Letters and Papers relating to the Navy, &c.: March 1657

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March 1657

Date. From To Subject. References.
Vol. 163.
March 2 Rog. Allsopp, Chelsea College. " Certifies, at request of Magdalen Wilkinson, that John Deburke, a Spanish gentleman taken in the St. John of Flushing as a passenger, is prisoner in Chelsea College; also certificate of the Admiralty of Dunkirk of their willingness to exchange him for John Wilkinson. 1, 2
" " Thos. Eastwood Comr Fras. Willoughby Has been to the New Forest, and finds the lops are claimed by the wooders as their perquisites and by the officers to defray charges; they were formerly sold for the navy; desires order therein, as also respecting the bark. The wooders desire order as to marking the trees; they usually take an account thereof, and send it to Lord Rich. Cromwell. 3
Mar. 2 John Muzall, seaman, of Horsham, Sussex. Adm. Com. Petition for exchange for Melior Fermats, prisoner in Chelsea College. Returning in a Redriffe ship from the Canary islands was driven to Waterford, and coming home, was taken 3 leagues off Scilly, by an Ostender, after 3 hours' fight, and lies in prison in great misery; has a wife and 4 small children. With certificate by Wm. Freeman and 4 others, Horsham, Sussex, that he is now a prisoner at Ostend, and his wife and 4 children have nothing to subsist on but her labour. 4,5
" " Thos. White, Dover. Navy Comrs Desires they will sign his bill to the treasurer for 440l., disbursed for materials and labour in fitting out ships. 6
" " " " " Sends an account of boats delivered into the stores by Jno. Tatnell, and desires his bill may be paid. Intended to come to London with his own account, but is stopped by extraordinary business for the State. 7
" 3 Thomazin Harwood, widow. Robt. Blackborne Desires he will present her petition to the Admiralty Commissioners, for exchange of her son. Edw. Stoltenburgh, prisoner in Ostend, for Laurence de Fever, they declining to release Henrick Rayners, a prisoner in Chelsea College. When their order for de Fever arrived at Ostend there was no one to own him, his brother being at sea, so that the commissioners would not admit of his exchange, and her son thereupon procured Mr. Hambleton, of Ostend, to engage in 200l. that Fras. Pepin, prisoner at Portsmouth, should be exchanged for him, as soon as he arrived in England; but before her son came, Pepin was sent over. 8, 9
" " Thos. Young Adm. Com. Petition for employment as master or pilot in the Princess Mary, having so served on board her and other ships; was in all the wars against the Dutch, and was employed by merchants of Lynn in the Mary of Lynn, which he was forced to run ashore, to escape being taken by 3 Holland men-of-war, whereby the merchants not only suffered great loss, but he was almost ruined. With certificates of Capts. Fras. Kirby, Jno. Blytby, and Wm. Murford. 10–12
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill of imprest to Major Wm. Burton for 600l., on account of a contract for cordage. 13
" " " " Order to make out a bill of imprest to Capt. Thos. Alderne for 3,500l. a week for 4 weeks, for the navy victualling. 14
" 4 " " Order to consider what further proportion of victuals, &c., must be sent for the forces at Jamaica, and ship them in the Exchange, which has stowage room remaining for 100 tons. 15
" " " " " Order to appoint John Haslelook master surgeon at Deptford yard, in place of Thos. Biggs, deceased, late master surgeon there and at Woolwich yard, the Navy Commissioners having represented that each yard should have an able surgeon, as the poor men often endanger their lives for want of a person on the place. 16
" " " " Order to appoint Rich. Whiting master surgeon at Woolwich yard for the same reasons 17
" " " " Order to make out a bill to Major Neh. Bourne for 120l., as a gratuity for preserving the State's interest in the timber at Hitcham Wood, co. Suffolk, which was anciently reserved for the navy. 18
Mar. 4 Wm. Acworth, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Has not received any cordage from Major Wm. Burton. Desires order for erecting a fence on the hill against the deal yard, to prevent embezzlements during the night; it will not cost more than 10l. or 12l., there being waste timber about the yard. 19
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Desires order for sale by the candle of some old clothes returned from Jamaica, also some cordage and old boats at Woolwich, as they all grow worse daily by keeping. 20
" " Thos. Wilde, Yarmouth. Navy Comrs Again treated with Geo. England for the cordage, but as the other person has not yet refused, it stands over. With copy of his letter of 27 Feb. 21
