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James 1 - volume 158: January 1624

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January 1624

Jan. 1. 1. Examination of Ferdinando Kelly and Owen Doulen. Heard Pierce Linnen, alias Butler, say, producing a bullet, that with it he should have killed the Duke of Buckingham.
Jan. 1 ? 2. Estimate of the charges of the navy, both ordinary and extraordinary, for the year 1624. Total, 28,975l. 19s. 10d.
Jan. 1. 3. [Lady Carleton] to Sir Benj. Rudyard. Recommends to him Lady Smith, a relation of her husband, as a wife, she being young, nobly born, fair, personable, very discreet, religious, and virtuous, a bonne mesnagère, with 400l. a year, which will be increased if she obtain her son's wardship.
Jan. 3. 4. Note of a warrant for releasing Capt. Hawley from the Gatehouse.
Jan. 3.
London.
5. Chamberlain to Carleton. The King is in town, consulting about a Parliament to begin Feb. 11, but the writs, though ready, are stayed for the present. Sir Edw. Coke was sent for to Council, and told that the King specially needed his services in a commission to Ireland, and he was to go in forty days. After a pause, he promised obedience, and is gone into the country to prepare. The prince laboured to save him the journey, as he is seventy-four years old, and other constructions will be put on this employment, but failed. Sir Edwin Sandys, Sir Wm. Jones, and Auditor Phelips, are joint commissioners with him. Dr. Whiting, silenced for a sermon at Court, is restored. The Papists hang down their heads, but say the match is not quite off, as Gresley has gone over with a new proxy; but they conceal that it is not to be performed till the Infanta is on shipboard, the Spaniards being so affronted with the late delays. Inijosa is angry with Buckingham and Rutland for hindering the match. The best sign is that Gresley is ordered to recall his Lord [the Earl of Bristol], one reason for it being that he and Sir Walter Aston do not act in union. Lord Kensington's journey to France is postponed, but long conferences are held with the French Ambassador, which some think is to arouse the Spanish. The Earl of Oxford, after twenty months' imprisonment, is released from the Tower. He went thence to the Earl of Exeter's, and, on New Year's Day, married Lady Diana Cecil, with a portion of 30,000l., and thence to Court, where he received good words and counsel. He was introduced by Buckingham, who has had difficulty in obtaining his release. It is whispered that he has prevailed in few things since his return from Spain. A Dunkirk vessel was robbed at Ratcliffe by some sailors. Much practising for the masque on Twelfth Night, and feasts given by the nobility. The prince and his train were present at a banquet at the Earl of Bridgewater's.
Jan. 3.
Nuthurst.
6. Thos. Trussell to Sec. Conway. Has heard a rumour of the calling of a Parliament. Thinks that it would injure the State to call it by a new process, as the Proclamation declaring the last to be no session, although the subsidies had been collected, was held a dangerous precedent, and it would be a good work to put in joint again the dislocated links of the commonwealth. Hopes a way may be found to recall the same members, and thus continue the former session. They were rash about the Spanish business, but thinks they would work better than newly elected members, who would be less informed. Advises Conway to suggest this to the King.
Jan. 3. Warrant to deliver to Norroy King at Arms a coat of the King's arms, as now marshalled, wrought on velvet with fine Venice gold. [Docquet.]
Jan. 3. Grant to Jas. Martin, a Scot, of denization. [Docquet.]
Jan. 3. Warrant to the farmers of the customs to pay to Robt. Barefoot 300l., out of the rent of the customs, as the King's free gift. [Docquet.]
Jan. 5. Grant to Dr. Art. Duck of the office of King's Advocate in the Earl Marshal's Court. [Docquet.]
Jan. 5.
Charing Cross.
7. Chas. Lord Stanhope to Sec. Conway. Requests that Wm. Cole of Coleman Street, and Thos. Derby of Finsbury, hackneymen, who scornfully refused to obey orders to provide horses for the King's posts, and beat the messenger sent to demand them, may be taken prisoners.
Jan. 5.
Lydd.
8. Jurats of Lydd to Lord Zouch. Present him with some wild fowl.
Jan. 6.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to the Mayor of Helstone, in Cornwall. For procuring a burgess's place in Parliament. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 103.]
Jan. 6.
Whitehall.
The Same to Mr. Harris. To the same purpose. [Ibid.]
