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James 1 - volume 152: September 1623

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September 1623

Sept. 1. 1. John Nicholas to Edw. Nicholas. His wife is delicate, but all possible care is taken of her. Fears Lord [Zouch's] health will suffer from wintering in Dover. The Chief Justice is ill of the gout and stone at Tidworth.
Sept. 1.
Winterbourne.
2. Matt. Nicholas to the Same. Family affairs. Is sorry to hear of his disposition to melancholy. Urges more contentedness with his present position, and hope for the future.
Sept. 1.
Dover.
3. Nicholas Knott to Mr. Godden. Wishes his horse to be well kept.
Sept. 1.
Aldershott.
Sec. Conway to Lord Keeper Lincoln, Sec. Calvert, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Has subscribed every leaf of the pardon and dispensation, which is now returned; the King wishes them to be similarly subscribed by Sec. Calvert, and then the Attorney General ordered to engross them. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 81.]
Sept. 1.
Aldershott.
The Same to Mr. Gage. The suspicions of the Ambassadors that there is want of either power or will to accomplish what was promised are causeless. The stop was merely for want of clear directions, which are now given; but it is a point of honour not to divulge all things here till notice has arrived of some real performance in Spain. Desires his good offices therein. [Ibid.]
Sept. 2.
Easthampstead.
The Same to Sol. Gen. Heath. To prepare a bill of the office of Surveyorship of Coals at Newcastle. [Ibid.]
Sept. 2.
St. Martin's Lane.
4. Sec. Calvert to [Sec. Conway]. The Spanish Ambassador Inijosa is much displeased because copies of the pardon and dispensation for the Catholics are not to be distributed until some good news arrive from Spain, and the Prince and Princess, or one of them, return. He says it is a violation of the articles of Salisbury. He was hardly persuaded not to send off a messenger at once to Spain about it, and will set out to wait on the King, without staying to have an audience appointed. He is somewhat calmed by receiving a copy of the pardon and dispensation, signed on every leaf by the Secretaries of State. He complains that the Ambassadors are besieged in their house, and the people throw stones at them in their coaches. A tumult arose at his gates yesterday from an attack on the Spaniards; "the people are extreame unruly and rude," and mischief will ensue unless something is done.
Sept. 2.
Plymouth.
5. Jas. Bagg, jun. to Sec. Conway. The Earl of Rutland and his fleet have set sail with a good wind, and are out of sight. Mr. Pay has his provisions on board, and is also under sail.
Sept. 2.
Hampton Court.
6. Sir John Hippisley to the Same. Has brought Visct. Purbeck hither without noise, as commanded, and done all he could to avoid scandal to the Duke or Viscount, but prays to be freed from further concern in that business.
Sept. 3.
Easthampstead.
Sec. Conway to Sir John Hippisley. Concerning Lord Purbeck. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 81.]
Sept. 4.
Bagshot.
The Same to Sec. Calvert. An exemplification of the pardon and dispensation is to be made under the Great Seal and delivered to Marquis Inijosa. The directions for suspending prosecutions against Catholics are to be renewed; all contempts against the Ambassadors to be suppressed, and unfitting passages in sermons against the King of Spain to be examined into. Inquiry is also to be made why the counterfeit speech going under the name of the Archbp. of Canterbury is not publicly disavowed. [Ibid., p. 82.]
Sept. 4.
Bagshot.
7. The King to the Master and Officers of the Mint. Thinks it important to encourage those employed in the lately discovered mines in Wales, which give great hopes of general benefit, and therefore orders that all bullion sent by them to the Mint be weekly coined into crowns, half-crowns, shillings, sixpences, and 3d., 2d., and 1d. pieces, all to bear the arms of the Prince, to distinguish them from other coins.
Sept. [4.] 8. Draft of the above.
Sept. 4 ? 9. Declaration of the King's pleasure that John Canon, whose ancestors have long held certain lands in Pembrokeshire, where lead mines exist, which yield 60 lbs. of lead and 8 oz. of silver per cwt. of ore, shall undertake the working of the said mines; with order to the Sheriff of Somersetshire to send him 10 or 12 of the most skilful workmen from the Mendip mines to assist him.
Sept. 4.
Hackney.
10. Robt. Middlemore to Edw. Nicholas. His lady [Lady Willoughby, of Parham] is indebted to Nicholas for his respect. Sir Geo. Manners continues to deal ill with her.
Sept. 4. 11. Mayor of Folkestone to Nicholas. Complains of Wm. Christopher for contempt of his authority.
Sept. 4.
Gray's Inn.
