Letters and Papers relating to the Navy, &c.: April 1653

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April 1653

Date. From To Subject. References.
Vol. 50.
April 1 Navy Committee Navy Comrs Order to make out quarterly bills of 62l. 10s. for Clement Oxenbridge, as clerk of prize ships and goods. 1
" " " " Order for payment of 18l. 0s. 8d. bill of Rob. Bowyer, for paper, fire, candles, chamber room, &c. for this Committee last quarter. 2
" " Robt. Blackborne, Whitehall. " Sends certificates of Thos. Culling, and of Faithful Teate, minister of East Greenwich, and recommends Hump. Halfpenny as purser or clerk of the check. 3, 4
" " " " To send the list of commanders of the merchant ships delivered to Major Bourne 5, 5a
" " Capt. Thos. Bunn, Greyhound, Lee Road. Adm. Com. Expects to man out of the colliers when they arrive, and on receipt of victuals and carpenters' stores, shall be ready for service. 6
1653. Vol. 50.
April 1 Capt. Thos. Bunn, Greyhound, Lee Road. Navy Comrs Has no victuals but what come from the George; could not get carpenters' stores at Chatham; desires order for a supply of both. 7
" " J. B[rangwine], Plymouth. Robt. Blackborne. Has delivered their letters to Capt. Hatsell, and Mr. Strelley, who are sensible of a Divine hand in the business, but assured the event will prove glorious. Sends a letter from Hen. Fitzherbert, who has gone to London, complaining of ill-treatment for doing his duty, and hopes they will hasten his Custom-house business. Cannot understand his not making use of the oranges, and desires order for their disposal, as the ship, the Hector of Plymouth, is at Gravesend. 8, 9
" " Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Plymouth. " Will despatch the Lily, being nearly manned and victualled, as also the Marmaduke and Sampson which have arrived with powder from Pendennis Castle. Rich. Mill has come down to procure men to be sent to Portsmouth, but if the above ships sail, shall have none left to take them there. Hopes his and Mr. Strelley's desires concerning Mr. Brangwine for the Customs will be granted. 10
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Send a list of the commanders of merchant ships taken up who will attend them for orders. Are procuring the other officers with speed. 11
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Shipwright. " Petition that his son Joseph Taylor may have the command of a good ship, having made three voyages in the Unity, done good service under Sir Geo. Ayscue in fighting with the Dutch fleet. Bought and fitted a good ship of war for him, but she is obliged to change commanders. 12
" " John Poortmans, Portsmouth. Robt. Blackborne. Is sorry to hear of the great loss in the Straits; sends an account of the fleet. Capt. Stokes has brought in a ship pretending to be from Hamburg, but she has 200 letters from Amsterdam, and 13,000l. in pigs of silver and money; if she proves prize, it will help well. 13
" " John Morris, Gravesend. Navy Comrs The Bryer is still here. Will send an account of the ships in the next 14
" " Adm. Comrs. " Order that the two frigates at Deptford be made ready to launch in 18 days 15
" 2 " " Order to impress the Mayflower for the service 16
" " " " Order to enter Geo. Kendall clerk of the survey at Deptford, salary 60l. a year 17
" " " " " Ab. Sheares clerk of the check in one of the merchant ships 18
" " " " Order for appointment of the following officers for ships:— 19
Thos. Burgess, gunner, and Thos. Phillips, clerk of the check in the Essex
John Hudson " and Hugh Clements, carpenter of the Hampshire
John Howard " of the Wren
John Hammond " of the Stork
John Arnold, steward of the Portland
" " Capt. Jno. Hayward, Gillyflower, Downs. Adm. Com. Asks an order for delivery of some guns and provisions. Is ordered to convoy ships with provisions to the fleet at Portsmouth, but the ships are not come. Begs they may be hastened. The Old Warwick is plying between the Goodwin Sand and Flanders, to learn news of the Dutch fleet. Capt. Lawson is with some of the ships in Lee Road. 20
" " " Navy Comrs To the same effect 21
April 2 John Poortmans, Portsmouth. Rob. Blackborne Gives the numbers of men on board the Nonsuch and five other ships, with account of their victuals. The Resolution will sail on the 4th. 22
" " Rear-Adm. Jno. Lawson, George, Lee Road. " Asks orders as to convoying the fleet of colliers, and appointing a commander to the Little BettyHas men to spare. 23
" 3 Thos. Rabenett and three others, Chatham. Navy Comrs Particulars of a survey of the Unicorn. The delay in rigging her arises from want of tackle, cordage, and sails, and there is a great scarcity of men. 24
" 4 Robert Blackborne " Provisions are required for Capt. Penn's squadron; the Committee desires that Major Bourne may go down with one of the victuallers. One or two of the Navy Commissioners are to attend the Admiralty Committee to-morrow. 25
" " Capt. Robt. Wyard, Adventure, Tynemouth bar. Adm. Com. Arrived at the Bar of Newcastle with Capt. Motham of the Bear, and 150 sail of colliers, on the 28th ultimo, and was ordered to Enderness (Inverness) to convoy 24 ships, but they refuse to go with only one man-of-war, several Flemish men-of-war having been seen on the coast. The fleet of 300 laden colliers has sailed with Capt. Motham and 10 men-of-war as convoy. Asks orders, as his fleet refuses to sail. 26, 27
" " Ant. Tutcher and Ambrose Dinnison, Yarmouth. Navy Comrs Have pressed 190 men at Wisbeach, Wells, Lynn, and other places, and will endeavour to procure more. Have charged a bill for 20l. upon them to defray expenses. Some vessels are fitting for Ireland; but it is perilous, all trade should be stopped till the war is over. 28
" " Sy. Jorey, Deal Robt. Blackborne Asks for the place of muster-master if it is intended to appoint one, and that his interest in the spermaceti, seized by his brother, may not be lost by any fraudulent pretence. 29
" " John Brandling, Ipswich. Jno. Gourdon and Nath. Bacon, London. Recommends Thos. Appleyard for the command of a small ship 30
" " Fras. Allen, Dover Adm. Com. Having orders from the Lord General to march 270 men of Col. Ingoldsby's regiment to Peterfield, to be shipped on order from the Generals at sea, desires order to ship them at Dover to prevent their running away, most of them being new recruits. 31
" " Jno. Heath, Worcester, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Can depose upon oath that Nath. Mead, commander of the Renown, and Mr. Lemon sold 220 fathoms of cable for 10l., and that the anchor was taken to Lemon's house. 32
" " Math. Close, Yarmouth. " Edw. Edgar, ship carpenter, has 60 men at work upon the two frigates building by him, and the work is progressing well. Edgar wants 10 tons of the Spanish iron taken from the Dutch by Gen. Blake, and two long boats. 33
