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James 1 - volume 90: February 1617

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

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February 1617

Feb. 1.
London.
46. Alex. Williams to Carleton. An Ambassador is come from France. The King expected from Theobalds. He has not been at Royston since Christmas. It is hoped he will stay more in London.
Feb. 2.
Dover.
47. Mayor and Commissioners of the Passage at Dover to Lord Zouch. John Eason and Wm. Salisbury, alias Jenman, were seized at Broadstairs, because they landed privately from Dunkirk, and refused the Oath of Allegiance. On their way to Dover, Salisbury escaped, by negligence or connivance of Geo. Witherden, Under Deputy of Broadstairs. Salisbury is suspected to be one Jenman, who went abroad with a pass under the name of Salisbury. [See March 10.] Inclose,
47. i. Examination of John Eason, of Wellingborough, co. Northampton. Has been a servant in Portugal many years. Spent some time in Flanders, and being taken in a storm in crossing from Dunkirk, was obliged to land at a private place. Feb. 2, 1617. Dover.
47. ii. Pass for Wm. Salisbury to go to his master, Rich. Cotton, of Warblington, co. Hants, at the Spa, Nov. 13, 1616. With note that the party therein named sailed for France Jan. 17, 1617.
Feb. 2.
Sandwich.
48. Commissioners for the Passage at Sandwich to the Same. Have committed Hen. Snell, of Yorkshire, and his servant Hum. Clesby, who went abroad by licence of Council in 1610, but now, on their return, refuse to take the Oath of Allegiance.
Feb. 2. 49. Thos. Lord Gerard to the Same. In favour of Jas. Linaker, whose bark was cast away in the Downs; many of his goods are cast up at Dover, and seized by his Lordship's officers.
Feb. 2. Grant to Geo. Nicholson and Hen. Shashaw, of the office of Paymaster of Pensions at Berwick, during pleasure. [Grant Bk., p. 214.]
Feb. 3. Grant to Wm. Robinson and Fulk Allen, of the office of registering affidavits in Chancery, for life. [Ibid., p. 194.]
Feb. 3.
Sandwich.
50. Edw. Kelk to Rich. Younge. Snell, a Yorkshire gentleman, who landed privately at Dunkirk, professed to have a letter from Mr. Trumbull in Flanders to Mr. Tucker, of Gravesend. Six persons landed, of whom four are now taken.
Feb. 4. Special licence to John Speed for the sole printing of the book of the genealogies of the Scripture and other things, for seven years. [Grant Bk., p. 185.]
Feb. 6. Grant to John Ferriers of the office of Justice in cos. Carnarvon, Merioneth, and Anglesea, during pleasure. [Ibid., p. 207.]
Feb. 6. Grant to And. Powell of the office of Justice in cos. Glamorgan, Brecknock, and Radnor, during pleasure. [Ibid., p. 215.]
Feb. 7.
Dunkirk.
51. [Edm.] "Neville, of Westmoreland," to the King. Recounts his services in behalf of the King's title during the life of the late Queen, and His Majesty's promises, made by his Ambassadors, the Earl of Mar and Lord Kinloss, to restore him to his ancestral estates. Has now one foot in the grave, and begs he may not die in a strange land, but, reaching the happy land of promise, in the King's favour, may sing his "Nunc dimittis."
Feb. 8. 52. Receipt by the Bp. of Lincoln of 160l. from Dr. Lambe, in part of the tenths of the clergy, co. Leicester.
Feb. 8. Grant to Sam. Hales of the office of keeping York Prison, for sixty years. [Grant Bk., p. 205.]
Feb. 8. Grant to Wal. Pye of the office of Justice in cos. Glamorgan, Brecknock, and Radnor, during pleasure. [Ibid., p. 215.]
Feb. 8.
London.
53. Chamberlain to Carleton. Report that the Bishops will provide the Archbp. of Spalato with a parsonage of 600l. per ann. till the King does something for him. Some of his books in the press stayed by authority, on account of their tenets on jurisdiction. The King's works are published in one volume, edited by the Bp. of Winchester. Buckingham's brother Christopher made of the Bedchamber. Skit on him and his brothers. Hoskins, the lawyer, is called in question for a rhyming libel. Lord Roos is returning through France, having visited all the monasteries in Lisbon. Divers citizens are sent for to lend 3,000l. each for the Scottish journey. The East India Company flourishes; 1,400,000l. adventured for the next four years.
