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William and Mary: February 1693

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: William and Mary, 1693. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1903.

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February 1693

Feb. 1. Depositions of Jeffery Lafery [Gafery ?], mariner, taken before William Pollard, esq., one of their Majesties' justices of the peace for the county of Cork.
Being duly sworn, says that about four months ago he was taken by a French privateer and carried into St. Malo; last Saturday night he sailed thence in the James, ketch, of St. Malo, Philip Welsh, commander, of fourteen guns and sixty men, and a week ago arrived at Ventry in county Kerry, where some of the said men came ashore and robbed Mr. Newton's house; that this deponent made his escape from the said ketch on Tuesday last. He further says that Welsh sailed with the late King James's commission and further that he was informed that there was lately come out of France forty privateers, most of which were to cruise about twenty leagues westward of "the Cape." [S.P. Ireland 355, No. 10.]
Feb. 1. Noah Watty to Sir Joseph Williamson at the "Parliament House, Westminster." Things are so "bad and deplorable" that many are in [debt] who have money owing to them upon the acts of parliament for disbanding of the army in 1679, and no one "who has a Christian heart" can fail to be moved to compassion towards them, and endeavour to help them. "What say some of them who are sufferers (and truly as it is known) lossers, and sufferers will take leave to speak. Doth the parliament make laws against bankrupts? and will they not take compassion upon poor widows and orphans, who are ready to perish, and those who are bankrupts, only becoming so because the kingdom's debt is not paid, and when it is no such great debt (neither) for the Kingdom to pay, but that one month's tax after the year for the King's payment would do it; and if anything be overmore than will pay it the King's Majesty may have it, and if there be occasion to give his Majesty more money next year it is but to let it commence one month after, which will be no long time. Shall the poor of Norwich starve, of whose money (say some) there was 500l. taken out of the Chamber of Norwich to disband this army which was a grievance to the nation? If this was a debt due from the King, or from the city, there would be some reason for delaying its satisfaction; but being the kingdom's debt and none can give relief therein but parliament and which they may easily do by one month's tax, as above, certainly it will be a sad violation of the honour of the nation, and discredit of parliament for future trust upon acts of parliament if they do it not, that is, find out some way to satisfy this debt, and especially when there may be a fund laid before this honourable house that will bring twice the money of this debt with ease." Your utmost endeavour is desired for those concerned herein, whereby to preserve many from inevitable ruin, and thereby you will be a means to reduce several from the misery they are now in. Postscript.—Mr. Thomas Humffreys in Fetter Lane can make out a fund, if a month's tax be given, that will twice pay the debt. Please show this letter to others that they may pity also. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 6.]
Feb. 1.
Kensington.
Commissions for John, Lord Strathnaver, to be colonel and captain of a company in a new regiment of foot to be raised in Scotland, and blank commissions for various officers in that regiment. [S.P. Scotland Warrant Book 15, pp. 166–187.]
Feb. 1.
Kensington.
Similar Commission for Sir James Moncrief, in respect to another new regiment to be raised in Scotland, and blank commissions for officers in that regiment. [Ibid., pp. 188–209.]
Feb. 1.
Kensington.
Commission for John Lockhart to be captain of the troop of dragoons, formerly belonging to Lord Elphinstone, in Lord Jedburgh's regiment of foot. [Ibid., p. 209.]
Feb. 1.
Kensington.
Commissions for Noé Desclaux, gentleman, to be lieutenant to Lieut.-Col. James de Montaut's company in Col. Francis du Cambon's regiment of foot; for Wolfran Cornwall, esq., to be captain of the King's troop in the Earl of Oxford's royal regiment of horse [H.O. Military Entry Book 2, p. 326]; for Richard Campion, gentleman, to be ensign to Capt. Francis de Meure in Col. James Stanley's regiment of foot [Ibid., p. 327]; for Daniel Harvey, esq., to be cornet and major of the second troop of Horse Guards whereof James, Duke of Ormond, is captain and colonel [Ibid., p. 332]; for Osburne Brianscoombe, gent., to be lieutenant of the company whereof Captain George Prater is captain in Col. Thomas Earle's regiment of foot; for— Gibbons, gent., to be lieutenant to Major Robert Mackay's company in the same regiment; for Sheldon Marvin, gentleman, to be ensign of Major Robert Mackay's company in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 337].
Feb. 2. Certificate by P. Savage of persons outlawed whose outlawries had been revised. [S.P. Ireland 355, No. 11.]
Feb. 2. Sir Charles Hedges to Richard Warre. The ship Anna Maria has this day been discharged, and the privateer who brought her in condemned in all the costs incurred therein by the Swedes. [H.O. Admiralty 2, p. 593.] Enclosing:—
The case of the ship Anna Maria of Stockholm, Lorents Anderson, master, who was taken by an English pricateer, Captain Hinton, though carrying a special passport from Count Oxenstiern. [Ibid., p. 597.]
Feb. 2.
Kensington.
Commissions for Robert Millington, esq., to be captain of a troop in the Earl of Oxford's royal regiment of horse [H.O. Military Entry Book 2, p. 326]; for Charles Eaton, esq., to be captain-lieutenant to the Earl of Oxford's troop in his own regiment of horse; for Thomas Harrison, esq., to be cornet to Major Henry Boad's troop in the same regiment; for Skipwith Askew, gent., to be quartermaster to the same troop [Ibid., p. 352]; for George Mortimore, esq., to be lieutenant to Captain Robert Millington's troop in the same regiment; and for Charles Stanley, esq., to be cornet to Captain Robert Millington's troop in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 353].
Feb. 2.
Whitehall.
Allowance of the extraordinary expenses of Philibert d'Hervart, Baron d'Heuninguen, envoy extraordinary to the Swiss Cantons, from the 25th of March till the 25th of September following. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 482.]
Feb. 2.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Sir Thomas Escourt, Sir Rowland Ainsworth, Sir James Etheridge, Sir Henry Marwood, William Monson, Robert Hookes, Thomas Wearge, James Sotheby, Arthur Champney, George Carter, Frederick Herne, John Lethuiller, Robert Winnington, Andrew Phillips, John Jeffereys, Paul Jodderell, John Bowles, Phineas Bowles, Richard Onslow, Nathaniel Herne, Francis Gosfright, Henry Cornish, Charles Sweeting, Nathaniel Molyneux, and John Devinke, who, themselves, and 120 more persons, pray to be incorporated by the name of the Company of Glass Makers of London. Referred to the Attorney General. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 1, p. 442.]
Feb. 3.
Kensington.
Commissions for Edward Johnson, esq., to be captain of a troop in the Earl of Oxford's royal regiment of horse [H.O. Military Entry Book 2, p. 326]; for John Wroth, esq., to be lieutenant to Capt. Kirk's troop in the Earl of Oxford's regiment of horse [Ibid. p. 352]; for Thomas Bateman, gent., to be quarter-master to the King's own troop, commanded by Capt. Wolfram Cornwall, in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 353]; for Randall Bathe, esq., to be cornet to Capt. Edward Johnson's troop in the same regiment; and for William Greenhill, gent., to be quarter-master to Capt. Edward Johnson's troop in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 354].
Feb. 3.
Whitehall.
Warrant addressed to Richard Hopkins, to search for and apprehend George Devison, for coming from France into England without a pass. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 483.]
Feb. 3.
Whitehall.
Passes for Cornelia Verbrugge, to go to Harwich and Holland; for John Dop, Martin Lits, and Edmond Köster ditto; for Sosman Levi, ditto; for Abraham Vieulle and Philip Angvetil, ditto; for John Philip Becker, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 480]; for Gysbert van Sinfenight, ditto; for Thomas Cockborne, to go to Gravesend and Scotland; for Martha Jacobsen and her five small children, to go to Harwich and Holland; and for Richard Phillips, ditto [Ibid., p. 481].
Feb. 4.
Admiralty Office.
J. Sotherne to Richard Warre, enclosing advices received as to the readiness of the ships at Brest. [H.O. Admiralty 4, p. 388.]
Feb. 4. Sir Charles Hedges to [the Earl of Nottingham]. The ship Castle of Calmer, about 150 tons, pretended to be bound from Calmer to Lisbon with deals &c. on account of Swedish subjects, was taken by an English privateer off Dover. Her case is suspicious, and unless the claimers can make some clear proofs, she must be detained. [H.O. Admiralty 2, p. 599.] Enclosing:—
Petition of Peter Tyssen Rauens, master of the ship City of Calmer, to Count Oxenstiern, begging him to procure the immediate discharge of the ship, with an order for damages against the privateer. [Ibid., p. 603.]
Feb. 4.
Kensington.
Commission for William Fitz Jeffryes to be quarter-master to the Earl of Oxford's own troop in his own regiment of horse [H.O. Military Entry Book 2, p. 352]; for Alexander Gothard, esq., to be cornet to the King's own troop commanded by Capt. Wolfram Cornwall in the Earl of Oxford's regiment of horse [Ibid., p. 353]; and for Daniel Moore, esq., to be lieutenant to Capt. Edward Johnston's troop in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 354].
Feb. 4.
Whitehall.
Passes for Osee Maurice, his wife and three children, to go to Harwich and Holland. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 481.]
Feb. 5.
Kensington.
Commission for Leigh Backwell, esq., to be lieutenant to Major Henry Boad's troop in the Earl of Oxford's regiment of horse; and for Robert Williams to be quarter-master to Captain George Kirk's troop in the same regiment. [H.O. Military Entry Book 2, p. 352.]
Feb. 6.
Council Chamber, Dublin.
