Entry Book: November 1679, 1-10

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November 1679

Date. Nature and Substance of the Entry. Reference.
Nov. 1. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 400l. to Baptist May, on any unsatisfied orders in his name as Keeper of the Privy Purse: for the service of the Privy Purse: to be issued out of Excise money in the Exchequer. Money Book, p. 261.
Caveat (entered by order of the Treasury Lords) that no release do pass from the King to John Adderley, Esq., of his debt to the King as late Receiver for co. Derby of the Eighteen Months' Assessment. (Harvy Baggot [sic erratum for John Laurence] desires that no release pass to said Adderley or to the heirs of Harvy Baggot, Esq., deceased, one of Adderley's sureties, or to the heirs of Richard Adderley, another of said sureties, or to Ralph Adderley, another same, and no grant be made of their goods and chattels, and no release to George Montague, Esq., of 500l. which by inquisition he is found to be indebted to Jon. Adderly and which 500l. is seized into the King's hands towards satisfaction of said Adderly's debt and a verdict and judgment obtained for the King against said Montague upon a trial in the Exchequer at the prosecution of John Laurence, until notice be given to the said Mr. Laurence, he having a tally struck upon the said Richard Adderly for 730l. upon the delivery of which tally he gave an acquittance for the like sum to the Tellers of the Exchequer and in consideration thereof acquitted the King of the like sum owing to him from the King. With a later autograph note dated 1682, December 4, "I withdraw the caveat aforesaid" John Lawrence.) Caveat Book, pp. 5–6.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of David Griffith, setting forth that he was an ancient inhabitant of St. Sepulchre's parish, London, sustained great losses by the fire, had a charge of wife and children, was entertained a messenger of the Wine Licence office and served faithfully there 14 or 15 years till most of the said officers were reduced: in April last petitioned for a noonwaiter's place [London port] vacant by the death of one Bacon and had a reference thereon as also on a second petition as Mr. Langford, one of the clerks to the Treasury Lords, told him. Prays the 'noonwaiter's place now void by the death of one Flecher. Out Letters (Customs), pp. 120–1.
Nov. 1. Henry Guy to Capt. Kinge to be present when the [bills for the] quarters of [the soldiers at] Bromley and Lusam are settled and paid off by Lord Colepeper's officers, to see the thing justly effected between the soldiers and the country. Lord Colepeper is to give you notice when they are to be paid. Out Letters (General), p. 193.
Same to Lord Colepeper to give Capt. King notice as above when the soldiers are to be paid. Please return the papers of those quarters which you had from me. Ibid, p. 194.
The Treasury Lords to the Lord Chamberlain. We have received the King's commands for lessening the charge in the Great Wardrobe to 15,000l. per an. and for reducing the expense of the Office of the Treasurer of the Chamber to 17,600l. per an. We acquaint you herewith as several of the payments in these offices are under your direction. Ibid.
Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners concerning the great arrear unreceived in the Treasury Office for fees [of or due to Treasury officials on the appointments of Customs] officers and the greater arrear (by what I can perceive) that is hereafter likely to accrue. My Lords conceive it wholly in your power and not improper to cause those arrears already incurred to be brought in by sending to the several ports to stop out of their salaries what fees are already due and to cause them to be duly answered for the future: otherwise I have their permission to keep all warrants for putting in officers unless the fees are paid when the warrants are taken out. Ibid.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests for a certificate of the arrears of Tenths standing out at Christmas last in each diocese. Ibid. p. 195.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Symon Young for a landwaiter's place; he having a great charge of children: with the certificate in his favour from Nichol[as] Cryspe. Tho. Pilkinton, John Pollexfen, Jon. Holman, Sam. Putt, Tho. Hartopp and many more, merchants of note. Ibid.
Henry Guy to Sir Robert Howard to take in the 7,000l. which Mr. Kent and Mr. Duncombe have agreed to lend into the Exchequer, viz., 6,000l. in lieu of two weeks of the weekly moneys [payable into the Exchequer from the Customs] and the 1,000l. for Prince Rupert, and to give them tallies of loan for same: and further to issue said sum as follows, viz., 6,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy for two weeks ended this day and 1,000l. to Prince Rupert on his pension. And further if Mr. Kent, upon his account as Receiver of the Customs, shall pay 5,000l. into the Exchequer (over and above said 7,000l.) you are to issue same to the Treasurer of the Navy to be by him applied to repay said Kent and Duncombe 5,000l. in full of 10,000l. formerly lent by them to the Navy. Ibid, pp. 195–6.
Nov. 3. Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of Sir John Bence, Knight of the Bath, as by the order of reference of August 9 last. By privy seal of 1666, May 22, petitioner was granted an annuity of 400l. for 20 years from 1665, Christmas, to be paid out of the rent of the alum works granted in farm by indenture under the great seal dated 1665, November 8, to Sir Nicholas Crispe et al. Said farm has been lately surrendered, whereby the rent thereof is extinguished, which was the only fund for payment of said annuity. Petitioner has a pretension to the remainder of his term "but whether your Majesty, with regard to the present necessity of your Majesty's affairs shall think fit to charge the same upon any other branch of your revenue, we humbly submit to your great wisdom." Warrants not Relating to Money, p. 91.