Feb. ? 54. Estimate of the money which the King, by exercising his prerogative, might raise from the East India Company, by forced loans without interest, adventuring money in the trade, threatening the withdrawal of their patent, &c.
Feb. 8.
London.
55. Nath. Brent to [Carleton]. The French Ambassador Extraordinary, Mons. de la Tour, arrived, after a narrow escape from shipwreck. The King is angry that he is not so great a man as others sent out of France. His Majesty sends sometimes to Lord Coke on private matters, and the lawyers hope he will be next Lord Chancellor. The Chancellor of the Exchequer talks of resigning, but is constant in inconstancy. All dislike the Scotch journey; but the King was so angry with Buckingham for proposing a delay that he was glad to get out of the way. Disturbance in the trade to Turkey. The Viceroy of Sicily has taken seventy Turkish gallies. Sir Edw. Hoby likely to die.
Feb. 8.
London.
56. Edw. Sherburn to [the Same]. Burlamachi will continue the monthly payments, &c., now he has received some moneys. The Baron de Tour is lodged in part of Lord Salisbury's house. Buckingham is sworn Privy Councillor. The King goes to Scotland on March 15. The Lord Chancellor has surrendered the Chancellorship of Oxford to the Earl of Pembroke, the Lieutenancy of Buckinghamshire to the Earl of Buckingham, and the Stewardship of St. Alban's to the Attorney General.
Feb. 9.
Dover.
57. Commissioners of the Passage at Dover to Lord Zouch. Have committed John Richardson, who refused to take the Oath of Allegiance. Would have sent him across the seas again, as a person of no moment, but he professes to belong to the Spanish Ambassador's son. Inclose,
57. i. Examination of John Richardson, of Malpas, Cheshire. Left his father on becoming a Catholic. Went to London, and was commended to the service of Don Pedro, the Spanish Ambassador's son. Went with his master to Flanders, and is now returning on his business. Dover, Feb. 8.
Feb. 9.
Philip Lane.
58. [Lord Zouch] to the Mayor of Hythe. Permits the fishermen of Hythe to fish on the coasts, the French having begun to fish there; and the King having ordered strict observance of Lent, which falls early this year. The permission is not to be pleaded as a precedent.
Feb. 11. 59. Indenture quadripartite between the Earl of Buckingham, John Lord Roper, of Teynham, Chief Justice Montague, and Robt. Heath, and Robt. Shute, certifying the legal appointment of the two latter to the office of Chief Clerk of Inrolments of the Court of King's Bench, on surrender of Lord Teynham, who is to have the profits for life, after which they are to be at the disposal of Buckingham.
Feb. 11. 60. Certificate that Mondey Beauvois, French merchant, has received from the officers of the Cinque Ports his bark, the Johanne of Bourdeaux, cast away near the Downs, and a portion of the cargo, having paid 6l. to Lord Zouch as composition for the best cable and anchor, which belong to him as a royalty.
Feb. 11. Licence to John Ketchett to make watermills, &c., for twenty-one years. [Grant Bk., p. 219.]
Feb. 12.
Neufchatel.
61. Capt. Wm. Turner to Rich. Younge. Thanks for his care of him. Has made a composition with Capt. Baron de Veine, to whom his goods must be delivered, except his two best armouries, which he begs him to accept.
Feb. 12. 62. Statement of the case of Sir Thos. Monson, that he was arraigned as accessory to the murder of Sir Thos. Overbury, but his trial stayed, and he sent to the Tower, where he remained nearly a year; was then released on bail, and petitioned the King to have the case investigated, and his indictment discharged. The case was referred to the Attorney and Solicitor General, who reported on it [see Dec. 7, 1616], on which a pardon was drawn up, grounded on the doubtful evidence of the crime. Speech of Sir Thomas at the bar of the King's Bench, pleading his pardon, and begging it to be understood, not as an evidence of guilt, but a declaration of innocence. Reply of the Lord Chief Justice accepting it as such, and rejoinder of thanks from Monson.
Feb. 12. 63. Copy of the above.
Feb. 12.
Sandwich.
