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Volume 23: January 1652

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1651-2. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1877.

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January, 1652.

Jan. 1. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The confiscation of the Hope of Hamburg, freighted from Spain with goods for Mr. Samuel —, and of the goods, suspended until further order of Parliament.
2. The former direction of Council concerning the examination of the difference at Chatham to stand.
3. The papers delivered to Council by the Ambassadors of Spain to be presented to the House by Lord Commissioner Whitelock, in pursuance of their order.
4. Also those delivered by the Ambassadors from the States General. [I. 66, pp. 147–148.]
Jan. 2. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The confiscation of the ship Michael of Flushing, freighted from the Canaries with goods for Arnold Beake, Peter Mathews, and William Moore, and also of the said goods, suspended until the further pleasure of the House.
2. The petition of Jane Gilbert referred to the Committee for Examinations to report.
3. Also the petition of Robert Limpaine.
4. The letter from the Militia Commissioners for co. York referred to the Committee for Prisoners.
5. The merchants who have presented their narratives and sworn to their cases, concerning goods shipped for England contrary to the Act for increase of trade, to give in petitions to Council, containing the substance of the narratives, that Council may proceed on the order of Parliament of 31 Dec.
6. Mr. Milton to prepare a letter in Latin of the substance of what was read in English to the Duke of Tuscany, to be brought to Council and read for their approbation.
8. The answer brought in from the committee to be sent to the Duke of Tuscany recommitted for further consideration. Lord Bradshaw added to that committee.
9. Mr. Nevill added to the Committee for Foreign Affairs.
10. The letter of Thos. Bendish from Yarmouth, with the bill of exchange dated 15 Dec. 1651, referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee.
11. Order, on the petition of Sir William Waller for liberty, that he be sent for to appear before Council.
12. Mr. Howard to be set at liberty on bond in 1,000l., with two sureties in 500l. each, for his good behaviour, and to have a pass to go to Holland.
13. The Committee for Examinations to examine Sir William Waller when he comes to town, concerning the business laid to his charge in reference to the late conspiracy in London.
14. The papers concerning Col. Wm. Sloughter to be looked out, and in case they have been delivered out to any member of the Council, they are to be brought in again.
15. Mr. Pecke to be bailed on a bond in 1,000l., with two sureties in 500l., on the usual conditions, and the Committee for Examinations to approve of the sureties.
16. All bonds taken for the appearance of any person before Council are to have the following clauses inserted:—That a special place be appointed for leaving the summons for their appearance, and that the parties are not at any time to depart from Council after they have made their appearance without leave.
18. Mr. Windham to be bailed in 1,000l., with two sureties in 500l., to appear on summons and to be of good behaviour.
19. Mr. Penruddock to be bailed by the Committee for Examinations in such sum, with such sureties, and upon such conditions as they think fit.
20. The Keysar of Amsterdam, and the goods therein, belonging to Thos. Ingram, merchant of London, to be free from confiscation and sale, until the pleasure of Parliament be declared.
21. The petition of Thos. Newcomen referred to the Admiralty Committee.
22. Mr. Berkenhead to make his propositions concerning the Isle of Man in writing to the Irish and Scotch Committee, who are to meet to-morrow morning thereon.
23. The three orders of Parliament concerning the islands of Jersey, Guernsey, and Sark referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee.
24. The order of Parliament for some person to receive from the Master of the Rolls the records and papers that are to be sent to Scotland referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee, to consider of some fit person.
26. Order to be given to the Collectors for Prize Goods to cause the Grenvile at Plymouth, lately taken by the Dragon, condemned in the Admiralty Court as lawful prize, to be appraised and delivered to the Navy Commissioners at Plymouth, and they to cause her to be rigged, victualled, and fitted to sea forthwith for the service, as General Blake shall give order. [I. 66, pp. 151–156.]
Jan. 2.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Col. Dixwell, Governor of Dover Castle, and to the Mayor of Dover. By the enclosed articles, you will understand the charge which has been made against Jno. Whetstone, postmaster of Dover, that he expressed much disaffection to the Parliament and commonwealth, and retarded the passage of several packets which concerned the service. This ought to be inquired into, so that if he be guilty, he may be removed. Summoning the parties before you, send up their examinations, that some further order may be given. [I. 97, p. 54.]
Jan. 2.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Commissioners of Sequestrations, Haberdashers' Hall. The enclosed letter from the Commissioners of Customs, with the examinations, having been presented to us, you are to examine the matter, and take proceedings therein. [I. 97, p. 55; I. 66, p. 152.]
Jan. 2.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Mayor of Dartmouth. Having received a petition from several well-affected persons in Dartmouth, that Mr. Pendarvis may preach in St. Saviour's Church, Dartmouth, take care that he has such liberty every Lord's Day after four p.m., and on Friday afternoons, and at other times when Mr. Hartford does not exercise. [I. 97, p. 56.]
Jan. 2.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Col. Twistleton, Governor of Denbigh Castle. Sir Wm. Waller having presented a petition for liberty, and Council having ordered that he should be sent for, take care that he is sent up with speed. [I. 97, p. 57.]
Jan. 5. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
2. The committee on the differences between the Mayor and aldermen and the Common Council of London to make their report next Thursday.
3. The Council is to sit every day; when three or more are met in the Council Chamber, they may read petitions, and report on them to Council when it is full, with their opinions.
4. The Committee for Examinations to consider of some way for the ease of Council in the matter of petitions.
7. That committee to bail Mrs. Bunce and her son James Bunce, in such sums and upon such conditions as they think fit.
8. The petition and papers annexed of Capt. Jno. Greene referred to the Admiralty Judges, who are to examine on oath what is therein mentioned, and state the fact with their opinion to Council with speed.
10. The petition of the late Mayor and Sheriff of Worcester referred to the Committee for Examinations, who are to consider their condition, peruse the papers concerning them in the hands of the Judge Advocate of the army, and report.
11. The said Judge Advocate to deliver to the said committee all papers relating to the carriage of the late Mayor and Sheriff of Worcester, in admitting Charles Stuart and his adherents into the town.
12. Sir Wm. Constable, Col. Martin, Mr. Nevill, Wm. Masham, and Lieut.-Gen. Fleetwood to be a committee to receive more particular information from Mr. Hotham of his discovery of 14,000l., before further power be given for the levy of it.
13. The four narratives of the cases of the Eastland merchants, of Samuel Mico, of the English merchants trading to Bordeaux, and of William Anderson, as sworn before Council according to the order of Parliament of Dec. 13, to be presented to the House by Alderman Pennington.
14. The letter from Hull of Dec. 27, and the paper enclosed, referred to the Committee for Examinations.
15. The letter and papers of Col. Duckenfield referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee.
16. The petition of Charles Nay referred to the Committee for Examinations.
18. The Navy Commissioners to treat with Isaac Fuller, painter, for painting one of the new frigates now building in the Thames by way of trial, and when it is done, the commissioners are to certify to Council their opinions of what Fuller shall do.
20. The silk belonging to the Countess of Devonshire, now remaining in custody by order of the Committee for Examinations, to be delivered to her. [I. 66, pp. 158–161.]
Jan. 5.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Commissioners at Haberdashers' Hall. There are a quantity of oak trees in Causham Park, near Reading, Berks, heretofore belonging to Lord Craven, fit for the navy, and convenient for being brought down the river; forbear disposing of them until further order. [I. 97, p. 58.]
Jan. 6. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
2. The petition of the Mayor of Preston and others in Lancashire referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee.
3. The following copy of a bond, to be taken of such persons as Council shall think fit to be let out of prison, approved:—
Know all whom these may concern, that we A., B., C., and D. do hold ourselves firmly bound to the keepers of the liberties of England in the sum of — to be paid to the said keepers of the liberties of England, to which payments, well and truly to be made and done, we bind us, and either of us, our and either of our heirs, executors, and administrators, by these presents, under and upon the conditions following:—The condition of this obligation is such, that if E. F. do, at all times within twelve months next ensuing the date hereof, upon respective summons to be left in writing for him at the dwelling-house of G.H., make his personal appearance before the Council of State, or their Committee for Examinations, upon their respective summons, and upon such his appearance, do not depart without the respective leave of the said Council or Committee, and if he, the said E.F., do not act anything, directly or indirectly, to the prejudice of the Parliament or the present Government, that then this obligation to be void, or else to be and remain in full force and virtue.
4. Lord Commissioner Whitelock and Mr. Bond to have power to dispose of 100l. for carrying on a service of importance.
5. The account brought in from the Trustees for sale of fee-farm rents to be reported to the House by Mr. Scott.
6. The petition of Edw. Bushell, merchant of London, referred to the Admiralty Judges, to proceed according to law, and if they find any special obstruction whereby Mr. Bushell may not be admitted to make the claim desired in his petition, they are to certify what the obstruction is, that Council may consider further.
7, 8, 9. Lord Crawford Lindsey, Sir Wm. Fleming, and Col. Jno. Buller, close prisoners in the Tower, to have the liberty of the Tower.
10. Mr. Frost to certify to Mr. Berners and — that Dr. Sibbald, D.D., a Scotchman, formerly presented a petition to Council for liberty to remain in the commonwealth, and to officiate there, he offering to take the engagement, but that Council laid his petition aside, and now leave it to Berners to proceed with him according to law.
11. The petition and certificate of William Spittlehouse referred to the Committee for Examinations, who are also to consider how some livelihood may be provided for him, he being now discharged from the service of Council.
12. The report from the Committee of Foreign Affairs concerning the account of Geo. Fisher allowed, and Mr. Frost is to pay him 87l. 8s. 6d. and the 284 pieces of eight taken by Mr. Fisher of Mr. Ascham when he died, for which Mr. Fisher has accounted, to be paid to Ascham's brother, at 4s. 4d. a piece.
13, 15. The petitions of Capt. Alexander Montgomery and Thomas Acton referred to the Committee for Examinations.
16. That of Marcellus Rivers to the Admiralty Committee.
17. That of Rich. Swan, of Shrewsbury, to the Ordnance Committee.
18. Mr. Frost to examine the petition of Rich. Nutt, for payment of his arrears to the day of his discharge, and to pay him what is due out of the exigent money.
19, 20. The petitions of Major James Mercer, prisoner at Chelsea, and Thos. Hepborne, prisoner in the Tower, referred to the Committee for Prisoners.
21. Mr. Frost to take such bail for Thos. Freeman, prisoner in the Fleet, as he thinks fit.
22, 23, 25. The petitions of Mary Fletcher, Margaret Roberts and Anne Parrie, of Joshua Fugill, and of Robert Godfrey referred to the Committee for Examinations.
24, 26, 30. Those of Capt. Edw. Gray, of Christopher Rotheram, and of James Wainwright to the Irish and Scotch Committee.
27. That of Capt. Jas. Stopford, on behalf of himself and other inhabitants in Cheshire, referred to the said committee, who are to receive what further propositions shall be made on their behalf, and report what should be done for their encouragement.
29. The Committee for Examinations to give order for bringing up Colonel Gerrard, prisoner in the county gaol of Carnarvon, in safe custody, to be examined by them, and to inform themselves whether he has been appointed to be made an example of justice, and report.
31, 32. The petitions of Jacob Jacobson, master of the Prince Maurice, and of Laurence Gibson of Ilfordcombe co. Devon, referred to the Admiralty Committee.
33. 2d. a day added to the pay of the inferior officers and soldiers of the two regiments appointed for the guard of the Parliament and City, more than is allowed to the rest of the army, and to be paid out of the Lord General's contingencies from 25 Dec. last. [I. 66, p. 162– 171.]
