Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 5, 1676-1679. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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Book of Petitions. (fn. 1)
[As presented to Treasurer Danby : with Danby's orders or resolutions made thereon.]
|Date.||Nature and Substance of the Entry.||Reference.|
Petition from John Howland : sheweth that he was
Register of Excise from the Restoration till 1669,
when that [Excise] Commission was superseded and
the King then granted petitioner 80l. per an. out of
the Excise in consideration of his services : said
payment is in arrear for 5 years ended 1676, Sept.
29 : therefore prays payment thereof. Hereon
the present Excise Commissioners report the truth
of the allegations and that petitioner served faithfully
and that said arrears and the growing annuity
should be paid until petitioner be otherwise
[Resolution hereon] : not granted.
|Book of Petitions, p. 1.|
Same from Sir John Lethulier for his debt of 1,500l.
and the interest thereof (for which he has a privy
seal) to be satisfied in the same manner as the
bankers' [debts have been]. (See p. 293 supra.)
Resolution hereon : to be paid according to the rule and order of Council.
Same from Col. Robt. Phillipps : shews that the
Treasurer appointed by the [late] usurped powers to
receive the moneys arising by sale of the late King's
and Queen's goods has made an unjust accompt and
received money and goods for which he never
accompted : therefore prays a grant of the King's
interest in the premises.
Resolution hereon : this matter to be further explained to Treasurer Danby.
Same from Sir Tho. Wolstenholme, bart. : shews that
there is due to him 6,663l. 4s. 9d. as part of
40,622l. 7s. 6d. which the late Farmers of the Customs
paid into the Exchequer over and above their
farm rent : and therefore praying the like satisfaction
as [several of] the bankers have for their
parts of the same debt. The like petition from Sir
Jno. Shaw for his part thereof ; from Edm. Turnor
for same and Mr. Fra. Millington for same.
Resolution hereon : the particular cases to be stated and shewed to Treasurer Danby who will then give further directions.
Same from John Casbrooke, upholsterer, to the Great
Wardrobe : shewing that he had delivered to him
two tallies, one for 350l. the other for 250l., payable
out of the Customs in 1668 and 1669, and same
were afterwards directed to be put into a list for
payment with other of his fellows [the Wardrobe]
servants who were paid but Sir Geo. Downing
or his clerks left petitioner out and so he was not
paid : and therefore prays to be transferred to some
other fund. The Earl of Orrery recommended this
case to Treasurer Danby
Resolution hereon : the Lord Treasurer cannot at present satisfy him.
Petition from Mr. Gwillym : shewing that he was em
ployed by the Solicitor General in drawing up the
bill for 600,000l. for building ships [the Act for the
Seventeen Months' tax 29 Car. II. c. 1. for
584,978l. 2s. 2½d. for 30 ships of war] and the bill
[29 Car. II. c. 2.] for continuing the Additional
Excise ; wherein he took great pains and afterwards
transcribed them fair, the bill for ships being
140 sheets, the other but short : and therefore
praying some reward.
Resolution hereon : enquire what has been done in like cases.
|Book of Petitions, p. 1.|
Same from John Mayo, merchant in Truro, Cornwall :
shewing that one John Thomas seized 4 slabs of
his tin on pretence that petitioner designed to
embezzle same from the coinage [duty] because it
was not carried to the Coinage Hall of Helston, the
proper Stannary where it was melted : but the
truth was petitioner was carrying it to the Coinage
Hall of Truro where he inhabits, as appears by 2
affidavits : therefore prays discharge of the seizure
and redelivery of the tin.
Resolution hereon : Mr. Tregeagle being spoke with says the tin is condemned according to law. Treasurer Danby will (altered to) can do nothing in it.
|Ibid, p. 2.|
Same from the loyal and indigent officers : shewing
that by the Act of 14 Car. II. all the moneys arising
by the assessments upon the counties of Cornwall,
Rutland, Monmouth, Lancaster, Westmorland and
Anglesea for the Eighteen Months' tax were granted
to them [said indigent officers] and directed to be
paid to their Treasurer to be distibuted, but it since
appears that 3,000l. 7s. 4d. part of those taxes was
paid into the Exchequer : they therefore pray the
repayment thereof to Col. Birch, their present
Resolution hereon : This to be placed [charged] on some [unpaid] arrear and Mr. Fillingham to search his lists [of taxes to find some such arrear which may serve as a fund to pay this item].
Same from John Lindsey, goldsmith : shewing that
his wife, as administratrix of John Colvile, assigned
several orders to some widows, children and other
necessitous creditors, in satisfaction of their debts ;
which [orders] not being paid [by reason of the stop
of the Exchequer the said necessitous creditors] are
still very clamorous upon him to his great damage :
and therefore prays that several orders to the value
of 10,000l. or thereabouts, part of the estimate or
amount [of his stated principal debt] settled for him
[for his annuity] to be passed under the great seal
upon his own account [as distinct from his wife's
and John Colvile's account] may be taken out [or
deducted from such stated account of his principal
debt] and that so much belonging to the said necessitous
persons may be inserted [in place thereof].
Resolution hereon : no exchange of orders to be allowed.
Petition from Anne Rogers, widow of John Rogers, the
King's lutenist : shewing that 525l. was due to
her husband at his death for salary ; which is all
that is left to petitioner and her children, who are
in a starving condition : therefore prays a year's
salary for her present relief and that she may receive
the residue by parcels as may be most convenient.
Resolution hereon : her case to be represented to the King as very urgent.
|Book of Petitions, p. 2.|
Same from Mris. Piques : shewing that she has a privy
seal for 1,345l. 13s. 0d. due to her for badges, &c.,
for the King's watermen, &c. : that one Dalowe
(for whom her husband was surety) received the
Tenths in the diocese of Gloucester and is unable
to pay ; and petitioner since her husband's death
grown very poor hath little left to support her, and
yet is prosecuted : therefore prays that so much as
is due to her may be applied to the discharge of
Resolution hereon : to be laid before the King as an arrear.
In the margin : delivered to Mris. Piques 2 May, 1678.
Same from Mr. Agar and Mr. Strode, Surveyors of
Woods, Trent South : praying an addition of
allowance of 100 marks per an. each, as their predecessors
formerly had ; they being at much more
charge and trouble and contracting more odium
upon themselves than their predecessors formerly :
such addition was thought reasonable and granted by
Treasurer Clifford, but [the patent] had not time
to pass [during Clifford's Treasurership]. Note :
the fees of their office were heretofore much greater
than at this day.
Resolution hereon : to be referred to Sir C. Harbord.
|Ibid, p. 3.|
Same from the Countess of Huntington on reference
from the King : shewing that the King 15 Car. II.
granted to the late Lord Loughborough (her brother)
the Customs of Irish cattle brought into England for
21 years : upon surrender whereof the King granted
him an annuity of 500l. for 19½ years out of the
Customs which annuity is 4,750l. in arrear at Lady
day, 1676 : therefore prays payment thereof.
Resolution hereon : [to be put among] the papers for the King.
Same from Mris. Wilkenson (Wilkinson) : shewing
that the King directed 120l. to her husband as royal
bounty and an order was drawn accordingly, and
he received 105l., but is since dead and petitioner
his widow, is in great want : therefore prays payment
of the remainder.
Resolution hereon : nil.
Same from Mary and Sophia Nevill : shewing that
their father was of the Bedchamber to the King when
Prince, and was killed in his Majesty's service,
leaving petitioners very poor : therefore pray
Treasurer Danby to move the King for his bounty
for them. They are recommended by the Earl of
Northampton. (See p. 754 supra.)
Resolution hereon : to be put on the King's papers.
Same from Capt. Mich. Warton to the King for a lease
for 60 years of a long slip of waste ground lying
without St. James's Park, between the wall and a
common shoare [sewer]. Sir C. Harbord reports
that this ground is 540 foot long and 24 foot broad,
besides the ditch, that Webb's house is built upon
it, and many sheds used for feeding and keeping his
Majesty's fowl, that there was a lease granted by
Charles II., 1661, for 31 years of this ground to
William Watkins at 4l. per an. rent, but
Watkins never enjoyed it nor paid the rent, nor
arched the shoare according to the covenant, that
Webb's house, being enjoyed by one Jolly upon an
old lease, was thought convenient by the King to
be bought in, which was done accordingly for 160l.,
and thereupon Webb was placed in it to feed the
[King's] fowl, &c.
Resolution hereon : to be laid before the King.
Petition from the Earl of Roscommon for payment of
the 500l. [payment of] which was suspended by the
late order of Council ; same being due upon his pay
1675-6, Jan. 28, to 1677, Mar. 31, of 1,000l. per an.
as Captain of the Band of [Gentlemen] Pensioners.
Resolution hereon : [Treasurer Danby] to speak with the Earl of Roscommon in it.
|Book of Petitions, p. 4.|
Same from Jerome Lacy, underhousekeeper of Audley
End and keeper of the gardens and wardrobes, privy
lodgings and galleries there : shewing that his wages
and disbursements are reduced [settled] by patent to
370l. per an., whereupon there is due [to him] 1,850l.,
the greatest part [thereof] being money disbursed :
therefore prays a dormant warrant and constant
[regular] payment thereupon. (See p. 497 supra.)
Resolution hereon : a state of the case to be made and then his lordship [Danby] will further direct.
Same from Hughs (Hughes), Cooper and Harding,
attendants on the House of Commons : shewing
that they formerly petitioned the King for a reward
for their attendance, and their petition was referred
to Treasurer Danby [with a recommendation] to
gratify them [to an amount] not exceeding 60l. :
they therefore pray payment thereof for their
service in the last session. Memorandum : Cary,
the doorkeeper, in the place, of his father (who shared
with these petitioners in his life time) complains they
keep all the money for themselves. And Mr.
Harris, another of the officers there, complains in
like manner, and has entered a caveat to be heard
[on the hearing of the affair] by Treasurer Danby.
For former sessions they had but 40l. amongst them.
Resolution hereon : 40l. to be paid for their attendance. (See p. 723 supra.)
Same from John Aston : shewing that he being a head
collector for the Royal Aid and Additional Supply
in Tewkesbury Hundred was set in super 50l. 6s. 4d.
by the Receiver General [thereof for co. Gloucester] ;
which [sum] was in a subcollector's hands from
whom petitioner has since been able to get only
28l., he being fled with the rest ; and that no course
is taken to re-assess the [deficiency on the] county
and petitioner has been vexed with process to an
expense of at least 30l. : therefore prays that the
28l. in his hands or some part of it may be remitted.
Resolution hereon : a letter to be written to the Commissioners [for co. Gloucester for said Aids] to re-assess [the deficiency on the county]. Mr. Fillingham to be spoken with.
Petition from Robt. Tompson (Thompson), Groom of
the Privy Chamber, praying Treasurer Danby to
direct payment of 80l. 1s. 0d. due to him for 2 years'
liveries, 1666 and 1667 [due] out of the Wardrobe in
the Earl of Sandwich's time [of being Master of
the said Wardrobe].
Resolution hereon : not granted.
|Book of Petitions, p. 4.|
Same from Christopher Banastre (Banistre) Esq.,
Receiver of the late subsidy in co. Lancs., and from
Edward Dobson, one of the [said Banastre's]
sureties (to whom by Treasurer Danby's late warrant
30l. was allowed for their extraordinary pains upon
the report of the Agents for bringing in the Taxes) :
pray a further allowance, there being but 163l.
due from them [on account of the receipt of said
subsidy], and they conceiving that the said 30l.
granted upon the said Taxes Agents' report was too
Resolution hereon : not granted. In the margin "Delivered to Mr. Dobson, 31 Jan., 1677-8."
Same from Henry Ball : shewing that King James
in the 17th year of his reign erected an office of the
clerk of the passes in all the ports and directed his
officers there to administer the oaths of allegiance
and supremacy to all persons going beyond sea and
thereupon to grant them liberty to pass ; which
office is now held by the assigns of one Mayhew for a
term of years unexpired : therefore prays a grant
thereof for 21 years in reversion, it being of no
great value and the petitioner's father and family
were great sufferers in the late troubles. Recommended
by Col. Tempest of Durham.
Resolution hereon : the Attorney General to be advised with in this.
|Ibid, p. 5.|
Same from the Gentlemen and other officers of the
Chapel [Royal] shewing that there is 1,422l. due
to them for travelling charges at Windsor incurred
in 1674 and 1675, which sum Sir Edw. Griffin
[Treasurer of the Chamber] cannot pay without an
assignment : they therefore pray an assignment.
Their case is recommended by letter from the bishop
Resolution hereon : Mr. Griffin to be spoke with in this.
Same from Thomas Bignell, one of the yeomen prickers
[of the King's privy harriers] : shewing that he
never received above 20l. upon his salary since your
Lordship [Danby] was [made] Treasurer and the last
year when the rest of the yeomen [of the harriers]
had warrants he was omitted : there is due to
him 110l. for 2¾ years' salary, whereof he prays
payment or of some part thereof. (See p. 766 supra.)
Resolution hereon : a state to be made of this.
Same from Edmond Hall, clerk to the Commissioners
for Prizes at Plymouth in the last Dutch war :
shewing that in the said service he received and
paid several sums whereof he can clear himself by
his account and the account of the said Commissioners
when an auditor shall be appointed to take
the said account, which is not yet done ; but process
is gone against him to account for about 200l. which
he can prove he paid by order of the Commissioners,
but cannot bear the whole charge himself of stating
and passing the account : therefore prays that
process may be stopped till the whole account be
directed by Treasurer Danby to be passed by the
said Commissioners. (See p. 750 supra.)
Resolution hereon : to be referred to an Auditor.
|—||Petition from Mr. Jay : with Sir Cha. Harbord's report thereupon. Requisite to be read at large. (See p. 592 supra.)||Book of Petitions, p. 5.|
Same from Mr. Hebdon : shewing that he undertook
the employment [of Envoy] to Russia for 600l. upon
prospect that he should have landed at the Narve,
and so according to custom have gone to Moscow
at the Czar's charge : but to prevent the freezing
up of the King's frigate by the lateness of the year
he was forced to land at Riga, where he stayed six
weeks till the roads were passable with sleds and
then went 300 miles at his own charges more than
by the way of the Narve ; which cost him 200l.
more charge than was expected : therefore prays
that [said 200l.] may be allowed him, there being
much more saved by the frigate not being frozen up.
Resolution hereon : to be laid before the King at his return from Newmarket.
In the margin : this petition with all papers relating to his Custom House business [was] sent to Mr. Hebden by his servant, 24 Sept., 1678.
|[Before 1677-8, Feb. 19.]||
A report [from the Customs Commissioners] on the
petition of James Burkin : [the said report is not
preserved, but Treasurer Danby's warrant founded
thereon is entered in Customs Book IV. p. 13,
where it is] to be read at large. [See supra, p. 915.]
Resolution hereon : granted.
|—||Same on the case of Mr. Shoyswell : to be read at large.||Ibid, p. 6.|
Petition from William Legg, Esq., Page of Honour :
shewing that upon his pension of 120l. per an. there
is due 165l. for your [Danby's] Lordship's time [of
being Lord Treasurer] ; the whole due to him at
Midsummer last being 225l. : therefore prays
payment of said 165l. which will leave him 60l. in
arrear as some other of the King's pages are.
Resolution hereon. see the certificates.
Same from Mr. Arnold : shewing that your Lordship
[Danby] having heard the equity of his case he
hopes you will not expound the agreement which
he made wholly in the dark to oblige him further
than the bond [itself extends to] but give him relief
or leave him to equity in the Exchequer and stay
process on his bond and judgment in the meantime :
Mr. Dent having given bond for a moiety
of the arrear charged on Stockdale [therefore
petitioner] prays that he may with an accomptant
peruse the accounts and that the duplicates
at Dover may be delivered to Mr. Stockdale
and that the first payment on his [petitioner's]
bond may be suspended till the accounts be
Resolution hereon : the Attorney General to advise what is fit to be done.
Same from Tho. Phillips, distiller in ordinary to the
King, praying payment of 104l. 2s. 8d. due to him
at the Exchequer for seven years on his fee and
livery. (See p. 455 supra.)
Resolution hereon : to be paid according to the order of Council.
Petition from the six under marshals [of the House of
Lords] : shewing that by order of the House of
Lords the Lord Treasurer is desired to recommend
them to the King for the allowance of 40l. amongst
them for each of the six last sessions of Parliament,
as was formerly allowed for their attendance on
that House : they therefore pray Treasurer Danby's
favourable recommendation accordingly.
Resolution hereon : see by what right they pretend : and what they call a session.
|Book of Petitions, p. 6.|
Same from William Goldsborough, Clerk of the House
of Commons : shewing that he having from the
beginning of the rebellion served the Crown not
without losses, hazards and considerable expense,
the King on the Restoration gave him that place of
Clerk to the House of Commons with the salary of 10l.
per an. (which salary is in arrear from the time of the
grant) and [with grant for him] to have the usual
allowance for his labour, care and charge o money
bills and other public matters for [all] which he never
received anything but 100l. in Lord Clifford's time,
and what he received for bills copied this last session
by Mr. Lownds : [further shewing that] petitioner
has unsatisfied orders registered on the revenue for
former work. Therefore prays some fitting direction
[of moneys]. He further complains that Mr. Barnard
received money for him for copies of bills upon a
suggestion to Treasurer Danby that he had paid
petitioner, whereas in truth petitioner never knew
he [Barnard] had received any money for a great
while and now he [Barnard] will not pay him [petitioner]
his due. Memorandum that the petitioner
in his bills annexed to his petition inserts those for
which Mr. Barnard was paid "so that your Lordship
may be doubly charged if this be not taken notice of."
Resolution hereon : 200l. granted. (See p. 771 supra.)
The officers of Whittlewood Forest certify that 12 ton
of timber and 20l. in money will be needful to repair
Hanger Lodge, "which certificate your Lordship
required on reading Mr. Glen's petition for timber
to repair it ; he being the Keeper of Hanger Walk."
Resolution hereon : granted. (See p. 756 supra.)
|Ibid, p. 7.|
|—||Petition of Edward Deering, Esq.||Ibid.|
Same from Sir John Peak and Sir Thomas Stamp,
sheriffs of London and Middlesex : shewing that
upon the King's proclamation for apprehending
felons, &c., the Justices of gaol delivery have directed
certificates to the petitioners to pay several rewards
amounting to above 100l. which they cannot pay
unless it be out of their own [private] money, great
part of the King's revenue in their charge being
granted to the Queen, &c., and they being [already
otherwise] at great charge in removing felons to the
counties where [such] felonies are committed : they
therefore pray Treasurer Danby to order every
sheriff of any county that shall receive any prisoner
by habeas corpus from the petitioners or their successors
to pay the charge of bringing the prisoner,
[such sheriff] having allowance thereof on his account ;
and that petitioners may have a record of surplusage
upon any other sheriff to reimburse what shall be
due to the petitioners on their account [and so
petitioners may be able to receive their due] without
paying any fees in the Exchequer "which otherwise
is very expensive." (See p. 871 supra.)
Resolution hereon : "approved : but Treasurer Danby to advise [hereon] with the Chancellor [of the Exchequer] and Barons of [the Exchequer]."
Petition from Richard Smith : shewing that the King
granted to Sir George Charnock a pension of 200l.
per an. for 20 years from 1665, Christmas, out of
the alum farm ; and that Sir George by indenture
dated 1666, Nov. 9, assigned same and all his interest
therein to petitioner, who prays a warrant for
paying same to him.
Resolution hereon : to shew what legal authority he hath.
|Book of Petitions, p. 7.|
Same from Richard Mountny (Mounteney), junr.
Resolution hereon : granted.
Same from Thomas Offley, Esq., Groom Porter,
shewing that in 2½ years past he has expended
about 1,300l. in provisions [for the King's household]
at Whitehall, Hampton Court, Windsor and Newmarket :
that Treasurer Danby not disliking his
proposal to perform his said service [of furnishing
such provisions and furniture for the King's Household]
for 640l. per an. [which proposal was also]
approved by the Treasurer of the Chamber [therefore
as a result] petitioner has made no annual bills [for
such provisions] to be allowed by the Lord Chamberlain
as formerly, but relies on Treasurer Danby
[for his repayment] ; and having orders to make
immediate provisions at Oxford is unable [to comply
therewith] without the Lord Treasurer's assistance :
therefore prays that for this service the Treasurer of
the Chamber may be directed to pay him 600l. on
what has been long due to him.
Resolution hereon : agreed. (See p. 488 supra.)
|—||Same from Robert Cooper : with the report from the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded thereupon.||Ibid.|
|[Before 1677, Aug. 29.]||
Report on the petition of Francis Dackett, praying
that Mr. Skipwith may be admitted his deputy in
his office of King's waiter, London port. Mr.
Culliford, who has procured your Lordship [Danby's]
warrant for Mr. Carpenter to be his deputy has
entered a caveat [and desires] to be heard [thereupon].
