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James 1 - volume 90: March 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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March 1617

March [1 ?] 101. List of the Lent preachers appointed for Whitehall, the Spittal, and Paul's Cross.
March 3. Commission and instructions to Sir Giles Mompesson and others concerning the sale of woods. [Grant Bk., p. 200.]
March 3.
St. John's. Oxford.
102. Dr. Laud to the Bp. of Lincoln. Relates his proceedings in reformations in Gloucester Cathedral, and the libel passed upon him therefor. Begs assistance that he may not be brought into contempt at his first attempts at improvement, and especially that the King may be duly informed thereof. Fears the Puritans will think the monster lately born in Gloucester [see Feb. 23] a judgment for his changing the communion table into a high altar.
March 5.
Sandwich.
103. Mayor of Sandwich to Lord Zouch. Hen. Snell and Hum. Clesby have escaped from the gaol. They previously sent a letter with bills of exchange to Dawson, a woollen-draper, in London. Hue and cry is sent after them.
March 5.
Westminster.
Grant to Michael Van Elderhuys, a stranger, of patent for new engines, invented by him, for raising water and draining surrounded grounds, with proviso of the allowance of commissioners of sewers, in each county where they shall be erected. [Sign Man., vol. VI., No. 105.]
March 5 ? Confirmation to Jas. Morley, Robt. Morley, of the Inner Temple, and Wm. Foster, of Normanby, East Cotham, and other lands; also to Wm. Pitches, of the rectory of Reede, co. Suffolk, and certain tithes out of the manor of Alciston, co. Sussex, all on composition for defective titles. Latin. [Ibid., No. 106].
March 5 ? Grant to the Queen of confirmation and explanation of her former charters, and of addition of some few things to make her former possessions more entire, together with certain liberties and immunities. Latin. [Ibid., Nos. 107, 108.]
March 5 ? Grant to Sir Giles Mompesson, of Bathampton, and Thos. Mompesson, of Pewsey, co. Wilts, of the fifth part of fines and rents answerable to the King for licensing inns, in consideration of the labour of Sir Giles, appointed Surveyor and Licenser of Inns. [Ibid., No. 109.]
March 6.
Whitehall.
Sir Thos. Edmondes to [Carleton]. The state of the revenue has been examined by the Lords, for moderating of expenses, but supplies are found difficult without a Parliament. [Holl. Corresp., March 6.]
March 7.
Gloucester.
104. Thos. Prior, Sub-dean, to Dr. Wm. Laud, Dean of Gloucester. Opposition of some of the prebendaries to granting Mr. Loe's lease; there is an attempt made to palm the libel upon himself or his friends. Protests his innocence.
March 7. Grant to Chris. Villiers of an annuity of 200l., for life. [Grant Bk., p. 191.]
March 7. Grant to Sir Hen. Yelverton of the office of Attorney General, during pleasure. [Grant Bk., p. 227.]
March 7. Declaration to the Archbp. of Canterbury and others, of the King's resolution to grant the manor of Fleet, co. Lincoln, in fee farm, to Geo. Earl of Buckingham. [Ibid., p. 193.]
March 7.
Westminster.
Grant to Wm. Earwood of the office of Gentleman Gaoler in the Tower. [Sign Man., vol. VI., No. 110.]
March 7.
Westminster.
Grant to William, son and heir of Walter Creswell, of special livery, and of pardon for intrusion, and a release of the rates of wardship to which the King is entitled. Latin. [Ibid., No. 111.]
March 7.
Westminster.
Warrant to discharge Thos. Watson, Teller of the Exchequer, for 2,000l. paid by him to Sir Baptist Hicks without special warrant; also to pay to the said Hicks 126l. 8s., in full of his account for certain cloth of tissue and gold, satins, &c., purchased five years before for the King. [Ibid., vol. VII., No. 1.]
March 7.
Westminster.
Warrant for payment to Sir Carew Raleigh of 100l. as a free gift. [Ibid., No. 2.]
March 7.
Westminster.
Commission to Lord Gerard, President of Wales, of Lieutenancy of North and South Wales, the Marches, and cos. Worcester, Hereford, and Salop; cos. Glamorgan and Monmouth only excepted. [Ibid., No. 3.]
March 7.
Westminster.
Grant to Sir Fras. Steward of pension of 400l. per ann., for life, on surrender of a similar grant during pleasure. [Ibid., No. 4.]
March 7.
Westminster.
Grant, with survivorship, to Ralph Smith and John Sharpe, Yeomen of the Chamber, on surrender of Ralph Smith, of the keeping of the game about Westminster Palace, and in the suburbs of London. [Ibid., No. 5.]
March 7.
Westminster.
Grant to John Packer of a pension of 115l. per ann. from the Court of Wards, on surrender of a like pension from the Exchequer and Treasury of the Chamber. [Ibid., No. 6.]
March 7.
Westminster.
Grant to Nich. Townley, of Royle, co. Lancaster, of the benefit of the recusancy of Anne Middleton, of Thurnetoft, co. York, widow. [Ibid., No. 7.]
March 7.
Westminster.
Warrant for payment to Rich. Connock of 1,000 marks as a free gift. [Ibid., No. 8.]
March 7.
Westminster.
Lease to Lawrence Trotter and Edw. Empson of the manor of Hooke, &c., marsh land in Sheriff Hutton, co. York, without fine, on condition of their preserving the land from inundation. Latin. [Ibid., No. 9.]
March 7.
Westminster.
Grant to Wm. Shawe, of London, Chris. Frisby, of Hull, and others, of the usual bounty of 5s. per ton, on five ships built by them. [Sign Man., vol. VII., No. 10.]
March 7.
Westminster.
Grant to And. Treswell, in reversion after Robt. Treswell, his father, of the office of Surveyor of Woods on this side Trent. [Ibid., No. 11.]
