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James 1 - volume 120: March 1621

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March 1621.

March 1. 1. Rich. Chester and others to [the Commissioners of the Navy ?] Certify that the cordage in His Majesty's ropeyard at Woolwich and Deptford is strong and well made, and the hemp in store as good as any that usually comes from Poland.
March 2.
Theobalds.
2. Petition of the Corporation of Great Yarmouth to the King, to consider the certificate of the Bp. of Norwich and others, on their former petition to be allowed 3d. per acre for twenty-one years from certain marsh lands benefitted by the haven of Yarmouth, and 1d. per ton on imports and exports at their haven, in consideration of their great charges in keeping up the haven, piers, and harbours.
March 2.
Paris.
3. M. Montigny, Governor of Dieppe, to Lord Zouch. Requests, on behalf of the Due de Longueville, Governor of Normandy, and owner of Dieppe, the liberation of four fishing boats of Dieppe, arrested by the men of Rye, although fishing with licences. The English receive every courtesy at Dieppe in their trade, but it is not returned. French.
March 2.
Dover.
4. Certificate by the Commissioners for Passage at Dover, that twenty-two Jesuits and priests, named, from the New Prison, London, and Ant. Whithair, prisoner at Dover, were all shipped for Calais, by warrant from Council.
March 2.
Westminster.
Warrant for advance of 1,287l. 10s. to Sir Rich. Morrison, for 1,000 muskets and 330 suits of armour, to be made according to the patterns shown by the Commissioners for recovery of the Palatinate. [Sign Man., vol. XII., No. 32.]
March 2.
Westminster.
Grant to Rich. and Milo Dodson, of Goodmanham, and Godfrey Marshal, of Allerton, all co. York, and to Rich. Davies, of the City of York, of pardon, for forcibly taking Jane Spink from Heworth, and marrying her against her will to Rich. Dodson. Latin. [Ibid., No. 33.]
March 3.
Westminster.
Warrant for payment of fees and allowances to Thos. Greene, Yeoman of the King's race of Cowsfield and West Park within the lordship of Malmesbury, co. Wilts, for himself, three servants, and the farrier of the studs; with 26s. 8d. additional for every colt brought up by him for the King. [Ibid., No. 34.]
March 3. Proclamation for the apprehension of Sir Giles Mompesson. [Grant Bk., p. 333.]
March 3.
Seaford.
5. Certificate of Thos. Gratwick and other inhabitants of Seaford, that Geo. Copper is a man of good character, that his affairs urgently require his release, that Thos. Elfick refused to release him on two bonds in 100l. each for his appearance, and required bonds of 200l.
March 3. 6. Locke [to Carleton]. Private affairs. The Parliament finds grievances enough to last them a year. Sir Giles Mompesson has escaped from the serjeants who had him in charge; the matters against him were so hateful that his neck was in danger. The courts of justice are to be looked into; the Master of the Wards confesses some abuses in his court, but complains of more in the Chancery, especially Bills of Conformity. Some of the greatest officers complained to the King of the boldness of the Lower House, when a member who was present said, that they best defended the King's prerogative who tried to preserve it against vermin that would destroy the commonwealth.
March 4.
Westminster.
Grant to Hugh Awdley, of London, of pardon for all offences against the Statutes of Usury. Latin. [Sign Man., vol. XII., No. 36.]
March 5.
Westminster.
Warrant for installation of the first fruits of the see of Winchester, granted to Bp. Lancelot Andrews, Dean of the Chapel Royal; rated at 2,873l. 13s. 10d., and to be paid in four years. [Ibid., No. 37.]
March 6.
Westminster.
Grant to the Brown-bakers of London of incorporation, with proviso of its not being prejudicial to the government of the City. [Sign Man., vol. XII., No. 38.]
