Petitions in the State Papers: 1620s

Petitions in the State Papers, 1600-1699.

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John Edwardes, esquire, now prisoner in the Marshalsea. SP 14/112 f. 11 (1620)

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

The humble peticion of John Edwardes esquier nowe prisoner in the Marshallsea.

Humblie sheweth, that your poore suppliant [endevoring?] (by a letter sente unto Sir Thomas Chamberlaine, and Sir Henry Townshende knightes, his majesties justices of assize for the county of Denbigh) to sett forth how different the most gracious clement, and mylde proceedinges of his majestie, your honours and the said justices toward himselfe, (being a knowne recusant) was from those violent courses, procured at= =tempted and intended against him by his adversaries, did (though ignorantlie, and much contrary to your said suppliant his will and intention) in the wryting and penning thereof, give offence to your lordships, and to the said Sir Thomas Chamberlaine. By reason whereof hee hath allredy for these 12 weekes and above, beene restrayned of his [liberty?] and contynueth still a prisoner in the Marshallsea.

Maie it therefore please your honours uppon this your suppliantes harty sorrowe that anie such ignorance and oversight was by him committed, whereby your lordships might take the least offence [illegible] to enter into an honourable consideracion [illegible] commiseracion of him, being aged, (full of infirmities, and not onely [impoverished?] allmost to his owne utter undooing allready; but having beene [all...?] lately served with a subpena ad audiendum judicium, in a cause [illegible] to be hearde the next terme in Chauncery, wherein hee is a defendant and the [which?] concerneth his posteritie very much in their poore estates and inheritance) and there out to vouchsafe his inlargement.

And your suppliant shall ever praie for your honours temporall and spirituall prosperitie.

The drapers of Shrewsbury and Oswestry. SP 14/112 f. 72 (1620)

To the right honourable the lords and others of his majesties most honourable previe counsell:

The humble peticion of the drapers of Shrewsbury and Oswestry.

That whereas the peticioners have longe since founded; and for many yeares maynteyned and continued a trade of buyinge Welsh cottons at Oswestry; whereby many thowsandes of poore people in Wales; have ben and yet are daylie sett on worke; and have also ben at greate charges in procureinge severall actes of Parliament, for freeinge the said clothes from seizure; which course of theirs being sought to be ympeached; hath ben hetherto approved and maynteyned by severall orders of this honorable board (wherein the petitioners allwaies acknowledge your lordships favours) untill now of late one Charlton and Harby whoe were persons formerly restrained by your honourable orderes; doe againe labour to intrude themselves into your suppliantes said trade; contrary to the said orders; and to that end have procured the Cittie of London; to countenance theire said intendment; whereuppon the matter comeinge lately to be heard by counsell on all sides; your lordships found noe cause to alter or goe back from the said former orders (soe well and soe longe setled) howbeit your petitioners were then charged with matter of fact; which beinge referred to certen honourable committees; and nothinge materiall there proved against them; they are notwithstandinge constrayned to attend this cause; to theire greate charge.

May it therefore please your lordships further to confirme your said honourable orders; and the rather for that the alteringe and divirtinge of the said trade wilbe the ruine, and decay of his majesties townes of Shrewsburye and Oswestrye; and of many thowsandes of people; whoe are only sett on worke and maynteyned; by the drapers of the said townes; and can noe way be beneficiall to the cittizens of London in generall; but unto a few; whoe not content to have these commodities weekely brought unto them; doe labour to forestal and ingrosse all markettes into theire owne hands; not respectinge the generall good of the countrey: and they (as duty byndeth them) shall daylie pray for your honors preservacions.



John Thorneton of Lydd, yeoman. SP 14/112 f. 80 (1620)

To the right honourable Edward Lord Souche Saint Maure and Cantelape Lord Warden of the Cinque Portes and their members:

The humble peticion of John Thorneton of Lydd yeoman.

Shewinge that whereas about Easter last there was a taxe made by the churchwardens and overseers of the parish of Lydd for the reliefe of the poore there accordinge to such course as they had ever formerly used and was prescribed also by decree of the bayliffe jurattes and commonalty of the towne and parish of Lydd made by the advise of their learned counsell which taxe one Master Maplisden then bayliffe refused to allowe and withall perswaded the overseers there to make a new taxe in such manner as hee directed and accordingly the said overseers soly by themselves without the consent of the churchwardens made a new taxe whereunto the said bayliffe gave allowance which new taxe although it were generally disliked by the inhabitantes there and apparant in itselfe to be against law being made without the consent of the churchwardens yet one of the said overseers by warrant from the then bayliffe did wrongfully distrayne your said peticioners cattle for his scott behind and made sale of the said distresse at under values to Master Thomas Godfrey by whose advise as it is supposed the said taxe was made and distresse therupon taken wherewith your said peticioner finding himselfe greeved offered to repleeve his said cattle according to law or otherwise upon redelivery of his said cattle to enter into bond to stand to such order as your honourable lordship should sett downe therein but neither of the said courses would be accepted of so as your said peticioner was enforced for his reliefe to bringe an accion of trespas in his majestyes court at Lydd against the said overseers for the wrongfull takinge of his said cattle wherein hee so farre proceeded that the same was readye for triall and his counsell for that purpose retayned and the same had accordingly beene tryed if staye thereof had not beene made by your lordshipps letters directed to Master Allen now bayliffe of Lidd the truth of your said peticioners case being thus may your honourable lordshipp bee pleased either to give him leave to proceede in his said accion at the common law for his reliefe or otherwise to give order that your said peticioner may have his said cattle delivered unto him and hee will humbly submitt himselfe to what order your lordshipp shall sett downe in the premisses and hee shall ever praye for your lordshipps increase in all honour and happinesse.


Read 28o January 1619

John Thornetons petition concerning his taxe.

Phillip Jones, citizen and merchant of London. SP 14/112 f. 88 (1620)

To the Kinges most excellent majestie

The humble peticion of Phillip Jones citizen and merchant of London.

Most humbly sheweth that in the Parliament holden in the first yere of your majesties most happy raigne over this kingdome it did appeare that there were divers fraudes deceiptes and abuses comitted in bringinge in of hoppes from forreigne partes, packed with powder, sand, loggettes of wood, drosse and other soile to the damage of your subjectes aswell in waighte, as in the goodnes to the value of twenty thousand poundes a yere at the least besides the endangeringe of their healthes. For reformacion whereof it was then enacted that if any forreyner stranger, native Englishman denizen merchant or any other person or persons whatsoever should utter or sell any corrupt or unwholesome hoppes being packed as aforesaid the said hoppes should be seised and forfeyted. The said acte beinge to indure but untill the first session of the then next Parliament at which tyme nor since it hath not ben contynued.

Forasmuch as the said good acte is determined, and the fraudes deceiptes and abuses doe still contynue, and encrease to your subjectes further damage; and that it is desired by the merchantes and hoppe masters of England that there may be a reformacion of the said abuses accordinge to the intencion of the said acte. Your majestie wilbe gratiously pleased to graunte powre and aucthority unto the peticioner his deputies or assignes for the tearme of one and thirty yeres (by your majesties letteres pattentes) to search all sackes of hoppes aswell those growinge within your majesties dominions, as those brought from forreyne partes, and to see that they be good, well packed, and uncorrupt, before they be sett to sale, with aucthority to marke, and seale the same, whereby your subjectes may safely buy them without fraude deceipte or losse; and that your peticioner may have for his paines in searchinge sealinge and markinge the same such allowance as shalbe thought reasonable for every hundreth weighte.

