Minute Book: May 1698

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May 1698

May 3,
forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Mr. Pelham.
The Excise Commissioners [attend]. Their papers are read.
Mr. Gauntlett to have 90l. out of the money paid by the executors of Dr. Richards, on his allowance for books &c.
Dr. Corbet [attends]. His papers are read.
Mr. Smith, the undersheriff [is] to have 500l. out of loans [in the Exchequer] as soon as they come in.
[Order for the issue of] 13000l. out of loans on the Exchequer [in General] in the name of the Earl of Portland for the Privy Purse; being to pay for a George bought by his Majesty.
The Speaker's warrant [is directed] to be paid. (Ibid, p. 158.)
May 4,
forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Thomas Littleton.
Direction to the Earl of Ranelagh, Paymaster of the Forces to pay the following sums out of money in his hands or to be raised by him on loan] viz:
for a week's subsistence to the Forces [in England] to the 14th instant 8785 15 11
to clear arrears of pay to several discharged men pursuant to the said Earl's memorial [of his demand for money for the Forces] 233 7 7
(Ibid, p. 159.)
May 5,
forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: all the five Lords.
[Order for] 100l. a piece to be paid to the Messengers [of the Chamber] going between England and France: out of money to be answered in the Treasurer of the Chamber's Office by the executors of Dr. Richards.
The petition of the [four] Messengers of the Receipt is read [shewing] that 602l. is due to them. My Lords order half thereof [to be paid] out of loans on the Exchequer in General for the Civil List. (Ibid, p. 160.)
May 6,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
[Order for] a warrant for paying 380l. at the Exchequer to Thomas Bradford and William Burnett for purchase money for Fangrove [and other coppices in Chertsey].
[Write] to the Agents [for Taxes] to be here on Tuesday morning.
Mris. Agar to be paid by the Victuallers the salary for the full quarter in which her husband died.
[Write] to the Customs Commissioners to attend [here] on Tuesday morning at 8 a'clock.
[Order for] 100l. to Major Antho Morgan; 50l. to Capt. Ward, 50l. to Capt. Durel (Durell) and 10l. to Barry out of Hackney Coach money when it comes in.
Mr. Morton will lend 2000l. for the Civil List upon the same terms as others have lent for the same.
[Order for] 200l. more to Marquis Puissar for sea pay due to disbanded soldiers of his Regiment.
The order for 50l. for the doorkeepers of the House of Peers and and 25l. to Nahum Tate [is directed] to be paid out of loans [in the Exchequer].
Mr. Prior to be paid 394l. for ordinary out of the like loans.
(Ibid, p. 161.)
May 10.
forenoon, Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
The Customs Commissioners [attend]. Their papers are read. The minutes are [endorsed or margined] on them.
[Letter of direction for the] 45l. to the Vicars Choral of Lichfield and the warrant for the [poor] ministers of the Isle of Man to be paid out of loans [on the Exchequer].
The Trustees for Exchequer Bills [attend].
Mr. Jett and Mr. Bingham to attend on Tuesday morning next.
(Ibid, p. 162).
May 11,
forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Mr. Pelham.
[Write] to the Agents for Taxes to be here tomorrow morning. Mr. Briggs will be here then.
A warrant [is ordered] for issuing process against the late Contractors for Hearthmoney.
Mr. Tailer [attends] with Eliz. Jenkins. He informs my Lords of a 5l. Exchequer Bill made [altered into] 60l. It is produced per William Judg servant to Mr. Warner who stopt it. She desires none may be present but the Board. She says she is unfortunate and under bad circumstances. She did not do it herself, but will discover, desiring it may be kept private [so] that the criminals may not escape. She insists on a recompence. If her own life be saved she will make the greatest discovery but if she must die she will die without a discovery.
My Lords encourage her, if she be ingenuous.
She says a great design is on foot: there are three: one she is not acquainted with: this is one; the other counterfeiting Malt [Lottery] tickets, the third (she knows not well) about [? counterfeiting] the money.
