Volume 75: August 23-31, 1654

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1654. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1880.

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August 23-31, 1654

[Aug. 23.] 1. Petition of the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of London to the Protector. Within the last 6 months, part of the roof [on the south side] of Paul's Church fell down, with the lead that covered it. The city is in great want of water, and has to procure a further supply, which will be very chargeable. We beg the lead towards making pipes for its conveyance. With reference, 15 Aug. 1654, to Council. [1 page.]
Aug. 23. Order thereon in Council granting the petition, and authorising them to carry away and dispose of the lead. [I. 75, p. 526.]
Aug. 23. Note of a petition referred 10 Aug. 1654 to the Committee for Petitions, of Capt. Rich. Pechell, for 100l. a year out of the revenue, till he can have the 100l. a year allowed him from delinquents' estates. Order in Council for lands in Ireland, value 120l. a year, to be settled on him. [I. 92, No. 221; I. 75, p. 527.]
Aug. 23. 2. Petition of Edw. Sexby to the Protector. The justice of my cause, and the damage by 10 months' delay compel me to appeal to you. I beg your order for satisfaction, or if, after all my hazards and expense for the public, for which payment has so often been voluntarily promised, I must expect nothing, I beg that it may be declared as your resolve, so that I may be freed from further charge and attendance. [½ page.]
Aug. 23. Order thereon in Council for payment to him of 1,000l. from the excise, in full of all demands. [I. 75, p. 528.]
[Aug. 23.] 3. Petition of Sir David Hasteville to the Protector. You know my services and losses, and have preserved my distressed lady and children from perishing by granting me 10s. a week, which is the only support of 10 of us; but we are now perishing for want of bread, and I have been several times in prison since I came from Worcester siege. I was ordered by Parliament 450l. from Haberdashers' Hall, but only 100l. has been paid, and the 350l. is insufficient to pay my debts. I beg an order for its payment, and a pension. With reference thereon to Council, 31 July 1654. [1¼ pages.] Annexing,
3. i. Order in Parliament for payment to him of 450l., balance of 500l. ordered from Haberdashers' Hall, 9 July 1649. With receipt of 100l., 14 Sept. 1649. [¾ page.]
Aug. 23. Order thereon in Council that the Goldsmiths' Hall treasurers pay him the 10s. a week, with arrears, the late Ordinance notwithstanding. Approved 28 Aug. [I. 75, pp. 529, 537.]
[Aug. 23.] 4. Petition of Roger Lord Broghill to the Protector. In 6 Charles, Frome Selwood Forest, co. Somerset, was disafforested, and divided into three parts, ⅓ to the King, ⅓ to the lords and owners, and ⅓ to the tenants claiming common. In 1641, my father, the late Earl of Cork, bought Marstin Biggot manor of the owner, Sir John Hippesley, and had right to 800 acres in the forest, paying 1,000l. to the King for his ⅓, and the King promised him an Act of Parliament for disafforestation, if required. But the commoners have taken advantage of the late troubles to throw open the enclosures, which 5 years since they were by the Council of State ordered to make good, but I, being on public employment in Ireland, could not take advantage of the order. I beg an order to the sheriff or other officer to assist me in making up the enclosures, and to quiet me in possession of the land. With reference thereon to Council, 19 July 1654, to give him the same order as was given to the owners of other parts of the forest. [1 sheet; see 17 June 1653.]
Aug. 23. Order in Council thereon that a letter be written to John Ashe, John Hippesley, John Carey, and — Buckland, and the rest of the justices of peace for Somerset, to preserve peace in this particular case, and to prevent any spoil of the said estate, calling the officers and soldiers thereabouts to assist. [I. 75,p. 529.]
Aug. 23. 5. Petition of Rowland Pitt, the late King's purveyor for sea fish, to the Protector and Council. Besides 7 years' arrears of wages, 2,800l. is due to me for fish for the household, for which I have paid 1,000l. interest, and my loss of estate and trade are above 5,000l. Also I brought in plate, money, and horses value 100l. in the wars. I had 600l. allotted me in the last Somerset House list, but could get nothing because I could not advance 60l.
By my means Parliament exempted from the Act of Oblivion Sir Jas. Bagg's estate, of which I should have 1/5. I also discovered and got a lease of Milton manor, co. Devon, and 2 other manors which were lying waste, but am opposed by John Masham, to whose brother Thomas, the late King at Oxford granted a lease of it and 2 others for ever, which is void in law, and he persuades the tenants not to pay me rent. I beg a lease of Milton for 31 years, and an order to receive my former rents. [1 page.] Annexing,
5. i. Full report of the case and the several grants and leases of the estate, and recommending the said lease. [1 sheet.]
Aug. 23. Order thereon that he have a year's lease to enable him to buy his title, and that the tenants pay him the rent due on his former lease. Approved 28 Aug. [I, 75, pp. 530, 531.]
Aug. 23. 6. Petition of divers freeholders and others qualified to vote in the election of knights for the isle of Ely to Council. We assembled at Wisbeach on 12 July for the election, resolving to vote for Secretary Thurloe and Lieut.-Col. Fras. Underwood of Whittlesey, knowing their fidelity and piety, but found that Geo. Glapthorne, chief bailiff of the isle, and the person appointed to view and judge of the election, was employing his under-bailiffs in every hundred to obtain votes for himself among those who feared arrest or being returned on juries, though being reputed sheriff of the isle, he is not eligible. To gain his purpose he appointed Wisbeach, where he has most influence, as the place of election, but spread rumours that it would be at Ely, so that many were surprised. Then by refusing some qualified voters and admitting others unqualified, he procured his own return. We beg redress. [Copy, 3½ sheets of signatures in 3 columns.] Annexing,
6. i. Exceptions against Glapthorne's election; his conduct in the election as above related; that he is a prisoner for debt in the Upper Bench, a swearer and tippler, and an ill manager of his own family. Also,
Exceptions to the proceedings of Glapthorne and Edm. Ferrour in the election; the discharging a trusty clerk, and putting in one fit for their purpose; giving no oath and admitting unqualified persons to vote; closing the poll at 9 p.m., when many were waiting to vote for Underwood, but could not come near, because of noisy drunkards making outcries for Glapthorne, by which 120 persons were excluded; counting the votes themselves; and refusing to allow Underwood to inspect the books, &c. [1 sheet.]
6. ii. List of 124 persons of Whittlesey, Littleport, Thorney, Sutton, Chatteris, and Stretham, who were excluded the poll, 12 and 13 July 1654. [22/3 columns.]
Aug. 23. 7. Petition of Geo. Glapthorne to Council. I always adhered to Parliament, and contributed beyond my estate, sending 4 horses, 2 of which I maintained and recruited, and was at much other expense, known to his Highness. Being duly elected for the Isle of Ely, I find a petition against me, with exceptions interwoven with libels, procured by Col. Underwood, who, since these times, has got an estate of 800l. or 1,000l. a year; he combined with Capt. Harrison, who bears me malice for obtaining an order that he should account for vast sums which he received as treasurer on an Ordinance for money lent for reducing Crowland, &c., with which he purchased lands, thereby to defraud 100 persons, some of whom now live by charity, for which he was indicted at the assizes. For this he made it his business to traduce me, telling the people that I was going to join with Col. Rigby to take away their marshes. His malicious practises being frustrated, he defames me with scandalous aspersions. I beg leave to vindicate myself before anything be resolved against me. [1 page.]
Aug. 23. 8. Petition of John Mews and Amos Persons, for other citizens of London, to Council. We acknowledge God's mercies "through the actings of some choice instruments in army and Parliament," and hope their continuance; but some persons are chosen as city members who are incapable by the instrument, and whose actions have shown disaffection, so that we fear by such men, if they sit in Parliament, to be bereft of our present mercies, and disappointed of our future hopes. We beg a hearing of what we have to offer against them. [2/3 page.]
Aug. 23. Council. Day's Proceedings.
3. An Ordinance for settling lands of 600l. a year in Ireland on Col. Robert Hammond and his heirs read, and passed by his Highness and Council.
