James 1 - volume 127: February 1622

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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 1622

Feb. 1.
62. The King to the Lord Treasurer. Approves his zeal in claiming the debts due to the Crown by the late Sir Thos. Watson, but wishes those due to him by the Crown to be also discharged; requests him therefore to examine the accounts for the wall about Greenwich Park, and deduct anything due on that account from the debt, and also to assist Lady Watson in gathering in her husband's debts.
Feb. 1. 63. Petition of John Houlter to Lord Zouch, to order the Mayor and officers of Hastings to execute process upon John Fissenden for arrears of rent due to him, which process they refuse to serve.
Feb. 2. 64. Petition of Thos. Jenman to the Same. Is a distressed copyholder of the manor of Hartley-Maudit, co. Hants, of which Dr. Styward is Lord. Entreats him to write to the Attorney General, to expedite decision in a vexatious suit prosecuted against him in the Star Chamber by Dr. Styward.
Feb. 2.
65. The King to the Council. Has tried by treaties to recover his children's patrimony, but having failed is obliged to take up the sword, and, wanting the expected help from Parliament, is constrained to try the affections of his people by a voluntary contribution. Requires them to summon persons of wealth residing in or near London, and request them to give according to their means; also to write to persons of quality in the country, to contribute themselves and to collect from others what they will give towards so just a cause.
Feb. 2.
66. John Philpot to Lord Zouch. Has reached Hilbury, fourteen miles beyond Chester, and only waits the wind to sail for Dublin. Hopes if he becomes free again to serve his Lordship in a nearer place, and meanwhile desires his favour to his desolate wife and children.
Feb. 2. Presentation of Lodowick Wemies to the Vicarage of Gedney, diocese of Lincoln. [Docquet.]
Feb. 2. Grant to John Graham of pardon for a murder on the Borders, in the late Queen's time, and for any felonies committed since. [Docquet.]
Feb. 2. Grant to Sir Robt. Carey, Chamberlain to the Prince, of the rank of Baron Carey, of Leppington, co. York. [Docquet.]
Feb. 4. 67. Locke to [Carleton]. The East India merchants prefer fresh complaints against the Hollanders. The Earl of Oxford and Sir Fras. Steward, his Vice Admiral, have gone to their fleet of four of the King's ships, and five of the merchants. The Lords, having had up the principal men of the City about the contribution, have written to the Lord Mayor and Aldermen to deal with the rest, and also to the Judges and Officers of the Courts of Justice to do what they can. Lord Belfast has offered 500l., to be spared the embassy [to Germany]; he advises 20,000l. to be sent to provide victuals, whilst the passage is free to the Palatinate, but so much money is not yet promised. Lord St. Albans is likely to be restored to the Council Table. The King has given special warrant to the Lord Treasurer to pay him his pension of 1,200l. per ann. The Bp. of Spalato has preached a sermon at the Mercers' Chapel favourable to the Church of Rome; it is reported that he will be deprived. The Earl of Berkshire shot himself with a cross-bow, &c. Incloses,
67. i. The King to the Council, respecting the contribution for defence of the Palatinate. [See Feb. 2].
Feb. 4.
68. John Harvey to Carleton. Particulars of the illness, death, and funeral of Nich. Hare. Wishes a copy, by Michael Janson, of a portrait of him, which is in Carleton's possession.
Feb. 4. Grant to Wm. Arundel of 1,000l., the fine imposed on Sir Fras. Englefield for his contempt in Chancery. [Grant Bk., p. 308.]
Feb. 4. Commission to Lord Cranfield, &c. to receive the accounts of Hen. Visct. Falkland, late Master of the Jewel House. [Ibid., p. 340.]
Feb. 5. Commission to Sir Fras. Goodwin, &c., to order a survey of Barnwood Forest, co. Bucks. [Ibid, p. 340.]
Feb. 5.
69. Matt. Nicholas to Edw. Nicholas. On his love affair. The lady is very melancholy.
Feb. 6.