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to send directions to Portsmouth for payment of the wages due to the officers and company of the Falmouth, just arrived from the West Indies. 22
" " Capt. Robt. Martin, Hope flyboat, Weymouth. Adm. Com. The right honble. Wm. Brayne, lieut.-general of his Highness' forces in America, and Governor Stoakes and his people, have arrived there, as also several of the State's ships; the forces both by sea and land are in good health. On 9 Jan. was commanded by his Honor to sail for the Downs, with a packet for his Highness, in company with the Welcome and 5 others, but became separated by contrary winds, lost a boy, and had to keep the pumps going, Capt. Middleton has many of his men sick. 23
" 5 Capt. John Poyntz, Plymouth Sound. " Was one of 7 ships that sailed from Jamaica under Capt. Robt. Martin, commander-in-chief; hopes the others have safely arrived, as they were separated by the winds; his ship, the Mary fly-boat, was forced in. 1500 planters, men, women, and children, with the governor of Mevis and his family, have settled about Port Moranto. Lieut.-Gen. Brayne, with the Grantham, Chesnut ketch, and some victuallers, arrived at Jamaica on 13 Dec. He appeared to be very active, and things promised well there. 24
" 6 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Repair, victualling, and sailing of ships 25
" " " " Adm. Com. To the same effect. Sees no probability of a rising, but shall trust enemies no further than he can see them, and will take care to keep the guards close to their duties. 26
" " Navy Comrs " The officers at Deptford report that the Gillyflower is much eaten by the worm; think the Half Moon or Sophia should be fitted out instead. 27
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for the speedy refitting of the Half Moon at Deptford for service in the Channel, in lieu of the Gillyflower. 28
" " " " Order to put up a quantity of old clothes returned from Jamaica for sale by the candle, and pay the proceeds to the navy treasurer. 29
" 7 " " Request for a bill of imprest for 3 months' pay for the company of the Mayflower, lately employed on the Irish coast, they being in great want of clothes, &c. 30
" " Capt. Rich. Country, Hind ketch, Orfordness. Adm. Com. Has been plying about his station and convoying vessels since 7th Feb. While in the Swinn, found one of the anchors and cables lost by the Elias, which he carried to Harwich and delivered to the storekeeper. 31
Mar. 7 Daniel Furzer, Lidney. Comrs Fras. Willoughby As he cannot bargain for the masts, desires order to make some of oak out of the Forest. There is a freight of timber ready to be shipped at the waterside, but 1 and 2 inch plank is too green, and not yet sawn. Rosin may be had at Bristol at 11s. per cwt., and cordage, sails, &c., as cheap as at London; there are a dozen of the State's guns upon the back at Bristol, and there was some speech of casting some at the furnace at Lidney. 32
" 9 Fras. Baylie, Bristol. Navy Comrs Sends his accounts for timber received of Mr. Aldridge; never kept any account of the lading of it, but will do so for the future. 33
" " Lieut. Thos. Cooke. [Blackborne.] According to order, sends account of his captain's drunken proceedings, from the time they took on board the money at Weymouth for Jersey, until they arrived at St. Malo; it can be confirmed by Capt. Potter, as also by John Ritch, the chaplain, and the master. Supposes he has been satisfied concerning Capt. Potter's abusing the waiter at Plymouth. 34
" " Jno. Jelley Adm. Com. Asks employment or a gratuity for the loss sustained by the burning of the Discovery at Jamaica; has presented several petitions and certificates. With petition to be purser in one of the frigates filling at Plymouth. Served in the Dutch war and in the West Indies, under Gen. Penn, and lost much in the sad disaster of the Discovery, on which he was steward, by fire. Was appointed to the Sampson, but it is not going to sea. Also to be purser of the Mermaid. After waiting 20 months, was appointed to the Sampson 7 April last, but the Mermaid is ready for sea. 35–37
" " T. Lodington, Victualling Office. Robt. Blackborne. Sends a note from Capt. J. Lightfoot, of the Nightingale, that he will not be ready to take in his provisions for another week; desires he will call the Commissioners' attention to his unworthiness. 38
" " Capt. Wm. Whitehorn, the Essex, Downs. Navy Comrs Received their letter by Peter de France, master of the Ann and Margaret of Poole, bound with provisions for Portsmouth, who with several other ships laden on the State's account, had the advantage of being convoyed there by the Elizabeth. Wants the masts and sails for the Dartmouth, the cables for the Red Horse, the anchor lent to Mr. Hoare, and the cable to Mr. Browne. Encloses a bill from Capt. Bonner, of the William and John, bound for the East Indies, for a parcel of junk received from Mr. Culmer. 39
