Volume 77: December 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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December 1654

Dec. 2. Council. Day's Proceedings.
1. Approval by the Protector of 10 orders and Ordinances. 2 Sept.30 Nov. 1654.
2, 3. The Army Committee to order the Treasurers-at-war to send, out of the 30,000l. designed for special service, 17,000l. to Portsmouth, to be issued on warrants of Maj.-Gen. Desborow, for pay and contingencies of the forces, and Desborow to issue the said warrants.
4. Order on report on the petition of Capt. Rich. Bamford,—that 39l. is due to him as salary as a surveyor of delinquents' lands, for payment whereof the Trustees of the Treasury at Drury House have issued a warrant,—to advise his Highness that as Bamford is on the private expedition with Gen. Venables, he would issue a warrant under the Great Seal for his payment. Annexing,
43. i. Report alluded to that 39l. due to him should be paid from the Exchequer, on his delivering up his warrant on the Drury House treasurer. [1 page.]
5. The troop of 100 horsemen for the special service to be reduced to 60 besides officers.
6. The Ordinance of last Thursday for a month's pay to the officers and soldiers on special service under Gen. Venables to be given them on their embarkation reversed, as provision is made in another way by an Ordinance of to-day.
8. Order on a report from the Admiralty Commissioners on John Rousseau's petition, on behalf of the French Greenland Company,—for release of the Pelican, seized by ships in the service, in spite of a pass,—that Council see no reason for the release, but refer the case to the Admiralty judges, to proceed according to law; Dr. Walker to take care thereof. Annexing,
44. i. Report alluded to, showing that the pass was granted, but at the time of surprisal, was not on the ship, but in the hands of Lucas Lucie, merchant of London, who would not say whether this was the only voyage made by the ship since the date of the pass, 27 Nov. 1654. [¾ page.]
9. 45. Order that the Admiralty Committee issue their warrant to the Ordnance officers for a large addition of tools, stores, &c., specified, for the forces intended for special service under Gen. Venables. [I. 75, pp. 616–618.]
Dec. 4.
46. G. Langbairn to [Jos.] Williamson, Queen's College, Oxford. Go to the public library and inquire for an 8vo. MS. of Sir Kenelm Digby, No. 33, and transcribe and continue the enclosed about a leaf, beginning the second side of leaf 32, on particular monastic religions. I want you and the rest of your rank to think of some verses to consecrate to the memory of Mr. Selden. [1 page.]
[Dec. 5.] 47. Petition of Geo. Clarke to the Protector and Council. Bought from John Gould, merchant, a case of silks, which came to the Custom House, London, and oath was made that they came overland from Naples to Dunkirk, and were shipped in an English vessel; the case could not then be entered because Gould was out of town, and before his return, the goods were taken out of the ship without petitioner's knowledge, and thus were seized on by an officer. Begs their restoration on payment of customs. With note of delivery of the petition to Mr. Jessop, clerk of the Council. [1 page.] Annexing,
47. i., ii., iii. Affidavits of John Gould, Joseph Safford, his servant, and Geo. Clarke, to the facts named in the above petition. [3 scraps.]
Dec. 5. Reference thereon to the Commissioners for regulating Customs; who are to favour the petitioner, as being reported an honest man, and give him speedy dispatch. [I. 75, p. 619.]
Dec. 5. 48. Petition of the mayor and aldermen and well-affected of Macclesfield, co. Chester, and of Ralph Stringer, their preacher, to the Protector. King James granted them 50l. a year from the county revenue for a learned preacher, the people being numerous and generally very poor, which was paid till 1653. Beg a warrant for 2 years' arrears due 29 Sept. last, and confirmation of payment to Stringer and his successors out of the copyhold rents in Macclesfield forest. With reference thereon, 1 Dec., to Council. [½ page.] Annexing,
48. i. Certificate by Wm. Chislett, deputy auditor, of the payment of the said allowance, and of its grant 17 Jan. 1605–6, because there being few incumbents men of learning, the people were seduced from their duty by priests. Also of its confirmation by Charles Prince of Wales, as Earl of Chester, in 1621. It was paid to Phil. Holland, preacher, till 1643 when he deserted, and Stringer was appointed to succeed him, and it was paid to him till 1652. 27 Dec. 1653. [½ page.]
48. ii. Certificate by Thos. Langley of Middlewich, and 7 other ministers of Cheshire, to the painful preaching, sound doctrine, and godly life of Ralph Stringer. 7 Oct. 1654. [½ page.]
Dec. 5.
49. Reference of the above petition in Council to Cols. Mackworth and Jones, to report. Also order for Col. Montague and Mr. Strickland to be added to the Committee, 11 Jan. 1654–5. [½ page. Also I. 75, p. 620.] Annexing,
49. i. Certificate of the Committee for approbation of public preachers in favour of Stringer. 7 Feb. 1654–5. [1 page.]
49. ii. Report of the Committee in his case, that he should be allowed the 50l., but instead of its being paid from the county revenue, it should be paid by the trustees for maintenance of preaching ministers. 17 Feb. 1654–5. [1 page.]
Dec. 5. Council. Day's Proceedings.
2. Mackworth and Jones to advise with some of the judges about the business of Capt. Sadlington, and to report.
4. The petition of the late train of artillery, for assignment of lands of 130l. a year value out of delinquents' estates, instead of the hare warren at Hampton Court, for their arrears, read.