[March 6.] 7. Brief of a bill to make void a decree in Chancery, in the case of Rich. Bowdler and Wm. Meggs v. Geo. Morgan, and to confirm a previous award of arbitration between the parties, made on petition of Bowdler; the arbitrators having decreed that Morgan was indebted to him 579l. 6s., Morgan appealed against their decision, and the case was referred to two masters in Chancery and others; but as they would receive none but written depositions, Bowdler could not prove his cause, and was brought in indebted to Morgan 7,486l. 1s. 10d., and Meggs, who lent him his credit, was pronounced to be his partner, and liable for the debt also. Annexed is,
7. i. Statement of the transactions between Geo. Morgan, plaintiff, and Rich. Bowdler and Wm. Meggs, Wm. Turner, Thos. Jones, Sir John Bourchier, and others, defendants, giving an abstract of all their proceedings in reference to the farming of the alum works, since 1609, with Morgan's request for confirmation of the decree in Chancery, Bowdler's objections thereto, &c. Printed.
March 6. 8, 9. Certificate of the Butchers who are licensed to kill flesh this Lent, in London, being eighteen in number, with list of seventy-two who kill without licence, and note that twenty others are suppressed. Peter Sweeper, of St. Clements, and Rich. Carpenter, being in the liberty of the Duchy of Lancaster, plead exemption from the jurisdiction of the Council; the former professes to have a licence from the Chancellor of the Duchy. Two papers.
March 7. 10. Article [to be inserted in the bill] for the enclosure [of commons], with the reasons for its insertion.
March 7. 11. Statement of a project for conveying intelligence into besieged towns and fortresses, and receiving answers therefrom under conditions specified; signed by Fras. Godwin, Bp. of Hereford, and Thos. Godwin.
March 7.
Westminster.
Warrant to Abraham Jacob to pay, out of the moneys in his hands for French and Gascony wines for the household, 443l. 6s. 8d., to the executors of the late Sir John Dackombe, as part of 833l. 6s. 8d. advanced by Sir John for the King's service. [Sign Man., vol. XII., No. 39.]
March 8.
Westminster.
Warrant to the Receiver of Essex to pay 40 marks per ann., and 40l. arrears, to Robt. Barefoot, as Woodward of Chapel Hainault and Eastholt, in Waltham Forest, the forest, with the manor of Barking, being conveyed to the Prince. [Ibid., No. 40.]
[March 8.] Docquet of the above.
[March 8.] Grant to Walter Kirkham of licence to travel for three years. [Docquet.]
[March 8.] Grant to the Bp. of Hereford of dispensation to be absent from Parliament. [Docquet.]
[March 8.] Presentation of Walter Curle, King's Chaplain, to the deanery of Lichfield. [Docquet.]
March 9.
Westminster.
Grant to Sir Thos. Holt, Bart., of pardon, for enclosing highways, near Birmingham, co. Warwick, to enlarge his parks; also licence to retain the same, on condition of maintaining and repairing other highways in lieu of those inclosed. Latin. [Sign Man., vol. XII., No. 41.]
March 10.
Winterbourne.
12. Mat. Nicholas to his brother, Edw. Nicholas. Has at length ventured on the cure of souls, and has been inducted by Mr. Sprat and Mr. Evelyn, &c. Their mother wishes Edward were married. Private affairs.
March 10.
London.
13. [Chamberlain to Carleton.] Lord Mordaunt has taken the communion, wishing to marry Lady Effingham's daughter. Grand christening of the Lord Treasurer's daughter. Sir Edw. Conway and Sir Rich. Weston are returned, having done no good, and Lord Digby is not expected to fare better. Sir Robt. Mansell and his fleet have done nothing but negociate with the pirates of Algiers for the liberation of some slaves. They had many discourtesies in Spain, but those things are dangerous to speak of. Ward, a preacher of Ipswich, was imprisoned for painting pictures of the Spanish fleet in 1588, the Gunpowder Treason, &c.; another man, for writing a treatise on the intermarriages with the House of Austria, and Dr. Everard, reader at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, for preaching against the Spanish match, and the cruelties of Spaniards. The ordnance to be exported to Spain lies still in the river, because no mariners will conduct it, or because Dutch vessels are waiting to intercept it. Escape of Sir Giles Mompesson, whose anagram is "No Empsons." The Prince and Lords promise all assistance for his apprehension; the ports are guarded, and a proclamation out against him. Buckingham declared in the House that he had no hand in these matters, but that the blame rested with the referees, who testified the lawfulness of the patents. Discussions on grievances. Sir Edw. Coke is the best speaker, but Sir Dud. Diggs spoke well. The King has been to day to the Parliament; he disapproves Coke's speeches and precedents. The truce between the States and Spain is expiring, but, though both parties talk loudly, both would be glad to renew it, if they knew how. The Lords have punished two serjeants of the counter for arresting a gentleman of the Earl of Oxford. The Bp. of London very ill.