" " Thos. Wilde, Yarmouth. " Hears from Geo. England that Major Burton has agreed to have the 50 ropes, so the bargain is void, but if they will have the other cables and ropes, will contract for them. 40
" " Adm. Com. " Order for making iron chains, to enable the hulks to ride by at Deptford and Woolwich, as it will be a great public advantage by the saving of cordage in making cables. 41
" " " " Order for docking and repairing at Deptford and Woolwich such of the Flemish ships in the Thames as are fit to be employed in the service. 42
" 10 " " Order to consider an account from Vice-Adm. Goodson of the remains of stores in the storehouse on Caguey Point, Jamaica, made by Wm. Dalyson, the storekeeper there, and order what more should be sent in the Exchange besides those already laden in her, and consign them to the Commander-in-chief of the forces there. 43, 44
Mar. 10 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to take the examinations of the master and company of the William, lately surprised in her passage with stores to Jamaica, touching her condition, and whether it was through any defect she was exposed to such miscarriage. 45
" " " " Order to allow 10 extra men to the Guinea frigate above her present 120 46
" " " " Order for a bill of imprest to Major Wm. Burton for 600l. on a contract for cordage 47
" " " Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to certify what bills of exchange have been signed or paid that were drawn by Generals Venables or Penn, Vice-Adm. Goodson, or any of the Commissioners appointed for managing affairs in the West Indies, or by any Commander in their authority since Dec. 1654. With their reply, 11 March, that the bills amount to 8,574l. 16s. 2d., and that the imprests thereon were 8,494l. 1s. 3d. 48–50
" " Ordnance Officers Account of gunpowder and saltpetre delivered and to be delivered by several makers named, by virtue of contracts made with them; note of serviceable and unserviceable powder remaining in the stores. 51
" " Capt. Edm. Thomson, Expedition, Harwich. Navy Comrs Having been ordered by the Admiralty Commissioners to convoy the Iceland fishery, they have sent him 50 tickets for the relief of such of his men as are in the most need; as it will be a great charge to them to come to London to get them cashed, they have procured some friends at Yarmouth to send them up; begs they may be paid when presented. 52
" " Thos. White, Dover. " The Accadia has come in to tallow and victual. Begs employment for a ketch he has, which formerly attended on Vice-Adm. Lawson, as also upon the Unicorn, and is a very quick sailer. The James passed Dover on Friday, and some other ships yesterday; there is only Capt. Whitehorn now in the Downs. 53
" " Capt. Fras. Allen, Advice, Leith. " Having received ballast since coming to Scotland from Edw. Booth, and has charged a bill upon them for it. 54
" " Capt. Mich. Nutton, the Norwich, Leith. " Has been plying between St. Abb's Head and Boekenness, by order of Gen. Monk, but having sprung a leak, put into Cromarty Harbour, and having repaired, hopes to be now fit for the summer. Left Chatham last November, and his provisions are to hold until April. His purser, Wm. Cromp, who stayed behind at London, has not yet come on board. 55
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham. " Has seen nearly all the provisions delivered into the stores this year by Mr. Maplesden; they are very good and reasonable, and as he engaged for ready money, he is now at a stand, not knowing how to give content or perform his promises without a supply; there is need of elm and compass timber, which he can provide if he can pay for it. As the Admiralty Commissioners have granted him a bill of imprest for 500l., desires their furtherance to his receiving the money; it will be a great advantage at this time of the year. 56
" 11 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Desire order to enter 40 extra caulkers at Woolwich and 20 at Deptford, to assist in fitting out the Flemish ships in the River. With the order accordingly. 57, 58
Mar. 11 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com. Sends a note of deals required, there being none in the stores. The London is ready for her victuals and ordnance, but there are no carriages. 59
" " Capt. John Taylor, Chatham. Blackborne. Desires an order to have 6 pair of hand screws with claws repaired, and that he will contract with Saml. Hodgkins, the smith, for 6 new pairs without claws which he has brought in; suggests that each second-rate ship should be supplied with a pair to carry to sea. Wants a pair for the London. 60
" 12 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for victualling the Princess Maria, and supplying her with stores for 160 men and 36 guns, she being designed for service southward, in lieu of the Elias. 61