Jan. 6.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Militia Commissioners [at Coventry] for co. Warwick. We sent you a petition from Mr. Doughty, detained by you on suspicion of adhering to the enemies, desiring his liberty, and left it to you to discharge him if his case was as he alleged. We have since received your letter and his examination, by which his condition is more fully represented, as also your reason for not discharging him, and although we approve of your care therein, we now desire that he may be bailed, on bond for his future good abearance. [I. 97, p. 58; I. 66, p. 158.]
Jan. 7. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The letter from the Commissioners of Customs referred to the Committee for Examinations.
2. Lord Commissioner Whitelock to move the House that the papers concerning the negotiations with Holland and Spain reported to them may be transmitted to Council, that they may pursue what is referred to them by order of this day.
3. Mr. Frost to prepare all the letters and papers he has concerning the negotiations in Ireland, and with Spain, to be made use of by such committee as Council shall appoint.
4. The Ordnance Committee to consider the petition of Lord Brook and the powers of Council as to what is mentioned therein.
5. The letter to Lord Chief Justice St. John referred to the Committee for Trade and Foreign Affairs.
10. The report from the Admiralty Committee, referred to the Ordnance Committee, to be now referred, with the papers annexed, to the Navy Committee. [I. 66, pp. 171–174.]
Jan 8. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The petition of Armiger Warner referred to the Admiralty Committee to report.
2. That of Arthur Dew to the Irish and Scotch Committee.
3. That of John Stone, minister, to the Ordnance Committee to report.
4. Mr. Martin and Col. Blake added to the Committee for Foreign Affairs.
5. That committee to treat with the Ambassadors extraordinary from the States General, and Lord Commissioner Lisle and Lord Bradshaw, to take special care of that business, and order all papers necessary for the transaction of that work to be ready.
6. Mr. Martin and Mr. Nevill to draw up an answer to the first paper of the Spanish Ambassador, concerning the murder of Mr. Ascham, and present it to Council.
7. Sir Oliver Fleming, Master of the Ceremonies, to take to the Spanish Ambassador a copy of the order of Parliament whereby it is referred to Council to demand a sight of the powers of the said Ambassador, and report the same to the House.
10. The list of the ships appointed for the summer guard to be reported to the House by General Blake.
15. Sir Oliver Fleming to consider what is fit to be allowed to the coachmen who attended the receiving of the Ambassadors from the United Provinces. [I. 66, pp. 177–180.]
Jan. 8.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Militia Committee of London. We approve what you have done on the Act of Parliament of 15 Aug., and on our order for raising horse and arms, and of your accepting 20l. for providing a horse and arms, and also a month's pay, and disposing of a good part thereof for that purpose; and the treasurers are hereby authorised to give tickets for repayment, as the Commissaries are enabled to do for horse and arms in kind brought in. [I. 97, p. 59.]
Jan. 8.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Navy Committee. The enclosed papers presented to the Admiralty Committee, as to providing guns for the frigates now building, were referred to the Ordnance Committee, and again referred back as being more proper for you. We therefore send them, that you may see what is desired, and order accordingly. [I. 97, p. 60.]
Jan. 9. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The petition of Rich. Stevens referred to the Committee for Examinations.
2. That of Anth. Fulhaver and Hans Kennie to the Committee for Prisoners.
3. That of Thomas Billingsley and Sarah Collins to the Committee for Foreign Affairs, who are to consider the same, as also the representation from the East India Company concerning the business of Amboyna.
4. The Committee for Examinations to examine James Turner, apprehended by warrant of Council.
5. The giving passes into foreign parts referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs.
6. Lady Stanhope to give security to Mr. Frost, by two sufficient sureties, to appear before the Committee for Examinations in order to her examination, and not to depart but by their order.
7. Thomas Sampson to be discharged, on taking the engagement, and giving his own bond on the usual terms.
8. The petition of Christopher Harle referred to the Admiralty Committee and Gen. Blake.
9. Mr. Frost to pay Robert Eyre 5l., in consideration of his labour, pains, and adventure to prevent the firing of gunpowder lodged with the fireworks in Whitehall, part of which were blown up last October.
11. The petition of Abraham Johnson referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee.
13. The Surveyor of Works to take care that the quarters at James's House, appointed for the soldiers who are upon the guard of Parliament, be forthwith repaired, and that some convenient place be also fitted for receiving three companies more, instead of at Sion College.
14. The paper concerning the raising of forces by Col. Wauton last August referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee.
15. The petition of Eliz. Alkin referred to the Committee for Examinations.
16. The paper brought in by Mr. Nevill, in answer to the first from the Spanish Ambassador, referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs.
17. The report of the Committee on the difference between the Lord Mayor and Aldermen and the Common Council to be read next Monday.
18. Mr. Sidserfe, a Scotchman, close prisoner in the Tower, to have the liberty of the Tower.
19. The petition of Barnard Cordus, of Lubec, referred to the Admiralty Committee to report.
20. That of Hugh Craford to the Committee for Prisoners to report.
21. Order, that Andrew Wood, William and Jas. Grey, Robert and Alex. Nerne, John and Laurence Blare, and John and Hugh Ramsey, Scotchmen, prisoners in the Tower, on giving security in 100l. each for their good behaviour, and taking the engagement, be permitted to go to Scotland on parole, rendering themselves to Major-Gen. Lambert within 14 days after their arrival, to be disposed of as he shall think fit; and in regard they can give no other security, they are to be bound one for the other.
22. Major-Gen. Dalyell, prisoner in the Tower, to be allowed 5s. a week for his subsistence.
23. Lord Geo. Spivie to be allowed the liberty of the Tower, for the benefit of his health.
24. Mr. Frost to examine the bill of the keeper of Sir Abraham Shipman, now prisoner in the Tower, and pay it, not exceeding 5s. a week.
25. The report from the Committee for Prisoners concerning Major-Gen. Monro referred back to them.
26. Thomas Newberry, of Portsmouth, to be speedily sent for, and instructions given him to repair to the respective garrisons, forts, and castles in the West, and take care that the brass ordnance there be forthwith sent to the Tower, with all broken pieces of brass and iron.
27. Order to be given to John Butler, of Exeter, to deliver a brass demi-cannon of 5,000 lbs. to Thos. Newberry; and the captains and masters of ships in the service to receive guns on board, and transport them. Newberry to take their receipt for them, and send up a duplicate to the Council. Newberry to be allowed 3l. a week travelling charges, and all incident expenses.
32. Order that Armiger Warner,—who seized the Sarah and Elizabeth of Amsterdam, laden with valuable goods, which he has appraised by Exchequer Commission according to the Act of 9 Oct. last—return half the ship and goods to the Collectors for Prize Goods, he certifying to Council what he returns, and they what they receive. The other half to be disposed of by Warner, according to the said Act.
34. Wm. Ryley, son of William Ryley, Clerk of the Records, appointed to receive, by indenture from the Master of the Rolls, the records, papers, and bonds that are to be sent into Scotland.
36. The bark, with her tackle, taken by the Mayor of Preston and others, wherein they surprised Capt. Cotterell, a pirate, with their chief pilot, and 17 others, to be bestowed upon them, for their good service and their charges in carrying their prisoners to York, and a letter of thanks to be also written to them. [I. 66, pp. 182–189.]
Jan. 9.
Whitehall.
Council of State to John Bond, at Minehead. Part of one of the troops of [Capt. Bagnall's] horse, lately shipped from Milford Haven for Ireland, has been driven back by foul weather to Minehead, and both horses and men have been receiving refreshments there for several days; we have sent orders to their quartermaster [Wm. Cooper] to re-embark for Ireland, and authorise you, out of the residue in your hands of the 600l. paid you for the impressed soldiers for Ireland, to discharge their quarters until they are reshipped, but not exceeding the rates in the enclosed paper.
In case any refuse to reship, forbear paying them, and advertise us, that order may be taken for their disbanding; also lay sufficient provisions on shipboard for their voyage, and send the 40 barrels of powder, 12 packs of match, and 24 barrels of musket balls which you received from Taunton Castle. Be mindful to tie the shipmaster by charter-party to bring you a certificate of their delivery from the Revenue Commissioners, or the Governor and Commissary of the stores where he delivers them, which you are to transmit to us, or to the Irish and Scotch Committee. Pay the freight thereof, and in case the remainder of such money will not discharge all, you shall be supplied with what is wanting. [I. 97, pp. 61–62; I. 66, p. 190.]
Jan. 9. 1. Petition of the merchants of the Hanse Towns of Germany, inhabiting the Stilyard, London, to the Council of State, for exemption from the present taxes demanded by the London Commissioners, and from all taxes, tolls, levies, assessments, and other charges, as before mutually stipulated, and as the English Merchant Adventurers in Hamburg and Germany have. Have always been discharged before, the ward having rather made advantage of their persons than subjected them to charges. [1 page.]
Jan. 12. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The Committee for Foreign Affairs to sit to-morrow.
2. The desires of Mr. Brewster referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee.
4. John Jeames to be bailed, on bond in 1,000l. with two sureties in 500l., on the usual conditions.
5. The petition of Col. Hen. Rainsford, prisoner in the Gatehouse, referred to the Committee for Examinations, to examine him and report.
6. The petition of Fras. Holt and Hugh Salesbury referred to the Admiralty Committee.
7. The Committee for Foreign Affairs to meet on Wednesday.
9. The letter of Capt. Chapman, from the Recovery in Mount's Bay, referred to the Admiralty Committee.
10. Mr. Lysons and Mr. Bridges, of Worcester, to be bailed on such security as the Committee for Examinations shall think fit.
11. Sir Wm. Hart referred to the said Committee, who are to examine him and report.
12. The letter and papers of Mr. Appletree, from Doddington, referred to the said committee.
13. The Lieutenant of the Tower to bring Lieut.-Gen. Middleton in safe custody to the Council of War, when they send for him.
14. The business between the Court of Aldermen and the Common Council to be reported on Thursday.
15. The petition of the masters of Dutch ships to be sent to the Admiralty Judges, and they desired to proceed speedily to justice as desired, and meantime to certify what proceedings have already been had.
16. Wednesday next appointed for bringing in and reading the reports from any committees concerning the Isle of Man.
17. Capt. Blackwell, jun. and Capt. Deane to examine and state the account presented to Council by Lord Grey, of the charges of Leicestershire in raising and sending two regiments of horse for the service of Worcester; to peruse the lists and muster rolls, and ascertain whether the accounts are made up at the rate of pay allowed in the establishment on foot at the time when those troops were in service.
18. Mr. Corbett and the rest of the committee appointed to consider the report from the Irish and Scotch Committee, about bringing in the money upon the militia assessments from such counties as had not raised it, to make a report thereof, whereby Leicestershire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, and other forward counties may be reimbursed their extraordinary charge, in their late active appearance against the enemy. [I. 66, pp. 191–194.]
Jan. 12. 2. Wm. Cockayne, Governor, and the Company of the East India Merchants to the Ordnance Committee. We do not find in the transactions of our court any commission given to our agents to make sale of the company's saltpetre for less than 4l. 8s. ready money, to be discounted out of our own customs, neither can we understand that our agents who attended you made any offer but for ready money, and to deliver the refined saltpetre as we received it, which has always been our custom. We do not however refuse to refine the unrefined, and hope it is not your intention that, having lost six months already, we should be put to a longer time, except at a higher price. Let the powder merchants conclude the bargain with us without loss of time, that we may dispose of the rest, as we expect a far greater quantity this summer. [1 page.]
Jan. 13. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The Irish and Scotch Committee to make a speedy report on a former reference for fit allowance to [John] Canne, preacher to the garrison [at Hull], as also for the safety of that place.
