James 1 - volume 118: December 1620

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: James I, 1619-23. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1858.

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December 1620

Dec. 1. 1. Thos. Lord Windsor to the Council. Is unable to contribute to the Palatinate, being heir to an estate so decreased and burdened with debt that he has the title without the profits of inheritance.
Dec. 2. 2. Thos. Locke to Carleton. The King is much moved at the taking of Prague, and will at once send off help to the Princes of the Union. Chief Justice Montague gives 20,000l. for a Viscountcy and the Treasurership.
Dec. 2.
Charing Cross.
Sir Robt. Naunton to Carleton. Chief Justice Montague gone to Newmarket to be ennobled, and receive the Treasurership; the Attorney of the Court of Wards [Sir Jas. Ley] is to succeed him. The Master of the Wards will marry a relative of the Lord Admiral. The Attorney General is displaced, fined, and sent to the Tower. [Holl. Corresp., Dec. 2, 1620.]
Dec. 2. Commission to Fras. Lord Verulam, Lord Chancellor, to discover abuses in the unlawful transportation of brass and iron ordnance. [Grant Bk., p. 291.]
Dec. 3. Licence to Peter House, Cambridge, to purchase lands and tenements not exceeding the yearly value of 100l. [Ibid., p. 337.]
Dec. 3. 3. Thos. Locke to Carleton. The Spanish Ambassador has desired a strong guard for his protection, which has been granted. The Lords are sitting about the borrowing of money.
Dec. 3.
4. John Philpot to Nicholas. Lord Zouch's letter in favour of Mr. Thurstone received an easy despatch; though the people are factious and grumbling, they recognize superior authority. Hopes for his Lordship's confirmation of the Society of Mercers.
Dec. 4.
5. Order [in the Common Council of London] for a meeting of certain Aldermen, &c., at Guildhall, the following Monday, to consider the affairs of the City, and for another on St. Stephen's day.
Dec. 4.
6. Wm. Ward to Nicholas. Will wait for his debt from Mr. Hill; frees Mr. Knott from his promise to pay him the money he owes to Mr. Hill.
Dec. 4.
7. Thos. Fulnetby to the Same. A bond of indemnity in 400l. is to be taken for the Lord Warden, from the Master of the Margaret of Scotland. Lord Wotton's men make such havoc that unless some order is taken, few will venture to save goods.
Dec. 5. Grant to Wm. Ramsay of the office of Captain of the forts of Holy and Ferne Islands, for life. [Grant Bk., p. 303.]
Dec. 5. Warrant for allowance to the Duke of Lenox, of 450l., the half-year's rent of French and Gascony wines, payable by the executors of the late Sir John Dackombe. [Docquet.]
Dec. 5. Discharge to Thos. Phelips for 1,100l., due on his being created a Baronet. [Docquet.]
Dec. 6. 8. Commissioners for the Navy to Sir Fulk Greville. The makers of the carriages for the ordnance of the two new built pinnaces, &c. will not deliver them up without payment, which is 80l. The victual ships cannot go without the pinnaces to guard them, therefore immediate orders are required, or the service will be much hindered.
Dec. 6.
9. Mayor of Winchelsea to Lord Zouch. Complains of unfair canvassing in the town for the election of Mr. Amscombe, a lawyer, who is unacquainted with the customs and liberties of the ports. Desires his recommendation of Capt. Berry, of Lydd, or Sir Thos. Finch, who understand the interests of the town, &c.
Dec. 6. 10. Receipts by the Gunners and others, of Dover Castle, of their year's pay.
Dec. 6. 11. List of contributions paid for defence of the Palatinate since Oct. 4, by sundry noblemen and gentlemen; total, 5,345l.
Dec. 7.
St. James's.
12. Hen. Lord Danvers to Carleton. Lord Treasurer Montague is created Viscount Mandeville, and Sir Hen. Carey, Comptroller, is to be a Viscount, which makes some persons hope for Carleton's revocation. Wants "one of those singular Anabaptist watches."
Dec. 7. 13. Thos. Lord Wentworth to the Council. Has already contributed according to his ability towards the Palatinate, and will forward a Parliamentary supply.
Dec. 7.
Dover Castle.
14. Sir Hen. Mainwaring to Lord Zouch. Lord Wotton has seized some of the wines in a ship wrecked on his lands near Sandwich. The question of his rights should be settled. Is to be elected burgess of Dover, but must first be made a freeman of the town. A gentleman has landed at Margate, who was at Prague during the battle, and he reports that the King of Bohemia lost but 2,000 men, and still holds the town.
Dec. 7. 15. Bond of Wm. Bonham, John Dade, and John Langham, of London, in 400l., to indemnify Lord Zouch for restoring the cargo of the ship Margaret, of Anderkeden in Scotland, wrecked in Sandwich Bay.
