James I: Volume 38
December, 1608

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1857

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'James I: Volume 38: December, 1608', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: James I, 1603-1610 (1857), pp. 472-478. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=15023 Date accessed: 17 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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December, 1608.

Dec. 1.
Westminster.
Warrant to issue to the Earl of Suffolk, Lord Chamberlain, and the Earl of Worcester, Master of the Horse, such sums as shall be requisite for the preparation of a masque, to be given by the Queen at Christmas. [Warrt. Bk., II., p. 54.]
Dec. 1.
[London.]
1. Dud. Carleton to J. Chamberlain. Missed Sir Michael and Lady Dormer last night. Sends Sir Ralph Winwood's letter. Money affairs. Takes his leave of the town.
Dec. 1. 2. Sir Julius Cæsar to Alex. King, Auditor. Desires to be certified of the state of the bailiwicks of Fineshade and Grimscot, Northamptonshire, in reference to the collectorships, which were lately held by Hen. Meares, and Wm. Wickens, deceased. With King's report.
Dec. 2. Grant to Sir Edw. Phelips, on the death, forfeiture, or surrender of Edward Lord Bruce, of the office of Keeper of the Rolls, and of the Rolls House, Chancery Lane. [Ind. Wt. Bk., p. 78.]
Dec. 2. 3. Petition of Geo. Cockes and Robt. Carr, servants to the late Earl of Dorset, to Salisbury, for a grant of the King's moiety of arrears of concealed rents in Knight Rider Street, London, due to the Crown since 2 Hen. VII., to be discovered by them. With order by Salisbury that he will grant no concealments of such antiquity.
Dec. 3.
Thetford.
4. Sir Thos. Lake to the Same. Sends letters to be forwarded to the Bishop Almoner, which require speed. The King writes on this business [the reply to Cardinal Bellarmine] from morning till night.
Dec. 3.
Westminster.
5. Grant to Thos. Marbury, towards the satisfaction of the debts of Lawrence Marbury, of the benefit of the recusancy of Anne and Mary Yaxley, of Suffolk, Kath. Brewdnell, of Huntingdonshire, Elianor Lacon of Kinlet, Salop, Ralph Lawson, of Yorkshire, Anne Ireland, of Liverpool, Hen. Lester, Jeffry Roberts, Humphrey Fox, Wm. Cotton, and Rowld. Bartlett, all of Derbyshire.
Dec. 3. 6. Petition of Sir John Thornhaugh, of Fenton, Notts, to Salisbury. For an allowance of timber for rebuilding and repair of the manorhouse and other houses at Osward by Soke, which he holds from the King, and of boats to cross the ferry. With reference to Baron Altham, and his return.
Dec. ? 7. Warrant to deliver to Sir John Thornhaugh, tenant of the Manor of Osward by Soke, co. Nottingham, 150 tons of timber from Sherwood Forest, for repair of the houses and the ferry boats over the Trent at the above place.
Dec. 5. 8. Petition of Wm. Hall to Salisbury, to be continued in quiet possession of the house, &c., called Bondage Lands, at Penrith, Cumberland, vexatiously claimed by Lord Dacre, of the North. With reference to Baron Altham and his return.
Dec. 5. 9. Sir Rob. Wingfield to the Same. Requests authority for Thos. Elmes and Gilbert Pickering, of Rockingham, co. Northampton, to survey the decays of Morehay Walk, in the forest of Rockingham; also presents a petition of Sir Pexall Brocas.
Dec. 7. 10. Sir Walter Chute to the Same. Has had three occasions to solicit him, viz., concerning Lord Norris, John Pinchbeck, and Canterbury Park. Has left him part of his property. Seeks employment in his service.
Dec. 7. 11. Particulars of proportions to be rated on certain landowners in several counties specified.
Dec. 7. 12. Copy of the above.
Dec. 8.
Whitehall.
13. Commissioners for examining the supposed new invention for dyeing wools to [the Sheriffs of Surrey ?]. Desire them to obtain the opinion of the clothiers of that county and of the dyers of Guildford, as to the novelty and excellence of the invention.
[Dec. 8.]
