Letters and Papers relating to the Navy, &c.: August 1655

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'Letters and Papers relating to the Navy, &c.: August 1655', in Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1655, (London, 1881) pp. 512-522. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/domestic/interregnum/1655/pp512-522 [accessed 12 April 2024]


August 1655

Date. From To Subject References.
Vol. 112.
Aug. 1 Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Bristol. Navy Comrs Left the accounts of the number of trees in the part of Marylebone Park belonging to Major-Gen. Harrison in his office at London, but if their keys will fit his cupboard, they may be had; hopes to be there in 14 days. The trees in Wimbledon Park were valued at 30s. a load, besides the lop and top. Has hired a vessel to carry the timber at 30s. a ton, and she will take 20 tons; when loaded, will order her for Chatham, where timber is most wanted. 1
" " Adm. Com. " Order to discharge the Endeavour ketch at Portsmouth on her arrival in the Thames, and grant the owners a bill for the time she has served. 2
" " " " " Order to sell by the candle the old ships, vessels, and unserviceable provisions and stores at Deptford, Woolwich, Chatham, and Portsmouth, and give an account. Also to consider as to preserving some of the old sails at Chatham to make hammocks. With list of the ships, &c., for sale. 3, 4
" " " " Navy Comrs and Navy Treasurer. Order to send an estimate by to-morrow what money will be requisite to furnish provisions and stores (gunners' excepted) for 8,000 men at sea for 12 months, and for the like proportion of naval stores as are now in being; also what will be due for payment of the fleet at home, and of those with Gens. Blake and Penn to 1 Nov. next. Also an account of the debts of the navy. With their estimate as demanded, total 1,146,830l. Have been long working upon old stores, without recruits, on account of the high prices and scarcity of money, so that they are much exhausted, and large supplies will soon have to be made, for the present expense of the navy is very great. 5-7
" 2 " " Navy Comrs Order for the officers at Chatham to proceed with the repair of the Triumph 8
" " " " " Order for the victuallers to provide 200 tuns of beer in ironbound casks, to be sent to Gen. Blake's fleet with the rest of the provisions and stores formerly ordered, in the merchant ships taken up therefor. 9
" " " " List of unpaid debentures given to 24 persons named for goods delivered and money disbursed for the State; total, 1,985l. 18s. 11¾d. 10
" 3 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Sends an estimate by Capt. Jno. Taylor, master shipwright, and Phineas Pett, his assistant, of the charge for repainting and regilding the Rainbow and other ships named; suggests the nongilding to save charge. Wants white oakum for caulking. 11, 12
Aug. 3 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com. Has done his utmost to apprehend the 3 smiths and the others who embezzled the ordnance and iron, and employed the constables, Mr. Hill the searcher, and the lieutenant of the company quartered in the town, but without effect; if he does not succeed next week, will send up the others concerned, with the examinations. Asks orders as to painting, gilding, and repairs of ships. 13
" " Navy Comrs. " Send an estimate by Mr. Pett for painting the ships at Chatham. Look on such charges as unnecessary, and like feathers in fantastic caps; have abated ½ of what was formerly allowed, and now hope there will be another halving, as 80l. should serve for painting a second rate ship. 14
" " Major N. Bourne, Harwich. " The engineer is much discouraged; he cannot carry on his work so far from shore through the rough weather. Asks an order to send the guns of the President up to the Tower, as they are in a leaky hulk, and must be hauled on shore. There are no State's ships at Harwich at present. Has sent to enquire about the timber trees. 15
" " Geo. Waymond, Hopewell pink, Portsmouth. Rich. Bury, Comr of Excise, Broad St., London. As Capt. Lambert Cornelius is to be removed to the command of a frigate he took from the enemy, begs the commander or master's place in the Hopewell, or some employment on shore: the captain is hard, and if he takes a prize, he divides between himself and the master, who is his brother, what should belong to the company. With two notes by Capt. Rich. Bury, Commissioner of Excise, in Waymond's favour, as being a Weymouth man, a countryman of Capts. Marten and Cuttance, now with Gen. Blake, and as able and stout as any in the fleet. 16, 17