Dec. 7. Grant to Wm. Cutter of the place of one of the King's falconers. [Grant Bk., p. 337.]
Dec. 8.
16. Edw. Nicholas to Nich. Knott. Urges immediate payment of the 6l. which he owes Mr. Hill.
Dec. 9.
Sandown Castle.
17. Edw. Horne to Nicholas. Begs the remittance to himself of 20l. 15s. 9d. balance of his pay, which was to be received by Nicholas.
Dec. 9. 18. Information of Jas. Wilson, of St. Andrew's, Holborn. Rich. Lydall said the Spanish Ambassador would never die till he was hanged, and called him the Devil.
Dec. 10.
19. The Earl of Dorset to the Council. Was injured by his former large contribution in aid of the Palatinate, and laboured to incite others to give. His weak estate and many debts prevent his giving again.
Dec. 10. 20. Thos. Locke to Carleton. Has told Sir Thos. Lowe Carleton's opinion in favour of Delft, and the Company [of Merchant Adventurers] incline to it. The King gives them leave to remove, if he approve the time and place. Sir Albert Morton gone with 30,000l. to the Princes of the Union, and with offers of all the King can do for recovery of the Palatinate.
Dec. 10.
21. Rich. Marsh to Nicholas. Desires Lord Zouch's letters of nominations for the burgesses of each town to be chosen by him, as, until their election, the second burgess cannot be chosen. Sends a book of collections concerning the Earl of Essex.
Dec. 11.
22. Sir Hen. Mainwaring to Lord [Zouch]. Lord Wotton, the Dean and Chapter [of Canterbury], and Sir Hen. Carey, all challenge a property in certain wrecks. His Lordship's rights will be called in question. Asks instructions for their defence.
Dec. 12.
Dover Castle.
23. The Same to [the Same]. Has sent for the Deputy of Birchington, who allowed passengers to land without taking the oath. Business matters. The body of Capt. Roper, Lady Mansell's brother, who died at Lisbon, is brought on shore.
Dec. 13.
Dover Castle.
24. The Same to [the Same]. Sends certain papers, and has committed the fellow to prison, and also the Deputy of Birchington, who is sorry for unwittingly omitting to tender the oath. A servant of the French King has landed, and posts to London on business. Incloses,
24. i. Robt. Pudner to John Bengo, Mayor of Dover. Sends John Parkinson [alias Clapton], landed from Dunkirk, who refuses the Oath of Allegiance, and two letters found in his stocking. Margate, Dec. 12.
24. ii. Thos. Coniers to And. Allen. Begs him to deliver a letter inclosed, &c. Has sent money to Mr. Smyth for John Raine. Mr. Burdon is to be asked for the Imitation of Christ, a book which he lent him, and Mr. Kinsman for a book in defence of the mass. Dec. 4.
24. iii. The Same to Mr. Fetherstone. Begs him to apply to his father for some money for him. Is succeeding well in business. Dec. 4.
24. iv. Thos. Apelby [alias Coniers] to Roger Smyth. Begs intelligence of Mr. Morley, Mr. Catesby, and Mr. Raine. Nov. 24.
24. v. Examination of John, son of Wm. Clapton, co. York. Was at no English school; has been twice abroad, in France, Brussels, and Douay, but has taken no order. Thinks Constable, now in Dover Castle, is neither priest nor Jesuit. The letters found in his boot were given him by Mr. Parker at Douay; returned home to seek subsistence. Refuses the Oath of Allegiance. Dover, Dec. 13.
Dec. 13.
Charing Cross.
25. Sir Robt. Naunton to [Sir Geo. Calvert]. Yesterday the Lord Treasurer took his oath at York House. The Council are of their former opinion about the suit for ingrossing wills. To-morrow they meet about the preparation for Parliament. Letters from the continent. The King of France expected at Calais. Marshal de Cadenat is to be sent over to calumniate those of the religion, and to propose Mdme. Henriette for the Prince. Difficulty in collecting the contribution for Bohemia. The City would rather give 5,000l. from the common stock, than 5l. from their separate purses.
Dec. 13 ? 26. List [by Lord Zouch] of six gentlemen whom he promised to offer to the Cinque Ports for burgesses this Parliament, and of five more whom he promised to place if they failed elsewhere.
Dec. 14.
27. Buckingham to Lord Zouch. The King would have been glad to have the men whom he recommended placed [as burgesses], but will be content with his Lordship's appointments, not doubting that he will choose persons serviceable to His Majesty.
Dec. 14. Grant to Sir Hen. Montague of the Treasurership of the Exchequer, during pleasure. [Grant Bk., p. 301.]
Dec. 15.
Lincoln's Inn.
28. John Hollis Lord Houghton to the Council. Has already shown his zeal for the Palatinate by fitting out his son for the service, and still maintaining him there; cannot do more.
