Minute Book: October 1669

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 3, 1669-1672. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1908.

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October 1669

Oct. 1.
Present: Treasurer of the Household, Sir J. Duncombe.
Write the old [or late] Farmers of the Customs to attend on Wednesday about their accounts, which it is of much importance to His Majesty's service should be dispatched. Write Auditors Wood and Beale to get as many of the said accounts ready as they can by Wednesday.
The Earl of St. Albans' privy seal for 10,000l. to be made ready.
[Ibid. p. 184.]
Oct. 4.
Present: Lord Ashley, Treasurer of the Household, Sir J. Duncombe.
Write the Commissioners of the Navy for the Earl of Anglesey's and Sir Denys Gauden's accounts, from the long depending of which His Majesty's service has received a great deal of prejudice.
Sir Edward Griffin moves for 1,500l. taken from the [Treasury of the Chamber] bill money for huntsmen. Warrant to the Auditor to allow what interest money has been paid by Sir Ed. Griffin.
Warrant for my Lord's salaries due at Michaelmas on the 2,000l. paid in by the late Farmers of the Customs.
The order of Council about the "Ruby" ketch is to be read on Monday [sic for Wednesday].
Letter from Sir R. Long to Sir G. Downing read, informing that the late Farmers of the Customs have not yet paid the 7,500l. into the Exchequer which they ought to have paid the 1st of this month, and further that 31l. 10s. 8½d. is wanting of the 8,000l. which should have been paid in for the month of July last for payment of old tallies, and that nothing has yet been paid in for the months of August and September last upon that 8,000l. per month account. Write both the late and the present Farmers respectively to pay same in.
The business between the county and the city of Chester is heard. Mr. Jones, heard for the city, says they have paid above their proportion and pray that the rest may be placed on the county. Mr. Ayliff pleads for the county: says that the Commissioners assessed a right proportion on the city, that trade decayed in the county as well as the city, that they have now only the same proportion as formerly, which is that the city pays the tenth part of what the county pays, which proposition has been observed these 400 years. My Lords say that if there be no assessment legally made my Lords may issue process against either the county or city. Those for the city say that those for the county refused them their votes, which Mr. Street affirms, and Mr. Ratcliffe says 'twas in January, 1665–6. Ordered that the matter be recommended to the Commissioners of [Aids for] the city and county of Chester, and if they do not agree and signify it by this day four weeks my Lords will issue process to recover the arrear; and then that those of the city make affidavit that they [have] not refused [the assessment].
[Treasury Minute Book III. pp. 184–5.]
Oct. 5.
Present: Duke of Albemarle, Lord Ashley, Treasurer of the Household, Sir J. Duncombe.
Mr. Wadlow's warrant to be sent up for the King's signature, but before the docquet pass Wadlow is to bring the resignation of the rest of his partners in writing.
Dormant warrant for [the salary of] Prince Rupert as Constable of Windsor.
Lord Arlington to be desired to write to the Constable of Castile to desire him to take [off] the arrest from the tin at Ostend.
Write Sir Henry Wood that my Lords desire that as fast as any money comes to hand he pay Verbeck: and further that he give my Lords an account in writing every fortnight what moneys he pays him.
Alderman Backwell's 6,000l. or what is behind of his 10,000l. [lent] to the late Queen is to be registered on the land revenue.
The Earl of Crawford's petition read. The case to be stated and reported to the King.
Ham[mon]d Chadwick's petition is read. To be paid on the Chimneys.
Michll. Chadwick's petition read. Referred to Sir W. Doyly.
John Gammon's petition to be considered hereafter.
Timothy Whittingham's petition read. Mr. Lawrence to hear the matter, and to advise the Attorney General in the case.
Petition read from the Earl of Norwich. Report to be made [to the King in Council] that my Lords see no reason that Mrs. Dean should not be paid out of the assignments which his Lordship has on the Chimneys, and his Lordship confessed he had already paid Sir Phil. Warwick.
Petition read from Widow Burwell. Warrant for 5l.
Same from Mr. Dibarbore. To be considered hereafter.
Same from the officers of the Commissioners for Sewers. Referred to Sir C. Harbord to report whether the money is due from the King.
[Same from] Eliz. Williams. My Lords can do nothing in it.
Same from Edward Heaton. To be considered when the Lords of the Council of Ireland are here.
Mr. Lawrence's report on Mr. Skelton's petition is read, nothing can be done in the case.
Warrant for 5l. for Henry Thomas.
James Pyford's docquet read. Sir G. Downing to see if any rent was reserved and [then to] underwrite the docquet, Mr. Barcroft first bringing in what money he is willing to pay instead of a further rent.
