Letters and Papers relating to the Navy: March 1659

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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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March 1659

Date. From To Subject. References.
1657–8. Vol. 210.
Mar. 1 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to examine the account of disbursements by Thos. Shewell, of Bristol, for supplying the Grantham with necessaries for bringing her about, as also for the relief of some sick and wounded men belonging to her, and to make out a bill for the amount, placing the provisions bought to the account of her officers who received them. 1
" " Capt. Thos. Bowry, Roe ketch, Harwich. Adm. Com. As soon as Mr. Grassingham has supplied another mast, and it is set and rigged, will return to his station. 2
" " Philip Lyon, mariner, Wapping. " Petition for the gunner's place in the ship building in the Forest [of Dean] or any other, having been in the service 13 years, and served as gunner in the Speedwell and Freeman under Capts. Peters and Whittey; as midshipman in the Rainbow, Victory, and Torrington, under Sir Geo. Ayscue, at the reduction of Barbadoes; as master's mate in the Elias; and in most of the Holland engagements. Has been out of employment 12 months, and has a wife and a large family. With certificates of Capts. Jno. Taylor, J. Grymesditch, Roger Thompson, and 4 others. Also note that he was recommended by Vice-Adm. Lawson. 3–6
" " Capt. Thos. Morris, Plymouth. " Has been cruising about with the Constant Warwick, and put into Scilly for water, after whlch his ship sprung a leak; the water increasing, came to Plymouth, and applied to Capt. Heaton, who ordered him to haul on shore; having stopped the leak, hopes to be at sea again in 3 days. As his purser has died, desires another may be appointed. 7
1658–9. Vol. 210.
Mar. 1 Capt. Anth. Young, Rainbow, Hope. Adm. Com. Had 240 men on board yesterday, and some watermen came on board in the night, but has only received 41 watermen, and some of them are unfit to serve. Came down to the Hope to-day with the ketch, and pressed some more men, so has now 260, and has sent his boat to Gravesend for the rest of the watermen. Has received their order, and will sail the first opportunity; desires they will order payment of his bill of exchange, as also the bill for freight in Mr. Powell's hands, as his vessel having been out of pay 15 months, his family will want money. 8
" 2 Capt. Wm. Barker, Lizard, Falmouth. " Sailed from Milford on the 22nd ult., with the Hope of London and 13 small vessels bound about land; off the Land's End, met Capt. Sharland, of the Fox, who gave him their order. Met one of the enemies' men-of-war, but he made off as soon as seen; his own vessel being foul, could not pursue him; came up very opportunely for the preservation of many who otherwise would have been surprised by him, as he had already sank two vessels. Is now waiting for a wind. 9
" " Jno. Morris, Gravesend. " Sends an account of the number of men mustered on board 11 ships named in the Hope, and of 3 that have sailed. All the captains are on board, except Capt. Blagg. 10
" " " " Navy Comrs To the same effect 11
" " Navy Com. Adm. Com. Send a return (missing) of all debts owing for the navy to 1 Nov. last, as ordered by the Committee of Inspection [of the revenue]. 12
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. " The Naseby and London have been fitted and are ready to sail, but are detained by the easterly winds. They might have sailed with the Dunbar but for the neglect of some of the officers. The Dragon has all her provisions, and is also ready to sail. 13
" " Capt. Anth. Young, Rainbow, Hope. " Desires that Mr. Jackson may sail with him as minister 14
" " Capt. Robt. Clarke, Triumph, Hope. " Has again mustered the men on board, and found there were nearly 300, but many of the watermen sent down are young lads, and some say they have not served a twelvemonth of their time. Sent to Chatham for a pilot as ordered, but as none were at home, Commissioner Pett sent a warrant for one belonging to a hoy at Tower Wharf; on his arrival, will sail. The surgeon has not yet come down, for want of his imprest money. 15
" 3 " " " Desires that his kinsman, Wm. Dixon, late gunner of the Princess Maria, who had a warrant for employment in the new ship building at Portsmouth, may go with him this voyage, as he has already been a long time out of employment, waiting for the completion of the ship. 16
