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William and Mary: April 1694

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April 1694

April 1.
Bury [St. Edmunds].
Sam. Grove, Henry Simonds, Jer. Grove and John Sharpe to Sir Joseph Williamson, M.P. By our new elected member, Mr. John Harvy, we have sent up a bill, which we think may redress our great oppressions which we lie under by the arbitrary and illegal oppression of the wardens and assistants of Norwich, and secure a good commodity to the whole nation in general as well as to the weavers in particular; and we request your aid, that Mr. Harvy may be appointed to bring in the bill in the room of our late worthy member, Mr. Goldwell. [Ibid., No. 65.]
April 1. Minutes of proceedings of the Committee of Council, respecting the advice boat between Leghorn and Algiers; Mrs. Fagan's petition, and Consul Westcombe's account. [Ibid., No. 66.]
April 1.
Admiralty Office.
A list of their Majesties' first, second and third rate ships designed for the main fleet, with an account of their complements. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 12.]
April 1.
Whitehall.
Commissions for Henry Worth, surgeon, to be surgeon to the second marine regiment of foot commanded by Lord Berkeley [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 194]; for Oliver Hethrington, gent., to be ensign to Captain Lewis Custard in Charles Earl of Monmouth's regiment of foot [Ibid., p. 195]; for Mr. Warren to be lieutenant to Captain Richard St. George in Sir George St. George's regiment of foot; for Mr. Christopher Russell to be lieutenant to Captain Edward Wolffe in the same regiment; for Mr. Mark Anthoine Fersson to be ensign to Captain Richard St. George in the same regiment; for Mr. Charles Ash to be lieutenant to Mr. Chidley Coote in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 196]; for John Wayte, gent., to be second lieutenant to Lord Berkeley's second marine regiment of foot, in his own company: for John Langston, esq., to be major of the regiment of horse commanded by Colonel Francis Langston; and likewise to be captain of a troop in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 197]; for Samuel Hawkes, esq., to be lieutenant to Lieutenant-Colonel Chidley Coote in the Duke of Schonberg's regiment of horse; for Molineux Robinson to be cornet, ditto [Ibid., p. 202]; for Thomas Prichard, gent., to be ensign to LieutenantColonel Joseph Johnson's company in the regiment of foot commanded by Charles, Earl of Monmouth; for John le Wright, gent., to be lieutenant to Lieutenant-Colonel John Newton in the regiment of foot commanded by John, Lord Cutts; for Thomas Ellis, gent., to be quarter-master in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 214]; for John Louther, gent., to be lieutenant to the company of which Captain John le Hunt is captain in the same regiment; for John Wright, gent., to be lieutenant of the company of which Lieut.-Col. John Newton is captain in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 215]; for Thomas Dalyall, esq., to be lieutenant.-colonel to Colonel Langston [Ibid., p. 222]; and for William Frowde, esq., to be lieutenant-colonel of the regiment of foot commanded by Colonel Thomas Farrington, and likewise to be captain of a company in the same regiment [Ibid. 4, p. 16].
April 2.
Whitehall.
Sir J. Trenchard to the Lords of the Treasury. His Majesty commands me to order you to forthwith discharge the advice boat which has been employed between Leghorn and Algiers. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 3, p. 164.]
April 2.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Colonel Gustavus Hamilton, setting forth his services in raising a regiment at his own charges, and defending Coleraine against the enemy, and that the enemy in revenge have plundered his goods and wasted his estate; praying a grant of the forfeited estate of Roger O'Shaugnessy, worth 240li. yearly. Referred to the Treasury for report. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 382.]
April 2.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Lord Carteret, setting forth that he is seized of the fee of Chesnell alias Pesnell, in Jersey, which he holds by knight's service and by bearing the King's banner in time of invitation, by grant from Chas. II.; with power to annex the said fee unto the fees of Molesches, Hermont and Grenvill, so as to descend according to the laws of England; praying leave to dispose of the said fees. Referred for report to the Attorney or Solicitor General. [Ibid., p. 384.]
April 2.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Thomas Vincent, esq., shewing that, in consideration of his services at the King's landing in the West, his Majesty was pleased to promise him the office of Controller of the Excise Office on the death of Mr. Ashmole, now deceased; but the place has been given to another; praying therefore a grant of the arrears due by the tax laid on the New River and other waterworks in the first year of William and Mary, which exceeds not 1,500l. Referred to the Treasury for report. [Ibid. 3, p. 49.]
April 2.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of William Bayley, praying a grant of four or five thousand acres in Ireland for the purpose of establishing a madder plantation, which will employ a great number of men. [Ibid., p. 50.]
April 2.
Whitehall.
Passes for Henry La Fort and his wife to go to Holland; and for John le Cordier, a French protestant and refugee, to go to Holland or Flanders. [S.P. Dom., Warrant Book 38, p. 530.]
April 2.
Whitehall.
Warrant for allowance of the disbursements made by Consul Westcombe at Cadiz for 17 Moors, nine of whom were brought in the Orange Flower, Samuel Ricards, captain, to that bay, in 1692, and the other eight in the John and Robert ketch, William Underwood, captain, in 1693. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 532.]
April 2.
Whitehall.
Commission for George Clarke, gent., to be ensign to Captain Stewart in the Marquis de Rada's regiment of foot. [H.O. Military Entry Book3, p. 199.]
April 2.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Lords of the Admiralty for the charge of the two marine regiments to be borne on the ordinary expense of the navy; the pay due to the said regiments being paid to their respective colonels, to be distributed to the company officers for the soldiers. [H.O. Admiralty 3, p. 87.]
April 3. Admiral Russell's representation to the King touching the state of the fleet which is designed to be this summer in a body. If the French should send from these seas twenty-six ships of war (allowing the reports to be true that the Toulon squadron is thirty), their strength will be fifty-six. It must be supposed that, if they are fitting seven ships at Rochfort (some of which are said to be of eighty guns) they also are designed for the Mediterranean. Therefore I humbly propose that of your Majesties' and the Dutch ships, including what are now in the Straits, the number should be sixty. This takes from the Dutch fleet one half, and from the English thirty-five, so that there will then remain in a body thirty-two, besides sixteen of the third and fourth rate, that will be always under command between the Isle of Wight and Cape Clear, which will amount to forty-eight of the first, second, third and fourth rates that your Majesty may have together upon this coast. Copy. [S.P. Dom. King William's Chest 15, No. 4.]
April 3.
Dublin Castle.
The Lords Justices of Ireland to Sir John Trenchard. His Majesty having not yet filled the see of the Archbishop of Dublin, there is now one half year's rent grown due. We hear that if some course be not taken a good part of this money is in danger to be lost. It is not safe to let it rest in the tenants' hands, and yet to have it brought into the Exchequer before we understand his Majesty's pleasure is not advisable, for we cannot tell whether his Majesty will resolve that the succeeding Archbishop shall have not only the profits due after his incumbency but all those which have grown due ever since the death of the last. [S.P. Ireland 356, No. 41.]
April 3.
Dublin Castle.
The same to the same. The visitors sent to examine the complaints made against the bishop and many of the clergy of the diocese of Down and Connor, and to censure the persons found guilty, have suspended and deprived the bishop himself and some other of the clergy. We have reason to suspect that there will be endeavours used in England to reverse these proceedings, which would make the condition of the church here desperate. And we have this day written to the Archbishop to desire his assistance in stopping those steps which might tend towards it. [Ibid., No. 42.] Enclosing:—
(1) Report of Sir Richard Levinge and Robert Doyne, dated 3 April, 1694. In obedience to your order of reference commanding us to give our opinions on the matter of law mentioned in the letters of the bishops of Meath and Derry, we are of opinion that the commission lately granted, under the great seal, to the said bishops is the highest ecclesiastical commission that is known to the law, and that the late bishop of Down being, by virtue of it, deprived, there lies no appeal for him de mero jure from their sentence, though it may be that their Majesties may of their grace and by their prerogative issue a commission to examine the proceedings in the present commission; yet the deprived bishop has no right to interpose such appeal, nor are their Majesties obliged ex debito justitiæ to issue such commission.
We conceive the appeal of the late bishop to their Majesties in their Chancery in England to be altogether unwarranted and without precedent, passing over the Chancery of their Majesties in this kingdom, from whence the present commission issued, and where their Majesties are virtually present to give all just relief to their subjects here.
We are of opinion that the said appeal is illegal, and does not at all suspend the sentence promulgated by the commissioners, nor are the said commissioners obliged, as we conceive, to take any judicial notice thereof. And as to the office of Chancellor we conceive that if he be incompetent for want of knowledge of the canons, etc., he may be deprived by the commissioners because they, and not common law courts, are judges of such incompetency; but the office, though conversant about spiritual things, being in reality a temporal office, we think the commissioners cannot deprive him for injustice, corruption or mismanagement of the jurisdiction, and if they do it will amount to no more than a suspension; but he cannot lose the profits thereby, and to take them from him it were necessary that a new grant of the office should be made, and thereupon the cause shall be tried at the common law, where alone the right and freehold of this office is determinable. Copy. [S.P. Ireland 356, No. 42 i.]
(2) Letter from Lords Justices to the Archbishop of Canterbury, dated 3 April, 1694. The commission for a royal visitation which the numerous complaints that came against the bishop of Down and Connor and several of his clergy forced us to issue, has had so good an effect that we hare reason to hope for a great reformation of manners in those parts, and the reduction of a great many dissenters to the bosom of the church. The letters which we receive from thence tell us that these effects begin to appear already, and it is hoped will spread from thence over the kingdom. But if it should fall out that what has been here so well begun should receive any discountenance, the consequences of it might be more fatal on the other hand. We are not yet able to give you a particular account of all the proceedings against every particular person, but intend to do it as soon as it can be drawn up out of the register. We have received a letter from two of the visitors by which we find that one archdeacon Mathews (a man principally concerned in the disorders that have been committed) has suddenly hastened to London to prosecute the appeals which the bishop and himself have brought against the sentence of the visitors. The king's counsel tells us that there lies no appeal in the case, but by the law the sentence is definitive; if there did, yet it would not lie per saltum in the Chancery of England but must go first through the Chancery here. Copy. [Ibid., No. 42 ii.]
April 3.
Dublin Castle.
The same to the same. We have done what we can to hinder supplying the French territories with necessaries from hence, but fear that much does and will go astray. We have reason to suspect that this trade is carried on under the name of the Newfoundland Trade; for, finding many passes desired thither, we have made enquiry into what number of ships and what cargo they formerly went with, and we find already that more are gone than in any other year, and that the provisions of all sorts carried are in much greater quantities; and yet we hear of several others that are preparing for this voyage. All the care which we can think of, but downright denying any pass, is taken. There is oath made of their being bound thither, and good security still given for sailing thither, and yet an expectation of profit will break through all this and contrive many "salvo's" and disguises. We do not hear that our trade thither in general is so considerably increased as to require so much more shipping and provisions, and therefore we conclude that they either sail direct for France, or, by correspondence with privateers arrange that they shall be carried thither, or (which we consider extremely against the interest of England) they carry wherewhithal to support the French ships which trade thither, and cannot now be provided with necessaries from home. We desire you to acquaint the king with what we apprehend turns to his disservice and the grounds of it, and that we will carefully obey his commands in the matter. The king's answer we desire as soon as possible, as, many now pressing for passes, that trade may be injured if he allows the continuance. [S.P. Ireland 356, No. 43.]
April 3.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Mr. Wright. I have received your letter of the 28th of March, also the former you mention of the 13th. I suppose you may have heard that in answer to it, I engaged the Lord Keeper to write to the judges that were then entering upon the Norfolk assizes to inquire into these violations of the laws, and apply such remedies as were proper to prevent them for the future. I hope at least you have found some effect of it by the directions that have been given, and now Lord Chief Justice Holt has come to town I intend to speak to him myself, that if there be anything further for me to do it may not be neglected. As to what you write concerning Olley, it is fit an affidavit be made of it, and if the magistrates there will overlook and not take notice of those who are so notorious in repressing their disaffections to the government, let the depositions be sent to me, and I will consider the matter. I am sorry you have been so ill used, and I hope you will be able to discover who have done it, and also those who still threaten you that they may be dealt with as they deserve. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 5, p. 7.]
April 3.
Whitehall.
The same to the Lords of the Admiralty. The King commands me to write to you for an account of what has been done upon the complaint of the Swedish secretary concerning some abuses offered to a Swedish man-of-war in the Downs, which was some time ago transmitted to you by Secretary Trenchard. [Ibid.]
April 3.
Whitehall.
Passes for Clara Van Ommereen to go to Harwich or down the river and embark for Holland; for Rebecca Roelossen to go to Harwich and Holland. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 37, p. 192.]
April 3.
Whitehall.
Warrant to James Fell, gent., keeper of the gaol of Newgate, to use all lawful ways and means for the taking of highwaymen and robbers upon the highways, and burglars and other felons, and to ride about the highways from time to time with arms to apprehend them, also to search in any suspected house. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 533.]
April 3.
Whitehall.
Passes for Serjeant John Henly and ten recruits, recommended by Colonel Tidcombe, to go to Holland; for Captain Le Hunt and two servants, ditto [Ibid., p. 530]; for Louis Sabatier, his wife and son, ditto [Ibid., p. 531].
April 3.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of James Mallory and John Tulin, setting forth that at their own expense they had discovered and seized the ship Pieter bound to Rochelle, and holding correspondence with France; praying a reward. Referred to the discretion of the Treasury. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 383.]
April 3.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Samuel Davis, praying a patent for his attainments in the art of working iron into such plates as are commonly called black latten plates and tin plates. Referred for report to the Attorney or Solicitor General. [Ibid., p. 384.]
