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Volume 15: February 1651

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

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Feb. 1651.

Feb. 1. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. Sir John Tracey and Sir Thos. Gibbon to stand bound in their recognizance to appear before Council this day sevennight, unless Council shall call for them before.
2. Mr. Frost to pay the charges of —for so long as he shall be stayed in town as a witness on behalf of the State against —.
3. The papers returned from the several Militia Commissioners, being returns of the forces they have raised, to be looked out and brought to the Committee for Martial Affairs on Monday.
4. The petition of Isabel Brandon to be sent to the Lord General, who is to do what he shall think fit.
5. Col. Wauton to send order that Col. Gibbon be brought up hither in safe custody.
6. Cardell Goodman to have one month allowed to remain in the Isle of Wight, notwithstanding the former order of Council for his removal thence, and a copy of his petition to be sent to the Governor, with a letter signifying the time given him.
11. John Powell, servant to Ralph Skipwith, to be permitted to attend his master, now a prisoner in the Tower, and an order to be sent to the Lieutenant of the Tower for that purpose. [I. 17, pp. 16, 25.]
Feb. 3. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. Sir John Oglander to be examined to-morrow morning by the Committee of Examinations, who are to report to Council in the afternoon, he remaining in custody meantime.
2. The Earl of Lindsey to have liberty to remain in town to the end of the term, upon the motion of Sir Hen. Vane, that he may pass a recovery upon some land sold by him.
3. Mr. Scott and Col. Purefoy to proceed with a person who offers the discovery of a design upon Ireland, to the gaining of a more full knowledge thereof, and give the party fit encouragement, both for what has been already done by him, and for what he shall do, in discovering the business.
4. Mr. Scott to report to Parliament to-morrow an abstract of letters lately received from France, containing a relation of public transactions there.
6. The papers of inhabitants of Barbadoes referred to the committee appointed for that business, who are to give such directions as they think fit.
7. Col. Art. Slingsby to be committed prisoner to the Gatehouse, for treason and conspiracy against the commonwealth.
8. Instructions to be sent to Col. Birch to send fit persons to the Isle of Man, to see and confer with all prisoners kept there by the Earl of Derby, for their good affection to this commonwealth, and to give an account of them to him.
9. Two troops of Col. Harrison's regiment of horse in Wales to march to London, for the safety of these parts.
10. A troop of 120 horse of the militia forces in Wales, to be raised, and continued for 3 months in their room. [I. 17, pp. 25, 26.]
Feb. 3. Report [of the Admiralty Committee] on the petition of Wm. Hochen, master of the William and John of Colchester, that—as he has been at extraordinary expense, above the allowance formerly ordered him, for attending upon the Liberty when she was cast away upon Bolsey Sands, and saving one of her guns, and also in attending the Speaker for five weeks, 10l. more should be paid him by the Collectors for Prize Goods. [I. 17, p. 28.]
Feb. 4. Order in Parliament that the Council of State consider this letter, (fn. 1) and that they have power to see the original of the powers given by the King of Portugal to his public minister, and to treat with the latter, and report to Parliament. [I. 88, p. 67.]
Feb. 4. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The Committee of Examinations, and the judges who are of the Council to consider the paper given in by the Admiralty Judges as to trying pirates, and report what they think fit to be done.
2. Ambrose Randolph to be allowed 160l. a year for keeping the Paper Office in Whitehall, in regard of the great trust of that place, to begin from the time of the beginning of the Council of State, and continue until Parliament or Council shall give other order therein. The money he has received from Mr. Frost is to be substracted therefrom, and for the future, he is to be paid as the rest of those that belong to the Council.
3. That Nich. Wadley may go over with the rest to Barbadoes, if he pleases, and there prosecute the complaint mentioned in his petition, as others do.
5. The business of the Act against recusants to be considered next Thursday, and Council to meet for that purpose.
6. The charge against Hen. Hyde and his associates to be considered next Friday, and Alderman Pennington to take notice, that the witnesses against them may be ready to appear.
7. 100l. more to be advanced to Capt. Bishop, upon account, to enable him to carry on the business with the Committee for Examinations.
9. The allowance of 3,000l. a year, made for the maintenance of the late King's children, to be continued to Capt. Anthony Mildmay until 6 Dec., and from that date, the allowance of 1,500l. to be paid him for maintenance of Hen. Stuart and his servants, according to order of Parliament; this to be signified to the Revenue Committee, that payment may be made accordingly.
10. The business of the militia to be considered to-morrow.
11. Sir Hen. Vane to report to Parliament Council's opinion that it will be of much advantage to the public service in Scotland, if 40 more men be added to the 20 already allowed to attend upon the Lord General in the nature of a life guard, with the same allowance as the other 20, and put upon the establishment and pay of the army.
12. To write the Militia Commissioners for counties Lancaster and York, that divers of their horse lately sent to Scotland are returned, and have been accompanied and encouraged therein by some of their officers, and to desire them to examine the matter, and secure the officers, and certify; as also to send back the horse again to Scotland,
13. Sir Wm. Courtney and Sir Humph. Bennett to be removed from Portsmouth to Southampton, to be there kept after such manner as they are now kept at Portsmouth, and the Governor of Portsmouth to be written to, to that purpose.
14. Upon consideration of the intelligence from Scotland, and the present conjuncture of affairs, Council is of opinion that, for prevention of the enemies' designs by invasion from Scotland, and the security of the northern parts, and preventing the dangers threatened that way, some considerable forces of horse and dragoons should be drawn in a body northwards, under command of some fit person, who may also have power to call the militia forces of those parts to his assistance, as there shall be occasion.
15. Col. Nath. Rich to be appointed to command those forces, according to instructions from Parliament, Council of State, the Lord General, or Major-Gen. Harrison.
16. 1,500 horse and dragoons to be provided for the purposes aforesaid, and consideration taken by Major-Gen. Harrison where those forces may be had, and how many of them may be spared forth of the army, and out of what part of the militia forces of the several counties the rest may be supplied.
17. Major-Gen. Harrison to be acquainted with these resolutions, that he may give directions for preparing the forces.
20. Col. Geo. Cooke, Col. Solomon Richards, Lieut.-Col. William Purefoy for Col. Slade's regiment, Lieut.-Col. Bowen for the Lord Lieutenant's regiment, Major May for Col. Sadler's regiment, Capt. John Barret for the Lord Deputy's regiment, Capt. Hutchinson for Col. Ewer's regiment, and Capt. Whiting for Col. Axtell's regiment, being chief officers of several regiments in Ireland, and having come over by order of the Lord Deputy, to raise and transport men for recruiting their several regiments;—10 blank commissions are to be given to each of such officers, to be filled up by them, authorising them to beat drums and raise, march, and transport the said recruits. [I. 17, pp. 29–34.]
Feb. 4.
Whitehall.
5. Council of State to the Treasurers-at-War. The Council wanting present moneys for exigent service, you are to repay to Mr. Frost 2,000l. out of the moneys lent you by Council. With Frost's receipt for 1,669l. 3s. 2¼d. [1¼ page.]
Feb. 4. 6. List of ships in harbour, with the times when they will be fitted for service, from Feb. to April, viz., 10 at Chatham, 3 at Woolwich, 7 at Deptford, 1 at Bristol, 3 at Portsmouth, and 2 at Harwich. [1 page.]
Feb. 5. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The Lords Commissioners of the Seal to prepare a patent for the Lords Ambassadors who are to go over to Holland, and to bring it in to-morrow.
2. Letters of credence to be prepared and brought in to-morrow.
3. 2,000l. worth of plate to be provided for their use, to be made in such fashion and proportions as Alderman Allein shall think fit, and the arms of the commonwealth to be engraven on the several pieces.
4. Sir John Oglander to be set at liberty, on recognizance of 2,000l., with sureties on the usual terms.
5. Commissions to be given to persons recommended from the Militia Commissioners for Berkshire.
6. The letter from Norwich of the 3rd inst., complaining of the increase of inns and alehouses, referred to the judges of the Council, who are to offer what they think fit to be presented to Parliament for redress of such abuses; Lord Chief Justice Rolle to take special care of this business.
7. To write the mayor and aldermen of Leicester that Mr. Angel and Mr. Price are to depart the town of Leicester within 14 days after notice, and not to come within 10 miles thereof without license.
8. Order upon the certificates made on behalf of Mr. Tippetts, master shipwright of Portsmouth, that the Admiralty Committee give such order as they shall think fit, for his building a ship at Portsmouth.
9. Copies of the orders of Parliament of 5 Feb. and 15 Jan., with the order of Council thereupon, to be sent by an extraordinary packet to the Lord General, and also a copy of the resolution of Council last night, as to sending of forces towards Carlisle.
10. The business of Lord Campden referred to the Committee of Examinations, who are to examine him and such others as they think fit, concerning the matter laid to his charge.
11. The bill of charges of Col. Wauton's soldiers, given in by William Waters, who brought up Arthur Slingsby from Yarmouth, to be defrayed by Mr. Frost, out of the money for the use of Council.
12. The desires of Lieut.-Col. Reade, from Poole, referred to the Ordnance Committee.
13. The petition of Peter Blondeau referred to the further con sideration of the Mint Committee.
14. The petition of William Coddington referred to the Committee for Barbadoes.
15. To write the Militia Commissioners for Poole to proceed to the raising of their militia forces, according to the Militia Act.
16. The Irish Committee to examine Mr. Scott's account of monies received and disbursed by him, in pursuance of the trust committed to him by Council, and report.
17. Mr. Wyan, registrar of the Admiralty, to give an account in writing why he has not prepared patents for making Col. Stapley vice-admiral for Sussex, and Mr. Robinson, vice-admiral for Yorkshire.
18. The petition of John le Roy referred to the Committee for Examinations.
19. The justices of peace for Norfolk to give security in such way as the law allows to Hen. Neave, against such of his enemies as he shall inform them of.
20. To inform the inhabitants of Maldon, co. Surrey, in answer to their petition, that the matter is not proper for cognizance of Council.
21. Hugh Merrit, prisoner in Colchester, to be set at liberty, on recognizance with sureties for his good behaviour, he taking the engagement, and his friends engaging that he shall be sent to the East Indies.
