Petitions in the State Papers: 1600s

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Thomas Watkyns. SP 12/274 f. 85 (1600)

To the right honorable lordes of her
majesties most honorable privie counsell and
the righte honorable Sir Roberte Cecill
secretary to the Quenes most excellent

Your honnors poore petitioner Thomas Watkyns
being nowe laide in prison for the space of this
halfe yeere and more and there yet remayneth by the
cruelest customer her highnes hath by reason
I have taken her highnes parte in revealinge of
great abuses offered to her majesties highenes
by the saide customer [illegible] in his sinister dealinge in
his office of customershipp in Bristoll as here
after ensueth in this booke craveing but
justice at your honnours handes againste the
saide customer

copie of customes her majestie is
deceived of

Master Dowtes the
customer of Bristoll

Samuel Aylmer, esquire. SP 46/42 f. 36 (1600)

To the right honourable Sir John Fortescue knight
chancellor of her highnes court of eschequer.

Humbly sheweth unto your honor Samuel Aylmer esquier that whereas by the fraud of George Benean
gentleman late sub=collector (almost xvii yeres together) an arrerage of 3000 pounds was imposed upon your suppliant, 2500 pounds
whereof your orator hath payd accordingly (as by the tallyes doth appear) and this instant term he should
pay the rest, forsomuche as your suppliant is greatly indetted for the performance of the former paymentes deeply char=
ged with dilapidacions and yet incumbred with many suites, and not rightly informed or assisted by the said subcol=
lector for the levying of sundry dettes by him pretended to remayn in the clergies handes, yt may therefore
pleas your honour that the premisses considered the said last payment may be respited till the next half yere,
at what tyme your orator hopeth the truthe of his most injurius dealing in that behalf shal manifestly ap=
pear, and the said payment shalbe duly and truly satisfyed. So shal your sayd suppliant daily pray to
the almighty for your honours health with happines long to continue.

Your honours most bounden and
humble suppliant,

Samuel Aylmer

The humble peticon of
Samuel Aylmer esquier.

By the fraud of Master Benean his
fathers sub=collector 3000 pounds arrerage
was charged upon him, where=
of he hath by tallyes payd
2500 pounds.

He should now pay the rest,
he alleadgeth, that he is muche
indetted for the former payments
deeply charged with dilapida=
cions, incumbred with many suits
and not wel informed or assis=
ted by him for levying the
clergies arrerages.

He humbly prayeth your
honor that the last payment
may be respited til Mi=
chaelmas next when it may
appear that Master Aylmer is wron=
ged, and the remainder may be du=
ly satisfyed.

5 May 1600

Master Fanshawe to consider
hereof and to speake with me

J Fortescu

Elizabeth Wentworth. SP 46/42 f. 61 (1600)

The peticion of Elizabeth Wentworth.


Her humble sute to your honour is that yow
wilbe pleased to grawnte a sequestracion
of the frwytes of Gestingthorpe parsonage
in Essex, whereof there is noe incombente
to receave the tythes, mannure the gleabe
landes, or to inhabitt the parsonage howse,
the rather for that Master Baconn one of her
majesties learned cownsell hath certified his
opinion therein as the note inclosed
will manifeste.

Make out a sequestracion according
to Master Bacons opinion xii July 1600

J Fortescu

xxvi July 1600

For that an ordre is shewed contrary
hereunto which was to me unknowen
make a supersedeas of the seques
tracon gone owt

J Fortescu

Garter Principal King-of-Arms. SP 12/279 f. 181 (1601)

To the right honorable the lords and others [illegible] Queenes majesties most honorable [privie?] counsell.

Pleaseth your most honorable lords that your humble suppliant garter principall king of armes passed lately in companie with certaine
gentlemen neare the Temple Barre London; and howe that Master John Hele sarjeant at lawe came ryding after your orator faster on
horsbacke with footecloth then was for his gravitie convenyent or for him lawfull; and pressed so neare upon your suppliant was in
danger to be hurte by the purposed rude carriage, and violent rayninge of his horse; wherby your oratour was forced to say [so sir?],
will yow ride over one; wherunto the said Master Hele answered, yt is no great matter to ryde over an asse, thou foole, thou asse
and so reytterating those woordes in the audyence of many gentlemen and much people he rode on faster then your suppliant could overtake
him, leaving by those and many other reproches by him uttered a perpetuall imputation of defamation to your orator and to his
utter discredit and undoing for his name credit and service, in her majesties office, unlesse it may please your most honorable lordships
to punishe and redresse the same. Wherefore in humble remembrance that seeing it hath so pleased the Queens most exellent majestie in
her most royall and princely [renowed?] wisdome by letteres patentes under the great seale of England, to graunte unto your suppliant
that her office of garter to be principall king of armes of England, and the cheefe officer of armes for her highness most noble
order of the garter, together with that name style, tytle and preheminence, etc. like to her predecessors in that office wherin
your orator hath served her majestie, 38 yeares, employed sundry tymes into France and Germanie, and Italie, and in this late
service in great hazard of his life, knowen to your lordships spent his tyme in all dutifull and daylie attendance to her majestie, the judgment
for his knowledge experience and intelligence in that office your suppliant doth submitt to the most gratious clemencie of her majestie, and
the censure of your most honorable lordships whome the said [illegible] hath touched and defamed in that behalf. And further that the
said Master Hele hath continuallie theis x yeares past [discre...nd?] enveighed openlie at the assizes in the cittie of Excester, and
other places against the credit of certaine testimony [illegible] matters of armes, and the hand and ancyent seale for the
office of the said garter to be a testimoniall for [vaga...?] [illegible] same ancyent seale of his office to be like a pardoners seale
and his hand and certificat to be of no credit, and like the [ha...?] [illegible] [...ificate?] of a [paltriny?] constable for vagabondes to begge with all
All which the said Master H. hath many wayes and in sundrie places [illegible] to the utter discredit hinderance and undoing of your suppliant (that never
gave him cause let him alleage it). And nowe for that [illegible] Master Hele is a man of such wealth and bouldnes a sargeant at lawe, and
seeketh all advantages still against your orator prayeth that first his witnesses in this case Master Robert Cotton of Connington esquier and Master
Morgan of the Middle Temple counseller at lawe with other his proofes may be produced in your highnes presence. And that the said Master H.
sargeant may be commanded to appeare before your lordships humblie beseeching your lordships to take consideration for the satisfaction and future [credit?]
and quyet of your suppliant whome your lordships and the knightes of the most noble order of the garter are bounde to defend in his [right?]
for all vyolence and injuryes by their justice and equitie. And further that your suppliant being by birthright a gentleman of name and armes
sonne and heyre of a knight, and besides the respect of his tyme and place and office which the said Master H: cannot challenge. And for that
his parentes of late, and now himself hath taken chopped and changed and unlawfullie purchast and assumed newe cote and
achievement of armes etc made without authoritie nether [seene?] nor allowed by your oratour and [illegible] king of armes, and her majesties
officers in that behalf [illegible] contrarie to her highness most royall [commandmentes?] and princely prerogative; whom thalmightie preserve and your lordships in all
prosperitie [illegible]

William Nutte, William Dugdale and others, poor inhabitants and victuallers of Westminster. SP 12/281 unfol. (1601)

To the right honorable Sir Roberte Cicill knighte principall
secretarye to the Queenes most excellent majestie chayncellour
of the Dutchie of Lancaster and one of her majesties most honorable
privie councell.

Humblie sheweth unto your honour, your honours poore suppliant William Nutte and William Dugdale, and diverse others
the poore inhabitantes and victlers within the liberties of the deane and chapter of Westminster, that whereas diverse amercementes
have byn ymposed uppon the said inhabitantes by the clarke of the markett, and certyfied into the exchequer; all which the Queenes
majestie the last Parlement hath pardoned aswell within the liberties as without, yet so it is, yf it may please your honour, that one
Raphe Dobynson (pretendinge himself to be underbailiffe to your honor) hath procured estreates in greene waxe of the saide amercementes,
and in most cruell wyse exacted the same of your suppliantes; and for that your suppliantes esteeminge his dealinges herein to be unlawfull
did therefore in some sorte stande uppon the payment thereof, the said Dobynson in revenge thereof intendinge your suppliantes utter
undoeing, hath without cause, for certen tryffles indicted diverse of your saide suppliantes, puttinge them to extreame charge, to traverse
the same indictmentes and hath caused some of them to be cast in Newgate, some in the gatehowse, and hath nowe accions dependinge
against them, to the some of sixe hundred markes, comenced for vexacion onely; for redresse of which greivances, your oratours have made
their humble peticion to Master Deane of Westminster, but bycause the said Dobynson entertaynes the same place under your honour, the said
Master Deane, hath referred your said suppliantes, and their peticions to your honour. May it therefore please your honor, for charitie
sake, (for that the cause concernes a great number of poore honest people and howse houlders, who are like to be expulsed ther
auncient places of inhabitantes by theise extreamities) to call the said Dobynson afore your honour; and your suppliantes will humblye
stande to your honours pleasure concerninge the said contraversies, and praye for your honours health longe to contynewe.