5. That of Matthew Young, of Stratford, co. Essex, concerning a quantity of oats delivered by the late Thos. Manley for the Parliament, in 1642, read.
6. Jones and Lambert to attend his Highness about a report from the Admiralty Commissioners, concerning the number of men to be employed on next summer's guard at sea.
9. The report on the petition of Thos. Stephenson, of Whitgift, co. York, concerning banks for preservation of marsh land there, referred to the Treasury Commissioners, to inquire, and report. Annexing,
50. i. Report alluded to by Mulgrave, Fiennes, and Lambert, that the banks were formerly maintained from revenues of the late King since sold, and therefore the case should be referred to the Treasury Commissioners. 30 Nov. 1654. [½ page.]
10. On Mackworth's report from the Committee on the papers of Emanuel Martyns Dorindo, alias David Abrabanell, a Hebrew, Council saw no cause to make any order.
12. The petition of John Ramsey and Rob. Allum, freighters of the Hannah of Whitby, co. York, and of Jonas Grange, master, for the owners, referred to the Commissioners for the French treaty.
13. To consider the business of the Jersey Government at 4 next Thursday; Council to be summoned.
14. The petition and papers of Henry Robinson of London, concerning a debt contracted in 1620 at Constantinople, referred to the Commissioners for the French treaty, to speak with the petitioner, and consider what is fit to be done. [I. 75, pp. 619–621.]
Dec. 5.
Doctors' Commons.
51. Admiralty Judges to the Protector. We have long waited an order on the case of Palache, on a report made to Council, and his proctor pressing for judgment, we remind you thereof, and certify that if we receive no order to the contrary, we shall let the case go to hearing. [¾ page.]
Dec. 8/18. 52. Sir Edw. Cologne Nicholas to Jos. Jane, Mr. Fargison's, Scotland Arms, Molle Straet, Hague. I agree with you that it were much to the King's honour that his care and piety to prevent the Duke of Gloucester being perverted were known to all friends in England and in foreign parts, but it would so reflect on the Queen mother that, though I am one she most hates, I disadvise it, especially the publishing any of the King's letters or dispatches about it. If by his Majesty's care the hopeful duke return out of France untainted in his religion, (as I am confident he will, if he be permitted to come thence with my Lord of Ormond) that will be a good demonstration of his Majesty's industry in the business, and a conviction of the falsehood of the reports that the King left him in France that he might be made a Papist. It is certain that, upon his insisting to obey his blessed father, and the King his brother, and not to suffer himself to be tampered with to alter his religion, and refusing to submit to the Queen's pleasure to turn Papist, the Queen forbad him her court, and when at parting he demanded her blessing, she refused to give it him, but of this you are to take no notice, unless you hear it from some other hand.
The first part of what I wrote you about Blake's being in the Mediterranean, came from England, and that about the French under the Duke of Guise from Italy; it is now added that the Duke's horse not being come, he re-embarked his foot to preserve them, and is going from the coast of Naples.
Col. Blagg came here on Wednesday with Lady Hyde, whom he met on the way, but we do not know where Lord Gerard is.
Whether Cromwell has consented to the disbanding of any of his troops in England I know not, but his Parliament has ordered that the money for payment of the army shall be but 60,000l. a month, and but for 3 months, and that no money shall be henceforth raised but by consent in Parliament. If these votes stand, after the 3 months, the army will be paid from the Excise, and not by further contributions in the counties. If you have seen the last prints, tell me your opinion of those votes.
The slow payment of the money in Germany makes the wants here still very great; my debt is unpaid, and we cannot send supplies to Scotland in requisite measure.
If you can tell me how to fulfil your desire, I will gladly do it. Mr. Cha. will write you what he thinks of an answer to "the " reasons of Cromwell's present government," to which I can say nothing, not having seen the book. My greatest discouragement in my hopes of better times is the want of union among us, the most sober being very unsociable in business. I beseech God send more humility and soberness among us.
My wife writes that she has not heard from me since 17 October; the postmaster here is said to be a very rogue, and a creature of Cromwell's, and I believe he sends to a correspondent postmaster in England all letters that go from hence to any English in London, so I will write to her through you.
When I spoke to the King about you at Aix, he said he would readily do anything he could for you, and I will solicit for you, though I am no good solicitor for myself.
I now perceive Hyde incited and commanded his lady hither, for so she says, though he will not be known to do it, and it must be extreme chargeable to him, and for that and many other reasons I conceive very imprudently done of him; but he is wiser than all men in all things, and it seems because he can speak well, he thinks he may do any thing and never consider how great envy attends him, and how few friends he has in this Court; but he is very industrious and able in the King's affairs, exceeding faithful to his master, though no kind friend even to those he has reason to esteem; but I say this only to yourself. Have you seen or heard anything from Sir Ri. Page since he went? where is his lady? what does she say to his going without her ? My service to your daughter and Mrs. Broughton. [2¾ pages. The italics are in cipher deciphered.]
Dec. 11.
Inverlochy, Lochaber.
