Volume 203: June 1659, 11-20

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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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June 1659, 11–20

June 11. Order in Parliament.—On consideration of yesterday's order, on the report by Sir Hen. Vane concerning papers delivered by the Dutch Ambassador, 7/17 June, which report was read, and also the answer of the Council of State thereto, and a draft declaration inhibiting the taking of commissions from foreign princes and states;—order that the Council of State make the answer and declaration the subject of their treating with the ambassador, and report their proceedings for the House's approbation. [I. 91, p. 23.]
[June 11.] Index entries of proceedings in the Council of State. [I. 85.]
Clerk of the Commonwealth in Chancery referred. [Col. 11.]
A declaration touching commissions from foreign states read. [Col. 19.]
A paper from the public minister of the Duke of Holstein read. [Col. 34.]
Petitions referred to five of the Council. [Col. 59.]
Petition of Maurice Thompson and others referred. [Col. 76.]
A constant Committee to meet with the Dutch Ambassador, and report. [Col. 19.]
The Portugal Ambassador's paper referred (4 entries). [Col. 59.]
[June 11.] Commission to the lieutenant of the Tower to be prepared, and regulations for it referred. [Col. 76.]
Maj. Ceely's letter referred. [Col. 11.]
Council remove to another room. [Col. 11.]
A Militia Act to be prepared. [Col. 48.]
Account of the goods, &c., at Hampton Court. [Col. 34.]
[Missing Order Book, pp. 61–64.]
June 11. 39. Petition of the Postmasters and others of England to Parliament. We acknowledge the Providence which has restored you to your trust. We have served you at hazard of life and loss of time and estate, freed the Commonwealth from 4,000l. paid by the late King for carrying his expresses, and brought you a large revenue, without a penny charge to any farmer.
Since your interruption, we have been exposed to farmers, who have increased our work and lessened our wages, and threatened to turn us out unless we would accept their pleasures. We beg to have no farmers put upon us, who for their own advantage bring contempt on the Government and burdens on the people, but to pay our moneys into the hands of known and responsible persons. 78 signatures, with note that it was read 10 June, and referred to a Committee of Council, 11 June. [1 sheet; also I. 85, col. 59.] Annexing,
39. I. 11 reasons why the postage of letters ought not to be farmed; e.g., that it becomes a privatenot a public interest; gives "the people cause to fear that they shall still be bought and sold," instead of things running "in the clear channel of a Commonwealth;" retards government dispatches, and runs the risk of their falling into unfaithful hands; prevents redress of abuses or undue exactions, as farmers either rack the people or oppress the postmasters. Most of the postmasters have served in times of war and trouble, when neither undertaker nor farmer durst appear, and it would be an ill requital to turn them out now, and it will be an opening for private persons to set up expresses on the roads, as done in the late King's time, so that the revenue was altogether lost. [1 sheet.]
39. II. Arguments to prove that the farming of the postage of letters is not only against law, but the well-being of a Commonwealth. [1 sheet.]
39. III. Note of 7 deputy postmasters employed by Withers, an attorney, between Ware and York. [2/3 page.]
June 13. Orders in Parliament.
On petition of Elizabeth, widow of John Lilburne, 40s. a week formerly allowed her, to be continued out of public revenue, and the arrears due from 7 May last paid.
The Council of State to take special care to guard Hampton Court from waste or defacement, and the household stuffs and goods therein from spoil and embezzlement.
June 13. On Sir Hen. Vane's report from Council, that Col. Lockhart be employed to the King of France; that such letters as he shall receive from Council, to be employed to the King of France in such a character as Council thinks fit, shall be signed by Mr. Speaker; and that Council shall give fit instructions with reference to France or other ministers to foreign states.
That Council present names of persons suitable to be judges on this summer's circuit, whether members of Parliament or otherwise.
That 755l. a week for maimed soldiers and widows be continued for a week.
That Council consider the lands of the late archbishops and bishops, of the late King, and other State lands in Scotland and Ireland, and report their yearly value, how they are disposed of, and what lands have been given away, and by and to whom, since the interruption of this House. [I. 91, pp. 22, 24, 25.]
[June 13.] Index entries of proceedings in the Council of State. [I. 85.]
The Admiralty. Commissioners to provide a vessel to transport Col. Lockhart. [Col. 1.]
Proposal for securing Dunkirk. [Col. 19.]