Jane Daniell. SP 12/283 f. 40 (1601)

To the right honourable the lordes and other of her
majesties most honourable privie counsell

The humble peticion of Jane Danyell

Who in many her humbles suytes hath mencioned the agrement made by the Lord Tresurer and Sir John Fortescue, for the spedye payment of 3000 pounds ymposed uppon my husbonde in the Starre
Chamber for a fyne there, to be payd to her majesti as followeth videlicet 1200 pounds the first yeare, and after 200 pounds yearly tyll the rest were payde, as also his honours letteres of comande for the savegard of
all our goodes for the better enablinge, [togethrs?] with his lordships order to Master Attorney Generall for framynge a booke to that effecte, and for her highnes better assurance his honour comanded that I should
delyver dyvers auncyent evydences and other conveyances towchinge the estate of the manor of Deresburye and the parsonages of Hackney and Mynshall, togethers with divers bondes statutes judgementes
and recognizances about the some of 2000 pounds all which I have delyvered to Master Attorney Generall, who very carefully perfected a booke and sent the same to my husbonde accordinglye, but whilest that booke was
in drawinge, and perusinge all these carefull and regardinge courses, were utterly overthrowen, by corrupte and unlawfull actions used by the sheryffe and other officers they all seekinge
more the spoyle of my husbonde and praye of his goodes then for her majesties benefytt as maye playnly appeare in that some of them have in favour of Master Fardinando Richardson under
valewed the parsonage of Hackney and aunswered her majestie but only 700 pounds for the saide parsonage and all our goodes, for which my husbonde dyd undertake to paye 2000 pounds towardes her highnes
satysfaction, by reson wherof we shall not only lose 1300 pounds, which wold nowe (as it semeth) both have satysfyed her majestie and the Countesse of Essex, but also be compelled to paye 1300 pounds
more before 2000 pounds be payde, wherfore and for that yt pleased Master Attorney to geve my husbonde notyce the tenth of this instant December that her highnes had bestowed 2000 pounds parcell of
this uppon the saide Countesse and that she was contented to take 1000 pounds for the same and to discharge my husbonde of 2000 pounds, which the next daye her ladyship honorably confirmed by
her secretarye and solyciter sent for that purpose, who offered to procure my husbonde her majesties free pardon and to clere him owt of pryson, and therfore desyered to knowe
howe there ladyship should be satysfyed for these great favours whereuppon my husbonde offered to extende the uttermost of his ablitye, and referred to her honours choyse whether she
wolde take the yearly rent of all he had left which was the manour of Deresburye and the parsonage of Mynshall as they were extended for her majestie who refused the same, sainge that
there ladyship must be payde 1000 pounds with in the yeare which is ympossyble as we are nowe by these practices dysabled as aforesaide, and then my husbonde offered the rest of 2000 pounds debtes
after 300 pounds therof taken for makinge her majesties saide sume of 700 pounds up 1000 pounds, and 200 pounds to redeeme my husbonde out of pryson and to store his demeane with cattell which is unfurnyshed
by the meanes aforesaide, and so my husbonde offered her honour 1500 pounds, or nere so much to take and leave what pleased her ladyship to which they answered that yf all debtors
wold passe over the same debtes to their ladye in her name they wolde accepte of yt which is hard to be performed for there are two hundred persons in severall countyes and places
farr distant one from an other, who can never without great charge and travell be brought to gether to make assurance as is requyred, but yf her ladyship wilbe at
the charge, my husbonde wolde do his best in that behalfe and besydes he wold pas over the saide debtes in any sort she or her counsell can devyse all which they
refused, but yt semeth the Countesse hath some other meanynge, in that they incysted hardly uppon this extreme poynt, that she wolde urge my husbondes corporall
punyshment, and procure a lease of the manor of Deresburye and parsonage of Mynshall to her self and by that meanes she seeketh utterly to extinguyshe
me and my posterytye for ever, who are more innocent in these offences then her ladyshipp, for I am very well assured that my ladye would have
accepted the least of these two offers before my husbonde made a submyssion to her [illegible] that she gave her worde and promyse to [deale honestly?] with
him both by herself and her ladyships honorable frendes although nowe she [pursue the?] contrary, [which?] I most humblye referr to your honors [regard wherfore?] and for
that her majestie ys hindered in her payment and deceyved of 1300 pounds, my husbonde dysabled and overthrowen in his estate, and I with my smale children
utterly undone unles your honours wilbe pleased to take order that wee maye be restored to our former abylitie, the sheryffe and other offycers punyshed by [illegible]
in the Starr Chamber, and my husbonde will performe the saide agrement to the uttermost of his power, and that wee maye have the manour of
Deresburye and parsonage of Mynshall as they are valued and extented, acordynge to the auncyent and lawdable usage in tymes past, all which
I most humblye crave for the releefe of mee and my foure smale children, and wee will all praye for your honors happynes.

Richard Nicoll of Mylespit, high collector of the subsidy granted to her majesty in the hundreds of Gore and Edmonton. SP 46/42 f. 106 (1601)

To the right honorable Sir John Fortescue knight chauncellour of the Quenes
majesties court of exchequer and one of her highnes most honorable pryvie counseile.

In most humble maner sheweth unto your honor your suppliant Richard Nicoll of Mylespit in the parishe of Hendon high collector
of this last intier subsidie graunted to her majestie in the hundredes of Gore and Edmunton in the countie of Middlesex that wheras
your said suppliantes collection amounteth to the somme of [illegible] iiii c xxvi pounds vi shillings viii pence whereof he hath paied into her majesties
court of Exchequor before the xiith day of February last past [illegible] cc pounds which was asmuche and more than he had then
receaved. And the greatest part of the residue will be in certificates for that your honor being assessed in Hendon
at x pounds money, and dyvers gentlemen and Londoners being assessed in the said hundredes doe pay in other places
where they are most resident and the same are to be answered by certificates soe as there will not be above
c pounds more in money behinde. Theris notwithstonding an attachment directed out of the exchequer to the sheriffes
of Middlesex to attache the body and goodes of your said suppliant for not bringing in his accompt by the said xiith
day of February last which your sayd suppliant could not doe by reason that the petie collectors appoynted by the
justices had not gathered and brought in all the same money and certificates to your said suppliant. And for that
your said suppliant is very willing and myndeth to passe his accompt this next terme which very fewe collectours
doe not soever may yt therfore please your honor to graunt unto your said suppliant your honours warrant to
the clarkes of thexchequour for a supersedias for stay of the same attachement and processe. And your said
suppliant as he is bounde shall daylie pray to God for the preservacion of your honour in helth and prosperitie
long to contynue.

Master Fanshaw for that of my knowledg the contentes of this
petition is true make supersedeas for the proces gone owt
viii Aprilis 1601
J Fortescu

Jane Daniel. SP 12/283a f. 43 (1602)

To the Queenes most excellent majestie

The humble petition of
Jane Daniel

Most sacred soveraigne
Where it pleased your highnes to signifie by Master Doctor Caesar, that order should be taken with the Lord Treasurer, touching my husbands lands goods and personages: not=
withstanding, since that tyme, the sheriff and other officers have ymbeselled and undervalued the same so as your majestie is answered for the personage of Hackney and all our goods but onely 700 pounds
and about 60 pounds yearely for the mannor of Deresburie and personage of Mynshull as may nowe appeare by their doings remayning of record in thexchequer. For which personages lands and
goods my husband did undertake to paie your highnes 1200 pounds in one yeare, and 200 pounds yearely till the residue of 3000 pounds were paid as may appeare by an agreement made by the Lord Treasurer
and subscribed by his lordship and my husband, whereunto Sir John Fortescue being present gave consent. And for your majesties assuerance, there was a booke drawne by your highnes attorney
generall as my Lord Treasurer appointed, whereby our estate in [bands?], goods debts lands and personages should have byn passed to your majestie which were sufficient at the making of the
said agreement and boke, to have paid more then doble the value of 3000 pounds. But most gracious soveraigne by corrupt usage of inferior officers, my husbands abilitie is ympaired, and
he disabled to performe the agreement. The prosecutors of this cause intend nothing but my husbands utter ruine, and your majesties hinderance, as appeares by their former corruptions,
and nowe lately by the unusuall and ungodly meanes they indeavour to take all our lands and personages as they are extended; and so to extinguish us and our posteritie forever
meanyng thereby to have and enjoy all our living during 40 yeares, for that money, which my husband did undertake to paie in tenne yeares. A heavie and pitifull case, that
under your majesties so gracious government, and inclination to admired clemencie and mercie, a gentleman of such abilitie should be somuch oppressed and his familie, by hard courses
forced to live in miserie and distresse and that contrarie to your majesties most royall purpose and intent.

My humble suit therefore is, that your majestie wilbe pleased to grant me the mannor of Deresburie and personage of Mynshull, as they are extended: and as your highnes
in like cases hath freelie given to others: together with some present releif for my husband, myself, and iiii smale children, who are all greatlie distressed. And
according to our bounden dueties we shall daily praie for your majesties long and prosperous raigne over us.

Edward Hall, prisoner in the Gatehouse at Westminster. SP 12/283a f. 100 (1602)

To the right worshipfull Master Cooke
her majesties attornie generall.

In most humble manner sheweth unto your worshippe your poore oratour Edwarde [Hall.we?] prisoner in the gatehouse at
Westminster: that whereas your said oratour was this last Thursdaie beinge the iiiith of this [instant?] Marche, before the right honourable
the Lord Keeper, and examined by his lordship upon such causes as your worshippe saied could be objected [againest?] him your said oratour by witnesses
which matter and all other touchinge your oratours allegeaunce, your oratour utterly denieth [and?] will deny the same unto death
the wordes objected againest your oratour unto his honour and your worshippe by your [oratours?] accusers onely excepted) soe it is
right worshipfull that my Lord Keeper upon the hearinge of the matters objected [againest?] your oratour ys readie to
dischardge your orator yf your worshippe doe and will consente thereunto. May it therfore please your
worshippe in consideracion aswell of your oratours great chardges beinge in prison as [also?] for that your oratours master is
keeper of the castle of Wisbich in the county of Cambridge and hath many [recognizaunces?] to be ingrossed and certified
unto the assises to be holden at Ely within these three weekes next ensuinge, [beinge?] in bookes and loose papers under your
oratours custodie beinge the said keepers clearke to graunte your oratour a full [dischardge?] or upon his sufficient
bonde your worshipps licence to departe into his countrey to certifie the forsaid [recognizaunces?] to save his master harmeles
concearninge the same and your oratour will retourne againe, and appeare before [your?] worshippe at a daie by your
worship to be lymited to answere to all such matters as nowe or in the meane while [illegible] his apparaunce shalbe objected
againest him and your oratour shall daily pray to God for the prosperous estate of your worship in life and health longe
to continewe to the helpe and succour of all poore and distressed people.

Jane Daniell. SP 12/285 f. 46 (1602)

To the Quenes most excellent majestie

The humble petycion of Jane Danyell

Moste sacred soveraigne being most gracyouslie comanded by your highnes to manyfest the partyculer wronges
to your majestie and oppressyon to my husband my selfe and chyldren thus yt standeth. In trynytie terme the 43th
yeare of your majesties raigine my husband being called to the Starre Chamber barre (ore tenus) was censured to pay your
majestie 3000 pounds for a fyne which with owt qualyfycation was the same terme estreated into the exchequer. Ande for levying thys 3000 pounds
severall comyssyons were presently sent in to Cheshyre and Myddlesex to enquyre and seyse hys landes and goods, but before any
proceeding ther upon the Lord Tresurer made agryment with my husband and wrote the same with hys owne hand, which being
concluded upon was subscrybed bie hys lordship and my husband in the presence of Sir John Fortescue.

In the tyme of comunycation, and before the effecting of thys agryment the Lord Tresurer appoynted mee to delyver your majesties
atturney generall all my husbands bondes statuts and judgments which were the value of 2000 pounds debt due to hym and also the evidences
of all hys land and leases, which I delyvered upon trust in part of parforming the agriment, weruppon Master Attorney drew a book
betwen your highnes and my husband extant to manyfest the truth. Wherin ys mencyoned to have ben assured to your
majestie (amongest other thynges) the manor of Deresburie and the personage of Mynshull being the inherytance of my husband
and the lease of the personage of Hackney together with the sayd debtes of 2000 pounds which were then suffycyent to [illegible]
answer 3000 pounds at the dayes and tymes agryed upon.