Dec. 16. 29. Extracts from the records of Dover, proving admission to the freedom of the town to be customary for those who are to be chosen Barons of Parliament.
Dec. 16. 30. Locke to Carleton. Wagers are laid that Prague is not lost. Sir Lionel Cranfield is resolved to pay Ambassadors. The Lord Treasurer is gone in state to Westminster to take his oath. Sir Fras. Nethersole has not written anything since the Battle of Prague. There are great efforts made to be members of Parliament. Sir Thos. Edmondes and Sir Julius Cæsar were thrown out for Middlesex, because the people could not have free access to Privy Councillors. The King is displeased that the Attorney in the Tower is chosen burgess for Northampton.
Dec. 18.
31. Earl of Kent to the Council. Has already given beyond his means towards the Palatinate, and will give from time to time, according to his small means, but excuses himself for the present.
Dec. 18.
32. Bp. of Chichester to the Same. Gave to Baron Dona above his ability, and being now in payment of his first fruits, begs for some breathing to gather more means, when his readiness shall appear.
Dec. 18.
33. [Lord Zouch] to [the Mayor, &c.] of Hastings. Recommends his servant, Sam. Moore, as one of their burgesses for the next Parliament. If he cannot be excused becoming a freeman, a commission must be sent to swear him, as he cannot be spared to go to the town.
Dec. 18.
34. [The Same to the Mayor and Jurats of] Rye. Similar recommendation of Emanuel Gifford, an able and worthy gentleman, as their burgess.
Dec. 18. 35. Note of anticipations made on certain heads of the revenue for the years 18 and 19 Jac. I.; total 63,636l.
Dec. 19.
36. Bp. of Peterborough to the Council. Will contribute as much as he can for the Palatinate, when he comes up to Parliament.
Dec. 19. Creation of Sir Hen. Montague to the rank of Baron Kimbolton, of Kimbolton, co. Hants, and Visct. Mandeville. [Grant Bk., p. 301.]
Dec. 22. Grant to Lionel Lord Cranfield of all alienation fines in Chancery, and other fines, for seven years, for the rent of 1,000 and odd pounds. [Ibid., p. 337.]
Dec. 22.
37. Examination of Alex. Whillegge, of North Petherton, co. Somerset. Met Edw. Cadwallader at John Harris' house, Bridgewater, and said in conversation that if Parliament tried to expel or imprison Papists, there would be a stir in England, for great men would be on their side; also that his grandchildren would not see Papists expelled from England. Did not say that the Papists would rise suddenly, or that there would be as many on one side as the other.
Dec. 22.
38. Information of John Harris of Bridgewater. In a conversation with Whillegge, Cadwallader said he hoped Parliament would summon or imprison recusants, and Whillegge replied, that would make as much stir in England as there is in Bohemia; also that there would be as many on their side as the other, &c.
Dec. 22.
39. Chamberlain to Carleton. Hopes the Court of Wards will favour Lady Smith, Sir Geo. Smith having died a volunteer in the King's service. Lady Lake is released from the Tower on making submission to Lady Exeter, and giving bond for her appearance in the Star Chamber. A Dutch East India ship is detained at Plymouth, in the Lord Admiral's name. Sir Albert Morton sent to the Princes of the Union, but the medicine may come too late; the Prince has also written to them. The King ordered the Bishop of London to warn his clergy not to meddle with the Spanish match, or other matters of state, in their sermons, but they do not obey. The City think it hard that though their loan of 100,000l. is still retained without interest, and a contribution given for Bohemia, another large loan is asked; they compromise it by giving 10,000l., and will sell plate and dispense with their feasts till it is paid. In spite of penury, there is to be a masque at Court this Christmas. The King is coming in from Theobalds, to receive the French Ambassador, Marshal Cadenat, who comes with a suite of 400 or 500.
Dec. 23. 40. Chris. Lord Teynham to Sir Clement Edmondes. Cannot contribute any large sum for the Palatinate without selling his land, or borrowing, having to pay his late father's legacies, and the portions of daughters, from his small estate.
Dec. 23.
41. John Boyse, Dean of Canterbury, to the Same. Is coming to London, and will then pay what he can afford for the Palatinate.
Dec. 23. 42. Return, by John Bond, Messenger, of answers given to him by the Earls of Kent and Salisbury, Lords Houghton, St. John of Bletsoe, Spencer, Mordaunt, and Denney, the Bps. of Lincoln and Peterborough, and Deans of Durham and Worcester, touching the contribution for the Palatinate.
Dec. 23? 43. Similar memoranda of the answers of the Earls of Bridgewater and Warwick, Visct. Purbeck, Bps. of London and Ely, Lords Abergavenny, Peterborough, Danvers, Knyvet and Russell, and the Dean of Ely.
Dec. 23 ? 44. Similar note of the answers of Lords Say, Chandos, and Norris, the Bp. of Oxford, and Dean of Christchurch, Oxford.