March 8.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Jas. Maxwell 150l., towards the charge of his journey into Scotland on the King's affairs. [Ibid., vol. VI., No. 12.]
March 8.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Sir Rich. Morrison 73l. 19s. 2d., for eleven additional carts for the King's journey into Scotland, the fifty carts, for which 469l. 12s. 8d. was formerly paid, proving insufficient. [Ibid., No. 13.]
March 8.
Westminster.
Warrant to advance 50l. to Lord Stanhope, for sending packets during the King's progress to Scotland. [Ibid., No. 14.]
March 8.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to the Same, as Treasurer of the Chamber, 4,000l., and other sums due to him upon his accounts for 1615 and 1616, the allowance assigned him for the King's expenses being insufficient. [Ibid., No. 15.]
March 8.
Westminster.
Warrant for payment of 200l. over and above 880l. already delivered, to Thos. Wye and Ralph Cheyney for repairing St. Neot's Bridges, cos. Bedford and Huntingdon. [Ibid., No. 16.]
March 8.
Westminster.
Grant to Rich. Kerry, on surrender of Geo. Ryman, of the keeping of the Hare Warren and game of all sorts at Hampton Court. [Ibid., No. 17.]
March 8.
Westminster.
Warrant for adding the Earl of Buckingham to the Commission for executing the office of Earl Marshal. [Ibid., No. 18.]
March 8.
London.
105. Chamberlain to Carleton. Baron Altham and Sir Edw. Hoby dead. The Frenchmen have left, after their great entertainments. That given by Lord Hay cost more than 2,200l., but Lady Lucy Percy, the most desired guest, was absent; her father kept her with him in the Tower, saying he was a Percy, and he would not have her dancing Scotch jigs. Sir Allan Apsley, brother in-law of Sir Edw. Villiers, has purchased the Lieutenancy of the Tower from Sir Geo. More for 2,500l. The Prince's household settled; names of the officers. Sir David Fowlies has sold his place as Cofferer to Sir Hen. Vane. Proposed changes at Court. Sir Hen. Rich offers Visct. Fenton 5,000l. for the Captaincy of the Guard. The Earl of Salisbury would give 6,000l. for it, though it is an office usually held only by Knights. The latter, being favoured by Buckingham, is likely to prevail. The old Chancellor had vowed not to seal the patent for sale of woods nor the one for inns, but the King visiting him, sealed the first in his presence, and then sending for the Great Seal, after sealing the other patents for Giles Mompesson, an ally of Buckingham, delivered it to Sir Fras. Bacon, as Lord Keeper. Riots on Shrove Tuesday; Drury Lane Playhouse attacked; Finsbury Prison broken open; houses at Wapping pulled down and injured. The King dines with the Queen at Somerset House, now to be called Denmark House.
March 8.
London.
106. Edw. Sherburn to [Carleton]. The loan from the Londoners comes in so slowly that Carleton's allowance is not yet paid. Rising of the apprentices, who pulled down four houses at Wapping, and attacked Drury Lane Theatre, which they would have destroyed had they not been prevented. The King has commanded such as were taken to be executed, for example's sake.
March 10. 107. Minute of proceedings of the Commissioners for the office of Earl Marshal. Wm. Penson, Lancaster Herald, constituted Registrar. Augmentation of the Heralds' fees proposed. Complaints against Hen. St. George, Richmond Herald.
March 10. Commission to Sir Fras. Bacon, Lord Keeper, to pass grants and subscribe injunctions, decrees, and dismissions, received and given by the late Lord Chancellor. [Grant Bk., p. 200.]
March 10.
London.
108. Sir Horace Vere to Carleton. Recommends the bearer, Widow Orrell. Her late husband distinguished himself in the seafight in which Admiral Heamskerk was slain.
March 10 ? 109. Projected stages of His Majesty's journey to, and return from Scotland, from March 15 to Sept. 10, 1617. [Corresponding generally, but not entirely, with the stages actually made.]
March 10.
Dover.
110. Commissioners for the passage at Dover to Lord Zouch. Recapture of Wm. Salisbury, alias Wm. Jenman [see Feb. 2], who gave the address in London of Edw. Cotton, son of his master, Rich. Cotton, who is abroad, and of Wm. Salisbury. The French Ambassador has sailed, and with him Edw. Matthews, late prisoner.
March 10. 111. Examination of Posthumus Napleton, of Faversham. Heard Ant. Napleton threaten, that if his uncle, Thos. Napleton, bound him to his good behaviour, he would make him spend all that he had, and lose his life in the end.
March 10.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Sir Jas. Auchterlony 700l., part of a grant of 2,400l. to Sir Fras. Steward, which is surrendered on composition. [Sign Man., vol. VII., No. 19.]
March 10.
Westminster.
Letters Patent declaratory of the dignity of baronet, as a mean rank between barons and knights, declaring their precedency, and that of their wives, sons, and daughters, over knights, and promising knighthood to the heir of any baronet on attaining his majority. [Ibid., No. 20.]
March 10.
Westminster.
Grant to Emanuel and Jeremy Alley, Water Bailiffs of Dover, of the Keepership of the Prison there, built by the said Emanuel, for their lives, and sixty years after. Latin. [Ibid., No. 21.]
March 10.
Westminster.
Grant to Hen. Knollys of a pension of 8s. per day, on surrender by Sir Rich. Musgrave of the office of Master and Surveyor of Ordnance, at Berwick, Newcastle, Carlisle, &c., and a similar pension. Latin. [Sign Man., vol. VII., No. 22.]
March 10.
Westminster.
Covenant from the King to Thos. Arundel, son and heir of Thos. Lord Arundel, of Wardour, that no grant of the King's reversion in any of his father's lands shall pass to his disinheritance, and forbidding any person to sue for the same. [Ibid., No. 23.]
