Volume 76: September 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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September 1654

Sept. 1. 1. Petition of Thomasine, widow and administratrix of Capt. Wm. Bennett, to the Protector, for increase, or at least continuance of the 22s. a week granted her by Parliament on Goldsmiths' Hall. Her husband was the chief instrument in checking the King's army at Brentford fight, and lost his life at the end of it, leaving her with 8 children. On the late change of Treasurers at Goldsmiths' Hall, payment was refused without order from the Council of State, who granted it for 3 months, now expired. Begs arrears since her last payment, 12 Nov. last. With reference thereon to Council, to continue the former pension with arrears, 10 Aug. 1654. [1 sheet.]
Sept. 1. Order in Council thereon for continuance of payment with arrears by the Goldsmiths' Hall treasurers, the late Ordinance for bringing the revenues of this commonwealth into one treasury notwithstanding. [I. 75, p. 551.]
Sept. 1. 2. Petition of Maurice and Rob. Thompson and Wm. Pennoyer to the Protector, for lands in cos. Caterlough and Kildare in Ireland, at the same rates as granted to the adventurers and soldiers, for payment of 4,555l. 6s. 8d. furnished in money and goods for relief of the distressed protestants in Ireland. With reference thereon to Council. [⅓ page.]
Sept. 1. 3. Petition of Wm. Penn, General at sea, to the Protector and Council. Having married Margaret, relict of Nicatius Vanderschurin of co. Clare, Ireland, I have sustained great loss by the late horrid rebellion. She had to fly, making over most of her estate in trust to Thurlough Oge Mac Mahon of Clenaught, co. Clare, who got thereby a large estate to himself, paying her nothing, but becoming a rebel and flying into Spain, his estate is confiscated. Her other estate she left a prey to the rebels, and her debts in Limerick are not recoverable, the debtors having forfeited all for rebellion. I sent an agent over to recover these losses, in all 8,636l. 19s. 6d., but he did not get in enough to defray his expenses, so I can have no relief but by your favour. [1 page.] Annexing,
3. i. Particulars of the said estate, and the losses therefrom, 7,436l. 19s. 6d., beside 1,200l. for things not thought of. [1 page.]
Sept. 1. Order thereon granting him lands in Ireland value 300l. out of those still undisposed of, the Lord Deputy and Council to set them forth. Passed and approved 2 Sept. [I. 75, pp. 551, 563 (2).]
Sept. 1. 4. Petition of Edward Earl of Worcester to Council, that his allowance of 3l. a week may be charged on some place or person of certainty. It was charged on Goldsmiths' Hall, but he has received nothing since the week before Midsummer. [2/3 page.]
Sept. 1. Order thereon for its payment by the Goldsmiths' Hall treasurers, with arrears. [I. 75, p. 551.]
Sept. 1. Note of a petition, referred 17 May 1654 to the Committee for Petitions, of Capt. Wm. White, of Great Torrington, co. Devon, for payment of 2,412l. 11s. 3d. arrears and disbursements in the service. Order in Council that the Goldsmiths' Hall treasurers pay him 50l. in part of arrears, the Ordinance for bringing the revenues into one treasury notwithstanding. Approved 2 Sept. [I. 92, No. 72; I. 75, pp. 552, 565.]
Sept. 1. 5. Petition of Major Edm. Rolfe to the Protector. The Army Committee on stating my account make me a debtor of 817l. 11s. 1½d. I have 393l. 3s. 3d. due to me for service, and I crave 54l. 10s. allowance as Commissioner [at Carisbrook Castle], at 5s. a day for 218 days, in the interval between Cols. Hammond and Sydenham. Also 700l. is due to me on public faith. I am so reduced for my affection to the public, in relation to the late King, by my dismissal from employment, and by sickness from wounds, that it would ruin me and my relations to pay the money. I beg you to defalk ½ of it from the sums due to me, and to respite payment of the remainder till I am paid. [1 page.] Annexing.
5. i. Statement by the Army Committee of his account, and warrant to pay him the 817l. 11s. 1½d. 16 Aug. 1654. [1 page.]
Sept. 1. Reference thereon in Council to the Army Committee, to see whether a greater sum is due to him, and if so, to respite the debt, or a proportion thereof. Approved 2 Sept. [I. 75, pp. 553, 565.]
Sept. 1. 6. Petition of Richard Uriel, and Thos. Crosthwaite, late merchants of Cockermouth, Cumberland, to the Protector. In 1648, by order of Major-Gen. Lambert, we assisted the late Major Wm. Bird to defend Cockermouth Castle, on a 3 months' siege by Sir Wm. Huddleston, who totally plundered our estates, value 1,965l., by which we have been disabled to maintain ourselves. When the castle was relieved by you, on your march from Scotland to Carlisle, we told you our losses, and you acknowledged our fidelity, and ordered us to appeal to you in London, when something should be done for our relief. This we did, but after our long journey, we found you gone to Ireland. We have since been often solicited by persons of quality, and in June 1652, were promised speedy relief, but have obtained none, to the total ruin of our families, and our creditors daily threaten to imprison us. We beg speedy relief, according to your former gracious promises. [1 page.] Annexing,
6. i. Certificate by John Lamplough and 11 other inhabitants of Cockermouth, that Wm. Uriel, and Capt. Richard Uriel, his son, lost, in houses pulled down, corn and cattle, shop goods, and money, 1000l. by Huddleston's forces, and that the captain was active in the service. 12 signatures. 23 Nov. 1648. [¾ page.]
6. ii. Like certificate, that Thos. Crosthwaite, mercer, lost 965l. 23 Nov. 1648. [¾ page.]
6. iii., iv. Like certificates by Sir Wilfrid Lawson and 4 others of the standing committee of the county for both cases, addressed to the 2 Houses of Parliament. 1 Dec. 1648. [2 copies, ¾ page each.]
Sept. 1. Order on Mr. Strickland's report of the Ordinance for Uriell and Crosthwaite, that it be agreed to, and recommended to his Highness as Council's advice. Approved 2 Sept. [I. 75, pp. 553, 559.]
Sept. 1. 7. Request for some augmentation or relief for Chris. Burrell, of Wratting, Suffolk, "a most precious, ancient servant of God," the first person in Suffolk who appeared against Bishop Wren and Dr. Cosins, protesting against their superstitious innovations, for which he was deprived and kept out of his benefice for many years, and having a wife and 10 children, got into debt. Parliament noticing him ordered Bishop Wren to pay him 320l. and restore him to his benefice, but he received nothing, and had to spend 100l. in ousting his successor; 4 years ago all his remaining household goods, books, &c., were burnt. He has since, by the help of godly friends, built up the parsonage, but is 400l. in debt. With order, 29 July 1654, to Council, signed, to make some speedy provision for his relief. Noted as recommended by Mr. Fairclough. [1 page.]
Sept. 1. Order in Council that the Trustees for Maintenance of Ministers grant him 50l. Approved 2 Sept. [I. 75, pp. 564, 565.]