Jan. 6.
Westminster.
9. The King to the Justices of Buckinghamshire and to John Hampden and John Crane. To take measures for satisfying a debt of upwards of 400l., due to Jane, widow of Wm. Lancaster, serjeant of the acatry, for provisions for the household delivered by him on behalf of that county, the promised payment of which has long been delayed. Appoints Sir Marmaduke Darell, John Hampden, and others, to examine defaulters and order their payments, and if necessary to levy a general tax on the county.
Jan. ? 10. Petition of Ralph Amner, Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, to the King, to intercede with the Dean and Canons of Windsor not to put him out of the standing chapel of Windsor, for being now His Majesty's servant, as many of that chapel hold other appointments.
Jan. 7. 11. The King to the Dean and Canons of Windsor. Requests that Ralph Amner may not be deprived of his place in that chapel, because called to the Chapel Royal, but may have leave of absence, as granted to others, both of that chapel and the Chapel Royal, who hold other places.
Jan. 8. 12. Att. Gen. Coventry to the Council. Cannot give an opinion on the action brought by Thos. Kightley against Wm. Canning, the latter producing many witnesses to prove that Kightley declared it to be "neither just nor honest to deliver up the patent" [of the Virginia Company, see Council Register, Dec. 8, 1623,] whilst Kightley produces the certificate of 24 persons, who were present and declare that he never uttered such words. They had a quarrel in Court, and, meeting next day on the Exchange, Canning struck Kightley, for which a jury gave Kightley 20l. damages.
Jan. 8.
Penshurst.
13. Earl of Leicester to Sec. Conway. Friendly remembrance, and acknowledgment of obligation.
Jan. 8.
Northbourne.
14. Sir Edw. Sandys to the Same. Is prevented from attending the Lords by a double infection, the small pox and purple ague, prevalent in the nearest town, Sandwich, and its neighbourhood, and very fatal. Several of his own house have been ill.
Jan. 8. 15. Note by Stephen Davey, keeper of the Wiltshire Hall, of Wiltshire and Oxfordshire cloths brought to Blackwell Hall; total 1022, of which 35 remain unsold.
Jan. 8. 16. Note of cloth from cos. Gloucester, Worcester, Berks, and Suffolk, brought to Blackwell Hall, and of the proportions still unsold; certified by John Mackreth, keeper of the halls for those counties.
Jan. 9. 17. Instructions for John Chudleigh, Captain of the Charles. He is to clear the coast of pirates between St. Helen's, Isle of Wight, and Dungeness; to repress the insolencies of men-of-war in violently rescuing ships or prizes in the harbours or on the coasts; to prevent any traffic between the inhabitants of the coasts and pirates; to be careful of his own stores, &c.
Jan. 10.
Devonshire House.
18. Earl of Devonshire to the Council. According to their instructions, the musters of Derbyshire were held, the troops reviewed by himself in August, and orders given for buying modern arms, when any decay.
Jan. 10.
Newcastle.
19. Capt. Thos. Jackson to Sec. Conway. Will not speak of the lamentable complaints of a multitude of distressed and starving poor, as a private man ought not to consider a public calamity his own; but prays Conway's influence for his restoration to His Majesty's favour. Rejoices at the return of the hopeful Prince. Annexes,
19. i. The Same to the late Lord Treas. Salisbury. The reason of the former failure of attempts against France was its alliance with Scotland, which being now obviated, recommends a war against France, and the vindication of the King's claim thereto, that it may be made a kingdom for the Duke of York. Berwick will be the best school in which the King can teach the Scots religion and obedience.
Jan. 10.
Whitehall.
Sec. Conway to Att. Gen. Coventry. To prepare a bill for Jonas Garway to succeed Mr. Kirkham as Clerk of the Signet. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 103.]
Jan. 10.
Whitehall.
20. [The Same] to the Recorder of London. Has stayed a complaint received against John Burdett, vintner, who is converting a dwelling-house near Cripplegate into a tavern, and refers it to the city, to give them an opportunity of rectifying the abuse, they having been frequently ordered to repress the multiplicity of taverns.
Jan. Minute of the above, dated Jan. 11. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 103.]
Jan. 12.
Dover Castle.