64. Mayor and Jurats of Sandwich to Lord Zouch. Have received a writ of restitution from the Mayor, Recorder, and others, of London, for delivery of money found on Michael Lambert, but think it invalid, because the Mayor's name is wrongly given, and because Lambert having changed the silver stolen from Mr. Trevor into gold, it is no longer the same money, but belongs to their town.
Feb. 12.
Whitefriars.
Sir John Throgmorton to Carleton. The business of the French Ambassador is to justify the conduct of the Queen Mother against the Princes, and to represent the French King's party as powerful enough to crush them easily, in order to daunt the King, and prevent his assisting them. It is hoped that His Majesty will consent to a plan of uniting the French Princes, the United States, and the Protestant Princes of Germany, in a league of which he shall be the head, by which they may make peace with the French King, and which would support the declining honour of England. If the Princes be left to destruction, the Queen Mother will exterminate all the Protestants in France. The King goes to the Star Chamber, to settle the government during his absence in Scotland. Yesterday Buckingham sat for the first time in the Council. [Holl. Corresp., Feb. 12.]
Feb. [13]. 65. Proceedings in the Star Chamber. Abstract of the King's speech. He considers himself the father and shepherd of his people, and as such determines to be Rex pacificus. Is come to give sentence against duels, on which he before published a sharp edict; and now desires the prisoners to stand forth. They are Mr. Christmas of Essex, and Mr. Bellingham of Sussex, two very young gentlemen. Their confessions were read, and the Solicitor General made a speech [not given].
Feb. 14. Grant to Sir Fras. Fane, Sir Edw. Barrett, and Wal. Barrett, of the grange of Sewall, cos. Stafford and Shropshire, so long as it remains in the King's hands, by reason of the debt of Sir Rich. Leveson, deceased. [Grant Bk., p. 218.]
Feb. 14. Licence to Art. Mainwaring and Nich. Archbald to execute laws, &c. concerning bankrupts, for life. [Ibid., p. 221.]
Feb. 14. Licence to Sir Stephen Soame to hold the Court in the manor of Great Wraton and elsewhere, co. Suffolk. [Ibid., p. 189.]
Feb. 14. 66. Certificate by Ant. Napleton, that on a conversation in the house of Thos. Napleton, of Faversham, about a play in which a huntsman, who was intended to represent the King, said he had rather hear a dog bark than a cannon roar, Napleton said it was a pity the King ever came to the crown of England, for he loved his dogs better than his subjects.
Feb. 15. 67. Petition of John Clavell to Sir Julius Cæsar, that he may answer by commission in a certain suit, he living 100 miles off, and the waters being too dangerous for him to come to London. With order thereon.
Feb. 17.
Dover.
68. Wm. Jones to Rich. Younge. One Matthews landed from Dunkirk, who has letters directed to the French Ambassador, Mons. De la Tour, from his sons, whom he served. Thinks Eason, formerly taken, is not what he seems, but probably a priest, and that he had better be sent to the Archbp. of Canterbury, before his money is done. Annexed is,
68. I. Examination of Edw. Matthews, of Walton, Norfolk. Particulars of his service in divers Catholic families. Has been abroad some years, and last served the sons of Mons. De la Tour, Ambassador in England. Refuses to take the Oath of Allegiance. Dover, Feb. 15.
Feb. 17.
London.
69. Appointment by the Archbp. of Canterbury of Matthew Isham, of Hillmorton, co. Warwick, to be Apparitor of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. Latin. Prefixed are,
69. i. Regulations concerning the duties and fees of Apparitors.
Feb. 18. Commission to Geo. Lord Carew, of Clopton, and others, to make stay of a judgment of renunciation concerning accounts between merchants and others. [Grant Bk., p. 199.]
Feb. 20. 70. Memoranda of things to be finished for the settling of His Majesty's revenue; viz., the pension list to be completed; the debts to be fully stated; the King to decide whether he will have more money raised from recusants and from the petty customs; the Council to consider whether expenses cannot be lessened and revenues increased in Ireland, &c.
Feb. 20 ? 71. "Sum of the King's business touching the repaire of his estate," viz., regulations for his debts, ordinary and extraordinary expenses, improvements of revenue by raising certain branches of revenue, by fresh projects, and by borrowing.
Feb. ? 72. Statement of the annual allowances payable by the Crown.
