James 1 - volume 120: April 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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April 1621

April 1 ? 67. Account of moneys paid to the Treasurer of the Navy and Surveyor of Victuals, from Michaelmas, 1618, to Easter, 1621.
[April 3.]
68. Petition of And. Batten to the Council, that being again summoned to sea on the King's service, he may have further respite to make up his accounts against Sir Ferdinando Gorges.
April [3 ?]
69. Sir Hen. Mainwaring to Lord [Zouch]. Lord Carew cannot give out the stores for Dover Castle, without an assignment from his Lordship. Lord Digby has had ill success in his embassy to the Archduke. Don Diego [Count Gondomar] was insulted in passing through the City, and violence threatened, but none used. The King swears the offenders shall be severely punished. Buckingham is gone to a horse-race at Lincoln; he had not his Easter dinner sent from the King's table as usual.
April 3. 70. Bond of Lawr. Greene and Edw. James, both of London, in 300l., to pay 210l. to Robt. Cambell, before Oct. 5.
April 4. 71. Glaziers' Company of London, and others, to the Council. Certify that Sir Robt. Mansell's glass is cheap, of good quality, and plentiful, and that it is superior to the glass brought out of Scotland. Are better served now than before, when Bungard and others used to buy up all the glass and sell it at high prices.
April 6. 72. Mayor and Jurats of Hastings to Lord Zouch. The complaints of [Wm. Angell], the King's fishmonger, are untrue. His purveyor was allowed to purchase quietly what he demanded. Turbot and other choice fish are not exported to Dieppe; would punish such exportation, if detected.
April 6. Grant to Phil. Harris and others, of all iron works, with furniture belonging thereto, in the Forest of Dean, for seven years. [Grant Bk., p. 345.]
April 6. Grant to Rich. Challoner and others of all iron works in the Forest of Dean. [Ibid., p. 340.]
April 7.
73. Sir John Killigrew to Carleton. Has obtained numerous certificates of the importance of the lighthouse on Lizard Point. Many Holland merchants approve it. Is opposed by the Trinity House, &c., but hopes by Carleton's aid to carry it out.
April 7.
74. Chamberlain to Carleton. It is doubtful whether the King's condemnation of the alehouse patent will prevent its further prosecution in Parliament. Death of the King of Spain and of the Bishop of London, who left an estate of 12,000l. or 15,000l. Reported promotions to bishoprics. Three apprentices whipped at the cart's tail for a slight offered to the Spanish Ambassador; they were much pitied, and affronts were offered to those who executed the sentence, at which the King was so much displeased that he came from Theobalds to Guildhall to reprove such disorders; the relation of the Recorder and others pacified him, and he only gave private admonitions to the aldermen, to see such young fellows thoroughly punished. Another has been whipped since, and several murmurers at the sentence taken up. Death of Sir John Morgan of Surrey and the Earl of Hertford. Lord Mordaunt has married Mrs. Howard.
April 7.
75. Ant. Hill to Nicholas. Mr. Marsh objects to the present time of the year for the musters of the Cinque Ports, because it is term time, and he cannot attend; but it is fixed by Lord Zouch as being most convenient for the towns, the seafaring men not being gone to sea.
[April 7.] 76. Leonard Bautrey [Serjeant-at-law] and Ant. Irby [Master in Chancery] to the Council. The town maces of Boston being left in a window, the tops, containing the crosses, &c., were cut off by some person unknown, and the mischief not being found out till the Mayor was going to church on the Sunday, they were obliged to be thus carried before him. He was not privy to the offence, and ordered the goldsmith of Boston to mend the maces. Inclose
76. i. Examinations of Peter Dixon and Wm. Smith, Serjeants of the Mace of Boston. Particulars of the placing of the maces in the window, and of the crosses being missed from them the following Sunday. April 7.
76. ii. Examination of Edw. Nodall, goldsmith of Boston. Was at Lynn Market when the maces were defaced, but when his return was known, was sent for by the Mayor, and ordered to mend them, which he did. April 7.
76. iii. Examination of Abraham Brown, painter. Told the Mayor's wife, that the taking off the crosses from the maces was an evil and dangerous matter. April 7.