12. Visct. St. Albans to Sec. Conway. Begs him to remind the King of his gracious promise that if Mr. Beecher can be otherwise satisfied, he may have his desire [of the Provostship of Eton]. Thinks it were strange if he could "not doe as much good to the college as another, be it square capp or rownd."
Sept. 5. 13. The King to Visct. Purbeck. Having a tender respect to one so near and dear to the Duke of Buckingham, desires him for his own good to repair to and abide at such place as shall be appointed him by the Earl of Middlesex.
Sept. 6.
Bagshot.
Sec. Conway to Lord Treas. Middlesex. To take order that Lord Purbeck be sent into the country, and placed under charge of Sir John Hippisley, or some other fit person. News brought from Spain by Mr. Glenham. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 82.]
Sept. 6.
Bagshot.
Warrant for Sir John Hippisley to convey Lord Purbeck into the country, with a clause for assistance. [Ibid.]
Sept. 6.
Bagshot.
Sec. Conway to Sec. Calvert. To give any further warrant or assistance necessary to Sir John Hippisley, for conveying Lord Purbeck into the country. [Ibid.]
Sept. 6.
Bagshot.
The Same to Sir Geo. Goring. His Majesty is pleased to grant him permission to visit his mother. [Ibid.]
Sept. 6.
Westminster College.
14. Wm. Boswell to Dr. Beale, Vice Chancellor of Cambridge. To further the appointment of his brother to be joint Proctor with himself.
Sept. 6. 15. Bond of John Barry, Thos. Kitchen, and Thos. Winckfield, of Hastings, in 40l., for appearance of Barry before Lord Zouch, to answer charges against him.
Sept. 6. 16. Petition of Wm. Christopher, prisoner in Dover Castle, to Lord Zouch, for release from his just confinement, being penitent for his offences, which proceeded from frailty and ignorance rather than disobedience.
Sept. 6.
Hastings.
17. Mayor and Jurats of Hastings to Lord Zouch. Certify the weak condition of Robt. Mills, and request pardon for his nonappearance at the late musters. His son, who should have taken his place, was from home.
Sept 6.
London.
D. Carleton to Sir Dud. Carleton. Some say the fleet for Spain is driven back by the contrary westerly wind, which the Puritans call a Protestant wind, because it will suffer nobody to sail to Spain. Report says that the Prince is returning, farewell presents having been exchanged, but that the business is still in uncertainty; also that the Infanta has written to request the King to allow him to stay till spring, when she will come with him. His Majesty is at Windsor. [Holl. Corresp., Sept. 6.]
Sept. 6. 18. Locke to Sir Dud. Carleton. A follower of the Spanish Ambassador has killed a baker in the Strand, and wounded another person. The King has ordered the Council to investigate the matter.
Sept. 6.
Bagshot.
Sec. Conway to Sec. Calvert. The King wishes the business for reformation of abuses done to the Spanish Ambassadors to be attended to in London, and the Council to remain there for that purpose. Complains of the slowness of the post. Returns the pardon and dispensation, and the warrant for enlarging the priests, signed. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 82.]
Sept. 6.
[Windsor.]
19. [The Same] to Lord Keeper Lincoln. Though the King has signed the warrant for enlarging priests, and done all on his part, the warrant is not to be executed, till tidings come from Spain of the marriage or betrothal, and till provision is made that those priests who have taken the oath [of allegiance] incur no danger thereby, and orders given that on their enlargement, they do not execute their functions publicly.
Sept. 6. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 83.]
Sept. 7.
Windsor.
The Same to the Same. To deliver to the Spanish Ambassador a copy of the pardon and dispensation, but to retain the original in his own hands till further order. [Minute, Ibid.]
Sept. 7.
Windsor.
20. Lord Keeper Lincoln to Sec. Conway. Has received the warrant for delivery of priests out of prison, but not that for detaining of particular pardons in his own hands mentioned by Sec. Calvert.
Sept. 7.
Winchelsea.
21. Giles Waters to [Nicholas]. Will carefully execute the Lord Warden's commission for the gathering of his droits, but little opportunity for performance of service has yet occurred.
Sept. 8.
Windsor.
22. The King to the President and Council of Wales and others. Authorizes them to apprehend all persons found encroaching on mines of Sir Hugh Middleton, in Cardiganshire, from which he has found means to extract silver and lead, to the employment of many poor and general benefit of the kingdom.
Sept. 8.
Rye.
23. Mayor of Rye to Nicholas. Sends their muster roll, and requests that the officers of the selected band may be permanent, and not allowed to be enticed away. Objects to Mr. Gibbridge's wish to entice the serjeant, Mr. Cockram, to serve as ensign in away the general band.