" " " " Order for refitting and victualling the Laurel for 4 months for 160 men, for service in the Channel. 62
" " Robert Blackborne, Whitehall. " As the Dragon is designed to convoy merchant ships to Hamburg, the Admiralty Commissioners desire to know what vessels are taking in hemp there on the State's account, so that Capt. Haddock may have directions to bring them back; also that a parcel of iron hoops may be shipped in the Exchange, with the other necessaries for Jamaica, they being much needed there. Asks where the long flat-bottomed boats are that were built for the service of Scotland. 63
" " " " " An anchor and cable, lost by the Elias, were recovered by the Hind ketch and left at Harwich 64
" " John Packwood, Woolwich. " Has transferred the provisions in the Elias to the Portland, also 75 of her men, being all that would agree to be turned over; the remaining 60, consisting of officers and their servants, are considerable to be continued, the ship being in sea pay, and must have a petty warrant for victuals; shall not grant any until ordered, neither is it his duty to discharge the men, the ship being in sea pay, and at the end of a voyage, although short; both officers and men have closely followed their business until all was done. Particulars of ships. 65
" " Thos. Turner, Navy Office. Robt. Blackborne. Sends an amended account of what has been paid on the bills of the Generals, &c., for affairs in the West Indies, and explains how the difference occurred in the total mentioned in the Navy Commissioners' letter of yesterday, and in the account enclosed. 66
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Tower Hill. " Cannot inform him what vessels are loading at Hamburg, but will procure and send the names of the persons Capt. Haddock must apply to when he arrives there. Will order the iron hoops for Jamaica. The Scotch boats are at Chatham. 67
" 13 Dr. Jno. Godolphin, Doctors' Commons. Navy Comrs Recommends Jno. Mathewes for payment of what is due to him for service in the Drake frigate, his necessities being very great, and he having two law suits pending, in the Admiralty and the Court of Delegates. 68
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. As there is a ship going to Dean Forest, will send masts for the frigate now being built there by Mr. Furzer; it will be a saving to the State if her guns and stores are sent at the same time. 69
Mar. 13 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Do not conceive it necessary to send any iron hoops to Jamaica in the Exchange, considering the great quantity of iron and coals which were taken out there with the fleet; the smiths there ought to work and make what is required, as nothing but necessity will prompt them to be industrious. 70
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill to Jno. Athy, vintner, for 54l., for a pipe of Canary delivered to Dr. Blake, for the use of Gen. Blake. 71
" 14 " " Order to reconsider how far the Commonwealth is obliged to make satisfaction for freight to the owners of the Sea Adventure ketch, taken up to attend Gen. Penn's fleet to the West Indies, while she lay in port, they having had no advantage by her service, and to do therein as is agreeable to justice; noted that she was contracted for 21 July 1654, at 50l. a month, and engaged to 3 Aug. 1655, abating 6 weeks. With certificate by Jno. Tippetts that 10l. 17s. 6d. was expended upon her for materials and workmen's wages, and an account by John Dymocke of stores supplied amounting to 8l. 7s. 6¾d. 72–74
" " Robt. Blackborne, Whitehall. " Notwithstanding what they have offered against sending iron hoops to Jamaica, the Admiralty Commissioners judge it very requisite that some should be sent, as they are not certain that any of the smiths who went with the fleet are now surviving, and there may be need for employing the iron in the stores there for other uses. 75
" " Col. Jno. Clarke, Whitehall. " Recommends Mr. Lidcott, woollen draper of Watling St., to supply the State with woollens for waste clothes. 76
" " Ordnance officers Robt. Blackborne. Having provided the stores to be sent to Berwick, and contracted with a hoy for transporting them, but not having heard from Major Tollost, desire orders as to sending them, and as to where the 70 barrels of powder are to be taken in. 77
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham. Navy Comrs Wants a supply of 1,600 deals for the stores 78
" " Thos. White, Dover. " Went to Ramsgate and viewed the masts, sails, and rigging cut overboard by the Reserve, and recovered by the Thanet men, at the back of the Goodwin, and sends an inventory with other particulars. Has paid 28l. 11s. for salvage, and bringing them to Dover, and will send them up if needed, otherwise can use them with advantage to the State. 79, 80
