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I comina Ma"y" substance of 2 messages delivered yesterday, youtospeake from y” Com’ons to y' Peers. The ordinance therein
ko, menc'oned touching y” disarming of Recusants is
* this day ordered to be printed (as I heare). There *...* hath bene some of yo' Ma” deer killed in Windsor
#so hath bene amongst them, and w” good words & !... promises hath made them forbeare for y' p'sent. When both Houses shal be adiourned till Octob" I beleeve here wil be little or noe busines in this
---- towne, where #" sicknes & small pox increaseth, o: and therefore if yo' Ma" please to give me leave, I desyre. humbly desire to reside att Oatlands or att my house att Thorpe (w" is but 3 myles from Oatlands), whether I can take order that all packets shallwoout any delay or poiudice be brought to me. I assure yo Ma"I would not p"sume to crave this favour, if
I receaued - - • yours of the I could imagine that any inconvenience or delay
"... bene pleased to comitt toy" care of,
to the said Members to come and attend us here in Scotland, to see the ratification of the said Treaty, and what else belongs thereunto.” The Parliamentary Debates say, that “these reasons seemingly contented both Houses, for we hear no more of the matter from either of the Journals;” but Sir Edward Nicholas explains the business with more probability.
He had property in Chertsey, in the vicinity; and on the 17th of September was appointed, along with many others, to hold an inquest in the bounds of Windsor Forest, within the bailiwick of Surrey. The people had been enraged by the proceedings of the Justice in Eyre, the Earl of Holland. See Manning and Bray’s Hist. Surrey, vol. I. Introduction, pp. xii. xiii.
Sir Edward Nicholas to the King.
Since my let of y" 26th of this moneth it hath bene here ordered by both Houses of Parliam', that out of y" monny accruing to y Ma" by vertue of y" last Act of Tonnage & Poundage, there shal be paid for the use of the Navy 10 m. lb. for this moneth of Aug; and 15 m. for each of y" other 3 monethes to yo first of Decembr' next, amounting in all to 55 m. lb. and upon a message sent by y' Parliam' to y” Com’ission" of y" Treasury, they have given warraunt accordingly.
There hath benea conference betweeny’ 2 Houses about some course to be taken for preserving of the myne of saltpeetre, but there is noe order as yet settled for it.
The sentence whereby London Derry was adjudged *...", forfeited to y Ma", is by y' House of Com’ons (as learned." I heare) declared Nul, & that land thought fit to be o in
restored backe to yo Citty of London.” o!” The Parliam' here (upon a conference of both of
Houses) hath resolved to make a recesse on wensday o e
busines, woo it is thought wil be as y' intelligence
* This was taken into consideration by the House of Commons on the 26th of August, in consequence of long arrears due to naval officers, and the provisions in the magazines having been found to be decayed. Part of the money was also to be expended in fitting out ten men of war and ten merchant ships for the defence of the narrow seas; the charge of which would amount to 57,000l., of which only 1200l. as yet was to be appropriated out of the tonnage and poundage. The farmers of the Customs were ordered to make good the deficiency, to the amount of 15,000l. per month.
* This refers to the proceedings of the Star Chamber against the City for mon-performance of conditions in the charter granted to them by James the First. Wide Rushworth, vol. iv., p. 376.
* i. e. the Queen Dowager of France. The departure of
You may as-
pecting (as my Lo. Marshall writes to me this morning) y' returne of a messenger from Flanders, soe as tuesday next wil be ye soonest that her Ma" wil embarque.
All things are like to be now very still here, every mans expectac'on being fixed upon yo' Ma" & the Parliaments proceeding there, wo"I beseech God to direct & governe, as may be most for y” honor & prosperity of yo' Ma" & of your royall posterity & all y' kingdomes, and this shall ever be y” dayly prayers of,
As I was making up this packet. I receaved an
order of the Upper House of Parliam' to Sir Jo.
the Queen Mother from England, where she had arrived in 1638, had been strongly urged forward by the Parliament party. In a curious reprint of Grebner's astrological book, with its observations on the life and death of Charles, it is said that on her coming, “all men were against her, for it was observed that wherever or unto whatever Country this miserable old Queen came, there followed immediately after her either the plague, war, famine, or one misfortune or another.”—Yet the same writer, when speaking of her departure, says, “a sad spectacle it was, and produced tears from mine eyes and many other beholders, to see an aged leane decrepit poore Queen, ready for her grave, necessitated to depart hence, having no place of residence in this world left her, but where the curtesie of her hard fortune assigned it. She had beene the onely statelie and magnificent woman in Europe.”—She had, whilst in England, an allowance of 100l. per day; and the Parliament gave her 10,000l. for travelling expenses on her departure.
Up to this period, notwithstanding the affair of Strafford, the king appears to have put perfect trust in the elder Vane, to whom his indulgence and favour had at all times been remarkable. Sir Philip Warwick, in his Memoirs, states a curious instance of it; where, speaking of the economy of Charles's Court, he says that “besides the women who attended on his beloved Queen and Consort, he scarce admitted any great officer to have his wife in the family. Sir Henry Vane was the first that I knew in that kind, who, Jiaving a good diet as Comptroller of the Household, and a tenuity of fortune, was winked at ; so as the Court was filled, not crammed.”
Penington' fo, yo stay of ships bound for Ireland, a coppy whereof I send inclosed, but whether there be any such ships in y' Downes, I cannot learne y” certeynty. The Queenes Ma" tells me she will not wryte till Munday by Mr. Murray. WESTMINSTER, 28° Aug. 1641. EDEN. 3 Sep.
The King to the Lord Keeper.
My Lo. Keeper,
Ye answer that I can giue to yours of 31, of Aug. is only, that I am very well satisfyed w" it : wherefore we cheese subject of this is, that hauing undero that y' Lower House, in passing y' Bill of Tunnage and Poundage, forgot to reserue that aduantage to yo merchant in diuers comodities wo" I haue usually granted, therefore I co’maund you telly. City, in my name, that thoughe their owne burgesses forgot them in Pliam't, yet I meane to supply that defect out of my affece'on to them, soe that they may see that they need moe mediators to me, but my owne good thoughts; for as yet I assure you that I have not bene sued to in this particular by any on their behalfe, Soe I rest,
Your assured frend,
EDEN, 7 Sep. 1641.
I have com’anded Nicholas to speake to you concerning the insolencies comitted in y” forest.
The above is in Sir E. N.'s handwriting, and is thus im.
dorsed: “7” 7", 1641. Coppy of his Ma", lets to my
Lo, Keeper, to be communicated to the Citty.”
1 Sir John Pennington was a distinguished naval officer of the period, and was appointed by the King, a few months afterwards, to the command of the fleet; but against this the Parliament remonstrated in favour of the Earl of Warwick, and Sir John was obliged to resign. There was another femington, at this time, extremely active; but his name wo Isaac, and he is very harshly spoken of by the royalist writers, as a man who had enriched himself most flag:tious in the service, or rather through the influence and power, of the Parliament. He was a merchant in the City.