2. The petition of the merchants trading to the Canaries referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs and Trade, who are to hear the merchants and report.
3. Col. Morley added to the said committee.
4. Mr. Scott, Mr. Gurdon, Sir Wm. Masham, Mr. Burrell, Lord Bradshaw, and Col. Purefoy, to be a committee to consider the estimate presented to Council by Mr. Carter, Surveyor General of Works, about the repairs of James's House, and what orders have been made thereon.
5. The letter, petition, and representation from the assistants of Dover harbour to be reported to the House by Col. Morley.
7. The petition of the Mayor, Jurats, and Commonalty of Dover referred to the Admiralty Committee, to examine and report.
8. The report from the Irish and Scotch Committee, concerning an establishment for Jersey, recommitted to them, to put it in the form of a report to be made to the House.
9. The papers from the Spanish Ambassador to be reported to the House by the Lord President.
10. The petition and papers of Lord Montgomery, of Ardes, referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee.
11. The paper reported to Council to be given in answer to the Spanish Ambassador referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs.
13. The letter from Col. Duckenfield concerning the Isle of Man to be considered to-morrow, when the business of that isle is taken up.
14. The letters drawn in answer to that of the Duke of Tuscany and to that of his agents to be reported to the House.
15. Lord Grey, Sir Wm. Constable, and Mr. Gurdon to deliver back to Council the reports given them to report to the House concerning the Isle of Man, for further consideration.
16. Mr. Rowe to be sent to for such letters and papers relating to the Isle of Man as have been referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee.
17. Order, on the petition of William Dugard, that Council cannot make a recommendation, but leave the Common Council to make choice of their own servant, in place of the person deceased, but having good proofs of the petitioner's abilities as a printer for the State, and not conceiving that to be any impediment in his intended suit, they leave him to prosecute the same.
18. The narratives of Charles Thorold and John Gould, John Southwood, jun., Robert and Thos. Ingram, Jas. Cooke, Godfrey Lee and Slingsby Bethell, and others, John Parker, Henry Croone, John Wilcox, and Mathew Foster, Arnold Beake, Peter Mathewes, and Wm. Moore, Maurice Thomson, Geo. Crowle, John Ramsey, Robert Allan, Thos. Finsham, and John Rookes, of several merchants trading to the Levant seas, as also of Barnard Ellers, John Sandys, James Clerke, Robert Aldus, Phil. Trevors, and Thos. Cox, concerning the eel ships, to be reported to the House.
21. A representation having been made to Council of the many good services of John Canne, minister, now residing at Hull, where, by the exercise of the ministry he has done much good upon the spirits of people there, and as he is not provided for by any settled maintenance, either as minister to the garrison or in the town, the Committee for Irish and Scotch Affairs are to consider in what way a constant allowance may be made for his encouragement in that good work, and report. [I. 66, pp. 197–203.]
Jan. 13.
Whitehall.
3. Council of State to the Navy Commissioners. We ordered a vessel to be employed for convoying the barks that trade from Sandwich, Dover, and other places in Kent to London, to secure them from pirates; the Mayflower was hired, and the time of her service having expired, and there being the same reason for continuing such a convoy, we desire you to re-hire her for six months. [¾ page. Also I. 97, p. 63.]
Jan. 13.
Leopard, Naples Road.
4. Capt. Hen. Appleton to the Navy Committee. In my last, of 30 Dec., I advised you of our surprising the French sattee near the Malora, which I have sold to Geo. Baker, a merchant at Naples, and left 12 pieces of skamity with him to be sold for the State; the remainder of her goods I have kept, and will give an account of. I have furnished our three ships with five months' bread, wine, and pork, but the beef is so bad we take but a small quantity, hoping to find better in Turkey.
The Ann Bonadventure of London arrived here from Venice on the 3rd, and had lost her bowsprit and foremast in a storm. Foul weather and high winds have compelled us to remain long here, and hindered our merchant ships in every port. We are ready to depart for Messina, and if wind had permitted, would have sailed with the Mary and Levant Merchant for Smyrna, and the Richard and William for Scanderoon. The Mary Rose and Agreement are to stay at Messina, and the Benjamin and Two Brothers, with a small ship of Plymouth, is also bound there with us; 20 men-of-war have left Toulon, it is supposed, for Barcelona. [1 page.]
Jan. 14. 5. Order in Parliament that the Navy Committee have power to examine on oath, and hear all abuses committed by any officers of the navy. [½ page.]
Jan. 14. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1, 2, 4. The petitions of Gregory Clement and Maurice Thomson and Company, of Maurice and Wm. Thomson, and of Dan. Skinner, merchant, referred to the Admiralty Judges, to state and certify.
3. The petition of Daniel and Thos. Skinner, merchants, referred to the said judges, who are to examine and certify whether the case is ready for letters of reprisal.
5. The Lord General and his Council of War to consider the engagements passed in 1648 by Lieut.-General Middleton, and others of the Scottish nation, to be true prisoners, and to proceed against them for breach of their paroles, or for any other cause within their cognizance.
6. A copy of the paper read this day to be sent to the Commissioners in Scotland, and the paper itself referred to the Committee for Examinations.
7. The order of Parliament to nominate some fit person to command the military forces in Ireland, under the Lord Lieutenant, to be considered next Friday.
8. That concerning the Ordnance officers and the stores and armouries referred to the Ordnance Committee, to report what they have done.
9. The petition of Lieut.-Col. Joyce referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee.
10. Also the letter of Col. Heane from Jersey.
11. The letter of Col. Salmon from Hull, and the papers, referred to the Committee for Examinations.
12. To write the Commissioners of Customs, enclosing the petition of Hen. Devaux, and desire them, if they find it is true, to order what was taken away to be forthwith restored.
13. The petition of the merchants of the Stillyard referred to the Committee for Trade and Foreign Affairs.
14. The Admiralty Committee to send for the Admiralty Judges, and ascertain what proceedings have been taken upon the letters of reprisal granted against the Dutch in the case of Mrs. Paulet.
17. The Lieutenant of the Tower to bring the warder to whose custody Lieut.-Gen. Middleton was committed before the Committee of Examinations to-morrow, to be examined concerning his escape.
18. The maid servant of Lieut.-Gen. Middleton, who was also in the chamber, to be also brought before the said committee.
19. Both these persons to be committed to Newgate, the warder for the wilful escape of Middleton, a close prisoner in the Tower for being in arms against the commonwealth, and the servant for being an enemy.
21. Lord President Whitelock to report to Parliament that Lieut.General Jno. Middleton has this day made his escape out of the Tower, and that notice thereof was given by the lieutenant to Council between 7 and 8 p.m.; that Council immediately issued warrants for a search after him, and sent letters to all the ports for his apprehension, offering 200l. reward; and to ask Parliament whether it will not be fit to proclaim his escape by sound of trumpet, and a command to all persons to bring him in, with promise of reward.
22. All treaties with foreign states and princes to be managed by papers; of all given in on the part of this commonwealth, one is to be the authentic one signed in English, and the other a translation of it in Latin.
23. Nothing is to be taken as part of the treaty but what is delivered in paper and signed.
24. No papers agreed on shall be obliging, unless the treaty proceed to a close.
25. The place for the treaty to be in Whitehall.
26. The five persons of the committee who shall manage the treaty with the Dutch to be Lord President Whitelock, Lord Bradshaw, Lord Commissioner Lisle, Mr. Bond, and Mr. Scott.
27. As it is not thought fit that Lord President Whitelock should meet during the time of his presidency, Col. Purefoy is added.
28. The rooms for the treaty to be the three chambers in the gallery, one of which is called the King's bedchamber, and two of the deputies are to view them, and report what should be done to prepare them.
29. Mr. Scott and Col. Purefoy to give order for preparing the rooms. [I. 66, pp. 204–211.]
Jan. 14. Council of State to the Commissioners of Excise. As by certificate of the registrar accountant in Gurney House, of 1 January, it appears that several persons named who are in arrears for the second half of their purchase money of bishops' lands, have moneys due to them out of the excise, you are to forbear payment, and the moneys are to be defalked as part of their respective purchases, the total being 2,621l. 10s. 10d. [I. 66, p. 212.]
Jan. 14.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Committee of Parliament for removing obstructions in sale of bishops' and deans' and chapters' lands. By the enclosed certificate of the registrar at Gurney House, we find there is due for the second moities, long since elapsed, in the money doubled at Goldsmiths' Hall, 6,983l. 5s. 3d., parcel of the 400,000l. appointed by the Act of 27 June 1649 to be disposed of by the Council of State. The affairs of the commonwealth requiring this money, it should not be detained in the hands of private persons; put yourselves in a way of compelling the persons in arrear to pay in the money, and order the treasurers to secure this money for the public service, to be only issued by warrants from Council. [I. 97, p. 66.]
Jan. 14.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Commissioners of Customs and officers at the several ports. Lieut.-Gen. John Middleton, a Scotchman, and an enemy who had formerly broken his parole, was committed to the Tower, whence he has this day escaped. Make a very strict search of all that seek to pass your port into parts beyond sea, that no person may pass upon any pretence whatsoever, who may be like Middleton; he is tall, with black hair, a red face, and high nose. If you apprehend him, keep him in strict custody until he can be securely sent up to Council; 200l. will be given to any that apprehend and bring him up. As this affair is of consequence, use your utmost diligence. [I. 97, p. 65.]
Jan. 15.
Edinburgh.
6. And. Sandelands to John Milton, at his house in Petit France, beyond Westminster. Thanks for yours of 3 Jan. When I left MajorGen. Deane, he desired me to apply in his absence to Major-Gen. Overton and Col. Lilburne, but within a day or two, Major Overton was necessitated to remove to the west of Scotland, so that I could not express myself concerning the Scots' woods so freely as I intended, and despairing of his return, I resolved to have recourse to Col. Lilburne, who favoured both myself and my design; and because words oftentimes vanish into air, I expressed myself in writing, as by the enclosed will appear.
You perceive by his letter that he urges me to an impossibility, either to undertake the work myself, or procure one. Lord Tullibardine, who has a third of the wood, refuses, because no private man, in these times, is able to carry on the work, not having power to command either the soldiery or the country to afford him requisite assistance. No Scotchman will undertake it, as it is reputed a disservice to the King and country. The best way would be to engage either your East country or Norway merchants, your timber masters, or such citizens in London as deal in pitch and tar; thus you will make a sure bargain, although not so profitable, for if the State will set men at work, they may make 1,000l. for every 100l. I demonstrate to Col. Lilburne that the State undertaking the work, may have abundance of tar for nothing, and timber which will not only defray all charges, but pay your garrisons in the Highlands and the north of Scotland. For my further encouragement, give me leave to renew my petition to you, to procure me the gift of that weather-beaten scull of my noble patron, so that it may no longer remain a contemptuous object, and ludibrium Presbyterorum Scotorum, who are the basest of men.
We are very inclinable to peace here, except Jack Presbyter, who is still a sworn enemy to civil government, and from the first, refused the magistrates of Edinburgh to have a voice in the election of that sacred beast the ruling elder, because forsooth they have taken the engagement, and submitted to the commonwealth of England, forgetting that they had established a Scotch commonwealth these eight years. [2 pages.] Enclosing,
6. i. And. Sandelands to Robert Lilburne, Commander-in-Chief of the forces in Scotland. The wood of Glenmorieston, lying within 5 or 6 miles of Loch Ness, is most useful for masts and deal boards. The woods that lie on the river Dee, belonging to the Marquis of Huntley and the Earl of Marr, will afford you both timber and tar. The best in all Scotland for tar is the wood of Abernethy, a red fir and full of sap. If the State set 100 or 200 men to work next March, to fell some part of it, they may this summer burn as much of the wood as may furnish their navy with tar for a year. And if next year they set men to work to fell the wood, from Christmas 1653 to the end of the following March, they may make as much tar the summer after as may furnish these nations for divers years. Besides, the best of the timber being saved, it will not only defray all charges, but yield a large sum for payment of the garrisons in the Highlands and north of Scotland. The charcoal of the burnt wood will pay the men's wages that attend the tar works, and the tar may be carried in waggons and carts to the mouth of Spey, if a small charge be bestowed in mending one or two places in the way.