Sept. 8.
Winterbourne.
24. Matt. Nicholas to the Same. Domestic affairs. His wife is better.
Sept. 8.
Madrid.
25. Endymion Porter to his Wife. Is to leave Madrid the next day for England.
Sept. 9.
St. Martin's Lane.
26. Sec. Calvert to [Sec. Conway]. The Council have ordered the Justices of Middlesex to charge the constables of Westminster and the Strand, in the King's name, to appoint watchmen to prevent any insult to the Spanish Ambassadors or other strangers. The Ambassadors are requested to give in the names of any uncivil to them, that they may be severely punished. Capt. Best is ordered to draw up a relation of his proceedings, and not to leave town.
Sept. 9. 27. Examination of John Gresham. Obtained, by means of Sir Wm. Evers, an appointment from the Spanish Ambassador to a ship of Dunkirk. Enlisted sixteen soldiers, but could not sail from Dover for want of 5l. demanded for their transport. Travelled thence towards Northwood, Isle of Wight, where he lives.
Sept. 9.
Southampton.
28. Lieut. Ant. Hill to Lord Zouch. Is detained by unfavourable winds, &c. The fleet is still at Plymouth. The Newfoundland ships arrive daily, and have had a good voyage. Not a word is now heard of the landing at Southampton of the Prince and his Donna, for whom preparations were made two months ago.
Sept. 9 ? 29. Relation of the proceedings in convoying the Dunkirk ship from Scotland to the Downs. The Hollanders promised not to injure her whilst under English escort; but on July 28, the Dunkirker, in a bravado, sailed three miles from the King's ships; the Hollanders attacked her, but ceased when the English came up. Whilst in the Downs, Capt. Best came suddenly at night and fired 20 or 25 shots at the Hollanders, who did not resist. Best on this was summoned to Council, and Sir Rich. Bingley ordered to take the vessel to Dunkirk. The States, at the King's request, have sent a passport by which it may enter the port without disturbance from their vessels.
Sept. 9 ? 30. Capt. Best to the Council. Particulars of the above attack made by the Hollanders on the Dunkirk ship. The captain of the Holland ship now at Gravesend confesses that their intention was to sink her.
Sept. 9.
Windsor.
Sec. Conway to Lord Keeper Lincoln. Sends him a warrant for himself, signed by the King, concerning the pardon, and a letter to Cambridge, a draft of which he had prepared. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 83]. Incloses,
i. The King to the Same. Wishes the Catholics of England to taste the royal clemency, on occasion of the marriage of the Prince of Wales and the Infanta, and therefore authorizes him to issue for five years pardons and dispensations, according to a form annexed, to all Catholics who request it, on payment only of such fees as were charged for the general pardon, in the first year of his reign. Annexes,
ii. Grant to Thos. Preston of pardon for all offences against certain statutes on religion named, and also of dispensation to exercise in private houses the rites and ceremonies of Divine worship according to the custom of the Church of Rome; also to keep Catholic servants; with injunction to all magistrates to interpret this grant in its most favourable sense. Sept. 8. Latin.
iii. The King to the Master and Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge. Is specially interested in that College, as being a royal foundation, the fairest in the kingdom, and the resort of the free scholars of Westminster. Desires reform of recent abuses in the elections of Fellows by preelections made before the vacancies occur, and by undue precedency given to others over Westminster scholars, though more deserving; also by elections made by the Master and Seniors, rather than by plurality of voices. Windsor, Sept. 7.
Sept. 9.
Windsor.
Sec. Conway to the Earl of Nottingham. It is not the King's pleasure to abolish or suspend his Lordship's authority in any of his offices, but only to qualify it for preservation of the game. Sends the King's pleasure concerning Mr. Fountain, his Lordship's Secretary. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 83.]
Sept. 9.
Windsor.
The Same to Sec. Calvert. Sends him a copy of the declaration and request which came last from the Prince Palatine. [Ibid.]
Sept. 9.
Windsor.
The Same to the Earl Marshal. To decide a question pending in the Court Marshal, touching the fitness of Sir Thos. Harris, of Salop, to hold the dignity of a Baronet; returns his Lordship's report thereon. [Ibid.]
Sept. 10.
Windsor.
32. The Same to Lord Pres. Mandeville. The King is willing, at the petition of Lord Say and Sele, to enlarge his limits of restraint from 20 to 24 miles, that he may visit his daughter, the Countess of Lincoln, during her lying-in.
Sept. 10. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 84]
Sept. 11.
Whitehall.