Apr. 4 Capt. Wm. Billers, Dover. Adm. Com. Has received 209 barrels of powder from the Governor of Dover for the fleet at Portsmouth, and will sail to Capt. Hayward in the Downs. Vice-Admiral Penn is in the road with 60 sail. 34
" " Rich. Johnson Sir Hen. Vane, jun. Thanks for his appointment at Portsmouth as a reformado or midshipman, but as it is so inconsiderable, will prefer remaining with Col. Whaley until he can procure a commission as commander of a ship. 35
" " Adm. Comrs. Navy Comrs Reference of the petition of Chris. Deane for employment as gunner on a merchant ship 36
" " John Moalamb, Vanguard. " The muster book prepared by Hugh Middleton, late check of the Vanguard, and now lieutenant of the Assistance, was imperfect, as making men runaways who were not so, and discharging men without time, &c. Is making another and will send it up. 37
" 5 Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. List of officers belonging to the Black Raven, Great and Little Charity prizes, and the new frigate. 38
" " Navy Comrs., Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Recommend Susannah Peters for some allowance, having lost her husband in the late fight with the Dutch. 39
" " Capt. E. Hayward, Chatham. Robt. Blackborne Recommends Walter Larder, a relation by marriage, as boatswain of the Wren, or midshipman of the Unicorn. 40
" " Ordnance officers Account of contracts with six gunpowder makers for powder, with particulars of delivery and arrears 41
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, London. Adm. Com. Rejoices that they are resettling the officers of the dockyards, this being the only way to remedy abuses. Begs to resign his place of master shipwright at Chatham, on account of his wife's illness, and the concernments of his children in London, that he may be able to look after his rents which are daily being lost. Will continue to give what services he can gratuitously, and is going with others to appraise the merchant ships appointed for the service. 42
[" "] List of 25 captains of merchant ships who are approved, and of 17 to be further considered 43
" " John Poortmans, Portsmouth. [Robt. Blackborne.] Sends a letter to the Commissioners with commissions for captains of the merchant ships. Will make a list of the fleet, with the number of men and guns, and all warrant officers. 44
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Summoned the captains of the merchant ships taken up, and delivered them their commissions and orders to sail to the Lee Road; want the other commissions. Capt. Woodfin desires the command of the Joshua, as he will not be ready soon enough for the Exchange. 45
" 6 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order that the Fairfax be rebuilt from the portion still uninjured, to her former proportions 46
" " Navy Comrs., Portsmouth. " Send abstract of a demand of 11 March, and desire order for it, and a note from the clerk of the check with reference to men pressed. Mr. Timbrill, the smith, has petitioned for an increase of price for his ironwork, on account of the high price of coals, iron, and labour; cannot proceed therein until it is known what Capt. Hall receives as smith at Deptford. 47
" " Rich. Grumwell, Richard and Mary, Bristol. Adm. Com. Has convoyed three vessels from Waterford for the Severn, and been forced by weather to King's Road where he waits orders. 48
Apr. 6 Capt. Arnold Browne Adm. Com. List of 72 men pressed for the Benjamin 49
" 7 Thomas Brook Navy Comrs Recommends Joshua Bradish for employment as master in a small vessel 50
" " Ralph Grundy, clerk of the check, Guinea, Sole Road. " Sends muster book for three months, and will do so monthly in future. The frigate has been victualled for 150 men, who are all in good health. 51
" " Capt. Jno. Limbery, Margate. Adm. Com. Has been on board the Vice-Admiral, and finds his squadron have 10 weeks' victuals on board 52
" 8 Thos. Hewett and Jno. Pene, Golden Fleece, Barnstaple. Navy Comrs Have pressed 40 men there and at Bideford; 200 were returned in the list, but the mariners have mostly run and are disobedient to the warrants. The Mayor and justices should bring them in by force. Ask for more tickets and a letter of credit to obtain money at Swansea. 53
" " Rich. Stokes ["] Mr. Pett is proceeding with the building of the frigate at Ratcliffe, and desires payment of the third instalment allowed when so far completed. 54
" " John Browne Major Thompson. Recommends Geo. Hawkes for a cook's place 55
" " Robt. Blackborne, Gravesend. Navy Comrs Sends a letter from the Admiralty Commissioners, and desires they will hasten down the things therein mentioned. 56
" " Rear-Admiral Jno. Lawson, George, Swinn. Adm. Com., Gravesend. Hears the Newcastle fleet has not yet sailed. Is going down to the Swinn to meet the ViceAdmiral, and has sent orders to Capt. Wright to meet them there, or else to hasten to Orfordness. 57
" " Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Plymouth. Navy Comrs Has procured and will procure what seamen he can, and has sent 20 away in the Lily to Dartmouth. Gave all assistance to Mr. Mill who is now fully commissioned, and hopes to receive a number of men from him, but ships are wanted to send them away. Has bought some more hemp, tar, and pitch, and charged a bill upon them for 600l., which he desires may be met. Expected an order concerning the Middleburg prize for a hulk, as the Prize Collectors have directions to sell it. 58
" " " Robt. Blackborne. To similar effect. Asks him to write the Generals to send ships to take away the men procured to the fleet. 59
" " Capt. Wm. Billers, Dover. Adm. Com. Shipped the 209 barrels of powder on board the Gillyflower in the Downs, and 200 men of Col. Ingoldsby's regiment were shipped at the pier. Encloses account by Mr. Delaval of shot delivered by Mr. Strudwick according to contract, and of merchant ships supplied and to be supplied with powder and shot. A warrant is required to fetch shot from Arundel Castle to Portsmouth, for supply of the fleet there. 60, 61
" 9 Rear-Adm. Jno. Lawson, George, Harwich. " Had ordered the Greyhound to attend the discovery of the Vice-Admiral and the fleet with him, and will lose no opportunity of conjunction with him, or of prosecuting their commands. The Golden Falcon fire-ship, commanded by Capt. Tuttle, is in the Spits, and was mistaken for one of the enemy. 62
Apr. 9 John Poortmans, Portsmouth. Robt. Blackborne Sends copy of the instructions given to each captain of the fleet, for sailing, fighting, &c. Will send a list of the fleet as early as possible; hopes he has received the commissions. General Deane desires his letters to be carefully forwarded, some not having arrived. 63
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. [Navy Comrs.] The work to be done on the Swiftsure will be as much as that done to the Speaker and Antelope, and be worth the rate given to Mr. Simpson. Has viewed the former joiner's work in the stores, and it will be best to value it upon the ship, and let the contractors make an allowance. 64