Yf thys agryment and booke drawen therupon had taken effect your majestie might have ben
satysfyed the whole fine in three yeares but at the furthest in ten yeares videlicet 1200 pounds the fyrst
yeare and 200 pounds yearlie tyll the rest were payd, but now as matters are handeled wee are
depryved of all our estate and yeat your majesties fyne wilbe unsatysfyed these xxxvi yeares
during which tyme we have nothyng leafte to sustene us with lyffe

For soe yt ys most dreade soveraigne, that one Thomas Aston esquyer then sheryffe of Cheshyre without lawfull auctorytie
entered into my husbands landes, and by strong hand unlawfullie kepte the possessyon therof, and afterward contrarie to
an ordenarie course procured a fieri facias aganst hym and proceded therin as yf hee had ben a recusant, knowing
ther was a comyssyon to others and that my husband had taken order for his fyne notwithstanding hee devyded
our goods betweane hym selfe and his frindes which goodes being worth 414 pounds he hath answered your highnes
but onlie 114 pounds and lykewyse for the manor of Deresburie and personage of Mynshull he hath returned to your majestie but
threescore and tenne poundes by the yeare wher my husband by the agriment should have payde your hignes 200 pounds [illegible]
yearly for Deresburie onlie and the personag of Mynshull should have ben assured to your majestie for [500 pounds?]

The lyke wronge to your majestie and oppressyon to your subjectes hath ben used by the comyssyoners or others
in Myddlesex, fyrest our goods at Hackney wer purloyned and embeaseled and the rest and the rest being valude your
majestie ys answered but only 110 for those goods which were well worth 330 pounds the lease of the personage of Hakney
being worth 1000 pounds was lykewyse undervalued at 420 pounds so ys your majestie wronged and your subjectes mutch
oppressed in ther estate videlicet

In toto in Cheshyre 800 pounds
In toto in Myddlesex 800 pounds
In toto in both countys 1600 pounds
besides the yearlie rent of 130 pounds
tyll the fyne of 3000 pounds were payd

I have in my husbandes behalfe made suyte to the Lord Tresuror to have the agrymet performed or our estat as yt was
extended and in defalt ther of to have comyssyons to advance the worth of our uonder valeud estat with
remedie agaynst the ofenders for your majesties benefyt nether of which of can I by any meanes obtaine all
though your hignes was very mersifully [encloned?] towards us and that i obteyned (to my grate charge)
allowance to sue in the Star Chamber for the redres of thes wronges and mysdemeanors so that now wee have
nothing left to releeve us.

For the Countesse of Essex hath all my husbandes inherytance altohough I have deserved beter at her handes
as God is my wytness, and Master Fardinadon Ritchardson hath compassed all our estat in the personage of
of Hackney far under the value, besydes owr goods are dysposed as aforsayd. And for my husbandes bondes
statutes and judgements being 2000 pounds those have ben kepte under comand above xv monthes to our graet
losse and hynderanc. So ys your majestie much wronged and my husband by these inderect courses altogether dysabled
to performe the sayde agryment where yf oure estate had ben well used wee myght have mayntayned our
famelie in resonable sortt and have payd your majestie and the Countess of Essex in lesse tyme by xxxti
yeares then ys now undertaken

Wherfor and for that all these proseedinges have ben countenanced by such as I have made long suyte unto and
yet rest withowt hope of any comfort for redresse of those wronges unlesse your highnes of your mercie and
clemencie wilbe pleased to grante mee your majesties ayde and my husbands lyberte which wee all most humblie
beseech and wee will daylie pray to God for your highnes longe lyffe and happie raigne over us.

Jane Daniell. SP 46/55 f. 129 (1602)

To the right honorable the Lord Tresurer of England

The humble peticion of Jane Danyell

Who hath often informed your honour that her majestie was hindred in the her spedye payment of her highnes fyne of 3000 pounds by dyvers inferior officers
who have aunswered her majestie but only 700 pounds or there aboutes for the parsonage of Hackney and all our late goodes, and about 60 pounds
yearely for the parsonage of Hackney Mynshall and maner of Deresburye, for all which my husbonde dyd undertake to paye her
majestie 1200 pounds the first yere, and afterwardes 200 pounds yearly tyll the residewe of 3000 pounds were payde, so that nowe yt maye playnly appeare
in what maner her majestie is abused and the agrement overthrowne by conferrynge there doinges nowe remaynynge uppon
record in the exchequer with the saide agrement taken before your honour and Sir John Fortescue, by which agrement her majestis fyne of
3000 pounds had byn payde in tenne yeares, though nothinge had byn recovered of the bandes which were about 1300 pounds dewe debtes, but as the
matter is nowe used there will not be levyed 3000 pounds before thende of 40 yeares, wherfore and for that we have ever shewed our selves
more redye and wyllynge to satysfye her majestie then we can learne any heretofore hath done or thinck ever will doe, and yet our
fortune ys such, that we are in daunger to be deprived of all our goodes landes and parsonages which were once suffycyent to have payde
more then doble the valewe of 3000 pounds in lesse tyme then is nowe undertaken and besydes mayntayned our famylye in resonable sort
a pyttyfull case in a cuntreye of justice and Christyan religyon that a gentleman of his late abylytie should be soe much oppressed as to
be brought in daunger to be turned into the comon jaole for want of payinge the charges of his dyett and lodgynge yea and his
famylye to extreeme mysery. My humble request therfore ys that your honour wilbe pleased to grante me the mannor of
Deresbury and parsonage of Mynshall as they are extended with some present relefe for my husbonde my self and my smale children and
wee will all truly praye for your honours happynes

The Countesse of Essex to whom 2000 pounds of this det
is due and not to her majestie as is untruly set
downe and who in that respect oughte to be
preferred hath the graunt of the said [extent?]
and if this peticioners husband wil take
any resonable order for paiment of the
remain to her majesty and [illegible] of the det to the
Countesse (which the Countesse constantly affirmes
he is able to do if he will [the extent?]
shalbe discharged 23 January 1601
T [Buchurst?]

Henry Dobby. SP 46/42 f. 234 (1603)

To the right honourable the Lord Buckhurst
Lorde Heighe Treasorer of England

The humble peticion of Henry Dobby

Shewinge that whereas your suppliant having
proved the breach of a recognizance of
vc pounds to her majestie (by Richard Johnson
esquier) by commission for examina
cion of witnesses,

The said Johnson for delayenge of
the cause procured the examinacion
of newe witnesses, by whome
also the recognizance was proved
to be forfeyted

Your suppliant therefore in regarde that
he hath disbursed c pounds about the
suite and not able to prosecute the
same any longer, and for that the
tenantes by the inclosinge of the
commons by Johnson are
utterly undone, and for that
Johnson hath also offered
articles of composicion
hereunto annexed, it may
please your honour to appoynt a
daie of hearinge this terme
and he will daylie pray etc

Master Fanshaw this caus to be
the [illegible] caus the seconde
sitting in Ester terme
12 February 1602

Jane Daniell. SP 46/55 f. 218 (1603)

To the right honourable Sir Thomas Egerton knight
Lord Keeper of the great seale of England

The humble petition of Jaen Danyell

Wher her majestie hath lately toulde mee that she had refered to your lordship consideration of my destressed
husband for whose libertie I have benne longe an homble suiter it is a comfort to me of more price then I can expresse
for nowe I hope that God by your lordships good meanes will yealde conforte to our more then desperat case.

Pardon I besitch your honour a greeved woeman trewly to complayne that her husbandes estat hathe ben wronge
wronnge from him and nonne but such as were mere strangers to be benifited ther by.

I humbly beseech your honour to set down at wat tayme and in wat manor your lordships pleasure is to procede that
som relif maye be yealded to us that are like to perishe wher of one is yeat unborne and I well ever pray
for your honours prousperous estat

John Daniell, prisoner in the Fleet. SP 46/55 f. 228 (1603)

To the right honourable the Lord Buckhurst
Lord High Tresurer of England

The humble petycion of John
Danyell prysoner in the Fleete

I have ben often referred bie your lordship to Master Atturney Generall tuching all those bonds statutes
and judgmentes that have ben deteyned from mee above xviii monethes, to my greate losse and
hyndrance, and now being referred to Master Atturney, hee comanded hys [servant?] to put
hym in remembrance to take order with your lordship in that behalfe, but I am delayd
though hee seemed sorowfull for doing wronge in kepyng those bonds from mee,

wherfore and for that I have alreadie used my pryveledge in the exchequer for the
obteyning of those debtes due to me upon such bonds as you have allowed for the releefe
of mee my wyffe and chyldren, but the shreffes styll returne non sunt inventi
upon all my wryttes, so that neyther Master Atturneys course in Master Falshalls offyce, nor
the ordenarie course in thexchequer will [serve?] to supplie my wantes in convenyent tyme,

My humble suyte therfore ys that your lordship wilbe pleased to grante me a specyall [illegible]
warrant as a pryvie councellour, or bie vertue of your honours offyce to attach such persons
as are indebted to mee, for I have nothing els leaft to mayntayne mee, my wyffe and children
which I humble refere to your honours regard, and I will dalie pray for the encrease
of your lordships helth honour and happynesse

I am informed by Master Fanshaw that the atturny hath
delivered in all the said bondes in to his office and
now I know no better meane to recover thees detes then
by the ordinary proces of the court 3 February 1602


John Daniell, prisoner in the Fleet. SP 46/55 f. 232 (1603)

To the right honourable Sir Thomas Egerton knyght
Lord Keeper of the Great Seale of England

The humble petycion of John
Danyell prysoner in the Fleete

As I have ever withowt dyslyke most humblie obayed the censure of the
Starre Chamber, and bie all meanes endevored to geve better satysfaccion for
my fyne then any other hath or will doe, yeat my fortune ys such that
my whole estate ys obteyned from mee, and a a greate part therof under hand
obscured soe as neyther her majestie ys satysfyed, nor my selfe any thynge
leaft to susteyne the lyves of me my wyffe and chyldren, which caused
mee (with the consent of your honour and the Lord Tresurer) to ymplore
her majesties mercie who most gracyously referred me to your lordships consyderacion
as bie my severall peticions (not yeat answered), may more at large appeare,
pardon mee my good lord that am soe much oppressed and soe dystressed
through wante, to flie for ayde where yt ys to be had, most humblie
beseeching your honour to take a charytable and speedie course for my releffe
so having nothing leaft but onlie intercessyon, will pray for the encrease
of your lordships helth honour and happynesse,

Jane Daniell, wife of John Daniell. SP 14/6 f. 149 (1604)

To the King's most excellent majestie

The humble petition of Jane Daniel
wief of John Daniel.