" 4 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for the navy victuallers to send the money due to Gen. Blake's fleet in lieu of beverage in specie, instead of by bills of exchange. 18
" 5 [Geo.] Kendall Account of boatswain's stores embezzled out of the Recovery 19
" 6 Josiah Chee, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Will observe their orders concerning payments, but the paying of the Winsby and the Yard amounted to 2,593l. 8s. 5d.; had only 900l. of the State's, the rest being advanced by himself and friends. Has since paid off the Hare ketch and advised the Treasurer what bills he has drawn; but having sent them to Southampton, Chichester, &c., it may be some weeks before they are returned and he is reimbursed. 20
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Send letters concerning the Tiger and Brest frigates, and desire order as to fitting them out for sea. 21
" " " " " Account of boatswains' and carpenters' stores required as a further supply to Gen. Blake's fleet. 22
" " " " " Begs an order to the Customs' Commissioners to pass the necessary money, ordered in specie, for Gen. Blake's fleet. 23
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Navy Treasurer. Order for paying off the Cardiff, lately arrived from the West Indies, and for laying her up at Portsmouth. 24
" " " " Navy Comrs Order to stay the sale of the Pelican prize at Portsmouth, so that she may be used, as requested by Capt. Hatsell, as a hulk at Plymouth, if they think her fit. 25, 26
Aug. 6 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for refitting the Tiger at Portsmouth, and victualling her for 3 months; also the Cornelian of Brest, taken by Capt. Cornelius, who, with his men, has been shifted into her out of the Hopewell pink. 27
" " " " " Order for shipping a quantity of spikes, nails, and other ironwork mentioned, for Gen. Blake's fleet in the Straits. 28
" " W. Holt, mayor, Thos. Mullins, notary public, Portsmouth. Certificate that Dan. Bradley of Gosport and 3 others deposed on oath that they have inspected several packs of wet linen cloth in the Hare in the Field of Middleburg, riding at Portsmouth, and think it will be damaged if not soon disposed of. 29
" 7 " " Like certificate relative to some oils and tobacco in the Orange Tree of Enchuisen 30
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order for paying off the Nicodemus, and her speedy refitting at Deptford 31
" " " " Navy Comrs Order for revictualling the Bristol at Portsmouth for 4 months 32
" " " " " Order to discharge the William dogger at Deptford, and grant the owners a bill for the time she has served. 33
" " " " " Order for the victuallers to supply the Drake with 3 months' victuals at Harwich. 34
" " Rich. Creed, Whitehall. " The Admiralty Commissioners want a certificate of the sum to be sent in specie to Gen. Blake, that they may write to the Customs Commissioners to pass it. Have heard from Capt. Harris of his safe arrival at Barbadoes with the Great Charity, and of his seizing a Hollander going to trade with the Carribee Islands. 35
" " Rich. Menlove Adm. Com. Petition for increase of salary and a gratuity; served under Coytmor and Blackborne as clerk to the Admiralty Commissioners. His family are ill, and he cannot obtain 100l. due to him as one of the life-guard under the Earl of Denbigh. With order to grant him 20l. as a gratuity for extraordinary pains the last year, and an increased salary of 70l. a year. 36, 37
" 8 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order for the paying off of the Success at Deptford, and a survey as to whether she ought to be refitted or laid up. 38
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Report on the petition of Capt. Thos. Bunn of the Greyhound, as to his exceeding the usual rate for victualling his ship while in Scotland by 1½d. a day, that as Capt. Orton of the Sun when there exceeded his by 1¼d. a day, which was allowed, and as the provisions could not be had at a cheaper rate, Bunn should have the allowance also. 39
" " Edm. Curle, Sparrow pink, Lee Road. Navy Comrs Wants cables, sails, and some beer, as what he has on board is not fit to drink 40
