V. 40. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor,
stating that the expedition against Pirates, especially those of Argier
(Algiers) and Tunis, had, for causes well known to His Majesty, been
deferred. In the mean time the Merchants had been required to go on in
their collections for the levying of moneys agreed upon for the furtherance of that service. Upon the suit of the Merchants, the collections
had been suspended, and the moneys returned, on the premise that,
whenever the King went on with the action, they would be ready at a
month's warning to furnish their several proporations of 18,000l. for
the first year, and, on like warning, 18,000l. more for the second
year, leaving the other 4,000l. to be rateably paid by the Trinity
House, in two years. His Majesty had determined to proceed with
the expedition next Spring, of which intention they gave the Lord
Mayor notice, and required him to take speedy order that the first
year's payment from the Merchants might be in readiness.
Whitehall, 12th November, 1619.
VII. 90. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord
Mayor (and Court of Aldermen), stating that the King, having considered, upon petitions from divers ports of the kingdom, as to the
steps to be taken for the suppression of Pirates, had commanded
the Council to treat with Commissioners to be sent to him from the
ports, as to the means and charge required. They had already spoken
with the Commissioners from all the Western Ports, in whom they
found a resolution to assist to the best of their abilities. They therefore requested that some able and well affected persons might be
deputed from the City to treat with them thereon.
Whitehall, 19th June, 1633.