53. Col. Wm. Brayne to the Admiralty Committee. I am keeping Capt. Nutton with the Satisfaction, by Gen. Monk's order, to transport a party of men to some of the islands or maritime wastes, should the enemy infest them. They are not considerable, and far northward, and all diligence is used to impede their levies; this place, which was their safe place of retreat and recruit, is now very peaceable, and in a posture of defence, and with the force of the garrison, will be able to oppose any they can bring. Capt. Tarleton is victualling the Islip at Liverpool; on his return I will send an account how he is disposed of. [¾ page.]
Dec. 11.
Doctors' Commons.
54. Report of the Admiralty Judges to the Protector. The Dutch ship King David having been condemned in our court at the request of Thos. Chelston, we certify that he had a commission to set out the Prosperous against the French, which under Capt. Motham took a Flemish pink with Dutch colours on the French coast, and manned her to bring her to England; but losing her in the night, she was retaken by Capt. Potter of the State's ship George, and as Motham had no commission against the Dutch to show, she was brought into Falmouth, and condemned. The Admiralty Committee can do nothing; relief rests only in your Highness' clemency. [1 page.]
Dec. 12. 55. Petition of Jane, widow of Capt. George Ensor, to the Protector, for settlement of her pension, with arrears since 3 June last, that she and her children may subsist, it being allowed out of Haberdashers' Hall, but stayed by all payments being made into the Exchequer. [2/3 page.]
55. i. Order in Parliament of 22 June 1650, for payment to her of a pension of 20s. weekly, and order in the Council of State of Nov. 18, 1653, for its continuance from Goldsmiths' Hall, the late restraint notwithstanding. With note of its payment from thence to 24 June 1654, and no longer. 22 Dec. 1654. Also order by the Committee for Advance of money, &c. for its weekly payment by Mr. Dawson, their treasurer, from 22 June. 26 June 1654. [1½ pages.]
Dec. 12. Order to advise the payment from the Exchequer of the following pensions:—Jane Ensor, 20s. a week, with arrears; Peter du Moulin, 100l. a year, with arrears; Lady Alice Borlace, 4l. a week, with arrears, both on a Protector's order of 24 Aug. 1653; also Lieut. Thos. Butler, 40l. a year, with arrears, by Protector's order of 2 April 1651. Approved 5 Jan. 1654–5. [I. 75, pp. 623–637.]
Dec. 12. 56, 57. Petition of Jno. Richant & Co., merchants, to the Protector, for restitution of the Michael Archangel, built at Amsterdam in 1639, but taken in a voyage from Genoa to Lisbon by Prince Rupert, for having a protection from the commander of the English fleet. She escaped, and came voluntarily into the protection of the fleet of the Commonwealth, by Capt. Goulding, an Englishman. She has been two years in the service, under the command of Capt. Hayward, and is now called the Gillyflower. Begs allowance for her service. With reference thereon to the Admiralty Committee, to report. [2 copies.]
Dec. 12. Note of a petition referred to the Committee for Petitions of Sir Chas. Berkley, for possession till evicted by law of 211 acres in Frome Selwood forest, granted him by the late King, according to a decree in Chancery in 1636, spoils being made thereon, and for renewal of an order of the Council of State. Noted: Left to law, the like letter as others in the like case. [I. 92, No. 283.]
Dec. 12. Council. Day's Proceedings.
1. Capt. Jones and his troop of horse, being part of the force designed for special service under Gen. Venables, to march to Portsmouth, where order is taken for their pay.
2. Rob. Wadeson, paymaster of the forces on special service, to have 10s. a day, and 30l. in advance out of the 30,000l. appointed for the special service.
3. Mr. Fletcher appointed storekeeper to the special service. Gen. Venables to fix his salary.
4. Venables to take with him a smith and a carpenter if necessary, and to pay them out of the money for contingencies for the expedition.
5, 6. Edw. Winslow, one of the Commissioners in the expedition, to have 1,000l. salary, and his Highness to be requested to order 500l. to be advanced to him.
7. Gen. Venables to appoint a fit salary to Henry Carey, secretary to the expedition, and order its payment out of the money for contingencies.
8. Order on a letter from the Admiralty Committee to the Treasury Commissioners of 9 Dec. 1654, requiring 100,000l. for the fleet, to request his Highness to issue warrants for the Treasury Commissioners to pay Hutchinson 100,000l.
11. Order for an alteration in the warrant of 28 Aug. 1654, about a pension of 20s. a week to Jane, widow of Col. Fras. Rowe, that it be payable from the Exchequer by warrant under the Great Seal or Privy Seal.
12. Fiennes, Jones, and Pickering to send for Anth. Sadler and hear what he has to say against the proceedings of the Commissioners for approbation of public preachers, receive the Commissioners' answer, and report. [I. 75, pp. 621–623.]
Dec. 13. 57. Order in the Admiralty Committee to request the Protector and Council for an order to dispose of the Samson, Salvadore, and George, which had the great quantity of silver on board, to the best advantage of the State, the Prize Goods' Commissioners reporting that they are much injured by having lain 2 years in the Thames, and are in a perishable condition, and a great charge, by keeping men on board. Noted as read 28 Dec., but respited till Gen. Desborow be present. [1 page.]