21. Lord [Zouch] to the Mayor of Dover. Nominates, as before, Sir Rich. Younge to be one of the burgesses for Dover, hoping the town is satisfied with his previous services.
Jan. 12. 22. Sir Hen. Goodere to Sec. Conway. To intercede with Buckingham to present and favour his petition to the King, his estate being desperate. Mrs. Somerville intreats Conway to write to the Archbp. of Canterbury in favour of her petition.
Jan. 12.
Sandwich.
23. Mayor and Jurats of Sandwich to Lord Zouch. Mr. Parbo cannot attend his Lordship on the day fixed for examining the petition exhibited against them.
Jan. 12.
Rye.
24. Mayor of Rye to the Same. According to an order from the Bp. of Chichester, Mr. Warren has taken charge of the cure, and Mr. Whittaker is dismissed; has used the best means he could to persuade the people to peace. The churchwardens are wishful to appear before his Lordship.
Jan. 13.
Lydd.
25. Mayor and Jurats of Lydd to the Same. Send him a present of wild fowl.
Jan. 13.
Hastings.
26. Mark Sargeant to Lord Zouch. Has seized for his Lordship a broadcloth of 30 yards, which was about to be transported to Dieppe uncustomed.
Jan. 13.
Hastings.
27. The Same to Sam. More. To remind the Lord Warden to order the small boat to be prized by two or three fishermen.
Jan. 13.
[Whitehall.]
28. [Sec. Conway] to the Lord Mayor, &c., of London. Thought their former reply to the petition on behalf of Rich. Cocks, touching a fine imposed on him for refusing the office of Sheriff, satisfactory; but though they have strict justice on their side, the case seems one in which charity to the distressed widow and fatherless children [of Cocks] requires favourable dealing.
Jan. 13. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 103.]
Jan. [14 ?] 29. Justices of Somersetshire to Sec. Conway. Three prisoners were brought before them at the Wells sessions, Geo. Alexander, a Macedonian, John Millos, a Syrian, and their interpreter, Geo. Jackson, of Snow-hill, St. Sepulchre's parish, London; all committed because, having a Latin letter from the King to foreign Princes in their favour, they have had it translated into English, and printed, with alterations so contrived as to make it seem that His Majesty commends them to the charity of his own subjects. Reasons for suspecting their Latin letter to be a forgery; ask directions whether they are to be found guilty only of abusing a lawful grant, or of forging the grant also, and whether they shall be tried at the assizes, or sent up to Sec. Conway. Inclose,
29. i. Letters of safe conduct from the King in behalf of Alexander and Millos, recommending them to foreign Princes, as having been despoiled and taken captives by the Turks, but released on hostage, that they might appeal to the charity of Christians to collect money for their ransom. Oatlands, July 2, 1623. Latin.
29. ii. Translation of the above letter, with slight differences. Printed.
Jan. 14.
Charing Cross.
30. Sir Robt. Naunton to Buckingham. The King having expressed a wish to use his (Naunton's) service in Parliament, the University [of Cambridge], at the Lord Keeper's request, has chosen him their member; hopes not to appear on that stage a less person than before; relies on His Majesty's gracious promises to give him a place equal to or better than that which he parted with. Wishes to be freed from restraint at once, lest it be thought that his liberation proceeds from Parliament.
Jan. 14. Grant to Jas. Maxwell and his heirs, on rental, of the Manors of Felton, Thorneton, Newton Hall, Gosforth, and other lands in Northumberland, value 73l. 6s. 8d. per ann., late the possessions of Sir Wm. Lisle, attainted. [Docquet.]
Jan. 14. Warrant for a grant to Sir Jas. Fullerton and Jas. Maxwell, of lands value 300l. a year, to the use of Jane Murray, widow, and Henry her son, on surrender by her of an annuity of 500l. [Docquet.]
Jan. 14. Warrant for a grant to the Earl of Holderness and his heirs, of lands to be chosen by himself, value 500l. a year, and also of copyhold lands value 100l., such as he may desire to have enfranchised. [Docquet, Jan. 14 and 27.]
Jan. 14. Grant to Fras. Townley and Greg. Butler and their heirs, on rental and payment of 995l. 5s., of copyhold lands in Burnley and other places belonging to the Duchy of Lancaster, value 24l. 17s. 7½d. per ann. [Docquet.]
Jan. 15.
Sandwich.