April 3.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Robert Davies, showing that he was the only person that, at the King's first arrival, was entrusted from the Earl of Devonshire to his Majesty, in which affair, notwithstanding the difficulties of the season and the dangers from the enemy, he did acquit himself with expedition and integrity; praying a place as one of the commissioners for the hackney coaches and paper office. [Ibid. 3, p. 55.]
April 3.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Viscount Sydney reciting that two companies of dragoons are to be added to the regiment of dragoons commanded by Algernon, Earl of Essex, each company consisting of sixty private men, three corporals, two sergeants, and two drummers; and directing that out of the stores remaining in the office of the Ordnance the necessary arms are to be issued for arming the said companies [H.O. Military Entry Book 4, p. 21]; like warrant reciting that 130 private men, 12 sergeants and 12 drummers are to be added severally to the following regiments of foot, viz.: Colonel Stewart's, Sir Henry Bellasis', Colonel Richard Coote's, Colonel Rowe's, and Colonel Michelburne's [Ibid., p. 22].
April 4.
Weymouth.
Robert Gooding to the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded Seamen. The hired transport Elizabeth of London arrived at Weymouth yesterday, bringing over two hundred and thirty seven prisoners. I know of no prisoner left in St. Malo, except one Masters who is stopped in exchange for Sir William Jennings' son, now prisoner in Plymouth. Colonel Holt, the captain of the Diamond and the captain of the Pembroke, had left for Jersey three days before I arrived at St. Malo. I should have carried the prisoners to Plymouth or Portsmouth, but some of the men-of-war's men took the ship from me by force, and carried her into Weymouth. If you desire it, I can give you the names of the ringleaders of them. Copy. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 13.]
April 4.
Dover.
Extract of a letter from Captain Pound, commanding their Majesties' ship the Sally Rose. On the 2nd instant, E.S.E. five leagues from Beachy Head, I came up with a Portuguese, who came out of Dieppe the day before, and was carried in, and made prize of his goods, being laden with English effects. He gives an account there were thirty sail of galleys, fitted and manned with nine thousand men upon some sudden expedition. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 14.]
April 4.
Whitehall.
Sir J. Trenchard to the Lords of the Treasury. It has been represented to the King that by reason of the war several of their Majesties' consuls abroad are from time to time obliged to incur divers extraordinary expenses as well for the relief of English seaman as postage of letters, expresses and otherwise. His Majesty commands me to acquaint you that such expenses and disbursements, when they have been examined and certified by a Secretary of State, should be allowed and paid, and that you are from time to time to give the necessary directions therein accordingly [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 3, p. 165.]
April 4.
Whitehall.
Passes for John Lecaan, physician, to go to the hospital in Flanders, and Daniel More his servant to go to Harwich and Holland; and for Charles Honswer to go to Harwich, or down the river, and Holland. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 37, p. 193.]
April 4.
Whitehall.
Passes for George Anthony of Amsterdam to go to Holland; for Helena van Dick, a Dutch woman, ditto; for Jacob Francois of Amsterdam, ditto; for Anna Jansen, a soldier's wife, ditto; for Teunis Kremer, with his wife and three children, ditto. [Ibid. 38, p. 534.]
April 4.
Kensington.
Warrant to the Lords Justices of Ireland to levy arrears due to the crown before 12 August, 1692, out of the private estate granted to Henry Guy, esq., and others, and since conveyed to Richard Topham, esq., paying out of the amount so collected 800li. to Edward Corker, esq., for his good services in the office of clerk of the pells, and for the saving he effected in stating the accounts of John Price, esq., late Receiver-General in Ireland, and in examining and stating the accounts of the said private estate while under the management of Sir William Talbot. [S.P. Dom. Signet Office Letter Book 13, p. 103.]
April 4.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Viscount Sydney, directing that out of the stores remaining in the office of the Ordnance, the carbines and pistols are to be issued for arming the following regiments of horse, viz.: Brigadier Lumley, 185 carbines, 162 pairs of pistols; Colonel Wood, 138 carbines, 96 pairs of pistols; Colonel Langston, 141 carbines, 134 pairs of pistols; Colonel Windham, 127 carbines, 87 pairs of pistols; Lord Galloway, 241 carbines, 254 pairs of pistols; the same to be delivered to the respective colonels or to whom they shall appoint to receive them, taking the usual indents, and causing an account of the numbers and value of the above mentioned arms to be transmitted to Richard, Earl of Ranelagh, paymaster of the forces, who is to cause a stop to be made of the value of the said arms out of every respective regiment, to be paid to the treasurer of the Ordnance, and a copy of this warrant is to be sent to the Earl of Ranelagh. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 193.]
April 5.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Maurice Annesley, esq., setting forth that he has taken several forfeited lands in Ireland at a certain rent from the commissioners of revenue there, but could not enjoy them by reason of the late troubles; praying that the whole matter may be reformed. Referred to the Treasury for report. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 385.]
April 5.
Whitehall.
Caveat that nothing pass concerning a pardon for Robert Curstance, convicted for clipping at the last assizes at Bury, till notice be given to the Lords of the Treasury. [S.P. Dom. Entry Book 74, p. 1.]
April 5.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Viscount Sydney reciting that a regiment of dragoons is to be raised commanded by Basil, Earl of Denbigh, consisting of eight troops, each troop of two serjeants, three corporals, two drummers, and sixty private soldiers, and directing that out of the stores remaining in the office of the ordnance, the necessary arms are to be issued for arming the said regiment as the other dragoons are armed. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 196.]
April 5.
Whitehall.
Commissions for Daniel Negus, esq., to be captain of the company of which Captain William Frowd was late captain in the royal regiment of fusiliers commanded by Colonel Edward Fitzpatrick; for Hanniball Hall, surgeon, to be surgeon in the same regiment; for John Nelson, esq., to be ensign of the company of which LieutenantColonel Charles Gorsuch is captain in the first regiment of foot guards commanded by Henry, Viscount Sydney; for John Jardin, gent., to be lieutenant of the company of grenadiers of which Captain Fitzmaurice Gifford is captain in the regiment of foot commanded by Charles, Duke of Bolton [H.O. Military Entry Book 4, p. 20]; and for Richard Coleman, gent., to be ensign of the company of which Captain John Powell is captain in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 23].
April 5.
Whitehall.
Passes and post warrant for Captain Joshua Churchill to go to Harwich, or down the river, and Holland [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 37, p. 193]; for Colonel Francis Nicholson, Governor of Maryland, to go to Portsmouth or the Downs with five horses and a guide; for Lieutenant Edward Pinson, and Humphrey Worrell and John Stephens, his servants, to go to Harwich or down the river and embark for Holland in fourteen days [Ibid., p. 194]; and for Mary Boos, Elisabet Breemans, and their children, to go to Holland [Ibid. 38, p. 534].
April 5.
Whitehall.
Allowance of the extraordinary expenses of Gregory King, esq., Lancaster Herald of Arms, from 27 Nov. 1692 to 23 April 1693; he being commissioned by their Majesties, jointly with Sir William Dutton Colt, with the character of Oratores, Legati et Deputati, for carrying the habit and ensigns of the Order of the Garter to the Elector of Saxony. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 39, p. 13.]
April 5.
Whitehall.
Allowance of the extraordinary expenses of Mr. John Butts, their Majesties' consul at Elsingor, including payment to two boatmen watching at sea 28 nights, to prevent our ships coming into the Sound, during the siege of Ratzburgh. [Ibid., p. 15.]
April 5.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Solicitor or Attorney General for grant of a license to Martin Lionfeld and Theocar Wegersloff, Norwegian merchants resident here, to erect a Danish church in a certain square or piece of ground formerly called Well Close, but now known by the name of Marine Square, within the Liberty of the Tower of London. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 39, p. 16.]
April 6.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Sir William Beeston. I take the opportunity of this conveyance by the ships that are now going to the West Indies, to recommend to you the case of Mr. Blancard, Provost Marshal of Jamaica, though I do not doubt but you are already disposed to shew any reasonable favour and countenance as well in regard to his own desert as to gratify his friends, who have spoken to you in his behalf before you left England; but since that time he has been entangled in new difficulties and disputes, which further lessen the benefit his Majesty intended him when he granted him that office. His deputy Galdy has brought him into the Court at Westminster, from whence he is now remitted to another trial by a jury in Jamaica. Being a stranger he is afraid he may suffer for want of some one versed in these matters, who will take care that right be done him, and I desire you will appoint some person to solicit this affair for Mr. Blancard, and to give you an account as to how it proceeds, and if you can do him any other kindness in making his employment more advantageous to him, you will do a thing that will be well taken here. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 5, p. 18.]
April 6.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to Lord Sydney, directing that shipping be taken up to convey the stores in the enclosed list to Guernsey. [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book 1, p. 106.] Annexed is:—A List of ordnance, mortars and other stores for the service of Guernsey, to be forthwith sent thither. [Ibid.]
April 6.
Office for Sick and Wounded and Exchange of Prisoners.
James Welwood, Thomas Addison, Anthony Shephard, Christopher Kirkby and Da. Elder, Commissioners for the Exchange of Prisoners, to the Earl of Shrewsbury. A great many English prisoners are at Dunkirk and Calais, in order to whose return the Eagle dogger, Thomas Woosters master, hired of Major William Churchill, lieth at Dover ready to sail, against which master we never yet had the least complaint; but objections being made by Dr. James Welwood, one of the signatories, we are referred for direction therein to your lordship. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 67.]
April 6.
Whitehall.
Commissions for Grenville Raleigh, gent., to be ensign to Captain Arthur Innes' company in the regiment of foot commanded by Brigadier-General Sir David Colyear; for John Lewis de la Bene, esq., to be captain of the company whereof Captain John Campbell of Airds was late Captain in the regiment of foot commanded by Archibald, Earl of Argyll. [H.O. Military Entry Book 4, p. 23.]
April 6.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a charter confirming the former charters granted to the bailiffs and burgesses of Dunwich, Suffolk, with clauses of confirmation unto them of such lands, tenements, liberties, customs, privileges, etc., held or enjoyed by them before their making of a certain instrument of surrender thereof, 21 May, 36 Chas. II., and clauses for granting and appointing that such persons as were officers of the said corporation at the time of making the said surrender, and are now living, be the present officers of the said town, with power to the bailiffs of the said town to elect other officers, etc. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 437.]
April 6.
Whitehall.
Passes for Elizabeth Schouten and two children to go to Holland; for Captain Don Alexandro Bernardo, with two other officers and a servant, to embark at Falmouth for Spain [Ibid., p. 535]; for Stephen Hutchens, soldier in Captain Pitt's company of miners, and Anne his wife, to go to Holland; for Stephen Ernault, a French Protestant, ditto [Ibid., p. 536]; for Abraham van Hartenbrock, his wife and two daughters, Hendrick van Heynen, Cornelis Lucas, Dorothy Beekers, widow, and Catharine Munts, all Dutch, ditto [Ibid., p. 539].
April 6.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Keeper of Newgate to take into custody John Comins, gent., sent him for high treason. [Ibid., p. 536.]
April 6.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Attorney-General for grant of the dignity of a baronet of England to John Smith of Isleworth, Middlesex, esq. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 39, p. 20.]
April 7. William Armar to George. Tollet. Before an appeal can be perfected, so as to get an inhibition thereupon, the forty days will be expired, and then the visitors will proceed to a deprivation, so that I have no other way left to prevent my ruin but to obtain the favour of the Lords Justices to give me a new presentation. If therefore you would use your interest with Mr. Vernon to procure, in my behalf, a letter from Lord Shrewsbury to Lord Capell, to show me all just favour, it would do me very good service and probably save me from being undone. [S.P. Ireland 356, No. 44.]
April 7.
Whitehall.
Sir J. Trenchard to the Lords of the Admiralty. The bearer, Mr. Hogg, a Swedish gentleman, has been in a particular manner recommended; his Majesty thinks he should be made a lieutenant at sea, and accordingly you are to give him a commission on the first vacancy. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 3, p. 165.]
April 7.
The Downs.
Extract of a letter from Sir George Rooke to [the Lords of the Admiralty ?]. Last night the Sally Rose came in from her station; the captain gives me an account that on Tuesday last between Beachy and the Ness he spoke with a Genoese who came the day before out of Havre de Grace, and the master told him there were thirty sail of galleys in that port, and about forty well-boats and other small vessels, with about nine thousand land forces shipped and ready to sail upon some enterprize. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 15.]
April 7.
Admiralty Office.
An account of their Majesties' ships of the first, second, third, fourth and fifth rate now in pay, with the conditions of those in port and the stations of such as are at sea. [Ibid., No. 16.]
April 7.
Whitehall.
Commission for John, Lord Lorne, to be colonel of the regiment of foot of which Archibald, Earl of Argyll, was late colonel, and likewise to be captain of a company in the said regiment. [H.O. Military Entry Book 4, p. 46.]
April 7.
Whitehall.
Pass for Catharina Nanningh to go to Harwich and Holland. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 37, p. 194.]
April 7.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Peter Maresco, messenger, to apprehend Colonel John Parker and—Irwin for high treason in adhering to their Majesties' enemies. [Ibid. 39, p. 20.]
April 8.
Admiralty Office.
A list of their Majesties' first, second, and third rate ships designed for the main fleet, with an account of their complements, &c. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 17.]
April 8. Minutes of proceedings of the Committee of Council, as to the report on Col. Wolseley, and the petitions of Col. Lutterell and Mrs. Jane Eyre. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 68.]
April 9.
Dublin Castle.
The Lords Justices to Mr. Secretary Trenchard. The see of Down and Connor being now vacant by the deprivation of the bishop by the commissioners appointed to visit those dioceses, we desire you to recommend to their Majesties Dr. Samuel Foley, dean of Achonry, as a man in every way qualified to fill the same. [S.P. Ireland 356, No. 45.]
