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James 1 - volume 151: August 18-31, 1623

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: James I, 1623-25. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1859.

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August 18–31, 1623

Aug. 18.
Beaulieu.
Sec. Conway to John Coke. On a ship at Portsmouth, which is to be taken into Mr. Brook's charge. The King approves his diligence. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 76.]
Aug. 18.
Beaulieu.
The Same to Lord Treas. Middlesex. The King approves the victualling of the ships from shore, during their abode near the coast, and has signed a bill now returned to that effect. [Ibid.]
Aug. 18.
Beaulieu.
1. [The Same] to the Earl of Rutland. The King inquires where he is, how provided, and how prepared to take advantage of the sea wind, which His Majesty so much longs for.
Aug. 18. Minute of the above, [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 76.]
Aug. 18.
[Beaulieu.]
2. [The Same] to John Coke. To give the bearer [Mr. Levingston of the Bedchamber] a warrant to take examinations on oath about certain goods from the ship London, brought into Portsmouth without paying duty, and concealed.
Aug. 18. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 76.]
Aug. 18.
Beaulieu.
The Same to John Coke. Authority is given to the town of Weymouth to suppress the pirates there. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 76.]
Aug. 18.
Beaulieu.
The Same to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Thanks for his care in furnishing the Bonaventure. Is going into the country. The business of soap and alum. [Ibid.]
Aug. 18.
Beaulieu.
3. Warrant for M. de Halier, and three other Frenchmen, over on business, and now returning home, to transport five horses. [Minute.]
Aug. 18.
St. Martin's Lane.
4. Sec. Calvert to [Sec. Conway]. Francisco de Carondelet, Archdeacon of Cambray, attendant on Colonna, and highly esteemed for his virtues, and good offices in the affairs now in hand, desires renewal of the King's former request made to the Prince, that he may be appointed Almoner to the Infanta, when she arrives in England; or, if that place be bestowed, have some other office about her which will enable him to remain in England. His enemies have got wind of his wishes, and are trying to supplant him.
Aug. 18.
St. Martin's Lane.
5. The Same to [the Same]. Lord Arundel of Wardour is very sorry he did not receive the King's command before coming from the country, but will endeavour to excuse himself from the employment to the Ambassadors, without letting them know that he does so by command. Further directions are required about the pardon, because in the form given, from which the attorney dares not deviate a tittle, there is no express exemption to Catholics from taking the oaths of supremacy and allegiance, and going to church. Other legal difficulties occur. Thinks it would be well for the councillors in London, who know the private articles, to meet the Attorney General and the counsellors employed by the Ambassadors to settle all differences, and frame a warrant for the pardon and dispensation. The Ambassadors renew their complaints of wrongs at Ormus, by the East India Company.
Aug. 18.
St. Martin's Lane.
6. Sec. Calvert to [Sec. Conway]. Inijosa and Don Carlos are so discontented at the delay of the pardon and dispensation promised for Catholics, that they declare, unless all difficulties be removed by Thursday, they will send to Spain to unsay what they have said. They also request that Lord Zouch's oath be taken at once, which is necessary to prevent complaints of persons landing at the Cinque Ports, to whom the oath of allegiance will else be tendered. A clerk of Council with deputies from the Ambassadors should be sent to Dover, to witness his taking and subscribing the oath.
Aug. 18.
Garland, Gore-end.
7. Capt. Best to the Council. The Dunkirk ship wants provisions, and her men mutiny at being detained, and declare they had rather run the risk of going to Dunkirk. Knows not whether they will consent to enter the Thames, and cannot prevent their getting away, their vessel being the better sailer. Will supply them with provisions, though they have no money. Has sent one of their men to the Spanish Ambassador, for their better satisfaction.
Aug. 18.
Garland, Gore-end.
8. The Same to Sec. Conway. Of similar purport. Is sorry for the rashness of his former conduct. Is also censured for allowing the Dunkirker laden with masts to escape; could have prevented it, but was taken by surprise, the vessel having promised to come in, and then sailing off at night. Hopes for permission to conduct this expedition to an end. Is at Gore-end with the Bonaventure, the Dunkirk ship, and one Holland man-of-war; will sail into the river with the first fair wind.
Aug. 18. 9. Sir John Eliot to the Same. Thanks for his favour in his troublesome affair. Requested the Council to discharge him, but other business prevented his being heard. Cares more for the injury to his reputation than the restraint.
Aug. 18.
Winterbourne.
10. Jane Nicholas to [Edw. Nicholas]. Domestic affairs.
Aug. 18.
Winchelsea.
11. Melchior Rainolds to the Same. Mr. Ashborn relinquished his office of Town Clerk to Thos. Walwyn. Thanks for Lord [Zouch's] regard for the preferment of his son, who has surrendered the town clerkship to Thos. Walwyn. Commends the character of Giles Waters, and hopes he may be restored to his lordship's favour.