31. Mayor and Jurats of Sandwich to Lord Zouch. Have agreed with Mr. Parbo to attend his Lordship on Monday next.
Jan. 16.
Leicester.
32. [Justices] of Leicestershire to the Council. Request assistance in obtaining from Sir Hen. Hastings, of Braunstone, son and heir of the late Walter Hastings, the balance of a sum of 386l. 14s. 7d., and a bond, entrusted to his late father by the county, for buying and furnishing a house of correction, &c.
Jan. 16.
Royston.
Sec. Conway to the Archbp. of Canterbury and Committee for Sutton's Hospital. Refers to them a petition and complaint of Mrs. Beaumont. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 103.]
Jan. 16.
Royston.
The Same to the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire. To recover one of the King's hawks, lost near Royston. [Ibid.]
Jan. 17.
London.
33. Chamberlain to [Carleton]. The masque for Twelfth Night was postponed, on account of the jealousies about precedence between the French and Spanish Ambassadors, though the pretext was the illness of the King, who has gone to Theobalds, and, against the advice of his physicians, will go to Newmarket to see some new hawks fly. A French Baron, a good falconer, has brought him 16 cast of hawks from the French King, with horses and setting dogs; he made a splendid entry with his train by torch-light, and will stay till he has instructed some of our people in his kind of falconry, though he costs His Majesty 25l. or 30l. a day. The Venetian and French Ambassadors have had audience, but those of Spain had a previous one of an hour in private, after which the Prince and then the Duke were called in. What passed is not known, but they came out very sad; the Duke took to his bed, and the Prince stayed with him, instead of going with the King. The last few days have made great alterations and the proverb that "Tottenham is turned French" is quite changed into Spanish. The Spaniards promise wonders, as to send over the Infanta at their own cost in April, with half the dower in hand; to leave matters of religion to the king; to restore the Palatinate by treaty or arms. Without God's help, these syren songs will lure the nation to shipwreck. Sir Edwin Sandys obtained his election for Kent, by crying down his rivals. Sir Nich. Tufton and Sir Dud. Diggs, as papist and royalist, but he will fail, being already a Commissioner for Ireland, and therefore incapable of election, and His Majesty will be but the more incensed against him. Sir Edw. Coke is chosen for several places, but he pretends to go cheerfully [to Ireland], though privately telling his friends that he does not expect to see them again. Sir Isaac Wake is going for Venice, with a commission to keep agents in Italy and Switzerland, if we break with Spain; but that king orders his ambassador by all means to continue the negotiation, and threatens to punish all who speak against it. Sir Robt. Shirley, with his Persian wife, has arrived, and has asked audience as ambassador; he lives with his sister, Lady Crofts.
Jan. 18.
St. Martin's Lane.
34. Sec. Calvert to [Sec. Conway]. Sends a dispensation, which the King is intreated to sign, for excusing Lord Wharton's attendance in Parliament, he being aged and weakly. Has ordered Sir Thos. Roe not to yield precedence to the French Ambassador, but to avoid if possible any contest on the point.
Jan. 18.
Lincoln.
35. Dr. John Farmery to [Wm.] Boswell. The coolness of some and poverty of most of the clergy of this poor county has rendered the contribution for the Palatinate far short of the proportion. Sends up the accounts. Begs an allowance for his own trouble and expense in collecting it. Dr. Gooch, Chancellor of Exeter, is allowed 6d. in the pound.
Jan. 19.
London.
36. Edm. Lysse and Robt. Hassard to Nicholas. Recommend the suit of the bearer Jas. Knot, for restoration of his ship, which, being freighted from Lyme Regis to Rochelle, was seized for service in the wars, with promise of restoration afterwards, and since sold in Dover, and arrested on Lord [Zouch's] warrant.
Jan. 19.
Newmarket.
37. The King to the Master, &c. of Jesus College, Cambridge. To elect John Hume to the next vacant Fellowship, notwithstanding any statute of the college to the contrary.
Jan. 20.
Newmarket.
Sec. Conway to Att. Gen. Coventry. To receive an information concerning treasonable words spoken by Ezekiel Grosse. Sends a warrant to summon Grosse to appear in London to answer the charges. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 103.]
