Documents relating to naval administration in the Commonwealth period and the wars of William III.

A single page from a Naval account book for specific payments- for example, travelling charges, for the period May to June 1655.
A warrant from Robert Thompson and Francis Willoughby, Navy Commissioners, to the 'State yard' at Deptford, December 1659.
A list of Army and Navy estimates, 1689 to 1698.
Letter to the Commander of the Navy, Wednesday 18 February 1651, about victualling and contracts for men on the state ship BONAVENTURE.

Administrative / biographical background
Robert Thompson was a Navy Commissioner from 1649 throughout the Interregnum, serving in 1657-60 as victualling commissioner at Plymouth. Thompson, Connecticut, has been named in his honour. A wealthy Puritan merchant, he was a member of both the East India Company and the New England Company (incorporated in 1649 as the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in New England). Francis Willoughby (1613 – April 10, 1671) was the son of Colonel William Willoughby (1588-1631) of London, England. A merchant and shipwright, he immigrated to Charlestown, Massachusetts on August 22, 1638 and served as selectman (1640-1647), representative in 1649 and 1650, and was elected an assistant (representative in the colonial assembly) in 1650, 1651 and 1654. Willoughby returned to England in 1651 where he was appointed commissioner of the navy at Portsmouth and served in the Third Protectorate Parliament in 1659, representing Portsmouth. He returned to Massachussetts in 1662 and was deputy governor from 1665 until his death in 1671.

Record Details

Item reference: ADL/Z/53; MSS/89/030.0 MSS/89/030 MS1989/030
Catalogue Section: Manuscript documents acquired singly by the Museum
Level: ITEM
Date made: 1651-1698
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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