After a great rain, you may send the timber in floats down the river, two or three men attending them on each side of the river, so that if they lay hold of the bushes, they may be put off into the middle of the stream. At the mouth of Spey, 2 or 3 boats, taking the advantage of the tide, may stop the float from going into the sea, and bring it to the wharf or timber yard which is to be built at the Laird of Grant's charge, as appears by the lease granted by him to Capt. Masson. This will be a very convenient place for building your saw mills, and safe from the violence of the enemy.
The tar works will require 20 or 30 men, for bringing and carrying the wood, attending the work, &c., and although the country assist you, yet you must have 4 or 5 draughts of your own; oxen will be cheaper than horses. They may make their barrels for the tar of fir, and there must be coopers, wheelwrights, smiths, &c., who may have good accommodation, for there are houses already built, and the Laird of Grant is bound to afford them 100 acres of arable and pasture land. The upper part of the wood is already secured by the garrison of Rivan in Badgenoch. The lower part may be secured by putting a garrison in Balla Castle, the Laird of Grant's House, or by commanding him and his friends to keep a strong guard for the defence of the workmen.
I have been at some pains and charge in searching for workmen, and could not find any in Lothian, Fife, or Angus; but Mr. Dun of Berwick assures me 2 or 3 may be found there very useful for tar work. If the State will employ Mr. Dun, he can draw workmen out of Norway before April next, and if he refuse, I know of an honest man that will. Or a letter from Benjamin Bonnell, agent for the Queen of Sweden at London, may procure workmen to come before May, which will be soon enough to burn the wood for extracting the tar. If the State will employ Mr. Gordon, junior, of Stralich, he and I will, in a few months, view all the woods in Scotland that are within the State's quarters, and so divide them that you may know how much may be cut yearly, and what may be excepted from the several woods. I am ignorant of the necessities of the State, but I know that the season of the year requires present action. I entreat you to certify the Council of State of my real endeavours to do them service.—Edinburgh, 14 January 1652. [Copy, 2 pages.]
Jan. 16. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The letters of marque granted by the Admiralty Court to the administrators of Paulet, against ships of the United Provinces, suspended until further order, and the Admiralty Judges to issue notice accordingly.
2. Lord Bradshaw excused at his own request from his employment as a commissioner to meet the States' Ambassadors.
3. The desires of Robert Gardiner, chief fire-master of Ireland, referred to the Ordnance Committee.
4. Viscount Lisle added to the commissioners who are to meet the States' Ambassadors.
5. Mr. Challoner to make the report of the Merchants' narratives, sworn at Council, in lieu of Alderman Pennington.
6. 20s. a week to be allowed to Major-Gen. O'Neale for subsistence, as long as he is kept a prisoner.
7. Major-Gen. O'Neale to be committed close prisoner to the Tower, for being in arms against Parliament.
8. The charge of the hire of the chamber in which he shall be kept prisoner to be paid by the State.
9. Col. MacDonnell to be committed close prisoner to the Gatehouse, for having been in arms against Parliament, and strict charge given to the keeper to have a special care of him.
10. 2s. a day to be allowed him whilst kept a prisoner.
11. The Committee for Examinations to send for the Earl of Dumfries, and examine him as to what he knows of the escape of Lieut.-General Middleton from the Tower, and of his present being, and report his answers.
12. Also to send for Major-Gen. O'Neale and Col. MacDonnell, and examine them as to the correspondence held between the Irish and any other foreign states or princes, and report.
13. To signify to the Lieutenant of the Tower that he is not to suffer any officer belonging to the Tower to take anything from Major-Gen. O'Neale upon his commitment, and if there be any fee due, the State will see it satisfied.
14. The Committee for Examinations to send for Major Gouch, prisoner in the Upper bench, and speak with him as to what he has to offer to them.
15. Mr. Fanshaw to have his liberty continued until 1 June next, upon his former security.
16. In pursuance of the order of Parliament of the 7th inst., Council have appointed Lords Commissioners Whitelock and Lisle, Viscount Lisle, Mr. Bond, Mr. Scott, and Col. Purefoy, to meet the Ambassadors of the United Provinces, receive their overtures in writing, and report to Council.
17. The commissioners to meet the Ambassadors in Whitehall on Monday at 10 a.m., and Sir Oliver Fleming to give them notice hereof to-night.
21. The instructions for Capt. Hen. Hatsell, and the warrant to John Jackson to pay him 300l. for ships and vessels taken up by him for Jersey and Guernsey, which are brought in from the Irish and Scotch Committee, to be signed and sent.
23. The petition of Capt. Nich. Read referred to the Admiralty Committee. [I. 66, pp. 213–218.]
Jan. 16.
Whitehall.
Instructions to Capt. Hen. Hatsell. You are to hire, or, if needs be, to impress ships, mariners, &c. to fetch the horse and foot that are to be brought from Jersey and Guernsey. You are to order the vessels to sail with the first wind, and if possible, to be yourself on the place to see the troops shipped, and expedite it, each ship bearing a fit number, to save charge.
You are to pay the masters or owners of ships for their service, and if the money imprested to you for this business does not suffice, you are to pay the rest out of the 2,000l. in your hands to buy provisions. [I. 66, p. 218.]
Jan. 17.
Caen.
7. Instructions by Lord Inchiquin for Ralph Parker—
1. Use your best means that the frigate is not carried away before you fully discover your authority.
2. If Capt. Brett denies that it is my vessel, and the papers you hold shall not be held sufficient to justify me in calling the captain to account, desire that the goods may be sequestered and the ship secured, until the production of further evidence.
3. Send what money you can get to the Marquis of Ormond at Caen, or in his absence to his lady, but keep 50l. to defray charges.
4. Take all the prize goods and other goods in satisfaction for freight while the frigate was engaged upon merchant voyages, and sell and dispose of the same according to these instructions.
5. For further instructions, use your own discretion. [1½ pages, holograph.]
[Jan. 18.] 8. Act of general pardon and oblivion for all crimes, delinquencies, fines, and forfeitures, before 3 Sept. 1651, to be taken in its most beneficial sense in all courts, excepting,—
1–9. All guilty of high treason since 30 Jan. 1649 and their abettors, or of murder, piracy, and other immoralities, or of witchcraft;
[Jan. 18.] 10. Detainers of customs and subsidies, or Excise, due since 30 Jan. 1649 for which bonds are given, or suits depending; and Excise for goods not sold, grown due since 3 Nov. 1650.
11. Fines on sequestrations and compositions made before 1 Dec. 1651;
12. Debts of accountants or sequestrators owing money since 3 Nov. 1640;
13. Forfeitures for debts or penalties since 1649;
14. Sums granted by Parliament, except tonnage and poundage, and the Excise or new impost;
15. Debts due to the late King, Queen, or Prince, since 3 Nov. 1640, or by recognizance or judgment since 1625, with certain exceptions;
16. Firstfruits and tenths;
17. Offences sentenced in Parliament since 30 Jan. 1649;
18. Bribery, perjury, and forgery;
19, 20. Export of gold or silver, and melting down of coin;
21. Export of ordnance;
22. Detaining or embezzling goods, money, or jewels of the late King, Queen, or Prince;
23. Issues, fines, or amerciaments for the late King, Parliament, or keepers of the liberty of England;
24, 25. Offences by priests or Jesuits, unless they abjure;
26, 27. Persons outlawed;
28. Persons imprisoned by warrant of Parliament or Council of State, or prisoners-at-war;
29. Persons involved in offences about highways and bridges;
30. Forfeitures for export of merchandise;
31–34. Debtors of fee-farm rents, &c., Exchequer bailiffs and accountants, holders of unforfeited recognizances;
35–38. No acts of hostility on behalf of the late King to be called in question after 18 Jan. 1651–2, except those aiding the rebellion in Ireland, and not submitting to Parliament, or those against whom suit is begun before 3 Sept. 1651;
39. No persons deprived of office to be restored, until proof of fidelity by experience of their conformity.
Further exceptions:—
40. Those concerned in the murder of Dr. Dorislaus or Mr. Ascham;
41. Those who do not take the engagement to Parliament before 1 Feb. 1652;
42. Those concealing the goods, estate, &c. of William Laud, late Archbishop of Canterbury;
43. Those concerned in riots in Hatfield and the Isle of Axholme, the case relating to which is now before Parliament;
43a. Debtors for the army assessments in Essex;
44. John Webster, of Amsterdam, declared an incendiary between the United Provinces and the Parliament of England;
45. Persons guilty of waste or spoil in the Crown forests or chases;
46. Pardon of misdemeanors in the undue obtaining of fines from Mary, widow of Sir Edw. Powell in Sept. 1651;
47. Pardon of assessments by the Army Committee on counties, cities, &c. from 1 April 1645;
48. Debtors of the late King, though the debts were allowed in their compositions;
49. Tenants of delinquent landlords not to be prejudiced in redress of their grievances;
50. Charles Cavendish, Viscount Mansfield, eldest son of William Earl of Newcastle, and George Lord Goring, with his two sons, George and Charles, excepted;
51. No collectors of assessments to be charged with more moneys than came to their hands, and accounts to be passed on their being sworn to as true before the Barons of Exchequer or judges of assize;
52. Persons to whom moneys are owing on sequestered estates to have no power to recover, unless they appeal within four years of the sequestration.
[25 pages. Printed by order of Parliament 24 Feb. 1652; with MS. marginal notes.]
Jan. 19. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The petition of the Earl of Bridgewater referred to the Committee for Examinations.
2. The petition of Wm. Brenton to the Admiralty Judges.
3. The Committee for Examinations to examine Wm. Legg upon the matter debated at Council, and to bail him on security, if they judge fit.
4. The bill of John Collyton, brought in by Wm. Legg, for iron and brass ware for furnishing a room for the treaty, referred to the appointed committee, who are to certify Mr. Frost what to pay for these and other necessaries.
5. The letter from the Commissioners at Haberdashers' Hall of the 15th inst. to be reported to the House by Mr. Bond.
6. Lieut.-Col. Montgomery and Major Ennis committed close prisoners to the Gatehouse, for having been in arms against Parliament, and for breaking prison after being taken.
7. Also the two watermen who carried them.
8. The Committee for Examinations to examine them, and also to examine the two watermen who were carrying them on shipboard concerning their escape, and dismiss them on bail if they think fit.
9. The letter and information of justices of peace for Suffolk referred to the Admiralty Committee, to consider what is fit to be done for the security of those coasts, and to hasten the setting out of the fleet to sea, and report its state weekly to Council.
10. 10l. to be given to the searchers at Gravesend, for their care in apprehending Lieut.-Col. Montgomery and Major Ennis.
13. The Committee for Foreign Affairs to prepare something to be brought to Council for debate, in order to the answer to be given to the 3 propositions given in to the Commissioners of Council appointed to treat with the [Dutch Ambassadors].
14. The Council to meet to-morrow to consider the 3 propositions.
15. The letters and papers from the commissioners and officers in Ireland referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee, to prepare answers to be sent from Council, and to consider how 500 or 600 horses may be sent to Ireland, for mounting men there.
16. The Committee for Examinations to report to Council next Thursday as to the escape of Lieut.-General Middleton, when the order of Parliament concerning the Lieutenant of the Tower is to be considered.