April 9.
Whitehall.
Sir J. Trenchard to the Lords of the Treasury. The enclosed report from the Lords Justices of Ireland concerning the subsistence of Colonel Wolseley's regiment having been laid before the King, his Majesty commands me to transmit the same to you for your consideration, and to give such order therein as you shall think requisite. Enclosure not appended here. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 3, p. 166.]
April 9.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant of full and free pardon to George Prowse, who at the last Sessions held in Oxford was convicted of the murder of a bastard child, and sentenced to death. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 436.]
April 9.
Whitehall.
Passes for Jacques Carpentier to go to Flanders [Ibid., p. 538]; for Peter Beyning, a Dutchman, to go to Holland; and for Captain Christian Hammer and his servant to go to Holland or Flanders, on the Duke of Wurtemburg's pass [Ibid., p. 539.]
April 9.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Viscount Sydney reciting that two companies of foot are to be forthwith raised for the Service in New York, to be commanded by Captain James Weemes and Captain William Hyde; each company consisting of 100 private men, three serjeants, and two drummers, and directing that out of the stores remaining in the office of ordnance, arms, etc., are to be forthwith issued for arming the said companies. [H.O. Military Entry Book 4, p. 24.]
April 9.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the same reciting that two troops are to be added to the regiment of dragoons commanded by Major-General Sir Thomas Levingston, consisting each of two serjeants, three corporals, two drummers and sixty private soldiers, and directing that as the rest of the said regiment are armed with pistols, sixtyseven pair of pistols are to be issued out of the office of the ordnance for arming the said troops. [Ibid., p. 25.]
April 9.
Whitehall.
Warrant for the advancement of Narcissus, archbishop of Cashel, to the archbishopric of Dublin with the bishopric of Glendelagh united thereunto, now vacant by the death of the late Archbishop. And in regard of the exility (sic) of the said sees, the Archbishop is to receive for his better support a further grant of the rectory of Gallowne alias Dartree, co. Monaghan, the prebend of Desartmore in St. Finbarge's church, Cork, and the treasurership of St. Patrick's, Dublin. [S.P. Dom. Signet Office Letter Book 13, p. 105.]
April 9.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of the widow of Edward Eyre, Esq., representing that the fortifications at Galloway were built on several parcels of ground, and several houses pulled down, belonging to her late husband; praying for a recompense. Referred to the Treasury for report. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 390.]
April 10.
Dublin Castle.
The Lords Justices of Ireland to Sir John Trenchard. Experience every day shows us how well some forts (now demolished) were placed; and how much it would contribute to the public peace and safety if they were restored. The town of Bantry is seated in the bottom of a large and well frequented bay and in the borders of Beerhaven Glanaroghty and Muskery, where for near twenty miles there are no Protestant inhabitants. This is a den of Tories who molest the country round about, here the Popish natives harbour them, and, corresponding with the French privateers, betray to them merchant ships, so that within these two years above twenty ships have been taken from thence by the privateers. The wisdom of former times built a fort in this place by which that wild and rebellious country was kept in awe by a small garrison. And the Irish, when it came into their hands in 1698 demolished it, that it might be no longer a bridle upon them. The rebuilding of this fort nearer the sea than it was, will secure those ships which shelter there, prevent this correspondence with France, unkennel those thieves that from hence do so much mischief, and every year save more than the whole charge will come to. There was another fort (which in the maps is called Bealahy Fort) in the Barony of Costello, co. Mayo, in a narrow pass between two bogs. This formerly kept all that part of the country in quiet, and is now so much wanted that the judges who went that circuit tell us that the grand jury in their presentments have inserted the demolishing of that fort as the chief cause of the insecurity of those parts. All the knowing men whom we discourse with upon this matter are of opinion that the restoring of these two forts would be of great public benefit, and the charge of doing it not much. [S.P. Ireland 356, No. 46.]
April 10.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to the Lords of the Admiralty. Order is to be given that none of their Majesties' ships press any men in Ireland without order from the Government there; and any instructions found necessary to be sent to the ships guarding the coasts of that kingdom under the direction of the Lords Justices, shall go to them through their Lordships' hands. [H.O. Admiralty 3, p. 88.]
April 10. Minutes of the proceedings of council regarding instructions to be given to the Admiral of the fleet. The King is to be put in mind of giving orders to the admiral of the Dutch to obey the admiral of the English fleet, and a copy of such orders to be given to Mr. Russell. A letter to be written to Mr. Methuen to get intelligence as soon as possible from the South Cape if the French fleet or any part of them shall be seen there. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 78.]
April 10.
Whitehall.
Warrant for the translation of William, Bishop of Cloyne, to the archbishopric of Cashel, vacant by the promotion of Narcissus, late archbishop thereof, to the see of Dublin. [S.P. Dom. Signet Office Letter Book 13, p. 105.]
April 10.
Whitehall.
Passes for Mr. Thomas Farmer and Mrs. Margaret Farmer, his niece, and her maid to go to Harwich and Holland, and return in fourteen days [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 37, p. 193]; and for Henry Tympally, a child, with Elizabeth Boone, a maid servant, to go to Harwich, or down the river, and Holland. [Ibid., p. 194.]
April 10.
Whitehall.
Passes for Alexander Hobbé, a French Protestant, to go to Holland; for Jannetie Vander Wolff and three children, ditto; for Mr. Edward Coupe, recommended by Mr. Partridge at Charing Cross, to go to Holland or Flanders; and for John Rottmer, an Hamburgher, to go to Holland. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 539.]
April 10.
Whitehall.
Warrant to pay to Robert, Lord Lexington (appointed to be envoy extraordinary to the Emperor of Germany), the sum of 500l. for his equipage, and the further sum of 5l. by the day for his ordinary entertainment and allowance, to commence from the day of his departure and continue till his return, the first three months' allowance to be advanced him; and also to pay him such sums of money for intelligences and other expenses as by bills allowed by the principal Secretary of State shall appear to be due. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 39, p. 21.]
April 10.
Whitehall.
Commissions for Robert Brudenell, gent., to be lieutenant of the company of which Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Brudenell is captain in the regiment of foot commanded by Colonel Edward Lloyd [H.O. Military Entry Book 4, p. 25]; and for David Lloyd, gent., to be lieutenant of the company of which Captain Elrington is captain in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 30].
April 11.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of the Countess Dowager of Anglesey. Sets forth that she is "like to be troubled" as to an agreement with one Cavenagh, who owed money to the late Earl for certain woods, &c.; prays that a stop may be put to the prosecution, and for a grant of Cavenagh's forfeitures of the said woods. Referred to the Treasury for their report. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 394.]
April 11.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Richard Hopkins, messenger, to seize—Sanderson, together with his papers, for seditious practices. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 39, p. 20.]
April 12.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Mr. Wright. I have received your letter of the 9th inst., with two affidavits against Robert Olley, upon which I think fit to speak to the Lord Keeper or the Duke of Norfolk, to quicken some of justices in those parts to take more notice of complaints or informations that shall be brought before them of this kind, which are most properly inquired into upon the place.
I am glad the Grand Jury have done their parts in the late presentment, which if followed with a vigorous prosecution of such as Hill who obstinately persist in meeting, will (I hope) disperse those illegal assemblies. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 5, p. 8.]
April 12.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the report of Lord Colchester and Francis Sarsfield, relative to their claims on the estates of Patrick Sarsfield and Sir Thomas Hackett. Report by Sir Edward Ward, AttorneyGeneral, detailing the financial transactions referred to in the petition. Sir Thomas Hackett appears to be within the benefit of the Articles of Limerick and receives the profits of his estate, though it remains in the King's hands, and is thus protected against any proceedings at law. The report recommends that the petitioners be relieved; and is referred to the Treasury, with authority to give such orders in the matter as they shall think fit. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 386.]
April 12.
Whitehall.
Appointment of Joseph Dudley, esq., to be lieutenant-governor of the Isle of Wight, and of all the forts and places therein, and in the absence of John, Lord Cutts, to command in chief in the said Island [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 198]; for — Richardson, gent., to be lieutenant of Captain —'s troop, in Colonel Edward Matthew's royal regiment of dragoons; and for — Marshall, gent., to be adjutant of the same regiment. [Ibid., p. 199].
April 12.
Whitehall.
Pass for George King alias Jorgen Koninck, his wife and a child, to go to Gravesend and Holland [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 37, p. 195]; for Peter Boucher and John Moise, French Protestants, to go to Holland or Flanders; for William Schlemuller, a German, ditto; for Christian van Cooten, a Dutch soldier, ditto [Ibid. 38, p. 539]; for Lewis Francheville, a French soldier, to go to Holland or Flanders; and for the Sieurs Gundelange and Haell Bille, ditto [Ibid., p. 540].
April 12.
Whitehall.
Warrant for letters patent to Samuel Davies, gent., for his invention of working iron into such plates as are commonly called black "latten" plates and tin plates, the which hath never before been effected by any other person in England or any other of our dominions, and which may be of great advantage to English subjects, and prevent the returning of great sums of money into foreign parts for buying such plates there. [Ibid., p. 541.]
April 12.
Whitehall.
Warrant to constitute Denzil Onslow, esq., out-ranger of the forest of Windsor, giving him power and authority to take care that any deer that shall be straggling out of the said forest be preserved, and all keepers in the Bailiwick of Surrey, now out of the forest, are to assist him and obey his orders. [Ibid., p. 540.]
April 13. John Davies to his father John Davies, London, sending greetings to his brother Charles and sister Mary, to Lady Plowden, and Sir Henry Gage. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 69.]
April 13.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to the Victualling Commissioners, ordering victuals to be prepared for 2,000 men for four months, and put on board victualling ships to attend the main fleet. [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book 1, p. 107.]
April 13.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Edward Browne, on behalf of the owners of the Mary Jane of Jersey, John Mauger master, which was taken in May, 1692, by the French man-of-war the Rochellois, and afterwards retaken by the Dutch man-of-war the Waking Boy of Amsterdam, commanded by Captain Verkie Vissar. Praying relief in proceedings as to the lading. Referred to Sir Charles Hedges, for his opinion. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 3, p. 51.]
April 13.
Whitehall.
Commission for Robert Crawford, esq., to be a colonel of foot with full power and authority to command, and take the rank and precedence of a commissioned colonel of foot on 1st December, 1690. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 199.]
April 14.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to the Transport Commissioners, ordering transport to be provided for a regiment of horse, consisting of six troops, from Portsmouth to Flanders. [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book 1, p. 108.]
April 14.
Admiralty Office.
Account of their Majesties' ships of the first, second, third, fourth and fifth rates, with the condition of those in port, and the present stations of such as are at sea. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 20.]
April 14.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Clerk of the Signet attending, to prepare a bill containing a grant to George Walls, B.D., of the place and dignity of a canon or prebendary in the cathedral church of Worcester, void by the death of Dr. John Conant. [H.O. Church Book 1, p. 141.]
April 14.
Whitehall.
License for David Parry, esq., high sheriff of Pembrokeshire, to live out of the said county during his term of office. [H.O. King's Letter Book 2, p. 56.]
April 14.
Whitehall.
Passes for Jannetie Stevens, Hester Martie, Maria Pieters, and Annetie Verhorst, Dutch soldiers' wives, with three children, to go to Holland; for Mary Boels and her daughter, ditto; for Margarett Janse, a Dutch soldier's wife, ditto; for Simon Lovisse, his wife and three children, ditto; and for Peter Bar, and Anne and Mary his daughters, poor French Protestants, ditto. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 542.]
April 14.
Whitehall.
Commission for James Stonehouse, gent., to be cornet of the troop in the regiment of horse commanded by Colonel Hugh Wyndham, of which he himself is captain. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 201.]
April 14.
Whitehall.
Certificate of commission to Lieutenant-Colonel William Frowde, in Colonel Farrington's regiment of foot, to be lieutenant-colonel of foot from the 16th of February last. [Ibid. 4, p. 26.]
April 14.
Whitehall.
Warrant for the payment of extraordinary disbursements by John Methuen at Lisbon for the six months ending 20 Dec., 1693. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 40, p. 36.]
April 15.
Whitehall.
Sir J. Trenchard to the Earl of Danby. The King commands me to acquaint your Lordship that you should immediately upon receipt hereof repair to the Lieutenant-Governor of Portsmouth, who will give you the King's commands. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 3, p. 167.]
April 15.
Whitehall.
The same to Colonel Gibsone. The King is informed of a quarrel between the Earl of Danby and Captain Stringer, in which a challenge has passed; his Majesty has directed his lordship to come to you, and when he comes you shall tell him you have received his Majesty's commands requiring him to desist; in case of his refusal he is to be secured till further order from his Majesty. [Ibid., p. 166.]
April 15.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Thomas Davies, messenger, to apprehend Captain Stringer. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 542.]
April 15.
Whitehall.
Commissions for William Saunderson, gent., to be ensign to Captain Thomas Saunderson's company in the regiment of foot commanded by George, Viscount Castleton; and for Charles, Earl of Macclesfeld, to be major-general of all the horse and foot forces. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 206.]
[April 15.] Petition of the company of merchants of England trading into the Levant seas, representing their losses sustained by the ships cast away and sunk in the late storm, which may reasonably be attributed to the many delays the company met with for nigh two years before the departure of their ships under the conduct of Sir George Rooke; the small remainder saved is to be taken into Cadiz, where the expense of two or three months' stay will swallow up the whole property. The company has incurred great debts at home during the long interval of trade, besides the growing charge of 10,000l. yearly for the King's Ambassador, and other incident expenses necessary to support the articles of peace and commerce with the Grand Signor. They beg such measures may be taken for the security of the ships to and from Turkey as may preserve a trade which will otherwise be ruined. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 21.]