[Sept. 1.] 8. Report on the condition of the prisoners at the Tower and St. James's, ordered by his Highness:—
Scotch Nobility taken at Worcester and in Scotland.
Earl of Crawford, Earl of Lauderdale, Earl of Kelly, Earl Marshal, Lord Sinclair, Lord Spynie, Lord Ogilvy.—To be banished, on good security not to act against the commonwealth, at least such of them as are esteemed least considerable.
For proclaiming Charles Stuart.
Ant. Jackson.—To be banished, on security not to return without leave.
On suspicion of Treason.
John Archer, Thos. Ross, Jos. Sawyer, Thos. Bunce, Jos. Barker, Chris. Watkins.—To be set at liberty, on sufficient bail to the Lieutenant of the Tower to do nothing to the prejudice of the State. Also Rich. Dutton, Roger Lea, Wm. Jenkins.—To be banished on security not to return without leave. Also Capt. Thos. Smith.—His estate to be sequestrated.
For High Treason.
Hum. Bagaley, Gilb. Gerard, Sidney Fotherby, Thos. Saunders, Fras. Foxe.—To be banished, on security not to act to the State's prejudice, nor return without leave.
For suspicion of great crimes.
Sir Rich. Willis.—To be banished, on security not to act to the State's prejudice, nor return without leave.
For high treason.
John Wiseman, Chas. Gerard, John Finch.—To be set at liberty on security as above.
Prisoners at St. James'.
Col. Edw. Aldrich, Capt. Hen. Harlow, Capt. John Wharton, Thos. Barnes, Wm. Dodd, John Hippon.—To be set at liberty on like security. [1¼ pp.]
[Sept. 1.] 9. Short-hand notes of part of the above. [1 page.]
Sept. 1. 3. Orders in Council for the liberation of all the above prisoners recommended to be set at liberty, those in the Tower to give bonds to the Lieutenant of the Tower, and those in St. James's to Col. Goffe and Lieut.-Col. Worsley, who are to discharge them. [I. 75, pp. 553, 554.]
Sept. 1. Council. Day's Proceedings.
6. In an order of June 23, 1654, to grant Vincent Gookin certain lands, the words "his heirs" to be added after his name. Approved 2 Sept.
7. The petition of Thos. Good, Professor of Civil Law at Cambridge, referred to Lambert, Jones, Mackworth, Rous, and Major, to report.
8. Order on report from the Committee on the petition of Thomas Lord Fairfax, son of Ferdinando Lord Fairfax, and his executors, for the benefit of his grandchildren and others named in his will; and on a report from Barons Thorpe and Nicholls,—in the case of a reference concerning bonds entered into in the late Court of Wards by Ferdinando Lord Fairfax, Sir Henry Bellasis, Sir Matth. Boynton, and Sir Philip Stapleton, as a fine for the custody, wardship, and marriage of the late William Viscount Fairfax, deceased, granted to them, of which 333l. 6s. 8d. only being paid, the bonds are returned into the Exchequer, and by a process there issued, the manor of Denton, part of the estate of the late Lord Ferdinando remained seized in his Highness' hands at 100l. a year,—that all process on the bonds in question be stayed by the excise officers, and the petitioners appeal to Parliament. Approved 2 Sept.
9. Council thinks fit to do nothing on the papers delivered by the Dutch Ambassadors concerning the Queen of Bohemia, the liberty of Dutch artisans to use trades, and the petition of Elizabeth, wife of Gervais Hollis; but leave the parties to apply to Parliament.
10. An Ordinance to pay 500l. to Col. Webb and Mr. Cade read and agreed to. Approved 2 Sept.
12. Also an Ordinance to increase the number of hackney coaches to 250. Approved 2 Sept.
16. An Ordinance for Wm. Blaxton, as amended by the Committee, agreed to. Approved 2 Sept.
20. Order that the certificate of Thos. Fauconberg, on the petition of Ant. Mildmay [see 3 Aug. suprà] for arrears for the late King's children, be laid aside, Council not thinking fit to make any order therein. Annexing,
10. i. Certificate alluded to, that on the Parliament allowance of 1,500l. a year for Henry Stuart, there was due for 2 years and 6 months, ending 11 Feb. 1652–3, when he was embarked at Cowes for Flanders, 3,274l. 13s. 1½d., of which Mildmay received 3,021l. 6s. 1½d., leaving arrears of 253l. 7s. 30 Aug. 1654. [1 page.]
21. The petition of Francis Smith referred to the Customs' and Excise Commissioners, to examine if 127l. 8s., part of a greater sum for oats delivered for the army, be due still.
22. The Ordinance for settling augmentations to be read tomorrow.
23. An Ordinance to be brought in to-morrow to settle on the Committee for claims in Ireland and their heirs a proportion of land in Ireland to satisfy 2,621l., remainder of 4,000l., according to the rate thereof in 1640, where the Lord Deputy and Council think fit.
24. To write to the judges at Salter's Hall, and refer to them the business of the old farmers of customs.
25. The Ordinance concerning the arrears on wine licenses to be considered to-morrow.
26. Cooper, Fiennes, Jones, Lambert, Sydenham, Montague, and Mackworth to prepare an Ordinance to settle the Admiralty Commissioners, and to bring it in to-morrow.
29–37. To grant the following yearly augmentations. The Trustees for Maintenance of Ministers to see them settled, and take orders to pay them out of the revenues vested in themselves:—
50l. to Chris. Burrell, minister of Wratting, co. Suffolk.
50l. to the minister of St. Margaret's, Hertford.
50l. to Hugh Bethel, minister of Holt, co. Denbigh.
50l. to — Austy, minister of Cranborne.
30l. to — Miller, minister of St. Andrews, co. Glamorgan.
30l. to Sam. Wells, minister of Banbury, co. Oxford.
60l. to the minister of Wimbledon, co. Surrey.
50l. to Dr. Sam. Bolton, master of Christ's College, Cambridge.
50l. to such minister of St. Neots, co. Hunts, as shall be appointed. All approved 2 Sept.
Sept. 1. 38. 10a. Order on report of the petition of Col. Rugeley [see 13 Feb. and 8 and 16 May suprà], that a patent be granted him of marsh grounds, decreed by a Commission of Sewers to the late King, in parishes Walton, Wisbeach, &c., cos. Norfolk and Cambridge, discovered by him, and that from the clearing the title and obtaining possession, he have a lease for 99 years, or until satisfied the moneys ordered to him 13 Feb. last.
39. An Ordinance to continue an Act of Parliament for recovery and preservation of many thousand acres of land in Norfolk and Suffolk, surrounded by the sea, read, and agreed to. Approved 2 Sept.
41. Also an Ordinance to charge 1,490l. 2s. 6d. on the Excise in course unto Mr. Inglish and Mr. Finlaw. Approved 2 Sept.
42. Also an Ordinance concerning the incorporation of St. Katherine's Hospital, Ledbury-under-Malvern, co. Hereford. Approved 2 Sept.
43. Also an Ordinance concerning fines, reported by Sydenham. Approved 2 Sept. [I. 75, pp. 553–557.]
Sept. 1.
