James 1 - volume 119: February 1621

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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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February 1621.

Feb. 2. Grant to Walter Pye of the office of Attorney of the Court of Wards and Liveries. [Ibid., p. 333.]
Feb. 2. 60. Locke to [Carleton]. Transactions with the Bishop [of Spalato] about the lease of Wraysbury. Two persons committed about the printing of a certain suppressed discourse. Sec. Naunton's case doubtful, and Carleton, or Sir Thos. Edmondes, spoken of to succeed him. His misfortune rises from his delivering to the King a letter from Baron Dona, which displeased His Majesty, and in which the Archbp. of Canterbury is said to have had a hand. [Thos.] Scot, who was questioned about a book of birds, in Somerset's time, is suspected of having written the discourse sent [Vox Populi]. The King has declared in Parliament that he and his son will spill their blood for the Palatinate, &c. The Commissioners for the Palatinate say that 25,000 foot and 3,000 horse will be required.
Feb. 2.
61. J[ohn] W[oodford] to [Sir Fras. Nethersole]. The French Ambassador has returned after much feasting, but nothing passed beyond discourse. The States General have sent a solemn embassy to consult the King as to whether they should make war, peace, or truce, with Spain, and to offer to join their forces with those of His Majesty, in defence of his children's rights. They spoke loudly and audibly, that the people might see their forwardness, and urge on the King. Parliament began Jan. 30, and Serjeant Richardson chosen Speaker. Promotions to peerages and legal offices. Mr. Shute made Recorder of London, and Mr. Pye succeeds Sir Jas. Ley as Attorney of the Court of Wards. Sec. Naunton in disgrace for unwarranted discourse with a person in the French Ambassador's train.
Feb. 3.
62. Mayor and Jurats of Dover to Lord Zouch. Thos. Huffam, farmer of the site of the Priory of Dover, under the Archbp. of Canterbury, sets up a new claim of exemption from taxes, &c., on the plea that his premises are not within the liberties of the town, and encourages his neighbours to do the like. Cite precedents to prove that the land has been considered by former proprietors, and by Huffam himself until lately, to belong to the town. Beg his influence with the Archbishop to excuse their proceeding against Huffam, in defence of the liberties of the corporation.
Feb. 3.
63. Edw. Kelk to the Same. Intention of the Commons of Sandwich to present a Bill to Parliament for restoration of their former privilege of having a voice at elections, and for disannulling the late choice of burgesses. The votes were taken away from the commoners, and confined to the Mayor, Jurats, and Council, in order to avoid the popular tumults common at elections. Sends the Orders of Council on the subject, during the late and present reign.
Feb. 3.
64. Chamberlain to Carleton. The Thames frozen over; the ice driven into hills on it by the wind. Sir Thos. Coventry made Attorney, Robt. Heath Solicitor, and Shute Recorder, because 700l. or 800l. per ann. will thus be saved to Buckingham, which was paid them out of Roper's office in the King's Bench. Sir Jas. Ley made Chief Justice, and marries a relation of the Countess of Buckingham; she is providing for her nieces by marriage. The King was carried in a chair to the Parliament House, his legs being too weak to use; his speech lasted an hour, though he commended brevity. Serjeant Richardson wept on being chosen Speaker, Dr. Bowles preached the sermon. Creations of peers by patent, but the Lord Chancellor was created Visct. St. Albans with robe and coronet. The King says his last book is like "the peace of God," for it "passeth understanding." Sec. Naunton is still in suspense, and there are many competitors for his place. The Archbp. of Canterbury was questioned on certain points, and, having given satisfaction, is restored to favour. The States' Commissioners had audience. The printer of Vox Populi saved himself by discovering Mr. Scot, the author.
Feb. 3. 65. Chas. Visct. Wilmot to Buckingham. Begs his favour in a suit concerning his son.