70. The Same to the Same. States the transactions between their father and his mistress, relative to security for the jointure to be allowed to her, and her portion.
Feb. 6.
71. Mayor, &c. of Southampton to the Council. A merchant ship from that port, going with a cargo for Bourgneuf, in France, and riding at anchor in the port of Conquet, was seized by two French ships, and carried away to Brest, where she is still retained. Beg redress. Annex,
71. i. Certificate by the Officers of Customs of Southampton, that the ship Gift of God, laden with cloth, &c., after paying customs, embarked for Bourgneuf in France, in December last. Southampton, Feb. 6.
Feb. 6.
72. Wm. Leonard to Lord Zouch. A large Flemish ship, laden with white wine, is wrecked in the Narrow Seas, and all the men drowned. The Earl of Oxford's fleet have picked up forty or fifty hogsheads, which they found floating on the water, and the men of Dover have rescued several tuns, which remain at his Lordship's disposal.
Feb. 6. 73. Petition of Rich. Hurlston and others, mariners of Dover and Sandwich, to the Same. Having reached London with a cargo of wines of Bourdeaux, have been delayed fifteen days by the refusal of the merchants to take the wines, on account of the increased impositions thereon, and meanwhile five of their sailors have been impressed; beg that they may be dismissed, and their men released.
Feb. ? 74. Note that a few vintners have petitioned the Council against the duty of 40s. per tun on wines. The business being of importance to Marquis Hamilton, and to the continuation of the impost, the King is requested to be present at the hearing. Indorsed, "His Majesty will heare it."
Feb. 7. 75. Locke to Carleton. The States' Commissioners, after consenting to restitution of goods taken from our merchants in the Indies, made demands for freight, &c. so exorbitant, that the treaty was in a fair way to break off, &c.
Feb. 9.
76. The Council to the [Justices of Peace] of cos. Wilts, Gloucester, Somerset, Worcester, Dorset, Oxford, Kent, Suffolk, Devon, and York. Have had many complaints of distress owing to the weavers and spinners being out of work, and have thereupon ordered the merchants to buy up cloth as much as possible; require them to deal with the clothiers to renew their works, it being unfitting that they should at their pleasure dismiss their workpeople, who are thus deprived of livelihood, and disturb the Government. Where the unemployed poor are very numerous, a common stock is to be raised to find them work; all who disobey these orders are to enter bonds to appear before Council. Have ordered the wool dealers not to store up wools, thereby to enhance the price, but to sell them on moderate terms; those who have gained in profitable times must now be content to lose for the public good, till the decay of trade be remedied.
Feb. 9. 77. List of sixteen Baronets, Knights, and Gentlemen of Hertfordshire, to be warned to attend Council [on the contribution]. With marginal notes of the serving of the notices.
Feb. 9. 78. Like list of two gentlemen of Essex.
Feb. 9. 79. Like list of twenty-five persons of Sussex.
Feb. 9. 80. Like list of thirty-five persons of Surrey.
Feb. 9 ? 81. Duplicate lists for Sussex and Surrey, with list of eleven persons additional of Sussex, who were sent for on a second warning.
Feb. 9 ? 82. Like lists of twenty-five persons summoned from co. Middlesex, ten from Essex, sixteen from Herts, ten from Cambridge, four from Hunts, six from Leicester, nine from Bedford, eleven from Berks, sixteen from Bucks, and sixty from Kent.
Feb. 9.
83. Order in Council, referring to Sec. Calvert, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the Master of the Rolls, the decision of a difference between Nich. Massey, Clerk of the Commissioners of Sewers, cos. Northampton, Lincoln, &c., and Win. Bridges, late Under-Sheriff of Cambridge, concerning the escheating of fines imposed upon Sir John Cage for negligence in executing the warrants of the Commissioners. All suits-at-law between them to be suspended in the meantime.
Feb. 10. 84. Petition of Lawr. Baker, of Old Romney, to Lord Zouch. Edw. Harward, of Ashford, being in custody for a debt to him of 92l. 18s. 3d., escaped from prison at Hythe by negligence of the Mayor, who was then decreed by the Court of Chancery to pay the debt, which he refuses to do; prays his Lordship to compel performance of the said decree.
