Letters and Papers relating to the Navy: June 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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June 1659

Date. From To Subject. References.
1659. Vol. 212.
June 1 Jno. Browne, Harwich. Navy Comrs The Convert has come in to clean and victual. Capt. Parker, of the Charrington, has arrived from the Downs to wait for a packet, but having left 20 sick men behind, and 30 more having fallen sick since, the Rear-Admiral promised to send another frigate after him, so that there will be one ready if the packet should arrive before the Convert is victualled. 36
" " Phil. Deane, Whitehall. " The order of Council was for 2,000 feet of 2½-inch plank, and was directed to them because it was supposed they might have old plank fit for the service, it being simply for platforms. If they furnish either 3 or 2-inch plank, it may serve; but if thought necessary, will again move Council therein. 37
" " Adm. Com. " and Treasurer. Order for payment of the wages due to Capt. Jon. Waltham, late commander of the Nonsuch ketch, to the time of his enlargement out of Ostend Prison. 38
June 2 Adm. Com Navy Comrs Order to imprest to John Bressie 3,000l. for present relief of the sick and maimed soldiers, widows, and orphans, of Ely House and the Savoy. 38a
" " Phineas Pett, Chatham. Thos. Turner. Received a warrant for speedy dispatch of the James for sea service, but not one man has appeared to be entered upon her, and she is being rigged by 20 men on board wages. Also received a warrant to allow the boatswain of the galley victuals and wages for himself and servant, as is usual in a vessel of her rank, but does not know of what rate she is. 39
" " Ordnance officers Navy Comrs Desire order to the storekeeper at Deptford to deliver 1,000 feet of 3-inch plank, as there is not enough of 2½-inch, as also the 100 joyces of 5 and 6-inch square, mentioned in a warrant from the Council of State, and if the latter cannot be spared, an order for the same to be delivered from Woolwich. 40
" 3 " " " Sent to Mr. Davies, but he being absent, Mr. Shish immediately put the sawyers at work on the joyces. As he states that there is not above 80 feet of plank in the yard, and as the hoys are now in the river waiting for some, desire they will quicken their officers therein, as Council is hourly pressing for dispatch, and all the Ordnance stores will sail to-morrow. 41
" " Jno. Davies Navy Purveyors. Account of plank and of timber required to make joyces for the stores at Deptford 42
" 4 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to prepare an account of what naval provisions of all sorts now remain in the stores at Deptford, Woolwich, Chatham, Portsmouth, Harwich, and Plymouth, and send it in on Tuesday morning. 43
" " Capt. Jer. Country, Greyhound, Spithead. " Has convoyed several vessels to the Isle of Wight, and one with provisions to Spithead; is much out of repair and the victuals expended; desires order. 44
" " Edw. Hickenbotham Adm. Com. Petition for an order to the clerks of the Navy Office to search the books, and in case he stands clear, to grant him another ticket, according to a copy enclosed, the original having been transmitted to the Navy Office while he was serving as an able seaman on board the Marston Moor at Jamaica, and payment delayed until he attended personally, since which it has been lost. With certificate on his behalf by John Gosling, purser. 45, 46
" " Thos. Arkenstall, Chatham. Navy Comrs The beer for the James has arrived, and part of it is taken in, but there are no officers or seamen come down to look after it. 47
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham. " Asks for a pinnace lying at Deptford for the use of the James, otherwise one must be built. The beer has arrived, but no officers or seamen to look after the stowing of it or to mount the guns; if haste be needful, seamen should be sent to rig her and do the other work. 48
" 7 Wm. Acworth, Wm. Smith, Woolwich. Account of the remains of provisions in the stores, as also in the Rope Yard at Woolwich 49
June 7 Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham. Navy Comrs The galley built by him has been finished some time, and as she will take hurt standing so long out of water, desires order for her launching. There is now very little work for the men in the yard, 4 or 5 of whom are very ancient navy servants, and being old and decayed, can do little service, but they seem to claim privilege, and think they ought to be kept in during life; has told them it lies with the Navy Commissioners to give orders therein. The times are very hard, and if they are turned off, they will not know what to do, If they could not be allowed whole wages, yet if they were allowed 1s. a day it may satisfy them. There are only 2 who at present complain, and many appear for them. 50
" " Rich. Vinson, Plymouth. Account of the remains of provisions in the Stores at Plymouth 51