Maie it therefore please your majestie to refer the consideracion and conveniency of this peticion unto the lordes of your majesties most honourable privy councell, that they may take order for reforminge the abuses aforesaide and sett downe [illegible] such fees, and duties to the peticioner as they in their wisdome shall thinke fitt, and thereof to certefie your majestie: And your peticioner according to his bounden duty shall ever praie for your majesties long and prosperous raigne.


At the court at Newmarket 30 January 1619

His majestie is gratiouslie pleased to refer this peticion to the lordes of his most honnorable privy councell, and that uppon con= sideracion thereof, and of the writinge herunto annexed they take such order herein as their lordships shall thinke convenient.

Charles Parkins

John Dawson, citizen and stationer of London. SP 14/119 f. 68 (1621)

To the most reverend father in God the Lord Archbishop of Canterburie his grace.

The humble peticion of John Dawson, citizen and stationer of London.

Most humblie sheweth that whereas the place of a master printer is latelie become void by the death of Thomas Dawson, the peticioners uncle, and that by an antient decree in Star Chamber none can be admitted to exercise the arte of printing, or be master printer as aforesaid, except he be allowed, by the Lord Archbishop of Canterburie his grace, and the Lord Bishop of London, or one of them. The peticioner doth most humblie beseech your grace seing he hath from his childhood been brought up under his said uncle, in the said art of printinge and that it hath pleased his said uncle, in respect of the peticioners good and long service, to give and bequeath unto him all his presses and other instrumentes. That your grace would be pleased to give unto him your consent and allowance to be a printer in his said uncles roome: and that your grace will signifie to the master and wardens of the stationers your graces consent and allowance thereunto.

And both he and his wife and children shalbe bound to praie for your graces long life, and perpetuall felicity.


January 23 1620.

I am content.

George Cantuariensis

The peticion of John Dawson 23 January 1620


Giles Waters. SP 14/119 f. 97 (1621)

The humble peticion of Giles Waters

Humblie sheweing

Your good lordshipp that Master Maior of the towne of Winchelsea bearing causles malice against your poore peticioner did willfully kill a faire masty dogg of your poore peticioners with a gunne allthough neither your peticioner nor the dogg did any way offende him at which your poore peticioner being much greived in regard the dogg was very usefull to him both for the defence of his howse and ordering of his cattell, repaired to Master Maior to know the cause why he should use your peticioner soe hardly and toulde him it was ill done and said he might live to requite his kindnes, which were the worst wordes that passed from your peticioner

Neverthelesse Master Maior hath thereupon caused your poore peticioner to be clapped [up?] in prison where he still lies and cannot be releast exec without putting in sureties for his good behaviour which would be to the great discreditt of your poore peticioner who hath allwaies lived and caried himselfe honestly amongst his neighbours

That therefore your lordshippes to releive your poore peticioner in this distres and free him from oppression would be pleased to take this cause into your lordshippes hearing and in the meane tyme to give your honourable direccions for the inlargement of your poore peticioner out of prison and he shall ever pray for your lordshippes long health and happines.

Edward Harwaid, lately a poor prisoner in the town and port of Heith. SP 14/119 f. 129 (1621)

To the right honerable Edward Lord Souch: Lord Warden of the Sinke Portes

The humble petision of Edward Harwaid late a poore prisoner in the towne and porte of Heith

Shewing that whereas your petisioner was about 3 yeres sinc a prisoner and in execution in the towne of Heith at the suite of on Larence Baker, at which time your supliant sued the saied Baker before youre lordship in the honourable court of chancerie for the portes and it pleased your good lordship then, upon your oraters petision: to order that your suplyant putinge in sufitient baile to stand to the order of the court should have his libertie but the said Baker by no means would consent but rather starve your petisioner in prison to the utter undoeing of his wife and cheeldren, to prevent soe great amiseri your petisoner made his es cape for which the sayd Baker sueth the towne of Heith in chanceri befor your lordshipe

Wherefor your poore petisioner most humbly prayeth your good lordship will be pleased to prevent the great charge, of hime and the towne by re feringe the cause to in diferent arbytraters, in the cuntrie to heere and determine upon bands geeven on bothe parts to stand to ther awarde and your daily orator with is wife and cheeldren as they are bounde will ever praye for your lordship longe ahape life


To these 4 here under named both partes wer once agreed to refer the cause with condicion that if they could not end it they should choose a [haimpere?] which should

For your petision William Hall knight Jhon Hawtray gentleman

For Baker William Willcocks gentleman Jhon Allen gentleman

6 February 1620. Peticion of Edward Harwaid.

The attendants of his majesty's chapel. SP 14/119 f. 273 (1621)

To the right honourable the Earle of Pembrook Lord Chamberlain to his majestie.

The humble peticion of his majesties chapell

Most humbly shewing that wheras both the late Queen of famous memorie, and also his most excellent majestie ever since his happy accesse to this crowne have been graciously pleased to remitt and release to your peticioners and their predecessours from time to time the payment of such subsidies as have been graunted to them in severall sessions of Parliament for many yeares past

Their humble suit is, that your lordship wilbe pleased, out of your honourable care of your peticioners, to mediate with his most excellent majestie for the continuance of his highness gratious favour for them.

That he wilbe pleased to remitt and pardon unto them the payment of such subsidies which are or shalbe levied by this present Parliament, according to his accustomed gratious favour formerly shew= ed unto them and that therupon your lordship wilbe further pleased to give order to the clarke of the signett attending to prepare a bill ready for his majesties signature accordingly.

And (according to their bounden duety) they will daily pray for your lordshipps increase of honour and happinesse.

The leatherdressers of the borough of Southwark. SP 14/127 f. 30 (1622)

To the right worshipfull Sir Robert Heath knight Sollicitour Generall to his majestie.

The humble peticion of the letherdressers inhabiting in the burrough of Southwark in the county of Surrie.

May it please your worshipp to be advertized that there being many of that trade, that have great charge of wife and children, and by reason of some abuses in the trade many having served seaven yeeres as apprentices have no worke, and so fall to decay and are impoverished occasioned by divers strangers Dutchmen who imploye their countrymen as joyrnymen to worke, having never served that tyme the law appointes, giving forth that they may doe it, and that it is and wilbe allowed of, that strangers may sett whom they please to worke at such trades as they use which cannot be but agreat greivance to the native English yf strangers should have more priveledg then they, besides ther be many prentices who now are bound for seaven yeares to divers of our trade take occasion thereby to seeke all meanes possible to goe from their masters and to be at liberty to work as joyrneymen as the strangers doe having not served above 3 or 4 yeares to their masters and our great hinderance. And we having peticioned for redresse herein to the justices of peace in the countye who toke great paines therein well knowing ours, and the state of the burrough of Southwarke as now it standes yet uppon some reasons and motives best knowen to themselves, have referred us and our suite to your worship for his majesties pleasure herein.