5. To advise his Highness that Col. Hen. Cromwell be commissioned one of the Council for Ireland.
7. An Ordinance giving further powers to the Treasury Commissioners read, and committed to Jones, Lambert, Mackworth, and Wolsley, to consult with the Treasury Commissioners, and report.
8. Further amendments to the Ordinance for surveying the 4 forests for security of officers' and soldiers' arrears read, and agreed to.
9. Order on report on the petition of Sir Rob. Pye, jun., (see 9 May suprà), that Col. Montague signify to him that as Parliament, of which he is a member, is near at hand, he can apply there, and therefore has made no order. Annexing,
9. i. Report thereon certifying the case, as it appears from his petition and papers. [1 page.]
11. Order on report of the Committee on the case of Dorcas Braine, that Mr. Major distribute between her and her 8 children 100l. from the estate of the late Henry Ransoe, alien.
16. The petition of Thos. Shadwell and John Thompson referred to Sydenham, Jones, Strickland, and Mackworth, to report.
21. Order on Mr. Rous' report—that the moneys due to Rob. Inglis and Alex. Finlaw are, principal and interest, 4,490l. 2s. 6d., of which 1,000l. being paid on a former order, 3,490l. 2s. 6d. is still due,—that the said sum be charged on the Excise. Approved 28 Aug. Annexing,
10. i. Full statement of their debts on contracts with Gualter Frost for supplies for Ireland in 1642–3, with interest thereon to March 1653, 4,490l. 2s. 6d., besides 1,420l. interest, all of which, by letter of attorney, is to be received by Inglis. [22/3 pages.]
10. ii. Copy of the above, with note that the debt is a just debt from Mr. Frost, who was employed by Parliament, and should either be paid by the State, or the order of indemnity that Frost's executors be not sued should be revoked. [3 pages.]
10. iii. Report that on conference with Mr. Inglis he requests 500l. in hand, and the rest charged on a visible treasury, that the security of payment may satisfy his creditors, or he will be ruined. [2/3 page, draft.]
22. The state of the case on Capt. Hen. Peck's petition about ironworks in Dean Forest, presented by Col. Mackworth, read. Annexing,
11. i. Report by Col. Jones, Col. Mackworth, and Sir Ant. Cooper, that one of King Charles' lessees of the iron works in Dean Forest assigned his interest to the petitioner's father, Hen. Peck, for a debt, of which 4,281l. 18s. 4d. remains due. The other lessees surrendered to the King, who granted the estate to Sir John Winter. In October 1645, the ironworks were passed by Parliament to Col. Massey, and on Peck's applying to Parliament, they ordered him payment out of 2/3 of Papists' estates. The matter is of such a nature that it should be considered by the next Parliament. 26 April 1654. [1 page.]
11. ii. Fuller report [by the Commissioners for removing Obstructions], giving particulars of the whole transactions, from 8 July 1636 to 29 March 1654. [2⅓ pages.]
25. Order on the case of René Augier, formerly employed as agent for the Parliament in France, that for his satisfaction in that service, the Prize goods' Commissioners pay him 1,000l., on receipt of which there is to be paid to Eliz. Turgis what he owes her for food and lodging in France. The Treasury Commissioners to see her paid. The former Committee to bring in an Ordinance accordingly.
26. Order on consideration of Sir Wm. Selby's losses in the late wars, and his good service and that of his lady, in keeping and curing sick and wounded soldiers, that 3,000l. be allowed him out of Scotch fines, and that those appointed to receive them pay it. [I. 75, pp. 526–530.]
Aug. 24. 12. Petition of Wm. Jones, minister at Denbigh, to Council. In 1647 I was appointed by the County Sequestration Committee, and was ordered the tithes and profits of the parsonage, being a sinecure, as an augmentation to the vicarage, both being sequestered, and not amounting to 100l. a year. This was confirmed by the Society for Propogation of the Gospel in Wales, and I have enjoyed it 7 years, but now Wm. Carter takes away the tithes, on a pretence of being farmer to Hugh Lloyd, minister of Fordham, co. Cambridge; the parsonage is claimed by virtue of a grant 15 years since from the late Bishop of St. Asaph. The aldermen and justices of peace, instead of assisting me on my request, encourage him, or say they can do nothing because it is not within the corporation. I beg relief. [1 page.]
Aug. 24. Order thereon that Jones have the profits of the parsonage, and that the justices of peace, aldermen, &c. assist him to receive them. Approved 28 Aug. [I. 75, pp. 532, 537.]
Aug. 24. Council. Day's Proceedings.
1. Order on a paper from the Dutch Ambassadors that the Peace of Amsterdam, taken by the Constant Warwick and brought to Plymouth with her lading and company, be forthwith released, and the Prize Goods' Commissioners permit her to proceed.
3, 4. Lisle's report on Allan Apsley's petition, to be admitted to the benefit of the Barnstaple Articles, not to be put to the question, but his petition recommitted to Lisle, Wolsley, Cooper, and Strickland, to report.
5. The petition of Mary Sankey referred to Lisle, Jones, Wolsley, and Mackworth, to report.
6. Order on a petition of the parishioners of Martin's, Ironmonger's Lane, London, and on an order of the Committee for Reformation of the Universities annexed, that the augmentation of 60l. per annum, granted to Dr. John Arrowsmith, late minister of the parish, and continued to Wm. Styles, be continued to John Fuller, present minister, by the Trustees for maintenance of Ministers, with arrears. Approved 28 Aug.
7. The petition of the masters or governors and assistants of the barbers and chirugeons of London referred to Skippon, Rous, and Major, to report.
8. An Ordinance for uniting the rectories of Wimbourne St. Giles and Wimbourne All Saints read, and agreed to.
9. The augmentation of 60l. a year, formerly allowed to Mr. Crofts, lecturer at Carisbrook, Isle of Wight, now removed thence, to be transferred to Cowes, and 20l. more added by the Treasurers for maintenance of Ministers, to make 80l. a year for a minister at West Cowes, where there are many people and no minister. An Ordinance to be prepared. Approved 28 Aug.
10. The Trustees for maintenance of Ministers to add 20l. to the augmentation formerly granted to Mr. Tutchin, minister of Newport, Isle of Wight. Approved 28 Aug.
11. The Ordinance for vesting in the mayor and burgesses of Berwick-on-Tweed lands in the town, for perpetual repair of the bridges, &c., after considering objections and answers thereto, agreed to.
12. An Ordinance touching probate of wills, and granting administrations and legacies, read.
13. Justice Hale to be sent for to bring up the papers prepared by him concerning the probate of wills. [I. 75, pp. 531–533.]
Aug. 24. 13. Order in the Admiralty Committee that Gen. Desborow report to the Protector and Council,—on their reference of the petitions of Geo. Payler, surveyor, and Col. Jno. White, clerk, Jno. Falkener, storekeeper, and Capt. Wm. Billers, clerk of the deliveries of the ordnance, for payment of their arrears of 4,026l. 12s. 9½d., due to the 3 first for 11 years' service, and to the last for 6½ years,—that 2,013l. 6s. 5¾d. should be paid, the debt having long depended; but they, having received encouragement for extra service, are content to accept one half as full payment. [1 page.]
Aug. 24.
14. Order in the Committee of Council for elections, fixing Aug. 30 for proving the contents of a petition by the free burgesses of Bristol, concerning the persons returned to serve in Parliament. Notice to be given to the parties concerned. [2/3 page.] Annexing,
14. i. Col. Adrian Scrope to the Protector. I beg you to consider the condition of the city, which I never saw in a worse posture. The mayor and sheriffs cannot be trusted, and were so insolent in the late election that it discouraged the godly party (which has always appeared with you in the work of the Lord). One of them, who had been in arms for the late King, declared that all such might vote, and thereby a man was chosen who subscribed the late King's treasonable engagement, and gave to the voluntary contributions sent him from this city.
There was in this, as in many places, a clear distinction between the godly party and the enemies of God, who now exceedingly insult, and think to carry all before them, but the Lord will prevent them. The narration already lies before you.
God has given you an opportunity to know men's spirits, so that you may put a check on the enemies, and refresh the bowels of the saints, whose interests you have always accounted your own. The Lord has set you up for such a time as this, and will own you in His work, as He has hitherto done. Bristol, 6 Aug. 1654. [1 page.]