Warrant by the Lord Lieutenant and Council of Ireland, referring to the judges the consideration of the act of 10 Henry VII., cap. 4, entitled, an act that no parliament should be held in this Kingdom till the acts be certified into England; and also of another act made in the parliament held in the 3rd and 4th years of Philip and Mary, cap. 4, entitled, an act declaring how Poynings' [law] shall be expounded and taken, and all other acts relating to the holding of parliament in Ireland, raising money, etc. [S.P. Ireland 355, No. 12.]
Feb. 6.
Kensington.
Commissions for Francis Byng, esq., to be cornet to the Earl of Oxford's troop in his own regiment of horse [H.O. Military Entry Book 2, p. 352]; for Samuel Heath, esq., to be lieutenant to the King's own troop, commanded by Capt. Wolfram Cornwall in the Earl of Oxford's regiment of horse; for Richard Harison, gent., to be quarter-master to Capt. Robert Millington's troop in the Earl of Oxford's regiment of horse; and for Richard Harrison, gent., to be quarter-master to Capt. Robert Millington's troop in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 353].
Feb. 6.
Whitehall.
Passes for Catherine Aldred, Eleonore Aldred and her three children, and Mary Clarke and her young son, to go to Harwich and Holland; for James Du Rion, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 482]; and for Adrian Wentell, ditto [Ibid., p. 483].
Feb. 6.
Kensington.
Warrant for further reprieve of Anne Merryweather till the 17th of February. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 483.]
Feb. 7.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Nottingham to the Attorney General. The King wishes you to prepare a proclamation for prohibiting all privateers from seizing any ship which shall be in any port or road of England, and declaring that in case any ship shall be seized contrary to this direction, the same shall be confiscated as prize to the Lord High Admiral and not to the privateer. That you may be better prepared to draw up such proclamation, I send you [here enclosed] something of this nature that was issued in the reign of King Charles. I desire you will have this proclamation ready to be presented to the Council on Thursday next, and that you will then bring it down, together with the enclosed papers. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 2, p. 613.]
Feb. 7.
Vienna.
Prince Luis of Baden to the King. Has not written of late as nothing of importance has occurred. By order of the Emperor, the writer starts in three days to take command of the army destined to act on the Upper Rhine. Trusts that matters will make better progress in the future than in the past. [S.P. Dom. King William's Chest 14, No. 4.]
Feb. 7. Sir Charles Hedges to [the Earl of Nottingham]. I enclose the best proclamation I can find relating to the restraint of privateers within and near our own ports. [H.O. Admiralty 2, p. 607.]
Feb. 7.
Dublin Castle.
Viscount Sydney to the Earl of Nottingham. The enclosed deposition has been this day sent you from Kinsale, and I thought it convenient to send it to you that his Majesty may be acquainted therewith. Captain Kercher, the commander of the Dolphin, gave me an account from Kinsale, and said that he was endeavouring to make the best of his way towards Ventry and if possible to meet with the privateer that has been in that harbour. By this the King will see the necessity of what I have often pressed—i.e. to have three or four men-of-war cruise off this coast, which would be a great encouragement to trade. [S.P. Ireland 355, No. 13.]
Feb. 7.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Thomas Skipwith, esq., showing that Charles Wade obtained a judgment against him in an action of trespass and ejectment in the King's Bench, for lands in Middlesex, in which there is manifest error. He prays for leave to bring a writ of error in parliament. Granted. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 1, p. 442.]
Feb. 7.
Kensington.
Commission for Edward Harnuish, gent., to be ensign to Major Hans Hamilton, in Col. James Stanley's regiment of foot. [H.O. Military Entry Book 2, p. 327.]
Feb. 7.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Nottingham to the Victuallers of the Navy. The Queen gave order in September last, for six women to be allowed to each of the companies going to the West Indies, and the King wishes you to pay for their passage, taking care that their number does not exceed this proportion. If you cannot agree for them upon cheaper terms (which you must endeavour) you must pay for them no more than what you do for the men. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 2, p. 614.]
Feb. 7.
Whitehall.
Certificate that William Duncombe, esq., envoy extraordinary to the King of Sweden, returned from the said employment into his Majesty's presence, the 24th of November last past. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 483.]
Feb. 7.
Whitehall.
Warrant addressed to Richard Hopkins, for apprehending Bridget Horton, for coming from France into England without a pass. [Ibid., p. 484.]
Feb. 7.
Whitehall.
Passes for Capt. Liebedantz, Lieut. De Lamonerie, Lieut. Walkendorff, Mr. Renier, Erick Biörsen, Oge Hermensen, Soüen Christensen, Olle Davidsen, and Jens Andersen, to go to Gravesend and Denmark; for Stephen Langhe, John Düytsraet, Conraed and Henry Jager, John Johnson, William Friendt, John de Graeff, and Rass Muss to go to Harwich and Holland [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 482]; for Hans Paul, Anthony La Leeve, Frans Verstraet, and Friederick Tybout, ditto; for Toussaint Lambert, ditto; for William Westbrug, ditto; for Beatrix vander Block, and her small child, ditto; for Mr. de Trolle, and Oluf Andreson, ditto [Ibid., p. 483]; for Captain John Vanbeest, ditto; for Capt. de Montmollin, adjutant to the Earl of Athlone, Lieut. William de Montmollin, Adam Villemain, and Abraham Maumary, their servants, ditto; and for Mr. Peter Stone, ditto [Ibid., p. 484].
Feb. 7.
Kensington.
Licence to Timothy Felton, esq., high sheriff of Essex, to dwell out of the county during his term of office. [H.O. King's Letter Book 1, p. 45.]
Feb. 8.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Nottingham to the officers of the Ordnance. I have read your letter of the 7th to the King, and he leaves it to you to distribute the powder and shot, etc. designed for Ireland, between Cork and Kinsale, in such proportion as you think proper with regard to the remains of each species in each place. What the other garrisons stand in need of, you can best decide by the papers before you. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 2, p. 614.]
Feb. 8.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Col. Thomas Burke and Helena, Countess Dowager of Clanricarde, his wife. Shows that the petitioner Helena, in the year 1663, had several manors and lands in county Waterford, of the yearly value of 800l., which were assigned to her for dower out of the estate of John Fitzgerald, esq., her first husband. That the petitioner Thomas is comprised in the Articles of Limerick, as appears by the certificate of Gen. Ginckle, and by virtue thereof ought to be put in possession of the said lands and manors, but Col. Edward Villiers, who married John Fitzgerald's daughter, possessed himself of them without legal warrant or authority, and by his power still detains the same. The petitioners pray to be put in possession of the said manors and lands, and that Col. Villiers may pay to them the rents and profits received by him since making the Articles of Limerick. Referred to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 1, p. 443.]
Feb. 8.
Whitehall.
Allowance of the expenses of William Duncombe, esq., envoy extraordinary to the King of Sweden, from July 10th to Nov. 24th, 1692. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 484.]
Feb. 8.
Kensington.
Warrant for grant of letters patent to John Hadley of Worcester, engineer, for his invention whereby motive power is obtained from the ebbing and flowing of the water operating on a vessel floating thereon. [Ibid., p. 486.]
Feb. 8.
Whitehall.
Passes and post warrants for Gaspar Alvares and his sister, and Anthony and Hana Abendaro to go to Harwich and Holland; for John Dresselaar, ditto; for Sybrand Pietessr, Daniel Jansen, Teunis Jansen, Paul Andriez, Frederick Hendricks, Lawrence Michiels, William Polamus, Thomas Willemsr, and Theunis Ariez, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 484]; for George Frye, the messenger, to go to Spithead; for Capt. Hammer [Hanmer], and John Cook and Lawrence Christophez, his two servants, to go to Harwich and Holland; and for Samuel Recadou, ditto [Ibid., p. 485].
Feb. 9.
Whitehall.
Appointment of Col. Roger Kirkby as governor of the city and castle of Chester. [H.O. Military Entry Book 2, p. 328.]
Feb. 9.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Nottingham to the Commissioners of the Treasury. The King has been moved upon the enclosed letter from the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, about adding two deputy commissaries of the musters to the four on the present establishment, and for placing the entertainment of these two upon the establishment, to commence from the time when the establishment began. His Majesty approved of this, and commanded me to acquaint you with it, that you may give the necessary orders therein. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 2, p. 615.]
Feb. 9.
Whitehall.
Proclamation requiring all seamen and mariners to render themselves to their Majesties' service. [S.P. Dom. Proclamations 6, p. 88.]
Feb. 9.
Whitehall.
Warrant to appoint Thomas Povey, gent., clerk of the Naval or Navy Office in the island of Jamaica, in the place of Reginald Wilson. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 485.]
Feb. 9.
Whitehall.
Warrant to pay to Moses Jaqueau, French sea officer and refugee, the annual pension of 120l. in consideration of his former services as volunteer "on board our Navy" in the years 1691 and 1692. Like warrant for Peter Fountaine to have 80l. per annum. [Ibid., p. 488.]
Feb. 9. Warrant for allowance of extraordinary expenses of Consul Baker at Algiers from the 25th of Aug., 1691, to the 10th of Oct., 1692. [Ibid.. p. 490.]
Feb. 9.
Whitehall.
Passes for Henry Evertsen, Henry Jacobsz and Jonas Thomassen, to go to Harwich and Holland; for Peter Matthyssen and Claas Jansen, ditto; for Tobias van der Spiegel, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 485]; for Mons. Benjamin Dejoux, a French minister, ditto; for Mr. John Muns, ditto [Ibid., p. 486]; for John, Earl of Kildare, and John Grimsditch, Peter Vivien, Francis Biard, and John Hardcastle, his servants, to embark in any port of the kingdom and pass over into Holland and to travel abroad, save in the the dominions of the King of France, and to return [Ibid., p. 488].
Feb. 10.
Kensington.