76. iv. Examination of John Connock, Alderman of Boston. Being in London, tried to ascertain by whose influence David Lewis had entered a complaint about the defacing of the maces, and begged him, as the Mayor was sickly, to obtain a commission to examine him in the country. Dr. Brown and others also wrote to Mr. Lewis to beg him to cease his complaint, "for the business was ended for whom it was begun." April 7.
76. v. Examinations of Ann Bramford, John Child, and Catherine Cullingham, servants of the Mayor, relative to the placing of the maces &c.; do not know who was the defacer. April 7.
76. vi. Examination of Rich. Westland. Heard Abraham Brown say, that the offence was felony or treason, because it was a defacing of the imperial arms. April 7.
76. vii. Examination of John Jenkinson, blacksmith, clerk, and sexton of Boston. Did not cut off the tops of the maces, but has heard that he was accused of it. April 7.
76. viii. Examination of Atherton Hough, churchwarden of Boston. Did not cut the crosses from the maces, but did break off the hand and arm from an image of a Pope in the steeple of the church, thinking it contrary to the statute of 1 Eliz. against images in churches, and hearing that it had been remarked on in the town. April 7.
76. ix. Examination of Thos. Coney, town-clerk of Boston. Knows not the offender, but tried to induce Mr. Lewis to desist from his complaint, and persuaded Dr. Brown and others to sign a letter to him to that effect; this was done without the Mayor's knowledge. April 7.
April ? 77. Notes on the above cause. Lewis said that the Mayor conferred privately with most of the examinates beforehand, as also with Mr. Irby, who interrupted the witnesses when they said anything material. Serjeant Bautrey said that Lewis confessed to knowing who cut off the crosses, but would not reveal it except to the King. With memoranda of presumptions unfavourable to the Mayor.
April 8.
Proclamation for suppressing insolent abuses against persons of quality, as well strangers as others, in the streets and suburbs of London; each alderman to be held responsible for such offences in his own ward, householders exhorted to assist in the capture of offenders, &c. Printed. [Proc. Coll., No. 93.]
April 9. 78. Bill of charges for Dr. John Everard for diet, &c. during the five weeks of his commitment, since March 6, 1621.
April 10.
79. Certificate from the Mayor and Aldermen of Newcastle-uponTyne, Commissioners for preservation of the River Tyne, to the Council, of their proceedings since Michaelmas, 1620. Robt. Brandling has failed to reform the abuses of his wharf at Felling, co. Durham, the wharf being in decay, and soil thrown upon it, some of which falls into the river; all other abuses are rectified.
April 12. 80. Statement by Clement Massey, that — Smith, with Mr. Small, an Attorney of the King's Bench, came to the Lord Mayor's Court, and asked for a copy of a petition against Sir Hen. Spiller; that he could find no such petition, on which Smith said it was concealed by trickery, that Sir Henry might not have a copy, but that he would move Parliament about it.
April 12.
Admiral Ship.
81. Sir Robt. Mansell to Capt. Pennington, Commander of the Zouch Phænix. The Council of War having decided on manning and victualling the Satia or Polacra out of the Fleet, he is to send from his ship three men, with victuals, arms, &c., therefor.
April 13.
82. Sir Benj. Rudyard to [Sir Fras. Nethersole]. The Lord Chamberlain is most careful of Her Majesty [the Queen of Bohemia's] affairs. Hopes she will visit England, being so near. Her coming during Parliament might be of use to her affairs. Never Parliament proceeded so well and amiably, but it is feared the Spanish match cannot be carried through without jostling. The Lord Chancellor is in danger of a sentence for corruption, and Sir John Bennet is attacked on the same score.
April 14.
83. Sir Allan Zouch to Nicholas. Will welcome Mr. Dyer, or any other, for his sake.
April 14. Commission to Wm. Earl of Pembroke, to be Lord Lieutenant in cos. Somerset and Wilts. [Grant Bk., p. 339.]
April 15.
St. Mary's, Dover.
84. Mayor and Jurats of Dover to Lord Zouch. Their petition for the settlement of the parish was by the general consent of the Mayor, Jurats, and commons of any quality, but there are refractory persons, opposers of all good government, who combine against it. Entreat his Lordship's assistance in the passing of their bill through Parliament.