14. ii. Petition of divers free burgesses and inhabitants of Bristol to the Protector. We and other friends to Parliament came to the place, at the time appointed for choosing burgesses, according to the instrument of Government, supposing that the business would be so carried on as to secure the liberties which had cost seas of blood and unspeakable sufferings; but the sheriffs encouraged those who had favoured the late King to vote, promising to bear them out in so doing, and affronted and threatened us, refusing to allow some of us to vote, though duly qualified. They declared that what they did contrary to the instrument was the judgment of counsel, which we cannot believe, whereon the Cavalier party carried things as if there were no Commonwealth or Protector, but as if Charles Stuart were again enthroned in the sovereignty of this nation, so that we protested against the election, and left the hall.
Aug. 24. We resort to you against these men who, in the time of the Parliament, durst not show their teeth, but now seem to prevail and triumph over us. We beg that the election may be annulled, and our nominees chosen, and such other provisions made as may testify the yearnings of your heart towards us. 95 signatures. [Copy, 1 sheet.] Annexing,
14. iii. Detailed account of the election, on 12 July 1654, when Rob. Adworth and Alderman Miles Jackson were chosen, the latter of whom took the King's protestation against Parliament, and joined in levying money to carry on his designs.
The sheriffs, &c. abused the Parliament nominees, Col. John Haggott and Capt. Geo. Bishop, calling them horsestealers, &c.
Particulars of the violent and illegal proceedings of the sheriffs, &c. [1 sheet.]
14. iv. Petition of divers free burgesses, &c. of Bristol to Council. We laid our complaints of the undue election of burgesses 12 July last before the Protector, but understanding from him that these matters lie judicially before you, we tender you our petition and narrative, which we are ready to prove, and beg speedy proceedings suitable to justice, and tender regard to the cause of liberty. [2/3 page.]
14. v. Deposition taken at Bristol Castle before Col. Ad. Scrope, of Denis Hollister of Bristol. Being one of the Sequestration Committee of Bristol in 1645, and hearing that the mayor, aldermen, &c. had been active in levying money for the King and Prince Rupert on the inhabitants, much to the dislike of some of them, I had the book of records produced, and copied some items, and amongst others several relating to Miles Jackson, viz.:
That on 28 July 1643, he paid 20l., when the city made a present to the King.
That he signed the protestation given against bearing arms under the Earl of Essex, or corresponding with and contributing to any opponents of the King.
That on 6 Oct. 1643 he contributed 10l. more.
With other notices of city proceedings relative to the King, 16 and 31 Oct., and 28 Dec. 1643, and 11 Jan., and 3 Feb. 1643–4. 26 Aug. 1654. [5 pages.]
14. vi. Certificate of Geo. Hellier, mayor, that Mat. Wolfe has deposed to taking the names of all those that voted at the late election, which are in the paper enclosed. 26 Aug. 1654. Signed and sealed. [2/3 page.]
14. vii. List of 106 electors of Bristol, some of whom voted for Mr. Haggott. [3 columns.]
14. viii. Certificate of Geo. Hellier, mayor, that Chas. Jones, Thos. Ricroft, Jas. North, and Rob. Massinger did not subscribe the petition against the election of burgesses, which was done without their knowledge. 26 Aug. 1654. [¾ page, city seal.]
14. ix. Certificate in behalf of 9 other persons to like effect. 28 Aug. 1654. [22/3 pages. The names of all these persons except the mayor, Hellier, are annexed to the petition in copy, No. 14, ii.]
Aug. 24. Articles concluded between General Monk, commander-in-chief of the forces in Scotland, on behalf of the Protector, and James Earl of Tullibardine, plenipotentiary by warrant of 21 Aug. of John Earl of Athol.
1. The Earl and his party to come in and deliver up their arms to Col. Wm. Daniel, governor of St. Johnston's.
2. The Earl and his officers to give security for their peaceable deportment, and the soldiers to take an engagement.
3. The officers to keep their horses and swords, giving the same security for their horses as others of the nation, the soldiers to sell them to Col. Daniel or others, and to pass to their homes or beyond seas.
4. The Earl and all his vassals to enjoy their real and personal estates, their conduct in the late war notwithstanding, they bearing their share of the burdens; but no estates disposed of by way of donative from the late Parliament, the Commissioners in Scotland, or his Highness, to be restored.
5. The Earl or any of his party to have power to levy 1,000 foot, and take them beyond seas to any prince or state in amity, and approved by the Protector.
6. Whilst the Earl lives in the island, he is to remain in a place approved by the Protector, on pain of losing his security of 5,000l.
7. The Earl is not to appoint meetings of his tenants or vassals, except with leave from the commander-in-chief, for holding courts baron, conformable to the Ordinance of 12 April last for holding courts baron in Scotland.
8. Those who refused to rise, or have assisted our party, are not to suffer therefor from him or any under him, under pain of the forfeiture of these articles.
9. The Laird of Edinample not to have the benefit of these articles till he has paid 200l. for cattle, &c. taken by him and his party out of the Lowlands.
10. There being ships of war on the coast to transport prisoners of war to the Barbadoes, notice is to be given to the governors of garrisons where prisoners are, to set at liberty those belonging to the Earl of Athol, if not already on shipboard, and all English who are prisoners with his party are to be released.
11. All officers and soldiers who conceal or embezzle their arms, and do not bring them in to Col. Daniel, are to lose the benefit of these articles.
12. The articles to be ratified by the Protector or Parliament, and delivered to the Earl in 2 months. [I. 76, pp. 1–3.]
Aug. 24. 15. Information of Thos. Burt and Hugh Covington, of Harrold, co. Bedford. Mr. Dell, minister of Yeilden, co. Bedford, overtook them as they were going to Bedford, the morning before the election of a knight of the shire, and asked for whom they intended to vote; they said Sir Wm. Butler. He spoke very reproachfully of him, and bade them take care what they did, for the Protector did not wish Butler to be chosen, and had sent down an order about it. Also that if they chose such men, their tithes, taxes, and other grievous burdens would be continued, but if they chose Col. Okey, Mr. Taylor, Cater, Barber, and Crooke, they were good men, and against the paying of tithes and taxes. [1 page.]
Aug. 24. Order by the Commissioners for appeals in Excise, that the Customs' and Excise Commissioners take special care that no merchant or importer of goods enter any goods in the custom house, unless they sign the entry in presence of the excise officers appointed to attend the custom house therefor, and take care that none enter goods in the names of any other than the real importer. [Excise coll., p. 147, Vol. 98, June 1655.]
Aug. 25. 16. Petition of Anne, widow and executrix of Benj. Henshaw, to the Protector. I have 8 children to provide for out of debts due to my husband, the chief of which was owing by the late Earl of Carlisle, which I could not get assured, unless I procured 4,000l. more. This I did by my children's portions and the credit of friends, so that the whole debt is 12,000l. I then had 2,000l. a year assigned out of an annuity of 3,000l. granted to the Earl by the late King out of the old customs, from which I received 4,000l. But in 1641, the Commons took all the customs into their hands for the public use, though the old customs were legally vested in the Crown, and thus I have lost 20,000l. I am reduced with my children to poor condition, though we were never delinquents in the least degree. I beg the debt of 8,000l., with interest since 1641, to be paid out of the said customs, or out of the first discoveries to be made.
With reference thereon to Council, 7 Aug. 1654. [2/3 sheet.] Annexing,
17. i. Opinion by Mat. Hale that the grant to the Earl of Carlisle, and the assignment of the 2,000l. therefrom to Mrs. Henshaw for 6 years, are both good in law. [1 page.]
17. ii. Account by Barth Beale, auditor, of payments made thereon to Mrs. Henshaw from 1638 to 1640–1. Total, 3,959l. 13s. 7 Feb. 1653–4. [1¼ pages.]
Aug. 25. Reference thereon by Council to Major-Gen. Lambert, Col. Jones, Sir A. A. Cooper. Col. Mackworth, and Mr. Strickland, to report. [I. 75, p. 533.]