Resolution hereon : Treasurer Danby to consider it in his Chamber. (See supra, pp. 468, 739.)
|Ibid, p. 8.|
Petition from Sir Henry Coker : shewing that in the
late rebellion he was Col. of Horse in the west for the
late King till his army was defeated ; that afterwards
he was sequestered and banished the realm
till the restoration and hath ever since been Deputy
Lieutenant and Capt. of a troop of Horse, co. Wilts :
that in 1663 he being sheriff attended the King a
month with 40 men in liveries and sold 600l. per an.
inheritance to pay his debts contracted by these
means : that he is chargeable with 570l. of the One
Month's [part of the Three Months'] Tax for the
Militia [which one month's part was] raised whilst
he was sheriff ; but because his deputy ran away
with a great part of it he [petitioner] formerly
petitioned the King to be discharged, whereupon
the process [out of the Exchequer] was directed to
be stayed till a particular order [should be made
therein] ; that endeavours are [now being] used to
prosecute him for his [said Militia money] debt :
therefore prays a privy seal for his discharge. The
King refers this petition to Treasurer Danby to take
such course therein as he shall think fit.
Resolution hereon : to be discharged if the King can discharge it and therefore the Attorney General to be advised with. (See p. 477 supra.)
Petition from Francis Negus : shewing that the King
by warrant dated May last required the Earl of
Pembroke, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, to prosecute
the arrears of the One Month's [part of the Three
Months'] assessment for the Militia, and that by
said Earl's appointment petitioner took forth
process against abovesaid Sir Henry Coker which
[process] is stayed by Treasurer Danby's warrant :
therefore prays that said warrant [for such stay]
may be recalled.
Resolution hereon : answered in Sir Henry Coker's petition [ut supra].
|Book of Petitions, p. 8.|
|[1677, before Nov.]||
Same from William Levet, Esq. : shewing that he was
Page of the Bedchamber to the late King and for his
faithfulness and diligent service his Majesty the day
before his death recommended him to the care and
provision of his now Majesty by the late Archbishop
of Canterbury and since the restoration the present
King granted him a pension of 200l. per an. :
therefore prays that the arrears of said pension may
be paid him.
Resolution hereon : to be laid before the King. (See supra, pp. 478, 782.)
Same from Francis Benson : shewing that he is seized
to him and his heirs (according to the custom of the
barony of Kendal) of a messuage and lands, parcel
of the manors called Richmond fee and Marquis fee,
under the old rent of 4l. 5s. 5d. and the fines of the
two years' old rent on the death of the lord and
three years' on the death or alienation of the tenant :
that on this land there are many young oaks which
the neighbours cut down by a pretended custom[ary
right] to take estovers in any place of the
manors, and he not having the freehold in him
cannot bring his action against them : as the said
rent and fines are inconsiderable he therefore prays
a grant of the freehold and inheritance of his said
messuage and lands. The King, inclining to gratify
petitioner referred this petition to Treasurer Danby.
Resolution hereon : to be referred to Sir C. Harbord, Surveyor General of Crown Lands.
|Ibid, pp. 8-9.|
Same from Charles Gifford : shewing that he was the
first instrument in his Majesty's escape from
Worcester : that he spent an inheritance of 300l.
per an. in the King's service, and contracted many
debts to maintain his late wife the daughter of Sir
Joseph Vancolster, to whom the King owed 20,000l. ;
that seven years after the Restoration the King
granted him a pension of 150l. per an. and [further
granted him] two old debts [due to the Crown] which
[however] petitioner could never recover ; that he
promoted a discovery of about 13,000l. concealed
from the King and is under many great debts :
therefore prays an augmentation to his pension.
Resolution hereon : granted.
|Ibid, p. 9.|
|[1677, Oct. 3.]||
Petition from Mary Hagedot : shewing that her husband
and eldest son were successively Collectors of the
Customs at Exeter during their lives and did good
service in advancing the duties ; that it appears
by an annexed certificate [missing] (which is subscribed
by several persons of quality of that country)
that her husband served the late King as a major
of horse and was a great sufferer ; that her husband
and son lost 900l. in returns of the King's money
[arising in their Collectorship] to the Receiver General
[of Customs, London] by the insolvency of those who
drew the bills, whereby they became indebted to the
King 800l. : therefore prays some abatement of that
debt, she being left with her children very poor.
Said petition is referred from the King to Treasurer
Resolution hereon : to be referred to the Commissioners [of Customs]. See supra, p. 755.
|Book of Petitions, p. 9.|
Upon reading lately before your Lordship [Danby]
the petition of Dr. Troutbeck for the arrears of his
pension of 200l. per an. charged on the Tenths of
Lincoln, and the King's [order of] reference thereupon
intimating his gracious sense of the petitioner's
many good services, your Lordship was willing to
know what had been paid him in your Lordship's
time [of being Lord Treasurer]. Petitioner now
offers Sir Robert Howard's certificate that he has
been paid 500l. for 2½ years' time since June, 1673,
so there is 1½ years' due to him since your Lordship
Resolution hereon : to be laid before the King.
Petition from John Brattle, Assaymaster of the Mint :
shewing that he has long served the King in that
employ and educated his eldest son for the same,
and that it hath been usual to have two Assaymasters
there : therefore prays that his son may
be joined with him in patent for life.
Resolution hereon : denied.
|[Before 1678, Aug.]||
Same from the 40 Yeoman Warders of the Tower and
Yeomen of the Guard in Extraordinary : shewing
that in the late King's time they had their salaries
quarterly and each [also had] a livery gown and
halbert yearly or money for the same : that now
they are in arrear upon their salary for 1¾ years
[during the term of] Sir John Robinson's
Lieutenancy [of the Tower] and as much since the
Earl of Northampton was made Constable [of the
Tower] ; their duty being great in attending to
open the gates of the Tower day and night for
delivering out stores in the Dutch wars, receiving
pressed men, attending prisoners, &c., and in 9 years'
time [they have] had but each a [single] livery and
a halbert, and since have received yearly but 20
liveries for 40 warders : therefore pray [payment of]
their arrears of salary and liveries and a future settlement
[in like manner] with the Yeomen of the Guard
Resolution hereon : Query what payment has been made [to said Robinson for said warders] by [i.e. during the Treasurership of] his lordship [Danby]. See supra, p. 848.
|Ibid. p. 10.|
|[Before 1677, Nov.]||
Petition from Major John Clark, captain of a foot company
in the "Gouldstreame" Regiment : praying
payment of 1,700l. and interest, due to him on an
order of loan for so much really lent on the credit of
the Customs in Oct., 1671 ; [he] having received no
interest at all [thereon] : said petition being referred
by the King to Treasurer Danby.
Resolution hereon :a perpetual interest granted [in the manner of the bankers' annuities]. See supra, p. 801.
|Book of Petitions, p. 10.|
Same from Lord Wotton : shewing that there has been
long due to him from the King 13,463l. for which he
has a privy seal and several assignations on the
revenue [which have all up to the present been]
without effect ; and at his Majesty's desire he
surrendered a patent of 3,000l. a year on the Customs
upon assurance of something equivalent which he
hath dutifully waited for many years : therefore
prays that, till the whole can be paid, he may have
6,000l. out of such arrears of the revenue grown due
before Danby's time as Lord Treasurer as petitioner
should pitch upon [or discover]. Said petition was
referred from the King to Treasurer Danby.
Resolution hereon : nil.
Same from Anne daughter of Sir Rich. Browne,
deceased : shewing that the King granted to her
said father as Major General of the city about a
year before his death 600l. per an. in lieu of his
salary for the said service and assured him of the
payment thereof, but nothing has been received
[thereon] : therefore prays the King's order therein.
Said petition is referred from the King to Treasurer
Resolution hereon :
Same from Lewis Grabu : shewing that the King
declared that (though another is in petitioner's
place) yet petitioner should receive the growing
benefit thereof till his arrears were paid, whereupon
(though with grief) he will retire from being menial
servant to his Majesty : therefore prays the speedy
payment of his arrears and that in the meantime
he may be maintained and supported as others are
under his circumstances. The King referred this
petition to the Lord Chamberlain to state those
arrears, who, upon certificates from the several offices
reports that there is due to petitioner 450l. at the
Exchequer, 145l. 4s. 6d. at the Treasury [of the]
Chamber, and 32l. 5s. 0d. in the Wardrobe [Office]
for the Earl of Sandwich's time [as Master of the
Resolution hereon :
|Ibid, pp. 10-11.|
Same from Grace Davis : shewing that there is due
to her out of the Wardrobe by assignment (from
Mr. Townsend, deputy to the late Earl of Sandwich)
upon the Law bill the sum of 101l. 2s. 9d. which
money her late husband lent to two of the King's
huntsmen : petitioner being poor and having 5
children prays payment. Said petition is referred by
the King to Treasurer Danby.
|Ibid, p. 11.|
Same from Sir Gilbert Talbot.
Resolution hereon : nil.
|[Before 1677, Aug. 9.]||
Petition from Visct. Yarmouth : shewing that his
lieutenancy of Norfolk (for his Majesty's honour
and his own and the satisfaction of the gentry)
being very [chargeable by reason so] numerous
resorting daily to him forces him to live in greater
port and expense than his revenue will well maintain :
therefore prays a remittal [and discharge from the
King] of the 1,900l. per an. rent [reserved and
payable by petitioner] on the wood farm for 5 years
from Sept 29 next, until which time the said rent is
anticipated ; and he will wholly devote it to his
Majesty's honour in the said service.
Resolution hereon : granted. See supra, p. 721.
|Book of Petitions, p. 11.|
Mr. Connop's petition and reference.
Resolution hereon :
Petition from the town of Wallingford.
Resolution hereon :
Same from Sir John Cox's (Coxe's) children : recommended
by the Duke of York.
Resolution hereon :
|[Before 1677-8, Jan.]||
Same from Anne Oliver, widow : shewing that her
late husband, Thomas Oliver, was Receiver General
for the present King and the late Queen Mother
in the Counties of Worcester, Hereford, Salop and
Stafford, and at his coming into [that] office paid to
the King 600l. for an arrear of [owing to the King
by] his predecessor in said office ; and further did
by direction of the late Treasurer Southampton pay
600l. more to his said predecessor's widow ; said
Oliver enjoyed his office but a short time and suffered
much for his loyalty and by reason of many losses
by returns of moneys he died indebted 293l. 14s. 8d.
to the King and 1,105l. 18s. 5¼d. to the late Queen
Mother, and left no manner of provision for petitioner :
all his securities except the Earl of Castlemaine
are dead insolvent ; yet petitioner and the
widows of her husband's sureties are continually
vexed by process without any benefit to the King :
therefore prays to be discharged.
Resolution hereon : Consult Sir C. Harbord. Hereon Sir C. Harbord reports confirming the truth of petitioner's allegations, and that the Trustees for the Queen Mother often tried but could find no estate and is of opinion nothing can ever be gotten save of the Earl of Castlemaine. See pp. 900-1, supra.
|Ibid, pp. 11-12.|
Same from Hanserd Knollys (on reference from the
King) : shewing that having bought a house and
some ground of the Artillery Company in London
and spent 750l. to build and repair it, he was by
force put out of it by the officers of the Ordnance
and thereupon complaining to the King he was
referred to the present Lord Chancellor (then
Attorney General) who made report to the King that
petitioner should be restored to his house ; but
the [Ordnance] officers alleging that the house was
of great use for his Majesty's service, the King was
pleased to make reference to the Lord Chancellor
when Lord Keeper, who made a second report
that petitioner should either have his house or 750l.
which it cost him ; since which [time] no use is made
of the said house : therefore prays to have the
house or 750l.
Resolution hereon : Sir C. Harbord to be spoken with by Treasurer Danby. Sir C. Harbord since the reading this petition upon [the present] reference to him reports the equity of the petitioner's case and conceives it just that petitioner have his house or the 750l.
|Ibid, p. 12.|
Petition from Thom. Boun : shewing that he has an
order on the fee farms for 18l. 6s. 0d. [which said order
has been] never stopped [and yet it remains] unpaid :
therefore prays payment thereof, having by accident
lost all his estate and [being] ready with his family
Resolution hereon : My Lord will not enter into the business of fee farm rents.
|Book of Petitions, p. 12.|
Same from Elizabeth and Ursula Britton, the daughters
of Dr. Robert Britton : shewing that their father
lent to your Lordship [Danby] and Sir Thomas
Littleton when [Joint] Treasurers of the Navy,
2,000l. and had orders assigned for repayment :
but the stop [of the Exchequer] coming and their
father dying they are reduced to great extremities :
therefore pray to be considered in way of satisfaction.
This is one of those debts which Sir Robert Howard
certifies to be money lent as he conceives, but is
Resolution hereon : Mr. Bertie to require Mr. James Littleton to make a certificate [as to whether it was money bona fide lent to the Navy or merely a fictitious loan].
Same from Eliz. Dorney, widow of John Dorney :
shewing that her husband for many years and until
his death served Treasurer Danby and preceding
Lords Treasurers [and Treasury Commissioners] as
a clerk in the Treasury Secretary's office for a small
salary ; and was encouraged by your Lordship to
beg a reversion of some place in the Custom House
for his son which he did of the office of Customer
in London after Edw. Brewer, which your Lordship
was inclined to grant ; but he dying and the said
Brewer since dying your Lordship has disposed the
said office to the Honble. Edw. Bertie : therefore
prays the reversion thereof after him for her son
Resolution hereon : denied (struck through) : no answer to this.
|Ibid, p. 13.|
Same from the potters : shewing that notwithstanding
several statutes and proclamations against the
importing painted earthenware, several great
quantities have been imported and some of them
seized and condemned at petitioners' cost ; that
there was lately a parcel seized by one Shaw, an
officer of the Customs who, combining with the
merchant, has delayed bringing it to trial and
thereupon one Fountaine, another officer, has
brought a devenerunt, and the petitioners are to be
at the charge of this trial : therefore for their
encouragement pray a grant of the King's moiety
[of the said seizure when condemned]. The King
being graciously inclined to encourage petitioners
refers this petition to Treasurer Danby.
Resolution thereon : to quicken the report of the Customs Commissioners on a reference to them already made.
Petition from Sir William Blackett et al. assignees of
Lord Townesend [in the farm of the 4s. per chalder
of sea coal] : shewing that by the lease of the [said]
coal farm from the King [to said Lord Townesend]
they are to have allowance for all coals exported
Customs free ; that since the commencement of
the lease to the 13th of Jan., 1676-7, there has been
exported from London [Custom free] 1,264 chaldron
the whole custom whereof amounts to 316l., of
which they pray a moiety, viz., 158l.
Resolution hereon : to see what their right is and to grant it them.
|Book of Petitions, p. 13.|
Same from Sir Jno. Clayton, a surety of Mr. Goddard,
late Receiver of Hearthmoney, co. Suffolk : prays
that he [Clayton] may be discharged forasmuch
as Mr. Goddard and his mother (another surety)
are sufficient to pay the debt : he brings Mr.
Goddard's certificate of his own and his mother's
Resolution hereon. my Lord can't discharge him himself.
|Ibid, p. 14.|
Same from Sir Francis Compton and Barnard Greenvill :
shewing that the King having promised to grant
to petitioners, by a privy seal, the [net amount of
the] improvement of the fines and capias pro fine
above what has been answered for [same for] 3 years
last past provided that his Majesty's charity
towards the rebuilding of [St.] Paul's be not thereby
obstructed or lessened, and the petitioners further
offering in compliance with Lord Chief Justice North,
to allow 30l. per an. out of their share [towards the
said rebuilding] therefore pray Treasurer Danby to
put this matter into a way of settlement.
Resolution hereon : done.
Same from Margery Thomas : shewing that her
husband was the private messenger for carrying
letters to the King (when beyond sea) and at his
Majesty's return had a pension of 40l. per an. which
was duly paid until 5 years before his [Thomas's]
death : that 200l. was then [at his death] due upon
it for which petitioner was by order of Council
referred to Treasurer Danby. Petitioner produces a
certificate from Sir Herbert Price, Sir Ste. Fox, Sir
Edw. Walker and Mr. Offley that her husband was 7
years employed in that service.
Resolution hereon : done ; 100l. granted her in full satisfaction of all accounts.
Same from Mris. Brewer : shewing that there was due
to her late husband as Customer of the Great
Customs, London port, at the time of his death,
150l. for 3 years' salary ; that she is very poor and
necessitous ; therefore prays payment, nothing
having been paid to him during Danby's time [as
Resolution hereon : my Lord must follow his orders [from the Privy Council as to scheme or order] for payments : Mr. Secretary Bertie is to answer. (Delivered 31 Dec., 1677, to Rd. Hamlin.)
Same from Sir Courtney Poole praying for the payment
of the 1,500l. due to him to be placed upon Mr.
Resolution hereon : my Lord asks what the damage will be and whether it be otherwise assigned.
|Ibid. p. 15.|
|—||Petition from Mary Newman, who by order of Council is recommended to Treasurer Danby for the King's charity to carry her back to Ireland, being come hither to be touched [for the King's evil] and [being] in great distress. (Entry struck through.)||Book of Petitions, p. 15.|
Same from the Lady Prestwich, widow of Sir Tho.
Prestwich : shewing that her husband served the
late and present King with great fidelity, for which
he was [by the rebels] deprived of an estate of
20,000l. value and died much in debt, leaving the
petitioner (who brought him above 5,000l. portion)
in a very wanting and deplorable condition : therefore
prays your Lordship [Danby] to commiserate
her sad condition.
Resolution hereon : she must find something [i.e. discover some arrear due to the King or concealed lands or concealed moneys as a fund on which an order may be charged for her].
Same from Bridgett Lamb for payment of 40l. payable
to her on an Exchequer order dated 1671, Dec. 13,
being royal bounty for the relief of her necessities,
which are very great : the order is charged on the
Exchequer in general [and has therefore up to the
present not been paid : she therefore prays that
it may be charged on some such fund as will admit
of it being paid quickly].
Resolution hereon. she must petition the King.
Same from Col. Naper : setting forth that the
Navigation Act obliges all ships from the Plantations
to unlade in England on pain of forfeiture for ship
and goods, one moiety to the King, the other moiety
to the prosecutor ; that this Act has hitherto been
little taken notice of, to the great prejudice of the
King's Customs and of trade and navigation [of
this Kingdom of England] ; that petitioner holds
intelligence with those that have made it their
business to detect this abuse, having lately seized
ships in Ireland and lying in wait for others :
therefore prays the King to grant him his [the King's]
moiety of such seizures to enable him to prosecute
the ships seized or to be seized and that all [ships']
bonds entered into in foreign parts may be transmitted
to him [if he may be appointed as such officer]
to enquire whether they be forfeited or no ; reserving
to the King such proportion of his [the King's]
moiety as the King shall think fit. Said petition
being referred to the Attorney General, he reports
it neither legal nor fitting to grant the King's
moiety before it be recovered [by course of law by
condemnation of a ship or lading] but if petitioner
shall be instrumental in discoveries and condemnations
on the said Act, the King may grant him
such part of the King's moiety as shall be thought
fit, for which the petitioner is to depend on the
King's grace and your Lordship [Danby] may order
the Customs Commissioners to give petitioner from
time to time the lists of the vessels lading in the
Plantations and of the bonds taken there, to help him
to find out the transgressors.
Resolution hereon : to be further understood upon this matter. Mr. Lown[d]es says this is referred to the Customs Commissioners and no report as yet.
|Ibid, pp. 15-16.|
Same from William Hester, his Majesty's ratkiller :
praying a direction [from Treasurer Danby] to
Sir Edw. Griffin to pay petitioner half a year on his
salary of 12l. per an. and also 54l. due to him on bills
signed by the Lord Chamberlain for service done ;
he being at continual charge and reduced to very
great distress in want thereof.
Resolution hereon : Mr. Griffith [Griffin] has money to pay wages and tallies to pay bills.
|Ibid, p. 16.|
Petition from Capt. Coghlan : shewing that he served
the King in Cornwall and furnished his [late
Majesty's] army with money and provisions to
about 16,000l. ; that his [present] Majesty allowed
him 2s. 6d. a day, but that was long since stopped
and the King referred him to Treasurer Danby 28
months since for relief, he being very aged and
ready to starve ; prays to be relieved.
Resolution hereon : to have 10l.
|Book of Petitions, p. 16.|
|—||Same from Bridget Lamb for payment of 40l. payable on an Exchequer order.||Ibid, p. 17.|
Same from the Gent[lemen] and Yeomen Harbingers :
and praying a direction [from Treasurer Danby]
to Sir Edw. Griffin to pay them about 580l. due to
their office upon bills, they being now to attend
Resolution hereon : nil.