17. The letter from Thos. Wilkes, from Hull Road, referred to the Admiralty Committee.
18. The business between the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council to be considered next Friday.
19. The Committee for Foreign Affairs to consider the answer to be given to the paper of the Spanish Ambassador, and report.
20. To reply to Thos. Long, Wm. Wayman, and others, that Council will consider their petition, if they increase the number of watermen, or there are any vacancies.
21. The articles against Dr. Eaton, of Axbridge, co. Somerset, to be recommended to the Committee for Plundered Ministers who are to prosecute him for the offences therein alleged.
23. John Midwood, one of the clerks employed in searching and transcribing the Scotch records, appointed by indenture to receive from the Master of the Rolls the records, papers, and bonds that are to be sent to Scotland, in pursuance of an order of Parliament.
29. Capt. David Lyon, a Scotchman, to have liberty to return to his wife and family in Scotland on parole, he taking the engagement, and giving security in 600l. to be of good behaviour, and to surrender to Major-Gen. Lambert within 21 days after his arrival.
44. The petition and narrative of Wm. Burton referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs. [I. 66, pp. 219–229.]
Jan. 19.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Army Committee. We hear from Scotland of the necessity of present supplies of money, for prevention of free quarter there; let the 125,000l. assigned by you to be brought in to the Treasurers-at-war for pay of the said forces for three months, and for disbanding part of them, be forthwith sent away to the head quarters of the army in Scotland. Grant your warrant to the said treasurers to send away the same, or such part as they have ready, by sea, to be issued by warrant of Major-Gen. Lambert or the commander-in-chief there, for pay of the forces and for disbanding. [I. 97, p. 67.]
Jan. 19.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Commissioners of Customs. We send you the petition of [Francis or] Jas. Wyche, merchant, and desire you to order the taking up of the goods therein mentioned, and laying them in some of the State's storehouses, until that business can be determined. [I. 97, p. 68; I. 66, p. 221.]
Jan. 19.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Wm. Hussey, justice of peace for co. Dorset, &c. By yours from Blandford, with the paper enclosed, we see your care of the peace, for which we thank you, and desire you to continue it against any emergency that may tend to disturb the peace; signify any matter requisite for our knowledge. [I. 97, p. 69.]
Jan. 19.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Army Committee. Parliament having, by their order of 7 Oct. last, appointed you to issue such moneys as we think fit, for encouragement and entertainment of forces thought fit to be sent to Ireland, five of Col. Duckenfield's companies that were to be disbanded were designed for Ireland under Lieut.-Col. Finch, for completing Sir Hardress Waller's regiment. In pursuance thereof, five companies have been formed, and ordered to be mustered, that pay may be assigned to them. Some, if not all, were mustered five weeks since, but no pay ordered yet, as all the musters were not returned. Appoint six weeks' pay according to the establishment, for such of the said companies as produce muster rolls, to commence from the date of their musters, as attested by the Deputy Commissary of Musters or by Charles Walley, of Chester.
As they are to receive a month's advance on account upon shipping, out of which to provide themselves victuals for their sea voyage, and in case the wind prove contrary, or shipping cannot be had, they must stay longer than the said six weeks' pay shall last, and must be kept in pay until transported, appoint 1,400l. out of the assessments for the army to be paid to Charles Walley at Chester, to be issued for their payment according to instructions to be given by us. Walley will transmit you an account of what he shall do herein, that if any of the said 1,400l. shall remain in his hands after the forces are transported, it may be returned to the Treasurers-at-war. [I. 97, pp. 72, 73.]
Jan. 19.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Governor of Jersey. There are masts at Jersey fit for the navy. Send them to Capt. Moulton at Portsmouth for the service. [I. 97, p. 73.]
Jan. 19.
Whitehall.
Council of State to John Jackson. You were appointed treasurer of the 150,000l. and the 200,000l. on the Excise, which, by order of Parliament, was to be disposed of by this Council, with 400l. a year salary for yourself and clerks, from 29 June 1649. On 16 June last, you were appointed treasurer for the remainder of the 400,000l. payable out of the Excise in course, and disposable by Council, and also for the sums payable by the Excise Commissioners, in lieu of like sums transferred from the Excise, upon the credit of Deans' and Chapters' lands. You are to pay yourself and clerks, for this latter service, 300l. a year, from 25 Dec. last, from the sums paid by the Commissioners of Excise. [I. 66, p. 224; I. 103, p. 55.]
Jan. 19. 9. Order of the Admiralty Committee that the Navy Commissioners certify by Wednesday how many of the double shallops that went for Scotland have arrived in the Thames, and been paid off, and where they are laid up or disposed of; and that meantime they keep them in good repair. [½ page.]
Jan. 20. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The petition of the Whale Fishery Company to Greenland referred to the Committee for Plantations, to report.
2. The petition and papers of Mathew Francklin to the Admiralty Judges, to state the fact on oath, and report.
3, 4. Also the petition of Fras. Hardidge and company, and the petition and papers of Rich. Beare, Jas. Man, and Edw. Bushell, and company, referred in like manner.
5. Mr. Carew, Scott, Challoner, Gurdon, Masham, Corbett, and Bond to be a committee to consider the paper containing some propositions of convenience as to the attendance to be given to Council at their sitting, and to report.
7. The letter of the Marshal General of the Army, as also of Lieut.Col. Montgomery to him, referred to the Committee for Examinations, to make use of in examining Lieut.-Col. Montgomery.
8. The petition of De la Cloche referred to the said committee to report, and if there are any papers in the hands of Mr. Frost concerning him, or any order of Council, they are to be sent to that committee.
9, 10, 11. The Committee for Foreign Affairs to prepare an answer upon the debate on the first, second, and third propositions of the Dutch Ambassador, presented to Council 19th Jan.
12. The Committee for Examinations to take bail and security of Charles May, late servant to James, second son of the late King, and discharge him.
14. The nominating a Commander of the Forces in Ireland to be considered to-morrow, and special summons sent to the members to meet at 3 p.m.
15. The petition and narrative of Christ. Nicolson, merchant of Newcastle, referred to the Committee for Trade and Foreign Affairs.
16. The Committee for Examinations to take security of Daniel Crawford, in such conditions as they think fit.
17. The letter of Col. Duckenfield from Duckenfield referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee.
18. The business of the Isle of Man to be considered to-morrow.
19. The petition of the city of London, referred to Council by order of Parliament, referred to the Committee on the differences between the Court of Aldermen and Common Council. [I. 66, pp. 230–233.]
Jan. 20.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Doctors Clerke and Wright. Several very considerable military officers are sick in Ireland, and there is a great want of physicians. Think of some fitly qualified, who will be willing and presently ready to be dispatched thither, and send their names to us or to the Irish and Scotch Committee, by whom care will be taken to furnish them out, and order will be taken for their established maintenance. In regard of the necessity of the service, return the names of two or more with all speed. [I. 97, p. 70.]
Jan. 20.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Army Committee. We recommend to you the petition from Rich. Mather, of Haughton, co. Lancaster, and the certificates annexed, that the forces of Col. Lilburne, appointed last August to attend the motions of the Earl of Derby, were quartered upon him, to his very great damage. The business relating to quarter taken by the forces is more proper for your cognizance. Let some relief be given the petitioner, he being very much impoverished by the quarters thus taken. [I. 97, p. 71.]
Jan. 20.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Governor of the Isle of Man. We send you the petition of Laurence Gibson, of Ilfracombe; if the matter of fact is as suggested, deliver him his vessel, with her furniture and tackle, and also such of her lading as remains undisposed of. [I. 97, p. 74.]
Jan. 20.
Whitehall.
Council of State to John Tooker [Collector of Customs] and Edw. Jewell [Collector for Prize Goods] at Barnstaple. We find, by the petition of the owners of the Margaret of Northam, and by your letter, that their vessel, seized by you, has been discharged, upon their paying 22l. 10s.; but as the vessel was seized by pirates, in whose possession she remained but a short time, and was afterwards brought in by some of the inhabitants of Barnstaple, who had lost their vessels by the said pirates, we desire you to restore the said 22l. 10s. to the owners of the said ship. [I. 97, p. 74; I. 66, p. 225.]
Jan. 20.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Messrs. Tooker and Jewell, Barnstaple. Understanding by the petition of Jacob Jacobson, that you have seized his vessel until further order, we desire, if the matter of fact is as suggested, that you restore the vessel to him, as also such rigging and furniture as remain in your hands, or certify the particulars with all speed. [I. 97, p. 75.]
Jan. 20.
Leopard, Messina.
10. Capt. Hen. Appleton to the Navy Committee. Since my last on the 13th, the southerly winds changed on the 18th. We set sail, as did also the fleet of Hollanders, merchantmen and their convoy, and they are now in the Vayre of Messina. The commanders of the Mary, the Levant Merchant, and Richard, and William having desired convoy for Smyrna and Scanderoon, I shall go with them in the Leopard and Constant Warwick, and leave the Bonadventure at Messina, to conduct the Agreement for Zante, and the Mary Rose for Scanderoon; as having goods to deliver in this port, they might prolong our voyage, and be a hindrance to the merchant ships that have no occasions here. [¾ page.]
Jan. 21. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The petition of John Brocke, late commander of the Insurance, referred to the Admiralty Committee, who are to give order for sending down a commission of inquiry to examine the whole business, and to prepare an Act to be offered to Parliament for preventing such barbarous carriage for the future.
3, 4. The petitions of Col. Wm. Sloughter and of Sir Jno. Douglas, prisoners in the Tower, referred to the Committee for Examinations, who are to take their bail on fit conditions, and set them at liberty.
7. The petition of Thos. Ewen and Andrew Rand referred to the Admiralty Committee.
8. That of Eliz. Terres to the Committee for Foreign Affairs.
10. To reply to the paper given in from the Ambassadors of the United Provinces, that Council has directed the Admiralty Judges to issue a suspension of the letters of reprisal granted against the United Provinces, but that the proceedings against ships taken before suspension are to continue according to law, on desire of several shipmasters, as will appear by their petition to Council.
11. The Lord President to offer to Parliament, as the opinion of Council, that Major-General Lambert should be appointed to the command of the military forces in Ireland, under the Lord Lieutenant.
12. The petition of Rich. Bradshaw to be presented to Parliament by Mr. Scott, who is to inform them that the petitioner is speedily to depart on the public service, and Council is desirous he should be expedited, and hopes he may not suffer in the business mentioned during his absence.
13. The paper of desires of Mr. Wollaston referred to the Ordnance Committee to report.
14. The petition of Capt. Jas. Stopford, with reference to the arming of his company and carrying a plantation of English people to Ireland, referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee.
15. The petition of Rich. Townsen referred to the Committee for Examinations, who, if they think fit, are to order Mr. Frost to pay him a reward not exceeding 20l.
16. The petition of Francis Tracie and Margaret Evans referred to the Committee for Prisoners, to consider how they may be relieved, and report.
18. So much of the order of Parliament of 17 Dec. as referred to Council the consideration of what further recompense, besides the price for work done, should be given to Thos. Simons, for his extraordinary pains, referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee.
25. The petition of Lord Montgomery of Ardes, and the late Lord Deputy's pass, protection, and answers to his desires and proposals, to be reported to the House. [I. 66, pp. 235–241.]
Jan. 21.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Navy Commissioners. Having appointed Capt. John Taylor master shipwright at Chatham, and there being a house there belonging to that office, we desire you to order that he be forthwith put into possession thereof. [I. 97, p. 76.]
Jan. 22. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The Irish and Scotch Committee to meet the Ordnance Committee, concerning making a supply of stores and ammunition for the artillery trains in Ireland and Scotland, and report.