Petition read from Tho. Terrye. Referred to Mr. Lawrence.
Same from Mr. H. Howard and Mr. Bev. Greenvill. Mr. Zouch to be heard this day three weeks to inform my Lords whether and for how long he has carried up the first dish to the King's table every St. James's day, and paid the 100l. in gold reserved as the services of his tenure.
Same from Sir Saml. Sterling. Ordered that Sir R. Long and Sir G. Downing and Auditors Aldworth and Chislet examine how the accounts of all the Collectors of the Chimney money now stand and to report.
Same from Samuel Mearne. Ordered that he have two years of his bills. Sir G. Downing to see what they come to.
Same from the Clerks of the Peace. Referred to Sir R. Long, Sir C. Harbord, Sir G. Downing and Mr. Sherwyn.
A [letter or clause of] direction [is ordered to be inserted] on the warrant for allowing what is behind for the Friars at Somerset House.
Petition read from William Milton, a sub-collector of Hearth money in 1664 in Black Torrington and Shebbear Hundred, complaining that one Levris seized his books of accompts. Mr. Harris to give an account of the business if he is acquainted with it.
Sir Edward Griffin to pay the 40l. to Lord St. John for [repair of] bridges.
[Treasury Minute Book III. pp. 185–6.]
Oct. 6.
Present: Lord Ashley, Treasurer of the Household, Sir J. Duncombe.
Alderman Bucknall called in: says they cannot have less than five Commissioners [of Excise in Ireland] because four [are to form] a quorum: that they cannot get any worthy person to go for less than 500l. per an. They desire if my Lords will not allow so much that according to the law they find such persons as are fit and send them. [Further they say] that by the laws of Ireland they may demand 12 Commissioners and the King to pay them all, as also sub-commissioners which can't be less than 70.
The late Customs Farmers [England] and the Auditors of Imprests are called in about said farmers' accounts. The interest of the money [advanced by them to pay for the] saltpetre is to be allowed them from the time the money should have been paid [back to them], but the Auditors are to examine the East India Company's patent to see when they should have paid it in, the question being whether the East India Company pay presently or at a [certain fixed] time. As for the money demanded for interest on an account with the East India Company my Lords say that if they were charged on their commission account with those entries, then the interest is to be allowed, which is about 300l. Warrant for allowing to them 210l. per an. on the first three years of their last 5 years' farm for the [fees, &c. paid by the Farmers to the] Auditors of Imprests and their clerks. Ordered that the Auditors bring these accounts stated with all speed.
Warrant for Mr. Culliford [in like manner] as for Mr. Porter et al.
Warrant for another year for the rest of the King's officers of the Customs: to be on the last half-year of the [present Customs] farm.
The business of the "Ruby" ketch is heard with counsel. Ordered that they have liberty to export the sugars again without custom, and the business of the property to be left to the Admiralty, but that the wax, being a commodity of the growth of Africa, be landed. Report to be made accordingly [to the Privy Council], and that my Lords do not think it reasonable that they have no custom nor no defalcations. Warrant ordered accordingly, repeating [the tenor of] the order of Council, and that it be recommended to the Customs Farmers that they suffer them to unship them and to put them in another ship.
Mr. Sherwyn is called in about the Earl of Newburgh's Sixpenny Writs: says if the Earl may have it for 1,000l. per an. he will pay his rent for the future, but cannot pay the debt now it's let for 1,400l. per an. The King to be moved in it.
Col. Reymes moves for 265l. for saddles, &c., for the horses to be sent to the Duke of Neuburg. Ordered that the Wardrobe disburse the money, and it shall be allowed them in their next account.
[Treasury Minute Book III. pp. 186–7.]
Oct. 8.
Present: Sir J. Duncombe.
Ordered that there be a list made of such offices as are required to return certificates with the respective times when [periodically such returns are to be made]. Ordered that this be posted on a board and hung up in the office and Charnock is from time to time to inform [my Lords] who are defective in [making such] returns.
A book to be kept in which is to be entered the total [issues or assignments] charged each year on each branch of the revenue and on the Exchequer in general, as also what part of what is so charged remains unpaid.
Write Sir R. Long to know if each of the Farmers of the small farms or branches of the Customs have entered [or enrolled] their patents with him and what each of them is in arrear on their respective rents, viz. as follows: Lord Townsend [for coal], Sir Thomas Strickland for salt, Sir Robert Paston for wood and glass, John Pincombe for logwood, Sir Nico Crisp for spices.
[Treasury Minute Book III. p. 188.]
Oct. 11.
Present: Duke of Albemarle, Lord Ashley, Treasurer of the Chamber, Sir J. Duncombe.
The King to be spoken to about Mr. Williamson's docquet.