Feb. 10. 85. Note by Wm. Leonard of forty-one pipes of wine found in the sea, and brought into Dover pier, since Feb. 2, 1621, with the names of the savers; also of eighteen more pipes taken up between Dover and Lydd.
Feb. 10 ? 86. Note by the Same, that Jas. Hugessen intends to send abroad a list of the marks on the above wines, so as to find an owner for them; has failed in endeavouring to keep the keys of the storehouses from Hugessen.
Feb. 10 ? 87. Thos. Fulnetby to Lord Zouch. The wines taken from the sea near Dover are very good, and. worth 16l. or 17l. a tun; asks directions whether they shall be sold at Dover or sent to London.
Feb. 10. 88. Locke to Carleton. The States' Commissioners have offered no tolerable conditions, and the treaty is likely to come to nothing. The richest persons in the neighbouring counties are summoned before Council to set down what they will contribute. Decay of the clothing trade, measures taken by Council to moderate the prices of wool, &c.
Feb. 10. 89. Sir Robt. Heath to Buckingham. Thanks for preferring his suit to His Majesty; had involved himself too much for Sir Thos. Watson, and hopes no one will be before him in obtaining the grant of Watson's debt.
[Feb. 12.] 90. Petition of the Eastland merchants to the Council, to consider their former petitions for preservation of their trade from ruin, by prohibition of the great importation of Eastern goods by strangers, and by permission to remove from Elbing to Dantzic, or some place more convenient.
Feb. 12.
91. Order in Council referring to Lord Brooke, Sec. Calvert, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the Master of the Rolls, the above petition of the Eastland Merchants.
Feb. 12.
92. Mayor, &c. of Plymouth to the Lord Treasurer. Request fulfilment of his promise that they may not be interrupted in their fishery for Virginia, as threatened by Sir Ferd. Gorges, the western ports having little employment for the people but in shipping.
Feb. 14. 93. Matt. Nicholas to Edw. Nicholas. Has delivered his letter to his mistress, and pressed his suit.
Feb. 14. 94. Estimate [by the Navy Commissioners] of the charge of wages, &c. for eighty men for the ship Garland, appointed to transport Lord Digby into Spain, who are to be pressed in the Thames, at 2s. 6d. per man; total 443l. 5s.
Feb. 14.
95. Matt. Nicholas to Edw. Nicholas. A sudden change has taken place in his mistress, and she wishes to break off the connexion. Mutilated.
Feb. 15. 96. [Fictitious] speech of the King in Parliament. Wishes to be the protector and restorer of his people, and therefore gives the following orders, which none are to transgress, under pains of Lèsemajesté. His declaration on his accession of making no change in religion was to accommodate the times, and was contrary to the hopes conceived of him abroad; declared then that the Catholic religion was true, though burdened with ceremonies. The Catholics then petitioned for freedom from persecution, but the times would not permit it;. yet thenceforth has taken them under protection, allows them free exercise of their religion, and restores to them all their goods, &c. Has endeavoured to procure for the Prince an honourable marriage with the Infanta of Spain, but some persons try to prejudice the Prince against the match, especially Lord Rouch [Zouch ?], who is imprisoned therefor. Gives precedents of marriages between England and Spain, and of matches of Princes differing in religion. Will send Lord Digby to bring the Infanta to England, and chastise all opposers thereto. As the defender of his people, is obliged to arm vessels to vindicate the spoils committed upon them by the Hollanders in the East Indies. With note, that the King has restored to Lord Gracette [?] his wife, sons, and goods, of which he had been deprived for twelve years, and made him one of the Council; also, that the Parliament did not like his speech, though they dissimulated for fear of offending His Majesty. Italian. Printed at Mantua, re-translated from a Spanish translation by Giovanni Dimas, made from the English printed in London, by Hercules Farnese, St. Paul's Churchyard.