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to hire and send to the ships before Ostend a ketch to attend upon them with water, Rear-Adm. Bourne having stated that there is great want of one. 52
" " " " Order for the speedy refitting and cleaning of the Norwich, now in the river 53
" " " " and Treasurer. Order for payment of the wages due to the officers and company of the Norwich, reserving 3 months of their pay in hand, as accustomed. 54
" " " " Like order for payment of the Great President 55
" 8 " Navy Comrs Order for providing and sending away with the victuals for the fleet a magazine medicine chest, composed chiefly of physical things, and of little or nothing for surgery, for the sick men of the fleet, General Montague having certified that there is a great want of physic in the fleet in the Sound under his command. With letter of Edw. Lord Montague to that effect, Naseby, abreast the Coll, 25 May 1659. 56, 57
" " " " Order to make out bills of imprest to Capt. Edw. Allen, cashier to the Victualling Office, for 3,000l. for carrying on the victualling affairs, on order from Majors Thomson and Bourne and Comr. Willoughby. 58
" 9 " " Order to make out a bill to Jno. Powell, messenger, for 20l., to be disbursed according to orders from the Admiralty Commissioners. 59
" " " " Like order for 150l. to Rich. Gerrard, deputy Marshal-General of the Army, towards maintenance of prisoners of war. 60
" " " " Like order for 1,250l. to Chas. Longland, for the value of 5,000 pieces of 8 received of him by Capt. Jno. Stoakes, commander-in-chief of the fleet in the Straits, for the use of the fleet, according to bills of exchange drawn by Capt. Stoakes on the Navy Treasurer, placing the same as an imprest on Capt. Stoakes' account. 61
" " " " Order for launching the galley lately built at Chatham 62
" " Jno. Browne, Chatham Rope Yard. " Sends an account of the remains of provisions in the Rope Yard at Chatham 63
June 8 Phineas Pett, Robt. Sewell, Chatham Dock. Navy Comrs Sends like account of the stores at Chatham 64
" 9 Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham. " As the Sovereign continues very leaky, and the water increased to 4 feet in 24 hours, went on board to view, and appointed several able men to search within and without board, but as they could not find the leak, had her careened 4 or 5 strakes to see if that would do, but as it is hopeless, judges it will be necessary to have her into the dock to careen and see to other defects which need repair; as the time of the year is fit for such work, desires order may be given therein. 65
" 10 Adm. Com. Majors Thomson, Bourne, and Willoughby. Order for the speedy refitting of the Martin galley and Nonsuch ketch, to be employed as advisers to and from the fleet in the Sound, and also for furnishing them with 3 months' victuals each, or as much as they can take in, the Martin bearing 60 and the Nonsuch 40 men. 66
" " Jno. Browne, Robt. Grassingham, Harwich. Account of the remains of provisions in the stores at Harwich 67
" " Jno. Davies, Deptford. Account of the remains of provisions in the stores at Deptford 68
" " Rich Vinson, Plymouth. Navy Comrs Sends copy of an account of the remains of provisions in the stores at Plymouth, having sent the original to Capt. Hatsell. They will be much reduced in supplying the Gaiusborough, which is now being fitted out. 69
" 11 Robt. Grassingham, Harwich. " Sent 2 of the long boats left there to Chatham by Captains Duck and King. There are 2 more that were left on the coast at Southwold and Dunwich, but does not know how they will be got from thence, except the above-named captains are ordered to tow them up, which they refuse to do without orders, they being on their stations. 70
" " Thos. Shewell, Bristol. " As the Commissioners of Customs manifest much discontent against him, because the bill for 213l. 3s. 9d., so long since disbursed by order of the Admiralty Commissioners, is not yet paid, whereby they are obstructed in perfecting their accounts for the year ending 25 March last; hopes they will consider his condition, both as to the Commissioners of Customs and how greatly he may suffer by their displeasure; also that by the disbursements he does not reap one penny profit. Having disbursed the money 3 months since, hopes they will now order payment thereof to the said Commissioners. 71
" " St. J. Steventon, Jno. Dymock, Portsmouth. " Send an account of the remains of provisions in the stores at Portsmouth. The Greyhound has gone into harbour on petty warrant. 72, 73
June 11 Adm. Com. Majors Thomson, Bourne, and Willoughby. Order for the speedy refitting of the Frances prize at Portsmouth, and furnishing her with 3 months' victuals for 60 men, to be employed as an adviser to and from the fleet in the Sound. 74
" 13 " Navy Comrs Order to hire and take up a convenient ketch to attend the James in the present expedition, and to take care that she be in timely readiness. 75
" 14 " " Order to make out a bill to Mr. Blaydes of Hull for the money due for a cable and forestay supplied by him to the Pearl frigate. 76