March 11.
Westminster.
Grant to Art. Mainwaring, in reversion after Sir Rich. Bulkeley, of the office of Constable of the Castle, and Captain of the Town of Beaumaris. Latin. [Ibid., No. 24.]
March 11.
Westminster.
Grant to John Alcock of nine tenths of the goods, &c. of Robt. Newton, outlaw, subject to the satisfaction of his creditors. [Ibid., No. 25.]
March ? 112. Queries relative to the nature of a grant to Lord Denney of certain reliefs and heriots, and the nature and extent of a proposed commission for letting the casualties of the Crown, &c.
March 11.
Westminster.
Grant to Lord Denney of lease of all heriots and reliefs falling to the King, excepting those on copyhold or fee-farm lands, those payable by peers, and such as belong to lands granted to the Queen and Prince; paying for the latter 100l., and for the former 139l. 5s. 9d. per ann. [Sign Man., vol. VII., No. 27.]
March 11.
Westminster.
Grant to the town of Oswestry, co. Salop, of confirmation of charter, with additional privileges. [Ibid., No. 28.]
March 11.
London.
113. Sir Wm. Lovelace to Carleton. The Lord Chamberlain, Buckingham, Southampton, Montgomery, Sec. Lake, two Bishops, &c. going to Scotland with the King. If the Lord Chancellor recover, more bills will be preferred in the Star Chamber against him than have been against Sir Edw. Coke, who is still in great disfavour with His Majesty. A print is published in the Low Countries, of the King in his doublet and hose, with his pockets drawn out and hanging loose, and the inscription, "Have you any more townes to sell ?" The Bp. of Spalato has presented several sheets of his work to the King, who thinks it learned; but has not given him any living for it. Sir Thos. Moore, Sir Robt. Vaughan, Sir Hen. Vane, and Sir Jas. Fullerton, sworn officers of the Prince's household. The French King's forces defeated by the Princes, and the Duke of Guise hurt. Rumours on the destination of the Spanish fleet, which is gathering. Sir Walter Raleigh is ready to sail.
March 12. 114. W. Easdall to Dr. Lambe, Chancellor of Peterborough. Notice of old books in his possession. His Lord [the Bp. of Peterborough ?] is absent at the christening of Lord Haddington's child.
March 12.
London.
115. Sir Thos. Smythe to the Council. Has assembled the Companies, as required, to consult them about a fund towards defraying the expenses of a fleet against the Turkish pirates. They think 20,000l. a year for two years might be raised from merchants, but leave the directions to the Council.
March 12? 116. List of names [of merchants; those with whom Sir Thos. Smythe conferred ?].
March 12.
Westminster.
Grant to Sir Fulk Greville of purchase of lands, &c. in the town of Warwick, value 1,000l. Latin. [Sign Man., vol. VII., No. 29.]
March 12.
Westminster.
Grant to Jas. Elliott, servant to the Prince, on surrender of Hen. Larkyn, of Westminster, of 50l. per ann. [Ibid., No. 30.]
March 12.
Westminster.
Warrant for payment to Sir Patrick Murray, appointed Keeper of Theobalds Parks, in the room of Miles Whytakers, deceased, and to And. Bussey, Keeper of Cheshunt Park, co. Middlesex, of sums necessary for repairing the parks, and for providing food for the deer. [Ibid., No. 31.]
March 12.
Westminster.
Grant to Sir Robt. Carr, Gentleman of the Bedchamber to the Prince, of a pension of 300l. [Ibid., No. 32.]
March 12.
Westminster.
Grant to Jas. Maxwell, in reversion after Sir Rich. Coningsby, of the office of Gentleman Usher and Black Rod Bearer at St. George's Feast. Latin. [Ibid., No. 33.]
March 12.
Westminster.
Grant to Fergus Graham alias Plumpe, of Saerke alias Sirke, co. Cumberland, of pardon for life only, for manslaughter of John Maxwell, late Provost of Dumfries, committed thirty years since, during which time he has been abroad. Latin. [Ibid., No. 34.]
March 12.
Westminster.
Grant to Lord Aubigny and Roger Wood, in consideration of a bond for 2,500l. to be paid by the former of 40,693l. 4s. 8½d. decreed to be paid by Geo. Leicester and Anne his wife, late wife and executrix of Urian Babington, of London, and others, for moneys paid to Babingtoh for provision of soldiers' apparel in Ireland, of which he defrauded the Crown. [Ibid., No. 35.]
March 12.
Westminster.
Re-grant to the Earl of Buckingham of the manors of Beamont, Oakley, and others, co. Essex, escheated to the Crown by Somerset's attainder, which Lord Darcy, of Chiche, holds for life; also of the manor of Fleet and other lands, co. Lincoln, as part of the value for Sherborne, and in lieu of the manor of Taynton Magna, co. Gloucester, which is found to be granted to another. [Ibid., No. 36.]
March 13.
Westminster.
Warrant to the Lord Treasurer and others to renew the duties of 16d. per cloth, and 2s. per pound on Northern cloth, which were discontinued by the late Queen during pleasure, and have not been renewed since the King's accession; with pardon of the arrears; Sir Robt. Lloyd, Admiral to the Queen, and Thos. Murray, Secretary to the Prince, appointed Collectors of the said Customs, for twenty one years, with one third of the profits. [Ibid., No. 37.]
March 13.
Westminster.
Grant to Lord Aubigny of 5,000l. as a free gift. [Sign Man., vol. VII., No. 38.]
March 13.
Westminster.
Grant to Abraham Williams of the next reversion of a Clerkship of the Signet, after the placing of Sir Hum. May and John More. [Ibid., No. 39.]
March 13.
Westminster.