Commissions for Matthew Lafite, gentleman, to be lieutenant to Capt. Carew's company in Col. John Tidcombe's regiment of foot [H.O. Military Entry Book 2, p. 329]; for George Wade, gent., to be lieutenant to Sir Beville Granville's company in John, Earl of Bath's regiment of foot; for George Green, gentleman, ditto; for Robert Jason, gentleman, to be lieutenant of the company of grenadiers, whereof Capt. Jacob Braems is captain in the same regiment; for Samuel Buller, gentleman, to be ensign to Capt. Richard Trevanion's company in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 333]; for James Southerland, gentleman, to be lieutenant to Captain Isaac Gouyguet St. Eloy's Company, in the same regiment; and for Gedeon Ribier, gent., to be ensign to the same, in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 334].
Feb. 10.
Kensington.
Warrant for a new grant (made in consequence of a clerical error in a former grant) to Sir Ralph Cole, bart., his heirs and assigns, of the advowson of the church of Brancepeth. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 489.]
Feb. 10.
Whitehall and Kensington.
Passes for Mons. John Francis Beransky, to go to Harwich and Holland; for Joote Say, ditto; for Joachim Aperman, Andrew Dircksz, and Christopher Spanenberg, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 486]; for Matthew Eaton, ditto; for Lieutenant Martin Neau and Denis Barguenon, his servant, ditto; for David Doulcet, ditto; for August Jay to go to Gravesend and New England [Ibid., p. 487]; and for Francis Verio and John Baptiste Verio, his brother, to embark on any of the ships appointed for the exchange of prisoners and pass over into France, recommended by Lord Devonshire [Ibid., p. 490].
Feb. 11.
Admiralty Office.
J. Sotherne to Richard Warre. [H.O. Admiralty, Vol. 4, p. 392.]
Enclosing:—Extract of the journal of Captain Wilkins, commander of the Germoon prize, 6 Feb. 1693. The wind S.S.E., Ushant, S.E.four leagues; at noon took from the shore with my boat two men and a small boat, whom I told I was a privateer of the late King James, and begged for news to carry to his friends in Ireland. They say there are now ready to sail from Brest about fifteen or sixteen sail, from 50 to 70 guns, reported to be bound to the W. Indies to relieve ten or twelve sail they have there. Three new ships are built at Brest; one called the Royal Sun has her masts in; the others are the St. Philip and The Duke, all three-deck ships; there are besides about 42 sail at Brest, and about 40 coasters, but no soldiers in that part of the country except the garrisons. They say the fleet will scarce be fitted out to come to sea this summer. Six men-of-war of about sixty guns are ready to launch at Rochefort, Havre de Grace and Bion. A castle of 36 guns has been built at Cameritt, and a small fort in the island off St. Matthew's Point, and they fire at all ships if they have any suspicion, not even the natives escaping if they get to sea without leave. [H.O. Admiralty, Vol. 4, p. 396.]
Feb. 11.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Nottingham to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. The King has been moved on behalf of Captain Garret Coahlan (?) and Captain George Darcy for commissions to be captains in one of the two regiments now to be raised in Ireland, and commands me to recommend them to you for that purpose. They were formerly captains in Ireland and Roman catholics, but I am told are now turned protestants, though they have not yet declared it, and the King thinks it may be for the service to give them those employments that it may be an encouragement to others in that kingdom to come in and concur in the establishment of the protestant interest. By his Majesty's commands I have written to you, recommending Lieut. Colonel Oliver Long to be lieutenant-colonel to Colonel Echlin. [S.P. Ireland, King's Letter Book 1, p. 446.]
Feb. 11.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Nottingham to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. The King has promoted Colonel Cunningham as colonel of one of the new raised regiments; his post as lieut.-colonel of Colonel Echlin's regiment therefore becomes void, and the King commands me to recommend to you the bearer, Lieut.-Colonel Oliver Long as successor to Colonel Cunningham. [Ibid.]
Feb. 11.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Nottingham to the Lord Lieutenant. For some time there has been a design for settling a colony of French protestants in Ireland. The King has appointed a committee of lords to consider the best ways and means of establishing this, and they have made their report. His Majesty has commanded me to send you the enclosed extract from it, that you may consider what there is proposed and return an answer to the questions in it. Enclosure not entered. [Ibid., p. 447.]
Feb. 11.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Nottingham to Capt. Greenhill. The King commands me to acquaint you that he wishes you to give notice to all the privateers of Zealand who go to Plymouth, or near it, that orders are issued for their departure to Zealand. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 2, p. 615.]
Feb. 11.
Whitehall.
The same to the Commissioners of the Treasury. The King has sent Sir Henry Belassis to the Elector of Bavaria with a complimentary message on the birth of his son. and is graciously pleased that such a sum of money should be paid him for this service as has been usually allowed on the like occasions, and wishes you to give the necessary orders therein. [Ibid., p. 616.]
Feb. 11.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Frances Hedges, widow, Robert Woodward, doctor of laws, Thomas Pitt, esq., and Wingfeild Brockwell. Shows that Henry Hedges, Thomas Dennet and Thomas Bennet, the undertakers for making the river Avon navigable from Christchurch to New Sarum, expended 3,500l. on the work; and the petitioners turned the channel of the said river, and built a pier, and made a quay or wharf in the sea and ancient channel and beach adjoining—supposing they were empowered so to do by act of parliament. They are now advised that the title to the ground on which the said premises are built is in the Crown, and they requiring more ground, pray for a grant of the land where the ancient channel or sea ran, and of some of the beach adjoining. Referred to the Treasury. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 1, p. 444.]
Feb. 11.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Denny Muschamp, esq. Shows that he and his ancestors had expended 2,000l. in building and planting a market town in Buttevant, county Cork, in which was a strong castle, and least the said building might be any relief or shelter to the Irish, Col. Hales and Col. Hastings caused all the said houses and improvements to be burnt and destroyed. The petitioner had also a strong house called May Hall, in Queen's County, valued at 1,000l., which maintained a garrison of the army, and was a defence to the town of Maryborough; this was also destroyed, as was wood to the value of 700l. cut down to make palisades. The petitioner further shows that Nicholas French and Nicholas his son, of Galway, have been very active in the late rebellion in Ireland, and are included in the Articles of Galway or Limerick, and that the son intends to steal over into France. They have also in possession the lands of Abbot and other lands, to the value of 7,000l. The petitioner therefore prays for a grant of one half of the clear yearly value of such lands of the said Frenchs' as of right belong to his Majesty though not yet discovered by the commissioners. Referred to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. [Ibid., p. 446.]
Feb. 11.
Whitehall.
Post warrant for Nicholas Hill, the messenger, to go to Harwich. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 487.]
Feb. 12.
Whitehall.
Pass for the Swedish ship the St. Johannes, commanded by Abraham Jsoockson, to sail from the Thames to St. Malo, there to load stones or earth for making brass wire, and to sail thence to Stockholm or any other port in Sweden. [Ibid., p. 515.]
Feb. 13.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of John Bushrell for letters patent for his invention of a mathematical machine for draining mines, meres, &c. Referred to the Attorney General. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 1, p. 451.]
Feb. 13.
Whitehall.
Passes for Nicholas Hauseur, to go to Harwich and Holland [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 487]; for Mr. John Mayer, ditto; for Jacob Sager and Peter Nielson, ditto; for Daniel Cabrol, ditto; for Marcelis van Esch, and Willemina his wife, ditto; for William Paul Wills, and John Sanders his servant, with five couple of hounds ditto [Ibid., p. 489]; for Peter Turcq, Peter Jansen van Olen, Adrian de Maldry, Wernhardt Meyer, and Catharina Merx, ditto; for Capt. Aimé l'Archer, ditto; and for Lieut. Henry Obrecht, ditto [Ibid., p. 490].
Feb. 14.
Kensington.
Warrant to the Commissioners of the Treasury of Scotland to pay all arrears due to Samuel Dury, second engineer, the King intending to continue but one engineer in that kingdom. [S.P. Scotland Warrant Book 15, p. 210.]
Feb. 14.
Kensington.
Like warrant for payment of arrears to Colonel John Buchan. [Ibid., p. 210.]
Feb. 14.
Kensington.
Like warrant for payment of clothing money of Col. Buchan's regiment and for giving that regiment 260 fire-locks out of the stores. [Ibid., p. 211.]
Feb. 14. Report by Sir Richard Reynell and other Irish judges to the Lord Lieutenant and Lords Justices of Ireland concerning Poynings' Law and other acts relating to the holding of parliaments in Ireland. Signed. [S.P. Ireland 355, No. 14.]
Feb. 14. Copy of the foregoing document with memoranda appended. [Ibid., No. 15.]
Feb. 14.
Council Chamber at Dublin.
Concurrence of the Lord Lieutenant and Council of Ireland with the foregoing report of the judges. Ordered that the Clerk of the Council enter the same in the council book. [Ibid., No. 16.]
Feb. 14.
Dublin.
Viscount Sydney to the Earl of Nottingham. I hear there is great "noise" in London, also a little here, about protecting Mr. Hill, who has a commission from the States General to be their consul in this kingdom. This matter has been heard at the Council Board, and in short I find he owes a gentleman 650l. and he is not able to pay it. I therefore desire to know whether I shall protect him or not, and whether the States will not take it ill if I suffer him to be arrested. [Ibid., No. 17.]
Feb. 14.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Nottingham to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. I have received from Mr. Pulteney your letter of Jan. 29, and his Majesty will take no resolutions as to the parliament in Ireland till the session here be at an end. The King approves of Mr. Coote succeeding Justice Echlin. I shall send the King's commands for Justice Jefferson to be privy councillor, and upon your recommendation I believe the King will give the titles you desire for the persons you mention. The King commands that you should recommend the Earl of Meath to be governor of the Hospital. [S.P. Ireland King's Letter Book 1, p. 447.]
Feb. 14.
Whitehall.