April 15.
Admiralty Office.
A list of their Majesties' first, second, and third rate ships designed for the main fleet, with an account of their complements, &c. [Ibid., No. 22.]
April 15. Minutes of the proceedings of Council regarding Admiralty matters, &c. An enquiry to be made of Lord Paget to know the reason why he levied money upon the merchants in Turkey. [Ibid., No. 23.]
April 15. Sir Charles Hedges to Sir John Trenchard. "I find no good cause for the seizure of the ship Jager, complained of by the Dutch ambassador, and will take care that right be done. If the mariners should be forced into their Majesties' service, which the ambassador says is threatened, you may be pleased by a word to the commissioners of the Admiralty to relieve them, if they are subjects of the States General or other allies" [Ibid., No. 24], Enclosing:— The Dutch Ambassador to [Sir John Trenchard?], 13 April, 1694. He is forced to remonstrate on the treatment daily accorded to the Dutch by English privateers, especially those belonging to Dover [Ibid., No. 24 i.]. The said Ambassador's memorial to the King, of the same date upon the case of the Dutch vessel Jager, Robert Foster master, taken by the English privateer Falmouth, commanded by Captain Greave [Ibid., No. 24 ii.].
April 16.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of William Armar, clerk, precentor of Connor. Shewing that petitioner in February, 1688–9, was employed by the Protestant nobility and gentry of the north-east part of Ireland to represent to the King the deplorable condition they were in. That on several other occasions he demonstrated his great zeal and readiness to serve the government, and that Mr. William Harbord was pleased to recommend him to the bishop of Down and Connor for a living, which was also seconded by a letter from the Earl of Nottingham (then Secretary of State) to the said bishop. That he was accordingly presented to the living. But, as he hath been lately informed, it hath appeared at a visitation held at Lisburn that a friend of his without his consent or privity (as was at the said visitation declared upon oath) did give some money to a woman in the bishop's house to keep off other pretenders, which is like to affect his retention of the said living, though done without his consent or knowledge. He has been for some time in England upon urgent occasions, with a license of absence; but his friends neglecting to take out the said license in due form, the visitors at the said visitation would not excuse his absence, but proceeded against him and will deprive him very soon for non-appearance which he cannot help, lying under a lingering sickness which renders him unable to travel. Referred to the Lords Justices. [S.P. Ireland 356, No. 47 and S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 392.] Annexed (1) is a certificate of 12 April, 1694, signed by Lords Shelburne, Donegal, Charlemont, Mountjoy, Coningsby and others, that William Armar, clerk, precentor of Connor, hath been very zealously affected to the Protestant religion, etc. [S.P. Ireland 356, No. 47 i.]; and (2) a certificate dated 3 June, 1689, by Lord Mount Alexander and others that William Armar of Newtown in county Down was employed by the Protestants of the north-east part of Ireland about the middle of February, 1688–9, to represent the difficulties they lay under; that, during his solicitation here, the Irish army came upon them and dispersed such as were in arms, and have since spoiled and robbed that country and have taken all the worldly substance Mr. Armar had, which his being employed in the public service prevented him from saving [S.P. Ireland, 356, No. 47 ii.].
April 16.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Lords of the Admiralty. The Ambassador from the States General has represented to his Majesty that a Dutch ship called the Jager or Huntsman (of which Robert Forster is master) bound from Oporto to Rotterdam has been lately brought into Dover by a privateer, who threatens the mariners belonging to the said ship to get them pressed into their Majesties' service at sea; his Majesty thereupon commands me to tell you that, if any of the men belonging to the said ship the Jager are already or hereafter shall be pressed, they shall be forthwith discharged and at liberty to stay on board the said vessel. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 5, p. 8.]
April 16.
Whitehall.
The same to Sir Charles Hedges. The Swedish Secretary, Mr. Leyoncrona, put into my hands the enclosed representation to justify the manner of granting passports by the College of Commerce in Sweden, which he presses may be made authentic and incontrovertible by directions from the King. Before I lay the same before his Majesty, I thought fit to know your opinion of what he here alleges as to the conveniences or inconveniences of the said passport and how far the same can be admitted and made practicable, which I wish to have by next Wednesday morning, and I should be glad to see you at the same time to consult you about some articles in the privateer bill which relates to the Court of Admiralty. Enclosures not here appended. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 5, p. 9.]
April 16.
Whitehall.
Passes for Robert Whitchurch to go to Harwich and Holland; for Mrs. Mary Ashwell, and Mrs. Christian Ashwell, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 37, p. 195]; and for the Hopewell pink, commander George Stephens, to take on board French prisoners now in English gaols, and transport them to Calais to be exchanged for our subjects, prisoners there [Ibid., p. 196].
April 16.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Nicholas Hill to search for a private printing press where divers treasonable and seditious books and papers are printed, and secure the same, together with the papers and books and such persons as he suspects are concerned therein. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 543.]
April 16.
Whitehall.
Pass for Mr. Jacob Hasselborne, merchant, to go to Holland, recommended by the churchwardens of St. Olave's Hart St. [Ibid.]
April 16.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Sir Charles Hedges, setting forth that by a late Act of Parliament he is deprived of an allowance of 400l. yearly for his attendance on the Council, &c., payable out of the perquisites of the Admiralty; praying a settlement in lieu of it. Referred to the Lords of the Admiralty for their opinion. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 392.]
April 16.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Robert Mackarrell, merchant, setting forth his loss of four ships coming from France, and that several more are unsold, and praying to have those ships unsold granted him towards his satisfaction for 2,000l. due for transport service into Ireland. Referred to the Treasury for their opinion. [Ibid., p. 393.]
April 16.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Alexander Higgins, praying for the discharge of a debt due from the late Earl of Tyrconnel's estate to Susanna Tobin (now the petitioner's wife) as executrix to Marmaduke Beynton, esq. Referred to the Treasury for their report. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 3, p. 52.]
April 16.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Viscount Sydney, reciting that an independent company of foot is to be raised for the service in Jamaica, commanded by Captain James Prince, consisting of three sergeants, three corporals, two drummers, and one hundred private soldiers, and directing that out of the stores remaining in the office of the ordnance specified arms are to be issued for arming the said company. [H.O. Military Entry Book 4, p. 26.]
April 16.
Whitehall.
Commission for Robert Hyde, gent., to be ensign of the company of which Lieutenant-Colonel Wrey is captain in the first regiment of foot guards commanded by Viscount Sydney. [H.O. Military Entry Book 4, p. 23.]
April 17.
Whitehall.
Earl of Shrewsbury to the Recorder of London. The enclosed petition is put into my hands to be presented to his Majesty.
I desire to know your opinion of what is here alleged to assert the petitioner's innocence, and how the matter appeared against her at her trial, that it might be accordingly laid before his Majesty if there were any favorable circumstances in her case to recommend her to his mercy. Enclosure not appended here. [H.O. Letter Book, Secretary's 5, p. 10.]
April 17.
Chester.
C. O[sborne] to Robert Yard, esq., at the Earl of Shrewsbury's office, forwarding letters that "concern their Majesties' service." Appended is a note from James Blackett to the said Robert Yard, dated from the "George" in Aldrichgate, Friday, accounting for the unpunctual delivery of the said letters. Enclosures not preserved here. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, Nos. 70 and 70, i.]
April 17.
Whitehall.
Royal approbation of Charles Boughton, esq., as one of the deputy lieutenants of Middlesex. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 202.]
April 17.
Whitehall.
Passes for John Charter, John Coller, John Tuxbury, Thomas Parfy, William Ross, Francis Lucas, Jacob Osterlin, William Barrell, — Smith, and John Short to embark at Gravesend or Harwich and go to Holland [S.P. Dom., Warrant Book 37, p. 197]; for Mary Geeleman and Johan Clercks to go to Holland; for Captain James Jones and a servant, ditto; for Acltje Berlon, a soldier's wife, and two children, ditto; for Sarah Cherrod, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 543]; for Mary Musgrave, ditto, on my Lord Mayor's pass; for Elizabeth Warnel and two children, ditto; and for Anne Daniels and Mary Janse, both Dutch women, ditto [Ibid., p. 544].
April 17.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Colonel Henry Luttrell, setting forth that he obtained from the King a letter for a custodiam of his brother Simon Luttrell's estate; praying he may hold the said estate as his predecessors held it. Referred to the Treasury for their report. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 394.]
April 17.
Whitehall.
Commissions for James Mayne, clerk, to be chaplain of the regiment of foot commanded by Archibald, Earl of Argyll [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 201]; for Barlow Wickham, gent., to be lieutenant of the company of which Captain Joseph Crisp is captain in the regiment of foot commanded by Colonel Francis Russell [Ibid., p. 206].
April 18. State of the poundage from 1 Jan., 1690 [–1] to the last day of March, 1692. [King William's Chest 15, No. 5.]
April 18. P— F— to Lord Kingston, begging his recommendation to Lady Waldegrave as one fit to manage her concerns. Your bold venture has put my lady [Lady Kingston] into some fright, and she begs you would not venture further without a pass from England, for there is no trusting those people, and the copies of the letters you had at Lisle do but plainly shew how little confidence is to be put in them. Your being gone out of this dominion cannot be long kept a secret, so it would be best to inform your friends where you are, especially young Ronchi, who is your cordial one, and hourly enquires after you. My lady gives her blessing to Mr. Robert, her most tender love to your lordship. I am told my lord Melfort wrote you a letter enclosed in Mr. Nairns', whose friendship is not to be neglected. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 71.]
April 18.
Dublin Castle
The Lords Justices to Mr. Secretary Trenchard. We find it our duty to acquaint the King that we have no power to carry out the orders contained in his letter of January 15th respecting the outlawry of Mr. Charles White of Leixlip and the granting him a pardon, until the case has been examined here. Observing also that the King has granted his favour to the petitioner upon the interposition of the Emperor, and finding no precedent, we beg the King may consider whether this example may not encourage other persons in the same circumstances to make their application to foreign princes, which may tend to public inconvenience. [S.P. Ireland 356, No. 48.]
April 18.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Mr. Baron. The Elector of Brandenburg, having sent one of his yachts, which has already arrived, or may be soon expected, at Gravesend, to be in readiness to carry over Mons. Dankleman, the Brandenburg envoy, makes his application to me that the yacht may not be visited. He asks this only as a point of honour, assuring me that the yacht brings no merchandize hither, and I have therefore thought fit to recommend it to you to gratify the envoy in this particular. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 5, p. 10.]
April 18.
Whitehall.
The same to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury. The King commands you to forthwith give the necessary orders for furnishing Mr. Cressett, their Majesties' envoy extraordinary to the House of Lunenburg, with bills of credit to the value of 1,000l. sterling, to be paid him as he shall have occasion to employ the same for a particular and important service with which he is entrusted. [Ibid.]
April 18.
Admiralty Office.
The Lords of the Admiralty to the Earl of Shrewsbury. In connection with the complaints made by the Swedish secretary of the ill-treatment of a Swedish man-of-war by the captain of the Garland in the Downs, we sent for a report to Sir George Rooke and to Mr. Stock, the muster-master for the navy at Deal. We also enclose a copy (not here appended) of a letter from Captain Crow, commander of their Majesty's ship Norwich, being an answer to a complaint of the cutting of the cable of a Swedish man-of-war in the Downs. [H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 386.] Enclosing:—
Copy of the Narrative of Captain Thomas Robinson, commander of their Majesties' ship Garland, concerning his going on board a Swedish man-of-war in the Downs, 17 January, 1694. He received information from Captain Edwards of Deal, late commander of a privateer, that a certain Swedish man-of-war was carrying seven hundred pigs of lead and a great quantity of brass guns for the French King's service, and therefore went on board the Swede in search of Englishmen, in accordance with article 37 of his general instructions. He was prevented from searching in the hold. Meeting the Swedish lieutenant afterwards in a boat, he shewed him his authority for the search, and after a refusal on the lieutenant's part and blows on both sides, Robinson ultimately succeeded in getting him before the English commodore, with Major Bargrave and the said Captain Edwards as witnesses. The commodore had the lieutenant put on board his own ship, and undertook to report to the Admiralty. [Ibid., p. 390.]
April 18.
Admiralty Office.
J. Sotherne to Mons. Leyoncrona. [Ibid., p. 394.] Enclosing: Copy of a letter from Captain John Brooks, commander of their Majesties' hired ship the Joseph, dated 15 May, 1694 (sic). My lieutenant being in charge of the ship heard the men on board one of the Swedish vessels riding at anchor close to us speak the English language. He accordingly sent eight men on board to search for English seamen. The Swedes resisted them with handspikes, being encouraged by William Edwards of Aldborough, an English pilot on board her. The ship's name is the Ollabear, Alexander Williams, commander. My lieutenant has brought on board two of the Swedes that were most refractory. [Ibid., p. 398.]
April 18.
Plymouth.
Affidavit by Peter Folke, quartermaster, and several of the crew of the Swedish man-of-war Hope, Captain Eric Ribbingh, commander, by their sworn interpreter Hendrik Eversen, of East Looe, co. Cornwall, mariner. On the 12th instant when deponents were in their commander's pinnace, passing their Majesties' ship Dunkirk in the port of Plymouth, the lieutenant of the Dunkirk, whose name they understand is Lancaster, commanded them aboard of him, and fired upon them with ball with two muskets, and afterwards by force towed them to the English man-of-war, and rifled their pinnace. [Ibid., p. 410.] Appended is a specification of goods taken from the pinnace, 12 April, 1694. [Ibid., p. 411.]
April 18.
Admiralty Office.