Most gratious soveraigne

For that it hath pleased your highnes of your mercie and goodnes long since to discharge divers your loving subjectes by your majesties generall pardon of farre greater matters
then ever my husband was charged withall: yet cannot he receave the benefitt thereof in his lesser offence. And although your highnes generall pardon was published and conceaved
to be penned more liberally then any former, yet my husbandes fortune is such that he can neither have order to be discharged of his fyne, nor be restored to suche landes as were extended for a common
misdemeanor, nor have any part of our childrens estate, which was seized and extended by culler of that fyne, as thoughe it had byn for their offence.

For so it is (most excellent majestie) that about three yeares past, my husband was suddenly called to the Star Chamber barre (ore tenus) and there censured to pay her majestie 3000 pounds for a fyne whiche he
indeavoured by all meanes to satisfie and although I knowe smale reason to charge our childrens estate with any part thereof yet suche was my husbandes desire to give satisfaction that order was
presently taken with the Lord Treasaurer (sett downe and agreed uppon by his lordship yea and subscribed by hym and my husband) that the said fyne might have byn satisfied before this tyme, yf this agreement
had taken place; or yf there had byn asmuche faithfull care taken in thexecution by her majesties officers as there was plotting under-hand by our adversaries, to deprive us and our children of all
we hadd, as yf my husband had offended in the highest degree.

But this agrement being overthrowne by the indirect courses of others, and 2300 pounds of the said fyne remayning yet unpaid it is (contrary to justice and your majesties purpose and clemencie) nowe indeavored
by some, that neither my husband, myself, nor our children, shall have any thing to maintayne us with lief, till the said fyne be raised uppon our whole estate, whereof part was unlaw
fully seized, and deceiptfully intended: yea and the rest purloyned, ymbeselled, and wrongfully detayned. So that, as matters have bynn caried by others, the said fyne will hardly be paid
before the end of xxxtie yeares during which tyme your majesties payment shalbe delayed: my husband, myself, and our children shalbe defrauded of tenne thowsand poundes in the value of our estate
which is farre differing from your majesties abundant pitty.

In tender consideracion whereof, and for that the failyng of satisfaction of the said fyne is not in my husbandes faulte. Therefore I most humblie beseech your majestie to conceave that it should be a
very hard matter for our yonge childrens estate to be charged with the said fyne, being free and innocent from any offence that was laid to my husbandes charge. Or for hym to be condemned with
the doings of others in whose default (onely) such part of the said fyne remaynes yet unsatisfied, and by whome our late soveraigne was very muche abused and deceaved in her speedie
payment. And by whose indirect dealing our utter ruine hath byn most cunnyngly wrought which will appeare to be a lamentable case that any of our late ability should be so muche
oppressed, and our childrens estate somuche ransackt in a cuntry where justice and religion is so muche esteemed.

May it therefore please your majestie of your princely mercie to commaunde that we may be restored to our estate and for redresse of this, with other wronges, we may by your highnes appoint=
ment have a commission directed to the Lord Cheif Baron, Master Justice Gawdie, Master Baron Savile, Master Justice Walmesley, Master Justice Kingsmill, and Master Justice Warberton or to any twoe of them, for
the examinyng hearing and determyning of all suche wronges and oppressions as my husband or our children have receaved or indured at the handes of any since the censure in the Star Chamber
or in anywise have sustayned since that tyme by detayning from us any our landes leases goodes debtes or personages or any part thereof which we ought to have. And we will all pray to the
God of glory to multiplie your posterity, increase your kingdomes, and send you a long and happie raigne over us.

The humble petition of Jane Daniel
the wife of John Daniel.

Forasmuchas this cause hath
already depended in the Court
of the Exchequer, and that court
is thorowghly acquainted with
the state thereof: his majesty
is pleased to refer this petitioner
to the same place for speedie
justice according as the merites
of the cause shall require:
[illegible] where the poore sup
pliant may be admitted in
forma pauperis according to the
statute in that case provided.

22 Februarii 1603
Julius Caesar

29 Junii anno 1604

Master Grant Harrys junior Master [Snage?]
Master [Pridaux?] [assigne?] [illegible] and
Master [B...her?] [illegible] with this peticion
in forma pauperis.

Roberte [Clerke?]

William Udall. SP 14/7 f. 20 (1604)

My most and ever honourable lord words are but al cyphers to make shewe of the minde being no way
being no wayes able to expresse the true conceyts of the same. In true consideration howe
I am greved at those wrongs and offences which I have done unto yow I rather feale
in the bitter anguishes of my soull then am any wayes able to utter in [circumstance?]
of speaches. When I do consider the offence I have made, I remayne despayring
and out of all hope finding that to true in me which Cayne untruly spake to
the almightye major est iniquitas mea quam ut possit remitti: what I have done
I knowe. What yow may do I may deservedly feare. But whereas Cayns despe
ration was cause of his damnation who yf he had sought might have found
mercy where it did abound I in my offences correct Cayns wilfull errors
and rather in most submissive manner make my dependance in hope uppon your most
honourable disposition then in the grevousnes of my offence to despayre of the nobilitye
and bownty of so honourable a person as my fault done to yow is greate so my
shame and sorrowe for the same is far greater let my grey heares, not for
age but for greffe contestate. To use reasons to move yow to pardon my offences
were to make doubt of your assured wysdome and most honourable compassion. I knowe
full well that as Tully sayeth to Cesar nihil [prout?] accidere fortunus tuus [ma...?]
[quam?] ut possis, naturus tuus metius, [quam?] ut velis injurias remittere, prostratis et
vemam demisissime orantibus parcere. Only this, I will and may alleage
yf your honour shall please to deigne me pardon and by your favor to obtayne libertye I
shal be able to discover and deliver those who set me in hand with so malitious a
worke as an accessary I must ever submitt my self to your honourable pardon but as
I am, it remayneth in your honourable dispose to make and take me for principall
whylest I am in prison yf I should do as I have done, committ the execution of some
matters to trust I should hasard the service and finde that dissimulation in vowes
and protestations which I have done experience makes me fearefull to committ
that to others which so deeply concerneth your honour, and my self so nearely I have
bin ashamed to acknowleg howe hearetofore I have bin dearened in trust when
your honour hath had cause to suspect indirect promises I have rather excused matters
by circumstances then I wold confesse my simplicitye to be betrayed in trust
but nowe right honourable as confession and submission bredeth and beginneth a newnes
of lyfe so wold I uppon newe foundations begine a better building I prostrate
my self in all humilytye and entire devotion to your honourable consideration protesting
that yf yow reserve me in prison for further punishment I have deserved it
but yf in the nobilitye of your nature and worthiest disposition yow shall disdayn
to take revenge uppon a yelding praye but shall rather comiserate my longe
endured misery and unspekable afflictions and shall vowchsafe (far beyonde my
desert, and expestation vowchsafe my libertye, as no man under the coope of
heaven can be more bound unto yow so no man this day living shall more
faythfully and zelously endevour himself towards your honour then pore Udall
to make satisfaction for his offences

Thus right honourable wholy committing my self to your most honourable consideration in all
submissive manner I take leave from Newgate this fyfth of Aprile

Your honours most humbly and more truly devoted
then ever

  • William Udall

Sir John Cuttes, knight. SP 14/7 f. 293 (1604)

To the Kinges most excellent majesty

Most humbly beseecheth your majesty your most humble and loyall subject John Cuttes knight. That where he holdeth and enjoyeth the mastershipp of the
game of the parke and chace of Somersham in the countie of Huntingdon for two lives yet in duringe, the keepershipps of the said parke and
chace for three lives yet also induringe, and the parties all nowe livinge: the keepinge of the mannour howse there with the bailiwicke of the same
mannour for one life expired by the death of the partie. In all which your majesties said subject is and hath bene interessed by patentes of the late
Bishopp of Ely. And also the herbage and paunage of the said parke with other groundes parcell of the said mannour by patent under the great seale
of England (sede vacante) which was voyde by the makinge of the nowe bishop and yet your subject holdeth and possesseth all by vertue and colour of
the said grauntes: and for that the woodes within the premisses could not heretofore for want of warrant be so well preserved for the increase
of the game, and that the said parke, chace, and mannour, doe nowe belonge to your majesty by reason of an exchange lately made with the Bishop of
Ely it wold please your majesty upon surrender of his said severall patentes nowe in force as aforesaid, to graunt all the premisses together
with the woodwardship of the said mannour, and the under woode in the parke for the life of your majesties said subject and two others, with the
allowance of such fees (and their arrerages) and reservacion of such rentes to your majesty as hath bene heretofore allowed and answered. And your subject
shall (as duty byndeth him) pray to God for your majesties longe and happy raigne.

Sir Henry Fanshawe, knight. SP 14/8 f. 192 (1604)

To the Kinges most excellent majestye

The humble petition of Sir Henry Fanshawe knight.

It maie please your most excellent majestie where your suppliant houldeth the office of your remembrancer of your exchequer by pattent for terme of life, and where
hertofore, divers faithfull and diligent officers have ben much discouraged and grieved, by seing in their life time, the revercions of their offices graunted
to menn mearlie straungers unto them, and sometimes enemies, who have either laboured, to [di...ace?] the memory of their predecessor, or at least ben
coulde in doing any good to their children and auncient clerckes by them lefte unpreferred [illegible] ever after, their offices have ben to them but
paine and griefe: maie it therefore please your most excellent majestie to vouchsafe to graunt the revercion of the saide office of your remembrancer
of your exchequer unto John Fanshawe and Nathaniell Ducket jointly, who having ben longe time trained upp as clerckes in the said office
by your suppliant and his father, and received good by them; he both knoweth to be verie sufficient for the execution of the place when it shall
fall uppon them; and is verely perswaded they will shew that kindenes toward the memorie of your suppliant his children and clerks, that
themselves have received from him and his father and that your majestie woulde be pleased to referr this peticion to such of your previe councell
as to your majestie shall seeme most fitt, to consider whether it be reasonable for your majestie to graunte; and if they finde it is, that then they
give order for drawinge of a bill for the same to passe your majesties signature. And according to his most bounden duetie he will pray unto
God for the longe contynuance of your most happie and prosperous raigne.