Warrants for 4,000l. for the Sound Commissioners, and 2,000l. credit. [Col. 67.]
Sam. Titsell sent for. [Col. 76.]
[Missing Order Book, pp. 65, 66.]
June 13. Committee of Safety, and for Nomination of Officers.—Day's Proceedings.
Order granting a request that Col. Geo. Crompton, Rich Bartlett, and Wm. Done, be justices of peace for Gravesend, Kent, and the Commissioners of the Seal to put them into the commission.
Mr. Willis, who pretends a title of the office of clerk in Chancery, to attend this Committee at 3 p.m.
The address of Lieut. George Thompson presented and read. He pleads that his Highness Oliver commanded him from Hull on Sir Hen. Slingsby's business, and when he had been here 3 months, told him of an information that he was in that plot, or privy to it. He avers that he had no hand in it, but discovered it to the governor, Col. Smith. Order that the case be considered, with the business of Hull garrison.
A motion of Col. Fitch about Capt. Nary to be considered when the business of Col. Mitchell's regiment comes on.
The business about Col. Guibon's regiment and the Isle of Jersey to be considered in the afternoon, and that touching the Life Guards to-morrow afternoon.
The report touching the officers for Ireland to be then considered. [I. 127, pp. 1, 2; I. 128, p. 3; I. 129, p. 1.]
June 14. Order in Parliament that this House agrees with Council that a letter should be written to MM. Steele and Corbet to take care of Irish affairs till the other Commissioners arrive in Ireland; and a letter be written to Col. Hen. Cromwell to repair hither, which Council is to prepare and Mr. Speaker to sign. [I. 91, p. 25.]
June 14.
Chatham Yard.
40. Phineas Pett to the Navy Commissioners. On a complaint that I detained a servant's ticket from his master, I sent a letter explaining how I came by it, and how much I paid on it. The master being lately with me, after some debate, I consented compliance to the loss of 10l., provided it might appear that he is his servant, believing the captain would not have parted with the ticket without a confidence that he was his own man, yet nothing would satisfy him but my loss of the whole. This I ought to bear had I by deceit or fraud come to possess the ticket, or not paid a conscionable value for it.
I hope I shall not suffer too much for an action performed to the wrong of no man, provided the servant had been honest; nevertheless, I beseech you to do therein as in your judgments shall appear most just, and I shall, although to my loss, heartily correspond thereto. In his discourse with me, he asserted that I had 7l. for the disbursement, being ignorant of the clothes charged, which makes me question whether there be not a compliance between the master and the servant, to defraud me, as by that it would appear he has had an account of the whole except 7l. of his servant. [1 page.]
Orders in Parliament.
June 15. That Sir Thos. Armstrong and Jn. Weston, on giving their parole, and security for future good conduct, be discharged from their imprisonment, and Council to see this done.
That Council confer with the Lieutenant of the Tower after the regulation to nominate all officers under him, and present their names to this House for approbation. [I. 91, pp. 24, 25.]
[June 15.] Index entries of proceedings in the Council of State. [I. 85.]
Geo. Bilton's business referred. [Col. 5.]
A committee to consider how moneys may be had. [Col. 48.]
Petition of the Eastland merchants referred (and reported). [Col. 26.]
Petition of the Spanish merchants read. [Col. 67.]
Nath. Taylor and [Valentine] Willis to attend. [Cols. 76, 80.]
Pay to be constantly provided for Dunkirk.
How the remainder of the 3,000l. for it is to be disposed of. [Col. 19.]
Col. Lockhart to acquaint Lord Bordeaux with his going to France. [Col. 42]
Warrant to Major Salway to deliver composition deer. [Cols. 67, 69.]
The Admiralty Committee to order the Langport, or a better vessel, for the Sound, and a ship for carriage of 30 horse. [Col. 1.]
Report for letters to be sent to Ireland (read). [Col. 38.]
The slighting of Dunkirk referred. [Col. 19.]
[June 15.] The petition of the framework knitters referred. [Col. 29.]
Also that of the Nevis agent. [Col. 54.]
Commission to Col. Wm. Lockhart to be governor of Dunkirk [Col. 42.]
Report on judges to ride the circuit. [Col. 38.]
The Swedish minister's paper read. [Col. 67.]
Col. Berkstead's letter about bonds. [Col. 5.]
Letter from Gen. Monk. [Col. 48.]