" " Eli. Drew, Chester Robt. Blackborne. Sent a copy of the warrant of Col. Lilburne, Commander-in-Chief in Scotland, and having arrived at Liverpool, came thither, and desires further orders. 65
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Wapping. Adm. Com. Found yesterday at Gravesend honest men able to serve as captains, who will be ready at 24 hours' notice, viz., Robt. Barnes, Sam. Cook, Dan. Morgan, Roger Thomson, and Amos Ford. 66
" 11 Capt. Arnold Browne,The London, Lee Road. " Brought down the Sarah and Globe from Tilbury Hope, but the others were not ready. The ships have received their proportions of soldiers, and were told to keep up a loving correspondence with them. Expects the other ships down to-day, and will then ascertain whether they are ready for sea. 67
" " Edw. Mundy, Woodbridge. Navy Comrs Has bought 60 or 70 loads of plank of Mr. Meadowes at Ipswich, at 64s. a load, and will send it to the Chatham stores; has charged on them for that and other timber a bill for 500l., payable to Edw. Goldston, of Woodbridge, draper, and desires payment. Is about buying 400 or 500 more loads, but wants further order therein. Is sending away 150 loads of plank, but the taking of a Walderswick hoy, with plank, butter, and cheese, has made the hoymen afraid of sailing; a hoy for Chatham was chased by a Flemish dogger boat, and had to put in again. The frigates building are fit for survey. 68
" " Capt. Peter Motham and eight other captains, Scarborough. " Send account of disbursements in securing 300 sail of colliers, when they were forced into the Road and harbour of Scarborough by 20 sail of Dutch, total, 31l. 0s. 11d. 69, 70
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Ask orders respecting several merchant ships whose contracts have expired. Thinks they had better be retained, though they will not serve on the former terms. 71
" " John Poortmans, Portsmouth. Robt. Blackborne. Asks for some martial laws in folio and some in books, and some encouragements for the seamen, as also the Acts for impressing them. The Generals ask whether the deputies allowed the MarshalGeneral are not to have 2s. 6d. a day. Will go on board the Resolution to-morrow, and hopes to be at sea a week hence. Respects to Brother Creed. 72
" " Navy Comrs., Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Send a demand for spikes, and a note from the clerk of the check of pressed men. No one appearing for Mr. Ford's bill which was ordered to be made out, it has been neglected. The ships shall take in as much victuals as they can carry; the merchantmen complain of the non-payment of their imprest bills. The Tiger, Triumph, and Oak are gone forth, and the harbour will soon be emptied. 73
" " Adm. Comrs. " Order to see the Portland fitted out and victualled by petty warrant 74
April 12 Rich. Dermott, Liverpool. Navy Comrs Sends muster books of the Lucy and Truelove; the latter has gone convoy with some ships with provisions for the army at Dublin. The Primrose is daily expected to transport the 40,000l. for the army in Ireland. 75
" " Thos. Rabenett, Chatham. " The Unicorn has been waiting for her provisions since the 1st inst. Has 22 brass ordnance but no carriages; 60 tons of ballast would have been taken in to-day, but being a day of thanksgiving, dares not work, for disobeying the order of Parliament. Desires the gunners' stores and beer may be hastened down and the officers. 76
" 13 Major Robt. Thomson, Navy Office. Robt. Blackborne. Asks him to move the Admiralty Commissioners to grant him a month's leave of absence, to recruit his health, being advised by Dr. Wright and Sir Rich. Napier to go into the country. 77
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Ask directions as to relieving the John, Prosperous, Charles, George Bonadventure, and Katherine arrived in the river. The Eagle can be had at 4l. a man. Recommend Mr. Burton for employment as a master. The Richard and Mary's contract ended this month, and there is no reservation made for continuance. 78
" " Robt. Blackborne, Whitehall. Navy Comrs Is directed by the Admiralty Committee to ask for a list of the merchant ships come in, whose contracts are nearly expired. 79
" " John Fuller, Bristol " Asks whether his ship will be further required, as his time has nearly expired, and Capt. Grumwell would not put the State to unnecessary expense. 80
" " Capt. Rich. Grumwell, Bristol. Adm. Com. Asks whether to clear off his men, or continue to the end of this month, according to his contract 81
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham. Navy Comrs Mr. Maplestone has used all diligence in furnishing the stores with timber at low rates; as the Fairfax is to be rebuilt, thinks 1,000l. should be imprested to him, to enable him to pay his liabilities, as also for his encouragement. 82
" " " " Adm. Com. The Unicorn and the Wren pink are ready to sail, and only wait ordnance, carriages, and victuals. 83
" " Edm. Curle, Mary fly-boat, Downs. Navy Comrs Asks orders as to following the fleet to the Isle of Wight, having missed it by coming here 84
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Send list of officers proposed for 10 ships named 85
" " Thos. Turner, Navy Office. Robt. Blackborne. Recommends Giles Powder for a cook's place in the Hampshire, Newcastle, or Essex, in preference to 2 others named. 86
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order that the captains of the 40 merchantmen now taken up be restored to them as they come in and are discharged. 87
" " " " Order to certify whether the Richard and Mary at Bristol cannot be continued in the service, and to victual the Cock at Dover. 88
" " " " Order for discharge of the John Cullen and 7 other ships, on a Council of State reference of 13 April. 89
" " " " Order to inquire whether the Prosperous, reported unfit for a man-of-war, can be used as a victualler. 90
Apr. 14 Robt. Thomson, Navy Office. Adm. Com. Asks whether they will attend the launching of the two new frigates at Deptford Dock on Monday, that he may make provision accordingly. 91
" " John Holt, Portsmouth. Robt. Blackborne. Asks whether the Admiralty Commissioners require a lease of his sister Mrs. Boat's house and orchard at Portsmouth; she will grant one for the residue of her term, 10 years, at 22l. 10s. a year, she paying all taxes. The Navy Commissioners, on a reference to them, think fit to pay that amount. 92
" " Simon Evans, Benjamin, Tilbury Hope. Adm. Com. Has been on board his ship, and finds the officers very civil. There are 75 seamen and watermen and 25 soldiers, and no time will be lost in obtaining 40 seamen more, and making the ship serviceable. 93
" 15 Jonathan Taylor, Shadwell. Recommends Roger Read as lieutenant of the Consent of London 94