April ? 85. Petition of Sir Sam. Tryon to the Commissioners for the Earl Marshalship. Is imprisoned on the false information of Sir Fras. Crane, that being made a baronet by his means, he refused to pay him certain moneys due to him. Prays for a hearing and release on bail, and not to be impleaded both in the Earl Marshal's Court and the Court of Exchequer.
April ? 86. Petition of the Same to the Same, that being promised a hearing by them if he relinquish his plea in the Exchequer, he may still defend himself, and meantime be released.
April 15. 87. Petition of Sir Sam. Tryon to the Same. Is still kept prisoner, on a pretended breach of their Lordships' order in his cause; entreats a hearing, and promises submission.
April 15.
88. Sir Stephen le Sieur to Sir Geo. Calvert. Sends a letter from a person whose letters, forwarded to the King through Sec. Naunton, were approved by his Majesty; the writer will expect more than bare words for his trouble.
April 15. 89. Petition of the Glaziers' Company to the Duke of Lenox and others, Commissioners for the glass business. Detail the proceedings of Isaac Bungard, John Dynes, and others, since 1605, in endeavouring to engross the whole trade in glass, so as to have the prices at their disposal; entreat that their present slanderous bill in Parliament against Sir Robt. Mansell's patent may be frustrated, as the company must then fall back under their tyranny, or be subject to the Scottish patent.
April 16. 90. Ant. Hill to Nicholas. Will make Mr. Marsh's warrant answer for a general holding of the musters, though Marsh thought it was only to be a training of the soldiers, &c.
April 16. 91, 92. Certificate by Hen. Visct. Falkland, Treasurer, and Sir Marmaduke Darell, Cofferer of the Household, Commissioners for levying the subsidy of 18 Jac. I., that the services therein of Sir Clement Edmondes, Clerk of the Council, were valued at 25l. fee. Two copies.
April 16.
93. Mayor and Jurats of Dover to Lord Zouch. The grant of the benefit of the light at Dungeness being now made void by Parliament, request that it may be re-granted to his Lordship and others, and the profits applied to the repair and maintenance of Dover harbour, under efficient management.
April 17.
94. Mayor and Jurats of Hythe to the Same. The lighthouse at Dungeness being called in question by Parliament, for its ill keeping and excessive charges, beg that its custody, and the benefits arising therefrom, may be settled upon the Cinque Ports, who are most interested in its preservation.
April 17.
95. Edw. Misselden to —. Finds the chief cause of the decay of the cloth trade to be the abuses in searching and sealing, persons being employed who are negligent and ignorant, and the seals publicly sold, so that clothiers affix them to goods never seen by the searcher, which causes great diminution in the demand for and price of English cloths abroad. Similar abuses occur in the new draperies made in the west of England, whereby, and by the want of a Spanish company, the trade for them in Spain is much diminished. Suggests a rigorous mode of search, such as is practised in the Netherlands and at Colchester, in baize making. With an abstract of the principal clothing counties and towns of England.
April 18 ? 96. Petition of Sir Hen. Finch to the King. Disclaims the opinion which His Majesty thinks is asserted in his book; is sorry for having written so unadvisedly; begs liberty and restoration to favour.
April 18.
97. Chamberlain to [Carleton]. The Bp. of London is better; he preached the Easter sermon with difficulty, but will not print it unless the King command it, as he did his sermon on the opening of Parliament. Proclamations by the King and Lord Mayor against affronts, by gesture, word, or action, to Ambassadors; the aldermen have visited from house to house to enforce them. Sir John Bennet's friends will probably carry him through his accusations. Serjeant Finch is committed for his book on the conversion of the Jews. Tilenus has returned to Paris, without taking leave. A new office, the Remembrancer of the Green Cloth, is conferred on Harvey, the King's grocer, who pretends thereby to save His Majesty 10,000l. a year. The Earl of Bedford has left his wife 4,000l. jointure, and a town and country house. Lord St. John, the Marquis of Winchester's eldest son, dead or dying. Quarrels between the Earl of Essex and Lord Gerard, and the Earl of Oxford and Lord Mordaunt. Oxford is to marry the Earl of Bridgewater's daughter, with 2,000l. a year in land, and 4,000l. jointure. The King sent word to Parliament that he had refused the Lord Chancellor's tender of the Great Seal, and wished them to hear him favourably, but to judge him as they thought fit, if matters prove foul. News of the loss of Bohemia, submission of Hungary, &c.