Wee therefore most humbly intreate your worship in regarde of our povertye not being able dailye to waite and attende as becommeth us that you would be pleased very speedily to sett downe a day for the hearing of this matter yourself, or els to referr it to Sir Edmund Bowyere and the rest of his majesties justices neare unto us in our county of Surry that by them it may not be long delayed and we as in duety bound will unfainedly pray for your perpetuall happines etc.


Leatherdresseres English and strangeres

The Lady Mary Buckley, widow. SP 14/127 f. 75 (1622)

To the right honourable Edward Lord Zouch Lord Warden of the Cinque Portes.

The humble peticion of the Lady Mary Buckley widow.

Most humbly shewing that whereas your suppliant hath exhibited her bill of complaint into his majesties Highe Court of Chauncery against Francis Wilford esquire to be releived as touching landes assured for her joynture wherwith he stood trusted as a feoffee to her use and to that end a writt of subpoena [return?] the fourth day of February next is awarded out of the said cort against the said Francis Wilford to appeare and answer the said bill,

Now forasmuch as the said Francis Wilford is resident at Dover within the precintes of the Cinque Portes being under your lordships jurisdiction whom she is unwilling to displease, your suppliantes most humble suite therfore is that your lordship would be pleased to graunt her free leave there to serve the said writt of subpoena uppon him the said Francis Wilford to thend he may appeare and answer your suppliantes bill according to the tenor therof and she shall pray for your lordships health and honourable estate.


Read 29o January 1621 the Lady Buckleys peticon:

John Houlter. SP 14/127 f. 89 (1622)

To the right honorable Lord Zouch Lord Warden of the cinqueportes:

The humble peticion of John Houlter

Showeinge unto your honour that whereas one John Fissenden tennant unto your peticioner holdeth by lease with clause of distresse only a certaine tenement and landes within the Cinque Portes at Hastings and oweth your peticioner above thirtie poundes for two yeares rent thereof, the which he moste wrongfully deteyneth from him, neither will he suffer your peticioner to enter and enjoy the same, but being of late removed out of the house he letteth the dores thereof lye open to the great waste and spoile thereof, and to the ende that noe distresse may be taken upon the landes, he moweth the hay and presently carrieth away the same yett notwithstanding your peticioner cannot procure the maior or officers to serve any processe upon the said Fissenden and yett he goeth dayly up and downe the towne:

In tender consideracion whereof that your honor would be pleased to direct your honors letter unto the maior and officers of Hastings to serve and execute processe upon the said Fissenden in the behalfe of your peticioner: and your peticioner as in dutie shall dayly pray for your honors longe health with great increase of your lordships most deserved honor.


[illegible] o February 1621.

Houlters peticion.

Thomas Jenman, a poor and distressed copyholder of the manor of Hartly Mawditt, co. Southampton. SP 14/127 f. 90 (1622)

To the right honourable Edward Lord Zouche.

Thomas Jenman a poore and distressed coppiholder of the mannour of Hartly Mawditt in the countie of Suthampton, wherof Doctor Styward is lord, humbly sheweth that the said Doctor Styward intending nothing soe muche as the utter subvercion of your poore peticioner (after greate and many trobles and suites in lawe proceeding from the displeasure of the said Docter Styward) hath for meere vexacion exhibited twoe severall bills in the Starre Chamber againste your peticioner thone of 80 sheetes of paper and thother of 60 53 unto the firste your peticioner demurred, and uppon reference unto Master Justice Hutton it was certified that the demurrer was good, and that the bill should bee dismissed, wheruppon Doctor Styward haveing preferred a newe bill obteyned order to suspend the costes which your peticioner should have had by course of the courte untill the second bill came to heareing, unto which second bill your peticioner hath pleaded and demurred, and uppon reference unto Master Attorney Generall a whole yere sithence, he hath not yet made his certificate although the same hath byn divers tymes heard before him, [illegible]

Therefore your peticioner humbly praieth that your lordshipp would take into consideracion the distressed estate of your peticioner, and to send to Master Attorney Generall, wherby your peticioner may receive some expedicion [illegible] from him, and your peticioner will daily pray for your lordshipp in all health and happines long to contynue.


Read 2o February 1621.

Thomas Jenmans petition

Hugo Vanmerof and Jacob de the Wryter. SP 14/138 f. 2 (1623)

To the right honourable the Lord Zouch Lord Warden of the Sinck Portes

The humble peticion of Hugo Vanmerof and Jacob de the Wryter.

Sheweth unto your honour that whereas the men of one Antony Vanderhap captaine of a shipp of Amsterdam in his absence about the 18th of December last came and tooke two half barrells of beare out of a shipp of Ostende lying in the harbor of Sandwich contrary to the captaines knowledg, and your peticioners belonging to the said captaines shipp were taken and imprisoned by the maior of Sandwich and soe by comaund from the privie councell layed in pryson as though theye had beene guiltie of that offence, where now theye lye fo still remayne whose innocency is such that theye were not neither present att the offence doing, nor knew of yt till yt was done not withstanding theye suffer ymprysonment most wrongfully which wilbe there utter undoing unles your honourable compassion be shewed towards them herein.

Theire humble request unto your honour is, that for Gods cause there innocent and wronged estates considered you would be pleased to take such order in theire behalfs that theye maye be released, in which doing as their duty byndeth them theye will praye to God for your honours longe lyfe and happines etc

Dame Katharine Mompesson. SP 14/138 f. 76 (1623)

To the Kings most excellent majestie

The humble petition of Dame Katharine Mompesson,

Most humbly sheweth unto your sacred majestie

That whereas it pleased your majestie out of your gracious favour and compassion to bestowe your peticioners unfortunate husbandes estate upon her towardes her mayntenance and releife.

But soe it is, that Thomas Mompesson your peticioners husbandes second brother takeing advantage of his absence doth not only most injuriously deteyne the greatest part of her said husbandes estate but alsoe withholdeth such present mayntenance as should acrue unto your peticioner. Soe as the said estate by reason of manye debtes being much perplexed her husbandes said creditours can neither be satisfied nor your peticioner receive that benifitt which it pleased your highnes to bestowe uppon her, except your petitioner should wadge lawe against him which in respect of her smale abillitye she is not able to undergoe; and alsoe the title of his intangled estate and certainty of his greatest debtes are only in her husbandes owne knowledge.

May it therfore please your most excellent majestie out of your princlye compassion to comisserate her present distresse, and for the rectifieinge thereof to give leave unto her said husband that he may now (for some short tyme at your highnes pleasure) retorne into England without prejudice, aswell to settle his broken and perplexed estate, wherby to give content to those whome he is indebted, as alsoe for the establishinge of what your poore petitioner ought to enjoye.

And howsoever as in duty she is bound shall ever pray for your majesties long life and eternall happines.


A peticion of the Lady Mompessons


At the court at Theobalds 17o February 1622.

His majesties pleasure is that Master Secretary Conway prepare a lycence (ready of his majesties signature) therby giving leave to the petitioners husband to return into England, and here to remaine without molestacion for the space of three monethes (soe as it bee in private manner) to the end hee may settle his estate, take order for the payment of his debtes, and make provision for the maintenance of the petitioner his wife.