" 16 Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Westminster. " A parcel of hemp having been bought in France for the State, a charge has been made on him by bill of exchange for 600l., which, with the freight and other expenses, will amount to 700l. Another bill has also been drawn on him for 724l., taken up at Plymouth for carrying on the affairs of the navy there; for satisfying these sums, has drawn a bill on Mr. Treasurer for 1,400l., which he hopes will have dispatch. 81
" " Christ. Pett, Wm. Badiley, Saml. Raven, Woolwich. " Find on survey that with a little repair, washing, and tallowing, the Elias will be a fine ship, and fit for service. Will launch the Laurel and Dover next Thursday. 82
Mar. 16 Capt. Wm. Whitehorne, Essex, Downs. Navy Comrs Hears from Mr. White, of Dover, that he has received the piece of mainmaist, with the sails, shrouds, &c., from the Isle of Thanet, which formerly belonged to the Reserve, and that they are fit for present service. 83
" 17 Adm. Com. " Order to make out a bill to Major Wm. Burton for 500l. on account of his cordage contract 84
" " " " Order for supplying the Portland with an extra quantity of beer, to answer the other proportion of victuals turned over from the Elias. 85
" " Geo. Dam Adm. Com. Begs the place of purser in the London, as the present one is to be transferred to the Sovereign. Would have applied before, but has been confined in doors through sickness, and has a family in much distress. 86
" " Navy Comrs. " Hearing from Mr. Pett, at Woolwich, that the Elias can be made fit for service, desire orders may be sent, as also to grave and tallow the Dover and Laurel. 87
" " Thos. White, Dover Navy Comrs The Oxford having come in to wash, tallow, and victual, has set men on work, and will make all speed to dispatch her. Hopes they will pay his bill for disbursements to Jno. Edwards, the Dover Post, as he cannot proceed without it. 88
" 18 Capt. Wm. Badiley " Has treated with several smiths concerning the chains, and thinks it needful to allow ⅓ in weight more to a fad of chaiu than formerly, which will cause the fad to weigh 2 cwt. Has stretched a line over, and finds the river is 225 fads in breadth, so if 25 fads more are made, it will do the work, which will rise to 25 tons of chain. The smiths warrant the chain for a year and a day, at 56l. per ton, which will amount to 1,400l., and the ground work may be laid for 100l. Will get Mr. Loder, of Deptford, to make a fad [of chain] as soon as possible. 89
" " Robt. Sewell, Chatham. " Desires a supply of tar for the stores 90
" " T. Lodington, Victualling Office. Robt. Blackborne. Has an order from the Admiralty Commissioners for allowance of some supernumeraries on board the Nightingale, but as the purser cannot show when they were discharged, or to what ship they were transferred, he cannot trace the sea books, or ascertain for how long to give credit for them. Asks further orders. 91
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Have considered the petition and papers of Jno. Rye, purser of the Sorlings, and although very sensible of the knavery practised by such persons, as also by stewards, in framing forged certificates to pass their victualling accounts, by which the State is greatly defrauded, yet as divers of his papers appear to be true, think they ought to be allowed. Such references for the future ought to be made to the persons before whom the whole accounts of the victualling lie, who being daily conversant thereabouts, and having instruments abroad in all ports, have all the advantage to secure the State from damage. 92
Mar. 19 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Reference of the petition of Robt. Willis, diver, for employment in endeavouring to recover some brass guns belonging to the Liberty, which was cast away off Harwich, as also of those belonging to the Sussex, which was burnt off Portsmouth, and which he endeavoured to recover 2 years since, but was prevented by the storms. With draft reply that it is desirable to re-attempt it, and would be advisable to send some competent persons from Harwich in one of their wherries to search for the guns, and meantime to have the diver's hoy fitted, and if he should do no good there, then to order him to Portsmouth, where there is great probability of his recovering the Sussex's guns and anchors. 93, 94
" " Jno. Browne, Harwich. " Sends an account of stores supplied to the boatswains and carpenters of ships named. Has contracted with Fras. Searles, of Ipswich, for 15 tons of cordage, at the former rates. 95
" " Ordnance Officers Account of what serviceable arms, powder, and match remain in the ordnance stores 96