Feb. 15. 97. Petition of Michael Jenyson, of Gray's Inn, prisoner in the Fleet, to the Council, for release and permission to prosecute by law his complaint against Sir Edw. Coke, who caused him to be severely treated in prison.
Feb. 15.
98. Mayor and Jurats of Rye to Lord Zouch. Their fishermen have seen thirty-six French fisherboats fishing in the Sowe, most of them from Treport, of which they were formerly ordered to make prizes. Thanks for his aid to their fishermen in the complaints made to Council against those of France.
Feb. 16.
99. The Same to the Same. The fishermen have taken four French fisherboats of Caen and Somme, which were fishing on the coast without licence. Those of Treport came too well armed to be taken without greater force. Send samples of their nets, and the small fish caught therein.
Feb. 16. 100. Petition of the fishermen of Hythe to the Same, for licence to go to sea forthwith to catch soles, being unable, if they wait the limited day, to supply the increased demand for fish occasioned by the Proclamation for strict keeping of fish days, as the soles which are now in season will meanwhile be swept up by trawlers.
Feb. 16.
101. Chamberlain to Carleton. The Council having taken the cream of the benevolence, have left London to the Lord Mayor's care, who rates persons at the amount of seven and a half subsidies. It will be called a malevolence. The coroner is ordered to suppress the manner of the Earl of Berkshire's death; Chris. Villiers is to marry his daughter. The Bp. of Spalato has leave to return to Rome, alleging intimacy with the Pope, and that the Kings of France and Spain have pledged themselves for his security. It is the Spanish Ambassador's doing. All are displeased with the infatuated proceedings of the States, which gives the Spaniards an advantage. Sir Robt. Carey is made Baron Leppington, and Sir Thos. Savage is to have his place about the Prince. Judge Chamberlain has married Lady Berkeley, Lord Chamberlain Hunsdon's only daughter, and Sir John Hobart, the Earl of Bridgewater's eldest daughter. Sir Hen. Savile has returned to Eton, resigned for death. The King is at Newmarket, and will go a shroving to Sir John Crofts', whose Lady and daughter Cecilia have been much at Newmarket lately. The Earl of Oxford's fleet has returned, for whilst they were at Portsmouth, the Dutch East India ships passed. Dean Corbett stuck fast in preaching before the King, and wrote a comedy on the Marriage of the Arts, so tedious that His Majesty could scarcely sit it out.
Feb. 16. 102. Locke to [the Same]. Proceedings with the States' Ambassadors. The merchants require restitution of their goods brought into Holland as the first point. The Lords have raised 22,000l. or 23,000l. for the benevolence, and have summoned before them the ablest men from neighbouring counties. For those more distant, commissioners are to be sent, who will not prevail as well as the Lords have done. Money is very scarce; in the clothing counties, the poor have assembled in troops of forty or fifty, and gone to the houses of the rich and demanded meat and money, which has been given through fear; they have also taken provisions in the markets. The Lords ordered the clothiers to keep their people at work, but as they complain that they cannot sell their cloth, usurers and moneyed men, though not in the trade, are ordered to buy it. There is a design to order all to wear cloth as an outer garment. Lord Oxford's fleet has returned, having done nothing; and the merchants beg the restoration of their ships. Lord Doncaster has returned [from France], and Sir Edw. Herbert is going.
Feb. 16. 103. Information by Robt. Derke, of Trowbridge, co. Wilts, and John Hickes, that Fras. Bucland, of West Harptree, co. Somerset, has held wools five years, and refused good offers for purchase thereof.
Feb. 16. 104. Petition of Griffin Palmer to the Council. Had a patent granting to him and his late father the auditorship of Christchurch, Oxford, but when Dr. King was Dean, he asked to see the patent, which was taken to him, and which he never would restore, but granted away the office to his brother, Phil. King; is ruined by the loss of his living, and entreats redress, being too poor to sue by law. With reference thereon to Phil. King, and his reply that Wm. Palmer, the petitioner's father, bequeathed the office by will to his son, Burton Palmer, from whose widow King bought it, and held it twenty years before his brother was Dean. The petitioner is a clamorous fellow, and has made false representations.