[Whitehall.]
14. Instructions by the Council for the government of the passage across the seas within the Cinque Ports. No ports authorized but Dover, Rye, and Sandwich.
[Dec. 8.] 15. Copy of the above.
Dec. 8. 16. Order in Council to prevent the unlawful transportation of ordnance.
Dec. 9.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Sir Alex. Hay, 500£. for masts and scantlings of Scotch fir, to be delivered within the Thames, for the Navy. [Warrt. Bk., II., p. 58.]
Dec. 9.
London.
17. John Chamberlain to Dud. Carleton. Delay of Sir Walter Cope in delivering Carleton's letter to Salisbury. Don Ferdinand de Girone expected from Spain as Ambassador. M. de Soubise has arrived from France. The King welcomed to Thetford by three cormorants on the church steeple. The King of Spain refuses to recognise the independence of Holland. The King anxious for Parliament to meet, that the House of Lords may confirm the Judges' sentence as to the postnati. Marriage of young Lord Cranborne, who is gone to France. Private news.
Dec. 9. 18. Commission by Henry Earl of Northampton, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, appointing Sir Thos. Waller, Lieutenant of Dover Castle, the Mayor and preaching minister of Rye for the time being, and others, to be his Deputies for charge of the passage at Rye.
Dec. 10. 19. Grant to Wm. Currer, on surrender of Wm. Yewart, of the office of Surveyor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
Dec. 10. 20. Account of the old rents and fines rated and contracted for by the last Commissions.
Dec. 10. 21. Certificate of money paid to Sir James Murray, and others, for attending foreign princes and noblemen, since Oct. 1605.
Dec. 11.
Eton.
22. Dud Carleton to John Chamberlain. Has been plodding with his father Savile among his Greek letters. Expects his wife to become a mother; must therefore go into housekeeping. Wants a house in Westminster. Sends a Bible in folio, unbound, which he got at Norton's. Desires to have it changed for one interleaved with ruled paper. Money affairs, &c., &c.
Dec. 11.
Marsfield, Sussex.
23. Edmund Doubleday to Salisbury. Result of an experiment for melting 20 tons of silver ore from Scotland. The amount of silver is too small to be worth the melting. [See Dec. 14.]
Dec. 11. 24. Tho. Russell to the Same. Has found the means of making a true separation of silver from the lead ore.
Dec. 12.
Thetford.
Proclamation touching Maltsters, Common Brewers, and Alehouse Keepers. They are to be limited in number, and not make their ale too strong, by which barley is consumed that should be employed for bread. Printed. [Proc. Bk., p. 186.]
Dec. 13.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Bevis Thelwall 1,200£., at the rate of 100£. every half-year, out of an annuity of 600£. per ann., granted to Edmund Nevill, calling himself Earl of Westmoreland. [Warrt. Bk. II., p. 47.]
Dec. 14. 25. Chief Baron Sir Lawrence Tanfield to [George] Calvert. Respecting letters to be addressed to stewards of manors, wherein are copyholds of uncertain fines. Incloses,
25. I. Instructions for the above letters.
25. II. Cautions to be observed by the Stewards, in demising copyhold lands.
Dec. 14.
Westminster.
Warrant to issue to the Paymaster of the Works the sums necessary for repairs of the King's residences. [Warrt. Bk., II., p. 6.]
Dec. 14.
Marsfield. Wednesday.
26. Sir Wm. Godolphin to Salisbury. Found the silver ore less by six tons than he had directions to reserve. Details of operations under Doubleday. Hopes to find much silver run into the furnace hearth. An experiment is to be made on Mr. Russell's return to the Tower.
Dec. 15.
Eton.
27. Dud. Carleton to John Chamberlain. The workmen in Fetter lane leave the Apocrypha out of the Bible. Directions as to the binding of a book.
Dec. 17.
London.
28. John Chamberlain to Dud. Carleton. Sends him a Bible ready ruled. Foreign news. Report of diplomatic changes, so that Carleton must step in. Old Lady Sheffield dead. Attempt to reconcile Lord and Lady Norris. A short discourse of Queen Elizabeth's life has been written in Latin by Sir Fras. Bacon.