No members to have 2 bucks before each member has had one. [Col. 48.]
Scandalous books and pamphlets to be suppressed. [Col. 59.]
Lieut.-Col. Bedell [to export?] 6 geldings. [Cols. 5, 59.]
[Missing Order Book, pp. 67–75.]
June 15.
Pres. Johnston to Gualter Frost. You are to pay out the 500l. ordered you by Council for gaining intelligence according to orders from Lieut.-Gen. Fleetwood, Sir Hen. Vane, Major Salway, Mr. Scutt, Col. Sydenham, and Col. Deane, the Committee of Council for managing intelligence. [I. 107, p. 13.]
June 15/25. [Sec. Nicholas] to the Marquis of Newcastle. I must condole with you on the loss of your noble son, Viscount Mansfield. He was a matchless son, a truly noble and virtuous person. It has pleased God to take him to himself as too good for this wicked world; it must be a great comfort that he is translated to a better place. You will have the more patience in that you have another most worthy son, in whom I wish the noble spirit of his most excellent brother may be doubled. [1 page, draft, Flanders correspondence.]
Orders of Parliament.
June 16. On Lord Whitelock's report from the Committee appointed to receive the Hamburg Envoy, of his letters credential, and his speech, the Council of State are to hear what further he has to say, and appoint a time and place.
The Council of State to consider three several letters, viz.:—
From the Hanse States in Germany, directed Parliamento Reipublicœ Angliœ, Scotiœ, and Hiberniœ, dated London, June 14, 1659. Two letters credential from Lubec, Bremen, and Hamburg, given to their agent, Lord Martin Boekem, dated 23 May 1659. A letter from the ambassador extraordinary from the King of Poland, dated 28/18 May 1659.
That the Council of State examine the business concerning the commitment of Theodorus Counell, one of the family of the Polish Ambassador, and his interpreter, and act as they think fit.
That whoever are appointed to go the circuit, go in the quality and capacity of judges.
That this House agrees with the Council of State that the Great Seal Commissioners confer with those appointed to go on circuit, and settle the circuits to the best advantage of the State.
June 16. That the following be Judges to go on circuit—
Sir Thos. Widdrington. Justice Archer.
Lord Chief Baron Wild. Baron Parker.
Baron Thorpe. Serjeant Roger Hill.
Justice Nicholas. " Earle.
" Atkins. " Hugh Windham.
" Newdigate.
That John Haggett, John Corbet, and John Radcliffe be judges to go the circuit in Wales.
That the Council of State confer with the Great Seal Commissioners, and those already appointed to go on circuit, to settle the circuits and nominate other judges wanted, and report them to this House. [I. 91, pp. 26, 28–30.]
June 16. Committee of Safety, and for Nomination of Officers. Day's Proceedings.
The Act of 8 June, constituting commissioners for nomination of officers in England and Scotland read.
Order that the chair room in the gallery be prepared for this Committee, and that they meet there daily at 3 p.m., and at 6 a.m. when particularly appointed.
The regiments of Cols. Rich, Packer, and Saunders to be considered this afternoon, and they to attend.
The members to be summoned for 3 p.m., and then the Irish business to be considered.
The names of officers of the army of Ireland now in England, and fit to be sent over presently, considered, and also the names of those put out of their commands in Ireland irregularly.
The following nominated and to be presented to Parliament as colonels to be sent over presently—
Thos. Cooper to have a foot regiment.
Hierome Zanchy to have a horse regiment.
The cases of Cols. Thos. Sadler, Barrow, Axtell, and Lawrence to be considered this afternoon, when they are to attend.
Cols. Rich. Lawrence and John Clarke to have foot regiments.
Alex. Brafield to have the regiment, late Gen. Cromwell's, and _ Arnopp to be his lieut.-colonel.
Lieut. John Dober, recommended by Col. Morley, to be considered with Portsmouth garrison.
Col. Alured to be spoken with, whether he will have a regiment of horse in Ireland or of foot in England.
Col. Overton to have his regiment of foot in Scotland and his command as major-general, but to expect no pay for it, and to be governor of Hull.
To recommend to Parliament that these persons be commanded over to their respective regiments with all speed.
Col. John Mason called in and offered the governorship of Jersey or Inverness, or a foot regiment in England or Scotland. Resolved that he be governor of Jersey, with pay of 20s. a day as governor and colonel of the militia there.