" " Capt. Jno. King, John ketch, the Swinn. " Is daily ranging in his station, and convoying vessels to places therein. While carrying a great long boat up to Chatham, one of the enemies' men-of-war came in; after anchoring the boat, chased him for 10 or 11 hours, but it being very calm, he out-rowed him and got away. 77
" " Rich. Watkins, Harwich. Major Bourne. Hopes he will consider his miserable condition and procure him some money. Has wrought out all his iron, coals, and credit, and his credit with the ironmonger, who threatens to arrest him daily, and he now has no iron to furnish the State, nor money to buy coals or pay the workmen, yet there are bills due for nearly 1,000l. 78
" 15 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs As the Sovereign is still leaky, will dock her, according to the order of the Admiralty Commissioners enclosed, and repair her defects, and as soon as she is in, will send an estimate of the charge. The James might have been ready for sailing to-morrow, but no ordnance was appointed for her until yesterday, since which 26 pieces have been taken in; 12 are to be taken out, and the rest, being 34, are expected from London; if they arrive by Friday, will send her away for the Hope. Desires the provisions in a demand inclosed may be sent away forthwith. 79
" " Adm. Com. " Order to make out bills to Wm. Dawbins for 80l. and Sir Thos. Badd for 50l., for so much taken up of them by Josiah Child, mayor of Portsmouth, for the maintenance of Spanish prisoners lately brought into Portsmouth, and to charge the same as imprest on Child's account. 80
" " " " Order to make out a bill of imprest to Capt. Edw. Allen for 1,500l., for carrying on the victualling affairs. 81
" 16 " " Order to make out a bill of imprest to Constant Courtney, chaplain of the Kentish frigate, for 6l., to be defalked out of his wages, he being about to go to sea, and having been visited with much sickness since he came from the Assistance, is destitute of the means to provide for the present voyage. 82
June 16 Jno. Morris, Gravesend. Navy Comrs Sends the number of men mustered and absent on board the Kent, Hampshire, and Merlin, the 2 former of which came down last night, with all their provisions and stores on board, except the gunner's and a small part of the boatswain's stores. The Merlin has but 3 days' provisions and the purser is at Dover, where he expected the frigate should have victualled. 83
" " Ordnance Officers " The Fagon having arrived at Harwich, and wanting gunner's stores and junk, desire an order to Mr. Browne, the storekeeper there, to deliver 5 cwt. of junk for her use; also in future such a quantity as the ordnance requires when frigates arrive. 84
" 17 Rear Adm. Jno. Bourne, Richard, Downs. " Received theirs, intimating the taking up of the Robert ketch of Margate; she has not yet arrived, but hears from Robt. Blackleach, her master, that he has contracted to have her wholly victualled and manned by the State. 85
" " Rich. Fletcher, Thos. Huggins. " Have viewed the 20 elms standing near Mr. Bentley's house in Richmond Park, and find 16 of them were formerly marked by them for the service of the navy; they might have marked 2 more, but it being 8 or 9 years since the trees in that park were first marked, and no impression being found upon them, cannot positively say. 86
" " Jonas Shish, Deptford. " Asks whether the Convertine is to be sheathed, she being ready for it 87
" 20 Adm. Com. " Order to make out a bill to Rich. Browne of Pembroke for his disbursements in supplying necessaries to the Fox. 88
" " Thos. White, Dover Account of disbursements for cleaning and repairing ships and supplying them with necessaries, &c., from 21 Mar. to 20 June 1659, total 337l. 3s. 4d. 89
" " Edw. Hall and 7 others. Certify that they have perused the petition of Wm. Jopp, mariner, to go as master in one of the ships intended for the present expedition, and believe that the contents are true, and that he is capable of the employment he desires. 90
" 23 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill of imprest to Capt. Edw. Allen for 3,000l. for carrying on the victualling affairs. 91
" " Jno. Morris, Gravesend. " Sends an account of the number of men mustered and absent on board 5 ships named. Two of the ships came down yesterday, and the Merlin sailed from Gravesend on the 19th. 92
" 24 Commissary Thos. Knight. Account of brass and other ordnance, shot, and army stores remaining in Windsor Castle under his charge for the service of the Commonwealth. 93
" 25 Jno. Browne, Harwich. Navy Comrs Sends the muster books of the Fame, Convert, and Fagon; desires the cables, cordage, &c., demanded may be sent down. 94
" " " " " Order to refit the Gift prize at Deptford for present service, and to certify what number of men and guns should be borne upon her. 95
