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Volume 200: January 1659, 18-31

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1658-9. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1885.

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January 1659, 18–31

Jan. 18. 42. Petition of Fras. Barksdale, M.D., physician to the sick and maimed soldiers in Ely House and the Savoy, to the Protector. In Feb. 1656–7, on resignation of Dr. John French, your father appointed me to the office, the stipend then being 200l. a year. The office takes so much time, there being 300 or 400 patients, that I cannot attend to many other patients, and the noisome and pestilential diseases are often hazardous to my own health. By an order of 8 April 1658, the salary was reduced to 100l., too slender a maintenance for one that has spent 24 years in the study of physic in the universities, and has the charge of most of the sick and maimed soldiers belonging to your armies in England, Scotland, and Flanders, and those returned from Sweden and Jamaica. I beg a more fitting stipend. With reference thereon, holograph, and signed, to Fleetwood, Sydenham, and the Lord Chamberlain. [1 sheet.] Annexing,
42. I. Oliver, Protector, to the Committee for sick and wounded soldiers in Ely House, requiring them to admit Barksdale to succeed French. Whitehall, 23 Feb. 1656–7. [1 page, copy.]
Jan. 18. Order in Council that his salary be made up to 200l. a year. [Index, I. 84, col. 5.]
Jan. 18. 43. Order in Council that—as on 31 Dec. 1646, 100l. was imprested to Lord Sydenham, then Governor of Weymouth, towards payment of shallops, and the money was spent accordingly for service of the State,—for Sydenham's discharge, the Admiralty Commissioners require the Navy Commissioners to make out a bill for payment, that the Navy Treasurer may charge and discharge himself thereby. [¾ page.]
[Jan. 18.] Index entries of Proceedings in Council. [I. 84.]
The coal farm at Newcastle referred. [Col. 8.]
Serjeant Birkhead to deliver up hangings, &c., to [Clement] Kinnersley. [Col. 5.]
[Jan. 18.] Report on the case of the Mayor, &c., of Durham, and John Ayreson. [Col. 9.]
Major Neh. Bourne's petition referred. [Col. 5.]
The Trustees for sale of delinquents' lands to forbear sale of South Moulton and other manors. [Cols. 10, 38.]
Lord Lambert's case touching white cloths referred. [Col. 26.]
The Admiralty Commissioners' reports of several lists of ships of the fleet abroad, and of 40 that may be provided. Votes upon them. [Cols. 11, 16.].
1,000l. to Fras. Hodges, for Jamaica forces. [Cols. 20, 22]
Reference as to how the revenue is to be proportioned. [Col. 35.]
The commission and letter to the governor of Nevis to be returned to Council. [Col. 29.]
[Missing Order Book, pp. 308–315.]
Jan. 18.
Sorlings,
Plymouth.
44. Capt. Thos. Morris to the Admiralty Commissioners. Hearing that Thos. Browning has stated upon oath that, when I last went to St. Martin's, I carried over a great quantity of goods, and brought the frigate back so stowed with them that there was not room left for one more hogshead;—as you may conceive that a great offence has been committed by me, I thought it concerned me to send the truth of the matter, and commit myself to your favourable construction.
When I was last ordered to St. Martin's, having 20l. lying dead in a friend's hand, and not knowing what occasion I might have, either for the frigate's use or my own, before my return, I ordered him to invest it in some vendable commodity, and send it to me on board; whereupon he laid it out in tin, and sent it off to me, and intrenched on me by sending a like quantity upon his own account, and it being by the ship's side, I, not knowing but the duties upon the whole were satisfied, suffered it to be taken on board. When I arrived at St. Martin's, his tin was put on shore, but no return was looked for or received by me, or any other on board, and my own I disposed of myself, and I procured such things as I most needed out of the produce.
At this time a ship of Dartmouth, laden with wine and brandy, was cast away there, and Cooke, the master, came on board the night before we sailed, with such things as he had saved in a great French boat, which consisted of sails, anchors, cables, rigging, cordage, and other lumber, as also about 12 or 16 hogsheads of vinegar and brandy, which he importuned me to take in. I, in pity for him, was constrained to allow it to be done. These might have made some show, the rather as I caused some of the casks to be stowed upon the upper deck, so that if any occasion should present, our guns between decks might be clear.
At this time also, Andrew Kerby, a London merchant, broke, which caused his factor, Samuel Harbine, to break also, and had the French seized upon him, he had doubtless rotted in prison. The English merchants there having very earnestly solicited me to admit him on board, considering his native relation, I did so, and kept him secret until we came away, and he also brought 4 casks of brandy, the duty upon which was satisfied on its being landed here.
