narrative be published in all churches and chapels within the late lines of communication to-morrow, that thanks may be given for so great and wonderful a mercy, until Parliament shall give order for a more general and solemn thanksgiving; and that the lord mayor and sheriffs of London cause this narrative to be distributed in all the said churches and chapels, and all the ministers thereof are required to publish the same.
15. Capt. Wm. Roberts to have 10s. a day for himself and 2s. 6d. each for four assistants, to enable him to go to Guernsey, to reduce that castle, two months of which pay to be advanced, commencing from Aug. 13 last, in regard of his loss of time by long attendance in prosecuting this service, as also 300l. as a gratuity, when he has taken the castle.
16. The two mortar pieces lately cast by Mr. Browne, with 200 shells for each, to be sent to Guernsey, and 10l. allowed to Capt. Roberts for buying instruments, and 50l. for materials for the fireworks. [I. 9, pp. 76–79.]
Sept. 7.
Carisbrook Castle.
11. Capt. A. Mildmay to the Lord President of the Council of State. At the beginning of the week, I wrote some of my friends of the Council of State, giving an account of the ill-health Lady Elizabeth was in, and finding her now very much changed to the worse, I thought it my duty to make some relation of her to you.
About 12 days since, as she walked abroad for the benefit of her health, she had the ill-fortune to take cold, which wrought upon and within her, in a kind of easy and insensible way, until at length she was brought into a fever; as soon as she noticed this herself, and it was not hard for me to perceive it also, I, at her desire, sent to London for a physician who had before been acquainted with her constitution, and one she most wished to have. Notwithstanding I have been as careful as I possibly could in procuring all the means that could be got upon this place, yet so much has the strength of her disease prevailed beyond the strength of nature, that in the judgment of the most skilful we have here, there is left but very little hope of life, amidst many signs of imminent death. I hope you will not think I have been wanting in my duty, as I am not conscious of the least neglect, nor shall I fail in my care to the last minute, which, when it comes, (or an alteration for the better) I will acquaint you of it. [1 page.]
Sept. 9. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. To write the Militia Commissioners for county Notts to send away the forces they were ordered to send to Scotland, it being very necessary that they should be there to assist in pursuing the victory which it has pleased God to give to the forces of the commonwealth.
2. To write the Militia Commissioners for county Wilts to proceed in the raising of their forces according to the Act, beyond which the Council cannot direct.
3. Commission to be given to Lieut.-Col. Beckwith, to be captain of a troop of horse, which is to be dated 10 Aug., according to the desire of the Militia Commissioners for Yorkshire.
4. To thank the Militia Commissioners for Yorkshire for sending away their forces to Sir A. Hesilrigge, in order to their march into Scotland.
5. To write Sir Arth. Hesilrigge to send away the forces appointed to go upon the reserve to Scotland, as fast as they come in.
6. To write Mr. Robinson to send for the parties who have been examined upon the charge against Browne Bushell, and to furnish them with sufficient money for so long a journey, and Council will see him repaid, either from the High Court of Justice or from themselves.
7. To write the Militia Commissioners of Suffolk of the receipt of their letter from Ipswich, thanking them for their care, and desiring them to proceed in the matter, and to enclose a commission for Thomas Salmon to be captain of a foot company.
8. To write the Militia Commissioners for Lancashire to send away their 1,000 foot by the time mentioned in their letter, or sooner if they can, and also their horse, and to inform them that Council cannot give the power to press men, the same not being allowed by the Act.
9. The list of [Militia] Commissioners for Devonshire approved.
10. To write the Commissioners for Devonshire to return names for Militia Commissioners for Exeter.
11. Col. Sexby's regiment, and all others raised for Ireland and since employed in the service of this commonwealth, to have the same pay as those who are settled in the English establishment.
12. Mr. Frost to pay Major-General Harrison such money as he shall send for, to enable a certain man to go on a service.
13. Col. Purefoy to take bail of Joseph Salmon, prisoner at Coventry, he giving security for his good behaviour, and appearance when summoned.
14. Major Rippon to have a commission for himself and officers, according to the list subscribed by Col. Birch.
15. An addition to be made to the Militia Commissioners for Lancashire.
16. The trunks, clothes, and money belonging to Edw. Picks, in the custody of the messenger who apprehended him, to be restored to him.
18. The letter from the Lord General, desiring that physic and surgery may be speeded to the army, to be sent to the Army Committee at Westminster, and they desired to see them provided.
19. To write the Militia for county Stafford to put their horse, dragoons, and foot in readiness, so that the entire number may be complete, and to send a troop of horse, as also of dragoons, and such captains as they think fit, to Berwick, to receive orders from the Lord General or Sir Arth. Hesilrigge. Also that Council cannot dispose of the sequestration money, but leaves it to them to give such encouragement out of it as they think fit.
19. Capt. Jno. Jenkins to be major to Col. Alex. Popham's regiment of horse. [I. 9, pp. 79–82.]
Sept. 10. 12. Order in Parliament that 250l. be given to Capt. Evenson, as a gratuity [for bringing intelligence of the battle of Dunbar] and that the Council of State take care that it be paid. [½ page.]
Sept. 10. Orders in Parliament that 50l. each be given to Constantine Heath, Rich. Cadwell and Phineas Paine, for their services in bringing letters and colours from the army.
Sept. 10. Order in Parliament that 300l. be given to' Major White, as a gratuity, and that the Council of State see these several amounts paid.
Sept. 10. Order in Parliament that the Council of State prepare a letter for the Speaker's signature, to be sent to the Lord General, taking notice of his eminent services, and giving him thanks, and desiring him to let the officers and soldiers of the army know that Parliament has taken notice of their good services in this great battle, and gives them thanks. [I. 88, pp. 40–41.]
Sept. 10. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
2. The Irish Committee to make necessary provisions for the army, according to the order of Parliament of the 10th instant, whereby the care of it is referred to the Council of State.
3. The letter to Mr. Ashe to be fair written and sent.
4. To write the Justices of Peace for county Lancaster to take bail of Peter Egerton, John Holcroft, and Edward Holland, in 2,000l. each, with sureties, to appear when required, and to be of good behaviour.
5. Note that Edm. Chamberlain presented himself to Council this day, according to summons.
7. Mr. Frost to prepare a letter of thanks for the signature of the Speaker, to be sent to the Lord General, according to the order of Parliament.
8. The Irish Committee to be acquainted with the resolution of Council to send 6,000 more men to Scotland, and they are to consider thereof when making provision for the army in Scotland.
9. The Committee of examinations to consider as to the disposal of the Scotch prisoners taken at the battle of Dunbar.
10. To write Dr. Colendon to repair with all possible speed to the Lady Elizabeth, at Carisbrook Castle, and to take care for the recovery of her health, and Council will see that he is satisfied for his pains.
11. To write Sir Arth. Hesilrigge that Council have referred the disposing of the prisoners to a committee, from which he will speedily receive some order; and that it is left to him to dispose of so many as he conceives he may to the work of the coal mines.
12. To write the Lord Deputy of Ireland, thanking him for good service there, and enclosing a narrative of the victory in Scotland.
13. To report to Parliament the letter from the Generals of the fleet before Lisbon, containing a narrative of their proceedings there, and to acquaint them that the nine ships with Portuguese goods taken before Lisbon have been sent to England, and are now in the custody of the collectors for prize goods; also to desire directions what is to be done about adjudication of the goods, and payment for their service during the time they have been employed.
14. Mr. Gage to have liberty to go to Portugal, to endeavour the exchange of Mr. Behre and Mr. Bushell, merchants of London, and now prisoners there, he entering into recognizance of 20,000l. and finding three or more sureties, that he will endeavour to procure the release of the said prisoners; and that, if he does not effect it within three months, he will return to the Generals of the fleet, or to the commander of the fleet before Lisbon, and surrender himself prisoner to them, or else to the prison of Newgate.
16. Instructions to be sent to the Generals of the fleet before Lisbon, to signify to the King of Portugal that the same usage which he gives to the persons whom he has made prisoners there, belonging to the English nation, shall be given to such of his subjects as are or shall come within the power of the commonwealth.
17. The petition of Clement Starr referred to the Admiralty Committee, who are to send for the merchants mentioned therein, and mediate an agreement between Starr and them if possible, and if not, report their opinion. [I. 9, pp. 82–85.]
Sept. 10. Order in the Admiralty Committee that Richard Batson, Michael Davison, Paul Painter, and Mr. Fenwick, merchants, attend tomorrow, concerning a petition against them by the master and company of the Constant. [I. 123, p. 458.]
Sept. 10.
Commission from the Council of State to Thos. Rippon to be major of four troops of dragoons to be raised by himself; with note of commissions for the following officers under him:—
Lieutenant in his own troop Wm. Rippon.
Cornet Geo. Hutton.
Quartermaster Chris. Rigmarden.
Second troop.
Captain Jas. Staresmore.
Lieutenant John Browne.
Cornet Thos. Fulford.
Quartermaster Rich. Stainton.
Third troop.
Captain Rich. Starkey.
Lieutenant Geo. Holland.
Cornet Jas. Heye.
Quartermaster Sam. Ranshall.
Fourth troop.
Captain Rob. Wakefield.
Lieutenant John Waring.
Cornet George Bodley.
Quartermaster John Weaver.
Minister Thos. Taylor.
Marshall Peter Hampson.
Surgeon John Wales. [I. 119, p. 99.]
Sept. 11. Order in Parliament—upon report of Sir Hen. Vane from the Council of State, of an instruction given by them to the Generals of the fleet, with some proposals to Parliament for their direction touching the adjudication of ships and goods taken—that Parliament approves of the said instruction, and that the Council of State prepare a letter to be sent from Parliament to the kingdom of France upon this business.
Also that Parliament will, in some convenient time, consider the adjudication of the said goods.
Sept. 11. Order in Parliament that 1,500l. a year be allowed to Henry, third son of the late King, and that he be sent to the University of Heidelberg; the Council of State to consider of the best way for putting this order in execution, and to see it done forthwith. [I. 88, pp. 41–42; also Vol. XI., No. 13.]
Sept. 11. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The letter read to the Merchant Tailors' Company, on behalf of Mr. Dugard, approved.
2. The several sums ordered to be paid to the messengers of the good tidings from Scotland to be paid out of the 10,000l. in the hands of the Treasurers-at-war, lent to them out of the exigency money at Gurney House.