Same from Thomas Tompkins, son and executor of
Giles Tomkins : shewing that there is 129l. due on
his father's livery of 16l. 2s. 6d. per an. out of the
Wardrobe, for which [arrear] he had a warrant
signed by the late Treasurer Clifford and directed
by Treasurer Danby to be executed : prays [a
letter of] direction for payment.
Resolution hereon : my Lord can't pay this order.
Same from Jno. Weldon to the King : shewing that
when he was an officer of the Customs he got his
Majesty 12,000l. on the Additional duty on wine and
linen by procuring a greater importation thereof
than ordinary ; that at Michaelmas last there was
3,540l. due to him on his pension of 240l. per an.
granted by patent, as appears by certificate from
the Auditor of the Receipt : therefore prays payment
of some part thereof. The King refers this
petition to Treasurer Danby.
Resolution hereon : done, viz., a warrant is signed for one year of his pension.
Same from Jno. Van Haesdonk, Esq., shewing that
upon a reference from the King dated 1673, Sept. 3,
Treasurer Danby referred to Auditor Beale the
examination of petitioner's demands, and said
Beale's deputy stated the principal and interest at
60,675l. 18s. 7d. the 3rd of Sept., 1673 ; therefore
prays Treasurer Danby to be a means that he may
have the same satisfaction [by way of perpetual
annuity] assigned him as the goldsmiths have.
Resolution hereon : can't be paid.
Same from Francis Poyntz, his Majesty's chief Arras
maker : shewing that since midsummer 1673, by
the King's command he [has] served into the
Wardrobe hangings to the value of 5,000l., and for
above 12 months has provided men to make a suite
of sea fights and has made them so perfect in the
work as could not be done without great expence
and time and that he may not lose his men and
consequently the design wherein he has exposed his
fortune on royal encouragement, he prays he may
have some supply for carrying on so noble a design
of grandure and industry, an estimate whereof in an
annexed paper [missing] amounts to 23,927l. 10s. 0d.
whereof he prays 1,000l. may at present be imprested
to him and the rest by 73l. 9s. 8d. per week which
will pay the whole in 6 years' time.
Resolution hereon : he must have patience.
|Ibid, p. 18.|
Petition from Henry Carverth, commander of the
Francis, in behalf of himself and [his ships] company,
which were removed out of the Young Spragg :
shewing that on their removal they had about 19
months' pay due and received six, and have since
been a cold, hard voyage in the Francis to Riga ;
many of them have families and, the frigate being
fitting out, they cannot buy them clothes and leave
them [money for their] support ; as 250l. will pay
them all for [balance of wages due to them when in]
the Young Spragg they pray Treasurer Danby's
favour for that small sum.
Resolution hereon : nil.
|Book of Petitions. p. 18.|
|—||An order of Council on a petition from Col. Maurice Kingwell [said order referring said petition to Treasurer Danby].||Ibid.|
Petition from Sir Robt. Harding.
Resolution hereon : to know the Duke of Newcastle's opinion whether [petitioner be] a fit man.
|—||Same from Lord Fanshawe's daughters (struck through).||Ibid, p. 19.|
|—||Same from the town of Wallingford on a reference from the King (struck through).||Ibid.|
|—||Same from Sir John Cox's children on a [like] reference (struck through).||Ibid.|
Same from Elizabeth Acton, praying [for the addition
of] a third life in a copyhold tenement parcel of the
Duchy of Cornwall, wherein her two sons have estates
already for their lives. On reference thereof the
Surveyor General of Crown Lands reports thereon
that a fine for such third life may be valued at 35l.
and hereupon petitioner in another petition to
Treasurer Danby sets forth that her husband served
the late and the present King and was with him in
his exile to his restoration to the expense of his
own fortune and without obtaining any bounty
for his service ; and therefore prays a remittal of
the said fine in consideration of her said husband's
services and sufferings.
Resolution hereon : she must petition the King and get good certificates for her allegations.
Same from Abell Carew son of Abell Carew, late
doorkeeper to the House of Commons, being admitted
to the said place upon his father's death ;
hath attended there during several adjournments
but hath not received any part of the money that
Treasurer Danby has ordered to the doorkeepers
since petitioner's father's death nor his proportion
of a sum which was ordered while his said father
was alive but which was not paid till after his death ;
petitioner's dividend coming to 10l., therefore prays
that he may have the said 10l. and the same proportion
for the future which his father had.
Resolution hereon : this money to be paid [to] the serjeant at arms [attending the House of Commons] and he to distribute it [among the doorkeepers].
Petition from Sir Edward Farmer praying that the
security of Mr. Peters (late collector of Tenths of
Lincoln [diocese] who died indebted to the King)
may be assigned to him, he paying the King's debt
and giving security not to make use thereof to
defraud the creditors but to come in among them
according to law. Said petition being referred
1677, Dec. 8, to the Attorney General, the latter
reports 1677, Dec. 10, that petitioner may have
such an assignment on said terms.
Resolution hereon : let it be done accordingly.
|Book of Petitions, p. 20.|
Same from Anne, widow of Thomas March (Marsh) :
setting forth that her husband served [as] Clerk
Assistant to the Parliament [for] 13 years since the
Restoration without salary or fee, and died in 1673
leaving 4 children : therefore she petitions Treasurer
Danby to move the King for his royal bounty, her
husband's father having spent his estate in King
Charles's service, &c.
Resolution hereon : my Lord [Treasurer] to be minded to speak to the King when the Lord Chancellor is by.
Same from William Byshop, serjeant at arms to the
House of Commons : prays to be paid 78l. expended
for necessaries and contingencies for the
[said] House as per bill annexed [missing].
Resolution hereon : directed to be done.
|—||Same from Sir Thomas Morgan, Governor of Jersey : shewing that for 11 years past he has spent 40l. or 50l. a year in repairing the King's castles and forts there, and that he has lately seized a new England ship Flyboat laden with timber for trading contrary to the [Navigation Act] : desires that if same be forfeited he may out of the proceeds of the sale thereof be repaid [the above expenditure]. Referred to Treasurer Danby from the King 1677, Dec. 3.||Ibid.|
Same from Ann, widow of Major General Laugharne,
praying Treasurer Danby to establish on the Excise
her annuity of 100l.
Resolution hereon : nil.
Same from William Smith, messenger [of the chamber :
shewing that he has been] often sent beyond seas
and lately to Madrid and is in arrears 5 years [of
his salary] ; therefore prays the King for the arrears.
Referred 1677, Nov. 15, by the King to Treasurer
Resolution hereon : let it be settled and put on the King's paper.
|—||Same from Col. Kingwell to the King : sets out a debt of 2,801l. 12s. 0d. contracted for his Majesty's service at Dunkirk. By order of Council dated 1677, June 22, said petition is referred to Treasurer Danby. The regiment which he had at Dunkirk was afterwards commanded to Tangier and clothed by him at their going.||Ibid, p. 21.|
Petition from Jerom Lacy, under-housekeeper of Audley
End : setting forth that the King by grant under
the great seal agreed to allow him 370l. a year for
doing several things [at the King's house of Audley
End as] in a schedule annexed [missing] ; said sum
is 3¼ years in arrear, therefore prays payment of
said arrear and a warrant dormant for said 370l. a
year for the future. Mr. Chiffins affirms that before
this agreement it cost the King more.
Resolution hereon : to be paid a year's pay.
|Book of Petitions, p. 21.|
Same from Matthew Johnson : petitions the King
for some lands in Leicestershire mortgaged by Robert
Smith for about 250l. and since escheated to the
King by attainder of Henry brother of Robert
[? Smith]. Said petition was referred [from the
King to Treasurer Danby and from Treasurer
Danby] to Sir C. Harbord 19 June, 1677, who reports
21 July, 1677, that the lands, if clear, were worth
about 500l. but that the mortgage and some charges
would amount to half the money and that upon
consideration of petitioner's good service to the King
'tis advisable to reward him with a grant of the fee.
Resolution hereon : Let Sir Charles Harbord's report be agreed with.
Same from Henry Ayloffe, trustee of Evelyn Visct.
Fanshawe : petitions the King shewing that the
principal business of that office [? the King's Remembrancer's
Office] is taking securities for the
[Receivers, &c. of the] King's revenue ; that by
the present state thereof and the reduction on the
last tax the [profit from the] office is decreased ;
further that when in 1673 there was a reduction of
fees upon the taking of securities on a tax then
raised the King was pleased by a privy seal dated
1673, June 30, to order payment of a sum amounting
to full fees.
Resolution hereon : to be referred to Sir Charles Harbord and Mr. Lawrence. Treasurer Danby to know what has been paid in his time [of being Lord Treasurer].
Same from Frances How (Hows), widow of Job How :
petitions the King shewing that her husband spent
300l. for the reception of the Duchess of Orleans,
for which there was an assignment by Mr. Townsend
on an order of the Treasury Lords to the Earl of
Sandwich for a greater sum. The principal and
interest of said 300l. is now 427l., of which she prays
payment. Referred 29 June, 1677 [from the King],
to Treasurer Danby.
Resolution hereon : nil. Note : Delivered this petition 31 Dec., 1677, to Mrs. How with the [orders of] reference &c.
Mr. Shoiswell's case stated by Mr. Lawrence. To be
read as reported.
Resolution hereon : Treasurer Danby to be minded of this when the Trea[sury] is shut up Dec. 24.
|Ibid. p. 22.|
Petition from Capt. James Barrett, who petitioned the
King and obtained thereon a reference to Treasurer
Danby 1676, Nov. 8 : now petitions said Danby
and sets forth that as Capt. under Sir Tobias
Bridges in the West Indies there was due to him
433l. 10s. 10d. ; the half he has received but there
remains 216l. or thereabouts which he prays
payment of. Said petition was referred 1676, Dec. 18,
to Commissary Banes, who reported 1677, April 10,
that of said 433l. 10s. 10d., all due, said 216l. 10s. 11d.
thereof was still due according to a state of those
accounts [of the Barbados regiment's pay].
Resolution hereon : to know how the whole are paid.
Petition from Jerome Nipho to the King : setting
forth his services and correspondence in the Dutch
wars to his great hazard ; prays, as a recompense,
a lease for 50 years of the light [house fees] of the
North and South Forelands in reversion after N.
Osbeston, whose lease will expire in a few years.
Resolution hereon : to have an account from Trinity House of the yearly value [of said fees] : [this matter to be put upon] the King's papers.
|Book of Petitions, p. 22.|
Same from Jane Davies to the King : shewing that
Sir Denis Ganden did agree to assign to her a tenth
part of some sums of money due to him from the
King : that he has received said sums but not paid
to petitioner more than a moiety [of her own debt] ;
therefore prays that stay may be made of all payments
to him on the future till she be satisfied.
Referred 1673, Nov. 3, to Treasurer Danby [from
Resolution hereon : Treasurer Danby to be put in mind of this (and of Mr. Nutter who has like pretences) by Capt. Shales on Wednesday, 1677, Dec. 26.
Same from Sackville Whittle and James Pierce to the
King : shewing that on 21 Feb., 1671-2, they were
sworn Chirurgeons to the King, that Richard
Wiseman was then by patent Serjeant Chirurgeon,
who having arrears due to him and hopes of recovering
them by assurances from your Lordship
[Danby] refused to resign his patent so that petitioners
could not pass their own patents : and
thereby they are in arrear "to that time," being 3½
years : therefore pray payment thereof.
Resolution hereon : he must be paid as others are.
In the margin : delivered to Mr. Whittle 8 Jan., 1677-8.
Same from Francis Smethwicke : shewing that the
King granted him the first reversion of a searcher's
or tidewaiter's place [London port] and recommend[ed]
it to the [Customs] Commissioners, and
(the [Customs] Commission expiring) to Treasurer
Clifford in whose time he had a warrant [for such
appointment] but was prevented passing his patent
by his [Clifford's] death and that the King has now
recommended it to Treasurer Danby : therefore
prays the Lord Treasurer to take it into consideration.
Resolution hereon : my Lord can do nothing in it.
A state of the [King's] musicians' riding charges to
Windsor in 1674 and 1675 [is] to be shewn to Treasurer
Danby [being] for 744l. 10s. 0d. ; and also their
Resolution hereon : Mr. Shales to attend Treasurer Danby 26 Dec., 1677, Wednesday, to settle this [by collation] with Mr. Griffin's book [of wages payable in the Office of Treasurer of the Chamber].
|Ibid, p. 23.|
|—||Petition from Elizabeth and Ursula Britton, daughter of Robert [Britton] : shewing that their father lent 2,000l. for the Navy during the Navy Treasurership of Sir T. Osborne and Sir T. Littleton : of said sum their said father borrowed 400l. and he had orders for [payment of] principal and interest, but said orders were comprised in the stop of the Exchequer : therefore pray that interest may be stated and satisfaction made them.||Book of Petitions, p. 23.|
Same from Margarett, widow of Tho. Sambourne, to
the King : shewing that one Martin Urlin is apprehended
on suspicion of robbery on the high way :
if he be convicted she prays [a grant of] his small
Resolution hereon : to enquire the value of this estate.
Same from Thomas Coleman, deputy under-house-keeper
at Hampton Court : setting forth that at
Christmas there is due to him on account of his
place 1¾ years ; that now Mr. Griffith tells him he
cannot pay him without your Lordship's [Danby's]
order ; therefore prays such order for payment of
one year's bills.
Resolution hereon : to be brought before Treasurer Danby : the Treasurer of the Chamber to be there.
Same from the Earl of Dorset and Earl of Rochester
to the King, praying for the reversion of the manors
of Byfleet and Weybridge, co. Surrey, parcel of
the Queen's jointure and now in the possession of
John Harvy of Ickworth, co. Suffolk, by lease.
Resolution hereon : the King don't grant manors in reversion.
Same from the Serjeants at Arms to the [House of]
Lords for their attendance money : have an order
of the House to your Lordship [Danby] 15 March,
1676-7, whereon there is a privy seal [issued] dated
1677, April 30, for 800l. [to be paid to them ;
therefore pray some present issue to be made to
them on said privy seal].
Resolution hereon : to help them to 200l.
Same from the Farmers of the Law Duty to Treasurer
Danby to prevail with the Lord Chancellor to
confirm an order drawn by advice of the Attorney
General that they may be Receivers of the King's
duty [said Law duty] at the Six Clerks' Office ; and
that his Lordship would command obedience thereto
from the underclerks [in the said Office].
Resolution hereon : this to be heard and the Lord Chancellor and Attorney General to be here [at the hearing].
Same from Sir William Smith : sets out a settlement
in Council of the coining halfpence and farthings
of tin and a farm of the pre-emption of tin at 4l. a
hundred [weight] ; says he has been delayed a
year and prays to go on with his farm or to be
[appointed] a Commissioner to manage.
Resolution hereon : my Lord can't answer this yet.
Same from Ann Smith alias Horsley : shewing that
there was due to her brother by debenture for his
service in the Caribbee Islands 35l. 0s. 11d., which
by deed dated 31 Aug., 1672, he gave her and so
went to Ireland ; since when one Patrick Trent
pretends he bought it for 5s. in the £ and petitioner
is like to lose it : therefore prays a reference to the
Commissioners to hear her cause.
Resolution hereon : Mr. Bertie to answer this, being before Treasurer Danby's time.
|Ibid. p. 24.|
Petition from Edward Dering : setting out that in satisfaction
of an imprest in question he has extended
sufficient estate of Mr. Fenn's, that [further] he had
in Sir Thomas Player's hands 875l. 11s. 9d. [representing
money due to petitioner, but because of his
indebtedness to the King] stopped on that score
by privy seal, and that since then the said money is
extended for the King to satisfy a debt on the foot
of his account as Receiver [of Crown revenues,
cos. Suffolk and Cambridge], that [further] he has
2,400l. security [bonds taken] in the Exchequer
[Court] to answer the King : therefore prays that
his [abovesaid 875l. 11s. 9d. in] money may be
Resolution hereon : to be referred to Sir Charles Harbord and Mr. Bertie to speak to Sir Edward Deering herein.
[Note :] see the petition what [amount] of Mr. Fen's [estate is] extended.
Of Mr. Fenn's—
Goods to 300l.
Suffolk lands, 40l. a year.
Cheshire lands, 80l. a year.
4 navy bills, 2,600l.
|Book of Petitions, p. 24.|
Same from William Rutlish, the King's Embroiderer :
shewing that there is due to him for work 680l. 16s.
as by an annexed certificate [missing] from the
Clerk of the Wardrobe : therefore prays [payment
of] his money.
Resolution hereon : this is a Wardrobe debt and to be paid there.
[Note :] 31 Dec. : delivered the petition and certificate to one Applegarth, Rutlishe's solicitor.
Same from Elizabeth, widow of Lord Lindores of
Scotland to the King : setting out a great sum
and several annuities due from the King to her
husband and that the King had since his [her
husband's] death promised her a warrant [to grant
her the fee of 1,095l. due to the King on some
patent] to make a baronet : therefore prays [such]
Resolution hereon : she told my Lord [Treasurer] she had a warrant and could make but 50l.
Same from the same Lady to the King : setting out
the same debts, that is 9,533l. [payment of what has
formerly been] granted out of the fines in Scotland ;
and several years' arrears of a pension of 500l. and
[another of ] 300l. a year due to her husband.
[Note :] read this petition.
Same [to Treasurer Danby] from William Potell,
clerk to the late Council of Trade [and Foreign
Plantations] : setting out that at Michaelmas,
1674, there was due to him 75l. for three quarters
of a year's salary, which is attested [by certificate
dated] 20 Oct., 1676, by Lord Colepeper : he says
your Lordship [Danby] has paid the rest [of the
clerks of said Council] and prays favour.
Resolution hereon : nil.
Petition from John Morea and John Jacob, two converted
Jews, natives of Poland : have applied themselves
to the Master of the Rolls for relief granted to him
for [relief of such Jewish] converts, he tells them
they must have order from your Lordship [Danby],
which they pray.
Resolution hereon : my Lord [Treasurer] to speak with the Lord Chancellor.
[Note :] Henry III. built the house [domus conversorum] where the Master of the Rolls lives. Edward III. in the 15th year [of his reign] annexed it to the Rolls for Jew converts to inhabit.
|Book of Petitions, p. 25.|
Same to the King from Samuell Sellwood, late Register
of the Office of Excise for Middlesex and London :
setting forth that he discovered to the Earl of
Southampton, [former] Lord Treasurer, a forged
lease (of that part of the Excise in his care) pretended
to be made to Sir William Bucknell and other
[his partners] Farmers [of Excise], whereon he [petitioner]
was persecuted and lost 164l. salary and two
places worth 500l. and 300l. : says he is qualified
to do the King good service : desires to be referred
to Treasurer Danby to make it appear ; and the
3 Aug., 1677, is so referred [by] Secretary Coventry.
Resolution hereon : to be admitted to speak with my Lord Danby.
Same [to Treasurer Danby] from George Robinson, one
of the Clerks to Mr. Prettyman, Remembrancer of
First Fruits : shewing that for want of opposing the
sheriffs from the beginning of the rebellion to 1672
there were great arrears [of sheriffs' proffers, &c.] ;
that by Baron Turner's orders he brought in considerable
old debts, and for that service was recommended
to the Lord [Treasurer] Clifford ; says he
has expended above 10l. a term [in the said service] ;
mentions no time, but prays the allowance of that
money and a salary for the future ; he brings the
Lord Chief Baron's letter of recommendation [dated]
1677, July 30.
Resolution hereon : the Chancellor of the Exchequer to consider what's fit to be done.
Same from John Wickham, late [a] messenger of his
Majesty's Great Chamber in Ordinary : setting
out that he is under the King's displeasure to the
loss of his place, but that the King has in Council,
1677, Aug. 29, ordered him his arrears, which are
certified, 1677, Oct. 24, to be 174l. 11s. 3d. [due]
out of the [Office of the] Treasurer of the Chamber
and 57l. 7s. 9d., certified 1677, Nov. 29, [as due] out
of the Wardrobe.
Resolution hereon : a warrant drawn by [virtue of the] order of Council.
Same from the Mayor and Justices of peace in
Berwick on Tweed : setting forth that there were
four companies quartered there and suddenly removed
before their quarters were discharged, which
came to 893l. 13s. 9d., and that the King on the
20 June, 1667, by his letter upon their remove did
assure the town [of the payment of] their quarters :
the copy of which letter is annexed [missing :
signed by Henry, Earl of] Arlington.
Resolution hereon : my Lord [Treasurer] to have a state of the thing for the King's papers.
|Ibid, p. 26.|
Petition from Edward Randolph : shewing that the
Committee for Trade did recommend to Treasurer
Danby the sending a collector to Boston in New
England, where the navigation laws were broken ;
that though formerly the Customs Commissioners
did not approve of him [petitioner, for said post],
yet on some further satisfaction they had recommended
him to Treasurer Danby : therefore prays
he may have a warrant to pass a Commission to
be collector there.
