Minute Book: February 1667

Pages 730-731

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

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February 1667

Feb. 12. Petition, read and entered, from Elias Ashmole. Sets forth that by letters patent of 1661, April 3, the King erected the office of Controller of Excise in England, Wales and Berwick. Petitioner has executed said office hitherto with the exception of the London Excise farm. Prays that the said farm may be included in his office as it is so provided for in a clause, detailed, of the present lease of said farm from the King to Thomas Grimshaw, Philip Jemmett, William Dashwood, John Freeman, John Forth, John Breedon, George Dashwood, Thomas Forth and William Bucknall, present farmers of the London Excise. With minute by Treasurer Southampton and Lord Ashley. "Wee have appointed the Auditor of the Excise yearly to take these accounts for rent and fines, as the Auditors of the Imprests doe the accounts of the farmers of the Customs. And wee appoint Mr. Ashmole the petitioner, who by his patent is Controller of the Excise, to keepe such a controll with these farmers as by the clause in His Majesties behalfe they are subject unto, whereby His Majesty may the better understand the true value of this revenew. [Ibid. pp. 240–1.]"
Feb. 15. Memorial, read and entered, from the Excise Commissioners, representing that Augustus Curtis, Stephen Griggs, and Isaack Allen, officers employed under the present Farmers of Excise of co. Norfolk, have proved by their books and accounts that for the two years ended at 1666, Sept. 29, the Excise of Great Yarmouth, Norwich and adjacent parts is less by 4,545l. 1s. 0d. than in the year preceding. Propose to allow this as a defalcation by reason of the plague which raged full two years in Great Yarmouth, a place of great trade and of consumption of drink, and which [plague] has now also for the last year been very much in the city of Norwich. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid. p. 230.]
Same from same, read and entered, concerning the arrear of 132l. 0s. 1d. depending upon Jane Boothouse, widow of Samuel Boothouse, late one of the Sub-Commissioners of Excise for co. Norfolk, and proposing to remit the said arrear as an act of charity. Ordered: approved of. [Ibid. p. 231.]
Same from same, read and entered, proposing to allow 1,309l. to Humphry Beane, Farmer of Excise of Essex, for his losses in the town of Colchester and other places sustained by reason of the contagion in his account for one year ended Sept. 29 last: the said loss being sworn to by John Babington, John Wilson, Samuel Vincent, and Owen Arthur, officers employed under said Beane. Ordered: allowed of. [Early Entry Book XII. pp. 232–3.]
Memorial, read and entered, from the Excise Commissioners, proposing an allowance of 190l. 5s. 6d. to John Cary, late Farmer of Excise in co. Leicester, for the like losses from the contagion in the town of Melton Mowbray and other places for the half-year ended 1665, Sept. 29, as sworn to by William Orton, an officer employed under said Cary. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid. p. 233.]
The like, proposing an allowance of 97l. 0s. 8½d. to Sir Arthur Caley and William Purefoy, Farmers of Excise of co. Warwick, for the like losses in Coventry, Meriden, Dunchurch and other places, for the time the contagion was there, viz. 1665, June 24 to 1665–6, Jan. 19, as sworn to by Thom. Webb, an officer employed under them. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid. p. 234.]
The like, proposing an allowance of 62l. 11s. 6d. to Thomas Needham, late Farmer of Excise in co. Chester, for the like losses in the towns of Little Neston and Great Neston and other places, for the quarter ended 1665, Sept. 29, as sworn to by Richard Cumberbach, an officer employed under him. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid.]