Minute Book: June 1663

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 1, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1904.

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June 1666

June 13. Petition from Mathew Bedingfield, read and entered, concerning a seizure of some gilt leather hangings sent into England by him and prosecuted in the Exchequer under the Statute of Ed. IV. Referred by Treasurer Southampton: to the Attorney General to do what he can for this gentleman who very worthily served His Majesty abroad. "And because the Farmers of His Majesties Customes seem to determine that the Statute [of Edward IV. which] prohibited paynted ware could not meane gilt leather I desire him to take such course that such declaracon in the Customes House may be made as may be knowne to the merchants that soe they may in the future governe themselves." [Early Entry Book X. pp. 336–7.]
The salary bill from the Excise Office for the quarter ending the 24th inst., read and entered. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid. XII. pp. 205–6.]
June 14. Memorial of the 13th inst. from the Commissioners for the Arrears of Excise, read and entered, proposing to accept 300l. as composition for an arrear of 920l. 5s. 4d. standing out at 1657, Sept. 29, on Thomas Morrice and William Dodson, former Farmers of Excise of co. Kent; in view of their great loss in the said farm occasioned by the not acting of the Justices of the Peace in whom the coercive power then was vested: and further proposing to remit the 600l. charged on said farmers by way of augmentation for the 6d. per barrel on strong beer, not one penny having been received thereon directly or indirectly by said farmers. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid. pp. 200–1.]
Same of the 25th ult. from same, read and entered, proposing to allow 124l. 10s. 11 ½d. towards an arrear of 349l. 13s. 7d. standing out at 1660, Dec. 25, on Benjamine Thistlethwaite, Richard Twyne. and John Colles, former Sub-Commissioners for Excise in co, Wilts. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid. p. 201.]
Same from same of the 13th inst., read and entered, proposing to accept 300l. as composition for an arrear of 5,355l. 10s. 0d. standing out at 1659, August 27, on Dr. Henry Wansey and Jerome Bodley, former Farmers of Excise in cos. Hereford, Salop and Worcester, Wansey having died in prison insolvent and Bodley fled to Ireland. The said farm was re-assumed by the State, 1659, Sept. 27, and though the then rent was 11,111l. per an., it is now only 7,500l. per an. By the Act of Oblivion the sureties were covered, but now by a later Act of Parliament find themselves involved. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid. pp. 202–3.]
Same from same of same date, read and entered, proposing to accept 2,500l. by way of composition of an arrear of 6,586l. 4s. 0d. standing out at 1659, Sept. 25, on Thomas Morris and William Dodson, former Farmers of Excise of Sussex and Kent, which said farm was re-assumed by the State on the 25 Sept. 1659. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid. pp. 204–5.]
The report of the 17th ult. from the Excise Commissioners, read and entered, on the petition of Sir St. John Moore and Ralph Pemberton, late Sub-Commissioners for Excise in co. Berks, who were dismissed therefrom upon the general farming out of the Excise, 1662, Sept. 29, and who thereupon contracted for their arrears at 12s. in the £, whereon they are losers. Propose to remit them 50l. hereon. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid. p. 202.]
June 16. Petition from Samuel Selwood, read and entered, showing that an enrolment of His Majesty's indenture of lease of the Excise of London, Middlesex and Surrey to the present farmers thereof was prepared to be filed in the Remembrancer's office, being made by a forged counterpart tending to defraud His Majesty of at least 6,000l. per an.: that it had been confessed by the clerk that made that enrolment that by persuasion of William Bucknall, one of the said farmers, he fetched the said counterpart from the clerk, in whose custody it was to make the said enrolment, by means of the pretence that the said grant under the Great Seal was in an infected house: further that upon this discovery the said Bucknall and others of the trustees in the said farm have procured the petitioner to be suspended from his office by the Commissioners of Excise and threaten his ruin. Referred: to the Solicitor General to receive information from petitioner that may discover the forger of the counterpart, it being true that a counterpart was falsified and the roll intended to be entered at the Exchequer was transcribed by that counterpart: "The Farmers of the London Excise haveing attended me with their originall pattent drawne by your selfe and finding it to agree with the contract made with them wee had reason to be satisfied with them and would not expose their credits to discourse who are soe much engaged in His Majesties service and of whome wee have reason to believe well." [Early Entry Book XII. p. 204.]
A memorandum, read and entered, of the information in the Exchequer by William May against a case of silk brought over with Lord Holles, and seized at his house. Ordered: the Attorney General to enter a noli prosequi. [Ibid. X. p. 338.]
June 23. The report from the Customs Farmers, read and entered, on the petition of George Corbyn, Collector of Customs in Exeter, concerning his expenses in an action brought against him by Ralph Marston, Surveyor of said port, who was convicted of fraud by said Corbyn and dismissed. Ordered: to allow petitioner 46l. 18s. 1 ½d towards said expenses. [Ibid. pp. 339–40.]
June 26. Entry of a detached minute by Treasurer Southampton. "If Mr. Selwood make no application to Mr. Solicitor upon this business [see supra, pp. 706–7] as wee heare by the Farmers of the Excise hee doth not; wee hereby direct the said Farmers to apply themselves to Mr. Solicitor and to endeavour to find out who was instrumentall in the embezelling and enterlining their counterpart of their farme which aimed at His Majesties disadvantage and his farmers' discredit." [Ibid. XII. p. 208.]
June 29. Memorial from the Commissioners for Arrears of Excise, read and entered, proposing to accept 250l. as composition for an arrear of 1,405l. standing out at 1659, Dec. 25, on Humphry Mackworth, former Farmer of Excise of co. Lancaster: the said farm having been surrendered by him on that date. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid. pp. 200–1.]
Same from same, read and entered, proposing to accept 50l. as composition for an arrear of 553l. 13s. 4d. standing out at 1660, March 25, on Thomas Lloyd, Jerome Bodley and John Thomas, sometimes Sub-Commissioners of Excise for the seven counties of South Wales. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid. p. 208.]