Navy Office.
11. Navy Commissioners to the Admiralty Committee. On the claim of the owners of the Sampson for 5,626l. 5s. 6d. for her loss in Leghorn Road on 4 March 1652–3, considering what is inserted in their inventory for victuals and dollars and what freight is already allowed, we think 3,200l. sufficient. [¾ page.]
Sept. 2. Ordinance by the Protector and Council for bringing several branches of the revenue under management of the Treasury Commissioners and Court of Exchequer, including excise, prize money, the profits of sequestered estates, of 2/3 of recusants' estates, the monthly assessments, &c., all which are now to be paid into the Exchequer, and to be managed by the Treasury Commissioners, who have power to lease lands, on fines not exceeding 2 years' value, for 3 lives, or 21 years, and to levy rents, &c., in case of non-payment; to pay salaries to the officers formerly employed, require all to execute their powers, dismiss those not needful, and settle the salaries of the rest, unless settled by the Parliament or his Highness and Council. All present officers to continue in office till the said Commissioners order to the contrary, observing their orders. Provided this do not interfere with the Ordinance of 24 June last, for bringing the revenues into one treasury. [Excise Coll. pp. 149–154, Vol. 98, June 1655.]
[Sept. 2.] 12. Dr. Walter Walker to Sec. Thurloe. It appears by yours that the Hamburg agent urges a judgment on the Samson, Salvador, and George. I waited on you yesterday at Whitehall about it, but could not see you.
The matter of the silver is much stronger than that of the ships. I attended a Committee of Council upon it, on a reference from his Highness on Mr. Violet's petition, and sent a report, which remains with Council, about the silver, the ships, and the tobacco, and other goods.
The ships have lain so long in the river that they are much injured, and grow worse daily, and ought to come to judgment; and the owners are clamorous for a hearing before they perish. The reason of the first opposal was to prevent the enforcement of the argument upon the silver, that it should not be pressed upon us that it came in free ships, but cautions may be taken that this should not be urged as a consequence.
The judges have been threatened in court for not assigning a hearing, which, by the rules of justice, cannot be denied, but I leave it to your wisdom and reason of State. [1 page.]
Sept. 2. Order in Council that the Admiralty judges determine the case of the said ships according to law and justice. Approved 2 Sept. [I. 75, pp. 558,565.]
Sept. 2. 13. Requests by Col. Rob. Venables:—
1. That my arrears be settled, and the just rent remitted till the land be planted.
2. For an advance to buy necessaries, my goods, apparel, horse, arms, &c., being in Ireland.
3. Confirmation of my custodium, and if any part be taken off as not forfeited, abatement to be made in the rent.
4. As my employment will prevent my planting land to raise portions for my daughters, a good sum should be deposited with friends for their portions in case I die, to be restored if I return and find my estate undestroyed.
5. Payment to me by the State of debts owing to me by able persons in Ireland, I giving up the security, and running the loss if any of them be insolvent. [1 page.]
Sept. 2. Order that as Col. Rob. Venables is designed to a special service in a present expedition, 3,076l. 6s. 10d., due to him for arrears, be forthwith paid. Approved 11 Sept. [I. 75, pp. 561, 567.]
[Sept. 2.] 14. Petition of John Martin and Thos. Bennett, churchwardens, and 20 inhabitants of Eastham, co. Chester, to the Protector. Our parish is large, and the great tithes impropriate; 160l. fee-farm rent was reserved on them, and most of the lands in the parish, to the Dean and Chapter of Chester, which now devolves on the State. The minister's maintenance being but 20l. a year, 50l. augmentation was granted by authority of Parliament, but though John Watson, our minister, has the allowance of the Commissioners for public preachers, he cannot receive the augmentation with arrears, because his former orders were not reviewed by the Universities' Committee, and we did not know this was requisite till after the dissolution of that Committee. As he has 7 small children, he is reduced to great straits, and must leave the ministry which he has held 5 years, unless you grant a special order for his augmentation. 22 signatures. [1 page.] Annexing,
14. i. Order in the Committee for plundered ministers for an increase of the augmentation to the Eastham minister from 38l. to 50l. a year. 25 Dec. 1647. [½ page.]
14. ii. Like order for preservation of that augmentation, the profits of the church being very great, notwithstanding a reference to the County Committee of Chester, to consider how the allowance to the ministers and schoolmaster of Chester may be paid. 14 April 1648. [2/3 page.]
14. iii. Order of the County Committee of Chester, reserving the 50l. for Eastham, there being a surplus beside what is granted by Parliament to the ministers, schoolmasters, and scholars in Chester, with the King's yearly rent, and an annual old charge to certain churches, and for certain usual repairs of the great church in Chester; the said 50l. to be paid by Lord Cholmley, fee-farmer of the rectory. 20 Feb. 1648–9. Signed by Sir Wm. Brereton, Sir G. Booth, and 7 others. [1 page.]
14. iv. Certificate by the Committee for approbation of ministers in favour of John Watson, as fit to receive any augmentation. Whitehall, 28 July 1654. [1 page.]
Sept. 2. Order for the continuance of the augmentation accordingly. Approved 7 Sept. [I. 75, pp. 561, 566.]
[Sept. 2.] 15. Petition of Margaret, widow of Edw. Rood, minister, to the Protector. My husband was deprived of maintenance, and 11 years a prisoner under the bishops, was plundered of all he had, and died in the service, leaving me with many children. Being very zealous, he was sent by Parliament to preach in Essex, Kent, and Suffolk, and won large sums of money, and multitudes of people to their cause. On a reference by Parliament to the Committee for plundered ministers, they ordered me half the moiety of a parsonage granted to Mr. Hughes, a godly minister, but I was deprived of it by Mr. Prynne, and was then ordered by the said Committee 100l. from Haberdashers' Hall, but gained no benefit, as Mr. Millington would not report the order to the House. I applied again to Parliament, and was referred with the Irish ladies to Gen. Fleetwood and Col. Dove, and ordered 15s. a week, which was paid from 8 March to 24 June last, and then denied, on a general Ordinance for the Exchequer. I beg an order for payment with arrears. With reference thereon to Council, 10 Aug. 1654. [1 sheet.] Annexing,
15. i. Order in Parliament, referring her case to the Committee for plundered ministers, 30 Sept. 1564. [½ page.]
15. ii. Order in the Committee for plundered ministers for payment of 100l., 22 Sept. 1648.[2/3 page.]
Sept 2. Order thereon to the treasurer of Goldsmiths' Hall, to pay her the 100l. and a pension of 20s. a week, with arrears. Approved 7 Sept. [I. 75, pp. 562, 566.]
Sept. 2. 16. Petition of Col. Solomon Richards, for the officers of his late regiment, to the Protector. I had a commission from you, 21 Feb. 1649–50, to raise a regiment of foot in England for service in Ireland, and our pay was to date from our commissions. This concession was first made to me, and confirmed by you to divers of my officers, at your landing at Bristol. We had to wait so long for a wind that 4 months elapsed between the dates of our commissions and our being mustered in Ireland, for which time we received no pay, and yet our arrears are not allowed on our debentures. We beg that this may be added to the rest of our arrears. With reference thereon to Council, 3 June 1654. [1 page.]