March 11.
London.
14. Archbp. of Spalato to the King. Fears the summer heat, and has been waiting his return to town to obtain leave of absence. Much grieves that His Majesty is detained away by sickness, and therefore writes for leave to go out of town. Latin.
March 12. 15. Locke to [Carleton]. Sir Albert Morton has returned sooner than expected, being hastened home by the Princes of the Union, but has not had full audience, and will be questioned why he did not take leave of the Spanish Ambassador before he went. The King came to the Parliament on Saturday, and made a long speech, throwing the whole blame of the grievances on the referees, who will be attacked, if the Lower House have courage; he refuses to meddle with the speeches in the Lower House, saying they are 400 kings, to say what they will, and he but one. The clergy have granted three subsidies at 4s. in the pound. The Lower House have examined the Attorney General in the Tower, and he has confessed some odious things.
March 12 ? 16. Statement of the manner in which the King is defrauded of his revenue from recusants, with propositions to command the Clerk of the Pipe, Sir Hen. Spiller, and others, to bring in the accounts of recusants' fines, &c. for ten years past.
March 12.
Dover.
17. Jas. Hugessen, jun., to Lord Zouch. Wreck of the Ark Noah, a large Hamburg ship, laden with sugar, spices, coin, &c., on the Godwin Sands. Can do nothing with the goods, having incurred his Lordship's displeasure. Begs a hearing against Mr. Brames' scandals.
March 13. 18. Thos. Fulnetby to the Same. Particulars of the Hamburg vessel wrecked on Godwin Sands. Keeps the money saved till he hears from his Lordship.
March 13. 19. Justices of Westminster to the Council. Have taken notice of the qualities and residences of recusants in Westminster, but none are confined, nor any licensed, except Hum. Packington.
March 13.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Rich. Harrison, Keeper of Battels Bailiwick in Windsor Forest, 100 marks, for making a brick head to Inglemore Pond. [Sign Man., vol. XII., No. 44.]
March 14.
Cowdry.
20. Visct. Montague to the Council. Excuses the non-attendance of his son on their summons, on account of ill health. Fears he will fall into a consumption.
March 14. 21. Estimate [by the Commissioners of the Navy] of the expense of furnishing the Assurance and Nonsuch, to serve on the Narrow Seas, for three months. Total 5,002l. 16s. 3d.
March 15.
Deal.
22. Sir Hen. Mainwaring to Nicholas. Sends the inclosed to be delivered with speed. Incloses,
22. i. The Same to Lord [Zouch]. The money from the wreck is about 4,000l. Mr. Fulnetby keeps it safely in Deal Castle, and will not allow him to take it to Dover, without his Lordship's special warrant. Begs that Fulnetby may be ordered to obey him, as a serjeant should a lieutenant. Forty casks of cinnamon and four bags of pepper were saved. Deal, March 15.
March 15.
Westminster.
Grant to Lionel Batty of the goods and chattels of Hen. Boughton, forfeited for felony and for manslaughter of Sir John Whitbrook. [Sign Man., vol. XII., No. 45.]
March 15.
Westminster.
Grant, with survivorship, to Sir And. Boyd, and Mary his wife, of an annuity of 500l., in consideration of services. Latin. [Sign Man., vol. XII., No. 46.]
March 15. Special licence to Clare Hall, Cambridge, to purchase lands, not exceeding the yearly value of 300l. [Grant Bk., p. 337.]
March 16. 23. Petition of Robt. Geymer, Comptroller of Customs, co. Sussex, to the King, for release from the Fleet, being committed for suffering the exportation of iron ordnance under a forged Privy Seal. Is more than sixty years old, and has held his place many years without reproach, save for this fault of ignorance. With order thereon, that the recognizances of his surety being forfeited by his misdemeanor, he be sued, and the money paid to John Murray.