Resolution hereon : the Commissioners to bring in several names for my Lord (the King) to nominate one.
|Book of Petitions, p. 26.|
Same from Wentworth, Earl of Roscommon : setting
forth that being Captain of the [Band of Gentlemen]
Pensioners, by the suspension [of salaries as by the
order of] 28 Jan., 1675-6, he is in arrear 500l. for
half a year's fee [for the period] between 1675,
Christmas, and 1676, Midsummer : therefore prays
[payment of] his money.
Resolution hereon : my Lord Treasurer remembers an agreement [made by said Earl promising to surrender or] to quit [his claims to] arrears on condition the whole pay were paid [hence]forward, which has been done.
Same from William Battie setting forth that he had
a warrant for levying fines on conventicles, [which
warrant was] limited to a certain time ; that that
time is expired without effecting anything [this
result being caused] by the concealments of the
Clerks of the Peace : therefore prays a warrant for
a further [extension of] time.
Resolution hereon : denied.
Same to the King from Edward Cornewall and Herbert
Aubery, securities for John Davies : setting forth
that said Davies having been for 2½ years Receiver of
Hearthmoney for co. Hereford, did augment the
[said] revenue [by] 472l. 14s. 0d. a year, but therein
he spent and lost by casualties 1,881l. 7s. 0d. and is
insolvent ; his [said] securities by imprisonment
and sequestration in the late times are impoverished
and beg a relief : referred to Treasurer Danby,
1676, March 28, by Secretary Williamson as per
copy of the petition and reference [annexed hereto
but missing] : they therefore petition Treasurer
Danby for a report to the King [on their case].
Resolution hereon : to draw a report [as from Treasurer Danby to the King] containing a state of the case and leave room [at the end of it] for my Lord [Treasurer's] opinion to the King.
Same to Treasurer Danby from Edward Agberow :
setting forth that as pricker of the Stilyard he was
accompted first King's waiter [London port] ; that
since the fire of London he was ordered by the
[Customs] Commissioners to attend his duty [as a
King's waiter] but never received [his share of]
the bill money above stairs ; therefore prays he
may have [his share of] the bill money and other
Resolution hereon : the [Customs] Commissioners to be written to to examine the thing, and if they can to adjust it without suit in law.
|Ibid, p. 27.|
Petition from Capt. Bernard Phillipps : setting forth
that the King in Council ordered him his arrears of 4s.
a day and that the same allowance should be continued :
therefore prays payment.
Resolution hereon : if he be a Catholic he is in the list now before the Cabinet Council. (See p. 470, supra.)
|Book of Petitions, p. 27.|
Same from John Wingfield, York Herald : setting
forth that he has only the fee of his place to maintain
him and his family, which [fee] is in arrear :
therefore prays payment.
Sir Robert Long certifies, 1672-3, Feb. 21, that the fee is 26l. 13s. 4d. per an. and that petitioner was three years in arrear at Michaelmas, 1672. Annexed to the petition there is another petition half a year later [? than 1673] to the same purpose.
Resolution hereon : my Lord can do him no good without the King's order.
Note : delivered to Mr. Howard, 1677-8, Jan. 15.
Same from George Torriano and William Bellamy,
merchants : petition your Lordship [Danby] (struck
through and altered to) the Lord Clifforde and sett
out, that the Mathew of Bordeaux coming to London
was stranded on the Isle of Wight, and that they
saved some small quantity of wine and brandy, and
that the Commissioners demand Custom, etc. :
therefore pray a defalcation proportionable to
their charges of salvage. Lord Clifford referred
it to the [Customs] Commissioners, 6 March, 1672,
who in a report, 15 March, 1672, report the duties
to amount to 298l. 16s. 3d., the charges of salvage
143l. 18s. 6d., the value of the goods saved 650l.,
and are of opinion that it was reasonable to allow
the charges of salvage out of the Customs, etc.
Resolution hereon : Mr. Bertie to show the Commissioners of the Customs this certificate, being before my Lord's time, and discourse them therein.
Same from Thomas Turnor of Gray's Inn to Treasurer
Danby : setting forth that his father was one of
the Welsh Judges in the late King's time, for whom
he suffered much, that since his Majesty's return
he lent the King (altered to) bankers 1,000l.,
"which he [petitioner's father] after gave your
petitioner" ; that petitioner lent 300l., and has
right as executor to 350l. lent the bankers by Judge
Morton ; all which sums are under the stop of the
Exchequer, and the bankers being unable to pay
their debts, he prays your Lordship's favour. (Entry
Resolution hereon : to be paid by the bankers.
|Ibid, pp. 27-8.|
Same from Henry Peacock, Keeper of the Garden
Plots and Bowling Green at Hampton Court :
shewing that by warrant he is to be allowed 2s.
per diem, and all advantage as his predecessors had :
that he has disbursed 150l. and is in arrear of his
2s. per diem 15 months : therefore prays payment
out of the Privy Purse (as hath been usuall) or
otherwise as his Majesty thinks fit. The King
refers this petition to your Lordship [Danby].
Resolution hereon : a state to be made for my Lord for the King's papers with a note to speak to the King to prevent the Privy Purse sending people to the Exchequer.
|Ibid, p. 28.|
|[Before 1677, June.]||
Petition from Mary Grove, widow : shewing that there
was due to her husband at Midsummer, 1675, the
sum of 117l. for 2 years and [one] quarter salary
of 52l. per an. as King's waiter in London [port] :
that your Lordship has paid her 65l. thereof : prays
payment of the remainder, being very poor and in
Resolution hereon : to have 50l. (see supra, p. 673).
|Book of Petitions, p. 28.|
Same from Mris. Wells, now Mris. Windham : showing
that of her pension of 200l. per year there is in
arrear 450l., whereof 350l. in your Lordship
[Danby's] time, being for 2 years and a quarter
ending Mich., 1677, as by Sir Robert Howard's
certificate dated 10 Nov., 1677.
Resolution thereon : to be paid as other arrears.
Same to the King from Robert Heath, 4th son of Sir
Robert late Chief Justice : sets forth his services
and sufferings in the late times, and that he is
informed of a debt of 874l. due on the Voluntary
Present of 13 Car. II. : prays a grant thereof.
Referred to your Lordship, 25 Aug., 1677. With
this petition is the state of an account of Nico.
Bowden, Receiver of that duty in Chester and
Lancashire, the balance [being 874l. or] thereabout.
Resolution hereon : to know whose debt it is and whether it be a discovery.
Same from Nicholas Stokes to Treasurer Danby :
setting forth that the landwaiter's place at Milton
in Kent is void ; that he was clerk to Mr. Madox,
and has his letters of recommendation, and that he
was serviceable to Mr. Herbert : therefore prays
Resolution hereon : Mr. Bertie to write to the Commissioners of the Customs.
Same from Adam de Cardonell and others : setting
out the decay of trade at Southampton, where they
are patent officers ; that the ancient fee is a small
allowance for their ex[traordinary] attendance, it
being only 180l. 6s. 8d. a year among four of them ;
that the Commission officers are paid by the collector
there : therefore pray that their established
fee may likewise be paid them by the said collector
Resolution hereon : to be referred to the Commissioners of the Customs.
|Ibid, p. 29.|
Same to the King from John Deane and other servants
and keepers of the Privy Garden : shew that
there is owing to them for turf, shells, etc., and for
wages to their labourers several sums of money
which the Lord Gerard as housekeeper had audited
and settled, but same is not yet paid : they set out
no sum, only pray payment. Referred, 21 Nov.,
1677, to your Lordship.
Resolution hereon : to enquire where this used to be paid and how my Lord Gerard comes to settle this, not having taken out his patent.
|[Before 1677, Dec.]||
Same to Treasurer Danby from Capt. John Coghlan :
setting forth a great many services from 1643 to
the King, and that at Oxford the King granted
him a pension of 2s. 6d. a day, for present subsistence
till something suitable may be found out ;
that in 1674 he was referred to your Lordship and
has only received 30l. ; therefore prays his arrears.
Resolution hereon : to have 10l. (see supra, pp. 496 and 1351).
Petition from Col. William Staploton : setting forth
that as Lieut.-Colonel in Sir Tobias Bridge's Regiment
there is due to him 915l. 18s. 8d. as by
certificate of Commissary Baynes, 16 June, 1677 ;
which he says is recommended by the Commissioners
of Trade : therefore prays the payment. The
certificate is annexed [missing].
Resolution hereon : he must petition the King.
|Book of Petitions, p. 29.|
Same from James Syms : sheweth that there is due
to him as Deputy Auditor to the late Queen Mother,
upon his two fees of 10l. and 6l. 13s. 4d. per an. the
sum of 160l. : that he did many extraordinary
services in that Revenue for which he had no
reward : that he was her Majesty's tenant of
Drayton woods in co. Somerset at the rent of
9l. 8s. 0d. per an., which rent is run in arrear,
amounting to 51l. 5s. 3d. : therefore prays that he
may at least have allowance of that sum and be
discharged from the said arrear. Sir Charles
Harbord and the rest of those [the late Queenmother's
Trustees or] Commissioners report the
truth hereof and that he very well deserves the
said 51l. 5s. 3d. and to be discharged.
Resolution hereon : he must petition the King (altered to) to be discharged.
|[Before 1677, Dec.]||
Same from John Mayow : shewing that by vertue of
your Lordship's warrant one John Thomas seized
four slabs of his tin as he was carrying it to Truro
to be coined : therefore prays your Lordship's
warrant for re-delivery. Mr. Nico. Courtney,
attorney of the Duchy of Cornwall, certifies that they
ought to carry the tin to the proper Coinage Hall of
the town where they dig and if they do not the
King has a right of seizure, but that in the late
times and since the King's return they have used
liberty of what place they thought the best market,
and it appearing by two certificates annexed there
was no design ot fraud there is room for clemency.
Resolution hereon : to be pardoned and the tin to be discharged. (See. supra, p. 497.)
|Ibid, p. 30.|
Same from Andrew Lawrence, Surveyor of the high
ways : prays my Lord's allowance of 46l. 4s. 9d.,
being charges of [Exchequer fees on receiving]
1.149l. out of the Exchequer.
Resolution hereon : referred to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
|[Before 1677, Dec.]||
Same from John Tyler : shewing that by pulling
down his house near the Tower at the time of the
fire of London he is impoverished : therefore prays
the first vacancy of a noon tender's or watchman's
place in the port of London.
Resolution hereon : granted. (See supra, p. 497.)
Same from Henry Deering of the Inner Temple :
shewing that upon the stop of the Exchequer there
is due to him 600l. part of an order for 825l. 1s. 8d.,
numbered 168, in the name of the Earl of Sandwich
and assigned by him to Mr. Townsend for
the Wardrobe most of which order has been paid as
assigned, and some by your Lordship : prays payment
by some fund or [out of] arrear of some
accountant [in debt] to the King. Mr. B[ertie]
says this order was never under any stop.
Resolution hereon : My Lord can do nothing without the King show him special favor.
Petition from Daniell Tripper and Edward Ellis to the
King : shewing that in the 24th year of the King
they have a grant as trustees for the benefit of one
Thomas Deane of certain lands or marshes in
Holbech, in Lincolnshire, for 32 years with a
proviso that if they did not recover them in 5 years
the grant should be void. The said Deane is dead,
and the right [now vests] in Tripper and Ellis,
who exhibited their information in 1674, Michaelmas
[term] : that after great debates the Chancellor of the
Exchequer last term by assistance of the two
Chief Justices declared for the King, that the
Counsel prayed a decree, but the Court stopped it
till they were further moved, which cannot be
till next term, and in the interim the 5 years time
for recovering the land expires : therefore pray 5 years
more. Referred to Treasurer Danby, 16 December,
Resolution hereon : My Lord to be further informed of this and the lease to be produced. My Lord to know how Sir Robert Carr comes to solicit for Sir Ed. Farmer against these men. (See supra, p. 876.)
|Book of Petitions, pp. 30-1.|
Same from Dame Eliza Wyndham to the King :
shewing that his Majesty granted her the fine and
benefit of a prosecution of one Mr. Bill, whom she
informed against in the King's Bench and had
judgment and since satisfaction for the fine. She
prays a noli prosequi and that Bill may be discharged.
Referred to Treasurer Danby, 14 Dec.,
1677 ; the King being inclined to grant the petition
if precedent to the time of the grant of such fines
to the building of St. Paul's church.
Resolution hereon : the Bishop of London to be made acquainted herewith in civility, and the thing to be done.
|Ibid, p. 31.|
Same to Treasurer Danby from Thomas Loope, his
Majesty's Engineer : had the said office granted to
him (in consideration of his services and sufferings)
with the fee of 100l. per an., on which fee he is
1,275l. in arrear at Michaelmas, 1677, as appears by
Sir Robt. Howard's certificate, and has received
nothing in your Lordship's [Danby's] time : now
being grown infirm, and having contracted great
debts, prays that he may have such part of his
said salary as your Lordship shall think fit.
Resolution hereon : My Lord can do nothing but as in other cases.
|[Before 1677, Dec.]||
Same from Lodowick Bray : praying for thirty
Resolution hereon : to have 20l. (See supra, p. 497).
|—||Same from William Bedbrough : shewing that for 40 years he has been stable keeper at 12l. 3s. 4d. a year and [out] of great arrears he has only received two [payments] in your Lordship's time : prays such part as your Lordship shall think fit.||Ibid.|
Petition from Timothy Gardner on behalf of himself
and the poor of Deal : shewing that he was agent
for the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded in
1664 and resided there during the plague, that he
has made up his accounts with the Commissioners
in 1667 and has their order to receive of Mr. Cock
their Treasurer 197l. ; that since then he has
passed his accounts in the Exchequer and there is
1,000l. surplusage : therefore prays your Lordship's
order to George Cock to pay the money with interest
or that he may be permitted to proceed at law,
which your Lordship has now stopped.
Resolution hereon : done some time since.
|Book of Petitions, pp. 31-2.|
Same [to the King] from James Goodwin of Chesterton,
in Cambridgeshire, formerly Collector of the
Eighteen Months' Assessment : has had his real
and personal estate seized to the King's use, has
now been long in prison and unable to pay : some
Justices of the Peace testify his poverty and
inability : is in danger to perish and prays the
King's mercy. Referred to your Lordship [Danby]
14 Dec, 1677. Recommended by my Lord St. Albans.
Memorandum : to enquire what security he gave and to be kept in prison till he informs who they are.
|Ibid, p. 32.|
Same to Treasurer Danby from John Tomlinson of
Bristol : shewing that in 1673 he petitioned your
Lordship to be [made] a surveyor at the Pill,
belonging to the port of Bristol upon the removal
of one Mr. Carew : that you were then pleased to
enter a minute in his favour : that William Davies,
one of the surveyors, is now dead : therefore
prays to be admitted into that office.
Resolution hereon : granted. This is granted to Sanson, but my Lord will consider him some other time.
Same from John Singleton, a musician : shewing
that there is 209l. 8s. 9d. in arrear to him on his fee
and livery : prays payment. The Auditor of the
Receipt certifies there was 302l. 10s. 5d. payable
to him by your Lordship's warrant, 2 Aug., 1673.
whereof he received only 93l. 1s. 8d., so remains
209l. 8s. 9d. Certificate annexed [missing].
Resolution hereon : this to be settled "as in page 23" (supra, p. 1355). My Lord can make no particular orders in the case.
Same from Richard Le Bas, Marshal of the Ceremonies :
shewing that of his fee of 100l. a year
there will be due at 1677, Christmas, 2¾ years :
prays payment. Sir Robert Howard certifies
that at Lady day, 1677. there was 2½ years due.
Memorandum : the petition and certificate were delivered to Mr. Evans, 27 Dec., 1677.
Resolution hereon : Mr. Bertie to answer.
Same to Treasurer Danby [sic for the King] from
Thomas Browning, Doctor in Divinity : shewing
that he is brother in law [to] and was bound for
one Gurney, who is felo de se ; [petitioner's bond
being] in 550l. [and given] only to support him :
and that petitioner has no security but his counter
bonds : that by such his [Gurney's] death part
of his estate is forfeit to the Corporation, part to
the King ; the town apply their [part] towards
payment of debts : he therefore prays the King's
part to that intent. Ordered, 14 Dec., 1677, in
Council to be referred to your Lordship [Danby] to
examine the case and report.
Resolution hereon : the state of this case [is to be prepared] for the King's papers.
|Ibid, p. 33.|
Petition to Treasurer Danby from Mary Grove,
widow of Samuell [Grove] : shewing that her
husband, a King's waiter in London port, died in 1675
in arrear for 2¾ years of his salary of 52l. a year,
and by your Lordship's favour she has received
1¼ year's fee : she prays the other year, 52l.
Resolution hereon : see supra, p. 1361.
|Book of Petitions, p. 33.|
Same from Thomas Turnor, gent. : shewing that he
advanced 70l. on a tally for 70l. struck on the
Customs dated 3 July, 1665, payable out of the
half year beginning 1667 for the use of the Wardrobe,
which [tally] is still unpaid : he has a certificate
annexed of his having been a good subject
and great sufferer for the King and his [royal]
father : prays that this tally may be vacated and
another struck on the [present] Receiver of the
Resolution hereon : [this is] in the [same] case with other old debts.
Same from Richard Brawne : shewing that there
being a pension of 200l. a year granted 1660-1,
Feb. 5, to Mr. Carlile and his wife for their lives
whereon they are in arrears, as he is informed,
1,000l., he has taken from Mris. Carlisle a letter of
atturny for 173l. 10s. of the said arrear, which he
prays your Lordship to pay him.
Resolution hereon : nil.
Same from Thomas Earle : by two petitions for a
landwaiter's place in the room of Zacharia Willis,
now dead, late landwaiter at London. He brings
the Earl of Anglesey's letter of recommendation.
Resolution hereon : my Lord thinks he has promised this to the Earl of Kent : if this be the man [then it is] to be done.
|Ibid, p. 34.|
Same from Thomas Temple, goldsmith : shewing that
becoming partner with one Welsted he put in 2,000l.
stock which Welsted converted to his own use ; that
by constraint he [Temple] has paid several sums for
him so that for principall and interest he [Welsted]
owes him 3,522l. besides 500l. which he stands bound
with him for ; that he [Welsted] has contrary to
covenants taken letters patents for [his banker's
annuity or] perpetual interest in his own name and
refuses an assignment [to petitioner of a proportionable
part of such annuity] : therefore prays your
Lordship's consideration and order therein.
Resolution hereon : to be heard at the Treasury Chamber : both [parties] to be summoned. [See supra, p. 835.]
Same to the King from Thomas Hawley, his Majesty's
milliner : shewing that he is creditor to the great
Wardrobe for 6,970l. 7s. 3d. for principal and
interest money due for wares delivered for his
Majesty's service : [which account is] ready to be
demonstrated by certificate and state of the whole
matter : that having received many gracious
promises from his Majesty, upon some importunate
petitions, that his Majesty would take care of his
relief, yet hath since been a very great sufferer
both in his person and estate through the rigorousness
of his creditors : therefore prays his Majesty's
consideration, having been sequestered, imprisoned
and tried for his life by the usurpers for his loyalty,
and [if left] at this present without his Majesty's
speedy directions to the Lord Treasurer to find
some expedient for present payment of some part
at least of his said debt and settlement of the
remainder he must leave to posterity a sad example
in himself and family of the great severity of this
kingdom's common laws and delayed relief of that
equity which he begs. Referred to Treasurer
Danby, 1674-5, March 9, by the King, "having
compassion of the petitioner's case and condition."
Memorandum : 'Tis a Wardrobe debt, but my Lord will report it in favor of the man because he has merit : and [therefore] commands a state to be prepared.
Petition from Mary Fisher and Bennet Fisher,
daughter of Capt. Thomas Fisher : shewing that
their father was ever loyal and his ship was employed
to carry provisions of war for his late
Majesty and lost in that service to his damage
2,500l. : and himself very instrumental to reduce
the whole fleet to obedience and did reduce the
three castles at Deal, and afterwards was imployed
as Burser-General wherein he incurred several
debts, was imprisoned and all his estate to the
value of 8,000l. sequestered, sold and lost. In
consideration of all which his Majesty did constitute
the said father to be Auditor-General of
the Hearthmoney with the same allowance as
the Auditor of the Excise ; that he died before he
enjoyed it and left petitioners in a miserable condition :
they therefore pray some compensation
by way of pension or otherwise. This is referred
from his Majesty to your Lordship : there are
several certificates of the truth of this petition.
Resolution hereon : a state of this case to be prepared for the King's papers ; and the certificates to shew the King.
|Book of Petitions, p. 35.|
Robert Reeves's petition read 24 Dec., 1677.