Sept. 2. Reference thereon by Council to Cols. Sydenham, Mackworth, and Jones, to report. [I. 75, p. 562.]
Sept. 2. Notes of petitions, all in I. 92, referred to the Committee for petitions, and of their reports, and orders thereon in Council, I. 75. viz. Jas. Phillips and Jenkin Lloyd, for co. Cardigan, for abatement of the county assessment. Order that the Army Committee give order for respiting the levying of ½ the assessments. Approved 11 Sept. [I. 92, No. 226, I. 75, pp. 562, 567.]
Wm. Hebditch, Wm. Doran, and Paul Roche, prisoners in the Marshalsea, taken at sea for piracy, for release. Order that they be released on bail to depart within 20 days, not to return without leave, and to do nothing prejudicial. [I. 92, No. 189, I. 75, pp. 557, 565., I. 112, p. 62, I. 113, p. 48.]
[Sept. 2.] 17. Petition of the well-affected creditors and servants of the late King to the Protector. An Ordinance on our behalf has been approved by Council in your absence:—
(1.) That the restraint laid on sale of the goods of the late King, not in use for the State, be taken off, and the goods sold for our relief, according to 2 Acts of Parliament.
(2.) That there be further power for getting in the concealed personal estate of the late King.
We find, however, that your Highness intends to take a great part of the goods for your own use, which cannot be chosen till the trustees bring in their accounts, and meantime the said Ordinance cannot be passed. As it will be long before the accounts can pass, and many of us are perishing for want of bread, we beg you to pass so much of the Ordinance as concerns the getting in of moneys on discoveries, omitting only what relates to the goods. With reference to Council, 22 March 1654. [1 page.] Annexing,
17. i. Case of the servants and creditors of the late King:—
£ s. d.
The value of the goods as appraised is 47,549 14 8
£ s. d.
Deductions for over valuation 15,849 18 2
For goods which the State is to have 10,000 0 0
For security for money lent the navy 10,000 0 0
Goods reserved to the Protector 10,155 13 4
46,005 11 6
Value of goods to be sold £1,544 3 2
17. ii. "Note of several particulars in order to the making the report for the servants and creditors," detailing former proceedings, stating that a list of the goods and the payments therefrom, as first given by the clerk registrar on an order of July 4, 1654, came to 80,990 2 1
That on examination by the Committee of appeals and regulating the excise, it was reduced to 47,549 14 8
The valuation at 2/3 by the Council of State being 31,699 16 6
Of this 20,000l. of goods are reserved to the State, and they beg that the remainder, value 11,699l. 16s. 6d. may be sold and the proceeds distributed among them. Also that 15,918l. 1s. 4d., lent to the navy, may be repaid or levied on discoveries, &c., &c. [2 pages.]
17. iii. State of the account between the Commonwealth and the creditors of the late King and Queen.
£ s. d.
Goods reserved to the Protector 35,497 16 6
Goods vested in the trustees, now in the the service 12,051 18 2
Cash, part of 28,000l., proceeds of goods sold to Sir H. Vane and Col. Downes 15,918 1 4
63,467 18 0
Goods reserved by Act of 26 June 1649 10,000 0 0
Money secured to be paid out of discoveries by Act of 17 July 1651 25,918 1 4
Defalcation of ⅓ value for over valuation 15,849 18 2
Deduction of value of horses at Tidbury 1,982 0 0
Balance due to creditors 9,717 18 6
63,467 18 0
[1 sheet.]
[Sept. 2.] 18. Petition of the poor domestic servants of the late King living within the late lines of communication to Council. We have presented a petition to his Highness, 23 March, who has referred it to you. We beg you forthwith to pay 9,717l. 18s. 6d. due to us, or most of it, out of some convenient treasury for our present relief, as we die daily by starving. [1 page.]
Sept. 2. 19. Order on report from the Committee on the petition of the creditors and servants of the late King, Queen, and Prince, and on the statement of accounts,—showing that 9,717l. 18s. 6d. remained due to them, beside the 25,918l. 1s. 4d. secured to them by Act of 17 July 1651,—that the said 9,717l. 18s. 6d. be paid them out of the fines imposed by the Ordinance of pardon and grace for the people of Scotland, to be in full of all demands on the Acts of 26 June 1649 and of 17 July 1651, except the 25,918l. 1s. 4d. named in the latter Act. George Bilton, deputy treasurer at Leith, is to pay the said sums to persons authorised by the trustees for sale of the late King's goods, to be issued by them in fit proportions. [1¾ pages. Also I. 75, p. 564.]
[Sept. 2.] 19 a. Note of a proposal for the moneys to be paid in to John Jackson, agent for the servants and creditors, and issued on warrants of the trustees for sale of the late King's goods. [2/3 page.]
Sept. 2. Council. Day's Proceedings.
1. Council thinks fit to make no order on the petition of Maurice Wynn, John Ayton, and others, but leaves them to apply to Parliament.
7. The Ordinance for settling the powers of the Admiralty Commissioners to be read first this afternoon.
9. Capt. Rich. Pechell being behindhand in the receipt of 100l. a year ordered him from the revenue, the Commissioners of the Great Seal are to issue a warrant to the Treasury Commissioners for its payment. Approved 2 Sept.
11. An Ordinance appointing visitors for the universities and several schools read, amended, and agreed to. Approved 2 Sept.
12. Also an Ordinance to settle maintenance for preaching ministers, and to unite parishes. Approved 2 Sept.
13. Also an Ordinance to settle part of 30,000l. for payment of forces intended for special service. Approved 2 Sept.
14, 15. All money in arrear for pay of 4 serjeants, 1 corporal, 1 surgeon's mate, 1 gunsmith, and 1 gunsmith's mate, on their musters since August 22, 1653, to be paid by the War treasurers, and the Army Committee to issue warrants. Approved 2 Sept.
16. Approval by the Protector of 18 Ordinances, which are thereupon passed.
17. An Ordinance to limit the powers of the Admiralty Committee as to points of time read, and amended.
18–20. Draft of a commission and instructions for the Admiralty Commissioners, read, amended, and agreed to. Approved 2 Sept.
21. An Ordinance for stating the accounts of Col. Rich. Laurence, and satisfaction of his arrears, read twice, and agreed to. Approved 2 Sept.
22. An Ordinance to continue the almsmen and almshouses at Windsor, as amended, agreed to. Approved 2 Sept. Annexing,
20. i. Report of the Committee of Council who were to consider an establishment for the poor knights of Windsor, and other charitable uses, that an Ordinance should be drawn up by counsel to settle certain rectories late belonging to the Dean and Chapter of Windsor, on feoffees in trust for charitable uses, for the said uses, according to the first donation. [⅓ page.]
20. ii. Draft of the above. [⅓ page.]