Dec. 17. Grant to Wm. and Ralph Freeman and Adrian Moore, of the office of exemption of tin, for five years. [Ind. Wt. Bk., p. 57.]
Dec. ? 29. Offers made by Lord Norris to his wife, in case of her returning to him, and his demands, in case they still remain apart.
Dec. 18. 30. Articles by Vice-Chancellor Williams concerning divinity questions at Oxford, as to what are and what are not fit to be proposed.
Dec. 18. 31. Note of moneys paid into the receipt, upon compositions for defective titles.
Dec. 18. 32. Means to satisfy the Farmers' Loan.
Dec. 18. 33. Fair copy of the above.
[Dec 18.] 34. His Majesty's ordinary and certain yearly receipts.
Dec. 18. 35. The present state of his Majesty's receipts, similar to the above, but not a duplicate; with statement of issues, certain and ordinary.
Dec. 18. 36. Remain of debts due before Christmas, yet unsatisfied. Two copies.
Dec. 18. 37. Moneys paid since 20th September last.
Dec. 18. 38. Fair copy of the above.
[Dec. 18.] 39. Extraordinary payments, unknown 20th Sept., and grown upon the State since that time.
Dec. 18. 40. Fair copy of the above.
Dec. 18. 41. Brief of the state of his Majesty's receipts as it stood ten days before Michaelmaas last, compared with the state thereof at present, with corrections.
Dec. 18. 42. Draft of the above, with corrections.
Dec. 18. 43. Copy of the above, with slight addition.
[Dec. 18.] 44. Blank draft of the above.
Dec. 18. 45. The same, partially filled up.
Dec. 18. 46. "Parcel of the debts due before Christmas, thought fit to be put over and forborne."
[Dec. 18.] 47. Two copies of the above, with slight alteration.
[Dec. 18.] 48. "Payments growing due by reason of Christmas Day, which will admit no delay."
Dec. 18 ? 49. Declaration of the "moneys to be expected between the 27th of November 1608 and Christmas Day next, by comparison of the former yeare."
Dec. 18. 50. Comparative account of moneys received from sundry heads of revenue, from Michaelmas to Dec. 18, 1607 and 1608.
Dec. 19. Commission to Lord Ellesmere and the Earls of Salisbury and Northampton, to take the accounts of Sir Thos. Ridgeway, Treasurer of Ireland. [Grant Bk., p. 41.]
Dec. 19.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay 351£. 17s. 3¼d. to John Lewgar and Geo. Davies, Trunkmakers to the Royal family. [Warrt. Bk., II., p. 68.]
Dec. 21.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay certain sums to John Eldred and Martin Freeman, of London, Farmers of the pre-emption of tin, on resignation of a late patent to them and others for the same. [Ibid., p. 77.]
Dec. 21. 51. Note of debts owing for household provisions, wages, victuals, &c. Indorsed [by Sir Julius Cæsar], "The Cofferer's note for present payments."
Dec. 21. 52. Declaration of the value of manors, lands, &c., taken out of the entail, with those to be added to it in lieu thereof.
Dec. 22.
Eton.
53. Dud. Carleton to John Chamberlain. Asks his opinion about a house he wishes to take in Westminster. May possibly succeed their old friend [Sir Ralph Winwood] in the Low Countries.
Dec. 23.
London.
54. John Chamberlain to Dud. Carleton. Sir Rowland Lytton has bad eyes. Great bargain of Sir Walter Cope with the King for parsonages. Carleton is refused employment at Venice or in the Low Countries. French news. The new-come Spaniard [Girone] has had audience.
Dec ? 55. The King to Lord Stanhope, Treasurer of the Chamber. Orders that the payments to be made for the Chamber, under warrant of six of the Council, be first rated and set down by the Lord Chamberlain or Vice Chamberlain.
Dec. 23.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay to Lord Stanhope, Treasurer of the Chamber, 16,000£. yearly for expenses of the said office, and for other payments formerly made by the Keeper of the Privy Purse. [Warrt. Bk., II., p. 5.]
Dec. 23.
Westminster.