The King to be moved about Mr. Leg's docquet and about the irregularity of its coming to a docquet before my Lords were acquainted with it.
The Barbados 4½ per cent. duty is to be considered on Tuesday week. Inform Mr. Cranfeild and Mr. Spencer of this: and [a notice is] to be posted up [at the Treasury door] that propositions [for farming the said duty] will be then received.
Petition read from Mr. Weedon, Receiver of Bucks, about his arrears. Referred to Sir W. Doyly to attend next Wednesday with a state of his account. Write Weedon to attend them. The two persons named in [Doyly's] certificate are to be arrested.
Warrant for Alderman Backwell's interest money: to be on the Customs.
Account to be given what money the Marquis de Montbrun has had.
The late Customs Farmers' 316l. 7s. 6d. for interest money is to be allowed and the 15l. 15s. 4d. and 78l. 7s. 6d. are to be allowed, if for money paid to the judges, after [their salary was] due.
Warrant read for completing the Queen's jointure. Ordered that the late Lord Treasurer Southampton's warrant for the doing of it and the articles of marriage be produced. Write Sir Richard Beeling for them. Warrants to renew the commissions of the stewards of manors in the late Queen Mother's jointure till further order. Mr. Loven to be acquainted therewith.
[Ibid. p. 188.]
Oct. 12.
Present: Duke of Albemarle, Lord Ashley, Treasurer of the Household, Sir John Duncombe.
Sir W. Doyly and Viscount Fanshawe's deputy are to give an account what duplicate rolls of the late Poll are yet wanting.
Mr. L[awrence] Hyde's account [for the Great Wardrobe] is passed. Warrant for 5,000l. for this year on the same funds that the last were.
My Lords are informed that distringas has gone out against Sir Robert Holmes on account of some money owing by him to His Majesty. Write Viscount Fanshaw to certify what sum of money it is and on what score such proceedings have been made.
Privy seal for 150,000l. for the Treasurers of the Navy.
Sir Thomas Ingram moves to have some papers re-delivered [relating to the Duchy of Lancaster]. Ordered that he have them, but an abstract [of them] to be kept here [in the Treasury].
Ordered that Sir Henry Wood's commission pass the privy seal, and that he answer Sir G. Downing's letter about Verbeck.
The order of the Council about the falconers is read. [Reply to be made] that several of them have surrendered their patents [and that my Lords have] no money.
Petition read from Capt. Mansell. My Lords cannot remit the tax for that the money is settled [or appropriated] by Act of Parliament.
Letter read from John May about planting acorns [in Dean Forest]. Write the Commissioners [for Dean Forest] and send them a copy of said letter and that May is to attend them and they to do what they think fit and provide the money for it.
Petition read from the Chimney Farmers. Ordered that they represent their case [to my Lords] as [or whenever] there's occasion, naming the delinquents and in what county and my Lords will give them assistance. Robert Barker to attend next Wednesday at their desire, concerning a considerable sum of money in his hands of that duty.
George Underwood to be a sub-commissioner of Excise.
The report from the Excise Commissioners on the Cumberland Excise is to be sent to the Justices of Cumberland with a letter from my Lords.
Warrant for 50l. for Mr. Lawrence.
Warrant for 3 months' [ordinary] for Mr. Montague: warrant [for him] to borrow the money [for same].
Lady Harbye's petition read about Norton's 200l. and Sir Erasmus [Harby] is called in and told that my Lords do not desire Norton to quit all his debt. Ordered that he pay the 200l.
The King, the Duke of York, Sir G. Carteret and the Attorney General came in [concerning enclosing and planting in New Forest]. Lord St. John called in about enclosing 500 acres a year. [Ordered] that not above 300 acres a year be enclosed in one walk till 1,000 acres in each walk [be enclosed]. As to the care [or superintendency of this, ordered] that the woodward have it and the forester or keeper to see that the woodward commit no abuse and that the deer come not in. As for the Commission of Enquiry [ordered] that one do issue directed to the proper officers, viz. the Lord Warden, verderers and whole Court, and that they set out the places to be enclosed. But that a letter of advice be sent before the Commission issue. The woodward to be sent to to fell the wood for the charge [or cost of such enclosing] taking to him one of the verderers, and four of the regard; and the woodward to be liable to the account, and the Lord Warden may send somebody to oversee if he please. Notice to be given of the times of sale [of the timber so felled], and he that will give most is to have the wood. Ordered that the woodward do constantly pay the regard their 2s. 6d. per diem. The King orders that there be a Justice in Eyre sent as soon as may be. The Attorney General to speak with the Earl of Oxford about it.