I can assure you there was not anything else carried out of or brought into the frigate, whatever I may be accused of; neither have I ever before carried out ore or any other kind of merchandize to the value of 20l., either for myself or any others. I desire that my officers and company may be thoroughly examined herein, and if you shall judge me guilty of any offence, I crave pardon, and assure you I shall never offend in that nature again. They are careening the frigate, which will be done to-morrow, and I will then make all haste to get to sea. [2½ pages.]
Jan. 20. 45. Petition of Wm. Jelly, deputy common councilman, Roger Walden, and Hen. Hassard, churchwardens, and 12 other inhabitants of Botolph's Without, Aldgate, to the Protector. Are bound by the late Protector's restoration to them of John Simpson, by whose labours they have received much spiritual benefit, and the poor have cause to bless God for the charitable relief he has raised for them, nearly 20l. having been lately given; but the poor have been deprived of it by the perverse carriage of Zachary Crofton, who will admit none of the ministers appointed to preach the funeral sermons of deceased benefactors, as at other churches, amongst whose poor the said charity has been distributed.
Beg, for the sake of the poor, that the deputy and common council of the ward may have power to authorize the preaching of the said sermons. 15 signatures. [1 sheet.]
[Jan. 20.] Note of its reading in Council. [I. 84, col. 5.]
Jan. 20. 46. Petition of Wm. Davies, prisoner in Windsor Castle, to the Protector, for release on bail or otherwise. Being a law student and practitioner in London, I followed my vocation peaceably during the late wars. Last December I was apprehended as a Popish priest, by means of Thos. Robotham, a very wicked man, who wanted thereby to get money from me. I have been ¾ of a year in Windsor Castle, and suffered patiently, though to my damage and distress, but must now assert my innocency. The effects of my restraint may injure me more than any final sentence. I can prove my integrity, and beg examination of the matter.
With reference thereon to Col. Whichcot, governor of Windsor Castle, 27 Sept.; his report, 8 Oct. 1658, that Davies was only apprehended because some beads were found in his chamber, and that Robotham himself confessed he was not a priest, and that as he will live peaceably on an estate left him by his late father, he should be liberated on security not to act against government; and further order, 30 October 1658, referring the case to Council. [2½ pages.] Annexing,
46. I. Certificates by George and Fras. Duncumb, Roger Scattergood, Wm. Lingham, and Edw. Lorrington, to the good conduct of Davies, and to his not being a priest. 29 and 31 August, and 1 and 2 September 1658. [1¾ pages.]
46. II. Certificate by Miles Blount and 15 other inhabitants of Covent Garden, that they have known him many years as a lodger in that parish, and have not the least reason to suspect him for a priest. He is 37 years old. 16 signatures. 24 Sept. 1658. [1 page.]
46. III. Certificate by Edw. Field that he was no Popish priest. 29 Sept. 1658. [⅓ page.]
46. IV. Certificate by Peter Smith that Thos. Robotham, who accused Davies, has been 3 times committed to prison for apprehending and discharging Papists without authority. [1 page.]
Jan. 20. Note of order in Council for his release. [Index, I. 84, col. 12.]
Jan. 20. 47. Petition of John Beere to Council. Since the Spanish war, I was taken prisoner by the Spaniards, and agreed to be exchanged for 2 prisoners in Chelsea College; and to ensure my liberty, 2 Spanish merchants bound themselves in 200l. for my delivery. Though the Spaniards were discharged, I was obliged to pay 100l. for my liberty. I beg an order to the Navy Commissioners to deliver me the merchants' bond, that I may reimburse myself the 100l. [1 page.]
Jan. 20. 48. Order thereon that the Admiralty Commissioners deliver him the bond, and that he put it in suit at his own charge. [1 page.]
[Jan. 20.] 49. Petition of Grizell Williamson, sister of Maj.-Gen. Rob. Overton, prisoner in Jersey, to the Protector. Since my late attendance on you in my brother's behalf, I have lost my dear husband, and become too weak to solicit personally, but I hear that my brother's health so decays as that his death may soon prevent your compassion. I beg that after 4 years' confinement, you would order his release, before he, his great family of children, and his affairs be all ruined. [1 page.]
Jan. 20. 50. Like petition to the same effect. [1 page.]
[Jan. 20.] Note of an order in Council negativing his removal. [Index, I. 84, cols. 31, 44.]
Jan. 20. 51. Report of the Committee on the petition of Major Elatson that a 21 years' lease should be granted him of a house and a small plot of ground within the castle walls of Liverpool, at 10l. a year rent; with note of its reading in Council, and an order. [2/3 page; I. 84, col. 14.]
