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Letters and Papers relating to the Navy, &c.: October 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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October 1654

Date. From To Subject. References.
Vol. 89.
Oct. 1 List of ships, &c. sold by the candle at Deptford and London since 13 Oct. 1653, with the prices and purchasers' names. 1
" " Capt. Anth. Young, Vanguard, Queenborough. Adm. Com. Has come in by order of Vice-Adm. Howett, and written Comr. Pett of his arrival. Will proceed to Chatham with speed. 2
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill for 4,883l. 6s. 8d. for clothes provided by Vice-Adm. Goodson for Gen. Penn's squadron, and to see that the amount is defalked out of the pay of the officers and seamen of the squadron. 3
" 2 Phineas Pett, Chatham. Edw. Hopkins. Received 1l. 10s. 5d. from Mr. Thompson for pendants bought of Robt. Withers, and will pay it into the Treasury. Has confidence in Mr. Randall's promise. Messrs. Sewell and Hayward will not take an account of the cordage bought of Mr. Gold until ordered. The Victory and 3 other ships have arrived. 4
" " Robt. Sewell and Peter Ellis, Chatham Dockyard. [Navy Comrs.] Ask supply of Noyals and Vittry canvas, as the stores are quite destitute, and the President is waiting to be fitted. 5
Oct. 3 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs The Victory and Expedition have arrived; has turned over 60 of their men into the Advice and President, and 60 out of the Vanguard, which will complete their number and enable them to discharge their lame soldiers; the men are coming up for their pay. Will expend their beer upon petty warrant, and send up the rest of the provisions. The purveyors ought to take more care to observe orders. Has launched the Advice, and the President is in dry dock. 6
" " Collectors for Prize Goods. Recommendation of Thos. Chetwood, formerly a tide waiter, and afterwards with Col. Deane, for employment. 7
" " Capt. Rich. Ducie, Nicodemus, Kinsale. Adm. Comrs Has been plying on the west by order of the Commissioners at Dublin. Saw 3 Frenchmen on the coast, but they did no harm. 8
" " Capt. Edm. Thomson, Chester. Navy Comrs Having been at sea 6 months, was constrained to lay his ship on shore for repairs, &c.; had 20l. of Capt. Whitworth for which he has drawn a bill. 9
" 4 Thos. Shewell, Bristol. " Has drawn a bill for 600l. upon the Navy treasurer for stores, &c. supplied to the Nantwich, and desires it may be paid. The ship is not a fast sailer. 10
" 5 Phineas Pett, Chatham. Edw. Hopkins. Has forced 28l. 16s. 8d. from Mr. Randall, on account of 38l. 6s. 8d.; was glad to take it, as it was provided by those who bought the provisions of him, was all he received, and he may become insolvent. The Triumph has come in; if, as it is reported, she is reduced to a 2nd rate, desires warrant to reduce her 18 men borne in ordinary to 9. 11
" " E. Hayward, Chatham. Navy Comrs Has compared Mr. Culmer's receipts and orders for provisions sent from Deal last year with the charge, but cannot discern any error, and has therefore charged the respective ships, whose books he has, with the supplies, and sent the rest to Mr. Kendall. 12
" 6 Thos. White, Dover Account of disbursements in fitting out ships named from 26 April to 28 July 1654, total 363l. 2s. 9d.; and from 12 July to 5 Sept., total 811l. 7s. 9d. Passed 6th Oct. 1654. 13, 13a
" " Wm. Goodson and Wm. Bridge, Yarmouth. Certificate that Nich. Manley, chaplain of Yarmouth, was much persecuted by former bishops, and forced to fly to Holland, and while residing in Rotterdam, was always reputed of godly conversation and sound principles. 14