Feb. 17.
105. Matt. Nicholas to Edw. Nicholas. The issue of his suit must depend on whether their father will insure the lady the sum she demands, though she cannot give assurance for the whole of her portion of 1,000l.
Feb. 18.
Sir Thos. Smythe's, Philpot Lane.
106. Order of the Merchants' Committees for the expedition against pirates, that a deputation from them inform the Council that the companies desire the immediate recall of their ships from the Narrow Seas, or, at least, that they may not be detained longer than the three months conditionally assented to; that the companies do not think themselves chargeable with the wages of the captains who were not appointed by them, but are willing to allow them 2s. 6d. per day, if they will wait for payment till the collections bring it in, and till the French and Muscovy Companies and Trinity House bring in their arrears.
Feb. 18 ? 107. Thos. Fulnetby to Lord Zouch. Has had the wine casks filled up, and been to Thanet about the ship wrecked, but scarcely anything could be saved except the wine. She was a rich vessel, and the crew of one of the King's ships pulled out of her three bags of money, and shared it among themselves. His Lordship has lost 500l. in the affair, because the sailors were so afraid of being impressed that they did not like to go to sea.
Feb. 19.
108. The King to the Council. To give order for Mrs. Sadler to visit her father, Sir Edward Coke, in the Tower, she being a discreet woman, and likely to endeavour to bring him to more conformity.
Feb. [19]. 109. The Lord Admiral to the Commissioners of the Navy. Sends a petition of Thos. Squibb, Commander of the hospital ship, Goodwill, in the Algiers voyage. Wishes him to have allowance according to his worth. Incloses,
109. i. Petition of Capt. Thos. Squibb to the Council, for a warrant to compel the Merchants Committees for the pirate expedition to pay him their half of his entertainment, his ship, the Goodwill, being the storeship, which was to be paid by the King and merchants jointly.
Feb. 19.
110. Commission to the Bp. of Peterborough, Lords Spencer, Fitzwilliam, and others, under the Act of 43 Eliz., for redressing misemployment of lands, moneys, &c. bequeathed for charitable uses, appointing them to inquire into all moneys, &c. bequeathed in Northamptonshire for maintenance of the poor, founding of scholarships, repair of havens, bridges, and roads, redemption of captives, &c.; to search into any abuse or misgovernment therein, give orders for redress, and certify the same into Chancery.
Feb. 19. 111. Wm. Hunton to Edw. Nicholas. The suit with his sister must be broken off unless Nicholas's father will comply with her demands for maintenance. With note from Edw. Nicholas, transmitting the letter to his father.
Feb. 19.
112. Matt. Nicholas to the Same. His mistress is displeased because their father is unwilling to accept assurance which she thinks good for the part of her portion unpaid; she refuses to allow the suit to be protracted.
Feb. 20.
113. Wm. Leonard to Lord Zouch. Has stayed a ship of war to his Lordship's use; the crew profess to come from Barbary, and say that the vessel was given them by a man of war, in lieu of a better which he took from them; supposes it will prove to belong to pirates; its cargo is chiefly wheat, and is worth 100l. or 120l.
Feb. 20. 114. Certificate of the Warden and Assistants of the Dyers' Company of London, that in searching for goods deceitfully dyed, they found in the house of Daniel Tibergen and Peter Cozie, both aliens, the false and deceivable dye called logwood, and some cloth dyed therewith, which, according to their rights, they endeavoured to seize and take to their hall, but were forcibly prevented by the wife and servants of the parties.
Feb. 20.