Jan. 20. 52. Order in Council—on report from the Mardike Committee of clothes provided for the forces in Flanders—that the Admiralty Commissioners provide a vessel to transport them to Dunkirk, and report her name, that the said Committee may send trusty persons to view them, and see them embarked. [¾ page.]
Jan. 20. Index entries of Proceedings in Council. [I. 84.]
List of Parliament Commissioners for administering the oath passed. [Col. 33.]
Secretary Thurloe's account, and his money due on the foot thereof. [Col. 41.]
Index entries of Proceedings in Council (cont.)
Jan. 20. Commission for the trial of Pirates referred. [Col. 33.]
John Emery's accounts transferred to the auditor of imprests. [Col. 14.]
Josiah Goddard's exchange reported. [Col. 19.]
Keepers of the Great Seal sworn, and the seal delivered and entered in Chancery. [Col. 19.]
Lady Inchiquin's petition referred. [Col. 23.]
Eliz. Lilburne's petition referred. [Col. 26.]
An advocate of the Army established. [Col. 1.]
Establishment and pay for the Judge Advocate. [Cols. 14, 23.]
The arrears of alnage to be got in, and the patent amended. [Col. 1.]
The funeral goods to be sold. [Col. 16.]
Duke of Lenox's alnage patent. [Col. 26.]
Hen. Norwood released on his bond. [Col. 29.]
The Parliament house furnished. [Col. 33.]
Sir Thos. Armstrong's release negatived. [Col. 1.]
40l. gratuity to John Hollinson. [Col. 21.]
The Treasury Commissioners to look into the patents reserving rent. [Col. 41.]
Wm. Broome turned over to a justice. [Col. 5.]
List of prisoners in Lambeth House, and Mr. Hardy's interest, referred. [Cols. 21, 26.]
John Nutt allowed his liberty on security. [Col. 29.]
Wm. Smith allowed his liberty on security. [Col. 38.]
Jas. Halsall's petition referred.
John Ashburnham's liberty negatived. [Col. 1.]
Capt. Hill and Edw. Rivers to have their liberty on security. [Cols. 21, 35.]
Dame Eliz. Pawlett for John Ashburnham. [Col. 33.]
4s. a week for John Peirce. [Col. 33.]
The Army and Navy accounts to be returned to the Committee. [Cols. 1, 29.]
The farmers of excise in cos. Hants, Berks, &c., referred to Commissioners for regulations, to re-enter. [Col. 14.]
Report on the Jersey appeal about wool. [Col. 23.]
Augmentation to Souldrop. [Col. 38.]
[Missing Order Book, pp. 318–329.]
Jan. 21. 53. Petition of Elizabeth, widow of Lieut.-Col. John Lilburne, to the Protector and Council. Having long suffered heavy afflictions, I hoped that my husband's death would have been the last of my piercing sorrows. But I find the means for my children's maintenance perplexed by an unexampled Act of Parliament of 30 January 1651–52, fining my husband 7,000l.-3,000l. assigned to the State and 4,000l. to 5 gentlemen,—viz., 2,000l. to Sir Arthur Heselrigg, 500l. each to Messrs. Winslow, Russell, Squibb, and Mullins,—when, his debts duly weighed, he was not worth 500l. The only provocation for such a fine was his delivering a petition for Josiah Primate, for whom he was counsel, about a colliery which Sir Art. Haselrigg would have had sequestered. The Commissioners for Compounding gave the case against Primate, and he petitioned Parliament for relief. My husband did not draw the petition, but only delivered it. Primate was fined 7,000l. and sent to the Fleet, but he soon got out, and gained his colliery, and this adds to my vexations.
Your late father professed very great tenderness to me, and persuaded Sir Arthur to return the estate he had taken from me, and this he lately did (though the perverseness of tenants prevent my having much profit from it). His Highness also remitted the part allotted to the State, and willed the Commissioners to remit the other parts allotted to them. He also granted me a pension, which by your great favour is continued, or I and mine might have perished. Sir Art. Haselrigg has relinquished 2,000l., and Mr. Squibb 500l., their shares of my husband's fine, but the other assignees will not follow their example. I was advised to address Parliament to repeal the Act, but omitted it in your father's lifetime. I beg you to discharge the 3,000l. due to the State, and to recommend Parliament to repeal the Act, that after 17 years' sorrows, I may have a little rest and comfort among my fatherless children. With note of reference. [1 sheet.]