Grant to Sir Rowland Egerton of the dignity of a Baronet. Drawn after His Majesty's second declaration. Latin. [Ibid., No. 40.]
March 13.
Westminster.
Grant to Mary Lady Helwys, widow of Sir Gervase Helwys, for her jointure, of the manor house and part of the manor of Worlaby, co. Lincoln, with remainder to Sir Wm. Helwys. Also grant to Sir Wm. Helwys of the said manor of Worlaby, co. Lincoln, Saunby, co. Notts, and all other lands and goods which came to the King by the attainder of Sir Gervase Helwys, saving the fifth part of the marsh lands lately granted to him. Latin. [Ibid., No. 41.]
March 13.
Westminster.
Grant to Robt. Pye of all moneys above 3,000l. yearly, arising by the imposition of 3d. in the pound on Merchant Strangers' goods, on the expiration of a former grant of the same to Sir Lionel Cranfield. [Ibid., No. 42.]
March 13.
Westminster.
Grant to Sir John Spilman, Jeweller, of patent for making a new and more pleasant kind of playing cards, with proviso of revocation if found prejudicial. [Ibid., No. 43.]
March 13.
Westminster.
Discharge to the Treasurer and Chancellor of the Exchequer, for delivering an imperfect warrant for timber trees out of Chopwell Wood, to repair the bridge at Berwick; and warrant to continue such delivery as long as necessary. [Ibid., No. 44.]
March 13.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to John Williams and others 6,815l. 6s. 8½d. for gold and silver plate for new year's gifts, presents to Ambassadors, and for the King's use; also for payments for carriage of the same, for cutlery, &c. [Ibid., No. 45.]
March 13. 117. Edw. Palavicino to Carleton. Begs to serve him in place of Mr. Sherburn, who is admitted Secretary to Lord Keeper Bacon. Will give security for faithful service. The King stands godfather to the child of Lady Fielding, sister to Buckingham. Sir Edw. Conway is appointed to review the island of Jersey, for redress of abuses in religion, &c.
March 13 ? 118. List of noblemen, &c. appointed to attend the King on his progress to Scotland.
March 13 ? 119. Thos. Wilson to the King. Prays for the next Mastership of Requests. It was promised to him the last year, but Sir Lionel Cranfield has been admitted instead. Could do better service than being always buried amongst the papers.
March 14.
Westminster.
120. Commission to the Archbp. of Canterbury, Lord Keeper Bacon, and others, for the creation of Baronets. The number in all not to exceed two hundred. The commission to expire in the February next ensuing.
March 14. 121. Account of the receipt of the Low Country money, 166,628l., and of the issues made therefrom.
March 14.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Robt. Hay, Groom of the Bedchamber, 450l. in lieu of the stipends of his office, amounting to 150l. per ann. [Sign Man., vol. VII., No. 47.]
March 14.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Jas. Chambers, one of the King's physicians, 250l. as a free gift. [Ibid., No. 48.]
March 14.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Lady Jane Roxburgh, Lady of the Bedchamber to the Queen, 3,000l, as a free gift for long and faithful service. [Ibid., No. 49.]
March 14.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Philip Earl of Montgomery 4,000l., as the King's gift, from the Court of Wards and Liveries. [Ibid., No. 50.]
March 14. Commission to the Treasurer, &c. of the Exchequer, for levying funds due upon alienations of lands in Wales and elsewhere, with limitations. [Grant Bk., p. 198.]
March 14. Grant to Edw. Wotton of the third part of the profit upon fines for alienation of lands in Wales and elsewhere. [Ibid., p. 225.]
March 14. Grant to Thos. Coventry of the office of Solicitor General, during pleasure. [Ibid., p. 197.]
March 14. Award between the Earl of Cumberland, and the Earl and Countess of Dorset, and Hen. Lord Clifford, concerning the estating of divers lands, &c., cos. York and Westmoreland, and payment of money. [Ibid., p. 194.]
March 14. Grant to Sir John Villiers of the reversion of the barony of Whaddon. [Ibid., p. 187.]
[March 15]. Grant to Margaret Countess of Nottingham of an annuity of 600l., to Chas. Howard, jun., of 500l., and to Anne Howard of 250l. out of the new impositions on merchandise, all inalienable, and to commence from the death of Lord Admiral Nottingham, who has two pensions, amounting to 27,000l., from the said impositions. [Sign Man., vol. VIII., No. 85.]
March 15.
London.
122. Chamberlain to Carleton. The new Lord Keeper keeps great state. Sir Robt. Mansell married at Denmark House to Mrs. Roper, one of the Queen's Maids of Honour. Sir John Smith knighted; also three of the Farmers of the Customs, and the Lord Mayor; the King thanked them for their forwardness in the loan of 100,000l., which he borrowed of the City, though it is not yet raised. Sir Noel Caron offers 20,000l. from Dutch merchant strangers; 60,000l. worth of jewels are pledged, and the Farmers [of Customs] promise 50,000l. The journey to Scotland disliked by both nations, and very costly. Complaints against St. Sauveur, by Sir John Peyton, Governor of Jersey. Sir Edw. Conway and Dr. [Wm.] Bird gone to investigate. The Spanish Ambassador had well nigh overthrown Raleigh's voyage. The Spanish match said to be half made. Sir John Digby complained of, as speaking too much Spanish. Had Lord Coke consented to marry his daughter with Sir John Villiers, he might have been Chancellor, but he stuck at 10,000l., and 1,000l. a year, saying he would not buy the King's favour too dear.
March 15.
Philip Lane.
123. Examination of Edw. Dawson, of the Angel, Gracious Street, London. Delivered three letters to the Recorder's servant. Does not know Clement Richardson nor Hen. Snell, mentioned in the letters. Annexed are,
123. i. Hen. Snell to his cousin, Mr. Dawson, of the Angel, Gracious Street. Begs him to keep the enclosed writing till sent for. Sandwich, Monday.