She accuses one Aubrey Price; he lives in the Strand at the Sun and Key; it is an ironmongers; he lodges there; he was suspected about Bank Bills: she had this [Exchequer] Bill of him; met him 20 times; he promised it should be 50,000l. between them; told her the Malt tickets should be counterfeited in a little time; she kept a public house in Lincolns Inn Fields; he frequented the house; he told her she could not live and was a sensible woman and he would help her; he gave her this Bill on last Saturday night at the Bear Tavern in the Strand; he told her he did do [alter] this [Bill]; she was to have 10l. for putting it off; 'twas the first ever done as she knows of. There frequently meet one Carter, belonging to the Fleet, and one Davis with the said Price. Price is a gent. and keeps a foot boy. She has a husband but [he is] in trouble for debt and does not come to town. She says Jenkins was her maiden name but her husband's name is Lewis. Mr. Price bid her upon the first discovery to deny it. She speaks of two of her letters with the goldsmith's servant William Judg, who produces them.
He says she came to their shop to buy plate with another woman and desired small [Exchequer] Bills for the remainder. He called their [his] boy into the shop and went out on pretence to get small Bills and then came and told them 'twas counterfeited. They went away. He was presently vexed he did not stop them. He discovered the matter to Mr. Tailor who advised the finding of the party. Then came ragged fellows for the Bill again and by dogging them he found in an ale-house several persons (this morning). He was afraid of them lest they should kill or beat him. One of the women came out and then this gentlewoman. He secured her, Mrs. Jenkins. The other woman went down Long Acre. She unwilling to go with him at first but he called a coach and brought her away.
She says the other woman is her sister, knows nothing of it; her name is Mrs. Thurman, wife of Mr. Thurman, the player; she lives in Windsor Court in Drury Lane.
She denies she was in the alehouse.
The prentice says she was planted in another house.
She kept a coffee house in Lincolns Inn Fields: Price came to her house: she took notice people would say when he went out that was the man concerned in the Bills: he wanted [some]one to run the hazard and she consented: but first she went to the Warden of the Mint [Isaac Newton] and told him she believed in a little time she should make a discovery. He advised her to keep it private and as soon as she could discover, to come to him. This was the first time and she was apprehended before she could go to the Warden.
Mr. Tailor is directed to go with the woman (Jenkins) and the Constable to Mr. Ellis to examine her and desire him to keep this woman in custody till my Lords can have some further examination of her.
She comes in again. She says she was with Mr. Newton [the Warden of the Mint] six or seven weeks ago: that Price brought two counterfeit Spanish pistoles to her at the Castle Tavern in Fleet Street.
My Lords tell her she must go to Mr. Ellis to be deposed on her oath.
Samuel Glanville to be here tomorrow morning.
[Order for] Hen. Baker to have 500l. out of loans [in the Exchequer.] (Treasury Minute Book X, pp. 163–4.)
May 11.
afternoon Kensington.
Present: the King; Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Mr. Pelham.
The Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. Blathwayt [attend]. The Earl's [weekly] memorial [for money for the Forces] is read. The King directs 8823l. 8s. 5d. to be paid [by the Earl] (out of the money in his lordship's hands raised on the tallies on the Land Tax) for the following uses viz:—
for a week's subsistence to the Troops in England to the 21st inst. 8785 15 11
for arrears of pay to a trooper of Lumley's Regiment disbanded 14 4 5
the like to a discharged man of Arran's Regiment 9 11 6
the like to a trooper of Leveson's Regiment disbanded 13 16 7
£8823 8 5
A petition of the surgeons of the disbanded Regiments is read and referred to the Earl of Ranelagh as to the arrears.
A petition of Visct. Mountjoy and Col. Villiers [is read and] referred to the Lords Justices [Ireland] to state the [matter of] fact.
Col. Bochan to have 300l. of the King's bounty: by a Contingent warrant [a warrant on Army Contingencies].
Col. Whiteman to have 150l. in like manner.
The King orders my Lords to sign the docquets for—.
The King orders that the two Lords Justices [Ireland] have the salary they have received and that my Lord Jersey have so much as is due to him.
The report about the Harwich packet boats is read and approved.
Isaac Manley's petition is read. The King will give a pension of 200l. per an. from Lady day last to his father for his life out of the Post Office revenue.