" " Col. Roger Alsop-Dunkirk. Cols. Clarke and Salmon and the Adm. Com Recommends Capt. Cobham, of his regiment, for employment at sea, as although very loth to part with him, it will be more suitable to his disposition, and tend to his preferment. 17
Mar. 3 Sir Rich. Stayner, Chatham. Lord Montague. Has been down to the Hope and taken an account of all the ships there, and has also been to Chatham, where he found there had been great neglect by the master attendant and the pilots in not sailing the Naseby, London, and Dragon last Sunday; there are 10 hoys there laden with provisions, which cannot be taken in, as the ships ground every tide, which will be very prejudicial to them, should there be bad weather and an easterly wind. Particulars of the provisions required for those ships. 18
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, State's Yard, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Delivered their letter to the master of the Lichfield, who has sailed, and also theirs to the Deputy-Mayor at the Court-house, who had Thatcher before him, and finding he had committed many misdemeanors, he bound him over to answer at the Sessions, and to be of good behaviour; hopes this will have a good effect upon the rest who entertain and keep mariners from their duty. The Centurion with her convoy is still at Spithead, and the Basing in the Road; the Guinea has also arrived, having put Mr. Overton and others into a boat at Cowes, to be landed at Southampton; 30 masters of small vessels, bound along the coast with grain, desire a convoy. 19
" 4 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order that—as 300l. was imprested to Rich. Creed, deputy-treasurer of the fleet, for contingencies last summer, but has been laid out for the service of Dunkirk and other public occasions not relating to the fleet—they examine the account and allow him what he has disbursed by order of either of the Generals. 20
" " Capt. Rich. Rooth, the Dartmouth, Milford Haven. Adm. Com. Received their order for convoying the Hope of London to Plymouth Sound, but she sailed with the Lizard the day it was dated; will get his frigate on shore to repair the damage through striking on the spit of sand going up to King's Road; desires an order to the victualler at Pembroke for a supply of provisions and to tallow. 21
" " Rich. Browne, Pembroke. " The Dartmouth having suffered much damage going up the Channel with Lord Broghill, intends hauling her on shore to view her defects; as her commander desires she may be tallowed, will disburse the money required, but desires he may have it again without delay; tallow has risen to that rate that he does not know how to procure it, being 56s. a ewt., and very hard to be had for money. Has disbursed 40l. on the Lichfield and Fox, and when the Dartmouth is finished, will send up his bill, and hopes he will not have to wait for his money. The Fox has gone over with Lord Baltimore. 22
" " Ordnance Officers, Tower. " Send an account as ordered of brass and iron ordnance, arms, armour, and other stores in the Tower; also of guns mounted for the garrisons, and at Woolwich, Chatham, and Portsmouth, and taken out of wrecks and prizes. 23
" " Robt. Sewell, Chatham Dock. Navy Comrs Will dispose of the ensigns as ordered when they arrive; sends an account of the number on board 7 ships named and what they require. 24, 25
" " Thos. Scott, Deptford. " The Kentish and Martin galley are in the dock, but no extra men are borne upon them. The Kentish is to be unrigged and her masts taken out, but the boatswain can only get 3 or 4 seamen, and they will not work except on board wages, for which order is desired. 26
Mar. 4 Thos. White, Dover Navy Comrs Wrote for a supply of stores, which are so much needed that he is obliged to buy many things, and borrow canvas of the sailmakers to make sails, which must be paid again when the stores arrive. The bearer has a small vessel that can bring most of them down. 27
" " Capt. Robt. Wilkinson, Satisfaction, Woolwich. Adm. Com. Is still detained in the Reach below Woolwich by contrary winds; his provisions have not yet all arrived, but as they are expected to-night, desires that his sailing orders and some tickets may be sent to him in the Hope. 28