22. The petition of Thos. Jones referred to the Admiralty Committee.
24. Also the petition of Chas. Sanders.
25. The petition of Simon Sebirell referred to the Committee for Examinations.
26. The petition of Isaac Phillips and Rich. Alford referred to the Admiralty Committee.
27. Sir Wm. Armyne to report to Parliament,—on their reference to Council of the 15th ult., to consider how the charge of additional pay, billet money, and led horses may be abated or taken away,—that by reason of the shortness of time left for a business of so great concernment, occasioned by the warrants for the next month's pay of the said money being now to be issued out, they are not ready to give an account thereof, and therefore suggest that the allowances of billet money, &c. be continued one month longer, that it may be further considered.
28. Mr. Frost, secretary to Council, to repair to the public Minister of the King of Portugal, and signify to him that Parliament have referred it to the Council of State to see the originals of the powers he has from the King, for his treaty and transactions with the Parliament of the commonwealth of England, and that in pursuance thereof, they have sent him to receive the same; that after their perusal they will be restored, and that until that is done, Council cannot take further notice of his letter presented to them this day.
30. Order upon the petition of Robert Garland, Robt. Gravenor, and other proprietors of the ship Trade, alias Samaritan, that in respect of the petitioners' property in such ship, and their great losses, the collectors for prize goods deliver up their bond.
31. The petition of Gilbert Crane, master of the Mary Ann Frances, with the papers annexed, referred to the Admiralty Committee. [I. 17, pp. 35–41.]
Feb. 6. Order in Parliament, that the additional pay, billet money, and led horses be continued for a month longer from the 26th inst., and that the Council of State give an account of this business, touching the abating or taking away of additional pay, billet money, and led horses, before the 26th inst. [I. 88, p. 68.]
Feb. 6. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. Capt. Bishop to take bail of Henry Edwards, prisoner in the Gatehouse, himself in 200l., and two sureties in 100l. each, that within five days after his liberty, he shall depart out of London 20 miles, and not return without special leave of Parliament or Council, and that he shall not do anything prejudicial to the present Government.
2. The list of names given in to be Commissioners for the Militia for the city of Worcester approved, and instructions to be prepared accordingly.
3. The petition of William Wade, merchant, referred to the Irish Committee, who are to examine the debt mentioned therein, and report.
5. Mr. Scobell and Mr. Manley to carefully peruse the trunk of writings delivered them, and give an account of what they find.
6. To write the Army Commissioners to imprest 216l. to Commissary Phipps, for carrying down draught horses and waggons to Scotland, and to receive his accounts for money and horses delivered to him for the artillery train.
7. The Admiralty Committee to consider the way of treating with the public Minister of Portugal, and the demands to be made of him on behalf of those who have suffered in their persons and estates by the Portuguese, and to confer with the judges of the Admiralty or any others whom they think fit, for gaining a full knowledge of the losses sustained by English merchants in Portugal.
8. The letter now read to the Senate of Dantzic approved, and sent to Mr. Speaker to be signed.
9. The bill against recusants and people that will not go to church to be considered on Tuesday, and Council summoned to attend.
10. The Commissioners for Sequestrations and Compositions to examine the witnesses herewith sent to them, and take their testimony against Lord Craven, and proceed against him according to the Acts of Parliament for Sequestration, and give an account to Council of their proceedings.
11. Order on the petition of the Earl of Devonshire,—stating that he is charged to find horse in co. Bucks, beyond the proportion of his estate,—and upon consideration of other papers therewith presented, that Council conceive it proper for the consideration of the Militia Commissioners to whom they formerly recommended it, and therefore refer the petitioner to the said commissioners, who have power to examine the matter, and give due relief. [I. 17, pp. 42-44.]
Feb. 7. 7. Report from the Ordnance Committee that there is a debt of 32,625l. 12s. for provisions already contracted for by the late Ordnance Committee, and also 3,855l. 10s. 10½d. due to Mr. Browne, gunfounder, for mortar pieces. That 16,111l. 1s. 6d. is requisite for ammunition for ships, and 91,270l. 6s. for a magazine sufficient for emergent occasions; total, 143,862l. 10s. 4½d. That Council should appropriate a present sum to the goods contracted for, and provide for the remainder. [1 page.]
Feb. 8. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
2. The informations of Robert Rogers and John Stainrigge referred to the Committee of Examinations.
3. The petition of the Governor and Deputy Assistants of the Merchant Adventurers referred to the Committee of Council who are to draw up the instructions for the Lords Ambassadors going to the General Assembly of the United Provinces, who are to prepare what they think fit thereupon, and present it to Council.
4. The petition of Samuel Weston of Dublin, merchant, referred to the Irish Committee.
5. The petition of the Gunmakers' Company referred to the Ordnance Committee.
6. The petition of Nath. Buskill, mariner, referred to the Admiralty Committee.
7. Sir John Tracie and Sir Thos. Gibbon to stand upon their recognizance until Thursday, when they are to appear before Council, and Sir Thos. Gibbon to be examined meantime.
8. The charge against Hen. Hyde to be considered next Thursday.
9. The petition of the Governor of Wallingford Castle referred to the committee which meets with the Army officers.
10. Order upon the petition of John Shepheard, wagon master, that 20l. be given him, and the Irish and Scotch Committee consider out of what monies it may be paid.
11. Dr. Walker to draw up a representation of his opinion on the case of Mr. Brock and the rest of the company of his ship, which is to be brought to Council for their approbation, and afterwards sent to the ambassador of Spain.
12. The committee appointed to consider what is to be done in the treaty with the Portuguese ambassador to bring in the same on Monday at 5 o'clock, when a day is to be appointed to hear the said minister. Mr. Frost to return his original powers, and let him know what has been appointed.
13. Order, on report from the Admiralty Committee, that the petition of the captains and masters trading to Newcastle, being of great concern to navigation and commerce, and so most proper for the consideration of the Council of Trade, should be referred to them, as also the paper of grievances annexed, to consider the whole matter and report with speed; and in order thereto, they are desired to sit on Tuesday next, and to warn all parties to appear before them.
14. To inform Wm. Walker, in answer to his petition, that when he applies to the Lord Deputy and Commissioners, or to any others in Ireland who are proper judges of his cause, they will be obliged to do him justice without the help of any recommendation, which Council forbears as unnecessary, in this and the like particular cases.
15. John Browne, now in custody of the Sheriff of Yorkshire, by whom he was brought up hither, to be committed to the Gatehouse for holding correspondence with the enemies, until he be delivered by due course of law.
16. The Sheriff of county Oxford to be again ordered to remove his gaol from the Castle, it being where the citadel is appointed to be erected.
17. Sir Hen. Mildmay, Sir Wm. Masham, Col. Purefoy, and Col. Wauton to be a committee to consider the petition of divers workmen for work done at Tilbury Fort.
18. The petition of Thomas Clyffe referred to the Admiralty Committee.
19. The petition of the inhabitants of Maldon, county Surrey, referred to the Navy Commissioners, to examine the allegations, and report what they think fit to be done.
21. Commissions to be given to the officers of Gloucestershire, as certified in a list from the Militia Commissioners there. [I. 17, pp. 45–48.]
Feb. 8. Irish and Scotch Committee. Day's Proceedings.
That to enable the 1,500 men recruited from regiments to march to the army in Scotland, warrants be issued for conduct money.
[Also that the ordnance officers] provide drums, muskets, bandoleers, halberts, and pikes for 600 men drawn out of Col. Berkstead's, 300 out of Col. Ingoldsby's, 300 out of Col. Wauton's and 300 out of Col. Gibbon's regiments.
That letters of credit be sent to the bailiffs of Yarmouth, to assist Lieut.-Col. Cobbett to take up there 500l., to defray the charge of freight and shipping them at Yarmouth, to be repaid by bills of exchange on Council at eight days' sight.
That two warrants be issued, enabling Col. Gibbons and LieutCol. Cobbett to impress any shipping needed for their transportation.
That order be given to Capt. Richard Wiltshire of the Jonas of London, and Edw. Thomson, master of the Diligence of Yarmouth, laden with clothes and provisions for Waterford, to fall down with their ships to their convoy, and to set sail with the first opportunity.
That warrants be issued for payment from the 20,000l. charged on Goldsmiths' and Haberdashers' Hall for Ireland of 3,534l. for raising marching, and conducting to Milford Haven the recruits for Ireland, [See tables, for details. I. 17, pp. 50-53.]
Feb. 8. 8. Certificate to the Committee for Navy and Customs, by Edw. Harvy, Dan. Taylor, and Mar. Hildesley, Commissioners of Customs, that two seamen of the Mary, lately arrived in the Thames from Alicant, deposed that 1,000 weight of soap and two sails belonging to the Peter prize, being State's goods, were delivered by the boatswain, and carried by them on board the Mary. [½ page.]
Feb. 8. Commission to Col. Wm. Wetton to raise 2,000 able men for Ireland; with notes of commissions for a lieutenant-colonel, major, seven captains, 10 lieutenants, 10 ensigns, quarter-master, and marshall. [I. 119, p. 100.]
Feb. 10. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. Order to be issued, at desire of the Lord General, for staying two battering guns, formerly ordered to be sent to Scotland.
2. The commission this day read in Latin to be shown to Lord Chief Justice St. John, and then translated into English, and brought to Council to-morrow.
3. The public Minister of Portugal to be treated with by a committee of Council.
4. The said Minister to be heard next Wednesday afternoon, and Sir Oliver Fleming to give him notice hereof, and bring him hither at that time.
7. Sir Hen. Vane, Sir Hen. Mildmay, Mr. Bond, and Mr. Scott to be a committee to treat with the Portuguese Minister.
8. Sir Hen. Vane and Mr. Robinson to confer with Major-General Harrison, concerning the suppression of those in arms in Yorkshire.
9. The business concerning Mrs. Beckwith to be heard next Wednesday, when she is to attend, and the orders made therein are to be looked out.
10. The paper returned from Commissary-Gen. Whalley, of the loss of some horses upon the service of Scotland, referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee.
11. Geo. Spilman, Major Blake the present Governor, Thos. Lucas, Thos. Bendish, and Samuel Shipdam added to the Militia Commissioners for Yarmouth in Norfolk, and an instruction to be filled up for that purpose.