Sydney Mountagu

William Andrew, John Carnaby, John Martin and Thomas Muninge, mariners. SP 14/138 f. 103 (1623)

To the right honourable the lords and others of his majesties most honourable privie counsell.

The humble peticion of William Andrew John Carnaby John Martin and Thomas Muninge mariners, owners of divers shipes of Ypswich.

Humbly sheweth that whereas divers of your peticioners shipes, laden with coales, and the passage hoyes, laden with butter and cheese, and bound for this port of London, are all stayed at Harwich, and not suffered to proceed upon their said voyage, to the greate detriment, and hinderance of your peticioners: they humbly beseech your lordships, to order that the said shipes may be permitted freely to come to the said port of London, puttinge in good securitie, that the said shipes or hoyes, shall not saile to any other place, and the rather for that some of their said ladinge is perishable, and all most usefull and necessarie for the said citie.

And they shall daylie pray for the longe continuance of your lordships in all health and happines.

Edward Nicholas. SP 14/138 f. 182 (1623)

To the highe and mighty Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornewall and Yorke, and Earle of Chester etc.

The humble peticion of Edward Nicholas.

In all humblenes beseeching your highnes to vouchsafe to take into your princely consideracion the humble suyte of the right honourable the Lord Zouche (your suppliantes noble lord and master) on the behalf of your peticioner; and to be pleased to graunt unto him the execucion of the office of the receavour of the greenewax under your highnes in such manner as your highnes shall thinke fitt, if your highnes shall dischardge him whome yow have lately imployed therein.

The princely favour your highnes shall doe your humble peticioner, if yow shalbe pleased to vouchsafe him herein a gracious aunsweare, shall for ever oblige him faithfully to serve your highnes with all duty and integrity: and ever binde him to pray unto the almighty for your highnes happines in this and the better worlde.


Copy of my the first peticion I I delivered to the prince.

Which was delivered February 1633 1633 1622

Raphe Farmer, one of the gentleman of the royal chapel. SP 14/158 f. 15 (1624)

Wheras your humble peticioner hath beene lately called unto your royall chappell and is also one of your majesties standinge chappell of Winsor; and since the deane and cannones do threaten to putt hime outt of his place because hee is now your majesties servantt, and yett there bee otheres which are none of your majesties servantes in that church th who holde others places by the leave of the deane and cannones; your peticioneres humble suite unto your majestie is, that you wilbee so gratiouslie pleased to write royall letteres unto the deane and canones thatt hee may have such favour as others have; and nott to fare the worse for beinge your majesties servant havinge continued there these fourteene yeares.

Raphe Farmer servant to his majestie and on of the gentleman of his royall chappell.

Thomas Austyn, gentleman. SP 14/158 f. 97 (1624)

To the Kinges most excellent majestie.

The proffytable and most humble request of Thomas Austyn gentleman.

That wheras he preferred unto your highnes on Frydaie laste, in the park at Saint James, at your graces departure towardes Tybaldes, the subject, or breyff substance of a project of exceeding great ymportance, which he then had, and yet hath a purpose tofferre to the prynce his grace, yf your majestie uppon delyberate perusall and consyderacion therof, shall in your gratyous, and grave wysedome, thinke yt a matter fytt for the prynce his prosecution.

That your subject therin offred his attendance to delyver the said project unto your highnes, yf your grace should so commaunde, and gyve such order to my good lord the Duke of Lyneaux,

That your subject hath attended the said Duke, whoe hath aunsweared that he hath not yet receyved anie order therin from your majestie.

That the project yt selfe is readye at your highnes pleasure and commaunde.

That yt concerneth onelye to refourme and punishe by a penall statutes execucion, called the statute of disceyte, the corrupcions, fraudes, disceytes, bryberyes, extorcions, delayes, and manye other intollerable and hatefull abuses, nowe most commonlye used in the execucion of justice, by lawers, and offycers of all sortes, and in all courtes, both of the common and cyvell lawes, the benefytt wherof maie be to your majestie, the prynce, and the common wealth, to the value of a myllyon, or a greater some, in short tyme. Besydes greatlye pleasing to God, and a discharge of your highnes conscyence and duetie towardes him in that respect, which neglected, wilbe heavye to aunsweare for.

Most humblye therfore beseecheth (syth that the tyme is nowe to short before the pardon, to consyder of such a project) that your grace wilbe pleased speedelye and straytlye to commaund your majesties Atturney Generall, in the generall pardon nowe to be graunted, to putt an excepcion of all offences comytted against this statute of disceyte and of all punishmentes penaltyes and forfeytures that shall or maie growe therby.

Otherwyse your majestie shall pardon (for offences done onely within fyve yeres laste past) at least three hundred thousand poundes, which (not pardoned) maie in short tyme come into your highnes coffers, and the prynces, yf this project be putt in execucion.

And yet scourge none, but such onelye, as have allwaies byn a scourge theym selves to others.


The proffytable and most humble request of Thomas Austyn:

John Hanmer, bishop nominate of St Asaph. SP 14/159 f. 2 (1624)

To the Kings most excellent majesty

The humble petition of John Hanmer doctor in divinity, and bishop nominate of Saint Assaph

Most humbly shewinge that whereas it hath pleased your majestie of your princely favoure and goodnes, to designe your suppliant to the bishoprick of Saint Assaph, the revenues whereof being but smale are hardly able to sustayne the charge and dignity of that sea without sum further meanes of support be extended to him from your royall bounty.

Maie it therefore please your majestie as in the like case heretofore yow have gratiousely vouchsafed unto the bishops of that sea, to graunt a faculty or dispensation to your suppliant to hould in commendam the archdeaconry of Saint Assaph, and a prebendes place within the church of Worcester, whereof he is nowe possessed, as alsoe soe many other prefermentes in the church with cure and without, as shall not exceede the value of one hundred and fifty poundes accordinge to the tax in your highnes exchequer, and which was formerly graunted to his late predicessor. And according to his most bounded duty he will daylie pray etc

Arthur Newman, prisoner at the prince's suit. SP 46/164 f. 102 (1624)

To the right honourable Sir Henry Hobart knight and barronett, chancellor to the prince his highnes and to the rest of the commissioners of his highnes revenewes.

The humble peticion of Arthur Newman prisoner att the prince his highnes suite.


That it hath pleased your honor and the rest of the commissioners uppon consideracion had of your peticioners humble request to conferr the baylywicke uppon John Androw gentleman uppon paiment of 50 pounds parcell of the arreares, there remaining still due to his highnes 82 pounds or thereabouts uppon your peticioners severall accompts and there remaining in the tennantes and resiants handes to be collected 124 pounds or thereabouts as appeareth by a breife lately delivered by your peticioner who being at liberty is very well able to approve the same to be due and hath formerly paied it out of his owne purse.

And inasmuch as your peticioner being formerly indebted as well to the prince his highnes as otherwise incombred, did borrow diverse moneys uppon mort= gage of his landes to pay the same, and hath by his longe imprisonment bin constrained to forfeite some part thereof for halfe the valew, and the remain der (being to be redeemed within a short time) is like wise (if prevention be not speedily had) utterly lost in like kind.

His humble suite now is.