Aug. 19. 12. Robt. Boteler to the Same. Mr. Walwyn is re-established in his place of Town Clerk. Mr. Rainolds' son is satisfied with 20l. given him by Mr. Ashburnham, and the promise of the reversion.
Aug. 19.
Sandwich.
13. Mayor of Sandwich to Lord Zouch. Has delayed to publish the Proclamation received from the King's auditor, without special warrant from his Lordship, thinking it an infringement on his jurisdiction.
Aug. 19.
Carlisle.
14. Order by the Judges of the Northern Circuit, that the Justices of Northumberland raise an immediate levy for repair of the bridge at Haydon, on the river Tyne, which has lately fallen down, to the great danger of travellers, many of whom have been drowned in crossing the river.
Aug. 19.
Beaulieu.
Sec. Conway to Sec. Calvert. Account of letters between the King and States on the Dunkirk business, and directions thereon. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 76.]
Aug. 19.
Beaulieu.
The Same to the Same. The King dislikes the jealousies of the Spanish Ambassador about his performance of his promise. The Attorney General is to insert the two points for dispensing with taking the oaths and going to church, and to proceed with the rest, as already agreed. Sec. Calvert is to advise with the Lord Treasurer and Chancellor of the Exchequer, and prepare any warrant that may be needful for the Attorney General. Directions for Lord Zouch to take the oath. [Ibid., p. 77.]
Aug. 19.
Beaulieu.
The Same to the Same. To the same purport. The King takes ill the misinterpretation of his intentions by the Ambassador. Directions how to deal with him if he persist in it, and will not admit reasonable satisfaction. [Ibid.]
Aug. 19.
Beaulieu.
The Same to Lord Zouch. The King's pleasure is that he takes the oath as the other Lords have taken it. [Ibid.]
Aug. 19.
Beaulieu.
The Same to Sec. Calvert. To swear in [Dud.] Carleton as Clerk of the Council extraordinary. [Ibid.]
Aug. 19.
St. Martin's Lane.
15. Sec. Calvert to Sec. Conway. Sends letters from Capt. Best, and a request from the Hague for dismissal of the Dunkirk ship.
Aug. 19.
Portsmouth.
16. Sir Hen. Mainwaring to the Same. Is left superintendent of the Fleet by the Lord General, who has hastened to London to forward the victualling, which might have been done better and cheaper at Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight than in London. Prays excuse for having lain a few days on shore, having taken infection from visiting some sick men on board ship.
Aug. 20.
Prince Royal.
17. Earl of Rutland to [the Same.] Laments the misfortune of his absence when his gracious Master was aboard the fleet. It was occasioned by his desire to hasten things for their departure. Thanks the King for his fat stag. When the victuals come, will lose not a minute.
Aug. 20.
Beaulieu.
Sec. Conway to the Captains of the ships with victuals. They are to make all possible haste to the fleet. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 77.]
Aug. 20.
Calshot Castle.
18. [The Same] to the Mayor of Dover. The ships in the Downs that have victuals on board for the fleet bound for Spain are to be warned, on their uttermost peril, to lose no wind nor tide in hastening to the fleet.
Aug. 20. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 77.]
Aug. 20.
London.
19. Sir Dud. Carleton to Sec. Conway. Is waiting to be sworn Clerk of the Council, and therefore sent off letters for Holland. Sir Noel Caron will give Moy Lambert, who commands the States' fleet, instructions for the safe convoy of the ship of Ostend, according to the King's suggestions.
Aug. 20.
St. Martin's Lane.
20. Sec. Calvert to [Sec. Conway]. Spoke to the Spanish Ambassadors about the want of fulness in their letters to Spain on the performance of all things here, and of urgency in pressing what is to be done there. They declare that they said more than they could now write, unless there is more dispatch used in the Catholic business, but that their private letters were all the King could desire. Inijosa, who is Master of the Ordnance in Spain, promises to write to the Governor of St. Sebastian, to restore or give satisfaction for the ordnance taken from the Weymouth merchant.
Aug. 21.
London.
21. John Coke to the Same. The proposition of the Weymouth merchants to set out war ships to secure their own trade against pirates is dishonourable to the King, and would injure the Lord Admiral, who has a grant of pirates' profits; the reason of their flocking to Weymouth is that the people trade with them, and the Admiralty officers connive at their practices. Suggests better employment of the ships that guard the narrow seas, towards clearing the whole south coast, and recommends Capt. Chudleigh as successor to Capt. Best. Particulars of the proceedings of Geo. Heriot, the Scottish pirate. Thinks that neither he nor his prize, the Dantzic vessel, is gone too far to be overtaken, if the Earl of Rutland could send a light pinnace after them. A ship at Weymouth, which should belong to the Lord Admiral, but is promised to Gilbert Rawley, should be taken up for the Admiral.