" " Jno. Fowler, Portsmouth. Sir Hen. Vane, jun. From the patronage and favours received from his father at the Admiralty Committee, begs that he will forward his petition before the Navy Commissioners, for a warrant confirming him in the appointment conferred upon him by the Generals, as advocate of the fleet. 95
" " Major Rob. Thomson, Navy Office. Adm. Com. Sends certificate by Capt. Wm. Bayley, of the William hired for the service, that in sending his boat to press some men out of some small vessels, one of them, an Ipswich hoy, ran over the boat, and put all the men in the water, one of whom was drowned; he has therefore detained her and the master with the passengers on board, and desires that the master shall give security to answer for the mischief done in the Admiralty Court. 96, 97
" " Capt. Thos. Wilkes, Swan, Yarmouth Roads. " Saw the coal fleet about Orfordness yesterday, and spoke with Vice-Admiral Penn with his fleet 5 or 6 leagues from the Spurn going south, some without and some within the sands. Movements of ships. 98
" " Ordnance officers " Send propositions of John Freeman, Dan. Judd, and John Samyne for repairing the old powder in the stores at 18s. per barrel ready money. Some abatement should be made, as they have had it done for 15s., 16s., and 17s. per barrel. There are 60 barrels to be sold in town at 4l. 15s. per barrel, and it is much needed. 99, 100
" " Navy Comrs., Portsmouth. " Have consulted with the Generals as to enlarging and improving the dockyard, and think five acres of ground adjoining should be purchased for laying timber and erecting storehouses, and a wall built round it, to keep the stores from being embezzled, and the workmen more close to their duty; estimated cost, 1,530l. 101
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to inquire into the truth of Capt. Wildey's complaint of the badness of harbour victuals and smallness of the pork. 102
" " " " Order to inquire what monthly payments are due to the victuallers for harbour victuals, and whether included in the 20,000l. a month payable from the Excise. 103
Apr. 16 Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Notes of ships. As the spikes have not arrived, has taken off the smiths to make some. The expense for sick and wounded men is very great; desires when Mr. Poortmans comes down to pay off the yard, that he will bring some money to meet them. Sends petition of the mastmakers of Chatham and Portsmouth for increase of their wages, and desires order to Mr. Turner to send one of the Chatham quarterly pay books, so that he may see what is allowed the shipwrights and caulkers there. 104
" " " Adm. Com. Will follow Council's order for victualling the ships for the southward as the rest of the fleet, but cannot do anything in the way of fish, until the arrival of Capt. Alderne. The Hopewell has brought 60 men from Jersey, 24 of whom formerly belonged to Prince Rupert. Col. Heane writes that he has sent 60 cwt. of hemp, and that he has sold a prize with corn for 120l., the corn at 4s. per bushel. Sends a note of brass ordnance at Jersey, which may be spared. The Assistance and two more have sailed, and others will do so this week. 105
" " Maj. Rob. Thompson, Navy Office. " Has issued warrants to the officers at Chatham to rebuild the Fairfax. Asks whether the Richard and Mary at Bristol is to be continued in the service, her contract having expired. Want of cordage. Asks whether they have purchased the 1,000 tons of hemp and 3,000 barrels of tar, as it will not do to let that bargain slip. Has hired the Eagle of 750 tons and 30 men for six months, at 3l. 15s. a head, and desires they will appoint a commander. 106
" " Capt. David Dove, Tenth Whelp, Yarmouth Roads. " Left Capts. Penn and Motham with the fleet near the Spurn, standing to sea, and convoyed the vessels under his charge as far as Alford Nests [Orfordness], when he received orders to return to between Yarmouth and Newcastle Bar, to convoy as opportunity should present. Is now in company with the Swan, Sparrow, Nicodemus, and Greyhound. 107
" " Capt. Barth. Yate, Inverness. " Will press what men he can, and then repair to the fleet or the Thames. Has received order from Col. Lilburne to go to Newcastle for six ships laden for Dundee and Inverness. Asks an order for guns and carriages lying at Newcastle, which formerly belonged to the Increasing Moon of Middleburg, also for men. 108
" 17 Capt. Jno. Stoakes, Pelican frigate, Sole Bay. Major R. Thomson. Recommends the bearer for the command of a ship, having had many years' experience 109
" " Tobie Bonnell, Sea Flower, Lee Road. Certificate at request of the master, Thos. Bassett, that in the voyage to Rotterdam with letters to the States General, one of his anchors was broken, and the ship much damaged thereby, having to turn to windward and ride out hard winds. 110
" " John Graves and two others. Muster book of the Jonathan from 1 Nov. 1652 to 17 April 1653. With notes of calculations 111-113
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order referring to them the part of the letter of the Generals of April 16 relating to fish for the ships. 114, 115
Apr. 18 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for four oars and repair of the cable of the Weymouth pink 116
" " " " Order that the company of the Satisfaction, now come in, be paid to 1 Jan. last, and employed on the Hamburg Merchant. 117
" " Capt. Robt. Kirkby, Sophia, Sole Bay. " Came with the fleet of colliers to the Humber, and coming thence, met the Vice-Admiral, who commanded him to leave them and follow him. His ship sailed very heavy on first going to sea, but is now much better. Hopes they were satisfied with Capt. Motham's letters from the Humber. 118
" " " Adm. Com. To the same effect 119
" " " Robt. Blackborne. " " 120
" " Capt. John Prowd Adm. Com. Recommends his brother, Thos. Prowd, for the command of the Eagle, he having served under Sir Geo. Ayscue and in the East India Company, and been two voyages with him in the Eagle. 121
" " Capt. John Taylor, Chatham. Robt. Blackborne. The Unicorn will sail to-morrow, although neither her guns, carriages, nor victuals have come down. Asks a positive order for caulking the Scotch boats. 122
" " " Navy Comrs To the same effect. Desires order to the victuallers to send down 20 tons of puncheons of beer, or she will be overcharged with the guns on her upper tier. 123
" " Capt. Jas. Peacock, Triumph. Mr. Hutchinson. Asks him to pay his son Owen Taylor a bill for 73l. 3s. 124
" " Jno. Cruso, deputy check, Yarmouth. Com. of Navy and Customs. The fleet of about 40 men-of-war passed to the southward on the 16th, and six others named have followed them, but the Swan and Sparrow have returned and gone northward. Some vessels were injured at Scarborough lately, and others chased on shore at Hapsburgh, by a small pickeroon. 125
Vol. 51.
