James 1 - volume 137: January 1623

Pages 478-485

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

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January, 1623.

Jan. 1. Grant to Jas. Chambers, &c. of the receivership of all fines upon penal statutes. [Grant Bk., p. 358.]
Jan. 1. Grant to Hen. Garway of all subsidies of poundage and customs on corn, beer, stuffs, velvets, &c. [Ibid., p. 354.]
Jan. 2.
Fort by Plymouth.
1. Sir Robt. Gorges to the Council. Being ordered by their Lordships to make an humble submission for abusing their authority, begs leave to explain his conduct. Was induced by M. de Soubise to treat with Sir Thos. Wise not to countenance the sailors against him; did so to secure the ship for a distressed and noble person. Acknowledges his fault therein. Afterwards, being solicited by the French agent to fulfil the order of Council, and sequester the ship, set aside private feeling, and tried to obtain its execution, but was forcibly opposed. Thanks that for his father's sake his punishment is light.
Jan. 2. 2. Wm. Lenthall to his Father-in-law. Private affairs. The Lord Chief Baron and his Lady went, according to proclamation, to keep Christmas in the country.
Jan. 3.
3. Mayor and Jurats of Sandwich to the Council. The Captain declares that he cannot give up the men guilty of the misdemeanour against the bark bound for Ostend, because they have run away for fear of punishment, and entreats liberation of his two innocent men who are kept in prison. [See Dec., 1622.]
Jan. 4. 4. Locke to Carleton. The States' Commissioners and ours have agreed on nearly all points. Mr. Porter brings news of the consummation of the match, and the Navy officers are ordered to prepare ten ships to fetch home the lady. Lord Chichester sworn of the Council.
Jan. 4.
5. Chamberlain to the Same. Orders are issued that no one shall come booted and spurred into the Presence or Privy Chamber, on holidays or festivals, nor into the chapel, where all are to remain uncovered during service. On Christmas Day, the Bp. of London's sermon, probably from its length, displeased the King, and he grew so loud that the Bishop was obliged to end abruptly. There is a talk of his resigning the almonership to Bp. Laud; he is at disadvantage by having to preach after the Bp. of Winchester, who, as Dean of the chapel, preaches the morning sermons with great applause. St. James's Church, in Duke's Place, near Aldgate, is consecrated. Report that the Archbp. of Spalato rails much against his Grace of Canterbury. Lady Naunton has a son. Old Lady Paget, Lord Knyvet's sister, dead, at a great age. The Countess of Arundel is at Turin, on her way home. Lord Belfast sworn of the Council. The Lord Treasurer still stands firm, though there have been many petitions against him. Many changes of office talked of, but none performed. Sir Robt. Naunton will not resign without good conditions. Rumours that Sir Fras. Cottington will be Secretary, and not Sir Edw. Conway. A scandalous book is said to have been printed in the house of the Spanish Ambassador, who has imprisoned his porter, an Englishman, for distributing it. End. Porter brings tidings that the match is concluded, and the Duke of MedinaSidonia coming for the ratification; the Infanta is expected to arrive in May, a fleet is ordered, and Buckingham is going to conduct her. It is secretly rumoured that the Prince will go in person, and that Gondomar is to go to Germany to see the Palatinate restored. Sir Albert Morton has resigned the Clerkship of the Council to Sir Wm. Beecher, because he was impatient at being sent away when any Spanish business was discussed. The masque is to be on Monday, and the King leaves town on Thursday.
Jan. 6 ? 6. Estimate [by the Navy Commissioners] of the expense of the Navy for the year 1623. Total, 30,442l. 8s. 6d.
Jan. 7. 7. Assignation by the Treasurer and Chancellor of the Exchequer of 30,442l. 8s. 6d., estimated expense of the Navy for the year 1623, to certain branches of the revenue. With note to Sir Robt. Pye to take care that the revenues thus assigned be not otherwise appropriated.
Jan. 8.
Pembroke Hall.
8. Dr. Jerome Beale to Wm. Boswell. Has written to request the Bp. of Hereford to suffer no presentation to the rectory of Ditton to pass that may be prejudicial to the University, and will pass none himself, till Boswell has explained his right, unless there be danger of the prescribed six months elapsing.
Jan. 8. Special dispensation to Wal. Balconquall to be Master of the Hospital in the Savoy. [Grant Bk., p. 349.]
Jan. 8. Grant to John Brooke of the office of Receiver and Collector of fines on penal statutes, for life. [Ibid., p. 350.]
Jan. 8. Grant to Sir Allan Apsley and others to be officers of the Admiralty and Surveyors of Victuals for ships, &c., with a fee of 50l. per ann., during life. [Ibid., p. 349.]