The Lords of the Admiralty to Sir John Trenchard. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 25.] Enclosing:— Extract of a letter from Captain Leak, commanding their Majesties' ship Greenwich, appointed to convoy the forces from Leith to Holland, dated in Leith Roads, 10 April, 1694. The Lord Chancellor says the forces will be ready in eight or ten days; they await a regiment which is coming from Berwick. He has ordered me to send two men-of-war to lie off the Bass, having information of two or three privateers coming to the relief of it. The Government has a man-of-war of 20 guns there already. I fear this may be a hindrance to our proceeding with the forces. [Ibid., No. 25 i.]
April 18. Extract of a letter from Sir George Rooke. I learn from some prisoners taken in a small boat that John de Bart is suddenly bound from Dunkirk to the Northward, with six or seven ships of forty guns and upwards, for another convoy of corn. They say there is a squadron of ships gone or going from Brest to the Mediterranean, and they believe their main fleet will not be armed this year, in regard that the seamen are not warned in from their several ports on this coast. [Ibid., No. 26.]
April 18. Sir Charles Hedges to the Earl of Shrewsbury. In connection with Mons. Leyoncrona's representation, it is true that the College of Commerce is not intended by the treaty to be excluded from granting passes, but ought, on the other hand, to grant them according to the treaty, and if the Swedes have agreed to more than the College of Commerce can observe, it is a good ground for desiring their Majesties to come to some new regulations, but not for accusing the Court of Admiralty of partial proceedings. If the form of the pass be changed, certain conditions should be observed.
The Swedes have often pretended that it is for our interest not to be strict in this point of passes, in regard that the English and Dutch are greater traders than the French; but if it be considered that the Swedish trade consists chiefly in naval stores; that what we have from them comes for the most part under convoy; and that the French run a greater risk in passing through the channel than we do in making the Thames, I cannot believe we can be too careful in preventing a colourable trade in Swedish products. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 27.] Enclosing:—
Mons. Leyoncrona to the same, dated London, 16 April, 1694, with regard to the passes granted by the Swedish Royal Colleges of Commerce and Accounts, to which the English court of Admiralty objects on the ground that the parties obtaining passes do not appear personally before the Colleges, &c. [Ibid. No. 27i.]
April 18.
Kensington.
Warrant to the Lords Justices of Ireland to order two hundred tons of timber (such as shall be marked by John Naish, or the Purveyor of the Navy for the time being, as unfit for the service of the said navy) to be felled in the woods near the river of Cork, formerly belonging to the Earl of Clancarty and delivered to the Earl of Inchiquin, who has represented that his father the late Earl was seized of a large mansion house adjoining the city of Cork, before that city was besieged in 1690, it having been left standing by the Governor of the city in the late King James's time, when the other parts of the suburbs were fired, as it was under the command of the fort in a place where it could in no way annoy the besieged; but that on the approach of their Majesties' forces the Earl of Clancarty, out of a particular revenge to the petitioner's father and himself, caused the said house to be burnt. [S.P. Dom. Signet Office Letter Book 13, p. 111.]
April 18.
Whitehall.
Post warrant for Mr. Adam Cardonell and his servant to go to Southampton, and to return, with two horses and a guide. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 37, p. 195.]
April 18.
Whitehall.
Passes for Mr. Samuel Newman to go to Holland on the recommendation of Mr. Wharton of the Temple, and Mr. Forester, kinsman of William Forester who lodges at the court; for Catharina Boshoft, Johanna van Zuhill, and her daughter, ditto; for Aert Bogart, ditto; for Jessina Mensel, a Dutch soldier's wife, ditto; for Jeanne Tadourneau, a French refugee, ditto; and for Peter Oors and his son, ditto. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 544.]
April 19.
Whitehall.
Sir J. Trenchard to Lord Sydney. The Spanish Ambassador has informed the King that five hundred Spanish soldiers have lately landed at Deal in order to go to Flanders; his Majesty commands me to acquaint you that he wishes you to give order to the magistrates thereabouts to take care that the said soldiers be civilly used, and be provided with necessaries at reasonable prices for the same during the time they shall stay in those parts. [H.O. Letter Book (Secrerary's) 3, p. 167.]
April 19.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Arabella Wheler, widow of Sir Francis Wheler, showing that her husband was a younger brother of no other estate but his employment and a fortune of 4,000l. which the petitioner brought him, which proves very much impaired by his two last voyages; praying maintenance for herself and her young children. The King promised some provision for the eldest of her sons, in compensation of the company in the guards bought with the deceased's own money. Referred to the Admiralty for their opinion. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 3, p. 54; and H.O. Admiralty 5, p. 434.]
April 19.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to the Lords of the Admiralty, requiring a protection for the David hoy, John Martin, master, with seven mariners, to be employed in carrying five hundred Spanish soldiers, lately come from the Canaries, and now at Deal, to Flanders. The David, and three Flemish "Billanders," which are to transport the soldiers, are to sail with the convoy for the Maes next week. [H.O. Admiralty 3, p. 88.]
April 19.
Westminster.
Memorial of the Dutch Ambassador, Arniaut van Citters, to the King touching the case of the ship Jager of Rotterdam. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 28.] Enclosing:—
Deposition by certain of the crew of the Jager as to proceedings at her capture by the privateer commanded by Captain Greaves, the owner of which is one Mr. Foote. [Ibid., No. 28 i.]
April 19.
Whitehall.
Order to the Lords of the Admiralty, to put the fleet to short allowance (drink excepted) of six men to four men's victuals. [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book 1, p. 108.]
April 19.
Whitehall.
Commissions for John Granville, esq., to be captain of the company of which John, Earl of Bath, was captain in the regiment of foot commanded by Sir Bevill Granville; for William Grills, esq., to have Captain Thomas Carew's company in the same regiment; for George Wade, esq., to be captain-lieutenant to the Colonel's company in the same regiment; and for Warner Dawes, gent., to be lieutenant to Lieutenant-Colonel Sydney Godolphin in the same regiment. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 201.]
April 19.
Whitehall.
Commissions for John Man, gent., to be lieutenant of the company of which Captain William Gay is captain in the regiment of foot commanded by Colonel Henry Rowe; for Samuel Hackett, gent., to be ensign to Captain Thomas Aston's company in the same regiment; for Hugh Drysdale, gent., to be ensign to Captain John Lloyd in the same regiment; and for Alexander Gay, gent., to be adjutant in the same regiment. [H.O. Military Entry Book 4, p. 27.]
April 19.
Whitehall.
Warrant for the appointment of Arthur, Viscount Irwin, to be governor of the Castle of Scarborough in Yorkshire. [Ibid., p. 28.]
April 19.
Whitehall.
Passes for Mrs. Elizabeth Hamerstein, Mr. Hamerstein her nephew, and two servants to go to Harwich and Holland; and for Sir Thomas Hackett, ditto. [S.P. Dom., Warrant Book 37, p. 197.]
April 19.
Whitehall.
Allowance of the expenses of Hugh Greg, residing at the Court of Denmark, from 1 October, 1693, to 1 January, 1694. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 39, p. 25.]
April 19.
Whitehall.
Ratification of the election of Job Statford, gent., to be town clerk of Oxford. [Ibid., p. 23.]
April 20.
Admiralty Office.
J. Sotherne to William Bridgeman, enclosing letters taken from one Mons. Lecordier, who is secured on board the Henrietta yacht upon suspicion of being a spy. He is to be brought to Secretary Trenchard for examination. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 29.] Enclosing:—
Two private letters from V. Bellefontaine to Francois Delafage, merchant at Honfleur, dated respectively — 1693, andNov., 1693. [Ibid., Nos. 29 i. and 29 ii.]
April 20.
Whitehall.
Commissions for Slingsby Bethell, gent., to be lieutenant to Captain Edward Harrington in the regiment of foot commanded by Henry de Caumont, Marquis de Rada; and for James Loney, gent., to be lieutenant to Captain Thomas Browne in the same regiment. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 203.]
April 20.
Whitehall.
Pass for Lieutenant Colonel George Macartney, LieutenantColonel Thomas Forbes, Mr. Thomas Pennyfeather, and William Wynman, Peter Grant, and Thomas Davyes, with Mrs. Pennyfeather and Anne Sincler, her maidservant, to go to Harwich and Holland. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 37, p. 197.]
April 20.
Whitehall.
Passes for Maria Piering and Catharine Schade, with five children, to go to Holland; for Johanna Herretts and two children, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 544]; and for Cornelius Bennington, ditto, recommended by the churchwardens of Stepney [Ibid., p. 545].
April 20.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Peter Marisco, messenger, to go to the coast of Kent or Sussex, and apprehend Edward, Lord Griffin, who is designing to pass over into France. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 39, p. 22.]
April 20.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the same to go to the coast of Kent and Sussex and there apprehend Colonel — Fielding, Colonel John Parker, and — Briarly for high treason in adhering to their Majesties' enemies. [Ibid.]
April 21.
Admiralty Office.
A list of all their Majesties' ships and vessels in sea pay, with an account how they are disposed. [King William's Chest 15, No. 6.]
April 21.
Transport Office.
The Transport Commissioners to Sir John Trenchard. In accordance with your order to provide transport for a regiment of horse from Portsmouth to Flanders, we forthwith instructed our correspondent at that place, who writes there is no shipping to be had there, except some few small coasting vessels not fit to carry horses; we conceive the only way will be to send ships from here under a convoy to Portsmouth. We beg we may speedily have the money ordered for this service, by reason that the masters who go by the month will not trust now for any part of their freight, there being so much money due to them for monthly service they were engaged in last year. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 29a.] Enclosing:—
(1) A copy of a letter from A. Shallett to the Transport Commissioners, dated London, 21 April, 1694, begging that a convoy may be provided for the return of their ships hired to carry over horses for their Majesties' service. It is reported that several of the late transport fleet have been taken in their return for want of convoy [Ibid., No. 29a, i]. (2) Account of the expense of transport to be provided for a regiment of horse from Portsmouth to Flanders, 21 April, 1694 [Ibid., No. 29a, ii].
April 21. Minutes of proceedings of the Committee of Council, relative to the estates and persons of outlaws from Ireland, the date of the beginning of the late war there, the settlement of claims yet depending, and the fortification of Limerick. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 72.]
April 21.
Whitehall.
Passes for Mrs. Elizabeth Langdall, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, and Anne Lambert, their servant, to go to Harwich or Gravesend and into Holland; for Benjamin Walford, a bookseller, to go to Harwich and Holland; for Thomas Brockholes, John Brockholes, Edward Tyldesley, Thomas Anderton and Thomas Golding, ditto; for Mr. Richard Collier, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 37, p. 198]; for Edward Check, esq., and German Coladon, gent., his tutor, to go to Geneva [Ibid., p. 199]; for John Enmiss and Elizabeth his wife, recommended by the churchwardens of St. James's, Westminster, to go to Ireland; and for Thomas Smith, Thomas Hunter, Christopher Swarbreck, and Thomas Brockholes to go to Holland, recommended by Mr. John Byron and Mr. Peter Shakerly [Ibid. 38, p. 546].
April 22.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to the Lords of the Admiralty. The Society and Angel (now at Mr. Snelgrove's yard) are to fitted up as bombvessels, besides the six already ordered to be fitted, provided it can be done in a fortnight. [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book 1, p. 108.]
April 22.
Kensington.
Warrant to the Lords of the Admiralty to order Francis Raynsford, esq., receiver of the rights and perquisites of our Admiralty, to pay 1,400l. to Rodolph Kien for our immediate service. [H.O. Admiralty 3, p. 89.]
April 22.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Lords of the Admiralty to allow to Francis Rainsford, esq., upon his accounts, 4,000l. paid for our immediate service. [Ibid., p. 91.]
April 22.
Admiralty Office.
A list of their Majesties' first, second and third rate ships designed for the main fleet, with an account of their complements, &c. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 30.]
April 22. Minutes of proceedings of the Committee of Council, respecting Mr. Stanhope's action (which is approved); the employment of Mons. Corneille at Limerick; the summoning of parliament in Ireland; Sir Charles Hedges' petition, &c. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 73.]
April 22.
Whitehall.
Caveat that nothing pass relating to a pardon for John Laws, sentenced to death for the murder of Mr. Edward Wilson, till notice first be given to Mr. Robert Wilson, brother of the deceased, at his house in Stratton Street, Berkeley Square. [S.P. Dom. Entry Book 74, p. 1.]
April 22.
Whitehall.
Pass for Ann Browers, a Dutch woman, to go to Holland. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 546.]
April 23.
Dublin Castle.
The Lords Justices of Ireland to Sir John Trenchard. Before we received his Majesty's commands (which yours of the 12th inst. brought us) to stop the shipping of Colonel Michelburne's regiment till further order, the new men, which have been raised to recruit this regiment, and increase the numbers of each company, were sent for Chester (being twelve sergeants, twelve drummers, and one hundred and fifty-four private men), commanded by one captain, two lieutenants and two ensigns. The private men exceed the number required to be added to each regiment by twenty-four, which the colonel did out of his great care to continue his regiment (as now it is) a full and good one, in case any should desert. The colonel has provided necessary arms for all the additional men at his own charge. If his regiment is to continue in this kingdom, there may be no occasion for sending back any of these men, besides the officers, because we conceive his Majesty will not have the companies of one regiment here larger than the rest, so that the men may be disposed of for recruiting other regiments in England. But the colonel hopes that he may be repaid the money which he has laid out, and that the five officers may be commanded back to the regiment. [S.P. Ireland 356, No. 49.]
April 23.
Whitehall.