Aug. 21. 22. Abstract of part of the above.
Aug. 21.
Beaulieu.
23. [Sec. Conway] to Att. Gen. Coventry. The King regrets the illness of Sir Wm. Halliday, Governor of the East India Company, and a worthy magistrate, and wishes his servant, Sir Hen. Mildmay, to be commended to him, that he may not be prejudiced in reference to the estate he should receive by his wife.
Aug. 21. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 77.]
Aug. 21.
Dover.
24. Note of Popish pictures, books, &c., brought over by Joan Milbree, which Lord [Zouch] caused to be re-delivered to her, at request of Lord Wallingford.
Aug. 21. 25. Petition of Susan, wife of Wilson Beresford, to Lord Zouch, to compel Clement Marketman, executor of her brother Clement Stuppeny, late of Hyde, to give up the property bequeathed to her by her brother's will.
Aug. 21. 26. Petition of Clement Marketman, executor of Clement Stuppeny, to Lord Zouch, that Wilson Beresford and Susan Beresford may be required to show cause why they have not surrendered to the Chancery Court of the Cinque Ports, as ordered, the leases and writings which they hold, of certain lands the right to which is contested between them and the petitioner, until the cause be decided between them.
Aug. 21.
St. Martin's Lane.
27. Sec. Calvert to [Sec. Conway.] Did not fail to reprove the needless distrust of the King expressed by Inijosa, and told him His Majesty had much more cause to complain of long delays and procrastinations, ever since the treaty began. The directions that the pardon and dispensation for Catholics are to comprise all that is in the marriage treaty, as well as in the articles of Salisbury, clear up some difficulties; wishes to know whether, by the marriage treaty is meant the private articles sworn to at Whitehall, as well as the public ones in the chapel. Told the Marquis of the King's displeasure, but he excused himself on his naturally abrupt temper, which he says would have led him to behave in the same way towards his own master. All points [about the pardon] have been discussed between Calvert, the Lord Keeper, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Attorney General, and Sir Hen. Spiller, and Mr. Gage, the latter of whom is a temperate and discreet gentleman, and counsels the Ambassadors well. Complained to the Ambassadors of the King of Spain and the Infanta's congratulating the accession of the Duke of Bavaria to the Electorate. They profess not to believe it, but say that, if true, it is a mere compliment, and the King of Spain will still protect the Prince Palatine, when he submits to the Emperor.
Aug. 21. 28. Rich. Dike to [Nicholas]. Will be glad to entertain him when he comes to town for the term. Family affairs. Death of Sir Wm. Crayford.
[Aug. 21.]
[Beaulieu.]
29. [Sec. Conway to the Earl of Rutland.] The King was pleased with the state of the ships, and his reception on board, but disappointed not to see his Lordship; however he accepts his excuses, his absence being caused by care for the expedition, and wishes him good success in bringing home all that is desired. His Majesty cannot answer positively his inquiry as to whether he shall pass the Needles; the weather must influence it much, but he is to act as a wise merchant or mariner would do. He is to deliberate with the captains and pilots, and if they think it feasible, to set sail; if not, to have their signatures to their opinions for postponement, and to be guided by a majority. His Majesty thinks Sir Thos. Somerset the fittest man to beat the way for his Lordship to the Court of Spain. Knew nothing of the King's intention to visit the ships till 11 o'clock the night before.
Aug. 21. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 78.]
Aug. 21.
Beaulieu.
Letters from Council to impress mariners for the fleet. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 77.]
Aug. 21.
Beaulieu.
Sec. Conway to the Earl of Rutland. To advance the money required for pressing and bringing on board the men, which shall be repaid to him. [Ibid.]
Aug. 22.
Beaulieu.
30. [The Same] to the Treasurer or Chancellor of the Exchequer. On Wednesday the King was on board the fleet at Stoke Bay, where want of mariners was complained of; orders were sent along the coast of Hampshire to Plymouth, to impress 200 mariners. Steps are to be immediately taken for return of the imprest money, and payment of the expenses of conveying them on shipboard.
Aug. 22. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 78.]
[Aug. 22.] 31. Petition of Sir Wm. Clavell to the Council for release from the Marshalsea,—to which he is committed on information of Sir Robt. Mansell,—on account of his delicate health. Hopes soon to be able to prove that his offence was not wilful, and to bring forward circumstances to extenuate it.
Aug. 22.
Aboard.
32. Earl of Rutland to Sec. Conway. The cause of his absence from the fleet when the King was there was the earnest entreaty of his daughter and grandchild; never dreamed of the King's visit. Requests the loan of a coach to go and see His Majesty at Calshot Castle, if the wind continues unfavourable for sailing.
Aug. 22.
Witham.
33. Robt. Hopton to the Same. Will do his best for Rich. Hopton, a maimed soldier, who demands relief from the Justices of Somersetshire, but the case will be hard, because he claims arrears for 20 years, and cannot prove the grant of the pension.