Henry Guy to Auditor Aldworth to forthwith furnish [sic ? for finish] the Victuallers' of the Navy's imprest account of 49,273l. 12s. 3½d. according to an order of the Earl of Danby. Out Letters (General), p. 196.
Same to the Excise Commissioners to pay 2,000l. into the Exchequer, viz., 1,000l. this week and 1,000l. next week. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to attend the Committee of Council for the Island of Jersey on Thursday afternoon next concerning the difference between the Governor and the Jurats of that Island. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Cashier for a list of the patent officers of the Customs in the outports with their fees or salaries and what was due thereon at Michaelmas last. Ibid, p. 197.
Same to Mr. Norrington. If you do not before the 10th inst. pay into the Exchequer the money which you have in your hands as Receiver of the Assessment, co. Essex, process will issue against you and your sureties. Ibid.
Treasury reference to James Hoare, Comptroller [of the Mint] and to the two Auditors of the Mint, of the petition of William Tayleur: said petition shewing that the King granted him the office of Chief Clerk of the Mint for life, which grant now lies before the Treasury Lords to be passed, and therefore praying same may be passed. Ibid.
Same to the Commissioners of the Ordnance of the petition of John Richardson to the King as by the order of reference thereon dated October 29 last to the Treasury from the King, who is very well satisfied by the service performed to him by petitioner, and the better to enable him to continue same by payment of his arrears, desires a report as to the most easy and speedy payment of them. Said petition sets forth that there is due to him 5,533l. 7s. 6d. for divers stores and provisions of war delivered into the Office of Ordnance, a great part whereof has been owing to him since 1676, and his estate and credit being therein included, he has suffered many great hardships. Ibid, p. 198.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt of the petition of John Lowing (Lowin) [Loving]. Said petition sets forth that the warrant of 1671, December 5, directed 8,210l. 17s. 8d. to Dorothy Colvile out of loans on the Hearthmoney, as for 6 per cent. interest and 4 per cent. reward (to 1671, December 1) on 30,000l. lent by her late husband on orders on the first Wine Act; that petitioner, according to the course then used in the Exchequer, charged himself with said 8,210l. 17s. 8d. as received by way of loan on the credit of the Hearthmoney, and was discharged of 7,429l. 1s. 0d. thereof by issues likewise made in the Exchequer for the said interest. But the remaining 781l. 16s. 8d. due to her (being for interest arising by making the said interest and reward into principal every six months) could not then be paid, nor petitioner discharged without a privy seal to warrant same. Mrs. Colvile and petitioner have often solicited the Earl of Danby for such a privy seal and as often attended Mr. Brent, who undertook the same, but petitioner had only fair words from him though the said 781l. 16s. 8d. was distinguished by the late Treasurer Clifford's directions from the real cash as a fictitious loan, and so carried on in all the weekly certificates [from the Tellers] since. Petitioner has formerly preferred this petition to the Treasury Board and upon hearing it your Lordships deferred making an order until you had first spoken with the Auditor of the Receipt. Therefore prays the case may be referred to him. Ibid.
In the margin: a warrant to be drawn for passing a privy seal to discharge the said fictitious loans.
Nov. 3. Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners for their solicitor to prepare a breviate for the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the case against Sir William Waller et al. Farmers of the Prizage and Butterage to be heard on Thursday next in the Exchequer, "because he intends to be present at the hearing of that cause." Out Letters (General), p. 199.
Same to Auditor Done for a certificate of the Tenths of the Clergy in your [audit] district, and which of the bishops have not accompted for the year ended 1678, Christmas. Auditor Bridges has this day delivered in his [certificate of the like]. Ibid.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests. What progress is made in the accounts of the Mint depending before you ? Ibid.
Allowance and authorization by the Treasury Lords (as Farmers of the Alienation Office by a patent of June 28 last) to Henry Clerke, of the Inner Temple, gent., to attend in the said Office for entering all writs of Covenants and writs of Entry: to hold said place as amply as he, or Robert Westcomb, gent., deceased, or Ciprian Moore, gent., deceased, or any other heretofore. Warrants not Relating to Money, p. 81.
The like authorization to Samuell Rhodes, of Lincoln's Inn, gent., to similarly attend [as officer] for the endorsing of all such writs of Covenant and writs of Entry as amply as he, or William Bartholomew, Edward Carvile, Hugh Dodd, gent., or any other heretofore. Ibid, pp. 81–2.