Jan. 21. 54. Order in the Committee of Council to whom her petition is referred, that Attorney-General [Prideaux] and Solicitor-General [John Maynard] certify how his Highness may legally discharge the fine, in case he thinks fit to do it; and their report 22 January, that his Highness may discharge the 3,000l., but unless the parties concerned will discharge the other parts of the fine, they can only be discharged by Parliament. [1 page.]
Jan. 21.
Swiftsure,
Hoseley Bay.
55. Vice-Admiral Wm. Goodson to the Admiralty Commissioners. I have received your resolution for revictualling and cleaning the ships that are at Chatham and Woolwich, as also for the revictualling the Nantwich, Assurance, Adventure, and Expedition, at Harwich.
A few days since, Chas. Hatsell, master of the Prosperous, laden with provisions for the Richard, was put upon this coast by contrary winds and foul weather, and desiring a convoy to the Downs, I granted him the Adventure; upon her return, I will send her to Harwich, but she has been there once since our last coming in, and received 2 months' provisions. The master shipwright, with the bricklayer who sets up the furnaces, has been out again to survey the brickwork of the Newcastle's furnaces, which was found so cracked and broken that it was proposed to send her to Harwich to have it repaired. Mr. Grassingham stated there was only this man could do such work, and he upon the least motion of the sea is sick and not able to work. I have ordered the victualler to deliver her the victuals intended for the Nantwich, which has gone to Woolwich or Chatham to repair her cables.
I have had another survey made of the Newberry and Speaker, which are both much shaken with the foul weather. These ships and all the rest here could be better repaired in the Hope or Queen-borough water in one day than here in 6, and more provisions and ballast put aboard in the same time, besides the risk of the provisions running down in small deep-laden vessels, at this time of year, and the convenience of washing, tallowing, and manning. If for the East Seas, the same wind that will carry us hence will bring us thence.
If you intend a smaller squadron to go over first, I propose keeping the Forester and Expedition for convoys, and the Torrington and Portsmouth, or some others of good force, to be placed in their stead. I have informed Sir Rich. Stayner of your pleasure; he will wait on you and give a fuller account of affairs than can be imparted by writing. Understanding the furnaces of the Newberry must be reset, I will send her to Queenborough water or the Hope. [2 pages.] Enclosing,
55. I. Survey by Roger Eastwood, H. M. Lowes, and 3 others, of the furnaces of the Newberry which they find so defective that they must be reset, and the knee of her head, which is started, be rebolted. [1 page]
Jan. 21/31. Pe[rcy] Ch[urch] to Sec. Nicholas. I send a letter in an unknown cypher which came for my friend. Thanks for my last bill, paid by Mr. Fox's care. Letters from England say that the Spanish fleet has arrived at the Canaries, and that Fras. Rous, a privy councillor to Cromwell, is dead. It is believed next Parliament will produce wonderful changes, wherein his present Highness is likely to be the greatest sufferer. There have been great disputes about the elections in most parts, and now the chief seamen begin to talk loud, saying what needs any other army than the trained bands as formerly, for they are the men that fight, run all hazards, and defend the Commonwealth, while others grow rich by polling the people. * * *
When Will Loving arrives, Lord Jermyn will, it's likely, have all he knows, but I expect nothing good or true from such an infamous fellow, who had his Majesty's honoured title of baronet. It would deter all honest and gallant men from seeking that dignity. [Extract, Flanders correspondence. Italics, cyphers decyphered.]
Jan. 22. 56. Petition of Major Neh. Bourne to the Protector. Being encouraged by a proviso in the statute of Elizabeth,—that the Act prohibiting buildings shall not extend to houses within a mile of a sea or navigable river, if inhabited by sailors or persons employed in furnishing or in victualling ships—I built 4 years ago on waste ground on Thames bank, and made a new drydock and shipwrights' yard, for laying up hemp, pitch, tar, &c., and also workmen's houses, for which the Parliament Commissioners for New Buildings demand of me 300l. Being tender of giving offence, I would rather submit to this judgment, than by demurring encourage others to dispute authority; but to do this, I beg an order from the Admiralty Commissioners to the Navy Treasurer, to pay me a debt of 500l. due for shipping taken up for Parliament in 1644, out of the proceeds of the sale of decayed ships or provisions. With note of reference, and of order in Council on 22 January. [1 page; also I. 84, col. 5.]