Dec. 23 ? 45. Similar note, by Hen. Kyme, of the answers of the Bps. of London, Rochester, and Llandaff, and the Deans of Durham, Westminster, and St. Paul's. The Dean of Rochester is sick, and cannot answer.
Dec. 23.
46. Submission of Jas. Maxwell to the Council. Retracts his pamphlet, as containing rash and presumptuous words, displeasing to God and the King, and is ready to burn it, if required.
Dec. 24. 47. Thos. Fulnetby to Lord Zouch. The merchants complain of the contests between Lord Wotton and Sir Hen. Carey, for certain wrecked goods, which were always before considered to belong to the Lord Warden. These disputes prevent the savers going to sea to rescue goods.
Dec. 24.
48, 49. Notes of instructions to the Solicitor General, to draw up a patent to Sackville Crow, for the sole making of iron ordnance for the shipping of the kingdoms, except for His Majesty's service, on condition of his setting unemployed bowmakers to work, keeping the market on Tower Hill supplied, and not raising the price to above 13l. per ton, &c. Indorsed, with note [by Calvert], that the instructions were delivered to himself by the King, in the presence and on the motion of the Lord Admiral. Two papers.
Dec. 24.
Proclamation against lavish and licentious speech in matters of state, ordering all to exercise "modest and reverent regard of matters above their reach." All who hear such speeches are to report them within twenty-four hours, to some of the Council, on pain of imprisonment and His Majesty's high displeasure, and the first offenders will be made an example of. Printed. [Proc. Coll., No. 87.]
Dec. 25.
50. Fras. Willisford to Lord Zouch. A French Ambassador has landed with a great train. Has not fired a salute, having no instructions, and declined showing them the fortress. They are entertained as well as the town can afford.
Dec. 26.
51. Sir H. Mainwaring to the Same. Is not to blame that warrants were not served on the men of Lord Wotton and Sir Hen. Carey. Does not seek the favour of either, but depends solely on his Lordship. It was through Mr. Fulnetby's negligence that it was not done. Protests his fidelity and freedom from corruption. Asks release of the deputy of Birchington, whose error was of ignorance. Incloses,
51. i. Rich. Marsh to Sir Hen. Mainwaring. Was unable to draw out the warrants for the servants of Lord Wotton and Sir H. Carey, because Mr. Fulnetby sent neither the names of the offenders nor their offences, and yet finds fault that the warrants are not sent. Wishes Fulnetby would give fuller instructions than a mere name on a scrap of paper, because when persons are apprehended, there is nothing to charge them with. Dover, Dec. 25.
Dec. 26.
52. Lord Howard of Effingham to Sir Robt. Naunton. Cannot contribute for the Palatinate. His father being alive, and his brother having unjustly left away from him his whole estate, has scarcely enough to maintain his honour and pay his debts, but will gladly serve in person.
Dec. 27.
53. The Earl of Leicester to the Council. Cannot contribute to the Palatinate, his debts, after long service at Court, being very great.
Dec. 27. 54. Locke to Carleton. Lord Arundel is gone to meet the French Ambassador at Gravesend. Capt. North has returned, having heard nothing of the proclamation against him. Dean Everard prayed that we might be delivered from the Catholic King, as we are from Catholic bishops, these holidays. The Attorney General is still in the Tower. Lady Lake is licensed to live with her husband at Canons, but must return to the Tower if she do not make her submission next term.
Dec. 27.
55. Commissioners for the repair of sea breaches in Norfolk, to the Council. Though their task of repairing the breaches is satisfactorily completed, they are much in debt, being forced, from the opposition of the great landowners to the tax laid on them, to prosecute the work at their own expense. Have erected piers which defend the banks from the beating of the waves, but which were much injured by the last tempest; the want of money to repair them and reimburse themselves, compels them to send in the names of defaulters who will not pay. Complain that their commission is spoken of as a foul business; request the auditing of their accounts, and release from their office.
Dec. 27. 56. Order in Council to the messenger, Rich. Lydall, to repair to certain lords, and bring back their answers relative to the contributions for the Palatinate.
[Dec.] 57. Notes of replies given to the messenger sent to demand an answer touching contributions for the Palatinate by the Earls of Dorset and Leicester, Visct. Montague, Lords Effingham, Darcy, Dacre, and Teynham, Bp. of Chichester, and Deans of Canterbury and Chichester. The Dean of Rochester is dead.
[Dec.] 58. Similar notes of replies given by the Marquis [of Winchester ?]. Earl of Castlehaven, Bp. of Salisbury, and Lords Arundel of Wardour and Sandys.
[Dec.] 59. Note of replies sent by the Earls of Rutland, Sussex, Northampton, Castlehaven, Salisbury, and Northumberland, and by Lord Spencer, with names of other nobles who were out of town.
