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William and Mary: February 1694

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February 1694.

Feb. 1.
Dublin.
The Lords Justices of Ireland to Sir John Trenchard. We have received your letter of the 23rd January, directing a convoy to be provided for the ships of the Royal African Company. On the 8th ult. we had an account from Captain Waller that there was then put into Ventry in Dingle Bay the Coast frigate, a ship of value belonging to the said company, ill-manned and wanting anchors, and that it was an open bay and not secure from privateers. We therefore ordered the Sapphire and Virgin's Prize to convoy the said ship to Kinsale. [Ibid., No. 10.]
Feb. 1.
Whitehall.
Sir J. Trenchard to Dr. Stanley, vice-chancellor of Cambridge. I am informed that Dr. Luke, professor of Oriental languages in that University, is well skilled in modern Arabic, and desire you will recommend to him the enclosed letter from the Grand Vizier to his Majesty that it be translated and returned to me again. Enclosure not appended here. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 3, p. 154.]
Feb. 1.
Whitehall.
Licence for Thomas Cooper, esq., High Sheriff of the county of Dorset, to live out of that county during his term of office. [H.O. King's Letter Book 2, p. 55.]
Feb. 1.
Whitehall.
Passes for Mr. Peter Longo, Venetian merchant, to go to Holland and return again on the pass of the States General [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 480]; for Adolph Van Dorsten, ditto; for Mr. Peter Dubourdieu, ditto; for Jacob Michiells, Nathan Jacobsen, and Mary Anna Meyers, ditto; for Henri La Feuille, a French protestant ditto; for Melchior van Reekom, a Swede, ditto; and for Christopher Hollander, ditto; on the several recommendations of Mr. Bade, Mr. Dubourdieu, Mr. Moron, one of the ministers of the Walloon church at Amsterdam, and Mr. Leyencrona. [Ibid., p. 481.]
Feb. 1.
Whitehall.
Warrant for grant of letters patent to John Tyzack, merchant, for his invention and bringing to perfection a new engine or night watch, which being set in a convenient place in any house will give timely warning to the inhabitants in case any housebreaker should break in, and thereby be a means for preventing robberies. [Ibid., p. 482.]
Feb. 1.
Whitehall.
Commissions for Arthur Apsley, gent., to be sub-brigadier and cornet of the first troop of horse guards, of which Richard, Earl of Scarborough, is captain and colonel; for Thomas Franks, gent., to be lieutenant to Captain Henry Spiller in the regiment of foot commanded by Sir John Hanner; for Maurice Aherne, gent., to be ensign to Captain Andrew Mortimer in the same regiment [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 156]; for William Halliday, gent., to be ensign to Lieutenant-Colonel Rupert Billingsley in the regiment of foot commanded by Sir James Leslie [Ibid. p. 157]; for Henry de Caumont, Marquis de Rada, to be colonel of the regiment of foot lately commanded by the Prince of Hesse, and likewise to be captain of a company in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 161]; for John Newton, esq., to be lieutenantcolonel of the regiment of foot commanded by John, Lord Cutts, and likewise to be captain of a company in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 187]; for Mr. Moore to be lieutenant to Captain Ginestel in Colonel Ingoldsby's regiment of foot; for Mr. Alexander Frasier to be lieutenant to Captain Munford in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 190]; for Mr. Lloyd to be lieutenant to Captain Eyme in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 191]; and for James Campbell, gent., to be quarter-master in the Earl of Argyll's regiment of foot [Ibid., p. 192, and p. 197].
Feb. 1.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of John Harris, setting forth that he had the misfortune to lose the Windsor Castle whilst piloting her, for which he was condemned to suffer seven years' imprisonment and to be for ever disabled from piloting any of their Majesties' ships; praying to be released from his imprisonment. Referred for report to the Trinity House. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 374.]
Feb. 2. Lord Carmarthen to [Sir John Trenchard ?]. The Admiralty not taking the King's former order concerning my son's galley to be sufficient to authorize them to put it in good repair, I asked his pleasure thereupon yesterday, and he directed an order to be made. My son informed the King that, under his late proclamation (which said that none should receive their full pay who did not appear on their respective ships on the 20th of January last), there were thirty men left unpaid belonging to the Royal William, who were then employed in bringing home some sick men from the West of England. The King has therefore ordered their pay. [H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 274.]
Feb. 2.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to the Transport Commissioners, directing them to provide a vessel for transporting from Gravesend to the Brill eighteen horses and one hundred dogs, with eight servants to take care of them, all belonging to Prince Louis of Baden; the same to be ready to sail on Monday next with the ships that go with the prince for Holland. [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book 1, p. 97.]
Feb. 2.
Whitehall.
Passes for Samuel Cairan, a soldier, to go to Holland, on the recommendation of Mr. Bedora, Lt. of Mr. La Meloniere's regiment; for Samuel Westrick, a Dutchman, ditto; for Helena de Milde, Angelica Groun, and a servant, ditto; for John Scherpeigh and Nicholas Brown, the King's footman, ditto; and for Laurens Nicholas, a seaman, ditto: recommended by Mr. Bade, and Mr. Wiltens, Dutch minister. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 483.]
Feb. 2.
Whitehall.
Warrant to renew and confirm the former charters granted to the bailiffs, burgesses and commonalty of Dunwich, Suffolk, with clauses of regrant and confirmation unto them of all such manors, lands, tenements, liberties, customs, etc., as they enjoyed before the making of a certain instrument of surrender thereof in the 36th year of the reign of Charles II. [Ibid., p. 484.]
Feb. 3.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to the Lords of the Admiralty. The Bridget galley is to be put in good repair. The King has been informed that by reason of a late proclamation (whereby no seamen should receive their full pay who did not appear on board their respective ships on the 20th January last) there were left unpaid thirty men belonging to the Royal William, but serving at that time in the said galley, bringing home some sick seamen from the West of England, and therefore unable to appear. These men (whose names are given) are nevertheless to be paid. [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book 1, p. 97.]
Feb. 3.
Whitehall.
The same to the same. Orders are to be given for a man-of-war to call at Rye to convoy the Swedish ship Charles into the river. [Ibid.]
Feb. 3.
Whitehall.
The same to Mr. Weld. I have received yours of the 1st inst., giving an account that a person has been secured who answers the description of one of the soldiers who was an accomplice in Sir James Montgomery's escape, whereupon I have despatched the bearer, a corporal in the company to which Smith belonged, who knows him very well, to be satisfied whether it be the same man. I desire you will send some careful and honest man with him to the gaol to be present when this corporal sees the prisoner, and to see that no discourse pass between them; but if he sees it is Thomas Smith, he is immediately to come away and make oath of it before you. In which case you are to give strict orders that Smith should be kept in safe and close custody, and take his examination in full as to all the particulars of the said escape, by whom they were employed or solicited to attempt it, in what manner it was executed, and where they carried Sir James Montgomery, where they parted from him, and if he can tell how Sir James intended to dispose of himself, or guess where he may now be; and you are forthwith to send me a copy of the said examination. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 3, p. 154.]
Feb. 3.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Maria Williamina, widow of William Manley, setting forth that her husband being an officer of the customs in the port of Dartmouth, at the time of the King's landing in the west, received orders from Admiral Herbert (the now Earl of Torrington) for furnishing provisions for his Majesty's fleet, which he accordingly furnished, as appears by certificate of the mayor, &c., the charge amounting to about 590li., and he not being able to disburse the same, all he had was seized. The report of the commissioners of the Treasury is dated 15 December, 1693; they are certified that no money was paid to the said Manley, or to Mr. Martin, by whom he was employed, and enclose certificates (not here appended) from William Aldworth, esq., one of their Majesties' Auditors, and Sir John Parsons, one of the Victuallers of the Navy. An order is given to the Treasury for payment of the petitioner. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 364.]
Feb. 3.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Jonathan Wright and Peter Worrall, setting forth that they are maliciously prosecuted by the company of poulterers for forestalling in buying a drove of turkeys, and they and their wives indicted for the same in the King's Bench; praying a Nolle Proscqui. Referred for report to the Attorney General. [Ibid.]
Feb. 3.
Whitehall.
Passes for Mrs. Alice Kellsall and two children to go to Holland; for Catharine Biesieh and two children, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 483]; for Mary Jacque, a Dutch woman, ditto; and for Gerrit Bartely, a soldier, ditto [Ibid., p. 484].
Feb. 4.
Whitehall.
Sir J. Trenchard to the Commissioners of the Treasury. The King has directed that Mr. Dorrington, a prisoner in the Tower, shall be exchanged, and you are to give orders that he shall have the like allowance as have other prisoners till he be exchanged accordingly. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 3, p. 155.]
Feb. 4.
Whitehall.
Passes and postwarrant for Christiansen Spreker, a soldier, to go to Holland; for Heyne Wolters, a Dutchman, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 484]; for Derick Hendrick, a Dutchman, ditto, all on the Duke of Schomberg's discharge; for Alida Bedeveldt, the Dutch Ambassador's servant, ditto; for Francis Berenbergh, a Dane, ditto; for Le Sieur Pierre Daniel, a French Protestant, ditto, recommended by Mr. Lambiere, French minister of the Savoy; for John Cerentsen, Dutch seamen, ditto; and for Charles, Lord Mohun, to go to Exeter, Oakhampton, etc. [Ibid., p. 485].
Feb. 4.
Admiralty Office.
An account of their Majesties' ships of the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth rates, with the conditions of those in pay and the stations of such as are at sea. [H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 278.]
Feb. 4. Minutes of proceedings of the Committee of Council, regarding corn brought in neutral ships; a letter to Mr. Stanhope respecting the searching of foreign ministers' coaches; the exchange of Mons. Lubière for Maj. Gen. Dorington; and the sending of O'Hearn, now in the Marshalsea, to Flanders. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 49.]
Feb. 4.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Lord Sydney to issue deputations to the following, who have been appointed deputy lieutenants of Kent:—Sir Stephen Leanard, Sir John Mordent, Sir William Hooker, Sir William Langhorne, Sir John Austin, Sir John Shaw, Sir Thomas Culpepper, Sir Thomas Taylor, Sir Philip Butler, Sir John Banks, Sir Charles Sydney, Sir George Rivers, Sir Francis Head, Sir Thomas Roberts, Sir George Chute, Sir William Honywood, Sir John Knatchbull, Sir Henry Palmer, Sir James Oxenden, Sir Thomas Hales, Sir Basil Dixwell, barts., Sir Charles Bickerstaff, Sir Joseph Williamson, Sir George Rooke, knights; Edward King, John Buggins, Robert Smith, John Mason, Humphrey Styles, Robert Austen, Thomas Rider, Ralph Buffkin, Caleb Banks, Christopher Vane, William Campion, Robert Crawford, William Delawne, William Bradner, Robert Austen, James Chadweeke, Thomas Moyle, George Sayers, William Brockman, Leonard Diggs, Henry Oxenden, Henry Lee, John Cason, Henry March and — Oxenden, esquires. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 166.]