3. The 1,400l. for which contracts are made with several persons for beds, pans, &c. for the army, to be charged upon the said 10,000l.
4. Stephen Spratt to be required to leave town within three days, and not to come within 20 miles of it without leave from Parliament or Council of State, and notice hereof to be sent him on Thursday week.
5. Mr. Frost to pay Mr. Cadwell 10l., in addition to the 50l. given by Parliament, in consideration of his being the first messenger of that good news.
6. The petition of Simon Bayly referred to the Admiralty Judges who are to proceed according to law with all expedition, as the petitioner suggests there has been long delay.
7. The committee formerly appointed for the business of Guernsey to be desired to sit and proceed to a full hearing thereof, and to send for the commissioners who were employed thither.
8. The 75l. in arrear to Peter Thelwall at Brussels to be paid him, and the Revenue Committee to issue a warrant for that purpose.
9. 1,000 marks to be given to Peter Thelwall, as a gratuity for good service in Flanders as agent, to be paid out of the next supply at disposal of Council for exigencies. [I. 9. pp. 85–87.]
Sept. 11. Admiralty Committee to the Masters of Trinity House. By an order of the Council of State of the 10th instant, it was referred to us to consider the enclosed petition of Clement Starr and company, of the Constant of London, concerning wages, and to send for the merchants, and if possible, to mediate an agreement between them, when Richard Batson, Mich. Davison, and Paul Painter appeared on the one side, and Clement Starr and the ship's company on the other, and all agreed to leave the matter to you. You are to hear them, determine it according to right and justice, and return us the result. [I. 123, p. 459.]
Sept. 11. 14. Col. G. Fenwick to Jno. Webb, merchant of Newcastle, Rich. Purvis, master of the Charity of Yarmouth, having delivered his loading, I desire you to pay him the freight due. Acquaint my brother Ledgard that I have the 30l. I lent Purvis allowed, in 70l. I paid him for demurrage, and going and coming from Frith, and let him have back his note; if Ledgard has received it, I desire him to repay it. [½ page.]
Sept. 12. Order in Parliament, upon the petition of merchants trading to Portugal, that the whole business touching Portugal be referred to the Council of State, to do as they think fit, and to consider what instructions are fit to be given to the Generals there, and what ships are fit to be continued on the coast of Portugal; and that the Navy Committee attend to the payment of the wages of the men in the nine ships come home. [I. 88, p. 42.]
Sept. 12. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
2. The Irish Committee to send for Mr. Owen, Mr. Caryl, or such other ministers as they think fit, and confer with them as to their going to Scotland, according to the desire of the Lord General, and also to consider what encouragement is to be given to such as shall be willing to go thither, and to report with all speed.
3. To write Col. Purefoy to examine the charge against Major Burgoine of Coventry, upon the articles enclosed to him.
4. The petition of several Frenchmen, taken by the ships of the commonwealth, referred to the Admiralty Committee.
5. 40s. to be paid to James Grayle, who came from Coventry to inform Council of the disturbances there by Major Burgoine, about proclaiming the King of Scots King of England.
8. Sir Michael Livesey, and the rest of the inhabitants of the Island of Sheppey, to have liberty to stand upon their guards, for securing themselves and that island from the attempts of pickeroons, and so many of the inhabitants as shall undertake this business, or contribute towards it, shall be free from the quartering of soldiers, until Council gives orders to the contrary.
9. The condition of Eliz. Heape, widow, represented in her petition, recommended to the Committee for maimed soldiers, who are to continue the pension for two years to come.
13. The petition of Ensign Hen. Cooper, a maimed soldier, recommended to the Committee for maimed soldiers.
14. The business of instructions for the Commissioners to be sent to Ireland to be considered to-morrow.
16. The commissions desired by the Militia Commissioners for Cumberland granted.
17. Commissions to be granted to the persons offered by the Militia Commissioners for Oxfordshire.
18. An instruction to be prepared for the Commissioners of county Oxford, in which such persons as were formerly nominated and now refuse to act are to be omitted.
19. The Lords Commissioners of the [Great] Seal to leave out the names of Vincent Barry of Thame, Sir Thos. Read, and Wm. Wheat of Oxfordshire, in the Commission of Peace, they refusing to act thereon.
17. 12l. a year to be allowed to such person as Mr. Scott shall choose, to be employed in setting up and attending on the lights in the galleries about Whitehall.
18. The petition of Abraham Lad referred to the Admiralty Committee. [I. 9, pp. 87–90.]
Sept. 12. Admiralty Committee to Capt. Wm. Coppin. Being informed from General Deane that he has left you at Harwich, to give convoy to the ships laden with provisions for the Parliament army in the north, and that such ships have waited for a convoy these four days, Capt. Pacey of the Mary Frigate, ordered to bring them to you, not being ready, we desire you, if you be in the river or in Harwich, to go into Lee Road with all speed, to receive the said ships, and convoy them to Leith, as the army much wants the provisions. As soon as you are in the Lee Road, give notice to the masters of the ships who are at Gravesend waiting for you, and also give us notice of your arrival and setting sail with the said ships, not only those laden for the State's account, but all others with provisions for the account of merchants bound for the same port. [I. 123, p. 460.]
Sept. 13. Order in Parliament, upon a report by Mr. Bond from the Council of State of the answer to the declaration of the King of Scots, that it be recommitted to the Council of State, and be brought in on Tuesday. [I. 88, p. 43.]
Sept. 13. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
3. To write the Committee for Irish affairs sitting at the Star Chamber, that Arnoll Wintell, ship master, has presented a petition, on behalf of himself and others, for satisfaction for service done in transporting horses into Ireland, in the time of the lieutenancy of Lord Lisle, and upon examination, Council conceive that some satisfaction should be made to him.
4. Mr. Challoner and Col. Morley to be a committee to examine the business of the Dutch ship laden with horses, which put in at the Isle of Wight, and is now at Plymouth.
6. The Barbadoes Committee to consider of the Act prohibiting the carrying of contraband goods.
7. The Ordnance Committee to take care that the list of particulars desired for the Isle of Wight be furnished, except the mortar pieces.
9. The Admiralty Committee to give order that the two frigates now being built by Peter Pett have forecastles.
10. Also to pay off the men of the Warwick frigate, and to give order as to her future employment.
15. The petition of James de Suhara, and other Frenchmen, referred to the collectors for prize goods, to take care that the petitioners are transported to France, and to defray the charges for their subsistence here and transportation, to be repaid out of the French ships to which petitioners belonged, if the ships shall be adjudged prizes; if not, out of such other money as they receive for the use of the State; the petitioners to be sent away with all speed, as also any others subsequently brought in.
16. The collectors of customs at Plymouth having signified that the Orange Tree of Horne, aboard of which are certain horses bound for the Caribee Islands, and that she was once before discharged upon the same ground;—order that upon Fred. Otson, the master, putting in security in the Admiralty Court not to carry such horses to Barbadoes or Antigua, the ship be discharged, and allowed to proceed on her voyage; the Admiralty Court to take his security, and certify Council. [I. 10, pp. 2–7.]
Sept. 13. Note in the Admiralty Committee that a letter was sent to tell Capt. Pacey that they had seen his letter to Mr. Coytmor, stating that he would sail with the provision ships for the army with the first opportunity, yet they hear he is not ready to sail, and much wonder at the delay by him and the rest of the officers at Chatham in this business, and desire him to set sail with as many of the vessels as are ready, with the first fair wind, for Harwich. [I. 123, p. 461.]
Sept. 14. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. To write the Militia Commissioners for Somerset to signify upon what ground they committed Sir Edward Rodney, that Council may be able to consider his petition.
2. Humphrey Draughton, who holds Burwood Walk Lodge in Windsor forest, to attend next Saturday, to answer for waste and spoil of the wood.
3. Alderman Dickenson's letter from York, as to furnishing necessaries for Clifford's Tower, referred to the Committee which meets with the army officers.
4. The instructions for the Commissioners now going over to Ireland to be reported to Parliament by Sir Wm. Armyne.
5. To write the mayor, aldermen, and common council of Bristol, concerning the election of magistrates, as the Act relating to the engagement requires.
6. Order to be given to the collectors for prize goods, to sell all such perishable goods as come in by French or Portuguese prizes, and deposit the proceeds upon a particular account, and not dispose of them without special order from Council.
7. To report to Parliament that Council have nominated to Rich. Salwey and John Weaver as the other two commissioners to be sent to Ireland, in pursuance of their order of 2 July.
8. The horses, mares, and colts at Tutbury to be put up for sale before the winter.
9. To write Lieut. Col. Downes that as all the horses, mares, and colts now at Tutbury race are to be sold before winter, he is to propound the best manner of putting them up to sale, to the best advantage.
10. Capt. Taylor to be released on security not to prejudice the Parliament or commonwealth.
12. To write the Commissioners of county Dorset, that petitions have been presented on behalf of Dr. Ryves, prisoner at Melcomb, and Mathew Davies, prisoner at Weymouth, and to desire them to certify why they have been imprisoned.
13. To write Capt. Bishop to come to London, to pursue some business already begun by him, and Council will take care that consideration shall be had of him, for diverting him from his own occasion to pursue that of the public. [I. 10, pp. 7–9.]
Sept. 14. Committee for Martial Affairs. Day's Proceedings.
To report to the Council of State that 500 soldiers should be drawn out of Col. Berkstead's regiment, and marched to Scotland, for recruiting the foot regiment there.
That 500 soldiers be continued in pay, as part of Col. Berkstead's regiment, for one month, in order to their march to the army, and the Colonel desired to advance the month's pay to enable them to march.
That five drums and ten halberts be delivered to Col. Berkstead, out of the stores, for marching such men, and afterwards be delivered to Lieut.-Gen. Hammond. [I. 10, pp. 9, 10.]
Sept. 14. Council of State to Col. Deane. You are to appoint a convoy for the Henry and John, and the Prosperous of Hull, laden with cloth for Hamburg, on the Merchant Adventurers' account, which convoy is to go to Hull, and take them into protection. [I. 123, p. 462.]
Sept. 14.
15. Rich. Cobbe to Col. Tompson. I received your summons to appear the 19th inst. by Mr. Robinson; I will not fail to wait on you and the honourable Committee on the 24th. [½ page.]