Jan. 9. 9. Note of all the charges defrayed by the Company of Dyers in sealing cloths and baize and other stuffs at the houses of foreigners, since Aug. 16, 1622, according to an order then sent them by the King's Commissioners. Total 20l. 8s. 10d.
Jan. 9 ? 10. Note of the quantities of cloths, kerseys, Manchester cottons, &c., sealed for stranger dyers.
Jan. 9. 11. Indenture between the King and Sir Allan Apsley and Sir Sampson Darell, confirming to them the office of Victuallers of the Navy, on resignation of Sir Marmaduke Darell, and covenanting with them for provision of victuals and other necessaries, the quantities and qualities of which are detailed in eighteen articles, which follow.
Jan. 9.
12. Justices of Essex to the Council. Have carefully repaired the highways, but the carriers, who forbore for a time to use the fourwheeled carts and many horses forbidden by the proclamation, are beginning to employ them again, so that the ways cannot be kept in repair.
Jan. 10.
13. The Same to the Same. Find that the cause of the disturbances in the county is the discontent of the poor clothmakers, and baize and say makers, &c., for want of work, which, though quieted by hopes for the present, is in constant danger of breaking out. The masters plead disability to employ their men, unless they can sell their cloth; and many who were thought the wealthiest are likely to become bankrupt.
Jan. 10.
Art. Lord Chichester to Carleton. The King has been detained at Whitehall with the gout, but is better. No other Secretary is chosen in place of Sir Robt. Naunton, who keeps the Seals. Buckingham stood sponsor to his son. Complaints in England and Ireland of scarcity of money. [Holl. Corresp., Jan. 10, 1623.]
Jan. 10. Grant to Sir Allan Apsley and Sir Sampson Darell of 9,600l. yearly, for victualling the Navy, to be paid by the Farmers of Customs. [Grant Bk., pp. 349, 363.]
Jan. 12.
Warrant for delivery of various necessaries for the King's use from the great wardrobe, and of apparel for gifts for divers persons. [Docquet, Dec. 15, 1623.]
Jan. 14.
14. Note that Sir Edw. Conway was sworn as one of the King's Principal Secretaries of State.
Jan. 14.
15. Valentine Pettit to Nicholas. Sends a letter to Lord Zouch, remonstrating against the carrying away of bache and boulder stones, which is disliked by many. Purport of the letter. The Commissioners of Sewers have imposed another scot on Margate, for the works against the sea. Dares not pay his share, lest Lord Falkland, if he recover the pier, should claim the payment again. Has just heard that Lord Falkland has forbidden any more stones to be carried away. Incloses,
15. i. Valentine Pettit to Lord Zouch. The bache and boulder stones cast up on the shore are transported to Ostend, Dunkirk, and Flanders, as ballast for the Flemish ships of war, being more useful than anything else. Thinks we might as well furnish them with shot and powder as with these stones, some of which may be used as shot at some future time against ourselves or our posterity, &c. Dandelion in Thanet, Jan. 14.
Jan. 15. 16. High Sheriff and Justices of Norfolk to the Council. Before the receipt of the proclamation and the King's order, had taken such steps to prevent dearth of grain and undue consumption in victualling houses, and to employ the poor, that the disorders resulting from desperation are likely to be prevented, if their Lordships will renew their former orders for restraint of wools combed and spun in other counties, so that the poor may be sustained. Beg to be excused a second survey of the quantities of grain in store, the former survey having raised the prices.
Jan. 15.
17. Earl of Montgomery to Sir Robt. Heath, Solicitor General. Sends letters signed and sealed by my Lord Marquis, and entreats that the business may be set on foot.
Jan. 15.
18. Examination of Wm. Worfolk, of New Malton. Heard Robt. Freeman, of New Malton, say that neither law nor statute could cause him to forbear malting. Prefixed is,
18. i. Information of Thos, Yeats, of Hindgrange, lordship of Byland, North Riding of Yorkshire, before Sir Thos. Gower, Bart., Sir Wm. Bellasis, and Sir Rich. Vaughan, Justices, that Wm. Worfolk of New Malton heard Robt. Freeman declare he would make malt, however he might be forbidden, for there was no statute against it; whereon the said Justices sent for Freeman, who said he had a licence for malting, but refused to show it, and on leaving court, threatened Yeats for informing against him. Helmesley, Jan. 10.
Jan. 16.
Proclamation, that—for prevention of abuses in the manufacture of gunpowder and saltpetre, by which the King's ships and subjects are endangered,—all powder made or imported shall go to the King's powder maker, where the proof master shall stamp it with marks specified, according to its quality; any counterfeiting of such stamps to be punished in the Star Chamber. Printed. [Proc. Coll., No. 110.]
Jan. 18.