" " Major Robt. Thomson. Robt. Blackborne. Asks a warrant for Hen. Dalley, executor of Edw. Hopkins, for 195l. 10s, due to Hopkins at his decease, on his salary as a navy commissioner, at 400l. a year, but he will do well to move the Commissioners to pay the full quarter entered into, it being customary. With draft of a warrant of 7 March 1656–7, on an order from the Protector of 4 Sept. 1656, for 196l. 17s. 6d., 250l. having been received within the time. 97, 98
" 20 Aug. Aldridge, Lidney, Dean Forest. Navy Comrs Has freighted the John and Mary with timber, and she has also taken in six gentlemen. Sends an account of timber at the water side ready to be shipped, and in the wood ready for carriage. Cannot procure many carriers at present, as they are sowing their corn, but will make as much speed as possible. As letters often miscarry, has sent up the bearer with his account; hopes they will consider his loss of the chips, and that the 140l. he has received on account of his salary the last 2 years and upwards has not paid for his maintenance, but that he has had to spend his own money that he brought down. 99
" " John Browne, Chatham. " As he has only as much hemp and tar in the stores as will employ the men for a month, must have a supply, or an order to discharge some of the men. 100
" " Ordnance Officers " Send an account of 353 pieces of ordnance received out of the Gideon and Raven prizes, some of which have been dispersed amongst the State's ships, and the remainder are at the Tower Wharf and Chatham. If restitution is required by the King of Sweden, his agent should ascertain the number and nature of those claimed, as an account is kept in the ordnance office of the names of all prize ships from which any guns have been received, without any reference to the name of the master. 101
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. " Is in great want of the deals long since ordered, and unless suddenly sent down, will be forced to buy some at extraordinary prices. Major Browne's note will show how low the stores are of hemp and tar, a supply of which would prevent discharging the men. 102
" " " Adm. Com. Issued warrants for searching for the Flemish captains, but they have not yet been found. Is victualling the London, and launched the Torrington, and is now setting her masts, her victuals being sent for. 103
Mar. 21 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to pay off the Hope and Welcome, lately arrived at Portsmouth from the West Indies 104
" " " Navy Comrs Order to examine the accounts of Lieut.-Col. Elton, for washing and tallowing the Assurance at Hull, make out a bill for what is due, and charge the several stores therein mentioned on the accounts of the officers of the frigate who received the same. 105
" " " " Order for refitting the Raven and Beaver, of 6 guns each, and victualling them for 4 months, for 30 and 25 men, for service in the Channel. 106
" 23 " " Order to send two cables of 13 inches each to the Essex, in the Downs, by the first State's ship that goes thither. 107
" " Giles Reason Adm. Com. Petition for a renewal of his warrant for the cook's place in the Portland; with certificate by Hen. Powell of his former services therein, and order in the Admiralty Committee to enter him accordingly. 108–110
" " Jno. Child, South Lambeth. " Intended to wait on them to contract for waste clothes, but promised to meet Mr. Beckford and Mr. Burrowes at Deptford, to survey their hard bargain; will not fail to meet Mr. Lidcott at the Navy Office next Wednesday, and try and put an end to that business. 111
" " Elizabeth Jacobson " Petitions for the exchange of her husband, Capt. Jno. Jacobson, a prisoner in Chelsea College, for Hen. Hodder, formerly master of a ship of 6 guns, but now a prisoner in Dunkirk. With certificate of Roger Allsopp, that Capt. Jacobson was taken by the Hawk ketch, and is now a prisoner in Chelsea College, and certificate by the Dunkirk Admiralty of their willingness to exchange him for Hodder. 112–114
" " Jno. Jelley Col. Clerke Asks employment. Encloses a certificate by Capts. Fras. Kirby and Jno. Blyth that Jelley served in the Discovery in the West Indies, and having known him for 4 years, they can recommend him for a purser's place. 115,116
" " Gates Nayler [Navy Comrs.] Hopes they will consider the damage he sustained by his ketch putting into Foy, where the master sold all the guns, a new cable, and part of the provisions, to the value of 60l., which he had to make good before she could go to the Straits. 117
" " Robt. Sewell, Chatham. Robt. Blackborne. Estimates the rosin in the stores at Chatham at 12 tons 118
" " Ordnance Officers " Desire a convoy for the Hopewell of London, laden with guns, carriages, and shot, for Berwick, and now waiting at Gravesend, having missed the Weymouth pink, which was appointed for her. 119