Sept. 16. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. To write Col. Wayte that the Militia Commissioners for Rutland having raised but one troop of horse and dragoons, as the Colonel has to attend Parliament, Council have commissioned Major Norton, who is in the country, to command it.
2. The letter from Barnstaple, with the bill of exchange, referred to the Irish Committee, to prepare a warrant for payment.
3. The opinion of the Admiralty judges and Dr. Walker, as to Mr. Pennoyer's debts in Scotland, referred to the committee on the Barbadoes Act.
5. To write Col. John Dixwell, commander of one of the militia regiments of horse for Kent, to draw forth his regiment within seven days, and give notice of his having done so, when further order will be given, and to use his endeavour for the speedy drawing forth of the foot mentioned in his letter.
6. To answer the Commissioners of Rutland that their proposition as to disposing of part of the sequestrations towards the public charge of their county has already come from many other counties, but that Council have no power therein, and they must therefore apply to Parliament.
7. Mr. Frost to confer with the persons who have propounded taking off some of the Scotch prisoners, as to the terms upon which they will transport them beyond seas.
8. To write Sir Arthur Hesilrigge to pay Col. Alured out of the 10,000l. sent to him, as he is staying only for want of money, and the Lord General has pressed for additional foot, of which these are a part.
9. To write the Militia Commissioners for county York that Council has ordered money for Col. Alured's regiment, and written Sir Arth. Hesilrigge at Newcastle about it.
11. To write Col. Alured that Sir Arth. Hesilrigge has money for his regiment, and he is therefore to hasten his march thither.
12. To write the Army Committee to give one month's pay to Capt. Bernard's troop, as they are appointed to march upon service; Major-General Harrison to give him orders to march.
13. To write the Militia Commissioners for Yorkshire to restrain the Earl of Dumfries, until he gives security in 2,000l. to appear before Council when summoned, and not act to the prejudice of the commonwealth.
14. To write Col. Crompton, of Staffordshire, thanking him for his care in sending away the troops, and to desire him to endeavour to speedily raise the rest for the service of that county.
15. Orders to be given in compliance with the paper given in by John Bayes.
16. The remonstrance of John Day, captain of the Sapphire, referred to the Admiralty Committee.
17. Commissions to be granted according to the desires of the Militia Commissioners for Sussex.
18. So much of Col. Bennett's letter as refers to the coast of Cornwall being infested referred to the Admiralty Committee, who are to report what is fit to be done.
19. The letter from Ostend to the Governor of Scarborough, from Windham, who pretends to be an agent there for the King of Scotland, referred to the Admiralty Committee, who are also to consider of some way for proceeding against the pirate prisoners.
20. To signify to the Admiralty Committee that there have been many complaints of ships being frequently taken upon the coasts about Liverpool, and the west, as also upon the coast of Sussex, and they are therefore to take information how the ships of the commonwealth are employed, and whether the commanders do their duty, and attend to their charge; and to take care that the fleet be so disposed as to preserve our ships and trade from the violence of those pickeroons. [I. 10, pp. 10–13.]
Sept. 16. Admiralty Committee to [the Navy Commissioners]. We submitted your letter, advising the setting up of forecastles upon the two frigates now building at Woodbridge by Peter Pett, junior, to the Council of State, who refer it to us to see that they have forecastles. Order Mr. Pett to set them up accordingly. [I. 123, p. 462.]
Sept. 17. Order in Parliament that the Council of State take care, as well by the means appointed by the Act for sheriffs to appoint deputies as otherwise, that the Act and narrative be forthwith sent to all sheriffs, to be dispersed to the several ministers, and put in execution, and that they give an account thereof to Parliament. [I. 88, p. 43.]
Sept. 17. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
2. The narrative of the case of Alderman Pennington referred to the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal.
3. The petition of the Governor and Company of Merchants trading to the Levant Seas, concerning convoy for a ship laden for those parts, referred to the Admiralty Committee.
5. The propositions given in by Sir Robt. King and Mr. Herbert, and reported from the Irish Committee, to be considered to-morrow, and such members of Council as are in or about town to be summoned to attend, upon business of great importance.
6. The letter read to be sent to the King of France to be reported to Parliament by Col. Morley, for their approbation.
7. The Portugal business to be taken up to-morrow.
8. The committee which meets with the army officers to meet tomorrow at 7 a.m. to consider as to sending Col. Sexby's regiment into Scotland, so that a report may be made to Council in the afternoon.
9. The committee which meets with the army officers to consider what use may be made of the militia forces for the public peace, and what direction is to be given concerning the troop of horse raised by Col. Duckenfield in Cheshire.
10. Dr. Walker to have notice to attend the Lord President of the Council to-morrow by 7 a.m.
11. Col. Morley to move Parliament to consider the list presented to them of the winter guard, so that if they approve thereof, order may be given to the Navy Committee for speedily fitting them out for sea.
12. To write Col. Deane to repair back to the service of these parts, as soon as he has delivered the money with which he is freighted.
13. The letter from the Trinity House Committee referred to the Admiralty judges, and they desired to send for such persons as refuse to pay the duties mentioned, and examine them as to the grounds for refusing to make their usual payments.
16. To write the Admiralty judges to examine the companies of the two Lubec ships lately taken with all possible strictness, as the parties concerned endeavour to avoid the discovery of anything which may bring them within the compass of prize. [I. 10, pp. 14– 16.]
Sept. 17. [Irish Committee. Day's Proceedings.]
Upon considering the resolutions of Parliament as to providing a magazine of victuals at Berwick, Carlisle, or such other place northward as Council shall appoint, whereby 6,000l., part of 10,000l. to be provided for the same, is charged on the receipt of Haberdashers' Hall, to be issued as Council shall appoint:—This committee think that order should be given by Council to the Commissioners for compounding, to issue their warrant to the treasurers at Haberdashers' Hall to pay such 6,000l. to the treasurers-at-war, so that it may be issued by them for such provisions, and brought into the regular account of the army, by defalcation, out of the entertainment of those to whom it shall be distributed.
By order of Parliament of 22 August last, the commissary of victuals for the marching army, with his assistant and two clerks, are to receive pay according to the Irish establishment, viz., 10s. present pay, and 10s. respited a day for the commissary, 6s. 8d. for his assistant, and 2s. 6d. a-piece for two clerks; this committee therefore thinks that Parliament should be moved to give order for settling on Nathaniel Eldred, appointed commissary, 15s. a day without respited money, and 6s. 8d. for his assistant and 2s. 6d. for each of his two clerks, whereby there will be an abatement of charge to the public, and a better exhibition at present rendered to such persons, to enable them to perform the duties incident to their employment. Noted to be reported to the House by Col. Jones, 25 September. [I. 10, pp. 17, 18.]
Sept. 17. [Council of State to the Commander of the Lion]. You are to convoy the Jonas of Hull, and several other vessels in the Thames, laden with London merchants' goods, and bound for Yarmouth and Hull, till you meet with some ship of the Northern guard, who will take charge of them; if you meet with none, you are to convoy them to their destination, but look in at Harwich and Yarmouth for any State's man-of-war to whom you could commit them, or deliver them to any ship of the North guard that may come into the road before you sail. [I. 123, p. 463.]
[Sept. 17.] 16. Articles against Rich. Smith, formerly groom to the late Bishop of Canterbury, that during the time he was servant, he was present at the burying of a trunk of plate belonging to the said bishop, and that he has since fraudulently taken up the said plate, and converted it to his own use.
[Sept 17.] 17. Notes of witnesses to prove that Smith, two years since, was seen to come from Lambeth House with a sack, wherein was something bulky. With note that Thomas Lambert, formerly postilion, told Loveday that plate was buried in the house, and that if he had opportunity, he could take it up. [Copy. ½ page.]
Sept. 17. 18. Interrogatories to be administered to Fras. Lee, Nicholas Smith, formerly coachman and groom to the late Archbishop of Canterbury, and to Maurice Jibber, porter at Lambeth House, when Dr. Leighton lived there, as to whether they were present at the burying of a box of plate belonging to the late Archbishop, in the straw-house at the back of the stables of Lambeth House, and whether they know what has become of it. [1 page.]
Sept. 17. 19. Deposition of Francis Lee, of Streatham, county Surrey, yeoman. About the beginning of the troubles, there was a trunk in the straw-house belonging to Lambeth House, and he and Nich. Smith buried it there by order, and the Bishop willed him not to disclose the same, as for aught he knew, it was the greatest part of his estate that he had to trust to. Has since spoken about it to Mr. Duckett, Mr. Cobbe, and his wife, and to Mr. Harding, having heard a year since that the walls and planks were broken up to search for it. Does not know what became of it, and never received any reward for making the same known.
Like deposition of Nich. Smith, of Stockwell, county Surrey, husbandman, formerly groom to the Archbishop. Was present at the burying of the trunk in the straw-house in Lambeth House, as was also Fras. Lee. The trunk was very heavy; conceives it contained either plate or money. The Archbishop and Mr. Duckett desired him not to discover it to any one; has only spoken thereof to his wife Margaret, and does not know what became of it.
Like deposition of Margaret, wife of Nicholas Smith.
Deposition of Robert Light, of Lambeth, victualler. One Sunday morning, four or five years since, he saw Nich. Smith come from the stable out of the park and over the moat, with a sack on his back, which contained something very heavy.
Like depositions of Ann, wife of Wm. Bunting, Frances, wife of Wm. Ansell, and John Jones. [2¼ pages.]
[Sept. 17.] 20. Notes from the preceding depositions.
Sept. 18. Order in Parliament—upon a report by Lord Commissioner Lisle of a letter from the Lord General from Edinburgh—that the letter be returned back to the Council of State. [I. 88, p. 43.]
Sept. 18. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. To acquaint Anthony Mildmay with the resolution of Parliament concerning Henry Stuart's going to Heidelberg, and that he may make choice of three servants, either out of those belonging to himself or those which lately attended his sister, and he is to send one of them up to receive the money appointed for his journey.
2. Sir H. Mildmay, Mr. Challoner, and Mr. Scott to be a committee to consider the place at which Henry Stuart shall be landed, in order to his journey to Heidelberg, and what instructions are to be given to those who go with him, and what amount to be advanced for his journey.