33. John Coke to the Officers of Ordnance. To supply speedily with munition the pinnace Desire, to be commanded by Capt. Chudleigh, for the Narrow seas. Thinks the stores of the Adventure might be employed for it.
Sept. 11.
Folkestone.
34. Thos. Philpot to [Nicholas]. Wishes to know whether the Mayor is satisfied with William Christopher's submission, as the order cannot be drawn up until he is so.
Sept. 11. 35. Thos. Fulnetby to [the Same]. Barnaby Raleigh, sent by the Commissioners, has viewed the dilapidations of Deal Castle; thinks he might be of service about the pier at Dover, and also receive his Lordship's droits, claimed by Sir Thos. Pelham, if he had a commission as a droit gatherer.
Sept. 11.
Wanstead.
Sec. Conway to Sec. Calvert. The Spanish Ambassador is to be assured that the King will cause the Lords [of the Council] who are absent, to take the oath. Lord Zouch is to be sent to thereon, and a day's warning and a copy of the warrant allowed him. The Ambassadors to be treated with on some other points. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 84].
Sept. 12.
St. Martin's Lane.
36. Sec. Calvert to [Sec. Conway]. The Spanish Ambassadors are much vexed at the news that the Prince is about to return home without the Infanta. They declare they have always urged the consummation of the marriage, and the return of the two together, Has comforted them with assurances of the King's constancy, the oaths to be taken by the absent Lords, &c. They urge the promised exemplification of the pardon, and letter of the Lord Keeper to the Bishops, Judges, &c. for suspension of the penal laws. Gave them a general answer of encouragement, fearing they might send off word to Spain that they find counsels are changed. Asks directions thereon.
Sept. 12.
Wanstead.
Sec. Conway to Sec. Calvert. The Spanish Ambassadors sent to let the King know the purpose of their writing. The former directions are to be pursued; copies [of the pardon, &c.] given them, and the Lord Keeper ordered to stay prosecutions against Catholics. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 84.]
Sept. 12.
Windsor.
The same to Sir Wm. Cope. On behalf of Hugh Standford, a cutler. [Ibid.]
Sept. 12.
Windsor.
The Same to Sir Wm. Chancey. Of the same tenor. [Ibid.]
Sept. 13.
London.
37. Dr. Mayerne to Sir Dud. Carleton. Praises Lady Carleton as the queen of wives, for her careful description of his symptoms; medical advice, and system of dieting prescribed. French.
Sept. 13.
Dover Castle.
38. Petition of Jacob Swaine, of Deal, to Lord Zouch. Vincent Denn, Porter of Sandown Castle, refuses payment for the use of his barn for thrashing, and slanders him as having stolen some of his corn. Requests satisfaction, or permission to prosecute Denn. With reference thereon to the Lieutenant of Sandown Castle.
Sept. 14.
Havering.
39. Petition of Thos. Powell to the King. Formerly presented to His Majesty a MS. treatise entitled "Direction for Search of Records;" has since published a book on the same subject, entitled "The Attorney's Academy," but finds that to complete the former work, the assistance of the Judges and officers of Courts is required, to set down the fees exacted in each Court. Requests an order that he may be assisted therein, and may have the sole licence, already promised him by His Majesty, of printing and publishing the said work, which will be more useful than the Conqueror's Domesday or Henry III.'s Tricolumnus. With order thereon, granting the petition.
Sept. 14. 40. Locke to Carleton. The Lords have ordered watches to prevent affronts to strangers, and the common people are warned to behave civilly to them. Dispensations are to be granted to Roman Catholics. Sir Rich. Bingley is ordered to take charge of the Dunkirk vessel, escort her to the port, and watch to see her safely into the harbour, requiring the Hollanders to suffer her to pass. The Prince's arrival is hourly expected.
Sept. 14. 41. Geo. Drewe to Lord Zouch. Begs redress against Rich. Philips and others, who persist in fishing in the stream of the Maison Dieu mills, which he rents from Sir Marmaduke Darell; they have assaulted and cruelly beaten him, for opposing them therein.
Sept. 15.
Dover Castle.
42. Lord Zouch to Sec. Conway. Sends such Popish books, letters, relics, &c., as have been stayed since his last coming to Dover. Knows not where the owners live, so cannot, as directed, give them notice that they may solicit restitution. The letters sent by Sec. Conway to the Mayor of Dover, commanding him to send away the ships, should, according to ancient custom, have been addressed to the Lord Warden or his deputy, who should receive all communications from King or Council.
Sept. 16. 43. Petition of Edw. Doves of Dover to Lord Zouch, to compel Wm. Nethersole and others to pay 20l., balance due to him for tobacco sold to them, which they refuse, knowing that the bargain was made privately and cannot be proved.