The King says that in the year 1660 there were 2,000 deer in Richmond Park, and now not above 600 of all sorts, and asks the Attorney General which way to [put] out the keepers [whether] by a quo warrant or inquisition. The Attorney General to consider how they may be prosecuted. Also [the King orders] that they have an offer made them of taking their places during [the King's] pleasure, else the King will prosecute them on the first default, and to begin with Richmond Park. Ordered that the keepers and rangers be sent to know how they hold their places.
Another paper read about rules to be observed in felling timber [in New Forest] for the Navy: and another paper about additional wages to the officers in New Forest. Lord St. John to bring an account of what they now have from the King. Also a paper is read about abuses in estovers. The Justice in Eyre is to be sent in Lent Vacation presently after the circuits if it can then be.
His Majesty moves that there be a company [put on the establishment as garrison] in the Isle of Wight which will cost 1,100l., towards which about 400l. per an. is to be retrenched in the Navy [which 400l. has been hitherto] allowed for maintenance of a shallop for the Isle of Wight. Ordered that it be done accordingly, and that it be placed on the London Excise of which there is an arrear in the [Excise] Farmers' hands. The company to be of 60 men.
The King commands that 600l. be paid to Mr. Killigrew which the King owes him.
His Majesty says that he hears the Commissioners of Accounts will give in an account of great sums of money diverted from the war of which they can [get or] give no account. The Vice-Chamberlain, Sir Philip Warwick and Sir R. Long to be sent to to consider about this business.
The King recommends the Earl of Bristol's business.
Sir John Walpole to be one of the Commissioners of Appeals [in Excise].
[Treasury Minute Book III. pp. 189–91.]
Oct. 13.
Present: Treasurer of the Household, Sir J. Duncombe.
Warrant for half a year to the Grooms of the Bedchamber and Mr. Chiffinch: to be on the Customs.
The Queen's Council move for a warrant to complete the Queen's jointure. Ordered that they apply to the Secretaries [of State] for it.
Mr. Rosse's patent to be looked out and he to have a year on it.
The officers of the Works move for money and for a privy seal for extraordinaries. Ordered that they have assignments for 8,000l. for next year on their last year's fund and [have a warrant to borrow or] to take up 1,000l. every 6 weeks and to have interest allowed. Sir R. Long to observe last year's method in paying them.
[Ordered that] Sir G. Downing and Dr. Wren wait on the Lord Keeper about settling the fines of the Greenwax.
Col. Tho. Howard of Berks presents a petition. Referred to Sir G. Downing and Sir R. Long.
Mr. Lawrence's report read about Mr. John Kirke. He is to have his recognizances delivered up.
The state of Mr. Weedon's account as Receiver of co. Buckingham is sent in by Sir W. Doyly. Write Sir W. Doyly [sic an erratum for Sir Robert Viner] to know if he will pay in the money [viz. 1,032l. 12s. 7d.] which Weedon charges him with keeping in his hands.
[Treasury Minute Book III. p. 191.]
Oct. 15.
Present: Lord Ashley, Treasurer of the Household.
Write Mr. Slingsby to give an account how the indenture of the Mint stands.
Warrant for what is due to Mr. Stanny [King's] letter carrier.
Warrant for stay of the distringas against Sir Robert Holmes for not having passed an account of 757l. 2s. 6d. imprested to him for pay of the garrison of Sandown fort and write him meantime to take care to pass his account.
The King to be moved about taking up [borrowing] 30,000l. to pay off Sir Thomas Allen's fleet when it shall come in.
Sir G. Downing, Sir R. Long and Mr. Sherwyn to take the Attorney General's advice whether the 1,095l. [baronet fee] be recoverable and to present a state of the case to Lord Ashley.
Warrant for a year and a half to Sir Henry Herbert on his 10l. per an. and if his 200l. imprest be on the establishment then a warrant for it.
Mr. Gallet's petition referred to Sir W. Doyly.
Sir D. Gauden's account referred to the Auditors of the Imprest.
The order of Council referring to [my Lords' consideration the question of the pay of the remainder of the King's subscription into the stock of] the Royal [Africa] Company is to be considered this day week. Write Mr. Wrenn notice hereof.
Warrant for the Earl of Exeter's creation money.
The King came in and heard the account of the London Excise Farmers. As to their demand of defalcations for 1667 for the plague the King appoints that they be heard by their counsel in his presence on Monday week. Write them to attend; also the Attorney and Solicitor General.