Warrant to pay 15s. per diem each, to persons employed in the survey of the King's woods. [Ibid., p. 35.]
Dec. 23. 56. Account of payments made to Sir James Hay, Gentleman of the Robes, for the King's robes and apparel, &c.
Dec. 23. 57. Wm. Pinches to [Edw.] Anthony. Sends a copy of a grant, at request of Mr. Vincent. Prefixed is,
57. I. Grant to Alex. Newby, of Dartford, Kent, of pardon for killing Thos. Dunse. July 22, 1604, Westminster.
Dec. 24.
Stalbroke.
58. Rich. Cocks to Thos. Wilson. Private affairs. Young Broughton married to the daughter of Mr. Bagot, of Blifield. Complains of Sir Gilbert Wakering.
Dec. 24.
Whitehall.
59. Earl of Salisbury to the Officers of Customs. To allow 100 fodder of lead to be shipped for the French King's use. Annexed is,
59. I. [M. de la Boderie] French Ambassador to the Officers of Customs. To permit Philip Burlamachi to export the above lead, duty free. Jan. 13, 1609.
59. II. Warrant by the King to permit the export of the above lead for the French King, duty free.
Dec. 24.
Whitehall.
Copy of the above letter of Salisbury to the Officers of Customs, annexing that of M. de la Boderie. [Dom. Corresp., April 22, 1609.]
Dec. 25. 60. Account of debts owing by the King, of sums paid since the last statement, of those to be paid, and of those to be put off.
Dec. 25. 61. Statement of the "Three Great Debts:" the Farmers' Loan, the Strangers' Loan, and the City Loan.
Dec. 25. 62. Note of assignations of payments remaining yet unsatisfied.
Dec. 25. 63. Declaration of the tenths of the clergy due at Christmas.
Dec. 27.
Whitehall.
64. Commissioners for defective titles to Sir Robt. Wingfield. Require him to make composition for his intrusion into the manor of Torpell, co. Northampton.
Dec. 27. 65. Robert Earl of Dorset to the Archbp. of Canterbury and the Lord Chancellor. Declaration of his [second] wife's misconduct. Propositions offered for a separate maintenance.
Dec. 27.
The Court.
66. Bancroft Archbp. of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor Ellesmere to the Earl of Dorset. On the terms of the separate maintenance to be allowed by him to his Countess.
Dec. 28.
Westminster.
Warrant for certain allowances to be made to the Farmers of the Imposts, on various sorts of coals which are to be exported, duty free, to any part of the British dominions. [Warrt. Bk., II., p. 78.]
Dec. 29. Commission to Lord Ellesmere and the Earls of Salisbury and Northampton, for sale of the King's lands. [Grant Bk., p. 41.]
Dec. 29.
Eton. Thursday.
67. Dud. Carleton to J. Chamberlain. Doubts how the Surveyors like their territory. Phil. Lytton is well, and in commons in the Hall.
Dec. 31.
Dorset House.
68. Earl of Dorset to the Archbp. of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor. Touching his late declaration, and the unjust pretences and demands of his wife. Thinks the sum assigned by them for her maintenance much too large.
Dec. 31. 69. Note of the expenses of the repairs at Somerset House, since May 1, 1607.
Dec. 70. Wm. Temple to the Earl of Salisbury. Sorry he cannot serve him as proposed, being disappointed of his intended travel.
Dec. ? 71. Provisoes between the Earl of Salisbury and Walter Morrall, for better establishing certain manufactories of the new drapery, &c., at Hatfield.
Dec. ? 72. Note of the different kinds of employment about wool, in which Morrall is to instruct the poor people at Hatfield.
Dec. 73. Articles of agreement between the Earl of Salisbury and Walter Morrall, of Enfield, for instructing in the art of clothing, weaving, &c., 50 persons of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, to be elected by the said Earl, &c.
Dec. 74. Memoranda concerning the debt now demanded of Lord Lumley, upon recognizances acknowledged by him to -- Ridolph, attainted for treason.
Dec. 75. Estimate of the charge in making the platforms for Dover Castle, and the rest of the bulwarks belonging to the Cinque Ports.