" " Comrs. for Prize Goods, Plymouth. Adm. Com. Have seized the whalebone embezzled from the Joseph of St. Sebastian, in the house if Wm. Danger who brought it away, and General Blake has sent Newton to Portsmouth. Their messenger, Peter Fox, was nearly killed by Edw. Salmon, Rich. Rowdon, and others, put upon him by Wm. Salmon, who bought it. Also sent their officers to seize some hides and sugar embezzled out of another prize, in the house of Saml. Sargeant at Tregantle, being part of a larger quantity carried away by Ferdinando Popleston, but the constable of Anthony parish, Cornwall, refused to act on their warrant and orders, and obstructed the officers, for which he ought to be made an example of. With depositions in proof of the latter charge. 15,16
" " Anth. Porter, Plymouth. Navy Comrs Sailed from Plymouth on 29th ult., but has been forced back by foul weather. Lost anchors and cables in the Sound, and had great difficulty in getting into Catwater. The captain has written the Generals at Torbay of his condition. 17
Oct. 6 Capt. Rich. Cowes, Cat, Liverpool Water. Navy Comrs Received Jas. Standish, treasurer of Ireland, on board, by order of the Lord Deputy and Council of Ireland, and landed him at Holyhead. Was then to have returned, but losing his anchor and cable in a storm, sailed for Chester, and received supplies from Capt. Jno. Whitworth, for which he has given a bill for 29l. 14s. 10d. Will sail for Dublin the first wind, but if he is to keep out the winter, will want sails. 18
" " Dan. Bradley of Gosport, mariner, Saml. Williams and Thos. Butteresse, of Portsmouth. Depositions before Fras. Holt, mayor of Portsmouth, that the Magdalen of Rochelle and the Small Nut of Olonne laden with salt, brandy, and paper, have been in Portsmouth Harbour nearly a year, and much of their lading has perished, and unless it is forthwith landed, further damage will ensue. 19
" 7 Capt. Alex. Farly, Basing, Tynemouth Haven. Adm. Com. Delivered the 30,000l. to the deputy treasurer at Leith; was then ordered by General Monk to stay for the Bryer, and after delivering her 6 weeks' provisions, sailed, but meeting with a storm off Huntley, put into Tynemouth; will sail for Yarmouth Roads with the first wind. 20
" " Capt. John Whitworth, Chester. Navy Comrs Has been put to straits in supplying captains with money to procure necessaries for their ships, by the absence of Mr. Walley, and as it may often happen, desires instructions. Gave Capt. Thomson 20l., and assisted Capt. Cowes driven in by the weather; encloses their bills. 21
" 9 Chris. Pett, Woolwich. " The Crow will be ready for her stores by the 12th, and a commander ought to be sent down to see to her rigging, &c., as only the boatswain and 2 others have arrived. Is in hand with the Assistance; asks a warrant to send the hoy at Deptford to fetch the timber provided at Arundel by Mr. Shish for the 2nd rate frigate. 22
" " Capt. Saml. Dickinson, Gift, Plymouth. Adm. Com. Will sail to the Downs with the first wind. Has 2½ months' provisions, and the ship and furniture in good condition, but she wants caulking. 23
" " Summary of 10 letters received respecting ships at Plymouth, Portsmouth, Spithead, Liverpool, and Dublin, also of one from Mr. Newbery, that there are 40 tons of iron guns put on shore, and Mr. Strudwick has 45 tons for disposal at 5l. a ton. 24
" 10 Prize Comrs. Adm. Com. Desire order for landing the oil, boxwood, and Spanish wool in the Elizabeth now in the river, which Vice-Adm. Howett certifies is from Bayonne to Havre de Grace, as the wool being hot, dries up the oil; there will be much damage to the goods, and the men are pumping out oil daily. [2 copies.] 25, 26
" " Geo. Payler, Navy Office. [Robt.] Blackborne.] To ask the Commissioners what guns the Great President, Assistance, and Crow are to carry, also the ships for the winter guard, and whether any are to be sent as demanded for the frigate building at Bristol. 27
Oct. 10 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. The Crow will be ready to take in her sea stores next Thursday, and wants a commander and other officers. 28
" 11 Phineas Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs As he keeps an account of every ship, can state that the Nonsuch was graved, washed, tallowed, and furnished with stores. 29