Jan. 22. 57. Report by Nath. Fiennes and John Lisle, Commissioners of the Great Seal, on the petition of John Thompson, late clerk of the petty bag in Chancery,—representing his charge in making out summonses for Parliament, and 3 several times for Scotland and Ireland, which were more than formerly made, and requesting some salary therefor—recommending a grant of 100l. and a salary of 40l. a year, as Mr. Giles, a master in Chancery, finds that Thompson's fees have been reduced from 470l. to 70l. by the taking away of the Court of Wards, whilst his labour has been increased by the alterations in the writs for Parliament, the copying out of ancient writs for precedents, &c. With note of an order in Council thereon of 25 Jan., to grant the 100l. [1 page; also I. 84, col. 41.]
Jan. 22. 58. Order in Council that the Admiralty Commissioners and Army Committee attend the Committee of Council appointed to prepare for Parliament an account of the revenue and public charge, with their accounts, that the Committee may be enabled to perfect them. [2/3 page.]
[Jan. 22.] Index entries of Proceedings in Council. [I. 84.]
Count Cerillac's papers referred. [Col. 8.]
Lord Whitelock sworn [Commissioner of the Great Seal]. [Col. 44.]
Augmentation for Abergwilly, Ottery St. Mary, and Plympton Mary. [Cols. 1, 31, 33.]
Augmentation for Dr. Cleyton out of Windsor revenue. [Col. 8.]
2,000l. allowed to Major Geo. Scutt at the Exchequer. [Col. 38.]
The Ordnance officers to deliver 50 barrels of powder for the regiments of the army. [Cols. 1, 31.]
The title to the Stillyard referred. [Col. 38.]
Fire and candle for the guards at the Mews. [Col. 19.]
The petition of the reduced Flanders soldiers referred.
Persons whose horses are to be transported [to or from] Flanders. [Col. 16.]
Arrears of Capt. Johnson, storekeeper in Flanders, referred. [Cols. 16, 23.]
40l. to be paid to the halberdiers of the High Court of Justice. [Col. 21.]
The names of the Commissioners for Recusants referred. [Col. 8.]
Augmentation to Windsor; Windsor almshouses, to certify the augmentation; the approbation of the Commissioners' order for 200l. a year, referred. [Col. 44.]
Cole apprehended for counterfeiting debentures.
An office opened for registering debentures. [Cols. 8, 10.]
Warrants renewed for the prisoners in the Tower. [Col. 33.]
55l. 16s. to Capt. Saberton, for Lord Whalley's regiment. [Cols. 38, 44.]
[Missing Order Book, pp. 331–340.]
Jan. 22. 59. Order by the Protector in Council that,—whereas the endowment of the Professor of Physic in Oxford University is but 50l. a year, and Parliament added 2,000l. a year out of tithes and impropriations of rectories for increase of maintenance to Masters of colleges in both universities, but none has been made to the professors; and whereas the late Protector, for maintenance of the poor knights of Windsor and other pious uses, ordered the profits of all the said rectories, &c., above 1,086l. 13s. 4d. already charged thereon, to be at his disposition for such uses,—the governor of the new Windsor almshouses pay to Dr. Thos. Cleyton, professor of physic at Oxford, _ yearly from the said revenues, on account of his merit and the trouble attending his office, to the great diminution of his practice. [¾ page.]
Jan. 24.
Richard,
Downs.
60. Rear-Admiral Jno. Bourne to Robt. Blackborne. I sent over to Dunkirk directions to the captain of the Wakefield, to land the remainder of Col. Salmon's regiment at Harwich, but I have since heard that Lord Lockhart does not intend discharging them at present, and has ordered the frigate, in company with another, to sail towards Blackenburgh, for some time. As to the boatswain of the Assistance, I shall give directions to the commander, upon the first opportunity of any of our men-of-war coming into the Downs, but he and the Selby had sailed back to their station before Ostend before yours came to hand.
Having received an order from his Highness to appoint a frigate to carry over Dan. Skinner, and Benj. Delaunay, Esq., to Holland, on his service, I have deputed the Nightingale, there being no other in the Downs except the Richard. The Cherrington has sailed to Seine head with her convoy, and the Guinea is ordered for Portsmouth. Our month's victuals has arrived, having been forced to leeward as far as Sole Bay, with the loss of cables and anchors, but they arrived in time, our men being then at half allowance. Capt. Pierce of the Guinea having been long absent from his relations, and having settled the business of his ship at Portsmouth, I have granted him 2 or 3 days' leave of absence, to go to London, and advised him to wait upon you for commands. Supposing the Nightingale may meet with the Assistance, I have asked Capt. Sparling to send his boatswain by him, as likely to be the soonest convenience. [1 page.]
Jan. 24.
Swiftsure,
Hoseley Bay.
