Minute Book: April 1678

Pages 839-840

Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 5, 1676-1679. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.

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April 1678

April 5. Write to Auditor Aldworth to hasten the accounts of the Commissioners of the Wine Licences.
Show Treasurer Danby the particulars of the [farms of and charges on the] small branches [of the Customs and revenues].
A list of secret service [payments charged] on the Excise and elsewhere [i.e. on other departmental establishments] is to be presented to Treasurer Danby.
Write to the managers of Excise to prepare a state of the receipts of the Excise for one entire year ending at June 24 next [so] that no pretence may be made of failing for want of due notice.
Shew Treasurer Danby the several charges on the First Fruits and Tenths, Law duty, Wine Licences and other small branches [of the revenue].
[Prepare a statement for Treasurer Danby of] what the whole years expense of Navy and Ordnance have been from January to January above 400,000l.
[Ordered that] the money advanced for levies to the Forces be placed upon the second 30,000l on the Poll Act and be made [into or registered as] loans [upon said Poll Act] so soon as may be.
The Attorney General to give his opinion upon the clauses of registering orders and issuing moneys arising by the Poll Act ; and Sir Robert Howard, Sir Geo. Downing, Sir Cha. Harbord, Mr. Wardour and Mr. Twitty are to attend [there and then],
[Ibid, p. 33.]
April 15. Monday at three in the afternoon. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Charles Harbord, the Attorney General, Auditor Phillips and Mr. John Hall are to be at the Treasury Chambers [this afternoon at three] to consult about Mr. Hall's lease of the manor of Westminster.
Mr. Potter's petition [is to be considered this afternoon] against Sir Denny Ashburnham, Sir Dennis Gawden et al for money payable to him by them for victuals, etc., furnished [by him to them] for which they have received the money and not paid him.
Mr. Pley's case touching his account as Collector of Lyme [is to be considered this afternoon].
The Lord Chancellor to be desired to be here [on the afternoon of this day] about adjusting the business between the Law duty Farmers and the Six Clerks.
[Day Book p. 143.]
April 17. Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer : Attending : Attorney General, Surveyor General of Crown Lands.
[Consideration is had] concerning Mr. Hall's grant [of the manor of Westminster] and concerning the Surveyor General's exceptions thereto. Upon perusal of the Auditor's particulars and of the Surveyor General's notes [sic for rates or ratals] and report thereupon it is agreed that no grant can be made with any certainty upon the said particulars, and my Lord Treasurer intends Mr. Hall all that is the manor and bailiwick of Westminster and all that can be recovered as part [thereof] or which has heretofore been [reputed] part of the said manor or bailiwick. Nevertheless the grant is to be so restrained by exceptions or otherwise as that no part of the King's palaces or any houses now in use to his Majesty for himself or any of his family [be included in it]. And therefore Treasurer Danby directs that Sir Charles Harbord, the Surveyor General, do consider and certify his Lordship under what extent of words it may be fit for the King to make a grant to Mr. Hall of the manor and bailiwick of Westminster or what exceptions he conceives fit for Mr. Hall to submit unto, the end the same may be comprised in a warrant to be drawn in order to a grant of the premises to Mr. Hall or his nominee.
[Treasury Minute Book VI. pp. 33-4.]
April 27. Saturday. [This day is] appointed for hearing Mr. Strong, now in custody, upon his petition touching his defence to certain complaints made against [him] by the Customs Commissioners and the Excise Farmers. The Attorney General is desired to attend.
The late Victuallers [of the Navy] are to attend [this day] about Potter's business, ut supra, p. 839.
Mr. Plea's business is to be [this day] taken account of whether the money directed by Treasurer Danby to be paid be accordingly paid.
[Day Book p. 143.]