Jan. [20]. 38. Martin Lumley, Lord Mayor, and the Aldermen of London, to the Council. Have examined the petition of the needle-makers against the use of the engine for needle-making, and find that the engine endangers the limbs of those who work it, although, being aliens, they refuse to appear and give evidence in the case; also that it deprives many poor needle-makers of the means of earning a livelihood, and employs bad materials. Advise its entire suppression, with proviso that the price of needles be not thereby increased.
Jan. 21. 39. Bond of Wm. Lithgow in 200l., for good behaviour, and appearance before Council when required, &c. Latin.
Jan. 22. 40. Locke to [Carleton]. Her Ladyship's petticoat is progressing, and will be done in a month. Lord Coke has his commission and tacklings sent, that he may be gone for Ireland, &c.
Jan. 23.
Newmarket.
Sec. Conway to Lord Treas. Middlesex. To provide moneys for Sir Wm. Alexander, who is to be employed on the King's special service. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 103.]
Jan. 23.
St. James's.
41. Prince Charles to Lord Zouch. Sees no cause whatever, in the allegations produced against Sir Hen. Mainwaring, to prevent his re-admission to the Lieutenancy of Dover Castle. Does not question his Lordship's entire right to dispose of the place, but, for anything that yet appears, thinks Sir Henry a discreet and able gentleman, and worthy of some good employment.
Jan. 23. 42. Copy of the above.
Jan. 23.
Whitehall.
43. Petition of John Rhodes to the Council, that Sir John Denham, who reported on his former petition complaining of his father's unkindness, may prescribe a competent maintenance to be allowed him With reference thereon to Baron Denham, and his report that on account of the large fortune which the petitioner's mother brought in marriage, 30l. a year is the lowest maintenance that his father should assign him.
Jan. 24.
Godmanchester.
44. Sir Robt. Osborne to Sec. Conway. The Sheriff of Huntingdonshire, going by commission from Chancery to take possession of the manor of Staughton from John Throgmorton, and deliver it to Mr. Wauton, was resisted, and several of his men slain or wounded. The house is double-moated and of great strength, and the company, most of whom are Papists, have intrenched themselves in it, with aid of divers foreigners who have joined them, and they do many unlawful acts.
Jan. 24. 45. Copy of the above.
Jan. 25. 46. Sec. Calvert to [the Same]. Sends such a narrative of proceedings touching the Palatinate as he can gather from his papers, for Sir Robt. Anstruther's instructions.
Jan. 25.
Kennegy.
47. Art. Harris to John Verney. Regrets inability to help him to a Burgess-ship. Did his best for their kinsman, Mr. Secretary, but lost the election by a single voice, through the absence of some friends of St. Ives. The Prince's letters disappointed many, for few towns were left unsolicited by him.
Jan. 25.
[London.]
Sec. Conway to the Justices of Somersetshire. Concerning two Grecians, committed prisoners there, for abusing the King's passport. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 104.]
Jan. 25.
London.
The Same to [Thos.] Read. To prepare letters of credence for Sir Robt. Anstruther and Sir Isaac Wake. [Ibid.]
Jan. 25.
London.
The Same to the Clerk of the Signet. To prepare a Privy Seal for Sir Isaac Wake's allowances and a warrant for his plate. [Ibid.]
Jan. 25.
London.
The Same to the Chancellor [of the Exchequer]. Sends him certain abstracts. [Ibid.]
Jan. 25.
London.
The Same to Lord Treas. Middlesex. Concerning a request of the Infanta for leave to transport ordnance; requests a copy of the regulation for Ambassadors' entertainments. [Ibid.]
Jan. 26.
Chelsea.
48. Lord Treas. Middlesex to Sec. Conway. Will soon send a satisfactory account to the King, on the demands of Don Carlos and Mons. Van Male, concerning the imposition of one per cent. on hops, and the export of iron ordnance. Will complete the regulation of allowances to Ambassadors, but meanwhile the consultation is where to provide moneys for those who are awaiting their dispatch.
Jan. 26.
Hereford.
49. Bp. of Hereford to the King. Dr. Best opposes both His Majesty's recommendations, viz.: that of Dr. Richardson, 13 years Reader of the Divinity Lecture in Hereford Cathedral, as Residentiary of the Cathedral, and that of Dr. Godwin to succeed Richardson as reader.
Jan. 26.
Rye.