[Dec.] 60. Lists of the Nobility, Bishops, and Deans who have paid in their moneys; of those who answered that they have already contributed to Baron Dona; of those who excuse themselves, on account of disability; of those who have promised to pay but have not yet paid; and of those who have made no answer.
Dec. 28.
61. Proclamation for the prorogation of Parliament from Jan. 16 to Jan. 23, 1621.
Dec. 28. Copy of the above. Printed. [Proc. Coll., No. 88.]
Dec. 28.
62. Cornelius Fish, Chamberlain of London, to Sir Clement Edmondes. The Court desire a special warrant from the Council, as to whom to pay the money now collecting by the City of London towards the Palatinate.
Dec. 30. 63. Locke to Carleton. Proposals of the Archbp. of Spalato to secure the lease of Wraysbury for Carleton. The great danger is lest [And.] Windsor should obtain the King's letters for it. So many offer for it that the prebends will not accept a less fine than 300l. The French Ambassador arrived at Somerset House, with a train so large that some of the seats at Westminster Hall had to be pulled down, to make room at their audience.
Dec. 30. Creation of Sir Wm. Fielding to the rank of Baron [Fielding of] Newnham, co. Warwick. [Grant Bk., p. 319.]
Dec. 30.
On board the Admiral.
64. Sir Robt. Mansell to Capt. John Pennington, of the Zouch Phœnix. He is to survey his provisions, to forbid sailors to sell any portion of their victuals when they come ashore, and to reduce the allowances till fresh supplies arrive.
Dec. 31.
65. Sir H. Savile to Carleton. There are two difficulties about Wraysbury, viz., to hinder And. Windsor from obtaining the King's letter for it, and to persuade the prebends to a reasonable fine, 400l. being offered by Windsor, and more by others. Advises him to come over about it.
Dec. ? 66, 67. Petition of Anne Lady Mildmay, widow of Sir Thos. Mildmay, and her three children, to the Council. State the injury done to them by Wm. Bradshaw, of St. Dogmells [co. Pembroke], in detaining from them the interest of certain moneys, and refusing to submit to the adjudication of the Solicitor General for their repayment. Request that he may either pay the money, or surrender his land for the debt. Two copies.
Dec. ? 68. Copy of the statements in the above petition.
Dec. ? 69. Petition of Wm. Bradshaw to the Council. Has answered Lady Mildmay's unjust allegations; prays that the wrong his reputation sustains may be righted.
Dec. 31. 70. Sir Julius Cæsar and Sir Thos. Coventry to [the Council]. Find that the late Sir Thos. Mildmay, having wasted a fair estate, left the remainder of it in the hands of Mr. Bradshaw, whose son [Edmund] married his daughter, on assurance of his land for payment of principal and interest; that the assurance made by Bradshaw was faulty, and he refused to pay the interest, the only means of the family's support, and, being sued therefor, failed to comply with a compromise effected by mediation between them. Recommend that Bradshaw and his son be bound to pay both principal and interest.
Dec. ? 71. Petition of Wm. Sanderson [and others] to the Council, for redress against Geo. French, who has levied nearly 1,600l. upon them, under pretence of arrears for neglect of suit service to the manor of Tickhill, in the Duchy of Lancaster, no such service being known or demanded in memory of man. His exactions are made on the meaner sort of people, in order to avoid questioning, and he keeps all he gets, and gives in no accounts. He has done the same in other places, so that the poor are oppressed, and the King robbed of his profit.
[Dec.] 72. Note of charges against John Evelyn, for non-fulfilment of his contract with the Commissioners for Ordnance, relative to delivery of gunpowder at the Tower, which he excuses on the ground that the agreement is not ratified.
[Dec.] 73, 74. Accounts, by John Evelyn, of saltpetre received and gunpowder manufactured by him, and delivered to the Tower, since the Earl of Worcester relinquished his patent, Feb. 17,1620. Two papers.

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75. Nic. Dor. to his loving grandmother, Lady Counst[able ?] at Burton. Thanks for her kindness.
76. The Same to his loving Mother. Wishes to have a letter from her, when she can secure a safe bearer; many sent are never received.
77. A. R. [Ambrose Randolph] to [Sir Thos. Wilson], his fatherin-law. Reproaches him with sundry breaches of promise, in respect to the manor of Dalmonds, and other money matters. Declines to live with him.
78. Description and valuation of the manor of Dalmonds. Indorsed by [Wilson], "Private letters and business of divers sorts."
79. [Thos. Greene to Father Leander]. Cannot justly be blamed for not obeying the Pope's precept against the Oath of Allegiance, it being founded on manifest untruths. Defends "The New Year's Gift" and its author. Careful proceedings of the University of Paris in condemning works. Only wishes to please the King as far as is acceptable to God. Argues that those who oppose the Oath of Allegiance cannot defend the King. Arguments thereon. [See Feb. 26, 1621.]