Aug. 9 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to pay off the Pearl and Mermaid at Woolwich, and survey them as to whether they ought to be refitted or laid up. 41
" " Edm. Ball Adm. Com. Petition for the gunner's place in the Providence, or one of the new frigates. With certificate of Capts. Simon Orton, Hen. Pack, and Thos. Thompson, that he has served all through the wars, and lastly in the Half Moon. 42, 43
" " Margery, widow of Ambrose Dinnison. " Petition for release from liability under a writ issued by the Navy Commissioners against her late husband, for the purchase of the John Baptist, and for an order to the Navy Commissioners to take the ship again for the use of the State, as she has no money. With reference to the Navy Commissioners; their report, 15 Aug., that she ought herself to resell the vessel and repay the money, and then she might be considered, or they be ordered to resell it; and order of the Admiralty Commissioners, 21 Aug., that either she or they sell it, provided she will satisfy the State for the damage. 44-46
" 10 Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Plymouth. Navy Comrs Hopes the accounts, receipts, and bill of exchange for 320l. came to hand. Sends more accounts, amounting to 449l. 2s. 8d., for which he has charged a bill on the Treasurer, and desires early payment. The Bryer came in from the French coast to stop a leak, and has gone into the Road. Asks for the Pelican prize at Portsmouth to use as a bulk, as the one he has is too small. Has charged another bill of 28l. 15s. 6d. for gunner's stores for the Assurance, which has sailed to Gen. Blake; sent the accounts to the Ordnance Office. 47
" " Capt. Thos. Morley of the Jonathan and Abigail of London. Jas. Barthrum, merchant of London, partowner. Power of attorney to receive all wages and freight due to him in relation to the said ship 48
" " Thos. Shewell Navy Comrs Fras. Willoughby, when there, freighted a ship belonging to Capt. Peterson, at 30s. a ton, to fetch timber from Sidney, Dean Forest, and carry it to Chatham, and ordered Mr. Aldridge to deliver the timber to Peterson at Lydney; but that not being a safe place, Peterson refused to receive it there, and employed barges to bring it to Hunger Road. As Aldridge refuses to deliver it there, desires an order to him to do so. Begs that a bill of exchange, drawn on Mr. Hutchinson, may be met. 49
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth. " Will lay up the Cardiff and take out her guns and stores, and send the Tiger into the Road as soon as her ballast and guns are in, to receive her provisions, as her men will give no attendance while they can get on shore. The victualler promises diligence in dispatching the Bristol and the rest. 50
" 11 Geo. Woodward, Portsmouth. Robt. Blackborne. Begs influence with the captains of the Lyme and Tiger, to procure him employment as a midshipman. 51
" 13 " " " To like effect 52
Aug. 13 Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Is hastening the fitting out of the merchant ships which are to carry the provisions southward, and they will be ready to take in the bread on Wednesday. Hopes they will not have to wait a month or more for the London ships, like the Mary flyboat. Desires orders for the Saphire to wash, tallow, and victual. The Cardiff's men will finish their business to-morrow; will then order them for London, but there will be some stir for want of their conduct money. The Tiger and Cornelian will go out to-morrow, and the Bristol during the week. 53
" " Capt. Lamb. Cornelius, Cornelian, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Has received their orders, and will sail for Spithead 54
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for refitting the Saphire at Portsmouth, and victualling her for 6 weeks 55
" " " " " Order for painting the Rainbow and 3 others at a cost of 135l., according to the return made by the officers of the yard at Chatham. 56
" " " " " Order to give all possible dispatch to the victualling ships going to Gen. Blake's fleet, and to ship therein 60 pair of rudder irons for boats, and 20 dozen leather scuppers. 57
" " " " Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to suspend payment of the wages due to Capt. Jno. Smith. Jas. Jenifer, clerk of the check, and Rich. Sibley, steward of the Success, for having made out and signed false tickets and books for payment of the ship's company, borne a greater number of men than were allowed by the establishment, neglected to see the clothes duly issued, &c., &c. 58
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. As the Bachelor, appointed for carrying provisions to Gen. Blake's fleet, is ready to sail from Gravesend, and the Jonathan and Abigail from Portsmouth, desire orders to their commanders whether to sail together or a part from Portsmouth. 59
" " " " " It will be more advantageous to sell the Pelican prize at Portsmouth than to alter her into a hulk and send her to Plymouth, as desired by Capt. Hatsell. 60
" " John Major Survey of the damage done to the masts, yards, sails, and hull of the Endeavour ketch 61
" " Thos. White, Dover Navy Comrs Desires order to send up a great topmast and fish, as they have lain there 3 years. Has sent up a cable and anchor which the Phœnix lost off Folkestone, having offered them to several of the State's ships who refused them, as being too much worn. 62
" 14 Adm. Com. " Order for directions to the master shipwright at Portsmouth, to make room in the Bristol for stowage of 200 barrels of powder for Gen. Blake's fleet. 63
" " Mat. Browne, late commander of the Centurion. Adm. Com. Petition for command of the Half-Moon, Gift, or some other ship, the Centurion being made a fire ship; served through the late wars. With certificate by Lord-Deputy Chas. Fleetwood that he was appointed to serve on the coast in the Wren pink, and has been very diligent in observing orders. 64, 65
Aug. 14 Edw.Mundy. Woodbridge. Navy Comrs On orders from Commissioner Pett to buy any plank and timber fit for the service,—plank at 3l. 7s. 0d., timber at 2l. 1s. 0d. a load, to be delivered free of charge,—has bought 200 loads of Capt. Turner and Mr. Folgier; has 100 or 200 more loads formerly contracted for, which would have been delivered if his hoy had not been engaged by Capt. Taylor to go to Walderswick, where she was east away; has now provided another. Has drawn a bill of exchange on them for 500l. for the merchants, and desires payment. 66
" 15 Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Plymouth. " Capt. Heaton of the Saphire has come in, having taken two Frenchmen laden with oil. He fought with another, killed one man, wounded 7, and did much damage to her masts, rigging, and sails, but was forced to leave her on account of the weather; his prizes have put into Helford. The Portsmouth and Expedition have also come in through the storm, having sprung their masts and damaged their sails; will furnish and dispatch them. 67
" 16 Adm. Com. " Order to make out a bill to Rich. Hill for 8l. 6s. 6d., disbursed by him and Mr. Whitton for travelling charges in summoning persons accused of embezzling stores. 68
" " " " " Order to dispatch the ships in the river with provisions for Gen. Blake's fleet to the other at Portsmouth, whence they are to sail. Also to certify whether those in the river have stowage for 200 barrels of powder above the proportion already shipped. 69
" 17 Moses Harding, Deal. " Endeavoured to obtain his place of gunner in the Winsby, but as the Vice-Admiral has appointed another and told him to hold it until further order from Whitehall, asks instructions. 70
" " Capt. Charles Thorowgood, Portsmouth. " Particulars of ships. Asks if the ships when cleared from the dock are to remain in harbour or be sent out. Has sent the Cardiff's men to London, having received all her rigging and necessaries into the stores; the boatswain and his servant are borne upon her until further order. 71
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. The Bachelor, one of the ships with provisions for Gen. Blake's fleet, sailed from Gravesend some days since. The Jonathan and Abigail will be ready the first wind, and the Hannibal is in hand. It will be no advantage to keep the others at Portsmouth upon demurrage till the Hannibal arrives, as she is of considerable force, carries 36 guns, and will require some time to dispatch. Beg a warrant to the victuallers for shipping the money to be sent in specie. 72
" " Jno. Tippetts, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Repairs and victualling of ships 73
" " Adm. Com. " Order to ship a quantity of deals, plank, sails, cables, cordage, and spikes in the victualling ships to be sent to Gen. Blake's fleet. 74