Alderman Bucknall moves that they [he and his partners, the Farmers of the Customs, Excise, Wine and Beer Licences and other branches of the revenue of Ireland] may have [as allowance in account] 500l. per an. [each] for five of their Commissioners [in Ireland] and 250l. for each of the rest. The King directs a warrant for a privy seal for 10,000l. to Alderman Bucknall for so much to be paid to Mr. William Chiffinch, to be repaid in England, by whom[soever] the Vice-Chamberlain [of the Household, Sir G. Carteret, who was also Vice-Treasurer of Ireland], shall direct out of the King's 50,000l.: [which is] to come out of Ireland or else to be paid out of the Irish farm.
As to making up the Queen's Jointure the King declares that his intention is that it be made up to 40,000l. per an. dry rent not otherwise; that the bestowing of the offices, [stewardship, &c., of the various manors, &c., to be conveyed to the Queen to make up this total] be reserved to the King, and that my Lords take care hereof. Ordered that this caution be entered in the book of caveats.
Write the Principal Officers and Commissioners of the Navy that they attend his Majesty at the Treasury chamber on Monday week at three p.m. and every Monday afternoon following.
Ordered that in the Earl of Essex's warrant for a privy seal for 560l. it be expressed that the King allows this for mourning because he had made other liveries before.
[Treasury Minute Book III. pp. 192–3.]
Oct. 19.
Present: Duke of Albemarle, Treasurer of the Household, Sir John Duncombe.
Mr. Spencer et al. offer 7,000l. per an. for [the farm of] the 4½ per cent. duty at Barbados.
Petition read from Emme Hewet. The Auditor to allow her husband's day's allowance.
Warrant for a year on the Exchequer for Sir John Clobery and Sir Ralph Knight.
The Pages of the Bedchamber move for their Wardrobe liveries. Write Mr. Newport and Col. Rymes to attend my Lords to-morrow as to paying what is grown due in the Wardrobe for liveries to the said Pages (in the half-year) since my Lords have sat on the present Commission of the Treasury.
Warrant for 100l. for Mr. Worden on the Customs of September next. Sir Stephen Fox to advance it and to have a privy seal for the rest of the money due to him: and the King's warrants to be taken in.
The King to be moved in the matter of Mr. Mobileau's docquet.
Warrant for Viscount Fauconberg: on the loans on the Customs of September.
Mrs. Chiffinch to be paid out of the next money to Sir Edward Griffin.
Order for a year's salary to Mr. Rosse.
The King to be moved in Capt. Straughan's docquet.
Sir Richard Pigot called in: tenders two papers about the Chimney Farm, also a paper about money disbursed for vellum, &c., for passing the land security [for loans on the Crown lands].
Warrant for what is due to the Maids of Honour.
Warrant for Col. Gifford on his privy seal for Kilby's debt.
Warrant for 500l. for Mr. Legouse: to be on September next on the Customs.
Letter of the 14th inst. read from Mr. Weedon, Receiver of Bucks. As no security is offered for Weedon's proposal of paying in 1,000l. per month, ordered that process issue out against him and his security. Give Weedon notice hereof.
Alderman Backwell's 10,000l. is to be placed after what is already to follow the old tallies [on the Customs] and the security he now has for that money is to be cancelled.
Warrant for a year for Lord Belasyse: to be on the Customs of Hull and to be repaid on March or April next of the 3,000l. per month [from the Customs].
Warrant for three years of the Earl of Stafford's creation money.
The Earl of Kinnoul to pay his rent.
As my Lords are informed that Mr. Crisp's father's patent for forming spices is not entered in the Exchequer as it ought to have been Mr. Crisp is to pay [sic ? enrol] his said patent. Write him to bring his tallies to the Treasury on Monday next without fail.
[Treasury Minute Book III. pp. 193–4.]
Oct. 20.
Present: Lord Ashley, Treasurer of the Household, Sir J. Duncombe.
Warrant for the Duke of Newcastle's creation money: to be on the Customs.
Warrants for half a year to Mrs. Boynton and her daughters.
Sir R. Long's report on Col. Thomas Howard's petition about his fee is read. Ordered that Long draw such a warrant as Col. Howard's patent will bear.
The Earl of Sandwich moves to have his tally listed.
Write Auditor Beale and Mr. Townshend as to how Townshend's Wardrobe accounts stand and how they go on towards a despatch.
Warrant on the Earl of Sandwich's privy seal for interest, viz. out of the Customs for what is placed on the Customs and out of the Chimneys for what is placed on the Chimneys.
Sir Thomas Tomkins called in: says he comes from the Quarter Session of Hereford: that George Carver, of the Hundred of Wolphy, a Collector of that county, is broke, and hath 750l. in his hands of the Aids, that the Commissioners have put him in prison, and sequestered his house and goods: moves that he may be sent for in custody. My Lords ask if he be in for no other than the King's debt. Sir Thomas says he is also in for an Excise debt. My Lords say they cannot then send for him, but Mr. Lawrence shall attend the Attorney General with Sir Thomas Tomkins to consider what may be done.