The same to the Commissioners of the Admiralty. I have received an account from Hamburg that there are several ships in the Elbe, laden with corn, and bound for France. You would do well to give such orders, that, if possible, they may be intercepted. I enclose an abstract of a letter from Leghorn. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 2, p. 616.] Enclosing:
Abstract of a letter from Consul Blackwell, dated Leghorn 26 Jan., 1693. Numbers of English mariners arrive here weekly from Toulon, and I am at great charge for their maintenance. About fifty of them I have prevailed with the ships in port "to take"; but about twenty "young raw fellows" are on my hands, and I know not when I shall be able to find them employment. [Ibid., p. 617.]
Feb. 14.
Whitehall.
The same to Mons. Danckelman. I send you enclosed, by the King's command, a complaint made to his Majesty by merchants living at Konigsberg, and pray that you will represent this affair to the Elector, and secure a prompt remedy. [Ibid., p. 621.]
Feb. 14.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of James Austin, esq., and Francis Ball, who pray for a grant of letters patent for their invention of a machine or chariot of artillery, musket proof, and so contrived as to hold two falconets or small field pieces and two hand mortars to be used by the party sitting in the chariot, and may be conveyed many miles a day with great ease, which may be useful in their Majesties' army. Petitioners pray for letters patent for the sole use thereof. Referred to the Solicitor General. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 1, p. 445.]
Feb. 14.
Whitehall.
Passes and post warrants for Mr. Peter du Clos, to go to Harwich and Holland [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 486]; for Mrs. Elizabeth Kelley, ditto; for Lieut.-Colonel Scott, Mrs. Ramsey, with Margaret Marshall and Anthony Busse, her servants, ditto; for Colonel Francis du Cambon and one servant to go to Portsmouth with two able horses, etc.; for Anne Cadou and Peter her son, 7 years old, to go to Harwich and Holland, recommended by Mons. Lions, a French minister; for Mr. Christopher Ernest Fuchs de Binback, and Mr. Philip Christopher Renbelt, Mr. John Adam Doles their secretary, and four domestic servants, ditto [Ibid., p. 491]; for Mrs. Jane Garritt, ditto; for Capt. Hartger Schimmelpenningh and his servant, ditto; for Peter Neuveglise, and Margaret, his wife, and Peter, their young son, ditto; for John Deler and John Peter du Pere, ditto; and John Hoogelandt, ditto [Ibid., p. 492]; for Mary Cornelisse, ditto; for Mrs. Theodosia Jordan, Elizabeth Bennet her maidservant, and one grenadier, recommended by the Duke of Ormond, ditto [Ibid., p. 493]
Feb. 15.
Kensington.
Commission for Francis de Montandre, esq., to be captain of the company whereof Lieut.-Col. James de Montaut was late captain n Col. Francis du Cambon's regiment of foot; and brevet for the same to command and take his rank as lieutenant-colonel of foot. [H.O. Military Entry Book 2, p. 349.]
Feb. 15.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Nottingham to the Commissioners of the Treasury. A little ship has lately been taken and brought into Jersey laden with French salt, of which the inhabitants were in great want. The lieutenant-governor, at the importunity of the magistrates and jurats, caused the same to be sold for supplying the necessities of the island. The produce of it remains in his hands, and he desires to know how he shall dispose of it; whether he shall remit it to England to the Commissioners of Prizes, or to any other person, or employ it in paying the charge of the pilots, or of any other service he may be required to perform. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 2, p. 617 re-entered on p. 619.]
Feb. 15.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of John Arscott, esq., who prays for a grant of an annual fair and a market every Tuesday at Hatherleigh, in Devonshire. Referred to the Attorney General. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 1, p. 445.]
Feb. 15.
Kensington.
Warrant for further reprieve of Anne Merryweather, for an indefinite time. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 491.]
Feb. 15.
Whitehall.
Passes and post warrants for John Janse van Dingen, and Catharina Mercx, to go to Harwich and Holland; for Charles Couchi, ditto; for Mr. Henry de Miremand and John Daive his servant, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 493]; for Mr. William Bury, ditto; for Colonel la Motte, engineer, and Morin his servant, with two able post horses etc., to go to Portsmouth [Ibid., p. 494]; and for Colonel Henry Luttrell, and Charles Jordan his servant, to go to Harwich and Holland [Ibid., p. 495].
Feb. 16.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Nottingham to Sir Charles Hedges. I hear from Mr. Bossel that three of those Hamburg ships which were stopped by our men-of-war were designed for Italy, and that they are not laden with naval stores, but only piece goods; but they, being condemned, the case now depends upon the appeal. He proposes that sufficient security should be given by some eminent merchants in London to stand by that appeal and pay the full value in case the sentence should be confirmed. I desire your opinion in this matter, whether it can be done, and if it can, which will be the most speedy way to execute it. The King is willing to gratify them [the owners of the ships], if the proposition is reasonable, that they may proceed with the squadron now going to the Mediterranean. I would like an answer by the bearer, because I must let Mr. Bossel know what can be done before four this afternoon. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 2, p. 618.]
Feb. 16.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Sir Timothy Tyrrell, father and administrator of Capt. John Tyrrell, lately deceased. Shows that the said Capt. Tyrrell, when commander of the Mordaunt in Aug., 1689, did retake from a French privateer of St. Malo a "galliot hoy" called the Tobias, of Altena, which being by him carried into Plymouth was condemned, but afterwards discharged upon payment of 50l. salvage to the Commissioners of the Admiralty. Also in Oct. following he did retake a vessel called the Red Lyon, of Topsham, which was about four days in the hands of the French. The salvage of both vessels amounting to 135l. 15s. has been already paid to the Commissioners of the Admiralty. Petitioner prays his Majesty to order the said salvage money to be paid to him, or such proportion of the same as his Majesty shall think fit. Referred to the Admiralty. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 1, p. 447.]
Feb. 16.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Anthony la Montagne, a Venetian and Roman catholic, who has lived for eight years in Covent Garden. Complains that by the malice of some neighbours he was summoned to give bail to appear at the sessions at Westminster, which he gave, but, going out of town, did not appear, and process is to be issued against him for the fine of 40l. He prays for an order to stay this process. The King being disposed to gratify the petitioner, his petition is referred to the Treasury. [Ibid., p. 449.]
Feb. 16.
Whitehall.
Passes for Mr. Edward Goudge, to go to Harwich and Holland; and for Mr. Scrogs Goad to go to Harwich and Flanders. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 498.]
Feb. 16. Sir Charles Hedges to the Earl of Nottingham. Although the three Hamburg ships are condemned by the Court of Admiralty, they may still be discharged up on bail as desired, if the Commissioner for Prizes or the privateer concerned do not offer other sufficient reasons to the contrary. [H.O. Admiralty, Vol. 2, p. 611.]
Feb. 17.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of John Stepney of Ballygriffin, for twenty years tenant of the land of Ballygriffin, the former property of the late Earl of Tyrconnel, on which the petitioner has expended in building more than the value thereof. Also complains that he has been a great sufferer in late times, having been forced to supply the Irish army, and when his means were gone, was imprisoned for eleven months, and set free at the victory of the Boyne. The lands were returned and let to him at 200l. a year, the Commissioners of Revenue telling him they had no power to make any abatement, but that he must apply to the King. The Commissioners directed the levy of the first half year's rent for Nov. 1690, but in that half year his corn and cattle to a much greater value and his tenants were plundered by the Danes, whilst they lie at Finglaslay. Prays for an order of discharge from the rent demanded and for more favourable terms of lease. Referred to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 1, p. 450.]
Feb. 17.
Whitehall.
Passes for Capt. Andrew William de la Wilson to go to Harwich and Holland; for Leonard Diseldorf, ditto; for Abraham Van Braam, ditto [S.P. Dom., Warrant Book 36, p. 494]; for William Basire, ditto [Ibid., p. 495]; for Anthony Schouten, Andrew Vanden Acker, and Andrew van Berckell, ditto; for William Browes and Thomas Thomassen, ditto [Ibid. p. 496]; and for Mr. Robert Russell, and William Bennet, John Strong, and Anne Williams, his servants, ditto [Ibid., p. 497].
Feb. 18.
Whitehall.
Warrant for the apprehension of Apolonia Driver, suspected of high treason. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 497.]
Feb. 18.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Nottingham to Mr. Blathwait. I have received this morning the enclosed paper of complaints from the corporation of Daventry. I transmit the same to you, and desire you will cause the matter to be examined and give such order therein as may prevent the like abuses for the future. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 2, p. 620.]
Feb. 18.
Whitehall.
The same to Sir Charles Hedges. I wish you to consider the enclosed papers [no entry of these] and give me a report on the state of the case, and also your opinion on the matter. [Ibid., p. 621.]
Feb. 18.
Whitehall.
Passes for le Baron de Berlibchs (sic) with his gentleman and one servant, to go to Falmouth and pass over into Spain; for Mr. Diederic Behrens, to go to Harwich and Holland; for Christian Frohling, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 496]; for Margaret Reynolds, ditto; and for Jacob Wolcker, ditto [Ibid., p. 497].
Feb. 18. Caveat that nothing pass concerning a patent for a lighthouse at the mouth of the river Humber till notice be first given to Mr. Angell at Stockwell, near Lambeth. [S.P. Dom. Entry Book 73, p. 15.]
Feb. 20.
Dublin.
Viscount Sydney to the Earl of Nottingham. I send you an order of council for a committee on the vote of parliament, together with the report of the judges and the concurrence of the lords on the report; but notwithstanding all this, there are some here that say they will never quit the point, and that they would rather be taxed by Parliament in England. What is to be expected from these gentlemen in the House of Commons may easily be imagined.