That your honour and the rest of the commissioners wilbe pleased to commisserate his poore estate and wants, and consider of his long service and release your peticioner out of prison where he hath layen long and in great mysery to the utter overthrow of him his poore wife and children and grant to the said John Androwes full power and authority speedily to collect and gather the same for the payment of the said 82 pounds so remaining due to the prince his highnes and for the residue to be had to your peticioner for the helpe and succour of him his poore wife and children being destitute as yet of all comfort and releife by your peticioners imprisonment and they all shall pray for your honours longe life, health, and happines.


To the right honourable Sir Hobart

Thomas Bedam, a poor condemned seafaring man. SP 14/181 f. 24 (1625)

To the Kinges most excellent majestie

The humble peticion of Thomas Bedam a poore condemned sea fairing man

Shewinge unto your majestie that aboute three yeares [illegible] last past youre peticioner being in his smalle barke in the river of Rochester followeing his lawefull trade in the nighte tyme divers seafairing men boarded surprized and tooke her and carryed her and youre peticioner and his boy by force away with them and afterwardes at sea with the saide barke and youre peticioner in theire companie committed piracie which youre peticioner (being ignorant of the lawe) omitted to discover and by reason thereof by the parties spoyled was afterwardes apprehended and being brought to his tryall and condemned which judgement he acknowledgeth to be most just yet in all humblenes presumeth to ply to youre majestie for youre mercie beseeching you according to youre accustomed clemencie to extend youre grace to him and graunt him youre pardon: and he will not faile for ever heer after with his uttermost indeavoure to redeeme the tyme and uppon all occasions in your royall shippes and otherwise with adventure of his life doe youre highnes all faithfull service and continually pray for your happie raigne.

The Muscovia Company trading to Greenland. SP 14/181 f. 87 (1625)

To the right honourable the lordes, and others of his majesties most honourable privie councell

The humble peticion of the Muscovia Company trading Greenland.

Shewinge. That wheras upon their former peticion wherin they complained against the Hollanders aswell for the non payment of twenty two thousand pounds ordered by his majestie long since to bee paid your peticioners for depredacions sustained by the Hollanders in Greenland (alias Kinge James his New Land) as also for the Hollanders intrusions into those his majesties countryes and their enterrupting the peticioners in their fishing there, havinge had this last yeare a great fleete, wherof (as the peticioners are informed) some of them were sett out by Sir William Courten and his brother dwelling at Middleborow, your lordships were therupon pleased to acquaint his majesty with the contents of their said peticion.

And forasmuch as the Hollanders have hitherto delayed the payment of the said 22000 pounds or any part therof and doe pretend as much priviledge to the fishinge in those partes as your peticioners by vertue of a commission graunted them from the Prince of Orange, declaringe nevertheless that when the said prince shall forbeare to authorise them, they will forbeare to frequent those countryes.

The peticioners are againe become humble sutors unto your lordships, that some speedy course may bee taken for the satisfaccion of their former losses either by graunting them letteres of mart or otherwise as to your lordships shall seeme fittinge. And that his majesty wilbe gratiously pleased to write his letteres to the Prince of Orange to forbeare to authorise his people by commission to frequent those countryes or to graunt them proteccion by shipps of warr for their defence against your peticioners, and that upon the Prince of Orange his answere thereunto, some course may bee taken for the quiett maintenance of his majesties right and the peticioners encouragment in their said trade of fishinge; and etc

Captain Rychard Gyffard. SP 14/182 f. 95 (1625)

To the right honourable the lordes and others of his majesties most honourable privye councell.

The humble peticion of Captayne Rychard Gyffard.

Shewenge that wheras your suppliant and company his majesties subjectes, havinge a shipp called the Fortune in trade of marchandise, taken, robbed and spoyled in the roade of Saphia the 3 of Aprill 1612 by Captayne Peter Cossen captain of the Dogg or Hounde of Roterdame, havinge made proofe in the Highe Court of Admiraltye of the premyses. And havinge with great travaile and expence sought for reparation of losses and damages amountinge at that tyme to the valewe of nyne thousand, ninetye and eight ducates, by way of justyce but notwithstandinge both the equetie of his cause and the great mediation that hath been used, could never obtayne of the lordes the states any satisfaccion.

Your suppliant and companye beinge heerby damnified to theyr undoinge, most humbly beeseech your lordships and honours to graunt unto them letteres of marque for the recoveringe of theyre goods and dameges so unjustly taken and kept from them

And they as in duty bound shall ever pray for your honours.


Att Whitehall the 28th of Januarie 1624

The petitioner is to attend the Lord Admirall for his dispatch, because the boarde conceiveth him to be comprehanded in the number of those who are to have letteres of reprisall.

  • J: Dickenson
  • Captain Gifforde


Captain Giffardes petition to the lordes concerning the wronges received by the Duch.

Certain Scottish captains and officers. SP 14/182 f. 128 (1625)

Zour majestie is most humblie supplied to take com= miseration of the captains and officiers who upon the promesse zour majestie made to the Comte of Mansfelt to let levey tua regementes in Scotland for zour majestie his service did leave all other imploymentes and came over a four moneth agoe or more to London wheir they have ever remained since oppressed with neid and famine waitting upon zour majestie his will. Nayther ar thay able to live any more their for lake of meins, nor to remoove be reason of the debtes whiche thay have contracted. The onlie remedy can be expected in suche extreme distresse is, that it wald please zour majestie out of zour royall grace to cause distribut amongst them according to their places and charges to be alloued by the general in deduction of the moneys whiche zour majestie doeth appoint to be delyvred to him. And because it ware against the gracious inclination wherwith God hathe blissed zour royalle majestie that men devoted to spend their bloods and lyves in zour majesties service should sterve in shame and cruel famyne zour majestie is again intreated in all reverence to cause give somme present suc cor to thoase poore saules who shall be able to rander zour majestie on day good service by the grace of God.

Charles Aty, poor distressed prisoner. SP 16/18 f. 24 (1626)

To the right honourable the lordes of his majesties most honourable privie councell

The humble peticion of your honours poore distressed prisoner Charles Aty

Humbly shewing

That your peticioner being indebted not onely to the farmers of his majesties customes but to sundrie other persons in great sommes of money, and not having wherewith to discharge his ingagements but by the sale of his wines and somme other comodities and by debtes owing unto him by divers persons. Hath bein enforced (by reason of his restrainte of libertie whereby he could not followe his affaires) to faile in payment of his said debts att the prefixed tymes whereby his creditt is not onely much ympaired here in England but also in the partes beyond the seas and to his irrecoverable losse many of his debts hath in the interim fallen badd and the cheife tyme for vending his comoditie past

He therefore humbly beseecheth your good lordshipps to take into your honours serious consideracons not only the great losse he hath sustayned in his estate by his long ymprisonment being first uppon your honoures command comitted for the space of twentie dayes in to the custodie of one of his majesties messingers and from thence to the prison of the Marshallsea where he hath now bein for theis nine dayes, and his extraordinarie charge during that tyme, but also his losse of creditt the which will redound to your poore peticoners utter overthrowe if not suddenly prevented, which your peticinor is noe way able to doe unles your lordshipps shall be pleased to graunt him his presente inlargement which favor he humbly prayeth your lordshipps will vouchsafe unto him.

And hee as bound shall pray etc.