Bath. 80. H. Percy to [Edw. Nicholas]. Thanks for forwarding his letters.
81. Request from [Gilbert Lord Gerard] that if he die in his intended voyage, the wardship of his son may be committed to his cousin Thos. Lord Windsor, and his brother Wm. Gerard, for fear of the malice of the boy's mother.
82. Answer of Wm. Lord Morley to the petition of Chris. Carus, that he has dealt liberally with Carus, although his service was faulty. Has not held back the rent due to his grandmother, Lady Dorset, but only kept it in his own hands when she refused the tender thereof, claiming more, &c.
83. "Particular of the true yearly value of the pre-emption of the tin in Devon and Cornwall, and of the customs and coinage thereof, made and delivered by Thos. Austyn;" being a statement of the oppressions of the tinners by the farmers of tin, who make immense profits; and suggestions for letting the custom and coinage dues, apart from the pre-emption.
84. Petition of the Farmers of Tin to Prince Charles, that he would request the agents of the States and of the Archduke to obtain for them free traffic for tin in their several ports.
85. Petition of Capt. John Bermingham to the King. Has long served abroad, but hearing that the King might need commanders, has hastened home to offer his services; begs that if they are not required, he may have a pass and recommendation to the Prince Cardinal.
86. Petition of Robt. Browne to the Prince, for a lease of Blanches Coppice and other parcels of land, co. Oxford, a lease thereof granted to him by the King not having taken effect, by reason of His Majesty's previous grant to the Prince.
87. Petition of Diego de Castro to the King. His Majesty having promised compensation to all persons injured by Sir Walter Raleigh on the River Orinoco, begs a commission under the Great Seal to the four judges appointed to consider his claim, and speedy despatch of his cause, on which he has already been six months in England. Annexing,
87. i. Petition of Diego de Castro Cortasar to the Council. Has come from Spain to request payment of 40,000l., the value of tobacco and other goods taken from Fras. Davila, at St. Thomas's, Guiana, by Sir Walter Raleigh, the King having promised satisfaction from Raleigh's forfeited goods, or from his sureties, for all damages done by him to the subjects of the King of Spain.
88. Petition of — ger, the King's Coffer Maker, to the Council, for revocation of their order requiring him to pull down his house standing near St. Paul's Church, or for compensation for the loss, which must otherwise be his ruin. With reference to the Commissioners for Repairs.
89. Petition of Morris Davies to the Same, that Thos. Blunt, innkeeper of the Strand, who beat him so as tomaim him, may be compelled to give satisfaction for his support. Was previously injured at the fire at Whitehall.
90. Petition of Jas. Clerk and Rich. Harbyn to the Same, for letters to the Mayor of Hereford to enforce payment of 200l., still remaining due of 314l. 13s. 5d., allowed to them for expenses in prosecuting the renewal of the Charter of the City of Hereford, a year and a half before.
91. Petition of Sir Alex. Hume to the King, that his grant of an eighth part of a bond forfeited by Wm. Wall, of London, of which seven eighths were granted to Thos. Young, may not be effected by a mitigation obtained by Wall, reducing the sum to be paid to Young to 400l.
92. Petition of the Same and Thos. Young to the King, that as Wm. Wall delays in paying 525l., to which sum his bond for 1,000l. granted to them was reduced, His Majesty will allow the law to take its due course, and the whole 1,000l. to be claimed.
93. Petition of Sir Robt. Jackson, Controller of the Musters at Berwick, to the Council of War, for increase of pay, the increase of business obliging him to keep more clerks, and all the other officers in the garrison being raised.
94. Petition of John Lescaleitt to the Council, for compensation for his loss of time, as a witness in the Star Chamber, on behalf of the King, against the Merchant Strangers.
95. Petition of Wm. Nicholls to the Same, to examine into the abuses committed by false measuring of wood-coal in London and Westminster, which Visct. Mandeville failed to rectify when he was Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench.
96. Petition of the Same to the Same. Has lost much money in prosecuting venders of fuel in London, and has had three of the City officers who connived thereat sentenced to the pillory, but no reformation ensued; entreats either reformation of the abuses or compensation for his loss of time in the prosecutions.
97. Petition of Rich. Smith to the King, for re-hearing of a cause against Wm. Curriton, Emanuel Langford, and others, for defrauding John Kekewich, deceased, of estates, &c., worth 20,000l., by inducing him to sign them away when he was drunk. The Attorney General having privately heard and compromised the case, His Majesty is deprived of his fine, and the petitioner of 1,000l., his whole living, which he spent in the prosecution, as executor of John Kekewich.
98. Petition of Wm. Wheeler, goldsmith, of London, to the Council, for protection against Ant. and Robt. Patrickson, who have commenced a suit against him, because he, by order of His Majesty's Commissioners, went with an officer to search their house, where gold thread was made, contrary to the proclamation.