19. Certificate returned by the Mayor of Maidstone and other Justices of the Peace, according to the King's Proclamation and book of orders, giving the numbers of corn carriers, farmers, dealers in foreign grain, maltsters, bakers, brewers, millers, &c., belonging to the town, of the quantity of grain they have in store, its present prices, &c.
Jan. 20. 20. Sir Julius Cæsar to the Council. Reports on the petition of Robt. Smith, Messenger of the Chamber, that Wm. Bradshaw was some time in his charge for refusing to pay to Edw. Turner certain moneys on behalf of Sir Thos. Mildmay's family, that he was then removed to the Fleet, and the enforcement of the Council decrees against him transferred to Chancery, whereupon, thinking nothing further can be done against him, he refuses to pay to Smith 50l. due for his diet and lodging; but Mr. Turner has advanced the 50l. on condition of its being added to his former claims against Bradshaw, and paid before Bradshaw's enlargement. Annexing,
20. i. Order in Chancery for Wm. and Edm. Bradshaw to answer a bill brought against them by Walter and Jane Mildmay. Oct. 7, 1622.
20. ii. Order in Chancery for the Same to return answer within two days to the bill of the above-named plaintiffs, on penalty of sequestration of their lands. Nov. 21, 1622.
Jan. 20. 21. Certificate of the officers and inhabitants of the precinct of St. Catherine's, near the Tower, to Sir Robt. Heath, of the good conduct and character of Barth. Van Crombrougghe, free denizen and tallow chandler, resident there for thirty years past.
Jan. 20. 22. Certificate of the Justices of Kent of the quantity of corn in the hundreds of Cornlo, Eastry, and Bewsborough, within the Lathe of St. Austin.
Jan. 21.
Bedford House.
23. Visct. St. Albans to Sec. Conway. Congratulates him on his appointment. Was brought yesterday by the excellent Marquis to kiss the King's hand, and therefore thinks himself in a state of grace, and begs to be remembered, as occasion serves.
Jan. 21.
Westminster College.
24. Wm. Boswell to [Sir John Lambe]. The Bp. [of Lincoln] has been repeatedly pressed for an account of the contribution in his diocese, which is the only one behind hand. Requests him to send in that of the Archdeaconry of Leicester. The Council will be severe on all who are backward. Advises care therein, for prevention of trouble to those who have not paid.
Jan. 24. 25. Locke to Dud. Carleton, jun. Private affairs. Wishes some bacon and cheese sent over.
Jan. 24. Grant to Sir Wm. Beecher of the office of Clerk of the Privy Council, for life. [Grant Bk., p. 350.]
Jan. 25. Warrant for a grant to Thos. Middleton and John Williams, on payment of 1,600l., of the manors of Laleham and Billetts, cos. Middlesex and Surrey, notwithstanding their annexation to the honour of Hampton; also warrant to pay the 1,600l. to the Lord Admiral, as satisfaction for 38l. per ann., in part of his grant of lands, &c., value 723l. 18s. 2½d. [Docquet.]
Jan. 25. Warrant for a grant on rental to Lord Noel, of Ridlington Park, and the bailwick of Lyfield Forest, co. Rutland, with discharge thereof from any previous annexation. [Docquet.]
Jan. 25. Grant to Walter Jones of an almsroom in Worcester Cathedral. [Docquet.]
Jan. 25. 26. Wm. Woodward to Sir John Butler, Bart. Has informed the King of a project for raising money for his service, by demanding from all who hold lands by Knight's service the escuage of 40s. for every Knight's fee, which in time of war is claimable by law, and more may be assessed by Parliament unless a composition be made. Thinks that if commissioners were sent into each shire, to summon the tenants to bring their fees to Westminster, and compound for them, or else to prepare horses and men for the war, they would gladly pay. The King likes the scheme, but others try to suppress it. Will only proceed by direction from the Lord Marquis.
Jan. 25.
27. Chamberlain to Carleton. More feasting and dancing this Christmas than ever. The masque scenes were devised by Inigo Jones, and the masque written by Ben Jonson, but he runs a risk, by impersonating Geo. Withers the poet, as a whipper of the times, which is a dangerous jest. Dr. White, prebend of St. Paul's, is restrained to his own house, for praying in public that the King and Prince might be preserved from any that should withdraw their zeal to religion. The Prince put away several of his musicians for assisting to sing mass at the Spanish Ambassador's, on Christmas Day. Feast given to the Court by Sheriff Sir Hum. Handford, to which the Prince, Buckingham, and his lady came in unexpectedly. Details of feasts. The King gone to Theobalds. Lady Cave, Sir Herbert Croft's daughter, died of small-pox, and was buried at St. Paul's at night, attended by sixty-five coaches. Coppinger, a former servant of the Earl of Somerset, accuses him of Prince Henry's death, but is thought to be cracked in his wits. The seals were taken from Sir Robt. Naunton on the 16th, and Sir Edw. Conway was sworn Secretary, the King commending his birth, soldiership, knowledge of languages, sufficiency and honesty; others add his courtiership, in trying to fasten the title of Excellency on Buckingham. The Spanish match is not proceeding so well as hoped. Much discontent that gentlemen are not allowed to have their families in town. The command has done little good, for the markets still rise in price.