[illegible] Atys petion

The barons of the Cinque Ports, two ancient towns and their members. SP 16/18 f. 42 (1626)

To the right honourable Lord George Duke of Buckingham Lord High Admirall of England and Warden of his majesties Cincque Portes.

The joynt and humble peticion of the [com?] barons of the Cincque Portes, two auncient townes and their members. Sheweth that.

Whereas diverse priveledges have beene graunted aunciently graunted to the said portes in consideracion of service done and to be performed. And the same confermed by charter and continued by presedente and longe practice.

Amongst which one of the most principall of honour and esteeme, hath beene the service done by the saide [com?] barons att the coronacion of the kinges and queenes of this kingdome.

Humbly beseecheth your majestie grace wouldbe pleased to afford them your gracious assistance, and be a meanes that they maie enjoy att this his majesties coronacion, and be admitted to performe that service which of auncient tyme hath beene done by their predecessors, and that letteres or summons maie be sent accordingly

Poor distressed subjects in Dunkarke prison. SP 16/18 f. 46 (1626)

Moste gratious soveraigne maye it please your majestye to understande the miserable estates of a great manye of your poore distressed subjectes which nowe at this instante remaynes in Dunkarke prisonne, ther be five shippes of us and our companyes which were taken wherof two Englishe shippes and three Skottishe shippes wherof one of the Skotishe shippes were put ashore at Callis and they have no benefitt of hir but the companye be here in prisonne the names of the maisters are underneath subscribed, who have not onlye made prise of our shippes and goodes but doe keepe us heerein miserable bondage and have taken a waye our monyes and clothes insomuch that wee have nothinge to relieve our selves withall and for creditte and frindes wee have none heare, our lodginge is the harde plancher and coveringe wee have none our dyett verye beare and the wether verye coulde so that your majestye maye see our great wante and extremitye, so that if wee shoulde continue longe heare it woulde be a meanes to shorten manye of our dayes, therfore this is to acquainte your highnes that certayne Jesuitte priestes hath bene in hande with us and hath informed us that the prince of Weste Flanders will not in anye case free us of this our bondage excepte that the Jesuitte prieste which layes in Dover castell be there firste released otherwise they tell us ther is no hope of our deliverye, and the Jesuittes therfore motioned us to drawe this pitittion to your majestye for our reliefe and libertye and desire to knowe howe manye of us your subjectes you will demande in lieu of that Jesuitte and they have made inquirye in all Weste Flanders prisonnes howe manye of your subjectes ther be captivated and they have founde to be there fowerscore and three so that wee hope if it please your majestye to sett free the Jesuitte to have all our freedomes and libertyes, therfore wee all intreate your highnes for Criste his sake to take commiseration upon us your poore distressed subjectes and not to suffer us to lye he heere in this miserable captivitye, and wee are affrayd they should compell us to serve in ther shippes which wee had rather dye then to serve agayne our conscyences thus cravinge pardonne for this our boulde presumption which our miserye hath constrayned us unto, thus endinge with all our prayers to God to give your majestye a longe and happie life and a prosperous raigne over us wee reste

January this 9th according to our Englishe stile 1625

Your majestyes humble poore distressed subjectes

  • John Gyles [.actor?] of a shippe of Yermouth
  • John Collman maister with tenne more of his companye
  • Richard Girling master of a hoy of [Ipswich?] with his company
  • James [Lochonhon?] skiper of Kinghorne with tene of his compeny
  • William Stein sone of [Sanminens?] with nyne of his cumpeny
  • [Stin S.inter?] [illegible] [Lith?] with nyne of his cumpeny

John Pulford, esquire. SP 16/523 f. 11 (1626)

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

The humble peticion of John Pulford esquire.

Humblie sheweth. That haveinge heretofore (uppon weightie reasons) obteind by your lordships goodnes and just favour his majesties gratious letteres of proteccion under the great seale of England for one whole yeare. By which your petitioner assured his safetie and defence from all suites and molestacions during that tyme of anie persons whatsoever accordinge to his majesties roiall prerogative declared therein; which hee was confident none durst have questioned uppon sight thereof much leas with disloyaltie and foule contempt have rejected and disobeyed the same, it beinge an immediate act of his majesties and your lordships, grounded uppon true wisedome equitie and conscience.

Yett soe it is may it please your lordships, that one Watkins a woodmonger in his lawles presumption and disobedience to the great seale of England together with his sawcy and daringe attorney (notwithstandinge that they had notice of the same) have commencd a suite against your petitioner for a pretended debt of 200 pounds whereof your petitioner never had but 20 nor anie other to his use; and although that since; your petitioner hath caused his attorney both to shew and read the contentes of the same great seale of England to the said Watkins and his attorney, requiringe them accordinge to his majesties royall command to withdraw the suite and not to molest your petitioner anie further as they would answere to the contrarie; yet may it please your lordships that even in despight of regall power and authoritie they still persist in an insolent behaviour therin compellinge your petitioner to a triall at law whereas there is great conscience to releive hime.

Hee therfore flieth to the shelter of your lordships goodnes and justice; humbly prayinge your lordships to enjoyne the said Watkins and his attorney to withdraw the suite; and further to deale with them for there disloyall contempt of his majesties great seale of England as to your lordships shall (in your gravest judgment) seeme fitt. And hee shalbee bound ever to pray for your lordships.



Sir Dudly Diggs, knight, prisoner in the Fleet. SP 16/47 f. 10 (1627)

To the right honourable the lordes and others of his majesties most honourable privey councell.

The humble peticion of Sir Dudly Diggs knight prisoner in the Fleete.

Humbly shewinge; that whereas some unfittinge wordes fell from him, att the table, which moved from his too much zeale, but with noe purpose to offend that honorable board, or wronge any other person.

The petitioner beinge hartily sorie, for that error, humbly prayes your lordships to pardon and restore him to your good opinion, which he more desireth then his libertie, though he hath many pressinge occasions to desire the same

And the petitioner shall pray etc.

Peter Canon. SP 16/47 f. 14 (1627)

To the illustrious Prince George Duke of Buckingham his grace Lord Highe Admirall of England.

The humble peticion of Peter Canon your graces servant

Sheweth that it pleased your grace in consideracion of your petitioners services to conferr on him the office or place of sergeant of the Admirallty of the Cinque Portes. To settle your petitioner therein it cost him in ready money 150 pounds and 160 pounds he hath spent since he came to execute the same, to raise which moneys your petitioner is runne farr indebt and was inforced to sell his house and barque leavinge all other in forturnes confidently trustinge through your graces favoure to enjoy his said place.

But so it is may it please your grace that your petitioner it expelled undeser= vedly from the same by Sir John Hipesley knight (by order from your grace as he pretendeth) to the undoinge of him his wife and 7 smale children.

In regard whereof, and that Sir John Hipesley cannot justely tax your petitioner for insufficiency or dishonest executinge the said place, he most humbly beseecheth your grace to referr the examinacion of the premisses to the comissioners of your revenewe and that accordinge to theire certificate your petitioner may be dealt withall and as in duty bounde he his wife and 7 children will ever pray for your graces happines.