115. Decree of the General Sessions of Sewers. States that the King having undertaken the draining of the fen lands, being 360,000 acres, the sessions of Oct. 24 last allotted him 120,000 acres for expenses, which offer the King accepts, and promises to be at all the expense, and to settle part of the land for maintenance of the works. Declare the form and manner in which the 120,000 acres shall be set apart for the King, viz., by a tax of 6s. 8d. per acre on all the lands for the first charges of the works, and also future rates, as they may be ordered; the persons who pay are to be excused from yielding up any land, and their proportions deducted from the 120,000 acres, but the due proportion to be taken from all those who refuse it; a full survey to be made of the lands, by deputies of the King and of the countries, and the tax on lands to be apportioned accordingly; also that 20,000 acres be assigned into the hands of parties incorporated for the purpose, for maintenance of the works, and 10,000 added, if needful, the said parties to see all the works maintained, and be subject to the laws of the Commissions of Sewers; also that the King shall purchase at reasonable rates any land needed for opening new drains, &c, with provisoes for rights of fishing and fowling, &c, &c.
Feb. 21.
116. Order in Council, that the complaints of the captains employed against pirates, about their victuals at sea and delay of wages, be referred to the Commissioners of the Navy, but meanwhile the merchants are charged on their peril to make up their wages to 10l. per month, to be paid within fourteen days, to the Treasurer of the Navy.
Feb. 21.
117. [Lord Zouch] to Thos. Fulnetby. Directs, that, according to his custom for goods wrecked and reclaimed, one half he reserved for himself and the other half given to the savers. Would have them satisfied, lest they be discouraged from saving goods another time.
Feb. 21.
118. Thos. Elfick to Lord Zouch. Wreck of a ship of Hamburg on a rock near Seaford; has saved her best anchor and cable for his Lordship.
Feb. 21.
Gray's Inn Lane.
119. Sir Wm. Masham to Sir Albert Morton. Being obliged to return home, begs to be excused attendance on the Council. If the contribution is held in his country, is willing to give according to his means.
Feb. 21. 120. [John Nicholas] to Edw. Nicholas. Will do as he wishes, but thinks it would be rash to secure the lady's jointure whilst her portion is unsecured, &c.
Feb. 22.
121. Order in Council, on petition of Katherine, widow of Rich. Bulkeley, that 400l. arrears of pension allowed by the late Sir Rich. Bulkeley to his son, and given in trust for her children to Sir Fras. Needham, shall be paid to her, to prosecute the wardship, and defray the charges of her family.
Feb. 22. Licence to Edw. Lord Dudley to melt iron ore, and make the same into cast work or bars, with sea coal or pit coal, for fourteen years. [Grant Bk., p. 343.]
Feb. [22]. 122. Petition of Walter, Thos., and Joan Mildmay, orphans of the late Sir Thos. and Lady Mildmay, to the Council, that they will send a pursuivant for Mr. Bradshaw's son, on whom his lands are estated, to show cause why he should not join with his father in payment of the fine decreed by Council, or appear, as bound in 3,000l., to answer to Mr. Turner's action against them. Annexing,
122. i. Statement of the fallacies in the assertions made by Bradshaw to the Council, relative to the points contested between him and Mr. Turner.
Feb. 23.
123. The Council to the Lieutenant of the Tower. To permit Mrs. Sadler to have access to her father, Sir Edw. Coke.
Feb. 23. 124. Locke to Carleton. Sir Hen. Savile died on the 19th. Before his death, the King wrote to [Eton] College not to elect a successor till they know his pleasure. Mr. Brent succeeds as Warden of Merton College, and Mr. Murray as Provost [of Eton]. The King is at Royston, and not well. He has ordered an Act of Council to be entered on the Council books for disannulling the protestation made in Parliament.
Feb. 23. 125. Petition of Joachim Sleur and Hendrick Bras, merchants of Hamburg, to Lord Zouch. Their ship, the Angel Rachel, laden with wines, raisins, and oil, from Malaga, was cast away at Seaford; they saved part of the cargo, but it was taken from them by the inhabitants, who, like savage people, took the very clothes from their backs, ransacked the vessel, cut the wine pipes, and carried away the wine in buckets. Mr. Elfick, a chief man there, pretending to help them, and buy their wine, was extortionate and fraudulent in his dealings with them. Intreat redress.
Feb. 23. 126. Examination of Wm. Avenon, of Catharine Creed Church, Aldgate, on queries not given, relative to gold purchased by him, which he thinks to be Spanish gold.