3. The Admiralty Committee to appoint some fit ship to go to the Isle of Wight, to take in Henry Stuart, and transport him to such place as shall be appointed by Council.
4. The petition of Edw. Bushell, merchant, referred to the Admiralty Committee.
6. To write the trustees for sale of the late King's goods to send to Whitehall, for the Council chambers, some hangings and window curtains, as also a large book entitled "A Description of the Empires and Kingdoms of the World."
7. Turf necessary for turfing the quarters of the garden in Whitehall to be taken out of Tothill Fields, where it may be best spared.
8. To add to the report given to Sir Wm. Armyne, concerning the nomination of Mr. Salwey and Mr. Weaver as commissioners to Ireland, a request that Parliament will consider what allowance is fit to be made to those so employed, and will appoint a certain place where such allowance may be paid.
9. Next Friday appointed for considering the business of Portugal, when the Navy Commissioners are to attend, and all papers relating thereto to be brought in.
9a. The Council to be summoned to give their attendance on Friday next.
10. To write the commander of the convoy appointed to guard the ships laden with provisions for the army, to hasten away with those ships, and not to stay at his peril.
11. The two Acts prepared for prohibiting all strangers to trade to Scotland and Barbadoes to be reported to Parliament by Mr. Challoner.
12. To send Mr. Challoner the report formerly sent to Sir Hen. Vane, containing the list of ships fit to be sent to Barbadoes.
13. The petition of the owners of the Constant Warwick referred to the Admiralty Committee.
14. The Admiralty judges to certify the matter of fact in the following cases, and report on the 26th inst., viz.: Nicholas Budier; the St. Gregory, a ship of Holland; the Rosenkranz of Rotterdam; the governor of the West India Company in Holland, concerning the Primrose; Claes Pietier, master of the Wycker Toorn; the corn in the St. Peter, upon the account of Mr. Lulls, merchant of Amsterdam.
15. The searchers at Gravesend to certify the matter of fact concerning 40l. belonging to Cornelius Jorbrenson Sconten, and to return an answer by the 26th inst.
16. The Lord Deputy of Ireland to be desired to examine several cases, and return the matter of fact with his opinions, viz., the ship of Rotterdam which, coming to Youghall, was pressed to go for Ross; the Concord; Black Cock of Amsterdam; Fortune, Mr. Jo. Clauson; Young Tobias; Fortune, Anthony de Great; Anne of Ross; the salt hides belonging to Jacob Abling of Amsterdam.
17. Sir Arth. Hesilrigge to certify Mr. Williams of Rotterdam as to the case of the White Swan. [I. 10, pp. 19–22.]
Sept. 18. Admiralty Committee to Capt. Wm. Coppin. Notwithstanding your orders to convoy with the first opportunity several vessels laden with provisions for the army in Scotland, and divers merchant ships with provisions accompanying them, brought to you by Capt. Pacey, you have made stay of them for four days in Harwich, on what pretence we know not, it being contrary to the instructions given to Capt. Pacey, who delivered them into your charge. We shall expect an account both from him and you of this great neglect in keeping from the army, who may be in much distress for want thereof, provisions which might have been with them by this time but for this delay. We now charge you, as you will answer the contrary at your peril, forthwith to set sail with those vessels, not staying for any others upon any pretence whatsoever, and convoy them to Leith Road, and give us an account of your setting sail, and also of your arrival at Leith. In case you apprehend yourself in any danger, command any ship in the State's service to assist you in convoying the said vessels to their intended ports. [I. 123, p. 464.]
Sept. 19. Order in Parliament that the Council of State consider how the business of the militia in the several counties may be best ordered, and report to the House next Tuesday. [I. 88, p. 44.]
Sept. 19. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. 20l. to be given by Mr. Frost to Thomas Payne, printer, as a gratuity for his sufferings by printing a book for the cause of Parliament, written by Mr. Walker.
2. Mr. Frost to make satisfaction to John Bishop for two engines for proving gunpowder, and the boards and bullets now at the butt at Vauxhall to be given him, as also a barrel of powder from the Tower, to enable him to make some experiments in shooting.
3. The committee which meets with the army officers to consider tomorrow how the militia in the several counties may be ordered for the best profit and safety of the commonwealth, and report on Saturday.
4. Mr. English, a Scot, to attend to-morrow afternoon.
5. Col. Berkstead to deliver to the Marchioness of Hertford the possession of Essex House, if upon marching away a part of his regiment, he finds he can dispense with the use of it.
6. To inquire whether license has been given to a Scotch schoolmaster in the Isle of Wight.
7. Next Wednesday appointed for the business of Sir Robert Sherley, and the rest of the Staffordshire prisoners in the Tower.
8. Mr. Scott to report at the same time the case of the Countess of Carlisle.
9. To write the governor of the Isle of Wight whether the Scotch schoolmaster at Newport has obtained a license to stay in England; if he has, he is to deliver it up and depart within 20 days; if he is there without license, he is to be secured.
10. Col. Berkstead to consider some fit place for the quartering of his soldiers besides Durham House, the Council not being desirous to hold the house longer than the Earl of Pembroke has given his consent to.
11. To write Sir Arthur Hesilrigge to deliver to Samuel Clarke, for transportation to Virginia, 900 Scotch prisoners, and 150 men for New England, to be sent there by Joshua Foot and John Bex, but they are to be such as are well and sound, and free from wounds; letters to be prepared to Sir Arthur Hesilrigge according to such desires as shall be made by any who will carry them to plantations not in enmity with the commonwealth.
12. Sir Wm. Armyne, Mr. Bond, Mr. Challoner, and Mr. Martin to be a committee to consider the propositions of Col. Rockby for taking off 1,000 Scotch prisoners for the service of France, under Marshal de Turenne, and to confer with him as to where he intends landing them, and the security he will give for their not returning to England, to the prejudice of the commonwealth.
14. To write Sir Arth. Hesilrigge to take notice of John Noris or Naris, an Irishman, now captain of dragoons for Cumberland, who served as a musketeer in Carlisle under Sir Thos. Glenham, and to desire him to acquaint the Lord General therewith, that he may have an eye upon him.
15. To inform the commissioners for Essex that Council finds the matter contained in their letter more proper for the consideration of Parliament, and will not therefore interfere.
16. The propositions made by the commissioners of Oxfordshire, concerning the disposal of the forces of their county, referred to the committee which meets with the army officers.
17. Lieut.-Gen. Ludlow, Col. Stapley, and Mr. Challoner to be a committee to consider the petition of the well-affected of Jersey about the exchanges desired by them, and the reduction of that island.
18. To write Sir Arthur Hesilrigge to order the delivery of 200 Scotch prisoners to Isaac le Gay, to be transported to Virginia.
19. Sir John Pershall to have the liberty of the Tower, and the lieutenant to be informed thereof. [I. 10, pp. 27–30.]
Sept. 19. [Council of State] to the Commander of the Elizabeth prize. We ordered Capt. Lawson of the Lion to convoy the Jonas of Hull and other vessels laden with merchants' goods in the Thames for Yarmouth and Hull, to some vessel of the State bound that way; but as some of the vessels are not ready, you are to convoy to Harwich those that are laden, and deliver them to Capt. Wm. Coppin of the Unity at Harwich, who will see them to their destination; if he is gone, then convoy them to Yarmouth, and tell Capt. Lawson to return to the Downs, and return there yourself, after convoying any State's vessel you find at Yarmouth. [I. 123, p. 465.]
Sept. 19. 21. Miles Woodshawe to Lord Conway. I have sent you the pair of pillowbeers you wrote for, wherein there are two ells of Holland; also a bottle of orange flower water, two pairs of gloves, &c., and will send the paper when you send the pattern for Mr. Humble. The wine I took out again and sent to Ashley; one was broke, and the other I gave to your groom, as I have not heard how you liked it. Dr. Donne desires you will remember his venison. Sir Jno. Gell was brought to trial, and it is thought it will be found misprision of treason, and he freed on Friday. [1 page.]
Sept. 20. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. Mr. Chune's petition, referred to the Admiralty Committee on Aug. 30, to be entered.
2. The Commissioners of customs to examine the petition of Anth. Fernandez.
3. To write the Navy Commissioners that Council has resolved to keep out 16 ships before Lisbon for four months to come, which are to be made up as follows; four to go from hence; four of the Merchantmen which went in the last fleet, and eight more out of such as are there, which the Generals think fit, except the Resolution; and they are are to consider the charge of victuals for 1,400 men for four months, serving in the said four ships going from hence, and to give notice to the four merchant ships there to victual for four months, besides the six months for which they were first victualled, and to consider the charge of the cordage to be sent there, and make an estimate thereof by Monday next.
4. Sir Hen. Vane to report to Parliament that Council have considered the Portuguese business referred to them, and resolved that a certain number of ships be continued upon that service, having had as much respect therein as they could to lessening of the charge, by keeping under the proportions of those lists which lie at present before Parliament; and that if Parliament will order the Navy Commissioners to pay such ships as Council thinks fit to employ, Council will proceed speedily to set them forth to sea.
5. The Portugal business to be reconsidered next Wednesday, and the merchants trading thither to have notice to be here, especially Mr. Bohun.
6. The committee which meets with the army officers to consider the making supplies of men desired for carrying on the service of Scotland, according to the letters of the Lord General, Major General Lambert, and Sir Arthur Hesilrigge, which letters Sir Hen. Vane has.
7. To write the Militia Commissioners for county York that, for effectually pursuing the affairs in Scotland, there should be a greater supply of men, and to request them to raise one complete regiment, consisting of 1,200 men, and give an account of what they shall do herein.
8. An allowance of 50l. a man to be made to Messrs. Owen, Caryl, Bowles, and another, the four ministers who are to go to Scotland.
9. The business of the fishermen of Stroud to be considered next Friday; Dr. Walker to attend.
10. The Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal to give a commission to Col. John Desborow, Lieut. Col. John Clerke, Geo. Rattenbury, and Capt. Hen. Hatsell, to take subscriptions to the engagement in Plymouth.
11. [Militia] commissions to be granted to such persons at Plymouth as desired by Major General Harrison.
13. To write the Commissioners for the county, to certify what the dangerous suspicions are upon which they have secured Edw. Vaughan, and to be careful to find out the arms they mention.