Feb. 5.
Whitehall.
Sir J. Trenchard to Sir Charles Hedges. The King wishes you forthwith to send me an account what corn is in the several neutral ships lately brought in, to whom the ships belong, and whither they are bound. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 3, p. 155.]
Feb. 5.
Whitehall.
The same to the Commissioners for the exchange of prisoners. The King has directed that Major-General Dorington should be exchanged for Monsieur Lubiere, a prisoner in France, and you are to find out if the said Monsieur Lubiere be living, and if he be, you are to give the necessary directions for this exchange; and the king also wishes that Monsieur de Lucenay, who was captain of a French fire ship, should be sent home with the first. [Ibid., p. 156.]
Feb. 5.
Whitehall.
Commission for Edward, Earl of Warwick, to be captain of that troop whereof Captain Henry Mordaunt was captain, in BrigadierGeneral Henry Lumley's regiment. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p.170.]
Feb. 5.
Whitehall.
Passes for the Sieur Vos, cornet in Lord Portland's regiment, to go to Holland; for Mr. Carel Van den Ende, ditto, both on Lord Portland's recommendation [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 485]; for John Martin, a French protestant, ditto; for Hildebert Vaillant, ditto, ditto, recommended by Mons. Sahir; and for Jacob Deneel, ditto, by Mr. Bade [Ibid., p. 486].
Feb. 6.
Whitehall.
Sir J. Trenchard to the Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench. A servant of some consideration in the family of Prince Lewis of Baden was arrested yesterday at the suit of one Grice, a haberdasher, and had several hardships put upon him, as that of being refused to bail, and having extortionary fees exacted from him for the execution of the writ, of which the Prince has complained; his Majesty commands me to send you the state of the case, as represented by the said servant, with the manner of his usage, that you may enquire into the same and apply such remedy as the law will allow. (Enclosures do not here appear.) [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 3, p.157.]
Feb. 6.
Whitehall.
The same to the Mayor of Weymouth. I received your letter of the 24th, with enclosed papers relating to the Providence hoy, which I restore you again, not noting anything that may make it necessary to detain that vessel. [Ibid.]
Feb. 6.
Whitehall.
Warrant appointing the following Commissioners of the lieutenancy for the City of London:—Sir William Ashurst, Lord Mayor of London, or the Lord Mayor for the time being, Sir Robert Clayton, Sir Patience Ward, Sir John Moore, Sir William Pritchard, Sir Robert Jeffreyes, Sir Thomas Stamp, Sir John Fleet, Sir Salathiel Lovell, recorder, or the Recorder of the City of London for the time being, Sir Jonathan Raymond, Sir Samuel Dashwood, Sir Benjamin Thorowgood, Sir Thomas Kensey, Sir Thomas Lane, Sir John Houblon, Sir Edward Clark, Sir Humphry Edwin, Sir Francis Child, Sir Richard Levett, Sir William Gore, Sir Thomas Cook, Sir James Houblon, Sir Thomas Abney, Sir William Hedges, Sir Thomas Halton, Sir John Mordan, bart., Sir Henry Ashurst, bart., Sir Benjamin Newland, Sir John Letheinlier, Sir Peter Vandeput, Sir William Russell, Sir Jeremy Lambrook, Sir Gabriel Roberts, Lord Edward Desbovery, Sir Thomas Vernon, Sir Ralph Box, Sir Joseph Herne, Sir Leonard Robinson, Sir William Scawen, Sir John Foach, Sir Stephen Evance, Sir Henry Furnese, Thomas Papillon, Thomas Frederick, Thomas Westerne, Nathaniel Tench, Thomas Langham, Peter Houblon, William Jarrett, John Flavell, Robert Whittingham, William Warren, John Railey, Francis Gosfright, John Johnson, Samuel Powell, James Denew, Joseph Scriven, Daniel Allen, Robert Raworth, Francis Moore, Thomas Shaw, William Faulkner, James Boddington, Henry Halley, John Adams, Benjamin Whitecott, Charles Chamberleyne, Richard Aly, John Nicholls, Thomas Colson, William Hussey, Richard Hoar, James Smith, Richard Wormansell, Joseph Smart, Peter Joye, William Hooker, Arthur Baron, Peter Floyer, Henry Clark, John Jenew, John Sawyer, Jeoffry Jeffrys, Nathaniel Haws, William Strong, John Jeffrys, John East, Richard Pierce, Edmund Boulter, John Morrice, Edward Rudge, Francis Fitton, Michael Godfrey, Richard Bristow, John Hammond, Isaac Houblon, Gilbert Heathcott, John Cary, Henry Cornish, George Gooday, John Morgan, Thomas Goddard, George Roune, Thomas D'Eath, Robert Foot, Thomas Cudden, Thomas Cuthbert, John Bickley, Robert Hatton, William Gunn, John Cullam, Joas Bateman, William Walker, Owen Buckingham, Samuel Stanyer, Michael Rolls, Edward Cressenor, William Coles, Richard Young, John Mountfort, Arthur Shallet, John Sherbrook, John Wolf, Samuel Waldoe, Daniel Dervile, Richard Gwynne, Edward Lemman, John Gardiner, of Fenchurch Street, John Lordell, Samuel Lock, and Bartholomew Gracedieu, esqrs. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 157.]
Feb. 6.
Whitehall.
Commission for Thomas Jackson, esq., to be captain of Captain Thomas Stannix's company in Colonel John Tidcombe's regiment of foot. [Ibid., p. 163.]
Feb. 6. Sir Charles Hedges to Sir John Trenchard, sending particulars of ships lately brought in laden with corn. [H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 282.] Enclosing: List of ships laden with corn. [Ibid., p. 286.]
Feb. 6.
Whitehall.
Passes for Alida Freeman, three children and a maidservant, recommended by Mr. Vincent Dubois, to go to Holland; for John Stoots and Christiaen Claese, two Dutch soldiers, ditto; for John van Dyck, and Elizabeth his wife, ditto; for Lieut.-Colonel Gilbert Primrose, Lieut.-Colonel Pitcarne-Wheeler, Captain Gabaret Crepigny, and Captain Henry Luppencott, with six servants, to go to Holland or Flanders; for John Reinders, to go to Holland; for Lambert Vanriel, sergeant to Major Guydett, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 486]; for John Armez, recommended by Mr. van Huls, ditto; and for Mons. Charles Ardesoif, a French protestant, recommended by Mr. de la Rivière, French minister, ditto [Ibid., p. 487].
Feb. 7.
Whitehall.
Passes for Lieutenant Colonel John Bristow and six servants to go to Holland or Flanders; for Peter Laurens to go to Holland; for Mr. Jonathan Hardy, ditto, on the recommendation of the minister and churchwardens of Aldermary; for William Adams, his wife and mother, ditto, recommended by the minister of St. James', Westminster; for George Kerby, ditto; and for Don John Ayerra to go to Spain, by Mr. Bridgeman and the Spanish ambassador severally. [Ibid.]
Feb. 7.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Thomas Newlyn, Messenger in Ordinary, to search the ship The Friend's Experiment, James Manners, master, bound for France with several passengers on board, alleged to be going on ill designs against the government. [Ibid., p. 490.]
Feb. 7.
Whitehall.
Commission for Francis Foulke, clerk, to be chaplain to Sir George St. George's regiment of foot. [H.O. Military Entry Book3, p. 163.]
Feb. 7.
Kensington.
Warrant to the Lords Justices of Ireland to let, by way of custodiam, to Colonel Henry Luttrell, all the forfeited estate of his brother Colonel Simon Luttrell, allowing him, by the royal bounty, 200l. yearly out of the said estate. [S.P. Dom. Signet Office Letter Book 13, p. 97.]
Feb.8.
Whitehall.
Passes for Matthys Jorissen, a Dutch seaman, to go to Holland; for Peter Willemsen, a Dutchman, ditto; for Dirck van Leeuwen, Williem van Wyk, and Michiel Byvinck, the Dutch messengers, ditto; and for Jacques Montier, ditto, recommended by Mr. Tertas, French minister. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 488.]
Feb.8. Minutes of proceedings of the Committee of Council; the agenda are not set forth, but the resolutions are given with reference numbers to some other document. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 50.]
Feb.8.
Victualling Office.
The Victualling Commissioners to the Navy Board. We send a statement of provisions remaining in the several ports on the last of January, as received from our several agents, and when the statements are received from the other ports they shall be forwarded to Mr. Comptroller. We have sent him these statements every month. Some of us are obliged daily to attend at the parliament; and the great hurry of business now to hasten provisions to the fleet, and other matters relating to the occasion have prevented us from examing such accounts as are required.
We have contracted with the brewers here to deliver a thousand tuns of beer and upwards weekly till the end of April; also with the bakers for above nine thousand bags of bread to be delivered in a month, besides what will be baked in their Majesties' ovens.
For peas, besides what is in store, we have about a thousand quarters ready bought in the country, and are buying a quantity at Exeter to supply Portsmouth and Plymouth. Of oatmeal, in regard the poor people use much of that species, because of the dearness of corn, the full quantity cannot be procured. (Copy.) (The enclosure referred to is not preserved here.) [H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 290.]
Feb. 8.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Robert Saunders, gent., setting forth that Philip Owen, esq., brought a mandamusin the King's Bench to put the said Philip into the office of clerk of the peace "of that county," and that on return of the said writ there is judgment against the petitioner; praying a writ of error in parliament. The King grants the petitioner's request. [S.P.Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 366.]
Feb.8.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of the Bishop of London and Doctor Lancaster, setting forth that they have been sued by a Quare impedit, and judgment against them; praying a writ of error in parliament; which the King grants. [Ibid.]
Feb.8.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of the Bishop of Exeter and Gawin Hayman, clerk, setting forth that Sampson Hele, esq., has recovered a judgment against them upon a Quare impedit in the court of common pleas; and praying a writ of error, which is granted. [Ibid., p. 367.]
Feb. 9.
Whitehall.
Passes for Mrs. Esther Delaby to go to Calais on the next vessel going there with exchange of prisoners [S.P. Dom., Warrant Book 38, p. 489]; for Cornelia Wesslar, a Dutch woman, to go to Holland; for John Robisone and Nicola his wife, recommended by Mr. Adam Cardonnell, ditto; for Hendrick Beuning, ditto; for Mr. Gilbert Talbot and Mr. Francis Clacke, recommended by the Earl of Shrewsbury and Mr. Thomas Johnson, ditto [Ibid., p. 490]; and for Elizabeth Jacobsen, and Edward her brother, ditto [Ibid., p. 491].
Feb.9.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a Cessat processus to be entered on the indictment of Henry, Lord Dover, indicted for recusancy at Cambridge Assizes. [Ibid., p. 489.]