Like appointment and authorization of Edward Nicholas to be Receiver of said Office of Alienations, to receive, for said Treasury Lords. all the issues and profits and sums that shall be yearly paid in said Office and to pay and allow all such fees, deductions and allowances as have been heretofore used to the deputies and clerks and for all other necessary occasions. [he] first having a warrant [from said Treasury Lords as Farmers] for same: all as amply as he or Sir Arthur Atye. Kt.. Sir John Suckling. Kt.. Henry Tweedy, Esq.. Thomas Bond, Esq.. or any other heretofore: all with the annuity or fee of 160l. Ibid, p. 82.
Nov. 3. Allowance and authorization by the Treasury Lords to Richard Courthope. of the Inner Temple. a Master of the High Court of Chancery, to attend in said Office of Alienations for taking oaths of subjects and signing all such writs of Covenant and writs of Entry: to have said place as amply as he or Nathaniell Crew or any other heretofore. Warrants not Relating to Money, p. 83.
Royal sign manual for 400l. to Henry Guy for secret service without account: out of the 10.000l. dormant privy seal of August 20 last. (Money warrant dated November 4 hereon. Money order dated November 4 hereon.) King's Warrant Book, p. 145. Money Book, p. 258. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 50.
Same for 1,191l. 5s. 10d. to Dr. John Taylor for secret service without accompt: out of the 10,000l. privy seal dormant of August 20 last. (Money warrant dated November 8 hereon: to be paid out of any his Majesty's treasure now or hereafter in the Receipt not being appropriated to particular uses. Money order dated November 10 hereon. Treasury warrant dated November 11 to Sir Thomas Vernon, one of the Tellers of the Exchequer, to advance and lend, out of any the Kings treasure in your charge, said 1,191l. 5s. 10d. to said Taylor, taking into your custody the said order of November 10 inst. and also taking said Taylor's acquittance [for said sum] "whereby the Exchequer may be regularly discharged of the same when money can otherwise be provided out of his Majesty's revenue for the doing thereof, which in some short time we will take care to provide accordingly. Also you are to detain so much of the said 1.191l. 5s. 10d. as may discharge the fees of the Exchequer when the same shall be from thence regularly issued.) King's Warrant Book, p. 145. Money Book, pp. 259–60. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 50.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Cashier to pay 150l. to the Duke of Albermarle for half a year to Lady day last on the 300l. per an. for Mote Park as by the privy seal of 1675, September 22. Money Book, p. 256.
Same to same to pay 25l. to Timothy Thornbury for half a year to Lady day last on his salary as collector of the duty on leather, etc., London port. Ibid, p. 257.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 470l. to Phillip Packer on any unsatisfied orders in his name as Paymaster of the Works: for the Extraordinaries of the Works. 200l. thereof being towards the charge of erecting the Court of Judicature in Westminster Hall and the remainder for paving: to be issued out of moneys of the wood farm. Ibid, p. 258.
Same to the Customs Cashier to pay 31l. 3s. 4d. to Randolph Willmore for half a year to 1675, Christmas, on his fee as Customer for Strangers' duty, London port. Ibid.
Nov. 3. Money warrant for 22l. 10s. 0d. to the vicars of the Cathedral Church of Lichfield for 1½ years to June 24 last on their perpetuity of 15l. per an. Money Book, p. 257.
Nov. 4. Order from the Treasury Lords to the Trustees for Fee Farm rents to convey certain rents to John Mann and his heirs to the value of 22l. 13s. 4d. per an. (valued at 362l. 13s. 4d.) as in lieu of several other rents [formerly by said Trustees] conveyed to him, but which he cannot enjoy, they being decayed or lost, as is certified by Mr. Dering, clerk to said Trustees, being of the value of 15l. 15s. 8½d. per an. (which with 7½ years' arrears thereon to September 29 last are valued at 370l. 19s. 1¾d., so that the purchaser is content to lose 8l. 5s. 9¾d.). Warrants not Relating to Money, p. 85.
Prefixing: certificate dated October 29 last by Auditor J. Phelips of said valuations.
Henry Guy to Mr. Johnson. There is two weeks in arrear on the 600l. per week which the Excise Commissioners were directed to pay into the Exchequer. The Treasury Lords take it amiss their directions are not more punctually observed by reason 200l. per week thereof, which they have ordered to be issued this day, cannot be done. You are to take care the said 1,200l. be paid in to-day. Out Letters (General), p. 200.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to take in by way of loan the 6,400l. which Mr. Kent and Mr. Duncombe have undertaken to lend into the Exchequer this day. You are to immediately issue same for the service of the Navy. Ibid.
Same to the Farmers of the Four and a Half per cent. Duty at Barbados to attend the Treasury Lords on Saturday morning, and in the meantime to send a copy of your contract. Ibid.
Same to Major Dickins [Woodward of New Forest]. Mr. Manning some time since made a contract for planting in New Forest. He desires an order for taking thorns to enclose a piece of ground which he is planting. You are to view his contract and allow him such thorns as thereby he is to have for his nursery. Also permit him to gather ashen keyes and acorns for his said nursery. Also certify the Treasury Lords how many trees he has planted in said Forest since he has been employed in the said service. Ibid, p. 201.