June 16. Order that there be a guard to Parliament when sitting, and in its intervals to Council, to consist of 120 horse at 3s. a day each. The officers to be a captain at 20s. daily, lieutenant 14s., cornet 12s., quartermaster 9s., four corporals 16s., and 2 trumpeters.
Major Beake and Col. Lilburne to attend in the afternoon.
The officers of Col. Packer's regiment debated.
Cornet Wm. Moulton to be in place of Rich. Hobson, who is old and scandalous.
Cornet Tim. Cloudesly to be cornet in Capt. Hunter's troop, in place of Thos. Mason, left out for playing at table Lord's day, and Thos. Atkinson, quartermaster.
Capt. John Spencer to be in place of Rich. Morris, left out, as made an adjutant-general. Major Creed reports that Spencer did a desperate action when the Duke of Hamilton came on the Heath with 20,000 men, and he was sent with 80 horse, and orders not to return till he brought some prisoners, and an account of the enemy. Major Andrews spoke well of his courage at Casain Bridge. He is appointed captain.
Capt. Ezard reported a lover of good men. Ordered a troop of horse.
Capt. Wm. Disher,—Statement that in 1650–51 he discouraged the raising regiments in Scotland, and gave false intelligence of that army; also that he had deceived the soldiers of their pay; he resigned to avoid a trial by Court-martial.
Mr. Ramball, captain of the guard, reported to be a violent prosecutor of all good people, is discontented at the change of government. Capt. Ezard offered him a paper to sign about making the old Protector King.
Thos. Kitterd, quartermaster in Barker's troop, asks to be heard before he is laid aside. Major Merriman asks why Riddard is put out. He was accused of keeping a woman and giving her 3l. a month, and of speaking against the sitting of Council in Parliament.
The list to be reported to Parliament, with a blank for the captain in the last troop.
The officers of Col. Rich's regiment debated.
Quartermaster Lloyd, in Duckett's troop, was much for the last Parliament.
Wise desires to be heard; has been fined 20l. for plundering. Order that informers against any person withdraw after giving their information, while the matter is debated. [I. 127, pp. 3–9; I. 128, pp. 4–6; I. 129, pp. 1, 2.]
June 16/26.
N.B. [Nich. Bodkin?] to Col. Whitly, gentleman at the Court of the King of England at Brussels. On my arrival here I sent a note to the Cardinal. (fn. 1) I was instantly called to him to debate on other matters. I found him most willing to comply with you, and he wished me to speak to the Queen (?) as from myself, and to follow him to Fontainebleau, where he stays 4 days, I find the Queen (?) is not willing to have any such thing moved till the peace is concluded. I cannot tell whether she will not have me act therein, or whether she thinks it not seasonable; but I am sure the Cardinal (?) is most willing to comply with you in all things. Lord Jermyn asked me whether I had any letter of credence from the King to the Cardinal (?) I said I had not, nor any order to speak to the Cardinal from the King, but only to sound him, as from myself. I will write to the King from Fontainebleau. If you have anything to command me towards 180, send it by way of Lord Jermyn, with whom I shall leave an address. [1 page, copy. Italics, cypher undecyphered. French correspondence.
June 17. Orders in Parliament.
That this House agrees with Council that a public minister should be sent from England to reside in Holland.
That Council confer with Col. Rich concerning the said service, and if he be free to undertake it, appoint him thereto. [I. 91, p. 28.]
[June 17.] Index entries of proceedings in the Council of State. [I. 85.]
Col. Geo. Crompton's petition referred. [Col. 11.]
Order on ships taken by foreign commanders.
Report on a power to impress seamen. [Col. 68.]
Hen. Taylor's gratuity referred. [Col. 77.]
John Dury's petition read. [Col. 19.]
The Committee to confer with the Dutch Ambassador. [Col. 19.]
Letters to be sent to the militia troops. [Col. 48.]
Capt. Stoakes' fleet called home. [Col. 68.]
Lord Whiteloek to have the custody of the Library at James'. [Cols. 38, 40.]
The hay at Hampton Court to be cut. [Col. 34.]
Letter from Geo. Downing read. [Col. 19.]
The petition of John Freemen and others referred (and recommended). [Col. 29.]
Report from the resident in Holland. [Col. 34.]
The Trustees for the King's lands heard. [Col. 41.]