Colonel Beaumont's memorial [is read] for 12s. a day from 1st Jan. 1695–6, amounting to 364l. 16s. 0d. There is nothing to pay him out of at present: but [he is] to be considered when the Parliament has provided for the Army.
Mr. Travers' report for the Earl of Romney for [grant of] a market at Greenwich is read and referred to the Attorney General.
[The memorial of the] President of Barbados [is presented] per Mr. Eyles. To be considered by my Lords. (Ibid p. 165.)
May 12.
Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
Mr. May to be paid the three quarters due on his pension.
The Agents [for Taxes attend]. Their papers are read. Mr. Briggs comes in. My Lords resolve if he do not make his payments to satisfaction by Tuesday next they will appoint another Receiver or within 10 days at farthest.
Mr. Roger Whitley for Mr. Morgan Whitley, the Receiver [for North Wales and Cheshire] is present: and the same caution is given to him as 'twas to Mr. Briggs.
The Agents think that [the receipt for the county of] Suff[olk] may be divided between Mr. Pacy and Mr. Chaplain by the [respective] Hundreds. My Lords direct them to make this distribution.
[Write] to the Navy Commissioners to attend tomorrow morning.
[Order for] 142l. 10s. 0d. to be paid to the Chancellor's [of the Exchequer's] messengers. (Ibid, p. 166.)
May 13.
forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer with Secretary Vernon.
Mr. Aubrey Price (in custody) comes in. Mr. Secretary tells him he is accused for Exchequer Bills counterfeited which were endeavoured to be put off per Mrs. Lewis. He denies it. He knows Mrs. Lewis but says he never gave her any Bill. He went with Battishall a lawyer to her house (a coffee house) in Lincolns Inn Fields: she told him she could not get her living: he wrote there a paper for some persons pretending to astrology: last Saturday at her desire there was a match to be made between one Mris. Coates and Mr. Bond: this was last Saturday night at a tavern: on Monday morning they met in Bloomsbury Fields on the same occasion: he was told Mris. Lewis was in trouble and sent her 10s.: on Monday night she told him of an Exchequer Bill (which was the first time) and that she was in trouble about it and desired his assistance: he supposed she was arrested, but after thinking it might be a stolen Bill he would not meddle in it: he thought it might have been one of those taken out of the Mail.
He says none but non-jurors or priests used her coffee-house: that the occasion of his coming there was to do some service for the Government. He says he knows Carter of the Fleet and he got him last week removed to the King's Bench [prison]: he was in execution upon account of the Bank; Carter was convicted about their [the Bank of England's] Bills and he says upon the evidence of Odel who has owned since (as Price pretends) that Carter was not guilty: he hath been acquainted with Carter since: he never wrote to him anything material; never had discourse with him about Malt [Lottery] tickets.
Mr. Secretary [Vernon] shows him a letter of his to Carter, which he owns to be his handwriting: he says he gave Carter a Malt ticket to be discounted of 9l. 12s. 6d. and desired by that letter to have his ticket or money: he himself discounted it next day with a goldsmith: he had the ticket from Mr. Robert Shales living in the Strand, a gentleman; he lent it to him.
Being asked what he meant by these words in his letter ("I want a particular thing") he thinks it relates to Carter's Habeas Corpus: then these words ("I will buy and bring it as soon as possible") or these ("I wish it had been on better paper") he wont speak to that. He says he has formerly endeavoured service to the Government.
Sir Thomas Littleton comes in and Mr. Smith.
He [Aubrey Price] says he could still do something of service to the Government if encouraged. He says some in the city talkt of the Treasury: that Lewis told him she had a merchant had 40,000l. [lying] by him and would employ it about Bank notes; he could not get his name from her: she told him she had a goldsmith [who] had 10,000l. by him, but he could never learn who it was: he acquainted Sir H. Colt of something: she told him Mris. Wiseman had been lately at Oxford and an apothecary there sold something would take off any writing: he (Price) did not think that could be. She told him in presence of Bond at the Horse Shoe Tavern that Mris. Wiseman had done that. He believes Mris. Wiseman did it only out of curiosity: he did not see her do it. But he saw Mris. Wiseman on Monday night last try it on a card: it took out the writing presently: he does not think Wiseman guilty but has heard Mris. Lewis talk publicly: she told him she would go to the Warden of the Mint for an edger.