Feb. 4. 66. Sir Fras. Jones, Lord Mayor of London, to the Council. Requests licence for more butchers to kill meat in Lent; the three butchers and five poulterers allowed were found insufficient last year, and will be more so now, the city being full on account of Parliament, fish scarce, and the rivers frozen.
Feb. 5. 67. Locke to Carleton. Naunton retains the seals and his diet at court, but does no business. He was least likely to stumble, being so observant to do all by warrant. Lake's restoration is talked of, for he has his train borne after him in Court, like a Privy Councillor. Sir Jas. Ley went honourably attended to Westminster Hall, to take his place as Lord Chief Justice. Serjeant Richardson was presented to the King as Speaker, when there was a farce acted,—the Lord Chancellor commending him for the office, and he professing disability. Sir Fras. Goodwin's son [Art. Goodwin] served him right in the Lower House, by proposing another election, when he excused himself from standing.
Feb. 5.
68. List of the committee [of the House of Commons] appointed to inquire about elections, undue returns of burgesses, and the privileges of the House; to sit every Tuesday and Thursday during the Session.
Feb. 5.
69. List of the sub-committee appointed by a general committee of the House to consider and report on the best means of acquainting the King with the breach made on the privileges of the House.
Feb. 5. 70. List of the sub-committee similarly appointed to consider on the best mode of petitioning the King for execution of the laws against Jesuits, seminary priests, and recusants, and for suppressing them.
[Feb. 5.] 71. Speech by Colonel Cecil in the House of Commons. Danger resulting to England from the ambition of the King of Spain, who aspires to universal monarchy, pushes his arms abroad, and has the connivance of Papists at home; necessity of providing against it by raising forces for foreign service, and strengthening defences at home. The first business of Parliament should be to provide subsidies, before proceeding to consider grievances.
[Feb. 5.] 72. Copy of the above.
[Feb. 5.] 73. Speech [by Sir Thos. Edmondes, Treasurer of the Household] in the House of Commons. Applauds the previous Speaker [Sir Wm. Cope's] declaration of the state of the King's affairs. No time was ever more urgent for speedy steps to preserve religion and the royal issue, and any unhappy diversions would produce miserable consequences; advises speedy assistance against pressing dangers, and assures the House of the King's readiness to give them all reasonable satisfaction.
[Feb. 5.] 74. Speech in the House of Commons, urging that, to remove the unhappy misunderstandings between the King and his subjects, caused by the last Parliament, and to meet the pressing necessities of the times, the House should rely on His Majesty's promise to redress all reasonable grievances, and proceed first to perform what is needful for maintaining the patrimony of his children.
Feb. 5. Grant to Sir John Croke of the office of Ranger of the Forests of Shotover, Stowe Wood, and Barnwood, cos. Oxford and Bucks, for life. [Grant Bk., p. 287.]
Feb. 6. Creation of Sir Robt. Carey to the rank of Baron Carey, of Leppington, co. York. [Ibid., p. 337.]
Feb. 6. 75. Petition of Edw. Harward to Lord Zouch. Was a prisoner in Hythe, at suit of Lawrence Baker, who refusing to consent to his liberation on bail, he made his escape to avoid starvation, for which escape Baker now prosecutes the town. Prays that the cause between them may be settled by arbitration.
Feb. 6.
Office of Arms.
76. Certificate addressed to the Commissioners for the Earl Marshalship, by William Segar, Garter, and other Officers at Arms, that Hen. Clere, son and heir of Sir Edw. Clere, of Ormesby, co. Norfolk, suitor for the degree of Baronet, is worthily descended, &c.
Feb. 6 ? 77. Notes of a proposed law that the punishment of death for small offences be changed to labour on public works for life, or for eight years, after which some trade should be taught the prisoners, and then their freedom restored. Suggestion that wandering rogues and canters should be brought under the same law.
Feb. 6 ? 78. Proposed bill in Parliament, condemning to servile work persons convicted of petty larcenies, rogues, &c., the punishment of death not deterring from crime, and long imprisonment making men hardened, and leaving them without means of livelihood on their release.