61. Vice-Admiral W. Goodson to [the Navy Commissioners]. I sent you an account of the wants of this ship, as an anchor and cable, and a suit of lanterns for the poop; of the Speaker's wanting 2 cables and 2 anchors, and the Gloucester 2 cables; their commanders have been with me to know whether they may expect a supply, and therefore I desire to be informed. The carpenters on the ships complain of the great want of nails, accrued by the foul weather, which caused a great expense; besides our boats, through the badness of the watering here, are often under repair, and there is a want of a hawser and a pinnace, the new one built at Chatham having been broken away by the Bridgwater running on board us.
I understand that it is the Commissioners' intention to revictual their ships here, which in my judgment will require a great deal of time, and will not be without a great deal of hazard of the loss and spoiling of provisions; on our first going out, an extra quantity of tallow was ordered, but as it was not to be found in the stores, we shall now have a greater want of it if we revictual without cleaning. I enclose a letter from the Admiralty Commissioners about a little money I have disbursed, and desire to know whether you have received any such order as therein mentioned, and whether a bill has been made out, as I have not yet received it. I also send a receipt for a cable and anchor, spared to Mr. Dennis from the Nantwich in the Downs. [1½ pages.]
Jan. 25. 62. Petition of And. Riccard, governor, and the Levant Company, to the Protector. Emboldened by your goodness on our great loss of the Aleppo Merchant, cast away at Padstow, Cornwall, we begged leave to bring to London free of charge the goods we might recover, which you granted us 11 Jan., but your order was not effectual, as not including excise as well as customs. We beg entire freedom from duty, having suffered not only by this sad disaster, but by the barbarous practices of the rude inhabitants, for by the time the damaged goods arrive here, they will hardly countervail the charges on them. Your late father granted the same thing 3 Dec. 1656, on a much less mishap to the Stambolene. We beg your orders accordingly to the officers at Padstow. [1 page.]
Jan. 25. Note of the granting of a discharge in Council. [Index, I. 84, col. 2.]
Jan. 25. 63. Petition of Maj. Jno. Wigan to the Protector and Council, for payment of his arrears of 200l. out of his discoveries of moneys, goods, or lands concealed. Was employed in Scotland, but retired when that affair was settled. Some time after, his late Highness and Council gave order to the Trustees for Maintenance of Ministers to allow him 100l. a year, which he had before going into Scotland, with arrears since his resignation of military employment, but the Trustees allege they want power to pay the arrears. With note of Council order. [1 page.]
Jan. 25. 64. Order in Council that the Ordnance officers deliver to Lord Barkstead, lieutenant of the Tower, 50 barrels of powder with match, for the regiments quartering in and about London, to be issued on directions from Lord Fleetwood. [2/3 page.]
[Jan. 25.] Index entries of Proceedings in Council. [I. 84.]
Interest allowed to Maj. Rob. Cobbet for 2,720l. [Col. 8.]
The Nevis prisoners at Bristol sent up and referred, and Maj. Russell's commission recalled. [Col. 29.]
Lord Fitzwilliam's papers referred. [Col. 16.]
Lieut.-Col. Stephens' report about lands in Ireland. [Col. 38.]
7,000l. of the funeral charges to be paid out of Stepney, &c. [Col. 16.]
Report of the Committee on Hackney and Stepney purchasers. [Col. 21.]
Lord Craven's petition referred after denial. [Col. 8.]
171l. 17s. to Thos. Simons, for medals. [Col. 38.]
Buxton and several other places severed from Bakewell, co. Derby. [Col. 5.]
Jan. 25. Augmentation to Chelsea. [Col. 8.]
The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland's goods to be custom free. [Col. 23.]
Pension of 40s. a week to Jane Augier. [Col. 1.]
Nich. Devereux's report about Ireland. [Col. 10.]
The Aleppo Merchant's duties discharged. [Col. 1.]
Serjeant Birkhead to provide wood, &c. for the Parliament. [Col. 5.]
Firing provided for Parliament. [Col. 33.]
Math. Fleming as to excise in Scotland referred. [Col. 16.]
Alex. Pym's petition referred. [Col. 33.]
Letter about the revenue and payments in Scotland referred. [Col. 38.]
[Missing Order Book, pp. 340–360.]
Jan. 25. 65. Receipt by Geo. Rawden, of Rawden, co. York, from Edward Viscount Conway and Kilultagh, by the hand of Mich. Harrison, of 2000l., for which acquittances signed are in his hands, being the marriage portion of Dorothy, his wife, sister of Lord Conway. [¾ page.]
[Jan. 27.]
London.
66. List of the members of both Houses of Parliament who assembled on this day, including the members for Scotland and Ireland. [1 sheet, broadside, printed; also printed, as to the Lower House, in Parliamentary History, Vol. XXI., pp. 246–262.]