" 5 Capt. Lamb. Cornelius, Bramble, Weymouth Road. " The Lark and himself have safely arrived with their convoys from St. Malo; has lost his mainmast with the shrouds and rigging; as Capt. Pley will set another mast in a few days, has ordered the Lark to sail with some of the convoys for the Isle of Wight and return with all speed. There are so many small men-of-war about those parts that none can pass from one port to another without convoy, and on the coast of Normandy, there are many Ostenders of 18 to 24 guns, and some with less. There are 6 sail at Weymouth and Lyme, laden with drapery and bound for St. Malo. Capt. Pley desires an order for transporting himself to Jersey and St. Malo. 29
" " Capt. Jno. Lambert, Lion, Hope. " Having received the boatswain and carpenter's stores from Chatham, and mustered 210 men on board, has sent to Chatham for a pilot to carry him to Hoseley Bay, as ordered by the Vice-admiral. 30
" " Capt. Anth. Young, Rainbow, Hope. " Has not received half the number of watermen promised, and not half of them are men; if he were going a merchant's voyage, would scarce give them meat; wonders the Wardens deal so unworthily, considering what they promised. A boat having come alongside, having two lusty young men in her, named Henry Body and Thos. Eaton, exchanged a lad for Body, but as soon as the boat put off, he leaped out of the cabin window into the water; as those in the boat refused to bring him back, fired two muskets, but durst not hit them, there being two women passengers also in the boat; had no boat to send after him, and so he escaped. Hopes they will both be secured and sent on board, as they are able seamen and single men, and boasted that they had kept out of the way of being pressed. Has 290 men on board, and is endeavouring to get more up and down the river. 31
" " Thos. Shewell, Bristol. " Finding his servant has made a great error in the account of the quantity of shot shipped for the Tower and Portsmouth, there not having been so much, sends an amended account, as also of what has been delivered to several ships; has 74 tons remaining. 32
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood. " Has spoken to the commanders of the Centurion and Basing, and they will sail with the first wind; but the Lichfield has gone. 33
" 6 Jno. Morris, Gravesend. " Sends account of the number of men mustered yesterday on board 12 ships named in the Hope, as also of the ships that have sailed and are expected down. Sent their letters to Capts. Wilkinson and Rively, but the Satisfaction has not yet arrived. 34
" " " " Navy Comrs To similar effect 35
Mar. 7 Jno. Morris, Gravesend. Adm. Com. Arrival and departure of ships 36
" " " " Navy Comrs To the same effect 37
" " Adm. Com. " Order to make out a bill of imprest to Lord Edw. Montague, one of the generals of the fleet, for 1,000l. on account of his entertainment, as it shall grow due to him. 38
" " " " Like order for a bill for his pay from the time he was last paid to this date 39
" " Rear - Adm. Jno. Bourne, Richard, Downs. Adm. Com. As the victuals ordered for his ship have not arrived, is forced to go on short allowance, and as he cannot hold out above a day or two at that rate, has sent to Dover for a week or fortnight's victuals. Particulars of the movements of ships. 40
" " Capt. Roger Cuttance, Naseby. Hope. " Has arrived safe from Chatham, and is taking in the provisions which came with him 41
" " Jno. Greene, Deptford. Account of the time 10 ships named were in rigging wages at Deptford, the number of men borne on each, what officers required warrants, and when some of them sailed. 42
" " Capt. Thos. Lardge, Lark, Spithead. Adm. Com. Has convoyed several vessels from St. Malo, with Capt. Lambert Cornelius, bound for Dartmouth, Lyme, Weymouth, and London; as Capt. Cornelius had spent his mainmast, left him behind at Weymouth. Will convoy up those bound for London, and after taking in a month's provisions, will ply down to Weymouth, and then proceed to his station. 43
" " Comr. Peter Pett Chatham. " The Naseby and London have sailed for the Hope. Has forborne giving the names of the persons who neglected a former opportunity of sailing them, as if they had been called to present account, should not have known how to supply their room. As Mr. Munday's 500l. is much wanted, hopes it will be sent to-morrow. 44
" " Capt. Jonas Poole, Deptford. Robt. Blackborne. The Leopard has sailed down to Halfway Tree, a lighter followed with the gunner's stores, and the guns and the rest of her provisions will go this morning. 45