" 19 Vice-Admiral Wm. Penn, James, Sole Bay. Navy Comrs Wants some blue and white ensigns, hammocks and leather buckets, also a capstain for his ship, as it may prove dangerous to be without one. 1
" " Thos. Orton, clerk of the check, Sophia, Sole Bay. " Sends two muster books. Has many sick men, and asks the same accommodation as other ships of the same rank have for them; will see it is put to the best use. Is in Vice-Adm. Penn's fleet. 2
" " Navy Committee " Order to make out bills to Mr. Hutchinson, Navy treasurer, for 100l. for the rent of a house in which to transact naval affairs, from 1 Jan. 1653. 3
" " Adm. Com. " Order to hasten the victuals and gunners' stores of the Culpeper, and to see that the owners do not neglect fitting her to sail. 4
" " John Cole and John Bonner. Muster books of the John from 8 May 1652 to 19 April 1653; with note of the taking of two prizes, the Shortnose and the Peter of Hamburg. 5
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Apr. 19 Ordnance officers Adm. Com. Ask a letter to the Navy Committee for payment of their quarter's wages 6
" " Thos. Scott, Christ. Pett. [Navy Comrs.] Have surveyed the Prosperous, and if her ports are enlarged and new cables supplied, she will serve as a man-of-war. 6a
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " Finds a great difference in time in their list between the determining of the former contracts made with 12 merchant ships and the commencement of the new contracts; desires they will examine where the mistake lies; the commanders maintain their former contracts to be as in the list. 7
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. The victuallers' monthly imprest of 650l., for harbour victuals is not included in the 20,000l. a month, but they are distinct sums, and both payable by contract for four months to come. 8
" " " " Have consulted with the victuallers for supplying the fleet with victuals up to the end of September, which can be taken up at ports named, and sent to the fleet with all speed; but 40 sail with 800 or 900 men will have to be employed to carry them. 9
" " Thomas Skelton, Custom House, Minehead. Mr. Leptratt. Asks information concerning his charter-party, and an order for his money from the Commissioners of the Navy and Customs. Hears of the taking of some of the coal ships from Newcastle and the landing of the Danes in Scotland. Asks what to do with the grand Pirate he took, Capt. Balthasar of Brest, and his bill of exchange of 168l. 18s. Asks him to inquire of Mr. Blackburne and Capt. Menerly, and they, in this and his other discoveries, shall go shares with him to a penny. 10
" " Navy Victuallers, Victualling Office. Adm. Com. Have conferred with the Navy Commissioners, who think that for the immediate supply of the fleet, they must draw off the provisions in Hull, Yarmouth, and Harwich; and that some of themselves should go to those ports instead of directly to the fleet, with Major Bourne. 11
" " Capt. Phineas Pett, Chatham Dock. Rob. Blackborne. The Sapphire has come in, having spent her foremast and bowsprit, and will now be docked. The Unicorn has taken in her guns, stores, and beer; 130 men were entered, but she could only muster 70 on board; the Wren pink has 19 entered, and both will sail the first opportunity. 12
" 20 " " Details of ships. Recommends Thos. Rowley, carpenter of the President, in place of that in the Unicorn, who has misconducted himself. 13
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Some spikes have come, but money and ironwork are much wanted; desires they will press the Treasurer to hasten Mr. Poortmans down, and some hammocks for the merchant ships. Sends notes by the clerk of the check of men entered on board the State's ships. 13a
" " Jno. Poynes, clerk of the check, Happy Entrance, Sole Bay. " Sends muster book, which has been delayed through his being ordered to sea with the squadron going northward. 14
" " Thos. Newberry, Portsmouth. Generals Deane and Monk. Has only 75 barrels of powder in the stores, and there is great want of more, and of other provisions; has borrowed out of the garrison, to supply ships already set forth, 120 barrels of powder and much shot. With account of corn powder required for 11 ships mentioned at Portsmouth, 1,598 barrels. 15
Apr. 21 John Poortmans, Resolution, Spithead. Robt. Blackborne. There are upwards of 30 sail in the road, and the Tiger and Assistance have gone to cruise in the Channel. Men are much wanted. Courts-martial are held every other day for punishing offenders against the Articles of War, but there is little reformation. They are the rudest generation of men I ever saw. 16
" " Matthew Chase, Yarmouth. Navy Comrs Particulars of the frigates and boats in building under Mr. Edgar 17
" " Rich. Cannings Robt. Thomson. Recommends Capt. Houghton for employment, as he has done good service under Capt. Wyard 18
" " Capt. Edw. Shooter, Lynn. Col. Valentine Walton, Sir Walter Strickland, and Thos. Lister, or the Ordnance Com. Has laden two small vessels with ordnance and ammunition from Lynn and Boston, but cannot meet with a man-of-war to convoy them to London. Asks whether to sail without convoy. 19
" " Saml. Osborne Thos. Turner. Asks for warrants for the money to be paid to Mr. Swetnam, whose power of attorney to receive them is sent by bearer. 20
" 22 John Poortmans, Resolution, Spithead. Robt. Blackborne. Sends five commissions by order of Council, and desires him to fill up one for Capt. Brandley to command a frigate at Deptford. 21
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Desire that the company of the Satisfaction may be paid off, and they transferred to another ship, the Hamburg Merchant, in which they were to go, having sailed. 22
" " Wm. Kiffen Major R. Salwey. Recommends Capt. Edm. Chapman for the command of a ship, having formerly served in the Happy Entrance, and been a great sufferer upon an unfounded charge of cowardice. 23
" " Rich. Whyneard, Greenwich. Wm. Shelton, Woolwich. Asks assistance in placing his boy on board a ship 24
" " Sarah, widow of Capt. Wm. Tanick, commander of the Mary prize. Petition for relief. Her husband was in the last engagement with the Dutch, and lost his life by an accident. With certificate in her favour. 25, 26
" " Generals Deane and Monk, Resolution, Spithead. Adm. Com. Request favour for the above petition. Noted that 100l. is to be given to the widow, and 100l. to the child of which she is pregnant if it lives. 27
Apr. 23 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham Dock. Adm. Com. Has sent the Unicorn to Gillingham, and desires her officers may be hastened down to the Hope. She wants many men. Sent the Wren away to-day, and is getting the Saphire ready to sail next Monday. 28
" " " " Navy Comrs John Lloyd, appointed steward of the Wren pink, wants his instructions and a bill for his necessary money; the Wren and the Unicorn have sailed to Gillingham. 29
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Desire that the offer made by some gentlemen to supply 1,000 tons of hemp, and 3,000 barrels of tar may be accepted, as the want of cordage is daily increasing. 30