27, 28. As it appears on reference on the petition of Henry Lord Herbert, that the lands settled on him by Act of Parliament of 16 July 1651 were in remainder, and the present estate for life sold to him free from fee-farmrents;—order that the said manors and lands be enjoyed by him and his heirs free from all fee farm rent. Approved 7 Sept.
30. An Ordinance for allowing payments made by virtue of warrants from Council, read, and agreed to.
31. 21. Order on report from the Admiralty Commissioners, in the case of Thos. Ridley, master of the Providence of Boston,—which on her way from Hull to St. Valery's in France, under conduct of the Briar frigate, was run aboard and sunk by the Briar, through negligence of the captain,—that the Admiralty Commissioners direct the Commissioners for Prize goods to grant him a prize vessel, value 150l. in compensation for his loss. Approved 7 Sept. Annexing,
21. i. Report alluded to, stating the value of the lading of lead and rape-seed in the lost ship at 700l. and that the petitioner is thereby ruined. 29 July 1654. [¾ page.]
38. An order for repealing the power of the Admiralty Judges read, amended, and agreed to. Approved 2 Sept.
39. An Ordinance giving liberty for the carrying of millstones, timber, and stone read and agreed to. Approved 2 Sept.
41. Also an Ordinance for further doubling on Dean and Chapter manors, rectories, and glebe lands Approved 2 Sept.
42. Also an Ordinance to settle lands in Ireland on Commissary Gen. Reynolds. Approved 2 Sept.
43, 44, and 46. Approval by the Protector, and passing of 53 orders and ordinances. [I. 75, pp. 557–565.]
Sept. 2.
Council to the judges for relief of creditors and poor prisoners. On consideration of the report from Sir John Wollaston, Serjeant Steele Recorder of London, and others, on the case of Sir John Jacob and the other farmers of customs under the late King, concerning their creditors, we refer it to you to relieve them according to your capacity, or to make the creditors submit to what is just. [I. 75, p. 566.]
Sept. 4. 22. Petition of Hen. Lever, rector of Brandspeth, co. Durham, to the Protector. Six years since, I agreed with Mrs. Cosins, daughter of Dr. Cosins, for the rest of his children, to pay 20l. a year, as long as fifths should be due, in lieu of the 1/5 of Brandspeth Rectory, which was done till 1652. She in Aug. 1654 procured your order for a clear 1/5 of all parsonages wherein the doctor was interested at his sequestration, with arrears, and served me with an order for payment, not naming the agreement, which was made in a time of war, when no certain profits could be made of the rectory, and on payment of money therefor. I beg suspension of the order, and a reference of the case to persons of quality in the county. [1 page.]
Sept. 5. 23. Petition of Wm. Pennoyer and Arnold Beake, merchants of London to the Protector. In May 1653, Remer Baggaert, of the Golden Lily of Flushing, laden with wine from Bayonne to Flushing, was taken and brought into Dover by some ships of the Commonwealth; and it being uncertain whether ships then stayed belonging to the United Provinces would be made prize, the Council of State, upon Baggaert's petition, gave order to the Commissioners of Customs to bring her into the Thames, and deliver the wine, which was perishable, being appraised, to the claimers, on security to answer the value in case it should be adjudged prize.
Baggaert thereupon desired the Customs Commissioners, in regard the price of such wine was well known, to prevent loss of time, and value it unseen, which was done, at the rate of 14l. per tun, which, exclusive of customs, amounted to 1,118l. 12s., and he gave a bond for payment. Baggaert then found that the wine, from long keeping at Dover for want of a convoy, was unfit for use, and thereupon went beyond sea, leaving petitioners engaged to pay the money at which it was valued. They petitioned the Council of State, representing the great alteration in the value since it had been in the custody of the State's officers, and that a greater part was still in their possession, and praying for another survey and appraisement. Council referred it to the Admiralty Committee, who appointed the Commissioners of Customs and Prize goods to value it, and they certified the wine to be only worth 12l. 10s. a tun, whereupon the Admiralty Committee referred it back to the Council of State. They remitted it back to the Admiralty Committee, who directed the Commissioners for Prize goods to certify what the French wines taken out of 4 other ships brought in at the same time were sold for. They certified that after the Commissioners had paid the customs and all other charges except excise, they were sold for 8l. 5s. a tun, but before the Admiralty Committee could send their opinion to the Council of State, Parliament was dissolved.
Petitioners then sent their petition to the Council of State established by the succeeding Parliament, who by their order of 28 Oct. last, referred it to the Commissioners of Customs, who returned a certificate, but before it could be read, Parliament again dissolved. Beg an order to the Commissioners for Prize goods to cause a new appraisement to be made, and to deliver up the bonds, and reimburse the petitioners their customs, charges, and expenses. With order granting the petition. [Copy, 1 sheet.]
Sept. 6. 24. A "note of the corn remains in the granary of your own growth," being an account of corn at Raby, 10 August 1654, and of what was spent till 5 September. [⅓ page.]
Sept. 7.
25. Thos. Conyers to Sir Hen. Vane, sen., at his home near Charing Cross. On Brian Jackson's death I wrote you in behalf of his widow, my sister, and understood that you had ordered Latham, your servant, to let her remain in the farm; but now I hear that you have ordered your sons at Raby, Sir George and Wm. Vane, to enter on the farm, and she is only to dwell in the house and have 2 cows farmed. They say it is because, being a woman, she cannot manage the ground, and has let one close, and you do not like sub-letting. It is true she is poor and has 6 small children, but if she underlets and the rent is paid, what more? and she would have wherewith to feed the children.
She begs a lease of the farm on such terms as she can perform, and doubts not soon to be able to stock part of it. [1 page.]
Sept. 7. Levant Company to Major Lawrence, agent at Constantinople. We fear the consequence of the divisions there, but cannot better remedy them than by hastening away Major Salway, now confirmed ambassador. Meantime be provident to avoid expense from the present animosities. We have ordered that you leave at the end of your year's term, receiving the year's salary. We must examine Sir J. Bendish's opposition and expenses at his return.
As to the multiplied troubles with the Bashaw at Aleppo, letters are gone from Constantinople which may qualify his violent attempts. We hope Salway will have instructions to demand reparation for the past, and security against future injuries and infringements of the capitulations.
We have resolved not to allow more than 800 dollars a year to the treasurer at Constantinople, and have ordered the consul at Smyrna to have no treasurer there except at that salary. [Levant papers, vol. 4, p. 227.]
Sept. 7. Levant company to the consul at Aleppo. Yours of 8 Feb. 25 April, and 6 May, complain of the continued injustice and rapine of that Bashaw, as shown on occasion of the 2 French ships taken by a Spanish corsair at Scanderoon. We thank you for your care in opposing him, and hope that as the first pretence that the corsair was English is taken away, the second, that the captain omitted to defend the port will fall to the ground, as inconsistent with the capitulations for trade there. Major Salway will be empowered to redress such abuses, which Mr. Lawrence could not so well do.