123. ii. Geo. Conyers to Fras. Tregean, in the Fleet. Requests him to pay 17l. 12s., which he owes him, to the bearer, Lawrence Richardson. Jan. 22, 1617 [1618 ?].
123. iii. Clement Richardson, alias Hen. Snell, to his cousin. He and Clesby were arrested at Sandwich, for refusing the Oath of Allegiance, and have been in prison thirteen days. Begs him to effect their delivery through some servant of Lord Zouch. They would give 10l. for it.
March 15.
Westminster.
Grant to the Earl of Suffolk of liberty to have a small pipe for conveying water to Suffolk House, inserted into the main pipe from Hyde Park to Westminster Palace. [Sign Man., vol. VII., No. 51.]
March 15. Warrant dormant to the Council to reprieve such convicted felons as, for strength of body, shall be thought fit to be employed in foreign discoveries, or other service beyond seas. [Ibid., No. 52.]
March 16.
Theobalds.
Grant to Sir Ralph Winwood and his son Richard, of the Keepership of the House and Park of Ditton, co. Bucks, with reversion to the heirs male of Sir Ralph. [Ibid., No. 53.]
March 16.
Whitehall.
124. Petition of Hen. Gibb to the King, for the forfeiture of the recognizance by which Sir Thos. Henly pledged himself that the lands of his father were truly stated, he being then the King's ward, although he had fraudulently conspired with Sir Thos. Roberts and Robt. Sheppard to conceal and withhold from His Majesty the profits of the manor of Cheyne Court, co. Kent, which his father held. With reference thereon.
March 16.
London.
125. Matthew de Quester to Carleton. Arrangements relative to the transmission of letters; begs for a line stating their receipt, and for the carriage of his Lordship's private packets. The Prince gone with the King to Huntingdon.
March 17. 126. Edw. Sherburn to [the Same]. The King gone to Theobalds; the Queen and Prince have taken their leave of him; but the Council who are to remain in England attend his Majesty, till his visiting is over. Death of the Lord Chancellor; an hour before, the King sent the Lord Keeper to promise him forthwith an Earldom, the Presidency of the Council, and a pension of 3,000l. a year. He said it was too late for himself, but he should be grateful if the King would confer any of them on his son. Chief Justice Montague ill. Mr. Ben made Recorder. Sir And. Noel made a Baron, and Col. Packenham knighted.
March 17.
Royston.
Warrant to pay 198l. 13s. 4d. to the Earl of Buckingham, Master of the Horse, arrears due to him on his last account, and to advance to him 400l. for provision of horses. [Sign Man., vol. VII., No. 54.]
March 17.
Royston.
Grant to Sir Lionel Cranfield of annuity of 100l. for his office of Master of Requests, and other services. [Ibid., No. 55.]
March ? 127, 128. Form of Oath to be administered to a Master of Requests. Two copies.
March 17.
Westminster.
Royal assent for Dr. Nich. Felton, elected Bishop of Bristol. Latin. [Sign Man., vol. VII., No. 56.]
March ? 129. The Council to the King. Certify that the petition of Sir Art. Ingram for lands in the manor of Bromley, in exchange for others surrendered, and for money, is fitting, as he offers the full value of the lands.
March 17.
Royston.
Grant to Wm. Ferrers and others, for the benefit of Sir Art. Ingram, of certain messuages and lands in Bromley and Hackney, co. Middlesex, in lieu of certain tithes in Humbleton, co. York, which had been granted away before. Latin. [Sign Man., vol. VII., No. 58.]
March 17.
Westminster.
Commission, to continue till His Majesty's return out of Scotland, to the Archbp. of Canterbury, the Lord Keeper Bacon, and others, authorizing them to make commissions for the office of Provost Marshal; commissions for effecting business in Ireland; to perfect the Ecclesiastical Commission; to pass securities for loans to the King, and issue proclamations, if necessary. [Ibid., No. 59.]
March. 130. Copy of the above, dated Westminster, March 21.
March 18.
London.
131. Nath. Brent to Carleton. Presumes he is provided with a Secretary, and wishes now to remain in England. The Lord Chancellor died ten days after he resigned the Seals. The Lord Admiral dangerously ill. Sir John Digby goes at his own expense to Spain, as was agreed when he had Sherborne made over to him.
March 18.
Dover.
132. Peter Dibb to Rich. Younge. Great damage is done to the fishery by four or five trailers in the Bay of Hythe; requests orders for their repulse.
March 18.
Royston.
Grant to Fras. Merlin, of Ypres, Flanders, of denization. Latin. [Sign Man., vol. VII., No. 60.]
March 19. Grant to Wm. Earwood of the office of Gentleman Gaoler in the Tower, for life. [Grant Bk., p. 209.]
March 19.
London.
133. Matthew de Quester to Carleton. Recommends the bearer, Geo. Martyn.
March 20.
Sandwich.
134. Commissioners of the Passage at Sandwich to Lord Zouch. Have stayed John Atteo, and also Martin Clark, who was hiring sailors to go to the North Cape with his brother John Clark, of Dunkirk, a warrant having been sent to stay any persons connected with John Clark.
March 20.
Strand.