" " T. Lawes, Resolution, Spithead. Robt. Blackborne. Asks him to enclose his letters in Mr. Poortman's packet, being engaged in a small matter with the Generals. 31
" " Vice-Adm. Wm. Penn, James. Capt. Jno. Daniel of the Maidenhead. Desires he will sail to the Hope and report himself to the Admiralty Commissioners, as his victuals are exhausted. 32
" " John Poortmans, Resolution, Spithead. Robt. Blackborne. Encloses a letter for Vice-Adm. Penn, and desires he will send it to the Governor of Dover Castle. 33
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Details of ships. The Fox is fitted out as a fire-ship. With lists, of which, to prevent mistakes, duplicates are sent to the Trinity House and Chatham, of 37 seamen who have had gratuities of from 1l. to 10l. from the chest at Portsmouth, for wounds received in the last engagement with the Dutch since 14 April 1653, as also of two widows whose husbands were slain at the time, 10l. each. 34, 35
" " " " [Navy Comrs.] Does not conceive the order from the Admiralty Commissioners extends to the paying of soldiers' sea pay, but only to the allowance of gratuities to such as are wounded. Will point out the errors made by the commanders of the merchant ships as to the time they contracted for. It will be needless to muster the ketches, as they are victualled, manned, and mustered by the clerks of the check of the ships they attend. Sends some muster books. All the ships have left the harbour, and are ready for action, except the Worcester and four others. 36
" " Thos. Greene, Dover " Account made at request of Lieut.-Col. Kelsey, of the Golden Cock prize and the John Baptist, fitting out for the service. 37
" " " " Lieut-Col. Kelsey, Governor of Dover Castle. To like effect; desires that a captain may be appointed, as he might be useful in pressing men. The Ruby reports that most of our fleet are in Stokes Bay. 38
" 24 Edm. Curle, Mary fly-boat, Lee Road. Navy Comrs Received their orders to go to Vice-Adm. Penn, but meeting with contrary winds, Major Bourne had sailed before he arrived; will go to him with some men-of-war now in the Hope, unless ordered to the contrary. 39
Apr. 25 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Reference of the petitions of Rich. Spack, Step. Cakeet and Thos. White, and the certificate about John Axon, who are to have fitting relief. 40
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor " Mr. Edgar, the builder of the two frigates at Yarmouth, being in town, desires his bills for the second payment on account. 41
" " Anth. Porter, Amity, Downs. " The Betty foundered on the 14th inst.; perceiving her in distress, was instrumental in saving her company of 24 persons. Has been run into by the Gift, but got clear with the loss of his starboard and damage to his ship's head. Will send his muster books next post. 42
" " Prize officers " Ask a survey of the Yagher prize, brought in to Newcastle by Capt. Robt. Wilkinson, and if fit for the service, will order her delivery. Have given orders to their Sub-Commissioners at Yarmouth to deliver the Red boat to Mr. Taylor, but her sails and cable have been embezzled, and it were good to make an example of the delinquents. 43
" " William Burton, Yarmonth. " Asks whether to contract for some hemp and tow arrived in a vessel from Hamburg. Wants a bill for 150l., which he has drawn on the navy treasurer in favour of Capt. Wm. Goffe, to be paid. 44
" " Jno. Cruso, clerk of the check, Yarmouth. " The Swan, Sparrow and 10th Whelp put in by contrary winds, but returned to the northward. Capt. Cracknell passed by to the southward, and Captains Roberts and Fairly arrived from the fleet in Aldborough Road, which sailed for the Downs and consisted of 70 sail. 45
" " Peter Strong, Ratcliffe. Robt. Quakmor [Coytmor,] Westminster. Recommends a poor widow for relief, she having lost her husband in the Resolution 46
" 26 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to examine and certify on Capt. Wildey's complaint of the defectiveness of provisions 47
" " " " " Order that they have notice that some pitch, tar, &c. have come to Newcastle, and that they do as they judge best. 48
" " Anth. Wells, Hull " Cannot find any ship large enough to attend the fleet as a victualler, but there is one of 180 tons for which the master wants 120l. a month, and several others of less tonnage. 49
" " Geo. Clarke Col. Thomson. Petition for a master's place on a State ship, having adhered to Parliament and served as master's mate and master on merchant ships. 50
" " John Brandling, Ipswich. Navy Comrs Certificate that Geo. Clarke is travelling to London as a volunteer to enter the navy, and note by Wm. Terne, 26 April that he has been shipped in the Hampshire at Deptford. 51
" " Capt. Wm. Wildey, Gravesend. Adm. Com. Although he has ordered all the captains on board their respective ships, there are none at Woolwich or the Hope. Has taken all the serviceable men from the Satisfaction, and put them on board the Unicorn, now going to the Hope. Arrival of ships from the fleet, and sailing of others. 52
" " " " Navy Comrs Arrival and departure of ships. There is a great want of men 53
Apr. 26 Thos. Greene, Dover. Adm. Com. Expects to have the Golden Cock fitted for sea by the 3rd of next month, and has conferred with Capt. Wilson, Deputy-Governor of Dover Castle, as to pressing the necessary men. The John Baptist will be ready this week. Will recruit the anchors and cables lost by Vice-Admiral Penn's fleet, in the storm last Sunday. 54
" " Capt. Thos. Wilkes, Swan, Tynemouth Bar. " Has been plying between Yarmouth and Newcastle with the 10th Whelp and Sparrow, and came in with 25 light ships and other vessels. Will take in the 230 barrels of powder landed at Scarborough, and bring them with the coal and other ships to London. 55
" " Capt. David Dove, 10th Whelp, Tynemouth Road. Adm. Com. Has been cruising in company with the Swan and Sparrow. Discovered three vessels which had been chased on shore by Holland men-of-war; saved two, which are now at Yarmouth, and then sailed with 17 colliers for Newcastle; put into the Humber, where were 11 more, and convoyed the whole to Newcastle. There is a fleet there waiting for the next wind. Has but 13 days' victuals, and wants many necessaries not procurable at Portsmouth. 56
" " " " Navy Comrs To the same effect 57
" " Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Plymouth. Adm. Com. Shipped 100 pressed seamen in the Bryer and Warwick, and 70 in the Lily, and Mr. Mill hopes to procure 200 in Cornwall, besides what he has already sent. Will write the Generals at sea to send a frigate or two to ship them. 58
" " " " Navy Comrs To the same effect. Thinks Mr. Tearne and Odway are gone from Padstow to Barnstaple and Minehead. 59
" " Capt. Peter Strong, Unicorn, Tilbury Hope. " On going on board, found the ship very unfit for sea, the workmen on board, and no victuals; as there will be 100 more men on board to-morrow, knows not how they are to be fed. Has received the 60 soldiers. 60
" " John Poortmans, Resolution, St. Helen's Point. Robt. Blackborne. Sends the instructions for Capt. Strong to sail to the Swinn, and orders to the merchant ships to obey him. Asks for some copies of the martial laws. 61