14. The collectors for prize goods to appraise the small vessel taken, but not to sell her until further orders.
15. To desire the Navy Commissioners to view the small prize vessel lately taken, and if they find her fit to be taken on to the service, to certify the same, that order may be given for that purpose.
16. To write the postmaster at Bristol to deliver the letter wrongly directed to Capt. Bushell to Capt. Bishop.
17. Marshal Peake to stay in town until Monday, to see if there is any dispatch.
18. To write Capt. Bishop that the Council's letter directed to Capt. Bushell ought to have been delivered to him, and that he is to call for it; also to acquaint the rest of the Commissioners for the city [Bristol] that Council understands some disorders have been committed in the election of officers, and to desire them to certify the manner of it, and who they were that mis-acted.
19. Militia Commissions to be granted to the persons nominated in the list from Sussex.
20. — to be added to the Militia Commissioners for Sussex. [I. 10, pp. 30–34.]
Sept. 20.
22. Council of State to the Commissioners for compounding at Haberdashers' Hall. By an order of Parliament of Aug. 23rd last, 6,000l. was charged upon your treasury, to be issued as this Council should appoint, for providing magazines of victuals in the north; we have accordingly engaged the 6,000l. by contract to several persons. We therefore desire you to issue warrants for its speedy payment to the treasurers-at-war, to be by them issued for the provisions, that they may the better regulate their account, and defalk the same out of the pay of those to whom it shall be distributed. [¾ page.]
Sept. 20. Order of the Admiralty Committee, on report from the Admiralty judges and Dr. Walker concerning the business of Tituan, that it be recommended to the Council of State to write to the Governor of Tituan, enclosing the report, and acquainting him what process has been done to do him right upon the Chinese, who deny they ever agreed with the governor to carry the Cornet to Algiers or Tunis, as appears by a copy of the contract, and therefore, that satisfaction may be made him, he must send over the original agreement, under their own hands, to prove the fact; meantime he is requested to set at liberty Peach, and the three other Englishmen detained upon this account; and when proof shall be made, he shall receive satisfaction against the parties themselves, according to justice, and the like justice is expected from him. Also that the said Chinese be ordered to give security in the Admiralty, to answer such judgment as shall be determined against them in the business. [I. 123, p. 466.]
Sept. 21. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. Mr. Lea to carry the papers relating to Mynheer Schaeph to the committee at the Horse Chamber.
2. To write the militia Commissioners for Cheshire to proceed in completing the four regiments of the militia, and to send one entire regiment of 1,200 men to Scotland.
3. To write the Lord General that some of the forces which were upon their march towards the army, of which he had notice given, are since designed, with some additional forces, to make up a body of men to march to Scotland by Carlisle, and to desire him to order Col. Fitch to march with them to such service as he shall find most necessary.
4. To write Sir Arthur Hesilrigge with the above, and desire him to appoint the rest that are yet to march that way to go to Carlisle, and to send what he can spare to Capt. Fitch, to enable him the better to march to the west of Scotland.
5. Col. Jones to report to Parliament that their order of May 15th last, for making up Col. Berkstead's regiment to 2,000 men for four months, has now elapsed, and to move them that the same order may be given for four months longer, Council finding that it is of great advantage to the safety of Parliament and the public; and Council will take care that, if there be no occasion to keep it up so full, they will make it less.
6. The Committee for accommodating Whitehall to consider what is fit to be allowed for the incident charges of the guards for this winter; 200l. to be advanced toward this service.
7. To write the Lord Deputy of Ireland, thanking him for his great services, and enclosing the narrative of the victory against the Scots, as also some of the Acts for thanksgiving, and to say that his letter has been referred to the Irish Committee, and he will receive an account by Col. Hill who is coming over; also to take notice of the goodness of God in stopping the plague.
8. Sir Hen. Mildmay to report to Parliament the papers of the treasurers-at-war, and to acquaint them that the men and provisions for the service in Scotland will be speedily ready, if money be not wanting, and request that the money be speedily provided for this service.
9. The account of the treasurers for the ordinance of 16 Feb. 1647–8, for 87,175l. 19s. 4d., approved and allowed, and warrants to be given them allowing of the payments made by them from that sum.
10. Sir H. Mildmay, Col Jones, and Mr. Scott to be a committee to consider the remainder of the above account. [Also Vol. XI., No. 23.]
11. The letters from Capts. Hackwell and Stoakes referred to the Admiralty Committee.
13. To write Col. Fitch that Council has resolved that he shall march into Scotland with a body of men, being part of the forces ordered to be added to the Lord General's army; and as soon as they have marched up to him, he is to advance into Scotland with them, and pursue the Lord General's orders.
14. 300 of Col. Gibbons' regiment, and 300 of Colonel Ingoldsby's to be immediately sent to Scotland, to recruit the foot regiments of the army; Major General Harrison to order their march, and the same orders to be settled concerning their pay, until they come to the army, as made concerning Col. Berkstead's men.
15. 600 of Col. Ingoldsby and Col. Gibbons' regiments, Major Rippon's 400 dragoons, the last foot regiment of Lancashire, the remaining 500 men of Alured's regiment, and the 600 of Col. Berkstead's, as also all other forces of counties Derby, Notts, York, and the northern counties, appointed to march northwards and not yet marched into Scotland, with such forces as Col. Fitch can spare from Carlisle, and what Sir Arth. Hesilrigge can provide, to march to Carlisle with all possible speed, and there receive further orders from the Lord General and Council of State.
16. Major Husband's troop, the remainder of Col. Tomlinson's regiment under Capt. Margery, and Major Audley's troop to march immediately to Carlisle.
17. The forces arriving at Carlisle to march into the west of Scotland, to prevent the levies now making there.
18. 10,000l. to be speedily sent to Carlisle, to pay the said forces.
19. Col. Fitch to command the forces into the west of Scotland and with the advice of Sir Arth. Hesilrigge, to settle the garrison of Carlisle in his absence, and hold correspondence with the Lord General for further directions.
21. Order that Capt. Wyard and his company be allowed medals for good service, as recommended by the Admiralty Committee [see p. 291, supra], which is to issue warrants to the collectors for prize goods to pay for them.
22. The prisoners now at Portsmouth, or that shall be hereafter sent there from sea, to be conveyed to Winchester gaol, those at Plymouth to Somersetshire gaol, and those at Weymouth to Salisbury gaol, and 14 days allowed for removing them; the collectors for prize goods to pay sums disbursed by the governors of the said towns, or others there into whose custody they shall be sent, for keeping them until transmitted to the gaols aforesaid; letters to be written to the several governors in pursuance hereof. [I. 10, pp. 36–42.]
Sept. 21. Committee for Martial Affairs. Day's Proceedings.
The paper brought by Major-General Harrison from Capt. Deane, secretary for the army, touching the pay of several forces and officers not within the establishment,' and Col. Berkstead's orders concerning his regiment referred to the Council of State.
The committee having conferred with Col. Temple, Governor of Tilbury fort, as to the better security of that place, by being placed in the hands of some one constantly residing there, and finding he is willing to submit to the pleasure of Council (although the place was granted to him by order of Parliament, and by former letters patent), recommend that Col. Geo. Crompton be appointed Governor; and as the pay is but 14s. a day, 10s. whereof should be allowed to the person executing the trust, that 6s. a day more be added, that Col. Temple may be allowed 10s. a day in respect of this right to the place, until Parliament give him satisfaction in some other way. [I. 10, pp. 40–42.]
Sept. 21./Oct. 1.
24. Nicholson alias Dean Stuart to [Secretary Nicholas]. I am commanded by the Duke of York to desire you to meet him at Brussels, with all the speed you can. He goes from this town the 3rd inst. I find he intends to depend much upon your counsel, and therefore entreat you not to fail him. You are to give notice to Lord Hopton from the Duke to come with you, as he had been particularly sent to, but we could not light upon any man who had a cipher with him. Do not fail, or nothing will be done. Sir Edw. Herbert and others have also been sent for by other hands.
I received yours from Utrecht of Sept. 10/20 but there is no news here of the coronation. We heard some months since at Jersey, that the service book was reprinted by the new commander's appointment, viz., the castration you name of the prayers for the King, and as we heard, of those for the bishops also. [The italics are in Lord Gerard's cipher, deciphered, 1 page.]
Sept. 23. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. To ask the Militia Commissioners for Sussex whether they have charged horse upon the Earl of Northumberland with refe rence to his whole estate, and what they have valued it at, and what certified into the county of Northumberland, and upon receipt of this information, Sir Arthur Hesilrigge's letter to be considered.
2. Sir Hen. Vane to report to Parliament that Council finds that the residence here of the wives of delinquents, whose husbands are persons of quality in foreign parts, is of dangerous consequence, as thereby a maintenance is made over to them, and intelligence held, to the prejudice of the public, and to request Parliament's pleasure as to the course to be taken with such persons.
3. The Admiralty Committee to reconsider the Lisbon fleet, and what ships are fit to be sent, and examine the complaint as to stinking victuals in the northern fleet, and confer with the Navy Commissioners thereon, and whether it will be most fit to send all the ships from hence, or make them up as formerly resolved by Council.
5. Mr. Holland to offer to Parliament for approbation the draft of a letter to be sent to the States General of the United Provinces.
6. The petition of John de Oudarsa, master of the Lady of Peace of St. Sebastian, referred to the Admiralty Judges, who, in regard of the miserable condition of the men, are to give all possible dispatch to their case.
7. The Ordnance Committee to consider Col. Whetham and Col. Joyce's propositions for the garrisons of Portsmouth and Portland.
8. The collectors for prize goods to furnish the company of the Lady of Peace of St. Sebastian in Spain, with something for their subsistence, until the case of their ship, now depending in the Admiralty Court, is determined.
9. Sir Hen. Vane, Mr. Holland, Col. Stapley, and Col. Jones to be a committee to consider the petition of the inhabitants of Southwark, concerning Mr. Venning, and likewise the letters from Exeter respecting him.
9. Edmond Cogan, prisoner in Peterhouse, to attend the Committee for examinations, and bring the security he has to tender for his bail. [I. 10, pp. 42–44.]
Sept. 23. Committee for Martial Affairs. Day's Proceedings.
Upon consideration of the Lord General's letter, intimating the present want of foot regiments in Scotland, Col. Sexby's regiment to be ordered to march thither.
Col. Barkstead's regiment to be augmented to 2,000, and drawn out, and upon the removal of Col. Sexby's men, to be appointed to secure Lovingland and Flegg.