Dec. ? 58. Petition of Clement Kinnersley, wardrobe keeper, to the Protector. During the 9 months of my employment, I have got in many goods which would not else have been recovered, with which I have furnished Whitehall, the Parliament house and rooms, and other rooms, and spent 500l. therein. I want a room for my office, as my former room is not to be had, and the banqueting house where I am is not fitting, especially at this season. In the late King's time, I had a diet of 12 dishes a day, and a salary of 1,000l. a year, but I only ask a competency. Also I beg an examination of my claim to my office against that of Wm. Legg, keeper of the late standing wardrobe of Whitehall, which I have requested for 3 years. If his claim is the better, I will render up the employment, and assist him as his servant. [1 page.]
Dec. 16. Order in Council that Montague, Jones, and Pickering be added to the Committee on his petition. [I. 75, p. 625.]
Dec. 16. Council. Day's Proceedings.
1. 9,000 men to be declared for the next summer's guard.
2. 59. The 40 tuns of French wine allowed by an Ordinance of 28 March 1654 to be brought in the Hope of Rouen from France to London, custom free, to be brought in some other ship named for the purpose, and warrants and a pass granted.
4. Rob. Rous, Lieut.-Colonel to Col. Morris under Gen. Venables, to have 38 days' pay from the contingencies of the service, as the other officers have had, to be paid to Ant. Rous.
7. Strickland, Montague, Pickering, and Jones to consider how Windsor Little Park and the appurtenances, lately repurchased by the State, may be best disposed for its advantage. [I. 75, pp. 624, 625.]
Dec. 16. 60. Patent under the Great Seal authorising Bulstrode Whitelock, Sir Thos. Widdrington, and Jno. Lisle, Commissioners of the Great Seal, Hen. Rolle, Lord Chief Justice of the Upper Bench, Oliver St. John, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, Edw. Montague, and Wm. Sydenham, two of the Council, and Commissioners of the Treasury, to pay Robt. Turpin, 2,000l., out of the Treasury of the Exchequer, as also a weekly sum of 250l., for the relief of sick and wounded mariners, until further order. [Copy, 1 page.]
Dec. 17.
61. Council to Edw. Dendy. Being informed that John White, Rich. Manley, and Hen. Bateson, have defrauded the State upon counterfeit warrants of several great sums of money which they have converted to their own use, you are to apprehend and bring them before Council to answer to the charges. With writ of assistance. [¾ page.]
Dec. 18. 62. A. Granger to Rob. Blackborne. I have caused Jane, the wife of Col. Farrington, who came to look after Mr. Fugill, to be taken before Sir Jno. Wollaston, for having, with Col. Key's wife and Mrs. Lovell, been a receiver and vendor of false debentures; he has committed her to prison. Her husband is one of those who would have contrived with me the forging of 10,000l. Irish accounts. Alderman Barker was to have bought them, and other things of great consequence he intended to forge, as an order from Council, &c. I also intend to secure him, but I want power. Mathew Ryley an attorney, their grand intelligencer and the blaser of this business, is abroad; he ought to be secured until it is over, that we may not miss the apprehension of the rest. If those who are secured can communicate with the rest, they will have warning and be frighted.
I desire their honours will take immediate order for the disposal of this woman; if I were at liberty to prosecute, I would quickly draw them together, and go through what I have undertaken, though it cost me my life, which is highly threatened by many of them, if I attempt this general discovery.
Mr. Fugill, after his escape, came to me with Col. Farrington, and used most opprobrious language of the Commissioners, saying, "There sat Col. Clarke, with his pricked ears, and little head, and lesser wit, whom I baffled to his face," and that "there was not a gentleman among them but Admiral Desborow, and he was a ploughman;" but I am ashamed to rehearse any more of such language, so unworthily thrown and aspersed on such honourable gentlemen, to whom I am obliged even for my life.
P.S. It will be most convenient that the messenger should take out a general warrant to apprehend those whom I shall at any time name. [1½ pp.]
Dec.? 63. A. Granger to Rob. Blackborne, secretary to the Admiralty Committee. If there be not yet any order granted for the Bench of sessions to stay their discharge of Jane Farrington, let a note be sent to Mr. Dike that I may be at liberty with my keeper to go to the sessions' house this afternoon to prosecute, or else I and my man, and the turnkey lie open to the common law of an inveterate woman, whose husband has threatened my life ever since my taking of Fugill. [1 page.]
Dec. ?
64. Ab. Granger to Matt. Ryley, at a barber's house, by the Chequer inn, Holborn, I warn you, out of affection, not to stir in the messages of these people, Fugill or others, for if you do, you will find yourself in a sad condition. You had been secured yesterday had not I esteemed you very highly. [2/3 page.]
Dec. ? 65. A. Granger to his cousin. God has punished me for my sins, and I am in jeopardy for my life every minute, but there is yet a chance of saving it. I am in the hands of cruel men. The sheriff is in the house, and both father and son have upbraided me with former —. There is an outlawry against me this 2 years, and I am beset with perplexity, but I trust God will deliver me. I have but 15l. in the world, but I will pawn things to make it 20l., which you shall have before I stir, and if you will ride 50 miles for me (I will furnish the horse) you could get me 30l. more. Get my discharge for God's sake, for my blood is at stake, and I will not part from you and Westrop till we have ended all. [1 page.]
Dec. 19. Council. Day's Proceedings.
2. Wm. Legg to deliver to Clement Kinnersley the indenture of the goods belonging to the State delivered to Lord Whitelock's officers on his going to Sweden, and Kinnersley to receive for his Highness' use the said hangings, plate, pewter, linen, and other goods.