Feb. 6.
79. Note, that the Speaker of the Commons acquainted the House that the Dean and Chapter of Westminster refuse to permit them to receive the communion there, because they were not first asked, and because the preacher was not one of themselves; but that if they would appoint a canon preacher, they might receive the communion with ordinary bread; and that the House rejected the offer, and chose the Temple Church.
Feb. 6.
80. Note of a question whether Sir Hen. Carey, who, after being chosen member for Hertfordshire, was created Visct. Falkland of Scotland, would still keep his place in Parliament, since he could not be a member of the Upper House, not being a Peer of England. No order was made thereon.
Feb. 6.
81. Note for a writ to choose another member in place of [Hen.] Pelham, member for Grimsby, because he is abroad, but not on employment for the State.
Feb. 6.
82. Note, that a minister elected for a place in Cumberland was rejected, and a fresh election ordered.
Feb. 6.
83. Note of Sir Geo. More's report of proceedings in the Committee for Privileges, &c., that John Hollis, second son of Lord Houghton, and Sir Henry Bretton, both Papists, were returned for the borough of Gatton, co. Surrey, by the influence of Mr. Copley, owner of almost all the town, though Sir Thos. Gresham and Sir Thos. Bludder were chosen by the freeholders; on which the House declared the former election void, and ordered the return of the other two members.
Feb. 7. 84. Report [by Edw. Nicholas] of the summons to Parliament, the two prorogations, description of its opening by the King in person, Jan. 30, and details of the proceedings of the House of Commons, Feb. 5, 6, and 7.
Feb. 7. Grant, in reversion, to Rich. Johnson, of the office of writing Presentations for the Great Seal, for life. [Grant Bk., p. 329.]
Feb. 7.
85. Mayor and Jurats of Rye to Lord Zouch. Desire him to forward their suit to Parliament for a grant of the tonnage formerly allowed to Dover, for the amendment of their decayed harbour; also their complaint of the disorderly fishing of French trawlers and of trawlers at home.
Feb. 8.
86. The Same to the Same. Have reproved Hen. Dann's wife for asking too high prices for her fish from Mr. Angell's servant, and for improper behaviour. The fishermen wish to know whether they may make prizes of those French fishing boats which, though licensed, use unlawful nets, as his Lordship now allows them to do of those that fish without licence.
Feb. 9.
87. Jurats of Winchelsea to the Same. Giles Waters was sent to prison because he refused either to acknowledge his fault against the Mayor, or to give sureties for good behaviour.
Feb. 9. 88. Sir Fras. Jones, Lord Mayor of London, to the Council. In answer to their letters, has given orders for cleansing the streets and lanes of the city, which are encumbered by the extreme frost. Will try to procure an abatement in the price of meat, though it is not as high as in former years. Has sent to order fish to be imported against Lent, but, unless the rivers become open, this will little avail. More butchers' licences are much needed. Incloses,
88. 1. Certificate by the Fishmongers' Company to the Lord Mayor of London, of the quantity of salt fish now remaining in their hands. Jan. 31.
Feb. 10.
St. James's.
89. Warrant from Prince Charles to Sir Adam Newton, his Treasurer, for payment of an annuity of 40l. to Solomon Mansell, for service.
Feb. 10.
90. Chamberlain to Carleton. The eyes of all Europe are upon the Parliament. Doubts were raised as to where they should receive the communion, but St. Margaret's Church was fixed upon. They plead for freedom of speech. The King is coming in from Theobalds. Several members dismissed for false elections. Sec. Calvert began with a speech on the King's wants; supply and grievances will go hand in hand, but England is so poor that no one knows how to raise money. Sir Edw. Coke is a chief speaker. The Spanish Ambassador's mass is much frequented, and he so unpopular that he is going to Nonsuch to avoid the fury of the people on Shrove Tuesday. The Prince often sits in the House of Lords. Recorder Shute dead, and succeeded by Heneage Finch.