Aug. 22.
Blissworth.
34. Thos. Kimbould to [Sir John Lambe]. Begs a loan for Mr. West's son, as promised, his need being urgent. He is bound in 300l. not to meddle with the lease.
Aug. 22.
London.
35. John Coke to Sec. Conway. Advised the Lord Admiral, five years before, on the appointment of the Navy Commission, to have a frame of government that would discover errors in accounts, but the plan was overruled. All kept right till the Algiers voyage, when there was indirect dealing on the part of some Commissioners, in passing off their own wares amongst the provisions then laid in, which has continued occasionally since. Wishes special orders for examination of the offenders, they being fellow Commissioners and of equal authority. Incloses,
35. i. Instructions to the Navy Commissioners to examine into abuses supposed to be committed by certain of their number, especially as to whether Wm. Burrell has not bought provisions, &c. by wholesale, and then sold them for the service by retail; whether others have not concealed it or participated with him; whether Mr. Norris, Surveyor of the Ships, instead of limiting the demands of boatswains, &c., has not concealed their faults and waste, &c. [Draft by Coke, in the third person, altered afterwards into the first person, and dated Beaulieu, Aug. 25, 1623].
Aug. 22.
Whitehall.
36. Capt. Best to the Same. Has brought the Dunkirk ship to Gravesend, the Hollander keeping close to her. Has dismissed the Bonaventure and Adventure, and is now ready to attend their Lordships.
Aug. 22.
Beaulieu.
37. [Sec. Conway] to John Coke. The King is persuaded that the ship ordered some time ago to fetch the horses from Spain is ready. If so, he thanks the Navy Commissioners; if not, he reproves them, and orders it to be prepared at once.
Aug. 22. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 78.]
Aug. 22.
[Beaulieu.]
38. [Sec. Conway] to Sec. Calvert. As to the business of Ormus complained of by the Spanish Ambassadors, examinations of the officers and men of the London, and others, are to be taken at once, but nothing more can be done during the vacation. If the complaints be true, the deed is foul, and shall have strict justice. Sends Nutt's pardon signed. Commends M. Besange, travelling to France, to have the carriage of a packet.
Aug. 22. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 78.]
Aug. 23.
London.
39. John Coke to Sec. Conway. The vessel for the horses from Spain has been sent long ago. The Lords have sent Capt. Best back to his ship, till they can have a fuller meeting. Sir Rich. Bingley has posted off to send the victuallers out of the Downs.
Aug. 23.
[Beaulieu.]
40. [Sec. Conway] to the Mayor and Customer of Weymouth. To take perfect survey of a ship belonging to the Lord Admiral, now in the custody of the Mayor, send an inventory of its contents to the Navy Commissioners, and not allow it to be given up to the Deputy Vice Admiral, or any other, till the Lord Admiral's return. The Spanish Ambassador promises satisfaction for the ordnance seized by the Governor of St. Sebastian, if the complaint prove true. The King has ordered a pinnace to the coast to search for the pirate Heriot, and will, for security of their trade, order one of the ships now in the Narrow seas to remain about their coasts.
Aug. 23. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 78.]
Aug. 23.
Beaulieu.
The Same to Mr. Gardiner, Customer of Weymouth. The King commends his diligent service, and requests its continuance. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 78.]
Aug. 23.
Beaulieu.
The Same to the Earl of Rutland. To send a pinnace to take Heriot, a pirate, and his vessels lying about Weymouth, if it can be done without hindering the voyage. [Ibid.]
Aug. 23.
Beaulieu.
41. [The Same] to Sir Jas. Fullerton. Before presenting a certain petition to the King, submits it to him that he may either take some course with the petitioners, or give his reasons thereupon. Incloses,
41. i. Petition of John and Thos. Wood, and other kindred of the late Capt. Geo. Wood, to the King, for order that Sir Jas. Fullerton, overseer and manager of the estate of the late Wm. Wood, who died in 1619, may be required to pay 2641l. 16s. 10d., legacies left by him amongst his kindred, but hitherto withheld.
Aug. Minute of the above letter, dated Aug. 26. [Conway's Lett, Bk., p. 79.]
Aug. 23.
London.
42. Edw. Emerson to Sec. Conway. Hopes to pay all his debts, but cannot do it, nor reap benefit by his protection, if pressed to speedy payments, and compelled to sell at under-rates, by the urgency of Hugh Standford the cutler. Thanks for his protection against him.
Aug. 23.
Dover Castle.
43. Lord Zouch to [Sec. Conway]. Can make little question of taking an oath already taken by the King and some of the Council, but, for his security in time to come, wishes to have the royal command for so doing, as His Majesty will command nothing against God's laws, and it is in his power to dispense with all human laws. If thus commanded, will not hesitate to obey, even in cases where what is done is contrary to his own opinion.