March 16. Notes [by Nicholas] of proceedings in the House of Commons, March 14 to 16. [Dom. Corresp., vol. CXXV., No. 1.]
[March 17.] 24. Abstract of the Act [proposed] for avoiding the return of insufficient jurors, showing the abuses of the present system, by undue returns of freeholders, bribery of sheriffs' officers to procure exemption, intrusion of low or interested persons into juries, &c., proposing their remedy by a general registration of freeholders, by an assessment upon all to pay the expenses of such as are called on to become jurors, and by election of jurors by lot.
March 18. 25. John Nicholas to Edw. Nicholas. Does not much like Mr. Ludlow's proposal of marriage for him; though it be to noble blood, there will be nothing given. Has had 1,000l. offered for the match from a person of his own rank. Incloses,
25. i. Hen. Ludlow to John Nicholas. Proposes to match one of his daughters with [Edw.] Nicholas, he being free from the licentiousness of the age. Will portion her to the best of his ability, &c. Cadley, Feb. 23.
25. ii. The Same to the Same. Would not have proposed the match had he known that Nicholas was in treaty with another. His daughters shall come beggars to no man.
March 19. 26. Lord Chief Justice Montague and Sir John Dodderidge to the Council. Thinks that the ordinances of the tailors and clothworkers of Ipswich are injurious to the liberties of the subject, the usages of the town, &c. Have drawn up new ordinances, with consent of all parties, correcting these faults, and inserting reformations formerly recommended by their Lordships. Inclose,
26. i. Proposed ordinances for the above company, viz., that none be admitted but freemen of the town; that persons nominated by the bailiffs examine the workmanship of the cloth monthly, and that all fines paid to the Company go to its poor. March 19.
[March.] 27. Articles accusing [the Lord Chancellor ?] of receiving bribes in causes, selling pardons, granting warrants dormant for apprehensions, defalcating moneys issuing from the Exchequer, &c.
March 19. 28. Lord Chancellor St. Albans to the House of Lords. Hearing that charges of bribery are brought against him, prays that they will not prejudge him for absence, having been ill, and preparing for a higher tribunal; that they will give him leisure to make his defence, which shall be plain and ingenuous; that he may except against or cross question the witnesses against him, and bring forward his own; and that they will not be prejudiced by the number of petitions brought against a man who gives 2,000 decrees and orders in a year, exclusive of causes. Does not desire to make greatness a subterfuge for guiltiness.
March 19. 29. "Account of an attack made on the Margaret and John of London, bound for Virginia, in a West Indian harbour, by two Spanish men-of-war, 19th March 1620," written by Thos. Hothewall, of London, an eye-witness.
March 19.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Sir Sigismund and Hen. Alexander, who have been commanded to run at tilt on the 24th, 100l., for their expenses therein. [Sign Man., vol. XII., No. 47.]
March 19.
Westminster.
Grant to Wm. Scudamore of the office of Foot Forester and Riding Forester in Galtres Forest, co. York, void by decease of Sir Thos. Vavasour. Latin. [Ibid., No. 48.]
March 19.
Westminster.
Grant to Rich. Willis, of London, of pardon for all offences against the Statutes of Usury. Latin. [Ibid., No. 49.]
March 19.
Westminster.
Grant to Thos. Lord of the office of keeping the Fort at Gravesend, in reversion after John Smith, now keeper, and on surrender of John Hepborn's reversion. [Ibid., No. 50.]
March 19.
Westminster.
Warrant to allow to the Farmers of the Customs certain defalcations from their rent of 1618, for salt, Virginian tobacco, &c., imported duty free, and for beer, cloth, lead, &c. for Virginia, and elsewhere, exported duty free; total allowance, 1,774l. 16s. 10d. [Ibid., No. 51.]
March 20.
Westminster.
Grant, with survivorship, to Rich. Randall and Thos. Beale, on surrender of Rowland White and Thos. Alured, of the office of Remembrancer in the Court of the Council in Wales. [Ibid., No. 52.]