Jan. 27.
The Swiftsure,
Hoseley Bay.
67. Vice-Adm. Wm. Goodson to the Admiralty Commissioners. Commander Bourne has been on board, and stated that if it was not found advisable that we should refit and victual in Hoseley Bay, we were to go to Queenborough or the Hope. I agree with him that going there will answer all ends. The Essex having 30 men sick on shore, and as many more on board, through the infection of Sir Geo. Ayscue's men, we have agreed to send her with the Forester to Harwich, and the Swiftsure and the others for Queen-borough. I have sent on shore for pilots, and if they come on board, we intend sailing in the morning, weather permitting. [¾ page.] Enclosing,
67. I. Account of the provisions on board the Swiftsure and 5 others, and the time they have been off the ground. [1 page.]
Jan. 28./Feb. 7. Passport by the King of France to the Earl of Bristol, now in the Low Countries and going to Rome, to travel with his servants, horses, and arms for their safety by Rheims, Troyes, Macon, Villefranche, and other parts of Champagne, Burgundy, Lyonnois, and Dauphiny, towards Italy. [Scrap, French correspondence.]
Jan. 28.
Centurion,
Downs.
68. Capt. Jonas Poole to the Admiralty Commissioners. The Almighty has been wonderfully gracious to us that we are living to give you this account. On 26th Dec. last, we arrived at the Scaw point in Jutland, and having little wind, anchored near, but were forced back through the ice by a violent easterly wind. We attempted twice for the Sound, but were forced back into the North Seas. The weather was stormy and impetuous, with abundance of snow, sleet, and ice, and seeing no possibility of accomplishing your desires, and being earnestly intreated by my officers not to further attempt so apparent a danger as the loss of both ship and lives, I resolved to return for England, which I have obtained, after being thrice beaten back between Yarmouth and Holland into the North Seas. I used my utmost endeavours to comply with your commands, but the season of the year, and the violence of the contrary winds, have prevented. We have 10 weeks' victualling on board; the packet you commended to my care I will keep until further order. [1 page.] Enclosing,
68. I. Proceedings of a Court held on board the Centurion, while at anchor off the Scaw, as to the question whether, with the little fair N.E. wind they then had, they could prosecute their voyage for Cronenburg or not, there being a hard frost, a great fog, and a great current, with newly congealed ice powerfully tumbling down out of the Belt into the north-north-east. With reply of Philip Newton, pilot, and the rest of the Court, that by reason of the thickness of the weather, strength of the current, the violent freezing and congealing of the ice all over the sea round about them, congealing their ropes over head, notwithstanding men were sent up each watch with handspikes, trunnels, &c., to break off the frost and ice from the standing and running rigging, &c., which, freezing more and more, would not be serviceable in case they find an opportunity to sail, yet they will, nevertheless, wait a little longer, though with hazard, in hope of prosecuting their voyage; but in case there be no alteration of weather before night, they must, for preservation of the ship and their lives, put back to sea, out of the way of the force and power of the stream, and current of the ice. 27 Dec. 1658. [¾ page.]
68. II. Certificate of Philip Newton, pilot, and 7 other officers of the Centurion, that Capt. Jonas Poole having conferred with them as to again attempting to get into the Sound, according to his orders, and they being deeply sensible of the great danger already escaped, when last at anchor near the Scaw, and in forcing their way through the ice with violent easterly winds, have desired the captain no to attempt it again until the season and weather promise some probabiliy of performance, as in returning for England, the frigate may be useful to his Highness, whereas by keeping at sea, she would become disabled; 6 Jan. 1658–59. [1 page.]
Jan. 29. 69. Order in Council that—whereas by an order of 8 January, the Army Committee were required to give their warrant to the Treasurers-at-war to ship 20,000l. for Scotland, for service of the forces there, sending it in waggons to Aldborough; but now Lord Montague acquaints Council that on consulting the Admiralty Commissioners, his Highness thinks it had better be shipped from Harwich—the money be so shipped, in such vessel as the Admiralty Commissioners appoint. [1 page.]
Index entries of Proceeding in Council. [I. 84.]
[Jan. 29.] Pension of 10s. a week to Eliz. Pike. [Col. 33.]
Major Rob. Harly's petitions and box delivered. [Col. 21.]
Augmentations to Beaminster, Blandford, Hayling, Newark, Stoke-by-Clare, and Southwell. [Cols. 5, 21, 29, 38.]
Stoke Orchard united to Tredington (co. Gloucester). [Cols. 38, 41.]