Feb. 9.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant of pardon to Captain John Bomstead, late commander of the Jersey, who was accused of the loss of the said ship by surrendering her to the French in the West Indies, (she being taken by a French man-of-war of about 44 guns, on 18 December, 1691), and who was, at a court martial held on board the Neptune, on 9 November, 1692, found guilty of neglect, ill-conduct and cowardice, and was sentenced to death for the same. [Ibid., p. 488.]
Feb. 9.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of William Briggs, esq., praying a writ of error in a judgment against him at the suit of Thomas Chewe; which is granted him. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 367.]
Feb. 9.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Henry Hills, printer, setting forth that his mother, Elizabeth, and his brothers, James and George Hills, are outlawed for recusancy, and praying that (in regard of his sufferings) he may have the benefit of their forfeited estates. Referred for report to the commissioners of the Treasury. [Ibid.]
Feb. 9.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Captain Richard Gorg, setting forth that his father had a grant of several lands in the barony of Ratoth, co. Meath, with a saving of the right of one Patrick Barnwall, pursuant to a pretended deed of settlement, which was detected to be forged; and therefore praying leave to surrender the said lands and receive new letters patent. Referred to the Treasury for report. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book, 2, p. 369.]
Feb. 10.
Canterbury.
Jacob Janeway to —. Since Mr. Johnson left this place, I have met with some fresh information about the prisoners at Canterbury. By a letter sent to Mr. Pepper of Dover from the prisoners (which was privately looked into), the contents was (sic) to hasten away with all speed to Canterbury, where by ill management they fell into prison, and to bring with him the broad gold, and to take care to secure the trunk and box now with him. Mr. Thorp says one of the prisoners is gentleman of the horse to the Duke of Orleans. They will remain under a guard of dragoons until your commands are received. I cannot but add that the small encouragement which informations of this nature meet withal is enough to discourage most men, but my love to my country makes me look on it as mine and every man's duty to do his utmost to preserve the peace and happiness of it, though in never so private a capacity. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 51.]
Feb. 10.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Sir James Hay, setting forth his services to the crown, and his Majesty's promise to do something for him; and praying a reference to the Treasury to furnish him with money to buy a horse and accoutrements. Referred to the discretion of the Treasury. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 368.]
Feb. 10.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of William Briggs, esq., praying a writ of error in a judgment obtained against him by William Kent; which is granted him. [Ibid.]
Feb. 10.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Charlotte Sarsfield, an infant, by William Fanshaw, her father-in-law and guardian, setting forth her title to the estate of Patrick Sarsfield, alias Lord Lucan, her uncle, which being seized into the King's hands for his having been in arms against his Majesty, she prays may be restored and granted to her. Referred to the Treasury for report. [Ibid., p. 370.]
Feb. 10.
Whitehall.
Commissions for Charles Cornwallis, esq., to be captain of the troop of which Captain John Fetherstonhalgh was captain, in the regiment of horse commanded by Colonel Francis Langston [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 175]; and for John Fetherstonhalgh, esq., to be major of the regiment of horse commanded by Colonel Cornelius Wood, and likewise to be captain of a troop in the same regiment. [Ibid., p. 181.]
Feb. 10.
Whitehall.
Passes for Hugh Hughes, serjeant to Colonel Delaball of the Guards, to go to Holland; for Carel Corelsen, Pieter Jansen Van Nosse, and Jan Coning, Dutch seamen, ditto; for Edward Scott, a soldier, recommended by Col. Cholmley, ditto; for Christophle Baber, a German, ditto, by Mr. Hoffman; and for Mr. Aldway, serjeant, and a servant, ditto (he is ensign of the Guards). [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 491.]
Feb. 10.
Whitehall.
Warrant to search for and apprehend Sir Æneas Macpherson, accused of treason. [Ibid., p. 492.]
Feb. 11.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to the Lords of the Admiralty, enclosing the complaint (not here entered) of the Portuguese envoy, relative to the pressing of a pilot belonging to a Portuguese ship newly arrived in the Downs. [H.O.Admiralty Entry Book1, p. 98.]
Feb. 11.
Whitehall.
The same to the Mayor of Dover. I have received your letter of the 9th inst. with an information enclosed concerning two passengers that were going to France; Sir Basil Dixwell has also sent me an account that they were brought before him, and that he has committed them to gaol. His Majesty is well satisfied with the service you have done him in discovering who the persons are who made it their business to convey persons beyond the seas, and I hope you will be able to find out Paul Pepper, that he may be dealt with. Since you have taken security of the custom house officer Nowell, to appear before me, I desire you will accordingly require him to come here as soon as may be. [H.O.Letter Book (Secretary's) 3, p. 158.]
Feb. 11.
Whitehall.
Licence for Richard Owen, Esq., High Sheriff of the County of Montgomery, to live out of his county. [H.O. King's Letter Book 2, p. 55.]
Feb. 11. Minutes of the proceedings of the Committee of Council. The victuallers are to make a weekly report to the King of the progress made in procuring provisions for the fleet. Sir George Rooke, Lord Berkeley, Aylmer, Mitchell and Lord Danby, to be flags. The rendezvous for the ships designed for the main fleet to be the Downs on the 1st of March. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 6.]
Feb. 11.
Whitehall.
Passes for Joseph van Uffell and Catherine, his wife, to go to Holland, on the Spanish Ambassador's pass; for Nicholas Lobeux, a French protestant, ditto; and for William Smith, Ensign John Partridge and sixteen recruits to go to Flanders, on the recommendation of Lord Castleton's agent. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 491.]
Feb. 11.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Peter Mariscoe to go to such places on the coast of Kent or Sussex, as he shall have notice of, there to seize and secure any horses going to France, together with the persons found conducting them; in case the said horses are already embarked they are to be seized on shipboard. [Ibid., p. 492.]
Feb. 11.
Admiralty Office.
A list of their Majesties' ships of the first, second and third rate, designed for the main fleet, with an account of their complements, &c. [H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 294.]
Feb. 11.
Admiralty Office.
An account of their Majesties' ships of the first, second, third, fourth and fifth rates, with the condition of those in port, and the stations of such as are at sea. [Ibid., p. 298.]
Feb. 12.
Whitehall.
Sir J. Trenchard to Sir Basil Dixwell. I have received your letters of the 8th and 9th inst., with enclosed information concerning Brown and Thunders, and have also an account from Dover that the said persons had designed to go to France, and I therefore intend to advise with their Majesties' Council as to what procedure should be taken against them. I have acquainted the King with this matter. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 3, p. 158.]
Feb. 12.
Whitehall.
Passes for Captain William Newton of the Guards, and five servants to go to Holland; and for John Robinson and Nicola his wife, ditto. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 493.]
Feb. 12.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to the Victualling Commissioners, requiring accounts of the provision made for victualling the main fleet. [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book 1, p. 98.]
Feb. 12–13. Minutes of proceedings of the Committee of Council, respecting a draft of orders to be sent to Sir Francis Wheler. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 52.]
Feb. 13.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to the Lords of the Admiralty, desiring for Captain Roswell, who has served long under the King of Sweden in the Baltic and Northern seas, a commission for the command of a privateer, which he himself will man in Scotland. [H.O. Admiralty 3, p. 84.]
Feb. 13.
Whitehall.
The same to the Mayor of New Romney. I shall acquaint the King with your care and vigilance in arresting persons there is so much reason to suspect. I am sending a Habeas Corpus for bringing them up. Meanwhile, I hope the prisoner (sic) will be carefully looked after; if he proves to be one of the accomplices in Sir James Montgomery's escape, the reward promised by the proclamation shall be duly paid to those who apprehend him. [Ibid., p. 85.]
Feb. 13.
Whitehall.
The same to the Lords of the Admiralty. Orders are to be issued for the cleaning of Capt. Brakell's ship, the Wassenaer, at Portsmouth, and afterwards (if necessary) of Capt. La Palma's ship. An anchor is to be delivered to the Dutch man-of-war Olthuysen of Zealand, appointed to carry over Prince Louis of Baden. [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book 1, p. 99.]
Feb. 13.
Victualling Office.
The Victualling Commissioners to Sir John Trenchard. Your letter signifying his Majesty's pleasure that we should send an account of the provisions procured for the main fleet came to our office last night between twelve and one o'clock. We apprehend this order proceeds from some complaint made by the Lords of the Admiralty, and therefore enclose a copy of an answer we gave to their lordship's demand of a like nature. We keep no distinction between what is procured for the main fleet, and the ships for the West Indies, Virginia and the Channel service. We hope to effect the victualling of the main fleet by the end of March or beginning of April. We find it very difficult to furnish the weekly accounts required by the Admiralty, without taking our officers off their more necessary business.
When we attended his Majesty on the 31st of January, we represented the inconvenience and loss that would be occasioned if the captains, pursers or seamen were permitted to sell the provisions out of the ships, and the matter, we were told, was referred to the Lords of the Admiralty, but since that time we have not heard from them. [H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 302.]
Feb. 13.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Richard Edgecombe, setting forth that he is prosecuted for speaking seditious words against their Majesties and the government, and as the prosecution appears to be malicious, he prays a stop to the proceedings against him. Referred for report to the Attorney General. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 371.]
Feb. 13.
Whitehall.
Passes for Edward Hampton to go to Holland, recommended by Sir Jonathan Raymund and Sir Thomas Rawlinson; for Thomas Sellers, ditto, by the minister of St. Mary, Whitechapel; for Katharine Winckens and Mary Simons with three children, ditto; and for Michaela Abrahams and a child, ditto. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 493.]
Feb. 14.
Admiralty Office.
The Lords of the Admiralty to Sir John Trenchard. [H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 306.]
Enclosing—(1) Copy of Sir Charles Hedges' list of ships recently taken laden with corn. [Ibid., p. 311.] (2) Copy of an account of the same transmitted by the Commissioners for prizes; undated. [Ibid., p. 314.]
Feb. 17.
Admiralty Office.
An account of all their Majesties' ships of the first, second, third, fourth and fifth rates, with the condition of those in port, and the present stations of those at sea. [Ibid., p. 318.]
Feb. 14.
Whitehall.
Passes for Captain Povey of the Guards, and one servant, to go to Holland. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 493.]
Feb. 14.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Henry Allen to go to Romney and Canterbury to bring up one prisoner from Romney and two from Canterbury. [Ibid., p. 494.]
Feb. 14.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Viscount Sydney to pay the sum of 500l. to Colonel John Wyant Goor, in consideration of several broken and unserviceable brass ordnance, etc., found in the Irish towns that were reduced in the war, being a perquisite belonging to Colonel Goor, and delivered by him to the magazines for future service; the said Colonel Goor not having yet received any part of the said 500l., for it was to be paid out of such moneys as should be appointed for payment of the arrears of the train in Ireland, which payment has not yet been directed. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 161.]
Feb. 14.
Whitehall.