Col. Haines' and Col. Bennet's regiments to be continued in pay for four months longer, and this to be reported to Parliament for their approval.
The Council of State to write the Militia Commissioners in Surrey that major Audley's troop having to march into Scotland, they are to provide a month's pay for them in their march, as they formerly promised to do, and that when they arrive in Scotland, they shall be otherwise provided for.
Council to give orders to four officers presented by Major Shephard to raise by beat of drum 150 men each for Ireland, they giving security to march them quietly, and paying quarters to the sea-side, on which they are to be paid 187l. 10s. each. [I. 10, pp. 44, 46.]
Sept. 24. Order in Parliament that they approve of what the militia of the city, Westminster, Southwark, and the Hamlets of the Tower [have done], in raising, ordering, and maintaining of the horse within their several militias, and that the said horse be continued in the same order as now, until Parliament or the Council of State shall take other order. [I. 88, p. 44.]
Sept. 24. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. Sir Hen. Mildmay, Col. Martin, Col. Jones, and Lieut.-Gen. Ludlow to be a committee to consider where the soldiers now in Durham House shall be quartered, when the time for which the house was taken has expired.
3. Sir Hen. Mildmay, Mr. Martin, Mr. Holland, and Mr. Bond to be a committee to consider the petition of Col. Whichcot, as to settling an allowance for maintenance of a ministry in the garrison at Windsor.
4. To send the London militia the resolution of Parliament concerning the keeping up of their horse, and that if they can apportion the charge in some other way, by which it may be more equally borne, Council will give it all furtherance.
5. The reports from the Admiralty Judges to be laid before Council to-morrow.
6. The petition of Edw. Bushell, merchant trading to Portugal, to be considered next Friday, when the Admiralty Judges are to attend.
7. The business of the Ordnance Office to be considered on Wednesday week, when the order of Parliament concerning the same is to be produced.
8. That it be declared that if any of the company of the Lubeckers will confess what they know concerning the intention of the two ships to join with Prince Rupert, they shall have their eighth part for so doing.
9. Mr. Sparrow to search in the holds of the Lubee ships for anything which may clear the evidence against him, for having an intention to join with the enemies of the commonwealth.
10. The battering guns desired by the Lord General to be sent the first opportunity.
11. The business of William Markewick, alias Baldock, referred to the Attorney General, who is to take care that the rest of his accomplices are apprehended, and proceeded against.
12. Mr. Rowe to succeed Col. Hill in his employment at the Irish Committee, the Committee having represented Mr. Rowe as fit to go over to Ireland.
13. 300l. a year to be allowed to Mr. Rowe, for himself and clerk, during his continuance in that employment.
14. 20l. to be paid John Kendrick, on condition of his quitting the rooms in Whitehall he now holds, which have been assigned to John King, one of the serjeant's deputies.
15. The petition of the town of Sandwich referred to the Militia Commissioners for Kent, to take care that what is desired, in regard to fire, candle, and a guard house, may be supplied.
16. The petition of Elizabeth Couper referred to the Irish Committee, who are to consider as to procuring an exchange for her husband, a prisoner at Scilly.
17. To write the mayor of Lancaster to dismiss the Scotchmen, on their recognizance in 500l. each to leave England within 20 days, and to be of good behaviour.
18. James Yate to be released, upon his recognizance in 200l., and two sureties for 100l. each, to be of good behaviour and appear before the Council upon summons; all his papers except any that may relate to the commonwealth to be delivered up to him.
19. The petition of Peter Burgaro, merchant stranger of Dover, referred to Major-Gen. Harrison.
20. Lieut.-Col. Searle to be exchanged for John de Rue and Nich. Buttelier.
21. The paper for the reduction of Jersey referred to the committee which meets the army officers.
22. The trustees [for sale of the late King's goods] to deliver 12 red velvet stools to Mr. Scott, for the use of Council.
23. The letters from the Lord Deputy of Ireland and Sir Chas. Coote referred to the Irish Committee to answer. [I. 10, pp. 48–51.]
Sept. 24. Admiralty Committee. Day's Proceedings.
Order that the petition of the owners of the Constant Warwick for salvage, referred to this Committee by the Council of State, be referred to the Admiralty Judges, to state the matter of fact as it stands in their court. [Vol. XI., No. 25.]
Order that the letter from Col. Deane, concerning Capt. Jones, commander of the Ann and Joyce, who is charged for not assisting Capt. Wyard and his convoy, when he was in fight with the Jersey fleet of six sail, with Col. Jones's answer to the charge, and the depositions of several masters annexed, be reported to the Council of State, to be from thence transmitted to the Navy Committee, to certify the matter complained of, whereby the ship may be paid off according to contract.
Order that the report of the Admiralty Judges concerning the Philip of Topsham, condemned as prize in the Admiralty Court, by the seizure and prosecution of Jas. Corbett,—that he ought to have the moiety of the said ship, and of the goods taken in her,—be reported to the Council of State with this committee's opinion that Corbett should be allowed the said moiety.
Order that the report of the Admiralty Judges, concerning the taking of the Gundibark of Jersey, by Capt. Greene, by virtue of his letters of reprisal,—that he ought to be looked upon according to his petition,—be reported to the Council of State.
Order that the petition of Hen. Stephens, merchant of Southampton,—stating that he being owner of the Henry of Southampton, laden in Spain, and bound for England, was by distress of weather in April 1649, forced into Castlehaven, Ireland, where the rebels confiscated both ship and goods; and that since the taking of Castlehaven, one of the State's frigates brought the said ship over to Ilfracombe, and it has since been condemned in the Admiralty Court, by the name of the Henrietta, without petitioner's knowledge, and praying restitution, he paying salvage,—be referred to the Admiralty Judges, who are to examine witnesses in behalf of the petitioner, and certify.
Order on the petition of Samuel Mayne,—stating that he is part owner of 3–16ths of the Reformation, which being detained from him by John Wood's company, he made an arrest of the said parts in the Admiralty Court, and bail being given by Wood's Company, and the business ready for sentence, the judges refused to give judgment, upon pretence of some stop from some other court, and praying that the said judges should state the matter of fact, and show cause why they do not proceed in the sentence—that the Admiralty Judges state the matter of fact of the petition, and certify to this Committee.
Order that the collectors for prize goods cause medals to be prepared, in pursuance of the Council's order of the 21st inst., for Capt. Wyard and his company, for their good services, and keep them in their hands until further order. [I. 123, pp. 467–470.]
Sept. 24.
26. Admiralty Committee to the Navy Commissioners. We have perused yours of the 9th touching your endeavouring the sale of decayed ships by the candle, and your opinion that it is best for the said ships to be sold upon discount of freight, or of money due to the victuallers upon their contract. We think that the intention of Parliament is to employ the moneys arising upon the sale of the said ships in building of new frigates in their room, and therefore they are not to be sold upon the account you mention. We therefore desire you once again to try to put them to sale by the candle, for ready money, or by the offer of any that will give most for them. If any of the master builders of the State's ships will offer a considerable sum above 650l., which is already offered in ready money, and discount it upon money due to them for building the last frigates, you are to certify us with expedition who makes the best offer. [Also, I. 123, pp. 470, 471.]
Sept. 24.
Carisbrook Castle.
27. Capt. Anth. Mildmay to the President of the Council of State. I received your commands this afternoon, referring me to an order of Parliament not sent, and have acquainted the Duke therewith, and he is ready to obey. I have chosen Rich. Lovell his tutor, and Jno. Griffith, and Gab. Randue to wait upon him in his chamber. We decently interred the deceased lady (the Princess Elizabeth) this afternoon in Newport Church. [½ page.]
Sept. 28.Verses on the death of the Princess Elizabeth in Carisbrook Castle, 8th Sept. 1650. Inc., "They who lament thy death, now thou art gone."
Sept. 25. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
2. The letter prepared for the Lord General, respecting the wrong done Mr. Pennoyer by certain persons in Scotland, to be sent.
3. The Ordnance Committee to confer with Capt. Clarke, on James Harrison's letter from Guernsey.
4. The mortar pieces appointed for the service of Guernsey to be proved in Hyde Park, next Friday.
5. The examinations, &c. concerning Sir Robt. Sherley, Sir John Pershall, Mr. Offley, and Randolph Egerton, to be sent to the Sequestration Commissioners at Westminster, who are to proceed therein as usual.
6. The persons above named to be set at liberty upon bail, on taking the engagement.
7. The Countess of Carlisle, prisoner in the Tower, to be let out on bail for two months, on recognizance.
9. Her time to be accounted from 1st October next to 1st Dec., and meantime, until her bail is ready, she is to have the liberty of the Tower.
10. Capt. Edw. Hall to be commander-in-chief of the Fleet bound for Portugal, and to continue there, to command the winter squadron that shall be left upon those coasts.
11. Council agrees with the letter of the Navy Commissioners, and they are to dispatch it accordingly.
12. The Admiralty Judges and Dr. Walker to examine the master pursers, and other accountable officers of the ships from Portugal, as to what goods were put on board belonging to the King of Portugal, or any of his subjects.
14. Council approves of the sale of the decayed ships, as represented by the Navy Commissioners.
15. The letters from the Lord Deputy of Ireland, concerning Captains Tethrington and Finchman, referred to the Irish Committee. [I. 10,pp. 51–53.]
Sept. 26. Order in Parliament that the Navy Committee provide and pay such ships as the Council of State shall give warrant for, and certify as fit to be employed in the service for Portugal, not exceeding the estimates reported to Parliament, 16th August last.
Sept. 26. Order in Parliament that the Council of State place Capt. Appleton as commander of the ship now to be built at Woolwich, or any other ship that they think fit.
Sept. 26. Order in Parliament that the House concur with the Council of State as to the pay of 15s. a day to Nathaniel Eldred, appointed commissary of victuals for the marching army, without any respited moneys, in lieu of 10s. a day present pay and 10s. a day respited pay; 6s. 8d. a day for his assistant, and 2s. 6d. for each of his two clerks; and the army committee are authorised to pay the same. [I. 88, pp. 44, 45.]
Sept. 26. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. Dr. John Crichton, a Scot, to have six weeks to prepare to leave England.