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor Adm. Com. Being on board the Dunbar in the Hope, saw the Naseby and London coming up, and when near Holehaven, the London's maintopmast came by the board in a strong gale of wind. Went on board, where he saw Sir Richard; no one was hurt, and both ships got into the Hope. Will send another mast from Chatham to-morrow. 46
" " [Adm. Judges, Ostend.] " List of the Ostend prisoners formerly belonging to Capt. Adrian Coot's company, who were released at Plymouth and Chelsea College, in exchange for 27 English prisoners named at Ostend; also lists of 24 Ostend prisoners at Plymouth, 2 of whom also belonged to Capt. Coot's company, and of 36 English prisoners from Plymouth. 47–49
" 8 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for a bill to Rob. Turpin for 500l. imprest, to be issued on warrants from the Commissioners for sick and wounded seamen. 50
" " " " Order to make out bills of imprest to Capt. Edw. Allen, cashier to the Victualling Office, for 2,000l. a week for two weeks, from 6 to 20 Sept. 1658, to be issued on the old declarations for victuals for the last year. 51
Mar. 8 Adm. Com. Navy Com. Like order for 3,000l. per week for 4 weeks, 24 Jan. to 19 Feb. 1658–9, for carrying on the victualling affairs on the new declaration for the present year. 52
" " " " Order to make out a bill to Anth. Officiall for 68l. 14s. 4d., disbursed by George Downing, Resident at the Hague, for the use of the Nightingale frigate, charging the same as an imprest on the account of Capt. Jno. Lightfoot, her commander. 53
" " Rear Adm. Jno. Bourne, Richard, Downs. Adm. Com. Sends a letter from Capt. Shelley of the Hampshire, just arrived from the Straits. The Centurion has sailed. 54
" " Capt. Edm. Curle Robt. Blackborne. Asks him to move the Commissioners to appoint Wm. Yeats as his carpenter and Jno. Elliot as gunner, they having served under him before. 55
" " Capt Thos. Morris, Plymouth. Adm. Com. Plying to windward of the Deadman, met the Francis of Ostend, commanded by Capt. Cary and carrying 8 guns, who was being chased by the Gainsborough, and having joined in the pursuit, took him. He had been at sea 5 weeks and taken 9 prizes, 2 of which belonged to Plymouth; one of them he sent to Ostend and sank the other. Will sail again to-morrow and cruise in the Soundings. 56
" " Capt. Nich. Parker, Fagons, Harwich. " Has come in from Hoseley Bay to refit, by order of the Vice-admiral; as the Fagons is much shattered about the head by the ice, and has many other defects, besides wanting anchors, cables, &c., desires their commands. 57
" " Barth. Peartree, the Lichfield, Yarmouth Roads. " Came from Portsmouth as ordered, and has now received another order from Mr. Burton of Yarmouth to sail to Spithead, and convoy what vessels are there bound westward to their respective ports, and then repair to Capt. Hen. Hatsell, or Capt. Nich. Heaton at Plymouth. 58
" 9 Jno. Morris, Gravesend. " Sends account of the number of men mustered on board 6 ships named, with particulars of the arrival and departure of ships. Received their packet for Sir Rich. Stayner, but he went to London yesterday. 59
" " " " Navy Comrs To like effect 60
" " Capt. Edw. Nixon, Pearl, Yarmouth Roads. " Has received an order from the Admiralty Commissioners to convoy 2 ships laden with cloth from Hull to Hamburg, as also another order for victualling at Hull; needing a new mainsail, cable, &c., desires they will send them down, or an order to receive them at Hull. 61
" " " " Adm. Com. Has received their order to convoy the ships from Hull to Hamburg, but being in want of a mainsail, cable, &c., has written the Navy Commissioners thereon; the frigate has been off the ground 5 months, and requires cleaning and tallowing. 62
" " Seth Jenkins " Petition for a pension, being wounded on the Nonsuch ketch, taken prisoner by the Ostenders, and injured in his speech. With certificates by Capt. Rich. Cornish and Thos. Day, surgeon. 63, 64
Mar. 10 Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, State's Yard, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. The Guinea will be finished to-day, and there are many vessels bound for the Downs that have stayed to go in her company; the Lark arrived at Spithead with a convoy from St. Malo, and has returned to Weymouth; the 3rd-rate frigate is half built. 65
" " _ List of 41 ships designed for the present expedition, with the number of guns and barrels of powder in each. Total 1,909 guns, 4,651 barrels of powder. 66