[Aug. 25.] 18. Petition of Lazarus Seaman, vice-chancellor of Cambridge, to the Protector. The University bought, on 9 May 1650, certain fee farm rents, reprizing in the purchase the amount of the pensions payable from the Exchequer to the University and Professors; but Wm. Moyle, collector of part of the said rents in South Wales, before he heard of this contract, paid in to Receiver-Gen. Falconbridge 49l. 10s., which was due to the University. Begs an order for its repayment. With reference to Council to direct payment, 23 Aug. 1654. [1 sheet.] Annexing,
18. i. Account by Thos. Tadder, deputy auditor, of the said rents in co. Glamorgan, due to Dr. Rich. Love, and the University, but paid into the public revenue. [1¾ pages.]
Aug. 25. Order in Council, on this petition and a certificate of Thos. Tadder,—whereby it appears that a fee farm rent of 33l. a year from the rectories of Llanridian and Penrice, co. Glamorgan, was purchased of the trustees, May 9, 1650, by Dr. Rich. Love, for the University, and that he was to receive the ½ year rents due Sept. 29, 1650, and that notwithstanding, the first year and a half's rent, amounting to 49l. 10s., was paid to Falconbridge—that the 49l. 10s. be repaid. [I. 75, p. 333.]
Aug. 25. Note of a petition referred to the Committee for Petitions, of John Glanvill, minister of St. James', Taunton,—for payment with arrears of 50l. a year, settled by the now dissolved Committee for regulating universities, and a further augmentation, 4 marks a year only being reserved to the minister. "Ordered by the Ordinance." [I. 92, No. 280.]
Aug. 25. Council. Day's Proceedings.
1. An Ordinance to satisfy the arrears of the late Col. Roger Fenwick, by lands in Ireland to be set out to Thos. Baker and Elizabeth his wife, Fenwick's executors, read, and agreed to.
2. The Ordinance touching Mr. Tombes and Cresset to be considered next Tuesday.
4. The petition of James Tooke, one of 2 auditors of the Court of Wards by patent for life, referred to Lambert, Jones, Cooper, Mackworth, and Strickland, to report.
7. The Ordinance for Lindsay Level and the list of Commissioners read, amended, and agreed.
8, 9. Ordinance for abating the excise of alum and copperas, and for imposing excise on English tobacco, read, and agreed to.
11. Order on his Highness' pleasure signified to Council, that 38l. 15s. be paid to Ant. Webster and Wm. Edwards, from Council's contingencies, for 31 fine poleaxes for the gentleman porter and 30 warders of the Tower, at 25s. each,—and that a warrant therefor be issued to Mr. Frost. [I. 75, pp. 531–534.] Annexing,
19. i. Bill for the said poleaxes, receipt of them by Col. John Barkstead, and order for the payment, signed Oliver P., 21 Aug. 1654. [1 page.]
Aug. 25. 20. Orders in the Committee of Council for elections, summoning John Langham and Thos. Adams; also witnesses in the cases of Brecon, Rice Vaughan, the Isle of Ely, and Geo. Glapthorne; and postponing Mr. Warcup's business till Thursday. [2/3 page.]
Aug. 25. 21. Accounts presented to the Mint Committe by Col. John Berkstead, on their order of 3 May, of the money lately coined in the Tower:—
£ s. d.
Silver received from the Samson, Salvador, George, Morning Star, and Angel of Flushing, from 17 June 1653 to 10 May 1654, when coined at 3l. the pound-weight 276,702 16 0
Expense of coinage, 9,223l. 8s. 6d.
Paid on orders given to G. Frost, the Navy treasurer, deputy treasurer of the fleet, Col. Wm. Goffe and Lieut.-Col. White, and the Treasurers-at-war 239,560 0 0
Balance £37,142 16 0
Received back in part of two of the above orders 9,260 0 0
Balance £46,402 16 0
Account of the sheer money of the aforesaid silver, adding 594l. 6s. 4d. gold, taken from the silver ingots. Total 1,573 12 5
Paid for Treasury contingencies, counting rooms, and service from other than the Mint officers 1,122 14 2
Total receipts 287,536 8 5
Total payments 240,682 14 2
Balance in hand £46,853 14 3
Also a parcel of gilt plate and of West India bezar.
List of the persons employed about the silver from the Samson, Salvador, and George, and other services connected with the aforesaid accounts. Account of receipts and payments from 10 May to 15 Aug., leaving the balance in hand 37,225l. 10s. 5d., of which 3,400l. being already charged on the Treasury by an order of Council, the remainder is 3,225l. 10s. 5d. Noted as carefully examined by Wm. Jessop. [7 sheets.]
Aug. 25.
The Andrew, Plymouth.
22. Capt. Rich. Badiley to the Admiralty Committee. In our engagement with the Dutch while I was upon the Paragon in Aug. 1652, my lieutenant, master, master's mates, and some other officers were slain or made unserviceable by their wounds, leaving me much necessitated for officers, whereupon I moved the bearer, John Joakin, to leave the Constant Warwick, and come on board my ship, where he remained until the end of the voyage. I employed him in sundry concernments of trust, and always found him diligent. Capt. Potter commander of the Constant Warwick, has also given a good report of him as master under him, when Beech was surprised by the frigate, and I therefore recommend him for the command of the Prize that was Beech's man-of-war, or else let Capt. Potter be transferred to a better frigate, and he appointed to the Constant Warwick. [1 page.]
Aug. 26.
The Primrose, Ayr.
23. Capt. Jno. Sherwin to the Admiralty Committee. I wish I had received earlier your letter left with General Monk and Capt. Cox, as I would rather have plied on that coast, having served 7 years' apprenticeship in these parts already; but I am to stay in this channel by order of Gen. Monk, and observe Col. Cooper's orders. As I have not above 3 weeks' provisions, I shall be forced into some victualling port. [2/3 page.]
Aug. 28. Council. Day's Proceedings.
1. The information against James Foy, of the parish of Clement Danes, referred to the examination of the Lieutenant of the Tower and Thos. Fauconberg.
2. The petition of the trustees and contractors for sale of the late King, Queen, and Prince's goods, referred to the Committee for accompts.
7. An Ordinance to appoint Commissioners to take the accounts of the profits raised and received on the Act for the better propagation and preaching of the gospel in Wales read, and agreed to. Approved 30 Aug.
8. An Ordinance to admit John Grace, of Ireland, to a composition and exemption from transplantation, read, and agreed to. Approved 30 Aug.
9. His Highness to be advised to put in Lawrence Maidwell as one of the chief clerks in Chancery instead of Philip Smith, and to insert his name before the Ordinance is published. Approved and passed 28 and 29 Aug.
10. An Ordinance to continue the almshouses and almsmen in New Windsor read, and referred to Rous, Jones, Mackworth, and Major.
11. Approval by the Protector of 20 orders, 31 July-28 Aug. [I. 75, pp. 536–537.]
Aug. 28.
Pres. Lawrence to Lord Chief Justice St. John and Lords Commissioners Whitelock and Lisle. The near approach of Parliament, and the weightiness of matters to be considered of before it meets, requiring your advice, it is therefore desired that you repair hither forthwith, and be ready to attend the pleasure of his Highness and Council. [I. 75, p. 535.]
Aug. 28.
Council to John Ash, John Hippesley, John Carey, and John Buckland, and the other justices of peace for co. Somerset. Roger Lord Broghill's petition represented to his Highness that, being legally interested in a part of the late Forest of Frome Selwood, under letters patent from the late King, and a decree of the Excise, he quietly enjoyed it till the beginning of the late troubles; some persons then threw open the enclosures under pretence of common, though for their own interest. The tenants had formerly accepted satisfaction by ⅓ of the said forest, and enjoyed the same for several years.
Some other owners of forests had, on the same disturbance, applied to Council, and received some course to quiet their possession, but Lord Broghill's public employment abroad prevented his being any sharer thereof. We therefore especially recommend it to you to maintain the peace of your county, and see that no harm is done to Lord Broghill's estate, and that his agents are not disturbed in repairing the enclosures that have been broken down.
You are empowered to call to your help the soldiers quartered in your county. [I. 75, pp. 537–538.]