It may please your majestie in granting those offices in reversion the speciall consideracion is that such bee
chosen as have beene trained up in the knowledg of the and exercise of the same place, and are menn of
honest course and good abilitye. The lack of which in the like grantes hath brought greate prejudice
to your service. And in this respect wee are well informed that these two do meritt good acceptacion.
Butt to grant a reversion unto two jointly wee thought had beene very rare whereof wee have
nevertheless seene in the late Queenes time sixe examples, and since both lives spend togither, wee
thinke it no greate matter especially they both being trained up and fitt for the place.

So as if your majestie bee pleased to grant it, wee hold the parsons fitt and sufficient for the office and the
sute reasonable.

  • T. Dorset H Northampton

  • [Beweley?]

Lord Treasurer Earl of Northampton
and Lord of Berwicke for Sir
Henry Fanshawes revercion of
his office.

To the Kinges most excellent majestie

The humble petition of Sir Henry Fanshaw knight

The Kings majesty uppon reading
of this petition commanded
me that my Lord Threasurer
the Earl of Northampton
and Sir George Hume shoud
consider whether it were
a reasonable sute and give
order for the byll according

Thomas [Lake?]

John Norden. SP 14/12 f. 6 (1605)

To the Kynges moste excellent majesty

The humble petition of your majesties moste
faythfull subjecte John Norden

Whoe moste humblie besecheth your majesty that wher he hath bene a
petitioner unto your highnes for some recompence for former
imploymentes in the describinge of some of the shyres of
Englande wherof your majesty gratiouslie accepted some part
[.ut?] your poore subjectes handes, with a princelie desire, to have
[releyved?] your subjecte, whoe hath spent in the travaile and
[in?] attendance for his promised allowance nere 1000 pounds to his
undoinge and the honorable persons to whose consideracions
your majesty referred his recompence to be sett down, not seeming
willinge to drawe anie thinge from your majesty for his reliefe
chargeable unto your highnes.

His moste humble sute unto your majesty is, that the same would
be pleased to graunte him the office of surver of your majesties
landes, belonginge unto the Duchie of Cornwall (as
your majesty hath latelie made a peculier auditor for the
same). A service which wilbe profitable unto your majesty
and wherby your highnes honorable officers of your highnes
land revenues, may be truly informed of the estate of
everye perticuler humblye referringe the fee and
allowance for his charge and travaile, unto your moste
excellent majesty, or to such of their honors, as it shall
please the same to appoynt to afford consideracion
of your poore subjectes [destr...ges?] in the service. And
he shall hold him selffe royally recompenced at your majestys
handes and shall endevour to performe the service with
faythfull care and delligence

The Kings majesties pleasure is that the Lord Ad
mirall and the Lord Viscount Cranborn who
gave testimony to his majesty of this petiti
oners service shall consyder whether
this be a meet sute for his majesty to grant
him and thereof certefy his highnes

Thomas [Lake?]

Wee thincke this suyte fitt for the
petitioner, and he fit for it, if it soe
like your majesty

Notingham Cranborne

The Lord Admirall and Lord of
Cranborne for John Norden
[to be?] surveyour of the Duchy
of Cornwall.

The merchants trading for Malaga in Spain. SP 14/12 f. 105 (1605)

To the Kings most excellent majestie

The humble peticion of the marchants your majesties subjectes trading for
Mallaga in Spayne.

Sheweth that the peticioners and their factors have beene more molested and
injured in that citty then in any other part of Spayne and that neither the
articles of peace, nor your majesties letters, nor the intervencion of your majesties
ambassadours have avayled to redeeme or releive your majesties subjectes from the
said molestacions and injuries, insomuch that they have been forced to doe
it by the costlie weight of money, and perticulerly above three yeares
past a judge of comission came against them, for importing French
lynnens, cloves callicoes, and other contrabando goodes and through
the feare of his rigurous proceeding together with the smale hopes of
reliefe or defence by the ambassadors meanes, the factours there were inforced
to condisend to give twenty thowsand duckettes to his majestie, to bee paid
by fower thowsand duckettes yearely, and for the performance thereof
the factors did amongest themselves, agree to raise the said summe
yearely, by a private contribucion, upon the goodes which they should export
and in this secreete manner have provided, money for the satisfying
of the said 4000 duckettes yearely. But nowe of late one Thomas
Stanton your majesties subject resident in Mallaga hath most trecherously
discovered to his majestie in Spaine the contribucion imposed upon their
goodes for thabovesaid purpose, and by his sinister relacion together with
the firmes of some fewe others (that the busines little or nothing concernes)
hath obteyned facultie and priviledge from his majestie there for the collecting of
the said imposicion quite contrarie to the will and consent of the marchantes
and factours most interessed in the said contribucion, and to their visible damadge
above 10000 pounds if the collection of the said imposicion bee continued, by the
said royall facultie as the said Stanton pretendes and being the
peticioners cannot obteyne remedie of greater injuries, they are out of
hope of getting anie for this there, and therefore for the most imediate
and effectuall remedie in this case.

Humbly pray your most sacred majestie to graunt them your royall letters
to your majesties ambassador in Madrid and therein to order him that
the said Thomas Stanton may bee sent home to England in the first
shipp to your majesties royall presence to make answere for his said
misdemeanour and perfidious practice so prejudiciall and of soe
dangerous consequence to all your majesties loyall subjectes trading there
and the petitioners et cetera.

Robert Wright and William Barker, treasurer and chancellor of the cathedral church of St Andrews in Wells. SP 14/12 f. 164 (1605)

To the Kinges most excellent majestie

Most humblie doe beseache your most excellent majestie your true and faithfull subjectes
Robert Wright doctor of divinitie and treasurer of the cathedrall church of Saint
Andrewes in Welles and William Barker doctor in divinitie and chauncellour of the
saide church: that whereas by the auncient statutes customes and foundacion of
the saide church, the treasurer and chauncellor of the same, beinge accordinge to
the statutes therof qualified were alwaies from tyme to tyme and still ought to be
by right and priviledges of theire dignities and necessarie offices there; twoe of the
number of the canon residentes, and are now kepte out by the dean and diverse of
the chapter, and debarred of that theire right: yt would please your highnes to committ the
heeringe and [examinge?] of the matter, to the most reverend father the lorde arche
byshop of Canterbury his grace, the right honorable the Earle of Devon, and the lorde
Vicount Cramborne or any other, and to order and determine the same accordinge
to equitie: and wee your humble and poore subjectes shalbe alwaies most bounde in duetie
to praie to almightie God for your majesties longe and happie raigne over us.

At court at Whitehall

11o February 1604.

The Kinges majestie hath referred this peticion to the
Lord Archbushoppe of Canterbury the Earle of Devon and
Lord Viscount Cranburne who are to take such
order therein as they in theire honorable and
grave wisedomes shall find to stand most
agreable to equitie and justice

Julius Caesar

Marie Hills, widow of Gabriell Hills. SP 14/12 f. 167 (1605)

To the right honourable Sir Robert Cecill
knight Vicount Cranborne
baron of Essindon principall
secretarie to the Kinges
majestie and one of his highnes
most honourable privie councell.

The humble peticion of a poore distressed
widowe Marie Hills late wife of Gabriell
Hills who was one of the messengers of her
late majesties chamber.

Most humblie sheweth unto your honour that whereas
your poore suppliantes husbande served our late majestie both in
England and in the lowe countries by the space of xxtie
yeares and hath spente all his goodes and [illegible] his life in her
majesties service and by meanes of his sudden death hath
left your poore suppliant greatlie indebted and was chardged
with three smale children and in greate miserie that your
poore suppliant was forced to goe to service where she
contynued till sicknes by force made her to endure
noe longer, and nowe havinge nothinge lefte, nor
noe freinde to comforte her in her olde age alive
and havinge bene at times a suiter to your honour theis
vii yeares she is yet forced to contynue and
ymportune your honour that your lordship would be pleased
in charitie and for Godes cause in consideracion of her late
husbandes longe service and for that he dyed suddenlye
unpaide for much of his service to the utter undoinge
of your said poore suppliant to graunte unto your poore
suppliant this lente a licence for a poore kinsman of hers
that would sell a fewe rabettes and chickins and somme smale
poultrie ware for sick folkes accordinge to the lawes
of this realme. And your poore suppliant and her kinsmann
shall ever be bound to praie to God for the longe
health and prosperitie of your good lordship to contynue.

Let me be certefied by the
[stward?] whyther this
be fitt


I fynd by the last statute that
ther is no provision made against
the eating, killing, or dressing
of any poultry ware in lent, but
onely against butchers that they
shall not kill any fleshe meate, saving
lames, that lekewyse is not provided for,
I do fynd by former presidents that
the Lord Chancellour Sir John
Fortescue granted licences to poulters
last yeare and before without Temple
Barr, and I see no reason but that
my Lord Cranborne may do as much
[or?] more by reason of his [plan?] within
[Westminster?] and the libertie:

William Harrison

George Selby, knight, and Henry Chapman, MPs for Newcastle upon Tyne. SP 14/18 f. 78 (1606)

The humble peticion of George Selby knight and Henry Chapman
burgesses of the Parliament for the towne of Newcastell upon Tyne.

Yt may please your honorable good lordship that where a bill is preferred into the upper house tendinge by act of Parliament
to have the ancient course of ladinge of coales to be otherwise then formerlie by statute the same hath bene
appointed and ever used to be att Newcastell aforesaid, the contents of which bill togeather with the answeare
of the supposicions of the same, wee doe herewithall offer unto your honour.

Yt may please your honour upon perusall thereof to have consideracion to the good estate of the same towne which a
hath bene serviceable and ever more respective in all offices and duties towardes the Kinges majesty and his
noble progenitors, and the comon wealth and a very key storehouse and reliefe in tyme of derth for that parte
of the country.

The bill is preferred by such as carry an hard opynion against the hostmen of Newcastell in respect that the
price of coales did arise this last yeare, which they wrongfully complaine to proceede from combynacion
nowe as that ymputacion did arise from a sinister construinge of orders made amongst the said
hostmen att Newcastell and longe since by the lordes direccions dissolved, soe by reason the shipmen which
transport the cole did find themselves (without any just cause) greived att the same, upon a malicious
and perverse frowardnes and upon pevishe counsell amongst themselves, they did forbeare by the space of
two monethes in the springe to come to fetche coale, att the ancient and accustomed rates whereby the
cittie and country grewe lesse provided, which is the onlie trewe cause of the scarsety and high price.

