Minute Book: July 1674

Pages 246-248

Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 4, 1672-1675. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1909.

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July 1674

July 9. Col. Birch presented a state of the accompt of the London Excise for three years ended at Midsummer last : a copy whereof he is ordered to deliver to the [Excise] Farmers or any three of them who, together with Birch, are to attend the Lord Treasurer on Monday next at 2 p.m. at Wallingford House. The [Excise] Commissioners and the new Farmers [of the Excise] are to attend at 3 p.m. on the same day.
[Ibid. p. 124.]
July 13. Sir Jo. Coppleston to attend to-morrow with one of the contractors for the Chimney money.
The Earl of Dover's pension to be paid and also Mris. Hamilton's and Lady Trevor's.
The patent of the New Farmers' [of the Excise] allows them a house to keep their office in (but not that where the old Farmers are).
Alderman Forth says that the old Farmers [of Excise] are tenants to Sir Eliab. Harvey, and that they are bound in covenants : and desires a counter security.
The Excise Commissioners are to take Mr. Ball's accounts of money disbursed upon verbal orders or otherwise and to see what vouchers he has [for such disbursements] and to report to the Lord Treasurer.
[Ibid. p. 124.]
July 14. Order to be given presently for 13,000l. for the Treasurer of the Navy.
Orders to be drawn for 60,000l. for the Navy : [to be drawn] upon the sixth quarter [of the present Eighteen Months' assessment].
Memorandum : To dispose the other assignments upon the [above] said [sixth] quarter.
The Lord Treasurer to give direction for 6,000l. to [be paid to] the [Navy] chest within 14 days.
Warrant to be drawn for 1,000l. [? per an.] to the Treasurer of the Navy during pleasure, "and to be paid by himself as his salary of 2,000l. is."
Warrant to be drawn for striking tallies on the Excise for the Ordnance.
[British Museum Additional MS. 28,077, p. 124.]
July 18.
Treasury Chambers.
A warrant to the [particular] auditor [concerned in the auditing of the accounts of the Law Duties] to allow 210l. 6s. 0d. upon Judge Atkins' account [of the receipts of said duties] according to the particulars.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Lord Chief Baron, Baron Turner, Baron Littleton, Sir Cha. Harbord, Attorney General, Sir John Duncomb.
Sir Robert Holmes's business of the fee farm rents in the Isle of Wight and county of Southampton is considered. Sir Charles Harbord says that the Act of Parliament excepts from sale all Castle-guard rents and that the Trustees for sale of Fee Farms cannot convey them.
Sir Robert Holmes and his Counsel is called in. The Lord Chief Baron opens the case and says that he finds the sum of 584l. 10s. 2d. anciently applied to the maintenance of the [forts and places within] the Isle of Wight and that His Majesty has granted, de novo, the [further] sum of 387l. 5s. 6d. Mr. Sawyer says that Castle-guard rents are [excepted] out of the [Act by the final] proviso of the Act [for sale of fee farms] and that in the preamble thereof [sic for in the wording of said proviso] they are vested in [persons to be named ad hoc by] the Trustees.
A letter to be written to Alderman Backwell to give an exact accompt of what money he has already received upon the first payment of the Dutch money and what prospect he has of receiving the remainder : and that out of such money as he hath already in his hands he satisfy Sir Jno. Banckes's bills of exchange, being about 3,500l.
Upon the whole [of Sir Robert Holmes's] matter the Judges here present desired to be excused from making any decree and advise the Lord Treasurer that he would please to move the King to make some other satisfaction to Sir Robert Holmes because so many of the rents as lie within the Isle of Wight (which are 584l. 10s. 2d. per an.) have time out of the mind been applied to the maintenance of the castles and the government [of said island] and the remainder of the rents being 387l. 5s. 6d. were by the King's privy seal appropriated to the same use : which creates a doubt in the [minds of the] Barons of the Exchequer whether they were not intended to be conveyed to trustees [ad hoc] for the uses and purposes aforesaid.
The case between Viscount Ranelagh and the merchants who have money due at Barbados, about the [question of the] precedency of their debts [is] heard. Upon debate of the matter it was resolved by the Lord Treasurer and Chancellor of the Exchequer that a state should be made of the case [by way of report to the King thereon] and that the King's pleasure should be known upon it.
The officers of the Works are to attend the Lord Treasurer on Monday morning.
Warrant for 76l. 2s. 3d. for Ralph Williamson and Samuel Charlton who seized the victuals and were at the charge of the said sum in managing the suit for the King.
[British Museum Additional MS. 28,077, pp. 125-6.]
July 27. The Lord Treasurer orders the Countess of Brentford's warrant for 250l., for half a year of her pension, to be satisfied.
The falconers to be paid.
Sir Herbert Price : [warrant for] half a year.
Sir Stephen Fox to pay to ... 150l. [out of secret service money] by the King's direction.
Lady Bridgman to have 800l. for a quarter on her husband's pension, and the other quarter two month's hence.
[Ibid. p. 127.]