Commissions for — Watts to be captain of that troop whereof Captain John Gilly was captain, in Brigadier General Henry Lumley's regiment; for John Morey, esquire, to be captain-lieutenant of that troop in the same regiment whereof he himself is captain. [Ibid., p. 170.]
Feb. 14.
Kensington.
Warrant for the payment to Henry, Lord Capell, Sir Cyril Wych and William Duncomb, esq., Lords Justices of Ireland, of the sum of 6593li. 6s. 8d. yearly, being the usual allowance or entertainment formerly given to the chief governor or governors of the Kingdom of Ireland, to commence from 1 July, 1693. [S.P. Dom. Signet Office Letter Book 13, p. 98.]
Feb. 15.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to Mr. Stanhope, sending orders to be forwarded to Sir Francis Wheler. Memorandum.—The orders were put under a cover to Sir Robert Cotton and Mr. Franckland. [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book 1, p. 99.]
Feb. 15.
London.
Mons. De Bottel to Lord—. In accordance with your orders, I have spoken to the judge; but he excuses himself for granting the favour in question on the ground that, after he has given sentence, the matter is out of his hands. He does not know what to advise your lordship, and says that even for taxing the vessels, or the sum to be given as security, I shall have to ask for a commission for the Commissioners of prizes.
On the other hand, I hear his Majesty is leaving for Spithead to-morrow, so that my audience must again be delayed. Will you therefore inform me whether I may hope for a favourable resolution by the Privy Council to-morrow, on a request I shall present through "Sieur Jacobsen," or whether it would be better to try and obtain a word with the King to-night at Kensington, and undertake that the said Jacobsen, and Herne, Gore and Scawen shall furnish any security required. French. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 53.]
Feb. 15.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to Sir Francis Wheler, enclosing orders. [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book 1, p. 99.]
Enclosing:—Order to Sir Francis Wheler, commander-in-chief of the ships in the Mediterranean (dated Feb. 15). After seeing the merchantmen as high as the Straits, and there detaching a proper convoy, you are to return to Cadiz with the remainder of the ships, and so dispose them there as to be most secure from any attempt or insult from the enemy, until the reinforcements from Spain and England put you in a condition to engage the enemy, or until you receive further orders. And you are to be careful to keep the ships in a posture not only of defence, but of sailing, upon any orders which shall be given them. [Ibid., p. 98.]
[Feb. 15.] A rough draft of the foregoing order. [H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 378.]
Feb. 15.
Whitehall.
Post warrants for Lt. Colt and John Dalyel to go to Scotland; and for Major Robert Read, ditto. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 493.]
Feb. 15.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Clerk of the Signet attending, to prepare a bill containing a grant to George Royse, D.D., of the place and dignity of Dean of the cathedral church of Bristol, void by the death of Dr. William Levett. [H.O. Church Book 2, p. 12.]
Feb. 15.
Whitehall.
Licence for Richard Bagnall, esq., High Sheriff of Staffordshire, to live out of that county during his term of office. [H.O. King's Letter Book 2, p. 55.]
Feb. 15.
Whitehall.
Commissions for Pierre La Roque, esq., to be cornet of the troop of which Captain Christopher Billingsley is captain, in BrigadierGeneral Henry Lumley's regiment of horse [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 170]; for Robert Killegrew, esq., to be major of the royal regiment of dragoons commanded by Colonel Edward Matthews, and likewise to be captain of a troop in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 183].
Feb. 16.
Whitehall.
Sir J. Trenchard to the Lords of the Treasury. Of the two thousand pounds formerly ordered to be remitted into Switzerland for the support of the poor French protestants that have taken refuge there, only one thousand pounds have been paid, and the King is now further informed of the distressed condition of those wretched families, who by a late resolution of the Cantons assembled at Aarau, are ordered to leave those countries and seek shelter elsewhere by April next. It is the King's pleasure that you forthwith provide the remaining thousand pounds for the relief of those people. I am also directed to put you in mind of the King's quota to the elector of Saxony, which should have been paid some time ago, and the letters from Dresden press the dispatch of it as a matter of consequence to his Majesty's affairs in that court. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 3, p. 159.]
Feb. 16.
Whitehall.
Warrant for the appointment of Charles Ross, esq., as colonel of dragoons. [H.O. Military Entry Book 4, p. 54.]
Feb. 16.
Whitehall.
Commissions for Thomas Armstrong, gent., to be cornet of the troop of which Captain Somerford Oldfield is captain in the regiment of horse commanded by Colonel Cornelius Wood [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 160]; for Thomas Windsor, esq., to be colonel of a regiment of horse to be forthwith raised for the service, and likewise to be captain of a troop in the same regiment; for Charles, Earl of Macclesfield, ditto [Ibid., p. 162]; for Thomas Pownall, esq., to be lieutenant-colonel of the regiment of horse commanded by Charles, Earl of Arran, and likewise to be captain of a troop in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 163]; for William Elrington, esq., to be captain of the company of which Captain Peter Atcherley was captain in the regiment of foot commanded by Colonel Edward Lloyd; for Balthazar Guydett, esq., to be captain of a troop to be forthwith raised and added to the regiment of dragoons commanded by the Earl of Essex; for George Collins, esq., ditto [Ibid., p. 174]; for John Owen, gent., to be cornet to Captain Balthazar Guydett's troop in the regiment of dragoons commanded by Algernon, Earl of Essex; for Benjamin Martyr, gent., to be cornet to Captain George Collins in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 175]; for William Ferrers, gent., to be lieutenant to Captain Balthazar Guydett's troop in the same regiment; for William Wilson, gent., to be captain in George Collins's troop in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 176]; for Colonel Francis Russell to be colonel of a regiment of foot to be forthwith raised, and also to be captain of a company in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 177]; for Thomas Lawrence, esq., to be lieutenant of the troop of which Captain Philip Armstrong is captain in the regiment of horse commanded by Colonel Cornelius Wood [Ibid., p. 179]; for Mr. William Hyde to be captain of a company of foot to be forthwith raised for the service and to be sent to the Province of New York, for Mr. George Riggs to be second lieutenant of the company of foot of which Captain William Hyde is captain [Ibid., p. 182]; for Mr. James Weemes to be captain of a company of foot to be forthwith raised for the service and to be sent to the Province of New York in America; for Mr. George Sydenham to be first lieutenant of the company of foot of which Captain James Weems is captain; for Mr. Charles Odiarne to be cornet of the troop of which Major John Fetherstonhalgh is captain in the regiment of foot commanded by Cornelius Wood [Ibid., p. 183]; for Mr. John Corbett to be major of the regiment of dragoons commanded by Colonel Edward Leigh, and likewise to be captain of a troop in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 184]; for Joseph Crisp, esq., to be captain of a company in the regiment of foot commanded by Colonel Francis Russell [Ibid., p. 185]; for Jonathan Langley, esq., to be captain of a company in the regiment of foot commanded by Colonel Francis Russell; for John Powell, esq., to be captain of the company of which Captain Thomas Dore was captain in the regiment of foot commanded by the Duke of Bolton; for Richard Salter, esq., to be captain of a company in the regiment of foot commanded by Colonel Francis Russell; for Thomas Garth, esq., to be major in the same regiment, and likewise to be captain of a company [Ibid., p. 186]; for Kilner Brasier, esq., to be lieutenant-colonel to Colonel Gustavus Hamilton's regiment of foot, and likewise to be captain of a company in the same regiment; for Theodore Brooke, gent., to be ensign to Captain Robert Ashley in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 187]; for William Smith, gent., to be lieutenant of the troop of which Henry Kelly is captain in the regiment of dragoons commanded by Thomas, Lord Fairfax [Ibid., p. 188]; for Alexander Chock, gent., to be first lieutenant of the company of which Captain William Hyde is captain [Ibid., p. 192]; for—Whitehead, esq., to be major of Colonel Gustavus Hamilton's regiment of foot, and likewise to be captain of a company in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 193]; for James Prince, esq., to be captain of an independent company of foot to be forthwith raised for the service [Ibid., p. 194]; brevet for Colonel Robert Freake to command and take the rank of colonel of foot; for — Fenwick, gent., to be first lieutenant of the independent company of which Captain James Prince is captain [Ibid., p. 195]; for Richard Dyke, gent., to be second lieutenant of the same company; for William Beal, gent., to be second lieutenant to Captain James Weems [Ibid., p. 199]; for Mr. Vere Fitz Simmons to be lieutenant to Captain Tichburne in Colonel Venner's regiment; for Mr. John Ramsay to be ensign to Lieutenant-Colonel Ramsay in the same regiment; for Mr. Herbert Humphreys to be lieutenant to Captain Mead in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 204]; brevet to Hatton Compton, esq., to be a colonel of horse, and take rank and command accordingly [Ibid., p. 205]; for Sydney Godolphin, esq., to be lieutenant-colonel of the regiment of foot commanded by Sir Bevill Granville, and also to be captain of a company in the same regiment; for James Beerely, gent., to be cornet of Captain Peter Atcherley's troop in the regiment of dragoons commanded by Thomas, Lord Fairfax; for — Bright, gent., to be cornet of Captain Henry Kelly's troop in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 207]; and for Herbert Humphreys, gent., to be lieutenant to Captain Patrick Mead's company in Colonel Samuel Venner's regiment of foot [Ibid., p. 216].
Feb. 16.
Whitehall.
Passes for Mr. John van Baarsenburgh, yeoman of the robes to his Majesty, with two servants, to go to Holland; for Jean de la Taille, a French Protestant, ditto; for Charles Cabrier, ditto, ditto; and for Hannah and Elizabeth Shell, on the recommendation of the churchwardens of St. Anne's, Westminster, ditto. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 497.]
Feb. 16.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Henry Allen to apprehend John Doone, accused of uttering treasonable and seditious words against their Majesties. [Ibid., p. 498.]
Feb. 17.
Versailles.
Order by Louis XIV., King of France, as to passports, Copy. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 6, No. 13.]
Feb. 17.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to Sir Francis Wheler, enclosing a duplicate of orders sent overland by the Spanish post. Enclosure not entered. [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book I., p. 100.]
Feb. 17.
Whitehall.
The same to Mr. Timewell, Commissioner at Portsmouth, enclosing a letter to be carried to Sir Francis Wheler by their Majesties' ship Boyne. [Ibid.]
Feb. 17.
Whitehall.
The same to the Lords of the Admiralty, transmitting, for report, a complaint from the Swedish secretary of the ill-usage of a lieutenant belonging to a Swedish man-of-war now in the Downs. (The complaint is not entered here.) [H.O. Admiralty 3, p. 84.]
Feb. 17.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of William Blathwayt, esq., setting forth that the King was pleased to grant him the manor of Egham, estimated at 4,000li., as a reward of his services; but upon examination of the leases granted out of the said manor there has been found a further term of forty years vested in Sir Richard Powell, diminishing the value of the said grant by more than half; and praying a reversionary grant of lands to make good the sum intended. The King being well satisfied with the petitioner's services, refers the matter to the Treasury for report. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 370.]