3. The letter from Mr. Mildmay, at Carisbrook Castle, Isle of Wight, referred to the Committee appointed to consider of the manner of sending away Henry Stuart; they are to give speedy dispatch to the persons who are to come up on that business.
4. The letter from Col. Deane, of Sept. 11, with the papers annexed, recommended to the Navy Committee, that the matters complained of may be rectified, and the ship therein mentioned paid off.
5. Council approves of the opinion reported from the Admiralty, concerning the ship of Topsham, seized by James Corbett, and warrant to be issued thereupon.
6. The letters from Sir Christ. Coote referred to the Irish Committee, who are to prepare an answer, and bring it to Council, to be speeded after the Provost Marshal, who has gone to Chester, and to be delivered by him to the Lord Deputy and Sir Chas. Coote.
7. To report to the House that Council finds that in several places, particularly Bristol and Canterbury, persons have been elected magistrates who are very disaffected, which may prove dangerous to peace and safety of the commonwealth, and to desire the House to take order to prevent the danger.
8. The Irish Committee to consider the case of the maimed soldiers both in Ireland and England, as also of those who have been [killed.]
9. The business of Huet Leat to be considered to-morrow.
10. The petition of the company of the Guinea frigate referred to the Admiralty Committee.
11. To look out the order for a pass to Mr. Armyne and Mr. Hicks, passed some months since.
12. The letter now read to the Holland Commissioner in answer to some papers of his, to be fairly written, signed, and sent by Mr. Frost.
13. The letter read for the High Court of Justice to be fairly written and sent.
15. A warrant to be made out for Mr. Kinnersley.
16. The petition of Sam. Vassall and company referred to the Admiralty Committee. [I. 10,pp. 55–57.]
Sept. 26. 29. Miles Woodshawe to Lord Conway. I must be excused for not sending your things this week, being at Guildford and the weather bad. I have not been well and could not go to Petworth. The books you wrote for are yet unbound, but I have received Thesauri Linguœ Latinœ from Mr. Bee, who has promised me the catalogue of what books he has of yours next week. As I do not understand what a draft of an assurance is; if you will draw one, I will get Mr. Hales to peruse it. Mr. Alkin, the barber, does not know of any servant likely to suit you, and Mr. Harrington quiets me with a promise of six or a dozen. I desire your pleasure concerning Mr. Laurence, the apothecary, as he is in earnest with me, and I shall be forced to pay him according to promise. Mrs. Gifford called this morning to know if you were in town. Dr. Donne presents his service and expects his venison next week, because it will be out of season. Dr. Collingdon will send your book next week, it being now at Chelsea. I have enquired for Lord Ogle's man but he cannot be found. [1 page.]
Sept. 26. 30. Authority from the Earl of Dorset for his servants, Richard Rosseter and Geo. Parkins, to receive from Geo. Willingham all such writings and evidences as concern him by the death of his brother, Richard Earl of Dorset, and all such as appertain to him as executor to Anthony Roper late of Eltham, county Kent, deceased. [½ page.]
Sept. 26. 31. Receipt by the Earl of Dorset for the papers and evidences above mentioned, as also for those relating to the sale of the manor of Holborn, and of divers lands in the county of Sussex. [½ page.]
Sept. 27. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
4. Order on the petition of the governor and company of merchants trading to the East Indies, that they present to Council the particulars of the matter of fact, as also the particular account therein mentioned.
5. The report from the Admiralty judges, concerning the oyster fishing at Milton and Stroud, referred to them to give a positive judgment upon the point of right, and bring in their report next Wednesday; they consulting Council in the meantime if necessary.
6. The petition of the merchants of Bristol trading to Portugal to be considered to-morrow.
7. The Irish Committee to have power to continue the same allowance to their clerks as formerly, so long as that employment lasts.
8. The order formerly made, settling an allowance on Mr. Rowe employed on the Irish Committee, to be taken off, and Council left to reward him as his service may deserve.
9. The Irish Committee to confer to-morrow with the treasurersat-war, who are to have notice.
10. Order to be given to Major Copperthwaite to march with his company to Newcastle, and receive orders from Sir Arthur Hesilrigge for his service in Scotland.
11. To write Sir Arthur Hesilrigge of the above order to Major Copperthwaite.
12. The—committee to consider the desire of Major Rookbie and Capt. Johnston, for some Scotch prisoners to be employed abroad.
13. Sir Wm. Armyne and Mr. Scott added to the Admiralty Committee. [Also I. 123,p. 472.]
14. The Admiralty Committee to consider how the sea may be guarded this winter against the piracies of the frigates commissioned by the King of Scotland.
15. John Fox and Major Edw. Aspinwall added to the Militia Commissioners for Lancashire, and instructions filled up accordingly.
16. Commissions to be given to the persons recommended by the Commissioners of Lancashire in their letter from Preston of the 20 inst.
18. The Council approve of what has been done by Capt. Cannon, in taking the arms and ammunition in Dover Castle into his custody.
19. To write Col. Purefoy to take care that the business of proclaiming the King of Scots at Coventry is thoroughly examined.
20. Capt. John Ross, John Bamston, Ralph Baldwin, Hen. James, John French,—Narie, and Thos. Hunter, to have commissions to be captains of dragoons in Sir Arthur Hesilrigge's regiment.
26. Order—on information of neglect of many parish clerks in places within the bills of mortality, and not in the jurisdiction of the lord mayor of London, in not bringing in a just account of burials in their several parishes, with the several diseases of which the persons die, by which means infectious and dangerous diseases speed undiscovered, to the danger of the inhabitants and others repairing to the city,—that all parish clerks in the bills of mortality bring in their accounts of burials and diseases duly and constantly, as heretofore, and where there is no parish clerk, the churchwardens to do it. The clerk of the parish clerks' company to return to Council the names of those who do not conform to this order, that further course may be taken with them. [I. 10,pp. 55–63.]
Sept. 27. 32. Report of Drs. William Clark and John Exton, two of the Admiralty judges, to the Council of State, upon the cases referred to them, 18 September; and that of the governors of the West India Company in Holland, concerning the ship Princess.
There was a cause depending two years since in the Admiralty, for goods claimed by Nicholas Budier and others in the St. Peter, which was taken under letters of reprisal granted to Gregory Clements and others, and sentence given against her, upon which there was an appeal to the delegates.
There were two suits against the St. Gregory of Horne, for damage done by her to two ships, one commenced by Capt. Rich. Crandley and others against John Johnson Porteer, her master, which was sentenced in the Admiralty, and from which they appealed to the delegates, where it still depends. The other commenced by Jno. Wood and others against Porteer is still depending.
The Rosenkranz of Amsterdam was adjudged lawful prize in the Admiralty 12 months since.
There is a cause depending in the Admiralty by Anthony Fer nandez and — Rodrigues against Claes Peter, master of the Wycker Toorn, for goods pretended to be never delivered, in which there is a libel given, and witnesses produced and examined on behalf of Fernandez and Rodrigues, and so depends.
The St. Peter of Amsterdam, John Otferston master, laden with wheat, was taken by letters of marque granted to Geo. Searle and Francis Topp, the wheat being for Frenchmen, and was condemned as prize in June 1650, but the ship was decreed to be restored, and they do not find whether Mr. Lulls is concerned therein.
For the causes which are on appeal, the parties may "in secundâ instantiâ allegare non allegata, et probate non probata," and proceed to further proof, which may alter the case, but if they proceed upon the same proof, the sentences will be confirmed. The other sentences from which there has been no appeal are gone "in rem judicatam," and must stand, nor can any objection be now made against them. For those yet undetermined no account can be given until heard.
As to the Princess, belonging to the governors of the Holland West India Company, she being cast away with her lading upon the west coast of England, and all or most of her company saved, an Admiralty commission was issued to enquire what was saved, and the same to remain in the hands of the commissioners therein named, for the benefit of those who should prove their right thereto within a year and a day, within which time discovery was made that Watkin Williams had gained into his hands a great part of the lading, and detained it. A warrant was issued, and he was arrested, and refusing to give bail, was brought up to London, but making faith before the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal, that this arrest was made in his journey towards London to prosecute his suit in Chancery, he was set at liberty. Afterwards a fresh warrant was issued to re-arrest him, but he and others made resistance, beat and wounded the officers, and escaped; being afterwards taken, he was proceeded against in the Admiralty, both upon the governors' and company's action, and likewise ex officio for his contempt in beating such officers. Not being able to put in sufficient bail, he procured prohibitions in both causes to stay proceedings, upon pretence that these goods which he had so obtained were wreck of the sea, wherewith the Admiralty Court had nothing to do, and so obtained his enlargement, and still detains the goods. These are not wreck, but bona sparsa per naufragium, and ought to be restored to such as can make good their property in them, which cannot be done but by common law, the proofs being often bills of lading, and often the proofs of such property cannot be made but by commission out of the Admiralty to foreign parts, and bills of lading are to remain in the registry of the Admiralty Court, to justify such restitution, in case others should make claim thereto. All derelicts, flotson, jetson, and lagon, which have in all ages belonged to the Lord High Admiral, may as well be termed wreck of sea as goods thus cast away.
Several others have proceeded for recovery of their goods so cast away, and detained by such as have similarly obtained them, but they are barred from proceeding by way of prohibition, and information has been given to the Admiralty Committee, by the ViceAdmiral of Cornwall, that he and other vice-admirals are hindered in their duties in doing right to the proprietors, where ships are split or cast away, being disturbed by lords of manors who pretend royalty to be granted to them by former kings; they conceive that no lords of manors, though they have wreck of the sea granted, can by any such grant have to do with derelicts, flotson, jetson, lagon, or goods cast away in this manner, but that if they meddle therewith, they are punishable in the High Court of Admiralty. [3¼ pages.]
Sept. 27. 33. Note that [Fras.] Lee voluntarily states that the goods [of the late Archbishop of Canterbury] were carried to his house, for which he had a patent. That a trunk of linen was emptied and carried away by Smith, and two sacks of linen brought to Mrs. Duckett; with list of communion and other plate which Mrs. Duckett also received in a trunk. Lee also had two horses which he says that his Lordship gave him, and that he bought four cows of him, but Lee's wife states that she never had or saw any of the bishop's linen but what was old and cast off. Rich. Smith says that a trunk of linen was committed to his custody, and that there were 17 cows and one bull which were sold by his Lordship's orders, and that Mr. Bovey had a dun horse, and a black and a grey colt. [1 page.]