12. That the way of treating with the public Minister of Portugal be by a committee of Council, consisting of such a number as Council thinks fit, in reference to the quality of the said Minister.
13. That the said committee shall receive the papers offered by the public Minister to be presented to Council, and shall deliver to the Minister papers resolved on by Council, signed by Mr. Frost, and shall have liberty, in their debates, to prosecute and make good by argument the resolutions of Council, and observe such method in their proceedings upon the treaty as Council shall direct.
14. That the place where the committee shall treat with the said Minister be the great chamber at the end of the Council chamber, and the time next Wednesday at 3 p.m.
15. That Charles Vane, the Parliament agent to Portugal, be present with the said committee at their meeting, and give his assistance.
16. That Mr. Milton, secretary for foreign languages, be appointed to attend this committee at their meetings, and that Joseph Frost be employed for such writing as the committee shall have occasion for.
17. [Instructions to the said Committee.] You are to receive the answer of the Minister to the first paper of demands delivered to him in writing, and also that to the several articles therein contained, before you proceed to deliver any answer to any paper delivered you by him. [I. 17, pp. 57–59.]
Feb. 10. [Admiralty Committee. Day's Proceedings.]
That for manning the 50 flat boats for Scotland, each boat have one master at 30s. a month, and five mariners at 21s. a month.
That for defraying the charge for six months, providing victuals, for the men, buying kettles, candles, lanterns, compasses, &c., the sum propounded by the Navy Commissioners, being 4,500l., be provided and placed in the hands of the Treasurer of the Navy.
To write the Navy Commissioners to speedily provide the said kettles, compasses, and all other requisites for the said boats.
To write the Committee of Trinity House to take on and contract, upon the terms aforesaid, with 50 masters and 250 mariners of approved fidelity to the commonwealth, and return a list of them to the Generals at Sea with all speed. [I. 17, pp. 61, 62.]
Feb. 10. [Ordnance Committee. Day's Proceedings.]
The Ordnance officers to give debentures to John Hodges for 4½ tons of leaden shot at 18l. per ton, and for 3 tons 15 cwt. at 16l. 8s. per ton.
The Ordnance officers to prove 10,000 muskets and 2,000 pistols of the Gunmakers' Company, which are to be fixed and brought into the stores, to be ready for service, if the prices be approved, or to be issued out for the Company's disposal, by warrant of Council. [I. 17, p. 63.]
Feb. 11. Order in Parliament that the Council of State dispose of Worcester House and its yards and gardens, for the better carrying on of the public service. [I. 88, p. 68.]
Feb. 11. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. Order on the preceding order of Parliament, that the yards, garden, and rooms of Worcester House be made use of for the trustees, contractors, &c. for sale of the King's lands, and fee farm rents, and that the agreement therefore made for the said garden be null and void, and it is to be continued to the use of the house, and all ways and passages made into it out of any private house to be forthwith made up.
4. The paper of three sheets brought in by Col. Temple to be considered next Thursday.
5. Also the Act concerning recusants.
6. Sir Peter Wentworth, Mr. Challoner, Col. Stapley, Mr. Holland, Mr. Bond, and Major-General [Skippon], to consider how the subcommittee of sequestrations, now sitting at Worcester House, may be accommodated, so as the rooms occupied by them may be made use of for the trustees and contractors and others, employed about fee-farm rents; also to consider how all the private persons lodging in the house may be removed, so that the place may give the greater accommodation to that service, and to meet to-morrow at Worcester House at 7.30 a.m.
7. Lord Commissioner Whitelock to report to Parliament tomorrow morning the commission and letter of credence prepared for the Lords Ambassadors who are to go to the United Provinces.
8. To write the Militia Commissioners for Yorkshire to call together one troop of 100 horse, and keep them together for one month, to be paid by the owners of the said horses.
10. The petition of Capt. Burrell, Governor of Mersey Island, recommended to the Committee of Plundered Ministers, and Sir Hen. Mildmay to inform them what has been done by Council for removing Mr. Edwards, therein mentioned, and to move that committee to settle another minister there, according to the powers given them by Parliament.
11. To write the Mayor of Leeds, county York, to call Mr. Todd, the minister, before him, and tender him the engagement, and if he refuses to take it, to require him to depart the town within 14 days, and not to enter any market town, or garrison, in that or any other county.
12. That 100l. be paid to Mr. Sydenham by Mr. Frost for good service in writing on behalf of the commonwealth.
13. That Mr. Frost pay him 100l. a year during Council's pleasure.
14. The Committee for Worcester House to consider the desires of Mr. Masterson, and other persons well affected, contained in their petition, and to take care that they be accommodated. [I. 17, pp. 67, 70.]
Feb. 12. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The petition of William Willoughby, Maurice Thomson, Wm. Pennoyer, and Nathaniel Andrewes, referred to the Irish Committee, to consider where the money may be had for which they have formerly had warrant, and which it is suggested in the petition will not be brought in.
3. The business of Mr. Martin and Mr. Westropp to be considered next Friday.
4. The Committee for Examinations to examine the complaint by Humph. Holden and Rich. Nutt, against Rich. Meredith, and likewise what is complained of by Meredith against Holden and Nutt.
5. Lord Grey to write the gentlemen of Northamptonshire who were desired to take care for disarming the town of Northampton, that Council well approve what has been done by them, and look upon it as a very acceptable service, for which Lord Grey is to return them thanks.
6. The Council to meet on Saturday next, to consider the report from the Irish Committee concerning the declaration in reference to Ireland.
7. 250l. to be paid to Wm. Rowe for his labour in the service of the Irish and Scotch Committee from 29th August to the 16th inst., and the committee to consider out of what treasury the amount shall be paid him.
8. The committee appointed to treat with the Minister of Portugal to meet next Friday, in case he be then ready to give in an answer to the paper delivered to him this day from the committee; Sir Oliver Fleming to give him notice hereof, and acquaint the committee with his answer. [I. 17, pp. 68–69.]
Feb. 12.
Whitehall.
9. Council of State to the Treasurers-at-war. We wrote to you to pay Mr. Frost 2,000l. for service of Council, but we find you have not so much remaining of the first 20,000l. lent you; the balance wanting, viz. 330l. 19s. 9¾d. is to be paid from the last moneys lent you by this Council from Gurney House. [¾ page. Receipted.]
Feb. 12.
Whitehall.
10. Council of State to Sir John Wollaston and the Treasures-atwar. We have appointed Mr. Frost to pay 2,415l., and therefore desire you to pay it him out of the last money lent you by Council from Gurney House. [Endorsed with Frost's receipt, an order by him to Mr. Smith to pay the money to Mr. Carter, surveyor of the works, and note of its payment, 18th Feb. 1651. [2 pages.]
Feb. 12. [Irish and Scotch Committee. Day's Proceedings.]
That to further the recruits for Ireland, 4,000l. should be sent to Haverfordwest, 3,000l. from Goldsmiths' Hall, and the other 1,000l. from moneys for Munster of which: (1.) 1,500l. to be paid to the commissary of the Lord Deputy, to provide victuals for the soldiers' sea voyage; (2.) Money for quarters at 8d. a day for men at the waterside; (3.) Six weeks' personal pay in advance to the officers conducting the troops; (4.) Freightage to the shipmasters who transport them.
That Capt. Ephraim Beale, lately employed for mustering recruits at Bristol, muster them within two days of their arrival, and every week, observing the directions prescribed by the Lord Deputy.
That Col. Richards have necessary shipping ready at Milford Haven.
That letters be written to the Militia Commissioners of the several counties where the officers in chief for recruiting men for the service of Ireland are stationed, to give them all assistance.
That the Treasurers-at-war send to Munster 207l. 19s. for six weeks' pay for the officers, from 30th January last. [See Tables.]
Council having, by their order of 24th Sept. approved of Mr. Row to suceed Col. Hill at the Irish Committee, leaving it to themselves to give him fit reward, and the Committee finding, in regard of the many affairs relating to Ireland and Scotland, and the contracting and providing for victuals and clothing for the armies and other business of importance, that great trust and care devolved upon Mr. Row, which with much pains and diligence he has discharged, and in regard of the alteration of the Council about to take place;—order that Council be requested to consider what allowance ought to be made to him for his service from 29th Aug. until the change of the Council, being six months less two days, and that it be referred to this committee where to place the money that they shall think fit to order him.
Order that—it having been formerly reported from this committee, and approved of by Council, that six weeks' advance of pay should be imprested by the treasurers-at-war to the officers sent over by the Lord Deputy to raise and transport recruits for Ireland, which officers are also to be paid their entertainment from the end of the said six weeks until they finish their work here and be transported for Ireland, and the treasurers asking when the six weeks' advance shall commence, as otherwise they cannot know when any more money shall be payable to such officers,—Council be requested to give order that the said six weeks' pay commence from 30 Jan. inclusive, and that the said treasurers have notice hereof.
Order—it appearing upon examination of Mr. Frost's account of disbursements of moneys for paying ships employed in transporting the Lord General's army into Ireland, that there is only 75l. 3s. 11d. remaining in his hands of the money imprested to him for that purpose, —that 20l. be allowed him for his pains in receiving, issuing, and keeping such account, and that the balance be set apart and issued as Council shall think fit.
Order for a request for 240l. to be paid for 240 men omitted in the report by Col. Cooke of the number presented as recruits for Ireland. [I. 17, pp, 70–76.]
Feb. 13. Order in Parliament that power be given to the Council of State for the time being to dismiss from London and Westminster, and any place within 20 miles, any person whose abode there shall appear dangerous to the safety of the Parliament or peace of the commonwealth; such persons to conform thereto, upon pain of the penalties in the Act for removing all Papists, &c. from London and Westminster.
Order in Parliament that the Council of State prepare and bring in a model for regulating the officers of the navy, customs, ordnance, armoury, and stores, with all convenient speed.
Order in Parliament—upon a relation made by General Blake of the safe arrival of that part of the Parliament fleet which is under his command, and of the wonderful appearance of the powerful hand of God with him in his services at sea—that the thanks of Parliament be given to him for his great and faithful service, which Mr. Speaker did accordingly.