Aug. 29. Ordinance of the Protector and Council, that from 29 Sept. 1654, the Excise Commissioners and officers receive 3d. for every cwt. of alum and copperas, to be made by the maker, the rate [of 6d.] in the Ordinance of 17 March 1654 notwithstanding. With order that it be printed and published. [Excise Coll. p. 148, Vol. 98, June 1655; I. 75, p. 541.]
Aug. 29. Council. Day's Proceedings.
5. An Ordinance for satisfaction of arrears to Col. Venables read, and referred to Lambert, Lisle, Jones, Mackworth, Wolsley, and Cooper, to receive further propositions from Venables, and report.
6. An Ordinance for settling lands in Ireland on Rich. Uriel and Thos. Crosthwaite, for their faithfulness to Parliament, and losses at the siege of Cockermouth Castle, read, and referred to the Committee before named, to which Strickland is added.
7. An Ordinance to pay 1,136l. 11s. 2d. to Lionel Beecher of Barnstaple read, and by vote of Council 200l. for interest inserted, and thus agreed to. Approved 30 Aug.
10. Order that a report from the Committee on a paper mentioning several goods bought for his Highness' use, referred August 8, be agreed with, and warrants issued to Frost to pay the sums mentioned, except for 6 pieces of tapestry of the story of Hero and Leander, rated at 180l., and one Turkey carpet particularly excepted in the report.
11. Order on report from the Committee on Allan Apsley's petition, that his articles made at the surrender of Barnstaple be confirmed, and as valid as those of Exeter, and that an Ordinance be brought in for that purpose.
12. An Ordinance to clear of incumbrances the manors of Halsall and Down, settled on Mary, relict of Gen. Deane, read, and agreed to.
13. Order on certificate from the Trustees at Drury House that 500l. is due to Col. Wm. Webb and John Cade, for stationery delivered there for the State's use, that the Treasurers for estates forfeited for treason satisfy them.
14. An Ordinance for bringing the arrears on wine licences, for satisfying a debt to Sam. Bland and others, read, and referred to Mackworth, Cooper, and Jones, to report.
15. On Mackworth's report from the Committee on Sir Ed. Seabright's petition, Council leaves the petitioner to apply to Parliament.
16. An Ordinance to authorise the Treasurers at Goldsmiths' Hall and Drury House to pay the war treasurers as formerly, referred to the Treasury Commissioners, to report, or propose another Ordinance.
18, 19. An establishment for the pay of the forces intended for special service, amounting to 6,514l. 13s. 4d. a month, beside pay of Commander-in-chief, read, and approved, and to begin 4 Sept.
20, 21. 6l. a day to be allowed to Col. Venables, commander-inchief of the said forces, and 2 months' pay to be advanced to him and them.
22. The Treasury Commissioners to consider on what treasury the said advance may be charged, to be paid with most speed.
23. 24. The Marigold added to Col. Penn's squadron. The Admiralty Commissioners to see her equipped accordingly, with special accommodation for transport of horses and provisions.
24. 25. The Admiralty Commissioners to cause three mortar pieces of the larger size, with shells, &c., also 6 great battering guns with carriages to be put on board Gen. Penn's squadron.
25. Approval by the Protector of 4 Ordinances named.
27. Instructions to Gen. Blake concerning the ship Princess read, and altered.
28. Mr. Secretary to learn from the merchants of the Turkey company the state of affairs between the Commonwealth and Tunis.
29. Council to meet to-morrow at 7 a.m. [I. 75, pp. 538542.]
Aug. 29. Articles between General Monk and David Creighton, laird of Lugton, on behalf of the Earl of Glencairn, who signifies 26 Aug. his approval thereof, with a few qualifications made:—
1. The Earl and his party to repair to Dumbarton and surrender their arms to Lieut.-Col. Cotterell.
2, 6, 7, and 9, are similar to 2, 10, 11, and 12, in the articles granted to the Earl of Athol. [See page 333 suprà.]
4. The Earl, the Lairds of Lugton, Newark, Milton, Legland and Colgrame, Jas. Cuningham of Blaighose, Capt. Colquhoun, of Balewick, — Crawford of Caisburne, Capt. John Starke, and Capt. Wm. Steward of Reidby, to enjoy their estates provided they are not bestowed in donatives. Lord Forester to have the benefit of these articles, paying 1,500l. fine instead of 2,500l., as ordered in the Act of grace.
4. Glencairn and Lugton each to be allowed to raise and transport a regiment of 1,000 foot in 6 months to any Prince or State in amity.
8. Lugton not to forfeit hereby any benefit of the Act of pardon. [I. 76, pp. 5–6.]
Aug. 29. Articles between Gen. Monk and Lieut.-Col. Geo. Heriott, on a power given him of 24 Aug., on behalf of Col. Geo. Maxwell.
1. Maxwell and Heriott to repair to Dumbarton, and give up their arms to Lieut.-Col. Cotterell.
2. They and their officers to give good security for their demeanour, and the soldiers to take an engagement.
3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, are similar to 3, 4, 10, 11, and 12 in the articles to the Earl of Athol. [See page 333 suprà. I. 76a, pp. 10, 11.]
Aug. 29. Levant company to the Consul at Smyrna. Domoingo Vaes de Brito, a stranger, complains that you have seized 20 cloths laden here by him on the Samaritan for Moses Syon in ignorance of any prohibition, he having paid strangers' customs. We have answered that he shall have as much favour as any Englishman not free of the society.
We approve your diligence in preventing the trade of interlopers, but wish this case accommodated as fairly as may be without raising a precedent. [Levant papers, vol. 4, p. 225.]
Aug. 30.
Levant company to Major Rich. Salway. The Protector having signified on 14 Aug. his consent for you to go Ambassador to Constantinople, we give you notice, and signify our own consent, and request you to repair to London as soon as you can, that this business so long in suspense may progress. We desire its hastening the sooner from the disadvantages of the present contest at Constantinople. [Levant papers, vol. 4, p. 226.]
Aug. 30. 26. Deposition of Joshua Fugill. Has known Abraham Granger, alias Ralph Robinson, alias Watts, Gurdian, Bromsdon, &c., since Christmas last, when he came and propounded a way of getting money, and gave him a warrant, signed by the Navy Commissioners, for payment of 8l. or 10l. to Millicent Winchley, which was to be received at the Prize office; but before that, he said he must get it signed by the Admiralty Committee, because there was an obstruction then put upon the Treasury there.
Having this warrant so signed, Granger counterfeited 8 or 10 more, and put the signatures of the Navy and Admiralty Commissioners thereto, upon which deponent received, at several times, 300l., and all the said money was divided between him and Granger, except 2s. in the pound paid to some one whose name Granger concealed, being a person concerned in transacting this business. Granger also said that the Treasury of the Prize office had been touched 230l. thick, at one time, upon a pretended warrant from the Commissioners in Little Britain, but no more could be had that way, as those Commissioners had written to the Prize office that none should receive any money upon their warrants but what was from time to time signified by their letter. Was with Granger last week at one Tompkins', the sign of the Spread Eagle, near Fleet Bridge. Granger lies at Mr. Gifford's House, near the Feathers' Tavern, Greenwich, by the name of Watts. Was never at the office in Little Britain, and does not know any of the clerks there or at the Navy Office, [1 page.]
Aug. 30. 27. Notes of the further examination of Joshua Fugill. Lives at the Whitehorse, a victualling house in King Street. Has been in London 5 years, but has been to sea and to Holland, and 2 years since lived with Wildman, a tinman in Leadenhall Street; 2 years since was committed to the Gatehouse by the Council of State, on a charge of selling counterfeit debentures, but was discharged on bail upon his ingenuous confession, Mr. Blacklock, bookseller at Temple Bar, and Mr. Lloyd, another bookseller, being security for him.
Is a solicitor, but was apprenticed to Mr. Burton, a merchant in Hull. Never received money for tickets of soldiers; had several sums at the Prize office for other men, but some tickets given him by Ralph Robinson were lately stopped on suspicion. Saw Robinson a month since, and acquainting him with the stop, he bade him not trouble himself any further, as he would appear there himself; has seen him at Whitehall.