135. Geo. Gerrard to Carleton. Appointments in the Prince's household. Sir Allan Apsley made Lieutenant of the Tower by favour of Buckingham, he having married the sister-in-law of Sir Edw. Villiers. Old Lady Dorset ventures 2,000l., on condition of receiving twenty for one when the King converts the King of Spain from Popery. Riots of the apprentices on Shrove Tuesday. The King was much moved, and has ordered the city trained bands to be drawn up every May-day and Shrove Tuesday. Most of the rich merchants have concurred to furnish His Majesty with money for his progress into Scotland; those who held back being ordered to attend the Council at Lincoln, yielded, lest they should be carried into Scotland. The Earl of Northumberland keeps his daughter, Lady Lucy Percy, in the Tower, to secure her from the addresses of Lord Hay. Chancellor [Ellesmere] having received the 8,000l. for surrender of his place, petitioned the King daily for eight or ten days to allow him to resign, and at last refused to seal patents sent; on which the King visited him, found him weakened in mind and body, and sent for the Seal. His Majesty sealed with it a patent for licensing inns and victualling houses, and one for raising 100,000l. in a year from the King's woods, and then gave the Seal to Sir Fras. Bacon, who got it cheaply, Sir John Bennet having offered 30,000l. for it. Legal promotions. Mr. Ben succeeds [Sir Thos.] Coventry as Recorder of London. The King has restored to the Earl of Somerset lands of his own, value 1,000l. per ann., and a rent-charge of 3,000l. out of those in his Majesty's hands. The King is constantly showing favour to Buckingham and his family. Lord Audley dead. Lord Hay made a Councillor. Sir Walter Raleigh goes, after much opposition.
[March 20.] 136. [The King to the Council]. Having ruled his own kingdom in peace, and restored tranquillity to neighbouring nations, thinks it fitting to attempt the suppression of pirates, against whose ravages his merchants sadly complain. They are to consult thereon. If a fleet is sent, the Earl of Southampton is to be its Admiral, in consideration of the age and illness of the Earl of Nottingham.
March 20.
Westminster.
Warrants to the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex to enlarge Isaac Williams, condemned for coining, on condition of his perpetual banishment. [Sign Man., vol. VII., No. 61.]
March 20.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Sir Rich. Morrison 325l. 7s. 3d., for providing ordnance stores for furnishing the Fort of Plymouth and the Island of St. Nicholas. [Ibid., No. 62.]
March 20.
Westminster.
Warrant to discharge Thos. Bellingham and Brice Christmas, convicted before the King in the Star Chamber of duelling, from their fines of 1,000l. and their imprisonment, His Majesty wishing to signalize his entry into his Court of Judicature by an act of mercy. The prohibition to wear arms or approach the Court, and the injunction to make a public submission, are still to remain in force, for the sake of others. [Ibid., No. 63.]
March 20.
Westminster.
Warrant for increasing the monthly allowance to the Treasurer of the Navy for cordage, from 700l. to 900l. [Ibid., No. 64.]
March 20.
Westminster.
Warrant granted at the suit of Count Scarnaffi, Ambassador of Savoy, to liberate Wm. Danvers, Roger Walter, Nich. Johnson, and John Armstrong, prisoners in the Gate House for refusing the Oath of Allegiance, on condition of their immediate banishment. [Ibid., No. 65.]
March 22.
London.
137. Edw. Palavicino to Carleton. Professions of service. Rumoured death of Lord Chief Justice Montague, at Exeter, in his Western Circuit.
[March 23.] 138. Account of payments made by the Farmers of the Customs to the Cofferer of the Household, Master of the Wardrobe, the Exchequer, and for annuities, in 14 Jac. I.
March 23. Grant to Sir Robt., Sir Wm., and Sir Edw. Howard of all fines on original writs in the King's Bench, for life. [Grant Bk., p. 205.]
March 24. 139. Examination of Chris. Saker. Wm. Tomlyn told him he was called up as a witness against Napleton; that he had often reproved him for ill speaking; that he did not remember the particular words reported, and that being so long ago, if he had remembered them, he should keep it to himself.
March 24. 140. Examination of Wm. Saffery. Has heard Wm. Tomlyn call Thos. Napleton a traitor.
March 25. 141. Examination of Dorothy Saffery. Thos. Wood said that he heard Thos. Napleton say the King loved hunting and hawking so well that all would be nought one day.
March 25. 142. Examination of Wm. Dovers. Heard Thos. Wood make the above report of Napleton's speeches.
March 25.
Burley.
Grant to Sir Chas. Howard, in reversion after Fras and Wm. Reston, of the office of Keeper of New Lodge Walk, in Cranborne, Woodward of Cookham and Bray, co. Berks, and Riding Forester of Battells Bailiwick, Windsor Forest. Latin. [Sign Man., vol. VII., No. 68.]
March 25.
Westminster.