Feb. 17. Examination of Daniel Clorich, a fisherman belonging to Portsal, four leagues from Brest, taken about a month since by the frigate Germoon. He was at Brest eight days before he was taken, and saw about forty men of war in the port there, about eighteen of which he judged to be three-deckers, the others two and two and a half deckers. They were all unarmed, and no work has been done on them since their return from the Mediterranean. They have been building only two new vessels, one a three-decker, launched about seven weeks ago; the other is smaller and still on the stocks, not half finished. Only Brest carpenters are working upon her, all the rest were sent away about two months ago, because the Commissioners of the port wished to give them no further work; consequently there is no idea of armament for some time. During the last two months thirteen vessels have gone to sea, two or three at a time, each carrying fifty or sixty guns, under the pretext of cruising. They are revictualled for three months. [H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 322.]
[Feb. 17.] Like examination of Francois Chalen, son-in-law of the said Clorich, and taken with him, of the same tenor. It was reported that the great ships would not be sent out this year. There are about forty men-of-war at Rochefort, also unarmed. He had served the preceding year on board the Merveilleux, commanded by Mons. de la Villette, with a crew of eight hundred men, of whom eighty died of disease. He says there are twenty-five ships still at Toulon, but they are the oldest. [Ibid., p. 324.]
Feb. 17.
Whitehall.
Passes for Abraham Desvaux, a French protestant, to go to Holland; for Cornelis Balkenende, his wife and four children, ditto; for Mary Gillis and three children, ditto; and for Mr. John Goedaert, ditto; recommended by Mr. Israel Hayes. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 498.]
Feb. 17.
Whitehall.
Commission for Baron de Malerarques to be captain of the troop of which Major Francis Palmes was captain, in the regiment of horse commanded by Meinhardt, Duke of Schomberg. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 175.]
Feb. 18.
Whitehall.
Commission for William Bernard, gent., to be ensign to Captain Abraham Rogers in George Viscount Castleton's regiment of foot. [Ibid., p. 166.]
Feb. 18.
Admiralty Office.
A list of their Majesties' first, second and third rate ships designed for the main fleet, with their complements, &c. [H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 326.]
Feb. 18. Minutes of proceedings of the Committee of Council, respecting letters to be written to the Lord Mayor of London and the Judge of the Prerogative [Court] and Dean of the Arches; Sir Cloudesley Shovell's memorial; the establishment of the marine regiments; and Sir Charles Porter's proposals concerning cruising in the Irish seas. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 54.]
Feb. 19.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Henry Million, gent., praying letters patent in the Kingdom of Ireland for his inventions with regard to the preparation of madder and "saffeflower." Referred for report to the Lords Justices of Ireland. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 372.]
Feb. 19.
Whitehall.
Sir J. Trenchard to the Lord Mayor. The Lords of the Council not intending to go into the city so soon, I give you notice that there will be no occasion for calling a Common Council to-morrow on that account. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 3, p. 160.]
Feb. 19.
Warwick Gaol.
Alexander [?] Setone and Ro. Martine to Alexander Johnstoun, at Secretary Johnstoun's lodgings, Whitehall, thanking him for advice in ordering their writing to Secretary Trenchard, whereby they are hopeful of success. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 55.]
Feb. 19.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to the Lords of the Admiralty, returning the draft for the proposed establishment of the two marine regiments, with alterations in the second and thirteenth articles, and enclosing a proposal of the stations of cruisers in the Irish seas (not entered here). [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book I., p. 100.]
Feb. 19.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Colonel Fergus O'Farrell, praying to be allowed the preference with regard to six thousand acres of land in co. Longford, Ireland, which he is informed are to be let out at rent by way of custodiam. Referred to the Treasury for report. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 371.]
Feb. 19.
Whitehall.
Passes for Pieter Kempe and Hubregt de Coning, both seamen, to go to Holland; for Mary Cachet, and John and David her sons, French Protestants, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 499]; and for Charles Raboteau and Francis Champlon, recommended by Mr. Raboteau, ditto [Ibid. p. 500].
Feb. 19.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Duke of Norfolk to create Robert Dale, gent., Blanch Lyon pursuivant of arms extraordinary. [Ibid., p. 499.]
Feb. 19.
Whitehall.
Commissions for George Rolfe, surgeon, to be surgeon to Colonel James Stanley's regiment of foot; and for James Wynne, gent., to be ensign to Major Lawrence Clayton in the Earl of Donegal's regiment of foot. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 163.]
Feb. 19.
On board the Coronation, off Folkestone.
Captain James Gother to [the Lords of the Admiralty]. I left the Downs on the 14th inst., and cruized off Boulogne Bay, Blackness, Calais and Dover; on the 16th, was forced by the wind into Rye Bay; then stood over again upon the French coast, where this day I met with a Dane who came out of Flockery on the 13th, Laurence Freese, master. He gives an account that, the wind blowing fresh at N.E., Mons. Dubart was ready to sail. That, the gale freshening on the 14th, he verily believes Dubart came out on that day with eight sail of men-of-war, from fifty-four to thirty-six guns apiece, in company with twenty-three merchantmen, most of them laden with corn. The Danish master says there are no merchant ships laden with corn or naval stores in Norway that are directly bound this way, except the above-mentioned twenty-three. Copy. [H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 330.]
Feb. 19.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Clerk of the Signet attending, to prepare a bill containing the presentation of Thomas Tullie, clerk, one of their Majesties' chaplains in ordinary, to the rectory of Aldingham, co. Lancaster, void by the death of William Thompson. [H.O. Church Book II., p. 13.]
Feb. 20.
Dublin Castle.
Sir Cyril Wyche and J. Duncombe to—. On Friday last we received the King's commands for increasing the company of those regiments which he intends for Flanders, and gave orders accordingly. We will do all that we can to hasten the execution of his Majesty's commands expressed in your letter of the 8th, but, owing to the late coming of the commands, it is impossible to have the regiments at Dublin, ready to be transported, as soon as we believe is expected; for Sir Henry Bellasys' regiment is quartered at Galway, Colonel Coote's at Cork, Colonel Michelburne's at Kinsale, and two companies at Ross Castle in Kerry, part of Colonel Rowe's at Limerick, and Brigadier Stewart's at Dublin. These places are so important that we dare not remove the soldiers until they are relieved by others who may secure the garrisons. We have, therefore, designed that Lord Donegal shall march to Galway, part of Lord Drogheda's regiment to Cork, Colonel St. John to Kinsale and Ross, Colonel Creichton to Limerick, and Sir John Flanmer to Dublin. We hope we shall not be blamed if these regiments are not ready to be transported as soon as they might have been had we had an earlier notice of the King's intentions. We have already laid down the whole scheme, and shall to-night send out orders for marching, and for the Virgin Prize and the Sapphire to sail from Kinsale to Dublin. If the ships be forced to remain here for the regiments for any length of time, and if the storms which are usual in March come on, there may be great danger in the unsafe harbour, and perhaps it would have been more convenient to have shipped the regiments, now at Cork and Kinsale, from one of those ports, than to have marched them to Dublin. But we must obey the orders we receive.
We have no commands about the levy-money which the colonels and captains expect for their new men, and whence they shall have arms. We desire the King to be informed that the money cannot be obtained here, but that the arms may, if his Majesty will send his commands to that purpose. We should have left one ship at Kinsale to guard the coast, but we did not know whether the Dolphin would obey any order we might send, for when we received commands from England to appoint the Dolphin to convoy the corn from the northern parts towards Cork and Kinsale, and sent sailing orders accordingly, the captain acknowledged the receipt by a letter under his own hand from Liverpool, and promised to sail at the first opportunity, but we cannot yet learn that the captain has met with that opportunity. We heard that instead of sailing as he was ordered, he went to London, and we cannot tell what has become of him. In our letter of the 28th November, we told you of this ship's services to the Government ever since we came into it, and you will see by this how useful it has been since. We have now better hopes of help from that ship since we find, by a letter brought to us since writing thus far, that the captain is changed, and that the new captain is now at Carrickfergus and expects orders, but he tells us that several of his crew are down with smallpox. Upon receipt of yours of the 19th December with regard to convoying the corn ships from Cork and Kinsale, we acquainted the Commissioner of the Revenue of the care which was taken, that the merchants concerned might have notice and provide accordingly; but we do not yet hear that any ships have called at either place for this purpose, nor have we any ship near that station to convoy any vessel to that rendezvous, or to sail a little way with the merchants to see them out of danger, which several traders at Cork desire at this time. We hope his Majesty will consider that when these five regiments (as 'tis said), and one of dragoons are gone, the kingdom will be very naked. Those forces which are left are only enough to secure the garrisons in which they are placed, and can be of very little use against an enemy from abroad or at home in any other place if there should be occasion. We do not doubt that there is an officer appointed to receive the troops as they land at Chester. My Lord Capell has been for some days and still is so ill that he cannot sign with us. [S.P. Ireland 356, No. 11.]
Feb. 20.
Dublin Castle.
The Lords Justices of Ireland to Sir John [Trenchard]. We have received your letter of the 3rd inst., by which you send us his Majesty's order to forthwith stop proceedings against Mr. Nicholas Fitz-Gerald upon an intimation brought against him in the King's Bench by Mr. Butler for battery, and upon inquiry into the case, we find that the Solicitor General had entered a Noli prosequi upon that information before we received the letter. A great misfortune has lately occurred in Limerick which has rendered the condition there very deplorable; a great part of the powder was kept in an old tower at the farther end of the works next the sea, where the foundation was so much impaired by the sea which washed it at every tide, that it suddenly gave way, and the tower fell down, and in the fall two hundred and eighteen barrels of powder took fire, many people were killed and wounded, and all the houses were shattered. The people's condition was low enough before, but yet they were beginning to repair their breaches and might in time have recovered; but the severity of this blow has cast them down again so far that, without assistance, their condition seems hopeless; they have sent to us asking our help to assist them in a petition sent up to the King, but the particular method in which they beg his Majesty's goodness is not expressed. We consider that the importance of the place, and the calamity which has now befallen the inhabitants, makes their case worthy his Majesty's consideration, if any way can be proposed that does not prejudice his greater affairs.
Yesterday was appointed for hearing the Graces' claim to the articles of Limerick, as we were commanded by the King in your letter. The Counsel for the claimant began with a motion to have leave to alter the petition and to change the place in which the petitioners were alleged to be at the time of the surrender of Limerick, and instead of Limerick to write Ennis, affirming that it was a mistake of their agent who was employed to put in the petition. But when we compared the petition which was first put in to the Council here (as they say) by an agent, and which they themselves presented to his Majesty in London, we found the same mistake (if it was one) to be in both, and that they themselves knew as little where to fix their being at that time, as they tried to make us believe the agent did. This gave us sufficient ground for suspicion to believe that they were in neither place at that time, but that they had provided more paid witnesses for the one place than the other.