Sept. 16.
Penryn.
44. Sir Fras. Godolphin and Sir Art. Harris to the Council. Have taken the opinions of the masters, shipowners, and mariners in the vicinity, and of some strangers, on the utility of the lighthouse lately erected near the Lizard, and all are in its favour, except those of Penryn. A Holland captain declares it saved his own ship of 100 men. Cannot ascertain what a contribution of a halfpenny per ton [on ships passing] would amount to, but the servants of the patentees in Mount's Bay, St. Ives, and Falmouth, declare they have only received 13l. in all these places since its first erection.
Sept. 17.
Theobalds.
45. The King to the Bp. of Salisbury. Desires the advowson of the vicarage of Gillingham, co. Dorset, for Wm. Connock, who wishes to bestow it on a kinsman whom he has educated. Annexing,
45. i. Petition of Wm. Connock to the King, for his influence with the Bp. of Salisbury, to procure him the above advowson, for the benefit of his kinsman.
Sept. 17.
Theobalds.
Sec. Conway to Lord Keeper Lincoln. The Spanish Ambassador complains of delay. Renews directions for delivery to him of a copy of the pardon, and for writing of letters to stay the prosecutions against Catholics. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 84.]
Sept. 17.
Theobalds.
Instructions for Capt. Chudleigh, employed to sea in the ship Desire. [Ibid.]
Sept. 17.
Theobalds.
See. Conway to Att. Gen. Coventry. To certify by whose warrant he drew the proclamation concerning felts, and his opinion of its conveniency. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 84.]
Sept. 17.
Theobalds.
Proclamation forbidding the importation of felts, hats, or caps, which have been wrought or partly wrought abroad, the English felt workers being much injured by import of felts dressed abroad. Printed. [Proc. Coll., No. 117.]
Sept. 18.
Nonsuch.
46. Lord Keeper Lincoln to Sec. Conway. Wishing to gain time till the return of the Prince, on hearing that he was to come back "as nakedly from all relations as he went," pretended to the Spanish Ambassadors that it was impossible soon to despatch such a multitude of instruments, &c.; when once sealed, they can no longer be kept close; will not trust Inijosa's secrecy, and the objectors in Parliament will reflect on the King's readiness to give way in matters of religion. Has them quite ready, however, and will seal them as ordered; and if so directed, give copies to the Marquis, taking his note not to publish them in England. Has taken all the blame of the delay on himself. Incloses,
46. i. The Same to Don Carlos de Colonna. Has received a reproof from the King for the delay in sealing the warrants of pardon. Hopes by Saturday to have all completed. Spanish.
Sept. 18.
Temple.
47. Att. Gen. Coventry to Sec. Conway. Drew the proclamation prohibiting the import of felts by direction of the King. Did not know of any reference pending therein, nor can tell how to ascertain anything about it, the party who procured the proclamation being a stranger. Knows of no inconvenience likely to result therefrom.
Sept. 18.
Folkestone.
48. Thos Philpot to Lord Zouch. Begs that the bearers, John Badgeant and Rich. Kennet, both of Folkestone, and worth 100l., may be accepted as bail for Christopher, and he released to provide for his family.
Sept. 18. 49. Petition of Ant. Vanderhaeft, Captain of a Holland manof-war, to the Same, for restoration of his anchor, lost during a storm in the Downs, and taken possession of by the Deal fishermen. With order thereon, granting the petition.
Sept. 18.
Theobalds.
50. Sec. Conway to the Same. Has received his letter with a cloak, bag, and another fardel, but had not time to examine them. Meant no disrespect by the directions sent to the Mayor of Dover, but gave them to save time and trouble, not knowing that his Lordship was at Dover.
Sept. 18.
Theobalds.
The Same to the Deputy Lieutenants and Justices of Somersetshire. On behalf of Rich. Cottle, a maimed soldier. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 85.]
Sept. 18.
Theobalds.
The Same to the Earl of Carlisle. Gives him the King's instructions on certain points to be mentioned by him in his reply to the letter of the Conde Olivarez. [Ibid.]
Sept. 19.
Theobalds.
Sec. Conway to Lord Keeper Lincoln. In answer to his Lordship's letter concerning the copy [of the pardon] for the Spanish Ambassador, and the letters to be written by him for stay of prosecution of Catholics, of which letters copies are also to be given. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 85.]
Sept. 19. 51. The King to the Justices of Northumberland. To proceed with all diligence in levying moneys for repair of Haydon Bridge over South Tyne, as ordered by the Judges at the last sessions, and to hasten the work, the want of so useful a passage occasioning much inconvenience and loss.