Resolution hereon : by vertue of Mr. Steven's certificate the Treasurer of the Navy [is] to assign him old orders.
|—||Wingate's petition read : ordered to be put into my Lord [Treasurer's] papers for the King.||Ibid.|
|—||Le Blanke, widow, her petition read. My Lord [Treasurer] to be informed why this is not done : "viz., the 30l. for arrears of exhibiting farthings."||Ibid.|
|—||Thompson (Thomson). [His petition read. Resolution hereon] : no fee farm rents left.||Ibid.|
|—||Bradshaw. [His petition read : Resolution hereon] : to be allowed 500l. on his account in recompence of his service, and to pay in 17l.||Ibid.|
|—||Kerwood. [His petition read : Resolution hereon] : to look over their account and put my lord in mind another time. Mr. Shales has the petition. 24 Dec., 1677, Treasurer Chamber. (fn. 2)||Ibid.|
Petition to Treasurer Danby from Nathaniell, Sarah,
Hannah and Dorothy, brother and sisters to John
Taylor, late of Boarstall in Bucks : shewing that
their parents left them in a low condition and that
their said brother took care of them, that in Nov.
last he murthered himself and thereby his estate,
worth 300l. or 400l., is now forfeited to the King.
They pray your Lordship would prevail with his
Majesty to give it them.
Resolution hereon : for the King's papers.
|Book of Petitions, p. 36.|
Same from Carola, only daughter to Major Francis
Roberts : shewing her father was for his loyalty put
to death in the late times at Norwich ; that the
King since his restoration by great seal has granted
40l. a year to his widow and the petitioner, and the
longer liver, whereof they never received any
benefit. They pray your Lordship's wonted pity to
sufferers for the King. There is annexed a certificate
that nothing has been paid on the patent. There
is likewise a certificate from the town of Norwich
of the Major's death for loyalty.
Resolution hereon : nil.
|—||The overseers of the poor of St. Martin's petition your Lordship for something to the poor.||Ibid.|
Sir Charles Harbord's report [read] about my Lord
Crofts's house and ground in Spring Garden.
Resolution hereon : for the King's papers. In the margin : not here.
|—||Same [read] about Judd's houses pulled down to secure the Tower after the fire (struck through, see infra, p. 1372).||Ibid.|
Petition to the King from John. Timberly, now prisoner
in the King's Bench : shewing that he has been a
great sufferer for the King and that upon the oath
of an enemy he is fined 40Z. to the King, which he
prays may be remitted. Referred to your Lordship,
23 Dec, 1677 (Struck through.)
In the margin : done.
Same to Treasurer Danby from William Morgan, his
Majesty's Cosmographer : [praying for leave to
import] 15,000 reams of paper Custom free in the
space of 3 years "for the printing the county maps
and the volumes of Asia and Europe." (Struck
In the margin : done.
|Ibid, p. 37.|
|[Before 1677, Dec.]||
Same from William Richardson, keeper of Newgate
[gaol] : shewing that he has been instrumental
in taking several kind of offenders and at Christmas
last two most notorious highwaymen, and in their
possession 5 geldings, 2 mares, a silver dressing box
and 2 silver powderboxes. Prays your Lordship to
move the King for a reward of his services and that
if the two men now taken be convicted his Majesty
would be pleased to give him the horses and goods.
Annexed, a certificate in his favor. (Struck through.)
In the margin : done (see supra, p. 828).
Petition from Richard Heath, shewing that your Lordship
was pleased to receive a petition from him, and that
in consideration of the loss of his estate by fire the
Lord Chancellor granted him a fiat for a brief, but
there was a stop put to it, and your Lordship was
pleased to tell Mr. Killigrew you would find some
other way for his relief. His loss is 550l. ; he
humbly prays it. (Struck through.)
In the margin : done (see infra, p. 1370).
|Book of Petitions, p. 37.|
Same to the King from William Scawen, Esq. :
shewing that he has done many considerable services
to the late King for which in the late times he has
very much suffered ; that he and his son were
collectors of the Hearthmoney in Cornwall, and at
making up their account the Commissioners ordered
the Auditor to charge them with 360l. which by
certificate from the Country Justices was standing
out on pressed seamen and paupers. He prays his
Majesty would grant him a remission of the fines
set for renewing his leases in Cornwall which his
Majesty has reserved out of the privy seal that
granted away the fines of that Duchy. Referred
to your Lordship 22 Dec., 1677.
Resolution hereon : let my Lord of Bath speak to the King about this.
Same to Treasurer Danby from Edward Westfield :
shewing that Mr. Covill [Colvile], deceased, did owe
petitioner 500l. payable with interest on 30 days
sight ; by note 300l. [thereof] is paid, but Mr.
Lindsey refuses payment of the rest. He prays to
be in the [like] condition with the rest of Covill's
creditors. (Struck through.)
In the margin : done.
|Ibid, p. 38.|
Same from Edward Silvester : shewing that about
4 years past [one] Hodgkins, smith of the Ordnance
and Mint, did assign both places to petitioner ;
that in his [Hodgkins's] life petitioner passed [the
patent of grant of one thereof, viz.], that of the
Ordnance, but [Hodgkins] died before the other
was passed. He prays your Lordship to be instrumental
to obtain letters patents for him to be smith
of the Mint.
Resolution hereon : nil.
Sir George Courthopp's petition to his Majesty referred
to your Lordship, sheweth that being a
member of Parliament and having served his late
as well as his present Majesty in several capacities
very signally without any manner of gratuity, he
desires that a debt of 1,275l. owing unto him may
be directed to be paid to him out of the Alienation
Office for the payment of his debts ; or in any other
way that shall be adjudged fit.
Resolution hereon : nil.
John Barcroft, Esq. : his petition to his Majesty
referred to pour Lordship, sheweth that being very
serviceable to his Majesty in the last great plague,
being directed with letters from Oxford to London
in those contagious times to the Lord General
Monck, said Lord General was instrumental in
getting him to be Paymaster to all the forces of
Jersey and Guernsey, which office he performed
faithfully as long as he was intrusted in it, and
the wars lasted, but being turn'd out by my
Lord Hatton, humbly begs he may be reinstated and
have the same allowance as formerly.
Memorandum : the office is in the disposal of the Governor, who has put in an officer that hath served several yeares without exception. (Query why he was turned out).
The widow, Avis Laurence. Her petition to his
Majesty referred to your Lordship [Danby], sheweth
that there is 20l. of old arrears due unto her on her
husband's account, who was a servant to his late
as well as his present Majesty, and now being
reduced to great want she humbly craves she may
be paid her arrears. (Struck through.)
Resolution hereon : my Lord Treasurer directs this 20l. to be paid her, June 22 (see supra, p. 847).
|Book of Petitions, p. 39.|
|—||Petition to Treasurer Danby from Thomas Lysons, one of the officers for the Customs at Hull : shewing that whereas the other officers there have received their salary due by patent quarterly, he has not : humbly begs it may be redressed (see p. 933, supra).||Ibid.|
Rob. Heath, Esq.'s petition to his Majesty referred to
your Lordship : shews that he has faithfully served
the late and present Kings both in the Civil Wars
and also beyond the seas, has been a great sufferer,
almost to his utter ruin, and notwithstanding all
his services never yet tasted of his Majesty's
bounties : therefore begs an arrear of about 874l.
due to the King from the Receivers General of the
Voluntary Present of 13 Car. II ; and has discovered
the persons and estates lyable to the payment
Resolution hereon : for the King's papers.
|—||Petition to Treasurer Danby from the Alum Farmers : declaring that notwithstanding his Majesty's letters patents and Royal Proclamation for the prohibiting the importation of alum, yet alum is imported and Customs received, which they humbly beg may be taken into your Lordship's consideration. (Struck through.)||Ibid.|
Same from Lady Calthrope, relict of Sir Lestrange
Calthrope. Petitions your Lordship that his
Majesty was pleased to constitute her husband
Serjeant at Law with the usual salary thereunto
belonging, in which office he continued for 3 years
without receiving any salary, therefore humbly
begs your Lordship's favour in this business : this
arrear incurred in your Lordship's time.
Resolution hereon : nil.
Same to the King from Mrs. Katherine Humphrey
(relict of Pelham Humphrey, and daughter to
Henry Cooke, late Master of his Majesty's Chapel) :
said petition referred to Treasurer Danby, sheweth
that the said widow has due unto her, on her father's
account for his several fees and salary, the sum of
1,865l. 3s. 2d. out of which her portion was to be
paid ; and since her husband's death she has paid
460l. debts contracted by him to enable him to
perform his duty and service committed to him by
his Majesty ; by reason of [all] which, and her husband's
death, she is in a very poor and sad condition :
humbly begs to be considered out of a debt due to
his Majesty from Sir Edwd. Barkeham when he was
sheriff of Lincoln, amounting to 1,400l.
Resolution hereon : see how the debt stands.
Note : delivered to Mrs. Humfrys 14 Aug., 1678.
|Ibid, p. 40.|
Will. Bounty and Albion Thompson's (two of his
Majesty's trumpets) petition to his Majesty referred
to your Lordship [Danby] : shews that his Majesty
in 1660 granted them his royal signet for 60l. per an. ;
which for several years has lain suspended, notwithstanding
their extraordinary service : therefore
desire they may be considered and the suspension
Resolution hereon : nil.
|Book of Petitions, p. 40.|
Petition to Treasurer Danby from Richard Heath :
shewing that since he has been recommended from
his Majesty by Mr. Killegrew to your Lordship
in consideration of his losses by fire, as also of his
father's great service relating to his Majesty's happy
escape after Worcester fight for which his Majesty
was pleased to order a particular reward over and
about what his losses came to, which losses came to
above 550l., and now being reduced to great wants
by his long attendance on this business, and being
in danger by his absence from his concerns in the
country to lose a very good farm, which will be his
total ruin ; he therefore humbly begs your Lordship's
favour in this particular (see supra, p. 1368).
Resolution hereon : nil.
Same from John Jones. Apothecary in Ordinary to his
Majesty and Household : shewing that there is due
to him for his salary and wages 160l., as also 42l.
due to him upon the Law duty, which appears by
two certificates annexed to this petition [mis ing],
and therefore beseeches your Lordship's favour in
Resolution hereon : nil.
Note in margin : delivered to his son, 14 Aug., 1678.
|Ibid, p. 41.|
Same to the King from Alexander How, Esq., Col.
Deane and others : said petition being referred to
Treasurer Danby shews that in 1664 they had
prayed a lease of Dartmoor in Devon, being waste
grounds not stocked with deer nor timber as did
then appear by divers that did inspect that business,
but by the death of some of the agitators, they could
not go on in the contract, and now having other
sufficient persons to be their assistants humbly beg
favour, seeing 'twill be for the improvement of his
Majesty's waste grounds, and increase of the rents.
Resolution hereon : nil.
Same to Treasurer Danby from Mr. L'Estrange :
shewing that he has spent his fortune in the service
of the Crown and is at present exposed to great
inconvenience by reason of his debts, having only
received 200l. out of 575l. due to him at Michaelmas
last upon account of his allowance in lieu of the
Newes-Books, and his owne expences upon the Press
as already has been made to appear to your Lordship :
and that upon his humble peticon to the King
concerning this matter for the settling his allowance
with certain additions, his Majesty was pleased to
recommend petitioner to your Lordship's favour
and consideration [to the end] that such relief as his
present condition stands in need of might be afforded
him. Another petition is to his Majesty about the
sole printing all pamphlets : with the draft of the
Resolution hereon : as to his allowance [this matter is to be put on] the papers for the King.
Petition from Agnes Curson : shewing that the Earl of
Rochester being indebted 100l. to her after a long
solicitation and attendance at last the Earl was
pleas'd to grant an assignment for the said sum
(which is all the security she has for her debts)
out of his pension : humbly begs Treasurer Danby's
favour in this particular.
Resolution hereon : nil.
|Book of Petitions, p. 42.|
Same from the widows of Pet. Brent, serjeant plumber,
Thomas Baggelley, master glasier, John Grove,
master plasterer, and Isaac Corner, master bricklayer :
shewing that there are several arrears due
to their husbands and they have not been paid as
duly as the rest of the artizans and servants [to
the Works] have : therefore humbly desire your
Lordship's consideration of their conditions.
Resolution hereon : nil.
|—||Same from Sir Robert Atkins (struck through).||Ibid.|
Same to the King from Benigne Ragois, one of his
Majesty's trumpets : said petition referred to
Treasurer Danby shews that in 1660 he had the
royal signet for 60l. per an. which for these several
years hath been suspended, notwithstanding he has
been compelled to extraordinary service : he therefore
begs your Lordship to consider his condition.
Resolution hereon : nil.
Same to Treasurer Danby from 61 truly loyal and
indigent officers : shewing that there was a petition
of theirs sent from the King and Council to your
Lordship the last of May and nothing done in it :
therefore humbly beg your Lordship's favour in
their behalf. There's a paper [missing] annexed.
In the margin : done.
|—||Same from Ann Horsley and her distressed husband : shewing that her husband has suffered 9 months' imprisonment on account of his brother-in-law, for whom he stood engaged, [petitioner] depending [for repayment] on his [said brother-in-law's] arrears due to him as serving under Sir Tobias Bridges (struck through) as a soldier in Ireland, for receipt of which he [the brother-in-law] made him [petitioner] a letter of attorney for his better security. Notwithstanding one Patrick Trant pretends to have bought his [said brother-in-law's] arrears, and the petitioner having oftentimes solicited for some satisfaction, yet he [? Trant] absolutely refuses to give any : and petitioners being very poor must inevitably perish unless relieved by your Lordship's order to Patrick Trant for payment of the arrears. (Struck through.)||Ibid, pp. 42-3.|
|—||Same from Thomas Biggs : shewing that he received 100 hogsheads of tobacco (being deputy collector of Customs in Albemarle alias Roanoke, in the Province of Carolina) on his Majesty's account from the New England men for the penny per lb. custom on tobacco transported thither [to New England] ; and should have received 300 hogsheads more which was due and in arrear of which there was demand made and care taken for vessels to ship the same off when several factious persons in a rebellious manner seized his Majesty's collectors and officers with the commander-in-chief of the said county and all that would not submit unto them and imprisoned them, debarring them from ink and paper and the access of friends, but at last the petitioner escaped, and having been at much charge in this his voyage [with the intent] to give your Lordship a full state of this matter, humbly begs your Lordship's favour in this particular.||Ibid, p. 43.|
|—||Petition to the King from Sir Robert Atkyns : said petition referred to Treasurer Danby shews that his kinsman, Col. Atkyns, deceased, was very active in the service of the King and spent an estate of almost 800l. per an. in the late wars and in maintaining his Majesty's prerogative [viz., in the particular case of or] for the sole printing all law books, for which service the King granted said Col. a patent for the printing all law books for 21 years ; that about 12 of the years of said term are now expired and said Col. being forced by necessity not only to sell his estate which would have descended to petitioner, but also his interest in the [said law book printing] patent : petitioner therefore prays a reversionary grant of the said patent for printing all law books.||Book of Petitions, pp. 43-4.|
Same from Thomas Lysons : shewing that he was
one of the King's customers of Kingston upon Hull
port and by the duty of his place was obliged to see
all persons belonging to the said port that they use
no indirect means or illegal practices to disturb
traders and defraud the King ; that there is one
Nathaniel Spencer that is very notorious for taking
private compositions and using indirect means to the
great detriment of the service : prays that it may be
taken into consideration.
Resolution hereon : referred to the [Customs] Commissioners.
|Ibid, p. 44.|
Same to the King from Daniel Judd : said petition
referred to Treasurer Danby shews that before the
late dreadful fire in London he had 14 houses
standing on Great Tower Hill which were worth
500l. per an. and were by his Majesty's order pulled
down 5 weeks after the fire to his utter undoing
and certain ruin unless considered by your Lordship.
The truth of petitioner's request appears by Sir
Charles Harbord's report annexed to the petition.
Resolution hereon : to be read. Examine his title.
In the margin : once more to enquire into this case (see supra, pp. 454, 1367).
Same to Treasurer Danby from the Duke of Albemarle :
shewing that the King granted by patent to George,
Duke of Albemarle, and his heirs a fee farm rent of
33l. 6s. 9d. per an. issuing out of the manor of New
Hall, and a fee farm rent of 5l. 7s. 3½d. per an. out
of the manor of Boreham intended to be granted to
the Duke in actual possession ; that the said rents
were formerly granted by the King as parcel of the
Queen's jointure ; therefore the King in the privy
seal (reciting that the said Duke being to pay the
said rents during the continuance of the jointure to
the Queen ought in justice to have a full recompense
of like yearly value) and in consideration thereof did
grant to the Duke 38l. 13s. 11½d. to be yearly received
out of the Crown rents within the city of London
and counties of Middlesex and Essex for the life of
the Queen. The said sum has not been paid since
1671, and the receiver refuses to pay the same,
alleging that [since the sale of fee farm rents] he
does not receive money enough to pay the ees due
to the officers. The Duke therefore prays that he
may be paid the said arrears and have an order for
future payment of it on a surer fund.
Resolution hereon : my Lord cannot alter the fund.
|Ibid, pp. 44-5.|
Petition from Humf. Kilby, surety for John Kilby, late
collector of fire hearths, Bucks : shewing that said
John was indebted in 2,800l. for the same to his
Majesty, and was under seizure ; that his Majesty
by privy seal did grant the same [debt] to Col.
Charles Giffcrd, who by deed inrolled in the Exchequer
hath acknowledged satisfaction ; further
that said John Kilby being now dead, had not taken
up his surety bonds. Petitioner therefore begs
Treasurer Danby's order to the Remembrancer of
the Exchequer for the delivering up the said bonds
according to said privy seal.
Resolution hereon : see the privy seal and act accordingly.
|Book of Petitions, p. 45.|
Same from Charles Bayles : shewing that the two
hundreds of Chelmsford and Dunmow, Essex have
been heretofore granted to Ric. Pully and others
before him : said Pully being dead, petitioner begs
a grant thereof, as the same have been formerly
granted with the particulars before the time of Ric.
Pully. Referred to Sir C. Harbord. Mr. Fisher,
in the absence of Sir Charles Harbord, reports that
it does not appear that the said hundreds are in
grant or what the profits are thereof or of the office
of Bayliff above the rents of 3l. per an. reserved to
Resolution hereon : enquire into the state of this matter.
Same from Mrs. Sheldon to the King : referred to
to Treasurer Danby. Said petition sets forth that
King James by letters patent did grant unto
Alexander Leviston, Esq., and his heirs for ever the
parsonage house of Charminster with Haydon's farm
and other lands in Dorset of about 80l. per an.
under the yearly rent of about 5l. 6s. 8d., which are
since devolved back to the Crown, but [said premises]
are now concealed and detained from his Majesty.
Petitioner therefore begs (seeing her family has
suffered for their loyalty) a grant of said parsonage
with the other lands for the term of 99 years at the
said rent of 5l. 6s. 8d.,
Resolution hereon : refer to Sir Cha. Harbord.
Marginal note : done and delivered out 13 Aug., 1678.
Same to Treasurer Danby from Elizabeth, widow of
George Acton, Esq. : shewing that her husband
faithfully served the late as well as his present
Majesty to the great expence of his fortune : that
a petition presented to your lordship [Danby] for
adding a third life in a copyhold tenement parcel
of the Duchy of Cornwall was referred to the Surveyor-General
and a fine set at 95l. 6s. 9d. Petitioner
begs that the said fine may be remitted and a third
life added of his Majesty's grace and bounty and in
compensation of her husband's services and sufferings.
Resolution hereon : for the King's papers.
Petition from Charles Goodwyn, gent., Receiver-General
of the Poll money for co. Sussex : shewing that
petitioner has collected and paid into his Majesty's
Exchequer all the moneys charged and assessed
within the said county, except only 98l. 1s. 6d. :
and in regard that he has been at great charges in
the expediting the said collection and is desirous
forthwith to pass his accompts (which by reason of
many certificates will also be chargeable unto him),
therefore begs Treasurer Danby to grant him such
allowance for his solicitations in the said employment
as his Lordship shall think fit.
Resolution hereon : my Lord cannot do anything in it.
|Book of Petitions, p. 45.|
Same from Eleanor Withers and Joan Halsworth :
shewing that they were privy to his Majesty's concealment
at Sir Francis Wyndham's house after
the battle at Worcester, and with great fidelity did
perform their duty in attending his Majesty during
his stay there, for which faithful services his
Majesty settled on each of them an annuity of 50l.
payable by the receiver of his Majesty's late revenue
of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, which being
since sold by Act of Parliament [for sale of fee farms]
the petitioners can no longer receive their said
annuities, and now his Majesty is pleased to grant
a new settlement of the said annuities for their lives,
but petitioners being very poor and unable to bear
the charge of passing a new patent therefore beg
that your Lordship [Danby] would think of some
way how they may be able to partake of his
Majesty's royal bounty.