50. Mayor, &c., of Rye to Sir Edw. Conway [jun.] and John Angell. Have chosen them as their Barons in Parliament, and request them to come down to be sworn in as freemen, and to receive the requisite information on what is to be done in Parliament for their benefit. Damaged.
Jan. 27.
Newmarket.
Sec. Conway to the Archbp. of Canterbury. To spare the appearance of Sir Hen Fiennes in the High Commission Court, and to forbear, until orders, all further proceedings against him. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 104.]
Jan. 27.
Newmarket.
The Same to the Same. In favour of Mrs. Harrison. [Ibid.]
Jan. 27.
St. Martin's Lane.
51. Sec. Calvert to [Sec. Conway]. Asks the King's pleasure on a suit of the East India merchants for a point conceded to them in the treaty with the States. The Turkey merchants request a letter from His Majesty, as a necessary compliment to the Grand Seignior on his accession.
Jan. 27. 52. Wm. Chesterman to [the Same]. Mr. Chancellor [of the Exchequer] says the business for settling the entertainments of Ambassadors will come before Council to morrow. Sends Sir Isaac Wake's Privy Seal.
Jan. 27. 53. Sir Wm. Cockayne and others [of the East India Company] to the Council. Regret their displeasure about Capts. Pett and Giles. Have already paid Capt. Giles more than his due. Agreed with Capt. Pett to build two pinnaces for 1,270l.; have given him great sums, conceived to be equal to his demands, and are ready to receive his accounts and pay over the balance, but he refuses this. Request reference to the Navy Commissioners or others.
Jan. 27. 54. Capt. Phineas Pett, and other [Shipwrights to the Navy Commissioners ?]. Have examined the tonnage of the ten new ships, and find them to be fully equal to the certificates delivered in.
Jan. 55. Note by S. Welles of the length, breadth, depth, burden, and tonnage of the ten new ships.
Jan. ? 56. Abstract showing the excess of tonnage above the contract, in the ten new ships; with estimate of their cost per ton.
Jan. 27. 57. Order of the Lord Mayor's Court, on complaint sent by Sec. Conway, forbidding John Burdett, of Cripplegate, to proceed in converting his dwelling house into a tavern.
Jan. 27. Warrant for paying over the sums collected on the new imposition on wines to Philip Burlamachi and Philip Jacobson, to be by them remitted to Sir Dud. Carleton, for defraying the allowance of 500l. a month to the Prince Elector Palatine, and 1000l. to the Lady Elizabeth, Electress Palatine. [Docquet.]
Jan. 27. Grant to Wm. Love, the King's Yeoman Farrier for hunting horses, of 80l., being portion of a fine of 160l. imposed on Edw. Alpe, for engrossing butter and cheese; with reservation of the dues of Dr. Chambers, collector of fines and forfeitures. [Docquet
Jan. 28. 58. Reasons for continuance to the paymasters of the poundage out of the wages of the posts, viz., the heavy charges of the Paymasters; their trouble in settling the accounts of the posts, many of whom assign over their pay to their creditors; their continual attendance in town; the antiquity of the allowance, never questioned but by turbulent Hutchins; and the lucrative places of the posts, many of whom employ deputies, to whom they only give a fourth of what they receive.
Jan. 28. 59. Abstract of the state of the King's revenue, showing, that the ordinary income exceeds the ordinary expenditure, but that to supply the deficiencies caused by the general pardon, and by anticipations on the income of the present year, 160,219l. will be required.
Jan. 29.
Newmarket.
Sec. Conway to Mr. Draper. To send some one for a hawk of the King's, taken up in Kent. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 104.]
Jan. 29.
St. James's.
60. Sir Jas. Fullerton to Sec. Conway. The Lord Treasurer hesitates to pass the King's grant to a young Scottish gentleman, of land in Ireland, as escheated to the Crown for want of his father's denization, on pretext that Sir Wm. Smith has a right to all the lands granted to Viscounts Montgomery and Claneboye, but he would pass it, on an absolute grant from the King of the land, whether devolving by escheat or otherwise. This is more than was requested, but meanwhile the delay causes risk of the land being let on lease by the Lord Deputy.