Also that 1,000l. be given to him as a mark of the Parliament's favour, and that the Council of State take care for its present payment. [I. 88, pp. 68, 69, 70.]
Feb. 13. Act of Parliament appointing Hen. Rolle, Lord Chief Justice of the Upper Bench; Oliver St. John of the Common Pleas; John Bradshaw, serjeant-at-law; Oliver Cromwell, Captain General of the Forces; Phil. Skippon, Major General of the city of London; Sir Wm. Masham, Bart.; Bulstrode Whitelock, Commissioner of the Great Seal; Sir Art. Hesilrigge, Bart.; Sir Jas. Harrington; Sir Hen. Vane, jun.; Dennis Bond; Sir Wm. Armyne, Bart.; Valentine Wauton; Sir Hen. Mildmay; Wm. Purefoy; John Lisle, Commissioner of the Great Seal; Thos. Scott; John Gurdon; Thomas Lord Grey of Groby; Sir Gilbert Pickering, Bart.; Thos. Challoner; Rich. Salwey; Fras. Allein, Alderman of London; Rob. Goodwin; Wm. Leman; Major-Gen. Thos. Harrison; Attorney-General Edm. Prideaux; Sir Thos. Widderington, serjeant-at-law; John Carew; Sir John Bourchier; Sir John Trevor; Charles Fleetwood, lieutenant-general of the horse; Hen. Darley; Thos. Lister; Wm. Cawley; Walter Strickland; Nich. Love;
Feb. 13. Wm. Say; John Feilder; Geo. Thompson; and Sir Wm. Brereton, Bart., a Council of State until 1st Dec. 1651, nine to be a quorum, with the following instructions:—
1-3. The same as given to the preceding Council. [See Calendar, 1649, p. 6.]
4. To take care of the repair of the State's ships, and of the building of fresh ones when necessary.
5-15. Same as in the former instructions.
16. To preserve the wood and timber growing upon forests, chases, &c. belonging to the State, give order for its felling when needed for building and repairing ships, &c., and to appoint surveyors, woodwards, &c. to execute their orders.
17. To prevent such meetings as may be dangerous to safety.
18. To take care of the library, pictures, and statues at St. James's and dispose of such as they think fit.
19. To take care of the supplemental pay of the army, and the charges of carrying on the war in Scotland, out of the moneys arising by sale of fee-farm rents, which are to be issued on their warrant, they giving an account thereof to Parliament.
20. To see and report on the originals of the powers given by the King of Portugal to the public Minister sent by him.
21. To remove 20 miles from London and Westminster any persons whose abode there appears prejudicial or dangerous.
22. To remove from garrisons, cities, and large towns such ministers as refuse to acknowledge the present Government by subscribing the engagement.
23. To take care that the recruits for Ireland and Scotland be so conducted as to prevent free quarter and other abuses to the people. [I. 89, pp. 9–12.]
Feb. 13. Order in Parliament that the Council of State for the ensuing year exercise the powers of Lord Admiral of England, and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, as vested in the previous Council. [I. 89, p. 13.]
Order in Parliament that the engagement formerly ordered to be taken by members of the Council of State, of fidelity to Parliament and to a republic, without king or House of Lords, be subscribed by those now appointed members of the Council of State. With the original signatures of every member of the Council of State appended. [I. 89, pp. 1-3, and 13.]
Order in Parliament that the Council of State administer to every one of its members an oath to be faithful in performance of his trust, and not to disclose without leave anything ordered by Council to be kept secret. [I. 89, pp. 5, 15.]
Feb. 13. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
2. The business of Sir John Tracie to be considered next Saturday morning, and notice given for him to attend.
4. The petition of Alice Beeston referred to Col. Berkstead, who is to examine the matter complained of, and see that justice is done the petitioner.
5. The petition of — Barber referred to the Committee for Examinations.
6. Also the petition of Arthur Slingsby.
7. Anthony Isaacson, John Dodington, and Alex. Hamilton, who have testified against Henry alias Sir Hen. Hyde, to remain in town until they have leave to depart, either from the Parliament or Council of State.
9. Hen. Hyde, prisoner in the Tower, to be transmitted to the Commissioners of the High Court of Justice to receive his trial for the matter laid to his charge, and the examinations to be sent thither for use of counsel, in drawing up the charge against him.
10. The Committee for Irish and Scotch affairs to report to Council on Saturday morning what they have done upon the reference of Council as to sending commissioners to Scotland.
10a. Memorandum to fill up an instruction for the city and county of Worcester.
12. To answer the petition of the Muscovy Company—that, when it shall appear to Council that the petitioners have proceeded in the ordinary way of demanding justice of the several States and persons where complaints in the usual course have been or ought to be made, and that justice has been denied or delayed, though demanded of the supreme powers there, these things and the rights of the petitioners, and their damages being first made to appear, according to the forms necessary in such cases,—Council will assist petitioners by demands of justice on their behalf of the several States where they received the wrong, or by letters of marque and reprisal, or other courses agreeable to justice.
13. The Admiralty Committee to consider the paper sent to Council by the envoy of Portugal, and present Council on Saturday what they conceive a fit answer to it; the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal, Sir Jas. Harrington and Col. Marten, added to that committee, and they are to consult with the generals at sea, Dr. Walker, or any others whom they please in the business, and meet to-morrow.
14. Dr. Walker to attend the above committee.
15. Sir Oliver Fleming to signify to the envoy of Portugal that Council have appointed that his paper sent this day should be considered to-morrow afternoon, and that when they have taken resolution thereon, it shall be signified to him.
16. The petition of Elizabeth Wyrrall, of Harwood, co. Hereford, recommended to Lord Chief Justice Rolle, to take notice thereof when the petitioner shall apply to him.
17. Sir Hen. Mildmay, Mr. Challoner, Col. Purefoy, Lord Grey and Sir Jas. Harrington to consider the petition of Mr. Vaux, and what allowance should be made him for time past and to come, for his charge as housekeeper of Whitehall, and where the money may be had.
18. The Committee for Whitehall to confer with Major-Gen. Harrison and Col. Berkstead, concerning the quartering of soldiers now in Whitehall in some other convenient place.
19. The petition of Col. Fras. Willoughby referred to the Committee for Irish and Scotch affairs, who are to consider whether it may be fit to grant him a pass.
21. The surveyor of works to bring 12 statues from James's House, to be placed in the garden of Whitehall, such as are most proper for that use. [I. 17, pp. 77-81.]
Feb. 14. Order in Parliament that the Council of State take care that the instructions, letters of credence, and commissions for the Ambassadors Extraordinary be prepared and fairly written by Tuesday next for the signature of the Speaker, and that he sign and seal the same with the Seal of the Parliament of England.
Order in Parliament that an account be brought in from the late Council of State by the 1st of July next, of the monies disbursed by them or on their warrant, for the last and former year. [I. 88, p. 69.]
Feb. 14. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The desires of the officers employed from the Lord Deputy of Ireland for raising recruits referred to the committee for the affairs of Ireland and Scotland, who are to report thereon to-morrow.
2. Order, upon the petition of John Mallen, that the Admiralty judges state the case mentioned in the petition in writing to Council.
3. The Committee for Examinations to give directions to Mr. Frost for drawing up a narrative of the proceedings between the president of this commonwealth and the senate of Hamburg, to be reported to Parliament, and for drawing up a letter thereupon to be sent to the senate.
4. The paper from the senate, concerning some goods taken from a Hamburgher by Col. Blake at Lisbon, for the relief of the English fleet, referred to the Admiralty Committee.
5. The bill of exchange of Thos. Eastwood referred to the committee for Irish and Scotch affairs.
6. The Committee for Examinations to consider how intelligence may be had from Sweden.
8. To write the town of Hull that Mr. Wood's christian name was mistaken in the former order of Parliament, and it is now amended and sent to them, but that the other two were not mistaken, and that they might therefore have proceeded to the electing of them.
8. Thomas St. Nicholas to succeed Peter Peke as steward of the Court of Chancery and Admiralty for the Cinque Ports.
9. Mr. Holland to make the report from the Ordnance Committee to-morrow.
10. Sir Hen. Vane, Sir Wm. Masham, Sir Hen. Mildmay, Lord Grey, Mr. Bond, and Mr. Scott to be a committee to consider how an account may be given to Parliament of the monies which have been issued by their warrants for the last two years.
11. Order to be given to Fras. Tokeley, master of the Diamond, and George Errington, master of the Prosperous of Newcastle, to fall down to the Signet frigate at Tilbury Hope, who will convoy them for Scotland by the first wind.
13. Mr. Frost to pay to Mr. Potter, Council messenger, 20l. above his 6d. a mile, for riding post twice into Scotland last summer.
16. The Committee for Ireland and Scotland having examined the accounts of Mr. Scott for gaining intelligence since 1649, find that he has received 3,470l., and spent 3,692l. 17s. 0d., so that 222l. 17s. 5d. remains due to him, for which a warrant is to be issued. [I. 17, pp. 87-96.]
[Feb. 14.] 11. Report, on an order of the Council of State, of the patents, &c. of the housekeepership at Whitehall, held by Geo. Vaux, senior and junior, and for which Geo. Vaux, senior, paid 1,500l., viz., 500l. to Sir John Wentworth and 1,000l. to Mr. Leach, gentleman usher, for the use of the Earl of Pembroke and the then King. The office was granted by patent and conformed under the Great Seal 4 July 1650, at a salary of 200l. per annum. Geo. Vaux, junior, the present housekeeper, only craves 10s. a day for the future, besides 70l. 4s. 2d. which he is out of purse, notwithstanding his father had 200l. a year and 108l. for incident charges. With particulars of the duties appertaining to the office. [2 pages.]
Feb. 14.
Ordnance Office.
12. Account by Geo. Payler, Jo. Falkener, and Jo. White, ordnance officers, of provisions contracted for by the ordnance committee, for which no debentures are yet made out. Total, 32,625l. 12s. 2d. [2 sheets.]
Feb. 14. 13. Articles of misdemeanour presented to the Excise Committee by John Rayner, land carriage man in the port of London, against —Ladore, merchant of London, for carrying away six pieces of silk without paying customs; with note of Ladore's answer, and deposition of John Rayner against Ladore. [1¾ pages.]