He heard that two clerks at the Treasury or the Exchequer did propose to get 5000l. a year by posting or altering books and nobody the wiser. Sir John Johnson's clerk told this to Carter and Carter told this to him: he did not name the clerks to him: this was about a fortnight ago.
He says he can give my Lords no account concerning this Bill charged on him. He says Lewis kept a bawdy house. He says the occasion of writing to Carter was that he might know who these people of the Treasury or Exchequer or those people in the city were.
He says Robert Shales lives at the Flowerpott, a seed shop over against the Maypole. of whom he had the [Malt Lottery] ticket.
He says he can say no more but will do all he can by enquiring or asking.
Sir William Blacket acquaints my Lords what vexation the place of Tronor and Poiser at Newcastle has been when in private hands; and desires it may be granted to the town for ever; that the town intends no profit by it, but only, for the convenience of trade, to destroy the office. Memorandum: to carry the report to Kensington.
The Navy Commissioners are called in. My Lords resolve that the Eastland Merchants and others [who have payments due to them charged] upon the course of the Navy shall have the tallies on the Additional Impositions [the total of the said payments] amounting to about 130,000l.; and out of the interest due they are to be allowed 24 per cent. with the principal, and the rest of the interest due on those tallies is to be taken by them as part of their principal and they are not to have the 6 per cent. on their contracts with the Navy Board. Some of the merchants are called in and acquainted with this. A letter [is ordered] to be sent to the Navy Board to this purpose, mentioning this payment to be for the course of the Navy and the Yards.
[Order for] 200l. for the Marquis de Puissar for the sea pay of his disbanded men.
[Order for] 300l. to my Lord Mohun [as] of [his Majesty's royal] bounty.
[Write] a letter to the Navy Commissioners to make the same allowance as formerly for making up the [Navy's] public accounts.
(Ibid, pp. 167–9).
May 17, forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers. Present: Mr. Chancellor, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Pelham.
[Write] to Sir Hen. Ashurst and Col. Gibson to attend on Friday morning.
The Commissioners of Sick and Wounded to be here then with their Establishment.
Samuel Glanvill offers to improve the Duty on vinegar. He complains of discouragement per Mr. Onslow in discoveries [which] he would have made. [Write] to the Excise Commissioners to attend this day week in the morning upon a complaint of the said Glanville who will be here.
Mr. Bingham says the [test or trial cuttings from the] Essay [Assay Trial] Pieces were cut off too large and he reckons they came to 200 weight [sic? pennyweight] of silver. Mr. Jett says Bingham was Inspector and was to look after that. He says he directed [the cuttings from the Trial plates to be] about a quarter of an ounce and he from time to time weighed them and found them so and Mr. Bingham should have complained whilst it was doing.
Bingham says he was in hazard of his life.
Mr. Leycroft thinks the essays might be about 10 pennyweight one with another. He says every grain of silver [which] was cut off was returned.
[This matter] to be heard again when Mr. Bowles comes to town.
Mr. Bowyer, Mr. Cox et al [Assessment] Commissioners of the Land Tax for Surrey [attend and] acquaint my Lords there are differences amongst the Commissioners in executing the Land Tax. My Lords say the Commissioners are the judges and not this Board.
Mr. Bowyers complains of the Receiver and recommends Mr. Gulstone.
Dr. Otes to have 30l.
Desire Mr. Blathwayt to be here on Thursday morning about Mr. Bond's petition.
The Judges [are] to have their salaries for two terms out of the first money coming in for the Civil List.
Sir Stephen Evance [is] to have his 2050l. if he will lend 4000l.
(Treasury Minute Book X, p. 170.)
May 18,
forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Sir Thomas Littleton.
If the 100l. be not paid to complete the 1000l. for taking Cranburne [Chase into Windsor Park] it is to be paid out of any disposable money in the Exchequer.
[The] 100l. directed by [the King as per] Secretary Vernon's letter of the 13th inst. is to be paid to Mr. Richard Fisher per Mr. Henry Baker.