2. Mr. Bond, Sir Gilbert Pickering, Lieut.-Gen. Fleetwood, the Lord President, and Lord General, to be a committee to receive the proposition offered to Council for discovery of money, and to report.
3. The petition and narrative of divers clothiers of Ipswich referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs.
4. To intimate to the Admiralty Judges that Council do not conceive it to be the judges' duty to receive any addresses from, or hold any correspondence with the Ambassadors or public ministers of any foreign state or prince, concerning any business depending before them.
5. The Committee for Foreign Affairs to meet to-morrow, and consider the paper given in by the Ambassadors of the United Provinces, and prepare an answer, which they are to report to Council in the afternoon.
6. The sense of the order of Council conceived last night, for explaining a former order as to suspension of letters of reprisal, given to the administrators of the Paulets against the Dutch, to be sent to the Admiralty Judges.
7, 16, 17. The petition of John Chaworth, that of Freeman Browne, Ambrose Harris, and the rest of the mariners of the Constant, and that of the Navy Victuallers, referred to the Admiralty Committee.
8. The estimate given in by Mr. Carter, surveyor of works, of the charge of repairing the quarters at James's House approved, and he to proceed with the reparations.
9. The Irish and Scotch Committee to make an agreement with Sir Maurice Williams, Dr. Denham, and Dr. Goldsmith, M.D.s, for going over to Ireland, and to take care that they are forthwith dispatched.
10. The difference between the Lord Mayor, Court of Aldermen, and Common Council of London, to be reported by the committee to the Council on Tuesday.
11. Col. Greaves to have six months' liberty, on renewing his former security, and on condition that he abides at or within five miles of the house of his mother in co. Worcester, and appears when summoned.
12. The Committee for Examinations to order the apprehension of — Robins and another man mentioned in a letter now with Mr. Scott.
13. The petition of Thos. Bushell, of Ewton, laid aside.
14, 15, 19. The petitions of Geo. Garth, of Moredon, co. Surrey, of Edw. Dendy, and of Sir Gilbert Meinzies, referred to the Committee for Examinations.
18. The petition of Edw. Annesley, storekeeper in the armoury in the Tower, referred to the Ordnance Committee.
21. Order, on reading the paper signed by the Secretary of the Dutch Ambassadors, to answer that Council, by their order of 16 Jan., directed the Admiralty Judges to issue a suspension of the letters of reprisal granted to the administrators of Paulet against the people of the United Provinces, as to taking of any more ships until further orders from Parliament or Council of State, but that it was not to be interpreted to suspend proceedings against those already taken, Council having in that particular given order on 12 Jan., according to the petition of several Dutch masters of ships, that they should speedily proceed to justice.
22. The like to be signified to the Admiralty Judges.
26. Sir Arthur Hesilrigge to report to Parliament that Council has contracted with Mr. Pennoyer, Daniel Judd, John Freeman, Thos. Steventon, John Semaine, and Geo. Bowerman, powder merchants, to serve the State with 5,000 barrels of English gunpowder, at 4l. per barrel, Tower proof, to be delivered by 1,000 barrels a month, and paid for out of the money remaining in the hands of the East India Company due for customs, and out of customs arising on arrival of the ships from India in the spring; and if Parliament approve hereof, that order may be given for payment. [I. 66, pp. 242–249.]
Jan. 22.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the bailiffs of Ipswich. You will see by the enclosed what is ordered touching Samuel Golty, one of your ministers, and we expect an account from you accordingly; be watchful that nothing, by pretence of pulpit liberty or otherwise, be suffered amongst you to the prejudice of the public peace or of the honour of this Government, which will be best preserved when magistrates are careful of their duties. [I. 97, p. 77.] Enclosing,
i. Order of the Committee for Examinations—on the complaint against Saml. Golty, minister, concerning a sermon preached by him in the Tower church, Ipswich, on 5 November, reflecting upon the present Government, and derogating from the goodness and honour of God, in his late glorious and merciful dispensations on behalf of the people and this State, and under pretence of magnifying the ancient mercy of that day, drawing a veil over the splendour of those great and gracious favours of God to the Parliament and whole nation in these later times, which occasioned great offence to divers of his well affected auditory, whereupon complaint was made to Council, who referred it to this committee to bail or discharge him, or to report;— that he should be permitted to return to Ipswich, and at the next public Court, take and subscribe the engagement before the bailiffs and port men, and openly declare that, by his said sermon, he did not intend to reflect upon the Parliament or army, and that he is sorry that any of his auditory were scandalised thereby; such subscription and recognition to be certified to Council by the bailiffs within a month, and the Council's order to be sent to them.—3 January 1652. [I. 66, p. 248.]
ii. Order on the above report that Council agree with the said committee, and that in the letter to the bailiffs of Ipswich, a copy of the said report and of this order be enclosed, and also delivered to Golty, for his better observance thereof. [I. 66, p. 247.]
Jan. 22.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Army Committee. We find it necessary to desire you to appoint pay for the forces in Guernsey according to the establishment of 20 Oct. last, so as to make them equal with those in Jersey, to 8 March next. Also order three months' pay to be advanced to Capt. Jno. Clerke for the garrison of Guernsey, according to the late reducement, and three months' pay to Major Wm. Harding for the garrison of Jersey, according to the present new establishment settled for Jersey. Let your warrants for both payments commence on 8 March next. [I. 97, p. 80.]
Jan. 22.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Capt. Hen. Hatsell. You will see, by the enclosed despatches and orders to Colonels Bingham and Heane, which of the forces in Guernsey and Jersey are to return to England, and what are to be sent for Ireland. In taking up fit ships to carry them, have respect to our former instructions, and supply them with victuals for their sea voyage. Take into your custody all the biscuit, cheese, or other particulars of any kind remaining in the stores at Jersey (of those that were sent in the victualling ships for London), and take the account of the commissary who was sent with them, and receive from him all the money that was made of the same, by selling them to the soldiers or otherwise, allowing him his salary of 4s. a day from 26 July last, until he be discharged, and for 20 days after, to bear his charges back to London. He is hereby required to deliver up the said provisions, accounts, and money, on your receipt.
Out of these provisions or money, or out of the 2,000l. paid to you to buy provisions for the forces in Jersey, you are to lay in victuals for the sea voyage of the men going to Ireland from Guernsey or Jersey, and they shall be allowed on your account; lay out the rest of the money in paying for the hire of the vessels taken up or impressed for this service. Your special care is desired in expediting this business, and for its better carrying on, acquaint Cols. Bingham and Heane with our directions, and advise with them what provision it will be requisite to make for the men that go for Ireland. [I. 97, pp. 81–82.]
Jan. 22. 11. Assignment by John Walker, gent., to John Boulton, goldsmith, both of London, of a warrant for 200l. due to him from John Hunt and Humph. Jones, treasurers for the sale of the late King, Queen, and Prince's goods. [2/3 page.]
Jan. 23. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1, 6. [Edw.] Penruddock and Sir David Cuningham, prisoners in the Tower, to have the liberty of the Tower.
2. The petition of Nich. Nash, waterman, referred to the Com missioners of Customs, to certify what they know of him and his employment.
3. The petition of David Hill, of Shadwell in Radcliffe, seaman, referred to the Admiralty Committee.
5. The committee appointed to speak with the agent of the Great Duke of Tuscany to deliver him the paper in answer to his on Wednesday; Mr. Challoner to take care hereof, and notice to be given to the said agent by Sir Oliver Fleming, to attend the committee.
7. The letter of Nath. Cobham, from aboard the Golden Sun in Plymouth Sound, referred to the Admiralty Committee.
8. Mr. Milton to translate the paper sent to Council from the Holland Ambassadors, and the Committee for Foreign Affairs to consider it and prepare an answer.
11. Lieut.-Col. Joyce to receive back from Major Purling the 500l. paid by him, and thereout satisfy the 180l. to John Bennet, and the rest of the shipmasters of Dover, according to former order; Col. Joyce to have the assistance of Council, if there be cause, for compelling Major Purling to repay it. [I. 66, pp. 251– 253.]
Jan. 23.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Col. Dixwell, Lieut.-Col. Kelsey, and the Mayor of Dover. Difficulties have arisen as to your proceeding in examining the miscarriages of Whetstone, the postmaster of Dover, through your want of power to take examinations upon oath, and through no quorum being appointed. Yet you must go on speedily with the examination, and if all of you cannot attend, any two are to act. Although you are not empowered to take examinations on oath, yet you should do so in writing, and also permit Whetstone to crossexamine if he shall think fit, and send up the examinations to us. [I. 97, p. 78.]
Jan. 23.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Thos. Newbury at Portsmouth. You being appointed to gather brass ordnance in the several garrisons in the western parts into the Tower, wait upon us for further directions, that no delay may occur in a work of such great concern. [I. 97, p. 79.]
Jan. 23.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Charles Walley. Order being given to the Treasurers-at-war to pay you 1,400l. on account, for pay of certain companies of [1,200] foot that are to be transported to Ireland, under Lieut.-Col. Finch, you are,—
Firstly, to pay at the usual rate the quarters of the soldiers for the time before they were mustered in complete companies, there being full pay assigned them since they were mustered; but you are not to allow any pay to the officers for the time before they mustered, nor to the soldiers more than for the bare paying of their quarters.
Secondly, you are to pay the officers and soldiers of Lieut.-Col Finch, Major Duckenfield, Captain Stopford, and Capt. Birtle, at the rate of this enclosed, from 23 January, during the time they shall stay for want of shipping or a wind, they losing no opportunity to embark, either together or in part, as vessels can be had to carry them off.
Thirdly, at their shipping, you are to pay them 28 days' pay, both for officers and soldiers, out of which they are to find themselves provisions for their sea voyage. The fifth company now raising under Capt. Massey you are to pay in like manner.
Lastly, out of the remainder of the said 1,400l. (if any) you are to reimburse yourself so much as you have laid out for Major Sadler and Capt. Kenyon's companies, above the 500l. paid you on account for them.
For the hire of the vessels to carry these companies for Wexford or Waterford, you are to take up money there by exchange, and charge a bill upon us. [I. 97, pp. 83, 84; I. 66, p. 252.]
Jan. 23.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Colonels Bingham and Heane. On the present reducement of the supernumerary forces at Guernsey and Jersey, we have designed the numbers mentioned in the enclosed to be transported for Ireland. All your companies are ordered pay beforehand to 8 March next, yet for the encouragement of those that go for Ireland, we resolve to advance them a month's pay more at their shipping, and to provide ships and victuals for their transportation. In order to provide for the said month's pay, we have written to the Army Committee to advance three months' pay from 8 March next, for the garrisons of Guernsey and Jersey, out of which we desire you to issue the said 28 days' advance to the officers and soldiers that go for Ireland, and to transmit us an account what it amounts to, and we will order the like sum to be allowed you upon your next warrants from the Army Committee. Further the dispatch of these forces to Ireland, that they, with the others that are to go out of England, making an accession of strength to the field armies in Ireland next summer, the war there may, with God's blessing, be brought to a speedy period.
These companies are to be brought from Jersey to England to be reduced:—
Capt. Dover's 100
" Heath's 100
" Hughes's 100
With the two troops, except 60 to be left there on the establishment for the garrison. The two troops to be brought to England are not to be disbanded, as the three companies of foot are.
These companies are to be transported from Guernsey and Jersey for Ireland:—
From Jersey:
Capt. Awder's company 100
Out of the Colonel's company to go under the same conduct 80
Out of the Lieut.-Colonel's company to go as above 80
Out of Major Harding's company 40
Such of these as will not go for Ireland are to be sent over to England, to be disbanded.