Att the tyme of the incorporacion of the hostmen of Newcastell and in consideracion thereof they graunted
to the late Queene her heires and successors xii pence of everie chalder to be shipped and transported from thence
amounteth to a greate yearelie proffitt which his majesty enjoyeth and then promisse was made by divers
of the lordes that both the towne and hostmen should have theire liberties corroborated and the foresaid act
of 21 Henry 8 kept in force.

Yf this bill should proceede and take effect, to become as is pretended and explanacion of the statute of 21
Henry 8 not only the Kinge should be defrawded of his customs contrary to the good intendmentes of the same
statute and the statute itself confounded as also the hostmen frustrated of theire incorporacion and graunt
but most of all the towne it self havinge by ancyent charters and grauntes, duties out of such coales as
are from thence transported (and whereupon the cheifest maintenance thereof resteth) should thereof be
defrawded, and in short tyme would fall to an utter decay, ruyn and depopulacion, and thus humbly
desireinge your lordships honorable favor: wee cease etc.

4 February 1605/6
8 February read 2o

The inhabitants of the towns on the west side of Cambridgeshire bordering the river Ouse. SP 14/18 f. 154 (1606)

The humble peticion of the inhabitantes of the
townes on the west side of the countie of
Cambridge which border south uppon the
river of Ouss:

Humblie shewe that our lowe groundes lie uppon the skirts of a hilly
cuntrie subject cheifelie to the overfloweinge of upland brookes from
which the said undertakers neither can, by reason of the scituacion
nor ever professed to secure in the summer season at which times they
are sometimes hurt: as for the winter overfloweinge by the white
waters from the hills we have found by experience they fatt
and inritch the groundes makeinge them much more fruitfull in
the summer followeinge

And whereas the said groundes are comprised within their demaunds by
reason of the comon name of fennes (as we conceive) which is generallie
used in regard of the levell rather then for any other cause:

We doe affirme that many of the said groundes are of a perfect
uplande soile as earth clay and gravell and nothinge at all
morishe affordeinge fine and good feedeinge grasse, as good or
better then most river meadowes, and of as great valewe beinge
worth some x shillings some xx shillings, and some xxx shillings the acre yearelie:

All which groundes also are much more certen then most river
meadowes commonlie are, were yt not for nusances latelie suffered
and done by private men for their perticular profitts contrarie
to right: so as they beinge already in so good estate they need
not the helpe of any forraine undertakers:

Wherefore we most humblie pray that they may be exempted
out of their designe:

The peticon of the
townes on the west syde
of Cambridge

The customs officers in the port of London. SP 14/18 f. 194 (1606)

To the Kings most excellent majestie

The humble peticion of the officers of your
majesties customes in the port of London.

Most humblie shewing unto your most excellent majestie that whereas
certaine fees have time out of mynd beene accustomed to be paid unto
them, and their predecessours by the marchantes upon the passing of
coquetes, and warrantes for importing, and exporting of their marchan=
dises, which fees upon good consideration by the consent of certaine
discreet marchantes before the Lord High Tresorer of England, were
latelie in some small measure increased, and sett downe in a table
placed in the custome house. And where your majestie and your
progenitours have been gratiously pleased, (by the advise of the Lord
Tresorer for the tyme being) of mere bountie, and favour, to remitt
unto the said marchantes, the customes, and subsidies, which have
beene, and are due unto your highnesse upon everie tenth cloth, cotton,
and baye. And also the like customes, and subsidies, due and
paiable unto your majestie for goodes exported, which were imported within
one yeare next before (the propertie not being altered) with other favours
as store, and provision allowed, free unto the said marchantes; which your majesties
favours do exceede in valewe the fees (in the said port formerlie paid, and now
desired) at the least sixty poundes per annum. And yet neverthelesse synce the
beginninge of this Parliament, the said fees (by the instigation of some
troublesome spirites) have beene, and are by many marchantes (seduced)
denyed to be from henceforth contynued unto us your majesties said officers, by
reason that your highnesse customes are letten to farme.

For remedie whereof your majesties said petitioners (to the end they may not seeke
recoverie of their said losses out of your majesties coffers) do most humblie beseech
your majestie to be gratiously pleased to appoint the Lord Tresorer, and Lord Cheife
Baron, and barons of the Exchequer to graunt warrant out of the said
court, for the receyving of the benefitt of all the said remissions, gratu=
ities, and allowances, touching, and concerning the goodes, and marchandises of
any marchant refusing to paie the fees in the said table expressed, and for
the bestowing of the same over your majesties said officers towardes their said losses.
Or else that the whole benefitt of the said remissions, gratuities, and allowances,
may be letten to farme unto your highnesse petitioners at, and for such yearely
rent, as by the said Lord Tresorer, Lord Cheife Baron, and barons of the Exchequer
(the recompence of their said losses considered) shalbe thought fitt to be sett
downe, and assessed for the same. And as they are in duty bound, they
shall ever praie for your majestie in health, and happinesse long to raigne.

The poor of the Company of Clothworkers. SP 14/20 f. 26 (1606)

The humble peticion of the poore of the
Companie of the Clotheworkers.

Wherin they shewe that they have preferred a bill into the
Parliament desiringe to have all collored clothes to be drest
in England before transportacion.

And to induce the Parliament to graunt the same upon three
severall comittees Master Goare deputie for the merchant
adventurers and Master Middleton one of the same companie
and divers clothiers beinge present and deliberatlie hearde by
a grave comittee it was proved that the transportacion
of such clothes undrest was agreat losse to the Kinge and
comones a hyndrance to all merchantes (except merchant
adventureres) a privat benifitt to a fewe a dishonor to our
owne countrie and extraordinarie gaine and honour to
Antwarpe and the Hanse townes for the reasones in
the innerside of this paper expressed.

And that nothinge could be objected whie they should not
be drest before transportacion but because the merchante
adventurers that nowe transporte them would not
transporte them if they were drest and that so our countrie
should want vent.

To which Master Cockaine a merchante and divers others their
present for answere did offer to transporte as manie as the
clothier would make and fynde vent enough for them.

And for that the same upon such grave
deliberacion is for the causes abovesaide
passed the lower house they most humblie
desire your honour (as one of the cheefest
pillars of our common welth) to further the
same in the higher house and they shall
ever pray for your honour.

The foreign merchants trading in this realm. SP 14/26 f. 13 (1607)

To the right honorable the lordes and others of
his majesties most honorable privy councell.

In most reverend manner shewe, your humble supliantes the marchantes straungers tradinge in this realme
wheareas of late ther hath been propounded to them to pay for transportacion of woollen comodities
namely for bayes, cottons, freezes, cloth rashes, serges, perpetuanaes, and all other newe
draperies whatsoever, to pay duble customes, like to broad clothes and karsies.

Uppon this proposicion, wee have given to the lord maiour, and recorder, an humble answeare in
writing as marchants, shewing that the same proposicion, hath noe ground in reason, nether in lawe
nor equitie, and much lesse allowable by treaties with neighbours and entercourses of marchauntes

Under correction of your lordshipps, it is a matter sondry waies mistaken, first that wee
finde noe lawe, nether statute, to pay duble customes for all thinges made of woolls.

Secondlie that theis new stuffes or lyninges are not made of wooll fitt for clothe or
karsies, but of such lambes and petty woolls, as by statutes are forbidden to bee putt in cloth
the which notwithstanding is used, and caused the great complaint in forreine countries, as by
the late statute, made by the French Kinge against English clothes doth appeere:

And by the industrie of the Netherlanders, in the late Queenes daies, the forbidden lambes
and petty woolls, weare very comodiously and husbandlike appropriate used and turned
into the aforesaid new stuffes and had noe use then before.

The makers thereof of Sandwich, Norwich, Collchester, Sutbury, Coxall, Wilton or
Borkham, and other places, cannot but find them greately agreeved and endamaged by
this noveltie and charge, aswell as the marchaunt straunger.

Wherefore wee beseeche your lordshipps not to proceed in this matter, before the
aforesaid makers might bee advertized and sent for as interessed, for to under=
stand the mistery of yt, as heeretofore to her late majestie uppon such occasion
they have given sufficient reason, so thatt therin nothing was altred.

Moreover enhaunceing of customes and subsidies is a matter of state, wherin forreine nacions
and ambassadours ledgers have interest, as cheefely the Netherlanders, who for the
invencion of the trade, least of all deserve this charge, whose provinces have valluable
contractes and entercourses of late renewed, that noe new imposicions or charge must bee
imposed, as matters of greate consequence.

Lastlie our most honorable and especiall good lordes, as men that by dutie are so [bound?] [illegible]
to our God of heaven) to the princes of this kingdome, both for our freedome in consciences
and goodes, and that in regard, are thus bould to contest with the naturall subjectes of this
land, in the due performaunce of service and dutie, both of our wealth and libertie,
soe saying the importaunce of this cause to bee greater, then is yet apprehended
or our tongues or pennes canne expresse; wee cann not but intreate your honnors
specially to bee throughlie enformed, of the full state of this cause of ours now in
question, even for the honnour of his majestie and this comon wealth. And thus wee
humblie beseech you to accept of a necessary and dutifull caution, whereby wee shalbee
more speciallie bound to pray for his majestie and your lordshipps.

The merchants of England most intolerably vexed with the Spanish cruelties. SP 14/26 f. 127 (1607)

To the Kinges most excellent majesty the lordes spirituall and
temporall and to the rest of this honorable court.

The humble peticion of the marchants of England
now most intollerably vexed with the Spanish

Humbly shewing unto your majestie and unto the right honourable the lordes spirituall and temporall
and to the rest of this honourable court; that having for the space of
these two yeares contynued our complaintes of diverse of our shippes with our
goodes taken in the levant seas by the Spaniardes under pretence and
colour of peace and to make search for Turkes and Jewes goodes, and other
like pretences, and have not only made confiscation of our sayd shippes
and goodes, but in most barbarous and crewell manner, have by torture
imprisoning, and other evill usage, brought the most of our marryners,
in our sayd shippes to untimely deathes with the marchantes in the
same: so have they also taken diverse of our shippes and goodes in
the West Indies, and throwen many of our marryners into the seas,
the rest also they have committed to the gallies where they are in
great misery (alleadging we may not trade in those [partes?].

And if all these robberies and crewlties were committed by pirates, we
would with patience have borne our losses supposing them not to be
in the Kinges power to have done execucion upon them, but all the wrong
done us, or the most part were done by the Kinges forces, and
not only at sea, but in all places of the King of Spayne his domynions
where we trade, they have and do most unjustly vex us (as by our
many peticions may appeare). For remedy whereof your majestie
[illegible] was pleased to write diverse letteres to the King of Spayne requesting
him to do give us justice, comaunding also diverse conferences with the
Spanish ambassadour here, we also for these two yeres have kept
our servantes at the court of Spaine, at our exceeding great charge seeking
justice here, nevertheles for any thing we knowe we are as farr
of from satisfaction as we were when we beganne our sutes first.