Feb. 10.
91 Decree of the Court of Exchequer, that Sir Ferdinando Dudley shall pay to Martha, widow of Rich. Gravenor, 1,100l., being the balance of 1,200l., which he agreed to pay for her interest in a certain messuage and land in Sedgley, co. Stafford, leased to her by the late Lord Dudley, two thirds of which became forfeit by her recusancy, and were granted by the King to Sir Ferdinando.
Feb. 12. 92. Notes [by Sir Thos. Wilson] of a speech [for the House of Commons], that the question is, whether the back cannot bear the burden, or whether it is unwilling to put forth its strength to bear it.
Feb. 13. Special licence to John Legatt to print a book called Thos. Thomas's Dictionary, for twenty-one years. [Grant Bk., p. 330.]
Feb. 13. Grant to Hen. Gibb of two fines of 1,000l. each, imposed in the Chancery Court, on Wm. Meggs and Rich. Bowdler, for their contempt. [Ibid., p. 321.]
Feb. 13. 93. Detailed report, presented to Council by the Council of War, of the estimated charge of raising and setting forth an army of 25,000 foot, 5,000 horse, 20 pieces of artillery, &c., which will be necessary for the present enterprise; total, 207,736l. 7s., and of the expense of transport, ammunition, wages, and provisions, viz., 76,064l. 17s. 8d. per month; drawn up on Feb. 11. Annexing,
93. i. Schedule of the provisions to be made for the twenty pieces of ordnance, and for other occasional supplies for the army. Total cost, 4,455l. 17s.
Feb. 13. 94. Copy of the above report and schedule.
Feb. 95. Copy of the above schedule, dated Feb. 11.
[Feb. 13.] Brief notes [by Sec. Calvert] from the above report. [Dom. Corresp., Jan. 4, 1621.]
Feb. 15 ? 96. [The King to the Speaker of the House of Commons]. Understanding that doubts are entertained as to their having free liberty of speech, requests him to inform them that he neither has intrenched, nor will intrench upon their liberty of speech, in any matters proper for their consultation.
Feb. 15. 97. Speech delivered [by Sec. Calvert], by the King's command, in the House of Commons. His Majesty marvels that further trouble should be taken about freedom of speech, which he has already granted, on Mr. Speaker's request; he hopes that none will transgress the bounds of duty, or, if they do, that the House will take upon itself to censure them, having shown itself so dutiful hitherto, and that he may not be troubled with further needless petitions thereon.
[Feb. 16.] 98. Speech in the House of Commons [by a Privy Councillor]. Was one of the deputies who waited on the King last night, to present him with the free gift of the House, which belies all sinister reports. His Majesty was much moved, and ordered Sir Edw. Coke and others to declare and reiterate his thanks, their affection giving reputation to his affairs, both at home and abroad; he also promises all due satisfaction in just demands.
Feb. 16. 99. Locke to [Carleton]. [And.] Windsor would pay for the lease of Wraysbury more than it is worth, but Packer promises to prevent his getting the King's letters for it. Dealings with the Bp. [of Spalato] thereon. Sec. Naunton is expected to be reinstated. The Lower House has granted two subsidies. They expelled certain members for undue elections and for recusancy. Sir Thos. Beaumont summoned for threatening Sir Alex. Carey, and Norris Earl of Berkshire sent to the Fleet, for striking Lord Scrope in the House of Lords. Has spoken with Mr. Bruninx about the ordnance [for the Hollanders]; the House is passing an Act against its export. Both Houses petitioned the King to stay the licence to the Spanish Ambassador to export ordnance, but he refused, as being engaged in honour; they would rather it was granted to the Dutch than to the Spaniards. Sec. Calvert censured in the Commons for his forward speech about contribution. The Houses wish to have the recusants who flock to London dismissed, and talk of inquiring into abuses of the Court of Wards. The Lords who came to Parliament were reproved for entering the withdrawing chamber and Privy Gallery. Mr. Scot, a minister of Norwich, is sent for concerning the discourse [Vox Populi], but he has gone away, it is thought, to Holland. Lord Digby is going in a few days to the Archduke.