Sir J. Trenchard to the Lords of the Treasury. The King has allowed a pension of ten shillings a day to René la Faucille, from the 1st of June last, to be paid out of the establishment of Ireland, in consideration of his services, and his having an allowance as Lieutenant-Governor of Sligo. His Majesty commands me that the said René la Faucille be put upon the Irish establishment accordingly. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 3, p. 168.]
April 23.
Whitehall.
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Lords of the Admiralty. The Danish envoy and Swedish secretary having joined in a complaint of an affront offered to their men-of-war at Plymouth by the commander and ship's company of the Dunkirk frigate, the King commands me to send you the enclosed account thereof (as drawn up by the Danish captain) and to acquaint you to forthwith make an enquiry in this matter, and report to his Majesty what shall appear to have passed. Enclosure not appended here. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 5, p. 11.]
April 23.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to the Lords of the Admiralty, transmitting a complaint from the Commissioners of the Customs, laid before the King in Council for such order as may be requisite to be given therein. The complaint is not entered here. [H.O. Admiralty 3, p. 89.]
April 23.
Weymouth.
Copy of a letter from Captain Jacob Wright, commander of their Majesties' ship the Goodwin prize. According to an order received from Lord Danby at Spithead, dated the 12th inst., I have used my endeavour to look into the ports along the coast of France, but there are so many small French frigates cruizing, that I could not come near any, by reason I have always been intercepted by them. The nearest account I can give of a squadron sighted on the morning of the 23rd inst., is that they were about twenty-five sail of fighting ships from thirty guns to sixty, and they have with them several half galleys. In the evening they bore south from Portland, and when they had a breeze they endeavoured to get to westward. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 31.]
April 23.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Thomas Rymer, esq., setting forth his great charge in transcribing and publishing a book of all the leagues and treaties, and praying for 200l. seized at Leicester on the conviction of a Romish priest. Referred to the Treasury for their report. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 395.]
April 23.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of the Governor and Company of merchants of London trading to the East Indies, setting forth that, in pursuance of her Majesty's order in council, they have since 5th October last bought goods and merchandize of the produce of this Kingdom to the value of 150,000l. and upwards, whereof above 75,000l. were in woollen manufactures, and having laden the said goods on board their ships for India at their own risk, according to the tenor of fifteen bonds entered into by the company, they pray that the said bonds may be delivered up to them, the conditions thereof having been fulfilled. Referred to the Attorney-General for his opinion. [Ibid.]
April 24.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Henry Potts, setting forth that he was trapanned into Barbados, and on his return taken by the French, and retaken, and is a prisoner at Plymouth, praying discharge. Referred for report to the Commissioners of sick and wounded prisoners. [Ibid., p. 396.]
April 23.
Whitehall.
Commissions for Mr. Joseph Studd to be major of Colonel Venner's regiment, and also to be captain of a company in the same regiment; for Mr. Thomas Albrittain to be ensign to Captain Pollexfen, in the same regiment; for Mr. Francis Rosse to be lieutenant to Captain Studd in the same regiment; for Mr. Edmond Keating to be captain of that company of which Lord Viscount Charlemont was captain in Colonel Rowe's regiment of foot [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 204]; for Peter Lisle, esq., to be captain-lieutenant in the regiment of foot commanded by — in the company of which he himself is captain [Ibid., p. 205]; for Patrick Lyon, gent., to be lieutenant to Lieutenant-Colonel Murdock Mackenzie in the regiment of foot commanded by Colonel Henry Rowe; for Ezekiel Everest, esq., to be captain of the troop of which William, Viscount Mountjoy, was captain, in the regiment of horse commanded by Colonel Hugh Wyndham; for Francis Strickland, esq., to be captain-lieutenant of the Colonel's troop in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 206]; for Robert Stoughton, esq., to be captain-lieutenant of the company in the regiment of foot commanded by Colonel Gustavus Hamilton, of which he himself is captain [Ibid., p. 207]; for William Ashton, esq., to be captain of the company of which Colonel John Courthorpe was late colonel, in the first regiment of foot guards commanded by Viscount Sydney, and to take the rank of lieutenant-colonel of foot [H.O. Military Entry Book 4, p. 38]; and for Charles Filks, gent., to be adjutant in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 40].
April 23.
Whitehall.
Warrant for the appointment of Auguste de Laspoy, esq., to be captain in the regiment of foot commanded by William, Viscount Mountjoy. [Ibid., p. 32.]
April 23.
Whitehall.
A list of all the officers in Viscount Charlemont's regiment of foot:—
Colonel: William, Viscount Charlemont.
Lieut.-Colonel: Adam Murray.
Major: Thomas Whitney.
Captains:
Martin Leycock, John Wildman, HanceStevenson, ThomasMorgan, Daniel Hodson, Richard Crofton, William Camball, William Flower, Richard Hedges.
Lieutenants:
William Proby, Richard, Lord Lambert, John Tobin, Francis Graham, Mark Smith, Roger Holland, Charles la Pointelle, Andrew Archer, Anthony Callon, James Ducass, Robert Creighton, George Lambert.
Ensigns:
John Cooper, Thomas Baker, Theodore Morris, Philip Fynney, — Brigett, John Henderson, William Hargrave, Jacob Dalman, — Lloyd, Walter Cope, William Eyres, Richard Carter.
Captain of the Grenadiers:
Francis Flood.
1st Lieutenant: Patrick Fox.
2nd Lieutenant: William Taylor.
Staff Officers:
Chaplain: Ralph Lambert.
Surgeon: Robert Dunbarr.
Adjutant: Robert Wilson.
Quarter-Master: Robert Walker. [Ibid. 4, p. 36.]
April 23.
Whitehall.
A list of all the officers in Viscount Mountjoy's regiment of foot:—
Colonel: William, Viscount Mountjoy.
Lieut.-Colonel: Nicholas Price.
Major: Archibald Hamilton.
Captains:
Hugh Hamill, Charles Stewart, Humphry Booth, Jerome Hawkins, Charles Willis, Richard Brooke, Arthur Stewart, Christopher Bigg, Anthony Hovenden.
Lieutenants:
Alexander Stewart, William Bentley, Samuel Hopkins, Richard Crofton, Miles Martin, Edward Charlton, Henry Campsy, Heath Edwards, Joshua Pylot, Auguste Delaspoy, Hans Stevenson, William Holiday.
Ensigns:
James Stewart, Hamilton Montgomery, Robert King, Robert Edwards, Charles Stewart, jun., René Fleury, John Leathem, John Carré, Richard Coome, — Sandoes, Samuel Droye, John Ardees.
Captain of Grenadiers:
John Murray.
1st Lieutenant: William Stewart.
2nd Lieutenant: Robert Rowan.
Staff Officers:
Quarter-Master: Auguste Delaspoy.
Adjutant: Richard Cole.
Chaplain: Edward Walkington.
Surgeon: James Browne. [Ibid., p. 35.]
April 23.
Whitehall.
A list of all the officers in Sir Richard Atkin's regiment of foot.
Colonel: Sir Richard Atkins.
Lieut.-Colonel: Francis Edgworth.
Major: John Hobart.
Captains:
Owen Norton, Beresford Cotton, Wilughby Aston, John Gardiner, Thomas Ogle, Philip Diamond, William Sandys, Philip Fletcher, John Wood.
Lieutenants:
Edward Dixie, Rowland Gwyn, Richard Jennings, John Morley, John Shelbury, Nehemiah Rowney, Francis Law, Richard Bauckham, Thomas Birch, Henry Tancred, George Tompson, Pierre Francfort.
Ensigns:
Thomas Dodson, Franc Marriott, Franc Symons, John Alston, Conway Maie, Edward Bush, Franc Stockman, John Bushell, Joseph Hodges, Michael Owen, Noel Barton, — Harrison.
Captain of Grenadiers:
Thomas Stringer.
1st Lieutenant: John Jennings.
2nd Lieutenant: Edward Roger.
Staff Officers:
Chaplain: Nicholas Brady.
Quarter-Master: Walter Trevillian
Adjutant: Evan Roberts.
Surgeon: Benjamin Godde.
[Ibid., p. 34.]
April 23.
Whitehall.
List of all the officers in Colonel John Courthope's regiment of foot:—
Colonel: John Courthope.
Lieut.-Colonel: Toby Caulfield.
Major: William Hamilton.
Captains:
James Barry, Edward Sprag, — Massey, Downam Cope, Daniel McNeale, Richard Luther, Edward Jones, Robert Foulkes, John Adrian du Ross d'Antilly.
Lieutenants:
Captain-Lieut.: Robert Meade; Matthew Poole, John Cooke, John Philpot, George Roboteau, Walter Devereux, — Mabat, —Whitwyck, Henry South, Thomas Barnes, Thomas Denny, Samuel Moore.
Ensigns:
Roger Supple, William Barker, Francis Maynard, John Ballard, Henry Roche, Rudson Cobley, Sydney Hara, Matthew Chambers, Henry Cookman, John Fulford, —Blount, Symon Parry.
Captain of the Grenadiers:
Thomas Buckeridge.
1st Lieutenant: Thomas Bowyer.
2nd Lieutenant: Henry Bush.
Staff Officers:
Adjutant: James Philpot.
Surgeon: —Weames.
Quarter-master: John Hudson.
Chaplain: William Jephson.
[Ibid., p. 33.]
April 23.
Whitehall.
Passes for Mr. John Waldau to go to Harwich and Holland [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 37, p. 200]; for Bartholmew Walmesley, esq., his wife, Ellenor Walmesley, his sister, with Lovall Robert Wingatt, Miles Loo, William Sprat, Alexander Browne, Silvester White, Margaret Booth, and Alice Guest, their servants, with their goods and necessaries to return out of France by Flanders and land in any port of this kingdom [Ibid. p. 201]; for Mary Browning and Francis Hawkins to go to Holland [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 546]; for Laurence Robertsen, a Dutchman, ditto; for Elisabet Willis and Ann Daniels, with two children, ditto; for Gerrit Maas, a Dutchman, ditto; for Mary Brouning and Frances Hawkins, ditto; for Magdalena Dobbelsteen and Susanna Offering, with three children, ditto; for Samuel Verchel, a French Protestant, ditto; for John Auduroi, ditto, ditto [Ibid., p. 547]; and for Peter Stolwyck and Mary his wife, ditto [Ibid. p. 549].
April 23.
Whitehall.
Warrant for grant of the dignity of a baron of England to Henry Herbert of Ribsford in Worcester, esq., by the title of Henry, Lord Herbert of Chirbury, co. Salop. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 39, p. 24.]
April 23.
Kensington.
Warrant for the payment of arrears, &c. of salary due to Sir Charles Porter, Chancellor of Ireland. [S.P. Dom. Signet Office Letter Book 13, p. 107.]
April 23.
Kensington.
Warrant for the leasing to Colonel Henry Luttrell of the estate of Colonel Simon Luttrell, on terms still more advantageous than were directed in the warrant of 7 February last, he having represented that at the taking of Limerick the Earl of Athlone made him a promise of holding the said estate under such tenure as his predecessors formerly held the same from the Crown. [Ibid., p. 108.]
April 23.
Kensington.
Warrant to the Lords Justices to grant an additional 200l. yearly as increase of salary to each of the Judges in Ireland, in consequence of their petition. [Ibid., p. 110.]
April 24.
Kensington.
Instructions for Edward Russell, esq., Admiral of the Fleet:—
It being not yet known in what manner the French will dispose of their fleet this summer, we have thought fit to give you the following particular directions.
1. In case the French fleet, or any part thereof, be in Brest water, or the harbour there, or at Belle Isle, when you come upon that coast, we do hereby authorize and empower you, if you shall think it feasible, to attempt to burn and destroy them, or otherwise to annoy the enemy by such ways and means and in such manner, as you shall judge it most practicable and best for our service.
2. If you should have an account that the enemy's whole fleet is at sea, but you cannot gain any intelligence where they are, we do authorize you to go with the fleet in search of them to such distance from England as you shall think convenient, not going beyond the latitude of Cape Finisterre.
3. In case you shall, when at sea, have such intelligence as you shall think may be depended upon, that the enemy's whole fleet is gone to the Mediterranean, or to any other place South of Cape Finisterre, our pleasure is that you do then follow them with such strength as you shall judge requisite to attack them, but that, if only part of the enemy's fleet is gone into the Mediterranean or South of the said latitude, then you are hereby authorized to send after them a squadron of such force as you shall think necessary, or to go with it in person.
And in these respective cases, you are to pursue and follow these orders, without staying for, or expecting any further directions from hence, giving advice from time to time to us by the hands of one of our principal Secretaries of State, and also to the Commissioners of our Admiralty, of your resolutions and proceedings, that you may thereupon receive our further orders, and that the necessary care may be taken for supplying you, according to the occasion, with what may be requisite for the service. [S.P. Dom., King William's Chest 15, No. 7, and H.O. Admiralty Entry Book 1, p. 109.]
April 24.
Kensington.
Draft of the above instructions for Edward Russell, Admiral of the Fleet. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 33.]
April 24.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Lords of the Admiralty to pay, out of the contingent money of the navy, the allowance of 100l. quarterly granted to Sir Charles Hedges, and formerly payable out of the perquisites of the Admiralty, which are at present taken away by the late act passed for the encouragement of privateers. [H.O. Admiralty 3, p. 90.]
