196. [f.68v] 30 Jan. 1622. Certificate by Trinity House
At the request of the bearer, Elizabeth Young of Poplar, they certify that
her late husband, Henry Young, mariner of Poplar, was honest and of
good estate, being master and part-owner of the Delight of London on a
voyage into the Straits; on 23 Sept. last, he was surprised by 3 powerful
Turkish pirates having in all over 120 pieces of ordnance. Knowing the
cruelty of those pagans, Young and his crew resolved to die fighting
rather than to submit. So fighting the ship was fired by the heathen and
sank. Young and 17 of the crew prolonged their lives as long as they could
on the masts. The hard hearted Turks let them perish and threatened to
treat similarly an English ship which they had formerly taken if any of the
crew offered to save their countrymen. Young's estate of over £300
consisted of his adventure in the ship, his part-ownership of her, his
apparel and sea instruments. His widow and 2 small children are likely to
perish without charitable relief.
[Note] Sealed and signed as the next entry .
197. 30 Jan. 1622. Certificate by Trinity House
At the request of the bearers, Ursula Treago of Limehouse and Anne
Bushnell of Ratcliff, widows of Roger Treago, master's mate, and John
Bushnell, boatswain, of the Delight, Trinity House certify [the loss of the
Delight as in 196. Treago had been taken by sea robbers on 4 previous
occasions with a total loss of over £200.] Their late husbands' estates,
worth over £200, consisted of goods, apparel and sea instruments which
were lost in the Delight. The widows and their children are likely to perish
Thomas Best, deputy master; Rowland Coytmor, William Case, Michael
Geere, Walter Cooke, Richard Chester, Robert Bradsho, Nicholas
Diggins, William Ivey.
198. [f.69. ? May 1622] Trinity House to the marquis of Buckingham, lord
high admiral (fn. 1)
Some 2 years ago, Capt. Best and Capt. Love at Newmarket besought
him on behalf of Trinity House to consider the heavy burden of a
contribution towards the cost of the late voyage against the pirates of
Algiers of £2,000 a year for 2 years, imposed by the council at the suit of
the merchants. Trinity House were willing to pay £1,000 for 2 years and at
their suit Buckingham had moved the king to signify to the council by the
lord treasurer that they should be so charged. Called before the council,
they were told to thank Buckingham and were then given a warrant under
the hands of 10 members for collecting the money. The money has been
paid in, although the collection was £600 less. Nevertheless the council
are putting upon them £2,000 a year for 2 years, at the intemperate suit of
the merchants, by whose errors the king suffers in honour and
Buckingham is wronged. As their only patron, he is asked to take some
order so that the council can be satisfied and they not further charged.
199. 8 June 1622. Certificate by Trinity House
At the request of the bearer, Nicholas Rauledge, they certify the
knowledge of some of them that in 1586 he was pressed to serve in the
queen's ship, the Makeshift, for 12 months, and in 1588 in the queen's
ship, the Elizabeth Jonas, on the voyage against the Spaniards and on
other occasions later and gave good service. In 1596 he was master of the
Hope under the lord admiral's licence when he was taken by the
'lanthatho' [? adelantado] of Spain off 'Cape St Maries' [? Cape Santa
Maria, Portugal], and held captive to serve in the galleys for nearly 6
years, a ransom of 1,000 ducats having been placed upon him. His friends
secured his release, and afterwards he had obtained a reasonably good
estate when in 1615 as master of the Feather bound for Portugal he was
taken by 2 French men-of-war, losing not only his whole estate but also
was so misused that he lost his sight. He is now aged and destitute.
Robert Bradsho, master; Thomas Best, Walter Cook, Michael Geere,
John Bennet, William Case, William Becke, Joshua Downinge.
[Note] Another certificate had been granted to him on 26 June 1616, as
shown on f.29 [see 66; for a further certificate, see 214].
200. [f.69v] 17 June 1622. Robert Sparrow, gentleman, to John, bishop of
Lincoln, lord keeper
For 13 years he has been one-eighth part-owner of the Lionell of
Harwich, Mr Maddison of Newcastle, Robert Hart of Harwich, and
others unknown being the other owners. The ship has been used in
transporting coal from Newcastle to London. Since 26 March 1618,
Madishon and others have freighted the ship with their goods, and Hart as
master has transported the goods to London and elsewhere to the great
benefit of Madison, Hart and others but Hart has refused to render
accounts to Sparrow for divers years and has paid him little money and
nothing at all for 2½ years, so that he cannot maintain himself. The lord
keeper is asked to request Trinity House or others to summon Hart to
render accounts for the period since 26 March 1618, and either to prepare
the terms of a settlement with Madison and Hart in order to avoid law
suits in the future or to certify their opinions to the lord keeper.
[Endorsed] A letter to be written to 5 or 6 of the masters of Trinity House
to the effect of this petition.
201. 13 July 1622. College of Westminster. John [bishop of] Lincoln,
[lord keeper] to Messrs Best, Coytmer, Whitinge, Salmon, Davies and Bell,
masters of Trinity House
Reference to them of 200.