" 11 Capt. Wm. Gregory, Cornelian fireship, Gravesend. Adm. Com. After the dispatch of the carpenters from on board, had all his necessaries to contract for with Mr. Sprigg, and then sailed to Gravesend; but the gunner has not done his fireworks, neither are there any arms or shot on board, and most of the powder and other gunner's stores are still behind; as there are only 16 men, and he requires 20, cannot yet obey their commands. 67
" 12 Capt. Rich. Hodges " Going on shore from Milford to Deal, had a complaint from a poor woman that his purser had stolen 3 of her ducks. At another time when the purser was sent to Milford to buy wood, Baronet Owen lent him a lighter to bring it on board, as there were none to be hired, and after he had taken leave of the baronet, he stole his son's game cock, so that the baronet had to send his man to fetch it from him. He is very idle and a drunkard, and is commonly left behind in the ports they come to. 68
" 13 Jno. Morris, Gravesend. Navy Comrs Sends the number of men mustered on board 10 ships named in the Hope, as also the number absent in each. The Basing has arrived in the Hope, with 68 volunteer seamen from Weymouth, as also 27 others, all of whom have been put on board the Naseby. 69
" 14 Rear Adm. Jno. Bourne, Richard, Downs. " Sends an account of boatswain and carpenter's stores required for his ship, and desires they may be sent down. 70
" " Jno. Greene, Deptford. Account of the ships at Deptford in ordinary and rigging wages, and the number of men borne on each. 71
" " Capt. Thos. Lardge, Lark, Dartmouth. Adm. Com. There being several of the enemies' men-of-war on his station, by advice of Capt. Thorowgood, took charge of several vessels who desired convoy to Topsham and Dartmouth, and called at Weymouth for Capt. Cornelius; but he not being ready, proceeded alone, and by God's help effected it. Has since been ranging off Topsham and Lyme, and is now forced in by weather. 72
" 15 Jno. Browne, Harwich. Navy Comrs Will keep a check upon the ships that come into port. Has bought 3 tons of Riga and Queenborough hemp, part being yarn, at 44s. a cwt. 73
" " Capt. Jno. Parker, Cheriton, Plymouth. Adm. Com. Has been convoying ships to and from Morlaix and the Downs, by order of Rear-Adm. Bourne, and having 6 weeks' provisions on board, is going 150 leagues with the Newfoundland men, by order of Capt. Heaton, but is first going to Dartmouth, to fetch them, and get them altogether at Plymouth, where part of the fleet is. 74
Mar. 15 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill to Wm. Wright, minister of the Dunbar, for 10l. imprest, on account of his pay. 75
" " " " Order for the speedy refitting and cleaning of the Lizard at Woolwich, for service in the Channel. 76
" " " " and Treasurer. Order for payment of the wages due to the officers and company of the Hampshire and Grantham in the Thames. 77
" 16 " Navy Comrs Order, at request of Gen. Montague, for the refitting and victualling of the Swallow ketch, John Lawson, master, to attend the fleet on the present expedition. 78
" " " " Order to consider the petition enclosed of the officers and company of the Nonsuch ketch, returning thanks for their release from the prison at Ostend and praying for payment of their wages, and also to examine how the ketch came to be surprised by the enemy, and whether her commander, officers, and men, performed their duty in their engagement with the Ostend sloops. 79, 80
" " " " Order to make out a bill to Jno. Pitt for 20l., for transacting affairs in the Downs, by order of the commander-in-chief, the last half year, besides his pay on the sea book. 81
Capt. Abr. Allgate, Oxford, Plymouth. Comr. Hatsell. After a survey of the gunner's stores, had the powder searched, and besides the 6 barrels wanting, finds 6 more unfit for service; therefore desires a fresh supply, having only 11 barrels fit for use. 82
" " Jno. Morris, Gravesend. Adm. Com. Sends account of the number of men mustered on board 9 ships named in the Hope 83
" " " " Navy Comrs To similar effect, Capt. Smith of the Speaker desiring a pilot to Hoseley Bay, engaged with Mr, Merritt of Rochester, but he would not undertake it unless he, Morris, agreed to pay him on his return; he now demands his money; asks what he is to allow him. Has supplied the Success with 20 tons of ballast. 84
" 17 Adm. Com. " Order for the speedy repair of the Hampshire and Grantham lately arrived in the Thames 85
" " " " Order for the speedy refitting and cleaning of the Selby at Woolwich, for service in the Channel. 86