" " " " " Sends a commission inadvertently left out of his former letter 62
" " Gen. Deane, Resolution, St. Helen's Road. " Is using all endeavours to get to sea; encloses a letter for Sir Hen. Vane 63
" " Robt. Browne, Liverpool. Sec. Smith, Navy Office. Sends the ticket of Hen. Browne of the Lucy, who has been cleared, and received his press and conduct money; his mother being upon her death bed, desires it may be paid. 64
" " Comrs. of Dutch Prizes. Navy Comrs Send the names of men belonging to the Katherine put on board the Treveere Dutch prize, and ask whether they or the Navy Commissioners will pay their arrears. 65
" 27 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Send survey of the Prosperous. The Newcastle frigate from Mr. Pett's yard at Ratcliffe is to be launched. 66
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " Will reduce the officers' store-rooms in the three Dutch prizes fitting out, and in all others for the future. As the General will sail to-morrow, is getting the ships out, and taking in men and ammunition. Encloses list of gratuities given to 40 wounded mariners and two widows, since April 23. 67, 68
Apr. 27 Thomas Marryott, Bristol. Navy Comrs Asks for a surgeon, as the one appointed him was arrested, on coming to London for his chest 69
" " John Fuller, Richard and Mary, King's Road. " Asks whether his ship is to be continued in the service, as her contract expires on Satuarday. The company will go into another ship if paid their full wages. 70
" " Wm. Fox, Swa Tynemouth Bar. " Arrived there in company of the 10th Whelp and Sparrow, and 25 light vessels; the Plover and Unity came to assist in convoying them. His captain is ordered to take in the 230 barrels of powder at Scarborough, and bring it to London, and to convoy some vessels laden for Ireland to Lynn. They will come with the 156 sail of colliers and some ships from Hull bound for London to Orfordness, and then convoy vessels from Lynn to Yarmouth Roads. 71
" " Major William Burton, Yarmouth. " Asks whether to purchase, at 45s. per cwt., some Riga hemp, lately brought from Hamburg. With a note that he is to get it cheaper for ready money. 72
" " " " Adm. Com. Will observe their orders as soon as the fleet or any ships from them come in 73
" " Rich. Grumwell, Bristol. " Asks orders as to the disposal of his ship, as his contract ends on Saturday 74
" " Capt. John Taylor and John King. " Ask for an order to the Prize Commissioners to deliver to them the Dutch hoy Orange Tree, at the price she is appraised at, to fetch masts from the east countries, for a great ship they are building. 75
" " Navy Comrs. " Send a letter mentioning the discontent of the mariners of the Discovery at Bristol, and desire orders therein; also whether to discharge the Maidenhead and the Elizabeth and Ann, merchantmen lately come in. 76
" " " " Sends a list of pressed men, but many are so incapable that they have to be dismissed; and a demand for furnaces. The General and ships named will sail to-morrow, but want men, powder, and guns. Asks them to press 20 caulkers, and send them down to work on the Sovereign, Old Warwick, and Bryer. With list of gratuities paid to 18 wounded men since April 26. 77,78
" " John Moore, Gravesend. Navy Comrs Cannot procure any boatswain or carpenter's stores for the Mayflower at Gravesend; they are generally procured at London. Two ketches have come in from the north, which Sir Hen. Vane ordered him to pay, or send up to the clerk of the Navy. 79
" " Capt. Peter Strong, Unicorn, Tilbury Hope. " Asks them to pay the bearer for the use of his smack in landing men, also to send down provision for his 200 men. 80
Apr. 27 John Read, mariner, London. Adm. Com. Petition for employment as a master, having been lately in the service of the States of Venice. With certificate in his favour by Maurice Thomson, Jno. Robinson, Wm. Pennoyer, and Wm. Rider, London. 81, 82
" 28 Robt. Williams, London. Major N. Bourne. Recommends his wife's nurse, whose husband was slain while under Capt. Gunson, for relief 83
" " Major Wm. Burton, Yarmouth. Navy Comrs Cannot contract for a ship of 200 tons to carry provisions to the fleet at Southwold, as there is not one of that burden there; has one of his own of 160 tons, which they can use as a victualler at their own rates; one larger could not lade in the haven, but would have to go into the roads, and be more expensive. 84
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Have allowed 10l. to Winfred, widow of Edw. Peach, master and pilot of the Richard and Martha, slain in the late engagement. As she is in a very sad condition, and has three children, one a cripple, and another of defective sight, recommend her for 40l. more. 85
" " Jonas Shish Navy Comrs Has viewed a parcel of ash oars belonging to Mr. Taylor, oar maker, which will be very serviceable for the State. 86
" " Phineas Pett, Chatham. " Account of 86 men pressed by persons, and at places mentioned, 15 of whom have run away 87
" " Navy Victuallers Adm. Com. Account of contracts made for the issue of provisions at places mentioned, noting what are issued and what remain. 88
" " Navy Comrs. " Sarah widow of John Bayme, master of the Assurance, slain in the late engagement, having been left in a sad condition with one child, have allowed her 10l., and recommend her for 30l. more. 89
" " " " On the petition of Ann widow of Lieut. John Harris of the Happy Entrance, slain in the late engagement, being left in a deplorable condition, have given her a bill for 10l., and recommend her for 20l. more. 90
" " " " On the petition of Margaret widow of John Minter, mate of the Sapphire, slain in the late engagement, and as she is pregnant and has four children, have allowed her 10l., and recommend her for 20l. more. With order 2 May granting it. 91, 92
" " " " On the petition of Edith widow of Thos. Williams, slain when quartermaster in the Sussex, and her son as a gunner in the Advantage, have allotted her 10l. towards the relief of herself and four children, and think she ought to be allowed 20l. more. With order 2 May granting it. 93,94
" " Wm. Acworth " Recommends Robert Entwisley for employment as clerk of the check 95
" " Admiralty Com. Navy Comrs To consider the certificate of Capt. Geo. Holcroft, and appoint him master of the John and Abigail, if satisfied. 96
" 29 Capt. Robt. Salmon, Defence of London, Tilbury Hope. " Sends certificate of John Limbery and Rich. Reade, recommending Lieut. Thos. Horne, of Stepney, for employment as lieutenant of the Defence, and desires he may have his commission, and be hastened down with all speed. 97,98
Apr. 29 T. Lawes, Resolution, Isle of Wight. Robt. Blackborne. General Deane thanks him for his intelligence, and desires him to forward an enclosure to his lady 99
" " John Poortmans, Resolution, three leagues E. of the Isle of Wight. " Thanks for the copies of the laws of war. The fleet of Vice-Admiral Penn is in sight; they are hastening towards him. 100
" " " " " Have joined with Vice-Admiral Penn being 58 sail and 36 fighting ships, and are making towards Dover or Margate. Hopes to meet him there. 101