Resolution hereon : granted.
|Ibid, pp. 46-7.|
Same from Marcus Browne : shewing that upon a
petition presented to his Majesty setting forth the
petitioner's loss in the farm of the Customs of
Galloway in the year 1650, the King referred it to
your Lordship [Danby] by an order of Council
bearing date the 23rd June, 1675 : that ever since
the petitioner has attended your Lordship therein,
but as yet nothing has been done : therefore prays
your Lordship to take his petition into consideration
and that the clauses in the Acts of Parliament may
Resolution hereon : refer to Mr. Attorney-General.
Marginal note : done accordingly and gone.
|Ibid, p. 47.|
Same from Daniel Deive : shewing that he has due
to him 6,000l. and upwards for goods delivered into
the office of the Great Wardrobe for his Majesty's
service in the year 1677, and that since that time
there is due unto him 394l. 2s. 6d. for which he was
promised ready money, but the whole is yet unpaid :
being mightily in debt and reduced to a very low
condition, petitioner begs your Lordship's favour in
Resolution hereon : enquire of Mr. Newport.
Same from the Gentlemen of his Majesty's Chapel
and children and officers of the vestry : shewing
that 877l. 7s. 0d. is due to them, payable out of the
Treasury [of the] Chamber, for their attendance
at Windsor in 1674 as may appear by warrant
from the Lord Chamberlain : being reduced to
great straits for want thereof, they humbly beg
your Lordship's favour.
Resolution hereon : let something be done.
Petition from Thomas Green : shewing that he was
appointed cashier and paymaster at the late Exchange
Office in London for the returning his
Majesty's money and that above 654,352l. 17s. 3d.
passed through his hands and was paid punctually
into the Exchequer : that he was also authorized by
your Lordship's warrant to be Receiver and paymaster
of such monies as your Lordship should direct by
way of imprest for defraying the charges of the said
Office and for the solicitors' salaries in the several
counties for hastening the assessments. An account
hereof [missing] was adjoined to the petition
wherein there are three sums craved by the petitioner
amounting to 121l. 3s. 10d. which cannot be allowed
without particular warrant from your Lordship :
and for the same service the former paymaster had
10l. per an. : therefore petitioner humbly craves
your Lordship's consideration.
Resolution hereon : the Chancellor [of the Exchequer] to consider.
|Book of Petitions, p. 48.|
Same from John du Bois ; shewing that in July, 1670,
he lent 300l. towards a sum of money advanced at
that time for the discharge of his Majesty's navy,
same being on the security of the fee farm rents :
said loan, together with all the interest, except the
first year, is still unpaid : further that petitioner
was very instrumental in promoting the late loan
in London of 100,000l. on the credit of the Poll Act :
therefore begs your Lordship's favour.
Resolution hereon : examine what can be done.
Same from Jane Finch to his Majesty : referred to your
Lordship [Danby] : said petition shews that her
husband had an arrear of 625l. due to him on his
pension of 250l. per an. settled on the Excise as a
Commissioner of Excise : that Sir Stephen Fox
advanced 200l. to petitioner and there remains due
425l., for want of which and many other misfortunes
she is in great want : therefore begs your Lordship
to commiserate her condition.
Resolution hereon : speak with Sir Ste. Fox.
Same to Treasurer Danby from Capt. Bernard Phillips :
shewing that notwithstanding he has cleared himself
from the scandal of being reported a papist (which
for some considerable time hindered him of his
pension) and has removed all other obstructions
which can be pretended yet he still groans under
great miseries and wants : that he has 4s. a day
allowed him which he has not of late received :
therefore begs some speedy relief.
Resolution hereon : query [to be made] of Sir Ste. Fox.
Same from the Royal African Company : shewing
that they have bought 20 tuns of oak timber with
intent to send it upon their ships for the building
and repairing his Majesty's forts and castles for
defence of the trade on the coast of Africa : pray
that same may be transported with your Lordship's
leave and the Commissioners of the Customs. Their
report adjoined to the petition. (Struck through.)
Marginal note : African Company, done.
|Ibid, p. 49.|
Petition from Nicholas Chestle and John Cheeke of
Newport in the Isle of Wight, gentlemen : shewing
that they were advised that cocquet fees were not
due for wool carried from the said Island to the
town of Southampton, and about August last they
did send over thither without cocquets 20 hides of
leather and 22 todds of wool which were seized
by the officers of the Customs there as forfeited for
not having taken out cocquets for the same : that
afterwards upon the petition of the inhabitants of
the Island same were ordered to be restored without
fees, but upon demanding the same, the officers
refused to restore the same upon their finding some
diaper packed up in the said wool which was only
for the more convenience of carriage and an affidavit
made of it. The petitioners pray your Lordship's
order to the officers to restore the same and to
ascertain what to pay, if anything.
Resolution hereon : the law to be observed and the officers to be justified.
|Book of Petitions, p. 49.|
|—||Same from Richard Lightfoot : shewing that he let his Chamber in the Temple for an Office to the Trustees for sale of Fee Farm Rents at sixty pounds per an. and that at Michaelmas last his Chambers were burnt down, where[by] he lost not only 500l. but was at above 10l. charges in removing his Majesty's Records and was forced to hire other Chambers for the Office : further that there is due at Midsummer 3¼ years for rent. Referred to the Trustees [for Fee Farms] who report that there is due to the petitioner 195l. for 3¼ years' rent.|
|—||Same from Joseph Walker, one of his Majesty's trumpets in ordinary : shewing that of his salary of 60l. per an. there is in arrears 3 years : and being at a continual charge for the recovery of his sick wife and having no other way of subsistence but his imployment, humbly begs your Lordship's favour.||Ibid.|
Same from Will. Standin : shewing that he was an
eye witness of several prohibited goods clandestinely
landed in several places on the coast of Sussex to
the detriment of his Majesty's Customs, and was
also certified of some prohibited French goods that
are expected there in some few days : therefore
begs your Lordship's warrant for the seizure of all
Resolution hereon : agreed.
|Ibid, p. 50.|
|—||Same from Will. Taleur (Tayleur) : shewing that the office of the King's chief clerk of the Mint is now held without your Lordship's warrant, or any other authority, save that of the [Mint] officers, who have appointed one to exercise the same and by reason thereof keep the books and papers that belong to the office, and do not only refuse to produce or show them to the Commissioners [appointed to inspect the affairs of the Mint] but to give any obedience to their orders : therefore prays your Lordship's favour for the said office. (Struck through.)||Ibid.|
Same from Edward Howard : shewing that about
the 14th of March last he sailed from Gravesend
towards Norway with 9 men and a boy besides
himself whereof only two were strangers, and
below Gravesend 4 of his English men were imprested
into his Majesty's service so that he was forced to
take 3 more strangers to enable him to perform
his voyage, that he is now arrived in England
from Norway, but dares not bring up his ship lest
she should be seized for not having ¾ of his mariners
English : therefore prays that he may import,
enter and land his goods, seeing he was regularly
manned when he entered on his said voyage.
Resolution hereon : refer to the Commissioners of the Customs.
|—||Petition from Will. Knight, Tho. Beegby, Tho. Russell, Walter Jefferys, [and] Ric. Stretton, on behalfe of themselves and the rest of his Majesty's servants, the yeomen warders of the Tower of London : shewing that by their places they are obliged to watch and ward night and day, that by reason of their constant attendance they are prevented from taking any other employment upon them whereby they may provide for themselves and their families, and they are 3 years behind in arrears of their small salaries of 14d. a day and have paid great sums of money to Sir John Robinson for their places : all which they leave to your Lordship's consideration. (Struck through.)||Book of Petitions, pp. 50-1.|
Same from John Roots to his Majesty referred
to your Lordship : said petition shewing that he
had served the late as well as his present Majesty
upon his own purse, and that his Majesty had
lately granted him a lease of some things within
the survey of the Duchy of Lancaster for 31 years
in reversion after about 15 years yet to come,
under a rent, and 150l. fine : begs that said fine
may be remitted, seeing there is in arrear 325l.
due to him from his Majesty (as one of his pensioners,
as appears by a certificate joined to the
petition) and that so much of the [said] arrears
may be struck off. (Struck through.)
Resolution hereon : he must apply himself to the Chancellor of the Duchy.
|Ibid, p. 51.|
Same to the King from Grace Stanton, executrix of
Jo. Rose : said petition (referred to your Lordship)
shews that his Majesty by privy seal granted to
said Jo. Rose 240l. per an. for wages and board
wages payable out of the Exchequer, and by
another privy seal allowed him 320l. per an. to be
paid, quarterly pursuant to a contract with the
said Jo. Rose for the keeping the garden at St.
James's in repair and providing all necessaries
thereunto : that the said Jo. Rose died September
the 10th three weeks before Michaelmas last : that
petitioner had the custody of the said garden and
paid out of her purse the workmen and all charges
till Michaelmas day last past when the present
gardener entered. The petitioner further offers
that the said John Rose during the last rebellion
applied to his Majesty's service 50l. as appears by
his Majesty's letters and Dr. Hewet's receipt.
Petitioner therefore begs the said quarter's wages
and such consideration for the 50l. as shall be
Resolution hereon : agreed.
Petition from Lucy Countess Dowager of Huntingdon
to his Majesty referred to your Lordship : said
petition shewing that upon Henry Lord Loughborough's
surrender of a lease of the Customs and
duties upon cattle exported out of Ireland into
England [said Lord] had the grant of an annuity
of 500l. for 19 years and a half out of his Majesty's
Customs to be paid without any further warrant :
that notwithstanding the said surrender the said
annuity is not paid, and the said Lord owes the
petitioner a considerable sum of money which she
begs may be paid out of his arrears.
Resolution hereon : for the King's papers.
|Book of Petitions, p. 51.|
Same to Treasurer Danby from William Sharington
(Shurington) : shewing that Queen Elizabeth by
letters patents dated 1594, June 26, granted to
Edward Honyng, Esq., the monastery and priory
of St. Peter de Eye, Suffolk, with all rights thereunto
belonging and divers parcels of meadow, pasture
and other grounds to hold for his own life, his wife's
and his son's, rendering yearly 20l. 2s. 9d., and
afterwards the Queen by patent in the 40th year of
her reign granted the same in reversion to the said
Edward, his executor and assigns for 40 years to
commence after the death of them : they having
been dead about 15 years, and the interest of the
said 40 years being in the petitioner, he begs a
further term therein. (Struck through.)
Resolution hereon : refer to Sir Cha. Harbord.
|Ibid, p. 52.|
|—||Same from Tho. Martyn : shewing that his Majesty granted him the office of receiver of all duties payable unto his Majesty in the Island of Jamaica : that in order to the execution of his said office, he repairs thither where he meets with so many discouragements from Lord Vaughan as constrains him to beg your Lordship's protection and to consider of the hard instructions imposed on him by the said Lord. The instructions are annexed to the petition, and what was said in Council.||Ibid.|
Same from Nicholas Robinson : shewing that he has
a warrant from your Lordship to look after tobacco
that grows in England, and has but very small or
almost no encouragement for performing the same :
therefore begs your Lordship's protection and
assistance. (Struck through.)
Resolution hereon : refer to the Commissioners of the Customs.
|—||Same from Edward Bushell and William Berd, merchants of London : shewing that they were part owners of the Brazil frigate and Concord of London, and do demand 1,100l. for the hire and freight of the said ships taken up in his Majesty's service at Barbados : and that upon their petition to your Lordship it was ordered they should be paid out of the Farm of the Four and a Half per cent. duty in Barbados : therefore crave your Lordship's warrant for a privy seal [for such payment].||Ibid.|
Same from Elizabeth Williams, wife to Capt. Williams,
deceased : shewing that her husband served his
Majesty in the West Indies in the regiment of Sir
Tobias Bridge ; was mustered at Portsmouth [as]
Lieutenant to Lieut,-Col. Stapleton, and afterwards
was made a Captain, and so continued till his death,
which happened not long before their disbanding :
but by reason the books, wherein his arrears were
stated, are said to be lost and the commissioners
for disbanding the said regiment having no orders
for stating the debentures of such as died, the
petitioner complained to your Lordship and obtained
an order for Commissary Bains and Fillingham to
state the arrears which was accordingly done, and
after all defalcations they appear to be 48l. 8s. :
therefore prays that she may receive same,
although not a 3rd part of what was due. (Struck
Resolution hereon : refer to the commissioner appointed to examine and state the arrears of the Barbados Regiment.
|Ibid, p. 53.|
|—||Petition from Mrs. Bradley : shewing that after a full hearing of her grievances and answer to [John Bradley] her husband's reasons, the King was pleased to order the said John Bradley to pay her what was adjudged by the Ecclesiastical Court, or that his protection as a messenger should be taken off : but there is nothing done in it : therefore begs she may no longer be deprived of her rights.||Book of Petitions, p. 53.|
Same from Rob. Harwar : shewing that he has been
a Custom House officer 39 years, and upon some
supposed neglect of his or of one Mr. Ball [they]
were both of them suspended : that said Ball upon
his application to your Lordship was restored to
his place : therefore petitioner begs the like
favour in respect of his long continued service,
great age of 74 years and poverty : he stands upon
Resolution hereon : refer to the Commissioners of the Customs.
Marginal note : done and delivered out 17 Aug., 1678.
|—||Same from Will. Hester, his Majesty's Ratkiller : shewing that there is 54l. due to him for the destroying vermin as may appear by two bills signed by the Lord Chamberlain : being in great distress for want of it, therefore prays payment.||Ibid.|
|—||Same to the King from Dr. Kerle (Kirle) physician in ordinary to his Majesty : referred to your Lordship : said petition shewing that he has faithfully served his late Majesty, and upon his Majesty's restoration was made physician in ordinary, but never had any pay or reward : that his Majesty's foot guards are without a physician to help them in their sickness, and the charge to an apothecary [for the Forces] for medicines only is 1,500l. per an. : therefore begs that he and Dr. Warner may be physicians to the Guards and for their advice, waiting and medicines desire but 600l. per an., which is not half so much as the apothecary has.||Ibid, p. 54.|
|—||Same to Treasurer Danby from Thomas Carter, one of his Majesty's messengers attending the Council in the Marches of Wales : shews that he has several bills signed for the satisfying him for his pains and charges in dispersing proclamations, commissions and public Acts into North Wales since his Majesty's restoration, but by reason that the fines on which his payment was placed did not amount unto more then would satisfy the receivers' fees, the petitioner could obtain no satisfaction, and there is due to him 254l. 16s. 8d. at the rate of 30s. for each public Act, and 4l. per an. for wages toward the keeping a man and horse to do that service : he humbly prays your Lordship would consider his condition, seeing he has contracted many debts by being employed in his Majesty's service.||Ibid.|
|—||Petition to Treasurer Danby from John Moore : shewing that his Majesty granted him the office of one of the waiters, Bristol port, with the fees and advantages thereto belonging, as also with the salary of 15l. per an. payable by the collector of the said port, and that his dividend [of fees, etc.] for the last half year was so inconsiderable as did not amount to above 2l. (the salary being not paid) so that his employment will not give him a subsistence unless your Lordship will be pleased to give directions for the constant payment of his salary, which he humbly begs.||Book of Petitions, pp. 54-5.|
|—||Same from Katherine Forster, relict of Martyn Foster, Esq. : shewing that her husband was Comptroller of Customs, Newcastle port, in which employment he faithfully served his Majesty as long as he lived : that his Majesty granted said office to another, but betwixt the time of the death of the petitioner's husband, and the other's coming to his place, the fees out of the said office did amount to about 100l., which not being as yet disposed of, and being in the power of your Lordship, she humbly prays for.||Ibid, p. 55.|
Same from the doorkeepers belonging to the House of
Lords : shewing that at the end of every sessions
of Parliament by vertue of a dormant privy seal
they received 100l. : therefore pray they may
have a warrant drawn for 100l. as formerly for their
waiting and service : they having received nothing
these two sessions.
Resolution hereon : examine their pretensions.
Same to the King from John Walker and Jo. Relfe,
under clerks to the House of Peers : referred to
your Lordship : said petition shews that they have
no certain salary nor allowance for their service,
and have but once (since his Majesty's restoration)
received any reward ; therefore beg they may be
Resolution hereon : examine also.
|—||Same [to the King] from the Pages of the presence to her Majesty : referred to your Lordship : said petition shews that notwithstanding their diligent attendance on her Majesty these 14 years, they have not the advantages their predecessors had in the like places to the Queen Mother [such] as profits out of the Privy Chamber and Withdrawing Room, allowance of liveries out of the Wardrobe and free access to eat at the waiters' table : that they have nothing certain to depend on but the ancient salary of 5 marks a year : therefore beg your Lordship's favour for their salary and privileges.||Ibid.|
|—||Same to Treasurer Danby from the Grooms of her Majesty's Great Chamber now in being : shewing that they have duly been paid till Christmas last and that your Lordship ordered the payment of that likewise : but petitioners authorizing Captain Goldsborough one of their fellows, to act therein for them, he has received all but 15l. and yet refuses to give the petitioners any satisfaction, but says 'tis to be appropriated towards the payment of the arrears of persons deceased : they therefore crave whither or no it be your Lordship's pleasure it should be so.||Ibid.|
|—||Petition from Col. Crow : shewing that upon a petition to his Majesty [he was] referred to your Lordship about a certain increase rent of 20l. a year out of his Majesty's manor of Portland : has faithfully served his Majesty to the expense of his fortune, and is now old and reduced to a very low condition : therefore begs your Lordship's favour in that particular.||Book of Petitions, p. 56.|
|—||Same from Thomas Sherman : shewing that your Lordship constituted him one of the land waiters, Yarmouth port, within a month after Lady day last : having been at charges to settle himself therein he begs he may receive the whole quarter's pay.||Ibid.|
Same to the King from Dorothy Nightingale : referred
to your Lordship : said petition shewing that her
ancestors have been tenants to the Crown for near
400 years for a pasture called Dike Marsh, in the
county of York, and of the fishing in the water
there : that said land is the greatest part of the
provision left to petitioner by her father, Sir
Guilford Slingsby : that since his Majesty's restoration
[she] has procured a new lease [thereof] wherein
she has a term of about 10 years unexpired : that
having spent a considerable sum of money in defence
of his Majesty's title, which is now cleared, she
hoped to have made a provision therewith for her
children, but Lord Gerard has procured a lease in
reversion, whereby the petitioner is debarred of the
privilege of renewing : therefore begs a lease of
the premises for the term of 40 years to commence
after the expiration of the said Lord's lease.
Resolution hereon : referred to the Queen's Trustees.
Same to the King from Mris. Kirke for 500l. a year out
the Honor of Grafton : referred to your Lordship
and your Lordship reported thereon to his Majesty,
who was pleased to refer it back again to your
Lordship to consider how and in what manner his
Majesty may fitly provide for the petitioner's just
satisfaction. (Struck through.)
Resolution hereon : for the King's papers.
Marginal note : delivered to her solicitor 6 Aug., 1678. Delivered to Mris. Kirke's son 13 Aug., 1678.
My Lord Lieutenant of Ireland's report on Captain
Barbazon's petition to be read. (Struck through.)
Marginal note : delivered to the gentleman by Mr. Brent, July 24.
|—||A proposal of Mr. Collingwood about Scotch corn to be read.||Ibid.|
Petition to Treasurer Danby from George Evans :
shews that having lately represented a petition to
your Lordship concerning his house (which belongs
to him as surveyor of the melting houses in the
Mint) he was referred by your Lordship to Sir
Christopher Wren, who reports back again to your
Lordship that the building the said house will
amount to 488l. 17s. 0d. which he humbly prays.
Marginal note : done.
|Ibid, p. 57.|
|—||Petition to Treasurer Danby from Mr. Banister, one of the King's musicians : shewing that there is 660l. in arrears to him upon the fee of 110l. per an., as appears by Sir Rob. Howard's certificate : therefore begs your Lordship to consider him and his family who are very poor.||Book of Petitions, p. 57.|
|—||Same from the grooms belonging to the King and Queen : shewing that they have a new year's gift from the King of 160l. 13s. 4d. amongst them, and being six or seven years behind, humbly pray your Lordship it may be redressed.||Ibid.|
Same from Roger Paxton, master of the ship Tenneriffe :
shewing that the said ship took in 4 bales of
Dimitys, 4 small baskets of drugs and one box of
rhubarb at Leghorn to be put on shore at Malaga, but
so it happened that Sir Will. Poole in the Leopard,
being convoy and not staying, the petitioner was
forced to bring the said goods for London, not
knowing they were Turkey goods till they came to
pass the entry at the Customs House by reason
whereof they are liable to be seized. He humbly
begs your Lordship's warrant for the keeping of
the said ship and goods from seizure.
Marginal note : given to Mr. Osborn ; returned again.