The [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance [attend]. They press the determination of Sir Pol[ycarpus] Wharton's account. My Lords [decide that] on Thursday the 26th inst. they will hear the matters of that account: the Officers of the Ordnance, Auditors [of Imprests] and Sir Policarpus are to attend: and Sir Robert Howard's report is to be looked out.
My Lords approve the advertisement for apprehending Edw. Bird with a reward of 50l.
A letter to be writ to the Earl of Ranelagh to pay out of the money in his hands raised per [loan on or discount of] the tallies on the Land Tax as follows viz.:—
£ s. d.
for a week's subsistence to the Troops in England to the 28th inst. 8785 15 11
to two discharged Troopers of Galway's Regiment 27 19 4
to four Troopers of Levison's Regiment discharged 38 2 7
for a week's allowance for support of the Hospital to the 28th inst. 200 0 0
to several Engineers going to Muscovy by his Majesty's warrant 234 1 0
to Mris. Mathews out of her husband's arrears, to equip her son going to the Straits 100 0 0
(Ibid, p. 171.)
May 19,
forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Sir Thomas Littleton.
Mr. William Burton with Mr. Holland are to attend next Wednesday at 10 a clock. In the mean time Holland's papers are to be sent to Burton and he is then to bring his answer.
Mr. Smith comes in and the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Sir John Foche and other Commissioners of Excise [attend]. They offer a paper signed by Tho. Webb which is read. The Commissioners with Webb are to attend next Tuesday. (Ibid, p. 172).
May 20,
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
Mr. Bendyshe to attend the House of Lords with the depositions upon the Commission formerly executed in New Forest.
Mr. Blathwaite says that 1000l. or 800l. will serve (being sent to Newfoundland) to discharge the supernumerary soldiers to be discharged there and to maintain the Company (being about 50 to be continued there) for some time: convoy goes in fourteen days.
He says the King has gratified Mr. Gray with the whole salary from the date of his commission till his arrival in Barbados (half of which by the rules of the Plantations did belong to the Commander in Chief for the time being). Mr. Bond who was President of the Council from the death of Col. Russell desires the half salary [of the Governor] to the arrival of Mr. Grey or (instead of that, [it] being given away already) that he may have the whole salary of 1200l. a year from the death of Russell to the date of Mr. Grey's commission. This is less.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer comes in.
Desire Lord Edward Russell with his clerk to attend on Tuesday morning at 10 a clock. Mr. Vanburg (Vanbrugh) to attend then.
The quarter's rent for Lord Ossulston's house is to be paid to Mr. Merret per the Treasurer of the Chamber.
[Order for] 500l. to be imprested to Mr. Culliford and partners for sail cloth, [the imprests to be made] per the Navy Commissioners out of any money in the Treasurer's hands applicable to wear and tear.
The letter to the Navy Board for 130,000l. to be assigned to wear and tear and for the Yards is read and approved. (Ibid, p. 173).
May 24,
Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: all the five Lords.
The Excise Commissioners [attend]. Their papers are read.
Mr. Webb's paper is read. Mr. Clerke says several indeavours besides this have been used to persuade people: that he amongst others was the occasion of the prosecution per Webb against the other Commissioners.
Webb says Clerk, a silkman, came to him and asked him who put him upon that information. Web says he answered that he did not know, that Mr. Clerk or Danvers were the occasion. The silkman (says he) answered if he could discover that they or any others were the author of it he could get Webb 100l.
Sir John Foche says he was the occasion of the silkman's speaking to Webb. He was told Webb used Batson's Coffee house and understanding this silkman used the same he desired this silkman to get out of Web [the name of the man] who put him upon this information; and the silkman told Foche afterwards that of his own head he had offered Webb 25l. apiece from the Commissioners informed against.
Webb says this silkman named to him Clerk and Danvers particularly. He says he never had any conversation with Clerk or Danvers particularly about this business.
Webb is asked what premium or promise he has for making this narrative. He answers; none at all. He did expect that the Excise Commissioners would make good what the silkman had promised; but the silkman told him afterwards they would give or promise him nothing, for now they knew as much as he could tell them.