3. Thirty bags of galls, part of the lading of the St. Francis of Marseilles, taken at sea last July by a ship in the State's service, to be delivered to Nath. Manton, for use of the proprietor, or if they are sold, the whole proceeds thereof.
5. The alterations made by his Highness in the rules, directions, and byelaws made by the aldermen of London for regulating hackney coachmen, approved by Council Nov. 30, read, and approved.
6. 66. The Admiralty Commissioners to provide 650 more hammocks for the forces designed for special service, and send them speedily to Portsmouth, according to Gen. Desborow's letter of Dec. 12. [I. 75, pp. 626, 627.]
Dec. 19.
Doctors' Commons.
67. Drs. Jno. Godolphin and Wm. Clarke to the Admiralty Committee. We have stopped the proceedings touching the St. John Baptist, taken by Captains Sedgwick and Leverett, until their return, and ordered the superseding of Arnold Beake's arrest of all the goods as belonging to the State; Beake has submitted to their landing, provided he has the same benefit as allowed to strangers, he being a British subject. As the ship is to be reladen for the use of the State, it is desired that Capt. Sedgwick may attend to testify what goods belong to the State, that a severance may be made, and that justice may proceed according to law. [1 page.]
Dec. 23.
St. Ives.
68. And. Duke to Capt. John Pearse, London. Private affairs. Thanks for your receiving 10l. for me. I want the cloth you bought made there into clothes, a cloak or riding coat, whichever is most in wearing, but more especially I want my landlady paid ½ a year's rent that I owe. Pay what money you have of mine to Major Ceely, who is coming to London. [1 page.]
Dec. 23.
St. Ives.
69. Rich. Cowch to Capt. John Pearse. My wife wishes you to buy her a serge jumpe of a sad colour, with a hood to match, or an oiled hood. [1 page.]
Dec. 28. 70. Petition of Edward Stanley, a saltpetre man, to the Admiralty Commissioners. I have adventured my life in desperate services by sea and land, and fearing the want of gunpowder in these sea-fights with the Dutch, I contracted last April with Fras. Vincent, saltpetre man, for the working of Surrey and Hampshire the full time of his commission, engaging to bring into the Tower stores 20 barrels monthly, being ½ Vincent's engagement for his 4 counties, at 3l. 18s. a barrel. But having brought my vessels and servants to Guildford to work, divers gentlemen oppose me because I have not a commission from the present Government. I beg you to get one from the Council of State, that I may go on with my work, which is 20l. a week charge, and bring in my proportion of powder. [1 page.] Annexing,
70. i. Report of the Admiralty Committee thereon, advising a renewal of the commission to Stanley to work in the aforesaid counties, during the time limited in the Act. 6 Dec. 1654. [1 page.]
Dec. 28. Reference thereon in Council to Mulgrave, Jones, Strickland, and Wolsley, to report. [I. 75, p. 628.]
Dec. 28. Council. Day's Proceedings.
2. A bond of Nov. 22, 1652, that Sir Robert Stone, while beyond sea on a pass from Council, shall do nothing against Government, to be delivered up to Stone to be cancelled.
4. Wm. Legg to deliver to Clem. Kinnersley, for his Highness' use, all the plate, linen, &c., which was sent with Lord Whitelock to Sweden, and is since returned.
5. Fiennes, Jones, and Wolsley to make such alterations as they think fit in the draft of a letter prepared by Dr. Walker to the Admiralty Lords at Dunkirk, about the Patience and her lading, taken as prize by the Bonadventure, and stayed at Ostend, and to report.
7. 72. Order on report from the Admiralty Committee of Dec. 13, to advise his Highness to direct the Committee to build 6 small frigates of 20 guns each, and to put them in hand presently, to which his Highness, being present, agreed.
9. The petition of Col. Henry Pretty for compensation, as his contract for the purchase of Agarsley Park cannot be made good, referred to Lambert, Montague, Pickering, and Jones, to report.
10. 73. The petition of the bailiffs of Great Yarmouth, for payment of 42l. disbursed in sending to sea small vessels to observe the motions of the Dutch, and give notice to the merchants, according to an order of July 1652, referred to the Admiralty Commissioners, to order the Navy Treasurer to pay it if they find it due.
13. The thanks of Council given to Gen. Desborow, for his good service at Portsmouth in dispatching Gen. Penn's fleet and forces.
14. The powers of Rich. Hutchinson, Navy Treasurer, expiring 1 Jan. next, the Admiralty Committee are to treat with him about the proportion of his salary for next year, and report.
15. To advise his Highness that Lieut.-Col. John Mills be paid for fire and candles provided for Col. Ingoldsby's regiment, out of the army contingencies.
16. Order on a letter from Redcastle, Wales, of Dec. 12, concerning interruptions given to godly persons by Mr. Garbott and others, that Council write to the justices of peace there to examine, and report.
18. The Commissioners on Clement Kinnersley's petition to report to Council at their next sitting.
21, 22. To advise a warrant to the Treasury Commissioners, to pay from moneys received from delinquents' estates, to John Blackwell and Rich. Deane, treasurers-at-war, 92,616l. 5s. 10½d., balance unpaid of 166,747l. 1s. 11d., part of 200,000l. ordered by Parliament in 1653 and 1654 to be paid to the said treasurers for the use of the army, and a patent to the said treasurers to receive it and pay it on warrants of the Army Committee.