" " Capt. Lamb. Cornelius, Bramble, Weymouth Road. Adm. Com. Has set the mast, tallowed, and is taking in 6 weeks' provisions. The Lark has gone westward, to convoy vessels to Topsham and Dartmouth. The convoys for Jersey and St. Malo are ready, and only wait her return. Hopes he and the Lark will be ordered to meet, as there are several of the enemies' men-of-war about, and if either should have any disaster, knows not to whom the fault would be imputed. 87
" " Capt. Thos. Lardge, Lark, Plymouth Sound. " Received an express at Dartmouth from Capt. Hatsell, to assist the Newfoundland fleet from thence to Plymouth, as also to fetch from thence 4 vessels for St. Malo, which he has done, and on returning, to call at Dartmouth, Topsham, and Lyme, for others. Is taking in provisions, not having been supplied at Portsmouth. 88
Mar. 17 Jno. Morris, Gravesend. Adm. Com Went down to the Hope to go on board the Basing, but found she had sailed, and all the others sailed to-day. The Leopard, Indian, and Great Charity, have come down. 89
" " Ordnance officers Account of ordnance, shot, and other gunners' stores laden in the Mary and Ann hoy of Colchester, for supply of the Portsmouth and other ships. 90
" " Capt. Rich. Rooth, the Dartmouth. Adm. Com. Received their order for cleaning and taking in 6 weeks' provisions, but was prevented hauling on shore for some time by the neap tides, and then found his keel and rudder much damaged; has repaired and is taking in guns and provisions. Being much importuned by Sir Hugh Owen to convoy the colliers as far as Torbay, will see them to the Land's End, as also some vessels for Ireland, there being several pirates on that coast. 91
" 18 Rich. Browne, Pembroke. " Account of his disbursements for necessaries supplied to the Dartmouth, Fox, and Lichfield, amounting to 107l. 17s. 11d.; hopes they will order speedy payment. Doubts if he will give content in the price paid for tallow, as it fetches 56s. a cwt., and is hardly to be had, having risen in Ireland; neglected providing a quantity at the proper time, not knowing their pleasure therein, but lately lighted upon 8 cwt. at a cheaper rate, and the captain and carpenter of the Dartmouth importuning him to let them have it to tallow that frigate, complied with their request, although without order. Sent their letter to the victualler's agent, and will see it observed. 92
" " Capt. Thos. Sparling, Assistance, Hoseley Bay. Navy Comrs Has enquired concerning the pack of clothes, but as neither the former purser nor any of his instruments are on board, and the new purser is in London, indenting and receiving his necessaries for sick and wounded men, cannot give a full account of them. There is a chest of clothes stowed under the bread, but no one can give any account of it. If the new purser refused to take cognizance of them, thinks it was by reason of their being so stowed, and because he could have no other evidence of the quantity or quality than Mr. Browne's word, who knows nothing of what remains in the ship, save as informed by his former steward, whose discharge from the ship was contrary to his, Capt. Sparling's, advice, as he and the other officers fear there will be a sad account of the remains of their former victualling, and especially in the bread; but as soon as he can come at the clothes, will give the purser order to issue them out. 93
" 19 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order for payment of the wages due to the late officers and company of the Nonsuch ketch, taken by the enemy, up to the time they were released out of Ostend. 94
" " Thos. Shewell, Bristol. Adm. Com. Sends his account of disbursements for victuals supplied to the Grantham, and the purser's receipts, except for what was cast away going on board. Has drawn a bill of exchange on them for 213l. 12s. 11d., and hopes they will give order for payment. 95
Mar. 19 Edw. Webb, waterman, Tower Wharf. Adm. Com. Petition for an order to the master of the Indian to make him some satisfaction. Has been a waterman 30 years, served the State at sea, and has had his only apprentice lately pressed on board the Dunbar. Bringing up Messrs. John Whitelook and Andrew Walker, 2 merchants from Gravesend, on the 12th inst., when near Half-way Tree, the corporal of the Indian made a shot at them to come on board, and in taking down his sail to hasten on board, the master of the Indian shot him on the elbow, which put him into great fever, to the danger of his life, total loss of his arm, and utter ruin of himself, his wife, and family. With reference to the Navy Commissioners. Also note that the merchants can testify to the truth of the above, and produce the bullet which lay in the wound 3 days. 96, 97