99. Petition of the Same to the Same. Their Lordships having considered that he deserved relief from the suit of Ant. Patrickson, but not being at leisure to attend to it, the cause is proceeding by law. Begs that it may be stayed till they can decide on it themselves.
100. List of rates paid for all sorts of woollen cloths, kerseys, baize, &c., for old customs and pretermitted customs, and of goods which are to be exempted from paying pretermitted customs.
101. Note of the armour in the Armoury at the Tower, Woolwich, and Greenwich, and of the good service performed by making up the Almaine corslets into others of the best fashion.
102. Information for Sir Geo. Calvert, respecting a rich vintner, who keeps Popish books under a church in London; also concerning divers stationers, who, as soon as they hear of forbidden books, such as "Vox Populi," get copies, and hire some young fellows to transcribe them, when they are eagerly bought up.
103. "Vox Populi; or, newes from Spayne, which may serve to forewarne both England and the United Provinces how farre to trust to Spanish pretences;" being an imaginary conversation on the state of England, &c. between the Spanish ministers and Count Gondomar, on his return from his embassy in 1618, [by Thos. Scot].
104. Verses deprecatory of Spanish influence, and entreating the King to aid the Prince Palatine.
105. Tirade against the King of Great Britain, especially for his favouring Spaniards and Scots, and putting down the English and Welsh.
106. Grant to John Carswell, Chris. Stubbs, and Thos. Hutchinson, of the benefit of the recusancy of Thos. Lovedean, of Westmean, and John Parkins, of Bedhampton, co. Hants.
107. Grant to John Berkeley of the recusancy of Sir Edw. Blount, of Worcestershire, Arthur Darcy, of Great Addington, Northamptonshire, John Threde, of Sussex, and Elinor Woodhouse, of Norfolk.
Grant to Edm. Fox, of Ludford, co. Hereford, of the office of Keeper of Brengewood Forest, in Herefordshire. Latin. [Warrt. Bk., I., p. 174.]
108, 109. Memoranda relating to certain recusants convicted, suspected, or sought for by the constable; amongst them, Sir Chas. and Lady Manners, Sir Wm. and Lady Berwick, Lady Heneage, Sir Wm. Elvis, Sir Robt. Brook, &c. Two papers.
110. List of grants of leases of recusants' lands, from 42 Eliz. to 18 Jac. I., with names of the grantees, and statement of the value of the lands.
111. Decree, by Fras. James, Auditor in the Audience Court of Canterbury, refusing the appeal of Thos. Bird, against the jurisdiction of John Lambe, in a case of libel, and referring the case back to Lambe.
112, 113. Anagram and odes addressed by Thos. Adlerstein, a German Swiss, to Edw. Nicholas, Secretary to Lord Zouch. Latin. Two papers.
114. Tract, by John Keymer, addressed to the King, on the importance of encouraging manufactures in England, and of increasing commerce by reduction of customs, &c., showing the advantages possessed by foreign nations over the English, in these and other respects, in spite of the natural advantages of England; with suggestions for remedy.
115. Copy of the preceding tract, without the introduction.
Whitehall. 116. Instructions to the Commissioners for improvement of Sedgmoor. The cause has been hindered by false reports that the ground is not reclaimed for the King, but for some other person; they are to contradict the reports, and ascertain which of the tenants assent to or dissent from the proposed improvements, that they may be treated accordingly. Annexed is,
116. i. Proceedings relating to Sedgmoor, from Aug. 1618, to the awarding of the Commission, and stating its powers.
117. Instructions for a Commission of inquiry into the waste and spoil committed in the King's forests and chaces, in the counties of Northampton and Rutland; addressed to Sir Thos. Brudenell, and Sir Edw. Harrington, Barts., and others.
118. Articles of Instruction to the Commissioners named in the above Commission; with orders to Sir John Osborne to forward a copy thereof to each.
119. Exceptions against the order made at Goldsmiths' Hall, June 9, 1580, committing the whole government of the company to the warden and assistants, experience having proved it to be injurious. Statement of the abuses resulting therefrom.
120. Opinion of the mint men, merchants, and goldsmiths, as to the necessity of reducing the coins of the realm to a certain weight, and as to what deficiency of weight may be allowed to pass current.
121. Notes [by a Committee of Council] of remedies against the consumption and transportation of moneys; viz., to revive the statute 4 Hen. VII. against melting and selling gold and silver, and to compel strangers to the employment [of money received for imports on exports].
122. Statement of the suit in the Exchequer Court, concerning the right to Thornton Grange, co. Chester, formerly held by the abbot and convent of Basingwark, in Flintshire, granted by Queen Elizabeth to Jas. Witter, but contested by Sir John Talbot and his son, on the ground of a previous grant from the Abbot, &c. to them.
123. Abstract of examinations to prove that Sir Phil. Stanhope was not implicated in the death of a coachman, killed in an affray at Derby.