Feb. 23 ? 127. Thos. Fulnetby to Lord Zouch. Sir Anthony Deering refused to give up the wine at Dymchurch, because the manor is his royalty. Official business.
Feb. 23. 128. Inventory of the goods in the Flemish ship [Hunter], arrested at Dover, under suspicion of piracy; with the names of the crew.
Feb. 23. Grant to Dr. Sam. Brooke, King's Chaplain, of dispensation to hold the rectory of St. Margaret's, Lothbury, London, together with the rectory of Hemingford-Abbots, diocese of Lincoln. [Docquet.]
Feb. 23. Letter to the Lord Treasurer, to relieve from mortgage a pension of 2,500l., of the Marquis of Hamilton, which was mortgaged to raise 5,000l. required by the Marquis for His Majesty's service. [Docquet.]
Feb. 23. Grant to Sarah Howard, widow, of the benefit of a forfeited recognizance of 80l. entered into by Wm. Cowdry the younger and his sureties, for appearance at the assizes at Warwick for killing her husband. [Docquet.]
Feb. 23. Grant to Wm. Dandy, sentenced in the Star Chamber to a fine of 500l. and to stand in the pillory, for forging a writ of outlawry, of pardon, so far as regards the pillory and corporal punishment. [Docquet.]
Feb. 23. Warrant to the Officers of the Exchequer to strike a tally on behalf of the Earl of Bedford, of receipt of 10,000l. from him, for certain entails of lands, which 10,000l. was by him paid direct to the King, instead of into the Exchequer, and discharge to the said Earl of 600l. more, which by contract he was to have paid for the same, and which the King remitted. [Docquet.]
Feb. 23. Grant, at request of the Prince, to Sir Hen. Compton and others, to the use of the Lady Dudley, wife of Sir Robt. Dudley, of 4,000l., paid to her by the Prince, on her relinquishing her estate and jointure in the manor and park of Killingworth; with declaration that she shall enjoy all her pensions, goods, and chattels, notwithstanding the forfeitures of her husband for contempt, so long as he does not dispose thereof. [Docquet.]
Feb. 23. Letter to the Vice Provost and Fellows of Eton College, to elect Thos. Murray as Provost. [Docquet.]
Feb. 23. Grant to Thos. Murray of dispensation to hold the place of Provost of Eton College. [Docquet.]
Feb. 24 ? 129. Thos. Fulnetby to Lord Zouch. Thinks it best to make an agreement with the savers of the wine, because they cannot have half the goods until they have been kept a year and a day, during which time the merchants may claim them by their marks.
Feb. 24.
130. Mayor and Jurats of Winchelsea to the Same. Giles Waters, admitted to their brotherhood by his Lordship's request, has conveyed away his estate, with design to defraud his creditors, who desire leave to sue the Statute of Bankruptcy against him.
Feb. 25.
Derby House.
131. Earl of Oxford to Capt. Pennington, of the Victory. To press and take up sufficient seamen, gunners, and "noise of musicians," and to cause them to repair on board the ship Victory, under his command.
Feb. 25. 132. Bond of Dr. Wm. Aubrey, of London, in 60l., to pay to Sir John Lambe, of London, 30l., on May 20.
Feb. 26. 133. John Nicholas to Edw. Nicholas. His mistress is troubled that there is likely to be a breach in the match, but she has no friend who can stand security for her portion. A simple fellow is condemned to death for high treason, because he said he would spill his blood for the King whilst he maintained the religion, but, if he failed therein, would be first to cut his throat.
[Feb. 26.] 134. Petition of Geo. Watkins, a poor maimed soldier, to the Council, to command the Deputy Lieutenant and Justices of Leicestershire to pay him his pension of five marks per ann., with arrears, which has been withheld for three years past.
Feb. 27.
135. Thos. Godfrey to Lord Zouch. Is summoned before Council, but, as the King's writ is void against a Port's man, without a letter of attendance from Dover Castle, thinks his obedience to this summons, which is not signed by his Lordship, would be a breach of the privileges of the Cinque Ports. Requests directions.