Since my last letter to you I am informed that upon the death of the last mayor of Londonderry there has been another chosen in his place "who has never been at church in his life." He was chosen without the approbation of the council, a thing which was never done before, and this was carried on by the "Scotch faction," by which you will see what they will do when they have power in their hands. It is therefore most unadvisable to give them more than they have.
I hear the King intends to raise two regiments in Scotland for the service in Ireland. If he does so the Scotch will have the whole government of it, for already more than half the army are Scotch. Therefore I consider it will be for the King's service to put a stop to the raising of these regiments. The English fear them to such a degree that there will be some difficulty in persuading them to stay in the country if the regiments are raised.
The Lord Chancellor tells me that he will give you an account of some affairs of importance in his province. [S.P. Ireland 355, No. 18.]
Feb. 20.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Nottingham to the Ambassador of Spain. I enclose you the copy of the order which was despatched by the Commissioners of the Admiralty to Vice-admiral Rooke, commander of the squadron of ships that departs for the Mediterranean, touching the two ships of the King of Spain destined to Port Mahon. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 2, p. 620.]
Feb. 20.
Kensington.
Commission for — Graveron, esq., to be reformed captain of the regiment of foot, commanded by Col. Francis du Cambon, with special direction as to his precedence; for St. Leger de Bacalan, esq., to be reformed captain in the same regiment, with similar clause as to precedence; and for Combette Delandes, esq., to be reformed captain in the same regiment, with similar clause as to precedence. [Ibid., p. 339.]
Feb. 20.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of John Calvert. Shows that he has invented two sorts of calashes useful for post roads, etc., or in an army where the same calash may be altered into a bedstead, and may also serve to carry provisions. Petitioner prays for letters patent for his invention. Referred to the Solicitor General. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 1, p. 487.]
Feb. 20.
Kensington.
Warrant for the reprieve of Richard Cooke, gent., if found guilty of the manslaughter of —Hill, at his trial at the Old Bailey. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 501.]
Feb. 20.
Whitehall.
Passes for John Sprang and his wife to go to Harwich and Holland; for John Jost Klefe, ditto; for David, Solomon, and Jacob Marcussen, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 497]; for William Dircksz, Albert Willemsz, and Theunis Ariensz, ditto; and for Mary de Montigny, ditto [Ibid., p. 498].
Feb. 21.
Kensington.
The King to the Privy Council of Scotland, declaring the Scotch Parliament adjourned from the following 1st of March to the 6th of April. [S.P. Scotland Warrant Book 15, p. 212.]
Feb. 21.
Kensington.
The same to the same, requiring them to allow drums to be beaten for raising Lord Strathnaver's and Sir John Moncrieff's two new regiments. [Ibid.]
Feb. 21.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Nottingham to the Commissioners of the Treasury. I have this day allowed two bills of extraordinaries presented by Mr. Coxe, his Majesty's late envoy in Switzerland—one for 3,000l. and another for 2,000l. Remarks on these accounts. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 2, p. 622.]
Feb. 21.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Lord Dunbar and John Hungerford, esq. Shows that one Justinian Angell, deceased, built a lighthouse at the mouth of the Humber and obtained letters patent for him and his heirs to continue the said lighthouse for ever, taking toll for its support, but this grant was found to be void as the ground did not belong to Angell, but to Lord Dunbar, who has now obtained possession thereof. The petitioners pray for a grant to the said John Hungerford and his heirs of licence to levy toll for the support of the lighthouse. Referred to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 1, p. 451.]
Feb. 21.
Whitehall.
Allowance of the bill of William Churchill, stationer, for stationeryware furnished to the Earl of Nottingham's office from the 29th of Sept., to the 25th of December, 1692. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 491.]
Feb. 21.
Whitehall.
Allowance of the bill of expenses of Thomas Cox, his Majesty's envoy to the Swiss Cantons, from the 25th March, 1690, to 18/28 August, 1692.
The items include:—On the 1/11 March, 1690, Mr. Kenge, the King's messenger, arrived at Zurich, in 14 days, from London. He brought me orders to go on with the treaty on foot with the protestant Cantons. In prosecution of which the deputies of the said cantons, being returned to the Diet at Zurich on the 17/27 March (the conferences being thereupon renewed the next day), produced a project of alliance penned by the said protestant Cantons, which was sent into England by Mr. Kenge the 4/14 April, 1690. On the 17/27 June, 1690, Mr. Kenge returned again to Zurich with the King and Lord Nottingham's answer and orders upon the project of the treaty drawn up and sent by the protestant Cantons to his Majesty. Upon which I was obliged, in prosecution of my orders, to call another Diet of the protestant Cantons to meet at Arau the 10/20 July, 1690. For my journey from Zurich to Arau in two days, open table entertainments at the Inns etc., 20 ducats.
Given to the Bailiff of Lentzburg's servants on occasion of my reception and entertainments, 10 ducats.
Paid at the Lion Inn, Savage Inn, and Bull Inn at Arau, at the first Diet begun there the 10/20 July, 1690, for 4 entertainments and six days' open table, horses and servants; the four entertainments [being] to the deputies' company, 200 ducats.
The six days' open table, etc., horses and servants, 210 ducats.
The customary presents made to the deputies, their secretaries, servants, town and canton officers and attendants, at 24 ducats a head, etc., 260 ducats.
For my journey from Arau to Berne between the two Diets held at Arau in three days, for entertainment, open table, and horses for the company at the inns, etc., 40 ducats.
Total, 740 ducats.
Expenses of all kinds at Berne from the 16/26 July to the 29 July/8 Aug. 1690, being twelve days, as follows:
For twelve days' open table and other expenses at the Falcon Inn at Berne, 91 ducats.
Customary presents and gratifications to the town officers, waiters, officers of the artillery and servants, and to the officers of the militia, watch and ward, town gates, etc., on the occasion of the great entertainment and ball I received at Berne, which the magistrates of that city and canton chose to give me at the time of my receiving the news of the King's victory in Ireland, 20 ducats.
For a silver gilt drinking vase with the King's arms enamelled in gold presented to the "estate exterior and military youth" of Berne, who made their anniversary military exercises on that occasion upon St. William's day in honour of his Majesty's name, 60 ducats.
Paid for one great bonfire composed of 100 loads of fir tree wood at one crown the load, 25 ducats.
Paid for fireworks, illuminations, and the necessary gunpowder and use of eight pieces of cannon, upon the same occasion of his Majesty's victory in Ireland, to the officers of the artillery and arsenal, 30 ducats.
For two fountains of white and red wine running for the people, 20 ducats.
Total, 246 ducats.
Mem.: This whole expense (as to the four last articles) was on the occasion of the great and many demonstrations of the general joy expressed at Berne for his Majesty's happy and victorious passage of the Boyne and progress in Ireland, the news of which I received the same day I was thus entertained and made these rejoicings, viz.: the 24 July/8 Aug. 1690.
For the expenses of my journey from Berne, back again to the second diet at Arau, which began the 1/11 August, 1690, and ended 24 Aug/3 Sept 1690.
For expenses of all sorts at the inns on the road, particularly two days' open table and horses, etc., 40 ducats.
For six public entertainments in the 24 days this diet lasted, 300 ducats.
For open table and all other sorts of expenses for the company and their horses and servants at the Lion Inn, Savage Inn, Bull Inn, and other petty inns, 310 ducats.
For the customary presents made to the deputies, their secretaries, servants, town and canton officers and attendants at 24 ducats per head, 260 ducats.
Mem.: The visits I received at the second diet of Arau from General Souches just at the time of our greatest hopes of the Imperialists passing the High Rhine, who came with a great retinue of officers and servants, all of whom I was obliged to treat at that time and in those circumstances. And from Count Govon, envoy from the Duke of Savoy to the Swiss, who came also at that time to Arau to visit me with his lady and family, very much increased the expense of that diet.
For two days' open tables and expenses at the inns on the road from Arau to Berne, persons and horses, etc., 40 ducats.
Total, 950 ducats.
On the 15/25 Dec., 1690, Mr. Kenge, the messenger, arrived from England with the ratifications of the treaty under such alterations and limitations as it pleased his Majesty to make in the said treaty, which obliged me to demand a diet of the protestant Cantons to be held at Berne, and to begin the 11/21 Jan. 1690–1. For eight days' open table for persons, horses and all sorts of expenses at the inns, 140 ducats.
For two entertainments at my own house, 100 ducats.
For the customary presents made to the deputies, their secretaries, servants, town and canton officers at 24 ducats per head, 260 ducats.
Paid Counsellor Christopher Vertmuller, of Zurich, and Col. Beroldinghen, at three payments, for endeavouring to get me received by the catholic Cantons at their general diet at Baden on the 24 June (n.s.) 1690, which was pursuant to my general and particular instructions, and for their journeys, presents and gratifications to some of the principal members of the said catholic Cantons and deputies of the said general diet, 146 ducats.
Paid Mr. John Jacques Escher, of Zurich, and Mr. Isaac Behagel, of Frankfort, at several payments as appears by their particular accounts, for Mr. Kenge the messenger, and for the two Swiss couriers, Holtinger and Bantly, for several journeys to Frankfort, Milan, Como, Berne, Zurich, and Basle, 152 ducats.
Paid Mr. Nicholas Tourton, of London, banker, for postage of letters, as will appear by the particular accounts of his brother, Mr. Jean Tourton of Amsterdam, banker, 100 ducats.
Paid the two "eschers" of Zurich, and the two partners, Derfler and Hegger, bankers, of Nuremberg, the post masters of Zurich, Berne, Basle, Schafhousen and other parts about the cantons for letters, messengers, expresses, etc., 114 ducats.
Given at the general fast and collection solemnly ordered and observed by the protestant Cantons through all their dominions on the 27 Nov. (o.s.) 1690—to the Swiss churches by Councillor Grasenreed, 100 ducats; and to the French churches, by Mons. Gautier, 50 ducats.