June 27 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to examine the accounts of Cornelius Burroughs, steward-general at Jamaica, of money, victuals, and naval stores, which have been supplied by order of the several commanders-in-chief there, to several persons employed by Martin Noel and Company, and for which Noel is accountable; as also to confer with him, and consider and certify what price should be put upon the said provisions. 96
" " Rich. Dermott, Dawpool, Chester Water. " Sends a muster book of the Paradox, commanded by Capt. Rich. Cowes. Upon her arrival from Dublin, with some gentlemen and commanders of quality, went on board to muster, and found 14 men short, and the captain being at Chester, could not get any information. Upon his return, his company telling him a muster had been made, he was very angry, said the Navy Commissioners' warrant had not its former force, refused to allow any further muster, and has since sailed for Dublin, but is expected to return very shortly, when it is hoped the Commissioners will resent such an affront to their appointed officer. 97
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. " Desires an order to the surveyor to supply 10 loads of plank for the Gift, and an order to bring in and repair the hulk. 98
" " Rich. Swift, house carpenter, Deptford. Information that Jno. Foulding of Deptford, house carpenter, received a letter from his brother, Wm. Foulding, master carpenter of the Maidstone, with a ticket for Hen. Stocker, one of the crew, desiring him to send some person to the Navy Office with it, to get it signed and receive the money; was sent by Foulding to the Navy Office with it, with instructions to personate Stocker, which he did, but was detected. Begs favour and pardon. 99
" 28 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for a bill of imprest to Capt. Edw. Allen for 500l., to be issued to Dennis Gauden on his account for victualling the navy. 100
" " Dan. Furzer, Lidney " As Major Wade is in London, hopes they will treat with him for a supply of money to carry on the work in Dean Forest, which is much delayed for want of it; also to pay wages, &c., otherwise everything will be brought to a stand. The frigate is planked, and is still in hand. 101
" 29 Ordnance Officers Adm. Com. Have laden 500 barrels of powder, with shot, on board the Sea Fire of London, for the fleet in the Sound, but she has lain at Gravesend 14 days for the vessels with the victuals, which are not yet gone down; desires she may be convoyed 102
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham. Navy Comrs The poor men left in the service at Chatham are few, and their necessities and debts great; if they are not enabled to clear all scores it will prove disadvantageous to them; as they fear the Commissioners will only order them 4 of the 5 quarters due, while a very small sum would discharge the whole, desires all may be paid, judging it is too bad for those in power to deny what is desired, or the men discharged would be in a better case than these. 103
June 30 Jos. Child, Portsmouth. Victualling Comrs Recommends Mr. Joyce as one of the persons having money due to him for beef delivered on Mr. Lodington's account, at 17 per cwt., and who desires payment thereof; as for the remainder, he has resolved to sue Mr. Ridge. Persuaded him to wait a little longer, and until their determination was known, but he rather chose to wait on them himself in London. 104
June. Adm. Com. Masters of Ports. Being informed that several vessels trading from port to port have been taken by the enemies' men-of-war, which has not only been a great loss to the merchants and owners, but great encouragement to the enemy, and being desirous to give all encouragement to trade, desire he will give notice to all the merchants and owners of ships and vessels within his port, for the better security of their trade and the safety of their ships, not to go to sea without a convoy, which from time to time will be appointed, and due notice given. Draft by Capt. Hen. Hatsell. 105
" Rich. Jackson, late carpenter of the Wildman. Adm. Com. Petition for a carpenter's place in one of the frigates fitting at Plymouth. Has served 10 years, and was in all the engagements against the Dutch. With certificate by Commissioner Whitelock, 30 June 1659. 106, 107
" Carpenters and caulkers of Deptford Yard. " Petition for an order to pay the wages due for their service, of which they could not receive a penny when discharged 2 May last. 108
" _ Estimate of the wages due to all officers and seamen serving at sea in ships named, to 30 June 1659, as also what has been paid in tickets. Total 371,930l. 11s. 6d. 109
" Jno. Greene Navy Comrs Accounts of the State's ships at Deptford in rigging wages, with the number of men borne on each, 4, 13, 20, and 27 June. 110–113
" Margaret Browne, widow. Adm. Com. Petition that the 200l. ordered her 25 June from co. Denbigh may be made 500l., to defray the charge of her journey for it, or that she may have the 200l. paid in London. 114
" _ List of 51 ships appointed 25 June for guard of the coasts of England, Scotland, and Ireland, with their respective stations, and number of men and guns borne by each. 115