Feb. 16.
100. Rich. Gibbridge to Nicholas. Has lost Lord Zouch's favour through the malicious accusations of his enemies; is innocent of the ingratitude they accuse him of; solicits his protection.
Feb. 17.
101. Thos. Murray to Carleton. The Prince has written to thank the Prince of Orange for the ordnance, and will take care that the secret of its invention is not disclosed. The Houses are petitioning the King for a proclamation to banish recusants from London during their sittings, to restrain them to within five miles of their residences, to take away their arms, to prevent their hearing mass at ambassadors' houses, and to allow no Jesuit or priest in prison to go abroad, or to say masses, all which his Majesty says are provided for by law, and therefore the proclamation is not needful; they have given two subsidies, and offer life and goods for recovery of the Palatinate. The King promises freedom from purveyance. The courts of justice are to be examined into.
Feb. 17.
Essex House.
102. John Woodford to [Sir Fras. Nethersole]. Proceedings in Parliament. The Commons were framing a petition to the King for liberty of speech, when he sent word they should have all the liberty his ancestors had given, and he hoped they would not wish for more. Both Houses have presented a petition for enforcing strict laws against Jesuits and Papists, which the King promises, if they will leave the manner to his discretion. Two subsidies voted at once, on account of the Palatinate, though as a free gift to the King, who promises so to employ them if treaties fail.
Feb. 17.
103. Chamberlain to Carleton. Parliament sits closely; two subsidies granted, but no fifteenths, as they press more heavily on the meaner sort. The King has summoned the Houses to Whitehall, to thank them and promise redress of grievances; he has been requested to stay some ordnance which is ready to go to the King of Spain, but he refused, saying he had promised it two years ago, to be employed against pirates. The Prince is almost daily in the Higher House, and has spoken there. Shepherd, a lawyer, banished the House for ridiculing the Puritans. The chief speakers are Sir Edw. Coke, Sir Edw. Sackville, and Sir Lionel Cranfield. The King promises to use the money, as it was given, for the benefit of his children, but refuses to make fresh laws against recusants, because the present are rigorous enough, if enforced, and he is always urging other princes to moderation.
Feb. 18.
Doctors' Commons.
104. Sir Geo. Newman to Lord Zouch. The boatmen of Rye have taken four French boats fishing in the Sowe with unlawful nets. Believes the licences which they produce are borrowed from other men, which is a frequent abuse. The legal penalty is forfeiture of the boats and tackling, a fine of twelve crowns on the master, and six crowns on each of the crew, with payment of costs of capture.
Feb. 20.
105. Susannah Nicholas to her son, Edw. Nicholas. Family affairs. Hopes to see him at home this Lent.
Feb. 24. 106. Locke to [Carleton]. Sir Edw. Harwood promises to have the House moved about the ordnance. Burlamachi will furnish the 300l. if it cannot be had elsewhere. Sir Giles Mompesson's patent for inns is dashed, and was found full of abuses. Sir Fras. Michell was sent on foot and bareheaded to the Tower, on account of his patent for alehouses; he is a justice of Middlesex, and had a salary of 40l. a year from Newgate prison, on condition of sending all his prisoners there. The King refuses fresh laws against recusants; the Bp. of Durham was their friend in the Lords. Lord Scrope reconciled to the Earl of Berkshire, who is released. An imperial ban out against John George the elder, Marquis of Brandenburg, Prince Christian, of Anhalt, and the Count of Hohenlohe. Lord Digby is going to the Archduke, to whom the King of Spain refers the answer about Spinola.