In tender consideracion whereof we are a very great nomber of your poore
marchantes and true liege people, utterly undone without your majesties spedy
and due protection, do most humbly desire, that we may be no longer
delayed, but may have letteres of mart graunted us to the value of our
losse, and according to the statute made in the fowrth yere of the reigne
of King Henry the fifth of famous memory upon the like occasion,
and that there may may be other lawes ordeyned to make us to trade
upon equull equall condicions with the Spaniardes (the differences and unequa
=lities of which lawes we herewith present) and we shall dailie
pray for the long contynuance of your majesties prosperous reigne, and the
encrease of much honour to this honourable assemblie.

Just causes and reasons for the inabling by law
the subjectes by way of letteres of mart to recover
their damages upon the Spaniardes.

First because the lawes within the domynions of Spayne, do not
convict the parties offending, by depredacion as pirates, whereby [their?]
lives [might?] be questioned, but only maketh them subject unto restitu
=cion of so much, as shalbe made by sale, after their manner, which
they so use, as that it shall not amount unto the tenth parte of
the trew valew, but the subjectes of the King of England stand con=
victed and condempned as pirates and their owne proper goodes [confiscated?]
to the King; whereby they may lawfully take any of our shipping
upon any suggestion whatsoever.

It is lawfull and common with them upon any suggestion, against our shippes men or
goodes, by way of torture in what manner soever it pleaseth them, to extort and
force confessions and approbations of what soever they desire, and by the same
(how untrue soever it be) to condempe and convict shipp goodes and lives.

They seeke to subject us to a law made only by the Pope of Rome with
whome we have no correspondency inhibiting all trade and comerce with
Turkes Jewes, and others not Christian nations; by which papall law, is
prohibited the transporting into the domynnions of these nations and
people, any kinde of munition of what nature soever, and under that
title are comprised not only artillary, shott and powder, but leade
iron, tynn and pewter, brasse, copper, steele, wier with infinite
other thinges, that are meerely marchandizes, and a principall part
of levant trade by our nation.

The cause of justice is inhibited, and interrupted in many places in
their [forme?] by the magistrate himselfe, when he is both judge and
partie, so that the parties injured are inhibited their course of lawful
justificacion, as in Sardigna and Cicillia we have found to our great
loss, no man daring to pleade our causes.

In the domynions of Spaine, are many kingdomes, which have their
particular lawes, which the King of Spayne may not infring by his
authoritie, and therein no meanes of redresse by appeale upon any
wronge howsoever apparant offered to our nation.

They conjoyne themselves with other people not confederate and in
amitie with our King, as those of Malta, whereby they intrapp
us, under pretence of peace with Spaniardes; an in case of
restitucion can never recover but in part only.

Wee finde in all their courtes very unequall proceedinges with our
nation in the execucion of their sentences, which sentence being obteyned
by long following of the sutes with great charge the execucion is
wholy stayed, so that one Englishman had thirteene sentences of
one imediat cause, and could never gett out execucion of any

Lastly we conclude if the Spaniardes do offer these and such notable
injuries in the begyning of peace lately concluded, and may escape
in such manner without any justice executed upon them, or restitu
cion unto us, what an incouragement will this be to the insolent
nation, to follow the like courses to the discouragement of the English
the overthrowe of all our trades especially within the streightes
the mayntenance of all our good shipping, where their governours
have shippes of warre in course contynually against the Turkes
and therefore crave your honourable favours, in this so weightie a

Spanish merchantes
peticion, and their
reasons, for letteres of marte.

Conceipt it might be

Carrying munition
to the Turk

[Ch...e?] whyther they
will go

[None to us?]

Hereafter we will
propound unto them
unto the merchants
in generall

William Freeman, Robert Brooke and company merchants. SP 14/26 f. 132 (1607)

To the right honourable the Earle of Salisbury.

The humble petition of William Freeman
Robert Brooke and companie marchantes.

In most humble manner sheweth, that in the mounth
of October anno 1605 the Duke of Medina came aboard
of divers English shipps, riding at anchor before the
cittie of Saint Lucar, laden with corne; and there [bargained?]
and bought for the use of the King of Spaine, the whole
lading of sixe of the greatest shipps, to bee by the same
English shipps, caried and delivered unto sundry portes
on Africa-side, within the straights of Gibraltar: and
faithfully promised, that presently after the retorne
of those shipps, with certificate of the deliverie of the
corne; hee would pay all the monie, to the factors
of your supplyants, according to their bargaine and contract.
But so it is, that notwithstanding the said shipps did
verie orderlie deliver, to the great contentment of
the receivers, the said corne, and brought backe to
St Lucar certificate thereof, to which no cavill or
exception could bee taken: yet cannot the factours
of your supplyantes (in this long time sithence)
recover their monie, according to their bargaine
neither from the Duke of Medina, neither by the
sollicitation of the embassador, to the King of Spaine;
but that still there resteth unpaid, the sum of 89873 ryalls
which with forbearaunce, and charges of suing for the
recoverie thereof, amounteth to above 3000 pounds starling mony.
But from the Alcaldo or Treasurer, have received answeare
that hee hath neither mony nor meanes to pay the same
as by a testimoniall at large under notaries hands, dated
in Sivill the 12th of March last past, appeareth.

In tender consideration wherof, they humbly desire your
honours aide and furtheraunce, for the recovering of their
right, in a cause of so great equitie; either by procuring
of the Kings majesties letteres in their behalfe, to the King of
Spaine, or by anie other good meanes as to your honour
shall be thought fit. And they shall be bound to pray
for your honours long prosperitie

Sir Fulk Grevill, knight. SP 14/28 f. 26 (1607)

To the Kings most excellent majestie

The humble peticion of Sir Fulk Grevill knight

Shewinge, that whereas his majestie by instruccions geven
to his highnes councell within the dominions and principality
of Wales in the fowrth yeere of his most happie raigne
over us was pleased to graunte unto the said Sir
Fulke Grevill (his majesties secretarie there) the fee of
fowre pence to be taken uppon all affidavittes, and
othes there to be ministred, as by the said instruccions
appeareth; by whose gratious graunte and favor he
hath ever since quietlie enjoyed the same. He most
humblie beseecheth that his majestie will now be
pleased to graunte the same fee of iiii pence unto him by
patent under the greate seale of England during his
life, to hould the same in such sorte as he now doth by
vertue of his highnes instruccions: and he accordinge
to his most bounden duty shall daylie pray to God
for his majesties longe, and most happie government.

Sir William Irvinge, knight. SP 14/31 f. 139 (1608)

To the Kinges most excellent majestie

The humble petition of Sir William Irvinge knight

Most humblie sheweth unto your majestie whereas divers recog=
nizances are taken to your majesties use within the Cittie of London
for the apparence of divers persons, bound over to answeare for
their severall offences and misdemeanours, and are become
forfeited, and have not bene at all certefied in your majesties exchequer
as they ought, nor anie levy made thereof, since your majesties most
happy cominge to the crowne, and whereas certen yssues
and amerciamentes are sett uppon divers persons for not appearinge
at severall juryes uppon tryalles within the said cittie, and
have not bene estreated, wherby there is great losse to your majestie
and prejudice to your subjectes, in that the offenders doe escape

May it please your majestie for reformacion of the said
abuses, to graunt unto your petitioner the moyetie of all such
fynes and [forteytures?], as he shall cause to be to be
levyed and brought into your majesties exchequer

And your peticioner (as in duty bound) will ever
pray for your majestie

Sir William Irving

William Mosse. SP 14/34 f. 95 (1608)

To the right honorable the Earle of Salisburie
Lord Highe Treasorer of England.

The humble peticion of
William Mosse.

Shewinge that whereas your said suppliant beinge tennante to the Kinges
majestie that now is of one small tenemente or candall cottage with a litle
gardein in Cerincester in the countye of Gloucester, by virtue of one
lease made in the xxviith yeare of the raigne of our late soveraigne
Queene Elizabeth with the consent and advise of the then Lord Treasurer your
honours late father, beinge of famous memory, sithence which tyme your said
suppliant and his auncestours have quietlie enjoyed the same by force thereof
the same beinge now extant under the exchequer seale.

But soe yt ys right honorable good lord that one Thomas Staughton
and Phillippe Breach havinge the fee farme of the same, being of late
purchased by others, doe seeke to dispossesse your poore suppliant and frustrate
the said Queenes graunte by force thereof, for the better effectinge of which
they have sealed a lease uppon the ground, and have brought an ejectione
firma againste him your said suppliant, who ys not able to goe to triall with them for the
same, he beinge a verye poore man and havinge a greate chardge of children
the mainteynance whereof lieth onelie upon the lease of the said tenemente

Maie yt therefore please your good lordshippe in tender commiseracion of the
premisses (and for that your said suppliant without your lordshipes good favour herein
wilbe utterlye undone and impoverished for ever) to vouchsafe him your said
suppliant your lordshipes charitable favour and assistance, that he maie enjoye his said
tenemente duringe the tyme of his said lease paieinge the rente in the same
reserved, as he hath heretofore trulie done and he shall as in dutie bound
dailie praie to God for your lordship in all health and happines longe to continue

Let this be left to the

8 June 1608.

R Salisbury

The petitioner hase a lease under the exchequer seale
not yet expired.

Staughton, and Breach having the fee farme
bring an eject firm against the tenant

He is poore and desires without suite of lawe
to be releived.

William Morse. SP 14/34 f. 96 (1608)

To the right honourable the lordes and others of his majesties comissioners
for leases sittinge in his highnes exchequer

The humble peticion of William Morse.

Shewinge that whereas your poore peticioner beinge the Kings tennante of one small candle
cottage in Cerincester in the countie of Gloucester by vertue of one lease made in the 27th of
our late Queene Elizabeths raigne: soe yt ys that one Thomas Staughton and Phillippe Breach
hath of late bought the fee farme of the same by reason whereof they threaten your poore
peticioner to dispossesse him of the same, which will be the utter overthrowe and beggeringe of him
your said suppliant his poore wief and six small children, yt beinge their cheife staye of mainteynance
and releife.