April 18.
98. Sir Dud. Diggs to the Same. Parliament going on amicably. The great Chancellor is ready for his sentence in the Upper House, and, in the Lower, Sir John Bennet is convicted of corruption, but he is sick, and his sentence awaits his appearance to answer for himself.
April 19.
99. Buckingham to Lord Zouch. To issue his order for impressing threescore seamen in the Cinque Ports, to man the Victory and Dreadnought.
April 20. 100. Memorandum of anticipations made on certain heads of revenue, for the year 19 Jac. I.
April 21.
101. Earl of Bath to the Council. The Corporation of Exeter have nominated John Prowse, John Marshall, and John Sheere, as Deputy Lieutenants, in place of Sir Geo. Smith and Mr. Periam, deceased. They wish the number increased, the present six being insufficient, since three are needed for a quorum.
April 21. 102. Conditions upon which the three Lords [Buckingham, Carew, and Cranfield], depute to Mr. Evelyn their patent for the sole refining of saltpetre and making of gunpowder.
April 21. 103. Estimate [by the Ordnance officers] of the stores to be provided for the guns, &c. of the Victory and Dreadnought; total cost 295l. 10s. 8d. With order from the Treasurer and Chancellor of the Exchequer to Robt. Pye, for immediate payment thereof. Dated May 8.
April 21. Commission to Visct. Mandeville to let out the King's lands. [Grant Bk., p. 341.]
[April 22.] 104. Lord Chancellor St. Albans to the House of Lords. Rejoices in the midst of his profound afflictions that the greatness of a magistrate is no shelter for crime. His only justification is non-concealment of his offences. Will not reply to particulars, nor cavil at witnesses, nor urge extenuations. Submits to their judgment and mercy, but hopes that the loss of the seal may be sufficient expiation for his faults. Pleads for compassion, by the example of the King's clemency, their own fellow-feeling with him, &c.
April 22. 105. Copy of the above.
April 23.
106. Chamberlain to Carleton. Some say the King of Spain, on his death-bed, bequeathed his daughter to the Emperor's son, others, to our Prince. Sir Hen. Yelverton is called to answer before the Upper House, but has time given to clear himself. Sir John Bennet's case proves worse and worse, in spite of his protestations of innocence; he is banished the House, and taken into custody. St. George's Feast has been held in the New Banquetting Room, which is too handsome for the rest of the building.
April 23. 107. Locke to [the Same]. The Polish Ambassador is allowed to levy 8,000 volunteers, and Sir Art. Aston is to be their leader. The King made a speech to both Houses at Whitehall, and said he thanked them less for the subsidy than for their manner of giving it, which made foreign countries ring with the love his subjects bear him; that he would henceforth speak to them, not "out of art," but "from his heart, which they had and should have." Half the subsidy being gone already, he urged the wants of his daughter and her family, confessing too great profuseness at his first coming. He bade them proceed cautiously in hearing complaints, and act not from humour but justice; he said that Parliament had brought many abuses to light which he should not have found out. It is hoped Parliaments will be more frequent. Kilvert, a proctor, accuses Sir John Bennet of so many corruptions that, by his side, the Chancellor seems an honest man. He has gained 1,000l. a year by taking oaths by commission; he is responsible for 140,000l. that has come to his hands for charitable uses, &c.
April 23.
Dover Pier.
108. Will. Leonard to Nicholas. Two Holland ships have taken a ship of Dunkirk, off the Ness, laden with treasure for the payment of Spinola's army, and a ship of Nieuport that had also treasure on board, &c.
April 23. 109. Thos. Godfrey to the Same. Hopes Lord [Zouch] will not hear the complaints against him of Stephen Browne, of Lydd, who has shot his pigeons.
[April 25.] 110. Abstract of a [proposed] Act for confirmation of all grants made to the late Queen Elizabeth, and to the King, saving the rights of all but the granters and their heirs; also for confirmation of all grants, leases, compositions for defective titles, conveyances of entailed lands, &c., made by them, with certain exceptions.
April 25.