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, State's Yard, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Can say nothing about the men coming to London, as he showed their order to the captains, and acquainted the stewards. Will make a survey of the sails, cables, and rigging of the ships, and send it up. The Mermaid and Lark have sailed. 120
" 24 Adm. Com. " Order to make out a bill to John Fowler for his pay as Judge Advocate of the fleet, from his last pay to this date, at 8s. a day. 121
Mar. 24 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill to Wm. Carey for 29l. 5s. 0d., disbursed by Gen. Monk's order in Scotland, for freight of provisions that belonged to the Islip, cast away there, taking care that it has not been already allowed on the accounts of Messrs. Wilson and Greene, of Leith. 122
" " " " Order to add 5 men to the Lark frigate, beyond her complement of 50 123
" " Jno. Browne, Harwich. " Sends an account of provisions required for the stores at Harwich; has spoken to Thos. Fox, master of a vessel of Harwich, to call for them. 124, 125
" " Rob. Blackborne, Whitehall. " To ship the pipe of wine, bought for Gen. Blake, in the Princess Maria, bound for Cape Finnisterre, and order Capt. Grymsditch to preserve it from spoil and embezzlement. 126
" " Isaac Lyte, London Robt. Blackborne. Will supply 10,000 ammunition swords at 4s., hangers at 4s. 6d., and as many fine blades for horsemen at 5s. each; one moiety to be paid down, and the other half when the Admiralty Committee think fit. 127
" 25 Wm. Burton, junr., Yarmouth. Navy Comrs Particulars of ships 128
" " Manley Callis, Deptford. " Has docked the Rosebush and Sophia; particulars of their defects 129
" 26 Adm. Com. " Order that a perfect invoice be made of the provisions shipped in the Exchange at Deptford for the forces in the West Indies, and that the same, with a bill of lading, be sent to the commander-in-chief of the forces at Jamaica, to whom they are to be consigned; also duplicates to the Navy Commissioners. With an estimate by Jno. Davies of the tonnage. 130, 131
" " " " Order to make out a bill to the Commissioners of Customs for 180l. on a bill of exchange sent, and place it as an imprest on the account of Thos. Shewell of Bristol, who drew it. 132
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham. Peter Pett, Navy Comrs Having mounted 32 pieces of ordnance, and shipped the cables and most of the stores in the London, she will sail to-morrow. Wishes he had taken his counsel, and not laden so much beer, as she draws 17 feet 9 inches afore, and 18 feet 5 inches abaft, and has near 100 tons of guns, &c. yet to come. Asks an order for spending the sea beer while she is in the Hope, as she has for 6 months, and if a month had been left out, it would have been more convenient to ship other things desired. 133
" " Eliz. Jacobson Adm. Com. Petition for release of Nich. Baldilinas, at Plymouth, and Adrian Marten, at Rye, in exchange for John Gatterley and Nath. Bevill, prisoners at Dunkirk. With consent thereto of the Admiralty Judges of Dunkirk. 134–136
" 27 Thos. White Account of bills paid for fitting out ships, wages, and other incidentals, from Sept. 10, 1656, to 27 Mar. 1657, total, 909l. 17s. 5d. 137
" 28 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to assure the Admiralty Judges, at Dunkirk, that in case the boys, Edw. Stone, Ralph Graunt, and John Provo, now prisoners in Dunkirk, are released, three persons of like quality, now prisoners here, shall be set at liberty, and exchanged for them. 138
Mar. 30 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to pay off the Church and Mary flyboats, lately arrived at Woolwich from the West Indies 139
" 31 " Navy Comrs Order for a bill of imprest to Major Wm. Burton for 500l. on account of cordage 140
" " " Order for the building of 6 small vessels, two in each of the yards at Deptford, Woolwich, and Chatham, to carry 4 guns and 30 men each, and a month or 6 weeks' provisions, and not to draw, when fully manned and victualled, above 5 feet of water, as advised by Major Neh. Bourne, to be ready for sea by the 21 Aug. next. If additional workmen are required, they are to be entered as needed. 141
" " " " Order for the speedy refitting and victualling of the Dunbar, Gloucester, Entrance, Dover, and Elias, for service in the Channel. 142
" " " " Order to allow John Packwood, clerk of the Check, at Woolwich, 3l. 6s. 8d. annually, from 1 Jan. last, so as to make up his salary of 66l. 13s. 4d., 70l. a year. 143
Mar. ? Thos. Hockley Adm. Com. Begs a renewal of his warrant as cook of the Torrington. With certificate by Capt. Robt. Saunders. 144, 145
" " Robt. Ingram Account for ironware delivered into the stores at Chatham, between 1 Jan. and 31 Mar. 1657, total, 526l. 0s. 3½ d. 146