March 20. 30. Petition of Rich. Daw to Lord Zouch, for permission to pull down part of a dwelling house at Pevensey, which he has bought, but which the bailiffs, &c. will not permit him to remove.
March 20. 31. [Wm.] Angell to [Nicholas]. The Mayor of Hastings did not assist to buy fish for the King, nor did others refrain from buying till His Majesty's purveyors were served, and the prices asked were very high. Begs assistance therein, and indifferent arbitrators to decide between them.
March 21.
New College, Oxford.
32. Mat. Nicholas to Edw. Nicholas. Has returned to Oxford, and let his college lodgings for 50l. a year, in order to help his father.
March 21.
Westminster.
Commission to the Bps. of Winchester, Durham, and Rochester, to visit St. Thomas's Hospital, Southwark, and rectify any abuses contrary to the letters patent for erection. [Sign Man., vol. XII., No. 53.]
March 22.
Westminster.
Grant to Sir Fras. Wortley, Bart., of the Stewardship of the Manor of Barnsley and Dodsworth. Latin. [Ibid., No. 54.]
March 22. 33. Bond of Sam. de Fische, Phil. Burlamachi, and others, in 20,000l., to indemnify Lord Zouch for restoring the cargo of a ship of Hamburg, wrecked upon the Godwin Sands.
March 22.
Whitehall.
34. Directions given by the King to Sir Robt. Osborne for preventing spoils in his woods.
March ? 35. "Orders conceaved and set down by His Majesty to be inviolably kept and observed for His Majesty's better husbandry in his woods, within forests, parks, and chases."
March 23. 36. Locke to Carleton. The Archbp. of Spalato will be at the meeting of the Dean and Chapter of Windsor, and will give Locke a sign, when he is to advance in his bid [for Wraysbury], and when to stand firm. The Lord Chancellor is suspended, and the charges against him are so many that there is no chance of his vindicating himself. Westminster Hall was swept clean once this year, but is almost as bad as before. Sir Jerome Horsey knows not where his son is, and will not acknowledge him.
March 23.
Westminster.
Warrant to advance moneys necessary to furnish the Victory and Dreadnought, for six months, for a voyage to the southward, and to make the necessary payments at the end of the service. [Sign Man., vol. XII., No.55.] Incloses,
37. i. Estimate by the Commissioners of the Navy of the expense of furnishing the Victory and the Dreadnought for a voyage southward for six months; total, 8,581l. 1s. 4d.
March 23.
Westminster.
Grant to Lord Admiral Buckingham of 200 oaks out of Westhay Walk, Rockingham Forest, co. Northampton, to be chosen by himself. [Ibid., No. 57.]
March 23. Grant to Wm. Lambe of the office of Tailor to the King, and of Preparer of Apparel for the Privy Chamber, for life. [Grant Bk., p. 330.]
March 23. Grant to Valentine Lawrence and others, of the benefit of a recognizance entered into by Edw. Boreston and others. [Ibid., p. 330.]
March 24.
London.
38. Chamberlain to [Carleton]. The Polish Ambassador has had an audience, and requests men to resist the Turk. The King promises well; it is thought he will have leave to raise Scotch or Irish troops, there being 30,000 Scotch families in Poland. The Venetian Ambassador is allowed to raise and transport 3,000 men. Mr. Dickenson, despatched to Lord Digby, received a sharp reproof from His Majesty for lingering by the way. The States' Commissioners went to the King at Theobalds; he asked them what satisfaction had been given to the wrongs done to the English. The Parliament are animated by daily gracious messages from His Majesty; he proposed that a committee of both Houses should sit during the recess to prepare matters, but they decline it; they work hard at cleansing out the Augan stable of monopolies, and also extortions in courts of justice. The petitions against the Lord Chancellor are too numerous to get through; his chief friends and brokers of bargains, Sir Geo. Hastings, Sir Rich. Younge, and others attacked, are obliged to accuse him in their own defence, though very reluctantly. [Edw.] Sherburn stands firm, and will confess nothing. His ordinary bribes were 300l., 400l., and even 1,000l., and one of 6,000l. was promised by Sir Egerton through Dr. Field, then his chaplain, now Bp. of Llandaff. The Lords admit no evidence except on oath. The Lower House hesitated to allow such witnesses as were its members to go to swear in the Upper, but consented on their going voluntarily, not by compulsion. One Churchill, who was dismissed from the Chancery Court for extortion, is the chief cause of the Chancellor's ruin. He conducts himself as usual, but is very ill; many Lords, Buckingham especially, visit him daily; he sent the Spanish Ambassador word that he was drawing nearer to their religion, for he felt himself in purgatory; many libels come out against him. A proclamation expected to call in all monopolies, &c. The King is forward to redress what is amiss, but the desires of the Commons are so immoderate that this fair weather is not likely to last. Old Lord Stanhope dead, and the Earl of Hertford in a palsy.