The credentials and paper of the Swedish public minister reported. [Col. 88.]
Reference as to the officers for the Tower. [Col. 76.]
John Weston's security referred. [Col. 80.]
Report of a conference with the Dutch Ambassador to be made. [Col. 19.]
Order about Harman Barnes. [Col. 3.]
The Hamburg envoy to have audience. [Col. 34.]
The Jamaica business referred. [Col. 38.]
The commitment of the Polish Ambassador's interpreter referred. [Col. 59.]
[Missing Order Book, pp. 76, 82.]
June 17. Committee of Safety, and for Nomination of Officers.—Day's Proceedings.
Dr. Phil. Cartwright nominated and to be presented to the House as Judge-Advocate to the army in England.
The business of Ireland and the settling the regiments there to be taken next Monday peremptorily.
Recommendations for justices of peace to be signed by the persons presenting them, and a record kept of their names and certificates.
Capt. Eaton to make answer to-morrow at 7 a. m.
On motion of Lord Sydenham, Major Scutt to be considered next vacancy.
Lieut. Wm. Thomlinson complains that he is turned out because he is not of his colonel's opinions; but Col. Saunders says he gave up his commission at Derby in 1650, pleading that he was lame, and could not go to Scotland to fight. Nothing done.
Judge-Advocate Margetts pleads 17 years' service as clerk to the Irish Committee till 1645, then to Dr. Mills till 1647, when he went down as advocate to the North, and then was deputy-advocate to Whalley, having the whole pains and charge of the business; before the end of last Parliament, Whalley requested that Capt. Wright might be here, Whalley in Ireland, and Margetts in Scotland; but he declined Scotland on account of his health, and Cartwright was appointed. He desires, according to the customs of war, to succeed Whalley, to whom he has been 12 years deputy,—Order that Margetts and Cartwright be nominated to Parliament as judges advocate for England and Scotland, and that Lambert and Fleetwood accommodate the business between them; Cartwright would be content with a commission to Jersey.
Capt. Rob. Hope to have the troop in Packer's regiment, which was Capt. Ezard's 4 years and 2 months.
The officers of Col. Rich. Moss's regiment debated and settled, and the list signed and to be entered in the book of reports. [Same as printed in Commons' Journal, Vol. IX., p. 700.]
Capt. Thos. Pride not agreed on, and therefore not to be presented to Parliament.
The case of Capt. Duckett in Col. Rich's regiment discussed, and examinations brought to prove his good conduct in Scotland at the routing of Middleton; that he was in the van of the horse at Newbury fight, and also before the dissolution of the last Convention, in marching his troop when ordered into James' Fields at 2 a.m. Maj. Gen. Kelsey reports that a real change was wrought on him in the time of sore afflictions and temptations, and that he often complained of the corruptions of the Court. The major believes that he "will be a sad man" if laid aside;
Col. Sydney's recommendation of Capt. Morris to be considered next vacancy. [I. 127, pp. 11–16; I. 128, pp. 6, 7; I. 129, p. 2.]
June 18. Act for an assessment to defray the charge of forces at land and sea, viz., 35,000l. a month on England, 6,000l. on Scotland; and 9,000l. on Ireland, to be paid in 12 months from 24 June, half in August and half in October; to be levied by the former Commissioners for Assessment. [5 pages, printed. Coll. of Acts, Vol. II., No. 139. Record Office Library, 498, F.]
June 18. Order in Parliament, on a letter from Carolus Gustavus, King of Sweden, given at his Castle of Cronenburgh, 31 May 1659, that Council give audience to his envoys, viz., Lord Geo. Fleetwood, lieut.-general of the King's infantry, and John Frederick of Freizendorff, councillor of the said King in Prussia, receive their propositions, treat with them, and report. [I. 91, p. 27.]
[June 18.] Index entries of proceedings in the Council of State. [I. 85.]
The Commissioners and farmers of Excise to attend. [Col. 26.]
The want of money to be reported to Parliament. [Col. 48.]
Martin Noel to attend Council. [Col. 54.]
Order for money to be restored to Wm. Nieuport, and a pass for a mare. [Col. 54.]
Letter to Sir Hen. Mildmay. [Col. 48.]
Audience to the Swedish public minister (bis). [Col. 68.]
Petition of the East India Company referred (and reported). [Col. 26.]
The Commissioners plenipotentiary for the Sound to visit public ministers. [Col. 68.]