Jan. 29. 61. Sir John Bourchier to the Same. Has at last got his new patent drawn, and an instrument authorizing Sir Geo. Goring, Conway, and the Solicitor General, to settle the contracts. The Eastland Company's objections are reduced to two:—disposal of the potash now on hand, and compensation for the loss of their trade. Has bought 9,000l. worth of potash, and will purchase their remaining stock, worth 30,000l., when the matter is settled. Offered the King at first 10,000l. for the soap and alum, but, finding his Majesty's intended bounty to Conway and others, hopes to enlarge Conway's share by 1000l. a year. Incloses,
61. i. Proposal that the soap and alum works be in the King's own hands, and let on rental for 6000l.; 20,000l. profits are calculated to His Majesty from the allowance of 2l. per ton on soap, and he is also to have Sir Paul Pindar's great diamond, worth 35,000l. The works will require 80,000l. capital, which can be provided without the King's assistance, and Sir Arthur Ingram, now farmer of the alum works, compensated.
Jan. 30. 62. Sol. Gen. Heath to the Same. Sends the grant for making soap of English materials, and another, granting to Conway, Sir Geo. Goring, and himself, the surveyorship of the soap and receivership of the profits, with power to contract with the patentees for performance of their undertaking, and with an agent for the King, to take the soap at a certain price, and sell it again at a higher, between which prices his Majesty's profits are to arise. The Eastland merchants have given in a reasonable answer about the sale of potash, so that all difficulties are ended.
Jan. 30. 63. Reply and request of the Eastland merchants to the Commissioners for the new soap business. Though they will be losers by the invention, potash being a fourth part of their trade, they consent to it, if found generally beneficial; but request that their present stock of potash may be taken from their hands; that the Proclamation forbidding importation of Eastland commodities except by themselves, may include their import from any country as well as the East countries, since the Hollanders dress flax and hemp themselves, and then bring it in as the produce of their own land; that an allowance of ten per cent. may be made for their loss by the base foreign coin which they will now have to bring in instead of potash; and that they may be protected from interlopers.
Jan. 30.
St. Martin's Lane.
64. Sec. Calvert to [Sec. Conway]. Sends letters from abroad. Asks if Sir Thos. Roe is to be encouraged in his proposition to the Ministers of Bethlehem Gabor on behalf of the King of Bohemia, and thanked for his vigilant care on all occasions to further the restitution of the King's son-in-law.
Jan. 30.
Loughton.
65. Mary Lady Wroth to the Same. To procure for her a renewal of the King's protection from her creditors, for another year. Has paid half her debts, and hopes to pay the remainder in the year. Incloses,
65. i. Note by Lady Mary Wroth of the debts she has discharged, &c.
Jan. 30.
Royston.
66. Sir Robt. Anstruther to the Same. Has ventured, though without warrant, to post off to Yorkshire, being summoned by the dangerous illness of Sir Robt. Swift, his father-in-law, with whom he has some money matters to settle. Begs to be excused. Will be back next week, before the Lord Treasurer has the King of Denmark's interest money ready, though the Prince is urgent about it.
Jan. 30.
Newmarket.
Sec. Conway to the East India Company. Asks their advice on an offer from the King of Persia for free trade, brought to His Majesty by Sir Robt. Shirley, whose expenses must be defrayed. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 104.]
Jan. 30.
Newmarket.
The Same to the Turkey Company. Of the same tenor. [Ibid.]
Jan. 30.
Newmarket.
The Same to Lord Treas. Middlesex. Acquaints him with the two preceding letters, and requests him to consult with the merchants thereon. Sir Robt. Shirley must be defrayed. [Ibid.]
Jan. 30. 67. Examination of Simon Penny, of Canterbury. Desires time to answer whether he said that Sir William Lovelace had crossed himself before the French and Spanish Ambassadors, or intimated that he was a Papist, when urging some one to vote for Mr. Scott and Mr. Denn to be burgesses for the city, rather than Sir Wm. Lovelace, who is captain of the city.
Jan. 30 ? 68. The King to the Governor of the Charterhouse. Desires them to elect David Waterhouse as a poor brother, on the first vacancy. Indorsed is a note [by Conway's secretary], for inquiry from the Master of the Hawks and Mr. Potts, as to the number of chains that should be given to the falconers of the Frenchmen.
Jan. 30.
[Newmarket.]