We hope that you will protect trade, and that it will advance, and we shall be better able to recompense you. The intermission of your and Consul Bretton's gratuity of 1,000 dollars, shall only be for one year, provided it be deducted from the imposition of 2¼ dollars per cloth omitted to be paid here; or if there be not goods enough liable to this duty, from other public duties. Provided also that the 300 dollars for the minister's diet be paid by you therefrom, according to custom. We will provide a person in Mr. Hill's place. [Levant papers, vol. 4, p. 228.]
Sept. 7. Levant company to John Hobson, consul at Venice. We are glad to hear by yours of 3 and 24 July and 14 August that you have so progressed for abolishing the exaction of 2 dollars per mille on currants, and that you hope for a period to it. Continue your care, so as to free the trade from this or any other unreasonable demand. We will pay the bill of charges named in yours of 28 Aug. [Levant papers, vol. 4, p. 229.]
Sept. 7. Levant company to Rob. Pecket and Nich. Gainsford. We have received the letter and accounts of Hardy and Bentlow, the late treasurers. You having succeeded them, and being re-elected for another year, are to take good care of our affairs. On this peace with the Netherlands, we hope our duties, if carefully collected, will increase, extinguish our debts, and support our charge. Pray endeavour their total clearing.
After a year's intermission, the gratuity is to be continued to the consul, he allowing the minister's diet, and a defalcation is to be made from his future gratuity or salary of what was put to our account in former years, when he received the gratuity; also of 150 dollars for ½ his house rent, with which our account has been lately charged. Mr. Lawrence having agreed to remain a year, after which he is to return to England, you are to pay him 4,000 dollars salary and his disbursements, unless he be otherwise supplied at Constantinople. [Levant papers, Vol. 4, p, 230.]
Sept. 7. Approval by the Protector of 5 orders named.[I. 75, p. 566.]
Sept. 7.
The Satisfaction, Liverpool.
26. Capt. Mic. Nutton to Robt. Blackborne. I have been fitted and victualled, and will sail with a bark with the remainder of my victuals and the Hare's provisions with the first wind, for Inverlochy in the Highlands. Lord Chichester has come down to Chester with his lady, and desires a passage to Carrickfergus. [¾ page.]
Sept. 8.
Navy Office.
27. Navy Commissioners to the Admiralty Committee. We have examined Capt. Poole's account for travelling expenses from Leghorn to London, and find no allowance has been made therefor in Capt. Badiley or Mr. Longland's accounts. It is clear that he was employed by the State, and that he came by land from Leghorn, and has a right to moderate charges, as also to 3 months' pay. [1 page.]
Sept. 8.
28. Capt. Fras. Willoughby to Robt. Blackborne. Thanks for your letters, although they are in proportion only 1 to 6 of mine. I might have been in London for anything that required my attendance at Portsmouth at present. The Essex has been fitted and put to sea, but has come back through foul weather; her new mast is not so good as it might have been, but was the best in the stores. I understand Parliament have met and chosen the old for the new speaker; I hope the Lord will make them all apprehensive of the weight of the work they have undertaken, and help them to set themselves as in the sight of God, to intend his glory and the good of this poor nation. [1 page.]
Sept. 9. Articles between General Monk and James Lord Forester:—
1. Forester is to repair to Stirling, and deliver up his arms to Lieut.-Col. Pike or Major Clobry.
2. He is to give security in 1,000l. for good conduct, his officers to give security, and his soldiers to take the engagement.
3, 6, and 7, are similar to 3, 11, and 12, in the articles with the Earl of Athol. [See p. 333 suprà.]
4. Forester paying 1,500l. in part of the fine appointed him by the Act of pardon, the rest shall be remitted, and he and 9 officers named, and all his other officers and soldiers enjoy their estates, unless disposed of by donative. If his estate cannot bear the 1,500l., the General will endeavour the taking it off.
5. He is to liberate his prisoners, English or Scotch, and those belonging to his party are to be liberated. [pp. 8–9.]
Sept. 11. 1. Approval by the Protector of 5 orders named. [I. 75, p. 567.]
Sept. 11. 29. Petition of Ann, orphan daughter of the late Hugh Wood, page of the late King's bedchamber, to the Protector and Council. By a decree of the court of Requests 12 years since, my father sent John Prichard prisoner to the Fleet, for 160l. debt, there to continue till he paid the money, and gave up a debenture for 13l. 16s., and a letter of attorney by which he had received 500l. of my father's salary. Yet Mr. Hopkins, warden of the Fleet, freed him, on bond of Wm. Thomas in 300l. that he should return when required, and pay the warden's fees. Prichard died at his house in Westmoreland 10 years ago, having received more of my father's money which came into Thomas' hands. 8 years ago, when I was 5 years old, my father died, but I could do nothing till August 1653, when my mother and father-in-law petitioned the judges for prisoners at Salter's Hall for relief; but that court was adjourned the day the case was to be heard, and now the judges say they can do nothing. My father paid 100l. for the decree, and now I shall lose all without your help. [1 page.]
Sept. 13.
Sparrow Pink, Scarborough.
30. Capt. John Wetwang to the Admiralty Committee. I have been in the north of Scotland at the Lewis Islands, and at Lochaber in the west of Scotland. My ship is much injured by bad weather. Gen. Monk now orders me to ply between Flamborough Head and Holy Island, and when my 6 weeks' provisions are spent, to victual at Newcastle, but we cannot winter here without repairs. We hear of a small French man-of-war, but have not seen her. Noted "To send for the Sparrow in." [1 page.]
For description of No. 28(a) See addenda at the end of this Vol.
Sept. 14. Articles of agreement between General Monk and Robert Viscount Kenmure.
1. Kenmure and his party are to deliver up their arms to Capt. Thos. Empson of Dumfries.
2. He is to give security in 3,000l. for his peaceable deportment, his officers to give security, and his soldiers to take an engagement.
3–5. The same as 3, 5, and 7, and 8, 9 as 11, and 12 in the articles to the Earl of Athol [p. 333, suprà.]
6. All of his party in custody at Carlisle or Dumfries, or on parole, are to be discharged, and they to discharge all prisoners belonging to the English army taken by them, whether English or Scots.
8. Kenmure not to be debarred from any future favour which the Protector may think fit to confer on him. [I. 96, pp. 3, 4.]
Sept. 15.
The Satisfaction, Liverpool.
31. Capt. Michael Nutton to Robert Blackborne. I am still waiting to get out, but it is dangerous for such a ship as ours, and without easterly wind and spring tides no one will undertake it. We muster 100 men. Capt. Thomson of the Advantage has come in. Lord Chichester and his lady are on board, and will land at Carrickfergus. [1 page.]
Sept. 15.
The Advantage, Highlake, near Liverpool.
32. Capt. Edm. Thomson to the Navy Commissioners. I remained 6 weeks at Inverlochy, by order of Col. Brayne, and then went to the Isle of Skye, to interrupt Middleton in the transporting of his forces there. The isle is commanded by Sir Jas. Macdonald, who is very faithful to the Commonwealth, and raised a force to oppose Middleton, who was beaten, and then marched towards Lohaber. We remained to victual. We spared some powder, shot, &c. for Macdonald. The Islip is the only man-of-war at Inverlochy. You will have heard of the taking of Middleton's manof-war that brought him from Holland, and has been skulking about the isles of Scotland ever since. We supplied Col. Brayne with some ammunition and stores by Gen. Monk's order; we will make all dispatch to Inverlochy. [1 page.]