Maie yt please your good honours in tender consideracion of the premisses, even for Godes cause
and for that the right honourable the Earle of Salisburie (upon a peticion to him exhibited) referred him
to this courte; to vouchsafe him your said peticioner your charitable favour and assistance that he
maie enjoye the same accordinge to a lease extant under the chequer seale heare reddie to be seene
towardes the releife of himself his poore wiefe and children now in his old age and he shall as in
dutie bound dailie praye to God for the preservacion of your honours in all health and happines
long to continue

If there be a fee farme granted, he is
no more the Kings tenant and therefore
it belongs not to me to descide the question
for if his lease be good, he can have no harme
if it be nought I cannot make it better unless
there be some cause for him to complaine in some
court of justice, where I have any thing to doe

R Salisbury

Daniell Brames. SP 14/35 f. 45 (1608)

To the right honourable the Erle of Salisbury
Lord High Treasurer of England.

Humbly shewing unto your lordship that albeit the petitioner
is a free Englishman borne: and a freeman of London
as by certificate, and a copie of his freedome may appeare
yet the Earle of Montgomerys deputies, who is farmar
of the baies will not permitt him transport such
commodities without paying his lordship dueties, which
strangers are onely bound to pay wherefore his majesties
farmers who knew him to be a free Englishman borne
were desyrous that he should fetch direction from your
lordship that he might transport all commodities for English
custome, as by the lawes of the realme he may
lawfully doe.

Wherefore he most humbly beseecheth your good lordship to
signifie to the said farmers, that you are pleased
he shall transport all commodities for English men
custome according to his freedome. And he will as
duty byndeth him ever pray for your lordship

Because this petitioner is a freeman of London as
as well as the sonne of a denizen, and borne within
this kingdome himselfe his case is not
ordinary, and therefore I doe require you to suffer
him to passe his commodities for English
custome, not meaning otherwise to give
any such precedent xi May 1608


To permitt Daniell
Brames to passe
his goods as an
English man.

Francis Galbreth, serjeant of his majesty's pantry. SP 14/43 f. 14 (1609)

To the right honourable the Lord High
Tresurer of England

The humble peticion of Francis Galbreth
sargant of his majesties pauntrie

Most humblie shewinge unto your honour that wheareas his
majestie was pleased to give to your lordship at Hampton Courte
a peticion with a survaie in parchment concerninge
Kerkeoswould parkes in Cumberland for the which I have beine
an humble suter unto his majestie this foure yeares
and such thinges beinge graunted then and since unto
his majesties servantes inregard of service and inregard
I have served his majestie ever from a child and hetherto
have got nothinge that your honour would be pleased
upon pittie of my estate to give furtherance unto
his majesties gratious favour towardes me and I and
myne shall remayne in all dutie ever bound to
pray for your honours happines

Master [And?] King I pray you let me know
the state of Kyrkes
Wold Park in Cumber
=land that I may judg
of this [illegible] sute

R Salisbury

Let Master Osborne certifie me
whether it appeare by the
survay of these parkes that
there hath bene are any deare
in this parke, or that it
be disparked, and at what valewe
it is survayed.

R Salisbury

Marey Carliell, widow of Christopher Carliell, governor of Nocfergus in Ireland. SP 14/43 f. 47 (1609)

To the right honnorable the Earle of Salisbury
Lord High Threasurer of England.

The humble peticion of Marey Carliell widdowe
late wife of Christopher Carliell governour of
Nocfergus in Ireland deceased.

Shewing, that aswell in consideracion of her said husbandes faithfull services,
as allso of 150 pounds then owing him by her late majestie, it pleased her highnes to promise
him the benifitt of such landes as should fall unto her majestie by the attainder of
one William Vaux which was prosecuted by her said husband to his charge of 400 pounds at
the leaste, and so died before her majesties promise was effected.

That the said Vaux stood bounden in a statute staple of 2500 pounds unto her husband for
payment of 1300 pounds.

That the said Vaux by the only meanes and charge of her said husband, did leavie
fines and suffer recoveries, whereby Vauxs his landes being formerly intayled
and so not lyable to the attainder, became chargeable to the statute and subject
to the attainder.

That this your suppliant was a long suitor both unto the late Queene, and ever since to
Kinges majestie, for a graunt of the inheritance of the said land.

That the consideracion of her said suite was by his majestie referred to the late Lord
Threasurer, who deceased before he did any thing therein: and therefore is enforced
to become a new suitor unto his majestie againe, eyther to be pleased to confirme
the inheritance as our gratious Queene Elizabeth promised, or ells his majesties free
leave to extend the statute made by Vaux to her said husband, and so humbly
beseeching your honors favour and furtherance in respect of a poore widdowe
unable to attend.

21 January 1608.

For the first part of this gentlewomans
suite I have nothing to do with all, neither
(yf there were any such promise as shee
pretendes) hath shee any reason to prefer
it now considering his majesty, (who is tyed in
honor to performe no other promises then his
owne) hath otherwise disposed of the land.
But for the statute, which shee desires leave
to extend upon the land, yf by lawe shee
may do it, shee needes sue for no licence.

R Salisbury

William Coombe of Dorset, shoemaker. SP 14/43 f. 65 (1609)

To the right honnorable Robert Earle of Salisburie Lord High
Threasurer of England

The humble peticion of William Coombe of
Dorset shomaker

Humbly shewinge that where one widdowe Lambert beinge possessed
of a smale tenement parcell of his majesties mannor of Kinges Beere in comitatu
Dorset of the yearly auncyent rent of ix shillings which shee held for terme of
her widdow hood: one John Allian late rentgather for his majesty
there, uppon some composition caused her to surrender her estate: and
havinge so don pretended and gave out that he had an estate in the
premisses for 3 lyves which he would assure to any that would compound
with him: whereupon one William Wilsheir bargayned with the said
Allyan for an estate of 3 lyves in the same and gave him lii pounds x shillings
uppon receipt whereof Allyan promised to assure a good estate therein
to Wilsheir for any iii lyves he would appointe.

Shortlie after, Wilsheir sould the premisses to the peticioner they both
supposinge that Allian could and would have made assurance of the
premisses accordinge as he pretended, and the peticioner remayned uppon
the same for iii yeares untill of late his majesties officers uppon
survey there made, found that Allein had no manner of estate
therein but had defrauded the said Wilsher and your suppliant of their
moneys which tendeth to their utter undoinge.

In tender consideracion whereof the peticioner most humblie besecheth
your good lordship to direct your honours letteres to the steward of the said
mannor and such other gentlemen as are joyned in commission with him
thereby referringe this matter to their examynacion and that the
peticioner for reasonable composition may have the preferment of
buyinge the same before an other, and further that they may call
the said Alian before them and take some such course with him
for the restoringe of the peticioner his money or to their discretions
shalbe thought fytt and the peticioner with his poore wife and
children shall ever pray for your honourable lordship

Lett the steward and the rest of the commissioners for
assessing copiehold fynes and granting estates examine
this matter and yf they fynd the suggestions true, to
admit him a tenant according to the custome of the
mannor for such reasonable composition, as they shalbe
directed by the late letter, and instructions sent downe
to them, as the like is to all other his majesties stewardes in that behalf
and for the somme of 52 pounds 10 shillings payd to Alien, lett
them take some such course as the money may be
payd againe to this petitioner or else to certifie
me why they cannot order it that the said Allian
may be forced by some other meanes to give the
poore man satisfaction whom (as it seemes) he
hath so fraudulently abused.
R Salisbury

Combes peticion

This be delivered to William Combes
shoemaker dwelling in Subwrucke in the
parish of Beere with speed. I pray you

The poor fishermen of the cinque ports and other haven towns in England. SP 14/45 f. 31 (1609)

To the Kings most excellent majestie

In most humble wise sheweth unto your sacred majestie, the poore fishermen of the cinque ports, and of other haven townes within the realme of England; that whereas in the fiveth
yeere of the raigne of our late dread soveraigne (of happy memory) by act of Parliament then passed for the maintenance of the navigation and fishing of the land, it was enacted amongst others, that it should not bee
lawfull for any person or persons to buy of any straingers, borne out of the said Queene her obeysance, or out of any straingers bottome, any herrings being not suffitiently salted, packed or casked, uppon payne
of the forfeyture of the said herringes or the valew of them; with other good provisoes tendinge to that purpose, as by the said act appeareth. And so long as the said statute was duly observed all sorts of fish and
herrings, weare in good request, by the bennefitt of the sales whereof, wee weare encouradged and enhabled, to adventure our estates and persons in fishing fare to Izland and to other places, and to build yeerly many
good barks and shipps, and encreased many good marryners and seafaringe men to the greate honor and defence of your majesties realmes. But so it is (our most gratious soveraigne) that as all things heere being
subject to mutabillity so our happynes and felicity in this continued not long: but by the cuninge practizes of straingers and others, (envying our good and seeking theire owne advantadge by our spoile) it hath for divers
yeeres past been decreased and eclipsed; almost to the utter decaying and impoverishinge of our whole estates and substance, and so still in most lamentable manner remayneth. For the said straingers, being most
of them of the lowe countries or some few of Fraunce, having found out uppon our coaste so good [a vayne?] for fishing doe usually somwhat before the fishing seasons, with there shippinge preoccupate and envyron
the best places, and enclose with theire nombers (as in a circle) the sculls of herrings amongst them; therby preventing your humble suppliantes to fishe amongst them and by this meanes (as in many things ells) doe cast us out of
one of the best commodeties and proffitts of our land: and having thus taken good quanteties of our herringes; they doe vent them uppon our coastes and to our people fresh and unsalted, contrary to the statute, transporting
for the same our reddy monneyes out of the land, to the impoverishing of this state, and enriching of themselves. And having formerly by peticion (both unto your most excellent majestie, and the lords of your most honnorable privy
councell) been humble sutors for redress of theise evills, and no remedy or amendment (as yeatt) being provided for the same, and well perceiving to our further greife, that though the lawes of this land hath bothe wisely and
carefully provided redress for us heerein, that yeat the observation of such penall statutes in generall are not so duly observed and looked unto, as might well bee wished. And seeing on the other side, the ingenious dexterity
of the Netherlanders, whoe in the care and pollecy of theire estate, and for the maintenance of theire navigation and fishing, doe impose uppon your majesties subjectes and all other straingers xv shillings uppon every last of
herringes, that shalbe so brought in into any of theire portes, by which practizes, theire shippinges and abillities are wonderfully encreased. Wee are therfore imboldned, uppon the equallity and justice of lex talionis, humbly
beseech your majestie uppon our knees, to bee pleased to impose uppon them or any other, so buying theire herringes contrary to the said statute, the like imposition which they lay uppon us, wherby the multitude of foraine nations
which oppress us wilbe lessened; and your majesties poore fishermen (the semynary of marryners) encouraged to hould on there wonted trade, to the generall good of the whole kingdome. And wee will daly pray for
your sacred majesties longe life, and happynes.

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