23. The foot regiments of his Highness and Cols. Ingoldsby and Goffe, which were of 1,200 men, then reduced to 700, then altered to 800, to remain at 800, and the arrears of the other 100 first ordered to be drawn out, and of their officers to be paid. [I. 75, pp. 627–9.]
Dec. 28. 74. A. Granger to Lord Admiral Desborow. I now begin to lift my head from the pit of my affliction, your return being the continuance of my hopes. I beg your memory of me, and here present a charge of facts against certain persons, some whereof are already taken by my direction and endeavours. [1 page.] Enclosing,
74. i. Information by Granger.
1. Fugill was the first man that enticed me into this second acting; I charge him with contriving and vending in 1651 and 1652 false debentures and public faith bills which he had of Quick and me, to the value of 80,000l.; he was imprisoned for it in May 1652, but admitted to bail, on condition that he should not act anything either by forgery or otherwise to the prejudice of the State for 12 months.
2. Within a month after his liberty, he inveigled one (who else was intended for beyond sea), and during the year, vended 7 or 8,000l. of false debentures and public faith bills, whereby he forfeits the mercy granted him, and his security is liable to the forfeiture of the bond, he having broke the condition thereof within two months. He joined me in the forging of those false warrants from the Admiralty Committee, and received 360l. upon them out of the Prize office; he was also to procure an order from Council for 500l. for Col. Farrington's losses, and Farrington and he were to join with me to alter such warrant to 1,500l.
Bateson since 1651 has been acting in the forging of false debentures and public faith bills, and receiviny them from me; he and Quick have sold 12 or 15,000l. worth, of which he had almost all the profit. In Nov. last and since, he received sums on false warrants to the value of 250l.
Quick has forged himself, and vended 70,000l. in false debentures and public faith bills, and had many partners. He was apprehended and imprisoned at the same time as Fugill, and came out on a similar bond, but forfeited it by receiving and vending false debentures which he had of me within the 12 months, whereby his security is liable.
Hill has been a constant dealer in and vender of them, and has sold 15 or 20,000l. worth, and has purchased with the profit thereof, and is settled in a good estate in land, and lives in the country; if taken, he could give evidence against some of greater quality.
Dec. 28. Chadwick knowingly received from Fugill 2 or 3,000l. worth of counterfeit debentures 2 years since, made the letters of attorney himself, and put the names to them. He sold them to Col. Joyce, who purchased on them, but Chadwick had most of the money which Col. Joyce paid for them, and has since, with Crane, another of Quick's dealers, purchased a park or forest, being not before worth 5l., and in a very invalid condition.
White would have contrived with me and Quick to counterfeit bills of exchange and receive excise money, but this never came to any effect. He received several false debentures of me, and sent them to Mr. Greene, Registrar Accountant at Drury House, and had most of the money, and he can testify to much bribery in some of higher note.
Manley has vended many false debentures received from Fugill after his last freedom on security, and was the only man who acted for Fugill, as he could not act for himself, being blemished by his former imprisonment; he has since acted with me.
Gifford contrived the forgery of many public faith bills, vended many of them, and entered many false claims at Worcester House, and has been very active to make discovery upon treasuries according to his power, though his endeavours have been rendered useless.
Col. Keys has procured many false debentures and public faith bills to be forged, and with his wife, has vended above 20 or 30,000l. worth, with whose wife, in his absence, was joined Col. Farrington's wife. This Keys was one of the first actors in this kind of falsehood, and with Fugill first inticed me into such second action, both which joined together at the first beginning of doubling at Worcester House; were he taken, he could speak much as to giving bribes.
Col. White has vended many false debentures, and was an actor with Fugill, who first brought him to me that I should rewrite his own true debenture, granted him for his service, by which means he sold it twice, and afterwards vended many more false ones.
Major Scarrow has lately vended many false debentures, and entered false claims in other names.
Wilmore was the first man that ever tempted me to forgery, as he first brought printed bills or debentures signed by Mr. Hodges and other Army Commissioners, by which bills, at his continual solicitation, I made others, which he sold and had the greatest share.
Monsieur de Boatmore was a continual dealer and vendor of false debentures and public faith bills, and has dealt with Quick, Bateson, Hill, and others, having vended 30,000l. in such forgeries; he was a chief dealer for Col. Thorpe, and has gained a good estate thereby.
Dec. 28. Col. Aldrich has received from me many false debentures, and vended them to Col. Thorpe and others, and received the profits thereof.
Turke has been a continual vendor of the same, which he received of Quick, and also dealt for Fugill, and has vended above 10,000l. worth, and fled when the last enquiry was made.
Cotton has received money several times out of the Prize Office, on false warrants as from the Admiralty Commissioners, by the name of Miller.
Greenway has also received money from the same office on false warrants, and caused one Pratt or Prague to do the same.
Barnes and Steed were at the time of my capture plotting to receive money out of the Custom House, and sent to Holland to have the Council's seal cut, which it is believed has been done and sent over, as since my imprisonment a gentleman from Barnes came to me, and although he could not speak plainly, yet I perceived there was something in agitation, in which Barnes could not proceed without me, and therefore he hoped my speedy liberty.