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Particulars of a survey of the Pearl, Mermaid, and Amity; recommend that they be docked and repaired. 75
" " " " " Send a survey of the Success at Deptford; as she can be made serviceable for 250l., recommend her refitting. With the survey by Thos. Scott and 3 others, 16 Aug. 76,77
Aug. 18 Capt. John. Petersen, Bristol. Capt. Fras. Willoughby. The discouragements mentioned do not proceed from disaffection on the part of himself or his part owners, but because he found he could not ship the timber at Lydney, and having sent 3 trowes to fetch and bring it to the ship at Hunger Road, the agent there, Mr. Aldridge, refused to send it without order, and thus increased the time and charge. Will go up with his ship as near the Pill of Lydney as he can, so as to get the timber on board with trowes and a float, and hopes to complete it in 5 days, although he is put to unexpected and great charge thereby. 78
" " Capt. Lamb. Cornelius, Cornelian, Spithead. Navy Comrs Is going for Weymouth and thence to Jersey with the money for pay of the soldiers 79
" " Nich. Blake and 2 others, Minehead. " Send a receipt by Thos. Shewell for 6 iron guns from Jno. Bond, sen., of Minehead, by order of the Admiralty Commissioners. 80
" 19 Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth. " Cannot give him the information required before Tuesday, when he will send it by express; Morley's ship can take little more, as her hold is taken up with bread rooms; she has not yet arrived. 81
" 20 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Have had a survey of the Nicodemus by the officers at Deptford; she is old and defective, and not worth the charge of repair. 82
" " Capt. Wm. Whitehorn, the Gainsborough, Flamborough Head. Navy Comrs Wants beer, having lost much by leakage; also cables, sails, &c. With note to ask the Admiralty Commissioners to let them know where he is, and he shall have the things sent. 83
" " Capt. Robt. Clarke, Portsmouth. " Cannot make room for any quantity of sails and cordage, having taken in 400 barrels of powder. Supplied the Lyme and others with beer, &c., while in the Downs; desires a recruit, that he may sail with his full proportion for 4 months. 84
" 21 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Desire that the Hannibal, Bachelor, and Jonathan and Abigail with provisions for Gen. Blake's fleet may be dispatched with all speed; also that they will confer with Col. Montague as to bringing in the timber from Walwood Forest, lately viewed by Mr. Hopkins and Capt. Alderne, to prevent further embezzlement. 85
" " " " " Send orders and a letter [in short hand] to Commissary-Gen. Whalley as to providing a convoy for the Bristol at Portsmouth, bound with provisions and pieces of 8 to Gen. Blake's fleet, and desire they will give directions for sending the money to Portsmouth. 86,87
" " " " " Order for the repair of the Mermaid, Pearl, Success, Amity, and Hopewell pink. 88
" 22 Robt. Blackhorne Edw. Hopkins. The Admiralty Committee ask what quantity of powder the Hannibal and the two other ships at Portsmouth can carry for Gen. Blake's fleet; the Bristol has taken 300 barrels. 89
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. The Hannibal has been delayed by the victuallers, but will soon be dispatched. The commander of the Bachelor at Deal will lose no time in getting to Portsmouth. 90
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Will ship what they have ordered in the Bristol and Jonathan, and give them all dispatch. Details of ships. 91
Aug. 22 Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Particulars of ships and their wants, and of what those bound for Gen. Blake's fleet will carry. Has examined the master and officers of the Lyme as to the damage done to the Hamburg prize in the Downs, which is estimated at 30l. or 40l. The prize would not move out of the way, although warned that the State's ships were coming in; if some course is not taken to regulate such inconveniences, much damage will ensue. 92
" 23 Edw. Hopkins, Navy Office. Blackborne. The Hannibal can take 200 barrels of powder, the Jonathan and Abigail can carry the rest 93
" " Lord-Deputy and Council of Ireland. Capt. Rich. Cowes. Order to sail with the Cat pink from Dublin to the Downs, and give notice of his arrival there to the Admiralty Commissioners. 94