From Guernsey:
Capt. Helsham's company 100
" Saml. Clarke's " 100
" Synock's " 100
The 100 private soldiers under Major Lacy are to go under the conduct of the said captains, as recruits, or else to come to England to be disbanded100
[I. 97, pp. 85–87.]
Jan. 24.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the commissioners in Scotland. We congratulate you on your safe arrival in Scotland, and wish you speedy and happy progress in your good work. All possible care has been taken for transmitting the money mentioned in your letter from Dalkeith, appointed for the pay of the forces in Scotland, but by reason of the late change of the Treasurers-at-war, a stop was given thereto for some days, which is now removed, and a warrant was issued from Council on the 19th to Capt. Peacock, to receive the money on board the Tiger frigate, and carry it to Scotland, so that we trust, before this shall come to your hands, he will have arrived, and prevent any hindrance to your bringing your business to a good issue. We shall be very careful here, and shall at all times, as we receive advice from you, use our best endeavours for promoting of that service, being very sensible of what concern it is to the settlement of the peace. [I. 97, p. 87.]
Jan. 26. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. Power to be given to the Committee for Examinations to send for Lucie Adams, the creditor of Major Gouch, and speak with her concerning the debt owing to her, and endeavour the compounding of it on reasonable terms, that the Major may be enlarged, to pursue the service; and they are to report.
2. The petition of Capt. Hugh Gosnell referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee.
3. The petition of the Merchant Adventurers' Company, with their letter from Bruges, referred to the Committee for Trade and Foreign Affairs.
4. Sir Arth. Hesilrigge to be President of the Council until this day month.
7. Col. Morley, Mr. Holland, Gurdon, Martin, Nevill, Carew, Scott, Earl of Pembroke, Viscount Lisle, and Mr. Love added to the committee on the difference between the Lord Mayor, aldermen, and Common Council of London, who are to sit to-morrow in the guard chamber.
9. Mr. Milton to translate into Latin the answer of Council to the first paper of the Holland Ambassadors, containing three articles.
10. The paper now read as an answer to that from the Holland Ambassadors, and that given them as a demand from this commonwealth, referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs, who are to meet to-morrow, and report; Lord Commissioner Whitelock to attend that committee.
13. Order—on petition of Capt. Nicholas Read, on behalf of Antonio Bogus, an Armenian and Chief Customer at Smyrna, that three bales of silk belonging to Bogus were amongst other goods taken as prize in the Martin, and condemned in the Admiralty Court without his knowledge, Read craving liberty to make claim thereto as if they had never been proceeded against,—that in respect of the great distance of Smyrna, whereby Bogus could not appear within the 30 days limited, no advantage ought to be taken for condemnation of the silk, and that the sentence be made void, and the party admitted to appear and make his claim, and all evidences be duly considered, and a right judgment given therein; the Admiralty Judges, the advocate, and proctors for the State, and the collectors for prize goods to take notice hereof.
15. William Spittlehouse to be allowed 54l. 10s. on account of his pay as one of the deputies to the Serjeant, and the Committee for Examinations to nominate him to some employment.
16. To write the justices of peace for Suffolk that strict watch be kept by the seaside, where there may be danger, and that Stephens and Ward, the two persons suspected of having had a hand in the robbery, be strictly examined. [I. 66, pp. 255–262.]
Jan. 26.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Navy Commissioners. Being informed, by the petition of Lieut. Edw. Mawdit, of the Lion, and a certificate of the officers and mariners of that ship, that he has been their minister from 17 Nov. 1650 to 28 May 1651, and received no allowance, we desire you to order that he be paid the allowance due to the minister. [I. 97, p. 88.]
Jan. 27. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The petition of Col. Jno. Fealan referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee, except that part of it which desires a regiment of Irish foot.
2. The Committee for Examinations to bail Lieut.-Col. Turner in such amount and terms as they judge fit.
4. The Act for reviving the militia to be brought in tomorrow.
5. The examination of Lieut.-General Middleton's escape from the Tower to be taken up next Friday.
6. The two papers prepared in answer to that of the Dutch Ambassadors referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs.
8. The petition of Wm. Johnson, merchant, referred to the Admiralty Committee.
9. That of Jasper Duart to the Committee for Examinations, to examine the allegations therein, and if true, to order delivery of the goods, on payment of customs.
10. The Scotch common soldiers who were taken prisoners at Worcester, and are in York Castle, to be permitted to return to Scotland, on taking the engagement, and the officers to be detained till further order. [I. 66, pp. 263, 264.]
Jan. 27.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Colonels Bingham and Heane. There is one variation desired in our dispatch to you of the 23rd inst; that Major Harrison's company at Guernsey, intended to be removed to Jersey, may go for Ireland, and that Capt. Heath's company designed to be brought to England to be disbanded, be continued in Jersey, in lieu of Major Harrison's. [I. 97, p. 89.]
Jan. 27.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Capt. Hen. Hatsell. To the same effect; also to provide shipping and victuals answerable. [I. 97, p. 90.]
Jan. 27.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Luke Robinson. By yours from Scarborough, and the enclosed from the collectors of customs at Whitby, we understand of the seizure of 50l., intended to have been transported; but as the money was designed to redeem a ship and her lading, taken from the parties by a pirate, and to much greater value, as also the ship's company from imprisonment in foreign parts, and as the vessel was small, and unable to make any opposition, let the money be restored to its owners.
The want of ships for safeguard of that coast, and the defects of such as are already appointed, we have referred to the Admiralty Committee, and they will give such order as will prevent inconvenience for the future. [I. 97, p. 91.]
Jan. 27.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Capt. Fox and Mr. Buckeridge. Major Swift, Governor of Holyhead, petitions complaining that his Post bark, employed between there and Dublin, having been cast by foul weather into a creek near [St.] David's Head, was seized by the Admiralty there; that after the examination of Jasper Thomas, the master, she was released, but that since then, you have stayed her, and offer to make her a prize, and the goods in her. In respect of the inconvenience to the service by her stay,—she being employed to carry over public dispatches and letters of commerce to Ireland,—we require you to immediately release her, with all her tackle, &c., and allow her to pass, and to show cause to us in writing, under your own hands, why you so long made stay of her, that further order may be given thereupon. [I. 97, p. 92.]
Jan. 28. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. Mr. Corbett to make the report to the House concerning Lieut.Col. Roseworm, which was entrusted to Lord Grey.
2. Mr. Bond to make the report which was given to Sir Hen. Vane, as to settling the corporation of the Trinity House.
3. The petition of Jacob Wythers, surgeon, referred to the Admiralty Committee to report.
4. The answer to the paper from the Dutch Ambassadors approved, and Milton to translate it into Latin, to be signed by the Lord President of the Council.
5. Sir Oliver Fleming to acquaint the Dutch Ambassadors that Council have appointed a committee to meet them on Friday at 9 a.m. in Whitehall, in order to deliver them an answer to their papers.
6. The paper of demands to the Dutch Ambassador referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs, to consider the damage done to the people of this nation, and the time when, and report to-morrow.
7. The said demands not to be presented to the Dutch Ambassadors with the other two papers which Council have passed in answer to theirs.
8. The Committee for Foreign Affairs to amend the last clause of the paper, mentioning the demands, so that it may not relate to their present sending.
9. Sir Oliver Fleming, Mr. Rowe, and Capt. Bishop to take the oath of secresy, and have notice thereof, that they may attend Council to-morrow at their first sitting.
10. The Militia Commissioners of London, who have laid an assessment for the charge of the fortifications of the city, to direct the collectors to forbear demanding that tax from Signor Amerigo Salvetti, agent here from the Great Duke of Tuscany, living in Bartholomew Court.
11. The petition of Roger Burges referred to the Committee for Examinations, who are to speak with him, and report.
12. Sir Jas. Harrington, Mr. Nevill, Col. Morley, Lord Commissioner Whitelock, Mr. Scott, and Mr. Bond to be a committee to receive from the Spanish Ambassador what he has to propound, and report.
13. What was done by Council on the business contained in a letter from the Commissioners of Customs to be looked up, and brought in to-morrow. [I. 66, pp. 267–269.]
Jan. 29. 12. Major Art. Evelyn to Sir Art. Hesilrigge, President of the Council of State. Tell Council that one of the barges bringing ammunition from Wallingford Castle was drowned near Streatley at a lock; of the powder, 200 barrels, and of the match, 12 tons, half is missing, and the rest it is feared unserviceable. Most of the bullet, 12 tons, is saved, if they can weigh up the barge. [½ page.]
Jan. 29. 13. Reference of the above to the Ordnance Committee. [½ page. Also I. 66, p. 273.]
Jan. 29. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
2. The papers for the Dutch Ambassadors to be ready to-morrow between 7 and 8 a.m., and delivered to the committee at the Irish Committee chamber, who are to examine and deliver them to the Ambassadors.
3. The paper of demands referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs, who are to perfect them, and bring in any other particulars of the like nature, and report on Monday.
4. The said committee to meet next Saturday on the paper of demands.
5. Lord Commissioner Whitelock to have liberty to speak with a certain gentleman just arrived from foreign parts.
7. The commissioners appointed to meet the Dutch Ambassadors to deliver to them to-morrow the two papers prepared as the answer of Council to theirs.
8. Wednesday appointed to consider what shall be insisted upon with the Dutch Ambassadors.
9. The petition of Daniel Boulton referred to the Committee for Examinations to report.
10. The commissioners appointed to deliver the answer of Council to the Dutch Ambassadors' papers are to return answers to them upon any occasional discourse, in pursuance of the votes of Council.
11. The business of the Isle of Man to be considered to-morrow.
12. The petitions from Hull, on behalf of Mr. Cann, referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee, to settle some allowance on him for subsistence, while employed in the ministry at Hull.
13. The petition of Andrew Lamont, minister, laid aside.
15. The petition of Lieut.-Col. Wm. Hamilton referred to the Committee for Prisoners, who are to confer with the Lord General thereon, and report.
16. The petition of Hen. Symball, late keeper of Peterhouse, referred to the said committee, to report what should be paid him for disbursements, and keeping the prisoners mentioned.
17, 19. The petition and certificate of Thomas Crowder, Wm. Smith, and Daniel Proud, and the petition of William Huffam, mariner, referred to the Admiralty Committee.
18. The petition of the Mayor and jurats of Feversham, for a pass for a delinquent to return from beyond seas, laid aside.
20. The petition of Lieut. Gawden Paterson and Cornet Robert Sleigh referred to the Committee for Prisoners to report.
21. So much of the petition of Timothy Parker as refers to the seizure of some money of his which proved to be counterfeit, referred to the Committee for Examinations.
22. The petition of Lady Inchiquin laid aside, as not being proper for Council's cognizance.
29. Mr. Frost to search whether any warrant was issued for payment of 300l. to Col. Wm. Willoughby and Company, for the service of two ships, and if so, cancel it; and in regard of the deficiency of credit of those old ordinances, to charge 150l. on the arrears of the ordinance of 16 Feb. 1647–8 for raising 20,000l. a month for Ireland, and 150l. more on the compositions of Delinquents, which Council are empowered to dispose of for supply of Ireland. [I. 66, pp. 271– 276.]
Jan. 29.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Capt. Barker. When Lord Chandos was seized by our order, you seized three geldings and one mare belonging to him, which you have since kept, as there was no order given for their restitution; having long since, upon the desire of his Lordship, freed him from restraint, the said geldings and mare are to be forthwith delivered to him. [I. 97, p. 93.]