Jan. 25. 28. Indenture of sale by Michael West, of Towcester, to Sir John Lambe, of Rothwell, both co. Northampton, of his lease from the Prince of Wales of three closes of meadow land in the manor of Blisworth, &c., co. Northampton, for the yearly rent of one peppercorn. With a covenant for release, on non-payment of 153l. 15s., on Jan. 28, 1624.
Jan. 26.
29. The King to the Lord Keeper, Lord Treasurer, and others. To take into consideration the propriety of increasing the fees upon the sealing of writs from 6d. to 1s. 6d., except in actions for debt.
Jan. 27. 30. Certificate of the Lord Mayor, &c. of London and other Commissioners for the delivery of prisoners in Newgate Gaol to the Council, that Wm. Dominick, condemned to death for stealing a purse worth 4l., is reprieved, this being his first offence, and he an excellent drummer, and fit to do the King service.
Jan. 27.
31. Warrant for payment to Sec. Conway, of sums not exceeding 700l. a year, to be disbursed for intelligences and other secret services, on determination of a similar warrant to Sir Robt. Naunton, for like services.
Jan. 27.
32. Justices of Suffolk to the Council. Among the orders for remedy of dearth of grain is one forbidding millers to buy and sell corn. Those of Bury have been accustomed to buy it and sell it ground to the poor in smaller quantities than they can buy it in the market, and they make grievous lamentations on this prohibition. Request directions.
Jan. 29.
Bury St. Edmund's.
33. Aldermen and Burgesses of Bury St. Edmunds to the Same. The town being a great malting place, orders were issued on receipt of the proclamation, &c. forbidding malting of barley for three weeks, and then allowing it only once a week, in hopes that quantities of barley might be used for bread, instead of which it ceases to be brought to the market. Have suppressed twenty alehouses, restrained the prices of beer to 7s. 4d. and 4s. the barrel, forbidden any but maltsters to make malt, and any but the lawful dealers to buy more corn than will serve their families a week, and have taken the assize of all bread. Have ventured partially to tolerate the sale of meal by the millers, for fear of a mutiny among the poor.
Jan. 29.
34. Sir Hen. Wodrington, Sir Geo. Selby, and Sir John Fenwick to the Same. Have caused the coal mines of the Earl of Northumberland, called Bird's Nest, to be surveyed as ordered, and finding that they are in danger of being drowned if the farmers of them continue to work them as they have begun, have stayed the works.
Jan. 29.
Sec. Conway to Lord Treasurer Middlesex. Concerning ryals of eight to be taken up by the Dutch merchants for payment of 20,000l. to the English East Indian Company. [Minute, Conway's Letter Bk., p. 1.]
Jan. 30.
35. Sir Thos. Wilson to Sec. Conway. Sends a catalogue of the chief heads of the papers in his office [the State Paper Office], and a warrant which Sir Robt. Pye desires may pass the Signet and be returned.
Jan. 30.
36. Earl of Leicester to Carleton. Has been too ill to come down stairs most of the winter, and is unwilling that his son should leave him, not knowing what may happen. Wishes him therefore to part with his regiment in the States' service, especially as the allowance given does not meet the expenses of living there, and his own estate is so reduced by long and chargeable services that he cannot supply him.
Jan. 30. Appointment of Sir Edw. Conway to be one of the Chief Secretaries, during pleasure. [Grant Bk., p. 351.]
Jan. 30. Grant, in reversion, to Thos. Day of the office of Master of the singing Boys in the King's Chapel, for life. [Ibid., p. 353.]
Jan. 31. 37. Attorney General Coventry to the Council. Suggests remedies for the abuses detailed of the office of Clerk of the Market, complained of in Essex, viz., not to compel survey of weights and measures kept only for private use; to levy fines only on the verdict of a jury; not to punish those already punished at the sessions, &c.
38. [The Lord Chamberlain ?] to the Officers of Greencloth. To enter Jas. Gardner as a reversioner for the office of Barber, on decease or surrender of the present Barber.
Jan. 39. Draft of the above.
Jan. 40. Declaration by the King, that as the former Commissioners from the States General allowed that the 22,000l. demanded for Greenland ought long ago to have been paid, the English must have recourse to justice for redress, unless the States will speedily send over a Commissioner to unite with Sir Noel de Caron in the settlement of the affair. Also protest of his Majesty's right to the fishing there, any infringement upon which he will consider as a breach of treaty.