March 24 ? 39. Verses on the accusations against Lord Chancellor St. Albans, comparing him to Acton, who was worried to death by his own dogs. Latin.
March 26.
Monday.
40. The King's speech in Parliament; promises speedily to execute the sentence against certain obnoxious patents, and to revoke by proclamation those for inns, alehouses, and gold and silver thread. Urges the prosecution of the bill against informers. Is delighted at the respectful conduct of the House of Commons, &c., and delivers over to their judgment Sir Hen. Yelverton, accused of issuing an unlawful warrant dormant. Printed.
March 26. 41. Sentence pronounced in the House of Lords, in the presence of the Commons, against Sir Giles Mompesson, viz., perpetual degradation, forfeiture of all his goods, imprisonment for life, &c.
March 26. Draft of the above sentence, with additional clauses, that he be rendered for ever incapable of serving the State; that the 26th of March be kept a perpetual holiday, in commemoration of the King's justice in delivering the country from his oppressions; and that brass statues be raised to the King and Prince, to celebrate their justice. [Dom. Corresp., March 30.]
March 26
Rye.
42. Rich. Gibbridge to Nicholas. Esteems his place as a mark of favour, though not worth 5s. a year. Is hated by his enemies because he was chosen Solicitor for the town in London. They persuaded the French fishermen to depose falsely about his granting licences, and thus brought him into disfavour with Lord [Zouch]. Indorsed is an analytical table of the towns of the Cinque Ports and their dependencies. Imperfect. Latin.
March 26.
Broxholme.
43. Earl of Roxburgh to Buckingham. Requests him to prevent the success of an application made to the King by Fras. Stewart, son of the Earl of Bothwell.
March 26. Confirmation of the election of Dr. Walter Balconquall to the Mastership of the Savoy. [Docquet.]
March 26. Grant to Rich. Sherborne and Ellen Gregson of pardon for incontinency. [Docquet.]
March 26. Grant to Ann Vavasour, alias Finch, of pardon for all penances and punishments imposed on her by sentence of the High Commission Court. [Docquet.]
March 26. Warrant for payment of wages, &c. to John Williams, Groom of the Privy Buckhounds. [Docquet.]
March 26. Warrant to pay to the Same 3l. 16s., for his livery coat and other necessaries. [Docquet.]
March 26. Grant to Marmaduke Lloyd of the office of second Justice in cos. Chester, Flint, Denbigh, and Montgomery. [Docquet.]
March 26. Grant to John Barnett, Footman in ordinary, of the benefit of the recognizances of John and Rich. Creede and their sureties, forfeited for their misbehaviour. [Docquet.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Warrant for allowance of defalcations from the rent of the Farmers of Customs for 1619, for salt and Virginian tobacco imported, and for tin and beer exported, duty free; total sum, 180l. 17s. 3d. [Sign Man., vol. XII., No. 58.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Warrant for payment to Capt. John Hamilton of 300l., as a free gift. [Ibid., No. 59.]
March 26.
Westminster.
Warrant for a lease to Sir Geo. More of Crown lands, value 60l. per ann., in lieu of his surrender of 100l. pension as Chancellor of the Garter. [Ibid., No. 60.]
March 27.
Westminster.
