James 1 - volume 77: May 1614

Pages 232-236

Calendar of State Papers Domestic: James I, 1611-18. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1858.

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May 1614.

May 3. Special licence to Chris. Abdy, John Lewis, John Packer, and Roger Pennell, to use the art of making indigo neale for thirty-one years. [Grant Bk., p. 145.]
May 5. Grant to John Murray of 150l. as a free gift. [Docquet.]
May 5. Grant to the Earl of Northampton and his heirs of purchase of the King's remainder of the manor of Sedgley, and the chace or waste of Baggeridge and Whites-wood, co. Stafford. [Docquet.]
May 5. Grant to the merchants trading to the East Indies of safe conduct. [Docquet.]
May 5. Seven several letters to the Princes of those countries. [Docquet.]
May 9. 15. Sir Herbert Croft to Somerset. Is sorry the King is displeased with him, and refused to knight his son. If His Majesty will consult Lord Sheffield, he will assure him that the granting the wish of his countrymen [for exemption of the Border counties from the jurisdiction of the Council of Wales] will be rather advantgeous than hurtful to the Council of the North. Has now done his utmost; if he fail, his countrymen will blame him for consenting to give the King their money, when they cannot obtain their birthright to the laws of the kingdom.
May 10. Sir Ralph Winwood to [Carleton]. Troubles with the recusant Irish Parliament. Several of them were sent for to England, and, refusing to submit, sent to prison. Impositions give a rub in the English Parliament. Sir Thos. Parry disgraced and put out of Parliament, for trying to bring in Sir Walter Cope and Sir Hen. Wallop for Stockbridge, they not having been chosen. Albert Morton going for Savoy. [Venice Corresp., May 10.]
May ? 16. Sir Robt. Dudley [signed Warwick and Leicester] to [Somerset]. Though unknown to him, rejoices in his zeal for the King's service. Wishes to be an instrument of good to his country, and renews an offer lately made through Sir David Fowlies. Though the matter, by its great importance, may seem strange and difficult, it is of consequence to the security of England. Has had long study and practice, and can perform what he offered.
May ? 17. Minutes of a projected reply to the above letter. Thanks for Sir Robert's good opinion. If his service prove answerable to what he promises, will endeavour to procure recompence accordingly; to be directed, "To my honourable friend, Sir Robt. Dudley, Knight, &c."
May 11. 18. Specification by Sir Robt. Dudley of the advantages to be derived from his newly invented ship, and the conditions which he is willing to bind himself that it shall perform.
[May 11.] 19. Petition of Sam. Willingham, Parson of Stane, co. Lincoln, to Lord Chief Baron Tanfield, for protection against John West and others, who, having failed in a suit to deprive him of certain lands in Hotoft, co. Lincoln, persecute him in the enjoyment thereof.
May 11 ? 20. Petition of the Same to Lord Chancellor Ellesmere, to be admitted to search in formâ pauperis, for records relating to the above lands.
May 11. 21. Affidavit of Sam. Willingham before the Court of Exchequer, that John West and Robt. Hastings seized and carried away his corn.
May 12.
22. Chamberlain to Carleton. Winwood promises to attend to Carleton's allowances. Sir Thos. Parry suspended [from the Chancellorship of the Duchy of Lancaster], and he, Sir Walter, Sir Hen. Wallop, and Sir John Chamberlain, discharged the House, as untruly elected. The House busy with elections, privileges, and impositions. Sir Walter Chute offers to undergo all the odium of undertakers, though nobody thought him worth suspecting. Winwood has won reputation by speaking against recusants and idle churchmen, but the Bishops call him a puritan for it. The King is patient with Parliament; if they stand stiff, and refuse to supply his wants, he will be driven to worse ways, to which both law and pulpit encourage him. Four Irish Knights imprisoned for a malapert petition. Sir Thos. Gates says, the Virginia colony, though wonderfully productive if cultivated, will fall if not supported. Quarrel at Flushing between Sir Mich. Everard and Sir John Throgmorton. Calvert spoken of for Holland. Albert Morton gone for Savoy. Wotton silenced by Mr. Pory's discourse.
[May 13.] 23. Reasons why the grant of the Great Covent Garden [Parish of St. Botolph without Aldgate], made to the late Queen by the Master and Fellows of Magdalen College, Cambridge, should not be confirmed by the House of Commons. With answers thereto.
May 15. 24. Will of Thos. Crompton, of the Middle Temple, Prothonotary in the Court of Common Pleas, dated Nov. 12, 1612, with a codicil, dated May 15, 1614.