Paid Mons. de Mirmand and Mons. Arnaut for their journeys to Geneva at the time of its greatest dangers, 43 ducats.
Paid one quarter to a correspondent at Paris, 50 ducats. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 493.]
Feb. 21.
Whitehall.
Allowance of a further account of Thomas Cox, disbursed by him, pursuant to orders received between 25 March, 1691, and 18/28 August, 1692.
Disbursed on the 4/14 Nov. 1691, being his Majesty's birthday, on the occasion of the King's happy victory in and entire reduction of the kingdom of Ireland, which I had Lord Sydney's orders from the camp to celebrate with rejoicings proper on the occasion and customary in Switzerland. This was done by an entertainment to the two sovereign councils of two hundred and of twenty-five, with bonfires, fireworks, wines to the people, a ball at night to the ladies, with liquors, sweet-meats, etc., 426 ducats.
Disbursed (by permission) at the public fast kept by authority in all the protestant Cantons, 14/24 April, 1692, 100 ducats.
Disbursed for letters, expresses, "correspondences," and for printing French and Latin passports with other such papers and matters relating to his Majesty's service in Switzerland, Pays de Vaud and Geneva, 114 ducats.
Postage and correspondence from England, Holland and Germany, with other small charges of correspondence from 25 March, 1691, to 20 April, 1692, 96 ducats.
Given to all sorts of refugees both French and inhabitants of the Palatinate burnt out of their habitations, poor families, Swiss and French, deserters, travellers, and poor of all countries, etc., 54 ducats.
Expenses in one entertainment and in the customary presents at Diets, two days' open table and other expenses of all sorts at the last diet held at Arau and called by order at my revocation from Switzerland and taking leave of the protestant Cantons the 18/28, 19/29, and 20/30 of May, 1692, 300 ducats.
For the expenses of fourteen weeks' journey to and from Switzerland by London, the Hague and through all Germany, and for my journeys up and down in Switzerland and the adjacent parts, relating to the King's service, at several times from Aug., 1689, to July, 1692, viz.: during the whole service, etc. 1,300 ducats. Total 2,300 ducats. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 497.]
Feb. 21.
Whitehall.
Pass for Engel vander Valck, to go to Harwich and Holland. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 498.]
Feb. 22.
Kensington.
Warrant to [Viscount Sydney] to cause Sir John Jefferson, Justice of the court of Common Pleas, to be sworn of the Privy Council of Ireland. [S.P. Dom. Signet Office Letter Book 12, p. 566.]
Feb. 22.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of John Bellingham, esq. Prays for letters patent for his invention of a furnace for making glass, called Normandy glass, and pulleys and swings for making larger looking glass plates than were ever made in England. Referred to the Attorney or Solicitor General. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 1, p. 452.]
Feb. 22.
Kensington.
Commission for David Loches, esq., to be captain of the company of which Captain Thomas Stanwix was late captain in Col. Ferdinando Hastings' regiment of foot. [H.O. Military Entry Book 2, p. 331.]
Feb. 22.
Kensington.
Warrant for a grant of letters patent for fourteen years to James Austin, esq., and Francis Ball for their invention of a machine or chariot of artillery, musket proof and contrived to hold two "falkonets" or small field pieces and two hand mortars, to be used by the person sitting in the chariot. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 498.]
Feb. 22.
Kensington.
Warrant for a grant to allow John Arscott, esq., and his heirs and assigns to have and hold in the borough of Hatherleigh in Devonshire one market on every Tuesday and one fair yearly on the 10th of May. [Ibid., p. 499.]
Feb. 22.
Kensington.
Warrant for a grant of letters patent to Marshall Smith and Thomas Puckle of London, for their invention of making a composition with wood to run liquid into moulds, useful for decorating purposes, such as embellishing of cabinets, frames, sconces, etc. [Ibid. p. 500.]
Feb. 22.
Whitehall.
Passes for Thomas Ariensz to go to Harwich and Holland; for Martin Symonsz, Thomas Abelsen, and Robert Jacobsen, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 498.]; for Elias Holl, ditto; for Mathtilt Tewis and 3 children, Jannetye Janse and 2 children, and Catherine Janse and 3 children, ditto; for Mrs. Elizabeth Dymer, ditto; for Eliseus Weyerstraet, ditto; and for Rookus Greven, ditto [Ibid., p. 499.]; for Cornelis Leyswick, ditto; for Jasper de Cruys, ditto; for Johanna Vanghda, and Elizabeth her sister, ditto; and for Magdelen Couvret, ditto [Ibid., p. 500].
Feb. 23.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Nottingham to the Lord Lieutenant. The King does not think it convenient that you should protect Mr. Hill, mentioned in your letter of the 14th inst., and has commanded me to tell you that he would not have you hinder his creditors from taking the benefit of the law against him, as consuls are not entitled to the privilege of public ministers in that particular, "and much less this man in his circumstances." [S.P. Ireland King's Letter Book 1, p. 448.]
Feb. 23.
Whitehall and Kensington.
Commissions for Henry Talbot, gentleman, to be lieutenant to Captain Samuel Pash's company in Sir George St. George's regiment of foot; and for Thomas Stanwix, esq., to be captain of that company whereof Sir James Moncrieff was late captain in Col. John Tidcomb's regiment of foot. [H.O. Military Entry Book 2, p. 329.]
Feb. 23.
Whitehall.
Warrant addressed to Sir Henry Goodricke, knight, and the officers of the Ordnance, to cause the necessary arms, etc., to be issued for completely arming the additional men in the following regiments of the light horse:—Col. Villiers', Col. Cory's, Col. Lumley's, Lord Berkley's, Col. Godfrey's, Col. Wyndham's, the Duke of Leinster's, and Lord Galway's; in all 726 men. [Ibid., p. 330.]
Feb. 23.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Nottingham to the Commissioners of the Treasury. Mr. Henry Greg has remained at the King of Denmark's court, by his Majesty's command, ever since Mr. Molesworth left that place. The King has allowed him the sum of 150l. for his entertainment on this occasion until the end of December last past, which he directs me to acquaint you with that you may give the necessary orders for paying the said sum. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 2, p. 622.]
Feb. 23.
Whitehall.
The same to the Master of Stair. I formerly spoke to you about an order for a supply of seamen from Scotland, according to that mentioned in the enclosed letter [not entered] and desire you will let me know what is done in the matter that I may return an answer to the Commissioners of the Admiralty. [Ibid., p. 623.]
Feb. 23.
Whitehall.
The same to the Duke of Schomberg. I sent you, by the King's command, the enclosed memorial concerning three captains of Montbrun's regiment, that you may examine it and send me your opinion with the state of the case. [Ibid]
Feb. 23.
Whitehall.
The same to the Commissioners of the Admiralty. The King commands me to acquaint you that he would have you give protections for 100 seamen to serve on board the ships Charles II., commanded by Captain Strong; the James, frigate, commanded by Captain James Clarke; and the Dove, frigate, commanded by Captain Charles Gibson; to be distributed among these three ships as the commanders shall think fit. [Ibid.]
Feb. 23.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Richard Povey, William Dockwra, Thomas Puckel, and Augustin Harris, who pray for letters patent for their new invention of making iron moulds wherein to cast guns. Referred to the Attorney General. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 1 p. 452.]
Feb. 23.
Whitehall.
Warrant for the reprieve of John Harvey and Richard Houblon, of London, gentlemen, if found guilty of manslaughter. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 498.]
Feb. 23.
Whitehall.
Passes and post warrants for Mary de Guilhem and Susanna Baillot, to go to Harwich and Holland; for Col. Matthew Aylmer to go to Portsmouth [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 500]; for Gabriel vander Heyde to go to Harwich and Holland; for Elizabeth Sminck and 4 children, ditto; for John Rhode, ditto; and for Mons. de la Fontaine and 2 servants, ditto [Ibid., p. 501].
Feb. 23. Proclamation for encouraging mariners and seamen to enter themselves on their Majesties' ships of war. [S.P. Dom. Proclamations 6, p. 89.]
Feb. 23.
Kensington.
Licence to Sir Thomas Escourt, knight, high sheriff of Wilts, to dwell out of the county during his term of office. [H.O. King's Letter Book 1, p. 45.]
Feb. 24.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Thomas Preston, esq., on behalf of the inhabitants of Dalton-in-Furness, in Lancashire. The petitioners pray that the yearly fair in October, which was granted to them by Henry III., may be confirmed; and that another fair in May, and a fortnightly cattle market from May to Michaelmas, may be granted to them. Referred to the Attorney or Solicitor General. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 1, p. 453.]
Feb. 24.
Kensington.
Warrant for a grant of an annual pension of 120l. to Moses Jacqueau, French sea officer and refugee, volunteer in the Navy in 1691 and 1692. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 502.]
Feb. 24.
Whitehall.
Like warrant for a pension of 80l. a year to Peter Fountaine. [Ibid.]
Feb. 24.
Whitehall.
Passes for Mr. Francis Taylor to go to Harwich and Holland; for Mr. John Wall, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 501]; for John Symonsen, ditto; for Andrew vander Hegh, ditto; for Peter Cravesant, ditto; for Captain de Roure, and Captain de Vignoles with Peter Soulier and Francis Bernard their servants, ditto, recommended by Col. de Montese of Belcastle's regiment; for Magnus and Michael Meyer, Jonas Dening and John Stier, ditto [Ibid., p. 502]; for Maswel Jansen, ditto; for Nathaniel Parmenter, and his wife, ditto; for Catharina Jansen and her 3 children, ditto; for William Jourdain, ditto; for Peter van Leut, ditto; and for Mr. Christopher Lovett, ditto [Ibid., p. 503].
Feb. 25.
Kensington.