Whatever we might have done, if the cause had come on upon the first petition to the Government and Council, we considered ourselves obliged not to suffer any alteration to be made in that which was sent by the King's commands; and upon that they proceeded no further. We intimated to them that they might (if they desired it) withdraw their first petition and bring what new one they thought fit. [S.P. Ireland 356, No. 12.]
Feb. 20.
Whitehall.
Passes for Mr. John Jeyne, captain of the guards, and two servants, to go to Holland; for John Collet, recommended by Lt.-Col. Robert, ditto; and for John Gruber, a German, ditto. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 500.]
Feb. 20.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Simon Chapman to apprehend Thomas Brown, and Samuel Sanders, alias Thomas Cowper, and — Bromfield, for high treason in adhering to their Majesties' enemies. [Ibid.]
Feb. 20.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Samuel Cooke to go on board the Katharine yacht in Leigh Road, and there apprehend Thomas Horton, Thomas Heath, John Bradshaw, Thomas Bryars, John Barker, Anne Harding, and Peter Legrees. [Ibid.]
Feb. 20.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Charles Maris to apprehend Thomas Williams, accused of treason. [Ibid., p. 534.]
Feb. 21.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to Sir Charles Hedges. Order is to be given for discharging all Swedish ships taken by any man-of-war, the corn on board them being sold, and the money paid to the owners. The King would have you give all dispatch to such Swedish ships as are brought in by privateers, and in the most favourable manner consistent with law. [H.O. Admiralty 3, p. 85.]
Feb. 21. Commissions for — Desloires, esq., to be reformed captain in Lieutenant Galway's regiment of horse; and for Francis de la Fabregue, esq., ditto. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 205.]
Feb. 21.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a charter for incorporating the several persons named in the annexed paper of heads, by the name of the Governors of the possessions, revenues and goods of the free grammar school of Edward VI. in Nuneaton, co. Warwick, and for renewing and confirming to them and their successors the charter of the said King Edward VI., dated 11 May, 6 Edw. VI., with all privileges, etc., and such additions and alterations, etc., as are mentioned in the annexed paper of heads:
Heads of additions and alterations to be inserted in the New Charter for the school of Nuneaton, co. Warwick.
That Anthony Trotman, esq., Daniel Monk, apothecary, John Parker, mercer, Dudley Rider, gent., Martin Bayley, Richard Lucas, Robert Gilbert, William Parker, mercers, William Dudley, Robert Nutt, William Hepworth, junior, and Thomas Joliffe, inhabitants and parishioners of Nuneaton, be the present governors for their lives, unless removed for misdemeanours, and be incorporated with the same powers and privileges as granted by the former charter.
That there be a clause for granting and confirming all the lands and hereditaments mentioned in the charter of Edward VI., also the school-house which hath been built in Nuneaton since the granting the charter of Edward VI., to the said governors and their successors for certain uses, and upon trust for the benefit of the said school. That instead of the sum of 10li. mentioned and directed in the former charter to be yearly paid by the governors of the schools to the schoolmaster, the yearly sum of 60l. be inserted to be paid half yearly to the schoolmaster, at Lady Day and Michaelmas, by the governors of the schools, out of the revenues thereof, when there is no usher, and when there is an usher, the yearly sum of 50l.
That a clause be inserted for impowering the governors or the major part of them, in case the scholars of the said school increase to any considerable number, to pay half-yearly at Lady Day and Michaelmas 10l. or more to an usher of the schools to be chosen by the governors or major part of them.
A clause for granting and directing that the overplus of the revenues belonging to the schools above the salaries of the schoolmaster and usher shall be applied and disposed by the governors towards repairing the school, and putting out or preferment of poor scholars bred in the said school, as the governors shall think fit. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 508.]
Feb. 22.
Whitehall.
Passes for Peter Bourguignon, a French Protestant, with a child, to go to Holland; for Mr. Kellum, an ensign in Colonel O'Farrell's regiment, ditto; and for Charles Meirs and Pieter Potever, Dutch seamen, ditto. [Ibid., p. 501.]
Feb. 22.
Whitehall.
Commissions for Henry Hickman, esq., to be major of the regiment of foot commanded by Charles, Duke of Bolton, and likewise to be captain of a company in the same regiment [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 163]; for Charles Billingsley, esq., to be captain of the company of which Captain Gregory Bromes, deceased, was captain in Sir James Leslie's regiment of foot; for Thomas Whitham, esq., to be captain-lieutenant of that company in the same regiment; for George Morris, gent., to be lieutenant to Major Dobyn's company in the same regiment; for John Fenwick, gent., to be ensign to Captain James Tancred's company in the same regiment; for Patrick Cockburne, surgeon, to be surgeon to the same regiment; for Thomas Langley, gent., to be ensign to Captain Samuel Mitchell's company in the Queen's regiment of foot, commanded by Colonel Henry Trelawny; for Captain Charles Janore de la Bouchetire to be a captain of horse, and to command and take rank accordingly, and to command the troop in the regiment of horse commanded by Henry, Viscount Galway, of which he himself is captain [Ibid., p. 164]; for Mr. Quartus Spencer to be captain of the company of which Mr. Francis Sanderson was captain, in the regiment of foot commanded by Col. John Tidcomb [Ibid., p. 182]; for John Pattello, gent., to be adjutant of the first marine regiment of foot commanded by Peregrine, Earl of Danby [Ibid., p. 185]; for Henry Lee, gent., to be ensign to Captain — Hamilton's company in Lord Cutts' regiment of foot [Ibid., p. 187]; for William Middleton, gent., to be ensign to Captain John Waddon in the regiment of foot commanded by Sir Bevill Granville [Ibid., p. 189]; for William Fausset, gent., to be adjutant of the Earl of Danby's marine regiment [Ibid., p. 211]; and for Charles Christian, gent., to be adjutant of the first marine regiment of foot commanded by the Earl of Danby [Ibid., p. 215].
Feb. 22.
Whitehall.
Copy of an Order in Council directing the Ordnance Board to take into their consideration the state of the forts and fortifications in Jersey and Guernsey, and to report thereon to the King on the 4th of March next. [S.P. Channel Islands 10, No. 1.]
Feb. 22.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Lord Justices of Ireland to grant a pardon to Thomas Cowdell, gent., who has represented that he was an officer in King James's army, and that, at the earnest request of several Protestants in co. Wicklow, &c., to preserve them from Tories and robbers that then infested those counties, he took the first opportunity to revolt from that service. [S.P. Dom. Signet Office Letter Book 13, p. 99.]
Feb. 23.
The Albemarle at Blackstakes.
Sir George Rooke to Sir John Trenchard. In respect of the offices of the navy and ordnance, the ships in the river and at the Nore are under earlier dispatch and better readiness than they have been any year this war. I am sorry I cannot say as much as regards their being manned and victualled. I shall continue to give you a weekly account during my stay here. [H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 334.] Enclosing:—
Account of progress made in fitting the ships, 23 Feb., 1694. Signed by Sir George Rooke. [Ibid., p. 338.]
Feb. 23.
Whitehall.
Passes for Christopher Thiel, a Dane, recommended by Mr. Pauly, to go to Holland; for Elizabeth Taalman, Abraham her son, and Cornelia Tinpel, Dutchwomen, ditto; and for Mr. Charles Widdrington, Mr. Richard Talbot, and John Wood, a servant, to go to Holland or Flanders. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 501.]
Feb. 24.
Admiralty Office.
The Lords of the Admiralty to Sir John Trenchard. [H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 346.] Enclosing:—
Extract from a journal of Captain Jones, commanding their Majesties' vessel the Germoon prize. This morning, off Ushant, four sail of privateers gave us chase for two hours. At noon we steered into Broad Sound, and saw no ship in Conquit or St. Matthew's Road. We ran in so nigh Brest that we saw the castle and two sail of men-of-war in the road, and no more. About five or six o'clock we were within gun shot of one of them. [Ibid., p. 350.]
Feb. 24.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to Mr. Steele at Plymouth, directing the forwarding of a letter to Sir Francis Wheler by their Majesties' ship Boyne, or by the next Spanish packet from Falmouth. [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book 1, p. 101.]
Feb. 24.
Whitehall.
The same to Mr. Stanhope at Madrid, enclosing a letter to be forwarded to Sir Francis Wheler. [Ibid.]
Feb. 24.
Ordnance Office, Dublin.
Francis Cuffe to the Lords Justices of Ireland. The annexed list furnishes an account of the stores in eleven magazines in Ireland, from which it will be seen how necessary it is fresh supplies should be sent from England, and that a fund of cash be provided for fixing up four thousand musket barrels and 600 carbine barrels in Dublin. [S.P. Ireland 356, No. 13.] Enclosing:—
Remains of stores in the several garrisons in Ireland, 20 February, 1693–4. [Ibid., No. 13. i.]
Feb. 24.
Dublin Castle.
The Lords Justices to Sir John Trenchard. We have received the King's letter of the 9th of January countersigned by yourself, and requiring us to give orders to the King's Council to consent to the reversal of outlawries against Sir Valentine Browne, and we find it grounded upon a report made from hence that, notwithstanding the reversal, the estate will remain still forfeited by the attainder of Nicholas the son, and that Colonel Nicholas Purcell, in whose favour these commands are transmitted, is comprised within the benefit of the Articles of Limerick. Though it appears by the report that the inheritance of the estate will not be affected by the reversal of the father's outlawry, because the outlawry of the son will continue the forfeiture, yet the consequence of such reversal will be the charging of the estate into the King's hands with 3,000l. debt, to which it would not otherwise be liable, and to which favour Col. Purcell is in no ways entitled by the Articles of Limerick. There was no circumstance of the innocence of Sir Valentine or the merit of the Colonel made known to us, and therefore, though ready to obey his Majesty's commands, we desire that the foundation of those commands should not be laid upon part of a report sent from hence, when the whole taken together infers advice directly contrary. We would have sooner sent you our thoughts upon this letter, but the validity of the outlawry depended upon the same point with that of Fagan, upon which we were, much about the same time, required to give the reasons why we thought it not advisable to reverse it, and we found it requisite to await the opinion of the Judges in that case, that-we might be the better directed in this. And being by their judgments confirmed in the validity of his outlawry, we hope his Majesty will command us to do our part in the reversal of Sir Valentine's for reasons which have appeared good to him, and from nothing in our report; for in that we certified that no circumstance appeared that could entitle the petitioner to favour. [S.P. Ireland 355, No. 14.]
Feb. 24. Agenda for the Committee of Trade and Plantations, as to the trial of the captains of the fireships; an engine for making salt water fresh; and coals to be sent to Jersey and Guernsey; barracks to be built [in Jersey], and Castle Cornet made defensible; able governors or lieutenant-governors to be sent to reside upon the Islands, &c. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 56.]