April 24. Extract of a letter from Captain Dover to the lords of the Admiralty, dated on board the Expedition. Being ordered by Sir George Rooke, with the ships under my command, over upon the coast of France, we proceeded as follows:—On the 19th inst. we fell in with Facham [Fécamp] and standing along shore espied a sail, which proved to be a galliot from Sweedland bound for Havre de Grace. The master of a fishing boat taken the following day, belonging to a port near Pecham (sic), says that in Havre de Grace there lay only two small frigates which came from Dunkirk; but in Dunkirk there are six or seven menof-war fitting out, from forty to sixty guns. John Dubart has arrived there from the east with about twenty-two sail of merchants from Denmark and Sweden laden with corn. In Brest are twenty-two menof-war, of fifty to eighty guns, their destination unknown. The master of another small bark declares that all the carpenters and caulkers that were "commanded" this spring returned to Dieppe on the 18th inst., having fitted the ships aforesaid, which are now provisioning. There are altogether twelve galleys fitting on that coast. He knows of no transport ships preparing, nor of any forces drawn to the coast, beyond the dragoons which usually guard it, amounting to 3,000 all along the shore. An engineer who came from Paris has sailed for La Hogue to survey that place, in order to have it made a harbour for the King's ships. I intend to go in with La Hogue to-night. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 32.]
April 24.
Whitehall.
Order to the Lords of the Admiralty, to put the fleet on short allowance of drink. [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book 1, p. 109.]
April 24.
Whitehall.
Passes for Peter Clymants to go to Harwich and Holland; for Sarah de Olvieira, and Peter de Pas, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 37, p. 200]; for a Swedish ship called the Red Winefatt, of Stockholm, John Dufwa, commander, to sail from the port of London with copperas and other commodities, not contraband or for the immediate use of war, and carry them into any port of France, and to return with her lading of wines, brandies, etc., to Ostend [Ibid., p. 203]; and for Elizabeth Hoguel, Mary Halavan, and Judith Rioteau to go to Harwich and Holland [Ibid., p. 204].
April 24.
Whitehall.
Warrant for grant of pardon for John Holder, junior, son of John Holder, of Barbadoes, gent., sentenced to death for the murder of Francis Smith, of the said island, gent. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 547.]
April 24.
Whitehall.
Passes for Magdalena Vander Broom and five children to go to Holland [Ibid.]; for Abraham Le Bussiere, ditto [Ibid., p. 548].
April 24.
Whitehall.
Warrant for appointing John Weale, gent., master of the science of single rapier to the King; "for, notwithstanding that he lost both his eyes at sea, where he served as a lieutenant of a man-of-war, he hath attained to great ability in instructing persons in the said science." [Ibid., p. 557.]
April 24.
Whitehall.
Warrant for preparing a bill to pass the Great Seal for revoking and determining certain letters patent, bearing date 10 April, 1693, whereby were constituted and appointed Anthony, Viscount Falkland, Sir John Lowther, Henry Priestman, esq., Robert Austen, esq., Sir Robert Rich, Henry Killigrew, esq., and Sir Ralph Delaval, Commissioners for the High Admiralty of England and Ireland, and for constituting and appointing Edward Russell, esq., Sir John Lowther, of Whitehaven, co. Cumberland, bart., Henry Priestman, esq., Robert Austen, esq., Sir Robert Rich, bart., Sir George Rooke, and Sir John Houblon, knights, to be commissioners for the same. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 548.]
April 24.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of the Earl of Cork and Burlington, setting forth that Charles II. granted him the office of Lord High Treasurer of Ireland with the salary of 20s. a day; that the civil list of Ireland being reduced to twelve lunar months or 336 days in a year, the petitioner's salary was reduced 29l. a year; that, since the reduction of that kingdom, the King has restored the civil list to 365 days, yet the petitioner's salary still remains "retrenched." [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 397.]
April 25.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Governors of Sutton's Hospital or the Charterhouse, to admit George Freeman to be one of the children of that foundation. [H.O. King's Letters 1, p. 52.]
April 25.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the same to elect Edward Boyton to the next vacancy that shall occur among the poor brethren. [Ibid 2, p. 57.]
April 25.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Thomas Garnot, setting forth that he lost his leg in the King's service at sea, and praying an almsman's place in the cathedral church at Oxford. Order to the Clerk of the Signet attending, to prepare a grant in the usual way. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 398.]
April 25.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Gunrode Keyler, under sentence of death for the murder of Ann Glasborough, praying to be inserted in the general pardon. Referred to the consideration of Mr. Baron Powell. [Ibid., p. 396.]
April 25.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Lords of the Admiralty to order Edward Russell, esq., Treasurer of the Navy, to pay a pension of 40l. per annum to Capt. Ozee de Cornu, in consideration of his good services. [H.O. Admiralty 3, p. 91.]
April 25.
Admiralty Office.
The Lords of the Admiralty to Sir John Trenchard, requesting that some of the Dutch ships now in the Downs may be ordered to supply the convoy required for four small vessels conveying five hundred Spanish soldiers from Deal to Flanders. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 34.]
April 25.
Whitehall.
Order to the Commissioners of the Treasury, and others, to allow Admiral Russell such sums as he may expend in endeavouring to gain intelligence of the enemy, not exceeding the sum of 2,000l. in the whole. [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book 1, p. 111.]
April 25. Commission for Robert Hall, gent., to be cornet of Captain Thomas Meredith's troop in the regiment of horse commanded by Meinhardt, Duke of Schomberg. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 214.]
April 25.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Viscount Sydney, reciting that Sir Edward Sherburne, predecessor to Sir Thomas Littleton, clerk of the ordnance, had an additional allowance made him by Charles II. of 100l., per annum more than his established salary, in consideration of his keeping a check ledger upon the storekeeper, and other extraordinary services, which he received till he was removed from the said employment; and directing that a similar yearly allowance is to be made to Sir Thomas Littleton to commence from 26 March, 1690, to be paid him quarterly by debenture. [H.O. Military Entry Book 4, p. 29, and S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, Nos. 75 and 75 i.]
April 25.
Whitehall.
Commissions for Francis Napper, esq., to be captain of the company of grenadiers of which Captain Archibald Hamilton was late captain in the Princess Ann of Denmark's regiment of foot, commanded by Colonel John Beaumont [Ibid., p. 30]; for Samuel Harward, clerk, to be chaplain to the royal regiment of fusiliers, commanded by Colonel Edward Fitzpatrick; for William Congreve, esq., to be captain-lieutenant of the company in the Princess Ann of Denmark's regiment of foot, commanded by Colonel John Beaumont; for Godfrey Richards, esq., to be captain of that company whereof Major Thomas Whitney was late captain in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 31]; for Henry Mordaunt, esq., to be colonel of the regiment of foot of which the Earl of Monmouth was late colonel, and also to be captain of a company in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 43]; and for Peter Hamers, esq., to be captain of the company of which Captain William Hamilton was late captain in the Princess Ann of Denmark's regiment of foot, commanded by Captain John Beaumont [Ibid., p. 46].
April 25.
Whitehall.
Pass for Michael de Bethlen and John Nagy to go to Harwich and Holland. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 37, p. 200.]
April 25.
Whitehall.
Passes for Jane Perigall and her daughter to go to Holland; for Mr. Samuel Bazile, ditto; for Jean Valere, a French protestant, ditto [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 548]; for Mr. Jonah Alsop, ditto; for Albert Lobbe, a Dutch soldier, ditto; for Mr. James Martin, a French protestant, ditto; and for Mr. Christopher Browne, ditto [Ibid., p. 549].
April 25.
Whitehall.
Warrant for erecting a fellowship in Queen's College, Cambridge, in accordance with the will of David Edwards, late of Carmarthen, gent., deceased, 9 October, 1690. [Ibid., p. 550.]
April 25.
Whitehall.
Warrants for grant of full and free pardons to Thomas, Lord Coningsby, of Ireland, and Sir Charles Porter, Chancellor of Ireland, of all treason, insurrections, rebellions, murders, manslaughters, felonies, exactions, oppressions, bribery, words, misprisions, confederations, &c., committed by them, or by their advice or consent before 24 April. [S.P. Dom. Signet Office Letter Book 13, p. 106, and S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, pp. 553 and 554.]
April 25.
Whitehall.
Warrant for a grant to Charles, Earl of Shrewsbury, of the dignities of marquis and duke by the name, style and title of Marquis of Alton, and Duke of Shrewsbury, with the fee of 40l. per annum payable out of the Exchequer. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 555.]
April 25.
Whitehall.
Warrant for granting to John, Earl of Mulgrave, the dignity of a marquis of England by the name, style and title of Marquis of Normanby, with the usual fee of 40 marks per annum for the better support of that dignity, payable at the receipt of the Exchequer. [Ibid.]
April 25.
Whitehall.
Warrant to deliver to the envoy of the King of Portugal the moiety of the masts, deals, and pipe staves of the ship the Stockholm, which was taken by privateers, and the said moiety assigned to the crown; in case the same should be sold, the full proceeds thereof are to be paid instead. [Ibid., p. 556.]
April 25.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Chief Justice Sir John Holt, and the Recorder of London, for the reprieve until further notice of James Patishall, who was convicted at the last assizes at the Old Bailey of high treason for clipping the coin, and sentenced to death. [S.P. Dom., Warrant Book 39, p. 52.]
April 26.
Admiralty Office.
The Lords of the Admiralty to Sir John Trenchard. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 35.] Enclosing:—Copy of a letter from ViceAdmiral Aylmer, dated on board the Sovereign, 25 April, 1694. I have examined one of the prisoners whose son came about fourteen days since from Brest, in which road were twenty-two men-of-war, three of them three-deckers. They had not their provisions aboard, but have discharged all their carpenters and a great number of seamen. Three vessels laden with wool came last week into Dieppe, and brought them intelligence, as they generally do every week; by South Castle (sic) not long since the French landed in silk and lace a hundred thousand livres. [Ibid., No. 35 i.]
April 26. Extract from the journal of Captain Jones, commander of their Majesties' vessel the Germoon prize, reporting that Zachary Teuniss, master of the Expedition, sailing from Nantes on the 17th inst., fell in on the 19th with seven French men-of-war bound for Brest. He says there will not be in all above forty sail of French ships to be fitted; and it is supposed they will hardly put to sea for want of provisions. At Nantes there are three great flyboats laden with cables, anchors and guns, and forty or fifty vessels laden with wine and provisions, all bound for Brest, with two convoys of sixteen guns. [Ibid., No. 36.]
April 26.
On board the Swallow, prize, at Southampton.
Extract of a letter from Captain Hardy, commander of their Majesties' ship the Swallow prize. On the 22nd inst. we sailed from Guernsey with nine vessels under our convoy. On the 23rd we met a fleet of sixteen Dutch merchantmen bound for St. Ubes under convoy of two English frigates. Enclosing letters (not here preserved) from Captain Clements and Mr. Taylor, master of a ship belonging to Bristol, lately taken by the Diamond. [Ibid., No. 37.]
April 26.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Lords Justices of Ireland, directing that orders be issued to Lords Charlemont and Mountjoy, Sir Richard Atkins, bart., and Colonel John Courthope, commanding officers of four regiments of foot intended to be forthwith raised in whole or in part in Ireland, empowering them to raise volunteers for their several regiments; the respective companies to be allowed to pass their first muster upon the captains producing twenty-five men, and the rest of the men to be mustered from time to time as they shall be raised. [S.P. Ireland King's Letter Book 2, p. 1.]
April 26.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Wardens and other electors of New College, Oxford, and the college near Winchester, requiring them to elect Benjamin Colinge, a scholar of the college school near Winchester, to New College, Oxford, at the next election. [H.O. Church Books 1, p. 142.]
April 26.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Solicitor-General for the appointment of Charles, Viscount Dursley, to be lieutenant of the county of Gloucester and of the city and county of Bristol. [H.O. Military Entry Book 4, p. 38.]
April 26.
Whitehall.
Commission for James Allen, gent., to be ensign of the company of which Lieutenant-Colonel David Taylor is captain in the second regiment of foot guards called the Coldstreamers, commanded by Lieutenant-General Thomas Talmash. [Ibid., p. 40.]
April 26.
Whitehall.
Post warrant for Captain Edward Jones, and two servants with three horses etc. to go to Holyhead or Chester. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 37, p. 204.]
April 26.
Whitehall.
Pass for Mr. Foulk Cheshire, Mr. Adam French, Mr. John Chitwell, Mr. Henry Harrison, Mr. Neville, Mr. John Boycott, Mr. Jenkin Williams, Mr. Edward Doughtey, and Mr. John Gibbons, officers in Lord Colchester's troop of guards, to go to Holland [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 554.]
April 26.
Dublin Castle.
Order referring the petition of William Armar, clerk, to the bishop of Meath and others for report. [S.P. Ireland 356, No. 50.]
April 27.
Dublin Castle.
The Lords Justices of Ireland to Sir John Trenchard. Having by yours of the 29th March received commands that several of their Majesties' subjects now prisoners here, who were taken in French ships serving under the commission of the French King or the late King James, should be tried, together with a copy of the commission and process showing how those tried in England were proceeded against, we have advised with the King's council in what manner the said prisoners ought to be tried according to the laws of this kingdom. [S.P. Ireland 356, No. 51.] Enclosing:—Report by Sir Richard Levinge, dated 21 April, 1694. I have perused Mr. Secretary Trenchard's letter and the copies of a commission and certain process founded on the Statute of 28 Henry VIII. in England, and I am of opinion that no step can be made here until the coming over of my Lord Chancellor, for we have a similar law enacted here, and we have no law that enables the lord keeper or commissioners of the great seal to have the power of Lord Chancellor in this kingdom. Further there is not any such officer as lord high admiral of Ireland, but there are four viceadmirals here; I presume that in the letters patent granted to the lords commissioners of the admiralty in England they have the jurisdiction in this kingdom, and I conceive, if this be so, that their lordships must be named in this commission. Perhaps it were more advisable that there should be a high admiral appointed here for this occasion, because the lords of the Admiralty ought to be of the quorum. [Ibid., No. 51 i.]