John Fletcher to be Excise Commissioner in the room of Mr. Herbert.
Sir Gilbert Talbot and Sir Robert Viner called in. My Lords say they will take care for Viscount Fauconberg's plate to be paid [for].
Warrant for Ralph Skinner to be continued steward of Hitchin till further order.
The late Chimney Farmers and all that propose the farming of that duty are called in. The rolls are not yet brought in, and the farmers say that the sub-farmers owe them above 80,000l. Till this be cleared my Lords cannot go on to let the farm anew. Ordered that six weeks' time be given for returning the surveys, and on that day my Lords will proceed in letting the farm. Ordered that in returning the lists they set down the reason of each man's non-payment. Write Mr. Webb to send on Friday next a form of such a method as he thinks fit to be observed by the Farmers of Hearth money in returning their rolls that so they may all observe one method.
Ordered that Mr. Newport and Mr. Reymes pay the pages of the Bedchamber what is due since my Lords' Commission as Treasury Lords began: and so likewise to Mr. Rustat.
Mr. Rutter and Mr. Aynell called in: they consent that Justice Tuckfield hear and determine the matter between them, and that they both stand to their award. Rutter promises not to sue Aynell for two months.
Order for 25l. to Mr. Legg on the 10,000l. dormant and the docquet not to pass.
Sir W. Doyly and Sir R. Long's report on Saml. Starling's case is approved.
Sir W. Doyly is to send for the deputy to Mr. Dudley Reuse, late Receiver of Aids (in consequence of said Reuse's indisposition) and learn from him where the moneys are which are due from him and to hasten same in.
Ordered that no more money be charged on the Customs but by consent of all my Lords.
[Treasury Minute Book III. pp. 194–5.]
Oct. 22.
Present: Lord Ashley, Treasurer of the Household, Sir J. Duncombe.
Mr. Rosse's warrant to be but for half a year.
Mr. Stanyon to be continued at [the Office of Exchanges in Great] St. Hellens till this year is out: on Sir W. Doylye's representation of the necessity of it.
Ordered that 4 per cent. be inserted in Mr. Bucknall's 10,000l. privy seal, to be allowed if the money [be] paid in Ireland.
Mr. Killigrewe's 600l. is to be placed on the arrears of the late Farmers of the Customs for so much lent to the King, "and the warrants for the King's hand to be three."
For the future all warrants for [Navy] timber are to be by tons and not by number of trees: and they are to be by privy seal, together with a letter to the Commissioners of the Navy to give them notice of it.
Lord St. Johns called in about the business of New Forest. The letter to be presently drawn to the Lord Warden, &c., to advise as to what place is fit to begin with to plant 300 acres. Write the woodward to give a yearly account what timber is felled, and write the storekeeper at Portsmouth to give a yearly account what timber he has received out of the stores of that forest.
Col. Webb presents a method of returning the Hearth money rolls from the sub-farmers. Ordered that this method be observed and that letters accordingly be written to them. Several of the said sub-farmers are called in. Ordered that they pay in the moneys due from them, or a considerable part of it, to the Grand Farmers.
The establishment of a foot company in the Isle of Wight is signed. Ordered that a privy seal be also passed to Sir Stephen Fox to pay it and for 63l. for advance for raising the company.
What money shall be paid on the manor of Ruthin is to be applied to paying for St. James's park wall.
[Ibid. pp. 195–6.]
Oct. 25.
Present: Duke of Albemarle, Treasurer of the Household, Sir John Duncombe.
Warrant for three months for Sir John Finch: on the loan on [the Customs rent of] September next.
Mr. Johnson to be Receiver in Sir George Benyon's place.
The King, the Duke of York, Lord Keeper, Lord Arlington and Secretary Trevor came in. The London Excise Farmers are called in with Mr. Aliffe and Mr. Winnington, their Counsel, concerning the business of the said Farmers' defalcations. Their petition is read. Mr. Ayliff pleads the covenant relating to the effects of the plague. The King declares his pleasure that the Farmers shall be considered on the effects of the plague. The Solicitor General says there's no obligation to them in this only that His Majesty will direct his [Lord High] Treasurer to take it into consideration. So that he thinks that they had better resort to the King in point of honour than to stand on it in point of right. The Lord Keeper says as to the strictness of the letter the covenant precedes but in this [case it is] only matter of grace. The Treasurer of the Household says the King came [back] to London, January, 1665–6 [after the plague] which is eleven months before this claim begins, also that by order of Council the King gave them defalcations but to Midsummer before. Alderman Bucknall declares that during this time they only made their rent and 700l. over: says they will submit to His Majesty in point of honour so that they may but be admitted to make out their loss. They demand above 27,000l. defalcations for that year ending 25 Dec., 1667. Lord Ashley says the lease was sealed in Sept., 1666, which was long after the plague. The King declares that my Lords account with them from Xmas, 1666, to Xmas, 1667, and make them savers [i.e. not losers] for their rent and charges but nothing for their pains.