Read 3o January 1626 per [C...e?] petition of Peter Cannon serjiant of the Admiralty

Sir Robert Killigrew, knight, captain of the fort of Pendennis in Cornwall. SP 16/49 f. 10 (1627)

To the right honourable the lords of his majesties most honourable privy counsell.

The humble peticion of Sir Robert Killigrew knight captaine of his majesties fort of Pendennis in Cornewall.


That whereas your peticioner hath wearied this board, and all other counselles and persons to whom that care hath belonged, by threescore and nyne severall peticions, for the space of eleven yeres, ymportuning a supply for the said fort and for the poore souldiers pay there, who have not received any, theis two yeres and three quarters:

May it therefore please your lordshipps, rather to consider the ymportance of the said fort, then the unworthines of your peticioner, by giving speedy order for the pay of the poore souldiers (who are some of them already perished for want) as also for a supply, all other his majesties fortes having received some help, and this of as great ymportance as any, only omitted:

And your peticioner shall pray for your lordships etc.

James Wallace, Scotsman. SP 16/49 f. 16 (1627)

To the Kings most excellent majestie

The humble peticioun of James Wallace Scotsman

Humblye sheueth, whar as on Captan Georg Heriot was indebted to one Williame Wear in certane soumes of money and the said Williame Wear indebted also to your peticioner for satisfactioun of parrt of which debt the said Captan Heriot turned over by his letter of atturnay to a pryes which he touk frome the Dunkirkar which was laufull according to the Dunkirkars confession which pryes arrived in your majestie kingdome of Irland at Castle Heaven, a Dutchman a warre being thare pretended a titill thar unto whar upon the said pryes was layed up in deposito, ever and whill the said pryes by confessioun of the Dunkirkars was ad judged laufull to Captain Heriot who also was freed by my Lord Deputie upon the forsaid conffessioun and the said Captain Heriot being thus freed and set at libertie, Sir Laurence Peirsons Wice Admerall at that present did intromet with the said shippe and goodis to the wallue of 370 [pounds?] and doeth yet still reteine thame,

May it pleas your gratious majestie seing your poore peticioner hath no other meanes to be repayed of the moneyes dew to him by the forsaid William Wear by the richt and titill of this pryes maid over to him by the said Williame Wear who haid the said pryes maid over to him by Captain Heriot to caus Sir Laurence Persones to mak restetutioun of the shippe and goodes, thay being laufullie adjudged conquered and takin by the said captaine your majestie peticioner having no hoip to have the said judgment reversed in Irland the parties interested being wealthie judges and stronglie allied and the said Sir Laurence being judge in the court whar the caus dependeth and hes power such also that your peticioner can have no procidingis against him pleis your majestie that the caus may be transmitted into Ingland to be finallie ended befor the Admerallitie thar or els to be ended befor my Lord Deputie thar and the rather in respect that your peticioner lost all his whole meanes in the Palatinat whar he was a wictuallar during the tyme of the warres thar and spent his whole esteit in furnessing of the armie under the command of the Lord Chichester, and the Lord Horatio Weere with necessaries.

And your peticioner, as in dutie bund, will daylie pray for your majestie longe and happie raigne


James Wallace

Simeon Fincham and John Dover, prisoners in the Fleet. SP 16/90 f. 82 (1628)

To the right honourable the lords and others of his majesties most honorable privie councell.

The humble petition of Simeon Fincham and John Dover prisoners in the Fleete.

Shewinge That whereas there was an order from this honourable board to give your peticioners warninge to depart theire dwellinge they liveinge in Cheapeside and not beinge goldsmiths.

That these peticioners then not yeeldinge to departe accordinge to your lordshipps said order are by your lordshipps justly committed to the prison of the Fleete for theire said offence,

These peticioners doe nowe most humby submitt themselves to your lordshipps order and are contented to leave theire said houses and dwellings att the tyme appointed by the order. And doe most humbly beseech your good lordshipps to release your peticioners of theire said imprisonment.

And your peticioners shall dayly pray etc.

  • Symeon Fincham
  • John Dover

John Andrewes, gunner. SP 16/90 f. 117 (1628)

To the illustrious Prince George Duke of Buckingham Lord High Admirall of England gennerall of his majesties forces bothe by sea and lande etc.

The humble peticion of John Andrewes gunner.

Humbly sheweth that your graces peticioner hath beenne his majesties sworne servant this 14 yeeres, and nowe lately at Calis action and at the Isle of Re, from the first landinge till the last day where hee without boastinge) behaved himself soe as that your grace [illegible] tooke notice of his service, and yet hee never craved any thinge.

The premisses considered hee moste humbly beseecheth your grace for his better encouragement, to grante him a revercion of the first guners place that may fall in his majesties navy, and hee doubteth not, but that the master gunner of England will answer for your suppliantes sufficiencie and as bound will ever pray for your grace etc.


Read 15o January 1627 John Andrewes to be gunner

William Sneades. SP 16/91 f. 45 (1628)

To the Kinges most excellent majestie.

The most humble peticion of William Sneades.

Shewinge, that whereas about 13 yeares since, it fell out to the lamentable sorrowe and greife of your majesties most miserable peticioner, but most humble and loyall subject, that one Edward Worthington, enforceinge a quarrell uppon him, challendged him to the feild, which hee refusinge, the said Worthington laid wayte for him, as he was retourninge home from London to Hackney, by whome the peticioner beinge daungerously assaulted, was constrayned to his uttermost, power to defend him self, in doinge whereof, it was his hard happ, soe to wounde his adversarie, that hee dyed thereof.

Uppon which facte (hee humbly acknowledgeth) that he unadvisedly wente beyond the seas, thereby endaungering both his innocencie, and his life, by the lawes of this your majesties kingdome.

That since for the most parte hee hath byn a souldier, exposinge himself, in the service of his prince, and countrie, in the Palatinate and lowe countries, assuredly hopinge that his true penitence hath obteyned his remissionne of God, for the same, to which hee wanteth nothing in this life, but your majesties princely mercie and pardon.

For which hee humbly prostrates, both him self att your majesties feete, and his life to your majesties service, which if your majestie be graciously pleased to give him, he most faithfully promiseth most zealously to expose the same, to the service of your majestie and the honour of his countrie, and soe longe as the same endureth to magnifie your majesties mercye, for whose happines and longe life, hee shall daylie pray.


Att the court att Whithall 22 Januarie 1627.

His majestie is graciouslie pleased to refer the consideracion of this peticion to Master Atturney Generall, and if he find him capeable of the grace and favour desired, that then he prepare a pardon for him fitt for his majesties royall signature.

  • Thomas Aylesbury
  • William Sneades

for pardon.

John Cooke, esquire, keeper of Hartwell Park in the honour of Grafton. SP 16/528 f. 17 (1628)

To the right honourable the Lord Duke of Buckingham his grace.

The humble peticion of John Cooke esquier keeper of Hartwell Parke within the honour of Grafton

Humblie shewing your grace that some fewe yeares since he bought the interest and profitt of the keepershipp of Hartwell Parke within the honour of Grafton of his nephewe Captayne William Cooke for which purchase he did engage a great parte of his estate hopeing to have theirby settled himselfe his wife and children. Since which purchase he hath employed much care and paines in the preservation of the deere and hath disbursed much money in paleing, building and otherwise accommadating that parke for his majesties better service, but now to his unspeakable greife it hath pleased God to expose his nephewes life to the sword of the Frenchmen in this late retriet, by which he is not onely deprived of the life of his frend, but himselfe his wife and children are therby brought to an extreame distresse and misery in there estate, there interest in the parke wholly resting upon the life of ther deceased nephewe, unlesse they may be graciously releived by your grace in whom the power and ymmediate intrest of that parke is now revolved by the death of this captaine in his majesties service.