Warrant to erect an office for licensing pedlars and pettychapmen, on producing certificates of good behaviour and putting in good security; and appointing Abraham Williams, Fras. Blundell, Rowland Wynn, and others, as licensers, reserving a rent to the King of 1,000 marks after the first year. [Ibid., vol. VIII., No. 1.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Sir Wm. Segar, Principal King-at-Arms, 30l., for limning the patent of Prince Charles, and setting up his arms and style in a copper plate, gilt and engraven, at Windsor [as Knight of the Garter]. [Ibid., No. 2.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Grant to Wm. Glover, jun., of Oldbury, co. Warwick, of pardon, for felony. Latin. [Ibid., No. 3.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Rich. Watford, shipwright, 214l. 18s. 2d. for three new barges; to Clement Chapman, 37l. 12s. 2d. for work; and to Maximilian Coult, carver, 13l. 14s. 4d. for carving. [Ibid., No. 4.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Randolf Bull, Keeper of the Great Clock in the Palace of Westminster, 56l. 13s. 4d., for necessary repairs. [Ibid., No. 5.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Grant to Sir Mervin Touchet Lord Audley, on payment of 400l. to Wm. Heydon, of the King's reversion of the manor of Stowey and Stowey Parks, alias the Red Deer Park and the Fallow Deer Park, co. Somerset; the manor of Stalbridge, parcel of the late monastery of Sherborne, and the advowson of Stalbridge, co. Dorset; in part of the grant to Wm. Heydon, of 8,000l. entailed remainders. Latin. [Ibid., No. 6.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Warrant to Sir Rich. Molyneux, Receiver General of the Duchy of Lancaster, to pay 400l. to Lord Stanhope, Treasurer of the Chamber, the residue of 2,400l. per ann.; and signification that he shall pay to him only 1,500l. per ann., in future, the revenue of the Duchy being much diminished. [Ibid., No. 7.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Grant to John Sharpe, Minister, born in Scotland, of denization. Latin. [Ibid., No. 8.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Re-grant to Wm. Earl of Salisbury, of Cranborne Chace, cos. Dorset, Wilts, and Hants, on account of informality in the former grant. Latin. [Sign Man., vol. VIII., No. 9.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Grant, in reversion, to John Chapman, of a Clerkship of the Privy Seal, and of the Court of Requests, in reversion after Hugh Allington, Sir Thos. Clerk, Fras. Mills, and Edw. Reynoldes, the present Clerks, and after the placing of Edw. Anthony, Edw. Clerke, John Packer, Thos. Packer, and Jas. Mills, previous Reversioners. Latin. [Ibid., No. 10.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Warrant for payment of 15l. per ann. to Garter King-at-Arms, and to the youngest Herald for the time being, viz., 5l. for the maintenance of a register, and 10l. for repairs at the Office of Arms. [Ibid., No. 11.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Warrant for payment to Sir Fras. Bacon of fees as Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. [Ibid., No. 12.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Grant to the Merchants of the Staple, of confirmation of the Charter granted to them, 3 Eliz., with transfer of the staple for wools, assigned by the late Queen to Middleburgh, Bruges, and Bergen-op-Zoom, into divers cities and principal towns in England. Latin. [Ibid., No. 13.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Grant to the Mayor, Bailiffs, &c. of Thoxted, Essex, of enlargement of charter, and confirmation of former liberties. Latin. [Ibid., No. 14.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Grant to Sir Paul Banning, Sir Baptist Hicks, and Sir Wm. Herrick, of the fines for alienations, and the profits of the Hanaper, until the 7,500l. which they lent to the King be repaid with interest; 8,000l. to Sir Noel Caron, Robt. de la Bar, and Philip Jacobson, to be first paid out of the said fines. [Ibid., No. 15.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Re-grant to Thos. Emerson, at suit of Visct. Haddington, of the manors of New Langport and Sevans, and other lands in Kent, forfeited by Sir Hen. James for refusing the Oath of Allegiance; with addition to the former grant of a condition, that, if he be disturbed therein by Martin James, son of Sir Henry, a grant to the said Martin of the other lands of Sir Henry shall be void, and Emerson compensated therefrom. [Ibid., Nos. 16, 17.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Grant to Hector Johnston, for service to the Electress Palatine, of lease of the waste ground called Hay Hill, near Hyde Park, also of another small portion near Hyde Park Corner, with power to build thereon. Latin. [Ibid., No. 18.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Grant to Sir Wm. Segar, Garter, of 10l. per ann. increase of fees, above other commodities anciently belonging to that place. Latin. [Ibid., No. 19.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Like grant to Sir Rich. St. George, Norroy, of 20l. per ann. increase. [Sign Man., vol. VIII., No. 20.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Like grants to Ralph Brook, York Herald, Thos. Knight, Chester Herald, Hen. St. George, Richmond Herald, Sam. Thompson, Windsor Herald, and Wm. Benson, Lancaster Herald, of 13l. 6s. 8d. each per ann. increase. [Ibid., Nos. 21–25.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Like grants to Sampson Lennard, Bluemantle Pursuivant, Wm. Smith, Rouge Dragon, John Gwillim, Rouge Croix, and Philip Holland, Portcullis, of 10l. each per ann. increase. [Ibid., Nos. 26–29.]
March 27.
Whitehall.
143. Winwood to Lake. The apprentices have been tried and punished, as far as law permits. A proclamation ordering retirement into the country is needless, for the Londoners already say "magna civitas, magna solitudo." The Treasurer and Chancellor of the Exchequer have given in an account of how the borrowed moneys are employed in extraordinaries.
March 27. Grant of divers privileges to the Bailiffs and Burgesses of Bishop's Castle, co. Salop. [Grant Bk., p. 231.]
March 28. Grant to John Smith of a Gunner's place in the Tower, for life. [Ibid., No. 231.]
March 28.
Durham.
144. Warrant by the Bishop and Magistrates of Durham, for levying the fee of Capt. Hodson, Muster-master of the County Palatine of Durham, by an assessment of 2d. in the pound.
March 28.
Westminster.
Grant to Hugh May, on surrender of Sir Posthumus Hoby, of certain rents, tithes, &c., formerly appertaining to the Dean and Chapter of Rochester, and now payable to the King. [Sign Man., vol. VIII., No. 30.]
March 28.
Westminster.
Presentation of John Michaelson to the rectory of Chelmsford, co. Essex. Latin. [Ibid., No. 31.]
March 29. 145. Edw. Sherburn to [Carleton]. Private money affairs. Has got his warrant signed for the February allowance. The Earl of Arundel's pictures to be delivered to Inigo Jones. Sir John Bennet gone to Flanders.
March 29.
London.