Sewdley united to Winchcomb (co. Gloucester). [Cols. 38, 44.]
Durham petition concerning John Hall. [Col. 10.]
Commissioners for ejection of scandalous Ministers in Suffolk. [Col. 28]
[Missing Order Book, pp. 351–353.]
Jan. 29. 70. Order in the Admiralty Committee that—as Rob. Saunders, late captain of the Triumph, has been convicted by a court-martial of leaving his station in the Mediterranean, being one of Capt. Stoakes' squadron, and bringing his fleet home without orders, on which he was cashiered the fleet, and sentenced to imprisonment during pleasure—the said sentence should be duly executed, and Council requested to order his close imprisonment. [2/3 page.]
Jan. 29.
Bristol.
71. Thos. Shewell to the Admiralty Commissioners. I have furnished the Grantham with 2 cables and harbour victuals, and some provisions going aboard of her to-day, the lighter was cast away in a storm, the provisions lost, and a man drowned. I have sent a further supply for 2 days, and shall take care as to what is wanting. I have also sent the letter for the master, who is very sick on board, and the captain and purser not having arrived, there is much doubt as to their safety. The ship has been damaged in her hull since she came into harbour, and as much requires to be done, I am daily sending things on board, and have ordered her sails on shore to be mended.
Here are 14 soldiers who were brought from the island, contrary to order, and who, for want of victuals, have been sent on shore; I have given them conduct money, and sent them on for London, also 13 men who were wounded at Rio Nova [Nuevo ?], and brought in this ship. I have hitherto begged for them, and not knowing what to do with them, sent them to the mayor, who gave them a pass to beg, and 5s., which is Bristol charity to such as serve the State. What am I to do with them in order to their passing to London? [1 page.] Enclosing,
71. I. Demand by Edw. Alford, boatswain, of cables, anchors, and other stores, to carry the ship to London. The Grantham, January 29, 1658–59. [¾ page.]
71. II. Demand by Fisher Harding, carpenter, of timber, tar, oakum, nails, &c., the ship being leaky and much out of repair. The Grantham, Jan. 29, 1658–59. [¾ page.]
Jan. 31. 72. Thos. Shewell to the Admiralty Commissioners. There being work to be done to the hull of the Grantham, I have spoken to Dan. Furzer to do it, judging it most for the benefit of the State, as the materials are their own. The soldiers whom I sent to our mayor for relief, but he would only give them 5s. and a pass to beg, will not part the town without money to carry them to London, and this evening more are sent on shore that are cripples, and cannot help themselves, but are carried on men's backs. The magistrates will take no care for them, having charity to the State's soldiers as much as they would have to so many crippled dogs, and they are sent to me, so that I cannot keep my house in peace. It grieves my heart that men in their condition should have no provision made for them, and I have given them 40s.; as the magistrates will do nothing for them, I beseech you to give me order what to do. Your letter to the mayor, taking notice how the State's soldiers in their distress are slighted, will quicken them, as fear may produce something; love they have none, either for them, or the interest they suffer for by serving you. Conceal my name, but I will affirm at all times, whensoever called to do it. [1 page.]
[Jan.] 73. Petition of Dorothy Chiffinch, laundress and sempstress for the body linen, to the King. My predecessor, Mrs. Freeman, was allowed at Paris 4 livres the day, and a place provided to perform her service, and I had 20 sous a day for mending your laced linen, and for making, I was paid by the piece, at the rate set by the Queen; but when I had both places, I was content with the 4 livres, so that it might be paid constantly, because of my charge in keeping servants to do the work, and that I might have a place provided. This was done by Sir Hen. Wood constantly, but before you left Paris, I was 1,786 livres in arrears, for which I obtained this order, which I accepted on a promise to be paid precisely every month, though I had paid interest for most of the money. Yet I am now more in arrears than before, and the rent of the laundry unpaid, though Sir Edw. Nicholas gave your order to Mr. Fox to pay it, so that I am threatened with arrest for borrowed money.
I beg monthly payment with the kitchen and stables, and some course for my arrears. [1 page.] Annexing,
73. I. Order to Mr. Fox to pay her 100 livres monthly, until the arrears of 1,786 livres are discharged, and 4 livres a day in future. Cologne, 31 Oct. 1654. [½ page, copy.]
73. II. Note of further arrears become due in the 38 months since that order passed, 4,522 livres 17 sous, of which only 388 livres is paid; also of the rent of the laundry, 93 dollars 5 shillings. [1½ pages.]
Jan. 74–128. Receipts for moneys paid by Sec. Thurloe or by his order for foreign intelligence, from 16 September 1657. [55 papers.]