Feb. 15. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The petition of Capt. Thomas Dickman, governor of Clifford's Tower, York, referred to the committee which meets with the army officers.
2. The petition of Elizabeth Viscountess Kenelmekey laid aside.
3. Sir Thos. Gibbon and Sir John Tracie, who were sent up from Norwich to attend Council, and were bound thereto by recognizances before the High Court of justice at Norwich, and have attended Council from time to time accordingly, to be dismissed further attendance, and their recognizance discharged, they having fully perfected the condition; Sir Wm. Armyne and Col. Wauton to signify the same to them.
4. The Council to sit this afternoon at 4 o'clock, and the business of the treasurers-at-war to be taken into consideration.
5. The report which is to be brought in from the committee for Sir John Lenthall to be made this afternoon.
6. Yongman to have 10l. more for his charges in staying in town by Council's order.
7. The petition of John Davies referred to the Irish and Scotch Committee, to examine the allegations made therein, and if they find the sums mentioned to be due to the petitioner, to report what is to be done thereon.
8. The acknowledgements of John Callis, minister of Wilford, and Laurence Palmer, of Gedling, both co. Notts, referred to the Committee for Examinations.
9. 20l. to be allowed to Hen. Middleton for attending the High Court of Justice at Norwich as serjeant-at-arms; 10l. to John Brampton, as sword-bearer; and 5l. to Hump. Atweeke as crier.
10. Order, upon the petition of Sir Sackville Crow, prisoner in the Tower, that he be informed that when he causes the papers mentioned therein to be producted to Council, they will consider his case further.
11. Capt. Bishop's paper, containing his account, approved.
12. Capt. Bishop to be allowed 140l. for his salary up to this date, out of which 9l. 10s. 8d., on the foot of his account is to be deducted.
13. Mr. Frost to examine the books of Council, to see what orders have been given to the treasurers-at-war for sending money to Scotland and Ireland, according to the note of dates given in by the treasurers, and if they agree with the letters desired, the Lord President is hereby authorised to sign the letters.
15. Joseph Frost to be allowed 50l. a year for attending the Ordnance Committee; Mr. Frost to pay it out of the money for the use of Council.
16. The petition of the serjeant-at-arms attending Council referred to Mr. Frost, to take an account of the 50l. alleged to have been laid out by him, and to make him allowance, not exceeding 50l., out of the money for the use of Council.
20. Mr. Martin to take care, when he finds opportunity, to make the report he has on behalf of the serjeant-at-arms attending Council, in relation to his arrears due for serving Parliament as a soldier, and also for his good services to the commonwealth.
21. Monsr. Augier to bring to Council the copy of the order of Parliament concerning the payment of his extraordinaries, and also the order of Council revoking a former one for payment of a sum in consideration of extraordinaries.
22. Major Wm. Robinson to draw up an account, from the books of the Council, its committees, and the several treasuries, of all monies paid for ammunition, arms, and clothes, for the artillery train, shipping of recruits, intelligence, and incidents, so as to contain the whole charge of the navy, army, Ireland, and incidents in each year, in like manner as the same is branched into distinct heads in the abstract of the whole charge of the war of Ireland which was given into Council for the last year, from the Committee for Irish Affairs.
23. Sir Hen. Mildmay, Sir Wm. Masham, Mr. Bond, and Mr. Scott to be a committee to direct the methodizing and overseeing the progress of the said accounts. [I. 17, pp. 91–96.]
[Feb. 15.] Book of recognizances to the Council of State, from 17 May 1649, to 5 Feb. 1651, giving the name and address of the recognizer and of his sureties, the amount and the conditions. All calendared in tables under their respective dates. [Parchment bound book, small folio; 59 written and numerous blank pages. I. 120.]
Feb. ? 14. Petition of Col. George Crompton to the Council of State for supplies. Has been appointed to the charge of Tilbury and Gravesend forts, but there is great want of arms, ammunition, and repairs. [¾ page.] Annexing,
14. i. Note of requirements for the said forts, viz., increase of soldiers from 20 to 64, beds for them to sleep in the forts, repairs for the wharf, leads, and guard house, and sundry arms, and stores. [1 sheet.]
Feb. 17. Council of State. Day's Proceedings. (fn. 2)
1. Serjeant Bradshaw to be President of the Council.
2. This vote notwithstanding, when any nine of the Council shall meet in the place of the Council, though the president be not there, they will act as a Council.
3. The chamber in Whitehall where the Council usually sit to be the ordinary place for their meeting.
4. Some of the Commissioners of Customs to attend to-morrow.
5. The members of Council that were of the Committee of Irish and Scotch affairs, to take care of those affairs until Wednesday week; Major-Gen. Harrison, Alderman Allein, and Major Salwey added to them, and the Lord General's letter and note of particulars referred to them.
6. All other committees to be revived until Wednesday week.
7. Lord Commissioners Whitelock added to the Committee for Portugal.
8. The letters from the Lord Deputy of Ireland and the Commissioners, Sir Chas. Coote and Col. Venables, and the declaration of the Commissioners, all referred to the Committee for Irish and Scotch Affairs. [I. 65, pp. 1–2.]
Feb. 18. Order in Parliament referring letters from the Lord Deputy of Ireland of 7 and 8 Feb., to the Council of State, who are to take care for provisions, &c. for the service. [I. 89, p. 14.]
Feb. 18. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The letter from Waterford of the 8th inst. to Mr. Speaker, referred to the Irish Committee.
3. Every member of the Council to have a copy of the instructions of the House, as also of the engagement and oath.
4. The Admiralty Committee to consider that part of Col. Desborow's letter which relates the losses by pirates upon the west coast, and to take the best order they can for prevention of that mischief.
5. Col. Berkstead to be heard in the business of Mr. Brinsley, preacher at Yarmouth, before anything is concluded therein.
6. The business of the Vice-Admiralties to be again considered next Wednesday week, when the Admiralty judges and Dr. Walker are to attend.
7. The Commissioners of Customs to write to Thornby, chief officer of Customs, to make restitution of the ship and goods of Sir Jas. Lumsden, seized and stayed by him at Whitby.
9. The petition of the wives of nine masters of ships referred to the committee that treats with the Portugal minister.
10. The business offered by Mr. Bond concerning Capt. Taylor to be considered to-morrow.
14. The Ordnance Committee to take order with the ordnance officers, for contracting for and providing the following particulars, to be paid for out of the moneys to come in upon the remainder of the sale of fee-farm rents, viz., 4,000 muskets and bandoleers, 2,000 pikes, 600 pack saddles, 600 rows or creeks to carry biscuit on, 800 surcingles, mantayes, breast girts and croppers, and 800 coverings, 400 of leather and 400 tarpaulins. [I. 65, pp. 3–6.]
Feb. 18.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Col. Birch. We approve your letter respecting your order given to Capt. Vasey to go to sea with Capt. Sherwin, for the greater security of the money to be carried by him, and thank you for it; if by any accident they should be still retarded and remain there, we desire you to give Capt. Vasey, or any other ship you judge fitter for that service, order to accompany Capt. Sherwin. [I. 96, p. 1.]
Feb. 18.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Mr. Thornby, Customs' officer at Whitby. We are informed that you have seized and stayed a ship with goods belonging to Sir James Lumsden, which was under the protection of the Lord General, and had his pass, and that you refuse to deliver them up. You are forthwith to make restitution, and suffer the ship to proceed on her voyage, make reparation for any loss or embezzlement of such goods, and attend Council to answer for your refractoriness. [I. 96, p. 2.]
Feb. 18.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Bailiffs and Governor of Scarborough. We understand by a list lately sent that you have removed out of the town diver persons as being disaffected, whose abode there may endanger the peace. We approve your care, and desire you will again peruse the list, that none may be removed but such whose remaining in that town is inconsistent with its safety, but to continue your order for removing such as are dangerous, and of whom you can have no satisfaction concerning their peaceable behaviour, in case of their stay there. As to others not so notorious for disaffection, who may be admitted to stay in town without imminent danger, you are to take their recognizances with good sureties, to act nothing prejudicial to Parliament or the present government, and to appear before you when summoned. [I. 96, pp. 2, 3.]
Feb. 18.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Treasurers-at War. We formerly wrote you to send down a deputy paymaster to Milford Haven, with 4,000l. to be issued to officers certified by Col. Cooke and Col. Richards to have attended the service of recruits, beyond the six weeks for which they have their pay already advanced according to the Irish establishment, commencing from the end of the six weeks' pay, and ending upon the day of their shipping themselves for Ireland; we have since thought fit, for the better enabling them to perform their service, to advance one month's pay more to them, and therefore desire you to give your deputy treasurer notice hereof, and order him to give no pay upon our former directions, until the 10 weeks commencing 30 Jan. last, for which they have their advance, are expired. [I. 96, p. 6]
Feb. 18. 15. Warrant by Robert Blake, Edw. Popham, and Rich. Deane, admirals of the fleet, appointing John Pearce to be captain of the Providence, to repair on board, and take charge of her at once for the present expedition. [Parchment, 1 page, signed.]
Feb. 19. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The draft of the oath now read to be given to Mr. Frost, secretary to the Council, to be reported to the House.
2. The other draft of an oath to be tendered to such as Council shall employ under them to be also reported to Parliament for their approbation by Mr. Say.
4. The petition of Mr. Brinsley, preacher at Yarmouth, to be considered to-morrow, and Col. Berkstead to have notice of it, that he may attend if he please.
5. Capt. Taylor to be called in, and admonished for suffering his soldiers to quarter in private houses.
6. The Committee for Irish and Scotch Affairs to consider the Acts of Parliament and Orders of Council concerning free quarter, and offer what they think fit as a remedy for it.
7. A list of the messengers that served Council formerly to be brought in next Friday.
8. All officers to be continued until next Friday.
9. During the sitting of Council, no person to be suffered to continue in the rooms called the Horse Chamber and Lobby, nor any other room between the Council and the Admiralty Chamber; the middle door in the little gallery to be kept constantly locked, and no addresses to be made to them at that door towards the Horse Chambers.
10. Gaulter Frost, junior, to be assistant secretary, during this Council's continuance.
11. After Council is set, no minister of Council shall be present at any debate, but the secretary and his assistant, without special order of Council.