146. Chamberlain to the Same. Death of the late Lord Chancellor on the 10th. His son solicits the earldom of Bridgewater, but the 20,000l. he offers for it is not enough. His father left 12,000l. per ann., with the character of being severe, implacable, an enemy to Parliaments, and a maintainer of exorbitant powers for the Chancery Court. He desired to be privately interred, and so has been taken to Cheshire. All his property left to his son. Sir Edw. Noel made a Baron by patent. The King now at Lincoln. Digby has taken leave for Spain. Lord Roos has returned, and gone to the King. The King of Spain gave him a jewel worth 5,000l. A commission of persons well affected to the Spanish business is appointed. The Virginian woman died at Gravesend on her return. Sir W. Raleigh has set out, and makes speed for fear of a countermand; it is a mere seeking his fortune; the Prince is no friend to the journey. A sermon preached before the Archbp. of Canterbury and certain other great Lords, at St. Paul's Cross, by Dr. Donne, who, in the discourse, did Queen Elizabeth "great right."
March 29.
Whitehall.
147. Winwood to [Lake]. The Merchant Adventurers will either pay 50,000l. to the King, or perform the contract treated with Lord Fenton, but this has dangerous exceptions. The cloth-workers and dyers threaten to cut the throats of the old Company, especially Sir Lionel Cranfield. The Lords are negociating with the old company to set them on work.
March ? 148. Petition of the handicraft cloth-workers and dyers in or about London to the King, that he would direct the Merchant Adventurers to employ them, for relief of their great distress.
March 29.
Lincoln.
149. Lake to Winwood. The King is very angry with Lord Carew, because the carts made in the Tower for his luggage prove defective. Reminds Lake of the proclamation for persons of quality to repair into the country, and for the establishing of Provost Marshals in the neighbourhood of London. His Majesty has made his entry into Lincoln, with a good show.
March 29.
Westminster.
Grant to Edm. Lisle of the Captaincy of Walmer Castle, in place of Wm. Boughton, deceased. Latin. [Sign Man., vol. VIII., No. 32.]
March 29.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to John Bill, Bookseller, in St. Paul's Churchyard, 469l. 11s., for books. [Ibid., No. 33.]
March 29.
Westminster.
Discharge for Sir Hen. Hobart, Chief Justice of Common Pleas, dispensing with that part of his oath of office which forbids him to give advice to, or take fees from, any but the King, so as to enable him to hold the office of Chancellor and Keeper of the Great Seal to the Prince of Wales, together with his former place. Latin. [Ibid., No. 34.]
March 29.
Westminster.
Warrant for allowance of 208l. 19s. 7¼d. to the Farmers of the Customs out of their rent, on account of certain wares transported custom-free. [Ibid., No. 35.]
March 29.
Westminster.
Indenture of covenant between the King and the Lord Privy Seal, concerning the making and delivery of saltpetre at the Tower, according to former rates, &c., with some differences from the former indentures. [Ibid., No. 36.]
March 29.
Westminster.
Grant to Robt. Treswell, Somerset Herald, of 13l. 6s. 8d. per ann., increase of salary. Latin. [Sign Man., vol. VIII., No. 37.]
March 29.
Westminster.
Like grant to Wm. Camden, Clarencieux, of 20l. per ann. increase. [Ibid., No. 38.]
March 29.
Westminster.
Revocation of Letters Patent granted to Sir Hen. Hobart, Bart., appointing him Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas. Latin. [Ibid., No. 39.]
March 29.
Westminster.
Grant to Sir Wm. Anstruther of the benefit of a bond of 5,000l., given to the King by Esme Stuart, Lord Aubigny, and Roger Wood, for their payment of 2,500l. before March 25, 1618, in case the bond be forfeited. [Ibid., No. 40.]
March 30.
Lincoln.
Grant, in perpetuity, to Barth. Rogers and his heirs, on surrender of a joint patent to Barth. Rogers, Edw. Hill, and Rich. Ellis, of the office of Usher of the Court of Wards and Liveries. Latin. [Ibid., No. 41.]
March 30 ? 150. Lake to Winwood. The King is much displeased at the staying of the proclamation for removal from London, which had been so solemnly resolved on in Council; no reason could allay his passion. He insists that it proceed forthwith. He has signed a Privy Seal for 100l. to be given to the French violins.
March 31.
Westminster.
151. Thos. Watson to Lake. Has advised Mr. Long to surrender his patent, and throw himself on Lake's courtesy, but he will not consent. Fears he [Watson] may be blamed, because a greyhound which he seized for catching a hare proves to be the Queen's.
March 31. 152. Account book of sums owing for stores, wages, &c. in the office of Ordnance for the past quarter.
March 31 ? 153. Allowance for a herald's coat, as it stands upon account in the wardrobe.
March 31.
Westminster.
154. The King to the Officers of the Exchequer. Warrant to pay the increase in the yearly fees granted to the heralds, and the allowance for reparation of their house.
March ? 155. Account of goods taken by pirates, near Portugal, from the Seraphine of Exmouth, Oct. 9, 1616, and of the damage sustained thereby; total 866l. 4s.
March ? 156. Information of Rich. Foster to Sir Ralph Winwood, that having repented of his former evil courses, he will reveal the names of the many thieves who have infested the North since the death of the Earl of Dunbar, and of their Popish supporters; on condition of protection from his former friends, who seek the lives of all whom they suspect of betraying them.
March ? 157. List by the Same of twenty-seven thieves and unruly persons in Northumberland, all of whom are dependents or servants of Sir Hen. Wodrington and Roger Wodrington. Were all such persons banished, the country would be as peaceable as ever.
[March.] 158. Petition of Gerard Malines and his sons to Lord Zouch, for his influence at the Council in their relief, in a dispute with the Countess of Bedford, who has coined new farthing tokens, whereby they are in danger of losing 2,000l. spent in the former tokens, and 500l. worth of copper prepared, and are also unjustly excluded from the work. [See Feb. 18, 1619.]
March. Grant to Wm. Earl of Pembroke, for the use of the Earl of Montgomery, of a yearly rent of 900l., arising out of lands of the late Lord Dormer, which are in the King's hands during the minority of the present Lord Dormer. [Sign Man., vol. VIII., No. 42.]