Herbert with Thorowgood has received out of the Treasury at Tower Street many small sums on false seamen's tickets, signed by those of the Navy at Tower Hill, but on my apprehension, they secured themselves; if I were at liberty, I could quickly find out their haunts, and hinder their further intents.
Farrington combined with me and made me promise to go to Ireland, and there to make 10,000l. false Irish debentures, and Fugill was to bring them over to England, and to sell them to Alderman Barker, to which purpose Barker had agreed on a price with Fugill, and writings were drawn; but as nothing was done, I did not go over, having by Fugill's solicitation a daily expectation of an order from Council for his damages in Barbadoes for 500l.; he would have given the order to me that I might make a false order by it for 1,500l.,—viz., 500l. a man for Fugill, himself, and me,—but he was frustrated of that warrant, and therefore nothing was done. He hid Fugill after his escape, and had his papers in the house when Mr. Blackborne came to search, and afterwards brought Fugill to me. His wife kept company with Col. Keys' wife, and with her received some false debentures from me, and said she had one ready that would deal for them; Keys' wife alleged that Farrington's wife had disposed of 800l. worth of them, and that she must be allowedof the profit. As she is inconsiderable and poor, your honours may do as you see fit, but she being Fugill's grand intelligencer, I secured her, fearing she might give caution from Fugill to others, who would circumvent all; he intends to be mighty obstinate, swearing he will not confess one word unless he has his liberty.
Samuel Edwards has also been a forger of false certificates and seamen's tickets, and received 5 from the Treasury in Tower Street, and has a tribe of others belonging to him; he may easily be taken.
Against many of these parties there is nothing but my testimony at present, as against Mr. Syddall, the clerk; but when a part of them are apprehended, they will prove sufficient testimony one against the other; many of them, if taken, can give such evidence concerning some of greater quality as may make good what in my conscience I know, as to their connivance and assistance herein for profit. I shall be sparing, but as soon as I am permitted to search these falsities, according to my proposal, in the offices of Gurney, Drury, and Worcester Houses, I will quickly find out some of those grandees, and the particulars of the charges herein. I doubt not, if fully authorised, to free the State from most or all the public debts claimed as arrears for the soldiery and upon the public faith, for I believe there will not be true bills enough, by many thousand pounds, to put in the place of the false. I will make such a thorough discovery as was scarce ever made since the first Parliament sat, and if found faulty in a tittle of my trust, I will desire no mercy, but a just reward of justice for such perfidious breach and forfeiture of mercy received. [7 pages.]
74. ii. List of 21 persons concerned in the fraud, viz.:—
John Fugill.
Jno. White.
Isaac Wilmore.
Jno. Quick.
Col. White.
Col. Farrington.
Major Scarrow.
Mr. Cotton.
Thos. Thorowgood.
Mr. Steed.
Mr. Chadwick.
Rich. Manley.
Hen. Bateson.
Rich. Hill.
Peter Gifford.
Col. Aldrich.
Col. Keys.
Monsr. De Boatmore.
Edw. Herbert.
Mr. Barnes.
Mr. Turke.
[Dec. 28.] 75. A. Granger to Col. Thos. Kelsey. I now begin to hope a period of my present affliction, and that the Almighty has heard my prayers, and put into your heart the finishing of this great and free act of mercy towards me. The Lord enable me to make a right use of this his fatherly dealing, and grant that I may use this my given life to the glory of God, and to the profit of the Commonwealth. To the completing thereof, there is nothing remaining but your assent and charitable assistance, which I beg, and that you will proceed to the acceptance of my security, so that I may be enabled to give a speedy satisfactory account of my integrity, and what I propounded; if you find me false, snatch back this life and mercy, as from one unworthy to live. [¾ page.]
[Dec. 28.] 76. A. Granger to Col. Clerke. Having for a good space already tasted your honor's mercy by yet enjoying my forfeited life, and by a continuance thereof led into a pitch of much hope, not only of my life, but also of my liberty, wherein nothing is wanted but your consent, I humbly beseech that you will be one of the first moving instruments to this preservation and mercy, and vouchsafe to be a leading example in finishing thereof to the rest of the Commissioners, who only expect your pleasure therein, so that my security sealed, I may proceed in my proposed undertakings, wherein I am confident to give a speedy and considerable account of my integrity. [1 page.]
Dec. 28.
Press Yard, Newgate.
77. John Wheate to Col. Clerke, Whitehall. I was much abused last night by Capt. Granger, who called me a traitorous rogue, and was like to have killed me. He set all the keepers against me, and by reason of his fullness of money, swaggers and domineers so that no man is able to abide in the place; I therefore desire you will immediately grant an order to Capt. Dike, on behalf of Joshua Fugill, who is a prisoner here in the same place to Granger, and by virtue of an order from Mr. Blakemore, is kept from pen, ink, or paper, or any one save Granger, who has taken him to lie with him, so that you shall find their plots and deceits discovered, and have full satisfaction within 48 hours after his liberty, whereby he may be enabled to declare the truth of the whole matter.
I am assured that for what I have done, I shall be removed into a miserable place, and bear many false expressions besides, except you move to the contrary. [¾ page.]
