L.c.2111: Newsletter received by Richard Newdigate, Arbury, 1692 October 4

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L.c.2111 Sir London October 4th 1692 ffalmouth the 29 past a streights shipp richly laden which had been trading there 4 years is taken by the ffrench The master thereof came on shoare at the Lands end and proferred 1000£ to any any that could procure the retaking the said shippe Sir John Ashby with his squadron is cruising between frilly and the Lizard

plymouth the 30 the transporte shipp mencioned in my last is sailed with 300 ffrench prisoners to St Maloe [....] the ostend man of war homeward - A fleet of about 26 sail was seen off that porte supposed to be Sir John with his squadron

portsmouth the 2d instant a ffleet of about 26 saile was seen off this place but wee could at the coming away of the Letters discover what they were

Deale Letters of the same date say the Chatham well boate was the day before Cast away in the downs but all the men saued except one - Their maiesty shipp the [furst] is come into the downs and reporte shee mett off the north fforeland 2 flushing 2 flushing privateers who came last from Dunkirk and gave an account that 2 of our fire shipps were Cast away with a merchant shipp before that Harbour and all the men drowned

Eight 3d rate men of war of 60 Gunns each and 6 4th rate of 60 are upon the flocks and will be all equiped next summer

This day the kings yatche goe for Holland and his Guards goe to morrow to Lye in the roade betwixt this & Harwich

300 new Canon are contracted and will be all Cast by January next

obseruing that severall [Ivetterite] Iacobite were Conversant in whitehall gave notice thereof 2 dayes since to some of the officers of Courte upon which the Beefe eaters are ordered not to suffer Sir Theophilus Ogilthorpe nor any other notorious Jacobite to walk in the private Gallarii or else where aboue staires - The Queen went this day to Hampton Courte and afterwards to kensington to prepare for the King's coming home

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on Satturday an embargo was sent to the Custome house for the porte of London and its beleived the same is ordered to all other ports in the kingdom Sir Robert Holme Governor of the Isle of wight being dead the Lord [marquess] of Winchester stands ffairest to succeed him in that Government A Large mine of salt is discovered in yorkshire of 3 miles in Lenght & 30 yards deep 16 foote under the surface of the earth and answers all the ends of new Castle and other forts being sufficient to supply the kingdom of England 100 yeares and Lying near to sea will become Cheape and serviceable to the nation On Sunday after noone when her Maiesty was at Chappell there happened a dreadfull fire in the marquess of Wimbleden Lodgings in whitehall occasioned by a Coper whose ffunell goeing into a nother Chimney that was stored with Coales mantle tree high tooke fire having been enkindled some dayes but sir Xtopher Ren and the masters of the worke being sent for happily extinguished the same A Bill is preparing to pass into a Law the next parliament: to prevent rob bery on the highway as alsoe Chippers and Coyners and one one of the methods is that the King dispence with his perogatiue that any such person that shall be convicted for the same be never pardon but left to the full execucion of the Law Yesterday was held a Courte of Virge in westminster hall where the firm of Mr Webb Game keeper of St James Parke was tryed for shooting and wounding aboy last winter upon the lettre on the [Carmalt] and it being

so enraged the prisoner that he flung at the other a paire of Garden sheers which stuck in his side of which wounde he died but it being proued that there was no prepence malice he was found only Guilty of manslaughter and he gaue baile to be here after burnt in the hand - The Letters from Edinburgh further advise that 2 whaler more were Cast on shoare on the scoth coast one them with 9 miles of Edinburgh the other at Aberdeen - [dr oates] proved he gave little or no provocacion the prisoner was found Guilty and fined 40 marke by order of the Courte Edinburgh the 26 instant a ffrench man of war of 82 Gunes has stored the Bass Island with 3 months provision & taken 2 shipps on the Coast and putting out English Colures came before Berwich Castle & saluted it with 5 Gunes and was answered by 3 and then gave a Gunes for thanks and making a whaft 2 boates came to him who supplyed him with what he wanted and then he discovered himselfe to be a ffrench man saying he would acquaint King James how Civilly they used and [Comply] in him and soe put to sea

I have just now perused a Letter from Berwich which says that the ffrench man of war afore mencioned pretended to be the mordant ffrigott the Captain and men being English scoth and Irish having [lately] hunge Iames [Comsron] and after the Governor of Berwich had furnished them with 10 fatt sheepe and other ffresh provision while he sent the Captain in boates he sent the men back to acquainte the Governor that if there were any shipps bound for London he would Convoy into the River upon which 6 vessels [....... to] him and when they were off at sea he sent a few hands in a Long boate to acquaint the Governor that he would see the said vessels safe in dunkirke harbour

an order is affixed on the doore of the navy office prohibiting the buying any seamen [trinkette] - [warrants] are out to seize sir James Mongomery and the Lord of - being disaffected person - yesterday one Bradly was tryed at the Courte of verge at westminster for killing one walker his fellow gardener in the parke of Devon Grounde but it being proued that the deceased gave the first provocacion on wounding him in the head with an iron rake which

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To The honourable Sir Richard: Newdigate Baronet at Arbury 4 near Arbury near Coventry

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