12. The preachers to Council to be continued as formerly, until further order.
13. The Lords Commissioners [of the Great Seal], Lord Grey, Mr. Challoner, Sir Hen. Mildmay, Sir Hen. Vane, Sir Wm. Armyne, Col. Purefoy, Mr. Scott, Col. Thomson, Mr. Carew, Sir Arthur Hesilrigge, and Major-Gen. Harrison, to be a committee to consider what further instructions are fit to be given to the Lords Ambassadors now going to the States General, and bring their opinion on Monday, when the ambassadors are to be present.
14. John Milton to be secretary for foreign languages, for the time of the Council.
15. Serjeant Dendy to be serjeant-at-arms to the Council for the same time, and present the names of the men employed under him.
16. James Palmer, recommended by Mr. Scott, added to the Militia Commissioners of Suffolk.
17. Lieut.-Col. Edw. Scott, Capt. Charles Bowles, and Hen. Joules, recommended by Sir Mich. Livesey, Mr. Dixwell, J. Parker, and Rich. Bowen, added to the Militia Commissioners for Kent.
26. For the managing of the flat boats for Scotland, the master of each boat is to be allowed 40s. a month, and the mariners 21s. each, clear of the chest, and this to be signified to the Committee of Trinity House. [I. 65, pp. 9–14.]
Feb. 19. Council of State to the Generals of the Fleet at Sea, and to all other captains and commanders of ships in the service of the commonwealth. Anthony Tierens, merchant, on behalf of his correspondents at Hamburg, Holland, and Zealand that trade for the Caribbee Islands in the West Indies, has petitioned us for license to send the Salamander of Flushing, Capt. Mich. De Buiter, commander, and also the ship of Vander Schure of Amsterdam, and the ship of William Gryston and company of Hamburg, with the fleet to Barbadoes, to trade there, in case it shall be reduced by them. We have thought fit to permit the said ships to sail to Barbadoes, in company of the fleet of this commonwealth, now ready to depart thither, and to trade with or at any islands or plantations in obedience to this commonwealth, he giving security in the Admiralty Court that they will not trade with any islands or places in disaffection to this commonwealth, and that the ships and masters thereof shall follow the orders of the commander-in-chief of the fleet. They are to permit the said ships to trade accordingly. [I. 65, p. 14.]
Feb. 19.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Sheriff of Oxfordshire. For the better security of the City of Oxford, and to avoid the charge of a greater garrison, Council gave order for erecting a Citadel, where the country gaol has been usually kept. We are informed that the prisoners under your charge are still there, which we do not conceive can stand with the safe keeping of that place. We therefore desire you to prepare some fit place for their keeping, and forthwith remove them, that the citadel may be in a safe posture. [I. 96, p. 3.]
Feb. 19.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Mayor and Aldermen of Leicester. We have received your letter concerning Mr. Angel, and Mr. Price, but find no cause to change the former order of Council, signified to you on the 5th inst. [I. 96, p. 4.]
Feb. 19.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Navy Committee. We desire that the victuals for 300 seamen to manage the flat boats for Scotland, may be supplied from the victuallers of the navy, and if the proportion for these 300 men will not fall within the provision for the 11,000 men in the service, we hereby undertake that the treasurers of the navy shall be enabled with money to pay for the victuals and wages of such 300 men, for the time they shall be employed. You are therefore to direct the Navy Commissioners to apportion four months victuals for such men, to be sent as follows. Two months' victuals for 200 men to be immediately put on board the Peregrin, designed for Scotland. Three months' victuals for 120 men, to be put into a vessel of 90 or 100 tons, for which the Navy Commissioners are to contract for three months, to carry the same to Newcastle to victual the boats there, and to attend them to Scotland, give out victuals weekly, and observe the orders of Admiral Deane. A Check master is to be sent with her, to see to the distribution of the victuals, and to keep an account thereof. The remainder of the four months' victuals is to be put on board the Satisfaction, which is also to go to Scotland, and what she cannot be carry is to be sent by other ships going for Scotland.
The Mary fly-boat is to be ready a month hence, to take two months' victuals more for the 300 men; if they shall not have occasion to use it, it may supply the shipping upon that coast; much depends upon the quick dispatch of the first victuals; hasten them away, and be mindful to prepare succeeding supplies in time; let the beer be sent in barrels or hogsheads. [I. 96, p. 5.]
Feb. 20. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. Sir Geo. Ayscue to attend the Irish Committee to-morrow morning, to receive his commission and dispatch.
1a. The Committee for Examinations to take care for the apprehension of those men intimated in letters from Rotterdam to be coming to England for some ill purposes.
2. Mr. Frost to make an extract of the foreign intelligence necessary to be sent to the Lord General, and to send it.
3. The information of Rich. Ponsonby and Gabriel Legat of Ely, with the examination of Thos. Kittermaster, and the letter of Dr. Stayne from Ely, referred to the Committee for Examinations.
4. A copy of the petition of Humphrey Weld to be sent to the Governor of Weymouth, who is to certify the matter of fact, and give his opinion whether the place be tenable or not, as it will be necessary to keep a garrison in it or to demolish it.
5. The order for removal of Mr. Brinsley from preaching at Yarmouth suspended, and he to have liberty to return and officiate in the ministry as formerly, until Parliament or Council order to the contrary.
6. The Committee for Examinations to consider the business mentioned by Sir Hen. Mildmay, and if they find it of concernment, to report the state thereof to Council.
8. The petiton of Walter Garret, mariner, prisoner in the Marshalsea, referred to the Committee for Examinations.
9. The report from the Irish Committee, as to sending a regiment of planters over to Ireland, to be considered to-morrow afternoon. [I. 65, pp. 15–16.]
Feb. 20.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Col. Fitch, Governor of Carlisle. We have seen your letter to Mr. Robinson concerning Denton the pirate, and direct that he be sent to the county gaol at York, in order to his trial. [I. 96, p. 7.]
Feb. 20.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Luke Robinson. Upon reading the letter from Col. Fitch to yourself, we thought fit that Denton should be removed to York Castle, and have sent order for his removal, and a warrant for his commitment there in order to his trial; that it may effectually proceed, we desire you to write the justices of the peace there to take the examinations, and bind over the prosecutors and witnesses, so that the law may proceed effectually against so pernicious an offender. [I. 96, p. 7.]
Feb. 21. Order in Parliament, on report from the Council of State by Mr. Say of two oaths to be administered to Mr. Frost, their secretary, and his assistant,—that the same be administered to such secretary and to such other officers of the said Council as they think fit.
That Council be authorised to administer the said oaths, which are as follows: "I, Gaulter Frost, being appointed secretary to the Council of State by order of Parliament for the year ensuing, do promise, in the sight of God, through his grace, I will be faithful in the trust committed to me, and not reveal or disclose anything, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, that shall be debated or resolved upon in the Council, and ordered to be kept secret by the said Council, without the directions or allowance of the Parliament or Council. Signed.
Oath to the same effect signed by Gualter Frost, jun.
Order in Parliament, that the stores and magazines for all military provisions, both for sea and land service, shall be provided and disposed of by the Council of State, according to their former powers, until Parliament shall take further order. [I. 89, pp. 15–16.]
Feb. 21. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
2. The proposals of Col. Cooke, or of any other concerning the planting of Ireland, to be considered by the Irish Committee.
3. The Commissioners of Council to meet the public minister of Portugal next Monday, in the Chamber for the Council of Trade, to further confer with him concerning the matters to be treated upon between them; Sir Oliver Fleming, Master of the Ceremonies, to give the minister notice hereof.
4. The Lords Ambassadors who are to go to Holland to have such copies of the papers of the treaty between the commonwealth and the public minister of Portugal as they shall desire; and such papers as shall pass for the future in that treaty are to be sent to them.
5. The Committee for Ireland and Scotland to send for the several trustees entrusted with the sale of several lands, and likewise for such treasurers as they shall think fit, and confer with them concerning the present state of their treasuries; and if they find there are any obstructions upon the coming in of money, they are to report the same to Council, together with the state of their treasuries, on Monday.
7. Alderman Allein and Major Salwey to speak with the Commissioners for Sequestrations and Compositions, to know what time Col. Broughton made his composition, and for what estate and sum, and report.
8. The petition of the town of Leicester, on behalf of Mr. Angel and Mr. Price, to be laid aside.
9. Major-Gen. Harrison, Mr. Cawley, and Mr. Carew, added to the Committee for Examinations.
10. The propositions sent over from the Lord Deputy of Ireland, concerning the planting of sea ports in Ireland, to be reported to Parliament by Major Salwey.
11. The letter of Major Harrison from Guernsey referred to the Committee that meets with the Army Officers.
12. Major Salwey to report to Parliament that Council, in pursuance of their order concerning taking care to prevent free quarter by the recruits and forces marching to Ireland,—have ordered that in all the warrants whereby [officers] are authorised to beat drums for raising recruits, and for their march to the place of transportation, there is inserted this clause: "That they shall march directly towards their port without unnecessary delay, and that in their march, they shall quarter in inns and alehouses only, and not in private men's houses, unless in case of necessity, where there are not inns or alehouses; and in case of such unavoidable necessity, that they do agree with people where they come to quarter, and duly pay for what they have." Also to request Parliament to give order that the same may be made public, for the better satisfaction of the people. [I. 65, pp. 18–20.]
Feb. 21.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Treasurers for Sale of the late King's goods. Understanding that there are certain hangings still remaining at Ludlow Castle, which were parcel of the late King's goods, and are wholly useless there, but if brought up would be service able for some rooms appointed for public service in Whitehall, we desire you to give order for their being sent up and delivered to Mr. Kinnersley, to be disposed of by him as Council shall direct. [I. 96, p. 8.]
Feb. 21.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Militia Commissioners, county Hants. We have before written you concerning the making of Winchester Castle untenable, but it is not yet done. We have intimated the danger that may come by it, which, if it should happen, would first have its ill effects upon that county; we therefore desire it may be done within 14 days after the assizes, where you will have occasion to meet, and can take order for its being done, of which you are to certify us, that we may be satisfied that the danger feared by that place is prevented. [I. 96, p. 89.]