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. The Lamport has arrived at Spithead in the condition mentioned by the captain. Has given order for taking out her masts, and will have a survey. 30
" 12 W. Barbour Robt. Blackborne. Asks him to procure a signed warrant for the bearer 31
" 13 Chris. Pett, Woolwich. Navy Comrs The Crow wants a commander, and some men to see to her rigging, &c. Asks appointment of Wm. Cooper as purveyor to the yard, many provisions being wanted. Begs directions as to the Horsleydown shallop, which will become a wreck if much longer exposed. Many of the pressed caulkers have not arrived, and some sawyers are required from Mr. Johnson's yard at Blackwall. 32
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Ordered a furnace for the Jersey long since, and wonder the ship should have to wait, and her captain to make journeys to London upon such frivolous grounds, unless his complaints are merely a colour for coming up. 33
" " " " Have given order for fitting out the Crow, but she wants a captain. The Horsleydown shallop had better be sold. Want order to pass the accounts of Gilbert Crane, for hire of the King David, employed to fetch masts from New England. 34
" " Geo. Payler, Navy Office. Robt. Blackborne. Asks what guns are to be supplied to the Crow 35
" " Comrs. for Prize Goods. [Adm. Com.] The Admiralty Court being closed, ask an order to dispose of the cod fish in the Gift of God, a French vessel brought from Canada into Penryn. 36
" 14 Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Wants masts; also a list of the ships that are to be reduced in men and guns 37
" 16 Chris. Pett, Woolwich " Wants some 4-inch plank, there not being a load in the stores; Mr. Barnes has 60 loads, which Mr. Shish approves of; 3l. 15s. a load might be offered for it, as the price is going up on the report of the building of the 2nd rate ships. 33
" " Thos. Scott, Deptford. " Intended waiting upon them and the treasurer to deliver his imprest bills, but the Warwick and Constant Warwick have arrived, the men are paid and gone, and their guns and stores have to be taken out; as the Providence has also just come in, there is no room for any other. The Assistance at Woolwich wants sails and other stores. 39
" 17 John Morris, Gravesend. " Sends account of men pressed for the Heartsease, since she has been in petty warrant, total 61, 20 of which have run, 5 are discharged, 3 pricked, and 33 on board. 40
Oct. 17 John Morris, Gravesend. Navy Comrs Entered General Penn's squadron into sea victuals, and warned Col. Bellamy's man not to deliver any more provisions, but he nevertheless gave them 2 or 3 days' more. Cannot give any books to the clerks of the check until he has order to enter them into sea victuals; desires orders therein, and also as to mustering, &c. 41
" " Geo. Payler, Navy Office. Adm. Com. Formerly acquainted them with some difference existing in the Ordnance office, and expected its removal. Has not since thought it convenient to act personally in the Tower, but has taken care the business has not been obstructed. 42
" 18 Navy Comrs. " Send the petition of Susan Gladden, relating to the death of Jas. Gladden or Sladden; as it is a matter relating to life, whereof a tender respect should be had, examined Capt. Thos. Thompson, commander of the Crow, but he could not give any information, and what he offers in his own justification displays a great neglect of duty. 43
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " The Lamport has been cleaned and victualled, and her captain will observe Gen. Blake's orders. Having used the Lyme's mainmast, she will have to wait for those from London. 44
" " Adm. Com. [Ordnance officers.] Order that the journal and other entry books and records of the Ordnance office, kept by Col. White and other officers, be always ready for use and inspection on their meeting days, and at other times when required. Repeated 26 Oct. 45, 46
" 19 Thos. Bransby Adm. Com. Petition for the master's place in the Sorlings, having so served in the Advantage, now laid up. With certificate of Capt. Edm. Thomson and 4 others in his favour. 47, 47a
" " Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Whitehall. Navy Comrs Wants hemp, hammocks, deals, and other stores, to be sent by the ship bound with masts from London to Plymouth. 48
" 20 Jno. Ingram Certificate that Anth. Taylor, boatswain's mate of the Crow, was examined by the captain, in the hearing of the company, why he struck Jas. Sladden, when he replied that 4 of the crew ran away, and meeting Sladden, and fearing he was going to do the same, he struck him. On the captain's asking how he was, the surgeon said he had only a small scratch upon his head, and would be well in a day or two. 49
" " Capt. Ja. Terry, and 3 others, the Jersey, Harwich. Adm. Com. Has received the furnaces, ended his business, and has 100 men on board; desires order for sailing. The victuallers at Ipswich threaten to unhorse him for finding fault with their stinking beef; has returned 5 hogsheads as not eatable; some of the masters who surveyed for the victuallers said they would rather meet with a Turk's man-of-war than the State's ships. Edw. Butter, master of the Tomsin of Ipswich, threatened violence if he dared to impress any of his men. With 5 certificates relative to the bad condition of provisions on the Jersey frigate. 50–55
" " Capt. Mich. Tarleton, Liverpool. Robt. Blackborne. The Islip has come in for orders, and the Primrose and Hare pink to victual and repair. Asks whether he is to pay postage for public letters. 56
Oct. 20 Thos. Pointer Navy Comrs Petition and letter requesting a recommendation to the Admiralty Committee to be employed as clerk of the check in the Naseby, building at Woolwich, or in the Rainbow, having been in the service for many years, but now out. 57, 58
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Find on survey that the Sparrow at Woolwich can be made fit for service at small expense 59
" " Capt. Edw. Tarleton, Islip, Liverpool. " Has come in from Inverlochy by order of Col. Brayne, to revictual and procure stores. Asks whether to disburse his own money and give his men tickets to procure clothes. Has received 14 days' provisions from Mr. Windis, the victualler, and when he has carried Lord Chief Justice Pepys to Dublin, will return for orders and supplies. 60
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Has surveyed the Sparrow pink, which can be made serviceable at small expense 61
" 21 Geo. Kendall " To like effect 62
" " Capt Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Arrival and departure of ships. Asks whether to order in the ships for the winter guard, to refit and victual. 63
" " Major John Wade, Gloucester. Adm. Com. Has contracted with an iron master for 20 tons of sow iron at 6l. 6s. 8d. a ton. Must either use the public money or make sow iron instead of shot till the forge is ready, or the work will fall for want of money. 64
" 20 John Morris, Gravesend. Navy Comrs Has entered the ships into sea victuals, but continues the mustering as in harbour victuals, on account of the negligence of the clerks of the check and stewards. The captains are unwilling to have their officers' boys discharged. Asks whether to enter them, and continue mustering, and whether the stewards are to give account of their daily expenditure of victuals. 65
" 24 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Find on survey the old Warwick and Fox much decayed and defective; they had better be sold 66
" " Capt. Jno. Sherwin, Primrose, Liverpool. Navy Comrs Was wind bound at Beaumaris, and also stayed there for Baron Pepys, to transport him to Dublin; but not hearing of him, was forced to come to Liverpool; desires order to refit and victual, and pay for his men, who have been out some time, and are badly off for clothes. 67
" 25 Christ. Pett, Woolwich. " Will finish the works on the Crow this week; she might have been sooner dispatched had a commander been appointed. 68