Same from Edward Hutchison : shewing that he
did farm the wine Licences for the City of York in
the years 1672 and 1673, and for several other towns
in the county of York for the same years and 1674,
whereby he was damnified 230l. and upwards in
obeying the then Lord Treasurer's [Clifford's] order,
by letting the same at lower rates than first contracted
for. all which is asserted by the Commissioners
of the wine Licences : and there being
only an arrear of 123l. 14s. 0d. [on his rent] behind
and unpaid to his Majesty, he prays your Lordship
to order the said Commissioners to deliver up his
bond that so he may be discharged. (Struck through.)
Marginal note. done.
|—||Same from Mr. Rutter : praying he may have the grant of the offices of C[l]erk and Register of the Chancery in the Island of Barbados, as also Clerk of the Peace and Crown there for his life.||Ibid.|
|—||Same to the King from Mr. Gorsuch : referred to your Lordship : said petition shewing that he disbursed several sums of money in his Majesty's service, amounting to 450l., and did in the year 1671 obtain an order for the said sum from the Commissioners of the Treasury to be paid him or his assigns with interest out of the Customs ; but that he has received neither principal nor interest : therefore beg ; what your Lordship shall think fit for his satisfaction.||Ibid, p. 58.|
|—||Same to Treasurer Danby from Mr. Arden, receiver of the revenue of the bishopric of Durham in the late vacancy : shewing that he has given 5 years' attendance on this service, and received but 3 years' salary, not accounting any incident charges, nor his loss of above 300l. : therefore begs your Lordship to discharge him of a small remaining sum at the foot of his accompt : he likewise proposes about receiving the arrears due to his Majesty at little or no charge.||Ibid.|
|—||Petition to the King from widow Robinson : referred to your Lordship : said petition shewing that King James granted the Post Office to Lord Stanhope for his life ; that the said widow's husband had a good title to the said office derived from the said lord ; that the improvement of the said office from 5,000l. charge (as it was in his late Majesty's time) to what it is now, was by the sole contrivance of the petitioner's husband ; that the Parliament finding the profits so considerable annexed it to the Crown, with a resolve for the recommending to his Majesty such persons as contributed to the improvement of the office for some consideration for their pains ; that her husband never received any compensation for his claim, or for his charge in the contrivance of the improvement of that office ; and that 1,000l. of her portion was expended in the [effecting of the said] improvements : therefore begs some present relief and that your Lordship would hear her case.||Book of Petitions, p. 58.|
|—||Same [to Treasurer Danby] from Francis Pointz, arras maker and tapestry maker to his Majesty : shewing that by a certificate annexed there is due unto him 123l. which although but a small sum in comparison to what your Lordship has already assigned him, yet 'twill be of infinite use to him in his present necessities if your Lordship shall think fit to allow it him. (Struck through.)||Ibid, p. 59.|
|—||Mr. Singleton's petition as in page 32 (supra, p. 1364).||Ibid.|
|—||Petition to the King from Charles Jones : referred to to your Lordship : said petition shewing that his father was so great a sufferer in the late unhappy wars that he was not able to provide for the petitioner at home, wherefore being forced to go abroad to seek his fortune he underwent great hardships, and was at last promised by Sir Jonathan Atkins to be made clerk of the market in the Island of Barbados, where he has continued ever since unprovided for, in regard the office was disposed of by his Majesty's grant : therefore prays your Lordship would favour him in the getting the office of register and examiner in Chancery in Barbados.||Ibid.|
|—||Same [to Treasurer Danby] from the Grooms and Pages to the King and Queen : shewing that they have had an order signed by your Lordship almost 3 months for 166l. 13s. 4d. to be divided amongst them : therefore pray your Lordship's speedy directions for the payment of it.||Ibid.|
Same from John Potenger, Comptroller of the Pipe
in the Exchequer Court : shewing that there was
an ancient fee due unto him that enjoyed that place
of 53l. 6s. 8d. payable out of the Receipt of his
Majesty's Exchequer at Midsummer and Christmas
for writing the farms and debts of Recusants into
a great Roll in pipe hand twice a year, which fee
was paid by an order grounded on a general
dormant warrant until Midsummer, 1640, but hath
been of late suspended by reason of the nonprosecution
of Recusants, but the trouble of making
out process being renewed again he begs he may
have the ancient stipend. (Struck through.)
Resolution hereon : referred to the Chancellor [of the Exchequer] and Mr. Secretary Bertie.
|—||Petition to Treasurer Danby from Col. Kingwell : shewing that by your Lordship's favour he has of late received 100l. in part of a debt of 2,880l. : that his creditors hearing of it fall upon him for those debts he contracted in his Majesty's service, the sum being so small as only able to secure him from dying in the street : therefore prays 780l. to satisfy his creditors for the present and the settlement of the remaining part [of said debt] as your Lordship shall think fit.||Book of Petitions, p. 59.|
|—||Same from Thomas Chapman, of Liverpool, merchant : shewing that his father and himself were for their loyalty driven to many hardships in the late unhappy wars and were in a very low condition till his Majesty's happy restoration, but by merchandizing and industry the petitioner has of late been able to provide for himself and family, and for many years past has paid unto his Majesty above 1,000l. per an. for his Customs within the port of Liverpool, besides the ports of Lancaster and Beaumaris, as appears by a certificate annexed, but now being indebted to his Majesty by several bonds about 500l. or 600l. by reason of the late Dutch wars, and otherwise having lost above 6,000l. is totally disabled from paying his Majesty's debt or further trading to advance his Majesty's Customs without his Majesty's favour ; but has at last prevailed with his kinsman, Mr. Chapman, to pay his Majesty 200l. upon the assignment of the [petitioner's] bonds who will also assist him in his trade : therefore humbly begs your Lordship that this be effected and orders given to hinder all process and proceedings against him. Referred to the Commissioners of the Customs, who report the truth of the petitioner's allegation. (Struck through.)||Ibid, p. 60.|
|—||Same from Will. Goldsborough, Clerk of the House of Commons : shewing that there is due unto him 420l. for the arrears of his salary of 10l. per an. for his labour and expence in ingrossing of Bills, besides copies, orders and transactions of public concern : that after his application to your Lordship he received 200l. of his arrears : therefore prays [payment of] the rest.||Ibid.|
|—||Same to the King from Francis Dorington, merchant : shewing that his ship the Leicester frigate fitted for her voyage to sea, having 500lb. of brimstone then on board, and that upon the approach of the Dutch fleet [she] was sunk at Blackwall : the loss of his voyage was as he affirms above 1,000l. to him besides the ship and goods sunk : upon due proof thereof before the Council his Majesty was pleased to order him 1,500l. which he never received : he further shews that his Majesty was pleased to pass a privy seal for payment of naval debts and charged [same] on the Wine Act : he therefore prays your Lordship's favour.||Ibid.|
|—||Same to Treasurer Danby from Mris. [? sic for Mr.] Bradshaw : showing that there is a debt of 130l. due to him [? her husband] from Sir Thomas Williams : that the said Sir Thomas Williams having 1,750l. due unto him by an order at the Exchequer was pleased to give the petitioner an assignment of 130l., which he humbly prays. (Struck through.)||Ibid, p. 61.|
|—||Petition from Ric. Downes : shewing that he was one of the Commissioners for granting Wine Licences 14 years together, and spent his time in the manage and contriving all the books and methods of that revenue, and advanced the same from 2,400l. to 19,760l. per an. : that about the 18th of July, 1676, the petitioner was dismissed when 5 years' accounts were unstated : he then to manifest himself obsequious repaired almost daily to the office, and spent his time in fixing the said accounts in which time he expended in that service 18l. 14s. : that he has been actually in commission part of Michaelmas term, and under a necessity of applying his time and money to that service : therefore begs half a year's salary.||Book of Petitions, p. 61.|
|—||Same from Rob. Merfin : shewing that he bought a horse and tendered himself at Doncaster in order to have ridden in my Lord Latimer's troops, but the troop being full, petitioner came to London to find out some way whereby he might get his living, but finding none, humbly implores your Lordship to bestow on him a tidewaiter's place or any other in the Custom House. (Struck through.)||Ibid.|
Same from Mr. Langley, father of Sir Ric. Langley :
shewing that his son was one of the Auditors of the
Imprest, and during that employment, and the
time of his predecessor, Mr. Twisden (to whom he
made allowance for the same) did audit several
accounts to a great value, for which there was no
settled allowance, notwithstanding reference
thereof hath been made to Sir Cha. Harboard and
others thereunto appointed : therefore prays that
since he has been deprived of his son, for the consideration
of his former services he might have
such allowances as were intended his son.
Resolution hereon : to be considered.
Same from Fran. Dickins : shewing that he is woodward
of New Forest, and has lately been several
times in London to receive your Lordship's commands
for the better regulating the affairs of the
Forest : therefore begs your Lordship to consider
his many journeys, long attendances and great
expences, seeing the fees and profits of his office
are no ways answerable to the care and charge
thereof : attested by a certificate.
Resolution hereon : to be considered at the settlement of the Forest.
|—||Same to the King from Ric. Lane, Esq., one of the Grooms of his Majesty's Bedchamber : referred to your Lordship : said petition shewing that his late Majesty did grant unto the then six Clerks of Chancery and to their heirs 134l. 14s. 6½d. issuing of the manor of Rickmansworth in consideration of 10,000l. lent to his said Majesty ; and further in consideration of 1,500l. paid by Ric. Brownlow, Esq., did grant the fee farm rents of 100l. per an. to him and his heirs issuing out of Hay Park in York, and 20l. per an. out of Hartingford Park ; and also in the consideration of 2,000l. lent by Sir John Lambe, did grant several fee farm rents to him and his heirs, amounting in all to 159l. 9s. 3d. upon condition to be void on payment of the said 2,000l. and interest : but none of the [said principal] sums being paid the heirs of the grantees still hold the same : the petitioner conceiving that the whole value of the rents do exceed the said sums lent upon them, humbly begs he might obtain his Majesty's interest and equity of redemption with power to sue in his Majesty's name. Sir C. Harbord's report [is] annexed [missing].||Ibid, p. 62.|
|—||Mr. Knollys' petition as in page 12 (supra, p. 1347) : referred to Sir Charles Harbord : and his report upon it to be read.||Book of Petitions, p. 62.|
|—||Petition to Treasurer Danby from Tho. Fordham : shewing that being yeoman of the Bows he is allowed a livery out of his Majesty's Wardrobe ; and that there was due unto him for the arrears of his said livery at All Saints last, 1677, 107l. 6s. 8d. : therefore prays payment of his arrears.||Ibid.|
|—||Mr. Goodwyn's petition as in page 32 (supra, p. 1364).||Ibid.|
Petition to Treasurer Danby from Daniell Whitfield :
shewing that by your Lordship's order he was
appointed Collector for his Majesty's Customs in
New England, and in pursuance thereof did give
in security to the Commissioners for the faithful
discharge of his duty, but he is now acquainted
that there is another appointed in his room,
although there can be no just objection against him ;
petitioner has left a considerable employment in
Ireland, and has been at great charges in coming
from Ireland and fitting himself for his voyage to
New England, therefore implores your Lordship's
favour in this particular.
Resolution hereon : to be referred for some employment.
|—||Same from Benjamin Watts, and Edw. Wagstaff : shewing that they did lend unto John Portman, goldsmith in Lombard Street, many years past divers considerable sums of money, which are yet unpaid, and do amount with the interest to above 1,800l. ; for satisfaction of which debts they have been willing to accept of assignments from the said Portman [of a pro rata part of his banker's annuity] upon the Excise at 6l. per cent, according to his Majesty's directions by his late patents, but the said Portman refuses to give assignments at above 5l. per cent. : your Lordship upon a late petition was pleased to direct them to take their course at law and they have obtained a commission of bankruptcy against him [Porter] : they therefore beseech your Lordship to command the Auditor of his Majesty's Exchequer and the Clerk of the Pell henceforward to forbear taking any cognizance of any assignments that shall be brought unto them by the said Portman, and that stop be made of all money due unto him from his Majesty. (Struck through.)||Ibid, p. 63.|
|—||Same from the Commissioners of [the revenue for the bishopric of] Durham in the vacancy of that See : shewing that they were at extraordinary charges and trouble in collecting the rents and revenues of that bishopric, and that their necessary expenses during the 3 years' vacancy amounted to 120l. : that they are informed that by directions of the late Lord Treasurer [Clifford] there was an order entered in some of the Treasury books that they should have an allowance of a salary or compensation for their care and pains : therefore pray your Lordship's favour.||Ibid.|
|—||The Lady Grey petitions your Lordship for several stopt orders, amounting to 1,125l.||Book of Petitions, p. 63.|
Petition to the King from Lady Abergavenny : shewing
that there is 2,800l. due to her in right of her
husband from his Majesty's royal father : that
petitioner's husband by reason of the late wars left
his family wholly unprovided for : therefore prays
your Lordship to favour her in getting [a grant of]
divers arrears of the Royal Aid and subsidies
belonging to his Majesty in Middlesex and Westminster.
Resolution hereon : nil.
Marginal note : she desires since the arrears here mentioned are designed for other uses she might have your Lordship's orders for the charging her arrears on the diocese of Gloucester, or on any other arrears of Tenths belonging to the clergy.
Same to same from George Boucheir : referred to
your Lordship : said petition shewing that his
father was barbarously murdered at Bristol for his
loyalty to his Majesty ; that the petitioner is now
in a very necessitous condition : therefore begs a
landwaiter's place extraordinary in the port of
London until a vacancy falls, for the support of him
and his family.
Resolution hereon : to be remembered when a vacancy falls.
|—||Same to same from Joshua Wright : referred to your Lordship : said petition shewing that in 1643 Prince Rupert then besieging the city of Bristol was pleased to send for the petitioner's father to be acquainted with the strength and force of the town who, whilst he discoursing with his Highness, was slain by a great shot from the town, whereby his family greatly suffered : that petitioner has for divers years lived in Spain in the quality of a merchant, and was in May, 1677, taken by two Algier men of war and carried to Algiers, where he lost all his goods to his utter ruin : therefore humbly prays that in consideration of his father's being slain and his own great losses he might obtain a landwaiter's place in the port of Bristol, there being at present divers vacancies.||Ibid, p. 64.|
Same to same from Col. Romsey : referred to your
Lordship : said petition shewing that he had a
commission given him by General Monck to be
Cornet to Major General Morgan, where he assisted
in his Majesty's restoration ; that in 1662 he served
by his Majesty's command in Portugal, but by
reason of his departure lost his arrears, amounting
to 300l. ; that he was very serviceable against the
Dutch when they came up the river [to] Chatham ;
that in 1671 his Majesty appointed him Collector
of the Customs Bristol port, where he (as appears
by a certificate) was very instrumental in the
augmentation of his Majesty's revenue, and never
contracted one bad debt ; that now at last making
up his accompts he finds himself a debtor to his
Majesty the sum of 1,600l. : therefore prays the
release of that debt seeing there is justly due to him,
and he has expended, more in his Majesty's service
than this arrear comes to.
Resolution hereon : nil.
Petition to Treasurer Danby from Simon Smith :
shewing that being Receiver General of his Majesty's
revenue for the counties of Southampton, Wilts,
Gloucester, Somerset and Dorset, he has a patent
for his life whereby he holds the salary belonging to
the [said] Receivership [said salary being hitherto]
about 400l. per an. ; that his Majesty promised him a
compensation for the loss of [the profits of] his place
by reason of the sale of the fee farm rents : being
informed that the demiseable rents within the
petitioner's receipt are to be granted away,
therefore begs there may be made a stop to any
such grants, and that he may be considered as your
Lordship shall think fit.
Resolution hereon : nil.
|Book of Petitions, p. 65.|
Same from Edward Lord Latimer that his Majesty
would grant him his [the King's] right in the imbezlements
of the ship called the Abraham Sacrifice,
with power to prosecute the guilty persons according
to law [on petitioner's] paying in one full, moiety
into his Majesty's Privy Purse or the Receipt of the
Resolution hereon : my lord to be informed.
Sir William Curtius' case [shews] that there are several
sums of money due to him from his Majesty as 600l.
when he was Resident with the Princes of Germany
and 1,500l. due upon a privy seal ; he would
willingly forego the former if he might have the
Resolution hereon : nil.
|—||Petition [to Treasurer Danby] from John Palea, late Commander of his Majesty's fireship the Benjamin : shewing that he was instrumental in saving the Royal Prince in which service he hazarded his life, and was taken prisoner by the Dutch : his Majesty having ordered that the Commanders which attended the Royall Prince should have gratuities, petitioner begs he may have his.||Ibid.|
Same from the Bishop of Lincoln : shewing that
since his consecration he has inspected the state of
the bishopric and finds the First Fruits to amount
to 894l. 18s. 1½d. as it stood indowed in Henry
the eighth's time ; that in the said King's reign
there were erected two new bishoprics out of the
said bishopric ; that in Edward the sixth's time,
three and twenty good manors and Lordships were
exchanged for a few paltry impropriations, notwithstanding
there was never any abatement of the First
Fruits since the taxation ; that in all Payments,
benevolences and rates the petitioner pays proportionably
to the most considerable bishopric in
the Kingdom : he therefore prays (seeing he has
made the two first payments of his First Fruits)
that he may be remitted the two last, having hitherto
not been able to furnish his house, keep hospitality
and residence by reason of the great payments to
which he is bound.
Resolution hereon : for the King's papers.
Petition to Treasurer Danby from Sir John Clayton and
Mary Goddard : shewing that they are security for
Thomas Goddard, Esq., late receiver of the Hearth
money in the county of Suffolk, and that they find
him to be in arrears to his Majesty 1,445l. 0s. 7d. :
therefore beg there may be a defalcation of
245l. 0s. 7d., seeing 'tis all that is due, by reason his
lands are extended, and Mr. Le-Gouch is content to
accept the same [lands] at the rate of 1,200l. They
pray that the said sum [or balance of 248l. 0s. 7d.]
may be remitted seeing the said Goddard has been at
great expense and loss in the discharging his duty.
Resolution hereon : for the King's papers (see supra, p. 1349).
|Book of Petitions, p. 66.|
Same to the King from Sir Edmund Wyndham :
referred to your Lordship : said petition shewing
that he has been a great sufferer in the late unhappy
wars, and has hitherto been so modest as never
to beg anything of his Majesty towards the reparation
of his sufferings, but being encouraged to find
out something that was in his Majesty's dispose,
and being informed that there is an estate which
was heretofore Mr. Tho. Seckford's or his ancestors,
which doth now belong to his Majesty, he humbly
begs your Lordship's favour in this particular. Mr.
Fisher's report to your Lordship (in the absence of
Sir C. Harbord) [is] to be read.
Resolution hereon : referred to Sir Cha. Harbord. Examine the value of the estate.
|—||Same to same from John Girlington, Esq. : referred to your Lordship : said petition shewing that his father was slain in his Majesty's service, his estate sequestered, 800l. per an. irrecoverably lost, and your petitioner a loser 20,000l. ; that he is lately come out of the country to acquaint your Lordship of the several abuses relating to the Poll bill in the Northern Counties ; that he never received any compensation for his great sufferings and being in hopes to discover several sums of money due to his Majesty in the County Palatine of Lancaster, humbly begs that your Lordship would assist him in the getting them.||Ibid.|
Same to Treasurer Danby from Thomas FitzGerald
shewing that upon his Majesty's proclamation he
quitted a command he had in Holland, and upon
his arrival by his Majesty's warrant had an allowance
of 4s. a day, which he received from Sir Stephen
Fox till July, 1673, and then 'twas suspended on
surmise the petitioner was a papist, but having
past the test prescribed by Act of Parliament, as
appears by a certificate, he begs the suspension
may be taken off, and that he may receive his
Marginal note : delivered to himself 12 Aug., 1678.
Same from Edmond Doyley shewing that he was
late receiver of the Hearthmoney and Subsidy for
co. Nottingham and had at the stop of the Exchequer
in the hands of his correspondent, Mr. Bartlett
(servant to Alderman Blackwell) 2,800l. of his
Majesty's money, for which he [Doyley] was forced
to take orders of him [Backwell] for money due to
him out of the Exchequer ; notwithstanding your
Lordship was pleased to order him [petitioner] to pay
to the Earl of Mulgrave and Sir John Robinson the
sum of 1,400l. which he has done : and there being
400l. still due to his Majesty, and the petitioner
being disabled by reason of the aforesaid payment
to discharge the said debt therefore begs your
Lordship's order for the clearing that accompt.
Recommended by the Duke of York.
Resolution hereon : nil.
|Ibid, p. 67.|
|—||Capt. Brian Morphy's order of Council to be read.||Book of Petitions, p. 67.|
Petition to the King from Margaret Lloyd, wife of Capt.
Lloyd : referred to your Lordship : said petition
shewing that her husband has been a great sufferer
in the late unhappy wars : in compassion to his
service and sufferings begs a landwaiter's place,
having only as yet a tidewaiter's place, which is
not sufficient to maintain him and his family.