Confirmation of Sam. Fell, King's Chaplain, of the rectory of Longworth, with the chapel of Charney, co. Berks. Latin. [Ibid., No. 62.]
March 27. 44. Wm. Hunton to his cousin, Edw. Nicholas. Thanks for favours to his brother Dick. Private affairs.
March 27.
Arnold.
45. Sir John Weld to the Deputy Lieutenants of Hertfordshire. Being served with a subpna, sends a horse for the musters in that county, though he has neither house nor land there; submits to an injustice to avoid further trouble.
March 27. 46. Statement of the order for arms to be provided at Amsterdam within six weeks' warning, showing that much could be supplied in London, at a great saving in price.
March 27. 47. Abstract of the difference in the price of arms in England and Amsterdam, showing what quantities can be provided in either place.
March 27. 48. Memorial to the Council, requesting that the defective munition in the Tower may be sold to the King's use before any one begs it, and an order given for re-mounting the great ordnance, the carriages being so decayed as to be unserviceable.
March 28. 49. Justice Edw. Forsett to [the Council]. Has called together the scavengers and rakers of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, and other parishes, and finds that the rakers are the only persons to blame for the non-cleansing of the streets, especially on the Prince's last passage through them. Has ordered the scavengers, in case of such neglect, to have the work done, and charge the cost on the rakers. Has committed two rakers for their neglect.
March 28. 50. Note of moneys paid to the Lieutenant of the Tower since October, 1617; with request for allowance of 200l. charged on him for Lord Cobham.
March 28. 51. The Commissioners of the Navy to Robt. Pye. Of the 800l. payable out of the customs for the navy, for March, 330l. is to be paid to the Treasurer of the Navy, and 470l. to the Surveyor of Victuals.
March 28.
London.
52. Chamberlain to Carleton. Parliament has finished nothing yet, except passing the subsidies, and the censure of Sir Giles Mompesson in the House of Lords, to hear which the Commons were called up, as matter of courtesy. The two Houses are on good terms with each other and with the King, who spoke in the Upper House, praising their wisdom, in the discovery of the weeds that were overrunning the garden of the State, and denouncing those who had so dissuaded him from Parliaments. The Lords were so affected that they sent him a message of thanks, the Prince being spokesman. The Commons did the same next day, which so pleased His Majesty, that he knighted the Speaker, though he is not very popular. Sir Edw. Coke loses ground, being more careless in his opinions, and in the precedents which he quotes. The Lord Chancellor keeps his house since his letter to the Lords, which was meant only to gain time till the heat of the prosecution is past. The Prince's courtesy in Parliament wins him much favour; it is the best of schools for him. The King is gone to Theobalds.
March 28.
Westminster.
Grant to John Norman, on surrender of Geo. Westbrook, of the office of Ranger in the Forest of Dean. Latin. [Sign Man., vol. XII., No. 63.]
March 28.
Westminster.
Warrant to advance sums not exceeding 217l. 10s. 4d. to Pat. Maull, Keeper of Eltham Park, for repairs there. [Ibid., No. 64.]
March 29.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to John Acton and others 2,224l. 9s. 0d., balance of 9,288l. 17s. 8d., due for plate, jewellery, and cutlery, given by the King in New Year's Gifts in 161920, in presents to Baron Dona, Count de Noailles, M. de Plessin, M. Benicorazin, Festus Hommius, and other Ambassadors and their attendants; also at christenings, &c. [Sign Man., vol. XII., No. 65.]
March 30.
Westminster.
Grant, with survivorship, to Sir Robt. Heath, Solicitor General, and Sir Geo. Paul, of Lambeth, Surrey, of the office of Chief Clerk for inrolling pleas in the King's Bench. Latin. [Ibid., No. 66.]
March 30.
Dover.
53. Certificate [by the Commissioners of the passage at Dover], that five priests, named, brought from Lancaster and West Chester, were shipped for Calais, by virtue of a warrant from Council.
March 30.
Oxford.
54. Sir Hen. Savile to Carleton. The business of Wraysbury is effected for 200l., notwithstanding the opposition of old Andrew [Windsor], &c.
March 30.
Westminster.