Members to be sent to M. Bordeaux. [Col. 5.]
Order about cock-fightings at Standrop. [Col. 68.]
A committee to speak with the East India Company (and their report). [Col. 26.]
[Missing Order Book, pp. 84–89.]
June 18. Committee of Safety, and for Nomination of Officers.—Day's Proceedings.
Capt. Eyton's answer to Col. Biscoe's charge read and referred to Col. Lilburne, Col. Fitch, Lieutenant of the Tower, and 13 others, to report.
John Blackmore to be nominated as major in Gen. Desborow's regiment.
The regiment of Cols. Moss and Desborow signed, and to be reported to the House by Sir Art. Hesilrigg.
Wm. Mumford informs that the armoury at Whitehall is in his custody, he having taken the key from _ Mordell, who had it, not being in assurance of his faithfulness at this juncture of time. He found after that Mordell had another key, and so took that also. Nothing has been removed save 5 or 6 screwed pieces given to his late Highness, and a few other fowling pieces, a dozen in all.
The clerk to sign the order for the justices at Gravesend. Several lists of justices, delivered in by members, to be entered in the book for justices. [Missing.]
Fleetwood, Vane, and Jones to consider Dr. Cox in reference to the government of Catherine's hospital. [I. 127, pp. 17, 18. I. 128, p. 8.]
[June 18.] 41. Serj. E. Dendy and surveyor John Embree to the Council of State. On your order of 11 June instant,—to repair to Hampton Court, and take an account of the goods in the houses, so that there be no embezzlement; to note what servants remain there; to take care of the water courses and rivers; and to say what servants should be continued to look after the house—we enclose a list of tapestries, furniture, &c., in the following rooms:—
Great presence chamber.
Privy chamber.
Supping or withdrawing-room.
Balcony-room and closet next it.
Rich bed-chamber.
The late Queen's bed-chamber.
His late Highness's bed-chamber and dressing-room.
Long gallery and side gallery adjoining.
Small closet in Lady Falconbridge's lodgings, formerly the Duke of Richmond's.
Lady Frances' lodgings, formerly the late King's cabinet-room.
Room appointed for strangers.
Lord President's room, formerly the late King's dressing-room, and servants'-room adjoining.
The late King's bed-chamber and little room adjoining.
" " withdrawing-room.
Minister's room, formerly private oratory.
The late King's privy chamber.
" " presence chamber.
" Prince's gallery.
" " bed-chamber.
" " withdrawing chamber and dressing-room.
Closet in the passage to the tennis court.
Nursery at the end of that passage.
Lodgings, formerly Duke of Hamilton's, late Lord Claypole's, as Master of the horse, viz.:—
Bed-chamber and dressing-room.
Withdrawing-room and closet adjoining.
Two dining-rooms and another adjoining.
Room next it for servants.
Closet in the late King's private oratory and a little chamber adjoining.
Lodgings of the Controller, Col. Jones, formerly the Lord Chamberlain's, and room adjoining.
Two servants'-rooms.
Lady Claypole's nursery, being part of the armoury.
Room for Lady Falconbridge's gentlewoman, being part of the armoury.
Mrs. Faircloth's room, late Lady Denbigh's.
Servant's room, and room adjoining.
Mdlle. Durett's room.
Lady Denbigh's chamber, late Mrs. Clayton's.
Room where young Lady Cromwell's gentlewoman lay, below stairs.
Servants' dining-room below stairs, formerly called the vestry.
June 18. Mr. Maidstone's lodgings, formerly the Earl of Holland's:—
Blue room.
Lower wardrobe.
Upper "
The late Queen's oratory, where Mrs. Blowfield lay.
Mr. Cofferer's man's room.
Room, formerly the Vry.
Great Hall.
Room over the lower wardrobe.
Mrs. Waterhouse's room, formerly the Queen's robe room.
Col. Wm. Cromwell's lodgings, formerly Sir Mat. Lister's:—
Mr. How, the minister's withdrawing-room, formerly Sec. Windebank's.
Mr. How's bed-chamber.
Servants' room.
Late King's gentleman ushers' room, late Mr. Robinson's, yeoman of the race.
Dr. Clarke's room, formerly the Signet Office.
Mr. Jones, the carver's room, formerly the late Queen's gentlewoman.
Mr. Bird's room, formerly for the late King's robes.