Aug. 23. Declaration by the King that the appointment of the thirteen Poor Knights of Windsor shall henceforth pass under the Seal of the Order of the Garter, they having dependence on that order, and not under the Great Seal as heretofore. [Docquet.]
Aug. 23. Grant to Hester Powell and Martha Powell, alias Ap Harman, her daughter, of the benefit of the outlawry of John Price, on condition that, when they and the other creditors are satisfied, a tenth of the profit be paid to the King. [Docquet.]
Aug. 23.
Beaulieu.
Sec. Conway to Sec. Calvert. The King notices the answer made to the Ambassador's threatening speeches. Directions about the private and overt articles. No further differences are expected. The Infanta gives the title of Elector to the Duke of Bavaria. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 79.]
Aug. 24.
St. Martin's Lane.
44. Sec. Calvert to [Sec. Conway]. The Marquis Inijosa, who, he thinks, is "twenty devils," suggests fresh doubts about the principal business; he has mistaken the resolution of the last conference. Don Carlos inquires daily what is to be done about the conduct of the Dunkirk ship. Sends a certificate from the gentlemen of Shropshire, who think themselves disgraced by Harris being made a Baronet.
Aug. 24. 45, 46. Bills of charges by John Peniall, Messenger of the Chamber, for two journeys from Beaulieu to London and Stoke Bay; and of John Mannington, for a journey from Beaulieu to London. Two papers.
Aug. 24? 47. Estimate of the yearly charge of the elephant and four keepers, total 275l. 12s., besides a gallon of wine daily from September to April, when his keepers say he must drink no water.
Aug. 24. 48. Sir Rich. Weston to [Sec. Conway]. The cost of feeding the elephant will be 10s. a day. Thinks two servants at 20l. per annum each, quite sufficient for him. The Lord Treasurer will be little in love with presents which cost the King as much to maintain as a garrison.
Aug. 24. 49. The Same to the Same. Has sent 50l. for impresting the new supply of mariners, but is surprised that they are required, orders for the impresting of 300 being already issued, the allowance for whose imprest and conduct money was only 58l. Wishes to have an account of the spending of the money.
Aug. 24. Lord Admiral Buckingham to the Clerk of the Signet. To prepare a grant to Wm. Coke, in reversion after Walter Whiting, of the office of one of the four principal masters of the King's ships. [Dom. Corresp., May 13, 1622.]
Aug. 24.
Beaulieu.
Sec. Conway to John Coke. Letters have been written according to his advice. The Adventure and Garland are to be discharged. Sir Rich. Bingley is to be removed to the Happy Entrance. Capt. Chudleigh, if he be ready, and if not, some one else, is to take charge of the Desire, and ply on the coast to suppress pirates. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 79.]
Aug. 24.
Sunday, The Downs.
50. Capt. Edw. Christian to Sec. Conway. Has delivered the Bonaventure to Sir Wm. St. Leger, well manned. The ships with victuals for the fleet are forced back into the Downs by contrary winds. Has forwarded the letters to the captains, &c.
Aug. 24.
Stoke Bay.
51. Earl of Rutland to the Same. Are under sail, though with a bare wind, but will try to get off the coast. Some provisions yet lacking are to be sent after them. Thanks for the coach.
Aug. 25.
Prince Royal, Portland Road.
52. The Same to the Same. Has set sail to satisfy the King's earnest desire, though the wind is not very favourable, and there is still great want of men and provisions. Hopes they will be hastened.
Aug. 25.
Weymouth.
53. The Same to all Mayors, Sheriffs, Justices, &c. Order for the bearer, Peter Parcey, sent by him to Court on the King's special service, to be provided with post horses.
Aug. 25.
Sandwich.
54. Peter Peke, Town Clerk of Sandwich, to [Nicholas]. Lord [Zouch's] displeasure greatly afflicts him. Sends a present of fruit for her Ladyship.
Aug. 25. 55. John Nicholas to Edw. Nicholas. Knows nothing of the value of the place with the Duke which he has laboured to get. Lord Chief Justice Ley and his lady are coming to Burdrop. The King has lengthened his progress. He went from the New Forest to Portsmouth, and dined on board the great ship that is to go for the Prince.
[Aug. 25.] 56. [Edw. Nicholas to his Mother.] Thanks for the motherly care she takes of his wife in her delicate position.
Aug. 25.
Winterbourne.
57. [Matt.] Nicholas to Edw. Nicholas. Domestic intelligence. Marriage of their sister Ryves. Hopes he may obtain the place under the Prince, but thinks him worthy of greater employment.
Aug. 25.
Winterbourne.
58. Mary Ryves to [Nicholas]. Writes her first letter since her marriage to him.
Aug. 25.
Beaulieu.