Feb. 24. 107. Names of the butchers of London licensed by the Lord Mayor and others to kill meat during Lent, total sixteen. With memorandum that notices are come of fifty-eight who kill unlicensed.
Feb. 24.
108. Countess of Arundel to Sec. [Calvert]. Is glad of Lord Falkland's honours. Hopes the Parliament will give the King satisfaction, and that the message sent by his Majesty to his daughter and son-in-law may take effect.
Feb. 26. 109. Thos. Greene to — Leander, Vicar General of the Spanish Congregation, and President of the English Congregation, at Douay. Is not able to leave England, as required, being in custody, and having promised his keeper, who grants him special privileges, not to attempt an escape. Is accused of taking and defending the Oath of Allegiance; contends that his opinions thereon touch no vital point of faith. Attributes Leander's sending for him home to a desire to enlarge his own authority, but will come if he can, on promise to be well treated, in spite of his opinions on the Oath of Allegiance. Some lay Jesuits and many secular priests take and defend it; [Roger] Wodrington's doctrine concerning it. Has not cost his brethren labour and expense to convince him, as reported, for none but Geo. Cocks have been to see him. Is said to be a spy of government, but the Bp. of Durham can testify his efforts in behalf of Catholics; lives sparingly, as does Mr. Preston; was not induced by Preston to promise to make acknowledgments to the Bp. of Durham; is a Catholic, and wishes an end of his controversy with Leander.
Feb. 26.
110. Jurats of Rye to Lord Zouch. Request him to appoint Mr. Palmer, their Mayor, to solicit their business before Parliament, instead of Mr. Gibbridge, chosen by some factious freemen, though accused of many crimes.
Feb. 26. 111. Information given by Edw. Cadwallader. Heard Alex. Whellegge say, that if Parliament moved against recusants, there would be as great a stir as in Bohemia, for they would rise, and there would be as many on one side as the other. Went for a constable to take him up.
Feb. 26. 112. Examination of Alex. Whillegge. What he said of the rising of Papists was only his private opinion that they would rise rather than be sent to gaol. Knows of no concerted rising, nor referred to any person in particular, when he said that great ones would favour them. His expression "God defend a man should do the King wrong," meant "God forbid;" is a Churchman, not a Romanist, and will take the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy.
[Feb. 26]. 113. Abstract of the bill for the relief of distillers of Aqua vitæ from the penalties and impeachments of the Apothecaries' Company, who avail themselves of some words in their patent to threaten the suppression of distillers.
Feb. 26.
114. Bill for the relief of the distillers and sellers of Aqua vitæ, aqua composita, &c.
Feb. 26. 115. Substance of the bill for confirmation by Parliament of a decree in Chancery, relating to the estates and customs of the Prince's tenants of Richmond Fee and Marques Fee, in the barony of Kendal; with reasons why the tenants require its confirmation.
[Feb. 26.] 116. Copy of the above, with a slight omission.
Feb. 27 ? 117. Request concerning Sir Giles Mompesson that the King would acquaint the House of Commons with the money he has received on account of the patent for inns, and would also advise them to proceed in the discovery of grievances, but not to fall upon the persons of men.
[Feb. 27.] 118. Note that in the bill before Parliament, preferred by the Trinity House against Norfolk lighthouses, there is a clause which may involve that at Dungeness, Kent, although erected with their consent and that of the merchants, 1,000 persons having perished there for want of light, the year before its erection. Inserting,
118. i. Order in Council recommending the grant to Sir Edw. Howard of a patent for the erection of a lighthouse at Dungeness, to be maintained by voluntary contributions of merchants. May 31, 1615.
[Feb. 27.] 119. Copy of the above note, and order.
[Feb. 27.] 120. Proposed act for confirming to the Trinity House the power of erecting lighthouses, granted them by the statute of 8 Eliz. [cap. 13], and enlarging it so that no other person shall be allowed to erect them.