Same to the Ordnance Commissioners (and the like to Sir George Wharton) for a copy of all such orders and instructions as have been made either by the King, the Council Board or otherwise for ordering and directing the paying, issuing and accounting for moneys and stores disposed in your Office of Ordnance. Ibid.
Same to Sir Stephen Fox (and the like severally to Sir Robert Howard, Auditor Shales, Mr. Brewer) to examine the whole accounts of Sir John James, Major Huntingdon and Mr. Kingdon as well in relation to the Excise as to the payment of the Guards, Garrisons and new-raised Forces. You are to send for any certificates, papers, books or persons for your assistance herein. Ibid, pp. 201–2.
Nov. 4. Henry Guy to Mr. Prettyman to send out commissions forthwith to the bishops to collect the arrears of Tenths on the incumbents of their several dioceses. Out Letters (General), p. 202.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to send to the Treasury Lords on Thursday morning the officer who searched the Duchess of Cleveland's goods at her house, which are to be embarqued for France. Ibid.
Treasury reference to Sir Stephen Fox, Paymaster of the Forces, of the petition to the King from Capt. Henry Carr, Capt. Jon. Staples, Capt. Tho. Rowe, three captains of the Granadiers, as by the order of reference thereon from the King dated October 23 last (his Majesty being graciously inclined to gratify them). Said petition sets forth that according to the order in Council they raised their troops at their own charge and marched them to Berwick on Tweed in the late expedition to Scotland; and the Duke of Monmouth several times promised there should be consideration for their charge therein, which has not been yet done. Together with: certificate from the Duke of Monmouth that petitioners had no advance paid them as the other troops had, in regard of their sudden marching for Scotland, nor have they since received any. Ibid, pp. 202–3.
Same to the Navy Commissioners of the petition of Dame Rebecca Dutiel, relict of Sir Jon. Baptista Dutiel, deceased, setting forth that she has a bill dated 1676, May 17, made out in the name of Sir Thomas Clutterbuck, his Majesty's agent at Leghorn, upon account of disbursements made by Sir Jon. [Dutiel] in Tangier in 1674, for provisions for the Margareta galley under his command delivered to Richard Burdett, purser thereof: [said bill being for] 507l. 3s. 2d.; which bill has missed of its course by petitioner ignorantly keeping it by her too long. The Navy Commissioners being made sensible of her poverty would assign the bill for payment, but cannot do so without order. Therefore petitioner prays such order. Ibid, pp. 204–5
Appending: copy of said bill.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to permit the Duke of York's goods, now on board the Cleveland yacht, lately arrived from Flanders, to be shipped off, unopened, into the _ pink, now lying at Greenwich, which is hired to transport them to Scotland. Out Letters (Customs), p. 121.
Money warrant for 2,000l. to the Treasury Lords for last Michaelmas quarter's salaries: to be paid out of the like sum which is to be paid into the Exchequer out of the Excise. (Money order dated November 7 hereon.) Money Book, p. 259. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 50.
Nov. 5. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to permit the goods of the Duchess of Cleveland and her servants now intended for France, to be shipped on the Cleveland yacht for Dieppe, Customs free and unopened, same having been already visited by a Customs officer. Out Letters (Customs), pp. 121–2.
Appending: schedule of said goods.
Nov. 5. [Henry Guy] to the Chief Searcher of the port of Dover (and the like to the Chief Searcher of Harwich). The King has ordered one of his Messengers to be sent to you with his warrant. The matter is of great importance. You are to make strict search on all the persons and in all trunks, etc. whatsoever which shall in any vessel arrive in your port for any letters or papers which may be of danger to his Majesty and the peace of this kingdom. You are immediately to deliver to the said Messenger any such you may find or transmit them to Secretary Coventry and to give the Treasury Lords an account thereof. You are to continue this extraordinary search for 14 days from the date hereof. Your utmost care, diligence and secrecy is expected herein, as you will answer the contrary at your peril. Out Letters (General), p. 243.
Nov. 6. Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of Sir Robert Howard as by the order of reference of July 12 last. Petitioner prays a grant of all the crown right and title to the manors of Bidston and Upton with the respective towns thereto belonging in the hundred of Wirral, co. Chester. On reference from us Sir William Jones, Attorney General, conceives that your Majesty has a very probable title to the premises, but same has been long out of your Majesty's actual possession and has not yielded any profit to the Crown. There seems to us no inconvenience in granting the petition with a reservation of some rent thereupon. Warrants not Relating to Money, p. 84.
Treasury reference to Auditor Aldworth to report what is interest and gratuity on several bills of imprest amounting to 7,300l. 1s. 0d. Out Letters (General), p. 214.