Sept. 15.
St. Ives.
33. Rich. Cowch to Capt. John Pearce, at Wm. Chamberlain's, Cannon Street. We have taken great store of fish since you left, and I can sell very good pilchards at 3s. the hogshead; the price current is 8s. I should be glad to see you. I desire you to buy me a silver twist hatband of about 20s., and my wife a scarf with bone lace. [½ page.]
Sept. 18. Council. Day's Proceedings. At Major-Gen. Lambert's lodgings.
1–4. Any one having the keys of the mansion houses and offices lately belonging to John Brooks, Ed. Pitts, or John Savile, tellers of the receipt of Exchequer to the late King, to deliver them up respectively to Chris. Lister, Ed. Horseman, and John Stone, now constituted tellers by his Highness' patents. Approved 18 Sept. [I. 75, pp. 567, 568.]
Sept. 18. 34. Bond of John Miller, of Paul's parish, Covent Garden, tailor, and Hugh Lord Montgomery in 100l., for payment of 51l. 10s. to Frances Light, spinster, of East Greenwich, Kent, before 19 March next, in the Middle Temple dining hall. [1 page.]
Sept. 18.
35. Capt. Fra. Willoughby to Robt. Blackborne. I thank you for your intelligence, as it keeps me alive in my solitary place. The revolutions in the world are under Divine guidance, and we must have faith. I hope the Parliament will not meet with any more such great rubs, but if they sit, will be helped to carry on their work. Vice-admiral Lawson has arrived, and is at a loss whether he shall continue in the Fairfax, which he wants refitted. [1 page.]
Sept. 19. Declaration of the Protector and Parliament for a day of fasting and humiliation. Though God has given us so many and great mercies, we have multiplied our provocations; by ignorance and unthankfulness; by not acknowledging His hand in our calamities; by not bemoaning our iniquities; by a profane and Laodicean spirit, turning the grace of God into wantonness; by want of zeal in magistrates and officers to suppress enormities.
For all these things we should humble ourselves, that we may wrestle and prevail with God for the removal of our darkness, profaneness, and formality, and pray Him to make us a chosen people, quiet the spirits of men, and heal and restore us.
Especially that he would enable the rulers of these nations to proceed with zeal, wisdom, and union, to act for the interest of Christ and good of his people, that these nations may be established on the foundations of truth, righteousness, and peace. We therefore set apart Oct. 11th for a day of humiliation for these purposes in England and Scotland, and Nov. 1st in Ireland. The ministers to take notice, and copies of this declaration to be sent into the several parts of the 3 nations. [4 pages printed. Coll. of Acts, Vol. 2, No. 83. Rec. Off. library, 498 F.]
Sept. 20. Council. Day's Proceedings.
3. To empower John Whitworth, Commissary Thos. Fowler, and Charles Walley, jun., to impress vessels in Liverpool or Chester waters to transport to Scotland the provision of clothes and victuals for the forces at Inverlochy, allowing the masters reasonable hire. All officers by sea and land to assist. In order to encourage the shipmasters to proceed on this expedition, those who receive the provisions in Scotland shall not require of them the same weight of cheese at unlading as was put aboard, nor make defalcation of freight on them therefor, provided they deliver up the full number of cheeses shipped.
4. As the 3 months' pay for the forces lately sent from Ireland to Scotland is almost all to be laid out in clothes and victuals for them, and as they also need money, while the season allows its sending, the Army Committee is to order the treasurers-at-war to pay 3,633l. 9s. 4d. to Com. Thos. Fowler, to be sent them forthwith in specie by sea.
5. As the 150l. due to Col. Ingoldsby's regiment was to be paid from the assessments of the merchants of the Intercourse, on which Council have ordered proceedings to be forborne till a matter depending on the merchants' petition is determined, the Army Committee are to order the Treasurers-at-war to pay the money. Approved 26 Sept.
6. 36. The petition of James Auzot, master of the St. John, of Dieppe, for a pass from thence to Cape Verd, and other French plantations in Africa, and to return; and a letter from M. Montigny, Governor of Dieppe, recommending his petition, referred to the Admiralty Commissioners, to report.
7. Council to meet at 4 to-morrow.
8. Mr. Lockyer and Mr. Sterry to inquire about Thos. Bridge of Petworth, as to his submission to the present Government, and his fitness to preach the Gospel, and to report.
9. To advance 50l. out of the Council's contingencies to Mr. Mader, recommended by Mr. Nye as preacher of the Gospel in Ireland, for his expenses thither, and to recommend the Lord Deputy and Council there to settle a fit salary on him. [I. 75, pp. 568–570.]
Sept. 20.
Council to the sheriffs of counties. You will receive herewith several printed copies of a declaration of his Highness and Parliament, appointing a day of fasting to the 3 nations, which you are to publish to the parishes and congregations within your jurisdiction. [I. 75, p. 570.]
Sept. 20.
Council to Gen. Geo. Monck, commander-in-chief of the forces in Scotland. His Highness and Parliament have passed a declaration appointing a day of fasting within the 3 nations. We enclose several copies thereof, and desire you to make it known within your dominion of Scotland. [I. 75, p. 571.]
Sept. 21. Note of a petition, referred 21 April 1654 to the Committee for petitions, of certain merchants of London, for payment of 3,674l. for moneys by them advanced at Merchant Tailors' Hall, in obedience to an Ordinance of Parliament of 8 July 1645, on bonds on the Algiers duty. Order on report from the Commissioners of Customs, —giving a list of sums unpaid to persons who advanced ¼ per cent. for the said duty on the said Ordinance, total 5,382l. 9s. 11d., and stating that they see no reason against the payment, which has not been made for want of an order,—that the Committee for preservation of Customs give warrant to the Customs' Commissioners for payment to the persons concerned. Approved 26 Sept. [I. 92, No. 54; I. 75, pp. 571, 575.]
Sept. 21. 37. Petition of Robt. Williams, master of the Anne and Margaret of London, to Council, for the convoy of a man-of-war to Rotterdam. His ship, richly laden, lies at Gravesend, but he does not proceed because of pirates. Some Hollanders are at Gravesend, also unable to proceed without convoy, and all are at heavy charges, and in danger of losing their markets. The Admiralty Commissioners have not power to afford a convoy without order of the Council. [1 page.]
Sept. 21. 38. Order thereon that the Admiralty Commissioners appoint such a ship as they judge fit and necessary. [2/3 page. Also I. 75, p. 572.]
Sept. 21. Council. Day's Proceedings.
2. Major, Montague, and Mackworth to examine Theodore Jennings, and—Griffith, as to their pretences to have pay for their attendance at Whitehall Chapel, and the grounds of Griffith's displacing, and to report; if Griffith is not continued, he is to be relieved some other way.
5, 9. Thirteen warrants for payment of money approved and ordered to be signed.