Feb. 24.
Admiralty Office.
An account of all their Majesties' ships of the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth rates, with the condition of those in port, and the stations of such as are at sea. [H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 342.]
Feb. 24.
Whitehall.
Passes for Mr. James Admyraud de la Mote, a French Protestant, to go to Holland; for Mr. Diedrick, servant of the Elector of Brunswick, ditto; and for Arnoldus Verbeck, a Dutch seaman, ditto. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 501.]
Feb. 24.
Whitehall.
Commission for Charles Williams, gent., to be first lieutenant to Captain Thomas Lee's company in the second marine regiment of foot, commanded by Lord Berkeley. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 178.]
Feb. 25.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to Sir Charles Hedges. The King is informed that the names of the Dean of the Arches and of the Judge of the Prerogative Court are by mistake misplaced in the Commissions of Oyer and Terminer for the Admiralty sessions, and you are to take care that these gentlemen be at the time of the sessions placed in the same rank as has been formerly used. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 3, p. 160.]
Feb. 25.
Whitehall.
The same to the Commissioners of the Treasury. The King commands me to send you the enclosed case of Sir Cloudesley Shovell and others for your consideration, and to report what his Majesty may fitly do in the matter. Enclosures not entered here. [Ibid.]
Feb. 25.
Whitehall.
Allowance of the extraordinary expenses of Robert Wolseley, esq., his Majesty's envoy extraordinary to the Elector of Bavaria, for two quarters ending 3 Dec., 1693. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 502.]
Feb. 25.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Ralph Young to apprehend Alice Douglas, accused of treasonable practices. [Ibid., p. 505.]
Feb. 25. Minutes of the proceedings of the Committee of Council, with regard to the defence of the Channel Islands; orders to be given to the lieutenant-governor, if there be occasion, to give out small arms, powder and ball to the Captains of the parishes, taking an account thereof. The officers of the Earl of Monmouth's regiment to be forthwith commanded to their companies. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 57.]
Feb. 25.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to the Lords of the Admiralty, enclosing a complaint by the Swedish Secretary, for enquiry &c. The enclosure is not entered here. [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book 1, p. 101.]
Feb. 25.
Admiralty Office.
A list of their Majesties' first, second and third rate ships designed for the main fleet, with their complements, &c. [H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 354.]
Feb. 26.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to Viscount Sydney, Master General of the Ordnance, requiring a report as to works necessary to be done out of hand for the better securing of Castle Cornet in Guernsey, and as to stores required for that place and for Jersey. Directions are to be given to the Lt.-Governors to give out of the stores (if there be any occasion) a convenient number of small arms, with ammunition, to the captains of the parishes, taking care the said arms are returned when the service is over. The castles in both islands are to be provided with an engine for making salt water fresh, with sea coal for working the same. [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book 1, p. 102.]
Feb. 26.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Edward Trimmer, setting forth that he was indicted at the Surrey Assizes in March, 1693, for drinking a health to King James, and praying a Nolle prosequi. Referred to the Attorney General for his opinion. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 372.]
Feb. 26. Report by Sir Richard Levinge on the petition of Robert Mackarell, recommending him to the King's consideration, evidence in his favour having been given by Mr. John Eccles, a merchant of note in Dublin. [S.P. Ireland 356, No. 15.]
Feb. 26.
Haymarket.
Arnout van Citters to Sir John Trenchard, touching the case of the ship King Solomon, Martin Jacobsen, master, taken by the French in Greenland (where the Dutch suffered great losses last year) and retaken by an English privateer commanded by Captain Matthews. [H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 358.]
Feb. 26.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to Basil, Earl of Denbigh, and his heirs, of one market for buying and selling all manner of horses on every Thursday, and also two fairs, one on the 22nd day of March, and the other on the 5th of September, yearly, in the town of Lutterworth. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 503.]
Feb. 26.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Viscount Sydney to provide ten iron guns, each of about eight hundred weight, with carriages, powder, shot, small arms and other ammunition, for a vessel employed in the service, called the Providence pink, carrying the mails to and from Holland. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 165.]
Feb. 26.
Whitehall.
Commissions for William Masham, esq., to be lieutenant of Captain Edwyn Sandys' troop, in the regiment of horse commanded by Aubrey, Earl of Oxford; for William Fisher, esq., to be cornet of the troop of which Captain John Tuck is captain in the same regiment; for Francis Negus, esq., to be major of the regiment commanded by Brigadier-general Charles Churchill, and likewise to be captain in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 167]; for Ezekiel Everest, esq., to be captain-lieutenant in Colonel Wyndham's regiment of horse; for John Clapton, esq., to be cornet of Lieutenant-colonel Palmer's troop in the same regiment; for Richard Edmunds, esq., to be cornet of Major Henry Foubert's troop in the same regiment; for William Payne, esq., to be lieutenant of Captain Lloyd's troop in the same regiment; for George Robinson, esq., to be lieutenant of Lieutenant-colonel Palmer's troop in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 168]; for Henry Peyton, esq., to be lieutenant-colonel of the regiment of foot commanded by Brigadier-general Charles Churchill, and also to be captain of a company in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 188].
Feb. 27.
Dublin Castle.
The Lords Justices to [the Commissioners of the Treasury]. We have several times acquainted you with our condition, and now upon receipt of two letters from you we again lay it before your lordships. On the 16th instant you tell us that four months' full pay for the officers of six regiments (which are to be sent from hence to Flanders) amounting to 9,031l. 1s. will suddenly be expected to be paid here for the levy money of the regiments that are to be raised in this kingdom, being so much money due to them from the establishment of Ireland; and on the 17th you say the King desires that we should immediately give directions for paying Brigadier Stewart two years upon the arrears of his pay of 30s. per diem on the establishment as brigadier, which amounts to about 1,100l. If you will review the state of the revenue here, you will understand that it is impossible for us to go on with what we are now doing or shall be "suddenly" commanded to do. The undertakers for clothing the army have been unpaid for some months, when it was contracted that they should be paid monthly; all that we can now do is to pay them 500l. per week, instead of 3,900l. per month, and yet they still continue to work, because they see (some of them being officers of the Treasury) that no money is diverted to other uses. Mr. Robinson has not been paid the money we were commanded to give him for clothing the last two newly-raised regiments. If his Majesty should insist upon the sudden payment of these arrears it is almost impossible for us to obey; we live from hand to mouth, and have but necessary subsistence; there is no money to be borrowed, nor are we able to give security. We shall make the most thrifty management of what the revenue yields.
To explain to you as well as possible the real state of affairs, we have directed Mr. Robinson to draw out an abstract of what is due from the beginning of this establishment to Christmas last, under several heads, and we enclose it; by this it is plain that there is about 165,356l. deficit, besides several sums not included in the account; and the revenue falling short, not only of the establishment but of the regulation of subsistence, this debt must daily increase. [S.P. Ireland 356, No. 16.]
Feb. 27.
Dublin Castle.
The same to Sir John Trenchard. In our letter of the 20th inst. we made known to you what we had done in order to send away five regiments of foot from hence to England, by his Majesty's commands, and by a letter which we have since received from the Lords of the Treasury about paying those five regiments and one of dragoons four months' full pay, we believe that his Majesty intends to have a regiment of dragoons sent over too. We had before in private letters an intimation that such a resolution was taken, but we received no orders for it, and so till now hoped that this part of the present army here would be continued; if his Majesty wishes to have this one as well as the other five regiments, we will obey his commands as soon as we receive them. We wish him to consider how exposed this kingdom will be to any attempts from abroad or at home when so great a part of the force has gone, and the garrisons which must necessarily be manned will take up all that are left, and we shall not be able to draw together any considerable number, without weakening those places which must not be neglected; nor can we depend upon the militia, which is not settled by law, and is in a great manner precarious, and, without ready money, will be very backward. By a letter from the Lords of the Treasury we gather that the King intends that some new regiments should be raised here, but we have yet no positive declaration, and we suggest to him that if there be occasion for action it is likely to be before these men can be raised, or at any rate reasonably disciplined. It will be difficult to raise them here, where the Protestant inhabitants are so wanting (especially those fit for husbandry), and the levy money and clothing cannot be provided out of this revenue as set forth in an enclosed copy of a paper sent to the Lords of the Treasury; so that perhaps his Majesty will consent to leave this regiment of dragoons here.
Four of the regiments of foot which are called over will in a short time be ready to cross, but we fear that Colonel Michelburne's regiment will not be in England for six weeks. He is to march from Kinsale to Dublin, and cannot move till he be relieved by another regiment; and in all probability this regiment will arrive late at the rendezvous in Flanders. If the regiment were left to continue where it is at present, instead of going too late to his Majesty's service, it might be of importance to the defence of this Kingdom and prevent any attempt being made by those who will know our weakness.
We called on Mr. Cuffe (in the absence of the Master of the Ordnance) for a view of the stores in the several garrisons which we send you enclosed, by which his Majesty will see the necessity of a supply. (Enclosures not here preserved.) [S.P. Ireland 356, No. 17.]
Feb. 27.
Royal Oak in the Bay of Gibraltar.
Rear-admiral John Neville to the Lords of the Admiralty. You will have heard before this of the disaster that has befallen our squadron and the ships under convoy. We sailed hence on the 17th instant, and encountered a hard gale on the 18th. On the 19th, the hill of Gibraltar being W.S.W. about three leagues off, I saw fourteen sail of our fleet to windward of me, some under a main sail, some under a mizen, some without masts. I hoisted our ensign to give them notice, saw the Gut, and stood away for it. Vice-admiral Callenberg was one of those ships that answered my signal, and stood away after me; likewise did the other ships. They having the bay of Gibraltar open, imprudently put in there, where they could not see the land to the westward, being very thick with much rain, a lee shore, and foul ground, and their sails blowing away like kites in the air. They were forced to let go their anchors, where many of them lost them, and most of them spoiled their cables, and some of them went ashore. Though I knew the danger they would run, it was night before I could get into the bay, and did not anchor, but plied under the coast of Barbary till the 23rd, when I made the best of my way to Gibraltar, and anchored here on the 24th in the evening, when I heard the lamentable story of the loss and damage of our ships, and found great consternation among our people.
On Monday, the 26th, we had a consultation of all the commanders, both English and Dutch. The Dutch were not for proceeding with our whole squadron, but advised sending the Turkey and Italian ships away with the detachment of seven ships that was designed for the convoy for Smyrna and Scanderoun. The English commanders were for securing ourselves by going for Cadiz, and lying there till we could learn where the French were, for we heard they were out, but had no certainty of it. I pressed for going with the whole squadron, and in order thereto have ordered masts, &c., for the disabled ships. There is a general complaint amongst the ships of want of sails, and not any here to supply them, nor any canvas in the storeship. Sir Francis Wheler, four days before he was lost, bought some canvas out of a Dutch ship, and had it aboard the Sussex; it is all lost.