He doth therfore most humblie beseech your lordship to be pleased soe much to commiserate his sorrowe and losse in his death, gratiously to continew his service in that parke and that he may happily enjoy under your grace his entrest and employment in the same soe shall he be ever faithfull in what your grace shall trust him and shalbe ever most bound to pray for the increase of your graces honor and happines etc.


January 2o [illegible] 1627 John Cookes petition

Sir Allen Appesley, knight lieutenant of the Tower. SP 16/131 f. 4 (1629)

To the Kings most excellent majestie.

The humble peticion of Sir Allen Appesley knight lieutenant of the Tower.

Humbly sheweth.

That whereas in your majesties late fathers tyme of blessed memory by a decree in the courte of Duchy the tennantes of the honour of Cletherowe in Lancashire were to have the said mannor for 40 yeares purchase, whereof the paied but 20 yeares purchase and for that there is a clause in the said decree, that they should have an act of Parliament for confirmacion thereof, they have for about six yeares past retained the said other 20 yeares purchase in their handes amounting to 5000 pounds or thereaboutes.

Forasmuch as there is due to the peticioner and his creditours divers great summes of money aswell before as for the late voyage to Rochell. And for 18000 pounds thereof the peticioner did choose to accept your majesties royall word before all other securities then offered which hee hopeth your majestye remembreth

May it therefore please your majestie, to graunt that the peticioner may have the said arreare payable by the tenantes that remaines in their handes in part of such monys as are due unto the peticioner. And that your majestie, will bee graciously pleased to signifie soe much to the Lord Threasurer and the rather, for that (not withstanding all his extremities) hee hath not importuned your majestye nor the Lord Threasurer beinge very confident that his lordship will satisfie the rest assoone as may bee. And hee shall (as nevertheles in dutie bound) praye for your majesties present and ever lasting happines.


Att the courte att Whitehall, 2o January 1628

His majestie is graciously pleased to graunt the peticioners request and that the right honourable the Lord Threasurer take this peticion into his consideracion and give order for the peticioners good concerning those landes or otherwise as shall bee most convenient, for his majestie well remembreth that soe much monyes are due unto him.

Edward Powell

David Ramsey. SP 16/131 f. 6 (1629)

To the Kinges most excellent majestie

The humble peticion of David Ramsey your majesties servant:

Most humbly shewinge, that your peticioner is informed that there is remaininge in the handes of Sir William Eyres knight the some of 140 pounds or thereaboutes of moneyes by him received within the county of Wiltshire, for the colleccion of the hundred of Bradford as a benevolence for the maintenance of the warrs of the Kinge of Bohemia which money doth of right belong to your majestie and hath been a long tyme concealed.

Your peticioner most humbly beseecheth your majestie to be gratiously pleased for the better enabling him to performe your majesties service, to graunt unto him all such monyes as are in the handes of the said Sir William Eyres or any other upon the said colleccion, and that your majestie will vouchsafe to give order to the right honourable the Lord High Treasurer of England for passinge a graunt by privie signett, or his lordships warrant for the same, as he shall thinke fitt.

And your petitioner (accordinge to his bound dutie) shall daly pray for your majesties long and happie raigne.


Att the court att Whitehall 2o January 1628.

His majestie is gratiouslie pleased to graunt the peticioners request, and the right honourable the Lord Treasurer is to give order therein as his lordshipp shall finde most convenient.

Master Attorney I herewith send you the coppie of Master Ramseyes peticion and his majesties pleasure thereon signified in persurance whereof I pray you to prepare a byll for his majesties signature for grauntinge to Master Ramsey the mony in the peticion mencioned. And for soe doeinge this shalbe your warrant.

10o Martii 1628

R Weston

John Thornborough, Bishop of Worcester. SP 16/131 f. 7 (1629)

To the Kinges most excellent majesty

The humble peticion of John Bishoppe of Worcester

Sheweth to your most excellent majesty that whereas both before the conquest and often since divers of your majesties predecessoures kinges and queenes of England have of theire grace beene pleased to graunte and confirme to divers of your subjectes predecessours bishopps of Worcester and theire successoures divers libertyes immunityes priviledges issues fynes and amerciamentes within the hundred of Oswoldslowe in the county of Worcester as by divers grauntes and charters remayneinge of record in your highenes Courte of Exchequer and by twoe actes of Parliament it doth appeare, and whereas your majestie for and in consideracion of the summe of fiftye poundes payde into your highenes exchequer the 30th daye of Maye laste past did confirme unto the Bishopp of Worcester and his successoures divers libertyes as by the letteres pattentes bearinge date the xxth daye of June under the greate seale of England yt doth appeare.

Yet not withstandinge divers questions and doubtes by reason of some generall and ambiguos wordes and a provisoe in the saide letteres pattents doe arise concerninge the validitye of the saide confirmacion and divers persons doe endeavour to impeach the same for theire owne benifitt and doe incroache uppon your saide subjectes libertyes and rightes whereby there maye daylie growe many vexacious suytes and troubles to the great prejudice of your saide subjecte.

Maye it therefore please your most excellent majestie for the avoydeinge of further questions and doubtes to graunte and confirme to your saide subjecte and his successoures bishopps of Worcester the libertyes menconed in the saide letteres pattents accordinge to the intent thereof with such further wordes for the cleeringe of the saide doubtes and questiones aforesaide as your councell learned to whome your majestie shalbe pleased to referre yt shall thinke fitt

And your peticoner shall ever praye etc.


Att the court at Whitehall 2o January 1628

His majestie is gratiouslie pleased to graunt the peticioners request, and Master Attorney Generall is to prepare a bill of the same fitt for his royall signature as is desired

Edward Powell

For the Bishopp of Worcester for explayninge of a grant February 1628

Hugh Perry, Thomas Eyans, John Hide and others. SP 16/131 f. 13 (1629)

To the right honourable the lords commissioners of the Admiralty.

The humble peticion of Hugh Perry, Thomas Eyans, John Hide and others.

Whereas the peticioners having about 7 yeares past let to freight for Lisbon their ship called the Lyon, whereof John Hide one of the peticioners was master, she was surprized on the coast of Portugal by certaine pirates of Algier, and by them carryed to the same place, from whence the said master after some misery was redeemed by disbursement of a great ransome.

Now so it is, that their said ship was lately descried by some watermen to be in the river of Thames manned by Italians, Turkes, and English bound for Holland: whereof the said watermen having given notice unto the peticioners, they have caused their said ship to be arrested by the officers of the Admiralty.

The peticioners humble suite therefore is, that seing the said ship was most unjustly taken from them by pirates, your lordships would be pleased to take such order, that the peticioners being the true owners may have the possession of their ship againe. And they shal daily pray for your lordships in health and happines long to continue.


Read 3o January 1628 petition of Master Perry.