Warrant to Viscount Sydney to issue a commission to Sir Michael Mitchel, knt., now mayor of Dublin, Charles Dering, John Weaver, William Molineux and John Nelmes, esquires, to inspect all stores of war and provisions, and all such goods as have or ought to have been forfeited, and all rents and arrears of rents due since the King and Queen's accession out of forfeited lands and tenements, and other real estates whatsoever, so that we may receive a true and perfect account thereof, and be satisfied how the same has been managed, and how we have been abused in each particular and by whom; giving full power to the said commissioners to grant seven years leases of all forfeited lands, commencing from 25 March next. The instructions hereunto annexed are to be embodied in the commission. Each of the commissioners is to be allowed 400l. a year out of the moneys arising from forfeited lands &c., and Richard Darling is to be appointed secretary to the commission, with an allowance of 300l. a year for his pains, for clerks and stationery. [S.P. Dom. Signet Office Letter Book 12, p. 567.] Appending:—
Instruction for a commission to issue under the Great Seal of Ireland, to enquire into all forfeited goods, lands, rents &c. &c. The commissioners are to have power to summon all persons concerned, and to punish for non-appearance; to take into their hands all papers dr. necessary for their information; to administer an oath; to reward or compound with informers; to settle accounts; to seize and sell all forfeited goods; to exact satisfaction from the estates of all embezzlers, and to pay all persons they employ. They are to be sworn to act without favour or affection, and are to receive every assistance from the Court of Exchequer and collectors of revenue. [Ibid., p. 569.]
Feb. 25.
Kensington.
Warrant to Viscount Sydney to appoint two additional deputy commissaries of the musters in Ireland, it having been represented by Mr. Yarner, muster master general, and others that in all former establishments there have never been less than six or eight deputy commissaries, whilst there are at present but four. [Ibid., p. 571.]
Feb. 25.
Kensington.
Commissions for Richard Partheriche, esq., to be captain of that company whereof Capt. James Barry was late captain in Sir George St. George's regiment of foot [H.O. Military Entry Book 2, p. 329]; for Ralph Allison, gent., to be ensign to Lieut.-Col. Robert Jackson's company in Archibald, Earl of Argyll's regiment of foot; for John Pitt, gent., to be cornet to Captain Philip Armstrong's troops in John Lord Berkeley's regiment of horse; for Ralph Congrave, esq., to be captain of the company whereof Capt. Campleston was late captain, in the Princess Ann of Denmark's regiment of foot, commanded by Col. John Beaumont [Ibid., p. 331]; for Peter Hammers, esq., to be captain-lieutenant of a company in the same regiment; for Verney Lloyd, gent., to be lieutenant to Lieut.-Col. Simon Pack in the same regiment; for Job Campleston to be ensign to a company in the same regiment; for Rene Granger, gent., to be ensign to Captain Taylor in the regiment of foot commanded by Sir George St. George [Ibid., p. 332]; and for Richard Knightley, esq., to be cornet to Capt. Edwin Sandy's troop in the Earl of Oxford's regiment of horse [Ibid., p. 353].
Feb. 27.
Whitehall.
Warrant addressed to Sir Henry Goodrick, knt., to cause (out of the stores remaining within the Office of Ordnance) ninety-six French tents, furnished, to be issued for the use of the four companies of the first regiment of foot guards now ordered to embark for Flanders. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 334.]
Feb. 25.
Kensington.
Warrant to authorize James Walsingham, esq., to certify to the Privy Council the names of persons having greyhounds, or other sporting dogs, nets or engines for destroying or disturbing game in the county of Essex. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 503.]
Feb. 26.
Ireland.
Information of Robert Longfield, gentleman, taken before Sir Cyril Wyche, one of their Majesties' Privy Council of Ireland, who, being duly sworn and examined, said that on the 24th of February he was in discourse with Mr. Richard Collins at a tavern in Crane Lane, near the Custom House, Dublin, and then and there the said Richard Collins told the deponent he intended leaving suddenly for England; that he would go to Lord Molyneux's house in Lancashire, that Colonel Parker was there "to head some forces in that country for King James, and that he had this news from a Mr. Spencer, who, Collins said, was to go along with him, and showed him letters to that purpose. [S.P. Ireland 355, No. 19.]
Feb. 27.
Dublin Castle.
Viscount Sydney to the deputy lieutenants of Lancashire. I have received information that Colonel Parker, who is outlawed for high treason, conceals himself at Lord Molyneux's house in Lancashire and is there conspiring with others like himself to stir up rebellion against their Majesties. I thought it necessary for public peace to give you this early notice of it by Mr. Thomas Collett, whom I chose to send as I know him to be careful and diligent. Their Majesties will expect your prudence, secrecy and expedition in getting Col. Parker apprehended, and I desire you will send Lord Nottingham an account of your service. [Ibid., No. 20.]
Feb. 27.
Dublin Castle.
The same to the Earl of Nottingham. I have received the enclosed information upon oath, that Col. Parker is at Lord Molyneux's house in Lancashire and contemplating mischief against the Government. I thought my best course was to send immediately to get him apprehended, least by sending first to you the opportunity of seizing him might be lost before orders could come for that purpose, but I have ordered that an immediate account of what is done shall be sent up to you. [Ibid., No. 21.]
Feb. 27.
Whitehall.
Passes for Nathaniel Snow to go to Harwich and Holland; for John Peter Bock and Mary his wife, ditto; for Clare Moore, Mary Smith, Mary Jolly, and Francis Risdon a boy, ditto; for Katherine Price, Anne Price, Dorothy Higgs, and Agatha Penne, ditto; for John Wunderlich, ditto; and for Peter Mayer, ditto. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 504.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
The King to the Privy Council of Scotland. The common safety and welfare of our kingdom requires our fleet to be sufficiently provided with seamen. We therefore commend to your care "to fall upon the most speedy and effectual means" for providing what seamen you are able to levy; for their encouragement bills are ordered for the payment of 40s. to each seaman received before the last day of April in the river of Forth. For the security and encouragement of the free trade of Scotland we have ordered that no pressmen seize any seaman on board any ship belonging to Scotland "whereby they will be in great ease for the future." [S.P. Scotland Warrant Book 15, p. 213.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
The King to the Privy Council of Scotland. A petition has been offered to us by Augustin Maria Pedesina, merchant, and Michael Oliva, captain of a ship of Genoa, which represents that the said ship "having fallen in amongst the Islands of Orkney in foggy weather, was seized by some of the inhabitants of those Islands," and afterwards declared a prize by the Admiralty Court, though a reduction of the sentence is, we learn, intended. This being the case of a stranger and of a subject of our ally the Republic of Genoa, we recommend it to you for justice and dispatch. [S.P. Scotland Warrant Book 15, p. 214.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
The same to the Treasury of Scotland. Frequent applications are made to us to procure our warrant for discharging the duty payable for cloth and other furniture for clothing our troops in Scotland; you are therefore to enquire and report whether the cloth made there is sufficient for the said use, so that "we may neither give encouragement to the manufacturers there, nor yet be put to the expense of quitting the duty for cloth imported for the use of our troops there." [Ibid., p. 215.]