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for the refitting of the Weymouth pink, and victualling her for 3 months 95
" " Thos. Meech, Wm. Bostock. " Survey of deals belonging to Edw. Whitton, of Rochester 96
" 24 Robt. Grassingham, Harwich. " Particulars of the proceedings of Robert Willis, a diver, in endeavouring to recover some guns, &c., from a wreck, but retarded through the weather; desires order as to continuing the search. 97
" " Robt. Blackborne. Whitehall. " Desires an account for the Admiralty Commissioners, of all the stores and provisions put on board the 3 merchant ships bound for Gen. Blake's fleet. 98
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Desire order as to supplying Capt. Wm. Whitehorn, commander of the Gamsborough, with beer, sails, and other stores. 99
" 25 " " Account of stores and provisions put on board 3 merchant ships for Gen. Blake's fleet 100
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Sends a bill of lading of provisions shipped by Capt. Thos. Morley in the Jonathan and Abigail for Gen. Blake. She is waiting for the remainder, as are the Bristol and Tiger, but the victualler promises all dispatch. Mr. Everard refuses to sign the bill of lading unless he is paid his freight. 101
" " Adm. Com. " To see that 200 barrels of powder are put on board the Hannibal by the Ordnance Officers, and to forward orders enclosed to her commander, Capt. Haddock, as to his sailing. 102
" " Wm. Stribley Adm. Com. Petition for compensation for piloting the Endeavour ketch with dispatches to Gen. Blake, and his dispatches to the Protector, whereby he lost more lucrative employment. With reference to the Navy Commissioners, to make him the usual allowance. 103
" 26 Jno. Salkeld, the Colchester, Leith Road. Navy Comrs Has been plying on his station between Bass Island and Tynemonth Bar, by order of General Monk, and lost a man and a long boat in a storm which forced them into Burlington Bay; has since been to Leith to reviernal. Having disbursed some money for fresh diet for the sick men on board, desires order as to continuing of it. 104
Aug. 27 Col. Wm. Brayne, Inverlochy. Adm. Com. Sends receipts by John Waller, Geo. Rosse, and Jas. Morris, for stores received from Hen. Pardoe, boatswain, and Rich. Ginne, gunner of the Islip frigate cast away, and recommends them for their diligence in saving her goods and stores. 105-10
" " Thos. Scott, Deptford. Navy Comrs Never having rigged a second-rate ship, and not knowing the lengths and sizes of the cordage, asks a copy of Mr. Hayward's book, which may serve for the ships building at Deptford. 111
" 28 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. " Asks a name for the frigate building by Phineas Pett at Chatham, as she will soon be ready to launch. Has granted Mr. Maplesden a bill for 500l., and begs its payment; he is much discouraged for want of money, having taken up hundreds of pounds to supply provisions, and may give up the employment if not assisted. Has apprehended a man stealing iron from the yard, and sent him to Maidstone Gaol. 112
" " Roger Carlisle, Oliver Williams, Saml. Shambrooke. Account of defective arms received from Exeter, Dartmouth, Plymouth, Pendennis, and the Mount, total 3,929. 113
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to imprest 100l. to Major Jno. Miller, for the charges of a survey to be made of the ammunition and stores in the Tower, by Col. Jno. Barkstead, the auditors of the imprests, and the ordnance officers, Lieut.-Col. Fras. White, Major Jno. Miller, and Capt. Edw. Allen. 114
" " " " Order for a bill for the pay and entertainment due to Jno. Fowler, Judge Advocate of the fleet, at 8s. a day. 115
" " Philip Evatt, clerk of the check of the Primrose. Adm. Com. Petition for payment of his salary and imprest bills. When at Leith, took up 490l. for provisions for the ship, and although he furnished the steward with accounts and particulars when she was paid off, can get no redress; on application to the Navy Commissioners, was referred to them. With reference to the Navy Commissioners, and their report, 29 Aug., that he was not clerk of the check, but only deputy to Windis, but he ought to pass the account. As he refuses, and his prices are more than are allowed to the victuallers, the treasurer will not deliver his bill of imprest, nor the Navy Commissioners order payment of his salary until he does. 116,117