Feb. 27 ? 121. Statement made in Parliament on behalf of the patentees for Winterton lighthouse, explaining the nature of the patent, and vindicating its necessity, from the neglect of the Trinity House in erecting and maintaining proper lighthouses on the coast. Annexed is,
121. i. Calculation of the average rates paid for the lights at Winterton, from 1613 to 1618, as compared with those paid to the patentees, 1619 and 1620, and of the expenses of maintaining the lighthouses; with arguments in vindication of the patent, and against the proposed act to confirm the lighthouses to the Trinity House.
Feb. ? 122. Robt. Salmon to [Carleton ?] Sends an estimate of the value of the ordnance, &c. in his ship, the cost of repairing the damage done to it in fight, &c.; total loss 1,116l. 1s. 8d. Hopes for restitution, having spent three winters in the suit.
Feb. 27.
123. Chamberlain to the Same. Salmon and his son are surprised with the offer of the States of 3,000 guilders for the whole contents of their ship, worth 4,000l. at least, they wishing only to compound for the ordnance, &c. which belonged to them. The States grow unpopular, through their perpetual injustice and insolencies towards their best friends. Carleton's endeavours to smooth down matters are misinterpreted. The King is gone to Theobalds, though too lame to walk. The House received the communion at St. Margaret's, and Dr. Usher, now Bp. of Meath, preached the sermon. They are attacking divers patents. Sir Giles Mompesson has submitted so humbly, promising to discover secrets, &c., that he is likely to escape. The referees who certified the legality of the patents are glanced at, but are chiefly above the reach of the House; they attempt so much that they will accomplish little. Death of Sir Hen. Portman, Bart., of Somersetshire, and of Sir Sebastian Harvey. The King suppressed an intended petition of the younger barons for precedence over the Scottish and Irish Viscounts, and scolded the movers in it, but afterwards dismissed them graciously.
Feb. 27. 124. Edw. Wymark to [the Council]. Drew Drury was the person from whom he heard that Sir John Sames had written out of Germany, to the discredit of Sir Rich. Weston, the King's Ambassador there; repeated it to none but Sir Ant. Maney, who is Weston's agent in his absence.
Feb. 27.
125. Mayor and Jurats of Rye to Lord Zouch. Thanks of the Rye fishermen for his Lordship's bounty to those who took the Frenchmen fishing with unlawful nets. Inclose,
125. i. Depositions of Chas. Burdone and Fras. Basselie, of Creil, in Normandy. Their masters, Charles Pollet and Stephen Grove, paid 15l. to Rich. Gibbridge for fishing licences, and Grove told them they might then fish with what nets they pleased; but that if they were taken, they must show their licences to none but Gibbridge, who would free them again. Rye, Feb. 23.
Feb. 28.
126. The Council to the Same. The state of Christendom requiring the kingdom to be put in readiness for defence, he is to muster all the forces in his lieutenancy of the Cinque Ports, and to fulfil former orders concerning the furnishing, training, &c. of the bands.
[Feb. 28.] 127. Petition of Geo. Copper to the Same, for release from prison, where he is detained by Thos. Elfick, as being one of the recognizances on behalf of Lady Gratwick and her sons, although an injunction was issued staying proceedings against the recognizances. Has offered bail, but refused to enter into a bond in 200l. Is a chief witness in the cause of Thos. Gratwick, which is just about to be tried.
Feb. 28. 128. Draft of the above.
Feb. 28 ? 129. Certificate by Sam. Hide, Bailiff of Seaford, to [the Same], that Geo. Copper was twice offered release if he would put in pledges, but that he refused.
Feb. ? 130. Answer addressed by Thos. Elfick to the Same, on Geo. Copper's petition. Arrested him not on his recognizance for Thos. Gratwick, but on a suit for some of his own goods which are in Copper's hands, and detains him on that suit and on one of Mr. Page. Is willing to release him on good security, but knows of none such offered; never demanded a bond of 200l. The Gratwicks resident in London got up this petition, and much trouble the town of Seaford.