Sept. 19.
Theobalds.
52. The Same to the Vice Provost and Fellows of Eton College. Authorizes the Vice Provost to act as Provost, till further pleasure, in letting leases, holding courts, and all such acts as require the presence of a Provost.
Sept. 19.
Westminster College.
53. Lord Keeper Lincoln to Sec. Conway. Will deliver the writings, &c., to Marquis Inijosa, and a copy of the warrant for the delivery of the priests, if he requires it.
Sept. 19.
Kensington.
54. Att. Gen. Coventry to the Same. To the same purport as that of Sept. 18, on the proclamation against import of felts. It is only a confirmation of a former proclamation, with addition of penalties for non-observance.
Sept. 19.
Arundel House.
55. Earl of Arundel to Carleton. His extreme sorrow makes him incapable of this world's affairs. Is sorry to lose the company of Lady Carleton.
Sept. 19.
St. Martin's Lane.
56. Sec. Calvert to [Sec. Conway]. Asks whether to congratulate the Venetian Ambassador on the election of a new Doge. Passports are desired for two horses sent by the King to M. Boischot, and for two others which the Spanish Ambassadors wish to transport.
Sept. 20.
St. Martin's Lane.
57. The Same to the Same. Sends for signature a privy seal for payment of moneys to be made immediately in London, on bills of exchange from Madrid.
Sept. 20. 58. Abstract of the Patent granted to Sir Robt. Sharpeigh and Alex. Hartley, nominees of the Duke of Richmond and Lenox, of the office of Surveyors of Sea Coal at Newcastle, Sunderland, and Blyth, for preventing certain abuses and deceits specified, in mingling base low-priced coals with good coals. Imperfect.
Sept. 20. 59. Commission by Lord Zouch, authorizing the Mayor of Dover, the Mayor of Sandwich, the Master of the Fellowship of LodeManage and others, to hold from time to time the Court of LodeManage, for licensing pilots, suppressing disorders, and punishing misdemeanours and offences amongst seafaring men, within the jurisdiction of the Cinque Ports.
Sept. 21.
Theobalds.
60. The King to Sir John Wolstenholme. To pay 300l. to Robt. Barefoot.
Sept. 21.
Theobalds.
61. The King to the Lord Mayor, &c., of London. Renews his former request that Robt. Rigden may have the appointment of the two additional sea coal meters, in London, he engaging to nominate citizens of London, subject to such fines and conditions as are usual; trusts they will no longer be backward in complying with the request. [See 1622, Undated Nos. 6, 7.]
Sept. Docquet of the above. [Docquet, Sept. 29.]
Sept. 21.
Dover Castle.
62. Lord Zouch to Mr. Cockram, of Rye. Desires him to resume his post as serjeant of the select band of Rye, which he quitted without licence for the general band, at the last muster.
Sept. 21.
Theobalds.
Sec. Conway to the Recorder of London. On behalf of Turner, prisoner in Newgate. [Minute, Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 85.]
Sept. 22.
Theobalds.
The Same to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Sir John Wolstenholme. To order free passage for things going to or coming from France for Sir Wm. St. Ravie. [Ibid.]
Sept. 22.
Theobalds.
The Same to Sec. Calvert. No reply to the letters from Mr. Trumbull. Returns certain papers not specified. [Ibid.]
Sept. 22. 63. Anticipations made on specified branches of the King's receipts for 1623. Total 36,544l. 8s. 9½d.
Sept. 23.
Morpeth.
64. Sir Ralph and Sir John Delavale, Commissioners for the Borders, to Lord Lieutenant Clifford. Appointed a meeting with Sir Ralph Grey, at Alnwick, respecting the examination of his tenants for the apprehension of the Earl of Buccleugh's officers, but it was prevented by the death of Sir Hen. Wodrington, and of Sir Ralph Grey himself. His son, Sir Wm. Grey, has brought up the examinations, whereby it appears that the Scotchmen who apprehended John Hoye had no warrant to produce from the Earl of Buccleugh, nor was the usual notice sent by any of the Scottish commissioners. Are surprised at the King's being informed of laxity in punishment of offenders. Have strictly fulfilled their duty, but the Border Commission needs renewing, some commissioners being dead, and others removed, or disabled by illness, Incloses,
64. i. Examination of John Brewes, sen. and jun., and And. Hooke, all of Kilham, Northumberland. Hearing a hue and cry of an affray at Thompson's walls, a mile distance, rode thither, and found four Scots pulling down the house of John Hoye, whom they seized and used cruelly. They said they were the Earl of Buccleugh's men, and were to take Hoye into Scotland, but refused to produce a warrant, and assaulted the examinates; the country rising against them, they liberated Hoye, and submitted to be taken to Sir Ralph Grey's for examination. Sept. 23.