Feb. 21.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Revenue Committee. The Lords Ambassadors being now going into Holland, and Mr. Dorislaus being desirous to attend them thither, to solicit justice there against any that can be discovered in those provinces who had a hand in the murder of his father, and having intimated that he has no money to enable him to prosecute his pious desire, wherein he deserves all due encouragement, we desire you to order what is due to him of his pension to be paid, and 50l. more, which is allotted to him for prosecution of a special service wherein the State is concerned. As the Ambassadors will depart in a few days, you are to see that the money is speedily paid, so that he may be able to furnish himself for that journey. [I. 96, p. 9.]
Feb. 24. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
2. The Surveyor of Works to take care that all the pictures and arms of the late king in Whitehall be removed forthwith, whether they be in chambers or windows of chambers, or any other public or private place.
4. To inform Sir Hen. Griffith, in answer to his petition, that upon his producing a certificate from the Commissioners for Sequestrations and Compositions that he has business depending before them, and a certificate from a physician concerning the sickness of his wife, Council will take his petition into consideration.
5. Order that during the sitting of Council, no person be permitted to stay in the great room at the lower end of the Council Chamber, commonly known as the Queen's Guard Chamber, nor in the lesser room adjoining to that, nor in the portal to the Council Chamber, but that the outer door be shut, and the door-keeper attend without the door.
7. The petition of Col. Hen. Slade, executor of Col. Jas. Castle, on behalf of the orphans of Col. Castle, referred to the Committee for Ireland and Scotland.
8. The petition of Edw. Ansley referred to the Ordnance Committee.
9. To inform John Croke, of Motcomb, co. Dorset, in answer to his petition, that he must apply to the Militia Commissioners for that county, who are authorised to give the license required.
10. Sir Arthur Hesilrigge to report to-morrow to Parliament the opinion of Council that one or more ambassadors should be sent to Spain.
11. The Earl of Lindsay to have five days longer time to remain in town, about business of concernment. [I. 65, pp. 18–24.]
Feb. 24.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer. We received the enclosed information [concerning a design in Berkshire to raise arms against the State]. As the informant is a prisoner at Reading, we desire you to [send for the parties and] examine the matter, and return the whole by the bearer to us, that we may take further order as there shall be cause. [I. 96, p. 10; 65, p. 93.]
Feb. 24.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Col. Heane, Governor of Weymouth. By the enclosed petition you will see what is represented concerning Lulworth Castle; say whether the place be tenable or not, as it must either have a garrison, or be demolished to prevent danger by it. [I. 96, p. 11.]
Feb. 24.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Lords Ambassadors going to the United Provinces. Understanding by Isaac Dorislaus, son of Dr. Dorislaus, lately slain in Holland, that he desires to go over thither, upon occasion of your embassy to the States of the United Provinces, we recommend him to you to be one in the list of your followers, by reason of which he will be the better enabled to make a more effectual enquiry into the murder of his late father, and may be useful to discover to you the persons who were engaged in that bloody fact, that justice may be demanded upon the offenders. [I. 96, p. 11.]
Feb. 25. Order in Parliament, on report from the Council of State by Sir Arth. Hesilrigge that one or more ambassadors should be sent to Spain, that Council consider of some fit persons to be so employed, and of the time, and report to the House. [I. 89, p. 16.]
Feb. 25. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
2. To desire the Lord President to make an enquiry into the business of the first reporter of the resolution taken in Council last night, of reporting to Parliament that an ambassador be sent to Spain.
4. The petition of Andrew Richard and Capt. Roger Laurence referred to the Admiralty Committee.
5. Also the petition of John Downe and Rich. Medford.
6. The Admiralty Committee to send for Capt. Wiltshire, prisoner in the Gatehouse for debt, and for the parties who have arrested him, and confer with them, and satisfy the parties to whom the money is owing out of money due to Wiltshire, and see that he is discharged, that he may go upon the public service in which he is engaged.
7. The Committees of this Council to be continued as they now stand for one week longer.
8. Col. Fielder to report to Parliament that—in pursuance of their order of the 21st, referring it to Council to take care for the supply of the magazines for land and sea service,—they have considered the same, and find that ammunition, &c. will be wanted for setting forth the summer fleet, for which Council are ready to contract, but find there is no money left at their disposal for payment of such contracts, and that a sum should be appointed therefor.
12. Armiger Warner, agent for the monthly assessment for the army, appointed agent for quickening the bringing in of the arrears on the ordinance of 20,000l. a month for Ireland, in counties Sussex, Surrey, Berks, and Wilts, and empowered with instructions such as have been given to other agents, and the usual letters to the Commissioners of the Counties; letters to be sent to discharge a negligent agent for Somersetshire, and require his giving an account of the state of the arrears there to Mr. Peers, a new agent; also another to the high collector of Taunton Marsh, to give a like account to Peers, and another to three gentlemen named by Sir Wm. Constable, to call to account some receivers and agents for counties Hereford and Gloucester, who detain money in their hands.
13. For the better enabling the forces in Ireland to take the field in the spring, 60,000l. is to be forthwith prepared and sent thither.
That—whereas 70,000l. was ordered on 31 Oct. last, to be sent to Ireland, according to directions by the Committee for Irish and Scotch Affairs, as 30,000l. thereof was taken up and advanced upon the excise, which could not all be timely procured, so that the said committee gave instructions to the treasurers-at-war only to send 60,000l. of the said 70,000l., whereby 10,000l. thereof now remains— the said committee are to give a new instruction for sending away this 10,000l., in part of the 60,000l. now to be sent, and a like warrant to be given to the Treasurers-at-war to send 10,000l. more out of the remains of the several sums formerly appointed for the service of Ireland.
That for completing the said sum of 60,000l., like warrant be given, to send the 40,000l. already assigned out of the present four months' assessment of 120,000l. a month, beginning 25 Dec. last, whereof 20,000l. a month is by order of Parliament assigned for the service of Ireland, and that order be given to the said treasurers to ship and land the said 60,000l. in Ireland, and also to issue the same for pay of the said forces, according to directions from the said committee. [I. 65, pp. 28–32.]
Feb. 25.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Militia Commissioners for county Somerset. We understand by your letter from Somerton, your care and diligence in the work of the militia, and the good progress made therein by raising the forces mentioned, of whose readiness to serve either in their own county or elsewhere we are glad to hear. We approve of what has been done by you herein. For the matter of reward to be given to the receivers of the money appointed by the Act to be raised for the militia, we leave it to you to pursue the intention of the Act, and to make them such allowance as in your judgment shall seem meet. [I. 96, pp. 11, 12.]
Feb. 25.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Militia Commissioners for county York. We understand your difficulties in gathering together a troop of horse to be continued for one month, for securing the county from robberies and spoils done on the people by a company of disaffected persons, who have gathered together in a hostile manner. We approve not the expedient you offer for making up of a troop by drawing some of the soldiers out of the several garrisons in your county, and mounting them upon horses, as those garrisons have no more men in them than are necessary for their defence. We therefore desire you, for preservation of the county, to put forth your power as commissioners, and cause a troop of 100 militia horse to be called together, and kept on service for one month, and take care to appoint such riders as may, out of their good affection to the public, and without dispute, receive and obey your orders. [I. 96, pp. 12, 13.]
Feb. 26. Order in Parliament that the Council of State consider what ammunition, &c. are necessary to be provided, for the next summer's fleet, and what treasury is open for it; with a full and clear account of the state of the whole treasury of the commonwealth, as well for defraying the charge of the army as navy, and other public business, and report to the House next Tuesday. [I. 89, p. 17.]
Feb. 26. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
4. The allowance of wages made to Mons. Augier, in consideration of his agency in France, to be continued to him until 25 March next, and no longer. Council will deal with him concerning his extraordinaries as with other public ministers employed in foreign parts.
5. Summons to be sent to all the members of Council about town to attend to-morrow afternoon. [I. 65, pp. 34, 35.]
Feb. 26.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Navy Commissioners. The Nicodemus frigate having been already eight months in service, and ordered to be continued abroad, the company have desired their wages, that their families may be provided for in their absence. You are therefore to give order for paying them five months' wages, that they may be ready to go when required. [I. 96, p. 13.]
Feb. 26.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Navy Committee. There being a squadron of ships now appointed to go northward under Col. Deane, we desire you to see 500l. put on board the ship Speaker, to be employed for contingent services, and that speedily, that the ships may not stay for want of that supply. [I. 96, p. 14.]
Feb. 26. 16. Petition of John Browne, gunfounder, to the Council of State, for consideration of an annexed remonstrance, and payment of the arrears due for goods delivered; and then whatsoever they shall command, petitioner will perform to the utmost of art and industry.
Two months since he presented a copy of this remonstrance to the Ordnance Committee, which was a business of such great concernment for the public safety that, had not the alteration of the Council prevented, he made no question but to have received the speedy direction of that committee. That he may not utterly be disabled to do that service which, for speed and serviceableness, cannot be performed by any other artist within these dominions, but by petitioner and his sons and their agents; and also that the Council of State may be fully satisfied of his desires to do his utmost to secure the commonwealth, he has annexed the remonstrance—
1. Because, by order of Parliament of the 21st inst., the stores and magazines of all military provisions, both for sea and land service, are to be provided and disposed of by the Council of State.
2. Because the time for buying wood will be past after a month or six weeks, and then he cannot, upon any emergencies, though never so urgent, make such good work and so speedily as the necessities of affairs may require. [1 page.] Annexing,
16. i. Remonstrance of John Browne to the Ordnance Committee. Within these few months, the committee have made two contracts with Robert Cheek (my menial servant and clerk, until his ungodly conversation cast him out) for divers pieces, for no other reason but a conscientious discharge of their trust to Parliament, by bringing down the price of those commodities; but the committee has not been informed what manner of person Cheek is, nor so seriously weighed the mischiefs that may befall, if this manufacture be laid down by me or be divided.
Cheek has neither the skill, stock, nor credit to carry on the whole work, and especially if he be limited to as short a time as has been allotted to me, to cast three great mortar pieces and 300 grenadoes, all which I delivered in six weeks; but he, by his contract, has time enough, for no time is expressed, which enables him in a great measure to sell below me, if he performs at all; but these incapacities in Cheek are not so proper for me to urge. I shall therefore represent the mischief in these particulars
1. That the cheapness of the commodity is not of so much concernment as the certain, full, expeditious supply, with good and serviceable commodities, which Cheek cannot do.