59. [Sec. Conway] to John Coke. Sends the warrant which he requested. Hopes he has received orders about Sir Rich. Bingley and the change of the other ships, made on his advice. Is unwell.
Aug. 25. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 79.]
Aug. 25.
Beaulieu.
60. [Sec. Conway] to Sec. Calvert. The King marvels at the Ambassadors' peevishness. Letters from the Prince Palatine, though not yet half read, show that the articles of cessation are signed. Lord Chichester is to have very full directions for the treaty, especially about precedency. His Majesty is willing for Don Francisco Carondolet to be commended to the Prince and Buckingham. Lord Zouch promises to obey, knowing the King will command nothing against the law of God, but wishes the signature of His Majesty, a Secretary, or the Council, after obtaining which a day is to be fixed when the Clerk of the Council and some of the Spanish Ambassadors' train may go to him and see the oath taken. The King and Lords marvelled that Capt. Best remained so long with his ship, and will do so still more to find that he is sent back to it, and not Sir Rich. Bingley put in charge, and that the ship is brought to Gravesend, as though the Downs were not safe. His Majesty is also displeased that the Dutch ship followed and presumed to anchor between the King's ship and the other. Sir Noel Caron had better advise its withdrawal and retirement home.
Aug. 25. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 79.]
Aug. 26.
London.
61. Geo. Gage to [Sec. Conway]. The business between Lord Carlisle and Marquis Inijosa, so happily begun, stuck fast because the Lord Keeper opposed the King's promised order to Judges and Justices of the Peace to forbear to execute the penal laws against Catholics. Inijosa pleaded that it was to commence after three months, but, as a compromise, was willing to accept of six months, and leave this and all the rest to the King's pleasure. Hopes His Majesty will oblige his Catholic subjects by becoming their temporal Redeemer. Inijosa waits the reply to send the dispensation, pardon, &c., to Spain.
Aug. 26.
St. Martin's Lane.
62. Sec. Calvert to [the Same]. The difficulties with the Marquis [Inijosa] are at last got over. Hopes an end of these hourly vexations. The Ambassadors request the liberation of imprisoned priests. The Attorney says it must be done by a command from the King to the Lord Keeper to issue writs therefor.
Aug. 26.
[Beaulieu.]
63. [Sec. Conway] to Lord Zouch. The King is pleased with his Lordship's willingness to submit. The nature of the oath required from all the Privy Councillors is, that on occasion of the marriage treaty between the Prince and Infanta of Spain, they refrain from execution of any laws or statutes against Roman Catholics, and swear to keep the articles of the treaty, and for this oath they have an indemnity under the Great Seal. Requests him to appoint a time for taking the oath. His Lordship's noble kinsman, the Knight Marshal, watches diligently that all respect be shown him.
Aug. 26. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 80.]
Aug. 26.
[Beaulieu.]
64. [Sec. Conway] to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The orders issued to eight several ports to impress men for the fleet were given in Lord Rutland's absence, and in ignorance of the measures taken with him to provide them. Some men are got on board, but knows not by which of the commissions. Returns the money sent for them, Rutland having already received provision. The King is pleased with the zeal shown therein.
Aug. 26. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 80.]
Aug. 26.
Weymouth and Melcombe Regis.
65. Mayor of Weymouth to Sec. Conway. Has only in his custody the ship that belonged to Salineva, a French pirate, and never intended to deliver it to the Deputy Vice Admiral, as supposed, nor to any others without special order from the Lord Admiral. Heriot left Portland Road before the arrival of the fleet. Incloses,
65. i. Inventory of furniture, &c., on board Capt. Peter Salineva's ship.
Aug. 26.
Beaulieu.
Sec. Conway to Abraham Williams. To send directions in what form the allowances are to be made for the King of Bohemia. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 80.]
Aug. 27.
Broadlands.
The Same to Sir John Hippisley. To take Lord Purbeck into his charge, and dispose him in some convenient place. [Ibid.]
Aug. 27.
Beaulieu.
66. The King to the Master of his Game and keeper of his fee-hay, of Ixhill, in the Forest of Brill, co. Bucks. Certain deer being ordered to be kept there for the Prince's buckhounds, great spoil has been made thereof. Orders publication in the parish churches of a prohibition to kill the said deer, whether within or without the fee-hay, on penalty of condign punishment and his Majesty's heavy displeasure.
Aug. 27.
Dover Castle.
67. Commission by Lord Zouch appointing John Awsten, of Seaford, droit gatherer for the town and liberties of Seaford.
Aug. 27.
Dover Castle.
68. Commission by the Same, appointing Mark Thomas, of Rye, droit gatherer for the town and liberties of Rye.
Aug. [27 ?] 69. List of seventeen noblemen, baronets, and knights, in the three Ridings of Yorkshire, thought fittest to be Deputy Lieutenants.
Aug. 27.
Cauterbury.