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Robt. Blackborne. Thanks for the intelligence. The Weymouth has brought in a small man-of-war from Ostend, with James [duke of] York's commission. The Lamport will sail to-morrow; the Vice-Admiral waits for a wind. The Elizabeth will have to be docked. 69
" " " " Navy Comrs A vessel has arrived with stores for Gen. Blake's fleet, but being too late, has ordered them on board the Lamport, which will sail to-morrow. Hopes to sheathe the Marigold this week, but is looking for supplies. 70
" " Lieut. Steven Mallett, Mathias. " Begs payment of 2l. 16s. for expenses incurred, also his pay from 16 to 29 July, 1653, during which time he served in the Mathias, but was not entered; with certificate of Capt. Phil. Gethings and Phin. Pett that he had neither allowance of victuals nor wages during that time, though he was furthering the dispatch of the ship from Chatham. 26 Aug. 1654. 71, 71a
Oct. 25 John Poortmans Certificate that by command of Gen. Penn, he drew up an order to the clerk of the check of the Triumph for entering Lieut. Robt. Clay as commander for 5 weeks, he then having served 10, without any captain, which is half pay, and that upon his discharge into the Sovereign, a ticket was given and he paid accordingly. 72
" " Capt. Robt. Claye, Bryer, Hope. Adm. Com. Was ordered to come in by General Monk, having been on the coast of Scotland 3 months, being out of victuals and pay, and the frigate requiring repair. 73
" " Jo. Davies, Deptford Navy Comrs Sends account of stores received at Deptford for an extra supply to General Penn's squadron 74, 74a
" " Capt. Joseph Cubitt, the Portsmouth, Plymouth Sound. Adm. Com. While cruising about, fell in with Gen. Blake's fleet off Scilly; meeting the Essex and 2 others, has followed the orders of Capt. Bourne, who sent him in to refit and victual, and then to join him again. Encloses a complaint against his boatswains' mate. Begs to be excused from further employment, as there is now a peace with Holland, and he has a large family which requires his management. 75
" 26 John Morris, Gravesend. " The Little Charity has 50 stables in the hold, but must have a quantity of provisions taken out before she can stow [8 horses] therein, and according to the rate of Barbadoes and Virginia ships, she cannot stow sufficient hay and water for them. 76
" " " " " Sends account, by desire of the stewards of 14 ships named, of warrants not issued for victuals since their order. 77
" " Capt. John Bourne, the Essex, Scilly. Robt. Blackborne. The wind prevents his entering the channel. Has met no vessel that molests trade, but rescued a Plymouth ship, taken near the Land's End by a Brest man-of-war, There are 13 months' pay due to his own and 2 other frigates. 78
" " Capt. N. Heaton, Sapphire, Plymouth Sound. Adm. Com. Lost a foremast in chasing 2 enemies' ships. Will repair to his former station as ordered, but wants victuals, and the victuallers write that none are to be delivered till further order. 79
" 27 Capt. Mich. Tarleton, Liverpool. Robt. Blackborne. The Islip waits to carry over Pepys, chief justice of Ireland, to Dublin 80
" " Capt. Lambert Cornelius, Hopewell, Weymouth. Adm. Com. Cannot find the Dragon, but left orders for her at Plymouth; fought a Brest man-of-war 6 hours, but she got away. 81
" " Capt. Fras. Cranwell, Hare pink, Liverpool water. " Will use all speed to dock and refit, but surgeons and carpenters keep wounds long in cure, and make long work. Has ordered an anchor, cables, and cordage; desires they will order masts, and money for his men's present necessities. With order by Gen. Monk to the victualler at Liverpool, to furnish him with 2 months' provisions. 82, 83
" " Navy Comrs. " Ask whether the Primrose at Chester is to be revictualled 84
" " Capt. Edw. Tarleton, Liverpool. Navy Comrs Will procure the stores required at the cheapest rates, allow his men 2 months' pay, send an account, and sail with the first wind for Dublin. 85
" " Thos. Trapham, surgeon of the Savoy, London. " Recommends Matthew Wright, apothecary, as a purveyor of medicaments, and at reasonable rates 86