Since coming from Portsmouth, has lain at Col. Farringdon's in Bow Street, whose business he now follows. Has paid Robinson 300l. received at the Prize office, and had 25l. of him for transacting the business, and 10s. to buy a pair of gloves. Received the warrants produced of Ralph Robinson of Leeds. Has received 40l. at one time, 25l. at another, and several other sums, which he paid to Robinson, according to a power shown by Robinson, who gave deponent the warrants ready signed. One payment of 100l. was made at the Mitre in Bishopsgate Street, for the use of several persons unknown, but has receipts for all; another payment of 100l. was made at the Turk's Head in Moorfields, and another of 20l. at a scrivener's near the Exchange. Never knew Robinson's lodgings, but he always found deponent. The warrants were signed by the Navy and Admiralty Commissioners, and brought to deponent with the letters of attorney. Knew Hen. Bateson, a loose fellow, given to gaming, living in Horne Alley, Shoe Lane, but never had any dealings with him. Never raised any money from the Prize office without giving a receipt in his own hand. With notes of cross examination. [1½ pages.] Annexing,
27. i. Receipt by Ralph Robinson, merchant, Leeds, from Joshua Fugill, of 20l. balance of 348l. allowed to poor widows of seamen slain in the engagements with the Dutch, he having had liberty to deduct 10 per cent. for his charges; and promise of indemnity to him from all further trouble therein. 26 July 1654. [2/3 sheet.]
27. ii. Account by Joshua Fugill of moneys received by him on account of 13 widows named, May-July 1654, total 385l., also 230l. received in part for Capt. Jos. Wyard. [¾ page.]
Aug. 30. Ordinance for sale of 4 forests, viz., Needwood and Kingswood chases, and Ashdown and Sherwood forests, reserved for collateral security to the officers and soldiers whose arrears are unsatisfied, and who were in service 24 Dec. 1647, vesting them in the hands of Thos. Cook of Pedmarsh, Essex, and 9 others, for the same purposes as in the late Act for sale of the crown lands.
These trustees, with Sir Wm. Roberts, and the survivors of those named in the late Act, are to contract for sale of these forests, with the like commission and instructions as in the Ordinance for sale of the crown forests, having the lands first surveyed. One third of Enfield chase to be sold at once for ready money, not under 10 years' purchase. From the proceeds are to be paid the arrears of Col. Edward Montagu, the late Col. John Pickering, Edw Dendy, Col. Rich. Fortescue, Maj. Ant. Markham, Thos. Smallwood, chaplain to Lord Fairfax, Majors Wm. Boteler and Fras. Bradbury, Lieut.-Col. Benj. Norton, and Capts. Wm. Harrison and Thos. Talbot. All contracts made on the late Act for sale of forest lands confirmed to the purchasers, but all purchases under the first Act, not cleared and allowed within 40 days after the survey is returned, or within 4 months from the passing of this Ordinance as to lands already surveyed, and 6 months as to those yet unsurveyed, shall be made void, and the contractors debarred from renewing their claims. [14 pp. printed. Coll. of Acts, Vol. 2, No. 92, Rec. Office library, 498 F.]
Aug. 30. Note of the passing of this Ordinance in Council, his Highness approving it, with addition of some persons for their arrears, and omission of a clause about Pengelley manor. [I. 75, p. 542.]
[Aug. 30.] 28. Petition of the inhabitants of New Brentford, Middlesex, to the Protector and Council. On our petition to you, being at Syon House, you moved Parliament to continue the augmentation of 60l. a year granted by Parliament to our minister, Mr. Goddin, who has taken pains amongst us 2 years, but only received 30l. from the Trustees for ministers. His receipts from Hanwell are only 14l., as they reserve 120l. to themselves, on pretence that theirs is the mother church, though they have only 20 families, and ours is "a market town, and a place of very great concourse of people." We beg an order for the augmentation with arrears, and for Hanwell to make a more proportionate allowance to our minister. 18 signatures. [1 page.]
Aug. 30. Order on report from the Committe of Council on this petition— that by an order of Parliament 60l. a year augmentation was allowed Rob. Goddin, minister there, from the remainder of rents on Ashwell rectory, co. Herts., which rent was payable in corn,—that instead of the corn there be paid him 60l. a year in money by the Trustees for Maintenance of Ministers. Approved 2 Sept. [I. 75, pp. 343, 565.]
Aug. 30. Council. Day's Proceedings.
1. Approval by the Protector and passing of 9 Ordinances.
10. Ordinances to confirm the articles of Barnstaple read, and agreed to. Approved 2 Sept.
11. Also an Ordinance for the better preaching of the Gospel at West Cowes, Isle of Wight. Approved 2 Sept.
12. Also an Ordinance for appointment of Commissioners for preservation of customs and excise for 6 months. Approved 2 Sept.
13. Wm. Thomas, keeper of the late standing wardrobe at Windsor, to deliver to Clement Kinnersley all hangings and other wardrobe stuff contained in his book of charge, and not yet delivered to the contractors for sale of the late King's goods, to furnish the Speaker's room adjoining the Parliament House.
14. The goods contained in a note delivered by Kinnersley, needed to furnish the Parliament House and rooms adjoining, value 118l. 17s., to be provided by him.
16. An Ordinance for enabling soldiers to use trades read, and committed to Lambert, Mackworth, Sydenham, Wolsley, and Cooper, to report. Approved 2 Sept.
17. Order on report from the Treasury Commissioners on the petition of John Wood, [see 1 June 1654] that Sir Hen. Vane, sen., account for the profits of the ⅓ part of the subpæna office in Chancery, late belonging to Rich. Braham, delinquent, and pay in the moneys which appear to remain in his hands.
18. His Highness to be requested to allow the discoverer thereof a fit portion for his pains and charges.
19. The ⅓ part of the subpœna office which is forfeited to be disposed to the best use of the State.
20. To allow Sir Wm. Roberts, John Stone, Gervais Bennet, Adam Baynes, and John Bocket a salary for their service as Commissioners for Appeals and regulating the Excise, at 300l. a year each, to begin from March 25, 1654. Also the same to the executors of Henry Elsing to the use of his children, to be paid by the Excise Commissioners.
21. To allow Col. Rous, Mr. Manby, Mr. Lucy, and Mr. Hildsley 300l. each for the year now past, as judges for probate of wills.
22, 23. The Treasury Commissioners to confer with the Admiralty Committee and Army Committee, about settling an establishment for the forces mentioned in the 27th article of the Government, according to the purport of this day's debate, and to bring in an Ordinance; and also about the next winter's guard. [I. 75, pp. 542–544.]
Aug. 31. 29. Petition of Col. John Jones to the Protector and Council. By Ordinance of Parliament of 16 June 1648, the remainder of the 150,000l. charged 28 May 1647 on the Excise was to be paid by warrants of the Army Committee. On 20 June 1648 they ordered me 590l. with interest at 8 per cent., but my absence from England on the public service has prevented my demanding it. The present Commissioners of Excise, on my demand, say that by your order of 4 May last, they can issue no money on former Ordinances without your direction. Being reduced to straits, I beg an order for payment. [1 page.]
Aug. 31. Order for the payment of the 590l. forthwith from the Excise. Approved 2 Sept. [I. 95, pp. 545–559.]
Aug. 31. 30. Petition of the merchants of the Intercourse to Council. Notwithstanding your order of 28 Feb. 1653–4, and the order of the assessment Committee of London grounded thereon, to forbear quartering of soldiers upon us for non-payment of monthly assessments, now in debate before you, Major Fras. Allen has quartered 26 soldiers of Col. Ingoldsby's regiment in our houses, and threatens to double them daily till we pay. As our burdens are grievous, we will produce in writing reasons why we should not pay the assessments. We beg an order for the soldiers to be speedily taken off. [1 page.] Annexing,
30. i. Order in the Committee for assessments, that no further assessments be collected on the merchants of the Intercourse, nor they molested, till the Committee of Council to whom the matter is referred report, and till further orders from Council. 1 March 1653–4. [½ page.]
Aug. 31. Order thereon that Major-Gen. Lambert direct Major Allen to remove the soldiers, and not to quarter any more in respect of assessments, till further order, [I. 75, p. 546.]