2. If the price should be lessened, the business must fall and be laid down by me, and that young undertaker, and then it cannot be recovered again in less than two or three years, if at all.
3. Many of the workmen are outlandish men, and will have good rates for their work, or else they will return to their own country, and will not be suddenly brought over again.
4. If there should be more than one man employed, they will be undermining one another, and raising the price of all commodities and workmen's wages, and so either the State must give a greater rate, or those employed will not be able to subsist; besides the workmen will not be at any certain command under either, but will make use of and serve their own turn on both.
5, Whether the State, at such a time as this, when they have such pressing occasions of all sorts of commodities of this nature, will hazard such a business for a little abatement of price, which cannot be afforded by the maker without disenabling him to serve them so well as now, my stock amounting to 30,000l., for which I pay interest.
6. What Cheek does or shall do is not by any skill he has, but by two or three workmen he has got from me; and if he be suffered so to entice away my men, I shall not be able to serve the State, be their occasions ever so urgent.
7. Having thus fully stated the business, and the evil consequences that will follow if I have not the whole employment, as no other man has ever done the like for goodness, greatness, and expedition in any nation, I hope I shall be excused, having given timely notice thereof, if any disasters shall ensue; to that purpose I desire that an entry hereof may be made.
8. As I have already represented that it is just and honourable for this committee to be good husbands for the commonwealth, so I am confident it is not your intention that I should be undone by the service of the State; therefore I request that the debt which the late King owed me may be immediately stated, and times set for payment; and then, my debts being first paid, I will engage to lay it all out for the service, at such rates as may just enable me to live; if this be denied, then, unless I have sufficient employment according to my stock, and for discharge of the great expense I am constrained to undergo, viz., —4,000l. a year for rent, repairs, wages, and use of money,—I must give over this chargeable employment, and change my course in my old age, which may be very advantageous to me in the best things, but dangerous enough, if I understand anything, to the commonwealth.
Yet if this committee shall hold it better service to Parliament to give long time for their commodities, so that they may have them cheaper, upon taking away my stock, and lessening the number of workmen, I will sell as cheap as any man. [2 pages.]
Feb. 27. 17. Order in Parliament that the letter from Dover be referred to the Council of State, to consider and report how the harbour there may be preserved, and the mischief prevented, and what revenue there is for maintaining the said harbour, and how it is disposed of. [Draft, ½ page.]
Feb. 27. Order in Parliament that the officers belonging to the recruits and forces which now or hereafter shall be raised for the service in Ireland constantly attend their respective charges, and that the said recruits and forces march directly to their ports without delay, and in the march to the sea-side, quarter in inns and alehouses only, and pay for what they have. All constables and others are to take notice and care hereof, and the several Commissioners for the Militia or monthly Assessments are hereby authorised to give their assistance in their respective counties that this order may be duly observed.
That the Council of State do take care that this order be sent into the several counties through which these recruits are to pass, to the respective Commissioners for the Militia and for the Monthly Assessments, as also to the constables. [I. 89, p. 17.]
Feb. 27. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
1. The petition of Samuel Mells referred to the Committee for Ireland and Scotland.
2. Sir Hen. Mildmay, Mr. Love, Sir Wm. Masham, Mr. Darley, Sir John Trevor, Sir John Bourchier, Mr. Cawley, Alderman Allein, Mr. Leman, Mr. Carew, Major-Gen. Harrison, Lord Grey, and Col. Fielder, to be a committee for preserving the timber of the commonwealth, in pursuance of the instructions from Parliament to Council, and to consider the demand made of some trees for repairing the pales of Hampton Court Park, and all other demands of that nature.
4. The order of Parliament of the 26th inst., concerning the stating of the treasury of the commonwealth, referred to the Committee for Ireland and Scotland.
5. Mr. Scott to have the same power continued as formerly for managing foreign intelligences, until further order.
6. The petition of the mayor, jurats, and other well-affected persons of the town and castle of Dover and parts adjacent, referred to the committee which meets with the army officers, who are to consider of some person to take charge of Dover Castle, according to the order of Parliament.
7. Sir Hen. Griffith to have liberty to continue in town till 20 March.
15. A messenger to be forthwith sent to see that the Adventure of London, William and Mary of London, and Lynn Merchant, fall down to Sir Geo. Ayscue, in the Downs.
19. Marching warrants to be issued to the officers named by Col. Cooke, viz., Capts. Webb and Lucas for Col. Stubber's regiment; Capt. Rich. Weston and Lieut. Wm. Skinner, for Col. Ryves'; Capt. Hen. Nicholls for Col. Cooke's; Capt. Vere Hunt, and Lieuts. Rob. Drury, and Jonathan Barnes, for Col. Gifford's, and Capt. Nath. Cobham for the firelocks for the train; to beat drums for recruits, quarter only in inns and alehouses, &c., and warrants of that kind to be issued of course for the future, to such as shall have warrants for money to enable them to march recruits for Ireland.
21. The Treasurers-at-War to send the 4,000l. formerly ordered to Havordfordwest by land. [I. 65, pp. 36–42.]
Feb. 27.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Militia Commissioners and Commissioners for the Monthly Assessments in the several counties. Parliament— noticing the great abuses put upon the people by companies of soldiers marching towards their port for transportation to Ireland, and being tenderly sensible of those sufferings of the people by those men, contrary to their contracts made with Council, and wishing, by all means, to prevent the continuance of the pressure, as well as to punish the insolencies past, where the same shall be complained of and proved—have thought fit to pass and publish the orders herewith sent. We recommend it to your care to see the same put in effectual execution, for the ease and benefit of the people of the country through which they pass, and desire you to give your best assistance for their relief. [I. 96, p. 15.]
Feb. 28. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
2. The business mentioned in Mr. Culmer's letter from Minster, in the Isle of Thanet, referred to Sir Michael Livesey, and other justices of peace in those parts.
5. The petition of Lionel Becher of Bideford, with certificates from the Commissioners in Ireland and Sampson Lort, referred to the Irish Committee.
6. The petition of William Dugard referred to the Committee for Examinations, to proceed according to the Act for printing.
7. The petition of Wm. Disney senr. referred to the Irish Committee.
8. The petition and papers of Philip Noell and others referred to the Admiralty Committee.
9. The petition of Laurence Hyde, first captain in Col. Russell's regiment in Ireland, referred to the Irish Committee.
11. The petition of Reuben Peele of Southwold referred to the Admiralty Committee.
12. The petition of John Stubbs and Rich. Geoffrayes referred to the Admiralty Committee, to agree the business if they can, or otherwise report.
13. To inform Peregrine Greene, in answer to his petition, that Council have no power to give any order therein.
15. Thomas Stebben to be committed prisoner to Newgate, in order to his trial for spreading treasonable declarations.
17. The representation of Henry Neave, concerning money expended by him in the business of Norfolk, referred to the Committee for Examinations.
18. The proposition of the Lord General concerning Colonel Fenwick's regiment referred to Sir Arthur Hesilrigge, Alderman Allein, and Mr. Darley.
19. Mr. Frost to draw up an order, according to the debates now had, of the manner how reports should be made from committees, of matters referred to them by Council.
21. Mr. Scott to hold constant intelligence with the Lords Ambassadors now going to the United Provinces. [I. 65, pp. 43–46.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Council of State to the Mayor of Faversham and Messrs. Sterry and Knowles. We approve what you have done about Thos. Stebben, and have committed him to Newgate for trial, for spreading those treasonable declarations. [I. 96, p. 16.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Col. Pyne. We have received your letter as to securing Thomas Elford [minister], for publishing false news; we desire you to bind over the prosecutors and witnesses, and to see that he is proceeded against at the next assizes; we thank you for your continual labour in the service. [I. 96, p. 16; 65, p. 43.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Sir Charles Coote and Col. Venables. By the enclosed copy of a letter and list of offenders, you will see both the greatness of the offence therein mentioned, and some overtures of advice for apprehending those men, and sending them to the place where they may receive punishment. As we approve thereof, we desire you either to act in the way propounded, or any other way that you shall judge best, but to do it secretly, so that they may be apprehended, and safely sent [fettered] to Cumberland, and there delivered to safe custody [to the governor of Carlisle], that they may be brought to condign punishment for their very great offences committed in that county. [I. 96, p. 17; 65. p. 41.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Council of State to Sir Michael Livesey, Bart. By the enclosed letter of Mr. Culmer, you will be informed of the present state of the Isle of Thanet; but as it is only upon the information of a single person, we cannot give any order therein, and therefore desire you, and such other justices of the peace in or near those parts as you deem fit, to take the examinations of persons thereabouts, and certify us, that we may give requisite orders. [I. 96, p. 18.]
Feb. ? 18. Reasons why the Stationers' Company bought their printing house in Scotland. The Company have for several years been much prejudiced by the late King's printer for Scotland, who had a patent to print all manner of English books there, and to import them into England, by means whereof the best and most vendible copies of the company and their particular members were reprinted there and imported hither, to their great damage.
Thereupon the Company, for prevention of this mischief, four years since, upon an overture from the King's printer there to sell the Company his patent and printing house, made an agreement with him which cost them a great sum, since which, what with the troubles there and here, the Company have extremely suffered; and having sent over some workmen, they were constrained, for keeping them in work, to print an impression of the Bible in 8vo., which has been two years in printing, and was finished some months since. Part thereof was sent over a year since, and the remainder was to have been here three months since, but for want of fitting opportunity, was delayed until now.
The Company are now withdrawing their stock and materials from thence, in regard of the late Act, and full provision is now made against importation from that kingdom and all other parts beyond seas, the want of which was the true reason of their keeping their said printing house there. [1¼ page.]

Footnotes

  • 1. Addressed by the public Minister of Portugal simply "Parliamento Reipublicæ Anglicanæ." See Commons' Journals, vol. xi., p. 530.
  • 2. This is the first meeting of the Council of State elected Feb. 13 (see p. 44 ante). The table of attendances will be found after the preface.—Ed.