Jan. 29.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Army Committee. The Lord General having given order for Captain Southeron's, one of the four companies at Hull, to be recruited [from 70] to 100, besides officers, and to march for Scotland, as part of Col. Alured's regiment, advance them six weeks' pay from 9 Feb. next, according to muster, and let the recruits entertained to complete the company from 70 to 100 be paid accordingly, on certificate of the muster master. [I. 97, p. 94; I. 66, p. 277.]
Jan. 29.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Army Committee. Upon the first presentation to Parliament of the charge of the garrisons thought fit to be continued, and of others to be reduced, it was referred to Council to consider how Arundel Castle might be continued as a garrison, instead of being disbanded. By these means its whole number of soldiers were kept in service until 5 Dec. last, when Parliament ordered the reducement of six officers, two drummers, and 50 privates. As all these are unpaid since 20th Oct. last, let them receive their former allowance for 46 days. [I. 97, p. 95.]
Jan. 29.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the treasurers of the Adventurers' money for Ireland. As 491l. charged by ordinance of Parliament of 29 July 1643 upon the Adventurers' money for Ireland, for paying for 1,000 coats delivered by Arthur Dew for the soldiers in Ireland, is yet unsatisfied, we have charged it upon another treasury; we give you this notice, that no pretensions may be made for the same. [I. 97, p. 96.]
Jan. 29. 14. Petition of Rich. Meade to the Navy Committee, for an order to the Navy Commissioners for payment of 6l.
Was purser of the Welcome Pink, which was taken in 1647 by the French, who imprisoned her company at St. Malo for three weeks, and then released them, and they were forced to remain there 20 days before they could get a passage to England. During that time, petitioner provided them with victuals at his own charge, and having been detained after their departure, and subsequently employed for three years and four months in the State's service, he has not had an opportunity of applying for the amount then expended, which he borrowed of Mr. Symes, who has threatened to arrest him for it. With reference to the Navy Commissioners to make out a bill to the petitioner, if they find what is alleged to be correct. [1 page.]
Jan. 30. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The petitions and bills of the persons who have built a barge for the State, by contract with the Admiralty Committee, referred to that committee, who are to give order to Mr. Frost for payment, if the bills agree with the contract.
2. The petition of Major Jno. Rotherford referred to the Committee for Prisoners, who are to discharge him on security, if they find they are empowered thereto by Council.
3. The petition and narrative of Geo. Price, merchant, referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs, after he has taken his oath as to its truth.
5. The petition of John Paris and Stephen Evans, officers of Customs at Cowes, Isle of Wight, with that of Armiger Warner, and the orders thereupon, referred to the Admiralty Committee, who are to send for Warner, examine him, and report.
6. The petition of the Turkey Company referred to the Committee for Foreign Affairs, to view the orders for sending Ambassadors to Turkey, confer with the Turkey Company and others, and report.
7. Wednesday appointed for the business of letters of marque and reprisal against the French.
8. The Committee for Examinations to examine Sir William Waller, lately come up from Denbigh Castle, and report.
9. The account of bedding for the soldiers at James's House referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee.
10. Lieut.-Col. Geo. Joyce to attend Council on Monday.
11. The business of the Isle of Man referred to the said Committee, who are to take it up on Tuesday, and report; Capt. Eaton and Mr. Slater to attend them.
14. The bringing in of a report of the names of persons to be excepted in the qualifications for Ireland, referred by Parliament to Council, to be considered next Tuesday.
15. The paper to the Spanish Ambassador read to be signed and sent, with a translation in Latin.
16. Sir Oliver Fleming to deliver him the paper, and a copy of the order of Council appointing a committee to receive from him what he has to propound to Council.
18. The letter of Capt. Hatsell from Plymouth referred to the Admiralty Committee.
19. Sir Oliver Fleming to repair to Peter Spiering, Lord of Silverchrone, sent from the Queen of Sweden, and demand in what quality he expects his reception should be, and how he makes his quality to appear, and report.
22. The Irish and Scotch Committee to provide shipping, &c. for transport of two troops of dragoons, which are to be disbanded in Scotland, from such part of Scotland as is nearest to Ireland, directions being already given to the Commissioners there to appoint their march towards those parts. [I. 66, pp. 279–285.]
Jan. 30.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Major Morgan, Mayor, and Mr. Whiteing, justice of peace of Wells, [Mr. Hall, of Axbridge, and Cornet Bridges]. We enclose articles against Dr. Eaton, minister of Axbridge, co. Somerset; but as they are not proved by the depositions, and as the business should be thoroughly examined, we desire you to send for such persons as can speak to that business, examine them, and return the examinations to us. [I. 97, p. 97; I. 66, p. 271.]
Jan. 31.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Colonels Bingham and Heane. In case you find the time far elapsed before the forces that are to be transported from Jersey and Guernsey to Ireland can be shipped, so that the month's advance to 8 March, which we desired you to pay them at their shipping, over and above their pay, shall not be sufficient encouragement to them, we authorise you to pay them 14 days more, and it shall be allowed you in the manner mentioned in ours of the 23rd. [I. 97, p. 98.]
Jan. 31.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Army Committee. We have, by the advice of the General, appointed six companies of foot of 100 each, and 60 horse, for the security of Jersey; and that they may be brought within the present establishment without increase of charge, have appointed to be reduced five of the seven companies in Guernsey, the three companies appointed for Weymouth, and several other officers and soldiers from other garrisons, expressed in the enclosed list by Mr. Frost, our Secretary. Let the forces appointed for Jersey be added to the establishment, and the establishment for the other places be altered and reduced, from 8 March next. That the forces to be reduced out of Guernsey, Jersey, and other places may provide themselves for transportation to further service, appoint pay for those in Guernsey, so as to make them equal to those in Jersey, viz., to 8 March, and grant warrants to Capt. John Clarke therefor, as also to him, and Major Wm. Harding, for three months' more pay from the said 8 March; to be done with all possible expedition. [I. 97, pp. 99, 100.] Annexing,
i. An establishment for the Isle of Jersey, to commence 8 March 1651–1652, the monthly cost being 1,283l. 6s. 8d.
ii. Reductions to be made from the same time, to prevent increase of the present charge, in the establishments of,—
£ s. d.
Guernsey 770 18 8
Weymouth 460 12 0
Portland, 40 soldiers 46 13 4
Portsmouth, 10 soldiers 11 13 4
[I. 66, pp. 284–285.] 1,289 17 4
Jan. 31.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Commissioners in Scotland. As you have disbanded Capts. Okey and Battiley's two troops of dragoons, it will be more advantage to send them from Scotland to Ireland. Give orders for them to march to such parts of Scotland as lie nearest to the coast of Ireland, whence they may be shipped. The Irish and Scotch Committee will provide for their transportation. We enclose a copy of the votes passed in Parliament concerning Major-Gen. Lambert. [I. 97, p. 101.]
Jan. 31.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Major-Gen. Lambert. Parliament having appointed you Deputy of Ireland, under the Lord Lieutenant, we desire you will immediately repair to London. [I. 97, p. 102.]
Jan. ? 15. Judgment of the Court of Common Pleas, that Jervis—ist, an attorney of the court, having failed to appear to answer the complaint of Rich. Pheasant, of defrauding him of several sums of money for goods sold and delivered, &c. in the parish of St. Maryle-Bow, London, in March 1649, and not having shown any cause for his absence, be wholly debarred from exercising the office of an attorney, and be struck off the rolls. [Noted as entered on the Roll No. 1626, for Hil. Term, 1651–2. 7 damaged fragments.]
Jan. Proceedings before the Commissioners to examine into abuses at the dockyard, Chatham:—
16. Jan. 2, 1651–2, Chatham. Capt. John Taylor and George Maplesden to the Commissioners. Explain the difference between the accounts of timber used in the dockyard as given by Rob. Sagger and Jos. Pett. Think Mr. Pett did not intend to deceive, and at worst, was mistaken. [1 page.]
17. Jan. 27, Rochester. Rob. Cussens, John Finnis, and Isaac Carter to the Commissioners. We tender articles against John Browne, clerk of the ropeyard, and his adherents [Wm.] Adderley, [Wm.] Thomson, and Thos. Colepott, having had woful experience of hard usage from them. [1 page.]
18. Jan. 27. Answer of Major John Browne to the articles against him. Did not muster ropemakers as soldiers, but tradesmen are allowed to be paid as soldiers; has not been absent without leave. Repaid money received from the Army for gunners who preferred remaining in Navy pay. [¾ page.]
19. [Jan. 27.] Articles against Rich. Holborn, master mastmaker, and cousin to Commissioner [Pett]. For joining in the late Kentish rebellion, purloining the State's stores, having his bedsteads made at the State's charge, as also two coffins to bury himself and his wife when they die, which coffins are now in his own house. [¾ page.]
20. Jan. 27. Answer of Holborn to the above articles. Had the coffins and bedstead made, but "as he thinks, he paid for the "workmanship thereof himself." [⅓ page.]
21. Jan. 27. Answers of Jos. Pett, assistant to the master shipwright, to articles against him. Signed the Kentish petition, but was afterwards restored to his office. Denies embezzling the State's stores. [⅓ page.]
22. Jan. 27 and 28. Proofs from examination against Peter Pett, Commissioner, for embezzling the State's stores. [7 pages.]
23. [Jan. 27.] Articles against Capt. Phineas Pett, clerk of the check, brother to Commissioner Peter Pett. For neglecting to muster the workmen, dismissing them without call; entering more men on the quarter book than have appeared; setting down higher wages than were due, and receiving the overplus; employing unfit assistants, using his power "to revenge private discontents, and reward private courtesies." [2 pages.]
24. Jan. 27. Answer of Capt. Phineas Pett to the said articles. [¾ page.]
25. Jan. 28. Proofs against Phineas Pett on the said articles. [2 pages.]
26. Jan. 28, Chatham. Order by the said committee to Rob. Whetnall, navy messenger, to summon Fras. Fipps and four others, to give evidence against Sam. Burgis, gunner, of Upton Castle. [2/3 page.]
27. Jan. 28. Order by the said Commissioners that Capt. John Taylor, master shipwright, survey and measure the oak and other timber brought into the stores, especially such as has lately come in. Preceded by notes of orders for summoning of witnesses. [Draft, 1 page.]
28. Jan. 28. Capt. Taylor to the said Commissioners. Report of the survey and measurement of the timber in Chatham Dockyard. [1 page.]
29. Jan. 28. Proofs against Joseph Pett for purloining timber, canvas, pitch, &c. belonging to the State. [12/3 pages.]
30. Jan. 28. Articles by Commissioner Pett against Wm. Adderley, minister at Chatham. That instead of preaching, catechizing, and praying to the company of each ship leaving Chatham, and inviting them to faithfulness to the present power, for which he received 100l. a year, the ordinary paying their groats, he has never, though urged, preached on any ship, and thus poor shipkeepers in harbour have been kept many months from hearing a sermon.
That he used ill language and threatened Pett's ruin and that of his family.
Also against Wm. Thomson, master caulker. For neglect of duty, burning the State's wood, and employing boats and men for his own service; breaking up oyster grounds; spending money without warrant, &c.
Also against Thos. Colepott, boatswain of the Yard. For neglect, ignorance, and wilfulness; drunkenness, burning the State's wood, &c. [3½ page.]
31. Jan. 28. Answers of Colepott to the articles against him. [1¼ pages.]
32. Jan. 28. Proofs on Commissioner Pett's part against Adderley. [¾ page.]
33. Jan. 28. Answer of Adderley to the articles against him. [1 pages.]
34. Jan. 28. Answer of Thomson to the articles against him. [1¼ pages.]
35. Jan. 29. Proofs on Commissioner Pett's part against Thomson. [1 page.]
36. Jan. 29. Answer of Capt. Phineas Pett to the articles against him. [½ page.]