69. [Sec. Conway] to Lord Treas. Middlesex. The King, wishing to be disburdened of the noble falconers, desires expedition of their presents. He wishes his picture and the case garnished with diamonds, with a chain set in diamonds, value 800l. or 1,000l., to be ordered.
Jan. 30. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 105.]
Jan. 30.
Newmarket.
70. [The Same] to the Same. The Spanish Ambassadors are to be informed that no licence was granted to the Hollanders to transport iron ordnance, further than that the King, wanting money, permitted what could be spared to be sold to those who gave the most for it. His Majesty wishes those who are to be employed abroad to be dispatched.
Jan. 30. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 105.]
Jan. 31.
Whitehall.
71. The Same to [Wm.] Chesterman. To deliver a letter to the Duchess of Richmond. Wishes to hear from Mr. Sutton whether the choice is made at Warwick. Depends on that for writing into the Low Countries.
Jan. 31.
London.
72. Chamberlain to [Carleton]. The King is still at Newmarket, but the Prince has returned to town. The junta for foreign affairs sit closely upon the match. The Lord Keeper, Treasurer, Marshal, Weston, and Sec. Calvert are for it; Duke of Richmond, Hamilton, Lord Chamberlain Pembroke, and Belfast, neuter; Buckingham, Carlisle, and Conway, against it. The Prince seems very averse to it, both on grounds of state and religion, and this changed some of the neuters; but the Lord Chamberlain said he saw not how the King or those who swore to the treaty could fall away, if the Spaniards performed their part. This was done from pique against Buckingham, whose entire engrossing of the Prince's favour, as well as the King's, causes some heartburning in many who aim to take him down; so he keeps close to His Majesty, and prevents all access to him. The junta wish to throw the responsibility of so weighty a matter on Council or on Parliament. The elections are hopeful, little attention being paid to great men's recommendations. The Prince has failed as yet to get Sir Fras. Cottington chosen. Particulars of sundry elections. Sir Edw. Coke's journey [to Ireland] is respited till May, and Sir Edwin Sandys has made his peace by a promise of all manner of conformity. Sir Hen. Wotton is ill, and retiring to the country to finish a work on mathematics, or build castles in the air; yet he is said to be Provost of Eton, on resigning his reversion of the Mastership of the Rolls to Sir Ralph Freeman, who resigns his Mastership of Requests to Sir Wm. Beecher.
Jan. 31. 73. Archbp. Abbot and Sec. Calvert to [Sec. Conway]. Intreat him to recommend to the King the petition of two poor Grisons, who have been extraordinary sufferers in their country's calamities, that they may have leave to crave the benevolence of charitable people. Desire favour for five other Grisons named.
Jan. 74. Earl of Oxford to Buckingham. Requests him to procure warrants from the King that the Bill against him in the Star Chamber be taken off the file, and his papers in Sec. Calvert's hands restored; cannot think himself freed from the storm that has struck him, till this be done. Commends Mr. Hawley's suit for the gift of [the outlawry of] Mr. Courtney, convicted of murder.
Jan. 75. List, by the Earl of Exeter, of those who were backward in showing light horse at the late musters at Northampton. With note of such as have been sent for.
Jan ? 76. Eliz. Lady Savage to the Duchess of Lenox. To know the state of the Duke's health. Urges a suit in favour of a poor servant of her grandmother for a year's liberty. Lord St. John and her daughter send remembrances.
Jan. ? 77. Petition of Thos. Austyn to the King. Has not yet received a reply to his project to punish by a penal statute, called the Statute of Deceit, the intolerable abuses of lawyers and others in the execution of justice, which would bring in a million in fines. Requests him to except from the general pardon, now shortly to be issued, all offences against the Statute of Deceit, the fines on which, for five years past only, would yield 300,000l., and scourge none but those who have already been a scourge to others.
Jan. 78. [John Evelyn?] to the Commissioners of the Navy. Reports the quantities of saltpetre brought into the King's stores by the saltpetre men to whom the several counties are assigned, and how far it falls short of or exceeds the proportions assigned to be brought in by each. Indorsed with notes of offenders who are to be examined. Annexing,
78. i. Names of the offenders above reported, and of the quantities of saltpetre which were agreed to be delivered weekly [to the King's stores].
Jan. ? 79. Plan for removal of nuisances in London, by dividing the suburbs into four districts, and appointing Commissioners in each to inquire into them.