111. Mayor, &c. of Bath to Lord Zouch. Thanks for his approval of the regulations made by Sir Ignatius Jordan and Dr. Jordan about the Cross Bath. Hopes he will approve the intended separation of the sexes in all the baths, which ought to have been effected long ago.
April 25.
Admiral Ship, Alicant Road.
112. Sir Robt. Mansell to Capt. Pennington of the Zouch Phænix. The service requires that the whole fleet should keep together. Purposes to go to Ivica to take in wood, to touch at Majorca, and then repair to Algiers.
[April 26.] 113. Reasons in behalf of the bill in Parliament to restore to the merchants of the staple their trade of exporting cloth and other woollen goods, showing its convenience to the state, by encouraging manufacturers of cloth, &c., and their right to it, as an ancient privilege of the company.
April 27.
114. Mayor and Jurats of Sandwich to Lord Zouch. Mr. Herbert and Constable being both in London, no one in Dover knows anything about the money which Matt. Weston says was stolen from him at Dover, recovered by Mr. Constable, and delivered to Mr. Herbert, then Mayor.
April 28 ? 115. Petition of Matt. Weston to the Same, for a warrant for Mr. Herbert and Robt. Constable, of Sandwich, to appear before him, to answer for detaining 20l., which he delivered to them in trust. Believes them to be in London, though they are said to have returned to Sandwich.
April 28.
116. Ant. Hill to Nicholas. Recommends Rich. Godfrey as Captain for Romney, &c. He will not sue for the office, it being one of trouble and disprofit. The seas are full of Dutch men-of-war. Moyle Lambert's fleet against Dunkirk has been augmented. They are looking out for three Spanish ships laden with treasure.
April 29.
117. The Same to the Same. To favour the request of the Mayor of Winchelsea for [Robt.] Butler and Giles Waters to be appointed Jurats of Winchelsea.
April 30.
Edmund Hall, Oxford.
118. Matt. Nicholas to Edw. Nicholas. Advice relative to two proposed matches for him, one being his cousin Lawrence's widow, with children.
April ? 119. Susannah Nicholas to the Same. Advises him not to marry the widow, on account of her children.
April 30. 120. The Same to the Same. Counsels him not to live at home when married, but to obtain some employment.
April 30. Warrant for Sir Thos. Tyringham, Master of the Privy Buckhounds, to take up, in places adjacent to the Court, beds, stable room, &c., for himself and the hounds, at reasonable prices. [Docquet.]
April ? 121. Notes [by Sir Robt. Heath], that the points to be considered are the honour, safety, and profit of the King and kingdom. The first requires readiness for war in order to make peace secure, lest our enemies despise, and our allies neglect us. The second depends mainly on our shipping, and suffers by its non-maintenance and the boldness of the Hollanders. The third depends on well ordered trade, which is much decayed, the imports much exceeding the exports, and treasure being thus exhausted. Suggestions for remedy by showing ourselves ready for war, encouraging mariners, making due provision of ordnance, protecting the Narrow Seas as the door of the kingdom, maintaining the fisheries of the kingdom, encouraging the cloth trade, and also the East India Company, enforcing restitution of wrongs from the Hollanders, &c. The fleet now gone against pirates would, if recalled, be a sufficient guard for the Narrow Neas.
April ? 122. Notes [by the Same], to the same purport.
April ? 123. Reasons against the intended division of the decayed parish of St. Peter in Dover, and the pier houses in the town, between the parishes of Hougham and St. James's.
April ? 124. Discourse by [Auditor] Stanley, entitled "A brief relation touching the Government, and levying of the King's revenues within the survey of His Majesty's Exchequer, as also the cause why those revenues have of late times fallen into such great arrears, and from whence the obstruction arises; with an humble proposition for a remedy."
[April.] 125. Commissioners of the Navy to Robt. Pye. Of the 800l. payable for the Navy for April, 330l. is to be paid to the Treasurer of the Navy, and 430l. to the Surveyors of Victuals.
April ? 126. Petition of the Cinque Ports to the House of Commons. Complain that whereas by ancient charters they enjoy the right of free trade throughout England, the trading companies of London not only prevent the carriage of goods to the Cinque Ports for export, but the export of their own manufactures, so that shipping decays, and many chief men remove to London; also that they are restrained in purchase of cloth from Blackwell Hall, and in their right to the prisage of wines. Request redress.