Prefixing: warrant from Treasurer Danby to the Treasurer of the Navy dated 1679 [sic for 1678], October 10, to secure to Sir Thomas Clutterbuck the 6 per cent. interest and 2 per cent. gratuity on several bills of imprest for victualling in the Mediterranean for the months of May, June and July [1678], amounting to 7,300l. 1s. 0d. for which interest is to be allowed him.
Appending: certificate by Sir Robert Howard, Auditor of the Receipt, dated 1679, October 21: 10,000l. was payable to Edward Seymour, Treasurer of the Navy, by two orders dated 1678, September 4, for 5,000l. each registered on the second part of [Eighteen Months' Assessment] Act for disbanding the Army, and assigned by him to Sir Tho. Clutterbuck, "which sum of 10,000l. was in bank in the Exchequer and was paid there the several days following," viz., order No. 46 for 2,500l., in bank 1679, September 19, paid September 23; order No. 49 for 5,000l., in bank 1679, October 4, paid October 7.
Henry Guy to Col. Gillburne (and the like to Mr. Leonard) to be present at the adjusting and paying of the quarters of the companies now quartered at Bromley, Lusam, etc., which [companies] are to be paid off on Tuesday or Wednesday next. Ibid, p. 206.
Same to Mr. Kingdon. You are positively not to defer bringing in to the Treasury Lords on Saturday next a tally for 3,000l. (out of those you have payable in course on the Excise for money advanced) to complete the 10,000l. tallies which in pursuance of the last privy seal you were to deliver up. My Lords have immediate use for these tallies. Ibid.
Nov. 6. Henry Guy to Mr. Perry and Mr. Buckley [late Farmers of Hearthmoney]. You have been sent to several times for a list of all tallies struck upon your last half year's [farm rent] payment. You are not to fail to bring it to the Treasury Lords on Saturday next. Out Letters (General), p. 206.
Same to the Treasurer of the Navy to issue 1,438l. 6s. 8d. to Sir Tho. Clutterbuck upon his imprest bills grounded on this year's declaration for victualling in the Mediterranean. Pay it out of the money borrowed from Mr. Kent and Mr. Duncombe for that purpose. Ibid, p. 207.
Same to the Commissioners and officers of the Alienation Office to attend the Treasury Lords on Saturday next concerning your last alteration of rules in your office, which are complained of. Ibid.
Same to Major Breames of Dover. In the Earl of Winchilsea's account of money imprested to him for raising seamen in Kent you are charged with 150l. paid to you for that service. You are forth-with to give an account thereof. Ibid.
Same to the Earl of Winchilsea to pay 100l. to Mr. Phillip Rycaut by the King's direction. Pay same out of the 120l. 4s. 2d. that remains in Col. Rooke's hands of the 325l. imprested to you by the late Treasurer Danby for raising seamen in Kent and the Cinque Ports. Ibid.
Treasury reference to William Harbord, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, of the petition of Henrietta Maria Rawley (as by an order of reference thereof from the King dated September 27 last). Said petition prays a confirmation of divers lands and tenements in St. Olave's, Southwark, and St. Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, held by patent which was lost in the late unhappy war. Ibid, p. 208.
Same to same of the petition of Sir Samuel Morland, setting forth that about two years since the King gave positive orders to the Earl of Danby to pass a lease of rents of 400l. per an. to petitioner for 99 years in remembrance of former services. But when petitioner obtained Sir Charles Harbord's report and the Auditor's certificate and paid the fees (near 80l.) there was by some very indirect means a grant obtained of the same rents under the names of Charles Osborne and _ Knight, Esqrs., which grant was happily stopped at the Privy Seal in March last. Prays an examination of the matter, also the payment of the 450l. arrears on his pensions. Ibid, p. 209.
Henry Guy to the Auditors of Imprests enclosing their queries on Mr. Slingsby's accounts, with the Treasury Lord's directions thereon. You are to perfect said accounts in accordance therewith. Ibid, pp. 210–2.
Appending: said queries and directions:—
Query: 431l. 9s. 9d. is demanded for the year 1671 for the first melting of gold and silver into clean bars and ingots which are upon due assay delivered to the Master Worker to be coined (for melting, fineing and toughening, charcoal and old coal, copper for alloy and loss and waste). These ought to be vouched by the Comptroller and Warden of the Mint, otherwise they seem to be expense which by his covenants [in the Mint Indenture] accomptant ought to bear. (Direction hereon: to be vouched, but not above 3,000l. to be allowed in any one year for fees, salaries, repairs and necessaries for melting and assaying. The like query and the like direction on similar items for the year 1672.)
Query: 51l. 18s. 0d. demanded for [Exchequer fees and] charges in 1671 in receiving moneys out of the Exchequer: cannot be allowed without Treasury order. (Direction hereon: allowed. The like query and the like direction on similar item for the year 1672, together with an item of 17l. 13s. 0d. for the charges of the Trial of the Pyx.)
