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For the right Worpfull, George Acklam, one of the Wardens & the rest of the worthy Society of the Trinity House Hull.

Gentlemen my worthy friends,

I have yours, which mentions Mr Whittingtons businesse. I heare from a friend of his that he intends to come & speake with me, of wch I shall giue you account. I am in very litle apprehension of what he can make of his papers, nor yet if it were parchment. We shall within this day or two receive the report from the Committee of Grievances concerning the Irish Light-houses wch they have voted 10 a Grievance when many of us are prepared to speak both in generall & particular concerning severall grievances of the same nature & the illegality of those impositions. So that I believe we shall put a very good stop henceforward to such projects having made examples of them also formerly in the same Parliament. I returnd some time agoe the 25li wch had laid in my hands for your use, only diminisht by a fee I gaue Mr Offley & the entring of Caveats & some other litle expenses. I am

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For my much respected friends Mr Thomas Holtbee and Mr George Dickinson, Wardens of the worthy Society of the Trinity house At Hull. Febr: 18. 1679.

Gentlemen, my worthy friends.

Colonell Gilby and I haue considered of your letters of the 11th & 14th Febr: Sr Philip Frowd hath since that sought us, and being awakened by Mr Whittingtons stirring about the Light-houses seems 30 to be more concerned then formerly to agree with you. He saith that he hath been since with the King and the Duke of Yorke and that Mr Whittington had obtained no more then a reference but that he is secure that nothing will be done by his Majesty to the Prejudice of his grant. He appears willing to come to a lesse imposition and to a lower proportion for himselfe then formerly. But he is still irresolute and never knows perfectly what he would be at. He would now haue

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himselfe & you joyne for an Act of Parliament with those who you know obtaind a Patent for foure Lights at St Nicholas Gat (as I think you call it) & Ferne Island &c: and thinks that they haue so many hands as might be usefull if applyd also to these lights at Humber. Upon Munday or Tuesday next he hath promis'd to come to us again : and to impart his mind fully. I wish he can for I think he never knows his own mind but if any thing materiall come on't, I shall giue you notice. I am in the mean time well pleasd to find him & Mr Whittington jealous of one another weh shall not want fomentation & I am 10 somthing confident that the Irish Light-houses will make the Court more wary whom they comply with and what impositions they grant henceforward of that nature. Col: Gilby & I intend on Munday morning to waite on the D: of Richmond pro formâ. We shall pay him that civility in your name but do not conceive what he writes or will doe to signify much he being onely misse-led into this businesse by one Bickerstaffe Who together with Mr Whittington make him belieue as I heare that of 17 he hath the consent of 16 among you. I haue not at present more to say then that I am Gentlemen &c: Your very affectionate friend to serve you,

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Colonell Gilby & I hauing appointed to go to the D: of Richmond yesterday, the Col: being something indispos'd could not well stirre out desired me to goe. I told the Duke so and that you had desired us to wait upon him upon occasion of his letter which you had received with due respect and that it could not but haue a great influence upon you coming from a person of his quality. But that the D: of 30 Yorke and his Mty being also as you understood interessd for Sr Philip Frowd you were in some difficulty how to behaue your selues betwixt persons of that high quality. And therefore you hoped it would not seeme strange to him if you walked in this affaire with some reserve & deliberation. But that he was misinformed concerning your having as yet giuen your consent to Mr Whittingtons pretense & at his speaking with you you had onely giuen him a civill audience as to one of your towne that you had a respect for. But whereas you did much rely upon the Col: & my selfe in this & other your affaires Mr Whittington had not all this while he has been in town seen either him or me so that we 40 could not be mature to declare anything of your mind in this matter.

The Duke prayd me to thank you for this message, said he had imbraced this matter only because Mr Whitts father had been a great sufferer for the King. That Sr Philip was like the dog in the manger: and had no mony to go thorow with the businesse. That he had not yet spoke to the King for Whitt but intended it. That he should be able to get the consent (wch I question) of the Trinity house of London. That he would make Mr W: come to us &c: Since that Mr Whittington hath been twice at my loging but missed me. I met with Sr P: to day at Col: chambr He saith he has made all sure with the King and D: of Yorke against Whitt. He is still upon joyning all those Lights 10 in one Act & on Thursday saith he shall be ripe to make us an intire proposall. We giue him the hearing. I think we shall perplex one of them against the other so that neither shall make any progresse but what good we shall make of it else I can not yet well foresee. I am Gentlemen

Your very affectionate friend,

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Andr: Marvell.