Feb. 20. 73. Articles of agreement between the executors of Thos. Whetenhall and Rich. Cooke, Minister of St. Swithin's, and the inhabitants of the parish. The inhabitants promise to assist in the maintenance of a weekly lectureship there, founded by Whetenhall. Rich. Cooke, or some sufficient deputy, to be lecturer. Signed by the executors.
Feb. 20. 74. Copy of the above, signed by Rich. Cooke and many parishioners.
Feb. 21.
Gloucester.
75. Hen. Aisgill and Elias Wrench to Dr. Laud, Dean of Gloucester. A libel was found in the pulpit of St. Michael's, blaming the removal of the communion table in the cathedral, as savouring of Popery; saying that obeisance was made to it, and wondering that no Elias came forward to reform such things. Think Commissioners from the High Commission Court should be appointed to inquire into and suppress the libel, care being taken that none of them "favour that scismaticall faction of the Puritanes." A preacher lately declared that he had nothing to fear from any Herod or cruel magistrates, whilst the people favoured him, nor they anything whilst they had the preacher to pray for them.
Feb. 22.
Whitehall.
76. Lord Zouch to Sec. Winwood. As to the complaint of the French Ambassador, the head money taken from the French was ordered by him to be discontinued, on the King's command, and he has heard no complaints since. Has sold the Burton boat to other parties, it being left to the pirates by its owner, and another taken in exchange.
Feb. 22. 77. Extract from the above.
Feb. 22.
London.
78. Sir Horace Vere to [Carleton]. Thanks for obtaining his payments. The Countess Dowager of Dorset has given the Earl of Montgomery 100s., on condition of his giving her 200l. if the King of Spain turn Protestant. The King still intends to go to Scotland, though those about him would be glad if he would change his mind.
Feb. 22.
London.
79. Chamberlain to the Same. Whales come thick on the eastern coast. Sir Thos. Monson has got his pardon; he pleaded innocence, and reflected on Coke's conduct towards him. The King made a speech in the Star Chamber about duels, wherein he bestowed many good words on the Spanish nation, and galled the French. Christmas and Bellingham imprisoned and fined 1,000l. each, for duelling. Little preparation making for the King's journey into Scotland. The Scots wish it deferred till grass has grown for the cattle. Entertainments given to the French Ambassador, by the King, Lord Mayor, Duke of Lenox, and Lord Hay, who makes love to the Earl of Northumberland's younger daughter. Excessive cost at banquets. The Queen's musicians made her a masque. The Vice Chancellor of Oxford, with fifty Bishops, Doctors, and Graduates, went to Baynard's Castle, to invest the Earl of Pembroke with the Chancellorship. Sir Wm. Seymour, who married the Lady Arabella, is likely to marry the Earl of Essex's sister.
Feb. 23.
Eton.
80. Sir Hen. Savile to the Same. The money received for books is to be spent in horses or hangings, &c. Has dined with the Archbp. of Spalato at Lambeth, and likes him well. Will take him to Oxford.
Feb. 23.
London.
81. Edw. Sherburn to [the Same]. Has a promise that his [Carleton's] allowances shall be paid. The King went to the Star Chamber, to give sentence himself—the first time that he has ever done so—against Christmas and Bellingham, for fighting a duel contrary to the proclamation. The Prince and many Lords were there, and the Earl of Buckingham made a speech, by the King's command, being the first time he had spoken in so large an assembly. The Lord Chancellor is ill, from disappointment that his earldom stays so long, and that his son is not made President of Wales, Lord Gerard having compounded for it with Lord Eure. Doubts whether Sir Fras. Bacon, the Bp. of Winchester, or Chief Justice Hobart is to be Chancellor. The Bp. of Durham disappointed by death from entertaining the King on his way to Scotland. Sir Ralph Winwood had only the same allowance as Carleton has, when Ambassador; the 4l. per diem was when he was Commissioner. Private affairs. The Archbp. of Spalato's works printed.
Feb. 23.
Gloucester.
82. Thos. Prior to Dr. Wm. Laud, Dean of Gloucester. Ejection of Vernon and Farley from the singing men's houses. Has taken pains to suppress a libel found in St. Michael's pulpit. Asks directions on it. Birth of a child with two heads and four legs. Incloses,
82. i. John Smithe to —. Is told the Gloucester communion table is removed by the new Dean to where the high altar stood, contrary to law, and that obeisances are made to it, as though the Christ were on it. Laments the faintheartedness of the Prebends, that none would speak a word on God's behalf. Winchcombe, Feb. 12, 1616. Indorsed [by Laud], "A Copye of the Libell against the removinge of the Communion Table in the Church of Glocester."