Marginal note : delivered back to her with all certificates 21 Aug., 1678.
|—||Same to same from Basil Price, son of Sir Herbert Price : referred to your Lordship : said petition shewing that his Majesty granted to his father the lead mines in the lands anciently belonging to the Monastery of Coverham : therefore petitioner prays that he might have the said grant renewed unto him, his father dying before he had passed [the grant under] the seal.||Ibid.|
Same [to Treasurer Danby] from Capt. Coghlan :
shewing that 4 years since he was referred from the
King and Council to your Lordship, and has only
received 40l. out of 45l. due to him per an. : therefore
prays his arrears.
Resolution hereon : to have 10l.
Marginal note : this [sum] is pd. 30 Aug., 1678.
|—||Same from John Young, merchant, of London : shewing that he has several navy bills, amounting to 752l. 16s. 4d. for goods delivered into his Majesty's stores for which he has hitherto received no satisfaction, nor has had any security, although the said debt be a part of the navy debts for which orders are registered in your Lordship's name on the late Wine Act, and remain in the hands of the present Treasurer of the Navy : he therefore prays he may have orders assigned to the like value as hath been done to others in the like case.||Ibid.|
Same from the widow Melton : shewing that one
Ric. Standford, late soldier in the Barbados Regiment,
her apprentice, was justly indebted to her
20l. upon bond : that after his return from his
voyage, and stating his arrears, which amounted
to 19l. and upward, he assigned them over to your
petitioner : she therefore prays payment. (Struck
Resolution hereon : referred to the Commissioners appointed to examine the Barbados business.
|Ibid, p. 68.|
|—||Same from widow Marshall : shewing that her husband for several years was employed as master carpenter in the fortifications at Sheerness and dying about 3 years since had due to him about the time of his decease 163l. 17s. as may appear by bill under Col. Legg's and Sir Jonas Moore's hands : the petitioner being daily in danger of being cast into prison for want of the said money, begs that your Lordship would be pleased to give order to Sir Tho. Chitchley for the payment of the said sum.||Ibid.|
Petition from widow Veronica Platt : shewing that her
husband spent an estate of above 500l. per an. in
his late Majesty's service and afterward was slain
at Newbury in his presence, and [likewise was
slain] her only brother at Lichfield : [petitioner]
being destitute of support and friends, and never
receiving any arrears or pay due to her husband,
his late Majesty at Oxford granted her an order for
3,000l. but having never as yet tasted of his Majesty's
bounty and being in a very low condition, petitioner
begs your Lordship to consider what may be done
for her relief.
Resolution hereon : for the King's papers.
|Book of Petitions, p. 68.|
Same from Richard Brett, Samuel Vincent, and John
Parsons, Victuallers of his Majesty's Navy : shewing
that by reason of the scarcity of good corn in the
West of England they were forced to import from
Ireland about 600 bags of biscuit to supply his
Majesty's ships appointed to be victualled at Plymouth
for which the receiver of the Customs there
demands 6 pence for every hundred weight. Petitioners
beg they may import such quantities of
bread and other lawful provisions as they may have
occasion for, Custom free.
Resolution hereon : to be eased for what is passed, but to be considered what may be done for the future.
Same from David Horton, collector of the Customs
in the Isle of Wight : shewing that to the best of
his power he discharged his duty, but of late has
been suspended by the [Customs] Commissioners ;
that he is indebted about 600l., occasioned by his
service and attendance on his employment, so
that now he is a prisoner and his sureties ordered
to be in process : he begs he may be referred to
the Commissioners of Customs and may have
liberty to attend them to make good his allegations
and that during the said time his security may
be free from process.
Resolution hereon : nil.
|Ibid, p. 69.|
|—||Same to the King from Elizabeth, widow of Philiph Hanbury : referred to your Lordship : said petition shewing that her husband served the King as milliner with several wares, for which there remain due unto the petitioner divers sums : therefore prays [payment of] the sum of 243l. 18s. 6d. to prevent the utter ruin of herself and family.||Ibid.|
Same to Treasurer Danby from James Hoare :
shewing that there is an office in his Majesty's Mint
called the King's clerk, which has been long
executed by the petitioner by the choice and
election of the principal officers of the Mint without
a patent or grant from his Majesty or your
Lordship, the same being a place not to be executed
but by one well experienced in the whole affairs
of the Mint : petitioner being well qualified,
humbly begs your Lordship to ascertain the place
to him by a grant thereof for his life under the
Resolution hereon : my Lord will not consent to make it a patent place.
Petition from John Osborne, Russia merchant : shewing
that he has always been faithful to the Crown both
in England and beyond the seas, by reason whereof
he has been a great sufferer ; that he and his
friends did in the worst of times advance for his
Majesty's use 350l., of which the petitioner's
proportion was 112l. 5s. as appears by the Lord
Colepeper's certificate : that the petitioner has
made his condition known to his Majesty and
humbly desires your Lordship to favor him when
he shall be referred from his Majesty to your
Resolution hereon : nil.
|Book of Petitions, p. 69.|
Same from Willm, Keckwick : [shewing that he
was] tenant for 2 lives of part of the manor of
Bonyalva, part of the Duchy of Cornwall, at the
yearly rent of 3l. 11s. 8d. during his own life and
after at the increased rent of 20l. : that by his
father's sufferings [he was] reduced to great want.
Prays leave to fill his estate without fine and to
reduce it to the old rent. Sir Cha. Harbord reports
the petitioner to be an old tenant and his family to
have been sufferers, and that the fine for the estate
desired amounts to 140l.
Resolution hereon : nil.
Marginal note : delivered back to himself 30 Aug., 1678.
Same to the King from Robert Gilbert : referred to
your Lordship : said petition shewing that from
1660 to 1671 he was collector for the Lathe of
Saint Augustine, Kent, of most or all of the taxes
granted by Parliament to his Majesty and having
cleared all his accounts to the last whole year of
the Royal Aid and present [sic? for Additional]
Supply he was in 1671 found in arrears about
1,000l., which he was then unable to pay, he having
been damnified in returning of money, and by
robberies, but since has paid 500l. of the said arrears,
and for the residue, being not able to pay it was cast
into prison to his utter ruin. He prays that he
may have his liberty that so he may be able to
make up his accounts and get in several arrears
due to him yet in sub-collectors' and other men's
hands to the value of 306l. 6s. 8d., as also 100l. in
one Marroll's hands. There are the petitioner's
accounts annexed to this petition and a certificate
of the gentlemen of the county.
Resolution hereon : the Chancellor [of the Exchequer] to consider it and advise his Lordship.
Marginal note : referred and delivered out 13 Aug., 1678, to Mr. Gilbert.
|Ibid, p. 70.|
Same to same from Henry Bulstrode, Esq. : referred
to your Lordship : said petition shewing that one
Tho. Ward late of Bishops Cleeve, Gloucester,
husbandman, was convicted the last assize of high
treason, and one Will. Berry of manslaughter for
killing of one John Bishop : petitioner prays he
may have a grant of the estates of the said Tho.
Ward and Will. Berry, so that they may be granted
to such persons as he shall nominate.
Resolution hereon : nil.
Marginal note : delivered 4 Dec.
Petition [to Treasurer Danby] from his Majesty's Band
of Gentlemen Pensioners : shewing that when
the necessity of his Majesty's affairs compelled the
suspending of some payments theirs were likewise
suspended (though the Guards were expected [sic
for excepted]) : they beg they may obtain their
suspended arrears (being 3,000l.) as the rest of the
King's servants have done.
[Resolution hereon : to be settled ; but query on what fund.
|Book of Petitions, p. 70.|
Same from Edward Seymour and Sam Maydwell,
Esqrs. : shewing that they were Receivers of the
Law duty from the 22nd of Oct., 1675, to Michaelmas,
1677 : crave your Lordship's warrant for
allowance of their salaries for that the Farmers'
grant was not passed the great seal till the 5th of
May, 1677, and till that time they managed the
Resolution hereon. the Chancellor [of the Exchequer] to consider this.
Same from Capt. Martin Sandys : shewing that by
the Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury he was
constituted Receiver of the four last subsidies,
which he discharged without returning any in
arrears, and was afterwards employed to receive
his Majesty's revenue arising by firehearths, and of
the last Eghteen Months' Assessment for Worcestershire,
during which time petitioner had a long
sickness which disabling him to look after his affairs
and his under-officers, which has occasioned a debt
of 1,756l. 14s. 5d. to his Majesty : therefore prays
the said debt may be remitted : referred from his
Majesty to your Lordship.
Resolution hereon : let it stand as it doth.
|Ibid, p. 71.|
Same from Matthew Disney, executor of Luke Wilkes,
Esq. : shewing that it was lately the order for all
officers throughout the whole [? Customs] house that
when anyone deceased, their executor should receive
their whole arrears, before the new officer succeeding
should receive any part of his wages ; yet
notwithstanding [this] the new officer [who came
in said Wilkes's place] engrosses all to himself, and
there being three hundred pounds in arrears due
to the petitioner he humbly begs the payment
Resolution : nil.
Same from John Carey, gent. : shewing that
Mr. Horne, deceased, late woodward of New Forest,
received order from the Lords Commissioners of
the Treasury for the repairing of Mallwood Lodge
in the said Forest ; that petitioner in the absence
of the said woodward was desired to take care
of the work and to pay the workmen employed
about the Lodge and other necessary affairs,
by reason of which he has disbursed for materials
and to workmen, with what remains due to several
persons for work done, 57l. 12s. 11d. as by the
certificate annexed does appear : therefore prays
your Lordship to grant him the said sum for the
satisfying the poor workmen and the petitioner.
Resolution hereon : nil.
Petition from Mris. Brewer : shewing that there is
due to her 150l. on the account of her husband,
deceased, for three years' salary as customer in
the port of London : she being very necessitous
prays payment : recommended by the Duchess
of Portsmouth : Mr. Edw. Bertie succeeded him.
Resolution hereon . nil.
|Book of Petitions, p. 71.|
Same from Henry Legat and Ralph Rutter, two of
his Majesty's messengers : shewing that they
have used great diligence for his Majesty's service
in several journeys to summon witnesses in divers
places of Kent, and in attendance with them
at Maidstone Assizes to prosecute divers offenders
about transportation of wool, and have been at
56l. charge in this service as by a bill of the particulars
annexed [missing] does appear : therefore pray
payment of it. The witnesses likewise that were concerned
against these offenders humbly pray your
Lordship (seeing they are day labourers and have
nothing else to subsist by), that they may be considered
for their staying a fortnight in this city and
a week at Maidstone to the great prejudice of their
Resolution hereon. examine the bill of charges and the merit and labour of the witnesses.
|Ibid, p. 72.|
|Same from Dorothy Bayly : shewing that her husband has long attended at Court for the obtaining the sum of 2,500l., which your Lordship has thought fit should be granted in lieu of the Honor of Penrith, and being ordered away to his command in Ireland, the petitioner humbly prays your Lordship to move his Majesty to grant him his letters patents for the erecting an office to execute the place of Register to the Commissioners for executing the new Act that is to pass in Ireland, which is an office that must of necessity be, and if it be granted your petitioner's husband during his life 'twill be some relief to the petitioner and her family. Resolution hereon : his Lordship has spoke to the King for Major Bayly for this place, and directs that caveats be put in that it be granted to none other.||Ibid.|
|Same from Edmund Ashpole and Will. Menheire : shewing that the one was by the Treasury Lords appointed messenger to attend the then Agents for Managing the Hearthmoney and the other as clerk relating to the Eighteen Months' tax : they pray they may be considered for their extraordinary service out of such monies as shall be remaining in the hands of Mr. Green, Cashier to the said Agents.||Ibid.|
Same to the King from the inhabitants of the town
of Newport, co. Salop, lately consumed by fire :
referred to your Lordship : said petition shewing
that by reason of their great loss amounting to
about 24,000l., they are become so poor as not
to be able to pay the [arrears of the] late Royal Aid
and Additional Supply, and upon that account process
is issued forth against them : they pray your
Lordship's order to stop any further process, and
to remit the said arrears, being 137l. 18s. 0d.
Resolution hereon : speak to Sir Francis Lawley and put this case on the King's papers.
|Ibid, p. 73.|
Petition to the King from Ric. Tufton, Esq. : referred to
your Lordship : said petition shewing that his Majesty
granted to Elizabeth Shipman license to continue
and maintain a lighthouse formerly erected by
one Edmond Winstanly upon a place called
Dungeness, co. Kent, and to receive one penny
per ton of all ships passing that way ; to hold
from Midsummer last past for 31 years. Forasmuch
as the lighthouse stands on petitioner's ground
he humbly begs that after the determination of the
grant to Mrs. Shipman the said house may be granted
Resolution hereon : to be examined.
|Book of Petitions, p. 73.|
|Same [to Treasurer Danby] from Isaac Aluares, merchant : shewing that in January, 1670, he furnished his Majesty with jewels to the value of 1,150l. for which sum his Majesty was pleased to give an order for repayment on the Customs, which by the stop of the Exchequer became ineffectual : therefore prays the said sum may be paid or that he may have a patent for perpetual interest for it, according to the form of the bankers.||Ibid.|
|Same from Henry Brockwell, one of his Majesty's private music : shewing that there is due unto him for wages 450l. 8s. 4d. : being in a very poor condition for the want of his salary, begs your Lordship to consider his poverty.||Ibid.|
|Same from the Serjeants at Arms for the [payment of the arrears on their] allowance of 160l. to them which for 14 sessions amounts to 2,240l. (See supra, p. 1356.)||Ibid.|
|Same from Allan Wharton : shewing that he has been a commission officer in his Royal Highness [the Duke of York] his regiment till they were disbanded, then he was a commission officer in the Earl of Manchester's regiment in the Dutch War (1667) : in compensation of his services he humbly begs to be collector of his Majesty's Customs in the port of Deal, there being no such officer there for the present.||Ibid, p. 74.|
Same from Capt. Crow : shewing that he has quitted
his employment in foreign parts to serve his Majesty
and being now in a very low condition, having
a great charge of children, humbly begs your
Lordship would be pleased to order him some
Resolution thereon : nil.
|Same from Nic. Davis : shewing that he was referred to the [? Customs] Commissioners to be immediately put into an employment : that notwithstanding his attendance and the several vacancies he is still in the same condition as formerly : therefore begs your Lordship's warrant to the [said] Commissioners for the next employment.||Ibid.|
|Mr. Agar's and Mr. Strode's petitions to be read as in page the 3rd. See supra, p. 1338.||Ibid.|
|Petition from Phi. Maydwell : shewing that from a trading citizen's condition he is become wholly at a loss as to a settlement and maintenance : begs a tidesman's place in the port of London, there being two places void there.|
|(fn. 3) Petition to Treasurer Danby from Edward Thomas for a tidewaiter's place extraordinary in the port of London, the petitioner being recommended by several, and the [Customs] Commissioners being willing to employ him upon your Lordship's warrant : therefore begs your Lordship's favour.||Book of Petitions [Vol. II.], p. 1.|
|Same from Jo. Mede : shewing that his father was decreed in Chancery to pay 2,000l. and having raised the money, did before the time of payment deposit it in one Corbett's hands, his uncle, who mis-employing the money contrary to the trust reposed in him the said Tho. Mede, petitioner's father, was forced to raise 2,000l. more to satisfy the court and afterwards to sue the said Corbett for the said debt ; after long delays he received 400l. and had judgment and execution for the remaining sum, upon which execution he [Corbett] was laid a prisoner in the Marshalsea who for obtaining the liberty of the rules, gave for security of his true imprisonment his son, who has a patent to be one of the King's waiters at the Custom House. The said Tho. Corbett having made his escape, Tho. Mede commenced a suit against the Marshal [of the Marshalsea] and obtained a verdict for 1,800l. and special order from the King's Bench to assign his security : since which time the said Corbett's son has absconded himself and the petitioner is informed that he doth intend to assign his said office : therefore petitioner begs your Lordship's favour that there may be no such assignment, and that the profits of his place may be sequestered toward the satisfaction of so just a debt.||Ibid.|
|Same from William Sheldon, Anthony Rawlings, Joshua Geering. James Dunne and Jo. Wakeman : shewing that John Lyndsay gave them an engagement under his hand and seal to give them assignments [on his banker's annuity] in four days, which coming to nothing, and he being run away, they humbly beg that there may be a stop put to the payment of all interest on assignments made since January last [to said Lyndsey] that so his frauds may be discovered and they have their just debts paid them.||Ibid.|
|Same to the King from Mrs. Brett : referred to your Lordship by Mr. Secretary Coventry : said petition shewing that his late Majesty granted petitioner and her sister 100l. apiece during their lives payable quarterly out of the Ordnance office on the con[sideration] of their father's merits who lost his life in the late King's service : that his present Majesty was pleased to continue the said pension, which was constantly paid, as appears by certificate under Sir Tho. Chechely's hand until the retrenchments made in the year 1667-8 : petitioner therefore prays that the stop may be taken off and her arrears paid, seeing she has little else to subsist on.||Ibid, p. 2.|
|Petition to Treasurer Danby from Edm. Woodroffe : shewing that he has been a clerk in Sir George Downing's office of a Teller of the Exchequer ever since his Majesty's happy restoration, and been instrumental in the bringing in many sums of money by himself and others by way of loan ; that by the p[rivy] seal dated 1668, April 30, encouragement was given to lenders upon the imposition on wine and vinegar, and accordingly the petitioner lent 150l. unto his Majesty upon the said security, and received the interest duly until the stop in the Exchequer : that there is also due to him as an assignment upon an order due to the Treasurer of the Chamber and registered on the hearth duty No. (75) [said assignment being for] 90l. 13s. 0d. and upon another order of the said Treasurer of the Chamber 20l., all which appears by certificate : the [total] sum comes to 265l. 13s. 0d. besides the interest : he humbly prays your Lord's favour.||Book of Petitions [Vol. II.], p. 2.|
|Same from Capt. Reade for the arrears of his pension being 1¼ years behind at Michaelmas last, as appears by Sir Rob. Howard's certificate.||Ibid.|
|Same from the Farmers of his Majesty's duties arising by Impositions on proceedings at Law : pray your Lordship for a speedy hearing : they doubt not but to discover the frauds and ill practices of the under clerks in the Six Clerks' Office and others belonging to the High Court of Chancery ; and evidence the reasonableness of their case.||Ibid, p. 3.|
|Same from Capt. Barnett Phillips : for some relief and that your Lordship would order him 20l., being in a sad condition and a prisoner in the Counter, and having almost 300l. due unto him on his pension of a Lieutenant's pay of foot.||Ibid.|
|Same from George Browning, gentleman : shewing that he has a parcel of ground on the east side of Exe, and very commodious for the building of mills which are much wanting in those parts : begs he may be permitted to draw some water out of the said river to drive them, it being to the prejudice of no person if care be taken of the head or weir.||Ibid.|
|Same from Anthony Lester for a tidewaiter's place in the port of London or any where else relating to the Customs, he being very necessitous at present.||Ibid.|
|Same from James Giear, gentleman : shewing that he was a material witness on his Majesty's behalf against Harrington, wherein also Capt. Elsden was an evidence : and notice being taken that the petitioner was to be a witness was by Harrington's procurement laid in jail at Ilchester for about 16 weeks : was twice brought up by an habeas corpus to London to give in his information : prays somewhat for his trouble and great expence.||Ibid.|
|Same from the Eastland merchants : shewing that they delivered their goods into his Majesty's stores and were to be paid out of the monies the Treasurer of the Navy then had or should receive of the Poll money. They pray the payment of it.||Ibid.|
|Petition to the King from David Wood, one of the gentlemen of his Majesty's Guards : referred to your Lordship : said petition shewing that one Dorothy Skipwith, a near relation of the petitioner's, dies and leaves 250l. to Roman Catholic churches beyond sea, which sum being forfeited by law to his Majesty, petitioner prays it. The Attorney General is of opinion that this money given to such superstitious uses belongs to the King.||Book of Petitions [Vol. II.], p. 4.|
|Same to Treasurer Danby from Sir Thomas Player for some consideration for his charge and trouble in procuring loans on the Poll Act and the Act for disbanding the Army.||Ibid.|
|Same from Will. Bedbrough for his arrears and salary as stable keeper at Hampton Court : his fee [is] 12l. 3s. 4d.||Ibid.|
|Same from Mr. Basire for some allowance for the extraordinary charges and pains he has been at as being Receiver General of the four Northern Counties [for the Poll, etc.].||Ibid.|
|Same to the King from Mr. Aldham : referred to your Lordship : said petition shewing that he has always been faithful to the Crown, and now being very necessitous, begs some relief till he shall have a poor knight's place at Windsor which the King has promised him.||Ibid.|
|Same to Treasurer Danby from the day labourers in Scotland Yard for some money against Christmas, being a twelve month behind [in their wages] and having nothing to subsist on but their day labour.||Ibid.|
|Same from the Queen's footmen for half a year's wages, payable out of the Office of the Treasury [of the] Chamber.||Ibid.|