Query: Mr. Slingsby imprested to Sir Anthony St. Leger [Warden of the Mint], 5,219l. 12s. 10¼d. in these years [1671 and 1672] whereof 2,850l. is by the [Mint] indenture to be applied for salaries payable by the warden, 548l. 4s. 11d. is allowed to the Warden for diet and the remainder 1,821l. 7s. 11d. is applied for repairs. Submit whether all or what part thereof ought to be allowed by the construction of the statute and the Mint Indenture. (Direction hereon: the 2,850l. to be allowed and so much of the other particulars as shall not exceed 3,000l. in any year as by the statute.)
Query: accomptant demands 104l. for his diet, 240l. for a soliciting clerk and portage of money, 240l. for charges in passing his accounts, 1,800l. for extraordinary pains and hazard in receiving and paying the Coinage money. Not allowable. (Direction hereon: disallowed.)
Query: similiar demands for the year 1675, ut supra, for first melting (were these sums expended in bringing the gold and silver into clean bars and ingots ?: if so, not sufficiently vouched), for certain repairs (these bills not vouched) and for fees and charges about receiving the Coinage money (not to be allowed without Treasury warrant). (Direction hereon: to be vouched, but not above 3,000l. to be allowed ut supra: and the ledger book which the Warden and Comptroller by their indenture are to sign every month are to be produced to you.)
Query: the like demand for melting, etc., for 1676 (the like direction ut supra): the like item of fees and charges for receiving the [Coinage] money out of the Exchequer. (Direction: allowed.)
Query: the like items ut supra of imprests to the Warden of the Mint for the years 1675 and 1676. (The like direction ut supra.)
Query: the like items ut supra for the years 1675 for Master's diet, soliciting clerk, charges of account and pains and hazard. (The like direction, not allowed.)
Query: that the extraordinary demand for coining of gold money ought not to be allowed nor the 1d. in the £ for better sizing of silver unless it appear that they have made a due proportion of small money according to the direction of the royal warrant. (No direction on this query.)
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Nov.] 7.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Jam Blackburne, Surveyor of Customs at Plymouth, concerning his exchanging places with the Surveyor of Southampton: desires not to be changed, being ready to give security for not concerning himself in trade. Out Letters (General), p. 213.
Nov. 7. Mr. John Roswell, of Englishcombe, co. Somerset, desires that no lease may pass of his farm at Englishcombe to any other person till notice be first given [on his behalf] to Mr. Collins at his Chamber at Grays Inn. (Caveat entered by Mr. Dickens.) Caveat Book, p. 6.
Nov. 8. Henry Guy to the Lord Privy Seal. You forbear to pass under the privy seal the Commission for managing the Wine Licence revenue upon a caveat entered by Mr. Christian, who has now also brought to the Treasury Lords a petition on reference from the King. I am to inform you that on the renewing of this Commission the Treasury Lords fully heard all persons who had any pretensions, particularly Mr. Christian, and they do not think him a fit person to be employed in the affair, and as to his petition, they conceive it was irregular in him to exhibit it after the matter was determined upon [at] the said hearing. Therefore my Lords desire that the passing the Commission may be no longer obstructed. Out Letters (General), p. 215.
Same to Mr. Ashmole for a distinct account of what every county made in the Excise for the year ended June 24 last, "according to the vouchers given to you." Ibid.
Same to Mr. Kingdon. The Treasury Lords very much resent you not sending to them the tallies for 3,000l. which you had notice to send. You are not to fail to bring them to the Treasury on Tuesday next. Ibid.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue to the Treasury Lords for last Michaelmas quarter's salaries the 2,000l. which the Excise Commissioners are directed to pay into the Exchequer this week and next. Ibid, p. 216.
Treasury reference to Sir Richard Mason, Mr. Fillingham and Serjt. Ramsey [Agents for Taxes], of the petition of Thomas Delacourt, undersheriff for co. Dorset, for his charges, amounting to 57l. 18s. 6d., and pains in recovering 1,557l. 5s. 3½d. of the security of William Twiss, late Receiver of the first two quarters of the Seventeen Months' tax, co. Dorset. Ibid.
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Nov.] 8.
Henry Guy to Mr. [Charles] Bertie for a certificate what way Mr. Legouch was paid for jewels in Treasurer Danby's time, and whether he was allowed interest for advance money upon tallies, and at what rate was such interest. Out Letters (General), p. 213.
Nov. 8. Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the report from the Duke of Ormonde, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, on the petition of Sir Gerald (Garrett) Aylmer to the King. Said petition sets forth that by decree dated 1663, August 17, of the Commissioners for executing the Act of Settlement, petitioner was adjudged an Innocent Papist, and was thereby restored to several lands in Ireland in present possession and to others after the death of his father, Sir Christopher Aylmer and Dame Margaret his wife, and for other lands petitioner was left to law. Both said Sir Christopher and Dame Margaret are now dead, and petitioner is in actual possession of the above, or the greatest part thereof. By the Act of Settlement it was intended that persons so restored by decree as above, should have liberty to pass patents for securing such lands, but petitioner is informed that the Lord Lieutenant is not sufficiently impowered to pass such patents. Therefore prays that such power may be given to pass patents to petitioner and his heirs male of such lands so decreed as above. Out Letters (Ireland), pp. 24–7.