The Commissioners of the Navy are called in. The King asks them how so much is set down for bills for 1669 when all was bought with ready money. They say it's for goods in former years. The King directs that it be expressed so. Ordered that Sir R. Long certify the Commissioners of the Navy once a week what assignments the Victualler has, and they to call the Victualler once a week before them and know his assignments, and what [has been thereon] paid. Also Sir G. Downing is to insert in all the Victualler's warrants that before he draw any orders on them they see them underwritten to be [as having been] entered in the books of the Commissioners of the Navy.
Col. Panton called in with Capt. Cock on behalf of Lady Harvy about the destruction made of the King's deer in New Park. Col. Panton says he has killed about 10, that 500 died in one year, and the King took away 200. Also the keepers called in say that about 30 brace of bucks were killed last year. Ordered that a return be made of the present number of deer, and that they [the keepers] present a demand what they will take a year to keep the wall in repair, and that this be considered by the Surveyor General. Also that they bring a proposition about agreeing with the neighbouring towns which pretend to coal-wood.
[Treasury Minute Book III. pp. 196–7.]
Oct. 26.
Present: Lord Ashley, Treasurer of the Household, Sir J. Duncombe.
Write Mr. (Col.) Fra. Berkley to come to the Treasury with his proposition for the revenue of Barbados. Publication [by advertisement in the Gazette] to be made that the 4½ per cent. duty is be let [to farm] on Wednesday week.
Warrant for 5,000l. more for the Navy in part of their ordinary on their next assignments. Write Sir Thomas Littleton that Sir Ste. Fox will pay it in.
Mr. Legouse's 500l. and 200l. are to be paid out of the money arising from the tin at Ostend after [the] 1,000l. [which has been ordered] not to be disposed of till further order.
The Earl of Bath called in. Ordered that Sir G. Downing see the arrear in his patent, and from what time it is now to be paid anew. As for the Earl's 2,000l. per an. as a Gentleman of the Bedchamber he shall be paid with the Gentlemen of the Bedchamber about February next: and for the rest care is to be taken.
" Sir Robert Southwell says that the Queen's dower was 4,000,000 of crusados which is about 300,000 pistoles, that for the first moiety he had no instructions, that of the second they [the Portuguese] did acknowledge about 700,000 crusados were owing over and above all pretensions of defalcations, that for this he has taken assignments of the moiety of the English Customs in Lisbon which is about 9,000l. per an. whereas the English merchants had the moiety of other places also and received for 2 years since 1660."
The King to be moved in the matter of Mr. Johnson's warrant of appointment as Receiver.
Mr. Maynard's papers of accounts as Consul at Lisbon are referred to Auditor Beale.
Thomas Townsend's petition read. My Lords say that this business is settled in Council: that he [is to] have 200l. per an. and if he be not satisfied he must apply to the Privy Council, but my Lords think 300l. per an. reasonable for him.
Mr. Bruce's petition referred to the Customs Farmers.
Petition read from Robert Johnson, late collector of Hearth money for Northumberland, praying payment of 12d. per £ for himself and 2d. per £ for the petty constables for their pains in collecting the said money. Write the Chimney Farmers to pay him, that my Lords have previously directed this to be paid and that it be forthwith paid so that my Lords may have no more of this complaint.
Warrant for 300l. for the Council of Trade: to be on the tin at Ostend.
Warrant to pay Mr. Lightfoot his 300l. warrant for pales: to be on the tin [at Ostend].
Warrant for the Earl of Essex on his privy seal. Same for Mr. Foly.
Mrs. Crane called in about the manor of Ruthin. The Receiver to send an account of what money he has received by Mr. Tyake's means. The account to be sent in three weeks and Mr. Crane to have 14 days after to pay in the money, being about 800l. Write Tyack to attend on Nov. 12 next at which time my Lords will consider the difference between him and the inhabitants of Ruthin who have presented a petition to my Lords. Give the freeholders, tenants and inhabitants further notice hereof.
The Earl of Sandwich's Customs tally is to be listed after what tallies and warrants are now charged on the 8,000l. per month, part of the Customs rent allocated for payment of old tallies.
[Treasury Minute Book III. pp. 198–9.]
Oct. 27.
Present: Treasurer of the Household, Sir J. Duncombe.