Oct. 27 Capt. Jas. Terry, the Jersey, Harwich. Navy Comrs Had his boat stolen, and hearing she had been secured by Mr. Reader, master of the Edward and James of Ipswich, desires she may be sent to him in the Downs, as she is worth 20l. 87
" 28 Thos. Britton Adm. Com. Petition for a gunner's place, having served as such in the Fox under Capt. Vessey. With certificate by Capt. Robt. Vessey, and a letter from Lord Hen. Cromwell, Dublin, 21 March 1654, in his favour. 88, 89, 90
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Sends an account of issues to surgeons. The Lamport has sailed with most of the stores brought in the hoy from Plymouth. 91
" " " " Robt. Blackborne. Thanks for intelligence. Particulars of ships. A petition numerously signed is about to be presented to the Admiralty Committee by General Penn. Wishes all may be well. 92
" 29 " " Adm. Com. The Truelove has arrived from Ireland, with an order from the Lord Deputy to sail to the Downs, and wait orders; 6 of General Penn's fleet from the Downs are riding at Helen's Point. 93
" 30 " " Navy Comrs To the same effect. A Flemish vessel has arrived from Deptford with provisions for the stores; desires the remainder may be hastened down. 94
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. " Repair of ships. Sends an order from Capt. Willoughby for the Elizabeth to sail to Chatham for repairs, and a demand for canvas of 23 Oct.; trusts the service may not continue to suffer for want of a timely supply of stores. If sails cannot be sent, desires order to Mr. Davies to deliver some to Maurice Jones. 95, 95a
" " " " Robt. Blackborne. To similar effect 96
" " Manlie Callis, Deptford, Navy Comrs Melted 1 cwt. of the rosin, and finds that with 20 pounds of the stuff that came from Mr. Russell, it will be in a fit temper for use. 97
" " Capt. Fras. Cranwill, Hare, Chester Adm. Com. Has ordered an anchor, cables, and ironwork of the smith, and is getting on with the works, but carpenters and surgeons make slow progress. Cannot get any money, as Alderman Walley is in London. 98
" " Jno. Salkeld, the Colchester, Hope. " Sends two muster books. Has been cruising upon the French coast and the Channel. Convoyed two ships from Hull for Hamburg. Met a small man-of-war belonging to Dunkirk, and suspecting him to be a pirate, took him into Dover to be examined. 99
" " L. Wright, Charterhouse, London. Mr. Hopkins. Recommends Mr. Wright as apothecary in an intended voyage, having found him very skilful in providing for Scotland. The Lord Protector and Col. Venables have received his testimony, with those of Drs. Bate and Goddard, for physicians to go the intended voyage. 100
" " John Pitson, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Sends accounts. Will take care of the 500 barrels of powder; has 150 barrels in store 101
" " Com. Thos. Fowler, Chester. " As the Hare pink cannot be ready for 5 weeks, begs that some other may convoy the provisions and moneys to Scotland, the ships being in pay on the poor soldiers' account. 102
Oct. 30 Capt. Ja. Terry, the Jersey, Hoseley Bay. Adm. Com. Is waiting for a wind to execute their orders 103
" " Major Wm. Burton, Yarmouth. Navy Comrs Asks whether the receipts and orders of the Generals to the victuallers have been received. Is shipping the iron in the Star of Yarmouth, and will send the bill of lading. 104
" " Robt. Sewell, Chatham. " Desires a supply of handspikes 105
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Enclose a letter from Capt. Robt. Clarke, commander of the Bristol, in the Downs, of 25 Oct., asking for payment of his company's wages; they much want clothes and are discontented, hearing that the Phœnix has been paid; they have from 10 to 13 months' arrears due. 106, 107
" " " " The Bryer and 4 others having been sent into the Thames by the Vice-Admiral to be paid off, ask how many months' pay they are to receive, and whether they are to be refitted or laid up. 108
Oct. Thos. Clarke Account for the carriage of masts, staves, &c. to the fleet and the stores. Total 1,106l. 14s. 5d. 109