Said petition being referred 1678–9, January 4, from the King to the Duke of Ormonde, the latter referred same to the Attorney or Solicitor General of Ireland. Thereupon [Sir] William Domvile, the Attorney General, reported 1679, September 10, that petitioner's claim was exhibited 1662, November 6, and related to lands in cos. Meath and Louth, of which his grandfather, Garrett Aylmer, was seised as of fee, and which by deed of feoffment of 1639, August 11, were conveyed in trust. Said claim was heard 1663, August 17, and decree made as above. Hereupon the Duke of Ormonde reported to the King 1679, September 17, that petitioner may be permitted to pass the desired patents in manner mentioned in the decree and under such rents as are payable by the Acts of Settlement and Explanation. Said report being October 25 last referred from the King to the Treasury Lords, the latter hereby report agreeing therewith.
Mr. John Aungier, a minister, having been robbed in Ireland by Shane O'Gawan, alias John Smith, Sherry Multolly alias Flouddy, and being informed that a pardon is passing for them in the name of Smith et al., desires that no such pardon may pass till notice be first given to him at Mr. Thomas Jones's house against the Savoy. (This caveat entered by Mr. John Allin.) Caveat Book, p. 6.
[?] Cave that no grant pass of Evan Wood's goods and chattels upon pretence of his late commitment for felony. Ibid.
Nov. 8. Money warrant for 50l. to John Topham, Esq., Serjeant at Arms attending the House of Commons, to be by him distributed to Thomas Hewes, Thomas Cooper, John Wood, John Bennett, Tho. Harding, Thomas Long, Henry Pight, Samll. Freeborne and Abel Cary, doorkeepers and messengers attending the said House in reward of their services during the last five sessions of Parliament. Money Book, p. 260.
Nov. 8. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 400l. to Baptist May on any unsatisfied orders in his name as Keeper of the Privy Purse: for the service of the Privy Purse: to be paid out of Excise money in the Exchequer. Money Book, p. 261.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to permit the transport to Scotland, Customs free, of the goods of the Duke of York and his family and servants, provided they are the same that were exported hence to Flanders for the said Duke's service. Warrants not Relating to Money, p. 85. Out Letters (Customs), pp. 123–4.
Appending: schedule of said goods (45 cases shipped October 24 last on the Greyhound frigate; 112 cases, 65 cases and 133 cases shipped October 28 last on the Gentleman, of Flushing, Corneliujs Loncke master; 32 cases shipped October 28 last in the Calliobe hoy, of Flushing, Peter Jacobe master; 35 cases shipped October 28 last on the Mary yacht).
Nov. 10. Henry Guy to Sir Robert Knightley. The Treasury Lords desire that if you have any books in your custody containing any accounts between the King and Mr. Colvile, you permit Henry Young access to them for his Majesty's service. Out Letters (General), p. 216.
Treasury reference to Auditor Aldworth of the account of Thomas Knatchbull, Receiver General of the Poll money on the Peers: (charge 15,176l. 19s. 0d. discharge by arrears returned and deductions 7,327l. 4s. 4d., allowances and payments 7,828l. 18s. 7d., remains 20l. 16s. 1d.). Ibid, p. 218.
Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the report as follows concerning the Four and a Half per cent. duty in the Leeward Islands (as by an order of reference thereon of the 24th inst.). In regard the Four and a Half per cent. duty is granted in one farm together with the same duty in Barbados, we do not see how with respect to the contract made by your Majesty with the Farmers of said duty, the same may now be separated, so that the said duty as to the Leeward Islands might be applied to the uses mentioned. However we have called before us some of the said Farmers and find they are willing to cause payment to be made within those Islands of such sums upon account of their rent as your Majesty shall think fit to employ for the defence of those places: same to be allowed to them as if paid into the Exchequer according to their lease. Warrants not Relating to Money, pp. 86–90.