Feb. 28. The same to the same. We have lately been informed "that lodgings in our palace of Holyrood House have been ordinarily appointed for the Lords Commissioners of our Treasury." Being willing to show you all customary marks of favour, we, by our letter from Genappe, signified that you should therefore have the said lodgings. It is our pleasure that these lodgings, formerly possessed by the Marquis of Atholl, the Earls of Perth and Balcarres and Viscount Strathallan and others (except the rooms of state of our royal apartment and those rooms reserved by the Duke of Hamilton, keeper of our said palace) shall be assigned to you and divided amongst you as you shall agree. [Ibid.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
The same to the same, directing payment of arrears to the Earl of Forfar in respect of his salary as one of the keepers of the privy seal. [Ibid., p. 216.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
The same to the same. When we ordered payment to John, Lord Elphinstone of 500l. of arrears due to him, we did not intend to have regard only to the arrears due to him as captain of a troop of dragoons, since the independent troops of horse were turned into dragoons; we therefore order that the said 500l. be not deducted out of the pay or subsistence due to Lord Jedburgh's regiment, or out of the pay of the troop commanded by Lord Elphinstone, whereof John Lockhart is now captain, but allowed out of the pay formerly due to the said Lord Elphinstone and out of that since he was captain of dragoons. [Ibid., p. 217.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
The same to the same. By our letter of 20 February, 1692, in favour of Sir George Hamilton of Barnetoun, paymaster-general of our forces, we remitted for your determination several particulars relative to him. Being informed that you have not yet determined all, we require you to take into your consideration the 700l. sterling of seized money whilst he was tacksman of your customs and excise, and determine thereon, according to law. You are also to consider and determine concerning the fruits and wine he then furnished to the officers of state and lords of the treasury. [Ibid.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
The same to the same. Sir James Leslie has given bond to pay the custom and other dues for clothes imported from England for his regiment, unless he be exempted by our warrant. This regiment being an English regiment and clothed from England, we require you to deliver up the said bond and discharge the tacksmen of our customs of so much as the duty on clothing for the said regiment amounts to. [S.P. Scotland Warrant Book 15, p. 218.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
The same to the Auditors of the Treasurer of Scotland, adding the Duke of Queensbury to their number. [Ibid.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
Warrant for a gift to the Scotch Universities. The King and Queen— out of their care for instructing a competent number of bursars in divinity in their four universities of St. Andrews, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh which may prove religious and learned seminaries for supplying vacancies in the church of Scotland, and being resolved "to mortify, gift and dispone" a considerable part of their revenues and rents by the bishoprics in their hands by virtue of the act abolishing episcopacy—ordain "a signature" under their great seal of Scotland to "despone" the sum of 1,200l. yearly in favour of the said universities or colleges to maintain one professor of divinity, and ten bursars of divinity in each. The professors and bursars are to be nominated by the Crown or by the Treasury of Scotland, and the bursars are to be students "of good report for their learning, sober, and pious conversation" who have passed their course in one of the said colleges, and laureated and graduated masters of arts in one of those colleges, before they are presented as bursars; and being presented they are to study divinity by the direction and oversight of the said professors by the space of two years within one of the said colleges, and the third year go abroad and study one year in a protestant university by direction of the said professors, whereby they may be "disposed and qualified to be ministers of the gospel after their return." The Commissioners of the Treasury are to make statutes and rules for the "better ordering, dividing, and conveying" the aforesaid pious "fond and mortification" of 1,200l. out of the "first and readiest" of the Bishops' rents, and to make yearly enquiries and accounts thereof in the month of January. [Ibid., p. 219.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
Docquet for a blank warrant of the gift of the "ward, nonentry, relief, and marriage" of the Earl of Southesk. Lands set out. [Ibid., p. 220.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
The like for a gift of the office of "conjunct director of the chancellary" to Mr. John Ker. [Ibid., p. 221.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
The like for a charter to Sir George Hamilton of Barnetoun. The King and Queen—"considering the great scarcity of oysters within their ancient kingdom of Scotland, to the great prejudice of many poor subjects there, the means of whose livelihood has been fishing for the same," which is due partly to the decay and destruction of "oyster scaps" and partly for want of planting new ones in suitable places—grant to the said Sir George and his successors power to plant oyster scapes where he or they shall judge fit round the island of Cramond, not exceeding a mile into the sea, with the sole privilege of dredging or fishing for oysters within those bounds. The said Sir George is also to have power to plant "salmond cruives," or whatever other lawful way he shall think fit, for taking salmon, within the bounds aforesaid, with the sole right of fishing for salmon within those bounds. A rent of 6s. 8d. "Scots money" is reserved, and the charter is not to "clash" with that formerly granted to George, Viscount Tarbat for planting oyster scapes between Cramond Inch and the last point of Newhaven, and in the breadth from the Rock of Mictrie to the shore of Roystoun. [S.P. Scotland Warrant Book 15, p. 222.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
Docquets for the grant of a blank warrant to plant oyster scapes. [Ibid., pp. 224 and 225.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
"A Mediterranean pass "for Thomas Gordon, master of the ship Margaret, of Aberdeen. [Ibid., 225.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
Commission for John Mackfarland, the younger, of that ilk, to be lieutenant of a company of foot, lying in garrison within the castle of Dumbarton. [Ibid., p. 226.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
Presentation of Alexander Thomson to be master of the hospital of Old Aberdeen, in the Crown's hands, by the "dimission" of John Pedder, the late master. [Ibid.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
The King to the Duke of Hamilton. Directing him to put the Marquis of Athol, the Earls of Perth and Balcarres, and Viscount Strathallan, in possession of lodgings at Holyrood House. [Ibid., p. 228.]
Feb. 28.
Dublin Castle.
Viscount Sydney to the Earl of Nottingham. Application is made daily by divers persons in Ireland who have mortgages, rent charges, judgments, recognizances, and statutes of some considerable time standing, upon the estates forfeited to their Majesties by the late rebellion, and of which estates their Majesties are now possessed, whereby they are deprived of the usual course for recovery of their right, and most of them are persons who, through the calamities of the late times, have little else to trust to for a future maintenance, and their cases thereby render them the greater objects of compassion. I desire you would offer it to his Majesty's consideration, that something may be speedily done for them, either by directing (under the Great Seal of Ireland) the barons of the Exchequer, upon due proof of the applicants' titles before that Court, to relieve them, or that a temporary bill for this occasion may be prepared and transmitted from hence to pass the next sessions for that end. [S.P. Ireland 355, No. 22.]
Feb. 28.
Dublin.
The same to the same. I have received two of your letters, one of the 11th and one of the 14th. I have referred the proposal concerning the French protestants to a committee of the Council, and as soon as I have their opinion, and hear what some other " considerable men of the country" think of it, you shall know it. I have also recommended it to the judges who are now going their circuits.
By your letters of the same date I have also received a recommendation for Mr. Long to be lieutenant-colonel to Colonel Echlin; he was captain in the guards, and is an "honest gentleman," but Mr. George is now major to Col. Echlin, and he has behaved eminently in this war, and is as good an officer as any in the army, and to bring one over such a man's head is what the King does not "use to do." I think the best thing that can be done for both and the regiment is to make George lieutenant-colonel, and Long, major. I find the commissions for the Scotch regiments are given out, so it is too late to say any more of that matter, but if it could be contrived to let them serve in England and let us have two English regiments in this place, it would be for the King's service, especially if parliament meets.
You say that the King is inclined to give the titles I proposed to him, therefore I have sent Lord Shelborne's name that the King may sign the warrant before he goes, but I would by no means have him sign the warrant for Sir Robert Colvill till parliament be over, for he will be of use in the House of Commons, and if he behaves himself properly he will then deserve to be in the House of Lords.
By this bearer you will receive nine bills, and in a few days there will be several more ready to be transmitted. I must again desire you will take care that all the members of this parliament that are in the King's service may be sent over, but if it should happen that the parliament in England should sit too long to allow the members to come over "it will be best to prorogue them for a fortnight or three weeks." [S.P. Ireland 355, No. 23.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
Warrant to [Viscount Sydney] to appoint William, bishop of Raphoe, as bishop of Kilmore and Ardagh. [S.P. Dom. Signet Office Letter Book 12, p. 574.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Nottingham to the Lord Lieutenant. I have acquainted the King with what you wrote me on the 23rd, concerning the regular priests, upon which his Majesty has approved of your issuing a proclamation about them, which will be directed in Council on Thursday, so that by next post I may be able to send you his Majesty's directions in form. The King has ordered the Commissioners for Exchange of Prisoners to send a vessel from time to time to Cork and Kinsale and bring thence such prisoners of war as may be there in custody, in the meantime taking care to defray the charge of their maintenance and also to receive and take care of all such prisoners as you shall send to Plymouth, which the King would have you do as often as there shall be a greater number of prisoners in Ireland than can conveniently be kept.
By the King's commands I have written to the Commissioners of the Treasury concerning an allowance to the Lord Chancellor and the Solicitor for their past and future services as Speakers of the House of Lords and House of Commons which his Majesty is inclined to grant. I enclose you a memorial of the Secretary from the States General here, that you may consider the case mentioned in it and show as much favour as the justice of the cause will admit. Enclosure not entered. [S.P. Ireland King's Letter Book 1, p. 448.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
The same to the same. I have received several letters from you, but not having received any directions from his Majesty in the most important matters I could not give you an account of them, which I hope to do before the King leaves England.
You will be informed by others of the proceedings to-day of the Houses of Commons and Lords in relation to the affairs of Ireland, in which you are mentioned, " notwithstanding the fair pretences of some person's respects to you." Mr. Charles Burniston, whom I recommended to you for some mark of favour, has written to me to intercede for a commission in one of the regiments to be raised in Ireland; his importunity and relation to me makes me give you this trouble and ask you to bestow upon him such employment as you think fit. The Admiralty is ordered to consider some method for providing cruisers for the coast of Ireland. [S.P. Ireland King's Letter Book 1, p. 449.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
The same to the Commissioners of the Treasury. The Lord Lieutenant has written several letters to me on behalf of the Lord Chancellor and the Solicitor-General in Ireland for an allowance to be made to them—the first as Speaker of the House of Lords, and the other as Speaker of the House of Commons—with respect to their past services, and those for the time to come, during any future session of Parliament. His Majesty has commanded me to acquaint you that you may report your opinion in this matter; he is inclined to comply with the request. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 2, p. 624.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
Commissions for Simeon Marshal to be lieutenant to Sir Matthew Bridge's company in Sir George St. George's regiment of foot [H.O. Military Entry Book 2, p. 332]; for John Lychygaray, gentleman, to be ensign to Captain George Wither's company in the same regiment; and for Richard Ingoldsby, esq., to be colonel of the regiment whereof Sir John Morgan was late colonel, and to be captain of a company in the same regiment. [Ibid., p. 333.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of several merchants trading to Bilbao and St. Sebastian. They show that a richly-laden fleet of English and Dutch ships is bound for Spain, and that a squadron of French men-of-war and privateers are cruising in the Bay of Biscay. They pray that some of the frigates appointed as cruisers may be added to the convoy for the Turkey and Virginia fleet. Referred to the Admiralty. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 1, p. 454.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Sir Robert Robinson, late governor of the Bermudas. Prays for payment of his salary as governor, four years in arrear, and his half-pay, which has not been paid him for ten years. Referred to the Lords of the Admiralty. [Ibid., p. 455.]
Feb. 28.
Kensington.
Warrant for a grant of letters patent to John Bellingham, esq., for his invention of a new furnace for making and shaping of that sort of glass called "Normandy and Crowne glass," and for his invention of pipes and "punteyes" with pulleys and swings for making large looking glass plates. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 510.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Passes for Mary Foise to go to Harwich and Holland; for Matthew Jorisz, ditto; for Hans Clemensen Wid, ditto; and for Johanna Louise le Page, ditto. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 505.]
Feb. 29.
Whitehall.
Warrant to authorise Charnock Heron, esq., to act as a deputy to Daniel, Earl of Nottingham, in the licensing of such books and papers as are fit to be licensed. [H.O. Warrant Book 6, p. 501.]
Feb. —.
Whitehall.
Pass for Lieut. Portall, with La Verdure, La Rurere, and Argencourt, three sergeants, to go to Harwich and embark for Holland or Flanders, recommended by Mr. Davall, "a gentleman to Major General De La Melonniere." [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 36, p. 495.]