Mr. Clerk says the accusation as to his taking the sacrament with any design against them or promoting the information is groundless: that he never had any conversation with Sir Thomas Dyke in his life: if he had promoted the prosecution he would not have disowned it, because he thinks it lawful. He never heard of the information till the Commissioners concerned spoke of it at the Board. He has frequently said that he lookt on their omission to be an act of indiscretion and 'twas pity they should be ruined for it: that he never knew this informer or saw him in his life.
Mr. Clerk says copies of this narrative have been given about.
Mr. Onslow owns he shewed a copy to his friends.
Mr. Danvers says when he took the oaths he did not think of the other gentlemen. He had forgot it himself if Mr. Clerk had not met him just when the time was expiring and they [he and Clerk] were witnesses one for another. He thinks it not dishonest or dishonourable thing to set up an informer against the Commissioners: it's lawful and he thinks it no breach of charity after the usage he had found from four of those gentlemen. Sir Thomas Dyke told him there was a gentleman would prosecute the Commissioners and desired him to send a copy of the commission (he owns it) and he owns the paper now shown him to be the copy he sent. He discovers that he put Sir Thomas Dyke on this, but that Sir Thomas first spoke to him of it and he could not refuse sending such a copy.
(Treasury Minute Book X, pp. 174–5).
May 25,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Sir Tho. Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
My Lords will hear Mr. Babe at their first sitting after the session [of Parliament be] ended. (Ibid, p. 176.)
eodem die. afternoon Kensington. Present: all the five Treasury Lords.
[Write] to the Customs Commissioners to attend my Lords tomorrow morning.
The King comes in.
Mr. Blathwait is called [in].
The petition of the town of Newcastle [is read]. Speak with Sir William Blacket that the office of Tronor and Poisor be suppressed or [to suggest some other way] how the town may be gratified.
The case of the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland [is read] for increase of salary. Not granted.
Sir B. Firebrasse and Mr. Shepard their case is read. The King thinks it will be hard to make them pay their bonds but directs my Lords to inquire fuller into that matter.
Sir Philips Coote [his petition is read]. Referred to the Lords Justices [Ireland].
The Earl of Ranelagh comes in. His [weekly] memorial [for money for the Forces] is read. [Ordered that] 6798l. 0s. 4d. in his hands of the money arisen from [loans on or discounting of tallies on] the Land Tax be applied towards 9013l. 5s. 11d. [for the courses following viz.]
£ s. d.
for a week's subsistence [to the Forces in England] to 4 June next 8985 15 11
for sea pay to five men of Brudenall's late Regiment 27 10 0
9013 5 11
hereby to be applied 6798 0 4
remainder £2215 5 7
Mr. Isles' petition on behalf of Mr. Bond [is read]. Ordered to have the whole salary from the death of Russell to the date of Grey's patent.
[Order that the] 2800l. [payable to the order of Mr Cowper on Mr. Robinson's bills [of exchange] be paid out of secret service; there being no money for contingents of the Forces.
Francis Geary [his petition is read]. To be referred.
The King is pleased to make this rule: that upon the death or removal of an officer payable quarterly he be paid by the day to the day of his death or removal: that if there be an interval before another officer is admitted the salary during that interval be saved to the King; and that the salary of the officer who succeeds be computed by the day from the date of the commission, grant or constitution till the next quarterly day and from thenceforth quarterly and be paid accordingly; saving [excepting] the usual allowances of those which administer any governments in remote parts from the death of any Governor till a new appointment be made by the King. (Ibid, p. 177).
May 26,
forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
Mr. Clayton produces to my Lords two counterfeit Exchequer Bills brought to the Exchequer yesterday, of 5l. each, one from the Custom House, the other from the Excise Office. My Lords direct him to be dliligent in tracing them.
The Customs Commissioners [attend]. Their papers are read and minutes [are margined or endorsed] on them.
The [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance and Sir Polycarpus Wharton attend. My Lords direct the Auditors to adjust his [Wharton's] account; and Sir Robert Howard's report (now read) is delivered to Auditor Done for that purpose.
Mr. Wiseman is to be allowed [to have] the inspection of Mr. Crumpton's books and to have a convenient office. (Ibid, p. 178).
May 31,
forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
[no entry of any minute.] (Ibid, p. 179.)