Prefixing: copy of an order of the King in Council dated Whitehall October 24, referring to the Treasury Lords a report this day presented to the Council Board from the Lords of the Committee for Trade and Plantations, said report (dated October 22 and signed by Lord Chancellor Finch, Marquess of Worcester, Earl of Bridgewater, Sir Henry Coventry, Sir John Ernle and H. Powle), being as follows. We have lately received from Col. Stapleton, Governor of the Leeward Islands, several letters complaining of the insolent behaviour of a French man-of-war commanded by the Count de Sourdis, who came under the fort of Nevis without striking or paying any respect to the King's flag, "and that of diverse shots made at the said ship in revenge of this affront, the three last according to informations, took place in the ship," for which we intend, with your Majesty's leave, to express to Col. Stapleton our approbation, and to encourage him for the future to vindicate your Majesty's honour with the same vigour upon all occasions. He has likewise given us another instance of their violent and unjust proceedings in the seisure of English sugars coming from one English quarter of St. Christophers to the other, although the roads be in common to both nations by an agreement made between them from their first settlement, the French Judge having also confiscated the sugar and imposed a fine in a most partial and extra-judicial manner without leaving the decision thereof to the Governor and the National Commissioners pursuant to the said agreement and common practice. Besides this they forbear not to demand entries to be made to their Customs officers of all English goods passing through their division, which your Majesty's Governor does resolve always to refuse unless commanded by your Majesty to the contrary. Upon this particular we advise that complaint be made by the English minister in France and to the French Ambassador residing here, that your subjects may have both satisfaction for the wrong, and entire liberty for the future of passing through the highways of that Island without disturbance or making entry and also that a good correspondence be maintained in all other matters according to the old concords agreed on betwixt the inhabitants of both nations in St. Christopher.
Col. Stapleton further desires a timely supply of men-of-war and soldiers in case the treaty of neutrality agreed on betwixt the two Governors be not ratified here [in Europe], to the end he may prevent the destruction of all your Majesty's Leeward Islands, which must ensue upon a war for want of frigates to transport men from one place to another for relieving any island attacked, the French having always in those parts a squadron of ships for such purpose, to the continual terror of their neighbours; and that in time of peace there may be never wanting one good frigate at least which is indispensably necessary. As we have long since submitted our opinion to your Majesty that the first distress and shock of war would fall upon those islands and had therefore proposed the means to prevent this ruin in case of a breach, so we cannot but represent the necessity of a good frigate to attend the Governor's orders and to transport him from one island to another as well to give some countenance and encouragement to your Majesty's subjects there (whose trade is lately very much increased to a great advantage of the Customs and commerce of this nation) as to secure and protect the same in case of affront, there being only at present sent thither a small ketch which can in no wise answer the ends of that service there.
We are further to repeat to your Majesty that beside a squadron of ships relieved yearly by the French, the magazines of stores in each island wherein are supplies of arms, ammunition and all manner of warlike provisions, several companies drawn out of old regiments, well clothed and well paid, and besides several other additions of strength the French have taken other care to build a new fort in each of their islands at the expense of the French King; the terror whereof has very much harassed your Majesty's subjects in the Leeward Islands by their continual guards and appearing in arms. and which [terror] can never be taken away but by building one good fort in each island as they have already begun at Nevis and St. Christophers. and would readily proceed to finish same if assisted by your Majesty's bounty, which we advise to be afforded them as they are the most certain bulwark against the French, and have always expressed a ready compliance to your Majesty's command. The duty of the Four and a Half per cent. [in the Leeward Islands as distinct from same in Barbados] is farmed in England for 700l. per an. rent, and after defalcations and accidents. produces little to your Majesty, while the detriment of the levy of that revenue as managed by the Farmers far exceed the return. The farm is at present included in that of the Barbados duty of Four and a Half per cent., and both together are considerably decreased from their true valuation and first agreement. We advise that this duty be levied by the Governor, and the proceed thereof applied for one year or more as needful towards erecting and finishing one good fort in each of the Islands. This will be but a small increase of charge. very disproportionable to the extraordinary provisions of the French King in this neighbourhood. "And we find the more reason to press your Majesty in the particulars above mentioned inasmuch as since our last meeting at the [Trade and Plantation] Committee, some of us being by your Majesty appointed to treat with the French Ambassador touching a neutrality between the two nations in the West Indies in the case of war in these parts [here in Europe] consequent to many transactions which have lately happened in this behalf, and which are elsewhere at large expressed, we do plainly find that the ambassador refuses to agree to such project as we put into his hands in July last for the making of that neutrality of common use and signification to both." This refusal will confirm the fears of those in the islands and our own former jealousies touching the state of said Leeward Islands as the same were at large set forth in our report of 1678, April 25, and read to your Majesty in Council 1678, May 15, wherein we offered what supplies of ships, men and ammunition we thought necessary in order to the safety of those islands. And because upon the reading thereof no other orders were given (which we presume happened by your Majesty's want of treasure) than that estimates should be drawn up, and being brought in to lye by till further opportunity, we therefore inform your Majesty that we have lying ready by us one estimate from the Duke of Monmouth of the charge of raising, transporting and paying 1,000 soldiers for one year, and one from the Ordnance Office of the charge of arms for that number of men and one from the Admiralty of the charge of six frigates. Until such effectual supplies be sent we cannot but again insist on the application of the Four and a Half per cent. duty [in the Leeward Islands] to the building of forts in those islands.
Nov. 10. John Blount having petitioned the King for the Surveyor's place at Rochester port void by the death of Brabant, which petition was referred, but said place having been already disposed, Blount petitioning the Treasury Lords, they declared that the first place vacant in the Customs at Rochester shall not be disposed of till they have taken him into consideration. Caveat Book, p. 6.