The King to be moved for Mr. Trelawney to be one of the Commissioners of Appeals in Excise: also that His Majesty will please to pass an order in Council that, as any [of the said Commissioners] die away or are removed for the future, the number may be reduced to five.
The new establishment of the Yeomen of the Guard is to be carried up to the King in Council.
Sir R. Long to pay 500l. to the privy purse for Angel gold [for Healing medals]: to be paid out of Alderman Backwell's tally.
Petition read from John Haslewood. The King to be moved in it.
Warrant for a year to the Earl of Bath on his fee as Governor of Plymouth: to be on the Receiver of the county. Consideration to be had for providing money on his new patent on any remains.
Mr. Townsend and Auditor Beale called in concerning said Townsend's [Wardrobe] account: demands till summer to pass them up to 1667 inclusive. Ordered that the accounts be brought in by the last day of this term, or else Townsend to be taken into custody.
Warrant for 40,000l. for the Ordnance for saltpetre: to be on the Chimneys according to the order of Council.
Warrant for 3,000l. for the Band of Pensioners: to be on the First Fruits.
Order of Council read for a subsistence for Lieut. Col. Rumsy and Major Trelawney out of the [unpaid] remainder of the Queen's [marriage] portion. The King to be moved what allowance shall be made to them out of it.
Petition read from the coal traders. Referred to the Attorney General, Sir R. Long, Sir G. Downing, and Sir C. Harbord to hear the said traders, and the [coal] farmers, and offer what expedient they think fit.
Monsieur Montbrun says he is to have 1,250l. for interest of his money for this year: warrant for 1,000l. [in part hereof]: to be on Alderman Backwell's Customs tally.
Thomas Flood's petition referred to Sir R. Long and Sir G. Downing.
[Treasury Minute Book III. pp. 199–200.]
Oct. 28.
Present: Lord Ashley, Treasurer of the Household, Sir J. Duncombe.
Lord Willoughby's petition read together with the order of the Committee of Plantations referring his business to my Lords. Ordered that the Treasurer of the Household set down for matter of report to the King.
(1) the state of the Earl of Carlisle's debt;
(2) the late Lord Willoughby's account;
(3) the present Lord Willoughby's account and demands distinct from it;
(4) the claims of the merchants;
(5) the charge of the forces, maintenance of governors, &c.;
(6) the yearly value of the revenue;
(7) a state of the expense;
(8) and lastly my Lords' opinion upon the whole.
The order of Council settling the moiety of the 4½ per cent. to the Earl of Carlisle's creditors is to be got [and brought to my Lords]. Also the late Lord Willoughby's commission and instructions are to be brought, and the first year's account and a breviat of it are to be left with my Lords. Lord Willoughby is to send his brother's accounts to the time of his own arrival at Barbados. A state of the merchants' demands is to be made. Lord Willoughby's demands are to be abstracted from his petition and he is to attend on Monday morning; and Auditor Beale is to bring abstracts of the charge on the late Lord Willoughby.
Order for a privy seal for 100,000l. for the Cofferer for the year beginning at Michaelmas last: and [the like] for 10,000l. for interest.
[Treasury Minute Book III. pp. 200–1.]
Oct. 29.
Present: Lord Ashley, Treasurer of the Household, Sir J. Duncombe.
Write Mr. Crispe to attend Auditor Beale with the state of the account of the money received on his father's spice patent (viz. the grant made to Sir Nicholas Crispe, deceased, of the Customs on spices imported from Holland, &c., until a debt of 20,000l. should be paid): my Lords having appointed Auditor Beale to state the said account.
Warrant for 250l. for Lady Cornwallis.
The remain of the Customs tallies are to be [assigned] to make up the money diverted from [meeting] the Treasurer of the Chamber's bills: and to meet the 250l. to Mrs. Chiffinch for bills.
Warrant for Sir William Temple for his mourning: to be registered in course on September next of the Customs. The like for Mr. Montague.
Report read from the Customs Farmers about Mrs. Bruce's seizure. Warrant to discharge it on reasonable satisfaction to the officer.
The Earl of Nottingham called in [and is told that my Lords have] no money at present.
Mr. Harrell's docquet is referred to Sir R. Long to certify how long that office has been.
Mr Butts and Mr. Stockton called in. Ordered that Stockton pay 750l. and as soon as Buts is satisfied my Lords will take off their hands from his land.
Mr. Williamson to be told that the King will remit the Earl of Newburgh's debt of 4,000l. on his Hanaper account.
Warrant for 6,000l. for Mr. Legous: on the remain of the late Customs Farmers.
Mr. Hall presents a letter from the King about completing the Queen's jointure. To be considered on Wednesday next and Mr. Hall to have a copy of the letter.
[Ibid. p. 201.]