Aug. 31. 31. Petition of Ant. Nicoll to the Protector. I acknowledge God's goodness in disposing the government to you, whose great design is to carry on the interest of Jesus Christ, and to administer justice and mercy. I have had many losses in the cause. My father died in the service, at the siege of Plymouth, and the enemy took his estate, value 3,000l.; he had before suffered from the tyranny of the late King, in opposing loans, ship and knight money, and other illegal taxes, and left 7,000l. debt, and 12 children, all in my charge.
I had the honour to be employed by Parliament in many dangerous and expensive journeys, and received no satisfaction. I beg a certain sum, and will find out a way of payment that shall not prejudice you. [1 page.] Annexing,
31. i. 17 Particulars of journeys and other services undertaken by petitioner for Parliament, for which he only received 90l. [1 page.]
Aug. 31. Order thereon in Council that 200l. be allowed him, to be paid as proposed by him. Approved 2 Sept. [I. 75, pp. 547, 565.]
Aug. 31. 32. Petition of the mayor, comburgesses and burgesses of Pontefract to the Protector. The corporation having suffered deeply cannot re-edify the town hall, as appears by their annexed petition to the justices of peace, who recommend their case; beg relief. With reference thereon to Major-Gen. Lambert, 28 June 1654. [¾ page.] Annexing,
32. i. Petition of the same to the justices of peace for the West Riding of co. York. During the late war, the castle was ruined by several long sieges, and on 27 March 1649. Parliament ordered the Committee of the West Riding to have it demolished, and from the sale of materials, to pay 1,000l. to the borough, to repair a place of worship, and rebuild a minister's house. The late mayor and aldermen discharged their duty, and by their accounts it seems that 120l. 9s. 9d. is still due for lead and timber sold. This town being convenient, has been the place for holding the sessions for the riding, but the court house, being within shot of the castle is ruined. Beg that this surplus sum may be granted for its restoration. With certificate of the justices recommending the grant, as the house is much wanted, and petitioners cannot provide it themselves. Signed by John Cowper, mayor, T. Fairfax, Dar. Wentworth, and 4 others. 8 April 1651. [1 sheet.]
32. ii. Report of Lambert in favour of the petition, and order thereon to Council to prepare an Ordinance accordingly, 19 July 1654. [2/3 page, endorsed on the former petition.]
Aug. 31. Order thereon in Council that Sir Edw. Rhodes, Sam. Childe, and others who owe the said 120l. 9s. pay it in to the corporation, to be employed in re-edifying the common hall. Approved 2 Sept. [I. 75, pp. 548, 565.]
[Aug. 31.] 33. Petition of the Dean and Chapter of Christ church, Oxford, to the Protector. Their rectory of Great Torrington, co. Devon, was sequestered in 1646, for the delinquency of Rich. Smith, their tenant. During the sequestration 302l. 19s. 2d. rent was received by the County Committee, and paid to the Commissioners at Haberdashers' Hall, by loss whereof the College is much damnified. Beg an order for examination and payment. Signed by Dr. John Owen, dean, and 6 others. With order thereon that Council direct the Goldsmiths' Hall treasurers to repay the money. 10 Aug. 1654. [1 sheet.]
Aug. 31. Order thereon in Council that the Haberdashers' Hall Committee call the county Committee to account for the profits of the rectory received during sequestration. If they have been paid into the Exchequer, they are to be repaid, and if in the hands of the County Committee to be paid to the petitioners, who, in default, are left to their remedy at law. Approved 2 Sept. [I. 78, pp. 550, 565.]
[Aug. 31.] 34. Petition of Sam. Avery, governor, and the Merchant adventurers to the Protector. We set forth on 20 April last how this nation first obtained the clothmaking trade, how long it flourished, and the times and causes of its decline, having been a fellowship from 1296, but declining since 1614 for want of countenance, and we begged to be considered in the treaty with the States general. Peace being now re-established, the magistrates of Rotterdam have invited the company back, provided it retains its fellowship.
We beg the establishment of our company, and the usual letters to the States general and provincial, granted on any settlement of residence in those parts, recommending our re-establishment in what town we choose. [1 page.]
[Aug. 31.] 35. [Thos. Skynner to Secretary Thurloe?] I find in our registers when the Merchant adventurers' company removed from Middleburg to Delft in 1620, and thence to Rotterdam in 1634, this letter, which was written in French to the States General and States Provincial. But now the company only want one to the States General and one to the States of Holland, where they mean to settle. I have made a few needful changes, as now we return to a residence, whereas before we only removed. Please to prepare us two letters accordingly, and let the company have the conveyance of them, and let them not be sent till their commissioners are ready, which will be as soon as they know his Highness' pleasure. [1 page.] Annexing,
35. i. Form of the letters sent by former kings to the States General and Provincial of Holland, requesting favour to the merchant adventurers, according to the placard of commerce of 1599. [1 page.]
Aug. 31. 36. Thos. Skynner to [Sec. Thurloe]. I enclose a translation of a letter of which we want 2 copies, one for Rotterdam and one for Dort, with this alteration, that Rotterdam invites to a return of residence, Dort to a fresh residence there. Also let not these letters be dispatched till our commissioners are ready, and then be put into their hands. [2/3 page.] Annexing,
36. i. Form of the letter from the late kings to the towns of Holland, in behalf of the merchant adventurers. [2/3 page.]
Aug. 31. 37. Exceptions laid before the Protector against Sir John Price elected member for co. Montgomery:—
1. He was an M.P. in 1642, but deserted, and sat in the junto at Oxford.
2. He came not in till after the memorable battle at York, and when Montgomery Castle was taken, and he would have else been sequestered, as his whole estate lay there.
3. By his plausible pretences, Sir Thos. Middleton, then MajorGeneral of North Wales, made him governor of the castle, which he endeavoured to betray to the enemy. Being excluded Parliament, and his estate ordered to be sold, he then betook himself to the army. Query, whether he should be considered a man of integrity, and fit to be an M.P. [1 page.]
Aug. 31. Council. Day's Proceedings.
4. The Ordinance to authorise soldiers to set up trades read, amended, and agreed to.
5, 6. An Ordinance for regulating the Universities not to be committed, and Fiennes, Wolsley, Lambert, and Rous to attend his Highness with the reasons why Council did not proceed in it.
7. An Ordinance to manage augmentations read, but not committed.
10. An Ordinance concerning ministers ejected for delinquency read, and agreed to.
11, 12. Jones reports from the Mint Committee the account of Col. John Barkstead, Lieutenant of the Tower, for moneys brought into the Mint out of the Samson, Salvador, George, Morning Star, and Angel Michael, and coined in the Tower from 17 June 1653 to 10 May 1654.
£ s. d.
His receipts, with 9,860l. from the Prize Office, and moneys repaid, have been 288,136 8 5
His disbursements amount to 250,910 18 0
Balance 37,225 10 5
Of this he has to pay to the Admiralty Commissioners 34,000 0 0
Balance still in hand 3,225 10 5
Of this 300l. is allowed to himself and 540l. to others concerned about the money, as a reward for service, and he is to pay G. Frost for the Council's contingencies the balance, viz., 2,385l. 10s. 5d.
13, 27. An order for his discharge of the said money approved, stating the silver received from the ships at 92,234lbs. 3ozs. 4dwts. 1gr. valued at 3l. per lb., and the gold at 14lbs. 9oz. 3dwts. 18grs., at at 40l. 5s. the lb. Approved 2 Sept.
18. Mr. Embree to take special care that the Mews be cleared for his Highness' family.
20. Order on report from Nath. Waterhouse, his Highness' steward, and Mr. Embree, according to Council's order of 8 June 1654, concerning persons claiming privileges at Hampton Court under letters patent:—
i. That Wm. Smithsby, who claims the keeping of the privy lodgings and standing wardrobe by patent of 4 Car., which was disallowed by the Committee for removing Obstructions, remove himself, family, and goods from Hampton Court within a month.
ii. Like order for Thos. Smithsby, who claims to be under-keeper of the house and gardens, by a grant from the Marquis of Hamilton of 16 Car.; also by patent of April 21, 17 Car., after the King's leaving Parliament, disallowed as above.
iii. That Jones, Strickland, Pickering, and Cooper consider the 2 last clauses of Mr. Waterhouse and Mr. Embree's report on Chas. Hoggan and John Webb's claims, and report.