May 18.
Bedford House.
25. Lady Harrington to Somerset. Is reduced to great straits for want of the money so long due to her, for which she pays heavy interest; cannot allow the honour of the dead to perish, if even she have to suffer greater misery. Requests a definite answer, that she may settle her affairs accordingly.
May 19.
26. Chamberlain to Carleton. The Secretary is full of business at Parliament all morning, and committees in afternoons, beside his own duties. The clergy think he scandalized the church in his speech, and tell the King that he wishes to be the head of the puritans, but he has satisfied his Majesty about it. The Parliament is occupied in crying down impositions. Sir Hen. Neville has calmed them about undertakers. Dick Martin came to the House as a counsellor to plead for maintenance of the colony of Virginia, but so schooled the House, that he was called to the Bar to make submission. Serjeant Boy [Bovey], of the Cellar, committed to the Marshalsea, for seducing Sir Thos. Gardiner's daughter. Sir Thos. Lake, though a Councillor, keeps his Clerkship of the Signet, and would be Chancellor of the Duchy [of Lancaster], but Sir Thos. Parry will not resign to him. Sir John Digby boasts of his occupation as the highest in the King's service, except the Deputyship of Ireland. He is returning [to Spain].
May 22.
Court at Whitehall.
27. Lancelot Andrews, Bishop of Ely, to Sir John Ogle. Thanks for his sending him Utenbogardt's book. Thinks it learned, and agrees with it in the main, but as convocation is going on, has been unable to give it proper attention. Has sent it to the King, but thinks that in this busy Parliament time, his Majesty has not had leisure to read anything on that subject, though "wonderfully inclyned thereunto, yea more than any Prince else in the worlde."
May 23. Grant to Fras. Jones, Wm. Garway, and Nich. Salter, of all customs and subsidies on merchandise imported or exported, for seven years. [Grant Bk., p. 134.]
[May 24.] 28. Reasons against the Bill for the revocation of the Act 5 Eliz. cap. 5., prohibiting the import of cod and ling in barrels.
[May 24.] 29. Similar paper of reasons, showing the utility of the licences granted by the late Queen and the King for the bringing in of barrelled fish by certain patentees, which modify the Act, whilst its repeal would benefit only foreigners.
May 26.
30. Chamberlain to Carleton. Sir Hen. Wotton spoke in Parliament in favour of impositions, alleging foreign examples. Winwood and Lake seconded him. Arguments on the other side. Wentworth said the reward of Spanish impositions was the loss of the Low Countries; of French, the murder of their Kings, &c. The Lords refused to confer with the Commons thereon, the Bishop of Lincoln condemning the Lower House as a factious assembly, &c., which remarks are discussed in a Committee of the Commons. An attack made on the order of Baronets, rather to disgrace than suppress them. Winwood conducts himself well and courageously. Sir Thos. [Howard] has married Lord Burleigh's daughter, and is made Master of the Prince's House.
May 31. Grant to John Hope of a pension of 2s. per diem, on surrender of the like pension by Wm. Ledsham. [Docquet.]
May 31. Licence to Sir Fras. Lacon and his heirs to keep a weekly market and three yearly fairs in Cleobury, co. Salop. [Docquet.]
May 31. Grant to Jas. Bagg, jun., on surrender of Jas. Bagg, his father, of the office of Comptroller of the Customs at Plymouth and Fowey. [Docquet.]
May 31. Grant to John Garnett of pardon for manslaughter of his servant, by a blow given him in correction, which was resisted, Garnett being of civil and quiet carriage. [Docquet.]
May 31. Licence to William, son of Sir Ralph Gray, to travel for three years. [Docquet.]
May 31. Grant to Hen. Hastings of purchase of the contingent remainder of the manor of Piddletown, co. Dorset. [Docquet.]
May 31. Grant, with survivorship, to Sherrington Talbot and Edw. Leighton, of the office of Master of the Game, and Keeper and Ranger of the Forest of Feckenham, co. Worcester, on surrender of Thos. Leighton, who held the office jointly with his father, Sir Thos. Leighton, deceased. [Docquet.]
May 31. Grant to Sam. Knightly of the goods escheated by the suicide of Hen. Walton, tenant of the manor of Marchington, co. Stafford. [Docquet.]
May 31. Grant to Fras. Ogle of the office of one of the King's Serjeants-atArms. [Docquet.]
May ? 31. Lewis Owen to Sir Ralph Winwood. Has lately arrived sick and poor, after spending many years abroad for his country's benefit. Is returning to Brussels, proffers his services, and will be thankful for favour.