[Dec. 28.] 78. Information by Rebecca Barnes and Jane Rodolphus to the Admiralty Committee. Mary Palmer alias Wilmer counterfeited hands to get a pension for the death of her husband Skitson (who died of the plague in Moorfields), and received it until she married Palmer, now a prisoner in the Gatehouse. She then turned it over to her child, and received it again 6 years after her child was dead. She caused others in the same manner to obtain pensions at Ely House, &c. where 10 or 12 are lately put out. She counterfeited Col. Ingoldsby and others' hands, whereby she obtained the Lord Protector's hand to the Committee at Little Britain, for an allowance, under pretence that her husband died a lieutenant in a ship at sea, and that her present husband was her cousin, and was to be trusted with her money. Can produce similar cases, but cannot spend their time without reward. [1 page.]
Dec. 30.
Doctors' Commons.
79. Drs. Jno. Godolphin and Wm. Clerke, Admiralty judges to the Admiralty Committee. We ordered that the goods and merchandise in the St. John Baptist be landed by Major Sedgwick, he giving caution for answering the freight, in case any shall be adjudged due to the owners. Notwithstanding which, information on oath is given in Court touching the unlading, without caution for the freight being given by Major Sedgwick. With what unhandsome language, to the contempt of the jurisdiction of his Highness' Court of Admiralty, these proceedings touching these goods are attended appears by the information, together with some reflections as to the proprietors of the goods, and the distinctions thereof. The clamours of Arnold Beake for justice in the Admiralty Court in this cause are high, requiring justice, and an attachment against such as have unladen the goods. To require justice is his right; to do it is our duty; but before any attachment should issue, we have thought fit to acquaint you herewith, and to remind you of our desire that Major Sedgwick may yet attend the Court, upon the account of the said caution, that so justice may proceed according to law. [¾ page.] Annexing,
79. i. Deposition of Thos. Browne, one of the marshal's deputies, and Thos. Smith, before Saml. Howe, public notary, that the master and boatswain of the St. John Baptist said the State had no other goods in the ship besides 100 and odd barrels of tar, that all the rest of the goods belonged to private men, and that the goods which they saw in the lighter, taken out of the ship, were tobacco and sugar. Further, that the master told them publicly upon the Exchange, that Major Sedgwick said he was unwise, in that he did not throw the officer who arrested the goods overboard, and that he, the master, repented he had not so done. Browne further deposes that notwithstanding the Admiralty warrant, the master and company proceeded in unloading the tobacco and sugar. 30 Dec. 1654. [1¾ pages.]
Dec. ? 80. Petition of Edw. Bellamy and John Addis to the Admiralty Committee. Contracted in September last with Capt. Thos. Alderne, Navy victualler, to victual ships in London and Chatham, and to deliver fish, for which they were to be paid monthly; but though they have done their part, they are unpaid since November, and there are now 4,000 men daily victualling, which will increase while the ships remain in the Hope, and they spend 100l. a day, and only receive 100l. a week. Beg an imprest from the Navy victualler of 1,500l., and 600l. a week while the fleet remains in the river. Also that the boats coming to Gravesend may carry beer to the Hope. Also that they may have justice on Capt. Hayward of the Entrance, who owes them beer. [1 page.]
Dec. ? 81. Petition of the mayor, aldermen, and inhabitants of Hull to the Admiralty Committee. Our poor have much increased lately, and more than ever since the late war with Holland, whereby many women and children have lost husbands and fathers, There is 60l. in the hands of Wm. Lyme, collector of the customs on coal for the winter quarter, which by the Act for impositions on coals, we are to receive for our poor; we beg your order for its payment. [1 page.]
Dec. ? 82. Note by J. Perkins to [Hum. Holden] referring him to Capt. Lark, one of the prize money and gratuity Commissioners for lost seamen in Little Britain, late clerk of the Committee for public debts and examination of frauds, sitting in the Duchy chamber, in reference to certain debentures. With note by Holden to Blackborne that Browne, one of the most notorious rogues for counterfeiting debentures, is now prisoner at Lambeth house, and that the said late clerk has papers which will be very serviceable in the case. [1 page.]
Dec. ? 83. Petition of Col. Hum. Brewster, and Major Wm. Poe to the Protector and Council. By commissions from you, the Earl of Manchester, and Lord Grey of Wark, Poe and his brother Anthony served faithfully in your regiment in the associated counties, as captain and lieutenant, from 21 Feb. 1642–3 to 19 April 1646, in suppressing the malignants, and disbursed therein 3,201l. 14s. 4d., as appears by order of Parliament of 10 Dec. 1646. Ant. Poe sold his share therein to Major Wm. Poe, to whom 2,601l. 19s. 6d. is also due, as executor to Capt. John Birkbeck, and Katherine his wife. To Brewster 725l. 7s. 6d. is due for service in the wars.
As God has seated you in the supreme power, to the great rejoicing of all who love the nation's prosperity, we— being frustrate of satisfaction other ways,—beg an order to the trustees at Worcester house to pay us from the sale of 4 forests, on the Ordinance of 30 Aug. 1654; or from lands in cos. Dublin, Cork, Kildare, and Caterlaugh, yet undisposed of; or from forfeited corporation lands, according to the Act of 26 Sept. 1653, for adventurers and soldiers; or from our own discoveries. [1 page.]