April 27.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to the Lords of the Admiralty, ordering a convoy to Ostend or Nieuport for the 500 Spanish soldiers in the Downs ready to sail for Flanders. [H.O. Admiralty 3, p. 92.]
April 27. Some advices about the French fleet, by John Taylor. On 10th March last I was in the Samuel and Mary of Bristol, and captured by the Diamond, Captain Charles Casnu, who carried me into Brest. On 1st April I departed from Brest to St. Malo by land, at which time there lay in the harbour of Brest twenty sail of French men-of-war ready for sailing, only awaiting the arrival of their victuals from Bourdeaux, which were hourly expected. By what information I could get, they were designed for the Mediterranean, on the news of the loss of some of our fleet there by storm. The ships of their fleet were from seventy to fifty guns. Their great ships were in no preparation, and, by what I could learn, did not design to fit out this summer. Count de Chateaurenaud commands the fleet bound out. From Brest to St. Malo the King of France was drawing down his forces to guard his sea coasts. On 4th of April I got to St. Malo, where I was confined in the castle eight days, where I understood no news but that the Diamond had been out again and carried in four more prizes. On the 12th of April I departed from St. Malo for Jersey. Admiral Tourville I saw at Brest, and was informed he was bound to Toulon by land, to order affairs there. Copy. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 19.]
April 27.
Whitehall.
Passes for Sir James Hayes, to go to Harwich and Holland; for William Spice, and Lambert his son, ditto [S.P. Dom., Warrant Book 37, p. 201]; for Martin Jansz, ditto; for Mr. Sebastian Edzardy, ditto [Ibid., p. 202]; for David Alain, and Anne his wife, ditto [Ibid., p. 204]; for Rokes Schryvent, a Dutch seaman, ditto; for Henry Van Straten, ditto; and for Emanuel Castillo, ditto [S.P. Dom., Warrant Book 38, p. 555].
April 27.
Kensington.
Warrant for grant of a commission to Sydney, Lord Godolphin, and to Sir Stephen Fox, Charles Montague, esq., Sir William Trumbull, and John Smith, esq., for the execution of the office of treasurer of the Exchequer. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 39, p. 26.]
April 27.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of Lord Colchester, praying for a lease of the manor of Higham Ferrers, co. Northampton, after the determination of the Queen-Dowager's interest therein. Referred to the Treasury for their report. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 3, p. 53.]
April 28.
Whitehall.
Sir John Trenchard to Admiral Russell. [H.O. Admiralty Entry Book I, p. 111.] Annexed are the enclosures, viz.: (1) Extract of a letter from Paris, April 20–30, 1694. The men-of-war have not yet left Brest; they were to have been at Roses by the 5th of next month. It is now uncertain whether they go there at all. The galleys have not yet received orders to go to sea [Ibid.]; (2) Extract of a journal from Capt. Jones, commander of their Majesties' ship Germoon prize, 26 Apr., 1694. Met the Expedition, which sailed from Nantes on the 17th inst., and which on the 19th met seven sail of French men-of-war and two fireships belonging to Rochefort, bound for Brest. The master, Mr. Zachary Teunisse, says there will not be above 40 sail in all of French ships to be fitted, and it is supposed they will hardly put to sea for want of provisions. At Nantes there are forty or fifty sail laden with stores for Brest, with seven convoys, all to be ready in a very little time. [Ibid., p. 112.]
April 28.
Whitehall.
Commission for Charles Knox, gent., to be lieutenant of the company of which Lieutenant Colonel Kilner Braser is captain in the regiment of foot commanded by Colonel Gustavus Hamilton. [H.O. Military Entry Book 4, p. 39.]
April 28.
Admiralty Office.
The Lords of the Admiralty to Sir John Trenchard. They can think of no other expedient for providing a convoy for the Spanish soldiers than that recommended in their letter of the 25th inst. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 38.]
April 28.
Whitehall.
Proceedings upon the petition of William Briggs, esq., for a writ of error on a judgment obtained against him by William Kent. Granted. [S.P. Dom. Petition Entry Book 2, p. 398.]
April 28. Warrant for the appointment of Charles, Duke of Shrewsbury, to be lieutenant of the county of Hereford, and the counties of Montgomery, Denbigh, Flint, Carnarvon, Merioneth and Anglesey. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 208.]
April 28.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Viscount Sydney directing that, out of the stores remaining in the office of ordnance, the two new additional troops added to the regiment of dragoons commanded by Algernon, Earl of Essex be supplied with the usual proportion of French tents. [Ibid.]
April 28.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the same reciting that two troops are to be added to the regiment of dragoons commanded by Colonel Fairfax, each troop consisting of two sergeants, three corporals, two drummers, and sixty private soldiers, and directing that the necessary arms are to be issued for arming the said troops, and also to supply them with the usual proportion of French tents. [Ibid., p. 209.]
April 28.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the same. Whereas the following several battalions and regiments of foot are to encamp near Portsmouth, viz.: one battalion detached out of our first, second, and Dutch regiments of foot guards; thirteen companies of Colonel Earle's regiment, Lord Cutts' whole regiment, and Colonel Venner's whole regiment; the said battalions and regiments are to be forthwith supplied with the usual proportion of French tents, and the said tents are to be returned to the magazines after the encampment is over, and such tents as are found defective, to be charged on every respective regiment, and the value thereof to be paid into the treasure of our ordnance. [Ibid., p. 212.]
April 28.
Whitehall.
Passes for Mr. William Smith, Mr. Thomas Hawkins, Mr. Henry Territ, and Francis Smith, their servant, and George Giles, to go to Harwich and Holland; for Mr. Fry, Mr. Simons, Mr. Young, and Mr. Collins, with four able post horses, etc., to go to Gravesend, Margate, Harwich, or any other place [S.P. Dom., Warrant Book 37, p. 202]; and for Mr. Richard Cressy to go to Harwich, or down the river and into Holland [Ibid., p. 204]; for Hendrick Behrens, Barnaba Ringhausen, and Ericus Bentzin to go to Holland; for Mr. Thomas Plumer, ditto; for Mr. Thomas Sympton, ditto; for Blathwait Otway, and one servant, ditto; for Mr. John Boulay, ditto [S.P. Dom., Warrant Book 38, p. 556]; for Johanna La Vigne and three children, ditto; and for Elisabet la Rose, a Dutch woman, ditto [Ibid., p. 557].
April 29.
Whitehall.
Passes for Thomas Andrews and John Copping to go to Holland, on the recommendation of Mr. Fisher of Broad St.; and for Peter Peutemans and Egbert Heemskerk, ditto. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 557.]
April 29. Joseph Ronchi to Lord Kingston. I received your second letter from Rotterdam. I am afraid you did not take the best way to go there before you went to the Duke of "Bouvier" to make your case known to him. I pray you will not venture without your pass. Seeing how long it has been expected and delayed, I wonder you did not endeavour anything by way of Brussels. The tide runs as before in our enchanted castle; the same liberty of talking foolishly is suffered, though I hope in a few days to see their pride more abated than before. How can you think a man has either wit or honesty when he promises you a thing of such consequence as your pass, many weeks and months ago, and has done nothing yet? Messages from private friends follow. [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 74.]
April 30.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Lords of the Admiralty, for the payment of a pension of 100l. per annum to Pierre Gaudy. [H.O. Admiralty 3, p. 93.]
April 30.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the same for the payment of half-pay as Admiral of the Blue to Sir George Rooke, now appointed one of the Lords of the Admiralty. [Ibid., p. 94.]
April 30.
The Essex in Margate Road.
Extract of a letter from Captain William Wright, commander of their Majesties' ship the Essex. On the 28th instant we gave chase to a fleet of eleven sail, with two small French ships we supposed to be their convoy; Captain Pedder also made sail, and we took six of them laden with corn. I have put in with my own ship and the Edgar to repair damages sustained. [H.O. Admiralty 7, No. 39.]
April 30.
Whitehall.
Pass for Mr. Alexander Woodward to go to Harwich and Holland. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 37, p. 204.]
April 30.
Whitehall.
Warrant to cause Gunrode Keyler, convicted at the Northampton assizes of the murder of Anne Glasseborough, and sentenced to death, to be inserted in the next general pardon that shall come out for the midland circuit. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 558.]
April 30.
Whitehall.
Passes for Arnout Lamens to go to Holland [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 38, p. 558]; and (by request of Sir William Gore) for a Swedish ship, the Iron Drager, alias the Iron Porter, of Stockholm, William Black, master, to sail in her ballast to Morlaix in France, and then receive and take on board three hundred and ten casks of Muscovada sugar, and carry the same to Stade in Germany [Ibid., p. 559].
April 30.
Kensington.
Warrant for grant to Thomas, Marquis of Carmarthen, president of the Council, of the title of Duke of Leeds, with the usual fee of 40l. per annum to support the said dignity, payable at the receipt of the Exchequer. [S.P. Dom. Warrant Book 39, p. 277.]
April 30.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Henry Allen for apprehending Captain John Mair, together with his papers, for treasonable practices. [Ibid., p. 27.]
April 30.
Kensington.
Warrant to the Attorney General to prepare a grant to William, Earl of Devonshire, of the dignity of Marquis of Hartington and Duke of Devonshire, with the usual fee of 40l. per annum. [Ibid., p. 28.]
April 30.
Kensington.
Like warrants for John, Earl of Clare, to be Marquis of Clare and Duke of Newcastle [Ibid.]; also for William, Earl of Bedford, to be Marquis of Tavistock and Duke of Bedford. [Ibid., p. 29.]
April 30.
Kensington.
Warrant to the Attorney General for grant to Francis, Viscount Newport of the dignity of Earl of Bradford, in Salop, with the fee of 20l. per annum. [Ibid., p. 30.]
April 30.
Kensington.
Warrant to the same for grant to Charles Montague, esq., of the office of Chancellor of the Exchequer, with a clause revoking the letters patent, bearing date March 18, whereby the said office was granted to Richard Hampden, esq. [Ibid., p. 31.]
A like warrant for grant to the said Charles Montague of the office of Under Treasurer of the Exchequer. [Ibid., p. 32.]
April 30.
Whitehall.
Allowance of the extraordinary expenses of James Cressett, esq., their Majesties' envoy extraordinary to the Duke of Brunswick and Luneburg, from 12 December, 1693, to 12 March, 1693–4. [Ibid., p. 34.]
April 30. Commission for John Cholmley to be surgeon to Colonel Richard Brewer's regiment of foot. [H.O. Military Entry Book 3, p. 211.]
April 30.
Whitehall.
Warrant to Viscount Sydney, directing that out of the stores remaining in the office of the ordnance, 13 bell tents to cover arms, 130 cartouch boxes, 56 bayonets, and 50 hatchets for grenadiers are to be forthwith issued for the use of the foot regiment commanded by Colonel Henry Rowe. [Ibid., p. 213.]
April 30.
Whitehall.
Commissions for David la Touche, gent., to be lieutenant of the company of which Captain Lewis Ramsey is captain in the Princess Ann of Denmark's regiment of foot, commanded by Colonel John Beaumont; for Peter Decone, gent., to be lieutenant of the company of which Captain Anthony Colombiere is captain in the same regiment [H.O. Military Entry Book 4, p. 31]; for Charles Stewart, esq., to be captain-lieutenant of the company in the regiment of foot commanded by Colonel Gustavus Hamilton, of which he himself is captain; for Lathum Dockerty, gent., to be ensign of the same company in the same regiment; for William Gill, gent., to be lieutenant of the company of which Captain John Hamilton is captain in the same regiment; for James Hamilton, gent., to be ensign of the company of which Captain Richard Cope is captain in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 39]; for Charles Clindon, gent., to be ensign of the company of which Captain Lewis Ramsey is captain in the Princess Ann of Denmark's regiment of foot, commanded by Colonel John Beaumont; and for Richard Harding, gent., to be ensign of the company of which Captain Peter Daussi is captain in the same regiment [Ibid., p. 40].
April 30.
Whitehall.
Warrant to the Solicitor General for the appointment of Thomas, Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, keeper of the privy seal, to be lieutenant of the counties of Pembroke, Carmarthen, Cardigan, Brecknock, Glamorgan and Radnor, and of the town and county of Haverford West, and the town and county of the borough of Carmarthen, also the county of Monmouth. [Ibid., p. 37.]
[April ?] Mons. Dubourdieu to the Earl of Shrewsbury. Since France supports the Irish rebels it is King William's interest to promote civil discord in France by stirring up the Protestants. The troops employed by England should consist of refugees only. Dauphiny and Languedoc are the most Protestant provinces. People acquainted with the Pays de Vaux and de Gés, and the passes of Savoy and la Bresse, say there would be no difficulty in throwing three or four thousand men into Dauphiny by this route. I suppose the Marquis de Miremont and other officers would be sent here to enrol the refugees under pretext of bringing them here. [S.P. Dom. King William's Chest 15, No. 8.] Enclosing:—
Memorial for the King with regard to the affairs of the French Protestants. [Ibid., p. 8 i.]
[April ?] Draft warrant, in duplicate, for the appointment of Charles Staples, son of Col. John Staples, as a Commissioner for Appeals and the Regulation of the Excise, on the first vacancy [S.P. Dom. William and Mary 5, No. 76, and 76 i.]
[April.] Sir J. Trenchard to the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded. The King commands me to signify his pleasure to you that you forthwith give order that Henry Cook, an Englishman and a prisoner in the Marshalsea, be permitted to embark on the first transport ship which shall be sent to France, and that in the meantime he be removed out of the said prison into some convenient private lodging for the benefit of his health, he being ill of fever. [H.O. Letter Book (Secretary's) 3, p. 168.]
[April.]
Whitehall.
Post-warrant for Mr. William Williams to go to Holland and Gravesend. [S.P. Dom., Warrant Book 38, p. 549.]