Sept. 28. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The letter now read to Sir Arthur Hesilrigge to be copied and sent.
2. The letter to the Lord Deputy of Ireland to be signed, sent by the post to Chester, and delivered to the Provost Marshal, to be carried over by him.
3. The Commissions desired by Col. Whetham and Lieut.-Col. Joyce to be made out according to their list.
4. To write the Navy Commissioners to advance 50l. to Mr. Burrell, upon the building of the ship he is now in hand with.
5. To look out the letter written to county Somerset, about Winscomb Manor and the lead mines there. [I. 10, p. 64.]
Sept. 28. Admiralty Committee. Day's Proceedings.
Order upon considering how the ships of the summer guard are disposed of, and finding but a slender guard about the Downs, that the Navy Commissioners consider of the fitness of the RearAdmiral prize at Portsmouth for a man-of-war, to be bought for the State.
Order that the General be written to, to hasten up what ships he can spare from the North.
Order that a copy of the letter from Robert Thorpe, master of the Swiftsure, concerning abuses committed on board that ship by the captains, officers, and company, be sent to Col. Willoughby at Portsmouth, and he desired to examine the parties complained of, and that Capt. Gilson be ordered to come up to answer the charge against him.
Order that the Navy Commissioners examine who they are of the company of the Rebecca that received and divided the party's money and goods mentioned in the report of a council of war held on board the Liberty, concerning the mutinous carriage of the officers and company of the Rebecca, and stop so much of their wages as is proportionable to the value of such money and goods, until they have made satisfaction to the said parties.
Order that Capt. Gregory Butler, late captain of the Rebecca, take into his custody all arms taken in the Swine's Head, and now on board the Rebecca, and keep them until further order, and that the officers of the said ship deliver them to him.
Order that as a ship of good force cannot be spared, the Recovery be appointed to convoy the Hamburg ships, and return with them, and the Mary frigate to see them out of danger and then return.
Reference of the petition of the company of the Guinea frigate, concerning their share of several prizes taken by them, to the collectors for prize goods, who are to certify what prizes have been taken by that company, and how they are disposed of.
Reference to the Navy Commissioners of the petitions of Wm. Burrowes, John Smyth, and Thomas Damarell, mariners of the Adventure, commanded by Capt. Wyard. [Also Vol. XI., No. 34.]
Reference of the petitions of the commanders of the Brazil fleet, lately come from Lisbon, setting forth the good service they have done in taking the six French prizes, and praying to be allowed such gratuities as have been given to other commanders and officers of the like quality, to the Navy Commissioners, who are to certify why the petitioners have not received their gratuities. [Also Vol. XI., No. 35.]
Reference of the petition of Samuel Vassal and other merchants of London, concerning the Concord, to the Admiralty judges and the collectors for prize goods, who are to certify what progress has been made concerning that ship in the Admiralty Court.
Order to the collectors of prize goods to pay 9l. to Alice, widow of Edw. Lake, quartermaster of the Elizabeth, he and his son Henry having lost their lives in the service, and she having eight children to provide for.
Like order to pay 7l. to Rich. Styles for the orphan child of John Brown, pilot, slain in the Elizabeth, on security to employ it in her breeding, till she can work for her living.
Like order to pay 3l. to Julian Strong, widow, her son Peter being drowned when the Mary Rose was cast away. [I. 123, pp. 473–480.]
Sept. 28. Admiralty Committee to the collectors at Liverpool. We are informed by Sir Charles Coote and Col. Venables, that a small vessel with five or six guns, called the Earl of Argyle's frigate, was taken by Capt. Clarke, and brought into Chester water or Liverpool; and that she is fit to be employed upon the northern coast of Ireland. Let her be fitted to sea and employed accordingly, and give us an account of her present condition, that we may order her disposal. If you are upon the sale of her, defer it; and if sold, let us know upon what terms, that course may be taken for reimbursing those who have bought her. [I. 123, p. 476.]
Sept. 28. [Robert Coytmor] to Cap. Flute. As you are now in Plymouth Sound, with the ship Supply under your command, and expect directions, the Admiralty Committee desire you to victual your ship for two months after your former time is spent, at the place where you can be soonest victualled, and then ply to sea, ranging the coast along to the Downs, and give notice upon all opportunity where you are to me, that I may communicate the same to the Council of State or the Admiralty Committee. [I. 123, p. 474.]
Sept. 30. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The complaint of Nich. Gold, concerning the Serjeant-at-Arms interposing about goods belonging to some Portuguese, referred to the Admiralty Committee.
2. Mr. Guerdon, a Scot, and schoolmaster in the Isle of Wight, to be permitted to continue there until further order, and a letter to be written to the governor to that effect.
4. To write the Militia Commissioners for Southwark to permit the Martial Hall there to be used as a place of worship, and to treat for that purpose with those who pretend a right to the place.
5. The petition of Edw. Greene, mariner, referred to the Admiralty Committee.
6. Order to be given to Col. Sexby to march with his regiment to Carlisle, and receive orders from Sir Arthur Hesilrigge, the governor.
7. To write the Army Committee to pay one month's pay more than formerly ordered upon the Irish establishment, to enable the men to march to Scotland.
8. The proposition of Col. Sexby concerning wagons referred to the Ordnance Committee.
9. The third proposition concerning clothing for Col. Sexby's regiment referred to the Irish Committee.
10. The Army Committee to provide a surgeon's chest for Col. Sexby's regiment, and allow him a wagoner upon the establishment.
11. To write the Militia Commissioners for county Oxford, to send a troop of 100 horse into Scotland, for strengthening the army there, and provide one month's pay both for officers and men, and to inform them that when they come to the army, they shall be provided for without further charge to them.
12. Major-General Harrison to issue orders for marching of the said troop, and to keep a correspondence with such of the Commissioners as he conceives fit, for better expediting their march.
13. The Ordnance Committee to furnish Col. Berkstead's regiment with 450 snaphance muskets and 40 pikes, instead of those sent out of that regiment to Scotland.
14. To write the Militia Commissioners of Essex to continue 12 horse and 24 foot at Mersey Island for its safety, to be commanded by the governor there until further order, and to dismiss all the rest of their horse and foot.
15. To write the Commissioners of Sequestrations and Compositions of Essex, that by what was formerly heard, and from letters received this post, Council thinks the former Commissioners cannot be employed without prejudice, and that as the names of some have been offered who are without exception, their commissions had better be expedited forthwith.
16. To write Sir Arthur Hesilrigge that Council approves his proposition as to marching soldiers to the northern service, and will give directions to such as come that way to observe the same.
17. To write Col. Pine that Council approves what was done by him in securing some disaffected persons in that county, and has not given order for their release, but only written to be certified of their qualities and conditions.
18. To write the Lord Deputy of Ireland recommending Capt. Lumley Thelwall as sword bearer in Ireland.
19. To request the House, in regard of the many occasions for money, to consider the several Acts for expediting the raising thereof.
20. Mr. Heveningham and Sir Hen. Mildmay to be a committee to consider of two fit persons to value the horses.
21. To write the Governor of Chester to keep together the troop he gave notice of until further order. [I. 10, pp. 64–67.]
Sept. 30.
36. Council of State to the Navy Commissioners. We agree with your letter of the 25th, concerning the ships to be employed for Portugal, and desire you to put your part into a present and effectual dispatch, that the service of the commonwealth, to which these ships are designed, may not be retarded, it being a matter in which the public is much concerned. [½ page.]
Sept. 30. [Irish Committee. Day's Proceedings.]
Upon considering the petition of Lieut.-Col. John Rathborne referred to this committee by the Council of State, and of certain papers proposing several discoveries of concealed delinquents' estates, and that the moneys arising thereupon be allowed towards raising and paying a regiment of foot for Ireland under his command, they think that all moneys arising upon discoveries of delinquents' estates are designed to the service of England, and that the same cannot be diverted to the service of Ireland, out of the course settled by Parliament; but as Rathbone proposes that the discoverer's part out of those moneys may be so applied, Council thinks it expedient that when he shall have prosecuted such discoveries, so as to enable him to this undertaking, and tendered his propositions concerning the same, all fit encouragement should be given him to proceed therein; and meantime a letter should be written to the Commissioners for Advance of money and compounding, to give him all dispatch in prosecuting such discoveries. [I. 10, p. 71.]
Sept. 30.
37. Robert Coytmor to [the Navy Commissioners]. I enclose a copy of a letter from Col. Deane, and Council would have you consider whether the Liberty may not be one of the eight ships for Lisbon, as Capt. Hall is now in her, and goes commander-in-chief of these ships. If you think her fit to go, Sir Hen. Vane conceives it best to pay the men on board, that you may preserve them together.
General Deane writes Sir Hen. Vane that there is great want of three or four nimble ketches, to be employed along the Scottish coast, which, as he says, must needs be had forthwith, and the charge of them shall be rebated out of the number of men and ships in the winter guard.
The Act for Barbadoes has passed the House, and the committee thought of one second-rate ship to go upon that service; I conceive none of the second-rate can be fit to go but such as are sheathed, and I hear the Unicorn is newly sheathed. [Also I. 123, p. 482.] Enclosing,
37. i. Gen. Rich. Deane to the Council of State. I gave you an account of my arrival here on the 17th, as also of the ships I found, and what orders I had given the Providence and Rebecca, and I also proposed something concerning a supply of shipping to be sent for the fleet at Lisbon. This day I ordered Rear-Admiral Capt. Hall, in the Liberty, to sail for Lee Road to wait your commands; and if you give him no orders to the contrary, to repair to Chatham, to deliver up his ship and be paid off. I am daily expecting the ships with provisions, and to settle that part of the fleet which is to stay here, and then intend to hasten to Harwich, as I formerly intimated. Edinburgh, 22 September, 1650. [Copy, ¾ page.]
Sept. ? 38. Miles Woodshawe to [Lord Conway]. I have received your letter and the 30l., and will redeem the beds, and use all means to set the stuff off to the best advantage. The man that has the red damask bed is the same that offered 40l. for it, but he now says he did so in haste, and many who have seen it will not give more than 20l., it being much spotted, and of several stuffs; but I will not let it go until I have your order. Lord Byron presents his humble service, and is going out of town to-day, but will return in a fortnight. [1 page.]