70. Sir Rich. Morrison, Sir John Ogle, and Sir John Kaye, to Lord Zouch. Being appointed Commissioners for surveying his Majesty's forts and castles, state their intention to survey on the morrow the castles on the Downs which are under his command.
Aug. 27.
St. Martin's Lane.
71. Sec. Calvert to [Sec. Conway]. Is sorry that the Lords are displeased at the course taken with Capt. Best. His examination was only postponed till the Lord Treasurer could be present. The reason for bringing the Dunkirker to Gravesend was that Moy Lambert has threatened revenge for Best's action, and it was thought better to avoid a scuffle. Begs precise directions what to do therein. The time and place of the treaty are uncertain, on account of the plague at Cologne. Sir Thos. Wentworth must not be omitted from the list of Deputy Lieutenants of Yorkshire.
Aug. 27.
Prince Royal, Plymouth Sound.
72. Earl of Rutland to Sec. Conway. Has sailed as far as Plymouth, and resolves to proceed, notwithstanding lack of men and victuals. Begs that if any mischief shall happen through want thereof, the fault be not imputed to him.
Aug. 28.
Prince Royal, Plymouth Sound.
73. The Same to the Same. Is detained in the Sound by contrary winds. The victuals for the St. George and Antelope have arrived. The other victuals and munition are to be stened. Incloses,
73. i. Certificate of Walter Whiting and three other shipmasters that, owing to a shift of wind, the four ships were obliged to come to anchor in the Sound, Aug. 28.
Aug. 28. Grant to Capt. Nutt and his associates of pardon of all depredations and piracies committed before 25 June last, with right to retain all their ships and goods, except those piratically taken since May 1st, which are to be restored to their owners. Regranted because the like pardon which passed the Seal in Feb. last did not reach them within the three months specified. [Docquet.]
Aug. 28.
Madrid.
74. Warrant from Prince Charles to Lord Compton, Master of his wardrobe, to deliver to the Earl of Bristol, for his use, two collars of gold, a rope of pearls, and other jewels as specified.
Aug. 28.
Madrid.
75. Endymion Porter to his wife Olive. The happy time for his return grows near. They leave on the 9th of Sept., &c. Private affairs. Expressions of affection.
Aug. 28 ? 76. Abstract of the dispensation proposed to be granted to Roman Catholics, permitting them free worship in their own houses, freeing them from attendance at church or chapel, receiving the Sacrament, or taking the Oaths of Supremacy and Allegiance, without subjection to any penalty or forfeiture, and ordering all the officers of law, Judges, &c., to attend to these directions, and interpret them in the manner most advantageous to Catholics.
Aug. 28.
[Aldershott.]
77. [Sec. Conway] to Lord Keeper Lincoln, Sec. Calvert, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The King intended the pardon for things past and dispensation for things to come to be drawn out separately, but he supposes the form proposed must be legal, and therefore, after some scruples about Catholic funerals, which must be private, has signed it. The Lord Keeper is to write and suspend all prosecutions against Catholics for exercising their religion in their own houses, on the ground that the Prince and Infanta should not be troubled with complaints on their first arrival. The warrant for liberating priests is to be prepared. The King thanks them for their pains, and wishes them to endeavour to satisfy the Spanish Ambassador with His Majesty's answers to his demands.
Aug. 28. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 80.]
Aug. 29.
Aldershott.
78. [Sec. Conway] to Sec. Calvert. Mr. Grimes goes on Sunday for Spain. Sends the bill [of pardon] signed, and letters to the Spanish Ambassadors, informing them of the substance of what is done to satisfy their demands, and requesting them to leave the forms to the King.
Aug. 29. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 81.]
Aug. 29.
Aldershott.
The Same to Mr. Gage. Causeless jealousy of the Ambassador. The King has signed the pardon and dispensation, ordered the freeing of Catholics from further trouble and the liberation of the priests, and will do what else is requisite. The Ambassador is therefore to be requested to receive reasonable satisfaction. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 80.]
Aug. 29.
Dover.
79. Lord Zouch to [Sec. Conway]. Begs for a copy of the pardon and the rules and directions, that he may know what he has to swear to, and will then conform to His Majesty's directions. Requests orders as to the Jesuit stayed at Dover, and as to searches for letters and other trash.
Aug. 29.
Langley.
80. Sir Jas. Fullerton to the Same. Was left by Capt. Wood disposer of his estate after all legacies were paid, but is out of pocket by paying all, 750l. being still due to the estate by the King, and many other bad debts unpaid. Would give the remainder of the estate to those of his name and kindred, had there been a remainder; refused an account of his estate to one of his name who sued for it, not wishing to be subject to every man's humour. Thanks for being made acquainted with the petition presented against him.
Aug. 29. 81. Note of the distribution of 40s. given by Sir John Suckling [to the servants of the Archbp. of Canterbury].