Vice-admiral Callenberg's reason for sending a detachment of the fleet is that we have concerted with the Spaniards to join them at Cadiz; which he says we cannot well do, for that the French will get between us.
At my coming here I found the Rochester and Carlisle, who were the convoys for the Malaga ships, who met the same gale off Cape de Gat, which forced them away for this place. They miss many of their convoy. The Carlisle is so damaged that I have ordered the Winchester to sail in her place, before the fish spoil, most of their convoys being Newfoundlanders. We are repairing our damages as fast as we can. Copy. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 7.] Enclosing:—
An account of the lost and damaged ships, including the Sussex, which foundered on the 19th inst., with 550 men; the Cambridge, which went ashore, 100 men lost, the Serpent bomb-vessel, foundered, 60 men lost; and a number of merchant ships, with the loss of 167 men. [Ibid., No. 7. i.]
Feb. 27.
Royal Oak in the Bay of Gilbraltar.
The same to Sir John Trenchard, to the same purport as that to the Lords of the Admiralty. [Ibid., No. 8]. Enclosing a duplicate of the above enclosure. [Ibid., No. 8.i.]
Feb. 27.
Admiralty Office.
The Lords of the Admiralty to Sir John Trenchard. [H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 362.] Enclosing: (1) Extract of a letter from Sir Francis Wheler to the Lords of the Admiralty, dated on board the Sussex in Cadiz Bay, 19 January, 1694. The Spanish armado here is about sixteen sail, all unrigged, and the admiral tells me they may be ready about the latter end of March, which I reasonably judge may be a month after. I hear from all hands of abundance of French men-of-war cruizers up the Straits, who wait for the Turkey Giblatore (fn. 1) ships. Of the French at Toulon I hear nothing, but that they have a great many ships in these seas. I intend to hasten with all imaginable diligence up the Levant. Seven Dutch men-of-war came out, two were here and four more are coming with the convoy, when four will go home. I humbly put your lordships in mind of our hard task with so few ships. Besides the great honour of our country that lies upon us, the wealth of the merchants is extraordinary, and the enemy is as greedy of the prey as a hungry wolf, and Spanish dependence is most uncertain, so that if home, which ought to be first served, could spare any strength, here I am sure it is absolutely wanting. [Ibid., p. 366.] (2) Extract of the same to the same, dated Cadiz, 29 January, 1694. The Turkey Company's goods will not be shipped at Gibraltar for fourteen days, which proves a thing of difficulty to our affairs; for, if we sail without them, they will be in great danger of being lost, since our advice from the Levant gives an account of eight sail cruizing in a body off Malta on purpose for them, (besides several small squadrons cruizing off Cape de Gatt, Cape Paule and Cape Marteene); and to stay here gives the enemy more time to prepare for us. But we cannot be watered and ready to sail for five days. The last news received, brought by a Genoese, is that they are fitting out all the great ships at Toulon; the Spaniards are not yet at work on their ships, their men being all gone. [Ibid., p. 370.] (3) Copy of a letter from Robert Slowley, commander of a privateer, dated Guernsey, 13 February, 1694. When cruizing off the coast of Brittany on the 28th ult. I met with a fleet of about a hundred French merchantmen, and fourteen convoys from six guns to thirty-two, whereof I was taken by "she of thirty-two," and carried into St. Malo. By what I can understand they are fitting out a squadron of ships, with some galleys and well-boats now building, and they have taken the mould of that which Captain Phillips and Captain Benbow lost there when they were bombarding that town. They have also brought a great store of bombs and mortars from Brest to St. Malo, and I understand their design is for Jersey and Guernsey. The Diamond frigate and other good ships are now fitting out for private men of war. A fleet of privateers is fitting out at Granville on the coast of Normandy, said to be bound for Newfoundland. [Ibid., p. 374.]
Feb. 27.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Peter Tom to apprehend William Perkins, esq., of the parish of Shilly, co. Glamorgan, and John Brewer, late of Cardiff, mariner, accused of high treason. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 503.]
Feb. 27.
Whitehall.
Passes for Jacob Bastiaans, Dutch seaman, to go to Holland; for Pierre le Gris, a French Protestant, recommended by Mr. Morrin, French minister, ditto; for Elizabeth De Bett, a Dutch woman, ditto; for Christian Jansen, a Dutchman, ditto; and for Antoine Boule, his wife and two children, French Protestants, ditto. [Ibid., p. 504.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the keeper of the Marshalsea Prison to discharge Simon Ohaugherne, committed a prisoner of war on March 24, 1691. [Ibid., p. 516.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Passes for Thomas Brerewood, recommended by Mr. Hook, a Welsh judge, to go to Holland; for Mary Stephens, a soldier's wife, on the recommendation of Mr. Nathaniel Gale, churchwarden of Aldgate parish, ditto; for William Hornbald, recommended by Mr. Perker, ditto; for Antoine Mauran, a French Protestant, ditto [Ibid., p. 504]; for Signor Pietro Francesco Tosi, an Italian, ditto; and for Adriaan Langerys, a Dutchman, ditto [Ibid., p. 506].
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Viscount Sydney reciting that a regiment of horse is to be raised for the service, commanded by Thomas Windsor, consisting of six troops, each troop of fifty private soldiers, three corporals, two trumpets, and one quartermaster, besides commission officers, and directing that out of the stores remaining in the office of the ordnance 318 carbines and 318 pairs of pistols are to be issued for the use of the said regiment. [H.O. Military Entry Book] 3, p. 172.
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Warrant for the payment of an allowance as engineer to John Bodt, in the room of Thomas Glover, deceased, to enable him to perfect himself in the art of engineering. [Ibid. p. 173.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Commissions for John Maynard, gent., to be ensign to Captain Nicholas de la Noe's company in the regiment of foot commanded by the Earl of Monmouth [Ibid., p. 170]; for Thomas Norcliffe, gent., to be ensign to Captain William Wharton in the Queen's regiment of foot commanded by Colonel Henry Trelawney [Ibid., p. 175]; for Edward Jones, esq., to be captain lieutenant of the company in the second regiment of foot guards, called the Coldstreams, commanded by General Talmash, of which he is captain, and to command and take the rank of lieutenant-colonel of foot [Ibid., p. 177]; for Richard Warring, esq., to be lieutenant of the troop of grenadier guards commanded by Col. George Cholmondeley [Ibid., pp. 179 and 181]; for John Calverley, gent., to be ensign to Captain Thomas Whitney in Colonel John Beaumont's regiment of foot [Ibid., p. 184]; for Lancelot Bostock, gent., to be cornet to Lieutenant-Colonel John Williams in the regiment of dragoons, commanded by Lord Fairfax; for John Perkins, gent., to be cornet to Captain Francis Gore in the same regiment; for Alexander Reed, gent., to be cornet to Captain Thomas Brewerton in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 188]; for Kellum Farrell, gent., to be ensign to Captain Henry Wortley's company in Colonel Fergus D. O'Farrell's regiment of foot [Ibid., p. 181]; for Edmund Bowyer, esq., to be major of the regiment of foot commanded by Brigadier-General Thomas Earle in place of Major Robert Mackay and also to be captain of a company in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 205]; and for Russell Alsop, esq., to be lieutenant of the company of which Lieutenantcolonel Robert Wilkins is captain in the second regiment of foot guards, commanded by Lieutenant-General Talmache, and to command and take rank as captain of foot [Ibid., p. 215].
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Licence for Anthony Sturt, esq., High Sheriff of Southampton, to live out of that county during his term of office. [H.O. King's Letter Book 2, p. 55.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Clerk of the Signet attending, to prepare a bill containing the presentation of Obadiah Paul, clerk, to the rectory of East Mersey, co. Essex, void by the death of George Jones. [H.O. Church Book I., p. 140a, and II., p. 13.]
Feb. 28.
St. James's.
Viscount Sydney to Sir John Trenchard. In reply to your letter of the 26th inst., I enclose a report procured from the Ordnance Board, with whose opinion I entirely concur. I have ordered the Board to contract with the patentees of the salt water engine for two of the said engines to be sent with all possible despatch to Jersey and Guernsey. [S.P. Channel Islands 10, No. 2.] Enclosing:—
(1) The Ordnance Board to Lord Sydney, 27 Feb., 1694. The repairs mentioned in the enclosed paper (not here appended) are absolutely necessary to put Castle Cornet in any tolerable condition of defence, but we cannot tell the expense thereof, the engineers, Captain Phillips and Mons. Carles, having included them in a large project wherein the security of the whole island was considered. Artificers must be sent over from here, there being nothing of that kind to be had in the island. Your orders that stores be sent to Jersey and Guernsey, and letters written to the Governors of the islands to dispose of a sufficient number of small arms (if occasion shall require) to the captains of the parishes, &c., shall be immediately obeyed. [Ibid., No. 2 i.] (2) A state of the stores of war in Jersey, 1 January, 1694. [Ibid., No. 2 ii.] (3) A state of the stores in their Majesties' garrison of Castle Cornet and island of Guernsey, 1 Jan., 1694. [Ibid., No. 2 iii.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Lord Colchester and Francis Sarsfield, esq., setting forth their claims upon the estates of Patrick Sarsfield and Sir Thomas Hackett, who are both outlawed from Ireland. Hackett delays to reverse his outlawry, to save his estate, and Sarsfield's estate is seized into the King's hands. Referred for report to the Attorney or Solicitor General. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 373.]
Feb. 28.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Hieroime (sic) Lamberti and Francis Pousset, Protestants, setting forth that they have discovered a new way of dyeing crapes and silk or woollen stuffs in flowers, and praying letters patent for the same for 14 years. Referred to the Attorney or Solicitor General for their opinion. [Ibid., p. 374.]
Feb. 29.
Whitehall.
Passes for Catharina Dircksen and her child to go to Holland [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 481]; and for George, Earl of Dalhousie, and a servant, ditto [Ibid., p. 505.]
Feb.—.
Kensington.
Order to Sir Francis Wheler. When you have seen the ships under your convoy, bound to Turkey and elsewhere, as high into the Straits as directed by your instructions, you are to return forthwith to Plymouth with the ships remaining under your command, there to receive further instructions; and on your way home you shall call in at Cadiz and take under your convoy such English and Dutch merchantmen as shall be there ready to sail in your company. [H.O. Admirality 5, p. 382.]
[Feb.] E. Harrison to—. The enclosed note contains what my wife asked of Lord Townshend. I have since heard that Sir Robert Walpole opposes us in favour of the same person. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 58.] Enclosing:—Note. The rectory of Aldingham alias Aldington, co. Lancaster, for Thomas Tullie, clerk, Feb., 1693–4 [Ibid., No. 58 i.] and appending note of presentment of the said Tullie, one of their Majesties' chaplains in ordinary, to the said rectory, Feb., 1693–4. [Ibid., No. 58 ii.]

Footnotes

  • 1. Gibraltar?