21. Order on petition of Wm. Clerk and John Godolphin, Doctors of Law and Admiralty Judges, that the Customs' Commissioners satisfy them and Chas. Geo. Cock the moneys due to them according to the Council's warrant of 10 May 1654 to the said Commissioners, for their salary of 50l. a year each, and continue to pay it as it falls due. Approved 2 Sept.
23. An Ordinance to pay Col. Sexby 1,000l. from the Excise read and agreed to. Approved 2 Sept.
24. Also an Ordinance for 1,000l. to M. Augier and Mr. Turgis from the Prize Office. Approved 2 Sept.
25. Order on certificate from Matth. Alured of 1 Aug. 1654,—that Maj.-Gen. Deane promised the borough of Ayr in Scotland 1,000 marks stirling towards building a church, as their former one was used for the public, and ordered him to pay 200l. when the foundation was laid 1 foot above ground, 200l. more when it was half built, and the rest when finished,—that the Leith Commissioners pay the balance of the 1,000 marks. Approved 2 Sept.
29. Col. Jones reports his Highness' pleasure that the following names be inserted in the bill passed yesterday for taking account of the moneys received on the Act for better propagation of the Gospel in Wales; viz.: John Corbett, chief justice of cos. Glamorgan, Brecknock, and Radnor, John Haggett, and Bennet Hoskins, chief justices of cos. Carmarthen, Pembroke, and Cardigan, and that Evan Lewis' name be omitted. The Ordinance amended accordingly.
30. James Forbes to be settled one of the lecturers in Gloucester, with the augmentation of 80l. appointed to Mr. Kenrick, preacher at St. Mary Crisp, lately disabled by the Commissioners for public preachers, to begin from 25 June last or from the time of Kenrick's disallowance. The Trustees for maintenance of ministers to see to it. [I. 75, pp. 544–550.]
Aug. 31. 38. Petition of Rob. Swanley, late commander of the Henry Bonadventure, to the Admiralty Committee. Being at Naples, laden with merchants' goods, Capt. Cox arrived with the Phænix, having many prisoners, and being fearful lest they might rise, I took 54 and victualled them 11 days. I also spared him 357 lbs. of powder, and took in 2 of his maimed men, who were cured in my ship, at a total cost of 41l. 17s. 4d. I beg payment. [1 page.] Annexing,
38. i. Certificate of the above by Capt. Owen Cox, 20 July, and note from the Navy Commissioners, 26 July 1654. [1 page.]
38. ii. Recommendation of Swanley by the Commissioners for sick and wounded, 31 Aug. 1654. [1 page, damaged.]
Aug. 31.
Levant Company to the consul at Smyrna. We have deeply resented your long want of a minister, but have been prevented supplying it. We have at last elected Rob. Winchester, and doubt not but you and the factory will find much content in his ministry. [Levant Papers, Vol. 4, p. 228.]
Aug. ? 39. Petition of Anne, widow of Rowland Fawkard, to the Protector, for relief for herself and 3 children, her husband having lost his life in the service, as truly as those who actually died upon it. He was made messenger at the first sitting of the Derby House Committee, and so continued till his death last March; he undertook hazardous journeys in both the civil wars, in the war with Scotland, and with the Dutch, and often went beyond his strength. Having broken a vein whilst on a journey to Scotland, he lost much blood for 6 weeks, and could never be cured; he grew worse last winter, from being sent to the fleet, then near the coast of Holland, with a dispatch, and was there in a great storm in which his fellow, Mr. Potter, was drowned; he died after a most tedious sickness, which took the little he had, and she was left in much debt. He petitioned the late Council of State, but Parliament was dissolved before anything was done. [1 sheet.] Annexing,
39. i. Petition of Rowland Fawkard, messenger to the Council of State, to the Council of State. I was sent after the train of artillery to Worcester, and ordered to press horses, carts, &c. for its speedy drawing, for faithful performance, whereof I had to ride up and down night and day; I attended after the train joined Lieut.-Gen. Fleetwood at Upton, and took the whole care of providing horses, until it was lodged in Windsor Castle, expending more than the riding rate allowed.
I have often exposed my life by riding through the enemy's quarters, on orders from the Derby House Committee and this Council. In the first war, whilst riding northward, I was so closely pursued by a party of the Newark horse that I had to throw myself into the Humber, and got into a fisher boat, to save public letters of great consequence, and my own life. When riding post to Scotland, my horse fell on a dark night, and I broke a vein, and have spit blood ever since, so that my strength is wasted, and the small fruit of my labours expended. With reference thereon to Thurloe and Frost, to certify what should be done. [1 sheet.]
39. ii. Certificate by Dr. John Castle to the truth of Mrs. Fawkard's statement that Fawkard's death was caused by his two journeys to Scotland and the fleet. 6 July 1654. [2/3 page.]
Aug. ? 40. Report thereon by the Earl of Mulgrave, and Water Strickland, that as she has only 16l. a year, and 100l. in money, she should have a grant of 150l., Mr. Potter having had 250l. [1 page, draft.]
Aug. ? 41. Request that as his Highness has passed a lease to Charles and Geo. Hewett of the bishopric of Old Laughlin, he would give an order to the Commissioners for letting the tithes that they may have the refusal of them, at the appointed rates. [⅓ page.]
Aug. ? 42. Report in detail by the Ordnance officers, on an order of 28 July last, of all the arms received by Roger Carlisle, Wm. Gardner, Oliver Williams, and Alric Shambrooke from garrisons specified, bringing them all in debtors to his Highness for weapons still in hand, viz., Carlisle in 61l. 9s., Gardner 65l., to be defalcated from their debentures. The other 2 to make good the arms withheld. [1 sheet, damaged.]
Aug. ? 43. Prize goods' officers, Hum. Blake, Rich. Blackwall, John Sparrow, Rich. Hill, commissioners, and Clement Oxenbridge, comptroller, to the Admiralty Committee.
1. The Sampson, Salvador, and George, which had the great quantity of silver on board, are riding in the Thames, much decayed by lying 2 years, and at great charge, if not disposed of.
2. The late Council of State having forbidden the sale of guns with the ships, there are several in the outports undisposed of; beg directions.
3. Want an order, for more speedy raising money, for buyers to fetch and pay for their goods in 10 or 15 days, or else that they may be sold again, and the buyer be charged with any loss. [1 page.]
Aug. 44. Journal of the Marigold in her voyage from Deptford, whence she went, 18 Feb. 1653–4, as convoy to the Iceland fishery, to 19 Aug. 1654: e.g. June 8, went into Derifar Harbour for water. The country people were afraid of us at first and durst not come on board, being warned by their justices. They much enquired whether the Protector or Lord Fairfax is in greater authority, and particularly whether Charles Stuart is in Denmark. They said there were 2 Holland ships about the land that had been dealing with the country people before the arrival of the ship that usually comes every year to receive custom for the King of Denmark, but no such ship had yet come, as it was foul weather, and all the land covered with snow, so that those of our men who had been there 20 times before had never seen the like at that time of the year. They fear war between Denmark and England, esteem our nation, and mightily rejoiced when told of the peace between England the Dutch, and Denmark.
While in Lowsie Bay on 11 July, Paul Johnson, justice of the peace of the country, and a great traveller in Denmark and Holland, came on board, and said if the wars had continued, they would have desired to be protected by the English rather than the Danes, as they found more friendship from the former, and that the English nation was the gloriousest in the world, as they had conquered the Dutch, who thought themselves to be the conquerors of all the world, and that those in Iceland were fearful that a power would have been sent from England to plunder the country, but he thanked God for a peace. [Book of 18 written and 10 blank pages.]
[Aug.] 45. Order in the Admiralty Court, made on the petition of Mr. Chaworth and other merchants of London, who claim certain wools taken in the Augustine prize, that the Commissioners for Prize Goods are to defer putting in suit the bonds in which, on 18 Feb. 1653–4, they became bound to prove their cause within 6 months, now expired, they having put in their claim, and had Commissioners appointed for the examination of witnesses. [2 pages.]
[Aug.] 46–63. Weekly accounts by the Ordnance officers of the gunpowder and shot remaining in the stores, with accounts of receipts and issues. [18 papers.]