" " List of 50 prizes brought into Plymouth from 2 Aug. 1654 to 28 Aug. 1655, with the names of the masters and takers, and particulars of the lading; also note that Capt. Sparling took the Cross of Jerusalem of St. Malo, and appropriated some of her bales of linen. 118,119
" " Thos. Davis, Ralph Hunt, Christ. Betters. Adm. Com. Petition for their wages as gunner, boatswain, and carpenter of the Endeavour ketch in her voyage with dispatches to General Blake, in which they ran great hazard by her shipping water. With reference to the Navy Commissioners, to answer their desires as they shall see meet. Also certificate by Jno. Major in favour of Davis. 120,121
" 29 Navy Comrs. " Wish the hulk at Harwich, laden with the President's guns, sent up, she being leaky, and the guns wanted for the frigate. Also a name and officers for the new frigate built by Mr. Pett at Chatham. 122
Aug. 30 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Wants no more pitch from Deptford as there is plenty, but requires some glue. Signed the warrant for the painting and joiners' work to be done to the new ships and frigates. 123
" " Adm. Com. " Order to contract with Wm. Greenley for the hire and freight of the William ketch, to attend the squadron in the Downs for 6 months, the State to man and victual, and furnish with ammunition, but Greenley to find guns. 124
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Hear from Mr. Pett at Chatham and the master assistant there that, upon a further survey of the defects of the Triumph, it has been estimated the repairs will cost 6,500l.; although this is almost doubling what was formerly demanded, yet consider it will be better to repair her than build another of her dimensions. With Pett's letter, 29 Aug., and survey by Capt. John Taylor and Phin. Pett, 28 Aug. 125-127
" 31 Vice Adm. Wm. Penn, Swiftsure. Wm. Bowes Warrant appointing him gunner of the Marigold 128
" " Geo. Kendall Note that the steward of the Success should give an account of 30 barrels of tallow received from the Dolphin for the use of the fleet; as also the gunner, Robt. Warmouth, of 80 fathoms of cable. 129
Aug. " Account given in of carpenter's stores in the Cardiff by Mr. Jennings upon her coming into Portsmouth. 130
" " Account of cordage and hemp in the stores at Deptford, Woolwich, Chatham, and Portsmouth. 131
" " Edw. Leigh, Downs. Col. Clarke Asks employment as a lieutenant or clerk of the check, having been on board the Tredagh 4 months, through his letter of recommendation to Capt. Anth. Young, and gained the experience he wanted when recommended by Col. Sydenham for a lieutenant's place in the Dragon. Sends a certificate from his cousin Bowerman, deputy-governor to Col. Sydenham in the Isle of Wight; his present employment will not defray expenses. 132
" " John Blabee Adm. Com. Petition for release from service, and a pension; has served 3 years, been married, and has a wife and diseased child. With certificate by John Bassett, mayor of Lynn, and Jas. Green, that he was in 5 engagements with the Dutch, has 4 children, and his wife Ann is in great distress. 132, 133
" " Prize Comrs, London. " Send the decisions of the Admiralty Judges respecting the following prizes. viz., the Orange Tree of Enchuisen, and the Hope, Patience, and Thirsty Heart of Amsterdam, all of which are to be discharged on payment of fees and other charges, save the goods of the latter, which are left undetermined. 134
Aug. Prize Comrs., London. Adm. Com. The Admiralty Judges ordered the Paul, laden with French wines at Portsmouth, to be disposed of by Capt. Isaac Phillips, on security; he was to bring her to London at his own charge, and any delay therein must be laid upon the Commissioners of Customs and not upon them. When she sailed, they ordered their officer to lock up the lading for the State's interest, and not to eclipse the judges' power. One of Capt. Phillips' sureties was found to be a prisoner for debt. Their officer on board continually importuned the coopers to look after leakage and other damage, but they always declined; he was always ready to let buyers see the wines, or to deliver them when sold. Have done no more than the Commissioners of Customs usually do, until customs are paid, or secured for the State. 135