The former Lord Treasurer's bed-chamber.
Lady Claypole's nursery, formerly the Bishop of Canterbury's room.
Two porters' lodges.
Mr. Kerby, yeoman of the wine cellar's room.
Mr. Drewer, the granary man's room.
Two rooms of grooms of the stable.
Dairy-maids' room.
Lord Claypole's man's chamber.
Note that a large proportion, as marked, of the said goods are said to belong to his late Highness.
Banqueting-house in the Mount garden.
Cloister court and bowling green.
Moat garden.
Chapel and ante chapel.
His late Highness's kitchen.
Room at the end of the wardrobe.
Controller's kitchen.
Store cisterns.
Housemaids' room.
Grooms of the chambers' rooms.
As to the other parts of your order, Mr. Kinnersley was lately ordered to be house as well as wardrobe keeper, and he has an under-keeper and 2 porters, who should be continued till the goods are disposed of, Also 2 gardeners.
As to water-courses and rivers, several pipes leading from Coome Park Hill and Hampton Town to the house are broken, and the river has been turned out of its course for private uses, and stopped by weeds, which are now clearing, to supply the park and ponds, and preserve the fish. Though you do not name the parks, yet the Commonwealth having an interest therein, we certify that there are 700 deer in the Home Park, 1,700 in Bushy Park, and 30 red deer. There is one ranger for both parks; 2 keepers and a huntsman for the Home Park, and 2 keepers with 2 men under them for Bushy Park. [Book of 26 written and 6 blank pages.]
June 18. Note of an order in Council for the porters at Hampton Court. [I. 85, col. 34.]
June 18.
42. T. Barlow to Williamson. Col. Leigh has shown me your letter about his son, and is pleased with your plain dealing, though sad for his son's miscarriages. He wishes you to try him a little longer. Pray keep him till my return, and then we may bring him to some regularity, which would be a credit to our house, and a comfort to his sad father. Otherwise he shall not stay there, lest he do mischief to others. Take charge of some tobacco that the Colonel has sent me. [1¼ pages.]
June 20. Orders in Parliament.
That the Council of State confer with the judges and undersheriffs, before the judges go on circuit, to take care that the people be not wronged by bailiffs and juries.
That the whole management of the revenue be entrusted to 5 Commissioners, who are to see it duly brought in, and give due allowances.
That 2 of them be members of this house.
That Maj. Salway, Col. Downe, Robt. Scawen, Silvanus Taylor, Hen. Brandrith, and Edw. Story, be the said Commissioners, and continue for 6 months.
That the Council of State consider and issue fit instructions to the said Commissioners. [I. 91, pp. 30, 32.]
June 20. Committee of Safety, and for Nomination of Officers.—Day's Proceedings.
—Brewster to be considered for Landguard Fort.
Capt. Kingdon to be consulted whether there should be an engineer to the army.
Col. Overton to be governor of Hull and have a foot company.
Col. Alured to command the Guard for Parliament, and have a colonel's pay.
Lieutenant to the said Guard, John Catlines.
Cornet Hen. Vane.
Corporals Sam. Nelson, Thos. Cooper, Rich. Watling, and Rich. Ward.
Quartermaster—Morley, to the said Guard.
The former Life Guard to be reduced to 120, beside officers, and be a troop of horse to guard Parliament when sitting, and the Council of State in the intervals, at 3s. a day each.
—Beake to be major to Col. Lilburne's regiment.
—Smithson to be major to Saunders' regiment.
Lord Lambert to be spoken with.
The Custodes Rotulorum named by this Committee to present the names of clerks of the peace for consideration. [I. 127, pp. 19, 20; I. 128, p. 9.]
June 20/30
Jo. Lockhart to Amb. Lockhart. It has been debated in the House that all that have received any salary other than was appointed in 1653 should refund. It is intended chiefly in relation to the Privy Council, but I believe it will not be insisted on. The better to pay the army arrears without taxing the people, it was moved that the penalty of an Act against taking and giving honours conferred since the King's going to Oxford should be enacted; it is said to amount to 200,000l. at least, and it is to be extended to honours conferred by the Protector. [Extract, French correspondence.]


  • 1. No original key exists to this cypher, of which there have been only 2 specimens found, the present and a letter of 21/31 July, entirely in cypher. On this account the reading of the proper names is only conjectural, although the remainder is decyphered with certainty.—ED.