" 20 Jno. Morris, Gravesend. " Arrival and departure of ships 98
" 21 Robt. Sewell, Chatham. " The ensigns for the Naseby, London, and Dunbar have arrived, but have been so long in coming that the ships have sailed; if there is any vessel going to the fleet, they may be sent in her. They have, however, 2 each already of various breadths. 99
" " Capt. Robt. Wilkinson, Satisfaction, off Blakeney. " Is off Blakeney with 50 sail of Iceland fishers, and has lain 16 hours for the Wells' men, with the wind at N.E.; in case it should storm up, it will be very dangerous for the fleet, it being a deep bay. If they do not come out to-day, will be forced to sail without them to get sea room. Had much ado to persuade the Yarmouth men to stay; has all the Sole vessels, and one from Lynn, but none from Blakeney or Wells. 100
" 22 Mary Ireland, widow " Petition for an allowance to her son, Wm. Ireland, able seaman in the Speaker, who being commanded on shore at Ostend, was taken prisoner, and lost all he had, and on his return to Dover, found his ship had been paid off, whereby he lost 3l. as his share in an adventure, besides being laid up with sickness for several months at her charge. With reference to the Navy Commissioners, to make the same allowance to the petitioner for her son's losses and sufferings as was given to the rest of the Speaker's company that were prisoners in Ostend and Ghent. Also certificates by Thos. Day, surgeon, of his sickness at Dover 19 July 1658, and by Edw. Rainborow and 3 others, that he served in the Speaker under Vice-Adm. Goodson, and was taken prisoner while employed in one of the boats carrying French soldiers on shore, 12 Jan. 1658–9. 101–103
" 26 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill to Jno. Powell, Admiralty messenger, for 50l. imprest, on account for disbursements. 104
" " " " Order to examine the accounts of Rich. Browne, of Pembroke, for necessaries supplied to the Dartmouth, Fox, and Lichfield, and make out a bill for what is due, charging the provisions to the accounts of the officers who received them. 105
Mar. 26 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill to Sir Thos. Vyner for 50l., and take his bill of exchange for the like sum payable at York to Lieut. Gervase Harestaffe, commander of Clifford's Tower, for maintenance of his Flemish prisoners. 106
" 27 Capt. Robt. Vessey, Constant Warwick, Plymouth Sound. Robert Blackborne. Having cleaned and tallowed, and going to cruise to look for the enemies' men-of-war, desires he will assist his purser in procuring a warrant for his minister, who has been with him since last September, and is well able to perform his duty, having taken his degrees in the university. 107
" 28 Rear-Adm. Jno. Bourne, Richard, Downs. Adm. Com. Capt. Fenn has sailed up the River as ordered; Capts. Ashford and Henfield have not met with any of the enemies' men-of-war, save a sloop of Ostend, which they chased on shore on the French coast, where she was staved to pieces, and the Ostenders escaping, were taken prisoners by the French. There are 7 or 8 vessels in the Downs bound for Bordeaux waiting for a convoy, and there are 2 or 3 small men-of-war about, having Swedish commissions, and manned with Swedes and English, one of which was fitted out of Dover, and takes Hollanders and bring them into English ports. Particulars of ships. 108
" " Capt. Jeffery Pearce, Guinea, Lea Road. " Has arrived with the 4 ships named in his instructions, and having the wind at south, will make use of it. 109
" " Jonas Shish, Deptford. Navy Comrs Account of masts and bowsprits required for the stores. The want of plank to carry on the works is a great prejudice, as the mast maker is forced to take a mast of 27 inches and hew it to 24 inches, and there is a yard of waste cut off in that length. 110
" " [Major Jno. Wade.] Account of timber and plank brought out of Dean Forest between 27 Sept. 1656 and 28 March 1659, to Lidney Pill, for the State, total 1,458 tons 20 feet, of which 300 tons were shipped for supply of the stores, and the remainder spent in building and repairing ships; there are yet 700 or 800 tons in the Forest ready for carriage. Also account of tree-nails brought out of the Forest and used for the State, or sent to London for supply of the stores; total, 123,709. 111