Aug. 30. 82. List of 171 Popish books, landed at Dover, with notes of 152 which were demanded by the Spanish Ambassador and sent to Sec. Conway. Spanish.
[Aug. 30.]
Dover.
83. List of the preceding books as sent to Sec. Conway, the owner of which is not known, because on their seizure he fled privately; also note of books and pictures belonging to John Harrison of Yorkshire, and Hen. Popley, who landed from Calais at Dover on Aug. 26, which were seized by the Commissioners of Passage.
Aug. 30. 84. Lease from Hugh Newton to Rich. Glascock, both of London, of a house and shop, called the Three Lions, in Candlewick Street, Parish of St. Mary Abchurch, London.
Aug. 30. 85. Sir Ralph Freeman to the Duke of Buckingham. Requests to succeed Sir Hen. Wotton at Venice, if he be promoted to the provostship of Eton, and that his own place [Mastership of Requests] may be granted to Sir Albert Morton.
Aug. 30 ? 86. Duchess of Buckingham to Sec. Conway. Visct. Purbeck's distemper inclines towards his melancholy fit. When that is on him he may be removed anywhere, but at present he would be outrageous if it were attempted. Thinks Sir John Keysley, and a few friends, had better keep him company in London for the present.
Aug. 30.
Aldershott.
87. Sec. Conway to the Duchess of Buckingham. The King admires her gentleness, but says that Purbeck's distemper, carrying him to public acts in public places which dishonour himself and his brother, makes it necessary that he should be restrained from the danger thereof, by being conveyed into the country, and requests her assistance therein.
Aug. 30.
Dover.
88. Mayor of Dover to Sec. Conway. Details of transmission of his letters to the victualling ships. Requests payment of his own expenses therein.
Aug. 30.
London.
89. Chamberlain to Carleton. Capt. Best's conduct is generally condemned. The Mayor and fifteen Burgesses of Reading were sent for to Court, about some disputed reckoning with the Spanish Ambassadors, who went to Salisbury at the King's expense, their coaches costing 20l. a day. They have more venison than they can eat, and bury the rest rather than give it to heretics. The Spaniard has more sway than all other Ambassadors put together. The Fleet is ordered to stay fifteen days, hoping for news of the marriage, but Tobie Matthew writes that he fears the Prince's haste may cause the Infanta to tarry the longer. A letter is circulating, professing to be the reply of the Prince to the Pope. Cardinal Ubaldini is chosen Pope. His Majesty has refused a public toleration for Catholics, but has granted them a pardon and dispensation for 25s. each. Lord Arundel is committed for meddling in the business. A commission is appointed to examine the forts, demolish some, and repair others. Death of Sir Sam. Sandys. The harvest is very plentiful.
Aug. 31.
Aldershott.
Sec. Conway to Sec. Calvert. On a letter from the King of Bohemia. He is to prepare the business as far as he can, and send word about it. The Ambassadors are to give no copies of the pardon and dispensation, but that and all other particular graces intended are to be kept private until there be a real performance on the part of Spain. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 81].
Aug. 31.
Plymouth.
90. Mayor of Plymouth to Sec. Conway. Lord Rutland's fleet arrived on the 28th, and also the ships with victuals for it. Mr. Pay is in attendance, and they only tarry for a change of wind.
Aug. 31.
Sunday, Plymouth.
91. Nich. Pay [Clerk of the Kitchen] to the Same. The ships have taken in supplies of victuals, and some venison has been sent; is ready to attend the fleet, when the contrary wind ceases.
Aug. 92. Sir Fras. Woolley to Carleton. Fears that Lady Carleton's tarrying is by fault of the Lord Treasurer. He should remember his predecessor and take warning. Magnificence of the English presents given in Spain. The Prince is to be escorted to the seaside, but the sickness of the new Pope delays the dispensation. Buckingham's conduct there is much approved.
Aug. ? 93. Bill of charges by Peter Parry, for bringing a packet in post from the Earl of Rutland, at Weymouth, to the Court at Beaulieu.
Aug. 94. Bill of charges of Ralph Robinson, Messenger in Ordinary, for two journeys from Beaulieu to the Navy, on August 19th and 23d.
Aug. 95. Petition of Ann, widow of Thos. Pricher, of Sandwich, and John Hasnett, of Rye, to Lord Zouch, to direct the Mayor of Rye to restore to them 8l. of their money, which he paid to the keeper of the prison for expenses of two other prisoners taken up for piracy, along with Hasnett and Ann Pricher's late husband, but who escaped from prison.
Aug. ? 96. Petition of Rich. Dawkes to the Same. Complains of the seizure by Jasper Fowler, Searcher of Dover, of some money which he was sending by sea to London, which seizure is contrary to the King's charter granting leave to the inhabitants of Dover to export goods duty free.
Aug. 97. John Collyns to Nicholas. Exonerates himself from having spoken disrespectfully of him.