Feb. 24.
Rye.
83. Rich. Gibbridge to Rich. Younge. Requests Lord Zouch's warrant for receiving his Lordship's droits.
Feb. 24.
Sandwich.
84. John Oliver to the Same. Thinks that a skiff, driven on shore in Sandwich Bay, which is claimed for Lord Wotton, is a royalty appertaining to the Lord Warden. Asks directions thereon.
Feb. 24. 85. [Lord Zouch] to the King. Requests a hearing on a wrong done to his jurisdiction by the Lord Admiral of England. Wishes fresh orders for the government of the castles and forts. Is thought too strict in enforcing those of Henry VIII., which order personal attendance of the watch, a point much neglected. Begs that some castles may be repaired which greatly need it, and order taken for restoration of the harbours, so choked by diversion of waters for private purposes, that the rivers have not force to drive back the sand.
Feb. ? 86. Note of various grants for the repair of Dover Haven, viz., a tax of 3d. per ton on all vessels loading or unloading there, licence to export beer, corn, &c.
Feb. ? 87. Note relative to the officers to be appointed for Dover Harbour, the reparations necessary, and the reformation of abuses there.
Feb. ? 88. State of the revenue of Dover Harbour.
Feb. ? 89. Estimate of the charges for making a mole at Dover Harbour.
Feb. ? 90. Plan for Dover Haven.
Feb. 24.
St. James's.
91. Thos. Murray to Carleton. The Prince begs his assistance to procure the return of Jas. Bovey, son of Serjeant Bovey, of the Wine Cellar, a boy of spirit, a good rider, lutanist, dancer, &c., who has run away to the Hague.
[Feb. 24.] 92. Mrs. A. H. to John Eason, prisoner at Dover. Condoles with him on his imprisonment, and will let his friends know where he is. Hopes for his escape. [Intercepted. See Feb. 2.]
Feb. 24. 93. Schedule of the liberties granted, by charter, to the Prince of Wales in his own lands, being casualties and royalties usually devolving on the Crown.
Feb. 27. Grant to John Perry of an especial pardon for usury and perjury. [Grant Bk., p. 215.]
Feb. 27.
London.
94. Colonel R. Henderson to Carleton. Baron de Tour, the French Ambassador, was entertained by the Mayor of London and Lord Hay, and has taken leave, &c. The King will set out March 15, and be at Edinburgh May 15. Neither dreams nor predictions alter his resolution.
Feb. 27.
St. John's, [Oxford].
95. Wm. Laud, Dean of Gloucester, to the Bishop of Gloucester. His Majesty bade him reform the disorders in the cathedral, which was ill governed; he therefore caused some repairs to be made, and, with consent of the Chapter, the communion table was removed to the upper end, as is usual in cathedrals, which action is greatly traduced. Wishes the King to be made acquainted with it, and desires the Bishop's support. With marginal note, that the remark about the position of the tables in cathedrals is a gross untruth.
Feb. 28.
St. James's.
96. Thos. Murray to Carleton. The Prince renews his request for preferment in the States' service, for Jas. Erskine, brother to Sir Thos. Erskine, lately deceased, in whose favour the King has waived a request for another gentleman.
Feb. 28. 97. Edw. Sherburn to the Same. Sends him three tuns of beer at 6s., and two tuns at 8s. The King's train for Scotland not yet completed.
Feb. 28. Order to the Lord Chancellor and others to surrender the manor of Fleet, co. Lincoln, into the King's hands. [Grant Bk., p. 194.]
Feb. 98. Order established by Lord Admiral Nottingham, for the respective duties to be performed by the Comptroller, Surveyor, and Clerk of the Navy, that each may be answerable for any neglect of duty.
Feb. ? 99. Arguments in favour of the suit of J. E. [John Elphinstone ?] for the licensing of pedlars and chapmen. With replies thereto, showing its illegality and inconvenience. [Granted March 19, 1617.]
Feb. ? 100. Inventory of Ordnance at St. Michael's Mount, with note that Capt. Art. Harris holds the Mount for life, on condition of maintaining a gunner, porter, and three soldiers; and note of the reparations needed.