6. Peter Sterry appointed to preach every fortnight on Thursday, at the chapel at Whitehall, in the forenoon. Approved 21 Sept.
10. 39. On Gen. Desborow's report from the Admiralty Committee, a list of 40 ships for this winter's guard on the coasts of England, Scotland, and Ireland, containing 4,980 men and 1,184 guns, approved, and to be offered to Parliament.
11. The Admiralty Committee to order the residue of the fleet now at sea (not comprehended in the 2 squadrons for foreign service under Gens. Blake and Penn) to be called in and discharged. [I. 75, pp. 571–575.]
Sept. 23.
40. Saml. Windis to the Navy Commissioners. It is not true, as stated by Dermott, the Muster Master General, that the captain of the Satisfaction took up 2 months' pay for his men, and restricted them to one shop to buy their clothes at dear rates. The captain was ordered by Gen. Monk to apply to Mr. Walley for what was wanted, and asked 2 months' pay for the men, to be spent in clothes, as they had been impressed from other ships and wanted them Walley not being willing to meddle with it, I undertook the business. at the men's request, bought their clothes cheaply, and supplied them with money on their tickets, and never received more than 6d. in the pound for all the trouble. I can charge Dermott with falsifying my sea book, borrowing money as for victuals supplied, accepting bribes, and defrauding under colour of your warrants and authority. I took 1s. in the pound from 15 discharged men to receive their money in London, and to pay it here; but I refused the offer of others to allow me 3s. in the pound on their tickets. [2 pp.]
Sept. 23. Articles between Gen. Monk and Sir Rob. Graham, laird of Morphey, and John Graham, jun., laird of Fentry, for James Marquis of Montrose:—
1. The Marquis and his party to come to Dundee and deliver up their arms to Col. Ralph Cobbet.
2. The Marquis to give security in 3,000l., and his officers to give security for good conduct, and his soldiers to take the engagement.
3, 5, 7, and 8 are similar to 3, 5, 11, and 12 in the articles to the Earl of Athol. [p. 333 suprà.]
4. The Marquis and 25 others named, and all non-commissioned officers and private soldiers under him, who have not already capitulated,—unless they have killed men in cold blood—to enjoy their estates unless disposed of by donative.
6. The prisoners of war belonging to his party to be liberated, and he to liberate his prisoners, whether English or Scotch. [I. 76, pp. 7–8.]
Sept. 25.
Levant Company to Spencer Bretton, consul at Smyrna. We are satisfied with your course about Domingo Vaes de Brito, used to hinder the beginning of a baneful trade, and we will save you harmless. Yet we wish some compromise could be made without proving a precedent, having promised him favour. We send your minister, Rob. Winchester, who is to have 200 dollars a year.
We hope you and others will try to prevent the disasters and expense that may arise by the animosity between Sir Thos. Bendish and Mr. Laurence; we will try to remedy it by hastening Major Salway. Care must be taken to prevent the designs of strangers, and their propensity to create avanias upon us, as was feared on occasion of the French prize brought in by the African.
We are glad to find by your accounts that part of our bills of exchange are cleared, and hope the rest will be soon. Your charge of 150 dollars for ½ your house rent is an innovation, and can not be allowed when you have the gratuity. Also we resent your laying an average on the lading of the Lewis for repair of her main mast. It is contrary to law, reason, and custom, and may be a bad precedent to expose us to the frivolous and unjust demands of seamen, who will multiply them at pleasure. Besides you imposed it only with advice of the shipmaster and 3 others, and against the consent of the rest of the factory, and compelled the payment by menaces unsuitable to your position.
To rectify the abuse of passing silks as coal, we have ordered, as you advise the consulage of silk to be ½ a dollar per "Battman;" and for the certain collection of this duty, particulars of the silk are to be sent home with every ship.
The treasurer at Constantinople has charged us with 1,500 dollars salary, whereas we only allow 800. Do not look for any treasurer at a higher allowance. As to the treasurer at Smyrna, we think the office might be executed yearly by turns. Rich. Laurence is to be paid 4,000 dollars, and expenses for his year at Constantinople. [Levant Papers, Vol. 4, pp. 231–234.]
Sept. [25].
Levant Company to the Dey and Bey of Tunis. We thank you for your affection to us and care of our trade shown in your letter, but cannot answer it until our ambassador is dispatched to Constantinople. He will have directions to settle affairs there as well as in other parts of the Grand Seignor's dominions. [Levant Papers, Vol. 4, p. 234.]
Sept. 26. Approval by the Protector of 7 orders and ordinances named. [I. 75, p. 575.]
Sept. 26. 41. Jno. Hightor to the Rev. Mr. Legate. I am troubled not only at the discontents abroad, but that there are many in trust, and some commanders in the present expedition who are cavaliers and enemies to His Highness and the Government. Lieut. Samford, an officer in Capt. Tucker's ship, which is one of the Rear-admiral's under General Blake, alleged that notwithstanding Blake endeavoured to draw them to close with the present Government, yet three parts of the fleet, when opportunity offered, would turn their broadsides, notwithstanding Blake's pretences, against his Highness and the present Government, as freely as ever they did against the King; and that his captain was of the same opinion. Samford was a known cavalier, but lately joined the Anabaptists as a preacher, and holds that there is no Resurrection. [1 page.]
Sept. 28. Council of State. Day's Proceedings.
2. All gunpowder remaining in the Tower, about 3,000 barrels, to be removed to Plymouth and such other garrisons as the Admiralty Commissioners shall judge fit, and they are to order its removal. [I. 76, p. 375.]
Sept. 29. 42. Quarterly bill of Col. John Barkstead, for fees of gentleman porter, yeoman warders, and other officers of the Tower, from 25 June to 29 Sept. 1654, 378l. 13s. 8¼d., and for repairs and diet of prisoners, total 587l. 4s. 7¼d. [3 sheets.] Annexing,
Vouchers for the above accounts:—
42. i.-vi. Receipted bills for the repairs done to the Tower. [6 papers.]
42. vii.-xxv. Receipts for allowances of the prisoners and their keepers, viz.:—
Lieut.-Col. John Lilburne.
John Wiseman.
Chas. Gerard.
Peter Vowell.
Mich. Mason.
Somerset and Francis Fox.
Thoe. Sanders.
Dr. Theodore Nauden.
[19 papers.]
[Sept.] 43. Note of purchase by Mr. Towne for 3,313l. 1s. 4d. of 2 parcels of land in Gutter's hills and Martin's Hawes, 56 acres, rent 36l. 10s., and 50 acres, rent 23l. 2s. 6d. [2/3 page.]
Sept ? 44. Petition of Roger Gillingham, clerk to Dr. Benet, master in Chancery, to the Protector. By the late Ordinance for regulating the Court of Chancery, the 6 masters are to have a registrar. Begs the office, having been long employed in such business. [¾ page.] Annexing,
44. i. Certificate by Hugh Wyndham, Edm. Prideaux, and 11 others to his good conduct, and ability, and recommending him for the registrarship. 2 Sept. 1654. [Copy, ¾ page.]