Sept. 23. Warrant to pay to Alex. Stafford 32,477l., for the like sum furnished by bills of exchange to the Prince in Spain. [Docquet.]
Sept. 23. Warrant to repay to Philip Francklin 40l., levied by virtue of a judgment against him for engrossing corn, the witnesses against him being perjured. [Docquet.]
Sept. 23. Grant to Purslow Bird of an alms room in Christ Church, Oxford. [Docquet.]
Sept. 24. 65. List of armour, &c. to be supplied by the clergy of the several parishes of Leicestershire; returned by Sir John Lambe, Commissary of the Bishop of Lincoln.
Sept. 25.
Hampton Court.
Proclamation prohibiting the printing of disorderly and seditious books and pamphlets, or of those for which special licences have been given, and also the importation of the same into the kingdom, when printed abroad. Printed. [Proc. Coll., No. 118.]
Sept. 25. Warrant for a gentleman belonging to the Earl of Soissons to transport twenty horses and geldings. [Docquet.]
Sept. 25.
Hampton Court.
66. [Sec. Conway] to Jas. Bagg, Vice-Admiral of Devon, at Plymouth. The King wishes Sir Wm. St. Ravie, a French gentleman who has attended him in hunting all summer, and whom he has knighted, to have free passage for anything he wishes to take back with him. Also that no difficulty be made in procuring payment to him of a debt of 400l., due from two merchants of that town.
Sept. 25. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 86.]
Sept. 25.
[Hampton Court.]
67. [The Same] to the Mayor of Southampton. Asks whether there be any tidings of the fleet, which is expected by this time on the coast.
Sept. 25. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 86.]
Sept. 25.
[Hampton Court.]
68. [The Same] to Sir Wm. Bird. Recommends to his care Charity Wilkinson, [a poor woman] who has a cause depending in his court relative to a nuncupative will made by a person who died in her house.
Sept. 25. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 86.]
Sept. 25.
[Hampton Court.]
69. [The Same] to Sir John Bourchier. The King promises to preserve Bourchier's interest in a certain affair [the soap manufacture] of which he was the propounder, and wishes information thereon from the committees now at Hampton Court.
Sept. 25. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 86.]
Sept. 26.
[Hampton Court.]
70. [The Same] to Lady Bennet. Is willing to do her any favour in his power, in reference to the extent upon her lands; will procure leave for her to take some of them at the rates at which they are extended, if she wishes it, and will take her house near Uxbridge at its full worth, if she and her husband desire to lease it.
Sept. 26. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 86.]
Sept. 26.
Walthamstow.
71. Sir Wm. Bird to Sec. Conway. Being a Master in Chancery, resides chiefly in London, and finds it inconvenient to show his horse and arms at the musters in Essex, as he is required to do on account of a lease he holds there in right of his wife; desires a letter to the Deputy Lieutenants that he may be spared that service in the country, and only show horse and arms in the city.
Sept. 26.
Hampton Court.
Order in Council that the lessees of mines royal shall forfeit their leases if they do not begin the works within two years after taking out the lease, or if, having so begun, they do not proceed effectually with them; also that they shall have limits assigned them wherein to work, lest one person engross too much land; also that a proclamation be issued, giving the preference as lessee to the owner of the land, if he request a lease within a year after the proclamation, &c. [Dom. Corresp., Dec. 30.]
Sept. 27.
Woolwich.
72–75. Accounts by Thos. Argoll, of wages paid to rope makers, spinners, labourers, &c. in Woolwich Dockyard, from April 14 to September 27, 1623. Four papers.
Sept. 28.
Hampton Court.
76. The King to Sir Thos. Coventry. To make out two pardons for all offences, etc., within cognizance of the ecclesiastical courts, committed before June 1 last, by Robt. Earl of Sussex, and Frances Shute, widow.
Sept. 28.
[Hampton Court.]
77. [Sec. Conway] to Sir Wm. Bird. Wrote in his behalf, as he wished, to the Deputy Lieutenants, but, finding that his request was against the order of the State in that case, altered it into another form, and sends it for approval. Incloses,
77. i. [Sec. Conway] to the Deputy Lieutenants of Essex. In behalf of Sir Wm. Bird, who asks as a favour what he might claim as a right, viz., exemption from a demand to find a horse at the musters, because of a house without lands which he holds at Walthamstow, and occupies for recreation only a few weeks in the year. Though the orders are that persons be charged for the muster according to their lands, in the counties where they lie, a man should not be taxed to the amount of his whole estate, in a county where he only holds a garden house. Hampton Court, Sept. 28.