Feb. 27.
136. Mayor of Dover and others to the Same. Send examinations of the crew of the Dutch ship, Hunter, lately come into Dover. The Captain, Wm. Keaser, has escaped to Calais; Gavin Askew, a very poor man, took him over, and also two apprentices, run away from their masters.
Feb. 27. 137. Wm. Leonard to the Same. Has sold the corn in the Flemish ship for 67l. 6s. 6d., from which must be deducted the duties and other expenses, and the charges of maintaining the crew. Thinks they would be content to leave the ship, if they had money given for their passage home.
Feb. 28.
138. Thos. Fulnetby to the Same. Has been to Seaford, and seized seven pipes of sack, at Mr. Elfick's house, which he professed to have bought from the ship; also searched other houses, and found two cables and anchors, &c.,; but thinks the people have concerted with those of the county to have the goods conveyed up into the country. Mr. Hide, a minister, and his sons are suspected of secreting 300l. of the money; advises the holding of an Admiralty Court thereon. Incloses,
138. i. List of the persons whose houses have been searched, and of the goods found in them.
Feb. 28.
139. Commission to Sir Robt. Heath, Sir Thos. Wilson, Sir Hen. Spiller, Heneage Finch, and Thos. Sanderson, Justices of the Peace for Middlesex, to suppress and punish the insolences of cooks, victuallers, and others, who keep dogs, and hunt down the King's deer to sell it.
Feb. ? 140. Anna Hayward to her Father. Was molested in Haverford West for refusing to go to church; pleaded being an alien, and therefore not to be troubled for conscience sake, and procured a letter from M. Van Male [Agent of the Archduchess], in proof of it; but that was mocked at. Van Male and the Spanish Ambassador applied to the King, who caused the Council to send her a discharge; but, in spite of this, has been summoned before the Sessions, and, refusing the Oath of Allegiance or Supremacy, is made close prisoner. Intreats a letter from the Archduchess, whose subject she is, to the King, on her behalf, being imprisoned only for conscience sake. Her husband has done what he can for her. Incloses,
140. i. The Council to the Mayor, &c. of Haverford West. They are to inquire whether Anna Hayward be a denizen of the realm; if so, she may be proceeded against for recusancy, according to law, but, if not, she is by treaty to enjoy as much freedom as English subjects do in the Archduke's countries. Whitehall, March 21, 162].
Feb. ? 141. Queries as to whether the King wishes the loan to be required of the clergy for any temporal lands they may have acquired, since they are already paying in a subsidy, and have tenths due at Christmas.
Feb. ? 142. Queries, by Dr. Morrison, on the payment of the benevolence by the clergy; with replies thereto, that it is to be charged at the rate of 3s. 10d. in the pound, without deduction of tenths, or exception of those paying first fruits, or whose livings are under 6l. 13s. 4d. Schoolmasters are also to give something, more or less.
Feb. ? 143. Commission from Lord Zouch to Sir Hen. Mainwaring and the Mayor and Jurats of Rye, to try the French fishermen who have been taken for fishing in the Sowe without licence, and with unlawful nets; and, if guilty, to fine them according to law, his lordship being too infirm to come down to hear the matter himself. Indorsed [by Nicholas], "Ten French crowns the master of each boate, two crowns French every servant in the botes."
Feb. 144. Agreement between the Commissioners of the Navy and Wm. Burrell, by which he engages to build during the year two new ships of war, each of 650 tons, at 8l. per ton.
Feb. 145. Demands which the Lord Treasurer, Earl Marshal, and others think it reasonable to grant to Cornelius Liens and Cornelius Vermuyden, undertakers to drain 360,000 acres of fen land, in cos. Northampton, Lincoln, Cambridge, &c.; that of the 120,000 acres granted to the King by the proprietors, they should have 50,000 for themselves, and reserve 20,000 to be under obligations to keep the rest perpetually dry.
[Feb.] 146. Copy of the above.