Proclamation repealing certain Letters Patent, Commissions and Proclamations, concerning inns, ale-houses, and the manufacture of gold and silver thread, which have proved oppressive to the subject. Printed. [Proc. Coll., No. 90.]
March 30.
Westminster.
Pro clamation approving the sentence in Parliament against Giles Mompesson, late Knight, and adding to it that of perpetual banishment. Printed. [Ibid., No. 91.]
March 31.
Westminster.
Proclamation suspending all sentences depending on bills and suits of conformity, exhibited by debtors in the Courts of Equity against their creditors, until Parliament has remedied the abuses resulting from the same. Printed. [Ibid., No. 92.]
March 31. 55. List of twenty-eight new Acts [proposed or to be proposed in Parliament].
March ? 56. Account of losses at tennis and other disbursements, for the Marquis of Buckingham.
March ? 57. Petition of Wm. Clough, Vicar of Bramham, Yorkshire, to the Council, to be heard before them on accusation of improper language, the Council of York, to which his case was referred, having kept him long in prison without examining his cause; also to be released, on bail for his appearance. Incloses,
57. i. The Council to the President and Council of the North. Wm. Clough being summoned for undutiful words against the King, and His Majesty being now in progress, and most of the Council dispersed, request them to examine the case. July 20, 1620.
57. ii. Lord President of the North and others to the Keeper of York Castle. Require him to take Wm. Clough into custody, for seditious words against the King. York, Oct. 26, 1620.
March. 58. Grant [by a Member of Parliament], of protection to Barth. Robertson, his servant, employed on his business during the sitting of this present Parliament.
March ? 59. Statement of debts due by Lady Willoughby [of Parham] to the executors [of her late husband], of plate and furniture detained from them by her, and of her letting lands and felling woods, without licence of the Court [of Wards].
March ? 60. Requests made by the executors of the late Wm. Lord Willoughby, of Parham, to the Commissioners in their cause, for delivery to them by Lady Willoughby of plate and furniture, on behalf of the young lord; for the repayment of moneys which she owes to them and to Sir Geo. Manners, for prosecuting the wardship of her son, and for other allowances to Sir George for expenses in the business of the ward.
March ? 61. Statement by of the proceedings of himself and John Johnson, of London, in procuring a patent to license artificers who have not served their apprenticeship to use their trades, the King to receive one fourth of the profits. The patent was granted to Sir Jas. Spence, Arch. Primrose, and himself, but afterwards returned into the King's hands, as being too important to be held by subjects, and compensation promised to the patentees.
March.
Chancery Lane.
62. [The Speaker of the House of Commons] to the Justices of Assize for Somersetshire. To stay a trial between Wm. Richmond, Mat. Coxe, and Nic. Vannam, plaintiffs, and Hen. Sherfield, defendant; the latter being a member of Parliament, and no members allowed to depart, will be unable to attend.
March. Warrant to pay to Sir Geo. Trenchard and Sir Wm. Bamfield, Captains of Sandsfoot Castle, co. Dorset, 69l. 19s. 2d. per ann., for the wages of a Porter, Master Gunner, and other Gunners, to serve there. [Docquet.]
March. Grant to Wm. Parrett of an almsroom in Worcester Cathedral. [Docquet.]
March ? 63. Answer by And. Batten, Master of the ship Neptune, to the Council, on the report of the referees on the difference between him and Sir Ferd. Gorges. Solicits time to perfect his accounts, having been prevented by employment on the King's service in survey of cordage.
March ? 64. Estimate [by the Commissioners of the Navy] of the charge of re-victualling, wages, &c. for the ships Red Lion, Vanguard, Rainbow, Reformation, Convertive, and Antelope, to be employed against the pirates of Algiers, for six months longer. Total, 14,094l. 13s. 4d.
March. 65. Order in Council prohibiting the importation of foreign corn, as being prejudicial to the farmers, on account of the plenty of corn during several preceding years.
March ? 66. Note [by Sir Robt. Heath] of the King's willingness to grant a certain petition, if the Lord Treasurer, after consulting the Farmers of the Customs, finds that it will not be a hindrance to the customs on tobacco, nor to the orders established for retailing it.