[Sept. 28.] 78. Draft of the above, with some difference.
Sept. 28. Minute of the above two letters. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 86.]
Sept. 29.
Hampton Court
79. [The Same] to John Wood, keeper of the cormorants. To seek after a cormorant, purloined by counterfeit messages, and to seize and bring it back, with whomsoever it be found.
Sept. 29. 80. Copy of the above.
Sept. 29. Minute of the above. [Conway's Lett. Bk., p. 86.]
Sept. 29. 81. Account of money received at Dartmouth for maintenance of the Lizard Lighthouse, at ½d. per ton on vessels, since Christmas last, total, 18l. 7s. With estimate that the rates of those who refused to pay might amount to 5l. 13s. 4d. more.
Sept. 29.
Plymouth.
82. Jas. Bagg, jun. to Sec. Conway. Advised Mr. Blake and Mr. Page to detain the 400l. lent them by Sir Wm. St. Ravie, because the money was reported to be taken out of the Calais prize seized by Capt. Bassan, St. Ravie's lieutenant, and might therefore concern the Lord Admiral; but will gladly follow His Majesty's pleasure in trying to procure its payment to St. Ravie.
Sept. 29 ? 83. Brief of the cause Jones v. Kimpton, respecting the will of Jane Jones, which she made in favour of Mrs. Kimpton, to the disadvantage of her own children, whom she accused of unkind treatment. Damaged.
Sept. 29. Grant to Rich. Hunt, in place of Wm. Marsh, deceased, of the office of Keeper of the King's Game in the honour of Windsor Castle. [Docquet.]
Sept. 30. 84. The King to the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. Recommends John Littleton for a Fellowship, which by their own contracts they are bound to grant him, if his information be correct. Any breach of such contracts may discourage future benefactors to the College. [See October 5].
Sept. 30.
Canterbury.
85. John Dickenson to Lord Zouch. Apologizes for having torn the copy of the Commission for Lord Wotton.
Sept. 30.
Little[cote].
86. Sir Fras. Popham to Sec. Conway. Asks his favour in a suit now depending in the Court of Orphanage of London, between him and his son's mother-in-law, now wife of Sir Thos. Hinton, relative to the share of the goods of Sir Sebastian Harvey, belonging to his son's wife. Annexing,
86. i. Abstract of the agreement made by Sir Fras. Popham with Lady Harvey, on the marriage of his son with her daughter, of the points in which Lady Harvey denies or refuses to fulfil the agreement, and of the terms of accommodation proposed by Sir Francis. [See Oct. 10.]
Sept. 30.
Hackney.
87. Fulke Lord Brooke, to Sec. Conway. The bearer will apologize for his not writing, and relate the state he now stands in.
Sept. 88. Thos. Morton, Bp. of Coventry and Lichfield, to the Same. Has yielded to Dr. Balconquall's suit for the reversion of a prebend in the cathedral. The happy approach of the Prince being rumoured, begs him to remind the King of his promise about the horse Captain. Is ready to attend in person to congratulate the Prince's return, if such be his Majesty's pleasure. On the fly leaf are notes [by Sec. Conway] of a letter to be written to Sir Randall Crew about a suit of his cousin Paulet, &c.
Sept. ? 89. Lord Chamb. Pembroke to Carleton. Hears that the Queen of Bohemia thinks of coming over; begs him by his love to her to prevent it, as, during her brother's absence, nothing under heaven could be so dangerous to her. The Prince alone can restore her husband and children's honour, and nothing would give it such a check as her coming at this time. The Queen should write nothing to the Duchess of Lenox that she does not intend all the people of quality in London to know.
Sept. ? 90. Petition of John Nutt, pirate, to the Council. Sir John Eliot, who has seized all his goods, refuses to obey their order of Sept. 8, to deliver 100l. to him for payment of the expenses of his imprisonment, on excuse that he cannot do it unless allowed to go into the country. Begs a stricter order therein, and also that Eliot may not be allowed to conceal or embezzle his goods.
Sept.
Ordnance Office.
91. Certificate by Sir Rich. Morison, Sir John Ogle, and Sir John Kaye, of all the brass ordnance remaining in sundry forts; total number of pieces, 223.
Sept. 92. Note of rents due to Sir Edw. Conway, jun., on March 25, and received by Mr. May, and of payments therefrom to the nurse.