Sir,

in answer to yours and Mr Harris's of the 13th Aprill which I received this last Post. I belieue Colonell Gilby is not in Towne for I saw him 20 not at the meeting of Parliamt last Tuesday neither haue I heard of him lately here. So that I must adventure to giue you my single opinion submitting to better judgements. I thinke that Mr Angells pretense unlesse he unite with Sr Philip Frowd will prove, as others haue formerly, unsuccessfull. And no probability that Sr Philip will close with him upon so moderate an undertaking as you mention. Neverthelesse if as you write Mr Angel hath desired your approbation upon reasonable termes, truly I thinke you will do well to hearken to them. For if Mr Angel can obtaine the patent upon a mutuall understanding betwixt you, you shall haue so farre prevented the greedy 30 appetites of those who haue been so many years gaping after this profit. But if his indevors prove ineffectuall you are but as you were. I could indeed be jealous lest your approbation and subscriptions being added to the rest should but giue more life to Sr Philips grant, and your farthing may serve but as a stock for him to graft his halfpeny or penny upon. But when I consider his Majestyes equity and the many burthens already laid upon navigation, I am the lesse prone to thinke that of two loads his Mty would chuse to impose the heavyer. Besides that Mr Angells being owner of the Site of Spurn-head is methinks no improper foundation to goe to worke upon. This is 40

the best that I can thinke at present for which I desire your excuse,

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Sir,

For the Worpfull, Mr George Acklam, one of the
Aldermen of Kingston upon Hull.

in answer to yours and Mr Harris his of the 7th May I haue since 10 been seuerall times with Mr Angell, and twice at the Rolls. I did not find it necessary to put you to the charge of Counsell the businesse being onely to examine the Records which I haue done carefully and find thus. There is first of all a Lease from the Crowne the 17th of March, the 29th of Queen Elizabeth to Sr Christopher Hilyard, for 40 years, among other Lands of six acres of land cum pertinentijs called Rauen spurne and of foure acres of land neare Rauensea called Cony-hill bounded on the one side with the sea and on the other side with the river Humber. On the 29th of Aug: in the 7th of King James, I find these lands described exactly as before, sold and confirmed by 20 Letters Patents to Robert Angell and John Walker. Then upon the 23d of May, in the 9th of King James I find the same lands sold by deed inrolld in Chancery, by the said Robert Angell and John Walker to William Angell & his heires. These are all in the Rolls. After which this Mr Justinian Angell who hath treated with you showd me a deed in his own keeping whereby John Angell of Crowhurst in the County of Surry, son & heire to William Angell abouesaid, doth convey to this Justinian Angel his yonger sonne the said lands of Ravenspurne and Cony-hill. So that upon perusall of the whole I do not find that there is any flaw at all in Mr Angells right to those grounds, if those 30 be the proper place for erecting of the Light-houses deliberated upon. The next thing therefore which you committed to me being to perceiue what termes he stands upon in relation to your house or otherwise, I haue also discoursed that with him & thus he sayes. that at the same instant when he hath your certificate and desire for the lights according to his proposall of a farthing &c: he will on his part giue you the best security as Counsell shall advise for establishing 50li per annum for the poore of the Trinity house from the time that the light mony shall begin to be payd as long as it shall continue. I haue insisted to haue more. He intended to haue come this night and perhaps yet 40 may, to my lodging that we might haue writ more distinctly of these

things. But it grows darke so that I dare not venture any longer on the Post & perhaps it will be as well for me to receiue your further thoughts before we go further. In the mean time pray present my service to your worthy society as I am no lesse

Sir

Your very affectionate friend to serve you

May 14th, 1672

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Andr: Marvell

Sir,

For Mr Thomas Cotes, At Hull.

Westm: June 13. 1672.

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in answer to yours and Mr Harris'ses of the 4th June I haue spoke to day with Mr Angell and did communicate to him what was proper of your letter. He seems notwithstanding what I could say to him, resolute to keep all in his own hand, presuming no other place to be fit but his land and that he descending to the lowest value none can impose upon him, and that he is qualifyd and strong enough to make the best of his own. But upon further discourse with him this he agrees to and promised me that he would write to you to night to the same purpose, that if the Trinity house of Hull please to certify in his 20 behalfe, and further to use their interest with the Trinity house of London, so that they likewise shall certify without bargaining any share for themselues, that then he will assure you instead of 50 wch before, 8oli a yeare for the benefit of your poore, to commence from the first payment of the light mony: but to giue you security that he will so doe, at the same time that your certificate shall first be deliuered to him. When I haue told you this I do not thinke fit to add any byas to it of mine own remitting all unto your prudence as it is most fit. And further whereas I perceiue by him to day that he wrote somthing to you formerly to desire you to giue me power to conclude with him 30 it was without my privity, and if you were so disposed I should positively request the contrary. For though I do not question mine own integrity, yet I must distrust my single discretion in transacting concerning your interest in a thing of that moment and wch is especially very intricate if more then Mr Angel be to be treated with & accommodated. But I shall desire that you will giue him some kind of resolution as to this last proposall either by this or the next post, for he is hasty & I gaue him some hopes of it, and wherein you judge I may serve you while I am in town I shall neuer be unwilling to observe your houses directions, being Your & their affectionate friend 40 Andr: Marvell.

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