" 29 Col. Jno. Clerke Lord Gen. Montague, the Swiftsure. Recommends Capt. Grove for a commander's place in some 6th-rate ship, as he is an able seaman. Also Mr. Mather for a minister's place; he is an able, godly man, but destitute by reason of an Act of Parliament, which restored one Blake, formerly cast out for delinquency, to his place at Barnstaple. Supposes Mather's judgment inclines to the Independent way, but presumes his lordship will not think him the less qualified for that; does not know where he can have a more learned, able, and well qualified person. 112
" " Jno. Browne, Harwich. Navy Comrs Sends an account of supplies issued to frigates; also of what Tim. Grimbell had by Vice-Adm. Goodson's order; with several muster books of the Roe ketch, Fagons, and Basing frigates. 113
" " Jno. Morris, Gravesend. Adm. Com. The Lizard has come down; doubts not but the Dragon and the Love victualling ships have arrived in the Downs. 114
" " Capt. Thos. Morris, Plymouth, " On the 23rd inst., when 15 leagues to the westward of Scilly, took the Francis of St. Sebastian's, an Irishman, who stated there were 14 frigates ready to come out from there. Has taken in 14 days' provisions by order of Capt. Heaton, and will re-sail to-morrow; being in great want of powder, hopes they will order a supply. 115
Mar. 29 Capt. Rich. Potter, Plymouth. Navy Comrs Recommends a carpenter for the Gainsborough; he is very able and honest, and formerly served under Vice-Adm. Badiley. 116
" " Capt. Robt. Wilkinson, Satisfaction, Buffon Ness. Adm. Com. Has arrived with the whole fleet and a fair wind, which is fortunate, as some of them are very leaky. Has not seen any of the enemy on the coast, but heard 2 were off the Staples 3 days before. Has not any of the Wells vessels with him though he stayed 16 hours for them. 117
" 30 Capt. Hen. Fenn, the Bristol, Gravesend. " Has come in by order of Rear-Adm. Bourne, and hopes to reach Woolwich to-morrow. Desires order as to the 2 Spanish officers and 2 Dutchmen he has on board; he is loth to leave the ship till they are disposed of. 118
" " Capts. Thos. Morris, Robt. Vessey, Plymouth. Certificate that Geo. Rogers has been carpenter's mate in the Sorlings 3 years, and Jno. Cocke, gunner's mate 4 years, and were both serving in her at the taking of the Francis of Ostend, commanded by Capt. Cary; also that both are able men, and fit for such employment in the Francis or any other ship. 119
" 31 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for graving the Resolution and 6 other 2nd-rate ships named, as also for bringing the Sovereign into dry dock to be girdled and graved, and for her standing rigging, as also the Resolution's, to be put up. 120
" " " " and Treasurer. Order to pay the wages due to the captain and officers of the Grantham, notwithstanding any former order of suspension. 121
" " Rich. Bradshaw Adm. Com. Having received his despatches for Hamburg, and understanding the merchant ships with their convoy have departed, asks what frigate they will appoint for his transportation, according to his Highness's order, being ready to go on board. 122
" " Nich. Philips, Robt. Sparowe, bailiffs, Ipswich. " Received 34 sick men from Lord Montague, with a letter to provide them with necessaries; as many of them have the smallpox, calenture, and very high pestilential fevers, and neither shirts nor other things, were forced to make a temporary supply, as also procure a physician and surgeon; ask whether any physicians or others will be sent down to look after them, pay the charge of their nurses and quarters, and provide necessaries. 123
March Thos. Mulford Admiral Montague. Petition to be continued in his place as cook of the Monk, granted him by order of the Admiralty Commissioners of 15 March, of which a person of slender capacity, who has been 10 years out of the service, is trying to deprive him. 124
" _ Account of the charge of 74 ships named, whose time at sea exceeds 8 months, ending 31 March 1659; also note of what money has been paid on tickets for those ships up to that period. Total of the charge 279,339l. 10s.; total paid on tickets, 47,161l. 13s. 2d. 125
" Thos. Carter and partners. Account of moneys due to them on old bills, as also for powder and match delivered into the stores, repairing old powder, stowage, and coopers' work on barrels. Total, 3,254l. 19s. 4d. 126
" Thos. White, Dover. Account of stores wanting in the port 127