Feb. 28.
131. Hen. Visct. Mandeville to the King. Thinks the recompence for Sir Geo. More, on surrender of his fee of 100l. per ann. as Chancellor of the Garter, should be 1,000 marks, to be raised by a lease for forty years of Crown lands, worth 45l. per ann.
[Feb. 28.] 132. Petition of Edm. Piers, Messenger of the King's Chamber, to Sir Geo. Calvert, for remuneration for the fifty-eight days during which he has been employed in attendance on Sir Robt. Mansell, for the expedition against pirates.
[Feb. 28.] 133. Heads of articles of a bill for prevention of duels and private combats.
Feb. ? 134. Petition of Thos. Newton, prisoner in the New Prison, to Sec. Calvert. Has languished four years from bruises, &c. caused by the ill-usage of Aquila Wykes, [the Keeper]. Has been thirteen weeks in his present dungeon without fire or air. Begs release on good security, to recover his health and attend to the portions of his daughter-in-law and other orphans depending upon him.
Feb. ? 135. Petition of the Company of Grocers of London, and of some Apothecaries, to the House of Commons, for revocation of the patent separating the apothecaries from the grocers, and incorporating them, with the sole privilege of selling drugs, compounding receipts, or distilling waters, within seven miles of London, the patent being procured by indirect means, containing several illegal clauses, proving injurious to the Grocers' and other Companies, and to the vendors of distilled waters, and raising the prices of drugs. The late Lord Chancellor Ellesmere refused to seal the patent as long as he lived, but it was done by the present Lord Chancellor. Annexing,
135. 1. Details of the objections against the above-named charter.
Feb. ? 136. Mary Lady Lake to the Council. Thanks for the liberty of the Tower, but prays leave to reside at her own house, on bond for her appearance, she and her husband being both ill. Is willing to make her submission the next term, but the term is still far off.
Feb. 137. Account of silver bullion disgrossed and drawn by Wm. Lecham, and sold by Robt. Jenner, since Oct. 27, 1617. Total, 6,779 lbs. 4 oz. 17 dwts.; value, 24,405l. 16s. 4d.
Feb. 138. Petition of the Welsh members of Parliament to the King, for permission to bring in a bill for repeal of a clause in the Act 34 Hen. VIII., empowering the King to enact or alter laws for Wales at his pleasure, without authority of Parliament; such a proviso, inserted whilst the Government was untried, being no longer necessary.
Feb. ? 139. Petition of the attendants, &c. of His Majesty's chapel to Lord Chamberlain Pembroke, to mediate with the King for his remission to them, according to custom, of the payment of such subsidies as shall be levied by this present Parliament.
Feb. ? 140. Petition of the Brewers' Company of Gloucester to the Council, that being already incorporated, with proviso of submission to any future orders for regulation of common brewhouses, they may enjoy the benefit of their grant, on their submission to His Majesty's late directions for brewhouses.
Feb. ? 141. Petition of the Parishioners of Bolton-upon-Swale to Sec. Calvert, Knight of the Shire for Yorkshire, to obtain for them by aid of Parliament the separation of their rectory from that of Catterick. Relate the grievous spiritual destitution of their district resulting from non-residence, and their ineffectual efforts to obtain redress.
Feb. 142. Agreement between the Commissioners of the Navy and Wm. Burrell, for building two new ships of war, of 650 and 250 tons, at the cost of 8,575l.
Feb. ? 143. Certificate [by the Commissioners of the Navy] of the charge for wages, &c. of the crews of six of the King's ships to serve in the Straits against the pirates of Algiers, from Feb. 5, 1621, to Sept. 30, 1621; total, 7,554l. 15s.
Feb. ? 144. Suggestions of alterations in Sir Robt. Mansell's commission, in case he remains six months longer on the [Pirates'] expedition, and of fresh supplies that will be required, &c.