124. Bill of disbursements by Sir Fulk Greville for the ships Lewis and Peter, bringing them into Yarmouth, and from Yarmouth [to Southampton], with other charges.
125. Notes of augmentations of arms granted by English kings to strangers, since the time of Edw. IV.
126. Statements of the inconveniencies to the subject, and losses to the Clerks in Chancery, caused by the patents for making writs of subpœna, supplicavit, and supersedeas, and by Sir Rich Younge's patent [for sealing subpœnas].
127. Note of the fifteenth levied on the inhabitants of the precinct of St. Marie Bothaw, Walbrook ward, amounting to 3l. 1s.
128. Notes [by Robt. Heath], of things to be redressed by the Committees for the affairs of London, viz., false weights; consumption of gold and silver in threadmaking, gilding, &c.; drunkenness; abuses by assignment of debts to the King; by fraudulent executors, &c.
129. Fragment of a bond or certificate, signed by Sir Benj. Ticheborne and Sir Hampden Paulet.
130. Tract on the modes by which treasure is wasted, viz., the export of coin, superfluity in expenditure, especially at christenings, &c., with suggestions for remedy thereof, viz.:—edicts against excess in apparel, &c.; raising the value of coin; making copper moneys; encouraging trade at home by making it free; encouraging fishing; the working of the silver, lead, coal, and alum mines; suppression of beggars, particularly a class called canters, who have a government, language, and religion of their own, &c.
131. Copy of the above.
132. Instructions to Sec. Calvert for procuring His Majesty's letter in the behalf of Sir Fras. Howard and Wm. Lamplugh, to Wm. Keeling, Captain of Cowes Castle, and the rest of the captains of England, empowering them to enforce the payment for the Dungeness light, their right to do which is questioned, because in the patent to Howard and Lamplugh, they were not styled captains.
133. "Some particulars to be put into the letter," viz., that no ship is to pass till it has paid Dungeness light dues, and that strangers, being equally benefitted, should also pay.
134. Depositions of numerous old men resident in the neighbourhood, as to the name and extent of the lands called Lyneham Heath, alias Lyneham Common or Down, alias Sersdon Heath, and of Norbury Hill, &c., with the rights possessed therein by the respective owners and tenants of Lyneham and Sersdon, John Horne and others.
135. Statement that the recent declaration by the King, permitting recusants to enjoy two thirds of their lands, is rendered nugatory by leases thereof being granted to strangers, before the recusants are called in question, or could have notice thereof; that there are severe instructions drawn up by the Attorney General as to their goods, and no reformation made of the abuse of informers and pursuivants, against which the King has declared. [See May 13 and 14, 1620.]
136. Statement, by Thos. Vaughan, of particulars relating to a Portugal prize from Mozambico, taken by the East India Company, at the time that Sir Thos. Roe came home, laden with gold, ambergris, elephants' teeth, &c.
137. Petition of divers poor marines and seafaring men to the Council, for redress against the Flemings, who have encroached upon the privileges of native subjects, and engrossed almost the whole navigation.
138. Reasons assigned by the Eastland merchants for the great decay in their trade, viz.: the excessive rise in the value of foreign coin; the engrossing of the trade by the Hollanders, who have much cheaper freights; the increased impositions, especially pretermitted customs on export of cloth, which enable foreigners to sell it more cheaply than the English. With request for respite from the pretermitted customs, till further order be taken therein.
139. Statement of the cause of the great scarcity of silver in England, viz., the rise of foreign coin, especially that of Poland and Holland, during the last four years, in which the Hollanders have farmed the King of Poland's mint; with proposal for remedy, by permitting the free export as well as import of corn, which is now plentiful, in order that the Eastland merchants may buy cloth, exchange it for corn, and then export the corn to Spain, Italy, &c.
140. Statement [by Sir Thos. Wilson] of the inconveniences arising from the want of an exchange in the trade with Dantzic, in corn.
141. Memoranda addressed to the Council of inconveniences from suffering too great quantities of corn to be carried at one time into Spain. Endorsed with suggestions for remedy, by letters from the Council to the Spanish merchants, and from the Lord Treasurer to the officers of the ports, to export no more corn until further orders.
142. Report by [Sir John Wolstenholme and others], the referees on the [Eastland Company's] petition, [to the Council]. The Netherlanders, by cheap freights, &c., have ruined the shipping of the East, and are in danger of ruining that of England, only a third of the former number of cloths being last year exported from London, and half of the petitioners' former shipping employed, whilst 200 Holland vessels are employed in the trade from Norway and the Sound to England, and gain great advantage by cheap freights, and selling for ready money. Suggest a proclamation, as granted to the Levant Company, prohibiting bringing in Eastern goods, except in the shipping of those countries or in English shipping.
143. List of the different commodities imported from the east parts [by the Eastland merchants].