" " Wm. Wildey, Tilbury Hope. Adm. Com. Has been on board several ships, but none of the commanders have come, although ordered, and many are insufficiently manned; was therefore forced to instruct Capt. Nich. Heaton of the Sapphire to convoy two hoys with stores for the fleet, and supplied him with men out of the Maidenhead; desires an order may be sent him to make up his 170 men out of such ships as can spare them. The commanders of the merchant ships will neither obey orders nor attend their charge. There is great discontent among the men for want of clothes. 102
" " " Ratcliff. " Has not received any order respecting the Wren in Lee Road, but will hasten her away with the hoys. Asks an order to transfer some of the men of the Unicorn to the Sapphire. 103
" " Capt. Thos. Wilkes, Swan, Tynemouth Bar. " Will convoy the coal and Hull fleet and two ships with ordnance and ammunition at Lynn to London, receive the 100 barrels of powder at Yarmouth or Harwich, and press all such seamen as can possibly be spared. 104
" " Thomas Greene, Dover. Navy Comrs The Wildman fire-ship of Vice-Adm. Penn's squadron has come in disabled, having been run into; as she has five weeks' provisions on board for 25 men, desires order concerning her. 105
" " " Adm. Com. Sends certificates of Capt. Wm. Partridge commander, and of Thos. Richardson and three other officers of the Wildman, as to her being run into by the Pelican, and desires orders. 106-108
" " Major R. Thomson " Sends certificate from Mr. Cannings in favour of Capt. Houghton, and recommends him for employment. 109
" " Navy Comrs. " Have considered the petition of the officers and mariners of the Prosperous, touching the loss of their clothes when the ship was taken and regained in the late engagement, and think each seaman should be allowed 40s. and the officers proportionably, as the State's free gift. This rule has been observed in cases of a like nature, and if that should be exceeded, it would be a bad precedent, and draw much clamour from others suffering in a like kind. With order in the Admiralty Committee April 30 accordingly. 110, 111
" " " " On the petition of Frances widow of Wm. Savidge, boatswain of the Advice, slain in the late engagement on 18 Feb. last, and the recommendation from the Generals, have allowed her 10l., and think as she is enceinte, and in a sad condition she should have 20l. more. With order 2 May granting it. 112, 113
Apr. 29 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Considered their reference concerning John Axon and others, for wounds received in the Anthony Bonadventure, but it being before 1 Jan., it is not in their power to make any allowance; have referred them to the chest. Such applications are so numerous, that the Navy Office cannot bear it. Desire they may be transferred to the Trinity House, who have not a tithe of their trouble. 114
" " Wm. White, Redriffe. Navy Comrs Did not contract to supply merchant ships with gunpowder when fitted out as men-of-war, but has nevertheless, upon application of Capt. Newman, put 17 barrels on board the Mayflower. With note by the Navy Commissioners to the Ordnance officers for supply, as it was agreed with the merchant ships that all above their ordinary stores should be supplied by the State. With note by the Ordnance officers that they have supplied as they understood the contract, and if there has been any alteration in it, will perform up to it; and reply that all gunners' stores are to be supplied by the State. 115
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Have considered the condition of Elizabeth Tarring, whose husband was slain while boatswain of the Assurance, and allowed her 10l. from the Dutch Prize Office; as she has three children and Capt. Saunders has certified that her husband performed his duties faithfully, recommend her for a further sum of 20l. 116
" " Major N. Bourne [Navy Comrs.] Wants a list of the prices for deals, pitch, tar, masts, iron, &c. sent to him at Deal, that he may be the better able to contract for such commodities. 117
" " A. Stratton, Ipswich " Has conferred with Thos. Shipman for the hire of the Thomas and Elizabeth, of 300 tons as a victualling ship, and if the State will find victuals and wages, and settle as to freight, 70l. or 75l. a month will procure her. 118
" " John Morris, Gravesend. " Received their letter, but as there is a mistake in the superscription, cannot act upon it 119
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com. Will survey the ships in the Hope, and on his way to London. The works on the Unicorn will be finished this week. 120
" " Capt. Robert Wilkinson, Weymouth Pink, Hosley Bay. " Has 30 sail under his convoy, bound for Scotland, Berwick, and Newcastle, and is only staying for Capt. Allen who directed him to sail to Harwich. Encloses two letters for Amsterdam found on board a sloop pretending from Dunkirk, which has unladen 19 or 20 barrels of currants at Harwich, but which he cannot find; there is another lading at Yarmouth which he hopes to surprise on his way. There are many such in these parts, which want looking after. 121
" 30 John Fuller, Clerk of the Check. Muster book of the Richard and Mary of Bristol, from 8 Sept. 1652 to 30 April 1653 122, 123
" " Thos. Raye, Mayor of Salisbury. Rich. Hutchinson Desires payment of a bill of 300l. for disbursements for Dutch prisoners and sick and wounded men sent to Salisbury. 124
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. On the petition of Sarah widow of Robt. Jolles, boatswain of the Foresight, slain in the late engagement, allowed her 10l., but as she has two children and an aged mother, recommend her for a further gratuity of 20l. With order 2 May granting it. 125, 126
Apr. 30 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Ask whether the Wildman, a fire-ship belonging to Vice Adm. Penn's squadron, which has been much damaged by being run into in the Downs, shall be repaired or paid off. 127
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order that the Wildman's men be removed into the Cock at Dover, and that the Generals say what is to be done with the ship. 128
" " " " Order that they take care that the State receives no prejudice in their right to the wood on which an information has been sent. 129
" 31 (sic). Ralph Grundy, Guinea, Sole Bay. " Particulars of musters of the Guinea. Wants stores. His company think it long until they meet with the Holland fleet, and desire either another encounter, or a neighbourlike union with them. 130
April ? John Waterlow and six others. Adm. Com. Recommend John Rivley for a master's place in one of the frigates now building 131
" List of 11 ships with number of men and soldiers in the Hope, and of 10 between there and Woolwich, with the names of the captains. 132
" List of 30 pressed seamen of co. Gloucester ordered to appear at Deptford this month 133
" Col. Thomson Note of allowances to be made to the widows of seven captains named slain while in the service, from 400l. to 1,000l. each. 134
" Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to use their utmost diligence to despatch the ships out of the river 135
" Thos. White Geo. Payler Thanks for his civilities to a stranger, and begs preferment by sea or shore 136